PRINCETON: Special Olympics torch run goes through town

Apparent miscommunication between the 2014 Games and the Princeton mayor and police chief caused a hour-long delay at the 7:20 a.m. occasion while the runners waited for Mayor Liz Lempert and Chief of Police Nicholas Sutter, both of whom later said they were unaware they were encouraged.

In the end, the members of Special Olympics took it in stride.

“Everything about Special Olympics is happy,” said Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship David Reed. “The parents are happy, the children are happy and the people watching are joyful.”

Sportsman Antonio Bowe of Milford, Delaware, summed up the link among those involved in Special Olympics when he said, “the parents are like a family.”
“Special Olympics has a lot to offer, and it is for everybody,” he said.

Throughout his speech, Mr. Bowe’s pals enthusiastically cheered him on, clapping and nodding in agreement.

Mr. Bowe said he joined Special Olympics 24 years ago and talked about his passion for running, describing it as his “life sport.”

He said he was honored to be a part of the LETR and get the opportunity to run with law enforcement officers in the U.S.A. Special Olympics kickoff.

Then, Detective Hilary Scott of Portland, Oregon, told of how she became involved in Special Olympics seven years ago after she was injured within an accident.

She wanted compete in a marathon, she said, which made her a great candidate for a torch run and to begin running again.

“I had all the right gear. I’d expensive shoes, compression socks, the right play list on my iPod,” she said. Surprisingly that day, I met a sportsman named Jen who forever altered my life.”

Tearing up, Detective Scott recounted how she was inspired by Jen’s love of running and talked about the indescribable feeling of putting a grin on the athletes’ faces.

“I didn’t want an iPod, I didn’t need a play list anymore. I simply ran with (Jen) in my heart,” she said. “The athletes have taught us so much more than we can teach them.”

Two Princeton police officers, Jorge Narvaez and Tom Lagomarsino, stood in for Chief Sutter and accepted gifts from Mr. Bowe and Detective Scott.

As the service was ending, 6-year-old Julia Yi approached the sportsmen and asked to have her photograph taken with them.

Julia said she learned about the Special Olympics in her school, Sharon Elementary in Robbinsville, and wanted to see the Torch Run.

“We made posters to welcome people for the Olympics,” Julia said.

So, Julia as well as the rest of her family, dad Roland, mother Stacey and sisters Eleanor and Catherine, woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get to Saturday’s event.
“The Family did not need to miss it,” said Ms. Yi.

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Classic Italian Eyewear


business we’re looking at today is the market leader for making people look super-trendy. It’s the Milan-based multinational Group Luxottica SpA, which controls as much as 80pc of the eyewear market in the world.Luxottica

designs, manufactures, distributes and promotes designer eyeglass frames and traditional sun glasses. 

The Italian firm would almost surely have been at the end of that trade. afterward if any reader contemplated paying EUR1,000 for a pair of shades, 

It individuals in 10 manufacturing plants around the world . 70,000 has an extraordinary retail existence worldwide with 7,000 outlets and employs although the name of the firm is not one that trips off the tongue of the average investor 

Luxottica was founded in Italy in 1961 by an astonishing young entrepreneur Leonardo Del Vecchio, who seems to have been able to make money from day one. 

He’s youthful longer but has managed to accumulate an individual wealth that’s now north of EUR20bn. Today, the company not only sells its products like Ray-Ban and Oakley (treasured by sport fans) but under licence agreements advertises well-known brands like Prada, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Armani and many others.Luxottica sells to the

wholesale and retail markets world-wide for prescription and sun spectacles. Retail sales predominate, accounting for almost 60pc of group turnover. Its 7,000 shops trade under names like Sunglass Hut among,, Lenscraft, Pearle Vision and Oakley others.The

company had record sales this past year, with Europe accounting for close to two-fifths of group business and the USA and emergent markets each with a quarter. Yet the firm anticipates that in another five years it’s going to bring China into the amazing world of ‘trendy‘. 

Two years past, it had a presence in 53 cities in China; it was in 300 this past year, and it expects to double its sales of EUR190m within 36 months, driven of course by sunglasses

The World Cup in Brazil presents opportunities for Luxottica. It’s had a presence in the biggest country in South America for more than 20 years but has grown by acquisition. It is looking to add another 20pc by 2016 to its Brazilian company.

The Bobby Norris to face fear of flying with class of TOWIE

The reality star has endured with pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying) since childhood. He’s confirmed plans to take his phobia to be dealt with by the Fearless Flyer lessons of easyJet.

The lessons, which occurs at Stansted airport this weekend, consists of a three-hour presentation by phobia specialist Lawrence Leyton that is top, and a Q&A session with a senior easyJet Captain.

The specialists will try to teach a set of techniques to alter his perception of flying forever to Norris. The new abilities will be put to the test during a dedicated hour long flight.

“The seashore outfits are planned, sunglass group ready to be showcased and the tan applied but having to fly has consistently put a dark cloud over the whole holiday!” Norris clarified.

“Sitting at the airport gate I ‘ve been the one looking nervously out on the runway biting my nails.

“For me it is the noises. I sit there listening to every bang and whirling, believing it is a signal that we’re doomed to drop out of the heavens any minute!”

Norris recently announced that he was to become a daddy.

Avalon on course for fall launch

a celebration last Wednesday, Mark Toro, managing partner announced the retail element of the multi-use development Avalon is 97 percent.

The retail component of the $600 million mixed-use project is scheduled to open Oct. 30.

Toro said Avalon is the future of retail because it is a walkable community that “infuses hospitality into every aspecthere is the encounter now‘s retailers are brought to, as it’s what their customers are demanding.”

There are 250 luxury rental houses being built above Avalon’s retail, and North American Properties has a waiting list of more than 900 folks for units that will be available in December.

To see floor plans or be added to the list, visit

Monte Hewett Homes has started construction on 101 single-family homes designed by town urbanist Lew Oliver.

The waiting list contains more than 2,600 prospective homebuyers. Costs for the first 14 homes will be released this summer and the dwellings will be prepared for occupancy.

Construction of the 108,000 square foot studio office is underway, and more than half of the space has been leased. Tenants include Wakefield Beasley and Associates, Integrated Care Management, Hug & Associates and Dental Town.

North American Properties has partnered to develop the project’s second stage, which will contain up to 750,000 square feet complete with gigabit fiber, meeting facilities and the Club Avalon Concierge.

Moreover, the property company that is operating is in discussion with the city of Alpharetta to improve a public-private venture to develop a 325-room full-service resort and conference center.

Local Entrepreneur Expands Business With Seventh Pearle Vision Location

Pearle Vision, one of North America’s largest and most trusted accredited visual brands, announced it has signed an agreement with a longtime licensee to assume possession of the Pearle Vision location in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Paul Hans, along with sons Michael and Daniel Hans, now own and run the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care centre at 932 Hillside Avenue. The facility was formerly a corporate- owned location and has served customers for more than 25 years.

“I am excited we have enlarged to our seventh Pearle Vision location in The Big Apple,” said Paul Hans. “We are dedicated to offering the residents of New Hyde Park a sure source for their eye care needs and enjoy serving the community for years to come.”

Hans, an accredited optician, has been in company with Pearle Vision for over 30 years, first working at a corporate eye care centre as an optician. When he opened his first place in 1982 he began his career. As a loyal member of his community, he belongs to the Long Island Association, Long Island Chamber of Commerce and the local Lion’s Club. He has lived in Dix Hills, N.Y. for more than 30 years and looks forward to continuing to grow his company with the Pearle Vision brand.

We are thrilled that Paul and his family are continuing to expand their company with the addition of the New Hyde Park Pearle Vision location, and we understand that his patients will reap the benefits of his vast experience,” said Tammy Reaves, vice president of licensing and development at Pearle Vision. “Pearle Vision is poised for growth this year and has aggressive plans to convert corporate-owned neighborhood eye care centers to licensees, and we’re seeking optometrists and eye care professionals that have a desire to serve their communities to join our growing network of licensed operators.”

Pearle Vision has an important heritage in the industry , and it has continued to outpace rivals by developing to match with patients’ changing needs and supplying quality products and services they want. With 600 facilities located throughout North America, the company offers best-in-class eye care provided by neighborhood doctors who are proficient optometrists, a principle created by Dr. Stanley Pearle in 1961. Pearle Vision ranked #112 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500, making a 48-point increase in the 2013 ranking.

Pearle Vision is presently seeking to grow its national footprint and has development opportunities, including existing centers with established customer bases, in markets from coast-to-coast. To fuel further growth, the business is looking for optometrists thinking about licensing opportunities. Ideal candidates for Pearle Vision ownership should possess a desire to join a trusted industry-leading brand and work within a proven system to provide patient service that is superior and exceptional eye care. Pearle Vision licensees can anticipate their initial investment to construct a new center to cost around $200,000, in addition to a licensing fee of $30,000.

Optometrists thinking about exploring re-licensing or new development opportunities should call 1.800.PEARLE.1 or visit

About Pearle Vision
Pearle Vision was founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, who began the concept of one-stop, total eye care with the launching of the Pearle Vision Center in Savannah, Ga. Pearle combined complete eye exams with an extensive collection of eyewear. Pearle Vision began offering licenses to select doctors and opticians. Today, with 600 eye care centres throughout America, Pearle Vision is assembled around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus to deliver real eye care and become a trusted source for all their eye health needs. Pearle Vision is owned by Luxottica, a leader in premium trend, sports and luxury eyewear. To learn more, visit

Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Proprietary brands include Ray-Ban, the world’s most famed sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette while licensed brands include Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Starck Eyes, Tiffany and Versace. Along with a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut world-wide. The Group’s products are designed and made at its six manufacturing plants in Italy, two completely owned plants in the People’s Republic of China, one plant in Brazil and one plant in the USA dedicated to the generation of sports eyewear. Additional information on the Group is available at

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