Day: November 12, 2020

Hamden Recreation 2020 Holiday Ornament Now Available For Purchase

HAMDEN, CT —(From the Town of Hamden): The Hamden Department of Recreation has selected Johnson’s Duckpin Bowling to be featured as its 2020 holiday ornament, the 29th in a series of annual ornaments featuring Hamden landmarks. Johnson’s Duckpin Bowling is one of the last original anchor businesses in the Hamden Plaza since it opened in 1955 which was near the peak of its popularity.

When asked Sandi Thomas, current owner since 1985, now celebrating their 65th year, “how did the name Duckpin originate?”

The origin of the sport is a subject of some debate. One possible source is that duckpin bowling began in Baltimore around 1900, at a bowling billiard and pool hall owned by future Baltimore Orioles baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson who were also avid duck hunters.

Rules were modified that allowed bowlers to roll their scaled-down balls three times per turn. And upon impact, the lighter-weight balls caused pint-size pins to skitter like a “flock of ducks.”

Thus, duckpin bowling was born.

As they celebrate another noteworthy year, they are delighted to still offer this family friendly activity to all. After undergoing renovations in 2009, the alley’s synthetic lanes continue to delight duckpin bowlers all year long.

The alley also entertains guests with an arcade, onsite snack bar, as well as personalized birthday parties, which unfold on weekdays and during weekend sessions of Glo & Bowl. They also feature a number of Senior, Pro & Junior leagues as well as programs for all abilities. Come and visit Johnson Duckpin Bowling and learn what has made them unique and a treasured activity among local residents for over 65 years! As quoted by Sandi, Let’s get bowling back, it’s a wonderful family/friends activity to do together. “Can’t be too old to bowl – have fun and get out to exercise”. Check out

The pewter ornaments, printed on both sides, are $10 each, and come with a brief narrative about the ornament in a display case.

Also available are ornaments from recent years: Freedom Park honoring POW & MIA (2016); Town Center Park/Rotary Pavilion (2015); Hamden Memorial Library (2013); Hamden Police Dept. (2012); Hamden Middle School (2010) each being sold for $10.

Ornaments from earlier years are also available at a reduced rate of $5 each while supplies last. They include: Whitneyville Church (2008); Farmington Canal Greenway (2007); Spring Glen School (2003); Margaret L. Keefe School (2002); and Thornton Wilder House (1997).

All ornaments are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve an ornament, call 203-287-2579. Expected availability will be mid-November at the Recreation Office. Call to verify! PLEASE BRING/SEND CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY – PAYABLE TO: TOWN OF HAMDEN

This press release was produced by the Town of Hamden. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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Look inside The Hawk, Farmington Hills’ soon-to-be recreation center



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Farmington Hills hoped to have residents enjoying its new activities center, affectionately known as “The Hawk,” in the former Harrison High School building this fall. But, the pandemic had other plans. 

The project, classified as non-essential, was put on pause as emergency orders shut down businesses throughout Michigan in spring. Work on the Farmington Hills Activity Center initially got started in September 2019. 

“During the spring, everything did need to stop,” Ellen Schnackel, the city’s director of special services, explained. “Then, once we got going, there were some slight delays just because of some supply chains that got backed up.”

Now, the city is expecting to open the center by April 1. The city has poured $22.5 million into the first two of the building’s three floors since buying the space for $500,000 from Farmington Public Schools. Once completed, The Hawk will host a variety of recreation, arts and community-focused facilities. 

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Jeff Hotchkiss, the city’s facilities supervisor, said he’s most looking forward to the building’s pool, which will accommodate leisure swimmers and those who swim for exercise. The center will also include new and old amenities like a fitness center, 10 outdoor pickleball courts, athletic fields, two dance studios and a gymnasium. For those familiar with Harrison, the gym won’t look very different. 

“In the gymnasium, really we added air conditioning there but it was in such good shape we left it pretty the same,” Schnackel said. 

On the arts and community fronts, The Hawk will house a black box theater, an updated auditorium, updated art and makerspace rooms, a multipurpose center, food service and space for birthday parties. On the building’s third floor, the city is looking to rent space to businesses and other community programs. 

Though the building, which already has a more open floor plan than Harrison did while operating as a high school, will be new in a lot of ways, Harrison alumni and fans will see plenty of nods to the old school. On the first floor, the city is creating a virtual “legacy wall.”

“Every single thing in the building has been digitized,” Schnackel said. “That’s part of what’s happening with the legacy wall. So, pictures were taken of everything and then … there’s a huge touch screen where you can get tons of information and images about something.”

When The Hawk does open, the city’s Costick Activities Center will not go away. As parks and recreation staff and after-school programs largely move to The Hawk,  Schnackel said the city plans to invest in the Costick Center and turn its focus to senior citizens. 

“Our hope is to expand our

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Covid-19: Largest number of daily cases in UK, and changes to travel corridor

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday evening. We’ll have another update for you on Friday morning.

1. UK Covid cases hit new daily high

A record 33,470 people have tested positive for coronavirus
in the UK government’s latest daily figure. It is the highest daily figure since mass testing began in the UK, and brings the total number of cases to more than 1.29 million. It comes after the UK became the first country in Europe to pass 50,000 deaths. Experts have previously warned against describing the daily figure as a record – because there was no widespread testing programme during the first wave of the epidemic.

2. Year-long hospital waits worst since 2008

The number of people waiting over a year for hospital treatment in England has hit its
highest levels since 2008
. Nearly 140,000 of the 4.35 million people on waiting lists at the end of September had been waiting at least 12 months. Patients are meant to be seen within 18 weeks. In recent weeks, major hospitals in Bradford, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and Liverpool, which have seen high rates of infection, have announced the mass cancellation of non-urgent work.

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3. More countries added to travel corridor list

Travellers from Bahrain, Chile, Iceland, Cambodia, Laos, UAE, Qatar and the Turks and Caicos Islands will no longer have to self-isolate when they arrive in the UK, after 04:00 GMT on Saturday. In the
update to the UK’s travel corridor list
, those coming from Greece – apart from the islands of Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos – are now going to have to self-isolate for 14 days, however. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added that the Denmark travel ban is to be extended for 14 days. Current coronavirus restrictions mean that only people with valid reasons are supposed to travel abroad.

4. Nicola Adams out of Strictly as dance partner tests positive

Former boxer Nicola Adams and her dance partner Katya Jones are out of Strictly Come Dancing after
Jones tested positive for Covid-19
. They had made history as the first same-sex couple to take part in the show. The Olympic gold medallist said she was “absolutely devastated” but that she understood the measures were in place to keep everyone safe. The pair will now isolate and will not be able to take part in the rest of the BBC One series.

5. Diwali with a difference

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights – it is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains around the world. BBC World Service Global Religion reporter Sodaba Haidare has spoken with Hindu women in India, South Africa and the UK about how they are marking the festival differently this year.

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Felon charged in shooting death of man outside Eagan hotel

A felon with a violent history was charged Thursday with fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel this week.

Robert L. Baker III, 29, of St. Paul, was charged in Dakota County District court with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the killing Monday night outside the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E.

Baker appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took Baker and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and Baker were acquainted before the shooting. They also have yet to disclose a motive for the killing.

Baker was charged Thursday as well with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession.


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Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Size Outlook 2025: Top Companies, Trends, Growth Factors Details by Regions, Types and Applications

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Nov 12, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware A recent report added by Market Study Report, LLC, on ‘ Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market’ provides a detailed analysis on the industry size, revenue forecasts and geographical landscape pertaining to this business space. Additionally, the report highlights primary obstacles and latest growth trends accepted by key players that form a part of the competitive spectrum of this business.

The global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market size is expected to gain market growth in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025, with a CAGR of 4.1% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025 and will expected to reach USD 543730 million by 2025, from USD 462570 million in 2020

The latest report on the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market imparts a deep understanding of this industry vertical with key emphasis on the market dynamics and projected returns over the forecast period. The study also enumerates the growth rate registered during the forecast duration, in relation to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

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The research taps critical data regarding the market forecasts with respect to parameters like revenue share, industry size, and sales volume. Additionally, the study details the various industry segments and the driving forces that will propel the profitability graph of this business sphere.

Other takeaways from the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market report:

  • According to the report, the competitive landscape of the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market is defined by companies like
    • The major players covered in Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation are:
    • Marriott International
    • Hilton Worldwide
    • AccorHotels


  • An overview of the product portfolio of the industry giants, as well as the product specifications and application scope are presented in the report.
  • Details pertaining to the pricing models, profit returns, and market share of the listed companies are cited in the document.
  • Explicating the product terrain, the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market is comprised of
    • Hotel
    • Motel
    • Casino Hotel
    • Other


  • Specifics entailing the market share, sales accrued, and revenue share of each product segment during the study period are highlighted in the report.
  • The research thoroughly evaluates the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market from the application perspective which has been fragmented into
    • Tourist Accommodation
    • Official Business


  • Sales netted by each application type, in line with renumeration and market share to be registered by the application segments are indexed in the report.
  • Other myriad aspects of the industry such as market tendencies and concentration rate are given as well.
  • Further, the report incorporates information on the various marketing channels established by the major players.

The Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market with respect to the regional terrain:

  • The geographical landscape of the Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation market, as per the report, has been dissected into APAC, Europe, North America,
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Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism announces winter operations schedule

a bridge over a body of water: High Falls County Park

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Walhalla, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism office has announced its operating hours for its parks in the Winter of 2020.

Chau Ram County Park

Campground closes Nov. 16-Feb.28, 2021, re-opens March 1, 2021 Park will expand winter hours; Open 9am-4pm daily Nov-Feb with the following exceptions Park will close for safety when below freezing, ice present or flooding Park will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 Park will be closed for Christmas break December 21-January 3rd

High Falls County Park

Campground closes Nov. 16-Feb. 28, 2021, re-opens March 1, 2021 Park gates will be open daily 7am-10pm through the winter with the following exceptions Day use area closes daily at dusk Park gates will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 Park gates will be closed for Christmas Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th

South Cove County Park

Campground closes December 21-January 3rd Park gates will open daily 5am-10pm with the following exception

Park gates will be closed for Christmas Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th

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Country By Country Covid-19 Restrictions As Europe Locks Down

In a week when most European countries saw hospitals reach near-saturation point, many nations had no choice but to implement lockdowns, curfews and new travel restrictions.

The U.K. reached 50,000 deaths, many countries moved from implementing curfews to full lockdowns, Denmark and other countries restricted movement due to a Covid-19 outbreak in minks and many European countries entered red lists, meaning residents from those countries cannot travel without a negative PCR test.

Here is an updated mid-November recap, country by country; who can get in, what they need to do before and when they get there and how much they can travel about once they’re on the ground (if at all).

New EU-wide restrictions on third party countries

This was the second week where the ECDC map was red for most EU countries. Part of southern Norway turned red from yellow and the south of Finland turned green.

The current list of travel restrictions across Europe is coordinated for most countries by using the ECDC traffic light map (where arrivals from red countries are more restricted than arrivals from green, who can travel freely) and there is a list of EU approved third-party countries.

This list is now reduced to the following countries: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. Arrivals from China are also allowed, assuming reciprocity occurs (i.e. that China accepts EU arrivals).

Austria—under curfew for November, ski resorts closed

Entry from most EU+ countries is currently okay without restrictions, except for parts of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.–where either quarantine is required or a negative Covid-19 test, taken within the last 72 hours.

Arrivals from international third-party countries (not in the EU+ area) is strictly forbidden, with the exception of the U.K. and Switzerland.

For the month of November, Austria has closed ski resorts and hotels, restaurants and bars (except for take out) and Christmas markets. A curfew is in place between 8pm and 6am.

Belgium—in lockdown for November

Non-essential travel to and from outside EU and Schengen countries remains prohibited and all passengers arriving in Belgium by air or sea must fill in a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” and give it to border authorities.

For incoming visitors to the country, Belgium is using the ECDC traffic light system and obliging anyone arriving from red zones after 15 November to test negative upon arrival or quarantine for 14 days. As per the ECDC map above, most of Europe is currently a red zone.

Belgium is currently in lockdown, with non-essential shops closed and people are working from home where possible. As outlined by Politico, people are only allowed to socialise with one person outside of their household (and it must always be the same person). Four people are allowed

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Pivot Hotels & Resorts To Launch The Kimpton Harper Hotel In Fort Worth, Texas

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has been tapped by Development Services Group (DSG, Inc.) to manage the Kimpton Harper Hotel, a new hotel slated for opening in spring 2021. Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in close proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square, the 226-room Kimpton Harper is operated by Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, and housed within the historic Farmers and Mechanics National Bank landmark building, soaring 24 stories into the skyline. Upon completion, the centrally located hotel will feature Refinery 714, a penthouse bar and lounge with sweeping views of the plains; Il Modo, a vibrant, bustling restaurant and bar serving Italian fare with a modern sensibility; 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a rooftop observation deck with a 360-degree view of Fort Worth; and Kimpton’s signature amenities that include evening social hour, morning coffee service and complimentary PUBLIC bicycles.

“We are excited to launch this vibrant new hotel in collaboration with our esteemed partners at DSG, Inc.,” said Thom Geshay, president, Davidson Hotels & Resorts. “Leveraging the Pivot team’s ability to be agile and nimble to adapt to modern business needs, we understand that great service and profitability go hand-in-hand, and we look forward to developing unique and creative programming that will truly differentiate the Kimpton Harper.”

“Building upon our foundational relationship, we were compelled to engage Pivot for this highly anticipated opening based on the team’s extensive lifestyle pedigree through and through,” said Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of DSG, Inc. “Pivot understands how to serve guests who desire a personalized social travel experience. We know that under the team’s leadership and guidance, the Kimpton Harper will seamlessly encapsulate the dynamic, laid-back sophistication of Fort Worth in a meaningful way.”

Fort Worth’s history was shaped by cattle and oil, growing from a military garrison to a major trading post along the Chisholm trail to a booming oil town. Built in 1921, The Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building most recently served as the headquarters for XTO Energy. DSG acquired the iconic historic building in November 2018 with a plan to complete an adaptive reuse of the office building into the Kimpton Harper, which stands as a shining example of the evolving city of Fort Worth. Once standing as the tallest building in Fort Worth for several decades, its design is a hallmark example of the Commercial or Chicago style of architecture that was popular during this boom era, symbolizing commerce, optimism and prosperity. Updated seamlessly for the 21st century, the renovation blends modern elements with the existing architecture, infusing the urban icon with laid-back soul through luxury materials and subtle details.

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Select Board praises changes at Recreation Center | Local News

BENNINGTON — Select Board members this week praised progress toward completion of a $3.5 million addition to the Recreation Center on Gage Street to house childhood programming and services of the local Head Start program.

Board members also were encouraged by an expansion in youth and other programs at the center, despite the COVID-19 epidemic, since the Berkshire Family YMCA began managing the center for the town.

The 13,500-square-foot addition is being funded through grants received by United Counseling Service, which manages the Head Start program. The project, undertaken in cooperation with the town, also includes significant work on the playgrounds and an expansion of the parking areas.

UCS and Rec Center employees provided an update on progress roughly a year after ongoing construction began last fall.

EARLY 2021 COMPLETIONBetsy Rathbun-Gunn, director of the Early Childhood Services division at UCS, said COVID-19 slowed the addition project but not significantly. The project timeline, which had called for an October completion, is now estimated to finish in “mid-winter, in early February,” she said, adding that the new section is expected to be “closed up soon,” with work continuing inside.

“Afterward, it will take a few more weeks to move in [to the addition],” she said.

During the construction phase, the Recreation Center staff and its members have seen shifts in the parking areas, with spaces added on the Coolidge Avenue side; adjustments in the swimming pool schedule and fitness room equipment placement as work progressed.

Beth Wallace, Family and Community Partnership manager with Head Start, described what will become a “multi-use, multi-functional” playground area around the center, including a tricycle path, areas for both pre-schoolers and infants and toddlers, and a reconfigured softball field to replace the one that was displaced by the addition.

Inside, she said, there will be a commercial-level kitchen, and additional features that were added to the original plan include no-touch entrance door activation, hands-free faucets, and easy-to-clean surfaces to reduce exposure to germs and viruses.

An air purification system also will be installed in the addition as a response to COVID-19 protocols developed after the project was designed.

Wallace added that additional federal and private funding to Head Start has allowed several upgrades.

Select Board Chairman Donald Campbell praised UCS and Head Start for the grants and donations “you’ve raked in since you last talked to us” about the project.

The project design also calls 25 additional parking spaces on the site and a lane allowing vehicle to drive past the entrance to drop off passengers. There also will be multi-use community spaces, and the new main entrance will include a lobby and elevator.

COMMUNITY UPDATERathbun-Gunn said that regular community updates on the project and changes in Rec Center programs that might result will resume in December, after having been curtailed because of COVID-19.

A videoconference is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m., she said, during which officials will respond to questions about the construction, as well as about programming and center operations.


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Is it safe to travel this year for the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Consider these risks

PHOTO: A Covid-19 advisory is displayed on a screen as travelers collect luggage in the baggage claim area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Sept. 28, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance on what to do before you travel. Some of their recommendations include checking if your destination has an increase in COVID-19 cases, wearing a mask on public transportation, staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household and using hand sanitizer.

The CDC also warned not to travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

There are still many factors to consider before traveling during the holidays.

“It’s really important as we get into the holiday season to understand that we’re in a situation right now where our actions affect not only ourselves, but the people around us more than ever,” said ABC News’ chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “We are at the peak of our case rate so far this entire year and the trajectory is only going up and it’s going up sharply. Therefore, it really is incumbent on all of us to take aggressive steps that unfortunately involve a significant amount of sacrifice during the holiday season.”

For those still on the fence about traveling this year for the holidays, Ashton shared some advice about what to consider and what to do to help protect yourself.

Use these 5 basic elements to assess your individual risk

While various forms of travel and transportation have not been assessed and given specific levels of risk, Ashton said these five basic parameters can help determine which type of travel may be best to help assess your individual risk.

Those elements are time, place, people, space and masks.

Time: Ashton said you should ask yourself how long you will be in a given situation. “More time is riskier than less time,” she said. “The cutoff, as issued by the CDC is 15 minutes of cumulative time. Most types of travel take longer than 15 minutes.”

Place: The questions to ask yourself next are: Will you be inside or outside? Will it be well ventilated or poorly ventilated? According to Ashton, in most types of travel, including airplanes, ventilation is an issue; however, the risk of airplane travel is unclear and may be less risky than you think.

A mathematical model at MIT found that when people are masked on a two-hour flight with an open middle seat,

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