This HGTV-Worthy Silver Spring Home Is Giving Us Real Estate Envy

Shaniqua Juliano

SILVER SPRING, MD — Let’s face it: the home-buying process is tough — especially if you’re looking for a house that’s equal parts stylish and functional.

But once in a while, a home hits the market that checks all your boxes.

Enter: 10402 Gilmoure Drive — a totally renovated mid-century modern house that looks like it belongs on HGTV.

The stylish Silver Spring residence costs $555,555 and boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,478 square feet of living space.

Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by an open floor plan that lets in plenty of natural light and creates a seamless transition between living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Sliding metal barn doors and distressed bamboo floors add an edgy, yet sophisticated, touch to the space.

The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel LG and Thermador appliances, quartz countertops, sleek white cabinets, and a glass subway tile backsplash.

The bright and

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Santa Cruz County’s 29 Top Outdoor Dining Spots: List

Shaniqua Juliano

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — For all of 2020’s pitfalls, it has been the year of renewed appreciation for picnics and dining in the great outdoors.

With the great weather and stunning vistas we’re treated to in Santa Cruz County, what better place to gather ’round the table and under the sun — or stars?

From the waterfront to the mountains, golf course greens and the streets of downtown, local tourism marketing agency Visit Santa Cruz County has compiled a list of its top 29 patio spots. They’ve included everything from beer gardens to fine dining and tasting rooms.

Here are some of the top spots for food, according to Visit Santa Cruz County:

Crow’s Nest Restaurant (2218 E. Cliff Drive)

Situated along Harbor Beach with a stunning view of the lighthouse, The Crow’s Nest even allows diners to sit on the sand.

Ristorante Casa Nostra (9217 Highway 9)


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Lowe’s gives $100 million more in bonuses to hourly employees

Shaniqua Juliano

Shoppers wearing protective masks wait in line to enter a Lowe’s Cos. store in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

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Lowe’s said Wednesday it will give $100 million more in bonuses to hourly employees, as strong demand for home improvement continues.

It marks the sixth time the home improvement retailer has given additional pay to workers at its stores, distribution centers and support centers during the coronavirus pandemic. It gave bonuses to part-time, full-time and seasonal employees in March, May, July and August. It also increased pay by $2 an hour for the month of April. 

With the latest round, the home improvement retailer will have paid more than $675 million in additional pay to employees this year. It will pay the latest bonuses on Oct. 16. Full-time hourly employees will receive $300 and part-time and seasonal hourly employees

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Josh Brolin Gets Busy With Real Estate Moves

Shaniqua Juliano

Josh Brolin is on the move. Earlier this year, the 52-year-old “Avengers” franchise star sold a half-acre equestrian spread in the rustic (and expensive) Sullivan Canyon area of Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood community for $6.55 million, a few hundred thousand more than the $6.2 million he paid just six months earlier. Then, he and his much younger third wife, former model Kathryn Boyd, plunked down $3.55 million for a picturesquely landscaped 1.5-acre estate in the leafy suburbs north of downtown Atlanta, before they quietly dropped $1.1 million on a Spanish-inspired home in an affluent neighborhood of Simi Valley, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Simi Valley property, a slightly more than 3,700-square-foot two-story home on about half an acre of lushly planted grounds, was built in the late 1980s and, though clean as a whistle and fastidiously maintained, looks almost as if it were preserved in 1980s

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‘Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles’ Review: Sumptuous ideas, sour presentation

Shaniqua Juliano

At just 75 minutes, Laura Gabbert’s new documentary is needlessly hasty, leaving us with few ideas to fully chew on.

Growing up, my mom scolded me for eating food too fast. “Chew before you swallow, there’s no reason to rush,” and so on. She used to say that not giving myself the time to properly ingest a meal would make my body feel like it wasn’t, and that I’d only be hungry later on (she was right, of course).

I imagine she’d bring the same criticisms to “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles,” a new documentary that questionably insists on shuffling through a buffet of cross-stitched topics with such haste that we’re left starved for substance. Pick your metaphor—”Cakes of Versailles,” from director Laura Gabbert, doesn’t do its due diligence in carefully measuring out individual ingredients, and so the whole thing comes out underbaked after 75 minutes. It’s hard to

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Welltower Sells $1.3 Billion of Real Estate. What Does This Mean for Investors?

Shaniqua Juliano

While commercial real estate transactions have been down in 2020 with the uncertainty in the market, Welltower (NYSE: WELL), one of the major three real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the healthcare space, is turning heads with their recent announcement. The REIT has just announced a handful of dispositions that total $1.3 billion. Even for a REIT with a $23.41 billion market cap, that’s a lot of real estate. What will these transactions mean for investors moving forward?

What Welltower is selling

The selling off of these properties began in mid-September, when they sold a senior housing portfolio for $702 million. This portfolio was part of a joint venture with a company that managed the properties. Welltower owned 80% of this joint venture.

This deal definitely wasn’t a fire sale by any means. This sale represented a 5.1% cap rate. This sort of valuation is a good sign for the

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Glass Doors, Window Shattered At Santa Ana Church During Outdoor Mass; Police Say ‘No Indication’ Of Hate Crime

Shaniqua Juliano

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Police are looking for two men caught on camera throwing what appear to be rocks or similar objects at a Santa Ana church – including during a Sunday morning service.

The incidents occurred on Aug. 23 and Oct. 5 at the Archangel Michael Coptic Church located at a4405 W. Edinger Avenue, according to Santa Ana police.

a man holding a sign

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“Suspect 1” (Image via SAPD)

Parishioners who were at the church around 8 a.m. on Aug. 23 say they heard several loud “bangs” against the south wall during an outside mass held near the church’s entrance.

Police say a male suspect was seen walking on Edinger past several parishioners.

Video surveillance footage shows the suspect throwing what police say may be rocks or pieces of concrete and shattering the church’s glass doors and window.

According to investigators, a second man approached the church just

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Thomas Slatin’s Beloved Macaw Picture On iStock By Getty Images

Shaniqua Juliano

Known adventure, wildlife and portrait photographer, Thomas W.P. Slatin definitely has his “favorite photographs of all time” from his repertoire of photographs which he has taken over the years. Resuming Slatin’s “Decade in Review” this week, we happen to have a photograph of Slatin’s that is part of his collection on iStock by Getty Images. During the last quarter of 2018, his stunning macaw picture, among others, was one of the photographs responsible for his inclusion as an iStock by Getty Images contributor. The photograph is of a perched blue and gold Macaw Parrot against a deep blue sky. The photograph was taken with Slatin’s Canon EOS 5D Mark II in Harpursville, New York. It can be found here also on iStock by Getty Images,

During 2015, Thomas Slatin found himself focused on photographing the northeast, and at the time, Slatin recalls that he was looking for a new

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Local Girl Scouts offer outdoor events and virtual troops

Shaniqua Juliano

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (GSVSC) is offering programs both virtual and real-life/in-person (IRL) for girls in K-12th grades.

All the IRL events are outdoors at Girl Scout camps and, according to the scouts, follow CDC social distancing guidelines, safety, and hygienic protocols.

Upcoming IRL outdoor events include:

Animal Dance Parties: K-3rd Grades (IRL/FREE events) / RSVP for these events here:

Saturday, Oct. 10, 10-11 AM

Girl Scout Camp Icimani, Roanoke

Saturday, Oct. 10, 1-2 PM

Girl Scout Camp Icimani, Roanoke

Friday, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 PM

Ridgeview Park River Shelter, Waynesboro

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30-6:30 PM

Stuarts Draft Park Shelter, Stuarts Draft

Saturday, Oct. 31, 10-11 AM

Girl Scout Camp Icimani, Roanoke

(This event is a special Halloween-themed party. Costumes encouraged)

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-2 PM

Girl Scout Camp Icimani, Roanoke

(This event is a special Halloween-themed party. Costumes

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Lowe’s to hand out bonuses to employees

Shaniqua Juliano

Oct. 7 (UPI) — The home improvement company Lowe’s announced Wednesday it will dole out discretionary bonuses to its employees in the United States this month in appreciation of their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said full-time employees will get $300 while part-time and seasonal workers will receive an extra $150. In all, Lowe’s will give some $100 million in bonuses.

Lowe’s gave bonuses to all of its hourly employees in March, May, July and August. The company said it has now committed more than $675 million in extra pay to its workers during the pandemic.

“Throughout the spring, summer and now into fall, our front-line associates have shown remarkable resilience and dedication to our communities in the most trying times we have faced together,” Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

Along with the bonuses, Lowe’s increased the pay for full-time, part-time and

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