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Flu Shots Offered to OKC Seniors

Flu Shots Offered to OKC Seniors
There are many instances in which the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those who fail to strengthen their body’s immune system are usually more prone to flu-related ailments. This is especially true for seniors who already deal with other illnesses and body complications.

Now that we are entering the cold months, flu cases are on the rise, and one way of fighting it off is to get a flu vaccine shot. In Oklahoma City, health officials are encouraging all seniors citizens to get a flu shot, which are available at health departments, pharmacies, and even retail stores.

Three kinds of vaccines are available to seniors: the trivalent flu vaccine, quadrivalent flu vaccine, and high-dose vaccine. The trivalent flu vaccine is protects against three of the most common strains of the flu virus, while the quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four. Seniors ages 65 and up are recommended to have the higher-dose flu shot.

Seniors who have healthcare plans and Medicare can have their flu shots covered by insurance.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

The storm that hit Oklahoma last week caused millions of dollars in damage to residential properties and commercial buildings.  Sadly, in addition to that, several people lost their lives.  That is why state officials are looking for ways to enhance safety within the state, especially in schools and residential areas. Officials are forming discussion groups and task forces to tackle ways in which to better prepare for future natural disasters and save lives.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling for state discussions concerning the safety of schools. Gov. Fallin stressed the need for safe rooms that will better protect students and teachers during possible storms. In addition, schools need to implement practice drills in order to better educate the students and administrators on what they should do in case of storms or other dangerous incidents.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is also forming a task force to address the issue of safety in the city. The task force will discuss the recent storms and lessons learned as ways to determine what to do in future. The city task force will consist of state leaders and members of the business community. They will discuss the need for storm shelters, safe rooms, and other precautionary measures that can help save lives in future natural disasters.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Working with a Landscape Professional

Working with a Landscape Professional

When you want to increase the curb appeal of your home, one of the many things you take into consideration is landscaping. Having beautiful landscaping in your yard will enhance the look of our property and make our home appear more elegant. Lovely flowers in bloom, green grass,  stunning water features, and well-crafted stone pathways all serve as eye-candy for homeowners and potential buyers.

If you want to add a scenic touch to your yard, a landscape professional can help. Landscape professionals are experts in beautifying your yard and garden, so you can simply relax and enjoy them.  To make your landscaping project a success, it is important that you work well with your landscape professional. You will be spending a lot of money, so it’s important to communicate well the first time around because mistakes and changes can be costly.

So, how do you work well with your landscape professional?

  • Set a budget. Before you begin any home project, always set your budget first to evaluate whether or not you really can afford hiring a professional to work for you for a period of time. Consider the costs of hiring a professional, including labor and overhead.
  • Decide what you want and use it as a basis for hiring the right kind of landscape professional. There are different kinds of professionals that can work on your landscape, so you want to be sure you’re working with someone who will address your needs. A landscape architect will focus more on the overall structure of your landscaping, while a designer will concentrate on its aesthetic appearance. If you only need help in growing more plants, try working with a horticulturist.
  • Sign a contract prior to the start of the project. A written contract will provide support and security for both you and your hired professional. Make sure that everything you want and everything your landscape professional needs are described in the contract.
  • Supply the resources that your landscape professional will need. This includes access to a source of water, electric outlets, and added space for their materials and equipment. If you give your landscape professional what he or she wants, then your project will be done in no time.
  • Set the ground rules up front. You may be working with people you don’t know, so it is important to establish guidelines before you work with them. If you don’t want somebody to smoke on the job, you need to express that from the beginning.
  • Learn everything about maintenance before the project ends. Ask your landscape professional to teach you how to properly maintain your landscaping, so it can last for a long time.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Edmond City Council Deliberates on New Bicycle Master Plan for City

 

Residents who frequently bicycle around the city will now have a safer and more comfortable way to do it, thanks to bicycle lanes that will be placed throughout the city as a part of the proposed bicycle Master Plan for Edmond.

A citywide bicycle network has been proposed and is currently being deliberated on by the Edmond City Council. The bicycle plan will be included in the city’s transportation plan and Plan IV zoning ordinance and will cover about 146.2 miles of lanes around the city.

According to the Master Plan, there will be low cost improvements required for the implementation of the new ordinance, which would cover the cost of signage and pavement markings along and within exiting roadways. There will also be a network of bicycle facilities that will include educating all roadway users and encouraging them to try bicycling. Other accommodations included are shared lane markings, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders, and side paths.

The Master Plan will be reconfiguring the four-lane and not-so-busy street into two lanes for traffic, a turn lane, and two bicycle lanes, one on each side of the roadway.  In order to introduce the new plan, there will be a pilot program for bicycle lanes on University Boulevard along the west side of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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New Bridge on Bryant Avenue, Edmond Set for Construction Next Week

More traffic can be expected starting next week along Bryant Avenue in Edmond when construction for a new bridge box set begins. Only one lane of the road will be open in each direction, and city officials  are asking residents to change their routes if possible in order to avoid congesting the area.

The Bryant Bridge is part of the 1996 sales tax money projects that voters approved for capital improvements.  A budget of $1.48 million has been allotted for the entire project.

One of the reasons for constructing the Bryant Bridge is due to the frequent flooding within the area due to poor drainage systems.

The construction of the new bridge is set to start on September 17 north of 15th Street. The project is expected to take six months to complete.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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The Essentials for an Ideal Nursery

Planning for your baby’s room is an exciting thing.  In order to prepare for you little one, you need to be sure everything that you will need will be within easy reach.  You also want to be sure your baby is comfortable and safe.

So, below are the essentials you need to include in your baby’s room:

  • Crib

When choosing a baby crib, finding a durable material is essential to ensuring the safety of your baby.  Also be sure to choose a crib that is large enough to accommodate the baby as it continues to grow.  If you are having twins, you will either need an extra large crib or two separate cribs for each baby.

  • Changing Table

Choose a changing table that is multi-functional and matches your crib and nursery theme. Be sure it is the right height for you to be able to work easily when changing your baby. Add a soft pad on top, so the baby is comfortable while you change it, and also be sure it has several shelves below to hold diapers, linens, and clothes.

  • Rocking Chair

When it’s time to put the baby to sleep, a rocking chair is very helpful. It will provide a comfortable place for you to rock the baby to sleep, and it is also perfect for late night feedings.

  • Storage Solutions

You need lots of extra storage space for your baby’s toys, clothes, books, and essentials like diapers.  Baskets and bins will help you keep everything clean and organized if you label them based on what they contain.  You can even opt for colorful baskets to match the decor of the nursery.

  • Baby Monitor

Baby monitors give parents peace of mind by allowing them to keep track of how their baby is doing, even if they are in another room.  This is particularly helpful when you are sleeping at night or trying to get other things done while your baby is sleeping.

  • Light

Keep your nursery bright when the baby is awake and dark when it is sleeping. A lamp with a dimmer switch is the perfect way to control the lighting at night, and you can choose a style and color that fits the nursery’s decor.  Small night lights are also helpful.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

 

 

 

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Oklahoma City Launches Public Open House for PlanOKC

To showcase the latest developments on a plan for the city, the Oklahoma City Department of Planning will be hosting an open house for the public on Tuesday, July 31. A comprehensive plan for the city called planOKC will be presented during the meeting.

PlanOKC is the latest development plan for the city that has a long-term goal of providing a healthy and sustainable city for all residents. PlanOKC began in 2008 and has seen continued progress through the creation and improvement of polices and facilities spanning the 621-square-mile city.  The plan focuses on providing better transportation options, retail and entertainment opportunities, culture, education, and safety. City planners are hoping to have the plan finalized and adopted by 2013.

The open house for planOKC will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Council Chamber of City Hall, 200 N. Walker. There will be a 30-minute meet-and-greet followed by a short presentation of the plan and its goals.  After the presentation, attendees can meet with the city’s planners to talk more about the plan and ask questions.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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