Dog Fighting Bust Crowds Pet Alliance Shelters – $15 Dog & Free Cat Adoptions May 31st and June 1st

LIGHTNING RELEASES — ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2014 — Confiscating thirty-four dogs from a dog fighting ring this week caused Orange County Animal Services to exceed its animal housing capacity.  To help ease crowding and to make room to for the dogs seized in the animal cruelty investigation, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando accepted adoptable dogs from OCAS and is making those pets available for adoption.  This weekend dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at the Pet Alliance Orlando and Sanford shelters to give the public the opportunity to rescue a pet, in turn making shelter resources available to help other animals in need.

“Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando immediately stepped up to the plate to assist Orange County Animals Services with the animals confiscated in the dog fighting raid,” said Kerri Burns, Executive Director for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.  “Pet Alliance not only accepted adoptable animals from OCAS to ease crowding at their shelter but Pet Alliance veterinarians stepped in to provide medical support for OCAS shelter pets.  Collaborating to save more lives is an appropriate use of Pet Alliance resources.”

All dog adoptions are $15 and cat adoptions are FREE at both Pet Alliance shelters  on May 31, 2014 and June 1, 2014.  On average, Pet Alliance invests about $300 in every adoptable pet to provide sterilization, micro chipping, vaccinations, flea and heartworm prevention, pet health insurance, and a veterinarian examination.  The Pet Alliance Orlando shelter is located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, Florida 32839, phone number (407)351-7722 and the Pet Alliance Sanford shelter is located at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, Florida 32773, phone number (407) 323-8685.  All adoptable pets are available for viewing online at .

About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in Central Florida.  Today, Pet Alliance is laser focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats.  As the “go to “ experts, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando provides emergency shelter, affordable veterinary care, “meals on wheels” for dogs and cats, and community education, helping tens of thousands of animals each year across Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Funding for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando programs comes from individual and corporate donors within the communities it serves.  More information about Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is available at

Fruit Tree Nursery Releases New Form of An Ancient Fruit Tree

LIGHTNING RELEASE 05/31/14 –Damson tree sales rise 24% year on year as public love-affair with traditional fruits grows- ‘Blue Violet’ is aptly named as this is a truly beautiful new Damson with a shiny brilliant deep blue-purple skin. It’s fruits are larger than traditional Damsons, which means less of them are needed to provide the most delicious jams, preserves, pies and crumbles. Another major attraction is the higher levels of sugar.

“Traditional Damsons are very tart, and are usually used in recipes that demand a lot of sugar. But this new variety means the more health conscious can use them without the need for so much sugar” says John Bowers, M.D of the Chris Bowers Fruit Tree Nursery. “This huge revival in home baking has undoubtedly had a knock-on effect with Damsons as recipes that use this ancient fruit are being uncovered. Damson jam just has to be the most vividly tasty jam of all, and once you’ve tried Damson crumble you will never use a humble plum again! And you just have to try Damson muffins – out of this world!” he adds.

Damsons – steeped in local history & tradition

Damson growing dates back to the 1700’s and they were particularly popular in Cumbria and the North. It was quickly realised that the Damson was more frost hardy than it’s close relative, the plum, hence this popularity in colder counties. Happily they will thrive further south too but even here, for gardens that may have an unfavourable aspect, or lie in a frost pocket, the Damson is a great choice to grow.

Jam factories producing solely Damson jam were plentiful in the Lancaster area at around that time and legend has it the beautiful dusky purple skin and juice of the Damson fruits were used to dye soldiers uniforms.

The popularity of Damsons declined between the wars, as sugar became difficult to obtain. But even in 2014 there is still an annual ‘Damson Day’ held each year.

New Damson is a tree for small gardens too

‘Blue Violet’ is ideal for todays modern gardens. It has been grafted onto a special small rootstock called ‘Pixy’ which is very compact. Blue Violet Damson trees can be happily contained in smaller gardens, or even a pot.

“You can expect these trees to mature to just 180-200cm’s, less in a 20” container” John says. “They have a dense, twiggy habit that is easy to accommodate.” What’s more the trees are self-pollinating which tends to ensure a great set, and of course the trees are very, very frost hardy. A low maintenance tree that can happily get even novice gardeners excited about growing their own antique Damsons.

Trees of Blue Violet on Pixy stock are available now in pots @ £22.95 each from Chris Bowers Fruit Trees. 

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Rosies Workwear for Women Exhibits at Sunset Celebration Weekend

pink overalls for womenLIGHTNING RELEASES 00 05/31/14 — The pages of Sunset Magazine come to life at Celebration Weekend the annual two-day festival held at Menlo Park on May 31 – June 1, 2014. The 17th annual Sunset Celebration Weekend is an annual event where home, garden, food and travel exhibitors from around the West mix and mingle with a Bay Area audience.

Tented booths feature some of the West’s most exceptional products and tourist destinations. Among them is Rosies Workwear for Women, best known for their utility apparel for women.  Rosies will be showing off the same women’s overalls, coveralls, and other work wear that women the world over are raving about.

 “During World War II, six million women went to work in manufacturing plants taking the place of the men who went overseas to fight. These women were memorialized by Rose Hill Monroe, a riveter who was featured in a poster campaign wearing coveralls and became the subject of the 1943 song ‘Rosie the Riveter.’  Rosie came to symbolize women’s new found strength and the slogan ‘We Can Do It’ was born.” says Founder, Sharon Moore. What follows is a set of products that offer women a comfortable, stylish alternative to traditional men’s workwear.  “Rosies Overalls make me feel like a million bucks… it’s functional, wears like iron, and well, makes me feel like a woman,” says Ellen of Paso Robles CA.  

Tiffany Polli of Succulent Gardens, another popular exhibitor at the Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, has noted how female gardeners have long needed stylish and comfortable utility wear.   She tells us that “succulents are very water tolerant so they help preserve water and are great for the environment. They are also very low maintenance,” Tiffany says.  

It seems that gardeners of all kinds appreciate the Sunset Celebration Weekend at Menlo Park, of which Rosies Work Wear and Succelent Gardens are both popular exhibitors.

Women feel empowered to get things done with Rosies Work Wear.  Whether its farming, gardening, ranching, woodworking, welding or just renovating and beautifying the house, nothing can stand in their way to get things done themselves. What set Rosies products apart is that it is designed by a woman so that style and functionality can co-exist. Rosies Overalls & Coveralls are “strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.” 


Local Marketer Summit Announced for October

Local Marketer Summit is October 2-4, 2014 in Phoeniz, AZ. The summit is a leading event that teaches all aspects of local marketing to beginners and experienced pros. With sessions divided amongst the 7 key areas of successful local marketing, ranging from keynote presentations, how-to training from industry leaders and top agency owners, and hard-hitting topic specific panels… you will be able to learn (and implement) more in these 3 days then most people can do in 12 months sitting at home.

Local Summit’s 7 Key Focal Points:

◾Major Industry Trends – get the crystal ball insights into the future of our industry so you stay ahead of the curve while your competition is stuck using outdated strategies, tactics and trends.

◾Proven Prospecting Methods – discover the most effective prospecting methods working right now to get ideal local business clients and always have a full and abundant pipeline of prospects.
Closing Sales and Securing Deals – you will leave with specific, proven strategies and tactics being able to close more deals, at higher pricing, locking them into long-term contracts, with less objections and hassles resulting in happy clients.

◾Mindset & Motivation of Successful Local Marketers – discover exactly how the most successful local marketers handle rejection and fear, set and achieve their goals, create a lifestyle and purpose driven business, overcome major hurdles and more. Gain the bulletproof confidence and mindset that makes this business come almost effortlessly to the top local marketers.

◾Operations and Business Growth Strategies – learn how you can scale your business using outsourcing, tools, systems, processes and proven principles from multi-million dollar agencies that started from scratch.

◾Providing The Services – discover detailed “what’s working now” strategies and tactics from the top experts and industry panels in every major service offering, from Local SEO, Mobile Marketing, Local PPC, Social Media, Lead Generation, Video Marketing, Deal Site Marketing and more.

◾Powerful, Purposeful Networking – research shows your success is an average of the 5 people you surround yourself with. Over the 3 days you will meet and network with 100’s of highly successful local marketers who live in your area, offering the same services, have the same background and passions and more. Go home with the connections, masterminds, new friends, real-world experience, joint venture partners and more that will revolutionize your business.

For more information visit

Chicago Music Conference Announced for June 27-29

One of the country’s biggest music event of the year is being announced. The Chicago Music Conference will feature executive and A&R Rep’s from major and reputable independent record labels along with other music industry power brokers and insiders will be in Gurnee, IL June 27-29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center for the Chicago Music Conference. Record industry leaders will be attending the conference looking for fresh talent and sharing knowledge and information on all aspects of the industry through panel discussions, workshops, seminars and performance review listening sessions that will help our attendees succeed and sustain success in the music business.

The conference is designed to help music industry Ambassadors find the next big R&B, Hip Hop, or Pop stars to offer artist development, management and distribution deals to. This will be the most informative music industry conference of the year, with solid networking opportunities for all involved.

To ensure that the Chicago Music Conference is a perfect mix of both business and pleasure we have joined forces with the Midwest Urban Fashion Summit and added a host of other fun events for our attendee’s enjoyment.

If you are serious about taking your music career to the next level, getting a record deal or you are looking for a captive audience of active trend setters for hands on interactive marketing this is the conference you don’t want to miss.

Register today at

GoPet Electric Scooter Increases Productivity in Warehouses

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Houston, TX – 05/30/2014 – One of the biggest challenges facing large warehouses and distribution centers today is lost efficiency due to the vast amount of space that workers need to traverse each day. Not only is time lost walking through large facilities, but the added miles are also hard on the employees’ bodies. This “walking fatigue” results in both lowered productivity and costly mistakes.

Warehouse managers are looking for mobile solutions that won’t break the bank. General Managers such as Lona Smith at Hallmark’s Kansas City distribution center are choosing GoPet scooters as an economic solution to a growing problem for their large distribution centers. Steve, the facility manager of a large food distributor reports that “With GoPet, our staff can move much faster in the warehouse. One charge and they will run all day. It’s much better than walking.”

GoPet is a three-wheel, personal electric transportation scooter that can travel 24 miles on a dime’s worth of charge. According to founder Helen Fu, “GoPet scooters can go up to three times faster than an average person’s walking speed. GoPet gets small jobs done quickly and with ease. All of our warehouse clients have saved time and money using GoPet as a personal transport.”

The powerful 48 volt, 350 watt front hub direct drive motor allows it to go faster and further on a single charge. When not in use, the battery will hold its charge for weeks. Unlike other warehouse vehicles, GoPet is eco-friendly and ADA compliant. Its compact size allows it to go anywhere without blocking the drive aisles.

GoPet’s enhanced features solve the specific personal carrier problems of large warehouses. Carrying workers up to 300 pounds sitting or standing, it can also tow up to 400 pounds. With a detachable front basket and a back storage box, it’s perfect for transporting paperwork or small packages.

For warehouse managers, the return-on-investment is simple. If a shift manager, inventory control clerk and a maintenance worker share a GoPet scooter, each saves an average of one hour per day. The GoPet scooter can pay for itself in just one month. According to Smith, “Our GoPets save hours each week in lost productivity.”

At a cost of $1999, a GoPet scooter is thousands less than a golf cart and is quickly becoming the personal transport of choice for warehouses today. Watch this video to find out more.

For more information about GoPet personal transportation scooters, visit

About GoPet

MyGoPet, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for GoPet Scooters for North America. GoPet ships from two locations with facilities in Portland, OR and Houston, TX. It has also been used by distribution centers, police departments, security firms, resorts, RV owners, college students, touring companies and more. Designed to get people moving efficiently, economically and safely, GoPet is the leader in personal, green transportation as an earth-friendly alternative to gas-powered vehicles.

TTR Provides All State and Federal Tax Laws in One Place

LIGHTNING RELEASES: McMinnville, OR (5/30/2014) –  All state and federal tax laws are now available through Transaction Tax Resources, Inc. (TTR).  The addition of this content makes TTR the most complete tax research tool on the market.

TTR’s law library enables TTR subscribers go beyond the 1.5 billion tax answers provided and quickly research any tax law through access to all federal and state tax laws. This amount of content has never been available through any other product.

“Our subscribers are thrilled to have access to this additional content. TTR’s law library compliments our tax answers in such a way that all questions regarding the taxability of products and services can be answered in one place: TTR.” – Anthony DiRocco, Content Manager, TTR.

About TTR

Transaction (buying or selling things), Tax (the tax on this activity), Resources (our people, our website, our support services) – TTR, Inc.

We have a website that companies subscribe to, and these companies use our website daily.  This website provides a list of everything that can be bought or sold in the U.S.  It gives simple answers to whether buying or selling these things is taxable (subject to a sales tax or other tax), and it provides all the legal authority to support these tax answers.

We like to keep things simple and fun, which is why we have great people who provide help to our clients on any support questions they have about transaction tax issues.

We would love to hear from you – please contact us at 866.578.8193 or visit us on the web at

Tara J. Nolan of Phoenix Life Coach to be Featured on Close-Up Talk Radio

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Phoenix, AZ (5/30/2014)– A trusting relationship determines whether therapy, coaching or any sort of human services is effective. If the client doesn’t feel safe and respected they’re not going to allow the therapist or coach to have an impact. Developing that trusting relationship requires empathy, insight and unconditional acceptance.

For over 20 years, Tara J. Nolan has been practicing as a psychiatric social worker, community mental health therapist and private practice therapist. Today, Nolan is the founder of Phoenix Life Coach, where she applies her broad experience as a psychotherapist to help guide clients to reach new levels of achievement in their personal, professional, spiritual or fitness goals.

“I have a very strong clinical background, but I also wanted to work with people who didn’t necessarily have a psychological disorder,” explains Nolan. “There are plenty of people who want to make changes in their lives. So I shifted my practice away from disorders and problems of the past to helping my clients achieve their highest potential, and that is what life coaching does.”

Where therapy is very much pathology oriented –  a therapist does an assessment, develops a diagnosis, formulates a treatment plan and conducts follow-up – coaching is much more future oriented, helping people to identify their life’s goals and find their untapped talents and strengths.

“I’ve always been very positive in my orientation,” says Nolan. “Even as a therapist, I always encouraged my clients to look to the future and harness their strengths to create a better future. When life coaching became a legitimate profession, it really resonated with me because I’d been doing that anyway.”

Nolan says while there is no linear path to success, nothing worth achieving is easy. She works with clients from all walks of life and all faiths: men, women, individuals, couples and families. For those clients who seek spiritual coaching for a better understanding of God, Nolan works from a Judeo-Christian perspective to help people overcome their shame or guilt or negativity in terms of misconceptions about God.

“My personal mission statement is to serve God by helping others,” says Nolan. “Whether that’s as a therapist or a life coach, I am dedicated and impassioned about what I do and committed to the welfare of my clients.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Tara J. Nolan in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on June 3rd at 8:30pm EST.

Listen to the show If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Phoenix Life Coach, visit  

Dr. Louis P. Coates of Firewheel Family Practice to be Featured on Close-Up Talk Radio

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Garland, TX (5/30/2014)– For most people the family doctor is synonymous with doctors. If you’re lucky, your family doctor will be the only doctor you’ll ever know. There’s obviously a lot of fear associated with our health, so a relationship with your family doctor is truly essential. They’re the doctor you trust and that trust is the foundation for quality health care.

Raised in Garland, TX, family doctor Dr. Louis P. Coates of Firewheel Family Practice has become something of an institution in his hometown. An outgoing, friendly physician who performs magic tricks for his patients, Dr. Coates provides full-service, community-based medicine while maintaining a state-of-the-art digital office.

“You get to develop relationships with your patients as a family doctor,” says Dr. Coates. “We talk about things other than medicine: football; politics; the weather; their family; their interests. Once you develop that rapport, you develop trust. You become part of their family.”

Dr. Coates sees his role as the navigator of the ship, while the patient is the captain. He can tell you based on his training and education the most successful route to go, but the decision ultimately rests with the patient. That’s why Dr. Coates is big believer in explaining his patients’ problem or disease in simple terms. If patients understand, they’re more likely to take their medications, follow their diet and exercise plans and show up for follow-up appointments.

“It doesn’t matter how good a doctor you are. If you can’t get the message across to the patient that their health is important, you’re not getting anywhere,” says Dr. Coates. “If you can present information in terms your patients can relate to, usually the message gets across. It’s not just good for me, it’s good for them. They’re more likely to follow your instructions and get well.”

When it comes to working with kids, Dr. Coates does everything from perform magic tricks to teach proper hygiene.

“Some parents tell me their kids make up illnesses so they can come see me,” laughs Dr. Coates. “They’re not scared of me. I don’t wear a white jacket. I laugh with them, joke with them, play games with them. I become kind of a friend to them. If you have that kind of relationship with patients, whether it’s adults or kids, you have a much more successful practice and it’s more enjoyable. That’s what medicine is all about.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Dr. Louis P. Coates in an interview with Jim Masters on June 3rd at 8pm EST.

Listen to the show If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Firewheel Family Practice, visit

Dr. Dieter Feldmann of the World Organization of Societal Systems Engineers to be Featured on Close-Up Talk Radio

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Mukilteo, WA (5/30/2014)– In the 21st century, our society faces critical problems regarding its sustainability.  Population growth and aging, shortage of clean water, diminishing energy sources, corruption on rise, failing institutes, failing states, increasing gap between rich and poor, and environmental issues are critical factors related to various societal systems, which are essential for sustainability. All these factors are driving an increased need for a more broad knowledge-based integrative solution; the solution should address these global challenges which are highly complex due to their interdependent, transnational, and trans-institutional nature.

In order to develop solutions for these great challenges and societal problems, we need a framework and models that are as complex as reality, a holistic approach that integrates any variable that affects a societal system in use to help engineer a more sustainable society.

The World Organization of Societal Systems Engineers (WOSSE) claims to have developed such a framework that integrates various models for sustainable societal systems development.  Dr. Dieter Feldmann and his partner Naseer A. Choudhry, both from WOSSE, have developed the methodology of Societal Systems Engineering to address the problems of societal and business sustainability in today’s era of dynamic globalization.

WOSSE’s model can be applied to solve societal systems problems, including sustainability, addressing  socio-economic, socio-ecological, socio-technological and socio-cultural aspects, all critical for a sustainable society in the age of global commonwealth. In the past, starting from Industrial Age specifically, on one side engineers and scientists have gone to great lengths to ignore the societal system soft parameters, the variables you can’t quantify or account for, and on the other hand, social scientists, and economists have not paid attention to technology-based solutions  and their impact on sustainability. For the 21st century these two different solution domains must be integrated with new skill sets of Societal Systems Engineering based on Societal Systems Thinking.

“All these elements which affect business as well as societal sustainability are constantly in flux, that’s why we call it the dynamics of globalization,” says Dr. Feldmann. “The mistake many people make is they wish to be stable, not dynamic, because dynamics are too difficult to digest and predict.”

The most important thing, says Dr. Feldmann, are that all these elements are mathematically and conceptually interdependent. If we set up a power station, we have to look at a horizon of 30-50 years. WOSSE’s model offers businesses a tool with which to assess long-term risks and solve societal systems problems

“We have only just begun to apply Societal Systems Engineering to long-term investment risk analysis,” says Dr. Feldmann “If you have a customer that wants to look ahead long term with risk management, our model gives you a guideline for strategic decisions. It gives you a clearer picture. This applies to the supply chain, the logistics and even the people who use it.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Dr. Dieter Feldmann in an interview with Jim Masters on June 3rd at 11am EST.

Listen to the show If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on World Organization of Societal Systems Engineers, visit