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January 19, 2013

GLYNN: Top hotelier launched 50-year career in the Falls

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Niagara Gazette — After working for Harold Levin and Bill Ratzel, longtime managers at Hotel Niagara, young Verciglio moved swiftly through key posts at the original Holiday Inn, Buffalo Avenue, near the American Rapids Bridge to Goat Island; the former Parkway Inn, the former Treadway Inn, Fourth Street and Buffalo Avenue, before the franchise relocated to the LaSalle area (near the North Grand Island Bridges); and the 400-room Niagara Hilton, Third Street, then owned by Radomir Matovic, a Niagara Falls, Ont., businessman.   

The Park Hyatt is in the heart of Yorkville, a bustling commercial and cultural sector that includes some of Canada's outstanding art galleries and museums, and across from the Royal Ontario Museum, a tourist mecca. The 336 guest rooms, including the Sarah Richardson-designed pink and blue suites and the 2,500-square-foot Algonquin Suite offer commanding views from the Roof Top Lounge. Guests seldom leave the premises without sharing their experiences in the award-winning 10,000-square-foot Stillwater Spa added during Verciglio's tenure.

Among numerous awards in his career, most recently Verciglio was named Hotelier of the Year for Canada and General Manager of the Year for the giant Hyatt Hotel corporation.

So how does a dynamic hotel executive like Verciglio make the obviously difficult transition from the hectic pace in the hospitality business to a less demanding role of retirement. "I'm really looking forward to the change," he said during a recent phone interview. He said a friend gave him sound advice: "May your future pace be filled with leisure, long visits with friends and pleasure in life's joys."

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WORTH AN 'F':  The greedy and self-serving United Federation of Teachers in New York has jeopardized that city's ability to spend some $830 million in vital federal aid for the 1.1 million children who attend public schools there. It's all because the union has failed to submit the state-mandated teacher evaluation plan. Why is it so important to protect incompetent teachers who should have been fired years ago? Small wonder that the U.S. educational standards continue to slip below other nations.

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