Archive | June, 2012

Realty Times – 10 Great Shade-Loving Plants

28 Jun

Realty Times – 10 Great Shade-Loving Plants.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

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Realty Times – Rent vs. Buy Decision More Than A Question of Affordability

28 Jun

Realty Times – Rent vs. Buy Decision More Than A Question of Affordability.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

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How to Organize Your Own 4th of July Neighborhood Parade

26 Jun

How to Organize Your Own 4th of July Neighborhood Parade

By: Dona DeZube

Published: June 26, 2012

You can make your kids the stars of their own Independence Day parade and celebration. Here’s how.

It’s fun to watch a Fourth of July parade, but it’s even more fun to be in one. And it only takes three things to create a fabulous parade memory for your children:

  • A closed-off street, such as a cul-de-sac, dead-end, or alderman-approved street closure.
  • A dozen or so friends and neighbors with kids young enough to be easily impressed.
  • Streamers and other decorations for bikes and wagons.

Preschoolers live for this kind of event; early elementary schoolers enjoy it if they can decorate their bikes; older elementary kids can lead off the parade by carrying the flag. And if you’ve got the kind of dog who’ll wear a patriotic T-shirt or bandana, you’ve got a mascot.

Encourage your friends to wear a patriotic costume or T-shirt and bring any musical instruments they own, like kazoos, tambourines, and drums. Lure the childless neighbors into being spectators with free beer (at your house after the parade).

Gather everyone together in the morning before it gets too hot and make a party out of taping streamers to bike handles, painting faces, and dressing up the kids and the dogs. Pass out the kazoos, line up the kids, and march your parade down the street.

When you’re done, head back to the yard for a cookout and a neighborhood photo.

Want a bigger parade?

If your kids are too old for a one-block parade, you can organize a real parade using this checklist from Barbara Russell, whose family has organized an Independence Day Parade in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Columbia, Md., for the past two decades:

  • Pick your route. Make it long enough to be fun, but not so long that the kids get pooped before the end. A circular route is nice because everyone ends up back where they started.
  • Ask your city or county for a special events permit to hold a parade. In many jurisdictions, the police department issues permits.
  • Call the police department to get the parade route blocked off.
  • Ask the fire department to send a truck to lead the parade and the junior firefighters to march.
  • Find a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout troop to be the flag bearers.
  • Make and post flyers inviting people to march in the parade.
  • Send the local paper a note about the parade.
  • Invite someone to be grand marshal and official “Good Neighbor” of the year.

If you really want to blow it out:

  • Email the high school band director to see if the marching band wants to play.
  • Invite local politicians to walk in the parade. Most will leap at the chance to get their names in front of the voters.

Liability issues

Russell isn’t much of a worrier, so she doesn’t ask anyone to fill out a waiver before joining the parade, and she doesn’t buy a liability policy to cover the event, either. 

If you’re more risk-averse, you can spend just under $400 to buy a commercial general liability policy, says Brigitt Whitescarver, a vice president at Gales Creek Services, which sells parade insurance nationally.

Whitescarver says there’s one catch to parade liability policies — they don’t cover automobiles, but they do cover golf carts, electric scooters, and ATVs in parades. Adding on a general liability policy for hired and not-owned automobiles will run you another $650 — ouch! At that price, I’d stick to bikes, trikes, and foot power, and use golf carts or ATVs to pull the floats.

Are you up for planning a little Fourth of July parade around your neighborhood? Tell us how it went and share pictures of your event here.

5 Projections of Where the Housing Market’s Headed

26 Jun

5 Projections of Where the Housing Market’s Headed.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

5 Projections of Where the Housing Market’s Headed

26 Jun

5 Projections of Where the Housing Market’s Headed.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Realty Times – A Companion Animal is not a ‘Pet’

26 Jun

Realty Times – A Companion Animal is not a ‘Pet’.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

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Realty Times – It’s My Neighbourhood, But Who’s in Charge?

26 Jun

Realty Times – It’s My Neighbourhood, But Who’s in Charge?.

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

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