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Florida Attorney General Adds WatchLink to Public Safety Site

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) July 17, 2006

Spatial NetWorks new WatchLink technology is now available free for all residents of Florida. WatchLink provides automatic web based reporting of the FDLE sex offender database for the entire state. Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist provides a link to this valuable service for use by all Florida residents on his consumer web pages under CHILD SAFETY at http://myfloridalegal.com/.

The data is drawn from the FDLE online data site but instead of requiring research to find out offender locations and details the service automatically sends the information to the consumer, requiring a one time selection and registration. Residents can access a pre existing list of public and private schools, daycare and aftercare centers to get custom reports of offenders in the areas where their children attend school and play. Any other home, school, work or play address can be entered as well and a custom report generated. Updates are sent as specified by the user for immediate notification or weekly reporting.

While other web-based services give information about the locations of registered sex offenders, WatchLink shows residents these locations in relation to their home, school, daycare, office or any other place of interest. Pictures, names, aliases, convictions and complete physical descriptions are available in the full report. The report is linked to an easy-to-use interactive map that provides the user entered location and specified surrounding area.

Attorney General Charlie Crist says “Protecting our most vulnerable citizens is the highest priority of our State. By providing parents with another tool to fulfill the responsibility of looking out for children, our neighborhoods are that much safer.

For additional information about WatchLink technology and how it tracks and maps registered sex offenders and sexual predators, please visit http://login.watchlink.us/how-it-works.html. To sign up and start getting your free report now, go to http://login.watchlink.us and enter in your information.

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Spacesaver Dealer McMurray Stern Awarded the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Storage Solutions Contract

Los Angeles CA (PRWEB) December 10, 2007

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has awarded their storage solution contract to McMurray Stern, the exclusive Spacesaver area contractor for the greater Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County and Central Coast areas.

The Riverside County DPSS records center was nearing maximum capacity. McMurray Stern in partnership with G/M Business Interiors, provided a storage solution which would replace the existing stationary shelving on the first floor of the facility with eighteen (18) modules of high-density mobile shelving. This new Spacesaver Eclipse(TM) powered solution allowed more than 500,000 linear filing inches of records from multiple floors to be consolidated to the first floor, streamlining the file retrieval process.

The Eclipse(TM) powered system uses menu-based configurability which makes it easier for users to build the system they need by selecting features and options on an ‘a la carte’ basis, Additional safety and programmable features can be added to the powered system in the future, allowing it to evolve with business needs.

“This is an immense project. The Department Of Public Social Services required an experienced company who had implemented projects similar in size and scope.” said Matt Denburg, President of McMurray Stern. “By installing compact shelving, additional capacity was provided for DPSS, thus extending the life of their facility.”

The Department of Public Social Services contributes to the safety and security of thousands of abused and neglected children and adults by serving as the county’s child and adult protective services agency. Foster care, kinship care, In-Home Supportive Services, and adoption services are just a few of the programs available that provide protection for young and old alike. The county’s award winning Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (CARE) program provides education and outreach for the community to assist in the prevention of financial abuse and consumer fraud. More information about The Department of Public Social Services can be found on their website at: http://www.dpss.co.riverside.ca.us

About McMurray Stern

As a 27 year strong company founded in 1980, McMurray Stern is the leading source of design and build solutions for filing and storage systems in Southern California. They have been the exclusive Southern California Area Contractor for Spacesaver Corporation since inception, and have continued their relationship with Spacesaver with no interruptions. This significant milestone places McMurray Stern in an elite group of providers who have successfully improved the way business offices, libraries, healthcare facilities, schools, museums, justice facilities, and industrial facilities manage filing and storage operations. Some of their service offerings include; structural evaluations and calculations, cost analysis, budgetary evaluations, consulting design services, relocation planning and coordination, and document conversions, file tracking and imaging application implementation. More information can be found on their website: http://www.mcmurraystern.com, or by contacting them directly at 562.623.3000.

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TAALK Announces Daily E-Mail Tips to Educate the Public on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention


Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2008

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, TAALK is launching a daily e-mail tip series on child sexual abuse prevention called TAALK Tips. To sign up for the program, simply visit http://www.taalk.org/taalk_tips.html .

One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. Victims of child sexual abuse are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social and physical health problems which often last into adulthood. These problems often appear as depression and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, drug and alcohol dependencies, school and/or financial failure, teenage pregnancy and promiscuity and criminal behavior.

” Child sexual abuse is clearly a community problem, but child sexual abuse prevention is a personal decision,” said TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley. “Protecting children from sexual abuse doesn’t come naturally, it’s a skill set that every adult must learn if they want to protect the children in their circle of influence.”

According to Cranley, “The TAALK Tips e-mail series is a convenient way for adults to learn new behaviors that will significantly lower the risk of abuse and the daily delivery is the best way to keep these newly formed behaviors top-of-mind until they become habit.”

Child sexual abuse is a major public health issue that demands the public’s attention. Anyone concerned about preventing child sexual abuse in their community is encouraged to subscribe to TAALK Tips.

TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley, is available for general interviews as well as her TAALK Tips daily radio interview series. She can be reached at 1-888-808-6558.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a 501(c)3 public charity formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust. TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that “There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.” TAALK’s efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children. TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides community prevention program consulting. Visit taalk.org for valuable resources and more information on TAALK programs.

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Dallas-Based Refuge House Adopts BlabberMouth PR to Handle Public Relations Campaign

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 12, 2008

BlabberMouth PR, the seriously fun public relations firm best known for delivering 100% senior-level representation, has been chosen by Refuge House, a Dallas-based foster agency, to implement a comprehensive public relations campaign designed to generate visibility and community support for the non-profit’s efforts and expansion plans.

Refuge House takes in children from Child Protective Services and places the kids in foster homes. With locations in Dallas and San Antonio, Refuge House is already serving children in more than 40 Texas counties and has plans to open new locations outside the state later this year.

“When it comes to the delicate issue of children in crisis, we needed a team with experience and compassion,” said Dr. Michele Gorman, founder and CEO of Refuge House. “We turned to BlabberMouth PR because we know our clients will be treated with the utmost respect, our needs will be presented with integrity, and most importantly the stories about our organization will be pitched with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.”

Refuge House is a faith-based organization that accepts private donations and state funding, but seeks to operate on a much more personal level than traditional foster care agencies. Dr. Gorman works personally with the children and families of Refuge House. Dr. Gorman has most recently taken on the case of a terminally ill teenager in the agency’s care.

“When we learned of the incredibly difficult and emotional work the people Refuge House do every day, we were humbled,” said Patti D. Hill, CEO / Founder, BlabberMouth PR. “We know the subject matter won’t always be pretty or fun, but we do know that it will be important and life changing. As we learned more about the operations and goals of Refuge House, we knew it an honor to be called upon to work with them, and an even higher one to be chosen as the agency to tell communities in Texas and around the country about this life-changing agency.”

Erin Steed will steer the public relations campaign for Refuge House.

About BlabberMouth PR

BlabberMouth PR, the seriously fun public relations firm, is celebrated for providing 100% senior-level representation to a range of industries, including advertising, consumer electronics, gaming, health and fitness, interior design, and music and entertainment, among others. Founded in 2001, BlabberMouth PR abandoned the traditional agency model in favor of an innovative version and entrepreneurial processes for developing strategies and campaigns, and implementing tactics to help their clients win in the marketplace. BlabberMouth PR – quirky name, serious public relations. For additional information on BlabberMouth PR and its services, visit http://www.blabbermouthPR.com.

About Refuge House

Refuge House is a private, non-profit foster agency that works with Child Protective Agency to place children ages 0 to 21 in the region’s foster homes. Refuge House offers a complete wrap-around program that helps both the child and the foster-caregivers through the transition of out-of-home placement and visitation. Dr. Michele Gorman created Refuge House, is a foster and adoptive parent and continues to be hands on in its day-to-day operations. Dr. Gorman does everything from executive level strategic planning to taking middle-of-the-night calls from families in crisis. Refuge House serves as a model for other agencies and has aggressive expansion plans nationwide. Refuge House is online at http://www.refugehouse.org

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The Allstate Foundation Lets Public Decide Winner of $100,000 Grant – Four National Non-Profits Compete for Grand Prize


Northbrook, IL (PRWEB) July 16, 2009

The Allstate Foundation is inviting the public to cast its vote for the recipient of a $ 100,000 grant through the ClickToEmpower campaign on http://www.ClicktoEmpower.org. The organizations competing to receive the grant share The Allstate Foundation’s mission of working to end domestic violence and finding new ways to economically empower survivors. Participating organizations are Charity Cars, Family Justice Center Alliance, Safe Horizon and the YWCA.

“The Allstate Foundation selected these non-profit organizations as contenders for the grants because of their strong leadership and programming in the area of domestic violence and economic empowerment,” said Jennifer Kuhn, program manager, The Allstate Foundation Economics Against Abuse program. “To help generate awareness of the great work of these organizations, we are asking the public to weigh in on who will receive the $ 100,000 grant.”

Visitors can vote as well as learn more about each of the highlighted organizations and their domestic violence programs on the http://www.ClicktoEmpower.org Web site. Visitors can vote once a day during the campaign (July 15, 2009 – September 13, 2009). The organization that receives the most votes will receive a $ 100,000 grant and the remaining three will each receive a $ 10,000 grant.


Charity Cars: The original 1-800-Charity Cars provides free vehicles and vehicle support services to domestic violence survivors all across America. Reliable transportation empowers victims to leave their abusers and is a major factor in the success or failure of survivors transitioning to self-sufficiency.

National Family Justice Center Alliance: The Alliance is working to provide training and technical assistance to existing and developing Family Justice Centers in the United States and around the world. These organizations serve facilities where survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual assault can come to one location to receive all necessary services.

Safe Horizon: Safe Horizon touches the lives of over 350,000 victims of violence and moves them from crisis to confidence. As the largest provider of domestic violence programs in the country, Safe Horizon helps hundreds of thousands of domestic violence survivors each year by providing them with 24-hour crisis hotlines, safe shelter, clothing, food, transportation, mental health counseling, guidance through the court system, security through changing door locks, counseling on financial literacy, and resume building. Safe Horizon also trains thousands of executives across the country about how to protect their employees from the impact of domestic violence in the workplace with its SafeWork initiative.

YWCA: Among its many programs, YWCA is the largest provider of comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children nationwide, including education and prevention programs, counseling services, emergency shelters, transitional housing, court accompaniment and child care for victims, as well as court-ordered anger management classes for offenders. YWCAs also offer economic empowerment programs for women, from financial literacy seminars to job training and GED classes. YWCA was the first women’s organization founded in the United States, now celebrating 150 years of service on behalf of women and girls.

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote “safe and vital communities;” “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity;” and “economic empowerment.” The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream. For additional information, visit http://www.ClickToEmpower.org.

About the Economics Against Abuse Program

The Allstate Foundation Economics Against Abuse program helps domestic violence survivors build their financial independence to get free and stay free from abuse. Seeing a significant gap in resources for programs designed to assist survivors with the economic challenges that they face, The Allstate Foundation took action and partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to create a comprehensive program. Economics Against Abuse provides resources, funds direct services and spreads the word on how to empower those touched by domestic and economic abuse. For more information and to find out how to help, visit http://www.ClickToEmpower.org.

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Farm Credit Reminds the Public that September is Life Insurance Awareness Month


Louisville, KY (Vocus) September 19, 2009

When times are tough and margins tight, cutting costs is essential. However Amy Jackson, Vice President of Insurance for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, stresses that cutting back on one’s life insurance isn’t a good option.

“Our customers have worked hard to build their farm operations, homes, and plans for their families’ futures,” said Jackson. “In difficult economic times, it’s more important than ever to maintain appropriate levels of life insurance coverage as an essential part of one’s overall risk management strategy.”

With September being Life Insurance Awareness Month, Jackson said that now is a good time for customers to take stock of their provisions for protecting their loved ones or for securing the future of their businesses. Many factors — marriage, children, grandchildren, debt, employment changes, aging parents, business structure, retirement — can create changing needs for insurance. And while no one likes to think about death, she said that sooner or later nearly everyone needs life insurance for things like:


Replacing income for your family’s living expenses
Paying off debt or other obligations
Cover final expenses (funeral, medical, long-term care, etc.)
College funding for your children or grandchildren
Estate transfer and tax obligations
Jackson said that FCS offers many products to meet the life insurance needs of its customers, from the most competitive and financially sound insurance companies in the market — A-rated companies like Minnesota Life, Prudential, Banner Life, West Coast Life and more.

While FCS offers a complete line of products to meet differing needs, Jackson said that in today’s tough and volatile economic climate, customers seeking the maximum coverage for their insurance dollar might want to consider term life insurance.

“Term life insurance typically offers the highest benefit at the lowest cost to the customer, and all death benefits are tax free to the beneficiaries,” said Jackson. “Our term products are individually written for amounts ranging from $ 75,000 up to $ 10 million or more, depending on your needs. Term life is a key component in many customers’ overall life insurance coverage today.”

FCS provides terms of five to 30 years, with the coverage and premiums remaining level for the term selected. For an additional cost, customers may also choose to add optional benefits such as:

Return of Premium – Rider provides 100 percent of the premium paid back to the insured, if still living at the end of the term. A great investment tool for younger folks.
Child Rider – Provides coverage to all children under age 17, can be purchased in $ 1,000 units.
Convertibility Options – Allows customers to convert their term policy to a permanent policy without having to prove insurability. A great option in the event of a life change such as failing health or the need for coverage beyond the original term.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America currently provides life insurance coverage for one of every six customers, with over $ 1 billion in customer lives insured. Other popular options include group life insurance for FCS loans, and disability coverage for mortgage loans.

FCS has a number of calculators and other resources available to help customers determine their insurance needs. To access them, visit http://www.e-farmcredit.com (click on Farm Loans, then Insurance). You may also contact your local FCS office to request a free custom quote at no obligation.

About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an ag lending cooperative managing over $ 15.5 billion in assets and serving over 85,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance and life insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit or the nearest FCS office, call 1-800-444-FARM (3276) or visit them on the web at http://www.e-farmcredit.com .

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Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime


Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) March 2, 2010

PATCtech Electronic Evidence & Cyber Crime Training Conference ~ Indy 2010

http://www.patctech.com/training/indy2010.shtml

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Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime

At one level, you may just need to recover your boss’s deleted emails. However, you may need to find evidence that supports where a suspect was located during a given time and date, or maybe you have to find the source of a pornographic image.

Raging Artists Named Public Relations Firm for AmberWatch Foundation


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2010

Full service Public Relations and Web Marketing firm Raging Artists has been named PR firm of record for non-profit AmberWatch Foundation, the definitive name in preventing crimes against children. The firm’s clientele spans the spectrum, from retail and eCommerce to advertising, film production, entertainment, and non-profits. It recently created SaveTheWhalesNow.com, the site behind Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Brosnan’s controversial “Mr. President” campaign.

The announcement comes as AmberWatch Foundation begins a massive multi-platform campaign launching its AmberWatch Alert System, a free, vetted subscriber service that offers parents a proactive and preemptive “Weapon of Choice” in the protection of their children. Raging Artists is handling PR for the launch, as AWF CEO Keith Jarrett begins a national media tour aimed at cultivating a 10 million+ AmberWatchAlert.org database.

“We’re a progressive public relations firm that embraces the power of the Web,” said Raging Artists CEO Hesh Rephun, who founded the firm in 2006. “We are especially receptive to clients who espouse strong thought leadership and approach brand awareness with bravery and conviction. AmberWatch Foundation fits that bill perfectly.”

That bravery is evident in a powerful PSA that was launched on the Web June 21. The spot features moms across the country literally taking up arms against those who would seek to harm their children. It will be followed by print, TV, and radio components.

We are extremely grateful and appreciative that Hesh and his team at Raging Artists stepped up to put their extraordinary talents behind our cause of keeping kids safe though the AmberWatch Alert System,” said Jarrett. “We look forward to great success.

The ad campaign shows an understanding of the powerful technological tools currently available to brands, Rephun said. “A lot of clients talk about ‘today’s world’ but they don’t avail themselves of current technology. The same applies to public relations firms who talk about SEO but don’t walk the walk or invest in R&D. We now have a team of people working 24/7 to stay ahead of the curve. They’re so committed, it’s scary.”

At present, Raging Artists’ services include Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Creation, Online Magazine Development, and Blog Hosting. In addition to SaveTheWhalesNow.com, Raging Artists has developed and marketed online magazines for LA Gear, Moon Media/ADDigital, and others; in addition to its writing staff, the firm also maintains in-house production and photography divisions to create original content for these blogs. In partnership with sneaker marketing consultancy SLAM (Sportie LA Media), Raging Artists just filmed an original Web series for up-and-coming boots and shoes brand BEARPAW, to be launched on its RA-created magazine, BEARPAWstyle.com. “We are not shy about pushing the envelope,” Rephun affirmed. “We ARE Raging Artists. We’re strategic and creative about the art of promotion.”

About AmberWatchFoundation:

AmberWatch Foundation was established in 2004, with the mission to provide educational programs and innovative technologies that proactively and preemptively protect children against abduction, predators and the dangers of the digital world. The AmberWatch Foundation is a 501c3 national not for profit organization, headquartered in Seal Beach, California.

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Breastfeeding in Public Causes Controversial Public Opinions and Legal Implications


Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) July 20, 2010

Breastfeeding in public is causing a spark of concern for many Americans. Many people both male and female are delicate to the sight of a nursing breast. Mothers are outraged and those on the opposite end of the spectrum are offended. Lorie McCoy, co-founder of Amazing Births and Beyond advocates for mothers and their legal entitlement to nurse publicly. Amazing Births and Beyond is South Florida’s Leading provider of complimentary, integrative care for fertility, conception, pregnancy and birth, offering safe and effective professional services.

Recently,Baby Talk a parenting magazine, was attacked for displaying a giant breast nursing on an August front cover. However, magazine covers arent the only incidents causing public opinion. Kim Kardashian tweeted about a woman breastfeeding in public and stated “EWW Im at lunch, the woman at the table next to me is breast feeding her baby with no cover-up. Many mothers were upset at this comment. McCoy, of Amazing Births and Beyond says Breastfeeding in public is legal in every state. A mother does not need to cover up or go somewhere more private.

Forty-four states have laws with language specifically allowing women to breastfeed in any public or private location. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, health professionals and public health officials promote breastfeeding to improve infant health. According to The Department of Health and Human Services, benefits of breastfeeding have been reported for both child and mother.

In addition to providing essential nutrients to infants, the study conducted reports decreases in gastroenteritis, lower risk of obesity, and lower risk of asthma in the children. Also, benefits for the mother that were noted included, greater weight loss postpartum compared with mothers who bottle-fed, decreased incidence of premenopausal breast cancer and decreased incidence of ovarian cancer.

However, even with support from Big Brother, that has not stopped many businesses from asking nursing mothers to be more private. One Starbucks location asked a mother to use the restroom to feed her child. This ensued the wrath of mothers who imposed a nurse-in. Nurse-ins, similar to sit-ins, has mothers rally together, to nurse their children, to protest against being asked to retreat somewhere more private to nurse.

What many people do not realize is that many infants have a difficult time eating while covered up,

especially in Florida where it is so warm. I think it is terrible to make a nursing mother feel embarrassed or uncomfortable for simply feeding her child, said McCoy.

At Amazing Births and Beyond their goal is to provide both the nurturing and educational support that women need to achieve the birthing/mothering experience that they envision for themselves. We stand behind the AAP which encourages health care professionals to promote breastfeeding as a cultural norm and encourage family and societal support for breastfeeding, said McCoy. Scientifically, babies are born to be breastfed.

Actress, Julie Brown, was quoted saying, I think it is truly bizarre that people would find a photo of a mother breast feeding shocking and offensive. Referring to the picture of her breastfeeding twins being banned on The View. Although many Americans are still squeamish at the site of a nursing breast, breastfeeding is gaining greater support from the government and medical community.

Amazing Births and Beyond offer many classes and offer assistance to mothers breastfeeding and the benefits that your baby will receive from it. After being educated, some women will still choose not to breastfeed. However, we always want to be assures that she is making that decision after being educated. For moms that are choosing not to breastfeed for any duration, we will still encourage them to nurse their newborn for the first few days after birth so that their baby gets antibody-rich colostrum will protect them from infection.

About Amazing Births and Beyond:

At Amazing Births and Beyond we focus on women and their ability to birth normally and with ease. At Amazing Births and Beyond they understand the importance of support and guidance in making birth a positive lifetime memory. Please visit http://www.amazingbirthsandbeyond.com there you will find an array of helpful articles as well as information on Fertility, Chiropractic, HypnoBirthing, and Doula services they provide.

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Publicrecordfinder.com Releases Consumer Resource Guide to Build Awareness of What Public Records Offer Including Criminal Records and Property Records


Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 12, 2010

Publicrecordfinder.com, an online public records search site, has just published the following consumer resource guide that helps consumers become aware of what public records can offer and how they can make use of these powerful tools that contain vital information.

The government, at all levels, records every important event, transaction, and litigation concerning its citizens. In the United States, there is no centrally available database where all of these public records are integrated. Most of the critical information sought is recorded in a variety of public records that are maintained in different databases across agencies, states and cities, and includes information such as: