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Companies in priority groups accounted for nearly 72% of the 101,004 grants approved by the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The groups, which include minority-owned, women and veteran-owned businesses, received 72,568 grants totaling $ 17.9 billion.

Funding granted to the groups represents 63% of the $ 28.6 billion approved in the Covid-19 aid program, which is designed to provide additional funding to the hardest-hit industry to complement the Paycheck Protection Program and Credit For Economic Injury initiatives.

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Leisure district accepted for Chaffee Crossing

The district will be known as the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District and will be across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

BARLING, Ark. – The city of Barling is preparing to bring an entertainment district to the area.

Businesses and the mayor look forward to bringing the entertainment district to the area. Companies like Pizza Parlor say it could bring more business to them and others.

“It will be a big boost for this sub-community, for the city and the surrounding areas, especially for the Chafee junction,” said Barling Mayor Wally Gattis.

To get to that point, Barling city directors had to do three things on Tuesday night. The first to enact an ordinance to create an advertising and doctoral committee to promote the district. The second to approve a 1 cent hospitality tax to help fund the commission. Lastly, approve the entertainment district. They did all three on Tuesday.

The district is known as the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District. It will be across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

What the entertainment district will offer is the chance for adults to wander around outside with alcoholic beverages. The owners say this will be a boost to their business and something customers have been waiting for.

“They claim to ask customers that they are very upset that they cannot take adult drinks outside of these walls. You are like why? Why are you a private club when we can’t even enjoy it where we want? So, yeah, it’s definitely something customers will be very excited about, ”said Selena Lee, co-owner of Pizza Parlor and Erica Hall.

Mayor Gattis says they are currently working on discussing when the entertainment district will open.

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Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug accepted by FDA, first new remedy in almost 20 years

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Monday BiogenicThe Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab is the first drug approved by the US authorities to slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s and the first new drug for the disease in almost two decades.

The FDA’s decision was eagerly awaited. The drug, which is marketed under the name Aduhelm, is also expected to generate billions in sales for the company offers new hope to friends and families of patients living with the disease.

“We are aware of the attention associated with this approval,” said Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a press release. “We know that Aduhelm has drawn the attention of the press, the Alzheimer’s patient community, our elected officials and other interested stakeholders.”

“With treatment for a serious, life-threatening disease in balance, it makes sense that so many people followed the outcome of this review,” added Cavazzoni.

The FDA said it would continue to monitor the drug when it hits the US market. The agency granted approval on the condition that Biogen conduct another clinical study.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. More than 6 million Americans are reportedly living with it Alzheimer’s Association estimates. According to the group, this number is expected to rise to almost 13 million by 2050.

To date, there have been no FDA-approved drugs that can slow the mental decline of Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The agency has approved Alzheimer’s drugs that are aimed at relieving symptoms rather than slowing the disease itself down.

Federal agencies have come under intense pressure from friends and family members of Alzheimer’s patients to speed up aducanumab, but the road to regulatory approval has been controversial since it showed promise in 2016.

In March 2019, Biogen stopped work on the drug after analysis by an independent group found it was unlikely to work. The company then shocked investors a few months later by announcing that it would apply for regulatory approval for the drug after all.

Biogen’s shares rose in November after gaining support from FDA staff, who said the company had shown very “compelling” evidence of aducanumab’s effectiveness and that it had “an acceptable safety profile that would support its use in people with Alzheimer’s disease”.

But two days later, an external panel of experts advises the US authorities unexpectedly declined to support the experimental drug citing inconclusive data. It also criticized the agency’s staff for rating it too positively.

When Biogen filed for approval for the drug in late 2019, its scientists said a new analysis of a larger data set showed that aducanumab “reduces clinical decline in patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.”

Alzheimer’s experts and Wall Street analysts were immediately skeptical, wondering whether the clinical trial data was enough to prove the drug works and whether approval could make it difficult for other companies to enroll patients in their own drug trials.

Some doctors said they won’t prescribe it the drug when it hits the market due to the mixed data package that supports the company’s application.

Supporters, including advocacy groups and family members of patients desperately looking for a new treatment, have admitted the data is not perfect. However, they argue that it could help some patients with Alzheimer’s, a progressive and debilitating disease.

Biogen’s drug targets a “sticky” compound in the brain known as beta-amyloid that scientists expect to play a role in the devastating disease. The company previously estimated that approximately 1.5 million people with early-stage Alzheimer’s in the United States could be candidates for the drug, according to Reuters.

The FDA’s decision is expected to reverberate across the biopharmaceutical sector, RBC Capital Markets analyst Brian Abrahams said in a June 1 announcement to customers.

The US agency said Monday that it had determined that there was “substantial evidence” that the drug was helping patients. “With Aduhelm approved by the FDA, an important and critical new treatment is available to patients with Alzheimer’s disease to combat the disease,” it said.

Plans permitted for ranch-style condo growth in Clayton

ExploreDeveloper wants to build ranch-style homes in Clayton

The contractor plans to build between 108 and 132 standard homes on 15 acres of 25.9 acres of vacant land on Hoke Road south of National Road in a two-year construction process. Although the developer has years of experience managing tenants, this will be their first apartment complex as they typically build condominiums and homes.

Developer Brian Jimenez said Grand Traditions is good for Clayton’s people as there are no single story homes and those approaching retirement age who don’t want a new mortgage loan.

“You have a population here that is looking for a change in multi-story houses. They want to downsize, they are looking for single story living and … less maintenance, ”he said. “These people don’t have this housing stock here in Clayton, and in general what they’re going to do is go to other communities.”

Jimenez said the apartments are geared towards empty nests but are not exclusive to that community. The apartments would be one to three bedrooms with an attached garage on the side of the house tucked away from the street. Rent for the units starts at $ 1,000 and the cap is $ 1,600.

The final development plans list the results of several studies carried out with the help of the city.

“The final development plan must fully address rainwater runoff, landscaping, architecture, utility company erosion control and other things,” said Seth Dorman, town planner and zone administrator. The city also needs a traffic study to assess the impact of the development on traffic flow in the area and to suggest improvements.

Once the required studies have been completed, Grand Traditions will present them to the planning commission in a public hearing. Depending on the studies, Grand Traditions hopes to start construction this year.

Altamont Corners’ enlargement permitted; out of doors leisure nonetheless to be decided

ALTAMONT — Curry Patta, a new Pakistani restaurant, is set to more than double in size after the Altamont Planning Board at its Monday meeting approved an amendment to the special-use permit of the plaza in which the restaurant is housed. 

Since Altamont Corners is owned by Jeff Thomas, the building addition was an amendment to the existing special-use permit he holds on the plaza, not the permit of Nadia Raza, the owner of Curry Patta.

But Raza would still have to come back before the board for an amendment to her permit to allow for outdoor entertainment as well as to enlarge the restaurant into the new addition. 

The now-1,200-square-foot restaurant would receive a 1,470-square-foot enclosed addition along with a wooden deck and stone patio that, taken together, would add about 1,500 square feet to the project.

 

Public hearing

The March 22 meeting was also a public hearing on the expansion of Altamont Corners, a plaza at the corner of Main Street and Altamont Boulevard in the village. 

Everyone who spoke during the public-comment period was in favor of the project, but Michelle Viola-Straight was the first to broach the topic of music, which became the issue of the night. 

At last month’s meeting, planning board member John Hukey wanted to know about live music that would be played at the restaurant.  

Donald Cropsey, speaking on behalf of Thomas, said during the February meeting that he had spoken with Thomas, who told him there may be “jazz music inside” the restaurant, light music, perhaps a jazz trio on the deck, “cultural music consistent with the type of food that’s being sold.”

Cropsey continued, “But I don’t believe that it’s going to be loud, obtrusive music.” Hukey wasn’t questioning what was Cropsey was saying, he said, but he wanted to know what Raza was actually going to end up doing, “if we don’t have something in place to have a say about it.” 

That could be addressed at the public hearing in March, Cropsey had said last month — it wasn’t — adding he could get more information about the type of live entertainment at the restaurant — he didn’t. 

At the March 22 meeting, Viola-Straight said, “I think having a dialogue open about the noise ordinance, that would be definitely a starting point. To put limitations on a business like that, it definitely would definitely hurt.”

She went on, referring to a now-closed restaurant on Main Street with an outdoor patio, “In the past, Veronica’s has had somebody there playing a guitar. Back in the day, Desolation Studio had somebody there, they had bands there, and they would play like two- and three-man bands, and have some live entertainment. The park has entertainment; the library does. It’s something that people are definitely craving.” 

She continued, “And I think, if you started a dialogue, there would definitely be a happy medium in there with some conversations of how you could allow this to happen, how it wouldn’t intrude on any of the neighbors [and] wouldn’t impede on anybody’s rights and privilege to living a quiet lifestyle. But it would definitely be an asset. And it would be a travesty to limit the property and say, ‘Well, you can do everything, but you can’t have a guy with a guitar.’”

Chairwoman Deb Hext responded, “That’s definitely not our intent.”

Village attorney Allyson Phillips noted that the planning board approved Curry Patta for a special-use permit so that Raza could “start the business before and while [the Thomas] application and review was ongoing for the building expansion.” 

 “I don’t think that the board has any issue or jurisdiction with respect to someone playing music inside the building or inside the restaurant space,” Phillips said. “The question becomes a land-use question when that entertainment or outdoor music or amplified noise is outside. And it’s got then the potential to have an impact on neighboring properties.”

Phillips said there had been discussions about music dating back to November of last year but, if there’s going to be a proposal for outdoor entertainment or music, she said, “it’s got to be part of an application; it’s got to be part of a proposed use” that comes before the planning board, which can be reviewed as part of a special-use permit.

Phillips said the Altamont Corners expansion application did not give the kind of details Viola-Straight had mentioned such as the type of outdoor entertainment or music that would be offered or the hours it would be played, all of which were important for the public to know.

Although, on the Altamont Corners’ February special-use permit application,  the project narrative said, “Live culture entertainment is anticipated which could include for example Friday night Jazz.” No other specifics were given.

The draft resolution approving the addition to the plaza that was posted online this past Friday does not permit music as part of the expansion because the members understood it was on Raza to come back before the board for an amendment on her special-use permit to enlarge her restaurant, at which point she would provide for the board a description of “how outdoor music or entertainment would fit within that enlarged use,” Phillips said.

“I don’t think it’s unusual that the landlord didn’t include that level of detail in this application,” she said, as it would be Raza who would have all of the very specific information the board needs. It’s just that an application has to be given to the planning board with the specific information for its review, Phillips said.

“I do not think it is this board’s intent to prohibit some kind of outdoor entertainment or outdoor music … provided we can review it and determine it’s appropriate and won’t have a negative impact,” Phillips said.

 

Bad for business

Jeff Perlee, who represents Altamont in the Albany County Legislature, also spoke about music but sought to frame it within a larger context. 

Perlee said live entertainment shouldn’t be authorized for a specific applicant. “I think it’s being too restrictive, and it’s putting a competitive disadvantage on the property itself.”

While Perlee praised Raza’s success, he said if she did have to close, “it would be a real competitive disadvantage, if the next applicant had to go through all the same processes,” referring to new businesses having to reapply for a special-use permit for entertainment. “And that same applicant — we’ve kind of run out of people … we’re getting close to the end of people from this community who are willing to devote their time and resources to opening a business. 

“The fact of the matter is, the future of Altamont business is going to come from people outside. And those people have choices. And they could open a business in Voorheesville, they can open a business in Delanson, and if Altamont property is not able to compete competitively by saying, ‘Yes, if you open a restaurant here, of course you can have live music.’ Then we run the risk of losing that business opportunity to a neighboring community. 

“So, I would just certainly urge you to approve the expansion. But I also see fit to approve the expansion with the authorization for live music to the property to the landlord in this particular case.”

Phillips saw this as another good opportunity to explain things. 

The idea would be to have the tenant, “the actual user of the space,” Phillips said, receive approval for outdoor entertainment, because tenants are best positioned to determine what they want to propose and receive approval for, “and also what conditions they can live with.”

Raza could present an application with what would be best for her business — a restaurant with a bar, under the village zoning; the Subway sandwich restaurant which previously occupied the space had a different zoning designation.

Were Raza to receive outdoor-entertainment approval, then, in the future, if another restaurant with a bar were to occupy the space, it could operate under the parameters set by Raza’s special-use permit, Phillips said, the owner would “not need to come back to this planning board.”

Joe Burke, the director of the Altamont Free Library, who, more than anyone else in the village would have reason to be opposed to the additions since the library is the closest non-plaza-tenant neighbor, said the expansion wouldn’t have a “detrimental impact on the life of the library.” Burke said he was more than happy to be “open-minded” with everything else that had been discussed during the March 22 meeting.

 

Whalen rides off, succinctly 

The retiring Dean Whalen, the liaison trustee to the planning board, sought to summarize the issue the board was facing.

Given what was submitted with the Altamont Corners application, “which does not really specify anything related to noise, which seems to be one of the big issues, the board can proceed with the application as it is.”

That puts the onus on Raza when she comes back before the board for an amendment to her special-use permit, “to clarify what she wants to do,” but that also “kind of puts a bit of her on the bubble, because she won’t know if she’ll get what she needs at that time. Very likely she will. But that’s not cast in stone.”

The second option the board had was to request from Thomas more noise-related information that would apply more specifically to the plaza expansion and to his particular permit application.

 

The word “no”

Cropsey offered another option: Change the outdoor-entertainment condition contained in the resolution the board had originally intended to adopt.

The planning board’s condition said, “No outdoor entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment utilizing amplified music, shall be allowed in the expansion unless such time as approval is granted by the planning board.”

The condition Cropsey offered said, “Entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment utilizing amplified music, may be allowed in a deck expansion area only as approved by the planning board as an amendment to the occupying tenants special-use permit.”

Cropsey said the condition he was offering would give Thomas the ability to market the space should Raza go out of business, but it would also give her “a little bit more confidence” when she has to come before the board to amend her own permit application. 

“The original language really kind of shuts it down; with the modified language, it gives the option to both the landlord and the tenant,” Cropsey said.

Phillips said there was no difference between the original condition and what Cropsey was offering, because the proposal would still have to be approved by the planning board. “Obviously, you feel that there is some advantage in working it that way,” Phillips said. “And I just don’t want to mislead you that your language would get you some additional rights than what’s in this resolution here.”

Cropsey wasn’t suggesting it would, he said, “but the word, ‘no’ if we could take that right out of the sentence, that would be great.”

“You can’t have the idea that [the] special-use permit should run with the land, unless, as we had said before, you’re significantly altering it, you’re enlarging it, or you’re changing the permitted use,” Phillips said.

It almost seemed as if Cropsey were attempting to introduce an outdoor-entertainment approval for Thomas separate from Raza’s, she said, so that Thomas could “market” the space “separate from how [Raza] can use it where, in reality, I don’t see that we can separate the two.”

No one’s saying there couldn’t be outdoor entertainment, it’s just got to be in the application, she said. 

Cropsey said the specificity would be coming from Raza. 

But that specificity should have been included as part of the Altamont Corners’ application, if Thomas were looking for some kind of approval, Phillips said.

But Cropsey was hung up on the word “no” in the planning board’s condition.

After continuing to insist on taking the word out of the resolution, the planning board relented. 

The condition now reads, “Outdoor entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment using amplified noise, shall not be allowed in the expansion area unless such use is approved by the planning board as an amendment to the occupying tenants special-use permit.”

Where Cropsey offered “may be,” Phillips countered with “shall not be.”

“I’ll just reiterate for the record … With this approval, there is no outdoor entertainment with amplified music allowed until [Raza] comes in and gets that approved as part of their special use permit,” Phillips said.

On the new language in the condition, Thomas said, “I think we can live with that. And I’m looking forward to proceed to build the beautiful addition that fits into the architectural vernacular of Altamont and to enhance it.”

Thomas on Tuesday had sent a letter to the board expressing dismay with the condition the board changed at Cropsey’s request.

“It is imperative that legislation not be implemented to block our project for cultured deck entertainment within Altamont’s Central Business District,” Thomas wrote. “If such restrictions were to be planned, I would not consider investing the amount of money needed to build such a quality structure that fits within the village of Altamont’s unique architectural atmosphere.”

Kiara, Katrina to Shraddha Kapoor: 7 Celeb accepted CHIC methods to type a white shirt this Spring & Summer time 2021

The crisp white shirt is a staple in every person’s wardrobe today. Wondering how to style it differently? We got you covered!


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Kiara, Katrina to Shraddha Kapoor: 7 Celebrity Approved CHIC Ways To Style A White Shirt This Spring And Summer 2021

In India, we almost always skip spring with a full summer air just coming towards us. This year doesn’t seem any different!
While we were hiding in our homes last summer, despite the preparation, we plan to take full advantage of all the summer days we missed, starting with the plain white shirt.
A staple in every woman’s wardrobe today, the simple piece, while conventional, can be styled in a number of different ways to make a statement. Check out how your favorite divas have styled it so far!

Kiara Advani
Summer weddings have their own charm. But dealing with heavily embellished blouses and boning can make participating quite a chore! Take lessons from Kiara Advani on how to make a blouse out of a white shirt and tuck it into your lehenga for that Indo-Western touch!

Katrina Kaif
More of a conventional person? Keep it classic like Katrina Kaif and wear a white shirt over your jeans. To combat those chilly nights, put on a denim jacket to make the denim-on-denim look like a pro!

Shraddha Kapoor
Familiarize yourself with the current trend and combine your white shirt with brightly colored Shraddha Kapoor-style trousers. Pick some brightly colored paper bag pants and toss them over your white shirt for a casual, off duty, or date night look.

Tara Sutaria
To beat this summer’s heat, wearing minimal clothing and looking chic is a top priority. Tara Sutaria gets the look right in a simple white shirt paired with white denim shorts for a casual look. Pair it with a light brown bag and slippers like the Marjaavaan star.

Deepika Padukone
For a sportier / sportier look, take notes on how to style a white shirt with biker shorts from Deepika Padukone. Add some character by topping it off with a belt bag and black sneakers.

Alia Bhatt
Do you want to channel your inner fashionista? Look no further than Alia Bhatt. We love how the actress picked a plain white shirt and wore a baby pink peplum corset over it. Baby pink pants and her hair pulled back in a messy ponytail were all she needed to upgrade this look.

Anushka Sharma
White-on-white look. We are inspired by the always stylish Anushka Sharma. The actress gives us street style goals in this crisp white high-low shirt that she styled with white distressed jeans and nude stilettos.

Which diva style are you inspired by? Comment below and let us know.

ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone, Janhvi Kapoor to Alia Bhatt: Bollywood’s BEST DRESSED Leading Actresses of the Week

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Rental cash permitted, state well being dept. finances place to begin boosted | 406 Politics

At the beginning of the meeting, the committee set this level of expenditure based on the 2019 financial year. This represented a cut of roughly one-third of the agency’s budget of more than $ 3 billion, which includes state and federal US dollars, as well as specialty revenue streams.

Prior to that January vote, the chair of the committee, Rep. Matt Regier, R-Kalispell argued that cutting the starting level would mean the department would have to tell the committee which programs should work and be funded. This added transparency to the process.

While reversing the budget starting point on Thursday, Regier said that adopting the originally proposed funding level based on the base budget in fiscal year 2021 would make it easier for employees to manage the state budget accounting system. Other budget sub-committees for other areas of state government have also used the basic budget for 2021.

“This in no way prevents you from looking back at 19 and having a discussion,” said Regier.

MEP Mary Caferro, a Helena Democrat, said her party did not support the previous vote in an attempt to lower the starting point.

“We hit our colleagues on the committee very hard in public,” said Caferro. “… It seemed important to let the public know what they might have to do with the cut.”

Regier said the process still allows him “to learn more about the history of the department and its expenses” year after year.