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Does Your Car Attract Thieves?

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Hedda's Hints

Home Matters: Lightning Safety

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Insurance Discount Strategies

Quiet Vehicles and Pedestrian Safety

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Insurance Discount Strategies

Strawberries Named Dirtiest Produce

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

Strawberries Named Dirtiest Produce for 3rd Year in a Row by EWG

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report that details which fruits and veggies are the least—and most—contaminated by pesticides. The guide is designed to help you make healthy and informed choices and reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides.

For the third year in a row, strawberries top the “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticide-tainted produce, with one-third of all conventional strawberry samples containing 10 or more pesticides. One sample even contained 22 pesticide residues.

The other fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list are:

SpinachNectarines
ApplesGrapes
PeachesCherries
PearsTomatoes
CeleryPotatoes
Sweet bell peppers

While pesticides boost crop yields, multiple studies have linked pesticides in produce to conditions like asthma, cancer, fertility issues and brain conditions. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station recommends rinsing produce under water for 30 seconds to get rid of pesticide residues. For more information, visit EWG’s website.

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June 2018 Festivals and Events

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we go!

Low Cost Summer Fun

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

Bike Parade

Post signs around the neighborhood encouraging kids to decorate their rides with streamers, stickers, flags, and more—then let them cruise while all the parents applaud.

How to Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike


Thank Local Heroes

Take a tour of your police or fire station. Since most locations don’t have set visiting hours, call ahead to arrange an appointment.

Win Baby Gear!


Start Fishing

Click on Little Lunkers at takemefishing.org, where your young angler can learn the basics of the sport and find places to cast off in your area.

5 Adult Summer Camps

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

Anyone who went to summer camp as a kid is bound to feel nostalgic for those carefree days of hiking, making crafts and bonding with new friends. The good news is that adult summer camps have become a thing in recent years, offering classic camp activities with a few grown-up twists.

From coast to coast, here are five camps that let you relive those childhood summer nights, with the option to do yoga, mix cocktails and more.

#1 Camp No Counselors, more than 15 locations nationwide

Camp No Counselors takes childhood activities to the extreme in over 15 locations including New York, California, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Illinois: Campers might play a human version of “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” or brave a mega-sized slip-n-slide with beer at the end. Themed late-night costume parties come with an open bar, naturally. 
$525 to $699 for four days
Camp runs May through October, 2017 in various locations

#2. Soul Camp, New York and California

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This wellness-focused camp is all about coming together and embracing your inner kid through activities like meditation, dance, making dreamcatchers and talks by wellness experts. Talent shows and late-night discos make the bonding last all night.
$1,299 for five days
Soul Camp New York: Aug. 23-27, 2017
Soul Camp California: Oct. 24-28, 2017

#3 Camp Bonfire, Pennsylvania

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Not far from either New York City and Philadelphia, this camp in the Poconos Mountains lets you mix and match your schedule of classic activities like shelter building, canoeing and capture the flag. Niche offerings include terrarium building and taekwondo, and there’s plenty of time for beer by the fire.
$399 to $500 for three days
Session 1: June 16-18, 2017
Session 2: Sept. 8-10, 2017

#4 Camp Grounded, California

Phones, laptops and digital gadgets are forbidden at this camp in California’s redwood forests. For activities, campers choose from 25 “playshops,” ranging from the basics (hiking, archery and a ropes course, for example) to the unexpected (Lego building, laughter yoga and Thai massage class).
$695 for four days
Session I: May 19-22, 2017
Session II (sold out): May 26-29, 2017

#5 Club Getaway, Connecticut

Water sports take center stage on these 300 lakefront acres in the Berkshires, which also boast tennis courts, zip lines and a trapeze. Weekends are themed — there’s a “young professionals” weekend, a “sports, fun and adventure” camp and a Labor Day bash — and new friendships are encouraged with dinner parties and live music.
From $425 for three days
Multiple dates from May through October, 2017