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Fireplace SafetyWith cooler weather, many people use their fireplaces to heat their homes. Whether you have a wood burning stove, or a gas fireplace, yearly cleaning is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association for fireplaces that are used frequently.

Get Your Chimney Cleaned and Inspected

It's really important to have your fireplace flashing and chimney cleaned and inspected by a chimney sweep that is CSIA Certified and experienced. Chimney caps should be installed and will help to keep your chimney and fireplace clean. The chimney sweep should ensure your fireplace damper functions correctly, that there are no cracks in the flue liner, and that the chimney is waterproof. They will also sweep the flue to remove creosote and debris that could start

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Trees for Troops

Most people wonder what they can do to boost the morale of our troops who can't be home for the holidays. In addition to sending your messages of support, perhaps you might consider sending something a little larger - say a Christmas Tree?

Trees for Troops is a program founded through the Christmas Spirit Foundation, National Christmas Tree Growers' Association and FedEx Corp. that enables thousands of Christmas trees to be sent to troops locally and overseas. Dozens of small businesses, including Allentown's own Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop are selling trees at reduced prices ($35), along with a note offering your own best wishes to one of our soldiers.

Since 2005, 84,000 trees have been sent to over 60 U.S. military bases all over the

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Asbury Park

Destined to be a resort town, Asbury Park was developed in 1871 by James A. Bradley, just for that purpose. Using the beach as his canvas, he added the boardwalk, then the pavilion for musical acts, beachfront public change rooms, and finally the pier.

Soon outside investors began to take notice and the seed was planted for Palace Amusements when Ernest Schnitzler installed the Palace Merry-Go Round. Several hotels were also built, and Asbury Park was known to attract over 600,000 people a year during the summer season.

In the years following World War II, Asbury Park underwent a transformation as several large farms were sold and subdivisions started popping up, encouraging more permanent residents.

Today, Asbury Park is still a popular choice

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