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What to Do With A Clogged Stubborn Drain – Drain Cleaning Can Save Your Home

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When you have a stubborn clogged drain that’s going slow, you can definitely have a lot of frustration. But what you may not know is that before you call a local plumber there are plenty of things you can try before you make the call that are safe and effective ways. No, it’s not loading your drain with chemicals that can cause more problems. You also don’t want to run your own pipe snakes either, without knowing what’s causing the clog, as this can cause issues like broken sewer pipes, and much more. In this guide, we’ll give you some tips that you can use to possibly clear those annoying clogs.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar

Try filling the drain with baking soda and then poor white vinegar down the drain (if you want, you can use apple cider vinegar which has a little higher acidity level and can help to eliminate problems like clogged drain from hair, other corrosive slimes, and more. Then you just flush it the next day with hot or boiling water.

Try Boiling Water

You can boil a large pot of water and try pouring hot water down, which can help to quickly get rid of things like food grease, and even food particles. If you do this a few times, you may be able to dislodge the clog. Another thing you can do if boiling water is standing is to use a plunger (be careful to not burn yourself) and plunge the water down the drain.

Straightened Wire Hangers

You can use an old hanger that you open up and straighten (just bend the end about ¼ of an inch to make a little hook-like shape to catch anything). You can easily do this and get rid of things like hair. Don’t try to force the hanger down the drain though, or you could be stopping the pipe up more.

Get a Wet/Dry Shop-Vac

Using a wet/dry chop vac can help a lot too. Create a nice little seal over the drain (if you have dual sinks, use the plug in the other one to make an air-tight seal), and then turn the vacuum on. You want to make sure your vacuum has a powerful enough suction though in order to try it. This may not actually get rid of anything.

Sodium Hydroxide

You can purchase caustic soda, or sodium hydroxide at just about any home hardware store. This method can be dangerous, so you want to make sure that you wear rubber gloves and some safety glasses or goggles (use proper PPE to protect your skin from splatter). Pour a few cups of sodium hydroxide into about 3 quarts of cold water. As the solution starts to fizz, it’s going to heat up. Pour it down the drain and after 30 minutes, flush the drain with hot water as often as you need.

When all of any of these methods don’t work, you may want to get a plumber involved like CorePlumbingSD Unclog It. They’ll have the tools necessary to help you remove the clog or find out if the problem may be deeper than just right inside of your drain (sewer pipes for example can get clogged or crushed and cause air pockets that can make your drains run slower). Be sure to give a licensed plumber a call if you have any problems beyond this point when it comes to slow drains if you don’t have the tools necessary to fix the problem yourself.

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TDF partnership sends 1400 service members to Broadway and Off Broadway during Fleet Week

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For the second year in a row, TDF, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, has partnered with the Community Foundation of New Jersey to help obtain and distribute 1400 tickets to 11 Broadway and two Off-Broadway shows. These tickets will be given at no cost to members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Blue Star Families, who will be in New York City during this year’s Fleet Week, May 22 to May 28, 2024.

The 13 shows that service members will see for free are Back to the Future: The Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Great Gatsby, Hamilton, Hell’s Kitchen, The Lion King, MJ, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Outsiders, The Play That Goes Wrong, SIX, Titanique, and Water for Elephants.

“This is the second year of our partnership with the Community Foundation of New Jersey, and we are honored once again to facilitate tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway for our service members during Fleet Week,” said TDF Executive Director Deeksha Gaur. “We know from our companion program for veterans that attending the theatre can support healing and help build community.  But most of all, we are thrilled that service members will get to experience the magic and joy of New York theatre at no cost to them.”

The Community Foundation of New Jersey serves approximately 1,160 fundholders—individuals, families, and businesses with philanthropic funds, which they use to recommend grants to worthy causes and communities.

“Funds at the Community Foundation of New Jersey may be used to directly improve people’s lives beyond the usual grantmaking, and this is a great example of that,” said Madeline Rivera, Program Officer at the Community Foundation. “Unique philanthropic ideas like these enable us to have broad impact in areas important to our fundholders.”

Those wishing to donate so that service members can attend future performances should contact Madeline Rivera at the Community Foundation of New Jersey atmrivera@cfnj.org or (973) 267-5533.

The Community Foundation of New Jersey creates and scales custom solutions for purpose-driven individuals, families, and businesses. From creative projects that tackle critical societal or policy issues, to scholarship funds, corporate philanthropy, legacy funds, and donor-advised funds, CFNJ manages nearly every kind of giving vehicle and tailors solutions to meet critical needs. CFNJ’s specialists understand the unique contours of communities and manage the scope of CFNJ investment and grantmaking capabilities with precision. With $790 million in assets, the CFNJ grants tens of millions of dollars each year through its more than 1,100 funds. In 2023, CFNJ granted more than $70 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and beyond.

Founded in 1968, TDF (formerly known as Theatre Development Fund) is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. We fulfill our mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities, and support the makers of the performing arts.

We are known for our theatregoing programs, including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths (which celebrated 50 years in Times Square in 2023) and the TDF Membership Program; TDF Accessibility Programs (including open captioning, audio description, Autism Friendly Performances and the Veterans Theatregoing Program); Education programs (serving more than 10,000 NYC public school students annually), and Community programs (serving 18,000 people in the tristate area); as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible, and inspirational. To learn more about TDF, go to tdf.org; Facebook/Instagram/Threads: @tdfnyc.

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Voices for Victoria Launches Call-To-Action Campaign Ahead of June 6th: National Naloxone Awareness Day

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In today’s America, there is an urgent ongoing crisis which can no longer go on. Within the last year, it was reported that over 112,000 lives were lost to opioid- and fentanyl-related overdoses. This epidemic is affecting everyone from all walks of life, leaving all vulnerable to the horrific nature of what has become a sad mark on our country’s history.

The crucial time to turn this statistic around and to create a better tomorrow has arrived, and we’re all responsible for answering the call. Voices for Victoria is a movement that was initiated by philanthropist Nancy Ross in support of the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization founded with a mission of educating individuals on substance abuse prevention and addiction resources.

Dedicated to spreading awareness about opioid overdose reversal medications like Naloxone, Victoria’s Voice is collectively working day and night to bring attention to a mass movement for change. In need of assistance from advocates, celebrities, and government officials alike, the organization is asking for individuals to join the mission to generate more education and accessibility for Naloxone. At the same time the trailblazers are educating communities about its life-saving potential. They firmly believe that everyone deserves to have access to this vital medication.

For Ross—a mother, investigative journalist, philanthropist, and overdose awareness advocate—the fight to save the next generation is one that hits close to home.

“It’s so important that we are creating the kind of world that’s conducive for not only our children to inhabit, but generations upon generations of teenagers who are going to eventually learn about the impacts of substance addiction,” Ross asserts. “As a mom, I want to know that I’m helping to create a better world for my three children, and for the many students and community members whom this has already affected. We have to fight to save people from the clutches of this epidemic.”

By kickstarting an empowering #VoicesForVictoria social media campaign, this initiative sends a powerful message to communities across the nation that tangible reform is just around the corner, and that no one life should go overlooked. Using a platform has the influence to make a real difference in this fight against opioid overdose deaths.

“I learned about Naloxone after attending an event for Victoria’s Voice, and was blown away by the work they were doing in the community,” Ross says. “Imagine, Victoria could’ve been my own child. The thought that parents are losing their children due to a simple lack of awareness surrounding Naloxone is heartbreaking, but Voices for Victoria is working to remedy that. We are going to make a real difference through this movement.”

As both a parent and public figure, Ross feels responsible for helping to spread the word. As she joins with Victoria’s Voice, the philanthropist seeks to get others to respond to the call of advocacy, and to get the message about Naloxone out to every part of this country.

By reaching wider audiences, #VoicesForVictoria allows even more individuals to join the movement and encourage others to learn more about the life-saving capabilities of Naloxone. From neighbors to friends to loved ones, involvement with this campaign has the profound ability to save millions of people from succumbing to preventable deaths. Through Naloxone awareness, Victoria’s Voice.

Various initiatives leading up to National Naloxone Awareness Day on June 6 are in the works, with one such notable event featuring media personality and the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, with a live TikTok and Q&A session on Saturday, May 18 at 3pm EST. Belfort is helping to lead the charge to help save the next generation before it is too late. The critical information will be on his feed in front of his 3.6 million followers on his TikTok account, @wolfofwallstreet.

Victoria’s Voice was founded after Victoria Siegel—the daughter of “The Real Queen of Versailles” icon Jackie Siegel—passed away from a drug overdose on June 6, 2015, at just 18 years old. Victoria was just one of 129 Americans who lost their lives to  a drug overdose on that day. Since then, a staggering number of families across the United States have lost a loved one to overdose. In fact, nearly 300 people die from a drug overdose every single day in this country.

Join the movement today, and save lives with Voices for Victoria on the Victoria’s Voice Foundation official website.

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Del Maguey VIDA Puebla Delights with Dazzling Twist on Cocktails

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This week in New York City the tastemakers in town got to delight in a dazzling twist on cocktails.

Del Maguey launched an incredible Twist on a Classic campaign, encouraging drinkers to swap out the spirit in any classic cocktail and sub in Del Maguey VIDA Puebla, the newest addition to Del Maguey’s line of artisanal Mezcals that was crafted specifically to be the perfect cocktail base.

The surprising and bold sips were both refreshing and full of joyful expressions. For those who are new to Mezcal this is not only the best on the market – it is also deeply meaningful. With 25 unique expressions, there is a world of wonder that is yours to discover. You will fall in love.

To celebrate this launch, the brand perfectly partnered with Los Angeles based designer With Love, Lenny – whose brand is known to take classic denim and twist it with customizations. Together they are creating a line of Del Maguey VIDA Puebla cocktail designs.

Here are some amazing drinks you need to try to make your summer sizzle with delight. ENJOY!

VIDA Negroni

    • 1 part Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
    • 1 part Campari
    • Build in a mixing glass, add ice, stir. Pour over a large cube
    • Garnish with an orange peel, (and cherries for With Love, Lenny style).
    • Serve in a rocks glass.

VIDA-Rita

    • 2 parts Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • ¾ parts lime juice
    • ¾ parts agave syrup
    • Method: shale, pour, top with ice
    • Garnish with a lime wedge
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Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating host a Hot Dog Eating Contest with Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw

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A time-honored tradition rewarding the most skillful engorgement, Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating will host a real deal hot dog eating contest under the shadow of the most imposing frank of all, Hot Dog in the City. Featuring both reputable competitors and amateur eaters alike, the top male and female finishers from the Times Square-based qualifying event will compete at the ESPN-televised 2024 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th.

According to Nathan’s Famous, the origin story of this celebrated competition is rooted in a performance of patriotism — supposedly on July 4th in 1916, four European immigrants were arguing about who amongst them is more American, and decided to settle it with a hot dog eating contest. Regardless of its true roots, the annual Coney Island event has sparked a bona fide endurance sport and storied American spectacle. Join us to witness champion chewers take on the seemingly impossible with maximum bravado in Times Square.

Hot Dog in the City Public Programming & Events Schedule:

Daily, April 30 – June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Confetti Celebrations

Broadway & 46th St

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 6-8pm

Condiment Wars: A Wrestling Match featuring EWA and Choke Hole

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 10, 2024 | 5-6pm

The Hottest Dog Show: A Canine Beauty Pageant with AKC Museum of the Dog

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 12-1pm

Hot Dog Eating Contest with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs & Major League Eating

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 12-5pm

To Be Frank: A Hot Dog Summit with The Town Hall

The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St

Tickets Required

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Closing Ceremony & Election Results

Visit tsq.org/hotdog for more information on upcoming Hot Dog in the City programming and events.

The Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held on Duffy Square in Times Square, at Broadway & W 46th Street. The sculptural installation, Hot Dog in the City will be on view on the Broadway pedestrian plaza between 46th and 47th Sts through June 13, 2024.

Closest subway lines include 1, A, C, E at 50th Street Station; B, D, E at 7th Avenue; B, D, F, M at 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R, W at 49th Street Subway Station.

We intend to hold this outdoor event in (light) rain or shine, but we will monitor the weather and share updates closer to event dates if necessary. Events may be canceled should severe weather conditions be forecasted.

There will be is ADA Accessible seating/viewing area. For guests needing special accommodation, please email Times Square Arts at arts@tsq.org.

Frankfurters, wieners, Coneys, red hots! Dynamic artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw take street meat to new heights with a 65 foot long sculpture of the iconic New York City style hot dog. Complete with hydraulics and bursts of confetti, this spectacular animatronic installation sited in the heart of Times Square will also be an anchor for serious talks, playful performances, and political debate. With equal parts spectacle, celebration, and critique, Catron and Outlaw symbolically supersize the all-American hot dog to examine consumption, capitalism, class, and contemporary culture. Hot Dog in the City builds upon the artists’ layered conceptual practice which spans elaborate large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations and immersive experiences, often infused with humor and camp to prompt cultural and political commentary.

Jen Catron (b. 1984, Bluford, Illinois) and Paul Outlaw (b. 1980, Fairhope, Alabama) are collaborative artists who create elaborately staged large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations, participatory performances that oscillate between the tragic and absurd. The duo’s enduring fascination with gastronomy and performance took them all the way to the reality TV show “Chopped,” which became the pinnacle of their performative fish fry food truck project. Catron and Outlaw often use humor, camp, and spectacle as a subtle veil for subversion, and their layered conceptual works become a genuinely playful and entertaining platform for pointed cultural and political commentary. The two first met and joined forces while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located outside of Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, they relocated their art practice to Brooklyn, New York, where they continue to live and work. Their work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Postmasters Gallery.

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The Perfect Travel and Summer Sandal

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Ipanema sandals are based in Brazil, and the sandal is named after one of the most famous beaches worldwide. Ipanema sandals are made with a durable Flexpand 100% recyclable plastic and use at least 30% recycled materials, while 99% of all factory waste is recycled or reused.

I Turkey this summer. Last year I really needed a sandal that looked great but handled well in water. Have you ever notice that a lot of summer shoes slip and slide when it rains? Also the beaches of the Mediterian  They take up no room in suitcase or a purse, are incredibly light being that they are all made of rubber. It feels like you are wearing nothing at all, yet are sturdy. These are perfect and you will not need another pair of sandals for anything.

I got the Ipanema Women’s Class Edge Glow Sandals ($32). The Ipanema Shimmer sandals are so soft, and feel great. They are silent when you walk in them, with no noise on the ground and no noise of anything hitting your foot. They also have a section on top that connects to the band around your ankle; this is the shimmer part. The strap is adjustable and o nce adjusted you do not need to undo it each time, making them very easy to slip on since the material is so stretchy.

I will definitely be ordering more.

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