2 Mar

Electric Beethoven Crushes NYC With Four-Hour Performance [Video/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Electric Beethoven brought some serious jams to New York, NY last night (10/26), playing an extended performance for enthusiastic fans at the DROM venue. The four piece group – Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Jay Lane and Clay Welch – were originally scheduled for two nights in NYC, but one of their shows was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute when the Cutting Room booked a Dave Chappelle residency.No matter, because the Electric Beethoven crew instead extended their performance at DROM last night, spending over fours jamming on stage. They had planned to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and No. 6 at the show, but instead only got through No. 3. That only proves that this band loves to jam!Watch an extended video of Electric Beethoven’s performance at DROM below, courtesy of LazyLightning55a.A full gallery of iamges from the show can be seen below as well, courtesy of Chris Capaci.last_img read more

19 Dec

Caught in the act of kindness

first_img January 1, 2005 Associate Editor Regular News Caught in the act of kindness Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Wearing high heels and a suit, coming straight from court, Gainesville lawyer Darby Hertz searched on foot where homeless people hang out.“No, I am not a cop,” were the first words out of her mouth to everyone she met. “I’m looking for my client. Have you seen him? I need to find him.”Hertz was looking for Walter, an elderly frail man she had recently met at the jail, while visiting another client. Hertz had to find Walter because she knew he was dying of colon cancer and needed to receive treatment at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, where his doctor confirmed he only had a few months to live.“When I first saw him, he probably only weighed about 98 pounds. He was very hard to miss. I just couldn’t say, ‘no,’” Hertz recalled of their first meeting at the jail. “He just held my hand and patted my hand, and I patted his hand.”And Hertz promised to help him, even though he had no money to pay her. Knowing it couldn’t wait, that day Hertz filed a notice of appearance. Armed with a letter from his doctor to the judge about his medical condition and an agreeable prosecutor, Hertz successfully freed Walter from jail. He had been locked up for weeks on an aggravated battery charge and violation of probation for not paying $190 in restitution and failure to check in with his probation officer, during a time he had been in the hospital. The agreed-upon arrangement was that Walter would go from the jail to the hospital, but he never showed up.Finally, after two hours of walking the streets, Hertz found Walter curled up under a tree in a park on Gainesville’s South Main Street, too weak to stand. When his ride hadn’t arrived, Walter explained, he had walked from the jail to the park and never made it to the hospital.Hertz took care of that. She called her legal assistant, Jennifer Benefield, and together they were able to pile Walter into their truck. In a futile effort to retrieve his clothes, they stopped at a house with a sign that warned: “Don’t knock. You will be shot.” They knocked anyway, but no one answered.They were able to get him to the hospital for care, and then into a nursing home for him to live out the rest of his days.Ask legal assistants Benefield and Linda Shaw about their boss, and they are quick to say this is just one of many examples of her random acts of kindness.“Sincere and caring” are words Benefield uses to best describe Hertz.“She goes the extra mile to help anybody. She probably has got one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have met,” Benefield said.Adds Shaw: “We love our job. We love Darby.”So much so that this trio of women, who had worked together at another law firm in Gainesville, struck out on their own on August 2. Bringing their computers and supplies from home, and $200 worth of furniture, they opened what they describe as an affordable general law practice with heart.They laugh that their pencils don’t even have erasers, but they manage to get the job done.For Hertz, formerly an assistant public defender before she went into private practice at another law firm representing well-to-do clients, hanging out her own shingle was a chance to once again represent “the neediest of the needy” without the stress of juggling 400 cases. Her current job is filled with the satisfaction of helping others, yet affords flexibility to spend time with her children, 11-year-old Mark and four-year-old Sara. Hertz says she couldn’t have taken this big leap without a supportive husband, Mark, “who knows how to get the laundry from the washer to the dryer.”So far, their big gamble is working out.“We have some people who pay as little as $25 a month,” Shaw said. “But when their payment comes due, their payment is here. And it doesn’t matter if they pay $10,000 or $25 a month, Darby treats them the same. She worked two jobs as a waitress to put herself through law school, so she knows what it is like to scrimp and save. We feel blessed to help other people. To us, this is like being a millionaire. When we go home, we feel good about what we do.”Shaw feels so good about her boss that she contacted a local radio station, WKTK-FM 98.5, to share with the world that yes, there really are good, caring lawyers out there. On her way to work, she beamed with pride as Hertz’ latest good deed was broadcast over the air waves.Next, this pair of legal assistants wrote a glowing letter to the editor about Hertz helping her homeless client to the Gainesville Sun. “Hertz is without a doubt an angel in disguise. This is just an example of the kind things she does for people,” Benefield and Shaw wrote. “Hertz gives a good name to being an attorney at law.”Hertz is the kind of lawyer summed up by the old anonymous saying: “Our character is measured by what we do when no one is looking.”But, as Hertz said with a laugh, “I just happen to have two secretaries who didn’t have any problems in letting the whole world know. They are in for a world of hurt when this is over.. . . “My heart really does belong in the public defense kind of world. I don’t have to worry about doctors’ sons and daughters. I would rather represent the people who really need it,” Hertz said.“I prefer to walk the streets, and run to court, and go to the jail, and feel the satisfaction of getting a client out.”The greatest reward came when they heard the thumping of someone struggling to climb the wobbly stairs to Hertz’ law office.The door flung open and there was Walter, leaning on a cane.With tears in his eyes, he said: “I want to thank you all before I die. I never had anyone help me like that. You all are my guardian angels.” Caught in the act of kindnesslast_img read more

16 Sep

4 members of Bellhy family leave legacy at Washington and Jefferson

first_imgRachel Bellhy had visions of going away for college somewhere down south with a beach and warmer weather, something she didn’t usually have in McDonald, Pennsylvania.The fourth of five children, Bellhy didn’t see herself following in her older siblings’ footsteps. She was hell-bent on choosing her own, different path. Or so she thought.“I just kind of thought, I wanted to do my own thing,” Bellhy said. “But then I decided I wanted to focus on basketball … and playing with my sister is what I decided to do.”While Rachel was finishing up her senior year of high school, Beka Bellhy, her older sister, was just wrapping up her sophomore year at Washington and Jefferson. But Rachel wasn’t just following in her sister’s footsteps. Her two older brothers, Zach and Nate, also played basketball at the small suburban Pennsylvania school with a population of just over 1,300.For most families, having even one child play college basketball, at any level, is a rarity. The Bellhy’s had four, two boys and two girls, all play the same sport for the same college. And even though Rachel will be the only one left next year, they’ve all certainly left an impression on the school, scoring 4,251 points as a family.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Every sibling after me, starting with Nate, they all said they weren’t going to go there,” Zach Bellhy, the oldest child said. “It’s just kind of funny how it worked out.” Published on March 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer The children’s parents, Tom and Jan, both went to Pittsburgh and didn’t really have a connection to W&J. Tom was a football player and Jan was a swimmer. Zach was the one who started the trend of future Presidents’ basketball players and finished fourth on the schools’ all-time scoring list.Nate originally went to Seton Hill, but after one year transferred to W&J. The two brothers played the 2012-2013 season together and they were the only two players to average double-digit points per game that year. The Presidents’ season, and Zach’s college career, ended with a loss to Saint Vincent. Nate was the first person to embrace his brother, and he told him how happy he was that he ended up getting the chance to play with him for his final year. Nate played one more season but sat out his senior year due to injury.As the two brothers found success on the college level, Beka and Rachel were dominating in high school. And when they weren’t playing their own games, they were going over to W&J to watch the older brothers who inspired them to play.“It’s just a special thing to watch them be out there together, working together and supporting each other,” Jan Bellhy said.Then the roles switched. Zach and Nate’s careers had ended and their sisters started playing on the same court they once called home. Zach’s favorite memory watching them is a game from this year when W&J played Waynesburg. After a back-and-forth first half, his sisters combined for 30 of the team’s 53 second-half points that led to a Presidents victory.With Beka leaving, Rachel will be the last remaining Bellhy at W&J. There aren’t any reinforcements coming either. The family’s youngest daughter, Christina, is now a freshman at California University of Pennsylvania playing volleyball, having bucked the trend of both the school and the sport.On the court, it’ll be a transition. Beka averaged 19.3 points this year, almost nine more than anybody else and for the most part carried the team. Now, it’ll be on Rachel to step up and fill in for her sister, something she successfully did in high school and, along with the rest of her family, is confident she can do again.In two years, none of the Bellhy’s will be playing basketball at W&J any longer. But their legacy on the school will never be removed.“It used to be ‘Oh my gosh, there’s so many of you here playing basketball,’” Beka said of people reacting to family’s story. “Now it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s just a Bellhy.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtesy of Jan Bellhylast_img read more