Category Archives: June 2010

The Janitorial Closet Makeover

As part of a charity event, several luxury apartments in a prestigious Chicago condominium were opened for visitors to admire. It gave people an opportunity to see “how the other half lives.” One unit especially caught the attention of many visitors, not only because of its design and furnishings, but also because of the scores of closets. In fact, there were so many that some nosy visitors decided to open a couple. To their surprise, they found the closets dirty … Continue reading

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For Best Results, Mix It Up

When it comes to spray equipment, mixing products well is critical. This is particularly true for landscape and golf applications that involve products that are not water-soluble, such as granular fertilizers. A number of problems may occur if a product is not mixed well: • Incorrect or uneven application rates. In either case, money will be wasted on buying the extra product, redoing the work, or fixing undesired results. • Tank buildup. This occurs when materials settle at the bottom … Continue reading

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Is There A Future In The Past?

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood in Long Beach, Calif., are 4.7 acres of Spanish, Mexican and American history, where families helped transform southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. Rancho Los Cerritos includes an 1844 adobe building, formal gardens and landscaped grounds. It is a national, state and local landmark, owned and operated by the city as a public museum and historic site since 1955. As the country’s economic crisis works its way to the … Continue reading

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Park Perks

It never occurred to me, but the vast majority of my “free” time is spent in a park. According to my calendar, my family visited nine parks a total of 12 times in three different cities last week. The week before, we visited 11 parks in two different states. In fact, as far as I can tell, the last time somebody in our family didn’t set foot in a park was February 28. Today is May 14. This either makes … Continue reading

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“Model” Behavior

Transforming concepts into reality is very much like combining music and words: one method of communication helps get the idea across. So, although the “toolboxing” technique featured in this column is original to the parks and recreation profession, it should not be a surprise that a similar approach–in a totally different field–was conceived in the early 1960s: Model-Netics. The brainchild of Harold S. Hook, Model-Netics formally was introduced to the insurance industry in 1971, and continues to thrive today. Hook … Continue reading

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