I've seen both sides of this newspaper. I've seen it as a subscriber and from a friend who delivered the paper. The deliverer's work hard for little money. They get prank calls and folks saying there wasn't a paper delivered -- then the carrier is docked money. Folks have unreasonable requests like go up a zillion stairs, open their entrance door (why isn't it locked?) and put the paper inside. How silly.
I also received a complimentary service which led into a year long committment. The paper was timely most of the time. The content was ok, but they could use more human interest stories. I like some good news too.
I wish they'd sponsor more contests and games -- for adults and kids alike.
I have an older house. The three season porch door faces the driveway and extends out to the sidewalk. There were no railings on these concrete steps.
My father found Wieser Precast Steps in a local newspaper I believe. I called them and left a message for them to please call me to set up an appointment. Nobody called back.
I did phone them again and the receptionist said that the gentleman would be out "today" or Friday (it was a Thursday) and have an estimate for me. He didn't show up.
I called the following week for one last chance. The gentleman himself spoke to me and apologized and said it had been "crazy busy" and he again apologized. He said he'd be out within a day or two... and he was. He left an estimate in the mailbox (common practice here I guess). I called the next day and accepted the bid. This was scheduled for the following week.......but they were late again. I phoned (as usual) and the railings were in the next day.
If it weren't for the long delays I would have rated this organization much higher.
I was fairly new the the area and finishing out my lease on a home. I was looking for an apartment and the local paper listed a few from HOME APARTMENTS. I did call the contact number and a gentleman talked to me and told me what he had available. He said I could come in and look at these units and fill out an application if I'd like and almost pressured me into this --- UNTIL I mentioned that I was disabled and had a service dog. I told him the dog was a German Shepherd and he IS certified as a service dog. He said that they don't take dogs. I thought maybe he was ignorant of the law and reminded him that this is a service dog for the disabled - and that I'd have no problem keeping the dogs "Service Dog" vest and identification tag on him when in common areas. NOPE -- I shouldn't even bother coming in to fill out an application -- illegal or not.
I can NEVER recommend such a place like Home Apartments. If they don't follow the law... then what are they going to do if they need to fix something? Good Grief!
CONS: Illegal Practices
I can't wait until my next styling appointment. I will have to find out WHO that was that cut and styled my hair. They took a pigs ear and made a silk purse out of it. I can't believe how good it looked.
This salon was busy when I went in. I did have an appointment and didn't have to wait long. The stylist looked at my hair, on top, under. What "type" of hair I had, how much damage there was, the amount of stretch. She analyzed my facial structure and RECOMMENDED a style. I was under no obligation to get this style...but decided to anyway. Just for a change. It turned out wonderfully.
Thanks Extreme Edge. I'm glad you moved into the neighborhood.
I needed a new heating system for my small, 800 square foot house. Mine was so very old and the company was defunct. I couldn't even get filters for this any longer. The furnace/wall unit was only running at 50% or less effiency.
I called three businesses. I have reviewed the others. One of the FIRST places I phoned to schedule an appointment was Ron Hammes as I see his commercials on television. I left a voice mail message the first time. The second time I called I spoke w/ a woman and she took my information and said they would get back to me promptly -- that everybody was "on a job right now." I waited and waited. Nobody bothered to phone me. So that's two messages: one automated, one live, and no calls. I cannot recommend Ron Hammes. This organization didn't have the curteousy to call back.
CONS: No response from them
I was looking for a new heating system for my small, 800 square foot house. The present system was so old that the company isn't around anymore and you can't even get a filter for it -- plus it was only 50% or less energy effiecent. I called three places for an estimate. Bagniefski Heating & Air Conditioning was one of them.
The gentleman that came out was VERY friendly -- a super nice fella. He understood my needs and concerns. I needed a wall unit or traditional furnace, energy efficient, COST effective and have the possibility of adding duct work MAYBE at a later time.
The estimate did get put in the mailbox with a nice, slick brochure on furnaces. The two (maybe three) that he recommended were circled. It was very professional --- but it was also OVER $3600 if I recall correctly. This is just way too much. Plus he put the bid in for doing the duct work (but not fixing the walls) ----- I just wanted the basic stuff and duct work later MAYBE. This was explained thoroughly.
As stated, the gentleman was extremely nice and competent -- but this was just way too much money.
CONS: Too much money
I needed a new heating system for my small, 800 square foot house. I called three different heating places; Maxwell-White included. I spoke with an answering machine first. Two days later I phoned again and spoke to a receptionist. She said so-and-so would call me back (I won't give names, you decide for yourself). Nobody called back......UNTIL about 3 weeks later. He called at 6:30 in the morning and wanted to know if I wanted an estimate THEN. I asked: When??? He said around 7am. Ahh, no I don't want anybody calling me at 6:30 in the morning and coming at 7am unless my furnace is dead.
We did set up a time for him to come out when he called at a more appropriate time. The man who came out was nice enough and said he'd mail an estimate. Can you believe they wanted over 5,000 to put a new heating system in an 800 square foot house? No way. How insulting. Actually I felt like they overbid because if they were to give a CORRECT bid that I may take the offer and then they'd have to waste time when they'd be making more money elsewhere.
I did call the office and ask for the gentleman to please phone me back because he must have my house mixed up with another. The receptionist took the message but nobody ever bothered to return the call.
I do NOT recommend them based on this experience.
CONS: Bad experience
The office staff and initial interview for client services person/people are very good. They keep me involved and appraised of any changes in staff or times.
I've been through several changes in staff from Independent Living Resources. One person just couldn't do the work (mopping floors, cleaning blinds, vacuuming, changing bed) right (she'd mop around a throw rug) and ILS changed staff right away. They're excellent about this. The next girl was pretty good but she went on to school and I got another staff member. She was pretty good too but ended up not showing up for work here and other places. I asked a friend to please apply and she did... but she went back to school too. I have a young woman now that's pretty good --- she tries hard and is easy to get along with.
Overall I would rate Independent Living Resources as one of the best around --- but then again I've only had two agencies all together. I don't want to change. At least their staff try and are pretty good!
CONS: changes in staff
I'm just a person here who does NOT have a child in Three Rivers School Waldorf Initiative. I am familiar with some of the folks who teach there though.
I must say, mainly I'm impressed. The original concept is not new. It's a good one though I feel. The Waldorf School follows these concepts. Example... I donated a few items to this initiative. Irons actually. The woman instructor was telling me that both boys and girls will learn how to iron; typically a woman "thing." Girls will also learn what is typically a "man/boy" thing or things. Good for all of them. Some well rounded kids will come out of there I believe.
I don't know about the prices --- I would assume they're very high. However if I had a small or younger child I may consider this just for its value system.
This is a HIGH SCHOOL...they don't baby the kids anymore. Good for the teachers. It can be quite a blow to the kids though. I can only speak for my stepchild and I'm GLAD that this school has rules that they abide by.
The teachers we have met during conferences have been pretty good. A few have been outstanding. We were "warned" about one strict teacher by a member of the administration. We feared the worst... you know, "one of THOSE" types of strict teachers. We actually found him to be delightful and not at all as described. His goal is for the kids to develop good study habits by having them read the text in it's entirety (geesh I can't spell!) and then do the assigned work. What's so bad about that? Nothing! The kids know what is expected of them from jump street.
Overall I'd say this is a Very Good to Excellent school. I was appalled to find backbiting from administrators against staff and that's why I cannot give this school a 5 star rating.
Also, I feel strongly their social services person lacks some .... well some common sense. (sorry)