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Sparta Recreation Department’s First Christmas Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Events

SPARTA, NJ- The first Sparta Township Christmas tree lighting had to be held without a crowd.  The only element of the celebration that remained was the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Main Street on Thursday night.

Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano was joined by elves Alison Deeney, Kelly Giannantonio, Janice Williams, Mayor Jerry Murphy, Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn and Mr. and Mrs. Clause.  

Plans originally included Santa in a snow globe for photos along with other activities typical for the annual Sparta Recreation Visit with Santa.  The most recent executive orders from Governor Murphy limiting indoor and outdoor crowds caused the activities to be canceled.

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According to Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano they are expanding Santa’s ride through the community on the fire truck on the weekend of December 11 and 12, weather permitting.  In past years, Santa would take an hour to ride through town on his way to meet children and their families at Station Park. 

Additional Christmas events are being offered by the Sparta Recreation Department.

Sparta children can mail letters to Santa and Santa will mail a letter in return.  They can be sent to Sparta Recreation at 65 Main Street in Sparta.  The Recreation department staff will make sure they get to the North Pole in time for Santa to respond. They even provide stationary.

Sparta Recreation is also sponsoring a Holiday Home Decorating contest.  For the first time residents will be able to register their home for consideration. 

  • Homes must be registered by December 11
  • Between December 14 and 16 The Sparta Recreation department staff will photograph the homes that are registered.
  • On December 17 the photos will be posted on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page,
  • The two homes with the most “likes” will win.
  • On December 22 the winners will be announced on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page.

The first and second place winners will receive a prize and a sign to display on their front lawn, according to the recreation department announcement.

Montemarano said details for the Menorah lighting, scheduled for next Thursday, are also being discussed.

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Westlake resident plans “micro” events for hotel customers during the pandemic

WESTLAKE, Ohio – Everyone has had to make adjustments in their lives during the pandemic. Some of the adjustments have been big such as unemployment. Other adjustments have been smaller such as getting used to wearing a mask.

But then other adjustments can now be termed “micro” and a Westlake resident seems to have become the queen of making those adjustments work for many people.

Nicole Bakker calls her efforts “micro event experiences.” Don’t call her an event planner.

She works for both the Kimpton Schofield Hotel at the corner of East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland as well as their restaurant, Betts, that is open on the ground floor of the hotel.

“I work for both the restaurant and the hotel. I am the only employee working for both, not just catering, but involving all departments and employees–and their guests,” she said.

Bakker noted she has an extensive background in hospitality.

“I have been in hospitality pretty much my whole life. I have worked from the kitchen to the front of the house to event planning, to marketing to social media to weddings to corporate and even to in-home—doing personal or corporate events in backyards for anywhere from five to 3500 people.

Her mission is clear and certainly takes a lot of planning and creativity but she said people are beginning to come back now to celebrate the times of their lives.

“I have some interaction with every person coming through the door and they are all celebrating something,” she said. “Now the people are re-scheduling and they just want to celebrate and make it happen. The picture from earlier in the year is gone. Everyone who walks into the hotel is really excited to be here. It’s gotten a lot more lively and people are more thankful to be celebrating.”

What, specifically, is important to them now?

“Quality,” she said. “That makes all the difference now. Due to the pandemic, people know what they want.”

But there has been one big change and that’s what Bakker does best.

“All things are much more intimate now, smaller, more personal, with groups up to only about 50 people,” she said.

Are they disappointed to not have more?

“No, they were disappointed in March but now they are grateful they can get out and celebrate. They have more appreciation for more intimate events and the purpose of the event. I hear it all the time. ‘It’s only going to be our closest friends and family,’ and they are happy about it. They are grateful to just be out.”

Bakker said it is not 60 people for brunch now, but only 10, “With people they really want to celebrate with.” This is the definition of micro events.

It doesn’t seem those planning an event in this unusual time could go wrong at the Kimpton Schofield/Betts Restaurant. Experience, understanding and enthusiasm are their outstanding calling card.

For more information on the hotel and/or the restaurant visit https://www.theschofieldhotel.com/ or call (216)

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Newington Parks And Recreation Announces Holiday Events

Press release from the Newington Parks and Recreation Department:

Nov. 23, 2020

The Newington Parks and Recreation Department joins with Santa Claus to spread the holiday spirit without spreading germs! Instead of bringing the children of Newington to Santa, we are bringing Santa from the North Pole to the Newington Town Green and our neighborhoods!

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is so unfortunate that we have to celebrate apart from each other. We are doing everything in our power to make sure everyone enjoys the season in a safe manner,” said Bill DeMaio, Superintendent of Newington Parks and Recreation. The tree lighting celebration to kick off the holiday season will be held on Saturday, December 5, with Mayor Beth DelBuono joining Santa to light our town Christmas tree, as well as the Main Street lights! Although spectators will not be able to gather in the center of town as in previous years, make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page to watch it Live for the very first time!

Along with the tree lighting ceremony, we are also running a few more activities for families to enjoy this holiday season. Starting today through Friday, December 4, we will be accepting registration for the Holiday House Decorating Contest. Families are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by getting creative and showcasing their holiday style. If your neighbors have decorated their home, please encourage them to register as well! To register, visit the Parks and Recreation website at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec for online registration. You can also mail in your registration form or opt for curbside drop off at the Parks and Recreation office located at 200 Garfield Street. Registration is $10.00 per household or business in town. After registering and decorating your home, make sure to send a picture and the street address to Hadeel Majdoub, Recreation Supervisor, at [email protected] The picture will be posted on the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page along with the address, so not only will residents be able to vote for their favorite decorated home and/or business, but you will also be able to drive by and safely see them for yourselves! The prize for the household category is a $100.00 gift certificate to the Newington Parks and Recreation Department which can be used towards any of the hundreds of programs and camps offered through the Department. The business category winner will receive a quarter page ad, valued at $500.00, in our upcoming seasonal program guide which is sent to over 13,000 households! This is just the beginning of what the Newington Parks and Recreation has in store for this holiday season! Voting for the contest will end on Sunday, December 20, at 11:59 PM, so make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page and “Like” your favorite decorations before then! Winners will be announced the following day, on Monday, December 21, so make sure to visit our Facebook page to see who the winner is!

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THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

There’s exciting news on the Halloween front at The Benjamin Hotel in NYC – for this year’s Halloween festivities, the hotel has two exciting activities happening:

World-renowned pumpkin carver, Hugh McMahon, will be doing a LIVE pumpkin carving session outside at The Benjamin Hotel (on the corner of 50th and Lexington).

-The live (and socially distant) event will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

McMahon is a world-renowned pumpkin carver, who has partnered with The Benjamin Hotel in NYC to create this live, two hour pumpkin-carving display on October 29th in honor of Halloween festivities. He is an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins has been featured in many restaurants, events, television segments, magazines, and books throughout the world.

There will also be a social media costume contest, where one person will win a weekend stay at The Benjamin in one of the sprawling suites – people can enter by:

-Following @thebenjaminhotel on Instagram

-Post a photo of their favorite/best halloween costume (can be from previous years) using the hashtag #BooAtTheBenjamin

-The person with the most original costume will win a stay in a sprawling suite at The Benjamin Hotel with a terrace and a bottle of wine for a weekend of your choice

To learn more about Hugh McMahon’s artistry, visit his web site at http://www.hmcmahonpumpkins.com/.

The Benjamin Hotel is located at 124 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022. Visit their web site at https://www.thebenjamin.com/ or call 212.715.2500.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Benjamin Hotel

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Town recreation department offers scaled-back Halloween events | Local News

Without resorting to trickery, local children will have several opportunities to get their treats come Halloween.

Making good on promises to provide traditional Halloween activities that adhere to coronavirus social precautions, town Recreation Director Deborah Giardino this week announced a series of low-risk events aimed at safely entertaining the little monsters.

“Halloween as a whole is happening,” Giardino stated on Tuesday night while briefing selectmen on Foxboro’s haunted happenings.

The first activity, which already has sold out, is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25, and involves recreation staffers hiding Halloween eggs filled with nut-free candies in the yards of participating families. According to Giardino, eggs will be hidden between 6 and 7 p.m. on the above dates.

Next, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., a trick-or- treat drive-by is planned for the Ahern Middle School driveway loop — envisioned as a socially-distanced version of the long-standing Halloween parade through the town center.

Describing the drive-by as a “down-home event,” Giardino said representatives of the Kraft Group, Grace Chapel and other participating businesses, along with the town recreation, police, fire and highway departments, will set up stations along the school driveway and distribute treats to children in passing vehicles.

Vehicles will enter via the Mechanic Street entrance and exit on Chestnut Street.

“Friends of Foxboro Recreation have been instrumental in helping us pull that all together,” Giardino explained.

There will be no charge for the drive-by, but online registration is required to assist in planning. Parents can register by visiting the recreation department website.

Finally, the recreation department once again is asking local goblins and ghouls to bring their carved pumpkins to the town Common, where they will be outfitted with battery-operated tea lights (provided by the recreation staff) and displayed just outside the iconic Common fence.

Launched four years ago, the pumpkin display has been growing and this year will be judged, with prizes awarded to winners in several categories targeting different age groups.

Assistant Recreation Director Renee Tocci said that anyone interested should drop off their carved pumpkins at the Common on Sunday, Oct. 25. During the ensuing week, recreation staffers will take pictures of the entries for judging purposes and possible positing on the recreation department’s Facebook page.

If participants wish to retrieve their pumpkins they may be picked up on Sunday, Nov. 1. Any pumpkins remaining at that time will be donated to an area farm for animal feed, Tocci said.

Thanking Giardino and Tocci for their efforts at preserving a sense of Halloween normalcy for local families, Selectwoman Leah Gibson acknowledged that townspeople have different thoughts on the wisdom of maintaining social rituals during the coronavirus pandemic.

“People are looking for us to take a stand,” Gibson said, “and it sounds like our stance is we have the CDC and board of health guidelines, follow the rules and do what you feel comfortable with for you and your family.”

Giardino added that alternate low-risk activities suggested by members of the local board

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Several Parks amp Recreation Facilities and Amenities are Closed, and Recreation Programs and Events are Cancelled or Postponed Due to the COVID 19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks. Recreation programs have been cancelled or postponed. For a list of the affected facilities, amenities, events and programs, click on the link below. 

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Updates



The Parks and Recreation Department manages over 4,171 acres of city-owned property. In addition to 96 areas formally named, there are hundreds of acres held in reserve as undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control. We operate and maintain facilities for public use including four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, splash pads, 25 pavilions, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, Tuma Sports Complex, Tait Cummins Sports Complex, Noelridge Park Greenhouse, and trails. The parks system receives countless visits each year.

We offer more than 1,500 recreation programs annually. There is something of interest for every age and ability level. Programs are listed in the Play! guide which appears in the March, August and November issues of Our CR magazine. Attendance for aquatic and recreation programs totals more than 300,000 annually.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation news and events

Alki,
Arboretum, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Green Lake, Golden
Gardens, Kubota Garden, Lincoln, Magnuson, Seward, Volunteer, West Seattle
Stadium, Woodland

SPD and
SPR Crews and Ambassadors Will Be Onsite to Remind Individuals to Comply

CDC and
DOH Recommends Individuals to Wear Cloth Face Masks When in Public

SEATTLE (April 9, 2020) –  Because of continued gatherings in major parks and crowded public places, the City of Seattle announced today the full closure of major regional parks this weekend where social distancing guidelines have not been followed by patrons. Seattle is joining major cities like Austin and Los Angeles across the country in closing major parks for the weekend. The change is effective Friday, April 10th at 11pm and parks reopen on Monday, April 13 at 4:30 am.

Data shows that social distancing measures are effectively reducing the transmission rate, but any easing of those measures could lead to a resurgence in transmission. Moreover, all city departments are having to adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on employees, their families and the city workforce. 

“These are the beautiful weather days we
crave all winter, but we are living in unprecedented times and the Governor’s
order isn’t stay out – it’s stay home. Seattle’s frontline medical
workers,  vulnerable residents, and displaced workers need you to stay
home. While Seattle is expecting near perfect weather, friends and families
should not have family or friend outings, picnics or gatherings in parks. Stay
home unless you need to go to an essential job or business.  If you need
to take a walk in your neighborhood, be smart and don’t help create a crowded
place. Too many friends, residents and families are continuing to gathering for
picnics, BBQs, basketball games, and group walks.  Because we still are in
danger of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths we have to keep
doing out part. Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people
at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening
of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow
social distancing guidelines by stay at lease six feet from everyone and wear a
mask” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Our collective effort has made an impact
flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer term
consequences.”

Closing these parks temporarily will
help ensure more people are keeping the distancing they need to from other
people. While our neighborhood parks will remain open, the city will consider
closing them or making temporary closures longer term if visitors can’t follow
safety guidelines. While the City of Seattle has closed parking lots at the
largest regional parks, significant gatherings and disregard for social
distancing have continued.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s eight
destination parks Green Lake, Lincoln, Golden Gardens, Seward Park, Magnuson
Park, Gas Works, Alki Beach, and Discovery, as well as Cal Anderson, Carkeek,
Woodland Park, Volunteer Park, Kubota Garden, West Seattle Stadium, and the
Washington Park

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Virginia Beach – Find Hotels, Things To Do, Restaurants & Events

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World Record Holding Beach

The Guinness Book of World Records has awarded us the title of “Longest Pleasure Beach.” We have 35 miles of coastline waiting to be explored. Are you looking for great campgrounds? Do you want to swim alongside dolphins in the wild? Are you looking for your first Billfish catch? Do you want to return to work with a killer tan that makes everyone envious? You’ll find everything you need right here.


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Incredible Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Where the Atlantic meets our shore is our world famous boardwalk. Here you’ll find a 3-mile long concrete path that guides you through 59 blocks of popular statues, stages for music and entertainment, shops, restaurants, hotels, and gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re walking around during the day or night, there’s never a dull moment when strolling along this boardwalk. Don’t be surprised when you run into unexpected art shows, musical performances, or festivals on the Boardwalk – especially in the summer! If you like to roller-blade, skateboard, or bike ride, there is a bike path that is parallel to the Boardwalk. It’s designed for everything with non-motorized wheels. Get your wheelie on without worrying about pedestrians!


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Beautiful and Scenic Oceanfront

Naturally, this one of the main reasons so many people come to visit. It’s so easy to relax when you’re sitting or laying in the warm sand by the gentle yet powerful lapping waves of the Atlantic. Enjoy swimming in the warm ocean and experience the health benefits of the salt water and other healthy minerals you’ll absorb at the VA Beach Oceanfront. It provides its guests with a super clean atmosphere to enjoy while soaking up the sun on soft tan sand.

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Hospitality administration programs are the software that runs your hospitality enterprise. For hotels that is significantly essential has the running of a hotel is an especially time consuming and tough job. Paris is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotels and supply of an estimated $300 million household fortune. Maureen Mackey is Managing Director of Sales, Enterprise Travel Sales for Hilton Hotels Corporation.

He was determined that his hotel to be the best in every city and coined the phrase, “take me to the Hilton”. 7. Management of Online Status – though Google Alerts can keep you updated with what individuals are saying about you online, monitoring this and taking effective action could be very time consuming.

The program is designed to thank meeting planners who schedule occasions at Hilton Hotels worldwide. Airport hotels hardly ever supply a lot on surroundings, but they make up for it with handy location. One of many first issues to check out when you are selecting a location for a restaurant is strictly what uses the building is permitted to be used for underneath the local zoning scheme.

This includes comfortable beds with clean sheets, excessive speed web access within the room, access to films, full bathroom services, free local calls, continental breakfasts, newspaper within the morning outdoors the door, get up name service, alarm clock, hair dryer, coffee maker or complimentary espresso, iron and ironing board, and air-conditioning.

Be aware: be sure the hotel you are contemplating has the services you need as not all hotels supply things like all-inclusive, and what you get for every sort of service might differ from one hotel or country to a different relying on their policies (find out earlier than making your reservation to avoid disappointments).…

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