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22 Feb 17 General Slocum Fire 1904 – maggieblanck.com

Abendschien/Abendschein died Mary age 34

City Record: 325 E 18th Mary age 34 DEAD

Mary Abendschien was born April 6, 1870.

Mary Abendschien was the Chairperson of the Sunday Excursion Committee and therefore the prime organizer of the General Slocum excursion. She was also a Sunday school teacher at St. Mark’s.

It is said she died trying to save some of her students. Her body was identified by her brother Charles. According to Find A Grave, Mary Abendshien was buried in Lutheran Cemetery. The Abendschien family has an impressive mausoleum at Lutheran All Faith Cemetery.

City Record: Abesser, 128 E 4th – Amelia age 36, Henry age 6 both DEAD, Emma age 10, and Kate age 8 both injured and sent to Lebanon Hospital

Henry Abesser, born circa 1866, was an electric bell hanger and locksmith with a small shop at street level on 4th street. In 1904 he and his wife, Amelia, had three children, Emma, Kate and Henry. He lost his wife, Amelia and son, Henry, age 6. Emma age 10 and Kate age 8 survived. Both were briefly in Lebanon hospital. Henry Abesser remarried in 1905 and although his second wife was young enough they not appear to have had children. Henry Abesser stayed on 4th street until at least 1929. Kate Abesser took a “business” trip to Dresden, Germany in 1915. I have not been able to follow the family further.

Emilie Wiegand, Sept 10, 1893 Manhattan (NYC Index)

Children:

Emmy E. Abesser BIRTH DATE: 5 Apr 1894 BIRTH PLACE: New York, New York CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 16224

Emmy Elisa Abesser birth: 5 April 1894 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States father: Henry Abesser mother: Emilie Wiegand

Katherine Abesser BIRTH DATE: 24 Oct 1896 RECORDED BIRTH YEAR: 1896 BIRTH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 42271 S

Kate Abesser born 24 October 1896 applied for a passport no occupation was listed but the reason for the trip was “business”. She stated that she left New York on August 30, 1910 and was sojourning in Dresden, intending to return to the United states within two years, age 18, 5 ft 1 inches, brown eyes, dark brown hair, dated July 7, 1915 Dresden Germany.

Kate Abesser ARRIVAL DATE: 18 Oct 1915 BIRTH DATE: 24 Oct 1896 BIRTH LOCATION: New York AGE: 18 GENDER: Female PORT OF DEPARTURE: Rotterdam PORT OF ARRIVAL: New York, New York SHIP NAME: Rijndam, address 128 E 4th Street

1903: Henry Abesser Locksmith and Bell Hanger, 128 E 4th New York, New York, USA New York, New York, City Directory, 1903

1904:

GENERAL SLOCUM DEAD: Abesser, Amelia, age 36, and Henry age 6 both of 128 E 4th street.

Abesser, Emma age 10 and Katie 8 both of 128 E. 4th street were listed at Lebanon Hosptial .

1904 New York City Death Index: Abesser, Amelia, age 37, June 15, 1904, Henry age 6, June 15, 1904 Bronx.

1905 Census: 4th street, Abesser, Henry, head, age 35 born Germany store, Bertha, wife, 36 born Germany, Emma daughter age 10, Katie daughter age 8.

1910: 130 E 4th street, Manhattan, Henry Abesser 39, married 5 years, immigrated 1890, electrician own shop, Bertha Abesser 40, 0 children 0 still living, immigrated 1900, Emy Abesser 16 Katy Abesser 14

1915: 4th Street, Manhattan, Abesser, Henry, 45, Germany locksmith, Bertha, wife, 46 Germany, Emma, daughter age 21

1915: Passport application for Bertha Abesser born Hamburg 1 Sept 1868 wife, 128 E 4th street, to Germany to settle estate

1929: H. Abesser electrician 128 E. 4th street.

1944: Bertha Abesser died Jul 15, 1944 Manhattan

No death listed for Henry.

Kate Abesser from her 1915 passport application

Bertha Abesser from her 1915 passport application. Bertha was the second wife of Henry Abesser.

Abrahams

In August 2016 Anthony Pisciotta, a volunteer at Bayside Jewish Cemetery in Queens, notified me that Isaac (Ike) Abrahams, a victim of the General Slocum disaster was buried at Bayside Cemetery.

Isaac Abrahams, a musician, was the elder son of Max and Amelia Abrahams. His brother, Joseph, was also a musician. ABRAHAMS, Isaac, musician, 24 years, of 166, Avenue C, was initially listed as missing. He was identified as dead on Saturday June 25, 10 day after the incident.

1904:

1904: Isaac Abrahams age 26 166 Ave. C was identified on June 25, per the NY Times

1904: In August 2016 Anthony Pisciotta share the death certificate of Isaac Abrahams –

*Port Morris is a section of the bronx.

1909: Death of Amalia Abrahams age 50, July 19, 1909 #21959

1910: E. 79th street, Max “Abrams” 55, widow, sexton, undertaker, Joseph Abrams 23, musician, theater, Minnie Abrams 16, bookkeeper, department store, Hannah Marks 24, boarder

1915: 79th street, Max Abrahams 60 Joseph Abrahams 29, musician, Mrs. Jos. Abrahams 29

1920: 87th street, Max Abrahams 68, retired, widowed, born Posen Germany, Joseph Abrahams, son, 33, musician, Hannah Abrahams, daughter in law, 34 Amelia Abrahams 5 months, grand daughter, Edward Levy 39, son in law, sales person gents hats, Minnie Levy 25, daughter, Ira Levy 4 [4 9/12] grand son, Dora Nachman 18, cousin, Ethel Green 20, lodger

1925: 87th street, Max Abrahams 73 Joseph Abrahams 38, musician, Hanna Abrahams 39, Ruth Abrahams 03 Amelia Abrahams -, Edward Levy 44, son in law, Minnie Levy 31, daughter, Ira Levy 10, Ray Reiss 30, cousin, Carl Fricker 37, cousin, Catharine Fricker 40, cousin

1930: 88th street, Manhattan, Joseph Abrahams 43, Secretary Musical Union Hanna Abrahams 44 Max Abrahams 77, father, widow, Amelia Abrahams 10 Ruth Abrahams 7 Isabel M Abrahams 3 [3 9/12] Vera Siedman 14, lodger, Ivan Siedman 8, lodger, Max Lindthammer 27, lodger, Irmine Woncsh 39, lodger

Death of Max Abrahams: After 1930

SS Death Info for Joseph Abrahams: Joseph Abrahams Birth Date: 8 Feb 1887 Birth Place: N Y City, New York Father: Max Abrahams, Mother: Amelia Hiller, Type of Claim: Original SSN. Notes: Jun 1941: Name listed as JOSEPH ABRAHAMS

Find a Grave:

Death Record: Abrahams, Isaac, age 26, June 15, 1904, Cert # 3766 Bronx

Grave marker of Ike Abrahams – Photo courtesy Anthony D Pisciotta August 2016

City Record: Achermann, No. 406 5th St. Barbara

1894: Xavier Acherman 216 2d Occupation: Wagons Publication Title: New York, New York, City Directory, 1894

1905: 406 5th street, Manhattan, Xavier Ackermann 40, born Switzerland, wheelwright.

1912: Xavier Ackermann Age: 41 Death Date: 26 Dec 1912 Death Place: Manhattan, New York, USA Certificate Number: 36149

Find a Grave: Babetta and Lena buried Most Holy Trinity Brooklyn – husband Xavier

New York Steamboat Horror: The Fire on the General Slocum By H. D. Northrop:

Adickes (Addix/Addicks/Adieckis) died – John age 15, Martha age 11, and Mary age 9

City Record: Adickes, 49 Ave A John 15 DEAD, Martha 11 MISSING, Ernest 6 to Lincoln Hospital, Annie 8 to Flower Hospital, Margaret Stuve 65, grandmother, to Lincoln Hospital – Margaret Heidekamp adopted daughter age 12 DEAD

Find a Grave: Martha Addicks age 11, body not found, missing or unidentified. Mary age 9 Victim of the General Slocum Disaster – age 9 years old, missing, body not recovered or identified, lived at 49 Avenue A Burial: Body lost or destroyed Specifically: not recovered from burning of General Slocum in East River, NYC. unknown Death: Jun. 15, 1904 New York, USA Victim of the General Slocum Disaster – age 15 years old, death cert # 3647 Bronx, clerk @ $6.00 week. “Mrs. Adickes” was actually Margaret Stuve (65) grandmother and chaperone of the Adickes children. John Adickes (15) and his adopted sister Margaret Heidekamp (12) were lost in the fire. Sister, Annie (8) survived. In the Slocum program for June 15th 1904, the Adickes’ business is advertised: E ADICKES Fine Confectionary and Ice Cream Saloon, 49 Avenue A, between 3rd and 4th Streets. The family lived upstairs over the store. Burial: Unknown John

Ernest Adickes had a candy store on Ave A. He and his wife Annie (nee Stuve) had 5 living children in 1904. The 1900 census listed Annie as have had 6 children 4 of whom were still living. The Adickes children: John, Margaret , Martha;, Mary (Anna), and Ernst, ranging in age from 16 to 5 were accompanied on the Slocum excursion by their grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Stuve, age 65. Three Adickes children, John (16) and Margaret (12) died, Martha (missing). (On some later lists Margaret was listed as Margaret Heidekamp age 13 years – an adopted daughter.) Annie age 8 year and Ernst age 5 were injured and were hospitalized. Ernst, age 6, was a Lincoln Hospital and Annie, age 8 was at Flower Hospital. Margaret Stuve, 65, was at Lincoln. Martha was not listed among the dead but she was not listed in the 1910 census. It can be assumed that she was among the unidentified dead. In the 1910 census Annie Adickes said she had 9 children of which four were still living. In 1910 her mother, Margaret Stuve, said she had had 6 child of whom 3 were still living.

The Adickes moved to New Jersey before 1907. The had two additional children: Catherine c 1907 and Herman c 1909. Margaret Stuve, age 80, was still living with the family in 1920.

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904, Injured, Addix, Mrs. Maggie 49 Ave A shock Lincoln Hospital.

The NY Times listed Mrs. Maggie Addix of 49 ave A in Lincoln hospital in shock

The NY Times listed John Addicks age 15 among “Yesterdays’s identified dead” on June 23.

June 16, listed as missing: Addicks, John 16, Martha 10, Annie 7, Ernest 5, Amelia 75 all of 49 Ave A.

Listed as injured:

Listed as missing June 18, 1904: Addick, Margaret age 11, 49 Avenue A

June 18, 1904 Newly Identified dead: Addicks, Margaret, age 12, of No 49 Avenue A

Later listed as dead were:

Testimony of Charles Schwartz, Jr., machinist’s apprentice, eighteen years old.

History of the General Slocum Disaster, J. S. Ogilvie

1900: 49 Ave. A. Ernst “Adierkis”, 37, born Germany, Candy Store, Annie wife, age 33, married 12 years, 6 children 4 living John son 10, Martha daughter 5, Annie daughter 4, Ernst son 3, Stuve, Margareth, mother in law, age 50, widow (nothing entered under # of children,) Stuve, Richard son age 24, ice cream, Heidkember, Maggie, border, age 6, adults born Germany, children born New York.

After the tragedy (and before 1907) the Adickes moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey. The had two more children born in New Jersey: Catherine c 1907 and Herman circa 1909.

1910: Village of Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey, Ernest Adicks 46, married 23 years, born Germany, immigrated 1880, manufacturer confectionaries, Anna M Adicks 43, 9 children 4 living, born Germany, Anna Adicks 15, born NY, Ernest Adicks 11, born NY, Catherine Adicks 3, born New Jersey Herman Adicks 1, born New Jersey, [1 3/12], Margaret Steve 71, mother in law, born Germany, widow, 6 children 3 living, Edward Adides 35, cousin, confectioner

In 1915 Ernest Adickes, son of a confectioner who had a store on Ridgewood Ave., summoned the police concerning a burglary. There was a shoot out between the police and three buglers in which two of the buglers were shot. (June 18, 1915 Trenton Evening Times)

1917: WWI DR for Ernest Dietrick Adickes, born June 2, 1897, New York address 173 – Ridgewood Av. Ridgewood, Radio Laboratory, customs service, Navy Yard, New York, nearest relative his father, blue eyes light brown hair.

1920: Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey, Ernest J Adickes 58, confectioner own store, born Hanover, Germany, Anna Adickes 54, born Hanover, Germany, Ernest E Adickes 21, Catherine M Adickes 13, Herman J Adickes 10, Margaret Stuve 80, mother in law, born Hanover, Germany.

Alber died – Sophia age 16

City Record: Sophia Alber Age: 16 Death Date: 15 Jun 1904 Death Place: Bronx, New York, USA Certificate Number: 2748

Find a Grave: Sophia E Alber Birth Place: USA Death Date: 15 Jun 1904 Death Place: New York, USA Cemetery: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Burial or Cremation Place: Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA – address 628 East 138the street

Albrecht – died Selma age 44

City record: Albrecht, 201 E 10th street, Joseph 50 “taken home”, Martha “9” uninjured, Selma age 44 DEAD

Joseph Albrecht of 210 E 10th street was on the Slocum with his wife, Selma age 44, and his daughter Martha age 9 (also listed as age 14). Joseph survived and was listed as “taken home”. Selma died. Martha age 9 was uninjured. They had other children who do not appear to have been on the Slocum that day. This included Lillian who was age 8 in 1905. In 1900 Selma said she had 5 children of whom 5 were still living. There were 5 children in the family in 1905 Joseph did not remarried. The family moved uptown to Amsterdam ave by 1905.

June 16 1904: N Y Times – Missing Albrecht, Martha 14, 201 E. 10th street – DEAD Albrecht, Mrs. Selma age 44, 201 E10th st, identified by her husband.

1900: Manhattan, Joseph Albrecht 44,* Superintendent leggings, Selma Albrecht 43,*, married 19 years 5 children 5 living , Clara Albrecht 17,* Bruno Albrecht 16,* William Albrecht 9, Martha Albrecht 4, Lillian Albrecht 3

*born Germany, immigrated 1890

1905: Amsterdam ave., Joseph Albrecht 52, delicatessen, Clara S Albrecht 21, teacher P.S., Brus J Albrecht 20, teacher P. S., Willie F Albrecht 15, Martha W Albrecht 10, Lillie M Albrecht 8

1925: Bronx, Joseph Albrecht 72, landlord, Clara Albrecht 38, teacher school, Martha Albrecht 26, housework

1930: Bronx, Joseph Albrecht 76, reitred Clara Albrecht 45, teacher public school, Martha Albrecht 33, none

1932: Joseph Albrecht was a member of the Slocum survivors association committee.

Question: Was Lillian on the boat with them in 1904?

Arnoldi – died Eleanore age 11

NY Times June 26, 1904 : Dead Identified June 25, “Alnoldi”, Ella age 11, 73 1st ave.

City Record: Arnoldi, Eleanore, 73 1st ave., age 11 missing

He married Catherine Hild in Manhattan in 1867.

Phillipina Arnolde 27 Jun 1867 Manhattan, New York Father’s Name Charles Arnolde Mother’s Name Catharina Hild Arnold

1890: Robert Schowold Marriage 20 Jan 1890 Manhattan, New York Age 28 Marital Status Single Birthplace Germany Father’s Name William Mother’s Name Fredricka Famger Spouse’s Name Philopena Arnoldi Spouse’s Age 22 Spouse’s Marital Status Single Spouse’s Birthplace N. Y. City Spouse’s Father’s Name Charles Spouse’s Mother’s Name Katie Smith

1910: E. 88th street Robert W Schoewald 49, cornice maker, sheet maker, Philopiow L Schoewald 42 Anna Schoewald 19, examiner of no banking house, Fredrick W Schoewald 16, stenographer, law office, Charles R Schoewald 12, Edith Schoewald 10

Marriage 1889: William Scharf Marriage 02 Apr 1889 Manhattan, New York Age 40 Birthplace Germany Father’s Name Peter J. Mother’s Name Caterina Wolfenhol Spouse’s Name Tillie Arnoldi Spouse’s Age 21 Spouse’s Marital Status Single Spouse’s Birthplace New York City Spouse’s Father’s Name Charles Spouse’s Mother’s Name Katie Hildt

1910: E. 89th street, William Scharf 62, tailor, Tillie Scharf 41 [44] Charlotte Scharf 20 Sophia Scharf 9

Dorothea Wilhelmine Arnoldi 1 June 1868 Manhattan father: Carl Christian Friedrich Arnoldi mother: Katharine Hild Arnoldi (LDS)

Lina Arnoldi 06 Feb 1872 Manhattan, New York, Father’s Name Carl Arnoldi Mother’s Name Catharine “Hill” (LDS)

Caroline Arnold 05 Feb 1875 Manhattan Father’s Name Charles Arnold Mother’s Name Catherine Heid Arnold

1900: Brooklyn, Franklin Miller 28, steel engraver, Carrie Miller 25, 2 children 2 living, Franklin Miller 3 Helen Miller 1 Theckla Miller 23, sister

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21 Feb 17 Booneville school treated for bed bugs – Helena Daily World

By Glenn M. ParrishBooneville Democrat editor

BOONEVILLE Booneville Schools Superintendent John Parrish confirmed bed bugswere discovered at the schools elementary school, which houses grades 1-6, and the school had been treated for the problem.

In January, the Extension Service confirmed bed bugs had been reported in Booneville and New Blaine in Logan County.

Parrish said the school would undergo treatment for bed bugs by a professional exterminator last Friday after regular school hours. School remained in session until that point.

It was back in session on Monday after the treatment, which Parrish said went fine.

Because the discovery of the bugs was limited to four or five, Parrish said, initially the school had planned to take care of the issue themselves over the weekend, but once parents began to voice concerns Parrish opted for a professional exterminator.

I dont think four or five (bugs) is an epidemic, Parrish said.

According to the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service, bed bugs can be introduced into a structure via used furniture or in the belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug infested situation. Adults can survive for up tosix to sevenmonths if they are well fed and they can feed on other animals if humans are not present. When the temperature falls below 61F/16C, adults enter semi-hibernation and can survive for months.

The school districts approach is in line with Cooperative Extension Service recommendations that individuals with bed bug problems should enlist the aid of an experienced commercial pest management professional. When initiating a bed bug control program, a thorough inspection is indispensable. Non-chemical methods involving encasement, thorough vacuuming, hot laundering/drying, steam treatment, dry heat treatment, or cold treatment should be considered. Also, treat any live bed bugs found with an appropriately labeled pesticide.

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20 Feb 17 Booneville school treated for bed bugs – Times Record

By Glenn M. ParrishBooneville Democrat editor

BOONEVILLE Booneville Schools Superintendent John Parrish confirmed bed bugswere discovered at the schools elementary school, which houses grades 1-6, and the school had been treated for the problem.

In January, the Extension Service confirmed bed bugs had been reported in Booneville and New Blaine in Logan County.

Parrish said the school would undergo treatment for bed bugs by a professional exterminator last Friday after regular school hours. School remained in session until that point.

It was back in session on Monday after the treatment, which Parrish said went fine.

Because the discovery of the bugs was limited to four or five, Parrish said, initially the school had planned to take care of the issue themselves over the weekend, but once parents began to voice concerns Parrish opted for a professional exterminator.

I dont think four or five (bugs) is an epidemic, Parrish said.

According to the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service, bed bugs can be introduced into a structure via used furniture or in the belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug infested situation. Adults can survive for up tosix to sevenmonths if they are well fed and they can feed on other animals if humans are not present. When the temperature falls below 61F/16C, adults enter semi-hibernation and can survive for months.

The school districts approach is in line with Cooperative Extension Service recommendations that individuals with bed bug problems should enlist the aid of an experienced commercial pest management professional. When initiating a bed bug control program, a thorough inspection is indispensable. Non-chemical methods involving encasement, thorough vacuuming, hot laundering/drying, steam treatment, dry heat treatment, or cold treatment should be considered. Also, treat any live bed bugs found with an appropriately labeled pesticide.

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20 Feb 17 Anchor Pest Control, the Premier NJ Pest Control Company, Now Offers Preventative Yearly Service Plans – Satellite PR News (press release)

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20 Feb 17 Affordable rental housing hit hard in Knox, elsewhere – Knoxville News Sentinel

A worker installs roofing material at the construction site of the Residences at Five Points, a new $10 million, 90-unit senior living development. (Photo: SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)Buy Photo

Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month, Debbie Taylor-Allen takes applications for Section 8 housing vouchers.

With those vouchers, originally part of a government program that began in 1974 to fight the segregation of the poor into ghettos, if people can find a landlord who participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program,the government will pay the landlord to make up the difference between what the unit rents for and what the tenant can afford. Thats because the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development defines affordable housing as costing not more than one-third of a familys income.

In times past, there have been more applicants than vouchers available. Thats not the case now, said Taylor-Allen, who is Section 8 Housing Director for the KnoxvilleCommunity Development Corporation. She has plenty of vouchers for people who apply.

The problem now, she said, is that they cant find anywhere to use them.

In the past year, Knox County has lost more than 400 Section 8 apartments. Residents who get the vouchers have 60 days initially to use them and can apply for up to two 30-day extensions.

Nearly all are applying for the full 120 days, Taylor-Allen said and even then, she estimates only 40 percent are finding a Section 8 unit to move into.

Its even harder if youre single, she said. One-bedrooms and efficiencies (taking Section 8), you cannot find in Knoxville.

The Section 8 shortage Knox County is seeing is happening all over the country. A study last year out of New York Universitys Furman Center indicated the U.S. is losing around 125,000 affordable housing units a year. Landlords either dont renew their contracts, or the units are demolished and replaced with something other than Section 8 housing.

Knoxville has seen both happen. More than a third of the total renter-occupied units in Knoxville were built before 1980. And since March 2016, the city lost more than 400 units because a 15-year Section 8 contract many landlords had is expiring, and theyre choosing not to renew, Taylor-Allen said. The old contract came with a substantial tax credit as incentive; new tax credits arent as lucrative, she said.

Once those contracts have expired, those owners are not required to rent to low-income families anymore, she said.

Those contractsaffected many complexes that had a mix of Section 8 and open-market housing.

The former Prestwick Ridge complex, off Sutherland Avenue, had 136 units. But it was bought by a Nashville-based company, which renamed it “Mountain Brook” and decided to cease taking Section 8 vouchers when the contract expired, the property manager said.

The 101-unit Southwood Apartments complex, on Sevier Avenue in an area of South Knoxville being gentrified with the waterfront redevelopment, has been renovated and renamed The Adelade and no longer accepts Section 8.

West Knoxvilles Briarcliff at West Hills and Sutters Mill apartments, with 377 and 225 units respectively, did not renew their Section 8 contracts, nor did Meadowood Apartments orNorwood Manor in Northwest Knoxville. The most recent loss was the former West Vista Ridge Apartments, which had 96 units; now renamed The Vue at Ridge Way, it has open-market units starting at $750 a month, but the rents are higher than Section 8 can approve, so Section 8 tenants are being asked to move as their leases expire, Taylor-Allen said.

Each year, HUD calculates fair market rent for housing in the Knoxville metropolitan area, in part to determine Section 8 subsidies. For 2017, Knoxvilles monthly fair market rent was $520 for an efficiency; $669for a one-bedroom; $811 for a two-bedroom; $1,057for a three-bedroom, and $1,374for a four-bedroom. But RentJungle.com, which tracks market-rate rents, found Knoxville apartments last month averaged $751 monthly for a one-bedroom and $892 monthly for a two-bedroom — an average monthly increase of $33 over the past six months.

That average includes apartments and houses in outlying areas where public transportation is not available to those without a car. It does not include rent-by-the-week hotels or motels, RVs or movable housing, or campgrounds, none of which qualifies as permanent housing by government standards. It also doesnt include utilities, taxes and other housing costs beyond rent.

And without subsidies, its still out of reach for a lot of working people. At minimum wage,a Tennessean would need to work 65 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Annual starting salary for a Knoxville city public service worker in2016was $22,572; one-third would be $677. Of a police officers starting salary of $40,337, HUD says no more than $1,201 a month should go toward housing, including rent and utilities; for a firefighter, starting at $36,744, it would be $1,102. And a bachelors degree-level teacher this year, starting at $37,501, would be able to afford $937a month for housing by HUDs standards. More than half of city residents — 43,817, or 55 percent — now rent, according to the 2015 American Community Survey.

Paying more than one-third of their income toward rent isnt feasible for many people, said Linda Rust, Community Development Administrator for the citys Department of Community Development especially senior citizens on a fixed income, recent college graduates with student loan debt, or people who have children.

Ive seen the affordable housing crisis up front, said Rust, who is now running for City Council. I hope that people can understand that this is impacting people that we know. This could be impacting us.

Though Section 8 is the primary source of financial assistance for those seeking to rent, there are other programs though funding is in short supply.

Through its Homeward Bound program to prevent homelessness, the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee applied for, and received, a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency last July. But all that rehousing money was gone in the first three months, said CAC program manager Misty Goodwin. And even though we exceeded our goals of the number of people we were going to help with that grant money, she said, it will be six months before they can reapply for the grant.

Meanwhile, at least a couple of people a day come into CAC offices seeking help getting into housing, not counting those referred from homeless shelters like Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Goodwin said. Right now, she has four families living in their cars who cant afford to move into an apartment. Family Promise, the only homeless services program that would let them stay together, has a waiting list.

Up until this point, weve been one of the only agencies, besides Helen Ross McNabb Center, with money to help with deposits or first and last months rent for those who arent able to save enough to move in, Goodwin said. Though theyve had a little local funding to help, it, too, goes quickly, and federal grants have increased very little over the past 25 years not enough to keep up with rising housing costs.

CAC also has two full-time workers who do street outreach to homeless people living outdoors, trying to help them secure permanent housing. But even when CAC has money to help with deposits and rent, they dont have extra for household items many people lack: sheets, towels, pots and pans, dishes and cleaning supplies.

Thats a huge need right now that were all struggling with, and were not allowed to buy those things out of our grant money, Goodwin said.

She gingerly suggests some organizations who regularly take items to the street homeless under downtown bridges might consider redirecting their efforts toward furnishing such supplies. The city has said maintenance workers spend the first two hours of each shift cleaning up debris downtown includingitems given to the homeless that they cant or dont carry with them or take into the shelters, where theyre given limited space for possessions.

In addition to Section 8 contracts, Knoxville has a number of low-income public housing developments 3,515 units, total — but wait times can be years. The Passport development at 901 Broadway has a wait time of more than a year for a two-bedroom unit, more than two years for three- or four-bedroom units. Five Points Family multiplexes, which are replacing Walter P. Taylor Homes, have a two-year wait. Even at larger and less-popular developments Austin Homes, Montgomery Village, Taylor Homes and Western Heights waits for one-bedroom apartments start at 4-5 months.

At sites designated for the elderly and disabled Northgate Terrace, the Verandas at Flenniken, Five Points Duplexes, the Residences at Eastport, Cagle Terrace, Isabella Towers and Love Towers waits for one-room studios, where available, stretch from three months to a year; waits for one-bedrooms are up to five years at some locations.

Construction has begun on the Residences at Five Points, a new $10 million, 90-unit senior living development. The majority of the units will be approximately 600 square feet, one-bedroom residences, including a full kitchen, living room and bath. The building is expected to be finished in July.(Photo: SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

A floor plan of a one-bedroom unit at the Residences at Five Points. The unit includes a full bath, kitchen, living area and bedroom. There will be laundry facilities on site.(Photo: SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Construction has begun on the Residences at Five Points, a new $10 million, 90-unit senior living development. The majority of the units will be approximately 600 square feet, one-bedroom residences, including a full kitchen, living room and bath. The building is expected to be finished in July.(Photo: SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Wait time is affected by whether an applicant is disabled, elderly or has children, said Kara Davis, Regulatory and Housing Compliance Director for KCDC. A family wanting a two-bedroom apartment could get one in 9 months to three years, she said; units with more bedrooms are harder to come by, though Montgomery Village has some.

The average wait for a single, nondisabled, nonelderly person is a long time, Davis said. It can be five-plus years.

KCDC will have 878 fewer units to lease in coming months as it renovates the Vista at Summit Hill, Northridge Crossing (formerly Christenberry Heights), Lonsdale Homes and Lee Williams Senior Complex in Five Points. In addition, Green Hills, a non-KDCD low-income housing development east of downtown, is renovating all 199 units, which will be unavailable until at least mid-summer.

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Current residents wont be moved out of KCDCs complexes, Davis said, though they might be moved into renovated apartments so theirs can be renovated.

As properties stop leasing, were sending mass updates to people on the waiting list, she said, telling them their place on the waiting list is safe, but they should not expect to lease at those particular properties.

As of Feb. 1, KCDC had converted five of its low-income public housing to Rental Assistance Demonstration Project-Based Rental Assistance. It plans to convert all but the high-rise towers and Western Heights to RAD/PBRA within the next two years.

HUD began offering the voluntary RAD/PBRA program, which is similar to Section 8, to housing authorities when it became clear that the federal funds subsidizing low-income public housing were unstable, with no extra money for improvements.

RAD/PBRA removes some of theadministrative burden associated with low-income public housing management and turns rent into defederalized money, removing some restrictions similar to a traditional landlord-tenant contract. In theory, this allows housing authorities to find money HUD isnt offering to rehab aging developments, and it frees them up to seek their own financing. The RAD/PBRA program includes a financial plan and long-range operations plan.

While it will alter some of the ways KCDC manages properties, residents will see little change, other than the renovations, Davis said.

Basically, we are being handed a tool we can use for modernization of our properties, but since many PHAs are taking advantage of this tool, we are bound to see an increase in the homeless population nationally while these modernizations are under way, she said. Many of the larger housing authorities are taking advantage of it.”

The city is also hoping to attract developers willing to build low-income housing. At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Mayors Roundtable on Homelessness, Becky Wade, the citys community development director, noted two developers are interested in building a total of around 200 units, though they havent yet secured the land. HomeSource, formerly Knox Housing Partnership, also is building some duplex units that will take Section 8, Taylor-Allen said.

Meanwhile, Taylor-Allen said the need for landlords willing to accept Section 8 just gets more dire. In an effort to attract property owners to the program, the government has decreased some of the paperwork, she said for example, moving to routine inspections every other year instead of yearly. (Complaints are still investigated.) A recent change no longer holds landlords solely responsible for paying for bedbug extermination, a big program in some low-income housing developments, she said; HUD has decided the inspector can put the burden of pest control on the tenant if the tenant caused the infestation.

CAC offers free weatherization through the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover program to landlords who agree to accept Section 8 for at least two years after its complete. So far, 95 units have been renovated, but they all were already Section 8, Taylor-Allen said; the program, set to end next year,hasnt motivated new landlords to begin accepting Section 8.

Knox Countys waiting list for Section 8 housing right now is open to displaced, homeless or disabled residents. About 1,400 are on it. Taylor-Allen said there are a few Section 8 units open and a few vacancies at Western Heights — but not nearly enough.

We need landlords, Taylor-Allen said. There are just not enough units in Knoxville for our tenants, and I fear the homeless cycle is going to just get worse.”

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19 Feb 17 Kissing Bug (Triatominae) Facts and Removal Tips

Kissing bugs (from the Triatominae insect family) are blood sucking insects that are known to attack humans for their food. These pests are sometimes called some names, the most common being cone-nose bug, masked hunter bug or Mexican bed bug. A major reason these insects are called kissing bugs is because they tend to bite around the mouth and eye region while you sleep which is definitely pretty creepy (literally). Imagine waking up to an insect perched on your face, I would absolutely loose it!

To make matters worse, these pests have the ability to transmit a dangerous disease called Chagas that can cause all sorts of health complications and can sometimes even be fatal. Of course, dying is uncommon but its definitely worth knowing the danger. In this article you will learn everything you need to know about kissing bugs (click here to skip to the video summary), especially on the steps needed to protect yourself and your family. I encourage you to share this with anyone you know who might be affected by these nasty little insects.

Firstly, these bugs need to find their way into your home. They are usually attracted by lights and the possibility of warmth and shelter from the elements. While its not practical to completely seal up your home to keep these pests out, you can make it more difficult for them to get in by caulking (sealing up) cracks, etc.

Secondly, a kissing bug usually locates its next meal by literally using its nose. It is attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale when you breathe and since you are not going to stop breathing anytime soon (hopefully), its rather difficult to hide from these pests. As previously mentioned, these bugs are also attracted to warm areas so its possible that they might just want to cuddle with you while you sleep after having a quick meal (yikes!). The main reason kissing bug bites are often found on the face is because its usually the only part of your skin that is showing when you are wrapped up in blankets during the night. However, kissing bugs that prioritize the face are usually found in Latin America, the rest are not so picky and can bite any exposed skin.

Kissing bugs are slightly smaller than an inch and are completely flat, unless they have recently had a meal of blood. If they have just eaten, they will swell up quite significantly and are easy to catch. As you can see in the picture, these pests are dark brown or mostly black and usually have orange (sometimes even red) markings around the abdomen. These insects also have a rather extended mouthpiece (that they use for feeding) in comparison to the rest of their species.

Speaking of which, its sometimes easy to confuse these insects with other pests like the assassin, wheel or stink bug so always double check that you are actually dealing with a kissing bug. If you are unsure, please feel free to leave a comment below this article and I will assist you or, simply ask an expert in your area for proper identification. Unlike fleas, adult kissing bugs have wings that they develop during their life cycle and while they dont usually make a habit of flying, it does make them fairly mobile, especially when they are hungry.

These insects are known to start craving blood as the sun starts to go down and are commonly found actively seeking their next meal during this time. While they are not out looking for dinner, kissing bugs can hide themselves in places that are either sheltered or near their primary source of food, like:

If you cannot see these pests, dont presume that they are not there (especially if you live in a high risk area as outlined in the next section). Keep a lookout for their feces (poo) and their eggs. Kissing bug eggs are usually white or slightly pink and will be left in sheltered areas by the females (review the common hiding places that are listed in this article). As for their excrement, you will usually find a combination of white and dark marks on walls, doors and other areas of structures (if theres an infestation).

Importantly, kissing bugs (that transmit the disease) are commonly found in South and Central America (even as far down as Argentina). Mexico has also had a number of these pests in the country which also puts a nearby of US states at risk as well, especially in Texas as its near the border.

I have had a number of my readers contacting me about the possibility of these insects in the United States so here is the answer. There are approximately 85 kissing bug species in the Americas and there are about 15 kissing bug species native to the United States, some of which have been collected in bedrooms and have evidence of recent blood meals. Additionally, some of the ones that were collected in bedrooms have tested positive for infection with the Chagas agent. However, most North American species dont normally have the habit of defecating on their hosts while they feed, so there is less chance that a person could contract Chagas disease from one of their bites. The species in Central and South America always defecate on their hosts while feeding and their human hosts contract Chagas disease by smearing the bug feces into the bite site or into their eyes, mouth or nose while sleepily scratching the bug bite. Although our North American kissing bug species do not normally defecate on their hosts, one should always avoid manual contact with these insects when they are present.

If you have suffered from a kissing bug bite (and you have confirmed that its not from another insect, such as a bed bug bite rash), there are a couple of things that you can do to reduce the pain and inflammation (and reduce a chance of infection) before seeking medical attention. Here are a few pointers that The Bug Squad recommends:

Do you know what an incomplete metamorphosis is? Well certain insects (like kissing bugs or box elder bugs) have a simple metamorphosis cycle that doesnt involve a pupa stage. This means they dont need to cocoon themselves (like a caterpillar does before it changes into a butterfly) for a long time to change their body. Although a number of changes can occur between infancy to the adult phase, they are progressive (each time it molts) and happen as the insect is growing up which is pretty damn cool!

In the case of a kissing bug, the females are known to lay eggs between June and September and their babies will only hatch after about 1-3 weeks, depending on environmental conditions. When the nymphs (babies) hatch out the eggs, they look fairly similar to the adults but have slightly different coloring and no wings. Based on a little research, its estimated that each young insect needs around 5-8 meals of blood before each molt. Over time, they will develop these needed changes (such as wings) as they progress towards adulthood.

Unfortunately, kissing bugs and the Chagas disease infections often go hand in hand and this is a fairly serious concern. However, remember that its not the saliva (or the blood) that contains the disease (unlike Malaria). The disease is actually contained within their feces (poo) and you will only catch it if the excrement (that has the disease) is placed near an open wound (such as a recent cut or graze), is dropped in your eye (can also be rubbed in with your fingers) or if you swallow it. Some of the symptoms of Chagas disease include:

If you encounter any of these symptoms (even if its not from Chagas), please contact a medical practitioner immediately as this website is not a source of medical advice. If you think your symptoms may have been caused by this disease, be sure to mention this to the doctor. If you live in a high risk area, it might be worth your while to get yourself checked out from time to time as not everyone who contracts the parasite gets sick immediately and its best to catch it in its early stages. Research shows that it may take years before it takes taking a toll on your health and its estimated that over 12500 people die from it each year alone!

If you have found what you think is a kissing bug, its very important that do not touch it with your bare hands. The Center for Disease Control recommends that you place it in a secure container (you can freeze it to make sure that the bug dies) and take it to the closest governmental health department for identification (as its rather serious if a potential infestation is at hand, steps will need to be taken, people will need to be warned, etc.). If the insect was seen walking on any surfaces, its recommended that you wash them with a solution of bleach and water to make sure that any bacteria is killed.

Proactive ways to keep them out: As usual, its always a good idea to take preventative action (if possible) when dealing with kissing bugs. Here are a few recommendations from The Bug Squad:

How to get rid of kissing bugs: I have had a number of individuals asking about kissing bug traps. From my experience (and research), bait based traps do not work for getting rid of these pests. However, if you have found a trap that you have had success with, please drop me a mail (or a comment below) and I will take the necessary steps to confirm the product and update this section of the guide.

In conclusion, kissing bugs are a rather dangerous insect that can potentially spread a fatal disease (Chagas) in their feces by biting you. Although they are native to Central America, these insects are able to travel far distances and there have been a number of sightings in North America and other places. Your best protection against these bugs is to be proactive and clear away or fix areas where they may hide for warmth and shelter. If you are bitten by one of these pests, I highly recommend that you seek medical attention and mention that you have had a recent bite from a kissing bug to make sure you receive the help you may need. I hope you enjoyed this article (please consider sharing it with your friends) and I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!

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19 Feb 17 Anchor Pest Control, the Premier NJ Pest Control Company, Now Offers Preventative Yearly Service Plans – Military Technologies

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Anchor Pest Control of New Jersey is offering yearly preventative bed bug control plans to help homeowners save money by preventing home infestations. Using safe and effective preventative chemical treatments, New Jerseys leading pest control company can help homeowners avoid bed bug infestations before they even start. At a cost of less than 1/3 of a post-infestation treatment, the Anchor Pest Control yearly packages include multiple K-9 inspections and preventative chemical treatments. Most bed bug problems occur in residential and multi-family locations. Because bed bugs infestations are not affected by cleanliness, they are not as easy to prevent as roaches, ants, and other pests. Consider these facts:

Anchor Pest Control created their preventative maintenance program to help their customers avoid the hassle and stress of a bed bug infestation. We would rather prevent an infestation than to have one of our customers have to suffer with the pain, hassle, and frankly, fear of having a bed bug infestation. One mother who had an infestation recently cried to me about how terrible she felt. She would get her children up in the morning and see tiny blood stains on the sheets from the bugs biting her kids in the middle of the night. I dont ever want to have that conversation again. Carmen Reino, Owner of Anchor Pest Control

Anchor Pest Control offers commercial and residential pest control services throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Bed bugs, termites, rodents and other forms of pests have been handled for more than 25 years by this team of professionals. Their innovative Bug ID Service is just the latest tool they have brought to their customers to protect them from creatures of all shapes and sizes.

If you would like more information about Anchors bed bug prevention plans, please contact Carmen Reino at 800-585-1580 or email at info(at)anchorpestcontrol(dot)net.

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19 Feb 17 Does Bleach Kill Bed Bugs? – SniffK9s: Bed Bug Dogs and …

Does bleach kill bed bugs? Sure. Is it the smartest solution? Probably not. Bleach is a multi-purpose disinfectant and sanitizer. Adding water to bleach and spreading it along bed bug hot spots such as baseboards and other possible bed bug hovels will deter bed bugs and possibly kill any that come in contact with the chemical mixture. However, there are more practical solutions out there.

There are more ways in which bleach can be harmful to your lungs and skin than ways in which it can be useful for killing bed bugs. While direct contact with the chemical is deadly to the bugs, bleaching your furniture may harm the fabric and your familys health. Dishwashing soap can also be mixed with water and applied to cracks and crevices where bed bugs may be hiding. But just like with bleach, you wouldnt want it on your furniture, much less where you sleep.

A safer, powder-based approach is diatomaceous earth. Food grade DE is non-toxic and is even fed in small quantities to farm animals to ward off parasites. The majority of DE is made of silica, the same material that makes up glass. Carefully laid out DE is akin to scattered, ultra-sharp shards of glass through which bed bugs walk and can get fatal lacerations.

The downside to this is that laying out DE is a somewhat meticulous, time-consuming process best left to those knowledgeable about the substance. Piling on DE against your baseboards and on your furniture will simply make bed bugs avoid the large pile of razor-sharp particles. If, however, it is applied carefully and in select quantities to key locations, including your mattress, DE can be a useful mitigation agent. It will also be far safer to breathe in (in small quantities) than bleach or dishwashing soap.

So, does bleach kill bed bugs? Yes. A bleach mixture, if laid out in all the areas where bed bugs might be hiding, will certainly kill off some bed bugs. However, that much bleach will most likely be detrimental to the air you breathe. DE, on the other hand, is a healthier and equally effective bed bug killing agent.

Be aware, though, that both substances only mitigate a bed bug problem. More proactive measures have to be taken: washing clothes, steaming furniture, sealing items, and ultimately, a complete solution like a full-on heat treatment. According to Sniff K9s FAQ page, bed bugs cannot withstand temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

While food grade DE and bleach do work at deterring and killing individual bed bugs, only a complete bed bug solution, like a professional heat treatment, can guarantee the extermination of all bed bugs in a home. Remember: Only one egg is required to start an infestation, so eradicating a handful of bed bugs simply wont solve the problem of an infestation. If you are unsure whether you have bed bugs or the level of the infestation present, its best to call a professional for an inspection.

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19 Feb 17 Augusta library closes after dog finds bedbug in a book – Press Herald

AUGUSTA The discovery of one bedbug shut down Lithgow Public Library all day Wednesday.

Augusta City Manager William Bridgeo said a bedbug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of a bedbug by sitting down in front of a stack of large-print books directly across from the circulation desk.

The problem is that if it was in a room, they could shut the door and then deal with it, he said, but the central location forced the closure of the building.

Bridgeo said the area was sprayed and the library will be open as usual Thursday with one small area cordoned off.

In all likelihood, somebody returned a book and it had a bedbug in it, Bridgeo said. A couple months ago one was found in a DVD case that had been returned, and a couple months earlier there was a hit on furniture.

The city has a contract with Merrills Detector Dog Services, of Readfield, for monthly sweeps by specially trained dogs of three buildings City Center, the Buker Community Center and Lithgow Public Library to search for signs of bedbugs, which have been a pest for the city in recent years. The blood-sucking bugs usually come out at night or in dark areas, and adults are brown and about one-quarter of an inch long.

By virtue of diligently monitoring for it, weve been able to prevent any serious problems, Bridgeo said Wednesday. We consider it to be money very well spent.

The city pays $125 monthly and more if treatments have to be applied.

Betsy Pohl, of the library director, said the Lithgow staff didnt initially know the full extent of the problem.

It was one very small area and we saw no bug, but the dog indicated there was an issue there, so we contacted the pest control person to come in to treat it, Pohl said. We decided to keep the library closed while the spray was drying, since its in the heart of the library, right across from the circulation desk.

During the day, a sign at the librarys entrance and a post on its Facebook page informed visitors it was closed because of a facility issue and apologized for the inconvenience.

The library, which initially opened in 1896, underwent a $11 million renovation and expansion project and reopened at its 45 Winthrop St. location in August 2016.

Pohl said she wished more institutions would take the same approach as the city of Augusta did to the bedbug situation and she was proud of the city for being so proactive.

Its a commitment to staying on top of this problem, which is not limited to libraries, she said. Its a problem in five-star hotels, and in residences. Theyre bugs theyre opportunistic. Im pleased we have this protocol.

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18 Feb 17 Bed bugs found at another DC elementary school – Story | WTTG – FOX 5 DC

WASHINGTON – Bed bugs have popped up at another D.C. elementary school. This time, Miner Elementary School in Northeast D.C. is being affected by the pests.

This comes after about a bed bug and rodent problem at Savoy Elementary School caused D.C. Public Schools to close the school last week and temporarily relocate the students for cleaning of the building.

A D.C. Public Schools spokesperson said there were three instances that happened on Feb. 9, 14, and 15 where bed bugs were found students’ clothing at Miner Elementary. The school district does not believe there is a widespread problem of bed bugs at the school. At this point, the school has not been shut down.

D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Lerner said in a statement:

“We are actively communicating with families and school staff about the three incidents (Feb. 9, Feb. 14, and Feb. 15) of bed bugs found on individuals at Miner Elementary. School staff immediately reported all incidents of bed bugs found and custodians are verifying that the spots around the incidents dont require further cleaning. Today, the DCPS operations and wellness teams met with staff at Miner Elementary to go over the protocol for identifying and reporting potential pests.”

“Were continuing to monitor the situation, but we dont believe that this is a widespread infestation.”

Miner Elementary School principal Andrea Mial sent home this letter to families:

“Dear Miner Elementary School Community,

“Here at Miner Elementary School, it is my priority to ensure that all students and staff are safe and the school environment is conducive to teaching and learning. To keep you informed on how we are doing this on an ongoing basis, I want to share an update regarding routine maintenance and cleaning at our school.

“Throughout the year, DC Public Schools (DCPS) proactively works with the Department of General Services (DGS) to prevent and treat any potential threat of pests (rodents, bugs, etc.) at all schools. DCPS and DGS work with school staff to identify the location of potential pests, complete a thorough inspection for entry points, fix any structural issues which may be a contributing factor, and bring in pest control services, including exterminators, if necessary. On a daily basis, the school custodian team is also committed to ensuring the building is thoroughly cleaned and free of unwanted waste that may attract pests.

“We follow strict protocols when any pest is identified here. First, we immediately confirm the details of the sighting. For example: what was seen, when it was seen, and in what area of the school. Then, our custodial foreman will evaluate the area and complete necessary cleaning and maintenance. If necessary, we will schedule pest control services to treat any particular area or location. Finally, if multiple exterminations are required, a broader communication to families via letter, email, and ConnectEd/Robo is disseminated.

“If the pest identified is a bed bug or lice, or another insect, it is the school nurse’s role to identify, notify, and educate affected students, parents, and staff on next steps and available resources. Please note, students are not excluded from school for bed bugs or lice.

“As we continue to monitor the school with our agency partners, and conduct routine maintenance and cleaning, the entire school community plays a role in keeping our school building clean and safe. From properly disposing of all trash and unwanted food to keeping food limited to designated eating areas, we can together reduce the likelihood of unwanted pests. We want to thank you for keeping our school building clean and safe for all.

“Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or if youd like to report an issue in the school building or any concerns regarding your childs well-being.”

However, FOX 5 was contacted by staff members from Miner who believe bed bugs are a big problem there. They said the school has had a bed bug issue since January. On Thursday night, FOX 5 did see a pest control service vehicle parked in the parking lot at Miner.

Since news came out Thursday about the bed bugs at Miner, a concerned parent contacted FOX 5 saying a staff member at Stanton Elementary School in Northeast told them there was bed bug issue as well. We reached out to D.C. Public Schools about this, but they would not confirm if there was a case of bed begs at that school.

On Thursday, Savoy Elementary School said it will reopen on Feb. 27 after thorough cleaning and installation of new carpeting at the school.

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