By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog, Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf thanked Pennsylvania law enforcement for their efforts combating the opioid epidemic by carrying the overdose reversal drug Naloxone. Fighting the opioid abuse epidemic is a top priority for Governor Wolf and he addressed the need to continue the fight at the National Academy for State Health Policy Conference on Tuesday.In Philadelphia, the governor announced the funding for a new Chinatown Community Center. Also in Philadelphia and joined by Senator Bob Casey, Governor Wolf announced funding for a new Project HOME facility that will provide LGBTQ-friendly housing for young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.On Friday, Governor Wolf activated the National Guard in response to serious flooding in several counties in North-Central Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 16 – October 22, 2016Monday, 10/17/16Governor Wolf Recognizes Law Enforcement for Battling Opioid EpidemicTuesday, 10/18/16Governor Tom Wolf Addresses Opioid Epidemic at the National Academy for State Health Policy ConferenceGovernor Wolf Statement on PASSHE and APSCUF Contract NegotiationsWednesday, 10/19/16Governor Wolf Statement on State System StrikeGovernor Wolf Announces $75.6 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 8 CountiesThursday, 10/20/16Governor Wolf Announces Membership of the Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and ConservationGov. Wolf Announces $1.3 Million in State Funding for New Chinatown Community Center in PhiladelphiaFriday, 10/21/16Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Announce $3 Million in State Funding for New Project HOME Facility in PhiladelphiaGovernor Wolf, PEMA Provide Update on Flooding Response in North Central PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces 53 New Jobs with Relocation of Velocity Network in ErieGovernor Wolf Announces Agencies to Accept Unwanted of Expired Prescription Drugs on Saturday, Oct. 22Highlights from The BlogGovernor Tom Wolf on Overcoming the StigmaGovernor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal JusticeVoting in PA: Absentee Ballots 101Governor Tom Wolf on Coming Together to Combat Addiction Governor Wolf’s Week, October 16 – October 22, 2016 October 21, 2016
Danijel Miličević, mid-fielder in the FC Gent, originally comes from B&H but spent most of his time in Switzerland.“I am originally from Ugljevik. Whenever I have some free time, I come to B&H. I visit my country two or three times a year.” – said the footballer of Gent for Klix.ba.Earlier he was playing for youth selections of Switzerland, but he never debuted for the A team of B&H. He would like to wear B&H’s jersey soon.“My BH passport has expired, but I plan to renew it soon. If the new selector shows an interest in me, I would be very glad to play. Ervin Zukanović told me a lot about the team. I am glad he is doing an excellent job in Chievo.” – added Miličević.Gent completed the autumn part of the season in the Jupiter league at 4th place with 34 points.“I am satisfied, we are playing a high – quality football. It’s just… I think we should have more points…” – added Miličević.(Source: Klix.ba / photo: scsport.ba)
Facebook68Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dan Martinez, Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty South SoundVaun Mathis used Lease Option to sell her rental.Houses are selling quickly. Interest rates remain at historic lows. Rents are climbing. You want to buy a home but don’t qualify for a loan due to some remaining credit problems or income history. You want to sell a property but don’t have enough equity to cover the costs of the sale or make needed repairs and updates.If you would like to be part of the current favorable real estate market and the traditional purchase and sale systems are blocking you out, then a Lease Option may work for you.With a Lease Option, buyers who have difficulty obtaining a commercial loan, yet have solid employment can still enjoy the benefits and pride of home ownership while improving their credit status. Sellers who want or need to move can take that next step with little out-of-pocket expense and less worry than a standard rental tenant.Investor Vaun Mathis of Washington Real Estate Investors recently used a Lease Option to sell one of her rental properties. “After renting for three years I wanted to sell but didn’t want to spend a lot of money to update the property. I advertised by placing a Rent to Own sign in the yard and marketing the home on various real estate sites like Zillow. I received an overwhelming response from interested buyers and was easily able to find a qualified buyer. I sold my property for a price that was attractive for me and the future buyer, without needing to make repairs and updates.”Benefits to the buyer include:Move in quickly – credit issues OK. – However, you will need a knowledgeable mortgage lender to help resolve your credit issues and purchase the home at the end of your option period.Typically, lower upfront payment required. Caution: This is usually non-refundable.Can build credit while living in their future home.Option to lock in purchase price today or pay market value later.Not obligated to purchase the home.Juliana Berg has a plan for home buyers needing credit assistance.Juliana Berg assists buyers with credit issues as a Mortgage Development Specialist with Qualstar Credit Union. “I have a 9 step home buying process which has been helpful for first time home buyers. If buyers don’t yet qualify for a loan, I assist them in re-establishing credit as soon as possible and saving enough for the down payment so they know when they can purchase a home. I have been able to establish credit for some clients in 3 months. Once I assist buyers in developing a plan, I follow up with them monthly and can usually tell within 2-3 months if they are on track to qualify for a mortgage.”Advantage for SellersTypically can sell home more quickly and for higher price than listing the home.Leave property now with potential cash and monthly payments covered.More available buyers.Maintain tax write offs.Buyer tenants care for the property as an owner and assume more maintenance responsibilities.Property is actually on track to sell instead of renting indefinitely.Purchase your next home now while interest rates are low.Bean, Gentry, Wheeler, Peternell attorney John Kesler explains that Lease Options tie three agreements together:The Rental LeaseOption ContractPurchase and Sale AgreementAs with all real estate transactions, Lease Options come with their own set of potential risks. Seeking counsel of knowledgeable professionals such as a lawyers and lenders early in the process is strongly recommended.John Kesler III can creates contracts which are “tried and true”.Kesler advises that “Potential buyers and sellers who enter a lease option agreement should know they have a landlord-tenant relationship at the outset. There are numerous rights and responsibilities under Washington law, including the Landlord-Tenant Act, which the parties should understand. The ability to blend different agreements (e.g. part of the rent under the lease may be a credit towards a negotiated purchase price) is often what makes a lease option attractive. A lawyer can assist in making sure all of the elements of a valid contract are present for each piece of the agreement and may be able to suggest certain wording that is tried and true.”A knowledgeable Real Estate Broker can assist you through the process and recommend trusted resources in addition to finding potential Lease Option properties.Lease Options are certainly not for everyone, but may provide that window of opportunity for buyers and sellers to achieve their real estate goals. Resources…..Vaun Mathis, Investor, Washington Real Estate Investors,Juliana Berg, Mortgage Development Specialist, Qualstar Credit Union,John Kesler III, Attorney, Bean, Gentry, Wheeler, PeternellDan Martinez, Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty South Sound
Facebook112Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Education FoundationThanks to the North Thurston Education Foundation, paying for college or other post-secondary education will be a bit easier for the following twenty-nine graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools due to the scholarships they have been awarded to support their further education:North Thurston High School: Jessica Li, Connor Crowder, Mackenzie Ayers, Connor Roper, Caty Barber, Rachel Booth, Kathy Tran, Bailey Boeholt, Ericka Bonham, Wichetny By, Veronica Emmerson, Henry Harrison, Tanner Jenkins, April Sabor and Kiara Stinson.River Ridge High School: Elliott Grahn, Sarah Park, Lacy Harlow, Stephen Novak, Jordanne Johnson and Cierra Soumis.Timberline High School: Jerlin Joshua Dizon, Darrell Carlson, Frances Maher, Jaelen Bush, Maria Holdener, Alexander Lin, and Jennifer Mattox.South Sound High School: Devin Hicks.Bill Williams, NTEF board member Sonia Ramirez and 14 of the 15 scholarship recipients from North Thurston High School. Photo courtesy: North Thurston Education FoundationThirteen of the scholarships are funded by bequests or gifts made to the Foundation specifically for that purpose, while the other sixteen awards come from funds donated by the community. The 29 scholarships awarded will provide approximately one hundred and four thousand ($104,000) dollars in assistance to district graduates over the next four years.Recipients were chosen by a committee of Foundation board members based on criteria that included financial need, academic performance, and community and school activities. “We faced some difficult choices because there were many students deserving of recognition and support,” said committee chair Cathy Callahan, “but after reviewing each of the applications we came together on an outstanding group of young scholars.” With one exception, recipients were presented with their awards at their school’s awards night. The South Sound High School award will be presented at the school’s graduation services on June 19, 2017.The North Thurston Education Foundation was founded in 1989 with the mission of eliminating financial barriers to district students as they pursue their education. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation provides each NTPS school with funds for student needs not covered by public funding, such as academic or other school fees, personal items such as clothing or hygiene supplies, school supplies and other necessities.The Foundation also provides weekend food backpacks for homeless middle and high school students; makes learning improvement grants to district teachers for special learning projects that are outside the district’s regular budget; funds tutoring for special needs students from low income families; supports the NTPS homeless initiatives; and contributes to other local student-focused groups including the Boys & Girls Club, the Little Red School House, the Vocational Opportunities for Independent Community Employment Program for 18-21-year-old students with disabilities, and the GRAVITY, a program for high school dropouts.Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than one and a quarter million ($1,250,000) dollars to help North Thurston students.More information about the Foundation can be found at the North Thurston Education Foundation’s website, on our Facebook page or by contacting any of the individuals listed above.