OCEAN CITY, MD. – The threat of bed bug-infested furniture is prompting Ocean City’s Public Works Department to consider supplying residents with disposal bags to prevent the spread of this increasingly ubiquitous pest. To reader the entire story, click here.
PHILIPSBURG, PA – DiamondBack Truck Covers recently introduced the new DiamondBack 180. Developed for full access to the truck bed from each side, the DiamondBack 180 offers a butterfly design with two full-length panels opening on each side, allowing full access to the bed of the truck.
The durable diamond plate cover seals securely with steel lock rods, neoprene gaskets, a hinge gutter and locking mechanisms on both sides to keep the contents of the truck bed secure, clean and dry. The standard two-inch profile accommodates a variety of cargo management options including DiamondBack’s four-inch and eight-inch bins to keep equipment, pesticide containers and other cargo from shifting during transport.
“We’ve developed the 180 based upon input we’ve received from our fleet customers,” said Ethan Wendle, president, DiamondBack Truck Covers. “Because of the way the truck is used in certain types of utility and fleet applications, some users need a truck cover that gives them access to both sides of the truck, but also keeps cargo clean, dry and secure.”
Starting at $1,099 MSRP for standard beds, the new DiamondBack 180 delivers a versatile, functional solution, according to the manufacturer. For more information about the DiamondBack 180, related accessories, and all the work truck and fleet utility solutions from DiamondBack, visit http://www.diamondbackcovers.com/fleet.
BEAUFORT, N.C. – Michael Anthony Bertino, a well-known figure throughout the pest management industry, died Dec. 18, 2010, at Crystal Bluff Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Morehead City, N.C. He was 72.
Born in Coney Island, N.Y. in 1938, Bertino had a successful pest control career that spanned many decades. A graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale and the University of Georgia, he was a Board Certified Entomologist who was active in the National Pest Control Association, UPF&DA, and Pi Chi Omega, the industry’s professional fraternity. In addition, he served as President of York Chemical Company, Garden City Park, N.Y., before joining B&G Equipment Co. later in his career.
He was a member of St. Egbert Catholic Church where he additionally held membership in the Knights of Columbus. Through the Knights of Columbus, Bertino was instrumental in establishing the Star of the Sea Scholarship Fund at St. Egbert Catholic School.
Upon learning of his passing, former NPMA President Norm Cooper said, “I had the great privilege and joy of knowing Mike Bertino for six decades. He was always eager to be helpful, always a gentleman and always in good spirits. The pest control profession was better for having been blessed by his presence in our midst.”
Cisse Spragins, president of Pi Chi Omega and Rockwell Labs, added, “I enjoyed seeing Mike at tradeshows in Europe in the mid-90s when he was representing B&G Equipment. He was always a wonderful person, and a lot of fun to be around.”
Survivors include his wife, Lorna L. Bertino; daughters, Carmela L. Agraz of Dallas, Texas, and Kathryn A. Lee of Forest Hills, N.Y.; a son, Michael Anthony Bertino Jr., of Long Island, N.Y.; sister, Annmarie Cardinale of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother, Anthony T. Bertino of Cocoa, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Star of the Sea Scholarship Fund, St. Egbert Catholic School, 1705 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 or to the Pi Chi Omega Scholarship Fund, Attention: Vern Toblan, P. O. Box 8149, Wilmington, DE 19803-9997.
DAVIS, CALIF. – Entomology doctoral candidate Ashley Horton, who performs research on how mosquitoes transmit malaria, is the winner of the 2010 Arthur J. and Dorothy D. Palm Agricultural Scholarship.
Horton studies with Dr. Shirley Luckhart, a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and researches how the immune system of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, affects the transmission of the Plasmodium parasite, the causative agent of malaria.
Malaria kills more than one million people a year, primarily in Africa.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) this week unveiled the latest public awareness advertising campaign for its Faces of Lawsuit Abuse program, featuring two stories that show the devastating effects of lawsuit abuse on small businesses and communities.
One features a family-owned pest control business – Peachtree Pest Control – that has been fighting a lawsuit since 1996 despite two jury verdicts in their favor; the other focuses on the decision by a West Virginia school system to remove playground equipment because of lawsuit fears.
“These videos demonstrate that lawsuit abuse has real economic and social effects on real people across the country,” said Lisa Rickard, president of ILR.
ILR’s Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign showcases the real stories of lawsuit abuse against small businesses, communities, and individuals.
To date, 21 short videos have been released as part of the effort. They can be viewed online at FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org.
The first new video focuses on the 14-year legal saga of Peachtree Pest Control in Loganville, Ga., which was sued by a worker at an office complex the company had serviced. Court testimony revealed the plaintiff worked nowhere near the treatment area, and a jury ruled in favor of Peachtree. An appeals court remanded the case, forcing a second trial, where a second jury again ruled in favor of the defendant. The plaintiff has threatened to extend the case even further by appealing again.
“Everyone deserves their day in court. But when is enough, enough?” asks owner Steve Arnold. “It tears me up to this day, sitting there thinking that everything I built is on the line.”
The second new video discusses the decision made by the Cabell County school system in West Virginia to remove its swing sets in response to two lawsuits filed over minor accidents at one of its playgrounds. The schools decided they simply could not afford the costs related to any potential future litigation.
“The tragedy is that the kids are losing everything that is fun about being a kid,” says parent Donna Mooney. “You can’t bubble wrap everything from them. They have to be allowed to play and be kids.”
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.