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(NAPSI)—There are two good reasons why now is the ideal time to start planning your family vacation. One is to avoid being among the 40 percent of Americans the U.S. Travel Industry estimates do not use all their earned vacation days. The other is because research indicates the simple act of planning a vacation results in a large boost in happiness that can last for up to eight weeks.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
For $1 million the Town of Oro Valley is getting over 300 acres of prime land in the middle of our community, over 31,000 square feet of useable space for recreation, meetings, exercise, and food and beverage services, 31 tennis courts, two swimming pools, and 3 golf courses. By any measure this is a good deal when one considers that we have many homes in Oro Valley that far exceed the $1 million figure.
(BPT) - Sensationalized nutrition headlines are everywhere, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even in their own kitchens. Referred to as “sound-bite science,” much of the media reporting simplifies, sensationalizes and tailors headlines to get clicks or tune-ins. As a result, consumers may miss critical information about the studies themselves. With almost 50 percent of consumers trusting media statements on health benefits in food, as foodinsights.org states, it is increasingly important for health professionals to assist consumers in reaching fact-based conclusions about new science.
The community of Ajo has partnered with Local First Arizona to promote in-state tourism and rolled out the red carpet for the first Ajo Weekend Getaway earlier this month.
A ghastly review can be enough to make any restaurateur tremble. But to Steve Dunn, a frightening culinary experience is exactly what he wants for his guests.
Staff of Tucson Local Media made its way to Harvest for October’s monthly Sippin’ Social – an event which the public is welcomed and encouraged to join to engage in conversation or simply enjoy happy hour selections.
In the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, town officials said revenue is up during a presentation to the Marana Town Council on Dec. 3.
With Thanksgiving coming so late this year, the holiday shopping season has been cut short, meaning some consumers took advantage of stores opening early.
Emigrating from Taiwan in 2000, Lynn Lin and her husband Willy Yang made their way to the U.S. in hopes of pursuing new opportunities. Within three years, the couple found their niche in the food industry and opened their first restaurant in Sierra Vista.
Tohono Chul Garden Bistro highlights the natural beauty of the southwest while offering exceptional cuisine. Located on the grounds of Tohono Chul Park, at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, this restaurant is positioned in the center of a mystical desert environment, creating a delightful atmosphere for incoming guests.
Finding a bargain while eating out can sometimes be a challenge for diners. However, one restaurant that makes this obstacle easier to overcome is Tavolino Ristorante Italino. By allowing you to entertain your palate without inflicting damage to your budget, this eatery is a must try.
In a recent interview with BBC, Hollywood icon Johnny Depp set the entertainment world ablaze when he publicly mulled over his own retirement in exchange for what he referred to as “quieter things”.
Without breaking the budget, Tavolino Ristorante is the place to go.
I haven’t seen the original Despicable Me film, but even though I’m a newbie to the super-villainous animated franchise, and was just a little lost with the initial set-up for this sequel, Despicable Me 2 is fiendishly funny and a fantastic film for the whole family. I enjoyed this movie so much that I’m definitely going to be seeking out the first one on video and I’m also already looking forward to next year’s prequel, Minions (which is currently slated for December, 2014.)
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The latest cinematic satirical look at the apocalypse, This is the End, comes from the narcissistic angle of Hollywood stars playing themselves, or at least caricatures of themselves, as they deal with the end of the world by getting high and exuding childish humor as if it were just another day on the playground. Some of this is funny, but it’s mostly just pretentious and inane.
The new film The Kings of Summer offers a fairly run-of-the-mill ‘coming of age’ plot, but its intelligent, witty dialogue and eccentric characters make it a very enjoyable summertime movie experience; especially if you are looking for cinema entertainment beyond the current crop of superheroes and car crashes.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is known in many households as an ornery man with a sharp tongue and a quick temper, poking and prodding at every instance of dissatisfaction he can find in a kitchen. Ramsay is best known for his shows, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Hell's Kitchen places contestants in a team based competition in which the greatest chefs rise to the top while the cooks fall by the wayside. Kitchen Nightmares places Chef Ramsay, who has an astonishing fifteen Michelin Stars, in failing restaurants with the mission to turn the establishments around. Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares have been runaway successes in both The United States and The U.K.
Late desert evenings carry with them a certain mysticism; quiet, yet full of life, possessing warmness and camaraderie in the most unexpected places. The dark alleyways of Tucson’s Church Avenue and Washington street ooze with this mysticism. Bouts of distant laughter cut the stillness of the air, and a closer look through the rustic wooden gates of La Cocina reveals a cozy conglomerate of friends huddled together in an old adobe building, drinks in hand, as they watch local Tucson band Ex-Cowboy serenade those in attendance. There are smiles all around, and everyone is basking in the celebration of Tucson’s local solidarity. From an outsider’s perspective this is a special moment in time, but for La Cocina’s friendly staff, this is Thursday. This magic occurs every night at the local eatery, bar, and music venue. And with additional local and national musicians pouring in to grace La Cocina’s stage, there is no doubt that the enchantment will continue to flourish for some time.
In a recent survey conducted by the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and Investor Protection Institute (IPI) it was determined that older Americans are “very vulnerable” to investment fraud or financial exploitation. Accordingly, the top three financial scams are 1) “theft or diversion of funds or property by family members,” 2) “theft or diversion of funds or property by caregivers,” and 3) “financial scams” perpetrated by strangers.” So, how well prepared are older adults to find someone to advise them on their finances? Survey says, not very well!
“The Five-Year Engagement” had a surprisingly poor opening over the weekend, grossing only $11.1 million and placing fourth at the box office. “Think Like a Man” maintained first place for the second week in a row, grossing $18 million, and somehow, someway, maybe by some misalignment of Jupiter’s moons with Venus, even “The Lucky One” (those who read my review last week know how I feel about this movie) managed to top “The Five-Year Engagement” over the weekend.