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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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A Step-by-Step Moving Checklist

March 4, 2016 12:09 am

Made the decision to move? Congratulations! You’re one step closer to living in the home of your dreams. Make your move go as smoothly as possible by following this checklist, mapped out in timeline format by the experts at Roadway Moving.

60 Days Before You Move…

• Start strategically planning your move, step-by-step, to alleviate the stress of last-minute packing and planning.

• Think about holding a garage sale before your move to help reduce the amount of stuff you bring into your new home.

30 Days Before You Move…

• Check-in with your mover regarding details for move-in day.

• Confirm with your moving company that they will be able to connect or disconnect cable, Internet, electric and any additional services you're using.

• Begin packing and develop an unpacking plan for move-in day.

2 Weeks Before You Move…

• Clear out any rooms in your house that haven't been emptied yet.

• Collect all of your most valuable belongings, such as jewelry, and keep them separate from the rest of your packed items.

On Move-In Day…

• Compile a list of items you’ll need for your first night in your new home, such as bottled water, snacks, towels and toilet paper.

• Take inventory of all boxes that were picked up and delivered to your new home, making sure everything is there before the movers leave.

Source: Roadway Moving

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Can't Sleep? It May Be Your Neighborhood Street Lights

March 4, 2016 12:09 am

Is your neighborhood well-lit? It may be a well-intentioned safety measure, but it could also be contributing to a restless night’s sleep, according to a recently released study.

“Our world has become a 24/7 society. We use outdoor lighting, such a street lights, to be more active at night and to increase our safety and security,” says Stanford University’s Dr. Maurice Ohayon, author of the study. “The concern is that we have reduced our exposure to darkness and it could be affecting our sleep.”

Using nighttime data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Ohayon and a team of researchers assessed how much outdoor light some 15,000 test subjects were exposed to at night. People living in urban areas with populations of 500,000 or more were exposed to nighttime light that was three to six times more intense than those living in smaller towns or rural areas.

In the study, sleep disturbances were found to be associated with nighttime light exposure. People living in more intense light areas were 6 percent more likely to sleep less than six hours each night than people in less intense light areas. People living in more intense light areas were also more likely to be dissatisfied with their sleep quantity or quality than people less intense light areas. People with high light exposure slept less per night than those with low light exposure, according to the study, averaging 402 minutes, or 6.7 hours, per night.

“Light pollution can be found in any sizable city in the world,” says Ohayon. “Yet, excessive exposure to light at night may affect how we function during the day and increase the risks of excessive sleepiness. If this association is confirmed by other studies, people may want to consider room darkening shades, sleep masks or other options to reduce their exposure.”

Source: American Academy of Neurology

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