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September 14-20, 2014 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.  If you live in the Reading area you can go to the State Police Barracks at 600 Kenhorst Boulevard to get your car seats checked by the police between 8 AM and 8 PM on Sunday September 14, or from 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturday September 20.

 

National Child Passenger Safety Week is to raise awareness that having your child in the wrong type of child seat can be dangerous if you are ever in a wreck. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13 and many of these deaths and serious injuries can be avoided if the child is in the right type of car seat or booster seat.

 

Keep your children safe and stop by the state police barracks to get your seats inspected.

Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect and give thanks for the things we have. It often prompts us to think of others less fortunate. So our staff was proud to hear of the efforts of our marketing coordinator, Samantha Cody, and her aunt who are gathering donated items this holiday season to help families affected by domestic violence. But their efforts aren’t just helping those in need; it’s a way for their family to remember Sammi’s cousin, Dave Guzick, who died in March as a result of an accident involving a distracted driver.

Sammi and her aunt are collecting everyday necessities such as bathroom tissue, soap, and detergent and placing them into laundry baskets that will be donated to Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWIC). SWIC is a non-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence, here in Schuylkill County.

In an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, Sammi’s aunt said that since Christmas is a time for families to get together, they thought this would be a positive way to remember their nephew and cousin, who was only 24 when he died.

The attorneys and staff of O’Connor Law would like to thank all of those who have served our country, especially any veterans who have died in combat. We owe them a debt that we can never repay.
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As anyone who has worked for the law offices of O’Connor Law will tell you, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. Staff and attorneys go all out, to come up with creative and eye-catching costumes. And this year was no exception.

MJOC_Halloween_2013_1.jpgKim.jpgOffice festivities included prizes for best costume. There were flappers and pirate girls, a bus and bus driver, and the devil with the blue dress on…complete with accompanying song. Winners included:

First place: a tie between Mario Brothers (including Princess Peach, Mario, and Wario) and Katy Perry

Boudreaux.jpgThe attorneys and staff of O’Connor Law had their pick of the litter last week when they announced that Jill Strunk of Pottsville and her Saint Bernard puppy, Boudreaux, were the winners of the “Cutest Pet Contest.” The content began in March when clients were asked to send a picture of their pets to the O’Connor Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mjoclaw). Pictures were posted on the Facebook page through May 1 and the picture of the pet that received the most “Likes” was named the winner. The prize was a brand new iPod Shuffle 2GB, an easy-to-use portable device for storing hundreds of songs.
Congratulations to Jill and Boudreaux! Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

This Friday (April 19), remember to wear blue and green in honor of the second annual National Donate Life Blue and Green Day in support of organ and tissue donation and in celebration of National Donate Life Month.

Donate Life America is a non-profit alliance of national organizations across the U.S. with a mission to increase the number of designated organ, eye, and tissue donors in order to save and heal lives. They are encouraging the public to wear blue and green on this day, to bring attention to the need for organ and tissue donors.

According to DonorRecovery.org, more than 117,000 people are on organ transplant lists.

On Saturday, April 13, staff from O’Connor Law laced up their running shoes to participate in the first ever Yuengling Light Lager Jogger 5K run/walk in Pottsville. Sponsored by America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, the run/walk attracted 2,500 participants as well as hundreds of spectators. But it wasn’t just a chance to run or walk the race route — part of the proceeds from the participant registrations were donated to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S service members deployed in hostile regions, as well as their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors, veterans, and first responders. After the race, letter writing stations were set up so participants and spectators could write notes to be included in the care packages. It was a great community event that we were proud to take part in!
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Pictured above from left to right: Mary Jo Link, Lorianne Link, Kathy Wagner, Bridget Burke, and Peggy Kellar
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Pictured above from left to right: Samantha Cody, Kathy Wagner, Lorianne Link, and Bridget Burke

Funding is still available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), so the federal program’s deadline has been extended to April 26.

According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, LIHEAP provides financial assistance each year to low-income Pennsylvania families that meet its criteria. Families can use those funds to pay heating bills through a crisis exception program and a regular crisis program.

According to the Department of Public Welfare, the crisis exception program provides money if a heat source has been shut off or if a household is almost out of fuel. The regular crisis program provides funds in an emergency situation, such as lack of fuel, termination of utility service, danger of being without fuel and having a less than 15-day supply, having utility service being shut off within a 60-day time frame, and broken heating equipment or leaking lines.

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