Grateful Dead Pianist Tom Constanten Is Recovering From Neurosurgery After Falling

first_imgEarly Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten is in stable condition today, following a major fall that required immediate surgery last week. According to Constanten, he was getting out his car when he tripped on some uneven, wet pavement and fell into the concrete. Fortunately, 911 was called immediately, and an excellent team of doctors were able to perform a quick and life-saving surgery.Constanten tells the story in the public Facebook post below:Fell down and broke my neck last Wednesday. Just like they warned me about as a kid. I’d driven up to the Post Office at the top of the hill to mail off a bill, and, knowing there was heavy rain in the forecast, figured it would be better to mail it off inside. I parked the car, and on the way in a bit of uneven pavement tripped me up. I fell, face first, onto the concrete. I am so very grateful for the woman who spotted me right away and called 911; for the ambulance crew, who got there so fast; for their professionalism and teamwork; for the uniformly excellent care at Novant Presbyterian Hospital; for the skill of Dr. Healy, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure that pulled me out of the darkness and into the light, for Dr. Guignard, for the anæsthesiologist, Dr….well, I’m spacing on his name, maybe because he did such a good job. For the surgeon who stitched up my forehead. For the nurses, Beverly, Brooke, Brittany, Iseta, Julio, Cliff, Ali, Amelia… I get back to the house, and the first thing I’m aware of is a forest of wonderful friends near and far showing such unbelievably warm support. I’ve experienced it before and, even though I have no idea what I might have done to deserve it, I felt the lift and reassurance. There have been rough patches in my life these past fifteen years, and it’s helped me get through it. Many times I thought of checking out, but my heart won’t buy it. The attitude of gratitude is in full bloom in this garden.[H/T Jambands]last_img read more

Bigfoot statue stolen from Boynton Beach store

first_imgBigfoot is at large!Boynton Beach Police say someone made off with an 8-foot, 300-pound statue of Sasquatch.It used to stand in front of “Mattress Monsterz” on East Boynton Beach Boulevard.The store owner said he did not discover the theft immediately becauseBigfoot stood among multiple decorations on display for Halloween.There is no surveillance video of the theft, which is believed to have taken place during the week of Oct. 6-13.But the store hopes someone spots Bigfoot and calls the police.The statue is worth about $3,000.“If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.” “You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img

Alpena DDA looking for artists to submit banner designs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is calling on local artists for a new design to the banners we see in the city.This spring, the DDA will replace all of the banners on the tall light posts. Artist can submit their version of the theme “downtown vibes.” The banner art competition will be accepting entries now through april 20th.Artists must use original work and can submit up to three designs. Submissions must be 20 inches wide and 40 inches tall and may be scaled down for submission purposes. Email submissions to [email protected] are encouraged to submit their work. For more information, visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Downtown Development Authority, Art, Banner Competition, Banners, Blog Alpena, DDA, Downtown VibesContinue ReadingPrevious Storm spotting, how your reports help the National Weather ServiceNext General Motors brings new jobs to Michiganlast_img read more

Multichoice wins 2017 Standard Chartered Trophy Tournament

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited, hosted the local tournament of the Standard Chartered Trophy 2017 Tournament at the Lizzy Sports Complex, on 25th February 2017. Multichoice Ghana Limited emerged winners after an entertaining round of soccer, beating Latex Foam 2 – 1 in extra time to clinch this year’s local trophy. 16 teams made up of clients of the Bank and some media houses competed in the tournament.Team Multichoice will represent Ghana at the Standard Chartered Trophy West Africa Regional tornament, competing against the winning teams from Nigeria and Cameroon on 11th March, 2017 at the Lizzy Sports Complex.  Jason McAteer – Liverpool legend will join the Regional tournament in Ghana and provide tips to the finalists. Whiles in Ghana, he will also host a soccer clinic for children and engage clients.The winner of the West Africa Regional tournament wins the ultimate prize of participating in the Standard Chartered Trophy Final in Anfield. This is a four-day all expense paid trip to the UK.  In addition, the team  will receive a professional training session with LFC legends and coaches to help them prepare for the “Final’ tournament.The Standard Chartered Trophy 2017 Tournament is an international 5-aside football tournament that provides local markets with a platform to actively engage its clients, staff and stakeholders. It is hinged on the the Bank’s sponsorship of Liverpool FC. Winners of competitions in the various markets receive an all expenses paid trip to Anfied, the home of Liverpool FC to join other winners to play in a Finals tournament to determine The Standard Chartered Trophy Winner in a particular year.Speaking at the local tournament, Mansa Mettey, incoming CEO of Standard Chartered Ghana Limited  said, “Since 2010, the partnership between Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC has generated great excitement around our brand and provided outstanding opportunites for our clients in all markets especially Ghana. Being a brand that is passionate about what resonates with our clients, we have leveraged on our sponsorship with Liverpool to make the dreams of many Ghananian football fans come true.”MultiChoice has been charged to win the West African regional competiton and proceed to Anfield, representing Ghana and the region. Standard Chartered has been the main sponsors of Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League since 2010.last_img read more