Monday, June 3, 2013

Join Us for Our Book Launch Party!
Monday, June 10, 2013 from 7 - 9:30 pm at the
Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1730 North Ocean Ave, Holtsville, NY 11742
FREE! -- click to Register
Please feel free to invite your contacts, family & friends . . . This is going to be an amazing and empowering event!
Purchase the book at or Kindle Edition on Amazon
COME CELEBRATE AT THE EVENT! Comedy to Go will be providing comedy, book contributors & others will be telling their stories. Briana Cerami will be launching the BExtraordinaryTM song, there will be music by Technicolor Brothers and Neo, and Michael K. Waterman,'s makeup and beauty editor, will be doing FREE BExtraordinaryTM makeovers. Exhibitors, too! People helping People. We're also raising funds for To Write Love on Her Arms, a not-for-profit suicide / depression awareness organization that offers hope.
CONTRIBUTORS: Jonathan S. Barrett, Geena Bean, Madeline Brady, Jean Rose Castiglione, Brian Cohen, Ruth Curran, Laurence Dresner, Laura Francomano Facini, Joseph J. Farina, Matthew Gelber, Keith Richard Godwin, Christine Farrell-Guma, Christie Korth, Heidi Krantz, Jeffrey Levy, Rebecca L. Norrington, Tami Racaniello

ABOUT THE BOOK: If I Knew Then What I Know Now . . . There is strength and promise within these pages to inspire any reader seeking to find quality of life. Join us on our journey as we courageously share our heartfelt stories about what we have learned through life lessons and trial and error. If I Knew Then What I Know Now is a compilation of our experiences, things we have done, observations we have made, and what we have discovered.  

BOOK REVIEW: "This is an extremely valuable and engaging read."
“This refreshing read allows readers to realize their personal power. The author provides practical methods and encouraging quotes while sharing insights on developing a positive attitude, practicing forgiveness and strengthening willpower. This engaging read will call for readers to practice awareness of motives and destructive patterns while guiding them into reaching their potential. This book is a great tool to remind readers of the importance of being in the moment. The manuscript contains motivational tones that encourage readers to take accountability for their happiness. The author’s encouraging, passionate and informative tone creates a highly impactful reading. This is an extremely valuable and engaging read. This book contains stimulating topics and insight. . . and provides readers with personal examples to illustrate major themes.” - editor Krystina Murray, Xulon Press

SPONSORS: Time to Play - resources for a better life at; BExtraordinary(tm) Makeup; Ramada Plaza Hotel | SUPPORTING PARTNERS: Comedy to Go |; A Scent for All Occasions, GEM Magazine, An Event for All Times, Fairway Independent Mortgage Company
Purchase the book at or Kindle Edition on Amazon
click to Register
Ramada Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom,  1730 North Ocean Avenue, Holtsville, NY 11742, 

Event Organized by Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC - Time to Play | | Questions? 631-331-2675 or email

Time to Play advocates for hope that we can learn what we need to know so we can enjoy life.  Embrace the Time to Play philosophy! You have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work life balance to have quality of life.  It's time to Enjoy Your life! = resources for a better life.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

F.I.S.T. ~ Families in Support of Treatment Forum June 7, 2013

I hope this message finds you well. F.I.S.T (Families in Support of Treatment) needs your support. We have put together an event which will take place on Friday June 7th in Wantagh, Long Island. 

This event will provide the audience with education, awareness, empowerment, resources, advocacy, a voice and most of all HOPE!  

We will have over fifty agencies, organizations, therapists, interventionists etc. as a resource for those attending the event. There will be representation from Inpatient Residential, Rehab and Detox programs. In addition there will be Outpatient programs , Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Families Anonymous, Al-anon, Nar-anon , private therapists, interventionists etc. If you would like a table at this event please contact Anthony Rizzuto as soon as possible at 516-316-6387.  The deadline to reserve a table is May 31st. 

Be an agent of change, pass this on to others. I don't know of many families that have not been affected by this epidemic. Day in and day out I get a call from a frantic mother or family member saying that they need help. The devastation that addiction causes in families and in our communities is no longer tolerable. From shootings in pharmacies to driving under the influence, we are all impacted. Family members often say It is so hard to get their loved one to agree to get help and when they finally do insurance companies are denying them authorization claiming either that they don't meet medical necessity or that they haven't failed in outpatient. Mind you this is a benefit that the individual has been paying into for years. This cannot continue!! Legislation has been introduced and we need to gather up support throughout the State. This will be the first of several presentations. We have already started discussions on the next one in New York City. After that we will be in Albany , Buffalo and Westchester. The Hispanic community has also reached out for me to put one together in Spanish. 
The ideals of F.I.S.T is unity and strength. Each finger has limited strength on its own, but when the fingers unite they form a Fist which symbolizes strength and unity. It also symbolizes the willingness to FIGHT for what we believe.
So far the response has been incredible. We are hoping to fill each and every seat in the church which holds 800. Email this to friends, family, politicians, media outlets and any connections that you have to bring attention to this cause.
P.S. If you know of anyone that has lost a family member as a result of addiction please invite them. There will be a part of the program where a mother who lost her son will speak and others with the same circumstances will be invited up as well for support. Also if you know of folks that have been denied access to treatment by their insurance company please invite them as well, they will have an opportunity to turn their frustration into action.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Anthony Rizzuto @ 516-316-6387.  
It is time for change!!! 
Thank you for your support!
F.I.S.T. Steering Committee

*Come and show support for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church*

Come and I'll serve you. I'll be waitressing in the Taverna from 3:00 on today!
Saint Nicholas 39th Annual Festival ~ Thursday May 30 - Sunday June 2
Lots of Great Food, Great Pastries
Best Tavena in Town with Live Music by Minore Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evening
Super Grand Raffle!
Come One, Come All