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Virtual Hearing Set For Proposed Stone House Hotel In Warren

WARREN, NJ — A virtual public hearing to discuss plans to build a hotel on the grounds of the Stone House Restaurant in Warren is set for Monday, Dec. 7.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a remote Zoom Meeting will be available for the public
to join in and ask questions individually at 7 p.m.

A three-story, 48-room hotel is being proposed at the venue at 50 Stirling Road. The hotel will also have an underground parking deck with 37 spaces.

The proposed hotel will be located in the wooded area to the right of the existing hall near Stiles Road.

Maddy Realty LLC, is seeking two variances. One for use of the land for a hotel and the second for the height of the building. The proposed height exceeds 10 percent of the permitted amount.

The proposed hotel has received some negative reviews from nearby residents in a township. Many are planning to speak out against the project at the hearing.

Chris Williams who lives on Carol Terrace with his family near the project is among those planning to speak out against the project. Read More: Warren Residents To Speak Out Against Proposed Stone House Hotel

Here are the details for residents to join the Warren Township Board of Adjustment Meeting Zoom meeting:

  • Join Zoom Meeting: click here
  • Meeting ID: 908 753 8000
  • Passcode: 081576
  • Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
  • Meeting ID: 908 753 8000
  • Passcode: 081576

For questions about how to access the documents or participate in the remote only meeting contact the Land Use Coordinator, Lisa Sammartino at 908-753-8000 ext. 244 or
[email protected]

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Vacation rentals for people who don’t want to share a house



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The property is both kid- and pet-friendly, and has plenty to keep both entertained, including a large screened pavilion, shown above, a swimming pool, and plenty of nature to explore.



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Amenities include multiple grills, picnic tables, and seating areas, hammocks for peaceful lounging, and a hot tub.



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Other amenities include multiple fire pits, fountains, a grilling area, and a large pool and spa.



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Clinton House hotel, High Street, Clinton

Mike Elfland
 
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On Nov. 15, 1869, Mark Twain had a speaking engagement in Clinton. The event took place in the meeting hall next to the Clinton House, a downtown hotel.

The writer and humorist spent the night before his speech in one of the rooms. His account of the visit paints it as an adventure.

“Here I am in a hotel – the Clinton House – & a villainous one it is – shabby bed, shabby room, shabby furniture, dim lights – everything shabby & disagreeable,” he wrote, according to “Mark Twain’s Geography,” a website that details Twain’s world travels. He once filled Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

The Clinton House, at High and Church streets, was favored by industrialists and visiting salesmen, many tied to the booming carpet/weaving industry.

It was the Bigelows who were behind the construction of the hotel in the mid-1840s.

Brothers Erastus Brigham Bigelow and Horatio Bigelo are recognized as the town’s founding fathers, who settled in what was then Lancaster and set about to making advances in looming. Erastus Bigelow was among the founders of MIT, in 1861. The town of Clinton was incorporated in 1850.

The Clinton House opened in 1847, capped by a mansard roof. A separate grand hall, called Clinton Hall, which would later host Twain, was added to the property three years later. Eventually, the hall and hotel were connected. 

Clinton Hall became the center of the town’s social world. There were balls, lectures, school events and military gatherings.

The Clinton Historical Society lists a lineup of esteemed lecturers at Clinton Hall, besides Twain: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe and Frederick Douglass.

The Clinton House and Clinton Hall remained key figures in the downtown landscape for decades. A fire in the early 1920s gutted the block, and the buildings were eventually leveled. 

A theater and a brick building, with space for retail, offices and apartments, was eventually built on the corner – called the Wachusett Block. For many years, the block was anchored by the Paper Store. More recently the spot is home to Zaytoon restaurant. 

Thanks go to the Clinton Historical Society for its assistance with this story. The group’s Twitter page is filled with photos of yesteryear Clinton.

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Leonen Hit Over ‘P5M’ Vacation House

SUPREME Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen appeared disappointed over the expose’ that he had personally requested for P5 million worth of “renovation” for his vacation house in Baguio City.

Leonen stressed in his press statement that he did not ask the en banc of the Supreme Court to release and finance the P4,970,623.71 cost of repairing the vacation house that was assigned to him and his staff in Baguio City.

My chambers never endorsed the P5-million proposal to renovate Cottage G in Baguio City. The proposal was drafted by the Supreme Court’s Maintenance Division and, without having gone through my office, was placed in the Court’s En Banc agenda. Upon learning of this, I immediately wrote a letter requesting that the matter be withdrawn, and it was promptly deleted,” Leonen said in his November 26 press statement.

Media reports showed that Leonen wrote a letter to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on November 23, a day before the bench’s en banc discussed the P5 million Cottage G, requesting for a postponement of the magistrates’s decision about the issue since the associate justice wanted to ‘review’ and ‘study’ the whole picture of the renovation, materials that will be used and its costs. Peralta agreed not to tackle the Cottage G issue.

Leonen’s supposed intent to change the vacation house was revealed to the media while the gross domestic product (GDP) has gone so deeply since the second quarter of the year.

The government’s top economists expect that the low ratings of GDP will last until the end of the year.
GDP, which is the total amount of produced commodities and services in a specific period (quarter and one whole year), is the yardstick of every country’s economy.

It was previously revealed in the Senate that more than 10 million workers have gone jobless, more than three million have experienced hunger, hundreds of businessmen from the Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) complained of bankruptcy due to the coronavirus disease – 2019 (COVID – 19).

As this happened, it was revealed in the media that Leonen’s office on October 17 wrote a letter to Deputy Clerk of Court Ma. Carina Cunanan, of the high bench’s Administrative Services, about the P5 million worth of renovation of Cottage G.

The one who wrote the letter to Cunanan was Atty. Jeanne Carla T. Ferrer – Becina, Leonen’s “judicial staff head”.

The letter was made a few weeks after the “modified enhanced community quarantine” (MECQ) in several regions in Luzon was lifted.

The government and the private sector have started to train their guns on addressing the poverty that have hit millions of Filipinos during the COVID – 19 and the attack of typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly” in October. Thousands of families were severely affected by the typhoons, including the lost their houses. But, Leonen allegedly did not withdraw his plan.

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Thanksgiving Travel Surge Could Push Covid Death Toll To 4,000 A Day, Warns White House Testing Czar

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The country’s top public health officials are sounding the alarm over a surge in travel over Thanksgiving weekend, with the White House coronavirus task force’s testing chief warning that it could lead to a significant increase in an already-rising death rate.

Key Facts

“A lot depends on this weekend,” Adm. Brett Giroir told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning, deeming it possible that the U.S. could soon reach 4,000 deaths per day.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci shared similarly dire predictions. 

“We may see a surge upon a surge,” said Fauci on ABC’s “This Week,” adding: “We don’t want to frighten people but that’s just the reality.” 

All three stressed that the next week will prove critical in whether the pandemic worsens in the U.S., urging Americans to follow federal and state guidance.

Crucial Quote 

“This weekend with all the travel is really concerning to all of us,” said Giroir. “This is a really dangerous time … If we do the right thing—universal mask wearing, avoiding indoor spaces—we can flatten this.” 

Key Background

Public health experts long warned that the holidays could serve as a tipping point for the country, which entered them with surging cases, hospitalizations and deaths. On Thanksgiving’s eve, both Texas and California broke the nationwide record for the most coronavirus infections reported in a state in a single day, while the death toll reached its highest level since March at 2,300 new deaths. Despite guidance against traveling from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Transportation Security Administration figures show that more people boarded planes on the day before Thanksgiving than any day since March. 

Big Number 

1,070,967. That’s how many people crossed TSA checkpoints on Wednesday, according to TSA data. 

Further Reading 

“U.S. air travel hit post-March peak on day before Thanksgiving” (NBC News)

“State-By-State Guide To Quarantining After Thanksgiving Travel” (Forbes)

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Light display at N.J. house brings Griswold’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ to life

Griswold fans rejoice, the house on Legends Court will shine very bright once again this holiday season enabling you to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas.

The popular holiday light display at the Mickleton home of Steve and Gina Harbaugh, that mimics the home in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will include the same cast of characters as years before, plus a few new ones, but with a pandemic twist.

“We’re definitely having it just because people are starving and yearning for something positive this year,” said Steve, the creative mastermind responsible for the authentic-like display. As early as mid-November, he said, people have been driving by his house looking for any signs of exterior illumination.

The Harbaugh's "Christmas Vacation" movie holiday display

Steve Harbaugh talks to his daughter in the window after adjusting the lights on his Mickleton home, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. For the third year in a row he has recreated a “Christmas Vacation” movie light display. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Friday after Thanksgiving began the third and largest display for the Christmas-loving Harbaugh family.

The animatronic Uncle Eddie draining his RV’s septic tank with a beer in hand and Clark hanging onto the house for dear life after falling off his ladder while rigging up the lights will again welcome passersby.

Returning this year after making a debut last year are the 1984 LTD police car with its lights flashing and the 1989 Ford Taurus station wagon complete with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof.

Upping his Griswold game from last year, Steve added another Clark mannequin depicting the scene when he takes two extension cords and puts them together, finally getting the lights lit.

“He’s got that smile,” he said referring to Clark’s expression.

The Harbaugh's "Christmas Vacation" movie holiday display

The smiling face of Clark Griswold, left, made by California artist Jeremy O’Neil, will resemble the face of Clark in the Warner Bros movie “Nation Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” right, after he lit his Christmas lights. This will be a new addition to the Harbaugh’s Christmas display.

Steve said the same artist in California that made the latex cast head of Uncle Eddie will also make the Clark head with that joyous grin.

Another added feature will be a mannequin of Frank Shirley, Clark’s boss, who will be outfitted in pajamas and a red bow and placed in the RV, representing the scene when Uncle Eddie kidnaps him.

The Harbaughs’ display has continued to gain national attention so much that the original Clark, played by Chevy Chase, and Ellen, played by Beverly D’Angelo, sent him a video shout out this year.

Just like the last two years, the spectacle is to provide some joy during the upcoming holidays and to collect as many toys as possible. The Gloucester County Toys for Tots will benefit from the toy drive and a portion of the toys will go to Kelly’s Kidz, a nonprofit organization started by morning traffic anchor Bob Kelly, of Fox 29 in Philadelphia. The toys will be donated to St. Christopher’s

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7 ways to earn miles for your next vacation without leaving the house



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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed just about every facet of our daily lives, including how we eat, shop and travel. For many people, the extended quarantines and lockdown have also disrupted their normal points and miles-earning strategy, much of which had depended on travel or points earned from shopping in-person.

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Just because we aren’t traveling right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use this time to pad your points and miles balances. There are several great ways to earn points from the comfort of your home, and learning a new strategy now will be helpful even when things return to normal. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to earn points and miles from home.

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Opening a new credit card is still the fastest way to boost your points and miles balance, and thankfully you can do so from the comfort of your home! There are plenty of great offers to pick from, but if you need more inspiration, you can always check out TPG’s top cards page to see what deals are available.

When planning your applications now, you may want to stick to banks that you have an existing relationship with, as approval standards have gotten tighter during the pandemic. Despite having a near-perfect credit score, I was rejected for a Chase Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card “for not having enough money in deposit and investment accounts” with Chase.

Issuers are taking several steps to limit their downside exposure while the economy is in a recession, so you may find it harder than usual to get approved for some cards. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re still able to spend enough to earn your welcome bonus now, especially if you’re staying home or have recently lost your job.

Related: Cards currently offering welcome bonuses of 100,000 points or more

Online shopping portals

Whether you’re stocking up on household essentials or indulging in a little bit of retail therapy, there are countless ways to stack rewards when you shop online. Before making any purchase online, you should check to see if you can earn bonus miles or cash back by clicking through the right shopping portal.

You could pick the shopping portal affiliated with your favorite rewards program, or you could use an aggregator site like cashbackmonitor.com to tell you which portals are offering the highest payout.



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White House considers lifting European travel restrictions, Reuters reports

The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to lift travel restrictions.”

In a statement to Reuters, the group called the CDC guidance a step in the right direction, adding that they hoped it would be “followed by a recognition that testing can be used to safely reopen borders without

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White House considering lifting European travel restrictions, source says

The White House is strongly considering lifting sweeping restrictions on travel from the European Union and the United Kingdom, an administration official confirmed on Wednesday.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump held his first press conference in over a week to make an announcement on prescription drug prices as he continues to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump held his first press conference in over a week to make an announcement on prescription drug prices as he continues to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Discussions have been ongoing for several weeks now about lifting the restrictions, which ban entry to most foreigners who have been to Europe in the two weeks before their arrival in the US. Reuters first reported on the discussions.

The White House did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

An administration official told CNN that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expressed some reservations about lifting the restrictions, but the agency is not expected to block the move.

The discussions come at a time when the US is experiencing its worst surge of coronavirus, and as many European countries also face higher levels of coronavirus cases.

President Donald Trump has yet to sign off on the move, but once he does, the restrictions are unlikely to be lifted until the US and European countries have established a protocol for safe travel.

Trump first banned most travel from the European Union and the UK in March amid an escalating pandemic. The EU soon followed suit, restricting most travel from the US and other countries.

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Exclusive: White House considers lifting European travel restrictions – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Travellers wearing protective face masks make a selfie inside at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, after the U.S. banned travel from Europe, as France grapples with the novel coronavirus, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to

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