Black History Month, 2018

first_imgBlack History Month, 2018 January 23, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations WHEREAS, Black History Month grew out of the establishment, in 1926, of Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; andWHEREAS, the national theme for this year’s observance is “African Americans in Times of War;” andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual and political development while working tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history; andWHEREAS, many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania: in 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state; andWHEREAS, African Americans in Pennsylvania served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg; andWHEREAS, the commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.THEREFORE, in recognition of African Americans past and present in our commonwealth, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim February 2018 to be BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this tenth day of January two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Black History Month 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Las organizaciones artísticas de Pennsylvania reciben $2.3 millones para brindar ayuda ante la pandemia

first_img July 06, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que 309 organizaciones artísticas sin fines de lucro recibirán subvenciones por un total de $2.3 millones para brindarles ayuda debido a las consecuencias de la pandemia de COVID-19. Los fondos de la Ley CARES contribuyen con los salarios del personal, los honorarios de los artistas o el personal contratado y los costos de las instalaciones. El National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) distribuyó $1.8 millones a 36 entidades para que cada una reciba una subvención de $50,000. El Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), un organismo estatal que depende de la oficina del Gobernador, distribuyó los $527,000 restantes a 273 entidades que recibirán una subvención de $1,930 cada una.“Las organizaciones artísticas son una parte importante de las comunidades y contribuyen con la salud económica de nuestro estado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La pandemia de COVID-19 ha sido un reto para muchas entidades, entre ellas, las artes. El National Endowment for the Arts reconoció el papel de las artes en Pennsylvania y la necesidad de ayudar a los artistas y las entidades que los apoyan para inspirar creatividad y vitalidad en nuestra comunidad”.La actividad económica artística y cultural, ajustada por la inflación, representó el 4.5% del producto interno bruto o $877.8 mil millones, en 2017, según el Departamento de Comercio de los Estados Unidos. En Pennsylvania, el sector aportó $25.8 mil millones a la economía del estado y empleó a 176,000 trabajadores.“El sector de las artes y la cultura se ha visto gravemente afectado por la pandemia, por lo que nos complace que más de 300 entidades artísticas en Pennsylvania reciban apoyo a través de la Ley CARES”, dijo Karl Blischke, Director Ejecutivo de PCA. “Antes de la pandemia, la economía creativa de Pennsylvania era crucial para la vitalidad y las vivencias de nuestras comunidades y para el desarrollo de los talentos de nuestro estado. El apoyo que estas entidades reciben hoy ayuda a garantizar que estén posicionadas para desempeñar un papel clave en la recuperación de las ciudades y pueblos de Pennsylvania en el futuro”.La lista de las entidades artísticas de Pennsylvania que reciben una asignación de $50,000 de la NEA está disponible aquí. La lista de las 273 entidades que reciben una asignación de $1,930 a través de la PCA está disponible aquí.Encuentre más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English.center_img Las organizaciones artísticas de Pennsylvania reciben $2.3 millones para brindar ayuda ante la pandemialast_img read more

Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Message to Legislature: Now is the Time to Take up Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis

first_img Economy,  Press Release Focusing on the benefits of restorative justice and revenue generation, Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman again today called on the legislature to take up legalization of adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue.Wolf and Fetterman stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.Lt. Gov. Fetterman has long led the charge for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, something that can save money and change the path of the lives of people previously convicted of these low-level crimes.“In 2019, nearly 22,000 people in PA were arrested for having a small amount of marijuana,” Lt. Gov. Fetterman said. “We can better devote the time and resources we spend prosecuting these Pennsylvanians for doing something that most of us think shouldn’t even be illegal.”Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman were joined by Lehigh Valley NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) executive director Jeff Riedy. NORML hosted “Planting A Seed for Freedom; Let Our People Grow,” an awareness event on the Capitol steps today.“We welcome the inclusion of cannabis legalization into Governor Wolf’s legislative agenda, which doubles-down on his commitment to support statewide legalization,” Jeff Riedy said. “NORML chapters across the commonwealth endorsed the Wolf/Fetterman ticket back in 2018. With two robust legalization bills already written, lawmakers could act tomorrow.”The clear message of the day was urgency and how acting now to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis can have immediate benefits for those most adversely affected by criminalization and legalization now can have long-term benefits for the state and all of its residents.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.”Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Message to Legislature: Now is the Time to Take up Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis September 16, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Office owners reap rewards for Gold Coast facelifts

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s office market is continuing to improve, with signs that the refurbishment of existing buildings is providing lucrative opportunities for investors and developers.A report from Herron Todd White highlights that there have been numerous refurbishments of existing office buildings in the region that have generated positive returns.The report notes the refurbishment of the building at 16 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach, which was purchased for $6 million in 2012, with a “reasonably significant” upgrade subsequently undertaken at a cost of $800,000 to modernise the lift and internal floor space.Read full story on Commercial NewsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

Plans for $75m shopping village in Cannon Hill

first_imgA high street shopping village at Cannon Hill is a step closer to reality as developer Anthony John Group prepares the next stage of its $600 million East Village project.A development application has now been lodged for a new $75 million retail and residential precinct consisting of three, six-storey buildings.Set for release mid-2016, the stage will include the first 1000sqm of retail space, along with 140 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.The project will be built around five kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.A development application has been lodged for the next stage of the East Village project.The latest residential stock will include two and three-bedroom ground-floor terrace apartments, secure underground parking and 1200sqm of landscaped parkland.Designed in conjunction with Cox Rayner Architects, the buildings are deliberately separated to allow light and breezes to flow freely between the spaces with access for pedestrians linking the park and high street.Anthony John Group CEO Shane Bulloch says buyer interest in the project is strong.The proposal includes 140 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.The current $42 million residential release, The Quarters, is already sold out and due for completion mid-May.“The first two releases sold out well in advance of completion and we are encouraged by the continuing strength of public interest,” Bulloch says.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“It demonstrates to us that East Village is meeting the demand for excellent quality lifestyle amenity and new apartment offerings in the area.“We are also pleased by what we can see happening within the development.“Renters are becoming buyers, buyers are referring friends and family, so there is a real community forming of people who have become passionate advocates for East Village.”On completion East Village will include shops, cafes, a cinema, up to 1,000 apartments and a hotel, transforming Cannon Hill into a destination hub.This story was originally published on Quest.last_img read more

Couple who own Adelaide winery ready to sell Coorparoo home

first_img18 Ferol St, Coorparoo.Mark and Skye Bollen are selling their home at 18 Ferol St, Coorparoo following a country lifestyle change.The couple are living in Adelaide after moving there to purchase a winery, Sussex Squire Wines in the Clare Valley. 18 Ferol St, Coorparoo.Mrs Bollen said she loved the property at Coorparoo after living there for 10 years.“We really enjoyed the outdoor area,” she said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home means a lot to the Bollens who were married at the property in 2008.“It was a beautiful space for us to get married,” Mrs Bollen said.“Family means a lot to us and to have them there meant a lot.”The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home offers open-plan living and dining areas.“We put a massive deck on and the kitchen opened up onto the deck,” she said.“The outdoor area was great for having barbecues.”The couple landscaped the gardens too. 18 Ferol St, Coorparoo.center_img 18 Ferol St, Coorparoo.All bedrooms are located on the upper level with outstanding entertaining areas front and back highlighting the generously sized living and dining areas. The lower level presents many exciting options when deciding the ideal make up of your family home with plenty of space available for all to enjoy. The property, on a 569sq m block, is only 6km from the Brisbane CBD.“The house is in a really great location,” Mrs Bollen, a mother of two, said. “We are hoping a lovely family will buy it.”Mrs Bollen said their home was very close to cafes, restaurants and local schools.The property is fully fenced, and is child and pet friendly.There’s a double remote garage with additional off street parking.last_img read more

Final stage launches at Aveo Durack retirement community in the south

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAveo Durack in South BrisbaneSet within 34 hectares of natural bushland 17 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, Aveo Durack offers the perfect blend of convenience and tranquillity.Ms Coughlan said Aveo’s commitment to its residents was more than just physical facilities.“Our commitment to residents extends beyond our facilities, with our exclusive ‘Aveo Way’ contract which offers peace of mind and financial clarity to anyone considering a move to Aveo Durack,” she said.The “Aveo Way” includes a guaranteed sale of your unit when it’s time to sell with the contract making four promises — financial clarity, choice of services and accommodation, settling in assurance and no hassles when you leave.The villas provide spacious living options and choices with two and three-bedroom’s on offer with varying bathroom and car configurations.Being in Queensland, outdoor living is not forgotten with some villas featuring balconies, outdoor terraces or gardens, plus space for family entertaining.On-site amenities include a swimming pool, bowling green, croquet lawn, gym, library, tennis courts, chapel, hair and beauty salon, village bus, arts and crafts and community centre.Aveo is also building a $36 million aged care facility at Durack with the public launch expected midyear. The final stage has been sent to market after 30 years of development for Aveo Durack in South Brisbane.MORE than 30 years in the making, Aveo Durack retirement community in South Brisbane is now launching its final stage to the market.Aveo’s village operations manager Debbie Coughlan said they had been eagerly awaiting the completion of the latest stage as they looked to extend their community and welcome more residents into the village.“We are proud to be one of Queensland’s most popular retirement developments offering more than 40 organised activities such as archery, bowling and croquet,” Ms Coughlan said. “We also have a comprehensive range of amenities including a medical centre, pharmacy and bank meaning that convenience and accessibility are at our residents’ fingertips.”Construction first began at Aveo Durack in 1985, with the release of “Wattle” now marking a significant milestone as the final piece to the Aveo Durack puzzle.Wattle is the final release of independent living villas at the community and the final opportunity for retirees to buy a newly finished property from the 34 new, modern villas that are priced from $380,000.last_img read more

Fixer-upper lures renovators to Deception Bay

first_imgThe home at 9 Sandra Ct, Deception Bay.A THREE-bedroom home in need of work has sold under the hammer in Deception Bay for the bargain price of $265,000. Professionals Caboolture marketing agent, John Dunne, said 9 Sandra Ct, a family home with a pool, was a mortgagee repossession.The brick house had been stripped of doors and floor coverings and was in need of some paint and renovations. The 784 sqm property was fully fenced and had an in-ground swimming pool, solar hot-water, split-system airconditioning and security screens. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 9 Sandra Ct, Deception Bay.Mr Dunne said the auction of 9 Sandra Ct attracted nine registered bidders and a crowd of about 40 onlookers. He said five bidders spoke up at the auction and it was an investor who bought the property. “We had interest across the board from investors and owner-occupiers,” he said. “They were all interested in doing some work on the house. “They saw the house was in a good area and it had a pool. It was a property they could do something with.” According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Deception Bay is $345,000.last_img read more

This one-of-a-kind Sunshine Coast home is set to for auction this weekend

first_img15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auWHEN Bill and Jean Hartley bought their block of land at 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach in 1999 they weren’t really sure what to do with it.They were concerned the block would be difficult to build on, but inspiration struck Mrs Hartley when she was driving along the David Low Way.“There was one particular house I admired, wishing one day I could build something just like it,’’ she said. One of the outdoor entertainment areas of the home. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house will be auctioned on October 14 at 10.30am It is listed through Belle Property Noosa Principals, John Stamp and Ben Radcliffe. The fins at the front of 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach make it a standout property. Picture: realestate.com.auEventually she worked up the courage to knock on the door of the house and ask if they knew who the architect was.They were soon in touch with architect Frank Macchia and their standout home was about to become a reality. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auThe Sunshine Coast auction market is starting to fire up again, with new figures released by CoreLogic revelling it had the highest auction clearance rate within southeast Queensland last week of 55 per cent. Large picture windows allow for fantastic views. Picture: realestate.com.aucenter_img The home captures views from different angles. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWork started in March 2001 and about 12 months later the house was complete.The three-level- four-bedroom home has sweeping views from the Coral Sea through to Mount Coolum and the hinterland. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.au“Seeing something on paper is one thing but seeing it eventually evolve just blew us away,” Ms Hartley said.The home has stunning architectural features including the “fins’’ at the front and the soaring ceilings.Mrs Hartley said the home had tuned out just how she imagined it and she particularly loved the fins at the front which could be spotted as far away as the Coolum golf course.She said they were only selling to downsize.“I said to someone the other day, I think I will never ever own something like this again in my life.’’ 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

These are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have soared

first_imgNational Broadband Network rollout.THESE are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have grown at a faster pace than the Brisbane average.Internet speed and access to the latest technology were fast becoming a must have for home buyers according to finder.com.au Tech Expert, Angus Kidman.And he said with fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections providing the fastest internet speeds, properties in those suburbs could soon be in demand.Particularly as FTTP was no longer part of the rollout plan and it would be fibre to the node.Mr Kidman said while there were many reasons property prices increased, NBN connection could be an important factor for buyers.Research by finder.com.au identified the top five suburbs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with the highest number of connections and the quickest NBN speeds.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It also analysed the property price growth of these suburbs, comparing before NBN prices with after NBN prices. Brisbane suburbs NBN ready and how their prices have grown. Source: finder.com.auThe best performing suburb within Brisbane was at Aspley on the Northside where median prices increased 25.53 per cent in the past five years.During the same period the average median price increase across Brisbane was 19.5 per cent.The other top performing Brisbane suburbs, where Kallangur, Calamvale, Parkinson and Boondall.The best performing suburb in Sydney was Blacktown where in the past five years the median house price had increased by 81.9 per cent, compared to the Sydney average during the same period of 66.7 per cent.In Melbourne the best performing NBN ready suburb with fibre to the premises was Carlton where median rose by 45.6 per cent compared to the Melbourne average of 37.4 per cent during the same period.Mr Kidman said while generally that appeared to be good news for those suburbs, not every street was FTTP connected so buyers needed to do their homework before buying.last_img read more