The Howard – “Why Serve Steak – When you can Serve Salisbury” – Cooking Recipe

Why serve Steak – when you can serve Salisbury”!

Salisbury Steak Dinner

Dear  Foodie Fans,

I know many of you know me as the “local Food Critic” – hobnobbing with famous chefs, noshing at local eateries, such as my favs, Isaac’s Bagel Cafe, and Bloomfield Village Pizza, and giving you a fork to spoon report on my visit to a local eatery!

Well, sad to say, I have not done a restaurant review in now over a year. Like so many, I am still housebound, which gave me “food for thought” – what a great time to share with you some of my favorite “All Time – Comfort Foods” and my “Secret Recipe” on how to prepare them – first up – delicious, moist SALISBURY STEAKS!

Salisbury Steak, Potato Mash, steamed honey carrots. Photo by Harvey Leon Frydman

SALISBURY STEAKS- They are basically mini meatloafs that you make in a frying pan – easy peasy!  By the way History Fans – it was James Henry Salisbury, M.D. (January 12, 1823 – September 23, 1905) a 19th-century American physician, who was the inventor of the famous Salisbury Steak in 1888 – ground beef, flavored with onion and seasoning, broiled and covered with mushroom or brown gravy –  and in its day was touted as a popular health food!

Though I have never made the steak Salisbury, I am following a recipe that I found on line – that stated- “Why serve Steak – when you can serve Salisbury”! 

I’ve included the recipe for you intrepid Saturday Afternoon Chefs and connoisseurs of ground beef. BTW- I will be using fresh 85% ground beef – and the key word is “fresh”! As usual, my fresh ground beef comes from Geisslers- the finest supermarket in Connecticut. I so dislike, purchasing ground beef and coming home and finding the inside of the beef all grey – don’t you? At Geisslers, I have found it’s always fresh fresh fresh and please don’t be shy- ring the bell at the meat department and just ask them to prepare it the way you would like.

THE RECIPE:

Ingredients- 

1 pound ground beef – (85% lean –  more flavorful taste and moist)

1/4 cup dry bread crumps – (I like to use Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs- (don’t forget we are building flavor)

1 Egg (beaten)

1 (11.4 ounce) packaged dry onion soup mix (such as Lipton’s Dry soup mix)

2 Tablespoons water – fresh from the tap is fine.

1 jar Heinz Gravy, Mushroom (or Beef), Homestyle – 12 oz

Extra secret ingredients-

I actually add the following for flavor: 

1 dollop of Ketchup

1 dash of Worcestershire sauce and or A1 Sauce

Sliced green peppers and mushrooms 

Instructions: 

The fun part- Mix together the ground beef, Italian bread crumbs, french onion soup mix, beaten egg and water, a bit of the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce/A1 Sauce.

Now shape your Salisbury Steak mixture into oblong-shaped patties – should be able to make about 7-8 patties – not to thick.

Take your favorite skillet, add some vegetables oil to pan and begin to heat the pan – medium – 

Add your Salisbury Steak patties to the heated skillet. Cook the patties on each side for about 5 minutes till lightly brown, drain the excess grease.

Add your Heinz Jared Gravy on top of the Salisbury Steak patties. 

Add your additional secret ingredients- sliced fresh peppers and mushrooms.

Cook the Salisbury Steaks, covered,  in their bath of gravy for about 15-20 minutes – let it bubble a bit.

As stated, the recipe calls for the dry French onion soup mix as well -the mix does not make the Salisbury steaks too salty. As noted, I will not be making home made style gravy, but for quickness have chosen the Heinz jarred beef gravy, sans mushrooms- You cannot eat mushrooms with gout! Please note- as of this writing, I have made this Salisbury Steak recipe twice – believe you me they are absolutely delicious, moist and flavorful- in fact, leftovers made perfect midnight “raid the fridge” Sandwiches.

As a complete dinner, I will be serving the Salisbury Steaks with fresh baked Russet Potatoes, also from Geisslers, which I have prepared by washing, pat dry, making small slits in the potato, drizzled over with a bit of vegetable oil and have slid into the oven at 425 degrees for about 55 minutes – easy peasy! I do top my baked potatoes with Land O Lakes salted butter and a dollop of Breakstone Sour Cream. The veggie served is Green Giant Brand “French style Green Beans”, but I would also suggest using fresh asparagus spears on the side with a pat of butter.

Well that’s it in a nutshell my friends – the baked potatoes are currently cozily cuddled in the oven-  I will start preparing the Salisbury Steak process in a few myself and will have a delicious Salisbury Steak dinner – I hope you will join me and please let me know how your meal came out. Have a great cooking day everyone!

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96. Feel free to share  your cooking recipes with Mr. Frydman at TheHoward24@gmail.com.

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The Howard ~ Celebrate both SuperBowl 55 and Valentines Day at Bloomfield Village Pizza.

Two  big event weekends – two fab food treats- Pizza and WINGS! ! One outstanding Bloomfield restaurant! It’s February and that can only mean it’s a time for romance and football – who knew they go hand in hand- SuperBowl 55 and Valentines Day. Well they do if your celebration includes great home styled food that can only be found in the hamlet of Bloomfield’s premier restaurant- Bloomfield Village Pizza.

Super Bowl 55, will be held on Sunday, February 7th, the Chiefs vs Buccaneers, while Valentines Day will be held a week later on Sunday, February 14th. Are you getting hungry?

Forget about all those Super Bowl commercials- cause folks in the know are already making their in-house plans for both occasions by preordering from Bloomfield Village Pizza their fresh from the oven Pizzas, finger licking BBQ wings, colossal hot and cold Sub Sandwiches, pasta and seafood dinners and so much more from their extensive menu. 

Howard Steven Frydman and Chef Maria Rosu

For the seventh year – the “Empress of Pizza” – Chef Maria Rosu- owner of the famed Bloomfield Village Pizza is readying her kitchen, for not only Super Bowl 55, but in honor of Valentine’s Day — known in Italy as “La Festa Degli Innamorati-  she is cordially inviting  “lovers of all ages” to celebrate the holiday de amour by providing authentic “Cabo dell ‘amore” –  “food of love”. Customers are once again invited to order their “Valentines Day” Heart shaped pizzas- to give to loved ones all “Valentines” week long. In fact, it has been a local custom for those who are soon to wed to preorder a heart shaped pizza emblazoned with “I Love You”, “Be Mine” or Maria’s famous “Pepperoni Proposal Pizza” – a large cheese pizza emblazoned with a pepperoni heart. Chef Maria states, “by the way – besides our fresh pizzas, we will have plenty of plump BBQ wings awaiting all hungry football fans on Super Bowl Sunday”!

According to Chef Maria – “both the Super-Bowl and Valentines Days are both very busy days here at Bloomfield Village Pizza. We  are happily creating a festive “Safe” dining experience for the entire family that you can simply enjoy in your own private homes. We at Bloomfield Village Pizza are doing our part in keeping our customers and our community safe and healthy.  All of our drivers and staff wear protective face masks and gloves and patrons can either choose call ahead curbside pickup or fast at home no-contact delivery. 

Chef Maria reminds all to order your Super Bowl and Valentines catering needs early this year. Bloomfield Village Pizza, is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Please visit their website, http://villagepizzabloomfield.net or on Facebook for special discount coupons and fun contests. For information or how to order please contact Chef Maria at Tel: 860-242-3339. Please remember to wear your face-mask and social distancing is required when visiting Bloomfield Village Pizza.

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The Howard ~ Theatér Review – “All is Calm-The Christmas Truce of 1914” Playhouse on Park

Reviewer:             Howard Steven Frydman aka “The Howard”

Production:                      All is Calm – The Christmas Truce of 1914

Theater:                            Playhouse On Park – Streaming 

Playwright:                       Peter Rothstein

Director:                            Sasha Brätt

The Howard’s Exhale – an emotionally charged Yuletide presentation.

It is the eve of our own Christmas 2020, the year has brought upon us so much in learning what strength and courage is and the extending of one’s hand to another be it in peacetime or war. Playhouse on Park, as part of it’s 12th Main Stage Season, has brought fourth an “enduring – emotionally charged” filmed presentation  of “ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914. Peter Rothstein’s ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914, is Directed by Sasha Brätt, Musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach with music direction by Benjamin Rauch. The production is currently available to stream online from December 16, 2020  to January 3, 2021.

Director Sasha Bratt

Told in five parts, the production, actually intended for the stage of Playhouse on Park is made more realistic by its outdoor “men at war” staging. The stories presented, through music and first hand accounts are both heartwarming and filled with pathos in a world at war. These soldiers, though far from home, are not alone, for one brief 24 hours, Allied troops and German soldiers, are compatriots coming together, full of camaraderie, especially as Christmas arrives throughout the war torn trenches, sharing not only their food, drink and song but for one brief moment- becoming brothers.

Starting through part 1, “The Optimistic Departure”, part 2- “The Grim Reality”, part 3- “Christmas”, part 4 -“The Truce” and part 5 “Return to Battle” – we are a witness to these young men’s rebirth and struggles as they take us from their “eager to enlist for King and Country”, to the realities of war- “will the rain never stop”? The production, though filled with insightful recollections and letters, it is the soulful songs throughout the production that gives so much substance to what you are witness too including: “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary“, “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag”, and a tearful “Silent Night”.

As stated, “this is a film of the play. This play was originally scheduled to be produced by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. live at Playhouse on Park. As a result of guidelines put forth by Governor Ned Lamont and out of concern for the safety of POP staff, cast, and crew, the play was filmed outdoors without the presence of a live audience”. We offer kudos to both POP and Director Sasha Brätt, this production still provides any theater goer a story that unabashedly and honestly showcases the “good” in man even in war. Please note, the amazing cinematography as we go from Brightest Day to the darkness of war throughout the production. Under Director Sasha Bratt, “All is Calm” is an absolutely stellar theatrical event not to be missed. We look forward to seeing this production as well as ALL future productions on the actual stage of Playhouse On Park. 

We send applause and appreciation to this stalwart cast of actors and singers including: Lu DeJesus (Actor 1), Niko Touros (Actor 2), Michael Hinton (Actor 3), and Singers – Kevin J. Andersen, Evan Benjamin, Matthew Bridgeman, Spencer Hamlin, Alex Hunt, Ryan Mancini, Michael McAvaney, Zach Reggio, and Jermaine Woodard Jr. Music Direction by Benjamin Rauch. Excellent job all.

Stream-at-home tickets are $20 per stream plus an additional $3 service charge. Online orders are subject to an additional $1.50 processing fee. In person and phone orders do-not have the additional $1.50 fee. All fees are passed on directly to the companies that charge for their services. Upon purchasing a stream, you will receive an email from BoxOffice@PlayhouseTheatreGroup.org. This will include your receipt, your code to view the film and instructions on how to access it. The code is intended for the purchaser only.  You will be able to access the film from December 16th – January 3rd only. For more information on streaming, or to purchase tickets, visit www.PlayhouseOnPark.org. For info contact the  POP box office at 860-523-5900 x10. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com

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The Howard ~ Two Angels On Earth – Sheray McDowell and Michelle Adams – making the holidays bright for all!

Giving back in our community of Bloomfield. The power of two- two Bloomfield residents, Michelle Adams and Sheray McDowell, are both making a powerful difference this holiday season as they organize two very special events, Michelle Adam’s “Feel the Warmth” Blanket Drive –  making sure that our older population have a brand new warm blanket, and Sheray McDowell’s “Annual Toy Drive” which provides Bloomfield children a brand new toy on Christmas Day.

Michelle Adams

“It’s a stressful time for everyone, some have no jobs, many organizations are shut down, some are working from paycheck to paycheck, the demand for toys is huge, it is a hard decision for so many this year, either pay the rent or buy a child a toy” stated “Toy Drive organizer Sheray McDowell. “There is such a greater need this year because of the COVID-19 virus. We will be  distributing hundreds of toys but the demand is so great, we want to make sure every child gets a gift on Christmas morning” remarks Sheray McDowell.

Sheray McDowell

“Feel the Warmth” organizer Michelle Adams observes, “We are pitching in to aid our older neighbors who need our help. Our goal was to collect and distribute over 300 blankets to our “Older Adults”, homeless, veterans and “those in need” in our community. Many of our older population find it so difficult to stay warm during our Connecticut winters, especially those on a fixed income. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause major complications, even death for the elderly. Blankets are a way to provide some control to utility costs, as well as help to maintain normal body temperatures. I feel so blessed to be able to help our Bloomfield residents by providing them a blanket”.

The “Feel the Warmth” Blanket Drive distribution will take place on Sunday, December 20th, 1-4pm at two Bloomfield town locations, Federation Homes and Interfaith Homes. Besides a brand new blanket, gift bags of face masks and sanitizer will also be provided. If you would like to make a donation of a brand new blanket please contact Michelle Adams at 860-209-8553. Recipients must be 65, resident of Bloomfield and show proof of residency.

Sheray McDowell’s Annual “DRIVE THRU”  Toy Drive distribution will be held on Monday, December 21stfrom 12noon to 2pm, Blue Hills Fire Station, Rear parking lot, 1021 Blue Hills Avenue. Bloomfield. The event is for children, birth to 12 years of age. Must be a Bloomfield resident and show proof of residency. Guests must wear masks and stay in their cars. To donate a new unwrapped toy to the Toy Drive please call 860-559-3939.

Sponsors and assistance with both the Blanket and Toy Drive include: State Senator Doug McCrory, State Representative Bobby Gibson, the Honorable Jennifer Marshall-Nealy, the Honorable Ken McClary, Blue Hills Fire Commissioner Chair Sheray McDowell, Blue Hills Fire Commissioner Michelle Adams, Democratic State Central Representative Edwin Garcia and BATV Executive Director – Howard Steven Frydman.

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The Howard ~ Theater Review – “Christmas On The Rocks” at TheaterWorks Hartford

Theater Review Howard Steven Frydman ~ aka “The Howard

Production:                      Christmas On The Rocks

Theater:                            TheaterWorks

Director:                           Rob Ruggiero 

The Howard’s Exhale – “Christmas on the Rocks” – A “Ho Ho Ho” Holiday Happening!-

It has been a lonely eight months since I last wrote a review concerning Connecticut theater.  I so miss the excitement of opening nights, the clatter of wayward “theater folks” navigating to their seats, “theater star dust” dancing off spotlights, a live orchestra in pre-practice exchange, real actors breathing life into a character. Yes, I miss it all – the lights, the action, the actors, the words – the theaters! As we all recognize, it is a different world, a new theater is emerging- a virtual one which we must now embrace and support until the invisible “C. Rains” virus is only a long lost memory. My friends- it is my delight to now introduce you to  a wonderful virtual theater “happening” – “Christmas on the Rocks”, conceived and directed by Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, radiantly streaming directly into your homes, like “Rudolph’s Red Nose”, from  December 1st through December 31st , 2020, – believe you me this is one perfect “Christmas Cocktail” to get you into the holiday spirit!

Yes – let’s dry up those “Rains”! –  it’s the holidays, indulge in the spirit of the season – and happily tickle your theater “funny bones” be it in the morning, afternoon or evening – it’s your choice –  of the finest “streaming” VOD theater this side of the North Pole as TheaterWorks presents the innovative “Ho Ho Ho” holiday Happening comedy “smash hit”  – “Christmas on the Rocks” now in its 8th year. “Christmas on the Rock” features seven playwrights each adding their own creative “what happen next” spin to a host of favorite holiday characters. A fun aspect of this filmed to stream version, taped on the actual TheaterWorks stage, is that you are actually behind the bar with the “voice” of Isaac the barkeep, (Ted Lange), up close and personal” with each holiday “come to life” character who enters throughout this two hour telecast giving us a rundown of their “grown-up” life”, Oy Vey! Just be careful you don’t get hit by some wayward peanuts or melted snowman.

Ted Lange as the “Voice” of the bartender.

The characters, so beloved they became real – it’s a who’s who – sorry no Cindy Lou Who, but join the likes of; Ralphie Parker – “Scott Farkus Jr. finally shot his eye out”; a zany Zuzu Bailey- so tired of being harassed by “wannabe Angels” seeking aid in gaining their wings; “Hermie the Elf- a toymaker destined to be a dentist; the blonde “pigtailed” Karen- “I brought “Frosty the Snowman” to life but all folks want to know if his first words were really “Happy Birthday”; Bob Cratchit’s kid – “Tiny Tim” from “A Christmas Carol”;  Russian accented Clara from the “Nutcracker” who can still do a full split at her advanced years; and everyone’s favorite- Charlie Brown who finally meets up with his true love – the “Little Red Haired Girl”.

Did I say real actors breathing life into a character? Yes I did, and even on this side of a LED screen I can feel every nuance of these “most excellent troupe” of actors giving it their all- they made me laugh, cry and I  just plainly enjoyed watching them act their hearts out! I rightly stand in applause to them all! Our stalwart performers include: Miss Jenn Harris (Zuzu Bailey Clara, Karen, RH Girl) – Ms. Harris you are a comedic wunderkind- a face like silly puddy, you remind one of Comedy legend Carol Burnett, a most cherished, vibrant performance; Randy Harrison (Tiny Tim and Ralphie)  Harry Bouvy (Charlie Brown) and Matthew Wilkas (Hermey) – Gentlemen – a standing ovation in my “living room” to all – you brought all these characters to life for us to enjoy – but most importantly you brought a smile to our face during these most difficult times – thank you all. 

A simple heartfelt thank you to Mr. Ted Lange as the voice of “The Bartender”. I think it was inevitable that the role of the wise and magical bar tender be offered to none other than the one and only Ted Lange, most famously known for his role as the bartender, Isaac Washington, in the long running. ABC TV series “The Love Boat”. We loved him then – we love him more now in this role- I have always envisioned the persona of the bartender as Santa Claus, seeing who is naughty or nice by hearing “holiday confessions” of these wayward literary tinsel town characters – ya know Ted does look a bit like Santa! Hey Santa Ted, please send a autographed photo my way please!

In the press release TheaterWorks states the production is an “off-beat” collection of twisted holiday tales by seven writers-“balderdash”- nothing off-beat here, just heartfelt childhood memories brought to life – especially when Charlie Brown finds out the Little Red Haired Girl has always loved him. I send heartfelt kudos to the whimsical minds of our seven scribes, bless you for watching everything “holiday” tv  throughout the years – our Playwrights- John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jenn Harris & Matthew Wilkas, Jacques Lamarre, Theresa Rebeck and Edwin Sanchez. An excellent Holiday streaming treat for the entire family. Enjoy!

“Christmas on the Rocks“ is currently being produced by TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT. Performances: Streaming Video on Demand December 1- December 31st. PRICES: Monthly Memberships (on demand all month + perks) $20.21/month with a one-time $5 startup fee. Annual Memberships: $195 includes 12 plays VOD, Single Ticket Streams (24 hour streams) $25. For info call TheaterWorks at 860.527.7838. 

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at TheHoward24@gmail.com.

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The Howard – Missionaries of Wellness

State Representative Bobby Gibson and “The Bread Lady” Sheray McDowell

A local “COVID-19 Caring For Others” Missionary Network has been established by Sheray McDowell aka “The Bread Lady” and assisted by State Representative Bobby Gibson – District 15, – both Bloomfield, CT residents.

State Representative Bobby Gibson- 15th District

For over 15 years, Sheray McDowell and her volunteer missionaries- have been traveling throughout the Greater Hartford region assisting local residents, church groups, halfway houses, senior citizen complexes and those in need with various food items. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic the missionaries work has expanded, as their car caravans filled with food items, now daily go street to street and home to home delivering not only needed bread and health aid items, but additionally checking in on the health, wellness, and those increasing concerns of our community members as we all continue to “stay home-stay safe”. 

Head Missionary Sheray McDowell

“The Bread Lady” and Head Missionary –  Sheray McDowell states, “I enjoy taking care of others, and during these difficult times there are just so many more of our citizens that need someone to care for them”. Sheray continues, “my missionaries and I are constantly being contacted for assistance, and we simply cannot say no to anyone in need- be it a simple loaf of bread, or just being there to talk to someone – where-ever there is a need we will be there”.

To become a “Missionary of Wellness” network volunteer,  or to make a donation of food items, Covid 19 face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, please contact Head Missionary, Sheray McDowell at 860-559-3939. 

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The Howard ~ “Bloomfield Teen Titan Tackles Covid 19 With CARE Packages”

Bloomfield Teen Titan Tackles Covid 19 With CARE Packages 

For the past three weeks, 12 year old Samantha Myles, a 6th grade student at Carmen Arace Middle School, as with most children in the town of Bloomfield has been securely and safely at home, studying – doing her distance learning, helping her mom and step-dad around the house, learning to cook, practicing her dance steps, meeting up with friends virtually, and something any parent would be proud of – performing unselfish acts of kindness for others. Samantha is currently hard at work not only sewing protective face masks for Bloomfield residents but also producing a series of COVID 19 Safety Care Kits to give out to those in need.

Samantha’s mother, Michelle Adams states, “I am literally speechless by this thoughtful child of mine – this was entirely her idea- I have a beautiful unselfish, and oh-so attentive child”. Samantha had just finished her distance learning homework, and instead of spending hours on the computer chatting away, she asks me, “Mom – thanks for giving me a home, love and protection from this Coronavirus, but what about folks who live at home alone and have no one”? 

Ms. Adams continues, “and then she asks if she can take out our old dusty Kenmore sewing machine. I got her started on the machine, setting up the bobbin and spool, the stitch length, hand wheel, pulled some material from the craft closet, and before you know it she was off and running making several styles and colors of “one of a kind” Corona fighting face masks”. 

“One can only rejoice that your child, on her own,  says to a parent,- “it’s her civic duty” to help others, plus we, the entire family are working as a team with this important initiative” states mom Michelle Adams. Samantha, as part of her distance learning curriculum, has to keep up to date with the Covid-19 trending and other world news on CNN10, and then she readily goes from studying to being part of an action plan. 

As soon as Samantha makes up a batch of about 25 masks, plus including some purchased from “rDs Classique Creations”, the protective Safety Care Kit process begins: including taking paper bags – each having custom “rainbow” artwork designed by Samantha, adding antibacterial bar soap, 3 pairs of vinyl gloves and a face mask which are then provided free of charge to the elderly or those in need.  Priority in receiving a face mask kit are those Bloomfield Senior Citizens over the age of 65. Presented for home delivery only – Samantha’s series of drivers, Mom and Step-Dad, go “non-contact” and only leave their deliveries of face masks at the door without any direct interaction. 

For information regarding either receiving a protective face-mask, making your own, or how your child can start up their own “Samantha Protection/Facemask Kit Club” at home, or helping Samantha with either making the face masks, deliveries, or product contribution please contact Samantha’s mom – Michelle Adams at 860-206-1042

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The Howard ~ LIONSGATE LIVE! A Night At The Movies

LIONSGATE LIVE! A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

CELEBRATES THE COMMUNAL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

WITH FOUR FRIDAYS OF FREE FLICKS

Jamie Lee Curtis to Host as America Gathers Together for 

Four Lionsgate Classics

Lionsgate Teams Up with Fandango, YouTube, and NATO to Help 

Furloughed Movie Theater Employees Across America

“The Hunger Games,” “Dirty Dancing,” 

“La La Land,” and “John Wick” 

 Will Livestream for Free on Fridays

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 13, 2020 – Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) announced today that the studio will honor the communal experience of watching movies in movie theaters and support the people who make those places great with a special program that reminds everyone how much we love going to the cinema. The studio is presenting Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies, a program of four Fridays of free movies streaming live on YouTube. 

Beginning this Friday and continuing every Friday spanning four consecutive weeks, the studio will team with Fandango and YouTube to livestream four of Lionsgate’s most popular library titles – the blockbuster The Hunger Games, the classic Dirty Dancing, the Academy Award®-winning La La Land, and the box office smash John Wick – on Lionsgate’s YouTube page and Fandango’s Movieclips YouTube page

Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis will share her own movie memories as she is joined by special guest celebrities and YouTube personalities. Each week’s night at the movies will feature special programming and interactive opportunities for fans, like real-time fan chats via YouTube Live, live tweeting @Lionsgate and partners, and shared fan engagement opportunities in-show, including movie trivia, movie-themed challenges, and more.

Most importantly, audiences everywhere will have the chance to join Lionsgate in showing support for the country’s temporarily jobless movie theater employees and how much we all appreciate and miss them. Lionsgate’s initial donation as well as the audience and partner donations throughout this event will benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping workers throughout the motion picture industry, and will link to the Foundation’s charitable page so that viewers who are able can help as well. The Will Rogers Foundation is currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The free movies that will livestream on Fridays at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET are:

April 17 – “The Hunger Games” 

April 24 – “Dirty Dancing”

May 1 – “La La Land” 

May 8 – “John Wick” (age registration required)

To present the live movie event, Lionsgate is joining with some of its most dedicated partners like Fandango and important exhibition partners such as the National Association of Theatre Owners, AMC Theatres, Regal, and Cinemark Theatres, among other regional circuits. And what’s a movie without popcorn and snacks? Popcornopolis, purveyors of gourmet popcorn and “known for the cone,” will support with a consumer movie night offer, with 10% of sales donated to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. And SnackNation, the country’s leading provider of better-for-you snacks, drinks, and coffee for the home and office, will curate a movie-themed snack box with a special price and free shipping.

“There’s nothing that will replace the magic of seeing a movie together with your fellow moviegoers in a theater on a big screen, but this is a chance for America to come together to recreate the experience,” said Joe Drake, chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “This is a great chance to show the country’s theatrical employees how much we miss going to their theaters and how much we support them. Jamie Lee Curtis – a woman who literally grew up with the movies and movie theaters – is one of the world’s biggest movie fans, so it’s a real thrill that she’ll be our host for this event. Let’s have some fun watching some classic movies together at home while celebrating moviegoing!”

John Fithian, president and CEO, National Association of Theatre Owners, added, “Throughout the 125-year history of the cinema, this is the first time that movie theaters have been shut down across the country. Whether it was the Depression, wars, disasters, or local calamities, movie theaters have always been a gathering place where audiences can come together to laugh and be moved, reacting as one, to put their troubles behind them or forget about their hard week at work, and just get lost in the amazing stories on the big screen. Until we can gather again in our nation’s theaters, we’re grateful to Lionsgate for honoring the theatrical moviegoing experience and we are thrilled to join together with them over these next four Fridays, not only to see four classic movies for free, but also to allow fans and celebrities to share their own moviegoing memories. We love that so many people will be talking about what makes going to the movies so unique and memorable.”

ABOUT LIONSGATE

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. Lionsgate film and television properties also support a global network of location-based entertainment and other branded attractions as well as a robust video game business. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base. 

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The Howard – Bloomfield Village Pizza – Caring for our Community

“The world has certainly changed in the past 4 weeks – but good things just don’t end- I am proud to say, I have the best friends in this world, I have the most amazing customers, and with their kind help – Bloomfield Village Pizza continues on better than ever”, remarks Chef Maria Rosu. “We at the restaurant want to do our share to also help our community as well by providing those on the frontlines of the Coronavirus with hot “to go” meals”. Chef Maria continues, “We are currently assisting Bloomfield first responders, on duty nurses, doctors, and firemen with complimentary off the menu food items from the restaurant till this health emergency is over – all they have to do is call us”.

Since March 16th, in an effort to stem the rising tide of the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak, Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont had joined the governors of New York and New Jersey in ordering a mass shutdown of bars, hair salons, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. However, many restaurants, such as Bloomfield Village Pizza,  have been allowed to continue to offer takeout and delivery, as they implement new stringent social distancing practices.

“It’s important to me and my family that we continue to come to our small, centrally located restaurant, in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and provide food and support to our many customers” states Chef Maria . “My husband Stratos, my sister Lori, our family and small staff, -we still arrive early, make our fresh pizza dough, and other Greek specialties, and strive to continue as best we can – business as usual – but as many know – it’s simply not the same, and won’t be for a long time”! 

According to Chef Maria, “Safety of my staff and customers is paramount, from the minute I heard about this terrible virus, we made sure all of our staff were equipped with masks, gloves, and set up all new safety and health protocols, repeatedly disinfecting surfaces, and emphasizing effective hand hygiene and social distancing. Regarding ordering food at the restaurant, we ask that you either order online at our website, or call and pay by credit card in advance, set a time for pickup, drive to the restaurant and our staff will place your food items in your car’s trunk and then drive safely away. For home delivery- drivers go “non-contact” and leave deliveries left at the door without any direct interaction.

“Most importantly, I want to make sure that I thank all of my customers for their continued patronage, loyalty, and support, for it is heartwarming to note how generous everyone is – I do have some amazing customers that support my business”, exclaims Chef Maria. And I also want to sincerely apologize to those customers who may have a delay in receiving their orders. I hope they understand, and we are striving to do our best under the current circumstances.”

Though the main restaurant and bar are currently closed per order of the Governor – yet during these past several weeks, the phones continue to ring as usual at Bloomfield Village Pizza as numerous homebound customers utilize the restaurant to order such specialities, including, baked lasagna, chicken parmigiana, stuffed shells, fresh signature grinders, seafood platters – fried or baked haddock, scallops, colossal shrimps, and freshly made pastas and of course all types of flavored chicken wings.

 A new norm is for customers to purchase several items at one time, some to eat and enjoy now and second orders to freeze and enjoy later. But the one thing many folks can simply not do without, are the fresh hot from the oven “Golden Amber” pizza pies that are the hallmark of Bloomfield Village Pizza. From Pepperoni to Pineapple topped, thick to thin, Bloomfield Village Pizza will continue to have that  perfect pie made especially for you.

Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut. For info or to place a pick up or delivery order please contact Chef Maria at Bloomfield Village Pizza at 860-242-3339, or go to their website to place a curbside order at http://villagepizzabloomfield.net.  Please remember – “Yes – We are Open! – Buy Local, Buy Bloomfield”.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com

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TOWN OF BLOOMFIELD – COVID-19 UPDATES

BATV – Bloomfield Access Television provides the following COVID 19 UPDATES from The Town of Bloomfield, Bloomfield Board of Education, The State of Connecticut and various organizations assisting with the Pandemic.

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