Chelsea’s Pamida discount store to close

Chelsea’s Pamida discount store to close

Chelsea will lose its only chain discount store when the Nebraska based Pamida Stores closes its long time anchor store in the Chelsea Shopping Center on M 52 south of downtown.

The store will close on Dec. 31.

News of the store closing was announced to employees and some community officials on Thursday, said Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re very saddened to hear that they’re closing,” Pierce said today. “Pamida serves our population very well.”

The store opened in 1993, said Dean Williamson, Pamida’s senior vice president for human resources and general counsel, in an email. For a time the store was among the chain’s most successful.

However, he wrote, “In Chelsea, declining sales caused by a number of factors of business after the fire in 2008 as well as the slow recovery from the economic downturn, to name two continuing operation of the store unviable.”

The chain operates more than 200 stores in 16 states, according to company web information. Locations tend to be in very small towns that are not served by other general discount stores. Other Michigan locations include Brooklyn, Tecumseh, Allegan and Clare.

The chain is closing two other stores at year end, Williamson said: Hayward, Wis., and York, Neb.

Pamida is an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.

The store reopened in fall 2008 after a fire damaged the mall and about $1 million in inventory about five months earlier.

No signs at the store announced the pending closure as of Monday.

The rebuilding time for the mall probably took “longer than anybody would like,” Pierce said. A few vacant storefronts remain in the center, which is operated by Lars Associates LLC in West Bloomfield.

As Pamida winds down in Chelsea, Pierce said many of the town’s senior citizens would likely miss the store most.

Community based organizations also will feel a void, he added, since Pamida contributed to many of them.

“Pamida has been just a wonderful supporter of this community,” he said. Grants from the Pamida Foundation went to the Chelsea Area Fire Department, Faith in Action and the chamber.

“They are very community oriented,” Pierce said.

He added: “It’s very unfortunate that at this time they’ve chosen to close the store.”

The store employs 17, and some may transfer to the Tecumseh store, Williamson said. All who do not remain with the company will receive severance, he added.

“It a sad occasion any time Pamida exits a community, but we want to thank the people of Chelsea for their support over the years,” Williamson said. “In addition, we like to thank the Pamida teammates for their hard work towards making the Chelsea store successful.

“The store closing is certainly no reflection on their efforts.”

With the VERY lengthy delay re opening after the small fire, residents knew that the store wasn going to be on a priority list with Corporate HQ. Also the smaller and less desirable stock had it own indications. Having Pamida in town was the best store for those of us raising young families and in need of clothing for growing children, last minute school projects, bulk items, holiday shopping and such that DIDN require a twenty plus mile trip East or West. If your family needed better quality dry goods (NOT higher priced fad clothing), then Vogel and Foster was the place to be and we NEVER regretted a purchase there with those items being of high quality and sturdy enough for multiple childrens wearings. Groceries, of course, are at Polly (Country Market), a clean and well stocked store. If your menu needed specialty or gourmet items, then Chelsea Market has what you need or will get it for you. Being a small city (still in it infancy from being a Village) Chelsea is a viable stop on I94 and the crowds in it stores are proof of that. Pamida will be missed and since there is no reason that Corporate HQ would listen to it customers I will set my sights and hopes on another similar type 5 10 store. As for me? When I need anything for the family? I staying in town as long as I can. Can help you on the ammo, however. “Chelsea is ripe for a market that actually gave a damn, while still charging reasonable prices.” People forget about the New Chelsea Market right in the heart of downtown. Yeah, their prices are higher than what you find at Polly or Meijer, but I can walk there from my house, the store owners know me by name, and also know to do things like set aside six packs of Bell Oracle for me without my asking, and that worth more than any amount of money I might save by shopping at some big box store where the staff couldn care less. Give me an Oreo cookie over some cardboard tasting mini cow dung looking excuse for a Most general grocery stores do carry the same products I hardly believe that Ann Arbor grocery stores have less additives in their Cap Crunch than Pollys does. Polly is clean waaaayyyy cleaner than Meijer on Zeeb. I will NOT buy fresh meats or fish from that place. When you walk by and the fish counter smells like fish it isn good. Fresh fish doesn stink. I seen frozen food and meat found in other aisles at Meijer and watched the store personnel put it right back in the cold case. Sorry not going to buy that stuff, don know how long it sat out. I lived out here for a very long time and I like Polly a lot more than the stores I used to shop at in Ann Arbor and Downriver.

Having lived in Chelsea for 10 years now, I always thought of Pamida as a half stocked Kmart; everything I ever looked for there, they never had. The name of the store sounds like some rare disease. Chelsea suffers dramatically in the retail sector. Polly staff could care less if you shopped there. Every time I ask for help, I am shocked at their dismissal of my interest in purchasing something from their workplace. Yesterday I asked them where they kept apple cider; no answer was offered nor any help to find out. Polly carries far too much junk with unnecessary additives and very little organic food. Chelsea is ripe for a market that actually gave a damn, while still charging reasonable prices. Chelsea needs a place to buy linens, baby clothes, ammo a Meijer maybe, but, please no Malwart. Pamida carried junk with a selection so poor I wouldn waste my time looking for it there. Walmart treats their employees and by extension, their suppliers employees (see Lawnboy)like dirt. I cannot in good conscience ever go in a Walmart again. I would really like to see a return to a decent department store owned by a local, instead of the faceless corporate entity that seeks to suck all our cash into some black hole in Malibu while abusing every tax loophole.

Totally agree with you Tree Town. I wonder why a larger chain can put in an store. Re: Pollys While they don carry as many products as Meijers the prices are still lower for common labels. One of the things I didn like about the Farmer Jack store was the one get one free sales you had to buy TWO items while only paying the price for one that price was still higher than the price for the same product at Polly Not only that Buy one get one free at Polly means if you only buy ONE product you pay half price for that one item. If you really comparing prices product for product Polly is lower. If you want the international foods they don have the selection that Meijer has, I go to Zeeb Rd when I make certain things that require ingredience that Polly doesn carry. Hence, if one were to come here it will be down near 94. Country Market “Polly advantage? They are the only large grocery store in town. What they need is some good competition.

I really can remember exactly how long Pamida has been in that location. I do remember that it was an Ames store prior to being Pamida. I like to see a similar type of store there but with higher quality merchandise and reasonable prices. The thing that used to bother me was that I could go to the Pamida in Clinton and it was bigger and nicer the merchandise was better too. That they didn do the same here in Chelsea may be a reason why they are closing down. As for what should be built here I do NOT want a huge Walmart, K Mart, Meijers. As far as another grocery store don see that happeing either. Farmer Jack came and closed. The prices were waaaayyy higher than the prices at Polly (Country Market). The one good thing about Farmer Jack was that once they moved out Polly moved in. Say what you want but I think the prices and quality at Polly is better than many other stores including places that are supposed to be discounted like Meijers. Plus they are clean.
Chelsea's Pamida discount store to close

Clearing House

Clearing House

Academic Director: Dr Danny TaggartThe University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has been training people to become reflective and highly competent clinical psychologists since October 2005. The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from the Health Education East of England, the University of Essex, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Trusts based in Essex.

This three year full time doctoral level training programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The programme benefits from the input and support of clinicians based in Essex (within trusts such as Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a national role in providing mental health training with a particular emphasis on multi disciplinary work. These clinicians also contribute to the teaching, research, placements and other operational activities. The programme is housed in the vibrant academic and research community of the School of Health and Human Sciences (SHHS) of the University of Essex. The School has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in health and social care, and it is committed to inter professional learning.

Some of the benefits of studying on our programme include:

Our relatively small trainee cohorts offer trainees the opportunity to work closely with the programme team and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees’ personal and professional development, provide an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees’ career long personal and professional development.

The programme is particularly well integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region contribute directly to the course through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory practice integration.

Trainees on this programme benefit from our links with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which contribute to the integrative nature, research opportunities and clinical excellence of the programme.

The programme aims to develop the critical and reflective competencies of trainees. We provide learning opportunities for developing flexibility, leadership skills and reflective practice that are essential to meet the challenges faced by the profession of clinical psychology and by health services.

We place a priority on responding to trainees’ feedback and on reviewing and updating the way in which training is delivered in order to remain responsive to current needs and developments at the forefront of clinical psychology. The programme engages these stakeholders to remain responsive to local mental health needs.

Trainees are adult learners and junior colleagues who contribute to the overall training programme and one another’s training experience. The programme team places a premium on clear communication and consultation in decision making, incorporating the views of trainees,
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service users and other stakeholders in the effective delivery of the training programme.

The programme equips trainees to apply psychological knowledge and theory to research and practice in the service of reducing psychological distress and promoting and enhancing psychological wellbeing.

Trainee clinical psychologists on our programme develop all competencies required of clinical psychologists by the HCPC and the BPS. We consider a competent clinical psychologist to be more than the sum of a number of competencies. Our reflective and integrative focus enables trainees to develop meta competencies required for reflective, integrative, ethical, autonomous research and evidence based practice.

The programme does not focus on one model or approach, but instead draws on a number of different models and approaches including behavioural, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and integrative approaches alongside developmental, socio political, critical and other perspectives. The main therapeutic modalities are CBT, systemic and short term psychodynamic models.

The programme is committed to recognising, accommodating and embracing diversity.

Applicants to the programme should:

Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

Demonstrate at least one year’s full time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology (see the Entry Criteria FAQs on our website for further details). Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entails and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.

Demonstrate proficiency in English. For instance,
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if an applicant’s first language is not English they should obtain at least level 7 (with no component below 7) on the IELTS or equivalent (eg TOEFL score of 100 internet based or 600 paper based). The IELTS test should have been taken within the last two years.

At least a high 2:1 honours degree with a third year average of 65% or above in Psychology. Please ensure you have included your academic transcript with your application.

China’s richest village Huaxi has it’s own replicas of world famous landmarks

China’s richest village Huaxi has it’s own replicas of world famous landmarks

Huaxi, with its 2,000 official registered inhabitants, has long been recognised as the richest village in China each resident having at least 1.6 million yuan (173, 844) in the bank.

According to , the village has transformed into a haven where every resident is entitled to benefits such as free healthcare, education, a home and cooking oil.

In order to receive these benefits, every resident has to work seven days a week usually in the town’s industrial plant.

Huaxi is home to a huge skyscraper dubbed the Hanging Village of Huaxi.

Reaching 328 metres (1,076ft) into the sky in Huaxi, Jiangsu province, its closest rival is 600 miles away in Beijing and it is 18metres taller than the Shard in Central London.

Despite such a small population, the latest tower to be built there is 52 storeys higher than its closest rival in Huaxi and has enough capacity to fit the entire population of the village.

The skyscraper stands taller than Paris’s Eiffel Tower (324m) and the Chrysler Building (319m) in New York.

It had taken four years for the work to be finished on the 74 storey hotel and residential block at a cost of 3 billion yuan (301m).

Some have compared the building as looking like a trophy because at the top there is a huge sphere made out of glass while others wonder if it is sustainable in such a place as Huaxi.

There are 800 suites in the structure and it can hold around 2,000 people. There is an exhibition hall, a revolving restaurant and rooftop swimming pools and gardens.

Big building for a village: Huaixi has shown off its extravagant side by constructing a giant skyscraper with a five star hotel inside

Architectural replicas have become particularly popular in China in recent years.

French landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de triomphe, are particularly popular for replica makers.

Most recently,
China's richest village Huaxi has it's own replicas of world famous landmarks
a small statuette of Lady Liberty has appeared in Yunnan, south west China, inside a hotel garden.

However, there’s also been an increasing number of replica Chinese landmarks appearing around the country.

They have far fewer visitors than the real tourist sites, giving travellers more opportunities for photographs.

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Coach to buy Stuart Weitzman

Coach to buy Stuart Weitzman

Coach Inc will buy women’s luxury footwear company Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, as it looks to expand its high end offerings to better compete with rivals such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd and Kate Spade Co .

Coach to buy Stuart Weitzman
known for its Poppy handbags, said it would buy Stuart Weitzman from private equity firm Sycamore Partners in a deal valued at up to $574 million.

Coach is realigning its business by cutting promotions and shuttering underperforming stores.

The company said on Tuesday it would make initial cash payment of about $530 million to Sycamore Partners and pay up to $44 million on achievement of certain revenue targets over the three years after the acquisition closes.

Sycamore Partners acquired Stuart Weitzman last year as part of its $2.2 billion purchase of Jones Group Inc,
Coach to buy Stuart Weitzman
the fashion company that owns retail chains Nine West and Jones New York.

City Council considers plastic bag surcharge

City Council considers plastic bag surcharge

“They charge you for everything now,” said shopper Cheryl Sheffield. “It’s not right, but what are you going to do? You need to carry your groceries home.”A lot of customers choose to carry their purchase out by hand to avoid a five cent fee.”I think the bag tax stinks, honestly. Why tax us for grocery bags when we are paying for the food and stuff to put in the bag?” said Baltimore resident Ronald Lewis.That may become the reality in Baltimore City after a bill to implement plastic bag fees was voted out of committee on Wednesday and sent to the full council. It imposes a five cent surcharge on plastic bags at supermarkets and other shops. The idea is to reduce litter while raising money to clean up city parks and the Inner Harbor.”I think that it’s a lot; however, I think it’s good because it helps us to recycle, and then it will get me to get my recycle bag out of the trunk of my car,” said city resident Claudette Gadsden Hrobak.Some discount grocery stores like Save a Lot have charged for plastic bags for years 10 cents for large bags and 3 cents for small ones.”People haven’t been refusing to go there?” 11 News reporter George Lettis asked resident Marnetta Baker. She replied, “No, and it’s cheap there, so people go there.”The company uses the bag fees to pump up its profits.The proposed legislation says retailers would keep about a penny of the 5 cent fee. The rest would go to the city about $1.5 million in the first year, according to a city estimate.In the past, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said she’d sign a bag fee bill. This week, she qualified that a bit, saying her support ultimately depends on the final language. She seemed lukewarm about raising more fees on residents.”I will always have concerns about imposing more taxes and fees. I had to do a significant amount of that to climb out of the great recession, so I’m always cautious about that,” Rawlings Blake said.The measure goes before the full council for a vote Monday. Sponsor James Kraft is confident it will pass.Vaping ban also being consideredThe City Council is also considering a bill that would ban vaping in most public places, including playgrounds and inside public buildings. The legislation is making its way through City Hall as electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity but remain largely unregulated.The proposal would make exceptions for vape shops and bars and restaurants that allow E cigarettes.If it passes, Baltimore would join other big cities like Boston and New York, which have already banned E cigarettes in places where regular cigarettes aren’t allowed.
City Council considers plastic bag surcharge

Chester Bennington opens Club Tattoo at Planet Hollywood

Chester Bennington opens Club Tattoo at Planet Hollywood

The salesman behind the counter showing body jewelry and the new line of fashions looks vaguely familiar. The man with the paintbrush and the laborer on his knees laying tile trigger more recognition. Yes, in fact, the guy with three job titles at the new Club Tattoo in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile is none other than rock star Chester Bennington of Linkin Park!

He is not shy as an investor owner in pitching in to help out and do whatever duty calls. Rock group frontman Chester is partnered with Thora and Sean Dowdell in the lifestyle boutique, which is their fifth store. They opened the first one in Phoenix 14 years ago and expanded with three more in Arizona. The Las Vegas outpost, the most ambitious to date, has just been unveiled, and they plan to keep on going.

During construction of all the stores, and Vegas was no exception, Chester was on his hands and knees helping lay tile, and he happily helped paint walls. The very first day it opened, he was behind the counter selling merchandise as fast as he could!

I talked with the trio as our contributing photographer Erik Kabik shot this exclusive photo gallery for Vegas DeLuxe. I get to hang out and look cool all day long. I’ve been promoted to VP in charge of sales!

Thora Dowdell: I caught him selling jewelry to some hottie in our store yesterday, so he works, as well.

CB: It is always funny because I come in and I automatically switch gears and go into Club Tattoo mode. I greet customers and try to get them to make the right decisions. I ask if I can help them find a size.

TD: I have actually taken photos of Chester offering a customer a bottle of water, and that truly is what makes Club Tattoo so special. He has been with us in the trenches. This morning and yesterday, he has been in the store, he feels our pain, he knows things operationally, things that are going on; he comes in and is passionate about it. Club Tattoo is not just a tattoo studio: It is a lifestyle. Because of the fashion, we embrace every walk of life. There is something for everyone at Club Tattoo. There was a gentleman yesterday who didn’t recognize who Chester was, and he became the salesman again. That shows that Club Tattoo is very well rounded and shows that is a part of this lifestyle.

Robin Leach: How did you all get hooked up? How did you decide what products and merchandise should go in the store?Club Tattoo owners Thora and Steve Dowdell and Chester Bennington.

CB: Sean and I met when I was just getting into high school, and he was pretty close to getting out of high school. We started a band Grey Daze based out of Phoenix. We were in a band for probably six years during that time. We did well for ourselves. There was a really great club that we would play at all the time, and Sean decided he wanted to open the first Club Tattoo right next to it. That was the first one 14 years ago. Sean was solo at that time, and I was working at Burger King and riding my skateboard back then. But I laid the tile and did the painting, and that’s how it all started.

RL: Why did you wait so long to come to the No. 1 city in the world for tattoos?

CB: It’s a good question. We wanted to take things one step at a time. When you start up a business, you start shooting from the hip, you have to go through the trial and error in terms of the kinds of artists working for you, working out all of the kinks. They did a good job with the first location, and it became very successful, so they opened a second location. They asked me to be a partner in it, and I turned them down. I still kick myself in the ass now and then for that one.

But I joined as a partner for the third, fourth and now the fifth. It was five, six years ago we opened store No. 3 and about three years ago opened store No. 4. The plan when we started talking about opening the third store in Mesa, we had our sights on Las Vegas. We knew that we wanted to take our shops and make them internationally known and an incredible chain.

TD: It took us three years to arrive in the Vegas market. We originally were trying to work something out with the Hard Rock, but we didn’t find our calling there. We signed a lease with the Cosmopolitan we laugh about it now because they still haven’t opened as we were working through that, we found the Miracle Mile was a better brand for us. Great amounts of traffic, and the patronage here is a good indication of who our clients are. We decided to come over and seize the opportunity here at Miracle Mile. It took us a year to build the store to the day, and it is fabulous. We have a beautiful store. We have talented artists working for us. We currently offer five tattoo stations and one private piercing room in our 3,500 square foot store.

RL: Why is there such a popularity with tattoos, and since this city has one on every corner, do we have too many of them? Is there such a demand?

TD: There is not a tattoo studio or store in the United States that compares to Club Tattoo. We are a retail fashion boutique, as well as doing tattoos and piercings. We also have the largest collection of body jewelry ever. Nothing compares to our store. Las Vegas has 180 shops, but they are typical smoke shops that add in some tattooing.

Sean Dowdell: Why would they keep building casinos here? Because if the next one is better, it becomes the next hottest property. That is what we did. We did the hottest tattoo studio in the world. We did it in a hot property, and we did it as well as we could, so it won’t be touched for a long time. We have also been doing it for the last 14 years in Arizona, starting off with a modest shop that has grown into the premiere tattoo, body piercing and clothing store in our genre anywhere in the world.

RL: When it comes to body jewelry, what is the most expensive and the least expensive?

TD: One of the most expensive pieces is a 14K gold diamond naval gem, which you can pretty much find on three out of five females in any given city. We have some handmade mother of pearl for ears that are ornate and organic. There are horns and cow bone and mother of pearl, things of that nature. The gold is the most expensive; we use real diamonds. They can run anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on what you have in it.

RL: People are spending that kind of money today on body jewelry?

SD: Surprisingly, there are many different kinds of people from many different financial backgrounds who not only get tattooed, but get pierced. The same woman who would walk into a jewelry store and spend $7,000 on a ring, if she has her bellybutton pierced, why would she not spend the same amount on quality to go there, as well?
Chester Bennington opens Club Tattoo at Planet Hollywood

Close immigration ‘loophole’

Close immigration ‘loophole’

Refugees who cross illegally into Canada from the United States are exploiting a that should be closed, federal Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O says.

In a series of tweets Monday, O said people arriving from the United States to escape its tightened borders are taking the place of legitimate refugees who are trying to get into Canada through legal means.

O called for an end to the current exemption to Canada safe third country rule which requires refugees to stay in the first safe country they land in unless they arrive in Canada via an illegal crossing.

family, like many immigrants,
Close immigration 'loophole'
worked hard for a better life here they were rewarded for it. One of the many reasons I love Canada. loophole in our refugee policy is being exploited. This past year, 1222 people illegally entered Quebec to request refugee status. entering illegally are rarely detained are eligible for welfare while their claim is processed. An unacceptable loophole. it comes to immigration, safety of Canadians is paramount. This means applying through our immigration stream, not sneaking in. generosity compassion can be misconstrued as an invitation to abuse or undermine our immigration and refugee system.
Close immigration 'loophole'

Chinatown host multicultural bash

Chinatown host multicultural bash

The city will wrap up the month of August with a three day multicultural bash in McCauley this weekend.

The East Meets West Festival will include a day for Africa, a day for China, and will conclude Sunday with a full day Italian celebration called Viva Italia Viva Edmonton, organized by the Italian Youth Association of Edmonton.

“An Italian themed festival has been missing in our city for a number of years and we kind of want to use this as a jumping board to other sorts of events promoting all things Italian,” he says. in Giovanni Caboto Park, the celebration will feature food vendors, wine and cheese tasting, live entertainment from Italian dancers and musicians, and an Italian car show with Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis.

There will also be some friendly competition, including a pizza eating contest, a four on four soccer tournament, and a Nonna (Italian grandma) lasagna cooking competition.

Association president Francesco Sorgiovanni says there will also be plenty for the kids to do.

“We’re going to have crafts like the Leaning Tower of Pisa made of candy, we’re going to have soccer ball hats little things like that to encourage the culture,” he says.
Chinatown host multicultural bash

Coatesville Area Senior High principal responds to alleged threat made

Coatesville Area Senior High principal responds to alleged threat made

Coatesville Area High School Principal Michele Snyder sent a letter to parents last Thursday to inform them about a possible threat from a community member, following an incident last week that occurred in school, in which a black doll was found hanging from a locker room ceiling.

Snyder said a local community activist posted a video of himself on social media last Wednesday reacting to the incident that was reported to families earlier last week regarding the and offensive actions of our high school boys cross country team. School officials were initially concerned the doll was intended to cause racial intimidation. However, after investigating the matter, the students involved said it was a prank. 11px;

In a letter to parents, Coatesville Superintendent Cathy Taschner wrote that members of the Coatesville Area High School boys cross country team found the doll in a trash can at a meet in early September and stuffed it into an open ceiling tile in their locker room. It was there for several weeks until a team member used his tie to hang it down from the ceiling, where it was recently discovered, according to school officials. School officials said students will face disciplinary actions.

upset about the incident, the community activist made a serious threat that was reported to our own school police department, the Caln Township Police Department, Valley Township Police Department and the District Attorney Office, Synder said. a Campus Administrative Team, we are working closely with our school police, and our school security teams will remain vigilant in the implementation of our security plans and protocols for our school and evening activities. Valley police are leading the investigation and could not be immediately reached for comment.

In a video obtained by the Daily Local News, the community activist begins by saying that the school district officials sent out statements to explain the situation regarding the doll and that they care how they look and noted that there was a delay in the investigation. He says in the video that everyone on the cross country team should be kicked off for claiming they were going to use the doll as their mascot. He further makes a comment about the team, his dog and a weapon, but then he says he doesn mean that and that he doesn have a dog or a gun. He later apologized and said that it was ill worded. He has not been charged in the matter. He said he was informed he is not allowed on school grounds.

School officials say they won tolerate any threats.

She said that the school officials will prosecute threats of violence to the fullest extent of the law to protect students and staff.
Coatesville Area Senior High principal responds to alleged threat made

City has long history of gourmet coffee

City has long history of gourmet coffee

As coffee bars continue to expand and show no sign of waning in popularity, for older Baltimoreans, the mention of Starbuck’s or Gloria Jean’s Gourmet Coffee, for instance, must inevitably recall memories of the Smith Punch Base Coffee and Tea Co. Kenny Co., two former hallowed and cherished local purveyors of the heavenly bean. Kenny Co. Kenny, who arrived in Baltimore in 1872 and opened a coffee, tea and sugar store at Lexington and Greene streets. Kenny Co. closed its retail stores in 1934 and then became a strictly wholesale operation. In 1940, the company was taken over by Consolidated Food Corp. of Chicago, which closed its local headquarters. Kenny Co. was the Smith Punch Base Coffee and Tea Co., the third black owned business in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. It was established in 1906 by Deaver Y. Smith Sr.

Until his death in 1975, Smith operated the 15 foot wide store at 1411 Pennsylvania Ave. the way he had for the preceding 65 years, with much of the store’s original equipment and well worn counters. An old pendulum clock on the wall marked in measured beats the passing of the years.

Smith’s only concessions to modernity were a neon sign in the window with an illuminated cup of coffee advertising “Rich Cup,” a blend that he sold, a delivery truck and 1930s era white porcelain lighting fixtures suspended from the ceiling.

In the early years, Smith roasted the coffee beans that he delivered to Baltimore’s revered Waters Catering Co. and restaurants between Baltimore and Annapolis by horse drawn wagon. He later switched to a red panel truck that his son, Deaver Y. Smith Jr., who worked in the business, drove for years. Electric motors were eventually brought in to power the grinders.

Shoppers entering Smith’s narrow store were instantly surrounded by the aroma of sassafras, spices,
City has long history of gourmet coffee
peppers red and black and rich coffee beans from South America and Africa that he dispensed from ancient teakwood coffee bins painted red and shelves lined with tea canisters.

Signs on the wall advertised “Ceiling Prices” for “Good Coffee” at 25 cents a pound; “Special Coffee” for 35 cents a pound; “Genuine Java Mocha” at 48 cents a pound and three ounce packages of “Orange Pekoe Tea” for 20 cents.

“His basic business was, and still is, special blends of tea and coffee,” said a 1961 Sunday Sun Magazine article.

“He buys different varieties of coffee beans unroasted, from a New York broker. Four degrees of roasting light, medium, dark and very dark are possible in his oven. Different mixtures of these coffees and roasts give him an infinite variety of possibilities.”

Smith also sold his favorite blend of tea, a mixture of “rolled green gunpowder tea for a mild background, some black Formosa for piquancy, a bit of leaf green Hyssop and a touch of black leaf Ceylon for other flavor characteristics,” observed the newspaper.

One charming anachronism that dated to 1906 was a wall mounted gooseneck telephone over which Smith conducted much of his business.

In the 1950s when the area was being converted to dial phones, Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Co. workmen offered to give him a modern instrument.”Put a dial on it if you must, but leave it there,” he told them. And the mighty C complied with his wishes.

Smith also helped finance the Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Ave., a mecca for black entertainers until it was torn down in 1971.

Reflecting on his business and life, he told The Sunday Sun Magazine in 1961, “It’s done a good job for me. Why change it?”

The Pennsylvania Ave. store closed in 1979 and moved to Orem Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, where it is operated today by the founder’s grandson,
City has long history of gourmet coffee
Albert Smith Jr.