The Celebration of Mardi Gras and Carnival

   By Cayla Byrnes The Old Pine Community Center just celebrated our 10th Annual Mardi Gras Party and Silent Auction. We had live music from the Al Harrison Dixieland Band, catering from Catahoula Restaurant, and dancers. There was a fantastic group of staff and volunteers who worked together to transform our

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STRONGER PASSWORDS MADE EASY.

Consumers Corner # 31 WITH ONLINE PASSWORDS, LONGER REALLY IS BETTER By Jim Murphy Most of us know we need better passwords today than 123345, password or admin. Those are three of the most commonly used passwords. But you may not know this: the length of your password makes it much

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ANGIE’S LIST: R.I.P.

Consumers Corner # 30 With Angie’s List gone … IT’S HARDER NOW IN PHILLY TO FIND GOOD CONTRACTORS By Jim Murphy When my wife and I moved from the suburbs into center city some years ago, Angie’s List was a lifesaver. Why? A number of families had lived in the house

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DUBIOUS DNA TESTS

Consumers Corner # 29 YOU’LL FIND THERE ARE WIDE DISCREPANCIES IN DNA TEST RESULTS  By Jim Murphy The DNA home ancestry test kit bandwagon is picking up speed. More and more of my friends and family members are swabbing their cheeks or spitting into tubes to find out who their ancestors

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BAD INFO

Consumers Corner # 28   BBC BLOWS IT “A bright day with some sunny spells, many places will remain dry” Well, that’s what the BBC weather forecast says on its website for this morning. Ooops, but it is rather pretty. The view from my study window….. HERE’S WHY I THINK LONG-RANGE

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WHO KNEW?

Consumers Corner # 27 MOST OF US DON’T WASH OUR HANDS CORRECTLY … OR LONG ENOUGH The average hand-washing time is just 6 seconds By Jim Murphy While working in a suburban Chester County office building in the 1990s, I first noticed people don’t always wash their hands. Employees at a small technical

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BRIGHT IDEA

Consumers Corner # 26 CYCLISTS: PLEASE LIGHT IT UP FOR YOUR SAFETY’S SAKE! By Jim Murphy While backing into a parking space one dark rainy night in Society Hill years ago, I had my first encounter with lightless bikes. As I struggled to maneuver into a very tight space, three bicycle

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LOOK MA, NO HANDS

Consumers Corner # 25 BIGBELLY TRASH CANS NOW COME WITH HANDS-FREE FOOT PEDALS By Jim Murphy If you are among the good Philadelphia residents who deposit trash in bins and not the street, here is wonderful news. Many of the Bigbelly trash cans in center city now have an easy-open foot pedal.

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SILENT VOICE MAIL

Consumers Corner # 24   THERE’S NO RINGY-DINGY … BUT YOU DO HAVE A MESSAGE By Jim Murphy The first time I noticed a “New Voice Mail” message on my phone while I was sitting right next to it, I was surprised. Twenty minutes later when I got another one on

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Joining Together: Rebuilding After Natural Disasters

  Three hurricanes have hit home — literally. The worst tragedies inspire some of the strongest displays of unity. As devastation rages, people will join together to help their neighbors, near and far, to ensure survival. The act of community empowerment is necessary to acknowledge the impact, assess the needs,

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