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100_1262_1.jpgNearly 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts revved their engines along with the staff of O’Connor Law at the Reading Super Swap 2011 on March 27 in Reading, PA. The motorcycle and parts swap is an annual indoor showcase that took place at the Greater Reading Expo Center.

The event was sponsored by the law offices of O’Connor Law. Over 200 motorcycles were displayed, from classic rides to re-cycle cyles to new models. Attendees received door prizes and cash awards were given for custom bikes.

In support of the event, the staff of O’Connor Law wore t-shirts with the Super Swap logo, as shown in the photo above.

In January, Oprah Winfrey began a campaign and launched a public service announcement to end distracted driving. Today, April 30, is the first national “No Phone Zone” Day, an effort to break Americans of the deadly habit of talking or texting while driving, a habit that kills nearly 6,000 people a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“A call or text isn’t worth taking a life,” said Winfrey.

On Friday’s show, Winfrey will interview Jacy Good of Lancaster County, who lost both her parents when a tractor trailer driver who was talking on a cell phone drove into the path of their car.

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell is reminding residents that today is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s May 18 primary election. In the primary, voters cast ballots for candidates for a variety of offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, state senator and representative, and U.S. senator and U.S. representative.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes said, “I would like to remind everyone who has moved since they last voted to apply for registration using their new address.

Individuals applying to register to vote for the May 19 primary must be:

The Boston Herald recently uncovered a disturbing trend with Massachusetts seniors entering nursing homes: a “hidden” practice of signing away their rights to sue facilities in the event of neglect or bad medical care.

Seniors are being urged to sign contracts that allow arbitrators to handle disputes; but these seniors don’t realize that they are signing away their right to bring cases that might involve neglect and abuse before a judge and jury.

In the article, Marlene Owens of South Easton, MA, who challenged an arbitration agreement signed by her elderly stepfather in 2003, is quoted as saying, “It gives the nursing home carte blanche to abuse these elderly people because they won’t have to answer to it.”

When a loved one is admitted to a nursing facility, it can be emotional and the paperwork can be overwhelming. The arbitration agreements may be buried in admission packages and easily overlooked. “Most people don’t see it,” said Boston attorney Rebecca Benson. Some seniors may think they have no choice but to sign the agreement.

But U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton) is supporting legislation that would ban these agreements in nursing homes. Although Frank agrees that arbitration can be a good way to handle disputes, he thinks it should be a choice. He is quoted as saying, “You shouldn’t have to sign one in advance in these one-sided contracts.”

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The O’Connor family got a little more for Christmas than they expected when a hibernating possum popped its head out of their Christmas tree. In 2005, the O’Connor family brought their Christmas tree home and fully decorated it, only to find the sneaky critter nestled in the tree’s branches on Christmas Eve. Click on the video below to watch a clip of the O’Connor family describing their Christmas surprise on The Early Show. Merry Christmas to you and your family from everyone here at O’Connor Law!

Flu season is here, and this year Pennsylvanians have not only the seasonal flu to contend with, but also the H1N1 (swine) flu as well. The federal government is encouraging everyone to get a seasonal flu vaccine. It can protect you, and it can protect those around you, including your spouse, children, and grandchildren. Click on the link below to read an informational article from the federal government’s website, Flu.gov, on the seasonal flu and adults 65 years and older:
http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/seniors/index.html

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