Robert Biale Vineyards has submitted a plan to the city for a single family home subdivision on the land that now hosts one of its vineyards, co-owner Bob Biale confirmed.
The land, which runs along El Centro Avenue and is bordered by residential housing in Napa, has been in Biale’s family since 1937. Biale and his siblings, Sandra Rossomando and Mark Biale, who each own equal shares of the vineyard, began discussing the fate of the property a few years after the death of their father, Aldo, almost a decade ago.
Biale said the planned development and sale of the land is part of a larger effort to settle the family’s estate, which gained traction after the death of their mother, Clementina, in April of 2017.
“The simple truth is in order to save some land, we had to sell some land. It’s not an easy decision by any means,” Biale said, adding that Aldo’s Vineyard, Biale’s vineyard on Jefferson Street, will remain. “The fact is it was my grandmother’s home site, and to give that up – you can’t replace that. In our mind, it’s priceless.”
Randy Gularte, the real estate broker who is working with Biale on developing the project, said the lot would encompass “approximately 53 single family homes”. Gularte’s team, which includes designer architect Kirk Geyer and civil engineering firm RSA+, is currently reworking the submission based on comments from the city of Napa, he said.
“We’re looking forward to making it work for the city, because we definitely need housing,” he added.
Ali Shull, whose home on El Centro Avenue directly faces the vineyard land in question – which Biale and his family call the “Home Ranch” – said she’d first heard “rumblings” about the land’s future about two and a half years ago.
“What we’ve heard is that they’re trying to be cognizant of the style (of the development),” Shull said, adding she perceives the family as respectful toward their neighbors. “I think it’s a sign of the times. They’re the people that are left from a family that has owned the land forever… it’s just progress.”
One neighbor, who declined to give their name because they said they had hired a lawyer to discuss seeking concessions from the developers, said they’d first learned of the proposed development about a year and a half ago, when Biale sent out a notice. They described themselves as resigned to the fact that the changes were “coming no matter what,” aware that the land is already zoned for housing. Their property backs up to vineyard land.
Home Ranch Vineyard and Aldo’s Vineyard, a registered historic vineyard, are two of a dwindling number of vineyards that still exist within Napa city limits. Aldo’s Vineyard is one of 11 registered historic vineyards in Napa Valley.
Gularte has worked on one other development built on existing vineyard land inside city limits, he said. That project, just off of Orchard Avenue in Napa, was purchased and is being built out by Lafferty Communities, a San Ramon based-firm.
Nothing will change from a wine-making standpoint, Biale said, since the timeline of the family’s decision to develop the land provided time to find new grape growing sites. The grapes from Home Ranch currently go into Biale’s Black Chicken Zinfandel, but the new vineyards should “come online” in time to replace any loss of fruit, according to Biale.
“It’s a personal loss, but like all things, goodness can come from it,” Biale said. “From a winery perspective, we’re gaining incredible new vineyard sites, and from the city point of view, they’re gaining a beautiful project. We think it’s the right call.”
There’s still much to be done for the project before any building begins, according to Gularte: he and his team are hoping to complete a second submission to the city in the next couple of weeks. The ensuing timeline will be dependent on whether or not the city’s comments are approving, he said. From there, the submission must go before the planning commission, and then before city council. If approved, the project must be purchased by a developer before any ground is broken, Gularte said, adding that “another growing year” could come and go for Biale before they sell the property.
Shull, who has lived in her home on El Centro for eight years, reminisced about the vineyard at harvest time – its absence will be a loss, she said, but one she added ultimately wouldn’t impact her quality of life.
“It’s sad – Napa changes, and it’s sad, but it’s life,” Shull added.
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More visitors are spending more money and more time in Napa Valley, leading to higher hotel revenue and daily room rates. And while new local hotels have opened in recent years, occupancy remained relatively stable, dipping less than a percent over the previous 12 months.
The data was reported by Visit Napa Valley during its annual Partnership Conference on Thursday afternoon at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
“The hospitality experience of the Napa Valley is second to none compared to other wine regions. That’s why the numbers are the way they are,” said Linsey Gallagher, Visit Napa Valley CEO, in an interview on Tuesday. “We’re very fortunate.”
That being said, Gallagher said her team is also watching for signs of recession or other potential challenges.
However, the overall picture is favorable, according to Gallagher. The average daily room rate for a Napa County hotel room rose 7 percent from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The average rate is now $327 per night. Lodging room revenue for that same 12 months rose 8 percent, from $33.6 million to $36.3 million.
Occupancy dipped slightly, from 71.2 percent to 70.7 percent.
That’s good news, said Gallagher. “We’ve had some new (lodging) properties come on line and this shows there is room for everyone to be successful even with new entrants in this market.”
“I don’t feel were in a position of oversupply” of lodging rooms, said Gallagher. “Supply and demand are balanced.”
At the same time, Napa Valley can’t rest on its laurels, said Gallagher.
Other destinations are striving to become the alternative to Napa Valley, she cautioned. “They are getting their act together at other destinations about having a compelling reason to visit. We’re going to have to be creative and be scrappy and try new things. We’re going to have put more effort. But we’re ready.”
According to Visit California, there’s been a decline in international travel to California. In July, overseas visitors at California ports of entry dipped 3.8 percent year-over-year. Visitors from China declined 8.6 percent, said Visit California.
In addition, if there is a downturn in the economy, “We’re going to have to try harder to maintain our spot at the top,” said Gallagher. “We have no intention of ceding that to anyone else.”
“We are committed to doing everything we can to support the lodging and hospitality industries,” she said. “At the end of the day, we need to convert all of this to sales and revenue.”
That data showed that in 2018, the Napa Valley welcomed 3.85 million visitors who spent $2.23 billion, said a new report from Visit Napa Valley.
To compare, the 2016 report said visitors spent $1.9 billion in Napa Valley. The $2.23 billion spent in 2018 represents $85.1 million in tax benefit to residents, said the report. Taxes generated by the visitor industry include revenues from the transient occupancy tax (TOT), sales taxes and property and transfer taxes paid on lodging facilities.
The tourism industry remains the second-largest employer in Napa County (after the wine industry), supporting the livelihood of an estimated 15,872 people, with a combined payroll of $492 million, the report stated.
“The tourism industry continues to provide a significant positive impact to Napa Valley’s economy, while also supporting local initiatives essential to the well-being of our community,” Gallagher said in May.
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Gov. Northam meets with local mental health officials to protect our ‘most vulnerable’ WSET
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Governor Ralph Northam was in Lynchburg Friday for a meeting withHorizon Behavioral Health. He wanted to talk with the …
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With issues like opioid addiction continuing to plague the region, officials at the Community Free Clinic on Mill Street formally opened a new mental health care unit on Thursday.
Health care professionals and other guests crowded into the facility known as Community Mental Health Care Thursday afternoon for a grand opening and ribbon cutting.
Last year, local doctor Mitesh Kothari and his wife, Erin, donated a medical suite to the free clinic next door to its current offices. Then everyone put their heads together to determine the best use for the space.
“Mental health kept going to the top of the list,” clinic Executive Director Nicole Houser told a crowd inside the new facility.
Development of the clinic was made possible by “many, many different people,” Houser said. Jeremy Cantner, the facility’s mental health director, showed the various offices with their clean, new surroundings. He said it was made possible by a lot of “sweat labor” from volunteers.
The mental health clinic will operate the same as the free clinic: a place where Washington County residents with no health insurance can get help for free.
The mental health clinic has been open for about six months, and it has helped about 50 families so far, Cantner said.
“And that was without doing a lot of marketing,” he said.
Clinic officials said they will concentrate on offering “same-day access” for people who are in a mental health crisis. That is vital because people in those situations sometimes cannot find immediate help, they said.
The clinic is starting with several staffers and Cantner said he anticipates it growing to use 10 workers.
Various proclamations and citations were presented to clinic officials, including a proclamation from Mayor Bob Bruchey that was delivered by Hagerstown City Councilwoman Shelley McIntire.
McIntire said the new facility will help people deal with “all these things we don’t quite understand,” like drug addiction and suicide.
The Community Free Clinic has handled more than 10,000 patient visits annually in recent years. The clinic holds various fundraisers to offer its services, and has received other support through sources such as grants.
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A multimillion-dollar donation will allow Marian Regional Medication Center to develop a behavioral health unit and establish a crisis stabilization unit to expand mental health care, the hospital announced Wednesday.
The $2.7 million building donation is from The Sierra Land Group, the previous owner of the Marian West campus, which will house the new unit.
Santa Barbara County has a lack of mental health facilities, with the North County area having the fewest resources, meaning patients are often sent from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara for treatment.
During an Aug. 6 Santa Maria City Council meeting, Dr. David Ketelaar, immediate past president-medical staff at Marian, outlined the hospital’s plans to create a crisis stabilization unit, which would provide immediate care to those in crisis and take both voluntary and involuntary patients.
The unit would treat patients after they are cleared from the emergency department but before inpatient hospitalization.
Hospital officials also are considering the development of inpatient mental health beds, which Santa Maria currently lacks.
During the meeting, Ketelaar said Santa Maria’s lack of beds and the prevalence of mental health disorders has created a “perfect storm” where individuals in crisis end up in emergency rooms and are unable to get the care they need.
Councilman Dr. Michael Moats said he was happy to see Marian moving forward on the establishment of mental health facilities within the city.
Moats said when he worked as an emergency room physician at the old Valley Community Hospital, patients in the midst of mental breakdowns were put under involuntary 5150 holds and transported to Santa Barbara.
“If we had a situation where people could remain in Santa Maria, we could have a skilled healthcare worker do a proper mental health evaluation to best determine what the patient needs, which might not be a 5150 hold.
The ability of emergency room physicians to truly evaluate a patient whose having a breakdown is limited,” Moats said. “[The behavioral health unit] might spare a situation where the patient has to be transported to the South Coast.”
Marian Regional Medical Center President and CEO Sue Andersen said the hospital was grateful for Sierra Land Group’s gift.
“Considering our recent outreach to the community about the very urgent need for a behavioral health program locally, we are grateful that we can now move toward creating such a program to best treat those in need of this specialty care,” she said in a news release.
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With suicide rates among young people continuing to rise across the country, The Loft Cinema is hosting a free resource fair, film screening and panel discussion Tuesday focusing on mental health and teen suicide.
The event, presented by the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature a screening of the 2016 documentary film, “Not Alone.”
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Pima County, according to data from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.
In “Not Alone,” 18-year-old filmmaker Jaqueline Monetta gets her teen subjects to open up about their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts, providing the audience an intimate look into the subjects’ beliefs about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide, getting help and treating mental illness, according to a news release.
Monetta was driven by a desire to understand why her best friend took her life at the age of 16. The teens in the film open about about the despair they felt and how talking about it saved their lives, assuring the audience that mental illnesses, like physical illnesses, can and should be treated, the release said.
After the film, Bonnie Kneller, a lead social worker at Tucson High, will lead a panel, which will feature Joronda Montaño, executive director of notMYkid; Rezwana Islam, a UA public health major and LGBTQ advocate; Ernestina Limon, a former Pima County health deptartment community mental health and addiction program coordinator; and Darin Knapp, a UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences assistant professor .
There will be resource tables on the patio outside The Loft starting at 5:30 p.m., with information about local mental health treatment, education and outreach organizations.
Resource fair attendees will include:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness- Southern Arizona
- Help and Hope for YOUth
- Hope for YOUth
- UA Campus Health: Counseling and Psych Services
- Text, Talk, Act
- Palo Verde Behavioral Health
- La Frontera
- COPE Community Serivces
- Epilogue Podcast Project
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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) — Bridgeport High School teacher Tina Runner, who says she battles depression and anxiety, hosted the 1st Annual ‘State of Mind’ Mental Health Awareness Event at the Meadowbrook Mall Saturday.
About 25 health-focused vendors participated in the event whose mission is to promote self-care, mental wellness and support throughout Bridgeport.
Runner says the idea is two years in the making after forming two student groups called Life League and VENT that have a similar focus.
Runner, who says she manages depression and anxiety, says she formed the groups because she saw more and more health issues with students.
“I wanted to find a way to help them, so I met with a group of my DECA students and we came up with the suicide prevention club called Life League,” says Runner.
She says the groups have been a safe haven for all students, especially LGBTQ.
After seeing those groups provide students a way to share their unique experiences and get feedback and support from their peers, the community at large became an added focus bringing about the ‘State of Mind’ event.
For more information about mental health resources or the ‘State of Mind’ Mental Health Awareness Event contact email@example.com.
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MANCHESTER — The former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Vermont’s attorney general say they hope at Burr and Burton Academy students have better judgment than the two legal experts.
John Broderick, the former justice and senior director of external affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and T.J. Donovan, Vermont’s top prosecutor, were at the independent high school Friday to talk about mental health.
“I came here today because I need your help. That’s why I’m at your school,” Broderick said. “I’m on a mission really to change the conversation and the culture around mental illness and take away the shame and the shadows and the stigma that still exists. Your generation can do it. That’s why I’m here.”
John T. Broderick spoke at length about his son, John Christian Broderick, who was 30 when he was charged in 2002 with assaulting his father and sending him to the hospital.
Broderick said it wasn’t until his son was sentenced to serve 7½ to 15 years in prison that the family confronted his son’s severe depression and the younger man’s self-treatment through alcohol.
With his son in prison and himself in the hospital, Broderick said he started to understand the feeling of hopelessness.
“I felt we had failed him. I was, after all, a parent. I should have known something, but I didn’t. I thought all mental illness was hopeless. That’s what I thought. It’s far from hopeless. I know that now,” he said.
The Broderick family has moved past the crisis but Broderick said what happened opened his eyes to the prevalence of mental health needs and the lack of resources.
After his presentation, Broderick said he’s spent almost 40 months traveling about 80,000 miles to reach 440 towns in four states and speak to about 100,000 while visiting about 190 schools.
While he said he didn’t know what to expect when he began, Broderick said he has found that at school after school, students are either suffering from mental illness or affected by it through a relative or friend.
He told students in the E.H. Henry Gym on Friday about being approached after his presentations by young people who ask for a hug and share their stories. Some have never told anyone about what they experienced and others have told him that parents have told them not to ever talk about it, he said.
On Friday, several students at BBA talked to Broderick after the remarks made by him and Donovan, several crying as they talked quietly to him.
BBA Headmaster Mark Tashjian said the presentation was made available to all 750 BBA students. He estimated about 850 people, including teachers and staff, were in the gymnasium.
Afterward, students gathered in their advisories — small groups which meet weekly, each led by a faculty member, according to Kate Leach, director of advancement for Burr and Burton.
Donovan, whom Broderick said was the reason he was able to visit BBA, spoke about mental illness in his own family and how it had gone unaddressed for years.
“The emotion I mostly felt was shame. The best definition of ‘shame’ that I’ve ever heard is that it’s a ‘disease that erodes one’s soul.’ It keeps ticking away. What we have to understand is that when it comes to this issue, that peace comes probably slowly. … What I’m also here to tell you is that since I’ve been talking about it, it’s so much easier to acknowledge it. Not to be ashamed. Not to be embarrassed,” he said.
Donovan said he wasn’t at the school as attorney general but as someone inspired by Broderick.
But he told the students it won’t be he and Broderick who “get this job done.”
“It’s going to be your generation. It’s going to be you. You guys are so much better than us. You’re not divided by the things that divide my generation or John’s generation, and as an elected official, I’ve got to tell you, we listen to your generation. We need you on this one. We need you to lead on this issue that mental illness is a disease and we need to treat it as such, We need to normalize this,” Donovan said.
At the end of his presentation, Broderick addressed the possibility of change and whether the stigma could be removed from the issue of mental illness.
He pointed out that ashtrays were ubiquitous in homes and public places when he grew up and were now almost nowhere to be seen. Breast cancer, on the other hand, was almost never discussed when Broderick was younger, possibly because the word “breast” wasn’t used in polite company but now the disease is one of the most frequent causes for public fundraising efforts.
What are we waiting for? Why are we not changing the results? Too many people have been suffering for too many generations. It makes no sense. It’s not morally right, it’s not medically right. Silence is not the answer,” Broderick said.
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Northern Rivers wants to open an outpatient mental health clinic for 1,000 patients in response to the announcement that Glens Falls Hospital is closing its mental health outpatient services.
But Warren and Washington counties Director of Community Services Rob York is still in talks with other mental health providers, and said Northern Rivers won’t be taking over the hospital’s patients.
“That would be separate from the process we’re going through to take over the hospital’s operations,” he said. “What Northern Rivers is proposing is added capacity.”
Many patients in the area are not able to get mental health treatment because there aren’t enough providers, he added.
“This would be a significant way to address the unmet need,” he said.
Northern Rivers CEO William Gettman said he’s hurrying to open a large clinic because the hospital is closing its outpatient clinics.
“Let’s deal with the current crisis and the unmet need,” he said.
The company had been talking with the hospital about how Northern Rivers could assist prior to the hospital’s announcement two weeks ago, he said.
The plans were accelerated and made larger in response to the closure announcement. Glens Falls Hospital plans to keep its outpatient clinics open until an agency is ready to take over.
Gettman is negotiating a lease for a 6,000-square-foot building in Glens Falls. It’s on a bus line, which will help with access for patients, he said.
The clinic would also stay open until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and have weekend hours by appointment.
“That will help economically. It also helps clients — if you’re working or can’t get there due to transportation or child care,” he said.
It would be the company’s fifth mental health clinic. The others are in Albany, Schenectady and Malta.
“Clinics are hard to run. They’re economically sensitive,” Gettman said. “However, we have a good team.”
Northern Rivers has a central billing office that handles billing for all providers. It also uses telemedicine to connect patients with a provider that is based somewhere else, when necessary. Telemedicine could be used to connect with a psychiatrist for medication management, Gettman said.
His goal is to open in January.
He does not expect the proposed clinic to be able to handle all of the need in the region, even though the hospital treats about 1,000 patients for mental health that is unrelated to substance abuse. His providers in the area report that there is much more unmet need.
“I think we need to expand capacity everywhere,” he said.
Earlier this year, Northern Rivers opened a mental health clinic in Malta. There are 100 people on a waiting list there now.
But he doesn’t want to start a clinic so large that it fails from lack of patients. And finding enough providers for the patients is a challenge, he said.
He plans to hire any hospital workers who are interested, though he warned that Northern Rivers doesn’t have the same benefits and salary structure as the hospital.
He also wants to help with a seamless transition for patients if they move from the hospital to Northern Rivers’ new clinic. But it’s too early for those plans. First, the clinic must get state approval. It must also go before the Office of Community Services for Warren and Washington Counties.
The company accepts all health insurance and will be adding the site to its insurance contracts. That alone takes 60 days, Gettman said.
So opening in four months is an aggressive schedule.
“This is exciting. It’s going fast,” Gettman said.
The outpatient clinic would help all patients with a mental health primary diagnosis. That includes ADHD, trauma, depression, bipolar and schizophrenia. The clinic would not specialize in substance abuse cases or in children with autism.
Northern Rivers is the parent company for Northeast Parent & Child Society, which handles foster care in Warren and Washington counties, and Parsons Child & Family Center. It has 1,400 employees in 35 counties, runs two special-ed schools and is based in Albany.
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A Liberty Academy student was taken for treatment after reporting he was suffering from a mental health problem and had access to a gun.
Law enforcement officers took the student to a facility for treatment Tuesday and located the gun immediately after the outcry, said Shawna Currie, spokeswoman for the Victoria Independent School District.
“He felt like he was going to harm himself or others,” she said.
Currie said district officials did not think students were in danger.
She added the student had made no threat, and the firearm was never on campus.
“He did exactly what he needed to do,” she said. “He went to someone he trusted and made an outcry.”
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