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SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY TALKS RENOS 101 OPERA ON THE AVALON’S SUMMER SEASON ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS: THE NEW ERA
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can’t believe our second issue of 2015 is already here and summer is on its way — I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Gracing our cover this issue is the team at Gittens & Associates. This unique law firm has two locations in the province, one in St. John’s and the other in Labrador City. Rather than focusing on one type of law, they have experts in various practice groups. From family to civil to criminal, the team at Gittens & Associates has all the bases covered. Find out more in our feature cover story. With summer finally on its way, many golfers are hitting the links. To help get you ready for the season, check out our special feature on golf. Learn how to improve your swing while experiencing some of the best courses in our province. Within these pages we also have highlights from the upcoming season of Opera on the Avalon, as well as a story on the new era of the St. John’s IceCaps. Plus, Scott McGillivray is back with a column on renovations. A lot of heart and soul went into this issue, St. John’s/Avalon. We hope you enjoy every page!
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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE ..................................................... 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS ...................... 10 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ....18 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL....24
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FEATURES Opera on the Avalon’s Summer Season........................................................... 18 Golf Special Feature ............................... 25 Scott McGillivray Talks Renos 101......38 COVER STORY: The Legal Experts of Gittens & Associates ..............................54
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3D Printing Could Change the FaCe oF PlastiC surgery By Henny Buffinga
D printing is one of the most exciting new technologies to emerge in recent years, most importantly because of the vast implications for almost any industry: manufacturing, shipping, construction, patenting, medicine… the possibilities are seemingly endless. The process works by creating objects one layer at a time, sequentially printing layers of paper, resin, plastic, metal, biomaterial or another material based on a digital scan or model. In medicine, advancements are being made with bio-printing, where the material used in the layering process can consist of skin cells, stem cells or the patient’s own cells, which can create an organ with a lower chance of the patient’s body rejecting it. The $2 billion 3D printing industry is projected to reach $6 billion by 2017, and the field of medicine is welcoming the possibilities of the new technology with successfully printed live tissue and working organs making headlines this year. Plastic surgeons in particular are taking advantage of this new technology in interesting ways. Using 3D printing as an educational tool, surgeons are able to print models of body parts in order to plan complex surgeries. This is the most widely used application of the technology at this time. These precise anatomical models allow a surgical team to evaluate several courses of action before determining the best scenario. The models can serve as a guide to the surgery, where time is critical. Any time saved during surgery means a greater chance at recovery. Another seemingly conventional use of 3D printing is proving invaluable to the cosmetic surgeons. Iranian cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yakub Avsar, for example, is using 3D printing to provide his clients with a more accurate view of themselves and what they would look like post-surgery. Avsar uses this technique with patient’s undergoing a rhinoplasty (nose job) to demonstrate realistic before and after models for his patients. Patients can now see their
new face from all angles and make a more educated decision on their surgery. 3D printing also holds exciting possibilities for aesthetic improvements for procedures such as breast augmentation. The implants could be designed by the plastic surgeon to fit the patient’s measurements and desired changes. This process would provide a customized implant that would suit the patient’s form perfectly. The costs of 3D technology are still high, not least because of the outlay of materials alone, over and above the technology. However, with 3D printers predicted to become more accessible and affordable in the coming years, it is anticipated the technology will become more widely embraced for the many advantages it can provide surgeons, many of them as of yet unexplored, and with seemingly unlimited possibilities for more visually appealing and safe procedures.
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Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Itâ€™s time to take your health back
dizziness. Often it occurs alone with no other symptoms. Tinnitus is not a disease itself, but a symptom of something. Possible Causes of TinniTus
Tinnitus — What is it?
Jillian Ryan Principal Audiologist/Owner NewLife Hearing Health Centre Lawtons Building 11 Elizabeth Ave East, Suite 202 709.800.7343 www.newlifehearing.ca
ave you ever noticed a ringing in your ear? Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. It’s often described as a high-pitched ringing, but can also be described as buzzing, hissing, pulsing, whistling and/or roaring. Tinnitus can be mild in loudness (only noticeable in a quiet room) or it can be extremely bothersome. It can be intermittent or constant. Approximately 150,000 Canadians experience a degree of tinnitus that significantly affects their quality of life. While tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, it may accompany decreased hearing and other symptoms such as
Disorders in the outer ear such as excessive earwax. Disorders in the middle ear such as an ear infection. Disorders in the inner ear such as damage due to noise exposure, hearing loss from aging or Meniere’s disease. Trauma to the head or neck such as concussion or whiplash. Certain medications such as antiinflammatories like aspirin, some sedatives and antidepressants, and certain antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents. An acoustic neuroma or small tumour pressing on the vestibular nerve leading from the cochlea to the brain. Tinnitus may be the only initial symptom. Other causes such as high or low blood pressure, diabetes, vascular disorders, temporomandibular (jawjoint) disorders, allergies and thyroid dysfunction.
The loudness of tinnitus often varies in intensity, depending on several factors including stress, diet and noise exposure. Tinnitus, like chronic pain, is subjective. Two people may report similar characteristics yet be affected in a significantly different manner. Many report difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and many are depressed. TreaTmenT of TinniTus The initial treatment should be directed toward looking for a medical cause of the tinnitus. Anyone with tinnitus should have a complete audiological evaluation by a registered audiologist. A referral to an otolaryngologist may also be recommended. Patients with tinnitus are often told there is no medical cure or treatment. This is not true. Although there may be no cure for the tinnitus, it can often be successfully managed.
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1. Understand your tinnitus: Counselling is aimed at reducing the stress associated with it. Meeting with a qualified audiologist can help you understand and manage its perception. 2. Stress management and relaxation: There is a high correlation between stress and an increase in the loudness of one’s tinnitus. 3. Amplification or combination maskers: If hearing loss is present, sounds in your environment can help to reduce the perception. 4. Consideration of diet: High levels of salt and caffeine, as well as nicotine, can often cause an increase in tinnitus. Many sufferers report the presence of background sounds reduce the perception of tinnitus. These background sounds can be present in the environment (e.g. fan noise) or wearable sound generators, which produce sounds at the ear level. This helps improve communication and reduce stress associated with listening, but can also help mask the tinnitus. For example: Widex Zen (www.widex. ca) helps sufferers relax and reduce the perception of tinnitus. If you or a loved one has tinnitus, contact us at NewLife Hearing Health Centre to schedule a hearing assessment and find out more about the treatment of tinnitus. References: Canadian Academy of Audiology- www. canadianaudiology.ca Better Hearing Institute- www. betterhearing.org
Be Transformed Into the Most Beautiful You By Melanie Furlong
elping clients feel and look their best gives Tammy Norman great fulfillment. The owner of Satin Laser Spa has been specializing in medical aesthetics for many years and travels North America extensively, constantly on the lookout for the latest and most effective skin care technology to bring to her unique spa. What she provides are powerful and effective services that give clients lasting results.
Client Connie Powell has had many different services performed at Satin Laser Spa.
massage. All the staff members are knowledgeable and friendly. Ashley on the front desk is great. The environment is relaxing and I leave there feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. I would highly recommend Tammy and her staff to all women (and men) who need a quick boost in confidence or a little dash of refreshment,” she says.
“Tammy has done my laser hair removal, Andrea has done my Lipo Laser and Alesia has done my medicupping
A few of their services are particularly popular this time of year. Their Laser Hair Removal, Lipo Laser Cellulite Reduction
Whether you’re looking for cosmetic teeth whitening, medi-facials — including nonsurgical facelifts — tattoo removal or other body treatments, Satin Laser Spa is a onestop shop for all of your medi-spa needs.
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Treatments must be done four to seven weeks apart approximately six times, depending on the body area being treated. The best time to start is right now. skin TigHTening service Especially designed for face, neck and hands, this wonderful procedure is highly effective for treating deeper wrinkles, not just fine lines, as well as pitted skin and acneic scarring and signs of aged, photo-damaged skin. Procedures result in minimal, transient erythema, very fast healing and no downtime.
and Skin Tightening Treatment, Cosmetic Teeth Whitening and HaloTherapy are all designed to make you look and feel fantastic this summer. Laser Hair removaL Get hairfree, pain-free for summer. Satin Laser Spa uses the latest IPL-DPC hair removal
system. With its chill tip technology at a temperature of -8C, it is by far the most comfortable and effective tool on the market. Also, with DPC (Dynamic Pulse Control) it is better able to target different hair colours, providing a more effective treatment.
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“This treatment leaves you with smooth, beautiful skin,” says Norman, who just had it done. “Your skin goes through some serious changes. It sloughs off for about seven days and must be kept moisturized. Then the collagen and elastin production begins and continues for months. My face feels very tight — it feels amazing.” To show its lasting results, Satin Laser Spa asks clients to come in six months posttreatment for their follow-up photos.
two treatment packages, she was thrilled with the results on her abdomen.” When you come to Satin Laser Spa, you will have a thorough consultation with your medical aesthetician and an individual plan will be put together for you. Client Krista Nicole says, “I love Satin Laser Spa. I just finished a treatment and am looking for any excuse to go back. They’re the nicest people and my results were amazing!” Find out what you can do to transform yourself into the most beautiful you and book an appointment at Satin Laser Spa today. Satin Laser Spa 655 Topsail Road 709.800.7688 www.satinlaserspa.com |
Hair s i m U L aT i o n anD PermanenT m a k e U P The esteemed team at Satin Laser Spa offers hair simulation for men and women suffering from alopecia and general hair loss on the scalp and eyebrows. They also assist with areola reconstruction via paramedical permanent makeup, and apply permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip/lip liner for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. This can enhance your look and be a fantastic confidence builder. HaLoTHeraPY This scientifically proven, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment relies on the natural antifungal and anti-bacterial properties of salt. A special halogenerator crushes pharmaceutical grade salt into micronsize dry aerosol particles that our bodies are able to inhale deep into the lungs. Once inside the body, they decrease inflammation, open airways and increase the clearance of mucus. Conditions improved with HaloTherapy include allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis,
acne, snoring, sinusitis, smoker’s cough, tonsillitis, cystic fibrosis, ear infections, emphysema and nasal congestion. LiPo L as e r c e L LU L i T e reDUcTion You can finally rid yourself of unwanted cellulite and fat with Satin Laser Spa’s Lumicell Wave 6 laser treatment. Using the innovative triple action of radio frequency technology, infrared light and photonuematic massage, Satin Laser Spa offers nonsurgical, non-invasive therapies that safely and effectively reduce the appearance of cellulite, while tightening and rejuvenating lax skin. This treatment drains cellulite and fat cells so the average person can expect to lose two to five inches of fat cells — not water — which amounts to very significant results. This pain-free treatment feels like a warm, deep massage that’s both soothing and relaxing. Norman says, “One client, shown here, lost 180 pounds and did not want surgery; she was finding it very difficult to deal with her loose skin. After going through
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What’s In Your Sunscreen? and create a barrier, physical or chemical, between your skin and sun. Products higher than SPF 12 are sunblock. Most products are mixtures of physical and chemical barriers.
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ewfoundland and Labrador is not known for its sunny weather, but for the sunny disposition of its people. When our province gets a sunny day, we all scramble to take advantage. The Earth’s ozone layer is getting increasingly thinner with each passing year, and the sun’s powerful UVA and UVB rays can be harmful. UVA causes premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, especially to the sensitive areas of your face and eyes. Chemical based sunscreens contain hormone-disrupting synthetic chemicals such as parabens, and chemical penetration enhancers like oxybenzone, which are not proven to protect against UVA rays and/or
skin cancer growth. In fact, a 2007 document from the FDA stated, “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer.” When shopping for safe sunscreens, ask for products that are free from synthetic chemicals. Most active ingredients in sunscreens have shown unsafe results. In one study, the listed chemicals were all detected in plasma one to two hours after one application of sunscreen. Peak average plasma levels were reported to be in the blood at three to four hours after initial application of sunscreen, and participants continued to excrete it many days after the last application of the chemical. A large proportion of the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens can also act as penetration enhancers that speed up the movement of other chemicals through the skin and into the blood. So, beware and always check the labels when shopping for sunscreens. hoW doeS SunBLoCk Work? Sunscreen products contain a sun protection factor (SPF) of two and higher
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Physical barriers are usually safe as they sit on the skin’s surface and protect your skin from UVA rays, as light is absorbed into the sunblock and reflected away from the skin. Some safe physical protectors are zinc oxide, natural oils and Vitamin E, which are UVA and UVB protection, nonirritating and non-allergenic. An unsafe chemical barrier has the ability to be absorbed by the skin. When protecting yourself from the sun, we feel a product containing 100 per cent natural sunscreens —such as Ossetra’s Sun & Ice-Crème — along with a hat, a natural lip balm and sun glasses are the best choices to make. To find the safest sunscreens for you and your family, look for products that resemble food ingredients, including a plant-based oil, green tea and vitamin C. Try to use a natural sunscreen this year and enjoy a healthy dose of vitamin D and fun in the sun without harmful chemicals! Ossetra® is the first natural skincare line in the world to use iceberg water and is enjoyed by professional spas worldwide. Ossetra® promotes whole health and its innovative, go green, high quality products are for fine spas, wellness centres, gyms and health conscious individuals. Exclusive master distributorship opportunities are still available. Please visit our website www.ossetra-global.com or contact us at 709.754.7772 or call toll free at 1.866.443.7SPA
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Opera On the
Avalon By Henny Buffinga Photos Courtesy of Opera on the Avalon
Atlantic Canada’s only professional opera company, Opera on the Avalon is entering its seventh season. This year’s festival runs from May 18th to June 21st, and the company is continuing its tradition of bringing great music and professional performances to the island.
artist competition recital, Catch a Rising Star, giving young singers a chance to get involved in opera. This recital will feature celebrity judges as well as the opportunity for the audience to vote for the best singers.
he schedule includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Carousel, produced by Michael Cavanagh and conducted by Judith Yan, as well as the Benjamin Britten opera The Turn of the Screw, conducted by Vlad Iftinca. They will also perform Opera’s Greatest Hits with Orchestra, Ravel’s L’enfants et les sortileges, and We’ll Meet Again, the WW1 concert. Opera on the Avalon will also be hosting their first young
As part of this pride of place, the company is producing a show called Ours, premiering next year on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel. “Ours is about what happens to a country when they lose the most promising people of a whole generation, and how it continues to affect us as a province,” Hickman explains. “The story is about Thomas Nagle, the driving force behind the five war memorials in Europe, as well as the
Opera on the Avalon, led by artistic director Cheryl Hickman, is very dedicated to showing what Newfoundlanders can do on the world stage. “We’re all about showing how amazing and innovative Newfoundland is; that’s how we’ve survived all these years,” says Hickman.
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memorials here in town. Suffering from PTSD due to his experiences in the war, he had to leave the province. While the monuments he commissioned are still so famous, he was, in large part, forgotten.” The show will commemorate him, as well as share the province’s cultural legacy on tour throughout Canada and Europe. Considering their mandate to make opera more accessible, Opera on the Avalon is performing Best of Broadway for free at Rocket Bakery, as well as The Turn of the Screw at the Garrick Theatre in Bonavista, and hosting a Q&A and brunch with the singers at the Fisher’s Loft in historic Trinity. “I just love the idea of seeing an opera in outport Newfoundland,” she says. “I wish things like that were happening when I was growing up.” L’enfants et les sortileges will also be touring the schools in St. John’s to perform for young students in French. In addition to mentoring young singers who are entering their musical careers, they are also involved in providing meaningful internships and mentorships
bottom row photos L-r Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek, Tracey Cantin, Claudia Rosenthal
to people involved with marketing, communications, photographers, artists – anyone in the arts. “Arts organizations are businesses,” Hickman points out. “People ask why they should support the arts, but they are supporting business. The arts are something that can change
your life, but they can also bring money into the economy, and ultimately, change how Newfoundland is seen by the world.” “Although Newfoundland is known primarily for its folk traditions, that’s only a part of who we are,” she continues.
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“Yes, it’s a part of our heritage, and we love that part, but it’s a small part of what we are. We are unique and diverse. Our organization wants to show that Newfoundland is progressive, innovative and on the cusp of greatness, and I believe that it is.”
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June 11 – 13 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Holy Heart Theatre June 13 Lady Cove Rocks St. Mary’s Church Hall
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June 17 – 20 Opera on the Avalon Presents The Turn of the Screw / LSPU Hall June 25 Charley Pride & The Pridesmen Mile One Centre June 30 R5 Mile One Centre
June 30 Canada’s Big Birthday Bash George Street
JuLY 4 - 6 Tombolo Multicultural Festival Arts and Culture Centre
JuLY 4 A Night of Illusion Holy Heart Theatre
JuLY 8 - 9 The Mavericks Holy Heart Theatre
June 8 - 16 Confederation Hill Music Festival with Rod Stewart Confederation Hill JuLY 30 - august 4 George Street Festival George Street
JuLY - august Shakespeare By The Sea Various Venues
SOCIAL life THE EMERALD BALL Photos Robert Young
The third annual Emerald Ball benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation took place this spring at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. Emceed by the highly entertaining Sheila Williams, the event featured music by Rum Ragged and honoured two extraordinary volunteers in our community, Lloyd Matthews and Len Simms. A highlight of the evening was a special performance by Wish Ambassador Abby, whose wish to write a song with her favourite band Everglow and have it professionally recorded was recently granted. It is thanks in part to events like The Emerald Ball, that wishes like Abby’s and so many others are brought to life.
6 1. Marlene Smith and Earle Howell 2. Sandy and Sean Callahan 3. Maria Brain and Taylor Lynn Morgan 4. Wish Ambassador Abby Quigley with Everglow 5. Rum Ragged 6. Barb Cribb 7. L-R Brenda Abrams, Lloyd Matthews and Len Simms 8. Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada National Chair Brenda Abrams 9. Robert and Lynn Young 10. Chief Misel Joe 11. Miss Newfounland & Labrador Bridgett Abbott and Miss Teen Newfoundland & Labrador Alaina Joe
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St. John’s IceCaps:
The New Era T By Anna Delaney Photos Courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps
here was a buzz in the city earlier this year when it was announced the St. John’s IceCaps would become the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens. Starting the franchise as the farm team for the Winnipeg Jets, this is a new era for the local AHL team.
“We could not be more thrilled to partner with the Montreal Canadiens and to welcome this legendary hockey organization to St. John’s,” says Danny Williams, president and CEO, St. John’s
TOP PHOTO IceCaps President & CEO Danny Williams and COO Glenn Stanford; BOTTOM PHOTO President & CEO of the Montreal Canadiens Geoff Molson with St. John’s IceCaps President & CEO Danny Williams
IceCaps. “We have proven within the league that St. John’s is a thriving hockey city, with an outstanding fan base and a great depth of corporate support.”
has developed numerous hall of famers like Larry Robinson and Patrick Roy, as well as current all-stars Carey Price and P.K. Subban.
The agreement between the IceCaps and the Montreal Canadiens is for two seasons, starting in the fall of 2015. The team name will remain the IceCaps, with new uniforms being released in the coming months.
With young stars like Canadian World Junior goaltender Zachary Fucale and AHL rookie scoring runner-up Charles Hudon likely ticketed for St. John’s, the new version of the St. John’s IceCaps will be an exciting team to watch.
The Canadiens bring with them the tradition of a storied franchise, one that has won a National Hockey League (NHL) best 24 Stanley Cups. The franchise
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If the past is any indication, Mile One Centre should be an entertaining place beginning this fall.
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Swing of Things Improving Your Golf Game By Trina Annand
ith expansive courses and rolling hills, it’s strange to think the game of golf comes down to inches and minor adjustments. It’s the smallest details that make the biggest difference to game performance. A poor play is often blamed on a faulty swing, but there are a number of mechanics that work together to create that coveted perfect game. Every sport requires rigorous practice, a fact often forgotten by those in their early years of the game. “Hitting that ball and making it go where you want it to is the simplest most difficult thing you could ever do,” says professional golfer and coach Liam Mucklow. “The perfect swing is easy to do and hard to repeat.”
It takes hard work and an understanding of the game to achieve greatness. As suggested in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master anything. If you want to perform well at the next tournament or impress your boss, then you need to not just play, but also study the game. Starting early is often a key factor in a player’s success, Mucklow himself was introduced to the sport at age four. He says each player’s idea of practice and goals are different, which is why it’s important to seek out a coach who can observe skills and test physical limits.
mean you will achieve success.” Mucklow points out that everyone’s body has certain limitations, regardless of age or experience. With the latest technology, people can measure every element of their game, judge angles and adjust in mere inches. Using this data to come up with a guide or prescription isn’t always the answer; golf in the non-professional arena is about relaxation and sometimes the mental stresses of doing everything by the book takes away from the game itself.
“A swing doesn’t have to be pretty if it works for you,” says Mucklow. “Doing everything technically correct doesn’t
Target fixation is another problem in golf. Players can be so focused on that elusive idea of a hole-in-one or keeping a low score that they overestimate their ability and underestimate the course. It’s best to aim for a larger part of the green when driving than try to sink the ball and miss.
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Along the Beautiful Bonavista Coastline Photos courtesy of Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community
ou focus, concentrating on the pin. Then you hear a splash and out of the corner of your eye the sun glints off a salmon jumping high out of a nearby river. You step back, refocus then approach the tee. A bald eagle swoops from high above, alighting on a towering spruce. You reach the green, eyes searching for the white ball. You spot it, and so does a curious visitor — a fox scurries past the ball and into a nearby copse of trees. By the time you reach the third hole, you’re no longer distracted by the subtle activity around
you. Instead, you’ve become immersed in a truly natural golf experience, and you can slowly feel a sense of peace sweeping over you. Destination golfing has never been more convenient. Just two hours from St. John’s, Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community is Newfoundland’s premier golf attraction. Set against the dramatic coastline of Clode Sound in beautiful Bonavista Bay, Terra Nova has something for everyone.
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For the avid golfer, the acclaimed 18-hole Twin Rivers course has been ranked by Golf Digest, Score Golf and Golf Business Canada magazines as one of the top courses in Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada. Originally a nine-hole course, the front nine of the 18-hole Twin Rivers course was designed by the late Robbie Robinson, architect of acclaimed courses in Stanhope, P.E.I. and Osprey Ridge, Ont. The back nine was designed by Doug Carrick, who also designed award-winning courses at King Valley and Angus Glen in Ontario. Criss-crossing two salmon
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rivers, skirting the Atlantic Ocean and winding through forest, you’ll occasionally share the course with bald eagles, moose or a curious fox. In fact, this remarkable championship course has often been referred to as “Canada’s Pebble Beach.” For those looking for a shorter game, Eagle Creek is a beautiful nine-hole course designed by past Terra Nova superintendent Robert Walsh. It offers equally challenging holes in the same spectacular natural setting. According to co-owner Chris Anthony, they are working hard to create an environment where people can relax and enjoy themselves and their natural surroundings. While some come to play on day trips from the St. John’s area, Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community makes a great weekend getaway or a longer stay for those coming from further afield.
Their 86-room hotel offers fine dining at the Clode Sound Dining Room and the cosy Mulligan’s Pub, as well as facilities for corporate retreats, weddings and other special events. Terra Nova’s unique approach to customized private services means they can accommodate most requests for a truly guestcentred experience. They offer catered meals and receptions in their private suites and chalets, as well as outdoor services, including poolside dining and barbecue dinners.
condominium overlooking the golf course and picturesque Clode Sound, or in your own uniquely designed home. Experience the tranquil atmosphere at Terra Nova and enjoy the adventure on your doorstep. If you haven’t played here yet, book your tee time soon and plan a unique golfing experience.
But you don’t have to limit your stay to a short vacation. You can live at Terra Nova 12 months a year in a well-appointed
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An Extraordinary Golf Experience By Trina Annand Photos courtesy of GlenDenning
urrounded by lush forests, scenic landscapes and a stunning waterfall, players at GlenDenning Golf Course often forget they are just five minutes from downtown St. John’s. The perfect mix of natural beauty and convenience, the 18hole semi-private course is the ultimate destination for a relaxing round. With five tee boxes to vary the play of the course, the very walkable par 71 GlenDenning is challenging and fun for all skill levels. Created by renowned course designer Robert Heaslip, the course takes advantage of the scenic
beauty of Newfoundland at every turn. “The entire course is completely contained within a heavily forested area. Each hole seems secluded, even though some holes have a view of the city,” says Paul Kelly, director of golf. “There are a lot of different ways to play golf, we want people to come and play golf their way. This game is about relaxation and enjoyment,” Kelly says. This approach to golf has garnered GlenDenning a number of Golf Newfoundland and Labrador awards, including the 2011 and 2014 Golf Course
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of the Year and two awards for employee of the year. GlenDenning is more than a course; it is a community with welcoming members and friendly staff. The course is so inviting, it boasts one of the largest men’s and women’s leagues in the country. “Regardless of what type of round you’ve played, you will leave GlenDenning feeling like you had a great experience overall,” says Patti Hamilton, general manager. Offering a wide variety of memberships from juniors and flex to weekdays and
course you forget about age, you are all just golfers,” says Kelly. “We do our best to encourage the next generation of golfers as well, we start kids as young as five at the academy,” Kelly adds. The academy sees about 200 children each summer, inspiring the next great golfer one swing at a time. Whether visitors are looking for a quick round after work or a challenging full round on the weekend, GlenDenning has created a unique experience in the heart of the city. Regardless of how you play, your next great round of golf is just minutes away. GlenDenning Golf Course 120 Gabriel Road, St. John’s 709.368.4747 www.glendenninggolf.ca Find us on Facebook /Glendenninggolf
seniors, the course can tailor a program to fit any lifestyle. “We’ve taken the best traditions of golf and incorporated them in to the relaxed GlenDenning way,” says Hamilton. Not just a destination for the perfect round of golf, GlenDenning also boasts a fantastic venue for weddings, meetings or anything in between. Executive Chef Mark Caswell creates culinary delights for numerous special events and the clubhouse. With a pub-like atmosphere, it is a popular place to relax after a round to swap stories. The patio is a must-see destination for most visitors, offering stunning views of the 18th green, waterfall and the city below. Players of all ages and skill level can benefit from the academy and some one-on-one time from pro Paul Kelly, who encourages lifelong playing. “Golf is the only sport where the whole family can play, where grandparents and grandchildren can play a game together. When you get out on the
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Do You Have Time For Nine? By Trina Annand Photos courtesy of The Willows
ust a short 20 minute drive from the city, The Willows Golf Course is a world away from the ordinary. Nestled in a stunning valley, the course is the perfect destination for a relaxing game with family and friends or a corporate event. The nine-hole course is tailored to fit modern lifestyles and schedules. Designed by owner Danny Williams and course architect Robert Walsh, the course features mature forests, flowering shrubs, a babbling rocky river, a waterfall and the only imported white sand bunkers in the
province. Guests of the course enjoy the very best golfing in a secluded, semi-private atmosphere. Laid out in a circular path, the course leads players through rolling hills, distinctive holes and back to the clubhouse for a cool drink and a chat with the friendly staff at the end of their round. With ever-growing men’s and women’s leagues, as well as a popular junior program, The Willows is an adventure even with its manageable size of 2847 yards. “Whether you are just starting to learn the game or a seasoned player, the
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course challenges you at every turn,” says Pat Guitar, operations manager. “It’s a very rewarding course to play.” With an inclusive atmosphere, astounding natural beauty and a very playable course, The Willows creates a unique golfing experience, whether it is a player’s first or 150th visit, with half-day excursions that fit anyone’s schedule. The Willows Golf Course 709.229.1007 Holyrood Access Rd, Holyrood www.thewillowsgolf.ca
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ion and Dora Finlay got into the hospitality industry originally by renting furnished apartments. As their company grew, the couple was looking for the right opportunity to expand the scope of their business. When Leaside Manor came on the market, they knew this was the right move. “We had been there before and had great memories of the premises,” Dion says. Now the couple has grown their business into the Leaside Group, which encompasses Leaside Manor, Compton House, Arnold’s Cove Inn, the Leaside Apartments and the newly purchased Monastery Spa and Suites. “As our business grew, Leaside Manor was always our pillar, what we always referred back to, so that’s why we kept the name,” notes Dion. “Leaside Manor really ended up being everything we hoped for and more.” Leveraging the success of Leaside Manor into each step forward has turned the Leaside Group into a very dynamic company. The variety of room types, apartments and meeting spaces they offer has made Leaside a success in St. John’s. Because of their many properties, they are uniquely able to cater to the needs of their guests, such as corporate clients who want to take over a house for a week and use their boardroom as an office, something smaller businesses may not be able to accommodate. They can also provide catering services for meetings, large or small. While their first inn, Leaside Manor, was always known as a romantic getaway, the Leaside Group now offers many amenities for their corporate clients, including meeting rooms and corporate rates. Along with Compton House, Leaside Manor is conveniently located near the downtown core for easy access to bars and restaurants in the evenings, as well as plenty of parking. Dion is the vice chair on the board of directors of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, and he credits a lot of his understanding of the industry in the province to his position there. For him, Leaside stands for everything hospitality is about. “We’re trying to get the message out there about the Leaside standard,” Dion explains. Originally from the southern shore, the Finlays were looking to diversify their
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offerings outside of St. John’s when they stumbled upon Arnold’s Cove Inn. Located near the isthmus, Arnold’s Cove is a bustling town of 1,200 that caters to the needs of the nearby industry in Bull Arm and Come By Chance. The inn, which has a restaurant and bar as part of the facility, afforded them a chance to get their feet wet in another aspect of the industry. More recently, the Leaside Group purchased Monastery Spa and Suites in November, and they have been steadily building upon the Monastery’s already impressive facilities. By bringing it to the next level, they hope it will rival any boutique hotel found in world-class cities. “The spa aspect is new to us, so we’ve been putting the Leaside touch on the services,” explains Dion. “It’s a whole new adventure.” The Leaside Group’s holdings have a linked phone system to ensure 24-hour assistance no matter where you are staying. For clients staying at one of the bed and breakfasts visiting the Spa at the Monastery, they can rest assured the quality of service will be matched across the board. “We want to make sure our clients know they can count on us for consistently great service,” Dion says. “Whenever you’re going between facilities, it’s the same people taking care of you.” A force to be reckoned within this city, the Leaside Group is only growing. Dion says their focus now will be perfecting their procedures from within and becoming more efficient to ensure the highest quality of service to their guests. Leaside is a professional entity that can handle a high level of traffic while providing consistent service. “St. John’s is ever changing and so is the hospitality industry,” Dion notes. “But through the diversity of the product offerings we now have with Leaside Group, we are able to not only meet but exceed the expectations of any traveller and compete in the industry.”
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The goal of the modern hotel is to offer all the amenities of home, but with little luxuries and the added benefit of personal staff. Whether guests are on a business trip or vacation, are hosting a one-of-a-kind wedding or meeting, Comfort Hotel Halifax creates a truly personalized experience for their clients every day.
s Trip Advisor’s No. 1 hotel in Halifax four years in a row, the staff members of Comfort Hotel Halifax truly understand their guests’ needs. With 73 rooms and more than 5,000 sq. ft. of function space in an intimate setting with free parking, the hotel is anything but ordinary. “We have a wonderful team of people who take pride in their work. It’s important for us to go above and beyond for our clients, making them part of the Comfort
Hotel family,” says Stephanie Giannoulis, owner/operator. “We are genuinely concerned about the happiness of our guests.” With a modern aesthetic, friendly service and a full hot breakfast buffet, including a designated chef, the hotel crafts a perfect stay from the moment a guest walks though the door. “Every guest will be greeted during breakfast with a smile and professionalism from our general manager, Nimfa
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Bautista, who is eager to find out about your stay and offer assistance and/or solutions to any issue that could arise,” says Giannoulis. With clean, bright, airy rooms, guests can experience their own relaxing oasis from the city. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy a full fitness centre, video games and new movie releases or relax in the indoor heated pool — a must for rainy days and cold weather. With an indoor entrance to
the Canadiana restaurant, the hotel offers guests a 10 per cent discount. Visitors can enjoy the services of the landmark restaurant, which has been part of the community for 20 years, by eating in or via room service and event catering. Offering exceptional home cooked food, tasty Greek menu selections and flavours to suit any nutritional requirement or palate, Canadiana is a true taste of the Maritimes.
one-on-one relationships with clients. The three banquet rooms offer WiFi, in-house audio/video assistance and large windows, while being easily accessible on the ground floor. To ensure events run smoothly from start to finish, Sotiropoulos is onsite the entire time. The hotel’s convenient location close to all major highways ensures guests and event attendees can easily explore the province and find their destination.
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101 By Scott McGillivray Photos Richard Sibbald
The 10th season of Income Property is now airing on HGTV Canada. With nearly 150 on-camera renovations under my (tool) belt, I’ve learned my fair share about what it takes to pull off a successful reno.
PrePare, PrePare, PrePare A detailed renovation plan will help keep you on budget and on time. Set out a specific agreement with your contractor before the work begins. You should be able to see on paper how your renovation is going to play out before it ever begins. Don’t jumP the gun on Purchases Don’t buy materials or appliances until you’ve completely planned out your renovation and all measurements have been taken. Online sales can be tempting, but that great deal on a 24-inch dishwasher isn’t going to save you any money if your entire space has to be redesigned because you only had room for an 18-inch model. Work out your timeline Contractor approximations are simply that, so sitting down and working out a detailed timeline before the reno starts will help keep your contractor on track and yourself on budget. Don’t ignore the issues When you pull down walls or rip up floors, there’s a good chance you’re going to be surprised by something you find, especially in an older home. This might mean an unexpected cost up front, but it will save you tons of money in the long run. Don’t cut corners It’s always better to go the extra mile and do it right the first time. Hiring competent people to do the job, buying quality materials, and taking the time to complete all the necessary steps is key.
communicate With your contractor Constant communication is the best way to ensure everything is going as planned. Decisions that affect design, budget or timeline should ultimately be made by you — an open dialogue will help keep surprises to a minimum. use licenseD traDes Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, asbestos removal, anything to do with gas and anything structural should always be completed by a licensed professional in that specific trade. A jack-of-all-trades type can be helpful for basic renos, but saving money by hiring a plumber who’s also willing to do electrical can be a dangerous idea if they aren’t trained, licensed or insured for that line of work. DeciDe on your Diy I love it when I encounter ambitious homeowners who want to get dirty and take part in their renovation. But projects like cabinet installation, complicated tile work or skilled carpentry exceed the limit of a typical DIY project and can reduce the value of your home if done incorrectly. My advice? Involve yourself heavily in the demo — it’s the funnest part anyway! Check out the new season of Income Property Thursdays at 9 p.m. & 9:30p.m. ET/PT on HGTV CANADA. /EverythingScottMcgillivray @smcgillivray @scottmcg | @scott_mcgillivray www.scottmcgillivray.com
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ver the past 25 years, Paul Cooper Landscape & Design has garnered a reputation for designing and creating truly exceptional residential and commercial landscapes with one-of-a-kind hardscape features. Their experienced staff is skilled at turning lacklustre landscapes into stunning scenery that will provide hours of enjoyment for you and your family. A beautiful yard consists of more than just flowers, trees and grass. Retaining
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a captivating space that combines maximum durability with minimal maintenance. Their exquisitely constructed hardscaping of Pisa stones will lessen your outdoor chores and lower your water bills, without sacrificing charm or functionality. After all, your backyard should be a refuge from work, not the source of a long list of additional chores. Paul Cooper Landscape & Design are specialists in designing and installing Pisa stone projects. Easier to maintain than real rocks, these manufactured stones have a natural look. Choose from a variety of colours and appearances, from a rough rock face like quarried stone to a smooth facing for a worn, antique facade. Attractive from all angles, these
interlocking blocks allow for the quick construction of driveways, paths, steps, terraces, walls, planters and patios. Pisa stones are perfect for forming front entrances that will provide an eyecatching focal point for your home or office building.
The friendly staff at Paul Cooper Landscape & Design takes great pride in completing construction projects efficiently and expertly with minimal debris and disruption. They are diligent and dedicated to providing their clients with the results they expect. Though they are a small company, their many years of experience ensure they are capable of handling large jobs, whether private properties or commercial establishments. Tell Paul Cooper Landscape & Design your design dreams and they will help turn them into a reality.
Paul Cooper Landscape & Design also offers horticultural services, such as tree planting and help selecting and planting flowers and shrubs. They are suppliers of natural retaining walls, waterfalls, water features, trellises and outdoor bar areas. In addition, they do concrete repair work, including joint sealing, coating, topping, patching, waterproofing and waterstops. If you need a dock at your cabin, Paul Cooper Landscape & Design are the folks to call.
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Let Your Gift Say it For You Find the Right Words at Hallmark By Henny Buffinga Photos Mandee Sugimoto
As Newfoundlanders, we are known for our friendliness, our hospitality, our pride and our grit — but most importantly, we are renowned for the emphasis we place on home and family. Finding the perfect gift to show you care, or to celebrate a special moment, can sometimes take a lot of thought, but the team at Hallmark is here to help.
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ffering items perfect for that special someone in your life, Hallmark often provides “the gift that goes with your gift” to add that personal touch. Their personalized items include some articles that say Nanny and Poppy — unique for their Newfoundland customers. “Our staff is really good at helping people find what they are looking for or need,” says Margaret Butt, the owner of the St. John’s and Mount Pearl Hallmark locations. “We don’t just let them wander, unless they don’t want our help. Everything is not lined up on shelves like a grocery store; we expect them to need us, and honestly, it makes our day.” “People come in all the time asking ‘Do you have a card for that?’ ” Butt continues. “We see all sorts of situations, and we can always find something that fits.” With better weather around the corner, the wedding season is starting up. Perfect as the mother or mother-in-law’s engagement gift, Hallmark offers the ideal wedding planner that’s small enough for the bride to carry with her. They also offer a variety of wedding gifts that can accompany the traditional monetary gift, including Mr. and Mrs. wine glasses, redneck wine glasses, music boxes and Willow Tree and Circle of Love figurines. For expanding families, the Willow Tree collection is a great baby gift for parents or grandparents. Building your family of figures is the perfect present to coordinate between family members to complete the collection. When shopping for the figures, Butt recommends taking a picture on your phone of the existing collection so staff can help fill the gaps. Hallmark also carries gifts specific for newborns, such as ultrasound picture frames, photo albums and birth announcement items. Kindred Hearts products are another excellent gift and include framed prints that can be personalized in-store to finish the saying — which can relate to christenings, marriage, anniversaries and more. They also carry a box that lights up a seasonal message that can be exchanged to suit the occasion. Hallmark’s graduation gift section includes picture frames and mugs, as well as ornaments that can be personalized with writing (done in-store) for graduation. Perfect for the proud kindergarten grads,
they also carry personalized teddy bears that boast their achievement.
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Hallmark is expanding their offerings to include Lug, a popular and high-quality travel luggage and bag brand. Hallmark will offer travel bags, gym bags, cross body bags, wallets, jewel cases and heat-resistant flat iron cases which will arrive in time to prepare for summer vacations. Check out their store for the perfect gift for any occasion. Hallmark 95 Stavanger Drive, St. John’s 709.753.5707 21 Merchant Drive, Mount Pearl 709.747.3338 /HallmarkNFLD @HallmarkNFLD
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SGO Designer Glass: A Modern Take on a Traditional Art Form By Henny Buffinga Photos Elsie Reid
tained glass makes a statement. Evoking memories of grand cathedrals and old Victorian homes, technology has made stained glass more modern, accessible and affordable for homeowners today. SGO Designer Glass (SGO stands for stained glass overlay) is part of a franchise network that started in the late 1970s in California and has spread throughout 32 countries around the world. With unlimited possibilities, the SGO artisans can create a design that gives clients an array of options to set their home apart. David Pye started his business in 2003, and his Mount Pearl location is now the largest in North America. “It really has taken off quite well in Newfoundland,” he says. A locally owned and operated business, SGO Designer Glass provides custom glass designs for any area of the home, in newly built, renovated and older homes. SGO specializes in creating stained glass for residential and commercial clients, as well as places of worship. They can create a design for any space featuring flat glass, including front entrances, French and pantry doors, interior and exterior windows, cabinet doors, shower doors and mirrors, to name a few applications. As an added bonus, it can also provide a much needed element of privacy for bathroom windows, or windows closely overlooking a neighbour or public space. If you want to work with pre-existing windows, don’t worry; the overlays can also be fitted into an existing window if you’re looking for an update.
Stained glass overlay looks very much like traditional stained glass, but the process is quite different. It really is a modern take on an ancient art. The artisans at SGO utilize hand-painted films, cut according to the designer’s template, which are bonded to the glass for varying coloured and textured effects. The glass is then completed with lead strips on each side to create the finished look. This process allows for unlimited design freedom for the customer. The in-house designer at SGO Designer Glass works closely with each client to create beautiful panels that range from complementing the client’s individual décor style to highly personalized designs using photographs provided by the customer.
new, dramatic design for an entryway, for instance, can create immediate curb appeal and set your home apart from all others. It’s a great product to make the home uniquely yours.”
“With so many fine, upscale homes being built today, people want something to differentiate themselves from their neighbours’ property,” explains Pye. “A
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Visit the SGO Designer Glass studio today and speak with one of their knowledgeable staff members. View many of the wonderful pieces on display in their showroom and get ideas as to how this remarkable product can become a beautiful focal point to any room in your home. Alternatively, you can view their website and Facebook page for regular updates on ongoing and completed projects as well as the occasional SGO panel giveaway!
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he St. John’s Metro Region is the snowiest in North America; in fact, our city is the fourth snowiest city in the world. For most of us, that means braving the extreme weather conditions this island throws at us every morning to shovel and snow blow our driveways just so we can get out of the house. Snow Melt Solutions is a St. John’s based construction technology company that started when owner Josh Nash was shovelling his driveway and wishing for a flamethrower to get the job done faster. After realizing that may be illegal, he started researching heated driveways and quickly found there was no company that specialized in them in the province. Nash decided he was going to do it himself.
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After doing his due diligence, Nash put together his system using the best products on the market. With heating cables from Utah and sensors from Denmark, his system is custom designed for St. John’s. The snow melt system consists of a grid of heated cables installed under driveways, building entrances, ramps or anywhere that needs to be clear of snow. The system’s sensors detect temperature and precipitation to know when snow is falling, and activate the cables to melt the snow as it falls. “It’s sometimes hard for people to understand that it doesn’t matter how much snow falls, whether it’s six inches or six feet,” Nash explains. “They think it’s magical, but really it just melts the snow as it falls before it has a chance to build up.”
The system is quick to install and can go in existing concrete and asphalt, or new concrete, asphalt and brick and stone pavers. Consisting of mineralinsulated copper, the heating cables are the same heat trace used on oil and gas pipelines. They are coated in a layer of fiberglass and high-density polyethylene to withstand the movement of the ground as the seasons change, a feature unique to the brand.
“In our city, it snows 72 days of the year. With us, you can reclaim about 150 hours of your life every winter. You can’t put a price on that.”
Because there are no moving parts in the system, it can last indefinitely and comes with a 10-year warranty on the cables. The system is also very energy efficient since it’s only activated during snowfall, unlike other systems that rely on the homeowner to turn it on and off. Nash is an impressive young entrepreneur. Currently completing his bachelor of business administration at Memorial University, Nash is juggling a full course load with his new business, and business is booming. He recently won the P.J. Gardiner award for small business and entrepreneurship, and his company is turning heads in a cold climate where this service is badly needed. “There’s no reason to shovel anymore,” says Nash. “It should just be automated by now. Seeing how much this has caught on in larger cities around the world, and now in many cities in Canada,
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I can see this being standard for most homes, businesses, and even sidewalks downtown within a few years.” Snow Melt Solutions provides peace of mind to their clients, ranging from business owners decreasing their liability from “slip and fall” insurance claims, to retirement homes whose elderly residents can walk in confidence from their building to their car. “With our system, you will never have to shovel or snow blow again,” says Nash. “In our city, it snows 72 days of the year. With us, you can reclaim about 150 hours of your life every winter. You can’t put a price on that.” Snow Melt Solutions 709.746.5121 email@example.com www.snowmeltnewfoundland.com
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t all started with 112 avocado green electric can openers. In 1977, Bob Circosta was a talkshow host for an AM radio station when he was approached by the station manager with a situation... a client had paid the station in product. “When the manager asked me to go on-air and sell these can openers for them I thought he was crazy,” he chuckles. To Circosta’s surprise all the can openers sold that day. “I was in total disbelief,” he recalls. “I’m not sure what it was that did the trick, possibly because I had some credibility to my audience as a newsperson.” That was 37 years ago and the home shopping experience has far surpassed many expectations. LIFE’S A PITCH! As a home shopping guru, Circosta has had plenty of experience with sales and marketing over the decades. This has inspired him to write his book Life’s a Pitch, which outlines numerous key elements to successful sales and marketing. Over the years, many have encouraged Circosta to write a book about his work with various celebrities and high profile people. “Rather than doing something like that, I looked at writing something that would help people. I wanted to write something readers could refer to as a resource manual.” He adds that he purposely wrote a book that was not about him, but rather about assisting seasoned business owners and entrepreneurs. SELLING OR SERVING? So, how do you become successful at selling? According to Circosta, the key is not to sell a product. “Take a step back, look at the product and ask yourself, ‘how is this going to help others?’ ” He encourages business owners to advise their staff that they are not selling, they are serving. “Don’t sell,” he advises, “Serve. Help every customer achieve their goal.” Talk about the product and how it can benefit your customer. For example, if you own a shoe store, what you are really selling is style and comfort. Focus on the end result. If you buy these shoes, they will look great and be so comfortable your feet won’t hurt at the end of the day. “This is not a
gimmick, it’s built on complete honesty,” he adds. Being dishonest will only discredit you and you won’t receive a strong repeat clientele. HEALTHY COMPETITION Circosta notes that when it comes to keeping the competition on their toes, customer service is the key. People purchase from a comfort level. Don’t sell to your customers; provide a service and go to great lengths to serve with excellence. Develop relationships with your clientele and they will be loyal to you. Follow that rule of thumb and you won’t have to worry about being competitive. PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION In conclusion, Circosta says the onus is really on the business owner. If he/she wants a truly successful business, it’s ultimately up to him/her. “I can share technique, but it’s up to you to take action. Gather the information and apply it. If you do it wrong, that’s okay. Everybody fails at something. You’ve just got to do it yourself to succeed.”
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Knowledge is Power TrusT The Team approach aT gittens & AssociAtes By Anna delaney Photos elsie reid and Aamie gillam
ombining the breadth of a general practice firm with the specialities of a boutique firm, Gittens & Associates is a truly unique law firm in Newfoundland and Labrador. Located at 8 Kenna’s Hill in the historic Stonehouse building, their St. John’s location is one of two in the province. The other is in Labrador City to better serve
the population of Newfoundland and Labrador. Though Ernest Gittens is the senior and named partner of the firm, he is the first to dispel any myth of superiority. “The team approach is vitally important to us,” Gittens says. “Everybody needs to know that even though they have different roles or perform different tasks, they are part of one process, with one objective…serving the client.”
This team approach is echoed in the firm’s structure. Unlike other boutique law firms that focus on one or two areas of law — for example, Personal Injury — at Gittens & Associates, they have practice groups within the firm to facilitate specialization. So, their clients get the expertise of a boutique firm with the advantages of a general practice. Each of their practice groups is led by a lawyer or paralegal and,
photo above L-R ernest Gittens, Kellie cullihall, Leah mazerolle, renée murphy, Katrina hanlon, stephen orr
photo top Right L-R Leah mazerolle, Kellie cullihall, stephen orr; photo middLe Right L-R alex Kindervater, sharon mcKim-ryan, Kellie cullihall, Katrina hanlon
depending on the group, will have two or three, and sometimes up to five or six, lawyers or paralegals working within that practice area. The firm’s eight practice groups include: Taxation, led by Ernest Gittens; Corporate and Commercial, led by Leah Mazerolle; Wills and Estates, led by Sharon McKimRyan; Real Estate, led by Nancy McKillop; Civil Litigation, led by J. Michael Cabot; Family Law, led by Kellie Cullihall; Criminal Law, led by Mark Gruchy; and Personal Injury, led by Renée Murphy. Whatever legal services their clients need, at whatever stage of their lives, there are experienced professionals at Gittens & Associates ready to help. One of this firm’s most noticeable attributes is its focus on courtroom advocacy. While some lawyers avoid court, Gittens notes, “The core function for us is litigation, this develops from my fundamental belief that the legal service industry is changing, because the legal industry is a knowledge-based industry.” With the population being better educated, and technology making knowledge so easily accessible via the Internet, anyone can go online and find legal information. “You can Google a will to get guidance on how to make your own,” Gittens explains. “My perception is that what was exclusively within the jurisdiction of lawyers before, is now so widely available that it’s hardly a commodity you can trade on,” he says. “What we do have, that the general population doesn’t have, is a skill set, the ability to take that knowledge and apply it in a courtroom setting to obtain a positive outcome for our clients.” A significant amount of the Gittens team’s time, especially when compared to other law firms, is spent in court. “I feel it’s important to maintain a court
“I’ve always wanted to be associated with a firm that was known for its expertise. I have never wanted us to be just another law firm.” photo Right ernest Gittens
photo top Left L-R stephen orr, ernest Gittens, Leah mazerolle; photo middLe Left renée murphy; photo bottom Left angie mercer and claudette o’Toole
presence in order to keep the team’s advocacy skills sharp. It’s easy to get comfortable in the office and avoid going into the courtroom,” he says, but that gives the lawyers at Gittens & Associates an advantage over opposing counsel. Since they are a litigation-oriented firm, their courtroom skills don’t get rusty. “We train the people within the firm to operate from a position of knowledge. The skill set they have they get because they keep practicing those skills. They keep going to court.” When asked about the amount of time an average lawyer at his firm would spend in court he smiles and quickly replies, “Well first of all, we don’t have any average lawyers.” He then explains it varies drastically amongst cases. A lawyer who practices criminal law could spend four out of five days in a given week in court. Family-practice lawyers might spend 10 to 12 days of a 20-workday month in court. While the team members at Gittens & Associates plan and prepare for court, most cases get settled along the way. “We operate on the premise that if you want peace, you prepare for war,” Gittens says. Quality control is another important aspect of the firm. Every month the lawyers report on every one of their files. These reports are reviewed and followed up on. Continuing education is also a top priority. They host regular meetings to discuss what is new in their field — whether that is new legislation, new court rules or anything else worth learning. “Every day some aspect of the law in your area is being changed,” Gittens says. “There is a fair bit of emphasis on maintaining that knowledge base and on maintaining a level of mental toughness.” The team at Gittens & Associates is also heavily involved in the community, supporting causes ranging from mental health to the well-being of children. “It’s hard to be involved in a service that involves the public and not participate in
photo top L-R Katrina hanlon, sharon mcKim-ryan, ernest Gittens, Kellie cullihall, stephen orr; photo bottom L-R stephen orr, Kellie cullihall, ernest Gittens, Leah mazerolle, sharon mcKim-ryan, michael cabot
the community,” Gittens says. “It’s best if you are involved in things you care about. The firm has a policy that if a staff member is involved in any organization, the firm will support that organization.” Whether it’s in court or in the community, the team at Gittens & Associates is prepared with the knowledge and skill needed for an exceptional quality of service. “We advocate strenuously for our clients. We take the provision of legal services very seriously,” Gittens says. “I’ve always wanted to be associated with a firm that was known for its expertise. I have never wanted us to be just another law firm.”
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L-R Kellie Cullihall, Sharon McKim-Ryan, Alex Kindervater, Katrina Hanlon
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o one gets married expecting to be divorced one day, but life can take unexpected turns. Knowing your legal rights and obligations upon separation can save you time, anxiety and money. An experienced family-law lawyer can walk you through the legal process, assist you in getting a fair settlement and help put appropriate arrangements in place for any children. Here are some of the more common questions we get asked about separation and divorce.
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Q: My spouse cheated on me, what does that mean for my separation?
She didn’t have to cut me off.
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Q: We separated and my spouse is not letting me see our children. What should I do? A: It is a child’s right to spend time with both parents. If you and your spouse cannot agree about how the time will be divided then you can apply to the court for an order that outlines the parenting time that each of you will have with the children. I ain’t saying he’s a gold digger, but … Q: I have my children half of the time. Do I still have to pay child support? A: If you have shared parenting, there is no legislated formula for determining child support. If you and your spouse cannot agree on support, the court will look at a number of factors to determine what, if any, child support should be paid. These include both parents’ incomes and expenses, as well as the personal circumstances of each parent.
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hile driving is often an expression of freedom, it is also commonly associated with the drudgery of the commute. Not wanting driving to be relegated to a chore, Mercedes-Benz has sought new ways to infuse drivers with passion. Since the creation of their first automobile — a three wheeled “motorwagen” in 1886 — Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of innovation. Breaking barriers in technology and culture is second
nature to the company; Bertha Benz is heralded as the first female driver to complete a 120 mile solo tour as publicity for her husband’s automotive creations. Over the last century, Mercedes-Benz has become a household name signifying high quality luxury. Though Mercedes-Benz didn’t develop its trademark three pointed star until the early 1900s, the shape has become a mark of distinction. “We are a brand that is synonymous with leadership. We have led the way through 125 years of development
and evolution of the automobile. Innovation is the engine that will keep us at the forefront of redefining the automobile for the next 125 years,” says Stephen Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its most recent glimpse into the future of the automobile: the F 015 Luxury in Motion. “Quality time and private space are the true luxury goods of the future and this car offers you both,” describes Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
living and office space when needed. With zero emissions, it is the very image of a car free of limits, with an expansive interior, interactive screens and pivoting seats. Those who enjoy the thrill of the ride need not worry; hands-on driving is still an option. “This car is a declaration of independence. The user of the MercedesBenz will always remain the true decision maker, for that is the definition of true independence,” notes Zetsche. At present, Mercedes-Benz also continues to create more down-to-earth leaps in technology, such as PRE-SAFE®, which senses impending accidents, alerts the driver, closes the sunroof, and adjusts seat belts and headrests before impact. Attention Assist measures a driver’s reactions through a series of more than 70 indicators, sensing whether they are becoming drowsy and audibly alerting them to take a break, thus reducing accidents caused by fatigue. Through integrated safety technology, MercedesBenz has created one of the safest cars on the road today.
Google and Apple are not the only companies developing autonomous vehicles; it is a concept that has been around since the 1950s. The Luxury in Motion is Mercedes-Benz’s automotive opus, a self-driving machine that considers not just its passengers, but the people outside its doors as well. Safety is top of mind. Not merely a self-contained capsule, the car interacts with the world around it. Those crossing in front of the vehicle will notice the LED grill, which acknowledges their presence and follows their path across the road. The Luxury in Motion also projects a lit crosswalk
for pedestrians to signal to them when it is safe to walk after appraising other vehicles’ movements. “The car of the future is good looking, smart, polite and helpful,” says Zetsche. It only takes a glance to see that the vehicle is a different kind of car. The completely reimagined interior takes advantage of the space created by the lack of a motor or transmission. Comfy, roomy, spacious: these are just a few of the words that come to mind. The Luxury in Motion is designed to add enjoyment to the daily commute, functioning as a
Performance has always been a hallmark of the company’s approach to driving. With its roots in racing, Mercedes-Benz is celebrating its 60th anniversary of racing success with the 550SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417” — named after an especially challenging race of nearly 1600 kilometers. Available in April 2015, these roadsters infuse an added sense of luxury and racing spirit into their design for the true driving connoisseur. Driving is often seen as necessity, but it is also a luxury and a privilege, something the design team at Mercedes-Benz is fully conscious of by designing safe, fun and luxurious cars for whatever the future may bring.
Turn A Bad Experience Into A Good One with Bodyworks St. John’s By Henny Buffinga Photos Donna McMullin
on Bavis started working on cars at the ripe age of 14. Ever since then he has known what he wanted to do. With a father and grandfather who were both mechanics, Bavis has a love for cars in his blood and he quickly claimed that passion as his own. At 15, he and a friend started painting cars in his friend’s garage. It started out as a hobby. But he was soon painting cars for companies around town and in his Paradise neighbourhood. As a teenager, Bavis started working part-time in auto
body shops. As soon as he graduated high school he went straight to trade school to get his Red Seal certification in Auto Body — he finished at the top of his class. Nowadays, Bavis is a successful entrepreneur in the auto industry. He is the owner of Bodyworks, an auto body and collision repair centre which opened in 1990 and was previously owned by Hickman Motors. After 13 years as general manager, Bavis purchased the St. John’s location in 2012 and made it his own.
As the largest collision repair centre in Newfoundland, Bodyworks St. John’s can take care of anything, from a small dent to a major overhaul, in their state-of-the-art facilities. They recently installed a new resistant spot welder that can put the panels back on your car as though it was coming straight out of the factory. “We focus on collision repairs, and we can restore cars to better than new condition,” Bavis explains. “We can work on anything from your average daily driver car to a classic or sports car. We can do whatever needs to be done.” Bodyworks St. John’s offers a limited lifetime guarantee on their repairs. “An accident can be a very traumatic experience and we really try to minimize that for the client,” says Bavis. “We strive for perfection in our repair process. If it’s not done right, we make it right.”
are a ’64 Corvette Convertible, both a ’69 Camaro Coupe and Convertible, a ’70 Dodge Challenger rag top and a ’70 Plymouth Barracuda. These gorgeous vehicles are completely preserved and restored, and some have been completely rebuilt. On top of spotting his cars at various car shows in town, one of his trucks can be seen in the 2012 DuPont Hot Hues Calendar. The truck, a ’63 Chevrolet C10 Pickup, was the only winner chosen from Canada. Bavis and his team at Bodyworks St. John’s are professionals with a passion for the business. “If you do have an unfortunate accident, give us a call,” says Bavis. “There’s no obligation. All we ask is for the opportunity to give you a quote on repairing your vehicle.”
On top of his work at Bodyworks St. John’s, Bavis continues his interest in cars through his impressive antique car collection, which currently includes a dozen classic vehicles. Among them
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