These are the affordable suburbs where buyers took a gamble and won big

first_imgFinder graphic for story online Homes in Sunnybank, where this Romulus St home has already gone under contract, have achieved substantial price growth in the past five years. Picture: realestate.com.auTHESE are the Brisbane suburbs where buyers struck it rich. They bought in at affordable prices five years ago and have since had significant price growth.Houses in Sunnybank experienced the biggest dollar median price gain with prices up by 50.7 per cent or $251,500 since 2012.More 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 agoNorthgate, Carina Heights, Holland Park, Wishart, and Coopers Plains all recorded a median price jump of more than $200,000 during the period.Other solid performers were Sunnybank Hills, Mansfield, Mount Gravatt East and Calamvale which all recorded growth of more than $170,000 during the period.The analysis by finder.com.au of CoreLogic data, was for houses valued under $500,000 in 2012.Money expert, Bessie Hassan said in five years alone, some property prices in metropolitan suburbs had more than doubled.The top performers in Brisbane were dominated by suburbs in the outer ring.last_img read more

Ten Years After 9/11, Lessons Remain Unlearned, Says Kean

first_imgTen Years After 9/11, Lessons Remain Unlearned, Says KeanBy John BurtonWEST LONG BRANCH — The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks left deep scars in America but we still have not learned the lessons of that tragic day, says former NJ Governor Thomas H. Kean, former chair of the 9/11 Commission.Kean participated in a three-person panel at Monmouth University last Thursday for a program titled “9/11—A Ten Year Perspective.Joining the former Governor were Virginia Bauer, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan that day; and Lewis Eisenberg, a Rumson resident and former chairman of the board for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.President George W. Bush selected Kean to serve as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States, with the commission eventually offering its comprehensive and controversial findings in a lengthy report that actually became a national bestselling book.Kean, who served as Governor from 1982-1990, told the large audience that filled the university’s Wilson Hall, that he grew up in a time when we as a nation worried about nation-states—Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union. “We felt these oceans kept us secure, was the prevailing attitude in this nation, Kean said. But this attack, the first on U.S. soil since the War of 1812, he said, was perpetrated by 19 men.With the assistance of Lee Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman who served as the commission’s vice-chair, Kean, a Republican, the commission drafted its report. And the findings were troubling, as Kean went on to explain to the audience. “Agency after agency after agency failed us,” he said, noting that the Bush Administration actually had tried to keep information out of the commission’s hand; but “the commission was tough” and continued to seek out the information.The goal was two-fold, with the commission intent on finding out what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. But, “10 years after Congress still has not passed a bill to give first responders what they need to talk to each other,” a fatal flaw on 9/11, he said, pointing to the failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina in 2008, where these issues again showed themselves.“So, we got a lot to do still,” he said.Bauer, a lifelong Monmouth County resident, told of losing her husband, David, and how that tragedy inspired her activism, working on behalf of victims’ families. “For whatever reason I had the strength and determination to help others,” she said.“Perhaps one of the most important things we needed to do was to probe and ask questions,” about what happened and what could happen,” Bauer said of her work.That work has led Bauer to eventually serve as the state’s commerce secretary as well as sitting on the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Planning Authority (FMERPA), which was convened to work on the redevelopment of the fort property as the U.S. Department of Defense prepared to close that installation; and she is currently a commissioner for the Port Authority, as well as holding a private sector job a chief executive officer with a security technology companyEisenberg, a former head at Goldman Sachs, was chairman of the Port Authority on Sept. 11, 2001. He said he got into New York later than usual that morning, and opted to go to a midtown office as opposed to his usual location in lower Manhattan. In its aftermath, Eisenberg said he had difficulty coming to terms with his emotions as he attended 34 funerals of those who were killed. One of them was a man he had worked with for years who called him on 9/11 wanting to know where Eisenberg was in the building so he could be ushered out. Eisenberg told the man he wasn’t on the location and was all right. That was the last time they spoke, he said.“During that time I wasn’t able to cry, to shed a tear,” he acknowledged. At least until the 10th anniversary, when he attended the ceremony at Ground Zero in New York and his wife pointed out that man’s name etched in the memorial, and he “walked as a spectator among heroes,’ and “I started to cry.”Last Thursday’s event was this year’s offering for the H.R. Young lecture series for the university’s Kislak Real Estate Institute and the Leon Hess Business School, which traditionally features distinguished members of the financial community.last_img read more

College Scales Back Campus Plans at Fort

first_imgDuring its March 12 meeting, the Oceanport Planning Board approved NJCU’s site plan application for a single academic facility and adjacent parking lot. OCEANPORT – Following an outcry from borough officialsover the scope of its plans, New Jersey City University is scaling back itsproposal for a satellite campus at the former Fort Monmouth. FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman said that, though NJCUhas agreed to alter the amendment, Amendment #13 has not been withdrawn. This story originally appeared in the March 14-20 print edition of The Two River Times. “Based on discussions Oceanport and NJCU had regarding futureelements, NJCU has agreed to make some changes and reduce the scope of theproject to some extent. That doesn’t mean the amendment has been withdrawn oreradicated, but it will probably be amended,” Steadman said. Borough officials remain wary the larger plan by developer KKFUniversity Enterprises, LLC, may resurface in the future. They are concernedtheir borough can adequately provide emergency services and security services,or absorb the potential traffic. “Once we see how enrollment goes (at Fort Monmouth), we can sitdown again with everyone and revisit the plan. But it’s difficult to know whatwe’ll need because we don’t know what that demand looks like,” de Veyga added. NJCU Chief of Staff Guillermo de Veyga said the pullback was theresult of a late February meeting between the university, the development groupand members of the Oceanport Borough Council. “We have no interest in doing (Phase 2 and 3) right now,” saidde Veyga. “The university has no vision to immediately put these massivestructures in. Our enrollment doesn’t merit anything beyond Phase 1 right now.” FMERA has received 44 pages of public comments concerningAmendment #13, said Steadman. The organization’s staff will be reviewingsubmissions in coming weeks. “My concern is that at some point, down the road, thedevelopment group can resubmit the same amended plan and FMERA can try to getit passed again,” said Borough Councilman and Planning/Zoning Board memberRobert Proto. “We would be in the same situation we are now.” Instead of constructing a residence hall, academic lab, visualarts center, performing arts center and athletic center and a parking garage,NJCU says it will only seek to build a one-story academic facility, and parkinglot on the 27-acre Squier Hall parcel and an adjacent complex on Sherrill Ave,as originally proposed in September. KKF put its Phase 1 plan – the construction of the facilitybuilding, performing arts center and parking lot called Amendment #13 – inwriting to FMERA on Dec. 12. With undergraduate enrollment at approximately 7,000 students,de Veyga said that it could be five years before the school needs to revisitthe site plan. By Chris Rotolo and Laura Kolnoski Oceanport Borough Councilman Joe Irace said the meeting withNJCU was a positive one, and that he agrees with the administration’s vision toenhance the school’s footprint if the student body’s growth determines it. Because the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority(FMERA) has the authority to approve the project, the governing body would liketo enter into a redevelopment agreement with the developer and cut FMERA fromthe development process. “(Amendment #13) is a plan for years down the road. It’s allbased on potential growth. Instead of jamming it all into one plan andhamstringing us, take FMERA out of the equation and five or 10 years from now,come to our planning board and work with us. This should be an Oceanport/NJCUdecision,” Irace said. Steadman said the FMERA board will vote on the scope of the work at Squier Hall in April. The board is due to meet April 17 at 7 p.m. at 502 Brewer Ave. in Oceanport.last_img read more

Seattle-Cheney edges Alaska to capture 2017 GFIB Crown

first_imgBen Ruff earned the win in relief, going 4-1/3 innings, while Nick Flesher took the loss for Alaska.Flesher was one of four pitchers used by the Goldpanners.Seattle-Cheney advanced to the playoff round with a 3-0 record to capture Division 1.Seattle-Cheney then shutout Kitsap Blue Jackets 6-0 in quarterfinal play.Alaska defeated Burnaby Bulldogs 10-5 and North Sound Emeralds 3-0 to advance to the final against Seattle-Cheney. The Seattle-Cheney Studs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to walk off the Alaska Goldpanners 3-2 in the final of the 2017 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Sunday under sunny skies at James Donaldson Stadium.The victory earned the Studs the grand prize in the money baseball tournament while the Goldpanners took home second place cash.Seattle-Cheney, which advanced to the final with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Everett, tied the game with a single run in the eighth before securing the top prize in the extra innings.last_img read more