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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

Subway Series had Citi — and city — buzzing, but Yankees-Mets could use jolt from MLB

first_imgThe other New York returned the favor Wednesday night, taking “home” a 5-1 victory and splitting the season series 2-2.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSurely, the hot Twitter takes that the players — and, therefore, everyone else — don’t care about the Subway Series still have total validity. Right?”I said it before when we were facing them in the Bronx: If you’re not fired up for (the Subway Series), we’ve got some issues,” Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said prior to the emotional win Tuesday.Baseball fans should care about the Subway Series. It should be a marquee event every season. There might be some East Coast bias in that statement, but in truth, fans should care more about all the crosstown rivalries: Yankees-Mets, A’s-Giants, White Sox-Cubs, Angels-Dodgers. They should care about all the big intradivision rivalries, too, like Cubs-Cardinals and Dodgers-Giants.It was clear to the players that the fans in the park got up for the Subway Series.”Just the buzz around the field. The way the stadium is packed,” Mets outfielder Michael Conforto told Sporting News. “Close to 50-50 fans in the crowd. It just has a different atmosphere. You can tell the fans are into it, they’re going back and forth, with the cheers in the crowd, you hear the buzz.”You stop thinking about the way the season is going. All we focus on is, we want to beat these guys because we share a city with them.”MORE: Michael Conforto talks his unorthodox rookie season, pizza and DrakeIf players can get amped, then why don’t more fans? The hyper-regionalization of the sport is one of the biggest issues facing MLB.Some of the reasons for it are beyond fans’ control. One is that regional sports networks control local TV rights; another is that baseball doesn’t allow fans access to every out-of-market game. Fans on the East Coast probably won’t care about what’s happening when the hour hand crosses midnight on a Tuesday West Coast game. Likewise, the outcome of a Yankees-Mets game on July 3 won’t affect how the Cubs or Rockies or Mariners are viewed later that night. All of that is fair.But while regionalization creates problems, it can also create opportunities. You won’t find two more different boroughs than the Bronx and Queens: The Bronx is home to the Bronx Zoo, Van Cortlandt Park and the House that Ruth Built; Queens is known for Flushing Bay, the 1964-65 World’s Fair and Eddie Murphy.Yankees and Mets fans are also very different, separated by subway lines and united only by their devotion to their favorite squad. Giants and A’s fans, separated by the Bay Bridge, are different too, as are Angels and Dodgers fans and Cubs and White Sox fans. And around and around we go. If baseball continues to divide itself, perhaps inadvertently, by limiting access to locally televised games, then the powers that be should go all-in on showcasing these divergent communities when rival teams get together on the grandest of stages, the national one.Some of that focus will lead to the Travel Channel trope of “Tourism with a side of baseball,” something a vocal minority of fans hates about national broadcasts. Truth be told, there will always be some level of bellyaching on Twitter about how sports outlets broadcast games, and some of that criticism is warranted; after all, fans care more about the game than learning about the many secrets of LaGuardia Airport or the wonders of the George Washington Bridge or the horrific, constant traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway. (Side note: They say no one’s ever beaten the Van Wyck.)Here’s the thing, though: Baseball, which can boast of great diversity on the diamond, should be making a greater effort to showcase and promote the diversity of the fans who support teams. More than any other sport, MLB franchises reflect the communities and cities they represent. It’s about more than just a town: it’s also about the fans. What makes them tick? Why do Mets fans keep coming back for more? Is the divide between Cubs and White Sox fans as simple as North vs. South (Side)? Series like the Battle for New York are tailor-made for these opportunities. MORE: Yanks’ home run streak ends vs. MetsThere are always hurdles to get a fan to care. The MLB season is a 162-game marathon. It’s a lot for a fan to handle. Having to keep up with, or pay attention to, another team across the country is a difficult task when they’re laser-focused on their own club. It’s a grind, and a labor of love. The task becomes even more difficult when their teams have to go across the Atlantic. Just this past weekend, MLB sent the Yankees and Red Sox to London for a two-game series. No disrespect to the folks over there, but baseball needs to spend more time trying to fix what’s wrong here in the States and less time on trying to figure what people overseas think if it wants to continue growing the sport. (Full disclosure, I am a fan of the London series, but the whole production was a whole different can of worms).MLB has a lot on its plate in that regard, starting, as always, with marketing the product. Especially on that national stage, MLB and its broadcasting partners needs to tell us more about what makes these rivalries special. What are the differences between these fans? Why does the Subway Series go deeper than just two teams sharing a city? Why do the conversations between rivals light up subway cars leaving Citi Field after another Mets loss? What makes parents talk to their kids about the Windy City Rivalry as they take the Red Line home from Wrigley?Almost to a fault, interleague play has been cheapened by how it’s designed today. Games take place almost every night, a product of having 15 teams in each league. The excitement of two separate circuits facing off over a two-week period has been replaced by “Well, it’s cool that Seattle and St. Louis played tonight, I guess.” Scheduling isn’t easy, but there are ways to fix it.When marquee events like the Subway Series are scheduled for the Tuesday and Wednesday before the All-Star break, who truly cares? In the words of a former Yankee skipper, it’s not what you want. From the outside, it looks as though the Subway Series went from a shiny, new subway car to graffiti-laden trainwreck. New York still comes alive when the games come around, but the atmosphere isn’t as charged as it once was.”In those initial years (late 1990s and early 2000s), both teams were playing really, really well,” Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino told Sporting News. “There was a lot of excitement around it at that time, for sure.”There’s still excitement around it. The powers that be need to showcase it in a different, better way. NEW YORK — The Mets did something at Citi Field this week they haven’t done since Opening Day: fill every seat in the house.Announced crowds of 42,150 on Tuesday and 43,323 on Wednesday for Subway Series games vs. the Yankees were — almost — surprising. After all, seats were empty when the franchise’s tribute to the 1969 team took place the Saturday before. The crowd on Tuesday was decidedly pro-Mets (or, at least, the Mets fans were louder than their Yankee counterparts) when the Mets took home a 4-2 victory in one of their most complete games of the year.last_img read more

Person who tested positive for coronavirus attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say

first_imgA person who ended up testing positive for COVID-19 attended a California religious service on Mother’s Day, exposing 180 other people to the virus, according to health officials.The person tested positive the very next day after the service, and they are now in isolation at home, Butte County Public Health said in a statement Friday.Health officials reached out to those who attended the service and they are all required to self-quarantine. Officials are working to get testing for everyone who was in attendance.As of Sunday afternoon, California had more than 78,800 cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 3,200 people in the state have died.There has been a continuous back-and-forth argument between religious organizations and public officials as some congregations believe their groups should be allowed to meet despite the pandemic. However, some health officials are concerned that religious services will not help in slowing down the spread of coronavirus.last_img read more

Energized GOP Prepares for 2017 Elections

first_imgBy John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

FAVORED GOLD RUSH DANCER TAKES $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES BY A NOSE UNDER PRAT; PARKER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY BELVOIR, GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:49.37

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–After 11 starts, John Parker’s homebred colt by Private Gold, Gold Rush Dancer, has found a home on turf as he took Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes by a nose under Flavien Prat. Trained by Vann Belvoir, Gold Rush Dancer, who is out of Parker’s In Excess mare Dances On Water, sat a comfortable second to the top of the lane and in a protracted stretch drive, covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:49.37 while just holding off the late charge of Ralis and Mario Gutierrez.With longshot Glory Bound and Edwin Maldonado carving out splits of 23.75, 48.56, 1:13.24 and 1:37.42, Gold Rush Dancer, who came off a length and a quarter win in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1, was into the bridle to the pacesetter’s outside until the pair reached the sixteenth pole and the winner inched clear as Maldonado steadied at the rail.“When I saw the pace wasn’t quite as fast as we thought it would be, I was a little worried he’d be a little keen with Flavien,” said Belvoir. “In the race up north, he had cover and that helped him relax, but he ended up relaxing pretty well today up the backside.“I’m more impressed with this race today, because he leveled so well through the stretch. They were really running there. I think he’s a lot better horse on the turf and that’s where he’s going to stay.”The 3-2 favorite in a field of five sophomores, Gold Rush Dancer, who was making his second-ever start on grass, paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.10. A winner of the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs near Seattle on Sept. 27, Gold Rush Dancer picked up his third stakes win and his fourth overall victory from 11 starts. With the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $294,423.“I had a good trip today, but he was still a bit aggressive,” said Prat, who was aboard for the win at Golden Gate as well. “Even though he’s run a lot, he’s still green, he’s still learning…He came in a little bit in the stretch but I don’t think he did anything wrong.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Ralis saved ground at the rail into the far turn, swung three wide turning for home and just missed, finishing second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Tough It Out. Off at 2-1, Ralis paid $3.20 and $2.20Tough It Out, ridden by Joe Talamo, sat a joint third with Ralis into the far turn and was a bit erratic through the drive, finishing third, three quarters of a length in front of Glory Bound. The second choice at 2-1, Tough It Out paid $2.10 to show.The stewards posted the inquiry sign regarding the stretch run, but in a unanimous decision, determined that although Maldonado steadied at the sixteenth pole aboard a tiring Glory Bound, the winner was not at fault. Glory Bound ended up finishing fourth. RACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSlast_img read more