Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Bellmore man died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle during a family outing in upstate New York over Memorial Day weekend.New York State police said Keith J. Stratton was riding the vehicle in the Town of Tompkins in Delaware County when the ATV overturned into a creek while he was making a right turn at 9:34 p.m. Sunday.Stratton, who was not wearing a helmet, was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.Wake services for Stratton are scheduled for 2-4 and 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Clair S. Bartholomew & Son Funeral Home, 302 Bedford Ave., Bellmore. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday next door at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. He will be buried at Pinelawn National Cemetery.
This property at 77 North St, Brighton is for sale now for $1.029 million.A FORMER church and Sunday school has become the chief cornerstone in a renovation project to create a two home residence.Jade Bianconi was living in the inner city with her daughter when her mum drove passed 77 North Rd at Brighton on her way to visit friends.“She called me, I drove out that afternoon and put a contract in,” Ms Bianconi said.“At the time I was a young designer and I loved the idea that it was a blank canvas, be it a warehouse, be it a church, and I loved that churches often come with that second hall and that would give scope for another residence.” Brisbane’s auction market fires up FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES This one also came with a steeple and commemorative plaque which dedicated the church to God and both have been retained in the two-and-a-half year renovation.“It’s been a labour of love,” she said. THEN: The church as it looked in the 1950s.The Brighton Baptist Church was built in 1958 and had been used as a home for a year before Ms Bianconi bought the property in 2006. THEN: Outside the Sunday school. The Sunday school at the rear of the 1370sq m block was believed to be an army barracks that was relocated to the site in the 1950s.“I’ve been sent pictures of it as a church in the 1950s and people in their Sunday best and I’ve been told about people who met there and got married there.”With the previous owners maintaining the property in original condition, except for the addition of a small bathroom, a new layout was the top priority and the carpenter on the build gave Ms Bianconi one day to come up with plans to transform her church into a family home.“It was my dad actually, who is now a retired carpenter,” Ms Bianconi said.“He said: ‘I’m busy, what is it that you want to do?’”The final four-bedroom layout centres around a curved wall which separates the church stage area from the rest of the house with a light running along the top of the curve to give it a shadow line. NOW: The new living area.“He brought that wall to life,” she said.Within the wall are two Gothic archways which have been built over the original stage steps and lead to a bedroom with an adjoining dressing room. THEN: The church as it was set up for a service.“The raised (stage) floor was chipboard so we covered that floor with epoxy resin that I had used from my background as a shopfitter and it looks like clouds in the floor.”Windows and doors have been replaced and original timber floors polished, and the church foyer is now a sun room with diamond windows which have given the home its new Italian name, Villa Diamante. NOW: The diamond windows in the foyer.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe office or front bedroom used to be the church crying room, with a window overlooking the hall so mothers with crying babies could view the service from a distance.This window has now been enclosed and turned into a chalkboard. NOW: The ‘crying room’ is now a bedroom and study.The ‘church yellow’ colour scheme has been replaced with bluestone and Turkish silver travertine stone which is a colour palette that has set off a trend in the street.By the time Ms Bianconi started converting the Sunday school into a two-bedroom, two-storey house for her parents to live in, she had a husband, a second baby on the way, and was a registered owner builder.“It was a huge learning curve,” she said. NOW: How it looks today with the renovated Sunday school in the background.The school was moved across on the block which was subsequently subdivided with the vacant 460sq m portion of land being sold off.“I worked with Brisbane City Council and town planners and surveyors myself and dad helped with the tradies.”The houses are separated by 12 metres for extra privacy but share a garage and driveway.“I can go a whole week without seeing my parents.”The renovated church and Sunday school, now on 905sq m is on the market for sale through Andrew Botwright of @Realty Brisbane North with an asking price of $1.049 million.
– commences hearingsThe much anticipated Family Court has finally commenced operations and is currently hearing cases.The Family Court is located in the compound of the High CourtActing Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, announced on Tuesday in statement that the Family Division of the High Court has been established and began hearing cases since May 6, 2016.It has been almost five years since the Family Court building was completed and handed over to Government. Works were ongoing for over seven years to have the Family Court established and in operation, but this was been constantly delayed over the past years.For almost a year, the delays were blamed on the acquisition of furniture and the hosting of Commissions of Inquiries (CoIs) at the building, located in the compound of the Georgetown Supreme Court, overlooking King Street.Then more recently, revision of the Rules of Law had caused the opening to push back. However, in February, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams had laid over the completed Rules of Law, which will govern the practices and procedures of the Family Court. The rules were completed a while ago but some “necessary amendments” had to be made.The Chancellor acknowledged the numerous hurdles that had beset the functioning of the facility, noting that the Supreme Court will treat those as lessons learnt.The Family Court will hear and determine all proceedings which touch and concern family matters. The procedure of the Family Court will be governed by the Family (Proceedings and Procedure) Rules 2016 (FPPR).The main applications that could be made to the Court are for divorce, custody and access, division of property, maintenance, guardianship, parentage orders including paternity orders, protection of children, wardship, variation of an existing order and breach of orders. The Court is meant to encourage dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and therefore will facilitate a participatory approach to problem solving so that family disputes can be dealt with justly and expeditiously while ensuring the welfare of family members, especially children.The Family Court will be presided over by two judges. However, the FPPR will be applied by Judges who are assigned to the Berbice and Essequibo jurisdictions of the High Court where the Court shall receive and hear applications at the New Amsterdam and Suddie High Courts respectively.The Court has its own registry for receiving applications in family matters and includes a child friendly space in the form of a Children’s Waiting Room for parties who are required to attend the Court. The well trained staff of this new registry are geared to provide a customer friendly process for persons who attend at the registry and the Court.The Court will work in close liaison with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) in matters affecting the welfare of children. In addition, it is expected that parties to family court matters will utilise the Mediation Centre of the High Court.Justice Singh expressed appreciation to the Government of Guyana; the United Nations Children’s Fund; the Government and people of Canada, as well as its diplomatic representatives in Georgetown, for the support readily given to the training of Judges and support staff in the anticipated work of the Family Court.