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  • 1 Bedroom Condo Rental in Sugarloaf, Maine, USA (27) Excellent 27 Reviews 1 From $100 / night Email Owner 2190 Adams Mountain Road , Sugarloaf , ME 04947 Overview Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 4 Type: Condo Per night: $100 - $200 Per week: $350 - $1,100 Pets allowed: No Internet: No Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 4 Pets allowed: No Internet: No Description of the Sugarloaf vacation condo rental APARTMENT RENTAL (Sleeps a Family of 2-4) WINTER - SKI IN - SKI OUT BEST LOCATION ON THE MOUNTAIN SUGARLOAF IS SPREAD OUT! Once you arrive, just PARK the car! Located on the EAST SIDE OF SUGARLOAF Separate entrance Breakaway apartment - One level - 500 square feet 1 BR with Queen Bed, Full Bath and Open Full size Kitchen - Dining - Living room with Wrap around couch with Queen Size pull out bed Prime: HOLIDAY & WEEKEND rates: Friday - Saturday $200.00 per night plus Maine tax of 9%. $218.00 Total per night (2 NIGHTS $436.00 tax included) Non - Holiday (Sunday - Thursday) rates $175.00 per night plus Maine Lodging Tax of 9% Two nights Minimum Stay ($175.00 per night Total 2 nights $381.00 Tax Included) Adams Mountain Road is the Heart of Sugarloaf, Ride the WHIFLEREE super-quad chair, CATCH THE KING PINE CHAIR and head to BRACKETT BASIN or any of the groomed trails!

    We're a snowball throw to the SUGARLOAF KIDS NURSERY, the COMP CENTER, TURBO TUBING and an easy walk across the slope to the base lodge, lift tickets, restaurants, entertainment! Experience the Torch Light Parade, Fire Works, ski shops, and the Chapel. SORRY - 1400 THREE LEVELES UNIT - NOT AVAILABLE 2015-2016 (RENTED FOR THE SEASON) The Whole Condo 1400 square feet 3 levels $600.00 per night + 8% ME Tax Sleeps Family of 10-12 (2 night Minimum) There are 4 bedrooms: 1st floor has a King size bed, second floor has 2 bedrooms, one small with a double bed and a larger bedroom with 2 bunk beds and a single bed (5 beds).

    There is a half bath on second floor. First Floor: Ideal family togetherness with Full size Kitchen, Open to dining / living area with cathedral ceiling, Window seat and couches circle around the Vigilant woodstove with doors that open to a fireplace. BEST LOCATION ON THE MOUNTAIN, 2190 ADAMS MOUNTAIN ROAD, SUGARLOAF, MAINE Three levels Three Different SUMMER Options for Renting for the Season - 14,000 square feet - Rates are per Family, not per Person Summer Vacation Fun!

    Rent by Days - Week - Month - Explore - Relax! Walk to Sugarloaf Hotel and restaurants, Zip Line, Perfect Wedding Headquarters, Close to Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Canoe, Fish, Bike, Hike (Appalachian Trail), Moose Watching, and Explore Maine About 2 hours to Maine Coast: Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, Camden, Bangor, and Bar Harbor - Lots of Summer Area Activities - Elegant rustic Dining - Theatre - Music - Fairs - About 2 hours to Quebec, Montreal (45 minutes to Canadian border) Ideal for a couple wishing to get away from the city heat or southern climate. SUMMER Option #1 - 900 Unit - 2 levels - 900 square feet Mudroom, Decks, 3 BR, 1 1/2 Bath, Full size Kitchen.

    900 Unit Summer Rates - $150.00 per night + 8% ME Tax (2 night Minimum) Sleeps Family of 6 - 8 By the Week Summer Rate $450.00 By the Month Summer Rate $1,000.00 SUMMER Option #2 - Break-away Apartment - First level - 500 square feet - Separate - Cool, Facing North to the Bigelow Mountain range; 1 BR with double bed, 1 Bath, Full size Kitchen. Open Living - Dining - Kitchen Break-away Apartment Summer Rates - $125.00 per night + 8 % ME Tax (2 night Minimum) Sleeps Family of 4 By the Week Summer Rate $250.00 + 9% ME Tax By the Month Summer Rate $675.00 SUMMER Option #3 - The Whole Condo 1400 square feet 3 levels Summer Rate $450.00 per night + 9% ME Tax (2 night Minimum) Sleeps Family of 10-12 *** Area Information Property Description: Winter Best Location on the Mountain! Bright!

    Cheerful! Heart of Sugarloaf Mountain! Ski In - Ski Our!

    Three levels: 1,400 square feet Total Adams Mountain Road is the Heart of the Mountain. A snowball throws to the Whiffletree super-quad, to Haul Back and Burnt Mountain, Sugarloaf Kids Nursery, Laundry, the Comp Center, an easy walk across the slope to the base lodge, lift tickets, restaurants, entertainment, Torch Light Parade, Fire Works, ski shops, the Chapel. The Fitness center is located just below us off the Birches slope next to us.

    It has a full Gym, Racket Ball courts, indoor swimming pool & both an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi. The cost is about $12 a day during Ski Season and $8.00 per day during the summer months. Summer vacation fun!

    Headquarters for weddings - Rent by Days - Week or Month - Explore - Relax! Walk to Sugarloaf Hotel, Base lodge, Zip Line, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Canoe, Fish, Bike, Hike (Appalachian Trail), Climb the 4000' mountains, Moose Watching, Explore Maine! Also about 2 hours to Quebec, Montreal or the Maine Coast: Boothbay Harbor, Rockland Camden, Bangor, and Bar Harbor Lots of Summer Area Activities - Back to Nature with Moose, Deer, Birds, Mountains, Valleys and Streams - Elegant rustic Dining - Marathons - Theater - Music - Fairs CAROL TANNER 2 School: SUNY Cortland Work: Owner of Mother's Mountain Maine's Special Homemade Taste & Owner of Best Location on the Mountain About: Dependable, Honest, Trustworthy...

    View full profile 3 Availability Calendar Rates Begins Ends Week Night Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay Jan 17 2016 Apr 16 2018 $175 $200 $1,100 $2,200 2 Nights Jun 01 2016 Oct 04 2016 $100 $150 $350 $1,000 2 Nights Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m. Lodging tax: 9% Deposits: Deposit upon reservation that is half the total amount of rent.

    Two weeks before arrival second half due plus Separate Check of $250.00 Security Deposit $250.00 Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check Amenities Beds 1 Queen Bed 1 Sofa Bed Features Full Kitchen Linens Provided Parking Included Ski In/Out Heating Appliances Alarm Clock Coffee Maker Microwave Stove Blender DVD Player Oven TV (Cable/Satellite) CD Player Dishwasher Radio Toaster Charcoal Grill Hair Dryer Refrigerator (Full) VCR Activities Bicycling (onsite) Hiking (onsite) Shopping Area (onsite) Canoeing (7 miles) Cross-Country Skiing (onsite) Live Entertainment (onsite) Tennis (onsite) Fishing (7 miles) Downhill Skiing (onsite) Playground (onsite) Snowmobiling (

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    Residents Compromised by Data Thefts in 2013 ... The Target breach accounted for nearly 80 percent of those affected by data thefts last year. About 1.2 million people in Massachusetts had personal and financial data compromised in 2013, according to the state report 1 released by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The figure was driven by a massive data theft at Target Corp.

    stores, which accounted for nearly 950,000, or 80 percent, of those that were affected. Consumer advocates and security specialists say thieves are seeking new portals to access everything from Social Security numbers to credit card data. Unsuspecting organizations, such as colleges and universities, are also being earmarked because of the heavy amount of personal information that is obtained from students.

    The number of Massachusetts residents who had personal data compromised through educational institutions increased by more than six times, to about 32,000, from 5,200 in 2012. Briar Group, a restaurant chain with multiple Boston locations, said that cyberthieves had captured customer names and security information from the magnetic strips of credit and debit cards. Boston Police Department investigators estimated the breach, which happened last fall, hit hundreds of the chain s customers, including people attending conventions in Boston.

    The state requires companies that experience breaches to report them under a 2007 law. The law also mandates that businesses holding personal information about Massachusetts residents train their employees and develop security protocols for keeping the data safe. The report indicates that persons or businesses owning or licensing personal information of residents of the Commonwealth must carry out a comprehensive Written Information Security Program or WISP that contains safeguards appropriate to the size and type of business they have.

    Edgar Dworsky, founder of the Somerville-based website ConsumerWorld.org, said that recent data thefts demonstrate that consumers need more transparency and information on how, why, and where data breaches occur. Financial institutions don t have to inform customers about where a data breach may have occurred when they replace a debit or credit card. Consumers are encouraged to monitor their credit frequently and avoid sharing personal information through text, email, or over the phone.

    About.com 2 recommends paying bills online and shredding pre-approved credit card offers. Read the report here 3 . Read the Boston Globe story here 4 .

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  • 10 Creepy Curses You Might Encounter On Vacation Our World 1 10 Extraordinary Fires With Unexpected Consequences 2 December 24, 2015 Health 3 10 Miraculous Stories Of Stillborn Babies Coming To Life 4 December 24, 2015 History 5 10 Absurd Facts About History s First Official Witch-Hunter 6 December 24, 2015 Humans 7 10 Marriage Scandals That Shocked The 19th Century 8 December 23, 2015 Weird Stuff 9 10 Benevolent Or Frightening Beings That Visit You On Christmas 10 December 23, 2015 History 11 10 Insane Experimental Helicopters From History 12 December 23, 2015 Mysteries 13 10 Mysteries Of The Ancient World We ve Just Awesomely Solved 14 December 22, 2015 Creepy 15 10 Creepy Curses You Might Encounter On Vacation 16 December 22, 2015 Sport 17 10 Reasons Hitler Hosted The Craziest Olympics Of All Time 18 December 22, 2015 Animals 19 10 Uncomfortably Odd Stories Of Exotic Pets 20 December 21, 2015 Our World 21 10 Extraordinary Fires With Unexpected Consequences 22 December 24, 2015 Health 23 10 Miraculous Stories Of Stillborn Babies Coming To Life 24 December 24, 2015 History 25 10 Absurd Facts About History s First Official Witch-Hunter 26 December 24, 2015 Humans 27 10 Marriage Scandals That Shocked The 19th Century 28 December 23, 2015 Weird Stuff 29 10 Benevolent Or Frightening Beings That Visit You On Christmas 30 December 23, 2015 History 31 10 Insane Experimental Helicopters From History 32 December 23, 2015 Mysteries 33 10 Mysteries Of The Ancient World We ve Just Awesomely Solved 34 December 22, 2015 Creepy 35 10 Creepy Curses You Might Encounter On Vacation 36 December 22, 2015 Sport 37 10 Reasons Hitler Hosted The Craziest Olympics Of All Time 38 December 22, 2015 Animals 39 10 Uncomfortably Odd Stories Of Exotic Pets 40 December 21, 2015 Creepy 41 Debra Kelly 42 December 22, 2015 Vacations should be a time for relaxing and having fun, and aside from the depressing realization that you re not going to get another one for a whole year 43 , the only things you want to bring home are some nice souvenirs for yourself and some cheap ones for friends. But there are some vacation destinations that might send something extra home with you. Some places come with a curse.

    10 Koh Hingham, Thailand The beaches of the little island of Koh Hingham are undeniably beautiful, covered with smooth black and white rocks. No one lives there, and visitors need to find someone on the nearby island of Koh Lipe who s willing to take them. The trip lasts about 20 minutes, and once you re there, you d better make sure that you don t take anything back with you.

    According to the legend, the stones and beaches are protected by an ancient curse, cast by the god of Tarutao. Anyone who dares take a stone from the island disrespects the god, and in doing so, brings upon themselves a lifetime of bad luck. Even the tiniest pebble can invoke the curse on anyone who disrespects the wishes of the gods.

    And when it comes to any deity that s promising bad luck, we re thinking it s better to be safe than sorry. Every year, though, people ignore those words of wisdom, and more than a few tourists are said to have visited the island and scoffed at the curse, taking some of the smooth stones 44 home with them. Many of those stones are mailed back in an attempt to break the curse that has followed them.

    Thailand s national parks departments say they receive packages every year 45 containing the gemstone-like rocks that people have taken home and later regretted. While you re on the beach, though, you can play with the rocks as you see fit. Many visitors leave behind messages written on the black and white stones.

    Others build miniature stupas and leave something behind all their deepest wishes, prayers, and desires.

    9 Ye Olde Cross Pub s Dirty Bottles, England If you re planning an English vacation that covers more than just London, one of the most iconic locations you can include on your itinerary is Alnwick Castle. For the last 700-odd years, the famous castle (which has been seen in everything from Downton Abbey to Harry Potter ) has overlooked the even older town of Alnwick. And not far from the castle is a little pub, officially called Ye Olde Cross Inn.

    Its strange front window is sealed off against a deadly curse 46 . The pub has been dated to sometime in the 17th century, and today it bears a different name: The Dirty Bottles. That s because sealed between two windows in the front of the pub are a set of old, dusty bottles.

    It s a sharp contrast to the sophisticated, modern look that the pub sports now. However, the bottles are such a part of the pub s history that when it was redone, the bottles stayed 47 safely out of reach of curious guests. According to the story, the bottles were originally arranged in the window by the pub s innkeeper.

    As he was setting up the display, no doubt hoping to tempt passersby with the promise of a tasty beverage, he had a heart attack and died on the spot. The innkeeper s widow placed a curse on the bottles, saying that anyone who moved or touched them would suffer the same fate as her husband. The display was sealed, and the bottles remain.

    It s not clear if there were any other instantaneous deaths attributed to the ill-fated bottles, but there s something poetic about the legacy of the bottles and the old innkeeper. He was trying to attract customers with his display, and hundreds of years later, it s still doing exactly that 48 .

    8 Pele s Curse, Hawaii Around eight million tourists head to the beautiful island paradise of Hawaii every year. Sadly, over the last 50 years or so, they ve had an incredibly detrimental impact on the state s wild beauty.

    Many were taking souvenirs (usually lava rocks) home with them, but fortunately, the goddess Pele was there to look over her island. Potential visitors are warned about it in all the guidebooks and tourist materials. Anyone who takes Pele s natural treasures home will suffer her wrath in the form of a curse, a fate that involves a lot of bad luck.

    And the curse seems to work. The Hawaiian post office regularly receives packages containing stolen treasures. From stones and rocks to sticks and shells, countless tourists mail their stolen souvenirs back.

    Some include letters to Pele herself. Others detail the bad luck their theft has brought them. Packages and letters attribute death, depression, illness, and bizarrely the bad luck of winning a lottery that wasn t as big as they d hoped.

    It s all thanks to Pele s bad luck curse. Some proclaim to not even believe in the curse or to have suffered bad luck at all . . . but they think the theft is nevertheless standing in the way of their good luck.

    Park officials are a little baffled at the success of the curse, mainly because there s no real basis for it. Most curses are rooted in some sort of historical events or religious beliefs, but this one isn t. Officials even say that it s mildly offensive when it comes to the Polynesian gods.

    So where did this curse come from? Well, it was invented by a park ranger who grew sick and tired of telling people it was illegal to take rocks from the islands. The earliest mention of the curse was from 1946 when someone incredibly smart figured if people wouldn t listen to the law, then perhaps they d listen to the supernatural.

    By the mid-1970s, journalists had written numerous articles about all the packages sent to Hawaiian hotels 49 , all in hopes of breaking the curse.

    7 The Bad Luck Blarney Stone, Ireland Yes, we re talking about that Blarney Stone. It s more commonly associated with good fortune and the gift eloquence, especially for those who lean backward over the castle parapet to kiss it. People have been smooching this stone for more than 200 years, and while we re not going to get into the idea of what the locals do to it, we can say the Blarney Stone has an incredible history.

    According to some legends, it was the deathbed pillow of Saint Columba. Others say it was used to determine the right of royal succession. It s also been claimed that the stone was brought back from the Crusades, and some even speculate that it s the very stone Moses drew water 50 from.

    Kissing the Blarney Stone might give you the gift of gab, but taking any stones from the castle is an entirely different story. According to tradition, stones removed from the castle aren t taken. They re only borrowed.

    After all, they ll eventually find their way back to the castle . . . one way or another. Most are sent back by those who took them, hoping to get rid of the bad luck they ve suffered after leaving Ireland with a piece of Blarney Castle.

    This isn t just an old legend, either. In 2009, Blarney Castle posted a cautionary tale 51 on their website, telling of a down-on-his-luck Canadian who didn t heed the warnings. His piece of the Blarney returned with a request that the castle staff return it to its rightful place, which they did.

    And in 2011, an American woman found out that anyone who possesses a piece of Blarney Castle will be haunted by bad luck, not just the ones who borrowed it. After buying a piece of the castle at an estate sale, she reported that her work was slowing down. Afterward, an unmanageable depression settled over her.

    According to the woman, the house where she d bought the stone had been full of religious artifacts and a creepy vibe. The homeowner himself had a sad, solitary life. When her own depression wouldn t go away, she sent the stone back and felt instant relief as soon as it was in the mail 52 .

    6 Lokrum, Dubrovnik The earliest mention of the religious settlements on Lokrum Island dates back to around 1023. According to the story, one of the island s earliest supporters was Richard the Lionheart. On his way back to England after the Crusades, his fleet was nearly lost.

    Appealing for divine help, he promised to build a church if he and his men were saved. They were, and he gave the money to the city of Dubrovnik. By 1667, piety had long been forgotten.

    In the wake of an earthquake, citizens of Dubrovnik wanted to sell the island for the money needed to rebuild the city. In the process, that meant evicting 53 the order of Benedictine monks that had settled there. The legend says that although the Benedictines fought the eviction, they were eventually kicked off the island.

    Before they went, though, they said one last mass and formed a procession around the island. Carrying upside-down torches, they walked around the island three times, declaring that anyone using it for personal pleasure would be cursed. Supposedly, it worked.

    The island has been sold numerous times, and there have been a weirdly high number of accidents among its owners and vacationers. Wealthy nobles found themselves bankrupt, ships were destroyed, and people died. When an Austrian noble started rebuilding the monastery with the intention of making it a summer home, his audacity which included engraving the building with his own initials earned him the ire of the curse.

    The noble was eventually sent to Mexico where he was shot by revolutionaries 54 . Other island owners were exposed as frauds and died in freak storms, suggesting that a pleasurable trip to Lokrum Island might not end as well as it starts.

    5 The Ayer s Rock Curse, Australia Tourists call it Ayer s Rock. To the Aboriginals, it s Uluru.

    Either way, it s an incredibly odd rock that s so close to the geographic center of Australia that we re surprised it doesn t feature in more ancient astronaut theories. It s one of the world s largest monoliths, and it s such an impressive sight that, too often, tourists want to take a piece home 55 with them. Ayer s Rock has an incredible cultural and spiritual significance to the people that live there, and the relentless flow of tourists has always been something of a sore point.

    While climbing on the rock is technically legal, doing so means you re walking all over what the ancients called dreaming tracks. However, the rock seems to have a built-in defense mechanism, and many that take a souvenir find themselves in a hurry to send it back. The administrators of the monolith s surrounding national park say they get around one package a day containing pieces of the rock that were taken.

    Sometimes, the packages include a note detailing the misfortunes the rock brought and a plea to make it stop already. Administrators have heard stories of everything from illness to romantic breakups to death, all attributed to Ayer s Rock. Some people don t take just a few pebbles, either.

    One package contained a 32-kilogram (70 lb) piece of stone, sent from South Australia. A 9-kilogram (20 lb) piece was posted back from Germany, and when one university student did a project on the curse, she found about a quarter of the people who d taken souvenirs from the rock thought they d picked up a little bad luck 56 as well.

    4 Langkawi Island, Malaysia Langkawi Island is a beautiful stretch of beachfront paradise, and while it s a tourism hot spot, the protection of UNESCO has kept it from becoming a commercialized wasteland. It s also said to be cursed, but that all that bad luck might ve recently run its course.

    It started in 1819 when a local woman named Mahsuri was executed. Officially, her crime was adultery. Unofficially, it was rumored that the village chieftain had taken a fancy to her, and she had rejected him 57 .

    Infuriated, he had Mahsuri put to death, using her kindness as an excuse. While her husband was away at war, she d given shelter to a wandering minstrel, and now, it meant her death. The chieftain and his first wife who was jealous of the younger woman issued the condemnation 58 .

    As she died, Mahsuri cursed the island to see no peace or prosperity for the next seven generations. No one is certain why she chose to curse the island for that specific amount of time. But the curse seemed to work, and the island fell into an incredibly dark period.

    Both starvation and invaders swept across the island, but in 1980, Langkawi got a new lease on life. The prime minister declared that he wanted to make the island into a tourist destination spot. Slowly, hotels and resorts were built among the huge tracts of untouched paradise.

    However, the growth didn t really start until a singular event that makes us take back everything we ve ever said about doubting the power of a deathbed curse. It was only with the arrival of Wan Aishah bt Wan Nawawi, the seventh-generation descendant of the ill-fated Mahsuri, that prosperity returned to the island. And you can still visit Mahsuri s burial site, immortalized with an elegant tomb.

    3 The Fairy Forts And The Curse Of Tara, Ireland Ireland is still something of a magical, mystical place, and while that s why it attracts so many tourists each year, it s also why those tourists should be careful lest they attract some unwanted attention from Ireland s fairy folk. Even during the 1950s, it was common practice to offer the peskiest fairies the pooka a glass of liquor in hopes they would take their bad luck elsewhere. It was also normal to give a warning whenever you were dumping water out, just in case a fairy happened to be nearby.

    Even today, there are certain things that just aren t done for fear of angering Ireland s supernatural residents. They re a touchy sort, and according to all the ancient lore, messing about with their homes will bring their wrath down on your shoulders. There are thousands of ring forts throughout the Irish countryside, and it s said they re the remains of fairy forts.

    As such, they re sacred ground, and disturbing them means that you re courting some dire consequences. Throughout history, the beings that protected fairy forts were said to abduct children, cause crops to fail, and make animals become barren. They also cursed humans and livestock alike with bad luck, especially if they were called.

    Today, fairy forts are mostly associated with illness, bad luck, and even death. These threats are still taken pretty seriously. In 1999, plans for a bypass were changed because the original route would ve required the removal of a hawthorn bush that allegedly served as a pre-war rallying point for Munster fairies 59 .

    In 2007, Ireland s new M3 motorway destroyed a 4,000-year-old astronomical and religious site 60 . It wasn t long after that personal tragedy and economic downfall began to occur. Even buildings started collapsing, all thanks to the Curse of Tara.

    Believe it or not, it s next to impossible to visit Ireland without crossing sacred ground . . . and there s no harm in being respectful.

    2 Chief Niwot s Curse, Colorado Chief Niwot s curse was placed on the beautiful lands around Boulder, Colorado, and it s a different sort of curse. There s no bad luck or misfortune involved.

    Instead, it s the curse of love. In the mid-19th century, Chief Niwot and his people spent much of their time in the Boulder Valley. He was an incredible peacekeeper, not only with the white settlers, but also with different native tribes in the area.

    However, clashes between the different groups were inevitable, and when Chief Niwot met with the first gold miners heading into the unsettled frontier, he saw the inevitable and placed a curse on the land. According to the story, he said 61 , People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty. Chief Niwot s curse was effective.

    Settlers heading west didn t want to leave the Boulder Valley, and with the settlers came more conflict and murder. Even Chief Niwot died in the aftermath of a massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho by Colorado militiamen 62 . His curse still stands today, with visitors deciding to move to Boulder or at least return on a regular basis.

    It all gives credence to the idea that Boulder Valley is a place that captures the heart of its visitors for better or worse.

    1 The Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles The Cecil Hotel gained major attention when the body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found in its rooftop water tank. She d been there for two weeks already, and as if that wasn t bad enough, some disturbing video footage of her last moments gave the internet chills. That was in 2013, and it turns out she might ve been the latest victim of the cursed hotel.

    Through the 1950s and 1960s, the Cecil was the place to go for people wanting to commit suicide by jumping. One woman even landed on a passerby, killing them both. It was also the home base of Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker.

    In 1985, Ramirez had a top room in the Cecil, finding many of his victims among the nameless transients staying in the hotel s notoriously cheap rooms. The dumpster behind the hotel was the perfect spot for Ramirez to dispose of his bloody clothes. In 1991, a journalist studying crime in LA moved into the Cecil.

    He d later be fingered for killing three women, most likely in a grisly tribute to Ramirez, a story line that was picked up in American Horror Story: Hotel . There s also the unsolved murder of Pigeon Goldie 63 , a retiree who spent her time feeding the pigeons and who died an incredibly brutal death in her hotel room. In 2007, new owners tried to give the hotel a new lease on life with a renovation and a name change, but Los Angeles police still show up frequently.

    The hotel that was known as a cheap and discreet place to stay in previous decades seems unable to shake its curse as it s now invariably associated with drug dealing and a high number of domestic abuse calls 64 .

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  • 10 Unusual Uses for Tennis BallsTennis balls are ubiquitous and inexpensive. They're great for tennis... for a little while.

    Then they lose that carefree, Tigger-like bounciness and become dog toys.* But what if you don't have a dog? What can you do with some tennis balls? Laundry?

    Yeah, tennis balls. Household cleaning? Yep.

    Parking? Got you covered. Sensual self-massage?

    You bet your felted fluorescent balls. Don't you worry, baby birds. I have chewed on this wooly problem for a while now, and I am ready to regurgitate my knowledge into your cheepinig little maws.

    So let's help you fledge the nest and unlock the McEnroe/MacGyver potential you have buried deep inside your life-hacking soul. Go grab some balls from the bushes behind the local tennis courts. Intercept a lobbed ball at the local dog park.

    Begin training as a Wimbledon ball-boy 1 . Do whatever you need to do to get a hold of these magical golden orbs. *According to small, panicky corners of the Internet, tennis balls may be bad for your dog's health. That fuzzy yellow coating might be ruining Fido's teeth.

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  • 12 Marines Missing After Helicopters Collide Off Hawaii; Loved ... (CNN) Crews are searching for 12 Marines missing at sea after two CH-53 helicopters apparently collided during an overnight training flight off the Hawaiian island of Oahu, authorities said. Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and Honolulu Fire Department looked for survivors seven miles offshore in increasingly poor weather conditions.

    Swells reached 16 feet, surf rose to 40 feet and visibility extended to only one mile, the Coast Guard said. The weather is making it very difficult, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Scott Carr told reporters.

    It is very difficult to find things right now. Our goal is to find survivors, he said. Reported missing Loved ones have identified to CNN three Marines missing in the crash, and a CNN affiliate has reported on a fourth missing Marine.

    The family of Captain Kevin Roche told CNN that he is among the 12 Marines missing in the Hawaii helicopters collision. Anthony Kuenzel told CNN that his brother-in-law, Capt. Kevin Roche, is among them.

    The family described him as a passionate Marine and thanked people praying for his safe return. We believe the Marines and Coast Guard are doing everything they can to bring Kevin and his fellow Marines home safely and we are grateful to everyone involved in the rescue, Roche s family said in a statement. Maj.

    Shawn Campbell, 41 was in the collision, said his mother, Donna McGrew, of Houston. A Marine officer visited her at home to brief her. Campbell has a wife and four children, and has done three tours of duty in the Middle East.

    Loved ones have reported Maj. Shawn Campbell and Cpl. Matthew Drown missing after the Hawaii helicopter crash.

    My heart just breaks, there are 11 other families going through this now. God bless them, McGrew said. Another Texan, Cpl.

    Matthew Drown, was on board one of the helicopters and is missing, his brother Sean Drown told CNN. Cpl. Drown, 23, has been in the Marines for five years, and joined shortly after high school.

    CNN affiliate WFXT 1 reported that one Marine from Hingham, Massachusetts, went missing in the chopper exercise. Surfers beware The search is taking place off the north shore of Oahu, a popular surfing destination. Surfers should avoid any debris in the water, Carr said.

    Searchers have already spotted floating pieces of debris consistent with military aircraft. The Coast Guard is asking that people use extreme caution along the coastal area surrounding the wreckage site which stretches from Mokule ia Beach to Turtle Bay, Carr said in a statement. We are urging people to stay out of the water and off the beaches due to debris that could pose potential risk and cause serious bodily harm, he added.

    Marine Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller expressed hope.

    Thoughts & prayers are with our Marines & their families in Hawaii as search efforts continue. We remain Semper Fidelis, Neller tweeted. Earlier, searchers spotted a fire and debris field, including an empty life raft, about 2 miles north of Haleiwa Beach, according to Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers.

    The two helicopters were believed to have collided late Thursday, Mooers said. The Coast Guard received notice at 11:38 p.m. local time.

    The two aircraft apparently didn t issue a mayday call, Carr said. Rather, a civilian on the beach first notified authorities of seeing a fireball, followed by a second person reporting a flare, Carr said. Marine officials contacted the Coast Guard about the missing aircraft around 11 p.m. (4 a.m.

    Friday ET), Mooers said. A Coast Guard helicopter arrived shortly after midnight (5 a.m. ET), according to the agency.

    CNN affiliate KHON in Hawaii reported that witnesses said they heard a loud boom over the water and saw a flash in the sky. Six people were on board each of the two heavy-lift transport helicopters, according to Mooers. The missing aircraft are assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, the Marines tweeted.

    According to the unit s website, it is stationed at Marine Corps Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, on the opposite side of the island from where the apparent collision occurred. Participating in the search Friday were two Navy warships, Coast Guard Cutters Ahi and Kiska, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a HC-130 Hercules airplane, a MH-60 helicopter, Honolulu Fire Department crews, and a helicopter rescue boat, officials said. A high surf advisory is in effect for the north facing shore of Oahu where the search is being conducted, authorities said.

    The Marine Corps are investigating the cause of the accident.

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    Marines still missing; Coast Guard suspends search in ... Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided the department s condolences to the loved ones and families of 12 Marines who ve gone missing since two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, each with six crew members aboard, are presumed to have crashed off Hawaii s Oahu Island Jan.

    14. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is one of the nation s busiest and most important military installation. The U.S.

    Coast Guard suspended the search for the missing Marines Jan.

    19. Our hearts go out to the loved ones and family members of 12 Marines missing since an apparent helicopter collision off the coast of Hawaii last week, Carter said in a DoD news release issued yesterday. While there is no way to comprehend the grief their families feel today, this we do know: These proud Marines died as they lived, in service to a country they loved and in dedication to a cause greater than themselves.

    Carter said he also wanted to extend his gratitude to the Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine personnel who have been absolutely unwavering in their efforts to locate and rescue their colleagues. He added: For the men and women who encountered rough seas and heavy swells over the course of these operations, leave no man behind was not a simple slogan; it was a solemn oath. We deeply appreciate their determination and the strong support they received from state and local authorities and the people of Hawaii.

    According to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii website, the missing 12 Marines are: Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, of College Station, Texas; Capt.

    Brian T. Kennedy, 31, of Philadelphia; Capt. Kevin T.

    Roche, 30, of St. Louis; Capt. Steven R.

    Torbert, 29, of Florence, Alabama; Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24, of Chaska, Minnesota; Sgt.

    Adam C. Schoeller, 25, of Gardners, Pennsylvania; Sgt. Jeffrey A.

    Sempler, 22, of Woodruff, South Carolina; Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, of Florala, Alabama; Cpl.

    Matthew R. Drown, 23, of Spring, Texas; Cpl. Thomas J.

    Jardas, 22, of Fort Myers, Florida; Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, of Hingham, Massachusetts; and Lance Cpl.

    Ty L. Hart, 21, of Aumsville, Oregon. The loss of these 12 brave Americans is a tragic reminder of the risks our men and women in uniform take each day in service to our country, Carter said in the release.

    Today and on all days, we remember that it is because of their dedicated efforts that we live in peace and security.

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  • 150 firefighters tackle factory blaze An fire investigation has been launched after a huge fire broke out in an industrial estate in Lenwade. It has been reported that the fire destroyed equipment worth about 1m.

    150 Firefighters from Reepham, Earlham, Carrow, Loddon and Dereham attended the fire in the One Way Circuits unit in Station Road, near Great Witchingham, at around 6.22pm on 27th April. It took around 6 hours to extinguish the blaze.

    Reepham fire station watch manager, Phillip Leeder, said: There was a large column of smoke coming from the building as we arrived. We were faced with a severe fire. We couldn t see flames initially but once the roof failed we saw the flames.

    It was quite dramatic. They were 20 feet above the building. Our main aim was to stop it spreading.

    Police also attended the incident in order to place a cordon around the area due to flammable cylinders on-site and also chemicals in the factory. Richard Lyons, Managing Director of the company said: They were big flames. I drove past the Bernard Matthews site and saw the big black smoke and I thought it wouldn t be good.

    By the time I got here the flames were billowing out of the building.

    There seemed to be an awful lot of firefighters.

    I have never seen so many of them, but they prevented the flames from spreading.

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  • 17 arrested in Cranston human trafficking sting CRANSTON, R.I. (AP/WPRI) Seventeen people have been arrested in Cranston in a crackdown on human trafficking. Cranston Police said a team that included members of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and other local departments conducted the operations on Monday and Thursday. Police said the team of detectives worked out of an undisclosed location in Cranston, where they targeted human traffickers, specifically those whose victims are children.

    Eyewitness News spoke with Lt. Matthew Kite of the Cranston Police Department, who said officers posted and responded to ads on pages like Backpage.com. Monday, we posed as customers looking for prostitutes and then on another day, we had trained individuals go online, post ads and communicate with potential johns, Kite said.

    Police said another 14 people and a 16-year-old girl were arrested for prostitution. I will say if you re looking for a prostitute or looking to prostitute yourself, assume we re always running the operation and don t do it, Kite added. Photos: 17 arrested in Cranston human trafficking sting View as list View as gallery Open Gallery Andrew S.

    Codagone (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Devon Brown (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Gary Hathaway (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Hugh J. Smith (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jamie McNeill (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jason Still (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Joshua M. Belanger (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Mutabe Aljaghtham (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Nestor Padilla (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Patrick Perkins (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Peter Fidas (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Robert Woodstock (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Steven Harrop (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Tyreik Grundy (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Yuleysi Garcia (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Photos: 17 arrested in Cranston human trafficking sting x Thumbnails Gallery Andrew S.

    Codagone (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Devon Brown (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Gary Hathaway (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Hugh J. Smith (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jamie McNeill (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jason Still (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Joshua M. Belanger (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Mutabe Aljaghtham (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Nestor Padilla (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Patrick Perkins (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Peter Fidas (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Robert Woodstock (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Steven Harrop (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Tyreik Grundy (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Yuleysi Garcia (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Andrew S.

    Codagone (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Devon Brown (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Gary Hathaway (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Hugh J. Smith (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jamie McNeill (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Jason Still (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Joshua M. Belanger (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Mutabe Aljaghtham (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Nestor Padilla (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Patrick Perkins (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Peter Fidas (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Robert Woodstock (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Steven Harrop (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Tyreik Grundy (Photo: Cranston Police Department) Yuleysi Garcia (Photo: Cranston Police Department) According to police: -Tyreik Grundy, 20, of Pawtucket, was taken into custody on a bench warrant.

    He was transported to the ACI. -Joshua M. Belanger, 41, of Marion, Mass., was charged with one count of procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Yuleysi Garcia, 21, of Providence, was charged with one count of prostitution and one count of human trafficking.

    Police said the victim was a 16-year-old girl. Garcia was held pending arraignment. -Jason Still, 41, of West Warwick, was charged with one count of procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Devon Brown, 23, of Everett, Mass., was charged with one count of pandering.

    He was held pending arraignment. -Patrick Perkins, 44, of Hingham, Mass, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Hugh J. Smith, 53, of North Smithfield, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.

    He was arraigned and released. -Peter Fidas, 42, of Warwick, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Anthony Patrick, 26, of Providence, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee and one count of resisting arrest. He was arraigned and released. -Andrew S.

    Codagone, 28, of North Providence, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Jason Marrocco, 33, of Warwick, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Mutabe Aljaghtham, 30, of Wakefield, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.

    He was arraigned and released. -Nestor Padilla, 38, of Providence, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Jamie McNeill, 38, of Warwick, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Steven Harrop, 52, of Norton, Mass., was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.

    He was arraigned and released. -Gary Hathaway, 41, of Warwick, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released. -Robert Woodstock, 54, of Coventry, was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. He was arraigned and released.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • 2 Texans among 12 Marines declared dead after helicopters crash ... U.S. Marines walked on the beach at Waimea Bay near Haleiwa, Hawaii, where two military helicopters crashed into the ocean. (The Associated Press) The Marine Corps says 12 Marines including two Texans who crashed in two helicopters off Hawaii are considered dead. The status of the missing Marines has been changed to deceased after five days of searching for them.

    The Marine Corps says officers personally notified each family of the change. The search began Jan.

    14, when a civilian on a beach reported seeing the aircraft flying and then a fireball. The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a nighttime training mission.

    Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 airplane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu. The Marines ranged in age from 21 to 41: MAJ. SHAWN M.

    CAMPBELL, 41, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS Maj. Shawn M. Campbell s mother, Donna McGrew, describes the father of four as a great dad whose kids love him and he s wonderful husband.

    Campbell attended high school in suburban Houston and then graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in microbiology. In a family statement, McGrew said her son accepted a commission following his graduation and became a career Marine. She told the Houston Chronicle that Campbell served three tours in Middle East, the last in Iraq.

    He returned to the U.S. to be a flying instructor at Pensacola, Florida, and had transferred to Hawaii about two years ago. He and his wife, Kelli, and their children, have been living near the Marine base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

    My husband and I want everyone to know that this is not about us, McGrew said in the statement. This is about the families that are suffering, and about all the sacrifices that our military members and their families make on a daily basis. CPL.

    MATTHEW R. DROWN, 23, SPRING, TEXAS. Matthew R.

    Drown joined the Marines shortly after graduating from a suburban Houston high school in 2011. His family issued a statement asking for privacy to deal with the very difficult situation, adding that they have to remain hopeful of his rescue for his sake and others on the downed aircraft. Drown s former high school English teacher, Yvette Stuckey, told the Houston Chronicle she remembered Drown as a shy freshmen, but that he came out of his shell as he grew, eventually participating in debate tournaments.

    His speech and debate teacher, Angie Richard, recalled him as very happy, always smiling and showing a confidence in public speaking unusual among high school kids. Stuckey said she was shocked but so excited when Drown told her his plans to enlist after graduation, adding that he was really excited to follow and serve his country. CAPT.

    BRIAN T. KENNEDY, 31, PHILADELPHIA Capt. Brian T.

    Kennedy s father said his son is from suburban Philadelphia. This is where he grew up and went to high school, but since he graduated from the Naval Academy, he s been on assignment, said William Kennedy, of Malvern, Pennsylvania. He declined further comment on his son as the search continues, but said, we hope they re successful.

    SGT. ADAM C. SCHOELLER, 25, GARDNERS, PENNSYLVANIA Sgt.

    Adam C. Schoeller s family members say they are remaining optimistic as the search continues. A statement released through a family friend said that there are thousands praying for a positive outcome for the Marines and the search and rescue efforts.

    We value all of the thoughts and prayers offered up on our behalf during this very difficult time. Relatives said Schoeller and his wife, Samantha Wickel-Schoeller, were married on July 4. Schoeller s Facebook page says he attended Boiling Springs High School.

    CPL. THOMAS J. JARDAS, 22, FORT MYERS, FLORIDA Cpl.

    Thomas J. Jardas is the brother of the reigning Miss District of Columbia. Jardas is the younger brother of Haely Jardas, who represented the District in last year s Miss America pageant.

    The Miss D.C. Organization said in a statement that its thoughts and prayers are with Haely Jardas and her family. Miss D.C.

    executive director Tricia Lloyd says Haely Jardas flew home to Florida on Saturday to be with her family. The organization is asking that her privacy be respected. SGT.

    DILLON J. SEMOLINA, 24, OF CHASKA, MINNESOTA The uncle of Minnesota native Sgt. Dillon J.

    Semolina said the 24-year-old wants to be a Registered Nurse when he leaves the Marines. He was waiting to hear from a school he had applied to and was hoping to hear next week, said his uncle, Ryan Bachand. Semolina is an impressive young man, respectful and positive, Bachand said.

    He had been a good football player at Delano, Minnesota, high school. The family still holds out hope that he and others missing will be found alive, Bachand said. But as hopes have dimmed, Bachand said he would cherish memories of spending time with Semolina when Bachand was a fishing guide in northern Minnesota.

    I was able to teach him how to fish, he said. A GoFundMe page to raise money to send Semolina s parents to Hawaii to be near where Semolina went missing had raised nearly $10,000 from 226 people by late Saturday. CPL.

    CHRISTOPHER ORLANDO, 23, OF HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Orlando s family said in a statement released Saturday by the Massachusetts State Police that they are thankful to everyone for their love, concern and prayers. Orlando is a flight crew chief and a 2010 high school graduate from Hingham, outside Boston. His family said they are monitoring the search effort and are thankful for the hard work of search and rescue crews.

    Before Orlando joined the Marines, he was a counselor at a surf camp in Hull, Massachusetts, and is a camp legend, the South Shore Surf Camp said in a Facebook post. He is mentally and physically strong with the ocean experience and skills needed to survive anything Mother Nature can throw at him. CAPT.

    KEVIN ROCHE, 30, OF ST. LOUIS The family of Capt. Kevin Roche, 30, praised rescuers for trying to find him and the other Marines aboard the helicopters.

    We believe the Marines and Coast Guard are doing everything they can to bring Kevin and his fellow Marines home safely, and we are grateful to everyone involved in the rescue, said a family statement distributed by brother-in-law Anthony Kuenzel in St. Louis. LANCE CPL.

    TY L. HART, 21, OF AUMSVILLE, OREGON The Oregonian newspaper reports that 21-year-old Ty Hart, from Stayton, Oregon, lives on base in Hawaii with his wife. Family friend Christina Brown described Hart as upbeat and energetic and said he enjoys nature, boating and wakeboarding.

    Hart s former high school football coach and teacher, Alan Kirby, told the newspaper that Hart was a positive kid who always had a smile on his face and called him a quick learner on the gridiron.

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  • 20 of the Best Places to Learn Bowling in London Bowling has one of the longest and richest histories of all sports, dating back approximately 4,000 years ago to Greece and Rome Bowling helps promote muscle exercise of the lower body, as you are doing a lot of walking with the extra weight of a bowling ball in your hands. Further, when you are swinging your arm to throw the bowling ball, the stretching and flexing that occurs provides enough exercise for the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints in your arms. Check out these clubs below.

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    Mill Hill Bowling Club Established in1919 as a men only club we became mixed in 2001 when Mill Hill Ladies Club amalgamated with us. In 2003 HGH Bowls Club joined us which further strengthened our numbers and today we have over 60 playing members. Friends and family are welcome.

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    Streatham Park Bowling Club For more information regarding Streatham Park Bowling Club and it s calendar of events ring: 0208 769 6266 alternatively contact the club secretary: secretary@streathamparkbowlingclub.org Address Pringle Gardens London SW16 1RZ Tel: +4420 8769 6266 Visit 8 9. Hornsey Bowling Club Hornsey Bowling Club is a friendly outdoor mixed bowls club situated off Hornsey High Road, the pedestrian entrance is between the TA Centre and St Marys School, and the car park entrance is in Rectory Gardens. We are open to everybody regardless of race, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religious belief.

    Address Rectory Gardens, London N8 7PJ Tel: +4420 8340 7884 Visit 9 10. Ladywell Bowling Club Ladywell Bowling Club, which is situated in attractive, picturesque surroundings, is well known as one of the friendliest bowling clubs in South London. New members are always welcome, whether experienced bowlers or complete beginners, including people with a moderate disability, and of any age from 16 upwards.

    We play against many clubs in the surrounding areas as well as an annual fixture to New Romney in Kent. Address Ladywell Fields, Catford, London SE6 4RN Tel: +4420 8857 1836 Visit 10 11. North Greenwich Bowls Club North Greenwich Bowls Club was formed in 1901, at Isle Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.

    Some 50 years later it moved to Millwall Park, Isle of Dogs which is our present location. The current membership is 32 men and 10 ladies. Address 197 E Ferry Rd, London E14 3AY Tel: +447866 178 246 Visit 11 12.

    Francis Drake Bowls Club This is a council owned facility and the grounds are maintained by Glendale. The club is run by the members headed by a small committee and in line with the club s constitution. The green has set opening times dependent on club fixtures, the English weather and the availability of a key holding member but can also be used at other times when a key holding member is available.

    Address Hilly Fields Cres, London, Lewisham SE4 1QE Tel: +4420 8291 9243 Visit 12 13. Muswell Hill Bowling Club The club was founded in 1901 and celebrate its centenary in 2001. Muswell Hill Lawn Bowls Club in Kings Avenue New and experienced members welcome.

    Address Kings Ave, London N10 1PB Tel: +4420 8698 1643 Visit 13 14. Finchley Bowling Club We welcome new members of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of skill and experience. Our qualified coaches will be happy to provide free coaching for anyone who wants it.

    Finally, we will initially provide new members with all the equipment they need, so there s nothing for you to spend. Address 6 Etchingham Park Rd, London N3 2DT Tel: +4420 8346 1449 Visit 14 15. Blackheath & Greenwich Bowling Club Ltd Our club opens its doors to any person who wishes to take up the sport of lawn bowling or to simply enjoy a social membership.

    We encourage new bowlers by providing a subscription discount and also juniors who also receive a substantial discount. The outdoor season begins late April and ends late September and we have a few indoor fixtures as well as a social programme thoughout the winter. Address Brooklands Park, London SE3 9BL Tel: +4420 8852 0463 Visit 15 16.

    Harrow Bowls Club Founded in 1942, Stanmore Bowls Club welcomes those new to bowling as well as experienced bowlers from Stanmore and the surrounding areas. We are situated in Stanmore Recreation Ground, with our entrance off the Car Park, in Dennis Lane, Stanmore. We welcome men and ladies to membership, and provide free coaching given by those members who are qualified under the English Bowls Coaching Society scheme.

    Address Harrow Recreation Ground, Roxborough Rd, Harrow, HA1 1RR Tel: +4420 8863 6600 Visit 16 17. West Ealing Bowls & Social Club West Ealing Bowls and Social Club is presently a Private Members Club with membership open by invitation only from any current Club member. Both ladies and men are welcome for either bowling or social membership.

    Young people from the age of 7 to 17 years can join as Junior Bowls Members. As well as a full size outdoor 6 rink bowling green, the Club also has a full-size snooker table, darts and a licensed bar. stocking various beers and lagers, plus a wide range of spirits and soft drinks.

    Address Mervyn Rd, London W13 9UN Tel: +4420 8567 7658 Visit 17 18. West Wimbledon Bowling Club West Wimbledon Bowls Club has been established at 55 Durham Road since 1921 when most of the surrounding area consisted of fields and meadow land. We even have members who can remember those days.

    But don t be fooled into thinking that bowls is a game only for old people. It is simply one of the rare games that can be played competitively whatever your age or gender. We compete in four different leagues in which we have had a fair modicum of success in recent times.

    Address 55 Durham Rd, West Wimbledon, London SW20 0DE Tel: +4420 8946 4676 Visit 18 19. Croydon Bowling Club Croydon Bowling Club offers a warm welcome to bowlers of all ages and abilities. If you have never played before and are thinking of taking up the game, we offer free taster sessions and free coaching from our fully qualified coaches.

    We have the best facilities in Surrey and provide the ideal venue for casual and friendly games right through to national competitions. Address 10 Nottingham Rd, South Croydon CR2 6LN Tel: +4420 8688 0659 Visit 19 20. Bromley Bowling Club Ltd Bromley Bowling Club was 127 years old.

    During previous seasons, the club played at Windsor Great Park versus the Royal Household & entertained teams from, County Past Presidents London Scottish, London Irish,& Queensmead B.C. The following playing successes during the 2015 Season have been reported. Address 77a Plaistow La, Bromley BR1 3JF Tel: +4420 8460 1368 Visit 20 If you re a member at a Bowling club that s not listed above, let us know in the comments below and we ll add it to our next list.

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  • 203K Remodeling Contractor On September, 18, 2015 FHA 203k LOANS FOR HOME REMODELING IN MASSACHUSETTS The Federal Housing Administration ( FHA 1 ), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD 2 ), administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. The Section 203(k) program is the Department s primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. What is different about this loan?

    Most mortgage financing plans provide only permanent financing. That is, the lender will not usually close the loan and release the mortgage proceeds unless the condition and value of the property provide adequate loan security. When rehabilitation is involved, this means that a lender typically requires the improvements to be finished before a long-term mortgage is made.

    When a homebuyer wants to purchase a house in need of repair or modernization, the homebuyer usually has to obtain financing first to purchase the dwelling; additional financing to do the rehabilitation construction; and a permanent mortgage when the work is completed to pay off the interim loans with a permanent mortgage. Often the interim financing (the acquisition and construction loans) involves relatively high interest rates and short amortization periods. The Section 203(k) program was designed to address this situation.

    The borrower can get just one mortgage loan, at a long-term fixed (or adjustable) rate, to finance both the acquisition and the rehabilitation of the property. To provide funds for the rehabilitation, the mortgage amount is based on the projected value of the property with the work completed, taking into account the cost of the work. To minimize the risk to the mortgage lender, the mortgage loan (the maximum allowable amount) is eligible for endorsement by HUD as soon as the mortgage proceeds are disbursed and a rehabilitation escrow account is established.

    At this point the lender has a fully-insured mortgage loan. What properties are eligible? To be eligible, the property must be a one- to four-family dwelling that has been completed for at least one year.

    The number of units on the site must be acceptable according to the provisions of local zoning requirements. All newly constructed units must be attached to the existing dwelling. Cooperative units are not eligible.

    Homes that have been demolished, or will be razed as part of the rehabilitation work, are eligible provided some of the existing foundation system remains in place. In addition to typical home rehabilitation projects, this program can be used to convert a one-family dwelling to a two-, three-, or four-family dwelling. An existing multi-unit dwelling could be decreased to a one- to four-family unit.

    An existing house (or modular unit) on another site can be moved onto the mortgaged property; however, release of loan proceeds for the existing structure on the non-mortgaged property is not allowed until the new foundation has been properly inspected and the dwelling has been properly placed and secured to the new foundation. A 203(k) mortgage may be originated on a mixed use residential property provided: (1) The property has no greater than 25 percent (for a one story building); 33 percent (for a three story building); and 49 percent (for a two story building) of its floor area used for commercial (storefront) purposes; (2) the commercial use will not affect the health and safety of the occupants of the residential property; and (3) the rehabilitation funds will only be used for the residential functions of the dwelling and areas used to access the residential part of the property. The Department also permits Section 203(k) mortgages to be used for individual units in condominium projects that have been approved by FHA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or are acceptable to FNMA under the guidelines listed below.

    The 203(k) program was not intended to be a project mortgage insurance program, as large scale development has considerably more risk than individual single-family mortgage insurance. Therefore, condominium rehabilitation is subject to the following conditions: Owner/occupant and qualified non-profit borrowers only; no investors Rehabilitation is limited only to the interior of the unit. Mortgage proceeds are not to be used for the rehabilitation of exteriors or other areas which are the responsibility of the condominium association, except for the installation of firewalls in the attic for the unit Only the lesser of five units per condominium association, or 25 percent of the total number of units, can be undergoing rehabilitation at any one time The maximum mortgage amount cannot exceed 100 percent of after-improved value.

    After rehabilitation is complete, the individual buildings within the condominium must not contain more than four units. By law, Section 203(k) can only be used to rehabilitate units in one-to-four unit structures. However, this does not mean that the condominium project, as a whole, can only have four units or that all individual structures must be detached.

    Example: A project might consist of six buildings each containing four units, for a total of 24 units in the project and, thus, be eligible for Section 203(k). Likewise, a project could contain a row of more than four attached townhouses and be eligible for Section 203(k) because HUD considers each townhouse as one structure, provided each unit is separated by a 1 1/2 hour firewall (from foundation up to the roof). Similar to a project with a condominium unit with a mortgage insured under Section 234(c) of the National Housing Act, the condominium project must be approved by HUD prior to the closing of any individual mortgages on the condominium units. *The information on this page has been taken from the HUD website.

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  • 21 Jarvis Ave Hingham, MA 02043 MLSID: 71709046 Previous | Next Back 1 Listing: 1 of 1 21 Jarvis Ave Hingham, MA 02043 7bd.

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  • 41 Wanders Drive Hingham, MA 02043 (MLS# 71578104) Real ... Previous | Next Return to Search Results 1 Listing: 1 of 1 41 Wanders Drive Hingham, MA 02043 3bd.

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  • 5 Family Tickets East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 25 th & Sunday the 26 th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. Iceni Post has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair to provide you with the chance to win one of five family tickets. The Five entries drawn out of the hat were from: Beccles x 2, Kings Lynn, Stowmarket, & Great Yarmouth Entry closing date was 31st March 2015 But you still have time to Save Money by Booking in Advance!

    Advance Discounted Ticket Prices Adult 13.00 Children 5-16 Years 5.00 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children 5-16yrs) 36.00 Under 5 s Free A 2 booking fee applies per transaction. (Closing date for advance discounted tickets 20/04/15) If you would like to speak to one of our team about tickets, camping or membership please feel free to call us on 01263 735 828 or email info@ukgamefair.co.uk 1 The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two day, family event set in glorious parkland at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich. We welcome world class events and attractions to the Norfolk Showground each year. Whether it s watching the main arena or countryside arena displays, seeing the forestry village with cutting and pole climbing competitions, joining in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Dog pool, shopping at the 300 tradestands or relaxing with a glass of bubbly at the members enclosure.

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  • 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, Dickleburgh – The Winners 2015 ... Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 6, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival. Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK s breast cancer appeal) was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras. Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with an amazing dress tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread themed tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding s plastic bottle tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children s category with their fabulous plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope. Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree. The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.

    The Christmas Tree festival has raised 2,000 for EACH (East Anglia s Children s Hospices) and a donation will also be made to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival s organisers, said: We have had an excellent week. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival.

    Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners. This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016. For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church , including the full list of winners, see www.50christmastrees.com 1 .

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  • 82 Thistle Patch Way Hingham, MA 02043 MLSID: 71784188 ... Previous | Next Back 1 Listing: 1 of 1 3bd.

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  • 9 Of Thailand's Creepiest Attractions (Not For The Faint Hearted ... You re in Thailand. You ve done the temples. Beaches have been ticked off.

    Gorged yourself on all manner of street food. What s next? Friends; it s time to get creeped out .

    Thanks to a crazy combination of rampant local superstition, spirit houses and merit-making everywhere you look, and urban legends and ghost stories by the bucketload, Thailand is an absolute treasure trove of the creepy and freaky. This brilliant Travelog article 1 from a few weeks ago went behind the scenes of the ridiculously macabre Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower in Bangkok if your interest is piqued by what secrets lurk in that abandoned, 49-storey building, why not try the following attractions on for size too. Here are 9 of the creepiest places in Thailand for your delectation and disgust: let us know where else deserves a creepy shout-out!

    White Lion House Chiang Mai The White Lion House or, to give it it s proper name, Jangmuarinnakorn House, holds both a creepy aesthetic and a terrible past. The mansion is imposingly huge and its baroque architecture out of place, flanked by snarling lions and now in serious state of dilapidation. The inside isn t much better; abandoned save a bunch of squatters, chickens and graffiti.

    If the stories are true, they re living alongside ghosts It was built around 20 years ago by a very rich, yet mentally troubled, man and his family, who ignored the inauspicious signs that there was bad Feng Shui on the site. The story goes that the man finally lost his mind one day and hacked his family to bits in a horrendous act of murder. Predictably, the house is considered one of Chiang Mai s most haunted sites and no one has bought it for fear of catching the bad luck lining its walls.

    Luang Pho Daeng Koh Samui By Per Meistrup Luang Pho Daeng was a Thai monk who underwent rare and intense ritual of self-mummification 2 and died while meditating in 1973. His incredibly well-preserved body is held in a glass case at Wat Khunaram temple on Koh Samui. He wears sunglasses so visitors will not be repulsed by his gaping open eye sockets.

    His internal organs are preserved complete, if a little shrunken, thanks to the effects of dehydration. Adding to the creepy effect are the many geckos that lay eggs and hatch inside of his body. Eggs were found in his eye sockets, mouth and beneath his skin during radiography scans.

    He also still has his dentures in. Siriraj Medical Museum, or: Museum of Death Bangkok With a nickname like Museum of Death , you can be assured of resolute creepiness at this fascinating medical museum. It s made up of five smaller museums that explore and exhibit the complexities of different medical specialities, namely pathology, anatomy, anthropology, parasitology and forensics.

    What makes the Museum of Death so creepily intriguing is its incredibly revealing displays of medical oddities: foetuses, siamese twins, children s skeletons, skulls afflicted by hydrocephalus, rickets-riddled skeletons and even the mummified remains of a serial killer. Needless to say, it s not for the faint of heart Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden Chonburi Supposedly depicting the punishments meted out in the Buddhist concept of Hell, Wang Saen Suk is occupied by a number of towering, grotesque figures undergoing torture for the crimes of their bad karma committed during their lives. The Bohemian Blog 3 gives an interesting and informative run-down on how to get to the Hell Garden and the things you can expect to spot in its 136 pits of hell.

    The punishments depicted include humans being transformed into animals, tongue stretching, intestines being eaten by birds, eyes pecked by ravens, severe beatings and incomprehensible violence seemingly at odds with the Buddhist approach to peace and gentility. The hell garden finishes on a positive message, however, showing the rewards for good deeds with its happier depictions of figures enjoying their good karma at the end of the garden. Nightingale-Olympic Department Store Bangkok By Chris Menist for CNNGO 4 Deep in the heart of Chinatown is the Nightingale-Olympic, opened in the 1960s as Bangkok s first department store.

    Despite its doors still being open, it s clear that very little has been altered in the years to now, with the store resembling more of a living museum experience, rather than a mall to rival Siam Paragon. Unsold stock including wooden tennis rackets and rusty musical instruments spill out over the shelves while creepy old mannequins are dressed in the style of yesteryear. Customers are pretty few and far between so there are no modern amenities like air-conditioning, adding to the feeling of being trapped in the past.

    Kamchanod Forest Udon Thani Kamchanod Forest is found on a small island near the village of Wang Tong in Udon Thani province and is the site of a number of myths and legends. The underwater caves beneath the forest are believed to be the home of the giant, mythical Phaya N ga serpent who, according to Buddhist folklore, breathed fire into the sky to assist the Buddha in his heavenly descent. Within the forest is a temple where Thais can make merit to the N ga.

    As well as ancient spirits, modern-day ghosts are also reported to haunt the forest: in 1987 a small film crew were requested by an unknown caller to come the forest to set-up a temporary open air cinema for the night. Late into the early hours, a large crowd appeared peculiar, silent, with the men all in black and the women white. At the close of the entertainment, the crowd left, again without saying a word.

    When the film crew, a little perplexed, left the forest and travelled back to Wang Tong, they questioned the villagers about the strange happenings of the night before: the disbelief of the villagers lead to the development of the urban legend that the film crew had entertained a large group of ghosts. The night s events were recreated for The Screen of Kamchanod movie in 2007. Baan Dam Chiang Rai In total opposition to the nearby heavenly White Temple Wat Rong Khun, is Baan Dam or, Black House.

    The 15 houses of the Baan Dam complex are dark in both physical colour and general aura, decorated as they are with the carcasses of dead animals. An entire elephant skeleton is presented alongside skins, teeth and bones of a variety of creatures, including big cats, buffalo, snakes and crocodiles. Designed by local artist Thawan Duchanee, this artful presentation of death and spectacle is both jarring and voyeuristic a must-see for fans of creep.

    Koh Hingham Satun province Koh Hingham is a tiny, uninhabited island off the coast of Koh Lipe near the Malaysian border that was supposedly cursed by the God of Tarutao. The island is covered in peculiar looking black pebbles and the myth goes that if you take one such stone from Hingham, you will bear the brunt of the curse wreaked by the God of Tarutao. While many people presumably do nab a takeaway from the island, the National Park office receives dozens of the stones posted back to them every year from guilt-ridden thieves.

    Perhaps they wanted to live free of the curse? Corrections Museum Bangkok On the site of a former maximum security jail is the Orwellian-sounding Corrections Museum, which documents the grisly reality of incarceration in the Bangkok past. Photographs and models of the site help conjure the atmosphere of the prison while life-size figures recreate the horrific tortures and executions carried out there particularly in the notorious, windowless Cell Block 9.

    This chamber was the site of prisoners last supper before being executed and exhibits the weapons and instruments of torture used.

    What s your favourite creepy spot in Thailand?

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  • A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War ... - IceniPost This year s Wymondham Music Festival music lecture by Dr Kate Kennedy is A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War .

    The lecture is free to attend and starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 June, at Fairland Church Centre.

    The event is supported by Rotary Club of Wymondham and Fairland United Reformed Church.

  • A New President Won't Change Anything | Print | E-mail 1 2 Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:55 M any Americans have the quaint notion that a new president is going to convert American into a functional society. It s not going to happen. Regardless of who is elected president, America will continue to be a drug-addled society and one afflicted by suicides, mass murders, and other dysfunctional behavior.

    That s because of the type of government that Americans have lived under for the past several decades. That s what has produced the model dysfunctional society in which we live. As long as Americans choose to maintain that type of governmental system a welfare-warfare state the new president, whoever he or she might be, will preside over a country characterized by drug addiction, alcoholism, mass murders, and suicides.

    Just think: the state took control of almost every American adult living today when he was six years of age and then retained control over him for the next 12 years. That s what public schooling is all about. Every day, for five or six hours a day for twelve long years, government officials (that s what public schoolteachers are) had control over all those children who are now adults.

    Through licensing and supervision, even most of those who attended private schools or were homeschooled came under the indirect tutelage of the government educational system. And yet, look how screwed up American society is. Just think: After 12 years of a government-supervised or government-approved education system, there are so many people on drugs that the federal government and most state governments feel the need to continue waging their decades-long war on drugs.

    Do they ever stop to wonder why there are still so many people on drugs when they have control over them from ages 6-18? Did they forget to tell them Just Say No! during those 12 years?

    And that doesn t even count the number of people addicted to booze, tobacco, and other destructive substances. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, each year almost 43,000 Americans die by suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

    For every suicide there are 25 attempts. How come so many Americans are choosing to check out early? Isn t this supposed to be the place where people are free to pursue happiness rather than death?

    And of course there are the mass murders, some that seem to be entirely random and others that are directly related to the death and destruction that the U.S. government now wreaks on a permanent basis on people in the Middle East. Which brings us to the root cause of all this ongoing dysfunctionality the type of governmental system under which Americans have lived for the past several decades what is known as the welfare-warfare state, along with the life of the lie that has accompanied that system.

    The life of the lie is the mindset of the American people that tells them that the welfare-state, warfare-state way of life is freedom and free enterprise. The reality is that the welfare state is the opposite of freedom and free enterprise. It is a political-economic system in which people are using the force of government to take money and income from everyone else, even while doing their best to protect their own income and wealth from being plundered.

    It is a system of coerced, mandatory charity, one that involves everyone warring against everyone else. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, education grants, corporate bailouts, food stamps, aid to the arts, and all the rest. Every single welfare-state program is based on using government force to take money from people to whom it belongs and giving it to others.

    It is a direct violation of the principles of voluntary charity and free will. It would be difficult to find a better example of a contravention of the principle of individual liberty, a principle that holds that people should be free to do whatever they want with their own money. Yet, Americans have convinced themselves (and permitted themselves to be convinced) that all this is freedom and free enterprise.

    When you ask them how they would describe 19th-century America, which had no welfare state (or income taxation), they are totally befuddled because they ve been taught (in their public schools) that America has always been a free country. Or consider the drug war against all those (millions?) of drug-using Americans. People are convinced that this is what freedom is all about the freedom to be punished by the state for ingesting harmful substances.

    Or consider the war on immigrants. Each Sunday, Americans go to church and listen to their ministers preaching about how important it is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Then they leave church and support ever-more vicious measures against people who happen to be of a different nationality who are just fulfilling God s mandate to save, sustain, and improve their lives, or the lives of their families, through labor.

    The person living the life of lie fails to see the contradiction. But as bad as all that is, it s much worse with respect to the national-security state apparatus that was attached to our federal governmental system in the 1940s. For more than 70 years, it has been engaged in assassinations, coups, regime-change operations, invasions, occupations, wars of aggression, and support of dictatorships.

    For the past several decades, it has been wreaking death, destruction, and violence in Latin America with the drug war. For the past 25 years, the national-security state has killed or maimed untold numbers of people in the Middle East perhaps even totaling in the millions. But Americans are convinced that all that death and destruction is about freedom.

    Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Freedom Whatever. Americans go to big sporting events and, with tears in their eyes, praise and glorify the killing, the maiming, the bombing, the death, and the destruction. They just want to thank the troops for defending our freedom.

    It s all just part and parcel of the life of the lie, the lie that holds that all this plunder, looting, incarceration, death, and destruction, is what living in a free society is all about. If all this is freedom if this is the best that life has to offer no wonder so many Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol, checking out early with suicide, engaging in mass murder, or doing other highly dysfunctional things. Those are the types of things that a welfare-warfare state and its life of the lie produce.

    Jacob G.

    Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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  • A talk by textile artist Polly Binns 2nd Feb 2016 The Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society is pleased to announce another lecture celebrating the Francis Cheetham Legacy A talk by textile artist Polly Binns Personal Perspectives 7pm on Tuesday 2 nd February 2016 At Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts Martineau Memorial Hall, 21 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN www.norcaarts.co.uk/contact-us.html 1 Tickets on the door 5 3 to NCCS Members and Friends A glass of wine or soft drink included www.norfolkcraft.co.uk 2 Textile artist, Polly Binns, considers why and how we become the artists we are.

    Polly talks about her work inspired by the tidal landscape of North Norfolk in relation to her artist family background and career in HE education and arts advisory work.

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  • A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS Last weekend was a mixture of frustration (to put it mildly in one case), disappointment, encouragement and excitement for our teams as summarised below. Ladies 1sts . The team laboured to a deserved 4-1 win at a cold Weybread over bottom-placed Ipswich.

    Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead in the first half only for a lively Ipswich to equalise after the break. The game was then transformed when seemingly out of the blue Abby Gooderham fired home one of the goals of the season with a superb reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle. Susan Wessels then converted a penalty corner before Abby set up Susan for a simple tap-in after another piece of individual skill.

    With time running out Abby seemed destined for a deserved second goal only for the umpire to blow for the end of the game with the ball about to roll into the unguarded goal! The team remains in fourth place and this coming Saturday is away to Maidenhead (1.30). Ladies 2nds.

    There was further frustration for the team when they conceded two early goals away to St Albans 2nds following decisions which on another day might have gone in their favour. But they went on to battle hard combined with some excellent hockey and they got a deserved late goal when Kara Kilbourn deflected home at a penalty corner. With this 2-1 defeat the team need to win at least two of their last three games (starting at home this Saturday against Maidstone (2.00) to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

    Ladies 3rds . After their 6-0 away win over Pelicans 2nds (with goals by Sarah Legg 2, Millie Preece 2, Katie Ogden and Mia King) and the draw for the 4ths the team now lead their league by three points from the 4ths who have a game in hand. Katie Woollatt was MOTM.

    This Saturday Lucy Field and her team are at home after four successive away games when they host third-placed UEA 2nds (3.30). Ladies 4ths . After five wins on the trot the team had to be content with a 1-1 home draw against a gritty Norwich City 2nds.

    Laura Tibbenham put them ahead in the first half after considerable City pressure and City hit back with a scrappy goal after the break for a deserved equaliser. Despite these two dropped points Treacle Griffin and her team can still win the league but they have a tricky away game with fourth placed Norwich Dragons 3rds (11.30) this Saturday who drew last weekend after coming up against the resolute defence of lowly Evergreens. END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco SATURDAY 19 MARCH, APOLLO CLUB, HARLESTON Arrive 7.30pm Awards 8.00pm Taxis 12.00am.

    Dress: Smart Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are 20.00 and are available from clubhouse bar or from Jackie and Kevin Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803. Please come to help make this evening both enjoyable and successful. Ladies 5ths .

    Two weeks ago in a re-arranged away game the team went down 6-3 to Watton 2nds but they were determined there would be no repeat at home and they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Imi Meynell-Anderson and Alice Evans-Hendrick put them 2-0 up at half time and skipper Jose Tibbenham made the game save with a couple later in the game. Fourth place is still attainable by the team but they will need to keep winning including at home to UEA 3rds on Saturday (10.15).

    Ladies 6ths . It was good to see the team earn a deserved point at home in a 2-2 draw with Evergreens 2nds. Ellie Fawkner gave them a first half lead and after Evergreens fought back to take the lead Ellie popped up with the equaliser with five minutes to go in an end to end match.

    This Saturday they are away to Norwich Dragons 6ths (3.15). Ladies 7ths . With a scheduled 5.30 start away to Norwich City 7ths the team knew they were in for a late finish.

    In the event with a delayed start they eventually came off the pitch at 7.20! After starting with ten players they lost Jane Collins through injury. Nevertheless they put up in a strong performance eventually losing 3-0.

    This week they are at home to Pelicans 3rds (12.15). Girls Development . Manager Sandra Elliner was obliged to select a very young side to play Pelicans with several players unavailable as they were playing the next day and with four playing for the 6ths.

    After a good game Pelicans came out on top winning 2-0. This Saturday the team is away to Yarmouth (10.00) whom they beat 5-0 in the middle of December. Men s 1sts.

    They just had to win their home match on Sunday with Teddington to keep alive their very slim national league survival hopes but it wasn t to be sadly as they went down 5-3. Myles King (with his first national league goal) and Ben Wright (with a penalty stroke conversion) had given the team the boost of a two-goal lead. Teddington hit back just before the interval and the game was transformed early in the second half with Teddington scoring three times in four minutes.

    Myles then scored again to give Magpies some hope but seeking an equaliser Magpies were caught on the break and the visitors, for whom it was good see out-on-loan Carl Sitch playing against his brother Leigh, scored again to win 5-3. This Sunday the team play their last home game of the season when they host Cambridge City at the changed time of 12 noon. Men s 2nds .

    Skipper Lawrence Baynes and his team were looking to build on their fine away win over Spalding when they took on fellow-strugglers Cambridge Univ 2nds at Weybread. It was soon clear they were in for a tough game and it was good to see Sam Moore and Richard Ling playing for Magpies for whom Thomas Ridley was in sparkling form. After a keen struggle the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw but the students struck with five minutes to go.

    This spurred Magpies on even further and Thomas gave them a deserved equaliser. While now off the bottom of the league Magpies will need to win at least two of their last four games to avoid relegation starting hopefully away to Felixstowe on Saturday (2.00). Men s 3rds .

    The team knew they were in for a tough game against league leaders IES 2nds despite beating them at home 5-1 earlier in the season. They conceded two sloppy goals early in the game and after getting to half time without further damage they let in another soon after.

    3-0 down soon came 4-0 but third-placed Magpies hit back with late goals by Jake Sewell and skipper Matt Brand to lose 4-2. With three games left promotion is still a possibility for Magpies but they will need to beat Norwich City 4ths at home on Saturday (1.45) to have a realistic chance.

    END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco please see above Men s 4ths . After their fine win over IES 3rds the previous week the team took a big step to avoiding relegation when they beat IES 4ths 1-0 away to move up to 5th place in their league. Their goal came in the last minute through Ali Williamson with his first for the club in thirteen years after he beat three players in the circle.

    What a goal! But they are still not completely safe although a win on Saturday at home to North Norfolk 2nds (12.00) would do the trick. Men s 5ths .

    They were up against league leaders Bury St Edmunds 4ths in the last game at Weybread by which time I have to confess I had sought the warmth of the clubhouse and with it an excellent meal thanks to the Ladies 1sts. Andy Caston twice brought his team level before Bury pulled away to lead 5-2. Lewis Belsey then scored to make the final score a respectable 5-3.

    On Saturday they are away to Thetford Town (2.30) who like them are in mid-table comfort. Men s 6ths . Eric Davy s team continues to amaze!

    Their 2-1 home win over Norwich Dragons 5ths was their seventh in their last eight games with the other ending in a draw. They were a goal down at half time before Eric got the equaliser (although this was incorrectly challenged in the clubhouse by jealous team-mates!) after Jon Wells had created the penalty corner. With seven minutes to go and with an appreciative roar from the spectators Richard Chopper Allcock fired home the winner after a shot from Roger Kent had come back off a post.

    The prospect of promotion for the team remains a concern (!) but they have three demanding games remaining including away to Norfolk Nomads on Saturday (2.30). Boys Development . While father Andy was scoring a brace for the 5ths sons Tom and Jake Caston were scoring the four goals by which the Dev team won 4-0 away to Pelicans.

    Tom went one better than his father scoring three times while Jake had to be content with one. The team, which does not have a game this week, is now back on the top of their league two points ahead of Norwich Dragons (having played a game more) who they play away on Saturday week. Mixed.

    The team is at home to Norwich City on Sunday (2.00) in the 3rd round of the EH Trophy. U18 Girls. The team had the frustration of their mini-bus breaking down on their long trip to play Neston South Wirral on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the EH Plate.

    They then had the further frustration of losing 1-0 through a late goal. But to their credit they honoured the fixture. U16 Girls.

    Frustration mixed with bewilderment (and something stronger) must have be the emotions of the team and their supporters when after beating Cambridge City 2-1 and drawing 1-1 with hosts Leicester in the regional finals their game against Worcester was called off with ten minutes to go when they were leading 8-0 (with Abby Gooderham scoring a remarkable seven goals). The reason being that it says in the rules no team may lose by more than eight goals. This meant our team lost out to Leicester on goal difference of two after Leicester had surprisingly beaten a strong looking Cambridge City 8-0.

    U16 Boys. They had drama of their own at the regional finals in Canterbury drawing 3-3 with Teddington after being three up with six minutes to play. They then came from two down to draw 2-2 with Old Loughtonians before losing 3-1 to Canterbury.

    U14 Girls. They missed out on reaching their regional final when they lost 3-2 away to Norwich City. They recovered from 3-0 down with goals by Grace Collison and Georgie Cantrell and were pressing for the equaliser at the final whistle.

    U14 Boys. The team is through to the Midlands regional final on goal difference after Norwich Dragons beat Bury St Edmunds 3-1 on Sunday. U10/U12 Boys and Girls.

    Congratulations to our four A teams who have qualified for the East Finals to be held at Weybread over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April after their exciting successes in the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC on Sunday. The U10 Girls finished as champions while the other teams came second. This coming Sunday they will be joined by our B teams, who had their own event at Weybread, when they all compete in the Norwich Dragons Minis.

    Finally, a remarkable record at Weybread last Saturday when on the sand-based pitch there was a member of the Davy family playing in all four games for Magpies, namely Louise (10.45 for the 5ths), Katie (12.15 for the Development), father Eric (1.45 for the 6ths) and Louise and Julie and mother Marie (3.15 for the 6ths). Best of luck to all our teams this weekend. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

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  • Abington: Officials Ban Dogs from Areas of Island Park A bington Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to place restrictions on dog leashing and where dogs are allowed to go at the town s Island Grove Park. Selectmen laid down the law when it comes to leashing dogs at the park. This, after a parent complained of an unleashed dog attacking their daughter there.

    From now on all dogs must be on a leash. We do have an Island Grove dirt road, starting at Memorial Bridge and running through to Park Avenue that connects the two. It s generally felt that anything to the north of that road, the police station side if you will, should be open to leashed dogs at all times and I use that word very carefully because that s been a major bone of contention.

    The actually by-law is written in such a way that leashing is optional, if you have control over the animal. That s not working. So they really do want to up the ante at Island Grove and say that no matter where you are with a dog, it s on a leash, said Doug Ulwick, who helped to craft the new regulations.

    But that s not all that s changing for dogs at Island Grove Park. Ulwick said that dogs are now completely banned from both the swing and the pool areas. At the south side of the road, they will allow access seasonally to parts of the south side, and that s the more difficult part to delineate.

    But generally anything in the area of the pool or the swings is forbidden all the time.

    But the rest of the south side they re going to leave accessible to dogs on a leash.

    Listen to the story here: http://959watd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Abington-Dog-Regs.mp3 1 Entrance to Island Grove Park in Abington (John Phelan) References ^ http://959watd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Abington-Dog-Regs.mp3 (959watd.com)

  • About one month to go for businesses to enter Spirit of Enterprise ... BUSINESSES have just over one month left to enter a prestigious annual awards scheme which aims to celebrate and raise the profile of successful businesses across the Great Yarmouth borough. The Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2015 is organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council s business support service, and is a chance for top-performing businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages to step into the spotlight. Interest in the prestigious awards scheme has been growing since entries opened on Tuesday, June 23.

    Businesses have until 4pm on Friday, September 11 to put themselves forward in the various categories. It is free-of-charge to enter and finalists will be profiled in a supplement in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, with winners appearing in a further supplement. The winner of each category, plus the winner of the overall 2015 Business of the Year Award, will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony, at the Town Hall on Friday, November 20.

    For the first time, applications can be filled out and submitted online at www.soea.co.uk 1 via a new online entry system, which makes it quicker and easier for businesses to enter multiple categories. There is also a new category for 2015, Great Family Owned Business. Each award is backed by a local organisation.

    Sponsors choose the winner in their category from three finalists shortlisted by a local independent panel or the category sponsor themselves, and also benefit from publicity at the ceremony and in the newspaper supplements. The main sponsor is local chartered accountants, Lovewell Blake LLP, which will choose the 2015 Business of the Year from the winners of the other categories. The categories are: Business of the Year sponsored by Lovewell Blake LLP Great Manufacturing/Engineering Business sponsored by Great Yarmouth College Great New Business sponsored by Itron Great International Growth sponsored by GYB Services Ltd Great Investment in Young People sponsored by Subsea Technology and Rentals Great Business Growth sponsored by the Great Yarmouth Mercury Great Business Idea sponsor TBC Great Community Contribution sponsor TBC Great Customer Service sponsored by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Great Family Owned Business Birketts Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, said: The awards scheme, now in its eighth year, has grown in stature year-on-year and is a fantastic showcase of businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages from across the borough, and of the strength of the local economy.

    There is now just over one month left for the many successful businesses across the borough to take up this fantastic opportunity to showcase themselves on a very public platform. Several entries have already come in and the new online application system makes it quicker and easier than ever before to enter multiple categories. We always have great feedback from both the entrants and sponsors, with last year s awards ceremony considered the best yet.

    So if you think you could win a category or even be crowned the 2015 Business of the Year, make sure you submit the entry form by Friday, September 11. Businesses and potential sponsors seeking more information can visit www.soea.co.uk 2 or call Sally Pearson, enterpriseGY programme development officer, on 01493 846632. Notes: The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is the centrepiece of a two-year programme of enhanced activities by enterpriseGY, supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to create and safeguard more than 260 jobs, address seasonality and raise the perception of Great Yarmouth to that of the Enterprise Town for Business Growth and Job Creation .

    enterpriseGY, based in the Novus Centre, at The Conge, Great Yarmouth, is a joint borough council- and CCF-funded programme for businesses in Great Yarmouth offering business support, business advice and training for start-up businesses and existing businesses. The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since the start of the CCF in 2012, grants have been awarded to 145 organisations across the UK to the value of 71million.

    This funding is forecast to deliver 9,184 jobs and help attract around 115million of additional funds to coastal areas.

    The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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  • About the 12 Marines missing in the Hawaii helicopter crash HONOLULU (AP) The U.S. Marine Corps on Saturday night released the names of the 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii 1 . Here are their stories: SGT.

    DILLON J. SEMOLINA, 24, OF CHASKA, MINNESOTA The uncle of Minnesota native Sgt. Dillon J.

    Semolina said the 24-year-old wanted to be a Registered Nurse when he left the Marines. He was waiting to hear from a school he had applied to and was hoping to hear next week, said his uncle, Ryan Bachand. Semolina is an impressive young man, respectful and positive, Bachand said.

    He had been a good football player at Delano, Minnesota, high school. The family still holds out hope that he and others missing will be found alive, Bachand said. But as hopes have dimmed, Bachand said he would cherish memories of spending time with Semolina when Bachand was a fishing guide in northern Minnesota.

    I was able to teach him how to fish, he said. A GoFundMe page to raise money to send Semolina s parents to Hawaii to be near where Semolina went missing had raised nearly $10,000 from 226 people by late Saturday. CPL.

    CHRISTOPHER ORLANDO, 23, OF HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS Orlando s family said in a statement released Saturday by the Massachusetts State Police that they are thankful to everyone for their love, concern and prayers. Orlando is a flight crew chief and a 2010 high school graduate from Hingham, outside Boston. His family said they are monitoring the search effort and are thankful for the hard work of search and rescue crews.

    Before Orlando joined the Marines, he was a counselor at a surf camp in Hull, Massachusetts, and is a camp legend, the South Shore Surf Camp said in a Facebook post. He is mentally and physically strong with the ocean experience and skills needed to survive anything Mother Nature can throw at him. CAPT.

    KEVIN ROCHE, 30, OF ST. LOUIS The family of Capt. Kevin Roche, 30, praised rescuers for trying to find him and the other Marines aboard the helicopters.

    We believe the Marines and Coast Guard are doing everything they can to bring Kevin and his fellow Marines home safely, and we are grateful to everyone involved in the rescue, said a family statement distributed by brother-in-law Anthony Kuenzel in St. Louis. LANCE CPL.

    TY L. HART, 21, OF AUMSVILLE, OREGON A man from Oregon is among the 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii. The Marines identified him as 21-year-old Ty Hart from Stayton, Oregon.

    The Oregonian newspaper reported that he lives on base in Hawaii with his wife. Family friend Christina Brown described Hart as upbeat and energetic and said he enjoys nature, boating and wakeboarding. Hart s former high school football coach and teacher, Alan Kirby, told the newspaper that Hart was a positive kid who always had a smile on his face and called him a quick learner on the gridiron.

    The official list of the missing Marines is: Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.

    Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia Capt.

    Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis Capt.

    Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama. Sgt.

    Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota. Sgt.

    Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania. Sgt.

    Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina. Sgt.

    William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama. Cpl.

    Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas. Cpl.

    Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida. Cpl.

    Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts. Lance Cpl.

    Ty L.

    Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon.

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  • Access to Music Norwich somewhereto workshops 22 October 2014 SYCO Entertainment in association with somewhereto_ invite local young people in Norwich to showcase their skills and be mentored by professional talent scouts somewhereto_ are co-hosting tailored workshops and open auditions to help develop artist evolution somewhereto.com 1 - 22 October 2014 | 4pm 9pm Access to Music Norwich, EPIC, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD - Working in association with regional delivery partners Creative Arts East, somewhereto_ will be co-hosting an evening of workshops and open auditions with SYCO Entertainment (Simons Cowell s TV and Music Production Company) , giving local undiscovered talent the opportunity to meet with industry professionals. somewhereto_ is a UK wide youth project delivered by Livity and funded by a 7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its nationwide expansion to 2016. Helping 16-25 year olds access free spaces in their communities, to launch and develop creative and enterprising projects.

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  • Active Valued Watching Stock: Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Nokia ... Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) vowed on Monday to turn on its Safety Check feature more often during disasters in response to growing criticism that it only enabled the function after the attacks in Paris. In the wake of the deadliest attack on Europe in over a decade that killed at least 129 people and injured many more, millions of people used Facebook s Safety Check tool to tell their friends they were safe, according to Reuters. Many people have rightfully asked why we turned on Safety Check for Paris but not for bombings in Beirut and other places, stated Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on his official account.

    Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) 1 ] stock has highest price of $104.17 in last session, and to close at $104.04 with a day range of $100.47-$104.17. The stock is going forward its 52-week low with 44.50% and moving down from its 52 week high price with -5.97%. Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) reported that it has supplemented its English language listing prospectus dated October 23, 2015 relating to the proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent (the Listing Prospectus ).

    In addition to the listing on Nasdaq Helsinki of the new shares to be issued as consideration to Alcatel-Lucent security holders, the Listing Prospectus will be used for the contemplated listing of Nokia s existing and new shares on Euronext Paris and in connection with the French public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities. Shares of Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) Trend Analysis ] traded at $7.28 by surging 1.96% with price volatility of 1.39% for a week and 1.84% for a month. Its beta stands at 1.54 times.

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  • Actor John Stamos to Be Charged with Driving Drugged Police officers working the beat in different Merrimack County towns have been charged in two unrelated incidents in Concord in recent weeks. One, Clint Raymond Cassavaugh, 44, of Concord, works for the Pittsfield Police Department. He was arrested at 9:39 a.m.

    on May 3, and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. The charges relate to an incident at 175 Little Pond Road on April 10. The alleged victim in the case was a person from Allenstown who had an unknown relationship with Cassavaugh.

    Cassavaugh, until recently, was a coach for the boys lacrosse team at . He resigned from the position in April. Cassavaugh was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in Sixth Circuit District Court on June 4.

    The other is Jonathan L. Evans, 56, of Hill, who works for the Hill Police Department. Evans was summonsed at 4:20 a.m.

    on May 14 for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. The charge was based on an alleged incident on May 21, 2011, at Pepper Defense Supply on 485 N. State St.

    Police allege that Evans stole a Road Dawgs vest with patches on it. The Road Dawgs is a New Hampshire motorcycle club comprised entirely of full and part-time law enforcement officers, active and retired, according to the group s website. We are family oriented motorcycling enthusiasts who do not bring negative attention to law enforcement, the club or the sport, the website stated.

    According to previous reports, members of the motorcycle club entered the store on the date in question and allegedly harassed the owner of the store for stocking the vests before the alleged theft.

    Evans is due in Sixth Circuit District Court on June 18.

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  • Adam Szymkowicz: I Interview Playwrights Part 766: Jillie Mae Eddy Jillie Mae Eddy Hometown: Hingham, MA Current Town: Brooklyn, NY Q: Tell me about The Boys Are Angry. A: Well, the script says that the play takes place in the age of the new wild west: the internet . I love writing about outlaws.

    I love the American fascination with the outlaw. AJ is the would-be outlaw of THE BOYS ARE ANGRY he s a blogger. In his life offline, he s a mostly directionless trust-fund kid, but online he gets to be a kind of self-styled cowboy of the lawless frontier.

    AJ is, what David Futrelle would call, a New Misogynist. His ideology is a mash-up of Red Pill theory, Pick Up Artistry, Men Going Their Own Way style separatism, and talking points from the Men s Rights Movement. So the play deals in some pretty hateful thinking.

    The words coming out of AJ s mouth This is the nastiest stuff I ve ever put on paper. And my last play was about a pair of poisoning, stabbing, prescription-drug-dealing dog killers. Quinn is AJ s lifelong best friend.

    He s a romantic. And the play follows what happens and what changes between them when Quinn falls in love. When he thinks he s found the one .

    I started writing THE BOYS ARE ANGRY in the wake of the Isla Vista Killings. Elliot Rodger wasn t just a troubled kid he was a part of a very real hate movement. The way the New Misogynists appeal to lonely, insecure young men It s terrifying.

    It terrifies me. My first idea was to make a documentary film about the real, flesh-and-blood people making the Manosphere turn but the play came out instead. And the play is funny!

    I don t think I set out to write a comedy about twenty-first century misogyny, but well, that s what it is. AJ is funny. And charming.

    And, of course, he s despicable, but he isn t just one thing. I mean, it s a dark, dark comedy, but it s a comedy. It s scary and twisted and maddening it s fun in the way that monster movies and slasher films are fun.

    It even has a little original music. Two songs. Never Again and Don t Say No I ll let you take from those titles what you will.

    Q: What else are you working on now? A: Right now, when I m not working on THE BOYS ARE ANGRY, I m working on my first solo album. I ve been putting it off for so long because I m always working on so many things at once, but I just couldn t wait any longer.

    Whenever I get a free minute, I m recording. We actually used songs from the album in the first two teaser trailers for THE BOYS ARE ANGRY, so if you want a preview, that s where you ll find it. I m developing a rock show called 28.

    It s about the 27 Club, but it s also about doomed love, suicide, and selling your soul to the devil. And I get to work on it with both of my favorite directors, Sam Plattus and Maridee Slater. They re set to play the leads but the idea is to have Sam direct the first act from his character s point of view and Maridee direct the second act from hers.

    I m in the research phase for a musical neo-western called AMERICAN WILD, OR LAY ME DOWN. It s set in a dystopian near-future, in a United States with disappearing coastlines and an insurmountable divide between rich and poor as I said, it s a near-future projection. I m borrowing a lot from The New Economy Movement, from the legends of Jesse James and Robin Hood, and from the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone.

    The text is going to be a mix of Old Western, contemporary American, and Mexican slang. And for the songs I want to take the country western idiom and filter it through hip hop and Latin sounds. The show I ve been working on for the longest since 2012 is THE GIRL FROM BARE COVE.

    It s a folk opera. Twenty-four songs. Right now it runs about ninety minutes, but when I m done reworking the script, I think it will run about two hours.

    Sometimes it s hard for me to work on it. I m so close to it. It s the story of a young woman trying to move on from a decade of sexual abuse, and it s semi-autobiographical.

    The details aren t all mine. It s a sort of fairy-tale, magical realist interpretation of my experience as a survivor. We ve done two workshops in New York one at the Alchemical Theatre Lab and one at The Cell.

    I m trying to figure out the next step. I need to get it out there. Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.

    A: When I was growing up I used to sing duets with my older sister all the time. In the car. Around the house.

    Every year at her piano recitals. And whenever she wanted to sing a boy-girl duet, she made me sing the boy s part. She had this lovely, tinkly soprano voice, and I ended up developing this low, brassy alto range I think I sang like that until college.

    I had a wonderful classical voice teacher who unlocked my high soprano range. And it was strange because every play I acted in up through high school I was always cast in a character role. I was never the leading lady.

    I think that was partly because I was such a weird kid, and I was always trying to make people laugh I was the baby in my family, and making grown-ups laugh was the only way I could join the conversation. But I think it was also because of that low, brassy voice. Especially in musical theater, which is mostly what I grew up on, the low brassy voice goes with the character role.

    But I loved those parts! I loved making people laugh. And then I got to college, and suddenly everyone was saying: you re the ing nue, you re the ing nue, you re the romantic lead.

    And I m sure my voice wasn t the only reason for that I mean, it sounded really different to me, even my speaking voice, but I m sure the difference wouldn t have sounded so extreme to anyone else. But I was so confused. I didn t know what else had changed.

    I m not I mean, I don t think of myself as classically beautiful . And then in grad school, they didn t know what to do with me. But I think my takeaway from all of that, especially as a writer I m not interested in two-dimensional characters.

    Unless it s to make a point. All of my characters are character roles. They re complicated people.

    I don t write ing nues. Again, unless the lack of agency and complexity is the point. And I m especially interested in writing complicated, three-dimensional roles for women because we ve gotten the short end of the stick for so long.

    When you re being typed as a woman, you re either the romantic lead or the best friend. And when you get older, I guess that becomes the mother or you re not getting work anymore. There are so many more types out there for men.

    And I was so heartbroken when nobody saw me as the character actress anymore because all of the ing nues I saw and read were so boring! I also write a lot about gender. In every play I write, I m looking at that sort of forced and totally false binary opposition.

    THE BOYS ARE ANGRY is all about gender roles. How we teach boys to be men. How we teach girls to be women.

    What s nature, what s learned. What happens when we don t fit in the categories we re stuck in. I was asked recently, in another interview, to name some of my favorite roles and I realized, maybe for the first time, that the two roles I was most excited about neither of them were women.

    Petruchio in TAMING OF THE SHREW. And Crow in THE TOOTH OF CRIME who I got to play as this badass, gender-fluid, Bowie-esque rock star with red eyes and hollowed out cheeks. I got to be scary and deadly, and I loved it.

    It all came full circle right back to singing the boy parts because my sister made me. So thanks, Leesie. Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?

    A: I wish it were more accessible. And I don't just mean the subject matter. I wish it wasn't so all about New York.

    People can watch movies and TV almost anywhere now--all they need is a WiFi connection. So, I mean, first of all, I think the current landscape of endless adaptations and jukebox musicals is completely unsustainable. It's making commercial theater completely irrelevant.

    If I can stay home and watch the same story from my couch, I will. And if the music is really good, maybe I'll buy the soundtrack. But I'm not going out to the theater.

    The culture of risk-aversion in theater right now...it's so short-sighted. Financially and artistically. If you only looked at the musicals on Broadway right now--with the exception of HAMILTON, maybe FUN HOME, maybe a few others--you'd never guess we were in the Twenty-First century.

    We need to revive our regional theaters. And we need to start more. We need to bring theater into people's communities.

    We need to make it relevant. Make it matter. No more same old stories by the same old white men.

    We have to move forward already. And I think we need dedicated companies of artists making theater outside of New York. Making theater out in the world.

    Getting invested in their communities. Getting their communities invested in them. I think we need to change the conversation.

    It's not: how do we bring people back to the theater? It's: how do we bring theater back to the people? Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

    A: When I was growing up, Julie Andrews and Judy Garland were the big two for me. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was the first song I ever knew by heart. When I got a little older, Madeline Kahn slid into the top three.

    As far as playwrights go Sarah Ruhl. Lin-Manuel Miranda. A lot of the people who influence me as a theater-maker come from outside of the theater.

    Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Sandra Cisneros. The Muppets.

    Maria Bamford. Hari Kondabolu. Mike Birbiglia he walks the line a little bit.

    He s a comedian, but his more recent one-man shows are incredible works of theater. His technique as a storyteller, his ability to tie together so many disparate threads it blows my mind. I think my biggest heroes in the theater world right now are my collaborators.

    The whole creative team on THE BOYS ARE ANGRY: Sam Plattus, Xander Johnson, Nate Houran, Lily Prentice. Maridee Slater, my partner in crime who s also producing THE BOYS ARE ANGRY for FringeNYC. I m surrounded my so many brave and talented artists it s inspiring.

    I feel so lucky. Q: What kind of theater excites you? A: Theater that has something to say.

    Something new to say. Or a new way to say something old. I love theater that's inventive.

    I love feeling like I've never seen this before. One of my favorite shows that I've seen in New York in the last two years--since I moved here--was Peter Petkovsek's production of THE BLIND. The audience was scattered around the playing space, seated on pillows.

    And the actors were all around you. But the theater was completely dark. Pitch black.

    So you can't see a thing, but you can hear voices coming from everywhere. And the way Peter did use light in that show--I don't know that I can explain it in any way that would do justice to what an incredible experience it was. Because it was like nothing I'd ever experienced before and it s still like nothing I've experienced since.

    That's what I want when I go to the theater. And it doesn't have to be a technical feat. It can be the playwright's ideas or way with prose.

    It can be an actor's performance. But I get most excited when I see something new. Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?

    A: Find the people you want to work with again and again. Find your artistic family, the people who will support you unconditionally. Help each other.

    Grow together, take risks together if you want to go far, go together. Q: Plugs, please: A: THE BOYS ARE ANGRY is going up at The New York International Fringe Festival on Friday, August 14 at 5PM; Tuesday, August 18 at 7PM; Friday, August 21 at 2:30PM; Sunday, August 23 at 3PM; and Friday, August 28 at 9:15PM. And we're performing at The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, which is on the third floor of The Player's Theatre at 115 MacDougal Street in the West Village.

    Tickets are available online at fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=B#TheBoy 1 --just click on the date you want tickets for. Buy your tickets early because we have limited seating! And you can follow us on Twitter @mainelandprods or read more about the show at mainelandproductions.com/theboysareangry 2 .

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  • Additional Hingham Police on Duty To Crack Down on Drunk ... The drunk driving crackdown begins Aug.

    16 and runs through Labor Day. The fmessage was released Thursday by the Hingham Police Department: The Hingham Police have been awarded a grant to participate in a national crackdown, titled Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over , funded by a grant from the State Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The grant runs from August 16 through Labor Day.

    The grant will be used for additional officers to be on the road whose sole purpose is to identify and arrest all drunk drivers. These patrols will be concentrating their efforts on specific days and times and on streets where frequent drunk driving arrests or crashes have been occurring. In Massachusetts in 2011,114 people died in alcohol related crashes.

    Alcohol related crashes accounted for 34% of all the fatal crashes in Massachusetts in 2011. Tragically, each of those deaths could have been prevented said Traffic Sgt. Steven Dearth.

    All it takes is to separate the driver from alcohol . Fortunately, Hingham has had no fatal crashes so far in 2013. In 2012 there was one and in 2011 there were 2.

    While none of those fatalities involved alcohol, drunk drivers in Hingham continue to cause crashes, many times resulting in injuries. There have been 9 alcohol related crashes so far in 2013. This is a decrease from 12 for the same period last year.

    We would like to get the number of alcohol related crashes to zero said Sgt. Dearth. Removing drunk drivers continues to be a year round public safety priority for the Hingham Police.

    To date in 2013, Hingham Police have arrested 52 drivers for Operating under the Influence. This is an increase from 46 during the same period in 2012. In addition to strict enforcement, preventing and deterring drunk drivers also reduces the risk to the public.

    We know the safest way to stop drunk driving to prevent it said Sgt. Dearth. To highlight the importance of deterrence, the Hingham Police are reminding people of the Designated Driver Program where the Hingham restaurants agree to serve free non-alcoholic beverages to those who identify themselves as the sober designated driver.

    More information about the Designated Driver Program including a list of participating restaurants can be found on the Hingham Police website, www.hpd.org 1 . By joining this nationwide effort, the police hope to make the roads safer throughout the Labor Day period. People can do their part by designating a sober driver before drinking; doing whatever it takes to stop a friend who is impaired from getting behind the wheel, and reporting any possible impaired drivers by immediately calling 9-1-1.

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  • Afghans protest 'beheadings of ethnic Hazara by ISIL' | Print | E-mail 1 2 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:50 Thousands call for increased security after seven people, including women and a child, allegedly decapitated by ISIL. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday with coffins carrying the bodies of seven ethnic Hazara demanding justice after their beheadings. The protests included women and men from Afghanistan's different ethnic groups - Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek, and Hazara - as they marched on the Presidential Palace to urge the government to take action against rising violence against Afghan civilians.

    According to Afghan officials, the Hazara hostages were captured by ISIL fighters more than a month ago and held in Arghandab district of Zabul province. Four men, two women, and a child had been beheaded with razor wire, officials said. The Hazaras were abducted in Ghazni and their bodies were later found in Zabul province. "We will continue to fight for the safety of our family," civil rights activist Shahzaman Hashemi said. "This is our right to feel safe.

    Whatever happened to those women and children can happen to us as well." The Afghan government announced a national day of mourning on Wednesday over the killings. 'Had enough' Maryam Jamal, who also took part in the march, said it was important to pressure the government to halt the escalating violence in the country. "They've now started killing women and children," she said. "It can be me tomorrow, can be my children. This protest is historic and we are adamant to not back off until something is done about this. We've had enough." Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said security officers had taken control of the protest area and were making sure no one gets hurt during the demonstrations. "There are thousands of people here and the number is expected to increase.

    People from far off places have come to Kabul to take part in the protest today," Rahimi said. "We are making sure the protest doesn't get violent. So far people are protesting peacefully." Demonstrators chanted "death to Islamic State" on Tuesday in Ghazni province as a van carried the coffins covered by Afghan flags. Ghazni police blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Afghanistan for the grisly killings. "We want justice not just for them but for the thousands of other innocent people who are brutally killed this way, almost every day," protester Ismail Khanjar told Al Jazeera. "We don't care if they were Shia Muslims or not.

    For us they are human and they were killed in the most brutal way. What was their fault?" The bodies were then transported from Ghazni city to Kabul, 130km away, for Wednesday's demonstration. The Hazara have long suffered oppression and persecution in Afghanistan.

    During the 1990s, thousands were killed by al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Sayed Zafar Hashemi, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani,said security threats affect the entire nation, and not just specific communities. "We are doing everything we can to help protect our people," he said. Afghanistan has several ethnic groups including Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks and Turkmen - mainly in the north and west - as well as Pashtun, located primarily in the south and east.

    ISIL emerged in Afghanistan last year. A Taliban splinter group calling itself the High Council of Afghanistan Islamic Emirate announced last week it had elected its own leader 3 , defying new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. Insecurity continues to grip Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international forces in recent years.

    Violent clashes 4 between two armed groups in southern Afghanistan erupted on Sunday, resulting in the death of at least 50 fighters from both sides.

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  • Age UK Norwich Art Exhibition at largest Norfolk Hospital Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals will be featuring a new art exhibition from Age UK Norwich which aims to capture older people s history in words, pictures and sounds. The exhibition will be on show along the hospital street Level 1, and will feature important moments to promote a better sense of understanding and care. The exhibition showcases five Life Stories created by students from the Jane Austen College who have worked closely with local older people to produce Life Story Scrapbooks.

    BBC Voices trained the pupils in recording skills and alongside the photography and scrapbook display, the public will be able to hear the older people s memories come to life. Emma Jarvis, Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, said: People visit hospitals for a variety of reasons so we provide a wide variety of art for patients, visitors and staff. We are really pleased to be showcasing the work by Age UK Norwich especially as Age UK is of service to both the visitors and patients of our older people s medicines wards and the art is a way of displaying both services available and information.

    Age UK Norwich Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said: The life stories work we do is an important project helping to prevent older people from becoming invisible. If the time comes when their abilities do become impaired, there is a record of who this person once was, what they have done, where they have been. This intergenerational project lasted three months and is just one example of the work Age UK Norwich carries out in the city to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

    The exhibition is open until the end of April 2016.

    Notes: The Hospital Arts Project at NNUH works on diverse projects with the community, interior design, site specific arts, performances, workshops, exhibitions, events and gardens Is hospital arts charitably funded as a whole? Many of its projects project are funded by grants from organisations and charitable donations.

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  • AHI: United States The invisible army: Part 4, Omnipresent and ... Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 2 and Part 2 3 .] By: David A. Smith 4 As we ve seen up to now, Saudi Arabia s urban society operates through the labor and services of millions of foreign workers, whose numbers are so vast that they are virtually omnipresent, and are encountered more or less continuously throughout the day. Sources for this post Reuters (March 27, 2013 5 ; dark blue font ) Wall Street Journal (April 1, 2013 6 ; blue font ) Arab News (September 30, 2013 7 ; dark green font) Arab News (November 3, 2013 8 ; dark red font ) ABC News (November 10, 2013 9 ; black font) Time (November 10, 2013 10 ; blue-gray font ) Arab News (November 14, 2013 11 ; brown font ) Arab News (November 14, 2013 12 ; violet font) Arab News (November 16, 2013 13 ; green font ) Arab News (November 16, 2013 14 ; turquoise font) Every office has fellows like this Many of them speak only fragmentary Arabic, and at least in my (admittedly self-selected) experience, English is the lingua franca of office administration.

    Guest workers who learn Arabic, and then become fluent or facile in the language, command a premium. Saudi Arabia s sponsorship system, under which foreign laborers work in the kingdom, gives employers say over whether or not a foreigner can leave the country or change jobs, forcing many into illegal employment. Saudi society is based on hierarchy and authority, not freedom.

    To be sure, as an American I love the aspects of freedom and cannot imagine living happily in a society of this much hierarchy and rule but that is for the Saudis to decide. At issue is whether their system will be sustainable. The entire system by which Saudi Arabia regulates foreign labor is failing, Coogle said.

    Foreign workers carry their belongings as they leave the Manfuhah neighbourhood of the Saudi capital Riyadh, in this Nov.

    10, 2013 file photo. (AFP) Naturally, large-scale deportation of the unregistered has a chilling effect even upon the fully registered I could not go to work because of the trouble created by the Ethiopians. I was scared, Ali Saad, a Yemeni resident who lives in Sharafiya, told Arab News. It is hard to describe what happened.

    All the people who live there were obviously very scared, said Yousef Abdul Aziz, a Saudi resident. They have reason to be scared, because if rounded up, they are vulnerable. Historical digression: Skip if uninterested.

    On 27 August 1691, when William III (of William and Mary) had defeated the Jacobites supporters of James II (known as James VII in Scotland), he offered an amnesty to all Highland lairds who signed the oath of allegiance by 31 December 1691. Many complied, but Alistair Maclain, Twelfth Chief of Glencoe, waited (in fact he was, with commendable fealty to his pledged sovereign, seeking permission from the now-exiled James II). By the time he had decided to sign up, he missed the deadline (though a combination of circumstances still hotly debated three hundred years later), and a few weeks later, the result was the Massacre of Glencoe 16 , the MacDonalds were murdered in their beds by British troops brought their by their hosts, the Campbells of Argyll; many women and children later died of exposure in the snow.

    The Massacre of Glen Coe, by James Hamilton (1996) The episode has come down through the centuries as an epitome of treachery. Ed.] When people are pushed to the wall, especially if they feel this is by an unfair authority, they are likely to lash out. Zenebe K.

    Korcho, the Ethiopian consul general 17 , said the situation was a result of the frustration and despair of Ethiopians who have been waiting for months to benefit from the amnesty but ended up in the streets. Zenebe Korcho They may also have been incited to violence by those among them who are in fact wholly illegal. A security source blamed the consulates for not providing these workers with temporary travel documents so that they could go home.

    Many of the workers had either entered the country illegally or overstayed their Umrah visas , the source said. Even as Saudi Arabia moves to deport tens of thousands of workers, the economic consequences abound. Ethiopia was one of the first countries to request an extension of the initial amnesty so that citizens would benefit and correct their status.

    He said the extension was gracefully accepted. However, when many workers could not rectify their status, the embassy began preparations for them to go home. Not all of them are positive, and not all of them are mere transition issues.

    7. Expelling the foreigners will destabilize the Saudi economy In a nation whose private-sector workforce is 95% foreigners, removing even 10% of them will destabilize the economy, in ways large and small, obvious and subtle. In fact, that was happening back in April, when the policy was announced and long before the compliance period had run out: Riyadh Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stayed away en masse from their offices, schools, stores and other workplaces on Monday as the government mounted a crackdown on illegal residents.

    Authorities in Saudi Arabia have raided office buildings and set up document checkpoints on main roads recently for workers here illegally, according to workers, Saudis and media reports. Police detain illegal African immigrants in Riyadh, March 10. Fearing roundups, many immigrants skipped work.

    Reuters Naturally, pulling people out of the labor force suddenly has knock-on effects for the overall economy: Operations at the Red Sea port of Jeddah, where more than half of Saudi Arabia s imports arrive , slowed because foreign freight workers feared document checks, according to business leaders and news media reports. Around the capital, Riyadh, many retailers and coffee shops made do with one counter worker. Who will do this when he s gone?

    One can retool a people-based service economy into a technology-based service economy, and customers will adapt, but it takes years if not decades. It doesn t happen overnight. Hotel guests could be seen carrying their own bags.

    Phones went unanswered. Many computer shops on Riyadh s Devil Street so-called for the videos sold there by South Asian workers were shut. A montage of foreign workers at Riyadh construction sites Except for construction which is by far the dominant activity in Riyadh, with skyscrapers dotting the hazy dusty skyline in every direction Saudi Arabia s private-sector economy must be almost exclusively services.

    Mohammad Al-Afaliq, chairman of Alhasa Automatic Bakery, did not support the views and said: The amnesty deadline should be extended for certain sectors. He said the grace period should be extended for expatriate workers involved in the building and construction sector . Just as it makes sense to extend the deadline for construction workers, it will also make sense to extend it for dockworkers.

    Will the Saudi government do that? Who will do this when they re gone? Good are imported (I don t know of a Saudi car manufacturer, for example); so is most food (except dates, which are a luxury, a source of rural village pride.

    So if the services don t work, and in particular if the port doesn t work, how will the country will function? Pakistani construction workers That spurred criticisms that the government was moving abruptly at the peril of business stability. Everybody is staying at home, said a Bangladeshi taxi driver in Riyadh who said he is in the country legally.

    He said he had been stopped at checkpoints several times in the past two days, where he said he saw dark-green immigration vehicles loaded with people he presumed had been detained. Everybody is worried. If he d been stopped and allowed through, then he is legally in the country but I ll bet he knows plenty of countrymen who aren t so lucky.

    Usually, the Riyadh office block where Irishman Paul Farrell works is bustling. South Asians are posted at the ground-floor security point. Non-Saudi Arabs Palestinians, Syrians and Jordanians sit at reception desks.

    Tea and coffee is brought around by South Asian men. On Monday, Mr. Farrell arrived at his design-consulting firm there to find the lights off and the halls silent.

    The door was locked no security on board downstairs, he said. He said he understood what was happening when he looked at the English-language paper in his hand, whose cover story described raids on shops and schools, and foreign workers in hiding. They re clamping down.

    In Saudi Arabia, what the monarch orders, happens. Laws are enacted by royal decree, and while there is a parliament of sorts ( the Shura Council 18 ), it functions less like a Parliament and more like a cabinet. While it may draft laws, it has no power to enact them that is reserved to the king.

    A privy council on its way to being a Parliament? About 40% of small construction firms in the kingdom 19 also have stopped work because their foreign workers couldn t get proper visas in time, Khalaf al-Otaibi 20 , president of the World Federation of Trade, Industry and Economics in the Middle East And a Kuwaiti, not a Saudi Ed. , told Arab News. Saudis say dozens of businesses like bakeries, supermarkets, gas stations and cafes are now closed.

    They say prices have also soared for services from mechanics, plumbers and electricians. American or English readers of this blog may find resonances with our own experience of legal, semi-legal, and illegal immigrant workers. Saudi Arabia s approach to immigrants and immigrant labor is an exaggerated caricature of American or English public-policy practice, and as Paracelsus commented, Sola dosis facit venenum 21 (or the dose makes the poison ).

    Dose makes poison? In Saudi Arabia s case, 9 legal and 2 illegal workers for every 18 Saudis is a ratio unlike any other in the world (except Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which are even more dependent on expatriates, but whose societies are built to include and tolerate diversity). From Aqabah to Jiddah to Mecca/ Medina is the hejaz Add to that another 3 foreigners annually trooping through the hejaz (Jeddah, Mecca, Medina) on the hajj and you have a country that depends upon foreigners, and has a constant inflow and outflow of them, yet chooses mainly not to see or perceive them.

    Continued tomorrow in Part 5.

    References ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ David A.

    Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Reuters (March 27, 2013 (www.reuters.com) ^ Wall Street Journal (April 1, 2013 (online.wsj.com) ^ Arab News (September 30, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ Arab News (November 3, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ ABC News (November 10, 2013 (abcnews.go.com) ^ Time (November 10, 2013 (world.time.com) ^ Arab News (November 14, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ Arab News (November 14, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ Arab News (November 16, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ Arab News (November 16, 2013 (www.arabnews.com) ^ offered an amnesty to all Highland lairds (en.wikipedia.org) ^ the Massacre of Glencoe (en.wikipedia.org) ^ the Ethiopian consul general (www.arabnews.com) ^ the Shura Council (en.wikipedia.org) ^ About 40% of small construction firms in the kingdom (www.arabnews.com) ^ Khalaf al-Otaibi (www.linkedin.com) ^ Sola dosis facit venenum (en.wikipedia.org)

  • AHI: United States » Always wary: Part 6, Why we fear to hope 1 and the preceding Part 1 2 , Part 2 3 , Part 3 4 and Part 4 5 .] By: David A. Smith 6 Though the transformation of Bunker Hill public housing will be completely new to the current residents, it s not at all new to public housing indeed, Mission Main (the old Mission Park), Orchard Gardens (the old Orchard Park), and Harbor Point (the old Columbia Point) all have been transformed the same way Bunker Hill is proposed to be, and all of them are successful and enormously better than they were before. Sources used in this post Charlestown Patch, Chris Helms (June 12, 2012 7 ; Purple font ) Boston Globe, Adrian Walker (March 23, 2015 8 ; Buff blue font ) Boston Housing Authority Request for Proposals (May 29, 2015 9 ) Boston Globe, Tim Logan (September 19, 2015) 10 Boston Globe, Tim Logan (October 1, 2015 11 ; Forest green font ) AHI blog posts on topics related to this post Logic not required (June 5, 2006 12 ) Public housing: the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (June 7, 2006) 13 Public housing s Gordian Knot (December 13, 2006 14 ) The Essential Housing Authority (September 18, 2007 15 ) We see what we expect to see (February 19, 2008 16 ; caramel font ) Selective enforcement and the public slumlord (January 18, 2012 17 ; 3 parts) How to steal big (June 17, 2013 18 ; 4 parts) The how-to-steal-big reference manual (August 13, 2013 19 ) Eviction: the family disaster (May 12, 2014 20 ; 5 parts) Nor is the success confined to Boston: it s been the same story in many cities, including Atlanta and San Francisco, such as Hunter s View: The city is part of the way through its first project, redoing San Francisco s troubled Hunters Point 21 complex into an 800-unit mixed-income development.

    And it s working on more. Though I never personally saw Hunter s Point before its redevelopment, the available photographs look all too familiar: an isolated location, income concentration, no defensible public space, very few formal jobs, and the informal ones illegal.

    2009: being arrested at Hunter s View 22 (what SFHA called Hunter s Point) Like Boston, San Francisco has a strong housing market that can draw private money to the project, Vale said. Hunter s 23 View after redevelopment: Greater density, greater security And like Bunker Hill, the San Francisco projects have space to build new market-rate housing, which makes them more attractive to developers.

    Hunter s View demolition, April, 2010 24 In Boston, the Housing Authority expects to pick a developer within the next month or so and begin construction within 18 months. Emphasis on color, emphasis on attention to detail 25 , no broken windows here McGonagle noted that the four companies competing for the project Corcoran Jennison, Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc., 26 Related Beal 27 , and Trinity Financial 28 all have experience building and managing affordable housing in Boston and elsewhere. And one of the four POAH is a non-profit, which in some contexts can be a differentiating factor.

    These are serious, heavyweight housing development teams, McGonagle said. They all put forth very good, very thoughtful proposals. Whomever the Housing Authority selects to build the complex will also manage it and run the waiting list for low-income tenants.

    In migrating Bunker Hill to its privatized redevelopment (I think it will be a RAD transaction, though I couldn t readily verify this), the BHA is migrating back to what I called, back in 2006, a housing authority s essential activities: Contract out the technical functions, keep only the essential If (some) residents of Bunker Hill public housing are fearful, what might they fear? The possibilities, like the residents lives, are in shades of gray: 1. Market eviction from owner ulterior motives .

    Upon hearing that the legacy-public-housing residents apartments will be identical with the market apartments where people will be paying $2,500 a month, a normal person might wonder, Is this a ruse to get me to go along, and then make more money by finding an excuse to evict me? All the units would be equal in appearance and design, and the low-income apartments would be sprinkled evenly across the development. The look of the new buildings would better blend in with the Charlestown neighborhood.

    That sounds great, but a normal economically savvy person would ask, How do I know they won t kick me out later in favor of a higher renter? Valentine, we re doing this solely for your benefit If a new project can better blend the two universes split by Bunker Hill Street and if newcomers can feel safe in a place with a reputation for a high crime rate it ll be successful for all involved, said Nancy Roth 29 , an agent with Hammond Residential Real Estate 30 in Charlestown. Wanting newcomers to feel sale: Nancy Roth We re desperately in need of housing here, Roth said.

    If there s a chance to elevate the quality of life for people who live at Bunker Hill now and to create more, that d be great. While you and I might read that and think, Great, urban revitalization! , a very low income resident of Bunker might think, I knew it they re planning to get rid of us. That s why most large-scale public housing redevelopment goes to such lengths to allow the continuing resi9dents to remain on the site during the totality of construction; by clinging to their land, they maintain a hawk eye on the latent threat of bait-and-switch eviction.

    2. Discovery of personal irregularities I d just as soon keep private . As the residents of Chelsea public housing found out during the long tenure 31 of the un-late 32 un-lamented 33 Michael McLaughlin 34 , even a crooked sheriff has some virtues .

    If you turn a blind eye 35 and maintain a shut mouth, he ll overlook your peccadillos, such as (a) an informal home-based business that you transact in cash, (b) regular evening or overnight gentleman callers who may bestow a favor or two upon you from time to time, (c) unreported income (say, from a family member) that you just forgot to list on your income certification, making your family look poorer than it is, earning sympathy and not coincidentally lowering your rent. If not, he ll selectively enforce against you 36 , and make a mockery of your lease 37 and security of tenure 38 . When it comes to enforcement of day-to-day rules, Kathy Brown 39 , coordinator at the B oston Tenant Coalition 40 , questioned whether longtime low-income tenants will be on equal footing with the wealthier newcomers. They don t necessarily have that now, simply among themselves Ed. Jewelz Riley, 8, and his brother David, 10, played football in Bunker Hill with Evan Yang, 10. (From the Globe s excellent photo series) 3.

    Being shamed by new residents . For an early age we are taught that poverty is a failure, and those who wind up in public housing often suffer from low self-esteem (some of which can be induced and imposed by their gentlemen friends, as it keeps them docile). Fearful people derive strength and confidence from being among others like themselves in a large tribe; if the tribe scatters, the cryptobiotica of their self-confidence 41 can crumble 42 .

    This may be what Mark Joseph meant when he described being worse off in some ways. You re making me feel inferior 4. The emotional risks of upsetting the status quo .

    The status quo may be awful, but it s familiar; what is new might be better, but if it is, for many poor people it ll be the first time.

    5. Having your hopes dashed . So long has the BHA struggled with decrepit public housing Boston Housing Authority has been talking about revitalizing Bunker Hill for at least nine years; a Boston Herald cover story from May 2, 2006 lambasted it.

    That appeals to Billy Bent, a five-year Bunker Hill resident who describes the place as depressing. He likes what he s heard about the new apartments, especially if they mean an end to the dark staircases and hallways that Bent says breed trouble. Arthur Hodges played in a pool at the Bunker Hill development in Charlestown last month.

    For the very low income residents of public housing, comprehensive demolition/ rebuilding is psychologically an immense risk, because like many other big veils through which we pass, the other side is unknown to us and unguaranteed, whereas what we have now, miserable as it may be, we have learned to tolerate; our feelings have crawled deep inside us in emotional self-defense, and to envision the future requires letting them out again, where they may well be badly hurt. It s safer here: they mostly come at night Whatever the further future may hold, the immediate future is disruption and loss of perception of control. That takes guts, and it takes trust.

    The credibility of McGonagle a battle-scarred BHA lifer who grew up in the Mary Ellen McCormack 43 project in South Boston is a critical selling point. Residences at the Mary Ellen McCormack housing development, formerly as the Old Harbor Housing project, are seen in Boston s South Boston neighborhood, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Famed mob boss Whitey Bulger once lived in the Old Harbor Housing project.

    Bulger was arrested by the FBI in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Mary Ellen McCormack public housing today That, dear readers, is street cred. Mary Ellen McCormack 44 , now known as Old Colony Apartments 45 , is the old public housing project in America; at one time it was in Whitey Bulger turf 46 . From the projects to the penitentiary: Whitey Bulger, 1950s People can have a lot of assumptions when you see youth hang out, especially people of color, said Kathy Brown of the Boston Tenant Coalition.

    How you manage things like that will be really important. While that s certainly true, so too is the reality: a great many bad people currently live in Bunker Hill: Police say an 18-month investigation went into the arrests made at suspects homes in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain and Everett. But while the alleged drug ring members lived in various parts of the region, their illegal business was focused on the Bunker Hill Housing Development, said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

    Twenty people allegedly connected with the drug trade at Bunker Hill Housing Development were arrested Monday June, 2012 in a police sweep dubbed Operation Tourniquet. Boston s top cop spoke in front of two tables filled with evidence from the raids, including three guns. Police say they seized large levels of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and cash. Continued tomorrow in Part 7. References ^ Part 5 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 4 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ David A.

    Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Charlestown Patch, Chris Helms (June 12, 2012 (patch.com) ^ Boston Globe, Adrian Walker (March 23, 2015 (www.bostonglobe.com) ^ Boston Housing Authority Request for Proposals (May 29, 2015 (www.bostonhousing.org) ^ Boston Globe, Tim Logan (September 19, 2015) (www.bostonglobe.com) ^ Boston Globe, Tim Logan (October 1, 2015 (www.bostonglobe.com) ^ Logic not required (June 5, 2006 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Public housing: the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (June 7, 2006) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Public housing s Gordian Knot (December 13, 2006 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ The Essential Housing Authority (September 18, 2007 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ We see what we expect to see (February 19, 2008 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Selective enforcement and the public slumlord (January 18, 2012 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ How to steal big (June 17, 2013 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ The how-to-steal-big reference manual (August 13, 2013 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Eviction: the family disaster (May 12, 2014 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ San Francisco s troubled Hunters Point (www.nytimes.com) ^ 2009: being arrested at Hunter s View (sfbayview.com) ^ Hunter s (www.sfgate.com) ^ Hunter s View demolition, April, 2010 (www.sfgate.com) ^ Emphasis on color, emphasis on attention to detail (aiasf.org) ^ Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc., (www.poah.org) ^ Related Beal (www.relatedbeal.com) ^ Trinity Financial (www.trinityfinancial.com) ^ Nancy Roth (nancyroth.myhammondagent.com) ^ Hammond Residential Real Estate (www.hammondre.com) ^ the long tenure (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ the un-late (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ un-lamented (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Michael McLaughlin (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ turn a blind eye (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ selectively enforce against you (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ make a mockery of your lease (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ and security of tenure (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Kathy Brown (www.linkedin.com) ^ oston Tenant Coalition (www.bostontenant.org) ^ the cryptobiotica of their self-confidence (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ can crumble (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Mary Ellen McCormack (www.bostonhousing.org) ^ Mary Ellen McCormack (www.bostonglobe.com) ^ Old Colony Apartments (en.wikipedia.org) ^ it was in Whitey Bulger turf (www.deseretnews.com)

  • AHI: United States » Failure to communicate: Part 6, Rolls down hill By: David A. Smith 1 2 and the preceding Part 1, 3 Part 2 4 , Part 3 5 and Part 4. 6 ] Captain: (Luke rolls down hill; to other prisoners) Cool Hand Luke Principal sources used in this post Inside Higher Education (May 14, 2014 .; olive font ) 7 Quinnipiac-MOU (unsigned , drafted October, 2014 ; kelly green font ) 8 9 New Haven Register (November 19, 2014 ; turquoise font ) 10 New Haven Register (January 4, 2015 ; cyan font ) 11 Hamden Patch (March 5, 2015 ; pink font ) 12 New Haven Register (June 8, 2015 ; brown font ) 13 New Haven Register (October 10, 2015) 14 Quinnipiac Chronicle (October 21, 2015 ; buff blue font ) 15 As we saw last Friday, towns with large non-profit institutions in their midst are a bundle of conflicting emotions: likes, dislikes, and fears: That s how we think about Quinnipiac! Like the jobs universities create, the distinguishing allure they provide the town, the amenities they provide free (e.g.

    shuttle buses), and the money students spent in town businesses. Dislike the adolescent students who don t act like older adults, the increase in traffic, and the transformation of formerly residential neighborhoods into off-campus student housing. Fear the university s expansion (intruding upon residential neighborhoods), its potential to buy property and remove it from the tax rolls, and its seeming opacity and imperviousness to Town threats.

    This jumbled of emotions, and the constant stream of new opportunities and new threats, can make town governments schizophrenic, especially when the university is a fast-moving upstart whose growth is overloading the neighbors emotional capacity to process the changes occurring in their formerly sleepy town. It also means that a town s perspective on an expanding university depends a great deal on whether the town thinks itself rich (as evidently Hamden does) or poor, where the university brings something the town has been unable to manage on its own clean sustainable redevelopment of declining, moribund, vacant, or derelict properties. North Haven: The former Pratt & Whitney factory on Washington Avenue, vacant for a decade and a half 5.

    University employees need housing and stimulate additional development North Haven, Hamden s neighbor to the east across I-91, has been sliding for half a century: between the interstate, which took people off congested US 5 (where they d stop in town for a break from driving, and buy things while recuperating), and the declining of northeastern American manufacturing, North Haven lost much of its jobs base, Hamden s Ghost Parking Lot (1977-2003) 16 Dr. Lahey and his management team are working with me to help bring new businesses to northern Washington Avenue, said North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda . As a result of that, with the post-graduate students with the professional jobs of faculty and administrators there, that represents an outstanding demographic for me to use to bring developers to the table to develop some of the older buildings on northern Washington Avenue. 17 18 Northern Washington Avenue (US 5) through North Haven The image above is a stretch of US 5 through northern North Haven.

    Everything west of US 5 was industrial, manufacturing, or distribution. Much of it now vacant, including the anchor vacancy, the big rectangle at lower left (due west of the Breakfast Nook). A good example, Freda said, is the old Munson Motors property . 19 Munson Motors (the vacant rectangle above) is the site of the former Former Pratt & Whitney factory that operated 1952 to 2001, demolished in 2013 to make way for new development marketed as industrial. 20 The industrial never came.

    But a certain university chose to expand in the green space between I-91 and Bassett Road/ Bradley Street. As a result of this highly attractive demographic, and the two-way communications, we will be building in the first quarter of next year a brand new 50,000 square foot retail plaza on the west side of northern Washington Avenue, Freda said. With the focus on that area, there is no effect on residential neighborhoods, he said, including the 300-plus housing units the Planning and Zoning Commission has already approved for Washington Avenue.

    Those 300-plus apartments will likely be mostly for faculty, employees, and married graduate students of Quinnipiac. AHI posts on town-gown housing and taxation tensions Boston; You d rather we were sleeping together? (April 8, 2008; 2 parts) 21 Concord MA: No representation without taxation (May 13, 2010; 3 parts) 22 Boston: The battles of charities taxation (May 9, 2011; 4 parts) 23 Providence: What s fair in non-profits property taxes? (March 5, 2012; 3 parts) 24 Hamden: Nobody s on the fence (September 25, 2012; 3 parts) 25 Boston: Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal (May 6, 2013; 3 parts) 26 Hamden: A successful de-fence (May 27, 2014; 2 parts) 27 Flagstaff, AZ: Run it up the flagstaff (June 4, 2014; 7 parts) 28 New Haven: The development of trust (June 18, 2014; 2 parts) 29 Boston: Adding new dormers (November 13, 2014; 2 parts) 30 One can see why North Haven was thrilled to have Quinnipiac choose its graduate-school expansion there. Looking west (back to Washington Avenue) from the entrance to QU s North Haven campus, at the intersection of Bassett Street (incoming from left) and Bradley Road Equally understandable is why Quinnipiac chose to locate and expand its graduate school campus at the site: both for access, and for expandability in a much more university-friendly town.

    6. A university is a multi-line business, and must match its faculty to its facilities The president of an expansionist university must be both a dreamer and a driver. On the one hand, he or she sells a big vision of a bigger, better university; on the other, he or she must maintain momentum and tightly manage resources.

    Get ready for a three-decade ride to the top: John Slber upon his appointment In many ways John Lahey s forerunner was one such dreaming driver, John Silber of Bostin University (who always reminded me of John Wesley Powell, but that s another story): in his 33 years at the helm of BU , either as president or chancellor, while presiding over more than his share of public spats over policy and academics , he also dramatically expanded the university s presence, especially in graduate schools, raised its profile (hiring Nobel Laureates as luminary faculty), expanded its footprint, and in general moved Boston University into the conversation of world-class institutions. By the standards of institution-building, it was an impressive achievement. 31 32 Either this or the highway What Silber did, President Lahey also does: treat the institution as a business of multiple lines and products, and manage both its facilities and its workforce to optimize its growth potential; and, as reported unsympathetically but with evident accuracy in Inside Higher Education (May 14, 2014 ; olive font ), and like Silber, President Lahey bruises egos and unsettles employees (or soon-to-be-ex-employees): 33 Quinnipiac professors are still reeling from a rapid-fire round of faculty layoffs and wondering why some faculty jobs are being eliminated even as new ones are being created According to faculty accounts, deans received an email from the administration on the evening of May 5, alerting them to a meeting the next day about staffing issues. At that meeting, deans in certain colleges were told they needed to cut a prescribed number of full-time faculty positions.

    Of 16 total cuts, 11 were to come from the College of Arts and Sciences, faculty members said. Deans were given two days until Thursday to consult with their department chairs about which faculty members to terminate. The speed of announcement, decision, and action was well, uncollegial, to say the least: Affected instructors were notified that day.

    They were caught unawares: Didn t see that coming, did you? There s shock, disbelief, confusion we re really just still reeling from this, said a faculty member who did not want to be named, citing concerns about job security. I don t know how to express to you, in terms of information, how little we got about the cuts.

    Administrators blamed the cuts on reduced enrollment, faculty members said; based on fall tuition deposits as of May 2 , enrollment is anticipated to be down 12% next year over this year. If that s new enrollment, with the average matriculation four years (undergrad), then the drop in student body is probably 3%. Meanwhile, though 16 faculty were going, 12 were coming: At about the same time as it announced the faculty cuts, the university confirmed plans to hire 12 new full-time faculty members in what it said were growth areas.

    In an emailed statement, the only one Quinnipiac officials said they would be making earlier this week, Lynn Bushnell , university spokeswoman said: The university is adding faculty in areas of growth and reducing the number of faculty in areas that have had declining enrollments in recent years. As a result, 12 new faculty members will join the university this fall, and 16 professors currently on the faculty have been notified that they will not be reappointed next year. 34 Practiced at the art of staying on message: QU s VP for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell All told, out of 400 faculty , it was a net cut of 1%, and it was those who did not have tenure: 35 None of the terminated 16 faculty members were tenured. There is some dispute over whether any were on the tenure track.

    But most, if not all, were full-time, non-tenure-track faculty . Some had been at Quinnipiac for as many as 10 years, professors said. While the university s relationship with its faculty is only a sidebar to its relationship with the Town of Hamden, it is nevertheless revealing of Quinnipiac s mindset: transform and use student enrollment to determine both faculty (short-term) and built-environment (long-term).

    Quinnipiac s motto, Qui Transtulit Sustinet, means He who transplants, sustains. And it ought to have been a warning to the Town of Hamden that Quinnipiac means its motto. Now you have to ask yourself a question: Do I feel like reading tomorrow? Continued tomorrow in Part 7 . References ^ David A.

    Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 5 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1, (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 4. (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Inside Higher Education (May 14, 2014 (www.insidehighered.com) ^ Quinnipiac-MOU (unsigned (assets.documentcloud.org) ^ drafted October, 2014 (www.documentcloud.org) ^ New Haven Register (November 19, 2014 (www.nhregister.com) ^ New Haven Register (January 4, 2015 (www.nhregister.com) ^ Hamden Patch (March 5, 2015 (patch.com) ^ New Haven Register (June 8, 2015 (www.nhregister.com) ^ New Haven Register (October 10, 2015) (www.nhregister.com) ^ Quinnipiac Chronicle (October 21, 2015 (www.quchronicle.com) ^ Ghost Parking Lot (1977-2003) (eccentricroadside.blogspot.com) ^ North Haven First Selectman (www.northhaven-ct.gov) ^ Michael Freda (www.linkedin.com) ^ the old Munson Motors property (www.nhregister.com) ^ Former Pratt & Whitney factory (www.abandonedct.com) ^ Boston; You d rather we were sleeping together? (April 8, 2008; 2 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Concord MA: No representation without taxation (May 13, 2010; 3 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Boston: The battles of charities taxation (May 9, 2011; 4 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Providence: What s fair in non-profits property taxes? (March 5, 2012; 3 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Hamden: Nobody s on the fence (September 25, 2012; 3 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Boston: Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal (May 6, 2013; 3 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Hamden: A successful de-fence (May 27, 2014; 2 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Flagstaff, AZ: Run it up the flagstaff (June 4, 2014; 7 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ New Haven: The development of trust (June 18, 2014; 2 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Boston: Adding new dormers (November 13, 2014; 2 parts) (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ in his 33 years at the helm of BU (en.wikipedia.org) ^ more than his share of public spats over policy and academics (www.wbur.org) ^ Inside Higher Education (May 14, 2014 (www.insidehighered.com) ^ Lynn Bushnell (www.quinnipiac.edu) ^ out of 400 faculty (www.quinnipiac.edu)

  • AHI: United States » Fine for you but not fine for me: Part 14, Some ... By: David A. Smith 1 Continued from yesterday s Part 13 and the preceding Part 1 3 , Part 2 4 , Part 3 5 , Part 4 6 , Part 5 7 , Part 6 8 , Part 7 9 , Part 8 10 , Part 9 11 , Part 10 12 , Part 11 13 , and Part 12 14 .] The Queen of Hearts notwithstanding, before the sentence must come the verdict, and before the verdict must come the trial, and it s for that reason I have spent so much time painstakingly reviewing the evidence in Pagedale, Missouri. That s your verdict, judge?

    Sources used in this post Lafayette Journal and Courier (June 28, 2014 ; dark brown font) 15 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (January 8, 2015 ; purple font ) 16 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (March 15, 2015 ; cobalt blue font ) 17 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (May, 2015 ; brick red font ) 18 St.

    Louis Post-Dispatch (May 24, 2015 ; buff blue font ) 19 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (August 10, 2015 ; forest green font ) 20 Institute for Justice web site (November, 2015 ; brown font ) 21 The New York Times (November 4, 2015 ; black font) 22 Huffington Post (November 20, 2015 ; turquoise font ) 23 Whether or not you believe the Institute for Justice s proffered motivation for the city s show shower of citations self-interest to raise revenue we have established that it isn t working for most of Pagedale s households, many of Pagedale s neighborhoods, and the sparse green shoots of new economic development (a bank branch, a grocery store, and a multi-screen theater). Economic development comes to Pagedale: a new bank branch, and a new grocery store As I said yesterday, Pagedale appears too small to sustain itself, and despite yeoman efforts by city government and Beyond Housing, that prognosis remains grim.

    6b. Pagedale and similar cities finances are in continuous decline Despite the efforts, Pagedale s finances are going backwards, and there is no relief in sight because so many other cities, nearly all of them with more advantages than Pagedale s, are likewise struggling: Further, cities have scaled back dramatically on basic investments: the largest percentage cuts occurred in capital outlays (18.4%). These reductions in capital spending occurred at a time when many central cities are facing large unmet infrastructure needs due in large part to aging water, sewer, and transportation systems, and during a time when the interest rate costs of financing capital investments are at historical lows.

    Simply put, costs have to be cut. Cities are making unwarranted choices to make fiscal ends meet in the short term while compromising long term security and stability, said George W. Mac McCarthy, president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy , who called for a revisiting of the fundamental covenant of property taxes the focus of opposition and tax limits to fund services and restore municipal fiscal health. 24 25 And there s no way to do that if every community maintains its own independent departments.

    Previous AHI post-essays on related issues Rotten boroughs (Vernon, CA, March 22, 2011 ; 4 parts) 26 Harrisburg s quest for the Holy Grail (Harrisburg, PA, May 20, 2013 ; 4 parts) 27 Twenty years into the muck hole (Jefferson County, AL, January 21, 2014 ; 2 parts) 28 The wrong symbol, the wrong story (Mount Holly, NJ, March 10, 2014 ; 3 parts) 29 Fall of the Roamin Empire (Detroit, MI, September 25, 2013; 5 parts) 30 You have the right to remain (Atlantic City, NJ, August 25, 2014 ; 7 parts) 31 When the house loses, Part 4 (Everett, MA, September 29, 2014 ) 32 A tale of two cities (Chicago and Lakefront, IL, April 13, 2015 ; 10 parts) 33 Some cities, and some departments, have already figured that out. Town officials have been meeting monthly for about four years to find ways to pool their resources so that their cities can attract business and run more efficiently. The cities say these efforts have resulted in taxpayer savings on bulk purchases of road salt and other goods and services.

    They said I was crazy 6c. Pagedale and other communities need to consolidate their courts as they have already consolidated schools and fire departments The practice of many St. Louis County municipalities of using traffic and non-traffic fines and fees to finance their budgets has also led to calls for some of those towns to consolidate operations as a means of reducing government costs.

    Actually, though unmentioned by the Times , the Institute for Justice, or anybody other than the Post-Dispatch , the twenty-four communities have already consolidated their fire departments: Firefighting has already been consolidated And they ve completely consolidated the schools: The North County community officials are part of the 24:1 Initiative , made up of the 24 municipalities in the footprint of Normandy schools. 34 One school system for twenty-four localities The 24:1 Initiative was formed by Beyond Housing in 2010 with a $2.5 million grant from an anonymous donor . 35 The donation s anonymity is revealing: it means that the donor is almost certainly an individual whose personal background is such that if he were revealed as the donor would immediately make people suspicious. The benefactor, who I speculate is from St. Louis, rich, and white, is also more interested in achieving results than making a splash.

    That s wisdom and civic spirit. Good for him (or her). The name was borrowed from the Three Musketeers motto: 24 municipalities for one vision, one vision for 24 municipalities.

    And one multiplex cinema for 24 localities The next consolidation has to be the justice system, with both the police and the courts. A commission assigned by Gov. Jay Nixon to study the underlying causes of the Ferguson unrest issued a long list of recommendations that included consolidating some of the 60 police departments and 81 municipal courts that serve the county. 36 37 There must, repeat must, be enormous redundancy and inefficiency (administrative, if nothing else) in so many similar and autonomous forces, and more than likely there s plenty of inconsistency from town to town and case to case.

    No one starting afresh would balkanize policing in this way. Just as financial catastrophe is a precondition to fundamental financial reform , it may take a judicial catastrophe (the Michael Brown shooting and its ugly riotous aftermath ) to induce long-overdue reform and court-system consolidation. 38 39 40 Some North County communities are in talks to merge their municipal courts out of the fear that if they don t initiate reforms, reforms will be forced on them. We are trying to be proactive here because we sense the writing is on the wall, said Chris Krehmeyer , president and CEO of Beyond Housing, the nonprofit group that is helping facilitate some of the talks.

    Krehmeyer and a handful of mayors say that consolidating or overhauling the courts has come up for discussion from time to time, but has not been a top priority. 41 Until now. Better move it At the hearing, Krehmeyer said initial talks indicate that a majority of the municipalities would work toward creating one centralized court, along with other reforms that would make the administration of justice more equitable from town to town. But, Krehmeyer said, he doesn t know how they would share revenue or expenses.

    The devil is in the details, he said. Actually, the devil s in an even more vital spot than that: Nuts, that hurts, devil That attention from the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson seems to bring a fresh lawsuit every few weeks, along with audits, or proposals to dramatically change the system some of which could eliminate altogether a large number of St. Louis County s municipalities.

    Don t distract me with consolidation proposals: Mayor Huddleston with a working group on municipal governance 42 This is an incredible distraction to me, and it was orchestrated, said Greendale Mayor Monica Huddleston of the push to reform municipal courts. This serves the purpose of those who want to eliminate municipalities from the map. 43 Would their elimination be such a bad thing? Continued tomorrow in Part 15 .] References ^ David A. Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 13 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 4 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 5 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 6 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 7 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 8 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 9 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 10 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 11 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 12 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Lafayette Journal and Courier (June 28, 2014 (www.jconline.com) ^ St.

    Louis Post-Dispatch (January 8, 2015 (www.stltoday.com) ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch (March 15, 2015 (www.stltoday.com) ^ Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (May, 2015 (www.lincolninst.edu) ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch (May 24, 2015 (www.stltoday.com) ^ St.

    Louis Post-Dispatch (August 10, 2015 (www.stltoday.com) ^ Institute for Justice web site (November, 2015 (ij.org) ^ The New York Times (November 4, 2015 (mobile.nytimes.com) ^ Huffington Post (November 20, 2015 (www.huffingtonpost.com) ^ George W.

    Mac McCarthy, (www.lincolninst.edu) ^ Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (www.lincolninst.edu) ^ Rotten boroughs (Vernon, CA, March 22, 2011 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Harrisburg s quest for the Holy Grail (Harrisburg, PA, May 20, 2013 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Twenty years into the muck hole (Jefferson County, AL, January 21, 2014 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ The wrong symbol, the wrong story (Mount Holly, NJ, March 10, 2014 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Fall of the Roamin Empire (Detroit, MI, September 25, 2013; (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ You have the right to remain (Atlantic City, NJ, August 25, 2014 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ When the house loses, Part 4 (Everett, MA, September 29, 2014 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ A tale of two cities (Chicago and Lakefront, IL, April 13, 2015 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ the 24:1 Initiative (www.beyondhousing.org) ^ a $2.5 million grant from an anonymous donor (www.stltoday.com) ^ Gov.

    Jay Nixon (governor.mo.gov) ^ Commission s recommendations. (forwardthroughferguson.org) ^ catastrophe is a precondition to fundamental financial reform (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Michael Brown shooting (www.bbc.com) ^ and its ugly riotous aftermath (www.nytimes.com) ^ Chris Krehmeyer (www.beyondhousing.org) ^ Mayor Huddleston with a working group on municipal governance (news.stlpublicradio.org) ^ Greendale Mayor Monica Huddleston (www.greendale-mo.us) ^ Part 15 (affordablehousinginstitute.org)

  • AHI: United States » House and country?

    Part 2, Burrowing 1 .] By: David A. Smith 2 I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them.

    It s one of the curses of London. E. M.

    Forster As we saw yesterday when mining a New Yorker (1 June 2015) burrowing by Ed Caesar to explore 3 4 the mammoth construction taking place at Witanhurst, Highgate, London, the property is being doubled in usable area, to more than two enclosed acres of floor space, with nearly all of the expansion subterranean, And not your typical rec-room basement, either: Could we do something maybe a little classier? This basement, which is connected to the Orangery, includes: A seventy-foot-long swimming pool. A cinema with a mezzanine.

    Massage rooms. A sauna. A gym.

    Staff quarters. Parking spaces for twenty-five cars. All the comforts of a home better than yours In late 2013, the local council approved plans for a second basement, beneath the gatehouse, which will connect that building to both the main house and the Orangery.

    Earlier this year, the owners also sought planning permission to extend an underground servants passage. As the above schematic makes clear, it also has: You ll need a safe garage for these An elevator for the vehicles. A large-scale laundry.

    A hair salon Security rooms. In other words, Witanhurst is now a private hotel open only when its owner is in residence, hosting himself, his household and staff, and his entourage and friends. When the refurbishment is complete, Witanhurst will have about ninety thousand square feet of interior space That s two acres worth of living area.

    making it the second-largest mansion in the city, after Buckingham Palace. Still, ours has more class than yours It will likely become the most expensive house in London, though it won t be coming on the market any time soon. Shortly after the house was sold, it became known from local gossip and publicly accessible planning documents that Witanhurst belonged to a family from Russia.

    Bear in mind that a house such as this a nation of one can exist only inside an actual nation of many, a nation with laws, police, good government, and respect for private property. Several newspapers speculated that the owner was Yelena Baturina, Russia s richest woman, and the wife of Yury Luzhkov , then the mayor of Moscow. 5 6 Isn t self-enrichment what Russian public office is for? Someone so secretively building in such a place probably originates from a nation where these cannot be taken for granted, as I found in this 2011 Guardian tidbit : 7 Baturina is one of a string of super-rich Russians who are increasingly turning to the English courts to settle their grievances , some only tenuously linked to the UK.

    Observe the curious but logical sequence: Make money in Crookedstan, expatriate capital into property in Straightland, fight with torts not bullets in Straightland, where the rules are fair and the other party is collectible. Fight fair, you cad! Britain s most colourful private litigation battle is currently taking place in the high court s new Rolls building, where Boris Berezovsky is suing his fellow oligarch and former friend Roman Abramovich. 8 Abramovich won Ed.] I m winning, he s losing Luzhkov and Baturina reportedly enriched themselves while he was in office, before Luzhkov clashed with the Russian government; she now lives in London.

    It s our money; we stole it fair and square On June 5, 2008, Grant Alexson , an agent at Knight Frank, made an appointment to visit Witanhurst with Yelena Baturina. (This presumably gave rise to the rumors naming her as the owner.) Baturina arrived at the property with an Englishman who did not reveal his name or occupation to Alexson. Baturina seemed to like the house, but after the tour she communicated through her representative that she would not be making an offer. 10 Look, honey, somebody else we can sue. That didn t stop the Sunday Times from making a leap of logic that was plausible but wrong: Baturina denied owning Witanhurst, despite the London Sunday Times publishing a 2009 article titled Bunker Billionairess digs deep, and in 2011 she sued And won , complete with tiny retraction Ed.. 11 12 Sorry, chaps, about implying you were terrorists The Baturina lawsuit and the continued secrecy surrounding Witanhurst have intensified the guessing game.

    Generally, the names of homeowners in Britain are listed in the Land Registry, which can be read for a small fee. But listings for properties owned by offshore companies do not disclose individual beneficiaries. In the British Virgin Islands, records reveal merely the name of the registered agent of Safran Holdings Equity Trust Limited, a local agency that holds several such positions and is connected to the company by name only and the company s post-office box, on the island of Tortola.

    I m the registered agent, and my principal is a secret Four days later, Alexson heard that the house had been sold to Safran Holdings, for fifty million pounds. He had no idea who the buyer was, and Glentree Estates had not shown anyone the house. Clearly, some private deal had been made 13 Soon after the purchase, Safran Holdings submitted expansion plans to the local council.

    Naturally, the neighbors were incensed: The plans were initially rejected, and Safran Holdings hired a prominent barrister, Sir Keith Lindblom , to lead an appeal at a public hearing. 14 This is not William H. Macy This is not Keith Lindblom Lindblom amassed expert witnesses to make the case for a major redevelopment of Witanhurst. An architect insisted that the proposed design would not clash with neighboring properties.

    A hydrologist allayed fears that basement additions might displace the water table. More details trickled out: At the appeal, a planning expert, Caroline Dawson, attempted to alleviate concerns about offshore ownership: While the applications were made in the name of Safran Holdings, this company represents the Russian family which owns Witanhurst which, whilst impressive, is not suited to the needs of current everyday living for the only families likely to be its market. Translation: If not us, condos, and you wouldn t want that, would you? 15 Oil below or condos above, you limeys; you choose The basements at Witanhurst, architect Robert Adam 16 Catering thoughtfully to those who might be his clients, Architect Adam offers his about us page in Russian and in Chinese . 17 18 conceded, were not about keeping cool.

    He suggested that the trend of adding basements was connected to a huge amount of capital coming into London, and not enough land. But Witanhurst was already big enough to have twenty-five bedrooms. Why the need for so much extra space?

    You can t put the word need on this, Adam said. The word is want. Adam thinks you can t always get what you want Unless you have a hundred million pounds, that is According to Philip Masterman ( hired as the on-site architect in October, 2008 and discharged in 2012 because the house wasn t ready for the 2012 Olympics) and others, the interior decoration of the main house is being supervised by the designer Gabhan O Keeffe , who has worked with a number of wealthy Russians, and is known for his lavish style. 19 20 What more could one ask for in elegance and refined taste?

    An O Keeffe designed dacha outside Moscow Nobody from O Keeffe s agency agreed to be interviewed for this article. However, the project manager of Witanhurst, Andrew Hall, said that in the grand rooms of the main house he and his team had created a continental Baroque interior, with English-eccentricity overtones. The ceiling in the ballroom is yellow, gold, and blue and took six months to paint and gild.

    At the end of the ballroom, Hall said, floor-to-ceiling mirrors can fold and slide into pockets, revealing a receiving room decorated in aquamarine and white gold.

    When you have infinite money, why pay less? Continued next week in Part 3. References ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ David A.

    Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ New Yorker (1 June 2015) (www.newyorker.com) ^ Ed Caesar (www.edcaesar.co.uk) ^ Yelena Baturina, (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Yury Luzhkov (en.wikipedia.org) ^ this 2011 Guardian tidbit (www.theguardian.com) ^ suing his fellow oligarch and former friend (www.theguardian.com) ^ Abramovich won (www.theguardian.com) ^ Grant Alexson (uk.linkedin.com) ^ And won (www.theguardian.com) ^ tiny retraction (www.timesonline.co.uk) ^ Glentree Estates (www.glentree.co.uk) ^ Sir Keith Lindblom (en.wikipedia.org) ^ you wouldn t want that, would you? (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ architect Robert] Adam (www.adamarchitecture.com) ^ in Russian (www.adamarchitecture.com) ^ in Chinese (www.adamarchitecture.com) ^ hired as the on-site architect (www.mastermanarchitects.com) ^ Gabhan O Keeffe (www.architecturaldigest.com)

  • AHI: United States » Housing policy's original sin: Part 5, Surely die Continued from yesterday s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1 2 , Part 2 3 , and Part 3 4 .] By: David A. Smith 5 The preceding four parts have established that Berlin s rent control, enacted in relative haste and with what seemed inn the plain words to be ultimately reasonable, will over the years following gradually tighten its grip even as it interposes government into every rental tenure in the city, including tenures that are yet to be established. So, are we consummating a lease arrangement, or aren t we?

    Sources used in this post The Independent (October 23, 2010 ; sienna font ) 6 The Guardian (October 22, 2013 ; Olive green font ) 7 Bloomberg Business (March 25, 2014 ; buff blue font ): 8 The Guardian (April 13, 2014 ; midnight font) 9 The Guardian (September 23, 2014 ; Kelly green font) 10 The Guardian (March 5, 2015 ; purple font ) 11 The Guardian (June 1, 2015 ; black font) 12 Guardian (July 10, 2015 ; crimson font ) 13 AHI: The three laws of urbanization, Law 1 , Law 2 , Law 3 ; August 24, 2015) 14 15 16 All this is predictable because it has happened before, and uniformly. Meanwhile, Berlin will continue building, but it will not be building rental apartments: Construction cranes already dominate the skyline in central neighborhoods like Mitte and Kreuzberg. Private builders such as Groth Development GmbH and Peach Property Group AG are building in the center, putting up housing for the minority of Berliners who buy their homes. 17 18 Of the residential tenures, developers prefer homeownership to rental because the offtake is clean; sell the homes, buyers pay cash, the developer recoups all its capital and cashes out its profit, and moves on.

    By contrast, rental requires a permanent mortgage, and a stream of rental payments, plus it involves the developer in a new business (being a landlord) whose skill profile, risk profile, and time horizons differ dramatically from rental s. In other words, rental is already adversely selected, and with Berlin rent control, it will be further adversely selected. Aided by low interest rates, private construction companies have steadily increased their output in the past five years and completed 6,000 apartments in 2013, according to data compiled by research firm Bulwiengesa AG.

    That was the most in 14 years. In an ultimate irony, many of the flats being built are going to foreigners, including other Germans: About 60% of the condos they re building are sold to homebuyers from outside of Berlin, said Christian von Gottberg, a broker at Hamburg-based luxury-homes seller Engel & Voelkers. Buyers from western German cities account for about 40% of the total, while 20% of the homes go to purchasers from other European countries, the U.S.

    and Asia, many as investment properties to rent to locals. 19 The renting to locals will stop immediately; no out-of-town owner will want to be a landlord in Berlin Tenant Court. So rent control s first and most direct effect will be to take properties off the market, reducing supply. You re going the wrong way So rent control (a) does nothing to create housing, (b) demotivates developers from building rental, reducing new production, (c) leaves a void in development capacity, and (d) will reduce housing available for rent.

    But it gets even better: 5. Berlin blows the once-in-a-lifetime chance to use Berlin s prime government-owned land . Its heritage as a divided city, one slice of which was uninvested-in for sixty years, left Berlin not only with very low rents, but also with plenty of development opportunities.

    The German capital s unique history has provided it at the same time with plenty of central areas to build. Of these, the most logical is the now-mothballed Tempelhof Airport: You see open space, I see affordable housing By every natural real estate criterion, Tempelhof is a magnificent development opportunity: centrally located, well connected with infrastructure, level and cleared and ready to build. In this it s very like Denver s Stapleton Airport, which was shuttered in 1995 when Denver International Airport was opened. 20 In the realm of spooky coincidences, both Tempelhof s and Stapleton s successor airports ( Brandenburg and DIA) were plagued by construction cost overruns and multiple opening delays .

    DIA eventually got up and running and today is a marvel of connections. Brandenburg is a continuing embarrassment to the Merkel administration . Ed.. 21 22 23 That no-smoking item might better be a no-flying icon When Stapleton closed, the City of Denver launched a nationwide (even worldwide) campaign for developers to submit master plans . 24 In 1995 when the opening of Denver International Airport meant the closing of Stapleton International Airport , Denver had the unique opportunity to transform 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses and terminals into a beautiful new community.

    It would be the largest urban in-fill redevelopment in the country and, to this day, one of the largest in-fill projects ever. 25 The building of Stapleton started as a collaborative effort by business leaders, civic officials and citizens who wanted to have a say in how Denver should grow. They spent countless hours and much of their own money creating what became known as the Green Book , the guiding principles for the redevelopment of Stapleton. In 1998, the city of Denver selected Forest City to be the master developer for Stapleton and to make the vision of the Green Book a reality.

    In May 2001 the redevelopment began. The results were spectacularly successful (even allowing for a bit of developer hyperbole) : 26 The idea was to take the best things about Denver s classic neighborhoods parks, welcoming front porches, alley-loaded garages, architectural diversity, tree-lined streets, more parks and continue those urban patterns into new Denver neighborhoods , while applying some new thinking in the process. Like the use of water-wise landscaping and energy-efficient building standards on everything from homes to commercial spaces.

    And perhaps the most sustainable idea of them all: a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment with everything you need a short walk or bike ride away. 27 In Stapleton, the City of Denver successfully delivered 12,000 homes , two-thirds of them ownership, one-third rental, of which at least 20% of them affordable , with permanent affordability baked in: 28 29 30 The thing about buying an affordable home is that it stays affordable for you and anyone who buys your home. When you buy an income-qualified home at Stapleton, you agree that your home will appreciate at no more than 3.5%* annually, which helps maintain the home s affordability for the next family who lives there. In Denver, Berlin had a model for creating the affordability that rent control advocates say they want: March 25, 2014 Sites like Tempelhof offer a rare opportunity to provide low-cost housing close to the center.

    At least half the 1,700 homes planned for Tempelhof in the first phase of construction would be affordable , according to Martin Pallgen, a city spokesman. Tempelhof, designed in 1934 to 1936 by Ernst Sagebiel, an architect in Hermann Goering s Reich Air Ministry, is unique for any city. Its buildings, where as many as 1.1 million travelers per year once passed, now serve as exhibition space, and the airfield itself is as big as the principality of Monaco.

    The redevelopment plan, with its preservation of a huge open space Yet and it is ever thus the same people who are adamantly pro-rent control are adamantly anti -development: Christoph Breit stands atop a squat lookout tower surveying the former Tempelhof airfield, now a vast park where windsurfers barrel down the runways that had been the city s lifeline during the 1948 Berlin airlift. 31 From Berlin to Boston via Northeastern Park is a misleading euphemism: Tempelhof is a park only in that it is public space, empty and untended public space, much of it paved. Breit, 38, is in a fight to stop construction of almost 5,000 apartments and a library, , the city s response to a home shortage, at the airfield Yes, why would anyone want 5,000 apartments in a city starving for housing? Berlin needs to build 10,000 to 12,000 housing units every year to keep up with its growing population.

    Since 2005, the number of people living in Berlin has risen 3% to 3.4 million. The city s government expects 7% more residents by 2030. Where will they live?

    In homeless encampments on Tempelhof s tarmac, or in housing on that same site? Who cares where they will live? Since 2010, Tempelhof has served as a recreation area bigger than New York s Central Park.

    Breit moved to Berlin 10 years ago and settled in the Neukoelln neighborhood adjacent to the park. He helped collect close to 200,000 signatures to force a May 25 referendum to block the housing. Being anti is easy; and it s intellectually lazy and morally smug.

    Mr. Breit has his apartment, so he gives no thought to those who might have none. Six years ago i.e.

    in 2008, the fate of Tempelhof Airport itself was decided by a referendum in which those who opposed its closure including Chancellor Angela Merkel lost out because of a low turnout. I can t tell you how many times the dumbest legislation gets enacted because people of common sense were asleep at the switch. Camridge s 1971 rent control came in during the city council because the owner community thought the legislation so self-evidently stupid they needn t bother to refute it substantively or campaign against it politically.

    If a matter can attract single-issue idiots, people of sense must double their vigilance and activity. We re scanning the horizon Berlin s city planning commission last year published a proposal to build 1,700 apartments in the first phase, at least half of which would be affordable. In order for the plan to be binding, it must be voted on by the Berlin parliament after the planning commission lays out the project s financial feasibility.

    After the first phase, city planners expect to add another 3,000 apartments, although the exact scale and pricing has not yet been determined, Pallgen said. Rent control is the ultimate majoritarian folly. It assumes that those who rent cannot own, never will own, or never will want to own.

    It assumes that property exists and must simply be maintained, not produced. It treats that who are paying less rent as morally superior to those who pay more, or who own. In 2014, with the rent control debate looming, the City of Berlin brought the referendum back again: This time, the referendum on Tempelhof s future coincides with a European parliament vote, which should boost turnout.

    Once again, common sense lost: Hooray for our side! Last May i.e. May, 2014], after months of bitter debate and despite a campaign backed by much of the media, 64.3% of voters chose to keep Tempelhof as it is.

    Politicians were left red-faced and investors empty-handed. It s a defeat and it s a clear one, said former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowerei t. 32 I am not Jack Donaghy Lesson Number 2: repeat Lesson Number 1 Some media outlets were less gracious. The wonder is that Berlin still carries on, wrote Ulf Poschardt , deputy editor of conservative newspaper Die Welt.

    In the Prussian capital, hippie culture is state policy. 33 Poschardst for conservatism Places that adopt rent control also adopt anti-growth policies that prevent rent control from withering away. Berlin will ultimately not further develop a hugely valuable piece of real estate, all because the people decided they didn t trust big business not to mess up the park they loved. It s a state of affairs that would be almost unimaginable in Frankfurt or Munich, let alone London or New York.

    The places in which such states of affairs prevail are often those that adopt and then entrench themselves around rent control. London s rent control lasted 69 years (1919-1988); New York s is 68 (1947-2015) and still going, being renewed at the state level every four years in a political mummer s play. 34 35 We represent the voters who elected us I am hopeful that the idea of property as a social service rather than an asset is embedded in Berlin s mentality, says Reiner Wild of the Berlin tenants association. Property as a social service is an easy thing to say about someone else s property.

    The conservation law means the Tempelhof airfield will remain largely as it is. The plan is to develop the park with direct community involvement, but there are restrictions on what can be done. New buildings are out of the question , Steindorf says.

    Cambridge experienced rent control for only 23 years, though in that time it became the defining issue of Cambridge politics (we had the pro-rent-control party, the Cambridge Civic Association, and then anti-rent control Independents) and reached the absurd point where a property owner could be jailed for the criminalized offense of living in his own property. Great space: too bad we can t put housing on it Ten years from now, Berlin s housing market will be unique in Germany, and even more different from the rest of Germany than it is today. The city will have been building high-rise luxury flats for sale, even as the installed base of existing residential properties are ongoing bones of contention between an entrenched and increasingly militant tenant s association (which by then may be calling itself a union) and a recently established but politically united association of small property owners .

    The Berlin Rent Control Board will have become an office to which few want to be appointed , 36 37 Unlike the airfield, the terminal building will be developed while respecting its protected status. Tempelhof Projekt chief Gerhard W Steindorf is excited by plans for studios and recording facilities, offices for start-ups and the general conversation process into a campus for creatives . 38 In short, a playland for people like himself, all funded by the state (i.e. by other people).

    Don t build anything here; just let us ramshackle it He adds that no apartments will be built at Tempelhof as long as the conservation law exists, and though he respects the referendum result, he laments a missed opportunity to build cheaply on public land. Eventually the Tempelhof preservation referendum will be reversed, but by then the cost of new affordable apartments will have quadrupled. We ll do our very best to make sure that our city doesn t go the way of Paris or London.

    By enacting rent control, you ve already assured it will be worse.

    We re cutting the red tape References ^ Part 4 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ David A.

    Smith (www.affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ The Independent (October 23, 2010 (www.independent.co.uk) ^ The Guardian (October 22, 2013 (www.theguardian.com) ^ Bloomberg Business (March 25, 2014 (www.bloomberg.com) ^ The Guardian (April 13, 2014 (www.theguardian.com) ^ The Guardian (September 23, 2014 (www.theguardian.com) ^ The Guardian (March 5, 2015 (www.theguardian.com) ^ The Guardian (June 1, 2015; black (www.theguardian.com) ^ Guardian (July 10, 2015 (www.theguardian.com) ^ AHI: The three laws of urbanization, Law 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Law 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Law 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Groth Development GmbH (www.grothgruppe.de) ^ Peach Property Group AG (www.peachproperty.com) ^ Engel & Voelkers. (www.engelvoelkers.com) ^ was shuttered in 1995 (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Brandenburg (www.usatoday.com) ^ and multiple opening delays (www.nytimes.com) ^ continuing embarrassment to the Merkel administration (www.bloomberg.com) ^ launched a nationwide (even worldwide) campaign for developers to submit master plans (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ Stapleton International Airport (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ The results were spectacularly successful (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ Denver neighborhoods (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ successfully delivered (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ 12,000 homes (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ of them affordable (www.stapletondenver.com) ^ Christoph Breit stands (www.dw.com) ^ former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowerei (www.bbc.com) ^ Ulf Poschardt (de.wikipedia.org) ^ being renewed at the state level (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ every four years (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ association of small property owners (spoa.com) ^ to which few want to be appointed (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Gerhard W Steindorf (www.adlershof.de)

  • AHI: United States » Month in Review, January, 2016: Part 2, The ... By: David A. Smith 1 Continued from yesterday s Part 1. In yesterday s part 1, I took the opportunity to re-examine the Three Eras of Urbanization Walkable, Commuting, and Networked and the consequences for the world that, even as Sub-Saharan Africa and much of India is still moving out of Walkable Era urbanization, the advanced countries and cities are moving into Networked Era, which is disrupting their built environment s physical configuration, societal dynamics, and legal ownership, and along the way making what had been previously a sustainable property use now vertically obsolete 2 and economically untenable: These are on display in the morality-of-property kerfuffle which briefly flared into the New York public press in December with the early-December announcement that the Union Theological Seminary 3 intends to address an imminent failure, decades in the making, by doing something that lends itself to instant righteous condemnation selling a bit of its development air rights for cash to fund a campus-wide renovation. Despite the claims of those who profess it, morality admits of no debate.

    Those who think themselves moral i.e. all of us believe in James Carville s maxim: Glad that s been answered 1. The moral critics instantly claim the righteous high ground by assertion Fearing a Mission s Betrayal as Union Theological Seminary Plans to Sell Its Air Rights Editor s note: In fighting a conflict of who s more righteous, sides have a tendency to gild their statements of purported facts with normative words, and as these are frequent it would be tedious to deconstruct each one as it arises, so it s simpler merely to highlight them in red boldface and let readers work out for themselves the neutral words that would better substitute.

    In this case, however, it s useful to observe that beyond betrayal (one of the high trumps of morality), critics love to deploy fear , as it s impossible to tell someone they do not fear and the attempt to do so instantly puts the explainer in the position of supplicant to the fearful judge. Cf. the entire culture of micro-aggression accusation.

    Ed. For nearly two centuries, Union Theological Seminary 4 has brought together scholarship and faith on behalf of social justice. But recently the religious institution has found itself pursuing a more earthly occupation: trying to navigate New York City s brutal real estate market without doing damage to its soul. Despite my previous disclaimer, I have to observe that for a journalist seeking a lead, the abstract morality of others is catnip irresistible.

    As has been my wont, I then went through the issues facing Union, and the case for the air rights unassailable in economics before turning to the case against, via Part 2, Morality and economy 5 , Part 3, Economy and sustainability 6 , Part 4, Sustainability and serendipity 7 , Part 5, Serendipity and protest 8 , Part 6, Protest and reasoning 9 : 4b. Developing Union s air rights lessens the housing shortage in Harlem Then there s an argument that makes absolutely no sense: Forget dull care, all ye who enter here Proclaiming their commitment to inclusive community and revolutionary love, a group of 90 students sent President Jones a letter of their own, demanding a complete and immediate halt to the project, which, they feared, would help to price poor residents out of the neighborhood. This is beyond gibberish.

    I ll explain it, and I ll use small words so that you ll be sure to understand. It won t be the last time either 1. Building new housing adds to supply.

    2. More supply reduces shortage.

    3. More supply lowers prices.

    4. No one is displaced; in fact, some people will be emplaced .

    5. Even more directly helpful, faculty and staff housing will be created, so there will be more local supply .

    6. Anyone who s a homeowner in fact gets better off, not worse. Better off?

    That s inconceivable! The only conceivable argument one could make for rising prices would be that the newcomers would improve the neighborhood bring in business activity, stores and restaurants and offices and that would create jobs which would raise the buying power of people living in the neighborhood, and then landlords (assuming they re a dominant tenure) might raise rents. Any way that they do this, it s going to perpetuate the gentrification of Harlem, said Michael Vanacore 10 , a second year Masters of Divinity student who was among the protesters.

    Perpetuate means make permanent. Perhaps Mr. Vanacore means accelerate or reinforce .

    You keep using that word. I finished up with Part 7, Reasoning and choices 11 , and Part 8, Feeling and history 12 : All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

    Douglas Adams 13 , The Salmon of Doubt 14 As we ve seen in the previous parts of this post, it would have been interesting, in a different way to be sure, had the opponents of Union Theological Seminary s proposed sale of air rights been able to muster any argument rooted in fact but in fact they have none. Worse, for Union and its ready-to-be-moral students, is that the seminary is facing an existential crisis because it has been slowly dying: Phew! I d be worried it was something really bad The school, which has roughly 300 students, has joint degrees with Columbia University but is financially independent.

    A few decades back, Union had 400 students. To lose a quarter of one s body weight invites the question of survivability, and in fact many a seminary has gone to the Great Academic Beyond: Maybe, like Pagedale, it s too small to be autonomous 15 . In 2010, Cambridge s Episcopal Divinity School 16 , which for many decades had been a small Anglican quadrangle in the nooks or West Cambridge that Harvard had not then colonized and annexed, finally surrendered to the fiscally inevitable and merged itself 17 into another non-Harvard Cambridge academic institution, Lesley University 18 (though, for tender spirits, it is presented as a partnership ).

    EDS itself was formed in 1974, as the absorption 19 by Cambridge s Episcopal Theological School (founded 1867) with the Philadelphia Divinity School (founded 1857). ETS in the late nineteenth century EDS s quadrangle today Like Union, ETS and PDS decided, to quote Wikipedia s euphemisms 20 : PDS and ETS had both attempted to insulate themselves from affiliations with partisan factions within the church, focusing on broad social and academic matters rather than issues of churchmanship as such EDS has continued in that tradition. They were, in fact, temples of the Church of Linus: And in January, I finished up a series begun much earlier in 2015, Ten years a blogger: Part 15, Holmes on housing capital 21 , Part 16, Holmes on housing finance 22 , and Part 17, Holmes and housing solutions 23 , in which I presented, among other things, What makes a good consultant? 24 : Part 1a 25 , Part 1b 26 , Part 1c 27 , Part 2a Part 2b 28 29 , Part 3a 30 and Part 3b 31 (December, 2009): Holmes was true to his character, even if that meant taking risks to trap a criminal whom the law could not touch: My dear fellow, I suppose that you will admit that the action is morally justifiable, though technically criminal.

    To burgle his house is no more than to forcibly take his pocketbook an action in which you were prepared to aid me. Yes, I said, it is morally justifiable so long as our object is to take no articles save those which are used for an illegal purpose. Exactly.

    Since it is morally justifiable, I have only to consider the question of personal risk. Surely a gentleman should not lay much stress upon this, when a lady is in most desperate need of his help? You will be in such a false position.

    The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton 32 Let us not be in a false position And I concluded with Sherlock Holmes manifesto: Is constantly learning Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. The Red Circle 33 So is a blog.

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  • AHI: United States » Opting out of micro-government: Part 9, Fewer ... Continued from yesterday s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1 2 , Part 2 3 , Part 3 4 , Part 4 5 , Part 5 6 , Part 6 7 , and Part 7 8 .] Before I sleep Robert Frost By: David A. Smith 9 As we ve seen in these leisurely ramble through the north Maine woods, for a town to deorganize is no easy matter. Sources used in this post Washington Post (March 28, 2004 ; Lavender font ) 10 Bangor Daily News (October 2, 2013 ; navy blue font ) 11 Bangor Daily News (July 31, 2015 ; brown font ) 12 Bangor Daily News (November 27, 2015 ; b uff blue font ). 13 The New York Times (January 16, 2016) 14 Wikipedia, Bancroft, Maine (accessed February 21, 2016 ; Kelly green font ) 15 Indeed, so many are the detailed inventories, disposition and reallocation plans, procedural steps, and required permissions, that the town may in fact reach its height of social organization in the instant before it politically deorganizes because it takes that degree of precise organization to persuade the state to grant approval of the deorganization plan.

    Rural Maine family, circa 1900 Atkinson has voted on deorganization three times in the last 16 years with mixed results. The first attempt in 1997 failed at the polls, but voters approved deorganizing in 2002 and 2004, only to have the plan rejected by the Legislature. 16 3f. Secure state approval of the plan The disposition of real estate, reduction of other assets to cash, dispersal of ongoing obligations, census of schoolchildren and their redistribution among other local or county schools all that has to be done not just to satisfy the town, but to satisfy the distant and upward judge under whose permission Cary Plantation originally organized in 1836 and whose permission is needed to deorganize it 180 years later.

    Such permission is no rubber stamp: October, 2013: Dover-Foxcroft, Maine The state commission charged with creating a deorganization plan for the town of Atkinson made several changes to the document at a lengthy public meeting held at the Piscataquis County Courthouse on Sept.

    30. Once the new draft is completed, the paperwork will be forwarded to the town of Atkinson and the clock starts ticking again. At the time of that story, Atkinson s deorganization plan had been under review, and periodic evolving amendment, for nine years and as I write this, it is still not approved.

    The reasons become more apparent as one reads the objections: Don t send any bills their way Changes approved in the deorganization plan, which was originally written in February, clarify some of the financial liabilities and responsibilities of the town if they decide to disband their local government. While the original plan included language that required that funds be put into escrow to take care of roads, bridges, salt sheds and the town s share of the Dover-Foxcroft landfill costs, committee member Tom Walker Acting Supervisor of Municipal Services of Maine Revenue Service explained that it couldn t legally be done. You can t carry debt into a UT.

    It would be an administrative nightmare, Walker said. So the new language requires the town to make sure its infrastructure complies with county and state codes. 17 18 Deorganization is complete dissolution, and the entity shuffling off this political coil must have no potential for recall to life. After the Atkinson Board of Selectmen has the new deorganization plan, they have to convene a public hearing and then hold a special town meeting between 14 and 30 days after the hearing, according to commission chair Marcia McInnis, who is also the fiscal administrator for Maine s unorganized territories.

    At some point, the repeated delays, amendments, reviews, and procedures give the deorganization a life of its own (again, shades of Jarndyce), and the original purpose seems buried under the pyramid of writs. The pyramid is part of the scheme If the plan is accepted, the next step is to request that a bill be submitted for the second session of the Maine Legislature which begins in January. But since it won t be a bill carried over from the regular session, it has to be approved as emergency legislation by the Legislative Council, which consists of the 10 elected members of legislative leadership.

    State Sen. Doug Thomas , who was at the meeting, said that there s no guarantee the council will accept it, either. They may decide that it s not an emergency, Thomas said.

    This is something that s been going on for quite awhile. 19 Keenly judging whether it s an emergency: (now former) State Senator Douglas Thomas While many town issues stay within the town s borders, at least one has implications throughout the county and state: ground transportation infrastructure. Another issue to be studied further by the commission, county and Atkinson officials is the status of some roads and bridges. These arguments can seem petty or arcane but really, what is a road, versus a track or a driveway?

    That s a road all right Before you answer, bear in mind that in the context of a deorganization, a road is a liability , not an asset. Is this a road? AHI posts on municipal expansion, reconstitution, and contraction May 25, 2007: As a town dies : The depopulation of Oakridge, Oregon 20 August 13, 2007: Cities and scale , 3 parts: Could be too big or too small 21 May 12, 2008: Too many houses , 2 parts: The shrinkage of Youngstown, Ohio 22 November 9, 2011: The un-building of un-growing cities , 3 parts: Demolitions Cleveland 23 February 8, 2012: Grids city, scalable city , 2 parts: The land-use patents for success 24 December 31, 2013: Sub-cities? , 3 parts: Chicago s neighborhood contradictions 25 April 13, 2015: A tale of two cities , 12 parts: Will Chicago s north side secede? 26 November 30, 2015: Fine for you but not fine for me , 15 parts: Pagedale, Missouri 27 McCorrison Road over Alder Stream While a portion of Dyer Road is listed as seasonal, town officials say that it s open year-round.

    McCorrison bridge has been blocked by the Maine Department of Transportation for more than a year, but local residents reportedly removed the barricades and are now using it. 28 McCorrison Bridge, photographed unblocked Sidebar: In 2006, residents of Atkinson voted 15-12 to keep McCorrison Road open. Local democracy in action Ed. 29 While responsibility for road maintenance would fall on the county if the deorganization plan goes through, McInnis emphasized that the county is under no obligation to accept a road or a bridge. It s their discretion.

    All the certifications and inspections have to be up to date: Paul Bernier, public works director for Aroostook County , said he would have to inspect all of the town s roads to make sure they were at an acceptable level. 30 Bernier used the example of Bancroft, which recently deorganized. That community had to spend about $75,000 to bring a road up to acceptable conditions. Any roads he deems insufficient would have to be repaired before the transition can take place .

    Paul (at left) putting the Bernier calipers on the petition As with so many other things in life, once the decision is made, twere best done quickly, and this is a prime example: roads deteriorate over the course of Maine winters, and if they are all up to snuff by one fall, they may not be the following spring. Cary Plantation has 13.5 miles of town-owned roads, with 10 miles plowed in the winter. Somehow, eventually, the state says Yes, and then there s one final vote: If the state approves the plan, Oxbow will have to vote again in the November 2016 general election.

    And life goes on. Maine woodsman, 1886 4. Life after deorganization When Oxbow becomes Township 9, Range 6, it will join 41 other Maine towns that have deorganized over the last 100 years, most recently the former Aroostook County town of Bancroft this year. 31 Virtually everything AHI does is concerned with the consequences of urbanization and its drivers, economic development and population growth, so to me this has been a journey into an alternate universe, one where population isn t growing, the economy is largely unchanged, and the land is being de-urbanized.

    Since 1980, as the state s rural north has shed jobs and population, nine towns have dissolved their governments to join Maine s unorganized territories 10 million acres that cover about half the state and are administered from Augusta, the capital. In that time, the population of the territories has grown from 5,525 to about 8,000. Though rare, it s the logical byproduct of all that urbanization gravity: as Bangor, Augusta, and Portland grow, Atkinson, Bancroft, Cary Plantation, Centerville, and Oxbow will shrink.

    The bicolored line means the road s a secondary highway (at best) Marcia McInnis , the fiscal administrator for the Unorganized Territory , estimated there have been 41 deorganizations in Maine s history, about half of them during the Great Depression. But it has become recently more common than it has been in the last, really, two decades, she said. 32 33 There won t be too many more such deorganizations Aroostook County has only 70,000 people in total, and much of the county is already Unorganized Territory Paul Bernier, public works director for Aroostook County, said residents would see little change in services provided by making the transition. Bernier said every effort would be made to continue negotiating with the individuals or towns that provide such services as fire protection, ambulance and snow removal.

    As in Pagedale, the residents will be better off once they give up purely local control over everything but unlike Pagedale, where the mayor and alderpeople cling to power , the rural Mainers are perfectly ready to give it up. 34 Citing water problems, Atkinson s white-clapboard town hall is open for business just eight hours a week, according to a sign on the front door that lists the town clerk s phone number for urgent business. Perhaps that has something to do with the difference between urban and rural lifestyles. Whether or not the area attracts more residents, Steve Sherman said Oxbow will still be a small community in the north woods.

    We just won t have any local government. In the woods, most of the time you re on your own anyhow. Grilling hotdogs while ice fishing, Skowhegan, Maine I don t mind driving a few extra miles to pick up a fishing license.

    About the only thing that ll change is the name. We ll go from being the Town of Atkinson, to Atkinson Township, said Michael Snow, the town constable, whose gas station and chainsaw shop mark the town s commercial center. 35 Snows, saws, and laws, all in a one-stop shop About all a woodsman needs a vehicle, a chainsaw to clear timber, and gas to power them both. People here are still working in forestry, farming and outdoor guiding, with a number of lodge and guiding businesses around the town and the vast North Maine Woods beyond its borders.

    The town is aging, though, and some residents are looking to younger generations who may settle. Almon Currier, owner of Umcolcus Sporting Camps , is heading into retirement and selling the lodging and cabin business. We feel it s time for a younger generation with more energy to continue the tradition, Currier wrote on the Umcolcus website. 36 Out in the woods We re fewer in numbers all the time, and the break in the taxation is going to be a big help, Currier said at the meeting.

    Every journey has an end. There s privacy, and it s so quiet, said Ms. Libby, 51.

    We want to stay here. And to do that, it needs to be affordable for us to stay here. Dark and deep And miles to go before I sleep References ^ Part 8 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 1 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 2 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 3 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 4 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 5 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 6 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ Part 7 (affordablehousinginstitute.org) ^ David A.

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