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Big Island resident selected as official artist for 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Illustrator and Hawaii Island resident Jing Jing Tsong has been selected as the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist. Her work, which features vibrant compositions, combines traditional printmaking with digital techniques. Tsong created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collector’s item, this artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.

Comedy, improvisation and Santa served up at Gallery Meld

The Alohahas Improvisation Sketch Comedy Company will perform a holiday themed comedy show titled, “The Alohahas Present The Holiday Hahas.” This performance, for audiences 18 years old and older, features members of The Alohahas company in a variety of improvisation art styles and games centered around audience suggestions and participation as well as new comedy sketches written by company members. The show will also spotlight holiday song parodies and an improvised sketch involving an angry Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves.

Cast chosen for ‘Bell, Book and Candle’

Guest director for Aloha Performing Arts Company, Dick Hershberger has selected his cast for the American classic “Bell, Book, and Candle,” John van Druten’s award-winning romantic comedy about love and witchcraft. The play runs from Dec. 5 through 21 at the Aloha Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.

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Un-Taxis?

By now, pretty much everyone has heard about “ridesharing.” Big names in the market are Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. This industry presents itself as an alternative to taxis. If you are at Point A and need transportation to Point B, you pick up your smartphone, fire up an app that matches you with a driver and the driver comes to give you a ride. At the end of the ride, the rider’s credit card is charged, the driver and the service that provides the app both get paid and everyone is happy. At least in theory.

Big Island | Bench Warrants | 11-7-14

Whenever an individual ignores a court summons or traffic citation, a bench warrant for failure to appear in court is issued for that person’s arrest. Although most people respond, some do not. Over time, this lack of response creates a sizable backlog causing law enforcement to seek out residents. Although the Hawaii County Police Department can make warrant arrests in public areas, at places of employment, or in front of family and friends, it prefers that residents report directly to them.