Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Movies for Fort Greely

Friday, December 9 – Paranormal 3 (R), 7pm
Saturday, December 10 – Footloose (PG-13), 7pm

Paranormal Activity 3 – The third film takes place in 1988, when Katie and Kristi were kids. While trying to get video proof of Bloody Mary, Katie and Kristi are first confronted by the monstrous demon haunting them in the first and second movies. Although shown to be a prequel in the trailer, it is unconfirmed if it will be a parallel sequel like the previous film again. Rated R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use. 84 minutes.

Footloose – Craig Brewer takes the helm for this remake of the popular 1984 musical romance about a big city teen who moves to a town that’s outlawed dancing. Uprooted from Boston and reluctantly transplanted to the small, Bible belt town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack finds himself in a repressed community still reeling from a devastating loss. Shortly before he arrived in Bomont, five local teens perished in a tragic car accident following a local dance. As a result, the upstanding Reverend Shaw Moore and the local councilmen passed a strict ordinance outlawing both dancing and excessively loud music. Convinced that the new law is hopelessly misguided, rebellious Ren puts on his dancing shoes and wins the heart of Reverend Moore’s distraught daughter Ariel while showing his fellow classmates that it’s perfectly normal to blow off a little steam with some loud music and good friends. Rated PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.  113 minutes

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Suggestions for Safe Shopping Satisfaction

Stay Secure Online This Holiday Shopping Season

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 6, 2011 – The popularity of online shopping has increased in recent years, and Better Business Bureau wants consumers to be smart and responsible before emptying the virtual shopping cart. Click “buy” with caution.

According to Forrester Research, online retail sales are expected to top $190 billion in 2011. This amount of traffic is sure to attract less-than-honest retailers. While the allure of shopping from home in pajamas is appealing, it is important to consider the implications of doing business with unknown online retailers.

BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers six suggestions for safe shopping satisfaction:

Screen the seller. Research the business on bbb.org. Make sure it is a reputable retailer.

Scope the security. Look for the “s” in the address bar of the website. “Https” means that the connection is secure.

Schedule the shipping. Read shipping conditions to make sure gifts arrive in time to be under the tree. Check with Fedex, UPS and USPS to understand the appropriate holiday deadlines.

Swipe for settlement. Pay with a credit card. Be stingy with personal information if it is not relevant to the transaction.

Save the specifics. Always read the fine print to understand the retailer’s return and refund policies. Look for “restocking fees” or warranty information, if available, and print copies.

Study a sample. Don’t be taken by surprise. If the product is available locally, try to examine it physically before purchasing it online.

For more safe shopping help, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Online Shopping and E-Payments website. For other holiday advice, check out bbb.org.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org
Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations: 206.676.4187

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Contact Information Needed for Homestead Hearth

I purchased a wonderful sourdough rye bread sold by Homestead Hearth at last week’s Tanana Farmers Mart holiday bazaar at West Valley High School in Fairbanks.  It was one of the best breads I’ve ever eaten.  The phone number on the label was incorrect.  Does anyone have a contact number or information for them?   I’d love to buy more sourdough rye from them.  Do they have an outlet in Fairbanks?

David S. Weissman
Surveyor/Design Alaska Inc.

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North Haven to Sponsor 9th Army Band’s Annual Community Holiday Concert

FAIRBANKS, AK – The 9th Army Band will present its free annual holiday concert with support from North Haven Communities on December 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hering Auditorium at Lathrop High School.  A feature performance by the U.S. Army Alaska Arctic Warrior Band will include holiday music ranging from classic favorites to contemporary pieces.

The annual holiday concert dates back to 1995 when the Arctic Warrior Band was activated at Fort Wainwright and the event has become a tradition in the Fairbanks area.  A recent letter to the editor at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner expressed disappointment over not having the holiday concert this year due to lack of sponsorship and urged the community to rally and lend support to the treasured event.  When North Haven Communities was made aware of the situation, it contacted the 9th Army Band and pledged its support help to event organizers continue an important community tradition.  AAFES, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, also pledged support of the event.

“This celebration is our way of thanking each of you in the community for your support of your Army and our military. We also want to make sure to thank current military members, veterans, and family members for your hard work and sacrifice. Finally, we want to remember our colleagues currently deployed around the world protecting the freedoms each of us hold dear.  I promise a truly enjoyable and fun-filled evening for everyone who can attend,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Price, Commander and Bandmaster of the U.S. Army Alaska Arctic Warrior Band.

The public is invited to celebrate the season.  Admission is free. The Hering Auditorium is located at 901 Airport Way, Fairbanks (beside Lathrop High School).  For more information, call the Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office at 353-6701 or 353-6780.

About North Haven Communities
North Have Communities LLC is a partnership between developer Lend Lease and the U.S. Army established in 2007.  The partnership will finance, develop, design, build, renovate homes for service members and their families living on Forts Wainwright and Greely, and provide asset and property management services through 2057.

Lori Glassco
Marketing Manager/North Haven Communities LLC

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Photo of the day December 7

A familiar sight in Alaska during the winter. Caribou at Donnelly on November 9. Photo Courtesy Brenda Kimble

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Second Round of Phishing Emails Abuse BBB’s Name

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 7, 2011 – Two weeks after fake Better Business Bureau complaint notices hit businesses nationwide, BBB serving  Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is once again receiving  local reports of suspicious emails.

Read BBB’s Nov. 23 alert: Phony BBB Complaint Email Hits Businesses Nationwide.

The new round of emails claims to be from the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, Va., with subject lines such as: “BBB Case # xxxxxxxx.” Messages urgently request that recipients click enclosed links to handle pending consumer complaints. Recipients have reported that phishing emails are coming from “manager@bbb.org,” “admin@bbb.org,” “risk@bbb.org” and “alert@bbb.org.”

BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds recipients that these emails may contain viruses and malware.
– Never use enclosed links, open attachments or reply to unsolicited emails.
– Report fraudulent emails to phishing@council.bbb.org.
– Delete questionable emails immediately and run a comprehensive virus scan to ensure the computer has not been compromised.

To verify the legitimacy of BBB complaints, contact Better Business Bureau locally. Consumers or businesses who have received the fraudulent emails are asked to report them to bbb.org/scam/report-a-scam.

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