National Clothesline
National Clothesline
Lapels continues collecting for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
 On May 4, Lapels Dry Cleaning officially began its annual clothing drive to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 During the collection effort, Lapels customers and the general public will be encouraged to donate gently used clothing items including: men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; coats and jackets; shoes; and household items like sheets, blankets, towels, comforters, purses, curtains and fabrics.
 “This is our 10th year conducting a clothes drive to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters and our customers have always stepped up for this wonderful cause,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels. “Having added several new Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in Massachusetts, we’re hoping 2013 will be the best clothing drive ever.”
 In all, Lapels has almost 20 locations in Massachusetts as well as one in Lincoln, RI.
 The clothes collected during the drive will later be sold by Big Brothers/Big Sisters high-end thrift stores and the net proceeds from the sales will be funneled back into supporting the charity’s programs.
 “This annual clothing drive is actually something our customers look forward to because it kills two birds with one stone,” noted Dubois.
“On one hand, they get to help a very worthy cause raise money without it costing them a dime out of their pocket. On the other, they’re removing unwanted items from their home. It’s the proverbial win-win where everybody wins.”
 During last year’s clothing drive, Lapels gathered a grand total of 4,073 pounds of donations, or just over two tons.
For more information on the company or its clothing drive, visit their website online at
NCA summer classes focus on spotting, certification
 In June and July, the National Cleaners Association will be hosting a total of four stain removal courses, as well as an offering of its DEC Certification class.
 First up will be a one-day course in the Bronx on “Basic Spotting 101” set for Sunday, June 9.
 On the following Sunday, the association will present “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” in Korean.
 The class will be repeated, this time in English, on July 28 in the Bronx.
 All three classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 In July, more advanced cleaners may attend an “Extreme Stain Removal” course that will be held on July 14 in Miami, FL.
 The class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also costs $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 Later that month, the association will present its “DEC Certification” course in Nanuet on consecutive Sundays, July 14 and 21.
 Class time begins each day at 9 a.m. and concludes at about 6 p.m. The cost of tuition is $795 per member and $1,295 per non-member.
To register of find out mor more information on any of NCA’s upcoming programs, contact the association’s office at (212) 967-3002 or visit them online at