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Singapore's new A380 suite class! https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28997848-post93.html

H/T OMAAT

October 31, 2017, 09:59:26 AM
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Re: Venice Master Thread
I went to Carnival and it was great! Very clean, spacious and very nice staff.
The doors have manual keys and they don't even ask for a deposit unlike others.
You can use the entrance on the side and you don't have to worry about automatic doors.

All in all it was a great experience.

Regarding my 2nd question, there are Jewish places of interest in Verona & Padua. I hired a very good tour guide named Yitzchak (Isaac) Havi. He was very knowledgeable about the area and had the connections to open the shuls and cemeteries. Expensive though - 600 Euro for the day. (Almost 12 hours). He lives in Venice. If anyone is interested his cell is +393401940710 (Whatsapp or call) and email isaac1826@yahoo.com
Highly recommended.
Did the 600 Euro include driving you around in his car?
Isaac was recommended to me by a few friends as well.
Had him today for a walking tour and he charged 50 euro per hour. If he needs to use his boat/car then he charges more

November 22, 2017, 11:07:58 AM
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Re: Wifi - Elal?
Their wifi is just to stream movies from their "dreamstream" app; not for internet access.
ElAl doesn't offer internet on any of their routes
Please see my post above.  They have started to roll out WiFi with Internet.
Flying now on a 737-900 with Wi-Fi installed.
Speed isn't very bad, I'm even able to connect to work with team viewer

November 22, 2017, 05:42:09 PM
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Re: Wifi - Elal?
flight coming up JFK-TLV. Any way to check for WiFi?
Was told that its so far being installed on the 737.
Should be installed later on the 787

November 22, 2017, 08:25:51 PM
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Re: Flying TLV JFK in 2 days: US passport expiring in 4 months & Israeli in 2 Months
Did ElAl notice? The airline will most certainly deny boarding if they notice the expired passport
Do you consider LY as an airline?!🤣🤣
They play their own rules. But I'm sure YMMV

December 20, 2017, 03:46:56 PM
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Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
Confirmed like the Kidney story?

Where did Dersh say all that?
Chaikels e-mail

January 02, 2018, 11:03:01 AM
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Re: Random airline-questions.
Is 1 hr 10 min stop over in Moscow enough?

According to GDS its not.
WARNING: CHECK MINIMUM CONNECTION TIME - SEGMENT 2/3   

March 12, 2018, 08:19:24 PM
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Re: AliExpress Public Wishlists Share Your Finds These website can be useful
https://compareali.com/
http://www.alipicks.com/
http://greatestdealfinds.blogspot.com/?m=1

June 17, 2018, 11:16:35 PM
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Chrome Extension "Legroom for google flights" I just discovered a cool chrome extension for GF, I dont think it has been discussed yet, if yes - mods feel free to delete.
The extensions is called 'legroom for google flights'
The main 2 key benefits
1- You see right away with out clicking on a flight, the aircraft type, seat pitch,wifi Etc.
2- For J class, it makes it simple to see which flights have lie flat beds or not
See attached screenshots

June 28, 2018, 06:07:25 PM
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Does Myrtle Beach have kosher food?

Anything to do besides beach?
How does Myrtle Beach compare to Hilton Head? Is it similar, was 2 times in Hilton Head, stayed at the Marriott right on the beach, very relaxing for a few days, wanted to check Myrtle Beach, any feedback?
Was there on chol hameed. There used to be a kosher restaurant but it's not kosher anymore.
There is a local supermarket that carries some kosher goods including chalav yisroel but they where emptied out pesach.
Nothing much to do besides beach and the famous ferris wheel, Broadway at the beach is a main center with many fun activities, and if you are in the mood to drive 2 hours, drive to Boeing's facility in North Charleston.

August 01, 2018, 11:57:15 PM
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat. Thank you @rcarentals!
Just checked EWR-TLV Sep 13 to Oct 8.  Publish price was $6052, and they came back with a price of $5029

Lets see how long this new shtick will be available on the market  ;)

August 29, 2018, 06:44:18 PM
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Re: Lebanon Master Thread @bluestrings
Thanks for the fascinating AMI TR!!   8)
Glad everything worked out!

September 22, 2018, 07:57:35 PM
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Re: Earning United PQM when using Chase Ultimate rewards It's considered a regular revenue ticket , it gets booked thru Expedia.

November 20, 2018, 09:06:13 PM
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Re: Earning United PQM when using Chase Ultimate rewards
Except if it gets issued as bulk
Absolutely. But I doubt they issue on bulk.  Am I mistaking?

November 21, 2018, 12:57:50 AM
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Re: Ukraine International Airlines Good info to know and be prepared with the facts before checking in:

A few of my family members flew home today from KBP to JFK with PS and they were advised that they can only bring on 1 carry on without any personal bag
You can see their updated terms here: https://www.flyuia.com/ua/en/information/baggage/luggage-terms-and-conditions

They were wrong in this case for several reasons.
1) ticket was purchased before November 2018
2) The rule is supposed to go in to effect Jan 15, 2019
3) It's officially only for short haul flights

So if you are flying this creepy airline be sure to know the regulations to avoid any aggravation

December 04, 2018, 01:42:10 PM
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Re: American kicks Jewish family off flights because of 'body odor' Dont want to get it off topic but Its time to bring some awareness to this issue.
You can find dirty people that dont shower in all religions and sectors, but there are too many of them in our ultra orthodox community
Not trying to be a self hating jew, but it kind of angers me why so many think that using deodorant or going in shower on a daily basis is against our values.
I was once in a Mikvah of a specific community that stinking is the norm and I literally almost threw up and never stepped foot again.

January 24, 2019, 05:36:41 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others And they already removed it

January 28, 2019, 06:45:11 PM
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Re: Israel Hotels Master Thread
Anyone know where the closest Minyan to the Setai Galilee is?
KINAR hotel, 2 min drive

January 29, 2019, 11:29:08 PM
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
Which flights between those routes are lie flat?

This is really useful helping you figure out which flight to take

I just discovered a cool chrome extension for GF, I dont think it has been discussed yet, if yes - mods feel free to delete.
The extensions is called 'legroom for google flights'
The main 2 key benefits
1- You see right away with out clicking on a flight, the aircraft type, seat pitch,wifi Etc.
2- For J class, it makes it simple to see which flights have lie flat beds or not
See attached screenshots

February 07, 2019, 04:50:52 PM
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Re: notary in jerusalem?
I called in for an appointment, was in and out in less than 30 minutes.
Awesome!

Thanks much!

February 20, 2019, 02:44:23 PM
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Re: Emirates Master Thread
April fools....

And I fell for it 🙄

https://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/emirates-to-offer-chauffeur-less-drones-with-fully-enclosed-first-class-private-suites-1.1554093761355

April 02, 2019, 02:28:33 AM
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Re: Monsey Master Thread
any info about the "The Ridge", is Rebbi taub a trusted Hasguchah?
He is very trustworthy

September 02, 2019, 05:17:58 PM
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Re: Have Recent Events Made You Consider Moving Or Making Aliya?
Why Florida of all places?
Cheap housing
Low property tax (at least when compared to NY)
No income Tax
School choice
Warmer winter weather
Yet not too far from NY.

Need I say more?

July 05, 2020, 02:20:21 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
Definitely warrants a separate thread IMO.

Keep us updated!
Absolutely!

I will update iyh.

I really wonder if it will work out this time...

July 19, 2020, 06:25:56 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa Disclaimer #1
This may be my longest post ever on DDF.
If this whole thing does not interest you, feel free to skip this post  ???

Disclaimer #2
I'm by no means an expert in real estate, mortgages, building new developments, etc. Please don't challenge me on these subjects, I'm just providing you the information that I received.

Intro
First of all, in my OP I mentioned its Shloime Taussig, I was wrong,  Its Rabbi Yisroel Taussig he has the Beled shul in BP.

The location of the new development is in Pasco County, Tampa FL.
They chose this location,
Firstly, because they only wanted a red state (I know FL is a swing state but red enough for our needs)
Secondly, because Pasco counties population is at around 500,000 and they have a dream of having 3 million within the next 10 years, and 50% of the residents should be working within the county, hence, they are very accommodating and helping out with what they can, to make this a reality.

Age
The age group they are currently targeting is between 25-35, as they need families with young children, in order the schools should succeed.
At the moment, they are not accepting anyone who doesn't want to live there full time
(eventually, they may build houses for people who want it as a winter home, etc. but it will be on a separate st)

They want it to be a regular erliche chasidish community, and for this, they meet every couple before accepting a deposit.

Chinuch
He is already interviewing some mechanchim who will be hired as menahel, Principal, etc.

They are going to start with one school and cheider, but eventually, as the community grows, they would like to have 3-4 Schools.

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for the school choice program, which is about 6K per child, their dream is to cover all expenses with this. (I guess they will still receive other government funds besides school choice, just as our schools here in NY)
Limudei chol will have to be at a higher level from our schools in NY, Boys will have to start learning Limudei chol at a younger age than in NY.

Kosher food
They are in talks with a few of the larger supermarkets, and they will choose one to open up a branch. They want the community to have it all just as in NY.

Housing
90% of the development consist of townhouses and single homes on 40 Lot, however, currently, there is no demand for townhouses, so they won't begin with townhouses.

A house on a 40 Lot means, your property is 40ft wide, with a decent front lawn and backyard, the house is 2600sf, with 4 larger or 5 smaller bedrooms, and a 2 car garage.  Cost is 325K [the cost is not final]
Property tax is 1% of the purchase price, then there is also HOA (homeowner's association) fees which estimates at around $200 per month. 

A house on a 50 Lot is 3200sf, and it also has a private guest suite, this will be around 375K

The 60 Lot is a house of 3400sf, they don't know the exact cost yet but it will be in the low 400K.

The developers will begin building model homes soon, and they encourage you to fly down, see the location, and check out a model home.

It seems to me like they want to start off with the 40 Lots and they are pushing for that.
 
The county will assist with a First-time Homebuyer Assistance Program, You will be eligible for a loan of 10K with 0% interest, primary Residence buyers are eligible for 97% mortgage.
They are also working on getting the moving cost covered by the county, but this is not guaranteed yet.

Community amenities
The plan is to build up a Shul,Mikva, playground, community pool and tennis court in the center of the development, and it shouldn't take you more than 12 minutes to get there from any side of the development.

Signing up for the move
If you want to go ahead, you need to put down a $5,000 deposit, $500 is nonrefundable (going for lawyer fees, etc) the rest will go into an escrow account.
Once they have 100 deposits, they will coordinate a local event, where you will meet your potential neighbors, and you will be able to decide if you want to make the move or not.
As of yesterday, they already received 30 deposits

They estimate to begin selling homes around Sep 15,( you have to purchase your lot and get a mortgage (Guess like a construction loan) before they begin building it. Once home sales begin, you have 2 weeks to back out and have your $4500 refund, at the same time, once you signed and got your mortgage, the $4500 deposit will be refunded.

The projected date to have all amenities ready and fully operational is September 2021. The first homes to go into contract will be completed by April 2021 (Pesach time), however, this is not guaranteed.

The local government is also offering major subsidies if you are relocating or opening up a new business, I won't go into detail, because this is on a case to case basis.

All in all, It looks too good to be true, on the other hand, its about time something like this to happen, and I hope I will make the right choice  :)


July 23, 2020, 01:50:23 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
Why would anyone want it to fail?

Want my take?

I believe there are some people who are torn apart, on one hand they desperately want to join such an idea as well, but on the other hand they cant get out of their comfort zone and leave everything behind. Therefore seeing the project fail is best for their feelings.
I came to this conclusion after talking in person to so many people about it.

Ill emphasize again: So many have tried but failed, yes there are a lot of good reasons why it should not work out, Im not saying that this has a 100% success rate, But if there was ever a time with chances to work out, then its definitely now

 

October 23, 2020, 02:37:40 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
Was there more information provided this weekend?
Main advantage of the event was meeting other people
Will try to write up something later

October 26, 2020, 03:29:03 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
Was there more information provided this weekend?

They sent an email only Thursday night about the event, so not everyone made it.
They had between 50-60 participants plus a few on zoom, and they claimed they have more people who already gave deposits but couldn't make it. One of the ladies told DW that she knows five people who already put down deposits and didn't make it, so I guess it was true.
While I thought only confirmed deposits will be attending, I did learn that some of them did not and are just very interested, I don't mind that they allowed unconfirmed families to attend, but it did bother me a bit, as I want to see people who are at the step of making the move and not just extremely interested.
Besides the Tausig family, they had one family who already signed a contract on Friday morning and another family who already chose their lot and are signing a contract this week.

Its hard to define the crowd on a public forum, what's too frum for one, may be too modern for another, but Ill try to get out of my box  ::)
I'm not an extrovert; hence I didn't chat with everyone, but from my first impressions, I think its fair to say that its a pretty diverse community.  I would label most as Normal center chasidish families, a few a drop more to the right and a few a drop more to the left, but no one that we would call "very farfrimt" or the opposite.   With this said, I think it's a normal healthy, diverse crowd, and this is exactly what you need if you want it to flourish.

I understand that the whole development, which is almost 700 homes, will be reserved for the community if they receive 70 contracts by Jan 2021.
They have another property ready for another development just 1-2 miles away.

As mentioned above, the largest home is 2600Sf plus 400Sf in the garage. I would also love to have it a bit bigger, but this is what they have now, and also, D.R. Horton would not customize anything for you, it's a take it or leave it.  However, they will add plumbing in the kitchen, so converting it to 2 separate sinks and faucets will only be another $700-800 once you closed.
The good thing is that it's all-inclusive, and you get all appliance and even Window shades.

I'll try to attach some pictures and pricing, add another 30K, which will go for Shul, Mikvah, and all Schools, then another 2K-22K for the property depending on your lot (Simply put, they charge more for better lots that are larger or more private etc.)
There is a big 10-acre property right outside of the community (you can see it in the Aerial view pic), and they already signed contract on it, that's going for a Shopping center and all schools and yeshivos etc.
I think that adding 30K is fair for now, but I wonder where this money will go if they are successful and fill everything up. I would love to hear an explanation on this.

For School, they hired Rabbi Klein from Bais Sarah, he is not moving out, but he will be on top of it and hire the staff.

While Rabbi Tausig will open the first shul, his dream is to have another shul for every 100 homes.

He also mentioned that you could purchase a property or home outside of the community and build your own home, but he does want 30K if you're going to be part and benefit from all amenities and services.

They also spoke about the school choice/Student Scholarship program and employment opportunities.

I think this pretty much sums it up. All in all, most of the crowd seemed very enthusiastic and excited; Hashem is the only one who knows what will happen with this project.

Feel free to ask questions, but remember, I'm not representing the Taussig's here; hence, I may not be able to answer all of your questions.
































October 26, 2020, 06:09:27 PM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa I enjoy reading all the comments, it opens my eyes to some more questions.
 But as a few said, let one be a 1st even if it isn't perfect.  This will never happen If everyone will wait for the perfect dream home, perfect location and perfect price. 

In Pasco county he would've have options of 3500sf and even 4K and it seems like that was a smaller developer with more flexibility,  but as they said,  there is huge momentum right now and waiting a year longer will just kill it.

There is plenty of land all around!  And as I mentioned above, you can purchase a private larger lot within walking distance and build your own dream home.

For me personally getting out of NY to an OOT community is a huge perk and dream of mine, ill be more than happy if it never grows to more than 300- 500 famiIies, I can continue my work remotely, so many concerns that lots of people have, aren't concerns for me at all.

I do want to find out more why nothing can be done to change some layouts, along with a few other questions, I hope I'll at least be able to get an answer next week when I'm on the ground there.

October 27, 2020, 01:38:44 AM
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Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa By the way,
I wonder why people don't ask all these questions to most Monsey area residents who moved out to small high ranches or colonials.

The price is low, 2600ft is not tiny, all you need is invest a little more money to make it perfect.

October 27, 2020, 03:25:09 PM
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Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Medrite Monsey, wasting my time with antigen scams.

This test, with a 50% or whatever error rate, is what I need to reenter the country Wednesday morning. And all this while being fully vaccinated.

Stupid Covid theater.
You don't have Adobe?!

April 25, 2021, 01:31:51 AM
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
Incorrect. If your starting a new brand you need some fake reviews unless you want to wait forever for them to come naturally.
I'll respectfully disagree
As a seller, I have never done any review shenanigans.
Yes it pains me to see copycats with fake positive reviews but I'm focused on the long run, I have a Chinese competitor that is now after just one year, with his 2nd brand name and had to start again from scratch.

May 13, 2021, 02:10:38 AM
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Re: Aukey Kicked Off Amazon After Fake Reviews Scandal
Vine program is 30 reviews, nothing to argue about



There is one thing I hate about Vine,  lots of them tend to leave a 4* review even though their review is glorious

May 13, 2021, 03:11:34 AM
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