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  • A different perspective on your ole’ Christmas story

      Once upon a Christmas Eve, still working late a weary Steve.

    Though hoping henceforth soon to leave, deadlines persisted, causing pain.

    As I drifted, nearly snoozing, listening to nearby trains cruising,

    Someone must've been perusing just outside my window pane.

    Looking out, 'twas nothing there, 'twas ice and snow, 'twas in my brain.

    That was all, so type again.

     

    Near the door a crashing sound and I jumped from my desk and, rounding,

  • 'Dear Santa' Websites?

      More than 60 domain names have been registered in the name of Santa Claus, offering children a wide range of opportunities to persuade St. Nick via email that they were not at all naughty in 2010. Before allowing children to share any personal information with a “Letter to Santa” Website, the Better Business Bureau Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommends adults carefully review the sites to determine who is seeking the information, how it will be used, and whether information will be shared with third parties.

  • BBB reminds online users to protect personal information

     BBB wants to remind online users to protect their personal information. This comes after recent data breaches involving McDonalds, Walgreens, and the online media company, Gawker.

  • Mistakes to avoid when donating to a charity

     Every holiday, billions of dollars are donated to worthy causes and now more than ever charities need the support of donors to help those who are struggling.

    The BBB Wise Giving Alliance advises donors on how to avoid five common mistakes in order to ensure their dollar stretches the farthest in these tough economic times. BBB recommends donors avoid these common mistakes when donating to a charity this holiday:

  • Winterizing Your Vehicle Can Save Cold Cash

     The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather. Winterizing your vehicle should be a top priority, saving you from the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold.

    An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of unexpected emergency repairs.

  • Safety precautions urged during the holiday season

     Quincy, Mass. – While it may seem Scrooge-like to think about fire hazards during the holidays, many of the activities people engage in – cooking, entertaining, and decorating – all present increased fire risks. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles and Christmas trees play a role in these incidents.

  • The Holidays: A Recipe for More Joy, Less Stress

     It is that time of year again – the holiday season which for many Americans begins with Thanksgiving and ends with New Year’s Day.  It is a season that can bring many of us joy, renewal and hope for the future.  For others, the season brings stress, disappointment and anxiety.  For all of us, it brings a combination of feelings and emotions.

  • Good work by schools must continue to improve

     For the normal citizen who doesn’t sit around studying student assessment results, the multiple ways in which schools and school districts are measured can be extremely confusing. 

  • Meetings entertain at time

     Some things you just can’t describe.