I live in a 100 year old home in Erieville. My favorite hobby is work on that old house and it keeps me busy. This year, I put on a new porch floor and fixed the siding outside and put in a new floor upstairs. It was too much for me to tackle, but usually I try and do my own work with some help from friends and family. I am a single Mom with three beautiful children. They are all country music fans. I have been in radio for many years and in fact, my mother was a radio personality. I guess that is where I get it from. I get a real kick out of doing charity work and attend many of the events here in CNY. I would have to say that the CMA win was the high point in my career. It just doesn't get any better than that and it is thanks to you who listen to us and support us each and every morning. It wouldn't have happened without you. In my mind, it was a win for Central New York. I love working with Tom Owens. We have quickly become best friends.
A longtime on air ClearChannel personality now part of the Tom & Becky Morning Show. He spent most of his professional career with Verizon Communications as the director of external affairs and corporate foundation. Tomâ€™s a past member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Syracuse Stage Board of Directors, St. Camillus Foundation. Syracuse University School of Visual & Performing Arts Advisory Board. Most important is his family: Wife Laurel, and their five children - Kristen, Jill, Tim, Danielle, and Allison.
10 Holiday Toys Of 2012 – And How To Get Them
Your kid will think your better than Santa this year if you find the sold-out gifts they really want – those super popular toys making headlines across the country. Of course, the hottest holiday toys quickly sell out, but with a few smart shopping strategies you’ll be able to get the gifts they really want without a lot of hassle. What are the top toys this holiday season? According to Brandon Compagna, CEO of TrackAToy.com, the top 10 holiday toys for 2012 are:
1. Nintendo Wii U
2. Furby – 2012 Collection
3. Disney Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll
4. Monster High Werecat Sister Doll Pack – Meowlady and Purrsephone
5. LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Learning Tablets
6. Monster High Ghouls Rule Doll – Abbey Abominable
7. Skylanders Giants Character Packs (Series 2)
8. Lalaloopsy Holiday Collector Edition Doll – Ivory Ice Crystals
9. LEGO Minecraft (21102)
10. Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo
So how can you get the toys that your friends and neighbors can’t? Easy! Just follow these simple shopping strategies:
Visit the manufacturer’s website: Each manufacturer’s website will list where its toys are sold.
Call early and be courteous: Call when the store opens so you can speak with a department manager before peak shopping hours. Be courteous and ask if a toy is in-stock. If possible, ask for the item to be held for you. If you are told it’s out of stock, don’t be shy about asking when the next shipment will come in. On that day, call the store and ask if your item was in the shipment. Better yet, be there for when the store opens.
Take advantage of technology: If you’re having trouble tracking down a special toy visit TrackAToy.com, a free resource that helps people find the most popular toys. You can create a free profile and set up toy-availability alerts in three easy ways: email, text message or Internet browser notification. Free alerts can save you time and reduce holiday stress, notifying you as soon as your item is back in-stock at many major online retailers such as Walmart.com and ToysRus.com.
Talk about it: Online discussion boards are another valuable resource for holiday shoppers. A quick search and you’ll find a number of different online forums where people chat about the season’s top toys, where they found them and other unique shopping topics.