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Sunday, December 4, 1988
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Page 2B - Sunday, December 4, 1983 • The Seguln Gazette-Enterprise Holiday shopping made easier through NEW YORK—For many people, there's nothing particularly merry about shopping during the holiday season. But experts at one of the nation's leading retail design firms say that a little advanced planning and understanding of how stores are organized can make for a smoother .shopping experience. • "A lot of shoppers become Scrooges with the pressure of the Christmas shopping season," says Simon Williams, a retail consultant at Hambrecht Terrell International . (HTI), which has designed the interiors for many of the nation's leading department stores. "But you can keep .your holiday spirit and shop effec- tively by making store organization work for you," he adds. Make Your List, Check It Twice Williams says that preparation is the key to shopping success. Creating lists for the people you need gifts for, and then looking through papers and catalogues for ideas and sales before you even begin shopping can save you hours in a store, .and may save you money as well Me also suggests bringing the ads or catalogue pages with the items you are interested in, so salespeople know immediately what you want and where to find it. In order to make your shopping Ipgistically as easy as possible, Williams suggests theme buying for most people on you* tot Choo& varia« > According to Wtflfdms, Monday tions from a couple of general categp- or Tueso% mornings, or lale at night ries such as books, stationery sup plies, chocolates, or accessories like scarves, gloves, or belts. This way, once you're in a store, you only need to go to one or two departments for all your shopping. Williams also suggests trying to — tetter tim&'lirj sndp as they are traditionally the slowest times for retailers. If you have to shop during the weekend, do it in small 2-3 hour bursts of shopping. And go to the departments that are most hectic when you are still fresh. phone salespeople in stores, and get Which Floors Are Naughty, Which them to set aside merchandise especially items on sale which disappear quickly. "It's surprisingly easy in many stores to reach salespeople by phone and have them reserve items for you. Then you just pick up your shopping at your convenience," he says. are Nice? The other secret to successful shopping is knowing how stores are organized. "The busiest places during the Christmas period will be on the first floor, especially the cosmetic, fragrance and accessories areas which are usually grouped together," says Steve Duffy, creative .principal at HTI who designs and plans the physical layouts and circulation patters of stores. "Stores will be most crowded near the entrance, especially if the store connects to a mall, or near the first floor escalator Well." Although men's departments are almost always located dn the first floor, Duffy notes they, often have separate entrances which provide quick and easy access to the store. If you are buying a gift for a man, you can enter the men's department directly, and thus avoid potential bottleneck areas in other parts of the store. If you need to go to several depart- Safe kitchen practices reduce risk of poisoning •'...'• . I • ^h^F As you plan traditional holiday meals, take a minute to remind your,• self of the safe kitchen practices that , will keep salmonella food poisoning away from your dinner table. According to the United States •Department of Agriculture, turkey 'and chicken are the meats most often contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella bacteria live in the gut of almost all animals and can get into • poultry, meat or other foods by sever- 'al different routes. Contaminated ' food may cause food poisoning, an .•unpleasant and sometimes serious problem. USDA says the main cause is lack of cleanliness in mass- production methods using old, hard- to-adjust machinery. Right now, when millions of turk- eys are being slaughtered and processed in a short time to meet holiday demand, there's increased risk of salmonella contamination. Keep It Clean. To protect yourself and your family, start by handling raw poultry carefully, regardless of whether it's fresh or frozen. You can't see or smell salmonella bacteria, but they spread quickly to anything that touches contaminated food. So don't take any chances. You should prevent cross-contamination by immediately washing — with soap and water—any cutting board, knife, sink, dish towel, bowl or countertop you use to prepare the bird. Don't forget to wash your hands, too, before you go to work on the cole slaw or cranberry sauce. The Big Chill. Since food- poisoning bacteria multiply rapidly at room temperature, it's safest not to thaw your turkey on the kitchen counter. Left at room temperature, a frozen turkey will thaw from the outside in. As the surface warms, bacteria there multiply, and by the time the whole bird thaws, the bacteria could reach dangerous levels. USDA Books make wonderful gifts for children Are you struggling with Christmas . lists? Wondering what you can get for a niece or grandchild who has , every item known to Toys "R" Us? , Have you considered giving the kid a book? A well-chosen book is guaran- ' .teed to be appreciated by the child's , mother, and, if REALLY well chosen -..will also be enjoyed by the kid if he , ever sits down long enough to try it. , Maybe we can help you choose. , We have several lists of books that . have been chosen by the kids them- .selves as their favorites. A Bluebon- . net Award, or any other state's award for children's literature, indicates .popularity with children K through ,5th or 6th grade. Some states have similar contests for what librarians call YA (young adult) literature, 6th grade and up. If you feel too harried to call the library, or come in and examine lists for the books themselves, or if you find yourself unexpectedly near a bookstore, keep the" following names in mind. The characters or titles noted have all proved perennially popular: Beverly Cleary, 'Ramona' books are all over the TV dial; Harry Allard, 'Miss Nelson' a.k.a. 'The Swamp,' Barbara Park, 'Skin- nybones,' Barthe DeClements, 'Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade,' Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing,' Jamie Gilson, "Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub' (that's a substitute teacher, not an underwater vehicle). Books by Paula Danziger, Sid Fleischman, Johanna Hurwitz, Robert Newton Peck, Bill Wallace, and Betty Ren Wright are also award winners and often requested. James Marshall's gentle hippos, George and Martha, are popular with preschoolers. So are Ezra Jack Keats and Maurice Sendak. While you're in the store, look for Therapist shapes up animals By DARLENE E. SUPERVILLE :: Associated Press Writer TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) — It's " -Wednesday night, and Perry Frantzman is conducting his weekly therapy sessions- for more than ,50 patients _with behavioral problems. ^ • But the patients aren't hyperactive •toddlers or manic-depressives. •They're dogs. And for 18 years, Frantzman has helped cure them. "I had a dog that was giving me terrible problems, and I was seeking help," Frantzman says of a pet who '-, chewed nearly everything in sight. ;He took him to obedience school near ;his home in Colorado, and it was there that Frantzman discovered his interest in animal therapy. "I really enjoyed working with him," he said. "I went through the ^training and ... I became hooked." ~ : .' So Frantzman, now 43, sold his two restaurants, went into full-time Center ready to kick-off several new tournaments ;3y Charron Miller •and Donald Dunkin -. The Activity Center is getting set to kick off some upcoming tourna- " ments starting in January. Our annual 1- r'acquetball tournament looks very •promising. The courts are now being worked on in preparation for this. The other tournaments being scheduled will be both volleyball and basketball. Although the exact agenda has yet to be worked out, we expect a very good turnout. The food and toy drive is going very well. For more information on either the food and toy drive or the upcoming tournaments, please call us at the Activity Center. training, earned a doctorate with concentration in animal behavior and moved to New Jersey, where at home in Kinnelon he has three dogs and a cat. His-association with the Bergen County -Animal Shelter began four years ago after a worker approached him with the idea of developing a 'behavior modification' program at the shelter. Frantzman says the worker told him that many of the adopted animals were returned to the shelter because the owners didn't know how to cope with their mischievous behavior. Most of the animals returned to the shelter were put to death, Frantzman says. So Frantzman instituted a program which he says "is designed to be very intense and produce results fairly quickly... because these people are at the end of their ropes." The doctor believes dogs are like people and structures his therapy around that philosophy. "My job is to modify the behavior of the dog and the behavior of the family so they can live together," he says. "That's where I feel good about what I'm doing. "It's like 'Divorce Court' only you're keeping people together." Classes are arranged into four categories — housebreaking, chewing and destruction, obedience for dogs with 'minor problems,' and a problem class. Frantzman says the problem class ranges "from anything that has to do with aggression and neurotic behavior to anything that is just way out of control." He encourages families to take part in the therapy so they can understand how they may be contributing to the dog's problems. "It's behavioral modification training for people who are at their last resort," he says. Frantzman has four sessions every Wednesday night. Patients are evaluated before being accepted to see if they are 'workable' and to identify their problems so they can be placed in the appropriate class. Frantzman works with his canine patients individually and in groups to demonstrate to the owners ways to deal with the problems. one of Fred Gwynne's picture books. Remember Herman on 'The Mun- sters'? That's Fred Gwynne. He's written and illustrated several books that show graphically how we can confuse our young while speaking plain English, e.g., 'A Little Pigeon Toad' and 'The King Who Rained.' For adults on your list, how about the latest book of lists, 'The Worst of Everything?' Or the latest: Sidney Sheldon, The Sands of Time,'Larry McMurtry, 'Anything for Billy,' Miss Read, 'School at Thrush Green,' Len Deighton, 'Spy Hook,' Mary Stewart gothic, 'Thornyhold,' Dan Jenkins, 'Fast Copy,' Alex Haley, 'A Different Kind of Christmas.' If somebody you know is still interested in the Cowboys (2 and 9!), you might give him 'Duane Thomas and the Fall of America's Team,' coauthored by Paul Zimmerman. If he likes westerns, give him Walter Van Tilburg Clark's 'The Ox-Bow Incident,' and don't tell him it's a classic., , But don't expect tp^recapture- : his attention until he's finished the last page; it's a grabber. When you're ready for a break and in need of a little change of focus, remember that we have most of the books cited above, and the rest are on order. So check one out, and sit down and put your feet up and enjoy. "I'm Back" Alicia Rangel is now back at the Barbers of Seville ready to service your haircare needs. 8 to 5 Tuesday-Saturday 372-3470 P.S. "It's A Girl" 400 N. King Drop In or call for appointment The Season is Open for stalking the perfect prize. JUei/Ts Jlhgfot Wednesday, December 7th — 5 to 8 p.m. Serving attitude adjusting beverages to help in uninhibited gift hunting for the ones who keep your home fires burning. NO LIMIT r Classic lines, classic looks — fresh from OshKosh B'Gosh. The Genuine Article; OshKosh B'Gosh® dungarees — they're honest, real and ready for anything. They're easy-fitting and long-wearing, thanks to soft, durable all-cotton denim and all the attention to detail that made OshKosh B'Gosh famous. And they're right for today's fashion, too. Sometimes, the best new ideas come from an old friend. OshKosh B'Gosh. recommends that you not leave even cooked meat at room temperature for more than two hours. So plan ahead, and leave time to thaw the bird in the refrigerator or in cold water. Refrigerator thawing takes one or two days for an 8- to 12-pound turkey and four to five days for big birds weighing 20 to 24 pounds. Cold-water thawing takes four to six hours for an 8- to 12-pound turkey and 11 to 12 hours for a 20- to 24-pourtder. The National Turkey Federation recommends keeping the turkey in its unopened bag and changing the cold water every half hour for safe, effective thawing. Turkey can also be thawed safely in a microwave oven, but you should follow the manufacturer's instructions. The Heat's On. Thorough cooking is the only way to destroy salmonella in food. For poultry, that means the bird has to reach a uniform internal temperature of 180 to 185 degrees before it's safe to eat. Stuffing temperatures should reach at least 165 degrees. A meat thermometer is the most reliable way to check these temperatures. Consumer advocates have tried to get USDA to require salmonella- warning labels on all poultry, along with information about proper handling and cooking. So far, USDA has declined to adopt this proposal. So until processors improve their plants, the burden of guarding against the threat of salmonella falls on the consumer. USDA operates a Meat and Poultry Hotline weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (CST) to answer questions or handle complaints about the safety, '.wholesomeness or labeling of meat and poultry products. Their toll- free number is 1-800-535-4555. merits in a store, work your way up systematically, Stored are designed to make it easier to go up than down in them. As you go up in a store, Duffy advises you to be aware that merchandise Is coordinated with the escalators; "As a rule of thumb, a store will have what it considers to be its most exciting goods to the right of any florjr as you geioff the escalator," says Duffy. He suggests that once you complete your shopping, consider taking the elevator rather than the escalators down to the first floor. Shoppers are urged to note the lighting in department stores when selecting items. As clothing is worn iri both natural and artificial lighting, he suggests looking at any items you want to buy under a mixture of fluorescent and incandescent lights so you can more accurately judge how they will look. "Stores designed in the last eight years in particular are made to be shopper friendly," notes Duffy. "New Stores have broad aisles, good lighting, and big, luxurious fitting rooms so the shopping experience is more pleasant." *** HTI TIPS FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING 1. Create a gift list, and categorize it by type of merchandise so you can shop in the department store more effectively. 2. Consider theme buying — choosing variations from one or two general categories such as books, stationery, chocolate, or accessories — so once in a store, you only need to go to a couple departments to make all of your purchases. 3. Call ahead to reserve items — especially sale items. 4. Try to shop on a Monday or Tuesday morning, or late at night when stores are least crowded. 5. On a floor, move to the right of the escalator — as retailers often put their most interesting merchandise there. 6. Tackle crowded areas like cosmetics, fragrances, and accessories when you are fresh. 7. Men's departments usually have separate entrances — providing quick and easy access to the store while avoiding potential bottleneck areas. 8. Don't do it all at once — shop in small bursts of two or three hours. 9. Remember that it's easier to .go up in department stores than down. Once you've finished, think about using the elevators. • 10. Be aware of lighting when buying clothes. 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