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CoStar closes in on CoreLogic

first_imgEmail Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlinkcenter_img CoreLogic, which is based in Irvine, Calif., has been in the crosshairs of potential acquirers for months. In June, activist investors Cannae Holdings Inc. and Senator Investment Group offered to buy the company for $66 per share. But they backed out of the deal when CoreLogic said it got an offer as high as $80 per share. In November, CoreLogic launched a strategic review of its options after Cannae and Senator won three seats on its board.Its stock closed at $76.79 per share on Thursday, giving it a $5.9 billion market cap.CoStar’s interest in CoreLogic has been known for several months. In October, it reportedly offered $77 to $83 per share, according to Bloomberg. But talks stalled after CoStar refused terms of CoreLogic’s non-disclosure agreement.[Bloomberg] — E.B. Solomont Contact E.B. Solomont TagsCostar GroupProptech CoStar’s Andy Florance and CoreLogic’s Frank D. Martell (Photos via VCU; Getty; iStock)CoStar Group may be nearing its next acquisition.The data giant and a private group, led by Warburg Pincus, have emerged as the final two bidders for CoreLogic, a data provider for the real estate and mortgage industries, reported Bloomberg News.The bids are not known, but CoreLogic is said to be evaluating offers and will make a decision in the coming weeks. Ultimately, CoreLogic may opt to remain independent.For CoStar — which has spent billions of dollars acquiring companies over the past few years — the deal would be its biggest takeover yet, Bloomberg said. The company had $3.8 billion in cash as of Sept. 30, 2020, regulatory filings show.In November, it paid $250 million to buy Homesnap, a listing portal. A month later, CoStar’s deal to buy RentPath for $585 million was called off after federal antitrust regulators sued to block the deal.Read moreCoStar fights $60M break-up fee CoStar adds to war chest CoStar’s Andy Florance on Ten-X and brokerage discounts last_img read more

Significant increase in new housing consents

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Significant increase in new housing consents previous nextHousing MarketSignificant increase in new housing consentsHouse builders want to see the Chancellor announce measures to help boost the supply of much needed new homes in this week’s Budget statement.PROPERTYdrum20th March 20150586 Views There has been a sharp rise in the number of housing permissions by local authorities in the last year, according to new data published by the Home Builders’ Federation (HBF) and Glenigan.The latest HBF/Glenigan Housing Pipeline report reveals that permissions in principle for over 195,000 new homes in England were granted in 2014, up 12 per cent on the previous year and 39 per cent on 2012. The volume of permissions for private homes was up 23 per cent.Over the past 18 months, house building activity has increased significantly, with figures released last month showing the number of new homes started in 2014 was up 36 per cent on 2012. As demand for new homes continues to increase, due to improved consumer confidence and the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, existing housing sites are getting built out quicker, and so builders are looking to get on to more new sites more quickly than before, the report said.“Over the past 18 months, demand for new homes, largely driven by the Help to Buy equity loan scheme has increased markedly,” said Stewart Baseley (left), Executive Chairman of the HBF. “Housebuilders have responded by significantly increasing house building activity.”However, whilst the increases are positive, they can only be translated into much needed needed new homes if local authorities ensure their planning departments have the capacity to process these permissions to the stage that they can actually be built, according Baseley.He points out that too many housing are “stuck” in the planning system, with an estimated 150,000 plots at “outline permission” stage awaiting full sign off by local authorities.Baseley continued: “We are still only building around half the number of new homes the country needs. Getting the required number of permissions, in a timely manner, is absolutely key to the industry’s ability to deliver. In addition more needs to be done to speed up the plots that are awaiting final approval to allow construction to commence.“These figures are a barometer on potential future build rates. But to turn them into actual construction sites requires Local Authorities to process them in a timely fashion to the stage when builders can build.”Though new Government initiatives to introduce “deemed discharge” of conditions will greatly assist in making sure the planning system will not be a constraint on increased housing provision, Baseley insists that the overall resourcing of planning departments remains a concern.The Chairman of the HBF want to see central and local Government prioritise proper resourcing of planning departments to give authorities a greater chance of being able to efficiently process more applications, as recommended by the HBF in its representations to the Chancellor in advance of this week’s Budget.In its submission to the Treasury, the HBF has asks the Chancellor to focus on driving further improvements to the end-to-end planning process, ensuring that planning authorities are equipped to deal with increased demand, and securing a long-term supply of land that can be built out more quickly and is accessible for local and regional house builders.With the country in the grip of a housing shortage, new findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey show that public support for new house building is increasing, with the number of people saying that they are supportive of new homes being built in their area having risen from 29 per cent to 56 per cent over the past year.Commenting on the findings, Brian Berry (right), Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “These shifts in public opinion suggest that recognition of the need for more new homes has risen significantly and continues to rise. This should be an encouragement to all concerned. The house building industry, Government and local communities need to capitalise on this shift in public opinion and work together to deliver the homes people clearly want to see.”Berry continued: “Smaller local house builders in particular are ideally placed to engage with communities, to produce quality designs in keeping with the local area and to make use of smaller brownfield sites which people want to see built. In return, local planning authorities need to continue to enable them to build by minimising bureaucracy and delays, and making more of smaller sites for the delivery of housing. Local and national government between them also need to make sure that planning offices are sufficiently resourced so that the planning system can do its job speedily and efficiently to deliver more homes.”housing ermissions new housing consents budget Chancellor March 20, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Tide turns against Airbnb as Scotland and Bristol move to regulate

first_imgThe tide is turning against Airbnb and other short-term lets platforms after both Scotland and the city of Bristol yesterday announced measures to regulate its use.Councils in Scotland are to be given powers to introduce HMO-style licencing schemes for short-term lets in Airbnb hotspots after months of sustained campaigning by housing activists.The debate has been most vocal in Edinburgh, where the transition of traditional renting stock to short-lets has been most acute.Research published by the Scottish government last year found a three-fold increase in properties available let for short-term use since 2016, rising to 32,000 in May 2019.Short lets licensingLouise Dickins, who has run a short-term lettings company in Edinburgh for 21 years, told the BBC that although Airbnb has created huge supply and demand for short-lets in the city and stimulated the economy, she welcomes the proposed licencing.“It will mean the council will know where all the [Airbnb] homes are and impose safety standards and deal more effectively when neighbours complain about noise,” she said.David Cox (left), Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, has also welcomed the announcement: “In some urban areas, the supply of local housing is under intense pressure and as the private rental sector becomes increasingly regulated, landlords are moving further towards the less regulated short-term letting space.“This can also result in lower quality accommodation for tenants and overall creates a vastly uneven playing field.”Bristol city councillors also announced cross-party support yesterday for plans to control Airbnb listings in order to ensure a better-regulated market and introduce a more level playing field, although how this will achieved is yet to be agreed.“There are 2,000 registered properties for Airbnb [in Bristol] and this is rising year on year,” says councillor Nicola Beech.Read more about Airbnb. short lets airbnb Bristol short lets legalities Edinburgh January 9, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew McCausland, Hamilton Square Estates Ltd Hamilton Square Estates Ltd 9th January 2020 at 12:39 pmRegulation seems long overdue in my opinion. There are countless examples of properties being advertised in my area that state they can sleep 8 or 9 people. When you drill down many are 3 bed flats or houses with bunk beds or several small doubles squeezed into every room.There is 1 “guru” selling place on his training courses telling gullible investors how to make money from rent to rent schemes doing just this. He put one video on line recently boasting of the deal he had just done with a punter. The small 2 bed flat was in a block of 20 units, therefore very unlikely that the freeholder would give permission for R2R under the lease, with no fire safety measures that would be required for an HMO.The proud new “owner” was explaining how he had a 5 year lease at £600pcm and was going to put 8 people in a night to party in Liverpool centre making himself a wedge at the expense of the real owner whose flat was being trashed and the other building occupiers who had to put up with the noise and the constant change overs.With all the increased legislation being brought into the BTL sector this is one area that seems to have been overlooked. Roll on registration and compliance checks to make this safe for AirBnB occupants and a decent environment for local residents.Log in to ReplyCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 9th January 2020 at 9:44 am“There are 2,000 registered properties for Airbnb [in Bristol] and this is rising year on year,” says councillor Nicola Beech. Out of interest, does anyone know how many empty residential properties (which aren’t on AirBnB) there are in Scotland and Bristol?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Tide turns against Airbnb as Scotland and Bristol move to regulate previous nextRegulation & LawTide turns against Airbnb as Scotland and Bristol move to regulateThe huge increase in Airbnb properties being made available by landlords on short-lets platforms has prompted politicians to take action.Nigel Lewis9th January 20202 Comments3,287 Viewslast_img read more

“You’ve heard of the ice cream wars, but have you heard of board wars?”

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » “You’ve heard of the ice cream wars, but have you heard of board wars?” previous nextAgencies & People“You’ve heard of the ice cream wars, but have you heard of board wars?”Astonished estate agency founder in Scotland says many of her directional boards have been sprayed with paint or been stolen.Nigel Lewis9th October 202001,065 Views An estate agency in Scotland has accused rivals of a dirty tricks campaign after many of the company’s for sale boards were either vandalised or stolen in recent weeks.Peachtree Properties in Renfrew says the damage to its boards has taken place primarily in the Erskine area, an area north-west of Renfrew alongside the Clyde river.Damage to the boards includes a white paint being sprayed to obscure the company’s name or telephone number.Peachtree founder Stacy MacCrimmon, 37, (pictured, above) says she believes the damage has been perpetrated by local rivals jealous of her company’s success.The 37-year-old says she has been very busy since Scotland’s housing market restarted following the Covid lockdown, and that “this hasn’t gone unnoticed by our competitors”.Intense competitionMacCrimmon says that, although she’s worked in property for over 15 years including many years working for Countrywide brand Slater, Hogg and Howison, she’s never come across this kind of intense competition.“I’m not one to lift my head from the workload and give ourselves a pat on the back, but we are smashing it out the park at the moment and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by our competitors who have taken to vandalising our directional for sale board or removing them in the Erskine area,” she says.MacCrimmon claims the vandals are preying on the for sale boards at the heads of streets or main roads, but have been reluctant to go into gardens in case they are caught.“Over the years there have been the usual damaged boards, particularly in the summer holidays when the kids are off school,” she told local media.“But more recently we have experienced our boards going missing.”Peachtree was set up four years ago and in July the company moved into Hairst Street in Renfrew town centre.Read more about board wars.Peachtree Properties Stacey MacCrimmon for sale boards October 9, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Faculty Position in Optimization/Operations Research

first_imgThe Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) at JohnsHopkins University invites applications for a tenure-track facultyposition in Optimization/Operations Research. Preference will begiven to candidates whose research include data science and machinelearning, and those with expertise in data-driven approaches.Outstanding candidates at the Assistant and Associate Professorlevels will be considered. Appointment at the rank of Professor maybe considered for exceptional candidates. Candidates must hold aPh.D. in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research or relatedfields, and will be expected to establish a strong, independent,multidisciplinary, and internationally recognized research program.Commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduatelevels is required.There are tremendous opportunities for interactions across theuniversity including all of the departments in the School ofEngineering (including Computer Science), the Department of (Pure)Mathematics in the School of Arts & Sciences, the Johns HopkinsSchool of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and theMathematical Institute for Data Science, as well as the JohnsHopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.All applicants should submit their application online at . Electronic applicationsshould include a cover letter describing the principal expertise ofthe applicant, a statement of teaching interests, a statement ofresearch interests, a complete resume, and a publication list.Applications at the Assistant Professor level should also includeat least three reference letters. Applications at the Associate orFull Professor levels should not include reference letters or namesat this stage. Applications will be reviewed starting December 10,2020 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Thetargeted start date for this appointment is July 1, 2021, but someflexibility is available to meet the successful candidate’sneeds.The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer that actively encourages interest from minoritiesand women and is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fosteringa diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply. TheJohns Hopkins University is an EEO/AA Employer.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information read more

Tower Of Power Shows They’re Still “What Is Hip” In Soulful NPR Tiny Desk Concert [Watch]

first_imgIn the newest installation of NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert series, brass-driven soul-funk stalwarts Tower of Power cram their ten current members behind the series’ titular desk for a rousing performance. Centered around the band’s famous five-piece horn section, lead vocalist Marcus Scott howls his way the band through a trio of their classic hits from atop an even tinier desk, introducing the instrumentalists as they take their respective turns soloing.The Tower of Power Tiny Desk set begins with “On The Soul Side of Town” and “So Very Hard to Go” and closing with the “eternal question,” “What Is Hip?” While countless trends, styles, and fads have gone from hip to passe over the course of their 50-year run, Tower of Power remains a vital, powerful, wholly hip live band.You can watch Tower of Power’s NPR Tiny Desk concert below via NPR:Tower of Power – NPR Tiny Desk Concert[Video: NPR Music]Tower of Power has an extensive run of late-2018 tour dates ahead of them, culminating with a 4-night, 6-show residency at the Blue Note Honolulu in Honolulu, HI. For a full list of Tower of Power’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.[via NPR Tiny Desk]last_img read more

Archbishop discusses faith

first_imgArchbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and titular archbishop of Vicohabentia, discussed the role of the Church in contemporary culture during the 2014 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture on Wednesday. Fisichella, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Notre Dame in 2006, addressed the Church’s relationship to politics during the lecture in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. He said Catholicism is not an opponent of democracy. Annette Sayre | The Observer “On doctrinal matters, Catholicism places human intellects on the same level,” Fisichella said. “It applies the same standard to each person. It likes to blend all social classes at the foot of the same altar, just as they are blended in the sight of God.”Believers should avoid a sense of indifference to questions of culture, politics and society, Fisichella said. “[They] are not something extraneous to us, but something to which we are called to give an answer,” he said. “In every part of the world, Christians are called to bring with their witness a world of love, which would allow us to go beyond the difficulties and the contradictions of the moment, in order to restore confidence in every person.” Fisichella said the Church today faces many of the same challenges that it has in the past. “We are in front of a great challenge between Christianity and the new paganism,” he said. “As in the past, and, unfortunately, also today, those in power try to discredit the adversary through all possible means.“From calumny to scandals, from the trivialization of its contents, to the isolation and discrediting of those who believe, from the marginalization to the derision of what is most precious for the faith. All of these, of course, [occur] under the absent gaze of those who invoke ‘tolerance,’ which, strangely enough, is a one-way street.” Fisichella said Catholics have a great and immediate responsibility to society. “This is a task which cannot be procrastinated or left only to academic classrooms,” he said. “Of course, the university continues to be the privileged place where thought is formed and where critical reason provokes us to reflect and discover coherent solutions.“And yet, if we do not find the necessary mediations so that thought becomes a living culture among all peoples, then even the most profound and insightful thought will be ineffective. The thought of being challenged by such an important task should gladden the soul of believers.” The life of the Church will always remain bound by the obedience of the word of God, Fisichella said. “This constitutes the cause and the primary condition of our existence,” he said. “Without such a constitutive principle, the Church will be simply one of many institutions incapable of being distinct from any other type of social, economic or political group. The Second Vatican Council has many times confirmed this specificity of the Church.”Fisichella said the strength of the Church does not come from its number of believers. “We are not like those who make the vitality of the faith depend on statistics,” he said. “We realize, in fact, that our principal task is to bring the Gospel to all. We will never be content until it has reached even the last person on this world.” Tags: Catholicism, Politicslast_img read more

Strengthening Families

first_imgThe Strong African-American Families project, launched in South Georgia in 2008 by the University of Georgia’s Center for Family Research and UGA Extension, has strengthened families and helped promote positive health outcomes, according to CFR Director Gene Brody. “Positive parenting not only has a protective effect on risky behaviors, but it also appears to be promoting health among a population that is at risk for diabetes, cancer and stroke,” Brody said Monday at the SAAF program impact meeting in Tifton. The SAAF project, a joint partnership between the CFR and UGA Extension, was launched five years ago in eight rural Georgia counties with a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Nearly 500 families from Coffee, Colquitt, Crisp, Mitchell, Sumter, Turner, Tift and Ware counties were recruited to participate in the project, a seven-week, family-centered workshop that has proven to enhance family relationships and help prevent substance abuse among African-American adolescents. On Monday, three mothers who participated in the program with their children told project organizers that the project had strengthened their families. “Everything I learned (in the SAAF project) is going to take us further into our future,” said Sabrina Morris, a Tifton resident and single mother who participated in the program with her son. Project participant Kimberly McKennon credited the program with improving her relationship with her young daughter. “We communicate better,” McKennon said. “Before, we couldn’t talk. Now, we talk about everything.” More than 300 youth, ages 11-13, and their guardians participated in the program. The SAAF project team, which included CFR staffers and Steve Kogan, Ted Futris and Don Bower — all researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences — partnered with FACS and 4-H Extension faculty to refine their strategies for engaging African-American families. Together, they trained community professionals,— SAAF Extension Educators — and reached out to schools, faith-based organizations and other community stakeholders to reach African-American families. “The program started by engaging schools and faith-based groups,” Futris said. “All this was done so we could develop trust. Ultimately it’s that trust that builds support for a program to be sustainable.” Greg White, a Tifton native and research assistant with the CFR, was one of the SAAF Extension educators. p He taught courses with parents and their children on topics such as “Handling Peer Pressure,” “Dealing with Temptations for Early Sex,” “Goals for the Future” and “Dealing with Unfair Situations.” “You ought to see how they interact,” White said. “They’re hugging; they’re laughing; they’re loving. That’s all the feedback I need.” Monday’s session ended with a discussion of the program’s future. Futris and Kogan will present findings from the five-year project at the Society for Prevention Research annual conference in Washington, D.C., next month. “We’re exploring ways to continue to sustain the program in these communities as well as exploring ways to offer programs similar to SAAF to a broader audience that are tailored to the unique needs of other families in these communities,” Futris said. To see a photo gallery of Monday’s event, click here.last_img read more

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 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. $69. Times vary. Through May 10.last_img read more