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

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.)

White House Schedule - November 27, 2013

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.  This meeting is closed press.
In afternoon, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico. The President will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday. This ceremony is open press.
Following the ceremony, the President will sign S. 252 : Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act or the "PREEMIE Reauthorization Act", H.R. 1848: Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 and H.R. 3204: Drug Quality and Security Act . There will be a stills only pool spray of these signings in the Oval Office.
Later in the afternoon, the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area. 
10:30 AM
The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
1:20 PM
The President pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey
North Portico
2:35 PM
The President holds a bill signing
Oval Office
4:30 PM
The First Family participates in a service event
DC area, Washington