My brother-in-law is in need of a kidney, anyone in the U.S. can help. A living donor (we’re born with 2 kidneys but only need 1) is best, Please help.

“Many years ago Del Du-Bois was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. In 1968 Del lost a kidney to PKD and has been managing for the past 46 years with his remaining kidney,” explained Bobi, Del’s loving wife of 45 years.

Unfortunately he is losing this battle and time is running out, he recently was put on dialysis.

If you know of someone, or yourself, who would consider donating a kidney, please consider getting tested: please contact Robert Wood Johnson Transplant Center, New Brunswick, NJ at (732) 253-3699 or 1-877-NUKIDNEY and follow the prompts for the living donor program. Tell them you are calling on behalf of Del Du-Bois.

Even if you are not a compatible match, there are “Paired Donations“, you can give a kidney to a stranger and in turn save a loved one’s life.

Please help spread the word about our need — hang a note on your church/synagogue/temple bulletin board, notify folks at work, talk it up at your social club — we appreciate anything you can do to help us.

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Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

  • Fido may look adorable in his new superhero costume, but that cape won’t necessarily keep him out of harm’s way. Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be harmful. Costumes should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, it may be helpful to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t bother.
  • Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his or her costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that they could choke on. Also, watch out for ill-fitting outfits which can get twisted on external objects on your pet, leading to injury.
  • Putting make-up or face paint on your pet can be harmful. Paints could potentially irritate their skin, or may be eaten. Even make-up that is non-toxic could cause stomachaches or worse.
  • Candy bags are strictly for the enjoyment of trick-or-treaters, not your pet. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Give your pooch their own Halloween candy by treating them to their favorite doggy snack. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local control center immediately.
  • Keep an eye out for decorative edible items like Halloween pumpkins and candy corn, when participating in this year’s festivities with your pet. While these are considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can be harmful, causing stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
  • Do not take your pets trick or treating. It’s possible that your dog could get spooked by a ghost or goblin and a dog bite or fight could occur.

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Touring New York

July 7, 2015

Tour and Taste Your Way Through New York’s Hidden Wine-Country!

Bust out of the bustling cityscape and into Long Island’s wine country for the perfect day getaway! New York City based tour companies Take Me Out NYC, and Like a Local Tours have teamed up and created this one-of-a-kind experience for wine tasters and adventurers alike called the North Fork Wine Tour. 

This new tour is less than a two-hour drive out of the city and allows locals and tourists to explore the beautiful grounds and wineries of North Fork, located on the northeast part of Long Island. Home to over 30 vineyards, this region is a wine lover’s paradise. The tour is brand new to the industry and will make its premier this upcoming July. 

So what can a wine-connoisseur expect along the way? Much more than your favorite vino! Tour-goers on the North Fork tour will receive the perfect balance of area history, relaxation, wine and culture, with fun and off-the-beaten path stops. In addition to tasting authentic regional wines, guests will also have the chance to visit a family fun farm, charming shops, taste authentic local goat cheese, and visit quaint seaside villages where they can shuck their own oysters on the tour! All expenses are included including transportation to/from NYC, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even free spa gifts!

When asked about the collaboration, both tour companies shared their vision and excitement in teaming up. “To us, this tour is not just a ride out to the vineyards, it’s much more than that. We wanted to create an experience that brought in the culture of the North Fork, while also really emphasizing relaxation and some fun along the way!” said Lauren Beebe, owner and founder of Like a Local Tours. “People will feel like they’re seeing it all. They’ll leave this tour feeling like they aren’t just visiting the region, but actually understand it! That, and they will be pampered, and wined and dined to the max!” 

For Take Me Out Tours, this endeavor allows the hip nightlife tour company to branch out into a new industry, day-tours. Currently, TMO is known for being the #1 nightlife destination in New York City by trip advisor. The company is excited to add a new offering and mix it up a bit with the North Fork Wine Tour, no pun intended!

For both businesses, this tour is the first that brings them outside of the Big Apple. “When we decided to collaborate together, we felt branching out of the NYC market gave us a great opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to the typical day-tour experience,” said Ori Mor, owner and founder of Take Me Out Tours. “Since we both have worked only in New York City when it comes to tours, we were able to bring our own unique spin that is very different than what the typical wine tour would be in the North Fork area. There’s no doubt about it, this tour is going to be unlike any other wine country tour you’ve experienced. I think our company names say it all. We want to make you feel like a local and take you out for a tour you’ll never forget, and that’s what we intend to do!”

For those interested in embarking and experiencing North Folk with Take Me Out Tours and Like a Local Tours, you can book your wine adventure today at or at Tours start July 18th and reservations are now available.



Like a Local Tours is a New York City based, operated and highly-curated tour company that specializes in creating stylish, buzz-worthy walking tours all over the city, from downtown to Brooklyn. For more information please visit 

Take Me Out Tours NYC is a New York City based and operated tour company. providing customers with walking tours exploring the city. With a strong emphasis on local nightlife and drink quality, the company offers a VIP service that caters to its guests. For more information please visit

Business Partnerships

May 26, 2015

Overcoming Differences To Remain 
Business Partners and Friends
A Shared Goal Can Be Achieved With The Right Outlook, 
Book Co-Authors Say

Good business partnerships can lead to great things, whether it’s Ben and Jerry dishing up ice cream or Penn and Teller dishing up magic.

But sometimes partners aren’t well matched. Their personalities fail to mesh, their differing visions lead to a clash of wills and what seemed like a good idea at the beginning disintegrates quickly in a flurry of angry words and ill will.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. A business partnership – like any relationship – can thrive if the right ingredients are in place.

“You can be friends and business partners at the same time,” says writer Gail Harris (, whose latest project involved a partnership that brought difficult, but not insurmountable, challenges.

Harris is co-author with Brandi Rarus ( of the book “Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love and Adoption.” The book tells the story of how Rarus, who became deaf at age 6, faced the challenges of her disability and later adopted a daughter who also is deaf.

Like many good partnerships, the one between Rarus and Harris began because each had something to contribute. Rarus had a story to tell, but she is not a writer.

“I decided to find someone who would work with me to write the book, so I advertised for a writer and Gail was one of the people who responded,” Rarus says. 
About five years passed from the time they began working on “Finding Zoe” to the day the book was published.

Every moment was not smooth, and there were disagreements along the way, but eventually they made their shared dream a reality. Harris and Rarus offer a few tips on what makes a partnership work.

•  Communicate. Communication is paramount in any relationship. It’s what unites us. Communication was a challenge at times for Rarus and Harris because they couldn’t hash things out in a quick phone call the way many people might. “We needed a sign-language interpreter and one wasn’t always available,” Harris says. Video calls were much easier because Harris could see Rarus and the interpreter. They also were able to do some video calls without an interpreter since Rarus is a good lip reader and she can speak, though Harris said it took awhile to get used to the way she talked. “We understood each other about 85 percent of the time. But there definitely were a couple of important miscommunications, once about the book’s front cover design,” Harris says.

•  Be committed. Both people must be committed to the end goal. It doesn’t work if one person is passionate and the other lukewarm. The two co-authors of “Finding Zoe” early on had to work out some differences about just what the end goal was. Rarus saw the proposed book as strictly a story about Zoe’s adoption. But Harris convinced her that the book should be Rarus’ memoir and lead up to the adoption. It was through such give and take that the story, and the book, began to take shape.

•  Avoid being judgmental. We all judge other people and other people judge us. You need to put yourself in the other persons’ shoes – in this case your partner’s – and try to understand what they are going through or where they are coming from. “We live in a world where people are quick to blame and judge others,” Rarus says. That’s actually a theme “Finding Zoe” touches on, showing the fruitlessness of assigning blame, she says. In a partnership, it’s important to try to understand and respect the other person’s point of view, the co-authors say. Having opposing ideas about how some things should be handled is inevitable, and can spark even better solutions. What’s important is to be respectful as you work through disputes.

Whether it’s a disability or personality trait, everyone is different in some way, but those differences need not become obstacles when two people work together for a common goal, Harris and Rarus say.

“Our differences are minuscule compared with how we are alike,” Harris says. “Just look at the way Brandi and I came together to write this book. Language was not a barrier. Different lifestyles were not a barrier. We became friends and worked together to produce something wonderful.”

About Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris

Brandi Rarus (, who lost her hearing at age 6, has traveled the country speaking out for deaf children and building awareness of what it means to be deaf. She was Miss Deaf America in 1988. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, with their three sons and adopted daughter.

Gail Harris ( is an award-winning writer and teacher of the intuitive process who also adopted a child. In addition to co-writing “Finding Zoe,” she is the author of “Your Heart Knows the Answer.” She lives with her husband and son in Framingham, Mass.