Care Packages for Local Vets and the Homeless Collected by Realtor Jeff Stoffel

San Bernardino, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2017

In honor of Memorial Day on May 29, Realtor Jeff Stoffel, president of Century 21 Showcase, is hosting a donation drive to help veterans and the homeless in San Bernardino County. Items needed include gift certificates for food, canned food and toiletries, which can be dropped off at Century 21 Showcase, 7835 Church Street, Highland, CA. Donations will be given to LightHouse Social Service Centers, which provides support services for veterans, veteran families and the homeless.

“Supporting veterans is important to me and Century 21 Showcase for numerous reasons. Many of our Showcase family and clients are veterans and have served our country and sacrificed a lot,” said Stoffel. “They have shared firsthand how so many veterans are struggling, even with some of the most basic of human needs. Budget cuts the past many years have decimated the funding on many of the programs that veterans relied on. I am hoping that non-veterans will see this as an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans in a way that will show them they are respected, appreciated and are not alone by making a donation.”

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Furthermore, two-thirds served our country for at least three years, one-third were stationed in a war zone, and approximately 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

“We are thrilled that Jeff is helping with this drive. We would like to thank those that support us through this drive,” said Tania Johnson, Program Manager of LightHouse Social Service Centers, whose mission is to help end homelessness within the Inland Empire and has helped find permanent housing for hundreds of homeless veterans and families.

To donate directly to LightHouse Social Service Centers, please visit https://www.razoo.com/story/Lighthousessc.

About Century 21 Showcase

Century 21 Showcase is the premier real estate company in the Inland Empire, offering full service to its clients and Realtor partners with an Escrow Division, Transaction Coordination, Custom Marketing Department, Title, Property Management and Mortgage options. For more information, please call (909) 864-2121, or visit http://www.century21showcase.info. Century 21 Showcase is located at 7835 Church Street, Highland, CA 92346.

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Dr. Maura Marks Touts the Merits of Modern Hearing Aids

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 28, 2017

People are starting to accept that hearing aids can be helpful and are not just for older people. “Wearing a hearing aid doesn’t have the stigma it had when great-grandpa wore his hearing aids years ago,” said Dr. Maura Marks, founder of Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, in a NALA North American Speaker Series (NASS) segment. “He probably wore an iPod-size hearing aid on his body with wires running down from his ears. We have really come a long way since those days. The devices worn were large to accommodate the large batteries and transistors inside.”

In fact, thanks to computer technology, hearing aids today are much smaller and more stylish, and most are not even visible. However, there are still other misconceptions about hearing aids. For example, people tend to focus on price and assume the best place to go is one of the big box stores.

“Many people don’t realize that hearing aids may require reprogramming and other adjustments, as well as repairs,” noted Dr. Marks. “Consumers should look to develop a relationship with a hearing healthcare professional because you will probably have that hearing aid for around 3-5 years. Think about your desk or laptop computer and how many times you’ve required support or service over the same period of time. Another important consideration is that hearing loss needs to be monitored over time, which may require that adjustments be made to the hearing aid fitting.”

Research supports the “use or lose it” concept for hearing and mental activity. People with hearing loss who haven’t worn hearing aids may develop inaccuracies in their speech. “This is because we monitor our speech through our hearing,” added Dr. Marks. “Hearing loss is also associated with social isolation and the tendency to tune out. In fact, hearing aids are being considered as an early treatment for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.”

At Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, a speech language and hearing center, Dr. Marks and her staff treat patients with a variety of disorders, some very complex. They monitor children who have chronic middle ear problems for speech and language delays. They also treat post-stroke patients who are having difficulty hearing and Parkinson’s patients receiving speech therapy for improving voice volume, a characteristic of Parkinson’s disease, who may also need a hearing aid.

“We have also noticed a concern by millennials about their hearing. We recently fit hearing aids on a younger gentleman who noticed he was having difficulty understanding speech in competing noise and he loves them,” concluded Dr. Marks. “Improvements in hearing aid technology provide greater clarity for listening in background noise and can offer custom programming for a variety of daily listening situations.”

To listen to Dr. Marks’ NASS segment in its entirety, please visit http://thenala.com/north-american-speaker-series/dr.-maura-marks-phd-aud. The NALA’s NASS gives small and medium-sized business owners a unique platform to present their stories and industry expertise to a diverse, hyper-local audience through short, poignant audio segments.

About Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston

Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston was founded by Dr. Maura Marks, Ph.D., Au.D. It has been providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to the Boston and Metro West communities for more than 16 years. Dr. Marks is among a small group of professionals with two doctoral degrees and dually certified in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. For more information, please call (508) 359-4532, or visit http://www.speechlanguageandhearingassociates.com.

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Best Frequent Flyer Programs Chosen by 4.2 million Road Warriors

Jersey City, NJ (PRWEB) April 28, 2017

Recognizing the best of travel loyalty programs, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards has been named frequent flyer Program of the Year. Marriott Rewards held the top spot, for the tenth consecutive year, taking the highest honor among hotel programs in the Americas region at the 2017 Freddie Awards. The Freddie Awards were on Thursday, April 27th, hosted this year at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson Jersey City, New Jersey. A record number of 4.2 million frequent travelers from around the globe voted in this year’s campaign.

Internationally, Norwegian Reward is Program of the Year for the Europe/Africa region and EL AL Matmid received the Program of the Year Freddie Award in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region. Among hotel programs, Le Club AccorHotels is Program of the Year for the Europe/Africa region and Starwood Preferred Guest takes top honors as Program of the Year for hotels in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region.

In the popular credit card category, Chase Bank was a big winner by issuing the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card. American Express Membership Rewards took top honors in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region while upstart Norwegian Reward won in the Europe/Africa region with their credit card issued by Bank Norwegian.

Also announced were the 210 Award for programs whose value vote rating was trending higher (up-and-comers). Winners in this category included Choice Privileges, Avianca Lifemiles, Le Club AccorHotels, TAP Victoria, ANA Mileage Clubs and Trident Hotels Trident Privilege.

The Freddie Awards represent excellence among travel loyalty programs around the globe and rate the best programs in six categories: Program of the Year, Best Promotion, Best Redemption Ability, Best Customer Service, Best Elite Program and Best Loyalty Credit Card. Voters had six weeks to vote and were permitted to vote for programs in one of three global regions: Americas, Europe/Africa and Middle East/Asia/Oceania. Voting also was available in nine different languages.

The awards were announced this evening during a gala event at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson in Jersey City, New Jersey. More than 440 airline, hotel and credit card representatives attended the ceremony, along with frequent flyers who voted in this year’s awards. “We are delighted to once again allow frequent flyers throughout the world the opportunity to select the travel loyalty programs that they believe have achieved excellence,” said Randy Petersen, founder of the Freddie Awards. “This is not an elitist view of these programs nor a popular vote, but rather the ‘best’ are determined by the votes of those who spend a great deal of their life on the road and in turn are appreciative of the value they bring to their members.”

The Freddie Awards are named after the late Sir Freddie Laker, who attracted fame (and a knighthood in the United Kingdom) for pioneering low-cost air travel across the Atlantic in the 1970s.

The presenting sponsor this year was Barclaycard. Other sponsors included Points, eBags, Connexions Loyalty, BoardingArea and Mileslife. The Freddie Awards were custom designed by Society Awards.

And the winners are:

Americas

Airline 

Program of the Year — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards 

Best Elite Program — American Airlines – AAdvantage (6th consecutive year)

Best Promotion — Avianca – LifeMiles 

Best Customer Service — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards 

Best Redemption Ability — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards

210 AWARD — Avianca – LifeMiles

Hotel Category

Program of the Year — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards (10th consecutive year)

Best Elite Program — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards 

Best Promotion — MGM – M life Rewards

Best Customer Service — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards 

Best Redemption Ability — Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards 

210 AWARD — Accor Hotels – Le Club AccorHotels 

Credit Card

Best Loyalty Credit Card — Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards from Chase Bank

Europe & Africa

Airline Category

Program of the Year — Norwegian Air – Norwegian Reward

Best Elite Program — AIR FRANCE/KLM – Flying Blue 

Best Promotion — AIR FRANCE/KLM – Flying Blue 

Best Customer Service — Aeroflot – Aeroflot Bonus

Best Redemption Ability — Aeroflot – Aeroflot Bonus

210 AWARD — TAP Portugal – Victoria

Hotel Category

Program of the Year — Accor Hotels – Le Club AccorHotels 

Best Elite Program — Starwood – Starwood Preferred Guest (6th consecutive year)

Best Promotion — Accor Hotels – Le Club AccorHotels 

Best Customer Service — Accor Hotels – Le Club AccorHotels 

Best Redemption Ability — Accor Hotels – Le Club AccorHotels 

210 AWARD — Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Credit Card

Best Affinity Credit Card — Bank Norwegian Norwegian Card

Middle East & Asia/Oceania

Airline Category

Program of the Year — EL AL – Matmid Club 

Best Elite Program — Virgin Australia – Velocity 

Best Promotion — EL AL – Matmid Club 

Best Customer Service — EL AL – Matmid Club 

Best Redemption Ability — Virgin Australia – Velocity 

210 AWARD — ANA – ANA Mileage Club

Hotel Category

Program of the Year — Starwood Preferred Guest 

Best Elite Program — Starwood Preferred Guest 

Best Promotion — Starwood Preferred Guest 

Best Customer Service — Starwood Preferred Guest 

Best Redemption Ability — Starwood Preferred Guest 

210 AWARD — Trident Hotels – Trident Privilege

Credit Card

Best Affinity Credit Card — American Express Membership Rewards

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