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Keller Williams Halloween Party 2010 - 10/31/10 06:32 PM
We had our monthly office meeting this week and a lot of the Keller Williams people came in costume. I think everyone did a really great job. We had an accupuncture demonstration by Dana Zampella that was awesome. We had a blast and our "serial (cereal) killer won the costume contest. That person was Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacob's Designs who we all turn to when we need a stager. For those of you in our area looking for a great office talk to me about Keller Williams. For those in need of a Realtor please call me anytime!
The Haunted History of Halloween - 10/30/10 05:17 PM
I came across this video and was surprised at how little I really knew about Halloween. I had no idea that Halloween had been around for 3000 years . I was even more surprised to see that Halloween started with the Celtic people in Ireland and fairies roamed the land (or so they believed) as trick or treaters do today in costume on Halloween. Interesting video. Enjoy! Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Haunted Houses - 10/29/10 04:01 PM
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love to pick out a new costume each year and have worn a costume almost every year into adulthood. In the last 15 years or so all of my costumes have come from Marlu Costumes in Port Jervis, NY. This year was the first year I have been too busy to even think about making time to pick out a costume. I was a little bummed but the warm weather from this week has helped to cheer me up. Here is a great video showing a high tech haunted house. You (19 comments)
NYSAR Housing Foundation Offers $2000 Grants to First Time Home Buyers - 10/28/10 02:29 PM
The New York State Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunities Foundation is assisting individuals in becoming home owners by identifying outside partnership opportunities with organizations that facilitate home ownership and also provide direct support in the home buying process to low-to-moderate income families. The purpose of the first-time home buyer grant program is to allow those individuals and families who fall under the low-to-moderate income level, the ability to purchase a home by assisting them with their closing and/or down payment costs. All applicants must be first time home buyers as defined by the State of New York. All applicants must (10 comments)
I couldn't have said this better if I said it myself. This post by J.P. Faranda hits the nail right on the head about print ad marketing. I ran an ad recently at the insistence of one of my sellers because the distribution was over 500,000. Not one call. For whatever reason people are turning to the internet to do their home searches. They may read the paper as they commute or drink coffee or relax in the evening but history shows it doesn't lead to phone calls.
Via J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip LLC) Westchester County NY: Not long (13 comments)
Bon Jovi - Vampires - 10/26/10 02:57 PM
I have been so crazy busy that the Bon Jovi posting has gotten away from me again! For those of us here that are the true Bon Jovi fans you will have seen this movie. When it was on at my house it got a lot of groans from friends and family alike but there can never be too much Bon Jovi in my house. In regards to the movie I am definitely not a vampire fan. I don't watch vampire movies although I will admit I did watch the Twilight movies. I thought they were good which was very unexpected. (9 comments)
FDA approves Botox for migraine headaches! - 10/22/10 04:22 PM
As a severe migraine sufferer this is interesting news for me. My neurologist first asked me to try Botox about 10 years ago. Of course I refused as there was no way I was putting Botulism in my forehead! Not only that but at that time it was around $150 per shot and you needed around 6 shots each time from temple to temple and your insurance didn't pay for it and who could afford that? Then there is also the multiple needle thing...!
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer Matthew Perrone, Ap Health Writer – Fri Oct 15, 6:28 pm ET WASHINGTON – (18 comments)
How To Install and Customize Widgets - 10/22/10 07:50 AM
If you are a gadget and widget person like I am then you definitely do not want to miss this webinar! Hosted through the Zillow Academy by Brad Andersohn the hour will fly by as you learn to install and customize widgets for blogs and websites. Via Brad Andersohn (Industry Outreach Manager - Zillow.com): How To Install and Customize Widgets on Your Blogs, Posts, and Sites. In a previous post about the power and value of Widgets and Gadgets, I promised to provide a training class walking you through the most important steps in creating, selecting, installing, and customizing these little gizmo's into (5 comments)
Haaaaaaaaaave You Met Craig Daniels? - 10/21/10 01:55 PM
Have you ever watched that show "How I Met Your Mother?" You know how Barney always pushes Ted forward (when around women) and says "Haaaaaave you met Ted?" Well today I am kinda doing that but with Craig Daniels. Craig Daniels is a newer member to Active Rain but he is a virtual limitless fountain of information. Not only he is extremely helpful with Social Media and all that comes with it - If your blog needs tweaking, your website isn't what it should be or you don't know a thing about HTML, Craig is your guy. Subscribe to his blog (40 comments)
Joel Burns - I Salute You! - 10/19/10 01:08 PM
Before today I had never heard of Joel Burns. Joel Burns is a Fort Worth City Councilman. I saw the video below after reading Stewart Penn's blog. In the past week Jason Crouch had spoken out about the same thing and in the same way as Joel Burns and he is to be commended as well. BULLYING. I think somehow in someway it has touched every single one of us in one way or another over the years. During your school age years it is to "be expected" because that is what happens at school. You stand up for yourself, you (6 comments)
An iStand - Do You Have One? - 10/19/10 12:08 PM
I saw this cute little gadget today - yes Al and Peggy gadget girl is back! I am constantly trying to prop up my smart phone so I can look at it while I am working on the computer etc... Unfortunately with the Droid it is extremely slippery (unless you have the rubber cover which I have exchanged for a snazzy plastic one!) and it is unbelievably hard to prop up anywhere which is very frustrating when I am trying to multitask. Today I saw something called the iStand which will solve that problem and it is a neat looking little (9 comments)
Motivational Monday - Hurry Back Spring! - 10/18/10 11:53 AM
The flowers are just about gone now if not totally. I am going to miss the green and the flowers! This is a picture from a couple weeks back when everything was still green and flowering. We have had a frost just about every night this week so winter is definitely on the way. Hurry back spring!!
My heart just breaks over these suicides attributed to bullying in the last month. Until people take a stand and say that bullying is not acceptable it will continue uninterrupted. Kudos to Jason Crouch for having the courage to speak out and to offer his hand to anyone who may need help.
Via Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC): I debated over whether or not to write this post, but I figured it’s better to risk a part of myself if I stand a chance of helping even one kid (or adult) who (12 comments)
Funny Dog Clips - 10/13/10 02:07 PM
Everyone knows how much I love animals. I came across this hilarious clip of dogs and their owners that had me laughing pretty hard and I thought others would enjoy it. Luckily none of these things has ever happened to me and hopefully never will! You may need to turn the sound down if you are not a fan of hard music. :-) Enjoy!
Rise and Shine! - 10/12/10 04:27 PM
I was getting ready for work the other day and my little dog Frankie was ready to go out so we headed out to the back of my house and the sun was just coming up. I have never really taken a picture of the sun itself and William Johnson has told me several times to just go for it. I ran back inside and grabbed my camera and snapped off several shots and liked this one the best. Even with the sun up it was still quite dark out as you can see. It was around 6:30 or so in (16 comments)
October is Children’s Safety Month - 10/11/10 01:55 PM
Children need a clean environment, clean indoor air, safe food and drinking water in order to grow healthily. They may be more vulnerable than adults to some environmental risks because: -Children are 30% of the world’s population -Children’s nervous, immune, digestive and other systems are still developing. -Children eat more food, drink more fluids and breath more air than adults. -Children’s behavior such as crawling and placing items in their mouths may result in greater exposure.
What to look for within your home: Indoor Air Quality Allergens, irritants, animal dander, cockroaches, mold and dust mites. You (16 comments)
Here is a great post from Cynthia Bartch. She took a mirror she already had and gave it a whole new look. How many times have you had the same situation where you had an old mirror and wished it looked different or you were going to toss it and get a new one?
Via Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio): How to update a mirror frame to a more transitional look. Do you have a mirror that you wish had a different look? Maybe you saw a brand (13 comments)
What to do During Power Outages - 10/10/10 11:57 AM
For all of us who have been getting the heavy rainstorms these past few weeks the power has been going off and on more now than in the past year. If your power goes out are you prepared? Would you know what to do? If there is a power outage the first thing you want to do is make sure it is more than just your home. If you can't tell by looking out the window then check with your neighbors. If they have power then maybe it is something simple like a tripped breaker. Once you have determined that there (7 comments)
Not So Silent Saturday - Timber!! - 10/09/10 03:35 PM
Two weeks ago my husband decided there was a tree in our yard that needed to come down because it was dying and could possibly fall on our garage or cars. I never would have guessed they would have tried to bring it down themselves so the video I got was fleeting from my flip camera. I didn't know where the big video camera was and I don't think it was charged anyway. It is also my first foray into doing a video with the flip and then sending it to YouTube. Very simple I might add, I love the flip (18 comments)
Here is a post from the makers of Moby with a safety app for our smartphones. I think anything that promotes safety is worth taking a look at in my book. Kudos to Moby for knowing that there is a need for this in todays world.
Via Moby (Moby): As many of you know, for the past few months we have been Beta testing Moby. We are very excited to announce that we have now launched the full version of Moby. We owe a big thank you to all of our fellow ActiveRain members who have tested Moby and sent (5 comments)
Marlu Costumes 590 Mullock Road Port Jervis NY Orange County - 10/08/10 04:51 PM
Marlu Costumes is a family run business in Port Jervis, NY operating since April of 1955. 2010 is their 55th year in business which is now run by Hazel and John Goldstein. The business was first opened by Marguerite and Louis Roper, Hazel's parents whose combined names made up the name of the company. At that time the company size was approximately 1500-2000 square feet with 2000 costumes and now encompasses over 6000 square feet with well over 30,000 high quality costumes, accessories and make up kits for adults. Upon entering Marlu Costumes, customers are greeted at the door where they (8 comments)
Glazed Broiled Fish - 10/07/10 03:08 PM
INGREDIENTS: 1/3 Cup Margarine or Butter 1/3 Cup Firmly packed Brown Sugar 3 Tblsp lemon juice 1 1/2 lbs fish steaks or fillets DIRECTIONS: In saucepan combine margarine, sugar & lemon juice. Cook until margarine melts and ingredients are well blended. Stir frequently. Arrange fish on lightly greased broiler pan and brush with glaze. Broil 6 inches from heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with fork. Brush occasionally with glaze. Salt & Pepper to taste. May marinate fish prior to broiling in glaze for 1 hour.
(Recipe is from Pillsbury)
#1 All County Home Inspections Highland Mills NY - 10/06/10 02:56 PM
#1 All County Home Inspections, Inc. is a full service home inspection company conducting inspections on single family, multi-family, condo's, townhouses, co-ops, & commercial buildings. All inspections include FREE termite inspection and $50.00 radon testing special. When your clients hire # 1 All County Home Inspections you ALWAYS get owner George Famulare. Clients receive the computer generated reports the same day the inspection is conducted & a printed copy is mailed the following day. #1 All County Home Inspections, Inc82 Skyline Drive Highland Mills, N.Y. 10930 Office/Cell – 917-453-0676 Fax – 845-928-1047 email@example.com www.1home-inspections.com "A Complete Inspection for (6 comments)
This is a great post from Gary Woltal. Now a days with everyone trying to eat healthier and exercise they are trying many different things to lose weight. Gary suggests removing the "Whites" from your diet.
Via Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): With the Christmas and holiday season soon to be on us in a blink of an eye and all the WORK it takes to not put on the extra pounds then, let us review NOW Pulling The Four Whites Out Of Your Diet For A Better You White Salt - (6 comments)
Getting Ready for Winter - 10/05/10 12:10 PM
This is a picture of my niece from a day when we were stacking wood for the winter. She is wearing her uncle's gloves and was a huge help! You can see our little baby of the family in there too looking up at her.
The Wheel - Are you Just Running without Getting Anywhere? - 10/04/10 09:17 AM
What pictures and thoughts come to mind when you hear “the wheel of life” or “spinning wheel”? Are you thinking about how the world is always turning as we move through it? Or are you thinking more like a coach and picturing the different parts of your life that should balance together to make up the whole? Or …is the image that comes to mind the little wheel found in a hamster’s cage and you’re in it running non stop! Do you ever feel as though you’re stuck on the treadmill of day-to-day life, just going through the motions? Your success is directly proportional to (36 comments)
Fisher Price Recalls - More than 10 Million - 10/03/10 11:22 AM
In a report issued this week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Fisher Price is recalling more than 10 million children's toys and high chairs. They are being recalled for potential dangers of injury from falling onto certain protruding parts and choking hazards from small parts. Consumers who posess any of these products "should stop using them immediately" as per the Safety Commission. Fisher Price Trikes & Tough Trikes toddler tricycles Healthy Care, Easy Clean & Close to Me High Chairs Fisher Price Little People Wheelies Stand n Play Rampway Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Ocean Wonders Kick (8 comments)
New York and New Jersey Pay Highest Property Taxes - 10/02/10 09:56 AM
In recent information released by the U.S. Census Bureau for owner occupied housing, the highest property taxes are paid in counties in New York State with New York State ranking number 4 as the highest property taxes in the country. Of the top 10 counties in terms of median real estate taxes paid for 2009 throughout the country 3 were from New York State: 1 Westchester County 2 Nassau County 5 Rockland County New York came in at #4 out of the top 10 behind: New Jersey Connecticut New Hampshire with Rhode Island rounding out the top 5 for the highest (20 comments)
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