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  • 19 Feb 2014 6:17 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Piles of debris obscured most of Arturo Gavilanes' living room at his home on Pacific SW. Friends say they did not know Gavilanes was a hoarder because he had not allowed anybody inside his home for decades. (Courtesy of Lupe Lopez Haynes)
    Piles of debris obscured most of Arturo Gavilanes' living room at his home on Pacific SW. Friends say they did not know Gavilanes was a hoarder because he had not allowed anybody inside his home for decades. (Courtesy of Lupe Lopez Haynes)

    They couldn’t find him.

    Arturo Gavilanes, 80, has been a frequent sight around the Barelas neighborhood for most of his life. He eats breakfast at the Red Ball Cafe or Juanita’s on Fourth Street, eats lunch at the senior center on Seventh Street. He rummages through trash cans in the alleys and hauls the treasures he finds to his small adobe home on Pacific SW.

    At least they were treasures to him.

    His back is stooped, but his mind is still sharp, particularly when it comes to the chronology of his life – the year his family moved into the Pacific home (1956), the year he quit work as a cook for an airline catering service to care for his dying mother (1984), the year he met Lupe Lopez Haynes, who became the angel in his life (2003). More at source: ABQ Journal    Find a cleaning service near you. 





  • 19 Feb 2014 6:14 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    CHARLESTON undefined City council members are scheduled to vote on three agenda items during their meeting tonight.

    A resolution authorizing the execution of a contract for janitorial services with Excel Carpet Care is slated for a vote.

    Mayor Larry Rennels said Excel Carpet Care has been providing services for the city for a few years and this is a resolution to continue those services in the Lincoln Douglas Debate museum, the Charleston Police Department training facility, the CPD building, the municipal building and at the recreation department.

    If the contract with Excel Carpet Care is renewed, it will cost the city a little more than $2,000 per month for cleaning and maintaining the buildings.

    In other business, council members are slated to look at a resolution authorizing the waiver of the bidding process for the purchase of lime from a single-source vendor.

    More at source: Journal Gazette

  • 13 Feb 2014 8:41 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

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    Solar panels collect dust, dirt and snow. But solar panels coated with a superhydrophobic coating could shed build-up for a self-cleaning surface.


    A slick technology for the solar power industry was announced this week by a group of national laboratory.

    The scientists have developed an inexpensive “superhydrophobic” coating that, applied to solar panels, would make them self-cleaning and therefore more efficient.

    The superhydrophobic coating has been in the works for a year and a half, said Scott Hunter, the principle scientist on the team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. 

    Although superhydrophobic materials have been studied for over a decade, Hunter said he believes his team has developed the best superhydrophobic surface yet for self-cleaning.

    “It’s a really useful and important idea,” said Alex Martinson, an assistant chemist in the material science division at Argonne National Laboratory southwest of Chicago. As the price of producing solar technology decreases, the costs of installing and cleaning solar panels becomes more significant, Martinson said. Solar panels that would be self-cleaning “makes the whole system more affordable,” he said.
    More at source: News Medhill
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  • 13 Feb 2014 8:39 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Caldrea, the cleaning products business that was founded in Minnesota, is moving its operations to Wisconsin.

    The Business Journal reports that S.C. Johnson & Son, which bought the Minneapolis-based company six years ago, made the decision as part of the restructuring of the privately held company.

    MinnPost explains that Caldrea produces the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day line of eco-friendly household cleaning products sold across the United States, including at Target and True Value.

    More at source: Bring Me The News

  • 04 Feb 2014 8:28 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    A reader in California decided to hire professionals to help keep her house clean. She made a verbal agreement with a husband-and-wife team to clean her house every other week. She writes that they told her the fee would be $30 an hour for a two-hour session.

    The couple arrived and cleaned her house within an hour. The reader had already made a check out to them prior to their service for $60.

    "I gave them the check with no discussion about the shortened time," she writes. "The next time they came, it was the same scenario. Again, they accepted the check without question or discussion."

    Now, the reader is a bit flummoxed. She wants to know how to handle the situation when the cleaning crew returns.

    "If they only clean for one hour, I feel their pay should be for an hour's worth of work," she writes. "If they want to get paid for two hours, I feel they should be working in my house for two hours."

    More at source: Chicago Tribune

  • 04 Feb 2014 8:25 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group of women who work for a local janitorial service are asking where their money is.

    It's been a frustrating two weeks for the women. Since they live paycheck to paycheck, missing a payday or two hurts.

    We usually don't see them working, but big department stores will have a cleaning crew that comes in early before the store opens.

    Most of the time, the crew works part-time and are paid minimum wage every two weeks.

    The women 6 On Your Side talked with were last paid at the end of December.

    "We worked, we continued working up until Sunday," said Karla Hood.

    Hood is referring to Sunday, January 26. That's when her supervisor Danielle Parker and coworker Lizabeth Hutchins stopped working for a local independent cleaning service that has janitorial crews at two Belk stores in Knoxville.

    "Everybody had their own position. You had a bathroom person who also did the doorways," said Parker.

    "We did bathrooms, mop, sweep, stock," said Hutchins.

    The women worked part time, seven days a week, three to four hours a day. They received paychecks in the middle and end of December, but none since. They say they were supposed to be paid on January 15.

    More at source: Wate.com

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  • 29 Jan 2014 6:54 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    CAMDENundefinedA Medford resident and owner of several commercial cleaning businesses entered a plea of not guilty after being arraigned on Jan. 16 on charges of tax evasion and failing to pay payroll taxes, authorities said.

    Zenon Rotuski, 66, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 18 on one count of employment tax evasion and five counts of failing to pay over payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), officials said.

    “As we approach this year’s tax filing season, this indictment is a reminder that business owners have a responsibility to withhold income taxes for their employees and remit those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service,” stated Shantelle P. Kitchen, special agent in charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office. “The failure to withhold and pay over employment taxes is a very serious offense that will not be tolerated.”

    More at source: South Jersey Local News

  • 29 Jan 2014 6:53 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    A local emergency clean-up company purchased a larger building in Moraine to make room for growth in the company.

    PuroClean Emergency Services, currently located at 2500 Stanley Ave. in Dayton, purchased the buildings at 2023 and 2029 Edgefield Road. The building, sold byKaplan University, was 18,000 square feet, with a 5,000-square-foot annex building.

    The company’s investment in owning its own real estate will put life into a long-vacant building in Moraine, which is starting to see a renewal of business interest from companies taking advantage of its proximity to Interstate 75.

    More at source: Biz Journals

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  • 25 Jan 2014 8:12 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Influenza and norovirus season is in full swing, and health officials say cleaning your home is part of the defense you need to put up to fight getting sick.

    The flu virus can live a day or two on surfaces in your home. The tougher norovirus can survive up to two weeks, according to Tri-County Health Officer Justin Denny, MD, with the Multnomah County Health Department.

    “It’s likely to be spread in your household; it’s hard not to. Typically every one [norovirus] case causes two more, and if you don’t clean up causes 14 more. That’s why cleanup is so important,” said Denny.

    Fortino Barajas says his Maids by Trade cleaning service is busy right now, with clients wanting a good cleaning after viruses infected their homes.

    “It’s very common this time of the year. We get a lot of calls for that type of cleaning,” said Barajas.

    He recommended, along with a complete cleaning, that residents focus on door knobs and handles, kitchen and bathroom areas and play areas.

    Denny said bleach is required to kill the tougher norovirus. He said to use from five tablespoons to two cups of bleach for every gallon of water, depending on the surface you are cleaning.

    “Any beddings have to go in the washing machine right away with bleach or high temperature. That’s the only way to kill it,” Denny added.

    The flu virus is more fragile and can be killed with non-chlorine cleaners. With both illnesses, health experts say you need to stay home if you’re sick, because person-to-person contact is the most common way for illness to spread.


    More at source: KGW.com

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  • 25 Jan 2014 8:08 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon are going on strike Wednesday morning, opening a new front in the ongoing fight to get President Obama to end the federal government’s practice of paying poverty wages to contract employees at federal facilities.

    The Pentagon employees’ walkout follows similar strikes by service workers at federally owned, privately operated facilities in Washington, DC, such as the Ronald Reagan Building, Union Station and the Smithsonian museum food courts. It also comes after wage theft charges against employers at the Reagan Building and the train station. The expansion of the campaign to the Pentagon comes almost exactly eight months after the first strikes led to retaliatory firings by employers, indicating that efforts to intimidate workers did not succeed.

    The workers in question are on the payroll of companies like Dunkin Donuts and Taco Bell, but in a sense their real employer is the federal government. The government hires fast food, retail, security and janitorial companies to service contracts for federal properties. Those contracts give the government a chance to set wage and hour terms for the on-the-ground workers who will actually cook the food and haul the trash. Federal contracts of this sort actually prop up more low-wage jobs than notoriously low-paying companies McDonald’s and Wal-Mart combined. At present, three in four of these workers make less than $10 per hour, and four in 10 rely upon public assistance despite working a full-time job. The same contracts funnel a total of $24 billion per year to the CEOs of the companies that pay their workers so poorly to staff public facilities.

    More at source: BillMoyers.com

 
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