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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

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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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®.


Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life.

Blessings by Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.

Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Blessings by Nature® also offers “Plant Power” workshops.

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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.

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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Power Up! Turn Up Your Personal Dimmer Switch

Personal Power is about our ability or capacity to perform or act effectively--whether in our personal lives, professional lives, or in growing our business, etc., I created the metaphor that each of us has our own dimmer switch, and each of us controls our own respective switch.  In a sense, we are our own human battery.  Where does our Personal power come from? How do we turn up our energy circuitry to shine more brightly? What is the source for increasing our Personal/Professional Power?

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Navigating Through Negativity

I don't know about you, but I find it incredibly unfortunate when I hear people whining to and fro about being bored and unhappy with life. We all know someone like that. Possibly, they are positioned in our workplace. Then again, it could be a neighborhood nuisance, filling the ears of anyone who will listen. 
Or, you may find that this hits a tad bit closer to home; As soon as the sun can rise, there's a good chance you'll be listening to the person you are waking up next to. Your ears are filled with complaints, spouting off things much like, "there's never anything to do in this city. We need to move away." Sound familiar? 

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O'CONNEL & COMPANY proudly presents COMPANY


O'Connell & Company proudly presents


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth

MAY 26 – JUNE 26, 2016


Buffalo, NY – O’Connell & Company, the professional theatre in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents Stephen Sondheim’s trailblazing musical comedy, COMPANY, May 26 – June 26, 2016.


COMPANY is directed by ROGER PAOLINI, musically directed by KEN YOUNG, and choreographed by MICHAEL J. WALLINE.

The cast features STEVE COPPS as “Robert”, MARY MOEBIUS as “Sarah”, GUY TOMASSI as “Harry”, MICHELLE HOLDEN as “Susan”, CHRIS TEAL as “Peter”, AMY TEAL as “Jenny”, TIM GOEHRIG as “David”, CHARMAGNE CHI as “Amy”, CHRIS RISO as “Paul”, LORAINE O’DONNELL as “Joanne”, ROGER VAN DETTE as “Larry”, ARIN DANDES as “Marta”, VALERIE STEVENS as “Kathy” and JENNY McCABE as “April”.

The COMPANY creative team includes: KRIS BOOKHAGEN (Production Stage Manager), JOSH HUTCHINSON (Lighting Design), JOHN KEHOE (Set), ADAM WALL (Costumes), EMILY PICI (Props) with SUSAN SHAW (keyboard), MELISSA BENDER (bass) , JAKE THURSTON (bass),Kris BANZHAF (drums)


What do you do when you’ve got three girlfriends, all your friends are married, and it’s your birthday? Find out in Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical comedy. It’s today in Manhattan, and Robert is unable to make a commitment of his own as he makes the circuit of his married friends, alternately observing and participating in the ups and downs of their relationships. COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best- known songs. The study of relationships, love and company is put under a microscope during Robert’s 35th birthday party. Robert has to consider whether it’s best to be single, married or even divorced but living together as his crazy, wedded friends play out every possible example of cohabitation.


COMPANY is onstage at O’Connell & Company in residence at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, NY 14226 (Theatre entrance is in the Helen Long building), May 26 – June 26, 2016. Show times are: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are: $25 with discounts available to seniors, students, industry, military, groups and The Park School community.


For information & ticket orders please call (716) 848-0800 or


O'Connell & Company

in residence at

The Park School of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road

Snyder, New York 14226



10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer

She's young. She's a mom. And now she has cancer. It doesn't seem fair. Here's how you can really help. Melba Newsome, Contributor 7Comments 15 Articles> 10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer

Candace Williams says nothing can prepare you for when your doctor turns to you and says 'you have cancer.' Yet, that's precisely what happened to her in March, 2011. The 36 year-old esthetician, salon owner and mother of two didn't fit the profile of the typical breast cancer patient. Nonetheless she faced the disease head-on, juggling everything during a year of treatment.

"Being sick was really tough for me," she says. "My darkest hour was mid-way through the chemotherapy. I would get sick, and as soon as I started to feel better, I would have to go and get sick again."

Williams faced challenges unique to young women diagnosed with cancer. So often, they are the youngest person in the waiting room and are surrounded by friends who have no frame of reference for what they're going through. In addition to fertility, sex and intimacy and body image challenges, they experience isolation. Online support groups like and can be incredibly valuable.

So often friends rally around asking what they can do. Besides pray -- to whomever, and make it go away -- forever, it's hard to know how friends and relatives can help. Here are 10 ideas to help a friend battling cancer.

  1. Offer Specific Help
    Assume that she needs you and is either reluctant to ask or unable to articulate her needs. Saying "if you need anything, call me" puts the burden on the patient. Psychotherapist Robi Ludwig, a parenting expert, suggests you offer pragmatic things such as driving carpool, making dinner (Take Them a Meal is a great resource to use as you can create a schedule for the family so people won't prepare tuna noodle casseroles six nights in a row!), doing the laundry or helping with the kids' homework. And with her anti-bodies (and energy) at an all-time low, she'll need a healthy meal and a clean home more than ever. See if you can find a cleaning person to work around her chemo schedule. This might be a gift a few friends can chip in on.

  2. Help Her Find a Great Wig
    Before chemo, take her to start looking for a wig to match her hair color, texture and style. Since a good wig can be very expensive, consider taking up a collection for her from friends. Nonprofits like CancerCare and the American Cancer Society provide wigs, prostheses and mastectomy bras to women who can't afford them. You can also arrange for girlfriends to donate hair to Beautiful Lengths or Locks of Love to support the production of quality wigs -- and to show her your support.

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Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

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

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

Her coaching/consulting focus can be viewed at Lights On! is created especially for women:

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