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Middletown offers 1 chance to see balloon glow with holiday lights

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

Lights stolen from Light Up Middletown

The skies will light up with hot air balloons for one night only during Light Up Middletown’s annual Balloon Glow this month.

The Balloon Glow, set for Dec. 11 this year, typically features five to 10 balloons that become part of Light Up Middletown, a drive-through holiday lights display.

MORE: Attendance, donations up at Light Up Middletown

“Guests should arrive a little bit early to get through the line,” said Cheryl Landen, secretary of the group that organizes the annual event.

Overall, the display at Smith Park features more than 90 separate displays. 

“Light Up Middletown is a tradition in Middletown. It’s a huge part of Christmas,” said Bill Becker, chairman of Light Up Middletown.

The Balloon Glow at Light Up Middletown will be held on one night only on Monday, Dec. 11, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Contributing Writer)

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Balloon Glow at Light Up Middletown

WHEN: The Balloon Glow will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Light Up Middletown is from 6 to 10 p.m. every night through New Years Eve, including holidays.

WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave. in Middletown

COST: Admission is by donation

Carrie Fisher’s dog recognized her in new ‘Star Wars’ film

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:59 AM

Actress Carrie Fisher and her beloved dog, Gary.
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Actress Carrie Fisher and her beloved dog, Gary.(Getty Images)

Carrie Fisher may be dead almost a year, but her dog still remembers the actress, New Musical Express reported.

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Fisher, who died last Dec. 27 at age 60, starred in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which opened in theaters Thursday.

Fisher’s dog, Gary, attended the premiere of the film on Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Gary watched the movie while sitting in the lap of Fisher’s former personal assistant, Corby McCoin, New Musical Express reported.

KABC reporter Veronica Miracle tweeted that Gary’s ears “perked up every time (Fisher) was on the screen.”

Gary even has a cameo in “The Last Jedi” and paid tribute to Fisher on the canine’s Instagram account, the New Musical Express reported.

Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 12:18 AM

Ryan Lochte is happy these days talking about his son and fiancee.
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Ryan Lochte is happy these days talking about his son and fiancee.(Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ryan Lochte’s son and fiancee are clearly the lights of his life, and a new photo of his bouncing baby boy is proving that.

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Lochte, 33, regularly gushes about his 6-month-old son Caiden Zane and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid on his Instagram page.

The highly decorated Olympic swimmer said he’s grateful for a fresh start after landing in hot water for his drunken behavior at the Rio Olympics.

In 2016, he was suspended for 10 months from domestic and international competitions, according to the New York Times.

In an interview with People last year, the swimmer said he was looking forward to becoming a dad, seeing it as a new beginning.

“I think everyone deserves a clean start and that’s what I love about this,” Lochte told People.

Six months into being a father, Lochte seems to be loving it.

Lochte recently shared a photo of his son Caiden smiling up at his dad from a bouncy seat.

“That smile from my son warms my heart so much!” Lochte wrote. “Makes everything better! #blessed #czl #happybaby.”

According to People, Lochte is currently house hunting in Los Angeles. He plans to pursue acting there while he trains for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

On Thursday, Reid also shared a touching photo of Lochte and Caiden Zane.

Billionaire’s son sues ex-fiancée to get $250,000 engagement ring back

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:59 PM



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Billionaire Bill Koch’s son Wyatt is no longer engaged, and he wants the quarter-million dollar ring back from his ex-fiancee.

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Lawyers filed a civil lawsuit on Wyatt Koch’s behalf Tuesday to attempt to force Ivie Gabrielle Slocumb to return the expensive piece of jewelry.

“The ring is wrongfully detained by (Slocumb),” the lawsuit says. “She received the ring as a conditional gift. She refuses to return it despite proper demand and the condition not being fulfilled.”

Ivie Gabrielle Slocumb and Wyatt Koch pictured in 2016 in happier times. (Meghan McCarthy / Daily News File Photo)

Slocumb was the one who broke off the engagement, according to the complaint. Koch demanded the ring back multiple times and she refused, the complaint says.

Koch, a Palm Beach resident and fashion designer, purchased the 8.24 carat diamond ring for $180,000 at Manufacturing Jewelers on Madison Avenue in New York on March 27, 2017, according to an invoice attached to the complaint. An attorney for Koch said the ring was last appraised for $250,000.

Koch declined comment through an attorney. It’s unclear if Slocumb has hired an attorney, and there was no answer at a phone number associated with her.

Wyatt Koch founded the company Wyatt Ingraham LLC — an apparel line for men that caters to an international audience, according to the company’s website. His sense of fashion is bold and he thinks clothing should be a conversation starter, the site says.

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Industrialist Bill Koch is the son of Fred C. Koch, who founded Koch Industries — a multinational company based in Wichita, Kansas. Bill Koch, whose net worth is about 1.7 billion, according to Forbes, is the co-founder of Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach.

Billie Lourd shares photo of mom Carrie Fisher, honoring ‘Star Wars, her last movie

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:08 PM

Honoree Carrie Fisher attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. 
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Honoree Carrie Fisher attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)

Billie Lourd is remembering her late mother, Carrie Fisher, in a touching Instagram post.

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The touching photo Lourd shared Friday shows the pair clinging to each other on the red carpet of a recent movie premiere.

The mother and daughter starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” back in 2015, and now Fisher’s last movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” premiered in theaters on Friday. Lourd said she will forever cherish those memories.

“I’m a big believer of things happening for a reason and I think I ended up on that movie for a reason,” Lourd said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres after losing her mother. “It was really incredible for us to get to have that experience together.”

Lourd lost both her mother and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, within one day of each other last year.

Fisher died after going into cardiac arrest aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. She died four days later.

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Lourd has posted several tributes to her mother over the past year.

On Fisher’s birthday, she posted a photo of the two of them wearing matching night gowns when Lourde was a child.

In May, also shared another photo of her and her mother riding what appeared to be a train.

>> Related: Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

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