The Bright Side
The Riviera concourse is in for some big changes, including a blast from the past if it all works out as the old terrazzo floor is uncovered.
Terrazzo is a composite material poured in place or precast. It is made up of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, and other suitable material poured with a cementitious binder. The old terrazzo floor has been uncovered, as it has lain undiscovered for many years. If it can be restored it will be the crown jewel of the first-floor concourse renovation. The new elevator has been ordered and will be installed as soon as it is received. The first-floor demolition and mechanical work have started, including the removal of the dropped ceiling. The ballroom will be receiving a new wood floor, as the old one is not restorable, and a grand crystal chandelier will be centered above. MSI Engineering will be sharing renderings for the ballroom and first floor of the Riviera very soon. Fundraising is still an ongoing issue, as talk is all that has been done so far. The Riviera Ad Hoc committee was organized with fundraising being a big part of why it was created. Zero dollars have been raised on its behalf and still nothing. The Riviera project is a multi-million dollar project, so far and the city is concerned. The Communications Ad Hoc committee will be helping in the money-raising effort, adding fundraising to its virtual town hall and ‘get input from the community’ effort.
The Star of Bethlehem will be visible to the naked eye on December 21st.
That also happens to be the day of the Winter Solstice, bringing the shortest amount of daylight and the longest amount of night. This once in a lifetime event, will take place shortly after sunset which occurs when Jupiter and Saturn appear at their closest, a tenth of a degree apart. This event hasn’t been observable to the eye since 1226. This event has been called the ‘Christmas Star’ because the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ could have been this conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The ‘Star of Bethlehem’ inspired the wise men to find baby Jesus and hopefully, it inspires you to go outside and witness this amazing event. Make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss this rare phenomenon.