The Hidden Costs of Selling a Home

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Hidden Costs of Selling a Home The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Related Articles Tagged with: Hidden Costs of Selling home improvements Home Sales Thumbtack Zillow  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: HARP Loans Continue Outperforming Pre-Crisis Mortgages Next: Ripple Effectcenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Hidden Costs of Selling a Home Share Save According to a new study by Zillow and Thumbtack.com, U.S. homeowners are spending an average of nearly $20,000 to sell their homes in 2018. The exact total is $18,342, according to Zillow and Thumbtack’s 2018 Hidden Costs of Selling analysis, which breaks down several common expenses associated with selling a home that some homeowners don’t necessarily think of when they decide to sell.The 2017 Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report indicated that sellers spend an average of five months considering seller their home before finally listing it. That’s a lot of time to consider all the angles, but there are many costs that slip below the radar for many of these sellers, especially since 61 percent of today’s sellers have never sold a home before. “Even in the hottest housing markets in the country, selling a home takes time and costs money,” says Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow’s CMO. “From decluttering and staging to pre-inspections, agents and homeowners often spend months behind the scenes prepping a home—well before it’s listed on the market.”Zillow and Thumbtack found that 78 percent of sellers make at least one improvement to their home before listing it. For sellers who hire professional help for these improvements, the average expense on projects such as “painting, staging, carpet cleaning, lawn care and gardening, and local moving costs” comes to around $4,985. However, those costs can vary wildly depending on the state of the local market. In San Jose, California, that total for comparable projects would average $6,580, whereas sellers in Dallas, Texas, could expect to pay an average of $3,720.Commissions for real estate agents and taxes are where things really start to add up, with sellers spend an average of $13,357 nationally on those fees. Naturally, the market drives those prices up or down accordingly. Back in the aforementioned San Jose, that average soars to $74,927 for a median-priced house. In Indianapolis, which features lower home values and no state transfer tax, the average is only $8,604.”While there could be some initial sticker shock associated with the costs of selling a home, investing in home improvement projects like painting and home staging often proves to be very valuable in the long-run,” said Lucas Puente, an economist for Thumbtack. “Homeowners starting to think about selling should take time to research and budget for the projects that can ultimately help sell their home faster and at a higher value.”According to a recent report by Redfin, while national median home prices rose almost 9 percent (to $285,000) in February, the number of homes for sale dropped more than 11 percent from January and were flat compared to a year ago. It was the twenty-ninth consecutive month inventory suffered, while prices keep going up. Only six of 73 metros saw sales grow by double digits from last year, the report said. Louisville led the nation in year-over-year sales growth, up 25 percent, followed by Greenville, South Carolina, which was up 18 percent. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 27, 2018 2,917 Views Hidden Costs of Selling home improvements Home Sales Thumbtack Zillow 2018-03-27 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more

Celebrating Widener

Harvard’s Widener Library ― with its 57 miles of shelves, labyrinthine floors, and millions of books ― will mark its centennial on June 24.When it opened on Commencement Day of 1915, Widener ― tall and wide and deep underground ― replaced Gore Hall, an 1841 Gothic structure with wedding-cake spires and drafty rooms. Gore was declared full in 1863, so 52 years later, the 320,000 square feet of Harvard brick and Indiana limestone that made up Widener seemed heaven-sent. It was and still is the largest university library in the world.To celebrate the centennial, library officials could not wait until June. Two lectures on Thursday marked the beginning of a yearlong series of events and exhibits about Widener and its mysteries, history, and marvels.Both talks were in the Forum Room at Lamont Library.Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, offered a glimpse of book collector Harry Elkins Widener, the library’s namesake and a member of the Class of 1907. He had bought his first serious acquisition as a college sophomore in 1905: a third edition presentation copy of “Oliver Twist.” It set the teenage Widener back $200 ― $5,500 in today’s dollars.John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African-American Studies, talked about the value of Harvard’s collections.He also talked about how Boston and Harvard collections were influenced by a pair of unlikely 19th-century Boston friends: radical abolitionist Charles Sumner and conservative merchant George Livermore, both of them bibliophiles. Stauffer is at work on a biography of Sumner, a 23-year senator he called the “preeminent intellectual in Congress” in the time of the Civil War.Widener, whose wealthy Philadelphia grandfather had amassed a fortune in oil, steel, and streetcars, perished in the Titanic disaster 103 years ago this month. By the time of his death at 27 — he had been in London on a book-buying trip — he owned 3,300 collectable volumes, all of them now housed at the library that bears his name.Morris outlined his acquisitions, the escalating prices he paid, and the “all-embracing” collection he left behind. Among his books were first editions of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson; Shakespeare folios; illustrations by George Cruikshank; costume books inspired by his days at Hasty Pudding; and ― a favorite, said Morris ― a copy of Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia” that had been owned by his sister, the Countess of Pembroke, an author who inspired her brother’s 16th-century masterpiece.Legend has it that Harry Widener died with a rare 1598 copy of Francis Bacon’s “Essays” in his tuxedo pocket, one of the nine books he had just bought in London. (The other eight had been safely shipped home.) There is a copy of the same edition in the Widener rotunda, on display through June. Why it was called “the little Bacon” is obvious: It’s barely the size of a baseball card.Tiong Lu “John” Koh L.L.M. ’85, a book collector and investor, remarked on the poignancy of the volume lost at sea with Widener, “in one of the best book anecdotes ever.” It was Bacon, after all, he said, “who referred to the ark of learning” ― the great vessel full of books that a library represents.Koh owns Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London-based antiquarian booksellers since 1847. The company was well known to the young Widener, and supplied some of the items on display. One is a bid book listing collectibles Widener wanted to buy at a June 1915 auction.In the same case is a faded telegram from the young collector’s book dealer and friend A.S.W. Rosenbach, a shrewd bidder who considered the Harvard graduate his protégé. “Harry Widener and father lost titanic,” it reads. “Mrs saved.”“Mrs” was Harry’s mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, who climbed aboard Lifeboat 4 with her maid and survived the sinking. She funded Widener in her son’s memory.So a shadow lies over this 100th birthday. It took a fated ship to go down for a fêted library to go up. At the 1915 dedication, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge added perspective. “Great deeds,” he said, “can arise from tragedy.”Great deeds, as Stauffer pointed out in his lecture, can also arise from friendship. Together, Sumner and Livermore, who met in 1844, were among the most prominent champions of public libraries in the mid-19th century. Within what Stauffer called a “bibliophilic friendship,” they insisted that libraries be free, public, and accessible.Sumner’s voluminous correspondence ― 170 albums of letters ― makes up MS Am 1, the first installment of Houghton’s American collection. He was a believer in the power of that era’s Harvard library, said Stauffer. It was regarded then as a public library, famously so.The self-educated Livermore, a dry goods merchant who made a lot of money in wool, leather, and shoes, “is almost entirely forgotten today,” said Stauffer. But before his death in 1865 he had amassed one of the most impressive collections of books and other artifacts in America. The late-in-life abolitionist whose published research in 1862 influenced Lincoln’s draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation eventually owned the pen the president used to sign that iconic document. It is now among the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Livermore also famously possessed one of two known copies of “The Souldier’s Pocket Bible” (1643), distributed to troops by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.Both men ― whose bond eventually coalesced around the injustice of slavery — saw libraries as “indispensible to all members of a republican society,” as Livermore once wrote Sumner. In sum, the two men shared a catholic vision of libraries that Harry Widener himself would have agreed with, and Eleanor Elkins Widener envisioned, too: as sites of collaboration and learning.On the day of Widener Library’s dedication in 1915, she said: Let it become “the heart of the university.” read more

PREMIUMBacterial infection, not power plant, caused turtle deaths: Officials

first_imgBengkulu Sepang-Bay-dead-turtles Sepang-Bay-power-plant power-plant coal-fired-power-plant bacterial-infection salmonella Linkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Log in with your social account Bengkulu authorities have concluded that the deaths of 28 turtles in Sepang Bay Beach were caused by a bacterial infection, ruling out earlier suspicions they were killed by untreated waste released by a nearby coal-fired power plant.  The Bengkulu Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA Bengkulu), along with the Bengkulu Environment and Forestry Agency and the provincial station of the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), announced the findings on Friday after conducting laboratory tests on the animals.“Any party unsatisfied with the government’s test results can challenge them scientifically, but don’t make conclusions unsupported by science,” said Yuliswani, a provincial administration assistant.Dead turtles have been found on the beach a number of times since April 2019. Some were caught in nets while others had plastic wa… Facebooklast_img read more

Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown plan

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown plancenter_img Cesc Fabregas is not impressed with the UK’s response to coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has blasted Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, believing the current lockdown is too little and too late.It was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening that Britons could no longer leave the house unless it is for essential work, shopping, one form of exercise-per-day or medical need, for at least the next three weeks.While these may seem like extreme measures to some, Fabregas, 32, does not think Johnson has gone far enough, and he should have reached this point a lot sooner.Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco, responded to a post from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Instagram, which read: ‘We’re in lockdown or whatever you want to call it. Much needed. Vital in fact. Stay indoors and stay safe everyone.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Spaniard replied: ‘Two weeks too late and on top of that… Open parks, shopping, exercise allowed, walks…’ Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFabregas’ home country imposed a stricter lockdown on 15 March, which did not allow people outside for exercise.The Spanish government are now looking to extend that lockdown until 11 April, at least, as the death toll rose to over 1,700, with Spain the second hardest hit European country after Italy.Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, warned that worse is to come, speaking on Saturday: ‘We have yet to receive the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society.’On extending the lockdown, Sanchez said: ‘I know it is a drastic measure…but experts agree that it is an effective measure in the fight against coronavirus‘We hope that with this measure, which is so drastic, so dramatic, so hard, which without a doubt has consequences on our families, we can bend the (growth) curb of coronavirus.’MORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provides coronavirus update: ‘I have recovered’MORE: Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 8:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link773Shareslast_img read more

LA Clippers’ stars know team not currently elite

first_img“We’ve won games we should have won, but we have to be better than that if we expect to be a playoff (team) and contend.”Scouting the ThunderOklahoma City will enter Monday’s game with a record of 18-9 and a winner of seven of its past eight. The Thunder are led by the two-headed monster of point guard Russell Westbrook and small forward Kevin Durant.Westbrook is averaging 25.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 9.5 assists. Durant is averaging 27.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.UpcomingAfter Monday, the Clippers won’t play again until Christmas night when they face the Lakers, the home team for that game. The Clippers will then play at Utah on Saturday, at Washington on Dec. 28, at Charlotte on Dec. 30 and at New Orleans on New Year’s Eve. Twenty-eight games into the season, and the Clippers are still without a defining victory. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul – the team’s two stars – know it, too. Both were hard on the team following its 107-97 loss Saturday at Houston, the second leg of a Texas two-step in which the Clippers lost a night earlier at San Antonio.“We’re not a team that anybody needs to worry about, not right now,” said Paul, whose team plays host to Oklahoma City on Monday night at 7:30 at Staples Center. “I think we still have a lot of work to do. Being how our team was last year, we are behind, as far as figuring out that trust and stuff like that, so we just have to keep building.”The thing that keeps Paul sane is he knows the talent is there for the Clippers to be one of the elite teams.“It is somewhat frustrating, but the thing about it is, there are a lot of teams right now that, realistically, they don’t have a chance,” said Paul, who scored 12 points Saturday on just 3-of-13 shooting; the team fell behind 43-17 early in the second quarter. “For us, the toughest part is just knowing what we are capable of and if we figure it out, we can be dangerous.” The Clippers (16-12) have two victories over Detroit, one each over Dallas, Memphis and Orlando. Those are the only wins over teams currently over .500, but three of the five came during the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season, which is now nearly two months old.The Clippers have lost twice to Golden State, to San Antonio, Indiana, Chicago and Toronto. They have now lost twice to Houston as well – once at Staples Center, once at Toyota Center in Houston – and the Rockets are only .500 at 14-14.Golden State and San Antonio have the Nos. 1 and 2 top records in the league and Chicago, Indiana and Toronto are all in the top five in the Eastern Conference standings.Griffin understands what’s going on.“We have a lot of room for improvement and I’m not really into giving grades, but we have a lot of room to improve in a lot of different areas,” he said. “There is nothing really to be happy about. We haven’t won any big games, any games that when you go into them, you think this is one we have to get; but we’ve lost all those games.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Stephen Curry to compete in NBA All-Star 3-point shootout, report says

first_img Stephen Curry becomes first player ever to hit eight 3-pointers in three straight games Warriors’ Kevin Durant on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s a once-in-a-generation, once-in-a-lifetime talent’ Stephen is one of the NBA’s all-time best sharpshooters. He ranks third all time in 3-pointers made with 2,320, behind Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560). Curry has made 191 this season with the Warriors, second to James Harden’s 220. Curry has made at least 200 3-pointers in six consecutive seasons. Next month’s NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point contest in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a big jolt of excitement — local hero and 2015 3-point champion Stephen Curry is going to participate, ESPN reported Friday.Also slated to compete is Curry’s brother, Seth, who plays for the Trail Blazers. Both grew up in Charlotte, where their dad, Dell, starred for the Hornets and is currently a television analyst for the team. Stephen also was an All-American at Davidson College, just north of Charlotte.center_img Seth Curry will join brother Steph in the three-point contest during All-Star Weekend in their hometown of Charlotte, per @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/1rUoR3pFHC— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 26, 2019″Just being in Charlotte, there’s a nice storyline,” Stephen told ESPN. “[Seth] was leading the league in percentage for a while. In terms of family history, my dad playing 10 years in Charlotte, being one of the original Hornets to now having the All-Star Game in Charlotte.”The 3-point shootout will be fun with the Curry brothers. I know he’s going to be gunning for me, though. That’s the problem.” Related News Despite those credentials, Curry has won the 3-point contest only once in five tries. He did not participate in last year’s contest, which was won by the Suns’ Devin Booker.Seth Curry has made 48.0 percent of his 3-point shots this season (59 for 123) and is a career 44.3 percent shooter, a tick ahead of his brother’s 43.7 percent. Stephen’s percentage this season is 44.4.Seth Curry is going to have a chance to compete in his hometown against his brother Stephen Curry.#Blazers #Ripcity pic.twitter.com/6DCn85IchH— Blazers Nation (@Blazers__Nation) January 26, 2019The 2019 3-point contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, Feb. 16 and will be televised by TNT.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :09 Okay, here’s a joke, “Why don’t you see any kids walking in Penn Hills?” Answer… “Cause they ain’t got no sidewalks.” That brief and never to be heard from again was brought to you compliments of brother Shegun, he of the dark glasses fame. My brother, you are now in the locker room and you can stay there as long as you promise to not tell any more jokes. I’m just sayin’!:08 Man, the boys from North Side really need love. I mean everywhere I go they want some “Overtime attention”…okay, Bump, yes, I’ll be your Huckleberry! (Val Kilmer, aka Doc Holiday in “Tombstone”), but you don’t have to twist my arm on this one. Not only is Larry “Byrd” Richardson one of the top 5 guards in Pittsburgh history and a two-time Connie Hawkins League MVP and tournament champion, he was quite simply the most magnificent ball handler and passer that I’ve ever seen in Pittsburgh and I’ve seen just about every great one there was from 1970 to the present, including “Hou-Din-Ni.” I cannot begin to tell you about this man’s incredible passes…but I can tell you this, “Magic” Johnson would be amazed! He could shoot the ball as well as anybody…would “D” you up and strip you clean and he could throw it down at maybe…5’8”! “The Byrd Man” could fly with the ball. Gone, but not forgotten, now playing for heaven’s hoopers! NORTHSIDE—HOW YA LIKE ME NOW?:07 In case you’re wondering why so much basketball now and it’s still football season: No. 1: Basketball is what we do, man! No. 2: In case you haven’t noticed, the NBA got started last week. Anyway, when you talk about the greatest guards of all time from Pittsburgh, or for that matter western Pa., you better not have the conversation without talking loud and clear about Dwight “The Iceman” Clay. Dwight was a 5th Avenue great, Notre Dame star and, of course, made “The Shot Heard Round The World” to end the UCLA ’88 game-winning streak! Say what? Well, you tell me who else left the city league and went to Notre Dame…huh? That’s right, shut up!!!:06 Rookie of the Year in the NFL? Yep, you guessed it, RGIII out of D.C. hands down, take it to the bank.:05 Ike Taylor will be all right and he’ll come up big when it counts. But things will go just a little easier for him if he ate just a little bit of Humble Pie, sprinkled with a bit of “I am not the best in the world” and a dab of “I better get back to what got me here.”:04 Ray Lewis is out for the season. Terrell Suggs is just coming back at 75 percent, Ladarius Webb is one for the season. Ed Reed is hurtin’ and the Ravens fall to Houston…do I sound like somebody that cares? C’mon man!:03 I know you’ve seen “Friday” at least 10 times, but do me and yourself a favor, watch it one more time with the kids out of the room and the volume way up. Man, that is a classic funny movie. Easy 3 basketballs:02 At the buzzer…hhheeereee we go!•Put your dukes up for our boy Rayco “War” Saunders’ fighting for the title Monday.•Something is up with the Penn Hills football team again and it ain’t good. More at 11.•Hey A-Rod…see ya!•God, please let Terry Smith and the Gateway Gators win the WPIAL and state’s and he can just walk away. I know you’re gonna want more than that…but I can’t say that in the paper mmmaaannn!•The Pittsburgh Corvette Club Christmas Party is set for Dec. 8 at the Three Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills. Get your tickets now. You know it gets packed. Call the Club at 412-628-4856.•Don’t forget the Plum High School Girl’s Basketball Camp for 3-9-year-olds Nov. 3 from 8-5.:01 Only 16 tickets left for the best night you haven’t had yet this year. The Fabulous Allure Models and legendary Kenny Blake present an “Evening in Paris” at Pittsburgh’s best kept secret, Le Massion Du Praix, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, patio, gazebo, fireplace, wall to wall spaciousness, prizes and surprises and the intimacy you and your significant other have been looking for. Only $25 at this wonderful new bed and breakfast. (Beautiful rooms are available. For reservations, call Bill Thompson at 412-200-0878. For tickets, call The Champions at 412628-4856.00: Double Overtime: On Nov. 3, Luther Sewell and Talk Magazine along with Tim Stevens and B-PEP and Champion Enterprises and 20 other outstanding community service agencies will present the most important get out the vote rally of our time from 1-4 p.m. at the Hill House. Other groups are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, call 412-823-4007. Please, please, get ready to get ready! It’s time to vote Nov. 6…and you don’t have to have an ID!!!-GAME OVER- :10 All you future holdouts pay attention. Mike “I am worth 40 million” Wallace has caught some and dropped more. It takes practice time and contact to get ready to play this game and Wallace is just not ready yet. In the meantime… Catch the ball, man!last_img read more

Pedestrian Safety: Two River Area Should Look West for Ideas

first_imgSeattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon know how to make their streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.Both cities, have large and increasing numbers of those who look to walk, peddle and use mass transit to get around and long term plans are geared to encourage that evolution.“When people walk, bike, take mass transit to meet their daily needs it means they’re healthier, they arrive at work happier, more energized and it means they get to know their neighborhoods, their surroundings,” noted Dylan Rivera, public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.“For us this is something that we’ve been working on for decades and have made great strides,” in protecting the public, especially those walking and peddling, added James Curtin, Seattle’s director of public safety.The officials noted that some initiatives put in place over the years have actually resulted in significant reductions of serious accidents and fatalities.Curtin had data immediately available, noting that in 2007 there were a total of 14,971 police reported collisions and by 2013 that number had dropped to 10,310. For fatalities, Seattle had an average of 30 to 40 traffic fatalities a year – with “pedestrians most at risk, older pedestrians especially,” Curtin said, noting that is still true. But in 2014 that number had dropped to 14.By the middle of the 20th century large urban areas and their surrounding suburbs were being developed to accommodate more vehicular traffic rather than taking pedestrians into consideration, they said. “Like nobody was ever going to walk anywhere again,” was how Rivera characterized it.By the 1970s the thinking had begun to change, with officials giving some thought to how all of the population’s needs can be met safely.Portland has had for the last 10 years the largest bike commute rate of any major U.S. city, according to Rivera. “Now with communities and people revitalizing their downtowns and main streets,” Rivera observed, “they want people to walk and not have to rely on their cars to get around.”Portland, for instance, has more than 300 miles of bike paths, including on most of the city’s bridges, which see about 17,000-bicycle trips daily.Portland has also been installing what it calls bike boxes at the front of traffic intersections. It’s a colored designated area for cyclists to move to the front of the intersection, with vehicles queued behind the bikes and prevented from making right turns on red until the bikes proceed. “It adds visibility to the cyclists,” Rivera said, adding, “That’s been a very effective tool.”Portland officials have been reconfiguring major roadways, those with four lanes, reducing them to three, including a center lane left turn lane – what’s called “road diets” – that have improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, with studies showing that this one measure can reduce collisions by 40 percent, according to Rivera.The city has also installed more pedestrian-activated flashing lights at an increasing number of intersections.Seattle has been installing actual dividers separating bike paths from vehicular traffic for added safety, according to Curtin.For those walking, Seattle has islands separating wide thoroughfares, giving pedestrians a place to safely wait if they can’t cross in the designated time, Curtin said.The “road diets” have led to decreased motorist speeding. The city has adopted a policy of not putting striped crosswalks at three or more lane intersections without traffic lights, hoping to encourage pedestrians to cross at traffic signals, Curtin said.Like New York City and other major cities, Seattle has adopted a “Vision Zero” agenda to completely eliminate traffic/pedestrian fatalities, that is “really, really aggressive,” Curtin said.A major part of that plan involves reducing the speed limit through much of the city. “We know there is a direct relationship between speed of vehicles and survival, especially for pedestrians,” he said.Enforcement is another factor, Curtin added, with an aggressive campaign scheduled to begin at the end of April.So far camera-monitored traffic law enforcement for school zones – with fines going directly for education purposes – has been very effective, Curtin added.Portland has adopted a program where business owners can ask vehicle parking spaces be turned into bicycle parking. “We have a waiting list of dozens of businesses raising their hands, saying ‘I want one too,’” Rivera noted.Next on the agenda for Portland is looking at 10 particularly troublesome intersections, some with high fatality counts. City officials have reached out to business associations and neighborhood groups (who were all too ready to offer input) on what might be done to improve those sites, Rivera said. And while money can be tight, officials are looking at “short term, inexpensive improvements,” that can be easily accomplished, such as restriping roadways and installing flashing beacons, he said.Encouraging and protecting pedestrians isn’t just good public policy; it’s good economics for local businesses, Rivera stressed. “It’s helped our downtown businesses,” as residents are shopping more locally and has saved city residents about $2 million annually, in gas and vehicle maintenance costs, he said.By John BurtonJohn Burton can be reached at 732-219-5788 or by [email protected] stories in the Two River Times Crossroads series:Local Readers Offer Solutions (April 17 edition)Hazardous Crosswalks: Ambulance Hits Pedestrian on Broad Street (April 3, 2015)Hazardous Crosswalks: Walkers Share Collision Tales (Edition of April 3, 2015)Fair Haven Cycling Safety on the Fast Track (Edition of April 3, 2015)Editorial Opinion: Pedestrian Accident Urgent Reminder We Need Safer Street Crossings (Edition of April 3, 2015)Safety Moving Forward in Red Bank (Edition of March 20, 2015)Crossroads: Results of First Editorial Meeting About Pedestrian Safety in the Greater Red Bank Area (Edition of March 13, 2015)last_img read more

VELVET MESQUITE, SHEER PLEASURE, CHATI’S ON TOP, MY FIONA, QIAONA & SINGING KITTY ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT SATURDAY AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–In what looms as the most competitive race on an action-packed Sunshine Millions Day program Saturday at Santa Anita, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course, has attracted a field of 14 older fillies and mares, with 12 to start.In a tough call, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite, who comes off a close seventh place run in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down the hill on Jan. 3, may rate top billing for trainer Blake Heap. A 6-year-old mare by In Excess, she is 11-5-1-2 over the course, including a win in the Calirornia Distaff Handicap here in October, 2014. Although winless in seven starts last year, she had a pair of seconds and thirds, which included a close second down the hill in the Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes three starts back on Oct. 25.Out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 18-5-4-2 overall with earnings of $343,446.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, a two-time state-bred stakes winner who has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts, would appear to rate a big chance as she tries the hillside turf for the first time. A 4-year-old filly by Birdonthewire, she was most recently sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths as the 9-5 favorite in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. She has three wins from eight starts and has earnings of $307,700.An even 10th, beaten 6 ½ lengths in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, trainer Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top took the one mile turf Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar three starts back on Aug. 16 and was fifth as the 5-2 favorite two back in the Maddy Stakes here Oct. 25.A 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Chati’s On Top, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, is 5-1-2-1 down the hillside turf and is 17-4-6-2 overall with earnings of $296,978.Talented My Fiona, who won three state bred stakes as a juvenile, could well have needed her most recent start, a third place finish in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. A 4-year-old filly by Kentucky-based Ghostzapper, My Fiona was bred in California by Terry Lovingier and is owned by Lovingier, Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro.Originally conditioned by Walther Solis, My Fiona is now trained by Gary Sherlock, who combined with Lovingier and jockey Fernando Perez to win the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes this past Saturday with California-bred Lost Bus. My Fiona, who will be trying turf for the first time, is 8-4-1-3, with earnings of $373,934.Curt and Lila Lanning’s hard hitting Qiaona comes off a facile three length allowance win going  1 1/16 miles over a soft turf at Golden Gate on Jan. 1 and merits respect off an impressive resume that includes an overall mark of 31-7-6-4 and earnings of $585,643. A 6-year-old mare by Wilko, she is trained by Ed Moger and was a winner over the course of the California Distaff Handicap in October, 2013. She also has a second and a third place finish from five lifetime tries down the hill.Trainer Matt Chew’s Singing Kitty, a winner of the downhill Unzip Me Stakes three starts back on Sept. 26, comes off an even ninth, beaten five lengths, in the Grade II Monrovia on Jan. 3 and will be ridden back by Gary Stevens. A storybook $32,000 claim on Dec. 11, 2014, she won three stakes and banked $267,800 last year. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, the 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat is 14-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $333,238.The complete field for the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 119; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 121; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Heavens Stairway, Joe Talamo, 121; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 124; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 124; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Light One, Flavien Prat, 121; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 121, and Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 119. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 119.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. WITH 14 OLDER FILLIES & MARES ENTERED, 12 TO FACE STARTER IN TOUGHEST RACE ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY CARDlast_img read more

Soybean aphid update for 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As predicted, we have begun to see soybean aphids move into soybean fields over the past few weeks.  Coincidentally, this is the third year in a row that we have seen aphids move in relatively late in the growing season.  Hopefully, most of our soybean are starting to mature and reaching the R6 stage, but there are some that still have a way to go due to delayed spring maturity.By now we all should be familiar with the soybean aphid threshold of a rising population of 250 aphids per plant.  But keep in mind that this number is the action threshold, it is not the economic injury level (EIL) at which soybean aphid causes yield loss.  Yield loss occurs when aphids reach 500-600 aphids per plant. If you soybeans are at R4 and below, then continue to use the 250 threshold.  However, the threshold does not apply to beans at R6 and later.  The thresholds at these growth stages increase to over 1,000 aphids per plant.  So if you are in an R5 stage, and have 250 aphids per plant should you treat?  Here is some information to help you guide your decision:1) Check again in 3-4 days, are the aphids increasing (remember a RISING population of 250 per plant)? At many sites, natural enemies like lady beetles are keeping aphids down or maintaining them at the 250 level.2) At this point in the summer, you can expect aphids to double in size in about a week. Do you think you will reach R6 stage before aphids get to 500 per plant? If so, then it probably won’t pay to treat. Bottom line is predicting when you can get to R6 when thresholds go up.3) Do you have to use ground equipment?  Then expect a 2-3 bushel loss on yield which might impact whether or not you see a return on the application cost.Predicting when soybean will reach the R6 stage and frequent scouting will provide the best information on whether or not it pays to treat.For more information about the soybean aphid, scouting procedures and thresholds click on the following link: Soybean Aphid OSU Extension fact sheetlast_img read more