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After Years Sharing Bad News, Former TV Anchor to Co-Host Good News ‘Angels’ Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:50

A beloved TV news anchor who got tired of being “the mouthpiece for the daily human tragedy” and a popular international speaker are the hosts of a unique new TV series, “Angels in the Neighborhood.”

Beverly Kidd left TV news two years ago and launched a successful career in real estate. Robert Van Arlen is a keynote speaker, emcee and concert pianist who volunteers his talents for several charities. The two just wrapped production of the show’s pilot, said series creator and co-executive producer Jim Lindsey.

“We’re telling true, compelling stories to introduce the American public to the real human angels in their neighborhoods,” says Lindsey, who has developed numerous primetime TV specials, network series and major motion pictures while serving as vice chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. “But that’s just one aspect of this project. We want to create a grassroots movement of Angel copycats, if you will. We also plan to donate10 percent of profits from the show to the Angels we discover.”

The production is inspired and funded by John Shimer, a director of the charitable corporation Fortune Family Foundation.

“Angels in the Neighborhood,” produced by Angel Wings Entertainment of Los Angeles, answers a prayer for co-host Kidd.

“For 10 years, I read the evening news in Phoenix and realized that I didn't want to be the mouthpiece for the daily human tragedy,” she says. “So in 2011, I left my job and went into real estate. I didn't think I'd work in TV again because it wasn't fulfilling.”

When she was invited to co-host “Angels in the Neighborhood,” she immediately said yes.

“I love the idea of creating not just a TV show but a culture, a movement of people helping people. I can't tell you how many people used to ask me, ‘Why can't you tell positive stories on the news?' This is what viewers have been asking for.”

Van Arlen, meanwhile, says the show aligns perfectly with his core values.

“I believe in building inspirational communities one person at a time,” he says. “This is an amazing opportunity to inspire others to get involved with local charities all over the country.”

The company invites the public to submit nominations for Angel candidates by visiting

Visit; find it at or follow on Twitter, @AngelWingsTV.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:13

MOLINE, IL -- If you want "real" reality television, look no further than WQPT and PBS.

CHI & Partners, a New York marketing and advertising agency, created a series of fake reality television trailers for public television, comparing absurd reality TV with the quality of public television programming. WQPT will air these trailers throughout October.

At the end of these trailers a plain and simple message is revealed, "The fact that you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV." According to WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess, the trailers are intended to make people realize that although they might occasionally indulge in reality-style programming, it's also important to support a public broadcasting station, which doesn't have a giant marketing force behind it and relies on its members to keep running.

"We saw these spots and thought they were very funny. We asked WNET in New York if they would be willing to allow us to share them with our audience," Pruess added. "While the message is intended as tongue-in-cheek, we want people to stop and think about the value that our public television station delivers to our communities, at no cost. We hope these spots will start a vibrant conversation about quality television and remind viewers why they should support local public television."

The trailers can also be viewed at and at

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Ill.


Experience C-SPAN during a Davenport PUBLIC VISIT at CASI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:32
Public Invited to Tour Unique C-SPAN Bus, Meet C-SPAN Representatives

Davenport area residents are invited to step aboard the C-SPAN Bus and take a FREE TOUR of a unique, interactive multi-media center.  

Thursday, August 22

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Parked outside CASI  -- 1035 West Kimberly Road  --  Davenport

With a fresh new look, the C-SPAN Bus is kicking off a new tour season – bringing its digital Video Library and public affairs resources to Davenport.  Teachers, students and the public will enjoy this tour of a 45-foot bus that is unlike anything else – state-of-the-art digital media technology on wheels.  Learn about the First Ladies series or how to follow Washington Your Way – encourage students to participate in StudentCam (Iowa students earned national recognition in recent contests). Door prizes and great information for all visitors.   FREE & open to the public.

Mediacom is proud to sponsor C-SPAN’s Iowa tour, with visits in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Mason City.  C-SPAN is a non-partisan, non-profit cable network founded and funded by the cable industry.  Mediacom customers will find all THREE C-SPAN channels on local channel lineups.  Special thanks to the Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI).

For more information, visit: or contact Mediacom’s community relations office at 515-707-7148.

New Book “Darn Good” Opens Door to Little Prairie Schoolhouses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:45

There were few settlers in the west until after the Civil War. When they arrived one of the first things they did was build a schoolhouse made out of logs. Soon rural education districts were developed and the need for teachers grew dramatically. The struggle to provide those teachers grew as rapidly. The story of education in Minnesota  followed along that line and Steve Grineski captures it in his new book We Were Pretty Darn Good.

Teddy Roosevelt said that the farmer was the back bone of America and the need for education was absolutely necessary. His words and subsequent Country Life Commission in 1909 spurred an impetus. Soon chalk and blackboard became common place in schoolhouses in countryside America and progressive education was underway. .The story is in Steve Grineski’s new book We Were Pretty Darn Good recently published by History Publishing Company.

Paul Theobold, Dean of Education at Buena Vista University, knows a great deal about history and education and said of Steve Grineski’s new book that “Utilizing sources ignored by the vast majority of historians who rush to document America’s urban experience, he demonsrates that there was a time in America when the countryside mattered, when genuine efforts were made to tailor rural education to the circumstances of life.”

Author Steve Grineski has documented those efforts and  uncovered a virtual  mother lode of information and fact that brings alive a remarkable time in America  adding to the legacy of the world of education and the nostalgic world of countryside America that added immeasurably to the  growth of the United States.

Steve Grineski started his teaching career in 1975 as an elementary teacher. In 1984 he joined the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) faculty and in 1989 earned his doctorate from the University of North Dakota. We Were Pretty Darn Good 9781933909523 was published by History Published Company in May, 2013. It is also available in e-book 1-933909295.It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and fine bookstores everywhere.

Poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez Publishes Kindle Edition of "Hey Yo! Yo Soy!" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gabrielle David   
Friday, 16 August 2013 08:28

2Leaf Press publishes Kindle Edition of Historical Bilingual Poetry Collection by Nuyorican poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/14/2013 -- 2Leaf Press is pleased to announce its first Kindle publication, "Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition" by Nuyorican poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez. Besides being the first major contemporary poet to publish his works bilingually in the U.S., he is also the first to publish his collected works as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

The 386-page bilingual print edition published in October 2012, is currently available for sale on and other online outlets. The collection, comprised of three previously published books, "Casting Long Shadows" (1970), "Have You Seen Liberation" (1971), and "Street Poetry & Other Poems" (1972), consist of 60 poems about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio.

Born and raised in New York City from parents who migrated from Puerto Rico, Meléndez notes, “Back then, it was a different experience being a Puerto Rican in New York City. The sense of not belonging to Puerto Rico and not belonging in the United States is something everyone was going through. Writing gave me a chance to prove that I was a human being and in doing so, I became part of a movement that connected me to my heritage.” Meléndez has long been considered one of the founders of the Nuyorican Movement.

The Spanish translations, which appear alongside the English, have been superbly rendered by Adam Wier, Carolina Fung Feng, and Marjorie González. The collection includes a forward by Samuel Diaz and Carmen M. Pietri-Diaz, a commentary about the translation process by Wier, an introduction by Sandy Maria Esteves, and an afterword by Jaime “Shaggy” Flores, as well as historical photos of Meléndez and an exclusive interview, edited by Gabrielle David and Kevin E. Tobar Pesántez. All of this material has been retained and is available on the Kindle edition as well.

Very few literary publishers have committed to publishing poetry in an eBook format,” says Gabrielle David, publisher of 2Leaf Press. “The first problem is the budget, being able to afford qualified people to convert the books properly into a stable digital format that’s readable across numerous devices. The biggest problem is figuring out the best way to format the work without losing the spacing or formatting of the poems. We’ve been looking at this closely for the past two years and feel confident that by using HTML formatting techniques with clean code, and paying special attention to line breaks and spacing, for the most part, we can maintain the aesthetics of the author’s poetry.”

The press has decided to break out its eBook titles with Amazon’s Kindle before expanding its market to Nook and Kobo. “For the benefit of anyone reading this,” explains David, “you don't have to own a Kindle to read our books. You can download one of the free Kindle Apps on for your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.” 2Leaf Press plans to upload titles directly to Barnes & Noble and KoboBooks in the immediate future.

Whether it’s in print or eBook format, 2Leaf Press encourages readers to pick up a copy of "Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition." It is a collection to be devoured as a single sustained narrative, from the first page to the last; a worthy addition in anyone’s library.


2Leaf Press || NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES || ISBN: 978-0988476301 || LCCN: 2012951817

About 2Leaf Press
2Leaf Press is an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy.

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