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Madison Square Garden Faces Interesting Dilemma

Bruce HeenI recently read an article on ESPN that talked about Madison Square Garden having its lease limited to ten years. It turns out that the arena is being asked to relocate because the New York City Council would like for Penn Station, which sits right beneath the arena, to be renovated. Many people believe Penn Station is old and outdated and wonder why such an iconic hub could be left so undesirable. Madison Square Garden conveniently sits right on top of the massive commuter hub. The location couldn’t be any better as major railroad lines all meet at Penn Station. What is so unfortunate for the venue is the fact that it will no longer remain the iconic venue that it is today if it were to move. The council made it very clear, “now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region.”

Some of the most amazing boxing matches, sporting events and concerts have taken place under the roof and it just wouldn’t have the same appeal as it once did. It is also unfortunate that the arena has been renovated the past three summers giving it a total makeover from what it was for so many years. The owner, James Dolan, put more than $1 billion dollars into the arena and it might be moved in 10 years. It is also including two bridges that span the top of the arena that fans can walk across and see the action below as well.

It will be interesting to see how this develops as the date nears. James Dolan will likely appeal the decision – I can’t imagine he is very happy nor do I think he will go down with out putting up a valiant fight.

via Bruce Heen http://bruceheen.net/madison-square-garden-faces-interesting-dilemma/

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Bruce Heen

 

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Saving Money When Grocery Shopping

Bruce HeenAn article on Richmond.com talks about budgeting your money wisely when shopping at the grocery store. Shopping for food definitely can add up, especially if you aren’t a conscience shopper and you buy things you don’t actually need. According to the article, “Americans spend approximately $150 per week on food—that’s 18 percent of the average American salary—most of which is dropped at the grocery store.”

In this article, there are five simple tips that you can do in order to help improve the amount of money spent while shopping at the supermarket.

The first step is to use coupons. Local sunday papers have exorbitant amounts of coupons that you can simply cut out and use. The hardest part of the process is taking the time to read each one to see what will best apply for your needs. There is a day that grocery stores normally double the value of their coupons as well. On this day it would be the most wise to shop because you will then receive twice the savings. There are also loyalty programs or shopper cards that most grocery stores offer as well. This will also help you save on your purchases.

The second tip is to create a shopping list before you go to the grocery store. A list creates order and gives you a visual guide for things that you actually need. It will help you from spending more than you allotted.

The third tip is to go to farmers markets for produce. Grocery stores charge more and the quality isn’t as good and fresh than if you were to by it from a local farm or vendor.

The fourth tip is to buy generic foods. Generic foods are priced more accordingly and more often than not are same in quality but are just package differently.

The fifth option is to shop at non traditional food stores. For instance, a Walmart or Target is technically a food store, but they do offer some products, which can be better priced than your average grocery store.

via Bruce Heen http://bruceheen.org/saving-money-when-grocery-shopping/

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Bruce Heen

 

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Chicago and Boston Go Back and Forth in NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Bruce HeenIt is a great time to be an all around sports fan. Both the NHL and the NBA have series finals that have been entertaining as teams seems to be fighting neck and neck untill the end. The NBA is heading to a game seven as the Miami Heat evened the series in South Beach and the Chicago Black Hawks tied the series with the Boston Bruins in another overtime thriller in game four.

A recent article from ESPN recapped last nights NHL hockey game and stated, “It was the third overtime game in the finals, but it bore little resemblance to the three tightly contested games that opened the series. The teams combined for five goals in the second period — as many as in Games 2 and 3 combined — as Chicago repeatedly sprinted into the lead only to have Boston come back and tie it.” This game was particularly entertaining because it involved a lot of scoring. It seemed as if though the Chicago Blackhawks had control of the game with a two goal lead, but the Boston Bruins stormed back, like they have during their whole playoff run, to tie it at 5-5 and force overtime.

Unlike the previous game, last nights overtime did not last for three extra periods. This time around the game was decided in the first with 9:51 gone in the period. Brent Seabrook’s hard blast from the point beat Boston’s Tuuka Rask glove side to tie the tightly contested series. I am sure the hockey world must be cheering as most people would like to see this series decided in a game seven, much like the NBA. The Chicago Blackhawks seemed like they were Stanley Cup favorites during the regular season, but with the way Boston is playing, this series could go either way. It is amazing to see how far Boston has come in the Stanley Cup playoffs after they were almost eliminated in the first round.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Bruce Heen

 

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