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LA Unified Appears Poised to Weaken Public Oversight, Again – This Time on a Crucial Public Health Issue

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 a majority of the Los Angeles Unified School Board voted to begin a process some fear would dismantle an oversight Committee that has been in place for decades ensuring the globally celebrated environmental policy was implemented according to the district's policy and California's Healthy Schools Act. In its place the Board is recommending establishing an Ad Hoc Committee, says celebrated children's environmental health non-profit California Safe Schools.

Concerned members of the public that included members of the Oversight Committee who signed up in advance to speak, were repeatedly disconnected, not called upon, or were unable to connect on the district's dedicated phone line.

In spite of the district acknowledging technical problems, they proceeded ahead. As a result a notice of Brown Act Violation was filed, with a request to have the Board add the item to the next Board Meeting to ensure the public had an opportunity to express their deep concerns about the misguided process.

The Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management Policy (IPM) was unanimously adopted by the School Board in March of 1999 following a year-long drafting of a more protective policy. This effort was prompted after elementary school students were sprayed with pesticides by a school gardener in a hazardous materials suit as they walked into their classrooms.

"My six-year-old son had a reaction to the toxic cloud, which resulted in a severe asthma attack. Fortunately, he recovered and the Board immediately authorized district staff, members of the public, parents, medical experts, scientists, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and environmentalists to work together to craft a more protective policy. The result was the creation of the most stringent pesticide policy for schools in the nation. It was the first policy to embrace the Precautionary Principle and the Right to Know with regard to the application of pesticides in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)", said Robina Suwol, Executive Director of California Safe Schools.

To ensure implementation, an IPM Oversight Committee was formed comprised of 15 independent members which included the following: one LAUSD non-management representative from Maintenance and Operations, one District representative from the Environmental Health and Safety Branch, one District representative from Food Services, the District IPM Coordinator, one IPM expert, two parents of District-enrolled students, two community members, one public health representative, two environmental representatives, one District teacher, one District principal, and one medical practitioner.

The success of the policy led to California legislation, The Healthy Schools Act, and later AB 405 (Montanez) which prohibits the use of experimental, conditional or phased out pesticides at all California K-12 schools. Today, the policy has become a national and international model for school districts and communities.

But recent actions by the LA Unified Maintenance and Operations Management, coupled with misrepresentation from them to the LA Unified Board, may undermine the ability of the IPM Committee to oversee the IPM Policy. This includes canceling publicly noticed meetings and limiting the independence, diversity and impartiality of the appointed Committee members. We are opposed to these efforts as they weaken the very oversight mechanisms that have enabled the meaningful implementation of the IPM Policy.

The recent audit of the IPM Program, completed June 29, 2022, includes troubling recommendations that would eliminate the ability of the public representatives on the Committee to self-appoint members most representative of their group and replace those members with individuals hand-picked by Maintenance and Operations or others. Such a change is in direct conflict with the IPM Policy.

Additionally, the audit's recommendation of term limits without the ability of public groups to select their representatives would eliminate members with vast experience in upholding the IPM Policy and knowledge of institutional history essential to understanding the successes and challenges of years past.

​Further troubling was the abrupt decision to cancel the publicly-noticed meetings beginning July 8, 2022, and "all further meetings until further notice", without sufficient notice or explanation. Meetings for the IPM Committee are required by the IPM Policy to be held monthly. In the past 24 years, only one meeting has been cancelled because of weather conditions. Due to the recent pandemic, the meetings have been held online on the second Friday of each month.

​There are other serious issues the IPM Committee is currently addressing, including:

1 - District use of an unauthorized and unapproved agricultural pesticide product on school campuses.

2 - The June audit revealing widespread violation by the District of its own IPM Policy and the Healthy Schools Act.

3 - Increased pest activity due to failure to address issues in a timely fashion.

4 - Reports related to the lack of needed supplies to properly address pest issues.

Executive Director of California Safe Schools Robina Suwol added, "The IPM Committee meetings must continue as publicly noticed in order to properly address the issues and ensure compliance with the IPM Policy, which over the years has set the gold standard in keeping our children, teachers and all school stakeholders safe from pesticide exposure."

Over the years, the LAUSD went from using 160 products to fewer than 25 - many of which have never been used. Additionally, Round Up and any other herbicides have also not been used on any Los Angeles Unified school grounds for more than 20 years. This has resulted in Los Angeles Unified avoiding the lawsuits that other districts experienced and has protected the health and safety of countless students, faculty, staff and parents.

​"The IPM Committee must be permitted to continue its work to oversee and implement the IPM Policy without further interference or efforts to weaken the inherent internal mechanisms that protect the independence, diversity and impartiality of the IPM Committee and its important oversight role, said Sandra Schubert, Esq., Advisory Board Member California Safe Schools.

Note: This information was prepared by Robina Suwol, Executive Director California Safe Schools and Sandra Schubert, Esq. Advisory Board Member California Safe Schools. They helped spearhead the drafting of Los Angeles Unified School District's IPM policy and have served as members of the IPM Committee.

About California Safe Schools:

California Safe Schools (CSS) is children's environmental health and environmental justice non-profit committed to ensuring that all students, teachers, staff, and community members who live near school sites are in a safe, toxic-free environment. CSS works closely with diverse communities and regulatory agencies on toxic issues (air, water, soil). CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified School District's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools. This was the first school district to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and "Right to Know" in a policy and led to the passage of California's Healthy Schools Act. Today, the LA Unified IPM policy serves as a national and international model for school districts and communities.

Learn more at: http://calisafe.org/

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Advertising and Marketing, Business, Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles

After, Inc. Outlines its Commitment to Sustainability

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc. announced today its ongoing commitment to a sustainable future, detailing its multi-year strategy and initiatives on its website. Given its history as a post-sale technology and solutions partner to the world's top manufacturers and retailers - and its recent purchase of Accentf(x) Marketing with its Lettershop facility - After is now one of the largest multi-channel Warranty Marketing and Database Management providers in the country. With that growth also comes the responsibility to invest in a sustainable future.

What After, Inc. has always done:

* Extensive data hygiene - After utilizes multiple mailing address and enhancement databases and validation techniques to maximize mail deliverability and minimize waste.

* Predictive modeling - After uses predictive modeling to only send direct mail to those most likely to respond.

* Extended warranty programs - After helps its clients build extended warranty programs that utilize nationwide service repair networks to enable customers to extend the life of their current products.

What After, Inc. accomplished in 2022:

* Paper sourcing - After sources paper and envelopes from providers that purchase their pulp from sustainable forests that plant more trees than they harvest.

* Paper recycling - After recycles all unused paper and wooden pallets and encourages its clients to print a recycle call to action on all direct mail.

* New printing equipment and capabilities - After purchased a new, leading-edge, four-color printing system to maximize print efficiency, expand our capabilities, and minimize downtime. The system, with its duplex printing and automated splicing and folding, greatly reduces waste from paper roll changes and the need to scrap pre-branded client templates. The system is in place, and training is nearly complete.

2023 Initiatives:

* In-house mail production - Prior to the Accentf(x) acquisition, After outsourced its mail printing. With the acquisition and expanded print capacity, After will move all its mail production in-house for its current and future marketing clients.

* ECO mail stock - After will implement Forest Stewardship Guidelines (FSG) that require all mail pieces to be printed on ECO mail stock.

* Post-consumer waste (PCW) paper - After will source paper that is 10-15% PCW or recycled pulp fiber.

"Our commitment to sustainability is a top strategic priority," says Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. "While we believe that direct mail is a crucial component to any successful Warranty Marketing strategy, we are also dedicated to supporting a sustainable planet. By bringing all printing capabilities in-house, investing in top-of-the-line printing equipment, and incorporating sustainable sourcing, we can confidently assure our clients and their customers that the highest eco-friendly standards are being met."

Learn more at: https://www.afterinc.com/sustainability/

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. (afterinc.com) is a pioneer in the post-sale services industry. Since 2005, we have helped some of the world's top brands transform their businesses after the point of sale. Our post-sale services drive higher customer satisfaction, product reliability, and brand equity, lower claims costs, and additional revenue and profit opportunities.

In 2021, we launched QuickSuite, a modular set of SaaS technologies to help manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce sellers build deeper relationships with their customers and increase loyalty and lifetime value. The suite covers the entire post-sale lifecycle, and includes QuickReg®, QuickCover®, QuickClaim®, QuickInsight®, and QuickRenew®.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, After, Inc. is part of Galway Holdings, a diversified financial services distribution company with a focus on data analytics, technology transformation, and innovative risk sharing solutions.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate, Software

MMI named 2022 Inc Power Partner in Real Estate and Proptech

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI), a leader in data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries, announced today that it has been named a 2022 Inc. Power Partner in Real Estate and Proptech. The inaugural list recognizes more than 250 business-to-business companies in 22 categories.

Inc. describes Power Partners as companies that deliver quality results on time and on budget, every time. Using a methodology that includes testimonials from client surveys, Inc. identified companies built around the express purpose of helping clients focus on their core mission.

"MMI is only as strong as our data and our clients, and it's our honor to provide quality data analytics that help our clients reach new horizons," said MMI founder and CEO Ben Teerlink. "In today's down market, data intelligence and market insights are increasingly valuable to real estate and mortgage professionals. The team at MMI has placed a premium on partnership and is constantly looking for new ways our clients can benefit even more from our data and insights. It's gratifying for those efforts to be recognized by renowned organizations such as Inc."

MMI is one of nine companies recognized in the Real Estate and Proptech category. Currently used by more than 350 enterprise customers, including 40 of the top 50 and 80 of the top 100 lenders in the country, MMI aggregates data from hundreds of sources to provide mortgage, real estate and title professionals with the information and tools necessary to target and engage potential referral partners and recruitment candidates.

Without MMI, it would be a nearly impossible task for businesses to collect and analyze this amount of data on their own. By allowing businesses to sort and view the data in a myriad of ways, MMI's platform becomes a customizable tool and provides businesses with the ability to determine the best way to view and use the data to advance their goals. In addition to providing a wide set of data, MMI also provides businesses with the tools and scripts necessary to approach potential referral partners and enter into a mutually beneficial relationship.

The complete list of Power Partners can be found here: https://www.inc.com/power-partner-awards/2022.

About MMI:

Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI) is a market leader in data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the company's signature product, MMI, provides actionable intelligence for lenders, real estate agents, real estate brokerages, title companies and others in the real estate industry. MMI is currently used by more than 350 enterprise customers, including 20 of the top 25 lenders in the country. To learn more, visit https://mmi.io or contact sales@mmi.io.

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Product Launches

‘Achieving Life Satisfaction Is Our Ultimate Goal’ – Personal Development Writer Releases Inspiring Book On Finding Your Purpose

OTTAWA, Ontario -- An inspiring story about finding your purpose and achieving happiness by tapping into three spheres: personal growth, family values, and career focus, "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction" (ISBN: 978-0228880103; Tellwell Publishing) is a personal development novel by author Jonathan J. Woolverton.

A new release, "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction," tells the story of how achieving life satisfaction is our ultimate goal. And to achieve it, we must set out our purposes in life. We exist in three spheres: our Personal Growth sphere, where we determine what we wish to accomplish in our own personal life given what is important to us; our Family Values sphere, where we set out our goals and objectives for what we wish to accomplish as a family unit; and our Career Focus sphere, where achieving a certain status and income level will determine our successes and accomplishments as they relate to our working life. As well we must determine how to achieve happiness in our life-after-work years.

When asked why Woolverton wrote "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction," he said: "The world has become more chaotic over the past couple of decades. The stresses, pressures, and worries in our lives have grown exponentially. It has become more difficult to find happiness and joy in life. We have lost the ability to balance our lives effectively between what we require to achieve what is important to us on a personal basis, how to achieve a balance between our career goals and our family priorities, how to manage our expectations against reality, and how to ensure that our life-after-work years result in true life satisfaction."

The recently published personal development novel is perfect for readers ready to clarify their life goals and purpose and strive for their ultimate goal: achieving life satisfaction.

"For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction" is available through Tellwell Publishing (RRP $21.99), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and Booktopia.

More information about the book on Amazon: https://a.co/d/6wQgmmq

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JONATHAN J. WOOLVERTON was born in Ontario, Canada. Shortly after that, he moved with his family to the U.S. J.J. attended a private boys' school in Western New York State and later enrolled in a university in Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a BBA in economics and accounting with a minor in psychology. Over his career, J.J. has consulted and advised committee members on how to set and accomplish their internal goals and objectives within their own organizations.

Learn more at: https://jjwoolverton.com/

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Business, Free News Articles, Software

How to Play Pokemon Go without Moving? Try Out Tenorshare iAnyGo, Now

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Have you found it difficult to play Pokemon Go without moving? There are many limitations for every Pokemon Go trainer to walk around to capture Pokemon. Fortunately, Tenorshare iAnyGo has trick to change GPS location. To thank its clients on thanksgiving day, anyone can get an outstanding discount from Tenorshare Sale Promotion before Dec. 9, 2022.

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Could we Play Pokemon Go without Moving?

While Pokemon Go attracts more fans, its restrictions in Pokemon Go's guidelines stop users from playing."You must be eager to learn more about how to walk in Pokemon Go without walking." Said Tenorshare spokesperson, "To create a better gaming experience, Tenorshare just launched a fantastic solution for changing location, called Tenorshare iAnyGo, and it has been used to play Pokemon Go without restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How can I play Pokemon Go without moving on iOS?

Pokemon Go is a game that requires a lot of movements. How to walk in Pokemon Go without walking is a common question among gamers. Tenorshare iAnyGo is a fantastic software for changing location, which offers you an ideal way to effortlessly change your location if you don't want to go outside but need to change your location.

Just open iAnyGo by connecting your iPhone to your computer, and next choose "Change Location." Then locate the place you want to go by tapping "Modify Location." And drag the speed bar to set the number of movements and modify the movement speed.

Why do we recommend Tenorshare iAnyGo change GPS Location?

Available on both Android and iOS users - With "Fake GPS Location Spoofer," it is possible to play Pokemon Go while staying at home for Android users.

1-Click to change current location on iPhone - With a single click, you can change the location of Pokemon Go without walking, and all location-based applications on your iPhone will be updated to the fake location as well.

GPS joystick to control the direction - Tenorshare iAnyGo is capable of location simulation. To more naturally and effectively manage GPS movement direction, use a GPS joystick or keyboard.

Import GPX files to create your routes - It is possible to examine and begin a planned route on the map by importing GPX files of single and multiple pathways.

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About Tenorshare:

In addition to playing Pokemon Go walk without moving, Tenorshare as a leading international software brand has studied software-related problems deeply and is always providing high-quality support and professional solutions. Since excellent results from 2007, Tenorshare has gained the trust of over 10 million users. Hence, Tenorshare has launched Big Sale Promotion to thank your support and trust! Don't miss out to receive great discounts from Tenorshare!

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial

Publishers Newswire announces annual Books to Bookmark List for Dec. 2022 – 10 Great Reads You’ve Likely Never Seen

TEMECULA, Calif. -- Publishers Newswire (PNW), a news publisher covering books, music and software launched in 2004, has announced its annual "books to bookmark" list of 10 new and interesting reads from small publishers and self-published authors in North America published in 2022. These books are often overlooked due to not coming from major traditional book publishing houses.

"A notable trend in 2022 was the illustrated children's book, teaching youngsters to deal with grief from loss of a loved one, or explaining the pandemic, or both," says PNW editor and publisher, Christopher Laird Simmons, who has worked in the publishing world since the late '70s, and is also CEO of the website's parent company, NEOTROPE®. "Adoption and memoirs were also a trend in small publishing, more so than the common business and financial books, or general adult fiction. For our annual list we've picked a diverse and worthwhile line-up for avid readers to discover."

Herewith are 10 interesting reads worth a look (alphabetical order, based on book title):

"A Secret Revealed" (ISBN 978-1954682351; J2B Publishing; 136pp) by Robert Stowe England is debut novel, tells the story of Dean Farley, a young boy growing up in post-World War II America trying to gain confidence in himself by earning the respect of his parents and peers. A small North Carolina community is the crucible Robert Stowe England, a veteran financial author, uses in "A Secret Revealed" for Dean to figure out if he has the mettle and ability to handle adult life.

"Avoiding Swindlers" (ISBN: 978-0228881179; Tellwell Talent; 360pp) by Canadian author Al Rosen, is a book full of warnings based on true events. Investors lose multi-millions of dollars to financial tricksters. Social media and new investing apps have encouraged new investors to buy into "hot tips" - this has created more hazards and swindlers. Al Rosen wrote "Avoiding Swindlers" so individuals can learn to identify red flags. Al Rosen has served as a university professor (holding a PhD) with several qualifications in the fields of investigative accounting and reporting (such as acting as a fraud examiner) for over 35 years.

"Here Comes Cowboy Larry, Stepping Out In Faith" (ISBN 978-1667838816; Reality Marketing And Design; 116pp) is the biographical story of Larry Callies in his own words, where he dreamt from the age of ten of becoming a Cowboy; and his spiritual journey as man of color to the founding of the First Museum honoring the long history of the Black Cowboy Heritage. This must-read story shares insight into Larry's unshakeable grit, unrelenting compassion, unbending stubbornness, and unmistakable kindness which Larry cultivated while growing up in a segregated Southeast Texas over three decades on ranches, singing Country Western songs at the then segregated Gilley's Nightclub with Gilley's all white band, and life-risking bull penning jobs. Larry is a professional cowboy, singer, writer, and museum curator.

"I Slept in My Bed Last Night" (ISBN 979-8985784404; WF Publications; 32pp) by seven-year-old author, Sammy Wallace, is his debut rhyming children's picture book. The book is a comical story about a boy who finally decides to sleep in his bed. While fast asleep, a mysterious monster wakes him up from his dream. Confused as to exactly what the monster is, and what the monster wants, the brave boy contemplates a series of possibilities as he tries to unlock the mystery. Sammy created the premise of the book at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles. Due to school closures, Sammy kept busy with his imagination and often composed stories with his grandmother, Dr. Gwendolyn Mukes, who transcribed the book for him, and felt that it was important to help Sammy find his literary voice while maintaining a sense of wonder and imagination.

"Ketogenic Bodybuilding: A Natural Athlete's Guide to Competitive Savagery" (ISBN: 978-1956955071; Savage Sports LLC; Legacy Launch Pad Publishing; 448pp), the first book by Robert Sikes. While Sikes was always interested in competitive bodybuilding, the "bro dieting" approach based on junk calories, extreme caloric deficits and carbohydrates resulted in disastrous side effects. The book is the result of Sikes' experiences as a professional bodybuilder and fitness coach, specifically his transition from carbohydrate-based training protocols to ketogenic ones, and its resultant performance benefits.

"Love Without Wings: An Adoption Fairytale" (ISBN: 979-8986768014; BookBaby; 36pp), by Adam Swain Ferguson and Illustrated by Veronica Stanley Hooper, was inspired by a true story - his own story - and celebrates diverse families made complete through adoption. While "Love Without Wings" is written for children, it's also the perfect read for adoption agency staff, counselors and teachers in search of a positive educational tool.

"ScootieToots and the Feathers From Heaven: A Family Healing Book" (ISBN: 978-0228866862; Tellwell Talent; 66pp) by Audri B. Cabness is a whimsical children's story with a powerful message that offers families an uplifting vantage point, at any point in their healing process, from which they are given the opportunity to begin to pivot from despair to serenity. CABNESS is an author from the United States, and is also the founder of The Sebastiens Smile Foundation. Cabness endured the pain associated with the loss of her beloved infant son, in whose honor the book was written.

"The Velocity of Information - Human Thinking During Chaotic Times" (ISBN: 978-1475865455; Rowman & Littlefield; 208pp), authored by David P. Perrodin, Ph.D., rigorously clarifies and deepens how we think about societal human behavior and mental health during days, weeks, months, or even years of chaos. This is an invigorating scholarly work for all audiences. Utilizing several in-depth personal interviews and explorations of historical and contemporary events, "The Velocity of Information" provides a functional and realistic roadmap with specific, actionable guidance on how to navigate chaos. Perrodin is an author, researcher, professor, and host of "The Safety Doc" podcast. Dr. Perrodin is a speech-language pathologist specializing in psycholinguistics.

"The World According to Bess: A Funny, Unfiltered Memoir of Life Lessons from My 90-Year-Old Mom" (ISBN: 978-1956955330; Legacy Launch Pad Publishing; 168pp), by Bonnie Lorber Habyan is a treasure trove of motherly insights and a "love letter" to her mother. Reflecting on their mother-daughter bond, Habyan details the hilarious and insightful things her mother has said and done over the years. In the latter chapters, she also examines how their relationship has been shifting as Bess battles with dementia. Habyan is a speaker and a chief marketing officer working in real estate in finance, and has had rich life experiences that include earning her MBA as well as being a corporate spokesperson, a news reporter, and a radio DJ for a call-in love songs program.

"Uncle Rocky - Fireman #10 - Ice Rescue" (ISBN: 978-1954682160; J2B Publishing; 36pp), authored by James Burd Brewster is the 10th Uncle Rocky - Fireman book in the "Glad to do it!" children's series and is illustrated for kids aged 3-7. The series, illustrated by Mary Barrows, honors first responders by retelling true-life emergency response stories through the eyes of its characters: Uncle Rocky - Fireman, Officers Jack and Kate and EMT Morales.

MORE INFORMATION:

Learn more about additional books you've probably never heard of here: https://publishersnewswire.com/pnw/book-news/

ABOUT PUBLISHERS NEWSWIRE:

Publishers Newswire is an online publication founded in 2004, part of the Neotrope News Network, covering books and publishing, music and software news. Publishers Newswire does not endorse, "recommend," or review any of the book titles mentioned, and the specific books mentioned are for informational purpose only. No fee or other consideration was paid for inclusion in this list.

ABOUT NEOTROPE:

Neotrope has been in the publishing business since the late 1970s, when then teenage founder Christopher Simmons published first "The Comic Collectors Comic Checklist" sold at the San Diego Comic-Con. The company went on to publish "The Galaxy of Fandom" a one-off entertainment magazine, and later "The Adama Journal" a fanzine for "Battlestar Galactica." In 1982, "The Unicorn Hunters Guidebook" was featured in Playboy magazine. In 1987, a fanzine for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" called "Galaxy Class" launched. In 2008, the company published "FRACTOPIA" a coffee table art book by Simmons (ISBN: 978-0971055506; Neotrope Press).

The company publishing unit was originally called Silver Unicorn Graphics (S.U. Graphics and Marketing), became Mindset Press in 1987 and Neotrope Press in 1997. The Neotrope News Network was launched in 2004.

The company is also a leader in online advertising and marketing, public relations, music/video and multimedia. Neotrope is based in the Southern California wine country of Temecula. Neotrope® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and Europe. The company celebrates its 40th anniversary in Jan. 2023.

Christopher Simmons has been a working journalist since 1984 when he sold his first article to POLYPHONY magazine. Later writing for diverse pubs including Computer Player, Digital Imaging, Micro Publishing News, Spazz, the Graphic Artist's Guild newspaper, among many others. He has been widely interviewed on topics related to technology, marketing, health and entertainment.

Learn more about Neotrope at: https://neotrope.com/ (website under reconstruction for 2023).

NOTE: NEOTROPE does not publish any of the books mentioned in this press release nor represent any author or publisher in an agency capacity. For questions about any of the books mentioned contact the author or publisher directly and not this website.

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Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Regional Events

Christmas at Schnepf Farms 2022 Opens in Queen Creek the Day After Thanksgiving

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- It's the time of year when Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The east valley mainstay has partnered for the fourth year with World of Illumination - known for producing the largest drive-through light shows in the world - to present Christmas at Schnepf Farms, opening to the public on November 25, 2022.

More than 30 acres of the farm are transformed into a hub of family holiday entertainment, including the two-lane Sleigh Bell Slide and a giant Christmas-themed obstacle course. Visitors can stop by Santa's workshop that offers a letter-writing station and authentic mailboxes to send notes to the North Pole.

Also on the list of attractions is pine-cone decorating, a historic Christmas carousel, ice skating and snow-globe mini golf. Additionally, guests can take a hayride to feed the reindeer, shop along the promenade, listen to carolers and watch holiday movies.

Another highlight of Christmas at Schnepf Farms is the Illumination Express train ride. Thanks to the partnership with World of Illumination, guests can experience a train trip through an RGB LED tunnel that doubles as Santa's magic portal. When finished, visitors can soak up the warmth of one of the farm's Christmas campfires, complete with the option of an added-on s'mores kit.

In addition to a variety of food vendors, adults can enjoy a large beer and wine garden while the children explore the park.

"Every year, Christmas at Schnepf Farms expands and amplifies the best parts of the holidays," said one of the farm's organizers, Callie Graham. "With dozens of activities, it's outdoor entertainment perfect for all ages."

It is highly recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance at https://schnepfchristmas.com/.

Ticket prices begin at $18.95 online for the twilight ticket, which begins at 7:30 p.m.. Those who wish to arrive early at 5 p.m. can purchase a general admission ticket for $22.95 online. Children 2 years of age and under are free of charge.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms runs Thursday through Sunday, beginning November 25 until December 24, 2022. For more information, visit https://schnepfchristmas.com/.

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Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Regional Events

World of Illumination Opens Today in Salt Lake City with an All-New Holiday Light Show

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- World of Illumination, the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, is coming to Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City this holiday season. With this addition, the company adds its sixth location to its lineup of shows in the United States.

Visitors to the Utah show will experience Arctic Adventure, an out-of-this-world holiday extravaganza that features millions of sparkling lights perfectly synchronized to festive music, hundreds of animated displays and appearances by beloved holiday characters. Guests will meet 32-foot tall Sunny the Snowman and all of his tundra-bound friends on a journey to the North Pole, where holiday magic is on full display.

"World of Illumination is so excited to be opening in Salt Lake City," said CEO Yakir Urman. "As we expand into yet another new area, we continue to be committed to an epic Christmas experience for our guests. Our goal is to deliver an unforgettable holiday memory!"

The show runs from November 23, 2022 to January 1, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Visitors enjoy the dancing LED lights-customizable to up to 16 million shades of color-and the towering-high structures, fanciful tunnels and other surprises all from the comfort of their cars during the one-mile ride.

Pricing starts at $39.99 per vehicle, so guests can bring as many people as they like through the experience at one low rate. All reservations must be made in advance online at https://www.worldofillumination.com/tickets/arctic-adventure-ut.

For more information about Arctic Adventure and each of the company's holiday light shows, visit https://www.worldofillumination.com/.

About World of Illumination:

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, World of Illumination is the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to music. The industry leader in executing holiday light shows, World of Illumination has partnered with major stadiums and iconic parks to bring shows to such states as Arizona, Georgia, Missouri and Utah. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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Free News Articles, Religion and Churches

Scientology Churches Organize Volunteers to Clean Up the Hollywood Christmas Parade Route

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Scientology Churches in Los Angeles organize their annual parade route cleanup to make Hollywood shine for the thousands of visitors expected to line the streets of Hollywood for the 90th annual Christmas Parade. Anyone wishing to help make the parade special for paradegoers and those watching on TV is invited to join a team of energetic Angelenos Saturday, November 26, who will be making Hollywood beautiful while having a lot of fun.

Each year, Los Angeles Scientologists organize this pre-parade cleanup. But this year's promises to be unique. Not only will they be making Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards litter-free, they will also be upgrading the parade route by cleaning windows and painting out graffiti. And to help everyone join in the holiday spirit, a team of carolers has promised to come along.

Volunteers should arrive at 9 a.m. at the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) at 7065 Hollywood Blvd at 9 a.m., for complimentary coffee and donuts, and to collect their supplies. After the cleanup, they return at noon for pizza and sandwiches provided by local businesses that support the initiative.

The cleanup is cosponsored by The Way to Happiness Foundation, named for author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's common-sense moral code. The Way to Happiness promotes universal values adopted by millions of people of all faiths around the world. Among the 21 precepts are two particularly appropriate for such a project: Set a Good Example, and Safeguard and Improve Your Environment, which points out:

"Care of the planet begins in one's own front yard. It extends through the area one travels to get to school or work. It covers such places as where one picnics or goes on vacation. The litter which messes up the terrain and water supply, the dead brush which invites fire, these are things one need not contribute to and which, in otherwise idle moments, one can do something about."

Not only does a cleanup raise the pride of those living and working in a neighborhood, it has also been found to be a deterrent to crime. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions, "neighborhoods where vacant lots were cleaned up experienced a 29 percent reduction in gun violence, 22 percent decrease in burglaries, and 30 percent drop in nuisances like noise complaints and illegal dumping.

"Residents living near those same spaces also reported feeling much safer post-remediation, with 58 percent having fewer security concerns when leaving their homes and more than three-quarters saying they significantly increased use of their outside spaces for relaxing and socializing."

Hollywood cleanup volunteers hand out copies of The Way to Happiness after the cleanup and place them in shops for their customers to promote simple, common-sense values anyone may use to make their neighborhood safer and more welcoming.

In addition to the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade activity, a partnership between the Church of Scientology, The Way to Happiness Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Department carries out monthly cleanups to keep Hollywood beautiful. The Los Angeles Churches of Scientology also helped organize the Faith and Blue neighborhood cleanup in October 2022, where more than 50 local businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations and some 460 volunteers cleaned 170 city blocks and beautified 200 storefronts under the banner "Unity in the Community."

For more information on humanitarian initiatives sponsored by the Church of Scientology, visit a new interactive timeline on the Scientology website.

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles

A Threat Is Coming – Only He Can Stop It: Fantasy Writer Releases Thrilling Tale Of Heroes and Foes in ‘Beginning of Arrogance’

TORONTO, Ontario -- A fantastical story set in a world where paladins are heroes and the champions of the gods finds itself in the shadow of a looming threat. Their only choice? To rely on the services of an uneducated, incapable and stubborn paladin named Krell, whose adventures we follow in the fantasy novel "Beginning of Arrogance" (ISBN: 978-0228868668; Tellwell) by Bryan Cole.

A new release, "Beginning of Arrogance," is set in a world where paladins are nothing but trouble and stories about paladins are everywhere. Paladins are notorious for upsetting the balance of power, to the detriment of any who don't worship their deity. So when Krell is called to service by the capricious god of the seas and skies, ReckNor, those with wealth and power, can't help but be concerned. ReckNor hasn't called a paladin in years, and his nature is ever-changing and erratic.

The fact that Krell is also an uneducated nobody with a stubborn streak as wide as the sea turns their concerns into fear. All of which matters less than the threat clawing its way from the waves, ready to turn the ocean red with spilled blood....

"I rarely, if ever, see the implications of gods being active entities who seek out followers while in competition with other gods for followers," says Cole. "I want to tell the story of how I would see when such a person is called to serve by a god in this fashion, one where the god takes an active role in trying to preserve the fate of his followers."

The recently published fantasy is perfect for fans of "Lord of the Rings" and "Game of Thrones" as it has already received high praise from fantasy lovers, saying it is "...a promising start to a series that high-fantasy fans will enjoy" and had an ending that "kept me hanging on for more..."

"Beginning of Arrogance" is available through Tellwell Publishing (RRP $21.99), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Booktopia, and Indigo.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

BRYAN COLE is an avid reader and has loved the fantasy genre since he was a child. His love of stories of mighty knights, terrible dragons, and noble steeds has inspired him for decades.

Find out more at https://fatpaladin.ca/.

Note to editors: Review copies of "Beginning of Arrogance" are available upon request. Bryan is available for interviews and commentary. Contact info can be found on the author's website, linked above.

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