Final weekend of Summer. Autumn begins next Friday, September 22.
This Saturday (Sept 16) is National Thank a Police Officer Day! Behind the Blue Line – your local police support group – will be posting positive messages with ‘sidewalk chalk’ outside the Public Safety Center (725 N. Cherry Street) in Winston-Salem at 10am this Saturday. Please join us!
The mission of Behind the Blue Line is to support Winston-Salem Police Department Officers, their families and friends. We seek to shine a positive light on law enforcement officers and all that they do. http://www.behindtheblueline.org/
Support ‘Behind the Blue Line’ by playing PLINKO at the WBFJ Gazebo during the Dixie Classic Fair!
Free ‘Adult Dental Clinic’ happening TODAY + Saturday in Salisbury
Location: Old Salisbury Mall – JC Penney Space
*Entry by number wrist bands will be distributed again Friday afternoon at 3pm.
Hosted by the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. (Sept 15 + 16) http://www.ncdental.org/meetings-events/nc-missions-of-mercy
FORSYTH COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE (FRI + SAT)
Location: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension building, Fairchild Dr in WS.
This is a major fundraiser for the Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. 336-703-2850 *Friday from 9- 2pm and Saturday from 9 – noon https://goo.gl/yrinfC
Reality: One in three families in the US struggle to afford diapers for their children on a daily basis.
From now through next Saturday (SEPT 30), Diaper Bank of North Carolina is working with communities across the state to raise awareness AND provide diapers for low-income families in need. Details at www.diaperbank.org
An emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council is planned to discuss more sanctions against North Korea, after the rouge nation fired another missile over Japan’s northern coast overnight. https://goo.gl/EVSNM6
The National Toy Hall of Fame finalists have been announced. Some no-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Also up for the honor: board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the PEZ candy dispenser, Transformers, the card game Uno and Wiffle Ball.
Winners will be inducted Nov. 9 into the Class of 2017. https://goo.gl/vHfzJp
States of Happiness? According to Wallet Hub, Minnesota is the happiest state, followed by Utah, Hawaii, California, and Nebraska. North Carolina came in at #26. *The least happy state: West Virginia (as well as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas) https://goo.gl/HF8gTr
ALERT: Section of I-40 Westbound to Close This Weekend in Greensboro
Reminder: I-40 WB between Exit 131 (I-40/85 split) and Exit 222 (Hwy 29/70)
Friday evening (Sept 15) at 8pm thru 6am Monday morning (Sept 18)
Protecting your ‘identity’.
Given that half of North Carolinians and Americans may have had their personal data hacked, financial experts suggest that realistically – your personal data has likely been compromised. Most financial institutions serving the Triad and Northwest N.C. say they are talking with Equifax to determine how many customers have been affected so they can begin the process of issuing new debit and credit cards.
-Debit cards do not have the same protections as credit cards since debit transactions withdraw funds directly from your bank account.
*Customers should keep a close eye on all accounts and credit reports for irregularities and fraudulent activity.
One way to do that is at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Another is to request that credit reporting agencies Equifax (888-766-0008), Experian (888-397-3742) and Transunion (800-680-7289) place a free 90-day fraud alert on your credit line.
BBB: Placing a freeze on credit is another line of defense. Taking that step does not affect your credit score. However, it does mean consumers can’t apply for new credit unless they request a temporary lifting of the freeze for a specific company to access your credit report. That action could take three business days to complete.
The state Attorney General’s Office said state law allows North Carolinians to request a credit freeze for free. https://goo.gl/T97irQ
4 things to protect your personal information, money & online identity
-Monitor your financial accounts DAILY: Whether or not your info was exposed by Equifax, you need to check your accounts on a daily basis in order to spot any suspicious activity you don’t recognize. The sooner you spot it, the sooner you can report it and get everything straightened out. Plus, if your info was exposed by Equifax, criminals can still carry out fraud on your existing accounts.
-Don’t click on any official-looking emails or texts about the breach, your info, your protection etc. — they are probably from scammers.
Equifax will send official notifications by mail.
-Change your passwords: NEVER use the same password for multiple accounts that contain your personal and/or sensitive information. Make sure to use a unique password — ideally a long phrase that only you would know — for each of your online accounts. This goes for your email accounts and any other online account that contains your personal info, like payment info, address etc.
-Turn on 2-factor authentication for every financial account, as well as any online account that contains your personal and sensitive information.
Here’s a guide on how to set it up. (Clark Howard)
In fact, you can get free credit monitoring at creditkarma.com.
INFO: Clark Howard https://goo.gl/bWXau2
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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