Church volunteers help elderly parishioners make vaccine appointments

first_imgChurch volunteers help elderly parishioners make vaccine appointments Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls COVID-19, Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Health & Healthcare By Egan MillardPosted Feb 5, 2021 Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Carol Saivetz, 73, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Rachel Damstra, a nursing student, at a mass vaccination site at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, in Boston, Massachusetts, on Jan. 29, 2021. Photo: Faith Ninivaggi/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] With COVID-19 vaccine rollouts varying widely from state to state, some states have been criticized for their confusing and dysfunctional vaccine appointment systems. One of those states is Massachusetts, which – despite being a world-renowned leader in health care and the home of vaccine producer Moderna – has largely delegated the administration of vaccines to a fragmented patchwork of hospitals and private companies.The problems intensified over the past week as the state began opening up vaccine appointments to residents age 75 and older – a demographic that is less familiar with computers and more likely to encounter difficulty using online appointment systems. They often have to navigate labyrinthine websites, continually refresh pages and upload photos of their insurance cards. Seniors have expressed confusion, frustration and hopelessness.The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, a suburb of Boston, saw the technical difficulties as an opportunity to help. Volunteers from the parish’s COVID Response Team are helping older parishioners navigate the red tape and get signed up for vaccine appointments.“This is what it’s all about,” the Rev. Tim Schenck, rector, told Episcopal News Service. “I always think about Paul’s line in Galatians about how we’re called to bear one another’s burdens, and this seems like an absolutely critical time for us to be bearing one another’s burdens, and this is just a very tangible way that we can do that right now.”Over the past year, the parish’s COVID Response Team has been meeting a variety of parishioners’ needs, from running errands to delivering masks to assisting those who had trouble accessing online worship.“The COVID Response Team model is taking this organic interest and goodwill in the church and then matching it to the needs,” said volunteer Jody Jones Turner. Seventy people signed up to help when it first launched, and they have since recorded about 150 “acts of kindness,” she said.“I always think about the COVID Response Team as the of ministry,” Schenck said, “really matching parishioners’ needs with parishioners’ deep desire to help.”The vaccine appointment initiative originated when Schenck got a call from a parishioner “who had just navigated this whole process of vaccine scheduling for her parents and found it to be neither easy nor intuitive,” he told ENS.“And she was like, ‘This must be something that other people are having a hard time with, especially [seniors]. … This is such a serpentine process. There’s got to be a way that we could help others.’”“I think it’s hard for anybody to do this,” Schenck said, “and so you add not being particularly tech savvy on top of that, and it is a little bit of whack-a-mole right trying to get an appointment here and there.”Schenck brought the idea to the COVID Response Team last week, and they got started the same day. “It just seemed like a really good fit,” said Turner, who works as the program manager for the transplant unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She brought her knowledge of the health care system and recruited other volunteers to help with this particular project.“Now we have, like, this little SWAT team organized,” Turner told ENS, “and everyone has different levels of information.” Turner, for example, knows more about the programs at hospitals in Boston, while another parishioner has familiarized herself with the distribution protocol at CVS pharmacies, and another parishioner with the mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.They posted about the program on Facebook, and within an hour, they had their first request. So far, four people have requested assistance, and three of them have already gotten their first shots. Mostly, the team sets parishioners up with phone-based appointment systems so they don’t have to use computers, resulting in “a more pleasant experience,” Turner said.Schenck and Turner say they hope to build a collective knowledge of the distribution system so that they can continue to help as more people become eligible for the vaccine. In the meantime, they hope to inspire other churches to do similar work for their elderly parishioners and neighbors. Both emphasized that the networks and connections formed by the COVID Response Team allowed them to address this need quickly. Once the structure was in place, the volunteers’ enthusiasm was channeled into action.“Setting up the pieces to allow the network to mobilize – that’s really powerful,” Turner said.“The intergenerational aspect of this is really beautiful to watch,” said Schenck, adding that the effort is an inspiring reminder that laypeople can be called to pastoral care, not just clergy.“I just love that sense of crowdsourced pastoral care. … The fact that this is grassroots-led is really exciting to me, and that’s what a church should be doing. And being.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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2019 Christmas Big Give smashes records to raise £15.6m in 7 days

first_img Melanie May | 10 December 2019 | News “We are completely bowled over by the public’s generosity in response to this year’s Christmas Challenge, with so many people choosing to take action and support our Climate Ambition campaign.“Friends of the Earth has taken part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge for the past 9 years, raising tens of thousands of pounds for our climate change, air pollution and anti-fracking work. We see the Christmas Challenge as a fantastic platform to engage our supporters, inspiring them to give by enabling them to double their donations toward our vital work.”Hannah Young, Head of Fundraising at Unseen UK, said that funding raised through this year’s campaign will enable the anti-slavery charity to keep its helpline open.She commented:“There are tens of thousands of victims trapped in slavery across the UK right now. Unseen’s Big Give campaign was launched to help save the UK Modern Slavery helpline – a lifeline for victims who are trying to escape exploitation. In three days, Unseen smashed its target of £75,000, providing critical funding to keep the lines open. With over 7,000 potential victims of modern slavery being identified through the Helpline each year, Unseen’s Big Give campaign will be a vital part of ensuring the Helpline survives.”  109 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 A record-breaking £15.6m has been raised in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge.The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, which closed at midday today (10 December) saw matched funding of over £7.2 million provided by over 20 funding champions, including Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Four Acre Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and through charities’ major donors and philanthropists.BBC presenter and actor Alexander Armstrong backed the campaign, which was also supported by charity patrons and celebrities including Hugh Dennis, Gyles Brandreth, Bob Wilson and Clare Balding.It ran from 03-10 December and inspired tens of thousands of people to donate with some 590 charities participating, and donations matched, pound for pound.Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, founder of The Big Give, said:“The public’s generosity to this year’s Christmas Challenge has been phenomenal. It demonstrates just how much the public values the work of UK charities and the services they provide. Donations raised through the campaign will address some of the most critical issues in society from funding life-saving research to tackling climate change.“Match funding has proved to be an incredibly powerful incentive to give, enabling the public to maximise their impact on good causes. We’re deeply thankful to our funding champions for their crucial role in this campaign and inspiring the nation to give.”This year’s appeal far exceeds the previous Christmas Challenge record of £13.3 million in 2018 and brings the total raised since 2007 – when The Big Give launched – to £129 million.Having raised over £100,000 through this year’s appeal, Friends of the Earth’s Philanthropy Manager, Jo Finburgh underlined the importance of the Christmas Challenge for the charity: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3center_img Tagged with: christmas The Big Give 2019 Christmas Big Give smashes records to raise £15.6m in 7 days About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Volleyball swept by Oklahoma in Norman

first_imgEquestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Dean Straka TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Facebook printThe Horned Frog volleyball team couldn’t figure out the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday afternoon, suffering a 3-0 sweep at the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.The Frogs were defeated in the first set 25-22, despite holding a 21-18 lead in the set. The second set had a familiar story, with the Frogs out in front by four Early on, but falling 25-21.The third set was a heart-breaker for the Frogs, who had the Sonnets on the brink with 24-23 lead, but surrendered three unanswered points to give the Oklahoma the set win and the sweep.“I thought we put good stretches and points together, but not the complete match,” TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said. “OU played with a lot of up and down type of energy and momentum. We really wanted to control the tempo and pace of the match, and we didn’t do as good of a job at that as we could have.”Kramer said she felt that streaky performance of the team defined the match.“We kept bouncing back and forth a bit,” Kramer said. “We hadn’t done that very often of late, and it’s tough to play on the road anywhere in the Big 12. We have to do a better job of managing ourselves and controlling the things we can control whether we are on the road or at home.”Junior middle-blocker Regan McGuire had a strong outing in the loss, recording 10 kills and two digs for the Frogs. Outside hitters Ashley Smith and Ashleigh Martin also had noteworthy  performances, as Smith tallied nine kills and a team-high six digs, while Martin recorded eight kills.The Frogs conclude their regular season on Friday Nov. 27 when they host the West Virginia Mountaineers at the TCU Campus Recreation Center. Match time is set for 2 p.m. + posts Dean Straka Twitter Linkedin ReddIt The Frogs were swept at the hands of Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Linkedin Dean Straka Previous articleStudy abroad will continue as planned with future sessionsNext articleTCU community pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Straka Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Straka ReddIt Facebook Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championshiplast_img read more

Cheeseburger Challenge Results Released

first_imgCheeseburger Week is over for 2016, but you can still enjoy a great burger at any of the participating restaurants. For address, menu and other information visit Week is a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week is generously sponsored by the City of Pasadena. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Photo Gallery Cheeseburger Challenge Results Released Article and Photos courtesy of PASADENA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 5:54 pm Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena celebrated all things cheeseburger during Cheeseburger Week January 10th to 15th. Visitors enjoyed food created especially for the event, took advantage of great deals and meals, followed cheeseburger crawls and voted in the 2016 Cheeseburger Challenge. In all, 1246 votes were cast in the challenge to determine favorites in 14 categories ranging from Favorite Burger to favorite Dessert after a Burger.Here are the results of the 2016 Cheeseburger Challenge. Thank you to all the restaurant participants and everyone who voted in this year’s Challenge.Congratulations to those named Favorites in these categories.Cheeseburger Challenge results:Favorite Place for a Cheeseburger1. Dog Haus/Dog Haus Biergarten 15.73%2. Umami Burger 13.64%3. The Counter 12.4%Favorite Lunch Counter Burger1. The Counter 37.5%2. Pie ‘n Burger 27.08%3. Tie: Clearman’s Galley / Twohey’s 12.92%Favorite Traditional Cheeseburger1. Pie ‘n Burger 24.76%2. Dog Haus 24.21%3. The Counter 23.44%Favorite Sliders1. Tie : Dog Haus / Ruth’s Chris Steak House 16.62%2. The Counter 14.67%3. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 9.25%Favorite Gourmet Burger1. Kings Row Gastropub 31.84%2. La Grande Orange Café 26.12%3. Tie: Alondra Hot Wings/Del Frisco’s Grille 22.86%Favorite Alternative Burger1. Umami Burger Ahi Tuna Burger 33.79%2. a/k/a Bistro Portobello Mushroom and Brie 22.83%3. Lucky Baldwin’s Pub Salmon Burger 15.98%Favorite Turkey Burger1. Umami Burger 32.88%2. Green Street Restaurant 22.07%3. Tie: Pie ‘n Burger/ Rounds Burgers 16.67%Favorite Sit Down/White Tablecloth Burger1. Green Street Restaurant 27.36%2. a/k/a Bistro 20.28%3. Central Park Restaurant 17.45%Favorite New Restaurant For a Burger1. Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub 35.21%2. Magnolia House 27.23%3. Alondra Hot Wings 18.31%Favorite Bar Burger1. Dog Haus Biergarten 8.14%2. Kings Row Gastropub 5.42%3. Lucky Baldwin’s 4.75%Favorite Veggie/Vegan Burger1. Umami Burger 30.2%2. The Counter 22.77%3. Pie ‘n Burger 11.39%Favorite Draught Beer with a Burger1. Dog Haus Biergarten 8.29%2. King’s Row Gastropub 5.8%3. Lucky Baldwin’s 5.46%Favorite Dessert after a Cheeseburger1. Pie ‘n Burger 48.66%2. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 16.96%3. Twohey’s 15.63%Favorite Cocktail with/before/after a Burger1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 30.94%2. La Grande Orange Café 24.22%3. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 12.11%Here are our participants for the 2016 Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena:·         a/k/a Bistro·         Alondra Hot Wings·         Bacchus’ Kitchen·         Big Daddy’s Fire Grill·         Brookside Golf Club (lunch only)·         Cameron’s Seafood·         Central Park Restaurant·         Clearman’s Galley·         The Counter·         Del Frisco’s Grille·         Dog Haus·         Dog Haus Biergarten·         Du-pars·         dusit D2 hotel constance pasadena·         The Eatery·         El Portal Restaurant·         Gale’s (lunch only)·         Green Street Restaurant·         Grill 168 at the Hilton Pasadena·         Kings Row Gastropub·         La Grande Orange Cafe·         Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Pub and Cafe·         Lucky Baldwin’s Pub·         Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub and Cafe·         Magnolia House·         Meat District Company·         Pie ‘n Burger·         POP Champagne & Dessert Bar·         Real Food Daily·         Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ·         Rounds Premium Burgers·         Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Happy Hour menu·         Slater’s 50/50·         Twohey’s Restaurant·         Umami Burger·         Vertical Wine Bistro·         Yahaira’s Cafe·         The Walrus and the Hedgehog faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Teen arrested over alleged gun threat

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin NewsBreaking newsTeen arrested over alleged gun threatBy admin – January 2, 2014 538 Printcenter_img Previous articleNew Year’s Eve triumph over stormy weatherNext articleLimerick woman rescued from submerged car as floods cause havoc elsewhere admin Email Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A FIFTEEN year old boy was one of two males arrested in county Limerick this Thursday on connection with an alleged firearms incident.Gardai reacted to a 999 emergency telephone call and were dispatched to Collins’ Park in Abbeyfeale where a number of males were located.The 999 caller alleged that they were threatened by the men who were also alleged to be armed with a gun.Members of the RSU rapid response unit along with patrol Gardai attended the scene.A number of people were involved in an dispute at the estate but Gardai are satisfied that no gun was involved in the alleged threats.The two men, one in his 30s and the 15-year-old boy were arrested and detained for questioning at Newcastlewest Garda Station. Advertisementlast_img read more

Permian Basin prepares for 2020 census

first_img Director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional office Cathy Lacy gives an over view of the conference. The U.S. Census Bureau held a conference on Census 2020: The Oil and Gas Industry and its impact on the Count in the Permian Basin, in the Gregory Williams Lecture Hall on the Odessa College Campus. The countdown for the 2020 census has begun and local leaders and professionals are brainstorming how to effectively execute the decennial headcount for the Permian Basin’s unique situation. Cathy Lacy, director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver regional office, said the census comes down to three things: knowledge, power and money. The nation’s population statistics come from decennial censuses, which allow communities to better plan for the future using current facts and figures about America’s changing demographics. The next census will be on April 1. Lacy said children under the age of five were underreported during the last census. She attributed that trend to complex housing units such as circumstances where divorced parents might assume the other person accounted for the child in their household’s headcount but neither parent did. “Those children that were ages zero to five years old that were not reported could contribute to part of the reason that the schools, cities and counties were not able to plan for that population for the future,” Lacy said. The results of the census also determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Lacy said it is vital for residents to participate in the census count because underestimating the actual population could result in communities missing out on federal funds. Her presentation at a 2020 census conference held Thursday at Odessa College stated that about $675 billion is distributed each year from the federal government based on population count. Texas currently receives about $59.4 billion annually in federal funding derived from data gathered during the 2010 census. Midland Mayor Jerry Morales said the Permian Basin needs every federal dollar it can get to meet the increased housing, education, healthcare, quality of life and infrastructure needs of residents brought on by the oil and gas industry. The most recent population projections from the Texas Demographic Center list both Ector County and Midland County as two of the top 10 areas in the state to have the fastest growth rates from 2010 to 2050. In the next 30 years, Ector County’s population is expected to reach about 494,413, a 261 percent increase from 2010, TDC data states. “For this census we knew it would be one of the most challenging censuses we’ve ever had,” Lacy said. The transient workforce in Midland-Odessa will be an area of focus for local census canvassers and require new approaches to ensure those individuals meeting residency requirements are included. Nontraditional housing situations are common for oil field workers that spend part of their time living in the Permian Basin and the other part somewhere else. Census collection will incorporate timelines that focus on capturing those living in hotels or motels, RV parks, man camps and other transitory locations. “We’re going to make sure that we work with the local communities and make sure we know all of those places where people live or people could live,” Lacy said. “With man camps, you’ve got a population that could be here three weeks out of the month or they could be here 50 percent of the time. Those (split down the middle) may not consider this to be their home and we can’t control what people tell us because it is a self-response.” The conference allowed attendees to form small groups to discuss the specific challenges the 2020 census poses for the Permian Basin and possible strategies to improve data collection methods. One small group emphasized that collaboration between local government entities and oil companies will need to be a focus early on for efficient coordination so that transient workers will understand which community they should claim and when census employees will be gathering surveys in that area. The U.S. Census Bureau will also add two additional reporting options next year to reach even more of the population with greater ease. Residents nationwide can fill out a survey over the phone or online prior to the census date with 13 language options available. Traditional methods like the mailed paper form and the in-person interview will continue to be offered. “This is an opportunity to be a part of a once-in-a-decade operation,” Lacy said. Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Permian Basin prepares for 2020 census Previous article052419_OHS_Graduation_JF_04Next articleZenayda Lara Digital AIM Web Support Twitterlast_img read more

Buyers More Positive About Housing Market

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: U.S. Homeowners’ Trillion-Dollar Quarter Next: Rising Prices and Rising Expectations Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Aly J. Yalecenter_img Aly J. Yale is a longtime writer and editor from Texas. Her resume boasts positions with The Dallas Morning News, NBC, PBS, and various other regional and national publications. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients on content strategy, blogging, marketing, and more. Buyers More Positive About Housing Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Buyers More Positive About Housing Market  Print This Post Subscribe Fannie Mae Homebuyers housing market. hpsi sellers 2017-12-07 Aly J. Yale Homebuyers are becoming increasingly more positive about today’s housing market. According to Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), the number of buyers who say now’s a good time to buy is up seven percentage points for the month—and is nearing its highest point on record.The HPSI for November weighed in at 87.8—up from just 85.2 in October and 82.2 last year. Currently, about 29 percent of consumers believe it’s a good time to buy a home.According to Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s Senior VP and Chief Economist, November’s HPSI indicates the market may be in for an upturn come 2018.“In November, the HPSI rebounded to near its all-time high, returning the index to its gradual upward trend and suggesting fairly stable consumer home-buying attitudes,” Duncan said. “These results are consistent with our expectation that the housing market will continue its modest expansion going forward. Next month’s survey should offer the public a first look at the influence that potential tax reform may have on consumers’ views toward housing and the broader economy.”The HPSI also showed that seller sentiment is up as well. The number of homeowners who believe now is a good time to sell jumped to 34 percent in November—up four percentage points over the month and 21 percentage points over the year.The number of consumers who believe home prices will rise in the next year also rose, increasing six percentage points for the month, as did the share of people who feel secure in their jobs, which jumped four percentage points in November. According to the HPSI, 46 percent say prices will rise in the next 12 months, while 74 percent say they are not concerned with losing their jobs.See the full results of the Home Purchase Sentiment Index at Tagged with: Fannie Mae Homebuyers housing market. hpsi sellers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 7, 2017 1,624 Views last_img read more

Mortgage Industry ‘Not Out of the Woods’

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago June 29, 2020 1,802 Views Previous: Personal Incomes Dip Due to COVID-19 Next: Legislation to Reverse CRA Changes Approved by House Subscribe Black Knight’s Director of Market Research told CNBC in an interview that rising forbearances may continue.“We’re not out of the woods yet in terms of the coronavirus impact on the mortgage and housing market,” said Andy Walden, Director of Market Research, Black Knight.Walden said a large number of forbearances were expected to expire at the end of June but borrowers could be deciding to stay in plans longer than expected.Another item to watch, he said, are unemployment benefits, as many plans are expected to expire at the end of July. He said Black Knight will be watching this trend to see if it impacts the share of mortgages in forbearance.After three weeks of declining mortgage loan forbearance activity, forbearances surged last week, according to the McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker from Black Knight. As data revealed 8.8% of all active mortgage loans are in a state of forbearance.This is up from 8.7% of loans that were in active forbearance as of the previous week.Forbearances peaked the week of May 22 before falling for about three weeks. However, the increases experienced over the past five days have reversed more than half of the declines experienced over the previous few weeks.In total, about 79,000 additional loans went into forbearance this week, bringing the total number of loans in forbearance to 4.68 million.The most recent loan forbearance numbers mean servicers will have to pay $3.5 billion per month on behalf of GSE-backed loan holders, plus an additional $1.4 billion in taxes and insurance on behalf of these loans.View the full video in the embed below. Coronavirus 2020-06-29 Mike Albanese About Author: Mike Albanese Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Webcasts Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.  Print This Post Mortgage Industry ‘Not Out of the Woods’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Industry ‘Not Out of the Woods’ Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

A look at plans to redesign Ithaca’s ‘Five Corners’ intersection

first_imgBut while C&S has a preferred design, the Office of Engineering wants input from the community before moving forward with either proposal. Transforming Five Corners into a roundabout would be a large undertaking. Todd Humphrey, highway department manager at C&S, said construction would likely take four to six months, and the firm estimated upfront costs at about $700,000. According to Hathaway and the C&S team, however, the design has significant advantages over a signal upgrade. She pressed play on the same 2029 simulation with the proposed roundabout in place. Traffic moved freely, with no more than a few cars yielding at once, as pedestrians made their way from corner to corner. Related: Lower speed limits part of city plan to improve traffic safety with ‘Vision Zero’ Hathaway and C&S presented two possible design solutions. The first would upgrade traffic signals and improve road grading, offering modest safety and efficiency gains at relatively low upfront costs. The second would replace the existing intersection with a roundabout, requiring costly upfront construction but offering significant long-term benefits. The proposed roundabout design would add small medians, known as splitter islands, on each incoming road. These islands slow traffic and shorten crosswalk distances so pedestrians are exposed to oncoming traffic for less time. The city could also reconstruct a portion of the intersection to reduce the vertical grade alongside upgrading signals, to improve visibility for cars entering from Route 366 in particular. Meanwhile, while Hathaway and Wessel said upgraded signals would improve safety, they pointed out that several current hazards would persist. There are 32 conflict points in a typical four-way intersection, Wessel said, where traffic paths cross and make collisions more likely. In a complex intersection like Five Corners, there are even more opportunities for collisions. Better orchestrating traffic with updated signals might help drivers make better decisions, but it will not eliminate conflict points. Devon Magliozzi Upgrading traffic signals Humphrey joked at the meeting that C&S doesn’t have a stake in which design the city moves forward with: “We get paid either way.” He said in his professional opinion, though, the roundabout redesign offers a better long-term solution. In addition to improving traffic efficiency and safety, he said C&S models show the roundabout would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by allowing vehicles to yield rather than stop. Since the roundabout would require completely reconstructing the affected roadways, it would also reduce road repair costs in the area for the next 20 to 30 years, he said. C&S estimates the cost of upgrading traffic signals would be about $360,000, and adjusting the grade at the same time would bring the cost to $500,000. While that is a lower figure than the cost of creating a roundabout, Wessel said the improvements would also be more modest. Comments can be sent to Eric Hathaway at [email protected] As the number of students living in the area increases, problems are only going to worsen. Hathaway acknowledged that roundabout construction would have negative impacts for local residents and commuters. “That’s the biggest negative to me about the roundabout – detours are not easy in this area, and it takes a while to make a roundabout like this. It’s not as simple as a signal,” he said. For that reason, roundabouts are recommended as a component of Vision Zero, a strategy the City of Ithaca recently embraced to reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities. The traffic signals at Five Corners are woefully out of date, Hathaway said at Thursday’s forum. They cannot detect when a vehicle approaches, so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians stopped at a red light need to wait a full cycle whether or not there’s traffic coming from other directions. That delay worsens traffic backups and can lead to noncompliance when people grow impatient. Roundabouts are designed to reduce traffic speeds. Roads would be narrowed as vehicles funnel into the circle, making it feel tight so that drivers automatically slow to about 15 mph, Wessel said. Hathaway responded to concerns about how drivers, cyclists and pedestrians would coordinate their movements in lieu of signals. “Is it just going to become a mess where everyone is waiting? Generally the answer is no,” he said. He cited traffic studies in Minnesota and Portland, Oregon that have shown shorter pedestrian delays where roundabouts are used as well as fewer serious collisions.center_img In addition to weighing in on which of the design proposals the city should choose, residents can offer suggestions about how the city could mitigate construction impacts related to either project or could suggest adjustments to either proposal to meet local needs. The Office of Engineering is seeking public input before moving forward with either proposal. Here are the details you need to weigh in. If a roundabout were created at Five Corners, there would be no traffic signals or stop signs; vehicles would be expected to yield to traffic before entering the circle and to yield to pedestrians when exiting the circle. Likewise, pedestrian crossings would not be signalized. While Hathaway said the city could consider adding flashing lights, known as “rectangular rapid flash beacons,” to alert drivers to pedestrians, generally people crossing on foot would simply wait for a gap in traffic before proceeding. Hathaway and representatives from C&S, an engineering firm the city has contracted to consult on the redesign, said an overhaul of the intersection is urgent. Already, its crash rate is more than double the statewide average according to Kelsey Wessel, lead engineer on the project with C&S. Between 2013 and 2017 there were 20 collisions in the intersection, she said. Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Seeking public input “It’s one of my least favorite intersections in the city,” said Eric Hathaway, city transportation engineer, at a community meeting about redesigning it on Thursday, March 21. Creating a roundabout ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithacans have varied strategies for getting through the so-called “Five Corners” intersection where Route 366, Dryden Road, Maple and Oak Avenues and Cornell Street converge. Some drivers wait patiently behind the stop line for the nearly minute-long signal cycle while others gun it and run it. Some creep up over the crest of the hill to try to glimpse competing traffic, while others wade blindly into the tangle and hope for the best. Pedestrians sometimes take each spur one at a time, but sometimes dash straight across the middle, and meanwhile cyclists are left to interpret turn signals that could refer to several different paths. Related: Interactive map: examining pedestrian crash data and improvements in Ithaca “When people are at lower speeds, even if they have more decisions to make they make better decisions,” Hathaway said, adding, “When people are going slower and they do make a mistake, it’s less costly.” Wessel said there are just eight conflict points in a single lane roundabout, and that compared to traditional intersections, research has shown they reduce serious injury crashes by nearly 80 percent. Wessel said upgrading the signal equipment and configuration could improve efficiency and safety while reducing maintenance costs from aging lights. Adding vehicle detection and installing pedestrian-activated crossing signals would reduce wait times and perhaps improve compliance as a result, which would prevent accidents caused by drivers or pedestrians crossing out of turn. She played a simulation demonstrating how vehicle and pedestrian traffic would flow through the intersection in 2029, with traffic volumes adjusted for a local population increase and signal timing optimized. On the screen, cars sat waiting in a line down Dryden Road and Route 366 while pedestrians waited at the corner. Wessel said no amount of signal optimization can eliminate traffic backups during peak hours. Tagged: Five Corners, Office of Engineering, traffic, traffic safety last_img read more

Groton man charged with burglary

first_img Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor In a news release Friday, police said they have charged Daniel H. Belue, 35, of Groton, with third-degree burglary, a felony. On April 8, police responded to a residence on Groton City Road for a report that a John Deere tractor and batteries had been stolen. Police said they were able to locate the stolen tractor at a residence in Summerhill the next day.Police said Belue sold the lawn mower to the resident who did not know it was stolen.Belue was arraigned in the Town of Groton Court and released on his own recognizance. GROTON, N.Y. — A Groton man has been charged with burglary after New York State Police say he stole a tractor from a residence and resold it. Tagged: burglary, Groton, new york state police Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from:last_img read more