Fiddlers Creek Recognized Among Americas Best Communities

Naples, FL (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Fiddlers Creek has been selected as one of Americas Top 100 Best Master-Planned Communities by, a leading online network of active retirement communities.

Fiddlers Creek was one of just 23 master-planned communities throughout the state of Florida and the only community in the Naples/Collier County area to be included on the list. It was specifically recognized for its community amenities, including restaurants/food services, planned activities, fitness center, pools/spas, golf course, and beach and boating opportunities.

Established in 1995, is the worlds largest online network of active retirement, independent living, assisted living and community based retirement services. Its current list of member communities tops 103,000. The complete list of the Best Communities can be found at

Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddlers Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as Best Community in the 2012 Southwest Florida Readers Choice Awards. It also is the recipient of three 2012 CBIA Sand Dollar Awards for Community of the Year, Best Special Event for Residents New Years Eve Party and Best Community Newsletter.

Fiddlers Creek comprises of nearly 4,000 acres and is zoned for 6,000 residences. With a very low density level of 1.6 homes per gross acre, Fiddlers Creek will have about 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Less than a third of the land will be developed, while the remainder is dedicated to nature reserves, lakes, parks, golf courses and recreational areas.

Amenities include the 54,000-square-foot club & spa, fitness center, tropical lagoon-style swimming complex, tennis courts, tot lot, and casual and elegant dining restaurants. The Club offers a luxurious resort lifestyle and is the location of numerous community-wide parties and special events hosted throughout the year for residents of all ages at Fiddlers Creek.

The extensive calendar of social events ranges from elaborate poolside parties and themed events to dinner shows and concerts, environmental programs, and childrens activities, and theres a year-rounders group to keep the activities hopping all year along. These events bring residents together to experience the world-class lifestyle amenities that Fiddlers Creek offers.

Homeowners also have the opportunity enjoy top rate golf through The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, the 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course at Fiddlers Creek is ranked for the eighth consecutive year among Golfweek Magazines 2012 Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. The golf course features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. Non-residents can also now access this great golf course. A limited number of annual and seasonal golf memberships are available with term date flexibility to suit the needs of the golfers in the area.

Residents seeking a beach and boating lifestyle may join the Tarpon Club. Located just down the road in the Isles of Capri, the Tarpon Club features a full-service marina, beach pavilion at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, luxurious resort and spa privileges, priority seating and dining rewards at Sale e Pepe, and spectacular social events on and off shore. The Club also offers an on-site, full-service concierge to assist with dining reservations, concert tickets and much more. A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships are currently available offering term date flexibility to meet the needs of area beach and boating enthusiasts.

Pre-construction residences at Fiddler’s Creek currently start in the $ 300s and are being offered by three well-respected homebuilders – D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction.

Move-in-ready homes are available for those families anxious to experience the resort lifestyle at Fiddlers Creek.

From Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 1-5 pm daily, D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction are having a Holiday Model Open House. Fiddlers Creek residents and non-residents are welcome to tour the models and enjoy light snacks and refreshments.

For more community and membership information, call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddlers Creek Sales Center located at 8152 Fiddlers Creek Parkway or visit the community online at

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National Trust For Historic Preservation Names North Dakota’s Elkhorn Ranch One Of America’s Most Endangered Places

Washinton DC (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

This annual list spotlights important examples of the nations architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.

A proposed road and bridge near Elkhorn Ranch would visually disrupt the landscape as well as introduce industrial traffic, noise and dust, through the very place that inspired Roosevelts views on conservation, according to Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust. Additionally, a permit for a proposed private gravel mining operation directly across the Little Missouri River from the Elkhorn Ranch Site is nearing approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

Earlier this week, the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) announced its support for a proposal to designate the area where Roosevelt ranched before he became president as a national monument. Tweed Roosevelt, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and President of the TRA, said today he welcomes the recognition by the National Trust and will work with the Trust staff to preserve the site.

North Dakota is lucky to have one of the most famous sites in the history of conservation, Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, right in its beautiful Bad Lands, said Tweed Roosevelt. TR fought those who would ravage our natural resources for the benefit of the few. Now it is time to fight to save his ranch from the same type of selfish people today who would destroy it for their own personal gain.

Lowell Baier, former president of the Boone and Crockett Club, and a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, said: The Elkhorn Ranch is the very cradle of conservation in America, the sacred ground of the conservation movement, a geographic, tangible Arcadian icon of Americans cultural identity, symbolizing the conservation ethic unique to our Nation which Theodore Roosevelt conceived here in the 1880s. Hence it has also been referred to as the Walden Pond of the American West.

The Elkhorn Ranch, located along the Little Missouri River in the rugged North Dakota Badlands, inspired President Theodore Roosevelts deep appreciation for the American West and for conservation. Roosevelt first traveled to the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s to hunt buffalo and was so taken by the area that he invested in two ranches, making the Elkhorn Ranch his home. It was here that he first witnessed the rapid degradation of America’s wilderness and wildlife, and recognized the importance of conserving such national resources. The heart of the ranch is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

During his presidency, Roosevelt set aside over 230 million acres of public lands in the form of National Parks, National Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests. Roosevelt said of Elkhorn, I never would have been President if it had not been for my experience in North Dakota.

“The Elkhorn Ranch is not only a picturesque historic site, but as a home to Theodore Roosevelt, a true cradle of conservation in the United States, said Trust President Meeks. “Building a road this close to the Elkhorn Ranch would permanently destroy the nationally significant historic place. Roosevelt had an enormous influence on Americas public lands system and promoted nationwide conservation of natural and cultural sites. His legacy should continue today through protection of this place.

Public comments on the proposed road and Little Missouri River crossing are being taken by the Federal Highway Administration until June 22. They can be submitted by mail to Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, Jennifer Turnbow, Project Manager, 128 Soo Line Dr., Bismarck, ND 58501 or by email to jennifer(dot)turnbow(at)kljeng(dot)com. Public comments on the proposed gravel mining operation are being taken by the U.S. Forest Service until June 11. A copy of the environmental assessment on the gravel operation, and the opportunity to comment, can be found at

Members of the public are invited to learn more about what they can do to support these 11 historic places and hundreds of other endangered sites at

Tweed Roosevelt, for interview purposes, can be reached at 617-523-8737

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PowerPatent Hosts Free Webinar for Independent Inventors: How Computerized Tools Can Help Inventors Handle Upcoming Revisions to Americas Patent Laws

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) September 19, 2012

PowerPatent, the company that empowers entrepreneurs and innovators to protect their intellectual property, is hosting a free webinar for inventors and entrepreneurs who are considering ways to cost-effectively patent their intellectual property.

Titled The AIA First-To-File Law: How Computerized Tools Can Help Inventors Handle Upcoming Revisions to Americas Patent Laws, the webinar is a great opportunity to learn how important revisions to the America Invents Act (AIA) will change how and when inventors should file their patents. The webinar will also discuss patent search techniques and software that can help inventors quickly prepare high quality provisional applications for their inventions.

Under the AIA, the United States is changing from a first to invent patent system to a first inventor to file patent system. This change in filing will take effect in March 2013, and has implications that will require inventors and businesses to update their patent development and filing strategies.

Webinar details

Over the course of one hour, nationally known patent attorney Bao Tran and Mark Reyland, executive director of the UIA, will examine the new law and assess what steps entrepreneurs should take to ensure their patent strategy maximizes protection of their ideas. For an inventors perspective, Dr. Phi Nguyen of MIBA Medical Inc. will share what he learned to cost-effectively develop a robust IP portfolio for his start-up company.

Some of the items well cover:

1. First to invent vs. first inventor to file: whats the difference in practical terms?

2. What is rules development and what is the official position of the USPTO in that process?

3. Best practices for using inventor notebooks in light of the new law.

4. Tips to determine which patents to file and the best way to file them using free search tools.

5. How technology can reduce the cost of writing and filing provisional patent applications.

When: Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:00 PM PDT. Register here:

About PowerPatent

PowerPatent Inc. is a privately held software applications company headquartered in Silicon Valley. Our companys products are designed and developed by a team of legal, software, user experience, and Web design professionals.

Our mission is to democratize the intellectual property (IP) ecosystem. Our tools provide a cost-efficient framework for inventors to participate in the IP system and be recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity. For more information, visit, follow us @powerpatent on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

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Stamps Teach! Americas Stamp Club Encourages Teachers to Bring Stamps into the Classroom

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) August 30, 2012

Stamps Teach! Americas Stamp Club Encourages Teachers to Bring Stamps into the Classroom

The American Philatelic Society helps teachers learn how to use the colorful world of postage stamps to expand students classroom experience.

Postage stamps are an easy and fun way to increase student participation in classroom activities. Stamp subjects can enhance any curriculum from poetry to physics to phys ed. They also can be used with any grade level, although they are particularly effective with elementary school children. These tiny bits of paper, and a little imagination, can bring lessons to life.

Here are a few suggestions for incorporating stamps into typical lesson plans:

History can be difficult for young students to grasp, but by engaging the class in hands-on activities, the past can become part of their world. Take the story of Lewis and Clark: how can their mission to explore the West and find a passage to the Pacific Ocean be made relevant to 21st-century students? Teachers can highlight the explorers route across a modern map of the United States, then challenge their students to follow that trail using stamps. Where did they go? Who did they meet? What did they see? Students can affix the appropriate stamps to the map or make their own illustrated diary of the trip. More activities related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition can be found in the APS booklet. The pdf is available in the sidebar of this release.

Social studies teachers often require students to prepare a report on one of the fifty states. Using stamps to illustrate the story makes otherwise dry facts become much more exciting. Over the years, the United States Postal Service has issued stamps with state flags, trees, flowers, birds, famous architecture, historic sites, notable personalities, historic events, agriculture, arts, and industry. For example, a report on Pennsylvania might include famous residents such as writer Louisa May Alcott, actor Jimmy Stewart, baseball great Roberto Clemente, and President Dwight D. Eisnhower. In addition, the student might add stamps featuring the hemlock (state tree), whitetail deer (state mammal), the Liberty Bell, the Slinky, Hershey chocolate, Gettysburg, first U.S. oil well, and Valley Forge. The APS offers 19 sets of free downloadable, full-color album pages featuring different states at More are in preparation.

In fact, Americas stamp club has a WHOLE SERIES of free stamp albums that can serve as excellent tools for teachers looking for new ideas. These mini-albums cover fishing, baseball, toys, national parks, holidays, movies, space, the Olympics, Black Heritage, Hispanic Americans, and more. A brief history of the story behind each stamp is included.

Many English classes ask students to keep a journal. Why not A Stamp Album About ME? Each member of the class would create a personal album using stamps to show some of the students favorite things: sports, food, hobbies, vacations, food, activities, pets, holidays, etc. The album could include separate chapters on family and friends.

Stamps are a relatively inexpensive addition to the curriculum. The local post office and mail delivered to private homes or businesses are good sources for new and used stamps. The APS has 600+ dealer members whose contact information can be found at (searchable by topic and geographic location). Stamp shows and local stamp clubs are two other good resources ( Local stamp clubs often will share duplicate stamps if teachers mention that they want to use them in the classroom.

Why use stamps in the classroom?

To promote teamwork
To teach research techniques
To build communication skills
To discover aspects of American life
To explore other countries and cultures
To encourage creativity through stamp design
T o reinforce language skills through storytelling
To increase the motivational level of at-risk students
To challenge the gifted child as he/she explores with stamps
To enhance the development of reading, writing, and math skills
And because its FUN!

The American Philatelic Society is the ultimate resource for teachers interested in using stamps in their classrooms. Visit or contact Gretchen Moody by phone: 814-933-3803, ext. 239, e-mail: gretchen(at)stamps(dot)org.

National Fish Habitat Partnership Releases Updated Action Plan to Conserve America’s Aquatic Resources

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

The National Fish Habitat Board today released the second edition of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (Action Plan), setting forth a mission-critical approach to conserving the nations aquatic resources for the future. The original National Fish Habitat Action Plan, created in 2006, carried a great vision forward to protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitats through partnerships. While the original Plan met its objectives set forth in 2010, the mission and goals of the plan remain the same and are the foundation of the second edition of the Plan for 2012 and beyond.

The second edition of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan is built on the foundation of advancing the conservation practices of the individual National Fish Habitat Partnerships, the working units of the National Fish Habitat Partnership. The five new objectives in the Plan include:

Achieve measurable habitat conservation results through strategic actions of Fish Habitat Partnerships that improve ecological condition, restore natural processes, or prevent the decline of intact and healthy systems leading to better fish habitat conditions and increased fishing opportunities.

Establish a consensus set of national conservation strategies as a framework to guide future actions and investment by the Fish Habitat Partnerships by 2013.

Broaden the community of support for fish habitat conservation by increasing fishing opportunities, fostering the participation of local communities especially young people in conservation activities, and raising public awareness of the role healthy fish habitats play in the quality of life and economic well-being of local communities.

Fill gaps in the National Fish Habitat Assessment and its associated database to empower strategic conservation action supported by broadly available scientific information, and integrate socio-economic data in the analysis to improve peoples lives in a manner consistent with fish habitat conservation goals.

Communicate the conservation outcomes produced collectively by Fish Habitat Partnerships as well as new opportunities and voluntary approaches for conserving fish habitat to the public and conservation partners.

The second edition of the Action Plan details how the new objectives will be implemented. The Plan also highlights conservation Partnership in Action stories from Fish Habitat Partnerships to provide insight into their work on the ground. Other sections explain the functions of the National Fish Habitat Board and Partnerships and the critical role of science and data and effective communications to guide activities. Interesting facts and figures related to the National Fish Habitat Partnership, recreational and commercial fishing fill out the rest of the Plan.

The revised Action Plan is built on the success and experiences of our Partners, said Kelly Hepler, Chairman of the National Fish Habitat Board and Assistant Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Creating and maintaining these Partnerships is the foundation of the Action Plan and will be the primary focus as we address conservation needs for our nations waterways now and into the future.

The National Fish Habitat Board, Fish Habitat Partnerships, federal and state natural resource agencies, conservation organizations and the National Fish Habitat Partner Coalition participated in the selection process of the revised Plan objectives. The release of the revised Action Plan coincides with the launch of the updated National Fish Habitat Partnership website at

To view and download a PDF of the revised Action Plan, visit

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About the National Fish Habitat Partnership

The National Fish Habitat Partnership ( works to conserve fish habitat nationwideleveraging federal, state and private funding sources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects. The national partnership implements the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and supports 18 regional grassroots partner organizations.

ORTEC Hires Change Agent Jeff Wilson as Executive Vice President, Americas to Lead Sales and Marketing

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 28, 2012

A privately held Atlanta-based supply chain software provider, ORTEC, plans to super charge revenue growth and has hired software veteran Jeff Wilson as Executive Vice President, Americas to get the job done. Wilson has more than 25 years of experience within the software/technology industry building, transforming and evolving diverse businesses and optimizing sales productivity and operational efficiency. He has held prior senior management positions at INMAR, WHOOP, ARIBA and PROCURI and is widely recognized for his strategic vision and team building finesse.

We have tripled the number of customers over the past three years, doubled revenue and expanded our headquarters at 3630 Peachtree in Ritz Carlton Residence Tower, despite a global recession, stated Corne Aantjes, ORTECs CEO of the Americas. ORTEC is delighted to service iconic brands such as Walmart, Coca-Cola, FedEx, Proctor & Gamble and MolsonCoors. Jeff has joined our executive team to further propel our growth. He has great depth in software, sales, social/digital marketing, SaaS and mobile development. This aligns extremely well with our strategic initiatives. He is also really fun to work withwhich is why our customers love us.ORTEC is the worlds leading provider of advanced planning and optimization software. ORTEC software solutions achieve optimal route plans, real-time fleet scheduling and visibility, more efficiently built pallets and fuller truckloads, driving down costs at every point in the supply chain. In addition, ORTEC solutions enable increased delivery forecasting accuracy and improved customer service. ORTEC provides best-of-breed, SAP-embedded and SAP-certified solutions. In the area of advanced planning solutions, ORTEC has over 1,650 customers worldwide, over 550 employees and offices in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific Region. For more information about ORTEC visit

Author A.W. Examines One of Americas Deeply Rooted Problems

Leland, NC (PRWEB) June 13, 2012

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation designed to answer the critical demand of African Americans for equal rights. Over forty years after the act was passed, racial bias-motivated crimes continue to pervade the news becoming alarming reminders that prejudice and discrimination still exists in society. In Healing America: A Story Written to African Americans for All People, one author, writing as A.W., examines one of Americas deeply-rooted problems in the light of his life, experiences, beliefs and personal struggles.

Healing America: A Story Written to African Americans for All People lets readers open their eyes to the reality of discrimination and racial prejudice. The author is brave in sharing many disheartening events that riddled his life and that of his family. His work, however, does not dwell on the problem. In fact, the fundamental message that he tries to get across is that despite how hopeless and complex the situation may seem, there is still hope for a resolution. He shares,

America has a cancerous growth. It appears to be in remission. However, it will never be healed until the symptoms are identified, isolated and removed.

Thought-provoking, poignant and compelling, Healing America: A Story Written to African Americans for All People dares readers to confront their prejudices and begin the process of establishing unity and peace.

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About the Author

A. W. is a person who has many shortcomings. These shortcomings have been overcome and are continuing to be overcome by being a Christian.

Healing America * by A.W.

A Story Written to African Americans for All People

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