Popularity Growing for Indie Band Scheduled to Play LA House of Blues

TOWLiveLOS ANGELES – Up-and-coming music group, The Other Words, is scheduled to play at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Sept. 6 in the Foundation Room.

Tickets to the event are $11 in advance at theotherwordsmusic.com and the event is open to ages 21 and up.

The popular indie band’s sound has been compared to The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons; and this is their one of their first shows back since taking the month of July and most of August to work on recording new material.

In June, they played with country music’s Love and Theft, as well as many other bands, at the OakHeart County Music Festival in Thousand Oaks, Calif.JAedit

Earlier this year, The Other Words were finalists in the Indie/Folk category for the Breakout Artist Music Competition with their song, “Last Bit of Hope.”

Merchandise will be for sale the night of the show and will include The Other Word’s CDs and clothing.

The band is comprised of Aaron Crankshaw, Jenna Ryin, Steve Friar, Dave Sussman, Choco Freta and Sammy D.

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Clear Solutions for Reading Featured on FOX 13 WTVT

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -More than 25 percent of children struggle with reading. A new, innovative approach is helping solve this troubling problem. How this simple test is changing lives is “What’s Right with Tampa Bay.”

Nine-year-old Savannah Stevens felt like reading was confusing. Words in a book were hard for her to distinguish.

“She was slow reading. She had a very difficult time tracking words from lines to the next line to the next line,” said Savannah’s mom Catherine Stevens.

Catherine took Savannah to get an eye test, and her sight was fine — which was good and bad news at the same time.

“It was a little bit frustrating. We were kind of at a dead end, thinking maybe it was attention, issues with attention,” Catherine said.

She then went to Dr. Jeanne Howes, a school psychologist who helps kids with learning disabilities.

“Many times they are misdiagnosed and placed in special ed classes, when in fact they don’t need special ed,” Howes said.

What they do need, according to Dr. Edward Huggett, is a special set of glasses to help with a problem called binocular vision.

It’s a muscle imbalance in the eye that makes it hard to focus on words.

“It does affect their self-esteem so that a child thinks that they are dumb, that they are non-intelligent, that there is something wrong with them,” Huggett said..

Some experts are now calling on schools to offer students more extensive eye exams.

“They’re not fixing what the real problem is, and that is a vision-related learning problem. And it can only be fixed through an eye exam and glasses,” Howes said.

Now that she has her special glasses, Savannah is much happier.

“I’m not skipping lines anymore or stuff like that,” she says.

Doctor Huggett believes one in four kids have binocular vision. Earlier this year, he participated in a pilot program to help kids with reading vision problems.

For more information: http://www.clearsolutionsforreading.com

She Said Yes!

photo 2TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2014) – Danielle Akenson said yes to James Judge’s marriage proposal Tuesday in Tampa.

Judge proposed to Akenson at her work under the premise that media would be arriving to cover a news story. Instead of the media, it was him there to ask her a more important question.  
Judge, a 30-year-old Clearwater, Fla., native asked Akenson, a 28-year-old former resident of Minneapolis, to spend the rest of their lives together on Tuesday. 

“After a lot of thought about the perfect way to propose, I figured I would do what I do best, which is working with the media to get the word out,” said Judge. 

Judge is the owner of Judge Public Relations, a Tampa-based PR firm, and is also the media relations manager for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa. He met Akenson in 2012 when she was handling marketing and veterinary outreach for BluePearl in Minnesota.
“It started with a work conversation and it just clicked. After a year of doing the long distance thing between TPA and MSP, and learning how to earn the most Delta SkyMiles, I was finally able to talk her into moving to Florida,” Judge said. photo 3 

Akenson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, moved to Florida in October and is the marketing and communications manager for the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation and Veterinary Center at Fishhawk.
Judge is a graduate of Eckerd College and a Coast Guard veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Between the two of them, they have a Great Dane named Cutter, a Boxer named Rowdi, a Brussels Griffon named Kowe, a kitten named Buzz and a fish named Marlin. 

“As with most good news stories, there needs to be an element of suspense and a good tease, so, without further ado, Danielle Kay Akenson, you are the most beautiful woman I have ever met, both inside and out. I love you so much and it would be an honor to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” Judge said.
To that question, Akenson replied, “yes.”

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Veteran Pens Press Release to Propose Marriage to Girlfriend on Birthday

James and Dani ChristmasTAMPA, Fla., (Aug. 5, 2014) – A Tampa Bay area man is planning to propose marriage to his girlfriend in Tampa on Tuesday with the help of the media and a good old-fashioned press release.

 

James Judge, a 30-year-old Clearwater, Fla., native is planning to ask Danielle Akenson, a 28-year-old former resident of Minneapolis, to spend the rest of their lives together.

“After a lot of thought about the perfect way to propose, I figured I would do what I do best, which is working with the media to get the word out,” said Judge.

 
Judge is the owner of Judge Public Relations, a Tampa-based PR firm, and is also the media relations manager for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa. He met Akenson in 2012 when she was handling marketing and veterinary outreach for BluePearl in Minnesota.

James and Dani in Minnesota

“It started with a work conversation and it just clicked. After a year of doing the long distance thing between TPA and MSP, and learning how to earn the most Delta SkyMiles, I was finally able to talk her into moving to Florida,” Judge said. “Now, I’m just hoping and praying that she’ll agree to the next very important question.”

Akenson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, moved to Florida in October and is the marketing and communications manager for the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation and Veterinary Center at Fishhawk.
Judge is a graduate of Eckerd College and a Coast Guard veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 
Between the two of them, they have a Great Dane named Cutter, a Boxer named Rowdi, a Brussels Griffon named Kowe, a kitten named Buzz and a fish named Marlin.

“As with most good news stories, there needs to be an element of suspense and a good tease, so, without further ado, Danielle Kay Akenson, you are the most beautiful woman I have ever met, both inside and out. I love you so much and it would be an honor to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” Judge said.

FamilyThis story is developing and more details will be released as they happen.
 

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