Aurora builders score eight Denver Parade of Homes spots

first_img on Tuesday Aug. 18, 2015 at 6554 S. Harvest Street.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel The Denver Parade of Homes used to be all about showing off the best money can buy. And that’s still the case, said  James Czupor, principal of InterPro public relations, which is promoting this year’s event. But since the economic downturn in 2008, it’s been tailored to everyday homebuyers, too. “There’s still the ‘wow’ factor where you can find some high-end dream homes that are part of the Parade. But if you’re interested in buying, take a look at what kind of home you’re interested in, and go see it,” he said. This year’s Parade of Homes runs through Labor Day and features 74 homes in 22 communities along the Front Range. All of the homes on the tour are for sale, and  range from $244,000 to $2.2 million.“We’d love for everybody to come out and buy a new home, but the real idea is for people to steal a few bright ideas and improve their lifestyle with what they’re seeing,”  said local housing consultant Robert August, who has been involved with the Parade of Homes since its inception in 1986.People who want to just gawk at beautiful homes should be sure to tour the “dream homes.” Those homes, said Czupor, are any that cost $750,000 or more. A $2-million home in Parker, for example, features a European hillside-inspired infinity pool. The Parade is free and open to the public. Here are a few of the eight Aurora homes on this year’s Parade tour. BROOKFIELD AT TALLYN’S REACH6959 South Buchanan StreetThe “Big Sky” home series from Brookfield Residential in the Tallyn’s Reach neighborhood  is one that is tailored to active, outdoor Coloradans.The home, which is a little over 2,400 square feet, with a little over 1,000 square feet as part of its finished basement, includes unique features such as multiple porches.One porch is right next to the two-car garage and next to a “mud room” that includes a dark wood drop station, cabinetry and benches. The eight-foot-high dark wood storage cabinets include ample seating that’s perfect for taking off ski or snowboard boots before putting them outside to dry.The other porch is a raised, covered patio facing the backyard that looks onto Pike’s Peak.The kitchen is one of the most beautiful features of this home, replete with natural-looking, checkered cork  walls, dark stained-wood cabinets, and a Bosch stainless steel stove with a chimney-style hooded vent and an instant water boiler faucet.Wood and tile stairs leading both upstairs and into the walkout basement enhance the home’s Western romantic feel. The walkout basement also includes a swirling amber painted concrete floor. The result is a home with a modern touch to the rustic, Western aesthetic.The double-entry shower with a rain faucet is also not to be missed.The four-bedroom home is listed at $446,880.THE OVERLOOK AT WHEATLANDS6554 South Harvest Street This model is an example homes being sold at the Overlook at The Wheatlands, a neighborhood created by Elacora.The ranch-style home, which is nearly 3,000 square feet, features a flexible floor plan, with the main floor the hub of all activity.The open kitchen overlooks the family room and features a center island with breakfast bar, slab granite counters, 42-inch upper cabinets and a large pantry.“This is our first community in Colorado,” said Karyn Jansen, a community sales manager with the California-based builder.The three-bedroom home is listed at $550,000.VILLAGE HOMES AT SOUTHSHORE7065 S. Robertsdale Way This home is located in Aurora’s Southshore community, where homes border eight miles of hiking and biking trails along the reservoir. This community also offer residents facilities like a boathouse with a paddleboat and Huck Finn-style fishing dock, as well as a lighthouse-themed recreation center with a saltwater pool and fitness equipment.There are three models available to tour from Colorado-based builder Village homes in Southshore.  Of the three, the “Huntington” has the most-attractive design,  with high ceilings, a spacious kitchen, and fun, eclectic decorations. “It’s really open with tons of natural light,” said Christie Reed, a community sales manager with Village homes, of the model. The table setting created for this home is particularly bemusing—mixing natural wood pieces with star fish next to a glass cake cover placed over a Martinelli’s champagne bottle. The beachy, fun feel to the Huntington extends into its bathroom that contains unique, weaved wallpaper and even the basement has creative touches such as stone-enclosed window wells. The three-bedroom home is listed at $355,400. on Tuesday Aug. 18, 2015 at 6554 S. Harvest Street.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel on Tuesday Aug. 18, 2015 at 6554 S. Harvest Street.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinellast_img read more

Utah county joins US cities banning pets from puppy mills

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY | Utah’s most populous county banned the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores, joining a growing number of cities around the country in a step designed to reduce the number of pets born in inhumane conditions.Some of the nation’s largest pet companies already have moved away from such sales in favor of offering animals from shelters, and a vote this week added Salt Lake County to a list of nearly 90 municipalities that have passed measures targeting so-called puppy and kitten mills. And that number is growing, advocates say.“There are great pets that need a home. We don’t need to make more,” said Deann Shepherd, spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Utah.But pet stores say the rule, which also includes rabbits, unfairly targets local shops with a good track record on animal welfare.“I don’t sell puppy-mill puppies,” Todd Poulsen, owner of Mark’s Ark Pet Store in Taylorsville, said Wednesday. “They want to close down their pet stores just in case we do.”Pets from puppy and kitten mills are kept in crowded, unsanitary kennels and many don’t have adequate access to veterinary care, food or water, animal advocates say.A shop called Puppies ‘N Love in Phoenix sued to challenge a similar ordinance passed in 2013, but a judge upheld it in July. U.S. District Judge David Campbell acknowledged that it will burden the business but said it was not the court’s place to judge the fairness of the city ban.The measure in Utah applies to unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. Though Poulsen’s store is not affected by the ban, he’s worried about it starting a domino effect of similar ordinances.Leaders in Salt Lake City will likely consider passing a similar measure before early December, City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall said.There are no stores in the city or unincorporated parts of the county that actually sell commercially bred pets — even though they are two of the biggest population centers in the state, officials said.Two of the biggest pet retailers in the country, PetSmart and Petco, already have moved to offering shelter dogs.Melanie Kahn, senior director of the anti-puppy mill campaign for the Humane Society of the United States, says that customers have heard about poor conditions at some commercial breeders, and they don’t want to risk getting a dog bred in inhumane conditions.Kahn says pet store bans are an effective way to combat puppy and kitten mills, but store owners say it’s not fair to claim all dogs or cats for sale are bred in poor conditions.A business that violates the ordinance could have its business license revoked, said Arlyn Bradshaw, the Salt Lake County councilman who proposed the rule. People who want a purebred dog or cat animal can still go to licensed breeders.Bradhaw said he’s aware of only a few pet stores in northern Utah that sell commercially bred animals.The council passed the measure on a 6-1 vote Tuesday. Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton said she would have preferred educating people about the issue instead.“I’m not sure why we are cramming policy down a business owner’s throat,” she said.Bradshaw, who is also the executive director of Best Friends Animal Society of Utah, said the change is also designed to help more shelter animals find homes.“For me, it’s really a statement as a community: We value humane treatment of animals,” he said.last_img read more

REVIEW: Out of the mines and into your heart, Vintage Theatre’s…

first_imgIf you don’t know the story of the smash London musical and hit movie “Billy Elliot,” you know the story through myriad sagas. A group of people are fighting and losing the good fight, maybe for the wrong reasons, maybe not, all the while one person struggles against personal demons and challenges to break free and rise above the fray. The Greeks, Romans, Nords, Christians, Chinese, everybody has told this story. In real life, there are no tidy endings. There may be hope for some, despair for others.This regional premier of “Billy Elliot,” shines on greater Aurora especially bright. In the musical, a ragtag band of poor, uneducated Welsh coal miners fight a losing proposition against Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher’s move to close down a bevy of money-losing nationalized coal mines in the 1980s, pushing thousands of poor miners over the edge. It was hardly a clear-cut parable to fight, like slavery. Neither was the miner union’s response to strike for over a year, fighting for a noble cause that’s impossible to justify. Similarly, metro Aurora is struggling with any number of parallels: illegal immigration, polarizing politics, widening economic divide, and the list goes on. For the boy from a struggling, backward and intolerant family, the journey to become a ballet dancer instead of a boxer and coal miner is fraught with all the irony, surprises, joy and disappointments that thousands of people face right here.But the winning message of “Billy Elliot” is to just keep on keeping on. Any progress is better than giving up or giving in. And the astonishing cast of this production delivers the story, the message and the show.It’s a big cast with big, challenging songs and choreography, and everyone rises to the challenge with winning marches, packed-stage dancing, fight scenes and the scenes that move from a real world to a metaphorical one. This is a theater company that doesn’t shy away from any challenge, and almost always comes out on top.The cast is thick with some of Denver’s top actors. Kris Graves has to fight with other talent adept at stealing the show, and wins a few rounds in his role as the deadpan accompanist Mr. Braitwaite. Veteran triple-threat Adrianne Hampton delivers a commanding Mrs. Wilkinson, the show’s crusty, chain-smoking ballet teacher. Colorado treasure Deborah Persoff nearly brings down the house with her solo, “Grandma’s Song.”But the sheer energy and unfettered chutzpah of Benji Dienstrey’s cross-dressing “Expressing Yourself,” virtually did bring down the house on opening night. The entire show is a romping joy, but Dienstrey’s spot-on song and dance in drag wins the dog.Likewise, Kaden Hinkle brings a stunning depth and confidence to the stage as Billy Elliot. He embodies the likable quirkiness of the story’s focus, peels off one song after another with a precision far beyond his years. But he also carried the production’s flaw across the stage.While the story of “Billy Elliot” is alluring in itself, the stage musical is no less a West End tradition. The entire show builds up to one scene: “Electricity.” In typical big-show fashion, the pinnacle dance number after the pinnacle song is what the production teases, and in this case didn’t quite deliver.The flaw was hardly fatal, though, as Hinkle’s riveting performance and that of the rest of the cast delivers one of the metro season’s top productions. Director Bernie Cardell, Musical Director Blake Nawa’a and choreographers Gina Eslinger and Andrew Bates all earned stripes for pulling off a big success in the area’s most challenging space.The Vintage company’s “Billy Elliot” delivers not just what we all want right now, but what we need. There could not have been a better time to bring the gritty hope of Billy Elliot to metro Denver.And given some small but mighty flaws, it’s hard to imagine a better production of this simultaneously inspiring and depressing show.last_img read more

Put it on paws? Trump visit is uncertain for dog show…

first_img FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama, left, follows her daughters Malia Obama, center, and Sasha Obama, as they walk with their dogs, Bo and Sunny as they arrive to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington. Every president since Harry S. Truman has owned a pooch while in office. Which leads to the big question: Is there a dog in the White House future? No definitive answer from Trump yet. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2008, file photo, President George W. Bush picks-up his dog Barney before walking into the main residence of the White House following his arrival in Washington. Every president since Harry S. Truman has owned a pooch while in office. Which leads to the big question: Is there a dog in the White House future? No definitive answer from Trump yet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) In this 2015 photo, Donald Trump holds Miss P at the Trump Tower in New York shortly after the beagle won best in show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. In recent years, five Westminster winners posed with the current president at Trump Tower. (AP Photo) In this February 2013 photo provided by Lisa Croft-Elliott, Donald Trump holds Banana Joe, the affenpinscher who had just won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, at Trump Tower, in New York. Five winners at Westminster in recent years celebrated their victories by posing with the current president at Trump Tower. (Lisa Croft-Elliott via AP) NEW YORK | For years, the champion at the Westminster dog show was treated to quite a victory lap: Visit the morning TV shows. Up the Empire State Building. Lunch at Sardi’s. Bark on a Broadway stage.Oh, plus another perk — a meet-and-greet with Donald Trump.It’s true. America’s top pooch and the man who would become president, together five times at Trump Tower.center_img Puckering with Miss P the beagle. Petting little Banana Joe the affenpinscher. Posing on his knees with Hickory the Scottish deerhound.“Who’s got better hair, him or me?” dog expert David Frei remembers Trump asking while admiring Malachy, a prize Pekingese.The trips began in 2010 with Sadie the Scottish terrier. Trump once attended the show at Madison Square Garden to see a pal present her poodle, and the friend later helped arrange the merger between Westminster winners and the business giant.The next champ will be picked Tuesday night, with Preston the mop-like puli a huge favorite among the 2,800 dogs vying for best in show. So, will the custom carry over with President Donald Trump in his new office?Put that on paws, for now.“He’s a New York City institution and has always been a wonderful supporter of the show,” Westminster Kennel Club President Sean McCarthy said. “We hope Donald continues the tradition and invites the best in show and the agility champion to the White House.”The White House didn’t respond to questions about whether Trump would invite the winner to Washington. And there are signs the tradition is ending as Trump transitions to politics: CJ the German shorthaired pointer took the top award last February, but didn’t see Trump during election season.People in the room for Trump’s visits, in those pre-presidential days, describe him as friendly and relaxed, smiling broadly while spending up to a half-hour with the victors.A self-confessed “germaphobe,” Trump didn’t seem bothered a bit by the close brushes with the dogs, either.“President Trump was very welcoming to both me and Miss P,” handler Will Alexander recalled of his 2015 meeting. “We spoke of mostly sports and dogs.”“The whole time he was holding her in his arms. She even left beagle hair on his black suit and it didn’t faze him,” he said.Trump often brought his children in to see the dogs, too.“He could not have been more engaging,” said Frei, host of Westminster telecasts for 27 years. “He did not have any qualms.”“He wasn’t like a wealthy businessman … ‘It’s 12:07, time for me to make phone calls,’” Frei said.Every president since Harry S. Truman has owned a pooch while in office. Which leads to the big question: Is there a dog in the White House future?No definitive answer from Trump yet.In 2008, President George W. Bush and wife Laura met adorable Westminster winner Uno the beagle in the Rose Garden and gave him a red, white and blue collar.Bush had his own beloved dog, Barney, who freely wandered the West Wing. President Barack Obama and his family had a pair of Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny — in 2015, a prime Westminster contender named Matisse was Sunny’s cousin.Several blocks from the White House, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Newseum features the popular display “First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets.”“Pets are part of the presidential experience,” said Patty Rhule, director of exhibit development at the museum.“Presidents have used their pets to connect with their public,” she said, adding that during turbulent times, it can be convenient to go, “Don’t look at these negative things, look at our dogs.”President John F. Kennedy, she said, was allergic to dogs. No matter, JFK gladly let puppy Pushinka and her playmates romp around, helping craft his image as “a man of the people,” Rhule said.President Lyndon B. Johnson, meanwhile, once created a furor by picking up his beagle, called Him, by the ears.Over the years, Lucky and Rex became regulars around President Ronald Reagan, and Buddy the chocolate Labrador retriever roamed with President Bill Clinton.“Our pets humanize us,” Rhule said. “You go to the dog park, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, it’s ‘let’s talk about our dogs.’” FILE- In this May 5, 2008, file photo provided by the White House, First lady Laura Bush smiles as the Westminster Kennel Club’s 2008 Best in Show winner, Uno, is introduced to invited guests in the East Room during the beagle’s visit to the White House in Washington. Five winners at Westminster in recent years celebrated their victories by posing with the current president at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/The White House, Shealah Craighead) In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, Sadie, the Scottish terrier who won the best in show title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show poses for photos with Donald Trump, in New York. Five winners at Westminster in recent years celebrated their victories by posing with the current president at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)last_img read more

Finding purpose in the paint

first_imgAURORA | The dimensions of the grey, 4-by-9-foot prison cell were closing in on Ndume Olatushani. He would spend 23 hours a day confined to the small space with just himself. The ticking of a clock held no meaning for him — he was somewhere in the haze of death row for a crime he didn’t commit.While his future appeared bleak, Olatushani commissioned a fellow inmate — also on death row — to paint a portrait of him for his mother. Olatushani dished out a payment of seven cigarettes.“The portrait didn’t look anything like me,” Olatushani mused. “I remember thinking I could’ve done better and kept my money.”Prompted by his desire to send his mother a portrait of himself, Olatushani found art — or as he would put it, art found him. But as his story goes, his mother would never get to see the portrait of Olatushani, or any of his art.“She was killed in a car accident,” Olatushani said, his tone turning dry. “It was really hard to pick myself back up after that.”With no way of escaping his situation, Olatushani began drawing and eventually painting. The act became a release for him, and while it started as just a way for his mind to escape the confines of his prison cell, it blossomed into something much more for Olatushani.Olatushani’s art became a message for something much larger than himself — it became his way of creating a discussion around mass incarceration. His work has been displayed across the country, and recently he’s been featured at ZEEL’s New Beginnings gallery.The road to the brush The day was Dec. 7, 1985. Ndume Olatushani, known as Erskine Johnson then, was sentenced to death for the murder of a Memphis grocer. Olatushani was 27 at the time, and had never been to Memphis.The laundry list of missing facts eluded the all-white jury, and Olatushani would spend the next 28 years in prison with 20 years on death row.Olatushani’s mother died two years after his sentencing, sending him down a road that would eventually save him.“Painting literally saved my life,” Olatushani reflected. “It allowed me to create space around me. Through art I found freedom.”The philosophical Olatushani legally changed his name from Erskine Johnson to Ndume Olatushani in 1995. Ndume is a Swahili word for masculinity, and Olatushani means “unifier.”While his paintings became his mental outlet, they allowed him to meet Anne-Marie Moyes, who would later play a vital role in his eventual exoneration.Moyes, who worked for Death Penalty Focus, was organizing an inmate art exhibition when Olatushani reached out to her about his art. The two exchanged letters about a variety of topics.The two became fast friends and Moyes became convinced that Olatushani was innocent. Moyes went to work sifting through the details of his case. To help with his defense, she enrolled at Vanderbilt Law School, and was awarded the Founder’s Medal — the highest honor for a graduate.Moyes rallied several skilled lawyers to explore Olatushani’s case. After a slew of petitions and requests, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction in December 2011. Olatushani was released six months later.Paying it forwardTwenty-eight years after walking into his cell, Olatushani was a free man. It didn’t take long for the eager Olatushani to go to work with his paint brush.“Being out hasn’t changed my desire for art,” Olatushani explained. “I feel a responsibility as an artist to say something through my art that sometimes can’t be easily discussed.”Olatushani found an avenue for his passions at the Children’s Defense Fund, where he helps kids find their creative outlet.“It’s human nature to be creative,” Olatushani explained. “I tell the kids that we’re all artists, we just have to have the proper intervention.”Olatushani hopes that in helping kids find their artistic side, they could escape the system — the prison industrial complex — that acts as quicksand for many troubled youths.“Anger is a human emotion,” Olatushani said. “And that’s okay, as long as you can turn it into a positive. I challenge them, I ask, ‘How can we artistically express this?”It’s hard to argue against Olatushani’s point. When he heard of his mother’s death while in a prison cell, he found a way to pick himself up — and art ‘found’ him, as he puts it.While on display at ZEEL’s New Beginnings gallery, Olatushani’s art caught the eye of ZEEL owner Dana Barak.“Olatushani’s art is a message conveying something greater,” Barak said. “It’s his vehicle for what he’s trying to say.”ZEEL’s New Beginnings gallery also includes familiar faces Eric Anderson and Brett Matarazzo, and newcomer Michael Dowling.The show runs through Sept. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. For more information, call 720-231-9820. Ndume Olatushani stands for a portrait in front of a few of his pieces of art work, Sept. 12 at Zeel Gallery in Stanley Marketplace. Ndume was wrongly imprisoned for 28 years, 20 of which were spent on death row and the other eight spent in general population. The pieces that are showing at Zeel were created while he was incarcerated. 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Actress Glenn Close aims to reduce mental health stigma

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. | Actress Glenn Close says she wants to live in a world where mental illness is talked about openly and accepted as a fact of life.The Emmy- and Tony-award-winning actress is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this week for a gathering designed to bring awareness to efforts aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018 file photo, actress Glenn Close poses at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Emmy- and Tony-award-winning actress is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a gathering designed to bring awareness to efforts aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)“I’m excited about every aspect of this event. I think for those of us who are coming in to participate it’s very exciting, because I really look forward to talking to the students and learning about what they’re dealing with,” Close told The Associated Press during an interview Thursday at the University of Michigan. “There’s a lot of anxiety, depression, and stigma on campuses. I think kids are really, really open and ready to talk about it.”Close, NFL player Brandon Marshall, rapper/singer Logic and others are visiting the campus to show support for the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation, which is launching a campaign to empower students to address issues of mental health by encouraging conversations.The campaign is called “Who Can Relate?” It takes its name from a line in Logic’s hit song “1-800-273-8255,” named for the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Lyrics from Logic’s song include: “I don’t wanna be alive/I just wanna die today,” and “I want you to be alive/You don’t got to die today.”Logic is scheduled to perform Friday night with profits going to organizations that share the same goal of de-stigmatizing mental illness, including Close’s Bring Change to Mind, which she co-founded after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew with schizoaffective disorder. Also benefiting from the show will be Project375, which was founded by Marshall and his wife, Michi Marshall, after the star wide receiver was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.Michi Marshall spent much of Thursday leading a mental health first-aid training session. Close stopped in to check out the training and also attended a lecture by artist and social activist Peter Tunney.The event was created by Harris Schwartzberg, who sits on the board of Bring Change to Mind and is an advisory board member of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Depression Center. The Steven Schwartzberg Foundation is named for Harris Schwartzberg’s brother, who died after a long struggle with bipolar disorder.“Glenn is a person and Brandon’s a person, and they struggle and their families struggle. And it should set a great example for people to come out and speak. And that’s really the most inspiring is that they’re willing to risk their public platform to spread the message it’s that important,” Schwartzberg said.last_img read more

5 tips on what to do with unwanted stuff

first_img In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019, photo Samantha Estes prepares garments to be photographed at the ThredUp sorting facility in Phoenix. Charitable organizations like Goodwill have cited how Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix series, “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” has led to a surge of donations. And sites like OfferUp and thredUP also note an uptick in the number of items being sent to them for sale. (AP Photo/Matt York) NEW YORK | World-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo is sparking joy among shoppers feeling the urge to clean out their homes.But once you master the Japanese organizing expert’s novel approach to de-cluttering, what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want?Charitable organizations like Goodwill have cited how Kondo’s popular Netflix series, “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” has led to a surge of donations. And sites like OfferUp and thredUP also note an uptick in the number of items being sent to them for sale. Kondo recommends getting rid of items that don’t spark joy, and she calls for decluttering by category, not by location.Still, there’s a lot of angst in figuring out the right home for unwanted items.“I think we’re living in the age where people are taking the stress out of their lives so Marie Kondo comes at a perfect time,” said Wendy Liebmann, founder and CEO of WSL Strategic Retail. “But there’s a lot of stress in trying to find all these places that will take all these things.”Liebmann recommends getting rid of the easiest items first. Then, deal with the harder items to give away or sell.Here are five more rules to embrace:— BE SMART ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE SELLING: Study a variety of sites from thredUp and Poshmark to find out what they accept, what carries the best value and any fees. Make sure to sell in-season items and only clean garments. For those who have a closet full of Chanel and Prada bags, check out luxury consignment online retailer The RealReal.com.“This is not a way to get rich. But it is a way to clean out your closet,” said James Reinhart, co-founder and CEO of thredUP.com. At thredUP, only 40 percent of received items are accepted and sold online; the rest are donated. If interesting in selling secondhand items on thredUP, request a cleanout bag. New this year, customers can request a shipping label that can be used on any box. Many of the sites including thredUP and RealReal list recently sold items so customers will know their worth. Many sites set the pricing based on quality, style, and the available inventory. Check out selling fees, which vary. For example, for all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark’s commission is 20 percent. The fee at selling app Mercari is 10 percent.— CONSIDER APPS THAT HELP YOU SELL LOCALLY: Move over Craigslist. A growing number of marketplace apps like LetGo and OfferUp let you sell locally the big sofa or other large item that would be too expensive to ship across the country. EBay also allows customers to post local listings.Many give the option to register with your Facebook account, helping to verify its members and make it a safer exchange. OfferUp says it’s the biggest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers. Last year, however, it began allowing sellers to ship item across the U.S., widening the market of prospective buyers, says Natalie Angelillo, vice president of community at OfferUp. OfferUp allows users to create a custom profile link and lets buyers and sellers leave reviews for a particular deal.— STUDY WHAT CAN BE DONATED: You don’t want to waste time carting a big piece of furniture to only find out your local thrift store doesn’t want it. Best to call the local Salvation Army or Goodwill store to make sure they can either pick up the item or you can drop it off. Goodwill’s main website says acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, books, small appliances and small furniture. But starting Jan. 1, Goodwill Industries of Great New York and New Jersey has put a temporary hold on accepting book donations at their Goodwill stores, says Lauren Lawson-Zilai, a spokeswoman at Goodwill Industries International.— SCRUTINIZE DONATION BINS: Heading to a local donation bin may be convenient, but unfortunately, many items wind up supporting for-profit groups. Look for signs that spell out a clear mission statement. Also, look at what percent of sales are contributed to the charitable organization. Be wary of a donation bin without a clear mission statement.— RECYCLE ELECTRONICS: Many electronics makers and retailers offer recycling programs. Amazon allows customers to receive an Amazon.com gift card in exchange for a variety of electronic devices including Amazon devices.And, of course, there’s always that garage sale.“Check to see if your neighborhood or homeowner’s association has a designated garage sale date,” says Target Corp.’s home style expert Camille Styles. “If not, team up with a friend who may also be looking to sell some of their items.” 1 of 2center_img FILE- In this July 11, 2018, file photo, Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo introduces her new line of storage boxes during a media event in New York. Kondo is sparking joy among shoppers feeling the urge to clean out their homes.But once you master the Japanese organizing expert’s novel approach to de-cluttering, what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want? (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)last_img read more

Wilkinson gets the winning feeling

first_imgIn Division 1, Scotsman Ian Bell wasted no time in reminding the rest of the field where the great game of golf originated and he held off all comers to take first place.  Rocky Jones managed to hold off Mike Rushant’s challenge to take second and third spots respectively.In Division 2, Aussie Gary Bennett managed to hold off the challenge of a group of golfers from Hong Kong who later in the week would dominate the leaderboards.  On this day however, Mike Lam had to settle for second place and Demon Wong took third.Div.1 (0-13)1st Ian Bell (6) 35pts2nd Rocky Jones (6) 33pts3rd Mike Rushant (8) 32ptsDiv.2 (14+)1st Gary Bennett (18) 37pts2nd Mike Lam (22) 36pts3rd Demon Wong (18) 35ptsTuesday, Nov. 17, Burapha – StablefordOn Tuesday another large turnout took the road to Burapha (A and B courses) which everybody seems to enjoy playing and where everybody seems to score well.  In fact this week the lowest score in Division 1 was an amazing 29 points.  The winner on the day was Neil Wilkinson who rattled in 38 points, which seems par for the course for most previous winners.Neil Wilkinson.Second place Mike Rushant is obviously having a bad week as the little maestro actually didn’t win this week and had to settle for a second and third place.  Maybe the Mighty Handicapper has caught up with the little rascal at last and about time some would say.  Rocky Jones had another good day and took third place.In Division 2, the aforementioned Hong Kong boys started their takeover by filling the top two places.  Mike Lam took the honours with 38 points with, I believe his brother, Gary Lam finishing second.  Gary Bennett had another good round to take third place.Div.1 (0-13)1st Neil Wilkinson (12) 38pts2nd Mike Rushant (8) 35pts3rd Rocky Jones (6) 34ptsDiv. 2 (14+)1st Mike Lam (22) 38pts2nd Gary Lam (24) 36pts3rd Gary Bennett (17) 33ptsThursday, Nov. 19, Green Valley – StablefordThe TRGG took over 40 golfers to Green Valley on Thursday and for the first time this High Season three divisions were called for.In Division 1, Chris Morton just pipped Rocky Jones on count back with both finishing on 38 pts.  Neill Bramley took third place.Michael Law.In Division 2 it was the old guys battling it out as Charlie Cox managed to out-sprint Fergus Brennan to the finishing line as they took first and second respectively, with the somewhat younger Gary Bennett taking third place.  “Age before beauty” was it Gary?It was the Lam show again for the second competition in a row in Division 3, with Mike Lam again getting the better of brother Gary, but this time it took a count back to decide the result.  Alan Morgan was some way behind but managed to stroll home in third place.Div.1 (0-12)1st Chris Morton (12) 38pts2nd Rocky Jones (6) 38pts3rd Neill Bramley (8) 36ptsDiv. 2 (13–17)1st Charlie Cox (14) 37pts2nd Fergus Brennan (15) 34pts3rd Gary Bennett (17) 34ptsDiv.3 (18+)1st Mike Lam (21) 38pts2nd Gary Lam (24) 38pts3rd Alan Morgan (31) 32ptsFriday, Nov. 20, Pattavia – StablefordOn Friday, again two divisions were required at Pattavia Century.  In Division 1 Neil Wilkinson managed his second win of the week, with Alex Chao taking second and Ian Bell third.In Division 2 the Hong Kong boys were at it again: Demon Wong finished in leader position, with Gary Lam again in the frame taking second place and Geoff Beckett finishing third.Div.1 (0-14)1st Neil Wilkinson (12) 38pts2nd Alex Chao (8) 37pts3rd Ian Bell (6) 36ptsDiv.2 (15+)1st Demon Wong (18) 36pts2nd Gary Lam (21) 31pts3rd Geoff Beckett (28) 30ptsSaturday, Nov. 21, Crystal Bay – StablefordThe week drew to a very slow conclusion on Saturday (and I mean very slow) at Crystal Bay.  With the B course closed for renovation the powers that be at Crystal Bay packed the other the other two nines with unbelievable numbers of the slowest golfers on the planet.  As a result, a six hour round of golf became the order of the day with course marshalls conspicuous by their absence to hurry things along.  We all thought we had aged a hundred years by the time we all finished with darkness rapidly descending, which is a shame as we all like the course.Michael Law managed to stay awake the longest and took first place with the ever-patient Ian Bell in second and the even more patient Andy Rich (me) in third.1st Michael Law (17) 35pts2nd Ian Bell (6) 34pts3rd Andy Rich (17) 34ptsGood luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Derek Thorogood on 080 673 3118 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board. Travellers Rest Golf GroupThey have returned in their hordes, the golfers of the world this week descended on Pattaya in their hundreds and a good proportion found their way to the Travellers Rest where they received a very warm welcome.  So I have to start with an apology as this week’s report resembles “War and Peace”.  My goodness, the bar we call home must have equaled their year’s takings in one day on Thursday this week, I have never seen so many people all trying to get a drink, the staff were run off their feet but I have to say the cordial atmosphere was just great and long may it last.Monday, Nov. 16, Khao Kheow – StablefordOn Monday the mass migration of golfers headed up to Khao Kheow (A and B courses) to do battle and two divisions were required.Ian Bell.last_img read more

Emerson aims for three-peat

first_imgPSC golf from The Three Sisters BarLarry Emerson did it again as he won the day with 39 points.  Last week Larry had 40 points to win the end of the month tournament and this week he beat the field by 3 points to win the weekly comp.  It seems that the one point cut was not enough – he got chopped at the knees and now needs to be chopped at the ankles. Larry Emerson, right, with top lady Oiy St. Laurent.Larry wants to be the first of the group to do a three-peat.  No one has ever won three weeks in a row but he swears that he will be the first.  I’m sure the rest of the guys will be trying to stop this from happening.Dale Murphy came in second with 36 points but left early before the picture was taken.  Lucky for us Oiy St. Laurent, who is much better looking, was on hand to take his place.  Oiy came in with 32 points to take first place for the women.  Most of the field ended up in the mid-thirties.We need all the help we can get next week to stop Larry from his goal of winning three in a row.  See you all then!last_img read more

Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players, including Melancon

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-0 and clenched the home field for their upcoming wild-card playoff game against the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Mark Melancon’s All-Star season earned the closer a hefty raise.Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $9.65 million in 2016. The 30-year-old led the majors with 51 saves in 2015 as the Pirates won 98 games to earn a wild-card berth for a third straight year.Melancon was in his third and final year of arbitration.Pittsburgh also reached agreement with All-Star reliever Tony Watson, catcher Francisco Cervelli, reliever Jared Hughes, shortstop Jordy Mercer and left-handed starter Jeff Locke.The Pirates are in the process of signing backup catcher Chris Stewart to a two-year contract. The deal is pending a physical.last_img read more