New Reptile Zoo and Education Center Set to Open In Enfield

ENFIELD, CT — If it crawls, slithers or hisses, chances are you’ll find it at a unique zoo and learning center soon to open in the South Road plaza: Riverside Reptiles Education Center. The first business of its kind in town is slated to open to the public Oct. 10.

Over 50 species of amphibians and reptiles will be on display in the Exhibit Gallery, including an 8-foot alligator, venomous snakes, various types of turtles and a variety of lizards.

Owner Brian Kleinman has always had a fascination for animals, with a special soft spot for the “creepy crawlies,” he recently said in a newsletter for the White Memorial Conservation Center. With an educational background in biology, he began to achieve his dream of educating others about the animals he loves. He has worked at a variety of zoos and educational centers, including the Roaring Brook Nature Center and the

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Registration Open For New Esports & Education Conference & Expo

One-day virtual event on Dec. 4 explores tools, trends and experiences in esports and education.

Did you know that esports is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide? Making up 61% of the total audience, 13 – 24 year-olds are behind the industry’s growth. From highly organized events, to tournaments watched by millions, this professional and competitive sport is now top of the curriculum at high schools, universities and now in K12 classrooms across America.

To explore the tools, trends, and experience in esports and education, AV Technology, Systems Contractor News, and Tech & Learning are co-hosting a one-day virtual event for integrators, consultants, technology managers, and education professionals on Friday, Dec. 4.

“Leveling Up: The Esports Conference & Expo” will feature dynamic expert speakers from the esports community, including keynote speaker Lori Bajorek, president of the National eSports Association.

Bajorek was

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Plumbing, HVAC company to open new location in Mullins, creating 150 new jobs

MULLINS, S.C. (WMBF) – Another company is bringing its operations to Marion County and creating even more jobs for the area.

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Rivers Plumbing and Electric, Inc., which provides professional plumbing electric, HVAC, piping and medical gas installation, is opening a new location in Mullins.

The new facility on East Laurel Street will manufacture, store and distribute prefabricated assemblies for construction.

“We are pleased to see that Rivers Plumbing and Electric, Inc. is establishing operations in Mullins and will occupy the former American Lightbulb building. We have had the opportunity to work with Rivers in the past, and we look forward to continuing the relationship and congratulate them on this new endeavor,” said Marion County Administrator Tim Harper.

The $9.1 million investment will create 150 new jobs.

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Boston charter school wants to open Providence branch and enroll 2,186 – News –

PROVIDENCE — Another large, out-of-state charter school has applied to open in Providence. Excel Academy hopes to serve more than 2,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 by the time it fills all of its grades.

Excel, which runs four charter schools in greater Boston, would enroll students from Providence, Central Falls and North Providence.

The proposal has the backing of the three mayors, and it would operate as a mayoral academy, which means the mayors of the participating communities chair the board. Blackstone Valley Prep and Achievement First in Providence are mayoral charter schools.

Five new charter-school applications are before the Rhode Island Department of Education. In addition, three existing charter schools — Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island Nurses Middle College in Providence and Achievement First — are seeking to expand.

Excel Academy has applied to open a K-12 charter school for 2,186 students.


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State education commissioner tells Miami schools to open by Oct. 5 or prove exceptions

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran wrote a letter to Miami-Dade County Public Schools calling for schools to be fully open by Oct. 5 or ask for exemptions on a school-by-school basis.

The School Board on Friday morning received Corcoran’s three-page letter, which was addressed to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. He begins the letter by expressing “grave concerns” about the board’s recent vote for a delayed start to a soft and conditional opening of schools Oct. 14 with all schools opening for those who wish to return to the schoolhouse on Oct. 21.

Corcoran said Tuesday’s vote “directly contradicts” the reopening plan the school district submitted to the state. He charged it also clashes with Miami-Dade County’s transition to Phase 2 on Sept. 14. That transition cleared the way for schools to reopen for in-person learning and triggered the reopening of movie theaters, arcades

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Aldi pledges to create another 4,000 jobs as part of its plans to open 100 stores by the end of next year

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Aldi has pledged to create another 4,000 jobs as part of its plans to open 100 stores by the end of next year. 

The supermarket has already hired 3,000 staff this year thanks to booming demand for food during lockdown. 

Aldi has also expanded its existing £1billion investment over two years to £1.3bn – the largest in its 30-year history. 


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The new stores will be opened in London and the south-east, and it will soon open its 900th shop in a former Waitrose in Sandhurst, Berkshire – on the way to a target of 1,200 stores by 2025. Aldi is also expanding its online business, taking its click-and-collect trial from one store to 15 in the next few weeks. Customers can also order online via Deliveroo from 20 stores. 

The expansion poses a fresh challenge to

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Florida education commissioner orders Miami to open schools

A school district spokeswoman said the letter was being reviewed; the school board scheduled an emergency meeting for Sept. 29 to figure out next steps.

Miami-Dade is one of a few districts that started the 2020-21 school year with all-remote learning after winning permission from the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) because of exceptionally high coronavirus rates.

Corcoran’s letter came as a surprise to Miami-Dade officials. The Miami Herald quoted Hantman as saying, “It’s just very strange to me and I think it took everyone by surprise. I’m very much in favor of opening schools but when it’s safe.”

Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, chief communications officer for the district, said in a statement emailed to The Washington Post:

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is carefully reviewing the letter received from the Commissioner of Education on Friday. The District was prepared to launch Stage II of our reopening plan, under the adjusted

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Aldi UK: Plan to open 100 new UK stores creating 4,000 jobs as profits surge by 49% in a year

Aldi announces plan to open 100 new UK stores creating 4,000 jobs as profits surge by 49% in a year

  • The discount supermarker plans to pump £1.3billion of investment into the UK
  • Aldi’s expansion is part of a long-term plan to grow its portfolio to 1,200 stores
  • It will open 100 more supermarkets and create 4,000 jobs after profits surged 

Aldi will open 100 new stores and create 4,000 jobs after profits surged by 49 per cent in a year, it has revealed.

The discount supermarket plans to pump £1.3 billion of investment into the stores by the end of next year.

The expansion is part of a long-term plan to grow from 894 to 1,200 locations in the UK by 2025. 

The funding – Aldi’s biggest investment in the UK in

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Amazon Announces Career Day 2020: 33,000 Corporate and Tech Jobs Open Across the U.S., plus 20,000 Free Career Coaching Sessions Available for Attendees

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it will host its 2020 Career Day on Wednesday, September16. As a part of the nationwide virtual event, Amazon – the largest job creator in the U.S. over the last decade – will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the 33,000 corporate and tech jobs currently available across the country, and the thousands of additional hourly positions in the company’s operations network to be announced soon. Amazon will also mobilize 1,000 of its recruiters to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees in a single day. Anyone can participate in Career Day 2020 by going to to register and book an appointment with an Amazon recruiter.

With many people left unemployed by the economic impact of COVID-19 and searching for new jobs, Career Day is designed to support all job seekers, regardless of their level of experience, professional field,

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Red Flag Warning; Pumpkin Patches To Open; NorCal Jobs: Patch PM

NORTH BAY, CA – Missed today’s headlines? Here are the Patch stories from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties that people are talking about today:

Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste Of Smoke

  • PHOTOS: Wineries in CA, OR and WA have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad.

Potential Power Shutoff Could Impact Part Of Napa County: PG&E

  • Napa is the lone Bay Area county that would be impacted by the potential shutoff.

Ramp, Lane Closures Ahead On SR-29/Sonoma Boulevard In Vallejo

  • Motorists should also watch for “Tow Away” zones as Caltrans finishes this six-mile pavement repair project ahead of schedule.

Dangerous Rip Currents Could Hit Coastal Sonoma County

  • A National Weather Service high surf advisory was issued for Friday for the coastline.

Petaluma-Area Pumpkin Patches 2020

  • Get out and pick out that pumpkin this fall season and enjoy
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