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Action Services Group accredited and approved for PICS Consortium

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Aston, Pa. — Action Services Group, a national lighting, sign and electrical maintenance and service company, said that it has been officially authorized as a member of the PICS Consortium.

With PICS authorization to membership, Action Services Group’s lighting, sign and electrical services are now accessible to users through the PICS on-line web technology. PICS is a global contractor management consortium whose prequalification and auditing services have become the standard in a number of industries, including: Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Energy, and Manufacturing.

“The convenience store market is an important market for us and with seven of the top ten convenience store companies owned by oil companies, we will now be an added resource in PIMS for convenience stores to contact when choosing a national lighting, sign or electrical maintenance and service company,” said Ted Stouch, president of Action Services Group.

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CVS team up with Ocean Conservancy to clean up shoreline

BY CSA STAFF

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS employees cleaned up nearly 25,000 pounds of trash from shorelines across the country in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, a leading organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanup, a national environmental employee engagement campaign, raises awareness of the connection between clean waterways and health.

The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanup, part of the company’s commitment to local communities, hosted five volunteer events nationwide in 2013:

Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Elm Fork Trinity River in Dallas, Texas

Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill.

Emerald Hills in San Diego, Calif.

Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.

Some of the trash CVS employees collected included sofas, tractor tires, car parts, sinks, shopping carts, mattresses, television sets and computer monitors.

"The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanups provided colleagues an engaging, rewarding volunteer experience, while at the same time making a real difference in our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone SVP of corporate communications and community relations, CVS Caremark. "Like many of our CSR initiatives, this program closely aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health — with the help of Ocean Conservancy, we were able to raise awareness of how clean waterways directly impact our health & well-being."

"Trash jeopardizes the health of the ocean, coastline, economy and people and requires a collective movement to make the biggest difference," said Amelia Montjoy, VP of resource development at Ocean Conservancy. "We have a profound stake in a healthy ocean that is free of trash and marine debris, and through our partnership with CVS Caremark, we are one step closer to fulfilling this mission."

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of trash and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways. Last year, volunteers collected more than 10 million pounds of trash, marking the second highest total items reported in the cleanup’s 27-year history. Cigarettes, food packaging and plastic bottles top the list of collected trash, totaling the weight of 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

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Hasbro to unveil expanded brand at San Diego Comic-Con

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With just a few days until the San Diego Comic-Con kicks off, Hasbro has announced the expansion of its Kre-O construction brand to include Dungeons & Dragons, the iconic fantasy entertainment brand from Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro.

The company will be giving comic-con attendees a special edition Kre-O Dungeons & Dragons collectible poster, while supplies last, at its booth from 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 19. Those who visit the booth will also get to be among the first to see early Kreon models. Kre-O Dungeons & Dragons building sets will be available for purchase at retail locations January 2014.

Comic-Con visitors will also be among the first to see the sets featuring Dr. Mayhem, part of the upcoming launch of the recently announced Kre-O Cityville Invasion line, inspired by the new CityVille Invasion app by Zynga. The linefeature sonic motion technology, which permits building sets to emit sound waves which trigger specific movements in special Kre-O bricks, creating a live action scene within the set. The Cityville Invasion line will be available at all major retail locations in early August. The Kre-O Cityville App is downloadable now on iTunes and Google Play.

“Since launching the Kre-O brand more than two years ago, we’ve been able to tap into some of Hasbro’s most iconic brands and premier pop-culture licenses and bring them to life in a whole new way for kids and fans,” said Kim Boyd, senior global marketing director for the Kre-O brand, “We are excited to add fantasy inspired sets featuring Dungeons & Dragons as well as Cityville Invasion to the KRE-O portfolio which also includes Transformers, G.I. Joe and Star Trek.”

Never before seen Kre-O Star Trek, Kre-O Transformers and Kre-O G.I. Joe building sets will also be on display in the Hasbro booth. New reveals include the U.S.S. Vengeance ship from Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek Into Darkness, directed by J.J. Abrams, which will be available for purchase this fall.

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