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NYCHA seniors fear for their safety; councilman says he allocated money for improvements years ago

JAMAICA, Queens — A Queens councilman said he allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to NYCHA to enhance security at a public housing building for seniors, following to years of complaints to his office about unauthorized visitors and seniors living in fear.

But those security improvements are pending.

City Councilmember Daneek Miller was told by the city last week that the new security improvements won’t be done until 2021.

Just outside NYCHA’s Conlon-Lihfe Towers in Jamaica, Queens, seniors said they are afraid to live there.

Connie Green, 79, who lives in the building, said since the pandemic, security concerns have gotten worse.

Miller said he’s been listening to the seniors complain about security for years. Back in 2017, he thought he did something about it. He allocated over $320,000 to replace front doors with new doors that would require a key card entry, and funds to pay for several new

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Crispin Odey Accused of Assaulting Young Banker at His Home 20 Years Ago

(Bloomberg) — Crispin Odey pleaded not guilty in a London court to an accusation of groping a young female banking employee after inviting her back to his home more than 20 years ago.



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Odey, one of Europe’s highest-profile hedge fund managers, appeared at a London court for the first time Monday since being charged with indecent assault. The 61-year-old faces a trial next year where he will contest the allegation that he took advantage of the woman, who worked at one of his clients.

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Odey is alleged to have invited the woman, who was in her 20s, to his Chelsea home. He changed into a dressing gown, only to “launch himself” at her and assault her, Aaron McCalister, a lawyer for the prosecution, said at Westminster Magistrates Court. It was an “abuse of trust” that required a “significant degree of planning,” he said.

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SA2020 celebrates 10 years, notes improvements in the city

San Antonio has fewer teen pregnancies, more high school graduates and is using less water and energy, according to data from SA2020, an initiative launched 10 years ago by then-San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to outline the city’s priorities for the next decade.



Julian Castro wearing a suit and tie: Then-Mayor Julian Castro launched the SA2020 initiative in 2010 to create goals for the future.


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Then-Mayor Julian Castro launched the SA2020 initiative in 2010 to create goals for the future.


However, it is also seeing higher rates of obesity, domestic violence and recidivism in the criminal justice system.

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That’s why the work of SA2020 isn’t done, city officials said.

SA2020 is hosting a virtual celebration for its 10th anniversary Friday evening. The nonprofit will share a draft of a report reaffirming its community vision, based on input from more than 10,300 San Antonians.

Through the end of October, residents will have another chance to provide feedback said Kiran Kaur Bain, the SA2020 director

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Pace of New Home Sales Tops 1 Million for First Time in 14 Years


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The housing market continued to boom in August, as low mortgage rates and pandemic-driven demand pushed new home sales above 1 million for the first time in 14 years.

Sales of new single-family homes rose 4.8% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.01 million, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had expected a 0.3% decline to 898,000. August sales were 43% above the year-earlier level.

The new-homes data are volatile and August’s figures came with a margin of error of 10.5 percentage points. July sales were revised up to 965,000 from 901,000 initially.

Based on the current rate of sales, there is a 3.3-month supply of new homes, down from 4 months in July, 4.6 months in June and 5.4 months in May.

“Strong sales have depleted inventories of new homes for sales, which

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Condon Hardware, a family-owned hardware store in Medway, is going to close after 55 years in business – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

Condon Hardware at 114 Main St. first opened in town back in 1965 at another location on Main Street located in the same plaza it operates today, said owner Dennis Condon, who is planning to retire at the end of this year.

MEDWAY — After 55 years as the town’s go-to store for local home improvement needs, Condon Hardware will close at the end of this year.

The popular hardware and supply store at 114 Main St. first opened in 1965 at another location in the same Main Street plaza where it operates today, said owner Dennis Condon, who is planning to retire.

After experiencing some medical issues this spring – around the time the business’ lease was set to be renewed — Condon, 75, said he reconsidered running the store. And due to the coronavirus pandemic, he opted to retire rather than sell the space.

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Condon Hardware, a family-owned hardware store in Medway, is going to close after 55 years in business – News – Wicked Local

Condon Hardware at 114 Main St. first opened in town back in 1965 at another location on Main Street located in the same plaza it operates today, said Owner Dennis Condon, who is planning to retire at the end of this year.

MEDWAY — After 55 years as the town’s go-to store for local home improvement needs, Condon Hardware in Medway will close at the end of this year.

The popular hardware and supply store at 114 Main St. first opened in town back in 1965 at another location in the same Main Street plaza where it operates today, said owner Dennis Condon, who is planning to retire at the end of this year.

After experiencing some medical issues this spring – around the time the business’ lease was set to be renewed — Condon, 75, said he reconsidered running the store. And due to the coronavirus pandemic, he opted

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US home prices see largest jump in 7 years, latest record high

  • A recent report by Redfin that analyzed the 4-week period ending September 6 found that the median price of a home in the US saw its largest percentage increase since 2013.
  • Rising prices and low inventory have created highly competitive markets for homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers.
  • This increase is the latest in a string of record highs for median house prices since the summer, meaning buying a house may not be a great deal for everyone right now.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The typical US house price jumped 13% year-over-year to $319,178 for the four-week period ending September 6, per Redfin. That was the biggest percent jump in seven years, since 2013.

The report, which looked at 434 metro areas, also revealed that active listings were down 28% from the same time last year, meaning tight supply keeps propping prices higher and higher. With rising prices, low

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Anna Faris, Chris Pratt’s Marital Home Sold For $4.75M Two Years After Listing Property

KEY POINTS

  • Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s home was sold for $4.7 million two years after the exes listed it on the market 
  • Pratt just welcomed his daughter with Katherine Schwarzenegger last month
  • Faris confirmed her engagement to cinematographer Michael Barrett in February

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt have finally sold their marital home after putting it on the market two years ago.

Faris and Pratt announced their split in 2017 and a year later their divorce was finalized. The exes went on and listed their marital home on the market and after two years, the property has finally been sold for about $5 million, Los Angeles Times reported.

Faris and Pratt bought the estate in 2014 for $3.3 million. However, they also spent for renovation to transform it into their dream home. The couple will still make some cash because the property was sold for $4.75 million.

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Three years after Harvey, Houston’s home repair program continues to lag. Who is to blame?

As Hurricane Laura barreled toward the Gulf Coast early last week, Juanita Hall felt helpless.

The sensation has become familiar to the 59-year-old since Hurricane Harvey floodwaters filled her home in northeast Houston’s Eastex/Jensen neighborhood three years ago. The house, which Hall inherited a few months before the storm, remains plagued by dry rot, termite damage and mold.

Hall suffers from diabetes and other ailments, and lives with her older brother Clifton, a stroke survivor. They each collect disability benefits — their lone source of income — and, like thousands of other Houstonians, have applied for federal aid to fix their flood-damaged home.

Hall has yet to see a cent of recovery money, however. Her application remains mired within the bureaucratic churn of the city’s housing department, which administers the aid.

“It’s very hard,” she said. “But I trust in the Lord. He has taken me this far and I

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Drywall Repair San Diego Firm Marks Six Years In Business And Four Decades Of Experience

Drywall Repair San Diego Firm Marks Six Years In Business And Four Decades Of Experience

The Drywall Repair Guys offer the benefit of their superior experience and knowledge to the San Diego area residents and contractors.

The Drywall Repair Guys are pleased to announce that they are celebrating a milestone of six years since the launch of the business. Before that time, Armando had accrued nearly four decades of experience in the industry. The drywall repair San Diego business is recognized as the best in the market, exhibiting professionalism, expertise, and ethics. The entire brand has been built on the reputation for quality services and products.

Drywall is a widely used building product. It can be applied quickly to studs or over other materials for a smooth and even surface. The product can be painted, stuccoed, plastered, or finished in different ways. While the boards are stable and smooth, they are also somewhat fragile. It doesn’t take much to put a deep scratch on the

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