Conarroe Street In Manayunk Closing For Outdoor Dining

MANAYUNK, PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia officials announced a street in Manayunk is closing this weekend to provide outdoor dining options in the neighborhood.

In June, the city launched four new options — sidewalk cafés, streeteries, temporary use of private lots for dining, and temporary street closures — for restaurants to operate outdoor dining in order to earn much needed revenue.

These new options aim to support businesses during the city’s green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic and are allowed through an application process.

From Thursday through Sunday, Conarroe Street in Manayunk will be closed from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

The road will be closed between Main and Cresson streets.

Businesses or organizations approved for temporary full street closures in support of outdoor dining must reapply weekly.

Outdoor dining application forms are available online here under the “Entertainment/Travel and Restaurants” section.

A full list of closures for this weekend

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Restaurants face challenge of outdoor dining in cold weather

Outdoor dining has been a lifeline for many restaurants during the pandemic. But a new report from Goldman Sachs estimates that winter weather will reduce consumer spending at restaurants by 3%-4%, which means some restaurants may need to rethink things. And whether that’s an investment in retrofitting an outdoor dining space or buying heaters, it all costs money.

Sam Glynn owns Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren, Rhode Island. It’s been sunny and warm there lately, but not for long.

“Starting next week, we’re actually putting a 20-by-50 tent over our biergarten that will be heated with a tent heater, to hopefully buy us a couple more months,” Glynn said.

He’ll rent the tent for about $7,000 a month, and he’s paying for it with some help from the local government that offered grants to restaurants to weatherproof for the winter. 

Mike Whatley, vice president of state and local affairs

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Green Homes Grant – Which?

Shaniqua Juliano

What is the Green Homes Grant?

It’s a government grant for homeowners in England to help pay for certain energy-efficient home improvements.

Around 600,000 people are expected to benefit from the grant, which will pay at least two thirds of the cost of some energy-saving renovations. The maximum amount available is £5,000, or £10,000 if you get certain benefits.

Alok Sharma, the UK’s business and energy secretary, said the scheme will mean ‘hundreds of pounds off energy bills every year’.

If you’re struggling to pay your gas and electricity bills, help is available. Find out about other home grants, including Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount.

What does the Green Homes Grant cover?

You must install either insulation or low-carbon heating to qualify for the vouchers. These are called ‘primary’ measures under the scheme and include:

Biomass boilers are also a primary measure, although BEIS (Department for

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Ontario real estate association calls for halt to open houses as COVID-19 cases rise

Shaniqua Juliano

TORONTO — The Ontario Real Estate Association says it is asking agents to halt plans for open houses, as the province reported a record high of 939 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Open houses resumed in mid-July as part of the province’s Stage 3 reopening plan, which at the time allowed gatherings of 50 people, or 30-per-cent capacity, with physical distancing enforced.

On Friday, the province announced a modified return to Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, which would limit open houses to 10 people. The government is also asking people in those areas to leave their homes only for essential purposes.

Ontario real estate association president Sean Morrison said that notwithstanding the 10-person limit, he is encouraging members to shift open showings virtually, instead of a Sunday afternoon slot allowing anyone to touch the surfaces of a home.

“OREA is pleased that the government is again listening to our advice

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A cabin, block modules and heated tables

Shaniqua Juliano

Submissions were called, ideas were proposed, finalists were selected and now, winners for Chicago’s Winter Design Challenge have been announced.

The competition aims to solve the problem of how to continue outdoor dining come colder weather, and netted more than 600 entries both serious and comical. (I’m still not over Leaf-blowers = win.) After two preliminary rounds of judging by the design firm IDEO and the city of Chicago, 26 finalistswere chosen and presented to a panel of judges made up of architects, designers, chefs, restaurateurs and servers, who picked the final three feasible and safe proposals. Each of them will take home a $5,000 cash prize.

The winners are:

Amy Young’s Cozy Cabins

Small, modular and adjoining cabins outfitted with radiant floor heating that fit in a standard street parking space. The idea, proposed by ASD 5/8 SKY based out of Atlanta and San Francisco, was inspired by

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Real Estate Q&A: Who should fix water line to a townhouse? – Lifestyle – providencejournal.com

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Q: I live in a townhouse where the water meters are near the parking lot. Who is responsible for repairing the water line from the meter to the individual townhouse unit? Is it the townhouse unit owner, or is it the association because the water line is in the common area?

— Clara

A: When you live in a community association, you agree to live by the rules and regulations in their governing documents.

While specific issues are dealt with differently depending on whether you live in a co-op, condominium or homeowners association, you will find the answer to most questions in your community’s documents.

The answer to your question will depend on the type of community you live in and how it was structured.

In most condominiums and co-ops, you are responsible for repairs and maintenance within your walls and limited common elements like balconies.

Your association will make

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New York City’s Outdoor Dining Isn’t Advantageous to All Restaurants

Shaniqua Juliano

When New York City recently said that restaurants could offer outdoor dining year-round, it was a decision these establishments quickly lauded. But for Roni Mazumdar, who owns Indian restaurants in the city, the news was a harsh reminder that the playing field isn’t the same for every dining spot.

Mr. Mazumdar is limited by the fact that he can’t set up an outdoor platform in front of two of his places. At Rahi, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, a fire hydrant stands in his way. And at Adda Indian Canteen in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, a bus stop blocks the area.

For now, Mr. Mazumdar is offering outdoor dining at spaces nearby to both of these restaurants, but he isn’t confident those areas will always remain available to him. Like many restaurant owners, he never considered the outdoors as a factor when he signed his leases,

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Former City Councilman, real estate executive

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Sandy Strickland
 
| Florida Times-Union

Walter Lee Williams Jr., a former Jacksonville City Council president, JEA board chairman and real estate executive, went to work on the morning of his fatal boating accident.

His daughter, Monica Hentschel, said he was in a very good mood and wanted to discuss some ideas he had for helping people with physical disabilities.

Shortly afterward, he left to get his 26-foot boat from the shop where it was being serviced. The 84-year-old was driving the boat to his St. Johns County home when he struck the Buckman Bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 30. His body was found Friday, Oct. 2. 

Hentschel said her father died doing what he loved — boating down the St. Johns River. He was also an avid water skier.

Mr. Williams was a successful business entrepreneur whose Walter Williams Coldwell Banker had 13 offices spanning Jacksonville to Palm Coast when he

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Take a look at this six-bedroom Beverly Drive home that maximizes outdoor living areas

Shaniqua Juliano

Situated on iconic Beverly Drive in the heart of Highland Park, this 9,343-square-foot home has an abundance of amenities inside and out. The Mediterranean-style home has imported French limestone throughout, a clay tile roof and marble details.

Built in 2015, the home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one half-bathroom across its two floors.

Listing agent Doris Jacobs said the home has “great entertainment flow” and “outstanding finish out”.

A grand staircase is the focal point of an entryway that has a tall ceiling and iron accents on the staircase and light fixture. The entryway leads to a formal living room which has an intricate wood-plank ceiling design and an imported antique French fireplace. The formal dining room also has a fireplace. Both rooms have access to the front patio through arched French doors.

Further into the house, the kitchen has custom cabinets, a La Cornue range, a breakfast bar,

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Merrell and Outdoor Voices teamed up on a stylish hiking boot

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Merrell, the Rockford, Michigan-based company that has been producing top-of-the-line outdoor apparel since 1981, knows a thing or two about hiking boots. The Moab 2 is considered one of the best budget-friendly boots on the market—Merrell touts it as a “gateway boot” for beginner hikers, and has sold more than 20 million pairs. Key components include a cushy inner, sturdy Vibram soles, great ankle support, and excellent waterproofing. If you’ve been getting outdoors more during the pandemic (or you’re planning to this fall), the Moab is an excellent starter boot that won’t break the bank.

[Photo: courtesy Outdoor Voices]

While Merrell’s technical prowess is unbeatable, the brand isn’t exactly known for its fashion sense. That’s why it marries beautifully with Outdoor Voices, the Austin-based athleisure brand that launched a thousand colorblocked leggings. The Merrell x OV Moab 2 comes in two delightful options: Lava, a vibrant red outer with orange

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