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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - NASA IS MAKING MAJOR STRIDES

This week as I was researching for this blog, I found several articles about NASA that were simply fascinating.  First did you know that NASA is going to have their own taxis? Partnering with Boeing and SpaceX, NASA is creating their own "space taxi" fleet which will serve to end dependence on hitching a ride with Russia to the International Space Station. SpaceX is run by CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk.

Along the same lines of space travel, NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at the orbit of Mars after nearly a year of traveling the 442 million mile journey.  The craft will study the planet's upper atmosphere beginning in November and is not meant to land on the planet itself.  Initially Maven's flight controllers will be checking and adjusting altitude, monitoring instruments and observing a comet that should be streaking by at fairly close range. Maven is now one of four crafts orbiting Mars with India's Mangalyaan set to reach in the next couple days. Maven will be collecting data for at least a full year.

Finally, NASA has developed a device called FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response). Inspired by the earthquake in Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security went to James Lux. Lux created a device for the US military which could determine if a downed soldier was dead or alive. The technology is able to pick up the human heart beat through up to 40 feet of debris. The device is compact and extremely easy to learn how to use. Using a low power radio signal to detect motion, which your heartbeat creates every time, it will detect the heartbeat on the radar. The unique element is the software that can discern between movement and signs of life. It's able to find heartbeats within a 100 foot radius. The software has been tested by FEMA. Lux is currently working to get the FINDER hardware onto drones or helicopters to fly into a disaster area that is unreachable by foot. He is also working on a similar device to assist firefighters.

As NASA continues its space exploration, the fascinating by-products of their technology continue.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - IT’S A “SEASONAL TRANSITION” WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!

Like it or not, it’s “seasonal transition” time in Chicago this weekend so you might as well make the best of it as the City’s neighborhood fests help with that transition!

What better way to close out summer than at the 7th annual Rib-a-Que Smoke Out Contest being held in the parking lot of Moonshine Brewing Company (1824 W. Division St.) in the Wicker Park neighborhood on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Featuring amateurs going head-to-head against pro BBQ chefs, the culinary gauntlet is being thrown down for the coveted Gilded Grill trophy as well as cash prizes as the public and a panel of celebrity judges will choose this year’s winner! One ticket samples all the contestants – up to 16 competitors – so you better be hungry!!

Kicking off the official start of the autumn season, the Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest is celebrating its second annual fest in the Southport Corridor on Southport Avenue between Addison and Roscoe Streets in the Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Needless to say, this fest features tacos from various local vendors such as Café El Tapatio, Flaco’s Tacos, Garifuna Flava, Taco Joint and many others, as well as a variety of Sam Adams beers on tap, some professional wrestling by Lucha Libre and other Mexican wrestlers, kids’ activities and live music with the 10,000 Maniacs closing out Saturday and 16 Candles closing out Sunday! And, don’t forget to vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco” – all you need to do is text-to-vote!!

Another autumn favorite fest now in its third year is the Goose Island 312 Urban Block Party taking place outside the Goose Island Beer Co. (1800 W. Fulton St.) at Fulton and Wood Streets on the Near West Side this Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and hosted by Goose Island and 93-XRT. This evening block party not only features two stages of live music but also a variety of food trucks as well as a pig roast provided by Goose Island Brewpubs! Be sure to check out the website for the “Pouring Schedule” of this year’s special craft beer new releases!!

The Andersonville City Made Fest returns for its second year to 5000 N. Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It’s the ONLY local-only craft brew festival in the City that showcases even the smallest scale brewers and makers. It’s a celebration of all things local as this year’s theme “City Made” will feature Chicago artisans, Chicago beers and Chicago music! So come on out and support the locals!!

Finally, the 13th annual Les Turner ALS Walk for Life takes place Sunday (9:30 a.m.) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop for a 2-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront to support those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease. This year’s event features entertainment by a balloon artist and stilt walker, music provided by 101.9FM The Mix, children’s activities such as face painting, yard games and an obstacle course, refreshments from a variety of vendors and your hosts Phil Schwarz (ABC7 meteorologist) and Kathy Hart (The Mix 101.9FM)! Come on out and support this great cause!!

I’m Ready to Transition – Are You?

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, SOUTH LOOP, OLD TOWN, LINCOLN PARK, OAK PARK

NORWOOD PARK

It's time to mark your calendars for the St. Cornelius Catholic School 6th Annual Fall Fest.  On September 28 from 12-5pm, the festival starts with 11am mass at the church. Getting into the spirit of Halloween, there will be a pumpkin patch and a build-your-own scarecrow workshop. Other kids activities include a craft market, Scholastic book fair, free-throw contest.  Adult activities include a baggo tournament and a food/beer tent where the Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game will be show.

LINCOLN PARK

Oktoberfest on your mind yet?  It's definitely getting close and beginning this Saturday, Taco Joint has added a bratwurst taco to its menu to celebrate.  It's called a Jalisco bratwurst taco which includes a tequila-spiked brat with "serrano-kraut" and ground arbol chile-mustard. Not to be missed is Revolution Brewing's Oktoberfest brew on tap to accompany this unique taste. Don't wait though, it's off the menu on October 5.

SOUTH LOOP

Have you ever found something of interest like an artifact that you just can't quite figure out? The Field Museum is hosting its first "ID Day." Except for roadkill or live animals, you can bring in just about anything you want including a skull or rock or seashells or dead bugs (as long as they're sealed in a container).  For any animals live or dead, the Field suggests bringing in photos for the scientific team to analyze.

OLD TOWN

Would you be, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor? This Saturday afternoon in Bauler Park, 510 W. Wisconsin St., come celebrate the 90th birthday of Ella Jenkins, known as The First Lady of Children's Music. Jenkins has been recording music for over 50 years and has over 40 releases on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Tim Ferrin, Chicago independent filmmaker, has been documenting Jenkins' life which includes appearances on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" to receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

OAK PARK

The beer fests are heating up this weekend! And it's not just beer but also root beer floats by Cold Stone Creamery. Come see the Oaktoberfest in downtown Oak Park. You can expect to taste 14 craft beers, 13 food vendors from local downtown restaurants and 8 different bands. While the adults are having fun, the kids can enjoy the "Root Beer Garden," which includes a ninja obstacle course, karaoke and "zucchini cars." Be sure to take public transportation if possible as parking will be limited.

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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - FALL PLANTING

Fall is a great time for planting a variety of things around the lawn and garden. Trees especially do great planting in the fall. Plants do better establishing themselves in the gentler and cooler weather in the fall. Heat will stress newly planted trees. Most nurseries and home centers will often discount trees in the fall in order not to keep them over the winter. Choose a tree that will complement the space you are planting it. I’ve seen too many times people planting trees too close to their homes or fences. You need to research trees you are interested in. Check out how tall and wide the tree gets as it matures. Place properly for optimal shade benefits.

Planting trees is relatively easy but you need to follow some simple guidelines. The hole should be twice as large as the root ball. The root ball size will be commensurate with the size of the tree or shrub. Throw fresh topsoil and manure in the bottom. Cut the material surrounding the root ball with a razor to help root growth. Fill in the hole with soil and augment with fresh topsoil if needed to mound soil around the base. Make a small trench surrounding the tree or shrub about two or three feet in diameter. This will keep the water around the plant. Water very well, soak it thoroughly! Sometimes there will be air pockets after replacing the soil. Watering will settle down this soil. Keep on watering very well until the ground freezes. This will encourage root growth and establish the tree or shrub before winter sets in. When spring comes watch them take off!

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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK COMES TO CHICAGO

You're reading it now. It's social media and it is woven into the fabric of our lives on a daily basis. If you use Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest (just to name a few), then you are clearly a social media user.

Each year Microsoft sponsors, in part, this sharing of ideas, sites, apps and other online items that should make your life better. The event lasts the entire week from September 22 through September 26. There are 220+ speakers scheduled and over 130 events. There will be Masterclasses available for those who want to learn more and do more with their social media than post cat videos. You can purchase an Insider Pass to gain priority admission to any event. And if you really want to get in depth, plan to attend the Digital Marketing Summit.  You will experience Chicago's local marketing professionals as well as thought leaders talking about today's important topics. Throughout the entire summit don't miss the expo area to experience new technologies and perspectives.

For those of you looking to go but not sure you can afford it, there is a contest to win passes.  Starting today through Wednesday, send a Tweet to @SMWchicago using the hastag #SMW4Pass about why you should be selected for a free pass.  The winners will be picked on Thursday. How creative can you get with 140 characters?!

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - AUTUMN-LIKE TEMPS NOT SLOWING DOWN CHICAGOANS!
Who turned down the temps below 75 degrees? You’ve got some nerve!

Well, despite the autumn-like temps this weekend, Chicagoans are not ready to give up on summer yet, especially after the winter we had! Are you with us?

One of the most popular and unique art festivals in the Chicagoland area, Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, takes place Saturday (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at 3200 N. Broadway Street (between Belmont Ave. & Hawthorne Pl.) in the Lakeview neighborhood. This 10th annual festival features over 150 juried artists showcasing and selling their works in a wide range of price ranges from furniture to jewelry to paintings to photography to sculptures and more, as well as featuring live music, beer & wine, local cuisine, cooking demos, a landscape oasis, family activities and a 3D projection show on Saturday!

Experience the Ethiopian culture and heritage at this year’s Chicago Ethiopian Festival on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood Ave.) in the Edgewater neighborhood. Try some authentic Ethiopian cuisine from Chicago’s top Ethiopian restaurants, then enjoy some Ethiopian-inspired music and dance throughout the event, or even take home a piece of Ethiopia as you browse through the many local vendors showcasing and selling Ethiopian arts & crafts, spices and much more!

Celebrate Mexican independence and culture at the 25th annual Festival de La Villita this Saturday and Sunday (2:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) at 2600 S. Kostner Ave. in the Little Village neighborhood. This festival offers something for every family member from live music to games for kids & adults to carnival rides to merchandise to authentic cuisine from local restaurants and so much more! Then on Sunday, the annual Mexican Independence Day Parade kicks-off at Noon at 26th St. and Albany Ave. ending at the festival as the celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule continues!!

Its Back!  The Chicago Beer Festival returns to Union Station (225 S. Canal St.) on the Near West Side this Saturday for two sessions (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) featuring dozens of domestic and international breweries with their fall seasonal beers! Tickets will not be sold at the door so you’ll have to go online to purchase your ticket which includes 30 taster vouchers. Also, Uber will be offering two free rides up to $15 so there’s no need to drive!!

Finally, two events are being held this weekend in honor of our “furry, four-legged” family-members, which include:

The 11th Annual Mutt Strut, hosted by Chicago Canine Rescue, takes place Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Newport and Southport Avenues in the Lakeview neighborhood to help save homeless pups! This family-friendly event begins with a 1.5 mile walk through the Lakeview neighborhood and finishes with a fun-filled block party featuring food and refreshments, music, contests, activities such as a doggy obstacle course, give-a-ways, a silent auction and so much more!

The PetSmart Charities Fall Adoption Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area with plenty of animals available who are hoping to find their forever home!  So contact or visit your local PetSmart store for participation times (dogs may not be available in all stores) and give a “furry-one” their forever home!!

Are You With Us Despite the Autumn Temps?

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP, RAVENSWOOD, NAPERVILLE

NORWOOD PARK

Here they come.  They're back in town.  It's the greatest show around.  Cause the circus is coming to town.  Check out Circus in the Parks at Hostein!  Friday 9/12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $15 per person at Holstein Park located at 2200 North Oakley Avenue.  Click here to purchase tickets.  Please call 312-742-7554 for more information.

LAKEVIEW

They say summer is over.  We say one more awesome Chicago block party!  Check out Lakeview East Festival of the Arts which features more than 150 artists, live music, kids’ activities, food and wine.  Saturday 9/13 and Sunday 9/14 at 10:00 a.m. for $5 per person (suggested donation) at 3200 North Broadway.  Please call 773-348-8608 for more information.

WEST LOOP

Calling all beer lovers!  The Chicago Beer Festival is back featuring Chicago craft beers, fall seasonal beers and international brews.  Saturday 9/13 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for $40 per person at Union Station located at 225 North Canal Street.  Click here to purchase tickets.  Please call 312-322-6777 for more information.

RAVENSWOOD

A night of fusion music!  Check out the Malaysian band, The Diplomats of Drum, along with the Grammy award winning trio, Masters of Hawaiian Music.  Wednesday 9/17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music located at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue.  This event is FREE but it is highly recommended to reserve tickets.  Please call 773-728-6000 for more information.

NAPERVILLE

A salute to all our men and women in uniform!  Check out Airborne Day 2014 featuring a full picnic spread including a pig roast, military demonstrations, military vehicles, memorabilia and games.  Proceeds to benefit the Chicago Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association.  Sunday 9/14 at 11:00 a.m. for $12 per person at the Naperville VFW Post 3873 located at 908 West Jackson Avenue.  Please call 630-561-2139 for more information.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - MEAL PLANNING AND SHOPPING

Along with everything else, these days’ grocery prices are rising. Here are a few hints to help with meal planning and grocery shopping. I usually shop at the same store every week. I do know people that check out all the sale papers and go to several to get the best bargains. Personally, my time is worth money too. You can plan enough with sale items at one store.

So that’s your first step. Grocery store flyers in our area come on Wednesdays (most large chain stores have them online also, you can even print out a shopping list). Plan your week using meals planned with all sale items. Say chicken is on sale. You can bake or grill chicken pieces and pair with veggies on sale and mashed potatoes (you bought five pounds on sale last week). Always cook a meal to get two. Leftovers can be used in a variety of ways. Chicken works great in meals in the next day or two. Make tacos or combine with some canned broth, leftover veggies and noodles for quick homemade soup.

Prevent overbuying by knowing your store and sticking to your list. Make your list according to the aisles in your store. Most stores have printed maps of the aisles. Avoid the ends of the aisles at stores. These are called the endcaps in the business and are designed for impulse buying. Sometimes there are sale items here but be aware. Stores will often put higher priced items at eye level to further encourage purchase, and put larger packages near the floor. Only bulk buy if you are certain to use all the product. Throwing out half a bargain sized package is not saving. Also familiarize yourself with all the information on the shelf tags. This will give you price per ounce or serving. The larger package is not always a bargain.

Cheese packaged in the dairy aisle is often a better bargain and just as good as the cheese by the deli. Buy and plan meals with produce in season. Not only is the quality better but prices are also. Produce is different from other store items in that it is usually lesser quality as the price goes up.

I’m not a big coupon clipper. I’ve found myself too often buying something I really didn’t have a need for simply because the coupon savings were so enticing. I’m also a good one for forgetting to give them to the cashier! Most stores will redeem your coupons if you bring your receipt later. I always keep my grocery receipt for a few days just in case something is bad or needs to be returned for some other reason.

With a little strategy we can all save money and time with our weekly meal planning and shopping.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

TECHNOLOGY TIPS - APPLE'S NEWEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

This year Apple has been pretty quiet about what will be announced at their live event on September 9 this year. According to a an exclusive announcement by ABCNews, here are some things you can expect to learn.

First, there is going to be a new iPhone 6. This is a yearly refresh and it's all speculation at this point how different the new phone will be. In addition it's expected that Apple will be announcing a larger screen phone ("phablet") that is set to compete with the Samsung Galaxy. These should be pretty similar to the previous versions of iPhone and are expected to be offered with sapphire glass screens.

The big announcement is actually going to be the iWatch. The watch will be used similarly to the other watches out there with one caveat. The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente have already discussed offering apps to support this device specifically. You can track the data via your phone or the cloud. The far reaching aspects of this is that you can share your data with hospitals and doctors.

With the recent security breach that has been all the news lately, there is likely to be some discussion of security to assure users.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - CHICAGOANS CELEBRATE END OF SUMMER IN GRAND STYLE!

As we prepare for the fall season here in Chicago as it’s quickly approaching unfortunately, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate the end of summer in grand Chicago-style!

The Chicago Turkish Festival returns for its 12th year to Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) in The Loop this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The local Turkish community brings Turkey to Chicago featuring the aromas and tastes of rich Ottoman Turkish cuisine and other Turkish culinary delights such as simit (Turkish style bagel), Kahraman Maras (world-famous orchid ice cream) along with a Turkish beer garden by Efes, Turkish wine and Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi’s amazing Turkish coffee! But it’s not all about the food. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse and/or buy Turkish products, souvenirs, art and handicrafts; enjoy authenticate demonstrations and performances while the kids can enjoy the many activities such as the Turkish shadow theater, face painting, games and so much more. It’s a journey you’ll never forget!!

Next up there’s the Shock Top Oyster Fest with its 16th annual end-of-summer street party at 2000 W. Roscoe St. (Damen Ave. and Roscoe St.) in the Roscoe Village neighborhood this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This fest not only features tents of fresh seafood and other culinary delights from local restaurants but also live music on two stages (Main Stage at Leavitt and Damen Stage) with a stellar lineup of eclectic music and top Irish music acts along with arts & crafts booths for your browsing and/or buying pleasure! You know fall is near when the oysters arrive!!

The Windy City Wine Festival sets up at Buckingham Fountain (500 S. Columbus Dr.) in the South Loop this Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with over 300 wines from around the world for your sampling pleasure. Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations by event sponsors, area chefs, restaurateurs & caterers selling their signature dishes, live music and more can be enjoyed at this fest as well!

Wrapping up this weekend is the Chicago Fringe Festival 2014 in the Jefferson Park neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday with The Kiss Kiss Cabaret (a Chicago staple for the city’s best in burlesque, comedy, music & variety) presenting “Girly Burly” (Saturday, 10:15 p.m.) and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony (Sunday, 9:30 p.m.) in celebration of another great festival with both earnest and silly awards! Fringe Central is located at Fischmann’s Liquors & Tavern (4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.) along with 5 other venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood so be sure to check out the website for further details and purchasing of tickets!

Needless to say, I have saved the best for last as we celebrate the end of another summer!  The Chicago Yachting Association along with Navy Pier bring back a longtime Chicago favorite festival that started in 1958 -- Venetian Night at Navy Pier, which is being held at Navy Pier’s South Dock (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The evening begins with the traditional lighted boat parade along the lakefront where you can watch illuminated boats decorated in the theme of your favorite Broadway musical(s), such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “Annie,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and many, many others accompanied by music for their final journey! A spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display will mark the conclusion of the parade at 9:30 p.m.!!

If you’re wondering where the Sunday action is, it’s the beginning of Chicago Bears Football!  Game time is 12:00 p.m. and we’re hosting the Buffalo Bills. GO BEARS!! Oh how I love the fall!!!

Will You Be Celebrating the End of Summer In Grand Style With Us?

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, RAVENSWOOD, EVANSTON

NORWOOD PARK

Where can you taste 50 wines or 50 beers?  Check out Norwood Park Historical Society's Stems & Steins.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Saturday 9/6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for $60 per person ($70 for premiere tasting) at the Norwood Park Historical Society located at 5624 North Newark Avenue.  Please call 773-631-4633 for more information.

LINCOLN PARK

What do cupcakes, pretzel sandwiches, ice cream and hot dogs all have in common?  They are on your foodie scavenger hunt!  Bring a camera to document your adventure.  Saturday 9/6 at noon for $19.50 per person (plus the cost of food) meeting up at 2045 North Lincoln Park West.  For adults only, click here to purchase tickets.  Please call 877-946-4868 for more information.

LOOP

It is a twofer!  Kick off Oktoberfest with Berghoff’s Tapping of the Keg and then the 29th Annual Oktoberfest next week.  Seasonal beer, wine, bratwurst, pretzels, bands and giveaways.  Prost!  Oktoberfest Beer Tapping on Thursday 9/4 at 6:00 p.m. at Berghoff located at 17 West Adams Street.  Followed by Berghoff Oktoberfest on Thursday 9/10 to Saturday 9/12 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at John C. Kluczynski Federal Building located at 230 South Dearborn Street.  This event is FREE!  Please call 312-427-3170 for more information.

RAVENSWOOD

The King of Maputo, Mozambican rock star Chico Antonio, takes the stage for World Music Wednesday.  His sound is a blend of afro rock and pop with a strong jazz influence and African rhythms.  Wednesday 9/10 at 8:00 p.m. for $10 per person (suggested donation) at the Old Town School of Folk Music located at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue.  Please call 773-728-6000 for more information.

EVANSTON 

It’s alive!  It’s ALIVE!!!  Check out the annual Evanston Streets Alive!  It is a mile long outdoor festival featuring live music, food, yoga, community outreach, art and so much more.  Sunday 9/7 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.at Chicago Avenue and Main Street.  This event is FREE!  Please call 617-460-6338 for more information.

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PRICE REDUCTION! GLADSTONE/JEFFERSON PARK CHARMER! CERTIFIED OCTAGON BUNGALOW!!

http://www.dean-team.com/photos/chicago_homes_for_sale_by_deans_team/images/3759706/secondarythumb.aspxGladstone/Jefferson Park, Chicago  -  Announcing a PRICE REDUCTION on 5449 North Monitor Avenue, a 1,278 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bedroom Checkerboard Brick Bungalow. NOW MLS $247,400!

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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - MOLD PREVENTION

It is always easier to prevent mold than to clean it. Remember the most favorable conditions for mold growth is moisture. Mold spores naturally occur outside and are helpful in natural decomposition. They are looking for a moist spot to cling to and grow. There are a few ways to keep mold at bay.

Keep all outdoor areas where water can collect clear and open. This includes gutters and drains. Keeping them clear also preserves your foundation and roof. Keep outside basement drains clear to prevent moisture problems inside during heavy rains.

If you have a leak indoors you must act quickly. If you repair and thoroughly dry the area within 48 hours generally mold will not grow.

All air conditioners should be well maintained and checked frequently. Make sure all drain lines are flowing freely. In addition to preventing mold growth this will increase the life of your appliance.

If it is possible keep the humidity in the house below 60 percent, ideally less than 50. Using your air conditioner will keep the humidity down in the summer when humidity is higher. Dehumidifiers are useful in areas like basements where moisture is frequent. They must be monitored and emptied when necessary to maintain efficiency.

Clothes dryers, heaters and stoves all produce moisture and should always be vented to the outside. If you are cooking or running the dishwasher use an exhaust fan or open the window. This is especially important when showering or bathing.

With a little thought, preparation and maintenance we can keep moisture in our homes at a minimum and therefore prevent mold growth too!

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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE

So I'll admit that I'm part of a football pick 'em league. For me it's all about the fun of beating those people on the roster who I know personally.  If I win anything else, it's a big high five!

If you are a little more serious about your fantasy football though, there are a couple quick sites to use when putting together your team without having to find a league to join.  You would play week to week with each and they both offer some really good gaming.

The first is called Skyllzone.  You are playing against 9 computer teams and you draft your team each week you play. You can play the free version.  Or you can also participate in the paid version for a chance to win cash.  Win any Points or a Cash game (1st place) to earn an entry into the $100,000 Tournament for Week 15 (Max 7 entries). One cool thing about this service is that you can download the app on your iPad or iPhone.

The second is called FanDuel. You are also playing week to week with this site. This one is a little more intense in that you'll be competing against other users and you'll pay to get into the league. You have a salary cap on the players you can choose and winners are paid out on the same day as the game. You can also withdraw your funds to a PayPal account.  One interesting thing about this site is that football is not the only league you can join.  There is also baseball, basketball and hockey.

GO BEARS!!!

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

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