May 21, 2010 |
In the end, it was probably Dinky. In the parlor. With dander. The clues all pointed to him, but South Jersey medical examiner Gerald Feigin wanted to rule out other suspects first. Now, Feigin has deduced that his own mutt, Dinky Little Dog, has been slowly "killing me. " The Chihuahua-terrier mix looks innocent as he snoozes by the sofa, but Dinky's black-and-white fur has been harboring tiny doses of allergens from sloughed-off skin cells. Feigin began sleeping in a backyard tent in June to escape a mysterious illness he blamed on invisible mold mycotoxins inside his tony home in Washington Township.
May 21, 2010 |
When it comes to the housing market for foreclosures - buyer beware. "One mistake that we see all the time is buyers going in and assuming all the mechanicals are working," said Brandon T. Johnson, president of GTJ Consulting in Roseville, Mich. "You have to be careful you don't get burned that way. " Johnson's company maintains foreclosed homes for a number of lenders, Realtors and Freddie Mac. He said the term "as is" shouldn't scare buyers off as long as they know what it means.
May 16, 2010
A Novel By Jane Smiley Alfred A. Knopf. 324 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Sandra Scofield Small-town Missouri at the turn of the 20th century was not a good place for a woman to face life as an old maid. When a local son, now a little famous, comes home, and his mother is weary of giving him the care and adulation he needs, well, wouldn't a match be in the making? As easily as that, Margaret Mayfield, age 27 and pliant, is handed off to Capt. Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early, age 38. Margaret, who actually likes her modest life - she is an avid reader, she has married sisters, friends - is wary of Capt.
March 5, 2010 |
A reader purchased a window from Pella in 2000 for a bedroom she and her husband were preparing for their baby. It was a triple casement window from Pella's Proline series. In March 2009, she noticed mold growing in the lower corner of the center stationary casement. She immediately contacted Pella, but it took until June to get a technician scheduled to come out. They also charged her $120 for the visit. She heard nothing. After several calls, she finally got someone at Pella to let me know what the situation was. The person put in an order for a free replacement for the center portion of the window.
March 2, 2010
ANTOINETTE JOHNSON and Tyler Westnedge could be the poster kids for the city's efforts to hold onto its college graduates. Raised in the suburbs but educated at Temple University, they decided to set down roots in the town where they went to college. Two years ago they bought a house in the 1900 block of Manton street, a short walk from Johnson's graphic-design business. They settled into the neat, three-story rowhouse, met the neighbors on their integrated South Philly block, and became part of the urban landscape.
February 22, 2010 |
Dozens of South Jersey homeowners, claiming inferior workmanship may have triggered mold growth and created a health risk, have sued the Quaker Group, a residential and commercial developer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The homeowners, who live in upscale developments in Cherry Hill, Marlton, and Voorhees, all have the same complaint: The company failed to caulk around windows and doors and neglected to install flashing, sheet metal strips that seal the edges. Water seeped into their homes and pooled between their walls, where mold can thrive, according to two complaints filed at different times in Camden County.
February 5, 2010 |
Question: I would like to repaint my kitchen, but have a question. The walls have some mold on them despite the use of a dehumidifier in the basement. Is there an additive or special paint I can use to prevent mold and fungus buildup with the new paint? Answer: From what the experts - residential painters and remodeling contractors - say, you'll have to first determine the cause of the moisture that provides the medium for mold to grow. Although most paint manufacturers are producing products with mold-growth inhibitors - Zinsser, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore, to name three - and designed for high-moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, just covering over the problem isn't enough.
January 25, 2010 |
After a honeymoon in Mexico, Danielle and David Beety returned to their dream home, a $407,000 yellow stucco on a cul-de-sac in Gloucester County. Their future seemed golden. "We were on cloud nine," said Danielle Beety, a first-grade teacher who also coached high school field hockey. "Everything was going completely great," added David Beety, a mortgage loan originator. That lasted two weeks. Suddenly, Danielle Beety was stricken with severe throat pain and developed flulike symptoms.
January 8, 2010 |
IRVING, Texas - There were going to be changes. Book it. All the Cowboys had to do to make the playoffs was beat the Eagles on the final day of the regular season a year ago. They didn't. Not only did they lose, they lost 44-6, a dead-skunk-in-the-middle-of-the-road defeat that shook America's Team to its core. Here's how owner and general manager Jerry Jones remembers the conversation with head coach Wade Phillips in the dazed aftermath. "His quote when we met after we played in Philadelphia last year was, 'I've made up my mind that the best favor I could do this head coach is to get me the best [defensive]