Housing Market Set for a Boom

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Set for a Boom Tagged with: Economy Recession Sales The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 31, 2019 1,199 Views Housing Market Set for a Boom Previous: Debt and the Widening Black Homeownership Gap Next: CoreLogic Integrates with Digital Lending Platform Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Homebuilder activity has started to pick back up, now at record high levels, according to Alpha Stock Alert Research Analyst Clint Lee on Banyan Hill. Housing starts still have yet to return to their long-term average, most recently reported at 1.3 million units. Meanwhile, Freddie Mac states that the U.S. faces a housing shortfall of up to 4 million units, though builder confidence has hit new highs.“And the problem will only worsen as the millennial generation starts to reach the peak age of first-time homebuyers, which is typically early 30s,” Hill said. “Fortunately, homebuilding activity has picked up. New home sales are now at their highest level since 2007.”In BuildFax’s September Housing Health Report, Jonathan Kanarek, COO, BuildFax noted that the housing market is beating expectations, even with the threat of recession.“Amidst concerns of a recession, it’s promising to see the housing market responding to the impact of mortgage rate decreases and other positive moves in the market,” he added. “If housing continues showing the promise of growth, or even a leveling off, this activity has the potential to stimulate the larger economy.”Also aiding to the rally is the reported progress being made in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.“Of the S&P 500 companies that have reported over the last month, just 32 mention recession on their calls,” said Nick Mazing of Sentieo in the CNBC report.Recent economic recovery has slowed talk of a recession, but Duke Professor Campbell Harvey, an expert on the yield curve, warned that the yield curve’s un-inversion in recent week should not be considered a “all clear” sign.A recession may still be on the horizon, he told Business Insider. A negative spread between the three-month and 10-year Treasury yields—known as a yield-curve inversion—has precluded each of the seven economic recessions since 1950. Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Economy Recession Sales 2019-10-31 Seth Welborn Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Judicial campaign conduct forums set

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and the state’s trial court chief judges, are again sponsoring a series of judicial campaign conduct forums in advance of this year’s elections.The forums will be conducted June 3 through June 7 in all judicial circuits in which there will be contested judicial elections. (Qualifying is between May 13 and May 17.) Beginning at 1 p.m., each forum will last approximately an hour and will cover requirements imposed upon candidates for judicial office by Canon 7 of Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The forums will emphasize the importance of integrity and professionalism among candidates for judicial office and the consequent impact of campaign conduct on public trust and confidence in the judicial system. The presentations will further impress upon candidates and others in the community the seriousness with which the Supreme Court and the Bar view any abuse of the election process.“Candidates for judicial office should be well aware that they win nothing if they win elections by violating Canon 7,” said Chief Justice Charles Wells. “They can and will be disciplined, and the discipline can include removal from office.”“Our committee members will once again be working hard to educate all of our state’s judicial candidates so only ethical campaign practices will be employed during this year’s election process,” said JEAC Chair Scott J. Silverman, an 11th Circuit judge.At each forum, the circuit’s chief judge will open with brief remarks stressing the nonpartisan character of judicial races, then present a videotaped introduction by Chief Justice Wells. Representatives of the Board of Governors also will speak briefly regarding the Bar’s role in ensuring compliance with the code. Members of the JEAC will then provide a summary review of Canon 7, give participants a list of informational resources, and discuss the disciplinary process.The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting judges and judicial candidates. The committee’s booklet, “An Aid to Understanding Canon 7,” will be distributed at all forums, first to candidates and campaign managers, then to others as available. Copies of the booklet may also be downloaded from the Press Page of the Supreme Court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org or by clicking here. All candidates for judicial office and their campaign managers are encouraged to attend. The forums also are open to local bar association presidents, local political party chairs, and representatives of the print and broadcast media, as well as members of the general public.The following is a listing of judicial campaign conduct forums preliminarily scheduled throughout the state. Forums will be canceled in any circuit in which there are no contested judicial elections following the close of qualifying May 17. All meetings start at 1 p.m. (In the First and 14th circuits, 1 p.m. CDT).• First Circuit, Monday, June 3, in Courtroom 407, 190 Governmental Center, Pensacola 32501.• Second Circuit, Wednesday, June 5, at the Leon County Courthouse, Courtroom 3C, 301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee 32301.• Third Circuit, Friday, June 7, at the Columbia County Courthouse, Courtroom 4, 145 North Hernando Street, Lake City 32056.• Fourth Circuit, Wednesday, June 5, at the Duval County Courthouse, Conference Room 220, 330 East Bay Street, Jacksonville 32202.• Fifth Circuit, Monday, June 3, at the Marion County Judicial Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, 110 N.W. 1st Avenue, Ocala 34475.• Sixth Circuit, Monday, June 3, at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, courtroom 1 on the fourth floor, 14250 49th Street N., Clearwater 33702.• Seventh Circuit, Thursday, June 6, at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex (City Island), Courtroom 5, 125 E. Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach 32114.• Eighth Circuit, Tuesday, June 4, at the Alachua County Courthouse, Courtroom 4A, 201 E. University Avenue, Gainesville 32601.• Ninth Circuit, Tuesday, June 4, Orange County Courthouse, Conference Room — 23rd Floor, 425 North Orange Avenue, Orlando 32801.• 10th Circuit, Friday, June 7, at the Polk County Courthouse, 9th Floor Conference Room, 255 North Broadway, Bartow 33831.• 11th Circuit, Monday, June 3, at the Dade County Courthouse, Courtroom 4-2, 73 West Flagler Street, Miami 33130.• 12th Circuit, Wednesday, June 5, at the Sarasota County Judicial Center, Room 810, 2002 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota 34237.• 13th Circuit, Tuesday, June 4, at the Hillsborough County Courthouse, Judicial Conference room 214-G, 419 Pierce Street, Tampa 33602.• 14th Circuit, Thursday, June 6, Bay County Courthouse, Grand Jury Room, 301 McKenzie, Panama City 32402.• 15th Circuit, Friday, June 7, at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, Judicial Dining Room, Room 1.2402, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach 33401.• 16th Circuit, Thursday, June 6, at the Monroe County Courthouse, Grand Jury Room, 4th Floor, 500 Whitehead Street, Key West 33040.•17th Circuit, Friday, June 7, Broward County Courthouse, Courtroom #400, 201 S.E. Sixth Street, Ft. Lauderdale 33301.• 18th Circuit, Monday, June 3, Supervisor of Elections Room, Brevard County Government Center, Building C, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 32940.• 19th Circuit, Wednesday, June 5, at the St. Lucie County Courthouse, Room 217, 218 South 2nd Street, Ft. Pierce 34950.• 20th Circuit, Thursday, June 6, at the Lee County Justice Center, Grand Jury Room, 3rd Floor, 1700 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers 33901.Questions regarding the forums may be directed to Cal Goodlett, Senior Attorney, Office of the State Courts Administrator, (850) 922-0350. Judicial campaign conduct forums set Judicial campaign conduct forums setcenter_img May 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

The pros and cons of automatic bill pay

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details No one likes to think about paying bills, so the idea of automatic bill pay can seem quite appealing. Can you imagine the month going by and all your bills getting paid without you having to lift a finger? Before you settle on this option, make sure you have a real understanding of the actual pros and cons of automatic bill pay. The following are a few pluses and minuses and tips on whether it’s the best choice for your finances.ProsConvenienceAs mentioned above, automatic bill pay allows you to forget the hassle of logging on to various websites or sending in payments to different companies. Instead, this bill-pay option automatically withdraws the funds from your banking account, leaving you with the satisfaction of knowing everything is paid for on time. Additionally, some financial institutions will provide customers (members CU) with an organized monthly list of bills paid so you can view everything all in one place.Improved credit scoreMany people see a hit to their credit score as a result of delinquent payments. With automatic bill pay, you can rest assured that your financial standing will not suffer because you forget to manually make a payment. One of the biggest components of your credit score is your payment history, so automatic bill pay can help you stay in good standing and keep your finances consistent.ConsOverdraftsChances are your bills are not the same exact amount every month. Therefore, if there is a fluctuation and the funds are automatically being withdrawn, your account may be overdrawn if you’re not prepared for the higher cost. Also, you can usually anticipate when your bills will be paid, but in the off chance your spending is higher and money is tight, it may be a wiser decision to manually pay bills when you know the money is there.MistakesWhen your funds are automatically being withdrawn to pay your bills, you’re less likely to pay attention to payments and account activity. Although rare, there is a chance that the company withdrawing the money may unintentionally do so more than once, or may take out an incorrect amount. Although these problems can be fixed, they can put you in a bind and cause headaches.While automatic bill pay is becoming increasing popular, it is not for everyone. The important thing is to understand whether it fits into your financial routine. Use text and email alerts to help keep you in the loop when bills are paid or due. Because if you’re not careful what may seem like a convenient system may wind up causing you unnecessary financial stress.last_img read more

Caterers and hoteliers are calling for a reduction in VAT in tourism

first_imgHUT welcomes the announcement of a reduction in VAT on tourism Lowering the VAT rate on the catering offer creates the necessary space for new investments in increasing the quality of the tourist offer and for a significant increase in wages, which can only stabilize the labor supply in tourism. The first set of requirements refers to the reduction of the VAT on food preparation from 25 to 13 percent, the abolition of the Consumption Tax and the other tax relief for the business of caterers. The caterers emphasized that their goal is primarily to increase the salaries of workers, for which, with the current level of taxes and business conditions in Croatia, there is simply no room. The fourth round of tax reform, which should be presented by the end of July, expects new tax relief, especially in the tourism sector, ie catering.  “The issue of competitiveness of the tourism sector is the focus of the global tourism industry, and VAT is one of the key factors. As is well known, a number of countries, including our biggest competitors, have recently reduced or are announcing an imminent reduction in the VAT rate in tourism, which will have the effect of improving the sector’s performance and strengthening its international position. In such an environment, the reduction of VAT, which is currently the highest in Croatia in the Mediterranean, will give the necessary impetus to strengthen the Croatian tourism industry and thus maintain one of the leading positions in the Mediterranean. they point out from HUT and add that we can compete with other Mediterranean markets only with quality, which means that we must encourage investments in increasing the quality of the offer, both accommodation and complete services. “Due to the high tax burden, the Croatian catering industry is struggling to survive. We are looking for urgent measures that will prevent the further exodus of Croatian labor to Western countries and the collapse of a large number of caterers, and stop the immeasurable damage to Croatian tourism. Croatia has the absolute highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the European Union. Such a situation has become unsustainable for us. ” stated Vedran Jakominić, President of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) welcomes the announcement of the introduction of an intermediate VAT rate on the total tourist offer as part of the fourth package of tax changes. HUT considers the reduction of VAT as an effective measure to improve the competitiveness of Croatian tourism, but also the overall Croatian economy, given that tourism accounts for 20 percent of Croatian GDP, which may result in increased investment, employment and wages, and consequently state revenues budget.last_img read more

Hoffarth on the media: TBS’ Brian Anderson isn’t blue over turning down Dodgers’ overtures

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “So, I’m probably just one of 100 young guys bothering him for help, but now we’re pretty close,” said Davis, who called the Astros-Red Sox ALDS for FS1 last week. “I know Brian would say we’re friends, and I don’t disagree, but I still consider him a mentor.“There have been many times in my two years on the job where I’ve thought to myself, ‘What would B.A. do?’ He taught me as much as anybody especially about off-air stuff – how to carry myself as a big-league broadcaster, the importance of always being a ‘good guy.’ Honestly, he’s stressed to me a lot of the same stuff my parents instilled in me growing up, only through the lens of this job.”Anderson calls Davis a “perfect fit” with the Dodgers, someone who came in without any other MLB team affiliation, and Anderson says he feels as if he’s “connected to the Dodgers and that job in one way or another. But for me, it wasn’t the right place or the right time. We recommended Joe, and things have gone really fast for him. I think he could be there forever, too.”(See Anderson talk about that decision in the video clip below)Another little-known fact that also must be considered: Anderson was at one time in the Dodgers’ minor-league pipeline of broadcasters and looked up to Scully as an inspiration, consulting with him along the way.The Texas native and former college baseball player at nationally-ranked St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Anderson put in seven years with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, six of them when they were the Dodgers’ affiliate. Through a producer, Anderson was able to meet Scully and ask him for career advice almost 20 years ago.When Anderson did his first big-league game in 2007, it was a Brewers-Dodgers broadcast from Miller Park. Scully not only filled out Anderson’s scorecard that day, but wrote a special note on it as well.“I don’t keep a lot of memorabilia,” said Anderson. “I have four things in my home office. Two of them are from Vin.”One more Scully moment for Anderson is the one he got in June, 2016, when the Brewers came into Dodger Stadium during the last time.Anderson arranged with SNLA stage manager Boyd Robertson to do several minutes of a pregame interview with Scully. Anderson couldn’t help himself near the end. With his voice cracking, he told Scully how “I got into the business because of you.”Scully responded: “Oh Brian, thank you so much pal … you’ve got a long, magnificent career ahead of you. Cherish it. Love it … and I’ll be rooting for you.”Anderson then apologized for giving Scully a hug on air to end it. It’s now a moment preserved on YouTube.com.“When we did that interview, it kind of freaked me out – it was like staring into the eyes of the pope,” Anderson said. “Afterward, Boyd said Vin was really touched by that, how I opened up on camera that way. That’s one of my career highlights for sure.”It’s hardly lost on Anderson,who is  working the NLCS with Ron Darling as his analyst, that he’s back in the same Scully booth for the playoffs, the booth he could have inherited had he pursued it further.“I used to be in the visiting booth, next to Vin, calling the same plays he’d be calling and knowing that, for a fact, he’d be doing it a million times better,” Anderson says with a laugh. “It gets to be a little weird to have that kind of perspective, to step away from yourself and be so conscientious about your abilities.“Now the booth is configured differently, and we also put all our own Turner stuff in there, so once you sit down it’s very different. But, sure, when I walk into that booth, I do get a little emotional, like it’s not somewhere I’m not supposed to or need to be.”But it’s where you are now.More Q&A with Anderson and additional media notes from the week at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthMEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== The promotion this week of Lindsay Amstutz as the new Senior VP and GM at Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket/Fox Sports San Diego, succeeding Henry Ford, is an impressive career benchmark for the Chatsworth native and Pasadena resident. She becomes one of only two women running a regional sports network (with MSG Networks’ Andrea Greenberg). Adding to the news is the fact that Amstutz’s husband, Dan Sullivan, a two-time Southern California Golf Association player of the year, made it to the semifinals for the second straight year at the USGA Mid-Amateur Golf Championship last week in Atlanta.== Retirement? Dick Enberg, the 82-year-old who continues to refuse to use that word, recently launched a podcast called “Sound of Success” on PodcastOne.com and included Vin Scully for a 20-minute conversation in the post this week. “It has my adrenal glands pumping and might even tighten a synapse or two,” Enberg said of the project. On Sunday in North Hollywood, Enberg will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame for his work on KTLA-Channel 5 back at the old Olympic Auditorum in the mid 1960s.WHAT CHOKES== It’s not a small request: What can we do to get TBS to make that score-info graphic in the top left corner easier to read for those of us who don’t have a 70-inch flat screen to enjoy the NL playoffs? The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal at least suggests it might want to add a sponsorship to it – LensCrafters. As he was during the NL Divisional Series, and will be for the duration of the NL Championship Series, Brian Anderson is your TV play-by-play voice of the Dodgers this month.It comes with Joe Davis’ endorsement, and Vin Scully’s blessing.TBS’ national cable coverage of the National League playoffs perhaps affords the 46-year-old Anderson something that neither Davis nor Scully got to fully enjoy in the L.A. market over the last four years – an undivided, consistent TV presence to continue a narrative about the team’s drive toward its first World Series appearance in nearly 30 years.“I know about their TV situation,” said Anderson of the SportsNet LA regular-season distribution, “but … I never thought about it that way. It hadn’t crossed my mind. Not that I’d do anything differently, but … it is hard to imagine fans going a whole season without watching their team.”center_img Aside from a handful of games picked up nationally by Fox or ESPN, or a few more simulcast on KTLA-Channel 5, more than half of the Dodgers’ TV audience hasn’t had a real chance to familiarize themselves with Davis, the 29-year-old who took over full time for the retiring Scully at the beginning of this season.Funny thing: Anderson could have been “that” guy.The Milwaukee Brewers’ Fox Sports Wisconsin TV play-by-play man for the last 11 seasons, and part of TBS’ regular- and postseason baseball package since 2008, Anderson was among several names circulating for the Dodgers’ TV secondary play-by-play spot when the team decided one was needed prior to the 2016 season.Anderson thought it over and decided he wasn’t the one for it. But Davis was.Davis, after his first year of calling Double-A baseball in Montgomery, Ala., in 2010, used to go to Miller Park and do “demo broadcasts” – sit in an empty booth and call a game into a tape recorder so he could circulate it among potential employers. That’s where he got to meet Anderson, and a year later, Anderson recommended to his agent at IF Management that he take on Davis as well as a client. Anderson passed along a clip Davis had done from the ninth inning of a no-hitter in Montgomery he called that was thrown by now-Giants pitcher Matt Moore.last_img read more

Annabell takes third place in Germany

first_img5 Jun 2017 Annabell takes third place in Germany England’s Annabell Fuller took third place in the storm-shortened German girls’ open – while in the boys’ event, Toby Briggs was left counting the cost of the weather. Thunderstorms interrupted and then led to the cancellation of the third and final round of the tournament at St Leon Rot, meaning that placings were decided on scores after 36 holes. Fuller (pictured) was 10-under par for the two rounds, shooting five-under on each of the two courses – and was still 10-under when her third round was cancelled. Sweden’s Linn Grant won on 12-under and Austria’s Emma Spitz was third on 11-under. This result, against 100 of Europe’s leading girl golfers, underlines the form which led to Fuller’s recent selection for the GB&I U16 team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. Earlier this season the 15-year-old, from Roehampton, Surrey, reached the quarter finals of the French U18 Cartier Trophy, was third individually in the women’s European Nations Cup and runner-up in the Harder Hall women’s invitational in Florida in January. Meanwhile, the cancellation forced Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall, Norfolk) to discard an outstanding third round of seven-under 65. He had charged up the field and was leader in the clubhouse on 10-under par when play was abandoned. His final place was ninth. Briggs, 17, is an England and GB&I boy international.last_img read more

Westport Winery’s 7th Annual Fleur de Lis Festival to be held…

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery will hold its seventh annual Fleur de Lis Festival on Sunday, May 3, from noon to 4 p.m. (This is a change from a previously published date.) This celebration of flowers is free to attend and open to all ages. The winery is known for its extensive iris plantings which bloom for this festival. In addition, the winery’s eclectic plant nursery will feature a wealth of exciting new selections for the event.Christine Hill and Ken Albert will perform live throughout the afternoon under the gazebo in the Color Wheel Garden where the Westport Art Festival will host Art in the Vines. This precursor to their annual summer art festival at the docks in Westport on August 17 and 18 is your opportunity to discover the latest creations from some of the best known artists in the region.As a special part of this celebration the winery will release their latest vintage of Message In A Bottle, the first blush wine they have produced in several years. This Rosé of Syrah was crafted with grapes from Dave and Jacquie Stephens’ Songbird Vineyard on Red Mountain. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits West Coast Search Dogs of Washington. A new watercolor by Darryl Easter graces the label.At noon the Roberts family will perform a ribbon cutting of their new five acre Quote Garden. “There’s simply so much wisdom to share from those who have lived in interesting time in the past,” said Kim Roberts. Following the opening of the garden guests are invited to move into the garden to unveil two new sculptures. Frank Ratte of Elma will unveil Swimmer while Beau Finley of Westport will unveil Mercy.Visitors are encouraged to check in by 12:45 p.m. for the 1 p.m. Backstage Winemaking tour. The price is $5 per person and free for wine club members and their guests. Good walking shoes and ability to walk on rough surfaces required.Bring your favorite pooch to party at Westport Winery’s Best Friends Dog Park. The pups are always welcome at the winery on leash in the gardens and off-leash in the park. Lulu and Curzon are often in attendance.It will be a perfect day to launch spring fun with the winery’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor Scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery is known as having been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.Westport Winery’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.last_img read more

Proposed LS Winery May Sidestep Borough Approval

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – The owner of a vineyard, who has been looking to establish a winery and retail operation there, is seeking to win county approval for the enterprise – which has become controversial in the borough – and possibly circumvent local jurisdiction.Seven Bridges Winery, LLC, 640 Seven Bridges Road, has applied to the Monmouth County’s Agriculture Development Board in Freehold seeking its and the state’s approval to be allowed to move forward with plans by way of a county-issued site specific agricultural management practice plan. The submitted plan requests “an exemption of municipal site plan review,” as provided for under state statute, according to the application filed last month.Seven Bridges Winery is owned by Richard DeBlasi, who also resides on the property. In November 2011, DeBlasi and his attorney met informally with the mayor and borough council to offer his proposal and seek a zoning change to make the business a permitted use in the largely residential area.DeBlasi owns 15 acres on Seven Bridges Road, with about 5 of them dedicated to a grape vineyard and approximately 7 acres as protected wetlands. About 12.7 acres on the property is assessed as farmland. DeBlasi has been growing grapes there since April 2003 when he planted his first acre and produced his first harvest in September 2005, yielding about a ton of wine grapes, according to his application.Before April 2003 the farm produced hay for sale, the application noted.Along with running a winery and vineyard, DeBlasi has said previously he hoped to sell his wine on site and possibly operate tours and tastings.That has raised concerns with a considerable number of area residents who have expressed their opposition, fearing increased traffic and activity in the neighborhood.The borough council has not formally acted on DeBlasi’s zoning change request.DeBlasi did not immediately respond to a phone call this week seeking comment.Al Natali, who owns and operates Natali Vineyards in Cape May, said he has been working with DeBlasi on his development.Natali said Seven Bridges Winery is seeking approval through the state statute commonly referred to as the Right to Farm Act.The state Legislature approved the bill in 1983, amending it in 1998.“The act protects responsible commercial farmers from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations,” according to the state Department of Agriculture website.Should DeBlasi eventually win approval from the county board, Natali contended the municipality couldn’t deny the use. Under Right to Farm, “local zoning is pre-empted,” he said.The act is intended to protect farming activity, “but someone who’s farming still must fulfill public safety and health issues,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, a county spokeswoman.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said he has “heard a fair amount of opposition” to the proposal as it was being debated.Neff said borough officials are “extremely concerned our residents have the ability to comment on the application and that the town retain control over its own zoning and its own destiny.”John Bennett, the borough attorney, is researching the matter, Neff said.The county’s Agricultural Development Board “handles all matters agricultural and horticultural for the county,” Kirkpatrick said. The application is currently under its review and a public hearing will be held in the coming months, maybe as early as May, she said.last_img read more

Kinrade plays first NHL pre-season game; back on sidelines for rematch

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorFormer Nelson Leafs defenceman Geoff Kinrade finished a minus-1 as the Ottawa Senators lost 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in National Hockey League pre-season action Friday night at the Bell Centre.The contest was Kinrade’s first taste of NHL pre-season hockey this season. Kinrade is in his second training camp with the Senators after playing last season with Ottawa’s AHL minor league affiliate in Binghamton. Kinrade didn’t play during the Sens 6-2 pasting of Carey Price and the Habs Saturday night in Ottawa.The 6-foot, 195-pound Kinrade logged 13-plus minutes during Friday’s contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.Kinrade, 25, spent the 2009-10 season with the Baby Sens, registering professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27) while accumulating 59 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 games.He ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating. Kinrade is one of 15 defencemen remaining in camp with Ottawa.Ottawa split its first two exhibition games defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 Tuesday and losing 4-1 Wednesday. The Sens host Montreal in Ottawa tonight.Kinrade played for the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL before landing a spot with Cowichan Valley of the B.C. Hockey League.He then spent four seasons at Michigan Tech [email protected]last_img read more

Autumn turkey hunting season opens soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you haven’t considered hunting turkeys this time of year, you have 11 more reasons to do so this season. That’s how many counties have been added to the list of those open to the autumn opportunity this year. Hunters this month and next have their choice of 67 counties in which to pursue turkeys, and that includes hens and poults, as well as the mature “sway-beard” male gobblers that are pursued with such a passion each spring.While there are pockets of intense autumn turkey hunting followers and activity here in Ohio, such as in Ashtabula County, where avid hunters have special “turkey” dogs to hound their prey, most of the turkeys that are harvested in the fall are taken as “by catch” by deer and small game hunters who purchase a fall turkey tag to have in pocket in the event a turkey presents itself while they are pursuing their primary targets. Many hunters feel that $24 is a small price to pay for the opportunity that lasts for six weeks. I’m one — and now look forward to harvesting a turkey this fall in a newly opened county where I already hunt deer and am already in the woods hoping for a whitetail.Ohio hunters can pursue wild turkeys in 11 more counties this autumn than in years past, for a total of 67, during a six-week season that opens Saturday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 26. Gobblers, poults and hens are legal game during the fall wild turkey season, but only one turkey of either sex may be harvested during the season. A valid Ohio hunting license and a fall turkey hunting permit are required to participate in the autumn opportunity that is open from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset daily. Shotguns using shot, as well as crossbows and longbows, are permitted, and turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day the bird is harvested.Hunters must make their own game tag to attach to a turkey, and can use any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time, and county of the kill. Go to the Turkey Hunting Resources page at wildohio.gov for more information on changes to the game check process.Also, all successful hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system, which is available online and by phone seven days a week, including holidays. Hunters with a turkey permit have three options to complete the game check:• Online at ohiogamecheck.com;• Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864); or• Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and others not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option. Landowners and others not required to obtain a permit have the following game-check options:• Online at ohiogamecheck.com;• Visit a license agent; or• Call 866-703-1928 for operator assisted landowner game-check (a convenience fee of $5.50 applies).The Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving, or moving through hunting areas to remain visible to others. The list of open counties and other details regarding fall wild turkey hunting can be found in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.For more from Ermitage visit: buckeyesportman.com.last_img read more

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