Day: November 19, 2020

Sheraton Framingham hotel to be auctioned off

The Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center will go on the auction block next month.

The castle-like hotel on Route 9 at the Massachusetts Turnpike is scheduled to be auctioned off by JJManning Auctioneers on Dec. 15.

According to the listing on the auctioneer’s website, the property at 1651 and 1657 Worcester Road occupies just over 8 acres and the six-story Tudor-style hotel has 376 rooms and features a restaurant, café, indoor and outdoor pools, health club, ballroom, function facilities, meeting space, business center, and a parking garage. The hotel was built in 1972.

“Close to Framingham Technology Park, 9/90 Corporate Center, shopping malls, restaurants & services in high-visibility location with easy highway access,” the listing states. “Convenient to MBTA commuter rail & local bus service with shuttle to Boston & Logan Airport.”

The auction is scheduled to take place outdoors at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the site of the hotel.


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CDC urges Americans not to travel on Thanksgiving

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country. The agency’s updated guidance says the safest way to celebrate is “at home with the people you live with.”

“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidance adds. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

The CDC said more than 1 million virus cases were reported across the country in the last seven days. “We’re alarmed with the exponential growth in cases and we want to get these recommendations out,” Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a briefing Thursday. “What we’re concerned about isn’t just the actual mode of travel but also the transportation hubs.”

More than 250,000 people have died from virus in the U.S., with more than 11 million contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. “I think from an individual household level, what’s at stake is the increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick, being hospitalized and dying,” Walke said.

Up to 50 million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, compared to 55 million in 2019, according to the American Automobile Association. For those who are still traveling during the holidays, the CDC recommends taking the following steps: check travel restrictions before you leave, get a flu shot, wear a mask in public settings, social distance and wash or sanitize your hands often. 

If you’re attending a Thanksgiving gathering, the CDC said the safest way to avoid COVID-19 exposure is to bring your own food, keep your mask on, use single-use options such as plastic dinnerware and keep windows open and air flowing.

The agency offered a list of questions Americans should consider before traveling: Is someone you’re traveling with have an increased risk from COVID-19, are cases rising in the area where the gathering is taking place and are hospitals overwhelmed there? Does your destination have restrictions for travelers, have the people you’re visiting had close contact with others, and will you be traveling by bus, train or airplane, which would make social distancing difficult?

If you answer any one of these questions with a yes, the CDC recommends “making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.”

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AC a welcome addition to San Angelo recreation centers, more improvements on the way

SAN ANGELO — For the first time in many years, the City of San Angelo recreation centers had air conditioning in the gymnasiums for summer 2020.



a sign on the side of a building: Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.


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Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.

I know the kids who attended summer camp, the staff and the participants in both youth and adult sports all appreciated the improvements. It was definitely a long time coming and something that was needed in the West Texas heat. Especially with the mandatory wearing of masks in City facilities.

The air conditioning was a great improvement but your recreation division is not stopping there with the improvements to facilities. We are continuing to improve what we have the best we can. People driving by South Side Recreation Center will notice a different color than the old faded blue building. The facility is now a light gray and the other two facilities will follow shortly with a makeover. Definitely an improvement noticed and needed.

The inside of the facilities are looking much better, as well. The outstanding recreation professionals I have on my team do a great job with the upkeep of the old buildings daily but they took it a step further during the COVID time. The inside of the gyms and surrounding areas have numerous days spent painting them. Carl Ray John Recreation Center and South Side have not looked as good as they do right now for years.

North Side Recreation Center is getting some major upgrades, as well. A new roof is getting closer to completion on the building. As mentioned, the outside will be painted the same light gray as the other two facilities in the coming weeks.



a blue bench in front of a building: Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.


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Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.

The improvements come just in time for our largest youth league to begin. For youth basketball, we are anticipating a slight decrease in the number of teams from what we have seen in the past couple of years but we are excited to get it going and see so many kids working on and improving their skills on the court. The format may be a little different this year; of course, the school gyms that we normally use for the large league are not available for rent due to COVID. We will make it happen in some fashion, we just ask all parents and coaches to be ready for the changes and to adjust with us.

I cannot talk about youth basketball in San Angelo and not thank the coaches who come out year after year. We have relationships with many of them and that is how we like to do business. Some of these coaches continue to come back even though their kids have

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CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel as virus cases spike

New guidance says the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home.

The Centers for Disease Control is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving next week, saying Thursday that the extraordinary spike of a million new cases over the last week raises new concern that family gatherings could spread the virus among families and communities.

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year,” the new guidelines state.

Erin Sauber-Schatz, the head of CDC’s community intervention and critical population task force, said the agency is asking people to consider whether their holiday plans could bring them in contact with someone at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The number of Americans diagnosed with and hospitalized for COVID-19 have skyrocketed in almost every state in recent weeks. The country reported more than 165,000 new cases on Wednesday, according to CDC, and 20 states were at the highest numbers of people hospitalized for COVID-19 than any other point in the pandemic earlier this week, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

And given increases in case numbers after previous holidays like Labor Day and Memorial Day experts are concerned traveling and gathering for Thanksgiving could increase the risk of exposure for vulnerable populations.

“We’re seeing exponential growth in cases,” CDC COVID-19 incident manager Dr. Henry Walke said. “The opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”

CDC officials said they concerned not just about people spending time on planes, buses, trains, or in cars but also about transportation hubs like airports where it could be difficult to maintain distance from others.

CDC’s COVID=19 incident manager Henry Walke said they know canceling Thanksgiving plans is a difficult decision, saying he plans to stay home for the holiday despite not seeing his parents since January.

“With Thanksgiving approaching our hearts and minds turned to seeing families and friends as part of one of our nation’s great traditions. And we all need to consider the safest way to celebrate this holiday. Amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” Walke said.

“These times are tough. It’s been a long. It’s been a long outbreak, almost 11 months now and people are tired.

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‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time

Jersey Shore Family Vacation returns for what promises to be an epic season 4 with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, November 19, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. You can also stream it on fuboTV (free trial), Sling and Philo.

A global pandemic isn’t going to stop the Jersey Shore gang from getting a little rowdy (and based on the show’s history, we’re sure they will). They’re going on a vacation and taking over an entire resort in their “Shore” bubble in hopes of smoothing over some mid-year drama.

They’ve sure had their ups and downs over the past 10 years, but have somehow managed to make it through it all. Until now, that is. During her wedding, Angelina Pivarnick was called a “dirty little hamster,” “the lice to my hair” and “the dump to our island” by bridesmaid trio Snookie, JWoww and Deanna Cortese. Yikes.

That leaves DJ Pauly D to take over the resort with the help of Mike “The Situation,” Vinny and Ronnie to try to reunite the girls. But will they be able to reunite the fam this time?

What channel is MTV on?

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Where can I watch Jersey Shore Family Vacation if I don’t have cable?

You can watch it on fuboTV, a streaming service that offers you access to your favorite TV shows, live sports events and much more. There’s a 7-day free trial when you sign up. You can also watch it on Sling ($20/month) with their Entertainment package which offers over 50 TV channels, or on Philo.

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CDC warns Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving gatherings | World news

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With the coronavirus surging out of control, America’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for the traditional Thanksgiving family gatherings next week and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their own household.

It was some of the firmest guidance yet from the government on curtailing traditional gatherings to fight the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the recommendations just one week before Thanksgiving, which falls on 26 November this year, at a time when diagnosed infections, hospitalizations and deaths are surging across the country.

In many areas, the healthcare system is being squeezed by a combination of sick patients filling up beds and medical workers falling ill themselves.

The CDC’s Erin Sauber-Schatz cited more than 1m new cases in the US over the past week as the reason for the new guidance.

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household,” she said.

If families do decide to include returning college students, military members or others for turkey and stuffing, the CDC is recommending that the hosts take added precautions: gatherings should be outdoors if possible, with people keeping 6ft apart and wearing masks and just one person serving the food.

Whether Americans heed the warning is another matter. The deadly comeback by the virus has been blamed in part on pandemic fatigue, or people getting tired of masks and other precautions.

And surges were seen last summer after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, despite blunt warnings from health authorities.

The United States has seen more than 11m diagnosed infections and over 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus, with inadequate action being taken to prevent the spread of the disease amid a leaked warning from inside the White House on Wednesday of a pandemic that involves “aggressive, unrelenting, broad community spread across the country, without evidence of improvement but, rather, further deterioration”.

CDC scientists believe that somewhere around 40% of people who are infected do not have obvious symptoms but can still spread the virus.

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Old Salt flips hotel rooms to give new meaning to private dining

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HAMPTON — Rooms No. 35 and 39 at Lamie’s Inn will be open for lunch and dinner this winter, as the Old Salt flips some hotel rooms into isolated dining areas to get through the pandemic.

Both rooms were converted into dining areas with single tables that seat 6 to 8 people, parties of six currently permitted by the state to bring four additional children. Joe Higgins, owner of the Old Salt and its adjoined Lamie’s Inn on Route 1, said the idea was born out of the need to survive winter and its limit on outdoor seating.

“We’re trying to think outside of the box a little bit,” said Higgins, whose tent for outdoor dining in the Old Salt parking lot will come down next week. “We’re trying to do what we can.”

Restaurant owners have been trying new ways to make their restaurants safer for patrons while COVID-19 numbers grow. The Galley Hatch put up two heated plastic igloos in its parking lot for dinner parties of up to six to sit outdoors during the winter. It and others have invested in HVAC improvements like ultra-violet lights that kill viruses and bacteria as the air circulates, a purchase Higgins said he also is considering.

The number of new daily cases has risen since summer and Nov. 13 saw a record for New Hampshire with 462 new cases. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported 447 cases Wednesday, Nov. 18, and two new deaths.

“We have an average daily 350 cases in New Hampshire, every day. We’re nervous of what’s going to happen,” Higgins said.

The Old Salt is down in revenue by about 25% due to the pandemic, according to Higgins, though this summer they kept afloat with a robust takeout operation and capitalized on mostly sunny weather. When dine-in service was banned temporarily starting St. Patrick’s Day, the Old Salt sold 373 corn beef and cabbage meals with a drive-up takeout service.

Their tent went up May 18 and patrons enjoyed live music, heaters once the fall came and four wild bunnies that made themselves comfortable around guests throughout the season. The Old Salt put a small house for the bunnies to explore near the dining area, and they sometimes wandered close to tables.

As the Old Salt prepares to remove its tent, Higgins said he is hearing some customers are still not ready to dine indoors. That uncertainty led the Old Salt to cancel its reservations for about 700 people for Thanksgiving Day, instead preparing to do a drive-up takeout operation similar to St. Patrick’s Day. He said part of the reason was to get ahead of any other potential last-minute cancelations as people become wary of being indoors. Parties of more than six people are permitted to book reservations, even if they are separated into tables of six.

“If a party of 20 a day before calls and says, ‘Grandma’s sick, we can’t come in,’ we just lost

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Trump International Hotel Washington DC sale put on indefinite hold

  • The Trump Organization’s efforts to sell the Trump International Hotel Washington DC have been put on indefinite hold, casting doubts on the future of one of the President’s biggest financial bets, according to industry executives.
  • The Trump Organization hired Jones Lang LaSalle to shop the hotel to potential buyers last fall hoping for a price of about $500 million.
  • People familiar with the deal talks said none of the bids came close to the asking price, and several were for less than $250 million.



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The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Trump Organization’s efforts to sell the Trump International Hotel Washington DC have been put on indefinite hold, casting doubts on the future of one of the President’s biggest financial bets, according to industry executives.

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The Trump Organization hired Jones Lang LaSalle to shop the hotel to potential buyers last fall hoping for a price of about $500 million. People familiar with the deal talks said none of the bids came close to the asking price, and several were for less than $250 million. Jones Lang LaSalle confirmed to CNBC that efforts to sell the hotel are on “indefinite hold.”

The hotel, which became the glittering social hub of President Donald Trump’s Washington and a crown jewel of Trump’s business empire, now faces the added pressures of the coronavirus pandemic and the president’s post-election future.

Faced with a $100 million loan from Deutsche Bank on the property and continued losses, the Trump Organization may end up either having to subsidize the business for years to come, or default on the loan and hand back the property, according to industry executives.

“At this point, they could either just turn over the keys, or keep it and make it part of whatever media company the President decides to create,” said Brian Friedman of Friedman Capital, which bid on the hotel and owns several hotels and properties in the DC area. “I just don’t think they’re going to get the price they expected.”

The Trump Organization didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Gathering spot for GOP

The Trump International Hotel in DC celebrated its grand opening in October, 2016, right before the election, and quickly became the favorite gathering spot for companies, politicians and lobbyists eager to build relations with the new White House. The property took in $40.5 million in revenues in 2019, the latest period available, according to disclosures filed to the the Office of Government Ethics.

According to election filings, campaign committees tied to the president or the the GOP spent about $3 million at the hotel since Trump became president. With business strong, the Trump Organization started shopping around the hotel to potential buyers last October.

After the widespread lockdowns and travel restrictions in March, the sales efforts were halted. Even longtime longtime pillars of the Washington hotel business, like the St. Regis and The Hay-Adams, continue to struggle to fill rooms and amidst the drop in travel and tourism.

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Do My Severance Pay, PTO & Vacation Pay Count As Earned Income For Social Security?

Today’s column addresses questions about whether — and when — severance and paid time off count as wages under Social Security’s earnings test, some potential effects of filing early and some requirements for divorced spousal benefits to be paid. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which markets Maximize My Social Security and MaxiFi Planner.

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Have Social Security questions of your own you’d like answered? Ask Larry about Social Security here.


Do My Severance Pay, PTO & Vacation Pay Count As Earned Income For Social Security?

Hi Larry, I started receiving my Social Security widow’s benefits January 2019. I just received a letter stating that they cannot pay my benefits from January 2019 through April 2019 because I was working. I was not working. I was on temporary disability collecting New Jersey short term disability and disability through the company that I worked for. I was given severance compensation, paid PTO and vacation pay. Can these payments show as earned income?

When I applied to Social Security, I asked if can I receive temporary disability and widow’s benefits and was told yes and now they are looking for me to return $10k. Thanks, Amy

Hi Amy, Yes. Any compensation you received for which you received a W-2 form would likely be considered to be earned income for purposes of the Social Security earnings test, but if you last worked in 2018 then anything you were paid in 2019 could likely be excluded from counting toward the 2019 earnings test. Social Security refers to that type of compensation as a special wage payment (SWP), and they use a specific form (SSA-131) to document that type of payment.

Based on your description, it sounds like you can probably get Social Security to remove the overpayment that you’ve been notified of by having your former employer complete a form SSA-131 and submitting in to Social Security. It might work best to start out by calling Social Security to explain the circumstances, though. Best, Larry



Will My Wife Receive More If She Files For Spousal Benefits?

Hi Larry, My wife and I both will retire in 2022. I will be 62 and she will be 63. Social Security shows her at $750 a month and me at $1,950 a month at that time. Would she receive more if she filed for spousal benefits? Thanks, Tomás

Hi Tomás, Your wife can’t file for spousal benefits without being required to file for her own benefits at the same time. If you’re drawing your retirement benefits and if your primary insurance amount (PIA), which is equal to your full retirement age (FRA) retirement benefit amount, is more than twice as much as your wife’s PIA, she would then be paid her own benefit plus a partial, or excess, spousal benefit. If she starts drawing prior to full retirement age (FRA), each benefit rate would

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St. Anthony Hotel Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of its Grand Reopening with an Eye Toward Shifting Needs of Guests

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — November 19th marks the fifth anniversary of the meticulous 30-month restoration and renovation to the hotel often called “the Queen of San Antonio,” The St. Anthony Hotel. The anniversary is not the only celebration of note for the historic property as Marriott International announced in late October that The St. Anthony Hotel was awarded the 2019 Marriott Hotel of the Year in the Distinctive Luxury category.

“Although 2020 is not the year any of us could have anticipated, we have found ways to address safety and the changing needs of our guests while retaining the distinctive customer service delivery embodied by the St. Anthony team,” noted Brandon Raney, CEO of BC Lynd Hospitality. “Our thoughtful restoration five years ago taught us that despite the current challenges, there are many things that remain important to our guests. We’ve worked to continue delivering exceptional service, infuse luxury in the customer experience, and embrace our history while meeting contemporary expectations. Each of these elements makes a difference now like never before.”

The St. Anthony Hotel’s grand reopening in 2015 did more than update and renovate a property that has been the center of upscale events and celebrations in the city for more than 110 years. The approach taken by owners Clyde Johnson and Brandon Raney focused on managing a delicate balance between grand luxury and contemporary tastes. This approach is evident throughout the hotel from the classic chandeliers and hundred-year-old Steinway to the clean lines of renovated suites and lounges with a modern flair.

Strolling through the hotel you will discover the designers and owners went through great lengths to maintain several historic elements of the property. Restored Venetian tile flooring dating back to 1910 alongside an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings; old-world textile design paired with contemporary color palettes; and even doors with no doorknobs integrated into the project as an elegant response to modern demands. Since the renovated and updated suites needed more spacious bathrooms, the required the number of rooms shifted – but the number of doors remained in order to maintain the character of each corridor. The sixth-floor outdoor infinity pool has a contemporary feel while the rooftop lounge preserves historic hand-painted tile.

In an effort to offer a level of support and accommodations to guests responsive to the current travel climate, The St. Anthony Hotel family has adapted and adjusted, much as it did during its renovation. Historically The St. Anthony Hotel has catered to generations of large weddings, sumptuous special events, and served as a stunning backdrop for celebrities and VIPs who have made their way into San Antonio. Today The St. Anthony Hotel is serving as a venue for a wide range of gatherings. Small, intimate weddings are now

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