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Favicons - Your Web Site Is Not Complete Without One. - 11/30/06 11:18 AM
The Favicon (pronounced fav-eye-con, shortened form of 'Favorites Icon') is used to customize the icon next to your bookmarked web site, address bar and now the browser tabs to be your own customized logo. This is useful because it will remind a visitor about your site, as your link in the favorites and tabs will stand out. The Favicon is a normal Windows icon file (*.ico), with multi-resolution images, that is included on nearly all professional developed sites. It generally measures 16x16 pixels and consists of usually 16, 256 or TrueType (24-bit, 16 million) colors. But it can also contain 32x32 (18 comments)
Beige Book Released By Federal Reserve for November - 11/30/06 09:59 AM
The Federal Reserve just published their latest issue of the Beige Book. It is available online. The following is a brief list of it's overall (national) summary findings (using data as of November 20th):1. Economic activity continued to experience moderate growth with a few exceptions since the last report. 2. Consumer spending increased overall, but with regional variation of the rate of increase. Most districts reported continued softness in vehicle sales and weakness in home-related products. 3. Tourism was generally positive. 4. Activity in the service sector remained healthy in most Districts but with softness is some areas, such as as related to home-building and auto-related products. 5. Manufacturing conditions (1 comments)
Group Welcome: Delaware Valley Region - 11/28/06 09:29 PM
Welcome to the ActiveRain Delaware Valley Region Group!The intended purpose of this group is to provide a forum to share information and resources that are of specific interest to those of us who live and work in the Delaware Valley region (NJ-PA-DE), including South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Also called the "Tri-State" area, it includes the Philadelphia Metro area. It is a way for us to network, meet new friends, exchange ideas, build relationships and share news and experiences.Post anything you believe may be of general interest or benefit to those of us in the Delaware Valley. If you have a question about a community or resource in (2 comments)
Group Welcome to Commercial Real Estate and Posting Criteria - 11/28/06 09:08 PM
Welcome to the ActiveRain Commercial Real Estate Group! The intended purpose of this group is to provide a forum to share information and resources that are of specific interest to those of us involved with commercial real estate brokerage. It is also a way for us to network and build relationships, share experiences, exchange ideas and to develop referral sources.Please feel free to contribute and to make any comments and suggestions about the direction this group should take and the topics for discussion. POSTING CRITERIA FOR GROUPWhile most of the posting criteria for this group is based on general ActiveRain guidelines, there are a few specific to (10 comments)
Medford Dickens Festival - Starts The Holiday Season - 11/27/06 04:35 AM
The township of Medford celebrates it's annual Dickens Festival, this Friday, Dec. 1st (rain date Dec. 2nd) the official Medford start to the Holiday season! A tree lighting ceremony kicks off the festival. Sponsored by the Historic Medford Village Association, its held on Main Street (Rt. 541). It starts at 6pm and runs until 9:30pm.This is a great evening out for couples, families and groups of friends. Lots of food, music, entertainment, historic walking tour, carriage rides and more.Click here for more details. Visit my web site for additional resources and services: LawrenceYerkes.com and visit BestHomes-NJ.com for the latest New Jersey Real Estate (0 comments)
BreakTime: Holiday Music Radio On The Internet - 11/26/06 04:37 PM
For those of you that can't get enough Christmas and Holiday music, here are resources for continous radio broadcasts of Christmas and Holiday music. Some stations broadcast seasonally, others broadcast year-round.Christmas Radio Stations - List of Christmas Music Radio Stations Live On the Internet.AccuHolidays - Choice of various styles of Christmas and Holiday Radio Stations from AccuRadio.Live365.com Internet Radio - Seasonal Holiday Music In Various Styles. (Alt. Link)All Christmas Radio - They play requests submitted online.Christmas Radio Network - Broadcast All Year - 365/24/7.CMT Holidays - Selected Holiday Music, Comedy, Videos, Links. CMT Christmas Radio - Various Country Styles.Web-Radio - Christmas (0 comments)
Delaware Valley - Winter Storm Preparedness - 11/26/06 04:13 PM
Winter is a great time to enjoy the recreational opportunities, holidays and events associated with the season. Adequate protection for the coming winter storms that we will also experience requires preparing in advance for the effects of ice, snow and extreme cold. "With the threat of snow, ice and severe cold now upon us, Pennsylvanians should prepare homes and vehicles with winter storm kits to assist their families in the event of a weather emergency," said PA's David Sanko. "We all need to ensure that we're prepared to travel safely to our destinations or to alter our travel plans as needed. We need to travel (0 comments)
BreakTime: An Eclectic Mix of Misc. Music Links - Group #4 - 11/26/06 03:44 PM
Here is a random group of music links to interesting (or depending on your tastes, not so interesting) music information, entertainment and educational resources that you might not have known about or to introduce you to music sites for you to explore and possibly find a new avenue of music enjoyment. Enjoy! Music Theory Training Sites - Here is a list of music theory training and resource sites -- for Beginners and Advanced. National Music Museum - Musical Instruments - Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of (0 comments)
Delaware Valley - Safe Winter Driving - 11/26/06 03:01 PM
Besides the daily driving to our jobs, businesses and schools, the Delaware Valley has a tremendous amount of great opportunities for enjoying indoor and outdoor events, recreation, shopping and dining out during the winter season that will also expose us to potential winter driving hazards, such as ice and snow. The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving while enjoying the season.The best time to begin preparing is well before the winter storm (0 comments)
DOCTYPE Tag - What Is It's Purpose? - 11/26/06 02:21 PM
Have you ever looked at the source code of any web page and seen a line at the beginning of the code that starts with "<!DOCTYPE ..."? If you do your own web design and perhaps use a standard development tool such as Frontpage (now Impression Web) that automatically inserts the line for you, do you know what it means? Does it have any effect on how it is handled by browsers (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox)? Is it just comments or for use by the development tool? Does it always have to appear at the top of the page? (3 comments)
Celebrate: Thanksgiving - 11/23/06 12:40 AM
The American Thanksgiving holiday began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies almost four hundred years ago. After the United States became an independent country, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. George Washington suggested the date November 26 as Thanksgiving Day. Then in 1863, at the end of a long and bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving. Later, during the Great Depression in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on (2 comments)
Microsoft Office 2007 and Related Applications - 11/19/06 10:22 PM
Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing their latest Microsoft Office 2007 applications in January 2007, around the same time as Windows Vista is being shipped. Some have questioned the wisdom of releasing two of their biggest income producing products at the same time. However, after spending some time with both Vista and MS Office 2007, it makes sense to me, as they need each other to provide the maximum benefit of their capabilities. (Note: I'm focusing here on the personal workstation side of the Office product line, there are also several related server products, but that is outside the scope of (2 comments)
Loaning Money To People You Know - Guidelines - 11/19/06 10:02 PM
Many people, while they may be very careful in following proper guidelines for giving out loans in their business and professional dealings, don't always practice the same level of discretion with personal friends and family members. However, it can be a cause for misunderstandings and strained relationships when problems with repayment arise.Here are some basic guidelines for reducing misunderstandings and minimizing problems, from an article "How to Hassle the Pal Who Owes You" (Bankrate.com/MSN):Full ArticleArticle Summary Guidelines: It's important to always make it official by writing down, no matter how informal (even a napkin if necessary), the following points and include the signatures of (1 comments)
New Jersey Market Reports - 11/16/06 12:18 PM
For current New Jersey real estate market reports, summarized by county and also by some townships, check out The Otteau Report. They've compiled a lot of good information in a manner that's realtively easy to grasp. If you would like additional resources for New Jersey, including South Jersey, plus regional and National statistics and market trends, then click on the following tag link ("statistics") for all resource articles related to statistics and market reporting available on the Internet:Additional Market Reporting, Trends and Statistics, including Demographics (You are also welcome to view my other blog, Realty Reality, for current posts of national and regional market reports as they become available.) Visit my web site for (0 comments)
Windows Vista Coming Soon -- What Should I Be Considering? - 11/15/06 06:30 PM
Ready or not, Windows Vista will soon be available for your business, home and mobile Personal PCs. Despite many delays, it is already in production and will be available officially in January 2007, but some may have access to it sooner (as early as the end of this month [Nov. 2006] for larger organizations). In addition, there are many, such as myself, you have been running pre-release versions of the software. (I'm running in Windows Vista now while I'm writing this blog article.) Many areas of consideration need to be addressed before taking on an upgrade to Vista. (Of course, in 2007, when you buy new (6 comments)
Dining Out: That Place For Food - 11/14/06 11:33 AM
Seldom do you come across a local restaurant that when you look at the food preparation, presentation and proportions you realize that there is something special occurring. "That Place For Food" is such a place. In fact, local residents are also discovering it and letting others know. Below are some of the comments that have been appearing on a local nj.com forum... "Wow. I ate at That Place that some of you guys have been talking about and I have got to say. It was Great! When I hear people talk about how good a restaurant is I get a little skeptical but this Place (0 comments)
Garden State Videos - All About New Jersey - 11/12/06 10:40 AM
New Jersey offers a rich, interesting history and a wide variety of places to see and experience. Here are some examples of videos that are available on Google Video that hopefully will help to give you more incite into why we enjoy New Jersey... Trout Fishing In New Jersey - Looks like a stream in Maine or Vermont. But it is in New Jersey. Here, Dustin Terwilliger, (at the time, a Student of film at Sussex County Community Collegein NJ) interviews his friend, who is an expert on trout fishing in this area. The music is by Bill Klemm whose CD can be found through contacts at me3tv.com. Additional information is (0 comments)
New Jersey Parks and Outdoor Recreation - 11/12/06 01:34 AM
Besides the vast amount of undeveloped land that make up the New Jersey Pinelands, or Pine Barrens, and which include large parks such as Wharton State Forest, there are many other state, county and local parks that provide great outdoor and recreational enjoyment. Here are some online resources to help you find out about those parks...New Jersey Parks and Outdoor Recreation - Official NJ web site for information about parks and forests, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting and camping. (see also NJ DEP: Fish and Wildlife) Recreation.gov - New Jersey - get a list of Recreation Areas within NJ or nationally. The Parkday Organization (0 comments)
BreakTime: An Eclectic Mix of Misc. Music Links - Group #3 - 11/11/06 10:58 PM
Here is another group of music links to interesting (or depending on your tastes, not so interesting) music information, entertainment and educational resources that you might not have known about or to introduce you to music sites for you to explore and possibly find a new avenue of music enjoyment. In this list we are pointing you to music-related resource links articles, each containing lots of links. Enjoy!Music Reference Sources - includes links music dictionaries, glossaries, primers, theory, history, training, tonality, pictures and much more.Miscellaneous Music Resource Links -2 - links to online music resources including classical music databases, music reviews, articles, music encyclopedia, music education, (0 comments)
Historic Whitesbog Village - 11/11/06 01:03 AM
Experience the culture, history and natural environment of the New Jersey Pinelands. Whitesbog Village in Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest, Pemberton Township, is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. Guided tours are available upon request. The General Store is open every weekend from February through mid-December. Whitesbog Village, named after the Whitesbog's founder, J.J. White, an innovative cranberry farmer who revolutionized the cranberry farming industry (i.e., involving cranberry bogs, hence, White's Bog) in New Jersey.Later his daughter, Elizabeth who had taken an active interest in her father's cranbery growing and shipping business, read a USDA report on Dr. Frederick V. Coville's (0 comments)
Columbus Farmers Market - Something For Everyone - 11/10/06 10:20 PM
The Columbus Farmers Market bills itself as the "Place Where Everyone Shops!" It is Located on Route 206 in Columbus, New Jersey and is just minutes from the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate Route 295. With hundreds of outdoor flea market items and over 60 inside retail stores, the Columbus Farmers Market is a bargain hunters dream and there's something for everyone. Parking is Free. Open Thursday through Sunday, year 'round.The Columbus Farmers Market, established in 1929, is located on 200 acres and known as one of the largest and most recognized outdoor bazaars on the East Coast. (Click here for aerial photo)Each Thursday and Sunday, (0 comments)
SRES To Become Part of REBAC and the NAR - 11/08/06 05:45 PM
According to the latest announcement made through the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), an NAR subsidiary, which offers and administers the ABR designation program, has signed a letter of intent to take over the nationally recognized SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation program from the California Association of Realtors®, making it an official part of the NAR's professional certifications and designations program.REBAC, an NAR subsidiary since 1996, was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer representation skills and services. REBAC awards the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation to Realtors® who have completed educational and experiential requirements. This means even broader (10 comments)
Marlton Circle Elimination Currently Set for Spring 2008 [Updated] - 11/07/06 02:00 PM
Elimination of the Marlton (70-73) Circle (Evesham Township, Burlington County) is tentatively set to begin in October, 2007 [Update: New estimates are for Spring 2008]. It will depend, in part, on when the nearby Berlin Circle (Berlin Township, Camden County), located further south on Route 73 and currently under construction, will be completed.The Marlton Circle Elimination is in its Final Design phase. Construction is estimated to cost $30 million and if it [had begun by] October 2007 [would have been] completed by Fall 2009. According to a NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) spokesman, the elimination of the Marlton Circle is one of NJDOT's top (3 comments)
New Jersey Blueberry - A Native Fruit - 11/05/06 11:09 PM
The blueberry is one of few fruits commonly eaten today that is native to North America and New Jersey. In addition to eating it fresh and drying or cooking it, the Native Americans picked the wild blueberries for it's color, using it as a dye, and because of it's medicinal benefits, such as relieving stomach problems. Early settlers incorporated the wild blueberry fruit as an ingredient in foods and medicines. The wild blueberry bushes are relatively small and produce small, slightly more tart berries than those found in grocery stores today. They are still found growing today in the wild, but the blueberries that New Jersey is (0 comments)
Pick Your Own Jersey Farm Fresh Produce - 11/05/06 06:35 PM
New Jersey, and especially South Jersey, has an abundance of farms that cater to those that like to "pick your own" produce, including fruits and vegetables and even Christmas trees. A great example is Johnson's Corner Farm, in Medford, NJ. There you can pick your own strawberries, sweet corn, peaches, nectarines, sweet cherries, apples, blueberries, pumpkins, pop corn, peanuts and cotton, depending on the season. They also offer field trips, family activities, an animal barnyard, hay rides, sell fresh baked goods, and have educational tours that are in given in conjunction with school groups. A visit to Johnson's farm is a great day trip (0 comments)
The Pinelands, or Pine Barrens, of New Jersey - 11/05/06 10:52 AM
The beautiful and pristine New Jersey Pinelands area, also known as the Pine Barrens, is a region stretching from Brendan T. Byrne (formerly called Lebanon) State Forest to the Forked River Mountains area and out to Long Beach Island, Barnegat and Tuckerton along the shore. It extends across eight New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth (outliers), and Ocean. Spreading across the most densely populated state in the country, the New Jersey Pine Barrens remains a dynamic patchwork of open space and rural living. Cranberry and blueberry farms thrive in the sandy soils once deemed useless by 17th- (12 comments)
Traditional Building - Starter Guide - 11/03/06 01:02 AM
This intent of this article is to point out some of the different concepts that fall under the term, "Traditional Building", and to identify keywords and resource links that hopefully will help guide you if/when you become involved with a traditional property for which there is a desire to preserve and maintain -- retaining it's original character and historic relevance.Whether it's an historic commercial building, old town home, farm house or other type of structure, traditional building desires to preserve and sustain the quality of materials and craftsmanship that was put into it's construction and that enabled it to survive over decades and even centuries.Traditional building does not (1 comments)
Housing for All Ages: Safety and Design - 11/01/06 09:57 AM
As baby boomers age and enjoy longer lives than their previous generation, there is becoming more awareness of, and emphasis on, the need to have living environments that allow people to be independent for as long as possible. This includes looking at home safety as will as design issues to better enable comfort, safety and convenience both now and later in life. Many people are building new homes, or remodeling their existing homes, with more "universal design" concepts so the home will be appropriate for all stages of the residents' lives, allowing maximum usefulness and minimizing costly changes and upgrades over time. Here are some (1 comments)
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