CVS Caremark reopens Dallas playground for children of all abilities
WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has announced the grand reopening of Fantasy Landing playground in Dallas, bringing Texas its second Boundless playground where children of all abilities can play together.
The 20-year-old refurbished playground is one of three signature Boundless playground projects to be announced this year, all supported by the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Program.
Construction of the playground is funded in part by a $250,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, along with $80,000 raised by local CVS associates that enabled a sunshade to be installed at the play structure.
The playground now has ramps, wide platforms and soft rubber surfaces to accommodate a wheelchair and swings shaped like car seats that provide back support and prevent children from falling.
In July, CVS Caremark All Kids Can pledged $1.1 million to Boundless Playgrounds as part of an ongoing commitment to help children with disabilities, including three CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants totaling $750,000 to fund construction and program services for inclusive Boundless playgrounds in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles in 2008.
In addition, the trust provided $290,000 for projects where children of all abilities can play together and last summer, through the CVS “School’s Out! Go Play!” scholarship program, 60 communities received a $1,000 grant for Go Play! Materials developed by Boundless Playgrounds.
General Imaging to sell cameras at Walgreens
LAS VEGAS General Imaging used the first day of the Photo Marketing Association show to announce it will begin selling its cameras at Walgreens in April.
The buzz on opening day at PMA centered on the new wave of new cameras loaded with such features as face and smile recognition at lower prices, a product of a mature market that’s unlikely to match the 34 million cameras sold in the U.S. last year. “Walgreens has been selling some of our cameras on their Web site but they’ll soon be selling them in 6,000 stores,” said Rene Buhay, General Imaging senior vice president of sales and marketing, Americas. “And this will be our first venture into the food and drug category.”
Speaking from the PMA show floor in Las Vegas, Buhay said stores would carry the basic A735 and E850 models with prices starting at $89. “Having our cameras available in stores that are so familar to generations of Americans is a great accomplishment,” he said. “This will help us greatly in further extending our brand.” Buhay said entering Walgreens would expand its GE branded line of cameras to more than 22,000 storefronts. The company also unveiled nine new cameras at PMA.
The PMA show will run until Feb. 2 and is expected to attract more than 20,000 attendees who will check out the latest cameras and printers from major vendors, including Canon, Kodak, Sony, Nikon and Hewlett-Packard.
HearAtLast opens its first stand-alone U.S. location
TORONTO HearAtLast Holdings, which operates hearing clinics within select Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, has announced the opening of its U.S. first clinic in The Villages, an adult community in Florida.
Prior to the opening, HearAtLast Stores operated exclusively within select Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout Canada. The company has nearly doubled its locations expanding from eight to 15 outlets between October and December of 2007. With the newest location, there are currently 16 hearing clinics in Canada and the United States.
The U.S. HearAtLast location is the product of a joint venture between HearAtLast and Vivatone Hearing Systems, a maker of digital hearing aids.
HearAtLast locations sell a selection of hearing aids and offer complimentary screening tests, clinical hearing tests, instant custom MP3 headphones and custom hearing protection.