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 Time Travel                    Team With Us




     ON THE AVE                                         Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland      DOWNTOWN VINELAND

              e’ve come to the month when   this Thursday, April 7. That team is           that team—including a   businesses on The Ave.  The team will also
              we have our second round of   hard at work getting sponsors and              major multi-faceted beau-  be involved with some ribbon-cuttings and
 Vince Farinaccio Wquarterly meetings of our four   finding other funding sources for      tification project, which   putting out a business newsletter to inform
 characters to evolve. When I was a kid, the  teams—Organization, Design, Promotions,   our events and projects. In some   you’ll hear about soon.  our businesses and merchants about initia-
 finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation did  and Economic Vitality—and I, once again,   cases, it is renewing established   We come then, on   tives and programs of which they can take
 this very well…”        want to invite you to join us on one or more   relationships and sponsorships. In   April 21, to the Promotions   advantage.
 In Endgame, the character the Ancient   of the teams.  other cases, it’s reaching out to new,   Team. With the spring and   This isn’t to say that all the business and
 One discusses with a time-traveling Bruce   I outlined in a previous column what the   prospective sponsors. The team is   summer, events on The   discussion takes place at these four meet-
 Banner the concept of temporal diver-  teams do but as we’ve moved further into   also working to recruit new volun-  Ave come fast and thick, so   ings. Subcommittees work within each
 gence, the creation of an alternate timeline   the year, the planning phase of our events   teers, maintain established volun-  the details of implementa-  team to move the ball on all the projects
 or reality resulting from a change inflicted   and initiatives has moved into the imple-  teers, and to spread the word.  tion need to be tackled.   involved. The results are discussed at the
 on the past by someone from its future.   mentation phase. With the weather break-  Our Design Team meets next, on April   The Crafts and Antiques Show on The Ave   team meetings, as well as new develop-
 Last year, Marvel further explored these   ing, our busy time gets closer and closer. So,   14. That team works to make The Ave look   will be coming up first—on May 7—fol-  ments and projects.
 branches in time in its TV series Loki   this is a great time to come on board.  the best it can be by enhancing its physical   lowed by Cruise Down Memory on June   As I said before, you may choose just one
 and the feature film Spider-Man: No Way   All our teams will be meeting on succes-  appearance. Some mural projects are being   11. Then, the events really get rolling. So,   team or to be active in a number of areas.
 Home.  sive Thursdays this month, at 12 p.m., at the   planned—part of our Urban Canvases on   things need to get put in place now.  Whether you want to be a “full-timer” or a
 But this year, the second season of the   Main Street Vineland office, 603 E. Landis   The Ave Mural Project—as well as other   The team meetings wind up on April   “some-timer,” we can fit you in. Stop into
 TNG spin-off series Picard is picking up   Avenue. You can join in person or virtually   beautification projects. As mentioned last   28 with our Economic Vitality Team. That   the Main Street Vineland office, at 603 E.
 where “All Good Things…” left off and tip-  on Zoom; just let us know in advance so we   week, we’ll be planting a tree in the south-  team helps our general business climate.   Landis Ave., or call us at 856-794-8653. We
 ping its hat somewhat to Marvel’s recent   can send you the link, .  east mini-park for Arbor Day on Friday,   The office gets word about grants, trainings,   can talk more and fit you in where you can
 endeavors. The season’s narrative, set   First up will be our Organization Team   April 29. This and more are coming up for   and seminars that is then pushed out to our   make a difference. n
 within TNG’s 24th century timeframe,
 concerns a temporal divergence occurring
 in 2024 that refashions the future into an
 oppressive, militant universe and sends the
 title character and his team into the past to
 repair the timeline.
 A trip to the past is nothing new for any
 Star Trek series, but Picard is layered with
 references to time travel from both the
 franchise’s and science fiction’s history.
 Within the first four episodes, there are
 allusions to the original Star Trek series
 episode “Assignment: Earth,” in which
 the Enterprise visits the 1960s, and to the
 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home where
 the crew time travels to the 1980s. Subtle
 references are made to Terry Gilliam’s
 time-shifting film 12 Monkeys. And, rather
 ironically, the director of some Picard epi-
 sodes is Lea Thompson, the actress who
 appeared in the Back to the Future film
 trilogy.                                                                    Live •  Dine • Shop • Enjoy
 But Picard also seems to acknowledge
 its connection to Marvel. Its nuanced
 application of quantum mechanics and
 temporal divergence may owe a bit of a
 debt to Endgame and Loki, and its inclusion
 of a character known as “the watcher” may
 be a nod to Marvel comics’ cosmic race of
 the same name that was first introduced                                                                             TheAve.biz
 in 1963. Time travel, it seems, can connect
 everything. n
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