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20-something couple won a free wedding reception-not rare in today’s economy

July
31

A heavy burden was lifted off of Lauren Goldin and Scott Olsen yesterday.

The high school sweethearts are the Holiday Inn of Mount Kisco’s “Hudson Valley Country Manor Couple.” The lovebirds from Rockland County won a free wedding reception at the hotel for 100 guests, a gift that costs $10,000 at the facility’s free wedding giveaway bridal party last night.

“It feels good to win a wedding reception,” said Goldin, 24. “We get to save some money.”

” I am surprised,” said Olson, 25. “I can’t believe it.

The two entered a contest in which they had to submit a short essay of 50 words or less about their most memorable romantic moment. Ten finalists were selected and the stories were read, dropped in a drum and selected randomly.

With today’s plunging economy, contests like these are not that rare.

Blair Hunter-Grant, 27, is the owner of The Boutique Group, a company that specializes in recession chic weddings and social events based in New Jersey. She said that couples should take advantage of every opportunity to get some kind of help.

“In this economic climate brides are struggling financially, but all brides should try to get support,” the former Mount Vernon resident said. “There are all these contests and Web sites. The more that you take advantage of these situations the more help you can get and the more money in your pocket.”

Goldin said she is very grateful for her gift.

“This will take a lot of the stress off of my parents,” Goldin said. “My mom has MS (multiple sclerosis) and medical bills.”

Hunter-Grant advised couples to be financially conscious.

“It is not about the wedding, but the marriage,” she said. “Be smart don’t go broke over a wedding.”

For more info on The Boutique Group log on to its Web site at www.theboutiquegrp.com

Check out these weddings sites for contests and giveaways.

www.brides.com

www.theknot.com

www.wetv.com

www.weddingbee.com

Caption: Lauren Goldin, 24, and Scott Olson, 25, of Rockland County won the Holiday Inn of Mount Kisco’s free wedding giveaway. The high school sweethearts won a wedding reception for 100 guests at the hotel worth $10,000 (Danielle De Souza/The Journal News).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 10:32 am
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20-somethings are not too healthy

March
18

Today’s society cherishes youth. Young people are considered to be happier, more beautiful and healthier.

Well today , that is not always case.

An article in USA Today states that 66 percent of adults in the U.S are either overweight or obese. In a report released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this year, it stated that a quarter of adults 18 to 29 are obese and it has tripled in the last decade. A third are cigarette smokers and nearly two-thirds reported not having regular physical activity. And to top it off, many are not insured.

So the moral of the story is………..

Youth is not as glamorous as it looks.

Caption: A quarter of adults 18-29 are obese, one-third are smokers and nearly two-thirds do not exercise (Carmen Troesser/The Journal News).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 11:40 am
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No cell phones on the road

March
10

Yes we have all done it at least once……or maybe twice…….OK maybe three times.

Yes I am speaking of that horrible offense……  talking on a cell phone while driving.

On Thursday at 12:01 a.m. the  New York City Police Department will start to severely punish those who “drive and dial” according to a New York Times article.

Officers will be on patrol across the city and will pay extra attention to the issue for 24 hours. Those caught will have to pay a fine of $120.

So people don’t talk on your cell phone while driving because you can get hurt or even die. And it should not be hard: I don’t know about you all, but I am not giving anyone $120 during this times!

BE SAFE!

Caption: Woman uses speaker phone to comply with state cell phone use law( Vincent DiSalvo/The Journal News).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
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Your Facebook information will not be saved for future use

February
28

CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared on the TODAY show with Meredith Vieira yesterday. The goal of the interview was to clear up controversy surrounding a change of their terms of service last week. The change claimed ownership of members’ personal data and postings, even after they cancel their Facebook memberships.

“Frankly, we made a mistake in the last version and issued some unclear language,” Zuckerberg told Lauer. “Our intent is that people own their own information. One of the things that makes Facebook really special is it’s a service that people are using to put up information that they want to share with people that often is very personal, private, intimate.”

If a member decides to leave Facebook and takes down his or her page, he added, “None of that information will be shared with anyone going forward.”

Chalk up one for the good guys.

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College crime and safety

February
27

On Wednesday I covered a program hosted by college students called Teens N Transition at North Salem High School.

College students spoke to high school seniors about they dangers they may face when they attend college.

Teens N Transition is a program of PEACEOUTside Campus-The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to Lindsey Bonistall, a 20-year-old White Plains woman who was raped and strangled in her off-campus apartment at the University of Delaware in 2005.

“We give them advice from college students,” said Kathleen Bonistall, Lindsey’s mother and co-founder of the organization. “We want to make the college years the best years of their lives, and if we can prevent a family from going through what we endured, we did something.”

Even through college is full of fun and novel experiences,  horrible things do occur.

At least one in four college women will be the victim of a sex assault during her academic career, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault said.

And male college students were twice as likely to be victims of overall violence as female students, according to a 1995 to 2002 study cited on the Justice Department’s Web site.

For more info on how to stay safe log on to The Security on Campus  Web site here

Caption: College students face dangers on campus (Kathy McLaughin/The Poughkeepsie Journal).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
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Revolving Closet: “One Fashionista’s trash is a Recessionista’s treasure”

February
27

With the beginning of spring a few short weeks away, there is no need to buy an entire wardrobe for the season. Style Chile recently offered some sound advice on how to stay fashionably conscious and creative during this global economic crisis. The fashion blog suggests to revisit your closet and create three piles for clothes, shoes and accessories that you will:
1. keep
2. discard
3. donate

“Keep the statement pieces, no matter how atrocious or outlandish the statement; trust me, these are the ones that make good vintage in the future,” Style Chile said. Also keep staple pieces like a basic black dress and tailored white button-down.
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Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 11:05 am
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Stop Facebook Wallin’

February
26

So a bunch of Harrison cops are in hot water for making sexual jokes on Facebook about the town supervisor, a 74-year-old woman.

The cops made the comments by posting on each other’s walls. As a five-year Facebook veteran, it is time I impart some wisdom.

I’m not a big fan of wallin’. It creates a paper trail for the entire world to see and it’s setting you up for trouble.

It’s not even about the paper trail though. It’s simple hygiene. Nothing annoys me more than looking at a wall filled with posts from one person. Keep it classy and start deleting the extra posts.

I have a rule, anytime someone posts on my wall more than once, they are required to continue the conversation with composed messages.

Oh and don’t even think about Facebook chats. To me, its like the syphilis of social networking. Its just as hard to get rid of too 🙂

(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News )

Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
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Government grant money bull

February
25

It seems like every time I log into my facebook account, I see some advertisements claiming that I can apply for a government grant and receive ridiculous sums of money that “I never have to pay back”.

In fact, all I had to do was search “stimulus” in the Facebook search tool and these two ads came up.


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Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm
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Ford campaign gives Millennials a free ride

February
24

Want a free ride, gas and car insurance for a six-month period?

As part of the “Fiesta Movement,” 100 millennials will receive the free Ford vehicle before it launches in the country next year.

Automobile Magazine says Ford is targeting bloggers, YouTube celebrities and other well connected 20-somethings (born between 1979 and 1995) with its “Fiesta Movement” campaign to market the 2010 Fiesta.

As part of the deal, the drivers will complete special “missions” and then share their experiences digitally through social media sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.

Registration is open to drivers that are 21 years of age or older. The article says more than 1500 applications have been submitted for the “movement.” Registration here ends at midnight on March 13.

(Photo: AP/Jerry S. Mendoza)

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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