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Southborough police share tips on preventing home break-ins

Southborough police share tips on preventing home break-ins
News from mysouthborough:

Above: Lt. Sean James fields questions at a community meeting last night

Late yesterday afternoon I had a knock on my door. The clean-cut young man standing on the other side said he had recently graduated from college and had started a window cleaning business. I politely told him I wasn’t interested and closed the door. It never occurred to me that something might have been amiss, but Lt. Sean James of the Southborough Police Department told me the visit might not have been what it seemed.

Over the past month, Southborough has seen six home break-ins. James told a group of about 50 residents at a community meeting last night, the suspects are targeting homes when they know the residents aren’t there.

Police believe the criminals knock on the front door of a home. If someone answers, they pretend to be solicitors. If no one answers, they make their way around the side and back of the home looking for a way in. They may kick in a door, or break a window. Once inside they move quickly and are gone in a matter of minutes, James said.

Detective Sean McCarthy said they believe most of the break-ins are drug-related, committed by people who are stealing items to feed their habit. Chief Jane Moran said Southborough’s location along major commuter routes like Route 9 and Route 495 make it more attractive to these types of criminals.<…………… continues on mysouthborough

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Six Tips for Cleaning and Updating Your B2B Cold Calling List That Actually Work

Six Tips for Cleaning and Updating Your B2B Cold Calling List That Actually Work
News from Business 2 Community:

Your B2B cold calling list is a vital resource that your telemarketing campaign simply cannot live without. However, a telemarketing contact database of poor quality can just as equally lead to your campaign’s demise. That’s why a regular and systematic database maintenance strategy is as important as any other component of your lead generation plan.

This post gives six tried-and-true tips for cleaning and updating your cold calling list and is intended to help you avoid the consequences of poor data quality. According to recent studies, around 78% of marketers say they conduct database cleanup at most three times a year only. Other research findings suggest companies that fail to regularly maintain their marketing and sales databases end up wasting company resources on lost sales and other opportunity costs.

To steer your telemarketing campaign clear of these inefficiencies, try applying some of the below practical tips:

1. Reduce data clutter.

What specific pieces of information do you really need in your telemarketing campaign? In many cases, the telemarketing contact databases you’re working with typically cont…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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Test Kitchen video tip: Cleaning an artichoke

Test Kitchen video tip: Cleaning an artichoke
News from Los Angeles Times:

Cleaning an artichoke: Removing the top of the head. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

If you’ve never worked with an artichoke before, this edible thistle might come across as more than a bit daunting. The vegetable (it’s actually a flower bud) takes a little bit of work before it’s ready to serve, but the results are well worth it.

Click on the video link to the left of this post for a demonstration. And check here for tips on how to choose an artichoke.

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you’d like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

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DuPage County offers tips on how to avoid infections in schools
News from Suburban Life Publications:

With schools in Westmont and Clarendon Hills set to resume classes this week, the DuPage County Health Department is offering some tips to parents to prevent infections diseases in schools.

The health department has general hygiene tips to prevent staph infections such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, (MSRA) and others from spreading:
• Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water. Use an alcohol hand gel when soap and water are not available.
• Avoid sharing eating and drinking utensils.
• Avoid sharing unwashed towels, washcloths, clothing or uniforms.
• Avoid sharing personal items (e.g., deodorant, razors).
• Change socks and underwear daily.
• Wash bed linens and clothes with hot water and laundry detergent. Drying clothes in a hot dryer, rather than air-drying, also helps kill bacteria in clothes.
• Bathe or shower with soap each day and after every sports practice or competition.
• Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with clean, dry bandages until healed.
• Follow your health care provider’s instructions on proper care of wounds.
• Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or material contaminated by wounds.

In addition to these tips, students participating in sports should remember these recommendations:
• Do not share towels, clothing or uniforms.
• Don’t store…………… continues on Suburban Life Publications

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The Secret to Clean Greens

The Secret to Clean Greens
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Stakeholders offer tips on restoration, cleanup

Stakeholders offer tips on restoration, cleanup
News from Inquirer.net:

IN STORM’S AFTERMATH

By: Theresa S. Samaniego
Philippine Daily Inquirer

RESIDENTS of Rodriguez, Rizal, salvage whatever’s left of their belongings after a flash flood. ARNOLD ALMACEN

After the rains have stopped, the skies have cleared, and floods have subsided, a bigger and more daunting predicament may give homeowners another reason to worry.

The cleanup and restoration of affected (or at most, devastated) houses are among the more grueling tasks that homeowners have to face in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by natural typhoons, such as the torrential rains poured by the recent monsoon.

It is, however, important to keep in mind a number of things that should be at your priority list and to follow certain guidelines to ensure that all efforts geared toward cleaning up and salvaging whatever’s left of your property will not be in vain.

To help homeowners in such process, Inquirer Property had polled…………… continues on Inquirer.net

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Healthy Hand Washing Tips
News from BoldSky:

Germs spread through many mediums. One of them being your hands. You use your hands to touch many things all through the day. And many people, especially Indians, have the habit of eating their food with their hands. Other than that, many a times our hand touches our mouth for a multiple reasons. It is also the easiest way for infection to spread from one person to the other. So these are some general hand washing rules that are to be followed if you want to prevent infection.

When- It is very important to keep clean hands all the time. But the first question that arises is when are the times that you must wash hands to keep them germ free. You must make hand washing a habit in the first place. You must not forget washing your hands before and after a meal. It is also mandatory to wash your hands while you cook or serve food.

There are also some other conditions that demand washing hands. For example, before and after touching or treating a wound, touching an animal, wiping nose or mouth, handling garbage, going to the wash-room, eating medicines, cleaning etc. All these situations require washing your hands as this is the safest way to stay healthy by keeping away infections.

How- Now just washing hands is not enough. You need to clean your hands in a proper way to keep them germ free. Always try w…………… continues on BoldSky

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4 Easy Homemade Cleaners

4 Easy Homemade Cleaners
News from LifeGoesStrong:

When our family started living frugally in 2007, I began investigating different ways we could save money. After changing how we got coffee—we started brewing it at home instead of buying out—and planned and ate our meals (lots of dinners at home), I turned my frugal lens towards other ways we could save money.

And what I discovered was this: if I could make my homemade cleaners or find items that could do double duty with cleaning, I could save us some serious money.

OK, so the amount I saved wasn’t enough to pay for a year of college tuition, but it wasn’t chump change either.

Having just discovered a new recipe for a DIY cleaner, I figured I’d do a quick recap for Home Goes Strong readers of the four easy cleaners I discovered I could make at home—and you can, too.

  1. Pot Scrubber. This has got to be the easiest cleaning product to “make” at home because you really don’t have to make anything at all. You know those plastic mesh bags that fruit comes in—say clementines at the holidays, or bunches of lemons and limes? Make sure you don’t throw away those bags. Instead, keep them as pot scrubbers. Not only do they work great on baked-on food, but also because they are plastic, they are safe to use on non-stick pans.
  2. Baking Soda Cleaner. Along with the aforementioned mesh bag post scrubber, I’ve fou…………… continues on LifeGoesStrong

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Tips for saving on heat and water bills

Tips for saving on heat and water bills
News from Gloucester Daily Times:

Maybe it’s the gradual shortening of the days, but this time of year often makes us think about ways to save money before the heating season is upon us. Last week’s column was about saving on groceries. This week, we take a look at saving money on water and our water heating expenses.

One of the first ways to save on both water and energy used to heat it, is to fix any leaks. If you have only one faucet that leaks for one drip per second, you are losing 34 gallons of water per month! If it’s the hot water that is leaking, then cold water is entering your water heater at the same rate that water drips out the faucet, so you are paying to heat more water than you have to.

Just fixing that one leak can save you up to $ 8 per month.

Wrapping your water heater with a fiberglass insulation blanket (and putting foam insulation board under a new water heater when installed) could save up to $ 8 a month also, making up the cost of the blanket in about three years.

Even though single-handled faucets are safer, if your hot water temperature is set at 120 degrees versus 140 degrees (that alone can save you $ 3 or $ 4 per month) installing a double handled faucet keeps you from unintentionally using hot water when you are using the cold. Savings of several dollars per month are possible. If the water is hotter than 140 degrees, not only are you at risk for b…………… continues on Gloucester Daily Times

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Tips for avoiding hantavirus infection
News from Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Health experts advise people to take steps to avoid infection with the rare but deadly hantavirus, which typically occurs through contact with the urine, droppings or saliva of infected wild mice.

Symptoms usually begin one to six weeks after exposure and can include fever, headache, muscle ache and severe breathing difficulties.

To protect yourself:

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Hints From Heloise: A formula for cleaning grout

Hints From Heloise: A formula for cleaning grout
News from Washington Post:

Dear Heloise: You printed a recipe for CLEANING GROUT using borax and something else. I lost it.

Could you reprint it? I really enjoy your hints. — Ann in Houston

I am happy to help, and it’s pretty easy. The grout-cleaner recipe is this: Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of borax. Add hot water until it makes a thick paste. Apply to grout. Gently scrub with a soft brush and let sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. Do you have other areas you want to know how to clean? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions by sending $ 5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To clean a rust stain from iron in the water on a porcelain tub, dip half a lemon into borax and scrub the surface. Rinse well when done. — Heloise

P.S.: Be sure to wear rubber gloves, and don’t splash it in your eyes.

TRAVEL FOLLOW-UP

Dear Readers: A previous column contained a travel hint about using an ironing board at a hotel as a table in a pinch.

Peg in New Jersey said: “I disagree about using an ironing board as a table for food. Nothing but clean clothes should ever be placed on an ironing board. Just think of the mess/stains that would be on your clothes if you decided to use the ironing board and the person before you had an ‘Oops!’ because he…………… continues on Washington Post

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Dorm room decorating 101

Dorm room decorating 101
News from Daily Herald:

2012-08-13T11:40:00Z Dorm room decorating 101DEBBIE ARRINGTON Sacramento Bee Daily Herald

It may be small (and shared). But for at least one academic year, for thousands of college students, it’s home.

Over generations, the dorm room hasn’t gotten bigger. But the amount of must-have stuff — including technology — that needs to squeeze into that space has morphed into a much longer list.

“All our rooms now have Wi-Fi access and satellite TV packages,” said Peggy Luers, coordinator for housing administration at California State University, Sacramento. “That was not an option when I was in school.” 

“Students need to be aware that the space they’re moving into is probably smaller than they’re used to — and they’re sharing,” Luers said. “Don’t bring everything all at once. You don’t want a crowded room. You need a place to study.”

Each college has its own variations of dorm do’s and don’ts with some constants. No nails in the walls. No painting. No pets (except maybe fish).

But that leaves plenty of decorating options.

Major companies have taken notice, fulfilling dorm needs as part of their teen marketing. According to retailers, the average incoming…………… continues on Daily Herald

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Weight-Loss Tip: Keep Your Daily Diet Clean

Weight-Loss Tip: Keep Your Daily Diet Clean
News from FitSugar.com:

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Weight-Loss Tip: Keep Your Daily Diet Clean


While keeping calories in check is necessary, healthy weight loss is built on more than numbers. In order to lose weight and keep it off, lifestyle changes are necessary for continued success. One of the easiest ways to get started is to replace processed grub with clean foods. Not only are natural options more nutritious, their flavors are more satisfying. The occasional indulgence is absolutely necessary, but cleaning up your daily diet is one of the best moves you can make to ensure consistent weight loss.

Love your labels: The nutritional info on labels is one of our best defenses against weight gain. A low-calorie number is always great to see, but knowing to look for crazy amounts of sodium, trans or saturated fat, or ingredients you simply can’t pronounce will help you make the shift toward healthier choices — and understand why you’re doing so.

Lose the extra sugar and salt: If your taste buds have been overloaded by suga…………… continues on FitSugar.com

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Carpe Diem Cleaning: Laundry days
News from NBC17.com:

Wendy Clark and Jessica Clark from Carpe Diem Cleaning share how to make your own laundry detergent, as well as some simple tips to make the laundry task a bit easier!

Using the right products in the washer makes our clothing last longer, and making laundry detergent at home not only keeps clothes looking their best, but costs pennies per load and reduces chemicals around the home and family.  Wendy Clark and Jessica Clark from Carpe Diem Cleaning show how to make home-made laundry detergent.  With easy recipes that result in fresh clothes (and big savings), there’s no need to go back to store-bought detergent!

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