ICSC Elects New Chairman, Trustees

521icscThis week, ICSC held its annual meeting of members at RECon. Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. was elected to be ICSC’s chairman for the 2015-2016 term.

As announced by ICSC,

“Stephen Lebovitz is the son of Charles B. Lebovitz, CBL’s chairman, who served a term as ICSC chairman himself in 1996–’97. Lebovitz the son, ICSC’s 56th chairman, has been active in the organization since the very beginning of his career. Shortly after graduating from Harvard Business School and setting up CBL’s Northeast office, in Boston, he was invited to get involved and become the organization’s state director for Massachusetts, by ICSC Past Chairman Stephen Karp, now chairman and CEO of New England Development. Lebovitz was subsequently named ICSC’s Eastern divisional vice president and has also served as an ICSC state operations chairman, an ICSC trustee and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, Lebovitz has been an active ICSC faculty member.”

“CBL has really grown under Stephen’s leadership, despite some pretty challenging economic times,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “ICSC has similarly benefited from his insights and extraordinary energy. I am excited at the prospect of him leading our organization in the coming year.”

New and returning Trustees were also elected to the board at the meeting. For a full list, visit ICSC.

The ICSC Board of Trustees appointed Elise Jaffe, CRX, senior vice president, real estate, Dressbarn, Mahwah, N.J., as chairman of the ICSC Foundation. She previously served as Vice-Chairman on the Foundation’s board. Jaffe also serves on the ICSC CRX Committee. Her personal affiliations include serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Thirteen/WNET, on the Trustee Committee of Architecture & Design at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, as vice president of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, and as a director of the Jaffe Family Foundation.

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Laneways on Display at Melbourne Central

521lanewaysMelbourne Central is spending May celebrating an area most centers would prefer to keep under wraps: its hidden laneways. It’s a genuine behind-the-scenes event.

The Laneway Assembly is all about the art and culture that makes the center’s laneways historically beloved. Shoppers can book tours that explore the center’s artworks, from the sculptures within to the murals outside. Another tour, the Laneway edition of historian Dale Campisi’s Unlocked Tours, will take shoppers through Melbourne Central and its laneways.

Every Friday this month, the laneways will come to life with the music of local buskers, and morning ritual performances highlight some of the city’s most promising new musicians.

In the midst of it all was the center’s famous One Day Shopping Festival. Yesterday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the center was host to quite the celebration. There were dozens of retailer offers, of course, but also much, much more.

One of the two featured laneways, Menzies Alley, was transformed into an outdoor food market featuring the tastes of South East Asia. The other, Knox Place, was host to a live showdown between local street artists. And this edition of the festival’s popular photo booth featured backdrops of the laneways themselves.

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Edmonton City Centre Cheers Up the Month of May

521happyEdmonton City Centre has one goal in May: to help shoppers find happiness.

#31DaysOfHappy isn’t just about surprising shoppers with delightful little surprises—it’s also about giving those shoppers a chance to find their own happiness in the joy they can bring others.

For all of May, the center is posting #31DaysOfHappy challenges on its Facebook page. Each one is designed to give shoppers the satisfaction of making someone’s day. Today’s deed is to leave a book in a place someone can pick it up and read it. On the 17th, shoppers were asked to send a text of appreciate to a friend. Some were even simpler, like leaving a Post-it with a happy face somewhere that might make someone smile.

Shoppers that take part in all 31 challenges (posting hashtagged proof on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) have a chance to win big: 31 movie tickets to Landmark Cinemas, 31 ways to play during a two-night stay at Jasper Park Lodge, or a $3,100 center gift card.

A ton of happy events are taking place at the center this month as well. Choreographed dances, ‘Snap-Happy’ photo opportunities, fashion shows, and big Thursday events all month. The Coca-Cola ‘Hug-Me’ machine stopped by to give shoppers hugs and free drinks, Davids Tea and The Art of Cake gave away tasty treats, and today, shoppers can get happy-face nail art to remind them to be happy.

The center partnered with The Support Network to bring #31DaysOfHappy to its shoppers. The event raises awareness for the organizations and the crisis support centers and distress lines it operates.

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Broadwalk Shoppers Rally for Nepal

521nepalAs Nepal struggles to recover from the pair of devastating earthquakes that struck over the past few weeks, people around the world have come together to raise funds to try to help rescue and recovery efforts.

The Broadwalk Shopping Centre reports that shoppers have given generously in the days following the quakes, which killed thousands and left many more injured and homeless.

The center invited the World Buddhist Foundation to collect donations during the May Day weekend. The community rallied to the cause, putting forward over £3,500 to help those still caught in the aftermath of the wide scale natural disaster.

“On behalf of The Broadwalk Shopping Centre and the World Buddhist Foundation I want to thank the shoppers who gave generously to help people in Nepal at this traumatic time,” said center manager Angela Brooks. “It’s devastating to hear of a second earthquake hitting this week and our thoughts go out to those suffering.”

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The Street Kicks Back for Summertime Series

521streetHere’s a formula for an idyllic summer: chilling out on the grass, listening to free public music, letting the kids go play, maybe taking in a bit of shopping or a nice cold shake. Throw in a little outdoor yoga and it’s even a healthful experience.

That’s what’s on offer at The Street for its summer event series, Summertime at The Street. The shopping district has an impressive 150 free, family-friendly events planned between June and September. And they’re not just on the weekends, oh no. This series is taking up every day but Mondays and Fridays.

Summertime at The Street kicks off on June 2nd, with a kid-friendly concert, balloon animals, and a fundraising/food drive for the Newton Food Pantry.

From there, the summer stretches out with all sorts of events. There are free outdoor yoga and spin classes, tons of other fitness opportunities (including Strollfit for new moms), live acoustic music and concerts from Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City series, and an ongoing run of table tennis tournaments put on by Shake Shack.

The series wraps up on September 19, with one last hurrah: a big picnic on the Green with an All-American Pops concert with the 50-piece New Philharmonia Orchestra to accompany it.

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