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Wyndham announces affiliation with Smugglers’ Notch Vermont

first_imgSmugglers’ Notch Resort,Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE:WYN), has announced it has entered into an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Smugglers’ Notch Management Company, Ltd. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.WVO is expected to become the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the sale of vacation ownershipinterests at Smugglers’ Notch Vermont Resort; sales are anticipated to begin in the second quarter of2011. Through this arrangement, it is anticipated that all unsold interests will become part of thecompany’s flexible, club-based CLUBWYNDHAM Access product. Completion of the transaction issubject to customary closing conditions.‘This is another significant step in executing our fee-for-service timeshare sales model while bringing atruly premier destination into our world-class portfolio of resorts,’ said Franz Hanning, president and chiefexecutive officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership. ‘Smugglers’ Notch has a proud history of providingfamily-friendly vacations, which aligns with our business model of providing memorable vacationexperiences for families. The affiliation with Smugglers’ Notch facilitates our expansion in New Englandand is also a win-win for two great brands.’The property is also expected to operate as a WVO affiliated resort within CLUB WYNDHAM Plus®, thecompany’s points-based internal exchange program that allows owners to vacation at more than 70resorts and enjoy other vacation options and access to special travel opportunities such as cruises andguided tours. It is anticipated that Wyndham’s timeshare owners can begin vacationing at Smugglers’Notch Vermont® Resort in the second quarter of 2011. Residential home purchases and rentals at theResort, as well as property management services, will continue to be managed by Smugglers’ NotchManagement Company, Ltd.‘Wyndham’s selection of Smugglers’ Notch as one of their affiliated properties underscores the benefitsassociated with ownership at Smugglers’, known for our dedication to great customer service andinnovative children’s and family programs,’ said Bill Stritzler, Smugglers’ Notch owner and managingdirector. ‘We believe the relationship between Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Smugglers’ NotchResort will enhance the overall opportunities for both brands.’Consistently mentioned by major newspapers and ski magazines as a top-rated destination for skiing andfamily programs, the Resort is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont and features mountainsidecondominiums ranging from studios to five-bedroom homes, clustered around a Village core. Guests canenjoy a wide variety of year-round recreational programs and facilities including over 1,000 acres of skiingand snowboarding terrain in the winter and eight heated pools and four waterslides in the summer.With this latest project, WVO will continue to capitalize upon the momentum that began in March 2010 when it announced an exclusive sales and marketing fee-for-service agreement for 137 condominium style units at the newly re-branded Wyndham Vacation Resorts Towers on the Grove at North Myrtle Beach, SC. In August, the company announced an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Reunion Resort for the sale of vacation ownership interests in up to 256 condominium-style units at the rebranded Wyndham Vacation Resorts Reunion at Orlando.ABOUT SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH VERMONT RESORTSmugglers’ Notch Resort is a year-round family vacation destination featuring outdoor and indooractivities. During summertime, the Resort offers eight pools and four waterslides, children’s all-dayprograms, guided hiking, and numerous activities for all ages. Winter fun features skiing andsnowboarding for all abilities on 78 trails and 1,000 acres of terrain on three mountains. New this seasonis a zipline canopy tour provided in partnership with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures. The Resort’sextensive family programs have been recognized by SKI Magazine, the Family Travel Forum, FamilyFunMagazine, and Conde Nast Traveler magazine, among others. The Resort is the only vacation property inVermont to be designated an Environmental Leader. Smugglers’ is located in the Green Mountains about45-minutes northeast of Burlington, Vermont. For more information, visit www.smuggs.com(link is external).ABOUT WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIPWyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family ofcompanies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacationownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests.Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and providesconsumer financing to owners through its three primary consumer brands, Wyndham Vacation Resorts,WorldMark by Wyndham, and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. As of January 1, 2010,Wyndham Vacation Ownership had developed or acquired over 155 vacation ownership resortsthroughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that representapproximately 20,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 820,000 owners of vacationownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supportedby approximately 12,500 employees globally.Source: ORLANDO, Fla. (January 6, 2011) ‘ Wyndham Vacation Ownershiplast_img read more

A Chorus Line Still Kicking After 40 Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For an artist, the craft can come easily. It’s getting the gig that’s the hard part.In 1975, “A Chorus Line” showed audiences just how excruciating the audition process could be. Forty years later, the stakes and sacrifices continue to be just as palpable at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, where the show opened late last month and runs through early May.The musical takes us into the world of a Broadway dance audition. The show begins with a large group of dancers rehearsing their new steps—the original Michael Bennett choreography recreated here by choreographer Dena DiGiacinto.But once the director, Zach (James Ludwig), narrows the chorus down to 17 dancers, the show turns into a psychological character study and a pseudo-therapy session.On the literally glowing white line on the stage, the actors physically become their respective characters through signature poses and costumes perfectly styled to match the original 1975 Broadway production. Despite mirroring the original, these actors were able to make the roles their own.Kelly Sheehan reveals a visceral vulnerability as the cynical Sheila, a dancer who makes it clear she is more woman than girl. In her “At the Ballet,” she is forced to come to terms with an upbringing of infidelity and domestic abuse. Sheehan allows us to feel for her anti-hero, but not so much that we lose Sheila’s scathing sense of humor.That humor still feels as fresh as it was in ’75. Andrew Metzgar slays in his few, but memorable lines as Bobby, a sly character who recalls growing up gay in hellishly conservative Buffalo in the mid-20th century. He lightly reveals that he dreamed up many “spectacular” ways to kill himself, but then he realized that “to kill yourself in Buffalo is redundant.”Rachel Marie Bell and DJ Petrosino also serve as comic relief as married couple Kristinie and Al, who constantly finish each other’s sentences. Kristine reveals that while she may be a skilled dancer, she can’t sing a note on key—resulting in Al’s having to be her melodic partner.As the stories wind down, Zach confronts the shy, but skilled Paul (Omar Garibay). Garibay performs the show’s celebrated monologue with a perfect balance of apprehension and desperation to let his secret out. He recalls his parents finding out he was working in a drag show after they showed up to wish him goodbye. In a tearful release, Paul is alone on stage at his most vulnerable state until Zach comforts him.Until the end, we know very little about the flawless blonde dancer in the red leotard known as Cassie (Jessica Lee Goldyn). But it is revealed that she had tried to make it in Hollywood as an actor. Then, after a series of rejections, she realized she was meant to be a dancer. Zach had been in a relationship with Cassie that ended in anger and packed bags. Here, he tells her that she is “too good for the chorus,” and she can’t blend in. In an act of desperation, Cassie performs the penultimate number, “Music in the Mirror.”Goldyn, who played Val and understudied Cassie in the 2006 revival on Broadway, shows a radical maturity in embodying the despondent Cassie. Her dancing is stronger than ever as she seamlessly slips through the shadows of the stage, confronting herself in the mirrors.Each character in “A Chorus Line” knows they all have something to lose or gain. When Paul twists his ankle while rehearsing a tap number, the dancers come to the realization that their careers could end at any point.Still, they wouldn’t choose any other path because this is what they love, what motivates them to get up in the morning, and what keeps them alive.John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69. Times vary. Through May 10.last_img read more

A Critical Factor in Finding Technology for Your Business

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In addition to my role as president of LISTnet, I run a software and technology consulting company. As a consultant, part of what I do is help people find the right software to run and grow their businesses. There are a lot of things to consider.What technology is the software built on? How scalable is it? Is there good documentation and training? How does this fit into the rest of the technology the company is running? Will it be running in the cloud or on site? How will it be managed and updated?Those and other requirements are crucial to evaluate. There is, however, another very important consideration. It’s easy to fall in love with the technology and be wowed by the latest and greatest features. But the most critical factor is the people that will be doing the work.It’s important when looking for technology solutions to get to know the actual people behind it. Are they reliable and trustworthy? Will they be there for you if things go wrong? Who are the people running the company and what’s their background? Will you be able to reach an executive or developer if necessary?One of the biggest benefits of LISTnet is getting to know people that can help grow your business. When you need something, you have a network of people to reach out to. Also, these people all have a bunch of connections themselves and can connect you to reliable vendors they work with.Of course, not everyone is part of LISTnet, yet, so you should get to know vendors in other ways. The best way, if possible, is to meet in person. Have lunch with them. Don’t just talk about the business stuff, but get to know them. If in person is not possible, spend some time talking by phone or Skype.Ask to talk to other people in the company. Talk to the people that wrote the software and the people that will be supporting it. Talk to a few of their customers. Talk until you have a good sense of the people and factor that into your buying decision. Also, a good relationship flows in both directions, make sure you follow up on any promises you make.The right tech helps a business serve their customers better and grow. But it’s people that create and manage the technology. Those people will be the ones that make the difference between a solution that works and one that creates problems instead of solving them. Take some time to get know the people you will be depending on.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img—Javier Báez homered twice, doubled and scored on a deft dive to the plate, Alec Mills went six solid innings, and the Chicago Cubs extended their strong opening surge, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5. Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. —Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. —Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run single during a five-run third inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth consecutive game, 5-2 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Yonny Chirinos became the second consecutive Rays starter to go four strong innings after missing part of summer camp following a positive covid-19 test, allowing one run and four hits. MLB-MARLINS-VIRUSMLB suspends Marlins’ season through weekend amid outbreak COLLEGE FOOTBALL-EARLY STARTTeams allowed to begin season earlyUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29. Associated Press July 29, 2020 — Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Peko is a fifth-year pro who was in his second stint with the Broncos. A year ago, Peko left the Buffalo Bills’ training camp to be with his wife as she battled cancer. The couple later said she was cancer free. — The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. — Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season. The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.—The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony McFarland.—The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting receiver Deebo Samuel on the non-football injury list after foot surgery and they say he might miss the start of the season. Samuel suffered a fracture in his left foot last month during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and the timeline for his return remains unknown. Update on the latest sports MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has come up with a patchwork schedule for the remainder of the week due to a virus outbreak that has sickened half of the Miami Marlins team. MLB suspended the Marlins’ season through Sunday. The Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the pandemic until Friday.The league said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives involving on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins. But that’s not reassuring to players. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he’s found it difficult to focus on baseball at all during the last couple of days. Braun said MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.In other MLB news:— Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles’ expense. The fracas occurred after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw high-and-tight pitches to Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the sixth inning. The Dodgers led 5-2 after a five-run fifth when Kelly, who was with Boston in 2017 and also faced Houston that postseason, threw behind Bregman for ball four. — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has returned to the team after being isolated for 24 hours with COVID-19 symptoms. He passed MLB’s virus protocol and arrived at Progressive Field about an hour before the White Sox played their first road game this season and a doubleheader against the Indians. Renteria woke up Monday with a “slight cough and nasal congestion” and went to a Cleveland hospital for tests as a precautionary measure. BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. The source says Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.In other NFL developments:— New Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce has opted out of the 2020 season because of concern about the coronavirus. Pierce has asthma. He flew to Minnesota to meet with the team on Tuesday before making his final decision. Pierce signed a three-year contract that included $18 million in guaranteed money. He will receive a $350,000 stipend for the season because he’s considered a non-voluntary absence. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-BLUE JAYS-NATIONALS2 more HRs, 3 unearned runs help Blue Jays drop Nats to 1-4WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season. Washington’s miscues Tuesday included two outfielders colliding on Guerrero’s homer, two errors by Starlin Castro that led to three unearned runs, and just one hit after the third inning. Austin Voth took the loss. In other action:— Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs in his Target Field debut with Minnesota, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their home opener. Homer Bailey pitched five innings for the victory in his first start for the Twins. Polanco’s drive capped a five-run second for the Twins, who began their 60th season in Minnesota.—Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Oscar Mercado had a two-run single and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night. Cleveland won the opener 4-3 behind a career-high nine strikeouts by Aaron Civale and home runs from Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer. —Adam Frazier hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. A day after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth in what became an 11-inning loss, Pittsburgh delivered a bit of payback thanks to a shaky performance by the Milwaukee bullpen. Cole Tucker went 2 for 4 for the Pirates.—J.D. Davis banged a two-run homer off the Pesky Pole, and left-hander David Peterson pitched 5 2/3 innings to win his major league debut and lead the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Mets swept the two-game series and sent the Red Sox to their fourth consecutive loss. The teams now move to New York for another two games at Citi Field. — The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in 2017. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal. — The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. NFL-PATRIOTS-HIGHTOWERPatriots’ Hightower opts out — Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that two people familiar with the deal say is worth $135 million over five years. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. ESPN was the first to report on the deal. The Chargers confirmed Bosa has agreed to the extension but did not disclose financial terms. NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSONZion Williamson practicing, could play in Pelicans’ openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to New Orleans Pelicans practice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday night and coach Alvin Gentry said the NBA’s top overall draft pick might play when the club resumes its season against Utah on Thursday night.Gentry said Williamson will play if he’s ready. Gentry said Williamson, who left the team on July 16 to attend to a family medical matter, was held out of five-on-five drills and limited largely to three- and five-man sets with no defenders. The Pelicans have another practice scheduled on Wednesday. After Williamson missed New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from right knee surgery, the former Duke star averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his first 19 NBA contests before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season in March. LOUISVILLE-NCAA RESPONSELouisville receives extension to respond to NCAA allegationsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has requested and received a 45-day extension to respond to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that accused the men’s basketball program of committing a Level I violation for an improper recruiting offer and several Level II violations. The notice included an accusation former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. The school received its notice on May 4 and had faced a deadline early next week to respond within 90 days. That deadline has moved to mid-September. University spokesman John Karman said Tuesday night the school has not determined whether to proceed through the traditional Committee on Infractions or Independent Accountability Review Process. The NCAA notice completed a two-year investigation following a federal corruption probe into college basketball. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II, which led to the ousters of Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in October 2017.last_img read more

Fan reactions to Syracuse’s 85-70 loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ [View the story “Fan reactions to Syracuse’s 85-70 loss to Boston College” on Storify] Comments Published on February 28, 2018 at 11:04 pmlast_img