IRS Opportunity Zones FAQ

first_imgIRS Opportunity Zones FAQ Anyway, back to the conference. Steve Forbes opened for it and he said there are over $6 trillion in unrealized capital gains in the U.S. Forbes says there are over $6 trillion in unrealized capital gains in the U.S.Let’s say you bought $25,000 worth of stock many years ago. Today, it’s worth $300,000. You’ve put off selling it because you don’t want to pay tax on the capital gain.Using this incentive, you could sell that stock and pay no capital gains tax if you reinvest the proceeds into a qualifying investment located in one of the over 8,700 opportunity zones. That investment can be a business, real estate, or an equity investment. As long as it meets the criteria laid out by the IRS, you won’t pay capital gains tax.The idea behind the incentive is to funnel investment dollars into areas previously passed over by big money investors. The opportunity zones in my town are right next to mega-developments. I looked at a property recently that qualifies. I’m working on an offer right now, as I think this area will see a surge of investment in the coming years.There’s also a requirement that you hold the opportunity zone investment for at least 10 years. The idea there is to avoid hot money moving in then out just to save on taxes, so these areas have a chance to see real, long-term capital investment.It is important to talk to an up-to-date CPA before making these moves. My CPA knew all about it when I brought it up. The requirements are important to follow but not as difficult as you’d imagine.Domestic Emerging MarketsNew Jersey Senator Cory Booker also spoke at the conference. He was the mayor of Newark when it was a dump. He calls opportunity zones “domestic emerging markets.”Booker used private-sector incentives to lure developers and investors to Newark. It worked. By the end of his term, Newark accounted for one-third of all the building permits in New Jersey while housing only 6% of the population.Regardless of his politics, Booker got this issue right. He was a big supporter of the opportunity zone legislation. He spoke about Newark’s success and his hope the entire country would experience the same. I found this pretty right-minded for a guy who’s generally on the far left.It’s a reminder that opportunity zones are about real tax incentives, not politics.Still in the Warm-UpIn addition to Booker and Steve Forbes, I heard from basketball legend David Robinson, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Facebook President Sean Parker. The consensus among all of these speakers was we’re not even in the first inning of opportunity zone investing.You’ll hear more about opportunity zones in the coming years. If it’s something you think would work for you, now is the time to take action.There is no limit to the number of investors who can form opportunity zone investment funds to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime tax incentive.While savvy investors have heard about these zones, few have filed the forms needed to make investments.Goldman Sachs jumped on this early, forming eight funds specifically dedicated to opportunity zone investments. Several large banks, billionaire families, and notable investors have done the same.When we look back on this time, we’ll see this tax incentive helped quick-thinking investors defer taxes for decades. We’ll see it allowed those fortunes to grow while others faced taxes.If you’re sitting on big investment gains, you might want to look into this now.We’ve put together a detailed report that shows you how to find opportunity zones in your area… how the program works… and much more. Subscribers can access it here.If you’re not a subscriber, I just released a brand-new video that explains this opportunity in more detail. This is one of the single greatest tax incentives in U.S. history. And it’s critical for anyone wanting to take advantage of this new tax law to look into it now.If you’re interested, you can go here to start watching.Regards, Economic Innovation Group Opportunity Zones FAQ Justin’s note: It’s one of the most lucrative opportunities we’ve seen this year… and no one’s talking about it.We’ve found a unique way to save on gains from the stock market – without getting in trouble with the law. In fact, it actually comes straight from the government.Millionaires and billionaires are already taking advantage. But the average investor can get in on this opportunity, too.That’s why we’re turning to E.B. Tucker, editor of Strategic Investor, to explain how it works. Read on for how you can make a fortune by capitalizing on “opportunity zones”…  By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorImagine paying no capital gains tax – zero tax on the biggest gain of your life. It’s possible… and you don’t have to be a billionaire or even a millionaire to do it.Earlier this month, a close friend invited me to a small, one-day conference in Newark, New Jersey. What I learned could be the single most important piece of investment knowledge you’ll hear about during the Trump presidency.If you scan news headlines for weeks, you won’t hear one mention of this from the mainstream media. In the constant drumbeat of hysteria and bogus investigations, a trillion-dollar tax incentive for investors of all sizes doesn’t get any airtime.The small conference I attended was all about taking advantage of this tax incentive. It has to do with “opportunity zones.” They’re a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. E.B. at the Forbes Opportunity Zones Summit in Newark, New Jersey.The government has a specific definition of an opportunity zone. Among other things, at least 20% of the residents need to be below the poverty line. Unemployment needs to be greater than 14%. Generally, these are areas passed over by big investors.However, opportunity zones are not war zones. There are over 8,700 of them. That’s about one-in-eight census tracts in the country. This map put together by the Economic Innovation Group has a search feature so you can see if there’s one in your town. Roughly one-in-eight census tracts is an opportunity zone.How These Things WorkBuried deep in the 2017 tax bill is an incentive like none I’ve seen come out of Washington in my career. When people look back on this law years from now, they’ll think two things.First, this is a big private-sector incentive to solve an even bigger public-sector problem. With what I know now, I think it will work. The history books will call it the most productive tax incentive ever.Second, it’s the only chance I know of to pay zero capital gains tax on profits while controlling where that money goes next. Most tax incentives mean handing over your hard-earned fortune to a glad-handing philanthropist. In this case, you maintain control. You also keep future profits.These two links will answer some of the more detailed questions about how opportunity zone investments work: E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorJustin’s note: As regular readers know, E.B. is always on top of the latest trends to help you grow your wealth. And he has his eye on more than just opportunity zones right now…That’s why we want to invite you to the second annual Legacy Investment Summit this September in Southern California. You’ll have the chance to talk to E.B. about opportunity zones and all the other money-making ideas on his radar.Plus, all your favorite Casey Research gurus will be there, including Doug Casey… Marco Wutzer… Dave Forest… Nick Giambruno… and more.Don’t wait to book your spot. Go here to reserve your ticket now.last_img read more

Theres no shortage of statistics about the depth

first_imgThere’s no shortage of statistics about the depth of America’s opioid epidemic — there were 72,000 overdose deaths just last year — but numbers don’t tell the whole story. Beth Macy takes a ground-level look at the crisis in Dopesick, a new book focusing on central Appalachia. Macy has spent three decades reporting on the region, focusing on social and economic trends and how they affect ordinary people — she says this area is the birthplace of the modern opioid epidemic.Dopesick explores the lives of young heroin users and their long-suffering parents, and takes an intimate look at drug dealers and the cops, judges, doctors and health activists struggling to fight the epidemic. Macy also details the actions of executives of a pharmaceutical company that aggressively marketed opioids. Many users became addicted to drugs such as OxyContin when the medications were prescribed for pain, and moved to heroin when it became harder to get more pills.Macy says she herself grew up with a father who was addicted to alcohol, which made addiction a particularly difficult subject to tackle.”The only way I could stand to write this book was to write about the people fighting back — so the families and the first responders. …,” she says. “My goal was to mobilize people to care about this.”Interview HighlightsOn how Ronnie Jones, a drug dealer in Woodstock, Va., smuggled heroin into the areaThis is an area where there … had been a lot of workplace injuries and the pill problem had been going on for quite some time. So Ronnie found a connection in Harlem and he started sending runners or mules up to New York on the Chinatown bus. The heroin was packaged in these hockey puck-shaped-like disks that fit inside a Pringles can.So these young women — largely addicted women themselves — would go up. He would pay them extra — he would pay them “in heroin” as he called it — and they would sneak them back. They look like snacks on the bus — like typically tucked inside Pepperidge Farm cookie bags or Pringles cans inside of a Walmart bag. And so he would bring it back and he would sell it and make a lot of money, and he had a lot of people dealing for him. …By the time the feds came after him … there were 84 people on a pyramid chart with his name at the top, him and another dealer. Some of the names at the bottom of the chart were crossed out because they had already overdosed. They were tree trimmers. They were high school wrestlers. They were young women who had grown up in foster care. They were people who had been addicted to pills and now they were addicted to heroin.On how Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContinThe FDA let them make this squishy claim that because of OxyContin’s brand new time-release mechanism — which was supposed to allow the pill to bleed out over 12 hours — the FDA allowed them to say that that mechanism was believed to reduce abuse and addiction. And then the marketing team at Purdue went into a full frenzy with that. …The sales reps went out … bought data — physician prescribing information — and they went to the communities where competing opioids were already being prescribed in large quantities. So they went to these distressed communities … where there were loggers, tree trimmers, coal miners, furniture factory workers, people who had legitimate pain — and had used Vicodin, Percocet, Lortab, immediate release opioids — and they sent their reps out to doctors with this notion that addiction with this drug is “exquisitely rare,” or only happens in “less than 1 percent of all cases.” … Then they hired doctors, nurses and pharmacists — 5,000 of them — to go to seminars and to become paid speakers for OxyContin. …Opioids for a whole century had only been used for very severe pain — end of life pain. [And the company’s goal] was to make it acceptable for moderate pain. … The more milligrams [sales representatives] talked doctors into prescribing, the bigger their bonus was — bonuses as high as $100,000 a quarter, just in bonuses alone.On a criminal case against OxyContinThe parent company, Purdue Frederick, pled guilty to felony misbranding charges. The executives, they got it negotiated down … they would only plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. All the parents [of people who overdosed on OxyContin] on the stand that day said they should go to jail. Even prosecutors in the office now — who are just deluged with heroin cases — say they should have gone to jail because, in a white collar crime, if nobody goes to jail the crime is just going to continue. … Of course OxyContin continued being sold, the same formulation for three more years.On how Purdue has continued since the suit[Purdue] reformulated the drug in 2010. A lot of people believe that they only did it because their patent was about to expire. Opioid makers and distributors — they’ve spent almost a billion dollars on political lobbying and campaigns. They’ve continued deluging American communities with these drugs. I mean, if you look at Eric Eyre’s reporting, which won a Pulitzer last year out of Charleston, he writes about a tiny town — Kermit, West Va. — that has 400-some people. They were sending 9 million pills to that town. And how do they not know that those drugs were being widely diverted and abused?On many rehab centers not offering medication like buprenorphine to help addicts manage opioid dependenceMost rehab centers in America do not offer medication assisted therapy. … Rehab centers historically came out of treating alcoholism and they are [Alcoholics Anonymous] and [Narcotics Anonymous]-based largely, which just isn’t as effective with opioid use disorder — effective in 10 or 11 percent — as opposed to medication assisted therapies, which have shown to prevent overdose deaths in 40 to 60 percent. That’s a tough thing to get better from.John Kelly at Harvard [University] says it takes the typical opioid use disorder patient eight years and five to six treatment attempts to achieve just one year of sobriety.On remembering each death is a tragedyWe lost 72,000 people last year — up 10 percent from the year before. And every one of those 72,000 people and their family members and their friends, that’s a tragedy. This is an unprecedented level of a drug epidemic, and we really need a comprehensive model to mitigate it. … I think we just have to have leadership at the state, at the local, at the federal level of a big scale and intensity.Phyllis Myers and Mooj Zadie produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Molly Seavy-Nesper and Beth Novey adapted it for Shots. Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

A new poll by NPR and Ipsos finds a third of Ameri

first_imgA new poll by NPR and Ipsos finds a third of Americans have been touched directly by the deadly opioid epidemic that still kills more than 100 people every day. “One in three have been personally affected in some way, either by knowing someone who has overdosed or by knowing someone with an opioid addiction,” said Mallory Newall, lead Ipsos researcher on the survey.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 200,000 Americans have died from prescription opioid overdoses since the addiction crisis began in the late 1990s, after pharmaceutical companies began aggressively marketing highly addictive painkillers.The survey found that 57% of Americans now say pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for making the crisis worse. The issue cuts across partisan and ideological divides. “It’s something, no matter your age, your gender, no matter where you live, your party affiliation, that people believe in large numbers,” Newall added.Support is even higher — more than 70% — for making drug companies pay the cost of addiction treatment services and cover the cost of the drug naloxone, used to revive people who’ve overdosed.These results reflect a perilous moment for drugmakers and distributors like Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and McKesson. They’re some of the biggest companies in the U.S. and were once among the most trusted. But, speaking in Atlanta at an addiction conference on Tuesday, President Trump spoke of the industry as a pariah.”We are holding Big Pharma accountable; they should be accountable,” he said to applause, pointing to new federal criminal indictments against executives unveiled in New York this week.Trump shared the stage with Tom Murphy, a state police narcotics investigator from Virginia whose son died in 2017 after using prescription painkillers to treat a hand injury and then spiraling into addiction.”Twelve days before Christmas, he passed away of a heroin and fentanyl overdose. His name was Matthew Jason Murphy,” said Murphy. He called for the stigma experienced by those suffering from addiction to be replaced by compassion and treatment.Hundreds of lawsuitsThe NPR/Ipsos survey found that Americans personally affected in this way by the epidemic are even more eager to see drug companies held accountable. Big Pharma has already been flooded with more than 1,600 civil lawsuits stemming from the opioid crisis.This week the Justice Department arrested executives who worked for a major prescription drug distributor called Rochester Drug Cooperative — one of the companies that ship large quantities of opioids from manufacturers to local pharmacies.”It is the first time executives of a pharmaceutical distributor and the distributor itself have been charged with drug trafficking,” said Jeff Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.At a news conference on Tuesday, he said that one of the company’s executives has pleaded guilty and that the firm has itself admitted wrongdoing, agreeing to pay a $20 million fine. Executives allegedly funneled prescription opioid pills to pharmacies that then sold them on the black market.”This epidemic has been driven by greed,” Berman said, making it clear this case reflects a shift by federal prosecutors. “Our office will do everything in its power to bring to justice anyone responsible for unlawfully fueling this opioid epidemic, and that includes executives who illegally distribute drugs from their boardrooms.”Company executives with a firm called Insys Therapeutics are already facing federal criminal charges in Massachusetts relating to their marketing of prescription opioids. Jurors are currently deliberating in that case.Drug companies contacted by NPR in recent weeks maintain they acted responsibly, marketing opioids appropriately and helping respond to the addiction crisis.But the NPR/Ipsos survey found that a majority of Americans don’t accept that narrative. Seventy percent of those polled said even after companies pay fines and penalties, they should be forced to publicly disclose details of the role they played fueling the epidemic.”The American public is really looking to hold companies accountable, and they want more transparency to help stop the opioid crisis,” said Newall of Ipsos. Copyright 2019 NCPR. To see more, visit NCPR.last_img read more

Orangetheorys 60minute group classes are led by

first_imgOrangetheory’s 60-minute group classes are led by trained coaches and include both cardio and strength training.Last updated on June 18th, 2019 at 11:14 amWhen local entrepreneur Kevin Scharnek first stepped foot in an Orangetheory Fitness studio in 2012, he had never heard of the company.He was in southern Florida for a business trip and decided to take a class to get some exercise. The Boca Raton-based fitness franchise had launched two years prior and, at the time, operated about 35 studios in the U.S., Scharnek said.Seven years later, Scharnek is Wisconsin’s franchise owner and has opened six (soon to be eight) of the nine Orangetheory Fitness locations throughout the state. And the company has expanded to more than 1,100 locations in 49 states and 22 countries. The fitness concept is based on achieving a target heart rate zone that yields physical results when maintained throughout a 60-minute, high-intensity interval training session. Classes incorporate treadmills, rowing machines and various strength-building equipment.Orangetheory belongs to an increasingly popular industry category known as boutique or studio fitness. Such concepts differ from traditional gyms of the past by offering specialized, instructor-led classes, rather than rows of treadmills and weight machines. Boutique gyms are characterized by specific disciplines – cycling, barre, yoga, HIIT, CrossFit – and seek to give members a personalized, hands-on experience and a sense of community, experts say.Consumers in recent years have responded to this model.According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, studio membership grew by 121 percent from 2013 to 2017. According to a 2017 report by the same organization, 24.6 million Americans were members of a studio.When Scharnek discovered Orangetheory, the boutique fitness trend had been gathering steam throughout the East and West coasts, but had not yet hit the Midwest, he said.“I believed in and spent a lot of time talking to other (Orangetheory) owners – at the time there were very few – and other people that have tremendous fitness backgrounds, and felt that boutique fitness category was about to really take off,” he said. “And it has.”Wisconsin’s first Orangetheory opened in Brookfield in 2014, and since then, boutique and studio gyms have been popping up throughout the Milwaukee area.They include, but are not limited to, Milwaukee-based PowerCycle in Wauwatosa and Shorewood; Milwaukee-based Spire Fitness in the Historic Third Ward; Chicago-based Shred 415 on the East Side and in Elm Grove; Irvine, California-based Cycle Bar in Mequon and Brookfield; Chicago-based The Barre Code in the Third Ward; Milwaukee-based Brew City Fitness in Walker’s Point; Milwaukee Power Yoga on the East Side; San Diego-based Club Pilates in Mequon; Milwaukee-based Empower Yoga in the Third Ward and Whitefish Bay; Denver-based Pure Barre in Elm Grove and Whitefish Bay; AddeoFit in Glendale; and Orangetheory in the Third Ward, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Delafield and Mequon.The recent influx of fitness concepts has made the local market more competitive, especially for gyms that were initially ahead of the trend, said Jeff Winzenried, owner of Monkey Bar Gym in the Third Ward.Monkey Bar Gym first opened in Madison in 2000 and has since grown to operate 10 locations in Wisconsin, Washington, Colorado, New York, Louisiana, Montana, Connecticut and Canada. It offers functional fitness programs centered on natural training (“no machines, no shoes, no mirrors and no egos”), yoga and clean eating.Construction on the 1,300-square-foot addition at Anytime Fitness in Wauwatosa was completed in April 2018.Winzenried, who has been a trainer for 15 years, opened the company’s Milwaukee affiliate location in 2011, during a time when there were only a handful of boutique gyms in the area, he said. But as that quickly changed over the past five years, Winzenried has worked to adapt his business to industry trends.“For me personally, as a business owner of a gym that’s been around for eight years and who’s been a trainer for this long and has seen the changes (in the industry), you’ve got to be on the cutting edge, on the leading edge of these trends because now, everybody else is catching up to what we were doing for the past 20 years,” he said.Right now, being on that cutting edge means improving the customer experience, Winzenried said. Consumer-facing industries, including fitness, retail and entertainment, have seen a shift toward an experience-driven economy in recent years as people choose to spend more money on experiences than they do on products. This trend, which research has shown is heavily driven by the millennial generation, has changed the way many businesses attract and retain customers.The industry’s boutique fitness category is no stranger to this phenomenon, especially because the average age of a studio gym member is 30 years old, according to the IHRSA.“The consumer is moving from product and price to the customer experience as being their No. 1 buying decision,” Winzenried said. “…The client experience has to be genuine.”For Monkey Bar Gym members, that experience is made up of factors such as its downtown location, unlimited access to its nearly 70 classes each week (for a $100 to $150 monthly fee), its social media presence, and “close-knit” trainers and staff – most of whom started off as members themselves, Winzenried said.On a much larger scale, the Orangetheory experience is defined by its well-known brand, but more so by its use of technology, Scharnek said.Each class participant wears a heart rate monitor that tracks his or her beats per minute and calories burned, and broadcasts those numbers on big screens during the workout. That data is then stored for members to access later through their online account.“After every class, I know exactly how many minutes I was in the orange or red (heart rate) zone, how many calories, what my average heart rate is and, if I’m interested, I can go back and look at the week, the month, the year – I have access to all of that data at my fingertips and I think that’s so important to consumers,” Scharnek said. But whether it’s a multinational or locally-owned studio, a major draw to and experiential aspect of boutique fitness concepts seems to be the sense of community or camaraderie offered to their members. That same aspect could also be a driving factor of the rapid growth within the boutique fitness sector and the decline or slower growth of other fitness categories.Such was the case for Anytime Fitness in Wauwatosa.When general manager and co-owner Jen Dunnington took on her current role in 2016, the 24-hour health club lacked a culture and opportunities for members to engage with the gym and with each other, she said.An advocate for community building, Dunnington got to work implementing programs such as monthly challenges to help members feel more involved and connected.Those efforts later gave way to a 1,300-square-foot addition to the facility, allowing the fitness center to bulk up its coaching services and offer group fitness classes. The $100,000 project was part of a larger corporate initiative to keep up with the boutique and class-based fitness trends, Dunnington said.“It’s bringing in that Orangetheory idea of working with a group; however, for the people who don’t want to do that, we still wanted to keep the 24/7 access,” she said. “It gives us the chance to work with more people, and then the members really get to know each other that way, too.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_img6 a.m. 7 a.m. Sunday Saturday 1390 AM WFIN 7 a.m. 6 a.m. WSRW 106.5 FM Defiance For Immediate Release February 12, 2009COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Gov. Ted Strickland, House Speaker Armond Budish and Senate President Pro Tempore Tom Niehaus are the featured guests on this week’s broadcast of Town Hall Ohio. The three Ohio officials were participants in the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) annual Ag Day at the Capitol legislative rally.The three state leaders will discuss education reform, state budget challenges and other current policy issues.Also during the program, Ohio Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs talks about the impact of budget cuts on food safety protections. Ryan Augsburger of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association critiques Ohio’s laws allowing citizen initiated legislation. OFBF First Vice President Steve Hirsch and OFBF staff member Adam Sharp explain the organization’s public policy activities and its current priority issues. Town Hall Ohio is an award winning weekly public policy discussion forum, and is produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation with the financial support of Nationwide Insurance. The program airs on the following stations, or can be downloaded Saturday 7 a.m. Chillicothe Sunday Norwalk WBZI Sunday 6 a.m. Columbus Findlay 1280 AM Saturday Napoleon 5 a.m. 95.3 FM WBLL 1130 AM 6 a.m. Eaton Bellefontaine 1090 AM Saturday 1500 AM Sunday -30-CONTACT: Joe Cornely PHONE: (614) 246-8230 E-MAIL: Saturday WLKR WTVN WKFI Wilmington 1230 AM Saturday Xenia 11 a.m. 7 a.m. 610 AM FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment WCWA WONW 103.1 FM Saturday 7 a.m. WNDH Toledo WEDI 1330 AM FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Commentlast_img read more

New Baptisimal Font

first_img New Baptisimal Font 1 of 21 Saint Leonard Church after restoration St. Vincent M. Strambi, 18th century bishopSt. Paul of the Cross: Founder of the Passionists congregationSt. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother: ReligiousSt. Gemma Galgani: Virgin and MysticSt. Maria Goretti: Virgin and MartyrAt the conclusion of the Mass, a special presentation was made by members of the Saint Joseph Society who have donated $1 million toward the restoration of the church. Benefactor Nick Ferreri also challenged Boston’s business community toward a $1 million donation and matching program. Following the Mass and presentations, a reception was held complete with a cake in the shape of St. Leonard’s Church. 1 of 11 Mural above the alter New handmade pews and organ balcony Restored columns and side panels with new pews and flooring Restored alter of Saint Leonard Church Announcement of the Dec. 17th Mass with Cardinal O’Malleycenter_img Hundreds packed into Saint Leonard Church on Sunday, December 17th as Cardinal Sean O’Malley joined the Franciscan Friars to reopen the iconic church and perform the consecration of the new altar. On hand were Fr. Antonio Nardoianni, Fr. Claude Scrima from St. Leonard’s and dozens of local clergy along with a standing room only crowd at the restored church that recently underwent a $3+ million and year-long renovation project.The renovation touched nearly all aspects of the historic structure including the refurbishment of the stained-glass windows, gilt ceiling and frescoes throughout the church. New lighting fixtures make the church brighter along with a white porcelain tile floor. Cherry, handmade pews were custom designed and are now arranged around a center aisle. The marble altar was once located downstairs in Saint Antony Chapel and has been completely restored. Also, a new Baptismal font and podium are made out of white marble. Lastly, the church has been upgraded with accessibility features and new restrooms.It is customary to erect an altar over the graves of martyrs’ tombs, as in the ancient Church, where Mass was celebrated in catacombs. Relics embedded under the altar of St. Leonard Church include:*Advertisement* New weather enclosed entrance to the church Outside in the St. Leonard’s Peace Garden Fr. Antonio led the restoration efforts The alter will be completed for the Dec. 17th consecration. St. Leonard Church – After Restoration (Photos by Matt Conti) Reopening of Saint Leonard Church and Altar Consecration See more photos of St. Leonard Church and the reopening/alter consecration Mass.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

LOOK MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in P

first_imgLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros SMC bags Bulacan airport project Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Primary Group sends relief goods to Bohol MCIAA general manager Nigel Paul Villarete personally handed over the check to Gov. Hilario Davide III in his office at the Capitol yesterday morning.“This is part of our commitment to both provinces that we will always lend a helping hand,” said Villarete.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe financial assistance was approved on Oct. 17 during the regular meeting of the MCIAA board. He said the amount came from their corporate social responsibility fund.Villarete said he will be going to Bohol Tuesday next week to hand over the P1 million financial aid. Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensioncenter_img Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time He said the donation is intended for the continuing relief operations and infrastructure rehabilitation in Bohol.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMeanwhile, Governor Davide also received a donation of P200,000 from the Philippine Association of Superintendents earlier that morning.Regional Director Carmelita Dulangon of the Department of Education in Central Visayas was present to receive the check on behalf of the department and the province.“This will really be of great help,” said Davide.As classes in the province resume on Nov. 4 and while there are still many school buildings declared as “unsafe,” Davide said the amount will be used to acquire tents for the school children.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Airport general manager to give another P1M to BoholThe Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) has given P1 million to Cebu province and will be giving another P1 million to Bohol next week as aid to the victims of the recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal “They can hold classes there in the meantime,” Davide said. /CORRESPONDENT VICTORY ANTHONY SILVARead Next View commentslast_img read more

FFWPU USA Unificationists know that the family is

first_imgFFWPU USA: Unificationists know that the family is the key to creating a peaceful world, and at the center of every healthy family is a healthy marriage. The local Blessing & Family Ministry (BFM) of the Worcester Family Church set out to strengthen the marriages in its community. They invited Debby Gullery, a trained marriage educator and relationship coach, to present a one-day marriage enrichment seminar. Debby has many years of experience working with the national BFM and conducting seminars around the country.The seminar, called “Teaming Up For Victory”, was held on Saturday, October 18, at a local library and was well-attended by couples of all ages. It was upbeat, practical and skills-based, and included presentations on marriage as a spiritual path, the importance of forgiveness, and effective communication. Each presentation concluded with a new skill or tool for couples to learn and practice in their daily lives. Throughout the day, participants recognized that the most important spiritual growth takes place in marriage, and that with intention and investment everyone is capable of improving themselves and their loving relationships.Dimitry Vilchitsky, Pastor of the Worcester Family Church, appreciated the solid content and research, excellent, clear presentations, and great practical steps. He concluded, “I feel it already changing the way I see relationships!”Rev. Dimitri and his wife, as well as several members of their local BFM team, met with Debby for dinner following the event to talk about current challenges and possible initiatives. Their discussion yielded many creative ideas and inspirations for continuing to strengthen marriages and families in Worcester. Read Morelast_img read more

By FFWPU USA On Monday June 6 around 140 Unific

first_imgBy FFWPU USA: On Monday, June 6, around 140 Unificationists gathered at East Garden to continue the celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Yankee Stadium rally with True Mother. Over breakfast, True Mother spoke once again about America’s God-given responsibility and the significance of her identity as the only begotten Daughter of God, while elaborating on the necessity for Unificationists to create a culture that will not only reflect God’s ideal to the world but will guide the world to realize that ideal. The above is a video recap of this morning gathering.The following are selected excerpts from True Mother’s address:“Now, the time has come to reveal the truth. Why is that? Because the only begotten Daughter has been born. God’s wish is to embrace all of humanity as His children through True Parents, to realize one family under the Heavenly Parent. The Heavenly Parent is to become the parent of all humanity. That was the purpose of God’s creation.”“What is the mission of America? It is to embrace the world and stand as the Elder Son nation before the world.“The reason America could be the Elder Son nation was because your ancestors, the Puritan Fathers, made many blessings. That is why it was possible. Why did heaven bless these ancestors? It was so that when the returning Messiah came to this earth, an environment could be made ready to support the returning Messiah.”“As we lead our daily lives, human beings are seeking happiness, freedom, peace and unity. Behind each of these words there needs to be art, such as expressing beauty through paintings, through music, and through beautiful melodies. That is very important. In the past, there were many famous artists, especially in the Christian cultural sphere. There were many outstanding artists who were born, yet, regrettably, they were unable to express the dream of the Heavenly Parent….“Instead of these things, we want to portray the restored Garden of Eden, the place where we attend Heavenly Parent and True Parents. We want to portray the kind of artistic life that citizens of Cheon Il Guk will live. If we can portray that kind of life through art, how happy that will make us!”last_img read more


first_img LIFESTYLEMONEYLISTS Google announced it’s bringing live streaming TV to YouTube with its new service, YouTube TV.From Google’s blog and  YouTube’s blog:“…there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.”The service is month-to-month with no contract, and costs $35 a month. With it, customers can stream 44 channels, including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, SyFy, and more. For an additional cost, which has yet to be disclosed, you can add Showtime and/or Fox Soccer Plus.Membership also includes access to YouTube Red, which features original internet shows and movies.Subscribers can also record any live-streamed show to a cloud DVR for later viewing. There is no storage limit on the cloud DVR.YouTube TV is supported on any mobile, tablet, or desktop screen, and works with Google Chromecast (stick or built-in a smart TV). The app also works on both Android and iOS.One membership provides six accounts. This allows different members in the same household their own customized viewing and channel options. One account also lets you stream up to three devices concurrently.The service is not yet available, but the Google blog post says it will be live in the U.S. market “soon.” You can sign up now to receive a notification when it’s live.Households continue to give up standard TV for internet-streamed content. A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that TV ownership in homes declined since 2009. The number of homes without any TVs at all has risen. More viewers are using mobile devices to view content.Here is an account of the pros and cons of weaning off of cable TV to internet TV. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more

How to Watch the Patriots Super Bowl Parade

first_imgHow to Watch the Patriots’ Super Bowl Parade The duck boats are ready to go. 2/6/2017, 10:14 a.m. Print By Kyle Scott Clauss· Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.*center_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Photo by Olga KhvanYou watched the Patriots pull off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and now you want to take to the streets. We get that.Mayor Marty Walsh announced the date and start time for the Patriots’ victory parade late Sunday night. The Super Bowl champs will board the duck boats Tuesday at 11 a.m., so plan accordingly.A parade celebrating tonight’s #SuperBowl Champs @Patriots, will be held on Tuesday (2/7) at 11:00am. See you there! #Patriots #OneMore ✔️— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) February 6, 2017“Congratulations to the greatest team, the greatest coach, and the greatest quarterback of all time for winning their fifth Super Bowl victory in Houston,” Walsh said in a statement. “The Patriots have made Boston and New England proud—fire up the duck boats!”By the looks of it, the weather doesn’t seem likely to cooperate. A mix of rain and snow is expected, with gusts up to 24 miles per hour. So bundle up, should you chose to celebrate with the team.Thousands of fans attended the 2015 parade, which saw Rob Gronkowski, clad in a knit Minions hat, chug a few beers while hanging half his body out the amphibious rig.last_img read more

Heres What You Can Buy for 350000 Right Now

first_img Photo via J. Barrett & Company1. 55 Sprague Street, ReverePrice: $350,000Size: 1,203 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2Photo via Charles Street Garage2. 144 Charles Street, Beacon HillPrice: $350,000Size: —Bedrooms: —Baths: —Photo via Street & Company3. 7 Hereford Street #2, Back BayPrice: $350,000Size: 331 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Photo via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate4. 334 Beacon Spot 2, Back BayPrice: $350,000Size: —Bedrooms: —Baths: —Photo via Carlton’s Wharf & Co.5. 109 Eutaw Street #2, East BostonPrice: $350,000Size: 958 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1 Print For Sale/Rent Here’s What You Can Buy for $350,000 Right Now Would you rather have a cute little cape in Revere or a parking spot in Beacon Hill? 000 By Madeline Bilis· center_img Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 6/15/2017, 1:37 p.m. last_img read more

Gymnast Nastia Liukin Is Teaching a Bootcamp Class at the Pru

first_img By Jamie Ducharme· Gymnast Nastia Liukin Is Teaching a Bootcamp Class at the Pru The five-time Olympic medalist will lead a free HIIT class. 7/11/2017, 9:36 a.m. Print Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.*center_img Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 000 Photo via APUPDATED, July 18, 2017:Nastia Liukin’s bootcamp class has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. The Prudential Center will still offer a free bootcamp class that night, taught by local instructor Samantha Poccia. Register for the class and find more information here.Original story:How many people can say their fitness instructor is a five-time Olympic medalist? Not many—but for one day, at least, you can be among them.This month, gymnast Nastia Liukin, who won the all-around gold in the 2008 Olympics, will teach a special free bootcamp class through the Prudential Center’s Fit on the Garden series. The workout follows fellow gymnast and Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s appearance at the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest in May. Do we sense a joint fitness venture in their future?Liukin’s class is scheduled for July 26. She’ll take participants through a grueling HIIT workout before heading to the Under Armour store for a meet-and-greet with (sweaty) fans. There will also be food and drink provided by Sweetgreen and Bai.While the website says registration is full, Prudential Center representatives say there should be plenty of room for day-of sign-ups. The class begins at 6 p.m., so arrive a little early to secure your spot.Free, 6 p.m. Prudential Center South Garden, 800 Boylston St., Boston, read more