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owe my lifelong love of baseball to my dad. From the countless hours of coaching and practice in recreational leagues, to attending scores of Cleveland Indians games together and to making a pilgrimage in 2013 to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, we’ve always connected over the national pastime.

So, I speak from experience when I say baseball has a way of building and strengthening family bonds – which is one of the reasons why I’m excited that this issue of Balanced Family’s cover story showcases Northeast Ohio’s three minor-league baseball teams: the Akron RubberDucks, Lake County Captains and Lake Erie Crushers. If you haven’t been to a minor-league game because you’re too wrapped up in following Major League Baseball, you’re missing out. Not only are the games entertaining, the experience of attending one – with affordable food, amusing promotions and opportunities to be close to the on-field action – is specifically designed to foster family fun. Just last season, I attended a Lake County Captains game at which elementary school students from Mentor were honored before the game for good

grades. It was hard to tell who was more excited: the kids who got to line up along the third base line and accept an award for their accomplishments at home plate or the proud parents and grandparents lined up in the stands behind the dugout to snap pictures. For our story, we talk to representatives from the Captains, Crushers and RubberDucks to find out what they feel makes seeing a game at their home ballparks – in Eastlake, Avon and Akron, respectively, special. Assuming you’ll find something that appeals to you and your family when you read our story, I encourage you to plan a trip to the ballpark this spring or summer. Also in this issue, we talk to two Northeast Ohio orthodontists who weigh in on whether aligners – which are increasingly being used by teens – are better or worse compared to

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Northeast Ohio’s minor-league baseball teams offer high-value, family-friendly fan experiences By Ed Carroll


or many, the transition from winter to spring means the arrival of another popular and long-awaited time of year: baseball season. While many Northeast Ohioans are likely more interested in the performance of the Cleveland Indians, the region’s Major League Baseball team, the area is home to three other professional teams playing in various minor leagues: the Akron RubberDucks, the Lake County Captains and the Lake Erie Crushers. Though minor-league players aren’t typically as skilled or developed as their MLB counterparts, they still play competitive and entertaining baseball. Another benefit of minor-league games, particularly for families: The in-game experience is all but guaranteed to be more affordable than a similar major-league experience.

LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS Neil Stein, general manager of the Lake County Captains, says families likely won’t find a better deal for three to four

hours of entertainment than taking in a game at his team’s Classic Park in Eastlake. “You get to see professional baseball, including future (Cleveland) Indians,” he says. The Captains are fully aware not everyone who comes to the ballpark is a baseball fan, so the team tries to put family entertainment first, Stein says. He highlighted the affordability of Classic Park food and the safety of the ballpark – due to it being smaller than an MLB park – as examples of family-friendly features. “Families are our No. 1 target audience,” he says. “Minor-league baseball, especially (in Northeast Ohio), is a niche (market). For die-hard baseball fans, most will go downtown and watch the Indians. What makes us different is being a more affordable family environment; 99 percent of what we do is

geared toward families and kids.” Though the Captains hadn’t announced their promotional schedule as of early March, the team plans to again host 20 fireworks shows after Friday and Saturday home games. In addition, during Family Fun Sundays, there will be activities throughout the Classic Park, like face painting, and after the game, children can run the bases and play catch on the field. Stein says being a minor-league team allows the Captains to have more flexibility with its promotions than an MLB team might. “(MLB teams are) far more restricted (with regard to) getting people on the field,” he says, noting one Captains promotion lets kids line up with the Captains players in the starting lineup. “It goes back to creating memories (for fans). Any time we can get them on the field, that’s something they’re going to remember.” In addition to promotions, Classic Park offers a kids’ zone in left field behind the Lake County Captains


bleachers. Children can play in a large inflatable bounce house, and Captains mascot Skipper frequently pays visits. The team also tries to foster fan-player interactions. “Youth sports teams will come out (to the park) and get to hang out with the players in the dugout, run out on the field,” he says. “Seeing the reactions of those kids – and parents – when they come off the field, that’s what’s memorable.”


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“No. 1 is cleanliness. We obsess “We obsess over it from the If families really want to see over it, we want to always make moment families leave their car to future Indians stars, a visit to Canal sure the park is looking great and enter the park to the moment they Park to see the Akron RubberDucks pristine,” Pfander says. “No. 2 is we reach their cars (to go home). ... If is a must. In recent years, two-time have great food options. We do $2 you forget what the final score is, Cy Young Award winner Corey hot dogs every day of the year.” then we’ve done our job.” Kluber, three-time All Star shortstop The third aspect is entertainment Though their ballparks are Francisco Lindor and two-time and promotions, and Pfander says only about 40 miles apart, the All Star infielder Jose Ramirez the team will once again have a RubberDucks don’t see themselves played at Canal Park either for the series of bobblehead giveaways competing with the Indians for fans. RubberDucks or under the team’s this season, highlighted by a “It comes down to value and previous name, the Akron Aeros. bobblehead of Bob Gunton, likely price point,” Pfander says. “We However, if families aren’t best known as Warden Samuel don’t see ourselves as competing interested in seeing MLB’s next big Norton from the 1994 film, “The with the Indians or the other stars, that’s OK with RubberDucks Shawshank Redemption,” which major-league teams. Really, we’re general manager Jim Pfander, was filmed at the Ohio State competing with folks over what who says mothers are the Reformatory in Mansfield. Another they’re going to do with their team’s No. 1 customer. upcoming promotion is a “Quack to disposable income.” “(Affordable the Future” night, which will feature The team regularly family fun is) part HOW an appearance by Donald Fullilove, strives to showcase of everything MINOR, who played Mayor Goldie Wilson in three key familywe do,” he MAJOR LEAGUES “Back to the Future” and Wilson’s friendly says. INTERSECT grandson in “Back to the Future aspects of While baseball fans often Part II.” Canal use the term “minor leagues” or “farm Park. system” to describe any North American baseball league that isn’t the major-league level, in reality, official LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS Minor League Baseball covers a hierarchy of professional The Lake Erie Crushers might leagues that operate independently as businesses but are linked to a be the least known of Northeast single Major League Baseball team by player-development contracts. Ohio’s minor-league teams, Basically, the MLB team controls players and assigns them to its affiliates as their due both to playing in skill levels and development dictates. the independent Frontier For affiliated Minor League Baseball teams – like the Akron RubberDucks and Lake County League and to the fact Captains, both of which are Cleveland Indians affiliates – their owners can do such things as that the franchise was change the name or logo of the franchise, make changes to the ballpark and schedule ballpark founded in 2009 and began promotions, but they cannot release a player or trade a player on their own. play in 2013, making it the In Minor League Baseball, the hierarchy under the MLB team goes as follows from most “youngest” pro team in the advanced to least advanced: Class AAA, Class AA, Class A-Advanced, Class A, short-season state. But co-owner and leagues (Class A Short Season and Rookie Advanced) and Rookie. The RubberDucks play in the CEO Tom Kramig argues Class AA Eastern League and the Captains in the Class A Midwest League. fans probably won’t get Beyond official Minor League Baseball leagues, there are several completely independent more bang for their buck professional baseball leagues in the country. Teams sign players who are not affiliated with than taking in a game at MLB or Minor League Baseball, though if a player performs well in an independent league, he Sprenger Stadium in Avon. could be signed by an MLB team and placed in its farm system. The Lake Erie Crushers play in “What we offer the independent Frontier League. is affordable family – Ed Carroll fun, we’re about an


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entertainment alternative for families looking to get out on a summer evening that’s easy and less hassle than perhaps going downtown to a Cleveland Indians game,” he says. “It’s all about the fan experience and family entertainment for us. It’s much more about that than it is the actual baseball. It is our No. 1 priority. Our daily thinking is, ‘What are we doing to make (Crushers games) a great experience for families so they come back?’” The food in the ballpark, the team’s quality of play, the on-field entertainment and the atmosphere on the concourse are all factors the team considers, Kramig says. A popular promotion is “Waggin Wednesday,” when during every Wednesday home game, fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark for $4 and enjoy dollar hot dogs. “We try to kill people with customer service, to be quite honest,” he says. “We want them to come back and we know they have a lot of choices.” Kramig says the Crushers have good working relationships with the RubberDucks and the Captains. “We’re very geographic-based,” he says. “We understand nobody’s coming here from Akron, and I doubt anyone from Avon is driving down to Akron. It’s a very regional business. We cater to the West Side (of Cleveland), that’s our audience. If someone lives on the East Side ... they’re going to go see the Lake County Captains, and quite honestly, they should. They have a great product over there.”

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Dayton Dragons Level: Class A affiliate, Reds League: Midwest League Stadium: Fifth Third Field Website:

Food is also a huge part of the experience at Sprenger Stadium. It’s standard ballpark fare – hot dogs, burgers, pizza, chicken fingers and soft-serve ice cream – but the team focuses on the quality of those items. “It’s food you can eat pretty conveniently, and we really focus on a good quality product because food is such a huge part of that fan experience,” Kramig says. “We understand if they come and they get a cold hot dog or stale nachos, then we’ve lost them. ... The food’s got to be hot, it’s got to be fresh and it’s got to Lake County Captains be presented properly.” Level: Class A affiliate, Indians League: Midwest League The team is also aware its players might Stadium: Classic Park in Eastlake not be as good as the players fans see Website: in Minor League Baseball. However, the Crushers can’t be dismissed. Last year alone, three Crushers players were signed by MLB organizations. Mahoning Valley Scrappers “The quality of baseball, I’m not going Level: Class A Short Season to kid you, is not Major League Baseball,” affiliate, Indians League: New York-Penn League he says. “But these kids play hard and they Stadium: Eastwood Field in Niles play for the right reason. They’re chasing a Website: dream and it’s fun to watch them. I think they appreciate where they are and what they’re trying to do. So, the fact that people are paying to come out to see them is special for them, too.” BF

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With aligner use increasing among teens and children, orthodontists weigh the pros and cons versus traditional braces By Marissa Nichol


ligners – those clear, custommade mouthpieces used for straightening teeth – are on the rise for teenagers and tweens, which may leave some parents wondering whether aligners or their more traditional counterpart, wire-and-bracket braces, are a better fit for their children.

The creator of Invisalign reported that “from 2013 to 2017, sales of its products for teenagers increased from approximately 100,000 to over 235,000” and that its teen and tween patients grew in number quicker during the last two years than its adult patients, according to The New York Times. Local orthodontists Dr. Philip Bomeli, at Solon Orthodontics in Solon, and Dr. Shira Tor, at Weiss & Tor Orthodontics in Orange and Middleburg Heights, have varying opinions on how suitable aligners are for younger patients. Tor likes aligners for this age group because they can help kids’ confidence. Also, she is positive she can achieve the same dental results with aligners as she can with braces. Though she’s seeing the trend reported by Invisalign, she notes some teens still want braces because of the colorful options and so they don’t need to be responsible for remembering to keep in an aligner. “We don’t push aligners, we let them decide. When the teen or the kid is picky, if they’re choosing aligners, those are the kids that tend to do very, very well,” Tor says. “When parents come in and they worry that their kid doesn’t comb their hair every day, or they lose their glasses every other day, those are usually not the type of kids that will do well with aligners because if you’re constantly losing it, it’s not working.” To create aligners, an orthodontist or dentist will use software or work with a company to design custom-made trays that will move




teeth as needed. A specific number of trays – which must be worn 24/7 besides when eating – are given to the patient to switch into as treatment progresses. If someone needs rubber bands to treat an underbite or overbite, they would need them with either aligners or braces. Tor says aligners tend to take less time than braces if the patient cooperates with treatment, and patients can eat whatever they want. Those who have braces cannot eat certain food to avoid popping off a bracket and having a pokey wire, which results in an emergency appointment. “I’ve even gotten phone calls when people are on vacation asking to find a local orthodontist to cut a wire,” she says. There are no emergency appointments with aligners. Regular appointments for braces can be made between every four to eight weeks, and for aligners, every six to 12 weeks depending on the patient’s case. Although treatment can move quicker with aligners, parents should consider the risk in treatment being prolonged when the trays are not kept in up to 20 hours per day. Bomeli says not moving into the next trays when expected can waste at least six weeks in the process, and all the way up to six months or a year if continued. “There’s orthodontic cases that go way longer than you want them to, as well, with traditional braces,” he says.



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One risk with braces is decalcification, which are white spots left on teeth when braces are removed and are the very beginning of cavities. Patients must tediously brush around braces to help avoid this. Tor points out that children who aren’t as good about brushing may be better off with aligners, but Bomeli thinks otherwise. “They seem to go hand in hand. Good brushers are going to comply with other things. (Those who aren’t) good brushers aren’t going to comply with other things,” he says. Bomeli hasn’t noticed an increase in aligner usage among his young patients as Tor has, but he notes professionals need to be using some type of aligners because their prevalence isn’t going away. While Bomeli finds some cases where aligners can move teeth better than braces, he says there are limits to what aligners can do, especially when selectively moving specific teeth. His suggestions differ case by case, but he typically finds braces have a better end result for children. “The difference with actually gluing a brace to the tooth and working with wires is you can completely work around any sort of baby teeth that are there. Invisalign

We don’t push aligners, we let them decide. ... When parents come in and they worry that their kid doesn’t comb their hair every day, or they lose their glasses every other day, those are usually not the type of kids that will do well with aligners because if you’re constantly losing it, it’s not working.

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trays have to fit over any tooth that’s in the mouth,” Bomeli says, which can affect how well trays fit when children lose teeth and permanent teeth grow in that were not accounted for originally. Tor says that although baby teeth are not as retentive with trays as adult teeth because of their size, special aligners use material to compensate for that. With the right treatment planning and understanding of tooth movement, Tor says there is no need to shy away from aligners on baby teeth. Bomeli suggests parents see a few doctors and orthodontists because everyone has different opinions, and to use knowledge from practitioners rather than a company’s marketing. “Realize that the company, they’re trying to sell you on that, so of course they’re

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Puberty, pimples and self-esteem Parents can help their teen avoid scarring, psychological injury by seeking out a dermatologist By Jill McCullough


our teenager’s face might look fine now, but just wait until the night of the big dance.

Acne is unpredictable. Some go their whole lives without getting a single pimple and then – BAM! – there it is. Others can breakout constantly even though they do everything right, like eating well and washing their face, says Dr. Robert Haber of Haber Dermatology, which has offices in Beachwood and Mentor. “There is no way to prevent acne,” says Haber, who also is a clinical associate professor of dermatology and pediatrician at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He explains that skin abnormalities, oil-producing glands, bacteria and hormones working together cause pimples. “It’s always a good idea to encourage your teen to eat healthy foods and practice personal hygiene, but even then acne can occur, and it can appear at a very young age as an early sign of puberty,” he says. Experts do not know why some teens get acne while others do not. Neither do they know why clear-skinned parents sometimes have children plagued with pimples. “It can also happen the other way around,” Haber says. Dr. Aziza Wahby, a dermatologist at Apex Skin, a dermatology and skin surgery center with offices in Concord Township, Hudson, Mayfield Heights, Medina, Parma, Solon and Westlake, works with patients to devise an acne care plan. “There is a huge range of available acne treatments, and we collaborate with patients to give them the results they seek,” she says.




In some cases, over-the-counter remedies are all that is required, says Haber, who recommends products that contain adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. “There are products that are available without prescription, and for some kids, they work very nicely. There are also products you can buy online, but those are very expensive and not a good use of money,” he says. If over-the-counter products do not produce results quickly, Haber advises parents to take their child to a dermatologist – someone who is skilled in providing effective solutions. “There are things we can do to shorten the duration of the breakout and prevent scarring,” Wahby says.

PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT “Bad acne can have a tremendous impact on depression and socializing with friends. That is one of the reasons I get very aggressive with acne treatment,” Haber says. “The teenage years is a sensitive time in one’s life. I do not think it should take years to clear acne up. We want to clear it up very quickly. I am sensitive to the psychological aspects.”

Bad acne can have a tremendous impact on depression and socializing with friends. That is one of the reasons I get very aggressive with acne treatment. The teenage years is a sensitive time in one’s life. I do not think it should take years to clear acne up. We want to clear it up very quickly. I am sensitive to the psychological aspects.

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Wahby agreed. “The best way to navigate the psychological weight of acne is to seek a trusted dermatologist. We can help not only to clear acne, but we also offer a space where adolescents can express their frustrations, realize that many of their peers are experiencing the same feelings and help them to realize the temporary nature of their condition,” she says. “Of course, if parents detect any signs of major depression, they should seek the help of a psychiatrist.” Once a teen’s face is clear, the positive effect is profound, says Haber, who points out the longer parents wait to treat the skin, the more likely scars will occur. “Scars are forever, so get the child in to see a specialist as early as possible so we can really help. Have a very low threshold when it comes to seeing a dermatologist. Do not wait,” he says. “A pediatric dermatologist will be particularly well-skilled.” Another reason to go the dermatologist route has to do with possible underlying health conditions. “Acne could be worsened by certain oral medications or a sign of an endocrine disorder. There is probably no way a parent could identify such a condition. It is another argument for why I think a dermatologist is a good idea,” Haber says. In rare instances, acne could be the result of contact with an industrial agent, Wahby says. “If unsure … schedule an appointment with your dermatologist,” she says. Parents might be happy to know that insurance companies consider acne to be a medical condition as opposed to a cosmetic one, Wahby and Haber say. That means the visit and the medications are likely going to be covered. “My office accepts a lot of insurance plans, but it always makes sense to confirm that a particular physician can work with the plan you have. Insurance will pay for appropriate interventions and treatments,” says Haber, adding parents must make sure their teen then observes those treatments. “I realize that children are very busy and over-scheduled and forget to apply their topical medications. When that happens, it delays improvement. If your child isn’t taking the medications, they certainly won’t work,” he says. “Parents can help their teens by reinforcing the importance of adherence to a skin care regimen … reminding teens not to give in to picking at acne lesions,” Wahby says. BF

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s spring brings about melting snow and blossoming blooms, new life is breathed into the world around us – making it the perfect season for trying something new.

Homeowners and apartment dwellers alike can focus that same revitalizing energy on their homes. For a fresh new look, they can add bursts of colors, new furniture or think about clearing out a space to create an area that feels brand new. Or, on the outside, outdoor cleaning projects and strategic lighting placement can transform a battered winter abode into an inviting spring escape. Experts from across the region offer Northeast Ohioans tips and advice on how to give their homes a spring refresh.

Stylishly simplify your space by going through it and collecting unnecessary clutter. Nancy Benjamin, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and owner of N Benjamin Interiors in Pepper Pike, suggests picking a shelf and leaving just one picture frame on it or clearing a coffee table save for one book. “Less is more, and it’s really the truth,” she says. “They will notice when they do this to the room that it looks twice as big. We don’t need the extra clutter we accumulate.” Besides making the room look larger, it creates a serene, simple atmosphere to come home to after a hectic day.

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LUMINOU S LIGHT Nothing says empty like a dark house. While lighting can provide a level of security, Chris Ursetti, owner of Budget Lightscapes in Highland Heights, says lights can be just as decorative as they are practical. To make a noticeable change to current outdoor lighting, he says to replace all burned out lights and make sure all outdoor lighting matches in terms of type of light – he recommends LED – to avoid a mismatched look. Strategically placed lighting can also add to the beauty of the home. “When you highlight that at night, certain type of stone and woodwork, it’s more dramatic,” he says.


KITCHEN CA BINETRY Over the years, kitchens have transformed into focal points of a house. As such, it’s a lot more fashion- and design-oriented as part of the whole interior, says Linda Hilbig, president of Somrak Kitchens in Bedford Heights. She recommends changing the cabinetry to keep the style up to date. “That’s going to change the entire experience,” she says. “What we’re seeing is sleek, contemporary lines, not too much molding, simple molding, (and) we’re seeing a lot of paints instead of whites. We’re seeing colors come into the palette.” Decorating Den Interiors

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OUTWARD APPEA RANCES Nothing makes a room look different more than a good scrub down, and the same can be said for the outside. John Kosmides, director of marketing at Perfect Power Wash in Norton, says after the snow melts, all the gunk, dirt and mold starts growing and rearing their ugly heads. “You have staining that has a very high likelihood of becoming embedded, and that’s not good,” he says. Power washing it, he says, is a simple way to make the house look new while fighting any long-term problems.

INTS FUN FOCAL PO If someone is looking to repurpose a space or add a little character to their home, Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Chagrin Falls, says to pick something whimsical to build around. The item could relate back to the family or a personal interest, and taking this approach doesn’t involve spending a lot of money. “You want it to be something unique and unusual that reflects you and your own sense of style,” she said. Then, the space can transform into something new, like a sitting area.

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OFFICE O RDER Those who frequently work on projects at home should plan an office with plenty of space to handle each task, says Candy Murdock, a designer at Chestnut Hill Home in Chagrin Falls. Instead of a printer or computer on the desk, put the items behind cabinet doors to optimize desk space. “You want to have a sense that it’s spacious with enough storage room,” she says. And don’t default to having one ceiling light in the room. Take advantage of a window, desk lights or reading lights to add an even level of brightness to the room.

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LOVELY LAND SCAPING Whether you have a green thumb or plants wither in your presence, spring is the time for gardening and landscaping. Instead of digging out the same flower beds and possibly throwing out a back, Eliza Newton, marketing director at Bremec Garden Center in Chester Township, suggests trying container gardens. “That’s something that’s really easy for people to do, they don’t have to dig a bunch of stuff out and completely replace,” she says. “It’s really easy to accessorize your landscape by just adding some bright colored ceramic pottery that’s filled with blooming annuals. That way, (people) can personalize it to their style – and the possibilities are endless.”


WONDERFUL W INDOWS When it comes to windows, Joel Herman, owner of Herman Textile Window Fashions in Highland Heights, says people shouldn’t be afraid to add a little color using window dressings. Whether someone is looking to block out the sun or allow rays to shine throughout the house, the window dressing can vary from neutral colors to all shades of the rainbow. “So many people think, ‘Oh I’ll just do white or beige’ ... Why make a concession? Why not look at what you can use instead of being frustrated by a limited choice of white or beige?” he says. “You can do soft greens, soft blues – you can do soft colors and get a nice environment.” Publisher’s note: Joel Herman is a member of the Cleveland Jewish News Foundation Board of Directors.

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Decluttering a room can help anyone achieve a fresh new look, says Charley Turo, a contained home organizer for the Container Store, which has a Beachwood location. When it comes to the kitchen, he says to make sure equipment is behind cabinet doors instead of keeping them out on the counter, where they’ll take up space. “Just by putting away the equipment, it frees up space to do your food prep and other kitchen work you need to get done,” he says. “Keeping your counters cleared off really keeps the kitchen from looking cluttered and full.”

If the inside of the house feels a little dreary, liven it up with accent colors throughout a room, says Yaro Livits, owner of Designers Furniture in Mayfield Heights. “(People) can focus more on accessories and accents versus trying to get new furniture. You can freshen up with a new area rug, which will be more cost-effective,” he says. Once a color scheme is set – think bright, spring colors like greens or pinks – find pillows, artwork or area rugs in that scheme to liven up any room, advises Livits.



Financial Financial Disparities between families’ incomes in a community provide parents with constructive opportunities to teach their children about money matters

By Jane Kaufman


t’s not every day that a child gets invited by another family to go on a ski trip or a cruise, all expenses paid. Or perhaps a child’s friend has access to tickets to professional sporting events, not just once, but on a regular basis.

Instances such as these might present reminders of stark differences in means – or values – between families. “When I grew up in University Heights, everybody pretty much had the same thing,” remembers psychologist Jay Berk of Jay Berk Ph.D. and Associates in Beachwood. “There wasn’t the difference that you see now.” Similarly, those instances might present opportunities – or obstacles – for parents to discuss finances and disparities between families with their children. Todd Resnick, president of One Seven, an investment management financial planning firm in Beachwood, and father to a first and third grader, says he remembers going to multiple professional sporting events when he was a teenager with a particular friend whose family gave their child access to their season tickets. That friend once asked him why he never reciprocated. “And I’m like, ‘I don’t have tickets,’” Resnick recalls saying to his friend. “You have season tickets, and you always invite me. What do you want me to do?”




While Resnick’s friend set up a reciprocal expectation, that might not always be the case. In fact, it might be the exception to the rule. “Most of those families – and most of those kids – are very happy with getting invited to a sleepover at someone’s house,” says Berk, who works with children, adolescents and families. “They’re looking for a friend.” The bigger problem or challenge may, in fact, be for parents, who wonder how to respond to such offers. “When I talk to the parents, that inadequacy – is that a real feeling or is that just something that you’re feeling because you’re projecting it on the situation?” Berk asks. “I think, a lot of times, it’s in the parents’ minds. They need to separate out their emotional reaction to the reality of the situation.” Resnick says he tries to focus on how valuable such experiences can be for a child.


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Berk says sometimes parents are reluctant to allow their children to take advantage of such opportunities, but that may not be the most helpful response for the child. Thinking about the situation from a different angle might be more helpful – both to the child and parents. “I think one thing is being excited that they’ve had opportunities and that they’re getting to challenge themselves or go on new adventures is a wonderful thing,” Resnick says. “And, also, keeping perspective that, at the end of the day, you’re their parent no matter what.” Berk says children and teens who may be on the flip side can be reminded of how to approach their friends delicately when offering such invitations.


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“‘I’m not expecting anything back but your friendship’ is the line I teach kids to use,” says Berk. “It’s kind of like a universal, ‘I care about you,’ type thing.” Both Berk and Resnick say social expectations and differences – keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak – can be magnified by social media. “Turn off Facebook. I’m saying that tongue-in-cheek,” Resnick says, adding, “I would say a lot of the strain that comes from keeping up is the result of social media.” But the pressure is, nevertheless, real. The first time these issues come up might involve a child’s interest in clothes as status symbols, such as designer jeans or LeBron James shoes. Berk says parents have options regarding requests for expensive shoes or clothes. They might decide to buy their children the “right” clothes, especially if their children are struggling. “I will talk to the parents about having them dress with their peers because they’ve got enough problems already that they don’t need to also get teased about stuff,” Berk says. Another option – for parents who are not as concerned about the sting of the social pressure – is to take the opportunity to teach their child some practical lessons. “What I recommend for parents is, we will give you $50 toward the shoes,” Berk says. “You want the $100 shoes, you earn the other $50 yourself. Then, the kid learns the value of money, and they can get some of the things that they want.” Particularly for older children and teens, Berk says, that splitting of responsibility can be a viable compromise. “I have girls that come from families that aren’t as wealthy,” Berk says. “They’ll baby-sit to earn the difference in money to buy the more expensive clothes.” Both speak of the importance of having children volunteer as a way of understanding differences in family wealth. “The families that are better at this have raised their children understanding what they have, appreciating what they have and appreciating all along that other people don’t have this stuff,” says Berk. He recommends having children accompany their parents to make donations of old clothes to Goodwill, for example, “so they can be a part of the process and understand that these are real people … because if your mom just takes the stuff to Goodwill, it just magically disappears and you’re never part of the process.” Resnick was pleased when one of his children used half of a gift certificate to buy a video game and the other half to buy a jacket, hat and gloves for a child who needed them. “It made me realize that it does work,” he said. “Those conversations do work.” Resnick has also set up small investment accounts for his children so they can begin to understand how saving and investing work. Also, he speaks of the importance of setting limits around spending as a way of conveying parents’ values, particularly with younger children. “Learning to say no or cut it off at some point can be a lesson,” he says. “Not everyone is equal. Not everybody makes the same amount of money. Not everybody spends money the same way. You kind of have to understand that Mom and Dad have a way of doing it, and that’s the way it goes in terms of how (your) family operates.” BF


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Untreated hearing loss affects physical, mental health By Becky Raspe


bout 15 percent of American adults report hearing troubles, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. The causes differ, but it’s generally agreed that any amount of hearing loss requires a visit to the doctor. However, only 20 percent of affected individuals actually seek help, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reports.

Joe Baker, hearing instrument specialist at Hearing Plus in Brooklyn, Canton, Mayfield Heights, Stow and Strongsville; Dr. Sheryl Figliano, owner and doctor of audiology at Centers for Hearing Care in Pepper Pike; and John Kandare, owner and audiologist at Chagrin Hearing Center in South Russell agree that untreated hearing loss can have adverse effects. “The most common thing we see is social isolation,” Figliano says. “Think about it – when you can’t hear well, it’s not fun to go out anymore. You start to become withdrawn





because you can’t participate. What happens then is people stop going out because they can’t keep up with the conversation. Then, people start developing psychosocial problems when they become afraid to even do things.” Untreated hearing loss can also ruin relationships and foul up finances. “Anything from poor communication with family members, friends or people you work with, it can damage relationships,” Kandare says. “There are studies that also look at the financial implications of untreated hearing loss. It can damage people in the workplace. It’s also linked to cognitive decline, and that can add to the financial burden of medical expenses.” Unique problems arise when the individual suffering from untreated hearing loss is older, Figliano says.

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“Families start to give up. They go, ‘I’m not even going to tell this story because I’ll just have to repeat it and I’m tired of yelling.’ Think of the implications of that,” she says. “People start visiting less or exclude them from conversations. When that happens, the brain starts to shut down. Elderly people are sometimes misdiagnosed with dementia because of hearing issues.” Baker explains that sufferers of undiagnosed hearing issues can be afflicted with something called auditory deprivation. “That is when an ear, or both ears, are not amplified and you have hearing loss, so the portion of your brain that understands speech loses its ability to understand what is going on,” he says. “The brain is what actually hears things and understands what is going on. If that part of the brain is not getting its stimulation from speech and other sounds, it starts to lose its ability to distinguish those sounds.” But before hearing loss can be categorized as untreated, people have to find themselves in situations where hearing loss can occur. Other causes can be purely health-related. “Here in Northeast Ohio, the most prevalent (cause of hearing loss) would be noise exposure,” Figliano says. “But other common causes are kidney disorders, thyroid problems, circulation problems, medication reactions and sugar diabetes. Ear infections can also cause hearing loss.” Kandare says, “One of the most common causes of hearing loss is due to old age. When we start to age, a lot of processes in our bodies don’t work as efficiently as they used to. Anything beyond that is like excessive noise exposure, trauma or lifestyle choices. Even if someone hits

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Employees checking phones after business hours should set boundaries By Jill McCullough


henever Dr. Roy Buchinsky, director of wellness at University Hospitals, sends an email to a colleague after hours, he is careful to add that he does not require a response until the next business day. He does so for good reason. According to a recent study published in Academy of Management, checking emails at home increases anxiety and causes problems in personal relationships. “This study points to a link between people who are expected to plug in 24 hours a day ... even if they are at home or on vacation,” Buchinsky says. “I try to be really cautious when sending out a text or email.” It is not the email itself that causes problems. It is the time it takes to read, respond and worry about it that robs people of quality relationship time, he explains. The study’s focus is one aspect of a much larger problem, says Rajesh Tampi, chairman of psychology and behavioral science at the Cleveland Clinic.


“If the employer’s expectation is that you have to check your Buchinsky Tampi email after work hours, you will never be able to relax,” he says. “It is one thing to check your phone for Workers not at work should focus on pleasure or because you want to ... but what is going on inside the walls of their when you take work home, it intrudes on homes and shoot for work-life balance as your personal time.” opposed to work-life integration, Buchinsky In other words, human downtime is says. That means keeping work and vital, and chronic stress is an issue, even personal time separate and recognizing that when the phone is silent. cellphone use is habit-forming. “Some patients feel alienated when “Hypervigilance is at work when they don’t have a gadget with them. ... They you are waiting for the phone to go off, worry about job security and feel they have and it is distracting,” says Buchinsky, to be available at all times so they can reply,” who advises patients to “unplug” when he says. “However, I think that most people they are not at work so they can make are wise enough to know that a text or healthy connections and recharge. email can wait until tomorrow morning.” “This means you and the kids should be setting aside times in which the Having a boss who expects employees cellphones are put away.” to answer their phone after hours is one

thing, but the fact that so many have come to welcome cellphone use into every part of life is another, Tampi says. “We are all so affected that we are avoiding quality time with our families. We are allowing devices to interfere with our personal lives,” he says. Those who choose not to put the cellphone away may risk marital and family problems, Buchinsky says. “Some people take their cellphones to the bedroom ... it certainly doesn’t help,” he says. Buchinsky adds that one of the most significant modern epidemics revolves around stress, which can be aggravated by employer expectations and technology. “One of the reasons we are stressed out is because we are expected to always be waiting for something to happen. We are worried that we are going to miss a text that may or may not ever come,” he says. Taking work home – and the stress that goes with it – can be intrusive on one’s life and health if not managed, Tampi says. “We know that stress is the cause of many problems, including inflammation. It causes migraines, heart problems, obesity and chronic issues. In the short term, it

Taking work home – and the stress that goes with it – can be intrusive on one’s life and health if not managed. affects sleep; in the long-term, it affects diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia,” says Buchinsky, who points out that the stress response is meant to be acute, not chronic. “Stress is fine when you are running away from a tiger, but then when you are not, the body needs to recuperate and go back to its normal state of well-being,” he says. Adults are not the only ones affected, either. “Technology has wonderful benefits, but that is not what we are talking about here,” Buchinsky says. “We are raising kids who use social media and texts to communicate and tune into the world.” Buchinsky and Tampi hope that employers will embrace policies that give employees permission to respond to nonurgent emails and texts during work hours. Otherwise, subordinates may want to adopt strategies that will minimize the time lost with their families.

“Set aside a time in the morning and in the evening in which you will look at your emails and texts,” Buchinsky says. “Otherwise, break away from technology. The world is not going to change during the time you are not checking your phone. If it does, your co-worker will certainly understand that you were spending time with your family.” No one is suggesting that one’s boss does not require after-hours attention, but it is equally important to shut off technology before bed, behind the wheel, during a workout and in front of loved ones, he says. Tampi suggests a job that requires its employees to be on call night and day may not be a job worth having. “Before you sign a contract to start a new job, read the fine print to see what the expectations are,” he says. “Perhaps you can negotiate with the employer. ... Just make sure they know that parameters must be put into place.” BF

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Consistency, motivation and proper gear are all key components to starting a running routine By Marissa Nichol


hether one is following through with a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape, wanting to more regularly join friends in going for a run or preparing for a marathon or 5K, having a plan in place will improve odds of success.

Andi Cribari, manager and training program coordinator of Fleet Feet in Pepper Pike, and Bill Dieter, owner of Second Sole in Lakewood, say being consistent is the most important factor when beginning a running routine. For people starting from scratch, they suggest beginning with walking. Cribari says finding the best days and times to dedicate 30 minutes to walk or go to the gym will help new runners find consistency. She recommends one lays out an outfit next to his or her bed the night before an early morning run as motivation to put it on and get going soon after waking up. “For me, that helps because if I still have to pick out my outfit and take another 10 or 20 minutes, you feel like you just wasted half the time that you wanted to work out in,” she says. In terms of what to pay attention to, Dieter says to look at movement rather


than worry about mileage and time. He also advises not to have high expectations at the outset – other than getting out the door and accomplishing something. Once one feels good about walking, he or she can add a minute or two of running to the end of the workout, and over time, progressively and incrementally run more and walk less. “Stay to the point where you’re able to talk or would be able to carry on a conversation,” he says. “You don’t want to be in that zone where you’re breathing heavy.” Dieter says as soon as one gets over the initial hump, their body engages in the activity of jogging and endorphins kick in, putting runners in a mindset that helps keep them from missing workouts.

POWER IN NUMBERS Both Cribari and Dieter find the training and run groups at Fleet Feet

and Second Sole help hold people accountable – something that can be especially helpful as fitness-related New Year’s resolutions fizzle from lack of motivation. Second Sole has a trail run group and a half- to full-marathon training group, which Dieter says makes time pass more quickly since runners talk to each other. “It keeps you motivated on those days where maybe the weather is crappy or you’re just feeling lethargic,” he says. “If you can just get to the location where there’s going to be people running, it changes the whole dynamic – rather than you just saying, ‘I’ll bag it and I’ll make it up another day.’” Fleet Feet has five running groups that cater to runners of all experience levels. Cribari notices runners joining the More Miles training program to fulfill their 2019 New Year’s resolution of running the Cleveland Marathon.

SOLITARY SPRINTS For those who prefer to run alone and on their own time, having goals along the way – like participating in a 5K or hitting a certain mileage in a certain time frame – can help motivate, Dieter says.

“Everybody has their reason that motivates them, but you just have to find that,” he says. Using an app or website to log workout information and calculate progression helps runners recognize their accomplishments, which keeps them going, says Cribari, mentioning Strava, a GPS-based social fitness network that tracks users’ running results. “The really cool thing with Strava is that (runners) can compete against themselves or even with people that have maybe done the same segment. So, even if they’re on their own, they still have the competitiveness of a virtual group,” she says.

DRESSING THE PART Shoes are the most important piece of running gear to invest in. Dieter says people go wrong with purchasing less expensive shoes because they are just starting out or look for more of a fashion statement. Cribari advises choosing quality shoes that fit for the best running experience. “You want a shoe that feels natural. You want a shoe that almost disappears underneath your foot. You should never have to feel a shoe,” she says. “If your feet hurt, you’re never going to want to go to the gym.” Other pieces that contribute to comfort include socks and apparel that hold moisture, avoid chafing and keep runners warm during cold seasons.

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(A running group) keeps you motivated on those days where maybe the weather is crappy or you’re just feeling lethargic. If you can just get to the location where there’s going to be people running, it changes the whole dynamic – rather than you just saying, ‘I’ll bag it and I’ll make it up another day.’

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nutritional intake is not a concern in the beginning stages of a routine. He believes that the body usually craves what it needs. “Say you’re craving steak or a hamburger, then you may need protein. Pasta or bread, then you might need some carbs. Obviously, you want to limit that a little bit,” he says. Starting and keeping up with a consistent running routine comes with cardiovascular benefits like keeping weight down and burning calories the right way. “If you stick with it, you’re consistent and you don’t overdo it, as you age, (running) leads to better health all around,” Dieter says. Cribari says running improves mental health. She calls running people’s “escape” or “mental release” – times when they can zone out and be free of distractions, discover nature or listen to music. “I think they’ll be happier as a person if they have a little bit less stress in their life or they have an outlet to maybe control some anxiety,” she says. “If they’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed and they can take 20 minutes and just take a step back and escape it, I think mentally, that will help.” BF

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and support to the community. And now, Montefiore Vinney Hospice has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer a program that has been created with the goal of helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care and to help families and loved ones make sure those wishes are known, understood and followed. Montefiore’s Vinney Hospice team is there for you and your family on this journey. Our compassionate team is trained in comprehensive end-of-life care. We provide support wherever you call home, whether in your residence or in Montefiore’s Maltz Hospice House. We can help you start “the conversation.” Please contact a member of the Vinney hospice team at 216-910-2650 for more information or visit Submitted by Susan Lieberman, Montefiore director of marketing and public relations; 216.910.2647 or email:


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