Creating a Safe Neighborhood

The top thing that should be on our minds when evaluating the area we live in is the safety of the neighborhood. It is our responsibility as parents and residents of the neighborhood that we live in to do our best to make the neighborhood as safe as possible. Making sure that we feel safe inside and outside our homes is very important when considering the dynamic of the neighborhood. There are many things that can be done to increase security to prevent potential attacks against our home and our family.

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Virtual Victims: Protecting Yourself and Your Children Against Cybercrime

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. The Department of Homeland Security explains that as Americans become more reliant on modern technology, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Criminals aren’t just stealing your physical property anymore, they are robbing you virtually. Every single time you use the internet, you are at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime and you should always use caution. As technology advances, so do cyber attacks. Learning about cybercrime can help protect yourself and your children from becoming virtual victims. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Measles Outbreak at Disneyland

It’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but lately, it’s become kind of a scary place. 59 cases of the Measles have been confirmed with the Disneyland theme park in California being the common place visited.

Staff have been tested and immunizations have been offered and administered according to the Disneyland Public Affairs web site. California Department of Public Health has said: “CDPH is urging caution to individuals who are not vaccinated, especially infants under 12 months.”

For more information on the outbreak and visiting the parks:

Disney Land Resort 714-781-4565

As always, contact your doctor for any specific questions or concerns.

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Graco stroller recall – USA, Canada and Mexico

Graco Recalls 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard.

The Hazard:
The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

Name of product:
Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems

Consumer Contact:
Graco Children’s Products at (800) 345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.

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Baby Wipe Recall – Canada

Health Canada is recalling all Personnelle Baby Wipes and Cuties Baby Wipes with lot date numbers prior to and including lot number 29414. Approximately 164,000 units were made available for distribution in Canada.
The Company conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) in some of the baby wipe products.

In general, this bacterium poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. Numerous reports of complaints from US customers have been received by the Company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues.

The FDA in the United States posted on October 27th a voluntary recall of the same product for the same problem.

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Voluntary Recall of Imported Organic Raw Almonds

Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds), due to them possibly containing elevated levels of naturally occurring hydrogen cyanide according to laboratory test results. They have been pulled from sale.

The products were labeled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Italy” and “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Spain,” and were packaged in 13.5 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled products have sell-by dates from 4/18/15 to 6/7/15 and a UPC code of UPC 9-99482-00071-7. The recalled product was distributed to Whole Foods Market stores only in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Boise, Idaho



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Recall: Simply Right Baby Wipes

Sam’s Club (a Walmart owned and operated company) voluntarily recalled a baby product called Simply Right Baby Wipes from all stores.  These wipes have been tested and found to have B. Cepacia bacteria.  This bacteria can be harmful to children with weakened immune systems or chronic health concerns.  

This recall is not being issued by the FDA; Sam’s Club has voluntarily recalled all wipes dating back to June 30, 2014.  Sam’s Club stopped selling the wipes as soon as their manufacturer, Nutek Disposables, Inc., found the packages contained this bacteria.  A spokesperson was quoted as saying “We’re communicating with members who have recently purchased the item so they understand the quality concerns and can return their product to Sam’s Club for a full refund.”   

Parents of children are urged to ask their day care facility if they use this brand of wipe to be sure they also are aware of the recall.  Any reader who has purchased the Simply Right Baby Wipes is asked to follow the instructions from Sam’s Club website.  You can find those in their press release regarding the recall.

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