Bilambil Heights home was the perfect match for first time home buyers who love the beach

first_img10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil Heights“We really like entertaining so the triple stacker doors are perfect for opening the kitchen area up to the Alfresco.“The kitchen itself is one of our favourite places in the house because we can keep an eye on the girls playing, the house is very open-plan.” 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsMr Kane said while location was at the top of his list, he has added a few of his own touches on the home. “We added a pool in for the kids and we did the garden up ourselves,” he said.The swimming pool also features a contemporary water feature and LED lights.“Mel and I like to get our hands dirty so we did what we could ourselves. 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsFIRST time homebuyers Jase and Mel Kane wanted their first home to be modern, functional and close to the beach.The couple bought the block in 2011 to build a Metricon Home that had an indoor-outdoor style and enough space to raise their two young daughters Milla, four, and Tessa, one. 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is spread out on a 728sq m block and includes easterly views over the Tweed Broadwater. “It is only a seven minute drive to the beach,” Mr Kane said.“Mel and I really liked the neighbourhood and how it is positioned; there is one way in and one way out.“It shaped like a loop which makes it feel very residential, our neighbours are people who are have built here to live and raise young families like us.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsThe house includes a children’s retreat, gallery style kitchen with modern pendant lighting and Caesar stone benchtops.Located at 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit, the property is 10 minutes to the Gold Coast.last_img read more

Roddick serves up victory

first_imgThe 19-year-old from Thousand Oaks grew up a three-hour drive west of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the lone upset on the men’s side, Argentine Jose Acasuso defeated 16th-seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 7-6, 6-4. In women’s second-round play, Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova, the second- and fourth-seeded players, advanced in straight sets. But three other seeds stumbled. Unseeded Chicagoan Laura Granville bounced No. 27 Severine Bremond of France, 6-3, 7-6; Russia’s Elena Likhovtseva upset countrywoman Olga Poutchkova (26th), and Alicia Molik of Australia beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain (24) in three sets. In other men’s matches, Czech Republic’s Jan Hernych beat England’s Tim Henman, a two-time Indian Wells finalist, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Guillermo Canas of Argentina needed 49 minutes to beat Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek 6-1, 6-1, and move on to a third-round match with Roger Federer, winner of 41 consecutive matches and the world’s No. 1 the past 161 weeks. Federer won here the past three years. “I am still in the tournament, this is good,” said Canas, trying to focus upon the bright side. “The second thing, I’m playing with one of the most important players in the decade, in the history. I’m gonna try to enjoy this.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The third-seeded American got a quick break in the second set and cruised from there against his Spanish opponent. Lopez didn’t have a break in the match. INDIAN WELLS – Andy Roddick defeated Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in his opening match of the $5.4 million Pacific Life Open on Saturday night. In a second-round matchup of hard-servers, Roddick started the first-set tiebreaker with a 137-mph ace and finished it with another ace at 123 mph. center_img Second-seed Rafael Nadal, who lost to James Blake in last year’s semifinal, beat France’s Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 7-6. “I feel very good with my forehand,” the 20-year-old Spaniard said. “Maybe today was not my best match, but … I am a more complete tennis player now than in 2005.” Earlier, California teenager Sam Querrey defeated Belgium’s Christophe Rochus, 6-2, 6-4. Querrey will next play fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Querrey is hoping home-court advantage will help. “Hopefully, all my friends will be out there and maybe get into his head,” he said. last_img read more

24 years later, recipient of crucial heart surgery gets to thank Nancy Reagan

first_imgAbout two years ago, Halvorson decided he wanted to meet Reagan and thank her personally, but his early efforts to contact her were unsuccessful. More recently, after tracking down a retired New York Times editor who wrote a story about Halvorson’s and his sister’s experience with Reagan in the early 1980s, he was able to reach an assistant of Reagan’s through the library, Halvorson said. About two weeks ago, he was asked to write Reagan a letter, which led to an invitation to meet at the library Friday. “I’m nervous. I’m excited,” he said before the reunion. Priscilla Halvorson, who also has two biological children, attended Friday’s meeting. Brett and Diana, whom she adopted about a year after their surgeries, share a special bond, but still had the typical sibling rivalries growing up, she said. One of the Gift of Life founders, Robbie Donno, said kids who go through the program typically go on to succeed in life because they have a tangible reminder of what someone else did to keep them alive. “The rest of their lives, the scar on their chest is a reminder that someone saved their life,” he said. The program began in 1975. By 1983, the group had sponsored nearly 100 children for the procedure, he said. That number skyrocketed after Reagan decided to get involved. Today, the Gift of Life and the scores of other participating Rotary clubs around the world have helped nearly 10,000 kids worldwide, Donno said. Given that the surgeries are risky, Reagan’s desire to help was courageous, he said. “She’s a brave lady because the whole world was watching,” he said. “She was willing to take that risk because if something goes wrong, a good story ain’t so good anymore.” After the successful procedures for both children, Reagan visited them at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, and gave them both Cabbage Patch Kids, that Christmas season’s most popular gift. While Halvorson doesn’t remember much about the operation or his trip on Air Force One to the White House – except the plentiful supply of jelly beans, Ronald Reagan’s favorite – he does know he wants to participate in the program and help other children the way others helped him. With Friday’s long-awaited meeting with Reagan over, Halvorson said he’s ready to move on to other chapters in his life. Although he loves Korean food, he has forgotten most of the language and has not been back to his native country since he was adopted. He wants to see his biological family, he said, adding, “That would be a great next chapter.” [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – When 4-year-old Lee Kil Woo walked onto the White House lawn after arriving on Air Force One in November 1983, he had no idea first lady Nancy Reagan had arranged for him and Ahn Ji Sook, 7, to come to the United States from South Korea to undergo life-saving heart surgeries. In the years since, his understanding and appreciation over that act of kindness grew, and he wanted to say thank you. So two years ago, he started researching how to get hold of Reagan. After a conversation with a reporter led to him writing a letter to the former first lady, he got his wish Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “There was a tear in my eye,” said Woo – who was adopted with Sook by an Arizona family and given the name Brett Halvorson – about the emotional meeting. “She’s my hero. I realize now she did a great thing for me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reagan greeted Halvorson in front of a large photo of her hugging him and Sook, now named Diana, as children, shaking his hand and remarking how tall he’d gotten since their last meeting about 20 years ago. “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it,” Reagan said when she spotted the 28-year-old Washington state insurance broker. Halvorson and his adopted sister, who are not blood relatives, came to the United States for their operations through the Gift of Life program, a nonprofit effort begun by the Manhasset Rotary Club in Long Island, New York, to provide life-saving heart surgeries to kids worldwide. At the time, Nancy Reagan was in South Korea on a diplomatic trip with the president. She was contacted by Harriet Hodges, who worked with the children’s program and asked the first lady for help. The children’s trip and subsequent surgeries made headlines throughout the United States. last_img read more

ANGER AS COMMUNITY WELFARE CLINIC IN ST JOHNSTON IS AXED – AND IT GOES TODAY

first_imgThe Community Welfare Clinic in St. Johnston is to close – and will shut today.Angry local councillor Cora Harvey said: “This is yet again another attack on rural Donegal, at a time when the services of a community welfare officer is most needed a decision like this is made.“Local Management are forced to make these types of decisions by the Department of Social Protection and I do not blame local personnel, the buck stops with the Minister and the local people suffer.” A notice with the information to remove this service was posted on the door of the clinic in St. Johnston and people were informed that the service is being removed and they are advised to avail of the Community Welfare Officers in Letterkenny 16 miles away.Said Cllr Harvey: “This is simply not good enough, the people of St Johnston deserve to have this service retained, there are 41 locations in Donegal were local Community Welfare officers are available for 1 -2 hour slots and if St. Johnston looses their CWO I am sure others will follow. The services provided by the CWO are essential and are not a luxury.“Letterkenny currently have the service available for only 4 hours a week, this service is already bursting at the seams and are now expected to cater for St. Johnston and surrounding areas.  This is unworkable and unfeasible.”Cllr Harvey added: “Furthermore, this is a vital service for the local community and should be accessible, there is little or no public transport to Letterkenny  from St Johnston, this is a service for the most vulnerable in our community and this decision will make it harder if not impossible to avail of the service – obviously that is the intent as the Department will save money if people cannot access the service. I am told this is a well utilized service and one which the Community does not want to nor cannot afford to lose.I call for this decision to be reversed immediately , we have contacted the Department and submitted PQ’s on this issue as Questions need to be answered.”  ANGER AS COMMUNITY WELFARE CLINIC IN ST JOHNSTON IS AXED – AND IT GOES TODAY was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGER AS COMMUNITY WELFARE CLINIC IN ST JOHNSTON IS AXED – AND IT GOES TODAYlast_img read more