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Longtime Recreation Leader Lou Recchio Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio has helped build his village’s impressive park system, but Recchio also remembers the humble beginnings of recreation programs in the western communities. He helped start many of the programs enjoyed today. BY RON BUKLEY
Publisher Barry S. Manning Executive Editor Joshua I. Manning Associate Publisher Dawn Rivera
10 Better Eating With Help From Farmer’s Daughter Julie Campbell, a 64-year-old grandmother, is constantly on the move and has no plans to slow down any time soon. She is the owner and driving force behind the Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center. BY JESSICA GREGOIRE
Project Editor Chris Felker Senior Editors Jason Budjinski Ron Bukley Art & Production Manager Stephanie Rodriguez Bookkeeping Carol Lieberman
Tips For Finding The New You In The New Year For every new year that people live to see, many of us resolve to change things about ourselves, and so Seniortopia’s focus this month is on how to create that “New You.” We visit with experts in the fields in which many people vow to change. BY CHRIS FELKER
18 Don Gross Helps Clients Create Businesses Don Gross of Wellington is in business to help people create their own businesses. He specializes in helping prospective entrepreneurs find the business niche where they can be happiest and make money — harnessing their particular talents to provide themselves with a primary or supplemental income. BY CHRIS FELKER
Columns How Many Of These New Year’s Resolutions Have You Made? MEMORY LANE BY JOE NASUTI, PAGE 25 How Did The Holiday Season Fun Disappear So Quickly? SENIOR MOMENTS BY DEBORAH WELKY, PAGE 26
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Lou Recchio Has Seen Area Recreation Programs Grow From Humble Beginnings BY RON BUKLEY | Forever Young Staff Report ROYAL PALM BEACH Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio remembers the humble beginnings of recreation programs in the western communities. Recchio, 61, hails from Frankfort in upstate New York. He was a physical education major at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. After finishing school, he was running a number of athletic programs in the Frankfort area, all nonprofit, similar to the athletic associations that provide youth sports in this area. “I came down here in 1983,” Recchio said. “The village at that time, I think there were a little over 6,000 people. My kids were young. I had three boys, and they were at the age that they started playing T-ball.” Initially traveling to Wellington to play, Recchio recalled looking in vain for facilities in Royal Palm Beach, so he started working with other parents to establish a baseball league. “We definitely thought there was a need in Royal Palm, so I started contacting a few people,” he said. “We set up some meetings with some of my friends, we met in my living room, and in November of 1986, we formed the Royal Palm Beach Youth Athletic Association.” In March 1987, the league launched with a little over 400 kids, using one field at Camellia Park and two at Willows Park. “Support was very strong,” Recchio said, recalling that when he contacted
Crestwood Middle School to reserve a meeting room after advertising for people interested in helping out with the league, the school reserved the library. “I remember [the principal] meeting me at the door and saying, ‘We’re moving you to another room.’ My first inclination was, well … they’re putting us in a small classroom,” Recchio said. “It turned out that they put us in the cafeteria, and the cafeteria was standing room only, and it just snowballed from there. We had a great first season. When the fall came, we started a soccer program, which played at Crestwood.” The following spring, they started their second season of baseball and added girls softball. “Back then, any open space you could find, you would bring your team to practice,” he said. “The support was phenomenal. We had limited game facilities, and everybody understood that. We didn’t have any lights on the fields, so we had to make schedules so all the games and practices were during the daylight hours … The thing just kept growing, and we ran the three major sports: baseball, softball and soccer.” At the time, Recchio’s day job was as a program supervisor for the Acme Improvement District, Wellington’s pre-incorporation government. Now home to one of the largest recreation programs in the county, it was not always so.
“They kind of felt, initially, that they didn’t want to get into the recreation business,” Recchio said. “They were a drainage district.” Based in a double-wide trailer off Pierson Road, he helped launch the area’s first roller hockey program. “We were playing in the parking lot after hours,” Recchio said. “At 5 o’clock, I remember going around to all the different departments and telling everybody to move their cars because we are going to be setting up for our hockey games.’” Now there are several hockey rinks in Wellington, and more in Royal Palm Beach. “Then we started a football league, which is now the Western Communities Football League,” he said. “We initiated the Acme recreational football program, playing in front of Wellington High School, which is now a parking lot, but it was then a big grassed area. We made goalposts out of galvanized piping.” In 1993, Recchio left Wellington and came to Royal Palm Beach to work in the same capacity, as a program supervisor. In Recchio’s first year in Royal Palm Beach, he shared a building with what was then the Royal Palm Beach Police Department. It now houses the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 9 substation. “Half of that building was the recreation center,” Recchio said. The Royal Palm Beach Recreation
‘We definitely thought there was a need in Royal Palm, so I started contacting a few people,’ Recchio said. ‘We set up some meetings with some of my friends, we met in my living room, and in November of 1986, we formed the Royal Palm Beach Youth Athletic Association.’ Page 6 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • January 2012
Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio has helped build the village’s impressive park system. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/FYLM STAFF
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FOREVER YOUNG PROFILE Center on Sweet Bay Lane opened in February 1994. â€œSince then, itâ€™s history,â€? Recchio said. â€œWe started the roller hockey league over here, built the two hockey rinks. We expanded the baseball complex at Willows. We built the soccer complex over here with four fields. We built Ferrin Park behind Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, which houses three softball fields. Everything has grown from there.â€? For senior citizens, Royal Palm Beach runs a senior softball league, which plays three times a week at Camellia Park. It also sponsors the Young at Heart program housed at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, whose 300 members participate in activities including a monthly luncheon with entertainment, special events and bus trips. Programs include seniors exercise, aerobics for seniors and regular AARP
meetings. They also coordinate with Palm Beach County in a senior lunch program. â€œThereâ€™s a group of between 20 and 30 seniors who come to the Cultural Center every afternoon and have lunch,â€? Recchio said. The village also offers painting and drawing classes, a writing class where anyone, seniors or not, can get into a club and write stories, as well as bridge and quilting clubs that meet every week. â€œThereâ€™s always something going on,â€? Recchio said. â€œWeâ€™ve pretty much converted the Cultural Center into a senior center during the day.â€? With the addition of the 160-acre Commons Park, now under construction and expected to be finished in time for the Fourth of July, Royal Palm Beach will have a park acreage-to-population ratio that dwarfs that of most other municipalities.
Recchio is extremely proud of having built a strong network of volunteers. â€œFirst of all, no program runs without volunteers,â€? he said. â€œWe can set it up with staff, but if you donâ€™t have volunteers to help run it, nothing is going to be successful.â€? Yet starting the Royal Palm Beach Youth Athletic Association remains his greatest accomplishment. â€œI look back at what it has grown into,â€? Recchio said. â€œIt really brought the community together, because weâ€™ve made lifelong friends through that organization. That is something that myself, my kids and others who were here back in 1986, we still talk about it when we see each other on the streets.â€? Recchio and his wife, Donna, had four children. Two, David and Michael, are deceased. Son Christopher is 33, while son Joey is 30. FY
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Eat Better For Less With Help From The Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center BY JESSICA GREGOIRE | Forever Young Staff Report
BETWEEN ANSWERING ringing phones and busy associates’ questions, 64-year-old grandmother Julie Campbell is constantly on the move, and has no plans to slow down any time soon. She is the owner and driving force behind the Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center, a fresh produce and plant market on Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. “I’ve been working since I was 12 years old,” Campbell said as she shuffled through papers on her desk. “It never stops for me. I work 24 hours a day.” Even after a heart attack caused by a hereditary condition two years ago, and two brushes with death, Campbell cannot sit still. “I never sit down,” she said. “When you sit down, it slows you down.” Campbell’s doctor attributed her survival to her active lifestyle. “He said the only thing that saved me was that I’ve always worked hard like this,” she said. “And because I kept myself busy all my life, my heart built extra capillaries, and that allowed just enough blood to keep pumping so that I wouldn’t die.” Campbell was born and raised on her parents’ farm in Alabama and has always had a passion for being out on the farm. “I am the farmer’s daughter,” she joked. Campbell opened the Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center in April 1992 to be closer to her disabled son. “I needed to be at home with him, and I felt that perhaps he would be trained
to work on the farm,” she said. “It did not exactly work out that way, but at least I could work from home and be with him.” Business has been good for Campbell over the past 20 years, and it has become increasingly busier even in challenging economic times. “People can come here and buy fresh produce for less money than they can at the grocery stores,” she said. Fresh milk, eggs and bread are available at the produce market as well. “The same loaf of bread that people buy at the grocery stores for $2.79, I sell for $1.69,” Campbell said. For Campbell, selling her produce is not all about price, it’s about giving people the opportunity to eat fresh and healthy food. “People need to have decent food to eat, and they don’t right now because of the economy,” she said. Especially for seniors on a limited budget, buying affordable fresh and locally grown produce is not only healthier but more economical, Campbell said. “You’re getting all the vitamins and minerals just by eating produce,” she said. “I’m not a vegetarian, but that’s just about all I eat. And if it was up to me, we would all be eating food only from our garden.” The Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center carries Florida citrus from big navel oranges to ruby red grapefruits, and other Florida-grown fruit from watermelons to strawberries. Most of the produce comes from local farms. Even the produce that is not grown locally
is purchased from fresh growers. “In the farmer’s market network, we don’t go through the same buying procedures as the big grocery stores do,” Campbell explained. “They buy lots of produce and put it in a warehouse, where it sits for two to three weeks while they send it out to their supermarkets.” Campbell gets most of her produce directly from the growers, and the vegetables and fruit are as fresh as they can get. Campbell grows some of the produce on her own farm. One of the most popular vegetables grown on her farm is tomatoes, which she said are well-known for their texture and fresh taste. “Our tomatoes are fresh from the field to the table,” she said. “We are known all over town for our tomatoes. Some people come back two and three times a week to get our tomatoes.” Customers are able to get the freshest vegetables possible from the market. “The lettuce is cut out here in the morning, and our customers could be having a salad with it that night,” she said. Campbell believes that people are beginning to realize the importance of buying produce from a farmer’s market. “I honestly believe that the supermarkets push people to eat poorly,” she said. “They overprice the produce and force people to buy the prepackaged stuff, which is not good for them.” Eating food fresh from your garden was a way of life when Campbell was growing up. “We ate out of our garden, and that’s the way it was, and
‘When you want to go shopping, go wherever you want to go, but make sure to make another stop at a farmer’s market to get your fresh produce.’ Campbell said. ‘This way, you will end up spending half of what you would pay in a grocery store and you’re going to get fresh, good food.’ Page 10 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • January 2012
Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center owner Julie Campbell with a basket of fresh, locally grown produce. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/FYLM STAFF
that’s the way it should be for people,” she said. “But now that most people work two jobs and don’t have the time, they can’t garden, but it does not mean they can’t eat fresh.” Campbell recommends that people make shopping at a produce market a habit and part of their shopping routine. “When you want to go shopping, go wherever you want to go, but make sure to make another stop at a farm-
er’s market to get your fresh produce.” she said. “This way, you will end up spending half of what you would pay in a grocery store and you’re going to get fresh, good food.” Campbell will soon be offering organically grown produce from her farm. “We put in an organic garden, and we are expecting our first harvest in March,” she said. The garden will be cultivated using
organic soil and chicken manure as fertilizer from the more than 400 chickens on the farm. The garden will produce an array of vegetables, from beans to cucumbers. “Everything grown organically will be regularly priced,” Campbell said. “Not a lot of people can afford to eat organic because it’s overpriced.” The Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center is also known for its variety of
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(Clockwise from above) Javier Perez arranges some of the many flowers available at the Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center; Mary Ann Luna with some of the center’s popular tomatoes; and more than 400 roosters and chickens call the Farmer’s Daughter home. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/FYLM STAFF
plants and gardening products. “We do landscaping and design and also have mulch available through our garden center,” Campbell said. “We started out as a produce market only, and then I added plants to it, and that became a large part of our business.” Campbell has hopes of continuing to keep moving forward for many more years to come. “For me, it’s about employing local people, having the freshest produce, building up a relationship with my customers, and being a part of the community,” she said. “Even though most people working here are not family, it’s like they’re family, and that makes it a nice family business here, and our customers see that.” The Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center is located at 13415 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more info., visit www.thefarmers daughtergardencenter.com or call (561) 790-4222. FY
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Tips For Starting Out 2012 With A New Attitude And A New Direction BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report
FOR EVERY NEW YEAR that people live to see, many of us resolve to change things about ourselves, and so Seniortopia’s focus this month is on how to create that “New You.” We visit with experts in the fields in which many people vow to change: attitudes (mental health, life outlook); personal well-being (exercise, focus); and education (adult continuing or new field). First, we consulted Dr. Harvey Klein, a psychologist who’s been based in Wellington since 1982, to ask how he might direct someone who wants to move beyond personal or financial challenges and in a new direction. Klein, 64, has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He started out in his field working with Vietnam veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder as a Veterans Administration counselor in Brooklyn, N.Y. He sees a wide range of patients, children from 5 on up and adults of all ages. “I think my oldest patient is 94,” he said. His first recommendation is that people “be careful that you don’t ‘catastrophize’ your thoughts, that if you’re disappointed about something or mourning a loss, don’t translate it into ‘I have nothing going for me; nothing will ever get better.’” As an example, Klein said someone might be thinking, “‘I’ve lost my job, and it’s disappointing and frustrating and my money is tight; therefore, I’ll never have a life.’ It’s that second half of the sentence you have to watch out for,” he said — in short, avoid think-
ing negatively about your situation. “The other thing is [that you must] be careful about the global commitment if you don’t make the short-term, immediate commitments to get there. A lot of people say, ‘Boy, I’m going to be a lot more responsible this year,’ and if they say that alone, I tell them they’re probably going to fail. … In other words, you do specific things and you set specific goals. A lot of times, we make up these pie-in-the-sky goals, and then set ourselves up for disappointment.” Klein explained that people going through financial or personal stress need to focus on “being realistic but remembering what you do have, what made you laugh yesterday, and the fact that your friends didn’t abandon you because the money is tight, or whatever. Look at what’s positive, but accept what is negative, realistically.” For people taking on new challenges, he advises recognizing that one’s efforts might not work out but instructs them to avoid the “Oh, my God” rut — stressing over what happens “if.” He said that fear can cripple people trying new things and added that you should “answer the question, ‘Well if it doesn’t work, am I really worse off?’” Foremost, though, he cautioned: “Make sure the goals that you set are realistic, and that you make a rough road map as to how you’re going to get there.” Klein’s office is at 12788 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1002, in Wellington.
Call (561) 287-6003 for more information about his services. Judi Weinstein of Wellington went in a new direction of her own a few years ago. She had been working at the Ann Taylor store in the Mall at Wellington Green until the store closed. “I’d been practicing [yoga] for a few years, and I said, ‘Well, I need something to focus on,’” she recalled. Weinstein decided to share her love for yoga, so she took a course to become an instructor at the Yoga Education Institute in Coral Springs. She recently received her certification and plans to begin teaching during 2012. Weinstein took up yoga shortly after her mother died. “She had Parkinson’s, and I was doing a lot of running to her, and when she passed away, I had a lot of anxiety,” Weinstein said. “I had free time, and I said, ‘Oh, my God, what do I do?’ I heard about yoga, and how it relieves your anxiety. It calms you; it teaches you to live in the present. It centers you. And so I was able to channel all that anxiety and free time into a healthy place.” She and her husband, Alan, have five children between them, with four grandchildren and another grandson on the way. She’d also taught health education in New York City schools for years before she and Alan moved here, so going into teaching yoga is a natural for her. “Stress is the number one cause of every disease, and with yoga and meditation, you learn that life is right now,
‘You do specific things and set specific goals,’ Dr. Harvey Klein said. ‘A lot of times, we make up these pie-in-the-sky goals, and set ourselves up for disappointment ... Make sure the goals you set are realistic, and that you make a rough road map as to how you’re going to get there.’ Page 14 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • January 2012
PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/FYLM STAFF
(Above) Dr. Harvey Klein at his Wellington office. (Right) Judi Weinstein practices a yoga position.
and you can’t worry about anything else, you have to take care of and appreciate what you have right now,” Weinstein explained. “It’s kind of like a massage of your whole body — it just keeps you moving.” She dispelled myths that some people hold about yoga. “Yoga is not about being a pretzel; it’s not about the contortions,” she continued. “It’s whatever you can do at that moment. You always try to do more, but it doesn’t matter, it’s wherever you’re starting at that moment.” Weinstein has felt the benefits in her own life. “It has absolutely helped my health, my flexibility,” she said. “I have arthritis in my neck, very bad, and it’s a massage for your muscles and just a way to be limber. I’ll be 60 my next birthday, and I’m able to do things that I couldn’t do years before. And I love it so much, I can’t wait to be able to teach people and see their satisfaction.” To contact Weinstein for more information about classes that she plans to January 2012 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • Page 15
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You’re never too young or too old to develop a love of yoga. Shown here is Judi Weinstein with granddaughter Aza Grace.
offer beginning in early 2012, call (561) 309-9409. Another way to discover the “New You” is to go back to school to continue one’s education or pursue instruction in a new field. Gail Tomei, career center coordinator at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, explained that the college’s career centers — there is one on each of the four campuses — serve people who are already PBSC students. Tomei normally counsels younger people who are trying to choose a career. But Tomei said she has had a few older adults come in and ask about services available to them. “I have seen people who have been laid off, who are looking for
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jobs in fields that are more secure than where they’ve been, or looking for some line of work they really will enjoy. Many times, if they’re what we call a career changer, they’re looking into taking a few classes that will help them.” In that case, Tomei refers them to admissions advisers for guidance. There are two on the Lake Worth campus who, Tomei said, can help anyone interested in furthering their education, whether through just one class or several in different fields. They are Christina Valdes at (561) 868-3160 and Karen Burrell at (561) 868-3988. Reach Tomei at (561) 8683049 or tomeig@palmbeach state.edu. FY
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Franchise Consultant Don Gross Helps Clients Create Their Own Businesses BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report
DON GROSS OF WELLINGTON is in business to help people create their own businesses — a self-described self-employment coach. He specializes in helping prospective entrepreneurs find the business niche where they can be happiest and make money — harnessing their particular talents to provide themselves with a primary or supplemental income. Gross, 64, represents the Entrepreneur’s Source, which is a nationwide franchise company “that works with franchises,” he explained. He is a franchisee of the company and operates out of Wellington. The company’s agents work “for” large corporations whose sales outlets are themselves franchises that people buy and operate. That is to say, the agents work “for” those large corporations only in that their paychecks come from the companies. E-Source advisers such as Gross actually are devoting their efforts as though the person seeking to acquire a company is their client. “What I really do is I work with people who are considering having their own business,” he explained. “We also work with people who have an idea that they think might be good for a franchise, and then I turn that over to somebody else in the company to actually take a business all the way to a franchise.” We sat down for a question-and-answer session. Forever Young: What would you say to a middle-aged or older person who comes in and says he is going through
a life transition and has made a New Year’s resolution to devote himself to a new business or line of work? Gross: That’s really a big part of my client base — somebody in their 50s who has either been laid off and now realizes that they can’t get another job, or one equal to what they had, or else they’ve been hurt in the turmoil of the economy to where they now realize that what they need to do is strike out on their own and control their own destiny. So that’s my main client, someone who has some experience, who has maybe been in the corporate world and now has to strike out on their own. Maybe they never intended to ever have to do that. They thought they were going to be in the corporate world until they were 65, and what’s happened is that that’s all changed. Us Baby Boomers are getting laid off and being told there’s somebody else out there who’s younger and will do the job for less money. Forever Young: What are the first steps you take with this person? Gross: For me, it’s a fact-based process, where we find out what a person’s transferable skills are, what they’ve done in their past work history to be able to use those skills in whatever’s next. A lot of people don’t even come to me thinking that they want a franchise, but [evaluating that possibility] just is part of the process. When you start looking at the industry numbers, you see that so many independent businesses have gone out of business in the first two years. But if somebody buys
into a franchise that they’ve been able to explore and investigate before they buy, then now they have a much greater chance of being successful. Forever Young: What if the client has his own idea for a business? Gross: There are a lot of people in turmoil who say, “Oh, I have this idea and I’m gonna go do it,” but they don’t realize they’re good at one piece of that business; they don’t realize everything else that goes behind it. Usually the marketing is the big piece, the advertising, that they don’t realize how to do. Forever Young: What kinds of business opportunities are available? Gross: A lot of what I do is newer franchises, because if somebody wants to come and do a McDonald’s franchise now, that costs $2 million. A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise is almost $1 million. The person with smaller financial resources can’t do that. And there’s not enough territory left, so you have to have that mix of a newer franchise that still has plenty of open territory. A client might say, “I want a Subway.” They’re not as costly, but it’s still $250,000. What a lot of people don’t realize with that type of business is they’ve basically bought themselves a job. If you only have one of that type of business, you’ve got to be there because it doesn’t throw off enough money to hire a manager, so you end up having to do it yourself. You have to have multiple units to be able to build something. So that’s part of what I talk to somebody about… You think you
‘For me, it’s a fact-based process, where we find out what a person’s transferable skills are, what they’ve done in their past work history to be able to use those skills in whatever’s next,’ Don Gross said. ‘A lot of people don’t even come to me thinking that they want a franchise.’ Page 18 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • January 2012
Don Gross of the Entrepreneur’s Source helps people looking to start their own business. PHOTO BY CHRIS FELKER/FYLM STAFF
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SENIORTOPIA: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU want to have your own business, but maybe we should look at what it takes to have more than one, so that you really have something to grow into. Maybe it’s as an area developer, so you buy in at a higher level. We’ve got to look at the bigger picture. We talk about it in terms of income, lifestyle, wealth and equity. You have to have an idea of how much income you want to make; what kind of lifestyle do you want; the wealth part is what are you going to do with the money; and equity is so you build equity in the business so you have something to sell down the road. Forever Young: So you assess a person’s skills, and then offer a client a list of possible business matches? Gross: Yes, I work with about 300 companies in about 70 different industries, and it could be retail, mobile, home-based, any of these categories, so I’ll pick out three or four of these
businesses, and together with my client, we’ll talk to the franchise owners, and then they’ll get a better idea. So I’m not selling anything; I’m on the same side of the table with my client. It’s the franchisor that is selling their franchise. I’m not a business broker. There are no fees from the client. Forever Young: Some people find out what’s required and get anxious about it. What do you tell them? Gross: If you’re going into business on your own, you’ve got to feel your way as to what’s next. What’s the next step I should be doing? I try to get a client to realize that that’s where the franchise comes in, because they’re going to teach you step by step what you have to do next and how you should be spending your day. And then you have all these other franchisees who are doing the same thing, and best practices come out of it as to how to proceed.
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At some point the fear monster is going to come up and grab the person, and they’ll say, “I can’t do this.” It’s a very slow, fact-based and analytical process where we can get somebody comfortable so when the fear monster comes up, we can try to overcome it, because at some point, everybody has to overcome the fear of going out on your own. When you’re having to invest your own money and time, it wouldn’t be natural not to have to overcome the fear. People have to be willing to at least take a look and explore the opportunities that are out there without the pressure of having to make a decision, which is to give themselves the best opportunity to be able to move forward. My job is to help them make a good decision. Contact Don Gross at (561) 3379389 or visit www.theesource.com/ dgross for more information. FY
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SENIORTOPIA: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
Local Seniors Share Their Resolutions BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report
AS PART OF OUR look forward, Forever Young visited holiday parties hosted by seniors groups in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach and asked participants about their hopes, dreams and resolutions for 2012. A few of those we spoke to at Wellington’s party, who were among 132 people seated in the ballroom at the Binks Forest Golf Club on Friday, Dec. 9, said they were beyond the point in their life where New Year’s resolutions were meaningful, but most shared the promises they’d made themselves for 2012. The positive thoughts and warm interactions among those gathered gave an unmistakable air of holiday camaraderie. Ruby Rutledge said she holds out hope that things will get better for people in 2012. “There are many issues we have to give a lot of thought to — such as senior citizens’ healthcare, what’s going to be done and how it will affect us, and of course our educational system.” Dolores Sirucek said that for 2012, “number one, I hope that our country gets straightened out so families can be without worry.” She also wants to see her three grandchildren get through college. John and Marilyn Trimble said that in the New Year, one of their planned
John and Marilyn Trimble
Ralph Betrillo and Betty Murray
activities is “to go up in a hot air balloon.” Marilyn said she never really felt old until the turn of the century, but John interjected, “I don’t feel old.” Marilyn added: “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you feel? I’m 25. I’ll never get old. I just feel I could go on and on. It’s all about attitude.” Betty Murray and Ralph Betrillo said their resolution was to jointly stay healthy and support each other in their efforts. They also were envisioning some trips on the horizon. Sam and Anita Nebb wished for “peace in the world and for our soldiers to come home,” and added that they wanted “to just stay alive, stay in good health for another year, and we wish all the best for our six grandsons.” Lillian Floyd and Hilda Wanklyn want “just to keep dancing and never get tired.” Howard Trager, Wellington’s senior services advocate, said his most prominent resolution is “to create a schedule for seniors to keep everyone busy and happy.” Jerry Springer said, “I’m hoping our country gets back on its feet again. Let’s get people back to work.” Bob and Sheron Flaster said they will be working to keep up their health. Sheron has had hip replacements.
PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/FYLM STAFF
Anita and Sam Nebb
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Hilda Wanklyn and Lillian Floyd
They’re avid ballroom dancers and said they’d like to get back out on the dance floor together. Wellington Seniors Club President Tony Alfalla, who was reinstalled for another term, and his wife, Mary, who is staying on as social director, said they both mean “to stay as healthy as possible in the New Year, and to keep working hard for the club.” About 70 Royal Palm Beach seniors gathered for a holiday luncheon at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 16, and most said their New Year’s resolutions were about health concerns. “Hopefully, I will have more patience with all my grown-up family who have come home to live,” Sharon Lincoln said. “I have four children, in their 40s to 50s, and they’re all home with their spouses living with me, and I have a couple of grandchildren living with me, too.” She added that her husband is ailing, so her children are “just doing things for mom and dad, helping us take care of the property.” Ruth Biscaino said her main resolution is “not to be so sensitive,” explaining that she lives by herself and gets lonely. She said she’s hoping to be able to travel, that the economy improves, that her children will look out for each other and that her granddaughter graduating from law school in May will be able to find good employment. Attis Solomon resolves to keep coming to the Cultural Center to meet people “because I love people” and that she can keep up her health so she can keep sewing clothes and making items “for people in Haiti and Africa who are suffering.” Dolly Hughes, Royal Palm Beach’s senior activities coordinator, said: “I’d like to see a lot more activities for my seniors. I want people to know that [our programs] are for ages 60 and up. People get the impression that they’re for 80 and up. I want people to know that they can come here and have fun while they’re doing our crafts for themselves or for the programs that we participate
Bob and Sheron Flaster
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SENIORTOPIA: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU in. I just hope that the next year is healthy for everybody, that they’re happy and enjoying themselves. That’s what life’s all about, right?” Richard Carchia said that his 2012 resolution is to get back on the softball field. “I broke my leg in 2007, playing softball, and I want to go back to it, two or three times a week,” he said. Ruth Hamlyn
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Betty Brestel said her resolution is “to exercise, exercise, exercise,” for health reasons. Among her plans for 2012 is to go to Arizona, do some sightseeing and “to see Rod Stewart in Las Vegas.” Amelia Cutietta said, “I want to try to be healthy and enjoy my grandchildren, and the rest, I leave it to God.” Ruth Hamlyn, who at 98 was the oldest person present, said her hope is that “God lets me live another year, so I can be a better person.” Catherine Amico said her 2012 resolution is to be more careful. “As a senior, you know, you have to be careful walking, and I just tripped,’ she said. “And also to be forgiving and be tolerant.” She looks forward to spending time with her three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Finally, Carl Wingo intends to “just keep plugging along” in 2012. FY
MEMORY LANE BY JOE NASUTI
How Many Of These Vows Have You Made?
HAPPY NEW YEAR ... to me! This time of year has always been a time for looking back to the past and, more important, forward to the future. Over the years, I made list after list, usually the same year after year and, like you, never followed through. So do your New Year’s resolutions make our Top 10 list? 1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends — This is a no-brainer: Vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. If you do nothing else, this is easy and the best! 2. Get Fit — Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Exercise reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure and even improves arthritis. 3. Lose Weight — It is not
Joe Nasuti is an entertainment columnist for the Town-Crier newspaper. His monthly Memory Lane columns feature memories from bygone days.
surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight-loss program. 4. Quit Smoking — It is easier to stamp out your smoking habit, thanks to over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapies and other quitsmoking aids. Been there, done that. You are not alone ... on average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. 5. Enjoy Life More — Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! 6. Quit Drinking — New Year’s Eve is often an incentive to finally stop drinking. But many are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper off gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking! 7. Get Out of Debt — Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. Make a budget, and stick to it!
8. Learn Something New — Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, or want to learn a new language or just how to fix your computer. Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest resolutions to keep! 9. Help Others — Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library or hospital, perhaps mentoring a child, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Shopping for an elderly neighbor is another good thing to do …
so please call me the next time you’re going shopping! 10. Get Organized — Organization can be a very reasonable goal, whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized so you can find the stapler when you need it. This one I can do at least once a week! Well, that takes care of this month’s stroll down Memory Lane. I hope it jogged your memory and brought some smiles to your faces. Until next time, remember: We can’t help growing older, but we don’t have to grow up … so stay Forever Young! FY
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SENIOR MOMENTS BY DEBORAH WELKY
Happy New Year! How Did The Holiday Season Fun Disappear So Quickly? IT’S A BRAND NEW YEAR, and you know what that means — diet, exercise, no smoking and a clean, bright look for our homes. I hate January. Actually, it’s not the month’s fault; it’s our own fault. Throughout October, November and December, we who work in retail or for the media encourage gluttony. We write articles about sumptuous repasts enjoyed in days of yore; run ads featuring yummy cookies, cakes, pies and candy; speak vociferously about the joys of tryptophan; and work like mad to sell everything from toys to tobacco. Magazine layouts feature homes swathed in hundreds of dollars’ worth of pine garland and shiny baubles with piles of presents under every tree. The cellphone companies try to outdo each other by offering more bars, coverage and apps than the next guy. Car dealerships suddenly have more automobiles than they ever meant to order, and gigantic red bows stand at the ready, just begging to be slapped onto an all-terrain vehicle, a plasma television or a speedboat. Then comes January, the true Scrooge of Christmas. With long, Grinchlike fingers, it’s here to steal our green — money that was blissfully disguised as a shiny plastic credit card but which now grimly arrives in the form of bills, and plenty of them. With fabulous holiday leftovers still in the fridge, we are provoked by these very same media into trying to lose weight, slim down, tone up and get healthy. If you’re still smoking on Jan. 2, there is something seriously wrong with you. If you’re not walking around the block or sweating down at the gym, shame, shame, shame. If you can eat that last piece of pie without a big dollop of Guilt on the side, what are you thinking? Here’s what you’re thinking: Man, am I lucky! I haven’t seen such good food around here since last December! I’m with you. Deborah Welky’s humor column The Sonic Boomer is published weekly in the Town-Crier. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer and visit The Sonic Boomer page on Facebook.
And presents? Every year, my father goes on a tirade about the number of presents under our tree. I try to explain that a huge crowd of people getting even one present each still looks like a big pile of presents. I try to explain that a lot of the presents are just silly — if you left your sweat socks at my house last year, I may wrap them up as a gift this year just as a joke. You may get me back by wrapping up the dental floss I left at your place. While my Dad is yelling, “I don’t want any presents! I don’t want even one present!” and his blood pressure is rising accordingly, my mother (on the extension phone) will quietly chime in, “I want presents.” But, in January, the house is often still littered with wadded-up balls of giftwrap and the dental floss is still sitting out on the end table. There are six more books I have to read and two more electronic devices I must figure out how to use. There is Harry & David fruit to be consumed and thank-you notes to be written, and I’m starting to side with ol’ Dad. To make matters worse, every magazine on the rack is featuring a pure white living room. Red and green? Blue and silver? Overdone. The layouts now feature hospitallike cleanliness and a total lack of clutter. Where’d the poinsettias go? What happened to the layers of red and green throw pillows? The candles? The serving platters? The strings of ornaments hung from every chandelier? Don’t you know anything? Less is more! Less is the new black! Less is all there is! Less is … less. I hate less. And if I did happen to get a new car or all-terrain vehicle or TV or boat this year (highly unlikely due to the economy, but I asked Santa anyway because he manages to keep his labor costs really, really low), that big-ticket item was absorbed into the everydayness of my life so fast it would make your head spin. (“Where’d you get the new car, Deb?” “What, this old thing? I think Santa brought it, but that had to have been, wow, maybe a month ago?”) So I will drive my new car to the gym, where I will consume a cup of carrot juice before heading for my hospital ward of a living room, where I will sit in dismal seclusion, counting down the days to the next holiday season. Happy New Year! FY
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