first_imgAndy Mientus & Michael Arden(Photo: instagram.com/andymientus) View Comments Surely no one’s doing sadness today. Broadway favorites Andy Mientus and Tony nominee Michael Arden celebrated their wedding on August 18. The two got engaged in June 2014.According to the Instagrams of Broadway faves such as Fiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber (a longtime friend of Arden), the wedding was held at Babington House in Somerset, England.Mientus played Hanschen in the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening, which Arden directed. The former Broadway.com vlogger’s additional credits include Les Miserables and Carrie on stage and Smash on screen.Arden received a Tony nomination earlier this year for his work on Spring Awakening; as an actor, he appeared on Broadway in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changin’. He also headlined The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse and directed Baystreet Theater’s current production of My Fair Lady.Congratulations to the happy newlyweds!center_img Mister and Mister.— Michael Arden (@michaelarden) August 18, 2016last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of firefighters lined the streets of Bethpage on a misty Thursday morning to pay tribute to FDNY veteran William Tolley, who plunged to his death last week battling a fire in Queens.Fellow firefighters had flooded Tolley’s hometown for a series of memorial services this week and their numbers grew exponentially Thursday as more than 10,000 people were expected to attend the funeral service. Outside the church, red ribbons abutted utility poles and American flags hung high.The steady mist eventually gave way to cloudy skies, punctuating the occasion as a somber mood enveloped the area around St. Martin of Tours church. With police enforcing morning road closures, the long stretch running from Hicksville Road to Bethpage State Parkway was eerily quiet until mourners trickled in for the ceremony.“His life was so rich, so rich in fact, that it makes the loss even more raw and painful,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told mourners. “But let’s take stock and remember a rich life and a full life…a life lived the way we all should live.”Tolley, 42, and about 100 other firefighters were battling a blaze at a five-story building in Ridgewood, Queens last Thursday when he fell to his death. The circumstances around his fatal fall are currently under investigation.The funeral marked a tragic end to a life of a man whose love for his family, his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Bella, was endless.“Bella was his first and foremost priority, the apple of his eye,” Tolley’s colleague Jarrett Kotarski said while also recalling Tolley playing drums in the heavy metal band Internal Bleeding. “Billy lived his life to the fullest, he chased down all his dreams and caught them.”Leading the procession was Tolley’s Ladder Company 135, including one in black and purple bunting carrying his American flag-draped casket. Tolley’s widow and daughter followed the casket into the church as hymns blared.The words “In Loving Memory of William N. Tolley” word etched into the truck.“His death leaves so much pain, confusion and crying,” said Father Patrick Woods, recalling the moment of devastating grief when Tolley’s daughter, Bella, learned of her father’s death.“Mommy, why are you gone all day, what happened?” she asked.“Marie a loving mother carrying her own crushing grief, gently tells Bella that Billy has gone home to God,” he recalled.“Mommy,” Bella responded, “daddy is too young to die.”And then she realized.“I have no daddy.”Consoling Bella, Marie reminded her that Tolley loved helping people.“That’s what firemen do,” she said.William Tolleylast_img read more

first_imgTopics : Denmark will not raise a limit on public gatherings, originally planned for this month, after seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, the Danish health ministry said late on Thursday.As part of the Denmark’s gradual reopening following a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people.”It is crucial that we maintain the good position Denmark is in, where we have the epidemic under control,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said. The Nordic country’s authority on infectious diseases, Statens Serum Institut, would not recommend lifting the limit, the ministry said, as any easing of public gatherings would increase infection risk.On Tuesday, Denmark’s state epidemiologist had advised against going through with the planned fourth reopening phase, which includes allowing music venues and night clubs to reopen, due to the current infection pressure.In a response, health minister Heunicke said the government would not propose any moves, which were not responsible from a healthcare perspective.”If that is the authorities’ recommendation, then we will not do it,” Heunicke told public broadcaster DR on Tuesday.The government and parliament are due to discuss the fourth phase of reopening on Aug. 12.Denmark, which has had daily increases in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, was one of the first countries in Europe to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in April after seeing infection rates decline steadily.last_img read more