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Community feeling at North Shore

first_imgJoel Hewitson at his display home at North Shore. Picture: Evan MorganCUTTING edge “smart homes”, a tapas bar and a CrossFit facility are just some of the things bringing people through the North Shore Display Village.More than 10,000 people have come through the Stocklands display village since it opened to the public on March 17.The North Shore Display Village, which is the largest display village in North Queensland, lets prospective buyers get up close and personal with what the North Shore community has to offer according to North Shore project director Andrew Astorqui. “It is really hands on,” Mr Astorqui said.People can walk through 16 homes designed and built by builders from Townsville.“You can touch them, feel them and you can see yourself living in them,” he said.“Sometimes you cannot get that just from a picture or looking at a plan.”He described the homes as very different and varying in style in order to appeal to lots of different types of families.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“A lot of people come through and they really get very different ideas from different homes,” Mr Astorqui said.Although the majority of visitors were from Townsville, he said that many people had come from Charters Towers, Ingham and Ayr to have a look at the display village.Some of the modern additions include a smart solar-powered battery that anticipates electricity future demand based on the weather forecasts.“It is like an intelligent battery,” he said.Joel Hewitson from Hewitson Homes had more than 2000 people through his display home in the first weekend alone. “I reside in North Shore myself, so I obviously have faith in the community here,” Mr Hewitson said.As well as the display homes, visitors have gotten a closer look at the community infrastructure, which includes cafes, restaurants, a giant air trampoline and activities such as CrossFit classes. The North Shore Display Village is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm at Barramundi Circuit, North Shore.last_img read more

Jill Painter: Cardinals have every reason to celebrate now

first_img“Right now, we’ve got no problem celebrating this one,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Every one of these in the postseason are so tough to come by.”All the back-and-forth chatter between the Dodgers and Cardinals over “Mickey Mouse” celebrations and raised arms and ruffled feathers in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory in Game 3 were but a distant memory as St. Louis out-pitched and out-hit the Dodgers. The Cardinals took a commanding 3-0 lead in the third inning as Matt Carpenter hit a run-scoring double to left off Ricky Nolasco, and Matt Holliday blasted a home run to left field that landed somewhere in Hollywood. The 426-shot was so far even TBS cameras never showed where it landed. Might need a better long-range lens.“I think I hit one here at Dodger Stadium in ‘06,” Holliday said when asked if he’d ever hit one further. “I think they said it went a lot further. I don’t know the number (Tuesday). Have I hit further ones? Maybe, but not in that situation.”The situation was that the Cardinals lost all that swagger from their 2-0 lead NCLS lead and confidence after having wins with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke on the mound. Hanley Ramirez playing with his broken rib, and a fantastic pitching performance by Hyun-Jin Ryu snatched that from the Cardinals’ grasp. And with each move St. Louis made on Tuesday, they got those blue towels to stop waving and flustered the stagnant Dodgers offense. The Dodgers got back in the game with a two-run fourth inning after Lance Lynn put runners on first and second with no outs. Then he buzzed Yasiel Puig and said “there was no intent there.” Carlos Beltran criticized Puig’s celebration after a triple in Game 3.The Dodgers scored twice to pull within one, but Lynn got out of that jam by getting Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and avoid further damage.“I was able to make pitches after that,” Lynn said. “… I was able to get Skip rolling into a double play, and that was big, especially that it was just one out and first and third right there.”St. Louis has taken a stranglehold on the series, and it wasn’t because of Ricky Nolasco, who did an admirable job on two weeks’ rest. Lynn wasn’t Joe Kelly or Michael Wacha, but he was definitely effective. Lynn allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and got himself out of trouble. St. Louis wasn’t a circus in the outfield Tuesday, and that helped matters. There was a plethora of defensive miscues one day earlier, but double plays and a dagger of a pickoff play in the seventh inning were the norm in Game 4.Reliever Carlos Martinez spun around to catch Nick Punto — who had taken way too generous of a lead off second after a one-out double — and got him. The Dodgers squandered another scoring opportunity. “That was unbelievable,” Matheny said. “That’s instigated by (shortstop Pete) Kozma, so great heads-up play by him. Then it has to be natural instincts and athleticism by Carlos Martinez, and I don’t know many guys that pull that off … Then to have the guts to wheel and let it fly like that in a game like we have right now, it’s off the charts.”Said Martinez, through a translator: “Thank God I was able to focus on that play that allowed me to pick off Punto.”Pinch hitter Shane Robinson homered to left field in the seventh inning off reliever J.P. Howell. “It’s always a tough task, especially for a pinch hitter to come in and hit a home run, that’s huge,” Holliday said. “Especially in that situation. But for Shane being a little guy, he’s got pretty good power. He’s surprisingly got pretty good thump.” Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal did his thing in the ninth to earn the save. He allowed a leadoff single to Andre Ethier, but he got Yaisel Puig to ground into a double play — one that even Puig couldn’t beat out — and struck out Juan Uribe to end the game. The Cardinals send Kelly to the mound today, meaning he could start and end the series with wins over the Dodgers. He is best-known for hitting Hanley Ramirez with a 95-mph fastball that broke a rib and caused him to miss Game 2 and leave Tuesday’s game early.Kelly held the Dodgers to six hits and two runs en route to helping St. Louis to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 that lasted 13 innings. He’ll try to outduel $147 million man Zack Greinke again. If the Cardinals can win today and close out the series, they wouldn’t have to face another start by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and for St. Louis, that would be critical. Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Game 6 Friday in St. Louis, if it’s necessary. But if the Cardinals finish off the Dodgers in Game 5, that won’t be necessary.You can see why the Cardinals had every reason to celebrate. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Cardinals celebrated on Tuesday, and no Dodger could complain about that. St. Louis did almost everything right in Game 4 of the NLCS, and that gave the Cardinals the right to hoot and holler and overdo celebrations in the dugout as the Cardinals stifled the Dodgers with a 4-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.The Cardinals have a dominant 3-1 series lead and can boot the Dodgers from the playoffs — imagine that celebration — with one more win. The Dodgers irked the Diamondbacks with their party in their pool. The Cardinals might order a portable pool if they were to win today and clinch a World Series berth.last_img read more