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At the Center of Your Community / Al Centro de Su Comunidad AUGUST 2012

What’s Inside: A Conversation with Harrisburg’s Mayor, Linda Thompson p. 8 The Beginning of a New Alliance

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p. 16 Page 20 20 Awesome Cool Things for Families p. 18 What's Happening? p.23 Page 22


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a educacion no es una cubeta llena, sino una luz encendida”         William Butter Yeats

Graham and his new 12-week-old Goldendoodle, Sherlock Si Hetrick.

      Al final y principios de los siglos XIX y XX, el poeta irlandes W.B. Yeats hablo la verdad acerca de la educacion, en que el verdadero proposito de la educacion no es simplemente aborrotar lamente con hechos, cifras y ficciones; pero en su lugar deberian introducir conocimientos que enciendan una intensa pasion por el aprendisaje. Regresando a la epoca del colegio o aun mas atras en los anos de secundaria, que es lo que usted mas recuerda? cual fue el mayor impacto que hizo en usted? Fue esto ese monton de realidades y figuras que usted puso dentro de su cerebro la noche antes de un examen, justamente eso era lo que usted podria obtener a traves de una clase? O fue esta, esa materia que le hizo ruido y zumbidos en su cabeza con fascinacion? Probablemente es el ultimo de los dos. Y eso es exactamente lo que significaba para W.B. Yeats cuand dijo, “La educacion no es una cubeta llena, sino una luz encendida.” Otro aspecto importante de la educacion son las conexiones efectuadas con companeros de clase fuera del aula. Melany Reyes, directora de relaciones publicas de la Alianza Hispana en Lebanon Valley College, destaca un club latino en el campus de LVC. en la pagina 16. Ademas de la educacion, este es un tema caracteristico entrevistado con la alcaldeza de la ciudad de Harrisburg Linda Thompson y escrito por Sheila Lyons (pagina 8). Tambien tenemos horoscopos para el mes, conversaciones con jovenes, juna lista de eventos y el numero de columnas que has esperado. Y si usted esta buscando por alguna cosa divertida para hacer con los chicos durante las pasadas vacaciones del verano, entonces asegurese de revisar nuestra lista de las “20 Cosas Divertidas Para Hacer Con Los Chicos” (en la pagina 18 ). Antes de que usted se entere sobre esto, seguramente el verano ya se habria terminado y los chicos estarian de regreso ala escuela-con optimismo, esperemos tener muchas lamparillas.

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Graham S. Hetrick Publisher

ducation is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats

The famous late 19th/early 20th-century Irish poet W.B. Yeats spoke the truth about education, in that the purpose of education is not merely cramming one's mind with facts, figures and fictions; but instead to introduce knowledge that ignites a fierce passion for learning. Think back to college or even your late high-school years. What do you remember the most? What made the greatest impact on you? Was it that stack of facts and figures you forced into your brain the night before a test, just so that you could get through a class? Or was it that subject that made your head whir and hum with fascination? Most likely, it was the latter of the two. And that is exactly what W.B. Yeats meant when he said, “Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Another important aspect of education is the connections made with classmates outside of the classroom. Melany Reyes, public relations chair for The Hispanic Alliance at Lebanon Valley College, highlights a Latino club on the campus of LVC on page 16. In addition to education, this issue features an interview with the Mayor of Harrisburg Linda Thompson by contributing writer Sheila Lyons (page 8). We also have horoscopes for the month, teen talk, an event listing and the many columns you've come to expect. And if you're looking for something fun to do with the kids during the last month of their summer breaks, then be sure to check out our list of “20 Funs Things To Do With Kids” on page 18. Before you know it, summer will be over, and the kiddies will be back in school – hopefully having fires lit rather than just pails filled.

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August 2012 • Volume 2 No. 8

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TAL COMO YO LO VEO Por el Graham Hetrick

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n este número hacemos énfasis en la educación. Yo personalmente creo que los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica no ha tenido aun un debate honesto acerca de la educación. Muchas de las personas involucradas con este tema están mirando el deterioro de nuestro sistema educativo atraves del espejo de sus propios intereses. Parece ser que uno de los grupos que ha quedado fuera dela discusión son los niños, los cuales son en realidad parte esencial del sistema. No se equivoquen acerca de esto, Los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica esta en decadencia educativa y esta espiral comenzó en la década de los anos 60. Con el paso de los años, nosotros hemos visto el crecimiento del Departamento de Educación, establecido por la Administración Carter. Nosotros hemos desperdiciado enormes cantidades de fondos en ambas instituciones: las escuelas secundarias y las universidades. Sin embargo, aun con estos enormes egresos, nos hemos quedado rezagados en la educación básica como la lectura, la escritura y aritmética. En todas las encuestas que he revisado de los Estados Unidos en comparación con el resto de países desarrollados, estas nos muestran que estamos en la posición 20 en matemáticas y algo similar en la escritura. Esto es de acuerdo a la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico. La única categoría en la que se muestra una alta puntuación es la tasa de deserción de las escuelas secundarias. Por lo tanto, vamos

a ver algunas de las falsedades sobre la educación y compararlas con la realidad. Si nosotros gastáramos mas en educación, nosotros tendríamos mejores escuelas y un mejor sistema educativo. Falso: Incluso el Departamento de Educación tendría que admitir que desde su formación y el creciente control del Gobierno Federal, los estándares educativos en las escuelas han declinado. Las cifras y graficas del Departamento de Educación muestran el descenso en la alfabetización y las matemáticas incluso con el incremento en los gastos del departamento de educación y la implementación de la ley "No Child Left Behind” policy (Ningún Chico Se Queda Atrás)". Así que el gasto no es la respuesta sino hay una política de "Planificar, Evaluar y Actuar," como las generalmente encontradas en el sector privado, pero no en el Gobierno. En el sector privado cualquier empresa en deterioro como la del sistema educativo de los Estados Unidos habría sido sustituida 20 años atrás. Un mejor sistema competitivo y con resultados probados habría reemplazado esta falla burocrática. Los bonos y la elección de escuelas destruirán el sistema de escuelas públicas. Yo he escuchado a maestros y administradores decir que los estudiantes no son receptivos al aprendizaje debido a la mala crianza de los hijos, y que ellos están tratando de hacer el trabajo de ambos: padres y educadores. No hay duda que nuestra tasa de divorcio es del

AS I SEE IT By Graham Hetrick

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50% y que esta ha destruido a muchas unidades familiares. Es también cierto que nuestra sociedad ha perdido el respeto por la educación y la disciplina que se necesita para ser un líder en la ciencia y en la literatura. La pregunta es: ¿Estamos resolviendo el problema de los padres desmotivados y de los chicos indisciplinados, quitando al padre o a los padres de familia la decisión de participar en el proceso educativo? Cuando decimos a los padres que ellos no tienen derecho a escoger la escuela a donde envían a sus hijos o la clase de educación que ellos recibirían, ¿como podríamos creer que esto aumentaría su participación en el futuro de sus hijos? Si los padres tienen el poder de elegir donde mandar a sus hijos para ser educados, si ellos pudieran gastar sus impuestos de educación según les convenga, si ellos pueden vivir en un barrio pobre, pero enviar a sus hijos a una escuela con un buen sistema educativo, ¿no seria lógico pensar que ellos verían un futuro de esperanza? Se necesita tener fe antes de que uno pueda estar motivado. ¿Como puede un padre, atrapado en un sistema escolar pobre, creer en un buen resultado para sus hijos cuando ellos no tienen recursos ni opciones? Si los padres tuvieran recursos y el derecho a elegir, ellos tendrían esperanza. Y si ellos tuvieran esperanza ellos estarían envueltos en la educación de sus hijos. ¿Es quizás cierto que algunos sistemas escolares que están fallándole a sus estudiantes ya no podrían subsistir, pero como el sistema es malo, este desaparecería y serian reemplazados

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n this issue, we have an emphasis on education. I personally believe that America has not yet had an honest discussion about education. Too many of the people involved in the topic are looking at the problems of our educational decline within the mirror of their own self interest. It seems that the one group that has been left out of the discussion are the children who are actually in the system. Make no mistake about it, America is in educational decline, and this downward spiral started in the early 1960s. Over

por mejores escuelas que competirían acertadamente por los dólares de la educación? La influencia federal en educación es mejor que el control del Estado. Cualquiera que haya leído mi trabajo durante los últimos años, sabe que prefiero el control del estado sobre el control federal. Esto es lo que los fundadores de la nación incluyeron la decima enmienda dentro de la constitución. Sabemos que desde el aumento del control federal, nuestra posición internacional ha decrecido. Conocemos que desde que hemos enviado dinero desde los estados hacia el gobierno federal, los costos han aumentado enormemente. ¿No seria mejor para nosotros devolver el poder a los Estados? Entonces tendríamos 50 laboratorios de modelos educativos en lugar de una sola política educativa que sirva para todos. Así como los estados varían en demografía, mezcla poblacional e interacción geográfica, de igual manera lo harían los modelos de cada estado. El otro hecho es que si algunos de los 50 modelos no funcionaran, usted tiene la opción de mudarse a otro estado. ¿Si el Gobierno Federal falla, donde uno podría ir para acceder a una mejor educación? Estas son algunas de las preguntas que creo que han sido ignoradas o falsamente respondidas. Animo a todos a participar en este debate porque la educación es la fundación de este país. Nosotros fuimos los fundadores de la educación pública. En sus inicios esta fue local y descentralizada, una combinación de educación pública y privada que trabajo. Tal vez deberíamos volver a esa condición.

the years, we have had the growth in the Department of Education, established by the Carter Administration. We have thrown massive amounts of funding in both high schools and colleges. Yet, even with this massive spending, we are falling behind in the basics of all education – reading, writing and arithmetic. In all the surveys that I have reviewed on America’s standing compared to the rest of the developed countries, it shows us ranking in the 20th percentile in math and close to that in writing. This is according to the Organization for Economic


Co-operation and Development. About the only ranking we score high in is the high-school dropout rate. So let us look at some of the falsehoods about education and compare them with reality. If we spend more on education, we will have better schools and better education. False. Even the department of education will have to admit that since their formation and the increasing control of the federal government, educational standards in schools have declined. The Education Department’s own figures and graphs show declines in literacy and math with the increase in department spending and the implementation of the “No Child Left Behind” policy. Spending is not the answer without a "Plan, Check and Act" policy usually found in the private sector but not in government. In the private sector, any company in decline like the U.S. education system would have been replaced 20 years ago. Better, more competitive systems with proven results would have replaced this bureaucratic failure. Voucher and school choice will destroy the public school system. I have heard teachers and administrators say that the students are not receptive to learning because of poor parenting, and that they are trying to do the job of both parent and educator. There is no doubt that our 50-percent divorce rate has destroyed many family units. It is also true that our society has lost its respect for education and the discipline that is needed to be a leader in science and literature. The question is: are we solving the problem of unmotivated parents and undisciplined children by removing the parent or parents from the decision-making process? When we say to the parents that they have no choices in where they send their children to school or the type of education they will receive, how do we believe this will increase their participation in their children’s future? If parents have choices as to where they send their children to be educated, if they can spend their education tax dollars

as they see fit, if they can live in a poor neighborhood, yet place their kids in a good school system, wouldn’t it be logical that they would see hope in the future? It takes hope before one can be motivated. How can a parent, stuck in a poor school system, believe in a good outcome for their kids when they have no resources and no choices? If parents had resources and choice, they would have hope. And if they had hope, they would be involved. It may be true that some school systems that are already failing would go out of existence, but how is it bad for poor systems to disappear and be replaced by better schools competing for the educational dollars? Federal influence on education is better than state control. Anyone who has read my work over the years knows that I prefer state control over federal control. This is why the founding fathers put the 10th amendment into the Constitution. We know that since the increase of federal control our international ranking has declined. We know that since we have been sending money from the states to the federal government costs have increased enormously. Would it not be better for us to return the power to the states? We would then have 50 laboratories of educational models rather than a onesize-fits-all educational policy. Just as states vary in demographics, population mix and geographic make-up, so should the models of each state. The other fact is that if some of those 50 models don’t work, you have the option to move to another state. If the federal government fails, where does one go for better education? These are just a few of the questions I believe have been either ignored or falsely answered. I encourage all of us to get involved in this debate because education is the foundation of this country. We were the founders of public education. In its beginnings, it was local, decentralized, a combination of public and private, and it worked. Maybe we should return to that foundation. AUGUST 2012

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A Conversation with Harrisburg’s Mayor Linda Thompson Article and Photography by Sheila Lyons

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sk Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson what her most favorite and least favorite things are about her position, and you will get basically the same answer: “People.” There is one small difference between her answers, however, because while the worst part of her job can be working with people, the best part is her being able to help them. Take, for example, the recent issue of lights being out in neighborhoods. Many times, lampposts are torn down by large trucks as they rumble down local streets. The city likes to keep neighborhoods looking as nice as possible, and one way to do this is by keeping all lampposts in any area the same. As Thompson says, “There are all kinds of money issues involving insurance reimbursements, and people aren’t giving us credit because of our financial situation.” This makes it difficult to purchase the lampposts, as well as large, expensive light bulbs, explains Thompson. But people have fears. As Thompson says, “When lights are out, it gives them greater vulnerability and greater exposure to a perpetrator.” She got involved and “called the bureau director and said ‘…the most important thing is people’s safety. Put a makeshift light up there…we’ll get the new one at a later time, but make sure that we put some kind of lamp up there.” “The next thing you know,” Thompson continues, “they got the lamp up.” The woman who had called Thompson over her concern called back to thank the mayor. Thompson says the Harrisburg resident “didn’t care if the lamp was in conformity or not, she just wanted a light. And she got it.” “The political atmosphere is at its worst,” says Thompson, which contributes to her declaration of “dealing with people” as the least favorite part of her job. “I’ve never seen it like this,” she says, “and I’ve been an elected official now – I’m going into my 13th year.” She feels respect is lacking, and that she would “rather people just get in a room and act like adults and work it out.” For all the political wrangling and dealing with her city’s financial woes, Mayor Thompson has been able to develop a healthy relationship in the Latino community. “It was,” she says, “just simply because they invite me to things. Every event they’ve invited me to, if there wasn’t a [scheduling] conflict, I’ve been at. I was present and supportive and helped champion the need for a Latino association or organization. I’ve attended the Latino Chamber of Commerce functions. In fact, I’m there every year. They ask me to speak. I speak every year.” Her new chief of staff, brought on board in midApril, Ricardo Mendez-Saldivia, is from Venezuela. Thompson says she led the interview process and “ultimately made the decision” in his selection. Growing up, Thompson’s family was the only African-American household in the neighborhood. Everyone around her was Caucasian. She does not recall any Latinos in the area and “even though there were black kids in high school, all my teachers were white.” It wasn’t until she attended a conference for communications students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. that Thompson found herself exposed to a different world. It was, she said, “culture shock.” “I’d never seen so many African-Americans. They were running banks, they were managers, directors. They were cops, they were


nurses. It was a culture shock, in a good way. That was the melting pot.” But, Thompson says, “Coming home [from college], I still didn’t see Harrisburg progressing that way, with black people evolving into leadership positions. The percentage of Latinos was still just minuscule, and so over the years, I’ve seen it blossom.” She has, over the last 10 years, “really started to see a growing population of Latinos and more visible leaders in the Latino community.” Thompson feels that these days, “elected officials on the state level” are more understanding that Latinos are a “growing population and an important population” who vote and are making their voice heard. Latinos are “becoming wiser and understanding the importance of voting and how they can shape an election.” They can, Thompson continues, “make a difference in the election of who becomes the representative for that particular district and city and municipality.” When questioned as to what she would say to a young Latino considering a career in politics, Thompson says she would tell them, “Get in it. Get in it because we need good government. We need good leaders to make good government. We need people who have a heart for the people

and who have a moral compass.” Leaning in, her voice growing stronger, she says, “We need people that can represent all people and be a voice for all people, not just for an isolated ethnic group. I’d say ‘Get in it.’” Mayor Thompson believes in empowering people. She doesn’t feel that anyone should just tolerate poor conditions. “Government can’t do it all and should not be the ones doing it all. It takes activists and agents for change.” Although still in the planning stages, Thompson is working on a project to recognize leaders in the Latino community, “Because,” she says, “there are a lot of leaders in the Latino community that are doing great things,” and contributing to the community. Harrisburg, says the Mayor, is “not like Atlanta. It’s not like Washington, D.C. where…if your A-game is not on, you’re not going to survive it. Here in Harrisburg, you can bring a C-game or a B-game and develop an A-game because it’s just that kind of opportunity. Bring your talent right here …and help us become a greater city than we are. “Harrisburg,” says its mayor, “is the place to be. This is a diverse city, and the mayor welcomes you.”

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Ayudar que su hijo reciba atención médica adecuada es un derecho que no se debería fallar en utilizar. Asistencia Médica para niños en Pennsylvania esta a disposición a esos que lo necesitan. Sin embargo, usted podrá necesitar ayuda legal para obtener los servicios so se les niegan. Por el Mark J. Kogan Esq.

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sistencia Médica (MA) o Medicaid, es un programa de seguro médico para niños con discapacidades importantes y para niños de hogares de bajos ingresos. La forma de entrego de Asistencia Médica de Pennsylvania es por los planes de salud para: 1) SALUD FISICA, que incluyen HealthChoices un plan de cuidado medico administrado, cargo de servicios llamado ACCESS Plus y ACCESS y para 2) SALUD MENTAL con un plan de cuidado de salud mental. MA cubre Detección Temprana y Periódica, Diagnostico y Tratamiento (EPSDT). Todos los niños menores de 21 años con MA tienen derecho a EPSDT. Esto incluye prácticamente todos los servicios médicos que sean necesarios poro tratar una enfermedad, condición o discapacidad. La mayoría, pero no todos los servicios son considerados como “servicios médicos.” Algunos ejemplos de servicios que están cubiertos son los servicios médicos, servicios hospitalarios, terapias, exámenes de laboratorio, cuidados personal, servicios de salud en el hogar, enfermería especializada, pañales para niños mayores de 3 años (o que tienen necesidades extraordinarias)

prescripciones de medicamentos, suplementos nutricionales y manejo de casos. Asistencia médica no cubre los servicios meramente educativos y vocacionales. MA también ayuda a proporcionar servicios de salud mental para los niños. En ciertas situaciones, los padres pueden buscar atención médica en virtud de MA, pero que la atención puede ser negado por el Departamento de Bienestar Publico (DPW). Estos padres tienen el derecho de apelar la decisión que ha negado la atención prescrita para sus hijos. Una vez que la negación se emite, se puede apelar si la familia ha recibido una notificación adecuada del proceso y los plazos para presentar una apelación. Para cualquier negación, terminación o reducción de servicios médicos, un recurso de apelación puede hacerse mediante la solicitud de una audiencia imparcial con al Departamento de Bienestar Publico (DPW) dentro de 30 días. Para los planes de cuidado de salud, una queja o denuncia también se puede hacer con el plan de salud dentro del plazo especificado en el anuncio de la negación, por lo general 45 días. Nota: Servicios preexistentes continuaran durante el proceso

de apelación si la apelación tiene un sello postal dentro de los 10 días de notificación de la terminación o reducción. Mientras la familia hace una apelación, el médico y otros profesionales de tratamiento o evaluación, pueden cometer mas información y cartas de Necesidad Médica adicionales. El médico también puede consultar con el plan de salud o la Oficina del Programa de Asistencia Médica (OMAP) médico puede tratar de resolver el caso. Sin embargo, la familia no debe de retrasar la toma de la apelación. Durante el proceso de la apelación, si los recursos de la familia en el cuidado medico administrado por hacer una queja o denuncia, hay dos niveles internos de revisión. L familia tiene derecho a asistir a cada nivel. Si la familia todavía no esta satisfecha después de la revisión del segundo nivel. La familia puede apelar ante el Departamento de Salud o el Departamento de Seguros. Consulte el aviso de nivel de la segunda decisión de las instrucciones y los plazos. Si los recursos de la familia en el departamento de Bienestar Publico dentro de los 30 días siguientes a la denegación, reducción o terminación, o dentro de 30 días a partir de una decisión de

primer o segundo nivel por el plan de cuidado médico administrado, la familia recibirá una audiencia imparcial por teléfono o, si así lo solicita, en persona. Para participar en una audiencia imparcial o de revisión interna, la familia puede llevar a un abogado o un defensor a una audiencia imparcial o de salud de atención administrada de revisión del plan interno. Si la familia es de bajos ingresos, la familia puede ponerse en contacto con la oficina local de servicios legales para obtener ayuda. Una vez que tal es el defensor de la Salud Ley de Pennsylvania www.phlp.org proyecto. Se recomienda que un médico y de otro tipo de evaluación o el tratamiento de los profesionales médicos estarán disponibles para explicar la necesidad médica del servicio. Los médicos y otros testigos son generalmente autorizados a participar por teléfono, si es necesario y si es arreglado de antemano. Esta información ha sido proporcionada por la Red de Derechos de los Discapacitados de Pennsylvania www. drnpa.org. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta adicional sobre este artículo por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo en mkogan@wsklawyers.com.

Helping your child get appropriate medical care is a right you should not fail to use. By Mark J. Kogan Esq. edical Assistance (MA), or Medicaid, is a health insurance program for children with significant disabilities and for children who are members of low-income households. Medical Assistance is delivered in Pennsylvania by health plans for physical health, which includes HealthChoices (a managed-care health plan), fee-for-service plans called ACCESS Plus and ACCESS, and for behavioral health with behavioral-health-managed care plans. MA covers Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT). All children on MA under age 21 are entitled to EPSDT. This includes virtually all medical services that are necessary to treat an illness, condition or disability. Most, but not all, services are considered “medical services.” Some examples of covered services are physician services, hospital services, therapies, lab work, personal care, home health services, skilled nursing, diapers for children over age 3 (or who have extraordinary

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needs), prescription medication, nutritional supplements and case management. MA does not cover purely educational and vocational services. MA also helps provide behavioral health services for children. In certain situations, parents may seek care under MA, but that care may be denied by The Department of Public Welfare (DPW). These parents have the right to appeal the decision, which has denied prescribed care to their children. Once a denial is issued, it can be appealed if the family has received appropriate notice of the process and the deadlines for filing an appeal. For any denial, termination or reduction of medical services, an appeal can be made by requesting a fair hearing with the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) within 30 days. For managed-care health plans, a grievance or complaint can also be made with the health plan within the timeframe specified in the denial notice, usually 45 days. Pre-existing services

will continue during the appeal process if the appeal is postmarked within 10 days of the notice of termination or reduction. While the family appeals, the physician and other treating and evaluating professionals, can submit more information and additional Letters of Medical Necessity. The physician can also consult with the health plan or Office of Medical Assistance Program (OMAP) physician to try to resolve the issue. The family should not delay making an appeal, however. During the process of the appeal, if the family appeals to the managed-care health plan by making a grievance or complaint, there are two internal levels of review. The family has a right to attend at each level. If the family is still not satisfied after the second-level review, the family can appeal to the Department of Health or Department of Insurance. Refer to the second-level decision notice for instructions and deadlines. If the family appeals to the Department of Public Welfare within 30 days

of the denial, reduction or termination, or within 30 days of a first- or second-level decision by the managed-care health plan, the family will get a fair hearing by phone or, if requested, in person. To participate in a fair hearing or internal review, the family may bring a lawyer or advocate to a fair hearing or managed-care health plan internal review. If the family is low-income, the family can contact the local legal services office for assistance. Once such advocate is the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (phlp.org). It is strongly recommended that a physician and other evaluating or treating medical professionals be available to explain the medical necessity of the service. Physicians and other witnesses are usually permitted to participate by phone, if necessary and if arranged beforehand. This information has been provided by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (drnpa.org). If you have any additional questions related to this article, please contact me via email at mkogan@wsklawyers.com.


El Arte de Vivir Por el Dr. Hector Richard Ortiz

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l éxito o el fracaso son sólo instancias temporales de la vida así como la tristeza o la felicidad. Lo más importante es reconocer que estas son sólo la consecuencia de nuestras acciones. El arte de vivir nos da la oportunidad de planificar lo que queremos lograr y al mismo tiempo disfrutar de cualquier esfuerzo que hagamos por conquistarlo. El éxito llega más fácil a aquellos que exploran las opciones y las oportunidades de la vida sin miedo. Es natural estar ansioso o nervioso al tomar nuevos riesgos, pero no estamos siendo justos con nosotros mismos si empezamos desde el inicio con negativismo al comienzo de un nuevo sueño, meta, o compromiso. Por lo tanto, cree una forma positiva de vivir la vida

en vez de seguir ciegamente la aparente fatalidad de las circunstancias. El arte de vivir se basa en el compromiso de aceptarse tal y como usted es así como aceptar el reto de que es necesario trabajar arduamente para convertirse en lo que le gustaría ser. Como puede ver, todo esta en el poder de su actitud. En consecuencia, usted tiene la opción de lograr cualquier cosa que a usted le gustaría conseguir. De tal manera que no se deje llevar por el impulso o los aparentes designios del destino, sino por la calidad de sus opciones y la habilidad de sus decisiones. Cuando usted ejerza el poder de elección, usted evitara caer en la trampa de concentrarse solo en las fallas, defectos o debilidades. El hecho es que cada día nos ofrece una oportunidad para lograr y crear éxito en

la vida, carrera, familia o comunidad. Si puede ver, escuchar, hablar, sentir y pensar, entonces no tiene ninguna excusa: es hora de levantarse y disfrutar intensamente del arte de vivir. Haga un recuento de las bendiciones que recibe diariamente. Haga un inventario de sus dones y talentos concedidos. Cuente las bendiciones y milagros que fluyen a su alrededor. La respuesta seguramente va a ser el proclamar gratitud por las bendiciones que recibe cada día. Dejemos atrás el pesimismo y el negativismo recurrente que tanto afecta a nuestra sociedad. Recuerde que uno tiene que pensar, sentir, decir y actuar todo lo que uno cree para lograr realmente lo que uno le gustaría alcanzar en la vida. Recuerde que el éxito y la felicidad es una decisión de la mente. Si usted decide

ver la oscuridad, el lado negativo, lo malo y sólo dejarse llevar por el sendero pesimista de las cosas, es su decisión y usted tendrá que vivir con la consecuencia de sus actos. Por el contrario, usted también puede decidir ver la luz, el lado positivo y el lado optimista de todas las cosas. Sí, acepto que vivimos en un mundo de opuestos, pero lo bueno es que usted y sólo usted tiene la opción de ser "La luz que crea el camino o solo el espejo que refleja un sendero". Mis queridos amigos, el éxito y la felicidad así como el fracaso y la tristeza están siempre en nuestras manos. Haga su elección y disfrute el privilegio de ejercer consecuentemente el privilegio de vivir. ¡La vida es belleza! Disfrútela y obtenga lo mejor de ella.

then you have no excuse. It is time to get up and live intensely the art of living. Take a sum of your blessings. Make an inventory of your greatest gifts and talents already granted to you. Count all the blessings that flow around you. The only response can be to proclaim gratitude and thankfulness for the gifts you have received. Let us leave behind the pessimism and recurrent negativism that so much affect our society. Remember that one has to think, feel, say and act what he or she believes in order to really become what one would like to be in life. Remember that success and happiness is a decision of the mind. If you decide to see the dark, the negative, the bad and

just the pessimistic view of things, it is your decision. At the contrary, you can also choose to see the light, the positive, the goodness and the optimistic side of all things. Yes, we live in world of opposites, but the good thing is that you, and only you, have the choice to be “The light that creates the path or the mirror that just reflects it.” My dear friends, success and happiness as well as failure and sadness are always in our hands. Make your choice, and enjoy the privilege of exercising accordingly the privilege of living. Life is beauty. Enjoy and take the maximum of it.

The Art of Living By Dr. Hector Richard Ortiz

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uccess or failure are just two temporary instances of life as well as sadness or happiness. The most important is to recognize that they are just the byproduct of our actions. The art of living gives us the opportunity to plan for what we would like to accomplish and, at the same time, to have fun in our way to conquer it. Success comes easier to those who explore choices and opportunities without fear. It is natural to be anxious or nervous when taking new risks, but you are not being fair to yourself if you quit or become negative at the start of a new dream, goal or commitment. Create a positive way of living instead of

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blindly following the apparent fatality of circumstances. The art of living relies in the commitment of being who you are as well as in the pledge to work hard to become what you would like to be. As you can see, it is all in the power of your attitude. Consequently, you have the option to pursue whatever you would like to get from live. As such, don’t let yourself be driven by fate, but by choices. When you exercise the power of choice, you avoid the trap of focusing on faults, defects or weaknesses. The fact is that every day provides an opportunity to achieve and create success in you life, career, family or community. If you can see, hear, speak, feel and think,


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arece que desde los principios del mundo, las chicas han sido juzgadas por las ropas que visten, la forma que llevan el cabello e incluso por cosas tan triviales, como por la claridad del cutis. Aunque estas cosas parezcan ser irrelevantes y juveniles, te encuentras comprando ese cosmético para cabello de $40, esperando que tu pelo luzca tan perfectamente como promete el producto para hacerte más bella y llamar la atención de aquel muchacho, por quien te vienes muriendo de amor ya por semanas. Sin embargo, estas cosas no pueden ser más falsas de lo que son. Tú eres bella por lo que eres por dentro. Claro, has escuchado estas palabras millones de veces y crees que no son más que cuentos de viejas achacosas. Pero hay una razón vital por la que se les ha venido aconsejando con estas palabras a las chicas por tanto tiempo ya. Es porque son la pura verdad. El problema con las jovencitas de hoy, incluyéndome yo, es que rechazamos mirarnos hacia adentro para llegar a la paz con lo que realmente somos. En

vez de hacer esto, preferimos luchar perfeccionando nuestras apariencias exteriores. ¿Pero, a caso estos intentos fútiles verdaderamente nos proveerán la felicidad que tan desesperadamente buscamos? No, porque seguimos buscanco algo nuevo que nos haga más bellas todavía – o por lo menos esto es lo que dicen los productos. Tú siempre estás mirando de reojo a otra chica, preguntándote si luces mejor que ella. Todo el tiempo estás en competencia. Entonces, las jovenzuelas de todo el mundo necesitan detenerse por un minuto y no hacerse a las que no ven el asunto realmente importante. Contémplate hacia adentro y encuentra las bellas y únicas características que hacen de ti lo que eres: TÚ – los atributos maravillosos y únicos que se te dotaron. Luce estas cualidades al mundo. Te garantizo que te harán más bella que aquellas promesas inalcanzables del cosmético para pelo de $40. Y recuerda que lo que eres por fuera no es nada más que la irrelevante versión tangible del inmenso universo que realmente eres por dentro.

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rom what seems like the beginning of time, girls have been judged on the clothes that they wear, the way they wear their hair and even trivial things, such as how clear their skin is. Even though these things sound petty and juvenile, you still find yourself buying that $40 hair product in the hopes that it will make your hair as perfect as the product promises, making you prettier and catching the eye of that boy you have been crushing on for weeks. 14

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However, these things could not be more false. You are beautiful for who you are on the inside. Yes, you have heard these words a million times before, and they are nothing but old wives’ tales, you say. However, there is a vital reason these words have been said to young girls as advice for so long. It’s because they are true. The problem with girls today, including me, is that we refuse to look inside ourselves to come to peace with who we really are. Instead, we strive to perfect

our outward appearances. But does this fruitless endeavor really grant us the happiness that we so desperately seek? No, because we are constantly looking out for the next big thing to come along and make us more beautiful – or so that product says. You are always looking over your shoulder at the next girl, wondering if you look better than her. It is always a competition. So what young girls around the world need to start doing is stop turning a

blind eye to the real issue. Look inside yourself, and find the beautiful and unique traits that make you, you – the wonderful and one-of-a-kind attributes that were bestowed upon you. Start showing these traits to the world. I guarantee that it will make you more beautiful than that $40 hair product ever could. And remember what you are on the outside is only an irrelevant tangible version of the immense universe that you really are on the inside.


The Beginning of a New Alliance By Melany Reyes, Public Relations Chair for Hispanic Alliance

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ollege students today are heavily involved in their education and co-curricular activities. Students focus on their vigorous academic requirements, engage in sports and campus activities and even study abroad. College students also give back to their communities to show that not only are they aware of the things happening on campus, but also globally. This is a story about one such group, the Hispanic Alliance of Lebanon Valley College. Lebanon Valley College (LVC) is a premier private liberal arts college located in Annville. The mission of LVC is to provide an education that helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to live and work in a changing, diverse and fragile world. The Hispanic Alliance is a new club at the college. It was formed in 2011 when the Spanish Club and the Latinos Unidos club decided to merge resources. The new Hispanic Alliance now boasts over 40 16

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active members. Our mission is to support the growth of our community by providing opportunities for cultural awareness and engagement. Most importantly, our focus is to provide help to children and families around the world in need of care, medical assistance and support. We believe that cultural awareness is a way of expanding knowledge to others, which allows us all to better understand differences found amongst each other, along with recognizing those who are making differences in the world. The organization consists of a group of strong-minded, goal-oriented students who care about culture, heritage, community and current affairs. Our students take part in many other organizations, all with the goal to take time out of our busy schedules to give back. They are passionate about what they do and love to be part of something bigger than just a college campus. The students from Hispanic Alliance enjoy volunteering. They do this not for

bragging rights or recognition, but rather for the natural gratification that arises when we help others. Carlos Garcia, the current student president of Hispanic Alliance states, “We want to show that we want to help people, not only as a group, but also as individuals who are willing to help those in need. Communities are becoming more diverse, and we need to support one another – like a family.” The Hispanic Alliance is hosting an event this November, which will demonstrate our passion and involvement, not only within our immediate community, but also abroad. On Saturday, November 3rd, we will host a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dinner to benefit two organizations: the Migrant Education Program in Lebanon Pa. and the Good News Mission Team/Alma Iris Donato School in the Dominican Republic. Our mentors, Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs, and Kenny Montijo, LVC Alum, are assisting in our efforts to promote collegiality

among the LVC community and central Pa.’s Hispanic community as well as to raise funds for educational needs locally and abroad. The Hispanic Alliance is dedicated to meeting the needs of our community. We chose The Migrant Education Program and the Good News Mission Team/ Alma Iris Donato School as this year’s beneficiaries because of their shared values and commitment to the communities they serve. The Hispanic Alliance is focusing on making a difference, and we want to partner with the community in order to grow and prosper together. We believe excellence lies not in the quantity of work, but in the quality of our work. The Hispanic Alliance of Lebanon Valley College has many goals for the new academic year. God willing, our goals will assist the communities we serve to grow and prosper. For more information on our Hispanic Heritage event, please contact Venus Ricks at ricks@lvc.edu or Carlos A. Garcia at cag005@lvc.edu.


AAA Buggy Rides (aaabuggyrides.com)

In an era of fast cars, speedy Internet and instant messaging, slowing down and taking time to enjoy nature can be just what the doctor ordered. AAA Buggy Rides start at the Kitchen Kettle Village in Paradise, and offer four- and five-mile trips throughout the Lancaster County countryside. Bring the camera and turn off the cell phone.

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery (juliussturgis.com)

Admit it – you love a delicious pretzel as much as your kiddos do! At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, you can learn how to twist old-fashioned soft pretzels using timehonored methods, take a tour of the original bakery and shop for tasty treats for a very low price of admission. It sure beats going to a fast-food joint for an afternoon snack.

Farmland Fun (farmlandfun.com)

When was the last time your son or daughter had an up-close and personal view of a working dairy farm? Take a trip to Paradise and indulge in the activities Farmland Fun has to offer. Depending upon the season, the farm schedule changes, so anything from milking a cow to discovering how traditionally styled barns are built could be on your agenda.

The weather is warm, and the kids are rarin’ to do something out-of-the-ordinary. So, where can parents take them for a unique adventure? As it turns out, moms and dads in the central Pa. area have plenty of options for day jaunts to cool places that won’t break the budget and will provide hours of fun and create great memories.

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Reading Public Museum

(readingpublicmuseum.org)

It’s a rainy day, but everyone in your household is itching to scratch their collective wanderlust. Take a quick ride on the turnpike (or Route 422 if you’re in no hurry) to the Reading Public Museum. There, you’ll discover traveling collections, a planetarium, an arboretum and so much more. Broadening one’s horizons never felt so indulgent.

Utz Snacks – Utz Chip Trip (utzsnacks.com)

Potato chips have become a part of Americana, and in Hanover, the Utz factory produces millions upon millions of the delightful, crunchy treats every day. Bring the youngsters (and the young at heart) in your brood to their door and travel along their Utz Chip Trip, where you can see the production process that takes a plain, old potato and basically transforms it into snacking goodness. (While you’re there, check out the Utz Outlet Store and find a new, not-so-guilty pleasure among their bevy of products priced at wholesale levels.)


Lake Tobias Wildlife Park (laketobias.com)

A short drive north of Harrisburg will land you in Halifax, the home to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park and its furry, scaly and feathery residents. Animals, reptiles and birds from the everyday to the exotic are ready to show visitors just how amazing they truly are. The habitat is perfectly suited for safe outdoor exploration, and any child (or child-atheart) will adore the photo ops that present themselves.

Crystal Cave Park (crystalcavepa.com)

No one could have realized in 1871 that the discovery of Crystal Cave in Kutztown would lead to a place for 21st century families to play. From the cavern itself to a wellmaintained trail, museum and mini golf, the park is a place to bask in the beauty of all that Mother Nature has bestowed.

Daniel Boone Homestead

(danielboonehomestead.org)

Most kids have heard of Daniel Boone, but did you know he grew up outside of Reading in Birdsboro? Today, his homestead is open to the public and features an exhibition that includes a video and artifacts. If you have a “young’un” who’s a budding historian, this is the place to feed his or her thirst for knowledge.

Turkey Hill Experience

(turkeyhillexperience.com)

Your whole family has loved their ice cream for years… Now, you’ll love the Turkey Hill Experience, a brand-new attraction in Columbia. Ice cream and iced tea are on the menu for the day, but don’t plan to sit, eat and drink. There’s plenty to do and see at their interactive exhibits; you can even make your own virtual ice cream flavor. (Might we suggest something with loads of creamy chocolate or swirled with fragrant berries?)

Climbnasium

(climbnasium.net)

The kids are begging to do something, and you’re ready to climb the walls. Ironically, you can! At the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg, belaying and bouldering are always available to intrepid kids and adults. The knowledgeable staff members are happy to answer questions and ensure your visit is safe and exhilarating.

Monkey Joes (monkeyjoes.com/Camp-Hill)

You’ve described your youngsters as primates to your friends, and you know what? It’s fine to swing, dance and bounce at Monkey Joe’s in Camp Hill. The playland has been created to allow high energy to flow freely. And parents can get a much-needed break or even do a little work with free Wi-Fi onsite.

Strasburg Ghost Tour

(ghosttour.net/strasburg)

Older kids and teens might think they’ve heard it all when it comes to spooky stories. They certainly haven’t until they’ve taken the Strasburg Ghost Tour. By candlelight, a guide will walk you through the folklore of Lancaster County where spirits and their tales lie at every turn. It’s a night out unlike any other.

Lincoln’s Lost Treasure

(lincolnslosttreasure.com)

Reality TV meets real-world intrigue at Gettyburg-based Lincoln’s Lost Treasure. Billed as “part theatre, part adventure, part mystery,” it’s a treasure hunt that promises exceptional experiences for visitors who want something fantastic and outof-the-norm.

The Hershey Story (hersheystory.org)

If you’ve lived in the Susquehanna Valley for any length of time, you’ve probably visited Hersheypark and Chocolate World. But don’t forget to stop at The Hershey Story to get some background on Milton S. Hershey and his continuing legacy. Explore the Chocolate Lab, eat at Café Zooka and more.

Lancaster Science Factory

(lancastersciencefactory.org)

Science comes alive at the Lancaster Science Factory. Hands-on activities delight the senses and the mind. Great for the very young, the very curious and the very creative.

Zoo America (zooamerica.com)

It’s the place where animals roam year-round – Zoo America. Located conveniently next to Hersheypark, Zoo America boasts a plethora of beasts, birds and reptiles native to the United States. Learn about their habits, habitats and history at this hotspot.

Hershey Gardens (hersheygardens.org)

Spring is in bloom at Hershey Gardens! If you’ve never ventured there with your little loved ones, it’s time to take an afternoon to delve into the flora meticulously cared for by the Hershey Gardens groundskeepers. A Children’s Garden complete with a whimsical statuary caps off any visit to this affordable Hershey mainstay.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

(dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ giffordpinchot)

If “free” is in your budget, Pennsylvania’s state parks are ready to be of service. Try Gifford Pinchot in northern York county on for size, where you’ll find a lake, beautiful walking/biking trails, rentable cabins and yurts and plenty of space for mini adventures. It’s truly nature at its finest…every day of the year.

City Island

Whatever your family’s taste in entertainment, Harrisburg’s City Island aims to please. This tiny land mass between Harrisburg and Wormleysburg offers tons of parking, places to roam by foot or bicycle, food vendors, kiddy train rides, mini golf and, of course, professional baseball courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators. It’s a great place to hang out when the kids insist that there’s “nothing” to do.

National Toy Train Museum

(nttmuseum.org)

Toot, toot! Toy trains have been beacons to kids for generations. Now, you can introduce your youngsters to the old and new models at the National Toy Train Museum, Strasburg. Boys and girls of all ages will marvel at the exhibits and engineering. It’s a day trip to remember forever.

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Bocadillos Para el regreso a clases (Family Features) Siempre es un desafío encontrar comidas que les gusten a los niños, y las agitadas rutinas escolares no lo hacen más fácil. Simplifique su vida con estas ideas que son ideales para la familia, ahorran tiempo en la cocina y suman sonrisas en la mesa.

BOCADOS NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Sorprenda a su familia y amigos con brownies extrarricos, dele un giro inesperado a la receta clásica de galletas con chispas de chocolate o haga que su bocadillo favorito sea más delicioso agregándole trocitos de chocolate oscuro de NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®. Los trocitos están hechos con un 53 % de cacao y seguramente los amantes del chocolate que hay en su familia se deleitarán cada vez que usted prepare su Bake Some LoveTM. Visite www.TOLLHOUSE.com para obtener recetas rápidas y fáciles.

Bocadillos de queso Farm Rich Entre el transporte en auto compartido de los niños, la tarea y los deportes, puede resultar difícil preparar el tan esperado e importante refrigerio. Pero un plato lleno de bocadillos de queso Farm Rich puede salvar la situación. Son rápidos y fáciles, pero también son saludables y deliciosos, y mantendrán felices a sus hijos y a usted, mientras les dan energía para los días agitados. Para obtener información y cupones, visite www.FarmRich.com.

Peras de EE. UU. Las peras son un alimento delicioso y divertido para un almuerzo saludable. Las hay de varios colores, formas y tamaños y cada una tiene su propio sabor dulce. Puede incluir una pera completa, o cortarla en forma de papas fritas y servirla con mantequilla de nuez o yogur. O bien, puede servir peras en rebanadas con galletas integrales y queso para hacer una merienda completa. Para aprender más formas de enviar peras a la escuela, visite www. USApears.org.

Pechuga de pavo Boar’s Head Ovengold® Pregúntele a cualquier niño: no todos los sándwiches se hacen igual. Pero con o sin corteza, con mayonesa o mostaza, la pechuga de pavo Boar’s Head Ovengold siempre agrega sabor a un sándwich. Ovengold es una pechuga de pavo de la más alta calidad, asada a la perfección y certificada como saludable para el corazón. Y como todas las carnes embutidas y quesos premium Boar’s Head, no contienen gluten, rellenos, ni colores o sabores artificiales. Obtenga más información en www.boarshead.com. 20

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Back To School Bites (Family Features) Finding foods that the kids will like is always a challenge - and hectic school routines don't make it any easier. Simplify your life with these family-friendly ideas that cut down time in the kitchen and add up to smiles all around the table.

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® MORSELS Surprise your family and friends with extra rich brownies; put an unexpected twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe; or make your favorite snack even tastier with Dark Chocolate Morsels from NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®. Made with 53 percent cacao, these morsels are sure to delight the chocolate lovers in your life every time you Bake Some LoveTM. Visit tollhouse.com for quick and easy recipes.

Farm Rich Queso Cheese Bites Between carpool, homework and sports, it can be tough to fit in that much-anticipated and oh-so-important after-school snack. But a plate full of new Queso Cheese Bites from Farm Rich just might do the trick. They're quick and easy, but wholesome and delicious, too – and will help keep you and the kids happy and energized on hectic days. For information and coupons, visitfarmrich.com.

USA Pears Pears are a delicious and fun way to pack a healthful lunch. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes and each has its own sweet flavor. You can pack a whole pear, or cut one into French-fry shapes and serve with nut butter or yogurt for dipping. Or serve sliced pears with whole grain crackers and cheese for a stackable snack. For more ways to send pears to school, visit usapears.org.

Boar’s Head Ovengold® Turkey Breast Ask any kid: not all sandwiches are created equal. But whether they like crust or no crust, mayo or mustard, Boar's Head Ovengold Turkey Breast makes a winning sandwich every time. Ovengold is the highest quality turkey breast, roasted to perfection and certified heart-healthy. And like all Boar's Head Brand premium deli meats and cheeses, it is gluten-free and contains no fillers or artificial colors or flavors. Learn more at boarshead.com.

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Latino Night with the Harrisburg City Islanders – A Huge Success Latino Fans came from as far away as Miflintown, Pa.  According to Gloria Merrick, executive director of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC), “Special thanks goes to Esmeralda Hetrick of La Voz Latina Central, David Righter and Patrice Pettis of the City Islanders who conceptualized the event and brought LHACC on board as a key partner to help bring the idea to fruition.” Maria Montero, executive director of the Governor's Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs presented the “first ball.” Festivities included a pre-game soccer clinic, Latin music provided by Danzante, Mi Caldero Restaurant's great Spanish food and games and prizes provided by New York Life. Local song artist, Marialana Merrick, orchestrated the flag parade, sang and led the half time “conga line.” The Latino Chamber of Commerce, PNC Bank, Estamos Unidos, the law firm of HGSK and the PAL program also participated. “We are grateful to George Nahodil of Members First Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the event. In the end, this was an event that brought the Latino leadership and the community together,” concluded Merrick.

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July 26 through October 7 American Icons Enjoy a tribute to America’s greatest entertainers, with favorite hits from the 1950s through the 1970s and beyond. Hear songs by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel and more. Where: American Music Theatre, Lancaster Cost: $32 adults; 27 for AMT members; $16 children More information: (717) 397-7700, amtshows.com

September 14 through 23 Leading Ladies A farce about two down-on-their-luck actors who hear that an elderly York, Pa. lady is about to die and give her fortune to her English nephews. They resolve to pass themselves off as her nephews, but the fun begins when they discover that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces. Will show at the Krevsky Center. Where: Theatre Harrisburg, Harrisburg Cost: $25 More information: (717) 232-5501, theatreharrisburg.com

August 15 through September 16 Chicago This six-time Tony award-winning musical is set in Chicago in the late 1920s and follows the story of Roxie Hart, whose dreams of singing and dancing on the big stage are interrupted when she is sent to jail for the murder of her lover. Chicago holds the record for longest-running Broadway revival, and is the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history. Where: Allenberry Playhouse, Boiling Springs Cost: $38 More information: (717) 258-3211, allenberry.com

September 15 LHACC 3rd Annual Block Party and Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Festival Join the Latino Hispanic American Community Center as they partner with the Governor’s Advisory Council for Advisory Affairs for a day of celebration that will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Food vendors as well as other vendors will be available. Companies large and small will be able to sponsor this event. This celebration is open to all. Where: Derry Street between 13th and 14th Streets, Harrisburg Cost: Free More information: (717) 232-8302, lhacc.org

September 1 though 3 Kipona Sponsored by the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, Kipona offers a variety of vendors, including food, art and crafts. Also included are family-friendly activities, from concerts to fireworks to educational activities. Kipona has been named one of the top five festivals in Pennsylvania. Where: Front Street, Harrisburg Cost: $5 for a pass for all three days More information: harrisburgarts.org/kipona September 8 East Berlin Colonial Day The East Berlin Historical Preservation Society presents its 38th annual Colonial Day. Vendors sell traditional items such as hand-loomed textiles, antique reproductions, handwoven baskets and more. The Old Guard will make an appearance, as will other free entertainment, including how-to presentations and other educational opportunities. A variety of food vendors will also be available. The event will be held rain or shine. Where: West King Street, East Berlin Cost: Free More information: (717) 259-0822 September 8 & 9 Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Sample hundreds of Pennsylvania wines from more than 20 local wineries while listening to live music. In addition, food and craft vendors will be available. This festival will feature the Jazz Me Band and Mark DeRose & The Way Home among others. Where: 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg Cost: $20; $30 for a two-day pass More information: gettysburgwineandmusicfestival.com

September 17 Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff VIP Reception Latino business owners, Latino community leaders and Latino elected officials will be in attendance at the event – will be a great opportunity to network with the Pennsylvania Latino community. Where: State Art Museum, Memorial Hall, Harrisburg September 23 Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Robert Cray Band Two influential modern blues artists perform in the same evening. Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, though only in his 30s, has already sold millions of albums and has had singles in the top 10. Guitarist Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy award winner who has partnered again with bassist Richard Cousins. Where: Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York Cost: Prices vary More information: (717) 864-1111, mystrandcapitol.com September 26  Hispanic Heritage Month Block Party This celebration is open to the public. Come out for some great Latino food, music, dance and cultural events. Where: Soldiers’ Field and Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg

Want to work in the fun, fast-paced world of advertising sales? We have a position open for a dynamic account representative to work with La Voz Latina Central clients. If you have ambition and the drive to help connect different cultures, please give us a call. Bilingual preferred. Contact our editor-in-chief, Patti Boccassini at (717) 233-0109–ext. 130, or send your resume to pboccassini@harrisburgmagazine.com. ¡Llame ahora! Gracias.

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The Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania Multicultural Picnic was held on July 29th on City Island in Harrisburg.

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Governor Corbett Names Members to Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Governor Tom Corbett has announced the appointment of accomplished and dedicated community leaders to serve and represent the interests of Pennsylvania’s Latino/Hispanic community as members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA). “It is vital to create initiatives and solutions that support our Latino/Hispanic community and strengthen educational outreach to the state’s Latino/Hispanic students to achieve educational excellence for all students,” Corbett said. “Latinos have the highest drop-out rate of any ethnic group in our state. I look forward to the commission partnering with schools to address this problem.” Governor Corbett named the following individuals as commission members:   Carmen E. Adames, Philadelphia County Ignacio Beato, Luzerne County Ofelia Cardesa, Lackawanna County Dalinda Carrero-Papi, Delaware County Sonny Concepcion, Erie County Raul Coronado, Monroe County Nelson A. Diaz, Lehigh County

Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio, Chester County George Fernandez, Cumberland County Fidelia Friedman, Monroe County Oscar Rosario Fuentes, Philadelphia County Daniel Alonso Garcia, Allegheny County Esmeralda Ybarra Hetrick, Dauphin County Angel Jirau, Luzerne County Rose Kury, Lebanon County Edward Lanza, Dauphin County Ramon Melecio, Berks County Gladys Mendieta-White, Bucks County Wanda Mercado-Arroyo, Lehigh County Jose A. Molina, Lehigh County Hector Richard Ortiz, Dauphin County Eltgad S. Roces, Schuylkill County (Chair) Luis Antonio Rodriguez, Lancaster County Ana Sainz de La Peña, Lehigh County   “GACLA is committed to developing and supporting educational, economic and civic opportunities for Latinos/Hispanics. Latinos/Hispanics are the fastest growing community in Pennsylvania; it is important for residents to know they have a voice in GACLA,” said Maria Montero, GACLA executive director. “GACLA’s representation for all Latinos/Hispanics is vital, especially for those who have come to Pennsylvania to embrace the liberties that have been denied in their countries of origin,” Montero added. “The community leaders selected to serve range from business owners to educators, attorneys and doctors to pastors and veterans.”   For more information about GACLA or upcoming events, contact Maria Montero at (717)787-5825.

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Protest of the New Voter ID Law on the Capitol Steps Photos by Jadrian Klinger

Protesters, numbering in the hundreds, gathered on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg in late July to voice their grievances against Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law. Protesters contend that the law, which requires all voters to provide a valid photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by making it more difficult for minorities to vote. Republican Governor Tom Corbett and other supporters of the law say it is necessary to prevent fraud and non-citizen voting. Since 2010, Pennsylvania is one of 11 other states to have passed voter ID laws.

EUP Meritorious Scholarships

You've heard it a hundred times – from your parents, your grandparents or some other older relative or friend. Maybe you've even said it yourself. It goes something like this: “These kids today have it so easy – when I finished college, I didn't have a cent to my name. But through hard work, I was able to make something of myself.” And, you know what? It's true; starting out with nothing is not easy. There is, however, a counter to the “kids today have it so easy” part of this old cliche. Most kids today, fresh out of college, would love to start out without a single cent to their names, but the reality is much different. There is the seemingly endless rises in tuition costs, when books for just one semester currently costs about the same as an entire semester of classes a generation ago. Then there's the increasing need to go to college to be competitive in the job market. This all results in an enormous student-loan debt for most college graduates. 26

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Kids today do not have it easy, and they would love to start out with nothing, rather than in the hole, which is why scholarships are so important to students with big dreams and the drive to achieve them. One such scholarship is the EUP Meritorious Scholarship awarded to scholastically dedicated Latino students. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available to help Latino students reach their dreams without ending up under a mountain of debt. For every future social worker, astrophysicist, CEO, journalist, doctor and even lawyer, scholarships make a real difference in a students future life. For more information on how to become a scholarship sponsor, call Esmerelda Hetrick at (717) 215-5664.


August 2012 Horoscopes

See what you can find out. Retrograde Mars will make any move landscape-changing. You have been warned!

Aries (21 March - 20 April)

Aquarius (21 August - 19 February)

No sooner do you comfortably nest in the serenity of your home than the planets deliver a party to your door. August is replete with fun, fancy and frolic for all Rams who can muster the energy. But as you get the party train on track, be sure to steer clear of retro Mars at the end of the month who is vying for a new direction. Which way is up? Be sure to read the directions!

Even though the summer sizzles, Aquarians are content to take care of the nitty gritty rather than play. August offers you a great opportunity to buckle down and get any onerous pile of tasks taken care of before the planets move on into Leo mid-month. After that, you are drawn to creating and maintaining relationships. Can you buy love? Retro Mars pulls out your checkbook.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May)

Pisces (20 February - 20 March)

Bulls can't help but roar out the good news but will it come out as a squeak? There are many planets hovering in Cancer in early August and, as they trek into Leo, you may find yourself embroiled in family affairs. Is there a friend in sight? Perhaps, but with retro Mars conjuncting Uranus, you find that pals spark a few unwanted changes with their big opinions. Dig in your hooves.

Gemini (22 May - 21 June)

Toss your troubles to the four winds, at least in early August when planets in Cancer make life too fun and giddy for too much serious application. Good. Pisces need a break! Enjoy it while you can. Planets edge into Leo mid-month and turn up the speed on your treadmill and grindstone. Work it and get it out of the way. You do want to make a good first impression, don't you? Source: 2012Horoscope.info

Cash in on your good fortune early in August when the planets find a way to pay your bills. But don't go crazy on the charge card; by mid-month your interests veer to putting out fires in your career. Twins should not take any professional action unless absolutely necessary. Mars retrogrades and makes your best moves deep potholes. Oops! Retirement anyone?

Cancer (22 June - 23 July) How do you like all this wonderful attention Crab? There are five planets dancing in your sign this August, and you cannot help but be charming and charismatic. So woo the pants off of ‘em while you can, and celebrate when the planets swerve into Leo. You turn your attention to financial issues so it makes dollars and sense. Can money buy happiness? Let's find out!

Leo (24 July - 23 August) There are quite a few planets transiting Cancer in early August, and Lions may feel quite a bit intuitive. But before you bank too much on your profound insights, the planets move into your own sign, and you are pushed into center stage. You will be far too busy meeting and greeting to get caught up in your solitary thoughts. Good thing too; you should be out and about!

Virgo (24 August - 23 september) Virgos are popularity plus this August as far-flung friends find you. Haul out the drinks and chips and have a great time. But as the month edges forward, you may find yourself more philosophical and spiritual. Planets in Leo suggest that there may be more to life than just a good time. Forgetaboutit friend; enjoy your summer and contemplate your navel in the fall.

Libra (24 September - 23 October) August turns your attention to professional goals. Libras are poised and ready for success as many planets cluster in Cancer. But all work and no play makes for a very dull summer. Thank goodness there is a planetary march into randy Leo mid-month. You are thrust into the social swim, so pack your bathing cap and dive in. Retro Mars screws up your work projects anyway....

Scorpio (24 October - 23 November) Scorps cannot be tied in or tied down, as much as one would try. This August promises a bevy of interesting adventures (no names please!) across a range of exotic locations. Make your tracks before the planets shift into Leo in mid-month, and you are parachuted into the corporate arena. Ready to make a name for yourself ? Hmmm, does it have more than four letters?

Sagittarius (23 November - 22 December) There is something exciting about these planets in Cancer. Archers are suddenly ready, raring and roasty hot. What a change of pace! But make hay while the sun shines, Sadge; by mid-August the planets shift and so do you. Travel awaits those who plan ahead. Do so immediately; Mars retrogrades on the 29th and upends home projects. Escape while escaping is good!

Capricorn (23 December - 20 August) Relationships take up more of your attention in early August as the planets hover in emotional Cancer. Caps can reinforce relationships or seek new ones, as they wish. By mid-August, the planets move into Leo and heat up partnerships to a new level of intimacy.

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