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Governor McDonnell Announces 800 New Jobs in Isle of Wight County –Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to invest $180 million in first Virginia operation

imageGovernor Bob McDonnell today announced that Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters , a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, will establish a production and distribution facility in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The company will invest $180 million over the initial five-years of the facility’s operations. GMCR has agreed to purchase a 330,000-square-foot building on a 64 acre parcel of land in Isle of Wight County, where it expects to house coffee roasting, grinding, flavoring, and packaging of its single-serve portion packs for its Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System. Within five years, it is estimated the new facility will have as many as 800 employees.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Isle of Wight County to secure the project for Virginia. The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance was instrumental in the project. Governor McDonnell approved a $4 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Isle of Wight County with the project. GMCR may be eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. In addition, through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the Company’s recruitment and training activities.          

"This announcement is confirmation to the citizens of Isle of Wight that our investments in real estate and infrastructure for the Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park are beginning to pay off as we welcome significant advanced manufacturing projects to our community," said Isle of Wight County Chairman Thomas J. Wright, III. "The rewards will be realized for generations to come."

More Food Options for W&M Students

imageBurgers, fries and milkshakes are making their way to Tribe Square.

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation has announced Friday that MOOYAH has signed a lease to claim the fourth and final restaurant spot available in the recently completed mixed-use development just off campus that combines student housing and student retail.

It will be the first MOOYAH restaurant in Virginia for the Texas-based restaurant chain.  The Foundation announced in August that The Crust, Pita Pit and Subway Café have signed leases for Tribe Square, located on Richmond Road directly across from campus.

image“With its focus on burgers and fries, MOOYAH is a wonderful compliment to the restaurants already scheduled to be part of Tribe Square,” said Nancy Buchanan, executive director of the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation. “We think the students and the rest of the community will really enjoy having all of these new late-night dining options in town.”

The Crust, a new restaurant concept developed by Baker’s Crust, will become the first eatery to open and plans to start serving its authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, microbrews and other menu items on Monday. The Subway Café, which leverages the chain’s partnership with Seattle’s Best to embrace a coffeehouse ambiance, is scheduled to open in mid-November. The Pita Pit, which offers pita-bread sandwiches, soups and salads, and MOOYAH should both be open by early in the spring semester, Buchanan said.

Both The Crust and Pita Pit have spaces that face Richmond Road that enables them to offer large outdoor cafes for al fresco dining on private terraces. As part of the lease agreements, all the restaurants will remain open until at least 1 a.m.

Tribe Square, which was completed this summer, includes four retail spaces on the first floor and apartment-style student residences on the second and third floor with 14 apartments. The 56-bed facility was completely filled when students returned in August.

Free Admission To Colonial Williamsburg For Veterans

Honoring Service to America”

imageColonial Williamsburg will once again be offering free Veterans Day Weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents, Nov. 11-13, 2011.

The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs. It also includes free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, access to the short movie Williamsburg—The Story of a Patriot, and complimentary use of Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses.

These weekend-long admission tickets are available only at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales locations, including the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. Appropriate military identification is required.

Veterans Day: A Military Parade Honoring America’s Veterans
Friday, November 11, 4:15 p.m.
Capitol to Courthouse.

All veterans of service in America’s armed forces are invited to participate in the parade, starting at the Capitol with a ceremony honoring our servicemen and women and concluding with a ceremony at the Courthouse.
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Other local and nationwide free options for veterans include:

Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11-13. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar.

Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.

Bed and Breakfast for Vets

In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets.

2011 Free Veterans Day Meals

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/.

Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.

Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

Hooters – Free Meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, http://www.HootersVeteransDay.com.

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Monday Nov. 7 – Friday Nov. 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit,http://outback.com/companyinfo/veteransday.aspx.

Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.

Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. November 11-14.

Uno Chicago Grill, Friday, Nov. 11. Uno’s is offering a free entree or individual pizza with a purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value. Offer good for all military  for veterans and active duty military. ID or proof of service required: Show up in uniform (if your service permits), provide military ID, show a picture of yourself in uniform, or have other ID showing proof of service. More info here.

To all who served – a simple thank you is never enough. But I’ll say it anyway. Thanks for your service.

Social Security Announces 3.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2012

Cost-of-Living Adjustment is First Since 2009

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The increase will be 3.6%, or about $516 year for the average recipient.. Cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) will begin in January 2012. 

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $110,100 from $106,800.  Of the estimated 161 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2012, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2012, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov.  For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. That’s because Part B premiums are also tied to inflation.  Many people’s premiums will rise, although Medicare has not announced what the raises will be. One prediction is that Part B premiums will rise by about 1/3rd, or from about $96 a month to $110 (for individuals with incomes below $85,000 and had their premiums deducted from SS prior to Dec. 2009 – other participants pay slightly more). So if the average benefit goes up $43 a month, the Part B premium would take $14 of that increase.

To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Traditional Golf Acquires Another Course in NC

imageTraditional Golf Properties and a team of investors acquired Falls Village Golf Club in Durham, N.C., expanding their cluster in the Raleigh-Durham market to three golf courses. Traditional Golf Management, based in Williamsburg, VA will be operating Falls Village along with their current area clubs: The Preserve at Jordan Lake (Chapel Hill, NC) and Chapel Ridge Golf Club (Pittsboro, NC).

This acquisition brings Traditional Golf Properties portfolio to a total of 16 East Coast golf courses in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Locally Traditional owns the Brickshire and  Royal New Kent in Providence Forge, VA, Broad Bay Country Club, in Virginia Beach, VA, King Carter in Irvington, VA, Kiskiack in Williamsburg, VA , Stonehouse in Toano, VA and The Crossings in Glen Allen, VA.

Falls Village members will now have reciprocal privileges at all Traditional Golf Clubs including special member privileges among the courses in the Raleigh-Durham cluster.

traditional golf course locationsTraditional Golf Properties has achieved great success in regionally clustering clubs to maximize marketing and operational synergy allowing us significant growth opportunities. We hope to replicate the Virginia model where we have six clubs( within a 50 miles radius and boast over 1,000 members" commented golf course General Manager Gene Fones.

Traditional Golf Properties LLC was formed in 2007 as a golf course investment and management company..

For more information about Traditional Golf Properties visit their website at www.traditionalclubs.com 

For more information about The Tradition Golf Club at Falls Village please visit their website at www.fallsvillagegolf.com

 

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Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choose Colonial Williamsburg’s Hotels As Top in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

imageAs Colonial Williamsburg prepares to commemorate 75 years of unparalleled hospitality, The Williamsburg Inn, The Williamsburg Lodge and The Colonial Houses were honored to be recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Colonial Houses – Historic Lodging were named the Top Small Hotel in the United States, and The Williamsburg Inn and The Williamsburg Lodge ranked among the Top Resorts in the United States.
Condé Nast Traveler readers voted on the Official Colonial Williamsburg hotels in a number of categories, scoring the hotels based on their rooms and facilities, convenient location, exceptional service, and cuisine.

imageColonial Williamsburg’s Official Hotels blend comfortable accommodations with convenient access to the Historic Area, The Art Museums, The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, various dining and shopping options, and more. The hotels are favorites of leisure travelers, from families to couples, and extend exclusive program offerings to hotel guests. Top-notch customer service and attention to detail are consistent across the properties.
The intimate and elegant Williamsburg Inn was built as a home away from home for friends of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Today, the hotel continues to welcome leisure guests and esteemed dignitaries from all over the world.
imageAt the folk-art inspired Williamsburg Lodge, the ambience of a southern family home prevails. One of the two original hotels envisioned by John D. Rockefeller, the property now consists of eight buildings, interconnected by sheltered walkways. Rooms are large and comfortably accommodate families.
The Colonial Houses (Historic Lodging) offer guests an immersive experience, providing the most convenient access to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Located on Duke of Gloucester Street and on the adjacent side streets, these original and reconstructed 18th-century buildings are Colonial Williamsburg’s equivalent of oceanfront rooms.

Benefit Concert @ Busch Gardens 11/11/11

imageThe first annual James River Jam will be held Friday, November 11, 2011, at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia. The charity jam session is presented by Tempus Jets and Busch Gardens, and will benefit An Achievable Dream Academy, Folds of Honor Foundation and Eastern Congo Initiative, organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children and young adults.

Event organizers chose the Veterans Day holiday in honor of the local military personnel living and working in the region. A portion of the concert tickets will be given to local military bases for complimentary admission to the James River Jam.

The following artists will appear at the James River Jam on November 11:

  • Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist
  • Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist
  • John Oates, singer/songwriter and co-founder of Hall & Oates
  • JD Souther, legendary singer/songwriter
  • Micky Dolenz, lead singer of The Monkees
  • Jerry Eubanks, former member of the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Sam Bush, musician, vocalist and Father of Newgrass
  • Joe Horowitz, musician and Canadian professional golfer
  • Special video appearance from actor and Eastern Congo Initiative founder Ben Affleck

Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.jamesriverjam.com or by contacting Amanda Johnson, 757-875-7779 or ajohnson@orionairgroup.com

( NOTE, I would love to go but $200 for a ticket ?, I know it’s a benefit but really guys ?)

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