Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 05:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mino-warabi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ 32 32 Talis Park Custom Home Is Homeowners Dream Come True https://mino-warabi.com/talis-park-custom-home-is-homeowners-dream-come-true/ Thu, 19 May 2022 05:28:15 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/talis-park-custom-home-is-homeowners-dream-come-true/

London Bay’s in-house architectural design team worked closely with the owners to create their truly personalized dream home in Talis Park.

A NEW PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN TALIS PARK is quickly attracting the attention not only of its owners, but also of golfers, residents and passers-by who are impressed by its assertive London Bay Homes style.

“We constantly get feedback from golfers telling us that our home is just beautiful from the 18th hole,” says owner Mark Gudelski. Customers who come say it’s one of the most beautiful homes they’ve seen, he adds.

With London Bay Homes and its team of veterans, homeowners have found a partner for every step of their home building journey.

“London Bay Homes is listening. We told them what we wanted, and they never said anything wasn’t going to work. The answer was always: ‘Yes, we will,’” says Mr. Gudelski. “They explained things, offered suggestions, and were willing to make changes as the build progressed.”

Since building its first luxury home in Naples over 30 years ago, London Bay Homes has won over 450 industry awards for excellence in homebuilding. Company homes adorn the region’s most revered communities and neighborhoods.



“Our polished build process is engaging and user-friendly,” says Mark Wilson, company president and CEO. “Our know-how only comes from decades of experience, listening and learning from each client.”

Mr Gudelski and his partner, JP Mulholland, discovered the only residential site at Talis Park in London Bay after deciding they needed a large home to fulfill their love of entertainment.

“We previously had a house in Talis Park and were looking for more space and design opportunities in a house,” says Gudelski.

Building with London Bay Homes, as the couple quickly discovered, gave them complete customization from concept to completion by an in-house team of architects, space planners, interior designers at Romanza Interior Design and attentive supervisors.

“We liked the collaborative approach at London Bay,” says Gudelski. “They were more careful than expected. There were so many details that we weren’t always tuned in to.



The house is loosely based on another London Bay floor plan. The master suite occupies an entire wing, has a private office and an elegant bathroom with outdoor shower. The owners expanded the original footprint, separated a VIP guest suite from the main house, and created space for an oversized game room. During the planning process, London Bay Homes modeled the expansive outdoor living spaces, simulating in three dimensions the position of the sun throughout the year.

The couple’s penchant for entertaining comes to life in the elegant great room that flows into a wet bar, kitchen and dining room – a space that comfortably and effortlessly seats 30 extends outdoors towards the pool , the covered living room, the outdoor kitchen and a petanque court. Inside, transitions from room to room are defined by sawn oak that provides visual separation and reduces each space to an intimate setting.

The 8,000 square foot estate features expansive outdoor spaces, including a private cabana with direct access to the outdoor living space.  LONDON BAY HOMES / COURTESY PHOTOS

The 8,000 square foot estate features expansive outdoor spaces, including a private cabana with direct access to the outdoor living space. LONDON BAY HOMES / COURTESY PHOTOS

Mr Gudelski and Mr Mulholland agree that the London Bay team’s recommendations were always right, such as the multiple double-glazed, metal-framed doors at the rear of the house providing unobstructed views of the golf course, a frosted glass backsplash at the bar for more natural light and exterior manufactured wood plank ceilings that look like natural wood but are moisture tolerant.

“They always brought us ideas,” says Gudelski.

The clients worked closely with Melissa Allen of Romanza Interior Design to create a home that reflected their style – “not too formal but more relaxed, open and inviting,” says Gudelski.

Mrs. Allen spent a lot of time with the owners to determine the furniture, finishes and selections that would complement their lifestyle. She also suggested they consider a new-to-market single-bottle cooler to quickly chill champagne, wine and other beverages. Installed in the bar counter, its illuminated rim can be set to different colors – another innovative feature to take their entertaining lifestyle to the next level.

Created for ultimate entertaining, the house features a great room that converts into a bar, kitchen and dining area that can easily seat 30 comfortably and effortlessly.

Created for ultimate entertaining, the house features a great room that converts into a bar, kitchen and dining area that can easily seat 30 comfortably and effortlessly.

Sometimes London Bay’s innovation and attention to detail is deliberately hidden. Air conditioning vents and electrical outlets are not visible. Neither the drainage for two bedroom balconies and an attic on the second floor. London Bay’s approach creates a seamless framework to ensure nothing detracts from the beauty and elegance of the home’s custom finishes.

In its 8,000 square feet, the Gudelski-Mulholland Residence impresses from room to room and offers an element of surprise around almost every corner. There’s an expansive game room with a shuffleboard table, full-size arcade game, card and pool tables, and woodwork worthy of a real European library. A bar bench is complete with transcalent built-in side tables that channel nightclub chic, the latter influenced by the Vanderbilt Beach Road office lobby in London Bay.

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The home features a breathtaking backdrop of the 18th hole on the championship golf course at Talis Park Golf Club.

During construction, London Bay also provided peace of mind, sending photos and progress reports and outlining expectations for the following week, which was particularly helpful when the owners were out of town.

“The whole process was pretty easy,” says Mulholland. “The attention to detail is amazing.”

“We are extremely happy,” adds Mr. Gudelski. ¦

Newcastle owners get a glimpse of the future, Bruno reveals the signing he wants and an emotional goodbye – Ciaran Kelly https://mino-warabi.com/newcastle-owners-get-a-glimpse-of-the-future-bruno-reveals-the-signing-he-wants-and-an-emotional-goodbye-ciaran-kelly/ Tue, 17 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/newcastle-owners-get-a-glimpse-of-the-future-bruno-reveals-the-signing-he-wants-and-an-emotional-goodbye-ciaran-kelly/

Newcastle United saved the best to last in their final home game of the campaign. It was supposed to be Arsenal playing for a place in the top four but, on Monday night, it was the Magpies who looked like the side battling for a place at the top of Europe after a stunning 2-0 win at St James’ Park.

Forget beating Arsenal – it had been almost four years since Newcastle had even managed to score a goal against the Gunners. That’s what made the manner of this victory so impressive – however poor the visitors.

The relentless hosts just didn’t let Arsenal settle in and put in their best overall performance yet under Eddie Howe as they were roared by over 49,000 Geordies on another special night under the lights . As well as dominating possession, territory and shot count, Newcastle made sure their dominance counted in the second half.

READ MORE: Newcastle mock Arsenal status, Bruno taunts and St James’ Park farewell – 5 things

Ben White put the ball in his own net in the 55th minute after Joelinton’s cross from the left and then Bruno Guimaraes, who of course was once wanted by Arsenal, sealed the three points half an hour later. late after first reacting to a loose ball before heading home calmly.

It was the least Newcastle deserved on a night that looked like a glimpse into the future of the Magpies. Amanda Staveley, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben were all in attendance, alongside new director Majed Al Sorour, and the quartet have all the inspiration they need ahead of a busy summer window. If it’s reception now, can you imagine the scenes if Newcastle actually had an even stronger side winning something someday?

Just as Bruno and all hinted at what was to come and a more forward approach, supporters also had a chance to say goodbye to some longtime retainers on Monday night. This is why the traditional appreciation lap was particularly important as it could end up serving as a farewell to St James for a number of seasoned pros. Although no official decision has yet been made, Howe has already admitted he is ‘sure there will be players who move on and have represented the club brilliantly’.

It remains to be seen who will go but, perhaps, it was no surprise that players, staff and all their families spent around 10 minutes outside the Gallowgate End taking it all in after the game while special guests Ant and Dec watched on the ground. Bruno, Miguel Almiron, Martin Dubravka, Kieran Trippier, Allan Saint-Maximin, Dan Burn, Joelinton and Matt Targett were all soon serenaded with their own individual chants.

Targett, of course, is among those facing an uncertain future as his loan spell comes to an end and the left-back looks visibly emotional as supporters repeatedly chant: “There is no only one Matt Targett!” If Bruno has anything to do with it, Targett will stay and the Brazil international hijacked his teammates in-house interview with club media after the game to say: “He has to stay!”

So it was an emotional night for so many and you can see why it certainly didn’t feel like a meaningless end-of-season game. In fact, you wouldn’t have known that Newcastle had already reached mathematical security.

Full time contrasting emotions

Captain Jamaal Lascelles intended to ’cause an upheaval’ and warned ‘Arsenal know coming to St James’ is going to be a tough game for them”. Kieran Trippier insisted Newcastle ‘must match them – he there’s no excuse.” Joelinton, meanwhile, hoped his side could give the fans “the three points they deserve”.

Once upon a time in an earlier era when Newcastle’s levels may have plummeted in the penultimate game of the season, but Howe was not about to let go in the final week of the campaign as the Magpies tried to keep their hopes of a top. half finish alive and potentially look to finish with their best points total since 2014.

“It’s so important that we play our last game at home and leave our supporters with a good feeling for the summer and whet their appetite for what’s to come next year,” Howe told reporters ahead of the game. match. “It’s vitally important.”

Newcastle had failed to score a single point against the top-five sides this season, so it was another test of how far the black-and-whites have come after back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Man City. Newcastle, after all, had already lost 33 Premier League games against Arsenal – more than they have against any team in the competition – and had been the losing side in 17 of their 18 senior encounters. previous level.

However, in some ways it didn’t seem like the worst time to face Arsenal and there was a positive feeling in the camp even as the players went through their final tactical fixes on Monday morning. Arsenal may have been a wounded animal, desperate to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to bitter rivals Spurs four days earlier which again opened the race for the top four, but the vulnerable Gunners were forced to line up Gabriel and Ben White. at the back despite their pair’s recent hamstring issues. Although Newcastle have failed to score in any of their previous seven games against Arsenal and have beaten the Londoners at home only once since 2006, that should have encouraged the hosts, particularly at residence.

It is no coincidence, after all, that Newcastle have won six of their previous seven league games at St James’ Park. Supporters certainly played their part in turning this stadium into a fortress once again and fans helped create another electric atmosphere even before a ball was thrown on Monday night as Wor Flags produced their biggest show yet.

The East Stand before kick-off
The East Stand before kick-off

Was it any wonder that the band members were invited to meet the players and staff at the training ground on Saturday? Nearly 100 volunteers helped to ensure that every Newcastle supporter was involved as around 49,000 sheets of aluminum foil were placed on the seats to create a stunning display across the four stands, which included the word ” UNITED” spelled out on the East Stand and a “Newcastle United Football Club Banner that stretched across the Gallowgate with a picture of one of this season’s celebratory dressing room photographs.

The players wouldn’t have needed any extra motivation for a game against Arsenal, but they couldn’t help but gaze around the stadium as substitute skipper Callum Wilson led his side on his first start since December after recovering from an embarrassing calf problem. St James’ has been loud for the past few months, but it was another octave in total.

Substitute Matt Ritchie had told his team-mates that “if you can’t stand up for it, you shouldn’t be playing football” and the players certainly fed on the energy of the crowd. Indeed, it was noted how Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale took his time with goal kicks in the early stages in a bid to slow play as Newcastle riled the visitors by pressing them high and forcing them to make mistakes at the back.

On the ball, Newcastle looked to pick out the snitch Wilson with balls over the top on a night when even not losing a front tooth and having a bloody mouth could affect the number nine after a bad first-half collision .

There were eight minutes on the clock when Matt Targett played Wilson down the left with such a pass and a nervous White had to resort to taking a yellow card and pulling Wilson back. Bruno whipped in the resulting free-kick, but no one could touch the Brazil international’s dangerous delivery to watch it in the net.

Newcastle, crucially, failed to allow Arsenal to set up and Bruno quickly opened the Gunners up in the 18th minute with a slip pass but Sean Longstaff’s cross in front of goal was cleared. As Martin Dubravka propelled the supporters behind the Gallowgate End into a frenzy, waving his arms up and down, you sensed Newcastle had to make that pressure and possession count given Arsenal’s quality at home. ‘coming.

Indeed, the Gunners sent a timely warning midway through the first half when Bukayo Saka cut down the right for the first time and saw a shot blocked behind by Dan Burn. Yet, remarkably, it ended up proving one of Arsenal’s only real openings. had throughout the game.

In fact, it was Allan Saint-Maximin who produced the best half-time effort in the 36th minute as the Frenchman slid down the left flank and forced Ramsdale to a fine save with his effort drilled near the post. Newcastle didn’t have that all-important first goal to show for their efforts, but it was no surprise the players were cheered off the pitch minutes later after one of their best first-half performances. time of the season.

You imagine Howe simply asked for more of the same during his half-time team chat in a bid to finally get the full performance he wanted in 90 minutes. While Newcastle might have been disrupted by a head injury Fabian Schar early in the second half, the hosts quickly scored the goal their dominance deserved in the 55th minute. Joelinton galloped down the left and White, knowing Wilson was hiding, could only turn the Brazilian’s cross into his own net.

The roof detached from the stadium and rather than sit down as they would have done months ago, Newcastle set off in search of a second killer. Wilson fired some more in the 63rd minute after falling on the end of Bruno’s cross, then blocked a shot behind for a corner from close range minutes later.

Wondered if that second slayer was coming for Newcastle as Wilson and substitute Jacob Murphy were denied late, but Bruno sealed the three in the 85th minute with a calm close-range finish after Ramsdale brought down Wilson while Newcastle signed to in St James style.

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]]> Vacation rentals: How do I book a vacation rental instead of a hotel? https://mino-warabi.com/vacation-rentals-how-do-i-book-a-vacation-rental-instead-of-a-hotel/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:24:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/vacation-rentals-how-do-i-book-a-vacation-rental-instead-of-a-hotel/

Summer vacation time is approaching and you may be considering renting a house instead of a hotel. When choosing which service to use, consider everything from reservation guarantees to guest fees.

Airbnb recently announced what it calls the biggest change to its service in a decade. Four million hosts on the service offer everything from private rooms to full properties for rent. The company’s summer 2022 release adds the ability to search for property rentals by categories such as treehouses, caves, castles and farmhouses. Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said in an announcement video that one of his favorite categories is called OMG!

‘You have properties where you’re like, I can’t believe this even exists,’ he said, pointing to a yellow submarine available for hire in the middle of the woods in New Zealand.

The company also now offers Split Stays which will create a small two house itinerary whenever you are looking for a stay longer than a week. Chesky showed the example of finding national parks and the app suggested a few days at a property in Joshua Tree, followed by a few days at a rental near Zion.

The final announcement included protections for customers called Aircover. It includes reservation protection if a host cancels your reservation within one month of your arrival, check-in guarantee in case you can’t access a rental for whatever reason, and a Get-What-You-Booked guarantee if tenants have concerns about cleanliness or amenities that are not as advertised. In all three cases, guests will first contact their host to see if they can resolve the issue. If not, tenants contact Airbnb within 72 hours of discovering the issue. If the company finds that the problem is protected by AirCover, it will issue a full or partial refund or find customers a better or similar place to stay.

Airbnb claims to be the only vacation rental company to offer these benefits. It’s true that I haven’t seen the Split Stay option on other vacation rental sites, but Booking.com has the ability to browse by property type, such as farm stays, boats, and luxury tents.

Also, while no other company I researched offered the option of refunds for last-minute host cancellations, check-in issues, or issues with the property, Vrbo says he will find you somewhere else to stay in one of these cases. Guests should let this know within the first 12 hours and are encouraged to contact the property manager first.

Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com and Vacasa all have a 24/7 helpline for customers to call for assistance.

Vrbo has fraud protection. If a payment somehow ends up in the hands of someone other than the Host, the Company will reimburse the Guest. And in an email, the company wrote that the majority of properties have the option to pay when you stay “unlike other online travel agencies where customers are almost always charged at the time of booking.”

Now let’s talk about fees. It can sometimes be shocking to see the difference between the first price displayed on a property’s page and the final cost after taxes and fees are added.

Airbnb says its service fee helps cover the cost of services like 24-hour customer support. The website notes that “most customer service fees are less than 14.2% of the subtotal reservation” and tenants will be able to see the charges during checkout before booking.

Vrbo’s website says its service fee covers the cost of secure transactions, product development, and customer service and the amount varies. But a vacation rental marketing company To log in shows that Vrbo charges are usually between 6-12% of the total booking.

Booking.com wrote in an email that he had “no booking fees or hidden and unexpected charges”.

But a comparison of a weekend condo rental in Park City, Utah shows that the website adds a service fee (which all the other companies had as well), as well as destination fees and tourist fees that did not appear on any other website.

Vrbo added damage insurance and all the websites I compared had cleaning fees. The total fees and taxes for this condo ranged from $383.17 (Airbnb) to $442.52 (Vrbo). Both Vrbo and Airbnb showed that Vacasa was actually the property manager for the condo and knowing that, I headed to their website to check the price. Vacasa had no service charge and the total fees and taxes were $350.40; a saving of $33 even on the cheapest option of the big three websites.

Cut out the middleman if possible and check these fees and taxes if price is important to your booking. But also keep in mind the booking guarantees that could make a big difference to the smooth running of your vacation. And don’t forget to scour the websites for those amazing properties you may have thought only existed in your dreams.

Financial Focus: There are many new opportunities for owners of 529 Plans | Independent Perspectives https://mino-warabi.com/financial-focus-there-are-many-new-opportunities-for-owners-of-529-plans-independent-perspectives/ Sat, 14 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/financial-focus-there-are-many-new-opportunities-for-owners-of-529-plans-independent-perspectives/

If you want to provide educational opportunities for your children or grandchildren, you may want to consider investing in a 529 plan. In recent years, this plan has become more flexible and potentially more powerful than ever.

One of the main advantages of a 529 plan is that earnings are generally tax-free, provided the money is used for eligible educational expenses. As the plan owner, you can essentially name any beneficiary you want, and you’re free to change beneficiaries as needed. The contribution limits are quite high, so you can set aside considerable sums in a 529 plan – and you may want to do so because tuition fees have increased steadily over the years. In fact, for the 2021-22 academic year, the College Board reports that the average cost (tuition, fees, room, and board) of a public four-year college or university is over $27,000. $ for out of state students and nearly $56,000. for private school students.

But the 529 plans are no longer just about higher education. In recent years, the rules governing 529 plans have changed, so they can now be used for:

K-12 tuition (up to $10,000 per student, per year),

Apprenticeship programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, and

Student Loans ($10,000 lifetime limit for student loan repayments by each 529 Plan beneficiary and an additional $10,000 for each of the beneficiary’s siblings.)

And soon, a major change will affect the relationship between 529 plans owned by grandparents and the financial aid granted to their grandchildren. Families applying for aid were not required to report account 529 assets belonging to the grandparents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, under the previous rules, you had to report withdrawals from plans held by grandparents as untaxed student income, which could reduce eligibility for assistance by up to 50% of the cash amount received. .

But that changes for FAFSA 2024-25, which won’t require students to report cash support, including money taken from a 529 plan owned by grandparents. Instead, the amount of a student’s total income will be reported directly from federal tax returns. This means that a grandparent-owned 529 plan will have no effect on eligibility for need-based financial assistance. This benefit for families is already here, as 2022 will be used as the base year for the 2024-25 FAFSA, so any withdrawals made in 2022, and also in the future, will not need to be reported as student income.

With this change, families will now have more options to use 529 plans without compromising financial assistance. You can generally withdraw any amount from all 529 plans for higher education expenses, but only qualified withdrawals — those used for typical education-related expenses — will be exempt from tax. The portion of earnings from non-qualified withdrawals is taxable and could also result in a 10% penalty.

Given the new rules affecting a grandparent-owned 529 plan, you should consult with a financial professional to determine how this plan can work with other strategies to help cover education costs while not harming the progress you want. do on other important goals, like a comfortable retirement.

Either way, consider looking into a 529 plan — it was already a great education-funding tool, and now it can provide even more options for your family.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Michael Paolino MBA, CFP, AAMS – 24 Salt Pond Rd, Unit D3, South Kingstown, RI 02879. Office 401-783-7548; Michael.paolino@edwardjones.com.

Stay at These 8 Incredible Galveston Beach Home Rentals https://mino-warabi.com/stay-at-these-8-incredible-galveston-beach-home-rentals/ Fri, 13 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/stay-at-these-8-incredible-galveston-beach-home-rentals/

Nothing says summer is like a great beach vacation. If you consider yourself a beach lover but haven’t had the chance to experience Galveston, Texas and its plethora of beaches, there’s no better time than the present. Galveston is full of beaches perfect for relaxing, working on your tan, surfing, water sports and swimming. But that’s not all; beachgoers can also join in a game or two of volleyball, try a variety of restaurants, and go shopping.

Of course, if you’d rather spend more than a day in this coastal paradise of the United States, then you should check out these eight high-end beach houses in Galveston and make it a real vacation.

Dream by the sea

If you need a larger-than-life beach rental that can accommodate eight or more people and has all the comforts of home and more, The Beachfront Bliss House is a great choice.

Location: The house of happiness by the sea

24519 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (281) 915-8167

Rates: Variable according to the length of stay and the number of people. There is also a 3 day minimum rental.

Approvals: Access to several private beaches, high-end amenities, barbecue, beach toys, lounge chairs, fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, nearby bike rentals and much more.

luxury beach life

Call of The Sea House is definitely worth considering for those looking for a lavish beach vacation rental that sleeps up to 14 people. This stunning beach rental has first class amenities and is located on Galveston Island.

Location: The call of the sea house

24519 San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (713) 962-1672

Rates: Variable depending on length of stay and number of guests.

Approvals: Beachfront property, a private promenade, stunning views, a garden oasis with a summer bar counter, a covered living room with a large outdoor dining table, a private hot tub, two terraces, a shower outdoor area, a children’s playroom and 5 -star accommodation.

Related: See dolphins, sharks and more on Texas’ Galveston Island

Front Row Ocean Views

Another great rental to check out is The Bluewater Beach House. Not only is this front row ocean view rental conveniently located right across from the beach, but if you want some cocktails served to you while you soak up all that sand and sea, there’s has a nearby beach club that you can take full advantage of. as a house guest.

Location: The Bluewater Beach House

4142 King Rail Cir, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (847) 401-7260

Rates: Varies seasonally depending on length of stay, but typically starts at $250+ per night.

Approvals: Beach features, scenic views, new updates throughout, custom outdoor lounger furniture with hammock, a water view deck, large covered patio and top notch BBQ.

beach paradise

A true beach haven, Heaven On The Bay House is a great option for large groups (maximum capacity is 16 people). This multi-level rental has custom home features including a private hot tub, living room with fireplace, three decks, entertainment room with a ping pong table, air hockey, shuffleboard and a tennis court. baby foot.

Location: Paradise on the Bay House

26122 Bay Breeze Drive, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (713) 962-1672

Rates: Variable depending on length of stay and number of guests.

Approvals: Stunning views, smart home features, great beach gear, and access to the beloved West Pointe Beach Club.

Beach atmosphere only

For beachgoers looking to be in the middle of it all, Seaglass House is a must. Located in the heart of Beachtown, this beach rental can accommodate a maximum of 14 people and has everything you could need to keep the beach party going.

Location: The Seaglass House

734 Ramsar Road, Galveston, TX 77550

Contact: (713) 962-1672

Rates: Variable depending on length of stay and number of guests.

Approvals: Easy access to 5-star restaurants at the Porch Café and the Most Beautiful Sea Side Resort, less than 200 meters from the beach, nearby dunes, three covered terraces, an outdoor grill, two picnic tables, a wrap-around lounge on the ground floor of the house, plus an outdoor shower.

Life by the sea

If you have found yourself dreaming of the simple life by the sea, then the Wilde Dunes beachfront property is for you. This luxurious custom rental can accommodate up to 16 people and is located in The Reserve at Grand Beachthe only gated community on the island.

Location: wild dunes

29 Grand Beach Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550

Contact: (713) 962-1672

Rates: Variable depending on length of stay and number of guests.

Approvals: A summer bar, outdoor shower, private hot tub, gated community facilities, within 3 miles of local attractions including the historic Galveston Island Pier, Hotel Galvez Spa and Bar on the roof of the Tremont house.

The pleasure of surfers

This charming beach rental has everything hardcore surfers need to enjoy their next wave. The Surf Shack has amazing amenities for relaxing after a long day, like a one-of-a-kind patio perfect for grilling, plus private dunes perfect for nighttime bonfires and stargazing.

Location: surf hut

21019 West Sandhill Drive, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (409)797-5500

Rates: Variable, and a minimum stay of 7 days is required.

Approvals: Three decks, an elevator, multiple living areas, oceanfront gulf views, plus a dune boardwalk that allows guests easy access to the sand and surf.

Related: Hacks to make a day at the beach even better

Shoreline therapy

A true beach vacation oasis with first-class features and amenities, the Serenity Now home promises guests lavish relaxation from the moment they walk through the front door. Notably, this rental has been carefully designed to maximize its dream location and make guests feel completely stress-free.

Location: serenity now

11815 Sunbather Lane, Galveston, TX 77554

Contact: (409)797-5500

Rates: Varies depending on check-in required on Monday.

Approvals: Private beach, two covered decks, downstairs patio ideal for casual dining, chef’s kitchen, housekeeping services, and easy access to nearby serene attractions/activities – fishing, boating , lush gardens and bird sanctuaries.

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The shelter cares for pets while their owners are locked in isolation facilities https://mino-warabi.com/the-shelter-cares-for-pets-while-their-owners-are-locked-in-isolation-facilities/ Thu, 12 May 2022 08:34:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/the-shelter-cares-for-pets-while-their-owners-are-locked-in-isolation-facilities/

The city’s premier pet shelter offers felines and dogs in need a temporary home during this special time.

The temporary shelter for pets belonging to confirmed COVID-19 cases or their relatives in Laoximen Subdistrict of Huangpu District was opened on May 7 on Jiangyin Street. Its director and founder Zhai Jiang also owns a nearby pet clinic called Babara Vet.

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A poster, a staff work schedule and a QR code to enter the animal shelter are posted outside the property.

Zhai, 48, has over 20 years of experience in the pet industry. When sub-district staff approached him to discuss starting the pet shelter last week, he immediately agreed, largely due to his great love for small animals.

As one of the areas most affected by the pandemic in Huangpu district, it was decided in early May that close contacts in Laoximen sub-district should also be transferred to dedicated isolation facilities to eradicate the disease. transmission of the virus.

However, how to care for their pets became a problem for many residents who needed to be transferred. In fact, some would cite this as an excuse for not complying with the transfer.

“Many of those who were to be transferred called me in tears,” Zhai said, adding that he could clearly sense that many of them treated their pets almost like their own children, and were understandably worried.

The shelter cares for pets while their owners are locked in isolation facilities

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A volunteer helps Zhai Jiang put on his protective suit.

Timi, a 5-year-old Labrador who lived with his owner on Menghua Street, was the first “guest” when the pet shelter opened.

Previously, the dog had been treated for more than three days by the residents’ committee after its owner was transferred to a makeshift hospital as a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Timi was sent by staff from Laoximen sub-district after the shelter opened.

Zhai said all pets are delivered to the shelter by a special car from the subdistrict. After the owner returns home, the pets are also returned in a vehicle organized by the sub-district.

“You’re not going to see Timi,” Zhai said. “After his owner recovered, he was picked up and brought home on May 8. He is the first pup to leave our shelter.”

The services offered at the shelter are free. It has two bedrooms, can house up to 40 dogs and 10 cats, and at the time of the interview there were five cats and two dogs in residence.

“I bought items such as cat food, dog food, and cages,” Zhai said. “Five pet hospital volunteers help me take care of the animals.”

Zhai has set up a tent next to the shelter, and since it opened, he and a volunteer have been sleeping there to watch over and support the animals.

They disinfect the shelter every day, feed the animals and do the cleaning. They also enter each pet’s health status and owner information into a computer.

The shelter cares for pets while their owners are locked in isolation facilities

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A tent set up next to the shelter allows Zhai and the volunteers to monitor the animals’ health status.

The animal shelter is equipped with a video camera so owners can see their animals in real time. Zhai also takes videos or photos of pets to share with owners via WeChat.

“We let them see their pets at all times for reassurance and faster recovery,” he said.

A puppy named “Gou Gou”, sent to the shelter on May 9, can’t stop barking.

Zhai said that when pets have an intense stress reaction, staff immediately discuss possible solutions with the owner. They seek information about its temperament and adjust their diet accordingly.

The shelter cares for pets while their owners are locked in isolation facilities

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A puppy named “Gou Gou” had an intense stress reaction and kept barking in the shelter.

Due to the current limited conditions, the shelter can only accept pets from families with sitters quarantined in Laoximen. Interested residents can get more information from their own neighborhood committee.

Zhai hopes more shelters can be established in the city to provide animals with a temporary home at this particular time.

Two arrests made in murder march in West Orange, NJ reservation https://mino-warabi.com/two-arrests-made-in-murder-march-in-west-orange-nj-reservation/ Wed, 11 May 2022 19:41:36 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/two-arrests-made-in-murder-march-in-west-orange-nj-reservation/

WEST ORANGE — Two out-of-state men have been arrested and charged with bringing another man to New Jersey and killing him, but if authorities have any idea why the victim was murdered, they did not say so in a statement on Wednesday.

The Essex County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Offices announced the arrest of Michael Verdel, 71, of the Bronx, and Posley Sulaiman, 31, of Detroit, charged with first-degree murder, murder, conspiracy and robbery, and unlawful acts in the second degree. possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the March 4 death of Kelsey Steels, 31, of the Bronx.

Investigators say Verdel and Sulaiman met Steels at Verdel’s apartment, then transported him to New Jersey and shot him on a hiking trail at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange.

No motive for the murder has been revealed. New Jersey 101.5 has submitted a request for an affidavit of probable cause in the case.

Sulaiman was scheduled to appear in New York court on Wednesday, the district attorney’s office said, on a firearms charge for which he was held at Rikers Island between March 4 and today.

Verdel, nicknamed “The Rabbi” by those who know him according to the prosecution, was taken into custody in New York and extradited to New Jersey, where a detention hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Anyone with potential information about the ongoing investigation is asked to call the Essex County District Attorney’s Office at 1-877-TIPS-4EC (847-7432).

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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A cruel scammer posing as a dog thief to blackmail devastated owners out of money https://mino-warabi.com/a-cruel-scammer-posing-as-a-dog-thief-to-blackmail-devastated-owners-out-of-money/ Wed, 11 May 2022 10:32:51 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/a-cruel-scammer-posing-as-a-dog-thief-to-blackmail-devastated-owners-out-of-money/

A cruel con artist poses as a dog thief to blackmail owners of devastated pets out of cash.

Dog Lost volunteers have reported a spike in thefts since last year and more suspects in 2022. There have been 359 stolen dogs in the Lancashire area alone.

The animal organization, which unites dogs and their owners, says cruel scammers and scammers pose as dognappers targeting unsuspecting animal lovers in the area.

Clare Gresty, North West coordinator of Dog Lost and police liaison, says some dogs have even been robbed at knifepoint.

She told Lancs Live: “We’ve had landlords held at knifepoint in the south and we’re dealing with so many cases; some are truly awful.

“There are other cases where the dogs were left in the garden, and others where they were walked.”

The latest harrowing incidents have seen scammers posing as genuine buyers to dog owners using fake IDs, a fake banking app and a cloned vehicle number plate to persuade them to be genuine.

The heartless crooks got away with five dogs, including two Cavapoo puppies, and also took two Pomeranian puppies and a dachshund from other devastated owners.

Two Pomeranian puppies were fraudulently purchased from a home in Leyland, Lancashire


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Claire added: “When the pair of men left, the owners checked their bank accounts to see if the money had come in, and it wasn’t there because it was never sent in the first place.

“Distraught owners let their puppies go without proper research, and all dogs should be microchipped. But the owners of a pair of Pomeranian puppies have been told they will receive £3,800.

“The crooks showed proof, or what they said was proof, that they were genuine, with what turned out to be a fake ID, fake driver’s license and vehicle registration cloned, then they left with the puppies.

“The owner let the men go thinking they were going to get almost £4,000 so the men left with the puppies but when the owners checked their bank account there was nothing.

“She’s distraught because she doesn’t know where the puppies are, and now she’s terrified for her safety as well as the puppies because this scammer knows where she lives; they’ve actually been in the family home.”

Another sickening twist saw another scammer posing as a dog thief and blackmailing desperate owners who lost their dogs hundreds of pounds.

Claire added: “I speak to this person regularly because he knows that I am the coordinator of Dog Lost in the North West.

“Some owners have paid him thousands of pounds and they genuinely believe he has their dog. He pretends to be a dognapper – we all know his voice – and he pretends to have their dogs, saying things like , pay £500 now or I’ll slit your dog’s throat.

“It’s a big deal,” Claire says, adding, “Dog theft can be very traumatic and some owners’ lives are never the same again. I really feel for them because it’s not knowing for them.

“If your dog has died, you can mourn it, but these owners are wondering what conditions their dogs could be left with.

“Were they used as bait or were they kept in cages for breeding? It literally traumatizes them.

In a post on the Dog Lost Facebook page, the group said, “Be careful when advertising the sale of your pets. Scammers contact owners and offer the perfect home for your pet.

“They send money through a fraudulent banking app and will show you that the money has been transferred.

“You will NOT receive this payment. They are using a fake ID which they will allow you to take a picture of, tricking you into thinking they are genuine.

“They may ask you to take a photo of their vehicle’s registration, again tricking you into believing they are genuine – they will actually be cloned vehicles.

“If you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact your local police department and email us the information.

“Please also contact Action Fraud and report the crime to them.”

Recent data revealed that dog thefts across the country have reached a seven-year high.

Around 2,760 dogs were stolen last year, a 16% increase since 2015, according to figures compiled by Direct Line Pet Insurance, which indicate the breeds most targeted are Jack Russell terriers, French bulldogs, chihuahuas and pugs.

Madeline Pike, Veterinary Nurse for Direct Line Pet Insurance, said: “Unfortunately dog ​​theft appears to be on the rise in Lancashire, with the number of dogs reported as stolen increasing over the past three years to a record 116. Last year. This is the fourth highest figure recorded in the UK police force.

“However, as the number of thefts in Lancashire has increased, so has the number of dogs returned. Almost half of these dogs, 51 animals, were returned to their owners last year. That’s more four times higher than the number officially returned five years ago, when just 12 dogs, or 11% of those stolen, were found.

“While the high return rate in Lancashire, which is almost double the national average, is testament to the hard work of the police to reunite pets with their owners, we warn owners that the huge increase in the number people bringing in pet dogs The lockdown has made dog theft a lucrative industry for thieves.

“Pet owners should take every precaution to keep their pet safe, including not leaving their dog tied up outside a store or inside an empty car and keeping them on a leash when ‘it’s in high traffic areas.

“It is important that a dog’s microchip registration contains the correct information, otherwise it could make it difficult for an animal to reunite with its owner.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We were called on May 5 after a report of fraud at Leyland. It was reported that two red cavapoo puppies had been fraudulently purchased from an owner.

“The matter is under investigation and ongoing investigations.

“We were called on May 9 after a report of fraud at Leyland.

“It has been reported that two Pomeranian dogs were fraudulently purchased from an owner on April 28. The matter is being investigated and investigations are ongoing.”

Following a rise in reported dog thefts, the government last year revealed plans to sentence thieves to up to five years in prison. He said he would add the new criminal offense to the Kept Animals Bill.

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]]> Lovingly restored heritage boutique hotel set to open in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast https://mino-warabi.com/lovingly-restored-heritage-boutique-hotel-set-to-open-in-maleny-on-the-sunshine-coast/ Wed, 11 May 2022 03:13:55 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/lovingly-restored-heritage-boutique-hotel-set-to-open-in-maleny-on-the-sunshine-coast/

Maleny Lodge, a new heritage boutique accommodation in the heart of the bustling town of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, will open on May 30, having been lovingly restored by owners Andrew and Lucy Pink.

Maleny Lodge dates back to 1905, when it was originally called Rosedale, but was later renamed Maleny Lodge, and has provided accommodation ever since.

Andrew and Lucy Pink purchased the property in 2021, following the highly successful revival of a 1980s motel in Maroochydore and transformation into the stylish Loea Boutique Hotel.

With Lucy’s impeccable eye for furniture and distinctive artwork, and a complete update to the interior of the Lodge, the couple breathed new life into the home while retaining its charm and traditional features. ‘origin. Full of luxury finishes, modern comforts and a beautifully curated collection of vintage furniture and curios, Maleny Lodge has been providing some of the newest accommodation in the outback for many years.

Maleny Lodge blurs the lines between boutique hotel and vacation home, providing an adults-only space where guests can disconnect from everyday life, relax and rejuvenate in luxurious surroundings.

There are four large en-suite guest bedrooms which can be booked separately, all named after the original family members who lived there. The four bedrooms are available between $280 and $360 per night, subject to availability.

The original part of the house, Rosedale, is available to rent as a complete property, comprising three bedrooms: one king bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two queen bedrooms sharing the main bathroom with a stunning free-standing bath. Rosedale comes with a fully equipped country kitchen, living/dining room with log fire and a cozy alfresco dining area on the veranda.

Ideal for friends, small wedding parties, adult families and corporate think tanks, Rosedale is available from $700 per night and includes shared access to the scenic grounds, magnesium heated pool and the wooded area. The whole property is also available for rent, with a maximum capacity of 14 people.

Co-owner Andrew Pink said it had been a pleasure for him and Lucy to revitalize the impressive property.

“It has been a very careful balance between preserving the property’s distinctive heritage character and refurbishing it for the ultimate in contemporary luxury,” said Andrew Pink.

” It’s all in the details. Our seven individually designed rooms are not only beautiful, but we have designed them with the comfort of our guests in mind. You can immerse yourself in cloud-like bedding adorned with linen sheets for a dreamy night’s sleep. Our luxurious bathrooms feature handcrafted artisan tiles with freestanding bathtubs and/or double showers.

Ideal for special occasions and events

Maleny Lodge is available for exclusive hire making it an ideal venue for special events including small weddings, retreats, gatherings and film shoots.

As well as accommodating up to 14 people, Maleny Lodge can accommodate an additional 36 people for the day in the Lodge’s beautiful gardens. For all events, Maleny Lodge is offered as a ‘blank canvas’, with the group arranging extras such as catering, marquee, furniture and glassware/cutlery/crockery hire.

Exclusive rental prices start from $1800 per night. Plus $100 per additional guest attending your event (up to 36 additional guests).

Special opening discount offer

As a special offer for the opening of Maleny Lodge, rooms are 20% off for stays through the end of August 2022. Discounted rates start from $224 per night until August 31 . Conditions apply. Reservations must be made directly via the Maleny Lodge website: https://www.malenylodge.com.au/

12 Relaxing VRBO Vacation Rentals in Traverse City https://mino-warabi.com/12-relaxing-vrbo-vacation-rentals-in-traverse-city/ Fri, 06 May 2022 19:53:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/12-relaxing-vrbo-vacation-rentals-in-traverse-city/

Planning a Traverse City vacation can be daunting, but for good reason: there’s so much to see and do. Finding the perfect accommodation is a big part of that equation these days, as visitors seek to snag places that are destinations in themselves – the perfect vacation home is no longer just about location, but also amazing amenities like fully equipped kitchens, waterfront access, adventure gear like bikes, paddle boards and kayaks, even thoughtful touches like free wood waiting next to the fire pit .

If you’re looking for the perfect cabin, cottage, or condo for your next trip to Traverse City, we’ve rounded up a dozen to get you started. Each is highly rated on vacation rental site VRBO.com; Bookmark them for future travels or let them inspire you to dream of your next getaway.

The following listings were active and accepting reservations at the time of publication. Be sure to check each listing carefully for special guidelines and specific policies, especially for pets and children. More Michigan listings are available at VRBO.com.

This luxury Traverse City vacation rental is nestled in historic Grand Traverse Commons. | Photo courtesy VRBO

Deluxe Suite at the Village: It’s not hard to see why this spacious stunner of a vacation rental has all five-star reviews: The 2,300 square foot condo in historic Grand Traverse Commons is beautifully appointed with dining, hiking, and shops within walking distance. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8. Full list here

Traverse City VRBO Vacation Rental

This luxury condo in Traverse City puts you in the heart of all the vacation action. | Photo courtesy of VRBO

Brown’s Bayside Retreat: This spacious and sparkling Traverse City condo offers quick access to all local amenities along with luxury details like a fully equipped kitchen and all new appliances. Guest reviews rave about the location and excellent communication from the host. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8. Full list here

Traverse City Cabin

A charmer of a lakefront vacation rental with its own beach near Traverse City, Michigan | Photo via VRBO

Charming lakeside cabin with boat ramp on a sandy beach:This freshly remodeled cutie is on Lake Rennie, a rustic sports lake about 15 minutes southeast of Traverse City. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 5 beds. Full list here

Downtown TC VRBO

Reviewers loved this charmer’s location in downtown Traverse City. | Photo courtesy VRBO

Traverse City Front Street Victorian house: A newly renovated apartment in a sweet Victorian with lots of charm and a killer location just two blocks from the beach. Amenities include plenty of on-site parking, outdoor BBQ, smart TV and more. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 8. Full list here

TC Carriage House

A dock with a great view of West Grand Traverse Bay is one of the amenities of this private shed. | Photo courtesy VRBO

Private Carriage Shed on West Grand Traverse Bay: This oceanfront carriage house features 100 feet on West Grand Traverse Bay. It’s close enough for quick trips to Traverse City but also far enough to provide tranquility even during peak tourist seasons. The waterfront fire pit for bonfires and s’mores is an added bonus. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here

High Lake Traverse City VRBO

The serene view of High Lake from this vacation rental in the Traverse area. | Photo courtesy of VRBO

Cozy Home on High Lake: This charmer of a tiny house sits on the edge of 50-acre High Lake, with a kayak and canoes ready for you to go on an adventure. Reviewers loved the location, which offers a restful and peaceful stay while being close to the action in Traverse City. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here

Lake Side Cabin Traverse City

This charming vacation rental is on Spider Lake, just south of Traverse City. | Photo courtesy VRBO

Spider Lake Waterfront Cottage: From serene waterfront sunrises to a boatload of lake house amenities (paddle boards, paddle boats, enough kayaks for an entire crew), this Spider Lake cabin has it all. need for a vacation in the North. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6. Full list here

Boardman River House Traverse City VRBO

This well-reviewed vacation rental in the Traverse area offers beautiful views of the Boardman River. | Photo courtesy of VRBO

Waterfront Cottage on the Boardman River: There’s just something dreamier about being on a river. This Boardman River cabin is fully stocked, with a riverside firepit for stargazing in any season. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6. Full list here

Top Floor Traverse City VRBO Condo

Stay in the heart of Traverse City in this sparkling new condo. | Photo courtesy VRBO

Top floor condo for 2 in the heart of downtown Traverse City: A brand new condo (with parking!) that puts you right in the center of Traverse City’s amazing restaurants and shops, not to mention walking distance to the sandy shores of Grand Traverse Bay. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here

Bay Bliss Traverse City VRBO

Billed as “Bay Bliss,” this beachfront vacation condo in Traverse City sleeps four. | Image courtesy VRBO

Bay Bliss at Traverse City Beach: Explore the Traverse City area, then come home to a sandy beach and sunset views right outside your door in this bayfront condo, freshly updated with new appliances. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here

Traverse City VRBO Beach House

Stay just steps from the waterfront and a short distance from downtown Traverse City in this lovely beach house for four. | Photo courtesy of VRBO

Beach House within walking distance of downtown Traverse City:Reviewers (including one who has returned to this spot four times) rave about the sunsets and the location of this little beach house, which is only a 15 minute walk from the town center. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here

Cabin on Lake Traverse City VRBO

A quaint, pet-friendly cabin on Lake Chandler near Traverse City. | Photo courtesy of VRBO

Cabin on Lake Chandler: A lovely lakeside vacation rental just about 10 minutes from Traverse City, with all the charm you’d hope to find in a cabin tucked away in the North. Perfectly sized for a solo retreat, a getaway with best friends, or a couple’s trip. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here

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