Monthly Archives: April, 2023

The Most Expensive reality show takes viewers on a journey through designer Debbie Wingham’s roots

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As Baseball Season Begins With New Rules, ZetrOZ Systems’ sam Technology is Critical for Mitigating Injury Risk

Studies show hamstring and UCL injuries are most common in opening weeks, and sustained acoustic medicine is effective treatment for those soft-tissue injuries.

Baseball is back, which means balls and strikes, hits and homers - and hamstring injuries. Studies show baseball's most common injury, hamstring tendon tears, is more prevalent in the season's first weeks, as is a common elbow injury. And this spring, both could become more frequent as rule changes reduce players' recovery time between pitches and plays. One way to mitigate the risks of these injuries is ZetrOz Systems' sustained acoustic medicine sam® device, which effectively treats soft-tissue injuries and can help players stay on the diamond.  

The ZetrOZ sam® X1 and 2.0 devices are the only FDA-cleared wearable ultrasound units approved for daily home use. The low-intensity, long-duration ultrasound technology expedites the injury healing process without invasive surgery or potentially addictive painkillers and is clinically proven by more than 40 studies to reduce pain and improve function. 

"We work with medical professionals nationwide, from orthopedic surgeons to athletic trainers, and they have used sam® to successfully treat thousands of professional and amateur athletes," said Dr. George Lewis, founder and CEO of ZetrOZ Systems. "We know those injuries are more likely to occur at the start of a season, especially in baseball, and our technology can help mitigate risk and improve healing of those injuries."   

Several studies document the prevalence of injuries early in a season. A 2019 study in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine used six years of Major League Baseball's own injury tracking database to examine trends in hamstring injuries, which it found was the most common injury in baseball.

"In various professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB), hamstring strains have been found to occur earlier in the season. Our study found similar results, with the highest number of hamstring sprains in April and May," the authors reported. "These factors may have an association with poor conditioning at the start of the season." 

About 40 percent of hamstring injuries occur in April and May, the analysis found. The rate of hamstring strains in Major League Baseball increased from one injury every 39 games in 2011 to one in every 30 games in 2016, with a similar trend in minor league baseball.  

The pattern was the same in injuries to the elbow's ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), according to a 2021 report from the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, with April and May as peak months for UCL injuries. They also found that injuries within the first 90 days of the season were more severe, more commonly requiring surgery to repair them.

"Throwing athletes may have increased risk for an elbow injury at the start of the season because they have not attained midseason levels of muscle strength and endurance," the authors wrote. They also found that pitchers' shoulders had less range of motion early in the season, likely making them more vulnerable to injury. 

Some observers fear injuries will be more common this year, with Major League Baseball now using a pitch clock that requires pitchers to throw to the batter within 15 seconds, or 20 seconds with a runner on base. That means pitchers have less recovery time between pitches, and batters have less recovery from swings or from running out foul balls. 

A 2016 study in the Journal of Sports Science modeled the effects of the shorter rest period on pitching. The authors found that players would have more fatigue in the forearm muscles that stabilize the elbow, "increasing strain on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and possibly increasing injury risk." 

Treatment with ZetrOZ's sam® technology effectively treats injuries to tendons of the leg, elbow and other areas of the body. Among many studies demonstrating the system's efficacy, a 2015 level 4 clinical study by sports medicine experts at The Ohio State University and Duke University found sustained acoustic medicine delivered via ZetrOZ's sam® reduced pain and improved strength in patients' medial/lateral elbow tendons and Achilles' tendons.  

Sustained acoustic medicine works by increasing blood vessel diameters to improve blood flow. That increases oxygenated hemoglobin at the site of the therapy and removes cytokine enzymes and cellular waste, with a result of more rapid healing and reduced pain. 

"We know from our relationships with trainers across professional and college sports, as well physicians treating recreational athletes, that sam® heals athletes' soft-tissue injuries more rapidly and helps players stay on the field or return to it more quickly," Lewis said. "As baseball season begins and teams adapt to this new environment, sam® is available to help players stay healthy and on the diamond doing what they love." 

ZetrOZ Systems' sam® technology was developed in part with funding from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and NASA. ZetrOZ Systems products are designed and manufactured in the United States and are protected by 46 U.S. patents.  

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About ZetrOZ Systems 

ZetrOZ Systems is leading healing innovations in sports medicine, developing wearable bioelectronic devices for the delivery of sustained acoustic medicine (sam®). Researched and funded by the federal government, ZetrOZ is built on the proprietary medical technology of +46 patents and is the exclusive manufacturer and developer of the sam® product line, which is designed for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. 

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Original Source: As Baseball Season Begins With New Rules, ZetrOZ Systems' sam Technology is Critical for Mitigating Injury Risk

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Consul General of Greece Presents Wreaths to Boston Athletic Association for Boston Marathon Winners

Consul General of Greece Presents Wreaths to Boston Athletic Association for Boston Marathon Winners
Wreath Presentation

Consul General Symeon Tegos presents golden olive wreath to BAA Chairman Dr. Michael O'Leary and BAA President Jack Fleming

At the Annual Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony, held at the Consulate General of Greece in Boston and cosponsored by the Alpha Omega Council of Boston, Consul General Symeon Tegos presented four olive branch wreaths from Greece to the Boston Athletic Association, which will be used to crown the winners of Monday's 127th running of the Boston Marathon.

"I am honored to present these four gold wreaths, cut from the plains of Marathon, as a gift from Greece. These wreaths connect Greece with the Boston Marathon and ideals of democracy and peace," said Tegos.

"It is an honor for us to be here at the Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony," said BAA Chairman Dr. Michael O'Leary. "Boston is the Athens of America. This describes our cultural and intellectual traditions and our legacy of democracy."

Also present at the ceremony were Meb Keflezghi, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon and Olympic Medalist. Meb spoke of reuniting with his father in Athens, Greece, after his family fled war in Eritria. The family then moved to the United States. Meb spoke of his special connection with Greece and how proud he was to be wrapped in the American flag after winning the Boston Marathon and then being crowned with a golden olive wreath from Greece.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangilides spoke of his experience running the Boston Marathon and thanked the Consul General reminding all of the Boston Marathon's connection to Greece.

The Wreath Ceremony was established 40 years ago, when the Republic of Greece and the Boston Athletic Association formally established the Wreath Ceremony, in which the Greek people gift the wreaths to the BAA.

Today's Wreath presentation was cosponsored by the Consulate General of Greece in Boston and the Alpha Omega Council of Boston, a Greek-American organization cultivating the ideals of Hellenism by uniting Americans of Hellenic descent and Philhellenes through philanthropy and fellowship. "The Marathon is a time when the connection between our countries shines brightest," said Alpha Omega President Paul Tsitsopoulos. "I am very proud that we have been able to keep these beautiful traditions alive and help remind all of the Boston Marathon's roots in Ancient Greece."

The wreaths are offered in the name of Stylianos Kyriakides, a true humanitarian, patriot, and marathon champion. His 1946 Boston Marathon victory, over renowned marathoner Johnny Kelley, is still considered one of the most memorable in Boston Marathon history.  After his victory, Kyriakides toured the United States, raising funds and medical supplies for his countrymen who were suffering from the aftermath of WWII and their heroic resistance to Nazism. Upon returning home to Athens, he was met in the streets by a million people.

The Boston Marathon will take place Monday, April 17, 2023.

Contact Information:
Symeon Tegos
Consulate General of Greece in Boston

Paul Tsitsopoulos
Alpha Omega President

Peter Lemonias
Committee Chair

Original Source: Consul General of Greece Presents Wreaths to Boston Athletic Association for Boston Marathon Winners

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ATP Flight School and United Airlines Celebrate Milestone With Fly-in at Ft. Myers Training Center

ATP Flight School and United Airlines Celebrate Milestone With Fly-in at Ft. Myers Training Center
ATP Flight School and United Airlines Celebrate Milestone

The partnership between ATP and Aviate combines ATP's accelerated fixed-cost pilot training with defined milestones to advance students on a secure path toward a pilot career with United.

ATP Flight School and United Airlines join together in celebrating the milestone of surpassing 300 ATP Airline Career Pilot Program participants in United's Aviate program. The partnership between ATP and Aviate combines ATP's accelerated fixed-cost pilot training with defined milestones to advance students on a secure path toward a pilot career with United. ATP students can interview with Aviate upon earning their private pilot certificate. Once accepted into the program, they receive a conditional job offer and are on a secure path to becoming a United pilot.

"The partnership between ATP and Aviate has allowed students to take advantage of the proven accelerated training ATP is known for, while charting the most direct path towards becoming a United pilot," said Michael Arnold, Vice President of Marketing, ATP Flight School. "Students can start training with ATP this summer, immediately join the Aviate program after earning their private pilot certificate, earn $20,000 in airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement, and be at United in as few as five years. It's an exciting time in the industry, and we're looking forward to the next milestone partnering with Aviate and bringing more opportunity to our students and instructors."

Since first joining Aviate in 2020, ATP has grown into the leading program partner and United a top career destination for ATP graduates, with nearly 200 graduates hired by United Express carriers over that time. ATP students have access to apply to the United Aviate pathway from all 82 locations, along with full financing through ATP's lending partners and exclusive partnerships with airlines like CommuteAir, which provide $20,000 in tuition reimbursement.

"We are proud to celebrate our partnership with ATP, as their longstanding history of attracting and developing skilled aviators incorporates well into our pilot recruitment strategy. Current and future ATP students and instructors will benefit from this partnership in their journeys to becoming professional pilots," said Captain Mike Bonner, Managing Director of Aviate & Pilot Strategy.

On May 2nd, 2023, ATP and United are hosting a milestone celebration at ATP's Ft. Myers training center, where current students and instructors will have the opportunity to interview with Aviate onsite and participate in a Q&A panel session with United pilots. United Express carriers CommuteAir and GoJet Airlines, along with JSX will also be in attendance recruiting ATP flight instructors. A CRJ-550 from GoJet is being flown in for the event to give students a first-hand look at their future careers. Prospective students and those interested in the Aviate pathway through ATP are invited to attend and learn how to fast-track becoming a pilot and establishing a rewarding career at United. Those interested in attending can RSVP at

About ATP Flight School
ATP is the nation's largest flight school, providing students with the most efficient path to a successful airline pilot career. For over 35 years, ATP has been the leader in professional flight training and supplying pilots to airlines.

About the Airline Career Pilot Program
ATP's fast-track, fixed-cost Airline Career Pilot Program takes students from zero experience to commercial multi-engine pilots and flight instructors (CFI, CFII, MEI) in seven months. Offered at 82 locations nationwide, students gain the competitive edge with airline-oriented training, nationally awarded flight instructors, new aircraft, dedicated training and career support, airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement, airline direct programs, and access to 38 hiring partnerships. Airlines hire more Airline Career Pilot Program graduates than from any other flight school.

Contact Information:
Michael Arnold
Vice President of Marketing
(904) 595-7950

Original Source: ATP Flight School and United Airlines Celebrate Milestone With Fly-in at Ft. Myers Training Center

Shepherd’s Village Launches the Single Solution

In April 2023, Shepherd's Village launched The Single Solution, a $14.99 monthly gift-giving subscription plan that provides ongoing support to single mothers in need. For the cost of an average monthly streaming service, The Single Solution is a simple way to impact the community and open the door for single mothers to gain vital resources for their families. 

As the only faith-based program for single mothers in Pinellas County, FL, for the last 32 years, Shepherd's Village is uniquely positioned to stand in the gap for single moms and their children.  

The Single Solution will provide one single mother with the following:

  • Free unlimited access to online resources specific to her needs
  • Free and convenient classes, workshops, and coaching
  • Additional online and in-person community support
  • 24-hour live prayer partner support
  • Cost-effective conferences and conversations
  • Provision for other practical needs as they arise 

Signup for The Single Solution is easy and can be canceled anytime. There is no risk and no long-term commitment involved. 

For more information and to start The Single Solution monthly gift-giving subscription, please visit our website at We look forward to helping more Tampa Bay single moms face their future with confidence. 


Based in Tampa Bay, FL, Shepherd's Village stands in the gap for single mothers and their children. While we are the only faith-based single-mother housing program in Pinellas County, Florida, we have expanded our free online offerings so more women across the country can experience healing, safety, and restoration. With the help of our partners, we are able to reach two generations at one time and make an impact that will long outlive us.

There is hope beyond the brokenness and confusion caused by divorce, separation, death, or never having been married. If you know a single mother in need, please direct them to our website for life-changing resources:

Contact Information:
Briana Yates
Project Manager- Marketing

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The River School Receives Green Family Foundation Grant to Ensure Equity and Access for Children With Hearing Loss

Grant will help establish Community Outreach Fund for Washington, DC's underserved communities

The River School Receives Green Family Foundation Grant to Ensure Equity and Access for Children With Hearing Loss
The River School

The River School logo

The River School (River) and Potomac River Clinic (PRC) were recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Green Family Foundation to establish a Community Outreach Fund that will provide intervention and support for children from underserved communities with hearing loss and their parents. The Fund will be used to build capacity and expand the reach of The River School and the Potomac River Clinic's services in the region, including increased clinical staff, additional space and equipment, and providing access to specialized services to children in areas of the city that have historically been in need.

In Washington, DC, more than 80% of children who did not pass their universal newborn hearing screening are lost to follow-up. Many others do not receive hearing aids and/or cochlear implants in a timely way due to long waits for diagnostic testing and intervention services. Through the Potomac River Clinic, the Community Outreach Fund will provide children from marginalized communities the same access to state-of-the-art technologies, diagnostic and intervention services and programs that have successfully helped other children overcome the developmental effects of early hearing loss and succeed socially and academically.

"We are incredibly grateful to the Green Family Foundation for their generous support," said Nancy Mellon, Head of The River School. "Intervention begins with diagnosis or confirmation of diagnosis, provision of hearing aids and referral for a cochlear implant candidacy assessment if appropriate, ongoing parent training and education, auditory-verbal and speech-language therapy, and then continued hearing aid fitting and/or cochlear implant programming across the lifespan. It's not a one-and-done. With this grant, the Community Outreach Fund will help close the language and literacy gap between underserved children and their hearing peers by providing intensive services from diagnosis through rehabilitation."

Potomac River Clinic and The River School work closely with leaders at the local and national level to advocate for children with hearing loss, specifically for wider availability of early intervention and earlier identification. In the 1990s, River was instrumental in lobbying for universal newborn screening, and PRC is one of only a few diagnostic centers in Washington, DC, that accepts Medicaid. In 2015, River and PRC successfully lobbied DC Medicaid to begin covering cochlear implant surgeries, a significant win for children with deafness in the city. 

Potomac River Clinic and The River School are two separate nonprofit entities, both committed to providing the highest quality of care to children with hearing loss and their families. 

About The River School

Founded in 1999, The River School (River) established the first fully inclusive educational program for children with hearing loss in the United States. Educating young children from 18 months through Grade 6, River provides full immersion of children with hearing loss with their typically developing peers in a unique co-teaching model that pairs a master's level educator and a speech-language pathologist in every classroom. With an emphasis on experiential and collaborative learning, the curriculum integrates literacy, math, science, drama, music, visual arts, physical education and yoga into a robust, child-centered program, adding world languages in Upper Elementary. The River School challenges each child to work collaboratively, to think critically, and to develop the confidence to take risks, embrace their curiosity, and find their voice. More information can be found at

About Potomac River Clinic

Potomac River Clinic (formerly known as Chattering Children) is a nonprofit organization co-located in The River School, which serves the greater Washington, DC, area. Potomac River Clinic provides children with hearing loss and their families a range of services, including auditory-verbal therapy, hearing aid and cochlear implant programming, psycho-educational assessments, educational support, speech-language therapy and other services. Through partnerships in research, professional training, and collaborative outreach programs, Potomac River Clinic promotes best practices in language learning for children with hearing loss. More information can be found at

About the Green Family Foundation

The Green Family Foundation was established in 2005 by Daniel B. and Florence E. Green. Daniel was the Chairman and CEO of Firsttrust Bank from 1970-2005 and Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2020. Richard J. Green, their son, serves as Trustee for the Foundation.

The Green Family Foundation is dedicated to cultivating and investing in innovative and impactful solutions that foster inclusive and interconnected communities so that individuals and communities flourish and reach their full potential. More information can be found at

Contact Information:
Tammy Sproule
Director, Marketing and Communications

Original Source: The River School Receives Green Family Foundation Grant to Ensure Equity and Access for Children With Hearing Loss

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