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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Picnicking This Weekend? 7 Safety Tips

August 23, 2016 12:33 am


Summertime and picnics go hand-in-hand. Planning to bring a meal along on your next outdoor excursion? Keep in mind these safety tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

Keep Hot Foods Warm – Pack hot foods in insulated containers to protect against the formation of bacteria. Discard any leftovers that remain outside for longer than two hours.

Keep Salads Cold – Keep salads cold as long as possible. Discard salad leftovers that remain outside for longer than two hours, especially those that contain mayonnaise. (Consider, too, preparing salads that do not call for mayo at all.)

Pack a Food Thermometer – Grilling? Tote a thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperatures—burgers, at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and chicken breasts, 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Never partially grill meat or poultry beforehand.

Pre-Wash Produce – Wash raw fruits and veggies in cool tap water before packing them. (This includes melon, which may harbor contaminants on the rind.)

Take Care with Take-Out – Buy take-out meals ahead of time and refrigerate them before packing them.

Transport Food Safely – Pack perishables at the bottom of a cooler containing ice or frozen gel packs—and pack cold drinks in a separate cooler to lessen the amount of times the perishables cooler is opened.

Wash Hands Often – Pack a supply of moist towelettes.  Clean hands before and after handling food.
 

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Boomers Sound Off on House Preferences

August 23, 2016 12:33 am


Baby boomers are one of the most significant home-buying segments in the market today, shifting households to accommodate needs more so than any other generation—and according to recently released research, they have specific preferences when it comes to purchasing a new home.

Their wish list, per a report revealing focus group insights by Hanley Wood and builder Taylor Morrison, includes:

• Common Space
• Clubhouse
• Energy Efficiency
• High Ceilings
• Natural Light
• Native Plants
• Open Floor Plan
• Pool
• Proximity to Dining/Entertainment/Shopping/Medical Services
• Quality Construction
• Safety
• Sheltered Areas
• Smart Home Technology
• Storage Space
• Walking Trails

“Information gleaned from the focus group helps set the stage on what the 55-plus homebuyer desires in a new home and how the industry should be building its homes,” said John McManus, Hanley Wood Residential Group editorial director, in a statement. “These influential buyers want a fresh start in a vital, connected, accessible new-home environment. And, as millions of baby boomers across the country begin the next phase of their lives, buying the right home is top-of-mind for them.”

The results of the focus group will inform the development of the NEXTAdventure Home, a model home slated to be introduced at the International Builders Show next year.

Are you a baby boomer considering a housing change? Contact a real estate professional for more information.

Source: Hanley Wood
 

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