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WAKE UP CALL! Will fireworks be too expensive for cities?

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our summer guide has tips on stylish and energy-saving window treatments, costs involved in pool installation, ways to keep your garage clean and safe, and more.

READER CALLOUT: What's your favorite ice cream spot?

WEEKLY NIE PAGE: Learn about hurricanes

-- NOTE: The last weekly NIE page for the summer will publish June 7. We'll resume pages in the fall when school begins.




FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Learn to prepare tapas -- Weekly food rail, with details on a tapas cookbook, an easy recipe for ice cream fruit bars, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more.

FAMILY TIME: Avoid 'lost' signs by tagging your cat - Weekly family column, with tips on keeping tabs on your tabby, a review of “Prince of Persia” and more.

IN THE GARDEN: No garden is complete without annuals -- When perennials have gone by, annuals fill in and put on their own special show in the garden. Each season brings new annuals on the market. Commercial growers are constantly searching for better plants, which means plants that bloom more abundantly and keep their shape and color longer. By Thomas Mickey of The Patriot Ledger.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Enjoy summer without breaking the bank - Can you hear them? The squeals of joy coming from nearly all corners of the country as traditional-format schools break for the summer? In unison with these cries of joy are a few sighs and moans from parents ruminating about the pretty penny it costs to fill warm weather months with activities, child care services and entertainment. Here are some ideas to fill up your calendar without emptying your wallet. By Molly Logan Anderson.

DIANNE MCDONALD: Let little things go -- With the unofficial start to summer upon us, there’s no better time to not sweat the small stuff. Try to kick stress and aggravation to the curb and just enjoy the season’s invitation to slow down.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Get busy forgetting how busy you are -- We are in an era where real listening has been replaced by practicing what you’re going to say while the other person is talking. Whomever you’re telling how busy you are is champing at the bit to be even more fatigued and overwhelmed.

POP CULTURE: If at first you don’t succeed, utilize giving up - Want an example of an overrated word??Utilize. Nobody (other than maybe a gubernatorial candidate) uses that word in everyday conversation. But oh how people love to wedge it into a piece of writing. By Dennis Volkert.

AMY GEHRT: Treat animals with kindness - What kind of society are we to let people off lightly for inflicting inhumane treatment on innocent creatures? Yes, we are at the top of the evolutionary ladder. But as such, don’t we have the obligation to protect those who are unable to protect themselves from mistreatment or speak out about it?