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Holiday store, recreation and restauarant open; Graham-Mebane lake closes

Elizabeth Pattman
| Times-News


Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Fundraising Store is now open in Alamance Crossing. The store, located at 1019 Boston Drive, is a full Dewey’s Bakery store benefiting Connect 4 Faith’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative. Fresh cookies, cakes, cheese straws and more treats are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, email [email protected] or call 336-850-1008.

The downtown Graham ice skating rink is now open through Dec. 20. Forty-five-minute skating sessions begin on the hour at 213 South Main Street. Skating and skate rentals are also free, but there is a small cost for concessions. Due to COVID-19, there is a maximum of 20 people on the ice at one time and masks are required on and off the ice. The rink is open 1 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. On Thursday nights between 5 and 8 p.m., you can reserve the rink for just your group or family for $25. If the rink is not reserved that night, it will be open to the public. For updates or inclement weather information, visit the Graham Recreation & Parks Facebook page.

More: Alamance COVID numbers climb through Thanksgiving week


Hibachi Buffet at Holly Hill Mall will reopen under new ownership on Dec. 4. The restaurant will now prepare food in front of customers, rather than in a buffet style.

The Cedarock Equestrian Center reopened this week. Located at 5160 Friendship Patterson Mill Road in Burlington, the equestrian center offers 6 miles of dedicated horse trails and a riding ring. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Equestrian Center and trails will close during heavy rains and inclement weather. Visit Facebook to check for closings.

More: Owners of Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream selling business


Graham-Mebane Lake has closed for the season. The lake will reopen on Feb. 5.

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Hang Lung Collaborates with Hyatt to Open New Luxury Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kunming

HONG KONG, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hang Lung Properties today announced that Grand Hyatt, a luxury hotel brand under Hyatt, has been appointed to operate the Company’s new luxury hotel in Kunming, Yunnan’s capital city in Southwest China. The new Grand Hyatt Kunming hotel is scheduled to open in mid-2023.

Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties (left), and Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (right), ink partnership between Hang Lung and Hyatt to open Grand Hyatt Kunming at Spring City 66 in the capital and the largest city of Yunnan province in mainland China.


(From left to right) Mr. Norman Chan, Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties, Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties, Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Mr. Stephen Ho, President, Growth and Operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, at the contract signing ceremony to announce the opening of Grand Hyatt Kunming at Spring City 66 in Kunming in mid-2023.


Grand Hyatt Kunming, with a gross floor area of 49,560 square meters, will occupy the first 26 floors of the hotel and residential tower (right). The hotel will become a prestigious addition to Hang Lung’s mixed-use Spring City 66 development in Kunming. (Remarks: the photo is an artist’s impression for reference only)


Opening in mid-2023, Grand Hyatt Kunming will feature 332 guestrooms and suites, state-of-the art amenities and extraordinary dining options. It will cater to the most discerning corporate business and leisure travelers and be a social hub for the local community. (Remarks: the photo is an artist’s impression for reference only)

Grand Hyatt Kunming will become part of the mixed-use Spring City 66 development in the heart of Kunming that comprises a world-class shopping mall, a 66-story Grade A office tower, and luxury branded residences. Featuring 332 guestrooms and suites, state-of-the art amenities and extraordinary dining varieties, the hotel will cater to the most discerning corporate business and leisure travelers and be a social hub for the local community.

At today’s contract signing ceremony, Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Hyatt to introduce the world-renowned Grand Hyatt brand to Kunming. Grand Hyatt Kunming will be a magnificent addition to our landmark commercial development Spring City 66. Just one year since it opened, Spring City 66 has already brought together about 300 top international and local retail, dining, lifestyle and entertainment brands. Sealing the collaboration with Hyatt also marks a key milestone in the business development of our parent company, Hang Lung Group, which celebrates 60 years of establishment this year.”

“Grand Hyatt Kunming will further strengthen our luxury positioning and deliver on our promise to ‘Bring the best to Kunming; Showcase the Best of Kunming to the World’. We will continue to add value to the city by introducing even more globally renowned brands to Spring City 66, as part of our continuous effort to excite our customers and exceed their expectations.”

Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Hang Lung Properties, who share our value on delivering high-end experiences and operational excellence. As the province’s capital and the largest city in Yunnan, Kunming serves as a gateway to South and Southeast Asia. With the new additional of Grand Hyatt Kunming, guests from across China and the world will be able to enjoy truly extraordinary moments for which the Grand Hyatt brand is known, while indulging themselves in the spring-like climate all year round, the extraordinary landscape, rich historical and cultural heritage that Kunming could offer. Grand Hyatt Kunming’s contemporary design, thoughtful and intuitive service, as well as its strategic location within the city as part of Spring City 66, will be an asset to Kunming and is set to become a regional icon for local and international guests.”

Grand Hyatt Kunming, with a gross floor area of 49,560 square meters, will occupy the first 26 floors of the hotel and residential tower, the top section of which will feature Hang Lung’s first luxury branded residences project. Details of the residences will be announced soon.  

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and

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UC Freeholders Officially Open Clark’s Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field

CLARK, NJ – The Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field opened officially on Monday after a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Union County Freeholders, the Union County Improvement Authority, Union County College and members of the Clark Recreation Department.

The field features an eight-lane Olympic running track, soccer and lacrosse field, field house with lockers and concession, bleachers, press box and track and field facilities.

According to county officials the field will be used by Union County College teams and athletes for soccer and lacrosse games, track and field meets and practices. The facility is also open through the County Parks Department to the public, schools, and organizations for the same usage.

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“The College’s athletic teams have struggled without a home field for many years. Frankly, it’s a social justice issue when poorer community college students don’t have the decent and safe facilities that wealthier college students take for granted,’’ said Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin.  “So we are pleased to partner with the County on this endeavor. Our soccer, lacrosse, and track athletes need to compete on a modern, safe, state-of-the-art field. This includes our nationally recognized women’s soccer team that finished the 2018 season ranked third in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament…”

The 12-acre site can be used for Division I athletic competitions and is considered to be the best in the county according to officials.  The complex also includes lighting for night competition, bleachers for up to 800 fans, a press box, an underground storm water detention area and provides scenic views of the park and the Watchung mountains.

Developers constructed a dedicated entrance to the field at the intersection of Woodland Road and Oak Ridge Road.  It leads into the parking lot which contains 120 spaces for use by field-goers.   The lot also has its own exit from the park across from the Clark Pool.

“This magnificent facility now takes its place as one of the top-notch recreational fields in the state,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Union County is highly regarded for its award-winning parks system, and the Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field is a great new attraction for our residents and student-athletes to enjoy.”


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Will Hotels In The UK Be Open After Lockdown?

Whether your festive staycationhas been locked in for almost 365 days or you’re still looking to make a last-minute booking, you might be feeling a little confused about where you can and can’t stay in the UK, this Christmas.

As England plans to come out of the second national lockdown on December 2, leaving home for a few nights feels more appealing than ever but then there is the new Covid-19 tier system to think about.

Because, after the lockdown comes a new semi sort-of lockdown, where not a huge amount changes for most of the country. This time around, only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly currently going into a medium alert, Tier 1.

The rest of us will either be in high alert Tier 2 or very high alert Tier 3, which means that not all hotels will reopen and not all UK travel is permitted. Whatever your situation, we’re being advised to keep things local this year to avoid any unnecessary travel.

To clear up some of the uncertainty over your Christmas break, we have the answers you need about staying away from home over the next few weeks.

These are our absolute favourite cheap hotels across the UK to staycation on a budget

When will hotels reopen in the UK?

Under the new restrictions, hotels are allowed to reopen within Tier 1 and Tier 2 from December 2, 2020.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses within a Tier 3 area must close, while people living within a Tier 3 zone are advised not to travel outside the area other than for work, education, medical treatment or caring responsibilities.

Just in time for Christmas, there will be a UK-wide exception between Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 December (and Tuesday 22 December for Northern Ireland) when everyone is allowed to travel.

Am I allowed to stay in an Airbnb property?

Yes, Christmas is a great time to support Airbnb hosts and their listings if you live in (and are travelling to) a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area and you’re following other Covid-safe measures (like distancing and seeing people outside your household).

Overnight stays in Airbnb properties, private rentals and cabins will not be permitted in Tier 3 zones, nor will Tier 3 residents be able to travel to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area to stay overnight.

If I live in a Tier 3 area, can I still stay away from home?

No, Tier 3 residents are advised against all unnecessary travel, including international.

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If my hotel is in a Tier 3 area, or I can’t stay because I live in Tier 3, will I be able to change or cancel my booking?

If there’s a chance to postpone your trip, it could help reduce the impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality industry. But if you decide to cancel, you can find out if you

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Need a vacation? Visit upstate New York venues keeping doors open year-round

Thanksgiving by Zoom is over. Christmas gifts have been bought. And, post holidays, a pall sets in, intensified by the persistent and growing danger lurking in crowded restaurants and bars, in Broadway and movie theaters, in gatherings with friends and family. The walls are closing in, you’ve watched every single Netflix series, and those “Guides to your Kitchen and Living Room” posts aren’t funny anymore.

You’re going stir crazy. What to do?

Well, if you live in New York State, opportunities abound to get away for a change of scene within its vast borders — without the need to quarantine. (Just do not leave home if you feel ill, have tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has).

In fact, some upstate destinations, with reassuring Covid protocols, plan to stay open through the darkest of winter days, including the village most known for its “Boys of Summer” — Cooperstown.

For the first time in its 111-year history, Cooperstown’s venerable Otesaga Hotel will stay open after Thanksgiving and throughout the winter season. According to a news release, “Visitors should be prepared to experience the snowy serenity of the village of Cooperstown, which offers a warm winter welcome and a certain stillness that might truly be appreciated this year.”

Other small towns from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks are likewise offering a snowy serenity and warm winter welcome during this pandemic. Hotels and attractions sited below adhere to sanitizing, social distancing, masking, and other health and safety protocols. (No housekeeping service after check-in, no minibars or magazines, all bedding, including comforters/duvets, laundered after each guest leaves, staff wear masks, guests must wear masks in common areas).

As of this writing, all destinations, attractions, and hotels recommended are open and in compliance with health and safety standards. Of course, things can change now day to day, so please double-check before you leave home.

Cooperstown, New York

The Otesaga Hotel

4 1/2 hours from mid-LI

As mentioned above, the lakeside Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown plans to stay open for the winter for the first time in its 111-year history. There are abundant snowshoeing trails on its 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, in town, plans to remain open this winter. Special Package: Curl Up and Unwind Jan. 1 through March 31, 2021, from $149, includes accommodations, breakfast, signature hot chocolate mix kit (handcrafted by The Otesaga’s culinary team), Wi-Fi, parking, no resort fees.

Beacon, New York

Roundhouse @ Beacon Falls

2 hours from LI

Beacon is a favorite getaway for Manhattanites, as Metro-North trains come right to town. And, it’s

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Countries open to US travelers during COVID-19 and how to get there

  • While many countries are not allowing US travelers during the coronavirus crisis, some nations are open to Americans.
  • The United Kingdom, Caribbean countries, and select international locales are allowing tourists from the US.
  • Many countries require you to show a negative COVID-19 test and airline schedules are severely reduced, limiting options on how to get to the newly-opened destinations.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The world is re-opening, and Americans have more travel options for travel destinations than they’ve had since March. 

The problem is that the American passport has significantly lost its power since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.  

Rising cases of the virus and the US government’s ongoing travel restrictions barring entry for non-citizens into the country have turned the world against hosting American visitors, despite the economic benefit they bring. As a result, US passport holders can visit just a fraction of the world’s countries, and are largely bound to North America for travel.

Central American and Caribbean countries were the most receptive to Americans over the summer, while most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and Oceania remain closed off. Every continent has a handful of countries willing to accept US visitors, but most require mandatory quarantine upon arrival, or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. 

Another problem: getting to some of the countries that are letting in Americans isn’t as easy as hopping on the first flight. Even those who can show a recent negative COVID-19 test must deal with the fact that airlines have greatly scaled back their schedules, with some countries not allowing US citizens to transfer through their airports at all. 

Travelers seeking to journey to these countries should opt for non-stop flights to minimize potential disruptions. If connecting through a third country is required, Americans should check with their airline and the local US embassy to ensure they’ll be granted passage. 

Here’s where Americans can travel in the age of coronavirus and how to get there.

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empty hotel rooms all over Hong Kong, but two new properties prepare to open amid Covid-19 gloom

a man sitting on a chair in a room: Aron Harilela is confident Hong Kong will bounce back. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Aron Harilela is confident Hong Kong will bounce back. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Two hotels are going ahead with plans to open next month despite the damage done by the Covid-19 pandemic to Hong Kong’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

The Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, near the city’s airport, will have its official opening on December 1, after a year’s delay, while The Hari Hotel in Wan Chai opens on December 12, on schedule.

They are opening at a time when the number of visitors has plunged 93 per cent to just 3.56 million in the first 10 months of the year, according to provisional figures from the city’s tourism board.

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Hotel rooms across the city have been left empty for much of this year, too, with occupancy rates falling to 43 per cent between January and September, compared with 84 per cent last year.

For a start, both new hotels are counting on Hong Kong residents to take up their staycation offers, especially over the Christmas season.

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a hotel room: Executive Ocean View Suite of Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Hotel. Photo: Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel

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Executive Ocean View Suite of Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Hotel. Photo: Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel

“It’s not the easiest of times for them to open, the situation will have an impact on their profitability in the short term,” said Brian King, associate dean at the school of hospitality and tourism management at Polytechnic University.

A recent Covid-19 cluster linked to staycations in Mui Wo has raised concern, with the government planning to limit the number of people allowed in a hotel room to four.

Deliveries a lifeline for Hong Kong restaurants as Covid-19 keeps patrons away

A new rule that took effect on Wednesday bans visits to those under quarantine in hotels. Couriers delivering food and other items are not allowed face-to-face contact with guests during their quarantine period.

Despite all that, the new hotels are putting up a brave front as they prepare to welcome guests.

“We open hotels for the long term, so we’re still very positive about that,” said veteran Dutch hotelier Sander Looijen, who has spent the past year getting the five-star Sheraton Tung Chung ready to open.

Located just 10 minutes from the airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the 218-room hotel was planned to cater to business travellers and aircrew.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Sander Looijen has spent the past year getting the Sheraton Tung Chung ready to open. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

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Sander Looijen has spent the past year getting the Sheraton Tung Chung ready to open. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

With air travel at a standstill because of the pandemic, Looijen said it was now positioning itself as part of the Tung Chung community, offering staycation packages for families and nature-lovers over the Christmas season.

Five years in the making, the hotel will have four restaurants and is close to Lantau Island’s hiking trails. Most of its guest rooms have sea views.

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Where’s Newly Open? And Why It’s Looking Up For A Return To Europe

Many parts of the world are opening up their borders to American (and other foreign national) visitors. In November, African safari countries opened their borders and south American countries are doing the same, partly because of a fear of missing out on peak tourist season in the southern hemisphere.

Some countries have no travel restrictions for arrivals by foreign nationals (Tanzania, Brazil) whilst others require a negative PCR test within 48, 72 or 96 hours of arrival (Kenya, Belize, Chile). Others require quarantine (Rwanda is asking for 5 days) but access is open.

The EU, however, is still closing its borders further to try to curb the second wave of Covid-19 and many foreign nationals are still banned, except those on the approved EU travel list. This currently includes 9 countries outside the EU/Schengen area, of which, one is in the southern hemisphere–Rwanda, which has done well in keeping its Covid-19 infection rates low.

However, there is optimism this week with the commencement of trials of Covid-19-free planes between the U.S. and the U.K. There are two trials in operation–both of which are quite different, as reported by CNBC. There are also trials underway of a new health application to aid screening processes across borders.

Trial 1: United Airlines–Newark to London Heathrow

This trial is mandatory (all passengers who don’t want to participate in testing will be rebooked onto other flights).

Passengers, aged above 2 years old, are tested pre-flight at the airport before departures in a rapid Abbott ID Now test, which accurately diagnoses Covid-19 with people who have symptoms but is known to miss as many as one-third of asymptomatic infections. Testing is by appointment, 3 hours before the plane leaves and people receive the results 30 minutes later. If the results are negative, customers are rebooked on a flight at least 10 days later or refunded.

The trial will end after one month.

United Airlines has reported that there has been a positive response to the tests in that there has been a significant increase in revenue when testing has been available.

Trial 2: American Airlines and British Airways–Dallas, JFK, LA to Heathrow Airport

This trial is voluntary for passengers on these flights to Heathrow from 25 November onwards and involve three tests:

  • Test 1: A self-administered RT-PCR (nasal) test taken at home via a virtual consultation with a medical professional 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Test 2: A LAMP (nasal) test taken upon landing at Heathrow Airport.
  • Test 3: A self-administered saliva test taken at home three days after arriving in the U.K. 

The reason for the three tests is that they all offer differing levels of results at different times. The PCR test is the most reliable but needs to be processed in a lab. The LAMP test is quick, with a turnaround of 30 minutes so good for an airport setting but crucially, can corroborate

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Marriott, Tacoma, jewelry store, apartments, open

The long-awaited Marriott Tacoma Downtown opened Wednesday.

Located at 1538 Commerce St., the hotel is next door to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

The News Tribune reported that the hotel has 22 floors and 304 guest rooms.


The Purple Peacock has opened a permanent location in Point Ruston at 5103 N. Main St.

According to its website, the business offers jewelry, furniture, home décor and gifts.

It will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Village on Main apartments have opened their doors at Point Ruston.

Located at 5020 Main St. in Tacoma, the apartments are advertised as being pet friendly and with underground parking availability.

In post on social media, the locations are listed as actively leasing and available for tours.

Chase Hutchinson is the reporter for The Peninsula Gateway. He previously covered art and culture for The News Tribune as well as writing film reviews. He got his start in journalism at The Puget Sound Trail, the college paper of the University of Puget Sound from where he graduated.

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Charlotte travelers can get Bojangles fix as restaurants open at Love’s Travel Stops

Carolina residents can now get a taste of home while traveling with the opening of new Bojangles restaurants at Love’s Travel Stops.

On Thursday, Bojangles opened at the new Love’s Travel Stops in Marion, Illinois, according to a statement from Bojangles.

Another Bojangles opened in Blyethville, Arkansas, at Love’s earlier this month.

It’s the first location in both states for the iconic Southern chain, according to Bojangles.

“We’re honored to commemorate the first of many locations with Love’s,” said Brian Unger, chief operating officer for Bojangles.

The Charlotte-based chicken chain known for its scratch-made biscuits and the national leader in 24-hour truck stop and convenience stores announced in December an agreement to open 40 locations in the next decade.

Other Bojangles also will debut at Love’s in Oklahoma and Mississippi.

According to Love’s, a Bojangles also opened with the new truck stop that opened Thursday at Cordele, Georgia.

The new Bojangles stores will serve breakfast all day with hours from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Eventually, the restaurants will be open 24 hours a day, according to the company. The restaurants will offer a full menu, drive-thru and dine-in.

Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, Bojangles has about 750 restaurants in 11 states. Bojangles plans to hire more than 30,000 people over the next year, the Observer previously reported.

Love’s Travel Stops, founded in 1964 and based in Oklahoma City, has more than 530 locations in 41 states and employs more than 27,000 people.


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