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Utah State’s Darwin Thompson Drafted by Kansas City in Sixth Round of 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgOverall, Thompson is fourth all-time at Utah State for a single season with his 16 total touchdowns and is tied for sixth with his 14 rushing touchdowns. Furthermore, he is also fifth all-time in rushing average at 6.8 yards per carry and is tied for ninth in scoring with 96 points. And finally, his career rushing average is tied for the fourth-best in school history. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State running back Darwin Thompson was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 214th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. Overall, Utah State has now had 122 players selected in the NFL Draft, including 13 players in the last nine years, including five running backs. On the season, Thompson ranked first in the Mountain West and 13th in the nation in rushing yards per carry (6.8), second in the MW and 20th in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns (1.1 per game), third in the MW and 14th in the nation in total touchdowns with 16 (1.2 per game), fifth in the MW and 51st in the nation in scoring (7.4 points per game), fifth in the MW and 56th in the nation in rushing (80.3. yards per game), and fifth in the MW and 65th in the nation in all-purpose yards (107.3 yards per game). Thompson also had a team-best 11 rushes of 20-plus yards last year, including four of at least 55 yards, to go along with three receptions of at least 20 yards, including two over 55 yards. Thompson had five 100-yard rushing games as a junior, which are the most by an Aggie since 2013, and was the first player since 2012 to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game as he carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught four passes for 115 yards and a career-high two touchdowns against San Jose State. In fact, Thompson had an 88-yard touchdown catch against SJSU to rank as the sixth-longest pass play in USU history. During his one season at Utah State, Thompson earned second-team all-Mountain West honors as he carried the ball 153 times for 1,044 yards (6.8 yards per carry/80.3 yards per game) and 14 touchdowns to lead the team in all three categories, while adding 23 receptions for 351 yards (15.3 yards per reception) and two touchdowns. Tags: Darwin Thompson/Kansas City Chiefs/NFL/NFL Draft/Utah State Aggies Football Thompson is just the third Aggie ever to be drafted by the Chiefs organization joining wide receiver Kevin Robinson, who was selected in the sixth round (182th overall pick) in the 2008 NFL Draft and quarterback Bob Gagliano, who was selected in the 12th round (319th overall pick) in the 1981 NFL Draft. April 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Darwin Thompson Drafted by Kansas City in Sixth Round of 2019 NFL Draft On the season, Thompson had at least one rushing touchdown in nine games and multiple rushing touchdowns in four games, including a career-high three at Hawai’i, as he was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, as he carried the ball 13 times for a career-high 141 yards and added two receptions for 37 yards.  Thompson will join 14 other former Aggies who are currently on NFL rosters, including safety Maurice Alexander (Buffalo Bills), cornerback Jalen Davis (Miami Dolphins), safety Marwin Evans (Seattle Seahawks), linebacker Kyler Fackrell (Green Bay Packers), offensive guard Tyler Larsen (Carolina Panthers), defensive back Nevin Lawson (Oakland Raiders), safety Dallin Leavitt (Oakland Raiders), running back Devante Mays (Cleveland Browns), long snapper Patrick Scales (Chicago Bears), wide receiver Hunter Sharp (Cincinnati Bengals), running back Robert Turbin (Oakland Raiders), linebacker Nick Vigil (Cincinnati Bengals), linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks) and running back Kerwynn Williams (Detroit Lions). With his 1,044 rushing yards in 2018, Thompson became the first Aggie in five years and the 18th in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Overall, his 1,044 rushing yards last year are tied for the 16th-most in school history and he is just the 32nd USU player to rush for 1,000 yards in a career. Written by Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Countrywide builds-to-rent

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Countrywide builds-to-rent previous nextLand & New HomesCountrywide builds-to-rentThe Negotiator12th June 20160679 Views Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has advised Vista, the UK residential property fund established via a joint venture in build-to-rent between Countrywide plc and Hermes Investment Management, on the forward purchase of the first phase of Manchester Waters from Rowlinson Constructions for £23 million.Manchester Waters is a 164-unit build-to-rent scheme of 96,547 sq ft, located on the southwest fringe of central Manchester. It is Vista’s second largest PRS scheme following the forward purchaseof Baltic Village in Liverpool, which exchanged last year.This will be the first scheme to be developed at Pomona Island, on the south west fringe of central Manchester, in one a burgeoning residential urban village. With excellent connectivity to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and the city centre, work starts soon.Winckworth Sherwood’s Real Estate partner Charlie Proddow, said, “Manchester Waters is a long-term investment for Vista and falls in line with its strategy of focusing on high-quality, new BTR assets across the UK. We are delighted to be part of that story.”Manchester Waters build-to-rent Countrywide June 12, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Don criticises over-examination

first_imgNiall Ferguson, a leading historian and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, has denounced the “proliferation of exams for school pupils” in English schools. He said the result of the number of tests is, “an increasingly narrow, instrumental approach to education, in which pupils are coached to jump through the examiners’ hoops.” He compared the system to the economy of the old Soviet Union, “over-complex plans are adopted, the bureaucracy churns out ever-changing targets, the workforce becomes more and more cynical.” He stated that evidence for this could be found in A-Level grade inflation: “as in the USSR, statistics of increased output mask declines in quality.” A spokesperson for the Department for Children, Schools, and Families defended the National Curriculum tests. They said tests provided vital information for parents when choosing a school, and for children to measure their progress. The spokesperson denied that the pressure could have a negative impact on children: “pressure is damaging if it is too intense or too prolonged: the impact of national curriculum tests should be neither.” Ferguson, while maintaining his research post at Jesus, has numerous other positions in American universities. He is also a professor of history at Harvard and a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Educated at Magdalen, he is a prominent columnist as well as historian. However, Christine Gregory, the external relations officer of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), agreed with Ferguson’s remarks. She said that excessive testing, particularly in England, was creating a culture in which pupils were “afraid to fail.” She said that the result was, “a huge amount of stress on teachers” and pupils learning simply “how to pass tests.” She claimed that this view was shared by most of the teaching unions. Gregory also dismissed the value of exams in providing parents with a guide to the best schools. She said exam results reflected influences like “parental input, family background, family expectations” and “aspiration poverty” rather than teaching standards. Philip Parkin, General Secretary of Voice, a union for education professionals, agreed that exams were too frequent. He said, “tests have a place in education, but our pupils are currently over-tested. We start testing earlier. We test more frequently. We test more subjects in this country than elsewhere.” He added that it was time for the Government to bring the excessive testing regime to an end, “We would like to see England follow the lead set by Wales and scrap SATs.” He referred to a report on Testing and Assessment by The House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee, which was issued last Tuesday. The report found, “the use of national test results for the purpose of school accountability has resulted in some schools emphasising the maximisation of test results at the expense of a more rounded education for their pupils.” The committee recommended reform of the testing system “in such a way as to remove from schools the imperative to pursue test results at all costs.” A teacher trainer, who wished to remain anonymous, also supported Ferguson’s claims. He argued that exams which were “little diagnostic events” designed to measure pupils’ progress, “wouldn’t be a big deal.” Rather, the problem, he said, lies with exams that have “real outcomes” in terms of school funding and reputation. This means that the result “is absolutely everything” and will cause teachers to teach to the exam. He said that because of this, “there isn’t any long span of time when pupils will be developing broader understanding.” Parents’ attitudes to the exam system are mixed. One parent, whose children attend a state grammar school, agreed that society places “too much emphasis” on testing, but said that she had not found it to be a problem. This, she said, was thanks to the school’s policy of “not being an exam factory but [focusing] on the child’s complete growth.” Another parent, whose children are educated in the private sector, suggested that the emphasis on exams is prevalent, “even more fervently and aggressively” here than in the state sector. “From the time they are three, they are continually assessed,” she said, explaining that even nursery school entrance could be test-dependent. She described how the 7-plus exams could be a “horrendous experience” for young children. She said, “my poor children are exammed up to their eyeballs.” Kirsty Smith, a maths student taking part in the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, which allows undergraduates to work with teachers in local schools, also described her experience of exam-driven pupils. She found that a class of bright pupils taking maths GCSE a year early, had a “really disappointing” lack of interest in the subject. She said, rather than being inspired, “all [the pupils] are interested in is where they are going to get the marks.” A spokesperson for Oxford University declined to comment on the comments made by Niall Ferguson.last_img read more

OUSU elects first ever Trans Officer

first_imgOUSU has elected its first ever Trans Officer at the most recent meeting of OUSU Council.Elliot Parrot, a second year French & German undergraduate at Oriel College, was elected unopposed as OUSU’s first ever Trans Officer at OUSU Council last Wednesday. The role is one of six part-time executive committee roles that last for the duration of Michaelmas 2015.The OUSU website describes the responsibilities of the role as working “with the Vice President (Welfare and Equal Opportunities) and the LGBTQ Officer to lobby for the interests of trans students in all areas of the student experience”.The role is further described as working with The Women’s Campaign, the LGBTQ Campaign, and Oxford University’s LGBTQ society – a group where Parrot is currently Trans Rep.Parrot told Cherwell, “It’s wonderful that the role finally exists, and I look forward to watching the legacy of all those Trans Officers elected in the future unfold! Hopefully this will also be one of many smaller steps towards persuading the NUS to instate a fulltime Trans Officer to support trans students at a national level, but it is a very big step forward for us on a local level.“Being the first person in this role is quite daunting, since I have had little direct involvement with OUSU thus far, and so I’ll need to learn how to negotiate all the bureaucratic channels; that said, being the first person ever to come out as trans at Oriel was far more daunting, so I’m prepared! I’m also excited to try to make the job easier for whomever is elected after me by warming the seat for them, as it were.“My two main plans are to put through a motion at OUSU Council urging all colleges to adopt the most recent version of the University’s policy and guidance on transgender individuals, and to lobby as many faculties as possible, as well as the Bodleian, to install gender-neutral toilets .”last_img read more

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Releases First-Ever Solo Single “Outside Of This Town” [Listen]

first_img20-year old Mississippi Delta-bred blues guitar prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is gearing up to release his debut studio album, Kingfish, on May 17th via Alligator Records. The young sensation has received huge praise from the blues community over the last several years for his live collaborations and online YouTube videos.Following the release of his first official single off of his debut record, “Fresh Out”, featuring mentor and blues hero Buddy Guy, Kingfish has shared “Outside Of This Town”, his first-ever solo single. Premiered via PremierGuitar.com, “Outside Of This Town” is an autobiographical song inspired by Kingfish’s own experiences in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. He explains, “There’s not a lot to do here. Some people maybe get tempted by the criminal life, but for me it was blues 24/7. I want to be a great man, and bring great music all around the world, because that’s what we need at this moment.”Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – “Outside Of This Town”[Audio: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Topic]Along with a plethora of solo performances and festival appearances, Kingfish is currently in the midst of a 10-show spread of special performances throughout the U.S alongside Buddy Guy. In August and September, Kingfish will target a completely different audience, offering support for indie rock act Vampire Weekend. See below for a full list of Kingfish’s 2019 tour dates.For ticketing and more information, head to Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s website.Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 2019 Tour Dates:(headlining and festival dates)April 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ August Wilson Center For African American CultureMay 4 – Memphis, TN @ Beale St Music FestMay 5 – Dallas, TX @ Intl Guitar FestMay 15 – New York, NY @ The Loft at City WineryMay 17 – Washington DC @ Pie ShopMay 27, Asheville, NC @ The Grey EagleMay 31 – Atlanta, GA @ Eddie’s AtticJune 9 – Delaware City, DE @ St Georges Blues FestJuly 6–7 – Portland, OR @ Waterfront Blues FestJuly 13 – Nescopeck, PA @ Briggs Farm Blues FestJuly 21 – Winthrop, WA @ R&B FestJuly 27 – Sisters, OR @ R&B FestAug 3 – Mammoth Lakes @ BluesapaloozaAug 9 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds South Stage(with Buddy Guy)May 1 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman AuditoriumMay 3 – LaGrange, GA @ Sweetland Amphitheater(with Vampire Weekend)August 16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The CriterionAugust 17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music HallAugust 18 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory – Texas Lottery PlazaAugust 20 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody TheaterAugust 21 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody TheaterAugust 24 – Miami, FL @ James L. Knight CenterAugust 25 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine AmphitheatreAugust 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheatreAugust 30 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation CenterSeptember 3 – Boston, MA @ Agganis ArenaSeptember 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing ArtsSeptember 8 – Montreal, QC, Canada @ MTELUSView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Property Damage.

first_imgFire ants don’t just cause pain to humans. They cause damageto public and personal property and to Georgia crops.”Fire ants appear to be attracted to electricity,”said Beverly Sparks, an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “They can enter electrical boxes and cause damageto traffic lights, air-conditioning units and electrical conduits.”Sparks’ research focuses on fighting the fire ant battle inGeorgia. She and UGA research coordinator Stan Diffie have theenvious job of killing fire ants for a living.”Stan has killed more fire ants than anyone else in Georgia,”Sparks said.Besides the damage fire ants cause inside electrical boxes,their mounds damage landscape and farming equipment.”Fire ant mounds sit out in the open and dry to the consistencyof concrete,” Sparks said. “When lawn mowers and haybalers hit these mounds, they can cause significant damage tothe equipment.”Fire ants were once a problem only for people in central andsouthern Georgia. “Now we’ve found fire ants in every county,”she said, “even in mountainous areas we first thought weretoo cold in the winter for them to survive.”Spreading Across the U.S.Until recently, fire ants in the United States were a southernproblem. But they’re spreading out. Fire ants are now reportedin southern states as far west as Texas and in five Californiacounties.In Texas, fire ants damage pecans, Sparks said, by enteringcracks in the soft-shelled nuts and eating the nutmeats.”They can damage agricultural crops and harm wildlife,including birds, deer and cattle,” she said.If you’re battling a few fire ant mounds yourself, Sparks recommendsnot disturbing the mounds.What You Can Do”If you can tolerate a few mounds, it’s better to leavethem alone,” she said. “This keeps new mounds from poppingup.The fire ant mounds you see are actually only one-third ofthe entire mound. To kill the ants, you have to reach the wholething.”With fire ant baits, you can enlist the assistance ofthe ants to help you deliver the insecticide to every member ofthe colony,” Sparks said. “The secret is to get theworker ants to carry your pesticide into the mounds and shareit with others, especially the queen.”Broadcast a bait first, she said. Then come back two to threedays later and treat any large mounds. “It’s important todo this twice a year, in the spring and fall,” she said.Having tested most of the baits on the market, Sparks saysthose containing hydramethylnon, sold under the trade names ofAmdro and Siege, work the fastest.”All the baits basically look the same. They’re made ofcorncob grit and soybean oil, which attracts the ants,” shesaid. “It’s the toxicants inside that are different.”Looking For New ControlsSparks and other UGA entomologists are studying new and unconventionalways to fight fire ants. One new technique is to introduce oneof the ant’s natural enemies, the Brazilian phorid fly.The tiny fly lays its egg inside a fire ant’s body. The egghatches into a larva, which moves into the ant’s head and causesit to fall off. The fly completes its development inside the fallenhead.”Phorid flies and other biological controls will stresscolonies,” Sparks said. “They’ll suppress them. Butthey won’t totally get rid of them.”Another promising biological control agent is a microsporidiumcalled thelohania solenopsae.”This seems to have a lot of promise,” Sparks said.”It gives the colony a disease which weakens it.” Onthe down side, the microsporidium is hard to apply.Since fire ants arrived in the 1950s, Georgians have learnedhow to coexist with them.”I worry more about visitors,” Sparks said. “Visitorscome to Georgia, stay in our hotels and play on our golf courses.If they don’t know what fire ants are, they’re in for a big surprise.”last_img read more

Don’t Blame Zoning For Long Island’s Lack Of Affordable Housing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Over the years a growing coterie of self-described pro-growth urbanists and like-minded real estate experts have turned up their noses on suburban land-use patterns. They argue that zoning—a local municipality’s power to determine land usage—is not only restricting Long Island’s ability to grow, but also to be affordable.If zoning were removed from an area, the reasoning goes, then development would boom. In turn, thanks to the added growth, the housing supply would increase, and prices would plummet.Unfortunately, this analysis is wrong.What is a good foundation for basic economic theory is shaky ground for land-use policy. A simplistic economic dictum cannot distill the complex cocktail of factors that drive housing affordability. In the field of economics, the law of supply and demand is one of the first lessons. The principle dictates that as supply increases, demand decreases, and vice-versa.The idea, these pro-growth proponents say, is that if the Island abandons the single-family model, then housing prices will naturally decline. If communities welcome mixed-use developments, density will therefore increase, and the region will become more affordable.But the principle of supply and demand cannot be readily applied to Nassau and Suffolk counties as a wholesale solution to our affordability woes.Long Island’s suburbia is home to regional factors that do not constrain market-driven development in more urban areas: limited vacant open space, environmental concerns that take precedence in zoning decisions, and an existing neighborhood scale that is comprised of tracts of pre-existing single-family homes.All too often these “market urbanists” scoff at the mere mention of local zoning, but what they fail to realize is that single-use zoning, also known as Euclidian zoning, has its rightful place when executed properly. What they conveniently forget is that at one point in time that community, comprised of the residents who lived in that area, decided how their land should be used. Yes, local zoning needs to adapt to changing times, but the concept itself should not be disregarded by those critics who condescendingly mislabel it “NIMBY”-ism.Stephen Smith, who writes for the New York City-based blog Market Urbanism, which is branded as “Urbanism for Capitalists,” goes so far as to argue that the lack of building permits in both Rye and Long Island showcases exactly what is driving up housing costs in each area. In a nutshell, Smith argues that if zoning oversight was more relaxed, or in some cases eliminated completely, prices would decline.Instead, the application of zoning should be examined on a case-by-case basis. Is a municipality’s zoning restricting growth for legitimate, data-backed reasons? This question, paired with environmental study, should drive rezoning decisions at the local and regional level. Getting rid of zoning is not the answer.What city-based writers like Smith fail to see is that legitimate urban planning standards very often drive zoning decisions. Further, housing starts don’t necessary equate with affordability, especially when you factor in scarcity of develop-able land in Westchester County, or the environmental restrictions on growth in Nassau and Suffolk counties.The question of capacity also comes into play: Can existing wastewater or transportation systems mitigate the impacts of growth? In our older suburbs, the answer is a resounding no. Planners must also consider the concept of community scale: Is a 10-story apartment complex right for an area like Kings Point on Nassau’s Gold Coast, or decidedly suburban Rye? Based on the current-built environment in these communities, as well as their existing infrastructure networks, the answer is no.The issue of housing affordability is frequently tied to the supply-and-demand-driven argument for changing suburban zoning patterns. The lure of less-expensive housing serves as a call to increase the supply. Stakeholders also frequently cite a distinct lack of young adults in older, exclusive communities. All too often, prevention of the “brain drain” is used as the rationale for upping developmental density, yet the problem of actual affordability is rarely addressed. Are these areas meant for young up-and-comers, or people further along in their careers and their stages in life? Is adding apartments to a suburban neighborhood that is equipped to support only tracts of single-family homes a good fit?These are all concerns that planners, and the practitioners of the art and science of urban planning, work to address. We cannot trust bloggers chained to an ideology—be it libertarian, new urbanist or other—or stakeholders beholden to an agenda to drive the complex conversation on housing needs and affordability.By focusing obtusely on supply and demand, these analysts ignore what is actually affecting the cost of living. Energy prices, village taxes, ever-rising school district expenditures, commuting and so on, all contribute to the financial burden faced by Long Island homeowners, and these factors are unaffected by increasing the housing supply. If anything, building more housing without properly expanding municipal services would exacerbate them.In order to tackle our housing issues, we must have an honest assessment of what is truly the cause, and attack it head-on. People aren’t saying: “I want to build a new house on Long Island, but I can’t afford to do it.” Instead, they are saying: “It’s too expensive to live here.” Zoning itself isn’t the enemy. Unchecked suburban sprawl sparked by the baby boom generation and the subsequent fragmentation of inadequate municipal services is the culprit.The suburbs of Westchester and Long Island have the demand. Let’s put our effort into making our ample existing supply affordable.Rich Murdocco writes on Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Long Island Fall Festivals and Street Fairs 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As summer turns to autumn, harvest time returns and with it, the annual celebrations culminating in fall festivals across Long Island.The events include gatherings dedicated to apples, garlic—even pickles—although most are simply dedicated to all things fall, such as scarecrows, corn husking and jack ‘o lantern making.Here are more than 60 fall fairs in Nassau and Suffolk counties scheduled through October:Long Island FairContinuing a 173-year tradition, this is one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals and is so big it can’t be limited to one weekend. Contestants can face off in corn-husking and scarecrow building events in addition to guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Attractions include a petting zoo, live music and dancing as well as pony, tractor and carnival rides. Fairgoers will also find magic shows, stilt walkers, puppets, juggling, storytelling, Civil War reenactments and other historical demonstrations. Not to mention all the mouthwatering fall fair foods, such as candied apples, pumpkins, organic veggies, fresh-made candy, giant turkey legs and funnel cakes. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lifair.org $12 adults, $8 seniors and kids ages 5-12, kids under 5 free, $5 senior citizen Fridays, $7 10 a.m.-noon Early Bird Special. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday. The fair runs Sept. 25, 26, 27 and Oct. 2, 3 and 4.Harvest Day FestivalThis annual event will have costumed trade and craft people demonstrating candle making, beekeeping, blacksmithing, basketry, decoy carving and many other traditional skills. Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 26.Valley Stream Community FestThis annual, one-day celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture,visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities is geared toward families and one truly fun-filled day. Rockaway Avenue between Sunrise Hwy. and Merrick Rd., Valley Stream. vscommunityfest.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26.St. Margaret’s Fall FairGames, vendors, food, antiques, bounce house, raffles and prizes. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. stmargaretepiscopal.org Free. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sept. 26.Wildwood Fall FestivalArts and crafts, magicians, music, petting zoo, pony rides and face painting! A great time indeed! Wildwood State Park, Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. www.nysparks.com $10 parking, free with Empire Pass. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26.Fish Hatchery Fall FestivalA pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, bounce castle, games, food, live animal encounters, and fishing for kids 12 and under. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfa.org $6 adults, $4 kids and seniors, members free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 26.Festival by the SeaLive music, great food, inflatable rides, children’s shows, clam-eating and rib-eating contests, sand sculptures, pony rides, circus acts, games and give-aways, a petting zoo and more! Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Fall Garden and Harvest FestivalThis annual event features horticultural displays and demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, food, live music, tours of the dahlia garden, a model-train exhibit, local artisans and vendors, pumpkin painting and hayrides. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com $15 per car, $7 with Empire Passport. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Merrick Fall Festival and Street FairGames, rides, food, crafts, jewelry. Chamber of Commerce, adjacent to the LIRR train station, Merrick. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Septemberfest“A Modern Harvest of Fun,” including art, music, dance, food, a chowder contest and the history of the community. Agwam Park, 23 Main St., Southampton. southamptonseptfest.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.Seaford Annual Harvest FairCheck out the pumpkin patch, food, pastries, crafts, raffles, entertainment, and the scarecrow contest! Seaford Historical Museum, 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford. seafordhistoricalsociety.org Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.Village Day Fall FestivalA petting zoo, pony rides and pumpkin painting are just some of the festivities planned. There will also be award-winning artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, apple cider and Horman pickles. Guggenheim Estate Golden Honey from the Preserve’s hives has been harvested in time for the fair. Pizza and refreshments available. Be sure to take a hayride around the Great Lawn to enjoy the foliage. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $20 per car, $10 with pass 12-5 p.m. Sept. 27.West Islip Country FairMore than 300 craft vendors, along with line dancing and square dancing, children’s bounce house and slide, petting zoo, a magician, face painting, sand art, food, music and more. West Islip Library Grounds, Higbie Lane and Montauk Hwy., West Islip. westislipcountryfair.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27.Caleb Smith Preserve Fall FestivalEnjoy the outdoors at this second annual festival with nature and bird-watching tours, honey-bee and fly-fishing demonstrations, Native American and colonial reenactments, as well as more standard entertainment such as antique cars, face painting and of course, food and ice cream. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W Jericho Tpke., Smithtown. friendsofcalebsmith.org $10/car. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 27.Fall Harvest FestivalHay rides? Check. Live music? Check again. Corn maze, face painting, inflatable rides and pick your own pumpkins? Check, check, check and check again. This month-long, weekends-only fall fest has all that and more! Borellas Farm Stand, 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James. borellasfarmstand.com $12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October though Columbus Day.Levittown Fall Family Festival and Street FairPetting zoo, entertainment, pumpkin patch, crafts, exhibits, face painting and raffles? Uh, can you say, “Sign us up!”? Veterans Memorial Park, Shelter Lane, Levittown. levittownchamber.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3Sayville Apple FestivalApple-themed cooking contests, carnival, live music as well as arts and crafts. The Islip Grange, Broadway Ave., Sayville. Free.10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 3.Lynbrook ExpoCar show, rides, games, vendors, food and live entertainment. Greis Park, 55 Wilbur St., Lynbrook. greaternewyorkregion.org/event/lynbrook-expo/ Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 3.Amityville Apple FestivalThe freshest New York State apples will be on sale while festival goers can enjoy live music at the Showmobile, a DJ at the Gazebo, sidewalk sale, magician, children’s craft area and more. An antique sale will be held in Lauder Museum parking lot. Park Avenue Memorial School, 140 Park Ave., Amityville. Facebook.com/AmityvilleAppleFestival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3.Pumpkin Fest 2015 Cornell Cooperative Extension Long Island Autumn FestivalLive music, pumpkin picking and decorating, carnival rides and games, wagon rides and more! Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. longislandbrowser.com 11 a.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4Fall Family Festival WeekendBounce house and potato sack races for the kids, beer tastings for the grownups, Billy Joel tribute band for everyone to enjoy! Also “trick or treating” and a costume parade. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org $20/vehicle. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4San Gennaro Feast of the HamptonsRides, music, arts and crafts and lots of luscious, sauce-drenched, soul-soothing Italian food. Don’t miss the Grucci fireworks display on Saturday night! Hampton Bays train station, Good Ground Round, Hampton Bays. SanGennaroFeastOfTheHamptons.com 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4.Fall FestivalWhat was colonial life like? Find out at the Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor. Watch the 3rd NY Revolutionary Regiment perform maneuvers. Then take a cemetery tour and listen to the history of the family members who reside there. Activities include crafts for children, old-fashioned games and other historic activities. Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Hwy. between Manor Lane and Gardiner Drive, West Bay Shore. sagtikosmanor.com $7/person or $25/family of 4, free under 3. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 4.Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft & Gift FairArts and crafts plus local artisans offering endless possibilities of gifts: birthdays, holidays, and every days? C’mon. You know this is the spot! Old Country Road, Plainview. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4.Babylon Fall FestivalHay rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, fresh food and face painting. Town Hall Park, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. townofbabylon.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 10.Family Fall and Halloween FestivalFall is the season for family fun, whether it’s heading down to the pumpkin patch with the lil ones, gathering round the campfire with some hot, steaming pumpkin lattes, or just simply enjoying a fresh, piping hot home-baked pumpkin pie together. Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10.Plant & SingPeople gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals. When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy the world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn. On Saturday night you can BYOB for the crab boil and garlic shuck while you jam out to to the music. Sunday will have music all day long, plus food trucks, kids’ activities, demonstrations and a lot more!. Sylvester Manor, 55 Manhanset Rd., Shelter Island Heights. plantandsing.com $25 for Saturday night, $40 for Sunday, kids under 12 free. 6 p.m. Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-late night Oct. 11.Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest FestivalAlso known as Apple Fest, attendees here can visit the Cheese House, a country store, raffles, children’s games as well as arts and crafts. There’s seasonable produce and grilled bratwurst, but they had us at “Cheese House.” Lol. Mill Neck Manor, 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck. millneck.org Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Fall Arts & Crafts ShowPaintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, wood furniture, shell art, blown glass, stained glass, metal work – every type of art you can think of will be showcased at this annual event. Great opportunity to do all your holiday shopping at one place! Village Green, Main Street, Westhampton. whbcc.org Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11.Deepwells Fall FestivalPumpkin painting, picking and pony rides as well as hayrides, old-fashioned games arts and crafts. Deepwells, 2 Taylor Lane, St. James. stjameschamber.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Montauk Fall FestivalThis festival kicks off with their famous clam chowder contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It includes crab races, rides, a farmers’ market, live music and incorporates elements of Octoberfest with Long Island craft brews. Village green, Montauk Highway, Montauk. montaukchamber.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Long Beach Fall FestivalThis annual celebration has it all: a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a bounce house, a petting zoo, a ferris wheel, pony rides, hay rides, arts and crafts and a costume contest. Come down for some serious fun! Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue between National Boulevard and Centre Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $15 per day, $25 weekend pass. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Huntington Long Island Fall FestivalThe music, food and carnival start Friday, joined Saturday and Sunday by contests, vendors and arts and crafts before one last day of food and rides Monday. Heckscher Park, 164 Main St., Huntington. lifallfestival.com Free. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 10 & 11, 11 a.m.- 5p.m. Oct. 12.Riverhead Country FairVegetable decorating contest, carnival rides, folk music, tractor pulls, plus hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Main Street, Riverhead. riverheadcountryfair.com Free, not including fees for some rides and activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11.Harvest FestivalGood music, hayrides, pumpkin picking, cider making and more! Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com $8 adults, $6 kids. 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 11.Fall Family Fishing FestivalEvent includes a casting contest, fly-fishing instruction, pumpkin decorating, an exotic animal show, magic show, face painting, pony rides, free bait and fish-cleaning services. Displays by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, State Parks as well as other fishing and environmental organizations. Prior to the festival, the New York State parks department will stock South and McDonald Ponds with hundreds of brook and rainbow trout. Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeside Dr., West Hempstead. nysparks.com/parks/31 Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 17.   Oyster FestivalBilled as the largest annual outdoor festival and the biggest waterfront fest on the East Coast with about 200,000 attendees on average, the 31st oyster fest is back. The lineup includes tall ships, pirate shows and carnival rides. Aside from oysters prepared every way imaginable, it also features the famous oyster-shucking contest. How many shucks can a woodchuck shuck if a woodchuck could shuck wood? Sorry. Tried, anyway. Theodore Roosevelt Park, West End Avenue, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free, fees for rides. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18.Seaford Fall FestivalHave you ever stumbled across something so amazing you’ve just got to get out there and tell all your friends, all your relatives, people you don’t even know? This annual smorgasbord of arts and crafts offers visitors a diverse collection of everything from vinyl records to antique toys, lamps and so much more! Check it out! Then tell everyone you know, too. Seaford train station, Sunrise Highway, Seaford. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18.Huntington Apple FestivalScarecrow making, hayrides, music, old-timey games as well as arts and crafts—plus lots and lots of apples. Tough to beat, for sure. Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org Free. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 18.Pumpkin FestThis ninth annual event features pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins and… Wait for it. Wait for it. More pumpkins! And we love pumpkins! Islandia Village Hall, 100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 24.Family Fall and Halloween FestivalCelebrate the arrival of the fall season with fun activities for children and adults alike, including Halloween a hayride, crafts, bouncies (!!), photo opportunities, games, hot, piping apple cider and popcorn! Additionally, there’ll be a ‘U-Pick’ pumpkin patch for children so they can survey and pick their very own pumpkin, as well as decorate them! Children are encouraged to come in costumes, of course! Marjorie Post Community Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 24.Great Jack-o’-Lantern SpectacularIn addition to contestants setting sail to their Jack-o’-Lantern, there will be a kid-friendly spooky house, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, trick or treating, “funny fotos,” games and more.  Participation limited to the first 50 carved pumpkins. Jack-o’-Lanterns will set sail at 6 p.m. Participating pumpkins must be between the size of a soccer ball and a basketball and must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Pwk exit 38, North Babylon. nysparks.com/parks/88 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24.Rockville Centre Fall FestivalFall is worth celebrating! It’s been that way since ancient times. Great people, great food, amazing arts and crafts and so much more will help usher in this joyous time of the year at this annual festival. Rockville Centre train station, Long Beach Road. rvcny.us Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24, 25.Rock Hall Country FairCountry music, line dancing, blacksmithing, basket weaving, colonial historians, a harvest market, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, animal farm, antique cars…. Are you sold yet on attending this awesome event? Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, 25.OktoberfestEnjoy Long Island craft beers, live music, pumpkin picking, farm tours, arts and crafts and more at the East End’s only Oktoberfest! Garden of Eve Organic Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $15 adults. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, 25.Harvest FestAside from the usual fall fest fare such a pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and live music, this unique festival also includes a chowder crawl, costumed dog parade (2 p.m.) and a haunted building walking tour. Chowder, dogs and haunted houses!? This is the place to be! Main Street, Port Jefferson. portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-5 p.m. Oct. 25.Garden City South Street FairThis 15th annual event will be the best yet! Handmade crafts, unique merchandise, inflatable rides, great food, entertainment. Nassau Blvd., Garden City. lifeonlongisland.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25.Halloween Boat BurningIn this local annual tradition, a boat that has been deemed too-unsafe-to-sail is set ablaze in sacrifice while thousands watch from the shore. Fear not! Festivities include raffles, snacks, hot apple cider and live music. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. limaritime.org Free 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30.Long Island Antique Book, Paper and Art FairBooks are the heart and soul of the human cultural experience. They record, they enlighten and they inspire. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collision of the written word and arts and crafts that will make your heart bend and soul absolutely just break out into song and sing, sing, sing! Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. pekaleshows.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1. — Compiled by Desiree D’ioriolast_img read more

Rebuilding after a flood or hurricane

first_img continue reading » Floods are the most common natural disaster in the country. According to FEMA, a mere inch of flood water in your home can result in over $27,000 in property damage! Despite this, homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover damages caused by flooding!If you’re like most Americans, your home is your most valuable asset. Therefore, protecting the value of your home and its contents is crucial. If flooding is a concern to you and your family, it’s important to know that flood insurance coverage can help pay for repairs to your home and repairs to or replacement of damaged items within your home in the event of a flood or a hurricane.Common Post-Disaster ExpensesMold: Mold is a hazard to both people and property and can spread over any material that stays wet for more than two days.Sewage contamination: Rising floodwater is usually contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, and debris. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cottage owners land 50pc capital growth in five years

first_imgThe home was described as having great potential.Character features were retained throughout the home, and it has a large enclosed sunroom that both bedrooms open out onto.It currently allows for off street parking for two cars but there was “massive potential to build-in underneath or extend at the rear”, according to the listing. The owners renovated the property after they bought it five years ago.Agent Mark Bisaro of Havig & Jackson — Clayfield described it as a “picture-perfect double-gabled colonial” with potential given its 728sq m block.“The spacious two bedroom home has the space and character to create a wonderful family home with further renovation. Rarely do blocks of this size become available in Red Hill and Paddington.” 11 Atkins Street, Red Hill, Qld 4059A CHARMING two bed colonial in inner city Brisbane has sold for more than 50 per cent of what its owners paid five years ago.The two bedroom, single bathroom, single car space property at 11 Atkins Street, Red Hill, sold on December 21 for $860,000.Its owners had paid $550,000 for the property in November 2012 before renovating it while they lived in the property. They have had it on the rental market last year with the last listed rent at $545 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCharacter features have been retained.center_img Both bedrooms and the kitchen open into the sunroom.last_img read more