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Episode 26 Dr. Sheldon Salins

ETransforming Lives from the Inside Out Who is this happy, energetic, Orthodontist in a Bow Tie? I had to find out more about Dr. Salins after seeing the photos of completely transformed smiles he engineered on Instagram. I invited him to be on the show, and he accepted. Having been in the business of working with kids and their teeth for more than a decade now, Dr. Sheldon Salins takes his work of transformation seriously. What he does in his office is more than just attend to your teeth. Anyone who has been there will tell you that he is an artist of transformations. That was my single, biggest take-away from our interview. Dr. Salins is eager to share lessons from various stages in his life, ranging from his family, upbringing, education, and relationships to his practice. He is very proud to show off the work ethic he learned from his parents, who were immigrants from India, that moved from Canada to Florida, for the warm weather. Anyone would be proud if their parents set the ex...

51 MIN2018 JAN 10
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Episode 26 Dr. Sheldon Salins

Episode 25 R and R Event Rentals

EHow To Make Your Special Day Perfect? It’s simple. Give the décor over to R and R Event Rentals. In this interview, I ask Raman and Raveen to share their best advice for anyone planning a wedding or special event. Raman says to focus on three things: Really look at what you will be getting from each vendor to eliminate confusion. Be organized. And Relax! Take the time to enjoy the event because it will go by so fast. Once Upon a Time…. Raman and Raveen got married. When they decided to plan their own wedding they found themselves frustrated with the choices they had. Neither of them wanted to pay the high rental fees for everything they needed to design their wedding celebrations perfectly. Many of the vendors they met with didn’t have what they wanted. So instead they bought everything they needed, thinking they could just sell it later on. That plan backfired wonderfully and the result was that Raman, a former accountant, and Raveen, a loss prevention specialist, discovered th...

61 MIN2017 NOV 3
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Episode 25 R and R Event Rentals

Episode 24 Ascend Rehab Founder Swati Shah

EDo you or someone you know have a special needs child? Listen to our talk as Swati Shah shares her best advice for families. She would know. Swati Shah has the heart for serving special needs kids and their families. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of children and their family members is apparent in all that she does. She believes every special needs family deserves the ultimate care and the best advice. In her words, “This is not just a job. It is changing lives… I feel like we’re impacting the community as a whole.” Swati is the founder of Ascend Rehab, which she started in 2004. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years. As a mother of a special needs child herself, she is deeply connected in the special needs community. Ascend started in 2004 with one employee. Now, they have around 50—and that first employee is still with her! Her staff retention is incredible for the industry because she works hard to make sure her employees are heard and happy....

36 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Episode 24 Ascend Rehab Founder Swati Shah

Episode 23 Chili Pepper Challenge

EAt the start of this interview, I noticed a gallon size bag of chiles sitting on the table in front of us. My first thought was, I hope they won’t expect me to eat a chili and then give an interview! Of course, they didn’t. They are representatives from all the Rotary Clubs in the Tri-City Area. Perhaps some readers are like me. Though I’ve heard of Rotary, I didn’t really know exactly what a Rotary Club does. So it was fun to get to know the people of our local Tri-City Clubs. They are givers, people who get involved and take actions to help out those in need. Locally and all over the world. Some of the projects we discuss in this episode are very impressive. To think a club here in Newark, or Union City, or Fremont has been responsible for bringing water to a community in Africa, for instance, blows me away. This interview explains the currently running Hot HOT Chili Pepper Challenge. Proceeds go to benefit several charities listed below. For everyone accepting the challenge R...

49 MIN2017 SEP 14
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Episode 23 Chili Pepper Challenge

Episode 22 Paddy Iyer Founder Daily Bowl

EHave you wondered happens to the tons of edible produce going to waste in our communities? Like many of you reading this and listening to our interview are already aware of, Paddy Iyer is a man who is known for his contribution of coffee and community to Union City more than anything. However, in speaking with him, I found that he is so much more than that. Paddy Iyer, is one of the two pioneering members, together with Lance Nishihira, of the Daily Bowl – a service which deals with the obtainment and distribution of food to the less fortunate. From humble beginnings in the garage (isn’t that how Apple started?) some two years ago, the Daily Bowl is now a program that brings pride to our East Bay community. In the space of just two years, Paddy has nurtured relationships with many donating partners from small farms to larger companies where he gleans the food they would otherwise throw away. Considering that he is a family man and a business man, one cannot help but wonder where h...

46 MIN2017 AUG 30
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Episode 22 Paddy Iyer Founder Daily Bowl

Episode 21 Chief Darryl McAllister

EGetting to Know Our Union City Chief of Police I have interviewed a number of people in the past, and a few of them have suggested that I interview the Union City Chief of Police, Darryl McAllister. Chief Darry McAllister sure had a lot to say, right from when he was growing up till now. He was not shy to speak about his family, how they impacted him and the kind of relationship they had. Looking back over a career that has spanned more than three decades now, the story of why he opted for this line of work touched me. When he was asked to rewind time and look back on his younger self, he had something sensational to say. In his own words, “If I would do it all over again, I would do this. If somebody came along, and pushed my rewind button, and took me back to the beginning of the tape… I would push play again.” Darryl McAllister is a man that has seen a lot of challenges. However, his main challenge still stems on one that would see the development of the community at large. Sp...

68 MIN2017 AUG 22
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Episode 21 Chief Darryl McAllister

Episode 20 Core Fitness by Jeanelle

E3 things you should know about Pilates Life after physical therapy &Why you do not have to live with pain Jeanelle Singh has a healers heart. She lives to see others thrive with her help. She grew up in Union City and before opening her studio worked for James Logan High School as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is definitely plugged in to our community as a member of the Alvarado Historical Merchants Association, a member of the New Haven Schools Foundation Board, and an alternate for Union Cities Planning Commission. I am not sure where she finds the time! Through her Pilates Studio, Core Fitness by Jeanelle, she guides her clients to live healthier, be fit, and to find relief from pain. Jeanelle shares her story with us in our interview. I ask her what she studied in school and what lead her to opening her Pilates Studio. When she was working as a physical therapist she was plagued by a question. “What happens to people after they are done with PT? She saw a need, a gap to fi...

46 MIN2017 JUN 27
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Episode 20 Core Fitness by Jeanelle

Episode 19 Opened Shutter Photography Owner Kenneth Embalsado

EWhat You NEED To Know Before Hiring A Photographer On meeting Kenneth Embalsado he is warm and engaging. I can see why so many of his clients describe how he makes photo shoots seem easy. There is a level of care and attention to detail that is very obvious when you view his work. Kenneth is a pro. He is an award winning, world class, photographer. Also a committed family man and serial entrepreneur. Getting to know Kenneth, his philosophies, his values, was truly a pleasure. We discuss many things, not just photography, but business and life. Still, I know our listeners what to know: What is the secret to taking great portraits of kids?! And… What does everyone need to know before hiring a photographer? We answer those questions and more in our interview. Kenneth has taken some phenomenal photos. Weddings, portraits, professional athletes – amazing transformations. Corporate photos, head shots, and of course the kids. You name it he photographs it. Next up for Opened Shutter Phot...

49 MIN2017 JUN 10
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Episode 19 Opened Shutter Photography Owner Kenneth Embalsado

Episode 18 GreenKeys Locksmith Owner Ben Pearson

EThree things the Best Locksmith in the Bay Area wants you to know about protecting yourself and your home. What is the first line of defense in protecting our homes? I would say it’s the lock on our door. We all watch the news and many of us pay attention so we know exactly what type of crime is taking place in our immediate neighborhood. It can be scary to be so informed about crime happening so close to home. So in this interview with Ben Pearson owner of Green Keys Locksmith, I asked him to share some of his best tips for locking up our homes. One of his pieces of advice will take you only 5 minutes to go check on your own front door and could stop forcible entry. Ben should know…. He has been a locksmith for 10 years. He is the number one rated locksmith in the Bay Area in online reviews. As you know, I don’t put a ton of stock in online reviews, however, over 300 5-star reviews from clients is pretty hard to ignore. Like so many of our featured experts on Union City Advice G...

60 MIN2017 MAY 18
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Episode 18 GreenKeys Locksmith Owner Ben Pearson

Episode 17 Alpine Awards

EFrom the humble beginnings of a home garage in 1972, with a pool table as its production base, Alpine Awards & Imprinted Sportswear Inc. has mushroomed into an industry leader with 4 showrooms located through out the bay area. I got to have a candid talk with the President of this family based business, Greg Vella, and his lead Sales Manager, Vicki Lake, about how Alpine Awards just keeps growing and why so many customers keep coming back. Greg Vella has followed in his father’s footsteps. Greg’s parents Ron and Kathleen Vella founded this company 45 years ago. He has taken leaps of his own building the company into a one stop customization shop. This Father, Husband, Coach, and Company President understands the needs of his customers because he is one of them. His passion and drive to have the best product comes down to one thing, “It’s not a uniform, it’s a person.It’s not just one trophy misspelled, it’s a disappointed kid.” Vicki Lake came in 16 years ago to get banners ...

36 MIN2017 MAR 22
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Episode 17 Alpine Awards
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Latest Episodes

Episode 26 Dr. Sheldon Salins

ETransforming Lives from the Inside Out Who is this happy, energetic, Orthodontist in a Bow Tie? I had to find out more about Dr. Salins after seeing the photos of completely transformed smiles he engineered on Instagram. I invited him to be on the show, and he accepted. Having been in the business of working with kids and their teeth for more than a decade now, Dr. Sheldon Salins takes his work of transformation seriously. What he does in his office is more than just attend to your teeth. Anyone who has been there will tell you that he is an artist of transformations. That was my single, biggest take-away from our interview. Dr. Salins is eager to share lessons from various stages in his life, ranging from his family, upbringing, education, and relationships to his practice. He is very proud to show off the work ethic he learned from his parents, who were immigrants from India, that moved from Canada to Florida, for the warm weather. Anyone would be proud if their parents set the ex...

51 MIN2018 JAN 10
Comments
Episode 26 Dr. Sheldon Salins

Episode 25 R and R Event Rentals

EHow To Make Your Special Day Perfect? It’s simple. Give the décor over to R and R Event Rentals. In this interview, I ask Raman and Raveen to share their best advice for anyone planning a wedding or special event. Raman says to focus on three things: Really look at what you will be getting from each vendor to eliminate confusion. Be organized. And Relax! Take the time to enjoy the event because it will go by so fast. Once Upon a Time…. Raman and Raveen got married. When they decided to plan their own wedding they found themselves frustrated with the choices they had. Neither of them wanted to pay the high rental fees for everything they needed to design their wedding celebrations perfectly. Many of the vendors they met with didn’t have what they wanted. So instead they bought everything they needed, thinking they could just sell it later on. That plan backfired wonderfully and the result was that Raman, a former accountant, and Raveen, a loss prevention specialist, discovered th...

61 MIN2017 NOV 3
Comments
Episode 25 R and R Event Rentals

Episode 24 Ascend Rehab Founder Swati Shah

EDo you or someone you know have a special needs child? Listen to our talk as Swati Shah shares her best advice for families. She would know. Swati Shah has the heart for serving special needs kids and their families. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of children and their family members is apparent in all that she does. She believes every special needs family deserves the ultimate care and the best advice. In her words, “This is not just a job. It is changing lives… I feel like we’re impacting the community as a whole.” Swati is the founder of Ascend Rehab, which she started in 2004. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years. As a mother of a special needs child herself, she is deeply connected in the special needs community. Ascend started in 2004 with one employee. Now, they have around 50—and that first employee is still with her! Her staff retention is incredible for the industry because she works hard to make sure her employees are heard and happy....

36 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Episode 24 Ascend Rehab Founder Swati Shah

Episode 23 Chili Pepper Challenge

EAt the start of this interview, I noticed a gallon size bag of chiles sitting on the table in front of us. My first thought was, I hope they won’t expect me to eat a chili and then give an interview! Of course, they didn’t. They are representatives from all the Rotary Clubs in the Tri-City Area. Perhaps some readers are like me. Though I’ve heard of Rotary, I didn’t really know exactly what a Rotary Club does. So it was fun to get to know the people of our local Tri-City Clubs. They are givers, people who get involved and take actions to help out those in need. Locally and all over the world. Some of the projects we discuss in this episode are very impressive. To think a club here in Newark, or Union City, or Fremont has been responsible for bringing water to a community in Africa, for instance, blows me away. This interview explains the currently running Hot HOT Chili Pepper Challenge. Proceeds go to benefit several charities listed below. For everyone accepting the challenge R...

49 MIN2017 SEP 14
Comments
Episode 23 Chili Pepper Challenge

Episode 22 Paddy Iyer Founder Daily Bowl

EHave you wondered happens to the tons of edible produce going to waste in our communities? Like many of you reading this and listening to our interview are already aware of, Paddy Iyer is a man who is known for his contribution of coffee and community to Union City more than anything. However, in speaking with him, I found that he is so much more than that. Paddy Iyer, is one of the two pioneering members, together with Lance Nishihira, of the Daily Bowl – a service which deals with the obtainment and distribution of food to the less fortunate. From humble beginnings in the garage (isn’t that how Apple started?) some two years ago, the Daily Bowl is now a program that brings pride to our East Bay community. In the space of just two years, Paddy has nurtured relationships with many donating partners from small farms to larger companies where he gleans the food they would otherwise throw away. Considering that he is a family man and a business man, one cannot help but wonder where h...

46 MIN2017 AUG 30
Comments
Episode 22 Paddy Iyer Founder Daily Bowl

Episode 21 Chief Darryl McAllister

EGetting to Know Our Union City Chief of Police I have interviewed a number of people in the past, and a few of them have suggested that I interview the Union City Chief of Police, Darryl McAllister. Chief Darry McAllister sure had a lot to say, right from when he was growing up till now. He was not shy to speak about his family, how they impacted him and the kind of relationship they had. Looking back over a career that has spanned more than three decades now, the story of why he opted for this line of work touched me. When he was asked to rewind time and look back on his younger self, he had something sensational to say. In his own words, “If I would do it all over again, I would do this. If somebody came along, and pushed my rewind button, and took me back to the beginning of the tape… I would push play again.” Darryl McAllister is a man that has seen a lot of challenges. However, his main challenge still stems on one that would see the development of the community at large. Sp...

68 MIN2017 AUG 22
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Episode 21 Chief Darryl McAllister

Episode 20 Core Fitness by Jeanelle

E3 things you should know about Pilates Life after physical therapy &Why you do not have to live with pain Jeanelle Singh has a healers heart. She lives to see others thrive with her help. She grew up in Union City and before opening her studio worked for James Logan High School as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is definitely plugged in to our community as a member of the Alvarado Historical Merchants Association, a member of the New Haven Schools Foundation Board, and an alternate for Union Cities Planning Commission. I am not sure where she finds the time! Through her Pilates Studio, Core Fitness by Jeanelle, she guides her clients to live healthier, be fit, and to find relief from pain. Jeanelle shares her story with us in our interview. I ask her what she studied in school and what lead her to opening her Pilates Studio. When she was working as a physical therapist she was plagued by a question. “What happens to people after they are done with PT? She saw a need, a gap to fi...

46 MIN2017 JUN 27
Comments
Episode 20 Core Fitness by Jeanelle

Episode 19 Opened Shutter Photography Owner Kenneth Embalsado

EWhat You NEED To Know Before Hiring A Photographer On meeting Kenneth Embalsado he is warm and engaging. I can see why so many of his clients describe how he makes photo shoots seem easy. There is a level of care and attention to detail that is very obvious when you view his work. Kenneth is a pro. He is an award winning, world class, photographer. Also a committed family man and serial entrepreneur. Getting to know Kenneth, his philosophies, his values, was truly a pleasure. We discuss many things, not just photography, but business and life. Still, I know our listeners what to know: What is the secret to taking great portraits of kids?! And… What does everyone need to know before hiring a photographer? We answer those questions and more in our interview. Kenneth has taken some phenomenal photos. Weddings, portraits, professional athletes – amazing transformations. Corporate photos, head shots, and of course the kids. You name it he photographs it. Next up for Opened Shutter Phot...

49 MIN2017 JUN 10
Comments
Episode 19 Opened Shutter Photography Owner Kenneth Embalsado

Episode 18 GreenKeys Locksmith Owner Ben Pearson

EThree things the Best Locksmith in the Bay Area wants you to know about protecting yourself and your home. What is the first line of defense in protecting our homes? I would say it’s the lock on our door. We all watch the news and many of us pay attention so we know exactly what type of crime is taking place in our immediate neighborhood. It can be scary to be so informed about crime happening so close to home. So in this interview with Ben Pearson owner of Green Keys Locksmith, I asked him to share some of his best tips for locking up our homes. One of his pieces of advice will take you only 5 minutes to go check on your own front door and could stop forcible entry. Ben should know…. He has been a locksmith for 10 years. He is the number one rated locksmith in the Bay Area in online reviews. As you know, I don’t put a ton of stock in online reviews, however, over 300 5-star reviews from clients is pretty hard to ignore. Like so many of our featured experts on Union City Advice G...

60 MIN2017 MAY 18
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Episode 18 GreenKeys Locksmith Owner Ben Pearson

Episode 17 Alpine Awards

EFrom the humble beginnings of a home garage in 1972, with a pool table as its production base, Alpine Awards & Imprinted Sportswear Inc. has mushroomed into an industry leader with 4 showrooms located through out the bay area. I got to have a candid talk with the President of this family based business, Greg Vella, and his lead Sales Manager, Vicki Lake, about how Alpine Awards just keeps growing and why so many customers keep coming back. Greg Vella has followed in his father’s footsteps. Greg’s parents Ron and Kathleen Vella founded this company 45 years ago. He has taken leaps of his own building the company into a one stop customization shop. This Father, Husband, Coach, and Company President understands the needs of his customers because he is one of them. His passion and drive to have the best product comes down to one thing, “It’s not a uniform, it’s a person.It’s not just one trophy misspelled, it’s a disappointed kid.” Vicki Lake came in 16 years ago to get banners ...

36 MIN2017 MAR 22
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Episode 17 Alpine Awards
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