Walmart is the presenting sponsor for 2013, extending program reach to 17,000 military families nationwide
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Operation Homefront, the national non-profit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our nation’s military, this week kicks off the first of 22 events taking place across the nation through December 19 to distribute holiday meals to military families. Walmart is the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Holiday Meals for Military program.
The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as a result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife, and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Beam Inc. employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries, inspiring program planning to begin. Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meals kits to military families in 2009 to providing 7,500 this holiday season. As founding sponsor, Beam continues to be a key partner of the program.
The 7,500 meal kits, which include all the grocery items necessary for a full holiday meal – including a$30 Walmart gift card for the purchase of perishable items – will be distributed to lower and mid-grade ranking military families, E-1 thru E-6, at 22 locations nationwide in December 2012, including Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Bliss,Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Great Lakes Naval Base, Ill.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md.
“The expenses of the holiday season can be especially difficult for military families,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Often these families are split up during the holiday season from deployments, or must travel long distances to be together. Making their holiday easier by providing this meal is one way we show that we are thankful for the sacrifices that they have made for our country.”
Distributing these meals is an important undertaking that will be carried out in military communities and at local Operation Homefront Field Offices across the nation. For more information on how to volunteer or donate to the cause, please log on to www.HolidayMealsForMilitary.org.
Walmart is also making grants to several Operation Homefront field offices to provide additional meals to military families, bringing the total number of families served this holiday season to 17,000, part of the company’s overall commitment of $1.5 million to Operation Homefront’s 2013 holiday programs.
In addition to Walmart and Beam, major partners for the program include Chinet, Thirty-One Gifts, CDW, Miller Lite, Dole Packaged Foods, Southern Wine & Spirits, and The Visual Pak Companies.
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. Nationally, 95 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net .
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Bacon scarves, butt towels, and a Santa-kini? They’re just a few of the outrageous gifts that made this year’s 7th annual list of the Top 10 Most Stupid Gifts of year, compiled by online retailerStupid.com.
Since 1998, Stupid.com has made the world laugh with their stupid holiday gifts and crazy stocking stuffers, and each year they’ve surveyed their customers, asking the question, ‘What’s the stupidest gift of the year?’
Each of the 10 gifts selected for this year’s list are sillier and more absurd than the next. For a complete list of stupid gag gifts, visit www.Stupid.com.
Here are the Top 10 Stupid Gifts of 2013, listed in no particular order:
The Bacon Scarf – Wrap yourself in bacon, literally! This knit scarf looks exactly like a giant slab of bacon, and is sure to keep even the biggest pork-lover warm and satisfied.
The Gentleman’s Fart Alarm – It’s a simple fact: Every man farts. Why not keep those toots classy with this tiny golden alarm button that helps preserve your sophistication with phrases like, “Who sliced the brie?” and “Like a fine cabernet!” when one accidentally slips out.
The Butt Towel - This towel is sure to be the butt of the joke the next time someone notices it at the beach. This clever towel looks like someone forgot to cover up all the way and will really “crack” up the next pool party.
“Granny Got It’ Ugly Holiday Sweater - The classic Christmas song is forever immortalized in this terrible, tacky, and inappropriate ugly holiday sweater. Thanks to the reindeer, granny is sure to turn a few heads and maybe break a few hips.
The Farting Redneck Butt Pillow - Everyone know rednecks love to fart! They also love to stretch out on the couch, crack open a cold one, and watch the big race. Now they can do it all with this pillow, shaped like a butt.
The Wine Rack Flask Bra - This sneaky device lets ladies conceal an entire drink of their choosing in their undergarments, and brings new meaning to “filling up a cup!”
Obama’s Last Day Countdown Clock - Whether it’s celebrating the time remaining in office or counting down until he leaves, the President Obama Countdown Clock makes a fun way to track how many days the commander-in-chief has left in office.
Prescription Pill Bottle Mug - Sometimes coffee is the best medicine! This funny mug looks just like an oversized pill bottle and makes a great gift to those pill-popping, java heads.
Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold- Nothing is cooler than the iconic Death Star from Star Wars molded in solid ice. Whether it’s to chill a glass of whiskey or used with chocolate to make the best party treats ever, this gift will be sure to bring out your inner geek.
The Santa-kini – This festive outfit not only looks like a bikini for Santa Claus, but is just about as ridiculous as it sounds. Did we mention it comes with a Santa hat?
All these gifts and more can be purchased at Stupid.com and select gift shops nationwide.
Hilton High School graduate Airman Steven M. Trembley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Air Force Airman Steven M. Trembley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Trembley is the son of Melanie Mohr and grandson of Jack Trembley, both of Hilton.
He is a 2012 graduate of Hilton High School.
Rochester: Army Pvt. Matthew Leisten has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C
Army Pvt. Matthew Leisten has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Leisten is the son of Jolene and John Leisten of Rochester.
ROMULUS, N.Y. – December 3, 2013 –
845 kW Solar Project will Save Seneca County over $1 million in Electricity Costs over 25 years.
This week, leading solar project developer and financier Spear Point Energy will flip the switch on a municipal solar project for the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus, N.Y. The project will save the County over $1,000,000 on its electric bill through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Spear Point.
“This project will help the Law Enforcement Center meet the increasing demand for clean, green energy that is produced right here in our own backyard. I applaud the efforts and vision of our local officials for using solar power to reduce their energy costs,” said Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb. < /p>
The municipal 845 kilowatt (kW) ground-mounted solar array is located on the grounds of the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center which houses the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Corrections. The project will provide a significant percentage of the facility’s power annually and will be clearly visible to tourists on Route 96 heading to and from Waterloo.
“Seneca County will benefit tremendously from going solar. By using solar power, we are not dependent on other sources to produce electricity. We can also reduce our County taxpayer burden and fund important programs like the Childcare Assistance and Veteran’s Service program,” said County Sheriff Jack Stenberg. “We’re located in the middle of the Finger Lakes and surrounded by 40 wineries so solar aligns with our values and commitment to staying green.”
The Seneca solar project was selected and funded through the NY-SunCompetitive Photovoltaic Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NY-Sun is an initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo to spur significant growth in the solar industry in the state. The project took only six months to complete from initial permitting, design, engineering, to final construction.
“The Seneca County solar project highlights the opportunity for municipalities under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative to reduce their energy costs while demonstrating their commitment to protecting the environment,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “At the same time, this project expands New York State’s clean energy economy and increases the availability of clean, renewable energy, making it a model that we hope other municipalities will follow.”
The Seneca County project was selected through a competitive bid process based on its financial attr activeness and technical soundness. “We’re very pleased to complete this project on-budget and in such a short period of time. The Spear Point Energy team has developed projects across the country and is expert at navigating the various hurdles that face municipal solar projects. Seneca County did an excellent job of working with our team to assist in the coordination of various permits to comply with environmental, design, engineering, construction, financing and interconnection codes and requirements,” said Michael Johnson, Spear Point Energy President and Seneca County native.
“This important project will dramatically cut energy costs for Seneca County and help to reduce the burden on our local, hardworking taxpayers,” said New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio. “It is vital that we re duce our dependence on foreign oil and support sustainable forms of energy that can be produced right here in our local community. “As State Senator, I have been a strong supporter of numerous job-creating solar energy projects and I will continue my aggressive efforts to support new initiatives that help to reduce the burden on our taxpayers and create well paying jobs.”
Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, the project symbolizes Seneca County’s commitment to a clean and healthy environment. There will be an official ribbon-cutting event at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET.
$1,000,000 in estimated total energy savings to Seneca County
$225,000 over 25 years to the local economy in operations and maintenance expenditures
$40,000 in taxes paid to Seneca County
15 full-time equivalent jobs supported during construction
Carbon Dioxide Equivalents:
Electricity for 103 homes annually
Protecting 616 acres of forest
Removal of 157 cars off the road
10 tanker trucks (84,000 gallons of gasoline)
About Spear Point EnergySpear Point Energy is an independent power producer and solar project developer for commercial and industrial customers, municipalities and utilities throughout the U.S. Spear Point sells renewable electricity at competitive rates to customers through power purchase agreements. The company finances, develops, builds, owns and operates solar power systems ranging from 100 kilowatts to 20 megawatts in size. Spear Point Energ y is online at http://www.spearpointenergy.com.
RadioShack Picks Six Tech Trends Expected to Dominate Black Friday through Cyber Monday – and Beyond
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RadioShack today revealed the six top tech trends it expects to dominate the most celebrated Christmas shopping weekend, running from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, and through end of year.
“Based on early trends and our knowledge of the consumer electronics marketplace, RadioShack predicts six trends will top tech-lovers’ wish lists this year,” said Paul Rutenis, chief merchandising officer at RadioShack. “Whether you’re buying Christmas gifts or treating yourself, you can’t go wrong with speakers and headphones, digital fitness, DIY, RC toys, pre-paid mobile, or tablets.”
- Speakers & Headphones: Music and sound accessories are one of the hottest growth categories as many turn to smartphones and tablets as their main music source. Bluetooth speakers now come in all shapes and colors and feature new innovations this year, such as Heist Mode on theDECK by SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola and the addition of Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D Sound Technology to other top sellers. Headphones have also boomed with options designed to deliver both fashion and function. Look for audio brands such as SOL REPUBLIC, Beats by Dr. Dre, JBL, Skullcandy and AUVIO (only at RadioShack.)
- Digital Fitness: Wearable tech has raced to the top of many gift lists. With New Year’s resolutions just around the bend, RadioShack expects wristbands introduced this year like the Fitbit Force andFitbit Flex as top sellers. The Fitbit Force will arrive just in time for Christmas, visit your nearest store, call or go online for availability.
- Remote Control Toys: RadioShack continues to be the nation’s RC headquarters. In addition to ever-popular RC cars and trucks, RadioShack predicts flight toys, miniature robots and customization will be tops in the category this year. In fact, RadioShack recently brought together DIY and RC know-how with the reintroduction of its exclusive XMODS Custom RC line. Just pick up one of three car starter kits and select your accessories to get in on the action. Learn more about RC toys available at RadioShack here.
- Do-It-Yourself: The booming Maker movement has shown that DIY is where it’s at. RadioShack’s reputation as a DIY destination makes it the go-to resource for this top trend. Gift ideas range from stuffing stockings with hobby kits to the pieces and parts needed for major projects.
- Smartphone Options: Going no-contract climbed the cool scale in 2013, thanks to the arrival of hot handsets and the chance to save up to $900 a year. And pre-paid phones make gifting a phone easy as can be. Consider the Samsung Galaxy S4 on RadioShack No-Contract Wireless, which arrived just this month, and find many more pre-paid options at RadioShack. And if upgrading phones at the end of a mobile contract is on the agenda this holiday, check out the hottest handsets and mix of carrier plans available at RadioShack.
- Tablets: Tablets are a trend RadioShack predicts will continue thanks to new introductions by the hottest brands like Apple and Samsung. That makes this holiday a great time to find a deal on the Kindle Fire HD, for example, which RadioShack will have on Black Friday for $139.99. Recent Android tablet entries sure to sell briskly this holiday season include the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Kindle Fire HDX, which will arrive in RadioShack stores in the first half of December. This year also brought a new wave of great value-priced Android tablets, like the Trio Stealth Pro 7″ 4GB Android Tablet, which is just $49.99 at RadioShack for Black Friday.
Hot holiday trends aren’t limited to these categories. The best shopping experience also includes customer service and convenience. In addition to easy-to-shop neighborhood locations, expert advice and hot product categories, RadioShack added the following this year:
- Get $10 Holiday Cash back for every $50 you spend now through Dec. 31
- Consumers can count on us for the best deals this holiday and match competitors’ advertised prices with our new Price Match Guarantee. See store for details and exclusions.
- Buy the “IT Happens” protection plan with industry-leading features including immediate in-store replacement for most products less than $300, repair on devices more than $300, a simple claim process, and coverage from accidents.