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(Family Features) - Scrambling to tidy up the house before, during and after the arrival of holiday houseguests is one tradition that many Americans would like to simply forget. Between shopping for gifts, cooking elaborate meals, and reconnecting with loved ones, keeping the house clean can seem like the one chore that never gets checked off the holiday to-do list.
(NewsUSA) - What can be more meaningful than a gift that will not only wow a special person in your life, but will also encourage positive change?
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays – at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you’re breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter on short winter days, don’t overlook another powerful decorator’s trick – scent.
NYPIRG is New York’s largest and most effective student advocacy group, with 20 chapters in the state. Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is a relatively new process of natural gas drilling, and it’s raising eyebrows on whether it’s safe for our environment or not, especially the quality of our drinking water.
New York is debating whether to allow fracking, and it can jeopardize millions of people’s clean water in the process. Companies like Exxon Mobil are looking to make profit by exploiting these natural resources and tainting water supplies. They have also been spending millions on advertisements to influence New Yorkers.
This process is dirtier than they like to admit. While the product, methane, might burn cleaner than coal, saying the technology is clean is a dirty lie. Huge amounts of water, sand and over 750 chemicals are pumped underground to dissolve, stabilize and extract natural gas from shale deposits.
It’s very important for students in this day and age to know the risks of fracking and how it affects the environment. We have seen the consequences of fracking in Pennsylvania and many other states.
As Gov. Cuomo begins to make a final decision about the issue, he needs to know New York students are against fracking. Please give him a call today at 1 (800) 566-5020 and say No Fracking Way.
The writer is a student at Queensborough Community College and a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
(Family Features) 'Tis the season for getting together with family and friends. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or accommodating out of town guests, ensure your home is party-ready. Here are some budget-friendly tips using a classic pantry staple to make sure your home is fresh and inviting.
The arrival of fall and winter weather is a signal to homeowners that unprotected driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, paths and other exterior concrete surfaces around the house are in danger of flaking, spalling, staining or cracking.
(Family Features) When it comes to improving your home, it's easier than ever to make eco-friendly choices that save you money, are better for the environment and make your home more beautiful. Here are a few easy ways you can go green all over the house.
The home improvement movement is alive and well, with many homeowners looking to unlikely places to increase the functionality and improve the appearance of their homes. According to the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey, 84 percent of respondents are planning a decorating or redecorating home improvement project in 2013, which is a 12 percent increase from last year.
Going out on your own is never easy, whether a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.
We are supposed to spend eight hours a day getting sleep in order to be at our healthiest. IKEA and Crate & Barrel specialize in beds that are designed for close quarters. Some of their models have drawers under the mattress so that you can store clothing and other items.
While Liberty Natural Gas, LLC thinks a deepwater port about 20 miles from the entrance to New York Harbor is exactly what New York and New Jersey need to keep fuel prices down, residents and environmentalists believe the proposal is outrageous and a scam.
Dan Mundy Jr., a member of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatch, strongly opposes the port. He called it a terrorist threat and an environmental disaster “with no benefit to the country.”
(StatePoint) Household pets are adorably curious, but they can’t read labels or plant their own gardens.
You have seen it before, and we all get it from time to time. No matter how many cleaning sessions we give our bathrooms, mold is an enemy that just won’t go away. You know what I am referring to. Just look at the corners of the tub that you have a daily love/hate relationship with. When was the last time you had your bathroom cleaned? Less than a week ago I am sure. It is crazy how quick mold disappears and reappears. Did you know that mold only needs a gestation period of 24 hours to germinate and grow? Let us start with the basics.
Mold loves damp, dimly lit and isolated areas in the bathroom, i.e., behind toilets. The bathroom is one area of the house that remains wet for a period of time. It is just enough for mold to build up. Did you know that ventilation or lack thereof has a lot to do with the growth of mold? There are other traps like rugs, grout, sponges, faucets and shower curtains that retain moisture. So what do you do about it? You may want to consider a ventilation fan for starters. They are relatively inexpensive. Rule of thumb is to allow at least 30 minutes of running time to combat the moisture in the bathroom after usage.
City Comptroller John Liu wants to expedite the removal of PCBs from city schools by raising money.
The potential mayoral candidate said last week he would seek to establish a program called Green Apple Bonds, which will be sold to raise $380 million to fund quicker removal of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, the dangerous colorless and odorless chemicals found in lighting and linked to cognitive diseases and other health problems such as cancer and heart disease. PCBs exist in most schools built between 1950 and 1978, when the chemical was banned.
On Sept. 10, with the school year only a few days old, a custodian at IS 204 in Long Island City walked into a counselor’s office, looked up and noticed something frightening — a clear liquid dripping from an overhead light fixture. He immediately alerted school officials. The light was removed and replaced that same day.
But it was three days later that parents found out about the incident — the escape of toxic chemeicals called PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls — when letters went home with students stating that the dripping liquid was the chemical that was commonly used in fluorescent lighting in the
mid-20th century, and the school’s lightnng would be completely replaced over the next nine years. Many parents expressed concern about the risk to their children and some kept their kids out of the school. The Department of Education said the room was empty when the leak was discovered and a full review of the lights in the building is being done.
Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.