“Get on your mark, get set, cause here we go — on Monday, we’ll be ready to take a big step forward for our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing Thursday as he made the announcement that New York City will enter Phase Two on Monday. What is phase 2 you might ask? Restaurants and bars, beauty parlors, barber shops, playgrounds, real estate services, houses of worship, and in-store retail will all be getting the thumbs-up to open up on Monday. Though there will be some restrictions having to do with capacity, mask wearing , and social distancing, this is one of the COVID-19 milestones those in NYC have been waiting for. Phase Two will also mean that many of those who have been out of work for the last few months will finally return to their places of employment. People can finally begin to get out of their homes and start getting back to normalcy. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the summer officially beginning on Sunday. I can't wait to get to my local bars and restaurants, gather with friends, and finally put the virus behind us. Who needs a beer????
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This weekend, amateur astronomers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to an annular solar eclipse. "Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the moon, Earth and sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth," said Alex Young, associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The eclipse will be visible over the Pacific ocean late on Saturday afternoon and can be seen on most news networks throughout the day. These eclipses usually occur right around the summer solstice (June 21st) and are a sign of the change of season. With most of the country re-opening their economies I couldn't be happier to bringing on the Summer months. So fire up the grills, grab your swim suit, and let's get the summer fun started!
“Ghostbusters” alumni Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and director Ivan Reitman reconnected over the weekend for the latest installment of Josh Gad’s quarantine YouTube series “Reunited Apart.” Super fan Gad, who voices Olaf in the "Frozen" series, brought the cast back together to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative. The Initiative is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States". The cast recalled many hysterical stores from the original filming, including a Bill Murray classic where improvised a piano scene which brought plenty of nostalgic laughs from the cast. If you are a Ghostbusters fanatic or a passive watcher of the movies, this is something comedy fans of all ages would want to check out. It's great to see that the bonds built by these worldwide superstars are still so strong after almost 40 years! Check out the special if you get a chance. It's for a good cause, and I'm sure it will bring a smile to your face.
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