Recreation

Newark withdraws proposal for tax increase | News

Newark officials have withdrawn a proposal for a 1 percent tax hike in 2021.

The tax hike would have generated $39,000 in 2021. A reduction in employee health care costs will help make up for not having that additional revenue, as the premium renewal cost came in lower than expected, according to city spokeswoman Jayme Gravell. The city will also reduce a capital project by $20,000.

The tax increase was proposed by City Manager Tom Coleman on Oct. 6 as the city continues to feel the impact of the pandemic and the economic downturn.

Officials are projecting a revenue decrease of 2.4 percent, mostly due to a drop in utility sales related to the University of Delaware moving much of its operation online and some businesses remaining closed. Other expected revenue decreases include parking fees, lodging tax, traffic fines and parks and recreation fees.

Meanwhile, officials have made a number

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Answers to your questions about how climate change affects winter recreation in Maine

Maine has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who in winter have gone downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. But as climate change makes sub-freezing temperatures and sufficient snowpack less consistent, and as tourists seek out new kinds of experiences, traditional winter outdoor recreation businesses in Maine are having to adjust.

Some ski resorts have suffered through slow winters due to a relative lack of snow, while opportunities to go ice fishing are shrinking as lakes consistently freeze later and thaw earlier in the year.

To share information about the effect of warming temperatures on Maine’s economy, communities and ecosystems, the Bangor Daily News hosted an online event on Oct. 15, bringing together four experts to share their work on the topic. The webinar was the third of four BDN Climate Conversations, which will help shape our coverage of climate issues.

The conversations bring together scientists from the

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Coronavirus Today: ‘COVID, COVID, pandemic, COVID’

Good evening. I’m Amina Khan, a science reporter here at the L.A. Times, and I’ll be filling you in on all the essential coronavirus news as we continue to make our way through the pandemic. It’s Thursday, Oct. 22. Here’s what’s happening within California and beyond.

“COVID, COVID, pandemic, COVID, COVID, COVID.”

That’s the only thing the media want to talk about, President Trump groused at a rally this week in Prescott, Ariz. “People are tired of COVID,” he said.

The disease has sickened about 8.4 million Americans — including the president himself — and killed about 223,000 of them. And the pandemic is far

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Students Sue University of New Haven for Switching to Online Classes During Pandemic

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    Jersey City Council adopts inclusionary zoning law despite public call for stronger ordinance

    Dozens of public speakers called for the Jersey City Council to vote down its inclusionary zoning ordinance Wednesday night, citing “loopholes” that benefit developers, but the outcry fell on deaf ears.

    In a 7-2 vote, the City Council adopted an ordinance that will require developers of certain residential projects that receive variances for use, density or height to set aside 20% of their total units for affordable housing.

    Councilman-at-large Rolando Lavarro and Ward E Councilman James Solomon voted against the legislation.

    Mayor Steve Fulop previously said the ordinance would take construction in the city to the next level and force developers to build more affordable housing. But critics have said the legislation provides too many loopholes for developers — a sentiment shared by more than 60 speakers during the four-plus hours of public comment.

    “I believe this ordinance quite frankly sells out Jersey City residents and favors multi-million-dollar developers,” Akash

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    Style Invitational Week 1407: Your ad space (or space ad) here

    Ooh, we’ll help you think about it, companies! This week: Come up with an idea for promoting some commercial product or service (a) in space, (b) in a prison, (c) at a kindergarten, (d) by a football team or (e) in the White House. While the astronauts won’t be using the products or endorsing them as such, we know it won’t take 5 billion years for that to happen; go ahead and assume that the people there can use the product, sing a jingle, whatever.

    Submit up to 25 entries at wapo.st/enter-invite-1407 (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Nov. 2 (why, you think you’ll have something else on your mind that day?); results will appear Nov. 22 in print, Nov. 19 online.

    Winner gets the Lose Cannon, our Style Invitational trophy — or possibly its replacement (TBA). Second place receives the best promotional stuffed mascot we’ve offered

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    A postcard from Stratford-upon-Avon, where tourism has collapsed without the RSC

    ‘And to thee and thy company I bid a hearty welcome’ reads the inscription on the bronze gates to New Place, William Shakespeare’s final residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Bard’s words from Act 5 Scene 1 of The Tempest seem almost wistful now in a town longing to welcome people from far and wide. 

    Only 25 miles south from where I live in Birmingham, Shakespeare’s hometown has welcomed me countless times over the years and it’s never been anything other than a lively, jovial place. And while the crowds of tourists can swell at times (2.7 million visitors in 2019), it’s an understandable side effect of being the town most associated with arguably the most famous export these isles have ever produced. 

    In 2020 however, Stratford-upon-Avon more closely resembles a sleepy market town. The glacial pace of life along the usually humming Henley Street was as stark as the meagre, socially-distanced

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    Our Outdoors: Vote Like Your Hunting & Fishing Depends on It | Hunting and Outdoors

    Some hunting seasons bring snow, cold, winds and inhospitable conditions which we as hunters prepare for in order to pursue an oft-anticipated portion of our year, and in the end find success in the field through our efforts.  These efforts may start way back in spring or summer, getting into shape through a workout regimen, sighting in a new rifle, or logging countless rounds of trap, skeet or sporting clays to feel comfortable with our physical abilities and shooting skills.  The purchase of gear, particularly that cold-weather clothing, helps us further get ready for what any hunting season may throw at us as the days get shorter and cooler.  The amount of time invested to overcome the challenges of both the conditions and our quarry can be monumental. 

    This year, sportsmen and society face other headwinds leading into the turn of the calendar page to November, and it isn’t just

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    ‘Last Day’ podcast tackles suicide with honesty, humor

    When Stephanie Wittels Wachs introduces herself — to her daughter’s new first-grade teacher, for instance — it can be a little awkward.

    “What do you do?” they’ll ask her.

    “I make podcasts,” Wachs replies.

    “Oh, yeah? What’s your podcast about?”

    “Um, death …” Uneasy silence. “No, no, but it’s funny!”

    There was nothing funny, of course, about the death that motivated Wachs’ podcast, “Last Day,” which premieres its second season Wednesday. Her little brother, Harris Wittels — a comedian, writer and guest performer on “Parks and Recreation” — died from an accidental heroin overdose on Feb. 19, 2015. He was 30.

    Wittels’ death shocked and rattled the Los Angeles comedy community. His entertainment tenure was short but indelible: He coined the term “humblebrag,” and his chill, off-color, Phish-loving persona endeared him to podcast listeners as well as mentors and colleagues such as Sarah Silverman and “Comedy Bang! Bang!” host

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    Zip-line through trees at Lexington’s Boone Creek Outdoors

    Leaves of bright gold and deep red dance with their green counterparts on a chilly fall morning.

    As the cool breeze blows, some flutter from their branches and float gently to the ground below.

    “The fall colors out there are just immaculate,” Adam Downs marvels.

    He’s about to show nine new people the fall colors like they’ve never seen them before: Gliding from steel cables some 200 feet in the air at speeds topping 40 miles an hour.

    The manager and guide at Boone Creek Outdoors can’t imagine a more unique perspective for people to experience the beauty of Bluegrass autumn than flying between the trees on a canopy and zip line tour.

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    High above the creek, Jada McKenzie, a guide at Boone Creek Outdoors in Lexington, Ky., rides a zip across a quarry. Arden Barnes

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    Jada McKenzie, a guide at Boone Creek Outdoors, (bottom) and Adam Downs, manager and
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