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BILL PALO: For o ver 29 y ears, B ill P alo h as b een t he p roud o wner o f Executive Auto Body. As the head of his family for as many years, Bill leads by example. As a customer of the Executive Auto Body family, you have his personal gu arantee t hat e very a spect of your exp erience w ill exceed your expectations. ˜ is conÿ dence comes from owning and operating a company that employs the best skills and equipment in the industry. Executive Auto Body delivers completed work that exceeds even the toughest requirements set forth by you or your insurance company.





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FRAN PALO: ˜ e second p illar o f t he P alo fa mily w ill b e y our ÿ rst introduction into the Executive Auto Body family. Fran, Bill’s brother, has developed a nd im plemented a c ustomer s atisfaction p hilosophy w ith a report c ard b ased on t his simplicity: “ ˜ e a nswer i s yes; now what’s the question?” A father of four boys, Fran lives by the same family values that he promotes to his kids every day.

JOSH PALO: ˜ e third pillar of the Palo family provides the most critical element of your experience. Josh started working at Executive Auto B ody for t he simple reason t hat he was fascinated by t he work done inside t he walls of his Uncle Bill’s shop. Now a˛ er 17 y ears perfecting his cra˛ , Josh works tirelessly at not only surpassing his customers’ expectations but his own, which he sets at the highest level. And then passes it too.

JEREMY PALO: ˜ e ÿ nal pillar of the Palo family is the thread that weaves the w hole fa mily, b usiness a nd p hilosophy in to o ne co mplete p ackage. Jeremy started over 10 years ago and lives by his version of the Palo family ethics: “Every day I will over-deliver, every day I will work harder than the day before, and every day I will ÿ nd a way to give back.” You, the customer, will always remember his passion and his simple approach to helping you get through your tragedy with his reassurance and calm.

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54 What Will You Drive? Das Auto: 2013

90 Lu Ann Cahn: A Survivor

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10 Local Living Magazine’s Travel Club: reserve your room! The Lodge at Woodloch – Luxury Spa

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16 The Book Every Public Official Should Be Reading This Year: An Industrial Manifesto for America


118 The Eagles’ LeSean “Shady” McCoy 123 The Travis Manion Story: “If Not Me, Then Who?”


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84 St. Luke’s University Health Network: October is National Breast Cancer Month


93 Dr. Kent Lane Mueller: Sleep Dentistry

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78 Hybrids 101, and… do you suffer from “range anxiety”? Fear not.

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99 Andy Warhol, The Darling of the Glitterati


14 Ritirement Savings Warning Signs

102 Palm Springs: On Par with the Legends



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70 Trends for the Truly Fashionable 68 Getting to Know Cole and Heidi Hamels and the Hamels Foundation 112 One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure: How Lucky Are You with Finding the Treasure?


60 Executive Auto Body Takes the “Dents” Out of Accidents 64 Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, Driving Away the Cold

80 Experience Having Your Own Fairy Tale Horse at Thornewood Farm

94 Dr. Robert J. Skalicky Explains How the Right Relationship is Everything 108 Commonwealth Connections Academy Takes Online Learning to the Next Level




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With the dog days of summer behind us, we can now look forward to enjoying the crisp, inviting air of autumn and all the glorious colors and f lavors the season brings.


here’s just about no better time to live in the communities we enjoy here. Besides the natural beauty our region displays, there is no shortage of events and activities that enable you to take full advantage of the bounty at harvest time. Take a short drive in almost any direction and you arrive at a pick-ityourself apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Get your thrills and chills from a haunted corn maze and a hay ride, with the moon as your only guide… if you dare. Who can resist? And after you’ve had your share of the great outdoors, bring some back inside while you sip your hot cider. It’s a great time of year to get started on those home improvement projects that were put off because of the oppressive summer heat. We decided to bring the elegance of the season to your interior space with our Home feature and The Fork-1-1’s entertaining ideas. Whether you are adding crown molding to your living room or arranging table settings in your dining room, you will be amazed at how far a little creativity goes towards achieving a decadent touch. I live in an 1856 farmhouse and as much as I love it, you can imagine how many projects I find on my never-ending list. There is always something that needs painting, repairing or a room that needs that extra-special something new. Pick a room and start today. And if you are still procrastinating, take a moment to download the newest extension of our media family, the Local Living App! It’s your key to staying “In The Know… On The Go!” We help you stay on top of what’s happening in your town and when to be where you want to be. You’ll know about local events, current trends, and hot deals as they are happening, not when they are over. The Local Living App: one more example of our dedication to your home, your community, your life – and keeping it all connected, one person at a time.

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editor’s note


he September October issue of Local Living Magazine completes a full year since I joined this remarkable team. It hardly seems possible already, but time can fly when you have the opportunity to spend it contributing to stirring stories about inspired, mindful people and what they do. Whether you are driven to produce it or delighted to consume it, media in all its glorious (and sometimes infamous) forms has a way of influencing the way we spend our time. An excellent suggestion for making every day count is reflected in our story on NBC’s Lu Ann Cahn. Despite serious illness (or maybe just to spite it) she promised herself to do one new thing a day for a whole year in her project “One Year of Firsts”. You will see it’s not how big or small the thing is; what matters is that you do it. I know it’s true from experience. This past July I sat at the deepest point on the bench in a tiny airplane waiting to be nudged out of it at 14,000 feet. If you ever considered it, I


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highly recommend calling Skydive Philadelphia (online, the same, dot com). They’re a top-notch operation, professional, friendly and yes – safe. And if you get Sean on the phone in reservations, tell him I said ‘hello’. He is at the head of the class. We’ve included more bests too with several of our local hero athletes. Check out the extracurricular activities of Cole Hamels and LeSean McCoy as they do good on and off the field. Finally, I guess I might as well just come out and say that there’s another first on my list that I can’t have until 2014 anyway. It’s in the auto feature with all the other exciting things planned for drivers. But this one is not like the others. Hint: it will cost almost a $1 million. Hoping you take the time to enjoy the season’s best.

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Retirement Savings Warning Signs By Mark Fried


ne of the biggest missteps that folks make when saving for retirement is putting all their retirement savings and all their investments in qualified accounts. What do I mean by qualified accounts? IRAs, 401(k) s, 403(b)s, etc. As a Master Elite Advisor with the Ed Slott Organization (see website I am constantly working on strategies to deal with getting money out of your qualified accounts during retirement.

Why is this important?

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likely be in the same or (depending on what Congress does) a higher tax bracket. This could mean the loss of tens of thousands of dollars during your retirement. Here is what I mean. Most families have the majority of their savings in retirement accounts. IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), etc. Originally thought of as a great way to save for retirement, retirees are finding out that these accounts can actually devastate their retirement income. Imagine you are retired and need to put a new roof on your house for $20,000. Being a good saver you have accumulated $250,000 or more in your 401(k) which you rolled over into an IRA. If you were in the 25% tax bracket, in order to pay for that roof, you would need to withdraw over $26,000…OUCH! It can get worse. Since a distribution from your IRA is considered income, it could cause you to pay more taxes on your social security income. What many of us forget is that in retirement it is not what you have in the bank, it’s how much ends up in your pocket after the taxman takes his share.

What can you do about this?

Well if you are age 65 or younger it’s not too late to diversify your retirement accounts among taxable, tax deferred and tax free accounts. For those of you over 65, it is more important than ever that you have a distribution plan. Your plan should help minimize the taxes you will pay now and in the future. If you are under 65 and still working, think about utilizing the Roth option in your 401(k) plan if your employer offers it. You can also create a self-funded tax free account through your financial advisor. For those over 65, you might think about starting to withdraw some money from your 401(k) before you reach 701/2. You can also do a tactical Roth conversion. Before attempting any of these strategies you should consult a qualified tax and financial expert. Everyone’s situation is different so find out which strategy works best for your situation. LL

Mark Fried is the Founder and President of TFG Wealth Management. His diverse experience includes Dir. of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Authority, V.P. in the Investment Advisory Department of W.H. Newbold and Son, President of Stone Bridge Trust Company, Investment Advisor for a Fortune 400 f amily, and former owner of a benefits and 401(k) company assisting hundreds of small business owners. Reach Mark directly at or visit

good reads The Book Every Public Official Should Be Reading This Year AN INDUSTRIAL MANIFESTO FOR AMERICA 10 Big Ideas for Rebuilding Our Manufacturing Power By John Warren

America’s manufacturing economy has shrunk but it’s alive and kicking, and can be rebuilt by drawing on some timetested techniques and some forward-looking ideas. So says John Warren, CEO of Philadelphia-based Warren Industries, manufacturer of precision measuring instruments for military and industrial uses. In An Indust rial Manifesto for A merica, Warren brings together ideas from some of the best and brightest thought leaders on topics such as tax policy, education, globalization, and international trade. Each chapter focuses on a particular topic discussing innovative and common sense ways to strengthen and rebuild the American economy by revitalizing our workforce and tapping into the American penchant for innovation.

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Topics examined include the emergence of American apprenticeship programs; using tax policy to stimulate the build-it-here movement; how to remake our educational system to train a workforce with high tech skills; and innovative ways to rebuild our infrastructure using publicprivate partnerships. Warren’s decades of experience as an American manufacturer bring credibility and common sense to his perspective on how to reinvigorate American manufacturing. Like Blink, The T ipping Point, and The World is F lat, this is a book every public official will want to have in his or her arsenal of great ideas for remaking America as a global industrial leader. Pub date: October 21, 2012 Published by Platform Press Author: John Warren, ABA and BBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; President of Warren Industries, Inc. and Warren Media Group, Inc. Also author of Storm Keeper, “A Suspense Mystery Thriller”. For more information visit or email booksales@


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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. So perhaps by now you know Colonial Marble &


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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, 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


Dilworth Custom Designs, Inc. There’s No Place Like Home


o it’s time to update your kitchen, one of the most significant investments you can make in your home. As the heart of any house, improving this room increases the value of your property. Where do you start? How do you find the right team for the job? There are many misconceptions in the industry, so the best road to success is to know the facts. You will need to get at least three estimates for the peace of mind you can only get from shopping around, a low, medium and a high price. Now how do you choose? Cheaper does not mean better; the most expensive does not mean the most experienced. Dave Dilworth explains, “We will not start a project until we know that the same crew can be on-site to do the work every day for the duration of the project. We are a ‘soup to nuts’ shop: we do it all. We do not subcontract. Our clients can have confidence knowing that the same crew will be at their home day in and day out to complete the work.” He advises the following steps to achieve ultimate satisfaction. Step one: begin with the end in mind. Be as descriptive as you can with your end vision. Be open to suggestions from the professionals you meet with, but know where you are going so you can budget accordingly. Step two: get the estimates. Collect referrals and do your homework. Bad news travels faster than good news. Do not


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be afraid to ask questions. Choose the three you feel comfortable letting into your home. Step three: now comes the fun. It is very important to get professionals on the same platform. You have to do some homework to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. You know what you want and you’ve explained it. You’ve got options now. The choice is yours. Simon and Kathleen, of Trappe, Pennsylvania, were kind enough to share the experience they had with Dilworth Custom Designs, Inc. We knew to a large extent what we wanted.We came to the table with ideas, magazine clippings, and a good understanding of the look we were going for. Dilworth helped us pull it all together and executed the project seamlessly. If we had advice to give to others, it would be this: understand that there will always be surprises. Developing a good working collaborative relationship with your contractor will often result in an outcome that’s better than you originally planned. With Dilworth, this was a natural product of our relationship.” LL Call us at (610) 917-9119 or stop in at 175 N. Whitehorse Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. We are on the web at www.





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By Pattie Krukowski It was about 10 years ago that my husband and I bought our dream home. We had to borrow $1000 from my mother-in-law and use credit cards at closing but we did it anyway. Back then, we thought the house was fantastic just the way it was but also had dozens of ideas of how to make small improvements over time to really make it ours. A decade later, many dream home owners are still looking at the same cookie cutter rooms framed by ordinary walls grounded by thin, simple baseboard. Windows still wear the same uninspired shades that came with the house. You are surrounded by eggshell, ecru and other creative terms for off-white so, basically, it looks like the house was primed but the painting was never finished. Does this story speak to you? Does your home make a statement? Or does it scream, “Who am I?!�


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Interior designers and de corators come in all shapes and size s so make sure y ou choose one that you communicate well with. You don’t have to move to get the living space you’ve always dreamed of. Clever design ideas can completely reinvent your existing home and bring your personality to the forefront. Your first task is to decide what your style really is and in order to do this, you merely have to pick up several interior decorator magazines to see what speaks to you. Visiting a designer showcase house in your area is always a fun way to get inspired, although most of them are not for the faint of heart as they usually showcase more cutting edge type styles. If you love a number of styles, you can always label yourself eclectic like I have. Interior designers and decorators come in all shapes and sizes so make sure you choose one that you communicate well with. One of the simplest ways to elevate the status of any room in your home is to apply trim. Baseboard, crown molding, wainscoting, chair rails and shadow boxing create a finished look and can be found in appealing shapes and sizes to complement existing architectural characteristics. Crown moldings and baseboards can be stacked to create the look you want. Even off-white paint is new again when covering walls with dimension. The still life I painted in college almost makes me feel like a serious artist once hung on walls framed by a repetition of panel like squares. Bedrooms are bringing sexy back. 50 shades of grey, or any other tone that seduces you, speak volumes when painted from a high chair rail and below and with a complimentary or contrasting color painted above and on the ceiling. Textured wall paper, framed with squares takes a simple white ceiling to a higher level. Plain fireplace mantels invite a smolder when dressed with decorative cornices. Valences find themselves at home even where drapes are not welcome. A friend that lives in Nantucket has an aversion to so-called window treatments and why wouldn’t she? The focal point of her interior style is what lies outside her walls. She chose to install either wooden or fabric covered valences on otherwise bare windows as her landscape outside invites privacy. Capping average existing kitchen cabinets with wide crown molding completely changes the personality of the room. Useless space above existing cabinets can be better utilized by stacking smaller cabinets above and then use crown molding to bridge the gap to the ceiling. Do you have stained cabinets? Stain new wood or faux paint to match. Wallpaper, antique brick and creative artistry transform the average wall to the topic of conversation. After spending too much time in exposed brick walled taverns, we created our own tavern feel by installing veneer brick on the back wall of our family room. The brick was then lightly cream washed and then layered with gold and grey glaze to mimic the view out of the French doors leading to the antique brick patio. The other three walls are chair railed and shadow boxed and painted an opaque version of the cream wash used on the brick. If your goal is to make a one-of-a-kind statement, perhaps you will be lucky enough to commission the talents of an artist to

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transform your space from dull to dreamy. Murals are show stoppers that range from the convincing to the mythical. Kitchens bloom when illuminated with Trompe L’oeil. Every night is a black tie affair when a dining room ceiling becomes a canvas. Murals distinguish an enduring sense of confidence in one’s interior style. Together with the artist, you choose the illusion to live in. What features and characteristics make your home noticeable? You decide. LL Pattie Krukowski is a freelance writer currently residing in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


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My approach to design is: Edit furnishings and accessories, choose the “right” paint color, and display interesting accessories... not 20 photos of your child at every age, and don’t shop at places like Home Goods but rather go to antique malls, art museum gift shops, or flea markets. Just because you own something, as in, “This vase was a gift from Aunt Sally…” is not a good enough reason to display it for the next 20 years.

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Express yourself, not only through how you dress but through the creation of a room that is quintessentially you. Since 1927 Oskar Huber furniture has been taking care of the details you need to make your space your own.

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These green reproduction midcentury style leather chairs meet the eye with the surprise of the avant-garde. Susan Taylor turns her Bucks County store into a quirky lab for living. Whatever your decorating challenge is take some cues from a designer who makes producing a surprise her signature style.

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Any construction project can be stressful, particularly a kitchen renovation. To be successful, choose a reputable contractor to coordinate every trade to make the project run seamlessly.

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Know your fabricator & know your stone: research their reputation for quality work. Use a contractor that does not outsource any aspect of their work, and see your full slab before you purchase it.

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e’ve all been there: “If only there was an extra room we could stash all of this in.” Every home has its stuff that could use a better system of organization. (Hail George Carlin.) For 30 years, Closets by Design has been designing custom solutions to this common dilemma. “Every design we create maximizes the space available while creating an inviting environment that you will want to be in.” explains Charles Waterman, owner. And in this case, “custom” doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune. Waterman explains, “A designer will come to your home to give you expert ideas, and from those ideas, you can choose the right blend of form and function that fits your budget.”

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Closets by Design knows exactly what questions to ask to make your transition to simpler living a breeze. The designer meets with you with one goal: to understand what your needs are and then to translate them into a design that fits your lifestyle. This includes taking inventory of the clothing in your closet, items in your garage and the type of office equipment and filing you have in your home office. “Once finalized, the design is sent to our state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Chester County. After it is manufactured

to our clients’ exact specifications, we send out our expert installation team,” says Waterman.

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“The name is Closets by Design, so of course we do wonderful things with your closets, but we also have the best solutions for other areas, such as your garage.” Waterman says, “Our garage cabinets are the best available, each cabinet is its own unit—it does not share a panel with the adjacent cabinet. This means that each cabinet is not only stronger, but is modular and allows for future design changes as your family or hobbies change.” All construction is made of exceedingly durable materials. Choices include accessories to hold almost anything from bikes, baseball bats, golf clubs, and tennis racquets to hunting equipment, gardening tools, and kids’ toys. Built in to every design is the agility to maximize space by moving items around as needs change. Systems are installed to a wide variety of surfaces, including dry wall, directly to studs, concrete, brick or cinderblock. Closets by Design of PA and DE is located at 928 Springdale Dr., Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341. For more information or to schedule your free in home consultation, visit the company’s website at or call (877) 684-4006. LL September | October 2012 Local Living


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Freedom Elite:

Your Ship Has Come In Entertainment Cruises, the largest harbor cruise company in the United States and the parent company of Spirit of Philadelphia, is once again making a splash on the Delaware River.


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n the heels of a $1.5 million renovation of the 500-passenger Spirit of Philadelphia completed in spring 2011, Entertainment Cruises is pleased to announce the arrival of a private charter yacht — the Freedom Elite — to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The first of its kind in the city, the Freedom Elite is an upscale, elegant and modern vessel available for private charter. The 92-foot yacht, docked adjacent to the Spirit of Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia’s waterfront park, can accommodate from 40 to 110 guests for private events such as weddings, corporate dinners, cocktail receptions, holiday parties, special celebrations and other gatherings.

“The Spirit of Philadelphia has been successfully entertaining Philadelphia for 25 years and counting and we are excited to expand the city’s private dining and cruising options with the introduction of the Freedom Elite to the Delaware River,” said Mary Rinaldo, Spirit of Philadelphia general manager. “With the activity and momentum on the Delaware River Waterfront, the vibrant convention and tourism industry, the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, along with our own growth in sales in Philadelphia in 2011, we saw the need for this product in the market as a complement to the ever-popular Spirit of Philadelphia. For weddings, the Freedom Elite is literally ‘at your service’ and becomes the private yacht for each party that it entertains.” Party planners and brides-to-be will have the luxury of working closely with the vessel’s crew, including event coordinators and an experienced wedding account manager, to determine boarding, departure and cruising times, and with the chef to fully customize the menu for their event whether it is a seated dinner, buffet, or cocktail-style food stations and hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment and decora-

tions can be coordinated through Entertainment Cruises, or parties can opt to provide their own music and flowers. The Freedom Elite experience is completely customizable and flexible to meet the needs of each and every party. “With the well-proven track records of Entertainment Cruises and the Spirit of Philadelphia, we were very excited to support their plans to expand their business operations in Philadelphia,” said Tom Corcoran, president of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. “The addition of this new luxury vessel will provide yet another exciting opportunity to enjoy one of Philadelphia’s greatest assets, the majestic Delaware River.” While aboard the Freedom Elite, guests will enjoy two elegant indoor climate-controlled decks that are enclosed by glass windows providing unmatched views of Philadelphia and the Delaware from inside the vessel. The upper deck encompasses a full-service granite and dark wood bar and lounge area that opens to an outdoor deck on the stern of the yacht that can serve as the site for a wedding ceremony, or for stargazing while relaxing on plush al fresco furniture. The spacious lower interior deck can be arranged as a formal dining area for seated and buffet dinners, or as a mingling and socializing space for cocktail parties. A second open-air deck is accessible from the lower level at the bow of the vessel and offers guests an exhilarating experience as the Freedom Elite cuts through the water. “The Freedom Elite is something that Philadelphia has never seen before and we are proud to introduce it to this market,” said Rinaldo. “The yacht is unique in that it provides parties with the opportunity to have a private yacht all to themselves for the duration of their event and is a blank slate that groups can tailor to their needs and make their own.” For more information, please visit

About Entertainment Cruises

Headquartered in Chicago, Entertainment Cruises now serves 1.5 million guests annually with a fleet of 24 ships in eight locations -- Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; New Jersey; New York; Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. From luxury dining cruises and skyline tours to speedboat excursions, Entertainment Cruises maintains an impressive portfolio of vessels and brands, including Odyssey Cruises, Spirit Cruises, Mystic Blue Cruises, Bateaux New York, Seadog Cruises and Spirit Elite Charters. The brands are collectively defined by operational excellence, superior service, quality entertainment, exceptional views and an unwavering commitment to delivering high-value, highenjoyment experiences. For more information or to inquire about reservations, visit LL

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urprisingly reasonable for Main Street Doylestown dining. This charming BYOB features Caribbean fair that is prepared fresh each day from authentic recipes. Families can eat and catch up, kids can play pool, sand shuffleboard, or play on a Microsoft Surface 2. There are multiple charging stations and free WiFi. The captivating large salt-water tank was created and installed by “Acrylic Tank Manufacturers, as featured on Animal Planet’s Tanked”. Sweet Spot was the first on the block with the now in-demand self service yogurt bar. A place where families and youths can gather and actually interact (imagine that!). Hemmingway Caribbean but “Cool”. Signature dishes include Griot, Jerk Chicken, and Lamb Popsicles. For the young, and young at heart. Find your “Sweet Spot”.

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Owners, Karen and Serge Tancrede

We at Trōmpa are passionate about wine, its tradition, and the dedicated people that make it. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm with everyone that stops in to visit by offering an ever changing selection of interesting and unique wines by the glass, small plates, cheeses, craft beers, and top shelf liquors without having to travel over an hour into the city to experience them in a fun and eclectic atmosphere.

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“Bringing Bordeaux to Bucks County” 7:00pm, $49 per person We dare wine lovers of the Bordeaux region in France to attend and compare. This presentation is a “can’t miss”!

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“Tailgating Wines” 7pm 2nd Floor Loft $45 per person Think football tailgating is just for beer lovers?... think again! The session will serve up a warm cup of homemade chili to get you in the tailgate spirit, and finish with a warm glass of mulled spice wine.

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Casa Casale Shares a Seasonal Favorite Savoy Cabbage (Verdes) and Pasta Sauté diced pancetta in extra virgin olive oil Deglaze pan with ¼ cup white wine Add to the pan: 2 gloves diced garlic Red pepper flakes to taste ¾ cup beef broth Thinly sliced Cabbage: steam until tender Finally, add boiled pasta and finish off with a classic grated hard cheese such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesean, to taste. Eat and Enjoy! For the pasta, Casa Casale recommends using LaFabbrica della Pasta Di Gragnano Pasta, specifically, A’ Calamarata Liscia (like the rings of calamari). Available at Casa Casale, this pasta is from Naples where the extremely fertile soils produce so much rich food. For this and other fine culinary options visit Casa Casale in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA or

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Ristorante San Marco


njoy the finest Italian cuisine in a uniquely intimate and elegant setting. Discover how La Famiglia Leone considers time and quality as the most important ingredients in the preparation of exquisite dishes and drink. With a full complement of fine wines from around the world, there is always the potential for a delightful pairing. San Marco takes pride in satisfying even the most discriminating tastes. If you enjoy music, spend time in the beautifully appointed piano bar which features nightly live music by classically trained pianists. The versatile piano players can accommodate almost any request. Their passionate music attracts the best singing talent in the area, part of what makes San Marco an unforgettable experience. And San Marco knows that when it comes to special events, the key to creating a successful one is careful planning. They have experience with hosting warm and elegant events in their private banquet facilities. Josephine and Leo Leone extend a heartfelt invitation to everyone, to visit and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine in our warm and elegant atmosphere.

Contact Ristorante San Marco by phone at (215) 654-5000 or visit

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to a higher degree of alcohol. Port, Sherry and Madeira are all examples of fortified wines. While all Port wines are sweet, that isn’t so with Sherry. Sweet Sherries include Medium, Pale Cream, Cream, Brown, or East India Sherries and Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel. Madeira varies in sweetness levels from low to high as follows: Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey. Blandy’s Bual Madeira Aged 5 Years, Madeira, Portugal Amber red-orange in color. Aromas of toffee nuts, honey and caramel. These aromas are echoed on the palate with a layer of crème brûlée. Full-bodied with medium sweetness, good acidity, and a smooth and velvety texture. Enjoy with hard cheese, chocolate, Christmas cakes or a nut based dessert. Price $28 Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawy Port, Douro, Portugal Medium to dark brick red in color. Exhibits blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and a hint of sweet sandalwood on nose. Dark cherry cordial, raspberry, sweet spice and toffee on the palate. Full-bodied, medium sweet with smooth tannins and a lasting finish. Pair with blue cheeses, dark chocolate, or an almond tart. Price $30

Fa bulous Fortifieds for the Fall By Michele Kawamoto Perry


rom goblins to gobblers to gifts and gatherings, this is the season of fun and celebration. The holidays, more than any other time of year, are filled with sweet treats – loads of candy for Halloween, pumpkin and apple pie for Thanksgiving, and fruitcake and bread pudding for Christmas. So, what does a wine lover imbibe with, or in place of (if you are trying to be good), the sea of desserts? Fortified wines! What’s a fortified wine? These are wines to which alcohol (often brandy) has been added during the production process, thereby fortified 44

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Gonzalez Bypass Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry, Andalucia, Spain Deep orange color. Blend of dried fruit, fig, orange peel, and baking spice aromas. Dates, caramel, maple sugar and orange marmalade on the palate. Full-bodied with balanced acidity and sweetness with a silky texture. Delicious with vanilla ice cream, flan, or pecan pie. Price $20 Michele Kawamoto Perry is a wine indust ry veteran, sommelier, and international wine educator. Michele is a Ce rtified Somme lier and inst ructor thr ough the Int ernational Somme lier G uild, and co-owne r of Rouge-Bleu wine ry in southe rn Rhone, France. She r eceived her MBA from Bordeaux Business Sc hool with a focus on the wine industry, and her BA from Harvard University.

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Kelchner’s Crea my Horseradish Sauce Traditional Uses - Ready to serve with baked ham, pork tenderloin, steaks or prime rib* - Perfect complement to sandwiches especially roast beef

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Fork-1-1 by Kimberly Ca mbra

Harvest Your Home for Entertaining The fall season is unquestionably the best time of year for embellishing your home with nature’s bounty, inviting the outdoors to your indoors.


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he final life cycle for most plants, trees and vegetables before winter’s wrath is the fall harvest. Fortunately living along the mid-Atlantic coast, we witness the ultimate fall landscape during this time of year. With ease and imagination, you can create cost-effective beauty for your home. Start by identifying areas in your house that you tend to decorate during the holiday season such as a wall unit, above your kitchen cabinets, coffee table, and dining table. If you have a fireplace with a mantel this is a good starting place because most fireplaces are focal points of a room. Now take a step back and notice your year-round color palette and start with those colors. The mistake most people make when seasonally decorating is that they buy stuff that looked good in the store. Actually decorating for an entire season versus holiday specific is the best bang for your buck and you won’t feel obligated to take anything down the next day.

Size matters, specifically, scale; and don’t be afraid of utilizing oversized elements such as large branches from any tree in the maple family which tends to change color first in the season and will bring a warm organic tone to your interior. Look at your immediate outdoor landscape because if you can see it and cut it… it’s free. What do you see? Goldenrod, oak tree leaves, and cornstalks. They all have a natural color that compliments the others in tones of natural husk, Indian corn, pomegranates… and hay bales, which not only have quiet color but texture too. Let’s get inspired. Large garden supply stores sell home décor items and tend to merchandise and style vignettes which can provide a great source of influence for decorating ideas. If you see something you like in a store – take a

picture with your phone and look at it when you’re at home. In keeping with the spirit of the Fork-1-1, where food and entertaining information flow from the tip of the tine to your mind’s eye, the next step is to incorporate these seasonal elements into the perfect table setting. You can enjoy these ideas all season long. Your tablescape should be a multitude of layered colors, textures and patterns. Bright orange may be a color that doesn’t flatter your home. However, you can spray paint pumpkins a metallic gold or flat white for a rich contrast for as little as two dollars. Colored aromatic candles or tea lights will always bring the smell of the season indoors too. Remember when styling your table or centerpiece to keep it low to the table so your guest is able to see across the table. Place your runner down the center of the table and position larger items like sugar pumpkins which are the perfect size and scale, clustered with smaller pumpkins and gourds intermittently for balance. If you want to have autumn leaves to use year after year purchase a sleeve of preserved leaves from a floral supply or craft store and keep them in a plastic bag for storage when not in use. Another fun theme is a bowl of caramels, a basket of apples, walnuts in the shell and a jar of sticks suggesting to your friends you’re going to make chewy gooey caramel apples as a treat. Spices and herbs too are interesting elements for embellishing your table. Clear jars or vases with long sticks of cinnamon, bouquets of sage, rosemary or lavender and strands of ivy can be worked into any grouping of fall elements. Working outwards from the centerpiece to individual place settings can prove to be a wonderful extension of your table’s theme. Colored glass goblets and patterned napkins tied with raffia or twine brings a look together. The perfect personal touch is a place card to let each guest know where he and she are to be seated. These can be made from mini pumpkins with names written in gold or green marker. Alternatively, you can make a deep cut in the pumpkin to accommodate a name card. Now in the kitchen, for your menu consider using all types of squash and root vegetables, all possessing beautiful organic color; subtle yellows, greens and purples come to life in a simple basket, and even better in a stockpot for soup. Root vegetables have a long shelf life in dry storage which is why they tended to be staples for earlier generations, commonly used in ragouts and stews. Butternut and acorn squash are ideal for making a comforting soup enhanced with chicken stock, cream, butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and cracked pepper. This season, take a closer look at Mother Nature’s work; she’s an exterior designer extraordinaire. “Fall” in love and harvest your home for the season. LL September | October 2012 Local Living


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Das Auto: 2013 Tech And Style Dominate by Sharyl Volpe

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f you grew up in the 1970’s and your parents had a car or truck, at some point since then you have probably mused over how many times these people put your life in jeopardy. The only reason this is funny now is because clearly you survived long enough to read this, so it must have all worked out. However, by today’s automotive standards, there’d be heavy fines for some of the memories I have. For example, as a pre-teen with something to say, I recall speeding down the open highway gripping a pencil and writing a poem while wedging myself between the wheel wells in the bed of a pick-up truck. Maybe your folks drove out West, up North, or down South, with you and all of your cousins, piled in the back, and I mean the far back, of the “woodywagon”. Seatbelts? What seatbelts? One can’t trade or change the past nor can one repeat it either. Fortunately, safety has never been more accessible or more elegant than it is right now. Add in the myriad of creative answers to the demand for environmentally and economically responsible engineering, and the current threads of our conscientious culture are firmly fastened. Every major car manufacturer has made successful strides toward achieving these modern expectations, including the hyper-designed cars in professional motor sports. Toyota and Audi battled it out for the win this past June at Le Mans in their hybrids, chalking up an enormous helping of credibility to the greening of the industry. We are past the tipping point. Thus, the handstitched leather bound pendulum gets a chance to swing back into the realm of elegance and responsibility. And the interiors will be laced with intoxicating gadgets; from sensors that read the highway and keep you awake to cyberconnectivity that essentially blends you into the ether, with no hands. Grace & Gadgetry So what can we expect from the industrious automotive beehive for model-year 2013? Smart, safe and stylish. Driving in itself to anywhere will feel like a vacation every time. Here’s a taste of the candy to come. In the category of Exotic and Sports Luxury, the Bentley Mulsanne will feature an iPad bonanza: power rear picnic tables and iPad holders, a pair of iPads with wireless keyboards and an in-car Wi-Fi. A Theater spec entertainment system adds ceiling-mon-


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itors, an Apple hard drive, a 64-gig iPod Touch, and two headrest screens. (iBentley, anyone?) Price: If you have to ask… $290,000. Recently seen lapping Nurburgring at 7 minutes, 58 seconds, the new Porsche Boxster is lighter than the outgoing model, despite being longer and wider. The top has been completely redesigned and is now fully-electric with a hard convertible top compartment lid, or tonneau cover. The more streamlined silhouette did not lessen interior space, which now offers more room for passengers. Depending on the model, the new Boxster has a fuel consumption rate of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, making it significantly more fuel efficient than the previous model. In less serious accidents, the airbags are only partially inflated, thereby minimizing discomfort to riders. In addition to the central airbag control unit on the transmission tunnel, a pair of impact sensors is located near the headlights. This allows a crash to be detected and evaluated far sooner and with greater accuracy. Price: $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S. Many details of the new Porsche Macan compact SUV are still secret enough to warrant those classic, zoomed in “spy” photos. Sharing its underpinning with the Audi Q5, the two models will use many common components such as the steering systems, axles, transmissions and Audi’s quattro allwheel drive system. Porsche engineers say they will fine-tune the chassis and develop their own dynamic control systems,

of course. The new compact-sized luxury SUV is scheduled to go into production in 2013 and will include all the bells and whistles of Porsche’s hand-tooled interiors and customized colors. Price: $52,000 minimum, to well past $60,000 for a topline Turbo model. And while we are looking at the future, lift your gaze to a slightly more distant horizon. Not available until 2014, the 918 Spyder is Porsche’s all-wheel-drive plugin supercar. The output is expected to be 770-hp. It will be capable of operating as a conventional electric car with a 15-mile range, a hybrid, or as a full-blown supercar. It’s a good thing I have plenty of time of save up for it: $960,000. In the Luxury and Near-Luxury categories the automakers will be supplying us with a bumper-crop of choices. Acura’s ILX compact luxury sedan will offer three powertrain options, lending it appeal to a spectrum of personalities, from sport to eco-conscience to just plain practical. The new text messaging function works when a smartphone is connected via Bluetooth, so no more hands on texting at the red light. Or the green light. The larger, more luxurious RLX features Acura’s first lane-keeping system, and lane-departure warnings. Price: the RLX will be in the $50,000 range, and the ILX around $28,000. Audi has been very, very busy. When they are not winning the 24-hour Le Mans, they’re continuing to enjoy the momentum they’ve gained as a contender in the luxury arena as well as the mass markets. Almost every model is getting an update for 2013. The popular A4 gets a moderate refresh, with new headlights, grill, and redesigned LED daytime running lights. The interior will have simplified buttons and a new steering wheel. It is also a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot. The A4 Allroad will replace the A4 Avant. Price: A4/S4 and A4 Allroad will both be in the $32,000-$47,000 range. This year, BMW launched the sixth generation of this quintessential sports sedan. Code-named F30, the new 3er will come as a four-door first, followed by a station wagon (which may not make it to the States), followed in 2013 by a handsome coupe (which may be named the 4 series), and, finally, another metal-top coupe/cabriolet. The 3-series has grown slightly, more so in wheelbase than in overall length. While its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive architecture remains similar to that of the previous models, the powertrain package comes in for a big overhaul. Price: $40,000-$72,000 Not to be left offline in the race towards slickest multimedia control systems, Cadillac’s latest system is the CUE, for Cadillac User Experience. That premieres this fall in

the new XTS and ATS luxury sedans. It features an eightinch color LCD display and works much like an iPhone or iPad screen, with multi-touch proximity sensing, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition operation. Price: the ATS, aimed squarely at BMW’s 3 series, will average around $38,000 and the XTS will be in the $44,000 to $59,000 range. Lexus unveiled its new LS 460 flagship luxury sedan, which will arrive in dealerships this fall, with standard and long-wheelbase editions, a hybrid version and a new F-Sport trim level with improved handling dynamics. On the safety side, the LS 460 has a collision avoidance system that, at speeds below 24 mph, will bring the car to a halt if it detects a possible accident. The safety system also has blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning sensors and a reverse-gear cross traffic alert. Price: from $67,000 to $120,000. Mercedes-Benz is offering what amounts to the world’s most sophisticated windshield wiper/washer system in its 2013 SL-Class hardtop roadster. Called Magic Vision Control, it squirts washer fluid onto the windshield via channels embedded into the wiper blade in both directions of travel to avoid any over splash. Both the wiper blades and the washer fluid are also automatically heated in cold temperatures to help prevent ice and snow from building up on the windshield. Price: $105,000 to $145,000. A little more back down to earth, but no less interesting are the 2013 offerings in the Mass Market and Compact categories. The 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan is the first Chrysler vehicle to be based on a Fiat Group platform. It uses a lengthened and widened Alfa Romeo Giulietta underpinning and promises to feel much more substantial than the Compact Car moniker would imply. The Dart can be fitted with a dealer-installed Wi-Fi hot spot that allows users to connect electronic devices to the Internet, not only within the passenger cabin, but from as far as 150 feet away from

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the vehicle. You can now pitch your tent away from the car and still get your email. Price: $16,000 to $25,000. Subaru is rolling out the interactive platform “Aha” by Harman in its 2013 models, allowing drivers to interact with web-based content and streaming audio through their vehicles’ radios. Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback wagon’s new EyeSight safety system not only includes lane departure warning and collision mitigation systems, but the technology will also alert a driver stopped in traffic when the vehicle ahead has moved if he or she doesn’t react within several seconds. Price: $26,000-$37,000. The Jetta/GLI is Volkswagen’s hybrid model claiming 45 combined mpg. The new SEL with navigation model combines navigation and the Fender premium sound system. If you are a speed junkie, you can opt for the GLI with the DSG and have launch control at your disposal. Price: $17,000-$32,000. Green is Good Chevrolet’s Volt continues to be an impressive effort from the world’s largest automaker. Sporting one of the most advanced powertrains in the industry, and an interior that 58

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washes away the memories of all those outdated Chevys of the ‘80s and ‘90s, it is pretty close to a Jetson’s flying car. Price: $39,000. Closer still to the Jetson’s car is the Fisker Karma. Wide, long and low with huge wheels, the Karma makes an impression — but treads lightly while doing so. The interior of this plug-in gas-electric sportluxury hybrid is finished with reclaimed wood, organic materials and pigments, and finished with a fossilized leaf under glass. The Karma boasts 400 hp, 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and 50 miles on battery power before the gas generator kicks in. Price: $110,000. Toyota’s Prius comes in four flavors: The mini-sized Prius C, the 3rd Gen Prius we all know and love, a Prius v which provides more room than the standard car, and a Prius plug-in Hybrid that promises to provide the frugal driver with impressive fuel economy. Price: $19,000 to $32,000. Ford’s new 2013 Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi will not only bring Jaguar-levels of design to the mass-market, they will do it by fusing style with efficiency. The Fusion Hybrid will be a hybrid in the conventional sense and the Energi will be a plug-in hybrid. Ford expects the Energi to achieve 100 mpge and have a cruising range of about 500 miles. Price: $28,000 for the Fusion Hybrid, higher for the Enegri. LL Sharyl Volpe is Editor-in-Chief for Local Living Magazine.

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hen you experience an accident on the road you need reliable, professional care and service to help you with your repairs and all of the details involved. Whether you are a part of a direct repair program (DRP), insurance company, dealership, or you are the person who had the misfortune of the accident, this is the bare minimum you are looking for. Finding a family-owned and operated business that truly cares about their customers and the work they do is a premium plus. Executive Auto Body is that company. For almost 30 years, they have been serving the Philadelphia Metro area from two locations. In 1986, through the support and encouragement of the late Val “Chunk” Palo, Executive Auto Body was born. To the Palo family, fair business, fair price, and giving back to the community were values established from day one. Not only do they utilize cutting edge diagnostic and repair equipment but they also operate one of the area’s first eco-friendly, EPA compliant paint systems. They are regionally recognized for excellent service, and


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have testimonials from plenty of locals as well as celebrities. Executive Auto Body is the body shop of the stars! From Vince Papale to assorted other stars and athletes, there are plenty of reasons why folks look no further when they have the need for repair. As part of their continuing efforts to accommodate their customers, Executive Auto Body is pleased to announce two exciting developments. The first involves the upgrades to their drive-in appraisal area. This is truly a one-stop service center, enabling an efficient and streamlined process for both consumers and insurance adjusters. It’s a comfortable place where customers can meet with their adjusters to have their vehicle’s damages assessed, their rental vehicle needs coordinated and their repairs completed — all in a friendly, professional environment. Many DRPs from various insurance agencies appreciate working with Executive Auto Body because of the easily accessible and convenient private office located inside the appraisal area. Because family and community are at the foundation of

Executive Auto Body, their new partnership with a likeminded local business is cause for celebration. Bryner Chevrolet is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated car dealership and long-standing Montgomery County company. This partnership provides a third appraisal location, while giving all mutual customers the benefits of Executive Auto Body’s high-tech diagnostics and state-of-theart repair facilities, not to mention their Lifetime Repair Warranty. Below is a brief overview of the equipment & services available at these facilities: • Measuring Systems: Executive Auto Body uses different types of measuring systems during the course of a repair. The centerpiece of their diagnostic equipment is the CarO-Tronic Vision™ X-3. This sonar-based computer measuring system is the most advanced in collision technology with regard to measuring, identifying, blueprinting & correcting collision damages. • Frame & Unibody Repairs: Featured are three different pulling systems. 1) a Buske L.L.C. conventional floor post for minor pulls, 2) a Blackhawk® “Flat Rack,” which is a drive-on bench used for light to mid-range unibody repairs, and 3) a Car-O-Liner® Mark V bench. This is a much more powerful system used when performing major structural repairs to both unibody and full framed vehicles. • Welding: Several different options are available. A conventional gas welder is used for accessory parts and as an aid in repairs, while the more commonly used “MIG” or wire welder is on-site as well. But the most advanced welder used is a resistance welder. Resistance welding uses spot weld technology, the same as the factory process, allowing for a perfect factory look to replaced panels.

• Refinishing: Executive Auto Body is equipped with the latest “Green Technology” paint system and exclusively uses water-borne finishes. These water-based finishes, or AWX Performance Plus™, are manufactured by SherwinWilliams®. They are the highest quality finishes available anywhere. Aside from being industry leaders, there is another side of Executive Auto Body that is just as widely known. Their humanitarian efforts mirror their enormous hearts. Helping with different youth-based organizations throughout the Delaware Valley, Bill and team have rolled up their sleeves and opened their wallets. Two athletic scholarships are sponsored by Executive Auto Body each year. Some of the other charities on their list are: the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The Laurel House, Northern Children’s Services, Susan DeLaurentis Foundation, and Danny’s Dream. During a most stressful time, it is comforting to know that the Palo family and Executive Auto Body are there to take the DENTS out of accidents. LL 560 Cottman Avenue Cheltenham, PA 19012 1817 Easton Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 1750 The Fairway Bryner Chevrolet, Jenkintown, PA 19046 215-379-6600

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Local Auto Dealers Team Up to Warm Hearts


hen it’s that special time for you to purchase a new car, several thoughts run through your mind. Gas mileage, trunk size, monthly payments, etc. are all probably at the top of your list… naturally. However, if you visit a dealership this September, you’ll want to add one more topic: coats. Coats? How so? You see, in approximately 150 dealerships throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, September is known as


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“We Pledge” month. It’s a special month-long campaign where participating dealerships donate a new winter coat to a child in need each time a vehicle is sold onsite. The effort is part of a program called Driving Away the Cold, which is run by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. Driving Away the Cold started four years ago after the Foundation and its Dealer Members learned of the growing number of children in the region living without the daily

essentials most of us rely on. In fact, the federal definition of poverty is a family of four living on an annual income below $23,050. In Pennsylvania, statistics from the National Center for Children in Poverty tell us that 17% or 470,500 children fall into this disturbing category. If that annual income were to double to just $46,100 for that same family of four, the number of affected children skyrockets to more than 1 million. Knowing all of this, your local auto dealers teamed up to figure out a way to help. They quickly learned that winter coats are one of the most requested items from social service agencies and shelters, and thus Driving Away the Cold was born. Like any new program, the first time you try it, you don’t know how you will fair with participation and response. With the simple goal at heart of providing brand new winter coats to underprivileged children living in the five-county area of Philadelphia, the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation had a good feeling that an impressive number of its Dealer Members would support the effort. However,

the automotive industry was also facing trying times; therefore, the Foundation’s staff also had a few doubts regarding who could literally afford to be involved. Nonetheless, as the registration period was kicked off in 2008, the Foundation quickly came to realize, ailing times or not, its Dealer Members were lined up and ready to help the thousands of children in need. “This initiative has grown every year; it’s been awe-inspiring to watch,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. “As mentioned, we started back in 2008 after we learned of the need for new winter coats amongst our area’s less fortunate children. We distributed 17,000 new coats then. Each year, we’ve been able to do more and more and we are now preparing for the anticipated distribution of our 100,000th coat this fall. This would not be possible without the participation of our Dealer Members. It hasn’t been an easy few years for them given the recent industry turmoil and state of the economy. However,

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Driving Away the Cold started four years ago after the Foundation and its Dealer Members learned of the growing number of children in the region living without the daily essentials most of us rely on.

despite that, each year they’ve signed up without hesitation and in droves. They know the need and they are committed to helping those in their communities. Like I said, it’s awe-inspiring.” So, if you find yourself in that “time to buy” zone and in the showroom of one of the Driving Away the Cold participating dealerships, feel good about the place you are doing business. Area auto dealers are working every day to better our communities and are warming the hearts of children one coat at a time. *All Driving Away the Cold participating dealerships are part of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Auto Show. Established in 2003, the Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) public charity, operates under the mission of enhancing and enriching the lives of children and youth in the communities in which its dealer members work and live, by providing access to and supporting excellence in the institutions and programs that serve local children. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $4 million to area children’s charities. For more information and to view a full list of Driving Away the Cold participating dealerships, please visit LL

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six degrees Getting to Know the Hamels By Mike Hirata


he glitzy Diamonds and Denim fundraiser that the Hamels Foundation organizes each year took place after this issue went to press, but we caught up with Cole and Heidi Hamels at the dedication of the new $300,000 Hamels Foundation playground at Bayard Taylor Elementary, a Philadelphia inner city school.


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Playground Ribbon Cutting: Jane Golden, G-N Kang, Debra Drossner, James Maransky (behind Debra) Heidi Hamels, Cole Hamels, David Montgomery (behind scissors), James Sheehan, Justin Wineburgh, John Fullam, and Peter Madden.

doesn’t have any. How does the Hamels Foundation identify these areas of need?

Check out the interview, and be sure to look for the pictures from their successful gala in the next issue of Local Living Magazine. On a hot sunny day in August over 100 volunteers from Greater Media and Wells Fargo turned out to help the Hamels Foundation put the finishing touches on the new playground at Bayard Taylor Elementary. Trees and flowers were planted, and the painting of the fence and mural were finished before the ceremonial ribbon was cut. LL: Cole, congratulations on your new contract with the Phillies. Since this has been a down year for the team, there had been a lot of speculation that you might want to leave for another team as a free agent. What made you want to stay in Philadelphia? Cole Hamels: We have a common goal with the Phillies organization that really wants to win and has been tremendous in being able to provide that. This year we have had a lot of injuries, but I am not at all down on the team or the city. I think we still have it, and it would have been hard to leave a great organization. I really think the whole organization is outstanding which you can’t get elsewhere very easily.

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LL: Your charitable foundation focuses on helping educate underprivileged children. Why is that so important to both of you? Heidi Hamels: For one, we would never put our name on something we didn’t really believe in. Cole Hamels: We also want to support sustainable causes, and make a difference in kids’ lives. LL: The Bayard Taylor Elementary school project brings a much-needed playground into an area of Philadelphia that

Heidi Hamels: We solicit grants from the superintendent and team of public schools. (The Hamels Foundation has established a list of qualifications.) After qualifications have been met, there is only a two-page application document. We just ask the school to basically explain what they want to do, and how it will be sustainable. I used to be a teacher, and I just don’t see the point of 40 or 50 page grant applications. If the application seems like something we could help with I physically come out to interview principal, the board, and grant writer. LL: Cole as a youngster you played both soccer and baseball. What factors made you decide to concentrate on baseball instead of soccer? Cole Hamels: When I was young I was actually better at soccer than baseball. But eventually I got burned out by soccer. And especially when I started growing taller, that turned out to be a disadvantage for soccer and an advantage for baseball. LL: Cole, is it true that you met Heidi when you asked for her autograph? Tell us about that. Cole Hamels: Yes, we met in Florida when Heidi was doing an autograph signing. (Heidi was on the TV show Survivor at that time.) I wasn’t playing at the time since I was rehabbing an injury. (Heidi wasn’t around when Cole told us this story.) She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. So I took a chance on asking her out then, and it went on from there. LL: This year will be the 3rd Annual Diamonds and Denim event. How did the original idea for this event come up? Cole Hamels: We had been supporting the other charity events of our teammates, and wanted to do something different. We wanted to try and have more fun, not be so formal, be more business casual. We also wanted to spice it up with live music and real diamonds. We have always been a fan of concerts and are very happy to have (9 time Grammy-winner) John Legend headline this year’s event.

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Tiffany & Co. debuts a new jewelry collection—Tiffany Enchant.

The collection highlights the company’s reputation as the world’s diamond authority and reflects a long tradition of nature-inspired jewels that has evolved over Tiffany’s 175-year history.


The collection is based on the symmetrical and ornate patterns of traditional 19th-century garden gates. Similar to these wrought iron masterpieces, the Tiffany Enchant collection provides a frame through which nature’s beauty can be viewed. Tiffany designers capture the grandeur of the swirling motifs in jewelry with white and colored diamonds. Nature abounds in these light, open settings, with the gemstones’ vibrant and captivating beauty. The jewelry sparkles brilliantly with every movement. A scroll pendant, earrings and bangle trace the opulence of formal gardens with exquisite white diamonds, hand cut and set in platinum and 18 karat rose gold. The diamonds mesmerize with a pure, dazzling light that distinguishes Tiffany’s diamonds and its renown as the jeweler of quality and craftsmanship. A key pendant accented with a butterfly of vibrant pink diamonds unlocks the poetic spirit that flourishes in the garden. And custom ring settings of white diamonds surround Tiffany Yellow Diamonds that sparkle like sunlight. These rare colored diamonds delight the eye with their spectacular hue and intensity. As symbols of Tiffany’s heritage, these sought-after stones have glittered through every fashion era, and are today’s greatest expression of glamour and luxury. Tiffany Enchant is the latest in a legacy of designs inspired by the natural world, and is richly symbolic of the company’s commitment to protecting the environment and its precious resources. Tiffany & Co. has partnered with New York’s Central Park Conservancy and other such organizations around the world to preserve urban green spaces for the enjoyment of all.


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ecycling, Repurposing and Reusing are all popular terms in the world today. For the creative type, fashionable and thrifty ways to reuse that favorite item from last season for the current one is easy. Those of us who need a little more direction, having a starting point is always helpful. Here are three items that I am sure every fashionable woman owns: a jacket, a scarf and a pin. We all have a jacket that we love and cannot bear to get rid of. A jacket can be easily tailored to make the waist smaller. Small adjustments to the beloved style, like tapering the shoulder, can easily and economically, bring it up to date. A tailor is less expensive than purchasing a new jacket, which can cost hundreds of dollars. Remember small adjustments, not redesigning, is the economical way to go. Second item up for recycling is scarves, because they are so versatile. You may or may not wear them around your neck, but you can also tie it on a bag for fall, or around the waist 72

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of your new tailored jacket. Larger ones can be tied into wrap dresses, all easier than you think for a fun new twist. Scarves can give a pop of color to a chain belt by threading it through. For a fun new accessory and updated look instantly, update a scarf with a pin that you have not worn in a while. Pins come and go in fashion! Wrap a smaller scarf around your neck, tie in the front, and attach a complementary colored pin. Crystal is awesome since it allows the color to pop through. Pins can also be added to shorten a longer necklace, making a choker and giving a new look. Simply pin over the closure currently on the item and voila! If you put it all together, your new fitted jacket and pin and scarf accessory with a pair of skinny dark jeans and you have a brand new look for fall that is definitely on trend! LL Anonymous, Self Proclaimed, Shopaholic


A Guide to Financial Planning Making Sure Your Financial House Has a Solid Framework By Adam Soloff


f you set out to build a house of the utmost structural integrity, you would need a detailed blueprint and a team of experts with the best tools for the job. Why would you approach the building of your financial house any differently? In order to achieve your financial goals, you will need a comprehensive financial plan and a professional, or team of professionals, with the knowledge and experience to help you perfect and execute it. This process is called comprehensive financial planning.

A financial plan encompasses all of your individualized goals—from starting your own business and retiring comfortably to saving for a new home or your child’s college education—and outlines strategies for reaching them within your means. It serves as the framework for your finances, helping you organize the many moving parts and balance competing priorities. With this framework in place, you will be able to see more clearly how these parts are related to one another, helping you prioritize goals, implement suitable strategies and choose the best products and services. It is critical to begin the planning process as early as possible to ensure you are taking advantage of all of the available options. The first step is to develop a clear picture of your current financial situation, including your income, assets and liabilities, insurance coverage, investment portfolio, tax exposure and estate. Then, you establish and prioritize your financial goals and timeframes for achieving them. Move on to implementing strategies that address your weaknesses and maximize your strengths, and choosing appropriate products and services to support them. Finally, continuously monitor and update your plan, making adjustments according to changes in your personal circumstances, such as lifechanging events or significant changes to your income, or the economic environment, such as shifts in market conditions or regulatory requirements. So, how do you go about choosing the right financial planner to help you develop and implement your plan? There are many financial planners out there with a wide range of credentials, and requirements for the “financial planner” designation vary from state to state. A Certified Financial Planner™ has at least an undergraduate college degree, three or more years of related experience, and completion in a course of study registered with and approved by the CFP Board of Standards. Depending upon your needs, you may also require your financial planner to have specialized knowledge in a certain field, such as accounting, estate planning or insurance. The best way to choose a financial planner is by referral from a friend, relative, business associate, accountant or other trusted source,but the Financial Planning Association ( is also a good place to start. In addition to interviewing candidates to get a feel for how you would work together, make sure to thoroughly investigate credentials and licenses. Above all, make sure that you feel comfortable with your financial planner’s philosophy and that you trust him to manage your finances. LL Adam Soloff , EA, CFP ®, LPL Independent F inancial Planne r and founder of Soloff Wealth Management Group LLC. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Horse ‘N Around in Harrisburg


hey face daunting obstacles, some roughly the size of an SUV. They are talented and courageous. They are Show Jumpers. They enter the ring quietly and flow over the course of jumps with style and grace. Another group enters. They are also talented and skilled. They are Show Hunters. Both span generations with men and women competing as equals on half ton animals. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show will host the finest of international show jumpers at the 67th annual show, October 11 – 20, 2012, in Harrisburg, PA. But there is more: hunters are also showcased at this popular indoor event. Special attractions add variety and fun to each evening. Boutiques offer a wide variety of interesting items appealing to the equine enthusiast and the general public. And new in 2012, educational seminars and fun family events will be on the schedule. For the ten days of competition, twelve acres of the State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center are adapted specifically for the Horse Show. Spectators in the main arena will see beautifully groomed and decorated courses, horses will enter and perform with style and precision and awards will be presented with ceremony and efficiency. Like anything that looks easy, it is the planning and execution behind the scenes that make it work. Those interested will be able to get a glimpse behind the


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scenes of the 2012 Pennsylvania National Horse Show during one of the two family days: October 13th or October 19th. A tour of the stables, a horse van, the horse ambulance, one of the indoor schooling arenas and the farrier are part of the backstage activity. Each day at the horse show is unique with the complete schedule posted on the web site. Tickets can be ordered online or by telephone: www.PAnational. org or (717) 770-0222. General Admission prices for the first nine days: Adult - $12; Students and Seniors - $7 General Admission for Saturday, October 20th: Adult - $20; Students and Seniors - $10; Children under 6 years old – Free in general admission seats for the entire show. Reserved seats are available only on Grand Prix Saturday, October 20th.Prices are: $50, $40 and $25. Parking is Free. Information: Phone: (717) 770-0222 SHOW HIGH POINTS Saturday, October 13, 2012 competition begins at 7:30

AM with Pony Hunters The afternoon is dedicated to equitation and the evening to junior jumpers. For our young enthusiasts, from 1-4 pm in the Cameron Street lobby volunteers will offer face painting, a dress up zone & photo shoot. Families can register for Youth Opportunity Day with Behind the Scenes Tours and visit the Pennsylvania Equine Council Learning Center. Monday, October 15, 2012 competition begins at 9 AM with Hunter classes all day. The evening is devoted to friendly competition between members of registered hunts. Hunt Night begins at 6 :30 PM and has equine competition and more: Jack Russell Terrier Races, a Parade of Foxhounds presented by Amwell Valley Hounds and The North American Fox Hunting Horn Blowing Championship. Thursday, October 18, 2012 competition begins at 8 AM with Hunters followed by Jumpers later in the afternoon. The evening begins at 7:30 PM with the PA Big Jump, an FEI World Cup class that has the best riders on their best horses vying for the title and $40,000 in prize money. To round out the evening, Tommie Turvey, the “equine extremist” will delight the audience with his entertaining performance that requires skill, talent and training. Friday, October 19, 2012 competition begins at 8 AM with Amateur Owner Hunters followed by Amateur Owner

Jumpers. The evening begins at 7:30 PM with an Open Jumper Class followed by another fun performance by Tommie Turvey. Family Fun events outside the arena include: tours, a stick horse derby, horse shoe pitch, youth roping and a visit from Oreo the Pony. Saturday, October 20, 2012 competition begins at 8 AM with Amateur Owner Hunters followed by North American League Jumpers and the only afternoon performance by Tommie Turvey. The Keystone event of the show is $80,000 GRAND PRIX de PENN NATIONAL which begins at 7:30 PM but you’ll want to be there early for the course description and opening ceremonies. Plan to stay after the class when spectators may leave the stands, walk the course and get autographs from the stars of show jumping. Grand Prix Show Jumping is a unique combination of beauty, grace, athleticism, skill and courage. Some describe it as having the excitement of horse racing combined with the daring of downhill slalom. The jumps are huge: more than 5’6” high and 6’ wide. The course is set to demand extraordinary talent and teamwork between horse and rider. The test is simple: take all the jumps in the correct order, don’t drop a rail or fall off and do it in the fastest time. It’s a thrill for the whole family. LL


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Think Hybrid by Stephanie Berardi


he days of sticker shock at the pump are slowly coming to an end. The combined challenges of oil shortages, high gas prices and global warming have made consumers’ decision power stronger. More drivers are trading in their gas guzzlers for the latest hybrid vehicle technology. Hybrids mean more money back in your pocket! Hybrids come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are environmentally friendly and save people money. Traditional hybrids are powered with both gas and electric. The gas is used to start the vehicle then the electric motor powers the car using stored energy from the battery. Tip: Ask for an extended or lifetime warranty on the battery. Replacement costs can be pricey. Electric Vehicles (EV’s) run solely on electric. These types of hybrids get plugged in with a regular power cord. Plus, retailers are offering special parking and charging sta-


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tions while you shop. Charging stations are popping up everywhere eliminating the anxiety of running on E. Tip: Plug in at night when energy costs are lower. Hydrogen Fuel Cells could be the most promising. This hybrid runs on hydrogen fuel, a potentially infinite resource that creates water as its byproduct. It is challenging to store hydrogen, but many corporations and municipalities such as Bensalem Township, Pa., are able to power their cars, trucks and forklifts with it. Other hybrids run on diesel or Ethanol (biofuels) made from corn, algae and fast growing grasses. Diesel gets great gas mileage, but is still bad for the air. Older diesel models, including construction vehicles, should be retrofitted with the latest technology to make them cleaner and safer for the road. Hybrids are safe, comparatively priced and come with tax refund incentives. Choose a hybrid that gives you the most miles for a gallon of gas. The CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard is 54.5 miles per gallon, a goal set for 2025. Edmunds dot com is a great resource for comparing brands.

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Electric Conundrum By Silvia Schmid


o electric vehicles (EV) need to become popular before we invest seriously in their charging infrastructure, or do we first need to support and finance charging infrastructure systems in order for these vehicles to gain mainstream attention? To address this chicken-or-the-egg question the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy (DOE), launched a universitywide competition. The contest asked participants to submit original business models for the development of widespread public charging infrastructure in the United States. While most EV users charge their cars at home, a greater number of easily accessible commercial charging facilities are also needed to help overcome some of the worries hampering the growth of the EV market. Most significantly, an extensive charging infrastructure will be pivotal to combating “range anxiety”, which is the fear of being stranded when the battery of your electric vehicle runs out. EV charging stations remain scarce but their number is indeed growing. Some businesses, like Walgreens, even offer the service free of charge at certain locations. Be that as it may, for EVs to eventually make the leap from niche product to mainstream staple a more advanced charging infrastructure must help lead the way by making the transition as easy as possible for the consumer. The Wharton/DOE initiative helped collect invaluable information about the current status of EV infrastructure, innovative charging mechanisms and manufacturing costs, ease of implementation and potential issues with the electric grid. Moreover, it offered students the opportunity to interact directly with EV industry leaders, providing an open dialogue and collaborative environment to discuss best practices and novel solutions. Reducing ownership cost and ensuring a well-connected network are the most pressing needs for EV expansion. These demands are complementary, and collaborative innovation may enable a holistic solution. Silvia Schmid is a University of Pennsylvania graduate student.

At least one local company has come up with a solution to “range anxiety”: U-GO Stations, Inc. A Philadelphia, PA based company, U-GO has developed a viable electric vehicle public charging station infrastructure with a business model allows U-GO to sell, own, operate and maintain a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the US. They enter into shared revenue agreements with the owners of the desired properties securing exclusive locations, strategically placed, in conjunction with targeted markets. There is no need to make an extra fuel stop if you can charge your car while having a meal, attending an event, or shopping. Locations such as shopping areas can offer preferred parking spaces for EV charging. EV owners will choose to frequent locations where charging stations are provided. U-GO Stations, Inc.’s local principals include Mickey McLaughlin, David Soens and Norman P. Zarwin, Esquire. For more information, visit www.

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Thornewood Farm: Out of the Fairy Tale and Into Your Family By Kathleen McNicholas


hey first enter our lives through bedtime stories, capturing our hearts with legends of adventure. Tucked beneath covers, children grip their flashlights and hold their breath as imagination engulfs their senses. There are Sultans, princesses, magic carpet rides, and of course, fables of the majestic Arabian horse, racing hundreds of miles across the desert. We have been touched by these legends, which inspire dreams as they remind us even as adults of the possibility of magic. Settled on 40 acres in Stockton, NJ, Thornewood Farm specializes in the breeding of top Egyptian Arabian horses, providing the possibility to realize this childhood fantasy


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within miles of our front door. Owners and operators Lisa Cifrese and Richard Geha are dedicated to educating our community on the beauty and history of the Egyptian Arabian horse, their ability to bring families and friends closer together, and the opportunity to parlay these wonderful qualities into an interesting and lucrative alternative financial investment. While there is an aura of mystery surrounding the origin of Egyptian Arabian horses, certain details can be dated back thousands of years. The nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Arabian desert revered these powerful animals. Owner and bandit alike understood prestige and wealth were guaran-

teed by selecting the top horses with specific breeding characteristics, such as sleek and muscular build, wide set eyes, and large nostrils to increase airflow and breathing capabilities. As a result, the highest level of beauty and performance prevail in this horse’s pedigree today. Visiting Thornewood Farm, one drives through soybeanpatched landscape and turkey vulture lined fences blanketed in the bouquet of wildflowers lining many miles of Hunterdon County. Fillies gallop across the field with mares close behind. You can hear their sweet whinnies and see them flicking their ears, marking this morning’s playtime. These horses exhibit qualities of a family dynamic and connection between generations that we as humans strive for every day. The barn is lined with multiple stalls, each housing a mare and her filly; the fillies will board with their mothers the first three to six months of their lives. The face of each stall is marked with the family tree of the youngest born, tracing back the lineage and pedigree up to 80 years or more. Individual owners can be seen here on any given day teaching their children how to groom, feed or ride while they com-

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mune with other owners. Bits of talk are heard of upcoming national horse events, the latest news in the industry, and how simply grateful some are to have the opportunity of owning such a spectacular kind of horse while engaging with their own children. Kelvin Marquez, Thornewood’s farm manager, leads a gentle yet inquisitive mare into the pasture for her morning exercise, while Richard and Lisa are to be found somewhere on the property cultivating their love and respect for this famous breed. It is an exquisite local community affair. Elitism and wealth have long been attached to the owning and breeding of the Egyptian Arabian horse. The present economic climate of our country has bound many prospective investors to financially participate in more traditional growth trends. The stock market is volatile, and while the housing market has slightly improved over the recent past, it has yet to climb out of the sub-prime home loan hole. Whether one is preparing for retirement or college tuition for their adolescent offspring, financial security is a concern for most. Now entering the main ring is Thornewood Farm: an alternative investment opportunity that combines the cultivation of family and community with the ability to increase profitability through the purchasing and breeding of Egyptian Arabian horses. Richard and Lisa’s passion for the majestic animal inspired their decision 25 years ago to start Thornewood Farm and dedicate its purpose to the training and breeding of Egyptian Arabians. Eight years ago they moved to their 82

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current location with the same objectives, and more. An additional complementary goal was to provide and maintain a creative investment tool for novice and veteran horse owners alike. Thornewood Farm is the Northeast affiliate of Arabians Ltd., the nation’s leader in the breeding and sales of Egyptian Arabian horses for over 30 years. Furthermore, Lisa was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pyramid Society, which was founded in 1969 and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Egyptian Arabian horses. Thornewood Farm offers quarterly seminars to the public and to interested parties on how to incorporate Egyptian Arabian horses into one’s lifestyle on a multifaceted level. These seminars educate our community on the history, market value and tax advantages of being an owner and breeder of these horses. Spend the day learning about and interacting with these beautiful creatures, while introducing yourself to a whole new community of people. Their next seminar is scheduled for October 20th. Worry not newcomers, you do not need to own and operate a farm to partake in this wonderful lifestyle. What you do need is an open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to realize your dreams. Participate in your own selfdevelopment and in the positive connection to the world around you. Invest in your community, invest in your family, invest in your future. For more information, visit www. LL

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Q& A With Dr. Joseph Russo Section Chief, Women’s Imaging St. Luke’s University Health Network


ne in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer sometime during their lifetime. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, and the most feared. A screening mammogram still remains one of the best things you can do to protect your health. An early diagnosis offers the best chance for successful treatment. Dr. Joseph Russo tells us about the absolute benefits of screening mammography and advanced breast care for patients with specific breast health concerns. Read on—you’ll find that this coordinated and compassionate breast care is close to home in Quakertown, Upper Perkiomen and Center Valley.

Q: When should screening mammography begin? A:

St. Luke’s follows the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that states, “Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.” We continue to support this good advice, knowing that it saves lives.”

Breast Center in Center Valley. This Center provides compassionate care and assurance to patients concerned about breast cancer, offering diagnostic and higher level breast imaging exclusively in a serene, nurturing environment. The Center also provides a gateway to leading breast cancer experts close to home if needed. Patients benefit from GE digital technology that features the most advanced computer-aided software to help in the diagnosis of breast anomalies. The Center also offers private, spacious changing rooms and Internet access.


What makes the Center different, unique, better?


St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center is truly the culmination of years of careful planning and attention to patient needs.

A screening mammogram still remains one of the best things you can do to protect your health. That’s because the goal of a screening mammogram is to find breast cancer early before it starts to produce symptoms or spreads to areas outside the breast. Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be small and offer the best chance for successful treatment or even a cure. St. Luke’s Quakertown Women’s Imaging Center, located on the hospital campus, offers all-digital screening mammography, with same-day or next-day appointments and evening and weekend hours. Patients benefit from the highest overall image quality available and a shorter, more comfortable exam.


What happens if more tests are required or there is an abnormal finding?


Some patients will require a diagnostic mammogram, including those who have a family history of breast cancer or other breast issues that need closer scrutiny and monitoring. Patients who require additional testing have access to St. Luke’s Regional 84

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By having all of our dedicated breast specialists under one roof, we have streamlined the process, making it easier and less stressful for anxious patients while delivering the highest quality of care.

Q: Is it easy to make an appointment?

The breast imaging services at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in imaging quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. In fact, St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

appointment and receive timely results. Patients who require diagnostic follow-up care at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center are contacted by a breast health specialist who helps patients navigate through the process. Patients are usually offered an appointment at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center the same day with potential for same-day biopsy if needed.

A: We do make it easy and convenient for patients to get an

I am very proud to have been involved in the development of St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center and to offer this service in our area.

Q& A With Cancer Experts Dr. Asim Ali and Dr. Darius Desai of St. Luke’s Cancer Care Associates


o one ever wants to hear the words, “I am very sorry, but you have breast cancer.” Emotions run high, and fear of the unknown often leads to anxiety and uncertainty about where to turn and what to do next. Healing begins at St. Luke’s University Health Network, where patients diagnosed with breast cancer find access to high-level cancer care and an award-winning network of cancer experts, technologies, services and programs. Fellowship-trained breast cancer specialists include medical oncologist Dr. Asim Ali and surgical oncologist Dr. Darius Desai who provide leading-edge cancer care at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Q: The


diagnosis is breast cancer. What comes


The first step is to help the patient understand there are many different types of breast cancer, and that the treatment is not one size fits all. Patients coming to St. Luke’s University Health Network for breast cancer care are treated with compassion and dignity and receive a thorough education about their particular type of breast cancer from a dedicated cancer team. This coordinated care continues throughout the cancer journey.

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Q: Who makes up St. Luke’s breast cancer team? A:

Patients benefit from the expertise of many cancer experts across the disciplines. Care is provided by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, reconstructive surgeons, oncology nurses and oncology nurse practitioners, a genetic counselor and breast health specialists. Breast health specialists play a pivotal role, serving as navigators on the cancer journey. They provide assistance and support from the start, through diagnosis and treatment and into survivorship.

Q: Does treatment usually start with surgery? A:

Breast cancer surgery is usually the first treatment a breast cancer patient receives. There are different types of breast cancer surgery and the type of surgery performed depends on the nature of the breast cancer and a discussion between surgeon and patient. The surgery may be a mastectomy, which is the surgical removal of the entire breast (there are several different types of mastectomy), or breast-conserving surgery, which is a lumpecto-

my to surgically remove the tumor and a margin of normal tissue. There is also a second critical step which involves removing lymph nodes. Ideally, this is done at the time of surgery and is necessary to find out whether the tumor has spread and what is needed next. Breast cancer surgery may be followed by radiation therapy, chemotherapy or both.

Q: Gene expression profile testing for breast cancer has been in the news. What is it?


Breast cancers are different and technology is available to evaluate the genetic profile of individual tumors. St. Luke’s uses these genetic profiles of an individual’s breast cancer to help determine if chemotherapy should be given as an adjuvant therapy. There are two main tests used today—OncotypeDX® and MammaPrint®. OncotypeDX® uses 21 genes to estimate the risk of a tumor recurrence. MammaPrint®, an FDA-cleared gene expression profile test, provides information based on 70 genes about tumor biology and actively identifies a woman’s risk for recurrence.

Meet some of the members of St. Luke’s Breast Cancer Team (left –right): Laurie Sebastiano, MD, radiologist; Nimisha Deb, MD, radiation oncologist; Joseph Russo, MD, radiologist; Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, surgical oncologist; Asim Ali, MD, medical oncologist; Subhash Proothi, MD, medical oncologist; Andrea Smith, MS, genetics counselor; W. Michael Morrissey, Jr., MD, plastic surgeon; Hikaru Nakajima, MD, medical oncologist; Carol Kachmarsky, RN, oncology nurse; David Anderson, MD, pathologist; Darius Desai, MD, FACS, surgical oncologist; Deb Claycomb, RN, breast health specialist


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The 70-gene genomic profile can provide prognostic information in both ER-positive and ER-negative early-stage, node-negative breast cancer. However, this test requires that the tissue be appropriately preserved at the biopsy procedure or at the time of surgery. St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center has become a national leader in preserving the original biopsy material in the manner needed. Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, Medical Director, Oncology Services, St. Luke’s University Health Network and David W. Anderson, MD, Chief of Pathology, St. Luke’s University Health Network, recently reported the benefits of the St. Luke’s practice model to an expert group of surgeons, medical oncologists and pathologists in New York City. Having this test done should be discussed with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Q: What does chemotherapy do and when is it


A: Chemotherapy works by weakening and destroying cancer cells at the original site of the cancer and throughout the body.

I was only 38 when I learned I had breast cancer. That diagnosis turned my whole world upside down. I wanted to make the best decision about my care; I chose St. Luke’s Cancer Center. The people there are special; I felt like I was in a special place. – Lisa Hill, Quakertown

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at the St. Lukes’ Cancer Center in Allentown and at the new St. Lukes’ Cancer Center – Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township. St. Luke’s University Health Network is located at 1021 Park Avenue in Quakertown. For more information about St. Luke’s Cancer Center, call (1-866) STLUKES (785-8537) or visit

Dr. W. Michael Morrissey, Jr. Section Chief, Plastic Surgery, St. Luke’s University Health Network Q: What are the choices for breast reconstruction? There are many types of chemotherapy treatments, and usually more than one is used to treat breast cancer. Chemotherapy can be used to treat early-stage invasive breast cancer that has not yet spread in order to eliminate any cancer cells that may be left behind and improve the chance of the cancer not coming back. It is also used if the breast cancer is systemic and has spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, chemotherapy may be recommended before surgery to shrink the tumor. While breast cancer is a complex disease, earlier diagnosis and advancements in treatment have improved survivorship. In recent years, many life-saving treatments have been made available and many clinical trials are underway that offer promise and hope for breast cancer patients.

Q: Where is chemotherapy treatment given? A: Patients can receive this care close to home. St. Luke’s Uni-

versity Health Network has a completely renovated, comfortable Infusion Therapy Suite for the delivery of chemotherapy treatments. Located on the Third Floor in the West Wing of the hospital, the suite offers patients reclining chemotherapy chairs and iPads during treatment. It is staffed by compassionate and highly-skilled certified oncology nurses and patient care assistants. A support person is welcome to join the patient during treatment. St. Luke’s provides radiation therapy at three locations in the network. It is offered at St. Luke’s Cancer Center in Bethlehem, 88

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A. There are many ways to restore your appearance and

renew self confidence following breast surgery. The decisions you make are very personal. Breast reconstruction surgery can restore the natural appearance of the breast, and is frequently performed after partial or total mastectomy. There are two main types of surgical breast reconstruction— tissue expander/implant based reconstruction and tissue transfer, also known as flap reconstruction. The first uses an implant that is placed under the chest muscle to recreate a breast. The second procedure, called tissue transfer utilizes the patients own tissue to reconstruct the breast. Patients treated with a lumpectomy procedure do not always require reconstruction but may benefit from an evaluation with a plastic surgeon to determine what options may be available.

Q: When should breast reconstruction be performed?

A. Evaluation by a reconstructive plastic surgeon prior

to a lumpectomy/mastectomy can be helpful in determining what options are available. The patient and doctor can then make a decision on whether breast reconstruction is most optimal at the time of the lumpectomy/mastectomy or performed at a later date. For an appointment with Dr. Morrissey at St. Luke’s Professional Center in Quakertown, call (610) 838-7638.

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A Brand New Day By Crissa DeBree


Ann Cahn doesn’t think she’ll smoke another cigar, or go a full day again eating nothing but dessert. She’s unlikely to make another trip to the opera, as well. But send her ziplining through the trees, challenge her to a run or ask her to break out her hula hoop and she’ll more than rise to the challenge. The veteran NBC10 news reporter learned those skills during her Year of Firsts, which not only taught her to face her fears but also to embrace all the changes life can throw her way. “We never can stop growing,” she said. “We never can stop evolving, or you’re dead.” While the Year of Firsts officially ended in 2010, Cahn has continued on her journey, sometimes taking viewers along for the ride. And she’s turning her year of self-discovery into a book, which will be published next year. “Even (the other day), I was doing a live shot and this woman comes running out of her house, saying ‘I watched your Year of Firsts, I’ve seen all your videos on your blog,’” Cahn said. “People did follow that. And I want them to 90

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know there will be more.” Cahn has been a familiar face in Philadelphia news since she came to the city in 1987, following stints in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina and Miami. When she arrived, with her husband and 5-month-old daughter in tow, she expected the city would be a short stop on her way to network news. “And then so many things happened,” she said. “Life happened.” Toward the end of her first contract with WCAU, Cahn had to have surgery to remove her colon because of ulcerative colitis. She spent five months in the hospital recovering. “A lot of people thought I wasn’t going to get back to work,” she said. “I didn’t know myself.” Cahn did return – only to be diagnosed a short time later with breast cancer. Then in her early 30s, Cahn battled her illness publicly. She urged young women to perform self breast exams, get regular mammograms and trust their own instincts when it came to their bodies. Cahn’s doctors initially missed her diagnosis. “I felt women needed to know what I knew,” she said. “I

didn’t know if I was going to make it. But I wasn’t going to go down quietly. That’s just my nature, part of who I am. It took all my skills as a storyteller, as a journalist, a news reporter.” Cahn’s 1992 report, “Breast Cancer: My Personal Story,” won a Clarion award and two regional Emmys. It also made her realize she had found a permanent home in Philadelphia. “I really got to know Philadelphians, and Philadelphians got to know me,” she said. “An outpouring of support came toward me. Until that point, I was an outsider. Philadelphians opened their arms to me and flooded me with letters of support. We realized that maybe we were home.” Cahn – who years after her breast cancer diagnosis had to have part of her kidney removed because of kidney cancer – now lives in Montgomery County, minutes away from the NBC10 studios in Bala Cynwyd. Since joining the station, Cahn has held a variety of reporting roles, from general assignment to investigative reporting, a beat she held for 10 years. A few years ago, however, Cahn began to feel dissatisfied with her career. The media world was changing. The sagging economy forced stations to lay off reporters, and those that remained had to learn new technologies to compete. “I really hit a wall,” Cahn said. “I was really unhappy. I’d been so happy for so long with what I was doing. But my experience was like a lot of people in general, feeling like they were stuck.” Her daughter noticed the change right away. She urged her mother to embrace the new technology and start a blog. Unsure what to do, Cahn decided try a new experience every day for a year. She began to chronicle her experiences. “I challenged myself in some big or small way to do something I had never done before, as kind of self therapy,” she said. “The blog came out of being completely unhappy, completely stuck. I hated all the social media. I hated all the new technology they were throwing at me. It felt like this huge wave of stuff I didn’t want to deal with. When I started the blog I immersed myself in it.” There are some things she’ll never do again – like eat a scorpion, or participate in what’s known as chatroulette, an online chat website that pairs strangers from around the world. (“Don’t go there. Lots of naked men.”)

But there were amazing experiences, as well. Cahn participated in the mud run to raise money for multiple sclerosis, where she met a group of women she’s still in touch with today. A friend challenged her to introduce herself to a stranger, and Cahn met an old, African-American gentleman in Rittenhouse Square who shared his story of his love for his wife, who had recently died. “I have looked for that man in Rittenhouse Square,” Cahn said. “I’ve never seen him again.” The year of experiences changed Cahn, giving her a renewed outlook on life. She went back to school, started teaching, opened herself up to new things. When offered a chance to host “The 10! Show,” NBC’s lifestyle program, she accepted. “I was excited about my life again,” she said. “It was an incredible journey. Now that I’m on the other side – I’m still going through it. It’s been a transformation.” Next fall, Perigee Books will publish “I Dare Me: One Year of Firsts,” a combination memoir and self-help book to inspire people and help them change their lives. It’s Cahn’s second book; she co-authored “Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life” in 2003. Cahn, 55, recently returned to general assignment reporting after a year hosting “The 10! Show.” “I have to say, I was very wary of it and very concerned,” she said of her return to the streets. “I hadn’t done that in over 10 years. This is a whole new phase of news reporting for me. But I have to tell you, and it surprises me, that I love it. I love it. I love getting back on the street, not knowing what I’m going to do every day, and meeting new people every day. In the end, I love being a news reporter. I love bringing these stories to people at home.” “It’s kind of come full circle. But at the same time, it’s fresh and new for me again. We’re doing it with new tools. I’ve come back to the street with different cameras and technology. I’m tweeting and part of social media now. That’s part of my job as well. Those are all things that I learned.” “I know that these are things that enhance your life, and keep it fresh. I’m always looking for those, ‘Wow, I’ve never done that before’ experience. Even if it’s small. I think it’s something that will always resonate in my life and will always be part of my life.” LL Crissa DeBree is a writer based in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. September | October 2012 Local Living


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Dr. Mueller is a cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry; he has completed a post-graduate hospital General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he had trained in delivering both restorative and surgical dental procedures on patients receiving general anesthesia in a hospital operating room environment. Prior to his professional dental training, Dr. Mueller had received Graduate Program training in Anatomical Pathology and had performed both medical and forensic autopsy prosections/presentations for The Ohio State University Hospital medical staff and the Franklin County Coroner. Dr. Mueller now maintains his very broad-spectrum ‘general & implant’ dental practice in his newly acquired and reconstructed office building in the Upper Moreland/Willow Grove turnpike interchange area. His continued focus in both surgical and restorative implant dentistry, major restorative dentistry, ‘sleep dentistry’, and ‘artistic smile design’ has provided all his patients with the benefits of today’s modern dental science. Practice Philosophy “I have dedicated my professional post-graduate training to receive and treat the adult dental patient in a comprehensive manner that best addresses those dental issues that are unique to each individual, both prosthetic and surgical. My office and staff focuses on this principle daily. I have made a particular commitment to providing a private environment and treatment for patients that may require I.V. Sedation or Oral Sedation to assist them in receiving dental treatment due to anxiety, or an overwhelming scope of complex treatment delivery procedures.” “As many of my patients travel great distances to benefit from this accommodation, I have procured and located my office building just off of a PA Turnpike Interchange. Although I do limit the treatment provided to adults, the services provided here are not limited by declaration of specialty. Therefore, this remains a

broad-spectrum ‘general practice’ to facilitate all treatment required by a patient under sedation without interruption by referral for services outside this office; the approach remains the same for our non sedated patients.” “Let me further define the aspects of interest that make this dental practice singular. This is a strong Dental Implants practice, both surgical and restorative. It is in this area I have concentrated much of my PostResidency studies. As a foundation to provide these services, and incorporate them effectively into my patient treatment plans, all of the sub-specialty services of dentistry become equally important to provide here. Periodontics (gum tissue care, surgery, soft tissue grafting, preventive oral hygiene), Oral Surgery (extractions, bone grafting, implant placement), Endodontics (root canal), Orthodontics (Invisalign), Prosthetics (dentures, crowns/bridges, porcelain veneers), and Cosmetics (which is incorporated into all that we do).” LL Kent Lane Mueller, Dr. DDS 1115 Easton Rd., Willow Grove, PA 19090 215-657-5700

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The Right Relationship is Everything By Dr. Robert J. Skalicky


ith the multitude of cosmetic surgery procedures available today, people are becoming increasingly lured into finding the “Fountain of Youth” where appearances are concerned. In 2011, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, approximately $11 billion was spent on cosmetic surgery. Whether it is smaller, less invasive procedures such as Botox or Juvederm, or larger procedures such as breast enhancement, liposuction, or “tummy tucks”, the decision to pursue some form of cosmetic enhancement is becoming more and more common. These decisions, how94

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ever, should be approached with care and thought; they must be made for the right reasons. The emotional desire to look younger, although a necessary piece in the cosmetic surgery equation, should be accompanied by objective and subjective criteria to determine if the “nip and tuck” procedure in question is right for you. This decision-making process can be simplified into three main areas: the procedure, the surgeon, and the “Me” factor. The first area involves the cosmetic procedure that is desired. Many procedures exist to improve body and facial appearance but each one can have very different recovery

times, anesthesia levels, necessary incisions, and degrees of improvement. All of these factors need to be taken into consideration. It is extremely important to understand the pros and cons of a particular procedure and, just as importantly, to also clearly understand both the surgical and non-surgical alternatives. While these details should be fully explained in your cosmetic surgery consult, if they are not offered, you should feel free to ask for the answers that will help you decide if the procedure is the best choice for you. Other important questions to ask include expected results and duration, safety, complication rate, and costs. The second area that warrants careful attention is the plastic surgeon selected by you to perform your procedure. While a surgeon’s education, certification, and experience are always important criteria to be considered, so too is the surgeon’s personality, compassion, and ethical standards. Your relationship with your plastic surgeon is truly that: a relationship. As such, you should select a surgeon that you are at ease with, one that gives you a sense of trust and dependability. You need to feel that your physician will treat you as well after your procedure as he did before the procedure. Some basic questions to ask yourself in determining this fit include, “Can I relate to this physician and does he or she understand my needs?”, “Can I depend on him or her to take care of me whether my result is good or suboptimal?”, “How do other patients describe their experiences with this surgeon?” If these questions cannot be answered positively, perhaps that particular surgeon is not the right one to pursue a relationship with. The last factor, the “Me” factor is probably the most important as it deals with our subjective reasons for considering plastic surgery. This area deals with our inner motivation for pursuing cosmetic surgery in the first place. In this

phase of analysis, several questions need to be asked and evaluated to avoid post-procedure dissatisfaction. Some important questions that need to be introspectively answered include: Why am I pursuing this procedure? What am I trying to accomplish? Am I doing this procedure to make myself happy or to please someone else? Am I prepared to deal with possible repercussions of a changed appearance? Many times patients get so caught up in their desire to look better that they fail to question their basic reasons for wanting such a change. Answers to these questions can help sift through our true psychological motives for desiring a change in appearance and help increase our chances of a successful outcome. While the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery requires a careful understanding of the details, a positive surgeon relationship is paramount. Combined with a little selfanalysis, the experience can be extremely gratifying. Perhaps that “nip/tuck” that you’ve always dreamed about will actually be the most “uplifting” experience of your life! Excellent results can be achieved at Bucks County Plastic Surgery Center, 104 Pheasant Run, Building A, Suite 123, Newtown, PA 18940. To schedule an appointment, call (215) 702-8600. LL Dr. Robert J. Skalicky is one of the most highly respected plastic surg eons in the Bucks Count y and Philadelphia area. Board Certified in Plastic and Reconst ructive Surg ery, he is also A ssociate Director and Trainer of plastic surg ery residents and fellows in the Philadelphia area. September | October 2012 Local Living


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WHAT CAN “9 MINUTES OF LIGHT” DO FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN? ATA Revitalization Institute a phenomenon? …I should say so.

This multi-faceted facility encompasses one of the most advanced non-invasive technologies available today. Photobiomodulation is the use of light to stimulate a cell reaction, which causes these cells in turn to function at a higher level of performance. We wonder how light can affect us so much, but if we think about it, light therapy has been used for years. Babies born with jaundice use light therapy to optimize liver function and low Vitamin-D levels are stimulated by sunlight. How does this differ from Photobiomodulation and what ATA and their staff can accomplish with their treatments? No one knows that better than Tonie Chicchi and Adele Lukachek co-founders of ATA Revitalization Institute. ATA and their ability to affect the body in a positive manner, specializing in cases that have not responded to traditional therapies has made them one of the most sought after therapy facilities in the valley for chronic pain and injury. ATA Revitalization Institute is presently implementing protocol for Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) with an amazing increase in processing speed and reading fluency. ATA Protocol is now available to patients. This non-invasive painless treatment shows substantial results in as little as six weeks. The treatment device has no side effects and has been used for over 40 years. ATA additionally treats professional, college and high school athletes. ATA attended this year’s Master in Augusta Georgia, and deals with professional NFL, NBA, MLB players as well as professional golfers and tennis players. Injury that remains after traditional treatments fail is the norm for this facility. Although Photobiomodulation and Laser Therapies are sporadically available, it is their evaluation of each patient, the individual protocol that is prescribed, and the constant monitoring of patient recovery that makes ATA successful. ATA’s foresight and ability to realize the potential for Photobiomodulation technology make them leaders in treatment results, protocol development, and the advancement of many conditions that were once thought of as untreatable, or treatable with little success. Below is a list of conditions that ATA has shown great promise in helping patients recover more fully from: Chronic Pain/Injury Joint ROM Enhancement Osteo – Arthritis

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ATA recently celebrated with a Grand Re-Opening to a larger facility on August 5th. Tonie and Adele both are grateful and excited to see their dream unfold daily. The facility’s owners and staff possess immense compassion with a desire to afford individuals the recovery necessary for achieving an optimal life. The Grand Re-Opening highlighted a recovering stroke patient of ATA’s, Kristi Cochios. Kristi, a native of Pennsylvania, was living and working as a successful artist in California. She returned to Easton for treatment due to her stroke. Kristi decided with ATA to start a fund to help financially challenged stroke patients receive treatment. Kristi’s talents

are on display at ATA and a percentage of each item sold will be given to Kristi’s Hands, recently established for this greater purpose. They can be contacted at (610) 438-1765 and at Located at 3600 Nicholas St., Easton, PA 18045, ATA welcomes you to stop in and experience the facility. It is one of a kind.



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earching for a fabulous print for your wall? Consider an Andy Warhol – your walls will POP. Andy Warhol! His name conjures memories of an icon, ultra-hip to the underground culture in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, and the talented darling of the glitterati. Running around cities in his famous Ray Bans and black leather jacket, a cool contrast to his white-blonde hair, he was known as a ‘true radical in his approach to art’. His bold depictions of everyday life started the ‘Popism’ movement. He created works of art that introduced a new era: Campbell Soup Cans, Brillo Boxes, Skulls, Flowers, and captured fab stars like Mick Jagger, Elvis, Liz, Jackie, Marilyn, Michael Jackson, and self-portraits. Warhol’s work also includes butterflies, yellow and pink cows, a continuation of Campbell Soup cans with 100 cans stacked up on each other, a soup pocketbook can, open can, chicken soup flat label – the list is endless. In those days you didn’t have to follow the art scene. Warhol was the art scene. Besides painting, his talents included photography, silk-screening, writing, music producing, and filmmaking. His first solo exhibition, in 1952, was “Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writing of Truman Capote” – the American author. “Warhol’s artwork lends itself to contemporary life and what is most popular in our culture,” says Emily Meyer, Assistant Communications Manager at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. “This could include modern interior design.” Warhol was the ‘it’ person whose nightly visits to Studio 54, the popular New York club, led him to rub elbows with Bohemian street people, intellectuals, aristocrats and celebrities. One of his quotes still lingers: “In the future everyone will be world- famous for 15 minutes!” The Factory, his studio, was a hip hangout covered in tin foil, silver paint and, sometimes, dangling silver balloons. Where did his eccentricity begin? According to documented information, some say in the third grade where he was diagnosed with a nervous system affliction leaving him bedridden. He liked to draw and collected movie star photos that an expert might say pro-

vided the basis for his eccentric personality. He often stated that his illness contributed to his personality. At one point he sipped Campbell Soups for lunch for twenty years! Later, as a commercial artist, he worked for Tiffany & Co., Columbia Records, created window displays for Bonwit Teller stores and more. He was said to be deeply cognizant of consumer culture, especially its manufacturing allure for objects and celebrities, which led him to successful branding of his own image and signature style. He said it well when he said, “Know-

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ing how to use what somebody else didn’t was a knack you could really be proud of.” In 1968 he and an art critic were shot in his studio. He barely survived and suffered lingering physical affects that would impact his life. “Warhol remains a complex and often misunderstood persona 25 years after his death, whose artwork depicting consumer objects such as Heinz ketchup boxes and paintings of Marilyn Monroe and Mae Tse-Tung have been imprinted into our collected consciousness,” says Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol. The ‘70’s was a better time for Warhol. He created portraits of famous people including John Lennon, Bridget Bardot, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross and more, a very impressive list! For those who never saw his works, The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, includes approximately 900 paintings, works on paper, published and unique prints, 4000 photographs, wallpaper, books and more. They lend his work to many other museums in New York, Spain, Singapore, LA, San Francisco and numerous others. “The Andy Warhol Museum has an extensive traveling exhibitions program, loaning Andy Warhol’s artwork to museums around the world,” says Meyer. “Since 1996 exhibitions organized or co-organized by the Warhol Museum have been seen by over nine-million people in 25 states and 36 countries. In 2000, the Warhol Museum was selected by the United States Department of State to provide an original exhibition of his artworks to museums throughout Russia and Eastern Europe, and as far away as Kazakhstan.”


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Researching the price of Andy Warhol paintings, his works are truly valued. $100 million dollars was spent on his painting of eight Elvis’s, in 1963. He died in his sleep in 1987 from complications of a gall bladder operation and is buried in Pittsburgh. His money was left to the ‘advancement of visual arts’ and called “The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts”. Another one of his quotes is very apropos these days and he would have been proud to know that his words are still being spoken: “I think everybody should like everybody!” For more information about the Warhol museum, call (412) 237-8300 or visit LL



Palm Springs: On Par with the Legends By Beth D’Addono


othing teed Ronnie Reagan off like playing golf in the desert. Ronnie regularly hit the links at the Annenberg’s Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage, one of nine desert towns that make up the Greater Palm Springs region. Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and the senior Bush also took their swings, along with architects of the game like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Tom Watson. A golfer’s dream, this desert paradise offers 115-plus courses with something for players of every skill level. Add in nonstop sunshine, low humidity, and dramatic scenery, and no wonder the Palm Springs region was voted ‘2012’s Top North American Golf Destination’ by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.


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A different kind of fun and games is what first put Palm Springs on the map. Back in the studio days, Palm Springs became the playground for old Hollywood’s rich and famous, when strict contracts dictated the moral high ground within LA’s confines. But two hours away, now that was another matter altogether. The Rat Pack generation also came to play - hence the streets named for vintage crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Young Hollywood has taken notice too – it’s here that Brangelina came out as a couple. And Kate Hudson is a regular visitor to the home her mom, Goldie Hawn, shares with Kurt Russell. Add in a lively dining scene and a wide spectrum of boutique and resort hotels, many with mid-century modern design elements, and there’s plenty to keep golfers and non

players occupied for days. But if golf is your game, the question is always, where’s the best course in town? Read on… with more than 2,000 holes from which to choose, the playing field is anything but level. 1. Classic Club, Palm Desert Number 12 is Arnold Palmer’s favorite, a daunting tee shot that is all carry over a body of water, with a creek and a waterfall to the right. There are great views of Big Bear and of the Chocolate Mountains. 2. Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage Gary Player Course According to Westin Mission Hills head golf pro Jeff Beier, 11 is a par 5 with water along the right side of the hole, which makes it “classic risk-reward coming from Mr. South Africa!” 3. La Quinta - TPC Stadium/PGA West Designer Pete Dye sculpted spectator seating areas into the natural terrain, hence the name. One historic moment here was Lee Trevino’s hole-in-one on #17—nicknamed the notorious Alcatraz Island hole—which netted him a Skin worth $175,000 in the 1987 “Skins Game,” which PGA West hosted from 1986 to 1991. 4. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert Palm Course The 17th hole is an island green par 3 that plays from 115 yards to 160 yards, an all-or-nothing shot, thanks to three strategically placed bunkers that make the target just a little more tough to get to. 5. Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs The inward nine here starts with a challenging par 4 at hole #10, an example of Nicklaus Design golf at its best. If you can cut the corner of this dogleg right hole, you’ll have a short club into the green. But no matter which club you use, stunning mountain views are very distracting. 6. Indian Wells Golf Resort – Players Course At well over 600 yards, number nine is one of the longest par fives in Southern California. The tee shot must be

played over a barranca and left of a fairway bunker to gain the best angle. The ideal second shot must find a relatively narrow sliver of grass sandwiched between a lake on the left and bunker on the right. 7. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Palm Springs – Resort Course Nicknamed “Terminator,” number 8 is a par 3 that’s this course’s signature hole. It’s all carry over water to a small protected green, which calls on some serious shooting. 8. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage At this Ted Robinson-designed 27-hole golf course, more than 1,500 palm trees line the fairways and circle six lakes at the base of snow-capped Mount San Jacinto. The view from the 5th hole of the West course is spectacular. 9. SilverRock Resort, La Quinta – Pete Dye Mountain Course Hole 7 measures 603 yards from the tips with water in play from tee to green. With the Santa Rosa Mountains setting the backdrop, players must avoid the lake to the right side of the fairway and a large fairway bunker to the left of the fairway. After a good drive, players must decide whether to shoot over the water or leave themselves with a long third shot over water to a small green that is well guarded by water and bunkers. 10. Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course The 18th hole on the Firecliff course is a picturesque yet difficult par 5 that measures 385 yards from the forward tees up to 535 yards from the back tees. The fairway is lined with palm trees and a creek running down the left side with desert terrain on the right. The creek on the left meanders across the fairway and pools into a lake that guards the right side all the way to the green. For more information about visiting and golfing in Palm Springs, visit LL Travel Editor Beth D’Addono ce lebrates loc al living whe rever she goes on her blog, September | October 2012 Local Living


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What Should I Pack in My Kid’s Lunchbox? By JoannaChodorowska


his is a question I get from clients all the time! “How do I pack healthier lunches for my children?” When I was growing up, we lived five houses from school and I came home for lunch most days. Mom always made us something wholesome: salad or a green vegetable, sometimes half a sandwich with leftovers from dinner or a tuna salad with celery and kidney beans. There was usually a fruit for dessert, sometimes a cookie. And yes, in case you are wondering, my friends wondered back then what I was eating – what, no chips? No Ho Ho’s? Mom had it right back then, and you can too. So what can you do? Make dinners at home, and help your children make their own lunches. Some fun vegetables you can pack for snacks are regular carrots, sugar snap peas, corn on the cob, or cut up red or orange peppers. If you pack a sandwich, choose lean meats and non-processed lunch meats. Make your own turkey breast and slice it up for sandwiches. It is a lot more economical, even if you buy organic turkey breast vs. counter-bought items full of nitrates and sodium. Yuk! But you have to make sure you add at least two to three large leaves of a green lettuce (Bibb, red leaf, romaine, green leaf, all good choices). Choose a multi-grain bread, or even gluten-free multi-grain bread. (Udi’s brand makes great choices.) If you choose to use mayonnaise, use the real stuff, not the non-fat, chemical full version. If you use butter, try to use a grass-fed dairy butter – again, use real butter, not the manufactured kind. Then pack a fruit. Make it a different fruit every day of the week. Variety makes it fun. My mom used to cut the hamburgers from dinner in half (smaller discs) for our sandwiches and used rye bread over wheat. This is how we always ate, so it was not a surprise for us at lunch time. Sometimes we had soup – remember those Thermos containers just for soup? Why not make your own and pack it for your kids? At least you will know what the ingredients are and know it was also made with love, not 1700 mg of sodium per ½ cup serving. The next step to making healthy choices is to start reading the labels on the products you buy. You will want to avoid these ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated

fat, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners (including Splenda, sucralose, aspartame, and Nutrasweet), preservatives (sodium nitrate and nitrate, sodium erythorbate, diisocyanate, etc.) and any ingredient that basically is not a real food. So replace Doritos with Garden Of Eatin’ brand chips. Replace Gatorade with plain water and lemon wedges. Choose natural peanut butter (or almond or cashew butter) instead of Jiff or Skippy. These small changes can make a big difference in nutrition as well in your children’s behavior. Just because it is convenient does not always mean it is healthy. Choose wisely, but start making those healthier choices at home, so you can plan your lunch meals better, too. LL Joanna K Chodorowska, BA, NC, is a nutritionist, swim instructor, triathlete coach and competitive triathlete. She is the founder of Nutrition in Motion specializing in personalized nutrition programs for health minded individuals. To get started on a lifelong healthy plan, visit for more information.

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The ABCs of Virtual School Success


ore and more kindergarten through grade 12 students nationwide are going to school without getting on a bus, entering a classroom, or even leaving their homes. Cyber charter schools, such as Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Connections Academy, where students attend public school from home, are one of the fastest growing education trends in the United States— drawing families who are looking for a high-quality alternative to the traditional classroom. Last year, Commonwealth Connections Academy served more than 8,300 students across Pennsylvania; 500 of these students were from the


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tri-county area. Because it is a public cyber school, there is no tuition, and all books and supplies are provided, without fees, by the school. Reasons for choosing virtual school are as diverse as the students themselves. Many families find the increased personalization and flexibility of online schools enable their students to succeed academically, since they can work at a pace that is more in line with their preferred learning style. Students who are behind can catch-up; students who are gifted or who want more challenge can progress through the curriculum more quickly. Other students attend because of

medical needs or because of the wide range of course offerings the school provides, such as foreign languages, AP courses, and electives. Competitive athletes, aspiring actors, and other performers find that virtual school meets their specific training needs in terms of time and location of studies. While thousands of Pennsylvania students thrive at Commonwealth Connections Academy every year, it is important to remember that this form of public education isn’t for every student, or every family. Families interested in fulltime online education should consider the following “ABCs” of successful virtual schooling to determine if this form of education is a good fit:

Availability and attitude of the parent and student Virtual schools are not unsupervised, self-study programs. While online schools provide a flexible learning environment, parent involvement and responsibility are critical to successful participation. Students should also have the right mindset: being self-motivated, open to learning in a nontraditional setting, and having a comfort level with technology all contribute to success. At most full-time virtual schools, a parent or trusted adult monitors student progress in the home throughout the day and works with Pennsylvania certified teachers who direct instruction. This requires a parent’s time and desire to be directly involved in their child’s education.

Beyond the traditional classroom While online schools allow students the freedom and flexibility to learn almost anytime, anywhere, it is important to designate a learning space at home. The area should be organized, with room to store books and school supplies, and located in a relatively distraction-free zone. In addition to providing students with a space to complete their work, it is also important to provide opportunities to socialize with classmates. Commonwealth Connections Academy offers multiple field trips per month, which allow students the opportunity to learn in a new setting while spending time with their peers. The school also offers a one-of-a-kind mobile classroom, which enables teachers to conduct a variety of classroom activities anywhere in the state. Mobile classroom activities range from book fairs to making cards for soldiers to bottle rocket demonstrations. The mobile classroom is

also used for community service events in counties across Pennsylvania, such as the Great American Clean Up. Additionally, students can socialize through extracurricular activities such as the robotics club and environmental club. Commonwealth Connections Academy students have thrived in these extracurricular activities; for the past two years a team of students has competed and won first place at the Pennsylvania Real World Design Challenge—an engineering competition that tests its competitors’ logic, creativity, and reason. This year’s team then went on to place second at the National competition. Students are also able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities provided by their traditional brick and mortar public school.

Challenging, computer-enhanced curriculum Students attending virtual schools should be prepared for a challenging, comprehensive curriculum. Students master the core subjects—reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies—and can also take elective courses. At virtual school, the computer is a tool for learning—which today’s tech-savvy students usually love. Students also use offline resources like textbooks, science kits and more. Although training and technical support are provided, parents should have a comfort level with computers too, since online learning management systems are typically used to manage daily lessons and communicate with teachers. If Commonwealth Connections Academy seems like a good fit for your family, consider attending a local information session where you can meet teachers and staff and learn more about the school. Visit or call 888-818-4108 to learn more. Enrollment is now open for the 2012-2013 school year. LL Dr. Maurice Flurie is the CEO of Commonwealth Connections Academy, a leading cyber school serving students in grades K-12 from across Pennsylvania. He has been a school administrator for over 20 years and also serves as an instructor for Wilkes University, teaching graduate courses in Educational Law, Educational Psychology, and more.

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Wagsworth Manor Turns Your Dog into a Social Butterfly


uch has been written about the importance of socialization in raising a healthy, happy dog. But what exactly do we mean by “socialization”? Many dogs rarely experience the world beyond the comfort zone of their immediate family “pack” and the security of their familiar surroundings at home. Because of this, sometimes a dog becomes distrustful of strangers and fearful of unfamiliar surroundings. For a puppy to grow into a confident, well-adjusted adult dog, it’s essential to introduce it to new people, places, objects and other animals. Socialization is an ongoing process. As puppies get older and become more comfortable around new dogs and people, many owners take their dog to doggie day camp as a way of reinforcing socialization. Not only does it give the dog the opportunity to play and get physical exercise, it also introduces the dog to a new environment, new playmates and new human caregivers. It helps the dog to be confident in situations outside of its familiar home territory. Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort in Malvern offers day camp every day of the week, in both full-day and half-day sessions. Play groups are made up of dogs of similar size and temperament, and the turf play yards are closely monitored

by experienced dog care professionals. First-time guests are introduced gradually to the group and special attention is given to ensure that they are easing in to the new experience. Owners attest to the positive influence this has on their dog’s confidence and overall well-being. Marshall, a 3-year-old Australian Labradoodle, started coming to Wagsworth for day camp since he was a pup. “At first, Marshall was nervous about going to day camp,” says his owner Robert. “He would hide under the furniture at home and when he got to day camp he rarely interacted with the other dogs. But now he loves going to day camp! It’s like his second home. When he hears us say ‘Ready for day camp Marshall?’ he wags his tail and can’t wait to get in the car!” If you’re looking to take your dog’s socialization to the next level, try day camp at Wagsworth Manor! LL Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort 27 Spring Mill Drive Malvern, PA 19355 610-251-9247

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ake a drive around your community on any sunny weekend and you are bound to see signs

for a yard sale or garage sale. The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has put many of us in the declutter frame of mind. We’ve looked through our homes and have found we either have too much stuff or we’d like to have a few new decorative pieces to brighten up a room or two. The question is how to solve this decorating problem without it being a costly proposition.

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cast for the day of your sale so that you are prepared for any possible natural contingencies that might occur. When you are ready to display your saleable goods display them to their best advantage. Hang clothing on a clothes line or rack. Imagine you are the customer. Would the display attract your attention? What does your display reflect? Strewn items on a front lawn are not appealing to potential buyers. Another important issue to address is making sure that everyone helping with the sale is on the same page as far as the ground rules are concerned. Remember – the purpose of the sale is to sell your unwanted items. One of the aspects of yard sale selling is haggling; it is part of the fun, so be prepared. And finally, always have enough change on hand. A sale can be lost if you don’t. Suppose you’re not inclined to have a sale of your own to make extra money. Go hunting for treasures in someone else’s yard or garage. If you happen to have a creative eye and can see the potential in a discarded piece, you may find a diamond in the rough. Once

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Two cousins cleaning out their grandfather’s attic found a dusty box filled you have used your magic to restore or refurbish an item, this transformation can help to decorate your own home or be sold, thus earning you extra cash in the end too! Before you head out to a sale make sure you are prepared. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. Carry a canvas bag or two to hold any of your purchases and have some small bills handy for easy buys. Keep in mind that it is often a good idea to travel a little bit away from your own neighborhood, perhaps to a community that may have higher value “junk”. Items for sale in these areas may be of a higher quality but keep in mind the prices will be higher too. This is where haggling over price comes into play. Don’t be afraid to start low, you can always offer more if necessary. Have fun with it. One of the things to avoid buying, no matter how clean it looks, is anything that has been slept in or on such as mattresses, sleeping bags, sheets and pillows. Bed bugs love to hide in these places and no one wants an exterminator’s bill. Not into setting up shop? You can also find extra cash by donating things that are of no further use to you. There are organizations that will restore donated items and sell them to help others. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity restore goods to sell or to use in the homes they are building. Goodwill Industries sell used items in their stores at lower prices helping those with lower incomes. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children transforms old donated greeting cards into new ones for sale thereby earning extra money for college. Box tops from General Mills products and labels from Campbell products can be collected and traded in for school supplies and equipment. Donate your old car to Purple Heart for restoration. When the car is sold the money is used to provide food and clothing to the over 200,000 homeless veterans in America. All of the donations to any of these organizations are a tax deduction. LL Diane Burns is a writer currently residing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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‘Tis the Season

for Halloween in New Hope The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce will again host the 10th annual High Heel Race and 2nd annual Pumpkin Man Contest this Halloween season. Always a crowd-pleaser, the High Heel Race will take place on Mechanic Street in New Hope. Everyone in the race, male and female participants alike, will wear high heels as they carry a pumpkin up and down a designated route on Mechanic Street. Prizes will be awarded, it’s free to watch, and there’s no charge to join in. (Drag racing is always welcomed….) And don’t miss the New Hope Pumpkin Man Contest as local merchants once again decorate their pumpkins and display them proudly so you can vote for your favorite creative take on the beloved Jack-o-Lantern. The New Hope Chamber has more events planned, so check out the listing for dates and times at

Sports Spotlight

LeSean “Shady” McCoy By Mike Hirata Note to Rea ders: The shocking unexpected death of Garrett Reid at Eagles training camp disrupted both training camp and media schedules. So when the team asked us to postpone our formal interview with LeSean McCoy, we of course agreed. We did manage to ask LeSean a few questions after practice and will look to reschedule a full interview for a future issue.


t just 24 years old LeSean “Shady” McCoy has already accomplished a great deal both on and off the football field. In three seasons with the Eagles he has already rushed for over 3,000 yards. He also led the league in touchdowns, first downs, and made his first pro bowl in 2011. Off the field he is active in the community and supports numerous charity events every year. He has also started his own Charity Foundation, Shades of Greatness. The organization raises money to fight ALS, the disease that previously claimed his grandmother. LeSean has come a long way since his mother nicknamed “Shady” because he was Shady Baby.


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LL: Coach Reid has missed the last two days of practice after the death of his son Garrett. How has practice been different? And are you going to Garrett’s viewing? LeSean McCoy: The atmosphere is definitely different without Coach Reid. Yes, I am going to attend the service. I think it is important for us as players to show our support. Andy Reis is both a coach and a father figure. It is important to me to show respect for the coach and his family. LL: What do you remember about Garrett Reid? LeSean McCo y: He was always upbeat, always had a

smile. He was a good kid, a great person. It’s very sad and my prayers go with Coach Reid. We (players) will dedicate this season to Garrett. As players this makes us want to compete even more for Coach Reid.

Mike Hirata is a freelance photographer and writer based in the Philadelphia area. Working with a v ariety of t raditional and social media outlets, Mike was one of the first photographers in the area to receive over 5 million online views of his work.

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LL: You attended the same high school as Ricky Watters and grew up as a fan of Barry Sanders. How would you compare your running style to those two? LeSean McCoy: I don’t really think my style is similar to either of those guys. I have always tried to have my own running style. And I think I do have my own style, not really like anyone else.

LL: Last year you were among the league leaders in both rushing and touchdowns. Which is more important to you? LeSean McCoy: I would say touchdowns. On offense we want to score a touchdown on every possession.

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Gateway Funding: The Reality of Real Estate

WBCB Vice President & GM, and longtime ‘Voice of the Eagles’, Merrill Reese (center), with two ‘All-Pro’s’, Peter Buchsbaum (left) & Vince Sirianni (right) from Real Estate Reality Radio.

Wielding their gleaming factual knowledge on behalf of home owners and would-be home owners everywhere, Peter Buchsbaum and Vincent Sirianni of Gateway Funding are good at what they do. You can hear it for yourself when you tune into their show, Real Estate Reality Radio. Airing every Friday from 9 to 10 am on WBCB 1490 AM, listen to their no-nonsense approach to mortgages, and whatever else comes to mind. Below is a sampling of real questions Peter received and answered. If you have your own question, visit Pete’s blog, www.peterbuchsbaum. com, or drop a question on For direct calls you can reach Vince at (610) 564-0620. Pete can be reached at (215) 740-8999. (NMLS#133257)


You Ask, Pete Answers ... By Peter Buchsbaum


hopping for a home is both exciting and scary. It feels like a never ending process filled with questions that no one wants to ask. On a much, much different scale, it is similar to buying a mattress: comparing virtually is impossible. Every scenario is too unique. You need real time, 3-D answers How much can I borrow? What is my payment? How much money will I need for settlement? Is that the lowest rate? And that’s if you even know what to ask. Each borrower has different needs. Questions are something we both need to ask. By answering my questions, you will help me find the balance you need. Send us your questions. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of real questions from real people. And the real answers.

Q: I refinanced in 2010, and went from a 30-year mortgage

to a 15-year mortgage at 4.25%. I plan on moving in the next year, but I am keeping the property as a rental property. Should I look at refinancing again? A: With the 4.25% on a 15-year, I would look at the analysis. Right now the 15-year rate is potentially a point better. If you do not intend on selling in the next year I would consider refinancing.

Q: What can you tell me about the difference between a

refinance and a loan modification? The home is underwater and my comps aren’t too great. I currently pay PMI and my plan is to move out in a year or so and rent it out. A: A refinance is simply to change rate or term. A modification is more for reducing your balance due. One of the biggest reasons for a modification is if you owe more than the home is worth. There are several potential opportunities to help people if they’re “underwater”. They are DU Refi Plus and Freddie Mac Relief. There is no PMI and you can be 20% underwater. Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services, L.P. NMLS #1071; P eter Buc hsbaum, (NMLS #133257) is Licensed as a NJ Mortgage Loan Originator License (#9409934); Licensed by the PA Depar tment of Banking (Mor tgage O riginator License #25455). The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services. Rates, Terms, Fees, Products, Programs and Equit y requirements are subject to change without notice. For qualified bor rowers only . © 2012 Gat eway Funding Di versified Mor tgage Se rvices, L.P. Equal Housing Lender. September | October 2012 Local Living


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Old World Quality Workmanship and Customer Service Alive and Well at Volpe Tile


hen it comes to your home you always want the best. Frank Volpe and the Volpe family at Volpe Tile have been making homes beautiful for over 60 years. Joined now by his son, Francesco, as well as a professional knowledgeable staff, Volpe Tile is where you want to go for the best results. From the start of your project to the amazing installation Volpe Tile’s professional and friendly showroom experts help you plan, and will guide you through every step of your project. Volpe Tile has the most complete and diverse ceramic, glass, metal, porcelain, and stone tile from around the world. Receive the best competitive pricing, unmatched attention to detail and a personal service guarantee. Frank is not satisfied until you are. There is a reason why customers come back to Volpe Tile for all their home improvement projects. Frank believes in the old world ethic of doing the job right, and providing a one-stop shopping experience. Their quality starts with the staff, continues with the product, and finishes with a worry free installation. Frank invites you to stop in


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today at 50 North York Road in Warminster to experience the way home improvement should be. Let us make your world MARBLES! LL

local spotlight “If Not Me, Then Who?” — The Travis Manion Story By Diane Burns


ne’s character is determined by the responses he makes in times of difficulties, crisis or danger. This is the story of one heroic individual who was put to the test. Travis Joseph Manion was born on November 19, 1980 at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in NC where his father was stationed. After being stationed around the country for years, the family settled down in Doylestown, PA. Travis went to LaSalle College High School where his leadership qualities were strong in both academics and athletics. He was on the wrestling squad as well as the football and lacrosse teams. He was a member on five championship teams and was named an All-American wrestler six times and was awarded the Hal Selvey, Jr. Memorial Award for Unselfish Dedication and Leadership. Excellence in leadership, academics and athleticism gained Travis an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He was in school at the Academy when he heard of the horrific events that occurred on 9/11.Travis was aware that day of the grave decisions he and his fellow classmates made when they chose to serve their country. Upon graduation he entered the Marine Corps, following in his father’s footsteps, while his best friend and roommate Brendan Looney went on to become a Navy Seal. Travis finished at the top of his basic training class at Quantico, VA. His first deployment was to be to Iraq and this meant his training would be in the Mojave Desert with temperatures in excess of 120 degrees. His second deployment sent him back to Iraq where he was part of a Military Transition team attached to an Iraqi Army Battalion in Fallujah. On one of his visits home between deployments Travis and his brother-in-law Dave had attended an Eagles game when Dave jokingly said to Travis, “If I trip you and you break a leg, you won’t have to go back.” Travis replied what was to become his mantra: “If not me, then who?” This was the character of the man who believed in sacrifice, brotherhood and love of country. On April 27, 2007 Travis was killed by a sniper’s bullet

while he was rescuing his fallen comrades. He had successfully rescued two and had gone back for a third when he was shot. As a testament to his strong leadership and character, the Iraqis’ named a base after him calling it Combat Outpost Manion. Following his death his body was flown to Willow Grove and for the first time in history the state closed down the turnpike to accommodate the hundreds of cars and the thousands of mourners. On December 5, 2007 a ceremony was held in Doylestown where Travis was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Valor. The Travis Manion Foundation was founded by his mother, Janet and a family friend as a tribute to this fallen hero. The mission of the Foundation is to aid military families and wounded veterans. The foundation also provides scholarships in Travis’ memory to students who exemplify the character traits of leadership, ingenuity and community service. They must also submit an essay on “If not me, then who?” On May 30, 2011 at a Memorial Day ceremony President Obama paid tribute to Travis and his former roommate and best friend, Brendan Looney, who had recently died in combat. Today Travis and Brendan lay side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, Janet Manion, the dedicated driving force behind the Foundation and a staunch advocate of military personnel and veterans died on April 24, 2012. Though Janet will be greatly missed her work on behalf of military families and wounded veterans will continue. For further information about Travis or the Foundation’s coming events go on the web to LL September | October 2012 Local Living


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Where Will You Be on November 6, 2012? By Sharyl Volpe


opefully your answer includes a voting booth. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, our right to vote was hard-won and differentiates our country as a desirable destination. With this right is the responsibility each of us has to educate ourselves on the issues and understand that the behaviors and the decisions of the people we elect today will impact our country for generations to come. If for any number of reasons apathy has settled in over your political mojo, consider where you stand on the topics below. Then let your voice be heard on 11.6.12.

It’s the Economy

Unemployment, taxes and how to manage the federal government’s $14 trillion debt will be among the leading deciding factors when it comes to who occupies the Whitehouse next. Know the facts and know what will impact you and your family, locally and nationally. To compare candidates at a glance on economics and more, visit

Health Care

U.S. policy, his success with ending the search for Osama bin Laden was a strong win. To learn the President’s plan for moving ahead and Mitt Romney’s ideas on the same, again, visit

Gun Control

From the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January 2011 up to the recent massacre of Sikhs at the suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin temple, gun control has returned to a heated national conversation. Democrats tend to favor more gun control measures, while conservatives, led by the National Rifle Association, oppose additional restrictions. The decisions and politics at stake revolve around safety issues related to criminal and noncriminal use, and the rules, regulations, and restrictions on use, ownership, and distribution of firearms. As you know, there is much more to discuss. Do your homework, engage in dialogue, and VOTE. For more information on election issues, or to register to vote, visit

The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law. The debate is so derisive, read for yourself what the act entails by downloading the PDFs here:

Foreign Policy

Among the many scenarios President Obama faced when he took office, issues abroad were deeply entrenched in complicated cultural upheaval. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and strained relations impeding developing

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Newport, Rhode Island “The Guilded Age” By Diane Burns


t the turn of the century 18651914, many American business leaders amassed huge fortunes. These elite, wealthy members of society would spend their summer vacations in Newport, RI. Families like the Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans built huge, opulent mansions they referred to as their “summer cottage”. These “cottages” were a vision of grandness that few of us could ever imagine. During the day the families would swim, compete in yacht races, play tennis or just relax on Bailey’s Beach. Evenings were spent hosting or attending some grand soiree. The grandest of these mansions called “the Crown Jewel” is The Breakers built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1893. It sits on 13 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The estate houses 70 rooms many including “The Gold Room” were built in Europe disassembled and transferred to Newport where they were reconstructed. In 1892 William Vanderbilt had “Marble House” built for his wife Al-


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va’s 39th birthday. It cost over $11 million and contains an estimated 500,000 cubic feet of marble. This magnificent structure has an authentic Chinese Tea House on the massive green lawn behind the house. “The Elms” was built in 1901 by Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia. It is a replica of a French chateau called Chateau d’Asmieres and features beautiful terraces and sunken gardens. Its expansive rear lawn has gorgeous a view of the ocean and shoreline. “Rough Point” was the home of tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke a prominent benefactor of Duke University. She was slightly eccentric and kept two camels on her lawn behind the house. The mansion is a museum now and contains Duke’s enormous art collection. Finally, the last of the main mansions along Ocean Drive, “Rose Cliff ” built by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrich in 1902. If you visit or see a picture of this mansion you may recognize it from some of the movies it

was featured in like the Great Gatsby and True Lies and Amistad. The lawn of the property overlooks The Cliff Walk and the Atlantic Ocean. For a look at the wonders of nature take a stroll along The Cliff Walk with the beauty of the mansions on one side and the breathtaking Newport ocean shoreline. Maybe you’d be interested in seeing how glass is blown and learn how to make an ornament or vase. There are lighthouses you can visit and if tennis is your game, visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. A wonderful place to find interesting shops and great restaurants is Bannister’s Wharf. As you can see a trip to Newport has something for everyone and it will be a trip you won’t soon forget. For more information with regards to a great restaurant or place to stay visit the internet at: LL Diane Burns is a writer currently residing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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FRAN PALO: ˜ e second p illar o f t he P alo fa mily w ill b e y our ÿ rst introduction into the Executive Auto Body family. Fran, Bill’s brother, has developed a nd im plemented a c ustomer s atisfaction p hilosophy w ith a report c ard b ased on t his simplicity: “ ˜ e a nswer i s yes; now what’s the question?” A father of four boys, Fran lives by the same family values that he promotes to his kids every day.

JOSH PALO: ˜ e third pillar of the Palo family provides the most critical element of your experience. Josh started working at Executive Auto B ody for t he simple reason t hat he was fascinated by t he work done inside t he walls of his Uncle Bill’s shop. Now a˛ er 17 y ears perfecting his cra˛ , Josh works tirelessly at not only surpassing his customers’ expectations but his own, which he sets at the highest level. And then passes it too.

JEREMY PALO: ˜ e ÿ nal pillar of the Palo family is the thread that weaves the w hole fa mily, b usiness a nd p hilosophy in to o ne co mplete p ackage. Jeremy started over 10 years ago and lives by his version of the Palo family ethics: “Every day I will over-deliver, every day I will work harder than the day before, and every day I will ÿ nd a way to give back.” You, the customer, will always remember his passion and his simple approach to helping you get through your tragedy with his reassurance and calm.

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