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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)
Did you know Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States? Yet while it is now an official federal holiday, few people outside of Texas are familiar with the history and importance of Juneteenth. President Joe Biden made it an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021, (as seen in the above post-signing photo with Opal Lee and Vice President Kamala Harris). Opal Lee is considered the "Grandmother of Juneteenth" for her tireless efforts to bring it to national awareness and recognition. It is known as the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. The event is now currently recognized in all 50 of the United States (South Dakota was the last one to join in).  Officially, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galve...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
 Thankful Thursdays…Going the Extra Mile Has anyone ever gone out of their way to help you without expectation of a reward or because they had to? Those acts stay with you, don't they!? Recently we were with friends in a large outdoor retail marketplace. While waiting for another friend we searched for a coffee shop. We thought we’d found a Starbucks but it was closed for renovation. We must have had that “I have no idea where we are” look on our faces because a lovely woman stopped and asked us if she could help us. She suggested a few places, and rather than just pointing us in a direction, she began leading us towards the coffee houses. After I thanked her, I realized she had gone out of her way to show us. When we were looking for a home in Leesburg, the listing agent of several hom...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
Things to Do Around Westport, MA From New Bedford to Tiverton, RIJune 20 - Sept 1, 2024 -- If you have anything you would like me to add, A Yard Sale, Event, Helpful tip etc. This Email newsletter goes out to over 1,000 Local Residents & is posted to many Local Social Media sites-Call/ text me @ 774-930-8181 or Email Karen@KarenMartinHomes.com to Add your Event.    Happy Summer!  Thursday June 20, Is the Official start of SummerI hope this email finds you well and you get to enjoy a Summer Treat - Ice CreamWell almost - These BLUEBERRY YOGART ICE POPS are healthy and  taste pretty good. Easy to makeJust add  2 cups of Blueberries to 2 cups of yogurt Swirl in 2 T of Honey and Freeze.You could also freeze them in cups and then eat with a spoon. Yummy Summer Treat to help you stay Cool!GET...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
I shared about Town of Lady Lake fireworks on the east side of The Villages, Florida there is more on the west side of The Villages, Wildwood.  We went last year and got close enough to watch them parked at a business on Powell Road.  It was a last-minute decision to see if we could get close.  This event is well attended so you might want to show up early!  This from the Wildwood Parks and Recreation website:  Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024Time: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.Location: Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road, Wildwood, Fl 34785Description: Join the City of Wildwood at our Independence Day celebration. Live music, beer garden, carnival games, rock wall, vendors, food, and fun! Fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. closes out this spectacular event. Free admission.I’m not done yet, Leesbur...
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By Katerina Gasset, Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
(The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
I was so happy to find the Provo Recreation Center when I moved to Provo. This is a state-of-the-art facility that feels safe and welcoming. I don’t like those gyms where it feels like a “meat market”. You know… those gyms where everyone is a bodybuilder, good-looking, and skinny? Yeah… not for me.The swimming pools are amazing. I love to take my grandkids there to play on the water-slides. The Provo Recreation Center has a huge indoor and outdoor pool areas. One of the pools is a lap pool, which is separated off from the other pools. This is super convenient for people who want to do laps for exercise and not be interrupted with kids splashing around, etc.The aesthetics at the Provo Rec Center are visually appealing. I love the combination of light woods with the metals. The decor is r...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Opening Day at the Del Mar Horse Races ~ July 20, 2024 ~ Horse racing fans will be pleased 2024 thoroughbred racing season is coming soon to the Del Mar Racetrack. Opening Day is Saturday July 20.  Thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will run through Sunday September 8th. Races take place Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of racing on Monday (Labor Day) September 2. Here’s the full calendar of events and races.  Horse racing at Del Mar is a favorite summer event for many area residents and visitors. There are fans from around Southern California and beyond. Thoroughbred racing has been popular at the Del Mar racetrack for decades, with big crowds and plenty of famous and not so famous people. Del Mar thoroughbred racing has...
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By Roy Kelley
Stay Cool & Safe With temperatures soaring above 90°F and heat indexes hitting 100+, be sure to stay cool and safe by keeping hydrated, finding shade or staying indoors, and avoiding strenuous activities. Our Water Park and Interactive Water Feature at Olde Towne Plaza are two great ways to stay cool in hot weather. Please be sure to stay up to date on weather-related closures and cancellations by following us on social media @GburgMD and visiting our website www.gaithersburgMD.gov.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, Alaska Group, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 2803Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.0, 1/320 sec., ISO-80, 21 mm, No FlashPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Today, June 19th, we commemorate Juneteenth, a day in 1865 when the news of freedom finally reached the enslaved Americans in Galveston, TX – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.Juneteenth is a celebration of liberty and a tribute to Black Americans’ enduring heritage and accomplishments. It’s a reminder of the relentless pursuit of freedom that unites us all."We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist and Minister"Nobody’s free until everybody’s free." Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights, Voting, and Women's Rights Activist 
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
Energy Resources in Willingboro, New Jersey is worthy of a shout out!  A few weeks ago, I bought a new outdoor grill there, which is my second one from there over the years.After 3 seasons of cooking on a Weber charcoal grill, I grew very tired of it and upgraded to a much larger Weber propane grill.  I love it. Great service, reasonable prices, friendly staff and a cute dog (behind the counter) make this place my grilling destination.They also have a plethora of long-handled grilling tools, and of course, extra propane tanks so you'll never run of of cooking fuel at inopportune times.Located on Rte. 130 North in Willingboro near Delran, this place has so very many grills to choose from, more than I have ever seen in one location. https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/ 
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Today we honor the journey toward freedom, equality, and justice while remembering that the work continues daily. Happy Juneteenth. #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #juneteenth #honor #freedom #freedomforall #realestateagent #realtor 
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By Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Photo Journaling by Patricia FeagerAn abundance of rain mixed with sunshine creates beautiful green trees! On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, I drove down Hide-A-Way Lane in Flower Mound. My surroundings were lush greenery on a narrow road.  A few feet ahead of the narrow bridge was this tree that my parents told me was called a Lady Cigar Tree. To be clear, I never smoked a cigarette or anything in my entire life. But I must confess, as a kid, I pretended I was smoking a Lady Cigar! And then I grew up. Later on in life, I learned these trees were planted by Native American Indians and the proper name is "The Southern Catalpa."  There are some interesting street names off of Hide-A-Way Lane, such as: Sleepy Lagoon, Lazy River, Starlight Trail, Moonlight Bay, Lake Coves Drive, Whispering Oaks, a...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #21: DUCK LAKE, Ocean Shores, WA ~ #OceanShores, WA has 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water lakes and canals. Duck Lake is located on the eastern side of the Ocean Shores peninsula. It is approximately 5 miles long. Access from the Canals into Duck Lake is via the Fishhook "Bayou" Canal, which extends from the south-end of the Grand Canal. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, speed boating and water skiing (in posted areas) (no jet skis are allowed). There are 2 City-owned Boat Launches located at North Bay Park and Chinook Park. Duck Lake is fed through an underground spring located at the south-end, but the rest of the lake was dredged out to create this large and beautiful lake. Duck Lake is sometimes stocked with fish. Houses a...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…Building A Home Are you tired of birds yet???  In our backyard, we’ve been watching our bluebirds start brood #3. It should be the last one for the mating season!It’s been a turf battle between the bluebirds and the unwanted, invasive house sparrow.  Both wanted the much-coveted Bluebird box. Thanks to our assistance, the blue birds won out and began building their nest last weekend.  Take a look  One egg was laid yesterday. They typically lay one egg per day with a brood size of 4 or 5.   ENJOY!
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Measure ULA also known as the “Mansion Tax” updateJust a quick background to those who are not familiar with the history. Better known as” Mansion Tax” some people called it the “Homelessness and Housing Solution Tax”. The intent was to raise taxes on property sales exceeding $5 million within the City of Los Angeles. The voters approved the Measure ULA in November of 2022. In turn it became a legally binding ordinance on April 1st, 2023. Basically a 4% transfer tax was imposed on property with a value ranging from $5 million to $10 million and a 5.5% transfer tax exceeding $10 million. Not only did this apply to Residential, but to commercial properties as well.Well, the update is that as of June 30th,2024 the sales price has to exceed $5,150,000 -$10,300,000 for the 4% tax and anythin...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Here is a chance to see fireworks by golf cart the weekend before July 4th.  Last year I believed was the first year the Town of Lady Lake had fireworks, or at least in recent memory.  Our viewing spot is around the driving range on Rolling Acres Road at the soccer fields.  Many of you were not following my Facebook Page a year ago when we planned a tailgate party at the fireworks, well we are doing it again this year.  On Saturday night June 29th at 8:00 we will be in our Gem golf cart and be bringing tables and chairs for us.  I will be providing music and if you like bring something like an appetizer to share.  Last year we had a nice group show up and enjoyed watching the fireworks.  I have a map on the slide show which shows about where we will be located, and a picture of our golf...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
What is Juneteenth and its history?The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed enslaved people in Confederate states, but it did not immediately end slavery in places such as Texas that remained under Confederate control. Two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, Union troops led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tex., and announced that more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free. (Nationwide emancipation would come only with the ratification of the 13th Amendment later that year.)For Black people, the news was a moment of “indescribable joy” that was met with large celebrations in Texas, historian C.R. Gibbs told The Washington Post. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day, the day remains de...
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Animal Adoption Center Reopened TodayExciting news!The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, in Maryland, reopened for adoptions TODAY, June 18th. Despite a minor setback with Canine Influenza, most areas are now safe. Ready to meet your new furry friend? Visit our available pets here: https://ow.ly/lhzt50SkWgLThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Tulips, Longwood Gardens Photowalk,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 4437Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
Heat Wave AlertHeat wave alert for our area! This week, temps are soaring above 90°F with heat indexes hitting 100+. Stay cool and safe: hydrate, find shade, and avoid strenuous activities.Check out more tips here: http://montgomerycountymd.gov/heatThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland alert.  Tulips, Longwood Gardens Photowalk,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 4436Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
24th Taste of Lebanon Waterbury CT  6/21-6/23 2024The 24th annual Taste of Lebanon Festival will be held this weekend, June 21-23 at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 8 East Mountain Rd, Waterbury Come and get an experience in the foods and traditions of a typical Lebanese party. A friendly and lively culture steeped in tradition.This is the largest fundraiser for the church and offers so much to the entire community that recognizes the efforts by the parishioners to maintain the connection to their heritage.    When:  September 21-23 2024 Where:  Our Lady of Lebanon Church                1 East Mountain Rd                 Waterbury, CT Times:   Fri  6/21      6:00  pm  to 11:00 p.m.                Sat 7/22  11:00 am  to 10:00 p.m.                 Sun 6/23  11:30 a m to  7L00 p.m. Cost:  Grou...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Watch Out for Wildlife: Protecting You and Our Furry Neighbors in Auburn and Opelika! Ever wish our local deer, raccoons, armadillos, and opossums could use crosswalks? Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to train them yet, so we need your help to keep our roads safe! Alabama sees an average of 2,242 animal-vehicle collisions each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. In Auburn and Opelika, wildlife can appear anywhere, but be especially vigilant in wooded areas and near waterways. Tips for Safe Driving: Scan the road from side to side. Avoid distractions while driving. If you see an animal, brake but stay in your lane. If you find yourself in an animal-vehicle accident, contact the Auburn Police Department—dial 911 in emergencies or use the non-emergency line at 334-50...
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