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Update from the New Jersey Chapter
NADRA
Hi Everyone!! Please join us for our NADRA NJ Chapter meeting July 16. We will be back in our regular Chimney Rock Inn location this time. This meeting will be sponsored by Techno Metal Post. We also would like to mention that we have two additional dates for you to add to your calendars!
  • Aug. 24 — NADRA NJ Picnic to be held at the home of Robert Lascalle in Flemington, N.J. This is a time for kicking back, having fun and enjoying some good food. We will be asking everyone to bring an appetizer or a dessert and have a contest to see which is the best.
  • Sept. 23 — Target start date for the Deck for a Soldier® build in Brick, N.J.
We will send out more information as these dates get closer.

To RSVP for the July 16th Chapter meeting, click here.
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Making the choice between weathering and finishing a deck
BPT via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A backyard refresh or upgrade can bring comfort, energy, fun and relaxation into the space for the family to enjoy. But before you start work or purchase materials, you need to consider the maintenance and upkeep of the project for years down the road.
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Add style to function outside
TheChronicleHerald.ca
The latest choices in outdoor lighting add a lot of style to function. They can really enhance the appearance of your home and yard at night while also making outdoor living more enjoyable on summer evenings, or helping to improve home safety and security.
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Outdoor living on homes' 'hot' list
Omaha World-Herald
Hidden pantries, pocket offices and clutter-collecting drop zones remain all the rage for new houses in the Omaha, Neb. Trending also, say local home builders, are energy-efficient elements, stone facades and outdoor kitchens and fire pits.
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Builders and lumber dealers see shortages of key building materials
National Association of Home Builders
Home builders and lumber dealers are reporting significant shortages of key home building materials such as lumber and wall board, according to recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.
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Dropping lumber prices a 'growing pain'
CBC News
A report from TD Economics shows North American lumber prices are down 25 percent since the middle of April — and that's a significant drop, observers say. Economist Dina Ignjatovic said when prices hit a nine-year high earlier this year, production climbed and inventories were rebuilt.
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Fiberon survey: 72 percent use their decks 3 or more times per week
Business Wire via Enhanced Online News
For the majority of people, summer's warmer weather means time outside on the deck. In a recent survey conducted by Fiberon, a leading manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing, 72 percent of respondents use their decks at least three times per week.
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Look before you leap when choosing between a deck or patio
WMAR-TV
Choosing whether to build a deck or patio deserves careful consideration as either can give you years of enjoyment if designed correctly. Professionals say patios tend to work best on flat terrain because a minimal amount of structural engineering is needed.
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Outdoor living on homes' 'hot' list
Omaha World-Herald
Hidden pantries, pocket offices and clutter-collecting drop zones remain all the rage for new houses in the Omaha, Neb. Trending also, say local home builders, are energy-efficient elements, stone facades and outdoor kitchens and fire pits.

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26 great ideas for decks
Sunset
A good deck can capture a view, create a comfortable outdoor room and add a feeling of spaciousness to your home by blurring the boundaries between inside and out. Here are 26 great ideas for decks.

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter June Meeting Recap
NADRA
A few highlights from the meeting: It was another successful meeting for the Atlanta NADRA Chapter on Tuesday, June 18 held at the Ivy in Buckhead.

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LEADERSHIP


You lost them at hello
By Michael J. Berens
When you greet people, how long do you shake their hand? Authorities on business etiquette suggest no more than three or four seconds. A handshake that goes on for too long can produce the opposite effect of what is intended, making the other person feel ill at ease rather than welcome. The same holds true for communication, especially spoken communication. A greeting and a few brief introductory remarks help you connect with your audience, but then it's time to get to the point — or risk losing them altogether.
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Is this the new golden age of customer service?
American Express OPEN Forum
Look around and you'll notice plenty of evidence that the golden age of customer service is dead. Gas stations make drivers pump their own gas. Airlines no longer serve food in coach class, and even charge you to check your luggage.
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Becoming a better judge of people
Harvard Business Review
In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?
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5 ways to make your product sell itself
Entrepreneur
We are creatures of habit. American families, on average, buy the same 150 products over and over again, which make up 85 percent of their household needs, according to research out of Harvard Business School. So how can you get people to take a chance on your new business and become loyal customers?
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