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EDA in Focus

EDA gets McDonald company property as part of settlement agreement

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On Wednesday, October 20, Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Browne verified the EDA’s acquisition of the 41-acre “Happy Creek Road” parcel owned by former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald’s Moveon8 real estate LLC. Acquisition of the undeveloped property assessed at just over a million dollars according to county court records is part of the $9-million-dollar no-fault settlement agreement reached between the EDA, McDonald, and the Harrisonburg Bankruptcy Court handling McDonald’s 2020 bankruptcy filing. The EDA will now be able to market the property as a developable EDA asset. It is located near the intersection of Happy Creek Road and Leach Run Parkway.

Browne said that in addition to receiving full value on the Happy Creek parcel, the EDA was in line to receive a percentage of the sale price of other McDonald assets distributed through the bankruptcy court proceeding. Exactly how close those percentages might get the EDA to the $9-million-dollar settlement figure remains to be seen. It was not immediately clear as to whether the EDA will have an outright full value claim to any other McDonald-held properties or assets.

The FBI and VSP were both involved in the April 2019 search of McDonald’s former office; below, being locked down after her resignation under mounting investigatory pressure by her board on Dec. 20, 2018. Royal Examiner File Photos by Roger Bianchini

McDonald is the central figure in the EDA financial scandal that began unravelling in mid-to-late 2018. She resigned in December 2018 under mounting pressure from her board of directors. She has been accused in civil and criminal court of utilizing her EDA position to misdirect EDA assets to her and others personal benefit. Western District of Virginia federal authorities have taken over the criminal side of the EDA case after a state special prosecutor’s office in Harrisonburg dropped criminal charges against McDonald and as many as 23 co-defendants due to speedy trial concerns as it wrestled with the volume of evidentiary material – estimated at 800,000 to over a million pages at the time. With charges against some defendants originating with the county commonwealth attorney’s office that initially handled the criminal investigation during Brian Madden’s tenure heading the department, failure to meet speedy trial timelines could have led to defense motions for dismissal of criminal charges against the defendants.

Jennifer McDonald booked during state criminal prosecution process in 2019.

On August 31, 2021, federal prosecutors made their initial move, handing down a 34-count indictment against McDonald. Of those 34 counts, 16 were for money laundering, 10 for bank fraud, 7 for wire fraud, and 1 count of aggravated identity theft regarding someone identified as “T.T.” – ITFederal principal Truc Tran perhaps?

ITFederal principal Truc ‘Curt’ Tran on site at EDA parking lot, adjacent to his now floundering construction project, on Dec. 20, 2018, the day Jennifer McDonald resigned as executive director of EDA. Tran expressed distress at the potential of McDonald’s departure at the time. Could Tran, whose $10-million loan for the Royal Phoenix project was the largest single item listed in the initial EDA civil litigation, have now accused McDonald of ‘aggravated identity theft’ regarding EDA financial dealings with him and his company?

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Obituaries

Doris Jean Gordon Anholt (1940 – 2021)

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Doris Jean Gordon Anholt, loving mother, granny, sister, and dear friend, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

Doris Jean Gordon Anholt

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m.at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Jeff Fletcher. Inurnment will be private.

Doris was born January 1, 1940, in Manassas, Virginia, the daughter of the late Vernon Roscoe Gordon, Sr., and Margaret May Kincheloe Gordon. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Doris was a gifted crafter who loved Christmas. She enjoyed shopping with Sweetie and her trips to Rehoboth Beach. Doris especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa Johnston and husband Darrell of Front Royal, and Robin Hawkins and husband Shawn of Stafford; one brother, Vernon R. Gordon, Jr. and wife Lorey of Fairfax; four grandchildren, Blair Smith and husband Peter, Jenna Johnston and boyfriend John, Sadie Hawkins, and Ryan Hawkins; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Dane, and Dylan; nieces and nephews, Vicki Jarma, Lori Duron, Zachary Gordon, Brandon Gordon, and Cammie Gordon Ryder; several great-nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, her faithful and loving four-legged daughter “Sweetie”.

She was married to the late Robert William Anholt, Jr. for 52 years.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 23 from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the Lynn Care Center and all of the staff of Shenandoah Gardens for all of their loving care over the past two years.

In her love for animals, the family request that donations be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Elizabeth “Elisa” Mazewski (1926 – 2021)

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Elizabeth “Elisa” Mazewski, 95, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Fox Trail Assisted Living in Front Royal.

Elizabeth “Elisa” Mazewski

A Requiem Mass will be offered on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:30 am, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Shepanzyk officiating. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Washington, Virginia.

Mrs. Mazewski was born July 27, 1926, in Naples, Italy, the eldest of eight children and the only daughter of the late Giuseppe and Fortuna Giorgio. She was married to the late Stanislaus Mazewski.

Surviving is two daughters, Jane Elliot of Front Royal and Linda Mazewski of Brooklyn, New York; five grandchildren, Therese Devoid (Marc), John Puglisi (Josephanne), Sarah Conlon (Joshua), Michael Puglisi, and Erica Mazewski; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mazewski was preceded in death by her husband, as well as her seven brothers, John, Vincent, Frank, Salvatore, and Mario, including two who died in infancy.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.

Please remember to pray for Elizabeth’s soul.

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Grateful classroom grandparents endorse Melanie Salins, Stephanie Short and Al Gunn for Warren County School Board

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As grandparents and residents of Warren County, we are grateful to have Melanie Salins (North River District), Stephanie Short (Happy Creek), and Al Gunn (write-in candidate Fork District) running for the Warren County School Board.

They are all parents, and teachers with varied teaching experience who genuinely care about students’ welfare, what is being taught to school age children, and all that pertains to what is in their best interest.

These individuals are strong supporters and advocates for parental involvement in their children’s education. A primary heart-felt desire of theirs is to listen to, empower, and engage parents in discussions addressing curriculum concerns.

These candidates understand that parents know their children the best, and are the first and primary educators of their children.

We strongly encourage you to cast your votes on November 2nd for Melanie Salins, Stephanie Short and Al Gunn.

Sincerely,

Tim and Jean Hart
Warren County, Virginia

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Virginia’s housing market inches closer to more “normal” conditions 

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According to the September 2021 Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®, for the first time in more than a year, sales activity in Virginia slowed in September compared to the prior year.

There were 13,079 home sales in Virginia in September 2021, down 2% from September 2020, when sales were surging due to pent-up demand from the abrupt market slowdown during the spring. “While sales are down year-over-year, it’s important to remember that the market last September was unusually active,” says Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist Lisa Sturtevant, PhD. “Slower sales activity does indicate a cooling in the market, but it also suggests that we’re seeing more typical seasonality in the market.”

The cooling of the market can also be detected in the moderating price growth. While home prices continue to rise in Virginia, the pace of price increases has slowed down from the frenzied growth of the past year. At $350,000, the September median sales price in the commonwealth was about $20,000 higher than last September, a 6.1% increase.

There was about $5.6 billion of sold volume throughout Virginia in September, up 3.4% from last year, an increase of about $200 million statewide. September’s growth in sold volume represents a notably smaller increase compared to the prior 14 months. Virginia’s inventory of available homes also saw a shift, rising 1.8% from August to September. This is the first uptick between these two months in more than five years.

“It would be impossible for the housing market to keep up the frantic pace we’ve been seeing over the past 12 months,” says Virginia REALTORS® 2021 President Beth Dalton. “What we’re seeing is a slow return to a more ‘normal’ housing market, and not a big change in home buyer demand.”

The Virginia Home Sales Report is published by Virginia REALTORS®. Click here to view the full September 2021 Home Sales Report. Current and past reports are available to members, media, and real estate-related industries through the organization’s website.

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New investors grow stimulus money in markets

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After years of sitting on the sideline, younger investors have stowed stimulus money in the markets, investing in products and services they love and using new financial services.

Many people received stimulus money over the past year-plus. According to a CNBC poll, half of the investors aged 18 to 34 invested stimulus money in stocks, mutual funds, and other assets.

Likewise, Charles Schwab found that 15 percent of all retail investors first jumped into markets in 2020, with a median age of 35. Dubbed “Generation Investors,” many focused on long-term growth rather than short-term profits.

Writing for Forbes, Stephen McBride argues that younger investors want “to own companies changing the world. It all but guarantees disruptors will continue to rip higher over the next few years.”

As for specific stocks, APEX Clearing reports that Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Microsoft, and Facebook are the most popular stocks among millennials.

Cryptocurrency is also finding its way into investment portfolios. The CNBC survey found that 11 percent of investors actively invest in cryptocurrencies. While crypto has a reputation for quick gains and wild swings, 60 percent are investing due to long-term growth prospects. Thirty-six percent of new investors believe Bitcoin will gain value, compared to just 20 percent of other investors.

Despite increased participation, younger folks still lag behind older investors. Gallup found that 39 percent of people aged between 18 and 29 owned stocks in 2021, compared to 62 percent of those aged 50 to 64.

Still, younger investors are already impacting financial services. A Motley Fool survey found that 37 percent of millennial and gen Z investors use Robinhood, which offers commission-free trading.

In response, Ameritrade, Charles Swab, and other traditional brokers have rolled out zero commission trading.

Free and low-fee investing options may encourage stock ownership and help investors keep more of their money in their portfolios.

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