Former City Councilman, real estate executive

Shaniqua Juliano

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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What’s at Stake for Real Estate if Socialists Breach City Council

Shaniqua Juliano

The Democratic Socialists of America are scheming to expand their constituency, decommodify housing and undermine the real estate industry. (iStock)

The Democratic Socialists of America are scheming to expand their constituency, decommodify housing and undermine the real estate industry. (iStock)

Just a few months after nearly sweeping their state primary contests, socialists in New York City aren’t putting down their hammers and sickles.

The Democratic Socialists of America are scheming to build on those wins, including by establishing a City Council caucus.

The group also plans to take advantage of the economic crisis to decommodify land and housing by “systematically undermining” the political power of the real estate industry, according to an internal document obtained by The Real Deal. It also aims to organize working-class tenants of color against displacement, the document says.

To accomplish those goals — although the group has not won much besides elections since a crushing victory over landlords in the 2019 rent law battle — it is turning increasingly to city politics.

“[The City

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Dashi Ramen Restaurant: Popular Durham restaurant forced to relocate outdoor seating arrangements after misunderstanding with city

Shaniqua Juliano

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — After six and a half months of being closed, Dashi, a popular Durham ramen spot hit a major roadblock on its way back.

Just last week, they debuted their outdoor seating on East Chapel Hill Street, but not long after, the City of Durham told the restaurant co-owner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson he had to dismantle the setup.

“We built the planters and the seating area so we could utilize it and apparently the city didn’t consult with the fire department,” he said.

The city of Durham said it wasn’t the fire department so much as Hawthorne-Johnson’s permits. They were approved but only for movable tables and chairs. The permit said a lane closure was part of this as well but not for the platform he had set up.

Nick said he spent around $10,000 on the seating area and nearly $50,000 getting everything back up, including hiring

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Center City restaurants boosted by outdoor seating

Shaniqua Juliano

For nearly 50 years, Oscar’s Tavern has been a destination for those who don’t want to be seen. Or at least, seen very well.

The dive bar, situated on Sansom Street in Center City, is known for its vinyl booths, cheap beer, and orange lighting.

But back in June, the pandemic forced Oscar’s to do what was previously unthinkable: put some tables outside.

“Oscar’s is dark … outside is bright,” longtime manager Angela Mullan said. “It’s not what [customers] come to Oscar’s for.”

At first, the outdoor seating didn’t do much for the bar’s business: Oscar’s can only fit three two-person tables on the sidewalk outside. But, starting in July, the city began closing Sansom Street every weekend to traffic to allow for more outdoor seating.

Now, Friday through Sunday, Oscar’s has 20 tables outside — more than doubling its capacity.

“I never expected to see outdoor seating,” Mullan said.

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In Bid to Adapt, Equinox Designs Outdoor Gym for New York City

Shaniqua Juliano

“Weather is not holding us back,” Nadia Biski, Equinox’s SVP of architecture and design, says to AD PRO. It’s a confident—and almost enthusiastic—statement that’s particularly striking at this moment. As October temperatures continue to drop, it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to think about upcoming inclement winter. Because for those in many regions of the country, the solace gained from an outdoor walk or socially distanced park outing will likely fall by and large by the wayside. 

That’s one reason it’s so interesting that Equinox would choose to open up a new outdoor gym in New York City this past weekend. The luxury fitness brand, which debuted its first space of this type earlier this year in Los Angeles, is part of a sector that has been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19. Chic home exercise equipment may be more in demand than ever before, but the same certainly can’t be said of

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City of Bangor continues to discuss ideas for outdoor dining

Shaniqua Juliano

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – The City of Bangor continues to look at ways to extend outdoor dining for downtown restaurants amid this pandemic.

Their Community and Economic Development Director says some restaurants may be able to choose tents, heaters, or both in their outdoor dining spaces.

We’re told that would only be allowed for restaurants that have year-round permits for outdoor dining spaces.

Owners would have to go through code enforcement and fire to make sure safety requirements can be met.

Community & Economic Development Director Tanya Emery discussed the restaurants that were given special outdoor area permits as part of the COVID-19 response.

“Those are the parklets for example. Those will expire on November 1st or the first plowable snow. That’s because there is really no way for those to co-exist will snow removal,” Tanya Emery, Director of Community and Economic Development at the City of Bangor, said.


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Freeport Mayor’s View: City seeks home improvements grant – News – Rockford Register Star

Shaniqua Juliano

As we rapidly approach the end of the construction season, the City is quickly working to wrap up a variety of infrastructure projects. We had a busy year executing infrastructure projects and approving additional work that will be completed over the next year and a half.

In the past few months alone, the City completed the $3 million Float Avenue infrastructure project, repaved Sunset Drive, Hurd Street, Boggess Street, as well as portions of Ottawa Avenue and Winneshiek Street. Anyone who has driven over Locust Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Pleasant Street will appreciate the much-needed repairs that were conducted in the past week. We are also in the middle of milling the street and overlaying Highland Drive in its entirety and are planning on road repair on portions of South Demeter Drive before the weather, and leaf pickup season, prohibits us from further infrastructure improvement projects.

In addition to

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“Don’t cancel your outdoor plans,” after slight rain showers in Kansas City on Saturday

Shaniqua Juliano

After near record-setting cold temperatures, the weather forecast for Saturday in Kansas City is expected to bring a few rain showers but slightly warmer conditions, according FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria.


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“Clouds are starting to come in, that’s ahead of our disturbance that is going to change our weather overnight and into tomorrow morning, said Lauria who provided a weather update for The Star. “Earlier this morning, we flirted with record low. We missed tying it by 1 degree.”

There may be a few showers overnight leading into Saturday. The areas north of Kansas City will likely see more of the wet conditions, but there is expected to be little accumulation. A second chance of rain could emerge sometime Saturday afternoon, just after 4 or 5 p.m.

“Most of the day tomorrow should be fine with temperatures warming back up into the 60s,” Lauria said. “Don’t cancel your outdoor

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City of VB extends application for COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program

Shaniqua Juliano

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Department of Human Services will continue to accept applications for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program through Oct. 31, due to ” steady interest and ongoing community need.”

The program provides relief for households where an occupant has lost their employment, had their work hours reduced, or has been furloughed due to the financial impact of COVID-19.

The financial relief will come in the form of a check for the approved amount to the recipient.

“As the ongoing economic impacts of the pandemic are felt in our community, we recognize that there are many families and individuals who may be in a different employment situation now than at the beginning of the pandemic,” said DHS Financial Assistance Division Administrator Deidria Bolden.

Potential beneficiaries must meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration:

  • Provide proof of eligibility criteria
  • Have established
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Race and religion in Radburn NJ: Thorn trees in the Garden City

Shaniqua Juliano

On Oct. 8, 1927, a group of progressive city and town planners gathered at a farm in Netcong to discuss a preliminary scheme for a radical new community — so new it did not yet have a name.

That community would be announced publicly three months later as Radburn, in the still-rural borough of Fair Lawn. Radburn was not intended to be just another elite suburb. It would have housing for various ages and incomes, and jobs for various skills.

Which is why one item on the Netcong conference agenda has particular resonance today: “What should be the policy in relation to the admission of Negroes and other people of races other than white?’’

It may have been the first time in Radburn’s history the issue was debated, but not the last. Residents have long discussed whether their community excluded non-whites and non-Christians, and if so, how.

A sign at

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