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Comfort House, a nonprofit child advocacy center, serves the children of Brooke and Hancock counties whom are suspected to be abused or neglected.

The suspected abuse is often physical, emotional or sexual. The children also may have been witnesses to domestic violence or drug-related activities in their homes.

Comfort House provides a child-friendly and neutral setting for children to speak with a trained forensic interviewer. These interviews are digitally recorded to prevent the child from being re-victimized by having to repeat the history of their abuse more than once.

Additionally, the child and family advocate connects families to community resources they may need to help them through their situation and the legal process. These resources include counseling, medical referrals, food banks, and clothing programs.

Since opening in 2007, Comfort House has assisted law enforcement, the prosecutors’ offices and the Department of Health and Human Resources by providing more than 700 forensic interviews.

Comfort House has been a member of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce for more than four years. Through their membership, they have been able to connect with area businesses and raise awareness of their mission and services to the children of the community.

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Starr City Dance Apparel provides dancers, teams and coaches with dance wear, shoes, accessories, cheering uniforms, cheering accessories, warm-ups and practice wear at affordable low prices.

Starr City Dance Apparel is a new retail store that specializes in dance wear, shoes and accessories. In their store, shoppers can find a wide selection of shoes, clothes and accessories to suit the needs of dancers from practically all dance styles – classical and modern ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, free style and tap. Some of the brands they carry are California Kisses, Lexi Luu, Kurve, Capezio, Liberts, Balera and Urban Groove.

They also carry a children’s boutique clothing line for girls and boys and matching American Girl doll clothing and small dog clothes. They are an official retailer of Ruffle Butts, Rugged Butts, Ann Loren and Mud Pie. They also order communion dresses.

Starr City offers embroidery service for clothing and dance bags and also has a seamstress.

They sell movie posters of all genres and sizes. Posters can be framed or unframed. Special orders are welcome.

Starr City Dance is committed to making customers’ performance outstanding and practice perfect.

Follow them on Facebook at Starr City Dance Apparel.

For information, call them at (304) 224-1567 or stop at the shop located at 3109 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

They recently joined the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, but already feel welcome. They hope to become an active member organization and are looking forward to networking with other businesses and making new friends.

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Chambers and James Funeral, Pet and Cremation Services have joined the chamber and expanded their relationships through the business network.

The two funeral homes’ motto is “Be a Beacon of Light in the Time of the Storm.”

“The staff and I take this to heart,” said Eric Fithyan, owner and local resident. “We just finished up with our second annual Operation Valentines with a huge involvement and support by the community.”

More than 1,200 valentines were collected, twice as many as last year. This is the funeral homes’ first community service project of the year.

“These projects bring us together as a community,” said Fithyan. “Feel free to join us for any or all of our community projects.”

The funeral homes will participate in several community service events, including Cell Phones for Soldiers in February; Center for Organ Recovery and Education Awareness Campaign in April; Team Lighthouse in the Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life in June; Patriot Walk at James Funeral Home in September; Operation Sweaters for Veterans and Operation Wrap in November; and Wreaths Across America in December.

For information on community service projects, call James Funeral Home at (304) 527-1717 or Chambers Funeral Home at (304) 737-3551 or visit www.chambersandjames.com.

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With 35 years in the business, General Rental Inc. provides the finest quality equipment for all party rental and equipment needs.

The family-owned and -operated business is dedicated to helping clients find the type of equipment that suits their specific need.

Whatever a client’s equipment needs, large or small, contractor or do-it-yourself, they can provide the right tool rental for the job. Their knowledgeable staff will assist clients in choosing and using the correct tool to save time and money and get the job done right. The tool rentals are affordable and they use quality name brand equipment for their tool rentals.

They are an authorized service and repair center for Milwaukee, Black and Decker and Dewalt brand products, and they provide service on all products they sell.

They accommodate parties and tent rentals from picnics to black tie events, and everything in between. Whether clients are planning a graduation party, baby shower, wedding or corporate event, their professional party consultants will cater to every need.

At General Rental Inc., they want to fulfill clients’ special event and tool needs. Come visit their showroom and view their selection of rental products.

They belong to the chamber to support the community and help it grow. The chamber provides networking opportunities.

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Crystal Clear Window and Gutter Cleaning was established in 1999. It is a locally owned and operated business and has been Weirton’s and the surrounding area’s top choice for window and gutter cleaning services for many years, helping customers meet their window and gutter cleaning needs inside and out. They take pride in servicing many local businesses and neighborhoods. They have many satisfied customers who have been with them for more than 15 years. Their experienced, fully-trained, insured team guarantees clients the best in window and gutter cleaning.

They promise to give every customer honest, reliable, affordable service that will make their life easier. Owner Sharen Valuska and her crew will work to give clients the best possible customer service available.

Valuska is a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley.

“Being a chamber member has been an outstanding opportunity for me, not only to grow my business substantially, but to meet and get to know other local business owners in the area,” she said. “This is a terrific place to start a business with customers here that actually want you to prosper and succeed. Keeping business local helps all of us, the business owners as well as the consumers.”