EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition during the holidays. Unfortunately, all too often these festive decorations can increase the chance of fire or injury. The Pasadena Fire Department offers the following Christmas Tree & decorating safety tips to ensure you, your family, loved ones or business have a Safe & Happy Holiday! Remember, for all life-threatening emergencies, always call 9-1-1.Christmas Trees can remain relatively fire safe with these simple steps:• Always choose as fresh of a tree as possible that has green needles.• Recut the trunk at least two inches above the old cut as soon as you get it home. This allows the tree to continue to pull moisture into its foliage.• Place tree in stand and give it water immediately after making the new cut. Giving your tree water is the key to keeping it fresh and enhancing its fire resistance. If your tree is kept outside for a few days, place it in a bucket of water before bringing it indoors.• Check water level daily. Never let the water level go below the bottom of the trunk. Commercial floral preservatives can be added to the water too.• Place tree in the coolest location possible and at least 3 feet away from direct sources of heat. Avoid placing any tree, live or artificial, near a heater outlet, wood stove or fireplace.• Never leave a lighted tree unattended. Never use candles on a tree.• Remove the tree immediately after the holidays. Even a properly cared for tree will become very dry and a potential fire hazard. Take to recycling site or leave for refuse collector.Holiday Lights & Decorating tips to keep you safe include:• Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.• Keep decorations away from heat sources, windows and doors.• Properly install your holiday lights and other decorations. Always have someone hold a ladder when in use.• Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Be sure to use indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside.• Use LED lights. They are mostly shatterproof, shock resistant, energy efficient and produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk from fire.• Make sure all electric cords have no frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets. Do not use or repair a worn light set! Throw it out and buy new.• Do not overload electrical outlets.• Do not link more than three light strands, unless directions says it is safe.• Do not leave lights turned on for prolonged periods or unattended.• Keep exits clear by keeping decorations away from windows and doors.Christmas Tree Recycling Info: www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorksFollow Pasadena Fire Dept. at: www.twitter.com/PasadenaFD, @PasadenaFDIf You See Something, Say Something, call Pasadena Police: (626) 744-4241 Top of the News Public Safety Pasadena Fire Department 2015 Holiday Safety Tips Published on Monday, December 7, 2015 | 4:42 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
By MADDY VITALEAn Ocean City environmental consultant that has been awarded $7.3 million in city contracts since 2015 is coming under strong criticism from a community taxpayer group and local officials for its billing practices.City Council President Bob Barr said the city should immediately cease all work with ACT Engineers Inc. other than the dredging of private boat slips until “we can get to the bottom of this.”ACT’s billing contracts were singled out by the community taxpayer group Ocean City Fairness in Taxes (FIT).FIT emailed a letter to Mayor Jay Gillian regarding invoices for two “similar” projects, one in Ocean City and one in Brick, a community in Ocean County.There was a difference of $60 per billable hour for the principal rate between the two towns, according to 2020 figures cited by FIT.Brick was charged $140 for the work, while Ocean City was charged $200 per hour.Barr called the disparity in the billing fees “troubling.”“If you look at the scope of work, they are about the same,” Barr said of the project descriptions. “It is very troubling and I don’t think we should use ACT anymore.”ACT Engineers, based in Robbinsville, N.J., has served as a key Ocean City consultant since 2015 for an array of flooding and dredging projects.Mayor Jay Gillian has stated at meetings that his administration is extremely careful in spending taxpayer money and the way it hires city consultants.He said Tuesday in an emailed statement that, “The city is in the process of reviewing the letter and will be fully prepared to address it at Thursday’s City Council meeting.”Members of City Council are divided about whether ACT should remain on for the city’s projects.Questions about ACT’s contracts began in February when City Council tabled giving the company a contract for drainage work on West 17th Street to protect the area from chronic flooding.Also this year, Council set up a pool to open up the city’s contracts to a list of “prequalified” vendors that would compete for the work.Sean Scarborough, owner of Scarborough Marine, pointed out that his company does dredging work but he found that the way contracts in Ocean City were handled by ACT were different than how, for example, his company’s contracts are handled for dredging work in other communities.“Ocean City has a different approach to dredging inspection and management as compared to Margate, Stone Harbor, Avalon and Upper Township,” Scarborough pointed out. “In each of those municipalities, we have a professional relationship usually entailing time of operation, truck routes and if we are using a municipal street end, an insurance policy naming the municipality as an additional insured.”Scarborough noted that his company doesn’t have daily and hourly inspection fees in relation to each residence or property they are dredging, unlike what was seen on the invoices for ACT Engineers.While Barr said that Council should stop all projects with ACT at least for the immediate future, Councilman Pete Madden said that ACT has always done “top notch” work on city projects.“For the seven years that I have been on Council, there has never been a problem with ACT Engineers,” Madden said. “I’ve always been satisfied with their work. There has never been an issue with their work. It has always been top notch. And I know the town is really happy.”Mayor Jay Gillian and Carol Beske of the consulting firm ACT Engineers address the audience during a pre-COVID-19 meeting in 2019.Madden pointed out that during Gillian’s tenure as mayor, there has been an unprecedented number of dredging, drainage and road projects that have greatly improved the city’s infrastructure.As for FIT’s assertion that the city was billed unfairly for the work, Madden said, “I don’t think this is frivolous spending. It is about doing good business for good work.”He said that after years of a successful working relationship with ACT to make much-needed upgrades to the city’s infrastructure, the timing for all of the concerns seems odd.“After a six-year history of a great working relationship with ACT, all of a sudden Council wants to go outside,” Madden explained of Council looking to outside vendors. “I’m not exactly sure why.”He continued, “We have been the example for other municipalities on how well our program is for engineering, infrastructure and dredging work. All of a sudden things will slow down.”To view the FIT letter in its entirety go to: https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/FAIRNESS-IN-TAXES.pdfIn the letter to Gillian, FIT President Dave Breeden emphasized that the disparity with the ACT invoices for work in both Brick and Ocean City are proof that the relationship between the city and ACT must stop — at least for the near future.“I am presently of the belief that until this matter is reconciled, that ACT Engineers should not be awarded any further professional service contracts,” Breeden said in the letter.He also asked Council on behalf of FIT for a full refund of the taxpayer dollars from ACT Engineers.“That is how strongly FIT feels about this matter,” Breeden said. “As stated at council meetings, this is nothing short of taxpayer abuse and it will not be tolerated.” ACT Engineers serves as a key consultant for Ocean City’s flooding and dredging projects.
11.Utah$373.50 1.Arizona$421.49 25.Kansas$350.86 New Mexico$406.81 (14% higher than U.S. avg.)$240.59 (13% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.22 (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 16.Connecticut$366.79 California$394.49 (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.39 (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$172.30 (20% higher than U.S. avg.) 48.Wisconsin$298.76 CarMD ranking of states/districts with the lowest car repair costs in 2010: StateAverage Cost (Parts & Labor)Average Parts CostAverage Labor Cost D.C. $265.29 (25% lower than U.S. avg.)$163.09 (23% lower than U.S. avg.)$102.20 (29% lower than U.S. avg.) Missouri $297.27 (17% lower than U.S. avg.)$160.76 (24% lower than U.S. avg.)$136.51 (5% lower than U.S. avg.) 24.Kentucky$350.86 37.South Carolina$336.97 Colorado$397.83 (12% higher than U.S. avg.)$244.91 (15% higher than U.S. avg.)$152.92 (6% higher than U.S. avg.) 43.New Hampshire$318.14 12.New York$370.98 32.Delaware$343.62 14.Idaho$368.17 36.Vermont$337.88 4.California$394.49 22.Florida$352.98 6.Washington$386.62 7.Hawaii$385.54 RankingStateAverage Car Repair Costs (Parts & Labor) 23.Iowa$352.98 17.Oregon$364.79 Other key findings:Six of the 10 states with the lowest car repair costs are from the Midwest, including Nebraska,Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota.The states with lower repair costs had more gas cap-related problems. A loose gas cap, which is one of the most common causes for check engine problems, accounted for nearly 12% of repairs in D.C. and 11% in Ohio. Loose, damaged or missing gas caps are an inexpensive fix but cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate annually.More than 12% of the repairs in D.C. were made at zero cost in terms of parts and labor charges, likely because of a higher number of vehicles that are new or under manufacturer’s warranty.Several states with lower repair costs had a substantial number of repairs that did not require any parts at all, including Missouri (26%) and Wisconsin (21%). Some of these repairs were made under warranty at no charge, while others were “check engine” light issues that could be fixed with a simple adjustment such as “tighten gas cap,” “adjust idle,” “remove aftermarket alarm” and “clean throttle body.”Drivers in Alaska paid the most ($268.22) for oxygen sensor replacement, which was the no. 1 most common repair in the country in 2010. O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tell a car’s computer how much fuel to inject for proper operation. If a faulty O2 sensor is not repaired, the car’s fuel economy will dramatically drop. The average cost to replace an O2 sensor is $238.71, including parts and labor, but can lead to as much as a 40% reduction in gas mileage.The CarMD State-by-State ranking of average repair costs was derived from analysis of roughly 80,000 repairs made from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010 by CarMD’s network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians. The Census Regions and Divisions of the U.S. map was used for regional data calculations. The repairs are all related to a vehicle’s “check engine” system, which is designed to alert drivers to large and small problems that affect emissions output and drivability. This technology is standard on all vehicles manufactured since 1996 and covers an estimated 80% of systems on cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans ‘ foreign and domestic. The CarMD database and average cost of repair findings does not include repairs of problems that are not associated with a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic computer such as tires, brakes and mechanical parts such as belts and hoses.About CarMDThe mission of Fountain Valley, Calif.-based CarMD.com Corporation is to empower consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, CarMD’s premiere product is the CarMD® Vehicle Health Systemâ ¢. The company has also built the largest, most up-to-date database of diagnostic trouble codes; expert fixes and repair costs, which it uses to compile the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢. For more information about common car repair problems and costs, visit, visithttp://corp.carmd.com(link is external). For information about the company, its products and other consumer tips, visitwww.CarMD.com(link is external).(Attached is a complete ranking of U.S. states in order of most to least expensive car repair costs in 2010)Average “Check Engine” Light Car Repair Costs ‘ 2010 (Source: CarMD.com Corp.) 39.Arkansas$334.35 35.Virginia$337.88 50.Missouri$297.27 15.Massachusetts$367.07 31.Maine$344.68 29.Texas$347.25 13.Alabama$368.85 In 2010, drivers in Arizona paid the most in the nation for car repairs at an average cost of $421.49, according to CarMD.com Corporation, which analyzed roughly 80,000 repairs made on vehicles with “check engine” light problems in 2010. Vermont ranked 33rd.Arizona’s no. 1 ranking is 18% more than the U.S. average for overall costs and 23% more for parts. Drivers in theDistrict of Columbia, which is one of the wealthiest areas in the country (according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau), paid the least at $265.29 per transaction. CarMD also found that drivers in New Jersey pay closest to the national average for car repair costs at $357.32, just a dollar more than the U.S. average. According to the first annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢, the average cost of U.S. “check engine”-related auto repairs in 2010 was $356.04, including $212.44 in parts and $143.61 in labor costs.”Through comprehensive data collected via CarMD’s nationwide network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians, we are able to provide national and state-by-state transparency into vehicle repair costs,” said Art Jacobsen, vice president, CarMD.com Corporation. “We are releasing this data to empower consumers and technicians with a better understanding of common repairs and costs, and to call attention to the fact that, regardless of region, drivers who follow a regularly scheduled maintenance program and address small problems early tend to have reduced fuel bills and repair costs. That said, if you live in a state with harsh weather conditions such as Arizona’s heat or North Dakota’s cold, it’s imperative to take care of your car to avoid catastrophic vehicle failures.”Several interesting highlights emerge when comparing costs and ranking repairs for each state. WhileArizona’s no. 1 ranking can be attributed to warm, dry weather, which wreaks havoc on the longevity of a car’s parts, it is surprising to see Arizona’s average parts costs at 23% higher, and California’s labor costs 20% higher than the U.S. average. Western states round out the top five most expensive spots, with only three non-western states listed in the top 10, including North Dakota at no. 8, Rhode Island at no. 9 andSouth Dakota at no. 10. Drivers in the western U.S. paid about 13% more than drivers in the Midwest, 11% more than drivers in the Southeast and 5% more than those in the Northeast for repairs. Labor costs in the West tend to be higher due to dry air, build up and dust, such as clogged mass airflow sensor, which occurs more frequently and increases costs. Milder temperatures in Western states also allows for more year-round driving, which leads to added wear and tear.The following is the ranking of the top 5 states with the highest car repair costs in 2010, according to CarMD: 21.New Jersey$357.32 Ohio $298.49 (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$175.24 (18% lower than U.S. avg.)$123.26 (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 38.Oklahoma$335.49 10.South Dakota$374.61 26.North Carolina$349.34 Wisconsin $298.76 (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$170.88 (20% lower than U.S. avg.)$127.88 (11% lower than U.S. avg.) 41.Montana$325.56 StateAverage Cost (Parts & Labor)Average Parts CostAverage Labor Cost 28.Louisiana$347.46 42.Minnesota$318.54 20.Maryland$358.45 18.Pennsylvania$362.90 19.Illinois$361.56 Nevada$393.96 (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.08 (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.89 (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 40.Wyoming$330.88 2.New Mexico$406.81 3.Colorado$397.83 47.Nebraska$301.79 5.Nevada$393.96 44.Indiana$317.33 Arizona$421.49 (18% higher than U.S. avg.)$260.29 (23% higher than U.S. avg.)$161.20 (12% higher than U.S. avg.) 27.Michigan$348.03 9.Rhode Island$384.24 8.North Dakota$384.67 34.Georgia$338.31 45.Tennessee$316.64 Nebraska $301.79 (15% lower than U.S. avg.)$179.00 (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$122.79 (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 46.Mississippi$315.43 49.Ohio$298.49 33.Alaska$339.06 30.West Virginia$345.00 51.District of Columbia$265.29 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —
Athletic Federation of BiH appealed to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on double doping test of the best BH athlete Amel Tuka.Anti-doping administrator of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Thomas Capdevielle responded to the protest note of the Athletic Federation of BiH which complained to the Department of Anti-Doping of the IAAF because of double testing of Tuka during the European Championships in Amsterdam, according to the statement of the Athletic Federation of BiH.During the championship, they took blood and urine samples from Tuka twice, and the second test was performed on the day of the finals. From the eight finalists of the race at 800 meters, Tuka was the only one tested, as stated from the Athletic Federation of BiH.In response of IAAF was stated that they mistakenly took a sample of blood and urine from Tuka that day due to misinterpretation of instructions. According to the letter, the service provider (the World Anti-Doping Control) informed the IAAF about the mistake and apologized.Capdevielle apologized to our athlete and the Athletic Federation of BiH on behalf of the Department of Anti-doping control at the IAAF and thanked for their support in the fight against doping in sport.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)