Archive for July, 2011
Although we are still very much in summer here in Oklahoma City, most parents cannot help but think of the encroaching school year. While some parents are now thinking of school supplies, some parents are thinking if they can afford to have their children go to school for the next school year due to financial constraints.
The City Rescue Mission in downtown Oklahoma City is planning to have a school supply drive within the area. This aims to extend needed assistance for families who have fallen on hard times by providing necessary school supplies for their children.
According to Angel Earls, a resident of the City Rescue Mission and a single mother of three, the program is a great blessing for her since it can make a big difference in both her own life, as well as the lives of her children starting and continuing to go to school. There are about 30 kids excluding Earls children in the mission that need school supplies.
The school supplies needed in the drive are; pencil boxes, No. 2 pencils, blue and black pens, colored pencils, red pens, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, child scissors, rulers, protractors, markers, wide ruled notebook paper, three ring binders, spiral notebooks, thesaurus, pocket folders with brads, highlighters, dictionaries and Kleenex.
There are also other items like; pants, jeans, gloves, hair brushes, socks, shoes, boys shirts, skirts, dresses, sweaters, shorts, hair ties, scarves, underwear, winter coats, girls tops, umbrellas, T-shorts, jackets and a $25 gift cards to Wal-Mart.
If you would like to help contribute to this cause, please check out their site: http://www.cityrescue.org
Water damage is among the worst dilemmas faced by many homeowners. Sometimes caused by storm, heavy rains or other natural occurrences while other times it comes from within in the form of burst water pipes or overflowing toilets, sinks, etc. For whatever reason, you always want to save whatever you can after the unfortunate incident of water damage.
Here are some of the tips on how you can dry out your possessions quickly and alleviate the effects of water damage. Save your possessions quickly.
- Dry most of your possessions within 48 hours.
Dry your possessions as soon as you can but a term of 48 hours might still press your luck in salvaging many of your things. As much as possible do all your drying up within this time. Hang things up, take the blowdryer to books and magazines, it isn’t fun or fast but it is necessary unless you want to start from scratch.
- Air naturally or mechanically
Make use of air as this can quickly dry things up. For natural assistance in drying your things, open your windows and doors so air can circulate. Also, you can open up your closets, drawers or even your cabinet doors to make sure no moisture is collecting in those areas which could lead to mould. As for mechanical support, have high powered fans in your house. This will truly enhance air circulation. And do not forget about the Shopvac!
- Freeze all your papers
Yes, this means freezing your papers literally. But, you have to place these things first in plastic bags before freezing them in a frost-free freezer. You can freeze your photos, papers and wet books. The main idea is to prevent mold and mildew from forming before you can have the time and attention in drying these things. This will buy you time to focus on other things that usually damage faster. When all things are done, you can get your papers out of the freezer and start drying them.
- Remove all soaking objects as soon as you can
If you have rugs and furniture that are soaking wet, put them out under the sun as soon as possible. This will help reduce the moisture inside. Also, linoleum flooring must be removed to enhance evaporation and throw away sopping-wet padding under the floor.
- If you can absorb the moisture, do it
One way to beat water is by absorbing it out of your things. You can do this by placing water-permeable packages of desiccants with your wet things in a sealed container or even in sealed areas like your closet. Desiccants will be able to absorb moisture out of these things like sponge. Examples of desiccants are clay, silica gel and calcium oxide.
Downtown Oklahoma City is suffering a great lose of its major corporate anchor, Kerr-McGee Corp. Yet, despite such loss, the downtown area will witness a huge convergence of energy companies in the future years.
Devon Energy Corp. is now welcoming its future neighbor companies including the SandRidge Energy Inc., which is said to take over the grounds formerly owned by the Kerr-McGee. Larry Nichols, the executive chairman of the Devon Energy Corp., said that his company is starting to enjoy a reversed fortune in its neighborhood as many companies will start to grow within its locality. Other companies joining the group are the Continental Resources Inc. and the Enorgex, an OGE Corp. subsidiary.
The said convergence will conclude in an addition of nearly 1,000 individuals to the downtown workforce.
Nichols also added that the new addition to its neighborhood will be able to boost the future of the downtown area. The new plans will be able to enhance the critical mass, which basically is needed for a city to survive. The influx of companies will soon attract many employees to gather in the downtown area.
Chief executive officer of SandRidge Energy Inc, Tom Ward, said that his company is continually looking to transform the new headquarters including clearing of empty old building, renovating the historic Braniff Building for office and retail use and contruting the new amenities building at 120 Robert S. Kerr Avenue with the inclusion of restaurants, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a daycare center. Within the next few years, the company will expand its building at the Robert S. Kerr and Broadway.
Ward added that the planned construction of the other companies like Continental and Enorgex makes their move the right choice. He further added that the additional 1,000 employees will continue to attract more investments in the retail market including restaurants and shopping malls and will then enhance the vibrancy of the downtown core.
Carol Galante has now been appointed by President Obama as the new acting commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. Galante will administer in overseeing the single family and multifamily programs of the housing division.
Since March 2009, Galante has already been in control of the FHA’s multifamily programs. Previously, she became the chief executive and president of Bridge Housing. Bridge Housing is located in California and is considered as the largest developer of affordable houses.
Galante, 56, is the second person to temporarily take over the position since April replacing Robert “Bob” Ryan, 50. Ryan previously took over the position from former FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens, 54, after assuming leadership at the Mortgage Bankers Association. A new and promoted role as a senior adviser to the HUD Secretary on housing finance reform and other issues is the new position Ryan will assume.
Shaun Donovan, the Housing and Urban Development secretary said that Galante is already equipped with a proven track record for the agency to keep moving forward. Galante will be in charge of the FHA’s mortgage insurance program given her background as a developer of affordable apartments. Currently the agency has more than 20 percent of loans on single-family homes in the country.
Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors