Archive for December, 2012
In celebration of its 85th year of operation, the Junior League of Oklahoma City Inc. will be offering a grant to two of its community partners in Oklahoma City. It will be a part of its annual program to provide grants and projects, and this year, the grants will be offered to the YWCA and the Myriad Gardens Foundation.
Established in 1927, the Junior League of Oklahoma City Inc. aims to provide training and support for women who are committed to leadership and volunteerism. This group of women desires to enhance the potential of women through various improvement projects and encourage more volunteers. Any woman volunteer is welcome without discrimination based on race or religion.
JLOC is awarding YWCA a grant to improve resources in its Business Technology Center and Hand in Hand Learning Center. YWCA is a nonprofit organization that provides support programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Through the $51,000 grant, YWCA will be able to add more computers, books, furniture, and updated technology to their center.
The Myriad Gardens Foundation will also be receiving a grant from JLOC to help expand their resources for their programs. A two-year grant of $34,000 will be given to the “Bringing Books to Life” program of The Myriad Gardens Foundation. New books and interactive programs will soon be available through the grant, and children can enjoy their own book nooks to read their favorite books.
Since pre-holiday shopping encourages major spending among consumers, it is no surprise that the City of Edmond will be collecting more sales tax revenue. Edmond officials recently announced an increase in sales tax revenue by 3.25 percent, and although it’s not entirely credited to pre-holiday shopping, it exceeded expectations with significant growth compared to last year.
An 8.25 percent sales tax is paid by shoppers on each of their purchases with 4.5 percent going to the state and 3.75 percent to the city. There was a $4,439,437 increase in the city’s tax collection in December as compared to last year. That is about a 19.97 percent increase since July, which amounts to $26,669,492.
Of that amount, 2 percent will go to the general fund for operations, amounting to a total of $2,736,018, which is an increase of $652,442, or 31.31 percent, as compared to last year. In addition, $4,102,999 has been collected from the new half-cent sales tax, which is going toward the public safety center.
There are a lot of advantages to easting at home instead of going out to eat. Cooking meals at home generally allows you to provide more nutrition to your family because you know what you are putting into your food and body. In addition, cooking meals frequently can save you a lot of money because you can feed your family for half of what you would pay in a restaurant.
If you plan to stay in and cook a lot of meals for your family this winter, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. Cooking in the winter can pose a challenge because ventilation is limited, as are resources like outdoor grills. That said, below are some effective ways to cook safely at home during the winter season:
- Avoid using gas grills or charcoal grills inside the house. These types of cooking devices are meant to be used outside, not only due to the fact that they have open flames, but also because the fumes given off from grills can be harmful to your health.
- Be careful about plugging in appliances. If you need to use an electrical appliance, make sure that your circuit is not overloaded, so you avoid sparks and possible electrocution.
- Install a smoke detector. You may be cooking delicious meals during the holidays when you guests. But, once they arrive, you can become distracted and forget to turn off the oven or stove, which could lead to fire. If that were to happen, a smoke detector would alert you, so you could contain and extinguish the fire.
- Avoid using your gas oven or range for added heat inside your house. Aside from the fact that it’s a costly way to generate heat, it is also unsafe, especially if left unattended.
- Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking your food. The best precaution is to stay in the kitchen, so unwanted disasters like pets or kids knocking hot pans of the stove can be avoided.
- Do not store your gasoline inside your house because you want to avoid inhaling the fumes or risk carbon monoxide poisoning.