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This edition covers everything from luxurious K9 hotels to fun Paper Mache art projects for kids. Dive in for a delightful blend of pet pampering and creative crafting. Check it out!
 
 
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For Statistics
 
The Remote Work Revolution: East and West Coast Leading the Way
 
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we work has undergone a seismic shift. New Census figures reveal that last year, 15% of the U.S. workforce worked from home. While this statistic represents a significant change from pre-pandemic times, it's important to note that the numbers vary significantly depending on the region.
 
The East and West coasts, as well as other major metropolitan areas, have seen a substantial increase in remote work. This shift is not only reflective of the ongoing effects of the pandemic but also of broader trends in the modern workforce. In these areas, the numbers of remote workers are notably higher than the national average.
 
Boulder, Colorado, emerged as the leader, with a staggering 32% of its workforce operating remotely last year. Denver, not far behind, also saw a significant proportion of remote workers.
 
Tech hubs like San Francisco and San Jose made it into the top 10, emphasizing the continued relevance of remote work in the tech industry. Even their tech rival, Austin, had a high remote work rate.
 
The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., boasted an impressive 25% of remote workers, ranking it 6th among cities and surpassing the rates of many states.
 
While remote work has made strides across the nation, there are noticeable disparities:
 
Mississippi stands at the bottom of the list, with the lowest share of remote workers in the U.S., at just 5.5%. The Southeastern region, in general, lags behind the national average.
 
Despite the passage of two years since the pandemic began, the shift in remote work remains relatively modest. Nationwide, the percentage of people working from home only declined by less than 3 percentage points between 2021 and 2022, according to Census figures.
 
The work-from-home revolution is most pronounced in major cities with a high concentration of office buildings. In these areas, downtown economies have managed to survive due to a continued occupancy of office spaces. However, numerous large employers, including banks in New York and even the federal government, have attempted to bring employees back to the office.
 
In response, some cities are exploring ambitious redevelopment projects. These projects involve the conversion of office towers into residential buildings and central business districts into mixed-use neighborhoods. While these endeavors are complex and costly, they are already gaining momentum in several cities.
 
In conclusion, the remote work landscape in the United States is evolving, with East and West Coast cities leading the way. The shift to remote work is not only a response to the pandemic but also reflects broader changes in how we approach work in the modern age. As we continue to adapt to these changes, the future of work remains both dynamic and full of opportunities.
 
 
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For Unusual
 
A Paw-sitively Luxurious Grand Opening: K9 Resorts of Stamford
 
Move over, Ritz-Carlton – there's a new player in town, and they're not rolling out the red carpet for humans; it's all about our furry friends. On Saturday, September 9th, Stamford, CT welcomed its very own slice of pet paradise with the grand opening of K9 Resorts at 65 Harvard Ave. Owned by the dynamic father-and-son duo of Matt and Daniel Healy, this luxury pet resort is the first of its kind in the state, and it's causing quite a tail-wagging frenzy.
 
Let's get one thing straight – K9 Resorts isn't just a kennel. It's a five-star retreat for your four-legged family members. Boasting over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, this place is doggie heaven on earth. The amenities? State-of-the-art. The accommodations? Premier.
 
Imagine a place where every detail is meticulously crafted for the health and comfort of your beloved pets. That's what K9 Resorts is all about. During their stay, your dogs will revel in advanced amenities that make even some human hotels jealous. We're talking a hospital-grade air purification system, premium Kuranda dog bedding (because who wants to sleep on anything less?), and floors equipped with Microban technology to keep things clean and sanitary. These are no ordinary kennels; they're doggy penthouses equipped with flat-screen televisions, Italian flooring (because dogs deserve the best), architecturally detailed moldings, and yes, chandeliers for that touch of opulence.
 
And it's not just about the fancy gadgets – it's the people too. The staff at K9 Resorts are well-trained and incredibly attentive. They understand that every pet is unique and they're ready to cater to their individual needs.
 
K9 Resorts isn't just about pampering pets; it's also contributing to the local community. The new location is creating 20 jobs, giving a wagging tail of approval to the local economy. With a capacity for 88 dogs for boarding and 120 for daycare, it's sure to become the go-to destination for Stamford's dog owners.
 
So, if you're a pet parent in Stamford, your options just got a whole lot fancier. K9 Resorts is here to redefine pet boarding and pampering, one happy tail at a time. Your fur babies deserve the best, and now, they have it right in their backyard. Cheers to K9 Resorts, where every dog is treated like a true VIP (Very Important Pup)! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿถ
 
 
 
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For Explore
 
Title: Delta's Sky Club Shake-Up: What You Need to Know
 
Are you a Delta enthusiast who loves to kick back in the Sky Club lounges while waiting for your flight? Well, we've got some news that's as interesting as your in-flight entertainment. Delta is shaking things up in its SkyMiles program, and it's making waves in the world of airline perks. Let's dive into what's happening and why it matters.
 
In a world where wanderlust is making a comeback, frequent-flyer programs and rewards credit cards have become the traveler's best friend. Who doesn't love those plush lounge chairs, complimentary snacks, and a respite from the bustling airport terminal? But here's the catch: airlines are playing hard to get with these coveted perks.
 
Delta, like its competitors American and United, has been taking a closer look at its frequent-flyer tiers, and they've been raising the bar to elite status. It's like the airlines decided to make their loyalty programs the Olympics of the travel world.
 
Delta recently announced, "Beginning Jan. 1," (yes, that's right, January 1st of next year) "Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Platinum Business American Express Card Members and those customers traveling in Basic Economy, regardless of card type, will no longer be eligible for Club access." Translation: If you're a Platinum cardholder or traveling on a Basic Economy ticket, the Sky Club doors won't swing open for you anymore.
 
Delta wants to maintain that premium experience in its Sky Clubs, and they've decided that this means limiting access. It's all about balancing the popularity of these lounges with the exclusive atmosphere they provide. In other words, they want the Sky Club to be more like an invitation-only soirée and less like a crowded happy hour.
 
Now, if you're a frequent Delta traveler, you might be wondering what's next for you. Here's a quick game plan:
 
Check Your Card: If you hold a Delta SkyMiles Platinum or Platinum Business American Express Card, take note of the changes coming your way. You might want to rethink your lounge strategy.
 
Basic Economy Blues: If you often choose Basic Economy fares for their cost-saving benefits, be aware that lounge access will be a no-go starting next year. Consider your travel priorities.
 
Plan Ahead: If you're a lounge lover, think about other ways to access these exclusive spaces. Perhaps it's time to explore Delta's other card options or earn elite status through traditional means.
 
In the ever-changing world of airline perks, it pays to stay informed. Delta's decision to tighten access to Sky Club lounges might ruffle a few feathers, but with a little planning, you can still enjoy that pre-flight pampering. So, get ready for a new era of Sky Club exclusivity, and who knows, maybe you'll discover a new favorite airport hideaway on your next adventure. Happy travels! โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿน
 
 
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For small peeps
 
Paper Mache Sculptures at the Bruce Museum
 
Get ready to sculpt your wildest dreams out of paper mache! Inspired by the incredible sculptures of Elie Nadelman featured in "Material Matters," we're diving into the world of three-dimensional art. Kids (and kids at heart) will have the chance to create their very own paper mache sculptures. Who knows what fantastic creatures, abstract wonders, or whimsical designs will emerge from your hands?
 
This hands-on activity will ignite your creativity and leave you with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to take home.
 
Art Adventures is not just an art program; it's a journey of self-expression, imagination, and community. Whether you're a regular visitor or a first-timer, we welcome you with open arms and a rainbow of colors.
 
So, gather your family, invite your friends, and head over to Art Adventures this Sunday. Let's turn your ordinary Sunday into a spectacular, artistic adventure where every stroke of your brush, every piece of paper mache, and every fabric square brings us one step closer to creating a masterpiece together. See you there! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธโœจ
 
 
 
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See you next week!
Sue

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