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Archive for July 25th, 2014

Chicago Steps Up Palestine Protests as Rebellion Roils West Bank, Gaza Death Toll Tops 800

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(From the Coalition for Justice in Palestine)

Local families with roots in West Bank among organizers of protest in wake of Israeli massacre at UN school and ongoing assaults on Gaza neighborhoods.

Protest will be held Saturday, July 26, Congress & Michigan, in Chicago at 3 P.M.

As the death toll in Gaza continues to rise amid growing international outrage at the civilian slaughter, Chicagoans — including many with families in the West Bank, which is roiled in protest — will protest on Saturday at 3PM against the ongoing U.S-funded Israeli massacre. Protesters are assembling at Congress and Michigan in Chicago.

Chicago’s protests against the Israeli assault on Gaza’s civilians over the last two weeks have been among the largest in the world, and local community concern has only heightened in recent days not just over the crisis in Gaza but as the toll of deaths and injuries now grows in the West Bank. Israeli forces shot and killed least two protesters in the West Bank overnight, and hundreds more have been injured.

On Thursday, Israeli military forces rocketed a UN school as women and children waited in the courtyard to be ferried to safety by the Red Cross, killing at least 15 UN workers, women and children and injuring dozens more. According to human rights groups, by Thursday night the death toll from Israel’s Gaza assault had topped 800, with the vast majority civilians, including a third who are children. 5,300 have been wounded — again, mostly civilians according to human rights projects — with the number of dead and wounded rising literally moment by moment.
Israel has rocketed three hospitals in Gaza, as well as schools, health clinics, water treatment facilities and other civilian infrastructure. More than 100,000 have been displaced, with essentially no safe haven to retreat to within the bombarded Gaza Strip. Humanitarian projects are reporting critical shortages of medicines, food, water and other essentials.

This week, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the prospect of another $225 million in aid to Israel, on top of more than $600 million in new aid approved earlier this month to support Israel’s war on the people of Gaza. Those funds come in addition to the billions of dollars in direct and indirect military aid that US taxpayers provide each year to Israel.

Saturday’s protest is being convened by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, whose members include American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Mosque Foundation, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Chicago, and United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). The action is being supported by groups that include the ANSWER Coalition, the Anti-War Committee-Chicago, the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Palestine Solidarity Group.

Atty. General Madigan: Lake & McHenry County Arrests in Child Pornography Operation

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CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced charges against two Northern Illinois men on multiple counts of possessing child pornography as part of “Operation Glass House,” a statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

Madigan’s office executed a search warrant with the assistance of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and arrested Edward Marshall, 48, at his home in the 6700 block of Chillems Drive in Spring Grove. Marshall was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 3 felony each punishable by two to five years in prison. Bond was set Thursday at $3,000.

On Tuesday, investigators with Madigan’s office and the Round Lake Beach Police Department executed a search warrant and arrested Justin T. White, 32, at his home in the 300 block of East Shorewood Drive in Round Lake Beach. White was charged with two counts of reproduction of child pornography, a class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison; two counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison; and two counts of violation of the Firearms Owner Identification Card Act, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Bond was set Wednesday at $250,000.

“Child pornography is not a victimless crime,” Madigan said. “Every file posted online depicts a child, sometimes just months old, being sexually abused. This crime destroys the lives of these innocent victims and is only further perpetuated when it spreads online.”

These are the 63rd and 64th arrests of Madigan’s Operation Glass House, which she launched in 2010 to investigate and arrest the worst offenders trading child pornography online. The operation’s investigations conducted by Madigan’s High Tech Crimes Bureau have revealed a disturbing community of criminals who are trading and viewing extremely violent videos of children as young as infants being raped and abused.

The Lake and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Offices will prosecute the cases.

“I commend the Attorney General’s Office for their efforts in combating this appalling crime,” said State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim. “One of my priorities as State’s Attorney is to work closely with other governmental agencies such as the Attorney General’s Office to make our communities safer for our children. In light of these most recent apprehensions, we want to assure the community that we are working diligently in order to protect the integrity and innocence of our children by removing these predators from our communities.”

Madigan’s investigators were assisted by the Round Lake Beach Police Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

“We need to remain vigilant and continue to work together in our ongoing effort to protect our children,” said McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.

“The type of investigations pursued by the Attorney General’s Office is of a very technical nature and not one that our department could easily undertake,” said Round Lake Beach Police Chief Dave Hare. “The Attorney General’s office has completed several investigations in Round Lake Beach over the last few years and they have all been completed in a very professional manner.”

In addition to Operation Glass House, Madigan leads the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Task Force investigates child exploitation crimes and trains local and county level law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois to do the same. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in 786 arrests of sexual predators. The task force has also provided Internet safety training and education to more than 368,860 parents, teachers and students and more than 17,570 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Clifford Law Offices Files Lawsuit for the Drowning Death of six-year-old Boy

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Clifford Law Offices yesterday (Thursday, July 24, 2014) filed a lawsuit against the Village of Justice, the Village of Bridgeview, Bridgeview Park District and the Justice Park District as a result of the death of Michal Duda, a six-year-old boy who drowned last month during a day camp program.

Robert A. Clifford and Bradley M. Cosgrove, partners at the firm, filed the lawsuit in the Law Division of the Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of Andrzej Kolodziej who was appointed as Independent Administrator of the Estate of the young boy who was participating in the Justice Park District’s supervised day camp program in the south suburbs. On June 17, 2014, the Justice Park District day camp program organized an outing where it brought more than seventy children to the Bridgeview Park District pool where the drowning occurred.

The 16-count Complaint alleges that the Defendants were reckless in not properly supervising the day camp group while the children participated in water activities.  It also goes on to allege that both villages and park districts recklessly failed to provide safety orientation and/or training for the camp counselors and lifeguards.  The Complaint alleges that the Defendants never tested or evaluated the swimming skill levels of the children in the camp and did not place non swimmers in life jackets or flotation devices. Further, it alleges that the Bridgeview lifeguards on duty and the Justice camp counselors did not appropriately supervise the children.

“The death of this young boy was so unnecessary,” said Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized personal injury and wrongful death law firm.  “Parents should be able to trust that summer camp programs will act appropriately to ensure that the safety of the children will always be the top priority, especially in the context of aquatic activities. This just shouldn’t have happened.”

Duda was pulled from the pool by lifeguards who unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him. The young boy left behind his mother and father as well as two sisters, one of which was his twin.

The lawsuit alleges more than $50,000 in damages, which is required for filing in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Marta M. Kowalczyk, associate at the Clifford Law Offices, is a Polish speaking attorney also assigned to this matter.

For further information, please contact Robert A. Clifford or Bradley M. Cosgrove at 312-899-9090 or Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909.

Black Women for Positive Change Announce National Week of Non-Violence

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Pittsburgh, PA. – On July 29, 2014, 9:30 am/EST a press conference will be held to promote the National Week of Non-Violence, August 16-23, 2014, followed by the issuance of a Proclamation by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, in City Hall Chambers.

The press conference will be held in the foyer outside the Pittsburgh City Council Chambers at 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219. Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, nationally recognized Washington DC journalist and Chaplain of BW4PC will attend representing Black Women for Positive Change, and the Moderator will be Rev. Carol Milligan, BW4PC Pittsburgh, PA.

The National Week of Non-Violence is August 16-23, 2014, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change and the National Summit Council, an Advisory Committee. The initiative is endorsed by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh; Congressman John Lewis (GA), Gov. John W. Hickenlooper, Colorado; Gov. Martin O’Malley, MD; Gov. Jeremiah Nixon, Missouri; Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee; Governor Terry McAuliffe, VA; Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois; State Rep Ed Gainey; Mayor William Euille, Alexandria VA;. Mayor Vincent Gray, District of Columbia, and other Elected Officials. One of the key events is a National Summit on Non-Violence in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. More information available at www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org

Local participants in upcoming Pittsburgh press conference are: Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant and Rev. David McFarland, Members of the BW4PC Summit Council; Jay Gilmer, Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime; Pastor Glenn Grayson, Wesley Center AME Zion Church; Eunita Winkey, Charter Member, BW4PC; George C. Spencer Sr., President, MAD DADS and Representative of the Black Political Empowerment Project. For more information about press conference contact Diane Powell, 412-302-2952. For information about National Week of Non-Violence, contact Dr. Stephanie Myers, National Co-Chair Black Women for Positive Change 202-347-5566.

“This is no ordinary time” – NAACP President & CEO

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From: Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO
NAACP

Critics of the NAACP have found an interesting way of welcoming me as the new president of this most prestigious civil rights organization.

They ask the question, “Is the NAACP still relevant?” I’m sure they hope I will find the question worrisome. I do not. I find it wearisome.

During my address to the 105th Annual NAACP Convention on Monday, I spoke about why I find it so wearisome. It’s because the answer is so obvious: “Are they serious?”

My incredible mother marched for the right to vote in the late fifties and sixties. Her father fought for the right before her. Today, a little less able-bodied, she must use her walker to go around the house and search for the proper ID needed to vote because jurists gutted the Voting Rights Act.

And some wonder if the NAACP is still relevant.

My oldest son is the same age Trayvon Martin was, and my youngest is the same age Emmett Till was. Our children ask us to explain the morally befuddling verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. They ask how a young man on the streets of New York can be forced to the ground and choked to death.

And some wonder if the NAACP is still relevant.

On Sunday, six hundred incredible young people participated in the NAACP ACT-SO competition. They are brilliant children—budding orators, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs. Too many of them face unfathomable challenges while trying to get a quality education, disserved and abandoned by the public schools in their hometowns.

And some wonder if the NAACP is still relevant.

This is no ordinary time in our nation’s history, and progress requires extraordinary effort and activity. If you are a son or a daughter, a parent or a grandparent, a mentor or a role model; if you are a student or a member of the workforce, the NAACP and the issues we fight for are VERY relevant to you, and we need your help. We need the help of your family and friends. We need a multi-generational NAACP, a multiethnic NAACP, a million-member NAACP, working together to build a better future for all.

It won’t always be easy. But if Julian Bond did it then, we can do it now. If Daisy Bates did it then, we can do it now. If Rosa Parks did it then, we can do it now. We will stand for our youth, for our elderly, for our collective future. We will go all in for justice and equality.

This is an extraordinary time. An NAACP time. And I am beyond honored to work with you.

Thank you,

Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO
NAACP

County Board President Preckwinkle Praises Center Street Project as an Important Tool For Economic and Community Development

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Improvements to key transportation corridor will benefit southern suburbs, residents

Cook County will undertake a key road project next year designed to serve as a major tool for economic development in the southern suburbs.

At their meeting today (7/23/14), Cook County Commissioners approved a measure that will enable the County to tap state and federal monies to supplement its own funds in the reconstruction of a key section of Center Street in Harvey. That roadway helps service the giant CN Railroad intermodal facility and is badly in need of modernization.

“Almost two years ago I committed the County to this project, and with approval today of the intergovernmental agreement by the County Board, we will be able to begin work next year,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

“The project will facilitate the movement of truck traffic in to and out of the CN yard and our hope is that it will also spur interest in the economic development of nearby vacant or underutilized industrial land. Improving this vital truck route is part of the County’s strategy in the South Suburbs, to improve infrastructure that supports existing businesses, attracts new business, serves as a significant tool for community development and is in the best interests of south suburban residents.”

The project will comprise 1.5 miles of roadway along Center from 159th to 171st Streets. Total cost is estimated at about $9 million; of that amount, the County is expected to pay about $8.254 million, the state $96,000 and the federal government $650,000. The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways will be the lead agency for the project, including letting and awarding the contract and supervising construction.

The road, which is under the County’s jurisdiction, was built at a time when trucks were smaller, narrower and lighter, and before increased intermodal traffic at the terminal. Improvements will include widening, turn lanes and signalization, as well as better drainage.

Center Street is the major point of access for CN’s Gateway terminal, which in 2012 handled some 440,000 containers, up from 313,559 less than a decade earlier.

Interested Volunteers Invited to Serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education

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Seven seats open, three-year terms

SPRINGFIELD— State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch is seeking seven individuals to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education. The Council helps review and guide policy decisions to support education for more than 200,000 English Language Learners in Illinois public school districts.

The council, established through state law more than 40 years ago, recently contributed to providing a set of recommendations about standards and bilingual teacher qualifications, teacher evaluations and the proposed Seal of Biliteracy which will recognize students who are fluent in at least two languages.

“We’re grateful for council members who donate their time and expertise to develop policy and practices that support students as they learn English,” said Superintendent Koch. “The volunteers on this council bring important perspectives to help schools ensure students learn English while still retaining their first language as we all move to a more diverse and multi-cultural society.”

Individuals appointed would join 10 others on the 17-member council and will be expected to attend four meetings per year, as well as actively participate in additional meetings and special projects. Bilingual program directors, superintendents, parents, university faculty and members of community-based organizations have served as members on the council.

The 10 current members of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education are:

Name

Representing Title Term start Term End
Carmen Ayala Berwyn 98 Superintendent 9/1/12 6/30/15
Elizabeth
Cardenas-Lopez
Chicago 299 Director 9/1/12 6/30/15
Stephanee Jordan Moline 40 ELL Coordinator 9/1/12 6/30/15
Matthew Klett North Boone 200 Principal 9/1/12 6/30/15
Theresa Mah Coalition for a Better Chinese-Am. Community Policy Consultant 9/1/12 6/30/15
Joe Wiemelt Urbana SD 116 Program Director 9/1/13 6/30/16

Anne McDonnell

Streator 44 Program Director 9/1/13 6/30/16

Bruce Law

Hinsdale SD 86 Superintendent 9/1/13 6/30/16

Ngoc Diep Nguyen

Northeastern Illinois University Professor 9/1/13 6/30/16

Matthew Rodriguez

IL PTA President 9/1/13 6/30/16

The members whose term expired June 30 this year are Jean Barbanente, assistant superintendent in DuPage District 88; Trevor Cottle, a program director in Beardstown District 15; Margarite Crivellone, professor at Governor’s State University; Diego F. Giraldo, North Shore District 112; Fredy Quevedo, a parent in Elgin Unit District 46; Ed Rafferty, Superintendent of Schaumburg District 54; and Josie Yanguas, Director of the Illinois Resource Center.

“Recommendations and advice offered to ISBE regarding different policies concerning our state’s English learners (EL) are key points of discussion at BAC meetings,” said Yanguas, who has served as chair of the council. “This broad cross-section of education partners and advocates allows for a rich discussion regarding EL policies from multiple perspectives on complex topics such as accountability, assessment and teacher evaluation.”

Individuals interested in serving on the council are asked to please email a cover letter and resume to DELL@isbe.net before the close of business July 28.  State Superintendent Koch will notify successful candidates to serve on the IACBE in August, and their three-year term of office will begin Sept. 1.

“Many changes are ahead for our students with the implementation of Common Core and PARCC, but also with the new English language learning test, ’ACCESS 2.0,’ and with the implementation of a more comprehensive accountability system under the  Illinois ESEA waiver,” said Reyna Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent of English Language Learning and Early Childhood Education at ISBE. “The Council will be an essential instrument to provide advice about the implementation of these programmatic changes for our students.”

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Aspiring Authors Enjoy Self Expression at a Quality Price

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Staleon Group Publications Offers Authors a Chance to Write the Vision and Make It Plain! Book reviews starting at $50!

Orlando, FL (BlackNews.com) — As an author, the writing process can be both rewarding and exhausting. However, its only the beginning. Because of this one company, Staleon Group Publications, is now offering what they call “the highest quality set of services for authors worldwide”.

For only $50, they are offering aspiring authors a detailed analysis of their writings. Since their inception in 2007, they have been working as a full service book publishing company assisting in cover design, book editing and author branding. Not only can they publish complete books, but they can also provide all the necessary tools for an author to have a personalized title ready for international publication.

They help their customers create personalized memoirs, develop family photo albums, and even put words to graphics for a comic book. According to the company, “Theres literally no reason not to explore your own creativity. Be the end all… to all creative obstacles when it comes to your craft. While writing remains one of the oldest forms of art, it is still accessible to anyone with imagination.”

For more details, writers and aspiring authors are invited to contact Staleon Group Publications at 800-975-5806 or visit their web site at www.staleongroupbooks.com

Leading Historian Receives National Humanities Medal

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White House honors Darlene Clark Hine for contributions to African-American history

EVANSTON, IL – Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and professor of history in Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2013 National Humanities Medal for outstanding achievements in history.

President Barack Obama will present the award to Hine at the White House Monday, July 28. She is one of 10 recipients of the award, which recognizes work in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary and historic preservation.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizen engagement with the humanities or helped preserve and expand access to important resources in the humanities. The medals will be presented in conjunction with the National Medals of Arts at a White House ceremony Monday.

Hine is a leading historian of the African-American experience and a pioneer in African-American women’s history. She has received the National Humanities Medal for her efforts in enriching the understanding of the African-American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Hine has examined race, class and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African-American women shaped the nation today.

In an interview with Weinberg magazine, Hine said she wanted to write a new, more inclusive history of the United States.

“I have devoted the last four decades to excavating the past — trying to find records and documents and stories from those who are not ordinarily included as significant participants in the making of America,” she said.

“Part of my obligation as a professor is to share what I’ve learned not only within the University, but also with people outside the gates, from all different walks of life.”

Hine teaches both African American studies and history at Weinberg. She is the author or editor of “The African-American Odyssey,” “Beyond Bondage,” “Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession,” “A Question of Manhood,” “A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America” and numerous other books and publications.

Other medalists are: literary critic M.H. Abrams; historians David Brion Davis and Anne Firor Scott; East Asian scholar William Theodore De Bary; architect Johnpaul Jones; filmmaker Stanley Nelson; radio hosts Diane Rehm and Krista Tippett; and the historical organization the American Antiquarian Society.

The medals ceremony will be live-streamed at 2 p.m. CDT Monday, July 28, at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

NFL Star Invents Personal Beauty Care Gadget

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Innovative gadget invented by NFL Pro ‘tackles’ annoying personal care, beauty, travel & safety issue

Ingenious Smart Tray, uniquely developed by NFL Pro turned product-preneuer Bernard Pollard, fits over sink to keep personal care and beauty items safety at hand even with the water running; Convenient, portable and affordable foldout tray fits over most pedestal and traditional sinks to provide up to 288 square inches of additional counter space while also keeping bathroom electronics out of harms way for women, men and children at home as well as business and leisure travelers; dorm room, condo and apartment dwellers; hospital in-patients; and others.

NASHVILLE, TN (BlackNews.com) — Super Bowl champion and veteran Strong Safety Bernard Pollard has a well-refined aptitude for safeguarding his team and identifying potential dangers and threats. This skill set led Pollard to invent and patent a one-of-a-kind lifestyle-enhancing, safety-promoting personal care product the Smart Tray®. This beauty accessory and travel-friendly personal care organizer turns a bathroom sink into an expanded counter that is useful in bathrooms at home, in dorms room, in condos and apartments, as well as in hotel rooms. His invention directly benefits women, men and children at home as well as business and leisure travelers, hospital in-patients; and college students. Although Pollard is in the prime of his career still actively playing in the NFL as a Tennessee Titan, the endeavor also represents his proactive pursuit and steadfast vision of sustained entrepreneurial success once his football career inevitably comes to an end.

The Product

The ingenious Smart Tray, the first of many product innovations to come from Pollards Style Pro 31 company, is a convenient, portable lightweight and affordable foldout tray that fits over most pedestal and traditional sinks to provide additional surface area and counter space (up to 288 square inches). The Smart Tray, alleviates and organizes the typical clutter that surrounds sinks. It expands usable space by allowing objects to be placed directly on it even with the water running. The device also promotes safety by keeping electric appliances like blow dryers, curling and flat irons and shavers and their cords out of the sink and away from water hazards. Similar to a food tray, the Smart Tray even allows users to carry their items all together to and from the bathroom, making it easier to store and pack their essentials and make room for others to use the sink. When not in use the Smart Trays collapsible design and drawstring bag allows it to be easily stored and transported. Also, its heat resistant and dishwasher safe, so standard personal care appliances will not burn the Smart Tray and it can be easily cleaned. The exceptional Smart Tray is designed for use in homes, apartments, dorm rooms, hospitals, assisted living facilities, hotels, cruise ships and other travel applications.

Multi-purpose and multi-functional, the Smart Tray makes everyone happy, notes Pollard. Women love that they can keep more of their hair accessories, makeup and appliances at-hand and men love coming into a more organized, clutter-free bathroom where they can easily conduct their hygiene routine. College students who share sink space love the added surface area, and hospital in-patients can keep more of their critical items at hand and well within reach. Parents love that it helps keep kids safe from the many electric shock hazards in the bathroom. That kind of peace-of-mind is priceless.

The Pursuit

The Smart Tray was conceived in 2012 when Pollard saw a problem in need of a solution: more space and organization while getting ready in the bathroom. Like many travelers, Pollard felt hotel sinks simply didn’t provide nearly enough space to accommodate all of the items he needed to get ready. So, just as he does on the field, he tackled the problem head on by creating the Smart Tray. This cleverly designed device allows users to get ready and conduct their hygiene routine without the usual mess, stress and safety risks. So novel and effective is the Smart Tray, Pollard executed an agreement with the Hospital Corporation of America allowing the product to be used in over 175 hospitals nationwide.

The Ultimate Post-Game Play

Its been widely reported* that 78% of NFL players are bankrupt or financially stressed just two years after retirement. Other more successful players transition to becoming a media commentator or announcer once their playing days are behind them, for which they often earn a fraction of the salary of they received as a pro football player. With these realities in mind, Pollard set his sights set on a far higher caliber success opportunity: entrepreneurship. Even while he continues to flourish in the NFL, currently cited by Bleacher Report as one of the AFCs top safeties and last season having led the Titans in tackles, Pollard holds strong to his vision of life beyond the gridiron, concurrently safeguarding his team and his own future earning potential.

Despite Pollard understands that, to become a successful product developer and entrepreneur during and well beyond his NFL years, his products must offer a solid benefit and resonate in the marketplace. This the Smart Tray does, and then some. This quote from Anita, a customer, shares her enthusiasm for the product: Before I bought the Smart Tray my bathroom was so messy and I was getting into arguments with my roommate every morning. Now that I have the Smart Tray, the bathroom looks so neat and I carry my things on it like a food tray — so I dont even have to leave my stuff in the bathroom and I have neat area when I’m in the bathroom. Thanks Smart Tray… love it, love it, love it.

Consumers may learn more about, and purchase, the Smart Tray online for $39.99 in either a black or white at www.StylePro31.com.
* http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/02/03/life-after-sports-why-nfl-players-go-broke/

Photo Caption: NFL Star Bernard Pollard and his Smart Tray® personal care product

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