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HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve looked forward to the last day of October with anticipation. Years later, as an adult and a dad, I look forward to the big day with just as much anticipation, if not more, now that I get to share it with my family. FROM THE KONECKY HOUSEHOLD
When I was younger, I loved putting together elaborate costumes. I would plan ahead and craft my own. I was (and still am) particularly fond of monsters. When I was in my teens, I was able to get my hands on some professional Hollywood special effects makeup. For a teenager who loved movie monsters and dressing up as those monsters, getting the same makeup used in Hollywood was a big deal. This was the same stuff used in a lot of horror films, and you can be sure I made the most of it. I was able to take my costumes to an entirely new level. As much as I loved donning a costume, that wasn’t the only reason I looked forward to Halloween. Another reason had to do with family. When I was younger, Halloween was very much a family affair. My grandparents would come over to our house and we would make a night of it. And, as you would expect, every Halloween was capped with a night of trick-or-treating. I showed off my costume and tried to hit as many houses as possible. It was every kid’s dream to come back at the end of the night with a bag full of candy, and you can be sure I lived that dream! These days, Halloween traditions in the Konecky household are alive and well. Last year, Ashley and I dressed up for an adult Halloween party as a couple of kids from the Netflix show “Stranger Things.” Ashley went as Eleven, and I was Dustin. It is no surprise that our 3-year-old daughter has already discovered a love of Halloween (and dressing up). By the end of August, she had already brought out her Halloween books and last year’s costume. I can see her anticipating the day just as much as I did when I was younger.
gets to pick out her costume. She can be anything her heart desires (as of this writing, she hasn’t settled on anything yet). Then, mom and dad will follow suit, and we’ll dress up to match her. It should be a lot of fun! We also have another tradition for the month of October — a tradition more for the parents and not so much our 3-year-old. As a big fan of horror movies, we try to watch as many “Halloween” films as possible. I’m talking about the “Halloween” series of films, all 10 of them, from the original 1978 “Halloween” directed by John Carpenter, all the way through “Halloween II,” which came out in 2009 and is the 10th film in the series. I can’t wait for October 31. It may be on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be any less fun. That said, I hope you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween, with plenty of tricks and treats! -Matthew Konecky
The day after Labor Day — the day when all the Halloween stores opened — was a big day for our daughter. This year, she
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HOW TO FIGHT the Negative Physical Effects of Your Desk Job “We’re sitting ourselves to death!” Dr. James Levins of the National Institutes of Health made headlines when he announced, after 15 years of research, that “sitting is the new smoking.” Dr. Levine determined sitting for prolonged hours leads to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and can increase the likelihood of developing certain forms of cancer. To many people, the answer was clear: Just stand up! Standing desks have become all the rage as office workers everywhere switch from sitting in one place all day to standing in one place all day. And the benefits have been … almost imperceptible. While you do burn more calories standing than you do sitting, the fact remains you’re still not moving. Keeping your body in the same position for hours is what leads to all of those health risks Dr. Levins warns about, whether you sit or stand. It would be more accurate to say sedentary is the new smoking. Now, don’t think you can erase the damage from being sedentary at work by hitting the gym when you clock out. Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that, among individuals who spend most of their day in a sedentary position, those who engaged in regular physical activity were only 30 percent less likely to die from sedentary-related health problems than those who didn’t exercise at all. IFYOU HADAGREAT EXPERIENCEWITH OUR FIRMWEWOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROMYOU. HERE’SWHAT SOME OFOUR HAPPYCLIENTS HAD TO SAY.
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15 MINUTES TOO LONG? What Florida Law Says About Leaving Kids Unattended in Cars
Even with summer behind us, certain tragic stories still linger. Every summer, we hear horrific stories on the news about children who have died after being left alone in a hot car. When it comes to the safety of your child in a vehicle, you can never be too cautious. In Florida, the law allows children to be left unattended for up to 15 minutes. Specifically, under Florida Statutes Section 316.6135, you are legally allowed to leave your child under 6 years of age in your motor vehicle for a period of up to 15 minutes. It may not sound like it, but in a car — especially a hot car — 15 minutes is a long time. It only takes a matter of minutes for a car to heat up, even in the fall. Don’t let outside temperatures fool you. Stanford University researchers monitored a car in 70-degree weather and found that the interior temperature rose to 96 degrees. Further research published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics noted that 80 percent of the increase in interior temperature happened within the first 30 minutes of the vehicle being turned off. Coming back to Florida’s statute, there is a confusing subsection that states you are not allowed to leave your child in the car while the engine is running. This statute is clearly outdated, as most cars have the ability to run idle without any
danger of the car being placed into gear. It’s important for the legislature to allow cars to remain running to allow for air conditioning, which helps to ensure the safety of children and pets. There is a new law being drafted. This summer, lawmakers looked at shortening the period of time a child can be left in the car, if not eliminating the time period altogether. However, what lawmakers failed to address is the issue of keeping the vehicle turned on, which can prevent heat exhaustion.
Cooking With Ashley MEME CORNER
Instructions 1. Place whole chicken breasts in the bottom of slow cooker. 2. Dump the can of pumpkin, 1/2 cup of water, diced apples, and spices into the pot on top of the chicken. 3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. 4. When you’re ready to eat, take a fork and pull apart the chicken breasts (chicken will be very tender). 5. Allow the shredded chicken to sit in the pot on warm for about 10 minutes to soak up all of the juices. ***Serve over rice of your choice*** Slow Cooker Pulled Pumpkin Chicken Ingredients • 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin • 2 apples of your choice, chopped • 1/2 cup water • 2 teaspoons chili powder • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg • Pinches of salt, cumin and oregano
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Is This the Most Bizarre Tragedy in History?
IS THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE HISTORY’S MOST BIZARRE TRAGEDY?
By the time the last flame of the Great Chicago Fire fizzled out on October 10, 1871, 300 people were dead, a third of Chicago’s population were homeless, and 4 square miles of city were destroyed. Reflecting on the disaster begs the question: Was it the most bizarre tragedy ever?
As the fire grew, the firefighters hoped the Chicago River would be a natural firebreak, but the city’s riverside had recently gained more lumber and coal yards, causing the fire to jump the river. As the air over the city overheated, it came into contact with cooler air, and a spinning fire tornado developed.
By October, 1871, Chicago only had 1 inch of rain all year, which is far less than the annual average of 35 inches. While the exact cause is unclear, historians commonly accept that a cow belonging to a Mrs. O’Leary started the fire in a barn on DeKoven Street by kicking over a lantern. Firemen responded immediately, but a watchman sent them to the wrong place by mistake, giving the unusual Southwest winds time to send the fire roaring toward the heart of the city. Most of Chicago’s buildings were made of wood, and the newly developed tar on the rooftops was incredibly flammable.
After the fire jumped the river, a burning piece of timber lodged on the roof of the city’s waterworks building, destroying it and halting the city’s water supply. By the time the fire died over a day later, 73 miles of roads and $4 billion (in 2017 dollars) of property were destroyed. All this came about because of a cow, a drought, a bad watchman, some short-lived building materials, and a literal fire tornado. Modern safeguards wouldn’t allow this to happen today, which is very fortunate. If the disaster happened the same way today, it wouldn’t displace 1,000 people; it would displace 1 million.
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