Significant Reductions in Costly Pulmonary Complications with Use of Drug-Free Device

Plattsburgh, NY, USA — Post-operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are a major burden to the healthcare system. A new real-world study published in Pulmonary Therapy, indicates significant reductions in costs when using the AEROBIKA® oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) device in the postoperative care setting.(1) The retrospective database analysis including 288 patients undergoing cardiac, thoracic or upper abdominal surgery suggests that use of the AEROBIKA® OPEP device in addition to standard of care (incentive spirometry, IS) was associated with fewer re-hospitalizations, shorter hospital stays and lower costs compared with patients using standard of care alone.

At 30 days post-discharge, significantly fewer patients in the AEROBIKA® OPEP device cohort were re-hospitalized (13.9 vs. 22.9%; p=0.042), and mean length of hospital stay was significantly shorter (1.25±4.04 days vs. 2.60±8.24 days; p=0.047) compared with the IS cohort. Costs due to hospitalizations were 80% lower in the AEROBIKA® OPEP device group (p=0.001).

The burden of PPCs, especially in patients undergoing abdominal, thoracic or cardiac surgery, is substantial:

• death rate is higher compared with patients who don’t have PPCs (at 30 days mortality is up to 10 times higher, and at 90 days up to 20 times higher)

• resource use and costs are significantly increased (mainly due to longer length of hospital stay); a US database study of over 700,000 patients predicted that PPCs could lead to an additional 9,500 deaths, 92,000 extra ICU admissions and overall added costs to the US of US$3.42 billion.(2)

The causes of PPCs may be related to, among other things, shallow breathing and reduced airway clearance, therefore physical therapy techniques that increase lung volume and clearance have been recommended to reduce the risk and severity of PPCs. One such technique is incentive spirometry (IS), which encourages the patient to take long, slow breaths by inhaling through a device to raise a ball or piston.(3) The use of IS is common in clinical practice although there appears to be little evidence to support its value.(3,4) Another commonly used intervention to prevent and treat PPCs is positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy, which involves breathing against expiratory resistance.

The AEROBIKA® OPEP device is an easy-to-use, drug-free oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) device; when the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates a unique pressure-oscillation dynamic, which expands the airways and helps expel mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out. Clinical trial and real-world data have shown that the AEROBIKA® OPEP device increases lung volume, reduces hyperinflation and improves airway clearance in patients with COPD(5) or bronchiectasis,(6) as well as reducing exacerbations in patients with COPD.(7) These observations suggested a potential value for the device in preventing PPCs, leading the authors to conduct this retrospective real-world database study.

Co-author Dominic Coppolo, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Vice President Clinical Strategy and Development, commented that “based on the study findings, and taking into consideration both the low cost and low risk safety profile of the AEROBIKA® OPEP device, I would suggest that it could be beneficial to include as standard of care in all such post-operative patients”, noting that future studies are warranted to further define the benefits. He went on to add “The fact that patients in the AEROBIKA® OPEP device group in our study incurred lower healthcare costs in the 30-day period following discharge (mainly as a result of fewer complications requiring readmission) is particularly relevant as providers and insurers look to reduce early rehospitalization.”

About Monaghan Medical Corporation (MMC, USA)
MMC offers leading aerosol drug delivery devices and respiratory management products including AEROECLIPSE® II BAN, AEROCHAMBER PLUS® aVHC and the AEROBIKA® OPEP device exclusively in the United States. MMC’s strength lies in product development around core capabilities in mechanical design complimented by collaboration with a state-of-the-art aerosol research laboratory. MMC focuses on developing cost-efficient, outcome-based solutions for its customers. (http://www.monaghanmed.com)

About the AEROBIKA® Device
The AEROBIKA® OPEP device (http://www.monaghanmed.com/aerobika) is a hand-held, robust, easy-to-use, drug-free oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) device designed to help expel mucus from the lungs, expand airways and enhance drug deposition. When the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates a unique pressure-oscillation dynamic, which expands the airways, helps expel the mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out. The AEROBIKA® OPEP device is designed to function independent of angle of use or flow rate, and allows for a direct aerosol pathway for patients using a nebulizer for medication delivery. The AEROBIKA® OPEP device has been shown to significantly improve forced vital capacity (FVC), 6-min walk distance (6MWD), and St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score in COPD patients.(8) The AEROBIKA® OPEP device is available in the US via Monaghan Medical Corporation, and in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries including the UK and Germany through Trudell Medical International (http://www.trudellmed.com). (http://www.monaghanmed.com/Aerobika-OPEP)

About the study
This retrospective database study utilized patient data stored in IQVIA’s proprietary Hospital Charge Detail Master (CDM) database. The CDM database manages daily transactional patient charges from over 650 hospitals from 46 states in the USA, covering 7 million annual inpatient stays and 60 million annual outpatient visits. A total of 887 cardiac, thoracic or upper abdominal surgery patients hospitalized between 1 September 2013 and 30 April 2017 were identified to have used the AEROBIKA® OPEP device (in addition to standard of care, incentive spirometry), of whom 144 matched the selection criteria. The comparison cohort was 144 propensity-score matched subjects who had used IS alone.

For clinical inquiries, please contact:
Dominic P. Coppolo, MBA, RRT, FAARC
Vice President Clinical Strategy and Development
Monaghan Medical Corporation
1-800-343-9071

Words or phrases accompanied by ® are trademarks and registered trademarks of Monaghan Medical Corporation or an affiliate of Monaghan Medical Corporation. © 2018 Monaghan Medical Corporation.

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2. Linde-Zwirble W, Bloom J, Mecca R, Hansell D. Postoperative pulmonary complications in adult elective surgery patients in the US: severity, outcomes and resources use. Critical Care. 2010;14 (Suppl 1):P210.
3. Restrepo RD, Wettstein R, Wittnebel L, Tracy M. Incentive spirometry: 2011. Respiratory care. 2011;56(10):1600-1604.
4. Carvalho CR, Paisani DM, Lunardi AC. Incentive spirometry in major surgeries: a systematic review. Revista brasileira de fisioterapia (Sao Carlos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)). 2011;15(5):343-350.
5. Svenningsen S, Paulin GA, Sheikh K, et al. Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD. 2016;13(1):66-74.
6. Svenningsen S, Guo F, McCormack DG, Parraga G. Noncystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis: Regional Abnormalities and Response to Airway Clearance Therapy Using Pulmonary Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Academic radiology. 2017;24(1):4-12.
7. Burudpakdee C, Seetasith A, Dunne P, et al. A real-world study of 30-day exacerbation outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient managed with Aerobika® OPEP. Pulmonary Therapeutics. 2017.
8. Khoudigian-Sinani S, Kowal S, Suggett JA, Coppolo DP. Cost-effectiveness of the Aerobika® oscillating positive expiratory pressure device in the management of COPD exacerbations. International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2017;12:3065-3073.

Leading Quality Certification Company G-PMC in Talks to Certify The National Rifle Association (NRA)

Quality Certification expert Daryl Guberman and his team at Guberman-PMC are in talks that with the National Rifle Association (NRA) that could lead to not just better quality control processes in place, but also help defend the 2nd Amendment.

New York, NY, USA, June 22, 2018 — It’s no secret that the right to bear arms, as protected by the 2nd Amendment, is under serious attack in the United States. With the National Rifle Association (NRA) being its most prominent defender, anything that can help the NRA perform more optimally benefits the cause of those who would like to see the freedom to continue to legally own firearms continue. In good news in this area Quality Certification authorities Guberman-PMC recently celebrated they are in talks with the NRA to quality certify the organization and all of its branches, something which would certainly benefit the group and its worthy cause.

“This is very exciting for us since it is something we very much believe in,” commented Daryl Guberman, the outspoken patriot and head of Guberman-PMC. “The NRA can use the help and we are the professionals that can take their quality processes to the next level, to the advantage of all concerned.”

According to Guberman-PMC, one of the many benefits they can bring to the table for the NRA is getting them ARM-9009 certification, which most experts agree can go a long way towards defending gun rights. Other areas where the company has proven themselves to be able to help organizations and businesses include process and management analysis; internal auditing; documentation development; training and implementation; and potential, customer, and supplier auditing.

Founder and head of Guberman-PMC, Daryl Guberman, has over three decades experience in quality certification and building positions in an extremely wide-range of spaces. He is also a well-known, and outspoken independent political activist who is considering a run for Senate in his home state of Connecticut in 2020.

The NRA has had mixed success in recent years and many consider it well suited for a quality auditing.  The organization is in a time of great change and opportunity with over six million members and a new President Lt. Colonel Oliver North recently taking office, with dynamic change and an eye towards winning new gains in mind.

More information about the negotiations between the Guberman-PMC and the NRA stay tuned to the company’s very active website and YouTube channel.

For more information be sure to visit http://dguberman.com.

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Ashley Wayland’s Journey to Becoming a Real Estate Agent Started Back in High School, Results in Wayland Properties, Founded in 2017

Real Estate Agent Ashley Wayland was recently going through her old high school yearbook when she came upon her senior photo.

Monterey, CA, June 24, 2018 — Real Estate Agent Ashley Wayland was recently going through her old high school yearbook when she came upon her senior photo. Underneath it, where graduates let everyone know what they were going to do when they got older, it said she was going to be a “Successful Real Estate Broker.”

She had forgotten all about that entry in her yearbook from Quincy High School in a small town in the upper reaches of Northern California. Call it what you will, fate, destiny, serendipity, even sheer luck. Whatever it is, it has brought Wayland to this point in her life and especially career.

“I’ve always had a curiousity about real estate, in fact, I used to go to open houses on weekends, just to be nosy,” says the effervescent Wayland, who moved to the Monterey Peninsula from Quincy 11 years ago. “Every house, every seller, every agent was so different. I really liked it. You could say I caught the bug!”

So she started reading real estate books and attending even more open houses, all the while soaking up the atmosphere and getting tips on how to stage a house, how to hold an open house, even how to talk to people. “That got me super excited and passionate about real estate,” she says animatedly.

You can hear it in her voice when she talks about real estate — a combination of passion, commitment and earnestness that is disarming, with an expression of genuine desire to help people achieve their dreams.

“I outgrew Quincy, so moving here was a growth opportunity for me,” she says, describing herself as a “total go-getter.” “I’ve always been career-oriented, so moving spoke to me. Now I’m blessed to be able to sell the dream to other people.”

After working on the periphery of real estate for almost a dozen years — her background was in banking, title and escrow, vacation rentals, sales and customer service — she joined the large real estate firm of Keller Williams (“they offer a ton of support for new agents”) where she learned even more about the trade as an Agent Services Coordinator, where she helped set up open houses, sent information to local publications and other tasks that she says “empowered me again.”

Then she was asked by Sanctuary Vacation Rentals founder and president Annee Martin to come work for her in reservations as well as helping her on the sales side.

Wayland obtained her Real Estate Sales License in 2008 and in 2015 received her Broker’s License and in 2017 founded Wayland Properties with her business partner Nicol Casas. They now lease 17 single-family homes and manage a 63-unit apartment building, The Indy, in Sand City, with more properties on the horizon. In the past year, Wayland Properties has also sold 23 homes totaling more than $12.6 million.

What makes Wayland Properties unique, in addition to the fact they are “young, energetic and ready to breathe a little life into the real estate world here,” is the couple’s boundless commitment to its clients.

“We are full-time in real estate, we’re not part-time, we’re not casual, we’re in the trenches every day, we live and breathe it,” says Wayland, who says she “can’t not be busy.” “I genuinely care about my clients’ interests, I just want them to be happy. I run my business with heart and not necessarily for the bottom line. Everyone gets my 100% effort.”

In her spare time (such as it is), she enjoys wine tasting and is a member of a few wine clubs, mentoring high school-age girls and is looking for opportunities to volunteer for organizations that help shelter and rescue dogs. “I’m a crazy dog lady too,” she laughs.

As for Wayland Properties’ goals, she says she’d like to have an actual office space for the business, plus five agents and “have everyone achieve their goals and be in a good positive space.”

Judging by the success her yearbook entry years ago, all Wayland has to do now is put it out to the universe and start fulfilling that dream.

Wayland Properties

600 Ortiz Ave., Sand City, CA 93955

800 Munras Ave, Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93955

www.waylandproperties.co & www.ashleymeilan.com

Cell: 831-444-2262,

Office: 831-884-5603

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Monterey Spine & Joint Performed is 600th Bundled Payment Surgery with Global 1

Today, Monterey Spine & Joint (MSJ) in Monterey, CA. announced that it performed its 600th bundled payment surgery administered by Global 1 of Carlsbad, CA.

Monterey, CA, June 21, 2018 – Today, Monterey Spine & Joint (MSJ) in Monterey, CA. announced that it performed its 600th bundled payment surgery administered by Global 1 of Carlsbad, CA. MSJ began the all-inclusive bundled payment program with Global 1 in 2011. The program has expanded to include over 44 musculoskeletal surgeries including sports medicine cases, joint replacement, fracture care, interventional pain management and other surgeries of the spine, hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand and foot/ankle. MSJ bundles surgical cases with Blue Shield of California, United Health Care and large self-insured beneficiaries including Municipalities, Colleges and Schools Insurance Group (MCSIG) of Salinas, CA. The program simplifies the process for the patient through total price transparency quoted prior to the surgery, and delivers greater value to the payer as measured by an optimum combination of quality, service and price.

Christopher Meckel MD, President of MSJ, said, “This program, developed by Global 1, empowers patients to be better consumers of healthcare by knowing costs in advance. It also provides budget certainty to the payers.” Michael Larsen, Executive Director of MCSIG (a Monterey county based joint power authority that insures approximately 12,000 teachers, bus drivers, janitors and other employees and their dependents), stated “The bundled payment program has delivered better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction to our members while significantly reducing our costs annually. The savings enables our client school systems to allocate more resources to personnel, supplies and infrastructure.”

About Monterey Spine & Joint:

Established in 2005, MSJ is the largest musculoskeletal and neurosurgical group practice on the Central Coast of California. MSJ’s comprehensive specialty centers can evaluate and treat almost all orthopedic, brain and spine disorders. They have subspecialists who perform joint replacement surgeries of the hip, knee and shoulder; sports medicine surgeries; interventional pain management procedures; and foot/ ankle surgery. According to Meckel, “MSJ also has a state of the art physical therapy and performance department affiliated with the San Francisco 49ers, as well as comprehensive radiological services including digital imaging, ultrasound and MRI. Our subspecialized physicians take an activity-based approach to musculoskeletal issues. This approach, combined with our comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and performance services, makes MSJ extraordinarily well-qualified to bundle the entire episode of care for our patients and the insurance payers.” Monterey Spine and Joint can be reached at 831-648-7200.

About Global 1:

Global 1 is a California-licensed Third Party Administrator dedicated to creating transparency and improving surgical outcomes. Global 1 is one of the largest administrators of commercially insured bundled payments in the U.S. Global 1 manages surgical bundled payments to over 2 million insured members through a platform of nearly 1200 physicians and 100 facilities. Global 1 can be reached at 760-602-7872.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.msjhealth.com/

G-PMC & ABAC to Meet Ford Motor Company to Discuss Quality, Confidence and Security of the Standards Group They Use

Why would American companies put their trust in quality accreditation organizations led by or containing members of hostile foreign nations? G-PMC and ABAC are doing their best to both raise this question and providing effective solutions to the problem.

New York, NY, USA, June 22, 2018 — Ford Motor Company is a legendary American business that finds itself using quality accreditation groups who have recently been brought to the limelight as having ties to hostile foreign nations. American owned and operated G-PMC & ABAC are presenting their case to Ford showing how they can solve this problem, led by the thirty-year veteran of the industry Daryl Guberman, also well known as a whistleblower who has spent a great amount of time and energy exposing the presence of China, Iran, North Korea, and other dangerous nations running or being members of quality accreditation organizations like the IAF, the International Accreditation Forum, and other accreditation groups.

“As a Jewish-American business owner it makes me sick to think some American companies of the highest stature have been fooled into working with things like the IAF dripping with anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment,” remarked Guberman, with his usual charisma and passion. “It’s an insult both to America and to our industry. We are working hard to reverse this trend and hopefully our meeting with Ford will help inspire them to move in the right direction. All the proof is objective and clear, in black and white.”

G-PMC points towards the IAF and similar groups failure in working with Audi motors which lead to first a series of recalls of 75,000 vehicles and then a 4.8 million car recall only a few years later. G-PMC points the way forward and beyond these kinds of problems, having experience with companies as large as Boeing, excelling in the execution of their quality assistance program.

Guberman continued, “If Ford comes on board with us, a fellow American business, they will send a strong positive message and avoid any potential embarrassment that could come along with working with the Chinese-led, North Korea, and Iran member accreditation groups like the IAF who appear to be both immoral and less than competent. It’s a win for American businesses, our workers, and our nation.”

Daryl Guberman, beyond business, is known to be a passionate supporter of veteran’s causes and campaigner against political corruption. He is deeply considering taking his considerable knowledge and experience and putting to good use in an effort to win a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2020 running as an independent. More news in that area should be available soon.

For more information be sure to visit http://dguberman.com.

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G-PMC Reveals Shocking Truths About IAF & ANAB Two Certification Organizations with Ties to Anti-American Nations

Is it possible that anti-American and anti-Israel elements have taken over major quality accreditation organizations, like the IAF? Absolutely, according to G-PMC Founder Daryl Guberman it absolutely is and he has not hesitated to provide the objective truth that this is true.

Milwaukee, WI, USA, June 22, 2018 — It’s a sad, but undeniable truth that both America and, the Middle East’s only democracy, Israel, have a large number of nations across the world who consider them either very strong competitors or actual enemies. China, Iran, and Pakistan certainly lead this list. In a series of eye-opening revelations Daryl Guberman, founder of quality certification company G-PMC, has shown that two questionable organizations involved in accreditation, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) (http://aboac.org/iaf-international-accreditation-forum) and ANAB (The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) are led by Chinese nationals (in the case of the IAF) and are affiliated to Iran, who have threatened both America and Israel with destruction, and over a dozen other nations packed with anti-American and anti-Israel beliefs and histories. Daryl Guberman even has shown that the IAF receives funding from U.S. government sources, in an incredible display of naivety on the part of the U.S. and potentially sinister scheming on the part of the IAF.

Guberman’s video titled “More Revelations Emerge: International Accreditation Forum (IAF) & ANAB Risk To American Interests” can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H9q8WjuvUE

“As an American-Jewish businessman it’s impossible to not care about these issues,” commented Guberman. “Every time an American business gets accredited by the IAF or one of their affiliates they open up all of their internal information to hostile foreign eyes. What good, sane, explanation, can there be for this? An owner may as well hand over the keys to their business and all their passwords to the Chinese and Iranians. This is affecting the aerospace, manufacturing, medical, and many other industries. ISO registrars must be held accountable. We hope sane America businesses who may have unintentionally made this mistake reverse it and turn to an American-based, operated, and loyal firm like our own G-PMC instead.”

G-PMC are experts at securing ISO-9001;2008, 13485, AS9100, and TS16949 certification, as well as ISO-17025 and ISO-14000 compliance and certification. The company is happy to assist clients in all aspects of their QMS (quality management system), along with performing management and audit reviews. All with the goal of increasing quality, productivity, and cutting costs.

Guberman and G-PMC are always pleased to discuss possible needs with new clients and have a resume that includes successful projects operate for small, medium, and large companies, including Boeing.

For more information be sure to visit http://dguberman.com.

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FED Publishing Releases New Book, “Inspiring Poems From My Soul – A Collection of Poems, Volume1” by Will Shelton

Inspiring Poems From My Soul – A Collection of Poems, Volume1, by Will Shelton, is a Soul to Soul experience from me to you.

Flushing, NY, USA — Will Shelton’s Inspiring Poems From My Soul – A Collection of Poems, Volume1 takes you to that special place in every poet’s heart. A place where words speak to the soul.

Amazing poems for all ages very inspiring and motivative…Each poem took me on a ride with all the imagery and vivid word play…A must read for everybody!!! ~ Jason – Amazon Review

Overall Amazing!
I was gifted this book by a dear friend, and I absolutely love it! It’s one of those books that you just need to have on your shelf. My book club chose this book for our Summer Reading and I’m truly excited to read and discuss these poems within our group. I hope that this author continues to write more, because I am now a fan. ~ Malika Michelle Harris – Amazon Review

“Right away, you can imagine why I love to go to this “Special Place”. Again, imagine the sheer joy of journeying to your soul, where God will always be there to inspire you. 1 Corinthians 3:16 states, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” This is a Soul to Soul meeting, which makes each moment special and rewarding. It’s like the flickering of a butterfly’s wings to the wonders of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Every time I read the Poetry of other Poets from the past to present, it’s a Soul to Soul experience. Poets take me to special places in my mind and soul, with no boundaries. It’s limitless. Yes, it’s a freedom to search the universe for true meanings to life’s array of humanistic experiences. Poetry embraces all the myriad of human emotions from extreme sadness to heavenly bliss. Art does imitate and reflect life in the most beautiful ways. Yes, I’m eclectic in my poetry style of writing. To enhance my love of poetry.”

Author Will Shelton is a husband, father, grandfather, brother, relative and friend. He also is a powerful believer in God and His Magnificent Creations. Will Shelton is a cancer survivor of over ten years who feels God has work for him. Will Shelton feels that part of that work is this book.

In his retirement, Will Shelton found time to develop his love for writing. Shelton states: “I always had a love for learning, which started with God planting the learning seed in me.”

Will Shelton is the author of Investing in Your Health… You’ll Love the Returns.

Visit Will at http://www.Will-Shelton.com.

Genre – Poetry, Spiritual, Uplifting, Eclectic

Inspiring Poems From My Soul – A Collection of Poems, Volume1 ISBN 9781506904825, published by First Edition Design Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com), is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold. The 88 page print book version, ISBN 9781506904818, is published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

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December Dates Set for Dance Kids’ 25th Anniversary Full-Length ‘Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,’ Featuring 39-Member Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Choir, at Carmel’s Sunset Center

Dance Kids of Monterey County, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, announced that its popular “Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,” will be performed Dec. 7-9 at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

Carmel, CA, June 19, 2018 — Dance Kids of Monterey County, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, announced that its popular “Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,” will be performed Dec. 7-9 at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

Once again, the annual ballet will feature the 39-member Monterey County Pops! symphony orchestra conducted by Dr. Carl Christensen. And, for the first time, the production will feature a children’s choir performing onstage during Act I’s “Dance of the Snowflakes.”

“We are so honored and excited to be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year,” says Dance Kids founder and artistic director, Carol Richmond. “It’s so heartening to know that the community continues to support our mission to strengthen character and positively influence children’s lives through the performing arts. We will continue to grow and improve and bring on new talent to carry on that legacy.”

With that in mind, Dance Kids also announced they have named veteran professional dancer and teacher Philip Pegler as its new Artistic Director. Pegler has more than 30 years of experience in classical ballet as a professional dancer and teacher. He was most recently Dance Kids’ Ballet Director.

The performance weekend begins Dec. 7, 2018, with another tradition and a gift to the community; a free 10 a.m. Friday morning show given each year to the school children of the Monterey Peninsula. Dance Kids gifts the 700-seat theater to the underserved youth in the community.

There will be a 7 p.m. Friday night show, a Gala fundraiser on Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. and show at 7, and the much-anticipated “Sugar Plum Fairy Champagne and Tea Party” at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by the show at 2 p.m.

The full-length ballet features more than 100 dancers ranging in age from 4 to adult; over 400 costumes and countless numbers of accessories, including headpieces, hats and gloves. This production requires countless hours of volunteer time and elaborate set design featuring local scenes and landmarks. The previous budget of $75,000 has grown to over $125,000 with the inclusion of the symphony. The funds were raised by the Dance Kids Board of Directors and Friends of Dance Kids.

A new addition to the production this year will be a children’s choir under the direction of Dance Kids vocal and drama instructor Stacy Meheen. The choir of children ages 6-14 will perform a wordless vocalization during Act I’s finale, “Waltz of the Snowflakes.”

“It’s an angelic sound, it’s quite lovely,” says Meheen, who is the executive director of the Wharf Theatre and voice and drama teacher at Carmel River School. “It will be very special and very spectacular.”

Meheen is seeking singers for the choir and has scheduled vocal auditions for children 6-14, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, Mission Street and Eighth Avenue, in Carmel. For more information, call (831) 624-3729.

The entire production is open to all dancers from the community and boasts a spirit of inclusion to all that audition. Auditions and rehearsal begin in September. Andrea Paris Gutierrez, of the Los Angeles Ballet Academy, returns as choreographer, with five local rehearsal directors coordinating the production. Three of the five directors are Royal Academy of Dance, London, certified instructors.

Three years ago, Dance Kids rebranded “Nutcracker; A Monterey Peninsula Tradition” and incorporated the Old Del Monte Hotel as the setting for the first act party scene and introduced famous characters associated with the Peninsula, such as Salvador Dali and John Steinbeck.

Richmond says, “The story line and choreography remain the same yet reflect the tradition of the heyday of the Peninsula in the early ’20s and ’30s.”

In the near future, the production will announce the guest artists performing in December’s productions.

Set designer for the production is Nicole Bryant-Stephans of Bottega Design, and costumes are by Joanne Phelps.

In addition, Dance Kids of Monterey County will once again present performances of “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” in South County schools in November.

Now in its fifth year of touring Monterey County, the annual holiday tradition in story and dance celebrates the rich culture of Mexico and countries south of the border. The idea of melding European music and music from Spanish-speaking countries to create a “Cascanueces” has brought together mariachi musicians, folkloric choreographers and local ballet dancers.

The November 2018 tour date of “Cascanueces” is reserved by South County schools early each school year in the anticipation of a colorful and educational assembly. The tour begins in San Ardo with performances in San Lucas, King City, Greenfield and Salinas.

Sponsorships are now available for “Cascanueces” as well as in June for December’s “Nutcracker” performances. Call (831) 622-9008 for more information.

Monterey County Pops! was founded in 1985 and not only provides to the community free, public pops-and-patriotic concerts on holidays, but is the only orchestra in Monterey County that provides a tuition-free, professional performance experience for disadvantaged students in their own communities.

Their audience has grown to approximately 6,700 and 175 young, underserved performers created six professional-quality performances in collaboration with the orchestra last year.

About Dance Kids

With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids of Monterey County, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experience that support the youth of the Monterey Peninsula. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker” and original spring musicals written by Walt de Faria and a full-length spring ballet, produced at Sunset Center.

Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musical and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued at the venue for the spring musicals, until those too, outgrew the dance studio. “Nutcracker” moved to Sunset Center in 1995 and has remained there as its home venue except for the years the center was being remodeled.

Dance Kids “Nutcracker” has grown into a premier production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. This year is one of pivotal change and growth.

Street Address:

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6225

Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 622-9008

Fax: (831) 218-1293

Email: info@dancekids.org

Website: dancekids.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.dancekids.org

Output Factory for InDesign Now Can Save Page Groups as Single PDF Files

Zevrix Solutions announces Output Factory 2.3, a feature update to company’s output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory helps users automate printing and exporting from InDesign through batch processing, single page export, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Built-in preflighting helps printers eliminate costly output errors. The new version lets users export specific InDesign page sequences as single PDF files (for example, every 2 pages, 3 pages etc.)

Toronto (ON), Canada — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory 2.3, a feature update to company’s output automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 5 stars by InDesign Magazine, Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, ad agencies, and publishing houses worldwide. The software helps eliminate repetitive tasks through batch processing with time-saving output options.

The new version adds the ability to export every n pages of InDesign document (every 2 pages, 3 pages etc.) as single PDF files. The specified groups of pages can also be exported as spreads if the Spreads option is checked in the selected PDF export preset. This feature was in high demand by InDesign users and Output Factory is now the only tool on the market that provides the users with multi-page sequential export to single PDF files.

“I want to say how valuable and useful Output Factory has been for our company,” says Ed Saye, studio manager at Blue Sky Agency in Atlanta, Georgia. “The folks that use it are delighted to have a way to automate so much repetitive work in a consistent and organized way.”

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, IDML, EPUB and several image formats. It offers the following key features:

Batch processing of InDesign files
-Output groups of pages as a single documents
-Output files to multiple formats with one click
Variable output file names
-Layer versioning: output layer combinations as single files
-Preflight InDesign documents on the fly
-Split InDesign files into single pages
-Preflight final PDF files

Pricing and Availability:
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$169.95 (Lite version $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

About Zevrix Solutions
Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF workflows, graphic file diagnostics, file delivery and Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix is dedicated to help professionals increase their profits through automating everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607
media@zevrix.com
http://www.zevrix.com

Dance Kids of Monterey County Will Present Fifth Annual Performances of ‘A Folklorico Nutcracker’ at South County Schools in November

Now in its fifth year of touring Monterey County, Dance Kids of Monterey County will once again present performances of “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” in South County schools in November.

Carmel, CA, June 18, 2018 — Now in its fifth year of touring Monterey County, Dance Kids of Monterey County will once again present performances of “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” in South County schools in November.

The annual holiday tradition in story and dance celebrates the rich culture of Mexico and countries south of the border. The idea of melding European music and music from Spanish-speaking countries to create a “Cascanueces” has brought together mariachi musicians, folkloric choreographers and local ballet dancers.

This year, 10 students each from elementary schools in San Ardo, San Lucas, Greenfield, and King City, will study a dance with two folkloric dancers and one musician for six weeks prior to the school performance. These students will then perform with the professional troupe in the assembly at their respective schools.

Ten mariachi musicians will perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece rewritten by Salinas-born Jalisco harpist, William Faulkner. The program includes the four divertissements from the second act and the much-loved “Sugar Plum Fairy” solo, performed by a Dance Kids’ ballerina in a traditional tutu. Folkloric dancers perform four traditional, and very different, dance styles from four Mexican states. Together the program bridges cultures and fosters growth and understanding of diversity through the art of dance.

The November 2018 tour date of “Cascanueces” is reserved by South County schools early each school year in the anticipation of a colorful and educational assembly. The tour begins in San Ardo with performances in San Lucas, King City, Greenfield and Salinas.

At least two of the schools invite other schools to their assemblies, allowing Dance Kids to impact more than seven schools in one tour date. In November 2017, there were more than 1,500 audience members in elementary through high school in attendance. The day culminated in a performance at Hartnell College in Salinas to a standing-room-only, 250-seat music hall setting.

Dance Kids of Monterey County, founded in 1993, is a non-profit group with the objective of bringing the art of the dance and theater experience to all youngsters in Monterey County. In 25 years, the organization has produced more than 50 productions, including month-long summer theater intensives, traditional and full-length story ballets.

Dance Kids now supports an ongoing afterschool learning program in a Monterey Peninsula Unified School District location, in addition to its popular annual performances of “Nutcracker” at Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center and “Cascanueces.”

The two directors/choreographers for “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” husband-and-wife team Maria Luisa Colmenarez and Rudy Garcia, were consultants on the Academy Award-nominated Pixar animated film “Coco.”

About Dance Kids

With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Carol Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experiences that support kids to flourish. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker ”and original spring musicals. Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musicals and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued as the venue for the spring productions, until those too outgrew the dance studio.

Dance Kids has grown Dance Kids’ “Nutcracker” into a spectacular production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. The Founder, Executive Director and the Board of Directors are proud to carry the traditions of dance and theater to the Monterey Peninsula.

Dance Kids of Monterey County was created to provide ongoing performance opportunities in dance the theater arts to the youth of Monterey County. Its mission is to strengthen character and positively influence children’s lives through the performing arts.

iHeart Radio is the media sponsor of the Fifth Annual Performances of ‘A Folklorico Nutcracker.

Street Address:

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6225

Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 622-9008

Fax: (831) 218-1293

Email: info@dancekids.org

Website: dancekids.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.dancekids.org