One of the things that we love the most is finding those local, small business gems in and around the Levittown area that you may not already be familiar with. Recently, a local HVAC company uncovered a delightful mom-and-pop salon in Bristol Borough and they decided to tell the story on their blog. Continue reading
Residents in the Levittown area are wondering what’s causing the recent increase in air conditioning condenser thefts this past holiday weekend. These crimes wreaked havoc on some local businesses and even a church. Reports say it’s related to drug addicts trying to get their hands on some quick cash.
We spoke to Mike of BK & Sons, a scrap metal business on Southampton Road in Philadelphia who agrees. “While 99% of our business is done with established companies who have proper, legal ownership of the scrap they trade in, we still see a fair number of walk-ins looking to scrap small amounts of metal and we have no way to know where they got it.”
Most scrap metal yards have policies requiring scrappers to show a current driver’s license for any metal worth over $100.00. Since the market price of copper is down to $2.65 a pound, these thieves are scoring between $30 and $40 for the core of the units, consequently, when they scrap the stolen goods they don’t have to produce identification!
Condenser thefts damage more than just the comfort of our homes and our peace of mind.
When thieves hastily disassemble the units in search of copper to sell for scrap, freon and other hazardous refrigerants are released into the air. No matter which side you fall on the argument about climate change or ozone depletion, these chemicals are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under The Section 608 Refrigerant Recycling Act. Under the Act, the EPA is authorized to assess fines of up to $37,500 per day for any violation of these regulations. There’s reportedly a $10,000 reward for turning over evidence of anyone violating this regulation, however, the insiders we spoke to told us that the EPA is just too busy to follow-up on these minor violations.
According to a Levittown State Farm Insurance agent who wishes to remain anonymous, while her office has not experienced an increase in claims related to thefts of homeowner’s air conditioner condensers, she has seen an increase in homeowners who report being victimized by this latest craze in scrap-related theft. “The combination of the homeowner’s deductible and the hesitance to have such a minor claim on their record usually winds up causing the unfortunate homeowner to absorb the cost of system replacement.”
But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from this “perfect crime”, as we found out when we spoke to John Musser of local HVAC contractor, ECI Comfort.
Baseball season is upon us.
Soon, our kids will manage to coat their new cleats with mud from pre-pre- season practices on extra muddy (if not frozen) fields.
Our weekends will fill with practice schedules, in an effort to loosen up rusty players.They will soon getting their pitching arms prepared, gloves broken in and bats swinging.
I presented my loyal Facebook fans with a writing prompt, quite a few obliged.
The prompt was simple.
Finish this sentence “Comfort is….”
Comfort comes in all shapes and sizes. Everyone has their own idea of what comfort is. The focus of this blog is to share with other Levittowners, your comfort experience, and also to share things that may have made you feel not so comfortable. Neighbors helping neighbors, is the true beauty of this hyper-local niche website.
For many OCD, overly- organized types, January is quite an exciting month. It is the month for a fresh new calendar.
Just think about that for a minute, a fresh sheet of paper, proudly displaying a new month and new year at the top. Doesn’t it make your heart flutter? Okay, maybe it’s just me.
As we welcome January, we reflect on the qualities of this quiet month.
January is special, as it is the door to the new year. There is a lot of pressure to be January.
You’ve definitely got your work cut out for you.
With the holidays behind us, and new year looming, it can only mean one thing, it’s time to start counting calories, exercising, organizing and creating a better life. Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, January is definitely the month to just do it. From getting healthy to getting organized, January is that clean slate month.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. ~ Andy Rooney
I love this quote, yet only moments after opening presents, my OCD took over and I threw out all the wrapping paper at once, then began stacking gifts into neat little piles. After that, I started the pile for returns.
When I ask Levittown residents who they call for help with their homes, there is a story or a reason behind each recommendation. Readers have shared their favorite plumber, and not just someone to call when your pipes are clogged, but someone they trust when they are ready to add that new bathroom, too.
If you grew up in Levittown, you remember the house in Kenwood with the living room window display at Christmas time. Growing up in Levittown, it became a family tradition for many.
We spent many Christmases stopping by to see the Kenwood House. This wasn’t your everyday holiday decorating. This house was not a drive-by. The house on Kenwood Drive was a house that demanded to be seen, up close.