“Karina Sings”: A Concert Bringing Awareness Surrounding Special Needs Children and their Families

Free Admission. Donations support Karinia’s Expressive Arts Therapy program for disabled children in Baltimore City and County.The concert will be held in Mays Chapel UM Church 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, MD 21093 on Sunday April 13th at 4pm.

Timonium, MD, USA (March 31, 2014) — Goucher College Students’ A Capella Group, Red Hot Blue will preform on April 13th; two Opera singers from NYC, Edgar Jaramillo – Tenor, and Evelyn Thatcher – Soprano will sing areas and duets by Puccini, Verdi, and F. Lehar.

The Admission is Free. Donations support Karinia’s Expressive Arts Therapy program for disabled children in Baltimore City and County.The concert will be held in Mays Chapel UM Church 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, MD 21093 on Sunday April 13th at 4pm.

The mission of Karina Association to improve the quality of life for special needs children and young adults through professional services, advocacy and heightened public awareness. Our goal is to maximize the strengths and potential of children and young adults with special needs by bringing together dedicated families with outstanding professionals and volunteers to provide specialized therapy programs and family respite support. Karina Association was founded in 2009 by Biliana Borimetchkova to raise public awareness surrounding disabled children and young adults that come from low and moderate income families. Karina Association was created to fill an unmet need in the community of Baltimore City and the surrounding area. Karina is one of the few organizations in Maryland that practices the multi-disciplinary Expressive Arts Therapy Model.

Media Contact:
Biliana Borimetchkova
Karina Association
11911 Jenifer Rd.,
Timonium, MD 21093

SmartTOP Convertible Top Products for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Receive Design Refresh

The SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers made by Mods4cars allow owners to open or close the top while driving at slow speeds with just a quick tap as well as fully automatically from the original key fob remote. Effective immediately all modules for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Convertibles come equipped with the new product enclosure. Apart from being a better and more attractive design, this new enclosure also helps to make installation even easier.

Las Vegas, NV (USA), March 31st, 2014 — The add-on SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers offered by aftermarket automotive electronics specialist Mods4cars are meant to simplify operation of the top. They make it possible for owners of Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK convertibles to use the center console top switch while the car is moving at slow speeds. All that is needed is a quick tap on the switch to trigger full automatic “one-touch” operation. It is neither necessary to stop and pull over, nor does the switch have to be held down for the duration of the operation.

Additionally, the SmartTOP module allows top operation from the original key fob remote with one-touch convenience. After using a quick button combination on the key fob, the top opens or closes fully automatically. No changes are necessary to the original key fob transmitters or receiver system.

Next to these two main features the SmartTOP add-on kits for E-Class and CLK convertibles offer a host of bonus features: The windows can be opened or closed from the remote and independently from the top. All windows can be opened or closed one-touch style from the console switch. The hazard flashers can be activated during remote top operation and it is possible to activate a short audible confirmation sound when locking and unlocking the car (CLK only). On both models top and window operation from the remote is possible up to the full RF range of the remote. All features are individually programmable and adjustable to taste. An extended mode even allows starting or stopping the engine during an ongoing top operation. The entire module can be temporarily disabled while retaining all user configurable settings.

“We constantly work on improving our existing products“, says PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “We are always happy to implement new features as a result of customer inquiries.” But not only software is being improved on continually. Recently the enclosure of the intelligent top opener was completely redesigned. Effective immediately all SmartTOP kits for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Convertibles come equipped with the new enclosure.

The new product enclosure was designed and developed exclusively by Mods4cars for the use case at hand. It is slimmer and more streamlined and can be installed in tighter spots in the car. Use of less plastic and omission of screws also make it a better choice for the environment. Two LEDs now offer an unparalleled level of status and diagnostics information during installation. To make installation extremely simple, the SmartTOP kits also come with plug-and-play wiring adapters which simply connect the module to the vehicle electronics. User programmable settings can be adjusted via clear text in-dash menu or via USB setup and support software available for Windows and Mac.

SmartTOP kits are available for Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Current pricing for these Mercedes-Benz SmartTOP kits starts at just 249 Euros + tax.

Product demonstration SmartTOP for Mercedes-Benz E-Class:

Product demonstration SmartTOP for Mercedes-Benz CLK:

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About Mods4cars:
Mods4cars was founded in 2002 with the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Press & Media Contact:
Anja Lehmann
Mods4cars LLC
1350 E. Flamingo Rd #3100
Las Vegas, NV 89119 – USA

Think Most Immigrants Eventually Adapt to America? New Memoir Tells of Two Whose Experience Was Bumpy, Funny, and Painfully Poignant

In a world filled with memoirs, “Eat Now; Talk Later” is truly different. Unlike most memoirs, which focus on the tragic and the dysfunctional, “Eat Now” shows the how the telling of family stories builds loyalty, mutual understanding, and kinship.

New York, NY, USA (March 31, 2014) — Ten years ago, author James Vescovi began collecting stories about his unusual grandparents. While they lived in the modern world, their minds remained stuck in a medieval Italian farming culture. The newly published “Eat Now; Talk Later” features 52 hilarious and poignant stories about immigrants in New York who were stumped by telephones, banks, fast food, TV wrestling, and supermarkets.

When Tony and Desolina Vescovi arrived in America in 1929, they collided with the 20th century. They’d been born around 1900 in farming communities where little had changed for hundreds of years. It was up to their only child, a son, to serve as their shepherd, and it wasn’t easy For example, how to explain that his job was taking him and his family 700 miles away when, in their day, sons stayed put to work the family farm? Or that it wasn’t wise to hide $10,000 in the bedroom? Or you needed bring cash to the hospital to pay your bill?

Not only is the subject of the book original, but so is the way it is written. Tony and Desolina’s life is recounted through stories recalling incidents and ideas that reveal their character. Several of the stories have already appeared in print in publications such as The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Newsday, and Ancestry Magazine.

“I could never have written a traditional, birth-to-death memoir of my grandparents,” says Vescovi. “They were not famous and did nothing that we might deem extraordinary, like invent a successful product or argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, like most of us, they lived quiet, anonymous lives. Yet, how do we tell others about remarkable family members-through story.”

Vescovi’s collection-the full title is “Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Dream” – began with his father. He traveled around the world as a pharmaceutical executive and he returned home with amazing stories. He was a born storyteller. He also told tales about his childhood with Tony and Desolina in New York, which the author collected. The book also contains a scrapbook of family photos and recipes.

According to Vescovi, the book’s title comes from his grandmother, who disliked conversation during meals. “To her, eating was sacred. Conversing while eating tortellini was like talking loudly during mass. You just didn’t do it.” Vescovi is quick to point out that while the tales have an Italian flavor, they have a universal quality about them. “We all have relatives like my grandparents. Part of my goal in writing ‘Eat Now; Talk Later’ is to encourage people ferret out and collect their own precious family stories.”

Eat Now; Talk Later” is also a book for modern, busy people. Stories can be read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. “They can even be shared with friends who complain they have enough to read,” says the author.

To read an excerpt, hear an author interview, buy the book, and see one-of-a-kind photos, visit the author’s web site at eatnowtalklater.com.

Media Contact:
James Vescovi
Vescovi LLC