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How to Meet Your Personal Fitness Goals in 2015

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A personal trainer can help you create a custom made personal fitness plan that meets your needs, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)
A personal trainer can help you create a custom made personal fitness plan that meets your needs, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Jason Hodge of Medical Fitness Pros about how to meet your personal fitness goals in 2015 and beyond.

Chicago-Area Snow Plow Thefts Pile Up

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Thieves are targeting snow plow blades in the Chicago area and selling them online.  (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Thieves are targeting snow plow blades in the Chicago area and selling them online. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thieves in the Chicago suburbs of Northwest Indiana are stealing expensive snow plows, stripping the blades off the trucks and selling them online.

Illinois Car Accident Totals Increase While Fatalities Decline

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The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)
The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)

As annual overall auto deaths in Illinois continue their decline, Cook and suburban DuPage counties ranked the worst for accidents in the state for 2013.

How to Stop an IRS Tax Levy

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Consider hiring a professional tax consultant if you face an IRS levy, so you can review your options and get your financial records in order. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

Learn from a tax expert the various ways you can halt an IRS tax levy. After you evaluate your options, consider hiring an accountant to help.

Can Your Infant Hear You? Don't Wait to Find Out

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Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)
Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)

The earlier your child's hearing loss is detected, the sooner you can avoid developmental delays. Testing can reveal hearing problems soon after a baby's birth.

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

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Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

Family Holiday Stress Puts D.C. Pets at Risk

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Local animal shelters often see a spike in drop-offs during the holidays. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Local animal shelters often see a spike in drop-offs during the holidays. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The family pet often can pay the price for a family's holiday stress. D.C. animal shelters report a traditional spike in drop-offs during the month of December.

Christmas in Hawaii? Talk to a Travel Agent

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Next Christmas you may consider a tropical getaway. It works for the Obama family. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin W.)
Next Christmas you may consider a tropical getaway. It works for the Obama family. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin W.)

President Obama and his family spent Christmas in Hawaii. Sound good? You could do the same in 2015. Start talking to your travel agent now for the best deals.

A Record-Setting New Year’s Resolution in Charlotte

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A reasonable diet and fitness plan can make 2015 your healthiest year yet. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
A reasonable diet and fitness plan can make 2015 your healthiest year yet. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Get a healthy start on your 2015 fitness goals with people in Charlotte, Concord and Matthews aiming to set a record for the world's largest group workout.

Energetic Service for Electrical Wiring Job

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Amped Electrical wired this storage building with outlets, switches and lights. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member William R.)

Amped Electrical employees completed wiring in customer's storage building, not knowing they were working for an electrical engineer. Would sparks fly over service?

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Dampen Your Holiday

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Pipes in attics and outside walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bret S.)
Pipes in attics and outside walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bret S.)

Winter has arrived in Washington along with Christmas and New Year's. When you're thinking about staying warm and cozy consider the same for your water pipes.

D.C. United Stadium Expected to Revitalize SW

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D.C. City Council OKs plans to help build a new soccer stadium in the city. (Photo courtesy of D.C. United)
D.C. City Council OKs plans to help build a new soccer stadium in the city. (Photo courtesy of D.C. United)

D.C. United will have a new soccer stadium to call home by 2017. City officials approved using $140 million in public funds to secure the Buzzard Point site.

Chicago Hit Hard by Flu, Still Time to Get Your Shot

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Chicago has been hit hard by the flu so far this year. Don't delay in getting your flu shot.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Chicago has been hit hard by the flu so far this year. Don't delay in getting your flu shot. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Suburban Chicago schools are closing for sanitization and hospitals are overwhelmed by patients suffering from a particularly nasty strain of the flu virus.

Is Your Day Care Licensed? Governor Hopes So

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Choosing the best day care for your child may depend on whether the facility is state-licensed. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Choosing the best day care for your child may depend on whether the facility is state-licensed. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to help more day care centers in the state to become licensed facilities. Many day care centers lack proper certification.

Things to Do in Indy - January 2015

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(Photo courtesy of Marketplace Events)
(Photo courtesy of Marketplace Events)

Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for January, including the Indianapolis Home Show, Indiana Fuel hockey and the Indiana Winter Farmers Market.

How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring

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The road to finding the perfect engagement ring begins with finding a reputable and knowledgable jeweler. (Photo by ©Bungalow Photography)
The road to finding the perfect engagement ring begins with finding a reputable and knowledgable jeweler. (Photo by ©Bungalow Photography)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Greg Bires of Windsor Jewelry about picking an engagement ring and how to find a great holiday gift.

For Many, Buying May Be More Affordable Than Renting in Charlotte

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A recent survey shows buying a home may be more affordable than renting for many people in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Real estate database company Zillow reports that in the most recent quarter of 2014, buying a home in Charlotte was about twice as affordable as renting.

Angie's List is Revved Up to Offer Auto Expertise

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Don't forget to use the nearly 200 categories Angie's List has related to automobiles - including classic and custom cars. Auto expert, staff writer Tom Moor, also provides auto industry tips and advice. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Angie’s List auto-related categories offer car owners a variety of options for repairs. From seat belts, to trunks, including classic and custom cars, it’s on the List.

6 Steps to Enhance an Aging Pet’s Quality of Life

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Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)
Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)

As your pet ages, you can help your loyal companion to thrive, not just survive, at any age. Learn steps you can take to enrich your older pet's golden years.

Chicago's Brightest Holiday Light Displays Twinkle with LEDs

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Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)
Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Organizers of Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic and Wonderland Express understand the value of LED lighting in holiday displays.

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