Thoroughgood Elementary, Creeds Elementary, Lindenwood Elementary, and Truitt Intermediate Chesapeake were among the four schools to received aid and assistance to ensure the buildings were ready for the 2018 school year. The makeover included landscaping, construction, painting, installing chalkboards, power washing, cleaning, and assistance in setting up the classrooms.
“The makeover was complete just in time for the new school year. Over five hundred people came out to make a huge impact on the lives of our youth and the community. It was a really fun day where the community comes together to get their hands dirty and beautify four of our local schools,” said Lydia Wigglesworth-Ballard of Wave City Care.
This year’s makeover marked the 13th year of the event for Wave City Care. Wave City Care is a non-profit that serves the community through educational services, mentorship opportunities, and local community volunteer work. For a breakdown of this year’s School Makeover event, the details have been provided below.
Thoroughgood Elementary – Virginia Beach
- Landscaping; filled 90 pots with potting soil and plants
- Painted 45 classroom doors & accent walls in 40 portables
- Installed chalkboards in 25 portables
- Assist teachers with classroom setup
Creeds Elementary – Virginia Beach
- Cleaned tile walls and door knobs
- Landscape, mulching grounds
- Power washing
Lindenwood Elementary – Norfolk
- Landscaped; cleaned flower beds and mulched front of a building
- Lay timbers and rubber mulch for playground
- Painted cabinets, marquee, and blackboard poles
- Designed and painted a mural
- Construction; assembled picnic tables
Truitt Intermediate Chesapeake
- Landscaped gardens in front of the building
- Painted mural & walls in teachers’ lounge
- Construction; built of storage sheds
- Power Wash
- Decorated bulletin boards & teachers’ lounge
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Brian Coester – News – Week in review for September 10th, 2018.
“Tomorrow is promised to no one” – Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood said it, and he was right. Tomorrow is promised to no one so you must seize the day today. So much of the time we put off tasks until tomorrow. We say to ourselves that we will do the laundry tomorrow, call that person back tomorrow, workout tomorrow, develop that product tomorrow or start that diet tomorrow. Pretty soon your life becomes a whole bunch of tomorrows that never became a reality. All we honestly have in life is the moment and the day. If you find yourself behind on your tasks or if you have a habit of leaving things undone let us change that now. Don’t put off the simple stuff for tomorrow stay up late, burn the midnight oil and get it done today!
Mortgage Applications on the Move:
Purchase applications increased during the week of August 31st, but overall mortgage activity fell according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The purchase and refinance mix stayed relatively stable and consistent with previous months.
Podcasts: John Maxwell Leadership Podcast:
Episode 9: Momentum Breakers vs. Momentum Makers (Part 2)
Quote from the Podcast:
“Some men succeed based on what they know, some men succeed because of who they know, but very few succeed based on who they are.”
Joe Rogan Podcast with Elon Musk:
A must watch for any fans of comedy, culture, technology, business, and life!
2008 Financial Crisis:
Several of the top housing groups are pushing the Trump administration to enact permanent GSE reform. In a letter signed by some of the senior housing groups which include the the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Multifamily Housing Council, the National Association of Realtors, the United States Conference of Mayors, and more than two dozen others, the groups write that many of the GSE reforms enacted after the housing crisis have served to stabilize the housing market, but the groups worry that the newfound stability could be undone without a permanent solution.
Freddie Mac CEO Steps Down:
Inside the Beltway:
Nintendo will automatically save all games in the cloud when the Nintendo Switch Online Membership launches later this month. There was a belief that only some games would be supported, but Nintendo confirmed all games would have cloud saves automatically enabled. –NINTENDO LIFE
Artificial Intelligence is a huge element of technology right now. Right now you are in the test phase of AI, and they are still trying to understand the impact.
AI will affect not only companies but countries as we move into a more digital era. Leaders in AI adoption could capture an additional 20 – 25 percent in net economic benefit as a result of the passage. Companies that adopt AI will have a significant advantage in cash flow as well as execution.
Appraiser Spotlight- Udo Stolarczuk
Udo Stolarczuk has been an appraiser since 1992, and began his career as a real estate agent. Udo started appraising homes in New Jersey, and later moved to Florida where he has continued his appraising career. Udo primarily services the Ft. Lauderdale market and surrounding areas, consisting of mostly urban and suburban homes. Though his job has remained the same, the main difference he has experienced between his current FL market and previous NJ market is the construction of the homes. The homes in New Jersey were your typical wood-framed houses with basements, while the Florida homes are primarily built on concrete blocks with no basements due to the Florida weather. In his spare time Udo enjoys to work as an extra on T.V. and movie sets, and has met celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Sean Connery, and Kevin Costner along the way. According to Udo, one of the best parts of being an appraiser is the ability to set your own schedule, and all the different people you get to meet while inspecting their home.
Weston, Florida Market
Weston Florida is a city located outside of Fort Lauderdale consisting primarily of suburban and urban homes. The median sales price from March – May 2018 for Ft Lauderdale was $325,000, and home prices have gone up 5.5% over the last year (Realtor.com & Zillow). Active inventory has decreased 1% from 2,384 to 2,347 compared to this time last year, and the days on the market has remained relatively unchanged at 90 days (Movoto). For Weston, the median sales price is slightly higher at $420,000, up 9% from this time last year (Trulia).