Ann M. Vracin

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Finding a Family Friendly Neighborhood

Apr 20, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Finding a Family Friendly Neighborhood

Whether you’re starting a new family or relocating the one you have, it’s important to find the right neighborhood. Determining how family friendly a neighborhood is comes down to a combination of six key factors: top-rated schools, low crime rates, nearby amenities, homeowner occupied single-family homes, the demographics, and well-educated adult residents. You’ll also want to consider your daily commute when choosing where you will raise your children. Here’s the scoop on how to find a family-friendly neighborhood in your future hometown.

Find an Experienced Realtor

Good real estate agents know the lay of the land and are invaluable in helping you find the right place to make your home. They know what parks, grocery stores, restaurants and family entertainment locations are nearby, as well as which areas have the best schools. For best results, choose a realtor who lives and works in the same town or district where you’re planning to move.

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What Is Known About the End of Downton Abbey

Apr 17, 2015 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment

What Is Known About the End of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey has demanded a large and intense following for a show within its genre. The Carnival Films and Masterpiece Theatre production has the American public interested in the dynamics of the fading British aristocracy and the service class like never before. While period dramas have enjoyed some level of popularity, none have achieved the same degree of success as the 5 seasons of Downton Abbey. Season 6 will be the last in the series. 

The End is near

For fans wondering how it will turn out, it was announced that Season 6 will be the final season. The announcement was made by executive producer Gareth Neame, who stated that he wanted the show to end while it was still being enjoyed by fans. This follows a trend in recent years of shows ending while they’re still at their peak, rather than waiting for the eventual wane in viewership. Much of what has led to this type of early ending is the success of the actors of the television series. As the show grows in popularity and the television actors become household celebrities, many are called to new projects. Ending the show in a timely manner allows the actors to work on different projects while they’re still in high demand. 

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The Navy’s Robotic Ghost Ship

Apr 15, 2015 in Tech. 0 Comment

The Navy’s Robotic Ghost Ship

The United States Navy has built a prototype of an unmanned robotic ship to track submarines and other ships. It is essentially a small-class frigate that would skim the surface of the water and use SONAR/RADAR to locate and follow enemy subs. Think of it as a drone of the ocean that uses some basic radar components, a digital chart of a particular area, and some proprietary software. The Navy has put a premium on tracking enemy subs since it can be extremely expensive and time consuming. 

Since this vehicle is without personnel and can auto-navigate, it doesn’t violate the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.  

How it began

Classified as an Anti-submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV, the idea behind this sea-going vessel was conceived in 2010 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The concept was based on a self-reliant craft that could be deployed in international waters across the globe. Incorporating stealth and learn-as-you-go navigation, this ghost ship was created to gather reconnaissance on other ships while differentiating military and nonmilitary crafts. The ultimate mission is to focus on other submarines. 

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Romantic Springtime Destinations

Apr 13, 2015 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Romantic Springtime Destinations

Spring is here and love is in the air. Whether you and your love are looking for a weekend getaway or a beautiful honeymoon location, several top U.S. spots have what you’re looking for. These destinations are close to home and offer excitement, relaxation and romance, all rolled into one. 

Charleston, South Carolina

This beautiful city is filled with southern charm and hospitality. With its stunningly preserved mansions, plantation style landscapes, horse drawn carriages and lovely magnolia gardens, Charleston’s Historic District will make you feel like you’ve been pulled into a romance novel. Love birds will enjoy taking in the sights of the Gardens at Middleton Place, Cypress Gardens, the French Quarters and the Battery. Whether you prefer lying on the beach, visiting museums, touring a plantation or shopping and taking in the city, visiting Charleston is a great way to spend time with your spouse. 

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Building Email Lists from Scratch

Apr 10, 2015 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

Building Email Lists from Scratch

Email marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach customers. According to the Direct Marketing Association, the return on investment for this type of marketing is as high as 4300 percent. This makes the decision to conduct an email marketing campaign a no brainer for any business. To commence a campaign, the first step is to build an email list. There are many ways to accomplish this task. Read on to learn more about building email lists from scratch. 

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