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Best Places on the Web to Get Your Political News “Fix”

Thursday, 21 April 2011 13:45 Steve A. Lawrence
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With the political landscape changing hourly on the local, state and national levels, the instantaneous reporting of the same, 24-hour news channels, all the talking heads, spin doctors, the explosion of the internet and the media’s love affair with the sound bite; have you ever wondered what the best web-based news sources are for us political junkies to visit to get the real news?
Fear not! For your consideration, here are my top 20 web sites for the hardcore Mt. Vernon Political Junkie:

(Please note that this list is in no particular order and is purely subjective as there are hundreds of politically
themed sites and blogs from which one can choose.)

  1. Politico.com
  2. Huffingtonpost.com
  3. blog.timesunion.com/capitol/
  4. Observer.com/politics
  5. NY1.com
  6. Lohud.com
  7. Drudgereport.com
  8. TheHill.com
  9. RealClearPolitics.com
  10. Salon.com
  11. DailyKos.com
  12. FiveThirtyEight.com
  13. Mountvernontoday.com
  14. News12.com
  15. Thedailybeast.com
  16. Rollcall.com
  17. Newsmax.com
  18. CSMonitor.com
  19. Opensecrets.com
  20. Pollster.com

To be clear, if you want the unbiased on the issues truth you will have to surf the internet quite a bit to find it. Whatever your political persuasion, there is a website out there just to your liking. In the end, the better informed we are on the issues the better the choices we will make in the best interest of our communities.

Happy surfing!

Steve Lawrence is a marketing & political consultant based in Mt. Vernon. For comments, questions and recommendations please email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 13:52
 

WVOX'S Metal Mayhem to feature back- to- back star-studded interviews on Friday, February 11th!!

Monday, 07 February 2011 17:54 administrator
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Former County Executive Andy Spano to be followed and interview with new band Times of Grace!


Host Matt O'Shaughnessy will welcome legendary former Westchester County Executive Andy Spano  at 7pm in a unique and one-of-a-kind show that will certainly keep listeners wanting more! Matt and Andy will chat about music, politics, and much more during the candid broadcast.  "I am so thrilled to have our one and only former County Executive Andy Spano and host of WVOX show "Yesterday Today and Tomorrow" on 'Metal Mayhem'.  "He is a true statesman of our time and will make for a very special VIP guest on the program!" - says Matt O'Shaughnessy... "

"WVOX'S 'Metal Mayhem' show in New Rochelle will presents an exclusive interview with ground-breaking band Times Of Grace on Friday, Febraury 11th at 8:10pm! Host Matt O'Shaughnessy will talk with one of heavy metal's most acclaimed new bands about their high charting  new cd - 'Hymn Of A Broken Man'(number 44 on Billboard!) ...their huge upcoming New York area show...and how and why this awesome band featuring members of Killswitch Engage is causing quite a commotion in metal circles!  Times of Grace live on WVOX'S 'Metal Mayhem' Friday, february11th at 8:10pm only on 1460 am and WVOX.COM!

 

WVOX ''METAL MAYHEM'' PRESENTS SPECIAL HALFORD/JUDAS PRIEST 3 HOUR BROADCAST!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 15:34 administrator
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WVOX'S "METAL MAYHEM" SHOW IN NEW YORK TO SALUTE THE METAL GODS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 28TH - WITH A MEGA 3 HOUR BROADCAST DEDICATED TO JUDAS PRIEST AND ROB HALFORD!!


HOST MATT O'SHAUGHNESSY WILL FEATURE 3 HOURS OF NON-STOP BRITISH STEEL IN AN UNPRECEDENTED RADIO FIRST ON 1460 AM IN THE NEW YORK AREA AND WORLDWIDE ON WVOX.COM!

WVOX WILL SPAN THE LEGENDARY FRONTMAN'S CAREER - FROM "THE RIPPER" TO "SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE" TO "DESERT PLAINS" TO "BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH", "MADE OF METAL", AND MUCH MORE! ...LISTENERS WILL HEAR NOTHING BUT PURE 100 PERCENT HALFORD IN ALL HIS MAJESTY AND SONIC FURY!

WVOX WILL ALSO BE GIVING ONE LUCKY LISTENER THE CHANCE TO WIN A JUDAS PRIEST AND HALFORD CD CATALOGUE DURING THE BROADCAST!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28TH FROM 6-9PM...WVOX ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET AND PRESENTS A SPECIAL THREE HOUR SHOW SALUTING ROB HALFORD!  1460 AM ...WVOX.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 15:44
 

TransJazz Releases Latest CD “New Day”

Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:30 administrator
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TransJazz, a smooth jazz gospel band with many Mount Vernon connections, has come out with its second CD, New Day.  Ms. Vanessa Daley-Johnson, a resident of Mount Vernon, is the featured singer of this eight-member intergenerational and interdenominational band.  The band’s first CD, Transitions, was nominated for an Urban Gospel Music Alliance award in 2004 and 2005 and includes guest artist Ragan Whiteside, another of Mount Vernon’s up-and-coming smooth jazz artists.

TransJazz has performed at events in Mount Vernon and all over the New York area, including seven concerts with legendary singer Melba Moore. Inspiration and perseverance led to its second CD, New Day, in which the music revolves around the theme of HOPE.

Both CD albums have been released by the Mount Vernon-based EBL record label under the leadership of Jamal Salter.  Four other members of the band have lived in Mount Vernon and have strong connections to this city which has produced many well-known musicians.  With a unique sound described as “Sade turned on to Jesus,” TransJazz has a sound that appeals to people across generations.

The band’s new album can be found at www.CDBaby.com/artist/transjazz and Amazon.com (TransJazz on Amazon.com).

You can contact the band by e-mailing Ron Mitchell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 914-576-8473.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:40
 

Comic Timing: J.B. Smoove Enjoys a Slow Ride to the Top

Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:56 Elaine Flores
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A MOUNT VERNON TODAY EXCLUSIVE.

Mount Vernon native and favorite son Jerry Brooks is known to the rest of the world as J.B. Smoove. The actor, writer and stand-up comedian is a scene-stealer as Leon on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. The entertainer, who now lives in Los Angeles, returned to New York recently for a film project and gave an exclusive interview to Mount Vernon Today.

Tell us about the movie you’re shooting in New York right now.

It’s called The Sitter and it stars Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell. And we’re having a ball. I’m working with David Gordon Green, who also directed Pineapple Express. He’s a really cool director because he’s very loose and free and likes to improv a lot and be in the moment, which is always fun for me because I’m used to working in that style. It’s always a plus to be in a film where the director allows you to do what you do. This is my first time playing a bad guy, I play one of the villains. It’s kind of like a Home Alone or Adventures in Babysitting thing. It comes out next year. I have another movie coming out February 25, Hall Pass with Owen Wilson.

You said you like that looser improv style. How did you develop that ability to go off-the-cuff?

I think it’s something that’s always been in me. In my stand-up, I’ve always been loose. If there’s a curtain onstage, I’ll use that in my act. If there’s a door, I’ll use the door. I always like to use everything at my disposal, which makes each show a little different and a little more fun. I’m so used to being in the moment that it became a part of my nature and part of my acting. Not that I’m rewriting the script, but I use my improv skills to make the scene better.

Were you funny back when you were at Mount Vernon High School?

I’m the same guy I was in high school. I have the same friends. Everyone who I know always says, “I’m glad you stuck with it, you were always funny.” Its not just being funny, it’s also being a good person and a nice guy, that always works.

What advice would you give kids in Mount Vernon reading this about pursuing their dreams?

Pursuing your dreams involves you accepting where you want to go. Don’t allow anybody else to talk you out of things or discourage you from doing whatever you want to do. You can hold on to your dream and never pursue it or you can start pursuing it. If you can see it, or if you can envision it...it can happen.

How about dealing with setbacks?

When you’re learning, sometimes you make mistakes that help you be successful. It can be, realizing, “Oh, I did this wrong” or “I wasn’t affiliated with the right people.” Those things make you better.  You have to draw from your success and your failures. That molds you and gives you a thick skin. If your skin is thick, you can deal with anything. Some guys will make it quick. I started with guys that became successes quickly. I’m satisfied with doing things in increments, a little at a time. I’m just happy the lights are staying on, my daughter is healthy and ready to go to college. All those things are important to me. If I’d made it already when I was younger, I don’t think I’d appreciate it as much. Being that I had gradual success, I appreciate it more. I like doing things in increments because I meet more genuine people, I’m going through the process at a slow pace: I’m playing chess, I can appreciate  the moves.








For more on J.B. Smoove, check out his official site at: www.stillsmoove.com

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:28