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May 2013

Recall of the Week: Optimus infrared quartz radiant heaters due to fire hazard

Optimus is recalling about 355,000 portable infrared quartz radiant heaters. The heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer, according to the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This recall involves... Read more →


Strong women, aging, stereotypes, banks, shopping, stuff, and the empty nest are topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

Lisa Garon Froman of Tao Flashes is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #308. The boomer blog roundup is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. This week, as spring continues to give us beautiful flowers,... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Louisville Slugger OneX Fastpitch softball bat due to injury hazard from breakage

Hillerich & Bradsby Co. is recalling about 13,000 Louisville Slugger OneX Fastpitch softball bats. The bat’s barrel can separate from the handle during use and strike people nearby, according to the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 170 bat handle separations have been reported to the company.... Read more →


Facts and figures for Mother’s Day this year

The driving force behind Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated... Read more →


Think sustainability for Mother’s Day this year

Mother’s Day is a holiday where food plays a central role as a token of appreciation or a gesture of love. This Mother’s Day, Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson, co-founders of the Food Tank, offer tips for how to create a better, more sustainable celebration: 1. Buy local. Consider cooking... Read more →


Attorney general charges two big banks are violating terms of mortgage settlement

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman plans to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for repeatedly violating the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement. Signed in 2012, the settlement requires the nation’s five largest banks to improve their customer service practices by complying with new mortgage rules called... Read more →


Guns, living life well, parenting, health, sports, finances, and charities are topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #307. As spring is finally underway and May is bringing us flowers, baby boomer bloggers are writing about what’s on their minds as summer approaches. While on vacation, Tom Sightings, of Sightings Over Sixty, saw a billboard advertising a shooting... Read more →


What consumers need to know about crowdfunding

Within days, crowdfunding websites reportedly raised more than $2 million to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. While online giving provides a quick and easy way to support those in need, donors should ask questions and know what to expect when contributing through crowdfunding websites. Crowdfunding websites are... Read more →