Burlington housing costs above US average

first_imgQUEEN CITY HOUSING COSTS 35% HIGHER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGELake Champlain Chamber, VHFA identify housing as a crisis for Vermont’sworking familiesBURLINGTON – Vermont’s Queen City area might be one of the most livable inAmerica, but it’s also an increasingly expensive one, especially forhousing.New figures from ACCRA, a community and economic development researchassociation, released today by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce andVermont Housing Finance Agency, show that the cost-of-living in theBurlington area — Burlington, Essex, South Burlington, Winooski andColchester — for the third quarter of 2004 was more than 17 percent abovethe national average. In the same period in 2003, the area’s compositeindex was 12.5 percent above the national average.In the third quarter 2004, Burlington was higher than the national averagein every category, with the greatest deviation from the mean found in thecost of housing at 134.8%. The city’s utilities were at 117.8%;miscellaneous goods and services at 106.4%; transportation at 109.4%; andgrocery items at 110.4Chamber President A. Wayne Roberts identified housing as a key componentofthe organization’s efforts to attract and retain businesses and theiremployees to the area. “High housing costs are a challenge for thoseseeking to live and work in Greater Burlington,” he said. “For a lot ofpeople relocating to our region, it means a choice between Burlington at135% of the national average and Plattsburgh at 93%.””Clearly, we’re still playing catch-up when it comes to providing anadequate supply of affordable housing, and that’s driving up costs,” saidVHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “We know this problem affectsindividual Vermonters, their families, our businesses and our economy as awhole. It boils down to a fundamental issue of costs versus wages.Vermonters are having trouble finding affordable housing.”According to the ACCRA data, the most expensive two-bedroom apartment inthenation is in New York City with an average monthly rent of $3,506. Theleast expensive is Hays, Kansas with an average monthly rent of $450.Burlington’s average monthly rent is $1,120. One silver lining in theACCRAreport is that the Burlington area’s housing costs are still lower thansomeother New England metro areas, such as New Haven, Conn. at 149.3%;Providence, R.I. at 168.3%; and Boston at 178.5%. Yet the GreaterBurlington area’s housing costs rank above cities like Miami, Fla. at127%;Hilton Head, S.C., at 110.3%; and Las Vegas, at 130.1%.The Lake Champlain Chamber has identified housing as an economicdevelopmentpriority for the 2005 legislative session, citing it, along with taxburdens, as a chief business competitiveness issue. VHFA offerslow-interest mortgages for qualified homebuyers and provides funding andadministers state and federal housing tax credits to encourage developmentof affordable rental units. Both organizations are members of the VermontHousing Awareness Campaign, www.housingawareness.org(link is external), a state-wide publiceducation effort to build support for housing development.The Lake Champlain Chamber is a participant in the nation-widecost-of-living index, compiled by ACCRA. The ACCRA survey examines theafter-tax cost of a professional/managerial standard of living for 324urbanareas.The quarterly index is available by subscription. Go online towww.costofliving.org(link is external) for additional information. The cost of living datafor the Burlington area was compiled by The Lake Champlain Chamber andEconomic and Policy Resources of Williston. Data are available atwww.vermont.org(link is external). Additional housing statistical information is availableatthe Vermont Housing Data Web site, www.housingdata.org(link is external).last_img read more

Delaware County confirms two more positive cases of COVID-19

first_imgIn a press release from Delaware County Health Services, they said that an individual connected with one of the positive cases does not reside in Delaware County and has been transferred to the NYC Health Department. For information about COVID-19 you can visit http://delawarecountypublichealth.com/, http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/wordpress/, https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. DELAWARE COUNTY (WBNG) — Delaware County announced that they received two new positive cases of the coronavirus on Saturday. center_img Delaware County Public Health Services are advising that individuals who are symptomatic, have traveled to areas of concern or have come in contact with anyone who is confirmed positive or symptomatic and has not been tested for any other infection should call ahead to their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person. Delaware County currently has two confirmed, unrelated positive cases of the coronavirus. Delaware County Public Health Services is in partnership with the New York State Department of Health, local hospitals and healthcare providers to actively investigate these cases and provide proper guidance on how the community can reduce the spread.last_img read more

WDFW Tentatively Schedules Razor Clam Digs Through December 31

first_imgNov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Facebook202Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first razor clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled next month with additional digs planned through New Year’s Eve.In announcing the initial digging schedule, state fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”During the first set of digs, scheduled October 7 through October 12, both Twin Harbors and Long Beach will be open all six days, with additional harvest opportunities at Mocrocks and Copalis. Through the end of the year, WDFW has tentatively scheduled a total of 41 days of razor clam digs.Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams, Ayres said.“Overall, there are a lot of clams out there and we expect this to be another great season,” he said.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. A new WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at youtube.com/thewdfw.WDFW recently sought public comments on the upcoming razor clam season.  Ayres said he appreciates that so many people sent in comments.“We have done our best to incorporate as many of those suggestions as possible in the months ahead,” Ayres said.Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches:Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Oct. 22, 2014, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 23, 2014, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 24, 2014, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 25, 2014, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 26, 2014, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 27, 2014, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 28, 2014, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet,  Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more

25th Annual “America’s Classic Jazz Festival Scheduled for June 25-28

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz SocietyJazz, dance, and revelry are the focus of America’s Classic Jazz Festival, taking place June 25-28, 2015, on the Saint Martin’s University CampusMarcus Pavilion in Lacey. Plenty of dance lessons, great bands, and four large dance floors are sure to provide a wonderful time for all. This year music-lovers can listen and dance to Pacific Northwest favorites such as Uptown Lowdown from Bellevue. Or take in jazz greats like Grand Dominion, Tom Hook and his Terriers, High Sierra, and Yerba Buena Stompers. Guest stars include Bob Draga and Katie Cavera. Tom Rigney and flambeau will cover the Cajun and zydeco two steps. The festival band lineup is jazz history on stages in Lacey.Other festival features include on-site RV parking, shuttle service, parasol parades, a swing set, and After Glow Party. This four day festival has been running for twenty five years and has been hosted in Lacey since 2002.Jazz fans from twenty-two states are attracted to this festival and it is known for the good line up of bands and location. Most are from BC, Oregon, and California. Linked to the 2015 festival is a seven day round cruise trip to Alaska on the ms Amsterdam with festival bands High Sierra, Tom Hook Trio, and Fat Babies Classic.This festival is a family friendly event. Students 14-22 with identification can get an all event badge for fifteen dollars. On Sunday Morning there will be special free jazz gospel program featuring Marilyn Keller with the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band from Portland.For more information and the schedule of 96 performances of the 13 bands check the web at www.olyjazz.comlast_img read more

Captain Marvel: Sunil Chhetri on how India can fight Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ANIAdvertisement jfoq95NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vstuh7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8jmg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lqkWould you ever consider trying this?😱iya5Can your students do this? 🌚tlcxhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic had made its presence in India, several iconic sportspersons and celebrities have taken a step ahead to advise their fellow citizens on the necessary precautions and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the newest stalwart from the sporting fraternity to join up on the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, who has teamed up with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a campaign named ‘BreakTheChain’, which aims to tackle further contamination of the virus in the population.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ANIAlong with Sunil Chhetri, the campaign also featured former Indian captain and legendary footballer Baichung Bhutia, Myanmar football team skipper Kyaw Zin Thet and Sun Wen, the vice president of Chinese Football Association (CFA) and one of the greatest players ever in women’s football. A total of more than 50 footballers and officials from Asia showed their support for the campaign.With the objective to “inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times”, as stated by AFC, the ‘BreakTheChain’ was launched on Thursday and has outlined the basic guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments, and is urging the citizens to abide by them.Advertisement “Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chhetri was quoted by IANS at the campaign in Kuala Lumpur today, “I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local governments. It is our responsibility to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.”India, which has already seen the number of confirmed cases crossing the 1000 mark, with 25 deaths, is currently under a 21-day lock down until 14th April.Advertisement Chhetri, 35, encouraged his fellow citizens to work as a team to curb the further spread of the virus in the country’s population.“Let’s work together – as a team – to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon,” the striker added.However, this is not the first time that the veteran footballer has reached out to the Indian public. Last week, Chhetri uploaded a video on his official Twitter handle, urging the citizens to remain in their homes to fight the virus outbreak. Check it out below-Also read-See which Indian cricketer ICC is hailing for his efforts against CoronavirusRead which Indian cricketer just donated Rs 52 Lahks for the fight against Coronvirus Advertisementlast_img read more