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nia Coupon Ma mom 2 mom 6 Taking Action Against Childhood Obesity 8 Coping with Childhood Cancer

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know 2 grow 16 Give Grandparents Their Special Day

Dear Readers,


aise your hand if you’re excited that school is starting. Are you ready for a new year full of surprises? Or are you lamenting summer’s end? I find it bittersweet. I recall the moments my kids and I spent together, hanging around the house, content to be without responsibilities as well as exhilarating times spent splashing at the pool and the ocean, basking in the sun. Once they’re back at school, Empty Nest Syndrome settles in. I miss their sweet faces, funny stories and loving hugs! I forget about the bickering, sassing, door slamming, and messes of Legos, Barbies, books, sports equipment, clothes…etc…. until the weekend. True or false? Are your kids ready for school? Some kids dread the return to homework and schedules; others relish the daily rush for the bus and quest for knowledge. Since my daughter starts middle school this fall (am I that old?!? Where did my baby go?!? Am I ready for awkward teenage angst??!), a mixture of excitement and anxiety pervades her thoughts and feelings. And I find the occasional trepidation creep up on me along with the thrill of new possibilities for her. My son…well, he loves reading and questions everything, but he mostly likes talking, laughing and goofing off with friends, new and old. However, you don’t need to be in school to reach the head of the class. From babies to preschoolers, every day is rife with opportunities for learning and growing whether you enroll them in a class, join a playgroup or investigate the

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local park scene. And there are benefits for mom, too, in your little one participating in activities like these – you’ll discover so much about your child and yourself. Who is this little person? What does their future hold? What interests will they have? What friends will they make? What will they accomplish? Many times, you’ll forget that you signed your child up for the activity when you’re having as much fun as they are, if not more! The aforementioned questions could apply to you! Pencils down, lecture over! Please take a look at our back-to-school articles in the following pages. We’ve tried to cover topics that concern you as a parent and will entertain as well as educate. If you don’t see a topic you’d like covered, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Just contact me at – I’d love to hear from you! Remember to check out our Facebook page www. and our website at P.S. Thanks to all who came to our annual Schoolapalooza! It was a great success thanks to you! Also, thanks to everyone who went on our second tour of the American Girl store in NYC.✲ Your friend and fellow MOM, M.B.

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So Many Pals– Create Their Life Stories!


ave you noticed how young children have a very close relationship with their stuffed animals? Often, there’s a special one that they take everywhere! It could be that these fluffy friends have very interesting life stories.You child can delve into his imagination and create a tale about each of these friendly characters. Ask leading questions to help make up these stories like who’s their best friend (in addition to your child, of course)? What do they like to eat? Where do they like to play? What’s their favorite ice cream? Do they go to school yet? How old are they? Imagine how your child can develop his language skills just by making up stories about his furry pals. And, what’s even more special…when your child lulls off to sleep, he can dream up even more glorious tales about his pals surrounding him.

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Taking Action Against Childhood Obesity


hildhood obesity has become an epidemic in this country. According to statistics, 1 in 3 children are either overweight or obese. The Center for Disease Control has expressed concern that if childhood obesity rates continue to grow at an alarming rate, this will be the first generation of children that will not exceed the lifespan of their parents. While Michele Obama has done a lot in the fight against childhood obesity, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. Her Let’s Move campaign helped pass a bill that increases funding for healthy school cafeterias and gives the USDA the authority to set nutritional standards for all food regularly sold in schools. She also persuaded a coalition of fruit and vegetable producers to install 6,000 salad bars in schools across the country over the next three years.

By Ramona Fasula

This is a great start, but I believe that the key to end childhood obesity is education. Nutrition should be part of every school’s curriculum from day one. Children really need to understand the food they eat and how it affects the body. Telling someone not to drink soda will have little effect on them but explaining to them the negative effects that soda has on the body (and there are a lot of them) would have a much stronger impact. Perhaps having guest speakers, who are suffering from serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, including children, visit schools to explain what their lives are like on a daily basis and how they live with their disease. Children need to start learning how to eat healthy when they’re young, so they develop habits that stick with them for the rest of their lives. Just how they’re programmed, via television advertisements, to eat their “Lucky Charms” because

they’re “magically delicious,” we can re-program them to want to eat healthy foods instead. The more education they get on healthy eating, the quicker they will want to make the transition to eating healthier foods. So how do children get more education on healthy eating? Parents should come together and talk to their school administrators about starting a nutrition education program in their schools. Some may have it, but there are many schools that don’t. Together with parents, schools can put an end to childhood obesity for good.✲

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Coping with Childhood Cancer By Trish Adkins


here is a mass in Lily’s brain. Neurosurgery is on the way down. Neurooncology will see you later this week.” These are the words I will never forget. My daughter Lily was 14 months old. She had been vomiting and quite suddenly stopped crawling, cruising and trying to walk. We went to the pediatrician almost daily for two weeks -- until finally a doctor believed me when I said something wasn’t normal. I never thought the diagnosis would be cancer. She was just a baby. I was still a new mother. It seemed impossible that I would now be part of the oncology world. Every day 46 mothers hear the same shocking and sometimes deadly diagnosis: cancer.Their child could be just weeks or months old; a preteen, preschooler or high school student looking forward to college. Cancer does not discriminate. The day after the tumor was found on a CT Scan, Lily had brain surgery to remove the tumor as well as to alleviate the pressure in her brain. Lily was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer called ependymoma. The tumor is rare -- but when your child is diagnosed with a rare disease, “rare” becomes irrelevant. Suddenly, childhood cancer was very familiar. In the following month, Lily remained hospitalized at CHOP and endured three additional brain surgeries to place a shunt that would help her scarred ventricles circulate cerebral spinal fluid.Then we traveled to Texas for proton radiation therapy to kill any remaining tumor cells. It was a lonely place -- being a new oncology family. I heard about friends’ children beginning to walk, celebrating birthdays and learning their ABCs all while my daughter was fighting for her life. I was so scared. And so angry.

There are no known causes for childhood cancer. Unlike some adult cancers with known causes like smoking or exposure to chemicals, childhood cancer isn’t acquired --no one knows why one child will develop it and another will not. Research is consistently underfunded. Yet cancer is the leading cause of death-by-disease in children under age 15. For Lily, treatment had its own set of side effects. Surgery left her motor skills delayed --so much so that one doctor told us she would never walk without assistance. We worked with her in physical and occupational therapy. I also enrolled in yoga teacher training, so I could 8 | September 2013

include therapeutic yoga in her playtime. In addition, Lily took therapeutic horseback riding lessons at Shadow Equestrian in Monroeville. Riding a horse each week strengthened Lily’s core and improved her balance. Lily persevered and finally walked without assistance in November 2009. I’ll never forget her smiling, giggling face as she ran away from me at the mall. Lily is now 7 years old. We continue with annual MRIs to check for tumor regrowth --which is always a sinister possibility. Lily also continues to work on her gross and fine motor skills through community sports, dance and horseback riding. Cancer could have taken her childhood; instead it gave us hope and inspiration to live every day as if nothing is impossible. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness. Every year, thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer and thousands more continue their battle to survive and thrive. My daughter is a survivor -- but not every family is so lucky. September is a time to make everyone aware of how much work needs to be done to find safer treatments and cures. It’s also a time to remember those children whose battle has been lost -- and to look forward to a future where childhood cancer does not exist. Inspired to get involved? Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer is celebrating September with a Million Mile Run. Join the collective run or walk and raise funds and awareness! More details: ✲

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Count Me In By Sara Kendall

clearer understanding of school structure and curriculum. These valuable insights are gained only by being in your child’s classroom. There are many volunteering opportunities outside the classroom such as helping out during a school event, chairing a committee or serving on the Parent Teacher Association board. It’s a great way to get to know teachers, administrators and other parents. You’ll increase your knowledge of the school through your experiences and the people you meet. Class Parent Another excellent way to connect with your child’s classroom is being the Class Parent. The role of the Class Parent is the liaison between the classroom teacher and parents. Duties could include organizing and maintaining a class contact list for families, handling communications via email, organizing classroom events or coordinating chaperones for field trips. Let Your Child Know Prior to signing up for in-classroom opportunities, have a talk with your child. Most children enjoy having their parents involved. If you get the feeling your child would be uncomfortable or distracted by you in their classroom, go a different route. Take a behind-the-scenes approach by volunteering in the school library, for a special event or during the book fair. Words of Cautions If you’re volunteering in the classroom, be careful not to give your child special treatment. Keep everyone on the same level. Showing favoritism could potentially cause more harm than good to your child. If you encounter an unruly child, always defer to the teacher to handle the situation. Let the teacher give the discipline. Don’t overstep your boundaries.You’re there to support a teacher, not co-teach.

Be a Volunteer at Your Child’s School                                                                        There’s nothing more valuable than the gift of your time and energy. Volunteering at your child’s school is a wonderful way to be involved in your child’s school life and give back to your community. Not only will you be building a closer bond with your child, you’ll be sending a positive message you consider their school and education worthy causes. Your presence will benefit not only your child but will also enrich the lives of the many other children. Not sure how and where to begin? Let these tips guide you to becoming an important role model in your community.

For the Greater Good Volunteering requests will arise throughout the school year. Pitch in whenever you can. Any way you can lend a helping hand to your child’s school, your efforts will be greatly appreciated by teachers and administrators. You’ll become a valued member of your child’s school while strengthening your ties in your community. There’s no better way to spend a few hours for a chance to inspire, educate, and motivate future generations.✲ Sara Kendall is a freelance writer and mother of two daughters.

Ways to Help Out Every school offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Helping in your child’s classroom could include reading to the class, tutoring literacy in small groups or assisting in math workshops. Some teachers will need general classroom help by filing paperwork, re-shelving books or taking down bulletin boards. Volunteering in your child’s classroom will give you the opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher much better. The more face time you have with their teacher, the more likely you’ll have a higher level of parent-teacher communication. Classroom volunteering will give you the chance to meet your child’s friends and get a better understanding of the friendships your child is forming. You’ll see firsthand your child’s daily activities and get a

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to communicate effectively as they grow. KA’s highly qualified and experienced teaching staff provides each child with a sense of confidence through the self-navigation technique. KA students self-propel their learning experiences through the various learning centers, the computer centers, self-expression stations as well as large and small group learning opportunities provided by the teachers. Last year, KA was proud to introduce “PAWS”, the KidAcademy Mascot. PAWS has joined the KidAcademy family to enhance the already existing warm, nurturing and academicbased environment by visiting each of the schools frequently and sharing in your child’s early learning experiences. PAWS’ favorite thing to do is READ! One of the fun and educational additions that has been brought to us by the new mascot PAWS is the READY TO READ program. PAWS’ big job is to bring new books to each of the schools every month for the teachers to share with the students. He has spent an extensive amount of time in the reading circles and sharing in new books!

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The Magic Hour Foundation By M.B. Sanok


rofessional photographer Jessica Cooper knows the power and magic of a beloved family photo. “My 19-month old son…sparks my creativity,” says Jessica who’s eagerly awaiting another bundle of joy in early 2014. Her Voorhees photography business, Jessica Cooper Photography,, specializes in styled sessions for family and children. But in her down time, she offers her talents and services to a very special organization called the Magic Hour Foundation. The Magic Hour Foundation is “a national network of professional photographers” who provides family and individual photo sessions to those battling cancer, no matter the severity of the disease. Magic Hour refers to “the yellow light that highlights the morning and evening of everyday,” which emphasizes the sacred, sentimental nature of their services. Reliving happy family moments and your children’s milestones through photos is a common yet special experience for parents and kids alike. When a child and/or family member is fighting a serious disease like cancer, people forget how photos contribute to good feelings and a sense of normalcy. During the session, the photographers help the family and the person affected by cancer to bask in the love they share and focus on enjoying their time together, however limited, by participating in a photo session. Photographers, who make at least a portion of their living through their business, maintain a website displaying their work and have use of photography equipment and software, are eligible to join. When a recipient is nominated for a free photo session, a photographer in their area is matched with them and then appointments for the portraits are scheduled. What pictures are taken with whom and in what venue is up to the recipient, their family and the photographer. Jessica became part of this network to give back to the commu-

nity, using her talents and expertise. “I started this for the fun of it – I’m giving families a memory,” she says. Jessica shared some touching stories of people who have participated in the photo sessions that are now her own fond memories. A recent session was a bittersweet Mothers’ Day involving a mother and daughter. “The daughter inquired about the prices for the photos. Her mom had six months to live,” she recalls. Although she was booked with work appointments up through June, a last minute cancellation enabled the session to happen. “It was a beautiful session with tears. Two days later, things were going downhill.” She expedited the order and, shortly after viewing the photos, the mother died. Not all stories end like this – a girl she took photos of in February is still fighting her battle with cancer and hopefully on her way to defeating it. Families and individuals chosen for the photo shoots expressed how “grateful …overjoyed…” they were to participate in such a wonderful experience. Sometimes, this could be their “last chance to do [a family portrait together].” Jessica describes the sessions, saying, “They’re fun to do with everyone but hard…sometimes. Last days are more difficult. [It’s] harder with children [although] it’s more like a regular photo session [because] they don’t totally understand, so they’re more like typical kids. [The kids have sessions] scheduled around chemo treatments, so they can appear like any other kids.” After the session, Jessica has kept in touch with the families because of the bond that develops. “You can cry with them, make a connection [and be] embraced like family.” If you know someone who would like to join the network, either as a photographer or recipient, or you’d like to learn how you can donate or become an ambassador, please visit✲

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Give Grandparents Their Special Day By Jennifer Hague


o forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” Chinese proverb. Moms are celebrated with Mothers’ Day in May. Dads have Fathers’ Day in June. Bosses and secretaries even have a day. But what about the grandparents of our society? They raised us, imparting traditions and recipes, teaching us how to fix a toilet, soothe a cold or patch a sweater. They taught us how to cast a line, mend a broken heart and that mixing white and red laundry turns white socks an attractive shade of pink. But most importantly, they taught us the skill of parenting, passing down the same lessons learned to our children and grandchildren. One in ten children lives with at least one grandparent, according to the 2010 US Census. As the pinnacle of family hierarchy, don’t grandparents deserve at least one day of honor and remembrance also? One dedicated WV housewife thought so. Marian McQuade, mother to 15 and grandmother and great-grandmother to 58, lobbied lawmakers to nationally recognize our senior family members. She enlisted the support of WV Governor Arch Moore, and on May 27, 1973, WV became the first state to recognize Grandparents’ Day. McQuade then rallied the support of senators, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd. It seemed that Congress also favored a day of homage to American paw-paws and me-maws. The bill passed unanimously, and in 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated the first Sunday following Labor Day as Grandparents’ Day. McQuade, who died in 2008, hoped younger generations would recognize the significance of their grandparents’ life experiences. This year, Grandparents’ Day falls on September 8, 2013. Here are a few ways to help your children connect with their elder family members on this special day: • No parents allowed. This is more of a rule than a suggestion.You’ll wind up with a few hours to yourself while your parents get a chance to have some quality one-on-one time with the kids • Draw mutual portraits or caricatures. Choose a medium or mix and match: crayons, markers, finger paints, pencils -- unleash the artist within. Don’t forget to frame the masterpieces! • Learn a new hobby or skill together, such as taking an evening cooking

or photography class, gardening or learning how to master card tricks. • Interview a grandparent and write an article. Help your child create a list of questions, such as, “What were your favorite hobbies when you were my age?”, “What was my mom/dad like as a child?” and “What did you want to be when you grew up?” Kids can pick out a photo and choose a captivating headline. • Cook a favorite recipe together. For a continuing project that may take longer, create a family heirloom recipe book together. • Create an intergenerational scrapbook or memory box with family photos and keepsakes from all your family generations. • Compare past and present. For example, what was the cost of a gallon of milk 60 years ago and now? Who was president when they first voted and what were the pressing issues then? How did they receive their news and how do kids hear about news now? • Create a family tree, or for older children, begin a genealogy research project. • Watch a movie, live performance or listen to music together that was popular in their grandparents’ heyday. • Create a family time capsule with photos, newspaper clippings, fashion magazines or clothing catalogs, celebrity magazines, lists of popular music, television shows and movies, and personal artwork. For those who have lost grandparents, this is a great reason to bring the whole family together and honor the legacy they’ve left behind. Kids can still write a newspaper article with interviews from other family members. You can cook grandpa’s favorite dish together, plant a tree, visit a place grandma used to enjoy, or write a message on a balloon and release it to heaven. Do an activity that you did with your parents or read a book to them that they read to you. If you’re looking for new material, check out Susan V. Bosak’s book, Something to Remember Me By, a moving story about the legacy a grandmother leaves for her granddaughter. As you’re interviewing, drawing, or creating a time capsule, remember to take pictures, tell stories and learn from each other. Cherish the memories you’ve made. The lessons you’re teaching your children will be taught to their children, and one day, it’ll be your legacy that’s honored on Grandparents’ Day. Happy Grandparents Day to all grandparents, present, past and future!✲ *United States Census, 2010.

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Treating Children with Sleep Apnea and Mouth Breathing Problems

Cherry Hill Dental Excellence By M.B. Sanok


ou may have heard that sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where a person stops breathing in short intervals during sleep. Until recently, most people thought it only affected adults and those who are obese. However, in children, long pauses in breathing, excessive tossing and turning in bed, chronic mouth breathing during sleep, night sweats and especially snoring are possible signs of sleep apnea. It’s estimated that 1-4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea -- many of them between 2 and 8 years old. Although it’s a concern to think your child may be suffering from this condition, the Cherry Hill Dental Excellence (CHDE) staff wants you to know that there are simple, effective solutions for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Dr. Zahra Afsharzand, a highly trained prosthodontist and owner of the practice, says,“Mouth breathing is a common yet detrimental habit of children that can lead to sleep apnea.” The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive where air fails to flow through the nose or mouth properly, causing the body to struggle with breathing while asleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea in children include headaches, loud snoring, under eye circles, large tonsils, mouth breathing and lethargy. Studies have suggested that as many as 25 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and that much of their learning difficulties and behavior problems can be the consequence of chronic fragmented sleep. Bed-wetting, sleep-walking, delayed growth, other hormonal and metabolic problems, even failure to thrive, can be related to sleep apnea.  Children with this may also be more susceptible to disease due to the lack of the deep, restorative sleep we require. In those that are mouth breathers, the jaws and other facial structures consequently grow slightly differently, resulting in long faces, tooth crowding, narrowed nasal passages, and altered head postures. Allergies and pollution are considered to be contributors to mouth breathing and sleep apnea. Dentists typically request that their patients return every six months for dental 18 | September 2013

checkups which mean that some people see their dentist more frequently than they see their physician. As a result, dentists may be the first to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing. The first step in determining your child’s potential for sleep apnea is for the dental/medical professional to examine the child’s face (musculature and skeletal features) and airways for signs of obstruction. Then the parent should discuss what symptoms the child has. Dr. Afsharzand states that, “This should be part of the dental check-up.” A recommendation is then made for the child to be referred to a sleep specialist to schedule a sleep study. Dr. Afsharzand is a strong proponent of “all…medical professionals working together for better care at a better price,” so they’re on the same page in treating the child. Since the doctor works directly with sleep study professionals, she’s offered a full picture of what’s needed to treat the patient. If tonsils and/or adenoids are swollen, they can be surgically removed by an Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT)

specialist. A positive airway pressure breathing device (i.e., continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP) could be used in moderate to severe sleep apnea in children. Oral appliances move your child’s bottom jaw and tongue forward to keep the child’s upper airway open and palatal expanders increase the airway space. Oral appliances such as palatal expanders, arch expanders, mouthpieces or mandibular advancement devices can be used to treat sleep apnea in children. If you suspect your child may suffer from sleep apnea or would like to learn more about how to address the issue of mouth breathing, contact the staff at Cherry Hill Dental Excellence (856) 428-2550 or for your child’s free consultation. Visit and www.newjerseysleepsolutions. com for more information. You and your child will rest easier.✲

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Sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder where a person stops breathing in short intervals during sleep is not just for adults. In fact, it is estimated that up to 4% percent of children suffer from sleep apnea, many of them being between 2 and 8 years old. If you suspect your child may suffer from sleep apnea or would like to learn more about how to address the issue of mouth breathing, contact us.

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Get Back to the Big Apple! By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

September is the perfect time to use recipes that call for apples. You can find some of the most scrumptious varieties at local farm stands. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your children this fall, visit a “pick your own” apple orchard or apple farm. There’s just something special about eating dishes made with the very apples your family picks! Another plus to using apples in recipes is that they’re nutritious! Happy Fall Ya’ll! (Below is one of my favorite recipes of my mom’s. She has made this many, many times for my birthday, since I prefer homemade pie over birthday cake!) Blend butter and maple syrup into flour (don’t over mix), add in salt. Sprinkle in the water one tablespoon at a time, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans the sides of the bowl. A little more water (1-2 tablespoons) can be added if needed. Shape dough into a ball, divide dough in half, then flatten each half into a disk, wrap in Saran Wrap and chill for at least half an hour in the refrigerator. Then working with one disk of dough at a time, roll into a round circle on a lightly floured board using a floured rolling pin. Roll dough 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Ease the dough crust into the pie plate, pressing gently yet firmly against the bottom and sides. Pour apple mixture into the bottom pie crust. Place the butter slices in different areas on top of the apple mixture. Then place top crust over the apples and crimp the edges together all the way around the pie. Make a few “X” slits on the top of the crust to create a “vent” for the steam. Brush top of pie crust lightly with egg wash and sprinkle a little sugar on top, if desired. Cover edge of pie with strips of aluminum foil or pie crust shield to prevent too much browning. Remove shield during the last 15-20 minutes of baking. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until apples are fork tender. Cool pie or serve warm with favorite ice cream.

Mom’s Supreme Apple Pie 6 cups baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. almond extract 1/2 cup raw sugar or natural sugar substitute Pinch of sea salt 3 tbs. unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat flour 4 thin slices of butter Pie crust (recipe follows) Preheat oven to 350° Place apples in a bowl, mix in cinnamon, almond extract, sugar and salt. Stir in flour. Set mixture aside. Note: Good apples to use are Granny Smith, Rome, Golden Delicious and McIntosh. Using a few different types of apples in this recipe makes for a great pie! Flaky Pie Crust 2/3 cup plus 2 tbs. butter, softened 2 tbs. pure maple syrup 1 tsp. sea salt 4 to 6 tbs. cold water 2 cups unbleached white flour or whole wheat flour 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Note: Place pie on a baking sheet before baking. This will help catch any juice that may overflow. Apple Pecan Log 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup tart apple, cored, peeled and finely chopped 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted and divided 1/4 tsp. cinnamon Tortilla chips, snack crackers, butter cookies, pretzels Combine cream cheese, apple, 1/4 cup pecans and cinnamon; form into a log. Roll log in remaining pecans; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3 to 5 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with a variety of dippers. Note: To toast nuts, spread pecans on a shallow baking pan, dot with butter and put into a 350° oven and bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until nuts turn golden -- watch carefully so they don’t burn. Remove from oven and allow nuts to cool. As always, Bon Appetit!

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love,Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page 20 | September 2013

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Mays Landing Fall Festival Saturday, September 28 10am-4pm War Memorial Park Main Street and Route 50, Mays Landing The Annual Mays Landing Fall Festival is a great family fun day with lots of activities for the kids. Plus crafters, food vendors, pumpkin painting, entertainment and much more! Free admission.

Somerdale Day Along the Boulevard Saturday, September 7 10am-4pm CooperTowne Blvd. & Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale Family Fun For all Ages! Free rides for kids, Live Bands, Crafters, Free tours of Flying Fish Brewery and A Classic Car Show in front of Cinemark. Information - (856) 783-6320, Ext. 13


Mainstage Open House for Studio Classes Saturday, Sept 7, 7:00 pm Mainstage Center for the Arts, Academy Hall, 27 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood Mainstage Center for the Arts will hold an open house for its studio classes. Learn about our classes in dance, acting, voice, and piano as well as non-traditional classes including Japanese Taiko Drumming, Radio Theater, magic and graphic design. During the event, students will have the opportunity to meet the instructors. For more information, please visit or call (856) 855-93-MAINSTAGE or (855) 936-2467.

South Jersey Mothers of Multiples Clothing & Equipment Sale Sunday, Sept 8, 12 noon-3pm The “BLUE BARN”, Evesham Recreation Center @ Memorial Park, 1004 Tuckerton Road, Marlton USED & GENTLY USED ITEMS INCLUDE Clothing (Newborn-14) • Shoes • Toys • Baby Gear • Equipment • Car Seats • Strollers • Cribs • Maternity Wear • Pack’n’Plays • High Chairs • Seasonal Items • Books • DVDs • Did we mention toys? • And much more! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. SHOP NOW FOR FALL & SPRING. events/133617533505608 Farmer’s Market Every Thursday through September 12, 10-2pm Patriot Park, (400 yards north of the Jim Saxton Community Center), Corner of North Bolling & West Castle Drive, McGuire AFB The Annual United Communities Farmers Market event for the joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst features local farmers, baked goods, homemade arts and crafts, direct sales, and much more! EVENT CONTACT: Kristy at (609) 723-4290 or

KIDZFEST Sunday, September 22 11am-3pm Challenge Grove Park, 100 Bortons Mill Rd. (Brace Road Entrance), Cherry Hill FAMILY FUN DAY! Face Painting, Carnival Games, Pony Rides, Crafts, Music and more. Proceeds from the event help in the fight against pediatric heart disease and premature births. Bike MS: City to Shore Ride Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29 It’s the premier cycling event in NJ and takes cyclists from Cherry

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Hill to the Ocean City Boardwalk. Choose from several route options: 25-, 45-, 75- and 150-miles. There’s a $300 minimum fundraising requirement to participate. Benefits the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. Call 1-800-445-BIKE or visit for more information. Riders must be at least 12 years of age.

CAPE MAY COUNTY Street Rod Weekend Friday, September 6 Sunday, September 8 Boardwalk display, Sat., 12 noon–4pm Features classic cars on display. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. Ocean City Airport Festival Saturday, September 14 26th & Bay Ave 10am–3pm Annual festival at the Municipal Airport. Features include a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. Meet the performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show. For more information, call (609) 525-9223.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY The Cohanzick Zoo 181 E. Commerce St, Bridgeton Come visit the animals! NJ’s first zoo has been providing education and enjoyment to the community of Bridgeton since 1934. Located in Bridgeton’s 1,100-acre city park, the zoo has over 200 birds and mammals from around the world. White tigers, bears, leopards, ring-tailed lemurs, and eagles are only a few of the magnificent animals that may only be seen at the Cohanzick Zoo. (856) 455-3230

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY 10th Annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County Sunday, September 29 11am-5pm RiverWinds Community Center 1000 RiverWinds Dr., West Deptford All-day family fun fashioned after an Italian street fair with entertainment, Italian cuisine, crafts, vendors and artisans. Featuring Classical Recording Artist Micheal Castaldo, Dr. Neff’s Sicilian Marionettes, the Vivaci Dancers, children’s activities, and more! Event Sponsor: Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission ,(856) 467-0096, Contact Email:

SALEM COUNTY Salem County Fair Ground’s Schedule of Events 735 Harding Highway/Route 40, Woodstown/Pilesgrove/ Sharptown Fair Office Contact: (856) 769-0414 Friday, September 13: SJ Tractor Pull , Info: (856) 207-0401 Saturday, September 14: Akita Dog Picnic Info: (609) 432-6700 Friday & Saturday, September 21-22: Tri-State Dog Show & Pull , Info: (646) 316-1376 Friday, September 28 (rain date Saturday, September 29): Meals on Wheels Giant Pumpkin Carve Info: (856) 366-4505, September 2013 | 21

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