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See the results of a $4.5M renovation project at Plano’s Carpenter Park Athletic Complex

A $4.5 million renovation project installing four new artificial turf playing fields at the Carpenter Park Athletic Complex in Plano is now complete. The fields can host games and practices for sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, among other activities.

The project was funded through a $15.5 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2017.

Strong interest and wear and tear on the fields led to the renovation project at Carpenter Park, according to a video report produced by the city.

“Over the years, it’s gone from a two-season to basically almost a year-round season…And you just can’t play on a natural turf that much without just wearing it to the nub and worse,” Kevin Murray, assistant parks superintendent, said in the video.

Traffic passes a polling place sign outside a Collin County Early Voting Location at Carpenter Park Recreation Center on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Plano. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

The Carpenter Park project also added new security fencing and an additional trail that makes a loop around the entire park. Two new restroom buildings, additional

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The New Home Company Reports Selected 2020 Third Quarter Preliminary Results

The New Home Company Inc. (NYSE: NWHM) today announced selected preliminary results for the 2020 third quarter. These estimated results are preliminary and unaudited.

Preliminary 2020 Third Quarter Financial Highlights (Estimated Results)

  • Net new orders of 251 as compared to 124 in the 2019 third quarter, a 102% increase

  • Monthly sales absorption of 3.5 per community as compared to 2.0 per community in the 2019 third quarter, a 75% increase

  • September net new orders of 99, a 106% increase compared to September 2019

  • Homes in backlog of 329 homes, representing $207.1 million in backlog value, as compared to 207 homes at the end of the 2019 third quarter, a 59% increase

  • Ending actively selling community count of 25, a 14% increase compared to the end of the 2019 third quarter

  • Homes sales revenue of $117.4 million as compared to $118.8 million for the 2019 third quarter

    • Deliveries of 157 as

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The Week Ahead: Global Services PMIs; Tesco, Levi Strauss Results

Watch our week ahead video preview, read our pick of the top stories to look out for this week (5-9 October), and view our key company earnings schedule.

Michael reviews this week’s price action in equity markets, reaction to President Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis, and looks ahead to the latest FOMC minutes, RBA rate-meeting, UK data and Tesco’s half-year numbers. He also looks at the key levels on all the major indices, currencies and commodities, including Gold, crude oil and the US dollar.

Global services PMIs (September) 

Monday: After the slowdown of Q2, the manufacturing sector has managed to hold up reasonably well. The recovery in the services sector has been another story, with the recent flash PMIs in Germany and France slipping back into contraction territory. This is an increasing concern, particularly for the weaker countries like Italy and Spain who tried to boost economic activity by way of

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Seneca One invites the public to see results of massive renovation project through series of new events

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s tallest building is coming back to life. 

There are people living in Seneca One for the first time, and it’s also a growing hub for technology and innovation in downtown Buffalo. Now, members of the public who are interested in seeing the results of Douglas Jemal’s more than $100 million dollar development project at the tower will have the opportunity to check it out, too. 

Seneca One has been hosting small group tours two days a week, which will continue into the fall on Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ve also announced two outdoor ticketed events in October, a dog adoption event on October 10, and a Bills watch party on for the primetime game against Kansas City on Thursday, October 15.

There’s a new food hall on the building’s third-floor lobby, which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, featuring

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Fitbit’s Versa 2 small improvements add up to big results

The Versa 2 is mostly a sidegrade from the Versa, but it all adds up to the best all-around fitness wearable for $180.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 isn’t a huge upgrade from the original — in many ways it’s just a modest “sidegrade” — but it still brings nothing but improvements. A year ago I called the original Versa “the best fitness tracker and wearable you can buy right now.” A lot has changed since then, including Apple’s dramatically improved Watch Series 4 and Series 5. But does The Fitbit Versa 2 still have what it takes?

I’ve spent the last two weeks with the Versa 2 and being a hardcore Fitbit fan and gym-goer I have some thoughts about it. Find out why despite its flaws as a true smartwatch, it’s still one of the best wearables for most people.

When the Fitbit Versa 2 launched, it started at $200.

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KB Home (KBH) CEO Jeff Mezger on Q3 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call September 22, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Jill Peters – SVP, IR

Jeff Mezger – Chairman, President and CEO

Matt Mandino – EVP and COO

Jeff Kaminski – EVP and CFO

Bill Hollinger – SVP and Chief Accounting Officer

Thad Johnson – SVP and Treasurer

Conference Call Participants

Matt Bouley – Barclays

Stephen Kim – Evercore ISI

Alan Ratner – Zelman & Associates

Truman Patterson – Wells Fargo

John Lovallo – Bank of America

Buck Horne – Raymond James

Mike Dahl – RBC Capital Markets

Michael Rehaut – JPMorgan

Jay McCanless – Wedbush

Good afternoon. My name is Devon, and I will be your conference operator today. I would like to welcome everyone to the KB Home 2020 Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call.

At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Following the company’s opening remarks, we will open

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