Blowing Rock pickleball players ask for permanent courts in Memorial Park | News

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High near 75F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.. The lower basketball court, also set up pickleball, in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park is currently under renovation with a pathway, left, being constructed, as pictured on Sept. 10. Ellen Bray speaks to the Blowing Rock Town Council on Sept. 10, asking them for permanent pickleball courts in Memorial Park. The lower basketball court, also set up pickleball, in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park is currently under renovation with a pathway, left, being constructed, as pictured on Sept. 10. Ellen Bray speaks to the Blowing Rock Town Council on Sept. 10, asking them for permanent pickleball courts in Memorial Park. BLOWING ROCK – Several Blowing Rock residents asked the Blowing Rock Town Council during its Sept. 10 meeting for the lower basketball court in Memorial Park to be transformed into three full-time pickleball courts. “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country,” said resident Lee Cohen. “It’s big among baby boomers.” Cohen, Ellen Bray and Mike Catanese each gave public comments asking for the permanent courts, ...

NeoCon 2016: Bold colors and innovative designs at this year’s show

By all accounts, this year’s NeoCon commercial interiors show was a success, with bigger crowds than last year, more bold designs and innovations, and increased use of cutting edge technologies, all taking place in the newly remodeled Merchandise Mart.The show floors themselves weren’t remodeled, though one of them was missing entirely. The eighth floor, one of the two floors traditionally used for temporary booths, was permanently removed from the show this year to make way for year-round leasing revenue from firms like Allstate. Not only were all of the exhibit booths shifted to the seventh floor—though it’s worth noting that last year only half of the eighth floor was used for the show—but the space was also organized differently. Flooring companies were grouped together in one section of the show floor, with a tight cluster of LVT producers right in the heart of the group. And every LVT exhibitor claimed that they loved it.The Merchandise Mart renovation, a $40 million investment, was mostly in the public space on the first and second floors, including a wide marble staircase connecting the floors that serves as a casual, albeit grand and expansive, space for lounging and ta...