Gallery at the Park in Union City has re-opened It features…

first_img ×  1 / 3  Figures at the Parthenon, by Cara London; Oil and charcoal on canvas, 48×60  2 / 3  Leon’s Seltzer, by Cara London; Acrylic on canvas, 24×24  3 / 3  Nike, by Cara London; Oil on canvas, 30×40 ❮ ❯ Gallery hours during the first two weeks are as follows: Wed. Sept 30, 3-8 PM; Thurs. Oct. 1, 3-8 PM; Fri. Oct. 2, 12-5 PM, Wed. Oct 7, 3-8 PM; Thurs. Oct. 8, 3-8 PM; Fri. Oct. 9, 12-5 PM. For the time being, specific days and hours will be posted and updated on our website.For everyone’s protection, entrance to the gallery is by appointment only, so please call ahead (201) 565-3630, or email [email protected] Masks must be worn, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.Cara London earned a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and an MFA from Parsons School of Design. She studied sculpture at the New York Studio School and painting with John Adams Griefen, which profoundly shaped her direction as an artist. London has attended numerous international professional workshops, including Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Vermont Studio School, Emma Lake the Leighton Foundation and most recently Chateau Orquevaux, where she received the Diderot Artist-in-Residence grant.She was a founding member of SOMI Fine Art Gallery in Flemington. She has exhibited her work regularly and is in numerous collections. She also teaches drawing and painting to students of all ages and levels of experience. Ms. London is known for her painterly representational work. (website: CaraLondon.com)The Park Theatre, a 1400 seat house was built in 1931 and had been an active performing arts venue for many years. The space also once housed a museum highlighting the history of embroidery in northern NJ. In recent years the Park had fallen into disuse and in need of restoration.Under the management of John Lant, the Park Theatre (Park Performing Arts Center) is currently being refurbished, and is again becoming an active arts center.In March, the Park opened its doors with an open-house and art gallery opening reception, only to close a few days later due to COVID-19.While performances in the theatre will have to wait until sometime in 2021 when it is safe to do so, the gallery is re-opening following COVID guidelines. If you are interested in future booking of the Park Theatre for a performance or event, please contact John Lant at [email protected] The Gallery at the Park, a new art gallery at the newly renovated Park Theatre in Union City, re-opened on Sept. 30. It features an exhibition of paintings by New Jersey artist Cara London, which had opened in March, days before COVID-19 shut everything down.The gallery is located at 560 32nd St in Union City, on the 2nd floor at the Park Theatre (also known as the Park Performing Arts Center).center_img 1 / 3  Figures at the Parthenon, by Cara London; Oil and charcoal on canvas, 48×60  2 / 3  Leon’s Seltzer, by Cara London; Acrylic on canvas, 24×24  3 / 3  Nike, by Cara London; Oil on canvas, 30×40 ❮ ❯last_img read more

Phenomenal success of Međimurje: Distributed over 15.000 coupons and generated HRK 3.75 million in tourist spending

first_imgThe most significant result of the campaign is that in the first 30 days of the campaign, over 15.000 coupons were distributed with which guests can get more than 100 free experiences, which indicates the excellent non-board consumption of guests.  Which would be the case if both Međimurje and other continental destinations have little real support from the tourism sector. It is important to emphasize that the coupons are not actually distributed or distributed, the right word would be that they were purchased, because the coupons are received at the spent 250 kuna in the destination. Another lesson, how important it is to connect the story with the consumption and the realized overnight stay, and most of all with the quality content that is the motive for coming. “A domestic guest is always the best guest and always will be, and a domestic guest shows how important he is in this crisis. He should always be fought for. This whole campaign, right now when it’s hardest, is focused on the domestic guest. And the numbers speak for themselves when we were right when we focused on the domestic guest. In the first 15 days of July, we achieved a 2% increase in arrivals compared to the same period last year, and the campaign generated spending of HRK 3.75 million in Međimurje. “ The main focus of the campaign was the domestic market, ie to attract a domestic guest, and the idea of ​​the campaign “Međimurje gives more!” Is that guests for every 250 kuna spent get a coupon for one of more than 100 free services in the destination.  Arrivals of domestic guests achieved an index of 102%, and overnight stays 97% – so 2% more guests than in the same period last year and practically the same number of overnight stays as last year in the said period. And in the “peak” of the summer season. After a month of the campaign “Međimurje gives more!” the first results of the campaign conducted by TZMŽ in cooperation with partners are known. Authentic story, added value, quality, value for money – is a winning formula. Maybe we will finally understand this this year, because that is exactly where we have to build the new foundations of our tourist offer. The reach of the campaign on social networks is over 530.000 unique users, and the reach of the campaign via TV has generated over a million viewers in Croatia.  Međimurje visited more guests than last year, distributed over 15.000 coupons, generated 3.75 million kuna in tourist spending in Međimurje – this is the summary of the first month of the campaign “Međimurje gives more!” which has achieved more than phenomenal success. But the first tourist news of the year is how the campaign is in just one month resulted in tourist spending of 3.750.000 kuna in Međimurje! Rudi Grula, head of the Međimurje County Tourist Board The Tourist Board of Međimurje County in cooperation with LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin and about 50 partners from the public and private sector has launched a tourist campaign under the slogan “Međimurje gives more!“, Which runs from June 15 to September 15, 2020. Specifically, if we know that the campaign is measurable, because for every 250 kuna spent, guests receive one coupon, we can conclude that in the first month, tourist spending was realized of HRK 3.75 million in Međimurje. Which is the exclusive and measurable result of the campaign “Međimurje gives more!”. Also, the consumption is even higher, because each guest who used the coupon certainly generated additional consumption, such as visiting a winery through the purchase of wine, but this cannot be further measured. The goal of the campaign was to offer the market added value to tourists instead of competing in lowering prices, and in moments when the special focus on continental tourism is to position and impose Međimurje as an ideal destination that offers and gives more.  The current occupancy and interest in booking that these days are recorded by Međimurje accommodation facilities is a hope that this tourist year, despite all the circumstances, can be relatively successful. Also, it has been proven once again how to fight: lower price and lower quality vs. quality content and value for money, always wins quality, not quantity, as this example shows. A lower price would never have attracted so much attention and achieved this success.center_img Finally, at this moment, in the “peak of the summer season”, Mr.to generate tourist consumption of 3.750.000 million kuna in Međimurje, And that in just a month of the campaign, is an amazing result. But not accidental. Međimurje has been building its tourist story smartly and sustainably under the radar for years, step by step, the foundations are excellent, and most importantly, and only in the coming years will it jump out and spread its wings like Istria, to the “surprise” of many. On the other hand, we should not forget that this is a continental destination, which is a totally different, more complicated and difficult story than that it is a destination on the Adriatic that has a secure tourist base, secure income and “sun and sea” as a motive for arrival. . “According to our research in communication with the owners in private accommodation, most of them are largely filled by September, and holiday homes with swimming pools are completely sold and filled. The trend is very positive, and the results of the campaign make us very happy, because in the “peak” of the summer season and in accordance with the whole situation this year, the growth of arrivals is a great success. We are most pleased that the campaign has realized our main goal, which is the motive of arrival as well as the most important generation of tourist spending, of over 3.7 million kuna. It is also significant that the campaign attracted 98% of individual guests, which speaks of its success. We will definitely go further with the campaign and invite all Croats to visit Međimurje, which always gives and offers more ” Grula concludes. From year to year, this smallest Croatian county justifies the title of the most successful continental tourist destination and raises the bar of excellence in all areas. And only in the future will it begin to spread its wings and be an example of how to sustainably and smartly develop continental tourism. The Međimurje County Tourist Board is also proud of the value for money and the quality of service in the destination. During the month of the campaign, an extremely high level of satisfaction of partners and guests was recorded, and so far none of the partners, as well as the Tourist Board of Međimurje County, have received a single complaint. Campaign “Međimurje gives more!” is by far our best domestic campaign. This is not just a short-term campaign, but this is an investment in our domestic guest. We have had about 50% of domestic guests so far, and we want that number to be a little higher, says Rudi Grula, head of the Međimurje County Tourist Board, adding that if we look at continental tourism in Europe in general, it always rests on domestic to the guest.  This is another proof of how easily I reject the domestic guest and domestic consumption. The domestic guest must be the base for the development before and after the season, and especially for the development of continental and rural tourism. This year, due to the emergency situation caused by the covid19 pandemic, on the one hand opened a great opportunity for continental and rural tourism, because it was precisely the focus and demand for them that was in the main focus. However, it was necessary to impose and position oneself, and Međimurje managed to do that phenomenally thanks to an excellent campaign that has a head and a tail. As part of the campaign, over 15.000 coupons were distributed, tourists generated tourist spending of 3.75 million kuna in Međimurje.  From 15.06. until 15.07.2020 (the first month of the campaign) there were 5.186 arrivals and 12.887 overnight stays, while the average length of stay was 2,48 days.  Rudi Grula, head of the Međimurje County Tourist Board: We should fight for a domestic guest who is always the best guest The first real effects of the campaign were shown in the first weeks of July, when Međimurje was visited by more guests than last year. Thus, from July 01 to July 15, 2020, 2% more arrivals were realized in Međimurje County than at the same time last year. I don’t know that ever in a tourist campaign, for the domestic market and a guest, 15.000 coupons were sold, ie awarded, and the campaign still lasts until September 15, 2020. On the continent, you have to have a special and different motive for coming (no sun and no sea), not to mention the financial, human and other resources available to continental destinations compared to their “sea” counterparts. Also, one key factor should be highlighted here. And that is the visionary Rudi Grulu, the head of the office of the Tourist Board of Međimurje County, who is one of the few tourist professionals in the system of tourist boards. last_img read more

Preparation hit by lack of match practice, says Francis

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Newly-appointed Sunshine Girls head coach, Connie Francis, has expressed concern about the lack of international match practice ahead of next month’s Nations Cup in England.The veteran coach said the squad, yet to be announced, had been training well but the lack of actual court time had been the obvious flaw in the side’s preparation.“It’s a challenging task because the other countries have already been in match mode and we are in preparation mode,” Francis told the Gleaner newspaper here.“But, I am quite confident that they will do their best because they have been doing their best in training.”She added: “They have been improving, but our only shortcoming is that we have not gotten any international matches. But we have been practising against a male team and it is work in progress.”The Sunshine Girls will clash with the top-ranked likes of world champions New Zealand, England and South Africa in the tournament which runs from January 19 to 26 in Nottingham, Birmingham and London.They open their campaign against South Africa at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on January 19 before taking on the Silver Ferns in Birmingham three days later.Jamaica face England in their final game on January 25 at the Copper Box Arena in London.The outing will be the country’s first since their disappointing campaign at the World Cup last July also in England when they finished fifth.Francis, who was appointed head coach last October after Netball Jamaica sacked Marvette Anderson in the wake of the World Cup results, said her side was in a race against time to get fully prepared for the competition.Of importance, she pointed out, were improving fitness level and working on tactical approaches.“Our fitness has to improve and our fitness trainer has been working tirelessly with them,” Francis explained.“Exams are out of the way now and so they can be at training more often because the exams were really drawback for us and so now we can work on our tactical plays.”“We will be going up against three good teams and I have to do all the video analyses ahead of the series.”She added: “I have been encouraging them to look at the games that these teams have been playing and I’m certain I will come up with my plans to see how best we can go up against them.”last_img read more

One in critical condition after Oct 13 crash in Beaverton

first_imgTwo drivers were involved in a serious crash on Oct. 13 near the intersection of Northwest 158th Avenue and Northwest Schendell Road in Beaverton. The road remained closed for several hours while officer interviewed witnesses and the Washington County CART team continued the investigation.Upon arrival police found a large white, heavy duty, work truck sitting in the middle of the intersection, while a silver Toyota Tacoma came to rest in the grass at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Department approximately 65 feet away.Babu Samuel, 54, the driver of the Toyota Tacoma, was transported to Emanuel hospital in critical condition. He remains in critical condition this morning.Paul Mares, 52, driver of the large work truck was uninjured.There were no passengers in either vehicle.Preliminary investigations suggest one of the drivers ran a red light. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.last_img read more