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Zeewolde – Own the Spot, the skatetour langs zes gemeenten in de provincie Flevoland, gaat op 23 augustus verder. Skaters uit Flevoland kunnen tijdens Own the Spot hun kunsten voor een groot publiek tonen.

De eerste events werden gehouden in Emmeloord en Lelystad. De komende weken zijn Zeewolde (23 augustus), Urk (29 augustus) en Swifterbant (6 september) aan de beurt.

De beste skaters komen op 13 september in Almere uit in de finale. Er is voor de finalisten een prijzenpot van 1600 euro.

Article source: http://www.flevopost.nl/nieuws/regio/399964/skatetour-own-the-spot-gaat-verder.html


Amsterdam Dance Event, the world’s biggest festival and business conference for electronic music, has revealed the first additions to its line up for the 20th anniversary edition.

The annual music festival will see 2,200 performing artists spread over 300 events at one hundred venues in Amsterdam.

In 20 years ADE has become a global clubbing destination and an international platform for electronic music culture. Over 365,000 visitors are expected to visit Amsterdam for the event from 14-18 October.

There are currently 500 artists confirmed, with more to be announced later in the year.

Among the first selection of artists announced today are:

Me (DE), Adam Beyer (SE), Adriatique (CH), Agoria (FR), Alan Fitzpatrick (GB), Alesso (SE), Andhim (DE), Antal (NL), Anthony Parasole (US), Apollonia (FR), Armin van Buuren (NL), Art Department (CA), Axwell ? Ingrosso (SE), Black Coffee (ZA), Bonobo (GB), Boris Werner (NL), Carl Cox (GB), Cassy (AT), Cleavage (NL), Chris Liebing (DE), Cristian Varela (ES), Damian Lazarus (GB), Dauwd (GB), Dave Clarke (GB), David Guetta (FR), De Sluwe Vos (NL), Dimitri Vegas Like Mike (BE), DJ Rush (US), DJ Sneak (CA), DJ Qu (US), Donato Dozzy (IT), Dubfire (US), Fernanda Martins (BR), Fort Romeau (GB), GE-OLOGY (US), George FitzGerald (GB), Green Velvet (US), Guti (AR), Happa (GB), Hardwell (NL), Henrik Schwarz (DE), Horse Meat Disco (gb), Hot Since 82 (UK), Hunee (DE), I-F (NL), Ici Sans Merci (NL), Ida Engberg (SE), Jeff Mills (US), Joran van Pol (NL), Joris Voorn (NL), Joseph Capriati (IT), Julian Jeweil (FR), Karmon (NL), Kate Boy (SE), Kollektiv Turmstrasse (DE), Kolombo (BE), Kraak Smaak (NL), Len Faki (DE), Leon Vynehall (US), Levon Vincent (US), Maceo Plex (US), Machinedrum (US) and Malawi (NL).

For a complete overview of all confirmed acts, visit ADE’s website.

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Article source: http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/amsterdam-dance-event-reveals-first-festival-acts-for-20th-edition/062369


WOODBRIDGE

Program will focus on the paranormal

Members of New Jersey Paranormal will share their experiences as paranormal investigators.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Woodbridge Main Library. This free presentation will also include demonstrations of equipment, an evidence review and a QA.

This will be an opportunity to “Escape the Ordinary” and familiarize yourself about the long rumored spirits of the Barron Arts Center and Woodbridge Board of Education Building. Watch Mayor John E. McCormac interview the members of New Jersey Paranormal @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=RojePmtMMwo.

New Jersey Paranormal, founded in 2009 by John and Barry Ruggiero, consists of four members who research and investigate the existence of energy and spirits in the hereafter. They accomplish this by utilizing current technology to measure energy fields and temperature differences along with video and audio documentation. They compile and analyze information and try to find a logical explanation for any occurrences. Things that cannot be explained are documented and presented as evidence.

The Woodbridge Main Library is at 1 George Frederick Plaza.

For more information on New Jersey Paranormal, visit www.newjerseyparanormal.com.

BERNARDS

Registration open for Eco-Explorers

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7 to 9.

Eco-Explorers offers a series of four one-week and two two-week summer sessions of day-long programming exploring nature and science through hiking, canoeing, games, crafts, and day trips.

The naturalist-led series takes a hands-on approach to learning through creative expression, educational games, imagination, nature exploration and physical skill development. Each of the five sessions offers field trips, guest speakers, nature walks, canoeing, games, arts and crafts, and more.

Habitat Trackers runs Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7. Learn about the world’s varied habitats and what makes them special. The cost is $360.

Bugtastic! runs Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14. Learn about bugs and their amazing characteristics. The cost is $360.

Detailed program descriptions may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Post program extended care options are available for all sessions. Registration may be made online at www.somersetcountyparks.org, in-person at the Environmental Education Center, via mail or by telephone (if using a credit card) at 908-766-2489. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is at 190 Lord Stirling Road in the Basking Ridge section of the township.

BRANCHBURG

The Links golf event is Sept. 28

The Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links Inc., will host their second annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 28, at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $150 per person and includes lunch on the patio, a buffet dinner, 18 holes of golf, a cart and beverages during lunch and golf. There will be contests, raffles, prizes and gift bags given to all participants. For beginner golfers, lessons are provided at the Learning Center.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available including awards reception at $5,000, includes golf foursome; lunch venue at $3,000, includes golf foursome; learning center at $2,500, includes golf foursome; clubhouse exhibits at $1,000, includes golf pairing; golf hole, at $500, includes golf single. Also available are program donor opportunities at $1,000.

This is an annual event hosted by The Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links Inc., a national volunteer organization that serves the citizens of Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties. The organization’s primary purpose is to develop programs and opportunities that will benefit the community in the areas of education, the arts, health, and national and international trends. Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students.

Register at www.raritanvalleylinks.org or contact Tycene Edd at 908-209-5544.

The Neshanic Valley Golf Course is at 2303 South Branch Road in the Neshanic Station section of the township.

BRIDGEWATER

Esposito to perform concert on Aug. 2

The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park will continue the 2015 season on Sunday, Aug. 2, with a concert featuring the songs of America’s greatest performers by New Jersey’s Gerard Esposito.

The concert is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Esposito has performed more than 4,000 concerts, featuring the songs of artists including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka and The Four Seasons. He repertoire also includes songs from Broadway to Vegas.

Concert sponsor is the Somerset County Park Foundation and Magic 98.3 WMGQ. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, chairs and blankets.

The next scheduled concert is the Doo-Wop and Food Truck Fest on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Duke Island Park is on Old York Road.

For further information on the concerts, call 908-722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather, call 908-722-1200, ext. 7. Weather updates are also posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scparksnj and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyParkCommission..

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

Department to hold program on Aug. 1

Sense Scents-Ability, a free program of the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department, is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The program will be conducted at the Fragrance Sensory Garden, Colonial Park Gardens, Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road, in the Somerset section of the township.

Participants will have the opportunity to see, smell, taste, and feel the essence of summer herbs. The day will begin with a tour of the garden, sharing the space with hummingbirds and butterflies gathering their favorite nectar sources.

Ken Selody, proprietor of Atlock Farms and a former contributing editor of Martha Stewart Living, will present a lecture on “Favorite Fragrant Plants: Scented Herbs, Annuals, and Tropicals in the Garden.”

For information, call 732-873-2459 or the NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

The Fragrance and Sensory Garden is at the western portion of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. Designed to be of special interest to visitors who are visually or physically impaired, the garden demonstrates how plants can appeal to all of the senses. The sunken garden is surrounded by a stone wall and raised beds, enabling visitors to easily reach out and touch the plants. The stone capping at the top of the wall will guide the visually impaired. Many of the herbs are identified with printed labels as well as Braille.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

HILLSBOROUGH

School is planning October celebration

This fall, Amsterdam Elementary School will celebrate 25 years of educating students in the township.

The school is planning a community celebration scheduled for October 2015 and is looking for former teachers, students and/or friends to lend a hand.

In preparation for the anniversary celebration, the school is looking for nostalgic Amsterdam School Tshirts, as well as some memories and stories from years past. If you have an Amsterdam Elementary School T-shirt (no matter the condition) and are willing to donate it to the celebration, drop off the washed T-shirt at the school. Note that it will not be returned.

The anniversary planning committee is also looking for special memories and stories from former students and teachers to be included in a video that is being created for the celebration.

Email any special memories or stories to Amsterdam principal Dr. Mary Ann Mullady at mmullady@htps.us to be considered.

Amsterdam School welcomed its first students in September 1990. At the time, the school housed kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school currently is home to more than 525 students in kindergarten through fourth grade and more than 50 teachers and support staff.

SOMERSET COUNTY

Drop-off event set for Aug. 1

Somerset County residents can take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event on Saturday, Aug. 1, to clean up around their homes.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater.

First Saturday drop-off events enable residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items at one time. They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.

As part of the program, residents can drop off up to eight tires — with or without rims, scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including chipboard items and plastic bottles and containers, marked #1 through #7. Chipboard includes gift, shoe, shirt and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes, without the plastic liners. Also poster board, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are accepted.

Residents have the option of disposing of clean dry textiles throughout the year at scheduled Saturday drop-off events. Textiles include drapes, curtains, sheets, towels, belts, handbags, shoes (pairs), clean cloth and small stuffed animals. Textiles only will be accepted in a plastic bag.

No household hazardous waste is accepted at First Saturday Drop-off events. The next Household Hazardous Waste event is Saturday, Sept. 12, in Branchburg.

For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and more, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363.

Residents can bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to First Saturday of the Month drop-off events or they can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their usual recycling pickup dates. Items are delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted by food banks.

Somerset County no longer accepts consumer electronics (e-waste) at First Saturday of the Month events. Residents can recycle e-waste, free of charge, at Newtech Recycling Inc., 600A Apgar Drive in the Somerset section of Franklin, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on selected Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Upcoming Saturday drop-off dates are: Saturday, Aug. 1; Saturday, Sept. 5; Saturday, Oct. 3; Saturday, Nov. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 5. For more information about Newtech Recycling Inc., call 732-564-3110 or visit www.newtechrecycling.com.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe.html or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyNJ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/SomersetCntyNJ.

SOMERSET COUNTY

School supplies are now being taken

Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh reminds residents, businesses and organizations that the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) is continuing to collect donated school supplies through Monday, Aug. 3.

The annual “Project First Class” initiative benefits children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

New school supplies — such as notebooks, three-ring binders, paper, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons — will be accepted along with new or gently used backpacks.

Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Monday, Aug. 3. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

The Warren Township Library on Mountain Boulevard in Warren also is collecting the donations during their regular business hours.

“Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and for them, school supplies are unaffordable,” said Walsh, commission liaison, in a prepared statement. “We hope that individuals, organizations and businesses once again will support Project First Class and help these children get a good start in school this fall.”

Project First Class co-chairs this year are Commission members Smriti Agrawal and Janice Fields. For more information, email them at sccswomen@gmail.com

The SCCSW serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to address present and potential needs of women and to develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe.html or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyNJ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/somersetcntynj.

WESTFIELD

District’s program coming to close

The Westfield Public School District’s Extended School Year Program for pre-school through high school students is coming to a close.

The five-week program is designed for targeted students with special needs. In addition to fulfilling a state mandate intended for all public schools, Westfield’s program focuses on maintaining and strengthening students’ academic skills to prepare them for the new school year by providing special education and related services during the summer.

“For the most part, our own faculty and related service providers work with the children in the summer, resulting in consistency and efficiency all year round, said Michael Weissman, assistant superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, in a prepared statement. “The added benefit to the in-district program is that it continues to save us hundreds of thousands of dollars, since we would otherwise be required to find out-of-district facilities for these students.”

This summer the program enrolled 137 students. Twelve classrooms are utilized at Washington Elementary School for children in pre-school through fifth grades. Westfield High School is the location for four classes of students in grades six or higher.

“Students were selected to the program based on an established regression-recoupment analysis which demonstrates that a student experiences significant regression over breaks from school,” said Joanne Ryan, supervisor of the Extended School Year, in the statement. “The maintenance of academic skills is vital, as well as the social and therapeutic activities offered to our students.”

Related and supplemental services are an integral part of the program that helps students advance toward attaining their annual goals.

The program, which is in its 13th year in Westfield, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Friday, Aug. 7. Specialists are available in Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavior/Social Skills, along with special-education teachers, paraprofessionals and a registered school nurse.

OCEAN GROVE

Dedication will be conducted Aug. 2

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) will dedicate a “Together Campaign” Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 2. The event begins at 12:15 p.m. in Auditorium Park.

The memorial honors individuals, community groups, businesses and religious organizations who raised funds following superstorm Sandy.

On April 4, 2013, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association launched a community fund-raising effort called the “Together Campaign,” whose mission was to raise funds for repairs to the beach front, Great Auditorium and Thornley Chapel that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday, Aug. 2, OGCMA will honor, in perpetuity, those individuals, community groups, businesses and religious organizations that contributed to the success of the $1.5 million campaign with the dedication of the “Together Campaign” Memorial.

The Together Campaign Memorial is located in Auditorium Park, adjacent to the Great Auditorium on Pilgrim Pathway. For more information, call 732-775-0035.

In a few months, the Together Campaign surpassed its goal of $1.5 million in October, 2013, with earmarked monies for rebuilding the beachfront ($750,000), repairing the roof of the Great Auditorium ($100,000) and financing architectural/ structural repairs and improvements to Thornley Chapel ($500,000).

The “Together Campaign” Committee was chaired by Rev. David Cotton. OGCMA’S Acting COO, Ralph Del Campo, and Operations Director, Bill Bailey, also played a part in the Sandy Recovery efforts.

There will be refreshments. The dedication is free.

For more information, visit www.oceangrove.org.

Article source: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2015/07/31/community-news-briefs/30884127/


Crime Netherlands

Amsterdam Gay Pride revelers told to protect their mobile phones



Gay Pride Amsterdam


With the Amsterdam Gay Pride boat parade happening tomorrow, the police are once again warning visitors to be careful of pickpockets and to protect their mobile phones.

Busy events like the boat parade are very popular with pickpockets, as the crowded streets make it difficult to determine whether someone just accidentally bumped into you or picked your pocket.

The police are therefore advising that everyone visiting the parade tomorrow install a Find my phone app on their mobile phones. This will make it much easier for the police to trace the thief if a phone gets stolen. Also ensure that your smartphone is password protected.

The police are deploying extra officers during the event to keep an eye out for pickpockets. There will also be several officers with the express duty of tracing stolen phones using the tracking app. This will increase the chances of pickpockets being arrested as well as the chances of the phone being returned to the rightful owner.

Apple users can install the Find My iPhone app from the Apple store. Android users can find several phone tracking apps on the Play Store, for example Where’s My Droid.

If your phone gets stolen report the crime by calling 112. Give the police the login details of your iCloud or Google account. Also give the police a telephone number where you can be reached. Remember to change your account password after the police are done.



Article source: http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/07/31/amsterdam-gay-pride-revelers-told-to-protect-their-mobile-phones/


Harlem has always held a rich sports history that people within the community gravitate toward. Whether it was Julius “Dr. J” Irving drawing crowds of hundreds to see him play at the Rucker or Harlemites claiming to be the best tennis players in the city, sports is embedded in the history of the area. The 2015 Harlem Week will add to that legacy, as the events ahead will be electric and exciting.

Basketball games at Rucker Park and the Percy Sutton 5K Run are the two big sporting events that will draw large audiences. Both have proved to be successful and will continue to be staples of Harlem Week.

Marco Noble, from the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, spoke about why his organization chose to put a focus on sports during Harlem Week.

“When you look at Harlem’s history, you think about sports, you think about the Rucker, you think about tennis,” Noble said. “If you’re a tennis fan, you’ve been to the courts on 155th Street called ‘The Jungle.’ You think about Harlem junior tennis league and people who came from there.

“Life lessons, team work, conditioning, using your body and how to react to situations are very important components to Harlem Week and the future, and it can be a positive outlet. Sporting is very important, and that is why we continue to host events during Harlem Week.”

Perhaps the biggest sporting event during Harlem Week that continues to grow and become more popular is the Percy Sutton 5K Run. The New York Road Runners have created a run that allows runners and walkers to travel through Harlem. New President of Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director Peter Ciaccia went into detail about the run.

“First and foremost, Harlem is a very important community for New York Road Runners. The marathon goes through Harlem, and we have done a lot of work with that community through the years,” Ciaccia said. “This is the seventh year of this relationship between New York Road Runners and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. We are like family. The event has over the years steadily grown. We had 4,500 finishers last year, and we are very proud it is meeting the goals of getting the Harlem community healthy and fit and spending the day out there and enjoying the outdoors.”

The 5K run is an event in which all are welcome to participate, the motive being to help make the community healthier and more active. “For the runners, it’s a 5K run,” said ciaccia. We don’t offer many 5K runs in the city. What is cool about it is that it’s in Harlem. There is so much history here that you wouldn’t get in another race. It is more than a run—it supports the community in arts and sports.”

With the event getting ready to kick off soon, the objective is to get as many young and older people within the community involved and healthy.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/jul/30/harlem-sports/


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For those who frequent the Android Community, there’s one event that’s talked about in a revered tone. No it’s not Google’s technological Christmas-like (at least for Android enthusiasts) Google I/O, but rather the Big Android BBQ (BABBQ).

Starting off as a small barbecue for the Android enthusiast, the event has blossomed into something more with a number of different BABBQ events around the US. It looks like BABBQ will have to get its passport ready as it was announced that the Big Android BBQ will be traveling to Europe in the fall. The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA) announced that the event will be traveling to Amsterdam. The event will take after the original BABBQ in Texas but with a few modifications.

According to the IDEAA, like the original event, thought leaders and senior developers from across the globe will lead attendees in a number of sessions revolving around new strategies, analyzation of trends and the next big idea. However, these sessions will be separated in five more specialized tracks that will have a strong focus in certain areas.

The five tracks include:

  • “Hardcore Android” (advanced track)

  • “Android Things” (IoT)

  • “Android and You” (anything goes)

  • “World of Android” (e.g. auto, med tech)

  • “Android Humans” (design interaction)

Like the original, the Amsterdam event will feature the signature Code Kitchen for those in attendance to put their newly-acquired skills to the test. In doing so, they may very well just win some big prizes by a number of sponsors.   Aaron Kasten, CEO and Founder of IDEAA is excited for the event and rightfully so. He had this to say:

“Amsterdam is a monumental stepping stone for the IDEAA team. We’re making great progress in our never-ending mission to empower developers of all levels by taking our events across the globe. We can wait to share these moments with the attendees in Europe, because it will truly be an experience that we will never forget.”

The IDEAA, in conjunction with Google Developers and Dutch Android User Group Startup Amsterdam, is working on delivering an awesome event, so if you’re traveling to the area or live in that neck of the woods, it may be worth looking into. Those of you who need more information or would like to register for the event, you can do all of that by going here.

 

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The Big Android BBQ Heads to Europe this Fall

International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance announces event to expand to Amsterdam, November 12-14, 2015

Europe is about to get a big helping of authentic Texas BBQ delivered right to their backyard.

The 2015 Big Android BBQ Amsterdam (http://www.babbq.nl/) will follow in the footsteps of its older brother (The Original BABBQ in Texas) with a few modifications. As before, thought leaders and senior developers from across the world will be lead sessions filled with new strategies, analyzing of trends, and the next big idea. In Amsterdam, sessions will be separated into five tracks, tailored for developers with a strong focus in a certain area.

The five tracks are:

  • “Hardcore Android” (advanced track)

  • “Android Things” (IoT)

  • “Android and You” (anything goes)

  • “World of Android” (e.g. auto, med tech)

  • “Android Humans” (design interaction)

The signature Code Kitchen will be opened throughout the event for attendees to try their newly-acquired skills where they’ll be able to win some big prizes from the sponsors. And, as always, each night will end with a peaceful gathering of like-minded individuals surrounded by good vibes, meat, and beer.

“Amsterdam is a monumental stepping stone for the IDEAA team. We’re making great progress in our never-ending mission to empower developers of all levels by taking our events across the globe. We can wait to share these moments with the attendees in Europe, because it will truly be an experience that we will never forget.” – Aaron Kasten, CEO and Founder of IDEAA.

The 2015 Big Android BBQ Amsterdam is delivered to you in cooperation with Google Developers, Dutch Android User Group Startup Amsterdam. More information about the event and registration options can be found at www.babbq.nl.

Biography of IDEAA:

The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance was developed: to broaden, build and maintain a visible program which fosters community support, provides for professional development, and enriches the overall mobile development community – through funding for programs and initiatives that foster innovation, creativity and education.

Article source: http://techaeris.com/2015/07/23/big-android-bbq-to-head-overseas-for-2015-babbq-amsterdam/


Harlem has always held a rich sports history that people within the community gravitate toward. Whether it was Julius “Dr. J” Irving drawing crowds of hundreds to see him play at the Rucker or Harlemites claiming to be the best tennis players in the city, sports is embedded in the history of the area. The 2015 Harlem Week will add to that legacy, as the events ahead will be electric and exciting.

Basketball games at Rucker Park and the Percy Sutton 5K Run are the two big sporting events that will draw large audiences. Both have proved to be successful and will continue to be staples of Harlem Week.

Marco Noble, from the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, spoke about why his organization chose to put a focus on sports during Harlem Week.

“When you look at Harlem’s history, you think about sports, you think about the Rucker, you think about tennis,” Noble said. “If you’re a tennis fan, you’ve been to the courts on 155th Street called ‘The Jungle.’ You think about Harlem junior tennis league and people who came from there.

“Life lessons, team work, conditioning, using your body and how to react to situations are very important components to Harlem Week and the future, and it can be a positive outlet. Sporting is very important, and that is why we continue to host events during Harlem Week.”

Perhaps the biggest sporting event during Harlem Week that continues to grow and become more popular is the Percy Sutton 5K Run. The New York Road Runners have created a run that allows runners and walkers to travel through Harlem. New President of Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director Peter Ciaccia went into detail about the run.

“First and foremost, Harlem is a very important community for New York Road Runners. The marathon goes through Harlem, and we have done a lot of work with that community through the years,” Ciaccia said. “This is the seventh year of this relationship between New York Road Runners and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. We are like family. The event has over the years steadily grown. We had 4,500 finishers last year, and we are very proud it is meeting the goals of getting the Harlem community healthy and fit and spending the day out there and enjoying the outdoors.”

The 5K run is an event in which all are welcome to participate, the motive being to help make the community healthier and more active. “For the runners, it’s a 5K run,” said ciaccia. We don’t offer many 5K runs in the city. What is cool about it is that it’s in Harlem. There is so much history here that you wouldn’t get in another race. It is more than a run—it supports the community in arts and sports.”

With the event getting ready to kick off soon, the objective is to get as many young and older people within the community involved and healthy.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/jul/30/harlem-sports/


Harlem has always held a rich sports history that people within the community gravitate toward. Whether it was Julius “Dr. J” Irving drawing crowds of hundreds to see him play at the Rucker or Harlemites claiming to be the best tennis players in the city, sports is embedded in the history of the area. The 2015 Harlem Week will add to that legacy, as the events ahead will be electric and exciting.

Basketball games at Rucker Park and the Percy Sutton 5K Run are the two big sporting events that will draw large audiences. Both have proved to be successful and will continue to be staples of Harlem Week.

Marco Noble, from the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, spoke about why his organization chose to put a focus on sports during Harlem Week.

“When you look at Harlem’s history, you think about sports, you think about the Rucker, you think about tennis,” Noble said. “If you’re a tennis fan, you’ve been to the courts on 155th Street called ‘The Jungle.’ You think about Harlem junior tennis league and people who came from there.

“Life lessons, team work, conditioning, using your body and how to react to situations are very important components to Harlem Week and the future, and it can be a positive outlet. Sporting is very important, and that is why we continue to host events during Harlem Week.”

Perhaps the biggest sporting event during Harlem Week that continues to grow and become more popular is the Percy Sutton 5K Run. The New York Road Runners have created a run that allows runners and walkers to travel through Harlem. New President of Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director Peter Ciaccia went into detail about the run.

“First and foremost, Harlem is a very important community for New York Road Runners. The marathon goes through Harlem, and we have done a lot of work with that community through the years,” Ciaccia said. “This is the seventh year of this relationship between New York Road Runners and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. We are like family. The event has over the years steadily grown. We had 4,500 finishers last year, and we are very proud it is meeting the goals of getting the Harlem community healthy and fit and spending the day out there and enjoying the outdoors.”

The 5K run is an event in which all are welcome to participate, the motive being to help make the community healthier and more active. “For the runners, it’s a 5K run,” said ciaccia. We don’t offer many 5K runs in the city. What is cool about it is that it’s in Harlem. There is so much history here that you wouldn’t get in another race. It is more than a run—it supports the community in arts and sports.”

With the event getting ready to kick off soon, the objective is to get as many young and older people within the community involved and healthy.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/jul/30/harlem-sports/


Although this year’s Harlem Week officially began Tuesday, Sunday’s “A Great Day in Harlem” was the yearly monthlong festival’s ceremonious start. The all-day party at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park ended with a free concert that saw the likes of “Late Show With David Letterman” music director Paul Shaffer and RB singer Chuck Jackson take the stage in front of an enthused crowd of hundreds.

The fact that this is Harlem Week’s flagship event speaks to how central music is to the decades-long festival. It’s also been a focal point since Harlem Week started as Harlem Day in 1974.

“On the cultural side, [Harlem] is synonymous with being innovative in terms of all the musicians and the nightclubs since the turn of the century,” said Voza Rivers, executive producer of Harlem Week. “It was a natural fit for us to perpetuate our culture that way.”

“A Great Day in Harlem,” which shares the same name as the famed photograph of 57 noted jazz musicians, is just the first of a long list of music events that will take place over the next month. The lineup is eclectic, ranging from Caribbean legends to jazz concerts, that fits into Harlem’s long history with the genre. Harlem Week, overseen by the Harlem Chamber of Commerce, consists of over 18 events running through Sept. 22.

A majority of the headlining acts should appeal to young adults and older. The first major act is Beres Hammond, the famed singer who’s known for lovers rock hits such as “In My Arms” and “Tempted to Touch.” He’ll perform at NJPAC (One Center St. in Newark, N.J.) this Friday. Hip-hop legend Slick Rick will perform at the same venue Aug. 13. Jill Scott and George Clinton (founder of the Parliament-Funkadelic) will follow up Aug. 15 and 16, respectively.

Harlem residents don’t have to hop on NJ Transit to catch all of the festivities. Although the headlining acts are sticking out of state, the neighborhood will be home to multiple festivals. Summer Stage in Harlem, a series of events funded by the nonprofit City Parks Foundation, will host three events in the always-lively lot outside the Adam C. Powell State Office Building. RB will have its night Aug. 6, jazz will get its moment within its mecca Aug. 8 and African culture gets its representation Aug. 16.

The wide range of acts are sewn together by the theme “Love Is the Answer,” the motif for Harlem Week’s music festival. It’s one of the few “micro-themes” that fit over Harlem’s Week’s overarching one: “Celebrating the Journey and Embracing the Future.” The themes were settled on by the Harlem Chamber of Commerce after going through over 100 ideas.

Andre Fields, a 55-year-old Harlem resident, exemplifies the music festival’s theme. The spry, bespectacled man arrived as early as 9 a.m. to “A Great Day in Harlem,” and he was still swaying along to the live music by 8 p.m. Fields has been going to Harlem Week events since 1981. The festival has changed and expanded since then, but in some ways, it hasn’t changed. One constant has kept him coming back.

“It’s the atmosphere, you know?” Fields said. “It’s the gathering of people. I like that. It’s still the same. It may need more food, but it’s still the same.”

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/jul/30/harlem-week-music-brings-mix-tradition-diversity/


Thinking about starting your own electronic music festival? Well, you’re not the only one; in recent years, the festival market has been flooded with upstarts, and the influx has created a competitive environment, to say the least. In the UK alone, ticket prices are creeping up along with the age of attendees; in 2013, MSN UK found that the average age of a festival-goer was now in the mid-30s, and in 2014 a separate study by industry publication Festival Insights put the number at 33. According to the MSN study, the reason was escalating costs, with 60% of 18—24 year olds saying they weren’t planning to attend a festival that year because it was too expensive. This year, The Guardian backed up that point by showing that festival tickets were leaping up at a much faster rate than the rate of inflation in the UK, and revealing the way in which booking headliners has become a “financial arms race”—as in-demand headliners know exactly how in-demand they are, and hike up their prices in order to play rival festivals off against one another. What this amounts to is a marketplace packed with festivals charging more and more to see barely indistinguishable lineups.

With the UK scene so overcrowded, many music lovers now look to mainland Europe for their summer festival fix, where tickets are generally cheaper and budget travel packages aimed at festival-goers are on the rise. This has created an overstuffed, competitive environment: in Croatia alone, there are 13 festivals (mostly catering to fans of electronic music) registered on Festicket.com for 2015, including Outlook, Hideout and Dimensions. The same site lists over 30 European festivals specializing in “house” still to come this year; since the 2004 expansion of the EU, there are now many events springing up in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and other eastern European countries. In the Netherlands, the popular Amsterdam Dance Event looms in October, and listings site I Amsterdam counts 16 more upcoming electronic festivals in the capital.

In the midst of it all, there’s Dekmantel. Dekmantel is a three-day and four-night event in Amsterdam, founded by club promoters Casper Tielrooij and Thomas Martojo as an extension of the success of their club night series of the same name. Now entering its third edition, the boutique electronic festival has so far sold out every year, doubling its initial capacity of 5,000 to a pretty healthy, but still intimate, 10,000. Despite sticking to its roots as a small, house and techno specialist event, it’s gone from being a mostly Dutch event to welcoming attendees from over 50 countries, as well as extending its night program in the popular Amsterdam nightclub Melkweg, and adding a prestigious opening concert (this year it’s an exclusive Autechre show). Dekmantel don’t do anything particularly fancy or attention-grabbing; they simply program a solid line-up full of their favorite producers and DJs, and each year, despite the fierce competition and their lack of previous experience in running festivals, it seems to be working out pretty great. The FADER spoke to Martojo to find out how to run an electronic music festival.

Article source: http://www.thefader.com/2015/07/30/how-to-run-an-electronic-music-festival