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Hampton Inn employee fired for calling cops on Black guests at hotel pool

first_imgMissy Williams-Wright/FacebookBy IVAN PEREIRA and SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News(WILLIAMSTON, N.C.) — A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after she called the police on a Black family staying at the hotel and using the pool.A representative from Hilton, which owns Hampton Inn, said the unidentified white employee at its Williamston, North Carolina, location was no longer working there after a guest, Anita Williams-Wright, livestreamed the incident on Friday. Williams-Wright was in the hotel’s pool with her children when the employee and two officers approached her under suspicion that they weren’t guests.“I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works,” Williams-Wright says to the officers in the nearly 10-minute video posted to her Facebook page. “I have a room here.”Williams-Wright didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.According to the police report, the two officers arrived at the hotel’s front desk and spoke to an employee who said she was doing rounds and “found two children playing in the pool by themselves.” She spoke to the children, who said their mother, Williams-Wright, was watching them from a nearby car.The employee is seen in the video explaining to Williams-Wright that she wanted to make sure that everyone in the pool was a guest, however, the mother claimed that there were white guests who were in the pool at the same time and they weren’t asked to validate their stay.“She said to me, ‘Oh, because it’s always people like you using the pool unauthorized.’ Who [are] people like me?” Williams-Wright said in the video.The responding lieutenant asked the employee what she wanted to do, wherein she is quoted as reading from her phone that “her manager wanted the people arrested,” according to the police report. This line cannot be heard in the video.Williams-Wright refused to provide officers with identification other than her room key, saying she committed no crime, but the officers are seen in the video checking her car’s license plate. The video ends with her and her family leaving the pool and returning to her room.Police went to the front desk after obtaining Williams-Wright’s name from her car license plate and found out she had two rooms reserved at the hotel, according to the police report.“The Williamston Police Department takes the complaint process very seriously and has initiated an internal investigation surrounding our response to this call for service,” the department said in a statement. “Our office will conduct a thorough and complete internal investigation. We appreciate the public’s concern and efforts to make us aware of this incident.”The department also said in releasing the police report Tuesday that the case’s status was categorized as “unfounded.”Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the global head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement the company’s administrators were alerted to the video and incident over the weekend and when they contacted the Williamston managers on Sunday, they learned the employee in the video was no longer working there.She added that Hilton reached out to Williams-Wright, apologized to her and her family and are working “to make this right.”“We remain in contact with the hotel’s ownership about follow up actions, and to ensure that in the future, their employees reflect the best values of our brand and are welcoming of all,” Gandhi Buckley said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fletcher Allen Releases 2nd quarter results

first_imgFletcher Allen Releases Year-to-Date and Second Quarter Financial ResultsFletcher Allen has reported an operating income of $5.7 million for the first two quarters of the 2004 fiscal year. This includes an operating income of $1.8 million for the second quarter. The second quarter covers the period beginning January 1st and ending March 31, 2004. This marks nine consecutive months of operating incomes that tracked budgeted expectations.Second Quarter ResultsOperating income for the second quarter was $164,563 better than budget and $5.2 million better than the corresponding quarter in FY2003. Net operating revenues for the quarter were $144 million, $1 million above budgeted revenues. However, the organization’s operating expenses for the quarter were $142.2 million, $900,000 above budget, resulting in an operating income of $1.8 million and an operating margin of 1.2% for the second quarter. By comparison, the organization lost $3.5 million in the second quarter of FY 2003.Year-to-date ResultsFor the year to date, the $5.7 million net income from operations was well abovethe budgeted $536,717 for the period, and produced an operating margin of 2.0%. A yearago, the organization saw a two-quarter loss of $8.4 million. Operating expenses for the first half of the fiscal year were below budget by $2.8 million year-to-date.Improved processes that were part of the budget recovery plan implemented in mid-FY 2003 were incorporated into the FY 2004 budget and the organization’s positive financial results are, to a large extent, the product of those changes. However, expenses began to increase above budget in the second quarter.Key volume measures year-to-date were mixed. Total inpatient discharges were above budget by 331 (3.0%). Combined Inpatient and Outpatient Days, a measure of the number of patients in the hospital each day, were 1.6% below budget, and physician office visits were 5.7% below budget, but substantially higher than last year for the same quarter. At the end of the quarter, Days Cash on Hand increased to 89.8 days, 2.9 days above the first quarter’s results.The institution began making its quarterly financials public with the release of the first quarter results for FY 2003 in February 2003. The audited financial statements for the years ended September 30, 2002 and 2003, as well as the quarterly results for FY 2003 and the first two quarters of FY 2004, are available on the Fletcher Allen Web site at www.fletcherallen.org(link is external).last_img read more

Mountain Mama: A Purple Bike

first_img“A purple bike, huh?” a woman says to my four-year-old son who is showing off his brand-new-to-him bike decorated with Disney princesses, the one I paid fifteen dollars for at a local outdoor festival.“Rock the purple, you can pull off princesses,” she says.I change the conversation, hating the implication that riding a purple or pink bike is somehow a dig to his masculinity. Her comment rubs me the wrong way – he doesn’t need to ride harder, to prove himself to anyone to overcome a silly gender myth about color.Pink, and her cousin, purple, weren’t always associated with girls. In the 1700s men and women both wore pink. In l794, the French writer Xavier de Maistre recommended that men decorate their bedrooms in pink to brighten their moods.In the early 1900s, children clothing catalogues suggested girls wear blue because it’s, “much more delicate and dainty in tone.” The same catalogue recommended pink for boys “because it’s stronger and more passionate color, and because it is actually derived from red.”In 1925, the Gatsby himself in The Great Gatsby, wears a pink suit. Fifty years later, Robert Redford wears a version of that pink suit in the Boston Show.Later on in the century when pink became associated with women, the connotation of pink was no longer strong and passionate, but passive and delicate.I recoil from the idea that female-associated colors are somehow weaker. I don’t care if Tobin thinks pink and purple are girl colors, so long as he considers them emblems of fierceness and strength.I am raising my son to understand that superheroes don’t always wear capes. Some wear bikinis. He sees strong and capable role models wear pink and purple. Every day my son asks if we can practice riding his bike. He’s so proud to be riding without training wheels, but hasn’t quite gotten the hang of braking. His preferred method is riding as fast as he can down grassy hills and then crashing.“I bashed again,” he boasts.His favorite color is purple and he loves his new bike.I overhear him tell a new friend he met at the playground about it. “I got a new bike. It’s the one with women all over it,” he says, his voice full of pride.Having a purple bike doesn’t compromise his masculinity. At four, he already understands that powerful and strong women don’t diminish his sense of self. He spent on a month sailing on a boat skippered and crewed by females. More often than not, it’s a female voice he heard, reminding him of what he’s capable of, who whispered “go, get out there and try.” When he’s falls, most of the time a strong and capable women has extended her hand, helping him to his feet.My wish for him is to always surround himself with powerful people, both male and female. People who stand in their full power allow others the space to step up, encouraging us by their example to run in the direction of our boldest dreams, to become the most badass versions of ourselves.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events March 5 – 11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Idle HandsThis alternative rock band from San Diego is bringing its sunny California-style music to Long Island for one night, and hopefully, bringing the sunshine along with them. With Happy Body Slow Brain, The Tallest Trees In The Universe and The Bellegards. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6:30 p.m. March 5. Los Lobos with Alejandro EscovedoPerhaps best known for their up-tempo, hip-gyrating hit “La Bamba,” Los Lobos has made its mark in the rock community with a long list of singles that blend Mexican culture with mainstream rock and roll. The Grammy Award-winning band released their first album “How Will the Wolf Survive?” in 1984. Three decades later, the band has barely lost a step. Don’t believe us? Head over to Westbury and check them out for yourself. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. March 5.Ghostface Killah and Inspectah DeckHip-hop fans—especially New York hip-hop fans—are in for a treat. Ghostface Killah joins Inspectah Deck, a member of the famed Wu-Tang Clan, for what promises to be an explosive performance from two veteran artists. Both rappers share the same hometown—Staten Island—and Ghostface Killah considers Wu-Tang Clan one of his greatest inspirations. You won’t want to miss this performance. With Stumik, music by Cipha Sounds and Drewski. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 8 p.m. March 5. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ExtremeUnder ringmaster David Shipman’s guidance, this circus has gone to extremes to provide more thrills than ever before. This show features the youngest human cannonball in the world, the 25-year-old Gemma “The Jet,” who rockets more than 100 feet under the arena sky—and, best of all, she doesn’t explode upon impact! The brave Benny Ibarra leaps and bounds atop the terrifying Pendulum of Steel, while the Daring Danguir do their death-defying footwork on a high-wire as narrow as a human thumb. In a breathtaking display of freestyle sports, these awesome performers will show off their amazing gymnastic moves on BMX bikes, trampolines, and “slackline” straps. Did someone say, “What about the animals?” No Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show would be complete without the popular pachyderms known as the Asian Elephants, plus the Bengal tigers, the twin-humped camels ridden by Mongolian “Desert Goddesses” and, last but not least, 16 performing poodles. Let the show begin! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $23.25-$75. Times vary. Through March 8.DreamcatcherThis Baltimore-based alternate pop band is coming to LI for a one-night concert as it tries to build its brand and put on an unforgettable performance for its local fans. The band’s most recent album “Wonderlust” includes such titles as “Skin,” “Heaven Sent,” and “California.” With Persona, Scott Thomas F, The Narrows, Darryl J and The Individuals. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6 p.m. March 6.Flutissimo! Flute QuartetTo complement the Museum’s Ferdinand Richardt’s “Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting” exhibition, flutists Lauren Ausubel, Claudia Beeby, Leslie Strait, and Jerene Weitman present an imaginative program of music inspired by water. Performing on piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, the Quartet provides enchanting musical imagery of rivers, rain, fountains, aquariums, whirlpools, and more. The Hecksher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. heckscher.org Free. 7 p.m. March 6.Jesse CookJesse Cook is more than a musician. The Canadian-born artist is a guitarist, composer, and producer, who has sold more than 1.5 million records across the globe. He’s also an innovator. Not to be confused with infamous Press gourmand Chris Cooke (who can topple a tower of fresh, juicy chicken souvlaki faster than you can shout “Hey hey! My my!), this Cook infuses different forms of music—flamenco rumba and jazz, for example—into his songs, and he has been rewarded for his out-of-the-box style, winning multiple awards in his home country. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. March 6.Changing the Way We Eat—TEDx ManhattanA full-day event featuring a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food and farming movement. It will bring ideas and information to a wider audience, promoting innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. A highlight of the event is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement. Co-presented with Slow Food Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org 10:30 a.m. March 7.March of the LeprechaunsThis charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical pub crawl happens once a year for absolutely no reason. The proceeds fund both the East End Emerald Society in support of the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Maureen’s Haven, to help benefit the homeless. Downtown Riverhead. vendini.com $10. 1 p.m. March 7.Patchogue Folk Festivalfeaturing nine Long Island Singer-Songwriters showcasing the vibrant Patchogue original music scene. Featuring: Hank Stone Band, He-Bird She Bird, Grand Folk Railroad, Anne Crean, Leah Kay, Bill Shuren, Chris Carlozzo, EVT Band and Sim Urivetzky. At 8 p.m., Grammy Award winners Janis Ian and Tom Paxton will share the stage for an evening of stories and songs. “Together At Last” marks the first time this powerful and irresistible singer-songwriter duo will be performing together in the NY metropolitan area since wrapping up their U.K. tour last spring. Tickets start at $28 for the night show. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org Free. 2 p.m. March 7.Artists Trading Cards Benefit Exhibit ReceptionEach one-of-a-kind card is signed by the artist, with a portion of the proceeds going to VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center. Exhibit runs through March 29. BJ Spoke Gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. bjspokegallery.com Free. 2 p.m. March 7.Allie MartocciSelf proclaimed (on Twitter) math enthusiast and badass MC, Allie Martocci’s soulful covers of such a wide swath of artists from Eminem to Beyonce showcase her tremendous talent. Check out her acoustic skills and fall in love with her unique take on songs you already know by heart. With Spectator, Van Vega, Rebecca Maida and Morell Brown. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 4 p.m. March 7.Magic!The “magic”-al merging of reggae, rock, pop, and soul combine to produce a ridiculously catchy sound by singer/songwriter Nasri, guitarist Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas, and bassist Ben Spivak. That song “Rude” that you couldn’t get out of your head this entire winter? Yeah. That. With Caribbean influences and a down-home funk, these guys create music that is fun, contagious, and of course – magic. With Bohemians & Schoeffel, based out of Valley Stream. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.The Temptations & the Four TopsMotown legends whose songs permeate our souls to become part of who we are, the Temptations and the Four Tops will perform such mega-hits as “Reach Out and I’ll Be There,” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got)” by the Four Tops and “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” by the Temptations. These songs are part of the cultural foundation upon which modern music rests. You will sing out loud, dance in the aisles, and make friends with those who sit near you. A night not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-50-$84.25. 8 p.m. March 7.Los Lonely BoysBilled as an American-Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys combine rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, country, soul, and Tejano to glorious effect. These three Grammy Award-winning brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza create a funky sound that is immensely sing-alongable. You know their debut song, “Heaven,” which reached into the Top 40 in 2006 and won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Performance. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.Larry KirwanKnown to his legion of fans as the luminous lead singer of Black 47, the great New York-based Irish rock band, Larry Kirwan is not only a truly talented musician but a rocking playwright as well. When you tell him, “Man, the play’s the thing,” he might do a double-think because he’s such a versatile artist. But no worries. In Bay Shore he’ll be a solo acoustic act, but he’ll be bringing all of his repertoire, not just what Rolling Stone once called “an unashamedly topical wallop of the early-Seventies Jersey-bar E Street Band and the ‘Combat’-era Clash, laced with the mourning siren of uilleann pipes.” From the bars of the Bronx to Leno, Letterman and O’Brien, Kirwan and his crew have wielded their music as a weapon for social justice. As The New York Times described a Kirwan performance of the great American songwriter Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times,” he “not only delivered a knockout entertainment, he’s done a public service, reacquainting us with the Foster songbook and the striving, teeming America for which it was written.” When Kirwan takes the stage, you know you’re in for a special treat, so raise a glass and unplug your ears! Solo accousitic show by lead singer of Black 47. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. March 7.Vince Johnson & The Plantation AllstarsYou can call Vince Johnson & The Plantation Allstars the international ambassadors of the Memphis Blues Society, because they’ve brought their smokin’ sound to venues far and wide. When he and his band played last year’s Long Island Blues Festival, they damn near set Freeport free forever, if that were even possible, because their funky mix of R&B was so hot to handle. Their jamming is legendary, their slamming is incendiary! Vince Johnson handles the vocals and harmonica, his brother Alan Johnson plays bass, Danny Wilson rips up the lead guitar, Charles Campbell blows the saxophone, and Courtney Brown holds forth on drums. This band is the real deal from Beale Street, courtesy of Memphis, Tennessee. When you hear Johnson pontificate about that “Mean Old Woman” who done him wrong, you want to ask why would anybody want to be mean to this man when he’s doing what he’s meant to do in this world? And that’s playing the blues so nice it hurts! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. March 7.David BrozaThis Israeli singer-songwriter superstar is a mix master of pop and Spanish style music who plays with a flourish like a timeless troubadour from another world. And indeed, he’s taken his concert tours to Belgium, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, among many venues. To some listeners, David Broza is like “a post-modern Leonard Cohen” and the “Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk rock.” His whirlwind finger picking is combined with a flamenco-flavored rhythms and rock and roll technique. Not to name drop, but Broza did a PBS broadcast concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin, and honored a request from Townes Van Zandt to set a shoebox full of his unreleased poems and lyrics to music. Broza has recorded in Hebrew and Spanish, as well as in English—he was raised in Israel, Spain and England. And in that multi-cultural spirit, he recorded an album called “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” with both Israeli and Palestinian musicians that was produced by Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg that came out last year. His song “Together,” co-written with Ramsey McLean, was chosen to be the theme song for UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration. Maybe he won’t be serenading Capitol Hill any time soon, but this humanitarian musician is doing all he can to use his art to make the world a better place. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$163. 8 p.m. March 7.Alyson RichmanSuper Goal SundayGrab your girlfriends and join an enlightening and fun-filled afternoon of self-discovery for women 40 and over. Learn new skills, make new friends, and discover how to make the most of your life—at any age! Price includes Afternoon Tea and two workshops. Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Garden of Letters and The Lost Wife, is the keynote speaker. David S. Mack Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Hofstra.edu $50. 1:30 p.m. March 8Rockin for Autism VIII1 Step Ahead and RPM perform during this charity event, which includes a last-man-standing raffle, free buffet and more. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30. 3 p.m. March 8.Laura BenantiA Tony winner for her acclaimed performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” Benanti was also nominated for her work in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Into the Woods” and “Swing.” Her latest show, “In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention,” knits together theatre standards with pop hits and original songs, delivered with her unique blend of humor and vocal nuance, and promises an unforgettable afternoon. Adelphi University, Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $40-$70. 3 p.m. March 8.Parenting Resources ExpoExperts on organic baby food, wholistic family nutrition and a special education attorney will be among those on hand. There will also be a presentation and book signing at 5 p.m. by Dr. Joanna Hulton, family therapist and author of Parent Fatigue Syndrome: What To Do When Conventional Wisdom Is Not Very Wise. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 4 p.m. March 8.DukhtarA screening of a film that focuses on forced marriage and hopes to shed light and awareness about a very sensitive topic that some communities are struggling with. Following the film is a Q&A session with the director of the film, Afia Nathaniel. The nonprofit Domestic Harmony Foundation, which works mainly with Muslim women who are victims of domestic violence, organized the event to commemorate International Women’s Day. Herricks Cinema, 3324 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. dhfny.org  $20, $25 DOS. 11 a.m. March 8. Royal Southern BrotherhoodTalk about soul brothers from two families with a famous musical lineage! The Royal Southern Brotherhood is an American blues rock super group that blends the talents of singer and percussionist Cyril Neville—whose Neville brothers are New Orleans legends—and vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman—the son of Gregg and the nephew of the late, great Duane. Now bring in Charlie Wooton on bass and vocals, Yonrico Scott on drums, who brings in that second line beat that makes the Crescent City swing a la Detroit via Atlanta, and then cue signature guitarist Bart Walker, who recently took over after Texas bluesman Mike Zito left the band late last year to go back to his roots. So there you have it, thanks to these stellar gentlemen, Southern rock and roll is alive and kickin’ you know what. The pedigree of these performers is unbelievable and their musicianship unparalleled. You’ll get your R&B throwback ballads, your Stax, your Motown and so much more. So, come put some “rock around you” and catch that groove. It’s a great gumbo of jambalaya jamming, sizzling strumming and soulful singing! Royalty never sounded so good, y’all. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org 40-$45. 7 p.m. March 8.Eighteenth Annual Festival of One-Act PlaysSelected from over 500 submissions worldwide, these six cutting-edge premieres are guaranteed to entertain and engage. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $18. 7 p.m. March 8.Gov’t MuleW John Scofield. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. March 8.1971A group of eight citizens broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pa. and took documents that led to the discovery of a massive, illegal domestic surveillance program known as COINTELPRO. A decision by The Washington Post to publish the documents was a defining moment in investigative journalism. The public learned about COINTELPRO, and the FBI’s programs targeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panthers and others, only because of the stolen documents, and the actions of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the burglars called themselves. They didn’t look for the spotlight. Their mission a success, they returned to their normal lives. Now, for the first time, the members of the “commission” speak out about their actions. “1971” is their story. Screening includes guest speaker Johanna Hamilton, the film’s director. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $7. 7 p.m. March 9.MARCH 10Newton’s EggEgg-citing news as this Annual Egg Drop Contest celebrates the return of spring with eggs and a year-round phenomenon—gravity! Over 200 students from first thru eighth grade will create homemade contraptions to protect their precious egg cargo from a two-story drop off our balcony. If the egg survives unscathed, their students are eligible to win a prize. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Price of admission. 9:30 a.m. March 11.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

6 ways to save at theme parks

first_imgSpring Break is right around the corner, and if you have kids – or you’re a kid at heart – you might be making plans to visit a theme park. But a day riding roller coasters and eating funnel cakes can be very expensive. Here are some tips to save on your next theme park trip.Go Two Days or MoreMost theme park price-per-day rates drop significantly when you buy two days or more. For example, according to an article earlier this year in The New York Times, it costs $89.99 to go to Busch Gardens once, but only $10 more to buy an annual pass that lets you visit unlimited times.Buy tickets onlineMost parks offer a discount if you purchase tickets ahead of time on their website instead of showing up to buy tickets at the gate. At Six Flags Magic Mountain, a daily ticket costs $84.99 at the gate. But if you buy it online and pick your date, rates start at just $59.99.Be flexible about your datesSure, everybody wants to visit Disneyland on Christmas Day, but most parks hike up the price of tickets on their most popular days to avoid overcrowding. If you are willing to visit early in the season when school is still in session – especially on a weekday – you can save quite a bit. At Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania, between April 28 and May 25, daily tickets are only $45, much less than the regular $75 price.Ask your credit unionMost sites that claim to offer discount codes usually don’t work, but if you’re a credit union member, you might qualify for a good deal. And, if you use a credit card that offers cash back on all purchases or rewards, you can save even more.Use social mediaFollow your favorite theme park on social media and you may be lucky enough to snag tickets during flash sales. At the very least, you’ll be notified of special promotions and discounts.Spring for Fast PassesAny deal that keeps you from waiting in line means you’ll spend more time enjoying the rides and less time standing in line. As much as theme park tickets cost these days, that’s important. Usually, the cost to upgrade is well worth the extra fun you get in return. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

CUs working to meet members’ holiday financial needs

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » This holiday season, the average consumer will spend more than $1,000 on gifts and related expenses and credit unions are there to ensure consumers maintain their financial health, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote to all 535 Congressional offices Tuesday.Donovan’s latest communication is part of CUNA’s ongoing outreach to all Congressional offices reminding them that continued support of credit unions allows them to continue service to 115 million Americans.“With programs like budgeting workshops, interest-free loan deferrals, and higher interest savings accounts, credit unions in your community are investing time, staff, and capital to keep your constituents in the green this winter, ensuring a happy holiday season for all,” Donovan wrote.“By supporting credit unions’ not-for profit mission, you’re sustaining the financial wellness of your community and the 115 million Americans across the country who have chosen to make credit unions their financial partner,” he added.last_img read more

Credit unions release final ads in $7M effort in 2020 election

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img CUNA and its federal PAC, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), wrapped up its $7 million effort aimed at electing credit union champions with a series of independent expenditures (IEs) and member communications aimed at reelecting three vulnerable incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives.“We are adamant about supporting candidates who recognize and support the credit union difference for consumers across the country,” said Trey Hawkins, CUNA deputy chief advocacy officer for political action. “With no preference for one party or the other, we remain focused on helping those who help credit unions and their 120 million members.”The last of eleven political advertising campaigns this cycle, CUNA and CULAC have directed targeted mail and digital video advertisements to voters and credit union members in:Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, backing Rep. Jared Golden (D).last_img read more

Villa World will rejuvenate a wetlands reserve as a showpiece for Arundel Springs

first_imgThe regenerated nature reserve and wetland will create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave.A NEGLECTED strip of Gold Coast wetland will be converted into a nature reserve as part of a 25ha residential project.Developer Villa World has announced that the wetlands will become the “spectacular centrepiece” for its Arundel Springs estate.The Arundel reach of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area — which is home to a diverse range of natural species including a large population of kangaroos — has been locked away from public view for decades under private ownership as one of the Gold Coast’s last working dairy farms.Villa World CEO and managing director Craig Treasure said that since buying the Greenacre Drive infill site from the O’Brien family in 2016, Villa World had created a masterplan to include extensive public space directly fronting the Coombabah Wetlands.“Villa World sees this development as a major opportunity to both provide recreational amenities for the local community and to revive an area that has lain waste through years of neglect,” Mr Treasure said.“The area is overgrown with introduced weeds and is choked with sediment. We plan to extensively clean it up and add new plantings in line with council requirements to create a beautiful natural environment for everyone to enjoy. We have been working closely with the City of Gold Coast which has been very supportive of this initiative.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe first lots at Arundel Springs will be released later this year.The upgrade will include new bike and walking paths to connect landscaped parks and amenities within the Arundel Springs community. There will also be a series of resident access points to the nature reserve and viewing decks. Mr Treasure said the regenerated nature reserve and wetland would create a natural backdrop along Arundel Springs Ave — the main access route through Arundel Springs.“Villa World has designed Arundel Springs as an interactive environment to encourage play and recreation within the natural and urban spaces we’re creating,” he said.“The public spaces are designed to have minimal impact on the Coombabah Wetlands, while creating a distinctive and functional environment for the public. This will provide a spectacular centrepiece to the Arundel Springs project, which is currently Villa World’s flagship development on the Gold Coast.”On completion, Arundel Springs will comprise 306 residential lots and about 80 town homes. The project is expected to create around 1500 jobs during its staged development.Arundel Springs is scheduled for release in the first half of this year with lots ranging from 300sq m to 811sq m.“Arundel Springs is a community that will appeal to young couples, families and active retirees looking to build their dream home,” Mr Treasure said.last_img read more

Van Persie sidelined for United

first_img Press Association Unlike the last-16 clash versus Olympiacos, United will play their first leg at home. The Red Devils, who drifted from 18-1 to 33-1 following the draw, will take on Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford on April 1 before they travel to Germany for the return leg eight days later. “I would prefer to be at home in the second leg,” Moyes said. “But we have got it. That is the way the draw has come out – we just have to take it.” Van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the dying minutes of United’s win over Olympiacos with a knee injury. United are unsure how long Van Persie will be out for, but the striker will definitely miss the evening game at Upton Park. Robin van Persie will not be available for Manchester United’s game against West Ham on Saturday, manager David Moyes has confirmed. “We are getting him re-scanned again on Friday because there was nothing conclusive,” the United boss said. “He won’t be available for Saturday’s game. “We will give you an update as soon as we can.” United beat Olympiacos 3-0 at home in the second leg of their tie to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They were given the daunting task of facing Bayern Munich in the last eight at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Moyes concedes he has a tough task on his hands. “I have probably drawn out the favourites,” the Scot said. “They are the holders so it is a really tough draw for us but it’s one I am looking forward to.” last_img read more

Okpekpe Race Promoter Hails Ambode, Access Bank over Lagos City Marathon…

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Promoter of Okpekpe 10km International Road Race, Mike Itemuagbor, has congratulated Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Access Bank for successfully hosting the second edition of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon last Saturday in Lagos.“I congratulate Governor Ambode for promising and delivering a world class marathon and Access Bank for sponsoring the event,” began Itemuagbor whose race, the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race is the first and so far only road race in Nigeria to get an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label. “I am particularly delighted that the second edition of the Lagos Marathon was a remarkable improvement on the first edition and hopes subsequent editions would even be much better, ” he further said and harped on the health implications of running.“Health they say is wealth. A healthy nation will definitely be productive and by extension prosperous. And experts have not ceased to emphasise on the benefits of exercising to the body. “By organising this marathon, the governor is not only promoting sports and tourism in Lagos State but also ensuring he governs over a healthy community of people,” stressed the race promoter.Itemuagbor also hopes governor Ambode will strive to take the marathon to the next level by making it the first full marathon in West Africa to get an IAAF label. “That will make Nigeria the only country in Africa to have two IAAF label races. With the conclusion of the second edition of the Lagos Marathon, organisers of the event can apply for a bronze label for the race and I am confident their application will be favourably considered,” said Itemuagbor whose race is also a full member of Association of International Marathon and Road Races (AIMS), an organisation comprising of over 400 road races in over 100 countries in the world.Meanwhile, the fifth Okpekpe 10km International Road Race will hold on Saturday, May 13 in Okpekpe in Edo State.The race is one of the very few in the world to have developed a tracking application for athletes competing in the race which will make it easy for friends and family members to track the performance of their friends and loved ones wherever they are in the world.Kenyans swept all the top spots of the male and female category of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon. Abraham Kiptum who won the maiden edition last year successfully defended his title in 2hrs.15 mins : 20 secs to leave his compatriots, Ronny Kiboss (2 hrs 15mins 25 secs) and Kiprotich Kiroi (2hrs 15mins 30secs)  for the second and third spots.Kiptum smiled away from Lagos with the grand prize of $50,000 while the second and third place winners got $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.The first Nigerian male runner to reach the finish line Philibus Sharubutu got N1million for his effort.last_img read more