The neighbors took notice when Steph Walters and Ryan McGary’s drab 1950s army green rambler morphed into a sleek streamlined swan. “It’s the only modern house and really unique to this block,” said Walters. That dramatic “before” and “after” exterior transformation was only a fraction of the changes the couple made to their retro residence with a tuckunder one-car garage in St. Louis Park. Walters and McGary chose the three-bedroom rambler in 2010 because it was in decent condition and had potential to expand for their family, they said. It was nestled into a ridge and delivered treetop views of woods across the street. Lastly, it was in their top-pick neighborhood just south of Excelsior Boulevard. After moving in, cosmetic improvements included replacing high-maintenance white carpeting with hardwood floors and painting the eggplant-hued walls. However, the U-shaped one-cook kitchen remained “as tiny as an armpit” said … [Read more...] about ’50s rambler in St. Louis Park gets sleek modern makeover
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Gregg Krupa The Detroit News Published 9:51 PM EDT Apr 19, 2019 Detroit — Through the high, arching stained-glass window over the choir loft, daylight once again animates the main aisle of St. Josaphat Church, illuminating processions of celebrants of Mass proceeding to the altar. The entrance procession is intended by the Catholic Church to stir the devotion of the faithful. This Easter, at St. Josaphat, the sun can finally do its part, too. It is as if God acted again to let there be light. Rainwater from the week of torrential storms in November ruined the church's organ. Since 1966, the tall pipes covered the story-tall, church entrance-wide, stained-glass window that illustrates the crucifixion of Christ. Removing the organ restored the inspirational allure hidden for nearly half the life of the church. At Easter, there is little mistaking the symbolism of the rebirth of light and the beauty. “Church is like a foretaste of heaven. When you enter a … [Read more...] about St. Josaphat’s hidden stained-glass window revealed after organ damaged
On warm summer days, when the breeze off Lake Superior was brisk enough to be refreshing, but not so cool as to chase them indoors, Lee Radzak and his family liked to sit on the porch of their blond-brick home, 20 miles past Two Harbors on Minnesota’s scenic North Shore. Without fail, someone would approach the chain-link fence surrounding their yard — the one with the sign that says “Staff Only” and requests that visitors respect the residents’ privacy — and ask, “Do you live here?” “Yes,” they’d say, which always prompted the follow-up: “Do you live here year-round?” An affirmative response often prompted the comment: “Well, it must be lonely.” “Then you want to say, ‘Turn around and look at that string of people walking up to the lighthouse,’ ” said Radzak, the site’s longtime manager, referring to the 160,000 annual visitors who come to see the iconic tower … [Read more...] about The keeper of Minnesota’s landmark lighthouse says goodbye after 36 years
Rachel and Simon Wade at their home in East Rudham, outside their extension they have had to demolish and rebuild after it was not built properly. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2019 A family has been left in thousands of pounds of debt after their extension was built to such a poor standard it had to be torn down. Rachel and Simon Wade at their home in East Rudham, in their extension they have had to demolish and rebuild after it was not built properly. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRachel and Simon Wade from East Rudham said their lives had been “turned upside down” by the nightmare project. They had to take out a bank loan to repair the damage done by their builder and the couple now fear the debt repayments could force them to sell their home. In September last year King’s Lynn court ordered their builder, James Smith from Pott Row, to pay them £33,970 - the cost of the repairs plus the original amount and court feesHe did not contest the claim but has … [Read more...] about Family risk losing home after shoddy extension had to be rebuilt
NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?