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Ben Burton and Elise Loprete (21 and 18) noticed a gap in the market. If you want a good coffee, you have to go to a coffee shop. But what about if the coffee shop could come to your business, your function or your event? CUE: Rustic Bean Espresso Pop Up Café. In a modern world where we’re constantly being told that Generation Y aren’t prepared to work hard, this young boyfriend and girlfriend duo prove us all wrong!

 

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Birds of Tokyo is a five-piece alternative Rock band from Perth, Western Australia.  In 2010 the band released its highest charting album to date, Birds of Tokyo, which reached No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. They are playing at The Plantation Hotel, Wednesday 20 March.

 

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Stacey Piggot’s new book, Blow Your Own Trumpet, A Musician’s Guide to Publicity & Airplay is a book for self-managed artists, budding music managers and music industry students. It was written to dispel myths and provide a collection of tools to help the reader promote their own music or that of the bands they are representing, without handing over cash to a third party. It’s a book of ideas, guidelines, philosophies and stories telling the many pathways one can choose to create a media presence in Australia.

 

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The Bellingen Readers and Writers festival will be amazing! There is no town quite like Bellingen, and with a program of workshops, talks and forums, there’s no literary festival quite like this one – March 22 – 24, 2013.

 

 

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Terasa Reynolds is a colourful icon in Coffs Harbour. She works at Bunnings Warehouse, where she finds joy in being around customers and her colleagues. She believes that people smiling at each other or simply saying, “Hello” to a stranger is the key to happiness!

 

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Otis is a local indigenous surfer who travels the world following his passion. His sponsors have created a surf film about Otis’ experiences that will be screening at the Hoey Moey on Saturday, February 23.

 

 

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Marriage Celebrants are people who are legally allowed to perform marriages in Australia. However, Sam from Married By Sam takes it even further and becomes an integral part of your special day!

 

 

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I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Michael Crossland to find out about his latest accomplishments, and he has had an amazing 2012. Many of you will know Michael’s story, which was shared in FOCUS 12 months ago. Michael was diagnosed with an incurable cancer at just 11 months old and only given 3 months to live.

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Teams of surf boat crews will contest Round 10 of the North Coast Surf Boat Series (NCSBS) at Coffs Harbour on February 16. Deane Crockett, Boat Captain from the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club, shares some history about the Series, which promises a day of action on our local waves …

 

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2011 X Factor champ, ARIA award winner and a Rock Star who’s achieved legions of fans in a relatively short time,
Reece Mastin will be dropping in at several venues across the Mid North Coast in January. Don’t miss Reece’s Summer Nights Tour, with support acts the Janoskians and Justice Crew, at C.ex Coffs on January 16.

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John Paul College school teacher Maggie O’Brien has always had a passion for education. After a holiday in Africa, she decided to dedicate her passion and the generosity of the John Paul College students and help rebuild an African school in Kawalazi.

 

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Cancer Council’s Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars is set to be another huge success. With nearly all the tables sold, the seven high profile dance couples are perfecting their dance routines and busily fundraising.

 

 

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George A. Cecato is a true inspiration to all new Australians – a man who has triumphed the challenges of migrating to a new foreign nation. He has been the Australia Day Ambassador in the past and this year he celebrates the Australia Day Ceremony with the community at Botanic Gardens on Saturday, January 26 from 9am.

 

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At Casuarina, the buildings and classrooms look different and students aren’t required to wear a uniform. Principal Toni Wright-Turner talks us through community stigmas and helps us bust some myths!

 

 

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Phil Jacobson, Police Officer, single father, community all-rounder, 2012 Sawtellian of the Year winner and just a great bloke. Here we find out what motivates a man to continue giving to his community.

 

 

 

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