http://bestneighborsever.com Thu, 18 May 2017 21:53:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Memorial Day Safety Tips http://bestneighborsever.com/5-memorial-day-safety-tips/ Tue, 16 May 2017 22:29:25 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4560 The post 5 Memorial Day Safety Tips appeared first on .

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It’s time for a nice and relaxing three day weekend, as Memorial Day is almost here! As joyous as holidays can be, they also can lead to dangerous situations if the right precautions aren’t taken. Whether you’re vacationing, grilling out, or meeting your buddies for a night on the town, we want you to prioritize safety always! Please keep the following safety tips in mind when you are out enjoying the weekend.

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Safety First This Memorial Day

  • Grilling some delicious burgers and chicken wings? Let’s not spoil an eventful evening with food poisoning. Did you know that U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that beef is cooked to 160 degrees and poultry to 145 degrees. Even though the meat looks tasty and done, it may not be cooked properly all the way through. Investing in a food thermometer is always a wise idea while grilling outdoors. Remember that you are responsible for the health of those you cook for! Bon appetit!

 

  • You’ve been waiting all week to try on that new bathing suit, spend a day out on the lake, and just chill out. The last thing on your mind is dousing yourself in sunscreen right? Whether you burn easily or not, sunscreen is an essential for anyone spending a considerable amount of time in the sun. Experts recommend that you use SPF 15 or above, while reapplying sunscreen every two hours. Just because you doused yourself in SPF 80 at 9 a.m. doesn’t ensure safety for an entire day. We recommend setting alerts on your phone to remind yourself to reapply while you’re out and about. We don’t want to see you in your ER with severe burns this weekend!

 

  • Traveling to new places is a ton of fun! However, we find that many people solely rely on their GPS to do all of the work. This will get you from A to B, but are you really familiar with the new city you’re traveling to? An hour of research at lunch could be extremely helpful to understanding the do’s and don’ts along your trek. Every city has places to go and places to avoid. We’d also recommend bringing a traveling first aid kit. From tiny bumps or bruises to minor allergic reactions, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We don’t expect you to be like the Griswalds on vacation, but the unexpected should be expected!

 

  • Thieves love vacation weekends and they can figure your whereabouts on social media. Does your Facebook have privacy settings that filter out strangers from seeing your posts? If you alert them that you’re away for three days on your timeline this gives potential criminals an opportunity to rob your home. We recommend not posting your entire vacation itinerary on social media, or beefing up privacy settings across the board.

 

  • Hydration is key! In the warmer months we get a lot of patients who have suffered from dehydration during outdoor activities. If you know you’re going to be outside for several hours and possibly drinking alcohol, we recommend drinking plenty of water the night before. The best way to avoid dehydration will be to drink a solid 16 ounce bottle of water before bed and another before you leave for your outdoor activity. However, in a perfect world you’d be drinking water throughout the day for optimal safety!

Regardless of your top safety precautions we know that unexpected health situations can occur. That’s why we’re here for your 24/7/365. Visit https://nec24.com/ to find a Neighbors Emergency Center near you!

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Most Common Summer ER Visits http://bestneighborsever.com/common-summer-er-visits/ Tue, 16 May 2017 22:15:22 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4566 The post Most Common Summer ER Visits appeared first on .

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The summer months are a great time to enjoy time with your family and relax. However, emergency room visits spike during the summer months for various reasons. From more constant outdoor chores, to daylight savings extending the hours kids can go outside and play, the warm weather brings more chances of accidents and injuries. As many parents know emergencies are never a matter of “if”, but “when”.

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Be prepared this summer, and know where your nearest Neighbors Emergency Center is located. Traditional hospital emergency rooms have a standard wait time of 2 hours, while Freestanding Emergency Rooms, like Neighbors, have an average wait time of 8.5 minutes. That’s the difference between returning home and having dinner with your family after an emergency, or still sitting in the waiting room hoping to have your name called before it gets dark out.

Be on the lookout for the most common summer emergencies, and know how to combat them with awareness and knowledge.

Falls

A large amount of emergency room visits are due to injuries from a fall. This includes varying situations, such as summer based work accidents including ladders or roofs, or a child falling off of a jungle gym at the park. The greater the fall, the more likely a trip to the ER will be.

Foot Injuries

When the hot summer months hit, our shoes tend to come off. This results in many foot injuries. From kids running barefoot in the grass, to an unexpected splinter or bee sting, skin exposure of the foot and legs can cause an ER visit.

Burns

Different types of burns can land you in the emergency room. A lack of sunscreen can cause extremely harmful burns that can lead to excruciating pain. Summer barbeques can also be dangerous with both adults and children exposed to propane, and hot grates. You sould be sure to take extra precaution during any events that involve grilling.

Swimming Injuries

During the summertime, families tend to spend time in and around water. It is extremely important that as a parent you are aware of your children as they play near any body of water. Children are more likely to drown in pools, while teenagers and adults are more likely to drown in natural bodies of water. Spinal injuries from diving or jumping into water are also common.

Bicycle Injuries

Although bike riding may not seem dangerous, adults and children alike are frequently injured during biking accidents. In 2011 over 400,000 people were taken to the ER with biking injuries, many of which took place during the summer. To combat this, always make sure you and your children are wearing helmets and have on the proper pads and safety equipment.

Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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Memorial Day Getaways in Texas http://bestneighborsever.com/1-memorial-day-getaways-texas/ Tue, 16 May 2017 21:36:43 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4556 The post Memorial Day Getaways in Texas appeared first on .

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Sitting around wondering what you’re going to do with your three day weekend this Memorial Day? Netflix all day sounds fantastic, but how about sprucing up the weekend with a day trip? The great state of Texas offers numerous opportunities for getaways that are fun and won’t empty out your entire wallet. These are some of our favorites:

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Austin/San Antonio

How can you go wrong with the state’s capital? From the live music, to outdoor adventures, to great food, Austin can be a family vacation or an adult playground. Adding variation for the entire family makes it one of the top choices for a day trip on everyone’s Texas to-do list. If you have extra time, San Antonio is within an hour’s drive of Austin. Offering two world-class theme parks and the River Walk, San Antonio is never a bad idea for a short family vacation.

College Station

Home of the Fightin’ Aggies! When we take blood samples we find that a lot of our patients have maroon running through their veins. When was the last time you went back to your alma mater? College Station is a growing city, now eclipsing 100,000 in population, making it much more than just a college town. From wineries, to beautiful lakes, you can fill your day with outdoor activities. Maybe a walk down Bottle Cap Alley, or a visit to the classic Dixie Chicken can bring back some memories of years past. Since we all like to feel like we’re ancient, why not romanticize the past a little this holiday weekend? Just don’t forget your bedtime!

Houston

Houston may not naturally be the prettiest town of the bunch, but when it comes down to looking for things to do no city is more equipped! Houston boasts an array of food options, that makes it impossible for even their own residents to visit them all. After a good meal, the Houston nightlife scene offers such a variety that even homebodies can find something for them! From multi-cultural performing arts to some of the biggest entertainment names in the world, the venues are top tier. For the daytime, Houston offers a variety of parks and recreational centers. We recommend taking a stroll in Memorial Park, a beautiful inner city park that will make you forget you’re in a major downtown metroplex.

Tyler

Looking for a calm and relaxing weekend? Tyler, Texas isn’t as well known as our previous entries, but it takes the cake for natural beauty in the northern part of the state. Checkout their beautiful gardens, recreational centers, antique shops, and museums. Finish your day off at one of their five exquisite wineries. This is a perfect spot for couples that want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Neighbors Emergency Centers remind you to be safe this holiday weekend on all of your adventures! Should the unexpected arise, our locations are all over the lone star state!

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Summer Safety Tips http://bestneighborsever.com/summer-safety-tips/ Tue, 16 May 2017 21:15:28 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4547 The post Summer Safety Tips appeared first on .

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Keep your family safe this summer with simple summer safety tips advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Fireworks Safety

  • Know and obey all laws regarding fireworks. Always report any illegal use of fireworks.
  • Children should never use fireworks without adult supervision.
  • Read instructions to make sure fireworks are age appropriate.
  • Even “safe” fireworks such as sparklers can reach over 1000 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Remember, fire and fireworks can result in severe burns, blindness, scars, and even death.

Bug Safety

  • Avoid areas where insects may nest, such as stagnant pools of water or gardens with blooming flowers.
  • Use insect repellent when outdoors to avoid harmful bites or stings.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET to prevent insect-related illnesses. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile and Zika viruses.
  • If you are outside in the evening and mosquitoes are present, cover up with long sleeve shirts and pants.

Playground Safety

  • Choose playgrounds with safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials such as rubber, sand, or wood chips.
  • Examine the playground equipment to make sure it has been carefully maintained.
  • Any swinging seats on the playground should be rubber, plastic, or canvas.
  • Never allow children to attach to ropes, jump ropes, or leases. These can be choking hazards on the playground.
  • Remember that rubber, plastic, and metal can get very hot in the summer, especially when directly under the sun.
  • Do not allow your child to play barefoot on the playground.
  • Parents should supervise their children at all times while they are on the playground.

Bicycle Safety

  • When bicycling, helmets should always be worn, even if the trip is close to home. Many injuries occur on driveways and sidewalks.
  • Helmets should be worn level, and be securely fashioned. If the helmet can tip forward or backwards, or if it is too snug, it needs to be readjusted.
  • Make sure your child’s bike is the right size. Oversized bikes are extremely dangerous.
  • Be sure you child can comfortably ride a 2-wheeler before taking off the training wheels.

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Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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National Stroke Awareness Month http://bestneighborsever.com/national-stroke-awareness-month/ Wed, 03 May 2017 15:47:18 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4538 The post National Stroke Awareness Month appeared first on .

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Supported by the National Stroke Association, the ultimate goal is to help ‘Save A Life’ by educating the public about the risks, symptoms, and preventive measures associated with strokes.

There are a variety of symptoms that occur when someone is experiencing a stroke. These include:

  • Sudden numbness and tingling, including the loss of movement on your face, arm, leg, or a particular side of your body.
  • Sudden vision changes, headaches, or trouble speaking.
  • Sudden confusion, or the inability to properly balance yourself, or walk.

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A person experiencing a stroke can be treated if those around them act FAST.

 

FAST is the acronym associated with the checklist you should run through if you suspect someone may be falling victim to a stroke.

 

F– Face- If the person smiles, does their face droop on one side?

A– Arm- If the person is raising both arms, does one arm tend to drift downward?

S– Speech- After repeating a simple phrase, such as “Molly went to the market”, does the person’s speech sound slurred?

T- Time- If any of the above symptoms occur, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance!

Knowing what to do when a stroke strikes is important. However, there are steps you can take today for prevention purposes. The first step of stroke prevention is knowing your own stroke risk. Common risks include:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being Overweight
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol

Many of these risks can be avoided by adopting a healthier lifestyle. For example, positive steps include quitting smoking, limiting alcohol to 2 drinks a day, moderate exercise throughout the week, and eating more heart-healthy foods.

The National Stroke Association has helped to financially raise funds for those whose lives have been touched by stroke. In addition, they work with the medical community to provide research about this condition. Learn more about this amazing cause and how you can ‘Save A Life’.

Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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Yoga Poses for Beginners http://bestneighborsever.com/yoga-poses-beginners/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:42:32 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4523 The post Yoga Poses for Beginners appeared first on .

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So, you want so start yoga. We’re ready to help you get started with some beginner yoga poses. Yoga will help you build your strength and confidence. Grab a mat and combine these moves for the perfect beginner yoga session.

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Mountain Pose

For this pose stand tall with your feet together. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your weight is distributed evenly throughout your body. Raise your hand above your body keeping your hands straight as you reach toward the sky.

Downward Dog Pose

Start on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders. Walk your hands forward until your body is in an inverted V space. Your feet should be hip-width apart, and your knees slightly bent.

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Warrior Pose

Stand with your legs 3 to 4 feet apart and bend your right leg to a 90 degree angle. Relax your shoulders and extend your arms out to the side with your palms down. Gaze over your right hand before switching sides

Child’s Pose

Sit comfortably on your heels and then roll your torso forward. Let your forehead rest on the mat and lower your chest as close as you can to your knees while holding your arms in front of you.

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Bridge Pose

Begin by lying on the floor with your knees bent over your heels. Place your arms at your side with your palms up and then lift your hips. Clasp your hands under your lower back, press down, and lift your thighs until they are parallel to the floor.

Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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When To Choose an Emergency Center http://bestneighborsever.com/choose-emergency-center/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:46:24 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4511 The post When To Choose an Emergency Center appeared first on .

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Most injuries and medical emergencies take us by surprise. Whether it’s chest pain, or severe flu symptoms, we can sometimes be uncertain of where to go. Although urgent cares can handle a variety of medical problems, they should not be considered true emergency rooms. There are many symptoms that  require rapid and advance treatments, and are best evaluated in an emergency room.

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These symptoms are best seen in an Emergency Room, such as Neighbors Emergency Center:

  • Persistent chest pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Severe abdomen pain
  • Fainting, or loss of balance
  • Difficulty speaking, or understanding speech
  • Sudden weakness or paralysis
  • Severe and sudden headaches
  • Falls that cause injury

  • Sudden vision changes
  • Deep cuts that leave large open wounds
  • Injury to the head, or eyes
  • Severe flu symptoms
  • High fevers, or fevers that cause rashes
  • Severe burns
  • Seizures (without an epilepsy diagnosis)

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In some situations, it is best to call 9-1-1. It is common for people to avoid calling 9-1-1 because they are nervous, and not sure if it is an emergency. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Paramedics can often deliver life-saving treatment during heart attacks or strokes on the way to the hospital.

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If you do find yourself headed to the emergency room, it is a good idea to have a prepared file, or online folder complete with your medical history. This includes a list of all your medications, including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medicine. You should also keep a list of allergies with you, as well as paperwork on any medical surgeries or procedures from the past.  As emergency settings can be overwhelming, having this information on file can be very helpful to the physician trying to treat you, or a family member, in a timely manner.

At Neighbors Emergency Center, we strive to provide the best emergency care possible for you and your family. Our care is based on our model to always put the patient first, with the purpose to make lives better every day. Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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National Volunteer Week http://bestneighborsever.com/national-volunteer-week/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:39:02 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4500 The post National Volunteer Week appeared first on .

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It’s time to go out in your community and volunteer! National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon to celebrate the efforts of volunteers around the United States. National Volunteer Week helps to encourage people to volunteer, as well as recognizes those who have provided their services to charities, hospitals, and their communities.  

How will you be celebrating 2017 National Volunteer Week?  Here are some volunteer opportunities that you, your family, or organizations that you are part of, can take part in together.

Local Food Banks

By supporting your local food bank you can help fight hunger and provide access to food for millions of Americans. Feeding America distributes 4 billion meals each year through meal programs and food pantries. By volunteering at the food bank, your time can become a gift to those that are hungry, and may not have a meal to eat. You can volunteer with a school or youth group, leadership program, corporate office, or with a specific volunteer group. Find your local food bank and start making a difference today!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

For over 100 years Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping children realize their true potential. With the belief that every child can succeed in life, this organization matches adult volunteers with children in their communities to promote positive mentoring relationships. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is an extremely fulfilling experience. You can shape a child’s future for the better by simply donating a little bit of your time. Girls and boys in your community are waiting to be matched with you!

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Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House has been helping families with seriously ill children for more than 30 years. By providing a “home away from home” the Ronald McDonald House provides both safety and comfort to families facing a health crisis. Volunteers are extremely important to the team. You can get involved individually, in a group, or through an event. You will do everything from baking cookies and greeting families, to hosting meals and activities. Get started on helping the Ronald McDonald House become a home.

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Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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How to Track Your Workout Results http://bestneighborsever.com/track-workout-results/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:03:44 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4482 The post How to Track Your Workout Results appeared first on .

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Many people find that selecting a workout program is easy, however, it’s the staying on target part that often causes them to be unsuccessful at attaining a weight loss goal. A large part of it comes down to workout results. Either they don’t see results quick enough or they’re improperly measuring their progress. Here are a couple of methods for how you can track your workout results to make sure you stay motivated throughout your workout journey.

Keep A Workout Journal

Write down everything! Keeping a fitness/workout journal is probably the most popular and efficient way to track your results. Be sure to write down all workout details, stats, calories burned, and what you eat. By doing this on a regular basis, you can visually see and quickly track your progress in all three areas, and make adjustments as needed.

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Health and Fitness Apps

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For those who are more tech savvy, there are plenty of health and fitness apps that will help you track your workout results as well. If you want to keep track of your caloric intake, then apps like MyFitnessPal will help you with nutritional resources. Have a Fitbit? You can link the two accounts to track the calories burned and other data to help with your weight loss goals.

Take Your Measurements

Because the scale doesn’t always accurately reflect your weight lost, use a soft measuring tape to measure your waist, hips, thighs, and other body areas to track your progress. For best results, measure yourself every 2 to 4 weeks.

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Take Pictures

Taking pictures of yourself on a monthly basis is the best way to see if what you’ve been journaling about is actually working. This is the best way to compare your results and literally see the areas that may need more or less toning.
If you use all these methods to track your workout results, regardless of your regimen, you will be on the right path to achieving your fitness goals and to becoming a healthier you.

Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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Eco-Fest and Butterfly Release http://bestneighborsever.com/eco-fest-butterfly-release/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:00:15 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4493 The post Eco-Fest and Butterfly Release appeared first on .

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Join Neighbors at the Eco-Fest and Butterfly Release this Saturday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center located at 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, Texas 77630.

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This is a family event that will have many activities including live animal displays, games, crafts, and face painting. There will also be outpost tours along the Adams Bayou, exhibitor booths, and shopping stations. Make sure your family stays until very end to take place in the butterfly release at 3:30. You can pre purchase your tickets, before the event here.

Neighbors Emergency Center has multiple centers opening in Texas and a location in Rhode Island. Our hybrid emergency room and urgent care facility, Neighbors Emergency Center and Next Door Urgent Care, is located in Colorado.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for neighborly news and updates.

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