OPTIMA COMPUTERS KICKS OFF HOLIDAYS WITH MAIN STREET GRAND OPENING AND A HOLIDAY GIVE-A-WAYMain Street Location in Brattleboro Offers Convenience to Local Businesses and a Safe Haven for Area KidsBrattleboro, VT Just in time for the Holiday Season 2006, Optima Computers has opened its newest location on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The newest Optima Computers retail operation features nearly 5,000 square feet of space that in addition to Optima Computers Sales and Service, will also the include the companys Gaming Zone brand, a favorite destination for many of the areas youths. The addition of this location adds to the Optima Computers locations at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and 17 Rockingham Street in Bellows Falls.Were really excited about the opening of our new store on Main Street, said Josh Garza, CEO of Optima Computers. While our Putney Road location is highly trafficked, we believe having a store downtown will provide even greater convenience for users of The Gaming Zone and for consumers during the work week and especially the holidays whether for new systems sales, or for service and repair of their existing systems.The new Main Street location will feature a highly knowledge sales staff backed by certified technicians capable of handling virtually any technology issue. Like the other Optima Computer locations, the new store features the latest laptops, desktops and peripheral products such as digital cameras from brand names like Acer, HP and Nikon in addition to the latest in gaming accessories and software.The new location will also feature The Gaming Zone, a favorite destination among the areas kids and a safe haven for homework or simply having fun video gaming. The Main Street Gaming Zone will replace the Gaming Zone location on Putney Road with greater convenience and features five private rooms where friends can battle one another using the latest computer technology, gaming software and accessories. The new Gaming Zone location is sure the be a hit with Parents as moms and dads can monitor their kids via Optima Computers Auk Eye Network that provides real time, web-based video monitoring in a safe environment staffed by responsible adults. And like the Gaming Zone location formerly on Putney Road, the Main Street location will be available for the ever-popular LAN Parties as well as birthday parties and social events.In celebration of the holidays and the Grand Opening of the newest Optima location, the company will be giving away an Acer Aspire Series 5000 laptop computer with a retail value of $1,199. The drawing will be held on December 23rd during a live remote hosted by Brattleboros WKVT-FM. To enter the drawing, stop by any Optima Computers location and fill out and entry form, no purchase is necessary.The company leased the space directly from the current owners of the Galanes building; no real estate firm was involved and terms have not been disclosed. The law firm of Christopher Duggan represented Optima in the transaction. John Brunelle and Sons of Brattleboro managed renovations of the new Optima and Gaming Zone location.About OptimaSince 2002, Optima Computers has been dedicated to humanizing technology, making it more accessible and helping the customers and clients the company serves harness the power of technology to help realize untapped potential while helping to break down barriers that can exist from living in rural environments. Optima Computers is headquartered at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and is one of Vermonts fastest growing local companies. More information Optima Computers can be found by visiting the companys Website at optimapc.com or by calling 802.251.0700.# # #
Adult cubby house the ultimate indulgence Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBush Tucker Man’s home for sale00:53Turns out The Bush Tucker Man is as good at home renovating as he is at straight-talking while eating witchetty grubs.Les Hiddins — the much-loved Aussie survival expert — is selling his tropical hideaway in far north Queensland after spending much of his retirement giving it a complete overhaul. MORE: How the drought is affecting the Queensland housing market Why a 100-year-old fig tree is worth millions The property on 7975 sqm at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda, has just hit the market via an expressions of interest campaign through Ray White Cairns Beaches. The Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins, is selling his tropical retreat in far north Queensland. Picture: Brendan Radke. Les Hiddins during his time as The Bush Tucker Man in the television series.Hiddins and his wife, Sandy, paid $500,000 for the property in 2012 and have spent the past eight years renovating and extending the main house, adding two new wings.“The house was built in the late ‘80s and when we bought, it was in its original condition, so over the last eight years we’ve basically gutted it and rebuilt it almost entirely from scratch, as well as adding in a couple of wings that have doubled the size of the property,” Mrs Hiddins said. The master wing, designed by award-winning Cairns firm Chris Van Dyke and WIP Construction,, features handcrafted New Guinea rosewood and silkwood. This house at 17 Warril Dr, Kuranda, is on the market.“We decided to build the master suite in particular because we’ve got adult children and grandchildren coming to visit so we wanted a much bigger home and a separate wing where we could just have complete privacy and shut that off from the remainder of the house,” Mrs Hiddins said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12 “The architect and builders did a great job so now we have this lovely master wing built with a very large bedroom opening out onto a wide veranda, big ensuite, huge walk-in wardrobe, all with beautiful cabinetry made by woodworks here on the tableland.”The other wing homes a separate studio. Inside the house at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda. The house has a French provincial-style kitchen.The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a new French provincial-style kitchen. “There’s also a reading room, particularly for Les — he wanted the north Queensland section with a large library in the home as he’s got over 600 books, so that’s adjacent to the bedroom,” Mrs Hiddins said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“The wing was built like an original homestead so the wide verandas have the lovely sandstone trims and the tiling is all tessellated and individually laid, so it’s really quite lovely.” There’s plenty of room to roam at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda.The estate also backs onto heritage-listed rainforest and overlooks north Queensland parklands at the front, which was part of the reason the couple bought the property. “When we saw the place, we just fell in love with it straight away because it’s such a dramatic background or dramatic environment with the world-heritage rainforest on our back boundary, with a spring-fed creek, and then the front of the property is more parklands,” Mrs Hiddins said. Imagine the barbies you could have here!A Vietnam War veteran and retired Australian Army major, Les Hiddins featured in the television series The Bush Tucker Man from the late 1980s.The success of the documentaries made him a household name. The couple is excited about the prospect of another adventure — this time further south in New South Wales. Give me a home among the gum trees.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever creative, Daily News Staff Writer Brent Hopkins gave us the idea to ask people to tell us their theme song for the New Year. He started the tradition himself when he was still in high school. He decided if he was going to start the new year on a good note, he was going to need good music to usher it in. After a couple false starts – “I used to pick ones that sounded cool, but I don’t think their message was particularly inspiring” – he finally scored with “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan. “I associate it with growing up, being on your own and trying out new things,” he said. And that’s why he’s reprising that song for 2007, although he’s going with the Jimi Hendrix version “to inject a little energy” into the new year. Here’s a sampling of the songs some of you will be using in 2007 as your personal anthem: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell “I thought that as we go into the new year facing a mountain of opposition in our effort to transform our schools that it was a great theme song for the idea that we will prevail.” – Antonio Villaraigosa, 53, Los Angeles mayor “Brand New Day,” by Sting “It’s filled with hope and so many people need hope for a new beginning. And new year means new beginning for a lot of people, so if you go there, close your eyes and think about it, everything can start again.” – Dean Sweetman, 42, of Studio City, personal coach “Piazza, New York Catcher,” by Belle and Sebastian “A boundless adventure is what that song is about. What happens is that he goes and whisks his lady…and they just sail away and they just get into trouble and the devil’s on their heels. It’s important.” – Sarah Kleinman, 23, of Los Angeles, film festival coordinator “How to Save a Life,” by The Fray “It’s a good song that brings out a good feeling, a positive feeling, and it just makes you happy.” – Julian Quintos, 26, of Van Nuys, handyman “The Best,” by Tina Turner “I’m committed to attaining certain goals that will improve my life and bring forth new opportunities.” – Rick Williams, 40, of Sacramento, environmental planner “Heaven,” by DJ Sammy & Yanou “It’s a nice meaning to a special loved one and it really means a lot.” – Chan Sary, 23, of Van Nuys, cable TV installer “Show Me What You Got,” by Jay-Z “It’s a fun song to start the new year off, it gets you pumped up, it gets you in a good mood.” – Valencia Patton, 22, of Northridge, CSUN student and teacher’s assistant “The Riddle” by Five for Fighting “We’re looking at 2007 to remind ourselves of what one has that is meaningful and good, for our families, our friends, and our community.” – Michel Moore, LAPD chief, commanding officer of the Valley Division “One With the Freaks,” by The Notwist “It’s about accepting yourself unconditionally and people around you unconditionally, and just being entirely in your life, entirely present, and that’s how I want my year to be.” – Amy Siegman, 23, of Van Nuys, CSUN student and traffic coordinator for an interactive design agency “I Love Lucy” theme song “It’s a very special project that I’m working on, and that’s all I’ll say, because anytime anything really works out for me, I don’t tell anybody.” – Arlene Parness, Valley Village, actress “‘Til Kingdom Come,” by Coldplay “It has a lot to bring as a positive attitude. I want my year to be positive and full of lots of fruit.” – Jake Sweetman, 18, of Studio City, recent high school graduate “The Saints are Coming,” by U2 and Green Day “It’s time for a change, it’s time for something new, and I think that song defines a difference, personal, political, however you want to take it.” – Aaron Snow, 24, of Studio City, sales manager “With Plenty of Money and You,” by GGGGHal Kemp “I’ve got a couple of projects this year that I want to make a lot of money on, and I want a relationship.” – Jim Evering, of Los Angeles, writer/producer “Happy Days are Here Again,” by Jack Yellen “If you were a Democrat it’d be, ‘Happy Days are Here Again.”‘ – Tom Barger, 71, Denton, Texas, self-employed “Imagine,” by John Lennon “It’s all about peace, imagining that there might actually be some, and we actually need it, I think. Things aren’t improving, and the Middle East crisis is getting worse and worse, so imagine.” – Shahe Mankerian, 39, of Pasadena, school principal