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Cook County investigating wedding reception at north suburban hotel

A Prospect Heights hotel was given a written warning for not following state COVID-19 guidelines after a large wedding-related event Wednesday evening.

And the Cook County Department of Public Health is investigating the incident at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, which is in Prospect Heights.

Don Bolger, a health department spokesman, said it was unclear how many guests attended the event. “We won’t know until we get the guest list,” he said Thursday.

Joe Wade, Prospect Height’s city administrator, said he spoke to the hotel’s general manager Thursday and she was “very forthright” and acknowledged there had been a wedding party at the hotel Wednesday.

Wade said the general manager told him at least one hotel employee had urged members of the party to socially distance and wear masks.

Neither the hotel’s general manager nor other representatives from the facility could be reached for comment.

During his daily COVID-19 media briefing Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker described the event as “very irresponsible.”

“This is very concerning to all of us at a moment when we have rampant COVID-19 throughout Illinois,” Pritzker said. “Here we have people who, in a concentrated fashion, have the ability now to go spread it to everywhere that they return to.”

“I’m deeply worried for them and for the communities that they’ve returned to, for their families and so on. I hope that each of them will isolate and get a test.”

Pritzker said it would be up to local authorities to mete out punishment.

The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association said the event was “unacceptable and does not reflect the careful efforts the hotel industry as a whole has taken since the onset of the pandemic to protect guests, employees and our communities.”

“The hotel industry is committed to working with policymakers and public health officials to ensure this situation is not repeated,” association president and CEO Michael Jacobson said in a statement.

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Ludington offers Up North vacation fun as remote learning for students

LUDINGTON, MI – Vacations to West Michigan beach towns like Ludington are always full of fun things to see, from lighthouses and beaches to maritime history and walking tours.

With more students – and grown-ups – doing their work remotely these days, some of Ludington’s favorite tourist spots have pulled together a large lineup of remote learning and entertainment options. This includes things like lesson plans oriented around Michigan’s lighthouses, at-home craft projects, history-based scavenger hunts and even remote music concerts.

“Our Ludington community has created a variety of remote educational opportunities, plus put together some fun virtual events for plenty of family-friendly options to experience Ludington from home,” said Brandy Miller, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to share more about our beautiful lakeshore community even when people aren’t visiting in person.”

Here’s the information being shared by the Visitors Bureau and these popular tourist sites, broken out into easily-searchable topics:

Educational Resources / Lesson Plans / Home Projects

  • Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) lighthouse education – SPLKA’s education committee of two former university professors, one former school superintendent and six teachers assembled a variety of educational resources that meet 2020 Michigan Educational Standards, including: Big Sable Lighthouse Educational Packet (30 pages of fun activities for grade school children to learn about Big Sable), The Properties of the Light (Lesson Plans on the Fresnel Lens), Lighthouse presentation plus related handout, video of author Pamela Cameron reading her book “Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes,” virtual tour of Big Sable Point Light, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse Virtual Escape Room. For more information, go to splka.org/education.html
  • Mason County Historical Society virtual experiences – The Mason County Historical Society, which manages Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, provides a bevy of online resources and interactive experiences on its virtual education page, including Historical Photo Detective (answer questions while viewing historic photos), Mason Memories Essay (discover the past as you read memories and write an essay on what you learned), Virtual History Hunts (learn about the exhibits at each museum and how early settlers lived and worked), Outdoor Scavenger Hunts (look for trees, flowers, and insects in your backyard or at a park), and Journaling Ideas (keep a diary and record what it is like to live through these times). For more information, check out masoncountyhistoricalsociety.com/online-programming
  • Sandcastles Children’s Museum at home – From do-at-home craft projects and Wacky Wednesday Science, to virtual puppet shows and concerts, Sandcastles offers online activities to keep kids busy at home. Check the Sandcastles Facebook page for free weekly events. The museum also has a YouTube channel; subscribe and get instant access to tutorials and musical performances. For more details, check out sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com/have-fun-at-home
  • Mason County District Library – The library offers a variety of virtual stories through its Facebook page, such as Babytime Mondays at 10 a.m. with songs and rhyme reading, and Storytime Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. with music, rhythm,
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Camping World Announces Entry Into North Dakota with Agreement to Acquire Outlet Recreation

Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) (“Camping World”), the nation’s largest network of RV and outdoor lifestyle – centric retail locations, today announced an agreement to acquire the Outlet Recreation dealership based in the Fargo market. This acquisition marks the Company’s first location in North Dakota, with plans for the deal to close in December 2020.

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“We are well-positioned to remain a leader in the RV industry as it continues to evolve,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World. “The addition of Outlet Recreation in Fargo will allow us to expand our footprint into the state of North Dakota while continuing to deliver a high standard of customer service and integrity in the industry.”

Located in West Fargo, ND off I-94, Outlet Recreation offers a wide range of new and used travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes from top manufacturers and brands. This acquisition is in line with the Company’s future growth plans.

“I’m proud of the network that Camping World has built over the last few years, and we are not even close to reaching our potential,” continued Lemonis. “As we enter our 38th state, we are laser focused on being in all 48 continental states by the end of 2021, which will help us execute our goal of selling RVs seamlessly online, to complement our physical retail locations.”

Camping World currently owns and operates over 160 SuperCenters nationwide, specializing in RV sales and service, RV parts and accessories, outdoor lifestyle products and its entire portfolio of Good Sam products and services. From new strategic acquisitions, new store development and facility upgrades, the Company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving its customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs.

Camping World is always looking for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians, and retail support to assist with locations across the country. Individuals interested in applying for a position with Camping World may visit http://www.campingworldcareers.com/.

About Camping World Holdings, Inc.

Camping World Holdings, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is America’s leading recreational vehicle and outdoor retailer, offering an extensive assortment of recreational vehicles for sale, RV and camping gear, RV maintenance and repair, other outdoor and active sports products, and the industry’s broadest and deepest range of services, protection plans, products and resources. Since the Company’s founding in 1966, Camping World has grown to become one of the most well-known destinations for everything RV, with more than 160 locations in 37 states and a comprehensive e-commerce platform. For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com.

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‘Italian-inspired’ boutique hotel proposed for old Maria’s Pastry location in North End

A boutique Italian hotel complete with a rooftop terrace and two new restaurants could soon take up residence along Cross Street where for decades the beloved Maria’s Pastry Shop stood.

“The intent is to build an Italian-inspired boutique hotel pulling from the culture of the North End and essentially knitting back the fabric of the edge of the neighborhood,” said William Caulder of 6M Development, which is proposing the project.

The six-story, 135-room hotel would be located along Cross Street between Endicott and Salem streets, beside the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Caulder, a North End resident of more than 15 years, pledged his latest project would stay true to the flavor of the Italian culture of the neighborhood.

The facade would mirror the brick facades peppering the area. Caulder has plans for two street-level restaurants — one that would give preference to North End restaurateurs — and a rooftop terrace that will occupy the top floor and have sprawling views of the greenway and North End.

It’s also likely to have a banquet space and includes plans for an open-air, publicly accessible passageway connecting the greenway to Cutillo Park.

“We want to preserve the Italian culture here,” Caulder said.

He said he opted to build a hotel rather than residential housing in an effort to keep the views “in the public realm.”

Caulder said he is “in talks” with several well-known Boston hoteliers, but hasn’t decided yet whether the hotel will operate independently or under a corporate flag.

In an Oct. 30 letter of intent to the Boston Planning & Development Agency, project manager Kate Moniz of Fort Point Associates said the 87,142-square-foot hotel would serve to help address “Boston’s growing hospitality demands by supplying needed hotel rooms at a gateway location.”

The project requires BPDA approval.

The hotel would take over the line of empty storefronts once anchored by the iconic Maria’s Pastry Shop, which for 37 years was lauded as one of the North End’s top pasticcerias.

Owner Maria Merola hung up her apron for good last October. The pastry chef had churned out cannolis, panettones, zeppoles and more Italian delights at the location for 50 years — working for the previous owner, Modern Pastry, before she bought the business.

The hotel would be Caulder’s second large development project in Boston. His firm, 6M Development, previously built the Seville Boston Harbor, a 66-unit condo complex in East Boston.

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A Boston hotel’s spa was just named the best in North America

Those seeking pampering services in Boston can now book a massage at the best hotel spa in North America.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston won Best Hotel Spa in North America and Best Hotel Spa in Massachusetts in the sixth annual World Spa Awards, released last week. The spa is located inside Mandarin Oriental, Boston, a five-star luxury hotel in Back Bay.

“Our winners represent the very best of the best in the global spa and wellness sector and my congratulations to each of them,” said Rebecca Cohen, managing director of the World Spa Awards, in a statement. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”

“As the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in Massachusetts, we offer the most exclusive pampering experience you can imagine,” according to the spa’s website.

The 16,000 square-foot spa includes 11 treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites, a spa boutique, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Massage treatments include hot stone, Himalayan salt stone, therapeutic, and aromatherapy, and specialties include a combination of foot reflexology and polarity therapy as well as Himalayan singing bowls placed on and around the body to “restore balance.”

Spa officials posted news of the awards on the hotel’s Facebook page, writing that they are “pleased” with the honor.

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The Mandarin Oriental, Boston reopened in September after temporarily closing due to COVID-19. The spa is currently open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made online, and guests must follow COVID-19 arrival guidelines including face coverings and temperature screenings.

Canyon Ranch Lenox was also named Best Wellness Retreat in Massachusetts.

“It’s an encouraging testament to our staff, thought leaders, and all of the carefully curated programmatic offerings and services that change the way and WHY you travel,” Canyon Ranch officials wrote in a Facebook post. “True health is wealth.”

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How a Floating Hotel on the Great Barrier Reef Became a North Korean Ghost Ship

In a small portside tourist town on North Korea’s east coast, just 11 miles from the demilitarized zone at the South Korean border, sits a hulking, derelict vessel once known as the Barrier Reef Floating Resort. 

In the late-80s, this seven-storey structure—fitted with nearly 200 rooms as well as a nightclub, a helipad and a tennis court—was spruiked as the world’s first floating hotel, offering guests the chance to spend several luxurious nights out on the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, about 40 miles off Australia’s northeastern coast. 

Now it sits abandoned and destitute more than 4,000 miles north: a 12,000-tonne wreck that was towed from Australia to North Korea, where it has sat for the past decade. Kim Jong-Un recently denounced the structure as “shabby”, and ordered its removal. But there are many who still have fond memories of the floating hotel: first as a five-star party hotspot, then as an ill-fated tourist attraction, and finally as an improbable symbol of diplomatic relations between North and South Korea.

Amid the compounding difficulties of global nuclear tension and a raging pandemic, the floating hotel’s future has perhaps never been so uncertain.

“I remember so many amazing days living on the hotel,” Belinda O’Connor, who worked as a water taxi driver during the Barrier Reef Floating Resort’s Australian tenure, told the ABC in 2018. “Fishing trips, crew parties, diving under the hotel, having pizzas flown out by chopper … It was an impressive sight.”

“It was pretty amazing to see the hotel floating on the reef, with that beautiful blue water background right behind it,” Peter Tarca, whose father designed the structure, agreed. “From a distance it just kind of looked like another ship. But as you got closer and closer, clearly you’d see it was a different kind of structure.”

The Barrier Reef Floating Resort opened in 1988, but was beleaguered by several years of acutely bad weather and frequently wracked by cyclones. Visitor numbers steadily dropped—and by the end of 1989 the floating hotel had been towed 3,400 miles northwest, to its second home on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Renamed the Saigon Floating Hotel—or “The Floater”, among locals—the one-of-a-kind structure rode the wave of Vietnam’s post-war tourism boom and became a popular accommodation venue until, eventually, it once again ran into financial difficulties and was sold to a new buyer.

At the turn of the millennium, during a period of relative peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea, the floating hotel was relocated to its current resting place of Mount Kumgang Port, 130 miles east of Pyongyang.

“Apparently it was transferred to North Korea, when there was a time in the history of the two Koreas of appeasement and thawing of relations,” Robert De Jong, from the Townsville Maritime Museum, told the ABC. “It was thought that the hotel in North Korea could be suitable for attracting tourists.”

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DEC obtains 525 acres in North Collins for wildlife management and outdoor recreation | Local News

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 525 acres in the Town of North Collins for hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation.

The property, known as the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area, includes the 43-acre Clear Lake Reservoir and surrounding area that has mature forest, wetlands, brushland and open fields.

The unused land was transferred from the state Office of Mental Health to be managed by the DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife reproduction and outdoor recreation.

The lake was constructed in the 1920s as a reservoir to serve the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center. More recently, it provided water for the Collins Correctional Facility. 

“The new Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area will provide outstanding wildlife-based recreational opportunities for visitors while protecting important habitat for many local species,” Abby Snyder, director of DEC’s Region 9, said in a prepared statement.

“DEC will continue to work with our public and private partners to conserve critical parcels like this that connect our communities to natural resources,” Snyder said.

The area can be accessed on the north side of Genesee Road in North Collins, west of Route 75. The DEC recently installed two parking areas to improve public access to the site.

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Intoxicated hotel guest arrested for disorderly conduct: North Olmsted Police Blotter


Disorderly conduct: Country Club Boulevard

Police responded to a report of a disorderly guest at 6:21 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Extended Stay America hotel on Country Club Boulevard west of Great Northern Boulevard.

Officers learned that an intoxicated woman was causing a disturbance by stumbling around the front lobby and bothering nearby guests. A manager, who had received noise complaints from other guests, had unsuccessfully asked the woman to keep the noise down, according to a police report.

The hotel manager asked police to assist in evicting the woman and a second woman who was in their room.

The second woman appeared to be sober. She was released, but told to leave the hotel. The intoxicated woman was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Petty theft: Brookpark Road

Officers at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 12 responded to Walmart after store security reported that they were holding a shoplifting suspect.

An asset protection employee told police that he saw the woman, driving an electric cart, removing items of clothing from store displays and placing them in plastic shopping bags. The woman grabbed a Pepsi and proceeded past the cashiers without making any attempt to pay for the items in her cart, according to the employee.

The value of the recovered items — mostly clothing — totaled more than $318. The woman told the police she is homeless. Officers charged her with petty theft and she was held in police custody until her mother could take custody of her.

Improper handling of a firearm: Brookpark Road

Officers at 2:22 a.m. Oct. 9 stopped a car on Brookpark near Great Northern Boulevard. Officers charged the woman driver with driving without a license.

During the traffic stop, officers searched the driver, her male passenger and the car. Before the search, the driver and her passenger denied having any drugs or weapons and agreed to a search. However, during the search, officers found that the passenger had a 9mm handgun in his waistband that was loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition. Officers also found an empty 9mm magazine in the car and 1.9 grams of suspected marijuana.

Police charged the man with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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North Port Hampton Inn & Suites to host job fair

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NORTH PORT — Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Saturday to hire staff in anticipation of opening the hotel in early December.

The 100-room hotel at 5664 Tuscola Boulevard will be the first new hotel in North Port since 1973.

“What we’re looking forward to and me specifically, I’m looking forward to bringing people in, putting them to work here in town, getting this hotel open and really providing something for the community,” said General Manager Dan Harrison, who is looking forward to the way the new hotel can help shape the city’s economic development path. “We want to be able to provide jobs, we want people to have a great place to work and a great place to stay.”

The hiring event will be conducted outdoors and follow all COVID-19 social distancing protocols. All attendees must wear masks.

The hotel will be hiring full-time positions for housekeeping, front desk and food and beverage jobs, including people to staff the breakfast service and bartenders.

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Medical, dental and vision insurance, a flexible spending account, as well as a 401K, employee travel and vacation, sick and holiday pay are offered.

Most of the interest so far has come from the local community, Harrison said.

That’s no surprise to Virginia Haly, president of Visit Sarasota County, who noted that a lot of people who work in the hospitality industry throughout Sarasota County already live in North Port and could cut their commute to work down to 10 to 15 minutes.

“They’ll have a lot of appeal,” she said.

The anticipated early December opening is welcome news to Haley, too.

“You know how long I have wanted to have a national branded hotel in North Port and it’s almost here!” she said.

Lodgco Hospitality, a Mount Pleasant, Michigan-based family-owned hospitality chain, actually took a bit of a chance in deciding to build in North Port, since traditional economic formulas call for more homes in the area.

But that was somewhat offset when the Atlanta Braves relocated its spring training complex to CoolToday Park in the Wellen Park neighborhoods of the city.

On top of that, the North Port City Commission both crafted an ordinance to allow Lodgco to defer paying city impact fees for up to two years and waived some design standards that may have otherwise pushed construction costs too high for investors.

The four-story hotel is a new prototype for Hilton. Lodgco currently operates three other properties in the area, including a Home2 Suites in Nokomis and Hyatt Place hotels in Lakewood Ranch and near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

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North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’ and other spectacularly over-budget megaprojects

Megaprojects are mind-bogglingly complex undertakings that require meticulous organisation, not to mention a fair amount of luck, to get right. Needless to say, even the best-laid plans can go awry. With this in mind, click or scroll through 20 incredibly large-scale ventures throughout history that went horribly wrong.

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The brainchild of self-taught civil engineer William Mulholland, the dam was an accident waiting to happen. A multitude of engineering defects destabilised the structure, which was built on shaky foundations in an area with thoroughly unsuitable geology for such a dam. Mulholland was cleared of any wrongdoing but the catastrophic collapse put an abrupt end to his long career.

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The most expensive US highway megaproject on a cost-per-mile basis, Interstate H-3, which cuts through the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, has had a hugely problematic and controversial history. Originally proposed in the early 1960s, the environmentally-damaging highway was strongly opposed by many Native Hawaiians.

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