Full Service Accommodations – Hotels Benin http://hotels-benin.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 18:28:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hotels-benin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-150x150.png Full Service Accommodations – Hotels Benin http://hotels-benin.com/ 32 32 At-home COVID-19 testing available for NC Medicaid recipients https://hotels-benin.com/at-home-covid-19-testing-available-for-nc-medicaid-recipients/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:06:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/at-home-covid-19-testing-available-for-nc-medicaid-recipients/ January 20, 2022 Carrie Oxendine had something to say to members of the Robeson County School Board: Enforce the school district’s mask mandate or give families like hers the opportunity to learn online. Oxendine, whose daughter attends Purnell Swett High School near Pembroke, submitted her comments to the council via an online form earlier this […]]]>

Carrie Oxendine had something to say to members of the Robeson County School Board: Enforce the school district’s mask mandate or give families like hers the opportunity to learn online.

Oxendine, whose daughter attends Purnell Swett High School near Pembroke, submitted her comments to the council via an online form earlier this month. It’s the only option available since the school board barred the public from attending its meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t even know if they’ve read it,” Oxendine said of his two-sentence message to the council.

The school board’s decision to keep the public out has left families frustrated.

And, at least in some cases, he probably violated state law.

While North Carolina is in a state of COVID-19 emergency, local boards of directors can hold their meetings remotely, said Beth Soja, a Charlotte media and First Amendment attorney.

But at least one council member must attend virtually if the public is not allowed to attend in person, she said. If the full board meets in person, the public should be allowed to attend in person.

A review by the Border Belt Independent shows the entire Robeson County school board has met in person at least seven times since the state law change went into effect last May. Each time, the public was forbidden to attend.

“If they all meet in person and they don’t allow the public in, they’re breaking the law,” Soja said.

Gordon Burnette, a spokesperson for the school district, said he wanted to discuss the matter with the school board’s attorney before commenting. He did not respond at the time this story was published.

Burnette said the low vaccination rate and high COVID positivity rate in Robeson County are factors keeping the public away.

Forty-five percent of Robeson’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, well below the statewide rate. At the start of this week, the county had a 14-day test positivity rate of 31%, roughly on par with the statewide rate, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. North Carolina.

Oxendine said the reasoning didn’t make much sense to her.

“You want your meetings to be virtual and not let (anyone) come to meetings, but you send our kids to school around everyone,” she said. “I can’t understand that.”

Burnette also said the board meeting room is undergoing an upgrade that should be complete by mid-February.

At the Jan. 11 school board meeting, school officials said technical constraints were concerning and that logistical maneuvering would be needed to figure out how to allow members of the public to participate virtually.

Virtual School Concerns

The full board met in person most recently in November, as a review of the meeting minutes shows. At this meeting, one member was absent. Soja said the absence of a member should not change the rules regarding audience attendance.

The full board, with no absentees, has met at least four times since May, according to the minutes.

At this month’s meeting, a board member attended virtually.

Many school boards, including Robeson County Board, moved to virtual meetings in 2020 as people stayed home during statewide COVID shutdowns.

Nearly two years into the pandemic, some school boards have resumed in-person meetings while continuing to stream their meetings online. Some have used technology such as Zoom to allow people to speak to board members remotely.

In Robeson County, which serves more than 20,000 students, school board meetings are streamed live on YouTube. There is no traditional public comment period and the board does not discuss public comments submitted via online forms.

Education advocates say it’s important the public can turn to local school boards, which are responsible for a wide range of tasks, from hiring superintendents to setting mask policies. face.

Three of the four public comments submitted for this month’s meeting concerned COVID safety. The other was for what was described as mold in a building. The comments, which are public knowledge, are published online.

Oxendine, the mother, said she had never attended a school board meeting. But she said she would have considered delivering her message directly this month.

With the rise in COVID cases, she wants the district to return to remote learning for a few weeks. She said she became concerned when her daughter told her that many students were not wearing masks properly.

“It feels like they don’t want to hear what people have to say,” she said of the board.

The Robeson County School Board met in person on Nov. 9, 2021. None of the board members attended virtually, but the public was prohibited from attending in person — a likely violation of school law. ‘State.

During the meeting, officials said they have no plans for any of the district’s 36 schools to return to virtual learning.

“Virtual shouldn’t even be discussed,” board member Dwayne Smith said. “The virtual has to be out there at the Lumber River, because (students) don’t learn from the virtual.”

It would be difficult for the entire district to switch to virtual learning, due to a change in state law. Now schools can only move away if they don’t have enough staff to serve students or if a lot of students are in quarantine.

“We are bound by policies and procedures, which we can and cannot do,” said Freddie Williamson, superintendent of schools for Robeson County.

“I will listen to anyone”

At their meeting last week, school board members said they want to rethink how they handle public feedback.

It was suggested that a board member or someone else in the board room read aloud the comments already submitted. But the idea was scrapped, and this setup would also likely be in violation of the law since the public would still be banned from attending.

“When you read everything that’s written, sometimes it’s not very pleasant,” said school board member Craig Lowry. “You can’t choose what you want to read.”

Some school boards in North Carolina and across the country have seen major setbacks during the pandemic. In Robeson County, the school board has already dealt with angry parents.

In 2017, about 150 people attended a forum to voice their concerns and opinions after the council suddenly fired the district superintendent, The Fayetteville Observer reported at the time. The board then quickly offered — and just as quickly rescinded — the position for an out-of-state educational adviser.

Current school board president Mike Smith, who also served on the board in 2017, said board members weren’t trying to alienate the public now.

“I have no problem with anyone coming, and I’ll listen to anyone say what they have to say,” Smith said during the meeting last week. “I have no problem with that, as long as they are courteous and professional. They start swearing and having a fit, then I have a problem.

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The North Carolina School Boards Association does not follow school board meeting methods for the state’s 115 districts, said Bruce Mildwurf, director of government relations. NCSBA is a membership organization that supports local school boards, including Robeson County Council, he said.

Burnette, the district spokesman, said he thinks Robeson County is unique in its approach to meetings.

“We’re probably one of the only ones not allowing the public in right now,” he said of school boards in the state.

Some advocates have said virtual school board meetings increase public participation. Some parents and guardians who cannot attend in-person meetings due to work, transportation, or other issues can more easily connect virtually.

As of Tuesday, this month’s Robeson School Board meeting had more than 1,500 views on YouTube.

Soja said the Robeson School Board is likely not alone in breaking the law by barring the public from attending in-person meetings when the full board is present. But she said rules are important.

“If you don’t have a virtual body member,” she said, “then it’s very easy to forget that you have a virtual audience.”

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‘We Were Terrified’: Texas Rabbi and Worshipers Detail Hostage Drama | Texas https://hotels-benin.com/we-were-terrified-texas-rabbi-and-worshipers-detail-hostage-drama-texas/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:54:39 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/we-were-terrified-texas-rabbi-and-worshipers-detail-hostage-drama-texas/ The rabbi and congregants at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, began offering accounts of their partially live-streamed 11 a.m. ordeal at the hands of British hostage taker Malik Faisal Akram. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said SCS he first greeted the stranger, who was staying at a homeless shelter in Dallas, and made him a […]]]>

The rabbi and congregants at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, began offering accounts of their partially live-streamed 11 a.m. ordeal at the hands of British hostage taker Malik Faisal Akram.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said SCS he first greeted the stranger, who was staying at a homeless shelter in Dallas, and made him a cup of tea. He said the man was not threatening or suspicious at first.

“Part of his story didn’t quite fit, so I was a little curious, but that’s not necessarily a rare thing,” the rabbi said. Cytron-Walker said he invited Akram to join the morning service.

As he turned his back to face the direction of Jerusalem, he heard the click of a pistol. During a period of silent prayer that followed, Rabbi told the New York Times, he approached Akram and told him he was welcome for full service.

Akram then revealed a gun and pointed it at the rabbi, sparking drama that he said was tense and terrifying. “It was a lot of conversation, trying to keep things calm, trying to help him see us as human beings and listening to him rant,” he said. “Everyone, for the most part, was able to stay calm.”

Akram took four people hostage, including the rabbi, with some of his comments broadcast live to distant worshipers.

“I am armed. I’m full of ammunition,” Akram told someone he called his nephew. “Guess what, I’m going to die. He was also heard to say, “I am not a criminal.

The FBI said in a statement that Akram “has spoken repeatedly about a convicted terrorist who is serving an 86-year prison sentence in the United States” – an apparent reference to Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving a sentence. 86 years after being found guilty. of attempted murder during an assault on American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Akram ultimately did not harm the hostages, the rabbi told CBS, but they were threatened throughout their ordeal. But the situation grew tense over time. Jeffrey R Cohen, another man held hostage, described the ordeal on Facebook. “First, we escaped. We weren’t freed or freed,” Cohen said.

Cohen described how they spoke to the shooter while in captivity. He later told The Times that the four hostages were kept together and had been able to establish enough of a good rapport with Akram that one of them was released.

Yet as the situation dragged on, Cohen said the shooter eventually told the other three to get on their knees. But as the shooter was about to sit down, the rabbi told them to run according to an escape plan they had drawn up.

“During the last hour of our hostage crisis, the shooter has become increasingly belligerent and threatening,” Cytron-Walker said in a statement Sunday. “There was a lot more screaming, a lot more threats,” he told The Times.

The rabbi said he devised a plan to take a break. They headed for an exit. When the pizza was delivered, he suggested another hostage go get it. Eventually, all were within 20 feet of the exit.

“We were terrified,” Cytron-Walker told CBS. “And when I saw an opportunity where he wasn’t in a good position, I made sure that the two gentlemen who were still with me, that they were ready to go.”

“The exit was not too far. I told them to leave. I threw a chair at the shooter and headed for the door,” he said. “And the three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired.”

After the hostages left the building, Akram briefly followed before returning inside the building. Law enforcement then moved to another part of the building before setting off an explosive device to enter. Akram died amid the gunfire.

Cytron-Walker credited security training with the hostages’ successful escape. “It’s a horrible thing that this kind of education is needed in our society today,” he told the newspaper. “But we don’t always manage to face the reality that we want. We have to face reality as it exists.

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Historical, hip and vibrant, Turkey is still a land of plenty https://hotels-benin.com/historical-hip-and-vibrant-turkey-is-still-a-land-of-plenty/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 20:03:45 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/historical-hip-and-vibrant-turkey-is-still-a-land-of-plenty/ As a world traveler, I had put a destination on hold until three things lined up: finances, timing, and motivation. But with rumors of a travel ban on the horizon, I accepted the reality that money burns, time melts and memories are the only impressions we can stamp on our minds. Before masked smiles and […]]]>

As a world traveler, I had put a destination on hold until three things lined up: finances, timing, and motivation. But with rumors of a travel ban on the horizon, I accepted the reality that money burns, time melts and memories are the only impressions we can stamp on our minds.

Before masked smiles and nudges became a form of international communication, my husband, Benjamin, and I got our hands on Turkey, going on what would be our last trip in 18 months. We wanted the sub rosa side of Turkey by dividing our trip into three parts: city, countryside, coast. It was our own geographic version of “Eat, Pray, Love” without the introspection.

From LAX, we flew nonstop with Turkish Airlines, offering free city tours and hotel rooms for layovers longer than five hours. For us, part of going ‘all-inclusive’ meant it would be a trip of firsts (and possibly last), including a business class flight. I had to try everything including Turkish delights, turn down service and Versace amenities. Fifteen hours later we landed at Istanbul Airport – the largest in the world at a cost of $12 billion.

We arrived at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, adorned with marble columns and chandeliers bigger than my truck. As the only Ottoman palace transformed into a hotel on the Bosphorus, it made us discover this narrow strait between Europe and Asia.

The best water views were from the hotel restaurant, Tugra. Black-tie waiters, candle-lit tables, and Fausto Zonaro paintings scared me and my wide-eyed husband financially.

Ottoman and Turkish dishes of lamb shank and duck tandir were served with olives bathed in oil, hummus, eggplant, feta and other meze. Benjamin leaned over and whispered, “Exhale. A dish costs less than $30.

Living big without regrets, we decided to go into full-Sultan mode. By day we were sightseeing and by night we would sink into tasselled pillows while devouring household desserts: dried fruit, flaky baklava, and cubes of chewy pomegranate, orange, and honey lokum.

Calories were burned during our four days in Istanbul with Sea Song Tours. From the meditative Süleymaniye Mosque to the Column of Constantine of the Byzantine Hippodrome, history is brought to life in this tangible textbook.

As Benjamin absorbed ideas about religion and architecture, I found myself charmed by some of the 250,000 stray dogs and cats that roamed the city. These healthy-looking fur babies were everywhere, passed out on the sidewalk with their bellies up in the sky. The local government provides food and medical care, so technically they are “home” at the gates of a 16th century mosque.

How could they not be? Between the mosaics and domes of Hagia Sophia, we too felt the comforting reverence of this architectural masterpiece. Built in 537 AD, this Orthodox cathedral-turned-Ottoman mosque honors both the Christian and Muslim religions in homage to one of the most important Byzantine structures created.

Religious freedom seemed almost celebrated in Istanbul, transforming my preconceptions of a turbulent nation into a nation of peace. On the Asian side of the Bosphorus, the craft district of Kuzguncuk – known for its colorful townhouses with gingerbread balconies – had mosques, synagogues and churches virtually sharing walls. English worship belted out Christian churches as the Islamic call to prayer rang out in 3,000 mosques afar.

In a city of 15 million people, this testimony to religious pluralism and multicultural identity has sparked a sense of coexistence and prosperity. The waterfront mansions framing the Bosphorus put Beverly Hills to shame, but despite the crowds, the locals were unassuming and inviting, especially in Bomonti.

This Brooklyn of Turkey has a community vibe where everyone knows their neighbor. At the House Hotel we met some locals who invited us for Turkish coffee at Halisunasyon and dinner at Batard. We stumbled across the Farmers Markets, Ara Guler Museum and Glories Chocolate to sample some lemon rose hip truffles.

Devoid of burkas, brawn and bluster, Istanbul was brilliantly alive, poised in an urban posture with the European game. I was addicted to Karakoy, a center of maritime commerce turned into a trendy district of art, fashion and food. The cobblestone lanes framed were funky cafes and hookah bars tucked under grand old apartments veined with ivy and graffiti, as if the hipster offspring of Marseilles and San Francisco.

The paradoxical Istanbul calmed us down in the Serefiye Cistern and woke us up in the Grand Bazaar. Among the merchants haggling over copper and carpets, there were courtyards offering respite from the chaos. Pungent aromas of leather, coffee, tobacco and spices were laid out by a vibrancy that dismantled false perceptions of a dark, monochromatic city.

Our second hotel certainly helped. In the Zorlu Center of the Besiktas district, Raffles Istanbul is the hub of some 3,000 shops, restaurants and galleries. This cosmopolitan establishment boasts an impressive art collection, Michelin-starred chefs and Istanbul’s largest spa.

From hand-blown chandeliers to custom murals in each room, design is in the detail with Byzantine silks, Turkish textiles and golden mosaics. After the pan-Asian fusion in Isokyo, we headed to the spa for a traditional hammam treatment.

If lying naked on a marble slab wasn’t alien enough, we then had our hair washed, our bodies scrubbed, and buckets of water poured over our thighs. With shifting sandpaper gloves, I turned to find Benjamin buried in a mountain of moss. “I think I’m missing a mole,” I whispered.

After the exfoliation, my skin felt like butter and my hair felt like silk. However, once was enough to launch us into the “countryside” part of our trip to Cappadocia.

The Anatolian steppes of central Turkey were carpeted with hoodoos, dovecotes carved into the cliffs, and Dr. Seuss-like rock formations sculpted by centuries of wind and rain. Beneath this lunar landscape are 36 underground cities, including Kaymakli, dating back to 3000 BC.

To maximize our experience, we relied on Ismail from Travel Atelier. From the rocky shrines of Göreme National Park to the tandir lamb of Aravan Evi, Ismail delivered on all fronts, including a last-minute hot air balloon ride at 4am.

Floating 1,500 feet above Rose Valley, we were one of 100 hot air balloons dotting the sky.

Perhaps the most impressive view of the balloon colony was from our hotel, Argos in Cappadocia. In the hilltop village of Uchisar, this ambitious transformation project transformed 51 caves into luxury rooms with reading nooks and plunge pools in suites.

From their Seki restaurant you have a breathtaking view of Pigeon Valley with its vineyards, apricot orchards and stone spiers rising from the ground. It is in this historic cradle of silence where the monks withdrew into solitude, and today travelers enter a monastery of silence, stirred only by the songs of nightingales and pigeon wings.

Our trip could have ended there, but heading east we went to Alacatı on Turkey’s Cesme Peninsula. This seaside playground near Izmir is famous for its beaches, vineyards, and stone houses, but it was the Alavya boutique hotel that won us over.

Six historic homes face an open courtyard of white mulberry and olive trees, where a lap pool, garden restaurant, and yoga pavilion find shade under awnings. Sleek rooms have wood-beamed ceilings, linen bathrobes, patchwork rugs, and Carrera marble bathrooms. Our breakfast was almost a sin, with heaps of figs, plums, olives and cheese drenched in honey.

We would never have left our hotel if the city hadn’t been our winning temptress, luring us in with whitewashed storefronts draped in bougainvillea. Lazy dogs posed under Grecian blue shutters in Instagram-worthy moments, perfected only by kissing couples, yellow sundresses and shiny Vespas.

That evening, we dined at Asma Yaprağı (Vine Leaf), where chef Ayse Nur invites diners into her kitchen. Among the pyramids of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes were braised artichoke, stuffed zucchini flower and baked pumpkin with sun-dried tomatoes.

Despite our morning desire to laze on the beach, we couldn’t leave Alacatı without visiting the wine region. Home of vitis vinifera (vine), Turkey’s Aegean Coast accounts for 20% of the country’s wine production. After an hour’s drive, we arrived in Urla, where we traced seven vineyards pouring award-winning blends like Urla Vourla and Nero D’Avola.

Finally, we had our day in the sun in Bodrum on the southwest coast of Turkey. This gateway to beach towns and five-star resorts landed us at the Mandarin Oriental. Golf carts propelled guests through nine restaurants, a private beach, and rooms with views of Paradise Bay.

As hot air balloons are for Cappadocia, so are sailboats for Bodrum. Joining the masses, we cruised the mesmerizing peninsula to lulled coves, where we sprang from the upper deck into the turquoise sea. I must have been snorkeling for five hours gliding over fluorescent corals and chasing schools of chaff. We had lunch on roast octopus, tuna tartar and lobster tagliolini. And then I lay on the bow, asleep and dreaming of Turkey.

In my dream were utopian visions of a unified, many-faced metropolis. There were mysterious caves, satin pillows, and dogs and cats living in harmony. I saw a coastline splashed with five shades of blue. There were hundreds of hot air balloons floating above the time etched stone walls. And in the distance was the resounding cry of prayers echoing through the valleys and canyons.

My reverie ended with a familiar voice. “Wake up, sleepy one,” Benjamin said. “It’s time to go home.”

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The Ministry of Labor offers free employment assistance for veterinarians and spouses https://hotels-benin.com/the-ministry-of-labor-offers-free-employment-assistance-for-veterinarians-and-spouses/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:32:36 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/the-ministry-of-labor-offers-free-employment-assistance-for-veterinarians-and-spouses/ Much like entering the military, there are a number of steps and tasks that must be completed to exit. One of them is the Labor Transition Assistance Program of the Ministry of Labor. Although TAP may seem like just one more obstacle between you and your DD-214, the courses offered contain very useful information to […]]]>

Much like entering the military, there are a number of steps and tasks that must be completed to exit. One of them is the Labor Transition Assistance Program of the Ministry of Labor. Although TAP may seem like just one more obstacle between you and your DD-214, the courses offered contain very useful information to help you make your transition into the civilian world. The DOL remains committed to reducing the veteran unemployment rate from 6.5% in 2020 to 3.3% in 2021, with a variety of these classes to meet the different needs of military personnel in transition.

TAP provides valuable information to members of Services in Transition (DOL)

Not everyone wants to do the same when they go out. To address this issue, DOL offers courses such as Job Fundamentals, Employment Workshop, Exploring Career Credentials, Boots 2 Business, and Managing My Studies in TAP. While there is a minimum number of courses required to complete the program, there’s nothing stopping you from taking them all. In fact, while you are still getting your paycheck, it would be best to take as much as you can. Taking advantage of the DOL program will give you an edge over your civilian counterparts in the workforce.

The Ministry of Labor offers free employment assistance for veterinarians and spouses
Some TAP classes are available for spouses, but TEAMS is designed especially for them (DOL)

To strengthen their commitment to employment for veterans, DOL now offers additional courseware for veterans as well as active duty members and their spouses. Transition training outside the base extends the TAP to veterans, including those of the Reserve and National Guard, and their spouses. If you didn’t pay attention to your TAP classes when you broke up, the OBTT can help jog your memory and prepare you for the next step in your career. For those who have paid attention, the new program provides improved and updated material to help you in your job search. Meanwhile, the Help with the transition to employment for military spouses extends TAP specifically to military spouses and caregivers.

Both workshops provide quick, simple, and dirty thematic information in manageable two- and four-hour chunks. If you are unable to attend the workshops due to schedules, consult the participant guides provided online. These guides are full of information that will be presented in the workshops as well as activities related to the topic of the course. For those who are currently in transition and want additional information and resources, these guides are a great resource.

OBTT Veterans Courses and TEAMS Military Spouse Courses are available online with registration through WebEx. Some of the courses for veterans are in person. Here are the courses offered:

Your Next Move: This course is offered to OBTT and TEAMS and helps participants take the next steps, exploring careers and using labor market information.

Career diplomas (TEAMS only): This course Goes through the accreditation process and explores additional careers and avenues as a military spouse.

CV workshops: the OBTT offers two courses: Understand the essential elements of the curriculum vitae and one Writing workshop. TEAMS offers a global solution take over the workshop. These workshops explain how to write a resume to include the pre-writing work that needs to be done to create an effective resume as well as an outline of what employers are looking for.

Marketing yourself: this has different names under OBTT and TEAMS, but also teaches participants how to market themselves appropriately and professionally for the jobs they are looking for.

Interview skills: this course is available under both OBTT and TEAMS. If you need help with an interview, answering questions, dressing for the interview or the steps of an interview, this workshop is for you.

Federal hiring: both spouses and Veterans may be eligible for a hiring preference and different hiring paths. This workshop will explain how federal hiring goes, determine if you are eligible for a particular preference or hiring pathways, and provide critical need-to-know information before hitting the “apply” button.

LinkedIn Profiles: If you’re not on LinkedIn, you’re not doing your marketing well. Both spouses and Veterans can benefit enormously from this social network. Take this workshop to see what needs to fit into your profile to make it effective in promoting yourself, attracting recruiters, and building your network.

LinkedIn Job Search: Once you have created your LinkedIn profile, this workshop will help you use the platform during the job search process. Spouses and Veterans can see how LinkedIn can make it so much easier and more efficient when searching for their next job.

Salary negotiation: In this workshop, spouses and Veterans get to understand their value, the full job offer, browse its value and get resources on how to best negotiate and what to negotiate for.

Labor rights (OBTT only): This workshop guides veterans through employee rights to include laws and workplace protection, requesting and providing reasonable accommodation, illegal interview questions, and self-defense.

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Bee Done Rentals Offers Affordable Dumpster Rentals in Alamo Heights, TX https://hotels-benin.com/bee-done-rentals-offers-affordable-dumpster-rentals-in-alamo-heights-tx/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:16:48 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/bee-done-rentals-offers-affordable-dumpster-rentals-in-alamo-heights-tx/ Bee Done Rentals, the number one waste management company in San Antonio, now offers affordable dumpster rentals in Alamo Heights, TX, and all neighboring areas. The company is a full-service waste disposal company serving homeowners, local contractors, construction companies and businesses. David Massey, founder and operator of the company, said that Bee Done Rentals offers […]]]>

Bee Done Rentals, the number one waste management company in San Antonio, now offers affordable dumpster rentals in Alamo Heights, TX, and all neighboring areas. The company is a full-service waste disposal company serving homeowners, local contractors, construction companies and businesses.

David Massey, founder and operator of the company, said that Bee Done Rentals offers mobile rentals for commercial and residential projects and they pride themselves on providing affordable and reliable waste disposal solutions. In addition to Alamo Heights, Bee Done Rentals’ service area radius includes Helotes, New Braunfels, Leon Valley, Seguin, Boerne, Selma, Shavano Park and San Antonio. Mr. Massey also added that in addition to these cities within their service area radius, the company is also happy to make special arrangements to deliver rental dumpsters to customers beyond their delivery radius. . He added that they sometimes added an extra distance depending on the customer’s delivery radius. Interested tenants can contact Mr. Massey or company representatives for more information or for a consultation.

The company offers three dumpster options for renters in Alamo Heights. They have 10 meter dumpster rentals, 15 and 20 meter dumpsters available for rent at various dumpster rental prices depending on the size of the container. The containers have different capacities with a 10 yard bucket, a 15 yard bucket and a 20 yard bucket having weight limits of 1 ton, 1.5 ton and 2 ton, respectively. Likewise, the rolling containers can carry around 4 pick-up trucks, 6 pick-up trucks and 8 waste pick-up trucks respectively. Any customer can rent either a 10-yard bucket or a 15-yard bucket at $ 300 or a 20-yard bucket at $ 400 for a period of 1 to 5 days.

Bee Done Rentals also offers its customers flexible rental terms that allow them to extend the number of days of use of their rental dumpsters according to their needs or schedule changes for an additional $ 10 per day billed from the 5th day. Renters also have the option of loading more garbage into their rental container at a rate of $ 75 per additional ton of garbage.

Bee Done Rentals allows in-person consultations and interested clients and potential tenants can visit their office during their hours of operation which are between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They accept credit cards and have an online reservation service on their website that allows customers to order and reserve their rental dumpsters at any time. They have Covid-19 policies that include hand sanitization, social distancing, and the wearing of masks by staff and visitors. Mr. Massey also said the company offers same-day dumpster service in Alamo Heights and all of the cities it serves.

Anyone looking for a waste disposal company that offers affordable dumpster rentals in Alamo Heights can find more information about Bee Done Rentals on their website at https://www.beedumpsters.com/dumpster-rental-alamo-heights-tx/ or by contacting the company directly by phone.

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For more information on Bee Done Rentals, contact the company here:

Bee rental
David Massey
210-834-1716
San Antonio, Texas 78216

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Renovations of historic Salamanca building nearing completion | Cattaraugus County https://hotels-benin.com/renovations-of-historic-salamanca-building-nearing-completion-cattaraugus-county/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/renovations-of-historic-salamanca-building-nearing-completion-cattaraugus-county/ SALAMANCA – As renovations breathe new life into the historic Nies Block building, the project is coming to an end. Located at the corner of Main and River Streets, the building will provide the community with additional housing and retail space. Owner Gary Marchiori said the building, located at 63-75 Main Street, is now River […]]]>

SALAMANCA – As renovations breathe new life into the historic Nies Block building, the project is coming to an end.

Located at the corner of Main and River Streets, the building will provide the community with additional housing and retail space. Owner Gary Marchiori said the building, located at 63-75 Main Street, is now River Place Salamanca and the rental units upstairs are called River Place Apartments.

Marchiori’s intentions are to have retail stores and a restaurant on the ground floor accessible from the lobby. He said the upstairs apartments will be quiet and modern housing for people.

“We want to attract people who live and / or work in Salamanca and want more modern accommodation,” he said.

Marchiori said renovations are continuing upstairs, but 10 of the 18 apartments are fully completed and occupied. He said they will likely have four more completed by February.

Significant upgrades have been made, Marchiori said, including new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, ceiling fans, new lighting, new smoke detection equipment and building alarm systems.

Everything in the shared laundry room on the second floor has been replaced, Marchiori said. Ceramic tiles replaced the old flooring in the hall and entryways on the second and third floors, as well as several of the kitchens and bathrooms.

The old electric heating was replaced throughout the building with modern and efficient electric heating and a new HVAC system was installed, explained Marchiori. The lobby now has a working elevator and a mural commemorating the building’s construction in 1891.

Marchiori brings to life some of the beautiful historic elements of the building, including the prismatic glass of the transoms on the first floor, the iron columns and some pilasters. He said it’s unfortunate that many of these items, along with a central elevator and staircase, were removed in the last renovation in the 1980s.

Other major jobs include washing, repointing and restoring bricks last summer. He said all exterior windows have been replaced except for the building’s original windows which have been restored in place. Most of the hardwood floors have been preserved, along with the plastered ceilings and walls which were mostly intact.

Marchiori said work was still underway on the first floor with the arrival of new commercial tenants. He said over 60% of the first floor is now rented and 50% is occupied by the Silver Bells Holiday Shop. He said another retail store is moving to 67 Main which is already renovated.

Future upgrades include a new roof and indirect lighting for commercial signage. He is also working with the city on parking and access to the building.

“Our desire for the city center is to have a little cafe, sandwiches and light food at number 63, which is closest to the (Allegany river). We then work on this renovation, ”he said. “This unit is directly connected to the lobby through its glass doors, so residents can use the cafe as a place for breakfast and lunch.”

Marchiori said the building was previously owned by the Rural Revitalization Corporation, a non-profit housing agency in Olean. With the approval of the State of New York, he acquired the building and made it private property. He said the initially estimated $ 500,000 restoration project will almost double in total improvements. A grant of $ 450,000 from the Empire State Development Corporation helped fund the project.

His interest in historic renovation and the opportunity to manage a project like this prompted him to purchase the building constructed by Charles Nies in 1891. He said the building is currently in the final stages of historic designation with the National Park Service.

Marchiori purchased the building in September 2018 and work began very slowly with the apartments dismantled shortly after. He uses a combination of local and Buffalo contractors and has two full-time employees, Jeremy Pearl and Tim Waite, who work primarily on the apartments.

“It’s been over three years of work and we are continuing, but all the apartments will be completed this year along with the renovations of the first floor,” he said.

Marchiori is hoping for a grand opening this summer when the renovations are expected to be completed. He said real estate agency Todd VanDyke in Great Valley is coordinating the rental work for the 18 units which are mostly one-bedroom apartments.

“This is a positive point for downtown Salamanca and we are certainly trying to make it a success,” he said of the revitalized building. “I think the residents were happy with the changes and we get a lot of inquiries. The upside is that the location is a downtown walkout so residents can walk to the post office, bank, and supermarket which are all a few blocks away.

Although Marchiori is not originally from western New York State, he has lived in Amherst since 1983 and has said his interest in the Southern Tier has been long standing. He is president of EnergyMark LLC, in Williamsville, and works primarily in the energy industry with the distribution of natural gas and electricity. In addition to the Nies Block building, he owns a few properties in the town of Humphrey and Ellicottville.


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You deserve an escape this year, at the ZaZa hotel: because you totally deserved this level of comfort – Food https://hotels-benin.com/you-deserve-an-escape-this-year-at-the-zaza-hotel-because-you-totally-deserved-this-level-of-comfort-food/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:00:17 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/you-deserve-an-escape-this-year-at-the-zaza-hotel-because-you-totally-deserved-this-level-of-comfort-food/ Time to get away from it all, isn’t it? An escape from the mundane, crushed, everyday world of work – even when (or maybe especially when) this daily grind is complicated by the latest variant of COVID-19 and all that it entails? This pandemic does little to ease the frayed nerves of a modern human, […]]]>

Time to get away from it all, isn’t it? An escape from the mundane, crushed, everyday world of work – even when (or maybe especially when) this daily grind is complicated by the latest variant of COVID-19 and all that it entails?

This pandemic does little to ease the frayed nerves of a modern human, tell you what, and here’s a whole new year in which to take positive steps to take care of yourself.

Now, of course, traveling by plane might be out of the question right now – but those big old jets don’t matter. A change of scenery is always good, even if it’s only a few dozen kilometers away – or just in another more chic part of your local environment. And not just change for a few hours – although, if that’s all you can handle, give it a whirlwind and more power – but for a night, quite a shift through unconsciousness and vice versa, before to come back, refreshed, to the same old same old.

It’s no big secret that hotels in and around Austin weren’t built just for outsiders to fill up during SXSW.

You knew that, right? You’ve been downtown, noticed the fanciest places and cheap beds, at least from the outside, and you’ve probably had a drink in some of the nicer bars associated with the best hotels, maybe dined at some of the excellent restaurants there? And you also know that there are, for example, resorts along the Colorado River – architecturally expansive venues where conventions, family reunions and fabulous weddings take place?

Here is your escape, citizen. There is your reprieve, however brief, from the mind-numbing dross of daily drudgery. There is, if you choose wisely, your little piece of heaven on Earth: it’s waiting for you downtown, or it’s just beyond the city limits.

What about that article you’re reading now? This will give you an example of one of these options – the downtown option.

[And here’s where we cover the beyond-Austin option.]

This article will look ZaZa Hotel, right there in the heart of our ever-changing city.

Welcome to the reception of the hotel ZaZa

“I spent the night at the ZaZa Hotel in December,” says Brenner, your Austin Chronicle general reporter.

“Not for something Christmas, he specifies, but because I was going to attend the American Cancer Society fundraising at Fair market several blocks. And I was going a little crazy, you know, day after day and night after night in the same damn house – no offense to my wife or our house, okay? – and I wanted to enjoy a whole night – and maybe, okay, a slightly drunk night – in town, without having to return to Pflugerville until the next day.

[Note: Of course Brenner lives in Pflugerville. He’s not a doctor or a lawyer or a tech bro. He’s a print journalist, FFS. Which, these days, translates to Cannot Afford To Live In Austin.]

“I mean, I had been to ZaZa before,” he says. “They had this grand opening a few years ago, invited a bunch of media, asked everyone to come and check out the new place. I brought Tim doyle like my plus-one. It was fucking incredible. “

[Note: Doyle, recently contacted at his Nakatomi Inc powerhouse of posters and graphic design, corroborated: “Definitely – fucking incredible.”]

“So, yeah,” Brenner said. “A night in the city center? I thought ZaZa would be the perfect place. I mean, it’s not cheap, right? Place like that, it’s not a little squat off the access road, there ain’t, like, Tom bodett go leave the fucking light on for you or whatever – that would be a little scary, anyway. But if you can afford it, if you want to indulge yourself, then ZaZa is your hotel blueberry. Nobody “leaves a light on for you”, because it is always lit – you know what I’m saying?

He pauses to collect his thoughts, emphasizing the arrangements from the recent night.

“The place is beautiful, but not in a boring corporate way. I mean, yeah, it’s owned by a corporation – it’s a Hotel, to the right? – but there’s a lot of fierce styling going on. The lobby is all chic and modern, of course: it’s like the living room you would have in your mansion if you could afford a mansion, like you won the lottery or something. And you walk down the halls and there’s some quirky artwork on the walls – it’s those awesome portraits of rock stars, actors, and cultural icons, etc., not the usual array of abstract pastel bullshit that you get. you find in most places. And – ah! There’s a little alcove off the lobby, a handy little niche that has hookups for your laptops and the like, and there’s this little sign that says BUSINESS CENTER. But the first thing you see, framed right there on the wall, is this big Albert watson photo-portrait of Steve Jobs. Hilarious! But also maybe just a little inspiring? They’re all about the cult celebrity pop celebrity stuff at ZaZa, but they’re not lacking in humor. They definitely have this style.

[Note: Naturally, the company’s website doesn’t fail to concur: Combining the luxurious ambiance of a theatrical resort with the comfort and style of a boutique hotel, Hotel ZaZa invites travelers to a unique sensory experience. Our luxury art hotels strike the perfect balance between refinement and relaxation, where extraordinary design meets complete functionality for business and leisure travelers alike.]

“And the room itself,” continues Brenner, now on his third espresso, “it was like renting a well-designed piece of heaven. I stayed in a regular room, not one of the suites. really chic, and, again, it’s not just that it was comfortable or what people call well adjusted. That’s the carpet, the desk, the giant video screen, the bathroom – damn it, that bathroom! so beautifully tiled and immaculate, and the shower alone was bigger than the entire bathroom in any regular hotel – the whole room was so much what I would like my own house to look like, you know? And the bed, wow, was that some kind of nanotechnology cloud that was scientifically formulated for perfect sleep? Because that’s totally how I felt.

This seventh-floor * chef’s kiss * restaurant is called Group Therapy.

[Note: A better reporter might have researched further and been able to provide the threadcount of the bed’s blazing-white cotton sheets for you, reader. A better reporter might’ve already mentioned that Group Therapy, the full-service restaurant next to the pool on the seventh floor, serves such good food – those lamb lollipops with the feta and honey were exceptional, for instance, and who knows where you’re ever going to find a better iteration of the suddenly-popular-again espresso martini (the dark chocolate espresso martini) that the bar serves up so well?]

“Also, it’s important to note the people who work there,” Brenner continues. “Because no matter how nice a place is, if the staff aren’t up to the job, what’s the point?” And the people at Hotel ZaZa were wonderful. They were like that on opening night years ago, and they were like that last month: helpful, attentive, informative – but not in a too stilted or creamy way, you know? I mean, I’m walking down the street, I’m just a grizzled, slightly buzzing schlub from a newspaper in an ill-fitting jacket, and it wasn’t like they were professionally polite to a stranger – it was was like a lovely friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while, welcoming me to the neighborhood. You know what I mean? Like they or they were happy to be there, and they were happy I was there too. He puts down his empty mitasse, smiles at the memory of it all. “Isn’t that how service should be?” “


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Opening warming centers in Detroit: where to find locations https://hotels-benin.com/opening-warming-centers-in-detroit-where-to-find-locations/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 18:37:24 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/opening-warming-centers-in-detroit-where-to-find-locations/ With a strong cold front and snow showers expected on Wednesday and freezing temperatures already in the air, those in need of warmth can visit several heated shelters and respite locations across Detroit. The city of Detroit operates four warming centers with local nonprofit homeless service providers until March 31 to offer temporary help when […]]]>

With a strong cold front and snow showers expected on Wednesday and freezing temperatures already in the air, those in need of warmth can visit several heated shelters and respite locations across Detroit.

The city of Detroit operates four warming centers with local nonprofit homeless service providers until March 31 to offer temporary help when shelters open year-round may be full. A fifth day center, managed by the Pape François Center, is also available at Huntington Place (formerly TCF Center).

Those looking for shelter services or a warm-up center placement should call the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) – the primary entry point for people facing homelessness in the city to get shelter.

Following:Detroit subway homeless service providers brace for another winter in pandemic

Following:Before ice fishing, skating and walking, make sure the pond, lake ice is at least 5 inches thick



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Jericho Plaza hotel wins 22 years of IDA tax breaks https://hotels-benin.com/jericho-plaza-hotel-wins-22-years-of-ida-tax-breaks/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/jericho-plaza-hotel-wins-22-years-of-ida-tax-breaks/ A hotel and conference center proposed for parking in Jericho has won 22 years of Nassau County tax breaks. The 113,800-square-foot Jericho Plaza hotel does not yet have a name but will be part of Hilton’s Curio collection, real estate developer Paul Amoruso told Newsday. Curio consists of over 120 full-service hotels in 27 countries […]]]>

A hotel and conference center proposed for parking in Jericho has won 22 years of Nassau County tax breaks.

The 113,800-square-foot Jericho Plaza hotel does not yet have a name but will be part of Hilton’s Curio collection, real estate developer Paul Amoruso told Newsday.

Curio consists of over 120 full-service hotels in 27 countries and territories, including upscale Martinique and Renwick in Manhattan, the St. Louis Union Station hotel in St. Louis, and The Reach resort in Key West. .

“It will be a boutique hotel with its own personal touch,” said Amoruso, who has been opening hotels on Long Island for decades. “There will be a restaurant, a gym, a spa, a concierge, rooftop lounge and other amenities. “

The $ 56 million project got tax breaks last month from the county’s Industrial Development Agency. The property tax savings will be over 22 years, two more than what the developer requested in a request for assistance filed in October.

Even with the tax break, the hotel will pay $ 5.7 million more in property taxes over the period than if the land remained a parking lot, according to an economic development analysis conducted by research firm Camoin Associates and paid for by IDA.

Amoruso said last week that the 180-room hotel will accommodate business executives on weekdays and tourists and families on weekends.

“We try to appeal to the traveler who in the past was unhappy with the standard of accommodation on Long Island and chose to return to town to stay at the W hotel, the Four Seasons or another hotel in modern luxury, ”he said.

There is no target opening date yet. “The completion date is subject to funding,” Amoruso said.

Amoruso, together with the owner of the Jericho Plaza office complex, owns 70% of the project. The four-story hotel will be built on six acres of asphalt adjacent to the two office buildings, which house the headquarters of 1-800-Flowers.com, Morgan Stanley, UBS and two major accounting firms, among others.

In addition to property tax breaks, the IDA has granted a sales tax exemption of up to $ 2.6 million on the purchase of building materials and supplies and up to $ 294,000 on registration tax. mortgage.

The agency agreed at the end of 2019 to negotiate an aid plan, but Amoruso said the coronavirus forced changes in the project, such as less public space on the hotel’s first floor.

In exchange for IDA’s assistance, Amoruso and its partners pledged to create 52 jobs over three years. Thirty-nine of the positions are in maintenance, housekeeping and food service, with an annual salary of $ 36,000 to $ 38,000, depending on IDA’s request.

About 35 unionized construction workers attended the IDA meeting last month, but left after Amoruso assured them and the IDA board that the unionized contractors would be in. able to bid for project work.

IDA President Richard Kessel said at the time: “We want to [union construction workers] on each job as much as possible. This is one of our highest priorities as an agency. “

Separately, Amoruso and another developer recently began building a Hilton Hampton Inn & Suites on the site of a former golf driving range in East Farmingdale. The 101-room hotel has benefited from 20 years of property tax savings from the Babylon Town IDA, according to IDA records.


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5 reasons to love Doubletree near Universal Orlando https://hotels-benin.com/5-reasons-to-love-doubletree-near-universal-orlando/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:45:19 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/5-reasons-to-love-doubletree-near-universal-orlando/ When I visit the Orlando area for business reasons for my day job, the Doubletree near Universal Orlando served as the hotel choice. The official name of this hotel is Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. Yes, that hotel name is way too long. My partner simply calls it the place […]]]>

When I visit the Orlando area for business reasons for my day job, the Doubletree near Universal Orlando served as the hotel choice. The official name of this hotel is Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. Yes, that hotel name is way too long. My partner simply calls it the place of cookies. The 4-star level hotel experience here treats people like highly respected guests. In the stiff competition from upscale accommodations near Universal Orlando, there are several reasons to love this Doubletree. I will only name five.

  1. SITE

This hotel is a 15-minute walk from the entrance to the theme parks. Customers who walk from the Kirkman Road area have another benefit. The catwalk takes them to the security area of ​​the valet entrance. This security zone rarely develops a queue. The process goes smoothly. Customers walking by avoid potential slowdowns with the main security center area.

In addition, this hotel lives in an area close to restaurants and a Walgreens store. If desired, customers can save money on food by doing basic groceries at Walgreens. Plus, they can dine at some fast food outlets or table service places like Miller’s Ale House.

  1. SHUTTLE SERVICE

Doubletree customers can use the complimentary shuttle service from partner hotels with Universal Orlando. These shuttles pick up clients near their hotel lobby and drop them off near the escalator to the CityWalk Security Center. From the Doubletree, guests take a very short bus ride to the CityWalk drop-off area. The return will be longer but still offered as part of your stay. For the record, this place lacks a sneaky resort fee to cover these types of amenities. Doubletree also offers other shuttle transportation but not of the same standard as to Universal Orlando Resort

  1. PRICE POINT

Although third-party booking sites inflate the prices to show a hefty discount, this hotel offers reasonable prices for guests on vacation to Universal Orlando. In fairness, reasonable applies to 4-star level accommodations. You can find cheaper on Universal property often at the level of value accommodations. However, the quality is lower than this place. For example, I have stayed here several times for special events and at the busiest times of the year for around $ 100 a night. Now, you shouldn’t expect this prize to be easy to acquire. Still, prices will be competitive unless they have a full conference hotel, of course.

  1. ROOMS

So, I’m clear, these rooms aren’t the best hotel rooms ever. Still, they provide adequate space for activities. The storage space meets the needs of almost any guest. The beds provide comfort. Many rooms have lovely views. You can upgrade or just get lucky with a distant view of Universal Orlando. Each bedroom has a seating area of ​​some type. In addition, office area included for those who need to type on vacation. As you would expect, rooms have coffeemakers and refrigerators. Most of these rooms were renovated in 2017.

  1. FOOD AND DRINK

The Doubletree check-in area attracts customers via the free cookie. These cookies appear as if by magic in a hidden stove. The quality of these cookies is high, especially since the staff will give you once you visit the reception area of ​​operations. To balance your cookie, the on-site Starbucks returned from a virus break. If you are a Starbucks fan, I suggest the drink in combination with the free cookie. I understand that some people use it as a breakfast before visiting the parks. This hotel also offers a wide variety of dining options such as pizza, ice cream, burgers, bar fare and table service. The price may seem steep, but you don’t have to leave your hotel for these dining options. Additionally, some of these dining offerings are located in an outdoor courtyard to help guests relax.

As mentioned, I have stayed here several times. I plan to stay here in the future for short stays. There are many reasons to love this place as a visitor to Universal Orlando. Hope this helps you with your hosting decisions.

Pirates and princesses (PNP) is an independent, fan-driven news blog that covers Disney and Universal theme parks, themed entertainment and related pop culture from a consumer perspective. The opinions expressed by our contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of PNP, its publishers, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. PNP is an unofficial source of information and has no connection with The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal or any other business we can cover.


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