More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Top of the News Old-growth Amazon tree canopy in TapajÃ³s National Forest, Brazil. A new NASA study shows that the living trees in the undisturbed Amazon forest draw more carbon dioxide from the air than the forest’s dead trees emit. Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechA new JPL-led study seven years in the making has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit, therefore reducing global warming. This finding resolves a long-standing debate about a key component of the overall carbon balance of the Amazon basin.The Amazon’s carbon balance is a matter of life and death: living trees take carbon dioxide out of the air as they grow, and dead trees put the greenhouse gas back into the air as they decompose. The new study, published in Nature Communications on March 18, is the first to measure tree deaths caused by natural processes throughout the Amazon forest, even in remote areas where no data have been collected at ground level.Fernando EspÃrito-Santo of JPLâ€™s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., lead author of the study, created new techniques to analyze satellite and other data. He found that each year, dead Amazonian trees emit an estimated 1.9 billion tons (1.7 billion metric tons) of carbon to the atmosphere. To compare this with Amazon carbon absorption, the researchers used censuses of forest growth and different modeling scenarios that accounted for uncertainties. In every scenario, carbon absorption by living trees outweighed emissions from the dead ones, indicating that the prevailing effect in natural forests of the Amazon is absorption.Until now, scientists had only been able to estimate the Amazon’s carbon balance from limited observations in small forest areas called plots. On these plots, the forest removes more carbon than it emits, but the scientific community has been vigorously debating how well the plots represent all the natural processes in the huge Amazon region. That debate began with the discovery in the 1990s that large areas of the forest can be killed off by intense storms in events called blowdowns.EspÃrito-Santo said that the idea for the study arose from a 2006 workshop where scientists from several nations came together to identify JPL satellite instruments that might help them better understand the carbon cycle of the Amazon. In the years since then, he worked with 21 coauthors in five nations to measure the carbon impacts of tree deaths in the Amazon from all natural causes — from large-area blowdowns to single trees that died of old age. He used airborne lidar data, satellite images, and a 10-year set of plot measurements collected by the University of Leeds, England, under the leadership of Emanuel Gloor and Oliver Phillips. He estimates that he himself spent a year-and-a-half doing fieldwork in the Amazon.“It was a difficult and audacious study, and only EspÃrito-Santo’s dedication made it possible,” said Michael Keller, a research scientist at the U.S. Forest Service and co-author of the study.Correlating satellite and airborne-instrument data with ground observations, EspÃrito-Santo and his colleagues devised methods to identify dead trees in different types of remotely sensed images. For example, fallen trees create a gap in the forest canopy that can be measured by lidar on research aircraft, and dead wood changes the colors in a satellite optical image. The researchers then scaled uptheir techniques so they could be applied to satellite and airborne data for parts of the Amazon with no corresponding ground data.“We found that large natural disturbances — the sort not captured by plots — have only a tiny effect on carbon cycling throughout the Amazon,” said Sassan Saatchi of JPL, also a co-author. Each year, about two percent of the entire Amazon forest dies of natural causes. The researchers found that only about 0.1 percent of those deaths are caused by blowdowns.This study looked only at natural processes in Amazonia, not at the results of human activities such as logging and deforestation, which vary widely and rapidly with changing political and social conditions.The other institutions participating in the study are the University of New Hampshire, Durham; the Universities of Leeds and Nottingham, U.K.; Oxford University, U.K.; James Cook University, Cairns, Australia; U.S. Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Puerto Rico; EMBRAPA Satellite Monitoring Center, Campinas, Brazil; National Institute for Research in Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil; EMBRAPA Eastern Amazonia, SantarÃ©m, Brazil; National Institute for Space Research (INPE), SÃ£o JosÃ© dos Campos, Brazil; the Missouri Botanical Garden, Oxapampa, Peru; and the Carnegie Institute for Science, Stanford, Calif.JPL monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. JPL develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.For more information about JPL’s Earth science activities in 2014, visitÂ http://www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Auction.com Carrington Holding Company cwcot FHA HUD LoanCare ServiceLink SitusAMC Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Industry Experts Discuss CWCOT Changes The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Industry Experts Discuss CWCOT Changes Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Industry experts expect HUD’s recent updates to the CWCOT program to help improve efficiencies and minimize losses, according to a complimentary DS News webinar that was presented this week by Auction.com.You can watch a recording of the webinar here.The webinar, entitled “CWCOT Update: What Servicers Need to Know,” aired Tuesday afternoon, attracting an audience of mortgage servicing and property preservation professionals interested to learn more about the changes to the Claims Without Conveyance of Title program.Wes G. Isley, Senior Managing Director of Carrington Holding Company LLC, moderated the conversation, which outlined the history of the program, as well as details of what the recent changes, outlined in a HUD mortgagee letter, mean from an operations standpoint.The CWCOT program began in 2013 as an FHA claim option in which insurance benefits are paid to a mortgagee, after the sale of the property to a third-party purchaser at foreclosure of the FHA-insured mortgage, or through post-foreclosure sales efforts.“For some 85 years … FHA has supported the housing market through just about every regional and national economic cycle,” said Tim Rood, Head of Industry Relations for SitusAMC.FHA’s success at minimizing losses “are less notable,” he said—hence the much-anticipated changes, which had been campaigned for by industry groups such as the National Mortgage Servicing Association.As the FHA explained in a July statement, these latest CWCOT enhancements take into consideration public feedback received earlier this year when a first draft was posted on the Single-Family Housing Drafting Table.The enhancements will make FHA’s CWCOT program “more viable for foreclosure sales associated with defaulted FHA-insured mortgages,” the FHA added in the same statement.Jesse Roth, SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Auction.com, detailed some of the more significant changes, which include allowing mortgagees to submit eviction costs and certain eligible property preservation expenses incurred during post-foreclosure sales opportunities.“This means that you aren’t out of pocket on these properties if they sell through second chance, and also means you should start eviction proceedings immediately,” Roth explained.He also discussed changes to the appraisal allowance—a second appraisal upon vacancy for a property that had an exterior-only appraisal, where an interior appraisal could not be obtained is now permitted.“HUD will reimburse the cost of a new appraisal if the first was exterior only, and reset the [Commissioner’s Adjusted Fair Market Value] CAFMV based on the new appraisal,” Roth said.“Getting the property vacant faster means you’ll be able to reset the CAFMV before you hit the conveyance deadline,” he added. “This fixes one of the largest structural issues with the CWCOT program.”There exists “real excitement about the changes within the servicing community,” said the final panelist, Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare, a ServiceLink company, who went into specifics related to putting the new CWCOT standards into practice.”A lot must be done to implement [the changes],” he said. “Like with any change, compliance is key.” Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Previous: Fannie Mae’s Doug Duncan Discusses Economic Landscape Next: How COVID-19 Is Reshaping the Market Auction.com Carrington Holding Company cwcot FHA HUD LoanCare ServiceLink SitusAMC 2020-08-05 Christina Hughes Babb August 5, 2020 1,546 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb
Vermont’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has been operating in a deficit since January. The federal government is lending the state money – at zero percent – since that time. Estimates are that before the economy recovers and the UI fund begins to recover on its own as fewer and fewer people file unemployment claims, the UI fund deficit could reach $300 million or more. While the federal government ensures that unemployment compensation is paid, there is also no guarantee that the federal government will continue to loan states money interest free.Everyone in Montpelier agrees that the UI Trust Fund is in the red now because it was underfunded for many years when the economy was doing well. Once the recession hit, the fund was quickly drained. But not everyone agrees on how to fix the problem. There is some consensus that employers will have to pitch in more and that beneficiaries will have to receive less. But that notion is not universal. Given the difficult time legislators are having trying to balance the General Fund budget, they have had a difficult time also securing a solution to the UI fund deficit. State Senator Vince Illuzzi, chairman of the Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee, is urging action this legislative session before the situation gets worse.Statement Of Senator Vince IlluzziUnemployment Insurance Trust FundPress ConferenceThursday, April 15, 2010One of the most important issues that must be resolved before the General Assembly adjourns is fixing the bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.It’s a priority for the 23,800 employers who support the system. If we fail to act, Vermont employers will face additional and otherwise unnecessary penalty payroll taxes.It’s a priority for all Vermonters who depend on state programs and services. If we as a state are forced by inaction to spend even more money to pay interest on the additional money we must borrow from the federal government, that means we will need to further cut state programs and services or raise taxes. Both options are unacceptable.Every legislator and the Governor need to ensure that this issue is addressed this year in a meaningful and substantive way. We can’t afford to kick the can down the road for a second year in a row.If the General Fund was expected to be in the red to the tune of $284 million, there would be alarm bells going off all over the place. A crisis mentality would set in. The same alarms should be going off with regarding to the UI trust fund.Any time you have any state program expected to run almost $300 million in the red – in this case regarding a state program that is already bankrupt – it’s clear that immediate action is warranted on the part of all the key players. We have a crisis in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.The businesses that are represented by the organizations whose leaders are with me today are prepared to step up to the plate and do their part to fix the problem. They know that paying more now will avoid paying even more later.My committee has made the first volley on this issue in the form of S. 290, a bill that is tough on everyone. Like any bill that is introduced, it’s a starting point with a few controversial provisions. There’s something in that bill for everyone to hate.Since the time that this press conference was planned earlier this week, I understand a meeting is now scheduled between the Governor, the Speaker and the President Pro Tem. That’s positive news, and I hope the next step in moving this issue forward in a meaningful way toward a substantive resolution in the next few weeks.Thank you.Source: State Senator Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans.-30-
Marathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long RunThe day was ambitious indeed. 15 miles is no easy jog in the park. The sore feet and achy knees, the long stretch of road, and the shear amount of time to keep yourself entertained; a lot goes into running the same distance as a 20 minute car ride. The forecast was calling for rain and rain it provided. It seemed the moment I started using the running shoes on my feet, a steady drizzle was there to accompany it. And two hours later, the rain never stopped.Somewhere between the start and end of the 15 miles, discouraging thoughts drifted between my tired legs and weary mind. The hills kept coming and the rain never stopped. For a moment it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t until my shuttle picked me up on the wet road and I climbed into the heated front seat did I began to appreciate the feet at hand.It wasn’t the farthest I’ve run or even the fastest. An inevitable nasally cold followed the 15 miles of running in the rain, but I knew in the back of my head I gone out and done what I had set out to do; go for the long run. I went to sleep easy that night with the day’s progress putting me to bed. I had managed to stay on track. I had crossed a new finish line and with the red-tape behind me, I woke up one day closer to the Big Race (Richmond Marathon, November 10th).With the new sun and the long run the day before, I was able to rest easy and kick my feet up; progress had been made. With running and training for a marathon, progress can be easily measured. Distance and time, that’s all you really need to know. But running, and seeing the value of that progress, allows me to see there are other achievements that get lost in the name of the Big Picture.It is important in marathon training to track your progress so that the 26.2 is just another long run in the history of many. But perhaps that same logic applies outside of the long runs and time on the road. A lot of people have secret ambitions, dreams they have night after night, unnoticed or not, that they strive for in the daytime, a naked ambition that lies under uniforms and clothes. Everyone has this, somewhere deep down and possibly hidden, and the only way to climb higher to your goals is to occasionally look beneath your feet to see how far you’ve come. To take that time to see what you have built and to know you are closer to the clouds then you were a day before.Get outside and play, understand your true-progress, and go for the long run.-Brad
Home Minister Tito Karnavian has denied that any COVID-19 transmission clusters have emerged from the ongoing preparations for December’s simultaneous regional elections, adding that organizers are enforcing additional protocols to ensure the polls will be safe.Tito said that organizers had conducted individual verification for candidates between June 12 and June 24, which he said was one of the preparation stages predicted to be most prone to COVID-19 transmission. However, he claimed that there had been no reports of transmission from the verification process. Additionally, no clusters were reported when the ministry performed door-to-door checks to update data on the estimated 105 million voters between July 15 and Aug. 13. “I have not heard of any transmission clusters from this activity,” Tito said in a press conference after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.Amid reports of candidates violating health regulations while registering for the elections, Tito said that the lack of time to communicate the health protocols effectively could have lead to violations, or that some parties may have intentionally violated the regulations as a “show of force”.Read also: Voter turnout in upcoming elections may drop nearly 50 percent due to COVID-19: LSI To ensure safe elections, KPU chief Arief Budiman said during the conference that organizers would limit the number of attendees allowed at campaign meetings and face-to-face town hall debates to 100 and 50, respectively, while others would be required to participate virtuallyThe KPU will also limit the maximum number of voters at polling sites to 500, and will arrange voting schedules to prevent crowds, in addition to providing masks, face shields and gloves for organizers and voters.“We will also ask organizers to take a COVID-19 rapid test to ensure that they are not infected,” Arief said.Furthermore, Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan said that additional legal tools were needed to enforce heavier sanctions against health protocol violators, such as using laws on health quarantines and infectious disease outbreaks.On Dec. 9, 270 regions will hold simultaneous elections, including nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. Some, however, have raised concerns that holding the elections during the coronavirus pandemic could increase transmissions.Topics :
James McCarthy must train this morning if he’s to hold any hope of starting tomorrow night’s Euro qualifier with Scotland. The Everton midfielder is nursing a hamstring strain, and has yet to take part in a full session with the squad this week. Martin O’Neill’s squad will fly to Scotland this afternoon, before training at Celtic Park this evening.
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan was sent off in Al Ain’s ASF Champions League game on Tuesday night.Gyan reacted angrily to comments from Mihai Pintilii of Romanian before making his exit from the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium despite accepting his two-footed challenge deserved the red card.The reaction also sparked shoving and tussle between both sets of player and some strong exchange of words.Asamoah Gyan explained his reaction after the game saying:“The player has no right to tell me what he did. He said something to me which made me upset. He said an abusive word. I really didn’t like it.”When Gyan was asked if Mihai Pintillii’s comments were racist, he answered: “He knows what he said, you can ask him. He knows what he said.”The Black Stars player also accepted his tackle was harsh but had no intention of going for the player. Gyan continued:“I must confess it was a harsh tackle. But in my mind I did not go for the player, I just went in strong for the ball. I am a professional.“The referee took his decision. It is football so I cannot complain. I lost my head a bit, but life goes on.”Al Ain were eliminated from the semi-final stage of the competition despite winning 2-1 at home with ten men on Tuesday night. The 4-2 aggregate score line qualified Al Hilal to the final.
Despite clamor for a unification fight between Fury and fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, Wilder had been expected to exercise his contractual right for a rematch.Wilder also said this week that he would keep co-trainer Mark Breland in his corner, despite earlier hints that he was ready to part company with Breland, who threw in the towel in the seventh round of the loss to Fury.Breland, a former Olympic and world champion, called a halt to the rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Wilder had been knocked down twice by Fury.Fury seized the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from Wilder, 14 months after the two fought to a dramatic split-decision draw in their first meeting in Los Angeles.Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Tyson Fury and dethroned world champion Deontay Wilder will stage the next leg of their fight trilogy in July at the Las Vegas venue where their rematch took place.Wilder officially exercised his right to another fight against Fury and plan is to have it on July 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, US media reported Sunday night.“We received a letter from Wilder’s team on Friday night, and we agreed with the networks and the hotel that July 18 was the optimal date,” promoter Bob Arum told the Los Angeles Times newspaper.“We had a seamless promotion last time with Al Haymon, PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) and Fox. We look forward to working with them again.”The news comes a little over a week after Britain’s Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas.
by Arnie StapletonAP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP)—“Pull the trigger,” John Elway told his Denver Broncos star, Tim Tebow, trying to shake the quarterback from a three-game funk.Tebow went one better—he pulled off an upset.A rejuvenated Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime and the Broncos defeated the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday.It will be talked about for much longer, destined to earn a spot in Denver’s colorful playoff history, somewhere up there with The Drive, The Fumble and the franchise’s two Super Bowl titles.Wild doesn’t begin to describe it. The play took 11 seconds and was the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history. It was also the longest overtime touchdown in playoff history.Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Ike Taylor and then outraced backup safety Ryan Mundy to the end zone.“I was just saying, ‘Man trust your speed. Trust your speed. Don’t cut back. Don’t cut back.’ And he kept it straight. He outran the guy,” said Willis McGahee, whose fourth-quarter fumble helped Pittsburgh tie it.“I was like, ‘Oh my God, is he still running?’ Please just go. Please. Please.”Tebow, who had done next to nothing in the second half after a 20-point explosion in the second quarter, looked as startled as everyone else. He chased down Thomas and knelt on one knee—Tebowing as it’s known—in the end zone while the crowd was going crazy. Then he pounded a fist in triumph and took a victory lap.“When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, ‘Thank you, Lord,’” Tebow said. “Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him—like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans.”“We’re just a fighting team. A lot of resilience,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “In any adverse situation, we’ll find a way to get out of it. Everybody says we backed into the playoffs, we’re in. We did something right along the way. We’re in it. We won a game. Now, we’ve got to go try to win another one.”Tebow’s passer rating of 125.6 was the highest in Broncos postseason history.“He showed he’s a quarterback in the NFL, case closed,” McGahee said. “They say he couldn’t throw. They said we wouldn’t be able to run the ball on them. We did that. I wonder what they’re going to say next week.”Hines Ward called this defeat “just as disappointing” as last year’s loss to Green Bay in the Super Bowl.
But history wasn’t the only dish that drove customers in on a daily basis.“The old school ways, the communication and people coming in and (us) knowing what they wanted,” made The Red Store special, Verange said.It’s exactly what brought Barbara Criscito in regularly. Outside of being Verange’s real estate agent through the sale, she had been a longtime customer. Criscito brought her son and a handful of his friends in for lunch on Fridays after half-day dismissals from Rumson Country Day School.“Pat made everyone who was a customer in the store feel like they were the only customer,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for 15 years with my kids and they’ve always remembered everything that they liked.”General stores are a dying breed among the food service business due in part to larger corporations flooding the industry, Verange said. He only knows of two which are remotely close that have survived. In an effort to stand out, The Red Store had become its own brand. Bottles of soda and sarsaparilla-flavored seltzer water were specifically branded and brewed for the store. And a few years ago, Verange invested in customized sandwich wraps with The Red Store scripted logo accompanied by a “There’s only one!” proclamation.Verange ordered those sheets 100,000 at a time. He can only find one remaining sheet now and it’s stowed away in his apartment. He’s already planning to save it for his eight-year-old grandson.A Landmark’s FutureThe background sounds of a buzzing saw or a hammer’s clank illustrate the amount of construction left. Metzner, 33, the eatery’s new partner, said they’re focusing on reopening in either July or August. “We want to keep true to what has been a big part of the neighborhood there forever,” he told The Two River Times. “We want to be part of that town and keep the family feel to it.”Big Mike’s Little Red Store will still be a breakfast and lunch shop, still offering some of the usuals. They’ll also incorporate BLT and Cuban sandwiches, farm fresh salads and protein bowls for customers.Verange, though, is still figuring out his next step. He’ll soon move out of the upstairs apartment where he’s spent most of his life. He’s planning a “Red Store garage sale” later this summer for regulars to come and pick through old artifacts. But he’ll also have to say goodbye to a street corner that’s provided him with more than enough memories for a lifetime.“I haven’t had to (say goodbye) yet, so I don’t know,” said Verange. “But when I do I’m probably going to have a meltdown. I just don’t know when it’s going to hit me.”This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. NAVESINK – Pat Verange’s life has gradually changed since he turned off the grills for the final time last month at The Red Store.Some routines remain the same. Verange, 58, still goes to bed late at night and his interior clock continues to wake him at 3 a.m., just like a normal day of work. But instead of walking down from his upstairs apartment to unlock the doors at 5:30 a.m., he’s instead greeted by construction crews renovating the recently sold general store into a pit stop for a new owner.“It’s been a roller coaster ride, a good ride,” Verange, the former owner, said candidly Monday morning. “I know I’m going to miss it and be sorry that I sold it. But I do know I have enough memories to put up on my walls.”The Red Store officially closed for good April 28 after 59 years in business owned by the Verange family. Verange started working in the general store when he was four years old, helping out behind the counter, handling tasks fit for a toddler. But as the years progressed and health issues began to affect the business, he knew it was time to begin considering a sale.That was nearly a year ago. He listed the building in October and the queries came flying in, he said. He eventually sold it to a team comprised of Restaurant Nicholas, an upscale restaurant in Middletown, and a former chef there, Mike Metzner. It will be called Big Mike’s Little Red Store. The closing was final about two weeks ago, and the price tag was $725,000.“It was just a matter of who am I going to pass the torch to and who is going to do what I want to maintain this,” said Verange.The landmark red façade, which was originally green with black shutters, has fed thousands of locals spanning over 130 years. In one of the oldest parts of Middletown, it’s been a vital mainstay for laborers and nearby homeowners yearning for a hot morning coffee or a turkey on rye.The Red Store, located at 101 Navesink Ave., will become Big Mike’s Little Red Store when itreopens under new ownership later this summer. Photo by Jay CookWhile the exterior still has its original charm, the interior now is nearly unrecognizable. The wooden sidings and personal knick-knacks are no longer there. It’s been stripped down to the studs, literally, even recently exposing two old barn doors used in the early 20th century for horses to carry and offload goods right in the store.“You get the chill right through you” when walking through the building now, said Verange. “When you see everything coming down, it’s a little surprising, but definitely more of a chill. It’s weird.” By Jay Cook | Serving Up History and HominessVerange doesn’t know a life without The Red Store in it. His parents purchased it on a whim in 1959, looking to fund a growing family. John, his father, was a World War II veteran turned plumber and milkman. His mother, Etta, ran vegetable and fruit stands in the greater Red Bank area.But the history goes much further back. It was discovered after talks with Middletown historians that the building dates back to 1867, although it officially became a general store in 1885. An 1898 ledger Verange recently recovered lists sales to surrounding homeowners for bales, buckets and sacks of goods.Verange said it’s believed the store shuttered for about a decade in the 1930s after those owners gave out too much credit during the Great Depression. Those debts understandably were never repaid.