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Nowadays, individuals are having a lot to know about things like the pandemic outbreak, problems associated with different nations, and many more. Having regular updates will help us out in keeping ourselves safe and prevented from any of the upcoming problems. Every single update is important, so start reading the news on a daily basis. But the question arises is from where to read the news? There are a number of news websites but this does not mean that they provide trustworthy news. 

Here is the list of websites that you can try for having news updates.

  1. BBC World: 

BBC is one of the most popular news reporting organizations. It is also known as the world’s largest news reporting agency. BBC is having a good, clear, and reputed history for the past 100 years and covers accurate and truthful news. This is a government-funded organization that exposes individuals to the things taking place all around. To have updates from BBC, you can easily select your continent or country and start reading from there. It covers reports from every continent and nation, so subscribe to BBC news today only.

2. Business Insider: 

Business Insider is a finance-based news website that provides deep information and analysis regarding business, finance, technology, etc. This is one of the best websites from where people can read the news in an entertaining way. If you are keen to know about business strategies, tricks, and tips of business, then you can try this website for having updates.

3. The Next Hint: 

The Next Hint is one of the most perfect sites created to update the next generation with the things happening in the world. On this website, you can easily find all the updates regarding business, entertainment, finance, education, politics. The articles provided are shorter in length but the information is fully accurate and up-to-date. 

4. POLITICO: 

From the name itself, we are getting a clear picture that this is a website related to politics. This is the website that focuses more on providing information to the people regarding politics and US policies. POLITICO is a news agency that provides its news coverage through newspapers, radio, websites. The information is provided in a tremendous way, so if you are keen to learn about politics then subscribe to POLITICO.

5. The New York Times: 

The New York Times is an American agency of news coverage and has had a good reputation for the past many years. The coverage of The New York Times is beyond words and they cover almost everything taking place. The best thing about this agency is that they provide unbiased and accurate updates to the people. So, if you want to have daily news updates then try reading from here.

6. Active Noon: 

Active Noon is one of the most attractive websites that provide updates to people on entertainment, technology, politics, finance, business, etc. The main purpose of this website is to provide accurate and trustworthy news to the people. It also helps in keeping the generations updated with each and everything taking place around them. If you are interested in having daily updates, then you need to subscribe to Active Noon.

7. The Huffington Post: 

The Huffington Post is an American news agency that provides both local wells as international news.  Everything you want to read is available on this website, from technology to entertainment, entertainment to the environment. The content provided is original and up-to-date. This is the news agency having proper proofs to tell about their claims. Subscribe to know more.

In conclusion, these are the top best websites that will let you have accurate and up-to-date news on a daily basis. Find your favorite one and subscribe now.

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Ariaa Reeds is a professional writer who curates articles for a variety of online publications. She has extensive experience writing on a diverse range of topics including business, education, finance, travel, health, and technology.

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Michael Caine’s ‘Best Sellers’ Has Something to Say About the Death of Literacy, If You Can Manage to Stay Awake

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(L-R) Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza in Best Sellers Screen Media Films

Michael Caine’s film appearances are now as rare as a cool afternoon in the Mojave. But at age 88, with 130 movies under his belt, he works when it amuses him. Having already turned droopy eyes and a Cockney accent into trademarks, he’s earned the right to pick and choose, even if he’s sometimes comes off as less exclusive than he used to be. More camembert than cabernet, if you know what I mean.


BEST SELLERS ★★
(2/4 stars)
Directed by: Lina Roessler
Written by: Anthony Grieco
Starring: Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza
Running time: 1h 40m


And you will, if you stay awake through a mediocre item called Best Sellers. A bookworm named Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited from her father a once-promising New York publishing house that has since fallen on hard times. Determined to save her Dad’s imprint and protect his legacy, she searches for an author capable of handing her a new best seller. The young ones don’t meet her standards, so she settles for an old timer named Harris Shaw (Michael Caine). Her father discovered him when he was just starting out and they made each other famous. But when she tracks down the old coot, she is horrified to see what he’s become: a drunken has-been, more famous for his eccentric behavior than anything he’s written. In fact, he hasn’t published anything for 40 years. Undeterred, the young editor traces him to his remote house in Westchester. Yes, he’s finished a new book, modern and obscene and ready for a new crop of readers, called “The Future is X-Rated”. They hate each other on sight, but as Lucy devotes her career to resuscitating Shaw’s career, the movie turns into a literary struggle between art and arithmetic.

Forced to go on a publicity tour, his demands are more than a compromise: endless supplies of Johnnie Walker Black Label, White Wolf cigars, and salted peanuts. Also, he won’t do interviews and doesn’t rise before noon. He insults everyone, assaults the book critic for The New York Times, and urinates in front of the press corps, but the young and highly indiscriminate television audience make him an outspoken public hero—all of which gives Michael Caine the opportunity to play the kind of cranky, pessimistic and thoroughly obnoxious crackpot he does better than anyone since Clifton Webb died in 1966.

The problem is that although the new generation applauds his antics, nobody buys the book. The movie begins to falter when Lucy hits on a gimmick to turn Shaw’s in-person public readings over to the public itself and the book begins to sell. Worse, after spending so much time together in motel rooms, Shaw and Lucy get to know and like each other. By the time she finally reaches out and hugs him, the movie congeals into something cloying. I threw in the towel when she takes him for an embarrassing unplanned visit to her catatonic father in an assisted living home and the movie gets annoying. The title refers to a big posthumous act of Shaw’s generosity that will insure the future success of Stanbridge Publishing forever. But why spoil a movie so devoid of freshness by divulging its only surprise?

Directed with a dull edge by Lina Roessler, at the expense of otherwise talented players, including Scott Speedman. The handsome and versatile Canadian actor is totally wasted as a man who wants to buy Lucy’s publishing house and run her out of business. Best Sellers has something interesting to say about the death of literacy in today’s publishing world, about how nobody reads anything anymore, and about how instant celebrities are born on social media, but if there’s a central message we should take home and think about, it eludes me.


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Lucas: Gen. Milley’s stealth calls beg question – who’s in charge?

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Where is Sterling Hayden when you need him?

He is the actor who played unhinged U.S. Air Force Gen. Jack D. Ripper in the classic 1964 black comedy “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

In that movie Ripper goes rogue and launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union while a panicked President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) desperately calls the Soviet ambassador to warn him than an unstoppable attack is coming.

Needless to say, the Soviets respond and the world is blown up.

Were Hayden alive today he could have played unhinged Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, in a remake.

This time the movie would have Milley calling the Chinese to warn them in advance if an insane President Donald Trump (played by himself)  was going rogue and planning to launch a nuclear attack on China.

It would be called: “General Milley: or How I Saved the World From Donald Trump and World War III.”

This remake, however, is based on a real story.

Milley, while Trump was still president and the commander in chief, on two occasions secretly called his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, to assure him that the U.S. had no plans to attack China.

And if there were such plans in existence, he would give the Chinese advance warning.

“General Li, you and I have known each other now for five years,” Milley is quoted as saying. “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

There is nothing quite like the disaster of an unelected general making policy, or disobeying orders.

This is like Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War II calling German General Erwin Rommel to tell him that he would give him a heads up if President Franklin Roosevelt signed off on the June 6, 1944 Normandy invasion.

Miley was apparently convinced that Trump would “go rogue” and stoke a military conflict to cling to power and it was his duty to stop him.

What President Joe Biden will do with Milley, if the general does not resign, is anybody’s guess. Milley was appointed by Trump, much to his regret.

President Harry Truman knew what to do with an insubordinate general when Gen. Douglas MacArthur, contrary to policy, wanted to extend the Korean War into China in 1951. He fired him.

Truman said, “I fired him because he would not respect the authority of the president. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was. But that’s not against the law for generals. If it was half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”

This astonishing Milley conversation — among other really questionable remarks by the nation’s top uniformed military leader — is revealed in Bob Woodward’s new book “Peril,” written with Washington Post associate Bob Costa.

In the book, the writers say that Milley placed two calls to the Chinese general, one on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that Trump would lose, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol riot that shook Washington

The first call was based on Mllley’s belief that tensions over U.S. military exercises in the South China Sea were high, and on Trump’s tough talk on China. He also called called the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and recommended postponing military exercises, which he did.

“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operation against you,” the writers quote Milley saying.

In the second call, placed after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Milley sought to assure the Chinese general that everything in Washington was fine. “We are 100% steady. Everything is fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes,” Milley said.

Milley, according to the book, did not relay his conversations with the Chinese to Trump, but was in contact with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was convinced that Trump had gone mad.

Yes, democracy can be sloppy at times. Just think how much worse it would be if you had rogue generals like Milley in charge.


Peter Lucas is a veteran Massachusetts political reporter and columnist.

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Minnesota United signs Chase Gasper to new contract

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Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper has signed to a new four-year contract with the Loons, the club announced Thursday.

Gasper is the second member of the Loons’ 2019 draft class to agree to a new deal, following midfielder Hassani Dotson in June. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is the third member of that group; the Canadian and the club have been progressing toward a new contract, as well.

Gasper’s deal starts in the 2022 season and ends after the 2025 campaign. His salary for this season is $81,375, according the MLS players association. The 25-year-old left back from Virginia has played 4,500 minutes across 53 MLS games, becoming a mainstay on United’s back line after making his first start in June 2019.

In the 2019 draft, Minnesota took St. Clair seventh overall, followed by Gasper at No. 15 and Dotson in the second round at 31st overall.

“Arguably, our 2019 draft was as good a draft as anybody has had for years and years. Three guys who we know can contribute,” MNUFC manager Adrian Heath said in a statement. “If you look back to when (Gasper) started for the team, his level of performance has been so consistent. He’s been terrific. I always talk about what people put into the football club, he puts something into this football club every single day. Great attitude, great professional, great teammate.

“We’re so pleased that another player, who we consider one of our own, has decided to commit as well.”

Gasper said Heath’s trust in him meant “everything” to him. “(I’m) really happy, excited and proud,” Gasper said in a statement. “I owe thanks to my teammates, my coaches and, especially, the fans. I can’t wait for the next four years.”

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Businesses affected by Hurricane Ida flooding may get an extension to file taxes in NYS

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced an extension for certain tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers who were negatively affected by the flooding during the week of September 2.

Tax filing and payment deadlines between September 15, 2021, and October 2, 2021, have been extended to December 14, 2021, for:

  • filing any returns, including those for personal income tax, corporate taxes, sales tax and any other taxes administered by the Tax Department
  • paying any tax or installment of tax, including installment payments of estimated taxes
  • filing any requests for extensions or additional extensions of time to file
  • filing for a credit or refund

On September 2, Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State Disaster Emergency in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and surrounding counties due to Hurricane Ida.

More information can be found on the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.

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Download St. Louis City SC’s new app for a chance to win a t-shirt and insider access

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Every fan who downloads the new St. Louis City SC app within 24 hours of its launch will be entered to win one of 100 special edition t-shirts. The new app also offers insider access to fans before the team’s first match, notifications, merchandise, and live streaming video of select Academy games.

Download the app for Apple devices here. The link to the app in the Google Play Store is here.

“We’re so excited the day is finally here, and fans are now able to download our app to join the club for every step of the journey leading up to our inaugural 2023 season,” writes St. Louis CITY SC’s Chief Experience Officer Matt Sebek.

The team was set to start playing in 2022 but the pandemic pushed that back until spring 2023.

Construction of the new stadium in downtown St. Louis is expected to wrap up this year.
The final steel beam of the stadium’s superstructure was placed on August 12. Later this year the team is hoping to celebrate the first seats being anchored in the stadium.

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Copper piping, electronics and sacred vessels taken from Denver church

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Cure’ d’Ars Catholic Church, a predominantly Black church in Denver’s northeast Park Hill neighborhood, has recovered some items from a recent burglary but is still missing some things and dealing with flooding damage.

The Archdiocese of Denver said the tabernacle, which is holds unused sacred bread, was taken during the break-in discovered Aug. 31. Thieves also took sacred vessels, communion wafers that had been blessed, a laptop, a sound board, security cameras and copper piping — most of which is still missing.

Two chalices, some communion cups, bells and a holy water bucket have been recovered in metal shops, archdiocese spokesman Mark Haas said.

The Denver Police Department said it is still investigating the incident.

Most of the damages will be covered by insurance, but church leaders are most upset over the items with sacred meanings.

“We don’t know what they did with the Eucharist, so it was a pretty big deal,” Haas said, “that something that sacred was taken and it certainly wasn’t treated with the reverence that we would treat it with.”

The church had to replace drywall and get running water back after the burglary, church leaders told their members on Facebook, because the piping leading to the air conditioning units, hot water heater, sprinkler system and the furnace were all taken.

Messiah Community Church, a Lutheran church about two miles from Cure’ d’Ars, was also burglarized Aug. 15, as first reported by Denver7.

Since June, the Archdiocese of Denver has heard of eight incidents against Catholic churches in its area, Haas said, an increase from previous years. Based on internal data, Haas estimated about 30% of the incidents are anti-Catholic — like vandalism at a Louisville church earlier this month — while 45% are property crimes and 25% are thefts.

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Shannon Cartier Lucy’s Paintings are Frightening, Tender and Unforgettable

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Shannon Cartier Lucy, 2021. Photo by Gina Binkley, courtesy Lubov

The artist Shannon Cartier Lucy materializes in our Zoom call in a room flooded with Nashville sunshine; her dark, straight hair frames a glowing face sporting a huge grin. Lucy’s relaxed, luminous countenance seems all too fitting for an artist at the top of her game, which she is. Her sunny demeanor also acts as a bracing rebuttal to the paintings in her new exhibition, “The Loo Table,” which opens this Saturday at Chinatown’s Lubov.

Lucy’s creations aren’t strictly dark or depressing, but they radiate a singular tension that could be associated with anxiety or sadomasochism or manic obsession or perhaps none of these things; the ambiguity is the point. Regardless, each little scene gives you pause. A woman stares intently at a bright white bedspread, her nose inches away from the material. Four pairs of underwear lie in a neat row on a flatweave rug.

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‘Woman in reflecting light,’ Shannon Cartier Lucy. Lubov Gallery

“This show in particular started with a painting of a girl with a giant knife and fork,” Lucy told Observer. “I looked at that painting and I go okay, she’s sitting at a table, and I started looking at tables and I thought, I want keep the show’s title so simple that I’m not trying to force someone into a way of seeing. How do you do that, but at the same time create intrigue? And so I thought of this type of table called the Loo Table and I thought, what a strange title. It reminds of my name, Lucy. People used to call me Loo. So I thought Loo table; It’s kind of timeless. It’s more interesting than calling it ‘The Table’ or ‘The Dining Table.’”

January 2020’s “Home is a crossword puzzle I can’t solve,” Lucy’s first show at Lubov, sold out nearly instantaneously and garnered rave reviews. The paintings, which largely featured women arranged in distinctly off domestic dioramas, are unforgettably eerie and cinematic in a sideways manner, as though Yorgos Lanthimos had spontaneously decided to adapt Alice in Wonderland.

Lucy’s recent triumphs are also the products of an epic origin story, which has been oft-repeated since her 2020 re-emergence on the New York scene after a hiatus of a decade. Here it is in a nutshell: after studying art at NYU in the late 90’s, Lucy logged promising solo shows in her 20s before a series of destabilizing factors — a shattering breakup, drug addiction and a departure from the city — led her to set aside her creative pursuits and pursue a master’s degree in psychotherapy.

For more than 10 years, Lucy didn’t make any art at all. “Looking back, it was so frustrating and confusing,” she said. “Emotionally I broke down and I wasn’t able to paint for a while, and thank God that happened, because it gave me that space to rearrange my inner workings and emotionally integrate whatever I had gone through in the past. And for me it took a few years. But not making art felt really uncomfortable, because that never goes away, that way of seeing.”

Then in 2017, like a bolt out of the blue, Lucy ran into her ex-husband and felt the impulse to paint a scene she’d previously envisioned as a sculpture: a goldfish in a bowl perched on a lit stove. 19 more paintings quickly gushed out, and the new work captured the attention of Francisco Correa Cordero, Lubov’s founder. Lucy has been on fire since resuming her practice, and will follow up her second Lubov show with exhibitions with Massimo De Carlo in Hong Kong (fall 2021) and Night Gallery (November 2022).

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‘The autopsy’ by Shannon Cartier Lucy. Lubov Gallery

In an artist statement on her website, Lucy says that she grew up with a parent with schizophrenia, noting that it wasn’t uncommon for her to discover household items stashed in unlikely places. But her paintings can’t be reduced to childhood-informed studies of objects in juxtaposition. The artworks in “The Loo Table” are loosely thematically linked, but to force a concrete narrative would be pointless; her subjects feel less like individuals and more like emotional talismans. There’s a through-line of wry humor in a canvas like Chair Self-Portrait, in which a long-haired figure tied to her seat lies prostrate before two indifferent onlookers.

The autopsy, which lays bare a dead dog’s guts, is counterintuitively sweet. While completing the deceased Dalmatian, Lucy drew inspiration from the hunks of meat and trussed up prey often found in classical still life paintings, but she didn’t want to create something that would immediately cause a viewer to recoil. “How could I kind of bring that same horror-ish death and truth into a painting, but soften it?” Lucy wondered. “By making the dog obviously a pet. There’s that human value to it that shows the dog was loved.” 

Lucy, who lives with her boyfriend, is herself presently enjoying an abundance of love and security that comes with a packed schedule and creative drive. “This is beyond my wildest dreams in terms of feeling secure,” she beamed. “I can plan my life. I can’t believe it. I’m more than grateful.” 

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Dear Abby: In 28 years, wife has never made first move

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Dear Abby: After 28 years of marriage, is it strange that I would like my wife to initiate sex? I would like to know that she is interested, not just me. When I brought it up three weeks ago, her response again was, “We can whenever you want to,” which wasn’t true because I have been turned down before. Any suggestions? She stays home all day and wants for nothing. Do you think she’s getting it somewhere else?

— Frustrated in the Bedroom

Dear Frustrated: I hope your wife is intelligent enough to recognize a red flag when it’s waved in front of her. I have a strong hunch that she isn’t “getting it somewhere else.” It’s more likely she no longer has a strong sex drive at this point in her life, or she may never have. Also, she may not know HOW to initiate and need coaching. If you can’t teach her, enlist the aid of a sex therapist. (Your doctor may be able to refer you to one.) If you do, it may not only spice up but save your marriage.

Dear Abby: I live on the opposite coast from my family. During the pandemic, my youngest brother and his wife bought a new, very large house. He told me they had plenty of room and, the next time we come for a visit, they want us to stay with them. Well, that visit will be in November, but no invitation to stay has been extended. Should I remind my brother about his invitation, or should we just book a hotel? My gut instinct is to book the hotel, but my brother is very sensitive to how the family treats him, and I don’t want to hurt his feelings. What should I do?

— Big Sis in California

Dear Big Sis: Ask your brother if his offer still stands, since it has been some time since he extended his “generous invitation.” Listen carefully to his reaction. If you sense that he may have forgotten or the situation has changed because of COVID, tell him it would not be a problem for you to book accommodations at a hotel if it’s more convenient. Doing this should not cause hurt feelings.

Dear Abby: My wife and I have been married 32 years. We are still in love and consider each other our best friend. We survived some rough patches and learned how to make things right. I have one concern at this point in our journey. My wife constantly says, “I hate myself.” The more she says it out loud, the more I see the impact on her emotionally. What can a partner do to help? I’m 100% supportive of all she does and totally attracted to her, yet I can’t see this being healthy. Please help and thanks.

— Dirty Words in Connecticut

Dear Dirty Words: The next time your wife tells you she hates herself, ask her why she is being so hard on herself and ask her to be specific about what it is she hates. Explain that you love her exactly as she is and worry that what she’s doing isn’t emotionally healthy. (I agree, by the way.) If she persists after that, suggest she make an appointment with a licensed mental health professional to discuss it.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com. 

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‘Painting in the Park’ Saturday hosted by the Lower Phalen Creek Project in St. Paul

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The Lower Phalen Creek Project is hosting “Painting in the Park” 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pig’s Eye Regional Park — known as Čhokán Tánka in Dakota — as a way to connect members of the community to the site and environmental justice issues surrounding the area.

The event will consist of a short walk in the park to learn about its history and a watercolor painting lesson from artist and community activist Kiki Sonnen. There is no registration fee to attend and those interested can register online at https://bit.ly/3gH76HM.

“Art can capture feelings and emotions that you can’t always express in words and it can capture the beauty of places,” Keeli Siyaka, the environment justice educator and organizer at the Lower Phalen Creek Project, said Wednesday. “That’s one really incredible thing about art and why it’s important to be able to relate environmental justice through art too because it can evoke a sense of hope. Hope is what keeps us pushing forward, this vision of what things could be and art can capture all of that.”

Founded in 1997 by community activists, the Lower Phalen Creek Project is a native-led, East Side St. Paul, environmental conservation nonprofit working to engage people in the community and to encourage them to care for the natural places and sacred sites. The project includes the East Side River District from Lake Phalen to the Mississippi River.

The Dakhóta Oyáte people have lived by the waters of the Mississippi River for thousands of years. Kapósia, one well-known village, was located both east and west of the Mississippi near Pig’s Eye Regional Park. The park is currently nestled in an industrial area and one of the Lower Phalen Creek Project’s goals is to connect the community to the space and to raise awareness to get people invested in protecting the park.

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Habitat for Humanity hammers home on a trio of Glens Falls houses

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nestled in the neighborhoods of the city’s west side, near Glens Falls Hospital and the Hudson River, there’s a small, dead-end street that’s been going through quite a lot of commotion.

The hammering and scraping are coming from Hovey Street, a stub of a road off of Woodlawn Avenue, where one of the road’s few homes sat abandoned for years, before it and some land next door got eyed for a new purpose.

Now, a once-abandoned house has been knocked down, replaced with a new home already occupied by a family chosen by Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Two more were still under construction on a rainy Wednesday.

Aubrey Constantineau, currently of Fort Edward, N.Y., shows off what will be the living room in her future Glens Falls, N.Y. home being built by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

One of those two homes had a volunteer inside who said she’s had her hands on materials in every room of the house that will soon house herself and her two sons.

“I got to design pretty much everything I wanted,” said Aubrey Constantineau, currently of Fort Edward, who is set to make the move with her family over the holidays. “From the style, to the colors, to the cabinets, to the flooring.”

Constantineau has been onsite, helping build her future home from early on. She’s helped with the landing going to the stairs, with her own bedroom, and a million other placed along the way. And she loves the way that makes her feel.

“If anything goes wrong in here, I’ll feel so much better because I know where everything is,” she said. “I know where all the wires are.”

The hope is that she and her kids can move in by Thanksgiving, but whenever it happens, it will be a big upgrade from the two-bedroom apartment where her family has been living in nearby Fort Edward.

Although the family who will be living there consists of three, more family has helped Constantineau get this far, including her boyfriend, siblings and father. Her brother Shaun drove all the way from Rochester.

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Volunteers visiting from Clifton Park-based Engineered Molding Technology set a window in place at one of three houses being built by Habitat for Humanity on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

News 10 ABC arrived on Wednesday just in time to watch 16 morning shift volunteers finish things off, leaving room for 10 more to come and take their place for an afternoon shift.

That’s a lot more than the 3 to 5 volunteers who have been working onsite most days.

That influx was made up of workers from Engineered Molding Technology, a Clifton Park-based silicone manufacturer that created a recent partnership with the Saratoga/Warren/Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

That partnership was started off with two donations; one of money, the other of time.

“We’ve learned a lot,” said Engineered Molding Technology Operations Manager Michael Pandori. “Our people are happy to get out of the office, get outside and bang some nails.”

The volunteers there on Wednesday got a day off, in exchange for four hours of their time hammering away on the pair of houses-to-be.

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Employees from Clifton Park-based Engineered Molding Technology pose for a photo on Wednesday after finishing their shift working on one of two houses under construction by Habitat for Humanity in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

That’s perfect for employee Lisa Silvanic, who paused in between hammering nails into a window to say that she had always wanted to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, but had never gotten the chance before.

“We had an opportunity through work, and I finally got to do it,” Silvanic said, followed by a few more pounds with a hammer she had become handy within a short time. “And I’m gonna do it again.”

The project by Habitat for Humanity was a collaboration with the City of Glens Falls, which initially centered around the spot where the first finished home of the three now sits.

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One house sits finished, with two on the way, on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y., as part of a project by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

The house that used to sit there wasn’t suitable for anyone.

“It was an asbestos-ridden dump that nobody wanted to touch,” said Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Glens Falls’ Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Once it was removed, Habitat decided to parlay with the shrubbery next to it. The group is always in need of more property, and the city was happy to let them clear brush out to make space for the two homes now coming together.

Construction got going in spring 2020, right as COVID-19 changed everything.

That meant corporate donors weren’t available to help fund the work with contractors that Habitat needs to do in order to get things rolling; the work that can’t run on a few volunteers alone.

“For example, we pay our plumbers,” Feldman said.

There are a lot of other ways an organization can help out, though. A local union chapter is taking care of plumbing.

Feldman said that it costs around $200,000 plus the cost of land for a Habitat home to be built. In Glens Falls, that typically means around $225,000, all said.

Add to that, funding hasn’t been the only thing changed by coronavirus. Lumber prices have been turbulent throughout the pandemic – a pain felt nearby at the South Street site where the city of Glens Falls hopes to build a new farmers market space.

For Habitat for Humanity, that’s meant all of the wood that went into the trio of new houses cost about 25% more than it normally would.

With all of those things against the project, more important than ever are places like Southern Adirondack ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store that accepts and sells donated goods to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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Two volunteers hammer windows into one of two houses under construction on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

Meanwhile, Constantineau comes to work on the house whenever she has the spare time.

When she and her family move in, her two sons will be switching schools, from Fort Edward to Glens Falls. That’s a big change, but the kids are excited.

“They came in and their jaws dropped,” she said. “It’s gonna be roomy here.”

In fact, the boys are both excited because their bedrooms – in the house’s basement – has some benefits.

“They think they can get out the back windows,” she said with a laugh. “I’m going to have to get some bushes planted out there.”

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