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Home and Away’s Deanis dumped by Ziggy as Ross story continues

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.

Home and Away airs a sad split for Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni on UK screens next week.

Dean (Patrick O’Connor) is dumped by Ziggy after telling her the truth over Ross Nixon’s murder and his involvement in the cover-up.

Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) is horrified as Dean explains that Colby Thorne fatally shot Ross and they both teamed up to bury the body.

As Dean has been keeping this dark secret for the entirety of their relationship, Ziggy decides that he’s not the man she fell in love with and ends things between them.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine – Channel 5

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The break-up sends Dean into a downward spiral as he starts drinking at Salt to drown his sorrows.

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Cragun’s Resort $20 Million Renovation Continues During Pandemic

BRAINERD, Minn., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eric Peterson, General Manager of Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN, is one of the most positive people you’ll meet. Give him lemons and he’ll gladly take them and say “Thanks – Free Lemons”! Which is exactly the positive attitude Peterson and Cragun’s have taken during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This coming winter marks the half-way point of Cragun’s $20 million-dollar resort expansion and improvement project. In late 2015, Cragun’s embarked on an aggressive plan to remodel, replace and add new amenities and lodging to ensure the resort’s continued success. When the pandemic started to slow things down in March, Peterson took the opportunity to ramp up construction in several areas of the resort. This enabled Cragun’s to keep people employed and make significant progress in the improvement plan.

“Over the years, Cragun’s guests have told us how much they appreciate our

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St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan creatively continues to serve the community

SKOWHEGAN — The cars continue to line up and roll through, while others walk up wearing masks.

The images of this weekly labor of love look different than they did just eight months ago, but it’s Thursday night, which means a free dinner is available to all who need one thanks to the volunteers at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan.

“It’s going well. Our numbers increase every week,” said Aldea LeBlanc, coordinator of the kitchen.

St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen, located in the parish hall of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church on Water Street, offered a free, sit-down, hot meal for anyone in need every Thursday night prior to the start of the pandemic in March. The ministry is entirely volunteer run.

“The meals were suspended until early June when the soup kitchen resumed again,” said Nora Natale, office manager at Christ the King Parish, of which the soup kitchen

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DIY Boom Continues to Drive Demand for Home Improvement Stores

Home improvement stores are on track to permanently land in the essential services or daily needs category, which retail investors have focused on for years. This year, home improvement activity has increased dramatically, and 40% of consumers have indicated that they plan to continue home improvement projects beyond the recession, according to research from the NPD Group. The activity has driven home improvement store sales up 11% this year.

During the pandemic, home improvement stores have become the second fastest growing retail segment in both brick-and-mortar and online sales. In lawn and garden, tools, paint, kitchen and bath and hardware segments, each saw a double-digit increase in both online and in-store purchases. The average shopping trip also increased 10% compared to the average trip in 2019.

Home Depot Versus Lowe’s

Placer.ai, which also looked closely at shopping trends in the major home improvement brands, found that Lowe’s saw an early

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US pending home sales leap to record as housing-market surge continues

A ‘sale pending’ sign is displayed in front of a home for sale May 24, 2010 in San Rafael, California. Government incentives and low mortgage rates helped April home sales surge 7.6 percent in April, the biggest gain in five months.


  • The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index surged 8.8% last month to an all-time high of 132.8, signaling the US housing market’s rally continued into the fall.
  • Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected an increase of 3.1%.
  • The reading is the fourth-straight climb for the index. All four major US regions notched growth in August, with the West seeing the biggest improvement.
  • The pace of home sales rocketed through the summer as Americans leveraged record-low mortgage rates. The sector has served as a rare bright spot in the pandemic-rattled economy.
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Record-low mortgage rates drove home sales

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US Housing Recovery Continues In August, New Home Sales Up 4.8%

New home sales were better than expected in the United States but the growth was not evenly distributed across regions


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New US home sales came in well above forecasts in August with a 4.8 percent gain, as the housing market continues to recover from the coronavirus downturn, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

August’s annualized rate of just over one million sales, seasonally adjusted, came after the upwardly revised annual rate of 965,000 sales reported in July and underscores how housing has managed to climb back from the hit taken during the Covid-19 downturn.

The growth was however not spread evenly, with month-on-month sales surging in the South 13.4 percent, and climbing 5.0 percent in the North, but declining slightly in the West and by a massive 21.4 percent in the Midwest.

“Home sales are well supported by solid demand and a favorable interest rate environment,”

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School District of Philadelphia continues tackling building improvements

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite says COVID-19 may be preventing in-person learning, but it’s not stopping the district from tackling much-needed building improvements head-on.

“One of the things that is not a secret is the amount of capital improvements that actually need to be done in the school district,” said Hite. “Some 250,000 feet of asbestos-containing material were removed from buildings. That was work that was already planned. We have been able to do a lot more because the schools have been closed.”

Since March of this year, the district says it has invested $264 million in building improvements. That money has been used on a number of projects, like making sure schools are certified lead safe, repairing roofs, renovating bathrooms and making crucial HVAC and electrical upgrades.

“We are faced with, as you know and have heard already, an antiquated infrastructure here, so

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As downtown renovation continues, Mesquite calls for local artists to submit their work

Downtown Mesquite will look much different in January 2021 than it did in January 2020, and the city is looking for local artists who can help that transformation be even more visually stunning.

With the city nearing completion on its Front Street Station redevelopment, it is putting out a call to local artists interested in producing a work of public art.

Mesquite City Hall, shown in a file photo. Cindy Smith is set to become the city's Director of Finance in October.

Works by artists in Mesquite and the surrounding areas will be considered, according to a city news release, with the art intended to be displayed for at least one year on “four large surrounds built to camouflage dumpsters placed throughout the new Downtown area. Each of these surrounds will have 10′x7′ panels, where the art will be mounted,” according to the news release.

For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Eight works of art will be selected.

In addition to the new infrastructure and

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California housing market continues recovery as median home price breaks $700,000 mark, C.A.R. reports

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 465,400 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 6.3 percent from July and up 14.6 percent from August 2019.

– August’s statewide median home price was $706,900 up 6.1 percent from July and up 14.5 percent from August 2019.

– Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 6.8 percent in August.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s housing market continued to improve in August as home sales climbed to their highest level in more than a decade as the median home price broke last month’s record and hit another high, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 465,400 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized

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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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