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Episode 45: Personal Space, Interpersonal Assessment, and Graduation Gifts

May 7, 2012

(In the words of co-host Bruce Barber as excerpted from the RLSG website)

I’ve known News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg for years now, and always describe her as “the whole package” – kind, generous… and drop dead gorgeous! Needless to say, when Ann offered to host Episode 45 of the Real Life Survival Guide, we couldn’t say “YES” fast enough!

Joining Ann and her boutique-mate (and great friend) Francine Piscitelli were Venetucci Home visionary Tony Venetucci, and returning guest editor Eileen Kaplan.

Ann Nyberg is WTNH-TV’s longest serving Anchor~Reporter in station history. Ann anchors the 6 and 10 o’clock nightly newscasts.

Ann feels strongly about philanthropy. In 1993, she founded the Toy Closet Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Thousands of toys and other items are given to children of all ages upon admittance to the hospital to help ease their trauma. Ann is also a founding Board of Trustees member of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Ann’s website, Network, spotlights people and places all over the state.

You can find her at Ann Nyberg on Facebook and @AnnNyberg on Twitter.

Francine Piscitelli came to America from Caserta Italy as a young girl in 1971. She’s been a hairstylist and owned her own salon for over 20 years. (Her salon is located at 469 West Main Street, Branford Ct.)

Francine has been the hairstylist for her good friend and boutique neighbor Ann Nyberg at Annie Mame for the past nine years, and she and her staff also provide hair and make-up for some of the News 8 on air talent.

Eileen Kaplan speaks on being a survivor of breast cancer, prevention of the disease and dealing with the issues associated with cancer and is the author of “Laughter is the Breast Medicine”.

She has always been active in fundraising for cancer research. The year before her own diagnosis, she was awarded the “Daffodil Award” by The American Cancer Society for her successful campaign in raising money for cancer research. Never did she realize that the money she raised could possibly have been used for her own successful diagnosis.

Eileen has worked as an X-ray technologist and for The Connecticut Department of Children and Families for many years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, and they have 2 daughters and a grandson.

Tony Venetucci grew up in a “tight knit Italian family”, and was surrounded with love, good food, and an appreciation for friends and relatives from an early age. His Stamford, Connecticut childhood home was always brimming with activity and interesting people from his father’s real estate development business.

Venetucci Home offers a very well-priced mix of traditional and trendsetting furniture, accessories, lighting, gifts, and breathtaking one-of-a-kind pieces that complete your house into your home. Fabulous and creative merchandise is styled in warm and casual settings with encouragement to “sit and stay a while” throughout. You’ll be tempted to borrow great lifestyle decorating ideas from you’re very first tour and I encourage you to do so!

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