Sites For Sore Neighbors

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Even if you spend every weekend barbecuing with your neighbors, you're bound to get annoyed with them sometimes. These sites will help you with whatever conflict comes your way.

American Arbitration Association: The primary trade group for mediators, the AAA has a comprehensive site. It offers a directory of offices around the country, copies of the group's magazine, the Dispute Resolution Journal, a beginners' guide to alternative dispute resolution, even an "Arbitration Comic" to show children what mediators do.

Conflict Resolution Questionnaire: How Do You Deal With Conflict? Before you get into a protracted, teeth-grinding dispute with a neighbor, take this questionnaire, created by a class on conflict resolution. Find out how ready you are to untangle your differences, and then read some useful hints for how to solve problems effectively.

Police Lt. Joseph Williams and Correspondent Harold Dow unfurl the list of complaints filed by the Amadeos and the Tarantos. (CBS)
American Institute Of Stress: Sometimes it can't be avoided: If you do end up spending an inordinate amount of time bickering with neighbors, you might as well do it as calmly as possible. The American Institute of Stress can help you learn how.

More Stress Sites: Here are two more sites that will help you relax when those jerks upstairs won't turn down the music, or the morons next door park their car in front of your house.

How to Master Stress is an accessible site.

If you still feel tense after reading those, try Stress Management and Emotional Wellness Links, which will connect you with other stress-fighting sites.

When convicted sex offender Anthony Macioch moved into a St. Paul, Minnesota, neighborhood, residents got nervous, and got organized. (CBS)
Megan's Law Map: This is a great resource for parents. The KlaasKids Foundation, a victims' rights organization, has created a map that lists each state's notification policy for convicted sex offenders. (Since 1996, federal law has mandated that stats inform citizens in some way when a sex offender moves to their area. Some states make extensive efforts to let residents know, while others simply require that offenders register with police. (Minnesota, where Tony Macho lived, has strict registration requirements.)
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Written by David Kohn