New Haven, Conn. — Many homeless people are haunted by drug addiction, mental illness or a criminal past. Indeed, Elmer Alvarez knows those demons all too well. But he said just because a person is without a home, it doesn't mean they're void of character. For example, the day he found a check for $10,000, he said the first thing that came to mind was, "I got to look for this person." He said it never crossed his mind to try and get it cashed. "It never crossed my mind because I made a decision to turn my life over. I've been clean for three years," Elmer said. The money belonged to New Haven, Connecticut, real estate broker Roberta Hoskie. She recorded her meeting with the good Samaritan. "I expected to find a guy all nice, clean shaven and blue suit like you," she said. Instead she got Elmer, who cried when Roberta offered him a reward. "It shattered the stereotypes," Roberta said. This all happened about a year ago. But the best part of the story is what has happened … [Read more...] about Real estate broker and man who returned $10,000 check help the homeless
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 24, 2018 Wanna hear of an eerie impulse buy? I sort of hate to admit this one. But earlier this year, I bought two grave sites — one cemetery plot for me and another for my husband. Total price: $2,790. Why spend that kind of money before you're dead? Or before you're expecting to die? Good question. After all, you could live a little and go on a cruise for that kind of cash. Why indeed. Whether we like it or not, many of us may be thinking more about death these days. All the deeply disturbing news about the mishandling of human remains at a some funeral homes in Detroit makes us think twice about what could go wrong. Read more: And many of us, frankly, are curious when we spot headlines — often around Halloween — proclaiming: "Forget stocks, invest in cemetery plots." The theory is that grave prices are only going up, not down. Demographics mean many … [Read more...] about Buying a cemetery plot isn’t like investing in real estate deals
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Andy Rosen Globe Staff August 03, 2018 Five years ago, the development next door to the Burlington Mall had all the hallmarks of the 1980s suburban office complex — anonymous facades of brick, concrete, and glass, unlimited parking, and an anodyne corporate name: New England Executive Park Today, the property at the edge of Route 128 has bike-rental stations, hip eateries that stay open after the sun goes down, and an “OMMM Space” for yoga and meditation. Oh, and they call it “the District” now.The place used to be “your typical old suburban grandfather’s office park,” said Leah Harsfield, a vice president at National Development, which bought the site in 2013. Now, she said, “it’s more like a college campus,” and it’s designed to help lure a 21st-century workforce that has been spurning the … [Read more...] about Developers are trying to make the suburbs cool. Is that possible?
WASHINGTON — Tuesday is “Equal Pay Day.” It’s not a day of celebration, but more like a finish line for women. In 2018 women had to work, on average, until April 10 in order to earn as much money as men did by the last day of 2017. Each year, women hope that the distance to our finish line will be shorter and that the gap between what men and women are paid will close a bit more. Equal Pay Day reminds us of how far we’ve come, how far we have to go and the actions still needed to increase the earning power of our nation’s working women. When looking at median annual salaries for each group, U.S. women are paid about 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. And the pay gap is even worse for women of color. For significant change to occur, we believe more women need to assume leadership roles, especially by serving on corporate boards. There’s proof that having more women in board positions yields benefits for an organization’s performance, … [Read more...] about Want Equal Pay Day to go away? Add more women to corporate boards
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey April 03, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. IN 1993, I WENT ON my first tropical vacation. OK, it was Bermuda, so it was subtropical, but that did nothing to dampen my excitement. During the flight, my anticipation grew as I looked over the brochure from the travel agent showing the inn where my girlfriend and I would be staying as part of our prepaid package. The coral-colored, white-roofed Palm Reef Hotel featured balconied waterfront rooms and provided British-style afternoon tea service.When we checked in, I tried to mask my disappointment at how much the Palm Reef appeared to have aged since its glam photo shoot for that brochure. So what if the lobby furniture was shabby and some of the walls were crumbling? I reminded myself that we would be spending most of … [Read more...] about The right way to complain when a business does you wrong