If The Fritz is not on your radar yet, they should be. Led by the skill and charisma of keyboardist/vocalist Jamar Woods, this Asheville, NC-based funk outfit brings some of tightest funk-rock performances in the game, and their live shows have been steadily earning a “not-to-be-missed” reputation.Earlier this month, The Fritz recorded a live performance in the “Jam Van” in North Carolina. The results of the session have started to roll out, and they truly are excellent. Set aside 10 minutes and check out this video of “Sound. Habits. Blame.” for your daily dose of dopeness:You can watch the rest of the session here, via Jam In The Van.
The University has broken ground on Phase II of Eddy Street Commons, according to a University press release published Dec. 19.The project, which will cost $90 million and is a joint project between the University and Kite Realty, will result in 8,500 square feet of restaurant space, a new Robinson Community Learning Center, a stand-alone grocery store and more than 400 housing units, the press release said.Phase I of the project, the press release said, will open in September 2018, and “the two phases represent a nearly $300 million investment in the Northeast Neighborhood,” located south of the University.According to the release, the “mixed-use space — retail, office and apartments — is 100 percent leased, and the condos and townhomes have all been sold.”Greg Hakanen, director of Northeast Neighborhood Redevelopment for the University, said in the release the project will benefit the neighborhood as well as Notre Dame.“Massive steps have already been taken to revitalize and regenerate the Northeast Neighborhood for the good of not only the University but the community as well, and this is the last step,” he said. “Phase II will take the biggest existing negative in the neighborhood and turn it into a major positive.”Phase II, the press release said, will include “two graduate-style apartment buildings and a new Robinson Community Learning Center on the east side of Eddy Street and two market-rate apartment buildings on the west side of Eddy Street.”According to the release, the project will include space for “small, local specialty shops, small cafes or coffee shops or insurance or law offices.”Matt Gabet, senior vice president of operational strategy with Kite Realty, said in the press release that Phase II of the project will “complement” Phase I and the neighborhood, and he credited the University for being a “true partner.”“Because of our partnership structure and collective determination, we were able to work through issues, solve problems and deliver the project you see today,” he said.Hakanen echoed Gabet’s sentiments, and said Kite Realty was vital to the process of working on the project through the housing crash from 2008 to 2012.“It was this extraordinary commitment to the project that made engaging Kite as the developer for Phase II an easy decision,” Hakanen said in the press release.South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in the release that the project will be a welcome addition to the community.“Eddy Street Commons Phase II will build upon Phase I’s success in growing the South Bend economy and strengthening the city’s relationship with Notre Dame,” Buttigieg said. “Because the project pays for itself, it is a win-win for Notre Dame, local employers and the South Bend community.”According to the press release, the Eddy Street Commons project is one piece of “a broader effort on the part of the University, city of South Bend, South Bend Heritage Foundation, Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) and Northeast Neighborhood Council (NENC) to improve the Northeast Neighborhood with strategic investments in education, housing and infrastructure.”Completion of the project will conclude with Phase II, the press release said, which is estimated to occur in mid-2020.Tags: Eddy Street Commons, Northeast Neighborhood Council, Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Phase II, South Bend Heritage Foundation
Press Association Speculation has continued that Jose Mourinho will be the man at the helm for the 2013-14 season after a Spanish TV show aired a picture of him shopping in Ikea in Madrid. Punto Pelota claimed the Real Madrid coach spent 200 euros on packing boxes and masking tape with the implication being it could be in preparation for a house move. Should Mourinho return, he is sure to want to build his team around men like Mata. The Spaniard’s decisive strike three minutes from time, although recorded as a Phil Jones own goal after a deflection off the defender, lifted the Londoners back into third in the Barclays Premier League with a priceless win. With a strong goal difference in their favour, they can now effectively secure a top-four place with victory over rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. That would then put them in good heart as they step up preparations for the Europa League final against Benfica later this month. But with Chelsea having already played a club-record 65 games – after campaigns in the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup and extended domestic cup runs – Mata concedes the players are feeling the effects. Mata added: “I felt in the first half, and sometimes second half, we played a bit slow, maybe because of the amount of games that we have already played during the season. “I think it is normal. When you arrive at the end of the season your legs are a bit tired, mentally as well – but you have to be ready because it is the most important part of the season. “I think we fight until the end.” Juan Mata has vowed to shake off any weariness to ensure Chelsea complete their troubled and epic season with success in two European challenges. Mata made the difference as the Blues kept themselves on course for Champions League football next season – their prime remaining objective of the campaign – with a 1-0 win at Manchester United. The 25-year-old told Chelsea TV: “It wasn’t our best game.”