Day: October 17, 2020

Input Sought On Businesses, Recreation Along Fox River

Press release from McHenry County Department of Planning and Development:

Oct. 17, 2020

McHenry County, the City of McHenry, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning are seeking public input on the ongoing Fox River Corridor Plan.

The project seeks to create a comprehensive plan for the future of the Fox River along the study area, which stretches eight miles from North Chapel Hill Road in Johnsburg south to Burtons Bridge at Route 176. The ongoing plan will focus on commerce along business districts adjacent to the river, public access and recreational use, environment and natural resources, and transportation connections to the river.

The public is encouraged to learn more about the plan, submit input, and take a survey by visiting the project website at https://engage.cmap.illinois.gov/fox-river-mchenry.

The Fox River Corridor planning project will outline strategies and actions for communities to take to realize their long-term vision for the corridor. The project team will engage residents, business owners and other stakeholders – such as riverfront property owners, marina operators, boaters, and environmental and bicycle advocates – to craft recommendations that reflect the needs and vision of the corridor community when it comes to recreation, open space, transportation and economic development.

The study area includes the municipalities of McHenry, Johnsburg, Holiday Hills and Prairie Grove, and unincorporated Burtons Bridge, as well as numerous conservation areas, parks and nature preserves.

This project builds upon the foundation of two previous Fox River Corridor plans – one completed in 2015 for Algonquin and Carpentersville, and another in 2018 for McHenry and Lake counties.


This press release was produced by McHenry County Department of Planning and Development. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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8 Items To Bring for a Cold Vacation

The days are getting colder and the skies are getting kinder as summer departs and autumn approaches. With autumn comes the influx of cool and chilly days with colorful leaves and pumpkins everywhere. If a vacation is in the books for you this season, you’ll want to know about what to bring with you to keep you cozy, warm, and prepared.

Blankets

What’s cold weather without blankets, besides torture? Gather a few blankets to bring with you on your vacation to keep warm when the cold winds blow. You’ll want to bring something that insulates you when the temperatures drop, such as a fleece fabric blanket or one made with plush material. Just in case it gets cold enough to require it, bring some extra blankets to use yourself or share with your posse.

Hot Beverages

There is no better time of the year to consume hot chocolate, coffee, and any other steaming hot drink than the season of autumn. If where you’re staying permits it, take your coffee machine or kettle with you to make yourself and your crew all kinds of hot drinks while at your destination. If tea is more of your preference, bring plenty of tea bags with add-ons of your choice.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers come in all types of formulas like lotions and oils. The cold weather can be ruthless for anyone who isn’t prepared, and those who have dry or chapped skin will take the brunt of it. It’s essential to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day to prevent it from flaking or itching. Don’t forget to keep your hair moisturized, also, and protect it from the wind, rain, and snow. You might also look into cannabis products that can help with other medical and recreational needs.

Lip Balms

Another layer of skin that needs the most attention in the cold months is located right on your face. The lips are the thinnest layer of skin on the human body, which leaves them susceptible to flaking, chapping, and possibly bleeding. To combat this, carry at least one lip balm to use in a pinch. Lip scrubs exfoliate the top layer of your lips to get rid of dead skin and reveal fresh soft lips. If you’re thinking of wearing makeup at some point on your getaway, these two items will be a necessity.

Turtlenecks

Long-sleeved shirts are a must for any vacation in the cooler months. Turtlenecks are a versatile option for keeping yourself warm. With the fashionable gathered collars, there won’t be any need to wear a scarf with it. What makes a turtleneck even better is that it can be worn with anything: under a jacket, with jeans, with a skirt, or under your warm blanket.

Neutral Colored Clothing

Fashionistas, take note: autumn is the season where bold and brightly-colored clothing gets shelved until the next year. Of course, if you aren’t particular about certain colors and trends, then anything goes. Black, despite being a very hot color in the summer, is

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Strictly Come Dancing pros give a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’

The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’ on Saturday’s launch show.

The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines.

Listing the show’s strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in.

Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble' on Saturday's launch show

Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’ on Saturday’s launch show

Amy Dowden said: ‘Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.’

To which Neil Jones added: ‘All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.’

Amy continued: ‘We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series. However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.’

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel 

Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines

Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines

Intense: Listing the show's strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in

Intense: Listing the show’s strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in

Karen Hauer admitted that it had been ‘really lonely’ isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together.

The pros joked that it was an intense experience as they had two weeks to learn all of the group numbers and it was just ‘dance, dance, dance’ with ‘no escaping’.

Strictly then shared a glimpse of the group routines being pre-recorded in the studios, revealing that all crew members had to wear masks with everyone on set sanitising their hands. 

With the crew working together around the clock, 300 costumes were made during the 25-day hotel bubble stay.

Amy Dowden said: 'Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.'

Amy Dowden said: ‘Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.’

Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: 'All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.'

Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: ‘All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.’

While the sets and routines will have exciting stunts including explosions, trains and bikes with the pros saying ‘it looks like a full on movie production’.

The dancers also had to pre-record the final group routine and even a festive Christmas performance. 

Elsewhere, also during the show, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly outlined how the show had adapted to the current climate and introduced safety measures.

They told the audience: ‘Earlier in the year out dedicated professional dancers isolated at home before moving into a hotel together and becoming a household.

Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel

Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel 

'Lonely': Karen Hauer admitted that it had been 'really lonely' isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together

‘Lonely’: Karen Hauer admitted that it had been ‘really lonely’ isolating

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Parks and recreation: Rs 116cr facelift for RK beachfront | Visakhapatnam News

Visakhapatnam: The city’s famous RK Beach stretch is getting ready for a makeover. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has finalised tenders to redevelop the beach front at a cost of Rs 116crore. The beachfront redevelopment project will stretch approximately 3.5 kilometres in length and will be divided into four zones, according to the detailed project report (DPR).
Major components of the project include a 3km-long retaining wall, three parks, a 3km-long cycling track, walking track, increased parking facilities, plazas, beach access, upgrade of existing shops, public toilets, drinking water etc.
The beach redevelopment project has been so conceptualised that the development blends into the natural landscape. Further, increasing connectivity along the beachfront and improving the streetscape are also part of the agenda. The master plan was prepared keeping site context, ecology, landform, traffic flow, biodiversity and traditional livelihood activities in mind.
GVMC chief engineer M Venkateswara Rao said that the bids were finalised around two weeks ago. “The bidder has to complete the project in 18 months. A single continuous service road will be laid to close the discontinuity between existing service roads,” said the chief engineer.
“The project will give a complete makeover to the RK Beach stretch right from adding a cycling track, a walking track, more parks, increasing greenery and provisioning better public amenities,” Venkateswara Rao added.
The 2014 Cyclone Hudhud had devastated several districts of Andhra Pradesh, including Visakhapatnam. Following the cyclone, World Bank approved credit of US$250 million towards the Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP). Counterpart funding of US$120 million will be done by the state government in the ratio of 68:32.
Of the six components of APDRP, protection and restoration of the beachfront is the third.
The project seeks to restore damages due to disasters while increasing resilience of infrastructure and communities from future impacts of natural disasters and climate change. The three major components of APDRP are: safety and disaster resilience, community resilience and education and awareness related components to protect natural assets.

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Travel: Redesigned boutique hotel now open in West Lafayette | Lifestyles – Travel

Throughout the hotel are Boilermaker touches, including the school crest embedded into carpeting in the public spaces and on pillows in the rooms, historic photos hanging above the beds and tartan prints. The lobby has a very cool bookcase design above the front desk with rotating black and white photos projected onto it, and there are several cozy nooks to have a seat and relax. I love the stylish room decor and luxurious in-room touches like comfy robes, Pharmacopia products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion) and Caribou Coffee. Rooms feature WiFi, mini fridges and large flatscreen TVs.

We took a walk on the second floor beyond the hotel into the Purdue Memorial Union, which has stunning architectural features and busts of past presidents, along with an information desk with campus maps and information on the area.

Within the hotel are three dining options, and my husband and I had the opportunity to experience each one while we were there. A little bit after checking in we had a reservation for dinner at 8Eleven, the hotel’s full-service restaurant that is named to honor two NASA missions: Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 — both commanded by Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong. Described as their “refined and sophisticated gathering spot,” the French-American bistro has an open kitchen concept and an impressive menu.

It was difficult making a decision on what to order. We started with oysters and gulf shrimp cocktail, and it was immediately apparent that everything is top-quality. For entrees, we decided on the halibut with heirloom tomatoes, fennel, lemon and sweet pepper and that evening’s special, the Filet Oscar — a medium filet mignon with lump crab, covered in Hollandaise sauce over asparagus. It was phenomenal, and our meal earned a spot as one of my favorite eateries in the state. I never expected to enjoy seafood that good in a small Midwest college town.

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A review of Albion House hotel, Ramsgate, Kent


By Lizzie Enfield For The Mail On Sunday

22:01 17 Oct 2020, updated 22:01 17 Oct 2020

  • Albion House looks out across the harbour to the English Channel and across Ramsgate Sands, Kent 
  • The luxury boutique hotel has 14 rooms, ranging from cosy eaves to airy suites with balconies 
  • Breakfasts merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords

High on the edge of the East Cliff, Albion House looks out across the harbour to the Channel in one direction and across the vast sweep of Ramsgate Sands in the other.

In Georgian, Regency and Victorian times, Ramsgate was a thriving resort, partly due to the largesse of Mary Townley, the then owner of Albion House. She threw balls and entertained nobility, including Victoria herself, who stayed for months as a young princess.

When Mary died in 1839, a little bit of Ramsgate went with her. The house was sold and the resort’s popularity began to wane.

Grand entrance: Husband-and-wife team Ben and Emma Irvine have transformed a once-crumbling edifice into a luxury boutique hotel
There are 14 rooms, ranging from cosy eaves to airy suites with balconies. Pictured is the view from one of the rooms

Fast-forward nearly 200 years and the new host and hostess on the Regency block are husband-and-wife team Ben and Emma Irvine. They set their sights on Albion House and have transformed the crumbling edifice into a luxury boutique hotel.

The interior is full of period furniture from France, restored antique lighting, reproduction busts and contemporary linen and decor.

The walls appear to fade as you ascend the curving Georgian staircase: from a bold, dark, stormy grey in the parlour and restaurant to a pale dawn grey in the bedrooms. The beds are remarkable for their height – designed so that guests can get the best of the sea views.

The real jewel in the crown is the Townley Restaurant, a huge, high-ceilinged room, complete with sketches that hint at Victorian accomplishment and quirky features such as inkwells set into the bar rail.

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French windows open on to a terrace, perfect for soaking up the last of the evening sun with a glass of sparkling Brut from Kent’s Chapel Down vineyard.

Breakfasts and brunches (ricotta pancakes with stewed pears and toasted seeds after my early-morning dip) merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords. 

Breakfasts and brunches merge into lunch and dinner, with ‘all day’ and ‘locally supplied’ the restaurant’s bywords
Albion House looks out across the harbour to the Channel in one direction and across the vast sweep of Ramsgate Sands  (above) in the other

TRAVEL FACTS 

B&B from £135 a night (albionhouseramsgate.co.uk).

For dinner I had half a kilo of mussels with garlic, white wine and parsley (£7), followed by lamb chops with kale and salsa verde (£17).

Ramsgate boasts a wealth of Regency crescents, Georgian townhouses and Pugin-designed buildings and a diverse array

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Newport Recreation hosting Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular



a close up of a man: Newport Recreation is offering an alternative event for Halloween this year. [GANNETT PHOTO]


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Newport Recreation is offering an alternative event for Halloween this year. [GANNETT PHOTO]

Halloween is right around the corner and while the coronavirus might put a damper on this year’s festivities, the Newport Recreation team is busy planning a special Trick or Treat at the Beach!

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Newport Recreation will be hosting a Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular at Easton’s Beach.

This family friendly event will take place beginning at the center parking lot of the beach and continue through the east lot where kids will trick or treat with the many vendors and community organizations.

All participants will remain in the vehicle at all times and masks are required for everyone.

The cost of the Spooktacular is $5 per child age 2 and up. Tickets can be purchased in advance at register.communitypass.net/cityofnewport. For more information please call 845-5800.

As part of the festivities, Newport Recreation is looking for community groups, organizations or individuals that would like to donate jack-o-lanterns to use during the event.

This is a great project for scout groups, sports teams, nursing homes, youth groups and families. The jack-o-lanterns can be dropped off at Easton’s Beach between 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28-30. For more information please call 845-5800.

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Duo arrested for stealing TVs from Navi Mumbai hotel





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The Navi Mumbai crime branch has arrested two men, a month after they stole ten Smart TVs from a Nerul hotel that was shut due to lockdown. The hotel was undergoing renovation in September when the duo raided 15 rooms and stole TVs along with other items from the bathrooms.

The duo, identified as Salman Khan, 45, a Mankhurd resident, and Satyam Harijan, 22, from Nallasopara, showed up at Hill View Residency in the intervening night of September 9 and 10.

Since the hotel was shut, the owner decided to undertake renovation work. On September 9, the painter finished painting work and locked the premises in the evening. When he returned the next morning, he found the items stolen.

“Both the accused have previous criminal records. They broke the window of the rooms to gain access into the hotel. They stole the items in a few hours and then loaded them into an auto, which they used as a getaway vehicle. We are on the lookout for the auto driver, who has gone to his native place,” said NB Kolhatkar, senior inspector, central unit crime branch.

The duo stole 10 TV sets, a computer desktop and bathroom fittings including towel racks and jet sprays. The CBD Belapur police had registered the case of house break-in following the incident.

The crime branch conducted a parallel probe based on the CCTV footage at the hotel and with the help of informants, traced the accused duo.

Police said the accused chose the hotel as they were aware that they will not be caught in the middle of the theft as the area was isolated at night with a quick entry and exit possible for them.

“They had planned to sell the TV sets but waited as they learnt police were looking for them. One of them stored the TVs at his Nallasopara house and they fled to Lonavala. There, they took up odd jobs and were keeping a low profile,” said Rajesh Gajjal, assistant inspector, crime branch, central unit.

Following their arrest, police recovered nine of the stolen TVs from Harijan’s Nallasopara house. It was also revealed that Harijan was allegedly involved in another theft case under the jurisdiction of NRI police for stealing from a temple.

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Duo arrested for stealing TVs from Navi Mumbai hotel – mumbai news

The Navi Mumbai crime branch has arrested two men, a month after they stole ten Smart TVs from a Nerul hotel that was shut due to lockdown. The hotel was undergoing renovation in September when the duo raided 15 rooms and stole TVs along with other items from the bathrooms.

The duo, identified as Salman Khan, 45, a Mankhurd resident, and Satyam Harijan, 22, from Nallasopara, showed up at Hill View Residency in the intervening night of September 9 and 10.

Since the hotel was shut, the owner decided to undertake renovation work. On September 9, the painter finished painting work and locked the premises in the evening. When he returned the next morning, he found the items stolen.

“Both the accused have previous criminal records. They broke the window of the rooms to gain access into the hotel. They stole the items in a few hours and then loaded them into an auto, which they used as a getaway vehicle. We are on the lookout for the auto driver, who has gone to his native place,” said NB Kolhatkar, senior inspector, central unit crime branch.

The duo stole 10 TV sets, a computer desktop and bathroom fittings including towel racks and jet sprays. The CBD Belapur police had registered the case of house break-in following the incident.

The crime branch conducted a parallel probe based on the CCTV footage at the hotel and with the help of informants, traced the accused duo.

Police said the accused chose the hotel as they were aware that they will not be caught in the middle of the theft as the area was isolated at night with a quick entry and exit possible for them.

“They had planned to sell the TV sets but waited as they learnt police were looking for them. One of them stored the TVs at his Nallasopara house and they fled to Lonavala. There, they took up odd jobs and were keeping a low profile,” said Rajesh Gajjal, assistant inspector, crime branch, central unit.

Following their arrest, police recovered nine of the stolen TVs from Harijan’s Nallasopara house. It was also revealed that Harijan was allegedly involved in another theft case under the jurisdiction of NRI police for stealing from a temple.

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Vinny Guadagnino fist pumps on TikTok ahead of Jersey Shore Family Vacation return

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Vinny Guadagnino is ready for the return of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Pic credit: Jersey Shore/MTV

Reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino recently showed fans his trademark to prepare for the return of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The Jersey Shore cast members are known for helping to make fist-pumping a part of pop culture over a decade ago as it was just one aspect of the MTV show that caught on with plenty of people.

In his new TikTok video, Vinny lets fans know the move is still here as the new season of the Jersey Shore spin-off show is on the way.

Vinny shows off the fist pump in new TikTok video

TikTok has become well known for people creating and replicating various dances in their videos. However, longtime reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino took to the social media app to show off a classic Jersey Shore move.

He posted a new video on the app with the caption “legends never die.” The video begins with Vinny staring right at the camera as another caption appears on-screen, saying, “I don’t fist pump any more…”

After making a signal as if the classic move is dead, Vinny turns and ends the joke quickly. “JK JERSEY SHORE WILL NEVER DIE” appears on screen as Vinny goes into full fist-pump mode.

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legends never die

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The video drew plenty of love for Vinny, with over 945,000 likes and 32,000 shares so far. There were also nearly 7,100 comments as of this writing.

A lot of them were in admiration of the Jersey Shore star and his sweatpants.

“I’m staring at the sweatpants…respectfully,” one TikTok comment said.

“My boyfriend wondering why this keeps playing over and over again,” another said.

“yea, im always gonna b in love w u,” one fan proclaimed.

Other commenters referred to the fist pump as “iconic” or “nostalgic,” indicating just how symbolic a dance and celebratory move it became thanks to Jersey Shore.

“Ahaha my man! Fist pump will always be go to ✊🏾,” another TikTok commenter said.

Jersey Shore crew returning for Season 4

In the past week, Jersey Shore fans finally got the big news they were waiting for, with the premiere date announcement for Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4.

Despite many TV shows, including reality TV, having their production shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, some found ways to film using a bubble location. That includes Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which filmed the first vacation for Season 4 at a bubble site – the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort in Nevada.

In using the bubble site, production was able to follow “local, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety requirements,” TMZ reported.

This season, the show also gets a new title, Jersey Shore “Bring the Family” Vacation, as cast members brought some of their extended family members with them to be part of all the fun.

Viewers can expect

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