Archive for June, 2012
Parks and medians throughout the city will soon be a lot greener due to a new water credit system being made available to neighborhood associations. Oklahoma City Council recently approved the Community Beautification Water Program, which will fund water needs for qualifying neighborhood associations.
The Community Beautification Water Program is among the approved programs in the city’s 2012-2013 budget. It aims to enhance the flower beds, trees, and street medians within the city by providing funds to neighborhood associations that would be responsible for watering the areas within their neighborhood. The program will go into effect on July 1 and last through June 30 of next year.
Qualified neighborhood associations will be able to receive a $1,000 annual credit for the cost of water plus a free provision for water meter installation, frost-free hydrants, and backflow preventers. Costs of boring under streets, installing distribution lines, and sprinkler systems, however, are not included in the program.
According to Nancy Anthony, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, funds for watering the trees and plants in parks has become the top issue of neighborhood associations. Through the new Community Beautification Water Program, the concern will be eliminated. Oklahoma City Community Foundation and city officials have been working together nearly six months to finalize the project.
Neighborhood associations may begin submitting their applications for the water credits on July 1. The deadline for applications is on September 1. Only associations that are registered with the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma are qualified to apply.
When it’s time to repaint the exterior of your home, it is best to leave the hard work to professionals. However, if you are saving money and want to do the work yourself, there are a few tricks you should know in order to do it more effectively. Painting your home exterior may sound easy enough, but without the proper knowledge, you will likely end up doubling your expenses due to trial and error.
Here are a few useful tips on how to paint your home exterior:
- Have the all things you need prior to painting. You will need to have a good, sturdy ladder to climb that has a wider step or special shelf on which you can set your can of paint. You will also need good paint brushes and rollers, sandpaper, scrapers, caulking, and putty.
- Do an estimate on how much paint you will need. Multiply the length of each wall by its height and add about 25 to 30 percent on top of that. You want to be sure you have some paint left over for touch-ups later.
- Clean your home exterior first before applying paint. Make sure you remove all of the residue that is stuck on the walls because if you paint over it, your finish will be bumpy and could actually cause damage to your paint job later down the road.
- Remove your lighting fixtures and window screens. You don’t want to get paint on them.
- Repair any cracks, holes, or other damage on your wall before applying paint. Keep in mind that painting should always be the last step in any house project after all of the prep work has been completed.
- Buy paint based on the type of exterior surface you have. If you want the color to be consistent, you need to buy something that will work well with the material and texture of your surfaces.
- Buy oil-based paints for the wood trim along your banisters, doors, and windows. Oil-based paints are tough enough to withstand the elements and protect your wood.
- Sand all rough areas and glossy surfaces before painting. Paint will not stick to glossy surfaces nor will it look right on rough areas.
- Apply primers to raw surfaces before applying two coats of paint. Choose a primer based on the type of surface you have.
- Protect your plants and walkways with drop cloths and masking tape.
In most houses, a bedroom can usually accommodate a wardrobe, a vanity, and a small bedside table, but small bedrooms typically have even less space for storage. Fortunately, there are smart solutions that can help maximize the storage capacity of a small-spaced bedroom, while still maintaining a lovely, relaxing environment with room to breathe.
Below are some smart storage solutions to incorporate into your bedroom:
- Go vertical. Normally, we think of long, horizontal spaces to store books, linens, and picture frames. However, when you’re dealing with a small room, sometimes you don’t have the luxury of that much wall space. So, go with vertical storage units that allow you to hold everything without taking up much floor space.
- Use a sturdy, multi-purpose table. You may even want to make your vanity double as additional storage space. The tabletop can be utilized for bags, clocks, and jewelry items, while the space underneath can be turned into a storage area. To add style, you can use wicker baskets or other organizers to hold items.
- Create more storage in your headboard. If you have a thick headboard, you can use the sides to make book shelves. You may also want to place some of your personal items, like your alarm clock, phone, and keys, on top of your headboard.
- Go under your bed. Use the hollow space beneath your bed to store extra pillows and bed linens or off-season clothes and shoes.
- Floor to ceiling wardrobe. Maximize your closet by filling every space possible. To organize everything, use small compartments for items like gloves, scarves, socks, and undergarments. Install a thin shoe rack below your clothes rack, so you can store all of your shoes in an easily-accessible way without taking up much space.
- Install built-ins. Using built-in cabinets and shelves will not only provide extra spaces to store things, but it will also make your bedroom look more elegant. Paint the inner compartment with a contrasting hue to make it pop.
- Use a dual purpose bench. Buy a bench for your bedroom that you can open and store things inside.
In order to assist new students in enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year, Edmond Public Schools will be offering a summer enrollment center, where early enrollment for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade will be accepted from June 12 until July 26.
Edmond Public Schools aims to provide excellent educational opportunities to all students studying within the school district, and it was with that goal in mind that it decided to create a more convenient venue for enrolling in school. The summer enrollment center will be located at Memorial High School, 1000 E. 15th St., in Edmond. It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, but will be closed July 4 through July 6.
Prior to enrolling, parents are advised to print off the required forms from the EPS website ahead of time in order to sped up the process once at the center. In addition, parents must bring two verifiable proofs of residency; a legal birth certificate of the student who will be entering prekindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade; immunization records of the student; and a photo identification of the parent. In order for a student to enroll in any Edmond public school, they must have parents, a legal guardian, or a legal custodian who resides within the Edmond Public Schools district.