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anuary 2013 — The Waterford Crystal ball has dropped and the New Year has begun. It is the traditional time for resolutions and for breaking ground on new challenges. Little did I know that I would literally break ground, or, more accurately, that the ground would break me. On the day after Christmas I was playing outside with my dog Teddy. It had snowed the night before so the ground was a smooth, slick white across the yard. Giving Teddy’s Frisbee a good spin, I stepped forward into a hidden dip in an uneven stretch of ground. The next thing I heard I will never forget (and you can believe it has since played over in my mind a million times). It was a cracking sound, just like a branch breaking — a single, loud snap. I knew immediately that my ankle was broken. Severely. Suffice to say, what was supposed to be the start of ski season for me has evolved into a totally different scenario. Instead of shushing down the ski slopes, I have to settle for being the kind of snow bunny that sits by a roaring fire in the lodge, leg in a cast and elevated. Oh, the hot toddy might help ease the disappointment some, but by the time the cast comes off, ski season will be over. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and this turn of events is no exception. It is teaching me some life-changing lessons, and just in time. Independence is very important to me; I am accustomed to doing things for myself. I am now in a position with no choice but to allow others to do things for me, and it has been a difficult transition. I now find myself exercising some patience and finding the will to relax and accept the help and support that those around me want to give. Life has a way of throwing us a few curves along the road. Now that I am sitting still, I see how every minute has been so fast-paced in recent years, all leading up to now. There was no time for reflection, no time left to just be in the moment. Being forced to slow down, I am learning that resilience, strength and will is not always about running, lifting and doing. Sometimes it is about letting others show that they care and having the peace of mind to let that happen. Happy New Year!

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he nationwide obesity epidemic is of particular concern in Philadelphia. A 2010 study by the Public Health Promotion Council found that over 40% of Philadelphia youth are overweight or obese. The 2011 Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that, on an average school day, 46% of youth watch three or more hours of television and 40% of youth use the computer for non-academic purposes for three or more hours. Students Run Philly Style is a direct response to these alarming youth health and obesity statistics. Combining mentorship with marathon training, Students Run Philly Style cultivates a lifelong appreciation of healthy and active living among youth. Since its inception in 2004, the program has served over 3,000 students, all between the ages of 12 and 18 and hailing from nearly every zip code in Philadelphia. A testament to the meaningful community cultivated, many of these students have returned for multiple seasons or to volunteer once having aged out of the program. During an active nine month training season from March to November, positive relationships are fostered between student participants in the program and their “running leaders,” volunteer adult mentors who act as role models. Training alongside each other toward the same goal – the completion of a full or half marathon – and running an average of 600 miles together, students and running leaders are able to form distinctly strong connections to each other. Students Run Philly Style has created an inclusive community in which, as student participant Christopher Waters explains, “I get to see all my friends and truly be myself.” With countless studies citing the demonstrated causal impact of social relationships on health, Students Run Philly Style prides itself on showing students that the lifelong sport of distance running can be a social and shared one. Students Run Philly Style also introduces its participants to the local running community, supplementing training with additional programming such as entry and transportation to

nearly a dozen local road races, cross-training activities and even academic and leadership enrichment. Held in April, and the first public race in which many student participants participate during the season, is Students Run Philly Style’s very own Gener8tion Run 8K. Knowing that their program is responsible for the Gener8tion Run, students feel a proud sense of ownership and belonging as they run alongside over a thousand other community members. Philadelphia has reached a point for the first time in decades during which youth obesity rates are slowly beginning to decline. As the obesity epidemic plagues the entire country, cities are beginning to look to Philadelphia for its effective strategies in lowering obesity rates. While activity in itself is inherently necessary for this goal, Students Run Philly Style concentrates on creating a long-term enjoyment in not only distance running, but in lifelong activity and healthy habits. Markia Johnson, a student participant of the program, testifies that she and her friends have become so accustomed to their new, active lifestyles that they “don’t feel right” when they aren’t exercising regularly. Although Markia has completed her last season with Students Run Philly Style, she will carry her healthy lifestyle with her beyond high school. The impact the program is having on the health of the youth it serves is dramatic. Through a long-term collaboration with Drexel University, Students Run Philly Style tracks the cardiovascular health and Body Mass Index (BMI) of its student participants both before and after the program season. Each year the positive results have consistently shown an increase in cardiovascular health and a decrease in BMI among students through participation in the program. Program Director Heather McDanel says, “Through nine months of consistent exercise and social connections, Students Run Philly Style ultimately creates a lifelong love of being active – which is truly the goal in disease prevention.” LL For more information, visit January | February 2013 Local Living


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The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do. Though she can’t help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln’s leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln’s political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860: William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. These men, all


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accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at losing to this relatively obscure Illinois lawyer. Yet Lincoln not only convinced them to join his administration--Seward as secretary of state, Chase as secretary of the treasury, and Bates as attorney general--he ultimately gained their admiration and respect as well. How he soothed egos, turned rivals into allies, and dealt with many challenges to his leadership, all for the sake of the greater good, is largely what Goodwin’s fine book is about. Had he not possessed the wisdom and confidence to select and work with the best people, she argues, he could not have led the nation through one of its darkest periods. Review:

BRUCE By Peter Ames Carlin

This sweeping biography of Bruce Springsteen is the first in 25 years to be written with the cooperation of Springsteen himself. With unfettered access to the artist, his family, band members and longtime manager/producer Jon Landau, acclaimed music writer and critic Peter Ames Carlin presents an intimate and vivid portrait. Review:

ANTIFRAGILE By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In his novel The Black Swan, Taleb outlined a problem; in Antifragility he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while

being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what he calls the “antifragile” is one step beyond robust, as it benefits from adversity, uncertainty and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, and proposing that things be built in an antifragile manner. Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragility provides a blueprint for how to behaveand thrive-in a world we don’t understand and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand. He who is not antifragile will perish. Why is the city state better than the nation state, why is debt bad for you, and why is almost everything modern bound to fail? The book covers innovation, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. Throughout, the voice and recipes of the ancient wisdom from Phoenician, Roman, Greek, and Medieval sources are heard loud and clear. Review:


ety, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future. In keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies behind their success? Are they good—or just lucky? What patterns have they unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very rudimentary—and dangerous—science. Review:

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Matt Cord is Rockin’ the Court By Crissa DeBree


hiladelphia 76ers fans are hearing a familiar voice calling the games this season.

Matt Cord, the veteran disk jockey at Philadelphia’s rock station WMMR, has returned to the team for his 16th season introducing players and calling games.


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Cord isn’t just a familiar voice over the public address system at the Sixers games. For 20 years, he’s also been a familiar voice to rock music fans throughout Philadelphia.

After his absence last season – he took on a new role, as senior correspondent for the Sixers’ website – Cord beat out more than 100 other candidates for the announcer job this year. He says his father, who died last year, convinced him to try out for his old job. “He was always a huge fan of me doing the announcing,” Cord said. “I had found a card from him from three or four years ago, an audio card, of him announcing me. I thought, ‘I have to get this job back.’” Cord joined more than 100 people in trying out for the role this fall in a four-hour, three-part audition at the Wells Fargo Center. “I beat out 107 people, which was fun,” Cord said. “I won fair and square.” Cord isn’t just a familiar voice over the public address system at the Sixers games. For 20 years, he’s also been a familiar voice to rock music fans throughout Philadelphia. He’s on air at WMMR from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday. Cord, a Buffalo-area native who moved to Glen Mills, Pa., when he was in first grade, worked at his college radio station at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. But it didn’t automatically translate into a full-time radio career. After graduation, Cord did some modeling, had some small roles on television and also did some voice-over work. Then a friend invited him to take over an overnight weekend shift on a Long Island radio station. “I got pretty good at it out there,” said Cord, now 52 and living in Center City Philadelphia. But for Cord, there was only one station for the true rock music lover: WMMR, the Philadelphia station he grew up listening to. “I listened to MMR. Everybody listened to it,” Cord said. “I love rock and roll. This is the station I want to work at.” For a year, Cord hounded the station’s program director, sending updates, recordings, and pictures. “I was real persistent,” Cord said. “Finally he said they had an opening on the weekends.” Cord was on air from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays on the former WDRE, then headed to WMMR on Saturdays and Sundays. He worked for seven days straight for two years until he was offered a full-time position at WMMR.

“It’s probably the only thing I know how to do well,” Cord said of his radio career. “I’ve never looked at it as a job. “And the thing about radio is, it always changes. Every week there’s a new band that has a new song. You constantly have to keep up with it. You don’t get stale at all. You’re always out at another concert. Or so-and-so is coming in for an interview. It’s all these different elements that make it so exciting.” Being at WMMR has introduced Cord to everyone from U2 – the station was one of the first to play the rock band’s music – to the veteran newscasters from the heyday of “60 Minutes,” Andy Rooney, Mike Wallace and Morley Safer. “I called my mom and dad,” Cord said. “The fact that I’m interviewing ‘60 Minutes’ just blew me away. And it was hysterical. Andy Rooney wasn’t paying attention. The other two guys were smoking cigarettes. It was surreal.” WMMR also introduced him to former Sixers’ president and co-owner Pat Croce. Croce, then the team’s trainer, would appear on Cord’s show and give fitness tips. Cord, who was announcing for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team, and Croce became friends. “He came in one day and said, ‘Matt, I’m buying the Sixers. I love how you do the Wings, you’re great. I want to make you the Sixers announcer,’” Cord recalled. “So he did.” Cord said it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Sixers organization, watching a young team come together on the court. “I was there during the years when it wasn’t that exciting,” he said. “I was there during the great times, too. The sky’s the limit for the team this year. It’s coming back. It’s coming back big.” Cord said while his jobs are separate, his work behind the microphone at WMMR and the Sixers often overlap. Working for the team has helped him land interviews with bands like Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins, whose members are big basketball fans. “It’s definitely opened doors. It’s an extra tool in my kit,” he said. “All musicians want to be athletes. And all athletes want to be musicians. So it’s neat.” LL Crissa DeBree is a writer living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

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It’s All About You by Sharyl Volpe

If the New Year finds you outside of a romantic relationship, then you should consider yourself fortunate. This is the ideal time for you to hold on to your strengths, let go of your obstacles, and buckle your seat belt:

You are about to reinvent yourself.

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ingle or otherwise, the truth remains that only you can decide how to live your life as well as deciding how to ruin it. Being on the outside of a relationship and having no one else to blame can make this freedom seem overwhelming, dangerous even. But it doesn’t have to be. You just have to know how to optimize your options while keeping yourself at the center of all the fun. Einstein liked to say that a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. This is the season for beginnings. Rejuvenation from head to toe includes the body, the mind, and the spirit. And because this takes focus and dedication, you have the singular opportunity to be 100% invested; you get to be completely self-absorbed and seemingly selfish without the pesky backlash of someone else feeling neglected. It really is all about you. Let’s start at the top. Does your hair shine and bounce like the Breck girl’s hair when you walk in slow-mo down a windy street? Is your face radiant with nutrientrich moisturizers and sun-kissed color? If not, then get on that. With the glut of customized hair and skin care products on the shelves, there is little excuse for bad hair or skin these days. Choose a salon and get professional advice about changing your look completely. A cut and color can reveal the Michelangelo from within the marble slab. While you are there, consider the mani/pedi combo for your other extremities, especially if you are a man. Just once. Go ahead. Just below the scalp lies your true navigator: the mind. If your pilot isn’t flying straight, you will not reach your destination. You may be in need of new tricks or better


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coping tools. Ask your physician to recommend a counselor, career advisor or psychoanalyst. Ask your friends too; chances are most of the people you know have sought some form of professional cognitive alignment. Keep in mind that one session may not be enough, and the first person you meet with may not be the best fit. You need to be comfortable enough to talk openly or it’s not worth the commitment. Staying in denial at home is free. As for the rest of your body, make it healthy. Become strong. It can be simple or hard; you have a choice in that. Engage in the process one day at a time without anxiety about how many weeks it will take to get the body you want. What goes into your body is up to you. What you get out of a workout or a walk, a meal or a beverage will reinforce your behavior. Do not resist; take advantage of today’s pervasive living healthy milieu and jump in. Do this in sets of three. While your body is adjusting and your mind is squarely at the helm, take the plunge on that one thing that you have been thinking about having or doing. It might be a delicious pair of over-the-knee leather boots with stiletto heels, but that’s not what I am talking about right now. Maybe you have been thinking about fostering or raising a rescue animal. Start learning a new language. Take a road trip. Go to a yoga class. Get on a horse. All of these things will affect your spirit, and make no mistake: this makes all the difference. When your spirit is not well, nothing else can be. Check out some of the online treasures listed at Everything is there, from “Get Your Ha-Ha On” to “How to Know Your Life Purpose”. There’s even help for those of us with stuff-o-holicism. Amen, George Carlin. It may be all about you, but you are not alone… We recently asked singles from an ample generational sampling for their points of view on being single in 2013. Here’s what they had to say.

“I have all the time in the world, right? I want a career. I want to travel. I want it all. As another birthday has come and gone, I’m now a single lady in my early 30’s. Many of my girlfriends have settled down and accepted their ‘what if’s. I have settled on hope. Hope that I’ll never lose myself in the wrong relationship again. Many say I’m looking for perfection. I say I’m looking to be happy. What many people don’t understand is that being single isn’t being lonely. It’s being content in your own presence.” — Kari, Philadelphia, Age 30 > 40

“One doesn’t necessarily strive to be single. Life happens.... But you can look at the positive and take the time to work on yourself, to discover who you are. Spend that quality time improving yourself, not trying to change someone else. Once you have that worked out, Miss Right will have an honest chance of falling in love with the REAL you.” — Bob, Montgomery County, Age 40 > 50

“People are single by different circumstances. Restructuring your life is imperative. On the up side, you’ve delved deeper into yourself and hopefully, by now, the ‘warm & soft fuzzies’ can be derived from grown children, grandchildren and lifelong friends. Going forward with yourself, and not by yourself, includes branching out into a world beyond imagination. It’s about ‘testing the waters’. Dating is intimidating, especially after decades of marriage. The rules have changed. It’s now a world of texting, online dating sites, single groups, and Elderhostels. By knowing your passions, whether art, books, ballroom dancing, traveling or fine dining, it’s now time to please yourself. One recovers even while apprehension and anxiety prevail, but eventually more memories will be created in both traditional and non-traditional ways.” — Donna, Bucks County, Age 50 > 60

“As a single senior I find the thought of re-entering the dating pool a little intimidating. It has been a while since I dated and to be honest I have not missed it that much. You see I am content with my life most of the time. Oh! It’s nice to have a companion to spend time with or go out to dinner with once in a while but it isn’t a necessity for my happiness. Though some seniors may use on-line dating services to form a relationship, this is not something that appeals to me at this time of my life.” — Diane, Lehigh Valley, Age 60 >70

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And then there’s February. So you’ve done all you can for you, and all you got was a better you, no t-shirt. While this is nothing to shake a stick at, perhaps you had also been expecting your true love to emerge as if by magic, drawn without resistance to your magnetic beacon of charming self-worth. This has been known to happen, but if it doesn’t happen to you in time to exploit the hyper-fabricated romance of Valentine’s Day, you are still in luck. Not only did you save some cash, but also there is an abundance of resources to find a potential love. From online old-school (already) to adventures arranged for groups of eligible singles to experience together, innovative stage-setting has never been more creative, or lucrative. We did our homework and here are a few of the more attractive options.


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Adventures in Angling Cyber Casting (Online) OKCupid Heralded as “The Google of online dating,” this free matching site is growing fast. The key to their success is your level of interaction. You can answer as few or as many questions as you like, and you can stretch it out over time. Take quizzes, keep a journal, and keep up with your messages. In Person Casting (On Pointe) Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN) In their own words: “A not-for-profit that inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.”

For Busy People (On Fire) 8 Minute Dating Exactly what it sounds like: eight consecutive oneon-one dates that last eight minutes each. The setting is a fast-paced musical chairs in a bar, lounge or some other such standard “meeting place”. Mutually interested parties are provided contact details for follow-up.

For the 50 Set Our Time OurTime is an over 50 online dating site specifically designed to help people find meaningful relationships with older singles. Sharyl Volpe is Editor-in-Chief for Local Living Magzine

It’s Just Lunch After getting to know you, these matchmakers invite you to meet their best pick for you. They arrange the whole affair and all you need to do is show up and be charming. They also have a happy hour version, so lunch is actually optional.

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Why Loan Money For Free? A Conservative Investor’s Approach By Mark Fried


oday, conservative investors face a dilemma of historic proportions. In days gone by, a conservative investor would purchase an A rated municipal bond or a CD and get 4% to 6% return which is plenty of interest to support their lifestyle and keep their money safe for the future. While we all believe that interest rates will eventually move back to normal rates, when will it happen? The Federal Reserve keeps extending the date when they will let rates rise. With $16 trillion in debt outstanding, the Federal Government certainly doesn’t want interest rates to rise anytime soon. So what is a conservative investor to do? Let me make a suggestion… Think like a lender not an investor. Investors give money to companies in return for the promise or expectation that they’ll receive more money back at a later date. Investors tend to closely monitor the daily changes in the investment’s price and conditions, which may affect its future price. Lenders give money to borrowers in return for an agreed income level and their assessment of the chances of default. They also monitor the ongoing changes in the chance of default. Conservatively-minded investors might be more comfortable thinking like a Lender and not like an Investor. This should allow a longer-term view of investing where periodic volatility is much less of a worry. Pure Investments For a conservative investor, a pure investment can create a rollercoaster of emotions. To be successful, an investment must not only increase in value but there must be a buyer for his investment at a price higher than his cost. Even if the value of the investment went up, if the current price is less than the purchase price you still lost money. Loans As a lender your measure of success is not the share price but the reliability of income payments. The lender focuses on cash flows of the borrower’s business and the potential for deterioration in financial position. These conditions tend to be much less volatile than a pure investment. A lender can therefore be less emotionally stressed than an investor.

How do you know if your purchase is a Loan or an Investment? As an example, let’s look at Kimberley Clark, Verizon and so on. You might select them for their loan-like features of a consistent reliable dividend. They provide an attractive income in the 3% - 5% range. In the past, they have grown their businesses and their dividends over the years. They have the potential for additional bonuses due to increases in their dividend or increases in their stock price. Why loan money for free? If you make a pure investment, as we define it, then you are effectively lending your money for free. If you are a conservative investor like us, might I suggest acting more like a lender than an investor the next time you evaluate a securities purchase. For more information about conservative investing, please feel free to give me a call at 866-296-8156. LL Mark Fried, Founder and President of TFG Wealth Man¬agement, is uniquely qualified as an Investment Advisor for these complex times. Beyond his training and certifications, Mark’s diverse experience includes being Director of the Penn¬sylvania Economic Development Authority, Vice President in the Investment Advisory Department of W.H. Newbold and Son, President of Stone Bridge Trust Company, Investment Advisor for a Fortune 400 family, and former owner of a bene¬fits and 401(k) company which assisted hundreds of small busi¬ness owners. You can reach Mark directly at or visit the company website at January | February 2013 Local Living


Sports Spotlight

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Brent Celek Earns His Wings By Mike Hirata | Photos by Mike Hirata


rent Celek’s Take Flight Foundation was founded in 2010 to help seriously ill children in the local area. Brent and Take Flight held a celebrity waiter fundraiser in December at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Philadelphia. Local Living was there to take pictures and ask Brent about the foundation. LL: Tell us a little bit about the mission of the Take Flight Foundation. Brent: The Take Flight Foundation helps sick and underprivileged kids and their families so we do a lot of work at the children’s hospitals around town. St. Christopher’s Temple, for example, and then we’ve done a few events at CHOP too. Basically, we get involved with all the children’s hospitals in our region. LL: How do you identify and select the children and families in need? 30

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Brent: When I say that we work with them all, I mean the children that are in hospitals. Our whole goal really is to put a smile on kids’ faces, and if we can do that with our zone inside the children’s hospitals then that is what we will do. That is our goal. LL: The Take Flight Foundation has a goal of helping 300,000 children by 2013. How are you doing with regard to that goal? Brent: We are doing well; you really base that off of the amount of kids that are going through the hospitals. The feedback that we have received from the hospitals, from the parents who have children in the hospitals, has been great. That is why we are continuing to do it. We are honing in on what has worked the best in the past, and then sticking with it.

LL: The Take Flight Foundation has been operating for almost three years. Where do you see the foundation going in the next three to four years? Brent: Well I hope it continues to get bigger and bigger. I hope it continues to help more and more kids. Like I said, that is our ultimate goal, to help kids and to put a smile on their faces. When things aren’t going well for them, we try to take their minds off of it and cheer them up. In the next three or four years we plan on doing that for a lot more kids. LL: You have been able to partner with several businesses such as Ruth Chris and Walmart to help advance the Take Flight Mission. Give us some perspective on that. Brent: The city of Philadelphia and the businesses around here are such big Eagles fans and the fact that places like Ruth’s Chris and Walmart can really help us and allow us

to do events at their places – it’s huge, I cant thank them enough and I really appreciate it. LL: It has been a disappointing season for the team. What do you think the players need to do to try and get things back on track? Brent: I think the only thing you can do is continue to work hard, put what happened in the past in the past, and move forward. It’s obviously not where we want to be, it’s one of the toughest times I’ve ever had in my career, and in my life. But hey, it’s those types of things that make you stronger, that make you better as a person. Really, the type of person that you are is how you respond from that. So that’s how I feel. Mike Hirata is a professional photographer and freelance writer.

Back Row - Riley Cooper, Brent Celek, Demeco Ryans, Nick Foles. Front Row - Colt Anderson, Tanya Smith, Michael Barkann.

Brent Celek poses with new Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

Athletes & Charities Athletes Making Good Plays for Good Causes Photos by Mike Hirata Friend family and teammates gathered at the National Constitution Center recently to help the Jimmy Rollins Family foundation raise money to prevent child abuse. “Now that Jimmy and I are parents, our commitment to preventing child abuse is even stronger,” says Johari Rollins, Jimmy’s wife. “Child abuse is an issue that most people don’t like to talk about, which is why it is so important for us to speak up and raise awareness about this issue. We need to help educate parents and caretakers to prevent child abuse before it begins.”


3 1. Jimmy in uniform. 2. Dancing with the Stars performers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo performed for the crowd.

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3. Jimmy and Johari Rollins with Ryan Howard and Krystle Campbell who stopped by shortly before leaving to get married in Hawaii.

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Life After Hell After Surviving Television’s Hottest Culinary Competition, What’s Next for Chef Justin Antiorio? By Jason A. Bleecher | Photos by Jason A. Bleecher


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hen Justin Antiorio tells you that he was raised in a kitchen, he’s not exaggerating. His father managed to be a dad and a chef by simply taking his two boys to work with him. Justin remembers, “My brother and I just pretty much got to run around in hotels as children and hang out in the kitchens and stuff.” Now both sons are chefs. “The only time we could see him was when he was actually working. Which was pretty cool because being a chef now I see how difficult it is finding the time for anything... We were pretty much bred [to be chefs].” However it was Justin’s mother who encouraged and supported his aspirations to attend culinary school, “My mother believed in me and knew that I wanted to be a trained chef and it was her support that led me to completing my education at Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan.” But before Justin started college, he spent a year working in a kitchen“washing dishes and peeling potatoes” to prove he had what it would take to be a professional chef. All of his hard work has paid off. What must appear to millions of viewers all over the county, however, as the most important turn in Justin’s life initiated by his father was Hell’s Kitchen. Recently retired, Justin’s dad found himself with substantially more free time. Being a retired chef with an understanding of all the types of tasks involved, he signed his own son up for the popular FOX televised cooking competition hosted and judged by master chef Gordon Ramsay. Justin and 17 other chefs spent one month sequestered from society while running a televised restaurant. Each week of the show one of the chefs was removed from the competition based on his or her performance. The tasks and responsibilities of the contestants are intended to simulate the most difficult situations encountered by chefs trying to serve delicious food to hundreds of guests in a timely fashion. Ramsay’s personality alone generally presents a bulk of the challenge as he often shouts his demands amid a barrage of expletives. He judges and questions the contestants harshly and often he judges them on more than just cooking. Justin, who had never viewed the show prior, who didn’t know the rules, who didn’t completely understand the premise, finished as runner-up. For his success during the show he also thanks his dad. “Before I left my father told me one thing and I will remember this: ‘Justin, remember this whole time that you’re out there and you’re filming - it’s a job interview.’” In an environment where immense pressure has led many to appear as extreme opportunists willing to incite conflict as a tactic to draw out the same in others, it was his rock-solid work ethic that led Justin to appear as someone that you might actually want to work with. “The ‘TV’ aspect of it is a positive thing... but it’s only as positive as you portray yourself as a positive person.” Since Justin didn’t know the ins and outs of the game, unlike the others who were fans of the show prior to becoming contestants, he wasn’t so concerned with the “reality television” aspects the show presents. And that aspect, for the sake of an interested audience, is what the producers often seem to encourage. Justin remarks:

“You’re representing your family... your community... and your career.” Further, “They can edit however they want but at any given point during the show whatever happened actually happened.” Justin’s keen insight into how to control one’s image while performing in a reality series seems so simple yet demonstrates an insight few such performers seem to possess. Chef Ramsay’s tone is intended to invoke the spirit of toughness, focus and drive necessary to handle the pressure of preparing food at a first-class restaurant. That’s because, just like a job interview, the winner of the show was offered the title of Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas. The winner also received $250,000. Justin, who placed second, got the same thing as all the other 16 eliminated contestants: nothing. What was to be gained from this month in Hell? “You know, what I learned most is patience.” By patience, Justin refers not only to his attitude toward the drama of the show but also to his prospects and plans for the future. Certainly his reputation on the show has provided his share of job offers and investment proposals. In fact, unlike the winner, Justin has options. The Chef now considers the prospect of owning his own restaurant. “Five or ten years ago I would have been jumping at offers all over the place.” The emphasis now seems to rest solely on something that really works. He talks about “the right fit” in choosing location, in design, in cuisine, and in ownership. With a mature understanding of what it takes, Justin is willing to wait. In some ways it’s an artistic sensibility. “I want to have control over what my vision is.” When pressed for some specifics he describes the cuisine as Contemporary American with an emphasis on location. “It’s a lot of sustainable goods. I want use as many local products as I can.” He adds, “I’m thinking Tapas, small plates… where you have multiples and try things.” These days, Chef Justin can be found at Manhattan’s famous 21 Club on 52nd Street when he’s not making appearances, doing cooking demonstrations or charity events. When it comes to being a celebrity and doing demonstrations Justin remarks that since going back to work as a full time chef, he is missing the fans and the excitement of attending events as a celebrity. While there are plenty of events planned for the new year, it was clear, speaking to Justin, that his heart is still in the kitchen. What prevails within him is that work ethic, the attitude that nothing else matters when you’re doing your job, and that there is no greater joy than doing something you love. There are always those inevitable questions about what becoming a celebrity does to an ordinary person. When you consider how devoted he is to his family, the intensity of his experience as a chef, and his positive attitude, one thing can be said about Chef Justin: Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t appear to have given him anything that he didn’t already have. LL You can keep up with Chef Justin Antiorio at Follow him on Twitter @ChefJustinHK or on Facebook

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healthy recipe Ca bbage a nd Bea n Soup Ingredients extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups cannellini beans, cooked 2 celery ribs, chopped 3 medium carrots, diced 1/2 savoy cabbage, cut into small pieces 1 medium leek, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 vegetable bouillon cubes water salt fresh parsley 1-2 tablespoon basil, chopped Directions 1. In a large pot, add enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom, add onion and sautè until tender. 2. Add cannellini beans and the celery, carrots, cabbage, leek, garlic and vegetable bouillon cubes. 3. Add enough water to cover all of the ingredients and a bit more. 4. It shouldn’t be too watery. 5. Simmer uncovered on low heat for about 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 6. Add some hot water while it cooks if it seems to be getting too dense. 7. Add the parsley and simmer for another 10 minutes. 8. Taste the soup and add salt if needed. 9. Add the basil and remove from heat. 10. The soup is ready to be served!


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What’s In Y ou r Wine? By Michele Kawamoto Perry


ine is alive. It “breathes” with exposure to air, it shows vibrancy and strength in its youth, and it matures with age. Just as a healthy body delivers a better performance, healthy grapes produce better wines. As such, great care must be taken in the cultivation of grapes, the most precious component of wine. With concerns over possible negative effects of conventional agricultural practices (including the use of chemically-based materials) on vines, soil and grapes, more and more winemakers are turning to organically farmed grapes to produce wine. There is a difference, however, between a “wine made of organic grapes” and “organic wine”. 40

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2011 Santa Ema “Eco” Malbec, Cuyo, Argentina Wine made with organic grapes. Deep garnet red. Highly aromatic with notes of blackberry, blueberry, cardamom and coffee. Blackberry, dark chocolate with a hint of dill. Medium to full-bodied wine with dusty tannins and a moderate finish. Price $10 2009 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA Wine made with organic grapes. Dark ruby red - purple. Bouquet of cassis, blackberry, plum, violet, sandalwood and eucalyptus. Black cherry, raspberry, licorice, mocha and white pepper. Full-bodied with moderate and velvety tannins and a long lasting finish. Price $46 Michele Kawamoto Perry is a wine industry veteran, sommelier, and international wine educator. Michele is a Certified Sommelier and instructor through the International Sommelier Guild, and co-owner of Rouge-Bleu winery in southern Rhone, France. She received her MBA from Bordeaux Business School with a focus on the wine industry, and her BA from Harvard University.

Aroi Thai and Asian Bistro: Tastefully Thai By Kari Dimmick


o many of life’s grand experiences are centered on exceptionally tasting food. Now, surround yourself with great company and take a seat in an atmosphere brimming with boldness and flavor. What you’ve created is the recipe for an unforgettable evening at the new Aroi Thai and Asian Bistro in Southampton, Pa. Food is one of the only elements of any culture that we can all agree to love. It’s human nature to want to experiment with and experience variety. The chefs at Aroi have mastered the art of preparing fare that encompasses flavors from the Chinese, European and Indian influence. The menu is loaded with choices of seafood, noodles, rice and spice that will entice even the pickiest of patrons. It’s not only important to the chefs at Aroi to create food that is incomparable in taste, but is also pleasing to the eyes. They will personally extend their gratitude to every diner that chooses their restaurant by taking pride in every delicious bite of food they serve. The reason behind their passion for pleasing isn’t simply for the livelihood of the restaurant. It extends into something of far greater significance. The generations upon generations of masters in cuisine that came before them set the bar at a level all too high to leave any room for anything less than greatness. Aroi makes sure it upholds the expectation of tradition by allowing you to taste the pride of their past by crafting memorable experiences to last a lifetime. Alex Yeung, owner of the Aroi Thai and Asian Bistro, has plenty of experience in producing exceptional restaurants. He’s also the mastermind behind both successful Mt.

Fuji locations: Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse (Southampton) and Hibachi & Asian Bistro (Newtown). Yeung’s goal when opening Aroi was to give people a place to indulge in amazing Thai food, an opportunity previously typical in the city only, while never compromising on the quality of the food or service. It is evident by recent critical reviews that Aroi has met and surpassed that goal. One common thread among adoring fans is Aroi’s signature drink, Tapioca Tea. This succulent concoction became popular in Taiwan in the 80’s. You will never taste anything else quite like it. As a writer, one would think it would be easy for me to describe the tea in words. It’s not. It really is something you’ll have to try for yourself. The coconut flavor is pure heaven. The tapioca balls combined with the creaminess of the drink add a surprising, distinctive twist. If coconut isn’t usually a beckon from your buds, there is an assortment of alternative flavors to choose from. So, if you’re looking for a sexy, sophisticated location for your next date night, we know you’ll be impressed by Aroi. If you go with our suggestion, your first stop on site should be at the bar. The entire backdrop is a huge aquarium full of exotic fish. The best part about your night? You can indulge in Aroi’s full line up of splendor and without paying more than $22 for an entrée. We knew you’d like that. LL In addition to writing for Local Living Magazine, Kari Dimmick is the PR/Marketing Coordinator for Warren Industries.

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Fork-1-1 by Kimberly Ca mbra

F P = Food Personality Are you what you eat?

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es, if you can have emotional intelligence, a social barometer and a sixth sense – you can most definitely have a food personality. Realistically, you are not born with this type of personality; it takes years to develop, influenced by many factors in the course of our lifetimes. Although, at a young age we do begin to establish our eating habits which eventually contribute to our food personality. The spectrum of personality traits could exceed the selections on a Chinese take-out menu when you take into account picky eaters, people who eat quickly, people who don’t like their various foods to touch, almighty meat and potato eaters and on and on. One thing for certain, our food personalities, like our own actual personalities, are constantly evolving and can often reinvent themselves with exposure to new things or just from a desire to be different. Food, just like clothing, now dictates trend on so many levels in our society. It’s no surprise that the shirt and tie guy is the meat and potato man in most cases and votes a certain way. However, an individual who expresses herself with a wildly colored silky off the shoulder blouse might desire a salad of organic hand-harvested greens with edible flowers and artisan goat cheese. In many ways today’s expansive variety of foodstuff with which a person has to identify who they are is equal to the vast array of fashion people have to express and adorn themselves. Food is fashion and fashion is food. Over the past two decades – our gourmand love affair has been greatly enhanced since the inception of the Food Network to TV Chefs replacing the 80’s rock stars and the flocks of chef groupies that have ensued. Up until the late 70’s food for most was the proverbial continental menu of prime rib, French onion soup and the classic surf & turf. In the 80’s, glimmers of more imaginative food preparation, ingredients and European influences started emerging on the left coast with the induction of haute cuisine, thanks to founding forefathers and mothers such as Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters in California. This was the beginning of an epicurean paradigm for food preparation as we knew it and never to be the same again for the American diner.

What inf lu ences you r food personality?

There really aren’t categorical food personality types per se. It’s a celebration of preferences that your palate and eye ultimately determine, not unlike most things you invite into your life which personify who you are. In the process, you might discover that your own FP is either more adventurous, very picky with a very limited repertoire of likings OR you just don’t care about food one way or the other (hopefully a very tiny population) and have NO food personality. Say it isn’t so. Whether subtle or pronounced, mostly everyone has some kind of food personality. In today’s gastronomic cli-

mate there’s a growing population of people who embody the food culture as a lifestyle and their lives evolve around food, cooking and food culture. Some people are taking vacations dedicated to furthering their knowledge and know-how about different cuisines. In these instances it would be safe to consider this food personality type the extreme personality type and on the opposite end is the “please pull around to the window,” which might suggest no real personal stake in the quality of food or where it comes from as a factor. Who are you? What’s your food personality? Although I’ve already said you the individual cannot be categorized, here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for.


It’s about THE FOOD: its origin and quality of ingredients as well as preparation and presentation for this person. Presentation is everything for this personality. When the purse matches the shoes, the food matches the environment and for that matter so does the wine along with the quality of stemware. Snobby? You bet. But most capable of almost always knowing what you like at all times.

Comfort Creator

For this type, you eat what you know, familiar with and grew up on. Trying different foods may occur from time to time if you do stray from what you like and it’s within your comfort zone. Foods like frog legs, alligator and rattle snake, the “taste like chicken” stuff, might be an adventure for this creator but willing to take it on because, well, it tastes like chicken.

Picky Picky Picky

You are the sauce on the side, substitutions are your specialty, and you sending back your food is a full-time occupation. Most of the time it’s completely unintentional; picky people are just plain picky. Your distinctive tendency is, on occasion, an attempt to stand out to get attention versus going with the flow of a menu. Truth be told you should stay home, cook what you like and know what you’re getting.

Bottom Feeder

Saved this one for last because this personality just enjoys crap and is not afraid to admit it. You are the anti-sophisticate who thrives on fast foods, food served in cardboard and Styrofoam containers. Pizza, hoagies, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisines, you name it, only to be paired with a 2-liter of some diet soda. Please pull around to the window translates to “your meal is now served” and the epicenter of your epicurean existence is your microwave. The good news is you can change this food personality at anytime – IF you really, really want to. LL January | February 2013 Local Living


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A Space of His Own By Pattie Krukowski


ears ago my friend Johnny purchased an antique convertible Mercedes Benz. He did not just love that car but rather was in love with that car. He was a bachelor at the time and that car oozed sex appeal. He religiously kept the leather conditioned and the paint waxed and buffed. One autumn, the first of many more to follow, he experienced a human form of migratory restlessness and in that car, journeyed from Vermont to Florida to spend the winter. After parking his chick magnet at the latest local hotspot for singles, he was often heard mumbling while shoving his keys in his pocket, “My chances would be better if I could just bring it in with me.�


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If Johnny ever asks me to design and decorate a man cave for him, I would base the whole concept around his car. His three car garage would be transformed into a museumlike dwelling using one of the garage bays to house the beloved current car while the other two bays are opened up to accommodate a sitting room of manly proportion. He would drive up his long tree-lined driveway, through a remotely opened glass garage door to discover even more glass in the form of wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling windows, revealing him to the privacy of the woods that surround his home. The entire space would be based on a high gloss, epoxy painted cement floor the color of Guinness. A sleek blonde wood

wall system would hide storage, refrigeration and a dishwasher. The unhoned black granite bar top would complement the cool silver of a 4 Keg Stainless Steel Kegerator Direct Draw Beer Dispenser. He would be able to reach for a cold one while reclining on a cream colored leather sectional which wraps around a large square travertine topped coffee table that is the perfect height to rest both hooves and Heineken. A 55” Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 11 Smart TV that claims to “challenge your senses” floats next to several bracketless shelves proudly displaying Patriots memorabilia. Wikipedia defines a man cave as a “mantuary or manspace where guys can do as they please,” without fear of upsetting any female sensibility about house décor or design. Across the country, garages, basements, extra guest rooms and offices

are being transformed into such spaces. The importance of a having a space for a man to get away from it all is a fast growing phenomenon. Even the DIY Network hosts a show called “Man Caves” featuring creative ways to develop a refuge just for the macho. Men in need of such a space will go to great extents to obtain one. My husband’s friend Charlie converted his chicken coop into one. I hear it’s outfitted nicely with a wood burning stove, overstuffed couch, fullsized refrigerator and dart board but I’ve never actually been there as Charlie is more traditional in his man cave requirements and sticks with the no-chicks policy. Perhaps your style is more Hunting Lodge with décor

reminiscent of a Hemingway novel or a James Bond movie. Heavy Baccarat, old-fashioned cut crystal glasses wait on patina silver trays, always ready to host a neat scotch for guests lucky enough to get an invite. Dark paneled walls rise from darker still hardwood floors. An oversized, real wood burning fireplace topped with a hand carved, strong grained reclaimed wood mantel displays trophies, a collection of pheasant guns and black and white photos of hunting adventures with friends. He-man types congregate round the built-especially-for-you Monarch Billiards pool table while the occasional weaker palate visits the corner wet-bar in search of ice or a water back. Custom wine cellars are becoming more and more popular. Picture antique brick archways beckoning one to enter a separate glass-walled wine cabinet bigger than your master bathroom’s shower. Custom cabinets and under cabinet lights illuminate rows of vino anxiously waiting to be decanted. A heavy legged, antique pine table the color of honey, cluttered with Reidel wine stems encourages an argument regarding whether the best Pinot Noir came from California or Oregon this past year. A cigar humidor as large as a Sub-Zero stands proudly against a rough plastered wall painted the deepest shade of sun-cooked terracotta. Wooden wine barrels provide a resting spot for cigar cutters and last month’s Wine Spectator Magazine. In reality, many of us don’t have limitless space for such frivolity and must be practical and share the Man Cave space. This too, is doable. A contractor’s thoughtful space plan can insure the peaceful existence of Dad’s machismo, kids’ overabundance of toys, Mom’s scrapbooking materials and an extra place to put overnight guests. Utilizing custom built-in cabinets or DIY storage units from Ikea can help you achieve this and even the tackiest of tchotchkes can be artfully displayed. Permanent or temporary walls or half walls forge much needed boundaries. Trundle beds stay out of the way for more room to play while ensuring no extra guest sleeps on the floor. Whether you share the space or are lucky enough to carve out even a nook that is exclusively he-man, draw from your true passions so it feels like an authentic extension of you. LL References:,, Pattie Krukowski is a freelance writer currently residing in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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It’s a known fact that “home is where the heart is.” Spending a good part of our day in and amongst this space, one should


aspire to making it as special and comfortable as possible.


Home is Where the Heart Is By Rafael Novoa


t’s a known fact that “home is where the heart is.” Spending a good part of our day in and amongst this space, one should aspire to making it as special and comfortable as possible. Turning a regular hum-drum area into a unique environment, where family and friends look forward to gathering is a great investment. However, committing to this project for the year 2013 comes along with some very important terms. 48

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In getting started, a homeowner should think both decorative and practical as well! We all know how easy it is to flip the pages of home decor magazines and envision our homes the same way. However, everyone must have their own personal budget to guide their selections. Certainly, using the most expensive fabrics, floor coverings and product, with a bit of style and taste, will inevitably result in an attractive outcome! The trick to achieving success is to consider a few very simple concepts. Number one, remember that the first impression a person gets of your home is created at the entrance. Whether this is a grand foyer or a mere step-in hall or alcove, this space sets the theme for what is to come! Invest a bit more in this area, as well as in updated kitchen and bath spaces. This will warrant future buyers’ appreciation, and — never forget — keep it fresh and exciting for yourself too. The next step is to allocate the contents of your pocketbook properly with a personalized plan to get the max of the things that really turn you on! Maybe use an unusual paint to replace an expensive wall covering, or use classic subway tile in your bathroom rather than an extravagant marble. Substituting those things less important to you will enable you to spend more on what you adore! Your 2013 resolution to reinvent your “home sweet home” should be fun and a labor of love! What you want to avoid is creating a monstrous money pit of a dreaded project! So sit back, fill your glass with some good wine and let your mind go wild... most of all, have fun! LL Rafael Novoa Interior Design 36 West Bridge Street | New Hope, PA 18938 (215) 862-6450 |

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Finding Your Style By Susan Taylor


sk your favorite designers where their ideas come from and the answer will be revealing. Street culture, foreign travel, nature and fashion are all key influences. I find additional inspiration with seasonal fabric and furniture launches. And that’s just the beginning. Design has undergone a mini revolution, with modern undertones in particular spilling over into every style. Winter nesting can be the perfect time to make personal changes in your own décor. We live in a design-conscious age where interiors have caught up with fashion in the race for change. If it seems confusing to be bombarded with so many choices, the flip side is that there has never been so much design freedom. Finding inspiration is now one of the most enjoyable parts of defining your style. Examine how you live, then tailor your interior accordingly. Consider first who lives at home. If it’s just you and a partner, then sleek and sophisticated can be perfect. But if there are children, a more practical style will be vital. You would be surprised how many interiors I have designed around pets! If you often have guests, or a home office, you may need two looks: flexible and casual for the living quarters yet chic and grown-up for your private zones. Consider how you like to live and run your home. Be honest. Consulting a professional should always be a consideration. Think of him or her as a personal trainer! You’ll get a different level of service and end result than going it on your own. However, your input and serious thought should definitely play into the planning. A few rare individuals have a strong look that is their

unmistakable personal stamp. Homes designed by a professional are permeated with one cohesive design thread, from furniture to accessories and finishes. That being said, ours homes will be a mix of varied looks and influences. Just as we amass a wardrobe of clothes to satisfy needs and tastes, it’s fun to combine different decorative styles that express your personal styles. It can be hard to successfully combine a string of rooms reflecting a number of different styles. Try adding modern accents in bathrooms and kitchens, leaving the living spaces more transitional with touches of modernism. It is vital to pick one broad thread to draw everything together. This might be using identical flooring throughout. A tightly controlled palette of three colors or variations of the same color will bind styles together and be a unifying factor. However good your “links” are from one style option to another, here’s a word of caution. It’s visually confusing to combine too many different influences. The results will be visually chaotic both for you and your guests. Stylish looks for your home are no longer for just for the brave or the young. What’s more, there are enviable choices. So, start gathering inspiration and find your style. LL Susan Taylor is the Owner/Designer at Black-eyed Susan. 5222 York Rd., Buckingham, PA 19298 215.794.1800 | |


You Ask, Peter Answers ... By Peter Buchsbaum


believe that everything we do in life is based on relationships. 110 years ago my great grandfather started a mortgage company. It was during a time when a handshake meant something. A time when people didn’t need to advertise that they have integrity. I chose to work with Gateway Funding because their philosophy was like mine. It is not about what is best for the company but rather what is in the best interests of the customer. The quality of any service is only as good as the customer deems it to be. It is only when our services benefit you that we deserve your confidence and loyalty. This is why we are thrilled to introduce Chris Nisbet of J. Carroll Molloy, Realtor. They are one of the very few real estate offices that have remained independent and they have served their area for almost 100 years. I thought we would ask Chris some questions so that you, the customer, could gain some insight about the important qualities to look for in a realtor.

Q: Chris, please tell me a little something about your education and your background so that I may better understand who you are.

A: Do you know, Peter, that the only qualification that the Realtor test requires is that you have never been convicted of a felony? I have a degree in political science. I wanted to be a lawyer but needed a job to pay the bills and real estate “scratched that itch.” I love knowing the agreement of sale in my sleep so that I can protect my buyers and sellers. Q: How many years have you been in the real estate business and how many transactions have you been involved in?


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I sat down recently and found that I had been in over 10,000 transactions. That tells me for sure that I am old.

A: I could tell you how many years but then you would know

how old I am. I started with property management in my 20’s and migrated to the construction side in my 30’s. The last 16 years have been spent helping buyers and sellers here at J. Carroll Malloy, Realtor. I never looked at a grand total but I am certain I have completed in excess of 1,000.

Q: At your office, what is the typical difference between the asking price and the selling price?

A: Nick Malloy would answer that there is no asking price,

just a selling price. I think from the seller’s perspective it is important to know that the difference is only about two to three per cent. That means we did our job well from the start, which in turn means we get more.

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Find Your Own Winter Wonderland Near or Far If you are craving a peaceful escape from it all but have no idea where that drive will take you, consider a nearby resort or bed and breakfast. There’s no shortage of charm in our region and you can find it to fit any budget. Maybe you are travelling here from far away, or you are expecting special guests and need overnight accommodations. Whatever your scenario, each of these outstanding locations are sure to provide the perfect backdrop for warm memories.

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Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania


Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania Experience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop. You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. The ultimate resort for Poconos vacations, Skytop is a charming blend of old world charm and character, timeless attention to detail, impeccable service, modern conveniences and amenities, and, of course, that signature sensation of complete and utter relaxation. Through the years the lodge has become more than just a Poconos vacation destination to its many devoted guests, many from families that have been attending for generations. What keeps them coming back? From summer adventures or autumn foliage, winter sports or spring flowers, the one thing that all Skytop lovers share is a sense of natural wonder. Hiking was also given great emphasis from the very onset of Skytop’s development. Trails to all of Skytop’s scenic areas were laid out and maps were drawn to enable the lodge’s guests to visit “places of quiet beauty and restful charm.” An abundance of private hiking trails on the resort’s 5500 acres affords an opportunity to view woodland wildflowers, migrating and nesting birds, reptiles and amphibians, and signs of many of the area’s exciting wildlife, including black bear, otter, porcupine, beaver, coyote, bobcat, and mink. One Skytop | Skytop, PA. 18357 (855) 345-7759 | 58

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The Fairville Inn offers elegant country accommodations in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley. The Inn is just minutes from world-class venues including Longwood Gardens, the Winterthur Estate, the Brandywine River (“Wyeth”) Museum, the Hagley Museum and Nemours Gardens. The Inn’s 13 rooms and two suites are situated in three buildings: The Main House (circa 1826), the Carriage House, and the Springhouse. Each room is individually decorated and has its own special charm. All have a private bath, flat screen TV, telephone and complimentary wireless Internet service. Most rooms have a fireplace (in season) and private deck overlooking the gardens or meadow. Full breakfast — with a choice of three entrees together with a continental buffet — and afternon tea are, of course, included. The Innkeepers will attend to your needs, make reservations for you at an array of nearby fine dining choices, and can even arrange in-room individual or couples massages. You can also sample vintages from close by wineries. Enjoy the Elegance! Fairville Inn is a member of the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of North America and the Diamond Collection of Inns, and earned the Trip Advisor 2012 Award of Excellence. In 2010, the Inn was voted “Most Romantic” in the mid-atlantic by the readers of Karen Brown’s Guides. 506 Kennett Pike (Rte. 52) | Chadds Ford, PA 19317 (610) 388-5900 |

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SUMMER NITES Wildwood, New Jersey

The owners of Summer Nites, Sheila and Rick Brown, have taken a beautiful mid- 1900’s home and created a trip back to the 1950’s. Summer Nites has all of the modern amenities enjoyed at a new lodging while retaining and capturing the excitement and uniqueness of the early days of Rock-n-Roll. Located in a quiet residential area of North Wildwood, New Jersey, at the Jersey Shore, the bustling nightlife of both Wildwood and Anglesea are within one mile in either direction. Dine in a unique boxcar diner complete with 1953 Seeburg Jukebox, neon lighting, diner booths and more. Dining on one of the outdoor decks is another option. Breakfast is served from the diner kitchen where you can look on as the cook prepares your breakfast. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll on the world famous beach and boardwalk only two blocks away. Bicycles are also available for a morning ride on the boardwalk and around town. A pool table and game room with vintage pinball machines are available for those who care to step back to the good ol’ days. Soak in a hot tub or lounge in the sun on the deck. Each room is air conditioned with separate, modern, individual climate controls. All rooms have private baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs, and each come complete with televisions, CD and VCR/DVD players. Guests can enjoy viewing, listening to, and reading the many interesting vintage and repro 1950s tapes, CDs and books featured in each room. Original memorabilia from the ‘50s is throughout. Guests can choose from the following theme rooms: Elvis Suite, ‘60s Suite, Life’s a Beach Room, Marilyn Room, ‘50s Television Room, ‘50s Movie Room, and ‘50s Music Room; each is decorated with its own unique style. Adequate off-street parking is provided for all quests. (For the comfort and safety of our guests smoking is only permitted on the outdoor porches.)

Hamanassett is a grand 1856 English Country house situated on a seven-acre estate. Close to major attractions such as Longwood Gardens, Nemours, Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur, it is located 30 minutes southeast of Philadelphia and 1 hour from Lancaster County. Hamanassett is known for personal service, Southern hospitality and its fabulous breakfasts. In fact, the New York Times said, “The elaborate breakfasts are a highlight.” Hamanassett has seven bedrooms, all with en suite baths, flat screen TVs with DVD players, luxurious robes, English amenities, free WiFi and coffee makers with supplies. They even supply a large library of free movies as well as a large living room with a well-stocked library of literature. You might prefer to enjoy a game of billiards in front of the fireplace or enjoy a glass of port on the front porch which overlooks the waterfall and koi pond. Dogs are welcome in two rooms in the main house. The estate also includes two two-story cottages where dogs and children under 12 are welcomed. Hamanassett also offers hands-on cooking classes with noted chefs throughout the year in their professional kitchen for those who enjoy exquisite food and creating and enjoying memorable menus and excellent accommodations. One of the most popular classes is “Brandywine Bounty” in which the students go into the countryside to explore and sample artisan food production and Brandywine Valley wineries. Chester Heights, PA 19017 | (610) 459-3000 For Reservations Only (877) 836-8212

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Enjoy the peaceful solitude of the elegant Woodloch Resort, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains Lake Region. Nature trails that connect to an open field are ideal for family cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. State game lands located nearby offer a greater challenging terrain. There is no shortage of exciting activities and top-flight entertainment at this all-inclusive resort. Guests are provided with immaculate and spacious accommodations, abundant and delicious family-style meals and enough unique activity options to keep everyone entertained day and night!

Located on the banks of the Delaware River in historic Lambertville, NJ, just steps from New Hope in beautiful Bucks County PA, the hotel is a relaxing retreat. Enjoy first-class accommodations at a destination known for special events in antiquing, art galleries, and shopping all year long. Lambertville’s best restaurant, The Lambertville Station, has been a landmark for over 25 years. Located in a restored 19th century train station, their American cuisine restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining is available indoors and seasonally on the canal side deck. The wine bar is exceptionally cozy.

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This quintessential seaside resort on the New Jersey shore is situated on over 670 wooded acres along Reed’s Bay in Galloway, NJ. Just eight miles from Atlantic City and 45 minutes from Philadelphia, this elegant, turn-of-the century resort is easily accessible from several major metropolitan areas, yet provides a peaceful, pristine, retreat-like setting for both business and leisure travelers. Although steeped in history, Stockton Seaview provides guests with an unimaginable array of modern amenities. From the elegant lobby to the 270 well-appointed guest rooms to the state-of-the-art meeting facilities, guests of this Atlantic City hotel will feel welcome, comfortable and well connected. 401 South New York Road | Galloway, New Jersey 08205 (855) 894-8698 |


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SANTOSHA ON THE RIDGE East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Located 72 miles west of Manhattan, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Santosha on the Ridge is a secluded sanctuary in Shawnee on Delaware. Affording gracious comfort and warm hospitality, this is a getaway to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Santosha comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “contentment”. You will not only find contentment in these intimate surroundings, but also within yourself. After a peaceful night’s sleep in any of their beautiful bedroom suites, you’ll awaken refreshed and ready for morning Yoga poses. For those who prefer to sleep in, awaken to the aroma of a home-cooked, gourmet organic breakfast. Complement your tranquil escape with an outdoor adventure, great golf, or local theatre. Take a private class with expert Yoga instructors, or drop in on a regular class and begin to experience total body relaxation to relieve stress and restore health. (Call for fees.) End each day by relaxing on the deck overlooking the Appalachian Trail on Kittatinny Ridge in New Jersey.

A bed and breakfast sanctuary where mind, body, and spirit Wireless Internet is available, and all rooms have air conditioning, hair dryers, robes and comfortable seating. A DVD player is available for watching one of your movies or you can choose one from Santosha’s library. TV is available in the main area of the house. A small refrigerator is available with beverages and snacks, or for your own use. 121 Santosha Lane | Shawnee, PA 18356 (570) 476-0203 |

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fashionista Define Your Signature Look


s a woman explores her style though trial and error, over time she discovers ways to make herself unique by defining her look.

Accessories set the tone for the other pieces that a woman wears. No matter how we try to mix it up, a woman’s signature style eventually becomes set and the apparel pieces she wears are interchangeable. But a statement necklace or piece of jewelry, bag or shoe is what is remembered and makes the outfit fun and memorable. As we all know, bag lovers are separate from shoe lovers; hardly ever does the same woman truly love both. I change my bag everyday but very rarely my shoes, even though I have the same size collection in both categories. The same goes for jewelry lovers as well; you either love necklaces or bracelets, rings or earrings.


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Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and picture your girlfriends and see what you remember from their look, and perhaps, always find yourself complimenting. I told you so. With me it is my bag. For my best friend, it is her shoes. Now ask yourself what accessory defines your look and makes you feel unique? A trick to finding what defines your signature look is to browse through your own closet and see which of your accessories are most plentiful, which make you smile like you just won the lottery? Are they like old friends you cannot wait to be with again? You can save a lot of money, time and effort by focusing on that one type of accessory and using it to express what makes you — YOU. — Anonymous Self-Proclaimed Shopaholic






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Pets Have A Fresh Start Too by Blair Johnson


appy New Year! I am sure each and every one of you have had time to make your own resolutions. Perhaps it’s losing the holiday weight, taking up a new hobby, or a commitment to overall health. Let’s spend a moment and make a resolution for your pet’s overall health! Pets are part of the family and can’t make their own resolutions. Start by remembering that last vet visit… What was the suggested health plan? Changes in diet or exercise? (Sound familiar?) How about spending a little more time to nurture that unconditional relationship? Dogs and cats tend to grade us on a sliding scale so it is never too late to start over! Let’s go over some basics:

3. Research. See what your pet is known for… breathing disorders, prone to skin allergies etc. Make a list of things to look out for. Find a vet that has specialist experience. This especially holds true for those of you with exotic pets (birds/ reptiles, etc.).

1. Diet. Is the food based on a recommendation? Was it on sale? Do a little research on the breeds and needs. Some preventative care will go a long way and save you a lot of cash in the long run. Look at the ingredients… is corn or meal the first ingredient? If so, move on… you can bet that your dog would not be hunting corn in the wild; it’s simply not part of a natural diet. Dogs and cats were not made to be vegetarians. Find out about the preservatives in your pet’s food. Some full breeds harbor very sensitive stomachs. If given the wrong choice to save a buck, they may reciprocate by messing up that lovely silk rug.

I recently picked up a TAGG. TAGG is a collar-mounted tracking device that uses GPS technology to track your pet. That guess work search parties do by yelling the missing pet’s name throughout the neighborhood can be eliminated! The device will send you an email if your pet strays from its designated zone! After some reading I also learned that it also keeps track of your pets’ activities… which is useful when your vet asks you specific questions. The item is under $100 and I think worth some review. You can read more about them at

2. Exercise. Again research. Bulldogs don’t run a 5k, and Springer Spaniels are not couch potatoes. Any time spent bonding with your pet will be worth its weight in bonding gold!

4. Prepare. Just like having that hospital bag for the expectant mother, a little preparation goes a long way. All pets are curious and have a lot of spare time. If and when the opportunity arises, they will explore. Have a neighbor familiar with your pet, and a backup plan if something goes wrong. Look into microchips if possible.

Make a commitment to better yourself and your pet in 2013! LL

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The Fiscal Cliff and Obama Care By John D’Angelo


ith so many tax laws up in the air, tax planning for 2012 and 2013 is more challenging than ever this tax season. Changes to the tax code are on the horizon, and almost all taxpayers will be affected if the Bush-era tax deductions and credits are allowed to expire. Amid the uncertainty, we can be sure of a couple of things: • Millions of families and businesses will get hit by big tax increases a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don’t agree on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff of higher tax rates and big government spending cuts. • More than 70 tax breaks enjoyed by individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2011. If Congress doesn’t extend them retroactively back to the beginning of this year, a typical middle-class family could face up to a $4,000 tax increase when it files its 2012 return this tax season. • The fiscal cliff, the national debt ceiling and tax issues are all intertwined. Watching developments in the news will help you and your tax advisor develop a tax strategy for the next few months. • Changes are coming. It is essential that taxpayers sit down with their professional tax advisors to determine what anticipatory planning and actions to take before this year ends and once changes are agreed upon in Washington. Getting ready now means you will be prepared when tax policy changes are announced. Furthermore, you will be in a position to take full advantage of new policies. • Nothing is certain (at the time this is being written). Some Bush-era tax breaks might be extended; however, estate and gift tax rates are expected to be higher, and an additional 27 million taxpayers could get caught up in the Alternative Minimum Tax loophole if the patch is not extended. Other credits considered to be endangered include deductions for state and local sales taxes, mortgage insurance premiums, college tuition and fees, as well as changes to the student loan interest deduction and the expiration of the American Opportunity Credit for Students. Perhaps no tax season in recent memory has been fraught with so many uncertainties – expiring tax laws, tax policy changes and possible last-minute legislative action. With this in mind, get a handle on as much as you can right now.

Gather information and sit down as soon as possible with your tax planner. It’s going to take extra care to make sure you leave no money on the table for Uncle Sam in 2013.

Health Care Under Obama

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the debate over repealing his Obamacare legislation has ended and plans are under way to meet the law’s mandates by their respective dates. The following is a recap of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as it pertains to general mandates and employer coverage, cost and credits.

Coverage Mandates

Health care plans may no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions or impose annual or lifetime limits on coverage. In addition, plans must cover basic preventive screenings such as checkups, mammograms and colonoscopies; coverage may not be cancelled after a member gets sick; and adult children may remain on their parent’s plan until age 26 (even if married or living away from home). Starting in 2014, the new rules require that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a penalty tax.

Employer Coverage

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vantage of volume buying via insurance exchanges. According to data on, small businesses currently pay an average of 18 percent more than large business for the same plan. But by creating a pool of individuals and small business employees, these exchanges will be able to offer more competitive pricing for plans that meet certain benefits and cost standards. In fact, members of Congress will receive their health care insurance through exchanges. Employers with more than 50 full-time employees (averaging 30 hours per week) will be required to pay a shared responsibility fee ($2,000 each for all but 30 employees) if they do not provide affordable coverage relative to an employee’s household income. Health insurers will be allowed to adjust rates based only on family members, age, tobacco use and employer location, which should help eliminate high premium increases from year to year. A recent study by the Urban Institute asserts that had the Affordable Care Act requirements been in effect in 2012, overall they would have had a negligible impact on total employer-sponsored coverage and costs. In summary: • Small businesses (less than 50 workers) would be exempt


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from penalties yet eligible for premium tax credits. Likewise, employers with 100 or fewer workers would also be eligible for credits. If these employer groups had offered coverage, the average cost per insured would have been reduced by 7.3 percent and spending by 1.4 percent due to tax credits and competitive insurance exchanges. • Mid-size businesses (101 to 1,000 employees) would experience the highest cost, since many of these companies do not currently offer coverage. Including penalties for an estimated 5 percent of companies that would continue not to offer health insurance, new enrollment for coverage would increase spending by about 9.5 percent. • The cost for large employers (1,000 or more employees) would be impacted only by higher employee enrollment rates, which would increase total spending by about 4.3 percent. LL John D’Angelo, CPA • D’Angelo & Company PC (215) 355-7754 • Except where otherwise noted, resource material provided by Service2Client LLC.

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ebruary is Black History Month, aka African American History Month, and it is proudly celebrated in the USA, UK and Canada. This year marks two important anniversaries here in the United States – the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. According to documented information February was chosen because former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an American Social Reformer who escaped from slavery and became a leader of the Abolitionist Movement, celebrated their birthdays during that month. At its inception it was celebrated for a week, but in 1976 it was expanded to a full month. The late President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” “Black History Month presents all of us with an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of so many who have carved out a place in history,” says Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I’m proud to be the Mayor of a city that is known for its rich African American history, starting with the earliest days of our country.” Other interesting facts from the Mayor’s office are: in 1790 Philadelphia was home to the largest population of free blacks in the entire United States. The Philadelphia Tribune, founded in 1884, is still the nation’s oldest publishing black newspaper, and Mother Bethel A.M.E. was one of the first African-American churches in the country and still remains the oldest church property continuously owned by African Americans. In 1984 Philadelphia’s first black mayor, Wilson Goode, took office and Philadelphia continues to make history with the recent election of the first African American District Attorney, Seth Williams. Philadelphia’s wealth of entertainers include Bill Crosby, John Coltrane, Patti LaBelle, Marion Anderson, the legendary Gamble and Huff and many more talented people, too numerous to mention. Rosa Parks, leader of the Civil Rights Movement, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and a Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. She’s the only woman and second African American in American history to lie in state at the Capitol, an honor usually

by Donna Dvorak

Paying Tribute to Generations

reserved for Presidents of the United States. Other famous African American heroes are Martin Luther King, father and son, Harriet Tubman, the Tuskegee Airmen, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver. Jackie Robinson was the first African American Major League baseball player who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and one of my own personal favorite poets is the talented Dr. Maya Angelou. Extraordinary artists include Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859 – 1927) born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the first African American to achieve notoriety in Europe and America. Tanner was an inspiration for the Harlem Renaissance artists and later generations of American painters. In 1994 I had the honor of interviewing the late Dr. Selma Burke, one of Bucks County’s most acclaimed and talented artists. Her sculptures, paintings and photographs are still shown worldwide. In 1945 she created a bas-relief of Franklin D. Roosevelt that is still on the dime (coin). She had said her father encouraged her artistic interest, and during the late 19th century her two missionary uncles visited Africa, after slavery, and brought back carved religious figures and African masks. “That inspired me even more and motivated the African influence in my artwork,” she had said as I relaxed in her incredible barn. “I am truly blessed; my life has been filled with fun and joy.” In celebration of Black History Month various events include services, music, art, fashion, food and performances that showcase the lives of those who helped define African American History. Bucks County

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Community College is one of many forums that offer a month of celebrations to honor this wonderful history with pride and relevance. “Last year we had African Dance and Drum plus Dr. Daisy Century, who created a performance on Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman poet to publish a book,” explains Diane Rice, Program Director, Educational Enrichment Programs (Student Life Office). “We also had a program for Black Aids Awareness Day. This year we hope to bring back Dr. Century and Brian Motley, whose grandfather played in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Also, one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Eugene Richardson, will be a featured speaker in February.” Last year they were honored when Dr. Leon Bass, author of “Good Enough”, spoke. Dr. Bass served with a segregated unit of the U.S. Army as a 19-year-old soldier, and participated in the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945. LL Donna Dvorak is a Philadelphia-born freelance writer, reporter, award-winning poet, author, columnist, and creative writing teacher. She currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Tribune, founded in 1884, is still the nation’s oldest publishing black newspaper, and Mother Bethel A.M.E. was one of the first AfricanAmerican churches in the country and still remains the oldest church property continuously owned by African Americans. Philadelphia’s wealth of entertainers include Bill Crosby, John Coltrane, Patti LaBelle, Marion Anderson, the legendary Gamble and Huff and many more alented people, too numerous to mention.


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eaturing a highly credentialed staff and state-ofthe-art facilities, The Malvern School demonstrates a dedicated approach to education and innovation since 1998, providing quality private pre-school education for children ages 6 weeks through 8 years with full and half-day options. With 20 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, The Malvern School offers an age-appropriate curriculum that nurtures children with a multi-disciplinary approach exposing them to math and science concepts, language development, multicultural activities, self-help skills, fine and gross motor skills, arts and crafts, and music and movement both indoors and out. In addition to its centralized play areas, each school features three separate playground areas customized to accommodate the varied developmental stages of its students. To meet and exceed the highest standards of early childhood education, ten of the Malvern schools have achieved National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation -- a national certification that requires the school to meet more than 400 criteria and at least a year of intensive work to achieve. All schools follow standards set forth by NAEYC.

In 2009, The Malvern School underscored its focus on literacy, language development and reading skills by re-launching former First Lady Barbara Bush’s literary initiative, “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time.” Granted access to stories Mrs. Bush read on tape for children, the school now incorporates the audiobooks in its programming, with activities based on the themes explored in the featured classic children’s books. The teaching staff at the Malvern school has compiled these stories into curriculum packets that may be downloaded downloadable from the website,, for use by parents and educators from anywhere in the United States. In recent years, The Malvern School has worked with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help raise funds to research childhood cancer. In addition to teaching the children the value of giving, The Malvern School, with proceeds from its annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Day as well as other school-wide events, corporate partnerships, and other efforts, has been named one of the top 100 fundraisers in this region for the charity. LL To find a school near you and to contact a director for a private tour, visit or call 1-877-MALVERN.

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The Summer That You Remember Will Be Here Again Long Beach Island and the rest of the shore offer more than memories in 2013 By Lori A. Pepenella


veryone has one thing that tops his or her list of why to visit the shore. Among them, crabbing for Blue Claws, old-fashioned amusements, finding that perfect shell or a favorite place to dive into summer. After seeing footage on what the recent storm has done to the Jersey coastline, it is hard to imagine that those quality moments could ever be savored again. From my desk at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce,

only a few blocks from Ship Bottom beach, the sun is shining, fisherman are hurrying to the water and the business of a resort area has sprung back to life just a few short weeks after the powerful storm that hit our home. The Jersey Shore has approximately 130 miles of oceanfront; 18 of them comprise Long Beach Island. Settled by Philadelphia and South Jersey businessman at the height of Victorian splendor, LBI has evolved into a cultural stretch of year-round activity that

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peaks in the summer months. While weather has always played into the outcome of a visit to the beach, evidence of this influence becomes most obvious in the face of a storm. And there have been many, according to long timers of the island and mainland communities. 2012 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the legendary March storm of 1962. As this past summer and early fall brought beautiful, calm conditions, the year was to end with what will become another legend: Sandy. With every sad note, there has been a triumph, a community that has grown in many ways. From the efforts of local school children to volunteers from across the country, so many have come together to reclaim the shore for the residents and visitors that call it home. It is that spirit that has always made the Long Beach Island region the retreat it is. It was developed as a shore resort for families getting away from the daily routine and heat of hometowns from the north and west. Whether it is main the residence, second home, family vacation or rental property called upon year after year, this area has offered a multitude of milestones for generations of those family members who sought cool ocean breezes and time together.


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Long Beach Island has developed into more than a summer resort. It is a destination for unique experiences, beginning with a series of events and promotions each February called Chocolate Week. Realtors, galleries, restaurants, shops and hotels offer special deals and events to make winter break, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day Weekend an opportunity to explore the area and scout out summer lodging options. February 9-18 will be the 2013 Chocolate Week extravaganza with new insight on what is available for the upcoming summer season. April 21 is the award-winning Wedding Road Show. This day-long free event gives brides-to-be and their entourage access to the top wedding venues and services in the Long Beach Island Region. With prizes including a designer wedding dress, tuxedos and wedding rings, the Road Show has set the standard on how to meet, greet and eat your way through wedding planning of the highest caliber. The second weekend in June LBI hosts Art and Leisure month, featuring signature festivals such as Lighthouse International Film Festival and Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival, drawing connoisseurs of fine art and independent film to our shores. Long Beach Island is the perfect backdrop to these multi day festivals that draw international artists and filmmakers to the calming beauty

of the shore at springtime. Of course, if we had to mention one special event that captures the spirit of our island, it would be Chowderfest. This year marks our 25th anniversary and puts local shore restaurants to the test, as a crowd of thousands vote through unlimited red and white chowder sampling. We are pleased that there are so many other time-honored traditions here at LBI. They will all once again be happening, providing more reasons for families, friends and loved ones to come together at one of the best beaches in New Jersey. Things have changed since the storm of 1962, such as communication and the ability to connect year round. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2014, and is more a part of the business and visitor community than ever before. We are always looking to embrace new partnerships, such as the one with the New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau to help local businesses with best practices on recovery from a hospitality standpoint. Our visitor center which is located at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom is fully staffed and open all year; it has maps, guides, calendars as well as up to date information on what is happening throughout our region. Our website, visitLBIregion. com, won the NJ Governors Award for Tourism Excellence and is loaded with photos, planning tools and links to help make a move, a vacation or a day trip easier to arrange. Social media plays a very big role. Our LBI Region Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages offer real time updates, while our monthly Wish You Were Here online visitor newsletter serves up in advance dates for top picks. We are fortunate to bring Long Beach Island and the mainland communities to you via broadcast on a weekly radio show called the LBI Regional Report. It touches on weekly events, specials and interviews with local business owners. This broadcast was launched post-Sandy, as the need to know the daily status of which merchants were open and what everyone was doing to encourage visitors became vital. The show airs every Monday at 8 am and at 6 pm on 91.9 FM and can be downloaded at If you have ever been to LBI in the summer, you may have seen our video series on LBI TV called Beyond the Beach. This popular show talks directly to our summer audience about winter, spring and fall activities. It airs on Channel 21 locally, but is also available on at anytime. This chapter of the Jersey Shore and Long Beach Island is one that has been added to our whole story; we have started writing the next. We are looking forward to families celebrating the summer on our beaches, couples spending romantic time alone, surfers, fishermen and boaters enjoying our waters and good entertainment in every direction. So as we say each year, see you in the summer if not before. LL

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The Battle of the Bulge

Dr. Skalicky’s “BodyShrink” Procedure Removes One Inch of Body Fat Without Surgery


ow many times have you heard someone say, ”No matter what I do I can’t get rid of the bulge in this part of my body?” Well, now there is an answer. And it doesn’t involve months of dieting or workouts or even involved surgery. Instead it involves a simple office procedure utilizing high density ultrasound to melt away an inch of fat from the body. The new procedure termed “BodyShrink”, designed by Dr. Robert Skalicky, plastic surgeon, utilizes the Solta Medical Liposonix ultrasound technology to melt away an inch of fat in specific areas of the body to create more pleasing body contours. Love handles, thighs, abdominal “belly fat”, and bra strap fullness are all areas that can be easily treated with the new procedure. “The beauty of this procedure,” states Dr. Skalicky, “is that it finally offers a simple solution to eliminate small areas of fatty tissue excess in the body without an involved surgical procedure.” Patients drive themselves to the office, undergo the BodyShrink treatment, and an hour or so later drive home and resume their normal lifestyle. The advantages of procedure are remarkable. It is non-invasive. It has no incisions. It has no recovery or downtime. The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform and requires little or no medication. An entire waistline can be treated in 45 to 60 minutes. Shrinkage of the area occurs over the next several weeks with final improvement seen by 8 to 12 weeks. While the ultrasound technology offers a breakthrough in non-invasive fat removal, it is how the technology is applied that matters. According to Dr. Skalicky, “Anyone can buy a paint brush, but not everyone can paint.” Dr. Skalicky’s

BodyShrink procedure takes the technology to a new level by creating individualized treatment plans for each patient based on their anatomy and removing the fat from the areas that will sculpt their body for maximal improvement. It is the artistic application of the technology that results in body contour improvement. And it is the contouring ability of BodyShrink that separates this procedure from other fat removal methods that do not have the ability to sculpt and contour. The ideal patient for this procedure is someone who has at least an extra inch of fat on their body that they want to get rid of in an easy, simple way. “The best candidate”, according to Dr. Skalicky, “is someone that can pinch at least an inch or more of fullness on their body that just won’t go away with attempts at diet or exercise. BodyShrink offers an easy, non-invasive answer to this problem. Patients love the fact that they do not have to take time off from work or interrupt their normal routines. The fat just disappears over weeks as the body removes the treated cells.” Pricing for the procedure is less than half of what traditional liposuction costs and areas can be retreated several months down the line if a patient chooses to do so. As long as the patient doesn’t gain weight, the fat removal will be permanent. While the battle of the bulge will always continue to be fought, BodyShrink just may be the weapon needed to win the war! LL Dr. Skalicky offers complimentary consultations for BodyShrink at his office in Newtown, Pa. His office phone number is (215) 702-8600. January | February 2013 Local Living


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When Death Has No Answer, Life Responds by Sharyl Volpe


or a parent, the death of a child is unthinkable. If you have lost a son or daughter, you know that words cannot begin to explain the loss. Even as people around the world continue to mourn the recent lives lost in Connecticut, the mothers and fathers of those victims will walk the path of their personal pain as only they can. In such tragic circumstances, feelings of hurt, anger and denial are human. It is difficult to imagine that anything can be done to help alleviate oppressive sorrow and grief. In some situations, however, there is a course that leads to a kind of continuation for that life departed. Providing for vital organ and tissue donation so that others can live longer, healthier lives is among the greatest gifts anyone can give. Not only does it enhance the life of the recipient, but it also kindles hope for those who have endured the profound loss of a deceased donor.


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If that last phrase sounds unlikely, just speak with Mary Louise Smith. Mary lost her son Eric on June 12, 2011 in a car accident. Just one month earlier to the day, Eric had graduated from Temple University and, in his mother’s words, “He was so pleased with where he was in his life, and we were so proud of him!” No one expected that he was going to fall asleep while driving home from the Jersey shore. Going through a red light at 30 mph, Eric’s vehicle was hit by another car. No one else was injured. Among numerous injuries to the rest of his body, Eric’s brain was non-responsive. Eric had previously elected to be designated as an organ donor. “What many people don’t know is that only one to two percent of people who die can become an organ donor, so the opportunity is rare.” Mary shared this surprising information as something she had to learn. “Eligibility and suitability are mainly determined by the nature of the death.

In Eric’s case, there was no brain activity, and he was on lifesupport. This allowed for his heart and other vital organs and tissue to be cared for in alignment with the processes for donation.” These processes were expertly navigated by the organization known as Gift of Life Donor Program, the region’s organ and tissue transplant network. Founded in 1974 as the Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons, Gift of Life Donor Program partners with 138 acute care hospitals to offer families from around the region the option of donation. Headquartered in Center City Philadelphia, Gift of Life is part of the nationwide organ and tissue sharing network and is one of the oldest and largest of 58 organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the US. Mary, along with her devastated husband Ross and daughter Ashley, entrusted Gift of Life to carry out Eric’s wishes to be an organ donor. Elsewhere in the same city of Philadelphia, 37-year-old Arlinda had been waiting for a very important phone call. Having battled diabetes since childhood, her left kidney had failed and she had become visually impaired. Her teenage son and mother were supporting her. She needed dialysis three days a week. She was on “the list”. Over many months she had in fact received no less than eight phone calls informing her that a kidney and pancreas had become available, but subsequent testing proved that none of them were suitable matches. “One of the most disappointing calls was on New Year’s Eve, going into 2011.” Arlinda explained her experiences

with the false starts of hope. “I had been notified and the testing had been done. I was just waiting to hear the results. I remember heading to dialysis and I just kept thinking, ‘Well, maybe, just maybe I’ll get the call before I get in the chair,’ and still no results. Then I thought, ‘Well, maybe before I get hooked up…’ and still nothing. When I finally heard that I was not a match that time, I got less excited with every call after that.” Arlinda’s life-altering phone call was to be Number Nine. Over the course of the last year and a half since then, Arlinda has regained a full, rich life. Her son has his mom, and her mom has her daughter again. “I tell everyone the same thing: do not sweat the small stuff.” Arlinda shared her life’s lessons. “Do not take your health for granted. Take care of what you are supposed to take care of. I love life and now I have the energy to enjoy it.” Donor families and recipients are often interested in learning more about each other and are encouraged to correspond through letter writing. Gift of Life Family Support Services acts as a liaison and forwards letters between donor families and recipients while maintaining the confidentiality of each individual. These letters provide the foundation for a relationship to develop over time and some are then interested in meeting or contacting each other directly. After a year of letter writing, Mary and Arlinda were eager to take this next step and have become fast friends, Eric’s selfless gift bonding them for life. “Mary has been amazing. Always positive, so warm and

loving. The day I spoke with her for the first time was the day after Eric’s birthday.” Arlinda recounted. “She (Mary) said to me, ‘Hey! Your pancreas and kidney just turned 25!’ I mean, who does that?” Eric’s heart, liver, and both kidneys are helping others stay alive. Mary has been in contact with all of these grateful recipients. Countless others will benefit from Eric’s donations of tissue and bone. Astoundingly, the giving on Eric’s behalf manifested itself in yet another way. While Eric attended the Fox School of Business at Temple University, he was an active member of the Gamma Iota Sigma-Sigma Chapter fraternity. The respect and esteem Eric’s brothers held for him inspired a massive fundraiser that would benefit their designated choice: underwriting a room at Gift of Life Family House. The Family House is a special place of warmth and comfort where transplant patients and their families are accommodated for overnight stays, home cooked meals and supportive services. Sara Cohen, Development Coordinator at Gift of Life Family House, retold the events at that time. “When another young man of the same fraternity also lost his life tragically, soon after Eric, the fraternity wanted to do even more for two lost lives -- and both were organ donors.” An impressive $25,000 was raised and dedicated to Room # 406 at the Family House. Sara explained, “The Family House is unique in that it is the first hospital hospitality house founded by an organ procurement organization (Gift of Life).” It currently operates as an independent non-profit.


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Continuing, Sara shared a meaningful ah-ha moment. “We did a lot of coordinating with one of Eric’s professors at Temple, Professor Michael McCloskey.” Eric was his TA. “It was the professor’s first time seeing the room, and as we were standing there, he looked out the window way across the skyline and pointed out, sure enough, we could see Temple from where we stood. You have to look in just the right place since Family House is actually across the city, at a distance from Temple. Realizing that we could see the university from here made us smile to think of it in relation to Eric, and this room.” This fitting conclusion came from Mary in a recent email. “Despite my husband and I losing our precious son, Ashley losing her awesome brother and our lives taking an unexpected dive, I personally feel blessed that my family has realized such wonderful happenings since Eric passed. Had he not been a donor, I know Gamma Iota Sigma still would have honored him, but the Gift of Life and Family House organizations have been a source of tremendous, ongoing support. They are staffed by earth angels …and Arlinda … well, she is one exceptional lady!” If you are interested in becoming designated as an organ donor, you can register online through your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles by visiting Gift of Life’s website at For more information on organ and tissue donation, you can also call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771). LL Sharyl Volpe is Editor-in-Chief for Local Living Magazine.

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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

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) Pre/Post Surgery Scar Treatments Chronic Stroke Rehabilitation

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.


To Cleanse or Not To Cleanse? by Joanna K. Chodorowska, BA, NC


f you have seen the documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Hungry For A Change or SuperSize Me!, you will notice that each of them has a similar message – our health stinks because of the poor food choices we are making. So how can we change this? A detox plan can help catapult you into a healthier lifestyle by getting rid of the toxic buildup from the processed foods we eat. Many people have issues they do not realize are a direct result of this toxicity: fatigue, foggy thinking, constipation, migraines, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, indigestion, IBS and other GI issues to name a few. Many cleanses are based on supplementation only. They boast that you ‘do not have to change what you eat while on the cleanse’. Then what is the point? I thought you wanted to ‘stop ingesting the toxins’ not just find help to eliminate them. And what do you do when you are done – just keep eating the same crappy food? Hmm, that doesn’t seem right. When you review the food based plans, choose one that is easy to follow. It should require you to cook and make your own meals. It should include green and leafy vegetables. I offer a 2 Week Detox Plan which has some incredible

results. Everyone learns something different about how their bodies respond to various foods. We eliminate the processed foods, the animal proteins and wheat but include alkalizing foods, greens, fruits, nuts, seeds and root vegetables. It helps to create new eating habits you can incorporate after your cleanse. You should feel vibrant about three days into it, even without coffee! Some no longer eat meats, wheat or dairy as the reintroduction of those foods causes congestion, bloating and irritability. A detox plan should help you change the way you eat for the better. Only you can decide whether the plan you choose is the one for you. Be sure to find one that is food based and not chock full of supplements. If you need help in deciding, give me a call! LL Joanna Chodorowska is a personal sports nutrition coach. She is the founder and lead nutrition coach at Nutrition In Motion, LLC. Joanna helps clients use real foods for real performance results. For more information on nutrition programs or the detox or mini-detox plans, please visit or www.

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for making us the best office for your sports injuries! • Active Release Techniques TM - Performed by the doctor, this patented, state-ofthe-art soft tissue movement based massage technique treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. • Kinesio Taping – Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to joints and muscles while allowing a patient to move through a normal range of motion. It decreases inflammation and reduces pain. • Fusion Therapy – We use traditional physical therapy exercises combined with specific pilates exercises on the mat and Reformer to increase range of motion and strengthen the healing area to prevent re-injury. • Triton TM DTS Decompression Therapy – Nonsurgical solution for herniated discs in the neck and low back; also effective for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. • Neuromuscular Re-education – This is another soft tissue therapy geared specifically to athletes that addresses strains/sprains, shin splints & healing fractures. • CranioSacral Therapy – Relieves tensions deep within the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. It can improve whole-body performance by helping the body naturally unwind. • Myofascial Release/Trigger Point Therapy – Our certified massage therapists & doctor use this technique to break up scar tissue & increase range of motion.

• Laser Therapy – This therapy has been used by professional sports teams for years to dramatically speed up healing time and promote healthy cell growth. • Traditional Chiropractic Manipulation and traditional physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, TENS, heat/ice, and kinesiotaping in your treatment plan. • Pilates Reformer Lessons – Build long, lean muscles with the Pilates Reformer, ladder barrel and MVE pilates chair. Private lessons or Duets. • Therapeutic Massage – Deep massage targeted to decrease muscle spasm and pain. • Pre-Natal Massage – To ease aches and pains of pregnancy. Can be combined with pre-natal exercise and stretching. • Hands-on Performance Enhancement Training – Under the expertise of 2-time NFL Super Bowl champion and former Philadelphia Eagle Vaughn Hebron. Vaughn brings you world-class personal training and sports conditioning for athletes and men and women of all ages.

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Dr. Wasserman: A Doctor Without Borders


ou may have heard his name on the radio over the years as the LASIK doctor you can trust: Barry Wasserman. You may also remember him as one of the “Rockin’ Docs” from last year’s benefit concert for juvenile diabetes. Recently he did another benefit concert for victims of Sandy at a “Restore the Shore” event. But Dr. Wasserman gives back in many other ways! Between November 11 and November 17, he visited Port Au Prince, Haiti to spend a week with the World Eye Mission. Dr. Wasserman is also a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and he donated his time to treat children of that country with severe eye disorders. He performed surgery and trained the resident doctors during his week there. Not his first trip abroad, he also previously visited the Dominican Republic with the organization, “Healing the Children”. Upon his return from Haiti, Dr. Wasserman related the following to us: “I had an enjoyable trip, and hope-


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fully helped the residents and people of Haiti. I must admit that for as much as I thought I understood the level of poverty there, I underestimated. The squalor is enormous and devastating. The infrastructure is terrible, with terrible roads and few streetlights even in the most populated areas. Intermittent power outages are a daily occurrence. However, the people were almost always very nice and warm, and they seemed to really appreciate the help. Adding to the tenuous circumstances was the unfortunate recent news in the area. Dr. Wasserman relates, “Unfortunately, the day before I arrived, a young law student was fatally shot by the local police, and the law school is very close to the hospital. The students held demonstrations that led to riots, which in turn led to teargas and gunshots outside the clinic walls. It was unnerving, but we did proceed. Because of the unrest in the city, I did not get out much to experience the flavor of the country and its culture. I had breakfast and dinner

on at the same time IN THE SAME ROOM. While I was doing a strabismus case, there was an open repair of a spiral tibial fracture about three feet away. There was no air conditioning working in the main OR, but everyone was trying very hard to get the work done. Overall, the resident docs were a great group! They were kind and welcoming, and most spoke English well enough for me to be able to communicate with them. They’re fund of knowledge was better than I expected. They were eager to learn and were truly a pleasure to spend time with. I hope that I can maintain a relationship with them via email, and perhaps they could visit us at Wills Eye.” LL

Children treated in Haiti on Dr. Wasserman’s recent trip. in the hotel, and did not venture out alone.” “Because of the need for general anesthesia, my ability to get pediatric cases done was limited. The head of the Ophthalmology department at the hospital there, Dr. Cadet, mentioned that the Cataract Operating Room at the eye clinic will soon be able to accommodate general anesthesia cases, so that should help enormously. It was interesting to note that they have two operations going

Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, a Fellowship trained Pediatric Ophthalmologist, the Medical Director of New Jersey Eye Laser Centers Princeton, and has been performing LASIK for over a decade. He is a clinical instructor at Wills Eye Institute, teaches at Cooper University Hospital, and is attending surgeon at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. Dr. Wasserman has an extensive background in the surgical correction of misaligned, wandering and crossed eyes in adults and children. He performs eyelid plastic surgery and is trained in the administration of Botox for eyelid muscle spasm and wrinkles. 100 Canal Pointe Blvd, Suite 112, Princeton, NJ 08540. Contact (609) 243 8711 or visit

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Talking to Children About Our Changing World by Matthew Weldon Gelber MS MFT Psychotherapist


he plethora of tragic events in the news combined with the pervasive nature of the Internet and today’s continuous flow of media, parents are more and more often finding themselves in the position to discuss difficult situations with their children. To help navigate these conversations, I’ve put together the following tips to serve as a guide to keep these talks positive and healthy. In the face of tragedy, it’s normal to quickly make a plan to discuss how you feel about a situation. There is one problem with a rash conversation, however: it’s not on the child’s level. The first step towards discussion would be to think about how your child would interpret any horrific event. Once you’ve slowed down and considered your child’s point of view, on your child’s level, then you can begin a good conversation. The next step is to design the bulk of the conversation in the general sense. In short, do not plan on giving details about the specific events that took place but focus on the bigger concept about grieving, safety and understanding. The following step is to be ready for the questions that may come your way... and there could be a lot of questions. You must be prepared to answer them honestly, but again, using language that is on par with the question. Plan your responses to show your child there is hope and that he or she is safe. Creating an environment where the conditions are


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safe and calm is what they will take from the conversation. It is going to be the most psychologically sound approach. I remember growing up and having the standard fire drill and knowing that my friends and I, as well as our teacher, would always be safe because we knew what to do. The sense of safety was that reassuring. My children will be growing up in a world that is much different, and we have to be strong. We have to be out in front of any fear in our children. If we do so, we will have the opportunity to show them that being prepared and calm can help us feel safe. My heart broke when I heard of the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. My deepest condolences go to each and every person affected by this tragedy. Newtown looks like the town I grew up in and is also like the one I live in now. This can happen anywhere but living our lives to the fullest and communicating with our children will help them feel safe. Please talk to your children every day. Understand their thoughts and fears, and know their emotions. This is a start to a better world. LL Matthew Weldon Gelber MS MFT is a psychotherapist at the Weldon Center located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Matthew works with individuals, couples and families in therapy. Please visit or call (610) 310-5898 for more information.

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700 Law Avenue Sellersville, PA, 18960 (215) 452-4000

Cancer, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Surgery, Women’s/Children’s health. Grandview has a fivestar rating in total hip and knee replacements and has a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission

Level II NICU, fully equipped ER, Five-star rating for orthopedic care, innovative approaches to surgeries and screenings oncology center, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, CHOP staffed pediatric department, Women’s health services, Joint Replacement Center, surgery center, Home Health services, analysis laboratory, sports medicine, nutrition counseling services, Rehabilitation center, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (wound care), radiology


595 West State Street Doylestown PA, 18901 (215) 345-2200

Oncology (Member of PENN Cancer Network), certified Chest Pain Center, Primary Stroke Center, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, maternal-child health, critical care, interventional radiology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology, urology, rehabilitation and robotic surgery

Using laser and freezing technologies to treat cardiovascular probThe Heart Institute, V.I.A. lems, Inpatient rehab facility for stroke victims and amputees Maternity Center, Emergency services, Cancer Institute, Orthopedic Institute, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Home Health services, Hospice services, Neurology, Lab services, Medical imaging, Rehabilitation/Therapy services, Screening technologies, Gilda's Club (cancer support club), Level II NICU, outpatient rehab facilities


1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road Langhorne, PA 19047 (215) 710-5888

Excellence centers in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and emergency/trauma services

Doubled capacity of Emergency Department and Trauma Center Heart catheterization (diagnostic and treatment), end-of-life services, cardiac surgery, NICU, cancer services, imaging/screening services, Level II trauma center, genetic testing/counseling, geriatric services, home health services, physical rehabilitation, sleep center, women’s health center, wound care services, patient support groups


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As a private, non-profit hospital, Grandview Hospital has been serving its patients according to their values of compassion, competence, integrity and respect since 1913. They offer a range of inpatient and outpatient care with many competent physicians and a complete emergency staff.

Doylestown Hospital is a leading regional healthcare center founded in 1923. It has 238 licensed beds and 420 physicians in more than 40 specialties. It serves patients from Montgomery and Bucks Counties as well as those from Philadelphia and Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

St. Mary's is a 306-bed general medical and surgical center. A total of 650 physicians and 700 volunteers make up their medical staff. It is a Catholic hospital, full of traditions of the Sisters of St. Francis, and operates under the Catholic East Health system.


1021 Park Avenue Quakertown, PA, 18951 (215) 538-4500

Bone and Joint institute, cancer, cardiology, plastic surgery, spine and pain center, women's health, wound care services

Awarded an A for safety ratings from The Leapfrog Group, newly exInfection isolation room, cancer panded ER to fit 11 patient treatment stations, larger waiting rooms services, psychiatric care, some and trauma units, Bone and Joint Institute medical screening technologies, geriatric services, kidney dialysis, physical rehabilitation, sleep center, wound care services, medical diagnostic imagine, patient support groups


1648 Huntingdon Pike Meadowbrook, PA 19046-8001 (215) 947-3000

Holy Redeemer Hospital is a 242-bed hospital founded in 1959 by the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer. To this day, the hospital operates under its Catholic foundation. Their staff includes 500 competent physicians who help to provide complete inpatient and outpatient services for their patients.

cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics, diagnostics, rehabilitation services

Level III NICU, fully staffed ER, immunology, cardiology, counseling center, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation services, rheumatology, medical imagine/screening, geriatric services, sleep center, sports medicine, travel medicine, urology, wound care center, surgery

Wound care center now offers hyperbaric medicine


501 Bath Road Bristol, PA 19007 (215) 785-9200

Lower Bucks Hospital is a private, non-profit, general medical and surgical hospital with 150 beds and staffed with over 400 physicians and 1,400 other staff members and volunteers. Founded in 1954, it sits on a 36-acre property and uses state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to make each patient's experience better.

cardiology, ob/gyn services, cancer treatment, surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, home care

Expanded and strengthened open heart surgery program; closed Level II NICU, sleep center, surgery, Physical therapy, radiology, cardiac rehabilitation unit; will close maternity unit by Dec. 31 cardiology, wound care and hyperbaric chamber, home care, occupational medicine, diagnostics, travel medicine, emergency medicine, electrophysiology, gastroenterology, psychiatrics

St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital is a relatively small general medical and surgical hospital within the larger St. Luke's University Health Network. With 62 beds, it is significantly smaller than most hospitals. This hospital has more than 275 physicians in up to 40 specialties. St. Luke's is a non-profit hospital affiliated with St. Luke's University.

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2701 DeKalb Pike Norristown, PA 19401-1820 (610) 278-2000

Mercy Suburban Hospital is a 126-bed member of the Mercy Health System. Founded 65 years ago, it is a Catholic, non-profit facility. It has been ranked #3 in the state of Pennsylvania for quality of care and is also nationally recognized as a Primary Stroke Center.

stroke care, orthopedics, cardiology

bariatric medicine, surgery, fully staffed ER, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, geriatric medicine, audiology, medical imaging/screening, senior behavioral health center, primary care, rehabilitation, pulmonology, sports medicine, sleep center, surgery, women’s health center, advanced wound care center New 12,000 square foot cancer center


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559 West Germantown Pike Norristown, PA 19403 (484) 622-1000

fetal/maternal medicine, surgery, cardiology

Entire facility has only been open since September 22, 2012 bariatric surgery, oncology, cardiology, surgery, endocrinology, emergency medicine gastroenterology, genetic screening/ counseling, hepatology, home health services, infectious disease, internal medicine, orthopedics, sports medicine, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics/ gynecology, otolaryngology, medical imaging/screening, occupational medicine, pulmonology, rheumatology, sleep center, urology, women's health, wound care


1200 Old York Road Abington PA 19001 (215) 481-2000

cardiology, cancer, orthopedics and spine, emergency medicine, stroke care, geriatric care, bariatric surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, urology, endocrinology

Newly instated Surgical Operating System for scheduling and preLevel II trauma center, Level III admission testing NICU, bariatrics, neurology, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, maternal/fetal medicine, psychiatric care, end-of-life services, medical screening/imaging, Alzheimer center, alternative medicine, genetic testing/counseling, home health services, kidney dialysis, HIV/ AIDS services, dental services, Physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, sleep center, wound care


1600 East High Street and Armand Hammer Boulevard Pottstown PA, 19464 (610) 327-7000

Knee and hip replacement, orthopedics, stroke care, oncology

Exceeds national standards for breast care, Awarded certification by 30-minutes-or-less ER, imagJoint Commission as a primary stroke center, partnered with Lehigh ing/diagnostic services, oncology, surgery, home care, maternal medi- Valley hospital to provide 2 full-time pediatric hospitalists cine, massage therapy, occupational health, orthopedics, pediatrics, nephrology, respiratory care, travel medicine, women's health, wound care, Physical Rehabilitation, geriatric services, psychiatry

New to Montgomery County, Einstein Medical Center is a 146-bed, acute care medical center. It is the first new medical center built in the area in over a decade. This medical center focuses on creating an ideal experience for the patient during their stay. Since their opening in September 2012, they have provided quality care to each patient who has walked through their doors.

Abington Memorial Hospital is a general surgical and medical hospital with 665 beds. They have over 1,100 physicians and over 5,400 employees and volunteers. They have been serving Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties for over 90 years.

Pottstown Memorial hospital has 224 beds and is a corporationrun, acute care hospital. Their staff includes 260 physicians in over 40 specialties. A range of services both inpatient and outpatient are offered by the dedicated staff to those in Pottstown and surrounding communities.

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100 Lancaster Avenue Wynnewood PA 19096 (610) 645-2000

Lankenau Medical Center is a 331-bed medical center that uses cutting edge research and technology for diagnostics and treatments of their patients. It is one of the only hospital/research centers in the country not affiliated with a college or university. Not only is Lankenau a research hospital, it is also a teaching hospital devoted to educating new generations of doctors. They are also the official healthcare provider for the Philadelphia 76ers.

digestive health, geriatrics, cardiology/cardiac surgery, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, urology

oncology, cardiology, digestive health, gynecology/obstetrics, genetic counseling/screening, preventative medicine, pediatrics, immunology, orthopedics, surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, internal medicine, nephrology, fully staffed NICU, ophthalmology, pathology, podiatry, physical rehabilitation, psychology, rheumatology, sleep center, stroke services, travel medicine, wound care center, fully staffed ER, medical screening/ imaging

Research to target cancer and diseases of the eye, rated in America's top 100 hospitals for cardiac surgery


501 North Lansdowne Ave. Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (215) 284-8100

Delaware County Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top 100 Pennsylvania hospitals. It is a 214 bed non-profit teaching hospital with a wide array of specialties and services. Established in 1927 and a member of the Crozer Keystone Health System, DCMH serves tens of thousands of patients each year.

geriatrics, urology, orthopedics

Research to target cancer and diseases of the eye, rated in America's maternal medicine, hospitaltop 100 hospitals for cardiac surgery ists, NICU, oncology, psychiatry, arthritis center, medical imaging/ screening, alternative medicine, genetic counseling/screening, geriatric services, home health services, dialysis, physical rehabilitation, sleep center, sports medicine, women's health center, wound care, emergency medicine, patient support groups, cardiology, neurology, surgery


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1068 West Baltimore Pike Media, PA 19063-5177 (484) 227-9400

Riddle Memorial Hospital is a 204-bed general surgical and medical hospital. They are approaching the 50th anniversary and continue to provide quality healthcare to tens of thousands of patients a year. They are in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for fetal/maternal health.

fetal/maternal medicine, urogynecology, stroke care, chest pain center

Level II NICU, emergency medicine, Rapid Care Unit, maternal medicine, cancer center, breast care, community health services, educational services, audiology, medical imaging/screening, lab, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sleep center, stroke services, urogynecology, cardiology, surgery

8 Physicians rated in U.S. News Top Doctors


1500 Lansdowne Avenue Darby, PA 19023 (610) 237-4000

Mercy Fitzgerald is a non-profit, Catholic, acute care hospital that is nationally accredited. It provides specialized care in cardiology and bariatrics but also offers a wide array of services. It is a member of Mercy Health System, the largest Catholic health system in the Delaware Valley.

cardiology, bariatric care

cardiology, fully staffed ER, bariat- New infusion center for cancer treatment to give patients a comfortrics, oncology, orthopedics, medical able, modern space to receive chemotherapy imaging/screening, psychiatry, occupational medicine, primary care, physical rehabilitation, pulmonology, respiratory therapy, sleep center, stroke care, certain surgeries, gynecology, advanced wound care


130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3160 (484) 337-3000

geriatrics, orthopedics, urology, breast care, reproductive medicine

Joined Jefferson Neuroscience network for stroke care Center for Addictive Diseases, Level III NICU, breast care, wound care, medical imaging/screening, fertility services, oncology, cardiology, pediatrics, immunology, surgery, preventative medicine, bariatrics, maternal medicine, community health education, dentistry, dermatology, emergency medicine, eye care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, women's health services, psychiatry, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, podiatry, physical rehabilitation, sleep center, urology

Bryn Mawr Hospital operates under Main Line Health and is constantly using new technology to make patients' experiences better. They are a 319-bed non-profit acute care, teaching hospital. It is ranked in the top 100 hospitals in Pennsylvania.

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1 Medical Center Boulevard Upland, PA 19013-3995 (610) 447-2000

geriatric medicine, shock/trauma center, burn care, centers of excellence in orthopedics, cardiology, maternity, cancer and sleep centers

Recognized by Independence Blue Cross for low complication rates Level II trauma center, Level III in bariatric surgery NICU, acute geriatric care center, burn care, cardiology, maternal/ fetal medicine, bariatric surgery, hyperbaric medicine/wound care, primary stroke center, orthopedics, endocrinology, fertility medicine, emergency medicine, partner of Fox Chase Cancer Center, physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gastroenterology, medical imaging/ screening, kidney transplant center, gynecology, multiple sclerosis center, movement disorder center, pediatric sleep center, surgery


225 West Lancaster Avenue Paoli, PA 19301-1763 (484) 565-1000

evidence-based hospital design, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, wound care

New Level II NICU, new Pavilion to increase patient comfort and addiction services, immunology, quality of care blood donation program, genetic screening/counseling, cardiology, celiac center, dermatology, surgery, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery, infectious disease, medical screening/imaging, internal medicine, fertility services, orthopedics, pulmonology, fetal/ maternal medicine with new Level II NICU, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, dentistry, pediatrics, rehabilitation, palliative care, podiatry, psychiatry, rheumatology, sleep center, trauma medicine, travel medicine, urology, wound care


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Crozer-Chester is a tertiary care, teaching hospital with 424 beds. Founded in 1963, it is the product of a merger between Crozer medical center and Chester medical center. It was originally a hospital only for geriatric care, and while it has expanded since then, care for the elderly remains a specialty there. It sits on a 68-acre campus and has been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and is ranked #39 in the top 100 hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Paoli Hospital is a member of Main Line Health System and is a 203-bed general medical hospital. They are known for their use of modern technology and personalized approach to patient care. Paoli uses an evidence-based design based on Center for Hospital Design recommendations to design a positive, 21st-century experience for their patients. Through this approach, they reduce the risk of inhospital infection and injury and overall patient stress.


3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-4206 (215) 662-4000

trauma medicine, nationally ranked in cancer care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, neurology, psychiatry, urology, cardiology/cardiac surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology

Level I trauma center, fully staffed Participant in CPR Hospital-initiated training project to increase survival rate of cardiac arrest patients; construction projects have ER, immunology, animal-assisted therapy, bariatric surgery, oncology, begun on private patient rooms and new office space cardiology, dermatology, surgery, endocrinology, fertility services, gastroenterology, gynecology, geriatrics, genetic counseling/ screening, radiology, wound care, infectious disease, internal medicine, nephrology, laboratory services, Level III NICU, neurology, ophthalmology, occupational medicine, fetal/maternal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation services, rheumatology, sleep center, urology, transplants, travel medicine, women's health services


3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399 (215-590-1000)

pediatrics, pediatric oncology, transplant center, nationally ranked in pediatric care for cancer, cardiology/cardiac surgery, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology

NICU celebrated 50th anniversary, grant for music therapy program one of the nation's best NICU services, Level I pediatric trauma center, emergency services, adoption services, autism center, transfusions/blood bank, oncology, cardiology, genetic screening/ counseling, celiac disease center, ADHD center, center for pediatric traumatic stress, psychiatry, cochlear implant program, cystic fibrosis center, dentistry, dermatology, endocrinology, surgery, transplants, immunology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, occupational therapy, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatric AIDS center, pediatric intensive care unit, multiple sclerosis clinic, physical therapy/rehabilitation, pulmonology, radiology sleep center, social work, urology

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a general medical and surgical teaching hospital affiliated with the Medical School of University of Pennsylvania. They are a 772-bed hospital established in 1765 as the nation's first medical school. They offer a wide array of services by world-class physicians, serving tens of thousands of patients a year. It is ranked as the second best hospital in Pennsylvania.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a pediatric partner of many surrounding hospitals including UPenn hospital. They are a 459bed pediatric hospital with satellite campuses in many PA and NJ locations. Established in 1855, they were the first hospital devoted specifically to pediatric care. Today, they continue to provide reliable inpatient and outpatient care to thousands of patients per year.

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111 South 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-5096 (215) 955-6000

neurology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiology, oncology, surgery, transplants, women's health services

medical imaging/screening, orien- Uses new tumor tracking technique to improve survival rate of lung tal medicine, Level I trauma center, cancer patients cardiology, amputee center, audiology, arthritis program, bariatric surgery, transplants, Kimmel Cancer Center, surgery, celiac center, pediatrics, dermatology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, endocrinology, epilepsy center, dentistry, geriatric medicine, ob/ gyn services, psychiatry, immunology, fertility medicine, infectious diseases, radiology, orthopedics, lupus program, laboratory services, maternal/fetal medicine, multiple sclerosis center, Level III NICU, nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation services, rheumatology, sleep center, urology, women's health services, wound care


333 Cottman Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19111 (215) 728-6900

Fox Chase Cancer Center is a 100-bed hospital affiliated with Temple University (since July, 2012) that specializes in cancer care. They are nationally renowned for their excellence in cancer care for all types of adult cancers. They are a non-profit teaching hospital and were founded in 1974.

cancer care

cancer treatments (radiation, chemotherapy, surgery), cancer screening, DNA sequencing, support groups

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a nationally ranked general medical and surgical hospital with 969 licensed beds. They are a teaching hospital established in 1825 that offers a wide range of specialties and services. They have 7,440 employees including 1,148 physicians and 1,959 nurses to provide quality medical care every day.

KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR HEALTH - A TIMELINE CHILDREN 4 months (first-dose vaccinations) • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) • Polio (IPV) • Haemophilus Influenza (Hib) • Hepatitis B (Hep B) • Pneumococcal (PCV) • Rotavirus (Rota) 4 months (second-dose vaccines) • Tdap • IPV • Hib • Hep B • PCV • Rota 6 months (Third-dose vaccinations) • Tdap • IPV • Hib • Hep B • PCV • Rota 6-18 months (third-dose vaccinations) • IPV 12-15 months • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR-first dose) • Hib (fourth dose) • PCV (fourth dose) • Varicella zoster virus 15 months (fourth-dose vaccinations) • Tdap 4-6 years • Tdap (fifth dose) • IPV (fourth dose) • MMR (second dose) • Varicella 11 years or older • Tdap (sixth dose) • Human Papillomavirus (HPV 3 doses) • Meningococcal (MCV 4)

MEN 18-39 • Monthly self-exam of testicles, skin, mouth and breasts to check for abnormalities that may indicate cancer • Annual blood pressure check • Annual rectal exam to check for hemorrhoids, colon cancer and prostate cancer • Complete physical examination every 3 years • Blood test and urinalysis every 3 years to check for various conditions, such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney dysfunction or thyroid dysfunction • TB skin test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years 40-49 • Monthly self-exam of testicles, skin, mouth and breasts • Annual blood pressure check • Annual rectal exam • Complete physical every 2 years • Blood test and urinalysis every 2 years • Electrocardiogram (EKG) every 4 years to screen for heart abnormalities • TB skin test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years 50 and older • Monthly self-exam of testicles, skin, mouth and breasts • Annual physical exam • Annual rectal exam • Annual fecal occult blood test for signs of colon cancer or polyps • Annual prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to check for enlargement or signs of cancer • Blood test and urinalysis every 2 years • EKG every 3 years • TB skin test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years • Influenza • Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

WOMEN 18-39 • Monthly self-exam of breasts, skin and mouth to check for abnormalities that may indicate cancer • Annual blood pressure check • Annual rectal exam to screen for hemorrhoids, colon cancer and lower rectal problems • Pap test pelvic exam every 1 to 3 years • Complete physical exam every 3 years • Blood test and urinalysis every 3 years to screen for various conditions such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney dysfunction or thyroid dysfunction • TB skin test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 40-49 • Monthly self-exam of breasts, skin and mouth • Annual blood pressure check • Annual rectal exam • Mammogram ever 1 to 2 years to screen for breast cancer • Complete physical exam every 2 years • Blood test and urinalysis every 2 years • EKG every 4 years to screen for heart abnormalities • TB skin test every 5 years • Thyroid test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 50 and older • Monthly self-exam of breasts, skin and mouth • Annual blood pressure check • Annual rectal exam • Annual fecal occult blood test to screen for signs of colon cancer and polyps • Annual physical exam • Annual blood test and urinalysis • Mammogram every 1 to 2 years • EKG every 3 years • TB skin test every 5 years • Thyroid test every 5 years • Tetanus booster every 10 years • Influenza • Pneumococcal (polysaccharide) January | February 2013 Local Living


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s the song says “the weather outside is frightful.” It’s raining or snowing with the wind howling outside your windows. You know that it could be “one of those” days that can stretch into months. So what are you going to do about it? Some of us just become cranky and miserable all day. Others try to make the best of things by relaxing in their pajamas and reading a good book; while others may spend the day watching a movie marathon. Families like mine when presented with gloomy snowy days that may keep them inside for a while gather together to make a party of it. Out come all the board games and the competitive natures as well. Of course there are always the endless debates over the rules of each game and the infamous words “we never played like this before” are heard echoing throughout the room. While the games go on there is the continuous time-out for the consumption of the huge array of snacks, meals and deserts we managed to accumulate. The day flies by and soon you realize what a great day you had in spite of the weather outside. Whatever you choose to do it is important for all of us to try and make the best of it. For me I find such a day is good for just sitting quietly and contemplating life, where I am and where I want to go. It is healthy mentally for us to do this periodically. It helps us appreciate our life as it is and challenges us to set new goals we’d like to achieve. This is a time to just be in the moment, quiet and reflective. The rewards for this self-analysis will surprise and enlighten you. The time you spend will be very cathartic. You may discover that your life is just the way you like it, or you may see some things that need improvement or just a little tweaking if you will. Either way you will have examined your life with an open mind and heart under stress-free circumstances. The silence will surround you and what wondrous things

you may discover about yourself and your life. You will have a greater appreciation of all that your life holds for you and your family and of endless possibilities. The secret is to not let the weather dictate your life. For most of us these ideas can help us survive gloomy, gray days but about 6% of this country’s population suffers from an illness called S.A.D.: Seasonal Affective Disorder. This ailment for those people happens the same time every year. They experience extreme fatigue and feelings of sadness and moodiness. Interest in social activities becomes nonexistent; sleep is a refuge. Weight gain is typical. The cause is not known for S.A.D. but physicians feel that the loss of sunlight has an adverse effect on some of us. One theory is with the decrease in sunlight our biological clock that regulates our moods, sleep patterns and hormones are delayed, running slower in the winter months. This causes a form of depression. Effective treatment for S.A.D. is light therapy sometimes called phototherapy. Patients are exposed to light treatments over the winter months. As the weather changes and we experience more sunlight the symptoms diminish. It is during the winter months that many seniors experience periods of depression. If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms consult with a doctor for treatment. The important thing is find ways to overcome those dreary days. Fill them with family and friends and activities that block out the gray; make a little of your own sunshine. You’ll find if you take charge of your mood swings the gray dreary days of winter will be easier to get through and soon you will be out in the sunlight able again to enjoy your life more fully. LL Diane Burns is a freelance writer currently residing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

To submit feedback or respond to our senior perspective topic, send an email to Diane Burns at January | February 2013 Local Living



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New Orleans, Louisiana By Diane Burns


o you like exciting parades, colorful floats and marching bands? Are fancy masked balls something you would like to attend? Does all of this speak to that adventurous fun-loving side of you? If so, head on down south to New Orleans in February for Mardi Gras. This is the time the city of New Orleans earmarks as the last celebration before the start of Lent. It is a time to revel and feast before the solemn period of reflection and fasting begins before the Easter holiday. Although Mardi Gras celebrations go on for about a week, the oldest parade begins on the day before Ash Wednesday. It was the idea of the Krewe of Rex, a private club established to organize celebratory parades. The first parade was formed in1872 when the King of Rex is elected and then he presides over the Carnival. There are many different Krewes in the city and each of them has some kind of


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celebration during Mardi Gras week. A major part of the parade are the “throws” that are tossed to the crowds from the floats and balconies along the parade route. These throws are trinkets made of medallions of aluminum doubloons. There are also strands of beads and stuffed animals tossed to the excited crowds. Many grand balls are held throughout the city by each of the Krewes. Exquisitely fashioned invitations that one may receive is the only entrance into any of these galas. Each attendee is required to wear a mask and there is no lack of color or creativity. The official colors for the events are purple, green and gold seen wherever you go during carnival time. Another tradition of Mardi Gras is the “King’s Cake”. Hidden Inside each cake before it is baked is a tiny baby (usually made of plastic, ceramic or gold). Each cake is beautifully decorated in traditional colors of purple, green and gold. The

person who finds the baby in their slice of cake is supposed to have a year of good fortune and host the next King Cake party. Six months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the people of New Orleans needed a respite from despair and so Mardi Gras parades went on. The people needed to return to some kind of normalcy and for them it meant Mardi Gras had to go on. The crowds were not as large as normal but the spirit of those along the route was uplifting. The best time to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras is the weekend before Fat Tuesday, the day prior to Ash Wednesday. If you are looking for an adventurous, exciting and different vacation experience the celebrations of Mardi Gras. I’m sure it will be a trip you won’t forget. For further information go on the web to: LL Diane Burns is a freelance writer currently residing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.



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