Aladdin’s in Collegetown closes after 30 years

first_imgClosing was a very difficult but necessary decision, owner Sam Schuepbach said. Since opening in 1989, Schuepbach said they have enjoyed “many, many years of great success and community support and enthusiasm.” “We need development and I’m a fan of the development,” Cooley said. “I think it’s great that we’re going to have more offices and more housing and ostensibly more people in the core of Collegetown, but at the same time when a project that’s slated for three months takes more than 18 months of street closure that changes people’s habits.” Aladdin’s has long been a favorite for Greek, Middle Eastern and Italian fare, recognized in a number of positive newspaper reviews over the years and by different “best of” awards. Over the years, Aladdin’s has taken part in many community-focused events like “Taste of the Nation,” which raises money to end childhood hunger. For several years, he also hosted a free Thanksgiving meal for people in need. The idea came from his family around the holidays and he had help planning from his wife, stepdaughters, and staff. The flyers he circulated in 2014 to promote the event read: “It is our honor to serve a complimentary meal to those in need.” Schuepbach estimates they cooked more than 20 turkeys and served more than 250 people. Though it’s a hard time, Schuepbach is remaining positive. A note posted on the door of Aladdin’s this week states that many factors have left him no other option but to close, but he thanked all of his current and past employees because “without them no small business can survive.” He also thanked Travis Hyde Properties for 30 years of partnership, and finally expressed gratitude to the Ithaca community. “It takes support from everybody for a small business to survive, and I want to thank everybody,” Schuepbach said. Aladdin’s was the longest tenant Travis Hyde Properties has had, Frost Travis said. Aladdin’s has occupied the building at 100 Dryden Rd. since its construction. Travis said he is “deeply saddened” by the business’ closing. Being in business for so long “speak volumes to Sam’s prowess as a restauranteur,” Travis said. Kelsey O’Connor “He’s one of the hardest working people I know. I wish him great success in the future,” Travis said.center_img Though Aladdin’s has remained at the heart of Collegetown at 100 Dryden Rd. for many years, around the restaurant, Collegetown has been changing.  With a number of shop vacancies, construction projects, road closures, and parking issues in recent years, it’s been a tough time for local businesses in Collegetown. Cooley, who has had tough times through the phases of construction also, said he thinks there is a lack of empathy and thoughtfulness from city leaders and developers on the short-term impact to merchants. ITHACA, N.Y. — Aladdin’s Natural Eatery has been an anchor in the Collegetown community for three decades, but this weekend the restaurant served its last meals. Sam Schuepbach has owned Aladdin’s Natural Eatery since 1989. Sam Schuepbach has owned Aladdin’s Natural Eatery since 1989. Aladdin’s is the latest in a number of longtime establishments that have disappeared from Collegetown’s evolving and rising landscape. Last year, the owners of The Nines retired and sold their property. In recent years, some other businesses that have closed include Stella’s, the Royal Palm Tavern, Pixel, Dino’s, The Chapter House and even Dunkin Donuts. Tagged: aladdin’s, business, collegetown, development, ithaca, restaurants Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor One of Schuepbach’s neighbors of nearly 20 years, Chuck Cooley, co-owner of Classic Optical, said he was devastated to learn Aladdin’s was closing. He said the restaurant has been an “anchor” business in Collegetown and a boost to the local economy. last_img read more

The benefits of partnering with a CUSO

first_img 104SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mansel Guerry Mansel Guerry is President and CEO of CU24, operator of the country’s largest credit union-owned POS and surcharge-free ATM networks, and also provides a range of other services to … Web: Details If you are a credit union decision maker, at some point you may have utilized the services of a CUSO. For that matter, your credit union may have an ownership investment in a CUSO. Lately, however, it seems that some credit unions have lost sight of the importance of CUSOs. Large third-party, for-profit vendors have started to dominate the credit union market space, representing themselves as big-name, technology leaders offering their cutting edge enticing services. At the same time, credit unions have begun to regard CUSOs as simply another vendor vying for the privilege to sell their wares. It’s times like these that call for a reminder of why CUSOs exist.To be clear, no one should expect a credit union to do business with a CUSO just because it is a CUSO. To be of benefit to the credit union, the CUSO must offer a quality, competitive service at a competitive price that, in turn, helps the credit union compete and add value to its members’ lives. That said, CUSOs, just like credit unions, have a hard time competing against the larger behemoths of the financial services world that have larger scale and deeper pockets, and can afford to buy the business of their customers. But it would behoove credit unions to stop a moment and understand that there is a cost involved whenever anyone attempts to buy their business. Nothing is free. No company, especially a large for profit, publicly traded vendor, gives away anything that it doesn’t expect to gain back.Consider, too, that while vendors may offer some select attractive services to credit unions, very often those same vendors depend on a diversified business model with only a portion of their resources and efforts focused on (and concerned about) the growth and viability of credit unions. Conversely, in the CUSO world, as the credit unions go, so goes the CUSO. The very survival of the CUSO depends on the success of the credit unions they serve. In essence, the CUSO is “all in”, completely committed to the future of the credit union movement. It is their reason for being. To all of us in the credit union community, this is a commitment to a movement and a philosophy that is worth more than money.But of more importance, credit unions should consider the immense practical and ideological benefits of utilizing CUSOs. Think beyond the sale. As a practical matter, even large credit unions are generally smaller players in the customer portfolios of large publicly traded vendors. Once the sale is made, the sales representative disappears into the saleosphere, not to be heard from again until contract renewal time. It’s hard to get attention on your issues when you’re among the smaller fish in the pond. Whereas for CUSO’s, their entire business model is based on service to credit unions. You’re important to a CUSO. You’re the reason the CUSO exists – hardly just another customer.. CUSOs epitomize the same cooperative spirit that credit unions are built upon by enabling a group of credit unions to accomplish, together, something that individual credit unions could not accomplish alone. CUSOs foster cooperative reliance within the credit union community. Together we make the whole movement stronger, complete, more independent. CUSOs feed on the experience of their credit union members, resulting in better products and services that are responsive to the specific needs of credit unions. The organic development of innovative technologies helps to ensure the long-term viability of the credit union movement.So, if you find yourself evaluating your credit union’s vendor relationships and comparing one service provider to another, look beyond the simple price that you pay for those services. Take a deeper look into the service provider’s commitment to not just you and your credit union, but to the entire credit union movement. If you’re looking at a CUSO, you won’t have to dig too deep to find an encouraging answer.last_img read more

No. 1 Trojans keep winning streak alive

first_imgThree consecutive road matches against three top-ranked teams could not deter the USC men’s tennis team from its undefeated start to the spring dual match season.Aces · Senior Daniel Nguyen and the Trojans are 7-0 this season. They are currently on a 26-match winning streak that extends back to February 2011. USC has won three national championships in a row. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanNo. 1 USC extended its record to 7-0 after a 6-1 victory over the No. 12 Pepperdine Waves (3-3) in Malibu on Friday. The clash against the Waves comes after road wins over No. 6 Stanford and No. 13 California last week and precedes the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Virginia next weekend.After the Trojans narrowly escaped with the doubles point against the Waves, USC garnered the victory with five consecutive singles wins, all in straight sets.USC sophomore Ray Sarmiento, ranked No. 12, took down No. 49 Mousheg Hovhannisyan 7-5, 6-1 to give the Trojans a 4-0 advantage and to guarantee USC’s seventh win of the season.Before Sarmiento’s clincher, senior Steve Johnson gave USC its first singles point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 21 junior Sebastian Fanselow, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 decision by No. 33 freshman Yannick Hanfmann over No. 106 senior Hugh Clarke.“[Clarke] was serving and volleying, and I hit good returns so I got him out of his game,” Hanfmann said.USC sophomore Emilio Gomez, ranked No. 48, and freshman Roberto Quiroz finished off their opponents to round out the final points for USC and earn their sixth and ninth consecutive singles wins, respectively.Pepperdine scored its sole point off No. 35 Finn Tearney’s 6-3, 7-6 (5) upset over No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen, which came after the Trojans had pulled ahead 6-0.Prior to USC’s singles wins, both sides battled for nearly an hour and a half in doubles action.Each squad took a doubles win, setting up a battle for the doubles point between USC’s Johnson and Hanfmann and Pepperdine’s Tearney and Alex Llompart.“We knew it was going to be on us to clinch it,” Hanfmann said. “We had some close games until the tiebreak. It was really tight but really good.”Looking poised to notch their fourth straight doubles win, the USC pair quickly pulled ahead to a 5-2 lead.A late rally by the Pepperdine pair, however, forced the match into a tiebreaker, which Johnson and Hanfmann escaped to finalize a 9-8 (7-1) victory and USC’s first point of the match.“We let it slip, but once it got to the tiebreaker, we really fought together,” Johnson said. “It was good to see Yannick and I forget about the opportunity we had at the beginning and focus on the task at hand.”After a week of rest, the Trojans will take their 26-match winning streak to Virginia and will participate in the National Team Indoor Championships, which pits 16 of the best teams in the nation in a four-day tournament from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20.“Every match is a stepping stone to get better, and we’re getting hot at the right time,” Johnson said. “I think we’re in a really good position to make a good run in Indoors.”last_img read more

Premier League action cross channel

first_imgThere’s an action packed afternoon of games in the Premier League cross-channel.The traditional Stephen’s Day fixtures sees eight ties down for decision, with the opener coming from Vicarage Road where Watford host Crystal Palace at 12.30.That game sees Sam Allardyce take charge of the visitors for the first time since he was appointed Palace manager on Friday. At 3pm league leaders Chelsea go in search of their 12th straight league win when they host Bournemouth.Blues boss Antonio Conte knows it won’t be an easy tie.Meanwhile David Moyes returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked as Manchester United manager in 2014 – his Sunderland side visit the Red Devils.And Arsenal will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on West Brom.Elsewhere at 3, Burnley face Middlesbrough, Leicester meet Everton and and West Ham travel to Swansea.The evening games sees Hull play host to Manchester City at 5.15.last_img read more

NBA plans 22-team return July 31 in Orlando, per report

first_imgIn April, Clippers coach Doc Rivers also talked about how hungry his squad — which had won nine of its previous 10 games — was to get going again.“Our guys could feel it, we started understanding each other, we started down the stretch of games, we were playing seamlessly through Kawhi (Leonard) and PG (Paul George), it wasn’t forced anymore. Guys weren’t trying to stay out of each other’s way … I really thought we were about to make a crazy run down the stretch and unfortunately, bam, it stopped.” Reported to be joining the 16 current playoff teams in Orlando: New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Antonio in the West and Washington in the East.According to Wojnarowski, the expectation is that the NBA Draft and the start of free agency would follow in sequential order in October.When the NBA season was suspended March 11, the Lakers (49-14) were leading the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) were in second place.In April, LeBron James said he hoped the Lakers would be able to finish the season that had already proved both challenging and rewarding.“I don’t think I’d be able to have any closure if we do not have an opportunity to finish this season,” James said. “I will have some satisfaction on just being with my brothers … some of the games that we lost, some of the games that we won, some of the games that we overcame and then everything that we’ve been going through this season, the ups and downs, not only on the floor, but off the floor.” Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ The NBA has its plan to bounce back.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league intends to have 22 teams resume play starting July 31 in Orlando. The NBA’s Board of Governors has a call Thursday morning to ratify the plan.Each of the 22 teams — 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference — reportedly will play eight regular season games in Orlando for playoff seeding purposes, with a play-in format that requires a double-elimination format for the 8th seed and a single-elimination for the 9th seed. (If the 9th seed is more than four games behind the 8th, No. 8 reportedly will make playoffs; if it’s fewer than four games back, there will be a play-in tournament.)The proposed timeline for teams reportedly will establish Oct. 12 as the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Why are Gennadiy Golovkin’s fights on DAZN? GGG’s deal, record, fight schedule

first_imgWhat is Gennady Golovkin’s career record?Despite some shortcomings as of late, Golovkin’s boxing career has produced many more highs than lows. His career record sits at 38-1-1, with the loss and draw both coming against Alvarez. Golovkin started his career by winning 37 fights, including 33 by knockout. Although he has yet to beat Alvarez, rumors of a third matchup persist, which would give him another opportunity for a victory. Golovkin’s last win came in a second-round knockout on May 5, 2018 against Vanes Martirosyan.Total fights: 40Career record: 38-1-1Wins by knockout: 34World titles held (current): NoneWorld titles held (past): WBA (Super), WBC, IBO and IBF middleweight titles. Last fight: Loss via majority decision vs. Canelo Alvarez for WBA (Super), WBC, IBO and vacant The Ring and lineal middleweight titlesNext fight: Steve RollsWhen is GGG’s next fight?Golovkin’s contract with DAZN spans six fights over a three-year period. His next fight will be against Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although it’s not yet confirmed, a much-rumored trilogy against Alvarez likely looms in the near future considering the amount of money and fan interest at stake. Golovkin is one of the biggest names in boxing, with his pair of fights against Alvarez being considered as two of the biggest in the sport in recent memory. Beginning with his first bout against Rolls, DAZN will be the exclusive home for all of GGG’s fights. Here are all the details. Join DAZN to watch GGG vs. Rolls and 100+ fight nights a yearWhy are Gennadiy Golovkin’s fights on DAZN?Gennadiy Golovkin became one of boxing’s most coveted free agents when HBO folded its boxing business in September 2018. His fight against Canelo Alvarez weeks earlier generated 1.1 million pay-per-view buys.Enter DAZN, which coincidentally launched in the United States in September 2018. The live-sports streaming platform markets itself as the antithesis of the PPV model, offering fight fans monthly and annual subscriptions at a fraction of the price of a single pay-per-view event.After Alvarez signed with DAZN in October, his middleweight rival GGG was considered an obvious target for DAZN. That marriage came to fruition in March 2018, stoking the rumors of a seemingly inevitable trilogy fight between Alvarez and Golovkin on DAZN. GGG VS. Rolls: Read the latest news & features at SN’s fight HQWhat is GGG’s deal with DAZN?Golovkin, 37, is under contract to fight six times on DAZN through 2021, paying him a reported $100 million. That works out to two fights per year beginning with his DAZN debut on June 8 against Steve Rolls. It’s expected GGG will fight once more in 2019 following that fight.What is DAZN?DAZN is a live-sports streaming service that gives fans access to both live and on-demand events, as well as original programming, that can be watched on multiple devices.In the United States, it is currently the home to more than 100 fight nights a year for boxing and MMA live events. DAZN also streams a live look-in Major League Baseball show that gives fans the ability to follow games in real time.MORE ABOUT DAZN•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?How much does DAZN cost?There are two sign-up options for new DAZN subscribers: An annual pass or monthly subscription. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.Here is a full list of the devices where DAZN is available:Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV..For current subscribers, the fight is already included in your plan.Join DAZN to watch GGG vs. Rolls and 100+ fight nights a year Not long after his rival Canelo Alvarez agreed to a deal with DAZN, Gennadiy Golovkin followed suit, signing an exclusive contract with the global streaming platform for three years.​That means DAZN will broadcast all of GGG’s next six fights — two per year — over the course of the deal, beginning June 8 with a fight against undefeated Steve Rolls on at Madison Square Garden in New York City.last_img read more