What if your home had a spare room you’d never noticed before? Your garage, even if it has one or more cars in it, can pull double-duty as a gym, a crafting room and even a place to socialize. Designers and architects tell us that gaining more living space without putting an addition on your house can make the effort worthwhile, even if it means investing in things like upgraded lighting, flooring and heating. We shouldn’t be “treating the garage as a big box,” says Bethesda, Maryland-based architect Jim Rill. “Make it another room. It’s a lost opportunity if you don’t.” Marina Case, founder of the Warwick, New York-based design firm The Red Shutters, agrees: “A garage,” she says, “can be anything you need it to be.” We’ve asked Rill, Case and interior designer Anna Maria Mannarino of New Jersey-based Mannarino Designs for advice on creating a well-organized garage that can also function as a flexible spare … [Read more...] about The multifunctional and stylish garage
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Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
Produced by Christopher Gidez On Aug. 28, 2017, police in upstate Corning, New York, were called to the home of Michele Neurauter. Police found the 46-year-old mother of three hanging from a rope -- an apparent suicide. But Police Chief Jeff Spaulding had doubts, calling a rope mark found on Michele's chin "unsettling." Michele's mother Jeanne Laundy thought she was murdered, and pointed fingers at Neurauter's ex-husband, even though he was more than 2,500 miles away on a job interview in California when Michele was found dead. "I'm thinking it's more than likely Lloyd killed her," Jeanne Laundy told "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty. Lloyd Neurauter was Michele's ex-husband. For five years, the couple had been embroiled in bitter custody battles. Michele accused Lloyd of turning their daughters against her. On the day police found Michele, the couple's 19-year-old middle daughter, Karrie, at college in Rochester, told investigators that over the weekend, her father helped her … [Read more...] about “I had to choose”: Did a father brainwash his daughter to help kill her mother?
In the current age, a supermarket will sell almost everything: from shoe repairs, keys, car parts, soap powders, food, clothes and insurance. Back in the days of post-war Britain it was very different, shops were more specialised. The draper: not one, but two drapers. The one owned by the gentleman sold ladieswear, mainly for the younger set. The windows were very brightly lit all night and had mannequins displaying colourful dresses. The one owned by the lady was patronised by the more discerning ladies. Her windows had displays of watches, purses, scarves and fashion jewellery with a full range of tasteful day and evening wear inside. The furniture store: a small Potteries village with a furniture store. Why not? They sold three-piece suites, tables, chairs, ornaments, mirrors and several other smaller sidelines. The cobbler repaired shoes, and a few actually still made clogs. They could sole and heel them, stitch them, dye them, fit new studs to your football boots and even stitch … [Read more...] about When yesterday’s news really was tomorrow’s fish and chip paper!
A planning application to demolish the site of the Home Bargains store in Bletchley and build 48 homes has been withdrawn. Applicants Mahli Developments, based in Southall, had received favourable pre-application advice from Milton Keynes Council on the demolition of existing buildings at 53-55 Queensway. The plan would have seen the construction of 17 one bed, and 31 two bed domestic properties on the site plus the construction of six ground floor commercial units fronting Queensway.The applicants had also proposed the retention of existing access, provision of car parking, bin and cycle storage and associated landscaping.But the application has now been withdrawn, according to information on MK Council’s planning portal.A Bletchley resident and customer of Home Bargains objected to losing his favourite shop. “I fail to see how getting rid of a much used shop like Home Bargains in Queensway is going to improve footfall in our town centre,” he wrote.“Why … [Read more...] about Plan to demolish Home Bargains site in Bletchley, Milton Keynes has been withdrawn