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Storm Damage Repair Warning

As residents scramble to clean up the unprecedented damage from last week's crippling storm that spawned multiple tornados and microbursts, Robert Weitz, Licensed Environmental Assessor and founder of RTK Environmental Group warns homeowners that it is dangerous to repair and rebuild too quickly. "Hasty repairs after Superstorm Sandy created health hazards and subsequently required costly re-dos," he cautioned. "During Sandy, many homes and businesses were damaged by falling trees, massive flooding, and extended power outages. This led to panic. People started ripping out wet and damaged materials, causing even more damage than anyone could have imagined. In doing so, they actually created m

The Big Apple Has a Big Heart

When Margaret Prisinzano learned her students wanted to look great at their prom but lacked the financial resources to do so, the veteran educator sprung into action, in what can only be described as a modern-day fairytale. Prisinzano’s students at a special Bronx Urban Community School program run by Rising Ground, New York's fastest-growing social service organization, are among the city’s most in need—living in homeless shelters or in deep poverty. Their families can’t afford the basics, let alone formal attire. So Prisinzano, a social worker who serves as the school’s director, turned to Facebook to ask for help… and the donations of formal attire came pouring in! Last year, 400 pieces o

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