WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 3, 2019:#1) Pints & Pages At Pancho’s CantinaThe Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting its monthly Pints & Pages (social book club for 20 and 30-year-olds) meeting at 7pm at Pancho’s Cantina. Instead of discussing a particular book this month, meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.#2) Board Game Design For Teens At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Board Game Design workshop for teens. Have an idea for your own board game? Bring it to life! Over the course of six sessions, you will come to understand the process from start to finish through instruction by a professional board game designer, while you work on your projects at home. Space is limited. Grades 7-12. Registration is full, but there is a waiting list HERE.#3) Lego Building At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation. For Kindergarten & up! No registration required.#4) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#5) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
The year 2014 has been bumpy for the U.S. housing market. After a slow start in the beginning of the year, the market picked up pace in the summer and fall, marking steady growth. Will that spill over into the New Year?Realtor.com recently released a 2015 outlook for the American housing market asserting that the year will be profitable for first-time home buyers, as the economy recovers steadily.Highlights from the outlook:1. Millennials – the New HeroesMillennials will have a major hand at shaping the housing market in 2015. More than two-thirds of the household formation will be driven by this demographic group. Also, with the economic recovery in full swing and a projected addition of 2.5 million jobs next year, more people in the 18 to 35-year-old age bracket can aim for homeownership.2. Improving Existing Home SalesExisting home sales are expected to improve 8 percent over the year 2015. This sector will also benefit from the recovery. As more people get employed and incomes increase, distressed property inventory is expected to fall. With more buyers entering the market, the stock of existing homes will be lapped up quickly.3. Home Prices will IncreaseAs demand for homes goes up, prices are also expected to rise. This year, the rate of price increases has been slow, but with a rush of new buyers entering the market, home prices are expected to go up by an average of at least 4.5 percent in the coming year.4. Mortgage Rates to Shoot up tooMortgage rates across the United states have been hovering near or below 4 percent throughout 2014. This week, the average 30-year-fixed-rate fell to 3.89 percent, lowest since May 30, 2013. But with all the other parameters improving and the Federal reserve’s rate hike expected in the initial few months, home loan rates will reportedly shoot up to 5 percent next year.5. Home Affordability to DeclineHome affordability is expected to decline by 5 to 10 percent as prices appreciate and mortgage rates go higher. Tighter supply will boost demand, which will also result in a spike in prices, affecting affordability. Realtor.com Official”In 2015, more markets will settle back into their long-term housing patterns. Fast-growing markets that boomed last decade, collapsed in the bust, and then rebounded are now leveling off. Even the markets that have been slowest to recover and have struggled longest are seeing foreclosure inventories decline and the sales mix moving back toward normal,” Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia told US News.
00:00 /09:58 Listen Pixnio X As home to the Texas Heart Institute, Houston is a major hub for organ transplants, and the institute is featured prominently in a new NOVA documentary on PBS called Transplanting Hope.The documentary takes an inside look at how transplants work, follows stories of both donors and recipients, and shows how scientists are aiming to end the organ shortage.In the audio above, Ernie Manouse talks with director Niobe Thompson about the making of the film and Houston’s role in the process.Transplanting Hope airs on Houston Public Media, TV 8 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTResearchers say a build up of algae in the Gulf of Mexico could be as large as the Massachusetts.An oxygen-sapping, fish-killing swath of algae is headed to the Gulf of Mexico this summer.Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the so-called dead zone is the result of agricultural activity, which courses through the Mississippi River Delta and spawns a massive bloom of algae that kills marine life. The buildup happens every summer, but researchers predict this year the dead zone could be as large as 8,766 square miles – roughly the size of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.NOAA says higher than average amounts of rainfall along the river’s watershed could make this year’s dead zone especially aggressive.And, the agency warns, larger masses of algae could continually form each summer as heavy rainfall becomes the norm over much of the region and Texas, in particular. In an announcement of its forecast, NOAA’s director of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Steve Thur, said that was also a central finding in a multiagency climate assessment and that the rain could increase the dead zone, known in science speak as a “hypoxic zone.”“The assessment predicts an increase in the frequency of very heavy precipitation events in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Southeast regions, which would impact nutrient input to the northern Gulf of Mexico and the size of the hypoxic zone,” Thur said.The forecast, however, is just that: a forecast. Thur said it’s possible the model, which also uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey, could overestimate the mass of the algae bloom in the Gulf, as it did last year. But, while the dead zone was smaller than anticipated last year, it was because the bloom was jilted by an overactive hurricane season.NOAA expects this year’s Atlantic Ocean hurricane season to follow a similar pattern.NOAA has previously found these dead zones lead to stunted growth in Gulf shrimp. That ecological impact becomes an economic one for shrimpers, who haul in smaller shrimp, which net less money. Share
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 94th birth anniversary. “Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji on his birth anniversary. He was a statesman who rose above partisan politics for the country’s good. We miss him a lot,” the Trinamool supremo, who once was part of Vajpaee’s cabinet, tweeted. Born in December 25, 1924, Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister, who was not a member of the Congress to have served a full five-year term in office. The administration of Narendra Modi in 2014 declared that Vajpayee’s birthday would be marked as Good Governance Day. He was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015. Vajpayee passed away on August 16.