Southcoast Health gears up for busy flu season with outdoor clinics – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA

NEW BEDFORD — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced its flu vaccination campaign kickoff on Oct. 1 and local hospitals are jumping in and taking action through flu clinics.

Linda Hevenor, vice president of clinical operations for Southcoast Health, said that she was amazed at the turnout at one of the clinics. “There was a line down the hallway, something I haven’t seen in over four years,” she said.

According to the CDC, it was estimated that vaccination coverage for people 6 months and older increased nearly 52% during the 2019-2020 season from the previous year. Although the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, Hevenor said that it decreases the burden of respiratory illness, good for both patients and the health care workforce. She said that having a dual infection could lead to greater morbidity and mortality rates.

Southcoast Health is encouraging all staff, providers and patients

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Seven Favorite Cincinnati Outdoor Fall Excursions, Recommend by the Local Experts at Adventure Crew

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Adventure Crew is a Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that is “dedicated to connecting city teens with nature through engaging recreation, education and conservation activities,” says Associate Director Miriam Wise. 

According to Wise, they offer outdoor adventure to students in 24 area schools, including all Cincinnati Public Schools’ high schools, select CPS seventh and eighth grade classes and five Northern Kentucky schools to help teens “develop the courageous spirit to step out of their comfort zone and discover new worlds — outside in nature and inside themselves.” 

Adventure Crew also recently released an Outdoors for All guide. As the name suggests, this isn’t just aimed at teens; it’s for everyone. The free handbook lists a variety of resources for those interested in everything from backpacking and biking to camping, climbing and fishing. And since Adventure Crew seems like the expert in outdoor fun, we asked Wise

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Fall Garden Cleanup in St. Johns, Arizona

 Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost

Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost.

I recently ran across a Facebook post that suggested people should leave leaves on the lawn all winter to increase fertility and reduce fall clean-up work.  I wasn’t surprised when multiple gardeners from all over the world jumped right in and said all the things I was thinking: Mow them first or they will created dead patches on the lawn, pick them up and compost them before adding them so bad critters don’t overwinter in them, they will rot and make a stinky mess…

…and then I remembered that we don’t have big deciduous leaves where I am. Nor do we get enough moisture in the winter to either rot or compost leaves, chopped or not. I don’t have much of a lawn, because it is too expensive and environmentally irresponsible to grow big swaths of grass in such an arid climate, using

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‘Fall seems to be new spring:’ S.I. real estate listings, sales jump in September

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — At a normally slower time for residential real estate, Staten Island’s housing market saw an uptick in sales and listings in September, according to the latest statistics from the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).

At a time of year that would normally signal a slowing of activity in the residential sector, new listings for homes on Staten Island increased 15.5% to 678 in September, as compared to 587 in the same month a year ago, according to SIBOR. In addition, pending sales were up 77.4% to 582, versus 328 in September 2019.

During this time, homes for sale fell 15% to 2,191 units, from 2,579 a year ago.

“The Staten Island real estate market is still rebounding from the COVID-19 shutdown,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR. “Sales are being made across the market spectrum as demonstrated by the median sales price of homes on

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ONE GARDENER TO ANOTHER: Fall is the time to clean, cover, cut and give care | Columns

Fall is kind of like the Cinderella of the calendar, with three overwhelming stepsisters. The use of the word winter was the first to be established, with it being used consistently across many languages to mark a calendar year. For a very long time, it was the only noted season. Next came summer, derived from the Germanic word sumer, which translates loosely to the word half, marking the halfway point of the year.

Eventually spring evolved from the 12th century moniker, Lenten, that marked a religious time to variations of French and Latin words for green and new during the 15th century to finally being recognized by the name spring in the 17th century.

Fall, until that time, was simply referred to as haerfest, a time to bring in the harvest. It also had to claw its way into existence over the then popular term used by the English, autumn.

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Design Recipes: Fall outdoor projects

With fall in full swing and winter soon approaching, now may be the ideal time to get any outstanding outdoor projects out of the way. There may also be the desire, with the change of seasons to execute not only necessary repairs and preventive maintenance but also upgrade to include some outdoor entertainment that can be enjoyed during colder months.

Here are some ideas as it relates to fall projects.

1. House painting. Looking to give your home a refresher? While many choose to paint in the spring, the fall may be a good alternative season to refresh the outside of your home.

2. Outdoor Kitchens. Outdoor kitchens can be basic or elaborate. There are companies that will even create an all in one unit that just has to be hooked up with the help of professionals such as an electrician and or plumber. If you live in a colder

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Skip raking and mow over leaves this fall for a healthier lawn

Today’s topic has generated more interest in past years than even tomato blight. The thought of never raking leaves again is welcome news for many lawn owners.

The concept is simple: Lawns become healthier if leaves are mulched back into the lawn with the mower, instead of raking them away.

Surprisingly, mowing over fallen leaves and letting them remain is great for the lawn, and there’s research to prove it. In the late 1990s, Michigan State University wanted a research-based answer to the question of whether it’s better to remove leaves from the lawn or pulverize them back in. During the extensive three-year study, scientists considered three different leaf layer thicknesses: none, 3 inches and 6 inches of mixed tree species, mulched in with a rotary mower every October.

In summary, mowing leaves back into the lawn proved beneficial for turf health. Lawn areas where leaves were mulched were healthier

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6 Cozy Outdoor Blankets to Keep You Warm at Outside Gatherings This Fall

With fall in full swing, it’s time to soak up these last few weeks of cool, comfortable weather before winter closes in and drives us back inside. Crisp autumn days call for picnics under the changing leaves, while brisk evenings are best spent around a roaring bonfire with mugs of hot apple cider in hand. Especially this year, as many typically indoor activities have moved outside for safety, we want to extend our time outdoors as far into the season as possible. To cut through the autumn chill, a warm outdoor blanket is a must for backyard gatherings, weekend camping trips, or any other outside activity this fall.

However, you don’t just want to haul your favorite knit throw outside where it might collect dirt and dust or get snagged. You’ll need a durable, outdoor-safe blanket that will stand up well to cold temperatures, wind, rain, and even stray embers … Read More

Create new garden beds this fall | Feature Columnist

Fall is a great time to create new garden beds. Cool, usually drier, fall weather makes it easier to work in the garden and for plants to establish. Plus, the garden to-do list is often a bit shorter this time of year and you will get a head start on the next growing season.

Start by locating the placement, size and shape of this new garden. Always contact your local underground utility locating service at least three business days in advance. It’s free and as easy as calling 811 or filing an online request. They will contact the appropriate companies who will mark the location of their underground utilities in your work area. This reduces the danger and inconvenience of accidently knocking out power, cable or other utilities while you create a beautiful landscape.

Use a rope or hose to outline the area. Avoid tight corners or creating narrow grass

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Ask a Master Gardener: Fall is the right time to fertilize the lawn

A: Now is a very good time to fertilize the lawn. If you leave the clippings on your lawn when you mow, you may only need to do one fertilizer application a year, and late September to mid-October is the right time to do it.

Other seasons aren’t the best choice. Fertilizing in early spring can cause a flush of new growth that uses up energy the grass should be putting into its root system. Fertilizing during the hot months of summer can damage your lawn.

Unless you have had a soil test that tells you otherwise, feed 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. A soil test would tell you if you need any phosphorus or potash (potassium). Most lawn fertilizers have no phosphorus and a tiny amount of potash. Some have micronutrients like iron, but they are not needed unless a test shows you

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