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Aw! These Identical Twins Graduated as Co-Valedictorians: “I Was Glad It Was Both of Us”

To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 10.2.0 or greater is installed. Copy and paste to share this video Copy and paste to embed this video In today’s impressive and inspiring news, identical twin sisters Tia and Tyra Smith, 18, graduated as co-valedictorians of their Chicago high school with 4.0 GPAs! "I was glad it was both of us," Tyra said in an interview with Good Morning America. "We really worked together in order to be where we were. It was the last thing we could do together in school before we have to leave each other." During their time at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood, IL, Tia and Tyra took on full course loads of five AP classes each in a single school year, and they still found time to take part in two theater programs. The sisters also founded Lindblom’s first black…

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Reality TV stars, coping with actual reality, to part ways with NJ homes

MTV’s wildly popular “Jersey Shore” is preparing to return to the small screen just in time for summer, but one of the stars of the reality television show is also now getting ready to part ways with her Toms River home, the Asbury Park Press reported. Jenni “JWoww” Farley is looking to sell her six-bedroom, six-bathroom home at 2284 Clover Hill Lane for $1.45 million amid her divorce from husband Roger Mathews. The acrimonious split between the couple, who have two young children, has left the home vacant. Property records show that Farley bought the property for $685,000 in April 2011. The home’s Zillow listing notes that it was initially put on the market for $1.59 million in December 2017, but removed shortly thereafter. Listing agent Justin Leach of Keller Williams Preferred Properties/Coastal Real Estate Group told the APP that Farley’s fame was not a factor in pricing the 5,200-square-foot…

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On a secluded block between Porter and Swedish, best remodel you’ve seen all year, open Sunday, June 2

0 Nothing’s more fun than discovering the best remodel you’ve seen all year, tucked away in a cool neighborhood you never knew existed. That’s what Blair Bryant, an agent for The Steller Group, will show you Sunday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m., just south of the Denver city line in Englewood between Porter and Swedish hospitals. When Denver was barely a decade old, the “City Ditch” was excavated south of town, wandering 20 miles from the Platte River near the foothills, north across farmland near the University of Denver. More of a ditch, not a canal like the Highline, it nonetheless became entwined in the streetscape that followed into south Denver and Englewood, including blocks of South Emerson Street, where it bisected the street into two cul-de-sacs linked today by a footbridge, draped in century-old shade trees. Right before World War II broke out, those wide, sheltered lots…

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Nonprofit Helping Homeless Along South Platte Ahead Of Deadline To Leave

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A nonprofit is coming together to help the homeless who have less than two weeks to leave their camps along the South Platte River in Englewood. Change the Trend has been trying to connect them with resources so they can end their cycle of homelessness. (credit: CBS) Englewood police posted notices along the South Platte River saying the people who camp there would have to leave by June 3. Many of them felt upset and unwanted. A woman, named Amanda, who has lived there for five years told CBS4’s Rick Salinger, “We’re going to still stay here. We don’t care. They could try to keep kicking us out but we don’t care. We’re not moving.” (credit: CBS) Mark McIntosh, a spokesman for Change the Trend, says if they stay, they could be putting themselves in danger. “We really believe that there could be maybe hundreds of…

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Chicago Finds a Way to Improve Public Housing: Libraries

John Ronan Architects CHICAGO — Cabrini-Green, the Robert Taylor Homes: demolished years ago, Chicago’s most notorious projects continue to haunt the city, conjuring up the troubled legacy of postwar public housing in America. By the 1970s, Washington wanted out of the public housing business, politicians blaming the system’s ills on poor residents and tower-in-the-park-style architecture, channeling tax breaks toward white flight and suburban sprawl. Now the nation’s richest cities invent all sorts of new ways not to solve the affordable housing crisis. Is any city doing public housing right these days? I recently visited three sites that the Chicago Housing Authority has just or nearly completed. These small, community-enhancing, public-private ventures, built swiftly and well, are the opposite of Cabrini-Green and Robert Taylor. With a few dozen apartments each, they’re costlier per unit than the typical public housing developments, and they’re not going to make a big dent in a…

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How More Black Commercial Developers Could Change Chicago

Leon Walker at the Englewood Whole Foods (Photo by Steve Becker) Leon Walker is on a roll. Neighborhood Housing Services Chicago awarded him its 2019 Community Impact Award for addressing food deserts. The new Jewel-Osco location he co-developed in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side opened its doors on March 7. On the heels of that, the Cook County Land Bank Authority selected Walker’s firm, DL3 Realty, to co-develop the site of the old Washington Park National Bank building, just a couple blocks down the street. His career as a developer, which nearly never happened, could serve as a template for others like him to come back to — or emerge from — systematically disinvested places like the South Side or West Side of Chicago and provide an often elusive link between longtime residents and businesses and capital for revitalization without displacement. Walker’s parents arrived in Chicago from Birmingham,…

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Company announces growth into Butler County

Usui International recently leased 84,099 square feet of space at 8748 Jacquemin Drive at the new Jacquemin Logistics Center in West Chester Twp. CONTRIBUTED WEST CHESTER TWP. — Usui International, a company with engineering expertise in heavy engine cooling, diesel fuel delivery systems, and brazing techniques, is opening a new location in West Chester Twp. MORE: Butler County RV dealer hiring for new Trenton location The company recently leased 84,099 square feet of space at 8748 Jacquemin Drive at the new Jacquemin Logistics Center in West Chester Twp., according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, which facilitated the lease on behalf of the center’s owners, USAA Real Estate and The Pizzuti Companies. “Usui has outgrown from the current facility located in Sharonville and decided to relocate some of the process to another facility,” said Dennis Chui, vice president of Usui International. “We searched for a facility within a 10-mile radius…

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Property Details for 163 Knickerbocker Rd Apt F

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163 Knickerbocker Rd Apt F, Englewood, NJ 07631 163 Knickerbocker Rd Apt F, Englewood, NJ 07631 Cozy, charming, naturally well-lit 1 bedroom 1 bathroom condo located in garden style complex. Large living/ dining room open concept. Hardwood floors throughout apartment. Laundry room is located in the basement of the building. Close to shopping, restaurants, schools and NYC transportation. Property Features *School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly. Property History for 163 Knickerbocker Rd Apt F Date Event Price Price/Sq Ft Source 05/09/2018 Listed $215,000 — NewJerseyMLS 04/01/2017 Listed $130,000 — NewJerseyMLS 03/28/2007 Sold $231,500 $356 01/14/2005 Sold $178,900 $275 09/02/1999 Sold $190,800 $294 Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 $3,687 $95,000 + $44,600 = $139,600 2016 $3,570 $95,000 +…

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Englewood’s Dwight Morrow High School to lose state ‘focus’ status

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A look at issues facing the City of Englewood. Michael W. Curley, Jr./NorthJersey.com (Photo: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com file photo) ENGLEWOOD — After six years as a state-designated “focus” school with achievement gaps between groups of its students, Dwight Morrow High School will shed the status on June 30. The state intervened in the school due to wide proficiency differences between Asian- American and African-American students and is now exiting after the school showed sustainable improvement, according to a letter sent to the district from the acting commissioner of education. “We’re very proud of the fact that we’re moving in the right direction and can show some tangible results,” Superintendent Robert Kravitz said. The results include lowering the proficiency gap between the students and raising the graduation rate for the school from 86.4 percent to 87.3 percent. Kravitz said proficiency data from 2012-13, the year the school was designated a focus…