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Anthony Gargiula | Recording Artist Audition on Tuesday. Radio interview on Wednesday. Dance rehearsal, piano, voice lessons. Concert appearance on Sunday. It sounds like the calendar of say, Joe Jonas. Or another music industry insider. But this is a typical week of Anthony Gargiula, 11 year-old Glenmont resident. Anthony is a sixth grader at the Bethlehem Middle School. He looks like a regular kid, with moppy blond hair and bright eyes. And just like a regular kid, he likes to hang out with his pals. A typical afternoon will find him riding scooters in the neighborhood with friends. He also likes to kick the soccer ball around with his big brother, Louis. The brothers set up cones and play friendly games in the backyard. “Louis always wins,” Anthony says with a shake of his hair and a smile. Then, there’s the part that isn’t typical. Louis is teaching Anthony how to play his guitar. They spend hours working on songs and making music together. They co-wrote a song, called “Background Tracks.” This song was written about a favorite saying, one from the Jonas Brothers. The saying goes something like this: even when you’re at the top, feel like you’re at the bottom. In other words, be grounded. Don’t let it all go to your head. There is also a song on the album, a very special song, written by Anthony himself. It’s called “Finally Done” and is written in response to his feelings about kids in school. Kids who aren’t always so nice. The music is an outlet for hard times. On one particular day, he came home from school feeling really down. As we know, kids can be mean. He talked to his mom. Had a snack. Anthony says that then, he was ready, “I finished all my homework. Then I wrote the song.” Without the experience, he wouldn’t have been able to write the song. The refrain is this: “So it doesn’t really matter what you do or say, I am here in spite of you today.” Powerful words that turned a difficult time into something positive. In the song, he thanks the kids who weren’t so nice. It all goes back to being humble. Both songs are part of Anthony’s album, released in October of this year. The album has ten songs, two written by Anthony himself. And what does it take for an 11-year-old to make an album? “Enough sleep!” he laughs, his humor and smile shining again. And then, more seriously, “It was a long, wild process.”
The album, titled Finally Done, is available on itunes. Anthony’s favorite songs are “Spinning” and “Finally Done.” His tunes all reflect his musical taste, his idols and favorites. Hip-hop to the core, his songs make kids jump up and dance. The road to this album started with Anthony singing at a Radio Disney contest at Crossgates Mall. He was only 5 years old! He won first place in his age group, and from there has gone on to do some pretty incredible things. There’s been the Ellen Degeneres Show, the Today Show and countless stage performances. The video of Anthony’s rendition of the National Anthem at a Siena Saint’s game a few years back was what they call a YouTube sensation, with more than four million hits. Ellen invited him to her show, and then back again to do a special interview of the 2008 American Idols. They all fawned over him. Audiences who knew Anthony as a singer had the chance to hear him talk, and get to know him as he laughed and joked with the Idols. They walked past, one by one, he stood on a steppy stool, and spent a moment talking to each. Many remembered him from his previous Ellen appearance. He was sweet, funny and showed his range, that singing isn’t his only talent. There’s a lot of charisma and humor packed into this kid, too. There are impressive singing accomplishments. In 2008,
“I finished all my homework. Then I wrote the song.” he was invited to sing for a benefit concert for John Stark’s foundation for high school students pursuing college. The concert was at Carnegie Hall and Anthony is the youngest singer to ever perform there. The list of singers he’s opened for or met is long and remarkable. There was Jordan Pruitt at the Altamont Fairgrounds. The Jonas Brothers. Lady Antebellum. He has a special connection with Tim McGraw and had the chance to get on stage with him. That performance, on the Today Show, was completely spontaneous. McGraw recognized Anthony in the audience, from his Today Show appearance, and invited him up. Without rehearsing, he boldly took to the stage and sang Carrie Underwood’s version of “Home Sweet Home.” This has been a busy year for Anthony. As he prepared for his album, there were countless press appearances and practices. The recording of the album itself took three trips to California. He sang at the Baseball Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony. Anthony is known for his National Anthem performance, and he’s asked to do it often. This he has done for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Knicks, LA Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Boston Bruins and Jacksonville Jjaguars and at the Belmont Stakes. Recently, he sang it at NASCAR’s Sylvannia 3000 in New Hampshire. His weekends this fall have been full with performances like Macy’s p.14 OURTOWNEBETHLEHEM.COM
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Shop for a Cause concert and another show on Halloween at Crossgates Mall. Anthony’s family works tirelessly on his musical career. Rich, his dad, acts as his manager and manages the ever-constant stream of media needed to keep up with the rest of the musical world. You can find Anthony on Facebook, see his pictures and hear the music. When he performs on stage, he’s backed up by the AG Dance Crew, a group of dancers who make Anthony’s music come alive with their choreographed groove. They follow him to all his Anthony G stage shows. The group includes his brother, Louis, where they come together once again to collaborate on music and dance. Despite all the fans, all the appearances and recording his very own album, Anthony doesn’t take anything for granted. On a recent Tuesday, he tried out for a part in Beauty and the Beast, his middle school’s musical. His mother couldn’t remember a time when he was so nervous. He is living by his mantra, the one he and Louis know so well: feel like you’re at the bottom. I asked Anthony where he would like to be in ten years. And I thought his response would be ambitious: on tour, perhaps? The Jonas Brothers opening for him? But no, Anthony’s dream is once again grounded. It’s to be on a stage. Any stage.
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The Sterile Cuckoo On my list of things I wanted to do before I pass through the “Pearly Gates” was to go back to Hollis Woods, Queens, NY and visit the neighborhood and apartment complex that my grandparents lived in for many years. During many summer vacations, my older sister and brother and I spent time with my grandparents. We eagerly looked forward to the visit and, as there were 8 children in our family, I think my mom also looked forward to it too! On a Saturday morning earlier this fall, a friend who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens-Bronx helped me realize my wish. The two of us drove down to Dunton Avenue in Queens and within three hours, I was……… o’er the river (East River) and thru the Woods (Hollis Woods) to grandmother’s (and grandfather’s) house! It had been many years since I last visited the community. My grandmother died when I was 11 and my grandfather subsequently moved upstate to Saugerties to be closer to our family. The wonderful memories I have are those captured through the eyes off a child. Today I could only wonder how I would feel seeing the neighborhood as ann adult. You hear stories of how people going back homee say, “Gee it doesn’t seem as big as it used to!” My amazement was that the neighborhood had hardlyy changed at all. My grandparents’ apartment complexx still had its tree lined streets, landscaped courtyards and gardens galore. Flower pots graced the stoops of many entryways. As I sat on the outside stairs of my grandparents’ apartment building, my mind immediately envisioned the old neighborhood ice cream truck coming along! Other memories slowly started coming back to me. Being with my grandparents was always fun. We’d spend afternoons swimming and jumping the waves at Jones Beach. We’d build sand castles and chase seagulls away from our blankets as we ate the lunches grandma made for us. I’d worked up an appetite with all the running around so it was like, “Sorry, Mr. Seagull but this is mine. Get lost!” Besides the ocean, we’d take trips to the Bronx Zoo. The smells weren’t always great, but I sure loved seeing all the animals. Sometimes, we would take the subway into the heart of the City; what kid can’t recall a visit to the top of the Empire State Building! I
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Ever have an episode of heartburn – that burning feeling that starts in the lower chest and moves up to the throat? It can occur within 2 hours of eating or during the night when you are lying down. What causes heartburn? The relaxation of a muscular valve that connects your stomach with your esophagus allows the acid in your stomach to enter your esophagus causing heartburn. There are certain foods, medications and diseases that can cause heartburn. Non-prescription products such as iron, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naprosyn) can make heart burn worse along with some prescription medications. How can I prevent heartburn? • Quit smoking. Smoking stimulates stomach acid and weakens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach causing acid reflux. • Increase physical activity to promote weight loss (if needed). Excess weight can increase heartburn. Exercise can help reduce weight and fight off stress which is a heartburn trigger. • Avoid, or reduce your consumption, of foods or beverages known to trigger heartburn. This includes some holiday favorites, so do you best to avoid foods such as: chocolate coffee/tea/soda/carbonated drinks peppermint/spearmint greasy, spicy or fatty foods alcohol garlic/onion tomato products & sauces citrus fruit or juice • Avoid eating meals within 2 to 3 hours of sleeping. • Avoid tight-fitting clothing around your waist and belts. • Eat smaller meals (less food can decrease reflux) • Raise the head of the bed; sleep slightly upright What Over-the-Counter Medications can treat heartburn? • Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Rolaids and Alka-Seltzer can neutralize stomach acid and provide instant relief. Careful – too much could cause constipation or diarrhea, so talk with your pharmacist. • Gaviscon forms a protective foam layer to prevent the stomach acid from irritating the esophagus. Follow the instructions carefully as you will need a full glass of water. • Zantac, Axid, Pepcid and Tagamet (and generic alternatives) reduce the amount of stomach acid. These products take about 30-45 minutes to provide relief if taken after symptoms start. They can also be taken an hour before eating a meal that may cause heartburn. These products can have interactions with other medications, so read the label carefully and check with your doctor or pharmacist. • Prilosec OTC and Prevacid (and generic alternatives) can be taken for frequent heartburn (symptoms 2 or more days per week) for up to 2 weeks. As with all non prescription medications, these products can have interactions with other medications you are taking, so read the label and check with your doctor or pharmacist. Are there herbal or natural products I can use to manage my heartburn? There are many supplements reported to help heartburn, however, there is little evidence they provide any benefit. As these products are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the risks of many products are unknown such as side effects or drug interactions with other medications. Chamomile has some evidence that is may work and is likely safe based on the evidence available. When should I stop self treating my heartburn and see my doctor? Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, which a chronic condition that could lead to more serious complications if not managed. So it is important to see your doctor if the heartburn lasts more than 3 months or continues after 2 weeks of trying the over the counter products above. Or, if you have any of the symptoms below at any time, you should see your doctor. • Difficulty swallowing, pain or a feel like food is trapped in your chest. • Vomiting blood or black material. • Feeling short of breath, frequent coughing or hoarseness. • Unexplained weight loss • Chest pain along with sweating, pain radiating to shoulder, arm neck or jaw, and shortness of breath. All of these could be signs you have a more serious condition that your doctor needs to evaluate. To submit a topic for this publication please email your ideas to: Pagnotta@FourCornersRx.com OURTOWNEBETHLEHEM.COM
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One of the core concepts of EA (Forencich’s Exuberant Animal archetype) is joy — joy in our birthright of movement. We all have this birthright. We all know how to play, though “...How did we somehow stumble off the savannah on to a many of us have forgotten. We are born with movement in our moving belt a few feet long and constrained by railings, our bodies. (Ever seen a baby dance? Hilarious, and informative.) attention fixed on the hypnotic blinky lights, bowing to the deity Movement is not a chore, or an obligation. It is who we are and of calorie burn? what we do. “Treadmills are boredom machines,” says Forencich in his new book, Change Your Body, Change the World, and our “somatic senses” (our physical experiences such as temperature, position, movement, pain etc.) have atrophied in overly-comfortable environments where we stare straight ahead into the picture box. We barely need to move our feet; a mechanized device will handle that job for us. “Movement deprivation is also a form of sensory deprivation,” argues Forencich, and “sensory deprivation is widely recognized as a serious challenge to psychological wellbeing… by living sedentary lives of sensory deprivation, we effectively torture ourselves.” Forencich’s premise is simple, yet elegant. We evolved to be complex, interconnected beings who respond dynamically to our environments, each other, and the natural world. We, like our ancestors, are wired for response, for movement, and for play. We are not a brain in a container: We are our bodies, and our bodies are us. Moreover, our bodies exist in a social and environmental context — we are walking ecosystems embedded in other ecosystems, food chains layered on food chains. We are we rather than me. One clue, says Forencich, lies in the divorce of our physical bodies from our natural worlds, and our cognition from our somatic senses. If you think of a time when you felt most nourished, exuberant, alive, and positive in your body, it was probably some moment when all your senses were working together in harmony with your natural physical abilities — perhaps hurtling along on your bike with the wind in your face, or hiking a trail, or playing in the surf. You were feeling and sensing and thinking, together instantaneously. You certainly weren’t worrying about your 6-pack. Thus, in order to achieve optimal health, we have to understand two key ideas: 1. We are ancient bodies in a modern — alien — context. 2. We are connected: within our bodies, to each other, and to the land/environment. Therefore: 1. Ill-health and malaise stem from mismatch between our ancient bodies and our modern world. 2. We can, through joyful and primal movement choices, through connecting to one another and the land/environment, 36 NOVEMBER 2010
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I have had to turn the heat on in the store…no denying that we are deep in the thrall of Fall. Frost sparkles on the grass as I step outside to take Riley for his morning stroll. Autumn skies morph between screaming blue and blustery grey. I look forward to my nighttime cuddle as I retreat under my afghans with Riley on my lap, reading glasses perched on my nose, a soothing cup of tea and…a good book. As the air turns crisp, many often head inside to cozy in with a great read! The reading matter? Well that depends on your mood or what peaks your interest. I often tell customers that what you read is as personal as your choice of topping on your pizza or your favorite flavor of ice cream. It can vary with the weather, with your mood… With winter weather approaching… I have recently helped many customers find just the right “beach read” as they prepare to head to the Caribbean, the Outer Banks, Florida and other warmer locations. Their location may be tranquil but their reading consists of action, adventure, intrigue and mystery with the likes of: Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner, Iris Johansen, James Patterson, J.D. Robb, John Sandford and Daniel Silva to name just a few. One gentleman heading off for a series of business trips wanted a few good military/action paperbacks for quick reads on planes. He left with Dale Brown, Jack Higgins and W.E.B. Griffin and hoped to be able to read and then leave these books for other’s enjoyment along his journey. One of our regular patrons, Sam, works a night shift and often has time to read…so he has been making his way through vintage Star Trek novels. Yesterday he left with every paperback in the Anne Rice Vampire series! A recent couple filled their arms with Carl Hiaasen books, which if you have never experienced him…what a hoot! (no pun intended as Hoot is the name of his young adult environmentally based novel). Most of these books are set in steamy Florida from glitzy South Beach to swamps and back bayous. I often toss a “Hiaasen” in my book bag whenever I go off on vacation. His books are irreverent, often inane, fast-paced and rarely dull or ordinary. A recent review of Hiassen’s works stated, “Hiassen is probably one of the most underrated contemporary storytellers out there... part Elmore Leonard part Hunter S. Thompson, Hiaasen knows how to create colorful characters and give them life.” My personal favorite (amongst those I have read) is still “Lucky You” but then again, I like pizza with pineapple, bacon, black olives, onions, peppers and mushrooms. You know, whether you have the opportunity to “physically get away” at this time of year, or not, isn’t it amazing how reading can just take you away? You can read travel books, tales of far off lands, travel to other countries,
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LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT: FOREVER FREE October 31-December 5 The library’s participation is made possible by a grant from the American Library Association. The exhibit has been organized by the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office. Made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. PAJAMA-RAMA Monday November 1 * 7pm Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal for bedtime stories, songs and dancing. Up to age 6 and families. ELECTION DAY Tuesday November 2 * 9:30am-8:30pm Stop by the youth services desk to vote for your favorite book characters. All ages. PRE-K MOVIES Tuesday November 2 * 11am Watch movie versions of Dooby Dooby Moo, Wild About Books, I Stink! and Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Up to age 6 with family. CAMPAIGN BUTTONS Tuesday November 2 * 2-3pm Stop in at Children’s Place and create a campaign button for your favorite book characters. Don’t forget to vote! All ages. FAMILY PLAYTIME Wednesdays, November 3-December 15 * 10am Meet other parents and caregivers while your young children play with toys, puzzles, balls and board books. Up to age 6 with adult. FAMILY STORYTIME Wednesdays, November 3-December 15 * 11am Stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 and families.
LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR: NEW YORK IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR Sunday November 7 * 2pm Talk by Robert Arnold, commissioner of historic resources for the city of Albany.
VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS FIFE AND DRUM CORPS Sunday November 14 * 1:30pm Civil War tunes and marches on the library Green (indoors if it rains).
DAYBOOKS Monday November 8 * 1:30pm All Other Nights by Dara Horn. Copies available at the information desk. New members welcome.
FRIENDS OF BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY Monday November 15 * 7pm
BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD Monday November 8 * 6:30pm * open to the public IT’S A MATCH! CHOOSE A COLLEGE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU Monday November 8 * 7pm Learn how to choose a college that is a good fit for the student, both academically and socially. Q and A after the program. Students and parents. AFTER DINNER BOOKS Wednesday November 10 * 7pm Shiloh by Shelby Foote. Copies available at the information desk. New members welcome. RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Thursday November 11 * 9am-4pm Sign up at the information desk. Walk-ins welcome. REMEMBER LINCOLN: FOURSCORE AND A CRAFT Thursday November 11 * 2pm Watch the movie version of Henry’s Freedom Box; then do a craft to take home. All ages. ANIME/MANGA/COSPLAY CLUB Thursday November 11 * 3:30pm All things anime, manga, video games, comics, costumes. Hang out and talk with other teens. Grade 6 and up. THE CHILDREN’S CIRCLE Thursday November 11 Storytimes: 7pm; Playtimes: 7:30pm Designed with the special-needs child in mind. Call Jennifer Hanley at 439-9314 ext. 3031 if you have questions about your child’s specific needs. Supported by a grant from the Upper Hudson Library System.
LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT: KEYNOTE AND RECEPTION Wednesday November 3 * 7pm Talk by Dr. Paul Finkelman, Distinguished Professor Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School: “Was Lincoln Really the Great Emancipator?
SHORT ORDER BOOKS Friday November 12 * 10am Self Storage by Gail Brandeis. Copies available at the information desk. New members welcome.
LIBRARY TOUR Friday November 5 * 1pm Reacquaint yourself with the library and all it has to offer. Cosponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
MY VERY OWN STORY GROUP Friday November 12 * 10am Stories, songs, dancing and movies for children age 3-6 while their parents/ caregivers attend ShortOrder books.
125th REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK Saturday November 6 * 10:30am and 2pm Living history presentations of the lives of two New York soldiers from the Civil War.
NATIONAL GAMING DAY Saturday November 13 * 10am-4:30pm All kinds of board games—learn and play! All ages.
VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS FIFE AND DRUM CORPS Sunday November 7 * 1:30pm Civil War tunes and marches on the library
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RAILROAD TO FREEDOM Saturday November 13 * 2pm Local storyteller Nancy Payne becomes Underground Railroad stationmaster Ann Wilber, telling local and national tales of the Underground Railroad.
TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP Tuesdays, November 16 and 23 * 6:30pm Do you like to write? Got a novel in the works? Don’t know where to start? Try some creative writing activities, get feedback, learn writing tips. Bring your manuscript or start from scratch. Grade 6 and up; call 439-9314 CIVIL WAR RAILROADS Tuesday November 16 * 7pm Howard Young of the 125th Regimental Association of New York will talk about the importance of railroads to both North and South during the Civil War. FIND HEALTH INFO WITH ALISSA Wednesday November 17 * 10am Visit our consumer health librarian and learn how she can help find reliable sources of information. Parents and caregivers. WRITE-IN Wednesday November 17 at 3:30pm Share your ideas and get tips on how to write better stories and poems. Bring some of your writing, or start something new. Grade 3-5. THANKSGIVING STORIES Thursday November 18 * 1:30pm * Stories and Thanksgiving-themed activities for kids up to age 6 and families. LISTENING PARTY Thursday November 18 * 7pm Classic rock fans are invited to listen to and talk about Miles Davis. Librarian Michael Farley will provide background and facilitate discussion. TALK TO YOUR TEENS ABOUT TOUGH ISSUES Thursday November 18 * 7pm Ellen Cooper of Cornell Cooperative Extension provides guidelines for parents. Call 439-9314 to sign up. FILM: LITTLE WOMEN (1994, PG) Saturday November 20 * 2pm Part of the library’s Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. GAMES, GAMES, GAMES! Friday November 26 * 2pm All kinds of games—Guitar Hero, DDR, Fisher Price Smart Sports, checkers, hopscotch and more. All ages and abilities. A LITTLE SUNDAY MUSIC Sunday November 28 * 2pm Pianist Young Kim performs an all-Schumann program. Louise Grieco - Public Information Specialist Bethlehem Public Library 439-9314 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamagrael Handcrafted Craft Fair
Delmar Ladies Auxillary
Saturday, December 4th 10am-4pm. Hamagrael Elementary McGuffey Lane, Delmar, NY.
Admission is FREE. There will be 80 vendors offering a wide variety of crafts. Lunch is available for purchase. There will be a Bucket Auction, Bake Sale and food.
Tuesday, November 9th 5 to 8pm
For more information contact,
478-0735 or Mandy Fallon
Friendly’s 270 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
St. Thomas Craft Fair! il pT ' o 'Sh Drop u Yo St. Thomas School’s Fifth Annual 'Shop Til You Drop' Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 10am to 4 pm at 42 Adams Place, Delmar. Start your holiday shopping early! Crafters feature jewelry, hand-made American Girl doll clothes and furniture, knit scarves and bags, floral arrangements, and tole painting just to name a few! Admission is free! Bring a friend and come enjoy part of your day with us!
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November 18th 6pm to 9pm
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