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The Fight Against Blight in Maryland

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Fight Against Blight in Maryland Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a fast-track foreclosure law which would expedite the foreclosure process with the intent to reduce community blight, following the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio.”Blight caused by vacant properties is a serious problem in certain Maryland communities,” said Delegate Marvin Holmes, sponsor of the house bill. “The longer properties remain vacant–the greater the chance problems will occur, including vandalism, crime and lower property values.”This bill could be the push other states need to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills.“Vacant and abandoned properties are a community crisis of national proportion,” said Five Star President and CEO Ed Delgado. “The bills introduced in Ohio and Maryland provide other states the needed incentive to make progress towards ensuring that these magnets for crime and drugs will be quickly rehabilitated and promote the safety and stability of neighborhoods across the nation.”Robert Klein, Founder and Chairman of Community Blight Solutions, has been a leading advocate of the bill. We spoke with Klein on the impact of this bill in the fight against community blight in states and communities across the country.“It’s very significant,” said Klein. “Both the Ohio bill and the Maryland bill passed unanimously, not many bills pass unanimously. This bill was debated quite a bit by the Maryland legislators, and they all came to the conclusion that having a property vacant and abandoned for two years is the wrong thing for community blight. So now we’re seeing a number other states looking at it closely and considering it, like New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania.”What Klein notes is the more proactive approach states are taking toward the problem of community blight.“I feel like we’re finally reaching a stage where the industry and communities and states are looking at the whole community blight and properties sitting out there with a more proactive approach,” said Klein. “Everything has been reactive, the property has already been vandalized, the property has already caused community blight. I think this fast track of vacant and abandoned properties is the first step in being a proactive approach, to not allow the property to become a community blight.” Community Blight Solutions Ed Delgado Five Star Foreclosure Larry Hogan Maryland Governor Ohio Foreclosure Bill Robert Klein 2017-05-25 Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Community Blight Solutions Ed Delgado Five Star Foreclosure Larry Hogan Maryland Governor Ohio Foreclosure Bill Robert Klein Share Save Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected] Subscribe Previous: FHFA Releases Q1 Price Index Next: Factual Data Announces Lein and Judgment Reporting Home / Daily Dose / The Fight Against Blight in Marylandcenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles About Author: Rachel Williams Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago May 25, 2017 2,192 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Events, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Waters-wise lawn research

first_imgMost gardeners know the secret to a successful garden is to start with good, nutrient-rich soil. University of Georgia researchers are using a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to test this theory on turfgrass.UGA was awarded a two-year grant in 2011 through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The goal of the project is to research ways to use less water to maintain lawns and landscapes in Georgia and to promote water saving landscaping methods among homeowners and green industry professionals. On the research side, UGA scientists are looking at how incorporating organic matter into soil before planting affects the amount of water needed to maintain turfgrass. This June two separate composts were tilled into research plots on the UGA campus in Griffin. Compost in the research plots was added at the rates of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 pounds per 1,000 square feet. One control plot was tilled without adding compost, and another was neither tilled nor amended with compost. Three species of turfgrass (JaMur zoysiagrass, TifGrand bermudagrass and TifBlair centipedegrass) were planted on top of the compost incorporation treatments. “We will use the results of this study to refine pre-plant recommendations for installing turfgrass while improving water conservation,” said Clint Waltz, a UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist. The Georgia Urban Ag Council, a partner on the grant project, will promote the availability of the water-saving recommendations to members of Georgia’s green industry. The council is a professional association that represents the state’s horticultural and landscape industries, which includes 7,000 companies and more than 80,000 employees. UGA Extension turfgrass associate Becky Griffin has developed four trainings for landscape workers that focus on sustainable turfgrass. The 30-minute trainings cover turfgrass identification, cultural best management practices, irrigation and installation. To date, more than 700 landscape workers in six counties have completed the trainings. Exit surveys show workers now pay more attention to mowing heights, sharpen mower blades more often and pull weeds when appropriate instead of applying herbicides. “These practices result in healthier-overall turfgrass, which translates into possible water savings,” Waltz said. For more information on planting and maintaining turfgrass in Georgia, see www.GeorgiaTurf.com or contact your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Sandpipers CC to host T10 tapeball tournament

first_imgTWELVE teams will be in action during the Sandpipers Cricket Club annual Soesdyke Premier League (SPL) T10 tapeball cricket tournament, billed for August 11, 12, 18, 25 and 31.The venues for the five-day tournament are the Soesdyke Community Centre ground and the Airport Cricket Ground.The twelve teams are: Sandpipers ‘A’, Sandpipers ‘B’, Eccles All Stars, Kuru Kururu XI, Sarah Johanna, Redbull X1, Uprisng Crick Club, Laluni Cricket Club, Village Ram, FarmTrack XI, Rising Star Cricket Club and Airport XI.This event will be played on a round-robin basis for the first round. The top eight teams will qualify for the knock-out stage; quarterfinals, semifinals and final.The semifinals and final will be played under floodlights. All games will begin at 09:30hrs except for semifinals and final.Several prizes are up for grabs with a first prize of $100 000 and trophy. The losing finalists will take home $50 000 and trophy, while the team to finish third will receive $25 000 and trophy. The leading bowler and batsman will each earn $15 000 and trophy, while man-of-the-match in the final will collect $10 000 and a trophy.This event is made possible by: Trophy Stall, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Singh’s Transportation Service and Equipment Rentals, Deokie and Sons General Contracting Services, Camille’s Academy, B&R Investment, RUBiS Gas Station (Soesdyke), Bashier & Sons and Sandpipers Cricket Club.last_img read more

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Giants owner: Odell Beckham Jr. trade left grandsons crying

first_imgBeckham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a five-year, $95 million extension in August. The 26-year-old wideout has 390 catches, 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career. “Both of ’em sobbed uncontrollably on the phone,’’ Mara said Sunday at the NFL’s league meeting (via the New York Post). “One of them is speaking to me now, the other one is not so sure. I say that half-kiddingly but it was not an easy decision.’’Mara had a couple of public squabbles with Beckham during the receiver’s five seasons in New York (he noted last October that Beckham needed to “do a little more playing and a little less talking”), yet he admitted he was “reluctant” to approve the trade. The Giants received Cleveland’s No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 draft, the second of the Browns’ third-round picks (No. 95) and promising young safety Jabrill Peppers.“I will tell you it was a reluctant approval on my part, because I happen to like Odell very much and I recognize the unique talent that he has,’’ Mara said. “It’s not easy to trade that player to another team.“I understand also we have a lot of holes we need to fill and if we make the right decisions with that first pick and with that third pick, we obviously like Jabrill Peppers a lot. Ultimately I gave my 50 percent share of the approval.’’Despite his reluctance to part with OBJ, Mara admitted that Beckham’s sometimes controversial actions and comments were a factor in his departure.“Honestly, there were times when it did bother me and I had conversations with him about it, but it was never to the point where we said to (general manager Dave Gettleman), ‘You got to get rid of this guy,’ ” Mara said. “It never reached that point. But is it a factor in the final decision? Yeah, it’s a factor. The thing about him, though, is he’s a good guy. He did a lot of good things with us. He was terrific with the Make-A-Wish kids we brought into the facility every week.”It wasn’t like we were getting rid of a guy who was gonna be a criminal. Yeah, he was somebody, there was always some extra issues he brought into the building every day. But it was never to the point where it was unmanageable.’’ The Giants trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns earlier this month left many New York fans upset.Team co-owner and president John Mara got a painful reminder of that when he called his two grandsons to inform them the star wide receiver had been traded.last_img read more

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