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Light display at N.J. house brings Griswold’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ to life

Griswold fans rejoice, the house on Legends Court will shine very bright once again this holiday season enabling you to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas.

The popular holiday light display at the Mickleton home of Steve and Gina Harbaugh, that mimics the home in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will include the same cast of characters as years before, plus a few new ones, but with a pandemic twist.

“We’re definitely having it just because people are starving and yearning for something positive this year,” said Steve, the creative mastermind responsible for the authentic-like display. As early as mid-November, he said, people have been driving by his house looking for any signs of exterior illumination.

The Harbaugh's "Christmas Vacation" movie holiday display

Steve Harbaugh talks to his daughter in the window after adjusting the lights on his Mickleton home, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. For the third year in a row he has recreated a “Christmas

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  • November 28, 2020

7 ways to earn miles for your next vacation without leaving the house

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed just about every facet of our daily lives, including how we eat, shop and travel. For many people, the extended quarantines and lockdown have also disrupted their normal points and miles-earning strategy, much of which had depended on travel or points earned from shopping in-person.


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Just because we aren’t traveling right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use this time to pad your points and miles balances. There are several great ways to earn points from the comfort of your home, and learning a new strategy now will be helpful even when things return to

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  • November 27, 2020

Atlanta woman overcomes house fire and pandemic to launch small business

An Atlanta business owner has faced unexpected hardships this year, but she hasn’t let it get in the way of achieving her goal. 

Tammy Gammon is the owner of Three Dream Designs, a business that sells handmade accessories, clothing, and paintings. 

Gammon, a former educator, started creating handmade accessories several years ago. She decided to design a new line and launch it this year, but her journey came with some hurdles. 

Gammon’s house caught fire about three weeks into 2020. She and her three sons were able to escape unhurt, but the fire destroyed the home and some of her pieces. 

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“I refused to let myself be depressed because I have three boys. I have three sons that are looking up to me,” Gammon said. 

But even as she and her three sons lived in a hotel room for two

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  • November 27, 2020

National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning to take place at White House

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The holiday season may be a bit quieter this year as many make changes to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, but Americans can still expect a time-honored White House tradition to be carried out.

The annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey will take place at the White House Rose Garden Tuesday. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will pardon the turkeys at around 2 p.m. EST.

This year’s turkeys, “Corn” and “Cob,” hail from Walcott, Iowa. In keeping with tradition, the guests of honor were welcomed to the nation’s capital with a world-class reception, including a red carpet and a stay at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.

Both turkeys will receive a pardon, but only one will be named this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey and visit the White House. The Trump administration created an online poll for Americans to vote on which feathered candidate

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  • November 24, 2020

First-time buyers in the UK moving back in with their parents to save for house deposit


Shift Into 5G Could Fuel a Rally in These 3 Stocks

The tech world is in the midst of a shake-up. Since the end of 2017, the new 5G wireless technology has been moving forward, bringing with it a combination of faster connection speeds and lower latency, and the promise of great changes in how we connect to the online world. New technologies – connected automobiles and agile IoT come to mind – would not be possible without 5G.Investment research firm HSBC Global, in a recent report on the advent of 5G tech, takes up the questions of whether the new networking is a boom or a bust. Specifically, HSBC asks why 5G has been underwhelming – so far. Industry expert Professor William Webb notes that 5G’s rollout has not lived up to the hype, even in Asia where networks are more extensive and better integrated. He describes the

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  • November 19, 2020

Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year

House Republicans vastly outperformed expectations this election cycle, making deep cuts in Democrats’ majority in the lower chamber despite confidence from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse adjusts format for dinner with new members after criticism Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military ‘remains strong’ despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick On The Money: House Democrats to renew effort to obtain Trump’s tax returns | How Biden might use executive power to advance economic agenda MORE (D-Calif.) that her party would be able to expand their control. 

As a result, the GOP will be in a good position to gain momentum and retake control of the House in 2022. Their conference is a handful of seats away from clinching a majority in the midterms after success in the 2020 elections. 

From victories in contested open seats to races where Democrats

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  • November 15, 2020

Even After COVID, WWE’s House Show Touring May Not Return

For many years, WWE’s hectic travel schedule was one of the aspects that made the job of WWE Superstar, for better or worse, unique. On the one hand, working so many house shows in addition to televised events, combined with the travel, could put WWE superstars on the road for more than 300 days a year, leaving little time for practically anything else. On the other hand, working all of those events means making more money under WWE Superstars’ status as independent contractors.

The official logo of the WWE.
The official logo of the WWE.

WWE contracts usually have a “downside guarantee,” meaning a minimum amount of money wrestlers are guaranteed to make even if they don’t wrestle any events. Per-event payments count against and can exceed that minimum, and in addition, wrestlers may have deals in their contracts for things like cuts of merchandise. The coronavirus pandemic threw a giant monkey wrench into that whole

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  • November 13, 2020

Worldwise: Mint House CEO Will Lucas’ Favorite Things

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Like most of the lodging industry, Mint House—an upscale, tech-driven aparthotel concept with properties in nine U.S. cities including Philadelphia and Miami—was hard hit by 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions and lockdowns saw occupancy rates plummet and cancelations rise. During its most challenging weeks in the spring, the company’s occupancy rates were in the single digits, forcing a round of layoffs that saw Mint House, which was founded in 2017, lose approximately 20% of its employees.

But slowly, business picked back up: Occupancy was at 68% in May and continued to rise. In four of the last five months, Mint House was filling up over 80% of its units while simultaneously growing its inventory of suites by 70%. It’s inching closer to its goal of having 600 by the close of 2020 due to its soon-to-be-announced expansion to

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  • November 11, 2020

RVC Holding Holiday House Decorating Contest

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY — The Village of Rockville Centre is currently seeking entries for its first “RVC Holiday Lights Night,” a community-wide home decorating contest.

Homeowners are invited to dig out their lights and decorations to showcase their holiday spirit and traditions to win bragging rights. Each home entered in the contest will be included in a community map that will be available to residents, who are encouraged to take a tour of the homes and cast their vote online at, or by dropping off a ballot with Santa and his helpers at Village Hall on Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winning designs will be announced on the village website and social media pages on Dec. 15.

Homeowners can register their home to be a part of the village-wide contest by calling the Recreation Center at 678-9238 by Dec. 9. Homes should be fully decorated by

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  • November 10, 2020

If you want to sell your house next year, when should you get started?

Are you thinking about selling your house next year?

Every neighborhood is different, and markets are always subject to change. Currently, average market time is amazingly low.

The number of days on the market, known as DOM by agents, always varies due to the price range. Accurate time on the market also assumes that a seller has priced the home somewhat realistically, based on recent comparable sales and not more than 10% higher than the suggested price from three independent real estate agents.

Given that homes are selling extremely quickly, you don’t want to go on the market too soon, even if you want to ask for a “rent back after sale” to stretch your move out for personal reasons.


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  • November 9, 2020