Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

The Profitability of Interior Design

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Getting Tree Service Done on a Tight Budget

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Tips to Getting Prepared For an Online Counseling Session

Usually, when people think of getting any type of counseling/therapy, they have to think about traveling to the therapist’s location, amongst various other factors. The distance between you and the therapist used to be a great factor in determining the overall cost of counseling. However, with the introduction of Internet, the field of counseling has changed forever.

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Choose a Good Online Therapist

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How Bankruptcy Lawyers Help You Save Money

Spending money on a fancy lawyer might not seem like the best financial decision for you to make once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that you probably already are relying on funds that are rather limited, and having to pay the extravagant fees that the vast majority of lawyers that are out there tend to ask of you will leave you with even less money than might have been the case otherwise.

However, one example where hiring a lawyer and spending money on them would actually help you to save money in the long run can be seen with bankruptcy law. Various Plymouth bankruptcy lawyers are going to charge rates that are more or less in line with the prestigious nature of their profession, but the job that they are going to do will have a pretty huge impact on your potential to save money in the future. You are going through a terrible financial situation right now, and declaring for bankruptcy might just be the only thing that you can do to help yourself get out of this situation and get to a point where you can start investing in things once again.

Bankruptcy law is not going to come cheaply, but since the alternative is having all of your personal belongings sold off at an auction it is easy to see why so many people are always going to be willing to spend this money on a regular basis. These lawyers can help make your life a lot easier since they would prevent you from having to pay back debts that you just don’t have the means to end up paying.

The Perks of Dormant Pruning

Almost all the leaves of your trees fall in the winter season, and trees go into dormancy for the while winter season.

Many people think that they don’t have anything to worry about for the while winter season, but this isn’t the case.

If you want to prune you trees and shrubs, winter can be the best time of the year for doing that. Also, tree don’t have the extra weight of leaves on them, allowing you to easily cut and manage the left over branches.

Winter Pruning

When there are no leaves in your way, you’ll be able to see what your cutting. Without leaves, you will be easily able to cut down the unwanted branches. Making specific shapes of your trees becomes easier when there are not leaves on them.

Pruning Can Keep Your Safe

Pruning helps you eradicate all the dead branches on your trees. This way, those branches can be kept from falling on your property can causing any serious damage. Many houses take damage from falling tree branches, and many people get injured due to these branches as well. That’s why you should hire a qualified tree removal expert for dormancy branches trimming, and should get rid of all the loose branches on your trees.

It Can Promote Growth As Well

Pruning a dormant branch can help in promoting growth in that branch. Trees regrow to be healthier than even before pruning. You can also take help from pruning if some branches on your trees are growing too fast. It helps keep those branches under check.

Trees that aren’t pruned regularly grow in every direction, and eventually start looking ugly. That’s why you should hire a tree pruning service at least once every year to get your trees pruned in a proper way. This way, they’ll look beautiful as well.

What to Know About Junk Removal Services

Having a lot of junk gather all around us is not something that is fun. It creates a lot of issues and worse, it makes things even more difficult to deal with and therefore, it is better that you are taking all the precautions in order to take care of things in the best possible ways.

Now, the good news is that you can always talk about junk removal San Jose as they are one of the finest services that you can find and for now, we want to discuss some of the things that you should know about junk removal, as it is important that you are aware of everything.

These Services Are Easy to Hire

The first thing that you must be careful of is that it is important to know that these services are a lot easier to hire because they are not going to come in the way of anything. They are there to do the job and once that is done, they can be out of the way in no time and that is how it is going to be for the most part.

They Don’t Cost a Lot

Moving further, you should know that these services are not going to cost you a lot of money, either. Because you can just hire a service who is good with their job and be done with it. Rest assured, things will just work your way, and you would do just good about it.

I understand that things might be a bit confusing for a lot of people but it would be wiser if you are doing everything and hiring the right company with ease. That is the whole purpose here, in the first place.

Benefits of Hiring a Pressure Washing Company

Pressure washing eliminates all the dirty things from your house, and makes it perfectly clean. This usually results in an increase in your house’s value. So, pressure washing is one of the most cist efficient ways of enhancing the looks and increasing the curb appeal of your home.

Pressure washing is become a popular way of cleaning both residential and commercial buildings, and it can be used to clean surfaces of different types.

If you’re looking to hire a pressure washing company but are still confused, then below mentioned benefits of pressure washing will allow you to clear any doubts that you might have. You can visit thecurbappealpros.com/burlington-ky to hire a competent pressure washing company.

It Makes Your House’s Exterior Shine

If your house’s exterior has become dirty and dull, you might have thought about getting ut properly cleaned to restore the beauty of your house.

For this task, you can hire a pressure washing company to thoroughly clean your house’s exterior. Your House’s exterior might be looking dull because of all the dust, dirt and grime that has stuck to it from its surroundings, and a good pressure washing company can help you get rid of all that in a short time. Pressure washing your house will help restore its beauty and glow.

Pressure washing your house is also a great option if you’re looking to get your house painted. You might not even need to paint your house again when pressure washing restores its looks.

Helps in Low Cost Repairs

Keeping your exterior of your house clean in addition to its interior will help increase its lifespan. These services also help keep the grime and dust away, which reduces the chances of aging and damage in your house. This, in turn, reduces the number of repairs needed to maintain your house in the long run.

Tips to Follow When Getting a Tree Serviced

Getting a single or multiple trees serviced is something that is not going to be difficult at all. The good news is that you can do things on your own if you are aware of what services to hire and what services to avoid.

Thankfully, it is not something that will be difficult to achieve. You can just look at the best tree care and tree removal service and you will do just fine with them. However, there are some important tips that you must follow because otherwise, you might not be able to get the job done the way you want them to be done. For now, we are just going to talk about some important tips to follow when getting a tree serviced. Let’s have a look.

Try And Get Multiple Estimates

Honestly, getting multiple estimates is always a nice thing because that way, you will at least know that you are doing the right thing and there is nothing out of the way, either. I understand that it might be an overwhelming thing but it really is something that gets the job done. You can then choose the one service that you think is right.

Always Get The Best Service

I will always suggest that you are always getting the best service because again, you are looking to get things sorted in the finest possible way. Therefore, if you are looking to be sure that your trees are properly being looked after, you can always rely on good services, and we can assure you that you are not going to run into any problems that you might be running into. Being careful here is always better here.

Feel Better With Nyquil

If your body has detected the presence of some kind of foreign invader like bacteria or a pathogen or perhaps even a virus, what it will do is that it will increase its core temperature to make it difficult for this pathogen to survive once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that higher temperatures are going to help cleanse your system, but it will also give you a fever which is going to make it a lot more difficult to go about your day than might have been the case otherwise.

You need to take some kind of medicine that can bring this fever down, and if you are sick at night the best thing to do would be to take Nyquil. This medicine is perfect for fevers since it will put you right to sleep and prevent you from having to deal with the unpleasantness that comes with suffering from a fever in the first place. If you read livealittlelonger.com you would realize that the medicine also works to break your fever while you are asleep, which means that when you wake up the next morning you are going to feel really refreshed almost to the point where you might feel like you had never even had a fever the previous night.

This medicine is popular for a reason, and you should think about using it if you have a cold or the flu. Fevers can be quite dangerous if they are not managed, since your body might go into overdrive and make the fever a lot higher than it actually needs to be which definitely won’t be something that you can get through with ease.

Choosing Your Divorce Lawyer

When it comes to divorce, there are a million things to deal with. It is impossible for you to handle all these while going through a divorce case. These tasks involve matters of child custody, child access, child support, division of property and many other factors. In order to go through a smooth divorce case, you need an expert to guide you through each step so that you can avoid further complications.

You can find a good Toronto divorce lawyer by doing just a little bit of research. The first step is to do online research about different attorneys who specialize in the field. Then, you can go meet each of them in their offices for better analysis. Every lawyer has their own style and you need to figure out who is more compatible with you.

Since divorce is a tricky and sensitive topic, there is much to consider. You will want your lawyer to be a trustworthy person with whom you can share personal information.

You would also expect them to give your case proper attention. This means that they should give professional advice in order for you to achieve the best results. In a divorce case, the main duty of a lawyer is you guide you so that you can win your side of the fight.

Consultation is one of the main things that you need to engage with your lawyer. For this, you need clear communication from both sides and this is only possible if your lawyer is approachable and friendly.

Divorce is not only about separating from your spouse,  but about changing your life after claiming what is yours and that is property or any other support. A good lawyer will make you feel safe enough to be open about your case for the best results.

Renovating Your Home? Go For The Lime Plaster

The process of renovating our home is a stressful one, and with the many small details that have to be looked over, it can be really easy to forget about some things at some point. However, one detail that you should not skip over is the choice of plaster that you opt for. Most people go for cement, polymer-based and normal plasters, however, we would strongly advise opting for a lime plaster instead. You can, of course, ask your lime plastering Cambridgeshire expert for their take on the subject, but if you are looking for reasons, you can keep on reading below:

  • Lime plaster is known for being a breathable substance, so it allows air and vapor to permeate and pass through it. This means that there is no buildup of vapor or moisture within your building or the material. This ends up protecting your cement, timber, etc.
  • Given how lime plaster allows vapors and moisture to pass through it, it can act as a natural humidity controller since it will not allow the humidity and vapor to build up, which means your interior will feel less humid which is always a blessing.
  • Mold is every homeowner’s nightmare, and lime plaster is the best way to prevent mold without actually having to do much. Lime will prevent moisture from seeping into the walls, something mold needs to grow and thrive in, and lime is a natural disinfectant, even when it is in the form of plaster, so the likelihood of mold growth when you have had lime plastering done is very low.
  • Lime plaster is a flexible material in general, so even when after it dries and the building moves, expands, or shifts a bit, it will not give in and crack the way cement would.

How to Save For Retirement Planning

No one wants to think about working for the rest of their life. There is a pretty good chance that you would want to stop working at some point, and this is because of the fact that you are not put in this planet just to work but rather you would want to experience some of the other amazing things that the world has to offer as well. In order to stop working at some point you need to save so that eventually you would have enough investments here and there that you can retire and live off of the returns that you are getting from said investments.

Saving for retirement is something that everyone should do, and the truth of the situation is that not enough people focus on this sort of thing as much as they ideally should. The key to retirement planning is to set aside a sum of money every single month and only start spending once your saving has been completed. You should always spend after saving rather than saving whatever is left over after a spending spree since you never know the amount that you would be left with and it is very possible that you could very well be left with nothing at all which would be truly terrible.

Saving before spending means that even if you don’t have enough money for luxuries you would at the very least have a certain amount that you will have set aside to live off of once you retire. You can invest these savings in a lot of different areas as well so that they increase in size and allow you to become a truly rich person in the long run.

Questions to Ask When Outsourcing Accounting Services

As a business owner, you might have heard about all the financial benefits that outsourcing accounting can bring for your business, and you might also be looking to outsource. If you succeed in finding great outsourced accountancy services, you might increase your business profits up to 42% according to many experts.

But since the stakes are very high, it isn’t as simple and straightforward as it might seem to be. That’s why you should invest your time in researching and finding a good firm to outsource your accounting related tasks.

Can It Fulfill Your Company’s Needs?

The single most important question that you can ask a outsourcing accounting company is whether they’ll be able to fulfill your needs or not. While many companies are only looking forward to the huge financial savings that outsourcing accounting can bring them, they should also make sure that the company they hire actually meets their expectations.

Usually, finding a good accounting firm is all you need, as they can usually provide you with amazing services as only a fraction of the cost.

How Will They Manage Your Business?

You should ask if the firm will allocate a manager over the accountants which are dealing specifically with your company. If so, does the mentor know anything about the industry your company belongs to? How will they guide everyone on their team working for your business? All these questions should be asked before you hire the company for any task.

What Are The Payment Details?

This is also an important question, as saving money is the main thing why people choose to outsource their accounting related work.

Before hiring, you should ask the company about their payment methods, and how they calculate how much they’ll charge you. Make them sign a contract explaining everything clearly, and in detail.

Drinking Competitions at Highlands Bars

Challenging any highlander to a drinking competition is probably a sign that you have some kind of a death wish. People in the highlands take such things rather seriously, and even if they get to a point where they are barely able to stand they would still not be willing to give in without a shadow of a doubt. You might feel like you have a high tolerance for alcohol, but in spite of the fact that this is the case there is no doubt that a highlander would be able to drink you under the table.

Still, the thought of participating in a drinking game is quite enjoyable so you might be willing to give it a shot. If this is the case you might want to consider visiting https://issuu.com/highlandcommercegroup/docs/top_bars_in_highland.docx to find all of the best bars in the area. Once you find a bar that you are interested in, the next step would be to go in there and find a highlander that you are brave enough to challenge. Try looking for someone that has already had a few to drink. Not only would they be easier to defeat due to the copious amounts of alcohol they have already consumed, they would also never refuse the game since they are at a point where they are incapable of refusing anything.

You need to start the game slowly and let the other person drink themselves out. The key is to drink more than the other player, not to drink faster than them. If you drink too quickly you might make yourself lose the game, so take big but reasonable sips that can help you to keep up with your partner and keep their lead minimal.

Why Going to a Technical Trade School is a Good Idea

People often ask me about a various reasons for going to different schools and the answers don’t really differ a lot, to be honest. If you are looking to start somewhere, a good technical trade school is something that you can start looking into as it will surely give you a great overall experience and you will not have many issues, either.

You could be looking at the best technical trade schools in Colorado, New Mexico and see if they can help you get what you want to get. After all, it is better that you are doing everything you can to get the education or training that you want. For now, we just want to talk more about some of the reasons why going to a technical trade school is a good idea.

You Get to Learn Some Great Skills

The best thing is that it will simply help you learn some great skills, to a point that you will not really have to stress over anything else. If you wish to learn more about trading and trade schools, you could easily go to these schools and have a wonderful overall experience. That is just the gist of it. Just find the right school and it will work really well for you.

Good Career Paths

You can always make career paths from what you learn and it is always better to visit these schools and while we understand that they are not meant for everyone it still is something that you should check because otherwise, you might not have the experience you are looking to get. It is just how it should be and more careful you are, the better it will be.

Facts About Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you’re accused of a criminal offense, you’ll have to respond to the allegations. You might have to appear in the court, deal with the law enforcement and the prosecutors. All this isn’t easy to do at all if you don’t have any prior experience, and don’t hold a law degree.

This is where criminal defense lawyers come in. These are well educated, professional and experienced lawyers you can hire to help you with your criminal case. However, you might not know a lot of things about these lawyers. So, here are some facts about criminal defense lawyers which can help you hire a good lawyer if you need to. Moreover, you can visit https://www.debate.org/MurphyListings/ for more information.

They Don’t Use Their Personal Feelings

Criminal defense is a very serious field of law since the clients offer is at stake. Whenever people are charged with crimes, they need the right legal representation, and criminal defense lawyers always provide the support and representation. No matter how heinous the crime might be, everyone has the right to defend themselves, and everyone deserves a fair trial.

So, what a lawyer personally thinks about a crime doesn’t change his support or feelings for his client charged with that crime.

You Have The Legal Right to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’re facing any criminal charges against you, it is your legal right to hire criminal defense lawyer to help you and represent you in the court. Even if you can’t afford to hire a criminal lawyer, the state will provide you with one.

Lawyers Also Do Research on The Jury

Many criminal defense cases are settled put of court without a trial. However, many cases go to trial as well. When the trial process begins and they jury is formed, your lawyer might start to do research on individual jurors. Your lawyer can then accuse a juror of lying, and can request the court to have them removed from the jury.