Tourism Talks: Share Your First Visit Story at Coast and Enter to Win a Santa Monica Staycation

For many of us who now call Santa Monica home, our path towards becoming a city resident began with a memorable first visit. Indeed, with our iconic beaches and eight neighborhoods that all boast a unique personality, Santa Monica has a myriad of attractions that enchant visitors – sometimes enough to inspire a relocation to the destination.Do you remember your first visit to Santa Monica? Or if you were lucky enough to be born in Santa Monica, where do you take visiting friends and family? Share the story of your first visit to Santa Monica to be entered to win an Apple iPad mini and a 2-night Santa Monica staycation at one of Santa Monica’s hotels.During COAST, the city of Santa Monica’s open streets festival on October 1, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism will have an interactive video booth at 2427 Main Street where you can share your story and be entered to win the prizes mentioned above and we’ll also provide you with 50% off Santa Monica merchandise. First visit story entries are also accepted online at santamonicatourism.com.To help get your creative juices flowing, several members of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s Board of Directors recently shared their first visit stories.For Darlene Evans, former member of the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, it was the call of the ocean that brought her to the city.“My favorite radio station was KDAY from Santa Monica, one of the few stations I could get in the Valley,” she wrote. “I came from the Midwest in 1976 and lived in San Fernando Valley. I decided I wanted to live in Santa Monica. Once I saw the ocean, I knew it was where I wanted to live. I found an apartment and have never left.”RoseMary Regalbuto, a longtime resident and former CEO of Meals on Wheels West first visited Santa Monica when she relocated with her young family.“I moved to Santa Monica in July 1979,” she wrote. “[I was] nine months pregnant and with a three-year old. We were living at a hotel while we were searching for a place to live.”The promise of sunshine and sea air drew Marketing professional Albin Gielicz to Santa Monica.“In 1996, I was living in Moscow, Russia doing a lot of California dreaming,” he wrote. “During my Christmas holiday that year, I shortened my stay at home in Illinois and I brought my little brother to LA for some sunshine. While here, we discovered Santa Monica, where we spent most of our vacation. Two years later, he moved here for good and ten years after that, I finally made it here too. I love living here and can’t imagine ever calling somewhere else home.”For Paul Leclerc, General Manager at Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, his journey as a Santa Monica resident began with a career change.“[I] arrived in May 2000 for a job interview,” he wrote. “I was immediately impressed with the iconic beach, pier and sense of community. I loved it so much that after eight years in Florida, we moved back to Santa Monica in 2011. My favorite day in Santa Monica is riding bikes on the boardwalk, spending time at the beach, and lunch on Ocean or 3rd Street.”Fueled by that inspiration, be sure to stop by the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism interactive video booth at 2427 Main Street during COAST for your chance to win a fabulous staycation right here at home in Santa Monica!Tags :coastdaily pressmeals on wheelsmisti kernsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica tourismTourismtourism talksshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYou Can Toss This Play On the Barbie, MateAlternative fuels go mainstream at Santa Monica ExpoYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours ago HomeNewsTourism Talks: Share Your First Visit Story at Coast and Enter to Win a Santa Monica Staycation Sep. 14, 2017 at 6:00 amNewsTourism Talks: Share Your First Visit Story at Coast and Enter to Win a Santa Monica StaycationGuest Author4 years agocoastdaily pressmeals on wheelsmisti kernsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica tourismTourismtourism talks   read more

Silverstein’s lending biz could get a boost from the weak luxury condo market

first_imgLarry Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)Silverstein Properties is looking to double its lending business next year to more than $1 billion.The firm is focusing on inventory loans in the luxury condo market at neighborhoods such as Tribeca, Gramercy and Midtown East, according to Bloomberg. The firm is in negotiations for roughly $700 million worth of such loans, which are generally used as temporary lifelines for developers looking to pay off construction debt without lowering prices while dealing with slow sales. It can let them remove equity from projects earlier as well.Luxury developers in New York are now facing strong loan repayment projections in a market that is slowing down.ADVERTISEMENTSilverstein formed its lending unit last fall and debuted with $240 million of mezzanine financing for JDS Development Group’s project at 9 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn. It has completed about $500 million in financing so far.“Our goal is not to lend to projects that fail: We’re in a position where if a project has a problem, we believe that we could execute the business plan and we could finish the construction,” Silverstein president Michael May told Bloomberg. “We think that there’s still demand for units that are priced well, but in many cases, the owners of these projects have not adjusted their expectations to where the price would sell in the market yet.” [Bloomberg] — Eddie Small This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

FC Eagles through to finals

first_imgWest Demerara champion FC Eagles earned their finals berth in the Frank Watson Memorial National U-15 Intra-Association Football Playoff, downing Upper Demerara winner Milerock and East Bank Demerara champs Timehri Panthers yesterday at the National Training Centre, Providence. FC Eagles defeated Milerock 3-2 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 2-2 in their second matchup.Prior to the penalty shoot-out, Telbert Baptiste tallied a double in the 11th and 30thfor Eagles while Travis James and George Stephens netted in the 55th and 60thminute respectively for Milerock.Wendell Austin [centre] of Good-Life attempting to evade the impeding challenge of North East La Penitence’ Calvin Moore during the opening match of the Magnum Mash Cup Futsal Championship at the National Gymnasium, Mandela AvenueIn their previous encounter, FC Eagles edged Timehri Panthers 2-1. Baptiste and Jomaley Kellman tallied goals in the 11th and 20th minute. For the losers, Tyrone Burnett netted in the 54th minute.   On Saturday, Santos secured their finals berth, defeating Berbice champion and East Coast Demerara winner Corriverton Lynx and Beterverwagting [BV]/Triumph respectively.Under overcast conditions which featured intermittent rain at the same venue, the Georgetown champions defeated Corriverton Lynx 3-0 after both teams secured similar wins over BV/Triumph.Raymond Bandhu opened the scoring in the first minute, before S. Fraser made it 2-0 as he etched his name on the scorer’s sheet in the 18th minute. The score line was then sealed two minutes onward as Miguel Stoll made his presence felt. With the result, Santos sealed their place in the final round of the National Playoffs on February 16th.In the earlier group matches, Santos downed the East Coast Demerara side 2-0. Kevin Mullin and Stoll found the back of the net in the seventh and 34th minute respectively.On the other hand, Corriverton Lynx bested BV/Triumph 3-1. Michael Cumberbatch, Alfred Dominic and Fenny Adrian scored in the seventh, 45th and 60th minute respectively. For the losers, Roydon Chapman netted in the 35th minute. The event continues on February 9th at the Anna Regina Community Center.The competing teams are Dartmouth Dominators [Essequibo/Pomeroon FA], Rising Stars [Bartica FA] and Atkinson Brothers [Region #1].The winner of each cluster will advance to the final playoff. Tabatinga FC has been afforded a bye to the final playoffs.last_img read more

Barcelona in pole position for Ajax duo De Ligt and De Jong

first_imgAdvertisement 9s2mu3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ui2lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 812vWould you ever consider trying this?😱wshCan your students do this? 🌚vymelRoller skating! Powered by Firework Barcelona are trying hard to land two Dutch youngsters in the winter transfer window. Ajax’s Sporting Director Marc Overmars also stated that the Catalan Giants are in the pole position to sign Matthijs de Ligt and Frankie De Jong in January.Advertisement In a recent interview, Marc Overmars stated,Advertisement  “Barcelona is my favourite, it’s a fantastic club, but there are two other clubs that are very close.Messi can help, money is not important for them, last year they could have gone with good offers and they decided to stay. They didn’t need me to speak well of Barça because they already know it.”Advertisement Barcelona were trying to sign these two players from the previous summer transfer window. However, at that time they opted to stay at their home club. Marc Overmars also clarified that the players are joining Barcelona not for the high wages but for gaining the experience of playing with Lionel Messi.Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best youngsters playing in the European football circuit. The Catalan Giants are surely wishing to keep Matthijs de Ligt ready to replace Gerard Pique after a season. Frenkie De Jong will also be a good addition in the squad of Barcelona and the player can develop himself in the new club.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Minister opens new ambulance station

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows After a long wait, Pakenham paramedics have finally moved into their new $1.1 million state-of-the-art station. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Three stores Pakenham needs

first_img1. Kmart. Pakenham locals have been calling for a Kmart for many years and had a glimmer of hope the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Brentford striker Neal Maupay somehow misses open goal against Cardiff

first_img1 The Bees player consoled himself by pulling his jersey over his head Brentford striker Neal Maupay will not want to see this again.The Bees player produced one of the worst misses of the season after failing to score an open goal from six-yards out.Having beaten the Cardiff goalkeeper, Maupay weighed up his options before dragging his shot wide of the mark, much to the amusement of Bluebirds fans behind the net.Maupay consoled himself by pulling his jersey over his head in an attempt to find a hiding place.But  unfortunately for Maupay, his nightmare miss happened in real life. center_img Neal Maupay with the miss of the season! 😱😱🎥 @Channel5Sportpic.twitter.com/xJLDKjuhjm— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) November 19, 2017last_img

SPFL Wrap: Domestic dominance turns focus on Celtic’s Euro dream

first_imgIn midfield there’s a positive selection headache with Rogic flourishing in the number ten role while Stuart Armstrong has appeared at home more than once alongside Scott Brown in a deeper position.Rodgers talked at length about Armstrong’s versatility and confidence since moving him into a central role and it appears a case of where the midfielder will play rather than if.He’s likely to be joined by the on-form Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Brown, with Rodgers enjoying even more options on the bench. Callum McGregor and Patrick Roberts are both capable of providing threats late on if the game is not going their way.With just one point from three Champions League games Celtic can’t allow Gladbach the chance to open up a bigger gap than the two points they already have on them. A home game against Barcelona and a trip to Manchester City remain for the Scottish champions and so Tuesday appears a critical night in this season’s European story. [LB]Celtic’s nine-point lead, game in hand and imperious form makes title talk around other teams a little fanciful but the pack behind the champions will have a battle to settle the pecking order outwith top spot.Rangers, St Johnstone, Hearts and Aberdeen all failed to pick up three points in the midweek fixtures and talk of the gap on and off the park was rife. Mark Warburton preached calm in the wake of the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone, insisting the Premiership landscape changes very quickly.The picture looks slightly prettier as Rangers’ 3-0 win over Kilmarnock, coupled with results elsewhere, has them in second place.The Rangers boss will be hoping funds can be found in January to bolster his squad, nail that position down and show signs that Celtic can be reeled in the long term. New year is still a long way off though, and while working with what he has, the Rangers manager may see the next month as a defining time for his team.Though they haven’t won three on the bounce all season, the Ibrox outfit’s next three games are against sides in the bottom six, before back-to-back games against Hearts and Aberdeen. That double header could neatly illustrate who is best equipped to finish as runners-up and the Light Blues will be aiming to go into it with as much momentum as possible.Next up are a Ross County side who have already taken a point from a trip to Ibrox on league duty this season, followed by a home match against a Dundee side that finally got a win to end a dismal run. That’s followed by a Partick Thistle side who have put together a four-match unbeaten run.None of these matches carry a guarantee of three points but each should be considered a winnable game for a side with ambitions at the top of the table. With two games against sides with similar objectives at the end of the month, how Rangers kick on from here will be interesting to see. [AC]Airdrie fans might be forgiven for having a serious case of the Monday blues this week despite watching their side come away from East Fife with a 1-0 win on Saturday. It was a second impressive victory in a row and their first clean sheet since August but it was also ultimately Kevin McBride’s last game in charge of the Diamonds following news late on Sunday of his departure from the club.The Diamonds have now appointed their fifth head coach in 12 months in Mark Wilson.Last December, Gary Bollan moved closer to home to manage Forfar and Eddie Wolecki Black was brought in by new chairman Tom Wotherspoon, who restored the club to full-time status. He secured training facilities at Ravenscraig with a view of moving back up the leagues while mirroring the successful production line at Hamilton Accies, where he and his company M&H Logistics formerly had investment.In March this year Black suffered a stroke at half-time in a game against Cowdenbeath and Danny Lennon was brought in until the end of the season, which saw just two defeats in their last seven games and missing out on the play-offs by a single point. Ultimately it was not enough for the grand plan and McBride, who had been coaching the under 20s since hanging up his boots, was elevated to take charge of the first team.The new man in charge made impressive early signings, securing the services of strikers Iain Russell and Andy Ryan, with Ryan Conroy also adding experience to the midfield. Signings dried up, though, with only a handful of first-team players remaining at the Excelsior Stadium with a crop of under 20s making up the remainder of the squad.Results showed some early promise but defending was a major concern for the Diamonds faithful. Young heads were struggling and a lack of experience was evident with teenage goalkeeping prodigy Rohan Ferguson, who attracted bids from Dundee United and Hearts last season, facing a lack of competition. With such a young bench it left McBride little room to change a game. A 4-2 loss to Livingston in August could easily have ended 3-3 with the right options. A 2-2 draw with Stenhousemuir proved costly while late goals against Brechin and Ayr United hurt the side.The local derby defeat against Albion Rovers was seen as an embarrassment to the home fans and few would have been disappointed to see McBride go then. A win against Alloa was followed by the news that former Raith Rovers manager, and current radio pundit, Gordon Dalziel would be brought in to carry out a football and structural review. It was reported he would not take up the managerial role even though McBride refused to answer questions on who was picking the team.It is not difficult to feel sorry for McBride, who has had to cope with the change in personnel and an unclear strategy. It might have been his first big job but he was making do with the tools he had been given and the impressive results showed that he could have worked well under Black or indeed the widely rumoured return of Lennon.On Monday it was confirmed former Dundee United defender Wilson, a radio pundit alongside Dalziel, was now first team coach at the Diamonds – fitting comfortably into McBride’s shoes as an experienced player thrown in the deep end with a very young squad. Dalziel would continue to be involved as director of football while Black’s involvement has come to an end.Fourth position in a competitive league and seven points off top does not seem concerning on paper but if fans cannot trust the decisions being made they will be left wondering where Airdrie will be in 12 months time. [DB] Manager Brendan Rodgers threw a tactical surprise in the opening Champions League group game, switching to a back five for the 7-0 mauling against Barcelona, and circumstances may mean the Northern Irishman has to reconsider his options again.Leigh Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic and Kolo Toure all remained in Glasgow as the squad flew out with illness, fitness and injury ruling them out.Griffiths would have been a surprise starter but the loss of either defender would have been a blow and the absence of both poses a real problem.Erik Sviatchenko, an increasingly assured presence at the heart of the back line will now be facing the German side without either Simunovic, with whom he was building an impressive partnership, or the experience that Toure brings to the side. Celtic’s 1-0 win at Pittodrie on Saturday saw them open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership – their best position at Halloween for a decade.They haven’t enjoyed such a healthy lead over their second place rivals since 2006 when they ended October ten points ahead of Hearts.Tom Rogic’s super strike against Aberdeen resulted in the Dons slipping to fourth in the table with Rangers and Hearts both overtaking.With a comfortable lead at home, it only heightens the sense of importance around Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, a game they will surely have to get a result from if they are to have any hope of progressing in Europe past Christmas.last_img read more

Marshfield wrestlers Hertel, Mitchell eliminated at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

first_imgHertel finishes 32-11, Mitchell 25-16 for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — Marshfield sophomores Nolan Hertel and Sam Mitchell were eliminated from the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament after losing Division 1 consolation bracket matches Friday morning at the Kohl Center.Hertel (32-11) lost 3-1 to Waterford senior Austin Thomas (22-6) at 145 pounds, and Mitchell (25-16) was pinned by Kaukauna sophomore Bryson Alsteen (42-8) at 170 pounds.For Hertel, it marks the second-straight season he qualified for the state meet. Mitchell was making his debut at the tournament.Hertel used an escape midway through the third period to close to within 3-1 and was close to earning a takedown in the final seconds, but Thomas was able to hold him off.Alsteen used a takedown and a nearfall early in the first period to take a quick 4-0 lead and had takedowns in the second and third periods to go up 8-0 before pinning Mitchell with 56 seconds to go.Wrestling will continue Friday with Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals starting at approximately 11:15 a.m. Consolation matches follow for Division 1 at 1:45 p.m. and Divisions 2 and 3 at 2:45 p.m. with semifinals in all three divisions at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Russell Westbrook Has Knee Surgery Again Will Miss 46

Russell Westbrook has had another arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, according to the Oklahoma City Thunder.Westbrook tore his meniscus last season in the first round of the NBA playoffs, after Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley crashed into his knee.“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”The guard will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the 2013-14 regular season because of the injury. Westbrook had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons, prior to this injury. read more