DETOX NEWS 10 New Developments Heading Into Tonights Board Of Appeals Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Based on information provided at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, here are some of the latest developments in the effort to construct a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue.The Board of Appeals has an important meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium on this matter.#1) At tonight’s meeting, the Board of Appeals will review and possibly vote on the draft written decision that was made at its January 16 meeting to deny the special permit request of the applicants.“Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein has prepared a decision that is intended to reflect both the vote that was taken and the basis for the decision to deny the special permit,” Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen. “If the decision is finalized at that meeting, it must then be filed with the Town Clerk.”#2) If a majority of Board of Appeals members were to disapprove the draft for some reason, the vote denying the special permit would NOT change.“This is NOT an opportunity to change the substance of the decision,” said Town Counsel Mark Rich in response to a question raised by Selectman Mike McCoy. “The Zoning Board of Appeals must come to an agreement on how that decision will be translated. They’ll be discussing the language of the report that goes to the Town Clerk. This is NOT an opportunity to reconsider the vote that denied the special permit… The intent is to have a defensible decision for the Town Clerk as that’s going to be the matter of any appeal… That it accurately and appropriately reflects the comments and positions of the [board members] and how they voted.”#3) Also at tonight’s meeting, the Board of Appeals will discuss the process to follow for consideration of a request from the applicant for a reasonable accommodation.“The Board will consider, with the advice of [Town Counsel] Jonathan Silverstein, whether or not to conduct the meeting as a public hearing and will receive counsel’s opinion as to whether the decision to grant a reasonable accommodation requires a simple majority or a ‘supermajority,’ added Hull.#4) Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein has communicated with Town Manager Hull that he intends on recommending to the Board of Appeals that (1) the board DOES conduct a public hearing and (2) the decision to grant the reasonable accommodation would require a SUPERMAJORITY (i.e., 4-1 or 5-0), NOT a simple majority.  KP Law believes the governance of the town would still apply in this case.#5) The Board of Appeals will NOT actually consider whether or not to grant the reasonable accommodation at tonight’s meeting, and it may be awhile before it does so.“The Board’s next scheduled meeting on March 13, 2019 apparently has a full agenda, which may mean that the reasonable accommodations matter is scheduled for a later date,” cautioned Hull.#6) The Concerned Citizens of Wilmington recently provided the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Selectmen with a letter arguing that the federal American with Disabilities Act may not be invoked to supersede local zoning bylaws. A ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court (Get Back Up, Inc. vs. City of Detroit & City of Detroit Board of Appeals) was provided as support.The letter also argued that the residents of Wilmington have already made “reasonable accommodations” to those suffering from substance abuse by amending the zoning bylaw to allow for the construction of future detox facilities in industrial zoned areas that are “remote, quiet, and more conducive to those individuals undergoing the torments of withdrawal.”Prior to summarizing the letter for the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jeff Hull took an opportunity to clear up any implication that Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein hadn’t been evaluating the case.“[Attorney Silverstein] has looked at a number of different cases. He’s a specialist in land use law. I think it needs to be made very clear to the public that he is on top of this. He has many years of experience in land use law,” stressed Hull.A letter from Silverstein was read into the record at the end of Monday’s meeting, which, in part, reemphasized Hull’s assurances that Town Counsel has been handling the case appropriately.#7) Resident Suzanne Sullivan criticized the Board of Selectmen for, in her opinion, failing to protect and defend the bylaws of the town. She read a section of the Wilmington Board of Appeals’ rules and regulation:“The discussion about this accommodation, in our minds, is illegal,” continued Sullivan. “There is no basis for them to be coming to the Board of Appeals and this town is setting up a process that is counter to the bylaws of the town. And this isn’t only town bylaws, it’s the state statute… Are we going to have to sit here and listen to this ‘fake process’ coming forward?… I’ve yet to hear how under what law they can come forward with an accommodation petition after they just got a denial on a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. I still don’t have that answer…. This is not allowed. It was voted down. Plain and simple. Deal with it. They have a recourse — it’s called land court.”#8) Resident Rob Fasulo urged the Board of Selectmen to reconsider its decision not to enter into Executive Session to discuss Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman and any perceived “liability issues” he causes the town in this matter.“There’s been a lot of talk about the Facebook post [in which he used the term “junkie”], began Fasulo. “I don’t remember hearing any talk of any other comments. I happened to be going back through the WCTV tapes. During the carnival debate, [right before] the 26-minute on the January 13 meeting video, [Veerman] is on record again using that questionable word. So now we have a long-term pattern of this usage. The concern over that is he really can only vote one way without getting the town into some trouble. If he votes no when this accommodation comes up, there will surely be an appeal on that fact alone.”“I’m not saying he’s a bad guy, but this situation needs to be looked at,” continued Fasulo. “Can he make a vote one way or the other without causing liability to the town? You guys need to do your job and at least have the discussion… Please reconsider the vote and go into Executive Session to discuss.”#9) Later in the evening, Selectman Mike McCoy requested that the Board of Selectmen, at an upcoming meeting, again consider entering Executive Session to discuss Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman. While no formal vote took place after McCoy made the motion, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira agreed to put it on the agenda for a future meeting. McCoy noted he planed on raising this issue even before Fasulo suggested it.At the February 11 meeting, the Board of Selectmen were stalemated 2-2 on whether or not to enter Executive Session, with Selectmen McCoy & Bendel voting in favor and Selectmen Caira and Loud voting against, with Selectman Eaton abstaining. As a result, the motion failed due to the lack of a majority. With Selectman Loud having resigned from the board, the math, and possibly outcome, of the next vote may be different.#10) Selectman Mike McCoy also made a request that, by the next Selectmen’s Meeting, he be provided with examples of other instances where the Wilmington Board of Appeals took a vote at one meeting and then took a vote on the original vote’s decision at a following meeting.  He claimed it had never happened before. Town Counsel Mark Rich said it was not uncommon, but did not specify if he was speaking generally or Wilmington-specific.“In all my 30 years, I don’t think this has ever happened. I think when [the Board of Appeals] takes a vote, they deny it, and it automatically goes to the Town Clerk’s Office,” claimed McCoy. “Can anyone please tell me if there’s ever been a case, on file, similar to what we’re doing now for 362 Middlesex Ave, where there actually going to take a vote on a decision?”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING: Detox Center Proposal For 362 Middlesex Avenue Officially Submitted To TownIn “Government”LAWSUIT FILED: Bettering LLC Sues Zoning Board Of Appeals Over Detox Facility DenialIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Monday’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

More People Have a Summer Streaming List Than a Summer Reading List

first_img Summer used to be synonymous with poring over a juicy read at the beach, or curling up next to a good book outside on the porch.But not anymore. A new survey conducted by New York-based research firm Miner & Co. Studio reveals that, while 76 percent of Americans say they have a summer reading list, 85 percent report to having a summer “streaming” list — a catalog of content that they intend to binge before summer ends.And the great outdoors has slowly become the venue of choice for streaming. Sixty-four percent of participants said that they are consuming video in places where they used to spend time reading outside, including on porches, decks, backyards, beaches and lakes.Related: Binge-Watching Is Our New NormalYouTube (93 percent) and Netflix (90 percent) are the two platforms leading this streaming trend, according to the report, which surveyed 800 adults aged 18 to 59.But before you’re quick to bemoan the unplugged vacations of yesteryear, Miner also found that summer streaming can have certain social benefits. Ironically, streaming has increased social interaction between friends and family, according to the survey, in that 65 percent of participants said that they now spend more time with their loved ones watching and talking about their favorite shows.For additional streaming trends this summer, check out Miner’s infographic right here:Click to EnlargeRelated: As Online Video Explodes, a Look at 5 of the Industry’s Biggest Trends (Infographic) 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 28, 2015center_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

An agents survival guide for Black Friday sales strategies and opportunities

first_img Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Tags: Feature Story Kathryn Folliott << Previous PostNext Post >> Share This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — Heading into high season for winter getaways, and with spring and summer vacations on the horizon, Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions are well-timed for the travel industry. But do Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep travel agents in the loop?As the industry gears up for this year’s edition of Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) madness, a $16 billion phenomenon, we spoke to several suppliers including tour operators, hoteliers and cruise lines about their late November sales strategies, and how agents can best take advantage of all the deals out there – and minimize the chances of their clients booking the big discounts direct.In the space of just a few years, consumer awareness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the Canadian marketplace has gone from non-existent, to “it’s a U.S. thing”, to bona fide bookings motivator.And while Cyber Monday started out as the online bookend to the bricks-and-mortar retail frenzy known as Black Friday, most companies are now fully onboard both bandwagons, whether they’re storefronts or web-based.Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager/Canada for the Globus family of brands including Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways, says the company ran a sale on a limited range of product to test the waters last year and was pleasantly surprised to see how good the uptake was. The company plans to expand its Black Friday and Cyber Monday product range this year with an even more meaningful offer.Geske suggests that agents send a ‘teaser’ email to their client list with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that catch their eye. “Alert them to the fact that there will definitely be some tempting offers out there, but very time limited in nature,” says Geske.The timing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is perfect for agents, adds Jeff Element, President, The Travel Corporation (TTC) Canada. “November is an ideal month to get clients thinking about booking their summer 2018 Europe trips, while there is more availability for departures compared to after the New Year, where space starts gets more limited,” says Element.Black Friday/Cyber Monday is also “a massive sales opportunity for agents to surpass their 2017 sales target”, and earn some extra commission just in time for the holiday season, he adds.Not surprisingly, the most popular trips with preferred summer departures dates are the first to fly off the shelves. Last year TTC found that offering a shorter Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotional offer was more effective, since clients were looking for deals specifically from Friday to Monday and were most inclined to make their travel decisions and book their vacations during the four-day window. This year, however, TTC is extending its offer. “We found that clients are shopping around more since there is an increasing amount of travel deals in the Canadian marketplace … so this year our Black Friday/Cyber Monday [offer] will be a few days longer to give clients every opportunity to finalize their vacation plans and book their holidays.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBoth Contiki and Trafalgar had Black Friday promotions last year and received a significant number of bookings, with bookings up by double-digits, says Element.Back when Black Friday was truly a one-day event, when bricks-and-mortar stores opened their doors in the wee hours of the morning to a stampede of shoppers intent on nabbing a $99 flatscreen TV, the spur-of-the-moment buying window was part of the fun.That’s still true for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But now that retailers selling truly big-ticket items, like vacations, are getting in on the game, the buying window is slowly but surely getting longer.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is now marketing ‘Cyber Week’ specials. “Last year we hosted a Mystery Deal that ran for an entire week. It exceeded all expectations and set us on an incredible track for solid bookings throughout 2017,” said Kelly Poling, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.Poling says Karisma is using the same week-long format this year, “knowing that consumers are excited by both the competitive price point and surprise and delight element.”Whether it’s for a day or a week, not only can the ‘buy, buy, buy’ frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday put clients in the mood to book, it can also motivate clients to splurge on their travel plans.Pamela Lassers, Director, Media Relations, for luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, says A&K’s Cyber Monday promotions have been very successful at encouraging aspirational travellers to book a trip not typically within their budget, just because the deals are so good. That works in A&K’s favour.Says Lassers: “We typically sell out of the destinations featured. Last year the places that sold out first were Botswana, Egypt, Jordan and Russia.Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are compelling promotions for travel advisors to forward to prospective clients interested in one of the featured destinations, Lassers adds. Sometimes, timing is everything. “They have time to think about it … and then the deadline entices them to make a commitment before they get wrapped up with preparations for Christmas and New Year’s.”Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions attract new customers? Katie Marshall, spokesperson for Adventure Canada, says the sales both bring in new business, and reward returning passengers. “Our experience shows a 50/50 split,” she says. Adventure Canada started its Black Friday sale a few years ago, and last year’s sale was the best yet for bookings.No matter what Adventure Canada is offering for the annual November blow-out, “we make sure to release the information to our agent network up to two weeks prior to Black Friday,” says Marshall. “We suggest to our agents to share this information on social media, storefronts, website, etc. over that period of time, in order to provide time for the consumer to mull over the investment.”Thompson Seattle’s General Manager Amanda Parsons says agent bookings account for about 25% of the hotel’s business. For Parsons, taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is about building guest loyalty: “We know that if they come once, our hope is that we will gain a fan for life. You can buy electronics and appliances on Black Friday / Cyber Monday. Why not add a really cool vacation to the mix?”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAttracting new guests also figures into the equation for The Hollywood Roosevelt, says Director of Sales, Kendall Viola, another newcomer to the Black Friday / Cyber Monday phenomenon. “The biggest shopping day of the year provides a platform for our iconic hotel to showcase its amenities and packages to a large audience, who may or may not be familiar with the urban resort.”Just how global Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become is evident from the November deals from The Peninsula Hotels, applicable not just at the company’s U.S. properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills, but also its Paris hotel as well.Cruise lines are in on the game too. The deals time well as a lead-in to the cruise industry’s Wave season specials in the new year. “Travel agents have a unique opportunity to leverage these Black Friday promotions to kick-start interest and finalize bookings as they close out the year,” says Joe Jiffo, Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises North America. MSC Cruises’ deals include discounts worth more than 50% off select sailings and the cruise line is looking to ramp up its presence in the North American market.The days leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the time for agents to gather all of the key details and begin promoting savings on their websites, e-blasts and social media, says Jiffo. “Travel agents today have the added benefit of social media to directly reach consumers to keep pace with B2C deals. Consumers looking to travel rely heavily on online platforms like social media for advice, behind-the-scenes insight and fast correspondence. Agents should continue to take advantage of this public, wide-reaching platform to be the source of news when it comes to deals so travellers are encouraged to get in touch directly to learn more.”A list of all the travel industry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be found here. The list will be updated daily leading up to Black Friday (Nov. 24) and through until Cyber Monday (Nov. 27).This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. An agent’s survival guide for Black Friday: sales strategies and opportunities Posted by About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. 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