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Valerie Gotten

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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Valerie Gotten (aka Valerie G) is an abstract painter, former movie stand-in, and volunteers for "green events" to help raise awareness about global warming, and help preserve California's wilderness and natural beauty.

Santo Domingo -- The Dominican Republic has caught a lot of tourist attention lately, as they have realized that its sand beaches are eternally white, and as new luxury resorts are constructed. But beyond luxury hotels and the best beaches in the region, the Dominican Republic is one of the most diverse countries in the Caribbean. It is a country which really has something for everyone.

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Finding the right contractor can be a daunting experience and a new web site, YourContractorDirect.com, makes the process more streamlined; it connects consumers with local contractors. In lieu of today's shaky real estate economy, many homeowners are choosing to remodel and renovate their existing homes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Malik Shabazz, Esq., Attorney and leader of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, announced today that members of the New Black Panther Party will begin patrolling the streets of Jena, Louisiana this week to protect the Jena 6 families and Black Jena residents against open and imminent alleged threats from Ku Klux Klan and other White supremacist advocating violence.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale Law Women (YLW), the largest student organization at Yale Law School, announces the release of its 2007 Top Ten Family-Friendly Firms list. Phoenix-based firm Quarles & Brady received top honors, followed by Proskauer Rose; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer; Jenner & Block; Mayer Brown; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; DLA Piper; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC; and Faegre & Benson.

NEW YORK, N.Y. and LONDON, U.K. -- Campbell Belman, an established pharmaceutical analytics company, today introduces its new name: Eularis. This announcement reflects the significant growth the Company has achieved across its full range of pharmaceutical analytics products, which have helped tailor the advertising and marketing programs of its global top-tier clients, including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Merck, Novo Nordisk and Pfizer.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- PreViser Corporation, a world leader in risk and disease analysis software that enhances treatment planning for patients affected by oral disease, announced a simultaneous release of a new corporate website and a major upgrade to its software.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- With a new genre of music called axuality, guitarist Brian Butler is composing and performing music with a lofty goal: to improve listeners' mental outlook while enjoying cool, unique guitar playing.

STILLWATER, Okla. -- HostBridge Technology today announced support for Rational Developer for System z (RDz), Version 7.1. With this release, IBM customers can now enable business service integration for Customer Information Control System (CICS(R)) applications using an Eclipse plug-in that allows developers to create HostBridge services within the RDz environment and Service Flow Modeler (SFM) to invoke HostBridge as a node within the SFM model.

LONGMONT, Colo. -- Functional Innovations, LLC announces the release of the P.A.S.T.(TM) Core Training System; an award winning product that improves real-life fitness with over 100 functional exercises. The patented P.A.S.T. (Posture, Agility, Strength, and Total Body Integration) Core Training System was designed by Todd Langer, CEO of Functional Innovations and a leading health and fitness specialist, while overcoming disabling injuries.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Southern Bleacher Company, based in Graham, Texas, is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with architectural firm Miller Sellers Heroux, Southern Bleacher recently completed its portion of the impressive Sanford Health Sports Complex that includes the 2006 NAIA National Champion Cougar's football complex.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Acela, LLC, a company with a mission to keep people safer on the roads, is excited to announce a new safety product - the Edge-O-Lite(TM) - a snowplow reflector designed so drivers can easily identify blade edges and avoid accidents.

TORONTO, Ontario -- If you're the photographer and trying to get in the picture with your favorite celebrity, what do you do? Celebrity-seeker Selena Tee has pages on FaceBook filled with her and star photos from last week's Toronto Film Festival. "I've been disappointed by bad photos that often can't be retaken. I have a picture of me and George Clooney's jaw!" says Tee. However, she was recently introduced to Quik Pod(TM), the world's first handheld extendable tripod, developed by Fromm Works, Inc.

BEDFORD, Texas -- Join the City of Bedford, the Wolf 99.5 and KLUV 98.7 on October 6 and 7 for the Artoberfest Art and Music Festival promising fun and entertainment for the entire family. The Festival is from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 10:pm on Sunday at 1614 Hospital Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021 and features great concerts.

EGREMONT, United Kingdom -- The World Gurning Championships took place at the Egremont crab apple fair which is said to date back to 1267. For those of you not familiar, gurning is the art of contorting one's face. Over 42 contestants took part in the Golden Palace world gurning competition.

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. -- City of North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns along with representatives from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation kick off an initiative to show Florida citizens how easy the road to financial security can be if you know the basics of simple investing. There will be a press conference Monday September 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the North Miami Public Library.

STILLWATER, Okla. -- HostBridge Technology, the provider of HostBridge software for XML-enabling CICS, today announced that CA has certified the HostBridge integration software as interoperable with CA IDMS. With this integration, CA IDMS and CA ADS online applications can become callable Web services that can be accessed by multiple platforms, application servers, or other host applications.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Leading economic development expert Dr. Jerry Paytas will discuss Regional Competitiveness: Best Practices and Lessons Learned at the 12th Annual Minnesota Development Conference "Harnessing Minnesota's Ingenuity" on September 26, 2007.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Advantage Trim & Lumber today announced the release of Tigerwood Decking to finally give homeowners a low maintenance and long life deck material at a cheaper price than other hardwoods like Ipe.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- ElderHomeSharing.com announced today its confidential matching program is available nationwide. Their exclusive "Elder Elves Preferences Questionnaire" of 50+ fun, yet selective, questions matches elder singles desiring homes to share with other elder singles having homes to share.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2007 is a contemporary public art project which includes the commission, creation, and exhibition of 24 multidisciplinary, site-specific artworks. These works will be displayed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue (Queens, NY) including banks, stores, restaurants, street corners, phone booths, parks, and other public spaces from September 29 - November 17, 2007.

DALLAS, Texas -- Techway Services, Inc. (www.techwayservices.com), Techway Service, Inc. of Dallas, Texas and GEEP International of Nevada (www.geepinc.com) have formed a joint venture company called GEEP Texas. The joint venture is part of GEEP International's plan to create the largest electronics recycling and End-of-Life (EOL) IT services companies in North America.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- CheapoAir.com, a leading budget travel website catering to customers in cheap travel, has announced a sweeping overhaul to its customer service department, a spokesman from the company said yesterday. "Our customers spoke and we heard! We discovered that our customers were genuinely pleased with our products, but preferred reduced hold times," said Ross Bogitch.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- CELEBRATE the first week of autumn on September 25, 2007 with an all (work) day long promotional event that will include exclusive online content, hourly giveaways and more from Rachel C. Weingarten aka Ms. Biz Manners, author of "Career and Corporate Cool(TM): How to Look, Dress and Act the Part - At Every Stage of Your Career" (Wiley; ISBN 978-0-470-12034-7; $21.95; August 2007; hardcover).

JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will host their Fall Open House, at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY, where families can sample for free its culturally and educationally enriching workshops offered year-round. On Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 11 am to 5pm, guests of all ages are invited to take advantage of free dance, music, theater and art workshops.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- TripMama, a rising star in the airfare comparison arena continues to expand. TripMama launched August 07, 2007 to rave reviews and with some of the most notable travel sites online. TripMama has provided an optimum flight comparison shopping experience to our swelling consumer base.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle-based Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. (TMPS) - known worldwide for their diesel service and engineering department - now adds a new service to their mix, engine performance analysis and installation of Lehmann & Michels, GmbH (Lemag) measuring instruments. Lemag has been in business since 1911 and is represented in North America by their agent Danica Diesel.

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Currently, when visitors enter "long term care insurance" into Google Video - Google's new video search engine - three of the top ten "hits" feature information from a single source: LTC Financial Partners (LTCFP), the nation's most experienced long term care insurance brokerage.

TAMPA, Fla. -- According to the President and CEO of EMS Consulting - Intelligent Chaos, the future is now for companies and industries looking to implement Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). "Service Oriented Architecture represents a new standard that assists the overall architecture that's been designed to be replicate-able and reusable."

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Howell Benefit Services, Inc. (Howell) located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania recently signed an exclusive, multi-year service provider agreement with ADP Major Accounts Services, part of the Employer Services Division of Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Howell will distribute, install and support ADP HR/Benefits Solution.

BRADENTON, Fla. and DUIZEL, Holland -- DomRey Cigar, Inc. is proud to announce that effective October 1, 2007, it will be the exclusive distributor of the Royal Agio Cigar brands, Panter and Mehari's, in the United States. In addition, DomRey Cigar distributes the Cuvee, Cusano, and Perfect Cut brands.

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Sugar Lips is a collection of high-quality, long-lasting lip glosses that let you unleash both your nice and naughty sides. These moisture enriched glosses with deliciously flirty names like "Kiss My Cinnabuns" and "Ride 'em Raspberry" are the perfect accessory for a polished yet sexy look.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chef Michael Baruch, author of "The New Polish Cuisine," creates another winner that touches the heartstrings of the city's ethnically varied soulful cooking style. "Street Food Chicago" (ISBN: 0-9715313-1-5) sizzles with 25 mouthwatering chapters, 375 original recipes, 300 vivid photos and kitchen-friendly instructions.

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Media Advisory: On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 10 a.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke Virginia, All American Icon will announce the largest talent search in America. We will be issuing an "Icon Challenge 2007" to the top reality TV shows such as American Idol, Nashville Star, Country Music Showdown and America's Got Talent.

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- Virtually all chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, can be eliminated through diet and lifestyle changes. At least, that is what the management of the Walk of Faith health retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii claims. Walk of Faith, a program of Rational Christian Ministries.

AUSTIN, Texas -- The new website, From The Front (www.FromTheFront.org), takes viewers on a tour through the trenches and war camps by combining the soldier blog entries, videos, and images onto one site. From The Front, launched in July, aggregates real frontline experiences from thousands of troops stationed in military hotspots. Any soldier can register their own, already existing blogs.

MIAMI, Fla. -- As Florida continues to attract independent filmmakers to the state, Film Florida will be at the IFP Market in New York to tout filming in the state. To celebrate independent filmmakers at the IFP conference, Film Florida is also hosting its annual Florida Wasabi on Tuesday, September 18 at Jellado.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Credit Cash LLC saw a need for lower cost financing for companies that accept credit cards, and has entered the cash advance industry. All of Credit Cash's advances are structured as loans so clients can know exactly what rate they are paying. Alternatively, the industry norm is to structure transactions as a "purchase of future credit card sales."

LONGVIEW, Texas -- The world wants to know if Jesus had a bride named Mary Magdalene. The truth is, not only did he betroth her, he came to earth to purchase a bride. "You Are At The Time For Love" (ISBN: 978-0-9797411-0-4) now reveals His bride. This book was written from a personal experience by the author, Mickey McNew.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Lantana Oil & Gas Partners announced today that Ark-La-Tex Energy, LLC and its partners, including Pinkston Resources, have sold a package of oil and gas producing properties to Sojitz Energy Venture, Inc., an affiliate of Tokyo-based Sojitz Corporation, for approximately $79 Million US.

ARLINGTON, Mass. -- Seeds of Light Publishing announces the release of a new book - Astrology Illumined (ISBN: 978-0-978-3320-0-6) - that seeks to reveal the astrology of the soul. Astrology Illumined fills a niche in the market and makes the complex subject of astrology easy-to-read and to learn. It bridges traditional astrology and brings the reader into the expanded world of esoteric astrology - the astrology of the soul.