July 16, 2016 |
The Wolf administration is distributing free kits for pregnant women to protect against the Zika virus. The kits contain small amounts of federally approved insect repellent for skin, permethrin spray repellent for treating clothing and shoes, standing water tablets for killing mosquito larva, condoms to prevent sexual transmission of Zika, and educational materials in English and Spanish, the state Department of Health said Thursday. They will be available in "limited quantities" to pregnant women from local health departments, community health centers, offices of the Women, Infants, and Children federal nutrition program, and nonprofit organizations that primarily serve low-income or homeless women, the state said in a news release.
June 30, 2016 |
Ikea has recalled 29 million of its dressers in what a top federal safety official called "one of the most comprehensive consumer safety recalls in American history. " It also is likely to be one of the more complex, impacting products sold over a two-decade span and encompassing remedies ranging from refunds to in-home repairs. If you own an Ikea dresser, here's what you should do. Find out if your dresser has been recalled The recall includes more than 100 Ikea product lines, many made up of multiple sizes of dressers.
March 1, 2016
Joe Maiellano, 31, of Hawthorne, and Jack Hubbard, 31, of Alexandria, Va., are co-owners of the Homemade Gin Kit. The six-piece kit, which retails for $50, allows users to craft bathtub gin at home. The business, which was started in 2012, has sold more than 65,000 kits. I spoke to Maiellano, who's also a fund-raiser for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Jack and I were playing around and making gin in my kitchen. I was living in Arlington, Va., at the time, and we thought the gin was really good and began to discuss creating the same experience on a larger scale.
February 25, 2016 |
The dented mess kit of a soldier from Roxborough who fought in a bloody battle in Normandy came home Tuesday, 72 years after it was lost on French soil. About 40 relatives of Hudson Leroy Funk, including great-grandchildren and his 95-year-old brother, hugged and proudly passed the mess kit around a kitchen table in Medford after hearing how a World War II memorabilia collector had found it last fall, using a metal detector. Funk, who lost his legs later, in a battle in Luxembourg in November 1944, had carved his initials - HLF - into the metal container.
January 26, 2016 |
Gaby Rochino knew she wasn't the only Rowan University student struggling to get through a particularly difficult engineering class - "I'd study nine hours a night and I'd still get a C on a quiz" - but she still felt alone. "Imagine sitting in a classroom, and nobody in your classroom looks like you. Rowan itself is very un-diverse, so mostly everyone around me was a Caucasian male," said Rochino, 21, of Cherry Hill. "It's just devastating looking around the room, thinking, 'Maybe I'm not cut out for this, maybe I'm not made for this, maybe girls can't do engineering,' " she said.
November 13, 2015
Cake in a box, updated and excellent Remember Caviar Assouline? The founder of that now-closed specialty food retailer, Joel Assouline, did his best to keep his daughter away from the food biz. But it may be a good thing Agathe Assouline-Lichten didn't listen. Her New York company, Red Velvet, has joined the rising online "meal-kit" sector pioneered by titans like Blue Apron, but with a special focus on desserts. And based on this excellent pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pepitas, she's onto something.
November 12, 2015 |
According to Kit & Ace founders Shannon and J.J. Wilson, I'm the poster woman for the full-contact lifestyle. I'm up about 6:30ish for a run or to take a class at Focus Barre. Then it's off to work for eight to 10 hours. Evenings are filled with work-related soirees that involve cocktails and photo shoots in front of step-and-repeats more likely to make their way to social media before I make my way home, which sometimes is after 9 p.m. So I need clothes that both complement my curves and feel like pajamas.
November 7, 2015 |
Miss You Already is Beaches for the 21st century, although this Drew Barrymore-Toni Collette tearjerker is far less likely to become a touchstone of chick flickdom, and there is no "Wind Beneath My Wings" to soar up the charts. R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," which Miss You Already's stars wail together in a giddy burst of '90s nostalgia, will have to do. Barrymore's Jess, an American who grew up in London, and Collette's Milly have been best friends since school days, bonding over boys and music and Wuthering Heights.
June 18, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Making wise decisions about what to do with your money can be tough. Insurance policies, mortgages and investment plans come with so much terminology and fine print. The phone calls, emails and mail offers for products and services are endless, and some are downright dishonest. It seems as if there's a scammer - or an opportunity to make the wrong financial decision - around every corner. To help your readers sort out the offers for products and financial services that come their way, USA.gov, the federal government's official website, has created a free Financial Self-Defense Kit. It contains a dozen publications that explain how to make solid investment, shopping and credit decisions.
June 18, 2015 |
It's a pregnancy test that is biodegradable and can be flushed down the toilet. Bethany Edwards, CEO and co-founder of LIA Diagnostics, hopes her credit-card-sized device will become a force in the vast pregnancy home test market and be ready for sale online by the end of 2016. "Pregnancy test kits are one-time use and made of plastic so they aren't environmentally friendly," said Edwards, 30. "There's also no privacy in the current test kits as they can easily be discovered in the trash.