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HGEO Exhibitor Update #3

EXHIBITOR UPDATE #3

July 8, 2016

Only 21 days left until the show!

Good afternoon and welcome to the latest “Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma” exhibitor update!

1)      If you haven't done so already, make sure to visit the official Exhibitor Resource Center webpage by CLICKING HERE, or copying the following link and pasting it into your browser: http://www.krmg.com/news/lifestyles/home-garden/hgeo-exhibitor-resource-center/nqNm6/.   One of the most important links is for the official Exhibitor Service Manual.  It's considered part of your exhibitor agreement and contains info that’s vital to your participation in our show.  Please read it and give us a call if you have any questions.

2)      If you're on Facebook, please visit our show page at https://www.facebook.com/HomeandGardenExpoofOklahoma/?fref=ts or just type Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma in the search bar at the top of your own FB page to find it.  Click the Like button and then share the page with your customers and friends.  You’re encouraged to write a post about your attendance at the show to invite new customers to come and see you.

3)      If you still have a balance due on your booth fee, please get that taken care of ASAP. All booth fees must be paid before move-in starts on Tuesday, July 26th.  Please make sure your payment is received by that date.  Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your booth space AND your deposit. If you need help, visit the CMG Payment Info web page for details.

4)      The current Exhibitor Move-in Schedule is posted on the Exhibitor Resource Center webpage.  Take a minute and double-check your scheduled move-in day and time and let us know if we need to make any changes.

The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is brought to you by Mattress King and Eden’s Structural Solutions.

  

5)      Please make sure you've read about the liability insurance requirements that are in force for this show.  They're on page 8 of your Exhibitor Service Manual.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get this taken care of!  If you haven't provided us a certificate of liability (and workmen’s comp insurance if you're required to carry it) listing Cox Radio, Inc. and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority as additional insureds, you will NOT be allowed in the building to set up your booth!  If you have any questions, please call me ASAP and I’ll help you out.

6)      If you would like to use the official show logo on any of your social media sites, please email me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.  Let me know what format you need the logo in.

7)       Each 8x8 and 10x10 booth space comes with a ONE free covered and skirted 6-foot folding table and 2 folding chairs. For larger booths, you get additional tables/chairs for each extra booth space you have (a 10x20 booth gets 2 tables and 4 chairs for example). With this show however, past experience tells us that most exhibitors do NOT use their tables and chairs, so please let us know if you DO want the free table(s) you're entitled to. Click the link that says Table Reservation Form here or on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page. Download the form, fill it out and email or fax it back to us before July 22nd and we'll make sure your table(s) will be in your booth when you arrive to move in.

8)    If your display contains any kind of water feature (swimming pool, hot tub, water garden, etc.) you are required to provide us with after-hours contact info in case of a water leak. Download the After Hours Emergency Contact Information form on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page and email or fax it to us prior to your move-in day.

That’s it for this time around.  Don’t hesitate to call or email me at the numbers/address below if you have any questions. Have a terrific weekend!

Steve McDonald Event Coordinator Cox Radio, Inc. – Tulsa 7136 S. Yale Ave, Suite 500 Tulsa, OK  74136 918-523-2067 – show office line 918-521-1324 – cell 918-493-5357 – fax Email: Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

HGTV's 'Love It or List It' under fire again

recent Reddit post brought reality shows into question, asking internet users, "People who have been on reality TV shows, what's rigged and whats not?"

Some commenters got heated about what goes on behind the scenes on HGTV’s home renovation show "Love It or List It." According to the commenters, the show is not all it’s cracked up to be.

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One person said that two family members were part of the show. That commenter said the producers had the family members tape two endings of the show and then decided which one to air.

"My aunt and uncle were on 'Love It Or List It,'" the Reddit user wrote. "(Producers) had them record both endings, and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it."

This revelation is a big let-down for fans because most tune in to see the competition between designer Hilary and real estate agent David. But the Reddit discussion challenges whether there's any competition at all. 

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Another disappointing accusation questions the show's timeline for designs and renovations. While the show makes it seem as if the renovations are completed in a short period of time, Reddit users said renovations can take months as producers attempt to create as many episodes in a time frame as possible.

One Reddit user went into more detail about the headache surrounding the construction on the homes.

"As mentioned, nobody wants to list their house -- they just want a free renovation and to be on TV. However, the show only pays for 50 percent of the work they do on your house, and the producers do what they want for TV and don’t really respect the homeowners’ wishes. (Plus,) they shoot a bunch of episodes in one market at a time, so they use one set of contractors for all of the homes. If they get behind on the work on a given home, they pretend that the work is done so they can wrap on the episode, then they take the crew with them to the next house. You then have to live in an unfinished renovation until the whole set of episodes is finished and the crew can get back to you. This can be months or not at all."

These accusations have landed the hit HGTV show in more hot water. According to Country Living, a couple from an April 2015 episode filed a lawsuit against the show, citing "shoddy work and unfair trade practices."

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But not all participants on the show had negative experiences. Julia Sweeten, a real estate blogger, featured a couple whose time on the show was positive.

According to Sweeten, the remodel on one couple's home took about seven weeks, and they only peeked in on the house twice during the renovations. The families have to move out while construction is going on.

"Meeting David and Hilary was a thrill and they have every bit of that back and forth repartee as you would expect having watched the show," the woman, Marci, told Sweeten. "They were both truly quite fun to work with."

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Marci said their reactions to the final look of their home were genuine. The couple ultimately decided to sell the home, but that wasn’t until the episode aired.

HGEO Exhibitor Update #2

EXHIBITOR UPDATE #2

June 23, 2016

Only 36 days left until the show!

Good morning and welcome to the latest “Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma” exhibitor update!  It’s another way of communicating information about the show to you.

1)      Be sure to visit the official Exhibitor Resource Center webpage by CLICKING HERE, or copying the following link and pasting it into your browser: http://www.krmg.com/news/lifestyles/home-garden/hgeo-exhibitor-resource-center/nqNm6/.   One of the most important links is for the official Exhibitor Service Manual.  It's considered part of your exhibitor agreement and contains info that’s vital to your participation in our show.  Please read it and give us a call if you have any questions.

2)      Those of you on Facebook, please visit our show page at https://www.facebook.com/HomeandGardenExpoofOklahoma/?fref=ts or just type Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma in the search bar at the top of your own FB page to find it.  Click the Like button and then share the page with your friends.  You’re encouraged to write a post about your attendance at the show to invite new customers to come and see you.

3)      The remainder of your booth fee is due on or before THIS Friday, June 24th.  Please make sure your payment is received by that date.  Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your booth space and deposit. If you need help, visit the CMG Payment Info web page for details.

4)      The current Exhibitor Move-in Schedule is posted on the Exhibitor Resource Center webpage.  Take a minute and double-check your scheduled move-in day & time.  Let us know if we need to make any changes.

The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is brought to you by Mattress King and Eden’s Structural Solutions.

  

5)      Please read about the liability insurance requirements that are in force for this show.  You'll find them on page 8 of your Exhibitor Service Manual.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get this taken care of!  If you haven't provided us a certificate of liability (and workmen’s comp insurance if you're required to carry it) listing Cox Radio, Inc. and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority as additional insureds, you will NOT be allowed in the building to set up your booth!  If you have any questions, please call me ASAP and I’ll help you out.

6)      If you would like to use the official show logo on any of your social media sites, please email me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.  Let me know what format you need the logo in.

7)       Each 8x8 and 10x10 booth space comes with a ONE free covered and skirted 6-foot folding table and 2 folding chairs. For larger booths, you get additional tables/chairs for each extra booth space you have (a 10x20 booth gets 2 tables and 4 chairs for example). With this show however, past experience tells us that most exhibitors do NOT use their tables and chairs, so please let us know if you DO want the free table(s) you're entitled to. Click the link that says Table Reservation Form here or on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page. Download the form, fill it out and email or fax it back to us before July 22nd and we'll make sure your table(s) will be in your booth when you arrive to move in.

8)    If your display contains any kind of water feature (swimming pool, hot tub, water garden, etc.) you are required to provide us with after-hours contact info in case of a water leak. Download the After Hours Emergency Contact Information form on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page and email or fax it to us prior to your move-in day.

That’s it for this time around.  Don’t hesitate to call or email me at the numbers/address below if you have any questions. Have a terrific weekend!

Steve McDonald Event Coordinator Cox Radio, Inc. – Tulsa 7136 S. Yale Ave, Suite 500 Tulsa, OK  74136 918-493 -2067 – show office line 918-521-1324 – cell 918-493-5357 – fax Email: Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

Billions of cicadas to ascend in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania

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Next month, parts of the U.S. can expect to see and hear lots of 17-year-old cicadas, which will rise from the ground to mate.

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The insects, which have spent the rest of their lives underground, only live above ground for about six weeks. The adults, the ones that make all the noise, only ascend above ground to reproduce.

Males use the harsh sound to look for females so they can mate in that brief time. The sound can reach over 90 decibels in some instances; that's about the same volume as a lawn mower.

The female cicadas will lay eggs in a tree, and after the eggs hatch, the newborn cicadas -- called nymphs -- will bury themselves in the ground, where they'll develop for 17 years. 

According to The Washington Post, female cicadas can lay up to 400 eggs each, across 40 to 50 sites.

During the upcoming mating season, there could be as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre in some places.

The noise, which is mostly a daytime phenomenon, will probably last until mid- to late June, by which time most of the cicadas will probably die, according to Gaye Williams, a Maryland Department of Agriculture entomologist. Williams said predicting exactly when the emergence will end is tough because it depends on many variables, including temperature, moisture and humidity. 

The good news is that cicadas can’t chew, so they don’t devour plants and trees. Plus, they don’t bite or sting.

But if you live in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and other neighboring states, now might be the time to invest in some ear plugs.

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Want to live at Disney World? Here's your chance

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Homes located just four miles from Disney World's Magic Kingdom are now available for purchase.

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Disney's Golden Oak community is the first-ever area and resort that is so close to the Florida theme parks. 

Single-family, custom-built homes range from 3,800- to-12,000-sqaure-feet and start at $2 million.

Golden Oak will feature nearly 1,000 acres of residential and commercial areas. Once completed, the gated community will have four neighborhoods made up of close to 300 homes, all with different themes. 

Most of the homes will feature old-world Mediterranean and Caribbean architecture. Parks and green areas feature "enchanting sculptures of the classic Disney movie characters," including Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Golfing areas and serene and water views are also on-site.

What's more, homeowners can also enjoy the amenities of a luxe hotel, including access to the services at the neighboring Four Seasons Resort, Disney Parks tickets, Extra Magic Hours benefit, park transportation, private, group activities and events and access to a private 17,000-square-foot clubhouse that features a dining room, bar, gaming area and pool. 

Read more here.

Home allegedly stalked by eerie 'Watcher' back on market for $1.25M

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Six bedrooms. Four bathrooms. One stalker.

A colonial-style Westfield, New Jersey, home that made headlines after the current owners claimed someone who identified himself as "The Watcher" sent them creepy, anonymous letters is back on the market for $1.25 million, NJ.com reports.

According to USA Today, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the house for $1.3 million in 2014, but the couple and their three children never moved in after supposedly receiving threatening letters from the so-called "Watcher."

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"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time," one letter read, according to NBC News.

The writer also said, "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will draw them to me," NJ.com reports.

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The Broadduses tried to sell the house but failed. Last summer, the couple sued the previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, claiming that they knew about the stalker but kept quiet, according to The Associated Press and NJ.com. The Woodses denied the accusations, saying they did receive an anonymous letter but that it wasn't disturbing. They have filed a counterclaim against the Broadduses for causing them emotional distress.

Learn more here.

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Spring cleaners, beware: Brown recluse spiders could be lurking in the shadows

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As if you needed another excuse not to clean your house.

According to KFVS, brown recluse spiders become more active as the weather warms up – just in time for spring cleaning.

Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids:

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1. What do they look like? The nocturnal spiders can be as large as a half-dollar and usually have violin-shaped markings on their upper body. 

>> PHOTOS: Top 10 terrifying spiders

2. Where are they found? According to Live Science, brown recluses live in the southern and central U.S., including the following states:

  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

They like "dark, secluded places," such as in closets or under garbage cans, Live Science reports. They might be lurking in boxes, shoes or clothes in your garage or basement, Holly Schwarting, who works for Kansas State University's Department of Entomology, told KFVS.

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3. Are brown recluses dangerous? While fatalities are rare, you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.

"The brown recluse spider's bite can be kind of a nasty one," Schwarting told KFVS. "Their venom contains a material that causes our tissue to break down, so it can create a lesion and a slow-healing wound."

The bite may have a red or purple circle around it, according to MedlinePlus. Bite victims may experience discomfort, chills, itching, nausea, fever and sweating, the site says. Rarely, the bites can cause jaundice, kidney failure, blood in urine, seizures and comas. 

You should go to the nearest hospital, call 911 or contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think you've been bitten, according to MedlinePlus.

4. How can I protect myself while cleaning? 

Schwarting offered the following tips to KFVS:

  • Wear leather gloves
  • Shake out shoes and coats
  • Set up glue traps
  • Pay attention to your surroundings

Read more here.

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Trump’s former $95 million mansion to be torn down

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An oceanfront mansion Donald Trump sold to a Russian billionaire for $95 million in 2008 is going to be torn down.

The demolition of the estate, which was the largest single residential sale ever in Palm Beach, Florida, was approved this week.

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Long before he became the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner, Trump purchased the mansion in 2004 at a foreclosure auction for $41.4 million. He then renovated the property before selling it to fertilizer mogul Dmitry Rybolovlev in July 2008, five months before the Great Recession hit Palm Beach.

The Architectural Commission green-lighted the demolition in a 4-3 vote.

Commissioners were not given specifics about what is being planned at the property, which measures 6 acres with 475 feet of oceanfront views.

But sources familiar with the estate told Palm Beach Daily News that it may be subdivided and redeveloped into two or three houses.

The main house encompasses about 62,000 square feet. Outbuildings bring the total square footage to 81,738, according to property records.

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Landscape architect Lynn Bender told the board that once the demolition was complete, the lot would be resodded until plans for it were finalized. Only the perimeter walls, fences, access gates, columns and small portion of main entry driveway will be retained. A fountain at the main entrance also will be removed.

Known as Maison de L’Amitie, the estate was the longtime home of the late health care magnate Abe Gosman, who lost it in foreclosure. Gosman died in 2013.

Over the past several years, the estate was among the disputed assets in contentious divorce proceedings, stemming from 2009, between Rybolovlev and his ex-wife, Elena. Last June, a Swiss judge reduced her $4.8 billion payout to about $604 million, but the couple reportedly settled for an undisclosed amount said to be close to $1 billion. Details were also not disclosed about whether ownership of the house had changed.

Commissioners discussed the project for about 25 minutes Wednesday. Newly-elected chairman Richard Sammons recused himself from the agenda item because of conflict, although he did not provide specifics as to why.

Anthony Mauro, of Mauro Brothers LLC, spoke on behalf of the owner’s representatives at the meeting.

A carriage house built in the 1930s is the oldest building on the property. The French provincial-style main house, finished by Gosman in 1988, has one story and a basement. “The house is in relatively good shape,” Mauro said.

Commissioner Michael Small said he was given a tour. “It truly is an exquisite property,” he said.

Mauro said there are a number of people interested in buying it.

Vice Chairwoman Ann Vanneck voted against the demolition. After the vote she explained that in demolition cases, commissioners usually are given an itemized list of trees that will be affected by the demolition with corresponding photos. Applicants typically include a notation for each plant listed as to whether plans call for it will be left in place, relocated or removed.

Jason Aldean releases candles made from recycled beer bottles

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Just before embarking on a summer tour, country singer Jason Aldean has released an interesting household item -- candles made out of recycled beer bottles

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Aldean, 39, promoted the candle on his Twitter account Monday. 

Aldean partnered with Unwined Candle Co. to create the "Laid Back" candle, which has an approximate burn time of 45 hours.

The candle is described as such on Aldean's website

"Handmade candle using recycled beer bottles and all natural soy wax. Bottle color may vary. Candle has an approximate burn time of 45 hours. Laid Back is inspired by Jason’s captivating spirit. This candle will put you at ease through the fragrant, rich base of vanilla, musk, and sandalwood; livened up with subtle hints of jasmine,lavender and orange."

It sells for $16.00, plus shipping and handling.

Aldean will kick off his summer tour on April 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Top 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters

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You’ve heard it before: It’s really expensive to live in New York or San Francisco. The amount some people in those cities spend on rent in one year would be enough for a down payment on a home in much of the country.

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To figure out which areas of these pricey locales have the most outrageous rents, RENTCafé, an apartment-search website, analyzed the rents charged in apartment buildings with 50 or more rental units in ZIP codes containing at least 200 rental units.

The data comes from Yardi Matrix, a rental market data service, and includes rents for units of all sizes from 2015. It was a nationwide analysis, but the 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters were all in two states: New York and California. The list is overwhelmed by New York City ZIP codes — actually, even that’s too broad a category. They’re all in one part of New York: Manhattan.

It would take a pretty hefty income to be able to afford these areas. On top of the cost, there’s the fact that these are highly competitive rental markets, so even if you could pay thousands of dollars in rent each month, getting a place wouldn’t be easy. 

So if you feel like your building charges a ton in rent, looking at this list of high-end ZIP codes might make you feel a little better. Unless, of course, you live in any of these places.

ZIP codes are in New York City unless otherwise noted.

20. 90405

Includes Ocean Park and Sunset Park neighborhoods in Santa Monica, CaliforniaMedian monthly rent in 2015: $3,832

19. 94107

Includes Potrero Hill and Dogpatch in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,851

17. 10038 (tie) 

Includes Lower ManhattanMedian rent: $3,855

17. 10069 (tie)

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $3,855

16. 10023

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $3,890

15. 10016

Includes Murray Hill and Kips BayMedian rent: $3,895

14. 94105

Includes Yerba Buena and South Beach in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,911

13. 94158

Mission Bay in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,931

12. 10019

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown WestMedian rent: $3,960

11. 10026

Includes Morningside Heights and HarlemMedian rent: $3,990

10. 10002

Includes Lower East SideMedian rent: $4,032

9. 10003

Includes Union Square and GramercyMedian rent: $4,095

8. 10001

Includes Midtown West and ChelseaMedian rent: $4,150

7. 10025

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $4,185

6. 94920

Belvedere Tiburon, CaliforniaMedian rent: $4,195

4. 10065 (tie)

Includes Lenox HillMedian rent: $4,200

4. 10010 (tie)

Includes Gramercy and FlatironMedian rent: $4,200

3. 10282

Includes TribecaMedian rent: $4,615

2. 10014

Includes the West VillageMedian rent: $4,650

1. 10036

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Times Square and Theater DistrictMedian rent: $4,720

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