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Civic Resource Group International (CRGI) Participates in Microsoft CityNext


LOS ANGELES, Calif., April, 29, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Civic Resource Group International (CRGI) today announced it is working with Microsoft on Microsoft CityNext, an initiative designed to help governments, businesses, and citizens re-imagine what is next for their cities. For the first time in history, more than one-half of the world’s population live in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050.

This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities, but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime, and traffic. Through the Microsoft CityNext initiative, Microsoft and Civic Resource Group International will help leaders to do “new with less,” by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas to connect governments, businesses operating in the broad public sector, and citizens with city services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment, and cultivate communities where people thrive.

Civic Resource Group International develops and provides digital solutions for governments and the broad public sector. With its major focus on the key “smart” sectors, such as public transportation, environmental/utilities, tourism/economic development, regional planning/MPOs and health care, CRGI’s work touches every facet of citizen’s lives. The Company’s “Smart” Offering – CivicConnect(TM) combined with CRGI’s CivicConnect(TM) business-specific line of products such as “Smart City,” “Water,” “Traveler Relationship Management (TRM)” and “Community” among others, is being developed to address fast-changing public sector needs resulting from the massive move to the emergence of the “Internet of Things.”

“Our partnering on Microsoft CityNext bolsters our commitment to champion new ‘Smart Cities’ across the globe. Our company’s mission is built around improving the overall quality of people’s lives through new technologies,” said Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO. “Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions help make our CivicConnect platform and applications real transformation agents for any city aspiring to become a “Smart” or Digital City. Sustainability, efficiency and connectivity are at the core of Smart Cities, and the new mobile citizen is seeking to engage and connect with government, public services and information in the manner, time and place they desire. We are enabling these new Smart Cities and Smart Citizens.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Civic Resource Group International on Microsoft CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes putting people and partners first in our initiatives and Microsoft CityNext is no different,” said Rob Bernard, Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist and noted cities strategist. “Even though cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, we believe a new era of innovation will create opportunities for people to utilize technology to accomplish what they never thought possible. We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.”

Civic Resource Group International (CRGI) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital government solutions. The Company develops innovative, highly secure digital solutions built on CRGI’s flagship product CivicConnect(TM), a first-of-a-kind fully integrated Mobile/Cloud/Data Platform delivered in a SaaS model for the broad public sector. Since 2000, CRGI has been “Fulfilling the Promise of Technology(TM)” for clients by leveraging the award-winning CivicConnect(TM) Platform and deep domain expertise. CRGI’s impactful, engaging and cutting-edge products have a proven record of facilitating openness, transparency, safety and efficient service delivery for communities and constituents.

CRGI is a new breed of Company with a new approach, blending the best of technology, design and communications in the digital age to support Sustainable Communities, Efficient Public Services, Engaged Citizens and Overall Better Quality of Life.

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Author Kelly Browne Reissues Thank-You Note Book: ‘101 Ways To Say Thank You’ with Social Media Tips

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 28, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “In the electronic revolution we live in, nothing makes an impact and expresses your gratitude more than the classic handwritten thank you note, sent in the mail with a stamp!” says Kelly Browne, author of the bestselling book, “101 Ways To Say Thank You” (ISBN: 9781402747021; Sterling Publishing) being reissued with digital tips on April 28, 2015.

Having written hundreds of thank you notes in her personal, social, and professional life in motion pictures and television, former Los Angeles debutante Kelly Browne has an extensive background in the social graces and has appeared on dozens of media outlets worldwide.

“We are part of an exciting time as we are able to virtually communicate with people around the world in a split second. Mutual respect, civility, and tolerance for other people’s beliefs and choices, are key in what we say and do-online or offline-as we truly become citizens of the world.” Browne advises, “Embrace your blessings, be grateful for what you have-you will be happier-and always say, ‘thank you!’ Gratitude is the silver thread that connects us all.”

This refreshed and reissued etiquette classic, updated with new information for the digital age, provides all the dos and don’ts for appreciation online, along with perfectly phrased thank you note fill-in-the blanks templates for virtually every occasion: from weddings and baby showers to business, interviews, donations, dinners, sympathy, charity events, and life’s special occasions in-between. This indispensable guide is the perfect gift and must have reference to ensure you’re never at a loss for words of appreciation.

With a forward by etiquette expert and author of “Modern Manners,” Dorothea Johnson, “101 Ways to Say Thank You: Notes of Gratitude for all Occasions” carries endorsements from legendary stationery house Crane & Co., The Protocol School of Washington, and the Etiquette & Leadership Institute, as does the version for grateful girls and guys, “101 Ways to Say Thank You: Kids & Teens: All Occasion Thank-You Note Templates, Social Media Etiquette & Gratitude Guide” (Cedar Fort), out July 14, 2015 and available now for pre-order.

Browne urges, “Spread the magic of gratitude. We can make our world a better place – one thank-you note at a time!”

Ms. Browne will be signing both books at Bookstar, Studio City on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1 p.m.

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“101 Ways to Say Thank You: Notes of Gratitude for all Occasions”
Kelly Browne
ISBN: 9781402747021
Hardcover, 8.3 x 6.4, $12.95 ($13.95 Can)
Publication Date: April 28, 2015.

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SensibleHerbs Leads Value for Discount Herbs and Supplements

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 25, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Online retailer SensibleHerbs announced its launch at Natural Products Expo West fulfilling increased demand for discount herbs and supplements nation-wide.

According to the Washington Post and National Institutes of Health, 38 percent of American adults look to alternative health care and 1 in 5 utilize herbs and supplements. The growing trend represents health awareness and increased availability of innovative herbal and nutritional supplement products.

“We provide an easy-to-use, informational and affordable natural products experience,” says Om Kailas, founder and developer of

Starting with a fresh clean design and discount pricing up to 35 percent off SRP, is a positive entry into the natural products marketplace online.

“We looked for the most established and reliable supply chain and are extremely happy to have the vast resources of Select Nutrition, UNFI, and Honest Green,” said Kailas.

“Through 2015 we will drive value through increasingly discounted pricing and by carrying niche Ayurvedic products from artisanal producers here and trusted brands in India, Sri Lanka and other nations.”

Clear informational blogs providing a basic introduction to herbs and their traditional use is an additional feature SensibleHerbs is expanding strategically. The site currently features a post on Tulsi Tea Benefits and Herbs for Nursing Moms.

The company’s vision is to support an empowered consumer base to find self-care solutions for wellness issues through herbs, supplements and empowered lifestyle choices.

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Autism is Not Holding Back Teenage Singer Autumn Sky Wolfe

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 9, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The word “autism” strikes fear in people’s hearts but Autumn Sky Wolfe is battling it with a singing career and bold live performances. “Here is a young woman who is unshakable in her delivery of a song,” states manager Meredith Day of Starmaker Machinery. “When she performs, she exhibits resolve and power that can uplift the entire audience,” Day adds.

In addition to her live appearances, Wolfe has recordings on iTunes and CDBaby and this year received two nominations in the annual New Music Weekly magazine awards program. The teenager is up for Best New Adult Contemporary Artist as well as Crossover Artist of the Year.

The recognition from the magazine was a surprise. “We didn’t even know about the possibility of the nominations until after they came out,” Wolfe states, “and it is amazing to be mentioned alongside Sam Smith and my favorite artist, Meghan Trainor.”

Wolfe’s transition from amateur to professional was fortuitous: “I discovered Autumn singing along to music videos in an office one day. She was very raw, but I knew with the right guidance she could be a really beautiful singer,” states Day. “Now, the world is starting to find out about her.”


The 18-year-old Autumn Sky Wolfe is an inspiration to many. She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 1998 at two years old and her parents were given a long list of things she supposedly wouldn’t be able to do — but Autumn transcended all expectations. People meeting her are often unaware of her autism and just think she is shy. In addition to reading music, she has a remarkable memory for melody and lyrics and can modify a musical pattern on a nearly instantaneous basis. More information: .


Meredith Day founded Starmaker Machinery in 1985 to help artists who reminded her of herself as a teenage “wannabe” folksinger. Over the years her projects have included many significant artists, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dave Navarro, No Authority, and Shia LaBeouf.


Autumn Sky Wolfe’s music is on iTunes and CDBaby. Information about the NMW nominations is available at: and information about Starmaker Machinery will be found at: .

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MostFit Introduces Stability Training Tools That Initiate a Whole New Way to Train

Core Hammer

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 3, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Following the launch of SYN Rings – a revolutionary product that changes the paradigm of stability training – MostFit has just released the new Core Hammer to the market. If you’re looking to add a new dimension of intensity, explosive muscle engagement and core training to your exercise regimen, or for your clients, these tools fit the bill.

The MostFit Core Hammer is a first of its kind, finally making sledgehammer workouts possible without the tire. The Core Hammer is designed just like a sledgehammer, but the head is round and composed of solid hard rubber, providing the right amount of rebound so the user can establish a rhythm that exactly mimics traditional sledgehammer swings. This means that sledgehammer workouts can now be done anywhere – in a park, gym, Crossfit box, or at home and multiple users can workout together in small spaces with the Core Hammer, which fits in nicely with MostFit’s mantra of helping the user be the “Most Fit” they can be – anywhere, any time.

MostFit SYN Rings allow the user to suspend weight plates from an Olympic weightlifting bar creating instability; forcing the user to engage more core and stability muscles and increase overall strength. The rings allow the weight plates to move in all directions, including forward, back, side-to-side, up-and-down and in circular motions.

“Stability weight training with the MostFit SYN Rings promotes core stabilization, explosive muscle engagement and athletic development – it’s a whole new way to train,” says Dr. Santo Riva PT, DPT, OCS, NASM-CPT.

The MostFit Suspension Strap offers “grab-and-go exercise” at little cost. It’s a safe, affordable and most importantly, portable way to get your workout on – at home, at the office or on the road. Bodyweight training with the MostFit Suspension Strap will strengthen major muscles, while improving balance and core strength. It’s designed to be a single, contained unit, and all adjustments are made using just the body. There are no extra parts or adjustable clips to get in the way of the workout and the anchor is attached. Additionally, the MostFit Suspension Strap weighs significantly less than other products available, and it contains no metal parts, so it can easily be brought in your carry-on luggage for air travel.

“If there’s one thing that my passion and experience as a fitness instructor has taught me, it’s that health and wellness don’t have to be out of reach,” says Andrew Gavigan, Founder and President of MostFit. “I was inspired to create the MostFit brand and line of products in order to make working out more interesting and accessible to everyone and to innovate well into the future.”

The MostFit product line also includes Resistance Loops, Resistance Tubes and Resistance Bands, as well as exercise mats.

MostFit has formed distribution partnerships with all the right players, including Perform Better, Gopher Sport, Power Systems, and can also be found in key retail outlets in and around L.A. and in Canada, as well as online at .

About MostFit:

Founded by trainer Andrew Gavigan in 2011, MostFit is focused on creating and sharing affordable, efficient and accessible fitness equipment that empowers individuals to get stronger and to workout anywhere, any time.

MostFit is dedicated to promoting fitness throughout the community, as a means to health and happiness. Their goal is to make fitness enjoyable, accessible and realistic – which is paramount to creating a healthy body image and ultimately, success.

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Galorath, Inc. Awards 2014 Estimator of the Year to Dr. Ricardo Valerdi

Dan Galorath and Ricardo Valerdi

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Galorath, Inc., creator of SEER(R) project estimation software, is excited to announce that it has awarded its 2014 Estimator of the Year honor to Dr. Ricardo Valerdi, professor at the University of Arizona.

Galorath’s SEER Software helps companies estimate and control project costs, risks, quality and duration. The company has awarded Estimator of the Year honors since 2008 to individuals with noteworthy contributions to the science of estimation.

Dr. Valerdi invented one of the models used in SEER software: COSYSMO. And after years of cost modeling research, he was inspired to use his work to develop a program called the Science of Baseball. His program uses empirical analysis of baseball statistics to ignite middle school students’ interest in math and science. “Seeing these kids demonstrate an increased interest in the math and science behind the perfect swing of a bat is enchanting,” said Dr. Valerdi.

Since inception, more than 1,000 students have participated in the program. The Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Diamondbacks were among the first to participate and it has since drawn interest from the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Washington Nationals, and the Boston Red Sox. More information on the history of Dr. Valerdi’s program can be found here: .

Dr. Valerdi teaches cost estimation, systems engineering, and a course on the science of baseball at the University of Arizona. Through his affiliation with Galorath Incorporated, he provides his students with academic licenses to use SEER by Galorath software. This enables them to learn to use these tools and apply them to real projects, giving them an advantage when they enter the job market over graduates who have to learn cost estimation on the job.

“In addition to Dr. Valerdi’s superb contributions to estimation and engineering, he is an incredible human being,” said CEO Dan Galorath. This inspiring tale of contribution is why Galorath chose Dr. Valerdi as Estimator of the Year.

About Galorath Incorporated:

Galorath Incorporated has invested more than two decades developing solutions to help government and commercial organizations plan and manage complex software, hardware, electronics, manufacturing and IT projects. Its suite of SEER applications is the most comprehensive project estimation and management solution in the industry. For more information, visit: .

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Civic Resource Group Founder and CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. among the winners of the ‘Vision Award’ at the World Economic Summit

Gregory G. Curtin

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Civic Resource Group (CRG) Founder & CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. attended the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 9 – 12 and as a member of The Future of Government Council was among the winners of the “Vision Award” for the Future of Government Smart Toolbox, a report published in June 2014 that addresses the ways technology can help governments improve services, security, transparency and innovation.

The Vision Award is an inaugural award introduced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to mark and recognize excellence in two distinctive areas. One is developing breakthrough ideas and the other for examples of high impact collaborative action. According to the Forum, “The Future of Government Smart Toolbox demonstrates how technology can enhance government performance by strengthening efforts to reduce corruption and bureaucracy and enhance political representation, service delivery, trust, leadership, security and innovation. The report highlights successful practices from around the globe in the digital era.”

The Future of Government Council developed the idea of the “Future of Government Smart Toolbox” to “offer governments and other interested sector leaders a guide for restoring trust in government for delivering better services through smart cities, through smart national governments at all levels of government for information societies and economies” said Jane E. Fountain, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a fellow Vision Award winner and colleague of Dr. Curtin’s on the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

In addition to founding and directing Civic Resource Group, a leading global provider of digital government solutions, Dr. Curtin has been a member of the Future of Government Council since its inception in 2006 and was a major contributor to the Smart Toolbox. Dr. Curtin founded Civic Resource Group to address the real business needs of Public/Civic sector entities in the Digital Age, and with the recent acquisition of Dublin, Ireland, based i3t Mobile, Civic Resource Group is expanding globally with its innovative CivicConnect(TM) SmartGov Platform — a first-of-kind fully integrated Mobile/Cloud/Data First Platform. Dr. Curtin has brought this visionary perspective along with deep digital expertise to the Future of Government Council, one of more than 80 Global Agenda Councils that form the World Economic Forum Global Network.

“The genius of the World Economic Forum is that it brings together a wide variety of experts and practitioners from the private sector, academia, government and civil society to work together collaboratively to address key issues, problems and challenges facing global society today,” said Curtin who has also previously worked in government and academia.

Over its next two year term the Future of Government Council plans to leverage the Smart Toolbox to convene governments from across the globe to learn and share innovative digital strategies and solutions, and to gradually build a Future of Government community. This will be done in concert with World Economic Forum regional meetings in order to extend some of the Future of Government practices and ideas deeper in each region of the globe. There are also tentative discussions around developing a competition or a prize for government innovation.

About Civic Resource Group (CRG):

CRG is one of the world’s leading providers of digital government solutions. CRG provides highly secure mobile Cloud based solutions that touch every facet of citizen’s lives. Since 2000, CRG has been “Fulfilling the promise of technology” for clients in the broad public sector, helping them to harness digital advances to effectively connect with their target audiences. By leveraging the award-winning CivicConnect(TM) platform and deep domain expertise, CRG has delivered impactful, engaging and cutting-edge solutions that facilitate openness, transparency, safety and efficient service delivery for external and internal users alike. CRG is a new breed of Company with a new approach, blending the best of technology, design and communications in the digital age.

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Not all Selfie Poles are Created Equal

Quik Pod ULTRA

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 30, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Wayne Fromm invented the Quik Pod(R) (U.S. patent #7,684,694), the original selfie stick, more than 10 years ago, he had no idea how popular selfies would become.

In fact, according to an article in Psychology Today, selfies have redefined how we document experiences. Selfies build relationships because they provide a powerful sense of intimacy through the authenticity that comes from the ownership of the lens by the subject. Selfies are about “being there” and sharing the moment.

“As a result, selfie sticks, also known as selfie poles, have begun to flood the market,” Fromm says. “However, the popularity of the selfie stick can be traced to the extreme sports community – mostly Go-Pro users – who wanted to get a greater scope into their images at better resolutions. The Quik Pod enabled them to do that.”

Not all selfie sticks are created equal. The original Quik Pod brand of selfie sticks is designed for strength, durability, inclement weather conditions, saltwater and to not rattle or shake. There are now a large number of low quality poles in the market that copy the look of the original but are grossly inferior. “No one wants their camera to end up at the bottom of the ocean,” Fromm says.

Imagine the amazing holiday selfies families and friends could take? Quik Pod selfie sticks can be used with all types of cameras from smartphones, point and shoot and mirrorless cameras to all action, DSLR and GoPro. The Quik Pod ULTRA converts from handheld selfie stick to a tripod or ground supported monopod. Prices start at $19.99.

So, during this holiday season, remember that to give is better than to receive, give a gift of quality and share your selfies while you do it.

Quik Pod offers the following tips for taking the best selfies ever:

* Consider the amount of motion in your activity. The longer the Pod, the less stable the action shots will likely be.
* Understand the scope of your image. The further the Quik Pod is extended, the broader the image’s background will be. Think about whether emotion or surroundings are the capture focus.
* Practice makes perfect. Play with it. Try holding the Quik Pod at a different angle, or experiment with different extension lengths.
* Live it up. Without action, there are no awesome action shots to capture. Scuba diving in the Caribbean? Parachuting across the Midwest? The photo possibilities are only as endless as your imagination.
* Use the Quik Pod built-in selfie mirror to center yourself in your shots

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SuperFly Magazine Publisher Launches New Book that Gives Untold Story of Hip-Hop Legacy

Untold Story of Hip-Hop

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 29, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “SuperFly – My Untold Story of Hip-Hop” (ISBN: 978-0991356010), authored by Gloria Goldwater, pulls back the curtain on how the popular hip-hop magazine, SuperFly, that launched in the early 90s, came to be and why it ultimately folded.

SuperFly was the result of Gloria’s passion for rhythm and blues which evolved into a love affair with hip-hop. Her connections and relationships formed during her marriage to John Goldwater, creator of Archie Comics, were what ultimately provided her with the resources to publish this hip-hop legend.

A 294-page book, “SuperFly: My Untold Story of Hip-Hop,” details Gloria’s rise to publishing success, and also reveals the heartbreaking situation that led to the magazine’s shutdown, right in the midst of its popularity.

Gloria shares rare anecdotes about an industry where, at first glance, she appeared out of her element. She gives readers candid accounts about the hip-hop music scene as well as personal insight into her various relationships with the artists.

Readers will revel in never-before-published photos taken at exclusive events with celebrities such as Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Ice T, MC Hammer, Dr. Dre, and many others.

Many of these hip-hop artists became fast friends with Gloria and they forged meaningful and lasting friendships. Rhythm and blues artists such as Bobby Brown, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson also graced the pages of SuperFly magazine. The book chronicles it all.

“SuperFly – My Untold Story of Hip-Hop” begins with an overview of the evolution of hip-hop from society’s fringe into the mainstream. It then goes on to describe the development and subsequent launch of SuperFly, the celebrity-drenched SuperFly years, and the post-SuperFly life.

“Rappers used to come to my office all the time, and I must admit, I loved it,” Goldwater says. “We became like a family.”

The book includes free downloadable bonus material, including digitized copies of original print SuperFly magazines, an original video from Gloria’s cable television show, “Crashing New York” and never-before released textual and audio interviews featuring Tupac, Tony!, Toni!, Tone!, N.W.A., Flavor Flav and more.

“SuperFly – My Untold Story of Hip-Hop” (ISBNs: 978-0-9913560-0-3 Hardcover, 978-0-9913560-1-0 Softcover and 976-0-9913560-2-7 e-book) is available in hard cover, soft cover and e-book format. The book can be purchased on Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble and on numerous other online sites and bookstores.

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A native New Yorker, today Gloria lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Lew Weintraub. Music and dance have always been a part of her life and will continue to be.

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s not hard to lose money in Las Vegas says Remember the phrase, “The house always wins”? For the most part, gone are the days when hotel/casino heads figured that if they could get the tourists there, they’d spend so much money gambling it was worth it to sell prime rib plates for $4.99 and offer cheap entertainment.

Now, buffets can run as high as $50 a person, and many shows along the strip are pushing $100 or more per ticket. But, with proper planning, it is possible to find discounted, cheap and free activities in Vegas. Here’s a short guide for those visiting Vegas on a budget.

Hotels Deals in Vegas:
If you plan far enough ahead in advance of your trip, it’s possible to get some great hotel deals online. These are available primarily by signing up to become a member of rewards programs, such as Total Rewards, offered by Caesars Entertainment; or M Life, offered by MGM Resorts. Sign up online several months before your trip, and discounted hotel rates for all the hotels that are part of these rewards programs will start heading your way within a couple of weeks. Find More Deals at . Once in Vegas, pick up your Total Rewards or M Life cards at your hotel and use the card whenever you gamble, buy souvenirs at the hotel gift shop or eat at eligible restaurants to earn points that can be cashed in for play money and other freebies.

Save Money on Food:
There are some fabulous buffets in Vegas, and they carry a fancy price tag. To save money, consider purchasing the Buffet of Buffets, a 24-hour pass accepted at several hotels: Caesars Palace; Flamingo; Planet Hollywood; Bally’s; Imperial Palace; Paris; The Rio; and Harrah’s.

The cost is $44.99 for Total Rewards members – signing up for Total Rewards is free and can be done online or at any Total Rewards hotel – and $49.99 for non-members. For Special Deals view VegasTourism’s website.

Although this may seem pricey, these buffets run around $20 to $50 per person per visit, and the pass allows you to eat as many times as you want in a 24-hour period, so it’s possible to save start money after just one or two visits. The pass expires 24 hours after it is purchased, so it’s a good idea to purchase it prior to breakfast; then try to eat that day’s three meals and attend breakfast before the pass expires the next morning. That’s four meals for about $50, including tax. Not a bad deal!

It’s also worth noting that drinks – soft drinks, beer, wine and some cocktails – are FREE while gambling at most casinos, but it’s expected that servers should be tipped at least $1 per drink.

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Breaking Down Musical Borders: John Dellroy Band Mixes Genres and Crosses Countries


LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When the John Dellroy Band cranks it up on stage, audiences are treated to a melodic onslaught. “We rock, but with folk and electronic influences, and the melodies are designed to let you hum along immediately and even sing with us after you hear the hook just a couple of times,” states lead vocalist John Dellroy.

Calling their sound “alternative folk-rock without limits,” the John Dellroy Band is unafraid to go from hard-charging rock to a reflective ballad while zooming through a set-list that contains numbers featuring a full range of modern pop styles.

“It is so exciting to be able to play in this band,” Dellroy states, “especially the way the guys can blend hard rock with electronica, intricate vocal harmonies, and even a touch of country now and then.” Their sound has been described as a combination of “intimate and gritty.” On their recent European tour, the band performed rock and acoustic sets, depending on the venue.

Their first full-length CD, “A New Life Has Begun,” was released in 2013 on Poolman Records. The 11-track album was produced by Thomas Mora and has seen a radio edit of “Time” achieve very strong download action, including reaching #1 at Musicload and #55 on the iTunes Pop chart.

Theirs is a total commitment to music. As Dellroy states, “Life without music is an empty, soulless place.” In addition to touring in support of the album and single releases, the band is working with producer Peter Roberts to launch new singles into the North American market.


Formed five years ago in Europe, the Austrian/American/Australian group consists of John Dellroy on vocals, acoustic guitar, and harp; Franz Konigshofer on electric guitar and backing vocals; Daniel Salecich on violin, keyboards, and backing vocals; Peter Volker on bass; and Mike ‘Drummer’ Pawlowitsch on percussion.


Peter Roberts is a multiple award winning songwriter and producer who has received Grammy(R) nominations for “Song of the Year,” “Album Of The Year,” “Record Of The Year,” “Best Song written for a Motion Picture Soundtrack,” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.”


Visit the band online at where you’ll find music to download, a bio, photographs, videos, and the band’s tour schedule.

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Prime Focus Technologies Completes Acquisition of DAX

DAX LLC MUMBAI and LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 7, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus (BSE code: 532748) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of DAX, a leading provider of cloud-based production workflow and media asset management applications to the entertainment industry.

On March 11, PFT announced a definitive agreement to acquire DAX for a base consideration of US$ 9.1 million in a uniquely structured performance linked transaction. PFT through its U.S. subsidiary will acquire all the assets of DAX for an upfront payment with balance payable over 3 years primarily from cash flows from the North American operations.

This acquisition gives PFT ownership of DAX’s patented technology (U.S. Patent No: 7,660,416/ 8,218,764) and products including the Primetime Emmy(R) award winning Digital Dailies(R) solution which is the de-facto industry standard in television production. This acquisition also sets the course for PFT’s strategic expansion in North America. PFT will significantly enhance the value proposition to DAX’s marquee customers including major studios and broadcast networks (Warner Bros. Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, 20th Century Fox Television Studios, Legendary Pictures, Fox Television Studios, A&E, Showtime, Starz, Relativity Media and Lionsgate) and many independent production and distribution companies.

The PFT-DAX combination creates an unrivaled industry leader offering a uniquely robust and dynamic stack of enterprise-class Media ERP solutions to Broadcasters and Studios. PFT and DAX will be exhibiting together at the upcoming NAB Show 2014 (booth SL#9605), and will showcase a number of CLEAR and DAX product releases including:
* New content supply chain management tools to support TV Everywhere needs.
* Sneak preview of first-of-its-kind “CLEAR Production Hub,” a cloud application that fosters automation of production pipeline.
* Unveiling DAX Mobile(R) for viewing iDailies(R) on iPhone.
* Premiering DAX BOX(TM) co-developed with PFT – “DVR-like device” to stream HD content at home, office or theatre.

About Prime Focus Technologies:

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) is the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus, the global leader in media and entertainment industry services. PFT brings together a unique blend of Media and IT skills backed by a deep understanding of the global media and entertainment industry.

CLEAR(TM), our award-winning Hybrid Cloud technology enabled Media ERP platform and digital content services help broadcasters, studios, brands, sports and digital businesses drive creative enablement, enhance ecosystem efficiencies & sustainability, reduce cost and realize new monetization opportunities.

PFT works with major content owners like Bloomberg, Disney, Warner Bros., News Corporation-owned STAR TV, ZEE TV, EROS International, SONY Music, Viacom 18, SONY MSM, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), IPL (Indian Premiere League), Hindustan Unilever Limited, The Associated Press, A&E TV Network and Schawk!

Prime Focus’ worldwide network of studios and WorldSourcing(R) model supported by a Global Digital Pipeline allows PFT to offer customers transformational solutions that help them virtualize business processes around content and manage the business of content better.

Prime Focus is listed on the NSE and BSE in India.

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DAX ( / @daxplatform) is the provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to companies that produce, distribute and license audio-visual content. The DAX platform, including Emmy(R) Award-winning Digital Dailies(R), is a highly-secure innovative web-based application used by most major studios and television networks for collaboration and distribution management of content during the production process, and for marketing and distribution of final product and library assets.

The company is based in Culver City, Calif., close to the major Hollywood studios and networks it services, as well as serving Canada’s media industry, and its clientele shooting in Canada, from its Toronto office.

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So Cal Remodelers Council May 29, 30 and 31 2014 Multi-State Certified Courses

SCRC courses LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 3, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The BIA Southern California Remodelers Council (SCRC) and staff has added additional courses this year due to overwhelming demand. These courses are designed to meet the new criteria that is set to take place in the remodeling and building industry.

The multi-state certified courses offered are in the areas of Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging & Accessibility (CAPS I) on Thursday, May 29, Design/Build Solutions For Aging & Accessibility (CAPS ll), Friday, May 30 and Business Management for Building Professionals on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The location for the courses will be held at Purcell Murray, 15400 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Nearly everyone dreams of career advancement, more money and more recognition. The SCRC courses will help propel your career in a forward motion. Those who are progressing, producing, growing and evolving are encouraged to join.

Course Information:

The Caps I course will help you take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments in remodeling and related industries. Maturing Americans are looking to revitalize their home environments. Learn best practices in communicating and interacting with this evolving population. Identifying opportunities and developing the skills to interact with 50+ customers can help you grow your business dramatically.

The Caps II course will help you understand the guidelines and requirements of accessibility, the importance of doing an assessment with input from occupational and physical therapists as well as qualified health care professionals, and the significance of good design in making modifications that can transform a house into a safe, attractive, and comfortable home for life.

The Business Management for Building Professionals course is designed for the new or experienced business owner. Learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge. This course will give you a solid foundation for managing small to medium size building/remodeling and service companies.

BIA-SCRC members are committed to the long term health of their businesses. As a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders, BIA-SCRC acts as a “board of directors,” helping to guide fellow members through the issues that they face. The BIA-SCRC is based on collaboration and our collective experience spans marketing, sales, production, client service, finance and design. Members can take advantage of the numerous savings programs, PR opportunities and more. To register for courses or membership visit .

Ask about the new Remodelers Council student rates.

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Five Queens and their Robot qualify for World Championship

Kings And Queens Team MONROVIA, Calif., March 27, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Five young women from Monrovia High School and their rhinestone-encrusted robot qualified to advance to the 2014 First Tech Challenge Robotics World Championships as a result of their strong performance at the West Super-Regional Robotics Tournament held near Sacramento at the former McClellan Air Force Base this past weekend, the Monrovia High School Robotics Program announced today.

The Monrovia team, the only qualifier from the Los Angeles area, joins three San Diego teams and four Northern California teams to be among the 128 top teams from around the world to compete at the First Robotics World Championships to be held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis April 23-26, 2014.

A total of 24 teams advanced from the West Super-Regional including teams from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona.

These five junior class women – the “Kings and Queens” team – stand out not just for their signature costumes of purple-velvet-and gold-embroidered renaissance dresses and the purple and gold medieval royal pavilion where the team relaxes between matches. Their purple robot “Your Highness” performed flawlessly during the competition even after a failure of the robot’s transport cart sent it plunging to the floor of the arena in an unplanned four-foot “drop test.” In fact, during the crucial and difficult software-controlled “autonomous period” of the matches, Your Highness achieved a perfect record of 10 of 10 successful autonomous runs scoring an average of 56 autonomous points per match out of a possible 60.

The members of the Kings And Queens team – Amanda Sullivan, Melissa Johnson, Emma McIntosh, Jordan Nunez and Nicole Miller – designed and built their 18 by 18 inch robot from Tetrix parts, Plexiglas, metal shapes and machined aluminum to compete with alliances of robots on a 12 by 12 foot field. In competitions the robots are required to perform a variety of tasks in 2-1/2 minutes including picking up 2-inch plastic cubes and depositing them into elevated goals, navigating a wooden ramp, raising a flag up a pole, and gripping a cross bar and pulling themselves up completely off the floor, all while coordinating with a partner robot and while sharing the field with an opposing team of robots intent on accomplishing the same tasks.

This marks the first trip to the world championships for Monrovia High School’s four-year-old FTC robotics program which fields four separate student robotics teams supported by company sponsors, the community, and parents, and is led by physics teacher Tom Dobson. The success of the Kings And Queens caps a strong year for Monrovia High which saw all four of the program’s teams qualify over the season to compete in the Los Angeles Regional Championship Tournament held in Monrovia in February. At the L.A. regional tournament the Kings And Queens team was awarded the Inspire Award, FTC Robotics highest award naming them the “role-model” team for their on-field success, teamwork, inspiration to others, representation of the First Robotics program to their school and community, and embodiment of “Gracious Professionalism,” the core value of the FIRST program.

The Monrovia High FTC robotics after-school program is one of many opportunities at Monrovia High School supporting STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) in conjunction with Monrovia’s Math and Science Academy, and supported by the Monrovia Schools Foundation.

The Monrovia High School FTC robotics program is actively seeking tax-deductible donations and company sponsorships to help cover the approximate $13,000 cost of taking the team to St. Louis in April. Donations may be made through our GoFundMe page at .

The Kings And Queens Facebook page is at .

More information about Monrovia High School: .

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FreeNewsArticles serves up food for Content Marketing

Free News Articles TORRANCE, Calif., March 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Neotrope today announced updated “food for content marketing” available on Free News Articles(TM) (, an online resource launched in 2005 providing no-cost idea starters for bloggers, newsletter editors, and modern content marketers.

“We re-launched last year after a several year hiatus, and we’ve seen a large increase in traffic and interest from users due to the explosion of the ‘content marketing’ field,” said Christopher Simmons, CEO of Neotrope(R), a content publishing and marketing firm established in 1983. “Since we charge no fees to use content, it’s a great resource for ideas ready-to-blog or print, but also sources of stories for expanded purposes like feature articles.”

Simmons is a member of PRSA and ASCAP, and has been a working journalist since 1984, and formerly served on the annual judging panel for the PRSA “Excellence in Technology Journalism” awards.

Free News Articles charges no fees for use, and offers thousands of free news “articles” which can be copy-pasted, or excerpted for content marketing on company blogs, for career bloggers, and even printed newsletters used by REALTORS(R) or HR departments.

While a large amount of content may be niche specific or, in some cases, time sensitive, there are a vast variety of topics from books and music, to technology and science innovations; as well as the normal business news announcements.

To use any content, a blogger or content marketer simply needs to fill out a one-time privacy-protected registration form to register for use of any/all content. However, content may not be “scraped” by any content-farms or spam-blogs, per the terms of use.

To learn more, visit: .

Launched in 2005, Free News Articles(TM) is a service of Neotrope(R). Based in Los Angeles, Neotrope is a content publisher, brand marketing and visibility company, founded Jan. 1983. Neotrope is an INC 5000 listed company (2009), and member of GS1. Neotrope is a registered trademark in the U.S. and elsewhere. All other trademarks acknowledged.

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Children Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Song

Valentines Songs LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On February 14, Valentines Day, most people think of romance, flowers, candy, and candlelit dinners. But children also celebrate by sending and receiving valentines, dreaming up DIY projects for their parents, siblings, and teachers — and they are definitely pleased about the candy!

“Children’s parties are a way to celebrate this delightful holiday and that’s where Ruth Roberts Music can help,” states Susan Nicoletti, Director of Operations for Goldenrod Music, the publishing company overseeing Roberts’ songs. She is pleased to direct parents and teachers to the album “Valentine Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone,” available on iTunes.

“When Ruth Roberts put the finishing touches on her series of children’s albums for all major American holidays, she included Valentine’s Day as worthy of celebration by the little ones,” Nicoletti says. “Ruth knew how much children enjoyed a day that put love front and center, and she figured — rightly so — that they would want to celebrate it in song.”

The songs in this collection are designed to be fun for everyone, even the very youngest family members. “Good old-fashioned sing-alongs never go out of style,” Nicoletti adds. “And in addition to being cute songs, they are all Rated G for all audiences,” Nicoletti states. She has an excellent idea of what “G-Rated” means because for 5 years prior to working with Ruth Roberts Music she was on the ratings board for the Motion Picture Association of America.

About Ruth Roberts:

Several songs by Ruth Roberts are known to every sports fan: “Meet the Mets,” “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game,” and “Mr. Touchdown, USA.” Her love songs hit the charts in recordings by Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Theresa Brewer, Jimmy Dean, The McGuire Sisters, Patti Page, Vic Damone, Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Eydie Gorme.” Movie and TV viewers have heard Roberts’ songs in “Yes Man,” “The Benchwarmer,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld,” and the Conan O’Brien show.

The Beatles recorded Roberts’ song “Mailman Bring Me No More Blues,” which is on the Anthology 3 album. But it is for children’s music that Ruth Roberts may be best known, starting with her work with Bob Keeshan, who was the TV icon Captain Kangaroo.

“Teachers and educators can discover more about the many musicals written by Ruth Roberts for a K-through-grade-6 curriculum,” states Nicoletti.

More Information:

For more information about Ruth Roberts and her music for children, families, and sports fans, please visit and for an interview with Susan Nicoletti, please contact John Scott G of G-Man Marketing.

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Sexy Valentine’s Gift from Envy Corner

sensual fashions LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — What is important about Valentine’s other than bringing two loved ones together to celebrate their special moment? “There is nothing else that would be more important,” says Armen Leylekian of Envy Corner, “the Valentine’s Day gift should be aimed to accomplish the same thing.”

When you have two loved ones, a candle light, a bottle of champagne leading to a more intimate moment, one addition perfecting this moment would be to make the evening more sensual by the woman to slip into a sensual ware. Nothing says romance and “IN LOVE” like a sexy lingerie from Envy Corner.

Whether you’re a husband or a boyfriend, trying to buy a sexy Valentine present for your woman or whether you are a wife or a girlfriend, trying to be the Valentine’s present to your man, Envy Corner makes it easy for you all.

So throw away your old PJs and come get lingerie such as a sexy chemise or a baby doll lingerie from Envy Corner. Now is the best time, since Envy Corner has announced their special discount, aimed at Valentine shoppers. You can now have 10 percent off the merchandise or get free shipping with orders over $50.

About Envy Corner:

Envy Corner is one of the largest retailers of sexy lingerie. Founded in 2010, Envy Corner has earned the trust of their customers ensuring a safe, secure, affordable online shopping experience. works closely with wholesalers to provide quality merchandise with affordable prices, because each and every customer should be fully satisfied. With all these factors in mind, Envy Corner provides a private shopping experience each and every time in addition to many specials and incentives given regularly.

Take advantage of Envy Corner’s unbeatable prices with their current specials for Valentine’s day from and be the sexiest you can be!

Media Info: Lilia Chakarian 818-397-4775

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Angara’s Early Cyber Monday Deal to Kick Start the Holiday Season

Blue Black Diamond LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The international online jewelry store, decides to kick start their “Early Cyber Monday” deal from today and will have daily deals up until Cyber Monday i.e. December 2nd. The store is offering incredible online savings that include a whopping discount up to 15 percent on the entire range of jewelry at the store with free garnet studs of $199 on all orders today.

Traditionally, early Cyber Monday deals start from Friday following Thanksgiving Day but after the overwhelming response of customers last year, the store has decided to start the deals a week before the biggest online shopping day. To help customers even saving more, Angara is also offering free international shipping and 60-Day returns on all orders.

It is the holiday season, the most awaited time of the year to shop and to celebrate. But the current economic conditions have greatly restricted buyers from exceeding their limits. Understanding the customer requirements and market conditions, Angara has decided to offer best discounts and deals early before Cyber Monday.

Early Access to Cyber Monday Deals:

Angara’s mobile site customers, email subscribers, Facebook and Twitter fans will be the first to receive updates about “Early” Cyber Monday and other holiday season deals.

New Launches:

The store has an ample of options along with its best sellers in the collection to choose. Along with white diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies, customers will be able to access a whole new range of enhanced blue and black diamond collection, black onyx and moissanite jewelry. The improved categories such as diamond studs and the newly introduced ones like men’s and women’s bands are other attractive features at the online store. With early deals and lucrative discounts, customers could enjoy fine and trendy jewelry within the budget limits.

More Options to Come:

The “Early Cyber Monday” sale is the start of holiday deals at the store. This will be followed by Thanksgiving and Black Friday offers.

More information: .

About Angara Inc.: is an online fine gemstone and diamond jewelry retailer. We are specialists in gemstone jewelry including sapphire, ruby, emerald, tanzanite and birthstone jewelry. We save our customers over 40 percent vs. other jewelry retailers by manufacturing our own jewelry and many of our gemstones. We have direct sourcing capabilities in the world’s gemstone centers – Jaipur and Bangkok. We offer the unique ability to customize your jewelry by choosing different metal, gemstone size and gemstone quality options. has been covered extensively in the press including coverage in America’s Next Top Model, Forbes, Crains New York, and WWD.

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‘Rust Revised’ at The Calumet Gallery

Calumet Gallery LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Calumet Gallery announces the opening of a new thematic fine art photography exhibition, “Rust Revised,” (October 3 – November 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-S) from Arizona photographer, Bill North. Calumet Photographic of Los Angeles will host an “open to the public” wine and cheese Artists Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m. on October 10, 2013.

Born in Tucson and raised in Arizona, Bill became interested in photography while exploring bellows cameras as a child. He deepened this interest with photography courses at MIT from internationally acclaimed photographer and professor, Minor White. “His approach presented photography as a spiritual discipline, certainly not what I had expected, and advanced the idea that the most moving photographs were both graphic and metaphorical,” says Bill. “His theory on emotional equivalents was ground breaking at the time and influenced my photography then and now.”

Like Minor White, Bill graduated with a science discipline and returned to Ariz., after many years in Calif. where he developed and managed high-tech computer projects. Today, Bill and his wife Deborah again reside in Tucson, where he pursues travel and fine art photography.

“Rust Revised” is a study of corrugated metallic surfaces, where patches of oxidation form metaphorical symbols against troubled iron and tin backgrounds. North’s exhibit of 16 images revises the surfaces digitally to bring contrast, saturation and hues that reveal an expansive range of emotions. Captured digitally, North’s technical hand presents the audience with a series of re-presentation images that are universally subjective — sometimes with a minimum of intervention, and at other times, he asks us to suspend reality and simply accept what we feel.

When asked about his work, North explains, “I struggled with White’s sense of visual spirituality. My boyhood experiences, my days with film, were all documentation. That rigor was also part of my work life for many years. Nonetheless, I began to realize, perhaps unconsciously, how to capture an image that seemed to speak beyond the dimensional surface. Intuitively I knew that photographs are not imitative representations — and yet it was only recently that I was able to get beyond this poetic epistemology. ‘Rust Revised’ is a major shift in my thinking; one that has lurked within me like a latent image on film since Minor White stood in front of my class.”

“Rust Revised” challenges Bill’s own examination of things. “Decades later, I think I am beginning to understand what my professor was trying to teach us — that the best photographs aren’t just about the ‘things.’ They are really about how we see things and how we feel about them; how the light informs them, conceals them, reveals them, or transforms them. In rare instances, the ‘thing’ itself becomes almost incidental, acting like a catalyst to reveal shapes, forms, and structures that can take on a meaning, life and dimensionality of their own.”

The “Rust Revised” exhibit balances raw perceptions of reality through recognizable symbolism against images of advanced abstraction. North delivers structural work with the purpose of seeing things beyond the classical task of categorizing and confirming. A faint sense of Arizona petroglyphs scamper across blue tin, pastels with vaporized saturation, rust trails wander along gray trails of oxidation, and splashes of metallic colors exist for — existence.

Viewers of “Rust Revised” will sense North’s attention to detail and the manner in which each image combines a sense of space and minimalism: “As a photographer, if I am quiet enough within, and respectful enough of the subject without, a kind of trust emerges, and I am allowed a momentary glimpse beyond the surface. This exhibition is a collection of some of those moments for me.”

Sabrina Valdez, Manager of Calumet Gallery, said of North’s work, “Bill’s exhibit is emblematic of our outreach efforts to find and present photographers with visual voices that matter. His work is indicative of the depth and breadth of photography exhibits that Calumet presents, and we invite the public to explore this exciting work and to meet Bill at the reception.”

Media and Public Contact:
Sabrina Valdez, Gallery Director
Calumet Photographic, 1135 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038.

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Top 10 Sexiest Halloween Costumes ‘Dare to be Different’

Halloween Costumes LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Envy Corner (, a company selling sexy Halloween costumes and women’s lingerie, announces the Top Ten Sexiest Halloween Costumes of 2013.

From the newly released Halloween costumes, they surveyed Pinterest and Facebook users. Over 1,500 users participated in this survey, and ten costumes were selected to be the ultimate and most popular Halloween costumes of 2013.

Imagine how much time and effort it takes to come up with Halloween costume ideas, and ultimately choose the best Halloween costume. Every year we pick and choose from hundreds of costumes from many locations in hopes that our costume becomes the ultimate “hit” or at least among top 10 at the Halloween. Waste no more time.

Here are the results from Envy Corner’s survey of top 10 Halloween Costumes:
1. Sexy SWAT Agent Costume: most popular 5 piece Halloween Costume by Roma. This sexy costume includes a hot long sleeve crop top, sexy tight pants, belt, and holster with gun. Just picturing yourself in this sexy outfit makes you wish it was Halloween already.

2. Nurse Anita B Naughty Costume: 6-piece Halloween must-have, featuring removable zip front top with red bra top, pleated skirt, garters, and nurse’s cap with stethoscope. This Halloween costume is sure to please your “patients.”

3. Native American Temptress: hot costume: cute Native American style Faux Suede Mini Dress with attached Hood and Fringe details.

4. Two Piece Camo Cutie: sexy camouflage costume is set to make you the center of attention with hot zipper front print catsuit and matching camouflage hat.

5. Seductive Pirate Wench: truly seductive pirate costume with top and corset. Includes rhinestone buckle belt, capri pants and sword.

6. Three Piece Court Jester Costume: be the highlight of court with this three piece Halloween costume; includes a sequin lace-up corset with ruffle details and diamond print, a skirt with sequin panels and bells, and a white ruffle neck piece.

7. Five Piece Gypsy Mistress Costume: seductive look with sexy white top with puff sleeves includes a lace-up black corset and layered skirt with gold coin belt and sarong.

8. Radiant Ringmaster Costume: be the talk of the party with 5-piece sequin jacket with coattails, sequin corset and shorts, whip and hat.

9. Three Piece Cheerful Cutie Costume: cheerful cheerleader costume includes a two-tone tie top with matching two-tone pleated shirt and a pair of white pom-poms. If you are looking for the ultimate sexy cheerleader costume, you just found one.

10. At Your Service French Maid Costume: This set comes with a black tube dress with built-in white apron and back bow. Also includes a feather duster, detachable sleeves and headband. Time to tidy-up for naughty fun.

Take advantage of Envy Corner’s unbeatable prices with current specials on Halloween costumes from and get ready to be the ENVY of YOUR party!

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VLP Expands Technology Transaction Practice with Addition of Darius Kharabi

Darius Kharabi LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — VLP Law Group is pleased to announce that Darius Kharabi has joined the firm as Partner in the Technology Transactions practice. Darius will be based in Los Angeles.

Mr. Kharabi advises companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on the health care and technology spaces. He represents clients in technology transactions including license, asset purchase, partnering, development, distribution, consulting, supply, and services arrangements. Mr. Kharabi has significant expertise in areas specific to medical device manufacturers such as clinical studies, sponsored research and contract development and manufacturing. Having worked on the company-side from concept to commercial product, Darius’ practice includes both start-up and later stage companies.

“Darius will be a terrific addition to our growing Technology Transactions team,” said Baird Garrett, Chair of VLP’s Technology Transactions Group. “His impressive academic credentials and extensive experience practicing at a leading national law firm and as in-house counsel, will be an asset to our clients and will enhance our capabilities in the life sciences.”

Darius began his career in the Technology Transactions Group at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. Prior to joining VLP, he was Vice President, Corporate Development at OrthAlign, Inc., a commercial stage medical device company based in Orange County, Calif. where he served in business roles of increasing responsibility in addition to being sole in-house counsel. In his in-house capacity, Darius oversaw all legal matters, including technology transactions, intellectual property strategy, and general corporate. His business experience includes managing four company financings, three clinical studies, the launch of two products, and international distribution on four continents. This experience has given Darius a unique appreciation for the business environments that his clients operate in and has enabled him to give legal counsel with this in mind.

“I am excited to be a part of VLP’s vibrant and growing technology transactions team,” said Kharabi. “I look forward to expanding my practice and working with seasoned lawyers who provide counsel at lower prices than those at traditional law firms.”

Mr. Kharabi received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

About VLP’s Technology Transactions Group:
VLP’s Technology Transactions Group is comprised of seasoned attorneys with extensive experience in the representation of clients in domestic and international commercial transactions involving a wide range of technology and intellectual property assets. Our attorneys advise clients on the development, acquisition, commercialization, exploitation and disposition of technology and intellectual property in the software (including open source), hardware, networking, Internet, life sciences, clean tech and interactive media sectors in connection with hundreds of transactions each year. These transactions include strategic alliances, development agreements, manufacturing agreements, OEM agreements, distribution agreements, licensing agreements, complex commercial agreements, as well as terms of use and terms of service for web-based service offerings.

In addition to experience in private practice, many of VLP’s Technology Transaction Group attorneys have significant in-house legal and business experience, so they understand the need to learn and secure the client’s objectives in an efficient manner. When representing providers of technology products and services, our attorneys draw on a deep understanding of technologies, markets and business models, enabling them to apply sophisticated legal concepts using a practical, business-oriented approach that gets deals done, while protecting the interests of our clients. When representing buyers of technology products and services, our attorneys understand which issues matter most, so they can focus on what is important to the client.

About VLP:
Founded in 2008, VLP is a business and transactional law firm that delivers top quality, efficient and cost-effective legal services. Our practice reaches across many industry sectors, including high tech, life sciences, angel and venture capital financings, clean tech, retail, consumer product, commercial lending and real estate. VLP has continued its strong growth, and is made up of noted attorneys with significant experience who believe VLP’s unique, client-oriented and cost-effective model is the best platform for their practice. Our partners are regularly recognized by their peers as outstanding attorneys, and the firm has been recognized as a top company for its promotion of quality of life in the workplace. Our lean model means that we can provide sophisticated, focused services to our clients, and we can do it at competitive rates.

VLP partners represent clients that vary in size from individual executives and early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. Our clients include public and private corporations, venture capital investors, private equity funds, educational institutions, nonprofits and individuals. We provide general corporate, licensing, contract, intellectual property protection and counseling, securities regulation, financing, employment, merger and acquisition, real estate, tax and other legal services.

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Neotrope Announces Lineup of Worthy Causes Earning 2013 Non-Profit PR Grants

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today, Torrance Calif.-based Neotrope®, an advertising, marketing and PR firm launched in 1983, announced the recipients of its annual Non-Profit PR Grant for 2013. Each worthy cause is a U.S.-based 501(c)3 charity “doing good” on a local, or national level. As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press® Newswire service), online advertising, and social media marketing for the charities.

This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profits to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential “halo” sponsors and donors.

“We’re very honored to once again be able to do a little good in helping several worthy causes raise their visibility through traditional and new media,” said Neotrope founder and CEO, Christopher Simmons, a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “This year we had to cut back a little, and will only have time and resources to work with five new charities, and a few orgs we have worked with in the past. This is our way of giving back where we can, and a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year.”

The 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant Recipients are (alphabetical):

Catalysts Powering Educational Performance (CPEP):

In 1986, a group of engineers, college faculty and secondary educators created an innovative out-of-school program designed to inspire and prepare underrepresented and underserved students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Launched in one school with 40 students, CPEP is now in 11 school districts, 42 schools and directly impacting 1,500 students annually across Connecticut.

CPEP serves as a catalyst to change underrepresented and underserved students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward the pursuit of STEM education and careers. Results indicate there is a consistent 60 percent increase in the percentage of students who desire to pursue a STEM career after just one CPEP experience and 90 percent of CPEP students report acceptance into college.

CPEP has won several awards recognizing the organization for its achievements and accomplishments, including the Turbo Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management by the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Connecticut, the Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers, the Presidential Award from the National Science Foundation for its Mentor Program in the New Haven Public Schools, and the 21st Century Solutions Award by NBCUniversal Foundation.

With 2013 marking its 25th anniversary, CPEP seeks to leverage its accomplishments to continue to grow and position CPEP to impact the workforce of the 21st century. For more information about CPEP visit .

Center for Student Opportunity:

Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization empowering first-generation college students on the path to and through college. CSO creates tools and resources to help first-generation college students and their supporters navigate the college process and partners with colleges and universities across the country to promote and strengthen campus efforts supporting first-generation college students.

CSO’s newest initiative, “I’m First,” is building an online community of support for first-generation college students. “I’m First” is collecting pledges and stories from first-generation college graduates – and students who will be – to inspire the next generation of students who will be first. In addition to showcasing first-generation college student stories, “I’m First” helps aspiring first-generation college students research colleges, ask questions and get answers, and find support and scholarships in their pursuit of college. Learn more at: .

DesignWise Medical:

DesignWise Medical is a Minnesota-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to develop medical device and product solutions to children’s unmet medical needs. It is a volunteer-based organization funded entirely by charitable contributions, foundation and corporate grants.

Children need devices that are safe, effective and sized appropriately for them. Technology already exists that could address many children’s unmet medical needs, improving outcomes and quality of life and ultimately reducing health care costs. However, these markets are small, making it difficult for traditional medical device companies to achieve an adequate ROI.

DesignWise Medical is able to develop pediatric devices for approximately one-fifth (1/5) the cost of the traditional for-profit approach. Through the sustained involvement of pediatric clinicians, parents, sponsors, volunteers and students, DesignWise Medical is able to identify, create and deliver collaborative solutions to this underserved population.

To date, more than 280 volunteers have donated over 30,000 hours of their time working on ten active pediatric device projects. DesignWise Medical has sponsored 32 student projects at nine colleges and universities, providing learning opportunities for higher education student volunteers, helping them to succeed in today’s competitive medical technology job market. More information: .

Food Finders, Inc.:

Food Finders is a community-based food rescue organization, founded in 1989, that serves as a conduit for food, education, and awareness between donors, volunteers, agencies and people in need. Its vision is to eliminate hunger and food waste, while improving nutrition in the communities we serve.

Headquartered in Signal Hill, Calif. (in Los Angeles county), Food Finders picks up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distributes it directly to more than 200 missions, shelters and social service agencies to feed the needy and impoverished.

Food Finders also helps merchants comply with the California Waste Management law, requiring them to cut their waste by 50 percent, and more recently mandated, 75 percent. Instead of going to landfills, the wholesome, consumable food is being used to feed hungry children and adults.

Learn more online at: or follow on Facebook at: .

The National Inclusion Project:

The National Inclusion Project works every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. By driving the movement for social inclusion, children of all abilities learn and play together.

Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing, come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more. To date, the Project has partnered with over 200 programs nationally – including YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, CampFire USA, etc. – and has impacted over 50,000 children.

For more information on the National Inclusion Project and to help ensure no child sits on the sidelines visit their website at . To follow on Facebook, visit: .

Adopted Charities:

In addition to the 5 grant winners noted above, Neotrope this year also “re-adopted” several grant winners from prior years, including The Bob Moog Foundation ( ) in North Carolina, and the Pacific Pinball Museum ( ) in California.

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope® has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: .

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants™ program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

For 2013, the Grant has been named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. Henceforth the Neotrope PR Grants will be known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Children Awaiting Parents, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: and also .

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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Original Stories Published as e-Book by Cultmachine

Ford FairlaneLOS ANGELES, Calif., May 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Marking the 23rd anniversary of “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” the controversial 1990 motion picture released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Andrew Dice Clay, indie e-Book publisher Cultmachine is offering Ford Fairlane fans for the first time the original stories on which the movie was based.

“The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” (ISBN: 978-0-9840327-6-1), unavailable since first publication in 1980 as serialized weekly episodes in the New York Rocker and the LA Weekly, the stories were written by journalist and screenwriter Rex Weiner. In the two gritty tales, private eye Ford Fairlane, the music industry’s “rock n roll detective,” solves cases involving the punk rock and new wave scenes in New York City and Los Angeles in the late-1970′s.

The stories are offered at in a single e-Book edition for $4.99 via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

“The Adventures of Ford Fairlane has become a cult classic with a dedicated fan-base around the world,” said Rex Weiner. “I’m pleased that Cultmachine, in response to many requests, is offering these stories in which I created the character played on the big screen by Andrew Dice Clay.”

About Cultmachine:
Cultmachine ( ) is the brainchild of filmmakers and writers Andreas Kossak and John Huff. It is an independent e-publishing label where writers help each other succeed and retain full control of their work. With a focus on cult audiences, this label presents e-Books of movie-related fiction and non-fiction, screenplays, and all those exciting works which go beyond the strict confines of commercial publishers.

Cultmachine also publishes a webzine, “Cultnik,” featuring articles, interviews, and essays written from the perspective of curious fans and readers who are interested in who and what they like – as in “worship,” the original meaning of the Latin word “cultus.”

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Nude Pregnant Kim Kardashian ‘Fertility Statue’ Unveiling in L.A.

Fertility StatueLOS ANGELES, Calif., May 23, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A nude pregnant sculpture of Kim Kardashian with her belly fully accessible for gallery-goers to rub for ‘good luck’ is set for L.A. exhibit. The nude statue joins the celebrity baby sculptures created recently by artist Daniel Edwards; celebrating the beauty of celebrity pregnancy. The recent work, part of the artist’s “Celebrity Baby Boomer” series that began with the 2006 controversial sculpture “Monument to Pro-Life,” which depicted a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, will be displayed at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, announces Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA).

The life-size full-figured nude Kardashian sculpture titled “L.A. Fertility” stands curvaceous and proud, with lactiferous breasts, protruding navel and legs akimbo, and features a voluminous belly “designed to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success,” says publicist Cory Allen.

Other works in the exhibit will include bronzes of Baby Kimye, depicted as a chubby-cheek-cherub with a swirl design pattern shaved in the hair and the Royal Baby, slumbering peacefully in the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess, cast at the Cal State foundry currently managed by Edwards. The artist’s prenatal portraits of the angel-winged celebrity fetuses titled “Womb Mates” will also be on display.

“I was inspired by the beauty of Kim Kardashian and felt quite put-off by the media’s criticism of her weight gain during pregnancy,” said artist Daniel Edwards. “Such criticism should be off limits.”

“We live in a media-absorbed culture where anyone can access and share a celebrity’s most intimate moments,” said Cory Allen. “Daniel visually captures ‘that’ intimacy.”

An auction hosted by Google headquarters recently featured limited edition prints of the Baby Kimye sculpture printed by L.A. based Intellectual Property Prints for Venice Art Walk’s annual benefit to provide health care to families in need.

“L.A. Fertility” will debut at LAB ART Gallery, on June 5, 2013 at 11 a.m., located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or .

* Photo Caption: “Prenatal Portrait of the Royal Heir in Bronze” by Daniel Edwards will be on view with the nude Kim Kardashian sculpture “L.A. Fertility” at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles.

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California’s Retirement Crisis Planner Offers Long-Term Care and Medi-Cal Solutions in New Book

Medi-Cal RecoveryLOS ANGELES, Calif., April 2, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to retirement crisis expert and author Karl Kim, CFP, CLTC, each year thousands of people are thrust into a “care crisis” when a family member or loved one needs long-term care. The challenge is not only finding the right nursing home; what can be even more challenging is figuring out how to pay for the care – and how to minimize possible damage to the rest of the family.

“That information isn’t easy to find,” says retirement crisis planner Karl Kim, CFP, CLTC. “Every year I speak with hundreds of adult children and their parents who have gotten bad advice, or who don’t know where to turn for answers. That’s the reason I wrote ‘Don’t Go Broke Paying the Nursing Home.’ Now every Californian can understand what needs to be done to protect their home, cash and retirement accounts.”

Karl Kim’s book is an easy-to-read quick reference guide. It provides answers in simple language to common questions such as:

* What information do you need to provide to Medi-Cal?
* Do you need an attorney to submit the application?
* What is the maximum amount a person or couple can have to qualify for Medi-Cal?
* What is the difference between Medicare, Medicaid and Medi-Cal?
* Which assets count and which don’t?
* What is the maximum amount of income a person can have and still qualify?
* When does someone apply?
* How long does the application process take?
* Do you have to be broke to qualify for Medi-Cal?

“Don’t Go Broke Paying the Nursing Home” (ISBN: 978-0988902619) explains Medi-Cal Recovery procedures.

“Most people don’t realize Medi-Cal is effectively a loan from the State of California,” explains Kim. “If proper steps aren’t taken, the state will place a claim against the home and other assets.”

California’s regulations covering the aging population can be difficult to keep up with. That becomes apparent in a care crisis – when what a family has “done wrong” can come back to bite them – financially and logistically.

The book is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon: .

About Author Karl Kim:
Karl Kim, CFP, CLTC, is the founder of Retirement Planning Advisors, California’s first firm dedicated to retirement crisis planning and pre-planning. Info: .

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Josh Valdez, DBA, Joins Board of GROW Elect to Ensure California Latino Republican Voices Are Heard

Josh ValdezLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Josh Valdez, DBA, the former Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), has accepted an appointment to the Board of GROW Elect, Latino Consultants announced today. GROW Elect is a political organization founded in 2011 for the purpose of electing Latino Republicans to local office in California.

“Forty-four percent of Latinos voted for President George W. Bush in the 2004 general election – we need to re-energize and exceed that engagement that so our patriotic values are represented,” said Dr. Valdez. “Civic engagement and participation is vital for all of us who love this country and the State of California.”

The importance of Latinos becoming involved in policy and civics comes from perspective of deep-rooted empathy for the issues Latinos face as a community. “It is personal for me because my parents’ family – all U.S. Citizens born here – was deprived of their home and business in the forced ‘Repatriation’ of the Great Depression,” Dr. Valdez said. His father and family were part of the more than 500,000 Mexican-Americans that were gathered and forced to go to Mexico despite the fact they were citizens. The tragedy ripped the Valdez family apart along with the death of his younger brother – due to starvation – and who was forced to work at age eight and never again given the opportunity to attend school. “By becoming involved, we assure an equitable future for our families while honoring those who sacrificed so that we could succeed.”

Dr. Valdez, who is the President and CEO of Right Way HealthCare Consulting, was also the highest ranking Latino in a 42,000+ company as the Senior Vice President of Health Care Management for WellPoint from 2003-2007 and was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Regional Director for DHHS, 2001-2003. He co-authored “Strategies for Improving Latino Health Care in America” which included budget-neutral recommendations for expanding access. Most recently Dr. Valdez was in the news as the Chair of Health Care Insurance Industry Group to advise the Romney for President Campaign.

“One of the things I am excited about with GROW Elect is the leadership; I’m so very proud to join my good friend Ruben Barrales and other vibrant Latino leaders in the worthy mission to involve more Latinos in our democracy,” added Dr. Valdez, referring to the recent announcement that GROW Elect hired Ruben Barrales former, a former White House Deputy, as its President and Chief Executive Officer. “This exemplifies the momentum we have in engaging Latinos and our values in building a better tomorrow.”

Dr. Valdez plans on being an integral part of that momentum, both as a GROW Elect Board Member and as a future candidate for publicly elected office, of which he is exploring the options.

More About Dr. Valdez:
Dr. Valdez serves as a commissioner at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for eliminating racial disparities in health care and is a board member for the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity. He has held past appointments as a member of the White House Council on Aging, Chairman of the U.S. Latino Health Task Force, and gubernatorial appointee of the California Health Policy and Data Commission. Dr. Valdez has been recognized as one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the United States by The Latino Coalition and one of the 10 most influential Latinos in the healthcare sector by Hispanic Business. He is married to Elizabeth and has three children, Gabriel, Noah and Jacob.

About Grow Elect:
GROW Elect is a 527 political action committee that recruits, endorses, trains and funds Latino Republican candidates for public office in California. Since 2011, GROW Elect has helped 30 Latino Republicans to succeed in being elected to local offices across California. To find out more about GROW Elect, visit: .

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Country Singer Sandra Piller Joins Her Mom, Actress Sandra Giles, at The Hollywood Show 2013

Sandra PillerLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 27, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Featuring in-person appearances of more than five dozen celebrities from classic motion pictures and television, The Hollywood Show has emerged as one of the world’s most celebrated autograph and photo-opportunities for fans, and the upcoming event will feature country singer, and Shady Hill Records recording artist, Sandra Piller on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19, 20, and 21, 2013.

The chart-topping Shady Hill Records recording artist will be appearing at a vendor table with her mother, actress Sandra Giles, whose credits include roles in “Columbo,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “Land of the Giants,” and many more.

“We always have a great time at The Hollywood Show,” Piller says, “and I’m especially happy to meet fans of my music as well as fans of my late husband, Michael Piller.” As the writer and producer of several hundred episodes in the Star Trek film and television franchise, Michael Piller is fondly remembered by fans across the world.

“Not only is it fun to talk with so many wonderful people, but it is a thrill to interact with stars we’ve seen in so many different movies and TV shows,” Giles adds. The two Sandras are the first mother/daughter celebrities to be featured at The Hollywood Show. “We’re going to have photos, CDs, some of Michael’s Star Trek memorabilia, and even some free give-aways at our table,” Piller notes, “so I hope everyone will stop by to say hello. And we might even play some country music!”

Giles notes that “It’s going to be nice to catch up with actors and actresses I’ve seen on set or while in make-up. With all the great fans, this show could turn into quite a party!” Among the stars listed on the event website as appearing at this show are Angie Dickenson, Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley, Nancy Allen, Tippi Hedren, Mamie van Doren, June Lockhart, Dean Cain, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, and Lou Ferrigno. Musicians set to appear include Mickey Dolenz, Mark Lindsay, Denny Laine, Chris Montez, Spencer Davis, Bo Donaldson, and Bob Berryhill.

This edition of The Hollywood Show begins Friday night, April 19, and continues on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel located at Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045. Show times are from 6-9pm on Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Sandra Piller’s latest EP, “Love Goes On,” contains six songs dedicated to her late husband. “Love Goes On” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all the usual places for physical and digital distribution and autographed copies may be purchased from Sandra at The Hollywood Show.

Started in 1979, The Hollywood Show is legendary among autograph shows, not only for the celebrities who appear, but the crowds each event brings. Currently taking place in Los Angeles, Calif., The Hollywood Show has earned the reputation of being “the place” for celebrities to sign autographs and pose for photographs. Plus, it is recognized worldwide as the perfect place for fans to get “up close and personal” with their favorite stars.

For more information on Sandra Piller, please visit her online at .

John Scott G
G-Man Marketing

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Ruth Roberts – Children’s Music Songwriter for All Seasons

Ruth RobertsLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Whatever holiday pops up on your calendar, two things are always true: kids are happy about it and the late Ruth Roberts wrote kids’ music to help you celebrate it.

“Children’s music was the special province of Ruth Roberts,” says Susan Nicoletti, Director of Operations for Goldenrod Music, the publishing company that oversees Roberts’ songs. “Her specialty was mining every holiday for its musical potential, often with lots of humor. Young kids especially love learning and singing along with her funny and pun-filled songs,” Nicoletti states.

The output of Roberts includes entire albums of songs for Spring, Easter, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, April Fools, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. “Each collection is part of a series of albums called ‘[Holiday Name] Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone,’” Nicoletti points out, adding that songs may also be purchased individually.

“People will find the sing-a-long tunes on these collections to be fun for everyone, even the very youngest family members, plus they are all G-Rated,” Nicoletti states. She knows what “G-Rated” means because for five years prior to working with Ruth Roberts Music she was on the ratings board for the Motion Picture Association of America.

About Ruth Roberts:
Ruth Roberts wrote pop, gospel, rock, blues, country, sports, and children’s songs. Every sports fan knows some of Roberts’ work, from “Meet the Mets” to “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game” to “Mr. Touchdown, USA.” Beatles fans know that the Fab Four recorded ‘Mailman Bring Me No More Blues,’ which is on the ‘Anthology 3′ album, but they may not realize that the song was written by Roberts.

Love songs by Roberts hit the charts in recordings by Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Theresa Brewer, Jimmy Dean, The McGuire Sisters, Patti Page, Vic Damone, Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Eydie Gorme.” Movie and TV viewers have heard Roberts’ songs in “Yes Man,” “The Benchwarmer,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld,” and the Conan O’Brien show.

While her children’s music career began when she worked with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo, she also excelled in the area of educational songs. “Teachers and educators can discover more about the musicals written by Ruth Roberts for a K-through-grade-6 curriculum on the Ruth Roberts Music website,” states Nicoletti.

More Information:
For more about Ruth Roberts’ music for kids, families, schools, and sports fans, please visit and for an interview with Susan Nicoletti, please contact John Scott G of G-Man Marketing.

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Publishers Newswire announces latest ‘Books to Bookmark’ List of 10 Interesting New Book Titles from Q1-2013

books to bookmarkLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 15, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Publishers Newswire (PNW), an online resource established in 2004 for small publishers, as well as lesser known and first-time book authors, has today announced its latest semi-annual “Books to Bookmark” list. This is a round-up of 10 new and recent books from Q4/2012 and Q1/2013 which may have been missed due to not originating from major New York book publishing houses, or “big name” authors.

“Probably the most interesting thing we’ve seen this past year, is the further explosion in self-published titles. From convicted felons, to first-time mystery ghost story authors, to children’s picture books, the fountain of creativity is really amazing,” said PNW editor Christopher Simmons. PNW’s Simmons has been a working journalist for over 30 years, and has written widely on the topic of publishing, marketing, and e-books. He is also the author of a self-published book on digital artwork.

The following list of 10 books (in alphabetical order) are provided as “worth a look” for media and booksellers, as well as avid readers of new and unique literary content. To learn more about these and other books (and e-books) in detail, visit: .


Author Mustafaa As-Salafi’s “Family Tiez” (ISBN: 978-0976224310; paperback; Level V Publishing) is the fictional story of a Muslim family’s struggle to stay together through the trials of the urban drug culture: addiction, drug dealing, dirty cops, prison, and murder; as told by someone who has walked several miles in each character’s shoes. “Family Tiez” has been an underground, nationwide, best selling novel that chronicles the story of a large-scale, illegal drug distribution enterprise in the Tri-State area. Now, re-released in eBook formats, including Kindle and iBooks. “Family Tiez” is close to, but way more than what the media and law enforcement have characterized it as: it is life imitating art. The author invites readers to witness “Family Tiez” for themselves.

On December 16, 2008, The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware’s largest local newspaper, ran a cover story with headline: Urban fiction author pleads guilty to drug trafficking: 10 counts could get the Wilmington man life in prison. This story was about Mustafaa. The July 2008 arrest of Mustafaa was carried by various media outlets across the country, including USA Today. Mustafaa did not receive a life sentence; he is expected to be home soon.


In the new book, “Having a Whaley of a Time” (ISBN: 978-0578104836; paperback; 94pp; DKeeley Press), author and publisher Donna Keeley uses the history and “documented ghosts” from the Whaley House in San Diego, Calif. to weave an enjoyable, fictional mystery with real facts. “I wanted to do something different with the mystery genre,” says Keeley. “By pairing a fictional story with a real, haunted location I can fulfill my love of research with the fun of writing.”

Each book in the new Paranormal Mystery series features a real haunted location as the backdrop for each mystery. The ghosts documented at these locations become characters in the book and help the fictional main character Shannon MacIntyre solve her mystery. Kindle edition also available.


A new book, “Healthy Hannah’s Fitness Fables: A Promise to Yourself” (ISBN: 978-0-9852773-0-7; KidsProsper Publishing) pairs father-daughter authors in the fight against childhood obesity. The characters in “Healthy Hannah’s Fitness Fables” guide children on a healthy rhyming adventure about exercise and nutrition. Through playful and entertaining illustrations, one by one, Healthy Hannah, Maxwell Muscle, Low-Fat Larry, and Aerobic Annie delight in a healthy and fun journey from birth through adulthood. It is illustrated by a former personal trainer, Joe Romano II.

“Childhood obesity is a problem that requires multi-pronged efforts,” says Jay England, co-author. “We have to stay on top of the issue and the earlier you introduce healthy habits to children, the more likely they will practice healthy habits and engage in fitness as they grow older.”


In the new children’s book “Little Green” (ISBN: 9780981587974; Paraphrase, LLC) by author Arnold Rudnick, readers discover an important message and question to consider: Isn’t it possible? Released in “Fraugust 2012″ by independent publisher Paraphrase, LLC, “Little Green” is a picture-book for 2-7 year olds written by Rudnick, with illustrations by Marcelo Gorenman, featuring a little green frog on a quest to be special.

“It’s about time we admit that not everything is possible,” said Rudnick. “For too long, movies and books have pretended anything is possible, but kids are smart and know that’s not true. Messages that are meant to motivate quickly become empty platitudes. However, ALMOST anything IS possible! This simple, honest qualification offers a more powerful message and an inspirational lesson for everyone.”


The magisterial “collaboration” over half a lifetime between historian Dumas Malone and his subject, Thomas Jefferson, is the basis for William G. Hyland Jr.’s compelling “Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson” (ISBN: 978-1612341972; clothbound; 328pp; Potomac Books). Malone, the courtly and genteel historian from Mississippi, spent 38 years researching and writing the definitive biography of the man who “invented the United States of America.” Offering much more than most biographies, this book imparts extensive insights into Malone’s earlier years in Mississippi and Georgia, and how they shaped his character. Through interviews with his intimates, family members, rivals, and subordinates, Hyland generates a true portrait of the man behind the intellect and the myth.


The new autobiography by author Shuvender Sem, “Murder and Misunderstanding; One Man’s Escape from Insanity” (ISBN-13: 978-1479256969; paperback; 200pp; CreateSpace) is the story of Sem, who on March 1, 2004 became known as “The Maharishi Murderer.” In one moment Sem was a college student. In the next he was “The Maharishi Murderer.” Shuvender killed freshman Levi Butler without provocation on the campus by stabbing him four times in the chest with a paring knife. Deemed competent to stand trial, the judge ruled he was “not guilty by reason of insanity” at the request of both the defense and the prosecution.

Against popular belief, NGRI is an extremely rare plea, used in less than one percent of criminal cases. A not guilty result is even more uncommon, occurring just one-quarter of one percent of the time. Now, after years of psychotropic medications and intense therapy, Shuvender is telling his story of schizophrenia in his autobiography. The book is available in paperback; as well as Kindle, iPad and Nook digital editions.


In her new book, “On My Feet Again: My Journey Out of the Wheelchair Using Neurotechnology” (ISBN: 978-0988234208; paperback; 176pp; Neurotech Press), author Jennifer French, a quadriplegic and competitive sailing athlete who recently medalled at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London, tells her inspiring and intellectually stimulating story of how a determined and resourceful young woman overcame many of the obstacles that came her way after being paralyzed in a snowboarding accident. Although told she would never get out of her wheelchair, Jennifer refused to accept that fate and sought out experimental new technologies for people with spinal cord injuries.

French became a participant in a clinical trial of a neuroprosthetic system that enables her to stand up out of her wheelchair and move around on her own two feet using her own muscles, which are stimulated by 24 surgically implanted electrodes. Along the way, she helped advance the technology by working with the research team to test new features, push the limits of her strength and endurance, and prove the viability of this new therapy for thousands of other potential recipients-including injured soldiers returning from war. The book is also available in e-book format.


DJV Murphy considered the current market conditions as the backdrop to his latest book “So You Want To Be A Landlord: Tales From The Crypt” (ISBN-13: 978-1461087014; paperback). He ventures there is no bad time to invest in property. He calls it a humorous “how to” book about getting in the game of investment real estate but also offers a serious slant of avoiding the pitfalls of being a landlord. “This is not for the big hitters in the real estate investment field,” Murphy said, “but it is written with small town ‘Donald Trumps’ in mind.”

The 100 plus page book combines humor with technical information about how to succeed being a landlord and is illustrated with cartoons depicting the pitfalls and successes of owning investment real estate. The illustrator is B.J. Nartker a leading artist from California, who provided the visuals to the book. Murphy chose the illustration themes and cut lines with Nartker interpreting them as cartoons. The book is also available as a Kindle edition.


In the new book “The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery” (ISBN: 978-1-62141-693-7; 300pp; Diogenes Research;, veteran Researcher Chao C. Chien has meticulously collected and analyzed the records preserved from the previously rarely examined history of the Age of Discovery and the results are conclusive. Did the Chinese precede Christopher Columbus in discovering America? The question now has been settled once and for all.


In indie author mentor Dara Beevas’ new book, “The Indie Author Revolution: An Insider’s Guide to Self-Publishing” (ISBN 978-1-59298-504-3; paperback, 296pp; Beaver’s Pond Press), the author believes indie authors will push the publishing industry to evolve. “Legacy publishing isn’t the right answer for every author, and that’s a good thing,” she says. “Indie authors are known for catering to niche audiences overlooked by big publishers.

They’re also attracting new readers through the sales of e-books.” A writer, editor, blogger, and speaker, Beevas is vice president of award-winning Beaver’s Pond Press, where she has led hundreds of indie authors through the publishing process. Her passion for the self-publishing movement also led her to launch Wise Ink, an online support community for authors. Also available in e-book formats.

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Sterling McGregor joins Dealpoint Merrill as Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Sterling McGregorLOS ANGELES, Calif., March 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dealpoint Merrill (subsidiary of The Merrill Group of Companies), a regional owner and operator of “value added” adaptive reuse properties, retail conversions and investments, is proud to announce Sterling McGregor has joined the company as Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer.

In his new role, McGregor is responsible for the development of new investment platforms, overseeing the company’s real estate portfolio, structuring and implementing securities investment offerings sponsored by Merrill.

“Sterling is a gifted professional who brings a vast amount of knowledge and good judgment to our clients and colleagues,” said David Frank, DealPoint Merrill’s CEO.

During McGregor’s tenure in the real estate securities industry, he has acquired approximately 20 million square feet of investment properties with direct acquisition, operations and capital raising oversight for numerous private and public offerings. McGregor is a licensed FINRA Securities Representative, a California Real Estate Broker with a degree in finance from Brigham Young University.

Sterling McGregor can be reached at:
1801 Century Park East, Suite 2220
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.671.3900 Office
949.246.9300 Cell

About Deal Point Merrill Investment Group:
Deal Point Merrill, a subsidiary of The Merrill Group of Companies, is a regional owner and operator of “value added” real estate properties throughout the United States, as well as, a sponsor of real estate investment offerings. We invite you to learn more about us. Please visit our website at: .

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