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39 The Perfect Wines by Choice Get advice from certified sommelier Michele Kawamoto Perry on which wines to have at your table

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86 Year-end investment decisions

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31 Voluntourism: take a trip and give back at the same time

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41 Get your foodie on with great recipes and gifts for the host or hostess with the “mostest”

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66 Helping you get into the “Spirit” of going green with thoughtful insights on sustaining our resources

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Dear Readers, As the holiday season approaches I find myself reflecting on the years gone by when there was a youthful innocence about the upcoming holidays. A magical anticipation seemed to permeate the air as we got closer to that special day. I have such fond memories of my family gathered around the table carrying on lively conversation as the wondrous smells of the holiday feast emanated from the kitchen. We would then all enjoy the wonderful holiday meal that had been prepared for us. I can still smell that meal and the memories it evokes are priceless to me. How few moments do we recognize as truly special. As we grow older the innocence of our youth is replaced by the necessity of a more mature approach to the holiday season. We tend to take it much too seriously overshadowing the sheer joy of our childhood past. I treasure those memories as if they were a special gift. When we are young we think that we have all the time in the world to enjoy the holidays. But how many of us know how long we’ll be here to celebrate with our family and friends? What I am experiencing today with everyone in my family is helping me to shape my future. Today will be tomorrow’s memory and I must recognize its importance. It will not come again. Look to the future with hope and embrace the challenges and excitement that is yet to come. I would like to personally thank all of our advertising partners and all of the readers that follow us. I wish that each of you reading this magazine will take the time to cherish your past holiday memories and live each day creating many new ones. Hoping the New Year brings you good health, happiness and joy.

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This issue was created with so much color and imagery that I just couldn’t wait to get a printed copy in my hands. While I fully appreciate the tremendous growth we are seeing with our online platforms, there’s just something about the weight of paper that I’m sure many of us will always appreciate. The issue in your hands right now also includes an abundance of the evermore important things in life that cannot be touched, only felt. Reminiscences, inspiration, creativity... From the positive outlook of role-model Brian Dawkins to the drive of those making community supported agriculture viable, the results of compassion and dedication can be seen by everyone. Whether in the strength of one, or in the momentum of many, the evidence is all around. That’s why we’ve also included so many ways each of us can give back to the communities where we live and work. There’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities and hopefully you will find a cause that moves you. If you’ve already given as much as you can this year, take a break for yourself at the spa nearest you. We went off the beaten path to find some real gems with world class appeal. No matter how little time you may have to yourself, there’s a place that can refresh and revive you, during this busy time. You’ll see more space devoted to arts, culture and literature too, with tons of great gift ideas and places to visit. And whatever your status in the realm of marriage, our special bridal section is a stylish one-stop resource for the recently engaged, as well as a feast for the eyes. Not to overlook the much-anticipated feasting for the rest of your body this season, enjoy tasty recipes and expert advice on which drinks to serve at your table. And since our Happenings calendar will be online going forward, we can post all of your important events and milestones, so stay in touch throughout the new year. Peace, love and joy to all of you. Happy Holidays!

Sharyl Volpe, Editor-in-Chief

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out & about Scene & Be Seen


23rd Annual Chowderfest Long Beach Island, October 2, 2011

Presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the festivities began on Saturday, October 1st with the Merchants’ Mart, which was fun and free. There are aisles and aisles of end-of-season blowout bargains from over 50 merchants, plus live music and a food court. Then, on Sunday, October 2nd, the 23rd Annual Chowder CookOff Classic began. Lining up ten deep in two different tents were chowder-sloshing fans. One tent was for the red chowder, the other for the white, each having about 8 or 9 different restaurants serving. If you like chowder, this is a must event. The tasting is unlimited, there’s live music, and lot of other great food and drink too. And then you vote at the end in actual voting machine booths. Don’t miss this well-organized, well-attended chow-down next October!


Bravo TV’s Tabatha Coffey Visits Southampton October 3, 2011

In the midst of celebrating their one year anniversary, Trubeauty Concepts welcomed a special guest to their HOPE (Home of Professional Education) For Beauty center on Street Road in Southampton. Over the course of the afternoon and evening, Tabatha Coffey hosted two separate 90 minute business presentations. The price tag for the event wasn’t cheap. Those in attendance paid $250 for the first session and $300 for the longer evening affair. Guests didn’t leave


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empty-handed, however. All those that paid the price of admission left with an autographed copy of Coffey’s book, It’s Not Really About The Hair. Tabatha Coffey has devoted her entire professional life to achieving excellence in hair design and education. For three successful seasons, she has brought her years of hands-on experience to Bravo’s hit series, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. “Tabatha Takes Over” follows the demanding perfectionist as she takes over various small businesses and family enterprises and whips them into shape. Concepts, a cutting edge, full - service professional beauty distributor, salon design center, and advanced education facility is located at 109 Street Rd., Southampton, Pa.

(Left to Right) Meredith Dolan, daughter of Mercer Museum Executive Director, Doug Dolan (pictured), his wife Joy Dolan, with Savory Sampler Committee Chair, Jane Mitchell.


Savory Sampler at the Mercer Museum October 14, 2011

Mercer Museum is a feast for the eyes on any given day, but it recently offered a feast for the taste buds, too. Awash with the historical artifacts of the Industrial Revolution, and basking in the glow of a multi-million dollar renovation with addition, the museum on Pine Street in Doylestown held its Savory Sampler event on Friday, October 14th. Throngs of tuxedoed men and evening gowned-ladies gnoshed on tasty treats supplied by more than 30 area restaurants, breweries, wineries and caterers. This year’s participants included: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bradley Bunch Bakery, Café Alessio, Café Underground, Chaddsford Winery, Earl’s Bucks County, Genevieve’s, Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar, Marsha Brown, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Memorable Affairs Catering, Owow Cow Local Artisanal Ice Cream, Pravda Vodka, Sand Castle WineryTASTE, Vine & Fig Tree Bistro, The Waterwheel Restaurant, Wegmans Food Markets, and more. Proceeds from the $150-per-person ticket fee benefit the museum’s educational programs.

out & about Scene & Be Seen


Pearl S. Buck Event October 22, 2011

Recently, Pearl S. Buck International (www., the Bucks County based nonprofit organization that changes lives every day through child adoption, child sponsorship and local community programs, hosted a very special Living the Legacy fundraising breakfast. Generously supported by Local Living Magazine, the breakfast raised awareness and support for the organization started by One Woman with One Vision that has changed the lives of over 2 million children and families (and counting). David Yoder, Vice Chairman of the Board, who was cared for by Pearl S. Buck in 1948 because he was considered “unwanted” due to the color of his skin, spoke of how his life was changed and pledged to help change many more children’s lives when he becomes the Chairman of the Board of Pearl S. Buck International in January 2012. To Discover the Legacy today, visit or call 215249-0100 x130.

Left to Right: Marrit Gorter, Wendy Warren, Laurel Jones, Meg Huebel, Liam Dean


La Chelé Medical Aesthetics Holds Grand Affair for Opening in New Hope, PA October 13, 2011

We live in an amazing time, when technology and medicine can safely help us gain back some of the years we’ve lost to sun damage, stress, illness or genetics. At La Chelé, they specialize in non-surgical skin rejuvenation services and anti-aging treatments. Offering only the most advanced aesthetics services and products, the party was showing off their new ultra-luxurious and convenient location in Union Square, New Hope, Pa. Lilly’s Gourmet served an endless stream of delights from salmon to lobster, and the live musicians kept the dance floor hopping with cha cha cha. The gift bags were chock full of decadent gift cards and Aveda products. Lisa Cheley Espinoza, MD runs this private practice with her artistic talents, procedural expertise, and passion for aesthetic medicine. She has spent the past 10 years training under some of the nation’s top cosmetic physicians and experts to perfect the art of healthy aging. Dr. Lisa Espinoza is a Board Certified physician and licensed to practice in all areas of aesthetic medicine.


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out & about Scene & Be Seen National Hemophelia Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala October 21, 2011

Pfizer (headquartered in Collegeville) was the presenting sponsor for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala. This exciting event was held at the Hilton Hotel on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia. Guests were treated to dinner, dancing and table games with all proceeds going to support the Chapter. Pfizer has been proud to sponsor the Gala for several years and this year was represented by over 100 attendees, their strongest showing to date. For more information and resources, please visit and

Above from left to right: Erin Hoban, Amy Shimp, Kim McMaster, Erin Burns, Alyssa Mattinson, Mary Nutter, Joann Deichert Right: Members of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation


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good deeds Community Efforts

Wrapping Presence – A Joy, Never a Chore by Candace Young


ith so many ways to volunteer across the country, this role-model non-profit might be the one for you. Wrapping Presence is an organization founded in 1995 by Marne Kies Dietterich in memory of her parents. Marne and her dedicated team of volunteers bring a shopping extravaganza to nursing homes allowing residents to “shop” with dignity with no money ever being exchanged. Wrapping Presence is currently serving 18 nursing homes out of the Doylestown office alone. There are also offices located in Illinois, Connecticut and northern New Jersey with more to follow. This is the first year that area VA Hospitals will be included in the festivities. Rooms are filled with a palpable holiday spirit and tables are piled high with all types of gifts for women, men and children, each one brand-new and provided through donations. Residents are lined up waiting to be paired with a “Shopping Buddy” who guides them through the room, but not before receiving either a handmade holiday boutonniere or corsage. A memorable moment for me one year was with a gentlemen shopping for his wife. He chose a corsage instead of a boutonniere and asked that it be used as a decoration during wrapping — he wanted his beloved wife to receive two gifts instead of one. After each gift has been thoughtfully chosen, they are taken to a team of skilled wrappers who handwrite each gift tag on recycled holiday cards. Nothing goes to waste with Wrapping Presence. A special treat while “shopping” is a visit by none other than Santa Claus, who spreads cheer and laughter to everyone he greets. On the way out of the magical room each resident chooses a handmade decoration for his or her door, and of course what would the holidays be without sugar cookies?

The energy present during a Wrapping Presence afternoon brings residents and volunteers together in a way that transcends age, religion or cultural differences. We are all one family in that magical space working together to preserve the dignity we all deserve, and it spreads a joy that lasts long after the New Year is upon us. This is a year round adventure and there are many ways to get involved and be a friend to Wrapping Presence. Please go to to find out how you can help. LL Candace Young is a freelance writer in Doylestown, Pa.

Manna on Main Street While we enjoy special meals with family and friends at holiday time, it’s important to remember those in our community who are hungry. Since 1981, Manna on Main Street has been serving meals to the hungry from its soup kitchen on Main Street in Lansdale, PA. With its small staff and over 1,000 unpaid volunteers, Manna on Main Street’s food pantry delivers 20,000 meals and 80 tons of food to more than 600 local households, made up of people from all walks of life. Some of them are elderly who enjoy eating meals in a family setting; some have physical and emotional disabilities and need a place where they can find a good meal; and many are working folks who need a little extra help to get by. Manna on Main Street also assists families and individuals who are facing a financial crisis and have no one else to turn to. According to Executive Director Tom Allebach, “For the most part, the people who come to Manna on Main Street are like all of us. They are our friends, family and neighbors.” The holidays can be an especially challenging time for people who have lost their jobs and are facing hunger. If you would like to donate food or supplies to Manna on Main Street, or make a cash donation, your help would be most appreciated. Contact them at, visit the pantry at 514 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 763, Lansdale, PA, 19446, or call (215) 855-5454.

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good reads Starting now, we’re dedicating the first half of this column to our young readers. These stories are for you, you savvy students, and the reviews are written by your peers. Introducing our premier litterateur, Katie Warren. YOUNG READERS SWINDLE By Gordon Korman Reviewed by Katie E. Warren Swindle: to cheat, steal, trick, deceive, defraud, lie, rob, con, backstab, obtain dishonestly. Gordon Korman is a terrific writer. He has written over 75 novels for children. To be upfront, I have read just a few of Korman’s books so far and I haven’t experienced the thrill of all of his characters… yet. For example, Schooled, one of Korman’s books, was centered on a hippie named Capricorn Anderson. Capricorn’s grandma, Rain, was picking plums one day when she fell off her ladder and broke her hip. Capricorn had to stay in a foster home and attend a public high school, which wasn’t what it seemed, until his grandmother healed. A good read. Okay, so let me tell you about Swindle. The main character, Griffin Bing (AKA “The Man With The Plan”), has an idea to stop the town construction workers from demolish18

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ing the old Rockford house. When he and his most loyal friend Ben Slovak camp out in the house, Griffin finds a rare Babe Ruth baseball card. When he trades the card in for cash at Palomino’s Emporium, the owner, S. Wendell Palomino, cheats them out of the actual value of the card. Outraged, Griffin plans a heist to get the card back. Does Griffin succeed, or does he get caught and his plan fails? The only way to find out is to read the book. I promise you will enjoy the experience. I would have never thought Griffin Bing could think of a plan like the one in Swindle, stealing a million dollar baseball card. It was spectacular! A great page turner from beginning to end, Swindle will blow you away! GROWN UP READERS ETHICAL WISDOM: WHAT MAKES US GOOD By Mark Matousek Review from Good Since the days of the first primitive tribes, we have tried to determine why

one man is good and another evil. Mark Matousek arrives at the answer in Ethical W isdom. Contrary to what we’ve been taught in our reasonobsessed culture, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral, or good. But how do we make the judgment call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are biological, which ethical? When should instinct be trusted and when does it lead us into trouble? How can we know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears, and sabotaging appetites that pervade our two-sided natures? Drawing on the latest scientific research and interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists, and philosophers, Matousek examines morality from a scientific, sociological, and anthropological standpoint. Each chapter features a series of questions, readings, interviews, parables, and anecdotes that zoom in on a particular niche of moral inquiry, making this book both utilitarian and fun. Ethical W isdom is an insightful and important book for readers crisscrossing their own murky moral terrain.

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good reads PEARL OF CHINA By Anchee Min Reviewed by Susan Huang


This is a novel about Pearl S. Buck, the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author of the book The Good Earth. She resided at Green Hills Farm, a National Historic site in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pa. Although this book is not factual, you will learn about her life and writings. Willow, an only child of a poor family, is a fictitious friend of Pearl’s; Pearl is the daughter of missionaries in China. Details of Buck’s life are woven into the story about the relationship between Willow and Pearl. It depicts Pearl’s love and affection for China and her eventual recognition as a national heroine in that country. Pearl of China is a moving story that encourages the reader to read more about Pearl S. Buck and her books. The author is Chinese. She was taught to resent Pearl S. Buck while she was growing up in Shanghai. Anchee Min came to the United States in her twenties and read Buck’s books for herself. Min then learned that the novels described Chinese peasants with humanity, admiration and affection.

Life: 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography A 70-year retrospective, presents a history in photos, highlighting the most famous, moving and beautiful pictures from the magazine.


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Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs Ansel Adams The full spectrum of Adams’ work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career. The Americans - Robert Frank Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. Norman Rockwell 332 Magazine Covers Cover paintings, from beloved classics like “Marbles Champion” to lesser-known gems like “Feeding Time,” are reproduced in stunning full color in this large-format volume.

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A Likely Place to F ind Holiday Magic By Drew Giorgi


hile the disappearance of Borders is a loss for many areas near and far, hopefully wherever you live there’s at least one independent bookshop. If you are in Doylestown or New Hope, head to Main Street to find two of the biggest: Farley’s in New Hope, which was voted Best of Philly this past August, and the Doylestown Bookshop. Stocked with books and knowledgeable staff, they appreciate what it means to give the gift of the right book. “I get the impression that sometimes customers worry that the independent bookstore will be too quirky for their tastes or will lack the selection,” Shilough Hopwood, a manager at the Doylestown Bookshop, says. “We want people to know we have everything, from recent bestsellers to the latest by local authors.” In addition to free Wi-Fi and a coffee shop overlooking Doylestown’s idyllic Main Street, the Doylestown Bookshop has made a conscious effort to be a destination where readers of all ages can find a home to make connections with those who have similar tastes or enjoy solitude. As Hopwood notes: “Many of our book clubs have been started by customers, and we now have book clubs for teens, women, history buffs, and so on. We are a great destination for kids. Every Monday, we have ten o’ clock story time with music and crafts. The teen space is also semisecluded, giving teens a place with books written for them.”

Both Farley’s and Doylestown Bookshop sport sophisticated websites, offering millions of eBooks for all eReaders, except Amazon’s proprietary Kindle. They also stock everything students need and run programs with local schools. They also know the teachers who are, in some cases, writers like Carrie Hagen, author of We Is Got Him, who recently made appearances at both shops, including an outdoor signing in

front of Farley’s. Farley’s promotes small presses while maintaining a comprehensive stock of popular and rare titles. “Staff Picks” are updated monthly. “We take everyone’s suggestions seriously. If someone really likes a certain series or genre we might dedicate a whole shelf to it.” Julian Karhumaa, manager at Farley’s bookshop, says. Informational cards displayed throughout the shop are authored by the staff, and share their insights into genres and authors that can help one find that elusive gift. Staffers know a well-chosen book can have a great impact. Karhumaa shared the story behind a special book he received from a friend before embarking on a trip to Europe. “John Fowles’s The Magus was my favorite book for a long time. I was a history major and read nonfiction. The Magus got me interested in reading literature again. I started reading it on a train, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed Europe as much as I did if I hadn’t had that book.” Take the time to search for those special independents in your area this season. And after all, that is what we are after this season, to give that which will not merely delight but enrich. LL Drew Giorgi is a t eacher of English at New H ope-Solebury H igh Sc hool. H e is a Fellow of the P ennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, a Ke ystone Technologist, and author of Blues for Beginners, and many articles on Media Ecology.

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Farm toHoliday TABLE By Sharyl Volpe | Photos by Heart and Soul Portraits


hat do a NYC ic on,a s kateboarder,a nd a p laywright all have in common? Believe it or not, they’ve got the same

thing in common we all do: caring about tomorrow. No matter

where each of us is from, all of us are thinking about where we are going, and this has entered the global consciousness. What better time than the holidays to reflect on ways to navigate every day challenges with a watchful eye on the future? Preserving what is good, inventing creative ways to live well but more simply, remembering the meaning of “family” — these are the themes in conversations taking place around the world. Here are three vignettes that will raise your spirits and kindle inspiration. Enjoy.

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THE FARM The Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative


ou have probably heard about Community Supported Agriculture, or the CSA movement, and you may belong to a farm co-op that provides you with a share of a CSA harvest. Belonging to such an operation requires a little more coordination than walking into the nearest supermarket, but there are creative people out there making it easier for small farms to compete for your business. Casey Spacht, General Manager at the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op (and skateboarder), is one of these people. He was on the phone when I arrived at the new warehouse. A small, focused staff were engaged by glowing screens and quiet conversation. Once joining me, Casey explained that the call was with Aaron, a farmer in the co-op. Aaron grows a sought-after lettuce, Heirloom Romaine, and they were coordinating delivery to a 5-star restaurant in Center City. The green leaves have natural red spots arranged Jackson Pollock-style, making a unique presentation on any plate. Outside the office is the two-story high packing warehouse. It was lined by enormous cardboard boxes filled to the brim with vine-ripened (for real) tomatoes, flawless pumpkins, and dense heads of cabbage weighing five pounds or more. Volunteers would soon fill this room carefully sorting and preparing orders with produce picked within the last 24 hours to be shipped that day or next. “We receive this produce from 75 farms in the region. They are supporting their families, of five and more in some cases, and we are adding more farms all of the time.” I was given a cabbage to cradle, every leaf in sight perfect and crisp. LFFC has 2,500 members, not including wholesale and restaurants up and down the east coast. Starting with nine farmers and a barn four years ago, LFFC has grown to include all of its member farms, and a business model that makes their produce available across the region. A $700 down payment before May gets you 25 weeks of certified organic, fresh produce, May through October. So, for $28 a week, you’ve got 7 to 12 varieties of pristine, nutrient-dense vegetables.


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The nuts and bolts of a co-op is simple. Everyone has skin in the game. As a consumer, you pay up front. This provides cash flow for the farmers to plant, water, nurture, and grow your bounty. Mother Nature decides the outcome, and if all goes well, everyone benefits. If there’s a loss, it’s everyone’s loss. This is the definition of community. LFFC provides all of the operational support, a big plus for farmers that don’t want to take time away from farming. “There is no one like us in the world. Our farmers grow things that you can’t find in the supermarkets. And the difference between us and conventional farming is that we work with nature, not against it. We don’t use chemicals to fight the bugs and weeds because we maintain good soil, which is vital to staying organic.” And each of the farms in the co-op cooperates. Imagine! For example, one buys straw from another farm in the co-op to cover their crops; each farm weeds by hand and yes, each farm will squish bugs by hand. Stronger chemicals breed stronger bugs and stronger weeds, needing stronger sprays for the next year. Do the math. Search for farm co-operatives in your own area and take part in making local success global. For more information on the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op please visit For natural remedies for what ails you, check this out too:

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hen you are at a farmers’ market where Yafa is, you will know her when you see her. If it’s not the black lens cateye sunglasses, the five-inch platform boots, or a primo vintage coat that gives her away, it will be the umbrella. Yafa will be sitting under a remnant from her epic past as the proprietor and inspiration behind NYC’s legendary Yaffa Café. She now lives on a 60-acre farm in Perkasie, Pa., where she creates gluten-free sesame treats in her certified organic kitchen. (Besides various farmers’ markets, Whole Foods is a major client.) She bought the property in 1993 and before leaving her Tribecca loft behind as a rental, spent years taking taxis with her son between the city and their country respite. On what brought her to the States: “Growing up in the deserts of Israel, every living thing is cherished,” she said. “I would find this bug or that, a flower here and there, and keep them. That’s why I had a collection of dried flowers to send to my new American pen pal when the project was introduced at my school.” And it was those pressed flowers that eventually led to her first visit to New York City, alone and into the arms of her welcoming family abroad. Later, at 22 years of age, she arrived for good. She made her home in Tribecca, and staked her claim to the artistic heritage of the neighborhood: within 24 months she opened her first café. The second café on St. Mark’s Place was opened not long after and both places became havens for artists, celebrities, students, and every other walk of life.


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Chandeliers and leopard print furniture topped the eclectic menagerie. Customers were drawn by good food at stunningly affordable prices, served in an atmosphere of relaxed but elegant bohemian celebration. Every day was a holiday. “I didn’t think. I just did.” Raised by an entrepreneurial father who started from scratch not once, but twice, Yafa learned from example. Her mother never learned to read, but would tell Yafa: “Your father reads the lines. I read between them.” And it was from this combination of strength and wits inherited from her parents that she made her way into the hearts of every patron that crossed her path. Yafa’s space was home away from home, and it is that spirit that she has brought with her here. Her farmhouse is adorned inside with the same cut-crystal lighting, artwork is in every nook and cranny, and mosaic tile projects wind their way around the walls like a meandering dragon. On the rolling hills of her property, a myriad of barns and other rustic structures stand waiting, full of potential. Yafa plans to remodel and use them to host special events. Be on the lookout for Yafa’s next big thing, always on the verge of continuous reinvention, and always setting the scene for a communal celebration.

THE HOLIDAY I Spent the Summer in the Poconos with My Daughter By Holli Harms

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You tell me if it was worth it.


e kayak each day to the pool. Across a quiet lake, no motorboats, just a few other kayaks, canoes, paddle-wheels. Mostly fisher men and women, nestled deep in their boats, leaning back, pole at the ready as they watch the red and white bob sit atop the shiny black water. We move at a steady pace, Beatrice behind me singing her favorite song from a Winnie the Pooh movie, “I wanna stay like this, forever. I wanna be like this, forever.” On our way home from the pool we glide our kayak through the water lilies so Bea can put her hand in them and say, “Oh Mama, so soft.” At our

dock we sit and watch three mallards eat from the algae on the shore, so close we can reach out and touch them, but we don’t. “We don’t want to scare them,” Bea whispers. And we sit on the back porch of the house as a flock of wild turkeys make their way along the edge of the creek. They are awkward and clumsy and I say in a whisper, “I have no idea what Benjamin Franklin was thinking.” “Ssshh,” my daughter says. We have watched the turkeys and deer and fox and ferrets pass by our back door. We have gently carried small frogs across the front lawn out of the way of the lawnmower. We have watched white and black fuzzy caterpillars munch on leaves and every morning we say good morning to Tom, our neighbor, as he takes his morning constitution. And every evening we hurry to the front door to listen as the mysterious boy with the lanky walk, French chapeau and ukulele passes by and sings his songs; his songs whose worried beautiful lyrics are new to us, but whose tune is yet so familiar and haunting. I read each day about Russian history, devouring words and stories, names and places, as I research my way to my new play. I listen to Russian ballets on old vinyl records left from the previous owners of our house as Bea spins and twirls her own ballets to the music using her dog Tucker as her dance partner. And I listen each day to the Russians that surround us here in the most unlikely of places - the Poconos. The Russians who all watch my three year old swim under the water across the length of the pool and say to me, “She is fantastic. God bless.” Their accents so thick I hear in my head, “Quick, Boris, Natasha, must get moose and squirrel.” “She is a good swimmer.” “Yes.” “She is your daughter?” “Yes.” “Your child?” “Yes.” “Yours?” “Yes.” “She is your little girl?” “YES!” “She does not look like you.” “No she doesn’t.” Over and over this is repeated. A little girl, 6 years old, a granddaughter of one of the Russians asks, “She’s your daughter?” “Yes.” “She doesn’t look like you.” “No she doesn’t.” “How come?” “She didn’t come from my tummy. I went to a place called China and got her. I adopted her and she adopted me.” “Oh, okay.” And the 6 year old swims away.

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At night, I tell Beatrice the story of Bea Wen the Dragon Whisperer and her five dragons. How she knows each of their songs, for each dragon has his own song, a song of dragon words and dragon sounds. How the dragons taught her their dragon kiss: nose to nose and cheek to cheek. And then we do the kiss. How her best dragon is Camus, but they are all her friends and she says their names over and over, her mantra as she goes to sleep, “Camus, Beckett, Brecht, Pirandello and Madam George.” I tell her how she flies on the back of Camus, on a saddle made special for her and how during the day the dragons all turn into dragonflies so as not to scare anyone. “They are the dragonflies that fly next to the kayak,” I say. “They’re keeping an eye on their beloved girl Bea Wen.” “Do you fly with me Mama,” she will ask.” “Oh yes, I fly on the back of Brecht’s mother, Mama Courage. She is a Mama like me and so she and I like to be together.” “And we fly up in the air, right mama?” “Up, up,

up into the clouds and the stars.” And we laugh. Oh, we laugh. When Pirandello laughs it sounds like thunder. “He IS the thunder,” she says. “Yes,” I say, “he is.” When a storm named Irene makes its way to our backdoor and the thunder booms Bea gasps, “It’s Pirandello Mama. He’s screaming, “I am Pirandello.” And she runs to the front door and swings it open and screams to the sky, “We know it is you Pirandello.” In bed, she whispers. “Mom, the dragons are my friends.” “Yes,” I say. ”And yours, Mom?” “Oh yes,” I say, “and mine.” And then she sings, “I wanna stay like this forever. I wanna be like this forever.” Forever and ever. Good night sweet girl. Holli Harms is a playwright living in New York City currently commissioned by the Sloan F oundation to write a play about the So yez 1 spa ce mission. H olli is also wor king on a c hildren’s play b ased on he r story about Bea and the dragons.

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD November National American Indian Heritage Month 1 - All Saints’ Day (Christian, Roman Catholic) 1 - Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” (Mexico, Latin America) 2 - All Souls’ Day (Roman Catholic) 12 - Birthday of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) 24 - Thanksgiving Day 26 -Dec 24 - Al Hijra - Muslim New Year December 5 - Ashura (Islamic, Muslim) 6 - St. Nicholas Day (International) 8 - Bodhi Day - Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddhist) 12 - Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico) 13 - Santa Lucia Day (Sweden) 16 - 25 - Las Posadas (Mexico) 21 - 28 - Hanukkah* ( Jewish) 25 - Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International) 26 - Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom) 26 - Kwanzaa (African-American - Dec. 26, 2009 - Jan 1, 2010) 23 - Chinese New Year 28

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Volunteering: What’s In It For Me? By Jessica Flowers


aul Revere earned his living as a silversmith. But what do we remember him for? His volunteer work! You too can make a difference in your community while meeting new people, developing new skills and sharing your talents. The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. is a private, non-profit voluntary health organization that provides resources and opportunities associated with addiction, trauma and other related health issues. Like many agencies and organizations, The Council could not exist without volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available in prevention, community education, advocacy, coaching/mentoring and recovery support. Two Council programs that rely heavily on volunteers are: Prevention and PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together). Our Prevention program provides education and increases awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to youth and adults through presentations and activities. Volunteers assist with the Red Ribbon Week Campaign,

Take Back Medical Disposal initiatives and National Alcohol Screening Day. Through The Council, PRO-ACT programs offer volunteer opportunities for people whether or not they have been affected by addiction. “Giving back” is a proud and rewarding tradition not only within the recovery community but throughout the entire community. Volunteers form the backbone of PRO-ACT by providing the bulk of the services and carrying out advocacy efforts. One volunteer expressed the following: “I have been blessed to have such a great appreciation for helping others that it has become a part of me.” There are many ways to assist those who wish to access and sustain long-term recovery, including mentoring/coaching, GED tutoring, and program/event planning. We provide orientation and a variety of training programs that equip volunteers to fulfill their chosen roles. If you would like more information on The Council or PRO-ACT, please visit or call (215) 345-6644 to set up an appointment to discuss the many volunteer opportunities available. Jessica F lowers is the Communit y De velopment Coordinator for The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

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senior perspective Words and Wisdom

Traditions by Diane Burns


ith the holidays rapidly approaching I sat down one day and began to reminisce about the traditions that have been passed down in our family from generation to generation. The dictionary defines the word tradition as “a custom, a habit or a ritual.” Thinking about this definition I realized we had many traditions that we practiced from Thanksgiving to Christmas. As a child Thanksgiving was always at our house. Family gathered together, each one bringing his or her own specialty dish. Someone always brought the string bean casserole, another would bring sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, and of course my mother had to make her famous sausage stuffing. Everyone always ate way too much and after dinner most of the men fell asleep while watching football. They of course woke up just when the dishes were finished and we were ready for dessert. The meal was the same year after year. “It’s a tradition,” I would hear. When I married and had my children, the only Thanksgiving tradition that remained was my mother’s special sausage stuffing, except I was making it. I would try every year to talk the family into a new stuffing recipe but I always heard the same thing: “You have to make it. It’s a tradition.” Since then, the string bean casserole has been long gone, replaced by a new vegetable each year. But the stuffing has remained the same. Our Christmas traditions were many. When my children were little, my parents had what they called “Gram and Pop-Pop’s Christmas party.” It was especially for the children but we parents were reluctantly allowed to come. Everything was geared to their size from the bite-sized food to the sippy cups. As my parent’s oldest child it was my duty to read the story Twas the Night Be fore Chr istmas to the young children. We would sing carols and it was during the singing that Santa arrived with a small gift for each child. Each year the party became bigger and bigger as friends began bringing their children. They were memorable times my children still talk about. When my children were young I started baking a cookie that my mother used to make. It was a cream cheese spritz pressed cookie with grape jelly in the center. The kids loved them so much that they would say that Christmas couldn’t come until I made them. I can’t tell you how many dozens of those cookies I have made over the years. The chant for the cream cheese cookies is now a chant taken up by my grandchildren. My hands are not as nimble as they used to be


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and so my granddaughter has taken up the duty of helping me to carry on the tradition. She has become a master of the cookie press. Another tradition is a cookie exchange we have among the women of the family. We each make a dozen cookies for each of the girls. We have a nice lunch and then make the exchange. After that we break into teams and make a few more batches (you know you can y the time they get to me the room is filled with colorful wrappings and ribbons. Memories like these are like scraps of material sewn together to make a quilt, a quilt that makes up a part of our family’s history, one to be passed on to future generations. Have you made your family’s quilt? LL

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“Voluntourism”: It Doesn’t Have to Be All About You By Beth D’Addono


hile there’s definitely a time and place for self-indulgence, more and more travelers are choosing a holiday with heart, a get-away that makes a difference. Dubbed voluntourism, there are a multitude of non-profits and tour operators that specialize in volunteer get-aways, with themes ranging from animal conservation to helping children at risk. Here are three places where you can add a volunteer experience into your trip. Want more information? Visit and make a difference.

Washington, D.C.

In between traversing the National Mall and taking in the capital’s many cultural sites, take a day, or two, to get really busy.

How Can You Help? • Martha’s Table ( provides tutoring, recreational programs, meals and family support services to atrisk children, families and individuals. Anyone nine years old and up can help prepare food; 14 year olds and up can work with

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kids in day care, and 15 year olds can pitch in at a mobile soup kitchen. Sixteen years old and up? You can tutor kids and sort clothes at Martha’s Outfitters. • DC Central Kitchen ( uses job training, meal distribution, and supporting local food systems to combat homelessness and poverty. Volunteers can do everything from picking local produce to helping with meal prep for the 4,000+ fed daily.


With its rugged coastline, pristine Acadia National Park, and endless opportunities for adventure (don’t forget the lobster), Maine sends a siren call to all lovers of the great outdoors. How about the idea of combining your love of Mother Nature with the chance to give back? One way is to head to the 281 miles of the Appalachian Trail that runs through Maine. Spanning from Katahdin Mountain in Baxter State Park, across the Kennebec River and through the Mahoosuc and Grafton notches into New Hampshire, the Trail is always in need of maintenance. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC - organizes a series of volunteer vacations, lasting from just a few days to three weeks. Scheduled between March and October, the time is used to build and maintain existing and new trail systems, clear brush from the trail, and build bridges or rock staircases. A typical week includes 6 to 8 hour days, with AMC providing the tents, food, cooking equipment, and other group gear. The cost? A $300 donation to help cover expenses. The benefits to you, your family, and friends and the trail system? Priceless.

New Orleans

Six years after Katrina, there is still work to be done in the “City that Care Forgot”.


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Before his first visit to N.O.L.A., Mitch Herman’s idea of volunteering used to be writing a check. “I thought that was enough for me. Cross charity off my list and move on. But it doesn’t work that way anymore.” The Connecticut resident volunteered for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit working to preserve affordable homeownership in the Gentilly neighborhood devastated by the flood. “Rebuilding Together has already rebuilt more than 800 homes, partnering with corporations like Sears and McDonald’s, as well as individual leisure travelers.” Recipient homeowners are often elderly, veterans, medically or developmentally disabled, or victims of fraud from unscrupulous contractors. “What we’re doing is about rebuilding community, rebuilding New Orleans,” said Daniela Rivero, director of the New Orleans operation. “It’s bigger than individual houses.”

Three More Ways to Give Back Locally • Greater Philadelphia Cares – This umbrella organization is a conduit with dozens of local non-profits, letting you make just one contact to find a volunteer opportunity tailored to your schedule and passions. A monthly calendar offers a wide range of ways to give back. (215) 564-4544, or • Career Wardrobe – Volunteer to sort inventory, assist clients, and provide clerical or committee support for this non-profit that collects career clothes for women re-entering the workforce. (215) 568-6693, or • The Abramson Center for Jewish Life – In Horsham, this non-profit needs volunteers to work with seniors in many ways, from speaking Yiddish with them to helping out in the library and making friendly visits. (215) 371-1816 or e-mail (215) 371-1820, or LL Travel Editor Beth D’Addono ce lebrates loc al li ving whe rever she goes on her blog,


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OPPOSITE PAGE Jamison Farm Lamb Osso Bucco with heirloom carrots and baked garlic. THIS PAGE Beets and fresh green salad with God’s Country Creamery blue cheese.

The Eagles Mere Inn is an ecofriendly, all-inclusive escape featured by the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of North America. It is known as “the last unspoiled resort” and maintains a reputation of being the only full service historic inn remaining from the 1800s. Owned by Chef Toby Diltz, Eagles Mere Inn offers authentic cuisine and regularly serves guests five course gourmet meals. Eagles Mere Inn is situated 400 paces from a pristine mountain lake and offers a variety of activities for the urban travelers looking for a rejuvenating experience outdoors, while at the same time providing a feeling of luxury with first class hospitality and fine dining.

The road less traveled takes you to the endless mountains, a MidAtlantic epicenter for the growth of regional, seasonal cuisine. Its wonderful nearby farmers, gardeners and butchers offer beautiful organic produce, meats and cheeses year round. Eagles Mere Inn purchases and uses these products each day to bring you hearty, fresh and bountiful meals. For more information on Eagles Mere Inn please visit or telephone (570) 525-3273.

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Holiday Mixed Berry Pie INGREDIENTS


PASTRY: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening 1/4 cup ice water

In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water. Tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to fit a 9-in. pie plate for bottom crust. Wash & drain berries, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Mix berries, juice, sugar, tapioca, extract, salt and food coloring if desired; pour into the crust. Dot with butter . Top with a lattice crust. Bake at 375 degrees F for 55-60 minutes.

FILLING: 4 cups of seasonal berries 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 teaspoon salt red food coloring 1 tablespoon butter or margarine


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Marsha B rown Creole K itchen Jambalaya - Crabmeat, shrimp, duck and andouille sausage in a dark southern roux blended with peppers, onions and rice. Cuisine that is native to New Orleans is referred to as Creole. It is truly the most decadent and unique of all American cuisine, a fusion of flavors and culinary ideology from around the world. The menu at Marsha Brown focuses on great steak & seafood dishes as well as an abundance of Marsha’s own Southern family favorites and is complemented by an outstanding wine list.

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2009 Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, CA

Brilliant yellow hue. Lifted notes of pear, melon, Braeburn apple and vanilla on the nose. Pear, peach and apple flavors and a touch of butterscotch. Moderate length finish with a hint of crème brûlée. Enjoy with baked chicken, sautéed monkfish or pasta with a creamy sauce. Truly delicious! Price: $25

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The Perfect Wines by Choice From Michele Kawamoto Perry


ichele is the founder of Vine Divine (www.vinedivine. com), an expert source for navigating wine lists like a pro. An industry veteran and international wine educator, Michele is a Certified Sommelier and instructor through the International Sommelier Guild. She is also co-owner of Rouge-Bleu winery in southern Rhone, France. She received her MBA from Bordeaux Business School with a focus on the wine industry, and her BA from Harvard University. We asked Michele to send us a few of her suggestions for the holidays along with her insight on what makes them special. You can’t go wrong with these, and the price is right.

Medium garnet red color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, cranberry, and rhubarb are echoed on the palate with vanilla and clove. Well rounded with a slightly earthy and moderate length finish. Decant 45 minutes to an hour before serving to open up and soften. Wonderful complement to roasted turkey, broiled salmon, duck or pork loin. Sip and savor! Price $25

Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne NV (non-vintage), France

Light golden in color with fine, delicate bubbles. Notes of biscuits, golden delicious apples, honeysuckle and nougat on the nose. More complex palate of apples, citrus and toasty elements. Long finish that keeps you wanting more. Pairs perfectly with oysters, fried calamari, caviar or Asian dishes. C’est magnifique! Price $40

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Fork-1-1 by Kimberly Ca mbra

Vidalia Onion Tartlet T’is the season to celebrate friends, family and food all at your holiday table. This issue you will discover recipes for my best-loved side dishes. Happy Holidays from The FORK-1-1. (See page 43 for the Vidalia onion tartlet.)

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pa ncetta

Yields 6 - 8 servings Bake: 450º Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 20 – 25 minutes 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 6 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried thyme) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place halved Brussels sprouts in large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add pancetta and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Spread mixture in single layer in baking dish. Roast until Brussels sprouts are tender and brown, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Drizzle Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with thyme. Stir to coat. Return to 450 degree oven and roast until heated through, about five minutes. Serve immediately.


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Vidalia Onion Tartlet Yields 6 – 8 servings Bake: 400º Prep time: 30 minutes Bake time: 20 – 25 minutes 10 slices bacon chopped 4 - 5 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon flour ¼ teaspoon herbs de Provence (topping) Salt & pepper to taste 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 1/4 pound) Optional: mushrooms. Suggestions include shitake, portabella, your choice! 1 ready-made pie shell

Directions: In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Reserving the fat in the skillet, drain and remove the bacon on to paper towels, and set aside. Sauté the onions over medium heat in the same skillet with the bacon grease until softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, flour, salt and pepper. Layer the onions, bacon and cheese evenly over the bottom of the pie shell. Pour the custard mixture in to the pie shell and distribute filling evenly. Sprinkle with herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the tart on the top is golden brown. Serve tart warm as a brunch dish or a savory side for a holiday dinner.

HO! HO! Hostess Gifts Cheapter Buy the Dozen


nevitably this holiday season you are going to find yourself in need of hostess gifts, whether it is for those formal holiday house party invites, last minute get-togethers or that thoughtful friend that brought you a gift and catches you off-guard. En guard yourself throughout the season by buying something or making something in quantity. Handmade and homecrafted gifts always add that something special to the gesture when the secret ingredient is love. No, you need not be an Ina Garten or Sandra Lee to achieve this mission. You need to know what you are capable of before taking on the task which is why some people just need to buy instead of create. Regardless, the number one tip remains the same and to go with a quantity of the same or similar gift and stick to a budget. If you’re good with prices and product than you might be able to find a great wine under $10 and when you consider the “case” discount (10-15% off ) you can save even more money in the process. Smaller bottles (375 ml) of dessert wines are ideal for gift giving be-

cause they can remain open longer than a couple of days when stored properly. Varietals to consider might be Muscat or a late harvest Johannesburg Riesling. Actually some of the local wineries sell award-winning dessert wines due in part because they tend to make sweeter wine to begin with. Other things like well made tea-towels, monogrammed paper napkins or handmade soaps are other sure bets for gifting. If you prefer to roll up your sleeves and tie on your apron to make your own signature hostess gifts here are some suggestions for the season: Buerre composé or compound butters, infused vinegars, and herb rubs. Compound butters couldn’t be any easier to make, they are simply butter thawed to room temperature and infused with a fresh herb like dill for a savory finish or vanilla and honey for a sweet finish to warm toast.

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Gluten-Free Savory Stuffing Oven Baked Stuffing Ingredients 1 bag (12 oz) Aleia’s Gluten Free Savory Stuffing 1/2 onion medium dice (about 1/2 cup) 2 ribs celery medium dice (about 1 cup) 1 large carrot medium dice (about 1/2 cup) 6 tablespoons of butter 2 cups gluten free chicken stock


celery and carrots. Saute until vegetables are tender. Add stock, bring to a boil then remove the pan from the heat. Place stuffing mix into a large bowl, pour mixture from pan over stuffing. Toss lightly until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until hot. For a crispy top, remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Serves 6.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet pan, medium heat, melt butter, add onions,


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Stocking Stuffer

For the Culinary Curious By Kimberly Cambra


ant to really give a gift that will yield a flavorful return in the kitchen, on your table and palate this holiday season? Why not give someone you love a weekend cooking class at The Culinary Institute of America? This prestigious campus is a little less than a three-hour car ride from the region and there’s plenty to see and do in Hyde Park along the banks of the Hudson River in New York. Whether you’re the ultimate gastronome or enjoy the excitement of any given cooking show, aspiring to be a better home chef, this is for you. These classes are absolutely hands-on, professionally taught and earn bragging rights in the kitchen. The CIA classes offered range from gourmet cooking to baking. The gourmet classes have over 25 flavors to choose from which include: Gourmet meals in minutes, Spain and the World Table (very popular), Brunches & Breakfasts, Sharpening Your Knife Skills and Soups for all Seasons, to name a few. Prefer to bake? The selection of baking classes is a sweet deal too with classes such as Artisan Breads, Cupcakes and Gluten-Free baking. Gaining more popularity are the CIA Boot Camp Cooking

Vacations which exceed any regular cooking class or vacation. These two to five-day boot camp vacations are more intensively structured as you learn to cook like a professional under the direction of the institute’s renowned chef-instructors. The majority of the two-day boot camp courses are focused on technique and skill development along with holiday, comfort food and hors d’oeurves. The three-day dessert boot camp is a must for the avid baker who dreams of baking five dozen cookies all at the same time in a commercial professional grade oven, while visions of sugar plums and gingerbread men dance in your head. The extended five-day boot camp courses focus on different world cuisine from France to Mediterranean, Pastry and Breads. To learn more about these classes and discover the history and beauty of The Culinary Institute of America visit: www.ciachef. edu/enthusiasts. There you will discover the restaurants of the CIA, course offerings, tuition and accommodations. The site is user- friendly and filled with tasty information. LL November | December Local Living


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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:

CHRISTMAS CITY U.S.A. By Diane Burns 46

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Photography by Paul S. Bartholomew


estled in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania you’ll find the city of Bethlehem. In the spring of 1741, 500 acres of land was sold to Henry Antes, a trustee for a congregation of Moravians. The city was settled in that year by a small group of the Moravians on land once owned by William Penn. On Christmas Eve of that year the townspeople were visited by their patron Count Nicholas Ludwig Zinzendorf of Saxony, Germany. On that day he officially christened the city Bethlehem. They were a hard-working people and within six years the city was exporting to the colonies the many different wares from their trades and industries. The products exported were from the pottery makers, the tanner y, the locksmiths and shoe makers. During the Industrial Revolution, Bethlehem Steel was founded and became the second largest steel producer in the country. In 1937 the Chamber of Commerce of Bethlehem, recognizing the Christmas Eve-naming of the city, voted to claim it as Christmas City U.S. A. for the entire country. In order to promote this idea, 2,500 letters were sent to Chambers of Commerce all over the country stating the initiative the city was proposing. A request was also made to send cards and letters to the city to be postmarked from Christmas City U.S.A. Within 2 weeks 195,000 pieces of mail were so postmarked. Bringing Christmas to Bethlehem is not an easy task. Merchants work extremely hard to make their shops festive and welcoming. Historical Moravian buildings are decorated as they were in 1741. A brightly lit star erected on top of South Mountain hangs over the city and can be seen for miles around. In the old-world tradition, Bethlehem has a Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas village. This is a free open-air arts and crafts market. Large heated tents house vendors featuring their wares of food, decorations and crafts. It is there you’ll find a multitude of the famous Nutcrackers. The market is considered to be one of the top such markets in the world. The market opens on November 11 and runs until December 31. There are several ways you and your family can enjoy Christmas City. Costumed guides can take you on a lantern walking tour or perhaps you’d prefer a carriage ride around the city’s decorated streets. If museums are your thing, then perhaps you’ll want to visit the Moravian Museum or some of the other historical sites. At some time during your visit to the city I’m sure you’ll want to try one of the city’s great restaurants. Bethlehem has over 80 restaurants in the downtown area featuring different styles and tastes that will please anyone’s palate. A few of these include The Hotel Bethlehem, Donegal Square Tea Room and Edge Restaurant, voted “Best Fine Dining” in 2010 and 2011. So this year why not take a Christmas vacation in your own backyard. For more information visit www. LL November | December Local Living


Take Me

Away By Sharyl Volpe


hether you are too old to remember or too young to know that famous advertising tag line from Calgon™, the message is clear. Between waiting in long lines, coaching soccer games and chaperoning ďŹ eld trips, after a quarterly meeting or during Thanksgiving dinner, sometimes you just need to escape.


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With that in mind, we bring you two of the best retreats around. Whether you have a whole week or a long weekend to revive yourself in decadence or just half an hour, our finds are worth fitting into your busy holiday schedule. We delved deep into what makes each place special to help you decide where to find your Zen.

Sea View Galloway, New Jersey

Situated in a charming seaside town of Galloway, historic, Seaview is the only golf and spa resort on the New Jersey Shore. World class accommodations and top-notch service will delight your senses and relax your mind. Located on 670 beautiful acres along the pristine shores of Reed’s Bay, Seaview Resort offers a wide variety of activities for all to enjoy, any time of year. Easily accessible from several major metropolitan areas, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle, this Atlantic City resort provides the perfect retreat to relax and unwind and recharge during your Jersey Shore vacation. Take advantage of the many activities at the New Jersey shore hotel. From the two championship golf courses to the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, there’s something for everyone at Seaview. If golf is your passion, the Atlantic City hotel is unrivaled. Choose from two well-known, professionally designed courses, the Bay Course or the Pines Course. The Donald Ross-designed Bay Course runs along Reed’s Bay and has a distinctly Scottish feel. The Pines Course, designed by Howard Toomey and William Flynn, is more of a traditional American layout set among the Jersey pines. No matter which course you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable golf experience at Seaview Resort. If you prefer less activity and more relaxation during your New Jersey vacation, Seaview invites you to the ultimate experience at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. This onsite spa offers a complete menu of salon and spa services for both men and women. The perfect way to pamper yourself. In addition to golf and the spa, the New Jersey shore resort has indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a new satellite art gallery from the renowned Noyes Museum of Art. Plus, it is located just eight miles from the shopping, entertainment and dining of Atlantic City. For the ultimate experience, visit the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at historic Seaview where the menu of world class services will relax and revitalize you.

The Lodge at Woodloch Pocono Mountains, Rawley, Pennsylvania

By any standard truly a luxurious destination, The Lodge at Woodloch is nestled in the Pocono Mountains, a convenient drive from Philadelphia or New York City. Experience the rich tradition of excellence and warm hospitality that’s


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been fostered in this pristine location for over 50 years. Everyone is treated like family here. From guests to staff, the atmosphere envelopes all in serenity, wrapped around as it is by a spell-binding setting. The establishment is especially proud of how it gives back to its environment and its neighbors, as a member of the Green Hotel Association. They continue to work towards increasing their energy efficiency and reducing waste production. Priority is placed on partnering with local businesses to care for natural resources and for the good people of the Poconos. Designed for guests 16 years of age and up, whether you are new to Woodloch or a longtime “family member” you will find a sanctuary in this home away from home. A full menu of massages and skin treatments await your tense, tired body. Bring a companion and enjoy treatments for two. A spa concierge will work with you to design a customized program. Throughout your stay, join in a wide variety of body work sessions such as Reiki or Shiatsu. The selection of classes and activities is varied enough to suit every sense of adventure. Choose from a long list of outdoor activities such as biking and kayaking, or sign up for Geocaching, a high-tech hunt for hidden “treasure” with help from an Outdoor Adventure Guide. Also available are Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting and classes in drawing and watercolor painting. From Ballroom Dancing to Aqua Training, the Lodge at Woodloch has it all. No matter what you choose to do first, the rejuvenation you will feel in the end will linger long after you’ve left. For more information or to make your reservations, visit or call (1-866) 953-8500.

When you can’t get away for long, here’s our guide for quicker picker uppers ... Toppers Spa / Salon Rittenhouse Square 117 S. 19th Street | Philadelphia, Pa 19103 (215) 496-9966 The Grand Escape An experience that you won’t want to end is the ultimate combination of our hot stone treatments combined into one decadent session. The Grand Escape features a Classic Hot Stone Massage, Hot Stone Facial and a Hot Stone Manicure and Pedicure. Complete and utter indulgence, this experience includes an Aromatherapy Neck Warmer for tired and achy muscles. Serenity Day Spa & Wellness Center 64 Swamp Road | Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 230-3487

Red Door Spa at The Seaview Resort Red Door Champagne & Rose Facial Splashes of complexion-toning champagne, paired with longknown replenishing qualities of the rose, gently exfoliate and deeply hydrate the skin. Arms, neck and shoulders are massaged with warm stones as a rejuvenating collagen mask is absorbed. Beautiful, petal soft results for all skin types. Magnolia Body Treatment A fragrant restorative treatment for the skin and senses, this ideal 52

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all-over skin renewal uses a fresh new organic skincare formula from the exclusive Villa Floriani line. With a spicy sweet touchof-citrus scent, this intoxicating service lifts summer dryness with a gentle Magnolia exfoliating scrub followed by a hydrating massage with rich Magnolia body cream. Extracts from this elegant blossom offer soothing antioxidant replenishment as well as moisturizing protection from the colder weather ahead.

Seaview Resort 400 East Fairway Lane Galloway, NJ 08025 (609) 404-4100

Shirodhara & Ayurvedic Massage We begin this treatment with a Dosha or body typing consultation while you relax with an Ojas foot soak and massage. We then move you to the massage table where a scalp massage prepares you for treatment. Next, indulge in Serenity’s own version of Shirodhara, using warm dosha specific aromatic waters instead of heavy oils. The stream of water flows gently across the forehead into the hairline to bring you into a deep state of relaxation similar to meditation. We follow this with a full body marma massage to balance all energy point and muscles.

laxing aromatherapy massage to the back, neck, and head to improve circulation, tone muscles and nourish the skin. Hot towels and warm stones may be added.

Avante Salon & Spa Bradford Plaza 668 Downingtown Pike | West Chester, PA 19380 (610) 429-1800

Customized Aromessence Body Wrap Ritual Recover radiant and soft, silky skin with this wonderful sensory-stimulating body treatment. Begin with an invigorating body exfoliation experience designed to rejuvenate and energize your skin. Then, enjoy the benefits of our rich body mask that will envelope you in nourishing plant extracts and emollients.

Healing Winter Escape Sooth your feet in a bath of essential oils and warm stones, followed by a revitalizing leg and foot massage to stimulate, cleanse and balance the body. Finish with a re-

Zanya Spa / Salon The Laceworks Building 287 South Main Street, Suite 7 Lambertville, New Jersey 08530 (609) 773-0770

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Blue Horse Above: Fine italian leather bracelets with an equestrian flair. Available in many colors. Left: Change the look of any boot with these fabulous faux fur socks by Socks Appeal. They come in assorted colors and fit any boot. 118 East Lancaster Ave. | Wayne, PA 19087 | p 610.254.2583

Occasions Boutique Hand-beaded silk chiffon knee-length sheath with three-quarter length sleeves, modified bateau neckline, dramatic cowl back bodice. Available in Wine, Black and Emerald. $520

30 East King St. | Malvern, PA 19355 | p 610.296.0442


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Cowgirl Chile Co. Cascading Petals Necklace - $88., adjustable from 18-20�, brass. Cascading Petals Earrings $38., brass and gold filled. Available exclusively at Cowgirl Chile Co. Jewelry. Custom jewelry design work is also available. (215) 348-4646. Please visit:


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Q& A With Debbie Cooper, Registered Dietician and Amie Allanson-Dundon, Psychotherapist of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network


t’s that time of year again when radio stations start playing holiday music, trees have lost their leaves, and holiday invitations start to arrive. You have no idea what gifts to get your loved ones or how you are going to pay for them. Holiday stress and nutrition can be overwhelming and take a toll on your relationships, finances and your overall wellbeing. How you deal with stress can make all the difference.

Q: What are some techniques I can use when

holiday stress is getting the best of me?

A: Try these five techniques: 1. Relax – Try to keep your expectations in check. Things usually turn out okay but they won’t always be perfect. Find a quiet spot to relax and try this breathing exercise: • Sit or stand in an upright position • Keep your shoulders back • Take a deep breath in through your nose and feel your lungs and ribcage expanding • Exhale slowly through your mouth to deflate your lungs completely • Repeat one to three times as needed 2. Set Realistic Goals – Pace yourself. Rushing can lead to forgetfulness and may put you in a bad mood. Allocate more time than you think you will need. 3. Plan – Think through what you will need and want. Pick up things in advance. Making a list or schedule will help to keep your thoughts organized and checking things off of your list will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Q: How can I make healthy choices during hoiiday

parties and meals?

A: 1. Don’t go to a holiday event hungry! Eat a whole-

some breakfast and lunch on the day of the party. Have a light snack before going to the party. Foods high in protein keep you feeling satisfied longer, so you’ll eat less later. Offer to bring a low calorie healthy appetizer with you to the holiday event. 2. Plan Ahead: Who will be with you? What foods will be available? What foods are special to you? What foods can you do without? What are your triggers to overeat? It is much easier to deal with social eating situations if you have planned for them. 3. Holiday events should not be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Review your food choices and make a plan. Eat smaller portions if you want to try everything, or choose what you really want the most and have a normal portion size. Physically position yourself away from the buffet table. 4. Make a choice to limit high fat and high sugar items: If you cannot control the ingredients that go into a dish, simply limit yourself to smaller portions. Drink plenty of water which will fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. Don’t forget to include some fruit and vegetables. Beware of rich sugary foods because these can make us crave yet more rich and sugary foods. Planning healthy meals before and between events can help you keep a balanced diet.

4. Delegate – Ask for others to help you and then allow them to carry out the plan. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. 5. Humor – Don’t forget to laugh! If you experience holiday stress that is beyond a manageable level, consider calling St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Counseling Center at 1-866-STLUKES or another provider of mental health services. 58

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Snap the tag to view more information about St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network directly from your phone!

Q: What are some healthy beverage choices for

holiday events?

A: Remember that alcohol and other beverages have calories too!

Beverage Lite Beer (12 fl oz) Alcohol (1.5 fl oz) Apple cider (8 fl oz) Wine (6 fl oz) Beer (12 fl oz) Sparkling apple cider (8 fl oz) Eggnog (8 fl oz) (Source:

Calories 100 110 120 124 150 150 306

Q: How do I lose weight during the holidays? A: Maintain perspective. Your focus should be on weight management not weight loss during the holidays. Do not make plans to diet after the New Year, instead be physically active every day. Overeating one meal or one day won’t make or break your eating plan…unless you let it. Put it behind you and return to your regular eating plan without feeling guilty or disappointed.

Q: Any other helpful hints? A: Have a mint or piece of gum when you are done eating and get a tall glass of water to sip on.

Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you have eaten. Slow down your eating and you’ll be able to physically recognize when you have had enough to feel satisfied. Remember to enjoy friends and family and focus on conversation instead of food. After all, isn’t that what it is all about?! Relax and enjoy. For more information on nutrition services at St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, please call 1-866-STLUKES or visit

A Healthy Alternative to Pumpkin Pie Low Fat Crustless Pumpkin Pie 16 oz canned pumpkin ½ cup Egg Beaters® 12 fl oz canned evaporated skim milk ½ cup sugar ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground cloves 4 squares of graham crackers, crushed In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin, Egg Beaters®, sugar, and spices. Add evaporated milk and mix well. Pour into 9 inch pie pan sprayed with nonstick coating. Bake in 350º F oven for approximately 1 hour. Sprinkle graham crackers over cooled pie. Serves eight. Per slice: 7 g fat, 25.4 g carbohydrate Source: view/0,1737,158167-232204,00.html

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St. Luke’s Goes MOBILE! For more information please visit from your mobile device or call St. Luke’s InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES.

1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) Call St. Luke’s InfoLink for physician referral, information on health screenings, lectures, support groups and community programs.


efore we know it, the New Year will be here! That’s why now is the perfect time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished for your health throughout 2011, and make plans for your well-being in2012. In these times of uncertainly in so many areas of our lives, our dental health is something we can control! Start now to begin a year toward achieving the healthy smile you want, the one that you’ll keep for a lifetime! You don’t need a dental insurance plan to get this going. All you need is dedication to your own wellness and experts that will coach you while monitoring your progress. We see you through the bumps and beyond, getting you to the reality of a healthy smile, and a healthy you! Our philosophy begins with a focus on a comprehensive assessment. This includes a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, jawbone, jaw joint and occlusion. Next, we provide an exam of the head and neck, and an oral cancer exam. We then conduct a review of your medications and your vitals (Blood Pressure/ Pulse) along with a discussion of your aesthetic aspirations and concerns. We take all of these aspects into consideration and discover a way to bring them all into harmony with lasting results. Are you the kind of person who runs in for a whitening treatment after being away for a long period, forgetting about the decay and broken teeth that existing further back in your smile, where it “doesn’t show”? Without proper assessment, the whitening procedure can actually aggravate existing problem areas,

Snap the tag to visit the website for Dr. Robert Lantzy directly from your phone!


No Time Like the Present to Plan For Good Health

setting the stage for an unpleasant experience. So while whitening is great and certainly makes a difference in one’s confidence, it’s important to take care of first things first! The foundation of your smile is key... it must be healthy! Everyone is unique, so your action plan will be unique. For some, the focus may be on improving the way the teeth occlude (come together) because this can often be the cause of periodontal (bone/ gum foundation) concerns. For others, early periodontal disease (infection in the gums and underlying bone) will need to be addressed. Decay and broken down, old restorations also need to be addressed. For many, a healthy hygiene visit may be all they need. Whatever your scenario, a good start will put you well on your way toward achieving maximum oral health and overall wellness. A quick fix may not always be the right answer. If your teeth are in good condition generally, although crooked, an instant cosmetic smile with crowns and veneers may not do you justice over the long haul. You may want to consider Invisalign®. Within a short period of time, wearing invisible aligners can help you achieve the perfect smile with your natural teeth! Less cost, and less overall lifetime maintenance! Consider it. Learning good dental health at an early age is vital! A fun experience is only part of the whole picture. Learning about good homecare is what leads to a lifetime of healthy smiles! In our family practice, periodic dental health visits help record and track baselines. Homecare instructions provide the coaching you need to establish a good preventive routine. It’s more than just a “cleaning”. Picture yourself this holiday and imagine the possibilities. Send us a photo of your smile or come in for a courtesy “smile evaluation”. Comprehensive doesn’t mean it’ll take a long time! In reality, with the modern dental technologies we make available to you, your healthy smile can emerge sooner than you’d think, and some major changes can occur in the course of a single visit! Happy Holidays from your friends at 11 Friends Lane, Suite 100! LL Dr. Robert Lantzy is a compr ehensive family dentist in N ewtown, Bucks County. He and his caring staff of professionals provide a range of services in a state of the art facility where the focus is on individualized attention and lasting patient-doctor r elationships. you may r each the office at (215) 860-5901 or by visiting November | December Local Living


profile Colonial Marble & Granite: People Matter By Sharyl Volpe


ccording to James Freeman, Senior Vice President of Colonial Marble & Granite, when this industry-leader started out in 2007, confusion ran rampant for customers. Figuring out how to compare the bottom line costs across competitors took a degree in calculus. This inspired the client-focused Colonial to engineer a unique and simple program that made it easy to walk through their vast warehouse with a firm grasp on the reality of the “want to have” and “need to have”. “Even before times got tough, simplicity was number one,” says Freeman. “We designed a spreadsheet for clients to use, with options, upgrades, and details.” Combining this with the security of knowing that the price you expect ends up being the price you do pay has brought sweet success for partners Angelo Bekas and Nikos Papadopoulos. You come in expecting price “A” and you can walk out with Price “A”. It is hard to find businesses with options as transparent as Colonial. 64

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So perhaps by now you know Colonial Marble & Granite, either from word-of-mouth, media coverage, or from your own experience with their exemplary service, selection and craftsmanship. But did you know that they organize a BBQ cookout for their customers and employees every Saturday of the year, rain or shine? Major holidays too? That’s a commitment to community. And this example of giving back extends past contracts and clients. Colonial Marble & Granite is a proud and active community supporter through sponsorships of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams as well as fundraisers for a wide variety of non-profit causes. The list includes everything from the Ardmore Public Library to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. “For example, at a recent event we worked with our sports partners to have an autographed basketball from the 76ers Andre Igoudala, a signed puck from the Flyers Jeff Carter and a soccer ball signed by the entire Union team. All of these prizes were donated for auction with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.” For some, having granite in their homes is a dream come true. For others, it’s purely a matter of investment. In any case, Colonial Marble & Granite invests itself in the dreams of those in need and shares its success with its community. LL


CyberKnife, An Alternative Cancer Treatment By Jennifer Barnett Fox


ancer is something no one wants to think about, but increased awareness and conversation can make a tremendous difference to those diagnosed with it. Each November, the American Lung Association works to increase awareness of lung cancer. The organization strives to eliminate the stigma that lung cancer is caused solely by smoking. In fact, radon, an invisible gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Lung cancer is a prevalent cause of death in both men and women, but the positive news is that when lung cancer is caught in the early stages, the prognosis is positive. Today, early-stage lung cancer patients have an additional fighting tool in their arsenal. CyberKnife is a radiosurgery alternative to traditional radiation therapy for the treatment of cancerous and benign tumors. Performed on an outpatient basis, CyberKnife is a non-invasive treatment method that requires fewer radiation treatments than traditional radiation therapy and no incisions. Prior to the use of CyberKnife, a diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer typically meant removing the lung mass with surgery or subjecting a patient to up to two months of radiation treatments. To begin, a radiation oncologist would first identify the mass on radiograph. Because the mass moves with breathing, the radiation oncologist had to apply a larger target area than the actual tumor in part due to movement of the mass caused by the patient’s breathing. Radiation therapy was then delivered by 2-3 concentrated beams, 5-days a week over a 7-8-week period. In contrast, CyberKnife uses tiny gold markers to identify the tumor treatment area. Because CyberKnife can make constant, minute adjustments, the method can zero in on the mass and target it with up to 200 beams of low dose irradiation, effectively “painting” the tumor with a prescribed dose of radiation. Eric Gressen, MD, a radiation oncologist and CyberKnife treatment specialist at Rothman Specialty Hospital, deals specifically with prostate and lung cancers. Dr. Gressen recently treated Richard D., an 81-year-old Stage I lung cancer patient. Richard found a malignant tumor in the lower lobe of his right lung and contacted the CyberKnife program at Rothman

Specialty Hospital after seeing an advertisement in the local newspaper. Richard’s primary oncologist recommended that Richard consider the non-invasive CyberKnife treatment because of his age and lung condition. Richard consulted with Dr. Gressen about the recommended treatment as well as what he could expect before, during, and after the procedure. Dr. Gressen and Shari Rudoler, MD, another CyberKnife specialist at Rothman Specialty Hospital, prepared Richard for the CyberKnife procedure, treatment and post-treatment effects, and discharge plan. Post-surgery effects can include general fatigue and tiredness and possible changes in skin appearance. “I left the office after talking with Drs. Gressen and Rudoler feeling completely comfortable,” Richard says. “I put my life in their hands, no problem.” Richard’s treatment plan included four radiosurgery treatments conducted over a 10-day period. Because of the accuracy and concentration of the radiation delivered by the CyberKnife technology, patients usually only need 3-5 radiation treatments versus 35-40 treatments for traditional radiation therapy. Citizens of Bucks County and surrounding communities can find a convenient location for CyberKnife at Rothman Specialty Hospital in Bensalem. The hospital’s CyberKnife program features Thomas Jefferson NCI-designated radiation oncologists that specialize in specific cancer care. “This has been a fantastic experience for me and I have nothing but positive things to say about the team and their operative capabilities,” Richard says. “This is one of the best multi-disciplinary teams I’ve ever seen. They were marvelous.” LL CyberKnife at Rothman Specialty Hospital 3300 Tillman Drive | Bensalem, PA 19020 | (215) 244-7407 November | December 2011 Local Living


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Letter from the Editor Spirit Issue


ur world is shaped by thoughts and ideas but it is the human spirit that inspires us and touches our souls. We are lucky to experience Earth and all of its beauty, and it is right to leave it how we first found it. Everyone is given a gift when we get here and through our journey the gift of time makes us better people for knowing who or what we know. When the gift of our spirit is no longer bright we know that our work here is done. There is no guarantee how much time we have, but it’s up to each of us to decide how enriching our experiences are. It’s what we learn from each other that makes each generation unique. Our spirit has the innate power to heal one another and the strength to heal the Earth. It is that which I reflect on when I think about this time of year, thanking my blessings for all whom I’ve touched and for everyone that has touched me. Each time I step outside, I close my eyes and take a deep breath of fresh air; my mind becomes connected with a feeling of enlightenment. It is the essence of just “being” that fills my soul and connects me back to nature. The Spirit of Sustainability lives within us all; it is a lifestyle that demonstrates how to live simply. I hope the vibrant colors of falling leaves entices you to enjoy spending time outside, making leaf packs, and picking out the right tree for the season. Remember: the holidays are about spending time together, not about buying stuff. Let’s start the revolution. Happy Holidays! If you would like to give a “different kind” of gift for the holidays, please help Water Aid America provide one person with safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education with a $30 donation. Visit to learn how.

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Eco-Sensible Let’s Plan ... A “Green” Holiday By Melonie Messina


all’s arrival marks the changing of seasons, beautiful colors, cooler weather and the approach of the holidays. This is a time for gatherings with family and friends, and for creating lasting memories. This also tends to be a time when everyone wants to show his and her creative side. Being creative is not always easy. Follow my tips and you’ll find that being creative and eco-friendly is not that hard. During the holidays many times we’re invited to a gathering or two and we find ourselves wanting to take something for the host or hostess. Instead of going to the store and buying something off the shelf, personalize your gift. There are many items in your home that you are able to transform into one-of-a-kind gifts. Keep your empty jars, peel off the labels and wash them for the next time you are invited to a gathering. A day or two in advance of the event pull out the jar you have been saving and one of your favorite recipes for a dip, cookies, or candies. Gather the ingredients for your favorite recipe and put them in the jar. Next, type up


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your recipe and print it out, making sure to cut the recipe to an appropriate size and fun shape that fits the size of the jar. Lastly, punch a hole at the top of printed paper, grab ribbon (the ribbon you’ve been saving from gifts you’ve received instead of throwing out) and tie it around the jar. By doing this your host or hostess is able to enjoy the gift over and over. For a more personalized finishing touch, print an image of your host or hostess, cut to fit the lid, and use double-sided tape to stick it to the top. For more tips and ideas, or to plan your next event, visit Let’s Plan:,

Little Sprouts:

Leaf Pack Experiment!

Bugs ?!

Leaves that naturally fall into streams form clumps called leaf packs, a home and source of food for aquatic insects. Insects are important for two critical reasons:

1. They are food for fish. 2. They indicate the health of a stream.

Before You Go To Y our Strea m ASK PERMISSION FIRS T ! Kids, make sure an adult goes with you! Make sure someone always knows where you are. Always keep aquatic insects in water, be gentle and please return them to their home stream as soon as possible.

Create a Leaf Pa ck! ❃ Find leaves around your stream and place them in a mesh bag, similar to an onion bag. ❃ Submerge and attach your leaf pack to a rock – make sure it is tight and not flailing up and down with the flow of the water. ❃ Remove after 3-4 weeks. ❃ Disc over different types of aquatic insects found.

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Use paintbrushes and spoons to carefully sort through the leaves. Place the aquatic insects in a small dish with some stream water. Look at your insects with a hand lens. A key to identifying aquatic insects and animals can be found here:

Natural Leaf Pack

How many different animals did you find?

The greater the variety, the healthier the stream.

Aquatic insects, worms and crustaceans are also called macroinvertebrates: macro means large and invertebrate describes an animal with no backbone. Macroinvertebrates feed on leaves, algae and smaller animals in the stream. They, in turn, are food for fish, birds and other animals.

found indicates stream health. Want more information on aquatic insects and their connection with leaves? Visit: more/trees2streams.htm

Macroinvertebrates are called “canaries of the stream” because they function as living barometers that indicate changes in water quality. Certain macroinvertebrates are very sensitive to pollution while others are very tolerant of pollution. The amount and type of macroinvertebrates

For more information on: Leaf Pack Experiment, go to the Leaf Pack Network® website: LaMotte (to order a Leaf Pack Kit): pages/edu/stroud.html Stroud Water Research Center:

Preserving Bucks County’s Historic Heritage


t 85 Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown, PA, Aldie Mansion is a fitting home for Heritage Conservancy, whose mission is to protect our natural and historic heritage. For over thirty-six years, Heritage Conservancy has included historic preservation in its focus. To date, over 14,000 buildings in twenty-eight municipalities have had historical survey work completed by the organization. Aldie Mansion’s story is rich with history, and its survival is the result of a cooperative preservation effort.

Heritage Conservancy’s Chief Preservation Officer, Jeffrey Marshall, recently celebrated thirty years of employment with the organization and is the author of several books including Barns of Bucks County and Farmhouses of Bucks County. He is currently contributing to an exciting new book: The Story of Aldie. This book is tentatively scheduled to be released in June 2012 and will highlight the Mercer family history, the construction of the current mansion, the property’s use as a monastery, and provide a look at its current use as headquarters for Heritage Conservancy and as a venue for weddings. Aldie Mansion is a wonderful example of an ongoing historical preservation project. At Heritage Conservancy’s Christmas for Aldie fundraiser event on December 4th, guests will kick off the holiday season at the historic mansion, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. This black tie optional event features cocktails, dinner (catered by Max Hansen), a live auction, and festive, holiday entertainment. 100% of donations to Heritage Conservancy will go directly into the upkeep and ongoing renovations of the mansion. For more information about this event, or to make a donation, contact Maggie Uliano at (215) 345 – 7020 ext. 107. Find out more at

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The Spirit of Sustainability By Roger J. Kuhns, PhD, LEED GA


o, what does sustainability really mean? How can our Spirit help provide sustainability on a large enough scale to make positive improvements on our short-term and long-term quality of life? Philosophical definition: Meeting the needs of the present generation while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But… this does not tell us how to practice sustainability. When Freer Spreckley in 1981, Robert J. Rubinstein in 1988, and John Elkington in 1998 began applying a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) definition of sustainability to businesses, we saw the smart integration of economics and community with the environment. Since then, the EPA and the US Green Building Counsel through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) have adopted TBL principles. Kuhns working definition: The application of quantifiable practices that include economic, social and environmental metrics that measure reductions in energy and resources use, aggressive improvement of environment and communities under economic feasibility, while working towards a zero-net total impact. Actively improve all three pillars of sustainability with

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proactive use of metrics; include footprints of carbon, energy, water, waste, toxics, quality of life, education, materials conservation, and life cycle analysis, economic modeling, and so on. (1) Environment: all sciences, engineering, design, and technologies we use to understand nature, human impacts, energy sources, and how we manage our built environment. This drives air / water quality, energy / resources conservation, land-use, climate change actions, and waste management. (2) Community: how we measure our quality of life, public involvement, education / heritage, health / safety, and human rights. (3) Economic: applications of viable economic growth or financial sustainability, cost effectiveness, energy security and sourcing, infrastructure investment, and workforce and business enrichment. Everyone becomes a stakeholder in sustainable land stewardship and community well being. How will your actions today influence what the world will look like in 50 or 100 years? What will you do help the community, environment and economy? Roger J. Kuhns, PhD, LEED GA, is President of SustainAudit LLC;

Roads Less Traveled Down to Earth By Kate Jordan


he term “nature deficit disorder” was coined by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods. In this book, Louv explains that society has lost the sense of wonder that nature can provide, and especially the children in society. Unfortunately, what used to be traditional camp activities such as hiking through the woods and singing songs around a campfire have been replaced with video games, T.V., and chat rooms. These activities are fun but being outside provides a key part of development of the whole adult person. Exploring the outdoors provides humans with a perception of reality. Nature provides us with food and water. How often do you think about every pre-packaged container of meat in the grocery store once being a living creature? Or, that while water is recycled, only one percent of all water on Earth is available for human use? Watching animals run and play outdoors develops an appreciation for their daily lives. Why not make a resolu-

Recycling 911 Christmas Trees: Live vs. Artificial by Dennis Burton


he first artificial tree, introduced in 1935, was a response to cost and convenience. Supposedly you only had to buy one tree forever, and the non-flammable needles wouldn’t mess the house. The tree was created by the Addis Brush Company from the bristles of toilet bowl brushes. Since then, environmental guilt has joined the artificial Christmas tree rationale. Of these reasons, only the messy needles pass scrutiny. Costs and environmental impact are the wrong reasons to buy an artificial tree. The artificial tree is cheaper at the store, but the cost of getting it there justifies its own environmental guilt. Artificial trees are manufactured with metals and non-biodegradable, petroleumbased plastic. The older models con-

tion to spend time reconnecting with nature? Or, spend time playing outside with your children. Visit a stream, touch the cool water and look for tiny creatures that make water their homes. This teaches us the importance of water. We need these connections with nature to enrich our daily lives. Here’s how we can reconnect our spirits with the natural world. Simply step outside, and walk into your yard or a park. Stroll down the sidewalk near your home. Stay quiet. Look for budding plants, smell freshly cut grass, listen to trilling birds, and touch the bark of a nearby tree. Use the richness of your human senses to discover what happens around you. Even the most urban settings can provide a look into the intricacies of nature. Take time to breathe in the fresh air. Healing your lost connection with nature begins with one small step. In loving memory of Rich Berardi. His humble heart and love for the outdoors remind us to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of nature.

tain lead. All of that will sit in a landfill for centuries, because yes, you will eventually have to buy a new one after the old one begins to look frumpy from being folded and unfolded. Lastly, most are imported from China, increasing their environmental and economic footprint. Think of real trees as the Vestal Virgins of the holiday. They live for one purpose: to keep the Christmas spirit alive. During their short lives, an acre of trees will produce enough oxygen for about 20 people. They will sequester one ton of CO2. They are easily recycled through municipal “treecycling” programs. The recycled trees reduce beach erosion and provide sustainably produced mulch. After a tree is harvested, two or three more seedlings are planted to replace it. Lastly, they’re home grown. The Christmas tree industry employs 100,000 Americans annually. Best option: buy a live tree. Afterwards, call a local park or nature center and ask if they will accept a donated tree. A live tree can be kept

inside for 10 days. Then, plant it when the ground thaws. Dennis Burton is Proprietor of Landscape Rstoration and Ecological Design.

What to do with that Christmas tree when the holidays are over? 1. Curbside pick-up for recycling. 2. Call for an appointment to have a non-profit in your area pick up your tree. 3. Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center. 4. Cut the tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container. For more options and local contact information:

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The Holiday Bounty Doesn’t Have to Add Weight By Joanna K. Chodorowska


very holiday season, we say to ourselves, “This is the year I won’t gain weight.” And every year, we get to the holidays and within a single day we are so off of our routine that we revise our plan to: “Maybe it won’t be as bad as last year?” Maybe what we need to do differently this year is to make the plan a little easier. First off, follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time you are following the plan. The other 20% is wiggle room. And it should always be like this — holidays or not. The biggest mistake people make with holidays is that they skip meals to save up for the big dinner.


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This actually sets you up for failure before you get to the table! Your will power will disappear and your stomach will feel like a bottomless pit. This year try eating smaller meals every three to four hours. Try a vegetable salad or medley of sorts as an afternoon snack. It will fill you up but won’t add a lot of calories. Eating regularly will keep you from eating too much at dinner. Secondly, choose more veggies (green and leafy greens) and lean proteins over more starches and desserts. Yes, you can leave room for some dessert (this is that wiggle room), but counterbalance it with veggies and protein at the main meal. If you are cooking, try altering recipes to use less butter, less cream and less sugar. Add a new tradition of a new salad or vegetables entree. If you are going to someone else’s house, offer to bring a grilled vegetable platter for an appetizer or the main meal. At least you know there will be one healthy option on the menu! Enjoy this time of year, and stop worrying about your weight. Start with a fresh outlook – the 80/20 plan. Eat smaller meals regularly, and focus on vegetables and lean proteins. And give yourself some room to for those bites of treats — but only if you ate your veggies! Happy Holidays. LL Joanna K. Chodor owska, B A, NC, is the founde r of N utrition in Motion. To g et st arted on a life long healthy plan, please visit Joanna also provides Learn 2 Cook cooking classes including Recipe Makeovers.

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BU-DO-KON By Stephanie Berardi


ur thoughts, emotions, relationships, nutrition and the environment have a direct effect on our daily lives. The way we move is the way we think. The intelligent movement of Budokon improves our mind, body, and spirit in a challenging and empowering way. The practice began in 2000 by founder Kancho Cameron Shayne. Bu-dokon translates in Japanese as (Bu) Warrior (Do) Way (Kon) Spirit, or Way of the Spiritual Warrior. Budokon is a living art that blends the movement of traditional Asana Yoga with martial arts. It’s a holistic approach to physical and mental fitness that teaches us to connect our mind to our movement in a contralateral way using power, agility and control. Budokon builds upon the base of traditional Hatha Yoga chal-

lenging them to push past conventional practices. If you love Tai-Chi, Pilates, Power or Vinyasa Yoga and want to see their evolutionary potential, experience Budokon. The Budokon practice draws upon ancient and modern yogic and martial arts styles. Yogic: Focuses on precision, power, and control through yogic Vinyasas similar to traditional yoga static postures, but with variations. Budo: Focuses on power, agility and control through dynamic movement series, animal movements, and martial arts practice. Anyone can take this class and different belts can be earned through the commitment of its practice. The hardest part is learning how to demonstrate control of your movements. Introduction to Budokon will

be held at the Central Bucks Family YMCA in January. Your Senseis Maggie Haflett, Director, and Eric Haflet of Budokon in Bucks County, PA have over 10 years of experience. They trained with renowned world practitioners including Budokon’s founder. Maggie is a world certified Budokon purple belt teacher while Eric holds a Red Belt. LL Budokon classes held: Mondays @ 6:30 Level II with Maggie Wednesdays @ 6:45 All Levels with Eric At Central Bucks Family YMCA For more information visit

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Brian Dawkins: The Power of Positive The Former Philadelphia Eagles Free Safety, now Denver Bronco’s American Football Safety, shares lessons learned from his coaches, teammates, and family, and his continued faith in a higher power. By Dava Guerin


hen Brian Dawkins was a little boy, he spent weekends visiting his grandparents near his Jacksonville, Florida, home. He recalls helping his Grandmother bake brownies and cakes, and spending hours just listening to her talk. She was treated with respect, even by the toughest kids in the neighborhood.

“Spirit was oozing off of her when she spoke,” Dawkins remembers fondly. That caring and loving nature clearly has had a positive impact on her grandson. So much so, that while he is considered to be one of the toughest NFL players on the field, in his personal life, his spirituality and positive thinking are what guide him at work and in life. November | December Local Living


“I was blessed to have my mother, father and my grandparents there helping to point me in the right direction in life. They encouraged me in so many ways.”

Born on October 13, 1973, in Jacksonville, Florida, Brian Patrick Dawkins, Sr., has been a Philadelphia Eagles Free Safety since he was drafted by the Eagles in 1996. On February, 28, 2009, he was given a fiveyear, $17 million contract by the Denver Bronco’s as the team’s American Football Safety. He became the 2009 NFL Starter of the AFC Pro-Bowl Team as a Strong Safety, and unfortunately, was sidelined in 2010 because of an injury. Known as the heart and soul of Philadelphia sports, his departure left Eagles fans saddened, and his teammates without their “go-to-guy” for athletic mentorship and soulful inspiration! If the typical NFL career averages two-to-three years, Dawkins has beat the odds, setting record after record in his 11-year Philadelphia Eagles stint. He became the only player in history to have an interception, quarterback sack, fumble recovery, and a touchdown reception in one game. In the 2003 divisional playoff against the Green Bay Packers, he intercepted Brett Favre in overtime, and returned the ball 35 yards, placing the Eagles in position to kick the game-winning field goal, winning the NFC Championship game. His stellar record comes from his natural athletic ability, unwavering work ethic, and a workout routine that includes some unorthodox components including visualization, prayer and positive thinking. “Even as a kid I knew I had athletic ability,” Dawkins said. “I wasn’t the biggest kid, but I was really fast, and


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my coaches saw something in me. Even back then I hated to lose, and my coaches would get on me because they saw how angry I got if I missed a tackle. My high school basketball coach, Mr. Humphrey, taught me to focus my frustration and anger in the right direction, and that has stayed with me my whole life.” Dawkins credits his parents for providing a stable home environment, with both of them taking an active role in caring for him and his other siblings. “I was blessed to have my mother, father and my grandparents there helping to point me in the right direction in life,” Dawkins continued. “They encouraged me in so many ways.” Not that he needed that much encouragement getting involved with sports. In high school he initially played basketball, but eventually decided to see how he would do on the football field. Much to his surprise, he was very aggressive and really loved the game. “I noticed that when we were doing one-on-one tackling drills, the other guys were jostling their positions so they didn’t have to go against me. That gave me a lot of confidence,” Dawkins said. My coach would always tell me to go for the interception and make the crowd go wild. I loved those ‘oohs and aahs’ and there’s no better feeling than making my teammates, coaches and the fans proud!” The Eagles drafted Dawkins in 1996, where he was the second round choice, and the 61st pick overall. At six feet, and weighing 210 pounds, what he might

have lacked in pure girth, he made up for with drive, fearlessness and an iron will both on and off the field. “I wear my emotions on the field in every play I make, and I really get jacked up before each game. My teammates think I’m crazy sometimes, with all my dancing and things, but I do like to have a good time,” Dawkins said enthusiastically. “You know, I’m a real fan of the game just like our fans, and I love it when they cheer and have a good time, just like me.” DAWKINS’ FAN APPRECIATION: FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVE Philly fans wear their emotions on their sleeves too. And Dawkins can never get enough of them! “You know what? I love playing in Philly. What I love about Philly fans is their passion, and when I hear them cheer in the stands, I really want to make them proud of me, and my teammates and the entire Eagles organiza-

tion,” he said. One of the reasons Dawkins works as hard as he does is to make the Philly fans proud. He trains hard during the season as well as in the off season, working out four times a week for a minimum of three hours. As part of his desire to win, he spends endless hours reviewing tapes and plays, and then visualizes himself making hits and running lines. “I block out the distractions and clear my mind, imagining every outcome in a positive light. Troy Vincent did the same thing, and so did my idol, Reggie White. Reggie used to also envision himself making big plays, making sacks and taking control on the field,” Dawkins continued. “Believe it or not, a lot of times positive thinking gives me confidence, and makes me believe that there is nothing on the field that I can’t do, and nobody can ever run past or over me and there’s nobody I can’t cover. That’s the power of being a positive person.” LL

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course of these five decades the business has evolved with the times, continuously adding to a long list of sought-after specialty products. But one thing has remained the same: exceptional service, down to the smallest detail. Ladies, don’t even try to carry your purchases to your car. Someone will do it for you. It’s against the rules here. To illustrate, perhaps you are planning a wedding at Cairnwood in Bryn Athyn, or Pearl S. Buck House in Dublin, as many customers have. Maybe you would like to host a pool party, as have many customers over the years. Maybe you want to enjoy an evening of beer sampling

Over the course of five decades the business has evolved with the times, continuously adding to a long list of sought-after specialties. But one thing has remained the same: exceptional service, down to the smallest detail.

You Need It, You Got It: Hatboro Beverages at Your Service By Pattie Krukowski


atboro Beverages’ commitment to customer service has not only enabled them to remain the respected retail distributor in the area for over 50 years but has also established them as the go-to masters of ceremony when your special event needs to be nothing short of epic. Are they expert specialists in craft, draft and import beer selections? Of course they are. But that’s only the beginning. The family-owned and operated business was founded by Heinz Taubenberger in 1959, and if you time it just right, he’ll be there to greet you as he has been for five decades. It’s very much a family affair, and when you are here, you’re the most important part of it. Nephew Bertram Gottbrecht came on the scene in 1986 as partner and rose to the rank of sole owner by January 1, 1995. Over the


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with close friends at home or at the club (like a member of the Talamore did last week). Whatever the theme and no matter the place, when you want a first-class operation to partner with you, for the finest mix of products, equipment and service, you want it to be Hatboro Beverages. You are not just getting product; you are getting first class set up and clean up, with the quantity and the quality you desire. You get fabulous advice from staff and you can even book the entertainment for your craft beer sampling party or event. Bert himself, the driving force, can be your man. “People love it when I get in front of a group and talk beer. Some people go to work every day, I go to life.” Bert says. “And I’m a storyteller, with lots of value-added stories to complement the beer selection. I buy it, sell it, and drink it. I am beer.” Hatboro Beverages is your company from A to Z, from delivery to pick up. As for “giving back” to the region that has made them so successful, Hatboro Beverages also sponsors youth and senior programs as well as the arts throughout the Hatboro, Warminster and Philadelphia areas. They sponsor the Arden Theater, the Wilma Theater, the Keswick Theater and the Sellersville, to name a few. They have also sponsored the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton’s McCarter Theater. “Ultimately, educating our customers is very valuable to me,” Bert says. “Once they know what is good, they appreciate us even more. Looking to enjoy that brew you were introduced to on many a trip around the world? You will find it at Hatboro Beverages,” Bert, Mike, Dave and Joe are at your service. They look forward to hearing from you for your next special event. LL

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by Donna Dvorak

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Byers’ Choice Ltd. Carolers® Silently Sing the Praises of Seasonal Joy


dd sparkle to your dazzling holiday season by capturing magical memories at Byers’ Choice Ltd. Visitor Center, Museum, and Emporium. First, meander through the illuminated path where lights shimmer through snow and ice, and then stroll through the Dickens’ lobby where Victorian London comes alive. Enter the St. James Theatre to watch the history of Byers’ Choice Carolers® and begin your enchanting journey in The Old Curiosity Shoppe. These resplendent Victorian Carolers®, Kindles™ and stunning accessories, are poised in vignettes including the North Pole, ice skaters gracefully gliding on ice, Santa filling his sleigh with cookies and toys, special Twelve Days of Christmas Carolers®, Colonial Williamsburg®, Salvation Army® and more. Much more! Your world will be transformed into a winter wonderland! Kids will love standing on the observation deck watching the elves (artisans) at work, donning Vintage clothes for photos, then writing and mailing a letter to Santa. And, a visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting their Crèche room that displays more than 250 exquisite Nativity scenes gathered from countries throughout the world. Joyce Byers’ original hobby expanded into a worldwide family business with her husband Bob, sons Bob Jr. and Jeff, plus creative and trained artisans. Now, hundreds of thousands of carolers are shipped worldwide. “When I first created my original Carolers® I used the Wall Street Journal for the bodies,” Joyce reminisces. “Their paper was a better quality, but I wasn’t making huge quantities like today.” Joyce’s original Carolers® are displayed along with many of her early designs.

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“Our 2012 line is kept a secret until January when it’s announced at the Atlanta gift show,” she says. “We designed exciting new items for this year, and now display a live Nativity scene outside with donkeys and sheep – no camels! We are involved in the community and donate 20% of our profits to people in need. We’re asking everyone to bring canned goods that we’ll distribute to food banks.” This year their Christmas Emporium has expanded with more eye-catching Traditional and Victorian Figurines®, Advent Calendars and accessories, as well as scarves, jewelry, honey, foods, wine accessories, Christmas cards, soaps and more - perfect for yourself or hostess gifts. “We are presenting Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens on December 9th and 10th,” says Joyce. “The 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth is next year and we are pleased that he is returning.” For tickets and more information visit www. LL Donna Dvorak is an author, international journalist, award-winning poet, cr eative w riting t eacher and artist. Donna resides in Bucks County, Pa.

1. The Silverman Gallery of Bucks County Impressionist Art In Buckingham Green, this gallery is committed to promoting the next generation of fine artists whose Impressionist paintings reflect the beauty of Bucks County. The gallery offers high quality original work from recognized, award-winning artists at affordable prices for collecting and investment. The artists represented are Alan Fetterman, Joseph Barrett, Jennifer Hansen Rolli, and Myles Cavanaugh. They exemplify artistic achievement having exhibited extensively, and have a lifelong commitment to their work. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm or by appointment. Buckingham Green, Route 202, Holicong, PA, (215)794-4300. 2. Chapman Gallery of Fine Art Featuring original art and limited-edition prints by the best in living and traditional Bucks County artists. Art and frame conservation and quality custom framing. Hrs: Tues.-Thurs. 10am – 5pm; Fri. & Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. noon-5pm. 46 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA, (215) 348-2011. 3. J&W Gallery / Fine Art Celebrating 14 years as “The Destination for Fine Art in New Hope.” This sophisticated yet inviting gallery is home to more than 30 award-winning artists representing the best in oil, pastel, mixed media, sculpture, art pottery, blown glass and photography. Hrs: Mon.-Sun. 1-7pm; 20 W. Bridge Street, New Hope, PA, (215) 862-5119. 4. Robert Beck Gallery & Academy The exhibition and teaching space of Bucks County’s celebrated documentary and plein-air oil painter, located in the Ward 3 section of Lambertville, NJ. Academic instruction in a range of genres including lectures and workshops. Gallery exhibits Beck’s award-winning images of our here and now, the places, events and artifacts of our time. Hrs: Open weekends noon-6pm and weekdays by appointment. 204 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ (609) 397-5679. 5. Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio Full-service fine art gallery offers on-site painting and gold-leaf conservation, an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century oil paintings featuring Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Modernist and Impressionist artists and New Hope impressionist artists, as well as custom framing. Your fine art is welcome for sale or purchase. Hrs: Wed.-Sat.

10am-6pm; Sun. noon-6pm and by appointment. 68 S. Main Street, Doylestown PA, (215) 348-2500 6. Jim’s of Lambertville Specializing in Pennsylvania Impressionists and Modernists paintings, with an emphasis on The New Hope School. Hrs: Wed.-Fri. 10:30am – 5pm; Sat.Sun. 10:30am -6pm; Closed Mon. & Tues. 6 Bridge Street, Lambertville NJ, (609) 397-7700. 7. Travis Gallery Full-service fine art gallery specializing in representational original art-landscapes, figurative and still life-in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Creative custom framing and oil painting restoration. A prestigious collection of artists including Daniel Anthonisen, Frank Arcuri, Kenn Backhaus, Greg Bennett, Peter Fiore, Glenn Harrington, Bradley Hendershot, Ray Hendershot (AWS), Don Patterson (AWS), Anthony Thompson and Lauren Travis. Hrs: Wed.-Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. noon-4pm. Closed Mon. & Tues. Art Lessons: Tues. 9:30am -12:30pm; Wed. 6:309:30pm, call for info. 6089 Rte. 202 Solebury, New Hope, PA, (215) 794-3903.

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Whether you are casually curious or an expert in fine arts, there is something for everyone on our comprehensive list of galleries in the region.

8. The Michael Fratrich Fine Art Gallery Full service fine art gallery located just steps away from the Lambertville/New Hope bridge in a beautifully restored 19th century building. This upscale gallery of traditional fine art features the work of nationally recognized established artists, including Russell Gordon, Dough Henry, John Terelak, Joan Colomer, Eric Sloane and artist/owner Michael Fratrich. Guests are welcome to meet Michael as he works daily in his onsite studio. The gallery emphasizes larger paintings for experienced fine art collectors. Hrs: Wed.-Fri. 11am5pm; Sat. & Sun. 11am-6pm; Mon. & Tues. by chance. 7 Lambert Lane, Lambertville, NJ, (802) 558-2608. 9. Sunset Hill Jewelers and Fine Arts Gallery Hosting about six shows per year, featuring only original art work and in various mediums from local and some non-local artists. The gallery space features solo and group shows. Each year Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery hosts an annual miniature show which features about 25 artists. This year will be Sunset Hill’s sixth annual miniature show. The gallery space displays artists’ work very tastefully with a touch of elegance. Hrs: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9:30am5:30pm; Wed. 9:30am-7pm; Sat. 10am-5:00pm. Sun.: Closed. 23 North High Street, West Chester, PA, (610) 692-0374. November | December Local Living


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10. Maureen’s Gallery A custom picture frame and artisan gallery. We specialize in North American Crafts including artwork, pottery, jewelry and blown glass. Our knowledgeable staff is committed to finding handmade products. We offer complimentary gift wrapping. This is the perfect place to find a unique wedding, housewarming or that special gift for any occasion. Hours: Tues., Wed. & Fri.: 10am-6pm; Thurs. 10am-7:30pm, Saturday: 10am-4:30pm. Closed Sun. & Mon. 54 East Uwchlan Avenue Exton, PA, (610) 280-9929. 11. Visual Expansion Gallery We are celebrating 35 years in business as the original independent gallery and picture frame shop in historic downtown West Chester. We specialize in local artists from the Brandywine School, and feature a comprehensive collection of landscape, modern, classical, and impressionistic art, as well as national and international artists. We also carry a wide selection of limited editions, prints, and posters. As professional custom framers, we provide framing services for any budget. We have the best selection of mouldings, quality mats, and glass for you to choose from. Using only archival materials, we work closely with

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you to fit your specific project needs. Hrs: Mon.Thur. 10am-5:30pm or by appointment. 126 N. High Street, West Chester, PA, (610) 436-8697. 12. Artfull Eye Specializing in Bucks County artists. Offering 19th & 20th century fine art and antiques for both residential and commercial décor. We purchase and accept consignments. Services include: appraisals, custom framing, fine art and frame restoration. Art consulting. Hrs: daily 11am - 5pm and by appointment. 36 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ, (609) 397-8115. 13. Artisans Gallery Featuring an exciting collection of contemporary American craft pieces, one-of-a-kind and production jewelry, pottery, art glass, wooden boxes and bowls, kaleidoscopes, art clothing, lighting, objects d’art and furniture by Sticks. Open daily. Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA, (215) 794-3112. 14. Artists Gallery A partnership of 18 professional visual artists who cooperatively staff and exhibit in the gallery. The members, established and regionally represented art-

15. Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery Tucked away in historic Washington Crossing, this gallery presents art in the Bucks County tradition. Featuring exhibits by award-winning artists, including Robert Seufert, Evelyn Faherty, James Redding, John Kane, Jeff Gola, Beverly Brown, Michael Budden and Gail Bracegirdle. Paintings and sculptures, limited-edition prints, serigraphs and antique prints. Visit our website for upcoming events and to view work by gallery artists. Onsite consultants can create specialized framing for memorabilia, needlework and special archival projects. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10am -5pm; Thur. until 7pm. 1093 General Greene Road, Washington Crossing, PA, (215) 493-3660.

16. J.B. Kline & Son Gallery Featuring the work of regional artists of Lambertville, NJ and the surrounding areas, as well as noted artists from around the world. Hrs: Tues.-Sun. noon – 5pm and by appointment. 25 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ, (609) 397-1173. 17. Jerry Cable Studio & Art Gallery The painting studio and gallery of regional artist Jerry Cable is housed in a 19th century stone barn in Stockton, NJ. His paintings have been featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions in Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio and have appeared on the covers of Hunterdon County Town & Country Living Magazine. His work is also represented by Canal Frame-Crafts Gallery, Washington Crossing, PA; Hardcastle Gallery, Centerville, DE; Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, ME; and the Royka Gallery, Boston, MA. Hrs: Sat. & Sun. 11am-5pm; weekdays by appointment. 3A South Main Street, Stockton, NJ, (908) 788-8673.

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ists with national and international reputations, are selected for membership by jury. Since its inception in 1996, the high quality and variety of contemporary and traditional artistic styles has earned the gallery a reputation among discerning collectors, designers and art writers as a showcase for viewing and purchasing original works of art. Hrs: Fri.-Sun. 11am – 6pm or by appointment. 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville,NJ, (609) 397-4588.

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Currently, the top long-term capital gains tax rate is 15 percent (for most types of assets), while the top ordinary income tax rate is 35 percent—that’s a difference of 20 percent. As a consequence, by converting some of your ordinary income to long-term capital gain income, it may be possible for you to reduce your federal income tax liability.

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Careful timing of when you sell capital assets may help you to reduce your federal income tax liability. For example, if it’s late in the year and you want to sell a capital asset, you can wait until January to sell it so that you realize your capital gain or loss next year (assuming that you have a calendar tax year). This strategy is particularly useful if you are in a higher marginal tax bracket in the current year and expect to be in a lower one in the following year.

Plan your year-end capital gain and loss status

Planning the time when you recognize capital losses may also be important. If you expect to recognize a capital gain this year, you should review your portfolio for possible capital losses that can be used to offset the gains. If you have any capital loss carry-forwards, you should review your portfolio for capital gain opportunities to make use of such carry-forwards. In general, net capital losses are deductible dollar-for-dollar against net capital gains. Excess losses are allowed to offset up to $3,000 ($1,500 for individuals filing married filing separate tax returns) of ordinary income per year. Losses over and above the limit may be carried forward indefinitely. LL Please contact us, or consult your personal tax/investment advisor for advice specific to your personal circumstances. Adam Soloff, EA, CFP® (215) 885-3071

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The holidays are upon us and that list of yours may need some attention. Instead of stressing over where to find the perfect thing, give the gift of time to the organizations above. If you just got to shop, here’s our list of specialties that might just have all the ideas you need. BUCKS COUNT Y Carousel Village 591 Durham Road (Rt. 413) Wrightstown, PA 18940 215-598-0707 Carousel Village has a carousel and unique shops for the entire family. Byers Choice Christmas Gift Emporium 4355 County Line Road Chalfont, PA 215-822-6700 Home of the famous Carolers figurines.

Topeo 35 North Main Street New Hope,PA 18938 Features stained glass, a gallery worth more than a thousand words. Savioni 10 South Main Street New Hope, PA 18938 215-862-5010 European designs for both men and women.

CHESTER COUNT Y The Plaid Pig 2311 Pottstown Pike Pottstown, PA 19465

610-469-3448 Where contemporary fashion meets artisan charm. The Paper Market 106 West State Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 610-444-9484 The market is an eco-boutique. A Basket Case 402 Gordon Drive Exton, PA 610-518-1550 Unique and personal gifts for all occasions.

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Downingtown Country Gifts 147 East Lancaster Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335 610-518-1550 Byers, Boyd’s bears and a lot more.

The Artisans Nest 4033 Skippack Pike Skippack, PA 19474 610-584-4647 Home of unique collection of handcrafted jewelry and gifts.


La Provence 3904 Skippack Pike Skippack, PA 19474 610-222-8690 French pottery, linens and toiletries.

Neiman Marcus at Franklin Mills 1634 Franklin Mills Circle Philadelphia, PA 19154 215-637-5900 Find top fashions on a budget and the assistance of a personal shopper.

NEW JERSEY GIF T SHOPS Jordan’s Gift Shop 301 N. Harrison Street Princeton Shopping Center Princeton, NJ 08540 609-924-6161 Greeting cards, gift wrap, candles and more. The Cross & Shamrock 1660 Highway 33 Hamilton Square, NJ 08690-1707 609-586-9696 All gifts Irish.

Ten Thousand Villages 1122 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19154 215-574-2008 Represents diverse cultures of artisans around the world.

Learning Express Toys 549 Route 130 Suite 441 Hamilton, NJ 08691 609-581-1320 Unique and educational toys.


Whale’s Tale 312 Washington Mall Cape May, NJ 609-884-4808 Hand-crafted jewelry, soaps and fragrances.

Home Sweet Home Shoppe Rt. 100 & County Line Road Boyertown, PA 610-367-2051 The store features Vera Bradley, Chamilia, Troll Beads and much more. T J Maxx – St. Davids 550 Lancaster Ave, Ste.B3 St. Davids , PA 19087 610-989-9545 The store with the RUNWAY section.


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Victorious Antiques 251 Beach Ave. Cape May, NJ 609-898-1777 Specializing in antique and estate pieces.


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Kent Lane Mueller, D.D.S. The Finest Dentistry Is at Once Art and Science By Freda R. Savan


t Dr. Kent Lane Mueller’s state-of-the-art, highly specialized dental office, the most discerning patients realize a style and level of care that is unique in the region. “This is very much an adult extensive case practice,” said Dr. Mueller, who also treats patients with lesser treatment concerns within his broad spectrum general practice. Many of his adult patients have suffered through many years having little to no dental care due to fear or anxiety about visits to a dentist. Many of Dr. Mueller’s patients are keenly aware of their dental treatment needs. Patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that their treatment plan doesn’t have to entail being referred from office to office for specialized care. This may be the best place for high need and diversified need patients who prefer treatment

and maintenance in a single location by an individual doctor. “We take all the barriers away,” said the doctor, providing assurance, education and the most professional, modern restorative and surgical care. Dr. Mueller is a very active participant in the sub-specialized field of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. After a thorough consultation, where all aspects of a dental strategy are outlined and discussed with every patient, a detailed plan is developed that addresses the specific needs of the individual patient. “We can offer a uniquely customized, complete makeover of the teeth and gums,” he said, adding, “One must have both beautiful teeth and gums to fully realize their potential.” The latest materials in bonding, bleaching and new porcelain products are used in Dr. Mueller’s practice. “Proper cosmetic dentistry can bring beauty and youthfulness to anyone,” Dr. Mueller said. “You can look spectacular.” Assistance in financing dental procedures is also available. Dr. Mueller said his staff can help design a financial plan for patients looking for this option. Dr. Kent Lane Mueller is located at 1115 N. Easton Road in Willow Grove, PA, near the interchange of the PA Turnpike. For more information, visit or call (215) 657-5700.

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North Pole, Alaska By Diane Burns


hat is your first thought when you hear the words North Pole? If you’re a child you think of Santa and his workshop. If you’re an adult you may think, “What a cold place to live.” Located just 12 miles south of Fairbanks, located between Ft. Wainwright and Eielson A.F.B., it is a town mostly of military families that want to live off base .This little town in many ways is like any small town. It has a main street with stores, shops, a news paper, hotel and a very famous post office address where for the last 60 years more than two million


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Santa letters are mailed throughout the world. The area known now as North Pole began as a group of homesteads in 1944. The first 160 acre homestead was bought by Bon and Beatrice Davis. They later subdivided it and the homesteaders voted to name the town after Bon Davis. And so “Davis”, Alaska was born. As more and more subdivisions opened up, The Dahl & Gaske Development Company thought if the area was called North Pole it might be able to attract a toy company to locate there and the products could be advertised as having been

made in North Pole. They petitioned the court to have the name changed and the petition was granted in 1952; however, the plan for the toy company never materialized. Nothing was going to keep this town from becoming a special place. Shop owners are encouraged to keep Christmas decorations up all year. Many of the streets have Christmas names such as Mistletoe, Santa Claus Lane, Snowman Lane and even Donner and Blitzen. So any time of year you can visit its famous Santa Claus House or enjoy a stroll down a street in a Christmas wonderland. LL



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PIZZA Napoletana

Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) “The Perfect Pizza.” Massimo’s is the first restaurant in the Mercer County area to earn this honor.

1633 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 609.586.3777 (Certification #364) 1035 Washington Blvd., Hamilton/Robbinsville, NJ 609.448.2288 (Certification #361)

201 West Church Road | King Of Prussia, PA 19406 (Entrance off of Henderson Road) 866.307.6200 | 610.994.2222 |

110 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 609.924.0777

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