Newspaper delivery man and his family bring groceries to seniors amid coronavirus

first_imgCourtesy Erin Dailey(TRENTON, N.J.) — At a time when countless Americans are relying on local heroes to stay safe, Greg Dailey and his family are stepping up.Dailey is a small business owner and newspaper delivery man in Mercer County, New Jersey. Virtually every day for the past 25 years, he’s woken up at 4 a.m. to deliver newspapers to 800 homes in his community. But since the novel coronavirus shutdowns began, Dailey has been delivering more than newspapers — he’s delivering groceries, too. “These are unprecedented times and people still have to eat,” said Dailey. “We’re a big family that believes in helping each other.”The idea struck Dailey a few days before the novel coronavirus shutdowns began. Phyllis Ross, an 88-year-old costumer on his paper route, asked if he could drop her newspaper closer to her garage to limit the amount of time she was outside. Then it hit him.“I went to the store and I thought to myself, ‘How in the world is she going to get groceries,’” said Dailey.He called up Ross and asked if she needed any supplies from the store, which she took as a godsend.“We were absolutely floored when he called,” said Ross. “At my age, I’m afraid to go into a store.”Ross also asked on the call if he could pick up a few things for a neighbor across the street, which convinced Dailey there was a need in his community that someone had to fill.“If those two people live 100 feet from each other, what about the other 800 people I deliver to?” Dailey asked.The next day Dailey made the rounds as usual and added a personal note to each newspaper, offering to pick up groceries and household essentials free of charge for anyone who needed it. Before long, Dailey had more phone calls than he knew what to do with.“Within a few hours, it became clear the need was overwhelming,” Dailey said.It was all-hands-on-deck at the Dailey household. Daughter, Erin, 24, began organizing the orders into an Excel sheet. Dailey’s wife, Cherlyn, 48, ordered items ahead to save time. Sons, Sean, 21, and Brian, 16, were enlisted to carry groceries.The Dailey clan began their task March 21 and, as of Wednesday, had delivered groceries to at least 52 homes in need. They normally spend seven hours each day compiling lists, shopping, disinfecting items and, most importantly, delivering.“Everyone is so grateful,” said Dailey. “It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. You can just feel the energy from folks when they open the door.”The Daileys’ hard work comes as a sign of the times as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spark fear in the hearts of many elderly Americans. People over the age of 65 are at particularly high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and should not leave their homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.But at the same time, costumers on Dailey’s route explain how difficult it can be to follow those guidelines without relying on help from others. Joanne Maddox, 76, said she and her husband tried to order groceries online, and had a five-day wait until their order could be processed. Five days turned into six, then seven, until the company canceled their order altogether.“It’s incredibly unreliable,” Maddox said. “Greg has been a life saver.”Ross paints a similar picture. She explained that few stores in their community offer fresh fruits and vegetables online, and many have orders backlogged for weeks. Since her kids live in a different state, Ross and her husband have limited options to get what they need to survive.“It’s very scary and we really do need the help,” said Ross. “Greg is a kind and thoughtful person, and we are all so appreciative of his good deeds.”The need is so great that Dailey now finds himself delivering groceries to homes outside of his usual newspaper route, going the extra mile for everyone that he can. It might seem like never-ending work, but Erin said the smiles on faces makes it all worth it.“You can’t have a better feeling knowing these people are really desperate for help and you’re doing something so small, but it’s huge in their lives,” said Erin. “It’s rewarding to be a part of the relief.”Dailey and his family plan to continue delivering groceries to their community as long as necessary.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Blues edge Varsity battle on the slopes

first_imgHundreds of spectators turned up to watch the Oxford men and women’s blues teams ski to victory at this year’s races, held on the Varsity Trip in Val Thorens, France. Vin chaud and hot dogs kept the crowds warm as a DJ pumped music onto the slopes and the Oxford and Cambridge ski teams slalomed their way down the flood lit course, finishing through an enormous Varsity Trip inflatable arch to the cheers of their supporters. The Giant Slalom races were held during the day in terrible conditions. With a snow storm, strong wind and a badly cut up course, it was not a surprise that the Olympic race piste, which was one of the longest and most challenging in Varsity history, took its share of victims. The money was on the Oxford men’s blues team (Adrien Geiger (capt), Freddie Clough, George Hamer, Freddie Athill, Phil Senior, Laurence Whyatt) to hold on to the cup, however ex Great Britain team member Freddie Clough and highly ranked BUSC racer Phil Senior were quickly sent crashing out of the course and into the side netting. Four out of six team members must complete the course to avoid a heavy time penalty, so with the first and third seeds down, the remaining four skiers put up a brave fight and played it safe to stay in the game, however the Oxford blues were far behind Cambridge, with 12.61 seconds to make up in the Slalom races. Meanwhile the top four Oxford women blues finished well and were close on the heels of an exceptionally strong Cambridge side. The Slalom races started in the evening, along with the crowds and entertainment. All racers were keen to impress, and above all, the Oxford Blues men, who knew they had to make up vital seconds. This time all six team members made it down with exceptional times. After a tense wait and a nerve wracking announcement, whereby Oxford… no… Cambridge… no… Oxford were finally declared the overall Winners by just 0.92s. The Oxford Women’s Blues team also managed to shave off enough seconds, beating Cambridge equivalents in exciting races. The Oxford Men’s second team were less fortunate and lost to their counterparts due Christian Reinecke’s controversial disqualification, who finished the course with a superb time but on only one ski, which breaks international FIS regulations. The men’s third team and women’s second team won by impressive margins. The Varsity Trip 07 was the biggest and most successful in history, with 1700 Oxbridge students descending on Val Thorens, one of the highest resorts in the French Alps, for two weeks of racing, freestyle events, and debauched Frederick Athilllast_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for Dec. 21 to 27

first_imgPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department December 24, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 60Motor Vehicle Stops: 10Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 26Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS calls December 22, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 57Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 18Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 4 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 500 block 8th St., at 2:00pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 7:00pm December 23, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 78Motor Vehicle Stops: 34Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 24Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 200 block 9th St., at 6:33amHarassment, 5300 block Simpson Ave., at 6:50amFraud, Dolphin Ct., at 9:21amFraud, 1100 block Simpson Ave., at 12:56pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 1:20pmDomestic violence, 5500 block Simpson Ave., at 2:44pm December 26, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 73Motor Vehicle Stops: 26Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 21Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 4 EMS callsTheft, 600 block West Ave., at 8:14amBurglary, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 4:35pm December 27, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 75Motor Vehicle Stops: 37Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 20Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 13th St. & Bay Ave., at 7:37amDisorderly, 600 block West Ave., at 4:11pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES December 21- 27, 2014Calls for Service: 469Daily Average: 67 December 25, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 39Motor Vehicle Stops: 2Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 11Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 7 EMS callsTheft, 800 block 5th St., at 12:33amDisorderly, 1200 block West Ave., at 12:45pmAssault, 700 block Central Ave., at 2:07pmMotor vehicle accident, 200 block 20th St., at 3:29pm December 21, 2014: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 87Motor Vehicle Stops: 48Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 34th Street, one in custody, at 12:22pmlast_img read more

Workspace NAV up 12%

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Luke Voit injury update: Yankees first baseman (hernia) shares target return window

first_imgNot that they really need them, but reinforcements are on the way for the Yankees.Slugging first baseman Luke Voit, who has been on the shelf with a hernia since July 30, said Friday he’s eyeing a late-August return after avoiding a potentially season-ending surgery. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres’ star rookie (back) likely done for season, manager says Gio Urshela surprises Yankees: ‘Nobody thought Gio would be this guy’ Related News Voit, 28, has been cleared by the Yankees for baseball activities and is expected to shake off the cobwebs in a handful of rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week.”I know I’m going there to take BP and do baseball activities, kind of like Spring Training, I guess,” Voit said (via “It’s just getting used to taking BP every day, grounders, getting workouts and everything. Then I’ll play Thursday or Friday.” Cubs bring back Addison Russell, send Albert Almora to minors Luke Voit working at 1st base.Also working on his hoop skills.— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) August 16, 2019Voit was enjoying a career year before the hernia slashing .278/.392/.493 with 19 home runs, 16 doubles and 54 RBIs in 94 games. He said he’s pinpointed a return to the big club Aug. 30 when the Yankees begin a six-game homestand.”We’ve been really excited about Luke over the last week, realizing that he’s going to be able to get back,” manager Aaron Boone said.New York has gotten along just fine without Voit and fellow injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton in recent weeks as they own the best record in the American League (82-42) and a 10 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.last_img read more

College hoops free agency? Transfer numbers are up

first_imgIn this Feb. 16, 2013, file photo, UNLV’s Bryce Dejean-Jones, left, and San Diego State’s DeShawn Stephens dive for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas. Division I coaches are realizing that they can win both now and later with transfers, who are suddenly viewed more like shiny new toys than damaged goods. A recent surge in player movement has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which starts on Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a month-long free agent frenzy that’s transformed the game. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the more remarkable aspects of Connecticut’s national title run was that potential star Rodney Purvis could only watch his Huskies’ teammates because of NCAA rules forcing transfers to sit out a year.“He’s like a Ferrari sitting in the garage that I can’t drive,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said.Ollie isn’t the only coach watching their rosters fill up with players who have already made at least one stop at another college.A recent surge in transfers has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which this year started Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a monthlong frenzy that has changed college basketball. According to STATS, the number of players who have appeared in a game for more than one Division I school has nearly tripled over the past decade, from 122 in 2004-05 to 325 — or one for nearly every school in the country — in 2013-14.“It used to be that there was a stigma of some type attached to schools that recruited outside of the high school ranks,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. “You were not considered able to compete with the blue bloods. Well, now the blue bloods recruit transfers, They take one-and-dones. They take guys who have graduated and have one year left.”The result is that the college hoops transfer market has exploded. For recent grads looking for one last shot at the Final Four, disgruntled players looking for more minutes and junior college stars hoping to land a high-major scholarship, the late signing period offers hope — for players and their new schools.Research by the NCAA shows that the number of transfers from two-year/junior college schools into Division I has remained steady over the last 10 years or so, hovering between roughly 15 percent and 17 percent of all Division I players.The real movement, though, is within Division I.According to STATS, the number of transfers from one Division I school to another jumped from 259 to 325 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 alone. That number could go much higher once this year’s transfers are tallied.“A lot of times kids aren’t transferring or leaving because of the environment they’re in,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It generally comes down to one thing, and a lot of times it’s playing time. Kids now want that instantaneous success.”Negative connotations once associated with transfers have faded, and the use of the graduate transfer rule made popular by Super-Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson is growing. Wilson left North Carolina State and led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl as a “one-and-done” senior.The rule allows immediate participation to players who have graduated with a year of eligibility left, had yet to use a transfer and had their scholarship or aid run out at their original school. Those who don’t meet all the criteria can apply for a waiver.Though grad transfers still represent a small portion of the transfer market, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane highlighted the trend this season in basketball by leading the Cyclones to their first Sweet 16 in 14 years.“I just wanted to go somewhere where I can start over fresh,” said Kane, a transfer from Marshall. “I (had) one year of basketball left.  Marshall and I, we did great things there. But we didn’t win a lot. I had a lot of individual awards. But I wanted to make the tournament.”Iowa State has already lined up Kane’s replacement in former UNLV star Bryce Dejean-Jones, and big man Jameel McKay — who left Marquette without ever a game — should bolster its front court.More high-profile schools are also getting in on the transfer craze.Donovan, who went 13 years without a transfer, has had one in each of the past five seasons. Arizona transfer guard T.J. McConnell helped the Wildcats spend much of last season ranked No. 1, and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood averaged 16.1 points a game for Duke last season.Dayton’s run to the Elite Eight was sparked by Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert. The Buckeyes landed former Temple forward and graduate transfer Anthony Lee just weeks after losing to the Flyers in the NCAA tournament.The NCAA said Friday that its Division I Board of Directors next week will look at so-called hardship transfers involving players who change schools citing “difficult life circumstances.” Typically, some of those players have been allowed to play immediately but the board will review a recommendation that such transfers sit out a season to focus on their new school and life situation while getting an extra year added to their eligibility.The NCAA said the change would provide consistency and reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process — something that’s on the mind of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.“It’s sad that we’re in that position,” Izzo said. “I understand it and everyone wants one. If it’s a fifth-year guy, I swallow it. But the underclassmen who are transferring and trying to be eligible immediately, I think it’s free agency and I think it’s going to hurt our game eventually.”___AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.last_img read more

Indian cricketers Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma all retain top 10 spot…

first_imgAdvertisement ckmxtNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E72o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) acepWould you ever consider trying this?😱j5Can your students do this? 🌚coafbdrRoller skating! Powered by Firework The ICC Women’s T20I players ranking has been revealed and Indian cricketers Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav are the top of the list! The women’s T20I has been going on in full force. The players have shown a great performance throughout the series. Some slipped a few places, while others made big jumps to be the lead. Every year the rankings change. Indian left-arm spinner occupied the second place in the list of best bowlers last year, and this year is no different. The left-arm spinner appears to be unmovable from her second position on the list. While she managed to keep her place, her teammates Poonam Yadav and Deepti Yadav were not so lucky. Poonam Yadav is ranked fifth, while Deepti Yadav occupies the sixth position. Advertisement There are more reasons to rejoice other than Indian cricketers making the list–the Indian women’s cricket team holds the fourth rank in ICC Women’s T20I team rankings! Advertisement There are many other notable performances in this year’s ICC Women’s T20I series apart from our Indian players. Sophie Ecclestone’s performance was greatly appreciated as the spinner contributed to her team, England’s win against Pakistan 3-0. The England vs Pakistan match was held in Kuala Lumpur where Sophie bowled out six Pakistani players in the first match. The spinner is now at the fourth position with more than 700 rating points. It is the first time that an England bowler has made the list with 700 rating points. The only English player who achieved such a score was Anya Shrubsole back in 2016. Australia’s Megan Schutt continues to hold the first rank in the bowler’s category. Her record of 727 rating points is yet to be broken by anyone. She achieved her personal best score this year in February. Advertisement The biggest jump this year has been made by the opener, wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones who scored 179 runs! She now holds the 17th rank and also been awarded the title of ‘Player of the Series.’Now coming to the batters, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates is the top batter this season. Other than her the list includes Jemimah Rodrigues in the 4th spot, Harmanpreet Kaur at the ninth spot and Smriti Mandhana at the seventh place. Sony Sports Weekly Listings | 23rd December to 29th December 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

M’town Volunteers Sought for Two New Committees

first_imgMIDDLETOWN –The township committee is seeking volunteers to help them preserve Middletown’s rich history and chart a course for a vibrant economic future. Volunteers would be appointed to one of two new advisory bodies – the historic preservation commission or the economic development committee.“It’s necessary to preserve the remnants of our storied past for future generations. It’s equally as important that we take steps to ensure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of life we enjoy in Middletown today,” Mayor Anthony P. Fiore said.The Middletown Historic Preservation Commission is charged with fostering awareness and appreciation of the community’s history, advancing public knowledge through outreach programs and education, and encouraging the growth of heritage tourism in the township. Members also will be dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and archiving documents and artifacts that tell a tale about the founding of Middletown as one of the state’s earliest colonial settlements as well as its continuing evolution.The historic preservation commission will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee, a landmark commission member and five public members appointed by the township committee. The commission is expected to meet six times a year.The Middletown Economic Development Committee will focus on fostering new economic growth and the retention of existing businesses and industries. Members will be charged with uniting business leaders and local elected officials so that they may pool resources and ideas that benefit all residents and businesses. The committee’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a desirable business climate that promotes economic growth, job development and the expansion of the commercial tax base.The economic development committee will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee and six public members, including three from the business community. The committee is expected to meet monthly.“There’s an incredible wealth of talented residents and business leaders here in Middletown,” the mayor said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people who can donate some time to help us preserve the past and protect the future.”Residents interested in volunteering their time and experience are encouraged to submit an application on the Middletown Citizen Leadership Form. Applications should be sent to Middletown Citizen Leadership Act, c/o Township Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.Additional information is available by calling 732-615-2015. The application can be downloaded from Look under the “Boards and Commissions” section of the website.last_img read more

It’s only August, but different vibe in Leafville as Training Camp ends

first_imgSaturday the coaching staff continued to evaluate the players before first round of cuts was made Sunday morning.The camp concluded Sunday evening.“We spent a lot of time finding the kind of players that we want to have here,” DiBella explained.“Players who can play the brand of hockey we want here . . . many who have been hand picked,” DiBella adds.The training camp determines the 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two or three netminders Nelson takes into the exhibition season, which opens August 31 against Castlegar Rebels.DiBella is optimistic that a handful of the players selected will be locals.“There’s always a few surprises filtering down from Junior A and there may be a few from the roster moving up from this level to Junior A but we’ve done our homework by talking to teams some of our players are going to camps with,” DiBella said.“We pretty much know what their status is and are pretty confident with out depth chart and how we plan to move forward.”One thing that is for certain, the Leafs don’t plan on wasting a whole lot of money transferring players on and off the roster, as was the policy last season.The roster posted on the bulletin board Sunday as training camp breaks won’t deviate much from the one Leafs take into playoffs come February.“It’s early. It looks good. It’s tough to say what the team is going to be like but I think we’re going to come out of the gates fine this year and have a really strong start to our season,” Chernenkoff said.DiBella said there would be a skeleton crew of players practicing for the next few weeks while others attend Junior A training camps.Chernenkoff is one of those players going to try his luck in the Silver City attending the camp of the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m going to Trail to try my luck there,” he said. “But if I end up back in Nelson, I’m going to battle it out and be the happiest kid on the team.”Ooooh. After last season, it’s too bad its only August.How many sleeps are left before the season starts?Too many for Leaf fans. The month on the calendar says August.Not really hockey weather as temperatures ranged in the low 30s C on the weekend.But that didn’t stop the Nelson Leafs from being the first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise out of the blocks as the Green and White kicked off the season with its 2016 training camp at the NDCC Arena.While most everyone was thinking about cooling off from the late blast of summer, approximately 40 players battled for a spot on the new-look Leafs.“I think the camp is going very well,” returning Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff said following the morning ice session Sunday.Chernenkoff, who played 36 games for Nelson last season where the Crescent Valley native score five times and added 10 assists, will be counted on to help bolster a blueline that was a minus-35 last season.“We’ve got a great group of guys all competing for spots,” Chernenkoff said.“The tempo is high . . . which is good. So I think it’s going to be a great start to our season.”Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella and General Manager Sean Dooley logged more miles than Greyhound during the off-season to recruit the right players to restore the Leafs to the glory years of the past.Starting the camp two weeks before most teams was another way to change up a franchise that has struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past couple of seasons.“I’m really pleased the players we have here,” DiBella said.“They’ve come in shape, and they’re committed . . . showing us what they can do to make this hockey team.”The camp opened Friday with on-ice sessions as well as games and off-ice meetings.last_img read more

Mayor finally has his school board majority, so what’s next?

first_imgIt’s almost like the final scene from “The Candidate.” Now that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a majority of supporters on the Los Angeles Unified school board, what does he do with his majority? Details will emerge over the next 45 days as Monica Garcia and the board members-elect – Tamar Galatzan, Richard Vladovic and Yolie Aguilar Flores – work with Villaraigosa to map out a plan. Step one is expected to be Garcia’s election in July to lead the board, ousting Marlene Canter, who has served as president for the past two tumultuous years. The second step will be to outline an agenda for the first 100 days, possibly including a new call for a district audit by City Controller Laura Chick. If Chick is not directly involved, she is expected to be asked to help in developing the review. The mayor and his top education adviser, Ray Cortines, also have been working for months on a list of schools the mayor would like to control directly in an effort to show how public schools can be improved. Those familiar with the planning say an announcement on which schools have been selected will be made in late July or early August. It’s a tight time frame if the mayor wants control of any schools by the traditional start of classes in September. New York was very much on the mind of Villaraigosa last week. First there was a far-from-flattering profile of him in the New Yorker. Then he hurriedly bundled his environmental programs into a “Green L.A.” package to present at a Large Cities Climate Change program organized by former President Bill Clinton. While he was in New York, speculation grew over whether the mayor would endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president when the mayor was spotted dining with the Clintons at the tony Kobe Club steakhouse owned by celebrity chef Jeffrey Chodorow. The mayor, who was part of a group that included billionaire Ron Burkle, was outed by radio star Rush Limbaugh on his blog, Limbaugh told how the former president introduced himself and later brought over a guest – Villaraigosa. Only in America could a former motorcycle cop from the West Valley get elected to the City Council of the nation’s second-largest city and now be considered an expert congressional witness. But that’s just the position in which Councilman Dennis Zine – more noted for his fondness for inexpensive dinners and motorcycles than his policy matters – has found himself. Last week, Zine was part of a panel testifying before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on immigration reform as part of his service as immigration chairman of the National League of Cities. “I was honored, but also humbled,” Zine said. “You don’t appreciate it until you are actually back there and realize you are talking to Congress about an important issue. And they’re listening.” Zine said he also learned something about himself and his own political ambitions. “When you take a five-hour flight back there and a five-hour flight back home, I realized that’s not a life I want,” Zine said. “If I ever had any thoughts about running for Congress, this convinced me I should stay here.” It’s not often you hear a city Convention Center commissioner saying take things slowly. But Wayne Avrashaw, an Encino lawyer who serves on the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibit Authority, says it’s time just to say no to plans to expand the facility. “The Los Angeles Convention Center has been a financial drain on the city’s precious general fund and has publicly been described as a `money losing taxpayer boondoggle,”‘ Avrashaw recently wrote. Despite that, he said the panel has authorized spending $1 million for studies to revise the master plan for possible expansion. While some believe the facility will need to be expanded because of business expected from a hotel being developed nearby, Avrashaw said the city should hold off until it sees if business actually increases. Critics have long maintained the problem with convention centers is the cyclical nature of conventions, resulting in either feast or famine. Avrashaw said the city should take a slow approach to see what develops and not tie itself down to a specific expansion plan. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img