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The Joy of Giving: Who is on Your Shopping List?

He ho-ho-holidays are almost here, so start making your Christmas-shopping list now. Here’s a little cheat-sheet to help you remember all the people who deserve a sincere “thank-you” for making your life easier 365 days of the year.

Neighbors. You wave hello across the lawn and might even take each other for granted. But think of all the times your next-door neighbor has helped you out of a jam by walking your dog, accepting deliveries, and watching your house when you’re on vacation. Surprise your “closest” friends with a well-deserved holiday gift basket.

Co-workers. These are the folks you see at the water cooler day in, day out – it’s your own version of “The Office.” Spread holiday cheer at your workplace, and you may feel an increased sense of camaraderie year-round.

Clergy. You can always count on these spiritual leaders to lend words of wisdom and inspiration during life’s most joyous and most challenging times. On call at a moment’s notice, members of the clergy usually aren’t on our radar screens until we need their services. Celebrate the season of giving by wrapping up a little something special for them.

Mail carrier/delivery people. It would be almost impossible to survive without your morning paper, that monthly magazine subscription, and all those packages that arrive on your doorstep as if by magic. Give the paperboy, mailman, and parcel carrier a generous pat on the back for providing dependable service despite rain or snow.

Hairdressers/barbers. Life wouldn’t be nearly as fun without our occasional splurges – blowouts, highlights, mani-pedis, and waxing. Professionals who help you look and feel your best deserve a little recognition during this special time of the year. If you visit a hair stylist, manicurist, esthetician or masseuse on a regular basis, be sure to say “happy holidays” in your own way.

Snow shovelers/lawn care staff. Where would we be without the maintenance people who clear our driveways during the winter, trim our hedges in the spring, mow our lawns in the summer, and clean our gutters in the fall? Don’t forget to get a gift for those special people who help keep your home and yard in tip-top shape all year long.

Teachers. Grading papers, supervising field trips, and drafting lesson plans can be thankless activities, so show educators that you care. This is the time of year to wrap a thoughtful gift and write a note of appreciation to go along with it. Also remember other staff members like the school nurse, librarian, and the coach, who all take good care of your kids.

School bus drivers. This has got to be one of the most stressful jobs out there — so much responsibility being the only grown-up in charge of a busload of noisy, active kids. All those early mornings on the road call for some serious recognition in December. Present your driver with an unexpected goody, and ask the kids to get in the act by decorating the wrapping paper and signing the card.

Babysitters. Competent, dependable child-care providers help keep everything running smoothly on the home front. Without babysitters and nannies, parents might miss those big meetings at work and would surely have to send regrets to lots of dinner parties. Recognize the trusted person taking care of your child with a personalized gift that he or she will enjoy.

Doctors/dentists. Whether it’s the physician who always works you into her schedule or the orthodontist who gives your kids a healthy smile, show your appreciation with a treat for the doctor and the office staff.

When you make the effort to recognize helpful, indispensable people with gifts of gratitude, you’ll discover that it’s a surefire way to put them — and yourself — in the holiday spirit.

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Microsoft Offering Free Mobile Version of Office

Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft.

The suite of applications that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, first released in 1990, generated nearly a third of Microsoft's revenue during its last fiscal year - about $26 billion of $87 billion total. By some estimates, the software accounted for an even higher portion of the company's gross profits.

But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world's largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product.

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Milling Roads Friday October 3rd and Monday October 6th

Milling in NaugatuckNaugatuck residents should be aware that tomorrow on Friday, October 3, and Monday, October 6, pavement milling will take place on Union City Road from Prospect Street to East Waterbury Road in addition to Clark Road from New Haven Road to the Prospect town line. The work schedule is planned to take place from 7 am-4 pm. Drivers, take caution!

The above roads are expected to be repaved in the near future.

During the allotted time frame, the Department of Public Works warns locals that utility structures will be elevated immediately following the milling operations. All drivers should be advised to find a different route, seeing as lane closures will most likely come into effect with officers on post directing traffic.

To view the official press release, via the Borough of Naugatuck's official website, click here.

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    Uptick in US Housing Confidence Driven by an Unlikely Generation

    As the housing recovery continues, Americans are growing more confident in the housing market in general. And that confidence comes in part from a potentially surprising source: millennial renters, who to date have been perceived by many as largely uninterested in and/or unable to attain homeownership.

     

    But even as younger renters express a strong desire to one day buy a home, the question remains if they will be able to just yet, as difficult buying conditions persist. Millennial renters (aged 18-34) often have a lot of student debt and pay very high rents in many of the nation’s largest cities, which can make saving for a down payment difficult. In addition, the inventory of the least expensive, entry-level homes is also tight.

     

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