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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Got golf cart?  It is estimated there are 60,000 golf carts in The Villages, FL.  Did you know The Villages holds the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest golf cart parade?  Most residents depend on their golf cart as the main means of transportation.Dick BettsREALTOR® The Villages, FL717-860-3107 CellDick@TheVillagesFL.infoTouchstone Real EstateLifestyle in The Villages, FLAreas of The Villages, FLBuying in The Villages, FLSelling in The Villages, FLwww.TheVillagesFL.info
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Lots of very good, normally on-time payees of mortgages found themselves unable to pay their mortgage obligations during this plague year of 2020 as a result of "Shelter-In-Place" efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. While many mortgagees were quickly granted a 3 month grace period to pay as part of the CARES Act, folks are now receiving ominous calls, texts and letters from mortgage servicers that "their grace period is ending soon" and a large balloon payment is imminent.The good news is that many folks are "COVID-19 Eligible For a 3 or 6 Month Mortgage Extension"-and may not even know it. While qualifications vary-and individual mortgage holders should verify their specific situation with their lender-my understanding is that under the CARES Act, people, including many self-employ...
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At Home COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County, Maryland Montgomery County is implementing rapid response teams that will offer free at home COVID-19 testing in zip codes heavily impacted by the pandemic.The program, announced July 23, will partner with Ready Responders, a nationwide company that offers in-home medical care. In addition to COVID-19 testing, teams will also administer health and human service assessments.Some Montgomery County zip codes most heavily impacted by the pandemic include: 20850, 20866, 20877, 20901, 20902, 20903, 20906 and 20910. At least three zip codes are in Silver Spring.The service will be available everyday and teams will include a health worker and human services employee who will provide temperature checks, monitor vitals and administer COVID-19 saliva ...
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Mental Health Resources in Montgomery County, MD During COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic may be causing stress and anxiety for you or someone you know. Please see the Montgomery County's website for resources to help:  https://buff.ly/39qMfUh.    Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Free COVID-19 Testing Now Available in Montgomery County, MD   There are now 40 sites in Montgomery County where residents can get tested for COVID-19, including three County-operated sites and special popup clinics. Appointments are recommended for the three County-operated sites to reduce wait times, but walkups are available. At the County-operated sites, no doctor’s order is needed and no symptoms need to be evident to get a test. Those tests are free.There may be fees at some of the 37 sites not operated by the County and some require special arrangements in advance.The most recently added County popup sites will be in Silver Spring and Rockville. One popup site will operate from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the Silver Spring Civic Center at 1 Veterans Pl. in Downtown ...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Interesting sunset, not the normal blazing orange and yellow sky but an interesting cloud formation.  Picture taken at Sunset Point close to Lake Sumter Landing Town Square in The Villages, FLDick BettsREALTOR® The Villages, FL717-860-3107 CellDick@TheVillagesFL.infoTouchstone Real EstateLifestyle in The Villages, FLAreas of The Villages, FLBuying in The Villages, FLSelling in The Villages, FLwww.TheVillagesFL.info
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Free Groceries at City of Light Church on Sunday Food distribution in Silver Spring on 7/26! Please share this information with families who may be food insecure.¡Distribución de alimentos en Silver Spring el 7/26! ¡Por favor comparte!Kings & Priests Court International Ministries Capital Area Food Bank Community Immigrant Services Healthcare Initiative Foundation    Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 0298Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Recovery from COVID-19 can take a long time A new study shows that young, previously healthy adults can take a long time to recover from COVID-19. The investigation published in CDC’s MMWR found that nearly 1 in 5 adults ages 18-34 who had milder outpatient COVID-19 and reported having no chronic medical conditions had not returned to their usual health after 14-21 days. Take steps to protect yourself and others:• Stay 6 feet away from others not living in your household• Wash your hands often• Wear a cloth face covering consistently and correctlyLearn more: bit.ly/MMWR72420. White-tailed Deer, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Montgomery County Expands Dockless Electric Vehicle Options Montgomery County has increased its travel options with the launch of new dockless e-bikes in the Capital Bikeshare network. In addition, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) expanded its pilot program for e-scooters to include the company Spin and announced plans to expand the service area for all e-scooters to include the City of Gaithersburg. Lyft, the operator of Capital Bikeshare, deployed a small fleet of e-bikes across the region last week. E-bikes will be deployed in each of the seven Washington area Capital Bikeshare member jurisdictions, including Montgomery County. Going forward, e-bike distribution will be determined based on demand and ridership patterns across the Bikeshare system. It is expe...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real)
Happy Pioneer Day Fellow Utahans!  I hope you enjoy the day's festivities today. Celebrate and participate! Pioneer Day aka Deliverance Day marks the entry of the first Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley from back east on the 24th of July, 1847.  This is a holiday that has strong ties to the LDS faith but is open to everyone to celebrate! Because it is a state holiday, banks and many locally owned businesses are closed on this day. Local areas offer activities such as: Parades galore! Pioneer activities Fireworks displays  Get out and enjoy yourself! I will be working like any other day but will be sure to have some FUN too.  The Utah TrailYou ask me where I'm going so early in the dawn. I'm just a traveler roving just a roaming on I've looked this old world over many times have ...
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By Elaine Murphy Carlson
(RE/MAX Estates Properties)
Palos Verdes home owners are lucky that we have some of the cleanest beaches in California for our families to enjoy.  Earlier this year, the beaches were closed because of the Coronavirus and it truly effected our local residents. Recently, we have been able to enjoy our beautiful beaches but they will be closed for this weekend. Every year the beach water is reported through the Heal the Bay reporting system. Once again Heal the Bay has reported that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2019-2020 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A & A+ during the summer dry part of the year.  Because of the wet weather this year, several of our beaches received B reports because of trail outlets, but once again year round wet w...
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2020 Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival Cancelled This is an event we have enjoyed over the years.  The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the thoughtful, but difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled on September 25-27. In an effort to make an informed decision, the Board of Directors assessed data from the health department, and considered strongly the Governor’s orders. As a leader in the community, the final decision was made to preserve the integrity of festivals to come, and to protect the health and safety of the festival participants, festival attendees, staff, volunteers, and Jefferson County. The Chamber staff is committed to working with the artists and crafters to help promote their talents this...
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Don't Turn Your Trash Can into a Fire Hazard  The COVID-19 health crisis has led to many residents spending more time at home. Often, extra down time offers opportunities to address long-awaited cleanups. While encouraging those cleanups for safety and environmental reasons, Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding residents that some items placed for trash collection could start fires.Certain materials can easily start fires in refuse collection trucks, on rail cars on the way to processing facilities and disposal facilities and while being processed at the County’s Shady Grove Transfer Station in Derwood. DEP wants residents to know that the following materials should not be placed for trash collection: Flammable or combustible liquids (such as gas...
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Spending Reductions in Montgomery County, Maryland  Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has transmitted to the County Council a revised operating budget spending plan that calls for more than $66 million in reduced spending, including $38.7 million in reductions from the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget and $27.5 million in reductions from the FY21-26 Capital Improvements Program (CIP).The County Executive had asked all department and agency directors to submit suggested reductions to their budgets of at least six percent, but his budget reduction plan did not make across the board cuts. At this stage, the reductions do not include Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), which is still assessing potential cost reductions as it works toward finalizing plans for the coming school ye...
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New Gaithersburg City Manager: Tanisha Briley The Mayor & City Council have appointed Tanisha Briley as Gaithersburg's new City Manager. She will assume the position as of September 14. "I am thrilled to be joining the Gaithersburg team," said Tanisha. "Gaithersburg is an incredible city with a history of solid leadership that has served the community well." Tanisha was selected following a national search in which more than 90 applicants expressed interest in the position. Her career in the public sector spans nearly two decades, with 14 years in city management. Get to know Tanisha here.   Lily, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Free COVID-19 Testing Today, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 TODAY! A pop-up #COVID19 testing clinic is taking place at Oakdale Church from 2 to 6 p.m. in Olney. Details: https://buff.ly/2ZvYZ7F.  Dahlia, Brittany Rey, National Capital Dahlia Society Show,Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3142Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Montgomery County, Maryland Recreation Pools Are Open   Montgomery County residents are now able to use County pools. Entrance to Montgomery County Recreation pools has been limited due to County Phase 2 reopening guidelines relating to the COVID-19 health crisis.Daily admission rates for County residents are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and over and $5 for children 17 and under. Residents also can pre-purchase a single-session pass online for $6. This will allow residents to reserve their desired two-hour pool session in advance. While walkups will be admitted, residents with reservations and pass holders will have priority. The number of available walkup daily admission slots will depend on the number of reservations and pool capacity.Adults must provide proof of County residency ...
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Public Health Order: Face Coverings Wear a mask in public places, maintain your physical distance, and frequently wash your hands. Together, we can stop the spread of #COVID19. This is a Montgomery County, Maryland notice.   Raccoon, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4392Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
Pasadena January 1, 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade Canceled Rose Bowl Football Game Still Possible  After a Zoom Class this afternoon, July 15, 2020, I learned the Tournament of Roses Parade which is held each January will be canceled for 2021 due to the impact of the coronavirus.  The announcement came from the pasadenastarnews.com and and as of 1:45 pm local time are still being formulated. The photo in this post is from the 2015 parade.    
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Utility Shutoffs Moratorium May Expire on August 1, 2020 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan had extended the moratorium on utility shut offs and late fees due to the economic impact of the COVID-19  to Aug. 1, 2020. However, residents should be aware that the moratorium has not been extended and could expire at that time.Governor Hogan’s emergency order regarding utilities (PDF) currently prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV or internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service or charging any residential late fees.With no extension currently in place, utility bills and late fees will be due on Aug. 1. Residents who are behind on payments could have their utilities shut off. In addition, they could be responsible for turn-off/turn-on f...
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