Godfrey extending gift card program

GODFREY — Godfrey’s gift card program will continue into the new year after the village board approved spending at least another $100,000 for the local stimulus program at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Economic Development Director Jim Mager had proposed $200,000 at the meeting, but Trustee Jeff Weber quickly motioned for the $100,000 figure.

The village has been running the program, which provided discounted gift cards for local businesses, since the spring. So far, they have spent approximately $200,000, with the village picking up half the cost of the cards.

Mayor Mike McCormick said he supported the program, noting the village’s Business District fund has approximately $4.7 million available and that $200,000 was “a drop in the bucket.”

“I think they need another kick,” mayor said of local businesses.

There was some discussion, with Trustee Nathan Schrumpf suggesting the card subsidy be reduced to 25 percent rather than 50 percent to allow the program to impact more people.

Eventually they agreed to keep the subsidy at 50 percent with an initial $100,000, then come back and see if additional money is necessary.

The current program runs through the end of the year, the new program will start after that.

Two façade improvement grants were also approved.

One was for up to $5,500 for Baker and Hale Restaurant, 7120 Montclair Avenue, for the construction of additional parking.

There was some discussion about this, with several trustees concerned about whether parking lots should be part of the program.

“I know there has been some concern if we are just rehabbing, or if it’s just maintenance,” Mager said.

“If they’re doing well and need more parking, where do we draw the line,” Schrumpf asked.

McCormick noted the money was set aside to help businesses, but agreed the issue needs to be considered. He proposed setting up a committee to do that after the first of the year.

Also approved was a façade improvement grant for Travel Leaders, 5727 Godfrey Road. It would be for up to $950 and used for signage.

The board also approved locking the new artificial turf soccer field gates when not being used by the village or rented by a group, at least until security cameras can be put into place.

“We’ve been discussing that here (at Village Hall),” McCormick said. “I think it’s wise to keep it locked until the cameras are installed.”

He added that Parks and Recreation Director Todd Strubhart was to talk with someone about cameras the next day.

In other parks related news, Strubhart was given authorization to apply for a 2021 American Water/NRPA Splash Pad Grant.

A splash pad in Glazebrook Park has been discussed as part of larger improvements.

Approval was also given to apply for an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Federal Rec Trail Program grant for a restroom and pavilion at LaVista Park. The grant would cover 80 percent of the cost, with the village responsible for the remaining 20 percent.

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Rick Pitino Says Iona Is A ‘Sleeping Giant,’ Wants To Model Program After Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s

Rick Pitino believes he can turn Iona College into the Gonzaga or the Saint Mary’s of the East Coast.

OK, maybe not Gonzaga, which is the No. 1 team in the nation, but Saint Mary’s for sure.

“I have to learn the [MAAC], but I do think Iona is a sleeping giant,” Pitino, the Naismith Hall of Fame coach who led Kentucky and Louisville to NCAA titles but was fired from Louisville in 2017 after several scandals, told the New York Post this week. “And I judge that by some of the guys I can recruit now. I do believe in the Gonzaga model of recruiting, the St. Mary’s model of recruiting, that 40 to 50 percent of your team has to be foreign players.

“I don’t know if we can do a Gonzaga, but I know we can do a St. Mary’s, and I know we can build it to become one of the strongest programs on the East Coast. But that’s going to take great recruiting and meticulous player development, and those two things I think we’re off to a great start.”

Pitino, 68, will have to adjust to coaching in a one-bid league in the MAAC, where you generally have to win the conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. In his previous stints in the SEC and Big East, multiple teams made the Big Dance as at-large bids.

Under former coach Tim Cluess, the Gaels won the MAAC Tournament five times and made six NCAA Tournament appearances but never won a single game in the Big Dance because they were always a double-digit seed.

As far as recruiting internationally the way Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have done, Iona brought in an eight-man class for Pitino’s first year at the school, and he actually said in October the COVID-19 pandemic helped his staff recruit.

“If it wasn’t for COVID, we couldn’t have brought in the largest recruiting class in my history as a basketball coach…because if everybody was allowed to visit different places, we couldn’t get eight guys, one from Germany, one from Sweden, one from Rwanda, Nigeria, New York, North Carolina, Florida,” he said in a Zoom interview with Vin Parise.

“They just had to make a decision. I think six out of the eight did not know where Iona was, what county or what state it was in. So COVID helped us in recruiting. And so not only did we look at the glass half full, we looked at filling it up right away.”

Now Pitino just has to get his team on the court to play some more games.

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Georgia State University Receives $2 Million Gift in Memory of Days Inns Founder to Establish Hospitality Immersion Program

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Atlanta, Dec 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Atlanta, Dec. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has received a $2 million endowment from Deen Day Sanders to establish an immersion program in memory of her late husband, Days Inns founder and school namesake, Cecil B. Day, Sr.

The endowment will be used to develop the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program to provide graduate and undergraduate hospitality students semester-long experiential learning opportunities tailored to their specific career aspirations. The majority of the gift will be used to provide scholarships and academic aid to make it possible for students of all backgrounds to participate.

Whether studying domestically or abroad, participants will take part in signature experiences that demonstrate internationally renowned examples of quality operations across all sectors of hospitality including lodging, food and beverage, event management and entertainment. Following a semester of hands-on projects, mentorship from hospitality leaders and networking, students will emerge with a greater understanding of corporate processes, analytical approaches, and strategies for innovation.

“It is with great honor and tremendous gratitude to the Day family that we accept this gift and embark on the creation of the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program,” said Debra Cannon, director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration. “Cecil B. Day was a pioneering innovator and marketing genius, and we are thrilled to further his legacy through this new program. During a time when our industry needs innovation the most, this student-centric gift has the power to transform careers and change lives.”

The competitive application and selection process for the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program will open in fall 2021, after which admitted students will participate in professional development workshops to prepare for the experience.

Robinson’s School of Hospitality Administration was renamed the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration in 1988. Cecil B. Day is remembered as an astute businessman who developed Days Inns to national prominence throughout the course of his career. His family’s legacy of excellence and philanthropy is the foundation upon which the program bases its vision for preparing future generations of hospitality executives.

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is the oldest and largest hospitality administration school in Georgia. It offers certificate, bachelors, and master’s-level programs. CEOWORLD ranks it 22nd among the world’s top hospitality and hotel management schools, and Eduniversal ranks the school’s Regynald G. Washington Master of Global Hospitality Management 24th worldwide.

Learn more about the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration at https://robinson.gsu.edu/hospitality.

About Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is 8th among accredited U.S. business colleges for graduate enrollment, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). More Georgia executives hold advanced degrees from Robinson and Georgia State than any other U.S. institution.

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Flint kids can borrow professional clothing for job interviews or formal events through new program

FLINT, MI – Flint teens in need of professional clothing for a job interview or other formal event now have access to a closet full of options.

Current Flint School Board of Education President Casey Lester and Flint Southwestern Classical Academy Principal Christopher Ochodnicky joined forces this year to create a program where students can borrow suits and other professional wear for various occasions.

Due to COVID-19, the program has not been used by students yet. However, Lester and Ochodnicky said they look forward to having the program available when it is safe to gather again.

The suits will be located at Southwestern Classical Academy in a room the school is calling “The Jag Spot,” Ochodnicky said, describing it as a little clothing store where students can pick out professional clothing for events like interviews, senior exit presentations, homecoming or prom.

“Of course, these events we’re not able to make happen right now because of the COVID situation but we’re playing the long game on this,” Ochodnicky said. “If, for whatever reason, a student didn’t have a dress or suit and tie for one of these events, we’ll be able to help them out.”

Kids can reach out to either Ochodnicky or Lester to access the clothing program.

Lester and his wife opened a men’s boutique in downtown Flint one year ago called The Roman. Before COVID-19 hit Michigan, the store held workshops including “how to tie a tie.”

“I started thinking about my first professional interview and how terrible I was at it,” Lester said. “I didn’t have a tie, my shirt was untucked – I probably wasn’t even wearing a belt quite honestly. My dad worked at GM, he was a Marine. We just didn’t dress up.”

This inspired Lester to create a program where Flint youth could come in and borrow professional clothing. Multiple community members donated suits to the store. Jan’s Professional Dry Cleaners in Clio offered free dry cleaning services for the program.

“Everything was geared up, ready to go and then COVID hit,” Lester said. “Then my garage was basically just a defunct men’s warehouse with 60 used suits in it. They sat there for quite some time and then it hit me that it would be a great fit for the Flint Community Schools.”

Lester reached out to Superintendent Anita Steward who told him Principal Ochodnicky was working on a similar program. The two combined resources to launch the program.

Lester is currently serving on the Flint district’s school board, but Lester did not run for reelection this year. Despite no longer serving on the board come January, Lester said he looks forward to continuing volunteer work at Flint schools.

“At the end of the day, the school board position is a governing body but as citizens we all need to be operating in a sense of compassion as more of a philanthropic body,” Lester said. “I’ll never stop partnering with Flint schools regardless of what my position is.”

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City Funds Gift Cards As Part Of Holiday Shopping Program


To encourage Concord residents to shop locally this holiday season and give merchants a much-needed shot in the arm during a COVID-19-ravaged economy, the city of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for the “Shop Concord” program, boosted by $10,000 worth of gift cards paid for by the city.

Through the program, which launched Wednesday, shoppers who buy a $50 gift card through the Shop Concord program will also receive a free $25 gift card.

Cards can be used for purchases at participating businesses, which include retail, restaurants, service businesses and gyms.

Shoppers also have the option to buy a $20 gift card and receive a free $10 gift card in return. Those free gift cards are made possible with a $10,000 donation from the city’s general fund. The bonus cards will last as long as that cash holds out.

Details on how to buy gift cards, and a list of participating businesses as of Wednesday’s launch date, can be found at https://www.concordfirst.com/shop-concord-card/.

More businesses are expected to join the program as it moves ahead; merchants looking to take part can go to www.concordfirst.com/shop-concord for more information.

“The Shop Concord program will make this year’s holiday gift giving more impactful because each purchase made is a direct benefit to our community,” Concord Mayor Tim McGallian said in a statement. “While the purchase of a gift card may seem like a small act, it is a huge gesture of support for our community that will go a long way toward helping our local businesses keep their doors open.”

Concord businesses, as with those in almost all American cities, have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in restrictions on most businesses, curtailed operating capacity at many of them, forced many others to operate primarily or entirely outside, and has even completely closed some, at least sporadically as county health orders have changed as coronavirus infections have ebbed and flowed.

Terri Nuno, a spokeswoman for Liberty Gymnastics Training Center in Concord, said that business is taking part in Shop Concord to show support and unity with other Concord businesses struggling during the pandemic.

“By participating in Shop Concord, we are able to provide a benefit to our customers at no additional cost to our business,” Nuno said.

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Sakamoto dominates women’s short program at NHK Trophy

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Kaori Sakamoto added another jump to her repertoire and came away with the lead after Friday’s short program at the NHK Trophy, the final event of the figure skating Grand Prix series.

The 2018 Four Continents champion from Japan opened her routine with a double axel and added a triple lutz and a triple flip-triple toeloop combination for 75.60 points.

Wakaba Higuchi, the 2018 world silver medalist, fell on her opening triple axel but landed all her remaining jumps to finish second with 69.71 points. Mako Yamashita was third with 67.56 points.

“It was the first time that I had the (triple) lutz and I was able to skate clean,” Sakamoto said. “It is very motivating to skate in front of an audience. In the free program, I hope to have more energy and to keep my position.”

The NHK Trophy normally draws skaters from around the world but was limited to mostly Japanese skaters because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite concerns about the virus, there was a near-capacity crowd for the opening day program. Japan has managed to keep the virus under control so far but is experiencing a surge in cases.

Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist and 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi made his debut in ice dancing, partnering with Kana Muramoto to finish second in the rhythm dance.

Japanese champions Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto were first with 70.76 points, followed by Takahashi and Muramoto with 64.15.

“Not everything was the way we hoped and it was not 100%,” Takahashi said. “But the rhythm dance was good. I did not realize how difficult ice dance is so hats off to all the ice dancers.”

Rikako Fukuse and Eichu Cho were third with 63.46 points.

Four Continents bronze medalist Yuma Kagiyama led after the men’s short program with 87.26 points, ahead of Kazuki Tomono with 83.27. Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda was third with 79.22 points.

Kagiyama, the world junior silver medalist, started with a quad salchow-triple toeloop combination followed by a quad toeloop but faltered on an axel later in his routine.

“The first half of my short program was almost perfect,” Kagiyama said. “But there were some mistakes in the second half so I was a little disappointed with that but I’m looking forward to the free skate.”

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, who has asthma, is not taking part in the men’s program.

The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final that was to be held as an Olympic test event on Dec. 10-13 in Beijing has been postponed. The Grand Prix events in Canada and France were canceled because of the pandemic.


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14-Day Beauty Detox Program Reviews: Superfoods to Burn Fat?

Los Angeles, CA – ( NewMediaWire ) – November 26, 2020 – The 14-Day Beauty Detox(TM) Program is a two-week regimen that shows consumers how to  shed weight and regulate their digestive system. The remedy is available as a digital book, which outlines everything that users will need to do during the routine.

What is the 14-Day Beauty Detox(TM) Program?

Women have a hard time losing or even maintaining their weight when they reach age 35. Their hormones change and the metabolism doesn’t work like it used to. The creators behind the Beauty Detox program state that the body is going through more than just a lack of metabolism. The organs all play a role as well, and they need to function at their optimal capacity to make a difference. All of these organs contribute to a condition that the creators refer to as Digestion Induced Fatigue (DIF).

DIF can cause many issues in the body, like complexion issues, indigestion, excessive tiredness, a lack of sex drive, and even social anxiety. All of these problems end up contributing to the individual’s weight gain, but the use of a two-week program called the 14-Day Beauty Detox(TM) Program.

The 14-Day Beauty Detox(TM) Program  describes a list of different foods that will improve the user’s energy levels and promote better absorption of nutrients. The effects that users may feel are compared to “a much-needed vacation on the inside.” The whole process is only a few minutes of work each day, and the user needs to follow the program over the course of 14 days.

This program was developed by Fit, Vibrant and Healthy co-founder Makayla Leone. To get the desired results, this program shows users the right order to consume everyday foods more effectively. With proper digestion, everything from fatigue to a weakened immune system are improved. Users no longer have to be dragged down by the fatigue of an overwhelmed immune system or an exhausting digestive system.

Unlike other programs, users are actually able to eat delicious foods while they correct their body. It includes meals with blueberries, kiwis, salads, and even curry. Every food is packed with nutrients, making it even healthier and safer for the body. Plus, each dish only takes a short time to prepare it and users get all of the shopping lists and directions that they need.

How Do Consumers Know if They Are Suffering from DIF?

To determine if this detoxification and diet program is helpful to the user, they should consumers a few of the current issues in their body. According to Makayla, confirming at least two of these issues are happening is a sign that the program is the right choice:

  • Feeling tired with over seven hours of sleep.
  • Experiencing the onset of acne, dryness, and other skin problems.
  • The presence of new wrinkles and an uneven complexion.
  • Constantly craving sweets
  • Constantly getting sick
  • Suddenly looking tired without changing sleep patterns
  • Consistently eating fast food

If these lifestyle choices or occurrences sound familiar,

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