Day: October 21, 2020

Limited Indoor Classes Begin at Clark Recreation

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Recreation Center, like most things, closed to the public soon after the pandemic started.  For the first time Clark Summer Recreation Camp was canceled along with other annual events like the Easter Egg Hunt.  A building usually bustling with activity, remained shuttered until recently.  

“We are so happy to be able to open our doors again,” said Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo about the gradual opening of the center in early October. “We started outdoor programs last month, and then decided to start limited indoor classes too.”

For now some programs and classes, like karate that are able to maintain social distancing and safety protocols are open indoors, others are continuing virtually or have yet to resume.   For a full list of ongoing programs, residents can check out the Recreation Department’s website.  For additional questions, call 732-428-8400.

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The Burlington Hotel: Haunted Or Not?

PORT COSTA, CA — If the rumors are true, then one of the most haunted places in the Bay Area is right here in Contra Costa County: the Burlington Hotel in Port Costa.

Touted as the “Victorian jewel of historic Port Costa, California,” the Burlington Hotel is “set in a canyon in John Muir country on the shores of the Carquinez Strait and surrounded by sprawling parkland and open space, the hotel offers a glimpse into the region’s colorful past … and 19 unusual rooms to choose from.”

One source describes it as an, “Historic three-story 18-room hotel with a reputation for disarray, vintage trappings, and playful spirits. It may have been a bordello, but no one knows for sure. Look for the E Clampus Vitus historical plaque.”

A cruise by showed the plaque was still in place:

The Burlington Hotel
Established 1883

Port Costa’s old timers are quite certain that the rumor of the Burlington Hotel being a bordello is untrue. The reasoning is that the respected owners and their families lived nearby, therefore it could not have been a bordello.

However, the archives of the ancient and honorable order of E. Clampus Vitus will once and for all put to rest these rumors. Our records indicate that not only was the Burlington Hotel a bordello but it was highly ranked among the California bordellos of the era. This five star rating was maintained for many decades in the early 1900s.

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E. Clampus Vitus

Bordello as in brothel; “Credo Quia Absurdum” as in “I believe because it is absurd.”


The Burlington Hotel was built when Port Costa was a stop on the Transcontinental Railroad.

“There were businesses built on the docks — boarding houses, saloons, shops — but the Burlington would have been the place ‘in town’ where people who wanted to avoid the riff-raff would have stayed,” according to another source.

When the Benicia Bridge was built in the 1930s, Port Costa “went from boom to bust, immediately ending the need for the train ferries that supported the waterfront town.”

When the Warehouse Cafe opened across the street from the hotel, many a patron reportedly stumbled into the Burlington for a tipsy tryst or a place to sleep it off, helping restore the hotel’s lagging business.

According to a more frightful account, the Burlington has a reputation of being one of the oldest operating hotels in California, if not the oldest, which could explain the invisible figure who taps guests on the shoulder.

“In its heyday, the building was known for the parties that were thrown on its grounds and is said to have been used as a brothel. Some of the guests who used to frequent it may still be here.”


In an effort to confirm or dispel rumors it is haunted, Patch reached out to the Burlington Hotel; should we hear back we’ll update this post.

A reporter who visited the hotel in 2018

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Palm Springs sees spike in vacation rental complaints. No plans to change ordinance

On a steamy Sunday afternoon in early August, a Palm Springs code enforcement officer arrived at a luxurious vacation rental property to inquire about a noise complaint that came into the city’s hotline.

Video: Coachella Valley vacation rentals popular destinations during the pandemic.



The officer could hear “Brickhouse” by The Commodores playing from the side of the street, according to a city hotline log. Ultimately, the officer issued a citation, one of 159  issued to Palm Springs vacation rental properties in June, July and August.

That figure represents a 150% increase in the number of citations issued to Palm Springs vacation rentals compared to the same months last year. The majority of citations stemmed from loud music, which comes with a $500 fine to the guest. Others were issued over parking, operating without a license, or other violations.

Palm Springs cracked down on vacation rentals because of neighbor complaints, this fall they are updating the ordinance. Locked key boxes used by vacation renters are photographed at the Biarritz condos in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 12, 2019.

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Palm Springs cracked down on vacation rentals because of neighbor complaints, this fall they are updating the ordinance. Locked key boxes used by vacation renters are photographed at the Biarritz condos in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 12, 2019.

The spike was coupled with an unanticipated influx of visitors venturing to the desert in the summer heat for longer-than-usual stays to break from sheltering in place.

Bruce Hoban, the co-founder of the Vacation Renter Owners and Neighbors of Palm Springs said the increased number of bookings this summer stemmed from pent-up demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, where “everything was shut down for three months and then all of the sudden you can go get a vacation rental.”

chart, bar chart: This chart from the city of Palm Springs shows the overall number of citations issued to vacation rentals.

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This chart from the city of Palm Springs shows the overall number of citations issued to vacation rentals.

These stays were also longer; while travelers normally stay for two nights for a desert summer getaway, this year saw more frequent stays of four days or longer, Hoban said.

“We got this very not normal crowd coming into the city to rent vacation rentals who just didn’t want to follow the rules,” Hoban said.

Palm Springs’ vacation rental ordinance has been held up as a model for strict enforcement. The city has a “three strikes” policy that can cause an owner to lose their ability to operate for two years. An individual can only have one vacation rental license, which is limited to 32 guest stays a year plus an extra four bookings during July, August and September. 

On Wednesday, Councilmember Lisa Middleton presented along with former code enforcement officer Boris Stark, who now works for Acme Vacation Rentals, at a California League of Cities meeting to talk about “best practices” for short-term rentals. 

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But some Palm Springs residents would rather see more restrictions, or see vacation rentals gone altogether. A lawsuit is still working its way through a California appellate court disputing

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Nashville Airport Authority approves on-site hotel, releases design images

A 14-story Hilton will be the first on-site hotel at Nashville International Airport in about three years, the airport authority announced Wednesday.

A hotel has been planned for two years as part of the larger BNA renovation and expansion program underway.

The developer and brand were approved Wednesday morning by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. It is scheduled to open in late 2023.

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Chartwell will finance the roughly $95 million hotel and the airport will fund an attached $82 million four-level parking garage with bonds. 

diagram, engineering drawing: Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

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Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

“This high-end hotel, and the many amenities it brings, adds a special touch to our BNA Vision expansion,” said airport CEO Doug Kreulen. “It’s easy to see the appeal for passengers catching an early morning flight, arriving late at night or who simply want the convenience of a hotel room right here at the airport. We think it will be a popular venue for corporate functions and business meetings with unique airport views and sightlines.”

Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

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Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

Related: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge reopens BNA location after 10 months of renovations

Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality will erect and operate the building branded by Hilton with 292 rooms including six suites. 

A rooftop bar and pool will offer airfield views. Other amenities include a bar and music lounge, high-end restaurant, ballroom, meeting and event spaces and fitness center.

A covered pedestrian bridge will connect it to the terminal. 

Construction will begin this fall with Corgan leading the design work. 

a group of people in a park: Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

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Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

“We are excited to deliver this modern and luxurious on-airport hotel that is a powerful symbol of the hospitality and global connectivity of BNA,” said Chartwell Hospitality CEO Rob Schaedle. “(It) expresses Nashville’s spirit of creative innovation and dynamic transformation into a world-class city.”

Completed construction on the BNA Vision plan includes a new parking garage, an upgraded International Arrivals Building and added Concourse D.

Security checkpoint expansions will be added to more ticketing and baggage lanes and another new parking garage nearly completed, along with redesigned ride-hailing pickup and dropoff areas. A new pedestrian plaza and administrative building are also nearly complete. 

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Delta CEO: COVID-19 international travel recovery will require regulations

Delta Air Lines is working with European and U.S. authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to make international travel appealing to customers again amid coronavirus risks, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said on Wednesday.

“The main thing that’s affecting international travel are the quarantines as well as the restrictions on U.S. travelers, even getting into Europe,” Bastian told “Mornings with Maria.” “It’s not as if there’s going to be a green light that goes off and we’re all back traveling internationally. We’re going to have to put some pilots in place, some experimental routes, using testing.”


“Testing will be the key to opening up international flows, without a quarantine requirement,” he added.

Delta lost $5.38 billion in the third quarter and warned that it does not expect to staunch the cash bleed until spring, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the travel industry.

“This winter is going to be very difficult, in any case, to get international traffic going,” Bastian said. “I think next summer you’re going to see people traveling internationally again, but I think it will take a couple of years before we see anywhere close to what we used to see in international business.”


He also discussed the drop in revenue from business travel.

“Business revenues should represent close to half of our overall business. Right now it’s significantly lower than that,” Bastian said. “Business travel has always come back faster than anything we expect. It goes down harder as businesses cut it first, and it comes back faster than anyone is expecting. I don’t know that it will get back to 100%, but I do think we’ll get back to a meaningful level.”

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The Atlanta-based airline’s efforts to slim down its workforce as the virus-induced crisis cratered demand resulted in a $3.1 billion charge for voluntary separation and early retirement programs and a $2.2 billion restructuring charge.

But a 32% drop in labor costs led to a $1.3 billion surplus in federal funds that Congress allocated in March to help airlines preserve jobs for six months.


FOX Business’ Megan Henney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nashville debate: Trump holding fundraiser downtown



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Nashville health officials have approved a fundraiser for President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday evening’s debate, an event that will take place as the city has imposed restrictions on most large gatherings.

The Metro Public Health Department on Wednesday confirmed it had reviewed plans for and approved the fundraising event, but did not provide specifics on where it would take place or how many people were allowed to attend.

The fundraiser is being held downtown Wednesday afternoon at J.W. Marriott, according to two people familiar with the plans, though Trump is not expected to attend the main portion of the event.

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An invitation for the fundraiser obtained by The Tennessean indicates the event is twofold: A reception with Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, in addition to an exclusive “roundtable discussion and photo opportunity” with the president himself for those who have given at least six-figure donations to Trump’s reelection.

The reception with Ivanka Trump is for donations of $2,800 per individual.

Trump’s campaign fundraising activities will be followed by the final presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden at Belmont University. The debate begins at 8 p.m. CDT.

Dr. Michael Caldwell, the Nashville health department’s director, signed off on the event, according to spokesperson Brian Todd.

The health department will “have a presence at the event to monitor,” as it does at Tennessee Titans games, races at Fairgrounds Speedway and other large gatherings that receive city approval.

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Input meeting to discuss future of Stanley White Recreation Center

Eight million dollars will go into getting the Stanley White Recreation Center back up and running again, but there is still a lot to discuss, which is why city leaders are inviting community members to attend an input meeting on Thursday. 

City of New Bern officials say the opportunities and constraints of moving the Stanley White Recreation Center will be discussed on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Omega Center in New Bern.

“The building itself has been a safe haven for years for numerous youth,” said Robert Morgan, Jr., a Duffyfield resident.

Morgan, says the recreation center is an important topic.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we put something in place for the next generations that is going to sustain them,” he added.

City leaders say meetings like these will help prevent the spread of misinformation, including what will happen to Henderson Park and if it will be sold.

“That property is protected through law water conservation fund grant, so it will have to be a park forever,” said Foster Hughes, the director of New Bern Parks and Recreation. “The city can’t sell the property. We’ve also had questions about will all the $8 million be used for this project. Yes, it will, the Board of Alderman already voted on that.”

Hughes says after this meeting, officials will get input on the design of the building and present it to the Board of Aldermen, among other steps.

“Hopefully by spring of next year, things will be squared away,” he continued, “and we can hopefully start doing something to build the recreation center back.”

Morgan says it is great that the city is hosting input sessions, but people have to show up.

“We have to have the residents to come out, voice their concerns, ask questions, because nothing can be done and nothing should be done without the input of the citizens,” he said.

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Rudy Giuliani shown in compromising hotel bedroom scene in new ‘Borat’ film

Rudy Giuliani is shown in a compromising position in a hotel room with a young woman acting as a television journalist in a scene in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary, a sequel to his hit “Borat” film.

The scene shot in a New York hotel room in July — which resulted in Giuliani calling police — includes a moment when Giuliani is seen lying on a bed, tucking in his shirt with his hand down his pants and the young woman nearby.

Giuliani went to the hotel room thinking he was being interviewed about the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. The young woman is flirtatious with him and invites him to the bedroom, which is rigged with hidden cameras.

Giuliani then asks for her phone number and address. He lies back on the bed to tuck in his shirt after she helps remove his recording equipment, and he has his hands in his pants when Baron Cohen rushes in wearing an outlandish outfit.

Baron Cohen, who was disguised as part of the crew, screams that the young woman is 15 years old. Up to that point, there is no indication she is underage. The character, who is Borat’s daughter, is played by Maria Bakalova, who is listed as 24 years old on the Internet Movie Database site,

Speaking on his weekly radio program on WABC on Wednesday afternoon, Giuliani called the scene “a hit job.”

“I am tucking my shirt in, I assure you, that’s all that I was doing,” he said. He said he realized he was being set up when the woman asked whether he wanted a massage.

“At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” Giuliani tweeted. “If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar.”

The former New York City mayor called police after that encounter, but there is no indication an investigation was launched. Giuliani spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six column about the encounter in July but did not mention the bedroom aspect.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who profiled Baron Cohen ahead of the the film’s release, tweeted Wednesday about the scene: “It’s even wilder than it sounds. Beyond cringe.”

Trolling those close to President Donald Trump is a central theme of the new “Borat” film, a sequel to the 2006 mockumentary that saw Baron Cohen’s character travel the United States, espousing sexist, racist and anti-Semitic views and eliciting similar responses from unwitting subjects.

For “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” Baron Cohen returns as his alter ego from Kazakhstan in a plot that involves trying to give his daughter as a gift to Vice President Mike Pence.

The closest Borat gets is the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he shouts to Pence that

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Judge dismisses Las Vegas hotel’s lawsuit against blogger

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Las Vegas hotel and casino against a blogger who reported a rumor the property would close.


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District Judge Trevor Atkin on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit alleging defamation by trade libel filed by Sahara Las Vegas against Scott Roeben, who runs the website, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Sahara’s lawyers agreed to drop all but one of five charges in the complaint filed in August.

Sahara filed the lawsuit after Roeben posted a social media message saying, “Gut punch of the day: Rumor is Sahara could close permanently in September. Permanently.”

“This startling rumor is unconfirmed, but there’s no denying Sahara was having a rough go of it even prior to the COVID-19 crisis,” Roeben wrote.

Roeben’s attorney, Marc Randazza, argued in court documents that he received the information from an employee of a business liquidation company, who was not named.

Sahara’s lawyers took issue with Roeben’s alleged failure to call the company to confirm the rumor. Randazza countered that Roeben “was previously advised that they would never speak to him.”

Sahara said in a statement after the ruling that the company was disappointed but believed the ruling demonstrates Roeben’s article “is not something that can be relied upon for any factual, useful, or credible information.”

The judge’s decision would protect journalists, Randazza said.

“I’m not really sure why they brought this in the first place,” Randazza said. “It was very ill-considered.”

Roeben, whose Twitter feed has more than 77,000 followers, took to social media after the decision to dismiss what he called a “frivolous” lawsuit.

“Free speech is worth the fight,” Roeben wrote.

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Rudy Giuliani caught touching himself in raunchy NYC hotel room scene from new Borat movie: reports

Wa wa wee — yuck!

The new Borat movie features a hidden camera scene of Rudy Giuliani seeming to be touching his genitals in front of a woman he was apparently trying to seduce in a Manhattan hotel room this past summer, according to reports Wednesday.

The 76-year-old former mayor was under the impression that the much younger woman was a conservative journalist interviewing him for a show, according to The Guardian, The Daily Beast and other outlets that viewed the new Sasha Barron Cohen flick, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” ahead of its Friday release.

But the woman is actually “Tutar,” the daughter of the movie’s bumbling main character, Borat, according to the reports.

Posing as a reporter, Tutar repeatedly touches Giuliani’s knee while asking him questions during the fake interview, which took place in a luxe Manhattan hotel suite in July, according to the reports.

The unsuspecting ex-mayor, who currently serves as President Trump’s personal attorney, flirts back and plays along with Tutar’s questionable interview topics. At one point, Giuliani even agrees to “eat a bat” with Tutar after she asks him about the animal’s suspected ties to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the fake interview wraps up, Tutar proposes “a drink in the bedroom,” which Giuliani merrily agrees to.

Once in the bedroom, the reports say Giuliani is seen in hidden camera footage removing Tutar’s clip microphone from her dress.

As Tutar removes his clip microphone from his pants, Giuliani is then reportedly seen lying down on a bed before digging his hand into his underwear in a suggestive fashion.

But before things go any further, Borat reportedly storms into the room screaming: “Put down your chram!” — a Kazakh word for penis. “She’s 15! She’s too old for you!”

An unsettled Giuliani, apparently realizing he has been pranked, bolts out of the room as fast as he can, the reports say.

“Rudy, Trump will be disappoint!” Borat shouts after him. “You are leaving hotel without golden shower!”

Giuliani did not return multiple requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

The ex-mayor has a long history of publicity flubs and embarrassing interactions with journalists.

Just last week, Giuliani accidentally uploaded a video to his YouTube channel of himself making a racist imitation of a Chinese person.


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