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Michigan woman charged in Mackinaw City hotel fire

MACKINAC CITY, MI – A woman turned herself in this week for starting a fire at a Mackinaw City hotel over the summer.



a pair of scissors: Handcuffs used by the alleged fake cops is displayed by investigators during a news conference announcing additional charges and cases for five people charged for impersonating police officers on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in a conference room at Genesee County Prosecutor's Office in downtown Flint


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Handcuffs used by the alleged fake cops is displayed by investigators during a news conference announcing additional charges and cases for five people charged for impersonating police officers on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in a conference room at Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in downtown Flint

The mid-August fire at Rodeway Inn & Suites was immediately considered suspicious, 9&10 News reports. Firefighters found two rooms in flames with heavy smoke. Everyone was evacuated safely.

Melissa White, of Pinconning, turned herself in on Thursday, Oct. 22. She is charged with two counts of first-degree arson.

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City of London recreation programs on hold to adapt to health unit measures

The City of London is putting recreation programs on hold as of Saturday while it adjusts to new measures announced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Aquatic programs are exempt from the change, which impacts indoor sport, recreational and fitness facilities, as well as Learn to Skate programs.

This follows Wednesday’s announcement from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which placed restrictions on the region’s fitness centres, bars, restaurants, salons and spas. The measures come into effect on Saturday, and include limiting the number of people in a fitness class to 10 and requiring instructors to wear face coverings.

Any businesses or facilities found guilty of breaking the new public health guidelines could be fined up to $25,000.  

Aquatic programs will continue as other city-run programs are put on hold. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

People registered for city-run programs at community centres or arenas will be directly notified and refunded, according to a press release from the city. Volunteer and sport organizations that use city arenas for programs will be contacted about ensuring the new requirements are met.

According to the release, the city is working with the health unit to modify programs to adhere to the new measures, and will share more information about the future of the programs as soon as possible.

More information about city-run programs is available here.

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SkyRun Vacation Rentals – Park City & Deer Valley Now Offers Luxury and Premium Rental Properties on Homes & Villas by Marriott International

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SkyRun Vacation Rentals today announced that select rental properties in Park City and Deer Valley, Utah are now available on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. The premium home rental offering provides guests, including more than 140 million members of its travel program Marriott Bonvoy, extraordinary options to choose from when booking travel from among its 30 hotel brands and more than 10,000 home rental properties.

Luck Star at Belle Arbor - SkyRun Deer Valley, Utah

These new homes are situated in former mining town Park City, which is nestled in the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City, and luxurious Deer Valley, which is known for its famous corduroy groomed slopes, fine dining restaurants, and shopping at swanky Main Street.  The homes feature luxury living spaces, exceptional views, and sought-after locations for visitors.

Before being added to the Homes & Villas by Marriott International portfolio, SkyRun Vacation Rentals’ properties were audited and reviewed by Marriott International to meet the company’s high standards for regulation, design and amenities.

Barry Cox, Co-Founder and CEO of SkyRun, says “we couldn’t be happier to have our homes selected by Marriott International. We share Marriott’s vision for what guests expect in luxury stays and look forward to adding our homes in our 30 other locations by the end of the year.” Michael LeClerc, Owner of SkyRun’s Park City/Deer Valley location, adds “providing our luxury homes to Marriott’s Bonvoy members is a real differentiator in this area.”

Hallmarks of Homes & Villas by Marriott service, which will be adopted by SkyRun Vacation Rentals include:

  • Professionally designed interior and exterior spaces
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Premium bed linens and towels
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as high chairs and travel cribs

Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International marks Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space, now offering travelers access to more than 10,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 200 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. This curated selection of homes aims to connect travelers to thousands of rental properties around the world and sets the stage for guests’ most treasured travel moments – home-cooked dinners with extended family, lawn games in the backyard or celebrating a milestone birthday with family and friends.

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Since 2014, SkyRun Vacation Rentals – Park City & Deer Valley (https://www.parkcity.skyrun.com/), has provided new and better ways for second-home owners to get the most out of their investment properties and for guests to get the most out of their vacation experiences. Please contact the Marketing Department (marketing@skyrun.com) for media support.

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St. Augustine City Commission adopts vacation rental fees

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St. Augustine commissioners recently adopted fees for vacation rentals, and the city will send letters to property owners about how to register vacation rentals. 

The fee is a base rate of $294.48 per rental unit plus a fee of $73.81 per bedroom rented. The operator will have to pay a fee each year based on that rate structure to renew the vacation rental’s registration. 

There is a $100 fee for people who are late renewing their annual vacation rental registration. If a rental has to be re-inspected for code compliance or fire safety because of a failed inspection, the re-inspection rate is $50. A successful inspection is required to be registered with the city. 

The city plans to make the online registration system available this week, said David Birchim, city Planning and Building Department director. The city will send out letters to property owners with instructions on how to register. 

The city has about 600 vacation rentals, according to a memo from Birchim to the Commission. The city based its fees on the number of rentals and the cost to administer its new vacation rental regulations. The city plans to re-evaluate the fees annually. 

The city adopted vacation rental regulations in January. The regulations include requirements for registration, inspection, parking, response times for complaints, occupancy limits and safety equipment, among other things. 

The city had proposed a flat fee of $500 per year per vacation rental, but commissioners decided to go with a tiered approach.

Commissioner Roxanne Horvath supported giving vacation rental owners a temporary break on the new fees because of COVID-19 hardships. Mayor Tracy Upchurch had already supported giving residents more time before implementing the new vacation rental system because of COVID-19. But he didn’t get backing from the Commission.

Ultimately the Commission voted unanimously to implement the fees.

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Full Blast is back open but the future of city recreation is still unclear

Members of the Battle Creek Table Tennis Club have missed their Monday night sessions at Full Blast for the past six months.  



a group of people in a room: Members of the Battle Creek Table Tennis Club play at Full Blast Recreation Center on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.


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Members of the Battle Creek Table Tennis Club play at Full Blast Recreation Center on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

“I missed it quite a bit, not just playing, but the camaraderie,” said Craig Kenney, a longtime member of the group.  

Monday night was the group’s third time back together since the pandemic began in March, and the club was grateful to have the space to gather at Full Blast, which is back open after months of being closed due to COVID-19.

“This is a godsend,” said Mark E. Crum, who helps organize the club.

Though recreational programming is still on hold and the future is uncertain, the city is committed to providing residents with the space to play safely in Battle Creek.

The Recreation Department has taken a big financial hit this year due to the pandemic. Closed facilities and canceled programs meant recreation revenue fell by 45% during the months of July and August compared to the previous year fiscal year, according to city Finance Director Lina Morrison, and with COVID-19 cases on the rise again, programming may not return to what it was before anytime soon. 

The annual revenue of the recreation department was $2,476,902, according to the city’s 2020 amended budget. Although the department does bring in some money through grants and donations, revenue is the primary source of income for the department. 

“Our business model is built around the idea of gathering people, usually in close contact, for fun, and that doesn’t work well in a pandemic environment,” Assistant City Manager Ted Dearing said. 

Spring baseball leagues, summer youth camps and fall flag football were all canceled this year due to health and safety requirements. 

During the summer, the city used Full Blast as a temporary homeless shelter to allow more space for people to social distance. Although that was another source of lost revenue, Dearing said it was an essential role for the city to fill in a pandemic. 

Now, even with facilities open again, recreation looks different. 

“Regular recreation department services are severely limited, due to their nature and the guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Dearing said. 

With continued uncertainty around COVID-19, programming remains one of the biggest challenges, Dearing said. There aren’t any specific plans for programming for the rest of the year, and three recreation department employees are still on furlough out of a total of five. 

“We may have to change the way we think about how we deliver services,” Dearing said. “We’re going to try to offer as much programming as we can, but we recognize going forward it’s going to have to be financially feasible.” 

For the time being, youth programs through the department and at the Bailey Park complex are still on hold. 

Despite limitations, people have been eager to get back to the city’s facilities, Recreation Director Duska Brumm said.

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City names Rudy Flores Parks & Recreation director, begins fitness initiative | Local & State

Rudy Flores, former owner of Changing Lives Dance Center, has been named the director of Lufkin Parks & Recreation.

“We are very pleased to have Rudy bring his success and emphasis on fitness to the City of Lufkin’s Parks & Recreation Department,” assistant city manager Jason Arnold said. “We believe the quality of life for our residents is greatly enhanced through Parks & Recreation programs. We want to see an already fine department expand its impact by adding fitness programs and citywide initiatives in the future.”


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City of Atascadero releases new recreation guide, encouraging families to get outside

City leaders in Atascadero are encouraging families to get outside with a new recreation guide.

There are a number of programs for kids and their parents to participate in, including soccer, basketball, yoga and zumba.

All practice takes place outside, kids are just not aloud to compete.

Terrie Banish, the City’s Deputy Manager, said these programs are important now because so many kids are at home all day due to the pandemic and school closures.

The guide also includes special events such as, dance, library, adult sports, youth sports, zoo information and more.

“We’ve gotten very creative because of this and i think some of the creativity wont go away,” said Banish.”We’ll keep doing some of these things is what I see in the future, and you know kind of moving forward to adapt to new ways of doing events as well as activities and sports.”

To find a link to the virtual recreation guide, visit this website.

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City of Norfolk announces new operations for libraries, recreation centers

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk has announced new hours and operations for its libraries and recreation centers.

Starting November 2, the Norfolk Public Library will reopen three additional neighborhood branches, and Recreation, Parks and Open Space will reopen indoor pools. Slover will have new operating hours starting October 24.

To follow Department of Health guidelines while providing resources to the community, the following branches will operate two days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Neighborhood Branch Address Days of Operation
Barron F. Black 6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive Tuesday & Wednesday
Park Place 620 W. 29th Street Thursday & Friday
Van Wyck 1368 De Bree Avenue Monday & Friday

All open NPL locations are Grab-n-Go.

The Jordan-Newby and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branches will keep the same operating hours, which are Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Below are the new operating hours for first floor browsing and Grab-n-Go for Slover Library, starting October 24:

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting November 2, RPOS will reopen indoor pools at the following locations:

Indoor Pool Address Operating Days/Hours
Northside Swimming Pool 8401 Tidewater Drive Monday & Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Huntersville Community Center 830 Goff Street Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Southside Aquatics Center (SSAC) 1750 Campostella Road

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Only registered participants are allowed in the facility.

Each facility has a maximum occupancy of 30 members at a time

  • One participant per lane (six lanes total)
  • Five to seven participants for non-lane swimming
  • 15 max participants in the multi-purpose room

All participants are required to reserve space for pool use. Reservations can be made online here. Lane reservations cannot exceed 30 minutes, and non-lane reservations cannot exceed 40 minutes.

Masks are required while not in the pool. Locker rooms will remain closed, based on recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.

Recreational walk-in pool usage is temporarily discontinued until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

For more information, visit the NPL , Slover and RPOS web pages.

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Honolulu City Council bill mandates hotel employee callback rules

Oahu hotel operators hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are crying foul at a Honolulu City Council bill that would dictate to the managers which employees could be brought back to work as their facilities slowly reopen.

But the leadership and members of Unite Here Local 5, the hospitality workers union pushing the measure, say Bill 80 would ensure their laid-off workers return safely and in a fair manner that prioritizes seniority.

The measure gets its first airing before the Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee at 1 p.m. today.

The bill would require the hotels to recall a set amount of employees, calculated by the occupancy that the hotel will accommodate, with priority given to those with the most seniority in their respective job positions.

It would also require that the hotels “clean and sanitize every occupied guest room every day” and employ the number of housekeeping workers necessary to ensure that it is done.

Kekoa McClellan, spokesman for the American Hotel and Lodging Association Hawaii chapter, said the bill would make it more difficult for hotels to reopen at all.

“This whole recall language places an undue burden on the hospitality industry and will force the hotels to close and lay off thousands of employees,” McClellan said. “This action will hurt the very employees it is intended to help. A hotel cannot simply reopen based on some calculation of employee counts,” he said.

“If at 100% occupancy, I need six restaurants open to meet the need and demand of my guests. At 20% occupancy I’m not going to need all six restaurants open, and I wouldn’t have all six restaurants open,” McClellan said. “But as written, Bill 80 would force me to bring back 20% of my employees at all six restaurants.”

That also would apply to other areas of a hotel property, he said. A hotel wouldn’t open the same number of pools if the number of guests doesn’t warrant it, he said.

Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, agreed.

“This bill will handcuff a hotel property’s rehiring practices by tying it directly to occupancy, which will only discourage hotel management from reopening their doors until demand has increased and stabilized,” Hannemann said. “The indirect effect of Bill 80 would ultimately be that the local residents who comprise our tourism industry workforce will be kept off their jobs longer than necessary, for no discernibly good reason.”

Meanwhile, the requirement that each occupied room be cleaned and sanitized appears to contradict Centers for Disease Control safety guidelines and exposes employees to unnecessary risks, McClellan said.

Hannemann said such a requirement “flies in the face of both long-standing hotel protocols and current industry recommendations” and endangers the safety of hotel guests, front-line employees and their families.

The two groups also raised concerns about the legality of the bill.

“This proposed measure sets a dangerous precedent of local government overstepping its jurisdiction and meddling in the internal workings of private business entities,” Hannemann

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