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Police: Niantic man took money for plumbing work he didn’t do

East Lyme — Police have charged a formerly licensed plumber from Niantic with taking money from an elderly woman for work he never performed. Police said 46-year-old Scott Sheehan of S.D.S. Plumbing and Heating agreed in August to build a bathroom in the basement of a home at 4 E. Pattagansett Road in Niantic, which is owned by 75-year-old Edith Guzallis. Guzallis told police Sheehan took a $1,800 down payment, drew up a proposal, sent another man to frame out the room and then asked for $1,000 more for plumbing supplies, which she gave him. Guzallis said the permit for the plumb…
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Comfort vs. efficiency

As the chairman of the RPA Technical committee, I try to stay abreast of situations that may affect our working members. One such area is the movement towards energy efficiency. I’ve been involved in the construction trades for 43 years this summer, and I must tell you that I have seen a lot of things come and go, many of which were touted as being the “best” energy saving devices. I won’t pick on any one particular product, but the one area that I have seen the most improvements on are our energy sources, primarily gas-fired boilers. The world’s most efficient boiler may not be cap…
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Public housing now smoke-free across the US

All federally-owned public housing nationwide is now required to be smoke-free, as per a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rule that went into effect Monday. In 2016, HUD announced the rule mandating public housing to become smoke-free by July 30, 2018, to protect nearly two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including nearly 55,000 New Jersey residents, according to the American Lung Association. HUD defines public housing as “decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with d…
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Detroit Popeyes inspection report: Insects, rodents, plumbing among issues found

DETROIT – Local 4 has obtained an inspection report that shows why health inspectors shut down a Detroit Popeyes restaurant. The restaurant on Detroit’s east side has been shut down for six days since an employee recorded the filthy conditions inside the kitchen and posted the video on Facebook. The first violation listed in the report is food stored at the wrong temperature. Six containers of coleslaw were stored inside a cooler above 45 degrees. The proper temperature is 40 degrees. The report said the food was moved to the walk-in cooler, which is 40 degrees. Another issue is the …
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Test shows lead in water at Bordentown treatment plant

A recent test result showed 6.9 ppb of lead at the plant, prior to being distributed to homes. Experts cautioned that the test might be a sampling error, but that otherwise it could present a serious problem. The utility is holding a public meeting Tuesday night. A water sample taken at the Bordentown City water treatment plant in late June showed 6.9 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, a toxic metal of which researchers say there is no safe amount to consume. However, several experts urged caution that such an amount is extremely rare and could be the result of a sampling error. If lead is pre…
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ACR Health Celebrates 35th Anniversary

ACR Health serves thousands of people each year and aids those who have chronic diseases to help them achieve positive health outcomes, and the non-profit is celebrating 35 years of service in 2018! The community based organization was founded in 1983 to combat AIDS in Central New York. Known then as the AIDS Task Force of CNY, ACR Health initially worked to bring resources and comfort to people with AIDS along with preventing HIV from spreading in the Central, Northern, and Mohawk Valley regions of New York State. ACR Health has spread to include many more health services such as care m…
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 Posted on : July 31, 2018

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