‘I want to see all you kids again’: South Bend student bars adapt to the changing social scene during pandemic
The first Saturday home game of the Notre Dame football season normally brings a swell of students clad in green and gold to the bars in South Bend. With this year’s home opener also comes a source of hope for establishments that have historically served students from the tri-campus community, as state orders and University health and safety guidelines regarding the pandemic have kept students mostly out of the local night scene. Mia Marroquin | The Observer The interior of Finnies Next Door, also known as Newfs, on a Saturday night. Newfs is known for their mini replica of Notre Dame’s iconic golden dome.Most bars have seen a drastic drop in student patrons, and for those whose clientele is mostly Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, this decline has been especially damaging to business.The changing demographic was noticeably apparent over the two-week period that Notre Dame returned students to online learning, and all three institutions in the tri-campus implemented tighter restrictions on nonessential travel off campus and threatened disciplinary action towards those who violated COVID-19 safety policies.Notre Dame senior Jack Zinsky said he hasn’t been to the bars this semester in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. He worries that behaving otherwise will result in another spike in positive cases.“I haven’t been going, not because I’m afraid of getting the virus, but because I don’t want to get it and unwittingly spread it to other students, which could send us home,” he said in an Instagram direct message.Saint Mary’s senior Anna Sartori is student teaching this semester, and said she has been staying away from the local bars to keep her students safe.“I need to be extra careful because I am bridging between the Saint Mary’s community and my elementary school, so I am limiting leaving my apartment for any reason, and especially gathering in large crowds,” she said in an Instagram direct message.Sartori is also struggling to trust other students with the responsibility of doing their part in the fight against COVID-19.“I feel that people aren’t following social distancing or keeping to only their family circle,” she said. “I really want to go out, but I don’t think it’s safe and I want to stay in-person as long as possible, so I’m doing everything in my power to help that situation.”Mary Grace Noteman, also a senior at Saint Mary’s, is a Type 1 diabetic. Her roommate is immunocompromised, and both have decided not to visit the bars.“If we get sick, things could get really bad for us,” Noteman said. “We’re also both in different field placements for our majors, so we want to protect others around us outside of the Saint Mary’s community.”The Linebacker Lounge, popularly known as the Backer, has been following Indiana state guidelines regarding mask wearing and socially distanced seating, as well as sanitization. Without the same student patronage this semester, however, manager Paula Walsh said business has slightly declined.“It’s down a little bit, but everybody’s business is down,” she said. “It’s a crazy world, and I know every bar in town is doing what they can to make it a safe environment. We are constantly spraying, disinfecting and wiping. We’re doing everything that we can to make them feel comfortable.”Regular customers at the Linebacker Lounge have been keeping business afloat, Walsh said, but in the end, the Backer will always open its doors to the tri-campus community in South Bend.“You always depend on your regulars, and our regulars have been coming in, staying and helping the business,” she said. “Of course, the students have a lot to do with this bar because it’s a student bar.”And students are slowly starting to return, Walsh added, saying that a “handful” of students made an appearance this past weekend. This number may grow as Notre Dame football returns.Until then, the Linebacker Lounge will continue to take every precaution, Walsh said.“I want to see all you kids again,” she said.Nick Hensley, the owner of The Blarney Stone — also called Original Finni’s, Old Finni’s or Olf’s — said his bar has been closed for 98% of the pandemic. On March 16, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered all bars and restaurants to pause in-person services. Establishments offering food began focusing their efforts on delivery and takeout options, but local bars such as the Blarney Stone could only close their doors and settle into a waiting game.“We closed down in March when the students went on spring break last semester, and pretty much stayed closed until the first week that students came back,” Hensley said. “We opened that weekend, and we deep-cleaned the bar, sanitized, put all the regulations in place. And we had maybe 20 students all weekend, so we decided to shut down.”Though locals do visit the Blarney Stone, Hensley said the bar primarily considers itself a student establishment. Over the past five years, students have contributed around 90% of the bar’s business, he added.“We’re pretty much a student bar, we don’t go out of our way to find other avenues for business anymore,” he said. “I’ve learned after watching many other bars that it’s a balancing act. It’s hard to have students and locals. So our focus has always been on keeping students safe and focusing on that clientele.”With students taking a step back from the normal night scene in South Bend, the Blarney Stone has lost a majority of its business. They’ve had to scale back and cut costs on everything, Hensley said, especially after remaining closed for almost six months.Most of the staff at the Blarney Stone are considered part-time, and hold other jobs outside of the work they do in the bar. Hensley said they’ve been able to mostly maintain the same staff numbers despite the closure, but he hasn’t ruled out losing some workers along the way.“We’ve been able to weather the storm, but everybody’s getting restless,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of the staff members for many years and they’re anxious to get back out there.”Hensley plans to reopen the Blarney Stone for the upcoming weekend, hoping that game day will reinvigorate the night scene. The bar will continue to follow state and county rules regulating capacity and enforcing heightened sanitization.If the bar staff can keep the bills flowing and break even by the end of the night, the weekend will have been a success, Hensley said.“We’re just looking to try to open back up … and just make it to next year,” he said. “I have a feeling if we can make it to next semester, things are going be looking a lot different. We want to be here for the students. I think we’ve been known as the senior bar for as long as we’ve been around. We’re just hoping that people in small groups can come in, socialize a little bit and still stay safe.”Rick Ruszkowski is the managing partner of Finnies Next Door, considered the younger sibling to the Blarney Stone, and known to student patrons as New Finnies or Newf’s. Famous for the miniature replica of the Golden Dome in the center of the main bar, as well as the extensive upstairs addition and smoke-filled dance floor, Finnies Next Door was originally a First Horizon Bank before Ruszkowski and his wife Chrissy purchased the property and started renovations.Since its opening in 2015, Finnies Next Door has successfully served both the local and student communities in South Bend. The establishment closed alongside others in South Bend following the governor’s order in March, and stayed closed for about four months, opening briefly during the summer. Ruszkowski said he has never seen things look quite as desperate as this year.“Couldn’t even imagine this,” he said.Finnies Next Door has implemented the state mandated safety precautions of limiting capacity and requiring masks upon entering. The four-step cleaning process that the bar has always used — including multiple uses of soap and bleach — has proven sufficient in maintaining a level of sanitization, during the pandemic and otherwise. They’ve also changed the layout to adhere to and encourage proper social distancing.“Tables, chairs, barstools — we’ve taken everything away,” Ruszkowski said. “So it’s completely open. We’ve also currently eliminated use of the second floor, unless it’s for reservation or a private party.”Finnies Next Door is now open only on Fridays and Saturdays to limit exposure, but Ruszkowski said few students have been present this semester. However, the bar has seen an influx of out-of-state patrons from Michigan, as well as more local residents.The health department has limited local establishments to 50% of their normal capacity, up to 250 people. Though Ruszkowski said Finnies Next Door has hosted that many people in a few nights over the previous weeks, he noted that none were students.As a businessman, Ruszkowski said he would love to have students back in full force; but as a member of the community and a father to his college-aged children, he said he encourages students to stay safe and healthy by following the guidelines established within the tri-campus.“From our perspective, the students are following the guidelines that Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and even IUSB set out for them,” Ruszkowski said. “We’d love to see the students for a full year, and if I have to sacrifice a few weeks for the students to follow the rules and try to distance, stay at home or do what they need to do so that we can have a normal school year, I mean, absolutely. The students are more of a family to us now.”Even before the pandemic, from its original opening in 2015, the first priority at Finnies Next Door is student safety, Ruszkowski said. He recalled how at the end of a normal night, he would often stand outside the door — in rain, sleet and snow — to make sure students got into their Ubers safely.The absence of students is hurting business, Ruszkowski said, but in the long-term, it’s a pain he’s willing the bear.“We’ll be better for it,” he said. “And I appreciate everything that students are doing to try to curb the spread of [the virus]. We’re going to be here for them. If everybody does their share for a couple weeks … we’re going to be okay. And there’s been a lot of rumors that we were going to close down and we weren’t going to be able to reopen, but I promise you that we are going to be there as a student bar when the students are able to come back out and support us.”Tags: COVID-19, Eric Holcomb, finnies next door, Notre Dame football, pandemic, South Bend, student bars, The Blarney Stone, The linebacker lounge
Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli is expected to return to Liverpool at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.The striker returned to AC Milan in a season-long loan deal in the summer, but the Serie A club have decided NOT to make his stay permanent when his loan expires.Balotelli has failed to make a telling impact at the San Siro this season, with a hernia operation keeping him on the sidelines for much of the campaign.Injury has restricted the 25-year-old to just ten appearances, scoring two goals, and Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Milan have already made the decision not to offer the Italy international a full-time stay.It is claimed Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has instead set his sights on Genoa forward Leonardo Pavoletti as an alternative.It means the former Manchester City frontman will either have to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Anfield or move on again. 1
Ryan Matthew Pierson How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Tags:#connected car#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#top Believe it or not, the parking industry is getting smarter. For cities hoping to integrate more smart technologies into their infrastructure, smart parking is a brilliant way to monitor, manage, and monetize parking. As automated vehicles go from vision to reality, smart parking will become increasingly more necessary.One firm, IPS Group, has a solution.See also: California parking garage operator prepares from driverless carsThis smart parking firm has an all-in-one package solution for Smart Parking that tackles deployment from stem to stern. A comprehensive, fully-integrated Smart Parking platform that covers in-vehicle payment, parking enforcement management, permit management, mobile apps, metering, and data management to help cities better manage and understand its parking infrastructure.Works for driversImagine being able to navigate not only to your destination, but directly to an open parking space, pay the parking fee with a tap, and know exactly where your car is when you are ready to leave. They will also be able to see special offers from local merchants they can take advantage of while they’re in the area. This is a win for local business.No more waiting in line at the kiosk behind another driver that doesn’t understand how to pay the meter. No more endless searching for an empty parking spot. Better traffic flow because less cars are clogging up lanes slowly trudging along looking for an open space.On the other side, drivers will face improved parking enforcement. So, if you grab a spot and don’t intend to pay for the duration of your vehicle’s stay, you can expect swift ticketing and/or towing. Code enforcement officers will have the ability to see exactly how long your car has been in that spot.Looking forward, automated vehicles will certainly need a smarter way to determine not only where an open spot is, but to have the ability to park without being at risk of being out of code. No one wants their automated vehicle to pick them up with parking tickets all over its windshield. A smart parking system could one day be able to communicate with these vehicles and let them know where the nearest open spot is to that they can park, and give the driver the ability to feed the meter remotely using a mobile app.Works for citiesCities benefit greatly from smart parking technologies. Not only do they have improved code enforcement, but they can see, in real time, how parking habits are affecting the flow of traffic.Cities would benefit from access to IPS’ product suite, including:Smart single-space metersMulti-space pay stationsPay-station upgrade kitsVehicle detection sensorsSmart cash collection systemsMobile applicationsEnforcement and permitting solutionsHosted data management software with advanced data analyticsCities that opt for IPS Group’s system will benefit from it being an all-in-one package solution. Its data management system is also set to get a major upgrade this summer. Not only does it connect with all of IPS’ solutions, but it adds modules, data intelligence, and a modern user interface to boot.Having all of this under one umbrella makes it easier for cities to adopt and integrate these platforms into their overall smart city strategy. However, it also means that once everything is in place, it is more closely tied to that system, for better or for worse.On the surface, it would appear that IPS Group is on the right track. Smart city technologies are supposed to make life easier for the citizens and the government, alike. Its integrated, cloud-based Smart Parking system is built to do just that. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…
1. The Post MethodThe post method, or center cut, is the most common method. The DP and the director might not even know that the client is going to present their project in vertical mode — instead, the post-production house gets a request for a 1080×1929 center cut of the final approved edit, then uploaded to Instagram and other social media channels.The issue with this technique is that it usually feels claustrophobic. The framings feel off, and they’re very tight — unless the DP has framed with verticality in mind (usually to the detriment of the 16:9 widescreen).It’s possible to shoot this way and have a decent image in both aspect ratios, but it takes planning. Most monitors, and some cameras, let you load custom guides or overlays so you can frame for both vertical and horizontal frames.2. Flipping the CameraShooting a second take with the camera on its side.A less compromised solution to vertical video is shooting a second version of your takes with the camera on its side, giving you additional footage to edit. This isn’t as time-consuming as it might seem — at least on set.Once you’re happy with a take, flip the camera and monitor on its side and do one more version. You or the editor can incorporate this footage into a different cut.This will almost double your time in post, since there’s a new project to make, but it’ll look infinitely better than a center cut because you’ll be able to choose the appropriate lens and framing for your shots.This is definitely best used for short-form content — like thirty-second commercials — since it’ll eat into your prep, shooting, and editing time.3. Stacked Camera MethodIf you don’t have time for re-takes, you’ll need two cameras operating at the same time.If you don’t want to (or can’t) do additional takes, you’ll need to record horizontal and vertical versions simultaneously. This could mean having a second camera right next to your A camera that’s showing vertically, or to attach another camera to the main camera and roll on both at the same time.The best practice is to add another camera person to do the operating, and to sync the second camera via timecode so that the editor can edit both as one.Since clients are often reluctant to foot the bill for the extra manpower, attaching a camera to the side of the A camera’s cage works pretty well, if the operator doesn’t have to focus it during a shot and can keep the settings unified.Whatever method you use, vertical video is here for the foreseeable future, so it makes sense to learn how to get the best image possible.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary FilmmakingThe Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video ProducersDaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector – Offensive or Misunderstood?Breaking Down the Role of the Video Editing SupervisorA Guide to Turning Your Podcasts into Video Podcasts In this write-up, we’ll look at three common methods for creating a 9:16 vertical video cut of your project — and how each one measures up.Vertical video deliverables are a curveball filmmakers have been dealing with over the last couple of years. Clients want their “cinematic” widescreen content, but they also want a vertical version of their content for use on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Assuming you’re not just recording on your phone . . . here are three common methods to give your clients what they want.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 19, 2017 – Kingston – As the new school year approaches, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, is urging parents to teach their children the importance of education.“Children don’t actually understand how valuable education is when they are young. When they are older and looking for a job, that’s when it hits them, and, as such, we have to be responsible for ensuring that we teach them the value of education,” she said.Mrs. Holness was speaking to JIS News following a back-to-school treat at the Dallas Castle Community Centre in the constituency on August 17. She noted that education has been used as a vehicle by many to change their circumstances, and encouraged her constituents to do the same.Meanwhile, she urged parents to invest in textbooks for their children, so that they will be able to better participate in their lessons at home and school. Another back-to-school treat was also held at the Kintyre Community Centre in the constituency on the same day.The children received educational supplies and free health checks. The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools in September, received knapsacks and lunch bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners and book vouchers. They were also treated to food and entertainment.Ten back-to-school treats will be held across the constituency. A total of $5 million is being used from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and will go towards the paying of tuition and the purchasing of educational supplies. Mrs. Holness informed that 2,000 bags have been donated to the initiative.Treats have already been held in Harbour View and Bull Bay. The others will take place at Dublin Castle/Content Gap, and Mavis Bank High School on August 20; Irish Town-UCC Craighton Estate, and Savage Pen Playfield, August 22; and Top Maryland and Woodford Two Trees on August 23.
Final rally and signature drive for Gas Tax Repeal Initiative 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA final rally was held Tuesday to get signatures for the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative.The rally also gave people an opportunity to get gas for $1.99 per gallon.KUSI’s Lauren Phinney was LIVE with the story. Lauren Phinney Posted: April 3, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2018
WILMINGTON, MA — In the February episode of Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews author Gary Reiner via Skype.From the host: “Gary’s father Kurt and his mother Hennie were able to escape from work camps (including the notorious Dachau) in occupied Austria, France, and Italy, to become citizens of the United States. Kurt’s memoir, Counting On America, taken up by Gary after his father’s death, is a startling narrative of the twists and turns of being refugees on the run, which has come back to haunt us in the form of a xenophobic and cruel administration.”Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/1e725d03-350f-42f5-9adb-3f1dc2c14302/video.original.mp400:0000:0030:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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 [email protected] You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Local Author Marty Conley On July’s Book StewIn “Videos”
Volvo XC60 The Volvo XC60 is a right-sized SUV for most, with decent ride quality and cargo capacity. Not only does the plug-in hybrid version let you coast on battery alone, it’s the most powerful XC60 in the lineup, offering 400 horsepower. It might be a little complex, but Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system is one of the most capable, packing hotspot capabilities, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a whole lot more. It’s one of many features that make us love living with the XC60 day to day. Click here to read our Volvo XC60 T8 review. Comment Share your voice 2019 Audi Q8 doesn’t sacrifice in the name of fashion Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat 68 Photos Audi Q8 Admittedly its 48-volt electrical system only makes the Q8 a mild hybrid, but with a turbocharged V6 delivering 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, this luxury SUV doesn’t need much help. 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Road Accident logoSome 274 people were killed and 848 others injured in around 205 road accidents across the country in 13 days during the Eid holidays, according to Bangladesh Jatri Kallyan Samity (BJKS), reports UNB.Besides, 106 people were killed and 14 others injured in 35 accidents in river and rail routes during the period from 19 June to 1 July.BJKS general secretary Mohammad Muzammel Haque Chowdhury said this at a press briefing at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) office on Tuesday.He said the monitoring cell of the BJKS prepared the report based on reports published on 22 national dailies, six regional newspapers and eight online news portals.The BJKS secretary general also placed 12 demands, including formation of a road accident research unit at the road transport and bridges ministry, initiatives for vehicle speed controlling, digitisation of vehicle fitness process and banning the plying of unfit and risky vehicles on highways etc.
Kolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists received injuries after they were attacked allegedly by a group of BJP-backed miscreants. Some of the injured persons have been undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.The incident, which took place at Nandagram village of East Burdwan district on Monday morning, has triggered tension among the local residents. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that elections were conducted at Burdwan East Lok Sabha constituency on the same day. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some BJP-backed goons tried to influence the voters at Nandagram village on Monday morning, when the Trinamool Congress workers intervened. As they tried to dissuade the miscreants, it led to a heated altercation between the TMC workers and the BJP assisted goons. The miscreants soon overpowered the Trinamool Congress workers and beat them up. They fled immediately after the incident, before the local residents could reach the spot. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe injured victims were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by the local people. Senior TMC leaders later visited the hospital to see the injured workers, who are stated to be in a stable condition now. In another incident, a party office of Trinamool Congress at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas was set on fire by some miscreants. The district party leaders of TMC have accused BJP of setting the party office on fire, which was badly damaged in the incident. The BJP leaders from the district have, however, denied the allegations.