Bob Doherty is the branch manager for Wolff Bros. Supply Inc. , wholesalers of plumbing, electrical and other homebuilding supplies, and president of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) serving predominately Portage, Summit and Medina counties. On the show today, he stressed the importance of hiring trusted people to work on your home. You can find those contractors through organizations such as NARI. Bob also is a lighting expert, who says that incandescent light bulbs -- or lamps, as they're called in the trade -- haven't gone away. They're just different now. The new 72-watt lights put out the same amount of light as the old 100-watt bulbs. Wolff Bros. carries lighting as well. For more information, visit the Wolff Bros. website.
Jacqui Flaherty, program manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, just returned this week from the 8-80 Doable Cities Forum in Chicago. It was all about making cities more livable, including adding green spaces and walking and biking paths. The city of Akron has plans in the works. Also, Jacqui says that the Beautification Watch canvassing starts July 1 in Akron. Residents and businesses who have well-kept properties will receive certificates of merit in this program, which runs through the end of July. Finally, Keep Akron Beautiful's Community Pride trailer is available to rent by residents and nonprofit groups. They can use the landscaping equipment in the trailer to beautify vacant lots. Contact Keep Akron Beautiful at 330.375.2116 or visit the site.
Ray and Margie Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.
Scott Shaffer with Simple Recycling says that his company, which is pioneering textile and clothing recyling, works with municipalities to pick up clothes and other items that residents no longer need. The company's first program in this area is in Bath Township, and Norton's starts next week. Later this month, Boston Heights and Northfield Center will follow. For more information: 440-519-9200 or Simple Recycling.
Sarah Binder is president of NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) of Greater Cleveland. She says that homeowners can feel comfortable hiring NARI members to work on their properties because the contractors are put through a screening process when they apply for membership and must adhere to certain ethical standards. For more information: 216.631.7764 or NARI
On this week's show, we learned all about the Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz, which starts Monday, June 9, at four sites in Akron and Barberton, Ohio. In the blitz, each builder "adopts" a house and builds it from scratch in a week. For more about the blitz or Habitat for Humanity, visit Habitat's site.
Our guests were:
Rochelle Fisher, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Summit County
Jeff Tucker of Tucker Building & Design
Peter Paino of Paino Building Corporation
Eric Goff of Goff Builders
We also heard about the third annual Bath Garage Sale, which takes place June 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all over Bath Township. You can pick up a map at the Bake Shop in Ghent, says Nadine Clar, president of the Bath Business Association.
And last but certainly not least, we interviewed Irv Korman, author of I was Jackie Mason's Chauffeur for 5 Minutes and More Celebrity Encounters, and we gave away a signed copy. Irv will sign books June 19 at Buckeye Library in Medina; July 5 at Loganberry Books in Cleveland Heights; and July 19 at the Hudson Library. For more about Irv: Irv Korman
Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson are the co-authors of "A is for Akron: An A to Z list of Akron's Places & Things that Make Us Smile." Published by 1701 Press, a local publisher, the book celebrates the gems of Akron, from the Akron Art Museum to the zoo, and everything in between. Signed copies are available at Karen's gallery, Hazel Tree Interiors. Other copies can be found on amazon.com, at the Akron Art Museum store and other places around town. For more information: A is for Akron
Speaking of stores, Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to building homes and improving neighborhoods. Visit the store at 2301 Romig Rd., Akron. For more information, call 330.745.7734.
Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance, advises homeowners to read their insurance policy carefully. For example, a lot of policies exclude damage to trees, shrubs and plants in the yard, and a lot of people have been dealing with that lately because of high winds. To reach Tim, visit his website or call 330.896.7777.