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mom 2 mom 6 Trick-or-Treat for Cheap 8 How a Sweetaholic Mom Handles Halloween 11 Fifteen Tips for Planning a Fun Playdate

moms R women 2 12 Our Sisters’ Keepers 14 Take Care and Be Aware: You Don’t Have to Die from Breast Cancer 15 Do You Make the Grade? Genetic Tests for Breasts

features 21 Daughters First! Dealing with Down Syndrome as a Family 36 Celebrate Fun Fall Birthday Times! C’mon!

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Beyond Disability and on to Friendship: Helping Children Understand Special Needs Be Real about Kids and Internet Safety Fired Up about Fire Safety

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hat scares you? With Halloween approaching in October, thoughts turn to ghosts, ghouls and goblins – things to be scared of or imagination gone haywire? We all have our fears, especially being parents and hearing about the crazy things going on in the world daily. Scary things could be breast cancer, bullying or even birthday party planning! Or just controlling the sweets reaped from trick-or-treating when you’re a sweetaholic and can’t wait to dig in. Due to my family history, I fear breast cancer, but read about the signs to watch out for in “Take Care and Be Aware: You Don’t Have to Die from Breast Cancer” by Carolyn Kellerman; “Best for HighRisk Breasts”, all about high-tech breast MRIs available at Booth Radiology; and “Do You Make the Grade?: Genetic Tests for Breasts” by Dolores Hoffman. I’m grateful to say that my mom, a two-time survivor of the disease, is alive and kicking at 70+ years young with four grandkids. So bottom line? Don’t be scared – be aware and prepared! Don’t fear the reaper or the bullies! Many parents’ fears include their children being bullied in school, whether on the bus, the playground or in the classroom. Read our profile, “Not Just a Bystander: Susan Goodman Stands Up and Speaks Out”, on musician and educator Susan Goodman who urges all kids, targeted or not, to “Stand Up! Speak Out!” against bullies, instead of standing by, helpless.


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Maybe you relish arranging your child’s birthday parties, but if you’re like me, you cringe in terror at the prospect! When the weather starts cooling down, where do you host a party and what activities do you schedule in order to keep the kids happy and occupied? Never fear – check out party planner Stacy McGuigan’s fun fall birthday party ideas in “Celebrate Fun Fall Birthday Times! C’mon!” She’ll take you from October to December and help you take advantage of the fall’s bountiful feast of ideas including tailgating for the kids! Halloween brings all kinds of goodies like costume parties, trunk-and-treats and trick-or-treating. It’s all in good fun, but the staggering amounts of candy that people hand out can be overwhelming and tempting, not just for kids but parents, too! I just can’t help it – I annually raid the kids’ Halloween candy and so does my husband. An illicit Twix or Milky Way bar conjures up my own fond trickor-treating flashbacks and tastes that much sweeter. Find out how self-professed sweetaholic Samantha Gill handles the candy overload in “How a Sweetaholic Handles Halloween.” So lay those fears to rest. Many of them are covered in this issue, but if you’re armed with information, you can be powerful, and you’ll discover that what scares you is nothing but things that go bump in the night.!✲ Your friend and fellow MOM, M.B.


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On the Cover Cutest Kid In Town Winner: Giovanni is an active one-year old with a ready smile. He enjoys playing Peek-a-Boo with his older sister Alana and spending time with his Grandmom and dog Scooter. He loves to explore and is looking forward to Halloween, so he can dress up like a pumpkin. Photo by Perfect Day Photography, Cover shoot was taken at Duffield’s Farm Market in Sewell, NJ,

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ayrides and caramel apples and pumpkin picking, OH MY! Whether Halloween is the opportunity to celebrate your spooky side or simply enjoy the arrival of fall, October is full of excitement for both kids and parents. While it’s always fun for kids to choose what they’d like to be for Halloween, sparking a little creativity is not only friendly on the purse-strings, but the possibilities are endless. Art professional Laurie Lowe from Wenonah, NJ, and mother of three has made her children homemade Halloween costumes for years. Not only have her children won first place in contests on more than one occasion, they’re also able to wear costumes that their mother has put her time and love into which is priceless and memorable. Having an art-degree on her side certainly has its advantages, but Lowe says, “Anyone can create a costume with a little creativity while using items that you may already have in your home.” The Internet is a useful tool when it comes to ideas. Once your child decides what he or she wants to be, you can search for images online and let your imagination do the work. Felt and oversized sweat suits are inexpensive materials that can be used for numerous ideas. If you don’t own a sewing machine, not to worry, loop-stitching by hand is fast and easy. If you want to avoid sewing altogether, felt glue is a useful tool. There are also other great ways to create a costume that doesn’t require starting from raw ingredients. Lowe has visited the thrift store which came in handy when her 10-year-old son wanted to dress as a gangster. She found a small women’s pin-striped suit that she purchased for $9 and a plastic Tommy gun from a discount store for under $10. She borrowed a family member’s fedora hat which completed the costume, costing less than $20 in the end. Similarly, a flower girl dress is the perfect asset for a little fairy princess. You can visit websites such as Ask. com and that show very easy directions on how to make your own fairy wings with school glue, glitter, a pair of tights and two wire hangers. Since children grow at warp speed, they usually only get to wear their Halloween costumes once. It makes perfect sense to swap costumes with friends and family members when your children are different ages. This is a fun idea that costs absolutely nothing. Imagine how excited your child would be to wear the costume that his or her older cousin wore the year before. So before making that retail purchase, check around to see if you can swap with others or tap into your imagination because your creativity will result in your child being proud to sport an original!✲ 6 | October 2012

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How a Sweetaholic Mom

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reakfast: a handful of M&M’s. Lunch: Swedish Fish. Snack: Gummy bears and a cookie. This isn’t a list of what NOT to eat; this, unfortunately, is what my diet used to consist of. Isn’t that horrible?! If there was such a thing as SA (Sweets Anonymous), I would join and say, “My name is Samantha, and I’m a sweet-aholic.” I love sweets. I’d give up a full-blown, homecooked meal for a Raspberry Snapple and softserve ice cream cone any day of the week. To avoid taking responsibility for this, I blame it on genetics. My maternal grandmother (Gram) could eat an entire ice cream sundae. My paternal Grandmother (Baba) is “responsible”, too. She made these elaborate home-cooked meals she never once ate but could be found in the kitchen eating a piece of cake or bakery cookie. I’d like to say that I ‘learned’ by example,

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By Samantha Gill

but truly, it’s me. (For the record, my first job was working in an ice cream store. Best - Job Ever!) With fall drawing near, the sweetest day arrives: Halloween! So how does a mom like me handle a holiday like Halloween? How do I, the sweetaholic, not let my kids overindulge? How do I enforce the sweet police rules when I’m a serious offender? 1.) I have to, gulp!, lead by example. Sorry, sister, M&M’s for breakfast just won’t cut it. If my kids see me eating the worst diet on the planet, how in the world can I expect them to comply? I must put down the Swedish Fish and eat well. 2.) Sweets should be just that – sweet -something to truly enjoy and appreciate. If they eat ice cream nightly, then it’s not special.

3.) When your kids come home from the Halloween-Trick-or-Treat-fest, take their bags while they undress and immediately halve the bags. Pour half into a bowl and hide the rest. Let them pick three pieces of candy on Halloween and after that the Mommy-Candy-Sherriff can dole them out. 4.) “When Thanksgiving is here, the candy stands clear.” Regardless of what candy remains, you must give it the boot. (Bring it to work for coworkers who’ll blame you for overindulging!) I’ve got the hang of this Halloween-sweets thing. I’ll dole out just enough candy at the door for trick-or-treaters and maintain reasonable candy-happiness in our house. But, truthfully, I can’t lie; I’ll never turn down a Raspberry Snapple or soft-serve ice cream cone!✲

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Playdates can be so much fun!! There’s nothing better than being with friends no matter how old you are. Playing, laughing, sharing or just being next to each other is what life’s all about! With some careful planning you can arrange a fun playdate!”

Here are fifteen tips to keep everyone happy! THE PLAN: F Don’t invite too many children to your playdate.You want it to be manageable and fun. F Check to see if any child attending has food allergies and write them down F If your child is three or older, make sure to put any of his special toys away. Broken toys and meltdowns aren’t fun! F Keep the playdate short and sweet. 1-2 hours should be perfect. F Don’t plan a playdate when you know your child will be hungry or tired. F Don’t put out too many toys or games. Chaos equals tears. THE DATE: F If it’s a baby playdate, spread out a blanket and lay them next to each other. The cooing will make for perfect Kodak moments! F Until toddlers are about 3 ½ years old, there’s parallel play. While it sometimes looks like they aren’t playing together, they are having fun. Parallel play is perfect for this age of development. F Sharing isn’t easy for little ones. A small kitchen timer is a must. Let each child set the timer for five minutes to play with that popular toy. When the bell rings, it’s time to take turns. F Having a dress-up corner can be so much fun! There are no limits to a child’s imagination. Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

F Non-verbal games such as Candy Land and The Memory Game can be great fun as well as learning tools.You can sweeten the pot by having a small prize for the winner. F Outside chalk, jumbo crayons and paper are fun while working on small motor skills. F Don’t forget about music; freeze dance and musical chairs are the best! F Break up the playdate with a healthy snack-time. Fruit or vegetable slices served with a yogurt dip are great choices. F When the playdate is coming to an end, set the timer and ask the children to clean up before the bell rings. The most important thing to keep in mind when planning a playdate, “nothing is perfect.” Don’t stress and don’t over plan. Sometimes the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye.You don’t have to provide entertainment for every second. Playdates are about fun no matter what activities are available. Just enjoy watching your child nurture friendships that can last a lifetime.✲ Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions and passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After 30 years in the field, she wrote her third award-winning book, MORE…HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS, which is available at, and all major bookstores. Blythe hosts a weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST at She’s available for in-home, video and telephone consultations.

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Our Sisters’ Keepers By Dr. Trina L. Gipson-Jones & Tamika Bailey, BSN, RN


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 24 Americans per minute experience some form of domestic violence. This victimization is primarily perpetrated on women by an intimate partner or acquaintance, rarely a stranger. Within the state of New Jersey, 75% (55,919) of the domestic violence offenses were inflicted on women; and 31% of these incidents occurred in the presence of or involved children. These victims need emotional, physical and, oftentimes, housing support. In an effort to present current information to South Jersey moms, we interviewed Beckie Vasquez (Bilingual Outreach Coordinator) from Womanspace and Gina Ridge (Director) of Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV)-Center for Family Services (CFFS). Here are tips to help you assist a friend or family member experiencing domestic violence. Listen and Believe in Her & Support Her Decisions The first step in helping a woman living in an abusive situation is to accept her account of the incident. Most victims are silent, fearing no one will believe them.Validate her experience, and then allow the victim to determine if and how she will receive assistance without judgment. Remember, oftentimes, kids and finances are involved, complicating the decision-making process. Let her know she has options, then listen and support her decisions. Validate Her Feelings and Strengths As indicated previously, start helping your loved one by listening and accepting her story. Second, validate her feelings, stressing the criminal nature of her treatment while maintaining that she isn’t to blame. Third, provide information and referrals for continued support and assistance. These actions will allow the victim to regain the power over her life that gets lost during abuse. Provide Support Resources Womanspace manages two 24-hour domestic or sexual abuse hotlines. Women can call the domestic violence and sexual assault hotline (Mercer county) (609) 394-9000 or the statewide domestic violence hotline 1-800-572-SAFE (7233) or TTY (888) 252-SAFE. Women living in Camden and Gloucester Counties can obtain support and assistance from SERV 24-hour hotlines (866) 295-7378; and Cumberland County residents can call 1-800-225-0196. Referrals are another way women are introduced to services. Women are referred to domestic violence shelters if abuse is suspected or confirmed by police, hospitals, social services, court (court legal advocate) and DYFS (Department of Youth and Family Service) agent. Remember Safety is Key Think safety first! Shelter staff counsels family members and friends on how to provide safe help for a loved one. For example, a father may want to approach a man abusing his daughter not considering the consequences his daughter may suffer after the confrontation. Family and friends need guidance on how to look at things through the lens of safety. Encourage your loved one to talk with experts to devise a safety plan before leaving the home. Shelter employees can inform your loved one on how to address housing, financial and childcare issues during her period of transition. Educate Her on Shelter Services Initially, a woman will experience a 10-minute or less screening process via the hotline or agency if possible. If the client is in immediate danger, and cannot answer questions, the operators are trained to deal accordingly (calling 911, etc.). A certified staff member or volunteer will meet 12 | October 2012

a shelter-eligible woman at a police station or hospital which are considered “safe spots”; then she is taken to a safe, undisclosed location to live for up to a month (longer if necessary). After admission in the shelter, they are assigned a case manager to discuss options such as welfare, restraining orders, etc.✲ Dr. Gipson-Jones lives in South Jersey with her daughter and mother. She’s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at The College of New Jersey. Tamika Bailey lives in Central Jersey with her two daughters. She’s a 2012 graduate of The College of New Jersey nursing program.

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hat is Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is cancer that forms in breast cells. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women who live to be 80 will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This makes the disease the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women after skin cancer. One in four cancers diagnosed in the United States is breast cancer. Many of us know someone who previously had or is currently battling breast cancer. Sandra Barnett from Medford, NJ, was one of those unlucky individuals. Every year Sandra faithfully went for a mammogram at Jefferson Hospital, but in August 2002, unfortunate news was broken. After speaking to the radiologist, Sandra was told she had calcium deposits present in both of her breasts. He suggested it could be cancer and that a biopsy would confirm his evaluation. “Could this really be happening to

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me?” stated Sandra. “I was so scared not knowing of any treatment plans but also because I had two beautiful daughters who I wanted to see grow up and get married and have children. I had no control,” explained Sandra. Extremely terrified of the unknown, Sandra followed up at Jefferson and scheduled her biopsy. She was nervous for the procedure but a kind nurse took her hand and said in a soft voice, “There are many survivors today. You do not have to die from breast cancer.” After the procedure, it was confirmed she indeed had breast cancer. The good news was that her breast cancer was at an early stage. It didn’t spread to her lymph nodes, therefore, a lumpectomy was suggested. After the surgery with Dr. Robert Sommers at Einstein Medical Hospital, she was told she would need to follow up with radiation followed by taking Tamoxifen for five years. Sandra has been cancer-free for ten years! Her advice to men and women is to remember you don’t have to die from breast cancer. Go for mammograms every year and give yourself a self-exam as well. Also, it’s important to research the best care available and to be aggressive in your follow-up. What are the symptoms of breast cancer? Some common breast cancer signs and symptoms include skin changes, swelling, size change, nipple discharge or any kind of unusual pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to visit your doctor immediately. How can you reduce your risk of breast cancer? There are several ways you can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Make sure you get plenty of exercise.The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 50 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week. Maintain a healthy diet and limit your alcohol intake. Since the prognosis for breast cancer greatly improves the earlier it’s detected, it’s extremely important to be aware of any changes in and around your breasts. Speak to your doctor about the current screening guidelines and what’s best for you.✲

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Do You Make the Grade? Genetic Tests for Breasts By Dolores Hoffman


ncreasingly more people are deciding to get genetic testing for breast cancer genes (BRCA1/BRCA2). These genes work by keeping cells normal and preventing cancer growth. But when they have mutations, passed down from one generation to the next, your risk of breast cancer may increase. When a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer is present, there’s a possibility that a person has the mutated gene. Genetic testing isn’t necessary for the most women. Most cases of breast cancer aren’t caused by hereditary mutations. Furthermore, inheriting a mutation doesn’t mean you’ll develop the disease. Who should consider testing? • Breast cancer in two or more close relatives • Early onset of breast cancer in family members before age 50

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• History of breast cancer in more than one generation • Cancer in both breasts in one or more family members • Frequent occurrence of ovarian cancer • One or more BRCA-positive relatives • Jewish ancestry with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer (researchers have identified two types of the mutated gene especially prominent in this group) The first step involves genetic counseling. A counselor will discuss what a positive or negative result means. A blood test is performed. Blood is drawn and then sent to a laboratory specializing in the tests. It usually takes several weeks or longer to get the test results. What do I do with my results? For some people, knowing they carry a mutation can cause much anxiety even though they

may never get breast cancer. Being proactive is vital. Your doctor will offer options including preventive surgeries and cancer observation testing. For others, knowing they don’t have a mutation may give them a false sense of security, and they might view future mammograms as unnecessary. How much does the test cost? The cost for screening is approximately $3,000, so it’s important to check with your health care provider first, but most insurance companies will pay based on your risk. Keep in mind that there’s no increased risk for cancer in children, so it’s unnecessary that your children get tested during childhood. Getting tested for a BRCA1/BRCA2 can be overwhelming. Fortunately, no one has to go through the process alone.✲

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Not Just a Bystander: Susan Goodman Stands Up and Speaks Out By M.B. Sanok


ullying is on many minds lately, but for Susan Goodman, saxophonist, songwriter and educator, it started when Columbine and Bosnia’s “ethnic cleansing” took center stage. An accomplished musician with a “passion for social justice” who wrote and produced award-winning children’s CDs, she released her CD, Stand Up! Speak Out! , in 2000. Many of those songs stemmed from her final project in a Holocaust-Genocide Education program at Stockton College and evolved into focusing on all bias-based bullying. Her latest recording, Live Out Loud, inspired by Tyler Clementi, as well as her sons’ experiences being bullied, is a continuation of the music-based education she’s offered for over a decade on bias and bullying.Susan believes “every child has the right to a good education in a safe space” and schools that tolerate bullying prevent kids from receiving that. It’s “crucial to make everyone aware of the bullying” children face as a result of “real or perceived differences” regarding their identity, body and soul. Writing upbeat, contemporary music with thought-provoking, enlightening lyrics for kids and presenting them in interactive, music-based school assemblies, was Susan’s way to “raise bias awareness” while emphasizing “compassion and respect for everyone...” She wanted students to understand where bias comes from and how to combat it, not simply to preach and play music. Most kids aren’t bullies – they’re bystanders or witnesses who Susan urges to “stand up, speak out” and help those targeted by bullies or to find an adult or authority figure to rectify the situation. She stresses the concept of being an “ally”, saying you don’t have to be the target’s friend, know or even like them, to show “courage and compassion” toward them. Susan’s CDs, Stand Up! Speak Out! and Live Out Loud, feature “songs that celebrate diversity and speak out on the bias behind bullying.” A seasoned musician and avid, eclectic listener, her songs showcase genres like Jazz, Pop, Caribbean, Latin and Afro-Beat. Don’t mistake it as sing-songy fare for the Barney set – it’s catchy and danceable but with a deeper message. “I love hearing parents confess listening to my CDs without their kids around,” she says. 18 |October 2012

Most kids aren’t bullies – they’re bystanders or witnesses who Susan urges to “stand up, speak out” and help those targeted by bullies or to find an adult or authority figure to rectify the situation.

Music reaches students with different learning styles...who might not catch every word in a lecture or essay.

Stand Up! Speak Out! assemblies demonstrate the benefits of music-based learning for grades K through 12: “Music reaches students with different learning styles…who might not catch every word in a lecture or essay,” Susan explains. She interacts with students, opening dialogues about difficult issues, and encouraging them to sing along. She uses a “wireless mic to engage all students from the back to the front of the room,” giving new musical meaning to No Child Left Behind. Before playing a song, she’ll “introduce [it] and [the] concept behind it.” Then, she walks into the audience, asking kids to respond to the lyrics and offer their own feelings about bullying. “What would you do in that situation?” Susan asks. “How would you feel?” Favorable responses from kids and teachers alike make Stand Up! Speak Out! an in-demand program. After one performance, a girl called out, “You’re awesome!” A teacher explained that the student, a chronic stutterer, was so moved by the performance, that she publicly, spontaneously and perfectly enunciated her praise. Susan’s lyrics are included in the anti-bias curricula of both the NJ Bar Foundation and the NJ Commission on Holocaust-Genocide Education. In August, she was honored to “present Stand Up! Speak Out!… to Philadelphia School District principals…at their Anti-Violence/Anti-Bullying summit.” Susan will continue presenting Stand Up! Speak Out! assembly programs and welcomes opportunities to do more professional development sessions for school faculty and parent groups; and participate in state- and nationwide educational and anti-bullying conferences. She’d like her message to “go national” by making her CDs and accompanying Study Guides widely available to teachers, guidance counselors, and anti-bullying specialists. “Visual components to enhance” her presentations are also in development. Susan’s happy to see NJ “leading the way with…anti-bullying legislation…” that mandates Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) training, but “…more work needs to be done to make schools more welcoming for all children…”✲ Check out Susan Goodman’s music and message at www. or call (609) 432-6346.

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Daughters First! Dealing with Down Syndrome as a Family “Down syndrome [Ds] occurs when a child has a partial or full additional copy of chromosome 21,” according to Karen Parenti, MS, PsyD, Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations for Bancroft School, in Haddonfield, NJ. “This extra genetic material changes the course of development,” causing the characteristics associated with Ds (physical, medical, and cognitive). “It is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition and it appears in people of all races and economic levels,” Dr. Parenti says. Degrees of Ds vary. A child can have anywhere from “a mild cognitive impairment to a severe cognitive delay.” Dr. Parenti offers these suggestions to families of Ds children: • Find a psychologist or behavioral specialist in the field who understands the condition and can assist the family during the formative, developmental years, as early intervention is extremely important. • Empower your child early on, stress social skills, and encourage relationship-building. • Become actively involved in community support groups and maintain open communication with the child’s school. Both Amy Fitzgerald’s daughter Emily and Anna Marie Bradley’s daughter Danielle have Ds. The first thing their families did was join B.U.D.S. (Bringing Up Down Syndrome). The camaraderie soothed and benefited each family. Later their daughters became a part of a special needs cheerleading team at Sports and More in Sewell, NJ. (See sidebar for resources available to families dealing with Ds) Both women feel that social activities are key to integrating their daughters into relationships with peers. “Having a Ds child takes its toll on the marriage as well,” Bradley says. Parents of Ds children must nourish their relationships to keep the marriage strong in order to deal with caring for a Ds child. Dr. Parenti says that the ultimate challenge for the family of a Ds child is to find a school and work together for the “most appropriate way to help that child integrate successfully into his or her community, whereby he or she is not just ‘in’ the community, but truly ‘of’ or ‘a part of’ the community.” “Keeping a Ds child in the classroom with typically developing children while supporting that child’s developmental needs and addressing the child’s behavioral challenges,” is one solution, according to Dr. Parenti. “IdeVisit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

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ally, this should be done with a trans-disciplinary approach so that everyone is involved in the treatment plan,” she says. A child’s behavioral problems can “interfere with his or her progress, both socially and academically,” Dr. Parenti says. At other times, a child needs to be met “where he or she is” and then assisted so that the child can “navigate his or her world in a socially acceptable way.” It’s necessary, according to Dr. Parenti, to ensure that a Ds child’s siblings and peers “understand the child’s strengths and developmental needs and how best to support that child.” It wasn’t easy, but Fitzgerald explained to Emily’s two younger brothers why their sister was different. The boys accepted it although “they still get annoyed and frustrated with some of her odd behaviors.” Bradley says that Danielle’s younger brother treats her “just like another normal child.” He’s always at her side, ready to lend a helping hand. Emily attends Bankbridge Regional High School in Sewell, part of the Gloucester County Special Services School District and Danielle attends Kingsway Learning Center in Haddonfield. Fitzgerald maintains the attitude that “Emily is her daughter first; the fact that she has Ds is second to who she is.” Bradley reminds us that Ds children “love unconditionally.” This is what makes them a treasure to behold.✲

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Beyond Disability and on to Friendship: Helping Children Understand Special Needs


In her book, You’re Going to Love This Kid, inclusive schooling expert Paula Klutch, PhD, stresses the importance for all children to recognize and accept the differences between classmates. “I believe it is imposssible to ‘not see’ disability or ethnicity or race or the other differences that make up all of our lives; these elements are real and important; they are an integral part of who we are as individuals and members of our community.” Children should learn early, while inhibitions are low, to engage with peers that have special needs. If your child asks about a student in school who has special equipment or needs extra help from specialized teachers, here are ways to help her develop a healthy relationship with her classmate. • Explain that no two people are alike, and that some differences are more noticeable than others. 22 | October 2012

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman My Brother is Very Special by Amy May (Apraxia) Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire (various disabilities)

By Deb McCarson o you wonder how to respond when your child asks you about others with special needs? In 2008, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 95 percent of students with disabilities, ages 6-21, were served in regular schools. Chances are that most children will have classmates with needs different than their own. Young children may become inquisitive when they see their peers being treated differently because of these needs. Parents can take this opportunity to build understanding and respect for social diversity.

All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman

• Point out that all people have strengths and weaknesses. Use some of the strengths and weaknesses of your own family members to familiarize your child with this concept, then apply it to her classmates. “Perhaps Billy’s legs don’t work as well as yours, but he may be really good at puzzles.” • Remind your child that everyone wants to be known by their inward traits: their personality, their likes and dislikes. Help your child to see beyond the disability, so she can get to know her new friends. Explain that all children should be treated with the same amount of respect and consideration. If Mary has a classmate who speaks slowly, encourage her to try to be patient so she can listen to what the classmate has to say. • Explain that while we can recognize some special needs right away, such as Billy’s wheelchair, other needs are “hidden”. Some childen learn differently, so they may need different kinds of lessons. • Share advice from the experts. Take advantage of the vast selection of books written for children which will help them navigate relationships with friends who have special needs. Sensitively written, the books listed to the right, will benefit adults as well.✲

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ecome familiar with Facebook and other social media sites your child wants to try if you aren’t already. While it’s likely that your child will already know more about how these sites function and all the ins and outs, it’s still important for them to know that you can navigate them well enough to keep an eye on them.


mphasize to your child that there will be boundaries and then…CREATE them!! This may include but is not limited to: making sure that they “friend” you and you can occasionally glance at their activity online, verbalizing your expectations clearly to them (e.g., no inappropriate photos, cursing, name-calling, etc.)


emember that you’re the parent! My dad used to say that when it comes to children living under his roof, privacy was a luxury earned by being responsible and trustworthy. It’s okay for you to know your child’s Facebook password if you want to. Not every parent goes that far but just know that you would be within your rights if you wanted it.


BE REAL About Kids and Internet Safety By Dr. Kelly N. Moore


oms, it’s time to BE REAL about internet safety and your child’s foray into the social media world. The facts are very clear: either you’ll be part of launching your child into this cyber-social experience or you’ll find out later who did it for them. Whether it’s Facebook (which I was recently told by a teen in church is becoming “so last year”) or new methods of social media sharing sites like Instagram, it’s important for you to be part of the process and not just an observer. Consider the following steps that will help you to BE REAL about your child’s social media life:

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valuate their usage. Monitoring is very important. Many teens have anecdotally told me that their parents never check their phones or computers to see the kinds of messages and pictures they regularly receive or send. Set boundaries around times of usage or decide what sites you’re comfortable with them accessing. Create parental controls on certain sites and regularly check the history on the Internet to see what’s being viewed. Educate them about the dangers of engaging in gossip and bullying online and how to exercise discretion in sharing too much personal information on a Facebook page.


ttend to your child’s behavior and make an informed decision about whether your child is mature enough to handle the responsibility of social media. Just because the cutoff age for many sites is 13-years old doesn’t mean that your 13-year old can handle it. With the rise in cyberbullying, online predators, and pornography available online, it’s very important that you recognize if your child is demonstrating that they can responsibly use the Internet.


evel with yourself and be realistic. Kids are kids and they’re not always able to make decisions that consider the long-term consequences of their actions. Be honest: when you were a teenager, did you ever do things that your parents would be ashamed of or surprised at? Expect that your child will be in similar situations, but in this age of excessive access to each other through social media, these situations can be compounded because they can be made public through online forums like Facebook. It’s up to you to take the reins and create realistic boundaries, set clear expectations, and enforce necessary consequences when it comes to your child’s use of social media.✲

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Fired Up About Fire Safety By Dolores Hoffman Make Sure Smoke Alarms Are Working • Test alarm and any monitored systems monthly. Don’t assume that because your system is monitored by an alarm company that they automatically work. • Have the correct number of alarms in your house. New rule of thumb: an alarm on every floor plus one in each bedroom. • Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. (When you change the clocks, change the batteries.)

October is fire prevention month. Time to evaluate our homes for safety and security. Mike D’Orzio, a city of Vineland Fire Prevention Specialist, has some tips to help you prepare for a fire emergency.

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Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking; it could result in a deadly mistake. Newer alarms have a “hush” button to temporarily silence the alarm. Since cooking is the number one cause of fires, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, preferably by the exit so you can get out if flames worsen. Designate a Meeting Place A smoke alarm is only a warning. You need to take precautions to escape. Keep a bell and flashlight in each bedroom -especially useful for children who tend to panic and hide during an emergency. Giving them a plan of action will help them remember what was practiced in the drills. Designate a meeting place a safe distance from your home. It could be under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway. Practice your plan twice a year with everyone in your household.

Tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include: • Making sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily and be sure to have two ways to get out of each room. • Have collapsible escape ladders on hand and only use them in a real emergency. • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. • Have a plan for any disabled person in your home. • Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime. Don’t Forget Carbon Monoxide Detectors Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Sources of this poisonous gas come from common home appliances, fireplaces and woodstoves. Fumes from automobiles and gas-powered lawn mowers also contain carbon monoxide and can enter the home if an engine is left running in an attached garage. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible, it can be a silent killer. Every home should be equipped with a detector and placed on every level, preferably near bedrooms. If your alarm goes off, get fresh air into the house and call 911. Following these simple tips could save your life and the lives of family members. Make the most of Fire Prevention Month by keeping your family safe.

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inding a skilled, caring psychologist is a challenge for any parent, especially those with a child who faces obstacles beyond the typical. At the South Jersey Center for Psychological Services (SJCPS), licensed psychologist Dr. Katherine Perez-Rivera, Ph.D., successfully treats children with a range of developmental delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders, including Autism-Spectrum Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and anxiety and depressive disorders. After several internships working with children, she “discovered how much she loves to work with kids.”  She thought that it was “better to get to the root of the problem when people are still young and things can be more easily modified.” With extensive experience in clinical pediatrics, multiple honors and degrees, and having been a tenure-track Rowan University Assistant Professor of Psychology, she decided to open a full-time private practice catering to children and their parents. She felt that her “services should not only be focused on the patient but on the families, too.” Another decision was working with impaired people who needed innovative treatment approaches in order to function in society.  By opening the SJCPS, she serves patients and their families and also consults for notable institutions like CHOP. A DYFS contract enables her to provide families with mandated court-ordered services. Dr. Perez-Rivera understands that the family may already have a “full plate.” Her mission is to “make sure therapeutic services are not an added stressor for families” when most are dealing with other daily stressors including a child who requires professional intervention. Although she is not there to “fix” the child, she helps put the “pieces of the puzzle together” for families so that the child can improve in all areas of life. She states, “I want parents to feel empowered during and after a child’s sessions.” Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

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“I encourage the parents to listen to my recommendations and teach them how to apply them at home,” she says. She tries to “figure out what the triggers are” and suggests the best treatment methods accordingly. The first step is a phone consultation with the new patient’s family. Dr. Perez-Rivera asks questions regarding what the family thinks the child needs and what they hope to achieve.  “I encourage the parents to listen to my recommendations and teach them how to apply them at home,” she says. She tries to “figure out what the triggers are” and suggests the best treatment methods accordingly. She often uses play therapy, and provides individual, couples and family therapy. Dr. Perez-Rivera also conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations, including intellectual and adoption evaluations. She frequently consults with neurologists and pediatricians, and interfaces with teachers and Child Study Team members in devising appropriate IEP’s and 504’s for her patients. She supports any decisions a family makes regarding medications but never “pushes” them. Innovation is what Dr. Perez-Rivera ordered when she opened SJCPS. By scheduling her personal weekends on Thursdays and Fridays, the traditional weekend is devoted to her patients. She works around family schedules by offering round-the-clock hours – as early as 7 a.m. on Sundays and as late as 7:30 p.m. during the week.Whatever venue (office, school, home, or elsewhere) is “most comfortable and can offer the most accurate picture of the patient”

is where she meets with patients. In working with her, parents should “understand that it is not a drop-off babysitting service…family is involved in the treatment process of the child and acts as the assistant coach.” Sometimes, she only works with the parents to assist a child if she feels that is the best treatment option. In her cozy, pleasant office, with a comfortable family room and game-filled closet for therapy, she has put her heart into it. For instance, a unique feature in her office is the two-way mirror that she installed between her office and waiting room. Before a session, she can observe the family and patient to detect any behaviors not apparent under a watchful therapist’s eyes. She installed this despite the high cost involved as she felt it would deliver better results. Although Dr. Perez-Rivera specializes in clinical pediatrics, 40% of her practice is devoted to seeing adults. She has had great success working with adults with various anxiety and depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, divorce/separation matters, health and wellness goals including weight-loss. Her skills are varied; her success even more widespread. To date, her private practice is her proudest achievement.✲ Contact the South Jersey Center for Psychological Services, with offices in Pitman and Mt. Laurel, at (856) 383-0585 for more information or a consultation.

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Everything’s Coming Up


By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

Autumn is my favorite season! I love the crisp, cool air; vibrant leaves of red, orange, and yellow on the trees; cornstalks, mums, pumpkins; scurrying squirrels rushing to store acorns for the winter months; hayrides, harvest parties, and the aroma of homemade baked goods wafting through the house. These are just some of the magnificent things autumn offers, and I’d like to share two more with you -- these scrumptious pumpkin recipes. Not only do they taste great, but they’re easy to make, and your children will love to help whip them up! So, happy baking, and happy fall, ya’ll!

Pumpkin Cupcakes 1 box organic vanilla cake mix or regular yellow cake mix 1 cup canned 100% Pure Pumpkin 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup safflower or sunflower oil 4 eggs 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Maple Whipped Cream Frosting • Heat oven to 350° (325° for dark or nonstick pans). • Place a paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. • In a large bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and spices with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. • Divide the cupcake batter evenly among the muffin cups. • Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. • Cool cupcakes in pans for 8-10 minutes, then remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely before piping or spooning a dollop of maple whipped cream frosting onto each cupcake. • Serve immediately or store loosely covered in the refrigerator.You can also decorate each cupcake with a candied pumpkin on top of the dollop of frosting, if desired. Maple Whipped Cream Frosting 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 cup butter, softened • In a bowl, add heavy cream, maple syrup, and butter. • Beat with an electric mixer until peaks form (approximately 3 - 5 minutes), then pipe or spoon a dollop of maple whipped cream frosting onto each cupcake, and serve. TIP: Chill bowl and beaters in freezer for 10 minutes before whipping up the frosting. It helps speed things along!

Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies 2 1/2 cups un-bleached all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 /8 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 1/2 cups raw sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 cup canned 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 large egg 1 tbs. pure maple syrup 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract Glaze (optional) • Preheat oven to 350º. • Grease baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper, set aside. • Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. • Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat dry ingredients into the wet. • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets. • Bake for 14 -17 minutes or until edges are firm. • Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Glaze (optional) • Combine 2 cups organic powdered sugar, 2-3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a small bowl and mix until smooth. If glaze is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency. • Once cookies are cooled, spoon glaze over cookies. Sprinkle with festive colored jimmies, if desired.You can leave cookies unglazed, and they still taste delicious. As always, Bon Appetit!

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Best for High-Risk Breasts: Booth Radiology’s Breast MRIs By M.B. Sanok

The breast MRI is a supplemental tool for cancer detection, so check with your doctor to ensure you qualify for this procedure before undertaking it.


ost women know to do a breast self-check once a month; it’s even become common knowledge that women should get a mammogram at age 40, earlier if a higher risk of breast cancer runs in the family. But what do you know about breast MRIs which offer a deeper examination of breasts that could determine the possibility of abnormalities? Although the procedure isn’t for everyone, Booth Radiology wants you to know about this technological tool that may help those with special concern for their breast health. A breast MRI uses similar technology to a traditional MRI but with specific differences directly related to the breasts. Sherrill T. Little, M.D., a Booth Radiology physician, says, “This MRI uses a special coil to get high resolution with and without enhancement.” The “patient is positioned on her stomach, and the breasts then fall into the coil. Then the patient is put into the MRI machine.” Pictures are taken twice – once before and once after the “contrast is administered.” Dr. Little explains that the “contrast is an intravenous drug that is put into the patient’s veins to brighten or enhance the breast tissue” in order to spot any possible abnormalities. “The contrast helps the doctor decide whether or not cancer is present,” she 34 | October 2012

continues. Therefore, the injected contrast works with the MRI to literally shed light on the tissue and figure out if the patient has cancer or it has progressed. As mentioned before, not every woman requires a breast MRI. Dr. Little states the MRI is for: • Those recently diagnosed with breast cancer as a staging study to determine extent of disease • A yearly study for high-risk candidates with a 20% or higher chance of contracting breast cancer • A yearly screening for patients with a BRCA genetic mutation It can also be used as a problem solver for mystery masses, to further evaluate dense breast tissue, and to assess breast implant ruptures, according to Booth’s website. She adds that “patients should have had a mammogram before this procedure is done.” The breast MRI is a supplemental tool for cancer detection, so check with your doctor to ensure you qualify for this procedure before undertaking it. Generally, the breast MRI takes about 40 minutes, and Dr. Little says that the test is “scheduled during a particular time in the patient’s menstrual cycle.” Some patients use

relaxation techniques or, suggests Dr. Little, “may want to take something like Valium” to curb any anxiety. “It can be claustrophobic in the machine,” she says. Although the “test is not uncomfortable…you cannot move for the entirety of the exam.” Once the exam is done, the images are reviewed by one of Booth’s doctors who completed a fellowship in breast imaging. Dr. Little says the “images are generally read the same day, and they can remotely view the images via computer.” The reports go to the referring doctor’s office the same day or in less than 24 hours by an automatic fax. Dr. Little suggests four things to look for in a facility offering breast MRIs: • Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) • Usage of breast ultrasounds • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence certification • Radiologists with a breast imaging specialty✲ Booth Radiology meets the criteria above as a high-quality facility, offering the breast MRI at the Washington Township office. Check with your insurance provider and contact Booth at or call (877) BOOTH-99 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Celebrate Fun Fall Birthday Times! C’mon! By Stacy McGuigan


ave you ever heard of the term, “Autumn Babies”? People born in the months of September, October, November and into December are included. Planning a birthday party for this time of the year is sometimes tricky. School is back in session, Halloween costumes are being prepared, and Thanksgiving menus are being planned. Some people have even started their holiday shopping! If your child has a fall birthday, and you want him or her to have a memorable celebration, there are ways you can ensure that everyone will have a good time - and it doesn’t have to be hard! Take advantage of the cooler weather, the vibrant colors and holidays that occur during these months when planning for your child’s party. Theme, invitations, decorations and food choices can all take advantage of Mother Nature’s handiwork. One idea is to have the party at a local farm. You may want to schedule a hayride and have the guests pick their own pumpkins or apples. The farm may also have small animals that the kids can feed and pet. Plan ahead and serve a boxed lunch picnic on the grounds with prior approval from the owner. Even your backyard can be transformed into a fun fall party venue. Young children take such joy running through and throwing leaves. Once the leaves start falling, begin gathering them up into a few large piles. Be extra careful to remove all the sticks, twigs and other debris and voila! You now have created

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the perfect place for your little guests to play. You may want to get together some old clothes and materials so everyone can make scarecrows. Venture to your local schoolyard or playing field and have a football or soccer game, complete with a parking lot, tailgate, pre-party. Coolers of water and juices, chips and dips and a football-shaped hoagie tray add to the party’s theme. If it’s close to Halloween, a pumpkin-carving party could be fun. Cover a large table with newspaper and provide plenty of bowls for the pumpkin seeds and guts. Have plenty of templates on hand to use as design inspirations and make sure there are enough carving tools to go around. Adult supervision is always necessary when sharp tools are involved. An assortment of colored markers can make some scary faces also. As fall turns into winter, and the little snow babies grow another year older, many parents dread hosting a house party. So why do it? There are many indoor locations to host your child’s wintertime celebration. Think movie theatres, bowling alleys and malls as perfect gathering spots to have a party. Make the outing fun by doing movie trivia geared to the age of the child; various prizes for the bowlers – high score, low score -- and scavenger hunts at the mall can be adjusted to suit youngsters. For those who just love the outdoors, ice skating, snow tubing and sledding can be just as fun. Be sure to choose a safe place and enlist the grown-ups to help the little ones. Make sure that you bring plenty of hot chocolate and whipped cream for everyone. A party at the local indoor ice or roller skating rink is also a great way for kids to exercise their exuberance.✲ Stacy McGuigan is owner and creative engine of South Jersey’s one-stop event-planning service, Everyday Celebrations.  Visit for more information.

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ATLANTIC COUNTY 5th Annual Bags and Bling Event Friday, October 5, 2012 7-9 pm Soroptimist International Group of Hammonton invites you to enjoy a Girls’ Night Out. Chance to win designer handbags and more. Bring your friends. Open to the public. Frog Rock Country Club, 755 South White Horse Pike (Route 30)/420 Boyer Avenue, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Tickets are $45, and include light fare, dessert and a sheet of raffle tickets and a door prize raffle ticket. Cash bar. For tickets or more information, call Michelle at (609) 206-4604.

BURLINGTON COUNTY Animal Welfare Association – Mega Pet Adoption Saturday, Oct 6 from 6am-9pm Sunday, Oct 7 from 7am -5pm At the Moorestown PetSmart Store, 1331 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, NJ. Over 250 Pets available for adoption from various community organizations. The Animal Welfare Association is a private non-profit animal welfare association, serving the people and animals of southern New Jersey. Nuts about Squirrels Oct. 9 (Tues) OR Oct. 11 (Thurs) at 1:00pm We invite you to join Project HEAL (Human, Environmental, & Animal Links) at Camp Creek Run to take part in our fall nature preschool program, EcoKids! Classes are designed to teach children ages 3-6 about the environment through fun nature study activities & crafts. The cost/child is $30 for the series, or $5/class.Our EcoKids! is limited so call 856-596-4250 or e-mail today to register. Children MUST be preregistered and accompanied by a parent/guardian. Classes are about

1hr. Join us to talk about how animals prepare for the winter, collect some acorns, and make a craft! Fall Leaf Walk & Crafts Oct. 16 (Tues) OR Oct. 18 (Thurs) at 1:00 pm Let’s talk about the changing seasons, collect some leaves on a nature walk, and make a fall leaf craft! Scarecrows & Pumpkins in Dolittle Farm Oct. 23 (Tues) OR Oct. 25 (Thurs) at 1:00 pm We’ll talk about fall gardening, paint a pumpkin, and make a scarecrow for the camp garden!

CAMDEN COUNTY Stratford 5th Annual Fall Festival & Green Fair! Saturday, Oct 6th (10am to 4pm) Rain date: Sunday, Oct 7th (Noon to 4pm) Food - Rides - Live Music Vendors - 5K Run/Walk Monster Splash: Halloween at Sahara Sam’s Friday, October 26, 2012 5-9 pm Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park, 535 N. Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091 Looking for something fun to do this Halloween season? Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park is transforming into a spooky kooky place to celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 26, 2011 from 5-9 pm. Splash the night away at a family-friendly event. The water park will fill with haze to set the stage for an evening of family fun. Halloween tunes will “haunt” guests as they splash in Sahara Sam’s awesome water attractions and frolic in funtastic foam. Kids will get a chance be in the Monster Mash Dance Contest with Sahara

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Berlin Farmers Market Trick or Treat Party October 27th from 12-3pm Children are asked to wear their costume!!!!!! Stores in the Berlin Farmers Market will have treats for them at each store. There will be Face Painting and a Balloon Artist. All the kids can participate in a coloring contest and win Tickets to Atco Raceway!!! Meet and Greet with Frankenstein.  The event is free and no registration is required. Come on out and enjoy the day!!!!  Please don’t forget to make a donation at all participating merchants for JDRF .For more information, call (856)767-1246. The Berlin Farmers Market is located on 41 Clementon Road in Berlin, NJ 08009.

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CAPE MAY COUNTY October 6 -8–Ocean City, NJ Indian Summer Weekend Seafood vendors at the Music Pier and boardwalk table sales. October 6– Ocean City, NJ Fall Block Party on Asbury Ave. and fireworks spectacular Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music, etc. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk & fireworks at 9:30pm.

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BUDS Buddy Walk Bringing Up Down Syndrome Saturday, October 7th at 10am Washington Lake Park, Turnersville, NJ 08012. For more information, contact Paul Williams, www.bringingupdown

A Family Friendly Halloween Adventure Sunday, Oct 28th from 4pm-8pm Come join us for a Family Friendly Halloween Adventure at Camp Sun ‘N Fun. Activities include hayride to the pumpkin path, scarecrow making, crafts, costumes contests, trick-or-treating, games, a hoedown dance and campfire. Armbands are $12 per participant and include all activities. Your generous support will benefit The Arc Gloucester’s Camp Sun ‘N Fun, a day and residential camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. 1036 N. Tuckahoe Rd., Williamstown, NJ 08094. (856) 629-4502

October 20 & 21–Ocean City, NJ Free Hayrides on the Boardwalk October 25–Ocean City, NJ Halloween Parade on Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th St. at 7:15pm

CUMBERLAND COUNTY New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ (856) 327-8000 Bring the family and check out some of our races and special events.

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CLASSES Enrichment Classes & Workshops for Home School Families Constellation Academy offers Christ-centered resources and teaching at affordable rates. Services include academic and elective subject tutoring and/or class instruction, workshops, teacher mentoring, student contests, field trips and fellowship opportunities! Visit for more info or call (856) 205-9334.

GIFT IDEAS GREAT PERSONALIZED GIFTS FOR ALL AGES At JUST FOR LITTLE PEOPLE (and others, too!) we specialize in new baby gifts both hand-painted and/or embroidered. Beautifully wrapped and available for pick-up at our new Gibbsboro location or we can ship it for you. Call (856) 627-8901 or check out

PARTIES CELEBRATE CREATIVELY! Abrakadoodle’s CUSTOMIZED CELEBRATIONS are perfect for BIRTHDAY, PLAY DATES and SCOUTING events. Every child takes home a FRAMED masterpiece!  Hosted at your location, we provide an ARTFULLY FUN teacher, materials & frames.  Call (856) 914-0521 or visit

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EVENTS BUDS Buddy Walk Bringing Up Down Syndrome October 7th, 10AM – Washington Lake Park, Turnersville NJ 08012 For more information contact SOUTH JERSEY MOM MAGAZINE TO HOST THE 2ND ANNUAL CAMP AND EDUCATION EXPO You’re invited on Sunday, January 20, 2013 11am-4pm, to the Moorestown Mall. Join South Jersey MOM Magazine and area businesses as we showcase the array of after school programs, educational support services, healthy lifestyle activities and more that are available in our community. If you are interested in vending, please call Chris Ognibene at (609) 670-1794 or e-mail chris@

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