Don’t Hibernate with the Dust Bunnies this Winter… 5 Ways to Combat Germs and Grime this Season

Woman cleaningWinter months mean more time spent indoors and less time with windows open streaming in fresh air.  We will be cozied up in our nice warm homes breathing in potentially dusty air that is of poorer quality than outdoor air.  Here are 5 ways you can prepare your home for the next few months so that you can breathe easy.

1 – Change Furnace Filters

Filters are crucial to catching dust and keeping particles out of the air, which in turns helps cut down on dusting your furniture and vacuuming your floors.  Choosing the correct filter will improve your air quality and save you money.

Filters are rated from 1-20 on the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values) scale—with the better quality filters receiving higher values.  Values 3 to 12 are typical for residential buildings; hospitals require 15+.

Contact our Home Services Department for more information on full HVAC cleanings, maintenance, and inspections.

2 – Clean and Dust Everything

In addition to all the normal surfaces you dust—tables, countertops, bookshelves, desks, etc—don’t forget the other horizontal surfaces that accumulate unsightly grime.

  • While you’re dusting the bookshelf, don’t forget the tops of the books themselves
  • Photo frames and artwork
  • Moldings and baseboard trim
  • The top of your refrigerator (and anything stored up there)
  • Upper kitchen cabinets
  • Light fixtures
  • Surge protectors, smoke and CO detectors, and thermostats
  • The blades of ceiling fans (trust me – you don’t want all that coming back down on you in the Spring!)

Need assistance with your cleaning needs?  Our Home Services Program has contractors who offer residential cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery and furniture cleaning.

3 – Vacuum the Overlooked Undersides of Furniture

Even if you are one of those meticulous cleaners who move furniture pieces so you can vacuum underneath them, most people tend to forget the bottom of the pieces themselves.  Tilt back upholstered chairs and couches in order to better expose the underside—it might be best to enlist the help of someone for this one.  Once tilted, remove any dust bunnies that have nestled in the corners and crevices.

4 – Disinfect Trash Receptacles, Countertops, and Floors

Cleanse your kitchen and bathroom by disinfecting them from top to bottom.  Regular bleach is an effective sanitizer (1 cup per gallon of water), but all-natural cleansing solutions are safer and more environmentally safe.  Some natural solutions include: vinegar mixed 50/50 with water, lemons and baking soda.  For a complete list of all-natural cleansing solutions including their corresponding uses and functions, read this article on

Remember: NEVER mix cleaning products because it can result in some potentially toxic fumes.  NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH VINEGAR OR AMMONIA.  The Washington State Department of Health site has a very informative page detailing the dangers of mixing bleach with cleansers.

5 – Winterize Your Entry

The first line of defense is to ensure your entryway helps guard against contaminating your newly cleansed home.  Don’t let family members and guests unwittingly welcome winter’s slush into your safe haven.  A few easy additions will keep outdoor dirt and moisture at bay.

  • Get a durable outdoor doormat for wiping footwear
  • Purchase a boot scraper
  • Ready a boot tray to house wet shoes
  • Add a chair or bench to easily remove boots

Nothnagle REALTORS® Donates Winter Clothing Items to Rochester City Schools


(Rochester, NY) – Nothnagle REALTORS® is pleased to announce that over twenty large storage-sized bags containing various winter clothing items were collected and subsequently donated to the Rochester City School District.

The company-wide holiday party was held on Wednesday, December 3 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel on State Street.  Guests were asked to bring donations such as coats, boots, gloves, and more. In attendance were Nothnagle Corporate upper management, employees, and agents from the 30+ branch offices throughout Western New York.

“It is always rewarding to give back to our community,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO of Nothnagle.  “We are lucky to have generous agents and staff so that we can organize such fundraisers.”


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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 33 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2013, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  As a result, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation on the 2013 REALTrends 500 survey (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit

Save Money on Temporary Housing for the Greater Rochester Area… with Nothnagle!


Whether you are visiting family or considering relocating to the area, you will need a home away from home.  We are pleased to offer our clients, associates, and staff exclusive savings for available rooms and temporary housing at two local extended-stay hotels: Staybridge Suites-Rochester University and Homewood Suites by Hilton.

Time frames are completely flexible and customizable depending on your needs; there are varied rates for stays ranging from a few days, to a couple weeks, and even several months!  Both these pet-friendly facilities offer beautiful, fully-furnished rooms, spacious suites, and incredible amenities; such as: FREE daily breakfasts, shuttle services, and wireless plus hard-wired internet throughout the complex.


Located at Brooks Landing on the banks of the Genesee River, situated opposite the University of Rochester, Staybridge Suites is perfect for any length of stay and is within walking distance of the U of R. The central location makes it a sensible option if you have a child considering attending an area university, and are scouting colleges for the weekend.  All 88 suites include a sleeper-sofa, 32” flat screen TV, and DVD player. Hungry?  Not a problem!  Enjoy complimentary dinners Tuesday through Thursday complete with soda, beer, and wine…on the house!  Swim laps in the indoor pool or relax in the whirlpool. There is even a 24/7 fitness center!


Nestled in Victor, with easy access from the NYS Thruway, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers shuttle service to the airport and is minutes away from major attractions and 30+ restaurants.  All 90 suites feature kitchenettes complete with utensils, dishes, and cookware.  If you don’t have the desire to cook, complimentary dinner with beer and wine are available Monday through Thursday.  Winter is not a problem with the indoor heated pool and whirlpool!  But enjoy the onsite fitness center, sponsored by Precor, any time of the year.  Golf fan? There’s a 6-hole putting green onsite and Woodcliff Golf Course down the road.


Mention you’re with Nothnagle to save!

Call 1-866-295-MOVE to get contact information for both hotels.

Support the Hillside Special Santas Program this Season!



Join in the holiday fun this season and purchase a gift for child.  Drop off your unwrapped donations to any of our 12 participating locations.  Each location also includes gift tags with names of children and requested gift items.  The last day to participate is Monday, December 15!


  • Downtown Rochester, 217 West Main St, Corporate Headquarters
  • Batavia, 570 East Main St
  • Brighton, 2349 Monroe Ave
  • Fairport, 65 South Main St
  • Geneseo, 81 Main St
  • Greece, 1081 Long Pond Rd, Suite 100
  • Henrietta, 2920 East Henrietta Rd
  • Hilton, 49 Railroad Ave
  • Mendon/Honeoye Falls, 9 West Main St
  • Ontario, 1540 Route 104
  • Pittsford, 33 South Main St
  • Spencerport, 85 South Union St

Have Yourself a Holly Jolly Holiday in Western NY

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Winter has arrived and some have felt it worse than others.  But regardless of where you live in Western New York, from Rochester to Buffalo and the surrounding towns, there is an abundance of holiday-themed activities to get your family in the spirit this season.

Been to any of these events before?  Leave us a comment and let us know how it was.






A Festival of Trees

December 1-3 (9 AM-5 PM)

NY Power Authority; 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston


Gingerbread House Competition

December 2 through 6

Becker Farms, Gasport


21st Annual Park Avenue Holiday Open House

December 4 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Park Ave, Rochester


A Commedia Christmas Carol

December 4 through 14

Niagara University Theatre


Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County

December 5 & 6 (10 AM – 6 PM)

21 Butternut St, Lyons


Christmas in the City & Holiday Parade

December 5 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Downtown Batavia


Historic Palmyra Homestead Holiday Candlelight House Tour

December 6 (4 PM – 8 PM)

Wm Phelps General Store, 140 Market St, Palmyra


Liberty Pole Lighting and Family Fun Day

December 6 (4:30 PM)

Downtown Rochester, Corner of East Main and East Ave

Join Mayor Lovely Warren, Santa, and other costumed characters for the Holiday kick-off!


Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

December 6 (5 PM)

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza; 40 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo


Christmas at Hidden Valley

December 6 & 7 (9 AM – 3 PM)

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure; 2887 Royce Rd, Varysburg


Yuletide in the Country

December 6 & 7 (10 AM – 4 PM)

Event Center on The Fairgrounds; 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg

Buy locally and with meaning! Find unique handcrafted gifts at the Artisan Market


RWC Christmas Gala

December 6 (7:30 PM) & December 7 (3 PM)

Andrews B. Hale Auditorium at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester


Holidays at the Market

December 7 & 14 (9 AM – 3 PM)

Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St


The Deana Martin Christmas Show

December 10 through December 14

Seneca Niagara Events Center; 310 Fourth St, Niagara Falls

Enjoy an exclusive Christmas show with Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin


 ‘Tis the Season for the Magic of Christmas with “Christmas Memories” Show

December 11 (2 PM)

Riviera Theatre; 67 Webster St, North Tonawanda


Christmas in the Village

December 12 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Elmwood Village, Buffalo

Enjoy festive holiday shopping with music, lights, and a visit from Santa!


Santa’s Workshop

December 13 (10 AM – 1 PM)

Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens; 2655 S Park Ave, Buffalo

Participate in holiday-themed activities and crafts


7th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

December 13 (12 PM – 6 PM)

WNY Book Arts Center; 468 Washington St, Buffalo


Christmas Gala Ball at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

December 13 (4:30 – 9 PM)

151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua

Formal attire required for this event held in the holiday-decorated Sonnenberg Mansion


Christmas with The Buffalo Dolls

December 13 (7 PM Doors, 8 PM Show)

Tralf Music Hall; 622 Main St, 2nd floor, Buffalo


World’s Greatest Holiday Cookie Contest

December 14 (12 PM)

Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St


Festival of Trees at Granger Homestead

Through December 14

295 N. Main St, Canandaigua

Featuring more than 100 decorated trees and more at the mansion


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15 (7 PM)

Rochester Auditorium Theatre


Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 13 through December 21

Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 17 (7:30 PM)

Rochester Auditorium Theatre


The Night Before Christmas

December 19 through 21

Lancaster Opera House, Lancaster



December 20 (7 PM)

Historic Main St, East Aurora

Caroling, hot chocolate, and donuts


North Pole Express Train Rides

December 20 & 21; times vary

Arcade & Attica Railroad, Arcade

Travel through WNY, bring your letter for Santa, and visit with the Elves


New York State’s Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 20 & 21

Callahan Theater, Nazareth College


FREE Family Film Series Presents: Elf

December 21 (2 PM)

Shea’s Performing Arts Center; 646 Main St, Buffalo


Polar Express Train Ride

Saturdays and Sundays through December 21; times vary

Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave

Meet Santa, enjoy caroling and hot cocoa, and make the magical journey to the North Pole.


Yuletide in the Country

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 21

Genesee Country Museum, Mumford


Holiday in Vegas

December 19 through January 3

Blackfriars Theatre; 795 E. Main St, Rochester


Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm

Through December 21 (10 AM – 5 PM)

656 South Rd, Scottsville


Fresh Holiday Arrangements: Make-It Take-It Workshop

December 22 (9:30 AM)

Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens; 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo

Design a beautiful arrangement for your holiday table


Festival of Lights

December 28 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Event Center on The Fairgrounds; 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg


A Christmas Carol performed at Geva Theatre

Through December 27

75 Woodbury Blvd

Recommended for families with children over five years of age


Holiday Laser show at RMSC Planetarium

Through December 30

657 East Ave

Holiday songs choreographed to a light display against the starry background


The Holiday by Candlelight

Saturdays in December (5:45 PM & 7:15 PM)

Fenton History Center, Jamestown

Costumed guides give mansion tours with stories of Victorian times


Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail

Through December 31 (5 PM – 11 PM)

Hyde Park Blvd & Pine Ave, Niagara Falls

Drive through Hyde Park and enjoy the holiday lights


New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks

December 31 (7PM – 10 PM)

FREE festivities inside Rochester Riverside Convention Center!!


First Night Buffalo

December 31 (5 PM – 10 PM)

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo

Family-friendly activities including carnival rides, laser tag, music, and more!


Buffalo Annual Ball Drop Countdown

December 31 (10 PM)

Roosevelt Plaza, Main at Huron St, Buffalo

Buffalo Snowpocalypse? Rapid Dry to the Rescue!

BuffaloSnowStorm2014Our Home Services vendor, Rapid Dry, has informed us that in light of the recent snow storm in the greater Buffalo area they have has prepared their mobile restoration team, and their on-call staff is standing by.  To ensure that additional resources will be available as needed, they are networking with their area partners.

Temperatures are expected to rise over the weekend, which will no doubt cause storm backups, flooding, and rampant water damage.  It has been estimated that this storm will cause a number of home and property insurance claims in the tens of thousands.  Rapid Dry specializes in water damage, mold, and fire restorations. They offer 24-hour emergency service and will provide professional consultations at no cost.

Rapid Dry is an IICRC certified firm, and has a BBB A plus rating. They use the same estimation software as most insurance companies, and are able to process claims swiftly.

585.663-0510 … Rapid Dry is ready for your calls!

Internal Management Shifts to Provide Branches with New Energy



 Internal Management Shifts to Provide Branches with New Energy


DanBromAnnouncement(Rochester, NY) – Nothnagle REALTORS® is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Head as Henrietta Branch Manager and Abramo “Brom” Bianchi as Spencerport and Hilton Branch Manager.  For 12 years, Dan served as the both the Spencerport and Hilton Branch Manager; while for 6 years Brom was Henrietta’s Branch Manager.  Both men were instrumental in the success and progress of their respective branches.

“The transition is a way for us to bring new energy to these branches,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO of Nothnagle.  “I know they will infuse their new offices with new ideas and a renewed drive to making Nothnagle a success. It is always a positive step when members from the management team can be presented with new challenges and our branches revitalized with new leadership methods.  It is a way for us to make Nothnagle stronger and better.  Every person comes with his/her own set of strengths and ideas and it is beneficial for the whole company and the respective branch agents to be inspired by those new ideas.”

Dan has been with Nothnagle for 18 years and has belonged to a few offices during that time.  He started as an agent in Brighton, and then became an assistant manager at Henrietta. He also served as manager of the Irondequoit branch in the past.  Rush-Henrietta native, Dan is extremely knowledgeable about the area and market and is looking forward to working in his hometown.  “I’m excited for the change,” said Dan Head, “and the new opportunity that affords me the convenience of being closer to home.”

Brom has spent 19 years of his professional career with Nothnagle; the first 13 years as an agent in the Greece office and has been the Henrietta Branch Manager for six years.  He grew up on Rochester’s west-side and currently resides in the Spencerport area; he is proficient in the area and market and excited to bring his real estate experience to his new offices.  Additionally, he is a long-time member of the Rochester Home Builder’s Association as well as a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS.  “It is my distinct honor to be announced Spencerport and Hilton Office Manager for Nothnagle REALTORS®—Rochester’s #1 full-service real estate company,” stated Brom Bianchi.

Nothnagle is very excited for this transition and looking forward to those three offices continuing to grow and develop under their new leadership.

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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 33 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2013, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  As a result, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation on the 2013 REALTrends 500 survey (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit


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