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Apr 23, 2014
Linda Reed

Save big on luxury getaways this spring

From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts, beaches and in the desert offer deep discounts in the shoulder season. Get away this spring to bike, golf, kayak, paddleboard or lounge by a pool — and save.

Mountain bike down ski slopes or play golf, Lake Tahoe, Calif.

In the late spring and summer the whole Northstar Ski mountain turns into a downhill mountain biking park. Take the chair lift up, enjoy the Lake Tahoe views and cruise down the well-marked ski trails. Then settle in at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. Beginning May 6, starting rates drop 40% to $199 per night. Golf, romance and spa packages dip to $399 a night and include two rounds of golf at a Jack Nicklaus-designed course or two spa treatments. Sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be enjoyed outdoors, whether you’re lounging by one of the resort’s two stunning pools, or while sipping local brews and chowing down on succulent ribs at the Backyard Bar BBQ. Play bocce ball, lawn games, or volleyball.

Pedal the Rail Trail on Cape Cod, Mass.

Rent a bike and spin by pristine sandy beaches, wild cranberry bogs, marshes, ponds and lighthouses along the relatively flat Rail Trail that extends over 22 miles through the towns of Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans and Eastham. With paved surfaces and well-marked traffic crossings, even a novice can meander wherever the mood takes you through Nickerson State Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Rest your head in luxury at the Chatham Bars Inn. May rates start at just $249 and guests can enjoy a 56% savings before rates jump up for the start of the summer. Just a short stroll from the heart of Chatham, the oceanfront inn lets guests take advantage of a private beach, heated pool, ocean-side tennis courts and an exclusive spa.

Rock and roll in Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown, Mass.

Although the Vineyard is known as a vacationer’s haven during the summer, springtime offers a tranquil escape for relaxing in rocking chairs on a porch overlooking a lighthouse, or roller skating, walking or biking on multi-use paths amid flowering hydrangeas and rhododendrons. Wanna-be Tour de France bikers can cycle the entire island and easily log more than 60 miles along the perimeter. History buffs can explore the five lighthouses on the island. After an active day you may find it hard to leave the comfortable rocking chairs on the front porch of the Harbor View Hotel. In April, guests can enjoy pocket-friendly rates starting at $160, a 63% savings off peak rates.

Tee off in the serenity of the Arizona desert, Scottsdale

Discover why Arizona has become a premier golf destination. Tee off at one of the dozens of top-rated courses offering sweeping views of Camelback Mountain and the Sonoran Desert. Play 18 holes, then soak in the stunning infinity-edge pool at The Sanctuary: Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. Beginning May 16, starting rates drop 45% from $529 to $289 per night and seasonal specials often dip lower. For a cool respite from the heat, guests can slip away to Sanctuary Spa. Along with superb golf courses, enjoy a round of tennis at the resort or an invigorating hike on Camelback Mountain.

Kayak or paddleboard Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Amelia Island

Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the northeast Florida coast, Ameila Island boasts miles of wild sandy beaches, bays and salt marshes. It’s hard to imagine all the kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities. Florida boasts great seafood, key lime pie and luxury resorts. This season the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, a AAA Four Diamond oceanfront property, offers a “Paddles Pedals” package starting at $184/night and is bookable now for stays through Sept. 30.

Apr 22, 2014
Linda Reed

Today’s Hair, Day Spa is Potsdam Chamber’s ‘Business of the Year’

POTSDAM — Today’s Hair and Day Spa is the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business of the Year.

The award will be presented to owner Shelly Murray at the chamber’s spring luncheon, which starts at noon May 14 at the Potsdam Town and Country Club.

Today’s Hair and Day Spa is a full-service salon that has been serving Potsdam for 17 years. The business moved to 36 Market St., a convenient location with high visibility, in 2010. The business has doubled the number of its employees and added services. The spa space was opened in 2011, offering spa packages for bridal parties, birthday parties, and other groups.

They also offer the services you would expect: haircuts, hair color, manicures and pedicures, facials, ear piercing, massage and more.

“Today’s Hair has a team of stylists and cosmetologists with a passion for their work,” said the Potsdam Chamber’s announcement.

Murray has over 27 years of cosmetology experience. She is a graduate of SMT School of Cosmetology and is licensed in cosmetology, Keratin Complex, Smoothing Therapy, and many more beauty services. According to owner Murray on the business’s website, “I have a great passion for this industry and have been blessed with loving to come to work every day. I have continued to be inspired by this industry which therefore inspires me to want to grow and learn even more.”

As one nominator observed, “Her customer service is exceptional…Shelly and her staff go above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate her customers’ needs.”

As for community enhancement, “I can think of no one else who has offered more without an expectation of public recognition,” that person said.

Today’s Hair has hosted many open houses and fundraising activities. For several years, they have offered Cuts for a Cause, which donates all profits to worthy causes such as Joanne’s Gift of Love, our local humane society, and Hospice. The “Go Pink” Breast Cancer campaign raised $3,500 for the Canton Potsdam Hospital Cancer Navigation program.

Dozens of local fundraisers and jamborees have benefited from Murray’s generosity, the announcement said. She has also participated in chamber-sponsored events such as Fright Night, Summer Festival, and the Holiday Window Display Contest.

A final observation by a nominator was that “We should be proud to call them one of our own.”

Reservations for the luncheon can be made by contacting the Potsdam Chamber at 274-9000 or Cost of lunch is $20.


Apr 21, 2014
Linda Reed

Ladies event helps ‘get away’ to fitness, health

A Ladies All Day Getaway in downtown Montgomery will focus on fitness, health and personal care, and is meant to encourage women to take some time for themselves.

The event’s planner, Katrina Shaw, owner and creator of Box Mania, said the drive behind the May 3 ladies-only event at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel is to combine care with fitness. A portion of the event proceeds benefit Brantwood Children’s Home.

“We’re all so busy, and things are pulling us in so many directions,” Shaw said. “We do need some time for ourselves.”

In a Self Care for Women study done at Alliant International University in San Diego, it is suggested that recharging is essential, and that women need to nurture themselves emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. The study offers suggestions for women on ways to achieve this, including getting enough sleep and regular exercise.

And while most women know how to pamper themselves at home — manicures, herbal teas, and even through reading or meditation — Shaw wants to bring that to a different level. One through fitness, and through spending time with other women.

“We need to serve others and take care of our family, and do the things that we need to do and be responsible for,” Shaw said. “But we need to balance and do for ourselves. And, to just be encouraged by doing that and also by encouraging others.”

The event will include lunch, personal care sessions, ballroom dancing lessons, self-defense and instruction from Shaw’s Box Mania Xtreme DVD workouts.

“We will do a little bit of basic fitness dance and line dance,” she said. “The day will also include wonderful give-aways from Montgomery businesses such as running shoes, spa packages, spray tans, workout packages, interior design packages, and a Vera Bradley bag.”

Box Mania is a non-choreographed fitness class with power punching and kicking combinations on a hand-held target. It involves interval training that develops overall strength, cardio conditioning and balance. While challenging, the format offers modifications for all fitness levels, and offers increased core strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.

“While fitness is my business, the event is not just about fitness,” Shaw said. “People are welcome to come, ask questions and get ideas about being healthy and fit. Everyone will be invited to participate at their fitness level. I encourage everyone to come enjoy the day filled with ‘girl things’ and let us help you also get started with a fitness program if you desire.”


WHAT: Ladies All Day Getaway

WHERE: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Spa at the Convention Center

WHEN: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3

COST: $75 if pre-registered; $85 day of event

MORE INFORMATION: or email For information on Brantwood Children’s Home, the beneficiary of proceeds from the event, log on to www.brantwood

Apr 20, 2014
Linda Reed

Community effort to help RIC student

Colleen Cartwright | Anchor Contributor

Colin is a Rhode Island College student who entered his senior year last fall, with a double major in Math and Physics. To add to the life and times of a college student, which can be hectic to say the least, he is now facing an even greater challenge.

Two months ago, Colin was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

“[Colin is] a happy and caring individual, with an incredible talent to make people laugh. He is as humble as they come and will go to great lengths to help family and friends in need,” said a family member.

In response to Colin’s recent diagnoses, his family members have teamed with a duo intent on helping those in need. Jose, a Providence police officer of 18 years, and his wife, Renee Deschamps, a school teacher, have joined Colin’s family in a fundraising effort to help offset medical expenses. Their primary goal is to raise as much money as they can to go toward his treatment. The Deschamps have held their fair share of fundraisers in the past.

“They said that it’s a learning experience in every corner,” Jose said. “That you have to give back without expecting something in return. And doing good things comes back to you.”

As a result, people they have helped in the past and many others are buying tickets to attend a fundraiser dinner. In the span of nine days, they sold approximately $1,000 dollars in tickets. That’s about 450 tickets sold so far, with a week still remaining.

Colin’s fundraiser is being promoted through many social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a website that Colin’s brother in-law, Anthony Connetta, set up for him, The website will be held for a total of 90 days, and will allow anyone to donate by name or anonymously to Colin and his family.

In addition to the social media portion of advertising for this event, family and friends are using the old fashion way: word of mouth. Jose has connections with radio stations 106.3 and 92 Pro FM, and the Spanish station 100.3. It may have even been mentioned on the floor of the state house when Jose had visited to offer tickets to members there. They even have the support of Cranston West High School, which is currently selling tickets on behalf of the family.

The biggest draw, apart from meeting and having the chance to get to know the man of the hour, is the multitude of donations that were provided from many different sources. There will be gift cards and baskets, spa packages and many more. Red Sox player David Ortiz will be signing a few items including a baseball and a book. In addition, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes will be donating a football card. The Boston Bruins signed a hat and tickets for next season. There will also be a kindle, Microsoft surface, car washes, jewelry and furniture made by family friend Mark Fisher. These items will be raffled off at some point during the fundraiser.

Our fellow student needs our support now more than ever, so everyone please try and be a part of this fundraiser. There are many incentives, and the biggest one of them all is meeting Colin for the first time or seeing him again for those who know him. Let us all become a part of his memories and ensure that he has many more memories to come.

The fundraiser will be held this Sunday, between 4 and 8 p.m. at the Colosseum on 180 Pine Street, Providence. Tickets can be purchased at the door and will cost $20 per person. The space was donated for the night by owner Anthony Santurri, and partner Eric Tidd. There will be a cash bar, accompanied by appetizers from P.F. Changs, a Macaroni and meatball dinner, and desserts, as well. If you are interested in buying tickets or donating to Colin, contact Jose or Renee Deschamps at 401-473-8647 or the website to donate.

Apr 19, 2014
Linda Reed

Welshpool cinema to get new lease of life as training studio, spa and beauty …

The Pola Cinema in Berriew Street, Welshpool, closed last June after 75 years.

And although there were hopes that it could be rescued as a cinema, the building is now set to be transformed into a personal training studio, spa and beauty clinic.

Christopher Greatorex, of Greats Fitness Ltd, which is behind the plans, said he hoped the change of use would bring one of the town’s best-loved buildings back to life.

The cinema was housed on its first floor, while there was a restaurant downstairs.

Mr Greatorex’s proposals were submitted to Powys County Council this week and people have until May 8 to comment.

Mr Greatorex, from nearby Guilsfield, said : “It is proposed to change the use of the front part to a fitness centre and beauty clinic.

“It would offer one to one training sessions, gym membership and also sales of sports wear.

“The former Revels restaurant part would be changed into a beauty clinic offering treatments, spa packages and products.”

He added: “There is no proposal to provide wheelchair access into the building.

“The stepped approach cannot reasonably be changed as this would necessitate a major reconfiguration of the front of the building.

“This is neither financially viable nor visually acceptable. Similarly, it is impractical to install a lift system to give access of the street.”

It is not yet known how many jobs the new centre would create.

The cinema was run by Richard Thacker and family, who decided to close it so they could concentrate on their Regent Cinema in Newtown instead.

With the industry changing to digital technology, the Thackers found themselves facing a £130,000 outlay to upgrade the projectors, a price they simply could not afford to pay.

The last film was shown on June 13 last year.

Mr Thacker’s parents, Nancy and Charlie had met at the cinema while they worked there in the 1950s.

Apr 18, 2014
Linda Reed

Phuket dining: Sardinian sizzles in the kitchen

PHUKET: Italian Chef de Cuisine Patrizia Battolu has been at the Amari Phuket for just a few months, but is already making her mark on the restaurant.

Claire Connell

Friday 18 April 2014, 03:50PM

Prior to working at Amari, Patrizia – born on the island of Sardinia – and her boyfriend ran an Italian restaurant in Bang Tao called the Garden of Flavors.

With no formal training, Patrizia started cooking Italian food at the age of 10, and took up her first professional position as an Italian chef in her early 20s, at a small hotel in northern Italy.

As a young female chef working in a busy kitchen, it wasn’t all fun and games, she explains.

“Some of the men thought I was stupid and wasn’t capable of anything, and that I wasn’t good enough.”

But fast forward many years of working hard in the industry, and Patrizia says the men usually respect her now.

At Amari’s La Gritta Italian restaurant we were recently treated to around 10 dishes carefully prepared by Patrizia, which included an antipasto platter, pasta and seafood.

All were delicious but the highlight was the Australian beef tenderloin, served on tender potatoes and fresh asparagus, priced at B1,150++.

It’s this dish she recommends to beef lovers – particularly men, Patrizia says.
For dessert, guests are advised to order the trio of tiramisu, panna cotta and cassata (a traditional Italian fruit cake), priced at B195++.

The menu at La Gritta is diverse, and at the moment features a range of specials which change daily.

Pasta, fish and appetisers are Patrizia’s strengths, and also her favourites to cook, she says.

“For me, I like risotto. At the moment we have one which is pumpkin, whisky and black pepper.

“I like change. I don’t like to make the same thing all the time because after one period it’s not special. I like trying new things.”

As well as the great food, also worthy of a special mention was the exceptional service at La Gritta. Staff were attentive, polite, friendly and incredibly professional during our dining experience.

There is a Resident Privilege Card available for both Thais and expats who work in Phuket, offering 20 per cent off food, beverages and spa packages.

La Gritta is open daily, serving Italian food with contemporary flair. For reservations phone 076 34 0-106.

Apr 17, 2014
Linda Reed

Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class – Tribune

Bill Evans hugged his oldest daughter for an extra few seconds early Wednesday morning.

The sun was just rising as they stood inside the front door, taking cover from the unseasonably cold air.

“You need to talk to somebody — call me, text me,� he said, and then he let Gracey Evans go.

A quiet morning routine resumed at the Murrysville home, as it did for many in the Franklin Regional School District, as students returned to classes a week after a mass stabbing.

Sophomore Alex Hribal, 16, is charged as an adult with bringing two kitchen knives to Franklin Regional Senior High School and slashing or stabbing 19 classmates and a security guard in a first-floor hallway just after 7 a.m. on April 9.

Four male students remain hospitalized.

Along the drive to school, students and faculty were greeted with yard signs proclaiming “We Are FR Strong� and ribbons of blue and gold, the school colors. About 30 parishioners at nearby Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church stood on the side of Old William Penn Highway holding signs of encouragement, said Associate Pastor Marnie Silbert. Students waved and gave thumbs-up signs in return.

“We invited the congregation to come down and just stand along the road in solidarity with senior high folks today as they headed back to school,� Silbert said.

The school was open for students and faculty to visit informally on Tuesday. District officials saw to it that the hallway where the attacks occurred look just as it did before, as students requested.

Gracey Evans, 17, sipped a glass of chocolate milk at the kitchen table before the school bus pulled up.

She faced that hallway on Tuesday with a group of a dozen friends, including Brett Hurt, 16, who is recovering from a stab wound in his back. Evans applied pressure to Hurt’s wound until medics arrived.

“Going in by myself is going to be rough,â€� she said. “I’m just going to go straight (to) my locker.â€�

Counselors and therapy dogs welcomed students on Wednesday morning, said Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac.

“I don’t think we ever will have a typical day again,â€� she said.

Many students paused in the halls to look at banners and messages of support tacked up on the walls.

“We saw students smiling when they saw their friends,� Reljac said. “The building today has a sense of hope in it and a sense of healing.�

Ray Grabowski, director of behavioral health services for Excela Health, said 13 specially trained Excela counselors were deployed to help the students and staff as part of the county’s Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Team.

“Normally, when the team is deployed there aren’t as many victims, and the incident in and of itself — the scope of the incident — is not as large,â€� he said.

The counselors were first available at a church and later at another school. That’s important so that the person associates the counselor and sound of his or her voice with a safer, more comfortable environment, Grabowski said.

“We know by our experiences that the sooner we can start the recovery process and the more sensitive we are to how we construct that process, the better the outcome is,� Grabowski said.

“First and foremost, the goal is to communicate a sense of safety … for the individual that the chaos of the incident has passed,â€� he said. “You gradually reintroduce the individual to the site of the incident.â€�

Community support has embraced first responders, as well.

A steady stream of food and kind words has flowed in at Murrysville Police Department and Murrysville Medic One.

“We just couldn’t ask for anything more from the community,â€� police Chief Tom Seefeld said after a woman dropped off three packages of cookies. “They support us, and they know everybody’s going through a rough time now.â€�

Neighboring ambulance services provided relief and a listening ear after paramedics finished transporting patients from the stabbing scene, said Darrick Gerano, administrative director of Murrysville Medic One.

“Obviously, this took a toll on our crews that day,� he said.

Thank-you letters have arrived at the station from neighborhood children, businesses, students and even those injured in the attack, he said.

April Evans, 15, shared a quick hug with her father on Wednesday morning then followed her sister, Gracey, out the door to the bus stop in front of their home. She didn’t witness the stabbing and has been ready to get back to school.

“Be good, girls. Love you,� Bill Evans called out after them.

And then, as he does every day when the pair boards the bus, he sent a text message wishing them a good day.

“It was kinda tough,â€� he said, watching them go. “You can’t let something like this rule your life.â€�

Staff writer Kari Andren contributed. Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or

Apr 16, 2014
Linda Reed

UK Chain of Health And Beauty Spas Open New Southampton Spa

The Escape Southampton

We look forward to welcoming new customers to our spa where they can enjoy being pampered and allow themselves to relax and forget about their busy schedules.

Southampton, Hampshire (PRWEB UK) 15 April 2014

UK-wide chain of health and beauty spas, The Escape Spa, have recently opened a new location within the Hilton Southampton hotel. Located within just four miles of Southampton City Centre, The Escape Southampton provides a perfect setting for local people or visitors to the city to relax and unwind with a choice of revitalising spa treatments.

The Escape have spas in Berkshire, Surrey, Reading, the Cotswolds and Cardiff, all offering a wide variety of spa and beauty treatments for the face and body. Customers can book into a spa for a one-off treatment such as a massage or a relaxing facial, or enjoy a spa package which allows them to enjoy a combination of treatments over the course of a day or two, either alone, with a loved one or as part of a group. The Escape Spa offer a number of different spa packages throughout the year.

The Escape Southampton provides an extensive range of spa treatments, including a number of signature treatments packages that are specially devised by The Escape Spa. For example, The Escape New Beginnings package is designed especially for mums to be, helping to ease their aches and pains. In addition to spa treatments, The Escape Southampton also offers beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting and tanning.

The Escape Spa Director Matt Otley said:

“We are very excited to have opened our new location, The Escape Southampton. We look forward to welcoming new customers to our spa where they can enjoy being pampered and allow themselves to relax and forget about their busy schedules.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about The Escape Southampton or the range of spa treatments on offer can visit the main Escape Spa website



Apr 15, 2014
Linda Reed

Great Alaska Flea Market and Garage Sale

The Cook Inlet Soccer Club invites you to come stop by the Great Alaska Flea Market and Garage Sale on April 26. They will have 28 booths filled with craft vendors, household goods, clothing, outdoor gear, ski gear, children’s crafts and much more.  

Go hungry because they’ll be serving up cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, Hawaiian food, hot dogs, Italian sodas and coffee. They’ll also be hosting a silent auction that will comprised of a variety of items to include spa packages, glacier cruises, train trips, canyoneering, flightseeing,  jewelry, Alaskan carvings and gift baskets.

The Velocity 02G Blue girls have played in twelve tournaments since 2012 and have won eight championships. The Great Alaska Flea Market and Garage Sale will benefit the Cook Inlet Velocity Soccer club and the Velocity 02G Blue girls. So grab your bargain hunter friends and join them.


Apr 14, 2014
Linda Reed

Habitat’s building season to begin with Carpenter’s Gala

Posted Apr. 13, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

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