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Long Island Country Club Sales Upswing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Multiple independent Long Island country clubs were sold off to corporations in the past year as part of a growing trend that may continue due to the factors of changing demographics and increased competition.In October, the Muttontown Club in East Norwich was acquired by Concert Golf Partners, according to Peter Nanula, a spokesman for the corporation. Just days before that, in September, the board of directors at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor voted to sell its assets—including its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, pool and clubhouse—to RXR Realty, the largest commercial real estate owner on LI, which plans to keep the club open but signaled that it plans to develop part of the 210-acre property. That news came five months after Weiss Properties and 2020 Acquisitions bought the 109-year-old Woodmere Club in Woodmere.The purchase of the Muttontown Club was part of a recapitalization deal, unanimously approved by the club’s board of directors and by a 96-3 vote of its members, under which Concert Golf paid off the club’s debt, lowered equity member dues and infused $1 million into the club. according to the corporation. Not clear was the purchase price.“Terms were confidential,” Nanula says.An update on the Engineers deal wasn’t available and RXR declined to comment for this story. Before those three transactions, in 2015, the 125-acre Cedarbrook Club in Old Brookville was put up for sale, the 107-acre Woodcrest Country Club in Muttontown sold for $19 million in 2010 and the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head was purchased for $12.5 million in 2009.Also in negotiations for sale and partial development was the 168-acre Cold Spring Country Club. Matt Tucker, that club’s general manager, declined to comment.A deal to acquire Cedarbrook Club fell through early this year, according to David Rafiy, its director.“We’re looking to build up the membership and catering business, and we’ll consider other alternatives as well,” he says, noting that membership is “up significantly.”Driving the issue is the fact that many younger parents don’t have much time to play golf, the number of courses has expanded, especially on LI — where private clubs now compete with new, “high-end” municipal courses — and certain clubs have rising debt and declining membership, Rafiy says.“They had high standards, spent a lot of money on renovations and they had big loans,” he says. “Rather than continue to pass along the deficits to their members, they decided to sell.”One bright spot is that the number of people interested in golf seems to be “on the upswing,” he says.Although he expects the number of local country clubs being put upfor sale will “level off,” he predicts “there are probably a few more clubs that will change hands.”While member-owned Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich is flourishing as a “fullservice, family centric country club” with amenities including an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course, “a lot of other clubs are kind of going into the golf club” business and moving away from “top-level service” to save money, says Brian Lau, general manager.Others trying to maintain high-end services are drastically slashing membership fees to be more competitive with other local clubs — “a slippery slope” because they’re “bringing [members] in at substantially less revenue,” he says. “That equation just doesn’t work.”It also remains to be seen how clubs that were once member-owned will fare now after being bought out by corporations that start making all the decisions, he says. Experts say they must figure out ways to attract younger members to survive.“The cost of living is going up substantially on Long Island,” he says. “Everything is going up. So, it’s really, really, really tough for young families to join a country club.”last_img read more

Public officers encouraged to stand together

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Public officers encouraged to stand together by: – March 13, 2012 Union members at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting.Members of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) have been encouraged by their president to stand together in unity.The DPSU held a special general meeting at its headquarters in Roseau on Tuesday afternoon to inform membership on three matters; the status of salary negotiation between the Union and the government, productivity issue raised by government’s productivity consultant Parry Bellot and pension payments.At that meeting, President of the Union Steve Joseph thanked the membership for their resolve and for staying in tune with the progress of decisions taken by the membership.In encouraging the membership to stand together, Joseph reminded them that the Union is as “powerful as the unity and the resolve that holds members together”. He further encouraged them not to be afraid and to stand up for what is right.“It is when members join their hands together that the employer will quiver and that is why we must not be afraid this afternoon. We must dismiss every fear or apprehension this afternoon. We must find the strength within our stomachs to stand up for what is right and this is what we are doing this afternoon”. Although Joseph noted that many persons thought that the Union’s decision to give the government an ultimatum for a retraction of its productivity consultant’s statement which claimed that 80% of public servants are unproductive without providing any empirical data to support that claim, he told the membership that the decision was “justified.”President of the Union, Steve Joseph“I want to remind us that our actions were justified and government has heard and they know that we mean business and Parry Bellot after his public statement, subsequent explanations and even public outburst that he will not retract, he knows now that this union doesn’t joke. All those who are mistaken and want to test the strength of the Dominica Public Service Union let them come”. Joseph also appealed to public officers who did not attend that they should be “interested in your own welfare, you must be interested in your own pockets and get on board”. According to him, the message which the Union has sent to the government “was loud and clear” but cautioned them however that whatever decision is taken “we must stand together”. Joseph stated; “Parry must know and anybody else who dares to walk in his footsteps; they must know that when they let their tongue loose without facts, without proper assessment that we will not stand for it”.He also reminded the membership of their motto which is; “strength of many, the power of one” urging them to stand together.“We must continue to stand as one for it is when we stand together that we can move the employer to listen to us and this is what is important”.The Union is expected to vote on a resolution which will determine whether they extend negotiations on the triennium period which will end in December 2012 to include a classification exercise or whether they will negotiate for an immediate salary increase without the classification exercise.The classification exercise will include a review of public officer’s job titles and descriptions to assess whether an increase should be given for the duties which are being carried out.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet 5 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

USC loses weekend road series to No. 5 Arkansas

first_imgThe USC Trojans went 1-2 in this weekend’s series against the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum Stadium, taking the Trojans record to 8-3 on the season.Junior infielder Brandon Perez catches a fly-ball. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe Razorbacks ended the Trojans’ seven-game winning streak in game one of this weekend’s series. The Trojans lost to the Razorbacks by a score of 4-0; however, the game was closer than the score suggested.Star junior pitcher Blaine Knight pitched for the Razorbacks in game one against USC sophomore pitcher Chris Clarke. The Trojans managed to get seven hits off of Knight, who has a 0.53 ERA after three starts, however they were unable to score despite leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. The Razorbacks gained all the momentum in the first inning thanks to a 2-run homerun from senior outfielder Luke Bonfield. While the Razorbacks only had one more hit than the Trojans throughout the game, eight, they were able to score runners in scoring positions which helped them see off the game.Game two, however, saw the Trojans go back to their winning ways as they beat No. 5 Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday. USC junior pitcher Quentin Longrie pitched 7.1 strong innings allowing only one run with four strikeouts to help lead the Trojans to victory.Game two was a real team display from the Trojans as two of the runs scored were scored from sacrifice RBI’s. Unlike on Friday, the Trojans were able to score runners in scoring positions to close out game two. The scoring started late, as sophomore center-fielder Matthew Acosta singled in the top of the sixth to score junior shortstop Chase Bushor for the Trojans first run. Then, in the seventh, sophomore outfielder Brady Shockey hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield with junior second baseman Brandon Perez on third, scoring in the second run for the Trojans. In the bottom of the eighth inning, however, junior outfielder Eric Cole blasted a solo shot into left to score for the Razorbacks keeping the game close at 2-1. However, in the ninth, the Trojans scored one more run courtesy of a sacrifice bunt from Perez scoring Acosta and leading the Trojans to an upset 3-1 victory at Baum Stadium.“Quentin pitched a great game,” said head coach Dan Hubbs to USC Athletics. “That’s all you can ask of your starter. […] Overall this was a big win for a young team that’s still learning how to win.”Sunday’s rubber-match ended in a heartbreaker for the Trojans as they lost 7-6 on a walk-off single with bases loaded in what was a competitive game. The game had to be cut short to eight innings of play due to the Trojans’ travel arrangements, and unfortunately for the Trojans, the game was lost in the final inning of play.Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt took the mound for the Trojans on Sunday and was in control of the game. He threw for 4.2 innings allowing only one earned run on three hits and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Trojans also looked great on the offensive side as they had 10 hits through eight innings of play. However, the Trojans were unable to close the game for the first time this season which resulted in a disappointing loss.The Razorbacks took an early one-run lead in the second, however, the lead didn’t last long as the Trojans scored a run in the fourth to tie the game up at 1-1 through four innings of play. The Trojans then had a big fifth inning as they managed to put 4 more runs on the board and take the lead. However, in the sixth, the Razorbacks fought back and scored four runs of their own to tie the game up at 5 runs apiece.Despite giving away the lead in the sixth, the Trojans did not put their heads down. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Blake Sabol hit an RBI single to retake the lead 6-5, giving the Trojans all of the momentum. The Trojans then went scoreless in the eighth after shutting out the Razorbacks in the seventh to go into the bottom of the eighth inning with a one-run lead and star sophomore closer Connor Lunn on the mound.Having not given up a run all season, it looked like a foregone conclusion that the Trojans would walk away from Arkansas with two victories when Lunn went to pitch. However, the Razorbacks showed composure and managed to score 2 runs in the final inning of play to steal game three from the Trojans.Despite losing two out of three games this weekend, the Trojans managed to keep every game relatively close against a great opponent in Arkansas.Next weekend, the Trojans will face off against three more ranked opponents in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.last_img read more