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California home prices to grow more slowly next year, Realtors forecast, but sales may be stronger

Ultra-low mortgage rates and pent-up demand for single-family homes will offset continued economic uncertainty and a supply shortage in 2021, with the net result being a 3.3% increase in California home sales and a modest 1.3% increase in the median price next year versus 2020, according to a California Association of Realtors forecast published Tuesday.

With only a few months left to go, sales this year are expected to be

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Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we

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Lowe’s Announces 2020 Vendor Partners of the Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Each year, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. recognizes vendor partners who continue to raise the bar in delivering outstanding quality, innovation, value and service. Lowe’s is proud to announce it has named Altman Specialty Plants, Monopy and Reliance Worldwide (Sharkbite) as the company’s 2020 Vendor Partners of the Year. Even during these unprecedented times in the world and the retail industry, these companies have remained committed to going above and beyond to meet customer needs at a time when home has never been more important.

Furthering the company’s commitment to offering more sustainable products in its assortment, Lowe’s recognized LG Electronics with the company’s first-ever Sustainability Award. With more than 80 percent of its portfolio being ENERGY STAR certified products, LG Electronics offers customers a wide selection of environmentally friendly appliances from washers and dryers to refrigerators, ranges, ovens and dishwashers. Its robust sustainability strategy

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Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

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While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and

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Christchurch stadium design and build contractor to be chosen by end of year

An artist’s impression of inside the new Christchurch stadium as set up for concerts.

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An artist’s impression of inside the new Christchurch stadium as set up for concerts.

The roof for Christchurch’s new multi-use arena will cost $67.2 million alone – just $20m less than the main structure itself, new documents suggest.

The 25,000-seat covered central city arena is projected to cost a total $473m plus GST, with the Crown to contribute $220m and the Christchurch City Council providing the remaining $253m.

It will hold 35,000 people for concerts, including standing room. Up to 5000 temporary seats could be added at later.

Earlier this week, the council released documents outlining the project for companies interested in designing and building it. The council will pick a preferred contractor in December.

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* Christchurch’s $470m stadium plan revealed: 25,000 seats, finished

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Marquette Township Lowe’s to offer drive-through trick-or-treating this year

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) – Lowe’s in Marquette Township will be offering up a new option for Halloween this year.

According to a release, the company is launching drive-through, curbside trick-or-treating events at all stores nationwide from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, families can visit Lowes.com/DIY to reserve a spot for Lowe’s Halloween experience at the Marquette Township store, or store closest to them.

Then, families can drive up to receive candy and a small pumpkin at no cost to take home. Lowe’s has even offered some cool pumpkin design ideas in this video. Costumes are encouraged, but are not required to attend.

“We know that customers still want to celebrate Halloween, even if the holiday may look different for us this year. While the pandemic has changed many elements of everyday life, the tradition of trick-or-treating doesn’t have to

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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for our usual tricks and treats in this not-so-usual time. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, it can be hard to know how to celebrate. But just because this Halloween is going to look different doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or lacking in any way. Talk to your kids about what they love about Halloween and get their input. From there, you can decide — together — what is going to be the most fun for them!

Need some ideas? From socially distant spooky activities to at-home fun for the whole family, we have compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate safely.

Turn Your Home into a (Temporary) Haunted House

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There’s no time like the present to lean into outfitting your home for the holiday! By making it a fun activity

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Tornado-damaged Home Depot is rebuilt and ready to open a year later

Just shy of a year after a tornado destroyed their Home Depot, employees who escaped being hurt are ready to reopen a rebuilt store that incorporates the home improvement retailer’s latest ideas.

The new Home Depot opens Thursday at its original spot on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway. Ten tornadoes on Oct. 20, 2019, caused $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses in Dallas, Richardson and Garland.

Store manager Jonathan Shields said about 50 of his former employees are back, and the store has hired another 150 people and plans to add as many as 50 more.

Three of Shields’ four assistant store managers returned, including Jordan Jasper, who made the fortunate call to send his co-workers home early on Oct. 20 after hearing the weather forecasts and likely saving some lives.

Jasper was honored at a ceremony attended by 500 area Home Depot employees a

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Is the Fall a Good Time to Buy a House? This Year, Things Have Changed.

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Coronavirus sent the U.S. housing market for a spin this summer as demand outstripped supply—and the highly competitive environment appears to have continued into the fall.

“Normally, this last week of September is sort of a buyers’ sweet spot,”
Danielle Hale
, chief economist at Realtor.com, told Barron’s. In a typical year, September is when buyer demand decreases as home listings remain on the market, resulting in more options and less competition, she said.

But that was not the case this year. Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market nationally in September, 12 fewer days than the same month last year and three fewer than in August 2020, according to a Realtor.com study. That’s an unusual occurrence during a month when market activity normally begins to slow. This was the first year since at least 2016 when homes spent less

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Cincinnati taps 200+ pedestrian crossings for safety improvements over the next year

CINCINNATI — The city administration has its sights on more than 200 pedestrian crossing locations for improvements over the next year.

The Department of Transportation and Engineering this week posted its list of 209 locations that will receive at least one safety improvement for pedestrians throughout 36 of the city’s 52 neighborhoods. The projects range in scope from re-striping existing crosswalks and installing new signage to building new curb bump-outs and the city’s first raised crosswalks, which consist of a combination between a speed bump and crosswalk.

The city will fund the hundreds of improvements over the next year using money from the $750,000 Pedestrian Safety Fund along with roughly $1.3 million from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Absent from the list of proposed improvements are any projects near the site where 15-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez died after two drivers struck her as she was crossing Harrison Avenue in Westwood. That

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