We have had a lot of rain in the
Chicago area in the last couple of weeks. Along with that rain has come very
high humidity. These are elements that are essential to mold growth. Moisture
is the biggest need for mold growth. Remove the moisture and mold will die.
Molds outside are necessary for
breaking down organic material like leaves and dead trees. Inside the house
tiny mold spores float through the air until they find a moist spot to land on
and reproduce. Even normal mold produce allergens that in certain individuals
can cause rashes, runny noses and red eyes. Some mold contain mycotoxins that
Mold will not grow without moisture.
When you find a mold problem indoors you must clean the area thoroughly and fix
the moisture problem.
Different solutions can be used to
clean mold and prevent regrowth. Bleach is usually the most effective but can
be harsh. Use one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Wear protective clothing,
gloves, masks and eye cover when cleaning mold. The EPA even recommends using N-95
respirators, these are available at hardware stores and online. The
danger is more from mold spores released when cleaning rather than fumes from
the bleach. This is why eye covering without vents is also recommended. Less harsh
cleaning agents are vinegar and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Spray them on full
strength, let soak in thoroughly and clean off. These recommendations are all
for hard surfaces only. Always work in a well-ventilated area, use fans to
expedite drying. For porous surfaces it’s almost impossible to remove mold
completely. Best choice is to replace items like ceiling tiles, carpeting and
dry wall. You can clean the surfaces of mold but it will quickly appear again.
Mold spores grow into porous surfaces and are nearly impossible to remove.
Areas of mold larger than 10 square
feet, or where mold is exceedingly black and thick, should be evaluated by a
professional licensed in mold remediation.
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Have you ever wanted to just try something new with your
hair or get a fresh look without spending an exorbitant amount of money to have
Now you can do just that by using Salon
Apprentice. According to the
site, "hair models are in high demand when it comes to advanced training and
volunteers benefit from discounted services that are sometimes free (it depends
on the salon)."
You can go to the site and sign up as a volunteer in your
city (and yes Chicago is on that list). You are in a training situation so
don't think you have the most advanced stylist; however, the apprentice is
being overseen by a master stylist to make sure the consumer is happy with the
outcome. It may take a little longer than you anticipate for a service simply
because the apprentice is being taught.
The search function is great for both volunteers and
stylists. It's like having a matchmaker for the cut/color you want. Types of services you might encounter include
cut & color, highlights, gray coverage, blow dry & style just to name a
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DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
may have started school already but it’s still summer here in Chicago and we
cherish every bit of this short-lived season around here! So, without further
ado, may I introduce you to your weekend plans!!
for its 25th year to the West Loop neighborhood is Taste of Greektown
this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Greektown (100 to 400 S. Halsted St.). It’s a weekend full of
Mediterranean culture featuring a blend of Old World tradition with a 21st
Century freshness of tantalizing food and drinks from neighborhood eateries
such as Athena Greek Restaurant, Greek Islands, Parthenon, Santorini, Zeus
Gyros and others. Besides food galore there will also be plenty of music by
Greek bands and performances by belly dancers, games for kids and families
alike and a fine arts area! It’s Opa
for its 11th year to the South Loop is Bash on Wabash
this Saturday and Sunday on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th
Place showcasing the history, culture, creativity and beauty of this Chicago neighborhood
benefitting the Greater South Loop Association and the South Loop Food Pantry. There
will be plenty to do as this festival has something for everyone with live
music, food and beverages, vendor booths, arts & crafts, an elaborate kid’s
bash area and so much more!
again to celebrate the greatest encased meats Chicago has to offer at this
year’s Sausagefest Chicago
located at St. Michael’s Church (1633
N. Cleveland Ave.) in the Old Town neighborhood this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00
p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) which will benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project. Besides sampling a variety of gourmet sausages provided by Bobak’s,
Chicago’s Dog House, Bari, Paulina Market, Gilbert’s and Haute Sausage, this
festival also features live entertainment, artisan arts, family-friendly games
and activities as well as the heated race for the coveted title of “Sausage
King of Chicago!” There will also be the Medieval
Times SausageFeast and Tournament where real knights will prove their
bravery and honor in an epic duel being performed at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Park neighborhood brings together the World of High Fashion and The Big Easy
with the Chicago Fashion
Fest (West Division Street between Ashland and
Damen Avenues) and the FIRST-EVER Chicago’s New
Orleans Festival (North Damen Avenue and West
Division Street) this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Attendees
will be able to experience some great Southern food, craft beers and wine, an
eclectic music lineup from Dixieland and Zydeco bands to DJs who will be
spinning for the more than 20 outdoor runway shows, shopping booths from local
designers, a last call sidewalk sale and much more! Haute Couture and Haute
Cuisine – who would of thought!!
celebrating its 29th year is the Bucktown Arts
Fest located across from Holstein Park at 2200 N.
Oakley Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This non-profit, all volunteer-run celebration of the arts
features nearly 200 amazing artists showcasing and selling their art from
photography to sculpture to jewelry to mixed media; a Beer Tent offering rare
craft brews; Entertainment Stages featuring countless musicians, dancers,
performers & poets; a Kids’ Tent (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) and more!
the 2014 Chicago
Movies in the Parks series
features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission
at the following parks!
“The Wizard of Oz” – Oz Park (2021 N.
Burling St.) – Lincoln Park
“The Help” – Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd
St.) – Englewood
“The Great Gatsby” – Palmer Park (201
E. 111 St.) – Roseland
Summer Ain’t Over Yet
-- Get Out There Before It Is!!
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Well, this car could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic. Why, it could be greased lightning! Check out the First Annual Norwood Park Grease Lighting Carnival. This four day celebration features a classic car show, live music, DJs, rides, games, beer garden and food trucks. Thursday 8/21 through Sunday 8/24 (for specific times and cost for passes, click here) at Norwood Park located at 5801 North Natoma Avenue. Please call 773-763-3606 for more information.
Hear ye, hear ye! Time to engage in the Medieval Times SausageFeast and Tournament. Your ticket includes Medieval Times Show with seating in your Knight’s Section and to partake in SausageFeast including a sausage entree, side and soda. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Friday 8/22 through Sunday 8/24 (for specific times, click here) for $12 per person at St. Michael’s Church at North Avenue and Cleveland. Please call 773-661-5737 for more information.
Come see all that the South Loop offers in the Eleventh Annual Bash on Wabash! DJs, bands, food, beer, wine, arts, crafts, 5K fun on Saturday, 10 mile bike on Sunday, chefs’ demos, kids’ section and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Greater South Loop Association and the South Loop Food Pantry. Saturday 8/23 and Sunday 8/24 from noon until 10:00 p.m. for $5 per person (suggested donation) at 1300 South Wabash Avenue. Please call 773-353-1579 for more information.
The Chicago Sinai Congregation invites people of all faith and of any age to join them to celebrate Shabbat on the Beach. Rabbis Limmer and Levinsky will lead you in a 30 minute music filled celebration on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. Friday 8/22 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Street Beach located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive. This event is FREE! Please call 312-867-7000 for more information.
Is it time to wine? Yes it is! Check out Naperville Wine Festival. Your ticket includes 12 tastings from over 300 wine selections, souvenir wine glass, pint of beer, Food & Wine seminars, live music and the ability to purchase your favorite wine at a discount. Friday 8/22 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8/23 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $35 per person ($15 for designated driver ticket) at CityGate Centre located at 2135 CityGate Lane. Please call 847-382-3270 for more information.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO
My Mother-in-law passed away recently and we're dealing with the mountains of paper, literally boxes full. This wonderful woman saved everything. I actually found HER mother's baptism certificate!!!
I thought this would be a good time to give suggestions as to what documents should be saved and for how long, and which may go. First, are you a saver of greeting cards or kids' art? There is a great app called Keepy: The New Family Album. Here you can save all kids' pictures and add video and comment! It really is your new family album.
These items can be digitized, or their electronic versions stored
Pay stubs- keep for one year
Social Security statements- current
Current Retirement statements
Current investment statements - you should keep these for at least three years after selling.
Tax returns - save for seven years, I do ten.
All home improvement, vehicle repairs, warranties and receipts
Current prescriptions and medical records
Make sure you always back up to some secure Cloud service.
Paper that must be saved cause they're f***ing hard to replace!
Social Security Cards, you haven’t lived until you’ve spent 4 hours in a SS office!
Wills and Living Trust, etc.
Birth and Death Certificates
Pension plan documents
Marriage and Divorce certificates
All insurance policies: life, home and auto
House Deeds and Mortgage Documents
Additionally, you can shred all banks statement as soon as you reconcile, as well as all deposit slips and atm receipts. Almost all business you have today can be accessed online, including utilities. No need to keep all that paper! I go paperless whenever I’m offered the option. Save a tree, it’s the way to go!
P.S. Keep a Cloud backed digital copy of all your kept documents, God forbid, fire or whatever!
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
This week I had a hard time not sharing more than one piece of technology. Here I am looking at the newest private social media called Nextdoor. It's an interesting social network that is truly community oriented. According to their information, Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. Just think if you've always seen the same nice man down the street who always waves and you have no idea his name but he knows yours. Now you can ask your neighbors for his name. While there are other platforms available this one is strict in its implementation. You have to give your real name and your address. You are in control of where your information is shared and it does not show up on Google. Imagine the community of the 1950s with technology driving the lead.
Speaking of Google, did you know that your activities are tracked by Google maps on your phone? While the information is not 100% accurate, all those sites you use like FourSquare (Swarm), Facebook, etc., it can tell you where you have been. What's fascinating for most people is that they live in a fairly small circle within their neighborhood or community. It's interesting to see where you've been. It's also slightly odd to see your movements throughout a given day. I've found that by turning off the location/GPS on your phone prevents the tracking of your activities so if you want to attempt to keep that information private that's a potential way of doing it. Or simply turn your phone off.
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YOUNGER BUYERS DELAYING PURCHASE, HOME OWNERSHIP PERCENTAGE FALLING, LOW INTEREST RATES CONTINUE, MORE FOR-SALE INVENTORY, AND FEWER OWNERS IN DISTRESS MARK 2014 IN CHICAGO THUS FAR!
Unfortunately, still no "Full Recovery Mode" for the Housing Market in Chicago - not yet, anyway!
But, as Chicago Tribune Real Estate Writer Mary Ellen Podmolik highlights, some positive signs -
- Of Young Adults, aged 18-34, nearly one-third (31%) are living at home with their parents. If the trend continues, this could impact the pool of potential first-time home buyers in the mid-term.
- The percentage of Americans who own their own homes has dropped to just under 65% of the population. That's the lowest level for this important real estate metric since early 1995, nineteen years ago.
- The percentage of Underwater Sellers continues to decline. Foreclosure Activity in the Chicago Area is down nearly one-third over the level seen in the First Half, 2013. However, around Chicago, just greater than one percent of homeowners were at some stage of the foreclosure process - or becoming severely delinquent in their Mortgage Payments, from January through June, 2014.
- Listing Inventory in the City and Suburbs of Chicago is Increasing, after a Lackluster First Quarter, 2014. Some attribute the early-year decline to our Brutal Chicago Winter Weather this year. Nonetheless, nearly 19,000 new listings hit the market here each month in April, May, and June this year.
- Interest Rates during the First Half, 2014 are near their historic lows, but rising home prices have made a home purchase less affordable for many prospective home buyers. Chicago Area Home Affordability, according to Local MLS Service Midwest Real Estate Data, has declined each month in 2014 from their 2013 levels.
- The Average Chicago Apartment Rent is nearly $1,100 - up 3.7% from year-ago levels.
Our Team, serving Sellers and Buyers on the North and Northwest Sides of Chicago, and in Nearby Suburbs, has experienced a similar level of variability in the Real Estate Market here. The first five months of the year were sometimes halting, followed by an incredible listing and purchase surge right now.
How will the rest of 2014 play out in the Chicago Real Estate Market?
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truly home to a wide diversity of ethnic groups within its neighborhoods and
this weekend is your chance to experience that ethnicity as another "fest"ful
weekend takes place in Chicago's neighborhoods!
get started on all the wonderful ethnic fests this weekend, the Chicago
Air & Water Show celebrates its 55th year
of daredevil thrills in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Lincoln Park
neighborhood and along the lakefront on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. This event showcases a variety
of ships and air crafts from the U.S. Navy and Army which include performances
by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and
Great American Lobster Fest will take place at Navy
Pier, East End Plaza (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood
on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) and is
Chicago's very first outdoor lobster fest!
Not only will fresh live lobster be flown in daily by the New England
Seafood Company in Boston but Fest attendees can also expect live music on two
stages by over 25 tribute and original bands, a chance to view the Air &
Water Show from the end-of-the-pier or view Navy Pier's fireworks display
(Saturday only at 10:15 p.m.). Also,
other food options will be available for those who aren't the seafood-type as
well as plenty of cold beverages to wash down your choice!
its 8th year, Festa Italiana
takes place at Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue in the Little Village
neighborhood on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00
p.m.) in celebration of its history and heritage. This Fest has it all, featuring some of the
best Italian food from vendors such as Bacci Pizzeria, Bella Luna, Carms, La
Luce and many other local establishments, three stages (Rosebud, Rock &
Festa) of live entertainment, carnival rides, kids' activities, cooking
demonstrations, a grape stomping area, a meatball eating contest and so much
"new" Fest on the scene this year celebrates the diversity of the northwest
side with the Albany Park World Fest
taking place at Lawrence and Kimball Avenues in the Albany Park neighborhood on
Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.). Fest-goers here will experience an eclectic
mix of restaurants and shopkeepers from over 40 countries such as Eastern
Europe, Latin America, the Philippines, Greece, Asia and the Middle East
featuring eclectic cuisine, diverse music, global arts & crafts, an
activities area for the kids and more!
annual Fest-favorite is the Edison Park Fest
located at 6730 N. Olmsted Ave. in the Edison Park neighborhood on Saturday and
Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This family-friendly Fest features food from local establishments, a
beer garden, live entertainment, a craft fair, a business expo, Bingo, family
entertainment which includes a parade on Saturday stepping off at Ebinger
Elementary (11:00 a.m.), a dog show and a bags tournament on Sunday as well as
kids' activities that include an obstacle course, inflatables and much more!
Chicago Movies in the Parks series
features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission
at the following parks!
Feet From Stardom" - DuSable Museum of
African American History (740 E. 56th Pl.) - Hyde Park
Movie" - Ellis Park (707 E. 37th
St.) - Douglas
Jackson's This Is It" - Unity Playlot
Park (2636 N. Kimball Ave.) - Logan Square
Man" - Berger Park Cultural Center
(6205 N. Sheridan Rd.) - Edgewater
Wizard of Oz" - Piotrowski Park (4247
W. 31st St.) - Little Village
What Ethnicity Will
You Experience This Weekend?
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Free Birds is coming to a neighborhood movie screen near you! This family friendly turkey adventure along with your blanket and picnic basket has all the makings of a delightful evening. Friday 8/15 at 8:00 p.m. at Norwood Park located at 5801 North Natoma Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 773-631-4893 for more information.
Imagine what New York City is like for a black seamstress in 1905? Oh, did we mention that she makes Intimate Apparel for everyone from ladies of the evening to wealthy white society women? See what the world looks like from another point of view. From Thursday 8/14 to Sunday 8/24 for $20-$28 per person at Athenaeum Theatre located at 2936 North Southport Avenue. For dates and times, click here. Please call 312-902-1500 for more information.
Ever wonder how flora and fauna influences colors in our world? Check out Dyeing with Local Floral. This one day demonstration/class will teach you how to extract color from berries and barks to leaves and flowers. See the effect of the dye on a variety of fabrics and how to use these techniques in your every day life. Tuesday 8/19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park located at 201 East Randolph Street. This event is FREE (but registration is required). Please call 312-781-9970 for more information.
Stop me if you have ever heard this one before? A German American Elvis Presley impersonator walks into the bar to sing at a Hawaiian luau. It is a true story! Enjoy a performance by Michael St. Angel, our Windy City Elvis, along with Hawaiian inspired food and drinks. Friday 8/15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dank Haus located at 4740 North Western Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 773-561-9181 for more information.
Ready to get your arts and crafts on? Check out the 40th Annual Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show. Hosted by the American Society of Artists, this show features hundreds of local artisans and demonstrations. Saturday 8/16 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 8/17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Scoville Park located at 834 Lake Street. This event is FREE! Please call 847-991-4748 for more information.
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We all have so many tomatoes ripe in
the garden now. There are easy ways to use their freshness now in many ways.
Fresh tomato sauce is marvelous on pasta. Gently sauté two chopped cloves of
garlic in ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, add ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes for a
little spice. When
garlic is fragrant add four cups of peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
garden tomatoes. I like at least ½ inch
chunks. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until tomatoes start to break down. Don’t
cook too long, this is a fresh sauce not Grandma’s gravy! Best served over
light pasta such as thin spaghetti or angel hair.
Salsa is of course different for
everyone according to your likes and dislikes but there is a basic recipe.
There is tomato, seeded and chopped. There is jalapeño pepper also seeded and
chopped. If you are a heat freak you will leave the seeds in, I am not! Add
chopped celery, garlic and onion, from here you are on your own. I add hot
pepper sauce like Tabasco® to taste. Some like to
experiment with scary peppers (to me) like habanero or, yikes, ghost peppers but
that’s up to you. There is also popular the addition of the most hated herb on
the planet, cilantro!! Granted it is mostly hated by me and like half the
population. I’ve heard you either love it or
hate it. I’m obviously the latter. But I digress. Let flavors meld for
a few hours. Don’t refrigerate! This is fresh salsa for immediate consumption.
Of course you can add all sorts of other things like fruit??? And put it on
fish or chicken??? Please, scoop it up with Frito® scoops or your favorite
We love to pair our fresh tomatoes
with cottage cheese. They are great just plain together but there are a few
ways to ramp the flavor up. You can go sweet/tart by pairing your tomatoes and
cottage cheese with a poppy seed dressing. My favorite is Henri’s “Tas-tee”.
It’s got just the right balance of sweet to tart. Any basic vinaigrette is
marvelous. You always want to do two parts extra virgin olive oil to one part
vinegar. The vinegar you use is up to you. Wine vinegar is a little less
stringent and balsamic is sweeter. Add some Dijon mustard for a flavor and heat
kick. Shake vigorously and pour on the flavor.
But of course my favorite thing to do
with home grown tomatoes is sandwiches. Thick slices on Italian bread with
extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt!! Nom nom lol.
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Maybe I'm just a PC person at heart, having used them all my professional career. I use Gmail on a consistent basis and now that I've upgraded my Droid to a Samsung Galaxy 5, it's so simple to utilize. Because of all this, I like to keep track of the new improvements that Google sends out on a consistent basis.
If you've ever signed up at a site that requires a login and password, you may not have seen the box checked that allows them to send you email about upcoming sales, newsletters, etc. So you get these emails on a pretty consistent basis once you've signed up. Thankfully, Gmail has come up with a feature that you may not have already experienced.
When you open a message in your Gmail account, you'll see the Unsubscribe button at the top of messages you receive usually right next to the sender's email address. I don't know about you but if I went through all the email I get and actually unsubscribed from everything I think my email would be cut in half. Since you have to hunt and find the unsubscribe option in the bottom of an email in very tiny script, this little tool just made removing excess mail so much easier.
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