Zweben Family Exits But Shadowbrook Endures

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Nothing is expected to change for the Shadowbrook catering facility under its new ownership, including its name.“The same reason everybody booked this place is the reason we bought it,” noted Jim Kourgelis, who is one of the six new owners, who took over the site in the last couple of weeks.Kourgelis, Saddle River, along with his five partners, have taken over the venerable facility, operating at 1 Obre Pl. for more than four decades by the Zweben family and “We want to continue the wonderful job that they did,” Kourgelis said.The only real changes planned are to “give it a little shot of love,” he said. And that means sprucing up the location, refreshing wallpaper, making minor repairs and revitalizing the garden and grounds, Kourgelis explained.“Our goal is to continue to have this the best catering facility in the area,” he said.Kourgelis and his partners own and operate two other catering facilities, the Venetian, in Garfield, and Seasons, Washington Township. They’ve owned them for 15 and 27 years, respectively, with Kourgelis calling them more traditional sites, as compared to the Shadowbrook. They had considered renaming the institution, “but being here for a couple of weeks, getting to know the history and tradition,” he said, “we felt it was important to keep it as Shadowbrook.”That attitude and the new owners’ experience sat well with the former owner, Robert Zweben.“The Shadowbrook is a very, very special place,” Zweben said, wanting to hand it over to someone who would appreciate its history and reputation.Zweben, along with his father, Sidney, and brother Sandy, bought the approximately 18-acre property and restaurant 43 years ago. The site originally had been Shadow Brook Farm, established in 1910 by wealthy New York physician Dr. Ernest Fahnestock.The site had been an a la carte restaurant and wedding facility when the Zwebens bought it and they continued operating as that for a number of years before gradually shifting to catering only. “Which is a much easier operation,” Robert Zweben acknowledged.The site has lush, decorative grounds and garden area and its interior is decorated with items, such as ceiling panels, from such historic sites as the former Paramount Theater, New York City; and from the day room of the former Villard Mansion (Now the Helmsley Palace Hotel, on New York’s Madison Avenue.)Zweben confided there was any number of developers anxious to purchase the property. “And a lot of those people were willing to pay giant numbers,” for it, he said.“But it’s in our heart and I just couldn’t do that,” to the facility and to his long serving staff, he said.He decided to sell to Kourgelis and his partners because, Zweben felt, “After 43 years I think these are the people to maintain it and bring it to the next level.”Kourgelis is keeping the existing staff and bringing some additional employees to operate the site, which in past years, Zweben said, had as many as 250-300 events a year.“We plan on being here for a while,” Kourgelis said.For Greg and Christina Cambeis, a Middletown couple, the Shadowbrook was an ideal choice.“We wanted to get married someplace outside,” opting to have their ceremony on the grounds’ garden, said Christina. “It was perfect. We loved it.”“It was a perfect place,” Greg added.He feared the location might have become a condo or townhouse development. And that it’ll continue largely as it is, “I think people appreciate that,” Greg Cambeis said.last_img read more

Wimbledon set for huge expansion

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments On Thursday, the All England club announced a vote had gone in its favor, and that the transfer, pending court approval, would go through on December 21.A statement said it was “an important and exciting step” for the club and the future of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favor of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and the Championships,” said All England club chairman Philip Brook.“We have achieved what we set out to do many months ago in having certainty in our planning for the future.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img GALLERY: 2018 PBA Rookie Draft Combine New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud PLAY LIST 01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Britain’s Andy Murray poses for a selfie after a training session at Wimbledon tennis club in southwest London on July 1, 2017, prior to the start of the tennis tournament on July 3. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)Wimbledon’s expansion plans have taken a huge step forward after the neighboring golf club in London voted to sell its land.The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made an offer, reported to be £65 million ($82 million), to buy Wimbledon Park Golf Club’s land in a move that would see its estate roughly triple in size.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Top of the wish list will be moving the Wimbledon qualifiers from their current Roehampton home to the main Wimbledon site, in keeping with the other three Grand Slam events.“Over time, we plan to migrate the qualifying competition onto the land in order to elevate the event to world-class standards,” the statement added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Gas drops below a $1

first_imgIt is likely something that few Fort St. John residents thought they’d every see again but, the common posted price of gasoline in this city has slipped below a dollar a liter.A one cent drop yesterday left it at 99 point nine cents but, it is still nearly 15 cents a liter higher than the national average.According to the new survey of Calgary-based MJ Ervin and Associates, the Canadian average fell three point three cents a liter, in the week ended on Monday, to 85 point four.- Advertisement -In fact only, BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland have a provincial survey average, which isn’t now below 90 cents a liter. The six-city BC survey average is 96 point two cents but, there are non-survey city prices well below that, including a best buy at 82 point nine cents, at Costco outlet in Abbottsford.At the other end of the provincial scale, as of yesterday afternoon was Fort Nelson, with a price of a dollar 21 point nine a liter.Advertisement That’s more than 10 cents, above the top end Ervin Survey price. of a dollar 10 point four in Yellowknife.last_img read more

Huge Chelsea injury news: Latest updates on key trio, and more, ahead of PSG

first_img 5 5 1. John Terry – read the latest on the Chelsea captain below, then click the arrow above to find out about the fitness of four more doubtful players for the PSG game – Terry has been absent for the past five games after picking up a hamstring injury against Newcastle United on February 13th. There was hope that the Blues captain would return for the clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge this week, but Guus Hiddink is not confident that he will recover in time. ‘I don’t think John will make Wednesday. Hopefully, let’s see what can be done for next weekend. He has to be careful,’ said the Dutchman. 5 2. Diego Costa – The Brazil-born striker was a shock exclusion from Chelsea’s squad at the weekend, with Bertrand Traore taking his place, and Hiddink later revealed that the forward was struggling with a minor tendon problem. However, his absence was taken as a precaution and he is expected to return to the line up this week. Hiddink said, ‘He had a little problem on the tendon, so that’s why I was bit cautious not to take the risk of worsening the situation. I think he will be OK on Wednesday.’ 5 4. Kenedy – The Brazilian suffered a ‘small problem’ in the win over Norwich City, consequently missing the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the weekend. A report on Chelsea’s website stated that ‘Hiddink is expecting the Brazilian to train and will assess him on Tuesday at the latest.’ He is therefore in with a chance of featuring against PSG. 5. Radamel Falcao – Falcao’s time at Stamford Bridge has been as miserable as his last season at Old Trafford, but he hasn’t given up hope of making an impact over the next few months. The Colombian has resumed full training after months out with a thigh injury. It remains to be seen how – or if – Hiddink will use the forward, particularly with January loan signing Alexandre Pato also vying for a place in the squad. 5 Chelsea host Paris Saint-Germain in the second-leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday night and there are concerns over the fitness of some of their senior squad.John Terry has been missing for the past five games, while Diego Costa didn’t play a part in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the weekend.But was interim manager Guus Hiddink simply resting the pair or is the situation more serious than anticipated?talkSPORT has provided the latest on the fitness of the above duo, and more, ahead of their meeting with PSG – get up to date by clicking the arrow above, right. 3. Pedro – Pedro, like Terry, has been nursing a hamstring injury, with his sustained in the victory over Southampton on February 27th. Hiddink revealed that the Spaniard is yet to return to training, and is expected to remain on the sidelines with his club captain. ‘Pedro is the same. He hasn’t practised with the group yet. He is getting treatment but also running and exercising on the pitch.’ last_img read more

So sue us

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Then there’s Valeria Velasco, former member of a group that’s gone to court to try block the city’s planned expansion of LAX. Villaraigosa named her to his airport commission. The pattern – attention Sunland residents – seems clear. Call your lawyer, then prepare to wheel and deal. File suit, and Villaraigosa might just nix the Canyon Hills deal or throw millions into community improvements. Heck, he might even make the top plaintiff deputy mayor for the San Fernando Valley. In the old days of city government, you had to pay to be heard. But under Villaraigosa’s new management, it seems, you need to sue. Some Sunland residents are miffed that the city of Los Angeles has approved the Canyon Hills housing development in the Verdugo Hills. But what can they do about it? Well, consider some recent events: For years, Ramona Ripston, head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, including some over how the city deals with the homeless on Skid Row. On Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named her to his Homeless Services Authority. Bonaventure Hotel owner Peter Zen had threatened to sue to block the city’s subsidy of a competing facility near the downtown Convention Center. To get Zen to back down and let the project go forward, Villaraigosa agreed to let him convert one-third of his units into lucrative condos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fresh calls for short-stay ward at LUH to be reopened as Council to write to Minister

first_imgCouncillors have called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to step in and make available funding to ensure that the short stay ward at Letterkenny University Hospital is reopened. Sinn Féin Councillor Adrian Glackin, speaking at a Letterkenny Municipal District meeting, asked that the Council write to the Minister.The meeting heard that the short stay ward could be reopened with €1.8 million of funding. “Healthcare in Donegal and the Northwest is very under-funded,” he said.“We see from the INTO figures that on average, 19 people were on a trolly per day in 2017. That is a very poignant figure as that’s how many beds are in the short stay ward, which is now being used as a store room. That isn’t acceptable at the minute.“Donegal has been neglected to the point where it has almost been discriminated because of the location. Healthcare should not be because of your address – we should get what we’re entitled to.“It blows your mind that this could be sorted in eight weeks. The will just isn’t there from the Government.” Councillor Gerry McMonagle concurred with Councillor Glackin’s comments.“It’s a serious problem,” Councillor McMonagle said.“It’s €1.8 million to staff it and open it up again. It is now being used by groups in the hospital, administration, porters and for storage. We need to remind the Minister that the people in Donegal are as much Irish citizens as those in Dublin.”In reply to Councillor Glackin’s motion, the Council said that Corporate Services will arrange to make contact with the Minister.Fresh calls for short-stay ward at LUH to be reopened as Council to write to Minister was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Councillor Adrian GlackinCouncillor Gerry McMonagleletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal DistrictLetterkenny University HospitalMinister for HealthSimon Harrislast_img read more

Ipswich v QPR line-ups: Town unchanged, Austin again ruled out for Rangers

first_imgQPR have named an unchanged side for the trip to Ipswich as Charlie Austin once again misses out through injury.The Rangers striker has not shaken off the hamstring complaint which ruled him out of the draw at Bristol City last weekend.Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has stuck with the same side that started at Ashton Gate, meaning another start for Sebastian Polter.Sandro is among the substitutes, replacing Michael Petrasso in the only alteration to the matchday squad.Ipswich are also unchanged following their 1-0 home defeat to Derby last weekend.Luke Hyam has been recalled early from his loan at Rotherham and takes his place on the bench at the expense of Giles Coke.Ipswich: Gerken; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen; Maitland-Niles, Skuse, Douglas, Sears; Pitman, Murphy.Subs: Bialkowski, Malarczyk, Hyam, Oar, Bru, Fraser, Varney.QPR: Green; Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Sandro, Luongo, Tozser, Chery, Emmanuel-Thomas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World leaders praise Mandela

first_imgNelson Mandela turned 92 years old onSunday 18 July 2010.(Image: BuaNews)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600nmf@nelsonmandela.orgRELATED ARTICLES• Mandela: a remarkable 92 years• Gallery: Mandela meets Bafana Bafana• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Mandela meets final Bafana squad• Mandela Day now a global eventMary AlexanderLeaders across the world extended birthday wishes to former South African president Nelson Mandela on 18 June, with US President Barack Obama hailing the “extraordinary vision, leadership, and spirit” of the South African statesman and global icon of freedom.“On behalf of the United States, I wish Nelson Mandela a very happy 92nd birthday,” Obama said in a statement. “We strive to build upon his example of tolerance, compassion and reconciliation.”“I also join the American people, the South African people, the United Nations and the world in celebrating the first annual Nelson Mandela International Day. I encourage us all to heed the call to engage in some form of service to others in honour of the 67 years of sacrifice and service Madiba gave to us,” Obama said.In November 2009 the United Nations declared that 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, would henceforth be globally celebrated as Nelson Mandela Day. Yesterday, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon lauded Mandela, describing him as “a towering figure” who “embodies the highest values of humanity, and of the United Nations”.“Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. Today, on the first Nelson Mandela International Day, we thank him for everything he has done for freedom, for justice and for democracy,” Ban said.The day was also the 12th anniversary of Mandela’s marriage to Graca Machel, who he married when he was 80 and she 52. Speaking to the BBC, Machel said Mandela  “is very well … he is healthy and taking into account the kind of life he had, it is really heartening … he is getting old, he is getting frail but he is absolutely healthy, full of life, spirits high”.Mandela spent his birthday in his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, surrounded by family. “We will gather at home, we will sit around, give him a lot of love,” Machel said.In honour of Mandela, Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman undertook a road trip with 29 other bikers from Johannesburg to Cape Town, along the way contributing to community projects such as building a fence at an Aids care centre in a poor township.“I take it as my connection to Madiba,” Freeman said. “We should do it every day.” Freeman played Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus.South African President Jacob Zuma spent the day at Mandela’s birthplace, the village of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape province. In his speech to mark the occasion, Zuma repeatedly referred to Mandela as “tata”, isiXhosa for “father”.“This is a special birthday celebration because 2010 also marks 20 years since Tata was released from prison, which accelerated our march towards freedom and democracy,” Zuma said.“He became the leader of this nation and president of the republic at the right moment for South Africa in 1994, as we emerged from the horrors of apartheid.“Tata helped us to internalise that we are one nation, united in our diversity. He taught us to overcome hatred and embrace reconciliation.”The day was auspicious for 27-year-old South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen, who got to win the British Open competition on Mandela’s birthday.“I would like to take this opportunity to say happy birthday to Mr Nelson Mandela back in South Africa,” Oosthuizen said after being presented with his trophy.“What he’s done for our country is unbelievable, and happy birthday to him.”In Vienna, on the sidelines of the 18th International Aids Conference, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe led delegates in singing “happy birthday, Madiba” accompanied by vuvuzela trumpets.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan described Mandela as “an exemplary statesman and selfless leader, whose invaluable contributions to human endeavour continue to earn him international repute and goodwill”.“His legacies continue to inspire people all over the world.”The UN celebrated with activities around the world from Africa to Europe to Central Asia. Communities in Sudan took part in a “Football for Peace” tournament in El-Fasher, with the winning team awarded the Nelson Mandela Cup. In Spain, a 6.7-kilometre charity walk in Madrid was held late on Sunday.last_img read more

NAWG addressing declining wheat acreage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After watching U.S. wheat acreage and production slide steadily for 18 years, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has had quite enough and is coming out swinging.The counteroffensive, called simply the Wheat Action Plan, “right now is conceptual,” said NAWG President Brett Blankenship, a grower in eastern Washington State. “We’re reaching out to all parts of the industry,” he says. “The idea is … to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans.”Blankenship points to Norman Borlaug’s work in the mid-20th Century to improve wheat yield and disease resistance.“We had the first Green Revolution, and it revolutionized the production of wheat. We need another one. We need another step forward, and the Wheat Action Plan is the attempt to invigorate the investment we need … to go to the next level for wheat,” Blankenship said.That task is broad, but he said it means, first, improving on-farm productivity so that wheat is a more attractive crop economically. Then, “we need to double down on research … and we will elicit private technology companies to take a look at wheat and bring all technology to bear.”USDA crop data shows that average annual yields of other major crops have risen smartly over the decades. This year’s expected all class U.S. wheat yield (43.6 bushels per acre) is just 16% more than in 1985, while that for corn is up 42%; soybeans, 38%; long-grain rice, 43%, upland cotton, 24%, and sugar beets, 48%.Though the work of wheat researchers and others has improved wheat’s disease resistance and yields over the decades, NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014 only 70 cents went into wheat research.Steve Joehl, NAWG director of research, said that wheat used to dominate acreage in the eastern Great Plains, but varietal advances for corn and soybeans have now made those the top crops in that region.“The first state that really adopted biotechnology in corn was [eastern] South Dakota,” he said. “That happened because the Bt gene for corn borer control was so effective … and the borer was killing farmers there on yield.”But as the 20th Century ended, growers there started seeding varieties with YieldGard borer control and saw their acreage and productivity soar as yields shot up, he said.Recently, Dupont, Monsanto and others announced heavy investment in 70- to 80-day corn varieties that will yield well in southern Canada as well as in northern areas of the U.S., Russia, Hungary and elsewhere. The new corn genetics “will take away wheat acreage,” he said.Needed genetic improvements for wheat are many, but developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight, called scab, could be a huge gain because the disease hurts wheat coast to coast, Joehl said. North Dakota State University is working on the fight against scab, and is presenting a research update to grower groups, researchers, millers, food processors and others who will focus on the scab problem at a national forum in St. Louis in December.Blankenship said that for his own low-rainfall farming area, “improved rust resistance in the high moisture years, drought tolerance and a breakthrough in yield” are at the top of his wish list. “Our yields have been rather stagnant my entire career,” he said.Boosting research investment by private industry, Congress and state legislatures will be a challenge, “but one of the collateral problems for loss of wheat production is the way wheat pays for research through the state-by-state patchwork of commissions” that oversee the wheat checkoff programs. “When production falls, you have less funds to invest in research,” he said.NAWG will also support the political fight to secure Congress’ OK for the newly inked Trans Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that is supported by large farm commodity groups who expect to see reduced obstacles to sales in TPP countries. Blankenship notes that 85% of wheat grown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is exported, so any reduced barriers mean extra demand for his crop.last_img read more

13 killed, 6 hurt in U.P. shop explosion

first_imgThirteen people, including nine from West Bengal, were killed in an explosion at a shop here on Saturday afternoon which led to the collapse of three adjacent houses, officials said.Trapped under debrisSix persons were also injured in the incident. It is suspected that some people are still trapped under the debris and a rescue operation has been launched, they said. The blast took place at the shop in Rohta Bazaar, which was run by a man named Kaliyar Mansoori. His son was running a carpet factory behind the shop and its workers could be among those trapped under the debris, District Magistrate Rajendra Prasad said, adding the injured have been admitted to hospital. Locals claimed that Mansoori was also in the business of making illegal firecrackers.last_img