Dear Friends,

As I sat down to write this, I glanced at the weekly weather forecast for our area, and while of course it is subject to inaccuracy this far out, it looks like Tuesday or Wednesday we might be subjected to our first winter storm. So, even if if the prognosticators are wrong, let's talk about SNOW!!

Every year I like to remind everyone to think ahead about what their plans are for snow removal. Even this year, when you might be stuck at home for days straight, it's important to have your driveway and walkway plowed/shoveled, in case you do have to get out (or someone has to get in). And remember that if you have a public sidewalk in front of your property, you are legally required to have that cleared within 24 hours of a snowstorm.

If you use a landscaper during the year please reach out to them NOW and ask if them if they provide snow removal services. Explore whether or not they carry residential snow removal insurance, if that's important to you.

In recent years we have reached out to local landscapers to inquire if they carry that insurance and whether they would be amenable to servicing South Brunswick's Senior Center Community with a discounted rate. So far we only have one company and if you would like the contact info please call the office: 732.329.4000 x 7670

I am uncomfortable putting everybody's eggs in one basket, so if you are aware of a local company that we might be able to add to the list, please contact me.
Following are some nifty product ideas to keep you safe and warm during the winter months (please note that the brands I have linked to are just one example of many that are on the market -- you need to research to determine which will work best for you):

Snow Grips slip on over your shoes to gve you better traction in slippery weathery available.

File of Life: Print this, fill it out and use a magnet to place it on your refrigerator. EMT's and First Responders are trained to look for products like this and in an emergency this can be a lifesaver,

Heated Seat Cushion for your car: Even if your car didn't come with factory installed heated seats, there's no reason why you can't have a nice toasty tush if you want one!

Portable Cell Phone Charge: Cell phone batteries may last a day with moderate usage -- and far less if you have a lot of calls, emails and texts to take care of. In a long-term power outage, a portable charger can be a lifeline.

Portable Bright White Light: Some believe that the daily 'sunshine boost' that light therapy provides is key to boosting energy, improving mood and regulating sleep.

Reminder: If you start your car and go back into the house while waiting for it to warm up, PLEASE lock it with a second set of keys.

Do you have any other wintertime tips to share? Please send them to me and I'll be happy to pass them along!

Have a great week!
732.329.4000 x 7682
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