Hot gifts to rev-up your cool factor

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Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think. Whether personally placing it under their tree or shipping it from several states away, you can put smiles on the faces of family and friends…

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How Flexible Spending Accounts make healthcare affordable

Flexible Spending Accounts help make healthcare more affordable and yet they have gotten a bad rap due to the common misconception that you forfeit what you don’t use. But did you know that the IRS modified the “Use It or Lose It” rule in 2013, and now allows up to $500 in unused funds to…

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Three dolphins are expecting at Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, has announced that three bottlenose dolphins in its care are pregnant. Allie, 27; Noelani, 11; and Allison, 9, are due to give birth this fall and winter. The pregnancies are part of the zoo’s successful breeding program and its commitment to a sustainable and healthy dolphin population…

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Fly through holiday travel with ease

For many, travel is as essential to holiday festivities as the jolly old elf himself. Heeding the advice of seasoned travel pros can help take the headache and hassle out of your holiday travel this year. Saving time and finding travel options to fit your budget are especially important this time of year. Fortunately, websites…

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Holiday Lighting 101

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While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark — along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season. The LightKeeper “Pros” have developed tips to keep holiday lights and spirits bright, and keep everyone safe, too.{{more}} á Measure: To…

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Medicare Open Enrollment and Marketing Fraud

We’re in the middle of Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period and beneficiaries have a lot of choices, as evidenced by the flood of mailings from insurance companies. During Open Enrollment, which ends December 7, people with Medicare who have a Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan can choose to keep or…

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Dolphin calves celebrate first birthdays

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Brookfield Zoo is celebrating two special birthdays. Merlin and MagicÑ dolphins born on Oct. 16 and Oct. 28, respectivelyÑare reaching an important milestone by turning 1 year old. These two dolphin care success stories are particularly interesting because of the different paths by which the calves reached their first birthdays. Merlin was raised by his…

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Wines in the Wild fundraiser at Brookfield Zoo

Sample exquisite wine and liquor from around the world, at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Wines in the Wild fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18. The annual event, which is hosted by the Society’s Women’s Board, will be held in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center from 6-9 p.m. During the evening function, guests will be able to sample…

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Church Corner from 10-2-14

Chicago CHOIRS TO BE IN CONCERT IN MORGAN PARK The Fall Festival of Choirs Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., Chicago. HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION COMING IN NOVEMBER The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church is sponsoring an electronic/hazardous waste collection from 8:30 to 11 a.m.,…

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