VIRGIN AMERICA INTRODUCES NEW FOOD MENU FOR WINTER TRAVELERS

Award-Winning Airline Launches New Seasonal First Class and Main Cabin Menus and Expands Healthy Food Selection with “Travel Light” Options for Calorie-Weary Holiday Travelers

VIRGIN AMERICA, the California-based airline known for its award-winning cuisine, announces its new seasonal winter menu. Since its launch in 2007, VIRGIN AMERICA has earned a list of travel industry awards including “BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE” in the CONDE NAST TRAVELER 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS and recently won “BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE” in TRAVEL + LEISURE’S WORLD’S BEST AWARDS for the fifth consecutive year.

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Headquartered in California, VIRGIN AMERICA offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. In just over five years flying, the airline has expanded to 20 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA) and starting April 2, 2013 – Newark.

Earlier this year, Virgin America rolled out enhancements to its ELEVATE FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM — including ELEVATE GOLD and ELEVATE SILVER status levels that offer perks such as:  priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.

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M-EDGE LAUNCHES NEW CASE STYLES FOR IPHONE 5

JUST IN TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL CES 2013, M-EDGE’S LATEST SMARTPHONE ACCESSORIES OFFER PROTECTION AND STYLE

M-EDGE, a leading designer of tablet, smartphone, and e-reader accessories, today launches an expanded line of cases for iPhone 5.  M-Edge products are currently available at medgestore.com as well as at retailers nationwide including BEST BUY, TARGET, STAPLES, and various wireless carriers.

Just in time for CES 2013, M-Edge's latest smartphone accessories offer protection and style.  (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

Just in time for CES 2013, M-Edge’s latest smartphone accessories offer protection and style. (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

MAVERICK 2-IN-1 CASE – $39.99: Choose your level of toughness. The MAVERICK comes with a polycarbonate snap-on shell available in bright patterns, cool 3D textures, or sophisticated fabrics like carbon fiber as well as a removable shock-absorbent silicone bumper to give you extra defense against drops and dings.

TANGO DUAL LAYER CASE – $34.99: Made with a tough polycarbonate outer shell that’s printed with trendy patterns and an inner silicone layer that adds a bright pop of color, this case is fashion and function.

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ALTER EGO SKIN – $19.99: Available in vibrant and glow-in-the-dark colors, this case lets you morph from your daytime persona to your nighttime Alter Ego.  Made from durable silicone, the Alter Ego maintains its shape through rigorous daily use.

SUPERSHELL CASE – $29.99:  Now available for the iPhone 5, the SuperShell is drop-proof, shock-absorbent protection for the accident-prone, kids, and families alike.

M-Edge CEO Patrick Mish says, “As we continue to grow our offerings into smartphones and laptops, we are focusing heavily on fashion and protection.  Our lineup for these new devices continues to offer a quality product in a wide variety of colors and styles for the customer that wants more than basic black.”

To shop all M-Edge iPhone 5 products, customers can visit medgestore.com or follow M-Edge on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

SOURCE:  M-EDGE
Web Site: http://www.medgestore.com

Denzel Washington has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors

DENZEL WASHINGTON has been voted the TOP MONEY-MAKING STAR OF 2012 in QUIGLEY PUBLISHING COMPANY‘s 81ST ANNUAL POLL of MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITORS. This is Washington’s eighth appearance in the QUIGLEY POLL, and his first win. Exhibitors felt Washington was responsible for more traffic to movie theatres than any other Hollywood star this year based on his performances in “Flight” and “Safe House.” Washington is the fourth black American to win the Poll, joining WILL SMITH (2005), EDDIE MURPHY (1987) and SIDNEY POITIER (1968)  In 81 years, eight women have been voted first in the Top Ten a total of sixteen times, with JULIE ANDREWS , DORIS DAY, SHIRLEY TEMPLE and MARIE DRESSLER winning multiple times.

Denzel Washington has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in Quigley Publishing Company's 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Washington's eighth appearance in the Quigley Poll, and his first win. Anne Hathaway placed second. (PRNewsFoto/Quigley Publishing Company)

Denzel Washington has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Washington’s eighth appearance in the Quigley Poll, and his first win. Anne Hathaway placed second. (PRNewsFoto/Quigley Publishing Company)

QUIGLEY PUBLISHING COMPANY was founded in 1915 and has published the International Motion Picture Almanac annually since 1930 and the International Television & Video Almanac since 1955.  Historical data, analysis and all of the TOP TEN MONEY-MAKING STAR POLLS dating back to 1932 are available in the 2013 edition of the International Motion Picture Almanac and on our web site www.quigleypublishing.com Continue reading

FROM POLIO TO PREMATURITY: MARCH OF DIMES CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF LIFE-SAVING ACHIEVEMENTS

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MARCH OF DIMES, the leading non-profit organization for maternal and infant health, will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013 and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The MARCH OF DIMES (founded January 3rd, 1938) is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, MARCH FOR BABIES®, MARCH OF DIMES works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.com or www.nacersano.org. About 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

March of Dimes founder FDR in 1938. Celebrating 75 years of healthier babies.  (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes)

March of Dimes founder FDR in 1938. Celebrating 75 years of healthier babies. (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes)

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Dr. Jonas Salk in lab, 1954

The MARCH OF DIMES plans a year-long celebration in 2013 beginning on January 30th to honor its founder, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, who was born on that day.  Affected by polio himself, FDR established the Foundation in 1938 to “lead, direct and unify” the fight against polio. In FDR’s day, polio was an epidemic disease that paralyzed or killed up to 52,000 Americans, mostly children, every year. Continue reading

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH ENTERS ITS SECOND DECADE IN MIAMI BEACH WITH A DISPLAY OF PREMIER QUALITY WORKS AND STRONG PROGRAMMING ACROSS THE CITY

2012 EDITION ENDED ON A STRONG NOTE ON ALL FRONTS: GALLERIES ACROSS THE BOARD REPORTED CONSISTENT SALES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2012 Images by SHELDON BALDIE, Staff Photographer/Fashion+Lifestyle

Other Images courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel/Basel & Art Basel Hong Kong

Markus Linnebrink, therearethreewaysofdoingthings, 2012, Pigments and Epoxy Resin on Wood, $28,000

Markus Linnebrink, therearethreewaysofdoingthings, 2012, Pigments and Epoxy Resin on Wood, $28,000 – Sheldon Baldie

‘After the destruction that the gallery experienced from Hurricane Sandy it is significant that we were able to show at Art Basel Miami Beach. All of our efforts were rewarded by meaningful sales at the fair and wonderful exposure for our younger artists.’ – STEFANIA BORTOLAMI, BORTOLAMI GALLERY, NEW YORK

Michael Reafsnyder, "Snack Shack", 2012, acrylic on Canvas, 60 X 72 Inches,

Michael Reafsnyder, “Snack Shack”, 2012, acrylic on Canvas, 60 X 72 Inches – Sheldon Baldie

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, USA – The 2012 EDITION of ART BASEL in MIAMI BEACH officially closed on Sunday, December 9, with high praise from critics, exhibitors and visitors, calling it Art Basel’s most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date. ART BASEL stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in BASEL (SWITZERLAND), HONG KONG, and MIAMI BEACH. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the globe, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world. www.artbasel.com. Continue reading

HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON ON CAPITOL HILL ANNOUNCED $70,000 AND $30,000 INAUGURATION WEEKEND PACKAGES

WITH PRIME CAPITOL HILL LOCATION, HYATT HOTEL OFFERS SERVICE AND ACCESS ROOM NIGHTS START AT $599

HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON ON CAPITOL HILL announced its $70,000 PRESIDENTIAL ENTOURAGE, and $30,000 HISTORIC CAPITOL HILL packages, just in time for travelers planning their JANUARY 18TH – 21ST INAUGURATION weekend trip. With its prime Capitol Hill location, HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON offers front row access to the capitol building and inauguration site, deluxe accommodations, special rates and new packages for travelers eager to experience the destination and historic weekend events.

With its prime Capitol Hill location, Hyatt Regency Washington offers front row access to the nation's capitol building and inauguration site, deluxe accommodations, special rates and new packages for travelers eager to experience the destination and historic weekend events.  (PRNewsFoto/Hyatt Regency Washington)

With its prime Capitol Hill location, Hyatt Regency Washington offers front row access to the nation’s capitol building and inauguration site, deluxe accommodations, special rates and new packages for travelers eager to experience the destination and historic weekend events. (PRNewsFoto/Hyatt Regency Washington)

HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON is located in the forefront of one of the most powerful places in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill, and features a five-story contemporary atrium lobby with 836 modern guestrooms, including 30 suites, a full-service restaurant and lounge, ARTICLE ONE-AMERICAN GRILL, and 38,000 square feet of total meeting space.

Having recently unveiled a $12 million renovation, HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON offers newly renovated guest rooms complete with new mattresses and bedding, carpeting, wall covering and light fixtures, and the installation of the new ecoMode® thermostat, to assist with hotel’s energy conservation efforts.  Continue reading

HELLO 2013!: NEW DRINK RECIPES AND FINE SPIRITS TO SPICE UP YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

As you get ready to put the final touches on your upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration, you are probably looking for ways to pamper your guests, to spice up the atmosphere, to get away from all those “been there, done that”, boring cocktails and drinks you normally serve. The following fine spirits and liqueurs are sure to make your party that much more exciting and leaving your guests wanting more. And if you can’t incorporate them into this year’s party, don’t worry. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Enjoy.

 

Jack From Brooklyn Sorel Lqueur  (Cheryl Gorski/FashionManiac.com)

Jack From Brooklyn Sorel Lqueur (Cheryl Gorski/FashionManiac.com)

As a child growing up in the Caribbean, I had long enjoyed Sorrel as a non-alcoholic drink and as a “cure-all” for what ails you.

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Likewise, natives of the various Caribbean islands have long known the hibiscus plant to be a potent spice, as well as for its other uses. Famous for its curative properties–and as a powerful aphrodisiac–the flower leaves are fermented, and served on festive occasions. Each island enjoys slight differences in their recipes, relative to their indigenous horticulture but one thing remains the same: It’s a damn good drink in every shape and form. So imagine my surprise and delight when I encountered JACK FROM BROOKLYN SOREL LIQUEUR (www.jackfrombrooklyn.com) at the Spring/Summer 2013 New Fashion Week Shows in September! It was like going home again and revisiting my childhood. So, what is “Sorel”? It is basically a sophisticated, hibiscus-infused liqueur inspired by the sorrel drink that is popular in the Caribbean. But it’s more than just hibiscus because it has complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg.

JACK FROM BROOKLYN “SOREL” LIQUEUR is expertly handcrafted in small batches from Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia, Nigerian ginger, Indonesian nutmeg, Moroccan hibiscus, pure cane sugar, and organic New York grain alcohol. A modern twist on an exotic classic, Sorel offers a unique aromatic profile and a distinctive flavor, creating vast new options for both consumer and professional mixologists alike. Below you will find two drink recipes from the JACK FROM BROOKLYN website, but you will find even more at www. http://jackfrombrooklyn.com/allrecipes/.

SOREL LUQUEUR is just beginning to gain major traction and distribution around the country.  If you can’t find it locally, look for online retailers like DrinkUpNY to purchase a bottle. At around $33, this is a must-have addition to your liquor cabinet; it’s just that good. Add Sorel to your favorite drinks and recipes, and you’ll see why I—and so many others are so excited about this new product!

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

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