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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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3 Ultra Modern Fixtures for a Futuristic Bathroom

December 28, 2015 12:12 am

(BPT)—As a homeowner, one of the most worthwhile investments you can make is to upgrade your home’s bathroom. Bathroom renovations enhance not only real estate value but also your overall enjoyment of the space, and appointments these days are light years ahead of the materials used in other types of remodels.
If you’re considering an upgrade, go for one (or all!) of these ultra modern, futuristic fixtures:

• Space-Age Showers – From showers with dual spray and steam functionality to smart showers that “customize the clean,” a variety of high-tech, luxury upgrades are transforming the simple shower into a spa-like experience. Smart showers, which can be programmed based on temperature and pressure, can also be controlled remotely, allowing you the ability to start the water flow and set the temperature before stepping in. Shower technology has also expanded to include waterproof sound systems that stream your favorite music through a shower head speaker.

• Mind-Blowing Mirrors – If you're a bathroom multitasker, intelligent mirrors keep step with the busy pace of your lifestyle. Low-end varieties, such as an anti-fog mirror, use heat or special coatings to ensure the surface remains free of condensation even after showering. On the higher end are digital mirrors that incorporate a touchscreen display, WiFi, TV and Internet functionality.

• Far-Out Faucets – Touch-free faucets have been around for some time, but modern digital electronic faucets do far more than turn on sans touch. Electronic faucets use infrared technology to turn off when a user's hand moves away, and allow users to program the temperature of the water and the duration of the flow. Some faucets even feature software embedded in touchscreen technology that helps monitor your water usage! 

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8 Tips for Charitable Holiday Giving

December 25, 2015 2:12 am

It’s an unfortunate reality – the potential for giving scams becomes greater during the holiday season. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, donors should take care when giving to organizations this time of year. If you’re considering making a donation, remember to:

Give Thoughtfully – Take the time to check out the charity to avoid donating to a questionable or poorly managed effort. The first request for a donation may not be the best choice. Be proactive and find trusted charities.

Check Registration – About 40 of the 50 United States require charities to register with a state government agency (usually a division of the State Attorney General’s office) before they solicit for charitable gifts. If the charity is not registered, that may be a significant red flag.

Verify Where Donations Go – How will your donation help? Watch out for vague appeals that don’t identify the intended use of funds. In addition, unless told otherwise, donors will assume that funds collected quickly will be spent just as quickly. See if the appeal identifies when the collected funds will be used.

Look for Transparency – After funds are raised, it’s important for organizations to provide an accounting of how funds were spent. Transparent organizations will post this information on their websites so that anyone can find out and not have to wait until the audited financial statements are available.

Exercise Caution with Assistance Funds – Some families may decide to set up their own assistance funds. Be mindful that such funds may not be set up as charities. Make sure that collected monies are received and administered by a third party such as a bank, CPA or lawyer. This will help provide oversight and ensure the collected funds are used appropriately.

Avoid Unfamiliar Links – Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in texts or emails. These may take you to a lookalike website where you will be asked to provide personal financial information or to click on something that downloads harmful malware. Don’t assume that charity recommendations on Facebook, blogs or other social media have already been vetted.

Opt for Established Organizations – This is a personal giving choice, but an established charity will more likely have the experience to address the circumstances and have a track record that can be evaluated. A newly formed organization may mean well, but may not be well managed.

Review Tax Deductibility – Not all organizations are tax exempt as charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can support these entities if desired. Contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual or family are not deductible as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

Source: BBB.org

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