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Norma Shearer

Edith Norma Shearer was a Canadian American actress and Hollywood star from 1925 through 1942. Shearer played spunky, sexually liberated ingenues, she appeared in adaptations of Noël Coward, Eugene O'Neill, William Shakespeare, was the first person to be nominated five times for an Academy Award for acting, winning Best Actress for her performance in the 1930 film The Divorcee. Reviewing Shearer's work, Mick LaSalle called her "the exemplar of sophisticated 1930s womanhood... exploring love and sex with an honesty that would be considered frank by modern standards". As a result, Shearer is celebrated as a feminist pioneer, "the first American film actress to make it chic and acceptable to be single and not a virgin on screen". Shearer was of Scottish and Irish descent, her childhood was spent in Montreal, where she was educated at Montreal High School for Girls and Westmount High School. Her life was one of privilege, due to the success of her father's construction business. However, the marriage between her parents was unhappy.

Andrew Shearer was prone to manic depression and "moved like a shadow or a ghost around the house", while her mother Edith Fisher Shearer was attractive and stylish. Young Norma was interested in music, as well, but after seeing a vaudeville show for her ninth birthday, she announced her intention to become an actress. Edith offered support, but as Shearer entered adolescence, she became secretly fearful that her daughter's physical flaws would jeopardize her chances. Shearer herself "had no illusions about the image I saw in the mirror", she acknowledged her "dumpy figure, with shoulders too broad, legs too sturdy, hands too blunt", was acutely aware of her small eyes that appeared crossed due to a cast in her right eye. By her own admission, she was "ferociously ambitious as a young girl", planned to overcome her deficiencies through careful camouflage, sheer determination, charm; the childhood and adolescence that Shearer once described as "a pleasant dream" ended in 1918, when her father's company collapsed, her older sister, suffered her first serious mental breakdown.

Forced to move into a small, dreary house in a "modest" Montreal suburb, the sudden plunge into poverty only strengthened Shearer's determined attitude: "At an early age, I formed a philosophy about failure. An endeavor, like my father's business, could fail, but that didn't mean Father had failed."Edith Shearer thought otherwise. Within weeks, she had moved into a cheap boarding house with her two daughters. A few months encouraged by her brother, who believed his niece should try her luck in "the picture business" operating on the East Coast, Edith sold her daughter's piano and bought three train tickets for New York City. In her pocket was a letter of introduction for Norma, acquired from a local theatre owner, to Florenz Ziegfeld, preparing a new season of his famous Ziegfeld Follies. In January 1920, the three Shearer women arrived in New York, each of them dressed up for the occasion. "I had my hair in little curls", Shearer remembered, "and I felt ambitious and proud." Her heart sank, when she saw their rented apartment: "There was one double bed, a cot with no mattress and a stove with one gas jet.

The communal bathroom was at the end of a long, dimly lit hallway. Athole and I took turns sleeping with mother in the bed, but sleep was impossible anyway—the elevated trains rattled right past our window every few minutes." The introduction to Ziegfeld proved disastrous. He turned Shearer down flat calling her a "dog", criticized her crossed eyes and stubby legs, she continued doing the rounds with her determination undimmed: "I learned that Universal Pictures was looking for eight pretty girls to serve as extras. Athole and I found 50 girls ahead of us. An assistant casting director walked down looking us over, he picked the fourth. The fifth and sixth were unattractive, but the seventh would do, so on, down the line until seven had been selected—and he was still some ten feet ahead of us. I did some quick thinking. I coughed loudly, when the man looked in the direction of the cough, I stood on my tiptoes and smiled right at him. Recognizing the awkward ruse to which I'd resorted, he laughed and walked over to me and said,'You win, Sis.

You're Number Eight.'"Other extra parts followed, including one in Way Down East, directed by D. W. Griffith. Taking advantage of a break in filming and standing shrewdly near a powerful arc light, Shearer introduced herself to Griffith and began to confide her hopes for stardom. "The Master looked down at me, studied my upturned face in the glare of the arc, shook his eagle head. Eyes no good, he said. A cast in one and far too blue. You'll never make it, he declared, turned solemnly away." Still undeterred, Shearer risked some of her savings on a consultation with Dr. William Bates, a pioneer in the treatment of incorrectly aligned eyes and defective vision, he wrote out a series of muscle-strengthening exercises that after many years of daily practice would conceal Shearer's cast for long periods of time on the screen. She spent hours in front of the mirror, exercising her eyes and striking poses that concealed or improved the physical flaws noted by Ziegfeld or Griffith. At night, she sat in the galleries of Broadway theatres, studying the entrances of Ina Claire, Lynn Fontanne, Katharine Cornell.

In desperate need of money, Shearer resorted to some modeling work. On her modeling career, she commented: "I could smile at a cake of laundry soap as if it were di

Port of Albany–Rensselaer

The Port of Albany–Rensselaer known as the Port of Albany, is a port of entry in the United States with facilities on both sides of the Hudson River in Albany and Rensselaer, New York. Private and public port facilities have existed in both cities since the 17th century, with an increase in shipping after the Albany Basin and Erie Canal were built with public funds in 1825; the port's modern name did not come into widespread use until 1925. It included the largest grain elevator in the world at the time. Today the grain elevator is the largest in the United States east of the Mississippi River; the port has rail connections with the Albany Port Railroad, which allows for connections with CSXT and CP Rail. It is near the New York State Canal System; the port features several tourist attractions as well, such as USS Slater, the only destroyer escort still afloat in the United States. The Port of Albany consists of 236 acres, including about 202 acres in Albany and 34 acres in Rensselaer, it is 124 nautical miles north of New York Harbor.

From New York Harbor to the Federal Dam three miles north of Albany, the Hudson River is an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. The Hudson has a deep water shipping channel 400 feet across, at Albany the river is 700 feet across with a maximum 31 feet fresh water draft and a mean range of tides of 4.7 feet. The port is at sea level. Since the founding of Albany in 1624 as a trading post, shipping has been important to its growth and prosperity. Furs and farm produce were important exports while European people and goods were shipped in; the Dongan Charter, which established Albany as a city, made Albany the exclusive market town in the upper Hudson River Valley. From its beginning, the port consisted of hastily built docks built every spring and destroyed every winter by erosion, flooding and tidal action. Three city-owned docks were established in 1766, the northern and southern ones being expanded into wharves. Many significant ships used Albany as their home port. Experiment left Albany in 1785 to become the second American ship to sail to China.

In 1809 Robert Fulton's Clermont became the first commercially viable steamboat when it left Albany and sailed down the Hudson to the city of New York. In 1825 a 4,300-foot long and 80-foot wide pier was constructed 250 feet from, parallel to, Albany's shoreline. Along with two bridges the pier enclosed 32 acres of the Hudson River as the Albany Basin; the construction of the pier and bridges cost $119,980. The basin was located where the Erie Canal, constructed between 1825, met the Hudson River; the basin could accommodate 50 steamboat moorings. Along the Erie Canal within the city's North Albany neighborhood private wharves and slips were constructed for use in the lumber trade, this soon became the large and prosperous Albany Lumber District of national importance. In 1860 Albany, along with nearby Watervliet and Troy, was the largest lumber market in the state; the Maiden Lane Bridge was constructed in 1871 over the basin to connect Albany with the east side of the river, it was open to railroad traffic only.

The Albany Port District was established in 1925 under New York law Chapter 192. This was only four years after the interstate compact. In 1932 Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled a modern port to replace the aging infrastructure of the Albany Basin and the lumber district along the Erie Canal in the North Albany neighborhood; the port was constructed on around 200 acres on Westerlo Island in the southern end of Albany along with 34 acres across the river in the city of Rensselaer. The grain elevator at the port, built during the original construction in 1932, was the largest in the world and as of 2008 is still considered to be the largest in the United States east of the Mississippi River; the area of Albany's original port has been covered by Interstate 787 and the Corning Preserve since the early 1970s. In 1979 remnants of the basin wall were excavated from the preserve's lagoon by Phillip Lord working for the New York State Museum. A Master Plan adopted in 2000 called for the port to be transformed into a container port, which led to the purchase of the largest harbor crane in the state.

In 2002, the Port District Commission took the lead in the development of Albany's Riverfront Park in the Corning Preserve as part of a development to enhance Albany's access to the river. The port helped in financing the project and in the construction of two bulkheads which have seasonal floating docks attached. In a 2005 audit, the Office of the State Comptroller questioned the port's involvement in the construction and financing. Two issues raised were the port district's lack of authority to build docks for non-commercial use and that the port would receive no income for facilities it was financing; the port received $3.3 million in 2002 to upgrade and become a member of the Inland Distribution Network, a select group of ports that are used as satellite locations for the distribution of container cargo from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resulting in less congestion at downstate ports and highways. On December 9, 2003, the Dutch-owned ship Stellamare capsized at the port, killing three Russian crewmembers.

The ship was hauling General Electric generators. The United States C

Dimple Ajmera

Dimple Tansen Ajmera is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served on the Charlotte City Council since 2017. Ajmera was born in Surat and immigrated to Los Angeles with her family when she was 16, her parents relocated the family to North Carolina, where they found work as housekeepers. Ajmera attended Southern High School. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California in 2008, Ajmera worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP; that year, she returned to North Carolina to work for TIAA-CREF. She worked there for six years. In 2017, Ajmera was unanimously appointed to fill the remainder of Rep. John Autry's term in the City Council representing the 5th district. In 2017, Ajmera ran for an At-Large seat on the City Council. At the beginning of her term, Ajmera stated that she wished to develop affordable housing and to bring economic development to East Charlotte. In 2019, Ajmera was elected to serve a second term, she entered this term highlighting her intent to concentrate on affordable housing, economic development, the environment.

Ajmera announced her run for the North Carolina State Treasurer election in late 2019. January and February polling in the North Carolina Democratic primary placed her as the frontrunner, though with 80% of voters still undecided. Ajmera is a Certified Public Accountant, she is married to a dentist. At-Large Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera official Charlotte City Council website Dimple Ajmera for NC Treasurer