Elizabeth Williams Encourages Families to Have Fun Outside

Texas People are spending more time than ever before inside, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person in the United States spends only 7% of their lifetime outside.

San Antonio, TX, USA, August 17, 2018 — People are spending more time than ever before inside, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person in the United States spends only 7% of their lifetime outside.

Health equity advocate and entrepreneur Elizabeth Williams is working to help parents and children alike reconnect with a love of the outdoors.

“We are currently experiencing challenges that are specific to the age of technology,” Williams explains. “Rather than playing video games, surfing the web or texting, I want to encourage families to get outside with their kids to play, explore, and go on adventures.”

A sense of fun is integral to Williams’ work, and with the inspiration of the adventures that she undertakes with her own young son, she decided to share their story with the world to encourage others to get outside to play and become healthier.

“My son is excited about everything. Whenever we go outside, all that we do is an adventure for him. In his view of the world, most experiences are new. The world to him is shiny and big and he wants to explore and learn all about it,” Williams explains.

It is this sense of adventure that she instills in her debut children’s book, “The Adventures of Joyful John: John Rides His Bike.”

Of the book, Williams comments, “This book is a tool to help children and adults alike get excited to go outside and play and explore. It is a reminder for parents about the fun, health-promoting activities that we can do with our children: walking, biking, playing basketball, etc.”

This message is especially important for underserved communities, who often face increased barriers to playing outside. “Some children of color live in areas that are park deserts or the spaces they do have are not safe,” Williams comments. “One of my goals with ‘The Adventures of Joyful John’ book series is to address these types of challenges and find solutions through working with organizations committed to creating healthier spaces and communities.”

Publisher, Lisa M. Umina, adds, “Williams is tackling an important problem by approaching it with positivity. This book not only imparts an important lesson to children, but it will bring a smile to readers of every age.”

For more information about Elizabeth Williams visit www.ElizabethEWilliams.com. “The Adventures of Joyful John: John Rides His Bike” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million in paperback for $13.95 and as an e-book for $9.99.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International, Inc
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, Texas 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com

RL roofing joins The Shop Local Network as a new Shop Local Mission Partner

RL roofing, located at 6012 E. Michigan Blvd, in Michigan City Indiana is more than just your ordinary roofing company.

Michigan City, Indiana, August 17, 2018 – RL roofing, located at 6012 E. Michigan Blvd, in Michigan City Indiana is more than just your ordinary roofing company. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “RL really goes above and beyond to make sure the job is done right. By hand nailing your roof, it shows their focus is on craftsmanship and not just getting the job done.”

Richard and Tamberlain Leslie have owned RL Roofing for 33 years. Richard comes from a family of roofers as his father and grandfather were both roofers. Two of his brothers, Fred and Jason are also currently employed at RL Roofing. Richard’s parents, Frederick Leslie and Judy Leslie, owned Leslie Roofing in Michigan City for 50 years. Richard and Tamberlain’s children, Richard Leslie Jr. and Katelain Henderson, are also employed with RL Roofing. They are the true definition of a family-owned business!

RL is more than just roofing. They also offer siding, soffit, fascia, gutters, windows, doors, exterior stone work, interior remodeling, new construction homes, new construction barns and garages. What really sets them apart is RL Roofing hand nails every shingle that they install for the highest quality possible. Most other companies tend to use nail guns when installing a roof.

RL Roofing covers a large area. They work in all of Northwest Indiana (Lake County, Porter County, LaPorte County, Starke County, St. Joe County) and Southwest Michigan. Living up to their motto, “Let us create a worry-free exterior for your home”, they offer a ten year workmanship warranty on all of their roofing.

Offering military discounts, law enforcement discounts, and senior citizen discounts, they truly are professional, dependable and full of integrity. Give them a call or visit their website to learn more about them today.

(219) 872-8281

www.rlroofingservice.com

Contact:

Nick Bello

The Shop Local Network

LaPorte Indiana

1-800-501-2632

support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com

http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Hourglass Image joins The Shop Local Network as a Shop Local Mission Partner

Hourglass Image located at 10917 Miami Street in Winfield, Indiana is changing the way people see their bodies.

Winfield, Indiana, August 16, 2018 – Hourglass Image located at 10917 Miami Street in Winfield, Indiana is changing the way people see their bodies. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “Hourglass Image offers a service that you would normally have to go to Chicago for. With documented results, they have set the standard in body sculpting in Northwest Indiana.”

Hourglass Image uses a technology new to the area to freeze fat cells which allows your body to dispose of them. Their service isn’t designed to help you lose a significant amount of weight. They target more of the smaller trouble areas that just won’t seem to go away. Many people have seen significant results in reducing fat in the thighs, belly, butt, neck and arms. However, they can target any area that you are having trouble losing that last bit.

Hourglass images offers packages to give you a discounted rate. They also offer packages that you can use with friends so that you can enjoy the time together. They are currently adding in additional services to provide to their clients. The décor is beautiful, much like a spa setting, and allows their clients to relax.

Can Hourglass Image help you? Give them a call, visit their site, or stop in to learn more. If you are anything like me, you will learn something new about your body in the first 5 minutes of talking with them.

(219) 488-1818

Contact:

Nick Bello

The Shop Local Network

LaPorte Indiana

1-800-501-2632

support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com

http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

The Shop Local Network welcomes Alpine Mountain Water as a Shop Local Mission Partner!

Alpine Mountain Water located at 1500 E. North Street in Crown Point, Indiana sets the standard when it comes to bottled water delivery.

Crown Point, Indiana, August 16, 2018 – Alpine Mountain Water located at 1500 E. North Street in Crown Point, Indiana sets the standard when it comes to bottled water delivery. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “I think that many people have no idea how inexpensive it can be to have water delivered to your home or business. The customer service of Alpine Mountain Water just ads to the value even more.”

Alpine Mountain Water services all over Northwest Indiana. They deliver their 5 gallon containers to both residential and commercial customers. They will monitor your inventory for you and make adjustments as necessary. They understand that more water consumption tends to happen in the warmer months and dips a little in the cooler months. This happens especially with the commercial customers.

Need the water cooler too? Not a problem. Alpine is one phone call away. Not only can they supply you with one, they will take care of the service if anything ever happens to it. They understand that business owners have a lot on their plate already and this is something that they should not have to worry about. They go above and beyond to make their customers happy.

Residential customers love the fact that they are saving money and helping the environment by not buying single serve water bottles from the store and filling the landfill with unnecessary waste. You really can’t get much better than that.

The human brain is composed of 73% water, and we are 100% sure that you will love your experience with Alpine Mountain Water. Give them a call today!

1-800-540-9551

Contact:

Nick Bello

The Shop Local Network

LaPorte Indiana

1-800-501-2632

support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com

http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Aimee Cabo Nikolov Empowers Others to Stand Up Against Violence and Abuse

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of women in the United States have experienced domestic violence, and all too often, this violence occurs in a cycle that is difficult for victims to break. But Aimee Cabo Nikolov was determined to be an exception to this pattern.

Palmetto Bay, FL, USA, August 16, 2018 — Growing up, Nikolov was at the center of a high-profile battle in the media in Miami that was dubbed “The Case from Hell.” This case was about the long-term sexual abuse Nikolov endured as a child. This case eventually tore her childhood family apart, shaping her early childhood and adolescent years.

Nikolov states, “The suffering that I experienced has shaped the person that I have become.”

From different foster homes to becoming homeless at one point in her life, the birth of Nikolov’s first daughter changed everything for her. When her daughter was born, Nikolov became determined to give her a different upbringing than the one she had known. She fought endless custody battles as well as her own substance abuse, eventually meeting the love of her life and finding strength in her faith to help her overcome any challenge that life presented to her.

Of her journey, Nikolov comments, “I want people to know that if they let God into their life, they can begin to appreciate life more. There is hope. It’s not just suffering, and everything truly does pass.”

With her bachelors in science and nursing, Nikolov and her husband went on to found both a tight-knit family and a successful company together.

“I felt that I could help others by sharing my story,” adds Nikolov, who is now releasing a book about her life’s experiences. “I was praying and I knew it was time to write this book.”

“I look at my life, and in spite of the adversity that I have overcome, my life is a success because I am happy to go to work and I am happy to come home,” says Nikolov. “For me, prayer has been a source of strength and I now see that suffering is not necessarily a bad thing.”

Nikolov’s memoir offers an important message of hope and resilience for readers, recounting how she overcame great adversity to ultimately live a fulfilling life.

“Love is the Answer, God is the Cure” is Nikolov’s first book. It is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in Paperback for $19.98 and as an e-Book for $9.99.

Press & Media Contact:
Aimee Cabo Nikolov
Inspirational Books Publishing
18320 Franjo Road,
Palmetto Bay, FL, 33157 – USA
305-338-0568
aimee@godisthecure.com

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Zuuse to acquire GCPay, a leading North American provider of construction payment applications software

Melbourne, Australia, 2018-Aug-15 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Zuuse has entered into an agreement to acquire GCPay.com (GCPay), a leading North American provider of cloud collaboration software aimed at streamlining the payment applications process in the building and construction industry.

The acquisition will provide Zuuse with a critical toehold in its largest global market, with almost 40,000 users of the software platform in the USA, including General Contractors, Owners, Developers, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies, Engineering and Architectural Firms, and Subcontractors.

Together with complementing its Payapps cloud collaboration platform in the APAC and EMEA markets, GCPay will help strengthen the Zuuse global product portfolio in the building and construction software sectors.

The GCPay software solution is consistently aligned to the Zuuse strategy and customer base, offering a strong standalone solution as well as integrations with Sage and Viewpoint construction ERP systems, and aligning with other partners.

Zuuse CEO, Jason Lilienstein, said, “This is an exciting acquisition for Zuuse and brings us a major step closer towards becoming a leading global provider of construction and building operations software. The integration of GCPay’s market leading technology will consolidate our position as an industry leader in cloud collaboration payment applications software to the global construction industry, together with further establishing our presence as a leading disruptor in the broader, high-growth AECO (Architecture – Engineering – Construction – Owner Operations) market.”

Systems and processes in the AECO sector are still largely fragmented, manual or paper based, and these inefficiencies result in customers losing time, money, information and resources. Lilienstein, added, “Today’s announcement further exemplifies the customer-centricity and the power of Zuuse, in providing construction and building operations software solutions for our customers which tackle these inefficiencies head-on, working with everything from day to day operational issueson the construction and building site, to long-term strategic asset and facility management issues.”

GCPay COO, Daniel Brunelli, said, “The coming together of our companies is an excellent outcome for all of our stakeholders and most importantly for ourcustomers. The combination of our businesses provides both parties with the expertise, scale and reach needed to provide our customers what they need, when they need it, anywhere in the world.

As a part of the broader Zuuse business, GCPay will be better equipped and resourced to deliver greater value to customers, including extending our existing product functionality as well as broadening our product offering to better fulfil the evolving needs of the growing construction industry. We are tremendously excited by the prospect of what Zuuse and GCPay can achieve together, and I look forward to sharing these benefits with our customers.”

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of calendar year 2018.

About Zuuse:
Zuuse is a leading global software provider in the construction and building operations sector. Zuuse’s construction solutions handle payment applications, seamlessly carried through to building operations with asset and facilities management, BIM in FM, and lifecycle costing and management. With over 4,000 asset owner, operator, general contractor and subcontractor customers worldwide, Zuuse offers software solutions which are revolutionizing the performance of assets from beginning to end – and all the time in between. Zuuse is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and has operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

About GCPay.com:
GCPay is a leading North American provider of cloud collaboration software aimed at streamlining the payment application process in the building and construction industry. GCPay automates construction subcontract management processes, specifically invoicing, compliance and lien waivers. With integration partners such as Viewpoint, Sage, and payment processor AvidXchange, GCPay cuts costs, improves compliance and reduces risk by streamlining subcontractor management and payment. Founded in 2002, GCPay is headquartered in Richmond, VA, USA.

zuuse.com | gcpay.com

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Contact-Details: Phil Rock / Director of Marketing
+61 479 012 551
phil.rock@zuuse.com

The Shop Local Network is excited to announced that AJ’s Garage has become a Shop Local Mission Partner

AJ’s Garage, located at 1556 W. LincolnwaySte 1 in Valparaiso, Indiana sets the bar high when it comes to detailing.

LaPorte, Indiana, August 14, 2018 – AJ’s Garage, located at 1556 W. LincolnwaySte 1 in Valparaiso, Indiana sets the bar high when it comes to detailing. Nick Bello, president of The Shop Local Network stated, “I am blown away each time I stop by. From full size, bus type RV’s to boats and classic cars, they are trusted to handle the big jobs as well as the small!”

We are now a fast paced society and with that comes more time in our vehicles and even eating in them. Some of us have jobs that we get dirty at and have to climb into our cars after. Maybe you just have the kids snacking in the back seat and you have those crumbs and goldfish crackers under the car seats. AJ’s has seen it all and they make it look like it like it never happened.

New car clean! That is what we want, yet none of us have time to do it ourselves. At AJ’s garage, you can get just about anything automotive related detailed quickly and affordably. They take extra special care of each vehicle which is why people come back time and time again and refer others over and over.

AJ’s garage has become a Mission Partner with The Shop Local Network and participates in the Shop Local keytag discount program. Just by showing them your keytag, you can get 10% Off any service. This makes it even more affordable to have someone else do our dirty work.

So stop by today or give them a call. Your vehicle can be sparkling on the inside and out!

(219) 531-9274

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Contact:

Nick Bello

The Shop Local Network

LaPorte Indiana

1-800-501-2632

support@TheShopLocalNetwork.com

http://www.TheShopLocalNetwork.com

Goodwill Central Coast Board Members, Staff Reflect On Legacy Of Service And Opportunity With Reopening of Renovated Capitola Store on Aug. 22

With the grand reopening of the Capitola Goodwill store on Aug. 22 fast approaching, board members and staff instrumental in implementing Goodwill’s strategy in achieving its goals reflect on the mission of the organization.

Capitola, CA, August 14, 2018 — With the grand reopening of the Capitola Goodwill store on Aug. 22 fast approaching, board members and staff instrumental in implementing Goodwill’s strategy in achieving its goals reflect on the mission of the organization.

Walt Henning and Charles Leigh-Wood are outgoing board members who played key roles in the development of Goodwill’s strategy, while staff members Jessica Hogue and Taylor Strang are production supervisor and assistant manager, respectively, at the Capitola store.

Henning, who is completing his service on the Board at the end of the year, says that the renovations of the Capitola and downtown Santa Cruz stores means that all four stores in Santa Cruz County have been renovated in the last two years. “Our employees have never had better, safer working conditions than they do right now,” said Henning.

Leigh-Wood says that even though Goodwill moved their headquarters to Salinas a year ago, they remain committed to Santa Cruz County and have expanded their workforce development partnership with the County of Santa Cruz. In the last year, Goodwill has provided work experience training hundreds of individuals referred by the county.

Both Henning and Leigh-Wood emphasize that Goodwill Central Coast is a community-based nonprofit organization with a charitable mission and both take pride in the organization’s good work.

Hogue started with Goodwill six years ago as a temporary employee helping with Halloween and now manages 12 employees in a production space that has tripled due to the renovations. “I’m now a leader within Goodwill and have a career rather than just a job.”

“I started in 2014 as a participant in Goodwill’s work experience program. Now I’m the assistant manager for our biggest store,” says Taylor, who says that she has benefitted from Goodwill expansion. “The expansion of our Capitola store has made it possible to accept, process and sell more donations which opens up more jobs for our local community. Not only has it created a better work environment for employees but a more organized shopping experience for our customers.”

The store at 1550 41st Avenue in Capitola will host city officials, Goodwill board members and staff for a grand reopening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and will open to the public at 9 a.m.

The store has expanded into an adjacent space, growing from 11,500 square feet to 17,500 square feet, expanding and improving its donation processing area and retail sales floor. The expansion also allows Goodwill to add six more full-time employees to its current 24 employees.

“We still have a very strong commitment to Santa Cruz County,” said Ed Durkee, President and CEO, referring to the recent move of Goodwill Central Coast headquarters from Santa Cruz to Salinas. “Once completed, we will have remodeled, moved or renovated all four retail stores in Santa Cruz County in less than 24 months. This is all part of our strategy to serve the community by turning their donations into the best jobs possible.”

Goodwill’s Santa Cruz store at 204 Union St. is also getting a new look and is scheduled for completion about the same time as the Capitola store.

Andy Stone, director of the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board, says that Goodwill is a good partner of the County. “The County likes working with Goodwill because of the number of high quality worksites that they have in every part of the County.” He said that Strang, the assistant manager of the Capitola store, is a great example of how county residents can use County services to get back into the labor market.

Note to media: Outgoing Goodwill board members Walt Henning and Charles Leigh-Wood and store staff members Jessica Hogue and Taylor Strang are available for interviews. Contact Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 to set up interviews with them.

About Goodwill Central Coast

Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs over 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Capitola Goodwill

Donation Center and Store

1550 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA

(831) 462-1300

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9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Output Factory Now Can Split Adobe InDesign Files into Groups of Pages

Zevrix Solutions announces Output Factory 2.3.6, 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 split InDesign files into consecutive groups of several pages (for example, every 2 pages, 3 pages etc.)

Toronto (ON), Canada — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory 2.3.6, 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 split InDesign files into consecutive groups of several pages using the new “Save as n pages” option. For example, users can split a 30-page document into ten InDesign files of 3 pages each, or fifteen double-page files and so on. In addition, the new update improves export of non-consecutive groups of pages to single PDF files, fixes a file naming issue during IDML output, and addresses a backward compatibility bug with older versions of Output Factory.

“With Output Factory, I’ve got our magazine production down to six minutes from three hours,” says Jeff Middleton, a Toronto, Canada based graphic designer. “Once I set up all my presets, it was insane how fast it was. I load all my InDesign docs into Output Factory, press play, go grab a coffee and come back to my entire magazine.”

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

Monterey Symphony’s 2017-18 Annual Report

After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth.

Monterey, CA, August 07, 2018 — After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth. The most recent annual report just released reveals one of the Symphony’s most successful seasons.

The Symphony’s concerts were within two dozen tickets of selling out each; its Music for the Schools programs was so successful a fourth county will be added to the roster; and it met and exceeded its foundation granting goals in December 2017, halfway through the last season, which ended June 30.

“We’re doing well, everything’s up, and 2018/19 is going to be a spectacular year for the Symphony,” says Nicola Samra, Symphony executive director. When Samra was named the new executive director in July 2017, she was able to hit the ground running. She was already a member of the Symphony staff as director of Institutional Advancement with several months under her belt, she had experience as director of development for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU Monterey Bay, and for almost four years as director of development and marketing for the Carmel Bach Festival.

As the Symphony’s director of Institutional Advancement she had already developed a three-year plan for the Symphony and her experience in development gave her the confidence to approach the various foundations and rebuild their relationships with the Symphony.

“I met with every program director from every foundation, if I couldn’t meet with them in person, we spoke on the phone. I also read proposals and reports from the last five years,” says Samra. “I took it as a vote of confidence from the community that what we do here is important, that what we do is important and impactful.”

Concert ticket sales only account for 18% of the Symphony’s annual budget, with grants from foundations and donations from individuals and other sources accounting for 80%. The 2018/19 budget is $1.74 million, smaller than the 2017 budget, but one that allows the Symphony to “live within its means,” says Samra.

The Symphony was able to save $250,000 by consolidating its concert venues and focusing on the two concerts Saturdays and Sundays at the Sunset Center in Carmel (along with a free concert on Monday for student groups).

In fact, with new funding, the Symphony will add two youth concerts in Salinas in May of 2019 and hopes to add additional transportation for some of the school districts that don’t have funding for buses to the concerts.

“We are now on the path to financial sustainability, we’re grateful to the community for its support, we’re excited by the increased attendance at our concerts and we’re looking to the future to see how we can continue to serve our patrons,” says Samra.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.montereysymphony.org/