Day: December 4, 2020

WoodSpring Suites proposes new Milwaukee development. The hotel chain’s 2018 plans were rejected by city officials.

An extended-stay hotel chain that has been repeatedly rebuffed in attempts to open its first Wisconsin location is trying again — this time on Milwaukee’s far northwest side.



a car parked in front of a building: A WoodSpring Suites extended-stay hotel is being proposed for the southeast corner of West Bradley Road and North 124th Street.


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A WoodSpring Suites extended-stay hotel is being proposed for the southeast corner of West Bradley Road and North 124th Street.

A four-story, 122-room WoodSpring Suites is being proposed for the southeast corner of West Bradley Road and North 124th Street. 

That proposal will need Common Council approval — both to rezone the site and to grant a hotel license.

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And it comes over two years after the council rejected a license application for a WoodSpring at 1701 W. Layton Ave., on Milwaukee’s far south side.

That license was rejected in 2018 after then-Ald. Terry Witkowski, whose district included the development site, and nearby homeowners objected.

Witkowski, at a 2017 Plan Commission meeting, said WoodSpring “does not have a great reputation” and has been turned away in other Milwaukee-area communities.

The hotel chain’s niche of offering bargain-priced rooms for guests who stay several days has raised concerns in Milwaukee and other communities.

WoodSpring in 2015 proposed a similar hotel at 4040 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.

Those plans were opposed by Greenfield officials, who said it would generate a high number of police calls. 

WoodSpring executives disputed that claim, saying their hotels have safe main entrances, security cameras and proper exterior lighting. 

The WoodSpring being proposed on Milwaukee’s far northwest side would be developed by Wichita, Kansas-based New Era Development Group LLC.

New Era’s projects include eight WoodSpring Suites locations in the Columbus, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; and Wichita areas.

Those hotels have received praise from local officials for their safety and security, said Chris Stevens, New Era managing member.

Stevens said New Era operates its hotels with 24-hour staffing, unlike how some WoodSpring locations have been managed in the past.

He also said the WoodSpring chain, which is franchised by Rockville, Maryland-based Choice Hotels International Inc., continues to grow, and operates in metro areas throughout the country without major problems.

The northwest side Milwaukee proposal has the support of Ald. Nikiya Dodd, whose district includes the site, Stevens said.

New Era would likely begin construction by late spring of 2021 if the $10 million project wins city approval, Stevens said.

It would open by late spring or early summer of 2022, he said.

Stevens said the 3-acre site has strong visibility, as well as quick access to nearby I-41.

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27 Great Holiday Gift Ideas From Truly Chic Hotel Boutiques

NO LONGER cramped kiosks selling postcards and prophylactics, many hotel gift shops have become expertly curated boutiques. And now some of the world’s great purveyors of hospitality have emerged as a solution for online shoppers who need a holiday gift for the curtailed travelers in their lives. Think fancy consumables specific to the hotel’s region, an unusual toy, local things unavailable anywhere else.

If your loved ones have a favorite hotel, to which they return time and again, but can’t this year, a souvenir from its gift shop can be especially thoughtful. Ideal for Aunt Jane who’s been itching to get back to Claridge’s? The London landmark is now selling its tea service for the first time via its online store.

Aunt Jane will be thrilled and you can feel good about yourself: Online Christmas shopping via hotel boutique helps the hard-hit hospitality industry, too. Many top names offer gift cards for future travel. But in the meantime, here’s a wish list of things you can get online and have delivered directly, even if the hotel is closed:

Made in Italy

Emporio Sirenuse at Le Sirenuse, Positano

Opened in 1951 when the Sersale family (and current owners) converted their house into a hotel, this small resort that hugs the Amalfi Coast is an Italian dream come true, with a boutique so chic that the wares—from vibrant caftan to snappy swim trunks—are also sold on Net-a-Porter. Standout item: the Suzani-inspired pillow cases (from $316) that mimic textiles used throughout the 58-room property. emporiosirenuse.com

Southern Exposure

Keep Shop at Noelle, Nashville

On the ground floor of this reinvented 1930s downtown hotel, the Keep Shop boutique features a range of home goods and clothing, most made in the Southern U.S., including Stetson cowboy hats (from $125) and an indigo kimono jacket from Nashville designer Oil + Lumber ($175). noelle-nashville.com, keep.shop

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Boeing’s Breakthrough Max Deal Fuels Hope for Travel Rebound

(Bloomberg) — This year’s biggest jetliner deal signals there’s a growing sense of optimism that travel demand will come roaring back from a historic collapse once coronavirus vaccines are widely available.

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Betting that a recovery is on the way, Ryanair Holdings Plc ordered 75 high-density versions of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max in a transaction valued at about $7 billion, said Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary. As rivals shrink fleets and postpone aircraft purchases, Europe’s largest budget carrier sees an opportunity and is accelerating delivery plans so that it takes all of its 210 Max jets on order by December 2024.

“Travel is going to snap back very strongly,” O’Leary said Thursday in a joint interview with Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun on Bloomberg TV. “This is an order not for next summer. This is for the next five years, the next decade across Europe.”

The deal is a breakthrough for Boeing as it works to bring back the Max after a 20-month grounding prompted by two crashes that killed 346 people. With the plane poised to start flying again after intense scrutiny by global regulators, Ryanair is providing a crucial boost to Boeing’s plans to ramp up work at its 737 factory near Seattle while also starting to clear an inventory of about 450 Max jets that were built during the grounding.

“The forecast for depleting that inventory is roughly a two-year time frame,” Calhoun said. “We are confident that can be done.”

Boeing climbed 1.6% in premarket trading Friday in New York. That added to a 6% surge Thursday that put the stock at its highest price since early March, just before the virus forced nations to seal their borders. Ryanair advanced 4.3% Friday afternoon in Dublin, adding to a 2.7% gain the day before.

Short-Term Weakness

Any airline recovery will come in the wake of an increasingly grim winter travel outlook. As Boeing and Ryanair were touting the coming rebound, Delta Air Lines Inc. warned that it may burn more cash than expected this quarter while Southwest Airlines Co. told more than 6,800 employees that their jobs are at risk in early 2021.

“We all know we’ve got a rough couple of months ahead of us,” Calhoun said. “But that vaccine distribution will change the psychology of the flying public.”

As bookings start to rebound ahead of the summer holiday season in the U.S., “airlines will want to re-establish their leading competitive positions,” he said. “So that usually results in orders.”

Regulators in the U.S., Europe and Brazil have endorsed software revisions and a new pilot training course for Boeing’s best-selling jet. Commercial flights are set to restart next week, with Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA planning service on Dec. 10. United Airlines Holdings Inc. confirmed that it would take the first post-grounding delivery of the Max.

Ryanair’s commitment gives new sales momentum to Boeing, which had been losing share to rival Airbus SE in the crucial market for single-aisle jets even before the Max

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What to do if your seatmate won’t mask up

Christopher Elliott, Special to USA TODAY
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Dec. 4, 2020

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Every leading U.S. airline will require passengers to wear facial coverings during flights. Airlines say they won’t let customers without masks board a plane. (May 6)

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On a recent flight from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cairo, Wycliffe Okoth sat next to two women wearing masks – on their chins. He faced one of the most common traveler dilemmas of 2020: What do you do when your seatmate won’t wear a mask, despite airline rules? 

“One of the ladies was of the opinion that COVID-19 does not exist and that governments are only faking it to get donor funds,” says Okoth, an essayist from New York. “The other one believed that COVID-19 is real but is being exaggerated.”

He asked them to wear their masks correctly. One of them complied, but the other refused because she insisted COVID-19 didn’t exist despite more than 64 million cases and 1.5 million deaths worldwide. Finally, he asked a crew member to intervene. The COVID-19 denier grudgingly agreed to mask up, but when the flight attendant left, she slipped her mask off her face again.

“People who defy mask mandates now are doing it intentionally, often with great hostility,” says Katie Foss, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University and author of the book “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media & Collective Memory.” 

Here’s one thing we can probably agree on: COVID-194 fatigue is real. The drama playing itself out on planes is emblematic of a broader conflict happening everywhere. 

And oh, what a drama it is.

Although most passengers are complying with the mask rules, some have found creative ways around them. Airlines are selectively banning passengers who refuse to comply with the requirements or threatening them with worse. One flight attendant was captured on video claiming that flight attendants were government officials (they aren’t) and that passengers who didn’t comply would never be able to fly on any airline again (there is no such blacklist). 

What do the experts say about seatmates who won’t wear a mask?

Etiquette experts say the best way to deal with a seatmate who won’t mask up is not to deal with one at all.

“Fighting with someone that you have to sit next to for hours may not be the right idea,” says Adeodata Czink, who runs an etiquette consultancy called Business of Manners. 

Her advice? Ask for another seat. Let the flight crew deal with the scofflaw.

Saying something is a personal choice, says Diane Gottsman, who runs the Protocol School of Texas. 

“You can certainly turn to your seatmate and politely request they adjust their mask to fit properly,” she says. “But you’re clearly taking a risk – especially in tight quarters where you’re not certain how the other person will react.”

How to negotiate with someone who won’t mask up

Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert who co-hosts the podcast “Were you raised by wolves?,” says the negotiation can be

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Tycoons and sports stars to be exempt from quarantine in controversial English travel rule

From Dec. 5, high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in a travel corridor.


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Senior company executives, elite sportspeople, and television production staff are among those travelers who will be exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for international arrivals in England, the government has announced.

“From 4 a.m. on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply,” transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter
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Under current rules, travelers from nonexempt countries have to quarantine for 14 days. However, from Dec. 15, they can cut this time to five days if they pay for a private coronavirus test under the government’s new Test to Release program. The tests will cost between £65 and £120.

Read: ‘Test to Release’ option can cut travelers’ quarantine time to five days — and make Christmas in England a possibility again

In a more detailed statement, the Department for Transport said that “individuals undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the U.K. economy — including activity that creates or preserves 50+ U.K. jobs — will no longer need to self-isolate when traveling or returning from nonexempt countries.”

It added that all travelers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the U.K., unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.

The move was criticized by Jim McMahon, shadow transport secretary of the opposition Labour Party, who tweeted: “Are you loaded? No quarantine.

“I hope the virus has been made aware of the rules and keeps well away from them.”

Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw also slammed the move, tweeting: “Is this a joke? What Is high value?”

However, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, welcomed the government’s initiative, saying the decision will bolster business travel and provide a significant boost to the fragile U.K. economy.

“Last year, international business travel contributed £7.5 billion ($10 billion) to the U.K. economy, which demonstrates how vital it will be to reviving the country’s battered economic fortunes,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and Chief Executive.

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New guidelines published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Dec. 2 suggest that there is no increased risk to the spread of COVID-19 from passengers arriving by air.

“Travelers should not be considered as a high-risk population, nor treated as contacts of COVID-19 cases, unless they have been in known contact with a confirmed positive case,” the guidelines said, adding:

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49ers to travel 700 miles for home games as Covid-19 continues to hit NFL

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home.



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The news came as Covid-19 continues to ravage the NFL. The Denver Broncos were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their regular signal-callers were affected by the virus, while the New Orleans Saints were fined heavily for failing to follow mask protocols. All NFL team facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States, in addition to the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests,” according to a league statement released on Friday.



a large stadium: The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.


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The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.

Related: NFL with no quarterbacks? The league’s Covid-19 problems are just starting

An outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens camp has led to their crucial game against their fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers being delayed until Tuesday. There were 70 positive tests among NFL players and staff in the week ending 21 November, compared to seven in the first week of the season, at the start of September.

The US as a whole is expecting a further rise in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks after people travelled to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. The virus has killed more than 265,000 people in America, the highest total for any country.

As for the 49ers, they will host the Buffalo Bills next Monday and Washington on 13 December at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, 700 miles from their base in Santa Clara county. The team said it will have information on practice arrangements later.

The AFC East-leading Bills will be returning to Arizona for the second time in a little over three weeks, following a 32-30 loss to the Cardinals on 15 November.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a statement.

Santa Clara county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles, where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday, when the players and coaches heard about the rules.

The rules will also affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and college teams at Stanford and San Jose State. Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days.

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Holiday store, recreation and restauarant open; Graham-Mebane lake closes

Elizabeth Pattman
 
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Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Fundraising Store is now open in Alamance Crossing. The store, located at 1019 Boston Drive, is a full Dewey’s Bakery store benefiting Connect 4 Faith’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative. Fresh cookies, cakes, cheese straws and more treats are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, email [email protected] or call 336-850-1008.

The downtown Graham ice skating rink is now open through Dec. 20. Forty-five-minute skating sessions begin on the hour at 213 South Main Street. Skating and skate rentals are also free, but there is a small cost for concessions. Due to COVID-19, there is a maximum of 20 people on the ice at one time and masks are required on and off the ice. The rink is open 1 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. On Thursday nights between 5 and 8 p.m., you can reserve the rink for just your group or family for $25. If the rink is not reserved that night, it will be open to the public. For updates or inclement weather information, visit the Graham Recreation & Parks Facebook page.

More: Alamance COVID numbers climb through Thanksgiving week

Reopenings

Hibachi Buffet at Holly Hill Mall will reopen under new ownership on Dec. 4. The restaurant will now prepare food in front of customers, rather than in a buffet style.

The Cedarock Equestrian Center reopened this week. Located at 5160 Friendship Patterson Mill Road in Burlington, the equestrian center offers 6 miles of dedicated horse trails and a riding ring. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Equestrian Center and trails will close during heavy rains and inclement weather. Visit Facebook to check for closings.

More: Owners of Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream selling business

Closings

Graham-Mebane Lake has closed for the season. The lake will reopen on Feb. 5.

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Italy to adopt travel ban within country during holiday season

The prime minister of Italy announced the country will enter an extended period of strict lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to Italian citizens on Thursday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, “It’s clear this will be a Christmas that is different from others,” adding that officials in the country will ban travel through the nation over the holiday season.

The travel ban within the country’s 20 regions will begin on Dec. 21 and last through Jan. 6. The prime minister urged residents of the country to cancel holiday plans, arguing the precaution would help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Conte made the announcement on the same day that Italian health officials recorded the highest number of total deaths in a day, 993 people, eclipsing March 27, when 919 died from complications arising from the disease.

Conte said that although the holiday season will be unlike any other, it would still be “no less authentic” than holidays past.

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Lyndhurst holiday lighting event is Dec. 4; Santa will travel the streets of Mayfield Heights Dec. 12, South Euclid Dec. 13

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Because residents can’t come to see Santa Claus at South Euclid city hall this year, Santa will come to the residents.

The city, as a way of bringing holiday cheer to residents, will hold its first “South Euclid Holiday Parade” from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. “We’ve mapped out a route throughout the city we think will reach the majority of residents,” said Community Development Coordinator Daniel Subwick. “Santa Claus and a couple of his holiday pals in costume will be going down many of our streets and they will be passing out gifts to residents as they pass by. There will be a special treat for the first 100 residents.

“The parade will be going through most neighborhoods in the city, but we’re not able to go down every street.”

Subwick said that residents, as the Santa parade passes, are asked to follow safety measures, including social distancing, as they gather on sidewalks.

“We want to thank the police department for providing an escort, and the fire department for the truck that will be participating in the parade. Mayor (Georgine) Welo intends to be part of the parade.”

The city, since 2013, has annually held a holiday lighting event outside city hall, featuring singers, live reindeer, a visit from Santa, and more.

“We weren’t able to have an outdoor event this year (because of the pandemic), so we turned on the (holiday) lights at city hall on Monday (Nov. 30),” Subwick said. “City hall is now lit up, so residents can stop by and, if they’d like, takes photos.”

Subwick said that the parade’s route will soon be posted on the city’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“It should be a fun event, come rain or shine,” Subwick said. “Santa will be here to keep alive the holiday spirit.”

Lyndhurst

The city of Lyndhurst will hold its annual lighting ceremony and food drive from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 4 behind city hall, 5301 Mayfield Road, in Lyndhurst Park.

A “Candy Cane Lane” has been set up in the park that will feature a visit from Santa Claus, who will be stationed at the park’s gazebo. Visitors are invited to take a photo in front of Santa, but should remember to remain properly distanced. Candy Cane Lane will remain open to visitors throughout the holiday season.

Those attending the lighting event are also invited to the Lyndhurst Community Center patio, at 1341 Parkview Drive, located at the northern end of the park, for hot chocolate and individually wrapped cookies.

During the lighting event, the Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 71762 will continue its holiday food drive benefitting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The goal is to reach 1,000 pounds of donated food. Among items sought are sweets, including candy, pudding mix, cookies and cake mixes; stuffing mix; canned cranberry sauce; packets of chicken or turkey gravy mix; and canned sweet potatoes or yams.

Donations can be made, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, in the drop box

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The Office Or Parks And Recreation Quiz: Who Said It

Whenever you think of any NBC shows to watch, the two most common shows that come up are The Office and Parks and Rec, both produced by legendary TV producer Micheal Schur. The man is a genius for creating both of these incredible, thought-provoking shows. From hilarious insight into the suffocating grey aura of a typical American workplace to their goofy characters.

Running these weird offices of Scranton and Pawnee are the unique and polar opposite bosses Michael Scott and Ron Swanson. Michael loves his job and tries hard to be a better boss every day, considers the office as a family and worries for his employees’ happiness, but his stupidity, insensitivity and completely offensive behaviour only aggravates them. While Ron Swanson is the complete opposite and couldn’t care less about what his employees do and he may run the department, but seems to do the least work often talking about how corrupt the government is, even though he works for the same.

But what connects these two iconic TV characters is the love from fans, whether you laugh at Michael’s downright erroneous cringey misquotes or simply giggle over Swanson’s comments on manliness or his kooky love for food. Can you tell these two archetypal bosses apart from their quotes alone?

Answers are at the end!

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