As Halloween is quickly approaching and I get prepared to celebrate this fun holiday with my daughter, I cannot help but look back and reflect on my favorite childhood memories of Halloween.
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I can’t remember the last time I missed a trick-or-treat night. Having children ranging from age 28 all the way down to seven, and if I include my own childhood, well, I’ve rarely missed a trick or treat night. To be perfectly frank, I gave birth to my third child on Oct. 26, and I was sure to take my first two children out for their trick-or-treat the day I was released from the hospital. I may not have moved as quickly as they would have liked, but I wasn’t missing out on their exciting night.
There’s nothing quite like this time of year. All around us we see and feel change—not only in the temperatures, but the trees and flowers that go from being brilliantly colored to bare and dying. While the foliage is dying around us, many communities come alive this time of year in support of their high school football teams.
Have you received a flu or shingles vaccine? Over the years, I have had mixed feelings on both, but they have become the norm for many. Just what do we know about these vaccinations? Let’s see…the shingles vaccine contains a weakened chickenpox virus that primes your immune system to defend against the disease. The flu vaccine covers only certain strains. None of them guarantee total protection from these viruses. It’s obvious why a person would wonder what he or she should do?
I wrote a tribute to my sister-in-law, Liz, who lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2013. I still miss Liz and I thank God that I had the chance to help take care of her with the blessings of Bordas & Bordas because they are a Christian law firm with family values.
As a part of my role with the Allegheny County Bar Association, I am excited to announce the upcoming “Threads for Vets” clothing drive. This winter, various law firms throughout Allegheny County will be participating in a clothing drive to benefit local veterans. New socks, gloves, hats, scarves and other winter necessities can be dropped off at the Allegheny County Bar Association’s headquarters or at participating law firms.
I live in a fairly busy neighborhood -- lots of traffic, folks walking up and down the street. But that doesn’t intimidate the wildlife from trying to maintain their foothold in the neighborhood. After all, they were there long before we started building roads and houses.
How many lives might be saved today and in the future with highly automated vehicles? The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) says that it is committed to finding out. The DOT recently issued its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (“FAVP”) in order to facilitate the safe introduction and deployment of highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”). The DOT issued the policy as agency guidance rather than in a rulemaking “in order to speed the delivery of an initial regulatory framework and best practices to guide manufacturers and other entities in the safe design, development, testing and deployment of HAVs.” This guidance targets vehicles that incorporate HAV systems, such as those for which there is no human driver at all, or for which the human driver can give control to the HAV system and is not be expected to perform any driving-related tasks for a period of time.
Over the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to represent people who have been hurt on the job in a wide range of workplace settings. Many of these injuries are the type of serious and catastrophic injuries that change lives, including the lives of the workers’ families. In many of these cases, the failure is the same. The companies that were supposed to be in charge of safety on the job site failed their responsibility to properly plan for the hazards of the job.
As much as I hate to see the warm weather leave us, one of the things I love about fall is how good soup tastes. There is something cozy about a bowl of soup on a chilly, fall day. Growing up we had a lot of soup, mostly Campbell’s. Campbell’s condensed soups were invented in 1897. Today, Campbell’s Tomato, Cream of Mushroom and Chicken Noodle Soup are three of the most popular soups in America. Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls of these three soups alone each year.