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  1. 1. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun Caroline Virginia Blog ways you can participate in HOME’s mission…just Thanks for reviewing my newsletter. This not so often! is a publication of articles from my Blog at www.CarolineVABlog.com. If you're looking for We want you to share with everyone you know that new and more devious foreclosure scams are growing community information, please visit our site! in this tight economy. Help Is Free! Foreclosure Rescue Scammers are finding all kinds of ways to make a buck off of those that are at the brink of losing Beware of Scammers their home due to job loss or other circumstance. By Jennifer Rathbun on March 29th, 2009 This week I had someone call me to say, “We’re calling to updated your warranty information. I’m pulling up your • There is never a fee to get assistance or record and all be right back.” Yes, this was a live person! information about Making Home Affordable Before I could say hello, they put me on hold. Once it dawned from your lender or a HUD-approved housing on me that they did not even say what kind of warranty that counselor (like HOME). needed updating, I just hung up the phone. But then I got • Beware of any person or organization that upset! Another scammer trying to use an unsecure world to fill asks you to pay a fee in exchange for their pockets and further harm my family. housing counseling services or modification of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME for short) sent a delinquent loan. Do not pay – walk away! out a great little email this week reminding us of the dangers • Beware of anyone who says they can “save” of scammers trying to hurt families that are already facing your home if you sign or transfer over the deed foreclosure. Here’s a copy of the email with appropriate links. to your house. Do not sign over the deed to your If you feel that someone has contacted you illegally, please property to any organization or individual contact HOME. And beware of scammers! unless you are working directly with your mortgage company to forgive your debt. Dear Jennifer, • Never submit your mortgage payments to During the General Assembly session, we sent you anyone other than your mortgage company weekly updates about legislative actions affecting without their approval you and other Virginians. You will continue to get regular HOME email updates on news of note and This year the Virginia General Assembly did pass a bill that clarified that it is ILLEGAL to charge a fee Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 1
  2. 2. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun before completing services to help prevent or avoid School Board member Wendell Sims said, foreclosure. If the Governor signs the bill into law, it “$400,000 represents eight teaching positions. The will go into effect on July 1, 2009. However, this will net result could be layoffs and increased class sizes.” not stop scammers from taking advantage of people. Wayne Acors, supervisors chairman, said You must protect yourself. There are many websites supervisors can’t give out money they don’t have. out there that appear to be official government “There are things that we aren’t going to be able to assistance sites, but instead they are scammers just fund that we have in the past,” he said. “This year is waiting to prey on your money and your home. an extremely trying time for us all, individually and Please use HOME’s website (www.phonehome.org) as a county.” as a resource. Click on the President’s “Making Home Affordable Initiative” on our homepage for more One question was about changes in the Career and information and tips. Technical Education program. Supervisor Floyd Thomas was concerned about the elimination of the Thanks for helping to protect your friends, automotive technology class. Superintendent Greg neighbors, and family members as you continue to Killough said enrollment for that class has dropped support HOME’s mission. Please donate online now. from 40 to 16 students. Best, To give those students other options, the school Myra budgeted $114,000 in new CTE programs, which Myra Howard include fashion design, banking and police science. Vice President of External Affairs But Supervisor Jeff Sili wasn’t sure if this was the time to start new programs. Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) “$114,000 to stop a child from being out in the streets? “Yes, it is worth it,” Killough said. “Every 700 E. Franklin St. Suite 3A Richmond, VA 23219 dollar we put into a child is worth it, or we may have 804-354-0641 x155 to deal with them later.” “Ensuring Equal Access to Housing for All People” Ashcraft said the supervisors will make a decision on the school budget by May 1. Related posts: I’m glad I’m not the one who has to answer for the decisions. 1. How Many Homes are There? From the Real Estate The Board of Supervisors and School Board are having to look Professional, Nov/Dec 2008 Edition…. For those of... at the same unanswerable questions as many other companies 2. What one county has done to help with Foreclosures and county officials. Foreclosures hurt neighborhoods. The vacant homes are not only I’ve expressed before this question, and I’ll say it again. If I ill... were faced with these decisions, I would choose the majority of 3. Foreclosures up 300% over this time last year I read this the school body and academics and get rid of extracurricular after school functions. Yes, I participated in sports in school, here at CNNMoney.com today. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com)... but no one ever asked me how I did in football at a job Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts interview. My vote? Keep the teachers and save money on Plugin. sports and additional activity buses activity, until the school can easily support all of it. Caroline Still Struggles over I’d also be interested to see statistics showing that those who took vocational training in high school used it in later life. School Budget Most people I know who went on to higher education, did not By Matthew Rathbun on March 29th, 2009 sustain a career in their Major. To allocate funds to “fashion design” which may steal a young persons heart, but results Portsia Smith reported this at the Free Lance Star: in very few successful careers, seems to be a disservice to the A $400,000 difference in what the School Board wants and student. I’m with Mr. Sili, to even breath “new programs” and what Caroline County’s top official proposes could determine “termination of educators” in the same breath is pretty much whether teachers lose their jobs. a no-brainer decision. The Board of Supervisors said they wanted more Related posts: time to review the $11.7 million school budget and did not vote on it Tuesday night. 1. Budget Discussion Here’s the Article from the Free Lance Star About Caroline... County Administrator Percy Ashcraft proposes $11.3 million for the school system next year, which 2. Budget Shortfalls It’s been a difficult year for everyone…. Most the School Board says will have consequences. counties in... Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 2
  3. 3. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun 3. Budget Business I applaud Caroline County for working so 2. What Could the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Invasion Mean to You? I’ve been trying to research this bail-out this week. diligently on the... I... Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts 3. Is it time to invest? Are you interested in investment property Plugin. or now that prices... Interest Rates Drop Again Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. By Jennifer Rathbun on March 27th, 2009 Interest rates are continuing to drop and sales are picking up! Make Your Home Beautiful For This may be a bit of good news for sellers. Over the last week, you or for Buyers there has been a giant leap of interest in the housing market! Realty Times is talking about Freddy Mac’s low rates… By Jennifer Rathbun on March 26th, 2009 Realtor Magazine created a great little article on Staging your One-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 4.85 home without breaking the bank, with their permission, I’m percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down reposting the article here! from last week when it averaged 4.91 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 5.24 Let us know if any of these work for you or if you have your percent. own ideas! I like the de-cluttering ideas. quot;The Federal Reserve’s announcement that it intends And if you did not vote in the housing poll, we’d love to have to purchase Treasury securities over the next six your input! months caused bond yields to drop and mortgage _________________________________ rates followed,quot; said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist. quot;Rates for 30- Yr FRMs peaked last year at 6.63 percent on July Staging on a Budget 24th. With this week’s 30-Yr FRM, the interest rate difference is almost 2 percentage points, which What’s your best, most affordable staging idea? amounts to a savings of about $225 in monthly Dozens of real estate pros offer their best tips. mortgage payments for a $200,000 loan.quot; By Melissa Dittmann Tracey | March 2009 quot;And potential homebuyers are taking notice of REALTOR® Magazine asked readers of our Daily these historically low mortgage rates. Both new and Real Estate News e-mail to send in their best tips for existing home sales rose 5 percent in February. First- sprucing up listings on the cheap. Here are some of time homebuyers accounted for half of all existing the quick, creative ideas that poured into our inbox. home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors®. In addition, mortgage applications LIVING ROOMS for home purchases consecutively rose over the first Create a Focal Point three weeks in March, based on figures published by quot;Pick out the most visible corner and put a large the Mortgage Bankers Association.quot; plant—I’ve found that silk trees work best. Set up For the full article click here: Another Record Low Set for a spotlight behind it so it lights up the leaves and Long-Term Mortgage Rates This Week throws an interesting shadow on another wall. It really makes a difference in a person’s perception of We still have a lot of homes to sell so prices will stay low for the space, especially if it’s a large room without too a while, but once the number of available homes diminishes, much natural lighting.quot; then prices will go up. We don’t know if that will happen or if we’re in for another round of foreclosures which will keep the —Izabela Stone, Keller Williams Realty, Apollo prices low. Beach, Fla. Could you get a home for a lower price if you just wait a Set Up a Chat Room little while longer?? There’s no magic 8 Ball. You might. But quot;Be sure that the living room furniture is positioned the interest rates may also rise. The number in inventory will for conversation as well as entertainment. Potential affect the price. buyers should be able to easily envision sitting in a In 5 years will you say, “I wish I had bought back then?” space where they can easily talk without having to move a chair or turn completely around.quot; Related posts: —Rana Lindhorst and Troy Schmidt, Prudential One 1. Interest Rate Fees A Good Friend of mine in Philadelphia, Realty Centre, Edwardsville, Ill. Pennsylvania shared a... Get Rid of Carpet Dents quot;Furniture often leaves indentations in the carpet. When a piece of furniture is moved, I tell my clients Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 3
  4. 4. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun to put medium-sized ice cubes in the imprints. As the stands, to appear as nightstands, entryway pieces, ice melts, it causes the compacted carpet to expand or any other decorated ‘table.’quot; and erase those imprints.quot; —Jannel Lee Allen, Keller Williams Realty, Livonia, —Shawn Moss, Century 21 C.R. O’Neil & Co. Mich. Accent Special Features Add Luxurious, Affordable Touches quot;Place an accent by a home’s feature, such as an quot;If the master bedroom is too boring (and most attractive plant near a fireplace to draw the eye to are), I have my sellers go out and buy a new it or a tall palm or two in place that directs the luxury comforter set with bed skirt, throw pillows, buyer toward another part of the home or suggests a matching valances, etc. We have a Burlington Coat separation of areas. This also ensures that someone Factory here that sells dramatic sets with rich, often enters the home to care for it.quot; embellished material for around $100. The right set will totally transform a boring master bedroom into —Susan Cramer, HomeSmart Real Estate, a luxury hotel suite.quot; Temecula, Calif. —Karen Walton, Share Realty, Midlothian, Va. Invoke the Outdoors Try a Dramatic Fabric Backdrop quot;Use a little nature in each room. I create a flow throughout the home using cuttings, flowers, dried quot;One surefire way to dress up a plain bedroom flowers, whatever will work. Simple things, such as is to hang sheers, fabric or draperies on the wall twigs to spell out a word or a small cutting tied behind the bed. (I often remove window treatments with raffia around a pillow on a bed, draw the eye from the other windows to allow more light in and into the room but don’t overpower it. I have even then use these for the fabric backdrop.) It serves used a branch cutting to make a ‘tree’ in an empty as a headboard, visually raising the ceilings and, corner. I try to use one piece of nature in each room particularly in a master suite, adds a sense of to create an ongoing theme throughout the home. It elegance and luxury. It’s inexpensive but packs a works with any type of decor, whether it’s modern dramatic punch.quot; or traditional. One important note: Always check for —Liz Harrison, Spruce it Up! Home Staging and insects!quot; Room Redesign, Salem, Ore. —Lauren Scurlock, North Star Real Estate Inc., Virginia Beach, Va. BATHROOM Add Bathroom Elegance BEDROOMS quot;Get some decorative hand towels, tie a sheer ribbon Bring Your Own Bed around them, and place them on towel racks in all quot;I have a great way to add a bed to a vacant of the bathrooms. This does wonders to dress up the bedroom. I arrange moving boxes into the shape of a bathrooms of your listings. I also put some dried bed, and then I dress it up with nice bedding. It takes flowers and candles in complementary colors to add about half an hour and it’s really inexpensive.quot; a little more pizzazz.quot; —Haley Hwang, e-pro, Coldwell Banker, Glenview, —Kria Lacher, Meadows Group Inc., Realtors®, Ill. Portland, Ore. Put a Lid on It Make a Bed quot;The best thing you can do for your home, vacant or Another trick to add a bed: quot;Purchase an inexpensive not, is to close all the drains, sinks, and tubs; close air mattress that has a folding frame off the floor. all the lids on all the toilets; close all the closet doors; Once the bedding is on and staged, it’s hard to tell and let all the sun in. You’ll get amazing immediate the air mattress from a real bed. After the home sells, results and the cost is zero dollars.quot; all the client has to do is deflate, fold and pack.quot; —Judith Preston, HomeSmart International, —Jackie Limsky, ABR®, TX Cyber Homes, Hank Anthem, Ariz. Layton, Texas Make the Old New Again Get a Fabric Donation quot;I recently listed a big house built in 1979. In the quot;Here is an inexpensive staging tip: Ask a local master bathroom was a sunken cultured marble fabric shop to donate beautiful fabrics. Use it to bathtub and matching his and hers marble vanity cover the tops in swirly 1970’s brown. The shower stall tile following: an air mattress with a not-so-great was gold and white speckled. The cost to update this comforter (cover the comforter with an over-sized bathroom would be a lot. So we got the tub and sheet, and then place a nice fabric in the middle or shower stall painted with epoxy paint in white and end of the bed). Or use the fabric to cover TV dinner Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 4
  5. 5. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun the marble tops a white with little tan specks. It was a tray (wood, silver, glass, etc.) with two coffee cups a huge improvement for about $800.quot; and a small package of Starbucks coffee displayed between the cups, and pretty paper or cloth napkins. —Linda Walker, Main Street Real Estate, Garland, Also, find a large glass—or pottery bowl—and fill Texas it with individual candies, pre-packaged crackers, pretzels, etc. It looks nice and each buyer who comes through can grab a snack from the bowl. It’ll help COLOR AND LIGHTING them remember your listing.quot; Go Neutral —Trina Griffith, Summers Real Estate Group, quot;The moment the potential buyer walks into the front Longview, Texas door they should be ‘wowed’ by the rooms on either Go Green side of the entry. Paint a nice neutral khaki color allowing for the painted or stained wood work to quot;If your listing has some green features (EnergyStar stand out. Make the color bold enough to make a appliances, generator, double-paned windows, difference, not just an off white. Tans and khaki’s bamboo flooring), continue the theme with ‘warm’ the space.quot; strategically placed soy candles, homemade guest soaps, and green cleaning products under the sink —Julie C. Preston, GRI, REALTOR®/interior area. People will notice!quot; designer, Indianapolis, Ind. —Peggy Edwards, green, Coldwell Banker, Tampa, Add a Splash of Color Everywhere Fla. quot;Currently over half the homes we list are vacant and can look very sterile in photos. We ask sellers to neutralize their wall colors and carpet, but then DE-CLUTTER we discover all the photos of the interior look Expand the Closet similar and boring. Our best staging tip is to add bright, bold colors to the kitchen and bathrooms quot;One of the most overlooked areas of staging is the with accessories, towels, and plants. Red is a call- closet. Most people will unclutter and move boxes out to-action color. A vase with red flowers can add of the closet but forget about the hanging clothes. I interest to the photo when placed on a kitchen island tell my clients to remove the clothes they only wear or bar. We like burgundy or black towels in a neutral once in a while. If the closet still looks stuffed, remove bathroom and green silk plants in the living areas. more. The ideal closet will have significant space A colorful picture over the fireplace mantle with (two hangers worth) between the next hanger.quot; a couple of vases on each side can make a great —Joseph F. San Angelo, Coldwell Banker Real vignette in the family room.quot; Estate, Clifton, N.J. —Holly Janney, Realty Executives Associates, Offer Before and After Photos Knoxville, Tenn. quot;Have owners pack everything they don’t use daily Light It Up and put in storage or in the garage. It neutralizes the quot;Replace the light bulbs in the home with higher home and allows buyers to picture their family living wattage bulbs. Buyers like ‘light and bright,’ and the there. It creates a sense of cleanliness and order by brighter light bulbs make all the difference in the having clean countertops, sparsely decorated walls world. Inexpensive and easy!quot; and minimal furniture. I give sellers before and after photos of other staged homes and remind them that —Ann Bishop, Ann & Denny Bishop Group, this is how model homes sell.quot; Realtors®, Wichita Falls, Texas —Amy Herring, Keller Williams, Tallahassee, Fla. Create a Neutral Pallet KITCHEN quot;When I first meet with potential clients planning Tease Their Noses to put their house on the market, I walk through the home with them and make a detailed list of quot;I believe in appealing to all five senses of a buyer, all furniture, clothing, and miscellaneous items that including smell. I always put something in the oven should be packed away. Staging a home requires like apple pie or fresh bread.quot; that each space be defined, but that personal items —Chad C. Caramanna, Shadetree Realty Group Inc., and clutter be non-existent. Potential buyers need to Fellsmere, Fla. see a neutral pallet: Rooms that they can envision Accessorize themselves living. I then pay for the delivery and removal of a Smartbox portable storage unit as part quot;Adding decorative items in the kitchen can warm of my marketing strategy.quot; up the area and make it more ‘cozy’. Go to a thrift or resale shop and get great deals on glass items. Use Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 5
  6. 6. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun —Carrie Mock, Long and Foster Real Estate, —Larry Stewart, Deborah Myers Real Estate Inc., Annapolis, Md. San Antonio, Texas Nix Those Personal Photos quot;Make sure there are no personal photos to be seen SPECIAL TOUCHES anywhere in your listing. Pack them up or put them Create a DVD of the Home away. Buyers tend to stop and see who lives there, quot;Have the sellers make a short DVD of fun times that which takes them away from seeing the home’s they had in the home and surrounding area. Make attributes!quot; the DVD run on a loop on the TV and use it to show —Kyle Davis, RE/MAX Select Properties Inc., potential buyers the area, neighborhood amenities, Ashburn, Va. proximity to parks museums, etc. It is easy and cost Don’t Let Furniture Get in the Way effective.quot; quot;I think one of my top staging tips is to arrange —Scott Holland, Top100AZhomes.com, Phoenix the furniture so that it does not block any of the Frame a Local Scene home’s features and allows for easy traffic flow. quot;Frame pictures from inexpensive calendars and Sometimes that means removing some furniture— place them throughout the home. Look for pictures the more furniture in a room, the smaller the room that reflect nature and themes for the local area. We looks.quot; don’t want buyers to wish they were in Aruba while —Jean Risha, Greenwood King Properties, Houston, looking at a home in snowy Michigan!quot; Texas —Jannel Lee Allen, Keller Williams Realty, Livonia, Mich. EXTERIORS Showcase Designer Bags Say ‘Welcome Home’ quot;I stagger colorful, logo, designer, retail bags in quot;There’s nothing more pleasing than a front step or different sizes and shapes and place them on the porch with bright and cheerful planters filled with shelves in the walk-in closets in the master bedroom, plants and flowers. It says ‘welcome to your new linen closet as well as other closets. It creates a fun home!’quot; visual and people think it is unique and clever. Plus, it is basically free. You just tell the stores that you —Carol Anderson, abr®, green, Coastline Realty, are staging your seller’s home and would love to Cape May, N.J. advertise their company with their bags. They love the idea of getting free publicity. I put crumpled up Create a Curb Appeal Checklist tissue in the bag to give them body. I use bags from quot;A top item on the staging list should be curb appeal Neiman Marcus, Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Crate items (you can’t get people in if they don’t like the & Barrel, Pier 1, St. John, Coach, Victoria Secret, drive-by): Trim shrubs, fix peeling paint, and add and Nordstrom. Also, since the bags can lie flat, the greens or planters near the entrance.quot; storage factor is very efficient.quot; —Lori Geraci, Bannon & Hebert Properties LLC, —Robyn Starr Dezendorf, Keller Williams Realty Middlebury, Conn. Portland Premiere, Portland, Ore. Entice Them at the Entrance Customize the Art quot;Tighten any loose doors or cabinets and re-stain, quot;Buy a couple of iron easels and place them in paint, or varnish doors. Paint the trim on floors and different rooms. On the easel, place a mirror or ceilings. Also, paint outside trims and nicks on the framed art that complements the colors of the walls house, especially where clients come into the house.quot; or floors. Or, prepare a large poster with photos —Rhonda Burns, Windermere Real Estate, and additional information about the house. This is Wentachee, Wash. inexpensive, yet provides a focal point of interest in the room.quot; Stage the Lawn —Trina Griffith, Summers Real Estate Group, quot;In San Antonio the grass is usually parched by the Longview, Texas end of the summer. For my fall listings, I purchase a bag of winter rye grass seed and apply it generously Redo the Doghouse to dried-out lawns of my listings. I advice sellers to quot;Freshen and consolidate pet areas. Purchase new water the grass frequently for a few weeks until it bowls, etc., to indicate upkeep and freshness. Choose begins to sprout. Soon the lawn is emerald green, one place to house pet beds and litter boxes; the and it stays that way through the end of April, at laundry or utility rooms or garage space may be which time the regular grass should be recovering.quot; appropriate.quot; Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 6
  7. 7. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun —Mae Thompson, Prudential One Realty Centre, While it’s still in the 50’s, start gathering those supplies that Edwardsville, Ill. you’ll need when it’s in the 70’s. Look at that list of repairs that you made during the winter months (if didn’t make one, start Have Sellers Write a Letter it today. Your email program should have a task list section quot;Part of staging is conveying the pleasures of living that is perfect for this). And make maintenance day a fun in the marketed home. I have sellers write a one- project for the whole family! It really is better than watching page letter to the prospective buyers detailing less old movies anyway. Take all those great ideas you learned this evident benefits, such as the annual Easter egg hunt winter from Flip This House and HGTV and apply a few in the at the end of the cul-de-sac, the amazing sunrise coming weeks. from the breakfast nook window, and the fact that the school bus stops at the corner. I copy these on pretty paper and put them at the front of the Here’s a Maintenance Chart to help you get started. Edit as property profile book on the kitchen counter.quot; necessary for your family. —Cari Pemberton, Buy, Sell, Organize & Stage, Related posts: Colorado Springs, Colo. 1. What’s an Agent to Do when the Internet is Down? This Make It Memorable week our Hughes Net Satellite Service is so slow... quot;I have two things that I do when staging a 2. Daily, Weekly, Monthly… If you’re subscribing to my RSS feed home. First, a wreath on the front door (that I then you may... make). The wreath stays with the house for the new 3. Regional Affordable Housing Study Fredericksburg.com has owners. Second, I hang a black nightgown on the reported that the region has a task-force to look into... master bathroom door. The buyer (husband) always remembers that house!quot; Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts —Cissy Snyder, Svetlik Real Estate, Sumter, S.C. Plugin. Related posts: Local VDOT Office to Close 1. Is Your Home Attracting Buyers for You or For The By Matthew Rathbun on March 23rd, 2009 Agent? What are your goals? I’ve had the opportunity to... 2. Your “Uniquely You” Dream Home I don’t know if I’ll ever More cutbacks By Virginia get my dream home... 3. How to Decorate Your Home if it’s on the Market Great I’ve been watching the Commonwealth’s cutbacks over the Article from Realtor.org …. Rules for Tasteful Holiday Décor... past few months. For the most part, I’ve felt that they were long overdue and we shouldn’t need a bad economy to make Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts these decisions. Plugin. In February I got the opportunity to visit with our elected officials in Richmond and then last week, sat in at a conference Who Has Time for Spring at the Fredericksburg Country Club with four of the Delegates Cleaning? representing the planning district. The bottom line is that Virginia is not like the Federal Government. We cannot have By Jennifer Rathbun on March 24th, 2009 a budget that isn’t balanced. Our elected officials have to go through Hades to balance a budget and we were promised that more cutbacks were inevitable. As a licensed Broker, I receive newsletters from the Real It’s hard to balance work, family, community service, and all Estate Board every quarter. Recently we received a postcard those other items that make each family unique. from Virginia informing us that the Governor has ended all unnecessary mailings… I’ll put pretty much EVERYTHING in Then someone comes around and says “It’s time for Spring the category of unnecessary mailings. Email, RSS feeds and Cleaning and Maintenance!” - Fun, right?? Not! webpages aren’t the “way of the future” but the “here and We seem to never have enough time to do everything that now”. needs to be done. And yet, new items pop up every day. Johnny I feel the same about the nonsense of sending out newsletters needs new shoes by tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. need to discuses for the local HOA’s. It’s very expensive, not “green” and makes that new budget now. Take food to sick church member. no sense. If there are certain individuals who really prefer or But if we do not wax the car or maintain our homes, then need paper mailings, than let them request it and be treated we loose our investments. Personally I do not think of my as the minority and not the norm, in this day in age. home as an “investment,” nevertheless it is an investment for (of course if the county could get service from Verizon or a different home for the future. Otherwise you could just rent. Comcast with high-speed internet, this would be an easier argument) Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 7
  8. 8. March 29th, 2009 Published by: mrathbun Hard Change I Don’t Agree With “The stimulus money we’ll be getting is fairly small For Caroline compared to the $2.6 billion revenue shortfall,” he said. The Caroline Progress (who I really wish would setup an RSS This saddens me, as the Caroline roadways are in need of more feeds, like other newspapers) reported that VDOT will be help and not less. The dedicated folks of the local offices are closing the local Residency. constantly out and about working and there seems to be more work than manpower, as it is. Yet, Northern Virginia has folks Despite resolution, local VDOT office will close leaning against shovels… Ed Simmons Jr. When we recently had our 8-9 inches of snow, there was an Though the Bowling Green Town Council obvious difference in the resources and manpower allocations passed a resolution last Thursday opposing the to snow removal and safety leaving Caroline and driving possible closing of the Virginia Department of through Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg. Transportation Bowling Green Residency Office, VDOT Administrator Charles Stunkle said Tuesday I know this was a difficult decision, but non-the-less; I don’t it is “pretty definite” the residency will close. understand why an already underserved area has to suffer Expressing his concern, Bowling Green Mayor more loss of service. Perhaps I’m missing something. I’m David Storke said, “What’ll happen is they’ll lump willing to listen. Caroline with Stafford and Spotsylvania, and Related posts: Caroline will get the least of the attention.” 1. Is VDOT Closing the Bowling Green Office? I read this Stunkle, who is administrator at the VDOT Bowling article this morning, from the Free Lance... Green Residency, said that statewide 44 residencies 2. Caroline County Board of Supervisors Agenda are being reduced to 29, and the one in Bowling 6-12-2008 One of the Green is on the list to close. many cool things about www.CarolineAlert.com is the... What will happen to the 12 to 14 employees is not 3. All Real Estate is local! There are some great REALTORS out yet certain, he said, adding, “There’s hope that many there working hard to... of the positions will be taken care of by attrition or retirement.” Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. “Some of them live in Bowling Green,” said the Mayor. Affected are administrative employees only. Maintenance employees headquartered next door at the Farmers Area Headquarters will not be affected, nor will those at the Ladysmith Headquarters, though there may be a slight reduction in some equipment. The VDOT Bowling Green Residency administers the roads not only in Caroline but in Essex and King William Counties. Essex and King William will now be administered in Saluta. Technorati Tags: caroline,vdot,virginia,closings,green,caroline progress VDOT announced February 19 it will lay off 450 hourly employees statewide this month to help reduce staffing costs. The cuts are designed to address the projected $2.6 billion shortfall in transportation revenues during the next six years. Stunkel said VDOT will reduce its staff of 8,330 to 7,500 by July 1, for a total cut of 830 jobs. Stunkel said a closing date for the Bowling Green residency has not yet been determined. He added that he “seriously doubted” that federal stimulus money would keep the residency open. Created using zinepal.com. Go online to create your own zines or read what others have already published. 8

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