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2013-12-16T12:06:00Z 2013-12-19T10:32:44Z Holiday Party Tips from Rainbow International Restoration and Cleaning in Winona MN. La Crosse Tribune

Keep your home and loved ones safe during this year’s Holiday parties.

Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there is an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees plus another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting that occur each year. Together, these fires result in $ 25.2 million in direct property damage.

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North Central Community Calendar — Dec. 19-25 – San Antonio Express

North Central Community Calendar — Dec. 19-25 – San Antonio Express
News from North Central Community Calendar — Dec. 19-25 – San Antonio Express:

Send your North Central public event notices (including recreational sports) for free to Edmond Ortiz at eortiz@primetimenewspapers.com; by fax at 250-3350; or by mail to him in c/o North Central News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171. Submissions must be received by noon Friday prior to the next desired publication date. Items run on a space-available basis.

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A program for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia offers stress management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies, and class materials 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays at Autumn Grove Cottages, 1418 Walkers Way. Participation is confidential. Trained facilitators lead the program. Contact: Helen Flores, 764-8500 or hflores@ccofsa.com.

Total Harmony Yoga, The Alley on Bitters, 555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 105, hosts Yoga Date night 8-9:30 p.m. each first and third weekend. Do something a little different for date night. Enjoy an evening of yoga, candlelight, wine and dessert, and adult social time. Cost: $ 30 per couple. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Total Harmony Yoga also offers a variety of yoga classes, including Hatha, core, Nia and restorative. Contact: www.totalharmonyyoga.com or 748-8247……………. continues on North Central Community Calendar — Dec. 19-25 – San Antonio Express

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Eliminate stains this holiday season
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Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two. 

Don’t let an accidental drip or dropped glass ruin a great party. Arm yourself with these stain-fighting tricks as you end this year and head into the next:

Coffee and wine stains
From hot chocolate to peppermint martinis and sparkling wine, these concoctions can make any holiday party feel extra special, but spills on clothes, furniture and table linens are bound to happen……………. continues on GreerToday

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Grandparent column: Tips for child-safe cleaning

Grandparent column: Tips for child-safe cleaning
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We’ve seen the future and it’s pretty amazing, thanks to an invention by Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine who has created a way to do away with one of our least favorite household chores — washing dishes.

The life-changing invention: self-cleaning tableware. It’s two-fold benefit: Using the organic compound cellulose (which is mostly used to produce paper) the eliminate the need for washing plates and dishes ever again.

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Chester eye doctor collecting items for Randolph animal shelter

Chester eye doctor collecting items for Randolph animal shelter
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RANDOLPH TWP. — Silverstein Eye of Chester will conduct a holiday collection for the Eleventh Hour Rescue (EHR) Animal Shelter in Randolph as part of their “Vision to Lead” program.

Eleventh Hour Rescue is an organization in Randolph that literally saves dogs and cats from death row. They are a volunteer-based, non-profit, 501c3 organization. They shelter dogs and cats and also offer them for foster and adoption.

A collection box will be placed in the office of Silverstein Eye at 408 Main Street in Chester.

The entrance to the office is in the back of the building. The office is generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but residents can call for hours as drop-offs during office hours are preferred. However, if the office is closed, leave the donations in the bin left outside the back entrance. The collection boxes will be available until Jan. 15, so consider donating any excess gifts received during the holidays. 

Dr. Niki Silverstein stated, “This is a wonderful, local organization and they need our help. It is hard to get donations during the year for animals and even harder around the holidays as people’s attentions are focused elsewhere. Even one can of food makes a difference. I want…………… continues on New Jersey Hills

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Wonder Cleaning Cart


Cleaning Fun The Wonder Cleaning Cart makes being a big helper a breeze for kids when they have their own set of cleaning tools and a cart perfectly sized just for them This fully-stocked cart includes a broom a mop a hand brush a dust pan and a storage pouch Each cleaning tool fits securely in the cart making it easy to get around the house Helps develop role-play and social skills Encourages imaginative play
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Coming clean: tips to keep on top of your home’s dirtiest rooms

Coming clean: tips to keep on top of your home’s dirtiest rooms
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(BPT) – Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact, on average women spend more than two hours a day on household activities, which include housework and cooking, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey. Yet, keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule make it seem like there’s still always something to clean. Tackle your home’s dirtiest rooms with these quick tips to make chores easier and more effective so you can have a tidy, sparkling home in no time.

Getting started

House cleaning is not a pleasant task, so pump yourself up by creating a cleaning playlist to make chores more entertaining. If you lack motivation, a rockin’ soundtrack will get you off the couch. It can also be fun to time yourself during tasks; as you’ll be surprised that most of the chores listed below can be completed in 10 minutes or less.

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Dishwasher duty

Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic,  to kill bacteria like E-coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.

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Montgomery Media, The Reporter holding gift drive for Laurel House shelter

Montgomery Media, The Reporter holding gift drive for Laurel House shelter
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Montgomery Media and our sister publication, The Reporter, are collecting holiday gifts and new items for the teens and other individuals at the Laurel House shelter.

Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving Montgomery County. The Laurel House shelter offers emergency housing and resources for individuals and their children seeking safety from an abusive partner, according to the organization’s website, www.laurel-house.org.

Donations can be dropped off at The Reporter building (307 Derstine Ave., Lansdale) or at the Montgomery Media building (290 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington) in a designated box inside the front entrance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Items can be brought to our community partners Euro Delights (4034 Skippack Pike, Skippack) and Gimaro Seafood and Steakhouse (680 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville) during their respective hours of operation. Souderton Area High School students on the Arrowhead newspaper staff are also collecting for this drive.

Teen gifts will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 16, and shelter donations will be collected through Thursday, Dec. 19.

Below are the lists of items the Laurel…………… continues on Montgomery Newspapers

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Children’s Home Society of Florida, Buckner Campus, 3027 San Diego Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 493-7738 or email myra.martinez@chsfl.org.

Boys and Girls Club, 942259 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach. Holiday Coat and Sweater drive for children and families in Nassau County. (904) 739-6047 or bgcnassau.org.

Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida, 555 W. 25th St., Jacksonville, FL 32206. (904) 396-4435.

Daniel Kids, 4203 Southpoint Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need new, unwrapped gifts for children 3-18, monetary and in-kind donations. (904) 296-1055 or danielkids.org.

Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, 6803 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Need new, unwrapped gifts for children 3-18, monetary donations, restaurant or shopping gift cards valued at $ 25 or more. (904) 296-3030, ext. 209, or dreamscometrue.org.

Girlz Talk/Boyz Talk, 3444 Inwood Circle W., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Provides for at-risk children and youth. Need monetary and in-kind donations and a new or used van. (904) 803-1285.

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5 Things You Should Disinfect Right NOW (VIDEO)

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With all the warnings we hear about things like foodborne illness and flu — especially this time of year — you must have the hand-washing thing down by now. But what about all of the things your hands touched before you hit the sink?

According to experts, your hands are the second germiest place on your body (next to your mouth), which means the things that we come in contact with on a daily basis are harboring and transferring all manner of bacteria, too.

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News from Help needed for those organizations trying to help others for the Christmas … – Foster’s Daily Democrat:

Help needed for those organizations trying to help others for the Christmas holiday

Many any organizations trying to make the Christmas holiday better for those in need are in need themselves for donations.

We at Foster’s ask our readers to review the donation list and try to give some help.

Deadlines for organizations to receive Christmas donations are today or coming up very quickly.

■Homemakers Health Services of Rochester needs cleaning products (dish detergent, bathroom and kitchen cleaning products); paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex); personal care items (toothpaste, denture cleaner and denture powder, shaving cream, soap, body lotion, shampoo, deodorant); nonperishable food items (canned goods, cereal, instant potatoes, rice); sheets, kitchen and bath towels, financial contributions for chickens which are put in every Holiday basket and/or supermarket gift cards and volunteers to deliver holiday baskets. Contact Carol Fowler, 603-335-1770 ext. 107; cfowler@thehomemakers.org. Deadline: Dec. 16.

■Community Action Partnership of Strafford County — All of Strafford County: Needs include nonperishable food items (vegetables, instant potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, baking mixes), f…………… continues on Help needed for those organizations trying to help others for the Christmas … – Foster’s Daily Democrat

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December 16. 2013 8:01AM

The Veterans Homeless Holiday Relief Drive is collecting supplies and donations to help veterans and military families in need through Jan. 2.

You can contribute an American Legion Buddy Basket, a single relief item or money. Drop off items at Berakhah House, 400 N. Western Ave. Monetary donations can be mailed to American Legion Post 15, Veterans Build, 1701 Legion Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

The school or youth organization contributing the most American Legion Buddy Baskets or relief items will receive a telescoping flag pole and U.S. flag.

Buddy Baskets are laundry baskets or wastebaskets filled with paper towels, bathroom tissue, window cleaner, scrubbing cleaner, rubber gloves, cleaning sponges a dust pan with a hand broom, light bulbs, shower curtain with rings, bath towels, laundry detergent, eating utensils and dishes.

Single items that are needed include towels, sheets for a single bed, shower curtains, alarm clocks, hygiene products, shopping gift cards, household kitchen items and winter coats, gloves and hats.

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Leaner, greener cleaning

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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013, 3:01 AM

When Leah Troiano’s young daughter was diagnosed first with a tumor and later with lung disease, the Havertown resident knew she had to make a change.

“I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing. So I cleared my house of any toxic chemicals,” said Troiano, 44, explaining it was an intuitive response rather than doctor’s orders. “It was a coping mechanism, among other things.”

She started with the items that had blatant warning labels, like paint and bug spray, but then decided the shampoo and deodorant also had to go. “Once I started clearing the house out, I cleared everything out.” That included her laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.

Troiano began seeking nontoxic alternatives – but some were prohibitively expensive, and others didn’t work. Eventually, she began making all her supplies herself.

Taking on the production of your own soap may sound like something for extreme-green cleaning types. But the approach is becoming more common among local residents more concerned with potential health impacts o…………… continues on Philly.com

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