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Judge dismisses effort to hold up homeless move from Lucerne Hotel on Upper West Side

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed an effort to hold up the movement of homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.

The approximately 200 homeless men can now be moved to the Radisson Hotel in Lower Manhattan, although there will likely be an appeal, and the city may wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday to move them.

The decision is a blow to several residents who sued over the move, citing the stability of the hotel.

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During five hours of hearings over two days last week, Supreme Court Judge Debra James repeatedly questioned the move.

But in her decision, James said Lower Manhattan residents lacked “standing to challenge the relocation of residents from the Lucerne Hotel to the Radisson Hotel.”

She also dismissed the claims of the men who are currently staying at the Lucerne.

“The intervening residents have no right to choose their own temporary placements,” she said. “Thus, such parties have no grievance that is ripe for review, having suffered no harm cognizable under the law, and this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction and the intervening parties’ premature pleadings must be dismissed.”

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The planned move has been paused several times while the case played out in court, and the city’s Law Department issued a statement after the ruling.

“We’re pleased with the court’s decision, which will allow the city to continue providing critical services to those who need it most in the way we believe is most effective,” it read.

The Lucerne has been the subject of controversy throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with neighbors and area residents complaining of a degradation to their quality of life. They gave fought to have the homeless moved, though the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless objected to the new plan.

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UWS Open Hearts posted on social media over the ruling.

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Hong Kong and Singapore put their planned travel bubble on hold.

The governments of Hong Kong and Singapore have temporarily scrapped a plan for a travel bubble, as Hong Kong grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. The delay underscores the challenges of reopening international travel routes as efforts to control the virus remain unstable across the world.

The arrangement between the two Asian financial centers, which would allow travelers to bypass quarantine, was set to begin on Sunday. But Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary of commerce, said on Saturday that the two cities were pushing back the plan for two weeks because of a “recent upsurge in local cases” in Hong Kong.

“For any scheme to be successful, it must fulfill the condition of securing public health and also making sure that both sides would be comfortable and feel safe about the scheme,” Mr. Yau said, describing the delay as a “responsible” decision. Further announcements about the plan will be made by early December, he added.

The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore would have allowed one designated daily flight into each city, carrying up to 200 passengers who tested negative for the virus.

After a period of relatively few infections, Hong Kong recorded 43 new cases and was verifying more possible ones on Saturday, the city’s health authorities said, up from 26 new cases on Friday. Singapore on Saturday recorded five infections, and said that all of them had been brought in from abroad.

Hong Kong has also further tightened its social distancing rules, banning live performances and dancing at bars and nightclubs, and banning room rentals for private parties.

In other news from around the world:

  • A day after Japan reported a record 2,427 new cases, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that the country would scale back a subsidy program for domestic tourism in places where infection rates are high. The roughly $16 billion “Go to Travel” program was meant to stimulate the economy, but many questioned its wisdom. Mr. Suga told the Japanese parliament on Friday that about 40 million trips had been taken through the program so far, and that 176 of the tourists had contracted the virus. Toshio Nakagawa, the head of the Japan Medical Association, has said that while there is no concrete evidence linking the program to the country’s recent surge in infections, “there is no mistaking that it acted as a catalyst.”

  • Portugal’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, said on Saturday that domestic travel would be banned and schools closed around

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Norfolk to hold 2 virtual public input meetings on future of Parks and Recreation Master Plan

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – City officials announced they will be holding two virtual public input meetings to get feedback from the community on updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Zoom meetings will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and then again Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Click the respective date and time to register for a spot. The meetings will include live polling, Q&A, and public comment collection.

“Diverse and equitable opportunities for recreation and vibrant parks and facilities are essential to our thriving community,” said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D. “Norfolk is an innovative community, as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, this refresh and update of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan will help better position our city as the premier destination for families and businesses for years to come.”

The public’s input will help with future recreational, programming, environmental, and maintenance needs, as well as establish priorities for facility improvements, future park development, and land acquisitions.

The city hired PROS Consulting, Inc. — a national leader in parks and recreation consulting. Principal Neelay Bhatt will serve as the project lead. Bhatt states, “Norfolk RPOS is a top-notch agency, selected as a National Gold Medal Finalist in 2019. Having worked with parks and recreation agencies nationwide, I have no hesitation positioning RPOS staff and team with the best of the agencies across the country. With this plan, we will implement industry trends and exceed the needs of the growing Norfolk community.”

The consulting team provided an ADA-accessible, multilingual crowdsourcing website to guide this project. “This virtual engagement is critical in the current times to ensure everyone is able to participate in the planning process in an inclusive manner. This website provides all project findings and allows residents to participate in the virtual public meetings. Survey results and recordings of the virtual meetings will be available on the site,” said Bhatt.

“During these meetings, we will introduce the master plan and engage the community through creative online mediums designed to boost public input. We look forward to the Norfolk community and key stakeholders participating to help guide our efforts to improve and redefine Norfolk’s park system, and plan for future parks and recreation services, including prioritizing projects, maintenance, policy, and funding,” said RPOS Director Darrell R. Crittendon.

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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 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.

But even

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Cape Parks and Recreation hold huge garage sale



a group of people in a room with many items: The Cape GIrardeau Parks and Recreation held a huge Fall garage sale filling up the Osage building.


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The Cape GIrardeau Parks and Recreation held a huge Fall garage sale filling up the Osage building.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – The Cape GIrardeau Parks and Recreation held a huge Fall garage sale filling up the Osage building.

On hand were roughly 130 vendors, more than 80 tables and hundreds of people in attendance.

People we talked with say it was a great way to be able to get out and find some things they desired.

“People can get out and they can shop and visit,” James Eaves said. “There’s a lot of selection here. You got just about anything you think you might need.”

Even vendors benefit by making some extra money with sales.

However, one lady we spoke to took it upon herself to take all of her proceeds to help out a local humane society. She said she just wanted to help the animals.

“That’s a no brainer. It’s excellent because all the items that we have is for the shelter and it doesn’t always have to be pet related,” Brenda Brown said. “So the public that comes out here and buys things they need and it benefits the animals at the same time…100 percent.”

The Fall Garage Sale lasted only 4 hours from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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Plans for indoor recreation complex on hold for now | News

“The need for these recreational facilities as the community grows is not going away,” Bina said. “When the time is right, we have to approach it in a way we feel the community wants us to approach it and will support it.”

The recreation complex was projected to cost $114.5 million. Donations were expected to cover up to 10% of the cost. A feasibility study paid for by Parks and Recreation said the complex would bring in $2.6 million in revenue annually, and annual expenses were projected at $3.1 million. Expenses not covered by revenue were to be paid for in the Parks and Recreation budget. A location for the facility was not selected before the vote.

The plans for the complex included a main building, a separate facility for an ice rink and a courtyard between the two buildings. Also included were a four-lane running and walking track, an adventure trail, five indoor pickleball courts, six tennis courts, two full-size gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, a gymnastics facility and an indoor turf field.

Those features came from the feedback Parks and Recreation received from the community, Jeske said.

Bina said the facility was planned to address the city’s needs in the long term.

“We tend to look at how Bismarck is today,” he said. “And this complex would probably be a 50- to 75-year facility. One thing I think most of us agree on is that we continue to grow.” 

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Conversion of historic downtown Milwaukee Masonic Center to hotel is on hold, and the building is for sale.

Plans to convert a historic downtown Milwaukee building into a luxury hotel have been indefinitely delayed, with the property listed for sale.



a view of a city at night: Construction of a luxury hotel is to begin by June at downtown Milwaukee's former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.


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Construction of a luxury hotel is to begin by June at downtown Milwaukee’s former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.

An affiliate of Madison-based Ascendant Holdings Real Estate bought the former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center,  790 N. Van Buren St., in 2017 for $3.5 million.

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Ascendant planned to convert the three-story Masonic Center into the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms, with a 14-story addition atop the building’s southern end, stepped back from the street.

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That tower was designed for 215 to 220 guest rooms, with five to 10 guest rooms on the Masonic Center’s third floor. 

Those plans were approved by the city Historic Preservation Commission, with Portland, Oregon-based Provenance Hotels agreeing to manage the hotel.

But, a planned 2019 construction start didn’t happen. And this year’s COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the hotel industry.

Ascendant now has the building listed for sale with Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage.

“In light of the current market conditions in the hospitality sector, our proposed hotel plan is on hold,” said Eric Nordeen, Ascendant co-owner.

Prospective buyers include hotel developers, Nordeen said, “so the possibility for a similar project still exists, and we may or may not have a role in the project going forward.”

“It’s a great site for a variety of uses, and should be worthy of development when market conditions stabilize, he said.

Scottish Rite sold the building because the fraternal organization’s dwindling membership could no longer afford to maintain it.

The building was constructed as a church in 1889 and became a Masonic facility in 1912. It was extensively remodeled in 1936.

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City of London recreation programs on hold to adapt to health unit measures

The City of London is putting recreation programs on hold as of Saturday while it adjusts to new measures announced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Aquatic programs are exempt from the change, which impacts indoor sport, recreational and fitness facilities, as well as Learn to Skate programs.

This follows Wednesday’s announcement from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which placed restrictions on the region’s fitness centres, bars, restaurants, salons and spas. The measures come into effect on Saturday, and include limiting the number of people in a fitness class to 10 and requiring instructors to wear face coverings.

Any businesses or facilities found guilty of breaking the new public health guidelines could be fined up to $25,000.  

Aquatic programs will continue as other city-run programs are put on hold. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

People registered for city-run programs at community centres or arenas will be directly notified and refunded, according to a press release from the city. Volunteer and sport organizations that use city arenas for programs will be contacted about ensuring the new requirements are met.

According to the release, the city is working with the health unit to modify programs to adhere to the new measures, and will share more information about the future of the programs as soon as possible.

More information about city-run programs is available here.

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Trump campaign to hold Thursday fundraiser at downtown Nashville hotel ahead of debate

Nashville health officials have approved a fundraiser for President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday evening’s debate, an event that will take place as the city has imposed restrictions on most large gatherings.

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Vacation on hold? House bill would allow feds to carry over unused annual leave

Some federal employees likely aren’t taking vacation right now, either because they’re under state stay-at-home orders or there’s simply too much work to do — or some combination of both.

A few House Democrats are eyeing new legislation that would ensure federal employees can hold onto the annual leave they’d otherwise have to forfeit at the end of the year.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) introduced the Federal Frontline Worker Leave Protection Act, which would specifically allow employees to carry over unused annual leave due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under existing policy, most federal employees can carry up to 30 days of leave to the next year. Any accrued leave that’s left is usually gone.


But current statute does allow agencies to restore forfeited annual leave to federal employees, but only in specific circumstances. Agencies could, according to regulations from the Office of Personnel Management, restore lost annual leave when there’s an “exigency of public business.”

This may include scenarios where there’s an urgent need for an employee to be at work and therefore can’t use his or her annual leave, OPM has said.

Wexton’s bill would specify the current coronavirus pandemic as an “exigency of public business” for the purposes of restoring annual leave lost before, during or after the date of the legislation’s enactment.

“During the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, our federal workers are stepping up and working tirelessly to help Americans weather this crisis,” Wexton said Tuesday in a statement. “It’s all hands on deck right now and taking time off is not an option for many federal employees. Federal workers should not be forced to lose their benefits while they carry out the essential work of government. We owe it to them to protect what they’ve earned.”

The bill has a few co-sponsors, including Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), as well as District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The Pentagon issued related guidance on leave for military members last month. The Defense Department is allowing active-duty members to accrue more leave than usual— anywhere from 60 to 120 days — and hold on to it through 2023.

DoD’s stop move orders, which run through at least June 30, are clearly preventing servicemembers from using their leave, Matthew Donovan, the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said.

“Leave is vital to the continued health and welfare of our service members and civilian workforce and is key to the Secretary of Defense’s first priority in responding to COVID-19-protecting our service members, DoD civilians, and their families,” he said in the guidance.

Beyond Wexton’s legislation on annual leave, several other congressional members have introduced bills of their own that would compensate or protect federal employees working through the pandemic.

Push for federal hazard pay continues

Congressional Democrats have been most vocal in advocating for hazard pay for federal employees working on the frontlines of the pandemic, but there are signs of bipartisan support.

Nearly 20 senators, led by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

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