General Manager Gary Thulander announcedtoday that the Equinox Resort & Spa has been named one of the World’s 500Greatest Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Travel & Leisure 500is composed of the 500 hotels that have received the highest overallscores from the 2002 World’s Best Awards survey, taking into considerationrooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. “We arethrilled to be recognized as one of the elite properties in the World,”commented Thulander. “This award is a testament to our incrediblydedicated staff. Over the past year we have worked very hard to upgradeour amenities and deliver a memorable resort experience to our guests.It’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized in the form of this award. It’s all part of our goal to be the number one resort in the Northeast.”The Travel and Leisure accreditation is the latest in an impressive arrayof awards bestowed upon the Equinox. During the past year, The Equinox hasreceived; The Golden Key Award 2002 – Meetings & Conventions Magazine,Inner Circle Award 2002 – American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), Silver Metal Award 2002 – Golf Magazine, 100 Best Golf Courses inNew England -New England Journal of Golf, Top 10 Woman Friendly Courses -Golf for Women Magazine, Connoisseur’s Choice 2002 -Resorts & GreatHotels, Excellence in the East -Meetings East and Four Diamond – AAA.The Travel and Leisure award comes on the heels of the opening of two newfacilities at The Equinox. The first new facility is the Rockwell Room,which has created 3,200 additional square feet of flexible,state-of-the-art function space. The Rockwell Room officially opened thispast fall. In January of 2003 the Equinox unveiled the new Avanyu(pronounced ah VAHN you) Spa. The Avanyu Spa is a beautifully appointed13,000 square foot facility that provides the utmost in spa experiencesfor resort guests and the local community. The Spa features a 75’ x 25’indoor pool, 10 treatment rooms, a weight and aerobic room, a relaxationarea and beautiful locker room facilities. Local memberships to the spaare available on a limited basis.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvanians Urged to Limit Travel, Prepare for Complex, Fast-moving Winter Storm Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With a fast-moving, complex winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain across the state tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to limit travel and pay attention to what may be rapidly changing weather conditions.“This storm could bring with it a travel mess and so I encourage everyone who can stay off the roads to do so tomorrow,” Gov. Wolf said. “Be sure to check your local weather and road conditions and heed the advice of local emergency responders and personnel, and, as always, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”Snow is forecasted to arrive Wednesday morning moving northeast across the state and transitioning to an icy mix of snow and sleet, turning to rain in the afternoon. Most of the state could see from 2 to 8 inches of snow, with the highest accumulations south of I-80, followed by potentially icy conditions before the storm moves out of the state Wednesday night.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is closely monitoring the weather and is in contact with county emergency officials to ensure all needs are being met.“Conditions with this storm could change quickly, so we’ll be working closely with our county partners to anticipate any resources they might need from the state,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield.PennDOT and the PA Turnpike have issued a commercial vehicle ban and phased restrictions on certain roadways through the storm, beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow. See the latest map of bans and restriction here.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.Gov. Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. He also asked drivers to observe any vehicle bans, which will allow snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter and visit the department on Facebook to view a winter emergency kit video.“Pennsylvania state agencies are ready for this winter storm,” Gov. Wolf said. “I now ask all Pennsylvanians to get ready, stay safe, stay off the roads if you can, and take care of each other. This is an especially good time to be a good neighbor.” February 19, 2019
But there has always been talk of that next step. While there have been plenty of American stars, there has never truly been a star that is American, and, yes, there is a difference.MORE: Lampard says Pulisic has talent to score like Premier league’s bestEvery country has its own set of heroes but, for a player to truly transcend, to earn recognition among the best the sport has to offer, they need to take things a step further. That day, that next step, appears to be occurring right before our eyes.From the moment Christian Pulisic broke through at Borussia Dortmund, there was hope that, eventually, he would become the world-class player that the U.S., and clubs around the world, had been begging for.There was hope, albeit cautiously-optimistic hope, that Pulisic could be the first U.S. men’s national team player to truly emerge on the global stage and be known for something more than just being an American.Over the last few months, Pulisic has done just that. He has become Chelsea’s most important attacking player and, since the resumption of the Premier League in June, there are maybe only one or two players that can say they have enjoyed a better return to action than the 21-year-old.Pulisic has emerged from lockdown looking like a bona fide star, one who is good enough to dominate in the Premier League and young enough to add credence to the thought that this may just be the beginning.”In the first couple days, it is normal for a new guy that it is tough, not everyone is going to be your best friend straight away,” Pulisic told Sirius XM recently. “That’s OK. But I really felt once I was able to show myself on the field that I could play, and that’s when guys really started to say, ‘This guy is good. He can hang with us. We are going to treat him with a little more respect.'”Since the restart, Pulisic has started to earn that respect and that recognition. He is no longer the kid from Hershey or the hot prospect at Dortmund. He is no longer a player of potential who someday, maybe, could thrive as a superstar on a top team. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/76/5d/eden-hazard-christian-pulisic_1ftbqaf4qk6u41jn8kqgo2sklz.jpeg?t=609463819&w=500&quality=80Those comparisons and those words are major compliments. Never have we seen an American player at the center of these types of discussions, and that is not to downplay the impact that players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard have had on the game in recent years.Donovan was perhaps the most talented American player ever before Pulisic came along, but there will always be that question of how he would have fared with a longer spell in Europe.Clint Dempsey is the most tenacious player the U.S. has produced and earned everything he got in the Premier League but, while he was great for Fulham, he never carried a team at the level of Chelsea.And while Howard became a starter with Manchester United, an icon for Everton and a record-breaking World Cup star, he was never quite regarded as being at a level this high.Those three names, though, have done things that Pulisic has not. All three have shined at a World Cup, with that image of a tearful Pulisic on that field in Couva after defeat to Trinidad and Tobago still etched in many’s memories. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a2/9/christian-pulisic-chelsea-2019-20_uoqpnp6na0fy1lolpaudjyhms.jpg?t=88454491&w=500&quality=80The world has taken notice. Since the restart, Pulisic has drawn frequent comparisons to the man he replaced, Eden Hazard.The Belgium winger, by any measure, is one of the most dynamic widemen in Premier League history, a truly world-class talent who, despite his poor start to life at Real Madrid, has long been seen as one of the world’s best players.Pulisic, meanwhile, is getting there. It takes time to build the kind of resume and highlight reel of a player such as Hazard, but there are also small pieces of evidence you can find along the way.It is the shoulder drop against Benjamin Mendy that left the Manchester City defender in the dust. It is the perfectly hit assist to Tammy Abraham at Anfield that few players in the world can pick out. And there is the patience and poise of Pulisic’s goal against Liverpool, one that only furthered the conversations surrounding him.”I didn’t have any exact expectations for him,” Lampard said recently. “When he came at the start of the season, he needed a break and he had to get himself acclimatized to the league, it is physical and it is tough for some of the greatest players we have seen in this league from the beginning.”He got to grips with it quickly and he is playing very well. He got injured at the start of January but now he looks sharp and hungry. The quality is there for everyone to see at the moment.”He is going past players, he is moving at pace and he always works very hard for the team in all senses so I am very happy for him. I think considering his age, what could become of him, I am very, very pleased. We have got ourselves a very, very good player and he can get even better.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5c/c9/pulisic-gfx-chelsea_1m4z14mg9pv1v11ct3kbyfi550.png?t=-1660131965&w=500&quality=80These days, Pulisic is Chelsea’s main attraction and a global star in the making.Signed by the Blues for a whopping £57 million ($72 million), Pulisic was a big name before he ever arrived at Stamford Bridge, such is the appetite for the sport in America and the desire to see a USMNT star thrive at the top level of the game.Much is made about America’s soccer culture, or, for some, lack thereof, but there is a reason that big clubs are frequently investing time and resources into developing their brands stateside. That reason is that there is unmatched potential in the U.S., a country that is continuing to fall more and more in love with the game, and the Premier League in particular.But, despite early concerns that the push to sign Pulisic was one merely based on marketing and shirt sales, those perceptions have changed. The indecisiveness in the final third is now gone. The doubts stemming from a difficult start to the season have been erased in emphatic fashion. And, given his form since the restart, it seems as if Chelsea may have a bargain on their hands.After the return of the Premier League, Pulisic provided four goals and two assists and won two penalties. Having appeared timid and bereft of confidence during his initial months in west London, Pulisic returned from the coronavirus-enforced break playing like someone who belonged. Getty Images Over the past few decades, the United States has produced several footballers who have gone on to become stars in their own right.The country has watched several top players go on to play in some of the world’s best leagues, becoming regular contributors for clubs that are among the most recognizable in the sport. For years, America was cautiously optimistic that someday there would be a player this good, one to lead the way in the next step in the country’s soccer evolution. Pulisic is that player.Since his breakthrough, there has been a fear of anointing him too quickly. There has been a fear that something could somehow go wrong, that he would never truly turn his potential and talent into something tangible. American fans have been down this route before, declaring a player as their first true star before seeing them flame out in spectacular fashion. But, this time around, this is not the American fans’ point to make. The rest of the world is saying it for them: Pulisic is something special. Getty/Goal https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/82/b/christian-pulisic-usa-trinidad_9hcvx8p4e21r1szpjo1pfc3yw.jpg?t=160795799&w=500&quality=80Until the day Pulisic steps on the field at the World Cup, that moment will haunt him, as the failures of the 2018 qualifying cycle likely robbed him of the chance to become an even bigger star by taking the field in Russia with the world watching.Those three have also displayed incredible consistency, shining for nearly a decade for both club and country. But, even if this is Pulisic’s final form, even if he never improves from this moment forward, the winger has all of the ability to do those things and more. Getty