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Hoboken Cancels Winter Recreation Programs Amid Coronavirus

HOBOKEN, NJ — The city of Hoboken said Sunday that they have decided to “indefinitely postpone” all city-run recreation programs for the winter amid coronavirus.

a sign on the side of a building: Christmas wreaths for sale near Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken on Saturday.

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Christmas wreaths for sale near Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken on Saturday.

“As we continue through the next stage of the second wave, and with cases surging in New Jersey, we have made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone all city-run recreation programs for the winter, including all indoor sports and flag-football,” wrote Mayor Ravi Bhalla in an update on Sunday. “We have seen some recent COVID-19 cases coming from recreation leagues, and given the expected increase in cases, we feel it would be irresponsible from a health perspective to continue with indoor sports where social distancing is not practical.”

The mayor also announced new testing options citywide, including for the coming week.

“I encourage any resident who gathered over Thanksgiving or the weekend with multiple families outside the household, traveled or received visitors who traveled from outside the tri-state area, or attended a large gathering of any kind, to get tested this week,” he said. “Since the virus has been proven to spread among those who are asymptomatic and the increased chances of transmission in group and indoor settings, I encourage those residents also avoid contact with others and quarantine whenever possible until after receiving test results.”

The Hoboken Health Department recommends a COVID-19 test at least 5-7 days after the latest potential exposure.

On Sunday, ABC News reported that “Some Hoboken bars [were] packed” on Saturday night. They said that in many, social distancing was in effect and “masks were everywhere,” but added, “some Hoboken bars were looking a little too pre-covid” with people sitting close together and windows “fogged up.”

Testing this week:

  • A new testing partner, ivee, is hosting COVID-19 testing this Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand S. Testing is open by appointment to both Hoboken residents and Hoboken business employees. PCR testing is offered, with results anticipated within 48-72 hours. Sign up: https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-clone-1
  • Dr. Islam and the Prompt MD staff are providing testing on Monday, 8 a.m. to 3, Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 605 Jackson St. PCR testing is offered, with results anticipated within 48-72 hours. http://www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd
  • Dr. Raj Brahmbhatt and the Riverside Medical Group staff are continuing to provide COVID-19 testing six days a week, at the new location uptown, by appointment to Hoboken residents only. Rapid testing is offered, with results provided within 15 minutes. See our story and details here and see general testing information below.
  • State of New Jersey: The State Department of Health, in partnership with the City of Hoboken and Hoboken Housing Authority, is providing testing for residents at 221 Jackson St. (community room) on Friday, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Testing is open to all residents and business employees. No appointment is needed, and testing is available on
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Trump cancels trip to Gettysburg hotel for a GOP hearing about baseless voter-fraud claims after a campaign adviser tests positive for COVID-19

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump. Getty

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  • President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip to a hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, pool reports said.
  • The president was expected to join his personal defense lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who attended the event despite also being exposed to COVID-19 after his son, Andrew, tested positive.
  • The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several in battleground states designed to undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
  • Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s win in the state on Tuesday.
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President Donald Trump canceled a scheduled trip to Pennsylvania on Wednesday to attend a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, press pool reports said.


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Trump was expected to travel to a hotel in Gettysburg to address the event amid his campaign’s ongoing effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Axios and CNN reported. However, on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg News reported that Trump’s adviser, Boris Epshteyn, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Epshteyn did not attend the Gettysburg event, but he was in contact with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, last week at a news conference at the Republican National Convention. Giuliani was also separately exposed to the virus after his son, Andrew, tested positive. The former New York mayor attended Wednesday’s event at Gettysburg and was seen speaking indoors without a mask in a tightly-packed room.

If Trump had attended the Gettysburg event, it would have been his first trip outside the Washington, DC, area since losing the general election. Sources told Axios and CNN that Trump was initially expected to join Giuliani at the Wyndham hotel and meet with the state’s Republican-led Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss alleged “election issues and irregularities.”

State Sen. Doug Mastriano requested the meeting take place amid the Trump campaign’s refusal to give up its court challenges against Pennsylvania’s election results. The battleground state officially certified its results on Tuesday and confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, securing him the state’s 20 electoral votes.

The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several planned in battleground states designed to undermine Biden’s victory in the election, CNN reported.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney working on the Trump campaign, said the outgoing president’s legal team would not “back down,” even though multiple states, including Michigan and Georgia, have certified Biden’s win.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” Giuliani said in a statement reported by Bloomberg. “And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election.”

Trump and his campaign continue to insist, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud led to his defeat earlier this month, and Pennsylvania has been at the center of their baseless claims.

Speaking after Pennsylvania certified its election result, the

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Airline cancels passenger’s flight to Milan. Why won’t Orbitz help her get her refund? | Travel Troubleshooter

After TAP Air Portugal cancels Alexandra Rose’s flights from Washington, D.C., to Milan, the airline promises her a refund. Then it stalls. Why won’t her online agency help her get the refund she’s owed?

Q: I booked a ticket through Orbitz on TAP Air Portugal to fly from Washington to Milan in May. The flight was canceled in April because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

I have been having an extremely difficult time getting Orbitz to help me. They have insisted repeatedly that I am not due a refund even though I am aware of the Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement notice that all tickets have to be refunded if the ticket was canceled by the airline during COVID-19, if the customer desires a refund.  

I have also confirmed with TAP directly that I am due a refund. But they insist Orbitz must request it for me. 

After many hours on the phone with Orbitz over multiple weeks, I finally got Orbitz to email TAP to request a refund in May but I am not confident they sent this email to the right email account or if sending an email was even what was needed to appropriately request a refund from TAP because they have been giving me such a runaround. As of today I have heard nothing further from either TAP or Orbitz and feel I need help to effectively get this refund I am owed.

— Alexandra Rose, Washington, D.C.

A: You’re right. If TAP Air Portugal canceled your flight, you should get a full refund within a week. The DOT rule applies not only to airlines but also to online travel agencies such as Orbitz. 

So what happened? Well, after the outbreak, the European airlines petitioned the EU to allow them to keep the money for canceled flights and offer ticket credits. They said their survival was at stake, and they may have been correct about that. 

At the same time, a variety of European carriers began to slow down the refund process. Again, that’s totally understandable. They wanted to keep the money to pay their bills. This included creating new barriers to refunds. Could TAP Air Portugal have given you a refund for your flight when you asked? Without a doubt. Were they using Orbitz to slow down the process? Without a doubt. 

Orbitz was a willing accomplice. When it helps you get a refund, it loses any commissions and incentives the airline paid it. So you might say it is equally unmotivated, and in all likelihood, overwhelmed by other refund requests. 

Although I understand the positions of both your airline and online travel agency, it’s also helpful to appreciate your position. TAP Air Portugal canceled your flight and you were owed a refund. You weren’t getting it. If the tables were turned — if you canceled your flight because of a circumstance beyond your control — I’m not sure if TAP Air Portugal or Orbitz would be as patient as you’ve been, or as

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City cancels some recreation programs as Hamilton enters COVID-19 red zone

All swimming lessons, gym drop-ins and general interest programs run by the city have been cancelled as Hamilton enters the red “control” zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework Monday.

The city announced the changes which are “effective immediately” in a media release Sunday night.

The cancellations include all fall registered programs, including fitness and sport, and all drop-ins such as pickleball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, Waterfit and open gym.

The maximum number of people allowed in a recreation facility at one time will also be capped at 50.

Credits will be issued for those missing out on their registered programs and refunds will be handed out by request, according to the city.

Residents are asked to email [email protected] to get a refund.

Some drop-in programs, such as open swim, length swim and seniors general interest, will continue with the following enhanced safety measures:

  • Reservations will be required for entry.
  • Stays will be limited to 90 minutes.
  • Contact information for all patrons and people playing a team sport will be required.
  • No spectators permitted (except for a parent or guardian to supervise children).
  • Programs, space and facility capacities will be further reduced.

The city says staff will be contacting facility renters and sports groups to let them know how their permits or agreements might be affected.

Hamilton entered the red zone as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, meaning residents are waking up to new restrictions.

In the red zone, gatherings are confined to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious services, weddings and funerals are confined to 30 per cent capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. The maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated at a bar or restaurant indoors is 10. Outdoor dining, take out, drive thru, and delivery are all permitted. 

The measures will be in place for at least 28 days.

Residents are asked to restrict their close contacts to members of their households and essential supports.

Only essential activities outside the home such as work, school, fitness and getting groceries should be carried out in-person.

The city is urging people to limit their social interactions to people who live under the same roof, though those that live alone can join another household for support.

People are reminded to wash their hands often, stay home and get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 and to wear a mask when around others, in public or outdoors in places where they can’t maintain physical distancing.

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Vice President Mike Pencels cancels Florida vacation

Vice President Mike Pence won’t be checking out seashells by the seashore after all.

Pence has apparently canceled his planned trip to Sanibel, Florida. According to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory, Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening and stay through Saturday.

But the advisory was lifted, meaning the trip is off.

The Washington Post reports that the (likely much anticipated) vacation had to be canceled, or at least put off, so Pence can help his boss, President Donald Trump wage his war against alleged voter fraud.

But the weather looks terrible as Hurricane Eta is brewing in the area and expected to make landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast sometime Thursday.

Pence knows the scenic island off of Fort Myers well, having visited various times over the years. The 61-year-old Indiana native and second lady Karen Pence often attend services at Sanibel Community Church.

Hurricane season ends after Nov. 30, and Florida shouldn’t have any storms if he re-books after Jan. 20, 2021.

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Mike Pence cancels Florida vacation to help Trump effort to overturn presidential election

Mike Pence isn’t going to Disney World anytime soon.

The vice president scrapped plans for a Florida vacation so he could help lead President Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in last week’s election, the Washington Post reported.

Pence gave Republican Senators a presentation Tuesday on Trump’s legal efforts to cast doubt on Biden’s victory, and urged them to stick by the president’s side.

The conservative veep has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his boss signaled that he has no intention of conceding the election.

a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/)

Election officials will start certifying the results soon, confirming Biden’s win in enough states to win the White House. But Trump is holding firm and continues to insist that Pence and other acolytes stand behind him.

Pence signaled Tuesday that might head down to battleground Georgia to campaign for two Republican senators facing Jan. 5 run-off elections that will decide control of the Senate.

GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have strongly backed Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him, and even called on the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down over allegations of voter mismanagment.

Raffensperger announced Wednesday that Georgia would do a full hand recount of the votes, as Biden leads Trump by a razor-thin 0.3% in the state.

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Vice President Mike Pence cancels vacation in Sanibel, Florida


Vice President Mike Pence motorcade leaves Sanibel Island in June 2019.

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A planned visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Southwest Florida has been canceled.

Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening at Southwest Florida International Airport before heading to Sanibel and stay through Saturday. But a Federal Aviation Administration advisory was lifted, indicating the trip was off. 

The Washington Post reported that the trip was canceled so the vice president can remain in Washington while President Donald Trump challenges his apparent loss at the ballot box.

Vice President Mike Pence attending a morning service last year at Sanibel Community Church. (Photo: Gail Corbley)

WINK News is also reporting that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno has confirmed that the trip has been canceled for an unknown reason.

Pence’s office has not commented on the trip or its cancellation. 

Pence and Sanibel: He likes mahi, cookies and vacations on Sanibel Island

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip would have come one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden.

A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Earlier this year: Mike Pence lands in SWFL ahead of weekend stay on Sanibel

And:Is Vice President Mike Pence headed to Sanibel?: Big clue says ‘yes’

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet.

Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @FrankGluck


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Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report

Vice President Mike Pence reportedly canceled his plans to travel to Florida this week for a vacation as President Trump launches legal efforts to contest the results of several states in the 2020 election.

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The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening that Pence was no longer planning to leave Washington, though he has remained out of the spotlight so far in the president’s efforts to raise suspicion about the 2020 election results. A request for comment from the vice president’s office was not immediately returned.

An FAA advisory indicated yesterday that the vice president would be staying on Sanibel, an island near Fort Myers, Fla., where he has vacationed in the past. The Post also reported that Pence offered a presentation to Republican senators Tuesday detailing the specific legal efforts being pursued by the president in each state that decided the election, which news networks projected Saturday would be won by his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden (D).

“Great meeting with @SenateGOPtoday! Told them We’ll Keep Fighting until every LEGAL Vote for President @realDonaldTrump is counted & we’re going to Keep Fighting to send [Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)]and [Sen. Kelly Loeffler [R-Ga.] Back to a Republican Majority in the Senate! See you in Georgia next week!” he tweeted on Tuesday following his meeting with senators.

His tweet referred to Georgia’s two Senate races, which appeared to be heading to a January runoff after candidates in last week’s elections failed to cross a 50 percent threshold necessary to win outright.

Pence has echoed the president’s calls to count “legal” votes in battleground states where mail-in ballots are still being counted, but has not gone as far as Trump has and alleged that the election was “stolen” by Democrats.

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Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation cancels winter sports | Local News

Winter sports

Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation has cancelled winter sports for the upcoming season over COVID-19 worries.

In pre-pandemic times, more than 750 children would normally participate in basketball and cheerleading over the winter in Pittsylvania County.

But, in these COVID-19 times, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation has cancelled the 2020-21 season for those sports.

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“Cancelling this year’s season was a tough decision to make, but we believe it was the right one,” Justin Price, interim director of parks and recreation, said in a news release.

Price said there was no way to keep athletes, families and fans safe, let alone prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside.  

Baseball and football season were cancelled earlier this year. Price is hopeful to bring sports back in the later part of 2021.

The Community Center gymnasium may still be resented for basketball, volleyball or events. For more information, call 434-432-7736.

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Kamala Harris cancels travel through Sunday after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Thursday suspended in-person campaigning because two people close to the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus.

She plans to stay off the campaign trail through Sunday.

Neither Ms. Harris nor presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is believed to be at risk, but the news scrambled plans for the Democratic ticket with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.

Mr. Biden’s campaign said Liz Allen, Ms. Harris’ communications director, and a “non-staff flight crew member” have tested positive for COVID-19.

The campaign also said an administrative staff member for the company that charters Mr. Biden’s plane tested positive Thursday but that the former vice president never came within 50 feet of them and there was no need to self-quarantine.

Ms. Harris said she is not showing symptoms. She tested negative multiple times this week, including on Thursday.

“We wanted to make sure that we were adhering to what has been, I think, a very appropriate and strict level of seriousness around the caution that we are exercising to make sure everyone is safe,” the California senator said at a virtual fundraiser on Thursday.

She also held a virtual event with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Democratic Rep. Alma Adams after the news forced her to cancel several in-person events in North Carolina.

She learned of the other people’s positive tests late Wednesday. Neither she nor Mr. Biden tested positive, according to the campaign.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been critical of President Trump for conduct they deem dangerous during the pandemic, such as not always wearing masks and holding large rallies.

“Obviously, it’s been in stark contrast to you know who,” Ms. Harris said at the fundraiser.

Mr. Trump announced Oct. 2 that he tested positive for the virus and spent several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a result. The president has been back on the campaign trail since Monday after his physician said he was no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others.

He wished Ms. Harris and her staff well while campaigning in North Carolina on Thursday.

“We extend our best wishes,” the president said. “Which is more than they did to me, but that’s OK.”

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris both wished the president well after his diagnosis and the Biden campaign temporarily suspended negative ads.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said neither Ms. Allen nor the crew member on Ms. Harris’s plane had contact with Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris, or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours before their positive test results.

Ms. O’Malley Dillon said both individuals were on a flight with Ms. Harris on Oct. 8 but that they were all wearing masks and the senator was not within six feet of them for more than 15 minutes.

“Our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines,” Ms. Harris said.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden campaigned together in Arizona on

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