Grant will fund new home builds and revitalization projects using sustainable construction practices, vehicle donations to Habitat affiliates and support for disaster recovery efforts
Nashville, Tenn. – Moving into a new home is a life-changing experience, according to Nashville homeowner Keisha Crump, who moved into her Nissan-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home in April 2014.
"Maybe once in a lifetime miracles happen, or maybe never," said Crump. "I can truly say that a miracle has happened for me and my family. For that I say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Dozens of homeowners across the United States and Canada will share an experience similar to Crump's in the coming year, thanks to a $1 million donation from Nissan to Habitat for Humanity International. Today Nissan announced the continuation of a longstanding partnership with Habitat to build affordable, sustainable homes in partnership with families in need of decent housing.
Including its current donation, Nissan's total support for Habitat for Humanity amounts to $11.6 million over the past nine years. Nissan's partnership with Habitat began in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Nissan donated 50 Nissan Titan trucks to assist Habitat's response efforts in the Gulf Coast and mobilized employees to assist in-home building. Since 2006, Nissan employees have helped to build 60 homes across the United States. Nissan's employees have logged more than 70,000 volunteer hours building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Tuxedo "So Good" - Nissan presents Off The Stage in an All-New Murano
You know that sinking feeling when you turn your key in the ignition, and instead of the roar of the engine, all you hear is a sad, defeated gurgle? That’s a dead car battery, and it’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Routine maintenance and regular battery checks will significantly lower your risk for the battery blues.
How it works
As you probably already know, the car battery is the essential component that starts your vehicle’s engine. Within the battery, a chemical reaction creates an electrical charge, which subsequently starts the car’s motor. Battery power is also required for your car’s electrical components like cabin and headlights.
Your battery is in the clear if it is consistently working, and clean. Your battery and its cables should be cleaned on a monthly basis with a small, stiff brush like a toothbrush to clear out dirt and debris from the road. Never use any sort of cleanser when cleaning. Healthy batteries should also be clear of corrosion. Brush away the corrosion from battery terminals by dipping a toothbrush into flat dark soda, or a mixture of water and baking soda, before scrubbing. Apply petroleum jelly on the surface after cleaning to prevent future build-up.
If your battery is displaying any of these symptoms, it’s time for a check-up.
Low water in the battery cell could be affecting battery performance. Check the indicator on the side of the battery for the water level. If it needs filling, stop by our service department for a special tool to fill it up.
Age is a huge factor in battery health. Batteries are designed to last about five years, but this lifespan could shorten based on use and maintenance habits. If your battery is five or older, consider getting it checked out.
Cracks in the battery’s plastic casing or other wear on the battery connections could mean damage and are worth a second look.
Loose tie straps need adjusting. Make sure your battery is tightly secured, because engine vibration could knock the battery around and cause damage.
Of course, the biggest sign of an unhealthy battery is a dead one, but it’s much better to routinely maintain your battery than to be left in a lurch without power. Get peace of mind with a power-up at our service department.
We are proud to announce our exclusive Collision Deductible Reimbursement Plan!
The plan works like this:
We will reimburse you up to $500.00 of your deductible for any collision related damage for which you have a deductible on your Master Insurance Policy. Additionally this plan is extends to any vehicle you own that is a part of your Master Insurance Policy and has collision coverage.
Collision repairs must be performed by Tamaroff Motors.
If you are currently carrying a zero deductible policy you can save annually for the next three years on your vehicle insurance by raising your deductible to $500.00; because should you experience a collision we will reimburse your $500.00 deductible!
This is just another reason why “You are better off at Tamaroff”!
There are two main groups of turf grasses: warm weather grasses and cool weather grasses. Bermuda and St. Augustine are examples of warm weather grasses that are easier to maintain during fall and winter because they are dormant. On the other hand, cool weather turf, like Kentucky bluegrass, rye and red fescue grasses hit crucial growth periods in fall, winter, and spring. They grow at slower rates during hot summer weather.
The type of grass on your lawn determines the lawn care tips you should follow to keep your grass looking its best.
The importance of fertilizer
If you have cool weather grass, fertilization should take place in early November, just a couple of weeks after you retire your mower into the garage. Immediately after the application, deeply water your turf. Greenview Fertilizer reports that “...leading scientists recommend applying nitrogen fertilizers to cool season grasses in the spring and fall only, since this is when the grass is actively growing.”
Although some turf experts in certain parts of the country may disagree, Turfgrass Specialist, Richard L. Duble of the Texas Cooperative Extension, believes that warm weather turf benefits in color and overall health in the spring with a late fall application of fertilizer. If you apply about one pound of nitrogen every 30 to 60 days from early spring through late fall, the life of your grass will be extended, making it more attractive.
When to rake and dethatch
Rake any leaves on cool weather grasses in the fall and shred them for mulch. Don’t leave them in piles or the grass underneath will die if you have snow. Fall is also the perfect time to remove any dead grass that has built-up through a process called dethatching. If you don’t dethatch, your turf won’t absorb enough light and moisture. You can make this job easier by renting a power rake or use the dethatch attachment on your lawn mower.
Warm weather grasses should not be raked and dethatched in fall or winter. Instead, this step is appropriate in late spring or early summer when your grass is actively growing and before the intense heat of summer arrives.
Watering grass in fall and winter
After fertilizer is applied in November, stop watering cool weather grasses. It won’t be long until sleet and snow gives your turf all the moisture it needs. Also avoid walking on frost covered or frozen grass to prevent breakage.
If you have warm weather grass, keep watering all fall and winter, especially if your area gets very little rain for ten days or more at a time. In this case, watering deeply but less frequently encourages root growth and health.
Other garden lawn care tips
During fall raise the mowing height of your grass to three or four inches. For both types of seasonal grasses, this added height protects your turf during the winter by helping to protect fragile root growth.
Another tip to remember during winter is to use calcium chloride to remove ice from your driveway. Doing so is less harmful to your turf than using sodium chloride.
How to care for your lawn in fall and winter isn’t difficult, but it will require some effort on your part to achieve the best results no matter where you live.
An easy homemade Halloween costume is just a few steps away
Most superhero costumes start out with the same base: a bathing suit over tights or solid colored pajamas. From there, the details make the hero. Add homemade lightning bolts, crowns, stars, chest letters, belts, or capes to bring the character to life. Don’t forget coordinating socks, boots, or masks. With a little creativity, your child’s hero costume will be more lifelike than those overpriced getups they sell at party stores.
If you’re running low on time, this is a perfect option. Most party and discount stores sell some sort of luau décor. If you can find a grass skirt, some fake flowers and a few leis, you can transform your child into a Hawaiian princess (or prince) and say “Aloha” to savings.
This is a classic. A simple pleated skirt, sweater with a hand-fashioned letter, pom-poms and a megaphone will have your little one ready for the game and a night of trick-or-treating. Naturally, a few ribbons, a ponytail, and tennis shoes would add to the ensemble. If it’s a cold night, just layer tights under the skirt or attach team letters and logos to a chunkier sweater or cardigan for your child to wear.
The menu here is vast and creative. Can-can dancer? A bathing suit with full skirt and multi-colored ruffles underneath will do the trick. Ballerina? Borrow or quickly make a tutu of netting, fluffed out over a leotard with ballet slippers. Charleston flapper? In an instant, you can whip together a shimmery sheath and off-center headband with a silk flower.
This is the ultimate last-minute option. If you have a red shirt somewhere, flip it inside-out so you don’t damage any design on the front, and create stripes with white duct tape. If you can, find some round black glasses, or fashion a pair out of black pipe-cleaners. Finish off the Waldo look with a red beanie. If your kid’s head is small enough, you can make one of these out of a very large red knee-sock with the length trimmed and folded over.
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Are you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet (but not too sweet), new fall staple to add to your recipe box.
(Makes 2 dozen cookies)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.