Twenty-one tons of sand are transforming the Brooklyn Academy of Music into a day at a beach for the staging of the global warming opera Sun and Sea.”

NEW YORK — How do you turn a performance space in Brooklyn into a day at the beach?

Answer: Truck in 21 tons of sand from New Jersey in 50-pound bags and dump them out onto the floor — all 840 of them.

That’s how the production crew at the Brooklyn Academy of Music set the stage for a prize-winning opera about global warming, “Sun and Sea,” which is having its U.S. premiere this month.

Created by three Lithuanian artists, the hour-long opera features 13 singers sitting or lying on beach blankets under a hot sun. They portray characters identified in the libretto — sung here in English — by generic titles like Wealthy Mommy and Workaholic. Non-singing extras fill out the scene, building sandcastles, playing cards, walking a dog or just strolling around.

“It started from the image of a beach watched from above and the people gathered there,” said director Rugilė Barzdžiukaité, speaking from Lithuania via Zoom. “We see them in their very fragile condition because they are half-naked … just like the cosmic body of Earth which is also very fragile. And the beach is getting warmer and warmer every year. That’s how it came together.”

Once they decided on global warming as their theme, the question became how to explore that through characters who are mostly oblivious to the problem.

“We were thinking how can you write about climate change because it’s such a big and anonymous topic,” said librettist Vaiva Grainyté. “So for these characters and singers it’s like different clouds of thoughts, inner monologues about very mundane and simple things.”

But troubling hints of impending doom creep in.

An example Grainyté cites: one lady complains about messy dogs at the beach, but also mentions how she found three edible mushrooms out of season in December. “This little paradox somehow gives a hint of the disorder in nature. The feeling of the tragedy and apocalypse is very present but it’s subtle, not direct.

“There’s nothing like, ‘Oh my God, the world is about to end,’” she added.

Lina Lapelyté, who composed the music, said, “We wanted to have this very bright beach, almost too bright to believe it’s possible.

“And so the music is also very light,” she said. “It’s not heavy, quite poppy. Sometimes maybe it reminds you of a pop song that you know, but it’s actually none of the songs you know.” The musical accompaniment is provided by a recorded phonogram synthesizer.

The opera premiered in Lithuania in 2017 and was invited to the Venice Biennale 2019, where it won the Golden Lion for best national presentation.

“Rarely has an environmental message been so subtly, humorously, tellingly conveyed in an artwork,”

The fall sports season is in full swing, and while local teams have had their share of hits and misses, everyone is thrilled to be back in action, enjoying a normal campaign.

Here’s a look back at the week that was:


Freeport’s football team is off to a 2-0 start. After opening with a 33-0 home victory over Madison, the Falcons handled visiting John Bapst Saturday, 46-12. Aidan Heath opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard interception return for a score by Cooper Delois made it 12-0 after one quarter. In the second period, Tony Casale scored on runs of 2 and 24 yards, Noah Michaud recovered a fumble (caused by Danny Casale) in the end zone and Tony Casale hit Heath with a 27-yard TD pass for a 40-0 advantage at the half. Jackson Carr added Freeport’s final points on a 58-yard run in the third period. The Falcons take their first road trip Friday when they travel to Foxcroft Academy (2-0).

Yarmouth got in the win column for the first time Saturday. After starting with a 54-8 loss at Cheverus, the Clippers defeated visiting Traip Academy, 46-14. Spencer LaBrecque put Yarmouth ahead to stay with a 7-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion. Jaxson Dauphinee added a 40-yard TD run before the Rangers answered to make the score, 14-6, after one period. The Clippers broke it open in the second quarter, as LaBrecque (12 carries, 117 yards, three touchdowns) had touchdown runs of 15 yards and 1 yard and Dauphinee added a TD rush of 10 yards to make it 34-6. Dauphinee (16 rushes, 140 yards, three TDs) added a 6-yard touchdown run in the third period for a 40-6 advantage, then Rufus MacVane added the final points in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard TD run. Yarmouth stays home Friday to welcome Spruce Mountain (1-1).

Falmouth/Greely lost its opener to visiting Gorham, 16-6. The squad was supposed to host Windham Saturday, but that game was canceled. Falmouth/Greely goes to Mt. Blue (0-1) Friday.

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Yarmouth’s Adam McLaughlin boots the ball up field as Freeport’s Owen Rusiecki looks on during the Clippers’ 4-0 win last week. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer team, the reigning Class B champion, not only gave its longtime coach Mike Hagerty a landmark win last week (see story), but is off to a perfect start this fall. The Clippers opened with a 2-0 win at Cape Elizabeth, then blanked both visiting Freeport and host York by 4-0 scores. Against the Falcons, Steve Fulton scored in the first half, then Sutter Augur, Fulton again and Matt Robichaud added second half goals.

“At halftime, we talked about switching fields, and if we did, we knew we’d get them because they’d over-shift,” Augur said.

“It’s great to be back and have a postseason to look forward to this year,” Fulton said. “It’s fun working toward something. We approach every game we play to win. Starting the

MILLVALE, N.S. — A Nova Scotia town is grieving the loss of a family of six, including four children, whose bodies were discovered Sunday evening following a fire in a travel trailer.

Officers were called to Mountain Road in Millvale, N.S., Sunday at around 6:30 p.m. and members reached the area half an hour later after travelling a back road to the location, RCMP Cpl. Chris Marshall said Monday.

He said when the Mounties arrived, they discovered the bodies inside the nine-metre long trailer.

Robert Sears said in an interview Monday that his 30-year-old son Robert Jorge Sears had died, along with his common law partner, Michelle Robertson, 28, and four children: Madison, 11, Robert Ryder, 8, Jaxson, 4, and Colin, 3.

“He was a great Dad and loved everyone, especially his family,” Sears said of his son, adding that his son had worked for a food services company in the area.

He said the family, who lived in Amherst, N.S., had been at the trailer for a short stay, and he was still awaiting information on what had happened.

It will be up to the fire marshal’s office to establish the cause of the fire, but police say a preliminary investigation suggests it was not suspicious. The medical examiner’s office will be determining the exact cause of death.

The RCMP’s Marshall said the news has been devastating for all those in the area who knew the family.

“It takes a toll on the community at large,” he said. “It’s a difficult circumstance and it’s tragic.”

Millvale is a small community in Cumberland County near Westchester Valley, about 50 kilometres southeast of Amherst and the New Brunswick border. In Amherst, a memorial site with a large photograph of the family was set up Monday in a park.

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, the local member of the provincial legislature, said the school attended by three of the children, Cumberland North Academy, has been hit hard by news of the deaths.

She said the memorial “is especially needed where there are a lot of children in our community who will need help grieving through this.”

Marshall couldn’t say who owned the trailer but identified it as a nine-metre ultra-lite Passport trailer that was located on a private property. The exterior of the trailer was intact and “it wasn’t like we had to comb through rubble,” he said, in describing the scene.

“It’s our belief at this time it is not a suspicious fire … but we will remain there until the fire marshal’s office has confirmed this is not a criminal incident,” he added.

The time of the fire is unknown, and it’s possible it had occurred during the previous night, he said: “My understanding is the family member who went in to check on them and then called police hadn’t heard from them since the day before.”

Amherst Mayor David Kogon said he can’t recall any time in the past 40 years when his town has had a similar death toll from a

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The Bailey Basketball Academy announced today the fall schedule for upcoming BBA hoops program. Parents and players will have an opportunity for competitive travel play, individualized instruction, skills development and fundamentals as well as league play. BBA is considered the premiere player development basketball program in Central Jersey and is led by former PDS Girl’s coach and Philadelphia 76’er International Camps Clinician, Kamau Bailey. Coach Bailey, a former NYU graduate and player, was a Colorado High School All State and McDonald’s All American and is a quality coach and teacher of the game. He is sought after as a speaker and hoop instructor.

The BBA Fall program will include two competitive boys travel teams(3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade), weekly practices and Shot King Shooting Program and Player Development Skill Sessions for elementary through high school players(boys & girls). BBA programs stress fundamentals and team play with emphasis on ball handling, shooting, passing, footwork,speed, agility,movement with and without the ball, one on one moves, defense and various other basketball-related skills

There will be BBA registration and practice for interested players and parents on Tuesday, September 14th in the Stuart Country Day School gym from 6:00pm-7:15pm(3rd -5th grade) and 7:15pm-8:30pm(6th-8th grade) and Friday, September 17th. Shot King Shooting Session will be held on Wednesdays, starting September 15th. Parents can sign their players up for hoop programs for boys and girls all ages. For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]


-Teams will Practice 2 times per week (Tuesday and Friday)
-Starting September 14th at Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ
– 3rd-5th grade teams will practice 6:00pm – 7:15pm
-6th-8th grade teams will practice 7:15pm – 8:30pm
-September through December Games
(Central Jersey Basketball League via Monroe Sports Center)

-(Grades 3 – High School) HS/College-Level Basketball Workouts
-Wednesdays at Stuart Country Day School (begins September 15)
-Girls: 6:00pm – 7:15pm
-Boys: 7:15pm – 8:30pm

For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]

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FRISCO, Texas – The FC Dallas Academy’s 2021/22 MLS Next season starts this week and here are five things to know ahead of the new campaign.

1. Age Groups and Teams

The FC Dallas Academy will field teams in the MLS Next U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19 age groups. MLS Next also has a U-16 group but FCD merges its U-16 players with its U-17 team. Also, FCD has a U-12 Academy team that is too young for the MLS Next platform but it’s still a crucial component of the FCD Academy system. FC Dallas currently has 11 Academy products signed to Homegrown contracts in its first team, and MLS Next is a crucial stepping stone to that next level.

2. Schedule

The four youngest age groups (U-13 through U-17) kickoff their MLS Next campaigns on Sept. 18 against the Houston Dynamo FC Academy at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco. FCD’s U-19s starts their season a week later against Real Colorado. The regular season runs through early June before filtering in the MLS Next Playoffs. The new season also features more games for each age group:

Chris Hayden, FC Dallas VP of Youth Soccer: “The competition structure is more robust with more games, more weekends with matches and a more regular, consistent schedule—which is one of the three pillars to our success as a club: you have to have good games to play. The league has done a good job dealing with the COVID protocols and putting together the competition plan.”

3. Path to Pro

Another change for this year affects the U-15 and U-17 age groups. Those groups are considered “path to pro” and they will play more games against fellow MLS academies to ensure the high levels of competition.

Chris Hayden: “The biggest change is that the U-15 and U-17 age groups are considered “pro pathway” age groups, meaning we will more frequently play MLS teams’ academies at a higher percentage than in prior years. It’s an attempt to really accelerate the development of in MLS clubs by increasing the frequency of meaningful and professional club matches.”

The fastest woman to cycle the globe came to visit Aberfeldy last week, inspiring school pupils to consider ways to get active, particularly girls.

World champion athlete Jenny Graham – who holds the world record for best female time cycling round the world – was welcomed to the Highland Perthshire town by children from Breadalbane Academy, local wild swimmers and canoeists.

Jenny is promoting active travel, using adventure to inspire more people to be everyday active.

She is undertaking the ‘From Source to Sea’ mission with Lee Craigie, the active nation commissioner for Scotland and director of the Adventure Syndicate.

Beginning on Monday, September 6 from Glasgow Queen Street Station, the team travelled to Crianlarich on ScotRail’s new bike-friendly Explorer Carriage in search of the source of the Tay in the Grampian hills.

Covering an average of 30km a day, over the following days their excursion by bike and boat took them through Perthshire, exploring the length of the river, to finish at Dundee.

Perfect day to explore the River Tay, day 2 of the Source to Sea adventure

The project, promoting “the personal, social and environmental benefits we all stand to gain if we choose to travel even the occasional short distance by foot or wheel,” saw them cover the length of the River Tay without stepping into a car.

Their hope was to educate school children along the way.

On Tuesday last week they enjoyed a rapturous welcome to Aberfeldy, home of Breadalbane Academy and a community currently attempting to be ‘Scotland’s Healthiest Town’.

Knowing Jenny and Lee were coming to visit, school children and individuals had been encouraged to match their active miles in their everyday journeys to work or school.

Pupils from Breadalbane Academy recorded their self-propelled journeys to school all last week and uploaded them to a live interactive map via The Adventure Syndicate’s app.

For part of the trip the duo followed the River Tay from Kenmore, putting their bikes onto a specially-designed pack raft which brought them to the bank below Wade’s Bridge and the Black Watch Memorial in Aberfeldy.

Jenny Graham, 'Fastest woman to cycle round the world' with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy
Jenny Graham, ‘Fastest woman to cycle round the world’ with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy

Sabina Laurie (10) was in a kayak with Jenny and another Breadalbane pupil – aptly named Tay Will – travelled in the boat from Kenmore with Lee.

Arriving in the town soon after school finished, there were other boats in the water to meet Jenny and Lee as Breadalbane Canoe Club paddled over to say hello.

Blessed with September sunshine, the Breadalbane Academy Parent Council (BAPC) unfurled a welcome banner and offered to refuel the travellers with treats from their impromptu bake stall.

Lee said: “We can all get very hung up on ‘doing the right thing’ when it comes to our health and averting our climate crisis, but we hope our Source to Sea adventures

A family of six, including four children, have been killed after a travel trailer caught fire in Nova Scotia’s Cumberland County.

RCMP were called to the fire on Mountain Road in Millvale, N.S. at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The bodies of six people were located. The victims are a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and four children aged three, four, eight and 11. The family is from Amherst, N.S., which is about 45 minutes away.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Marshall said the trailer was parked on a plot of private land, and was not easily accessible. Officers found the roads “unpassable” and it took them “quite a bit of time” to arrive at the scene.

By the time officers arrived, the fire was out, Marshall said.

“The exterior of the travel trailer was intact,” he added.

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Marshall was not sure how long the camper had been parked there, but believes the family was at the location for the weekend. He said the 911 report came from someone who hadn’t heard from the family in a while, and had gone to check on them.

RCMP said the preliminary investigation has led them to believe that the fire is not suspicious at this time.

“It’s certainly a tragic situation,” said Marshall. “Members who responded, it would have been difficult for them.”

The Collingwood Fire Department, which responded to the fire Sunday, declined to comment on the case, citing the investigation.

Volunteer Jake Cotton said those who responded are doing “as good as we could do right now” after the horrible discovery.

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education has confirmed that three of the children were students in the school district.

“Right now, our priority is to support our students and staff members of Cumberland North Academy where these sudden losses will leave a lasting impact on those who knew them,” it posted on Twitter.

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School psychologists, the student services consultant and school counselor will be at the school Monday to provide support.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community impacted by this tragedy,” the district wrote.

The investigation into the fire is continuing Monday with the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal’s Office, the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office and RCMP.

— With a file from Alex Cooke

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Bruins Foundation and community organization Seaport Strong held a fundraiser in the Seaport yesterday for injured Milton Academy hockey player Jake Thibeault following his release UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Thibeault suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a game resulting in him having no movement from the waist down. The Fitchburg native played for several travel hockey programs prior to his injury including the Worcester Junior Railers and the South Shore Kings and was planning on playing collegiately, according to a Facebook post from his father.

Since his injury, Thibeault has seen an outpouring of support from the community and even current and former Bruins players like Matt Grzelcyk, who visited him in the hospital and gave him an autographed hockey stick, according to WBZ TV. Sunday’s event at the Lawn on D in the Seaport raised funds for Thibeault’s medical bills through the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Along with this fundraiser, a GoFundMe page set up by one of his former coaches has raised over $400,000 and students from his hometown of Fitchburg raised money at their most recent football game against Leominster.

Thibeault left the hospital on Friday and is now beginning his rehabilitation process at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown with the support of his friends and family. He told WBZ TV he’s determined to walk again. WBZ’s Drew Moholland has the story.

MIDDLETOWN – There were no late game heroics for Norwich Free Academy in their first real football game in two years on Friday night.

No hook-and-lateral on the final play of the game to beat Killingly in 2019. No 10-yard touchdown toss with just six seconds left to tie Bacon Academy in an eventual overtime win also in 2019. And no clutch touchdown throw in the closing moments of a memorable win against Xavier on this same field in 2017.

Nope. There was no late magic for the Wildcats in a 31-19 season opening loss against the Falcons at McHugh Field.  

Xavier senior quarterback Drew Kron and senior running back DJ Wright were as good as advertised while making enough big plays to dampen NFA’s spirits.

Still, NFA had the ball near midfield trailing just 24-19 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. But instead of late heroics, the Wildcats turned the ball over on their final two possessions.

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NFA was trying to win their fourth straight in this marquee series. I’d wager a buck or two that it’s been awhile since a team has beaten the Xavier Falcons four seasons in a row. And on this night it proved to be a daunting task.

“Xavier’s got a great team and a great program,” NFA coach Jason Bakoulis said. “They played hard.”

Wright scored three rushing touchdowns, including a crushing 9-yard jaunt into the end zone with just 31 seconds left in the first half that gave Xavier a 17-13 advantage at the break.

Wright, who gained 136 yards on 15 carries, opened the third quarter with a 60-yard run to set up his 1-yard TD plunge for a 24-13 lead.

Kron, who rushed for 130 yards, sealed things with an 18 yard scoring toss to Vince Rappoccio for a 31-19 lead with 6:48 left in the fourth quarter. Kron completed 13 of 20 passes for 134 yards.

NFA’s Achilles’ heel was a rash of cramping and fatigue that kept key players off the field in the second half. For whatever reason – maybe missing a whole season due to COVID-19 a year ago caused some tiredness or the fact that due to low numbers this season the Wildcats had numerous players competing on both sides of the ball for the first time in memory – NFA’s sideline looked like a MASH unit the fourth quarter.

“I’m proud of the way our guys competed and fought through some of the stuff they were fighting through,” Bakoulis said. “I need to do a better job of preparing the entire program in all aspects.”

The biggest casualty was senior receiver Max Pierre Louis. Louis got hurt after catching a 32 yard scoring toss from senior quarterback Jayden Desilus late in the third quarter that closed the gap to 24-19.

Louis, who caught six passes for 104 yards, never returned.

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CANANDAIGUA — The Lake House on Canandaigua received top marks from Travel + Leisure magazine’s 10 Best Resort Hotels in New York State Wednesday. According to a release from the hotel, the resort placed first in the 10 best hotels in New York, and received additional high marks in the magazine’s other notable lists.

The resort also placed second in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S. and 30th in the magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World.

Each ranking came from the magazine’s World’s Best Awards for 2021, with the winners being determined by reader’s opinions on hotels and resorts. Voters rated hotels on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

This isn’t the first time the resort has been honored by Travel + Leisure. The hotel was also featured in the magazine’s 2021 “It List” from earlier this year, an honor General Manager Simon Dewar referred to as being similar to the motion picture industry’s Academy Awards. 

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year across the hospitality industry,” Dewar said, referring to the hotel’s placement on the It List, adding that it was “time for some good news.”

“It’s been a challenging time for all of us, not only from the pandemic itself but from the restrictions on travel during this pandemic,” he said, adding that the Lake House appearing on the list meant “we’re just over the moon. It’s incredible.” 

The Lake House, on the former site of the Inn on the Lake, was developed by the Sands family and includes a 125-guest hotel, timber-frame barn, dock and other amenities. The hotel also contains the Rose Tavern, a restaurant which offers a unique seasonal menu along with specialty drinks.