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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

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About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.



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Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts. logo

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O'Connell & Company proudly presents IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU


“'It Shoulda Been You' is fresh and funny”… USA TODAY


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Book and Lyrics Brian Hargrove Music and Concept Barbara Anselmi


JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 26, 2017


Buffalo, NY – O’Connell & Company, the professional theatre in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents this hit Broadway musical comedy for its WNY Premier, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU - Book and Lyrics Brian Hargrove, Music and Concept Barbara Anselmi, onstage January 26 through February 26, 2017.

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February … Feeling Motivated … No Falling into a Funk!

So the New Year’s turning has come and gone. You made resolutions about your health, your career, your finances, your relationships, right?  And you’ve probably hit a wall or two, and are wondering how you can recover and get going again.  Then there’s the weather, gray skies, and your energy & enthusiasm seems to be waning.

But, NO FALLING INTO A FUNK for you...because you have an arsenal of inspiring ways to maintain your motivation!

Some of the wisest words on Motivation come from Zig Zigler:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily!”

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20 Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs

I noticed that you link to Best Colleges Online’s piece, “20 Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs”. Just wanted to let you know that our financial aid experts recently published a follow-up resource article which is a guide to paying for college for students with disabilities. This guide is the only one out there optimized to work with assistive technology for students with disabilities:

It also includes a list of disability specific scholarships and rights for students with disabilities who are attending college. Thought you might want to add a link to the GoodCall guide so that students of all abilities can access this useful college resource from your website.

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Sleep Walking

The other night, I heard a noise in the hall. I opened my bedroom door, only to find my 8 year old son Sleepwalking again. This was certainly not the first time that it has happened. The last time that he was walking while asleep, he walked all the way to the bathroom. Though I called out to him, he proceeded to walk into the bathroom and sit inside of the tub. I reached to grab his hand, helped him get out, walked with him, led him back to his bed, where he fell fast asleep. 
It astonishes me, how he was somehow able to walk down the hall, and go back to bed, when led by me, yet remain sleeping the entire time. As was the case with former incidents, he had NO recollection of what happened in the morning.

Did you know that sleepwalking is considered to be a disorder? This disorder usually causes episodes, shortly after one falls into a deep, deep sleep. Another fact for anyone who happens to be a "Proud Parent" of a sleepwalker, is that it is commonly found in children between the ages of four and eight. Well, what do you know? My son happens to be eight years old. Perhaps this means that this is the last year of dealing with his sleepwalking. 

As a parent, it is extremely unsettling to watch, as your child walks around in a zombie-like state, unable to answer you. What's more is they look right through you, while you speak, as if you weren't there. It's very possible that one might get injured while sleepwalking. This is where the uneasiness comes in.

Here are a few suggestions for dealing with a sleepwalker. Whether pertaining to a child or an adult, these tips can be very useful:
• Sleepwalker should not sleep on the top, if in a bunk bed

• Practice relaxing, calming techniques, (such as prayer, meditation, or listening to soft quiet music) before turning in for the night

• Taking naps or making bedtime an earlier one

• Turn on an alarm system, aimed at alerting others, should he/she attempt to exit the house

• Keep areas around bed clear of anything that might cause them to trip

• Having a family member keep a journal of circumstances before an episode, as well as the frequency of sleepwalking occurrences 

Another recommendation given by experts, is avoiding something that I am guilty of; touching my child, or yelling is to be avoided. This may startle or confuse him, making one potentially become physically defensive, hence violent. Instead, we are urged to be careful to lead using words, NOT out hands. Experts also suggest, using a low soothing voice, proven to be more productive, than screaming out.

In conclusion, sleepwalking formerly known as somnambulism, can be managed by utilizing the various tips above. Yet, in a study conducted by researchers in 2012 at Stanford University, they found that nearly 80% of sleepwalkers have a family history of the disorder. Reflecting upon my own situation with my son, I realized that this finding holds true with us. My brother walked in his sleep as a boy. He once hurried into my parents' room, dove into the air, and landed abruptly in the center of their bed. While my parents were certainly startled, he remained fast asleep the entire time. Thus, even the most rested person, if genetically predisposed can continue having episodes. Therefore, I suggest we focus more on keeping our loved ones safe during flare-ups, as opposed to searching for a cure, rhyme, or reason. For more on this topic, go to links below. In the meantime, parents take cover quick.

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Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

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