Judge rules for resident in Belchertown condo sign dispute

BELCHERTOWN — A resident at an over-55 condominium complex threatened with fines for putting a Black Lives Matter sign outside her home last spring will be allowed to keep the display in place for the time being.

On Friday, Judge Richard J. Carey in Hampshire Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction to Margery Jess of Summer Hill Estates Condominiums, giving her the right to keep the sign in place, without penalty, until a lawsuit against the trustees is settled.

“During the pendency of this action, the defendants shall permit, and not in any way interfere with, the plaintiff posting a Black Lives Matter sign,” Carey wrote in the preliminary injunction, which also allows Jess to move the sign to her front door or window if it can’t remain in the flower bed during the winter months and inclement weather.

The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU of Massachusetts and Luke

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Injunction allows Black Lives Matter sign to stay in Belchertown condo complex

A Hampshire Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday allowing a Belchertown condominium owner to display a Black Lives Matter sign near her unit after she was ordered to remove the sign by condominium trustees.

Judge Richard Carey issued the injunction allowing Margery Jess, the owner of a condo in the Summer Hill Estates Development on Route 202 in Belchertown, to display her sign in a common area pending the outcome of her suit against the condo association.

Jess’s attorneys argued that the condo rules and regulations did not prohibit signs, and besides Article 16 of the state Declaration of Rights declares, “The right of free speech shall not be abridged.”

Jess, along with the American Civil Liberties Union Western Massachusetts Legal Office and the Northampton law firm Sasson, Turnbull, Ryan and Hoose, filed the lawsuit earlier this month after the Chairman of the Trustees ordered her to remove

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Home Sales Data Is Another Sign To Retailers That Consumer Behavior Might Be Forever Changed

The stay-at-home trend prompted by the coronavirus pandemic has benefited retailers including Home Depot
HD
. The latest tallies from American consumers’ housing purchases suggest those sales bonanzas may not be going away anytime soon. 

Existing-home sales rose for the fourth straight month in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.54 million, up nearly 21% from a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The median existing-home price rose about 15%, to $311,800. Total housing inventory dropped to 1.47 million, enough to last 2.7 months—a record low at the current sales pace, the trade group said. 

Properties typically remained on the market for just 21 days in September—also

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Language dispute at Quebec condo building over COVID-19 sign



text, letter: This sign is being called "disrespectful." Oct 21, 2020.


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This sign is being called “disrespectful.” Oct 21, 2020.

Melina Migiakis is furious with the administration at the Ahuntstic-Cartierville condo building her elderly grandparents call home over posted signs about COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s so disrespectful. It’s so degrading,” she told Global News.

Her anger was sparked by signs explaining COVID-19 measures banning people from accepting most visitors, written in French only. Her Greek immigrant grandparents don’t have a strong understanding of French.

READ MORE: Montreal ‘progressing in the right way’ as coronavirus cases start to plateau, officials say

“We saw the signs about COVID-19 in the elevator. My mother and I had written on the note: ‘English, please.’ You know, we even called them. He never got back to us,” she said.

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‘It’s so disrespectful’: Language dispute at Quebec condo building over COVID-19 sign – Montreal

Melina Migiakis is furious with the administration at the Ahuntstic-Cartierville condo building her elderly grandparents call home over posted signs about COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s so disrespectful. It’s so degrading,” she told Global News.

Her anger was sparked by signs explaining COVID-19 measures banning people from accepting most visitors, written in French only. Her Greek immigrant grandparents don’t have a strong understanding of French.

READ MORE: Montreal ‘progressing in the right way’ as coronavirus cases start to plateau, officials say

“We saw the signs about COVID-19 in the elevator. My mother and I had written on the note: ‘English, please.’ You know, we even called them. He never got back to us,” she said.

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Apple sign touts grand opening of new San Jose store

SAN JOSE — Apple is moving closer to a grand opening at San Jose’s Westfield Valley Fair mall for what would be one of the tech titan’s flagship stores.

The big new Apple store will be perched at a prominent location next to what’s already evolving into a busy dining district at the San Jose shopping, restaurant, and entertainment complex on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

An Apple logo and a sign touted the prospect of a soon-to-open Apple store that’s expected to be a two-store retail site in San Jose.

“We’ve got something special in store for you,” stated a sign on a wall of the future store. “Our grand opening is coming soon.” The Apple logo was in black.

Apple and Westfield Valley Fair made a wise move by placing the new Apple store next to the outdoor restaurant area of the shopping center, in the view of Nick Goddard,

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Fire on Sign Hill in South San Francisco threatens homes, triggers evacuations

A four-alarm wildfire that broke out in the San Bruno Mountains of South San Francisco on Friday afternoon, triggering evacuations, was contained after 2 p.m.

“Fire crews continue to work of full extinguishment,” the South San Francisco Fire Department shared on Twitter. “Evacuation orders are still happening, please continue to stay out of the area.”

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Carnelian Road, Sonja Road, Mountain Road, Ridgeview Court and Viewmont Terrace. A temporary evacuation center is set up at the MSB Social Hall at 33 Arroyo Dr.

Flames burned across a landscape of parched grass near the giant white cement letters spelling out “South San Francisco Industrial City” on Sign Hill. The blaze broke out around noon and emitted a massive plume of smoke. Easterly winds blew the smoke toward the coast and air quality levels in Pacifica quickly deteriorated.

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Toronto Condo Market Deluged With Listings, In A Bad Sign For Investors



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If you’re looking to buy a condo in Toronto these days, you’ll be glad to hear you will have more to choose from than buyers ever had before. And there won’t be any need for bidding wars.

But that might not be music to the ears of the city’s many investor-owners, who could see the value of their investments drop in the months ahead.

With the COVID-19 pandemic severely reducing the demand for rental housing in cities, and all but killing off Airbnb rentals, Toronto’s supply of condos for sale has shot up to record highs over the past few months.

The number of resale condos available in the City of Toronto more than quadrupled from around 1,500 before the pandemic to 6,455 in mid-October, the highest number ever recorded in the market. It has been climbing steeply upward from

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