Make A Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

Make a home emergency preparedness kit with all the essential supplies to aid you in case a disaster strikes your area.

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7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had

Every square foot of your home is valuable. Here are seven storage solutions that take advantage of underutilized nooks and crannies. And just for fun, we did some back-of-the-napkin calculations based on the average price per square foot of a U.S. home ($81)—so we could attach a theoretical value to the bonus space.

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Online Summer Learning Options for Manatee County Students Just a Click Away

Parents, do you find yourself asking: “What can I do to help my child gain learning skills during the summer so that when school starts they will be ready for success?”

The Manatee County School District has an answer for you.

Looking for Container Gardening Ideas?

Container gardening is great for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. Containers are easy to water and weed, can be moved to different locations for sun or privacy, and they add pizzazz to small spaces. They’re terrific accents for decks and patios, and add a welcoming touch of curb appeal to entryways. Ready to be inspired? Check out our slideshow.

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Cool Driveways Are a Smart Approach

There’s no steering around it—driveways play a big role in your home’s appearance. Small wonder: They’re sizeable features. A typical 20-by-40-ft. suburban driveway occupies about 800 sq. ft. of front yard—almost half a tennis court. Yet we often regard these hardworking necessities simply as slabs of concrete. With a little imagination, however, you can cook up a great-looking driveway that’ll boost curb appeal and help preserve the value of your property. Here are some ideas:

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Early stage foreclosures increase for second month

For the second straight month, distressed property filings in Southwest Florida were dominated by early stage foreclosures — a sign banks are being emboldened by a recovering housing market and providing hungry investors with more properties to buy.

Foreclosures jump in Southwest Florida

MANATEE — Southwest Florida’s foreclosure market continued its roller coaster ride in May as more properties fell delinquent but banks kept a tight hold of their release.

Foreclosure starts are picking up again in Manatee and Sarasota counties as lenders work through the logjam of cases created from the fraud probes of 2010, which caused foreclosure activity to essentially freeze.