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Best Cleaners again aids Coats for Connecticut
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During its fourth annual Coats for Connecticut clothing drive, Best Cleaners of Middletown, CT, collected, cleaned and distributed 3,071 gently used winter coats to the Salvation Army and The Connection shelters in central Connecticut.
The drive, which began in early November and ended in January, represented a 20 percent increase in donations over last year’s collection, according to organizers.
The public responded to requests for warm winter garments by dropping items off at any of Best’s 11 locations as well as its home delivery stops. The company then cleaned and delivered the garments on a weekly basis throughout the three-month campaign to ensure those who needed them would receive them as soon as possible.
In addition to collecting over 3,000 coats, Best Cleaners estimated that they offered $40,000 in drycleaning services.
Also assisting in the efforts were Young’s Printing, which donated its printing services for the campaign materials, and radio stations The River 105.9 and Country 92.5, which provided media sponsorship.
NCA offerings include CSR training and stain removal
Those seeking to expand their drycleaning education should take a look at the upcoming educational schedule for the National Cleaners Association where March and April promise to be busy months.
The association will be presenting a program on “Technical Training at the Counter for CSRs” on Sunday, March 3 in Nanuet.
Then, two weeks later, it will offer another seminar on “Wetcleaning” on March 17 in the Bronx.
Later in the month, NCA also has planned a session in Korean on “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” on March 24 at a location to be determined.
All three sessions run all day long and cost $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
More programs are planned in April, including two that will begin on Sunday, April 7.
One will be “Technical Training II — Interactive Training for CSRs.”
The first offering will be held in Nanuet and run all day.
The second will be the first of a two-part series covering the Department of Environmental Conservation’s certification course. Cleaners seeking to obtain or update certification will meet over 16 hours on April 7 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The cost for the course is $795 for members and $1,295 for non-members.
Later in April, NCA will host another one-day class on “Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching” on April 21 in the Bronx.
Looking further ahead to the summer, NCA has planned an eight-hour course on “Basic Spotting 101” on Sunday, June 9 in the Bronx.
The June class as well as both of the April one-day courses will cost members $250 each and non-members $350 each.
Then, in August, the association will head to Northvale, NJ, for its one-week course on “Radical Drycleaning/Stain Removal” that will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 to 9.
Tuition is $750 for members and $995 for non-members.
For more information on NCA’s schedule, call (212) 967-3002 or visit www.nca-i.com.

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