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by Jordan Green

YOGA CLASS GROWS OUT OF PRE- SCHOOL PROGRAMMING DEMAND

A certified yoga instructor and stay-athome mom, Lisa Hart is looking for a way to re-enter the workforce. Pre-schools and after-school programs, with an ever-widening array of programs, might be her ticket. Hart is preparing a brochure for her new business Yogasproutz and plans to visit preschools this spring with the goal of having a circuit of weekly classes at various locations to which parents could enroll their children for a fee.

“The preschools are really changing; they’re looking for new opportunities to expand their programs,” Hart said. “My friend does kinder-Spanish. She says she believes there might be a demand for yoga.”

If successful, the business will give Hart the opportunity to work during hours when her own children are in school.

The popularity of yoga has increased significantly over the past decade. It would seem only natural that the trend would spread from parents to their children.

“There’s so many different benefits [to children],” Hart said. “The main one would be discipline. It gives them an awareness of their bodies, the importance of exercise. It’s also a calming tool. There’s a lot of research about yoga and the benefits to ADHD kids in helping them with their issues.”

For more information, contact Lisa Hart at yogasproutz@yahoo.com or 336.662.2907.

GHA CONTRACTS $3.9 MILLION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES

The Greensboro Housing Authority has extended an energy performance contract with Massachusetts-based Ameresco.

Following a 12-year engagement with the company, the housing authority has reinvested $3 million from energy and water savings into improvements, according to a company press release. Last month, the housing authority negotiated an eight-year extension of the contract with plans to undertake upgrades at 14 communities, including 2,000 units across the city. The housing authority expects to achieve a net savings of $1.7 million by investing $3.9 million in water effi ciency upgrades, new furnaces and central air conditioning, along with roof replacement at Ray Warren Homes. The total savings from the project is expected to amount to $5.6 million.

Ameresco Vice President Janice DeBarros said the construction budget for the eightyear contract will likely come to about $2.6 million.

“There will be at least 20 to 30 contructionrelated jobs related to this work,” she said.

“Those will include plumbing, some electrical [work]. We’re doing furnaces, so there’s some electrical contracting, and roof replacement. There are quite a few trades involved.”

EVENT CENTER OPENS NEAR AIRPORT

Most Greensboro residents are familiar with Mexico Restaurant. With four locations around town, it’s a familiar and ubiquitous landmark. Now Salvador Ornelas, the entrepreneur behind the local restaurant chain, is expanding into a new realm. He opened Terraza Event Center earlier this month on Burnt Poplar Road. Located near Piedmont Triad International Airport, the event center is conveniently reached from both the US Highway 68 and Gallimore Dairy Road exits. Ornelas said he envisions the facility being rented for conventions and business conferences during the week and more social events such as weddings and quinceñeras on weekends.

CITY: NO TAXPAYER SUBSIDY REQUIRED FOR BALLPARK

Analysis by the city of Winston-Salem indicates that the city-owned BB&T Ballpark, which opened last year, operates at a profit. In comparison, a press release indicates, taxpayers in Durham subsidize the city-owned Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which opened in 1995, to the tune of $1.6 million. The public cost of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is comparable to the operating deficit of the publicly-owned Greensboro Coliseum, which is also $1.6 million, and which is the subject of perennial questions about whether taxpayers should foot the bill. Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park, which opened in 2005, is privately owned and financed.

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