Friday, September 1, 2017

ROAD CONSTRUCTION PLANNED: Annapolis Severn River Bridge ~ US Rt 50

 Expect Delays on Route 50 Eastbound beginning in September 2017

FALL 2017 ~ The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) has completed the planning and design phase for improvements that will add an additional eastbound lane to the US 50 bridge over the Severn River in Anne Arundel County. The construction work is set to begin soon and be completed by May/June 2018.

If you live on the Broadneck Peninsula, the Eastern Shore or have crossed the bridge to go to the beach or shop the outlets, you know that traffic can be beastly most days. Add in weather or an accident and the traffic can come to a complete halt without an exit to escape.

The frequent congestion at this bottleneck has raised concerns from the public and local governments. Both Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties have made this a top priority. The City of Annapolis has also weighed in on their concern of overflow and cut through traffic through neighborhoods when the bridge is congested or an accident has traffic backed up for hours.

Expect further delays and congestion as a result of the changing road patterns over the next several months while SHA works to complete the $25 million construction project.

For more information on the construction project, visit SHA's website at, click on projects and type US 50 into the search box.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Make Your Own Natural Cleaners: Furniture Polish

Furniture Polish
  • ¾ cup olive oil 
  • Juice of ¼ lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar 
  • 3-4 drops essential oils 
Make your own furniture polish and you’ll have more to be proud of than just the shine! Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, and essential oils in the jar of your choice—it’s as simple as that. When you’re ready to use the polish, wet a cloth and squeeze out the extra water. Dip the cloth into the polish, and wipe onto furniture. Buff with a dry cloth to finish. Always test a small area first.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately?

We all know a clean home can bring great peace of mind. But how do you know if your home is truly clean? Believe it or not, there are many nooks and crannies we regularly forget to clean—whether we intend to or not.

For a truly clean living space, it’s time to really think about where the dirt and grime is hiding—and how often you clean those areas. We’ve outlined some of the biggest culprits, how often they should be cleaned, and how to do it. So grab your rubber gloves and get cleaning!

Garbage Can (Every Week)
Make sure your garbage can is clean by washing it with a diluted solution of bleach and water. Once dry, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom, and let sit for ten minutes. This will help to absorb any residual odors that may lurk around. Be sure to wipe it out with a paper towel and let dry completely before putting in a new bag.

Light Switches (Every Week)
Think about how often you and your family touch the light switches in your home. Now think about how often you clean them! Once a week, spray a household cleaner or rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and wipe down the switch. Don’t spray the cleaner directly on it, as too much cleaner could get behind the switch.

Window Blinds (Every Week)
Window blinds might help filter sunlight, but they also collect dust. If you don’t want a really big chore on your hands, dust your blinds weekly with a microfiber duster in the direction of the slats. For heavier dust, you can use your vacuum—with brush attachment—on its lightest setting.

Ceiling Fan (Every Two Weeks)
Ceiling fans are notorious for collecting dirt and dust. Hello allergies! To clean them, put an old pillowcase over the blade. Hold the blade through the pillowcase, and slide off to collect dust. Repeat on each blade, and then toss the pillowcase in the wash to use again next time.

Washing Machine (Every Month)
Washing machines, particularly front-load washers, can develop a foul smell over time. To ensure yours stays fresh, set your washer to its hottest water setting, add two cups of white vinegar directly in the machine, and run the cycle entirely. Repeat with half a cup of baking soda. Be sure to wipe the machine clean when done—especially around the rubber seals.

Garbage Disposal (Every Month)
The odor that comes from a dirty garbage disposal is not pretty. Tackle that smell with this routine: with the disposal turned off, put a mixture of ice and white vinegar (or salt) into the disposal. Turn on the disposal, and let it run for 10-15 seconds to remove any buildup and grime. Not recommended: dropping a lemon wedge in the disposal as it wears out the blades and can damage your disposal.

Showerhead (Every Month)
Nothing is worse than a weak shower. To keep your showerhead clean and powerful, pour white vinegar into a sandwich bag, and secure the bag around your showerhead with a rubber band. Let the vinegar sit overnight, and then carefully remove in the morning. Wipe the showerhead clean with a cloth.

Dishwasher (Every Month)
Are you noticing your dishes aren’t getting completely clean? Maybe it’s time to clean the dishwasher! When the dishwasher is empty, place one cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack, and run a hot water cycle. Next, add a cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher, and run a short hot water cycle.

Mattress (Every Six Months)
You clean your bed sheets regularly, but what about your mattress? To remove any spot or surface stains, use a cloth and upholstery cleaner. For a quick refresh, you can also sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on top, let sit, and then vacuum with an upholstery attachment.

Pillows (Every Three to Six Months)
Your pillow is one of those often-overlooked but highly-used items that needs a good cleaning once in awhile. You can put them in the washing machine, but be sure to place one on either side to balance the weight. Use the delicate setting with an extra rinse cycle, and be sure to use gentle detergent. Finally, dry on low heat until all moisture is gone. Set aside to air dry completely.

Oven (Every Three to Six Months)
Most of us keep our oven disasters behind closed doors for far too long. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can sprinkle baking soda on the base of the oven and spray vinegar over it until it becomes a light foam. Allow this to sit overnight and then wipe clean the next day. For really grimy areas, use a paste of baking soda and water, and follow the same method.

Following these easy steps to clean these commonly overlooked items will help ensure your home stays clean—and your family stays healthy.