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Seniors get advice on adapting their homes for safety’s sake at Senior Expo in … – The Plain Dealer

View full sizeMaggie Calkin, senior staff member at IDEAS (Innovative Designs in Environment for an Aging Society) Consulting Inc. of Kirtland, gave the keynote presentation at the Senior Expo in Cleveland Heights.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Something as simple as a brighter light bulb or clutter-free room can make the difference between an elderly couple staying safely in their cherished home, or suffering a fall that leads to other consequences.

That’s why the goal of the Senior Expo on Tuesday at the Cleveland Heights Senior Center was empowering seniors to stay in their homes for as long as possible, said Wesley Walker, Home Repair Resource Center senior repair specialist. “Everyone here is committed to help seniors take control of their lives,” Walker said.

The expo was sponsored by the Home Repair Resource Center, a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland Heights that offers home repair classes and other support for homeowners. About 70 homeowners heard speakers and gathered information flyers from businesses and organizations offering services to the elderly. The event was open to residents across Northeast Ohio.

Maggie Calkin, senior staff member at IDEAS (Innovative Designs in Environment for an Aging Society) Consulting Inc. of Kirtland, gave the keynote presentation, “Can I Get Old in This House, and Still Enjoy My Life?” She is a nationally recognized expert on environments for people with dementia.

The aging process causes changes in mobility, lower body strength, vision, hearing and cognitive abilities, she said. These changes lead to challenges in getting in and out of the house, moving from room to room in the house and using the bathroom and kitchen.

Here are Calkin’s tips for fixing potentially dangerous conditions found in many homes:


Rake up leaves that can get slippery in the rain.

Change the front yard’s landscaping so that the ground gently slopes up to the front door, rather than building a clunky wood ramp. Some seniors feel that the wooden ramp announces their mobility problems to passersby.

Add lighting to walkways, and keep paths clear of garden hoses and lawn decorations.

Place a table near an outside door so there is a place to set down packages, leaving hands free to find the door key and unlock the door.

Look into door alarms and other systems that alert caregivers when an Alzheimer’s patient has wandered away. There are wall posters that look like bookcases that can be used to hide a door from someone who shouldn’t walk outside unaccompanied.


Clean up clutter; it makes dementia patients disoriented, Calkin said.

Use chairs with side arms and be sure there is a color contrast between the bottom edge of the chair and the floor so that the elderly resident can clearly see the chair’s edge doesn’t have a mishap while sitting down.

Install grab bars to make it easier to get out of bed.


Place lights at the top and bottom of the stairs, and handrails on both sides.

Be sure that the sink and toilet are contrasting colors from the rest of the room to make them easier for someone with impaired vision to see. “So many of our bathrooms are white on white on white,” Calkin said.

Raise the toilet on a platform, and install a shower that a wheelchair can roll into. Install grab bars on both sides of the toilet.


When elderly people can no longer reach items on high shelves, they often keep items on countertops, leading to a cluttered and unsafe room, Calkin said. If a kitchen renovation is affordable, install low drawers instead of cabinets.

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Input sought on Olmos Park EDC’s plan

The Olmos Park Economic Development Corp. is asking residents, businesses and city staff how they view its proposal for further improving McCullough Avenue.

While EDC members believe they are making progress enhancing the main business corridor, one former City Council member posits the EDC has lost sight of its mission.

The EDC hosted a town hall Sept. 9 at City Hall, where more than 20 people sounded off on an estimated $2 million worth of recommended work.

“People were extremely positive about the overall concept of improving sidewalks, pedestrian safety, landscaping, nicer bus stops and ensuring (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance,” EDC President Deb Prost said.

Prost said the EDC is following through with feasible improvements locals identified in a 3-year-old survey. The then-City Council passed a resolution directing the EDC to pursue those results.

Local architects and engineers aided an EDC committee with conceptual drawings and technical/traffic studies for potential McCullough upgrades.

The EDC recently has supported helping businesses update or relocate their signage. The corporation also funded an engineering study that resulted in local utilities installing new holes. The council has endorsed the EDC’s application for a Transportation Alternative Program federal grant to fund McCullough upgrades.

Some council members had expressed uneasiness about the grant application process and some aspects of the proposal.

“If we get the grant, I think it would be a great, functional thing,” said Mayor Kenneth Farrimond about more improvements.

But he warned that the odds are stacked against Olmos Park. The city of San Antonio has applied for $11 million through the same program.

Prost has pledges from San Antonio District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal and Bexar County that would go toward matching portions of the TAP grant. The city of Olmos Park, too, would have a matching part.

“If we can’t get this grant, (McCullough) would have to be a long-term project,” Farrimond said.

The results of the survey yielded a controversial “vision” document that led to the council removing all EDC board members in 2011.

“I think there were some good ideas in that vision plan. The problem was, they didn’t have good data,” Prost said.

She added newer technical studies and better communication among the EDC, businesses, officials and residents have proven beneficial.

Not all are satisfied. Former Councilman Jeff Judson emailed city officials last week, supporting proposed incremental improvements. But he opposes any suggested road reconfigurations, saying those are the responsibility of the city, not the EDC’s — something Prost acknowledges. He also questioned the EDC’s mission.

“What are the EDC’s goals and have they been met? These are all questions for council to ask itself,” Judson stated. “If little or no success can be measured, then City Council should sunset the EDC.”

Judson recommended the council consider calling an election to abolish the EDC and part of the local sales tax that funds it. He said a council-appointed committee could take the board’s place, among other changes.

Farrimond praised the EDC’s recent work as a whole.

“With the grant, yes, we’re shooting for a home run. If we don’t get it or get some of it, we’ll do the project in manageable pieces,” Prost said.

Olmos Park residents and merchants are invited to respond to the survey at by Monday, Sept. 22.

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Staten Island apartment complex gets a $46 million facelift – Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sharon and Santo Merillo were speechless when they first saw all the improvements in their one-bedroom unit at Terrace Gardens Apartments in Concord, where they have resided for the last 35 years.

“This used to be like a dungeon. We got a new kitchen, and I mean everything — floors, walls, stoves, refrigerators — even a range hood. It’s just beautiful,” said Mrs. Merillo, who, with her husband of 44 years, raised three children in Terrace Gardens, a Section 8 complex.

“We got new elevators and a new laundry room, and now we feel safe. If you needed something fixed years ago, like the toilet, you had to wait. I’m not ashamed to come here no more, and it’s very secure. You can’t get in without a key now,” she added.

Located at 195 and 231 Steuben Street, Terrace Gardens consists of two adjacent multi-family buildings with 198 units. After being purchased by new owners last year and fueled with $46 million in state funding, the apartment complex now looks “like new,” Mrs. Merillo said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the complex Tuesday. The renovations are the buildings’ first since opening in the 1970s.

This project “keeps this community together because that’s what it is. It’s not just an apartment; it’s a community where families and individuals live safely. This is about keeping Staten Islanders on Staten Island where they belong,” said Darryl C. Towns, commissioner and CEO of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, which helped fund the renovations.

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to live, and with these renovations, dozens of Staten Island residents and families will have just that,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a written statement. “Our $1 billion House New York program — along with investment in community projects like Terrace Gardens — is part of this administration’s strong and unwavering commitment to create and preserve high-quality affordable housing across New York.”

The developer, Arker Companies, completed a top-to-bottom refitting and refurbishing that incorporates Art Deco design elements with renovations that included kitchens, bathrooms, all common areas, roofs, electrical fixtures, insulation, repairs to brick-pointing, interior wall and doors and landscaping.

Other renovations included repaved parking lots, sidewalk repairs, a security system and a cogeneration plant to reduce energy operating costs.

Having suffered persistent and chronic breakdowns in recent years, Terrace Gardens’ elevators also have been outfitted with new cabs and machinery.

“This multifamily building was victim to over 200 code violations, broken windows and non-working elevators. The buildings suffered from years of neglect, making these residences functionally obsolete, and unable to provide quality housing to its residents,” said Allan Arker with Arker Companies, which purchased the property last year as part of a tax-exempt bond financing deal.

The project’s total development cost was $45.9 million, which was financed in part by $27 million in tax-exempt bonds through Homes and Community Renewal and purchased by Citibank in the first-ever affordable private placement in New York.

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La Quinta sees new vision for SilverRock Resort

A mini-Riverwalk similar to San Antonio’s with retail and restaurants. Two hotels surrounding the current golf course with nightlife, entertainment, pool activities and conference space.

People riding beach cruisers along a trail system that circulates throughout the 500-plus acre property. Luxury camping – known as glamping — and edible landscaping.

That was the picture developers of the long-anticipated SilverRock Resort painted for the La Quinta City Council and public during a presentation Tuesday.

And from people’s reaction – many are excited and can’t wait for its completion. The luxury hotel would be the first feature to open in the fall of 2018. The developer is working to secure either the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Montage, St. Regis or Rosewood.

“We need more hotels. I’ll rent every room in the month of April. I think it’s needed,” said Skip Paige, senior vice president with Goldenvoice, which produces the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in April at the neighboring Empire Polo Club in Indio.

The city selected Meriwether and the Robert Green Companies last year to develop the $420 million resort. Grading and infrastructure work could begin in early 2016.

What some city officials like about the project is its appeal to a wide demographic and not just tourists.

“It will be a unique destination,” said Councilwoman Linda Evans. “It’s inclusive … it’s a gathering place for our resident and valley residents.”

Project details include:

• Reconfiguration of the current Arnold Palmer golf course to accommodate a luxury hotel.

• A 140-room, 123,000-square-foot luxury hotel and spa with lobby and pool bars, fitness center and a restaurant.

• 35 single-family luxury homes ranging in size from 2,800 to 4,500 square-feet with access to the luxury hotel amenities.

• A 200-room, 126,000-square-foot “lifestyle” hotel with a spa, fitness center, lobby and pool bar and nightclub.

• 60 homes ranging in size from 2,100 to 3,500 square feet with potential to be used by lifestyle hotel when not used by the owner.

• A 71,000 square foot conference center with ballroom and meeting space for use by both hotels.

• Promenade mixed-use village with 150,000 square feet of residential units, up to 25,000 square feet of retail, and recreation areas such as water play facilities, community gardens, luxury camping and trails.

• A 16,500 square foot permanent clubhouse area with large patios and event lawn space.

Mayor Don Adolph said he was glad to finally see something happen on that property, purchased by the city in 2002 to help generate revenue and provide golf for residents.

“We are just so happy to see things moving forward. There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

He did not mention his disappointment on Tuesday, but Adolph told The Desert Sun last week, he had hoped to see a second golf course as part of the project and was concerned with its absence.

City Council will discuss financial and business details on Oct. 7, including assistance of up to $27 million from the city through remaining redevelopment agency bond proceeds and a transient occupancy tax agreement.

Approval of a purchase agreement and development agreement could then happen at its Nov. 4 meeting, after review by the Planning Commission.

“It’s great to bring this to the public to let them see what we’ve been working on,” said Mayor Pro Tem Lee Osborne.

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Every Blooming Thing: Now is the time to think about next year – Appeal

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:35 pm

Updated: 6:35 pm, Tue Sep 16, 2014.

Every Blooming Thing: Now is the time to think about next year

Millie Seiber/For the Corning Observer

According to Lewis Carroll’s Walrus, the time has come to talk of many things — like cabbages and kings. More specifically of cabbages. Now that our gardens and landscaping have survived an unusual summer where everything was drastically accelerated, its time to start planning for next year.

You might think this a little early to be making plans, but believe me if you don’t start now you’ll be left behind. Besides, right now it is fresh in your mind which plantings were more successful, whether you should have watered some plants more than you did, whether you should have cut back the vegetation on some in order to get better results, etc.

One of the first things, of course, is to clean up your veggie garden and integrate as much fertilizer as possible to get it ready. My husband really gets into it — he visits a local dairy and buys the dried contents of their barnyard by the trailer load to mix in to the veggie garden soil. This can take a lot of time but the results are worth it.

Next you need to shape your fruit trees and shrubs the way you want them to grow. You should take a good long look to evaluate their directions and intentions.

After the cosmetic care your plants will need comes the thought of whether the newer ones might need special winter protection. I, in particular, need to do this because I have a problem — I’ve never visited a nursery and come out empty-handed. I’ll grant you it can be hard to plan because Mother Nature usually has her own plans, but we can at least try to win in this contest we have with her every year.

When the time comes to plant your garden I would recommend sitting down and taking note of which veggies did well this last summer. One thing I try to do is get fresh seeds which would probably be more viable. As to things like tomato plants if you had good luck with plants from one source I would continue with them for the coming year. This last summer we bought some tomato plants named “Supersonic” mainly because we were intrigued by the name. They lived up to their name in spades. I have never seen tomatoes produce the way they did.

Keeping records does sound like a major pain in the neck but even an elementary list of what was planted when and howwell it grew will be a help.

Once you have done all you can to prepare for the new season you can look around and say “OK Mother Nature, now you do your part.”

The Red Bluff Garden Club is affiliated with the Cascade District Garden Club; California Garden Clubs, Inc.; Pacific Region Garden Clubs; and National Garden Clubs, Inc.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:35 pm.

Updated: 6:35 pm.

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