With Markets Down, Homeowners Turn To Phased Remodeling

DES PLAINES, Ill.— Residential remodels are no longer those once-in-a-lifetime projects that keep homeowners dreaming years on end before they ever pick up a hammer. Instead, many homeowners opt to do a series of remodels as their schedules, budgets and lifestyles evolve over time, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Law As Learned In Youth

Following high school, I attended Drake Business School in 1947. One of the courses I took was Business Law. There were basic tenets in law, which set the standard for our studies. One of the primary ones was “Fraud in the inducement. An intentional perversion of truth to induce another to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right”.

Fanwood Woman Takes The Time To Listen To Stories On Crisis Hotline

FANWOOD—Marianne Kranz has always loved history … and stories. She once dreamed of making documentary films that weave together bits of history in order to tell a story. But after switching from a career in radio, TV, and video communications to one in human services, she has discovered that each and every individual has their own compelling and interesting story.

IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams

MOUNTAINSIDE —The Internal Revenue Service reminds consumers to avoid identity theft scams that use the IRS name, logo or Web site in an attempt to convince taxpayers that the scam is a genuine communication from the IRS. Scammers may use other federal agency names, such as the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Planting Trees Can Cut Your Energy Bill

STATE—If you have ever escaped from blazing hot sun in a shady spot under a tree, you know how these natural air conditioners can make you feel more comfortable. A mature shade tree can block up to 90 percent of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost. A Pennsylvania study found that air conditioning needs could be reduced by up to 75 percent by shading a house with trees!

Free Practice SAT Test

EDISON—High school juniors have the opportunity to take a free, full-length practice SAT test at the Edison Public Library on Aug. 11 at 9:30 a.m. The test will be proctored by Huntington Learning Center staff members.