Norwood Recreation to host Trunk or Treat – News – Milford Daily News

Editor’s Note: The following comes from the Norwood Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department has partnered with the Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave., and they are hosting the Trunk or Treat Drive Through on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. The club has a huge parking lot perfect for a drive-thru.

This year the cost will be $5 per car that drives through, and all the money will go to the Norwood Food Pantry. All cars must be preregistered.

This event is for Norwood residents only.

Participants will drive through and see all the different themed trunks and be able to wave; the department encourages participants to wear costumes and decorate their cars and get in the Halloween spirit.

Each trunk this year will not be passing out candy, but participants will receive a goody bag at the end of all the trunks from the Recreation Department due to COVID. The department already has more than 25 cars registered to decorate trunks, and police, fire, light, Norwood Community Media and DPW will be bringing a truck.

Registration will be limited and will open on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. There will be two time slots; only cars registered for the time slot will be able to drive through at that time.

 

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This year the department is making more than 500 goodie bags for Trunk or Treat participants. In order to donate all the proceeds to the Norwood Food Pantry, we need your help with candy donations.

Individually wrapped candy can be sent via Amazon to 165 Nahatan St., or candy dropped off at the Civic Center. We are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All candy donations need to be brought in by Friday, Oct. 16.

 

 

 

 

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Norwood Recreation to host Trunk or Treat – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Editor’s Note: The following comes from the Norwood Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department has partnered with the Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave., and they are hosting the Trunk or Treat Drive Through on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. The club has a huge parking lot perfect for a drive-thru.

This year the cost will be $5 per car that drives through, and all the money will go to the Norwood Food Pantry. All cars must be preregistered.

This event is for Norwood residents only.

Participants will drive through and see all the different themed trunks and be able to wave; the department encourages participants to wear costumes and decorate their cars and get in the Halloween spirit.

Each trunk this year will not be passing out candy, but participants will receive a goody bag at the end of all the trunks from the Recreation Department due to COVID. The department already has more than 25 cars registered to decorate trunks, and police, fire, light, Norwood Community Media and DPW will be bringing a truck.

Registration will be limited and will open on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. There will be two time slots; only cars registered for the time slot will be able to drive through at that time.

 

Candy donations wanted

This year the department is making more than 500 goodie bags for Trunk or Treat participants. In order to donate all the proceeds to the Norwood Food Pantry, we need your help with candy donations.

Individually wrapped candy can be sent via Amazon to 165 Nahatan St., or candy dropped off at the Civic Center. We are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All candy donations need to be brought in by Friday, Oct. 16.

 

 

 

 

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Lori Hansen announces retirement from City of Papillion Parks & Recreation; leaving legacy of growth | Papillion

Lori Hansen will retire in December following a 23-year tenure as the recreation director for the City of Papillion. She has managed several large projects during a period of significant growth for the city and surrounding areas.

“The city has been really good to me … and they’ve given me a long leash to try a lot of new things and be involved in a lot of new things,” said Hansen.

A native of Minnesota, Hansen came to Nebraska to study at Dana College. Her original degree was in recreation, but she spent the first part of her career working for a healthcare system as a therapist and operations director. By 1998, she was ready for a change.

“I worked with populations within the mental health arena, substance abuse arena where funding was drying up and we were having to work really hard to get funding for programming and things were really changing,” said Hansen. “So, I know it sounds kind of odd, but when this opportunity kind of landed in my lap I really felt like it was something that I was supposed to pay attention to. It was going to be a new opportunity to do something new, and so I jumped. I took the chance.”

Hansen shepherded her department through several large projects including the recent opening of Papillion Landing Community Recreation Center and Field House. She also managed Papio Bay Aquatic Center, oversaw the addition of many other programs and services including a bus service, senior center, the Papillion Race Series, the Papillion Farmers Market and SumTur Amphitheater.

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NJ Expands Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List To Biggest Ever

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its largest ever, now demanding travelers from 38 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Murphy added three states this week – Ohio, Michigan and Virginia – raising the total of states and territories included in the advisory to 38, marking the largest number of states on New Jersey’s quarantine list to date.

July 28 previously held the record for the most states included on the list at 36.

Anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Delaware remains on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to many parts of the southern U.S. will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Anyone returning from the designated states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“As cases have increased within our own state and we work to contain clusters, it is vital to ensure that we are taking all steps necessary to stop the further spread of COVID-19 from out of state,” said Murphy. “It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 38 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Murphy is now saying New Jersey may have to suspend further reopenings if cases continue to rise. Murphy made the comments after the Garden State had its highest daily number of new cases in four months. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ May Stop Reopenings If COVID-19 Cases Keep Rising

Murphy has issued Halloween rules and guidance for New Jersey amid the coronavirus crisis. Here’s what that means. Read more: Gov. Murphy Issues NJ Halloween Rules, Guidance Amid Coronavirus

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

This article originally appeared on the Holmdel-Hazlet Patch

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Unique concert planned in October for towering Myrtle Beach-area hotel | Myrtle Beach Business

MYRTLE BEACH — Cliffhanger Productions plans to bring an electronic dance music, or EDM, concert to a hotel on South Ocean Boulevard where attendees will be able to enjoy the concert from the comfort of their hotel room.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Myrtle Beach will host the ReVibe Wellness Retreat on Oct. 30-31, where 1,600 people are expected for the nearly sold-out event. The concert is being dubbed as “the first of its kind CDC-compliant vertical musical event on the East Coast.”

Michael Frits, general manager of the DoubleTree in Myrtle Beach, said the resort has seen an increase in revenue from their drive market cities, and so they’re targeting states that allow guests the option to drive in rather than fly, including North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida.

“We predict we will have attendees from as far north as New York and Massachusetts, as well,” Frits said.

Cliffhanger has a filed special events permit with Horry County. Frits said the resort has a permit that allows for amplified outdoor noise from 1 p.m. to midnight both Friday and Saturday. He said there shouldn’t be any concern about noise.

“Our oceanfront resort is great for hosting a vertical musical event since we have two towers with large connecting lawn spaces that will force sound to bounce off the hotel and be directed toward the ocean,” Frits said. 

Two stages will be set up to face the towers at the Doubletree. Owners of Cliffhanger bought out all rooms in both towers to ensure all visitors are specifically there for the concert.

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The concert is scheduled to feature artists including: Buku, Mersiv, TRUTH, and many more, according to the announcement.

Cliffhanger Productions produced a similar event in Calgary called the Diesel Bird Hotel Music Festival in August, which sold out.

Frits said with this being the first concert of its kind at the resort and Myrtle Beach, it would be difficult to put a financial impact of the show.

“Bringing new visitors to Myrtle Beach is always a benefit of hosting a large event like this and we’re proud to help give a boost to South Carolina tourism,” Frits wrote. “At the resort, our guests will be able to purchase food from multiple dining options during the weekend, including three restaurants on-property, but from seven local food trucks as well.”

Ticket prices start at $375 per person and can be purchased at ReVibeRetreat.com, where attendees can view the weekend lineup and choose their preferred tower.

Frits said he hopes this will offer concert promoters a viable alternative to large crowds pre-COVID.

“We hope to do more vertical concerts in the future and see the potential of offering a safe alternative to large gatherings,” he said. “We take the safety of our guests and employees very serious

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Three states added to New York’s travel quarantine list; hot spots still an issue

This story was reported by Catherine Carrera, Matthew Chayes, Bart Jones, David Reich-Hale, Joie Tyrrell and John Valenti. It was written by Jones.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that Ohio, Michigan and Virginia were added to the list of states and territories with high levels of COVID-19 infection and from which travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival here.

No places were removed from the list, which numbers more than 30 states and territories.

More schools on Long Island responded to new cases, while New York City schools reported a “really encouraging” result from recent testing, New York City Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday.

The positivity level from tests completed Monday across all of New York was measured at 1.2% outside of the “micro-clusters” the state is targeting, but rose to 4.13% in about 20 “hot spots” that the state is targeting in Brooklyn and Queens, along with Rockland and Orange counties.

States/regions in red are included on New York’s travel advisory list as of Oct. 13, 2020. Guam and Puerto Rico, not pictured, are also on the list.

The “red zone” level for neighborhoods with the most cases was up from the 3.7% the day before. Those areas are home to 2.8% of the state’s population, yet had 12.3% of all positive cases reported Monday to the state, Cuomo said.

“Our numbers overall continue to remain steady, despite the micro-clusters that have popped up in certain pockets of the state. Our strategy is to continue to identify these clusters if and when they pop up, get even more refined in our targeting and attack them as needed,” Cuomo said.

Eleven state residents died of coronavirus-related causes on Monday, and 923 people were hospitalized with the virus — an increase of 45 people from the previous day.

The positivity level for new confirmed virus cases was 1.1% on Long Island and 1.3% in New York City. The number was 101 in Nassau County, 68 in Suffolk County and 545 in New York City.

State Liquor Authority agents and State Police inspected 470 establishments on Monday and issued summonses to three of them — all in Nassau County — for violating state laws on mask-wearing and social distancing.

New York City found only one positive case of COVID-19 in public schools from random tests conducted on 1,751 people, including students and staff, at 56 schools.

The random tests began last Friday, de Blasio said Tuesday morning at his daily news conference, and the schools started to reopen last month for in-person classes.

“That’s really, really encouraging, and it says how important it is to constantly keep a lookout, and constantly focus on testing,” de Blasio said.

As part of a deal with the city teachers’ labor union, de Blasio agreed to a randomized, monthly testing

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Florida Man, Worried About BLM Protests, Brings AR-15 and Handgun to Disney Vacation

A Florida man reportedly brought multiple guns to a family vacation at Disney World over fears about nearby Black Lives Matter protesters.

An unnamed 43-year-old man from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida brought an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun, along with a large amount of ammunition, during a family trip on Labor Day weekend due to fears that his family could be in danger from protesters, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

The paper reports that the man brought the carried the guns in a tennis bag while checking into the Polynesian Village Resort on September 5, citing a police report. The man was said to have a concealed weapons permit and was not arrested since no laws were broken. Regardless, Disney security confiscated his weapons and held them during his stay due to their policy prohibiting weapons.

“Our policy is clear that weapons of any kind are not allowed at our resort regardless of whether someone has a permit,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Newsweek.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the incident after a bellman carrying the man’s unusually heavy bag noticed the guns inside, which prompted his manager to contact police.

Disney World
Disney World reopened in July, about four months after the Florida resort had been closed over public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The police report states that when questioned by officers about the weapons, the man said that “he brought the rifle with him for their safety because of the riots and civil unrest going on down south and in the Central Florida area,” according to the paper.

Like many areas throughout the country, protests against racial injustice and police brutality have been ongoing in the Orlando area, where Disney World is located. However, no related protests have been reported at the resort itself, nor have resort guests been targeted for any sort of physical attacks by protesters.

Another incident involving weapons occurred in July, when a Georgia woman who did not have a concealed weapons permit was arrested after Disney World security alerted police upon finding two guns and a small amount of marijuana hidden in a diaper bag as she attempted to enter the resort’s Epcot theme park.

Her arrest happened days after Disney World reopened following four months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the resort opened its doors as cases of the virus were surging in Florida, preventative measures including reducing capacity to 25 percent may have resulted in it not being tied to any major outbreaks.

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he was sending a team to Florida to discuss preventative measures with an eye towards eventually reopening California theme parks. Disneyland has remained closed since the start of the pandemic due to public health concerns.

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Stock Markets Sink on Cruise Ship Stock Sales; Online Travel Shares Fall

Tuesday was an off day on Wall Street, as investors hit the pause button in what has been an amazing upward move for the overall stock market in recent weeks. Losses weren’t all that significant, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) and S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) losing just enough to give bullish market participants the idea that indexes are setting up for another big push higher.

Today’s stock market

Index

Percentage Change (Decline)

Point Change

Dow

(0.55%)

(158)

S&P 500

(0.63%)

(22)

Nasdaq Composite

(0.10%)

(12)

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Yet there were some really big losers on Tuesday, and they largely came from the travel industry. In particular, cruise ship operators saw their share prices drop significantly as the hard-hit companies got even more bad news about their immediate prospects. Meanwhile, more broadly, online travel giants like Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG) and Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) didn’t fare particularly well, either. Below, we’ll look at the factors hitting these stocks in more detail.

Taking on more water

The losses in the cruise ship industry were substantial. Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) saw the biggest declines, falling 13% on the day. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) and Carnival (NYSE:CCL) both followed suit with drops of 8% on Tuesday.

Cruise ship in a harbor with an island and beach nearby.

Image source: Getty Images.

The industry has been in trouble for a long time. At the end of September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the no-sail order governing U.S. cruises by a month, and many believe that the regulatory agency would have preferred to move forward more aggressively with an extension all the way through the first month of 2021.

Carnival got off to a bad start on Monday by announcing it would cancel its November cruises. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian had already taken that step. That now makes it a very real possibility that the industry won’t end up having any activity at all through the end of 2020.

The latest news sinking cruise stocks came from Royal Caribbean, which decided to cancel its Australia and New Zealand cruises through the end of the year. Moreover, the company once again turned to the capital markets for money, raising $1 billion with sales of $500 million in stock and $500 million in three-year convertible debt.

Investors have been willing to keep cruise companies afloat, providing them more cash even without firm prospects for a restart. How long that will last is anyone’s guess, but shareholders have to be losing patience with the companies and their lack of certainty about what the future will hold.

Travel sites face huge uncertainty

Elsewhere in travel, Expedia and Booking Holdings were both down more than 3%. The pains in the cruise ship industry were only one factor weighing on the online travel booking sites.

Airline earnings started coming out today, and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) had a lackluster performance that included huge losses. It’s likely that the rest of the airlines will see similar issues.

To be fair, Booking and Expedia get more of their business from

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Recreation vehicle, boat sales revved up in July

With COVID keeping Canadians closer to home this summer, sales of recreational vehicles, sporting equipment and home hardware items have soared, according to Statistics Canada data released Oct. 13.

The ‘staycation’ concept advocated by the tourism sector seems to have paid off as consumers had higher than normal spending on products to be enjoyed outdoors.

Spending on recreational vehicles was up 47.3% for July compared with July 2019; sporting and leisure categories were up 29.8%.

Leading the increase in the categories were new recreational boats (up 58.2%), new motorhomes, travel trailers and truck campers (up 47.4%) and hunting, fishing and camping equipment (up 40.2%).

Canadians were spending more around the home as well. Hardware and renovation supplies were up 83.3%, major home appliances up 20.2% and small home appliances up 41.3%.

National retail sales reached $57.2 billion dollars in July, up 4.8% compared with July 2019, Statistics Canada reported.

The national agency said the increase marked the second consecutive increase in year-over-year sales for the sector, with sales reported in 12 of the 19 commodity categories monitored.

The agency said advance estimates for August provided by the Monthly Retail Trade Survey suggest unadjusted total retail sales increased by 1.7%. The agency cautioned the figure is preliminary and subject to revision.

StatsCan said Canadians’ new habit of eating at home has persisted for the fifth consecutive month with sales of food showing the largest year-over-year with an increase at 12.1%.

And, food and beverage sales accounted for just over one-quarter (25.9%) of all retail receipts in July, up from 24.1% in July 2019. But, while those sales continue to represent a larger than average market share, that share declined considerably from the record high seen in April (38.0%).

The product sector’s largest gains were seen in:
• fresh fruit and vegetables (+14.5%);
• fresh meat and poultry (+14.7%); and
• eggs and dairy products (+14.4%).

Beverage sales were up 14.8%, led by alcohol, up 14.3% from a year earlier.

But, as people stayed home, sales of automotive and household fuels represented the sector’s largest decline, down 22.4%.

The agency said the decline was primarily due to automotive fuels, with sales at the pump down $1.1 billion on a year-over-year basis.

And, while some consumer spending has begun a rebound, motor vehicle sales continued to lag in July, down 1.3% from a year prior.

It was new vehicle sales holding back the category, with sales decreasing 4.9%. This was the fifth straight month of negative growth in this category.

Consumers continued to look for deals in the used car market, which saw its second consecutive month of positive growth, up 13.1% in June and 4.6% in July.

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How has this hotel firm spent its PPP money? Eight members of Congress want to know

Eight members of Congress are calling on the Small Business Administration to investigate whether the operator of a luxury Santa Monica hotel and dozens of other properties properly spent tens of millions of dollars in pandemic relief funding.



a group of people that are talking on a cell phone: A group prays during an August demonstration supporting Margarita Santos, center, who was fired from her housekeeping job at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot hotel. The hotel's operator, Columbia Sussex, received tens of millions of dollars in PPP loans. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)


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A group prays during an August demonstration supporting Margarita Santos, center, who was fired from her housekeeping job at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot hotel. The hotel’s operator, Columbia Sussex, received tens of millions of dollars in PPP loans. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) and seven of her Democratic colleagues issued a letter Tuesday urging the SBA to investigate how a hotel conglomerate that owns or operates at least 50 hotels spent the money it received — as much as $63 million — from the Paycheck Protection Program.

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The group of lawmakers said in the letter that the PPP was designed to keep workers employed but that the hotel company, Columbia Sussex, accepted the funding through multiple affiliates and still laid off thousands of workers.

“Columbia Sussex appears to have taken advantage of these policies — borrowing taxpayer money at artificially low interest rates through multiple entities while laying off workers,” their letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza says.

Phone calls and emails to the Kentucky headquarters of Columbia Sussex were not returned Tuesday.

The PPP, part of the $2-trillion stimulus funding package approved by Congress in March, was promoted as a tool for keeping workers employed during the economic crisis. But experts, academics and union leaders told the Los Angeles Times that loopholes and flaws in the program allowed businesses to accept millions of dollars in forgivable loans without retaining or recalling most of their workers.

The program requires loan recipients to use at least 60% of the money on payroll and lets them wait as late as December to spend that money on payroll. If the recipient doesn’t follow the guidelines, the loan is no longer forgivable — but it converts to a low-interest loan that is much cheaper than loans offered by traditional lenders.

The PPP launched in April with $349 billion for forgivable loans. Congress added $320 billion later that month. The program ended Aug. 8 with more than $100 billion left unused.

Columbia Sussex, through affiliates, employed about 6,500 people nationwide before the pandemic. Porter and her colleagues accused the hotel conglomerate of receiving the PPP funding through 17 affiliates, registered at the same Kentucky address, and double counting employees of the various companies to justify the need for more PPP money.

The letter asks the SBA to investigate the 17 loans and respond by Monday.

Porter’s office said the call for an investigation is supported by Unite Here Local 11, which represents thousands of hotel workers in Southern California and Arizona. The union has been critical of the Columbia Sussex-operated JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot hotel, accusing management of firing a housekeeper after she was infected with COVID-19 and of

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