Another risk factor is filling out forms that require a social security number, such as some job applications or medical forms. If a form asks for a ss#, try putting in just the last 4 digits and only give the full number if hired or some reason comes up that it is really needed. many professional certificates also have your SS# on it and you may be giving copies of it to strangers who are hired to work in an office. Same happens when you show a Medicare card. I also heard that there wasn't such a great screening process for hiring workers who help with forms for Obabma Care. Therre are many ways for people to get your SS#. View Comment
It sounds as though these "grandparents" will be working in the capacity of being teacher's aides. How does the pay compare, and since this is geared toward low-income people, are the jobs better off left to be filled and advertised as regular job openings for teacher's aide positions. View Comment
At first I didn't get why Paige commented on the clouds (They may still be around when it's time to see the meteor shower) Still, if it made sense or not, there was no reason to be so cold to her. Her comment did make sense to anyone reading the article who would care about the meteor shower. View Comment
The cost of Smartphone contracts will have to go down. They are an extra $30.00 a month. I know that disadvantaged people are often given a cell phone for safety and job application reasons, but will they now be given a Smartphone with a contract or not be able to purchase items in some stores? I'm not aying that this isn't possible to be worked out, but the Smartphone contracts should come down in cost for everyone.
I also think there still will be a need to have some sort of a regular cash for goods exchange, as some people are not able to use a Smartphone. This will also make it even more difficult for the elderly or other people who may find it daunting to use a Smartphone. View Comment
I don't like the way the survey is worded. I am against the rule, nit because it's inconvenient, but because I think it makes more people buy the tall white kitchen bags and big black garbage refuse bags. We should be encouraged to resue the grocery and CVS bags as garbage bags. the Container store sells an easy to use gargage pail that holds the grocery bags.
I think the best way would be if people brought reusable bags to cut their usage, but could also use the store's plastic bags.
People with elderly and handicapped people use these bags to dispose of adult diapers. Most people who always bring a reusable bag often end up buying tall kitchen garbage bags that are of a heavier thickness and are more wasteful.
I check the part that says I'm against it, but not at all because it's inconvenient. View Comment
People who use bamboo against the borders of their yard should be sinking a non-wooden barrier by the roots so it doesn't intrude on neighbor's yards or local woods. People buying houses should also find out what is growing in the yard, too because if they want native species and things that don't spread, they might want to ask the homeowner to remove the bamboo. Many home purchasers might not know how hard it is to get rid of it. Flower gardens can be tilled out, but bamboo can be tricky.
In the photo, it looks like the contractor is spraying insulation on the underside of the roof, but I thought you are supposed to put it on the floor area of a roof. Can anyone explain this?
For all the people who think that their cats don't kill many birds, when they did studies where they fitted cat's collars with video cameras, it turned out that the ones who kill don't bring home all of their prizes...just some of them. Unless you fit your cat with a video collar and spend a few days watching what they're doing, you really don't know what's going on. For those who think it's no so bad and that birds are really being killed by pesticides...you really want to take a chance on your cat nibbling on a bird that has poison in them? View Comment
My wonderful cat was killed by two friendly huskies who either dug out from under their fence or pushed open a faulty latch on their owner's fence. She was killed on my front lawn and died a horrible death - broken neck and back, but still alive. It is something I will never forget. View Comment
Here is another story about what is downstream from the West Branch of the Mamaroneck River in White Plains. Overdevelopment around here and the addition of storm drains to create more buildable lots from wet ones really hurt other people terribly. View Comment
What's irritating is how I've been brushed off for years about how much damage we have been allowing to flood plains by allowing building on wet lots, and designing the drainage to carry water away into the flooded waters of the tiny Mamaroneck River, disregarding that it turns into a raging river at times, and that they didn't need out extra runoff.
The last house that was built on Railside is a perfect example and should never have been allowed to have been built in the way it was built. No matter what ex-Mayor Delfino said, there was a huge water problem on that lot and in the Railside Woods and the way was cleared for the developers by the city paying to install new storm drains to carry the extra water to Mamaroneck.
That was a dirty deal, with some people who were hidden buyers still incognito, but they were represented by a company whose VP had instrumental power in designing the master plan that allowed this to happen, or at least kept his mouth shut if he thinks the development went against this.
Now many of the people who were all for this development, which however you look at it, brings more water to Mamaroneck, when they don't need it - are misrepresenting themselves as being for protecting and improving the flood plain.
I would respect the city more if they came out with a statement admitting that there were water problems when Railside was prepared for developers, and that it was not in the best interests of helping with the problems of the flood plain to stick in the new storm drains.
Mayor Roach is off the hook on this one, as he voted against that development, but the Departments of Public Works, Planning, ex-Mayor Delfino and current Councilmen Martin and Boykin have some 'splainin' to do.
And it was aggravating to watch the new house closest to the dump with the sump pump sticking out the window after it was built. I think there are 9 more houses slated to be there. View Comment