Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Home / Daily Dose / Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana 2014-11-21 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post November 21, 2014 768 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced on Friday that two of the state’s municipalities were recipients of a combined total of approximately $2.9 million in awards from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).In what was the second out of six rounds of funding for the BEP, the city of Fort Wayne and the town of Arcadia were the successful applicants for the funds to help eliminate blighted, vacant, and abandoned homes in their respective communities in an effort to decrease foreclosures in the areas.”The Blight Elimination Program is allowing communities throughout Indiana to address long-standing problems with blighted and abandoned homes,” Ellspermann said. “This second round of funding provides an even larger impact, providing communities with an opportunity to obtain and remove structures that would otherwise continue to negatively impact neighborhoods.”Fort Wayne received $2.8 million of the money recently awarded in order to acquire, demolish, and facilitate an end use for 122 blighted, abandoned residential properties. City officials in Fort Wayne believe the demolition of the blighted properties will facilitate investment and growth as well as prevent avoidable foreclosures. Arcadia received $18,000 for the acquisition, demolition, and end use of one abandoned, blighted property located on Main Street in Arcadia.”Cities across Indiana have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties and will soon see the benefits of these federal funds,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Treasury Deputy Secretary. “Removing blighted properties is important in the fight to reduce foreclosures and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the State of Indiana to help stabilize hardest hit communities.”Ellspermann announced the BEP for Indiana in February 2014. In the first round of funding in May, successful applicants to receive a combined total of approximately $15 million in funding were East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, and Lawrence. The U.S. Department of Treasury approved the use of $75 million for the BEP to help eliminate blight, drawn from the $221.7 million allocated to Indiana for the Hardest Hit Fund. Previous: Economic Forecast Exceeds October Predictions Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 11/24/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Sports Today: Freshman-sophomore football; WHS tennis; WMS volleyball…

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of sporting events Monday evening:Freshman-sophomore footballAndale 27 Wellington 18. Wellington tied Andale at halftime 12-all, before the Indians pulled away in the second half. The freshman-sophomore team is now 1-2.———WHS girls tennisWellington traveled to the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions.“It was a long day,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington girls tennis coach. “We got there at 7 a.m. and MeKenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten got off their last match about 8:30 p.m. Everyone else started but didn’t get to finish with rain moving in. If you weren’t in the top 16 then you were done.”There were 36 singles players and 36 doubles teams.Abby Lowe lost her first match to Cadman from Independent 8-4, before beating Conway and Ford from Parsons. She finished 2-1 before the rain canceled the rest of her matches.Lexi Saffell lost to Watson from Goddard Eisenhower 8-3, before losing to Parrish from Blue Valley Northwest. She was up on Carlson from McPherson 4-1 before the rain came and she was unable to finish her match.Madison Lewellen and Jacelyn Buck lost to Blue Valley 8-3 and lost a closer match to Andover 8-5.MeKenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten won their first match 8-2 over McPherson. They then lost to Hesston who loaded up their doubles team with their No. 1 singles player and half their team that finished second at state last year.“We got waxed, they were very good, best team we’ve played this year,” Aufdengarten said.The pair then lost to Kapaun 8-5. Adams/Aufdengarten were tied 5-5 then had a rain delay and after the delay never won another game.The pair then beat Goddard Eisenhower 8-4 and lost to last year’s Class 5A State Runner ups 8-6 after a 4 1/2 hour break between matches.———Eighth team volleyballBoth the Wellington A team won their matches against Prairie Hills and Rose Hill. The Lady Knights beat Prairie View 25-20, 25-12 and Rose Hill 25-22, 25-20. Individual results are as follows.vs. Prairie Hills Set 1: 25-20 WLexi Clift 1 Kill, 5 Assists, 2 DigsKayleigh Smalley  2 Kills, 1 Ace, 5 DigsAllison Buresh  1 Kill, 2 DigsMykiland French  1 Kill, 4 AssistsDraven Warnock  1 Kill, 3 DigsMyriland French  3 Kills, 1 Ace, 5 DigsKadin Brown 3 Digs.Set 2: 25-12 WLexi Clift  5 Assists, 3 Aces, 3 DigsKayleigh Smalley 1 Ace, 5 DigsAllison Buresh  5 Kills, 1 AceMykiland French  1 Kill, 1 Assist, 1 DigDraven Warnock  1 Kill, 1 DigMyriland French  1 Ace, 2 DigsKadin Brown 2 Digs.vs. Rose HillSet 1: 25-22 WLexi Clift   1 Kill, 1 Assist, 2 Aces, 3 DigsKayleigh Smalley1 Kill, 1 AceAllison Buresh 1 Block Mykiland French  2 Kills, 3 Assists, 2 Aces, 1 DigDraven Warnock 2 Kills, 1 DigMyriland French  1 Kill, 1 Aces, 2 DigsKadin Brown  1 Dig.Set 2: 25-20 WLexi Clift  4 Kills, 3 Assists, 1 DigKayleigh Smalley 2 Aces, 1 DigAllison Buresh  1 KillMykiland French  1 Kill, 2 Assists, 1 Ace, 1 DigDraven Warnock  2 Kills, 1 DigMyriland French  2 Kills, 4 DigsKadin Brown 1 Dig. The B team split their matches. Wellington beat Prairie Hills 26-24, 14-25, 15-13. The Lady Knights lost to Rose Hill 25-21, 20-25, 16-14.Wellington eighth grade A team season record is 8-1 and Pioneer League record is 2-0.———Seventh grade volleyballA Teamvs. Prairie HillsSet 1: 25-15 WSet 2: 25-18 Wvs. Rose HillSet 1: 25-17 WSet 2: 25-17 WOverall Record: 10-0League Record: 2-0B Teamvs. Prairie HillsSet 1: 25-16 WSet 2: 16-25 LSet 3: 15-11 Wvs. Rose HillSet 1: 22-25 LSet 2: 25-17 WSet 3: 11-15 LOverall Record: 9-5League Record: 2-0.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Budget confirms sluggish economy – PSC

first_img… will continue downward spiralMembers of the Private Sector meeting with the media on ThursdayThe 2017 Budget as presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, is not only convoluted, complicated and downright dangerous, but it will fail to realise its objectives with regards the projected economic growth and inflation rates.These were among the blunt sentiments expressed by the executives of the local Private Sector Commission (PSC) when they met with members of the media corps to give their take on the National Estimates for 2016.Chairperson of the PSCs Economic and Financial Committee, Ramesh Persaud, in railing against the 2017 Budget, said such a document is supposed to engender confidence in the business community but what instead has happened is that the Budget has confirmed a sluggish economy that will in fact enter into a downward spiral as a result of the measures proposed for implementation.Complicated budgetPersaud told media operatives the modest inflation rate set at just above one per cent is unattainable.He suggested that the Minister could in fact get lucky if gold prices were to trend higher in 2017 but based on available information, the real growth rate for the economy as projected by the Minster at 3.8 per cent cannot be realised.Chairman of the PSC, Eddie Boyer, in giving his take on the Minster’s budget said it is the small man that will bear the brunt of the measures that have been sent out in the 2017 document.According to Boyer, budgets are designed to illustrate Government’s anticipated revenues and its intention of spending that revenue but a perusal of the 2017 Budget reveals that it is in fact complicated and difficult to analyse.It is not a simple budget, Boyer said, who revealed that taken in its entirety the budget is in no way clear and precise.“We wanted a simplified budget, instead of something so complicated that the ordinary man at the end of the day will carry the major brunt of the Budget.”Bitter tasteHe used the occasion to lament too that the institution of a range of taxes and penalties has left a bitter taste in the Private Sector.Boyer also used the opportunity to lament the move by Government to access the private accounts of taxpayers in order to garnish monies it believes it is owed, saying citizens are now at the mercy of the Guyana Revenue Authority.According to Boyer, when circumstances exist where a country is going through an economic slump, high unemployment and crime rates in addition to sectors returning low outputs, such as in the rice and sugar industries, then the Government is expected to intervene in a positive manner.This, Boyer said, is absent from the 2017 Budget.Environmental taxRamesh Dookhoo, Executive member of the PSC, questioned whether the budget would have been prepared with such haste that many items would have been excluded.It was pointed out that while there are some positives in the budget for the Private Sector, “it actually takes a lot from the business community. In summary, it gives and take away a lot… It took away more than it actually gives,” according to the PSC Executive.Another of the measures that the PSC would have objected to, is the re-imposition of an Environmental Tax, this time not just on imports but also on locally produced items.Dookhoo told media operatives that the Finance Minister in his presentation of the budget sought to give the impression was as a result of Guyana’s commitment to the Treaty of Chaguaramas.He was adamant however this is not the case since without the tax, Guyana was already compliant.With regards the effects of the proposal, Dookhoo reminded that manufacturers such as Banks DIH already are required to meet onerous obligations such as the $10 million payment to secure and Environmental Permit.He said too that the acquisition and maintenance of equipment in keeping with the standards and requirement of the substantive legislation incurs another $600 million in expense.According to Dookhoo, it is unfair to force local manufacturers to pay a $10 tax on each bottle of product it manufacturers in addition to its other financial commitments. llast_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES DOMINATE DERRY MARATHON 10 MILE WARM UP

first_imgGary Keenan, president, Athletics NI, congratulates Clare McGuigan (Lifford AC) won winning the Derry Airtricity 10 mile road race. Included are Ann Paul (City of Derry), right (runner-up) and Evelyn McGlinley (Inishowen AC), third.Donegal female athletes dominated the podium positions in the ladies category of the Airtricity 10 mile road race held in Derry earlier today.Clare McGuigan, from Lifford AC, took first place ahead of City of Derry Spartan Ann Paul with Evelyn McGinley, of Inishowen AC, in third spot.The race was the final warm up event for the upcoming Walled City Marathon on 1 June. Over 400 runners took to the start line for the 10 mile course which featured most of the 26.2 mile marathon route.Foyle Valley’s Chris McGuinness produced a personal best time to win the men’s race.The Derry runner broke the tape in 55 minutes 47 seconds to clinch first place ahead of Ciaran McGonagle, of the Rosses club in Donegal, who narrowly pipped Foyle Valley’s Pius McIntyre for second spot.City of Derry Spartan Mark Mullan continued his impressive form to clinch fourth place. DONEGAL LADIES DOMINATE DERRY MARATHON 10 MILE WARM UP was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10DerrydonegalLadiesmile marathonlast_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Sept. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got an inch and two-tenths this last rain, which was the most rain we’ve had in a long time. It will help the double-crop beans a lot. The first planted beans I don’t think it will help much. Most of the corn is already made but it hasn’t black-layered yet so it is still pumping a little moisture into the corn and might help kernel depth a little.We don’t have any beans dropping a lot of leaves yet. We don’t have a real early bean maturity out there. By the end of the month I think harvest will be right about on schedule.We could still have half decent yields. The beans have fairly good height and they look like they have a lot of pods. And, walking corn, I find corn that is pretty nice and then I find some that is not very good. I think we’ll be a little below average but not a huge amount for as dry as we were. We strip-till deep so we have a slot clear down in there for the corn roots to go down deep. We also use anhydrous, which helped this year. I saw some fields where they used 28% and the corn got pretty yellow because the corn didn’t have enough nitrogen. I am sure they put enough on, but I don’t think the 28% ever got enough moisture to move correctly over for the roots to get to it.We are going to stay with the plan with wheat acres this fall. It breaks up the season a little bit. We continue to do yield checks to see what yield penalty we pay in the other crops when we aren’t using wheat. I think the yield penalty is less for corn since we went to strip-till. This year that yield penalty may show up more with the adverse conditions.I would prefer for it to stay moist just a little longer to help settle the tile trenches after all of the ditching we did this year.last_img read more

Sniffing Out House Problems

first_imgShower smell: Check the bath fanIf you can smell that moist, shampoo-scented air from the shower and you are not in the bathroom, then you either don’t have a bathroom exhaust fan, it’s not on, or it’s not powerful enough.Unvented bathrooms can cause your home to rot from the inside out — costly and bad for your health. Put in a bath fan if it’s missing (see GreenSpec guidance on bath fan selection), and get the electrician to have it come on with the light or with a humidistat. Attic smell: Air leakage problemsAttics smell different: it’s some combination of the insulation, the wood dried to a crisp by the summer heat, and probably some history of squirrels, mice, or both.When I smell this in the upstairs of a house — not in the attic — I read it as a telltale sign of extreme air leakage: lots of holes in the basement and attic floor that allow air to leak out, and to move in the other direction on some windy days. Solution: seal up the air leaks in your home, particularly between the attic and the living space. (See GreenSpec guidance on products that help form a home’s air barrier, and recent posts on where to look for air leaks in existing homes.) Basement smell: Dampness, leakageIt’s alarming when you can smell that musty basement smell on the first floor. Even the basement should not smell that way — if it does, work on improving exterior drainage, putting vapor barriers over damp walls and floors, and dehumidifying, among other things.If that smell is migrating upstairs, look for air leakage from the basement up through plumbing and electrical penetrations, and moisture problems migrating up from damp basement walls through sill plates. Check the bottoms of exterior walls for signs of mildew or mold, and manage the water at its source. Combustion gases: Safety issueIf when inside you smell the exhaust from your wood stove, furnace, boiler, or other combustion appliance, your health may be in jeopardy from the particulate matter in the smoke, or from carbon monoxide (CO) — which is odorless but often accompanies other gases. In all these cases, bring in the appropriate technician as soon as possible (the fire department may also be willing to measure CO levels for you), particularly if you’re due, in case there is an immediate problem with the heating appliance.If you only smell these smells on a windy day, or when a low-pressure system has settled overhead, the issue may be that the normal weather patterns that help gases exhaust from the home are working against you. This topic is more than we can delve into today, but if it’s a regular occurrence it is worth investigating with a contractor’s help. One quick point: if it’s a building with a high-capacity range hood, beware of “depressurizing” your home with that fan, leading exhaust to get pulled into your house from your furnace.Do you have carbon monoxide detectors? Why not? Kitchen smells: Install a range hoodSometimes it’s nice to smell what’s cooking all through the house, but in the long run it’s bad for indoor air quality, particularly due to the moisture generated by cooking. Install a range hood and run it when cooking, but look out for problems with high-capacity range hoods. (See GreenSpec guidance on kitchen range hood selection.) Dryer exhaust: Moisture, fire hazardSmelling dryer exhaust inside the house is a red flag indicating lack of a vent, or a plugged vent. Lack of a vent risks moisture problems inside your house, and coating everything with dryer lint.A plugged vent is a serious fire hazard. Take immediate action!center_img Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. Stuffy smell: Need more fresh air?Does the building smell stuffy? Many homes and offices don’t have enough fresh air, for a variety of reasons.In commercial buildings, the most common problem is poorly designed or malfunctioning ventilation equipment. Calling in an indoor air quality expert or a commissioning agent would be wise. In homes, it’s likely that there is no ventilation system bringing in fresh air, and because of weather patterns or because the home is relatively tight, you’re not getting enough fresh air. A ventilation expert can help. Off-gassing: Keep harmful chemicals outTo maintain good indoor air quality (IAQ), avoid bringing smelly stuff into the house. If something smells bad, get rid of it. In the world of building materials there is a lot to keep up with here, but at a minimum look for low-VOC coatings, and other products with IAQ certifications such as Greenguard Children & Schools, and FloorScore. (See BuildingGreen’s guide to key product certifications for more info.)I’ve just scratched the surface here — keep your nose out and let me know what you’ve been smelling!For more information, listen to Joe Lstiburek’s indoor-air-quality podcast, and find out why your eyes, nose, and the back of your hand are surprisingly accurate IAQ diagnostic tools. A victim of a hepatitis E infection she picked up unknowingly in Brazil, Genevive Bjorn’s liver rebelled against her one night in Hawaii. Her body almost shut down on her, but with help from the hospital, a battery of tests, her watchful boyfriend at her side, and a diet of nothing but rice porridge, she squeaked through.This is what happened next, as she wrote last year in The New York Times: “My liver began barking at smells and substances I’d barely noticed before. I considered myself an earthy minimalist, but my house turned out to be a chemical minefield. I developed a doglike olfactory sense that guided me as I sniffed, recoiled and pointed out to Adam what had to go. He tossed out most of our bathroom and kitchen products, along with everything preserved or petroleum-based.”Her talent for nose for the faintest of smells makes her a “super sniffer,” one gifted with this sense. As Bjorn recounted recently on her blog, The Daily Smell, while sniffing around a friend’s new home at the friend’s request, she rapidly sniffed out the previous location of the kitty litter box which had been moved two weeks prior, rancid vegetable oil in the kitchen, possibly unsafe coatings on kids’ furniture and toys, and even the spot in the living room where the previous owner had died months before.You don’t need to be super sniffer, though, to pick up on scents in buildings that tell us some interesting things. Here are some that I’ve noticed.last_img read more

Mohammed Kaif: India’s new ‘finisher’ is one of the fittest players in the team

first_imgFAMILY PORTRAIT: Kaif’s family enjoys the limelight in AllahabadHOME FRONT The son of Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy player Mohammed Tarif, now a train ticket collector, and Kaiser Jahan, cricket runs in Kaif’s family, with his elder brother Saif also turning out for the state in the Ranji Trophy.The story of,FAMILY PORTRAIT: Kaif’s family enjoys the limelight in AllahabadHOME FRONT The son of Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy player Mohammed Tarif, now a train ticket collector, and Kaiser Jahan, cricket runs in Kaif’s family, with his elder brother Saif also turning out for the state in the Ranji Trophy.The story of how his father, a heart patient, and his mother went to watch Devdas when Kaif came in to bat at Lord’s is famous; few know that brother Saif did watch the cricket and ran over to the hall during the interval to tell his family what had happened.When mother spoke to Kaif, the first question she asked him was, “Beta Honey, Ganguly tere upar chad gaya tha, tujhe chot toh nahin lagi (Didn’t you get hurt when Ganguly jumped on you like that)?”COMING OF AGE At 12, Kaif joined a sports hostel in Kanpur to pursue cricket. He worked his way up the ranks in junior and Uttar Pradesh cricket, a boy driven by ambition to prove that cricketers from his state could make it big time.The Lombard Under-15 World Cup of 1995, where India beat Pakistan in the final, was the time Kaif’s name began to circulate on the national stage. He then led India to victory in the Junior World Cup 1999, and has since kept knocking on all the right doors.GROWING GAINS: Kaif (sitting extreme right) in his early daysPORTRAIT “Kaifu” to his teammates, India’s new “finisher” is one of the fittest players in the team. When the team first introduced “bleep”tests for endurance, Kaif topped the minimum level of 11 set by the physio, reaching a level of 14. As his other teammates struggle with dietary restrictions, Kaif chuckles – he’s one of the rare few who has been told to put on weight, and can eat what he likes.advertisementIn the field they reckon on a good day he can save the team between 12 and 16 runs. Off the field, he’s a quiet sort, who prays five times a day and listens to old Hindi film songs to relax once the cricket is done.Other than cricket, Mohammed Kaif, regular kid, loves climbing on the roof of his home in Kali Mai Lane in Keetganj, Allahabad, to fly kites.last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan chief Maldini: We’d have signed Lozano if…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan chief Maldini: We’d have signed Lozano if…by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan chief Paolo Maldini admits they were interested in Napoli midfielder Hirving Lozano.Lozano left PSV Eindhoven for Napoli over the summer.“We looked at him and thought about buying him,” Maldini told TUDN.“We talked to his agent [Mino Raiola], but in the end there was a problem concerning his position on the field.“We played with a 4-3-3 last season, the perfect formation for him, but now we play in a different way.“He was an option for us over the summer, but he made the decision to go to another big club like Napoli, and the factor of working with [Carlo] Ancelotti, who is a maestro, helps him play in his best and natural position.” last_img read more

14 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plans

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plansby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa has revealed plans to return to Athletic Bilbao.The Basque-native came through the ranks at San Mames before moving to Chelsea last summer.”Of course I would like to return to Athletic,” Kepa told Spanish football show El Chiringuito.”I don’t know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I’d like that. I have great memories.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked career

first_imgBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked careerby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits rejection by Bolton Wanderers has sparked his career.Ramsdale was released from Bolton at the age of 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”. He said: “It’s been difficult.“There’s a lot of rejection as a young kid, obviously getting released at Bolton – being too small and couldn’t kick.“But that could possibly be the best thing which ever happened to me. It gave me the backbone and the toughness to never say die.“Signing here (at Cherries) from Sheffield United, it was a lonely journey for the first two years.“I didn’t enjoy it and probably didn’t fulfil my potential but had two good loan periods.“One with Chesterfield, which we got relegated in but one with Wimbledon where we managed to stay up.“I can look back at that in the mirror and say I had a massive part to play. I think I grew into a man.“Now I am standing here today, I am using my experiences from then to take into the games for Bournemouth.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more