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N.Y. man prison bound for defrauding 8 N.J. businesses, 3 women to fund lavish lifestyle

A former Kenilworth man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for defrauding eight New Jersey businesses, robbing another and stealing the identities of three women.

Raymond Scura, 31, of Staten Island, passed fraudulent checks and used stolen credit cards to purchase luxury goods and services such as a country club membership, limousine services, luxury hotel expenses, exotic car rentals, a Rolex watch, and high-end wine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey said in a statement.

He made the purchases to “appear wealthy and obtain the confidence of his victims, who were usually women.” Scura then stole their identities to make more purchases and maintain a lavish lifestyle.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and Hobbs Act robbery and was ordered to pay $166,505 in restitution. In all, the victims had more than $250,000 stolen from them between July 2016

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  • November 19, 2020

Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc (ELS) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc (NYSE:ELS)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Oct 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good day, everyone and thank you all for joining us to discuss Equity LifeStyle Properties’ Third Quarter 2020 Results. Our featured speakers today are Marguerite Nader, our President and CEO; Paul Seavey, our Executive Vice President and CFO; and Patrick Waite, our Executive Vice President and COO.

In advance of today’s call, management released earnings. Today’s call will consist of opening remarks and a question and answer session with management relating to the company’s earnings release. As a reminder, this call is being recorded.

Certain matters discussed during this conference call may contain forward-looking statements in the meaning of the federal securities laws. Our forward-looking statements are subject to certain economic risks and uncertainty. The company assumes no

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  • October 21, 2020

In year of pandemic, what to expect when planning Colorado winter fun | Lifestyle

Any dream of Colorado snow this season unfortunately will wake to a world in which COVID-19 still exists. This is a reality of which the state tourism office is acutely aware.

“While on-mountain activities tend to be naturally socially distant,” said office spokeswoman Abby Leeper Gibson, “it’s important that travelers are protected throughout their experience, from renting gear to apres ski.”

Winter, she said, “comprises an important segment for Colorado tourism.” It might take heightened importance now, considering the ski industry’s multi-million-dollar losses from a spring season cut short.

But the usual international clientele is not expected to be nearly as substantial for that industry this winter. Leeper Gibson said the state is marketing only to residents.

Powder primer: A closer look at Colorado's ski areas

Her office is spreading a new message: “responsible tourism,” she said — “showing care” to residents and visitors alike and abiding by local health guidelines.

Here’s what to expect when traveling

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  • October 18, 2020

Unusual gems lurk in Colorado Springs architectural landscape | Lifestyle

Slow down and look around as you travel the streets of our fair city.

For there are hidden architectural gems to be found in the Pikes Peak region. Have you really looked at the exterior of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on Tejon Street as you hurry past?

The magnificent building, built in 1903 as the El Paso County courthouse, sports keystones of American Indian faces, angelic figures and leaves and ferns carved into the building.

This and other spots, mostly around downtown, are remnants of our past. And like some wise person said, you have to know the past to understand the present.

“Colorado Springs had to think about and use architecture you might not see in a typical Western town to create a sense of place,” says Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Director Matt Mayberry.

“We did use architecture as a community-building device. It was part of who we

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  • October 4, 2020

Lompoc’s Beattie Park to Boast Largest Inclusive Playground in County | Homes & Lifestyle

Facility’s design utilized suggestions from the community

September 30, 2020
| 4:21 p.m.

Work at Beattie Park is expected to be finished by the end of October.Click to view larger

Work at Beattie Park is expected to be finished by the end of October. (Courtesy photo)

Construction is underway on a new, grant-funded playground and fitness area at Beattie Park in Lompoc, The recreation facility will have the distinction of being the largest inclusive playground in Santa Barbara County.

In addition, Beattie Park’s new playground has been named a Triple National Demonstration Site, meeting stringent design standards in three categories: inclusive playground design, youth play, and adult fitness.

The design selected incorporates suggestions from an online community survey in April that garnered 645 responses. Among the playground’s features are a giant modern tower with a view of the park, an inclusive play space with ramps leading up to three different height levels and accessible components.

The playground also showcases the “sensory wave climber” with integrated sensory panels,

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  • October 1, 2020