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AD’s 2020 Great Design Awards: Kitchens

For people all around the world, the home has never been closer to the heart. And the heart of the home? It’s the kitchen. So show yours some love. As inspiration, AD has rounded up the best new products on the market. (Think smart appliances, stunning surfaces, and vibrant accents galore.) To the winners of the 2020 Great Design Awards, chef’s kiss….

Free Spirit

Today’s country kitchen rewrites the rules with bohemian flair and urbane sophistication; shown is a California home designed by Studio Shamshiri with a La Cornue range

Free Spirit

<cite class="credit">Stephen Kent Johnson</cite>
Stephen Kent Johnson

Code Red

Cherry, currant, or crimson—these vibrant accents steal the show; pictured is the Hamptons kitchen of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Code Red

<cite class="credit">William Abranowicz</cite>
William Abranowicz
<cite class="credit">David Anderson</cite>
David Anderson
<cite class="credit">Ty Mecham/Food52</cite>
Ty Mecham/Food52

Hands-off Approach

Touch-free taps in fine forms and finishes make a splash

Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com

Idea Flow

Even as the world shut down, Waterworks kept pumping. This September the luxury kitchen-and-bath brand cut the ribbon on its newly expanded New York City flagship, a three-story showcase with 4,000 additional square feet. Customers will now find lighting and surfaces intuitively arranged by color, workstations for designers to meet with clients, 12 streamlined metal finishes, and a range of new products, like the Dash and Foro faucets. Of course, at 12,500 square feet total, the space offers plenty of room to socially distance. waterworks.com

A Waterworks showroom vignette

A Waterworks showroom vignette

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Jolts of Energy

Far from just drips, the best new coffee and espresso makers showcase fabulous blends of form and function

Cuisinart Coffee Center; $200. cuisinart.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
CAFÉ Appliances Specialty Drip Coffee Maker; $388. cafeappliances.com

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The Great Disappearing Act Of The Hotel Shower Door

Frequent travelers may have noticed a new trend that has been appearing in hotels throughout the country recently. What began overseas during the 80s is now a widespread staple of high-end and luxurious hotels worldwide. Namely, the disappearing hotel shower door. While hotel bathroom showers traditionally include a partition, it is now common to find a shower with a half curve of glass only, or simply a shower head and drain open to the rest of the room. For patrons, the trend may seem bewildering, or downright infuriating, but the days of a shower curtain or door are clearly long gone. 

It has been said that the half-door, or no doors, concept serves a handful of purposes that would otherwise not exist with a full partition. Some of these reasons include the illusion of a larger room. Without a shower curtain or door, the room instantly becomes brighter and a bit more spacious as guests are able to scope out the entire space at first glance. It also provides easy cleanup for housekeeping. Shower curtains, especially cloth curtains, are more likely to trap bacteria than shower glass. Frameless shower doors offer less chance of mold build-up and are easier to clean, something to consider as the travel industry begins to slowly reopen.

Darrell Long, Design Principal and Regional Managing Director at Wilson Associates recently provided his expert opinions.

1.   When did this trend begin in the US?

In the United States, it wasn’t until approximately ten years ago that the idea was implemented. The origins were profoundly entrenched in the boutique hotel market. The implementation was more of a cool factor and less of a necessity. And in most situations

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Great Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Retirement

Bringing in a few more dollars each month can make a difference, especially if you’re living on a fixed budget. Finding ways to earn extra cash in retirement often takes a bit of time and creativity.

Here are some ideas to make money in retirement:

— Declutter and sell.

— Assist the elderly.

— Share your vehicle.

— Put pictures up for sale.

— Care for pets.

— Fix and resell items.

— Help with websites.

— Assist local sports.

— Assemble furniture.

— Volunteer to get connected.

— Babysit.

— Deliver items.

— Sell at a farmers market.

— Start a gardening service.

— Offer handyman services.

— Work at an apartment community.

— Be a notary.

— Do graphic design work.

— Tutor students.

— Be a mock juror.

— Help with research.

— Be a local tour guide.

— Sell jewelry.

Use these ideas to help you start upping your retirement income.

Declutter and Sell

Old phones, used bikes, electronics and any other gear you no longer use can be posted on sites like Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp. Include a photo, description of the item, its current condition and the price. If you give priority to those who show interest first, you can often make a quick sale.

[See: 15 In-Demand Jobs for Seniors.]

Assist the Elderly

Look on your community website for listings that request helping a senior. This might involve taking care of housework or shopping for an elderly individual. “If you once worked with numbers or bookkeeping, there are opportunities to help seniors pay their bills a few times a month,” says Mark Charnet, founder and CEO of American Prosperity Group in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

Share Your Vehicle

Car sharing platforms like Turo and Avail connect car owners with drivers who

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Great Falls contractor employee charged with wire fraud

Traci Rosenbaum, Great Falls Tribune
Published 11:28 a.m. MT Sept. 30, 2020

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Federal authorities have charged a Great Falls woman with 10 counts of wire fraud after she allegedly altered invoices for a local construction company to the tune of $565,000.

According to the U.S. District Court indictment, Lynn Bapp Tempel managed the finances at William Tempel Construction, receiving subcontractor and supplier invoices submitted to the business for construction projects.

In 2013, William Tempel Construction entered into a contract with a woman to build a $4.4 million residence in Great Falls. Subcontractors supplying materials, equipment and labor submitted invoices directly to the company.

Over the course of three years, Tempel allegedly did not provide the homeowner with the original invoices from the subcontractors. Instead, she’s accused of providing approximately 153 William Tempel Construction invoices that falsified, altered or inflated the originals.

Her actions allegedly resulted in William Tempel Construction receiving more than $565,000 to which it was not entitled.

During the same timeframe, Tempel reportedly withdrew approximately $566,000 in cash from the company’s business account.

Hearing dates for the case are not yet available.

Criminal justice reporter Traci Rosenbaum reports on law enforcement issues for the Tribune. Reach her at [email protected] or 406-791-1490.

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Here’s Why Meritage Homes (MTH) is a Great Momentum Stock to Buy

Momentum investing is all about the idea of following a stock’s recent trend, which can be in either direction. In the ‘long’ context, investors will essentially be “buying high, but hoping to sell even higher.” And for investors following this methodology, taking advantage of trends in a stock’s price is key; once a stock establishes a course, it is more than likely to continue moving in that direction. The goal is that once a stock heads down a fixed path, it will lead to timely and profitable trades.

While many investors like to look for momentum in stocks, this can be very tough to define. There is a lot of debate surrounding which metrics are the best to focus on and which are poor quality indicators of future performance. The Zacks Momentum Style Score, part of the Zacks Style Scores, helps address this issue for us.

Below, we take a look at Meritage Homes (MTH), which currently has a Momentum Style Score of A. We also discuss some of the main drivers of the Momentum Style Score, like price change and earnings estimate revisions.

It’s also important to note that Style Scores work as a complement to the Zacks Rank, our stock rating system that has an impressive track record of outperformance. Meritage Homes currently has a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy). Our research shows that stocks rated Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B outperform the market over the following one-month period.

You can see the current list of Zacks #1 Rank Stocks here >>>

Set to Beat the Market?

Let’s discuss some of the components of the Momentum Style Score for MTH that show why this homebuilder shows promise as a solid momentum pick.

Looking at a stock’s short-term

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