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2008 Was a Year of Giving Back

Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 3, 2009

Family law attorney and managing partner Rich Harris of The Harris Law Firm encourages his 12 family law attorneys and the firms’ staff members to maintain a strong commitment to the community by volunteering. The firms’ dedication was reflected in the many ways everyone at the firm donated their time in 2008.

Below is a list of the organizations that provided The Harris Law Firm with an opportunity to “give back”:


PC Pandora Heads “Back to School” with Internet Safety and PD Pandora

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 1, 2009

It’s September and that means back to school for kids across the country. And with Internet safety and cyberbullying at the top of the list of today’s parenting concerns, Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is encouraging parents to head ‘back to school’ as well.

Created in association with nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley, and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is available to anyone in need of materials to educate parents and discuss online safety in their local community.

“Right now is the perfect time for educators to get parents together and put this issue on the table,” says Flatley. “Not only do kids have an excuse to be on the computer all the time again – for schoolwork – but we are going to see a new wave of children using the internet for the first time.”

Internet safety remains a top concern, and rightly so. With seemingly no restrictions, we let our children use a machine that connects them to the entire world – and, more importantly, connects the entire world to them. From Internet predators to thieves and cyberbullies to illegal downloads to kids themselves doing na

Boo! New Jersey Cosmetic Dentist Offering Cash for Candy This Halloween and Giving Back to Our Soldiers Oversees

Spring Lake, NJ (Vocus) October 28, 2009

One cosmetic dentist in Monmouth County, New Jersey is helping kids protect their teeth and giving back to U.S. soldiers oversees this Halloween. Dr. Peter Ciampi and Spring Lake Dental Care are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, an event growing in popularity across the country. For $ 1 per pound, Dr. Ciampi will pay trick-or-treaters to take this years candy haul off their hands then ship the treasure trove of sweets over to our men and women fighting in foreign lands. Kids are also encouraged to bring cards, drawings, and letters to the troops theyd like to send along with the candy.

Every year, kids across the globe consume about 2 percent more sugar than the last. With about 50 million tons of sugar being consumed annually, extra attention needs to be paid to make sure children are taking care of their teeth and gums to maintain oral health and prevent current and future dental problems. Moderating, or even staying away from candy altogether, can not only protect your child from broken teeth or damaged braces, it can also lessen the risk of developing weight problems or hyperactivity issues. And with the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, Dr. Peter Ciampi says children can get cash, protect their teeth, and contribute to a worthy cause all at the same time.

On Monday November 2nd from 3-6 pm, and Tuesday, November 3rd from 2-5pm, parents and their children can drop by Dr. Ciampis practice offering family and cosmetic dentistry in New Jersey. Candy will be weighed and Dr. Ciampi will pay $ 1 for every pound of sweets. After the candy is bought, Spring Lake Dental Care will ship the haul over to our soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anyone can participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, not just patients at Spring Lake Dental Care. Dr. Ciampi says the program covers so many worthy causes protecting young teeth and gums, giving something to our fighting men and women, and providing incentives for kids to stay away from too much sugar he looks forward to making Halloween Buyback an annual event.

And that may be enough to keep the little trick-or-treaters smiling for years to come.

About Peter Ciampi, DDS, MAGD and Spring Lake Dental Care

Spring Lake Dental Care in Monmouth County offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic and general dental procedures, including tooth-colored fillings, periodontal (gum) care, dental implants, Invisalign

2009 Was a Year of Giving Back, The Harris Law Firm Gets Involved in the Denver Community

Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

The Harris Law Firm’s strong commitment to the community is reflected in the many ways our attorneys and staff donated their time

Colorado Legal Services: CLS provides legal services for low income Coloradans. (coloradolegalservices.org)

The Adoption Exchange: AE connects children in foster homes with permanent and loving families. (adoptex.org)

The Max Fund: This non-profit no-kill animal shelter provides medical care for injured pets with no known owners, and then finds them new homes when they have recovered. (maxfund.org)

Law Line 9: The Denver Bar Association runs this free legal program in conjunction with Channel 9 News. (9news.com)

Mi Casa: The Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association sponsor Mi Casa’s “Legal Night,” a free opportunity for people to meet with a Colorado family law attorney. (micasadenver.org)

The Horse Protection League: Because HPL’s primary purpose is the prevention of equine abuse, this wonderful organization provides tender loving care for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. (cohpl.org)

Food Bank of the Rockies: Founded in 1978, FBR supplies food to more than 900 hunger-relief programs. (foodbankrockies.org)

The Denver Rescue Mission: DRM provides shelter, food, clothing, and education to Denver’s homeless. (denverrescuemission.org)

Arapahoe House: The Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, affordable, and effective services for individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. (arapahoehouse.org)

Underwearness: Underwearness is an annual event organized by downtown professions seeking to help disadvantaged children obtain underclothing, one pair at a time! (underwearness.org)

Ronald McDonald House: This organization is a home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing life saving treatments at nearby Children’s Hospitals. (rmhc.com)

About the Harris Law Firm

Established in 1993, The Harris Law Firm is one of Denver’s largest family law firms and employs a team of 12 skilled attorneys. In addition to Colorado divorce and child custody and support issues in Colorado, The Harris Law Firm also handles marital agreements, and issues regarding maintenance, paternity, grandparents’ rights, and step-parent adoptions.

For more information on The Harris Law Firm, including articles written by our family law attorneys, please visit our Web site: Harris Family Law

Heidi Culbertson

Director of Business Development

The Harris Law Firm

(303) 299-9484




Engage Mutual Launch New Health Cash Plan To Give Cash Back On Frequent Health Costs

(PRWEB) July 14, 2010

A new health cash plan, designed to provide cash back on the most frequently claimed health costs, has been launched by Engage Mutual.

The Engage Mutual health cash plan focuses on the benefits people use most – dental, optical and complementary therapy costs – giving 100 per cent cash back up to each benefit level limit.

Wearers of spectacles or contact lenses; those who regularly visit the dentist; or those requiring physiotherapy or any of the other complementary therapies included; can enjoy good levels of cash back on these regular outlays. Plan holders simply keep their receipts, fill in a form and claim back

Back to School Means Eye Exam Time for Children and Families

Colleyville, TX (PRWEB) August 2, 2010

In conjunction with Back to School time, Dr. Richard Driscoll and Dr. Alycia Green, eye doctors at Total Eye Care in Keller and Colleyville, are working with Optos to launch a program aimed at educating parents about the importance of regular eye examinations for children. It is estimated that 80 percent of what children learn during their first 12 years is related to sight, yet unfortunately 86 percent of children in the U.S. start school without first having a comprehensive eye exam.

The link between learning and eyesight is compelling. Regular eye exams that include a thorough assessment of the retina are crucial for children of all ages, particularly before the child starts school, as poor eyesight can affect a childs educational performance and social development, stated Dr. Richard Driscoll. optomap

Research Journey Takes CF Doctor Back to Ancient Bones

Madison, WI (Vocus) August 31, 2010

Teeth and leg bones from Iron Age people are showing a 21st century scientific-research team that there might be an evolutionary silver lining to the gene defects that cause cystic fibrosis (CF).

DNA analysis of ancient archeological finds is revealing that some CF gene defects may protect those who carry them from lead and other metal poisoning, or perhaps tuberculosis.

Dr. Philip Farrell of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a CF expert who has studied the disease and treated hundreds of patients with it over 30 years. Thanks to treatments today, CF patients can expect to live relatively healthy, full lives. But left untreated, most would die by age two from serious respiratory and digestive problems.

Farrells research interest was piqued, in part, by startling numbers: of the eight million newborn babies who will be screened for CF in the coming year, thousands will have only one mutated CF gene instead of the two needed to cause the disease. One in every 30 people from central or Western Europe has a single copy of the mutation. The same ratio exists in people who migrated from there to the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.

When Farrell first began screening newborns for CF in the 1980s, he noticed that many infants inherited only one defective gene. They were not stricken with CF, but they were carriers who later could pass the mutated gene to their own offspring.

These high numbers must mean something, Farrell reasoned.

We have to assume that there is some explanation for this mutation being so common, he says. It would never happen if there werent some advantage to it occurring.

This theory of selective advantage is an extension of Darwins theory of natural selection. The theory says that species that are the fittest and most adaptable will survive best while those that are less fit and adaptable will become extinct over time as they are exposed to environmental stresses.

Sickle cell anemia is another example, says Farrell, especially among African populations. People with two copies of the defective sickle cell gene get the debilitating and often fatal disease. But those with one mutation not only are spared the disease–they are protected against the fatal malaria that is so prevalent in Africa.

Since the protective CF gene mutation is so common among people living in or coming originally from central and Western Europe, Farrell suspects that the mutation first arose in that part of the world, very likely in early Celtic populations.

The Celts were known to make large-scale migrations that would have spread the mutation geographically, he says. The mutation could have made these people healthier or more fertile.

To understand what in the environment could cause the mutated CF gene to occur in the first place, Farrell turned to ancient burial remains. Evidence from his earlier studies already showed that transgenic mice carrying the gene might be resistant to lead toxicity. He wanted to see if there were links to people living in Europe during the Iron and Bronze Ages.

This was an era in which people were exposed to toxic heavy metals for the first time in history, he says.

Romans used lead most frequently. Others made weapons, utensils, tools and jewelry from iron. Later, bronze made from copper and arsenic was most popular.

These goods were highly valued, Farrell says, and there was no public health service then to determine any possibly ill effects of exposure to them.

Farrell connected with museums in Vienna; London; Verona, Italy, and, more recently, Ireland, France and Denmark. Curators eagerly shared molars and femurssome from as far back as 2,500 years.

He also assembled an international team that includes molecular geneticist Cedric Le Marechal from France. Marechal has analyzed genetic material from the remains, searching for evidence of CF. Scientists at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene have been enlisted to look for signs of exposure to metals.

The first analyses are showing that specimens containing CF gene defects were not affected by lead or other metal poisoning, hinting at the mutations protective advantage. The specimens also contained very little tuberculosis. The scientists cant pinpoint exactly where the first CF carrier may have lived, but they think current day Austria is a good candidate.

Reports on the project, some of the first in the new field of evolutionary medicine, have been published in Science of the Total Environment and Nature Proceedings.

Farrell says he hopes to have definitive answers soon. The parents of his CF carrier patients would benefit most from this knowledge.

I could convince them not to worry, he says. I could honestly say, The science shows that your child will not be sick. In fact, he or she may be healthier than other kids.


Ecollective Easy E-Waste Recycling Helps Consumers Take It Back For Good

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) October 5, 2010

Consumers and businesses need an easy and convenient way to recycle their obsolete and unwanted electronics. Starting today, Californians have a convenient, safe and free way to recycle this e-waste, by turning to ecollective, a statewide network of drop-off locations that accept old TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones and other electronics for free.

Our consumer research showed us that the biggest barrier to recycling for most was time and proximity. So we set ourselves a goal: to establish an ecollective drop-off location within 10 miles of most households in America, said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that is behind the ecollective initiative. Ecollective locations are being added every day, and each location has to meet a strict set of criteria to become part of the program. By choosing to recycle your e-waste at any ecollective location you can be sure that any personal data on your computer or cell phone will be destroyed, and that all of your e-waste will be recycled properly.

How to find an ecollective drop-off location, and what to expect when you get there

Its easy: visit myecollective.com, enter your zip code, find your closest ecollective location, and then take it back for good. Once you get to your local ecollective, someone will help you get the e-waste out of your car if you need assistance. You may be asked to give some of your identification information (like your name, address and phone number) for state reporting and regulatory purposes only.

What to recycle, and why ecollective is good for the environment

The ecollective program is designed to take back most kinds of unwanted and obsolete electronics. If it plugs into the wall and you use it to communicate, gather information, store data, or enjoy media and entertainment, its probably part of our program. For a complete list: see this list of what we recycle. All ecollective drop-off locations send their e-waste to state-approved plants operated by ECS Refining, which uses advanced and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling procedures.

E-waste is a growing global problem that requires dependable, local solutions

It is estimated that the world generates almost 12 pounds for every man, woman and child on the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency has just added the disposal of e-waste to a list of the agencys top four environmental priorities, alongside issues such as climate change, air quality and access to clean water. And, each year, more states adopt legislation to help support recycling of this kind of material. ECS Refining, the company behind ecollective, sees this as an opportunity to work together to solve this international challenge by leveraging existing industry resources, fostering best practices, and employing public outreach and education.

How to connect with ecollective

For the nearest e-waste drop-off location, visit http://www.myecollective.com. Tell your family, neighbors, friends and workmates about ecollective through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

About ECS Refining

ECS Refining is a recycling and end-of-life services company specializing in electronics, industrial equipment and hazardous wastes. Utilizing a variety of approaches, including recovery and refining, asset management, and refurbishment and resale, we are dedicated to optimizing our services for a sustainable outcome. Because we work with such a wide variety of materials from hundreds of different sources, and have strong connections with partners both upstream and downstream, were adept at applying our skills and knowledge to formulate smart and planet-friendly solutions for our customers. Recycle responsibly. Recycle with ECS Refining. For more information about our operations and the latest news from ECS Refining, visit our website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page (@ecsrefining).


New Death Valley National Park Concessioners Head Back to the Future to Honor their Family Legacy

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 5, 2011

(PRWEB) January 5, 2011 — Ortega Family Enterprises, a small, fast growing independent company specializing in green-friendly revamping of legendary National Park Concessions, rings in the coming year by gently overhauling the beautiful historic concession of Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley, CA as Death Valley Lodging Company. The original Death Valley hotel, Stovepipe Wells Village, located in the heart of Death Valley, will open under the new concessioners on January 13th,2011.

Stovepipe Wells Village was originally built by Bob Eichbaum in 1927, and decades later was purchased and operated by Amelia Earharts widower. The campus encompasses the first and original Death Valley hotel, a Restaurant and Western Saloon, two stores, and gas station. A thematic new menu, a historic refurbishment for the motel, and a select range of new goods and services will all come with the changeover. This location means a lot to us says Company Executive Shane Ortega, its one weve always been very excited about because its part of our family history.

1936. As a child in the Great Depression, the Ortegas grandfather, Walter Kay Tinnin, was caught up in the exodus to California to explore the scrubby played-out mines of California for gold, silver or whatever could be got for a few cents to help his family survive. Originally from Colorado, his miner parents dragged he and his sister, Babe, all over the Southwest on all these desperate journeys from mine to mine.

Finally, they found themselves stranded in the blistering summer heat of Death Valley. At the legendary Keane Wonder mine, Kays parents found work at last. They lived around Death Valley for many years, struggling to survive these very lean years. His parents would take Kay and his baby sister down the old mine exploring gold veins that they hoped might lead to riches. They often camped in the darkness with only canned sardines and day-old baked potatoes for eats. (Later these would be the staple and favorite of the grown Kay Tinnin when he was running cattle through the New Mexico and Arizona deserts or trading with Native Americans throughout the tribal reservations of the Southwest.)

Only 6 years old and grateful for an opportunity to make a shiny penny or two, and with no child labor laws to stop him, he went from tent to tent (where the miners lived) and asking for any laundry that needed to be washed, a rough and almost impossible job in the land of Borax and no water. He used the small amount of lye and tarrow soap he would borrow from his mothers daily wash.

After a year, he had graduated to not only the wash but to bringing the miners provisions throughout the day while they were underground. Navigating the narrow passages of Keanes Wonder mine, he was the gopher and trusted child page for not just his father but all the miners. He spent years running up and down the gold shafts of the mine, helping the miners with anything they needed.

Building on several generations of western traditions, Ortega Family Enterprises brings a stellar performance record of historic protection, environmental awards and recognition, knowledge and expertise in the traditions of Native American art, but most of all, a true respect for the history and preservation of our National Parks. Says Company Executive Tanya Ortega: We have a genuine appreciation of the incredible beauty that is on display here in Death Valley National Park. We think that Death Valley National Park is one of the great places on the planet!


Tanya Ortega

Stovepipe Wells Village

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, CA, 92328

505 -715-6492