Chesmar Homes to break ground on Benefit home in Lago Mar

Chesmar Homes will be breaking ground on Nov. 5 in the Texas City community of Lago Mar as it begins construction of its seventh Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home. Land Tejas donated the homesite, which is their 18th lot donation to the Benefit Homes Project, a 40-year-old charity fundraiser of the GHBA.

Their team of vendors and suppliers have already begun committing donations of materials and services to construct the home. These donations will ensure that, when the house sells at market value, proceeds will go to two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began 40 years ago, nearly 12 million dollars has been raised.

Vendors and suppliers who are committed include: Builders Post Tension, Crossville, DataSmart, Boan-NuTone, Houston Window Fashions, Templar Electric, Houston Hurricane, The Ark Cast Stone, Austin Windstorm Construction and Stewart Door Company.

“Our vendors and suppliers are one of the main reasons we can participate in this valuable fundraiser for the community,” said Scott Merovitch, Chesmar City President. “Their commitment to giving back to the community and to Chesmar reflects their huge hearts and uncompromising professionalism. We can’t thank each and every one enough for all they do for us and for those less fortunate.”

Chesmar will be breaking ground for the construction of its Hillcrest plan, a one-story design that features four bedrooms with a game room option; three baths and a two-car attached garaged and a covered patio.

An extended foyer leads to open casual dining, a family room, and an island kitchen with additional countertop dining. The third bedroom can serve as a second master. The study is convenient to the common area and the master suite.

“When you consider that Benefit homes are built even during difficult times such as today with COVID 19, that also

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Consumers driving vessels to break status quo

Uniworld has more design ideas on the way, driven by consumers seeking an even more original boutique river cruise experience.

So said Ellen Bettridge, president and ceo, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection during ‘Design Disruptors’, presented by Seatrade Cruise Brand Ambassador Ayesha Khan and sponsored by Bath Fitter at Seatrade Cruise Virtual.

‘Nothing is the same’, said Bettridge on the interior design of Uniworld’s river vessels, as she shared photographs of the artwork on display in Catherine and Antoinette and their hand crafted features. 

She went on to add that the vessels are original for having been ‘designed with a woman in mind’, demonstrated by storage spaces in bathrooms. 

‘[We’ve] certainly a few other ideas coming… [for] a luxury experience for the customer. It is the consumer driving this’, she added. 

Creating personality

Ponant’s ceo Americas, Navin Sawhney, said the cruise line’s Explorer Class ships ‘all have their own personality’ and capture lots of light so passengers ‘can enjoy the panorama in its fullest form.’ 

He described the vessels’ Blue Eye Lounge as ‘a feat of engineering’ that comprises 24 layers of glass glued together so passengers can see ‘in the ocean and the ocean floor.’ 

Sawhney concluded, ‘The idea here is to open the eye of the traveller’s mind… how this ocean exists and how we can continue to make it exist.’ 

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URI cancels spring break; nursing homes to take on testing

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — A look at developments related to the coronavirus in New England on Saturday.


The University of Rhode Island has joined a growing number of U.S. colleges canceling spring break to reduce travel and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

University officials announced the measure Friday evening, a week after the Faculty Senate approved the change, according to The Providence Journal. It was also supported by university President David Dooley.

Classes will continue from March 22 to 28, the period originally set aside as spring break, and the semester will end on April 27, a week earlier than initially planned.

In a statement announcing the change, officials cited “uncertainty” created by the virus, “and the need to prepare for the likely persistence of existing outbreaks and potential for a new wave of infections.”

Several large universities have announced similar measures in recent weeks, including Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.



Nursing homes in New Hampshire will be in charge of testing their staff for the coronavirus starting next month.

The state Department of Health and Human Services has been operating a surveillance testing program in long term care facilities, but in mid-October will start transitioning that to individual facilities, Commissioner Lori Shibinette said last week.

The state is recommending facilities test all staff during the same week once a month, and then every other week test 10% of staff chosen at random. The state will reimburse them at $100 per test, she said.

Having the nursing homes run their own programs will allow the state to start similar surveillance programs elsewhere, including in assisted living communities and correctional facilities, Shibinette said.

As many as 20 nursing homes once were dealing with coronavirus outbreaks at

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Arrest made in shooting of Airbnb handyman who tried to break up party


A handyman was shot trying to break up an Airbnb party in the 1300 block of Broadway in Pendleton. (Photo: The Enquirer)

A Delhi Township man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting of an Airbnb handyman last month who was trying to break up a party.

Bryon Prather, 46, is charged with felonious assault.

Police have not said if Prather was actually the man who shot handyman Stephen Knight on August 16. Court documents state Prather was a “primary aggressor” in a group of 10 to 12 people who attacked Knight.

Airbnb has been attempted to crack down on unauthorized parties, which are against its policies designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Local Airbnb hosts have reported incidents of property destruction and even violence related to parties, and even Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac has said that these parties are likely happening because bars are closing early.

Isaac urged the city to lift the 10 p.m. last call after he said several shootings occurred at these unauthorized and unregulated parties.

The Aug. 16 party took place in Pendleton Airbnb rented by Jeron Prather, the nephew of mayoral candidate Kelli Prather.

Police said Knight came to break up the party, but was backed into a wall, punched and beaten.

“Knight fired a single shot from his .380 pistol into the wall in an attempt to stop the assault, but was then shot in the back by one of his attackers,” court documents state.

Jeron and Kelli Prather both say that it was Knight who was the aggressor.

 “The party was not rowdy,” Kelli Prather said. “If Stephen thought there was a problem he should have brought the police. He came and put a gun to my family members.”

Jeron Prather acknowledges that the party – for his

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