Saturday, November 30, 2013

BREAKING Entertainment News: Paul Walker Died In Car Crash

We are following breaking news involving the news that the forty year old actor Paul Walker was killed earlier today after a fiery crash in Southern California.

A statement on the actor's official Facebook page said that Walker was a passenger in the car, and had been at a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.

"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement read in part. "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."

Walker, a Southern California native, began acting at a young age when he appeared in commercials, and his television credits include appearances on "The Young and the Restless" and "Who's The Boss?"

But it was his turns opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and the Furious" films that made Walker a movie star. Walker reprised his role as Brian O'Connor in four of the five sequels made of the 2001 hit. According to the Internet Movie Database, Walker was due to appear in "Fast & Furious 7," due out next year.

RCN America Network sends our heartfelt prayers to his family and friends during this time.

"North End Shipyard" The Maine Windjammer Project

"North End Shipyard" By Doug Mills
North End Shipyard, the heart of the Maine windjammer trade, during the holiday season.[12-27-2010]

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Mattie" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Mattie" By Doug Mills
Grace Bailey ,or Mattie as some of us knew her, and Timberwind near Owls Head Maine at the start of The Great Schooner Race.[07-06-2012]

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Ellona Santiago "Knows Best" - THE X FACTOR USA 2013 (VIDEO)

Ellona Santiago showed Jessie J some love by performing a rendition of the song, "Mamma Knows Best." Will she capture enough votes to sing another week, or does American "know" something we don't?

"Mamma Knows Best" performed by "Ellona Santiago" on THE X FACTOR USA. Buy now on iTunes:

Miss Ellona looked beautiful during November 27th The X Factor USA performance night.

Watch tonight at 8pm to see if Miss Ellona got the votes she needs to move on to next week.
Photos Credit: Getty

Carlito Olivero Rocks to Ricky Martin! - THE X FACTOR USA 2013 (VIDEO)

Carlito Olivero stepped up to the stage to perform a medley of tunes inspired by Ricky Martin in "La Copa De La Vida" and "Maria." Take a look at his spicy performance!

"La Copa De La Vida" performed by "Carlito Olivero" on THE X FACTOR USA. Buy now on iTunes:

Watch tonight at 8pm for the Fox The X Factor USA result show to see if Carlito moves on to next weeks Top 6.
Photos Credit: Getty

Rion Paige Sings " Swingin" The X Factor USA (VIDEO)

Los Angeles, California - Thirteen year old cutie Rion Paige sang a wonderful version of the song "Swingin" during the X Factor USA top 8 performance night on November 27th, 2013. Rion Paige did a great job during her performance.

Check out, watch and listen to her version of "Swingin" below.

Watch tonight at 8pm to see if the talented singer moves on to the top 6.
Photos Credit: Getty

"Entering Burnt Coat Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Entering Burnt Coat Harbor" By Doug Mills
Angelique entering Burnt Coat Harbor. [07-02-2012]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Actor Sisters Bella and Dani Thorn serve the
Thanksgiving meal to guests at the
Los Angeles Mission November 27, 2013
- photo courtsey of the Los Angeles Mission 
Los Angeles, California - The homeless on Skid Row were treated to a special Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Los Angeles Mission, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, and prepared by a group of LA's top chefs (led by Chef MichaelVoltaggio, chef/owner of ink.,) and Chris Cormier's Mission's kitchen staff.

At the midday event, thousands enjoyed a unique dining experience of newly created gourmet recipes served up by celebrities and local political leaders.

The Los Angeles Mission welcomed their Skid Row neighbors to a celebration of Thanksgiving with friends and supporters who have a heart for helping people in need.

"We'll serve more than half a million nutritious meals this year, none more important than the Thanksgiving meal," said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission.  "That's why we are so pleased that Chef Voltaggio has worked closely with his handpicked team of top chefs to create this unique meal. The Mission's own kitchen staff has worked around the clock to implement this very special meal.  The message to our guests is 'you are special, you are valuable and we care about you.'

"It is more than a meal,'' says Smith. "This feast provides us with the opportunity to grow everyday
connections into relationships. These relationships are vitally necessary to help many of the homeless go ahead and decide to join our life-changing program to rehabilitate and to restore their lives."

“The creative process for me was to figure out how to cook a hot and delicious meal for over 3500 guests,” said Chef Voltaggio.  “I enjoyed cooking with all of these incredible chefs, and with the amazing Mission staff.  We were excited to put together a hearty, nutritious meal from turkey through pumpkin pie and everything in between. It’s truly a blessing to share this part of ourselves with so many people."

The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936 --- 77 years ago.  The men who

Bella Thorne: LA Mission Annual Thanksgiving for the Homeless Volunteer

Los Angeles, California - Sixteen year old actress Bella Thorne looked adorable as she and her boyfriend Tristan Klier donated their time to volunteer at  the LA Mission's Annual Thanksgiving for the Homeless at the Los Angeles Mission on November 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

It is great seeing Bella and her boyfriend helping those in need by volunteering their time at LA Mission's Annual Thanksgiving for the Homeless event in Los Angeles today.
Photos Credit: Getty

President Obama Pardons White House Turkey (VIDEO)

President at Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey Remarks

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody, and happy Thanksgiving.

The office of the presidency -- the most powerful position in the world -- brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities.  This is not one of them.  (Laughter.)  But the White House Turkey Pardon is a great tradition.  And I know Malia loves it -- as does Sasha.

Generally speaking, Thanksgiving is a bad day to be a turkey.  Especially at a house with two dogs.  So I salute our two guests of honor -- Caramel and Popcorn -- for their bravery. They came all the way from outside Badger, Minnesota to be with us.  They, like my Chief of Staff, are Vikings fans.  (Laughter.) I’m not sure that they know -- (turkeys gobble) -- uh-oh.  (Laughter.)  See.  I'm not sure they know that that my Bears are heading to Minnesota on Sunday, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm going to give them a break.  (Laughter.)

We are also excited to have students from Badger High School here.  (Applause.)  Where are you guys?  There they are, right there.  And finally, let me say thank you to John Burkel,  chairman of the National Turkey Federation.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

Now, 80 turkeys on John’s farm competed for the chance to make it to the White House, and stay off the Thanksgiving table. It was, quite literally, the hunger games.  (Laughter.)  and then, after weeks of vocal practice and prepping for the cameras, the two tributes, Caramel and Popcorn went head-to-head together for America’s vote as top gobbler.

The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner -- (applause) -- proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics.  (Laughter.)   As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign.  (Laughter.)
On a more serious note, later today, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will bring a couple less fortunate turkeys to a great organization that works to help out our neighbors here in D.C. who need it most.  And I want to thank Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, for donating those dressed birds for the fifth year in a row.  This is a reminder that this is a season to not only be thankful for the incredible blessings that we have, but also to remember the neediest and generously serve those who are not as fortunate.

This is a quintessentially American holiday, and during this time we give thanks to our friends and our family, for citizens who show compassion to those in need, and for neighbors who help strangers they’ve never met.  We give thanks for the blessings of freedom and opportunity that previous generations worked so hard to secure for.  And we give thanks for the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform who serve our nation around the world.

For those of you who are watching, you keep us safe.  You make us proud, and you remind us of our own obligations to build on the work of our predecessors and leave something better for our own kids.

So on behalf of the Obama family, I want to wish everybody a very happy Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow, as we gather with our own friends and family, we’ll count ourselves lucky that there’s more to be thankful for than we can ever say, and more to be hopeful for than we can ever imagine.

And now, before these turkeys get away -- with the power vested in me, I want to grant Popcorn a full reprieve.  Come on. (Laughter.)  Popcorn, you have a full reprieve from cranberry sauce and stuffing.  We wish you well.  And we’re going to give Carmel a break as well.

All right?  (Laughter.)  Congratulations, everybody.  (Applause.)   Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.  See you, Popcorn. (Applause.)  Get out of the rain.  (Laughter.)