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    Sunstone Hotel Investors Announces The Sale Of The 502-Room Renaissance Los Angeles Airport For $91.5 Million – PRNewswire - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (the "Company" or "Sunstone") (NYSE: SHO), the owner of Long-Term Relevant Real Estate in the hospitality sector, today announced the sale of the 502-room Renaissance Los Angeles Airport for a gross sale price of $91.5 million, or approximately $182,300 per key. The sale price represents a 12.2x multiple on 2019 Hotel Adjusted EBITDAre and a 6.8% capitalization rate on 2019 Hotel Net Operating Income. The disposition of the hotel furthers the Company's strategy of concentrating its portfolio into Long-Term Relevant Real Estate and further enhances the Company's liquidity.

    John Arabia, President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased to announce the sale of the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport at an attractive valuation compared to pre-COVID levels. The completed sale further concentrates our portfolio into Long-Term Relevant Real Estate and increases our already considerable liquidity. Our Company is well positioned to navigate the current environment and to capitalize on opportunities as they arise."

    About Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

    Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. is a lodging real estate investment trust ("REIT") that as of the date of this release has interests in 18 hotels comprised of 9,495 rooms. Sunstone's business is to acquire, own, asset manage and renovate or reposition hotels considered to be Long-Term Relevant Real Estate, the majority of which are operated under nationally recognized brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. For further information, please visit Sunstone's website at

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    We present the following non-GAAP financial measures, both of which are defined below, that we believe are useful to investors as key supplemental measures of our operating performance: hotel adjusted EBITDAre; and hotel net operating income. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance in accordance with GAAP. In addition, our calculation of these measures may not be comparable to other companies that do not define such terms exactly the same as the Company. These non-GAAP measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. They should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), cash flow from operations, or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect additional ways of viewing our operations that we believe, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We strongly encourage investors to review our financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.

    We adjust a hotel's EBITDAre as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), in its September 2017 white paper "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization for Real Estate." We make adjustments to a hotel's EBITDAre when evaluating our performance because we believe that the exclusion of certain additional items provides useful information to investors regarding our operating performance, and that the presentation of hotel adjusted EBITDAre, when combined with the primary GAAP presentation of a hotel's net income, is beneficial to an investor's complete understanding of our operating performance. In addition, we use hotel adjusted EBITDAre as a measure in determining the value of hotel acquisitions and dispositions. A complete description of items we adjust from EBITDAre can be found in our most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K. Copies of these reports are available on our website at and through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System ("EDGAR") at Specifically, we adjusted the full year 2019 EBITDAre generated by the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport by a $9,000 prior year property tax credit.

    We present hotel net operating income as hotel adjusted EBITDAre excluding a furniture, fixtures and equipment ("FF&E") reserve equal to 4.0% of the hotel's total revenue for the period. The ownership and maintenance of a hotel is capital intensive, and actual capital requirements for a given period may vary substantially from this reserve amount. We believe that the presentation of hotel net operating income, when combined with the primary GAAP presentation of a hotel's net income, is beneficial to an investor in understanding the potential capital expenditures that may be necessary to maintain a hotel during the period.

    For Additional Information:Bryan GigliaSunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.(949) 382-3036

    Aaron ReyesSunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.(949) 382-3018

    Hotel Adjusted EBITDAre Reconciliation (In thousands)

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    Other Adjustments


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    EBITDAre Multiple / Cap Rate (1)



    (1) EBITDAre Multiple reflects gross sale price divided by Hotel Adjusted EBITDAre. Cap Rate reflects Hotel Net Operating Income (after an assumed FF&E Reserve equal to 4% of Total Revenues) divided by gross sale price.

    SOURCE Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

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    Luther Haven renovations on the horizon – Monte News - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Danae Milbrandt|Montevideo American-News

    Luther Haven is in the process of securing financing for an ambitious building project that will not only update the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, but will change the entire look and feel of the building.

    According to Justin Hughes, administrator of Luther Haven, the project will happen in phases and is set to begin in early 2021 and last approximately three years. According to Hughes, the architect for the project is HGA, and the construction manager is McGough.

    Construction documents have been completed, and in the coming weeks we will be working with McGough on the bidding process and selecting contractors, said Hughes. Our goal is to keep the project as local as possible, and we are excited to start our project soon!

    Luther Haven is currently a 90-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility, with 86 private rooms with private bathrooms, and two double rooms with a shared bathroom. The facility has been in operation for 57 years, with the original building dating back to 1962, and with additions from 1973, 1974, and 1991. Connected to Luther Haven is the Copper Glen Assisted Living facility.

    After the original portion of Luther Haven was constructed in 1962, sequential constructs were added, and utilities stemming from the original 1962 building were added on to, again and again.

    The capacity of the original utilities was never intended for the size of the building that it has now grown to, which leads to various problems, Hughes explained. The existing infrastructure and the space available for utilities are not capable of supporting the upgrades needed to bring the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems up to modern standards. As such, a new addition is planned to contain a new utility plant that can support the building, both the needs today and the flexibility the future demands.

    Additionally, the existing portion of the building to remain is planned to be extensively renovated, so all systems throughout the building will be cohesive.

    Many of the residents of Luther Haven were born and raised in Montevideo, and as such there is a deep sense of community, and a dedication by its staff to serve its community and their families.

    Luther Haven would like to make an investment in their facility so that their community can continue to live and be cared for in their hometown. They see this as vitally important when so many residents have family and friends from the community that regularly visit and volunteer at the care center. This project will allow Luther Haven to elevate their standard of care and continue offering long-term care, short-term care, rehabilitation services, and assisted-living services, said Hughes.

    The new building is set to be organized around a new community center with a covered entry-canopy, a lobby, reception area, large-gathering group space, an activities room, conference rooms, a bistro, salon and barber, an exam room, therapy, and administrative offices.

    The new entry and overall building layout are designed to have a stronger presence from the street and more intuitive wayfinding, Hughes said. He continued, explaining that the current entrance in the existing building is unsubstantial and difficult to find.

    The new building will also include a neighborhood of 40 residents on either side of the community center, which will be divided into groups of 20. In addition, each household will have its own dedicated staff, so stronger relationships between residents and staff can evolve.

    Hughes said, Each neighborhood has all the necessary programs for daily functions, including living rooms, dining rooms, tub rooms, soiled and clean utility areas, clean supplies and linens, a nursing station, medication room, and staff and visitor restrooms.

    According to Hughes, the household model represents a significant shift in the care model for Luther Haven, with a culture change that will empower both residents and staff to have more choice and greater satisfaction in their space.

    This starts at the resident rooms, he said. All resident rooms but one will be private rooms, with private bathrooms. The double room will be a split double room with a partition between the two residents. Overall the rooms will be over 100 square feet larger in size than existing rooms so that residents so residents have a safe and private place that is their own.

    Bathrooms will also be configured with direct access and visibility from the resident bed, so the residents are better able to use the restroom independently.

    Another amenity offered by the renovations include spaces within the rooms and alcoves outside the residents doors that will give them opportunities to personalize their space with their belongings. Nurse servers at each room will have space for supplies, medications, and soiled linens, putting necessary supplies where staff can access them to reduce step-counts and allow more face-to-face interaction with the residents. In addition, there will also be two overnight guest suites that will be able to be used by family members.

    Another improvement made by the renovation will be common areas within the household that have been designed to a scale more like home, explained Hughes. They arent overly large and overwhelming as in the current layout. Open activity kitchens will be used for serving, and will allow residents to interact and help with meal preparation. The kitchens double as activity space, so that in-between meals, residents and their family can bake. Finishes and lighting throughout the building were also selected to have a residential appearance to further support the household model.

    Each neighborhood in the model will have a designated entrance that will establish a hierarchy of public to private space, from the main entry at the community center, the neighborhood entries, and the household common areas, to the resident room.

    Residents can feel more ownership over a space that is theirs, and staff can effectively monitor who is coming and going, said Hughes.

    He continued, adding that the building is designed to have a stronger connection to the outdoors so that residents have access to both views and natural lighting, and each neighborhood will have an enclosed patio space that residents can freely and safely go to whenever they please.

    They are located so that staff can easily monitor the residents through both visibility and technology.

    An entry canopy and porch space at the main entry are a place to gather and see who is coming and going, he continued, while the back courtyard off the community center has a garden and walking paths.

    When the project was initially proposed, staff, residents, and community members were involved in the early stages of planning to establish goals that would guide the design of a new, reformed care center. The goals establish benchmarks that aided in the decision-making process, and include:

    Increased resident satisfaction: providing more access to natural light and creating universal spaces and equipment so that care is consistent throughout the building, in addition to providing private bathrooms, increasing resident safety, and providing consistency in care.

    Increased staff satisfaction: reducing staff travel times by locating supplies and equipment where its needed most, providing quiet charting and MD areas, improving the medication distribution process through the use of nurse servers, and providing places for staff respite so they are able to feel more energized and engaged.

    Improved family and visitor experience: creating more space for family visits, increasing the privacy of the chapel, and providing a canopy and automatic doors at the entry for safer drop-offs.

    Increased staff efficiency: reducing travel distances and access to equipment, supplies, hospital, and residents so that staff can spend more time building relationships with residents.

    Enhancing the Luther Haven brand: designing an exterior that is more prominent from the street, creating a clearer and designated entry point to improve the entry experience, and improving wayfinding and signage.

    Additional and improved amenities: providing more community and family spaces, a bistro, walking paths, work areas for staff, and adequate space for all necessary functions of daily life.

    Improved access: access to care, access to support, access to public amenities, and access to the community.

    Improved resident outcomes and safety: better lighting, better interior finishes, better building organization and improved visibility to residents and nurse stations, as well as creating more staff time with residents.

    All in all, it sounds like Luther Haven has much planned for its residents and staff in the coming months that is going to improve both quality of life, as well as interaction and functionality between its employees and those seeking care within the facility.

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    ‘Elf’ fans can stay in a hotel suite inspired by Buddy the Elf – CNN - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    (CNN) When Buddy the Elf said the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, he clearly hadn't seen the holiday hotel room created in his honor.

    Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Mich., is offering a fully decked-out "Elf" suite for the holiday season. With 2020 being such a hard year, people need a way to celebrate safely said Royal Park Hotel spokesperson Sarah Osbourn.

    "We thought it would be a really cool idea, especially with people not feeling safe this year, to offer a holiday experience in a suite for them, so they can still feel safe, still get into the holiday spirit and have something fun to do," Osbourn said.

    Festive fun that's safe

    The hotel suite offers an alternative to the crowded Christmas festivities that have either been canceled or severely altered this year in Rochester. The town has had to cancel their annual Christmas market, Kris Kringle Market and Caroling in the City.

    Proceeds from the hotel suite will go toward funding The Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, Michigan.

    Courtesy Steven Robert Photography/Royal Park Hotel

    Guests get a fully immersive experience, including food inspired by Buddy's four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Upon arrival, guests will receive maple toasty tarts, chocolate-covered marshmallow snowballs, elf munch, which is a Chex mix with tasty additions including chocolate and marshmallows, and candy canes.

    The room itself is filled with movie references from the 2003 Christmas comedy "Elf," which stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. A prominent sign reading: "Santa I know him," hangs over the bed. The room's decor also includes more than 5,000 feet of handmade paper snowflake garland.

    The hotel partnered with Maker's Mark, so in addition to a Buddy-themed tree, there's also a tree decorated with Maker's Mark paraphernalia.

    One million glittering lights

    For the past 15 years, buildings in downtown Rochester have been lit up in more than one million glittering lights. So many lights cost a lot of money to power, said Rochester Downtown Development Authority executive director Kristi Trevarrow, who says fundraising is a huge help.

    The light show is also great for small businesses because it attracts visitors to the downtown area. Trevarrow has spoken to some business owners who have said that they make 30% to 40% of their annual revenue when the lights are on.

    Although some of the town's holiday events won't be taking place this year, Trevarrow said the light display has not been affected by the pandemic. The lights will be on at various times throughout December and January.

    Visitors pack downtown Rochester in 2018 to enjoy the festive lights.

    Downtown Rochester

    "They're on our main street so many people, for their comfort level, if they choose to not walk around, they can drive through and still enjoy the lights," Trevarrow said.

    Osbourn said that the Buddy the Elf hotel room is almost sold out, and Trevarrow is hopeful that this partnership can continue in the future.

    For "Elf" fans wishing to celebrate Christmas Buddy-style, the festive hotel room offers a holiday experience filled with plenty of Christmas cheer, paper snowflakes and candy canes for the whole family.

    'Elf' fans can stay in a hotel suite inspired by Buddy the Elf - CNN

    On the record December 9 – Seymour Tribune - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder


    Jackson County

    Martelle Towayne Conner, 50, Seymour, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, $355 bond, 8 p.m. Monday. Bond posted at 4:23 a.m. Tuesday.

    Justin R. Burns, 38, Austin, possession of a schedule I, II, III, IV, V controlled substance, no bond, 1:31 p.m. Tuesday.

    Fredy Jobany Mejia-Mejia, 30, Seymour, operating a vehicle while never having received a drivers license, 1:08 p.m. Tuesday. Released on his own recognizance, 1:14 p.m. Tuesday.


    Francisco Daniel Hernandez-Vazquez, 30, Seymour, operating a vehicle while intoxicated-endangerment, blood alcohol content 0.15% or greater, $705 bond, 3:47 a.m. Tuesday.

    Anthony Ryan Loudermilk, 35, Seymour, criminal trespassing, $705 bond, 11:54 p.m. Monday.

    Darin Keith Speckner, 47, Seymour, driving while suspended with a prior conviction within 10 years, no bond, 3:27 p.m. Monday.

    Christopher Lee Tucker, 35, Seymour, possession of methamphetamine, no bond, 8:20 a.m. Monday.

    Tyler Stephen Beatty, 46, Seymour, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, no bond, 7:25 a.m. Monday.


    Jackson County

    Property damage wreck, 2100 block of East County Road 25N, Brownstown, 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

    Theft of items, 8000 block of North County Road 1110E, Seymour, 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Gunshot, 4700 block of West Columbus Pike, Freetown, 11:18 p.m. Monday.

    Property damage wreck involving a semitrailer, 12200 block of East U.S. 50, Seymour, 6:07 p.m. Monday.

    Arrest of a wanted person, 600 block of East Fourth Street, Seymour, 1:05 p.m. Monday.

    Property damage wreck, 2200 block of West County Road 600N, Brownstown, 7:43 a.m. Monday.

    Property damage wreck involving a vehicle hitting a deer, 1500 block of West County Road 100N, Brownstown, 7:32 a.m. Monday.

    Property damage wreck involving a vehicle hitting a deer, 10500 block of North U.S. 31, Seymour, 6:26 a.m. Monday.


    Possible family fight, first block of Perry Street, 6:28 p.m. Monday.

    Theft of lights from a John Deere grader, 100 block of East Second Street, 10:33 a.m. Monday.


    Theft by a woman, Circle K, 719 N. Ewing St., 11:49 p.m. Monday.

    Disorderly conduct involving three homeless adults refusing to leave a residence, 200 block of Marley Lane, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

    Theft of items by two females, Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St., 7:21 p.m. Monday.

    Agency assist request from the Jackson County Sheriffs Department, East Tipton and South Park streets, 6:06 p.m. Monday.

    Parking problem involving a tan Nissan sport utility vehicle that has been parked in front of a residence for three days, 500 block of East Second Street, 3:43 p.m. Monday.

    Woman complaining her stepdaughters mother keeps knocking on their door and wont leave, 1300 block of West Second Street, 3:23 p.m. Monday.

    Disorderly conduct involving a fight between a mother and her daughter, 700 block of South Walnut Street, 2:56 p.m. Monday.

    Traffic hazard involving a man in a gray Chevrolet Impala blocking traffic, West Sixth Street and Community Drive, 1:17 p.m. Monday.

    Unconscious person, 100 block of Stevens Drive, 12:23 p.m. Monday.

    Theft, 300 block of Tanger Boulevard, 9:49 a.m. Monday.

    Suspicious activity, 1300 block of Jackson Park Place, 7:18 a.m. Monday.

    Agency assist request from the Department of Child Services, 600 block of West Fourth Street, 3:04 a.m. Monday.

    Suspicious navy blue van, 1700 block of South Walnut Street, 12:14 a.m. Monday.

    North Vernon

    Dispute in the parking lot of a store, 2200 block of North State Road 7, 8:57 p.m. Monday.

    Possible burglary in progress, West College Street area, 8:09 p.m. Monday.

    Property damage wreck, 1300 block of North State Street, 7:07 p.m. Monday.

    Fraud reported at the police department, 101 N. Madison Ave., 11:25 a.m. Monday.

    Jackson Superior Court I

    Small claims

    Mark E. Cunningham, 8305 W. Base Road, North Vernon, v. Brian Cain, 9829 E. County Road 340N, Seymour, seeking $6,000, filed Dec. 4.

    ULFS, 6863 E. County Road 900N, Seymour, v. Troy Campbell and Cassie Linemier, 516 W. Second St., Seymour, seeking possession of premises, $3,574 in unpaid rent and damages to be determined, filed Dec. 2.

    State Bank of Medora, 24 E. Main St., Medora, v. Ronald Stevens, 4976 Second St., Freetown, seeking $3,282.88, filed Dec. 2.

    Jackson Superior Court II


    Sandra Howard v. Edward Howard, both of 8399 N. U.S. 31, Seymour, married May 12, 2003, separated November 2020, filed Dec. 3.

    Katia Elliott, 520 S. Vine St., Seymour, v. Donald J. Elliott, 110 Kerry Hill Drive, Seymour, married Dec. 29, 2010, separated Nov. 10, 2020, filed Dec. 2.

    Rhonda Miller v. Gerald L. Miller, both of 3809 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, married Jan. 5, 2018, not yet separated, filed Dec. 2.

    Sallie Jacqueline Hare, 11976 E. County Road 1100N, Seymour, v. James Michael Hare Jr., 515 N. Ewing St., Seymour, married Sept. 22, 2007, separated October 2020, filed Dec. 1.

    Stephanie Megan Beaty, 610 S. OBrien St., Seymour, v. Anthony Dewayne Beaty, 12850 N. U.S. 31, Edinburgh, married June 1, 1996, separated April 20, 2019, filed Nov. 23.

    Noel Lopez, 6246 Northfield Drive, Apt. 236, Seymour, v. Jacob Lopez, 311 C St., Woodland, California, married March 31, 2018, separated Oct. 1, 2020, filed Nov. 2.

    Building permits

    Jackson County

    Casey L. and Misty R. Wischmeier, 745 S. County Road 600E, Seymour, 1,200-square-foot lean-to addition to existing pole building at 745 S. County Road 600E, Seymour, $12,500 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 23.

    Thomas H. and Janet K. Bolton, 5693 E. County Road 700S, Crothersville, 256-square-foot utility room addition at 5693 E. County Road 700S, Crothersville, $25,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 20.

    Tony and Melanie Peters, 3703 S. State Road 39, Brownstown, 20,000-square-foot building, $400,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 20.

    Ryan and Jamie Grinstead, 6171 N. County Road 100W, Seymour, 2,028-square-foot new home at 6171 N. County Road 100W, $284,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 16.

    Joe Francis, 4827 W. Columbus Pike, Freetown, 3,000-square-foot pole building at 4827 W. Columbus Pike, Freetown, $30,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 13.

    Zachariah Roach, 3966 E. County Road 900N, Seymour, 576-square-foot addition to home at 3966 E. County Road 900N, Seymour, $140,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 10.

    Daniel Jonathan Towriss, 3029 N. County Road 1100W, Norman, four 962-square-foot cabins for recreational use only at 3029 N. County Road 1100W, Norman, $360,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 9.

    Joseph L. and Lindsey Montgomery, 107 E. Harrison Drive, Seymour, 1,793-square-foot new home at 822 W. County Road 600N, Seymour, $345,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 6.

    Glen D. and Ellen M. Prince, 110 W. Howard St., Crothersville, 1,200-square-foot pole building at 101 W. Howard St., Crothersville, $27,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 5.

    Jonathan Paul Allen, 3411 W. Water St., Vallonia, 900-square-foot accessory building, no estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 2.

    Thomas Hackman, 6077 S. State Road 135, Vallonia, 1,092-square-foot pole building at 6087 S. State Road 135, Vallonia, $54,000 estimated cost of construction, issued Nov. 2.

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    Introducing the Forrest Sequoia the First Forrest Lamp from NFL Standout Forrest Lamp and Lamps Plus – Furniture Today - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Lamp uses Lamps Plus designs, including a chandelier, ceiling fans, table lamps, sofas and patio furniture, throughout his home.

    This Forrest lamp is awesome it looks like a forest tree trunk, perfect for my name, of course. The lamp and the wicker shade are definitely my style, Lamp said. You cant go wrong adding the Forrest lamp to your place.

    Ive dreamed of having my own signature shoe, so having a Lamps Plus lamp with my name is right up there. Because a lamp is used almost daily, its crucial. After Ive protected our quarterback and opened holes for running backs with my fellow linemen during an exhausting game, I look forward to joining my girlfriend, Natosha, on our sofa. A properly lit home is everything, Lamp said.

    Lamp has been a promotional partner of Lamps Plus since prior to his selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    About Lamps Plus

    Family-owned and operated, Lamps Plus is a leader in the retail lighting industry. Established in 1976 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is the nations largest specialty lighting retailer, operating a thriving e-commerce business, along with 36 stores in the western United States. Lamps Plus carries a full range of lighting and home furnishings, including exclusive patented designs and artisan-made customizable shades and lamps that offer comfort and value to help customers love their everyday spaces. To assist consumers, the companys American Lighting Association-trained staff provides expert advice.

    The Lamps Plus family of websites includes:

    Lamps Plus The nations largest specialty lighting retailer

    Lamps Plus Pros Trade pricing for designers and builders

    Lamps Plus Hospitality Contract lighting for hotels and resorts

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    Samsungs 110-inch MicroLED TV brings The Wall to your living room – TechHive - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Samsung delights in scoring splashy headlines at CES with its mammoth micro-LED displays, with the company springing a humongous 292-inch model of The Wall on CES attendees back in January. But while its earlier micro-LED panels arrived in modules that needed to be professionally assembled, its new 110-inch MicroLED TV will come ready to watch, right out of the (giant) box.

    Slated to ship globally in the first quarter of 2021, the Samsung MicroLED TV is based on micro-LED display technology: self-emitting pixels that offer vivid colors and perfect blacks similar to OLED, because they can be turned on and off individually. Unlike the organic pixels in OLED panels, however, micro-LED panels are not susceptible to burn-in.

    Samsung has been touting its micro-LED-based The Wall displays for a couple of years now, with the company offering sizes from a crazy-big 292-inch panel down to a more reasonable 75 inches.

    Previous versions of Samsungs micro-LED displays have been saddled with a couple of key problems. For starters, due to the difficulties inherent in micro-LED manufacturing, the displays usually arrive in separate modules that must be assembled by a professional installer. Second, Samsungs micro-LED displays are prohibitively expensive (think six figures), which means theyve been aimed mainly at business and luxury customers.

    Enter the 110-inch MicroLED, a TV that promises to fix the first problem with Samsungs micro-LED displays by eliminating the need to assemble multiple panels. Instead, the new TV comes as a complete, prefabricated unit, with Samsung boasting that it has developed a new production process to streamline micro-LED panel manufacturing. With this new set, youll need only to take it out of the box, plug it in, and turn it onalthough, given that were talking about a 110-inch TV, removing it from the box could prove to be quite the operation.

    Whether the MicroLED TV addresses the second problem with Samsungs micro-LED displaysthe exorbitant price tagremains to be seen: Samsung has yet to reveal pricing. (Honestly, were not holding our breath for affordability.)

    Samsung promises that the MicroLED will deliver stunning, bright, and vivid images, thanks to a new Micro AI Processor. Its worth noting, however, that this 110-inch TV is only capable of 4K maximum resolution, not 8K like Samsungs larger The Wall displays or its pricier LED-based QLED TVs.

    The MicroLED will boast a near bezel-less display with a 99.99-percent screen-to-body ratio, Samsung says. In addition to watching one giant image, youll also be able to split the display into four 55-inch screens, ideal for NFL Sunday Ticket junkies.

    Besides the images, Samsung says the TVs integrated Majestic Sound System with Object Tracking Sound Pro functionality can crank out realistic (if virtualized) 5.1-channel sound without the need for external speakers.

    All very impressive, but weve yet to see (or hear) the 110-inch MicroLED in action, nor do we know how much Samsung plans to charge for its giant new set. Given that Samsungs 98-inch Q900 QLED TV, an 8K set based on traditional LED technology, goes for a breathtaking $60,000 (and that after a 40-percent discount), were steeling ourselves for the MicroLEDs eventual price tag.

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    $400,000 Homes in Georgia, Ohio and West Virginia – The New York Times - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A 1907 Craftsman-influenced brick house with six bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.21-acre lot

    This property is on a main street in the historic center of a city of about 6,000, in West Virginias eastern panhandle. It is convenient to restaurants, antiques stores, a post office, a courthouse, an opera house, a furniture store and real estate offices, to name several local institutions and businesses. The Capital Beltway is about an hour southeast (add half an hour to get to the heart of Washington). Baltimore is between 60 and 90 minutes east.

    The sellers have owned the house for 35 years and updated the kitchen and bathrooms in the last year. They have also refinished much of the extensive woodwork, replaced some of the rear windows, repointed some of the brick and resealed the roof.

    Size: 2,997 square feet

    Price per square foot: $130

    Indoors: A front door framed in leaded glass opens to a large foyer with glass-front cabinets and wood columns that partition off the adjoining parlor to the right. That room has a brick fireplace with a pellet-stove insert and leaded-glass windows on either side. Facing the street is a pair of nine-over-nine windows with leaded glass on top and a wood bench below.

    From the parlor, pocket doors open to a dining room with matching windows and bench, as well as a built-in china cabinet. Beyond it is the kitchen, which has new hardwood flooring, pale-yellow, Victorian-style vintage cabinets with new laminate countertops, and new cabinets built by the owner to match. The kitchen leads to an enclosed back porch addition, with a high ceiling and painted floorboards.

    An elegant staircase winds upstairs from the foyer (a powder room is at the base). The second floor contains four bedrooms with hardwood floors, all about the same size. The first has an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower with marble patterned tile and a stand-alone tub. Bedrooms two and three are connected and have access to a bathroom at the end, which also can be entered from the hall by users of bedroom four. That bathroom has a molded-plastic shower insert behind sliding closet doors.

    Two additional bedrooms with dormer windows are on the third floor, on either side of the landing. There is also unfinished attic space under the gable, and an unfinished brick- and stone-walled walkout basement.

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    Two Residents of Rosewood Villa Find Love in an Unexpected Place – - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Rosewood Villais home to a variety of seniors, and accommodate a wide range of support needs. Some residents live independently, but Rosewood also offers care for those who require assistance, and those living with memory loss. Recently, the Rosewood Villa team went above and beyond their ongoing mission, when they provided the time and place for two people to find each otherand to find love.

    Renee Lily took her time arriving in Bellingham. Her mother was born in Berlin, and Renee herself was born in Munich, in what was then West Germany. She was 18 months old when her family relocated to the United States, but her travels continued until she ultimately owned a used furniture store in Montana. She was there when the time came to finally make Bellingham her home. My kids moved here, and I knew it was close to the time that they would be getting married and having children, she says.

    Bruce Likkel didnt have to travel quite as far. Born and raised in Lynden, hes been happy to make his life in and around the local area. If you ask him what he likes most about his home, theres no hesitation in his answer: How green it is, he says. He lists hunting, fishing and hiking as his favorite reasons to get out into nature. Like Renee, Bruce was also self-employed before they met. I owned a custom cabinet business, but closed shop at the start of the 2008 recession, he says.

    As fate would have it, Bruce became disabled around the time he retired, and Renee experienced a massive stroke, and now uses a wheelchair to get around. Each of them recognized that they could use some help getting back up on their feet, both literally and figuratively. So despite the fact that they are only in their early 60s, they both moved into Rosewood within a few months of each other, and set about creating the next chapters of their lives.

    And then, just like in a storybook romance, they began to catch each others eye. Down a hallway, or from across a room, they felt an attraction that has effortlessly developed into a relationship. As soon as they met, they started to spend time together during meals or while taking part in activities. I would sit down, and move the chair next to me out of the way so she had a place for her wheelchair, says Bruce. From there, they discovered how much they have in common, and how much they enjoy each others company.

    Any time the subject of Rosewood comes up, Renee and Bruce both mention the activities offered. They rave about the activities director and the lineup of diversions offered. There are the bingo and movie nights one might expect to find in a group residence, but Bruce mentions other activities that not only pass the time, but help keep the residents sharp. A favorite is word games that are offered to everybody every morning. And now Renee and Bruce have become a part of the activities crew themselves, and spend time organizing a Bible study that takes place every other week.

    Not only do they share each others values, but they also have much in common, which makes spending time together both easy and rewarding. We both love cooking, so we watch lots of cooking shows, and lots of renovation shows, Renee says. And if it seems like theyre getting pretty domestic with each other, youre certainly on the right track: Bruce and Renee are looking into sharing a space with each other. In addition to individual rooms, Rosewood offers larger suites, and the couple has got their eye on one of those for themselves.

    Not only do they have a goal of moving in together, theyve also set a longer term goal to move out together. Once they have recovered enough from their physical setbacks, the two would love to make their own home together. Rosewood Executive Director Melinda Herrera says that she would love to see the couple doing well enough that they could move on. But its also clear that she, along with other staff and residents, would miss their presence.

    Herrera explains that Renee has been through a divorce, and that Bruce has cared for a girlfriend during an illness, and that they could both use a little sweetness after those trials. Neither had known love like this before, she says.

    She describes the couple as loving others, as well. We call them our troublemakers. Theyre our whippersnappers, Herrera says. Many of the residents here are old enough to be their parents, but they dont treat them that waythey see them more as neighbors. Theyre always looking out for each other, and for everyone around them.


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    GLADIATOR DIESEL IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO JEEP LINEUP – Osprey Observer - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Just a year ago, Jeep had dispatched over its then all-new, gas-powered Gladiator Rubicon to us. Recently, we had the opportunity to test the diesel version of what is the only four-door 44 convertible in the market. Like to climb, trail and crawl, or haul tons of cargo, or go water fording? In an open-air vehicle? Then this should be your ride!

    Under the hood of the body-on-frame 2021 Gladiator sits the optional 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine ($4,000), putting out 260 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 442 pounds-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. The go-anywhere capable vehicle, with high and low transfer case gears, is mated to a typical eight-speed auto gearbox.

    Our test drive, the Overland, was a standout dual three-piece hardtop and a soft-top with removable doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield, front/rear hooks and tubular side steps. That this is a Jeep is even more apparent from the traditional seven-slot, keystone-shaped grille, flanked by rounded halogen headlights, square tail lamps, and a flat, clamshell hood reaching down to trapezoidal fender flares.

    The 44 is designed for off-road conditions such as traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Its skid plates will protect the front, transfer case and fuel tank.

    The cabin sticks to the original Jeeps handy capability with 103 cubic feet of interior room. Storage cubicles are scattered throughout, including a bin under the rear seat floor, as are several 120-volt outlets. The instrument cluster is simply laid out with a rounded speedometer, tachometer and temperature, fuel, oil and volt gauges.

    Also included are the dual AC, manual tilt/telescopic steering column, cloth seats, six-way manual driver and four-way front passenger seats, push-button start, 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen, leather steering wheel, lockable console/door armrest and a 5-foot cargo bed. A roll-up tonneau cover is available for $595.

    Standard safety features are the dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability, traction and trailer-sway control, anti-roll system, rearview camera, hill-start assist, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.

    Except for its slightly loud road noise and engine, diehard Jeep aficionados will love the amazing talents of the rugged Gladiator. Simultaneously, the quintessential SUV with over seven decades of tradition is adept on neighborhood streets. Its off-road and on-road prowess makes the diesel version a remarkable and much-needed addition to the Jeep roster.

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    Video chat options for staying connected are more than Zoom – Norton Healthcare - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Staying connected with older adult friends and relatives can be difficult, but dont assume video chats are out of the question. For those who are hard of hearing, video can help them understand by reading your lips and expression.

    Studies have shown that isolation and the absence of positive social relationships increases health risks for all of us, said John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA, psychiatrist and executive medical director of Norton Behavioral Medicine. For the older adults who are at especially high risk of severe complications from COVID-19, its important to remember that social distancing is really physical distancing. Staying connected without contact is vital.

    If your friend or family member has a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you may want to arrange a contactless pickup to configure the device before returning it. Zoom, for instance, has become synonymous with video chatting during the pandemic, but it is far from the only option.

    Rather than install new software and go through configurations, consider the video chat options that are available through a platform your friend or family member is already using.

    Facebook Messenger, for instance, has Messenger Rooms that allow video calls. Create a room and invite people by emailing a link. They dont even need to have a Facebook account. Rooms also can be started from Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp.

    Skype has been around long enough that many may feel comfortable with it even if they havent used it in a while. Much like the Messenger Rooms, Skypes Meet Now feature allows users to invite others to a group video call whether they are in Skype already or not.

    Remember the year dad went to Europe and you set him up with WhatsApp to stay in touch without running up big cell phone bills? In addition to creating Messenger Rooms from inside WhatsApp, the platform offers its own video group calling for up to eight participants. The WhatsApp mobile phone app is available through the App Store or Google Play.

    FaceTime has a group video chat option, but its not as easy as some of the others that allow you to send a link. If your friend or family member isnt comfortable with more complicated instructions, set up the Group FaceTime call yourself and ring them in.

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