I personally believe that Dale Earnhardt’s number should have been retired


The Famous Number 3 Will Return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Competition

Austin Dillon Reveals in Motorsports 2013 Interview Plans Are Underway

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NASCAR drivers become associated with a number much like athletes in other sports. However, unlike baseball, football, or other stick and ball sports, NASCAR competitors’ numbers are on their cars, not a uniform. The number 43 with Richard”‘The King” Petty, the number 24 with Jeff Gordon, and of course the number 3 with the late Dale Earnhardt. Shortly after his death, in a racing accident during the running of the Daytona 500, many of his long time fans called for his car number to be retired, something that had never been done in this sport. While Richard Childress, the actual owner of the number 3, has chosen to not use it in Sprint Cup competition since, it looks as if it will soon be making it’s return.

Dale Earnhardt fans were, and still are to this day, the most loyal of any in the sport of NASCAR. They continue to wear t-shirts bearing his image when attending the races. They continue to buy his collectibles, as evidenced by the fact that many times there are still several souvenir trailers with the late driver’s colors still doing a brisk business at NASCAR Sprint Cup events throughout the country. They also have very strong feelings about the number 3.

Many still feel the number should never be run in Sprint Cup competition again. However, Richard Childress, has chosen to associate that number with his grandchildren, Ty and Austin Dillon, as they progress in their NASCAR careers. Both have run it in the Camping World Truck Series, and Austin competed in a black and white number 3 Chevrolet this past season in Nationwide competition.

It was Austin, during an interview and one-on-one with fans session at Len Sammons Motorsports 2013 who as much as confirmed NASCAR fans should expect to see the number 3 back in Sprint Cup competition in 2014, with him behind the wheel.

When asked if we would ever see the 3 back at the highest level of the sport, the cowboy hat wearing, older of the two Dillon brothers said, “We have been discussing the possibility for awhile now. Listening to what the fans have had to say, and we feel the time is near. Coordinate it with my rise to Sprint Cup in 2014.”

While there will certainly be those Earnhardt fans who continue to feel the number 3 should never be raced by anyone other than the “Intimidator”, the approach Childress has taken, and the success of Austin in his racing efforts have certainly allowed what was once a firm stance to soften. By running the number in lower levels of NASCAR, he has eased the idea into the minds of fans, rather than springing it on them all at once. Ty has also done his part by running well, and winning races. Earnhardt fans would certainly not support the return of the number if it was driven by someone they thought couldn’t return it to it’s previous glory.

If all goes as planned there should be a black and white number 3 Chevrolet on the starting grid of the 2014 Daytona 500. The emotions will be high, and the expectations even higher. Dale Earnhardt wouldn’t want it any other way.

In Conn., Good Day at Blackrock!


By Staff Report

The Town of Fairfield, located along Connecticut’s Gold Coast, is banking on the Fairfield Metro Center project, anchored by a new train station, to help revitalize a long underutilized industrial district. The state of Connecticut, the town and private developer Blackrock Realty worked together in a unique public-private partnership (P3) to create the innovative transit-oriented development (TOD) project.

A new Metro North train station is part of the project – the largest development project in the town’s history. The remediated, former brownfield industrial site is now ready for a 1.5 million square-foot, mixed use development that includes a restored waterfront, a nature preserve and park and much needed commuter parking to encourage the use of mass transit use in the state’s most traffic-congested county.

The property was formerly home to the Bullard Machine Tool Works Co., which moved its operations to the Black Rock Turnpike site in 1917. During both World Wars, the company operated a foundry that manufactured cannons and tanks, and it employed more than 5,000 people at its peak. Years of industrial activity resulted in the placement of over 250,000 cubic yards of casting sand, a byproduct of foundry operations, and a number of volatile organic compounds and oils containing polychlorinated biphenyls across the site.

Like many New England industrial firms, the company went into decline in the early 1980s. It moved its remaining operations to the South and abroad, and the plant permanently closed in 1986. In 2001 Blackrock Realty acquired the site from UPS, which had intentions at one time of building a distribution center on the site.

(Editor’s note: In the coming weeks, look for an expanded feature article on the airfield Metro Center project, authored by Brian Cutler, president of Loureiro Engineering Associates in Conn. )

8 Ways To Be a Happier Entrepreneur


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Many people go into business to make money so they can use it to do things that make them happy. Other people go into the same line of business because it actually makes them happy. Guess what? The people who are happy are making a lot more money than the people who are just focused on the money.

Happy guys just have it all over miserable guys because they’re happier. The key is this: If it makes you happy, if it plays into your passion, if it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning, it will keep you going in a good way, for a long time. Big, huge money—cover of BusinessWeek and Forbes Magazine kind of money—is created by entrepreneurs who have passion and drive for what they do, and who go about it smartly and with smiles on their faces. Here’s how they get there:

1. Happiness first, money next. Stop focusing on the money. Focus on your business, your clients or customers, your employees and your systems. Make sure everything is running smoothly and everybody is being treated well and feeling good. Then look at your money. Chances are that when your happy ducks are in a row, so are your financial ducks.

2. Turn off the news. That means news feeds, TV, radio and whatever channels you’re attached to daily that stream in fear, terror and the apocalypse. Leave the “if it leads it bleeds” media mentality. The more you feed that junk food to your mind, the more you’ll believe the world sucks and the more unhappy you’ll be. Remember, what you feed, grows. Stop feeding fear.

3. Sleep. Sleep isn’t just something you do so you can function; it’s something that you need and that should really be a part of your business strategy. You need sleep to stay refreshed and energized so you can survive the marathon of growing a business. Being well rested, by the way, also makes you happy.

4. Relationships. As a general rule, people feed off of other people, in good ways as well as bad. Focus on the good feeders—the people who give you energy just by being around them. When you pick your business relationships, surround yourself with happy people—they will make you happy.

5. Share. Share whatever you have with at least one person (more is okay) every day. Maybe offer someone a stick of gum, a piece of the several pieces of fruit you brought to work or a ride somewhere. You’ll figure it out—your parents and kindergarten teacher didn’t pound this skill into you for naught—and when you do, you’ll feel great.

6. Express your gratitude. You probably didn’t notice that people do stuff for you all day long, right? How about that old guy who held the door for you at the restaurant or the person at the grocery store who let you cut in front of him because you only had one item and he had 27? Next time, don’t just nod and say, “Thanks.” Stop, look the person in the eye and say, “Thank you, I appreciate that. I needed a kindness today.” You’ll not only wow them, but you’ll inspire them to repeat their kind actions the rest of the day.

7. Random act of kindness. Speaking of kindness, random acts of kindness not only make other people feel good, they actually make you feel good, empowered, in control, confident and happy. Studies show that giving and receiving causes our bodies to release endorphins—which are the body’s natural happy hormones.

8. Connect with friends. People, relationships and family are what make most of us truly happy. Take time to significantly connect with someone who makes you happy. There’s a lot of different ways to do it. Go to lunch—and talk about something besides work. Send them a handwritten card expressing appreciation for something they did for you lately. Surprise them with a favorite book or audiobook on Kindle. Share something you know will make them smile—a photo, cartoon or video you’ve found.

Be happy. The success of your business depends on it.

Read more articles discussing ways to find happiness through work-life balance.

Mike Michalowicz is the co-founder of Provendus Group, a business growth consulting group that helps companies whose growth has plateaued to grow again (and fast). Michalowicz is the author of The Pumpkin Plan and the business cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

Georgia firm indicted in SC woman’s ammonia death


Feb. 8, 2013 6:56 AM,

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Meg Kinnard
The Associated Press

According to court documents filed this week, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Werner Transportation Services Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

The wrong type of hose was used as 7,000 pounds of ammonia gas were being transferred to a Werner truck at a Tanner Industries distribution facility in Lexington County on July 15, 2009, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The hose ruptured, causing about 1,800 gallons of the 7,500 gallons on board to spill out.

Most of the ammonia — a hazardous chemical typically used in cleaning products — quickly evaporated, creating a plume of noxious gas that drifted across nearby U.S. Highway 321. Jacqueline Ginyard, 38, of Wagener, was driving to work when she encountered the cloud, tried to get out of her vehicle and was overcome by the fumes and died, according to Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman.

In all, more than a dozen people in the area received medical attention. Seven were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and seven others either declined treatment or were assisted at the scene. All staffers at the Tanner facility were evacuated.

Several months after the leak, the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Werner for four serious violations and fined the company $5,125. Two of its workers also weren’t wearing and were not trained to use special breathing equipment, including one who finally managed to make it to the emergency shut-off valve, according to OSHA.

State workplace safety officials also fined Tanner more than $23,000, saying the Southampton, Pa.-based company didn’t have proper safety valves in place that could have lessened the severity of the leak and didn’t have an alarm system to warn others of the leak.

A year later, DHEC fined Tanner more than $90,000 for federal and state air and chemical safety violations, including using the wrong kind of hose — an assertion backed up by a National Transportation Safety Board investigation completed last year.

Werner faces a possible $500,000 fine if convicted. Court records listed no attorney for the Gainesville, Ga.-based company, and a working telephone number could not be found.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP