Beth Sholom celebrates 40 years with renovation and no coronavirus outbreaks

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – It’s a big year for Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach. The rehabilitation and senior living facility is celebrating 40 years in our community, the end of a major renovation, and no outbreaks during this coronavirus pandemic.

Beth Sholom Village takes the health of its residents and patients very seriously. So, when COVID-19 hit and workers learned seniors were high risk, the facility made some big policy changes.

“When somebody comes into our building for the very first time no matter whether they are coming from home, from the hospital, another facility, they go on what we created as an isolation unit,” explained Marcia Brodie, Marketing Director for Beth Sholom.

She said she feels like coming to work every day is one of the safest places she can be. “Every single staff member, I think we maybe have 320, is tested every single week. Tuesdays

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Coronavirus boosts cloud kitchens as foodie Asians order in

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Singapore’s Ebb & Flow Group took an unusual route to creating one of its most popular food items: analysing more than 200,000 data points to predict customer preference and potential demand.

The result, launched shortly before the coronavirus sent the city into lockdown, was Wrap Bstrd – wraps with fillings such as chicken satay rice and beef bulgogi, borne from the insight that customers preferred Asian flavours in a fuss-free fashion.

“We were able to combine advanced behavioural data capabilities and pattern analyses with the expertise of our chefs to create a brand and menu that was specifically tailored for our customers,” said chief executive Lim Kian Chun.

“It is Singapore’s first food and beverage brand that is driven entirely by insights derived from artificial intelligence,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ebb & Flow Group is one of a growing number of companies operating

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Trump tells Congress to ‘go big or go home’ on coronavirus stimulus



a man wearing a suit and tie: Trump tells Congress to 'go big or go home' on coronavirus stimulus


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Trump tells Congress to ‘go big or go home’ on coronavirus stimulus

President Trump urged Congress to “go big or go home” on another round of coronavirus stimulus, amid broad objections within his own party to his latest $1.8 trillion proposal.

“STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

In doing so, the president undermined a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) less than an hour earlier that said the upper chamber would vote on a bill providing “targeted relief for American workers” that includes more funding for small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

“When the full Senate returns on October 19th, our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said.

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Vacation home demand soars during coronavirus pandemic

Home sales are booming in popular vacation spots, as the pandemic leads more Americans to seek places to work or relax within driving distance of home.

In traditional vacation destinations such as Key West, Fla., Ocean City, N.J., and Traverse City, Mich., online house shopping and pending sales are up relative to the country overall, according to a new analysis by Zillow Group Inc.

CONDOS COULD MAKE COMEBACK IN HOUSING MARKET IF SINGLE-FAMILY HOME PRICES KEEP RISING 

Similar to the recent rise in interest for suburban and rural homes that are a car ride from major cities, the growth in demand for homes in vacation towns shows how Covid-19 is reshaping home shoppers’ priorities, said Jeff Tucker, senior economist at Zillow.

“Home shoppers are particularly motivated to shop for a

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The coronavirus ground game gamble hits the homestretch

MILWAUKEE — Nowhere else may the pandemic-year ground game contrast between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden be more apparent than in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County, part of the trio of suburban counties surrounding Milwaukee.

Trump won this part of the state in 2016, but his margin was significantly below that of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. It is in counties like Waukesha — which has itself become a notorious catchword in some quarters for any potentially contest-defining bellwether area — where Biden hopes to cut into Trump’s previous margin and reclaim the state.

In late September, the Trump campaign’s website advertised a “MAGA Meet-Up” at the Republican Party of Waukesha County office to “connect with other supporters in the area and recruit new volunteers.”

Although the online description nodded to a virtual event option, it was unclear how to take advantage of it. When NBC News arrived at the office,

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Nursing home residents stage protest of coronavirus restrictions

About 20 residents of a Greeley, Colo., nursing facility gathered to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions in the state.

The residents, many of them wheelchair users, assembled outside Fairacres Manor Thursday, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” said Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at the facility, according to CBS4. 

Gonzales said staff members, who were present at the protest in masks and eye protection, “want them [residents] to know that their voice does matter.”

Under current restrictions, residents are forbidden from physical contact, although visits are still permitted, the TV station noted.

“We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore,” said Resident Council President Sharon Peterson. “Fairacres follows the rules and, with that, we

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3 Tech Stocks That Are Thriving Despite the Coronavirus

It’s no secret we’re in a highly uncertain economy created by the efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. unemployment rate, while showing some improvement recently, is still hovering around 8% and is significantly higher than the 3.5% it was in February just prior to the pandemic.

In this uncertain economic environment, it can be reassuring for investors to own stock in businesses that are not only surviving but are thriving in the midst of COVID-19.

Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ: PTON), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), and Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) are three tech companies that are thriving despite (or to some extent, because of) the coronavirus. Let’s find out a little more about them and why these three stocks are currently doing so well.

A man exercises on a Peloton stationary bike as a woman walks by inside a home with a large bay window.

Image source: Peloton.

1. Peloton: The home fitness revolution

Peloton’s business is on fire due to its very popular exercise bikes coupled with

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Nursing Home Residents Struggle to Vote Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. (Danielle Scruggs/The New York Times)
Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. (Danielle Scruggs/The New York Times)

Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. Credit – Danielle A. Scruggs—The New York Times/Redux

Ivan Lakos was born in Hungary and came to the United States in 1951 as a displaced person after World War II. He became a citizen after about five years and has voted consistently ever since. But this year, with COVID-19 cases again on the rise in the U.S., the 96-year-old worried whether he’d be able to continue that tradition.

Lakos lives in a skilled nursing home at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in North Carolina, which is home to roughly 500 residents and usually hosts its own polling place with volunteers on hand to help residents fill out ballots and navigate voting machines. But this year, that isn’t an option for him. To protect against COVID-19,

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Home improvements in the time of Coronavirus

Laurie Nichols 

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The shift to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on the home renovation market. Spending more time in the home has spurred a do-it-yourself (DIY) renovation renaissance and home improvement projects have become popular with the advent of social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube which offer ideas and inspiration.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, national home-improvement retailers like Lowes and Home Depot have reported record sales. Many homeowners are looking to improve the design and functionality of their homes by either making aesthetic changes or by upgrading and renovating to improve utility and efficiency. Smaller DIY projects ranging from landscaping to upgrading appliances and painting the exterior of the home are popular, but homeowners are also tackling larger scale DIY renovation projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. 

Homeowners look for the best Return on Investment (ROI) on

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Coronavirus mortgage bailouts fall below 3 million

The number of mortgages whose payment requirements have been suspended because of the coronavirus plunged in the past week, as the first group of loans hit the end of their six-month term.

It was the largest decline since the crisis began.

Over the past week, active forbearances dropped by 649,000, or 18%, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data analytics firm. That brings the total number of plans, both government and private sector, below 3 million for the first time since April. In addition, the decline was noticeably larger than the drop of 435,000 when the first wave of forbearances hit the three-month mark in early July.

As of Oct. 6, 2.97 million homeowners remain in pandemic-related forbearance plans, or 5.6% of all active mortgages, down from 6.8% the previous week. The loans represent collectively $614 billion in unpaid principal.

These plans allow borrowers to delay their monthly

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