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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

Just as the Washington, D.C. area Beltway gears up for the Fort Belvoir relocation, which will bring 19,000 new jobs — and a potential traffic nightmare — to the region, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NG) has announced that it, too, is relocating to the Washington area. “As a global security company with a large customer base,” explained NG...

When you visit most art museums, the art that you see on display represents only a fraction of the museum’s actual holdings. The percentage of art holdings that are actually on display in museums around the world is dropping, as the recession forces some museums to move to smaller facilities or to close their doors altogether. Researchers at the University of Brighton,...

One of Alaska’s volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt, is beginning to rumble again. Volcanologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory have put Redoubt on a code yellow state of alert. Code yellow means that Redoubt is showing signs of unrest, beyond its normal background level. Volcanologists use a four-tiered color coding system: green means activity levels are normal and that...

Self-storage facility owners are always happy to provide storage for vehicles, if they have the space. But it is a shame to see fire trucks sitting in storage when they are needed in service.  England is installing new Firelink radios in its Fire and Rescue Service vehicles. The new radios will allow fire trucks to communicate directly, via a secure digital link,...

Federal investigators have seized the car collection of former Utah investment banker Jeffrey Mowen, who along with his partners, used a Ponzi scheme to collect approximately $41 million from investors in several states, was facing new charges last week for trying to persuade a fellow prison inmate to kill four witnesses. Mowen fled to Panama last spring, and was...

Equity Based Services (EBS) announced today that it has purchased two more self-storage facilities. It now has a total of 66 facilities. The properties in question were previously operated as “Access Self Storage.” The first property is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the second property is located in Missouri City, Texas. The deal used a combination...

Residents of a small community near Escondido, California (near San Diego) are fighting against the development and building of a small self-storage facility in their neighborhood. Local activists say that the self-storage business, known as Bear Valley Self Storage, would be just the beginning of a series of commercial developments in the region. The locality that they...

Just after hurricane season ended along the Atlantic coast, Colorado State University hurricane experts Bill Gray and Phil Klotzbach issued their predictions for the 2010 hurricane season. The season that just ended was one of the best on record. There were nine tropical storms, three hurricanes, and none of the hurricanes made landfall in the United States.  Unfortunately,...

One of the earliest indicators that the economy is beginning to improve may be that foreclosed upon self-storage businesses are beginning to sell – and to sell quickly. Early in December, Bancap Self Storage Group brokered the sale of Global Self Storage, located in Victorville in San Bernardino County, California, for $4.5 million.  Global Self Storage had...

Foy Cooley, former president of the national and the New York Self-Storage Associations, was profiled in North Jersey’s The Record on Sunday. Cooley, who The Record describes as “the first lady of self-storage,” is one of the few female executives in an industry which tends to be dominated by men. In addition to having been the president of the national...