Area schools closed due to ‘bombogenesis’ winter storm/blizzard/thing

first_img ×STAY HOME! Jersey City schools and most schools in our area are closed today, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. STAY HOME! Jersey City schools and most schools in our area are closed today, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. HUDSON COUNTY — Area school districts announced that they are closed on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, due to a predicted windy, snowy ‘bombogenesis’ that will bring high winds and 4-8 inches of snow in the area.New York City schools closed, a rare event. The following schools here in Hudson County are closed:BayonneHobokenNorth BergenSecaucusUnion CityWeehawkenWest New Yorkcenter_img The Hoboken Board of Education reorganization will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday as scheduled (so far).If you get great photos in your town, email them to [email protected] and put your town in the subject head. Send up to 3 (at most) as .jpg photos and let us know if you want a photo credit or link to your photography website or instagram.last_img read more

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The Bizarre Yet Undeniable Virtue Of Guns N’ Roses & Their “Not In This Lifetime” Tour [Show Review]

first_imgLast night, Guns N’ Roses played their third and final show Madison Square Garden, perhaps their final show in the New York area on this lengthy reunion tour. The iconic rock band has been criss-crossing the globe for eighteen months now, basking in the glory of their arena-ready reunion, appropriately dubbed the “Not In This Lifetime” tour. With Slash and Duff McKagan back in the fold, frontman Axl Rose finally has the big, bad band to back up his preferred approach to the Guns N’ Roses concert. The mix of theatrics, musicianship, nostalgia and pure energy onstage created an undeniably fun, slightly strange, yet ultimately highly enjoyable concert experience.The mythology around Guns N’ Roses is so extensive that seeing them live and in person is, visually, almost disorienting. They emerge from backstage dressed exactly as you’d expect them to be dressed–in outfits reminiscent of their 80’s heyday. Axl wore a leather jacket, black t-shirt, and flannel shirt hanging casually while tied around his waist; Slash had his famous mess of curls, his ever-present and iconic top hat, and stoic and consciously masculine demeanor; Duff McKagan sported his bright blonde mop, sleeveless shirt, to compliment his effortless attitude and skillful bass playing.Going to a Guns N’ Roses concert in 2017 definitely provides an interesting people-watching experience. The crowd at Madison Square Garden last night was a mix of visually authentic rockers wearing spikes and leather (who seemed to have never left the 1980s), wall street bros who paid insane prices for premium tickets, music industry bigwigs and underlings, curious teenagers wearing “Appetite” t-shirts, and plenty of parents out for their “one big night out.” Guns N’ Roses may be the ultimate rock band, but they have also transformed into a pop/nostalgia band, complete with all of the commercial and corporate trappings that come with it, including a wide variety of customers.In contrast with that pop-y vibe, it must be noted that the band skipped an opening act and hit the stage in full force just before 8:00 PM, intending to deliver an evening fully packed with Guns N’ Roses music. Most bands on their level turn out between ninety and one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of music for a headlining performance, and Guns N’ Roses ended up staying on stage for two-hundred-and-ten minutes, without a setbreak. While the ticket prices for this tour are insanely high, the band gives audiences their moneys-worth night after night, with long shows that include virtually all of their classic hits, many of their cherished b-sides and famous covers, and plenty of much-appreciated shredding from Slash. While some in the audience couldn’t make it through 3.5 hours of hard rock, the vast majority of the crowd stayed for the entire show and sang along loudly to both the classics and the deep cuts.Guns N’ Roses jumped on stage and immediately went from-zero-to-sixty to start the show, opening with Appetite For Destruction standouts “It’s So Easy” and Rose’s famous ode to the rockstar lifestyle, “Mr. Brownstown.” Following an impressive take on the title track from the infamous Chinese Democracy, Slash took his time to tease an extended introduction to “Welcome To The Jungle” that sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. Even though everyone in the room knew it was coming, Rose’s famous screech of “DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!?!?” lit the crowd on fire, and the flame burned brightly for the rest of the night. In fact, aside from the overpriced premium tickets, the tour comes across as almost a caricature of itself. No matter how ridiculous and show-y the moment (Axl’s piano for “November Rain” emerged from a hydraulic lift that was hidden under the stage…), no matter how absurd the attire (Axl required several outfit changes, going through many different t-shirts, several themed jackets, and a variety of ill-fitting cowboy hats…), no matter how cliche and outdated it all may seem to the naked eye (Slash played the “November Rain” guitar solo in front of a wall of sparks…), it is still unbelievable to watch Axl, Slash, and Duff on stage performing as Guns N’ Roses, and that dumbfounded and joyous feeling permeates each moment of their show. All in all, eight of the twelve songs from the band’s impeccable debut record, Appetite For Destruction, made their way into the evening’s setlist, with the aforementioned trio of songs being joined by “Paradise City,” “Sweet Child O’Mine,” “Nighttrain,” “Rocket Queen,” and “My Michelle.” Each of these was met by huge roars from the crowd and a barrage of cell phones quickly shooting to the sky to capture the moment. Seeing Axl flanked by Slash and Duff while they nail their classic material felt like dream come true. Edit this setlist | More Guns N’ Roses setlists GNR also treated the crowd to many of their famous covers, with Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and Wings‘ “Live And Let Die” leading the charge. Other reliable go-to’s like “The Seeker” by The Who, “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC, and “Attitude” by The Misfits made appearances in the set, and the band included a heartfelt tribute to Chris Cornell with a performance of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun.” They also included pronounced teases throughout their show, with “November Rain” containing a portion of “Layla” by Derek & The Dominos, ” and “Patience” including an instrumental take on “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band.Surprisingly, the peak moments of the show weren’t the massive mega-hits or huge covers, but the b-sides, ballads, and obscure cuts that allowed the band and, specifically, Slash, some room to breathe musically. The guitarist was remarkable all night long, ripping solo after guitar solo with charismatic ease. He is an enigmatic character (to say the least), a mysterious, larger-than-life persona in the rock ‘n’ roll world. As such, it was a surprise to find him so filled with energy all night long, running from one side of the stage to the other, jumping on and off a platform at the front of the stage, and stomping his feet along with several songs. Slash was clearly designed to be the lead guitar player in Guns N’ Roses, and his appreciation for being there was apparent throughout the show.This brand of brash, over-the-top rock n’ roll may not be for everyone, but the “Not In This Lifetime” tour by Guns N’ Roses overcomes its obvious potential flaws to become one of the more memorable and larger-than-life concert tours in recent memory. From the music, to the stage setup, to the outfits, to the general vibe, the whole evening seemed to be plucked right from a classic Guns N’ Roses music video and dropped onto the stage at Madison Square Garden…last_img read more

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Do you remember the last time…? — Michigan State edition

first_img Published on March 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm Contact David: [email protected] Comments With No. 11 Syracuse (22-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) set to face No. 3 Michigan State (30-4, 16-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 2:40 p.m., check if you remember some SU men’s basketball history.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played Michigan State?The most recent meeting between the two teams came on Dec. 7, 2010, in the Jimmy V Classic. No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 7 Michigan State, 72-58, at Madison Square Garden behind 19 points from Scoop Jardine, while Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph chipped in 17 and 14 points, respectively. Durrell Summers was the Spartans’ top scorer with 18 points. Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green came off the bench, recording six points, 11 rebounds and five assists.The Orange’s win brought it to 9-0 on the season. Syracuse reached 18-0 before suffering six losses in eight games. SU ended the season 26-7 and was given the 3-seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. After a 77-60 win over No. 14 Indiana State in the Round of 64, Syracuse was upset by No. 11 Marquette, 66-62.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 2000 NCAA Tournament, No. 1 Michigan State downed No. 4 Syracuse, 75-58, in the Round of 16 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Orange boasted a 10-point halftime lead, but were blown out, 51-24, in the second half. Now-SU assistant coach Allen Griffin scored 14 points off the bench and was one of two Orange players to reach double figures, along with Jason Hart.All five Spartans starters scored at least 10 points, including Morris Peterson, who led all scorers with 21 points. Michigan State went on the win the National Championship, beating No. 5 Florida in the final, 89-76.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in a Round of 32 game?Two years ago, No. 10 Syracuse dispatched No. 15 Middle Tennessee State, 75-50, in the Round of 32 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. SU would have faced No. 2 Michigan State in that game if not for the Blue Raiders’ monumental 90-81 first round upset. MTSU’s win over the Spartans was the eighth time a 15-seed defeated a 2-seed in NCAA Tournament history.The Orange then defeated No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 1 Virginia en route to the Final Four, where SU fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 83-66.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played against a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament?Syracuse’s last meeting with a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament came five years ago, when it faced No. 3 Marquette in the Elite Eight in the East Region. The fourth-seeded Orange eliminated the Golden Eagles, 55-39, to advance to the Final Four. James Southerland (16 points) and C.J. Fair (13 points) paced SU’s offense, while a dominant defensive performance held Marquette to 12-of-53 (.226) shooting.In the Final Four, Syracuse lost to No. 4 Michigan, 61-56. Fair’s 22 point-performance wasn’t enough, as the Wolverines used 21 bench points to advance to the National Championship game. Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, SU’s starting backcourt, each fouled out.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played against a coach with at least 500 wins in the NCAA Tournament? (Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has 574 wins)In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, No. 10 Syracuse fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 83-66, in the Final Four in Houston, Texas. The Roy Williams-led Tarheels used a 35-of-65 (.538) shooting night to top the Orange. Trevor Cooney led all scorers with 22 points, but UNC’s balanced offense that saw three players (Brice Johnson, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks) score 15 points or more was too much for SU.Syracuse faced No. 11 Gonzaga two rounds prior, whose head coach Mark Few had tallied 466 wins in his coaching career at the time. Few has since eclipsed the 500-win mark, and now sits at 534.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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