Outfitters drawn to Eddy St.

first_imgUrban Outfitters will open a store in Eddy Street Commons in September after Notre Dame students promoted the location to the popular retailer, according to Gregory Hakanen, director of Asset Management at Notre Dame. “Urban Outfitters is a fantastic retailer,” he said. “It is really terrific for college-age and student audiences so we are thrilled to have them at Eddy Street.” Kite Realty Group, based in Indianapolis, talked with Urban Outfitters for about three years before closing the deal. Former student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber made a video pitch during the 2009-10 school year for Urban Outfitters with the help of other student leaders. Kite suggested the video as a “grassroots” effort to bring the retailer to South Bend, Schmidt said. “It was not just the development that wanted [the retailer] but Notre Dame students thought Urban Outfitters would be successful too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt and Weber asked the student body for suggestions on retailers at Eddy Street Commons in an e-mail last fall. “The student involvement was just extraordinary,” Hakanen said. “I have been doing this for a while, and I have never seen anything like it.” The video began with an introduction from Schmidt. “We have been working all year with Eddy Street Commons trying to evaluate what would be successful and what would be appealing to the Notre Dame student body,” he said. “And I can honestly say that an Urban Outfitters would be a huge success.” Schmidt wore a Polo sweater in the video. “The reason I am not wearing Urban Outfitters clothing is because we don’t have one,” he said. The video showed students from around campus explaining why they would shop at Urban Outfitters in Eddy Street Commons. The retailer received overwhelming support, Schmidt said. “Once we got those votes, we thought Urban Outfitters would be extremely successful,” he said. “There were really not that many retail stores that were close to Notre Dame’s campus.” Schmidt said the store will draw shoppers from campus as well as from the local community. “It is one of those trendy stores that I think will be popular with both Notre Dame students and with South Bend,” he said. “I think we saw, as well as Urban Outfitters and Kite saw, that [Eddy Street Commons] would be a location that would attract both of those markets.” The petition and the video were sent to Urban Outfitters along with a packet of information about the local area, Schmidt said. Hakanen said Urban Outfitters should be successful in this area. “Prior to Eddy Street Commons, there was extremely limited retail close to campus,” he said. “There are a number of college-age retailers at University Park Mall but Urban Outfitters was conspicuously absent.” The next phase for the development will expand Eddy Street Commons onto the next block south, but planning has not begun for the new space, Hakanen said. Hakanen said he hoped Urban Outfitters would draw similar retailers to the development. “We have a strong restaurant line-up, and it is important to balance that,” he said. “Urban Outfitters will be a wonderful, wonderful retailer for the area.”last_img read more

John Ritschard: ‘He loved the kids, and they loved him’

first_imgIf South Dining Hall was ever serving Carl’s chicken as the special, John Ritschard made sure the students knew.Photo courtesy of I Am Notre Dame He’d swipe their ID cards, give them a smile and tell a joke. Then he’d suggest a meal for them to try.“He was a walking, talking menu,” his wife, Lila Ritschard, said.John died Sunday afternoon at age 86. He had been diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive skin cancer, in March 2015. But that didn’t stop him from coming to work in the dining hall for months after his diagnosis.“He loved it. My husband loves young people,” Lila said. “He loves to tell jokes and riddles and tease. He enjoyed students coming in and out, getting to know them. We just loved being here.”Lila started working as a day monitor in 2007. When John was hired in 2008, the two took the night shift — 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — on Mondays through Thursdays.Over the years, they became an integral part of the Notre Dame community.“Notre Dame was the greatest support over all these years,” Lila said. “It just blows me away — the love that has been shown to us both here.”Jack of all tradesJohn was born and raised in South Bend, Lila said, but didn’t have much to do with the University until he started working in the dining hall.“He found his niche here,” she said.After high school, John worked in the Studebaker plant for a couple years. He worked at Sears in Elkhart for more than 20 years as one of the top salespeople. After stints in the real estate industry and other odd jobs, he made his way to Notre Dame.The pair — John and Lila — quickly became a staple at South Dining Hall. They almost never missed a day of work.“We just were always together. We just enjoyed each other,” Lila said. “I don’t think we were ever off up until the last three years.”John and Lila met in January 1999. She was working in a beauty shop at the time and a big blizzard had just struck the town. As she was cancelling the day’s appointment, in came John, traipsing over snow banks, to use his coupon for a free haircut.“Everybody used to call me the coupon bride,” she said. “I said, ‘Yes, he came in for a free haircut. See how much it cost him? The most expensive haircut of his life.’”John was the type of person that would do anything for anyone, Lila said.“I had to be careful what I said,” she added. “He was a jack of all trades. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, nothing he couldn’t make.”He made all the wood furniture in the couple’s house. He made all of Lila’s lamps. He made the table that stands in the middle of the dining hall entrance, with carved Notre Dame logos.And once, he even made his own plane, Lila said.“He was a pilot,” she said. “And he taught his whole family how to fly. They used to fly about everywhere they went.”All in all, John was a man who loved to help others, Lila said.“He would reach out to anything in need,” she said. “He loved to teach and he loved to learn.”A contagious smileSenior Marta Poplawski said she met John during her first weekend at Notre Dame. He stopped her as she was walking into the dining hall and asked for her name.“The next day, he remembered me,” she said. “It was the first moment someone was really welcoming here outside of hall staff.”A week later, Poplawski was going to eat dinner alone around 4:30 p.m. — then she saw John and Lila at a nearby table.“So I sat down and just ate with them,” she said. “And that started three years of friendship.”Over the years, John and Lila kept up with students and graduates. John won the Irish Clover Award last year, given to two individuals each year for outstanding service to the student body.“I felt like John and Lila were my grandparents away from home, in a sense,” Poplawski said.John’s smile was simply contagious, said senior Adam Degand. And it was always the same.“He had such a goofy smile,” he said. “He would make you stop for a second, show you that smile and ask you about whatever’s going on.”“Especially if you’re a freshman or new to the school — it makes you feel like you’re part of the community,” he added. “That’s special.”Dining hall monitor Dee Michael said John always had a joke of the day.“He loved the kids, and they loved him,” she said.Some days, the dining hall would run out of certain dishes — because John talked about them too much.“The cooks used to get so mad at him because he’d be telling them what the specials were, and people would listen to him. So we’d be running out of it,” South Dining Hall manager Ruth Pajor said.Dennis Smith, a manager at South Dining Hall, said John’s warm and welcoming presence will be missed by all.“The night is not the same when he’s not around,” he said. “He just had a glow about him.”The simplest things Sami Zuba, a 2014 Notre Dame graduate, said in her freshman year, her birthday fell during the first two weeks of school. And she wasn’t having a great day.“It was my first birthday away from home and everything,” she said. “But then I got up to the front of the line, John swiped my card and told me happy birthday. It just absolutely made my day to know that someone on campus cared.”It was small acts like this that showed John’s big heart, Zuba said.“It was just such a simple thing,” she said. “And I think a lot of people walk out of Notre Dame hoping they can do big things to make a difference in people’s lives. One of the best ways you can do that is just doing little things.”Editor’s note: Sami Zuba was an assistant managing editor for The Observer.Every Tuesday and Thursday, sophomore Amy Mansfield and her service dog Juniper would eat dinner in South Dining Hall before folk choir practice. And every time, John stopped them to ask how they were doing.“You don’t expect someone to have such a big impact on your life when it’s a 30-second interaction each time you see him,” she said.When people complained that the chairs the monitors sat on were too tall, John took one home each night and cut it down, until they were all shorter.“That’s just the kind of guy he was,” Smith said.John had the ability to immediately light up a room, Poplawski said.“You could not enter with a bad mood into South Dining Hall,” she added. “I would wear headphones, and he would make me take them off to talk to him.”John did much more than greet people, Mansfield said.“I don’t know if it was his goal to touch every student, but I feel like everyone who walked through their line during dinner was somehow impacted,” she said. “Their day was probably made a little bit better.A visitation for John will be held Sept. 24 at Osceola Methodist Church from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a service. Both are open to the public.Notre Dame Food Services is going to provide the meat and cake for the luncheon.“We’re just so blessed and humbled to be a part of this community,” Lila said. “I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”Tags: John and Lila, John Ritschard, Notre Dame Food Services, SDH, South Dining Hall, South Dining Hall monitorlast_img read more

BRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan Honored at 8th Annual Wild South Green Gala

first_imgAn all-star cast of conservation heroes were honored last Saturday’s a the 8th Annual Wild South Green Gala. At the event, Wild South recognized the winners of the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards and special awards, as well as celebrated Wild South’s legacy of 25 years.will1BRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan with his Roosevelt Ashe Conservation Award for Most Outstanding Journalist.The award for most outstanding journalist was awarded to BRO’s own Editor in Chief Will Harlan. 175 people gathered at The Millroom for a seated dinner, award ceremony, music, and silent auction that benefitted Wild South. The keynote address was given by DeLene Beeland, author of The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf. Beeland’s speech addressed the history and current status of the endangered red wolf, of which there are fewer than 50 left in the wild.“We are grateful to the many contributions of our sponsors, community partners, supporters, volunteers who made this event an enormous success,” says Hannah Morgan, Wild South’s Development and Communications Coordinator. “The event was a very special moment to celebrate the many accomplishments of Wild South over the past 25 years as well as the accomplishments of many special conservation leaders.”Check out the rest of the Roosevelt-Ashe Awards below:Outstanding JournalistWill Harlan: Editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Asheville, North CarolinaOutstanding Small BusinessHolladog Farms: Organic Farm, Pamplico, South CarolinaOutstanding Youth Bennett David: Scout/Student-Volunteer, Boy Scout Troop 91, Asheville, North CarolinaOlivia & Carter Ries: Founders of One More Generation, Fayetteville, GeorgiaOutstanding EducatorKim Wheeler: Executive Director of The Red Wolf Coalition, Columbia, North CarolinaOutstanding ConservationistCarl Silverstein: Executive Director of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Asheville, North CarolinaAdditional special awards were given to outstanding individuals in their field:Outstanding Community Conservationist: To recognize an individual’s contribution to education and community engagement on conservation, spanning many categories of achievement. This is a special, one-year award designated by the Roosevelt-Ashe Selection Committee.Forest Hilyer: Chairman of Lumpkin Coalition, Dahlonega, GeorgiaKayah Gaydish Award: For an individual who has advanced Wild South’s mission and vision and has demonstrated the same dedication Kayah had for inspiring others to protect our wild places.Ben Prater: Southeast Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, Asheville, North CarolinaKayahGaydishAwardBen Prater, the Southeast Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, received the Kayah Gadish Award.Cultural Heritage Award: For an individual who has demonstrated commitment to preserving cultural heritage in our region.Robin Swayney: Program Manager, Qualla Boundary Library, Cherokee, NC.Public Service Award: For a dedicated public servant whose work has promoted a conservation vision and values that mirror Wild South’s and represents the type of conscientious stewardship of natural resources that promotes collaborative partnerships with organizations.Gary Kauffman: Botanist & Ecologist of U.S. Forest Service, Asheville, North CarolinaFriend of Wilderness Award: For an individual who has worked to designate and increase protection for our special wild places in the Southeast.Mike Leonard: Board Chair of The Conservation Fund and attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.Related Articles:last_img read more

Here’s Why Your Netflix Subscription Rate is Going Up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Netflix’s gamble to create its own original content is apparently paying off—and soon you might be paying more.The widely-popular Internet streaming service added 2.25 million domestic subscribers in the first quarter of this year, and reportedly surpassed its predictions internationally by adding 1.75 new streamers. Netflix currently has 48 global members—35.7 million of which reside in the United States.In a letter to shareholders, the Los Gatos, California-based streaming company touted its original programming initiatives, such as the political thriller House of Cards, which debuted its second season in February and “attracted a huge audience that would make any cable or broadcast network happy,” Netflix said.Netflix also mentioned its critically-acclaimed documentary The Square, about the revolution in Egypt, which earned an Oscar nomination but failed to win the award.Nevertheless, Netflix apparently still intends to increase by one or two dollars its streaming subscription rate later this quarter for new members only—for now.It appears existing U.S. members will be hit with the “for new members only” increased rate in the future, but Netflix will continue charging a monthly rate of $7.99 for a “generous time period,” Netflix said.The company provided two explanations for increasing its rates:It saw limited impact in a January price increase for new members in Ireland.Increasing prices will improve Netflix’s ability to acquire more content.Netlix seems especially proud of the content it exclusively streams to its members. Orange is the New Black, a prison dramedy, will debut its second season on June 6, and season 2 of Hemlock Grove will also premiere this summer. Netflix will also air the final six episodes of the former AMC crime drama The Killing, which has had a rocky relationship with its fan base—to say the least.last_img read more

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool defender set to withdraw from England squad with injury | Football News

first_img“He will be out of England. Scan tomorrow and then we will see,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday. 3:00 The right-back had to be substituted in the 63rd minute with a suspected calf problem, with James Milner replacing him.Chelsea defender Reece James, who could deputise for Alexander-Arnold, can feature in the friendly match against the Republic of Ireland on November 12, but is suspended for Nations League matches against Belgium and Ireland later this month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – preview image Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to withdraw from the England squad to face Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland this month with a suspected calf injury.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed the defender will have a scan on Monday but insisted it would keep the defender out of England’s squad for their upcoming fixtures next week.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.last_img read more

Aminess hotels and camps expanded their business to the island of Krk

first_imgAminess already has hotels in its portfolio Aminess Maestral 4 * i Aminess Laguna 3 *, camps Aminess Mermaid 4 * i Aminess Maravea Camping Resort 4 * located in the city of Novigrad, while the hotel Aminess Lume 4 * finds on Korcula, a Aminess Grand Azur 4 * is located on the Peljesac peninsula. Aminess Magal Hotel (former Hotel Beli Kamik), Aminess Veya Hotel (former Hotel Jadran), Aminess Gaia Green Villas (former Marbera Flora Green Villas) and Aminess Atea Camping Resort (former Camp Njivice) are thus new members of the Aminess portfolio that will jointly contribute to additional growth and development in the tourism sector. “We are extremely pleased that Njivice resort and camp have become part of the Aminess family and we will now have the opportunity to create great results together and contribute to the further development of Njivice and the island of Krk. We believe that the synergy of these two companies, Aminessa and Hotel Njivice, will be a great success and stronger market visibility. We are convinced that we will further strengthen the beautiful story that we have been creating with employees and guests in Novigrad, Orebić and the island of Korčula for years with new colleagues in Njivice, on the island of Krk. “, she pointed out Zrinka Bokulić, President of the Management Board of Laguna Novigrad, which owns the Aminess brand. The tourist company Aminess from Novigrad has expanded its business to Njivice hotels and a camping resort on the island of Krk, which will start operating under the Aminess brand on October 1. Photo: Aminesslast_img read more

Austria limits indoor events to 10 as virus spikes

first_imgAustria announced Thursday that private indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people in the battle to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections.”From midnight on Monday… all parties, private events and meetings indoors are limited to ten people,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference.”We have an exponential rise in new infections in Austria,” he said, adding the country was going through a second wave of the pandemic. Funerals will be exempt from the new rules and the limit for outdoors will remain at 100, Kurz said, with further exemptions for some cultural events.He admitted it would not be legally possible to enforce the new limit in people’s homes but added that he hoped Austrians would follow the rule.Also from Monday, cafe and restaurant customers will have to wear a mask whenever they’re not at their tables.Previously only waiters and other staff had to wear a face covering. Austria is recording several hundred new daily infections, with the one-day total reaching 882 on September 11, the second-highest of the whole crisis.Kurz said he was aware the measures “will once again mean sacrifices” from the population but they were necessary “to hopefully prevent a second lockdown” and the “catastrophic consequences” that would entail.Asked whether Vienna’s famous winter ball season could go ahead, Kurz said it was too early to say but admitted “autumn and winter will be very hard”.”We expect a clear improvement next year in terms of progress with vaccines and treatments,” he said.Neighboring Slovenia has also seen a recent rise in infections and on Thursday announced that from Saturday masks would be mandatory in outdoor public spaces such as markets.Masks will also be compulsory for pupils and teachers in secondary schools, and from Monday restaurants and cafes will have to close at 10 pm.Hungary has also been experiencing a virus surge and on Wednesday Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the country’s border closure would remain in place beyond October 1.He added that the second wave of Hungary’s outbreak could be expected to peak around the end of the year.Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia will remain exempted from Hungary’s border closures — exceptions which have raised criticism from top EU officials, who have warned of discrimination between member states. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Reno could revive retro Gold Coast home

first_imgIt has some quirky character features including slate throughout and coloured glass. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 Even the bathroom has slate details.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent John Cole said it had a rich history as one of the first homes built in the suburb.“There were 10 homes in the whole Bundall area,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“For its day, it’s extremely solid — it’s all brick and suspended slab.”Mr Cole said the owners bought the property off the builder not long after it was finished and lived there for almost 50 years.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a separate kitchen, living room and dining room.Mr Cole said the deceased estate was in need of some “TLC” but offered endless opportunities for prospective buyers. MORE NEWS: Jetsons house still up for grabs after world-first auction MORE NEWS: When it comes to loos, it’s a game of thrones It was one of the first homes to be built in Bundall.So far, he has had both developers and house hunters with renovations in mind inquiring about the property, including an interior designer.“We’ve had quite a few offers, just not quite at the sales expectation,” he said.“There’s one family that absolutely love it.“She’s driven by it for 20 years and watched it for years and years.”He said the previous owners’ family were hoping the buyers would breath new life into the home. The property was owned by the same family for almost 50 years. The three-bedroom house on Richmond Ave was built in the early 1960s.One of the few original homes remaining in Bundall has hit the market for the first time in more than four decades.The two-storey Richmond Ave house on a 506sq m corner block overlooking the Southport golf course has been listed with an asking price of $695,000.Built in the early 1960s, it has a range of character features that were popular in the era, including coloured glass, vaulted ceilings, slate accents, wood panel walls and an open fireplace.last_img read more

Hickman Harbor Dredging Completed

first_imgImage source: Dorena-Hickman FerryThe Dorena-Hickman Ferry has resumed operation after being shut down for six days due to the dredging operations in Hickman Harbor, the company said in its latest announcement. The ferry had to halt operation last Thursday so the dredging vessel could remove silt from the harbor.Work is completed, so the ferry resumed its normal schedule yesterday, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry said.There may be some delays caused by dredging equipment that has not yet been removed.[mappress mapid=”24309″]last_img

‘Decriminalisation’ drug law change tightened at 11th hour

first_imgNZ Herald 7 August 2019Family First Comment: The government has now decriminalised not just cannabis, but ALL drugs – P, cocaine, heroine etcThankfully NZ First has softened just how radical it is – but it’s still flawed.“NZ Police Association president Chris Cahill said under the original bill, police would consider health and addiction issues if they came across a group of people smoking methamphetamine at a kids’ playground. Under the changed bill, he said the officers would consider the environment and whether the activity was harming the community.”National MP Paula Bennett said the bill decriminalized drugs by stealth. “National supports both greater rehabilitation and tougher sentences, treatment and deterrence should go hand in hand. However this Bill means Police won’t prosecute people who are buying and using hard drugs including P, heroin and cocaine.”#softondrugsA late change to a bill described as de facto decriminalisation of drug use is likely to swing the balance more towards police prosecutions and away from health referrals, the Police Association says.But association president Chris Cahill said he still expected the Misuse of Drugs Amendment bill, which passed its third reading today, to lead to a “significant” drop in prosecutions for drug use.The change to the bill means that the test for prosecuting drug users will be whether a therapeutic approach would be more beneficial “to the public interest” rather than for the individual involved.It was championed by New Zealand First and agreed to by Labour and the Greens, and accepted during the committee stage of the bill last night.The Police Association, the Drug Foundation, the Law Society and the Green Party have all called the original bill effective decriminalisation for drug use because it meant police should only prosecute drug users if that was a better outcome than a therapeutic approach.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12256494&ref=twitterMisuse of Drugs Amendment Bill passes final readingRadio NZ News 7 August 2019National police spokesperson Brett Hudson said it would tie the hands of police and Crown prosecutors.Mr Hudson said if for example someone caught multiple time with possession of meth and the police deemed it in the public interest to prosecute, as soon the case went to court it would be challenged.“They can argue in the court it has to be proven a health-based approach would not have been better in the public interest in that case and that did not and has not existed in the discretionary powers officers have exercised before,” he said.National MP Paula Bennett said the bill decriminalized drugs by stealth.“National supports both greater rehabilitation and tougher sentences, treatment and deterrence should go hand in hand.“However this Bill means Police won’t prosecute people who are buying and using hard drugs including P, heroin and cocaine,” she said.Ms Bennett added police aren’t social workers and the bill meant it will be up to them to help people try to find services that don’t exist.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/396192/misuse-of-drugs-amendment-bill-passes-final-readinglast_img read more