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AMBLER BOROUGH Ambler Main Street 2014 Events First Fridays- Begin May 2 First Friday of each month, May Ma - October) (First 18th Annual Ambler Auto Show- May 17 ket- May - October Ambler Farmers’ MarketSaturday mornings, mornin 9am - 1pm) (Saturday F Ambler Arts & Music FestivalJune 13-14 Ju 14-211 Ambler Restaurant Week- July ummer- August 9 Dog Days of Summerer 4 23rd Annual Amblerr Oktoberfest- October


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Carroll's Office Supplies & Furniture Co........................................................ 30 CoreStaff, Inc............................................................................................ 29 CPA Help Now.......................................................................................... 31 Elite Cleaning........................................................................................... 41 Kaplin Stewart Attorneys at Law.................................................................. 12 Keystone Computer Advising...................................................................... 28 King of Prussia District.............................................................................. 32 LP Easy Apps........................................................................................... 32 Norris Sales.............................................................................................. 18

CATERING/FOOD SERVICES Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar................................................................. 16

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Presidential Caterers of Distinction (Inside Back Cover)................................. 43 The Phil's Tavern....................................................................................... 35


Mission Kids............................................................................................ 40 Walk Through The Park............................................................................. 40 Wissahickon Watershed Association........................................................... 42

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CONTRACTING/TRADE SERVICES Bancroft Wallcovering & Painting................................................................ 23 DRB Courier Service, LLC........................................................................... 23 Graboyes Window & Door.......................................................................... 16 Instant Response Plumbing........................................................................ 28 Salter's Fireplace, Patio and Grill, Inc.......................................................... 30 Mike Irby Photography............................................................................... 38 Moments By Design - MEB Photography...................................................... 30 Tada Hydro Cleaning................................................................................. 31

ENTERTAINING/MEETINGS & EVENTS Radisson Valley Forge............................................................................... 26 The Four Seasons Banquet Hall.................................................................. 27

GIFTS & COLLECTIBLES Images of Grace Publications..................................................................... 37 Milanj Diamonds...................................................................................... 28 Washington Memorial Chapel Cabin Shop................................................... 29

HEALTHCARE/FITNESS & BEAUTY Anne M. Facchiano, D.M.D, F.A.G.D............................................................ 15 Audubon YMCA......................................................................................... 34 Chiropractic Wellness Associates................................................................ 25 Kinetic Physical Therapy............................................................................ 36 Mercy Suburban Hospital (Back Cover)....................................................... 20 Montalbano Family Chiropractic.................................................................. 31 Upper Merion Dental Associates.................................................................. 17

SPRING 2014 ISSUE PUBLISHER John S. Rafanello, CEO Local Pages Publishing, LLC 1055 W. Germantown Pike East Norriton, PA 19403 EDITOR Kathy Brandon ASSOCIATE EDITORS Kate Boyle Courtney Klimek ADVERTISING/EDITORIAL Concetta Rafanello Director of Marketing GRAPHICS & LAYOUT Local Pages Publishing Graphics Staff Karaamat Abdullah - Layout Jennifer Bury Mike Arena PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Irby Photography INFORMATION For information about advertising and circulation please contact Local Pages Publishing, LLC Ph: 610.579.3809 x.108 Fax: 610-579-3818 For information about becoming a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce please call 610-277-9500 Subscriptions are free to qualified businesses. All articles, photos, artwork and other materials are copyright Local Pages Publishing, LLC and it’s advertisers. ®2014 Local Pages Publishing, LLC The publisher, editor for Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce are not responsible for submitted copy or advertiser claims.

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Community Leaders and Future Community Leaders




Over 100 guests celebrated at the annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Community Heroes and Future Community Leaders Awards Dinner at Four Seasons Caterers in November. The Chamber was thrilled to honor: Educator of the Year: Mr. Michael Lucas, North Montco Technical Career Center Emergency First Responders of the Year: David Keeley & Robert Myers, Norristown Fire Department Law Enforcement Officers of the Year: Plymouth Township Police Department Non-Profit of the Year: Special Olympics of Montgomery County Go the Xtra Mile for Youth Award: Times Herald/Newspapers in Education Community Impact Award: Kary & Nanette LaFors 10 Future Community Leaders from Area High Schools State Representatives Tim Briggs and Kate Harper presented the Future Community Leader Awards to the deserving and impressive high school students.

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The Chamber’s predominant form of communication is email. Members should be receiving The Chamber’s epost on Thursday afternoon as well as regular announcements and invitations. If you are not please send your email address to and be sure to include your name and business affiliation.

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Members of the Chamber are always welcome at The Chamber’s headquarters, the historic King Of Prussia Inn but many ask why is an appointment required? The reason is insurance. The historic 310 year old building has low head clearances and some uneven flooring and for those reasons guests must be escorted in the building much as you would in a private museum. Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 and can make arrangements by calling (610) 265-1776.


policy: Reservations for Chamber events are generally required two to three days before the actual event. They are required to allow for adequate food service, seating and scheduling. Payment is required at the time of registration and can be refunded up to The Chamber’s reservation deadline. ‘Walk-in’ attendance can not always be accommodated, especially when the catering is very specific. You can always reserve at www. montgomerycountychamber. org and members may reserve by calling (610) 2651776 or (610) 277-9500.

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250  1-5 employees, government agencies, non-profit agencies & educational institutes $ 305  6-10 employees 385  11-30 employees $ $ 595  31-99 employees 995  100-999 employees $ 1550  over 1000 employees $ 650  limited service hotels $1050  full service hotels $


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cal disabilities. In addition, he established an endowment fund for the organization and produced ten consecutive years of positive net earnings.


Chief Executive Officer of the Pathway School located in Jeffersonville, Pa. Mr. Schultheis’ 25+ year career has been spent in the field of non-profit management. In that time, he has served as Chief Financial Officer of Liberty Resources, in Philadelphia; most recently, he was the Executive Director of Community Services at the Devereux Foundation.

David J. Schultheis was recently selected as the new President and

During his tenure at Liberty Resources, Mr. Schultheis oversaw expansive growth in the organization; including a ten-fold increase in operating revenues, and the establishment of innovative programs for individuals with physi-

At Devereux, Mr. Schultheis chose to focus on improving access to programs by improving outreach to families struggling to address the mental health concerns of their children. He also focused on expanding services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. By reaching out to underserved communities, Devereux was able to provide meaningful assistance in the lives of these children and their families. During his tenure, these programs were able to reach more than 2,000 families annually. Mr. Schultheis is also an Adjunct Professor at Drexel’s LeBow School of Business. Mr. Schultheis and his family reside in Ardmore, Pa.


Calendar of Events (Please check the website for additional information) Please call the Chamber office in case of inclement weather. Wednesday, March 12

Member Luncheon featuring County Commissioners (11:30a-1:30p) Plymouth Country Club, Plymouth Meeting

Thursday, March 13

YPSN Business Mixer (5:30p-7:30p) Barren Hill Tavern, Lafayette Hill

Tuesday, March 18

Business Card Exchange (5:30p-7:30p) Les Petits Cherubs, Audubon

Tuesday, March 25 Business Connections - Optimizing Chamber Membership (11:30a-1p) Chamber Headquarters, King of Prussia Friday, March 28 Women’s Resource Council Luncheon (11:30a-1:30p) TBD Wednesday, April 9

Business Card Exchange (5:30p-7:30p) Joe's Crab Shack, King of Prussia

Thursday, April 17

YPSN Breakfast Seminar: First-Time Home Buyers (7:45a-9a) Chamber Headquarters, King of Prussia

April TBD Member Luncheon featuring State Representatives (11:30-2p) TBD Tuesday, April 22

Celebration of Excellence Dinner Presidential Caterers, Norristown

Thursday, April 24

Business Card Exchange Continental Bank, Conshohocken

Thursday, May 8

Zoopendous! Business Expo (3p-6p) Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown

May TBD Member Luncheon with Commonwealth Foundation (11:30a-2p) TBD Thursday, May 15 YPSN Business Mixer (5:30p-7:30p) TBD Thursday, May 22

Business Connection - Digital Marketing (11:30a-1p) Chamber Headquarters, King of Prussia

Thursday, June 12

YPSN Breakfast Seminar: Nutrition (7:45a-9a) Chamber Headquarters, King of Prussia

Please monitor the calendar on the website ( for up-to-date information.



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Business! If you haven’t heard, there is a truly unique and wonderful program that has been operating in Pennsylvania for the past thirtyfive years designed to teach our high school students why “free enterprise” is key to the American way of life. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), internationally-acclaimed for its excellence, will graduate more than 2,000 students this coming summer with a vastly improved understanding about how free markets operate and what the challenges are that face all American companies, particularly those located in Pennsylvania.

Each summer, PFEW holds five, one-week individual sessions in July and August. The focus of the week is to group the participants (strangers at first) into “management teams” of senior executives who have inherited imaginary “companies.” These teams, under the guiding hands of an “executiveson-loan,” called Company Advisors, operate their firms for a computer-simulated three-year period of time. To add a sense of reality, they are competing against two other student “companies” manufacturing and distributing the same product. Each day’s activities include four to five presentations from world-class business people from a list that reads like who’s who in Pennsylvania. The students hear about: Business and Finance, the Role and Relationship of Business and Government, Taxation, Business Ethics, Labor Relations, and much, much more. Is it effective? Said Sarah Minor from Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School in Potter County, “I can tell you honestly that this was one of the most incredible opportunities that any young man or woman could ever possibly dream of having! PFEW not only promises amazing speakers and an amazing experience, it deliv-


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ers on all of its promises 100%! It really was an indescribable honor to be a part of PFEW and I recommend it to any teenager, even if they aren’t interested in business. I will carry these memories forever!” The Chamber is proud to support PFEW to give our local students an eye-opening experience like Sarah described. We encourage our local companies and civic organizations to provide sponsorships for our students and, if possible, volunteers for the sessions. Every student attends PFEW on a fully taxdeductible $525 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship exceeds $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. PFEW is also an approved organization through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program through the Department of Community and Economic Development. If you would like to learn more about this award-winning program and how you can help, you can visit their website at www. or contact John Trombetta, President of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education at (814) 833-9576 ext. 106 or e-mail him at PFEW is open to all current sophomores and juniors in Pennsylvania and information on attendance, as well as program applications, can also be found on the website. Questions can be directed to Ms. Amber Goss, Schools Assistant for PFEW, by calling her office at (814) 833-9576 ext. 103 or emailing her at

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Expo 2013 Presented by the Health & Wellness Committee took place in December at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. Attendees benefitted from blood pressure screenings, provider Q&A, prizes, giveaways, valuable information & much more! Exhibitors included: American Heritage FCU, Brandywine Senior Living, CaptionCall, Citadel Federal Credit Union, Community Chiropractic Center, Continental Bank, E. Norriton Womens Healthcare, Envisage Gourmet Coffee, Anne M. Facchiano, DMD, Five Star Home Foods, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Glambition, Hopeworx, Keller Williams Pam Butera Team, Pheonix Rehabilitation, Liberty Mutual, Local Pages Publishing, Main Line Today, Marlene J Mash, MD & Associates, Massage Envy Spa, Medifast, Mercy Suburban Hospital, Mercy Home Health, Morgan Properties, National MS Society, Patient First, Richard Sterling, OD & Associates, Spring Mill Presbyterian Village, Stella & Dot, Stern & Eisenberg, PC.

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Municipal MINUTES

All municipalities in the Chamber’s service area are welcome to provide information of interest to residents and businesses. We look forward to providing information about upcoming projects, plans, events and celebrations in all future issues!

AMBLER BOROUGH Ambler Main Street 2014 Events

18th Annual Ambler Auto Show- May 17 Ambler Farmers’ Market- May - October    (Saturday mornings, 9am - 1pm) Ambler Arts & Music Festival- June 13-14 Ambler Restaurant Week- July 14-21

The purchase of bricks and pavers is ongoing and orders will be placed several times a year. Please visit for details and order forms. If you wish to discuss ways to get involved, contact Susan Vacchiano, or 610-313-8683.

Dog Days of Summer- August 9 23rd Annual Ambler Oktoberfest- October 4

EAST NORRITON TOWNSHIP The East Norriton Township Spring/Summer Newsletter and Recreation Brochure will be out to our residents in late March or early April. The newsletter will provide important information to our residents and information from each of the Township Departments on recently held and upcoming events. All residents receive a hard copy of this newsletter in the mail or you can contact the Township via their web site at to receive the newsletter in electronic format. Newsletters are published twice per year. Residents are also reminded that East Norriton Township has been utilizing Blackboard Connect for just over a year now to notify residents of emergencies, and upcoming public events. You can set up your own account through Blackboard Connect to manage how you want to receive your notifications (phone, e-mail or text) and to add or change phone numbers or add your e-mail account. A link to Blackboard Connect for East Norriton Township users is located on our home page of our web site, under the current Township Newsletter link. The site has been used for snow emergencies, road closures, and notification about upcoming Township programs and special events sponsored by the Township. Special Events planned for this spring and early summer include the East Norriton Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday April 18th, at Stanbridge Street Park. The 29th Annual Montgomery County Senior Games will again be held during May of 2014. The Senior Games are open to all Montgomery County residents over 50 years old. Games are held at specialized areas throughout Montgomery County. Please call the Recreation Department for additional information. The East Norriton Veterans Memorial located just off Germantown Pike between Old and New Stanbridge Street will again host a Wreath Laying Ceremony in observance of Memorial Day on Sunday May 25th at 1 p.m. A Flag Cremation Ceremony has also been scheduled at the Norris City Cemetery on Friday June 13th at 11 am. This is a good time to properly dispose of your old and tattered flags. Flags can be dropped off at the box located on the porch of the Municipal Building before June 13th. The 6th Annual Celebration 5K run will be held on Friday July 4th at the Norristown High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. This run is coordinated by East Norriton, West Norriton and Norristown Recreation Departments. Each year proceeds from the race are provided to an area organization. This year proceeds from the race will be provided to the Literacy Council of Norristown. Contact East Norriton, West Norriton or Norristown Recreation Department to get a registration form. Early registrations before May 1st is only $15. With the spring season upon us, East Norriton residents are reminded that they can install a second water meter (alternate meter) at their residence for lawn watering, car washing , filling pools etc. This meter would not be used for calculation in your upcoming sewer billing since this water doesn’t enter our sanitary sewer system. A plumbing permit is needed for this project. Please visit the Township web site at to obtain a plumbing permit. Residents are also reminded that a Special Spring Leaf Collection program will be scheduled from April 21st – May 2nd. This is call is service. Please check the web site to register and the rules for this special leaf collection. The East Norriton Police Department is again planning a “Coffee with the Cops” program on Saturday May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts at the Hillcrest Plaza Shopping Center. Stop out and enjoy a cup of coffee with your Township police officers.


The Plymouth Township’s Service and Devotion Monument located on the corner of Walton Road and Germantown Pike was dedicated on November 9th. Open to the public, over 300 people attended including donors, contributors and Plymouth Township’s Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel. George Gunning, Jr, a local veteran proposed the idea and provided the inspiration for this Washington DC worthy monument honoring the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, Fire and Ambulance. There is a special area dedicated to fallen officer, Brad Fox. This was a true community project with in-kind services provided by several businesses. Plymouth Township would also like to thank everyone who donated and purchased bricks and pavers. We are still seeking monetary donations from businesses who are interested in becoming a supporter. In return for a donation, a laser etched granite plaque will be displayed prominently on the three-tiered donor wall. Individuals are also able to purchase bricks and pavers to honor a loved one who has served or to simply support the project. Three sizes are available, 4x8, 12x12 and 24x24 starting at $75. The pavers have the option for a logo for an additional charge. Available logos are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Plymouth Township Police, Ambulance, Fire and Harmonville Fire.

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The Greater Plymouth Community Center is a family friendly facility with personalized service located on Jolly Road in Plymouth Meeting. The GPCC offers something for everyone in your family, swim lessons, preschool, after school, youth fitness, group fitness, special events, trips and more! Join today and enjoy the benefits. All members have full access to the fitness center, aquatics center and gymnasium and receive a personalized fitness workout and free updates. All basic fitness classes are now included in the price of your pass and we have slashed our monthly babysitting fee in half! You don’t have to be a Plymouth Township resident to participate, all are welcome. For more information on all our programs and services please call 610-277-4312 or visit our website, Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

UPPER DUBLIN TOWNSHIP 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034 March 2014-June 2014: Upper Dublin Township Events   • Registration for the 2014 Upper Dublin Triathlon is now open at Race will be held Su 5/18   • Sa 3/1 7p - 2nd Annual Upper Dublin Monte Carlo Night at Mercedes    Benz of Fort Washington.   • Mo 3/3 UDP&R Summer Camp Registration begins.   • 2014 Township Yard Waste Collection begins the first week of March   • Upper Dublin Fall Soccer Registration: Sa 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 10a-2p at the    Township Building, 801 Loch Alsh Ave, FW   • Sandy Run Middle School 7th and 8th grade musical: Fr 3/14 7p; Sa    3/15 2p; Su 3/16 2p. Tickets available at Parks & Recreation   • Tu 4/1 UDJAA 2014 Football and Cheerleading Online Registration    begins at   • Sa 4/5 9a-1p E-Waste Collection “Anything with a Plug” at the    Township Building, 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, FW. Free to all UDT   residents   • Fort Washington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Spring Flea Market    Sa 4/5 8a-1p, Fire Station A 1245 Fort Washington Avenue, FW   • Fr 4/11 6p-8p Parks & Recreation Annual Eggstravaganza at the


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Township Building, 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, FW   • Fr 4/18 Township Offices Closed. Trash/recycling/yard waste pick-up    moves to We 4/16. Library short hours, Fr 4/18 9:30a-2p and closed    Su 4/20   • Sa 4/19 9a-11a Mornings in MonDaug Bark Park, 1130 Camphill Road,    FW. Complimentary coffee and treats donated by Starbucks, treats and    water for dogs   • UDHS Musical “Shrek the Musical” at PAC Auditorium: Th 4/24    7:30p; Fr 4/25 7:30p; Sa 4/26 2p & 7:30p. Tix at the door or in advance    through Parks & Recreation   • Th 5/1 UDJAA Field Hockey online registration begins and continues    through 5/31.   • Sandy Run Middle School 6th grade Musical Fr 5/9 7p & Sa 5/10 2p   • ACS Relay for Life Fr 5/16 4p – Sa 5/17 4p UDHS. Entertainment    throughout the day/night. Volunteer, donate, participate   • Sa 5/17 9a-11a Mornings in MonDaug Bark Park, 1130 Camphill Road,    FW. Complimentary coffee and treats donated by Starbucks, treats and    water for dogs   • Su 5/18 Upper Dublin Sprint Triathlon. Register for the race at The event is comprised of a 350 meter indoor    swim, 11.2 mile bike ride, and 5K run. Can also register as a triathlon    team or for the Aquabike event (swim and bike) or Duathlon (run and    bike). Interested sponsors or volunteers should contact Derek Dureka at   • Mo 5/26 Township Offices closed. Trash/recycling/yard waste pick-up    moves to We 5/28. Library holiday hours: Sa 5/24 & Su 5/25 & Mo    5/26 closed   • Mo 6/2 2014 UDPL Summer Reading Club sign-ups begin at   • Sa 6/7 8a-1p UDP&R Flea Market at the Township Building, 801 Loch    Alsh Avenue, FW   • Sa 6/21 9a-11a Mornings in MonDaug Bark Park, 1130 Camphill Road,    FW. Complimentary coffee and treats donated by Starbucks, treats and    water for dogs   • Sa 6/21 1p Township Community pool opens for the season  • Mo 6/23 UDP&R KidZone, X-Zone, Small Folks, and Camp BIG begin

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LOWER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP Mark your calendar for these special 2014 community events hosted by the Lower Providence Township Parks and Recreation Department: Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 5    Rain date - April 6 at 1:15 pm    Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville    Co-sponsored by Parks & Recreation and Lower Providence Optimist    Club. For ages 2 to 8, first hunt begins at 10 am. Bring your camera for    pictures with our special guest, Bugsy O’Hare.

Whiskey Tasting at Wells Fargo Advisors

Independence Day Celebration – Thursday, July 3   Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville    Concert followed by fireworks at dusk 16th Annual Car Show - Sunday, September 21   Lower Providence Fire Company fairgrounds, 3199 Ridge Pike,    Eagleville. 9 am to 4 pm    Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models    Refreshments, music and prizes. In partnership with Full House Motor    Sports, LLC

Womens Resource Council Holiday Luncheon at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

27th Annual Community Fall Festival – Saturday, October 4    Rain date - Sunday, October 5   Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville. 11 am to 4 pm    Introduce your business to the community at the Business Courtyard    Food vendors and crafters welcome. Free family activities: Scarecrow    making, pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo    Fall Fun Zone: All day play for $5 6th Annual Community Tree Lighting – Friday, December 5    Eagleville Park & the Winter Wonderland (bocce court pavilion), 100   Parklane Drive, Eagleville. 6:30 pm. Tree lighting, Santa and Mrs    Claus, songs of the season, hot chocolate and cookies For more information:    “LIKE” us on Facebook - Lower Providence Township    Follow us on Twitter - @LowerProvTwp

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Surcharges on Traffic Tickets: As if a traffic ticket didn’t sting enough, expect to pay more if you get caught with a moving violation. Seven of the existing surcharges on moving violations will be increased by 50%. This increase will generate an estimated $86 million per year. Fines for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices: Getting caught rolling through a stop sign will also cost more, the previous $25 base fine was increased to no less than $150. This is expected to generate $46 million per year, all of which will be dedicated to mass transit systems statewide.

So, there you have it, a few of the areas you can expect to see transportation costs increase as a result of the new law. The increases are not significant for the individual motorist, certainly not enough to make driving cost prohibitive. However, when these small increases are aggregated with the Vehicle Registration Fees: 8.4 million licensed drivers across The cost of registering your the Commonwealth, they generTo achieve the increased annual vehicle will increase from the ate large sums of much money funding, Pennsylvania motorists current $36 annual fee to $38 by needed for our infrastructure. So, should expect to see an increase 2018; commercial vehicles will when you drive over a new bridge in the cost of driving. Where will also have similar increases during or a newly paved road, you will the money come from exactly? the same period. Drivers will know where the funding came Presented here are a few of the also have the option of a two year from, and know what your contriways that costs are expected to registration, rather than the forbution has been. increase. This is not an exhausted mer annual registration system. list, but rather the areas a typical Shayne Trimbell works as a Driver’s License Fees: motorist will feel the increases. Manager of Projects and DevelopRenewing your driver’s license ment with GVF. To reach Shayne Fuel Taxes: will now be more expensive. by email:, Under the previous funding Under the former system, renewal or by phone: (610)354-8899. measures, the state taxed fuel pur-

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On a cold November day, Governor Tom Corbett visited the US 422 corridor to tout the successful passage of Act 89 on 2013, a comprehensive transportation funding bill that increases current annual PennDOT budget by $2.3 billion. In the presence of legislators, industry professionals, and transportation advocates, Gov. Corbett ceremonially signed Act 89. The funds raised by the Act will be used to repair structurally deficient bridges, improve roadway surfaces, address congested highways, repair critical transit infrastructure, and reduce traffic on local roads. The benefits of this bill will have far reaching impacts on our state’s economy and will contribute to the economic prosperity for many years to come.

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The Chamber’s YPSN (Young Professional Suburban Network) hosted Business Mixers at Rock Bottom and California Pizza Kitchen and a Breakfast & Seminar: Your Financial Journey. In addition, to the specific YPSN events, Young Professionals also enjoyed general Chamber events. YPSN is for seasoned professionals, as well as those just starting out.

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Members of the Board of Governors, the Ambassador Committee and Chamber Staff welcomed new members during New Member Orientation in January. New members met friendly faces and learn to utilize Chamber resources during orientation. Representatives from Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, Bryn Mawr Trust, By Design Dental Implant Center, Credence Mortgage, Disaster Services, Inc., Family Caregivers Network, Fast Fix Jewelry & Watch Repair, GetPhound, Liberty Mutual, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, National MS Society, One Source Office Refreshment Service, Penn Liberty and Timoney Knox attended orientation. New Member Orientation is open to all members of the Chamber—whether a business is just joining or is a long-time member with new employees becoming involved. Join us for the next New Member Orientation in April.

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by Dirk M. Simpson, Esquire Nearly 2.5 million Americans die each year, and many haven’t signed the basic documents needed to protect loved ones. But let’s say you took this important step. How often do you need to revisit your estate plan? Many experts agree that you should review your estate plan at least every five years – more often if there is a change in the law, your finances or personal circumstances. The following important developments may require action on your part: Becoming a parent. For many people, this is the first occasion for doing an estate plan. Most importantly, be sure you name a guardian for your children and provide for them financially in case something happens to you. Typically, a child is made the beneficiary of a trust created under a will rather than an outright beneficiary with the right to the asset at age 18. Becoming a grandparent. Make sure your will and any trusts that are part of your plan provide for your grandchildren if his or her parents died before you (assuming, of course that’s your intent). The same goes for assets that pass through beneficiary designations; in this regard, pay special attention to retirement accounts. Change in committed relationships. If you get married, divorced or split up, you should not procrastinate about changing your plan. This applies not only to your will or living trust, but also to assets that pass outside of these documents, such as retirement assets, life insurance and savings bonds, as well as jointly titled bank accounts, brokerage accounts and real estate.

attorney, a separate document that authorizes an agent to make medical decisions on your behalf. Many spouses give each other these powers. When a spouse passes away, you need to be sure that you have designated someone else to take care of you and your finances. Bad health. The diagnosis of a degenerative disease or terminal illness throws families into crisis. During the rare calm moments in the eye of the storm, some people take comfort in getting their estate plans in order. This is the time to have your lawyer review any documents and bring them up to date. Changes in the law. Under the current federal tax law, you can transfer up to $5.34 million tax-free during life or at death (that figure will be adjusted for inflation). If you haven’t revised wills and trusts during the past 5 to 10 years, they may no longer express your intent about how much money is destined for trusts benefiting children and grandchildren, rather than a spouse, due to typical formula funding clauses that may be contained in your will. (Submitted Copy; Contact crafanello@


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Engaging a real estate broker is a vital step in adding value to commercial Losing a spouse. Revise your will and real estate living trust and name new beneficiaries through for any retirement assets you inherited leasing or from a spouse - otherwise your own selling a heirs could lose income tax benefits asproperty. sociated with these accounts. MeanSince the while, make sure you have a power of broker attorney, appointing a family member, will be required to invest a significant friend or adviser whom you trust as an agent to act on your behalf in financial amount of time and effort in marketing the property, most brokers require and legal matters if you become unthat the owner enter into an exclusive able to because of illness or disability. listing agreement with the broker. Also revisit your health-care power of

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This type of agreement provides that the broker will have the exclusive right to list and market the subject property for a certain period of time, called the listing period. In the event a lease or agreement of sale is executed during the listing period, regardless of whether the broker was instrumental in the transaction, the broker will be entitled to a commission. Due to the payment obligation of the owner and the time and effort incurred by the broker during the listing period, these parties should ensure that their rights are protected prior to executing such an agreement.

agreement of sale is executed after the expiration of the listing period with a party that was found by the broker; (v) who is responsible for the payment of any co-brokerage fees that are payable to any brokers representing a tenant or purchaser; (vi) whether a commission will be payable to the broker for any lease amendments or renewal terms under the applicable leases; (vii) whether a commission will be payable in the event of either the sale or lease of the property, or the sale of interests in the owning entity; and (viii) who is responsible for the marketing costs in listing the property.

A broker should confirm that the exclusive listing agreement complies with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensing Act. This Act provides that an exclusive listing agreement must contain certain provisions, such as the amount of the commission, the duration of the listing period and certain specific disclosure statements. This Act also includes certain restrictions, such as the listing period not being longer than one (1) year.

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Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Montgomery County is now on a solid foundation thanks to two years of extremely hard work with a laser-beam focus on addressing the challenges we faced when we took office. To be sure, we will feel the effects of some of the problems we inherited for years to come, Josh Shapiro, Chair but the bottom line is this—after just two years in office together we have fixed the county’s budget problems, reformed our government and changed the culture. I am mindful of the fact that home runs yesterday, don't win games today or tomorrow. Thanks to our collective work, we are now in a position to make the critical investments today and tomorrow to meet the needs of our people, our infrastructure, our environment and our avenues of commerce for years to come. Today I am pleased to announce the next phase of our agenda that will build on the foundation we’ve laid to build networks in six key areas. First, we will continue to focus on how to better deliver human services to our constituents. Community Connections has been a success, and soon we will expand the role and reach of our Navicate corps in new disciplines and new areas around the county. We will also announce exciting public-private and public-public partnerships to combat many of the social challenges our communities face and better partner with local hospitals and health care organizations. We are also interested in focusing on prisoner reentry programs that will reduce our recidivism rate by preparing incarcerated individuals for the workforce. Discussions in this area have already begun with a multidisciplinary approach including our Warden, Commerce officials, behavior health specialists and the District Attorney’s office. Through our Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Community Development and Commerce departments we plan to battle veteran homelessness and unemployment. Second, we assessed our infrastructure needs, budgeted for their repair and replacement, issued some RFPs and now will begin to see the fruits of that labor as parking garages, roads, bridges and historic sites benefit from our dedication of 96 cents of every capital dollar to meet the needs of our county-owned infrastructure. As we conclude the sale of some countyowned assets we will be reinvesting in those facilities we own to make them




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As we bid the snow, ice and frigid temps a (not so) fond farewell, we look to spring to bring on the sun…and shopping! Plymouth Meeting Mall is the place to go when you’re ready to trade in that winter wardrobe for a dose of spring’s best styles from stores like J. Crew Factory Outlet, Charming Charlie, American Eagle Outfitters and Chico’s. Buzzing with excitement and energy, Plymouth Meeting Mall, which in recent years has added an outdoor lifestyle component known as the Plaza Shops, now offers its customers a whole new retail shopping, dining and entertainment experience. The Plaza Shops are anchored by the mall’s newest culinary addition, Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Restaurant, on one end and Whole Foods Market at the other, giving the shopping center a fresh revitalization while making Plymouth Meeting Mall a community centerpiece for the area’s residents, employees and visitors. The opening of Uncle Julio’s in January 2014 solidified the mall’s stake as a premiere culinary destination in Montgom-


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Another hurdle to economic progress was the uncoordinated nature of the boards, both inside and outside of county government who had a hand in economic and workforce development, often leaving the left hand wondering what the right hand was doing. Shortly, we will announce an exciting new restructuring of those boards that will help propel Montgomery County to the front of the pack and in turn become a significant tool for local business. Fifth, we understand that one of the major reasons people choose to live in our county is because of the great quality of life we offer. From our schools to our diverse and vast housing stock, regardless of one’s age or family size, you can find what your are looking for in Montgomery County. Chief among the quality of life components are our trails, historic sites, parks and open spaces. This year, we will be announcing some significant trail extensions while we continue to improve existing parks and historic sites, preserve farmland and promote our agricultural strength as a county. Sixth, we will continue the hard work of reforming our government to make sure it is operating effectively and efficiently. This will include further internal refinements and more direct and helpful ways to communicate and collaborate with the public. I am exceedingly proud of our staff and members of the county family who have helped us reach this point of opportunity and look forward to this next phase of important work with my colleagues. (Submitted Copy; Contact

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ects have increased considerably. These are all great signs of our slowly recovering market. For a real estate play, many owners have been refinancing existing properties at historical low interest rates to finance their next project or acquisition. If you have been thinking about borrowing to purchase commercial real estate, all signs are pointing to now as the time to do it. If you have questions about real estate, the lending environment or property values please give us a call. Until next time, don’t work for your real estate let your real estate work for you.

Many of my banking contacts have stated they have seen an uptick in applications, credit request and stronger balance sheets. The strongest sectors that have been lending on are multi family, student housing, industrial warehouses and even some new construction. They have also (Submitted Copy; Contact crafanello@localpagstated that the quality, strength and eco- nomic feasibility of properties and proj-



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A popular condition that we treat in our office is un-even hips. This is when the muscles around the hips are tighter in certain areas causing the pelvis to rock in an uncomfortable position. When this happens the muscles tighten and create a chain reaction down the entire leg, which is called Lower Crossed Syndrome. Let’s go into detail with more specific examples and muscle groups.

Now that you have seen both sides of the spectrum lets simplify this and break down the muscle groups. There are four muscle groups, which include the following: 1. Abdominal 2. Erector Spinae

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and the illiopsoas and the Erector Spinae are tight we get what’s called an Anterior Pelvic Tilt. This basically means that one side of the pelvis is rocked forward. When the exact opposite happens it’s called Posterior Pelvic Tilt as seen below.

The two examples that we like to use in our office are J-Lo and Paris Hilton. From the pictures below you can see a very pronounced arch in J-Los lower back, while Paris Hilton does not have an arch at all. This is

because specific muscle groups are tighter and weaker giving these dramatic effects.


NECK & BACK PAIN • HEADACHES • REHABILITATION PHYSICAL THERAPY • TMJ • AUTO ACCIDENTS • WORKERS COMP A popular reason the muscles become tight is from sleeping with one leg bent. For example, if a person’s right leg is bent all night and the left leg stays straight the illiopsoas on the right/bent leg will remain tight the next day. This tightness will cause the pelvis to rock and stay forward which will make the right/ bent leg shorter. You can imagine if someone with this condition were a runner there hip would become very painful in a short amount of time.




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3. illiopsoas 4. Gluteus Maximus The picture above is the anatomy of the human hip. When the Abdominals and Gluteus Maximus are weak

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  We have all heard increasing stories of big companies being hacked. If large companies can't protect themselves how will small companies protect their computers and assets? It IS possible to create a secure network but it is important to understand a hacker’s goals and their modus operandi because they are not all the same. There are digital criminals who are intent on stealing your money and there are political “hacktivists” who hack to make a statement. They achieve it through vulnerabilities based on lack of computer training or proper maintenance on your equipment. Security can and must be a priority if you want to avoid becoming an FBI statistic. For more information about small business computer security please contact: Tom Updegrove at (215) 850-2369 or for the Montgomery County Area (610) 710- 6269



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QNB – Your Community Bank   With so much change in the financial industry, it’s good to know there is a bank that has stayed true to its values of local community banking. QNB believes in building lasting relationships built upon a sincere interest in your success. You’ll find consistent resources and personnel offering the kind of stability business owners crave and a level of exceptional personal service that is rare in today’s banking environment.   QNB is the type of bank where you still walk in and talk directly with the President or other members of Senior Management. Stable leadership is one of the hallmarks of QNB community banking philosophy. In fact, over its 136 year history, just seven presidents have served the Bank. With eleven offices concentrated in portions of Bucks, Lehigh, and Montgomery counties, QNB – by design – serves a defined geographic area. This enables the staff, including its executives, to become very involved in local sponsorships and causes. Every year, QNB tallies more than 8,000 volunteer hours with organizations like the Chamber, and area service groups like Sertoma, Lions and Rotary Clubs. This makes QNB’s claim of being “Your Community Bank” an apt description.




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  The Chapel Cabin Shop, located behind Washington Memorial Chapel, is an authentic log structure built in 1915, which originally served as a parish hall and church school. It was transformed in the 1960s into a gift shop. Delectable baked goods and candies are made at the Cabin Shop with lunch served daily. We also have a wide array of gifts from whimsical, to patriotic, to fine giftware throughout the Cabin Shop.   A warm welcoming spot for all, the shop is staffed by volunteers who support the community and appreciate the work of the Cabin. A nonprofit enterprise, the Cabin Shop helps to support the ongoing maintenance of Washington Memorial Chapel. The Cabin Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is located behind the Chapel, 1 mile west of the Visitor's Center in Valley Forge National Park. Visit us today! You'll be glad you stopped by and you'll understand the value of this little gem. For more information call 610-783-0576 or email us at:

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  For over twelve years, I have been assisting the good people of Norristown. Many have been given up on or lost in the system. I'm not a "hero" and I don't deserve a medal, but I believe I can offer effective treatment for anyone suffering from back pain. People from Norristown, PA and the surrounding area have come to see me with their low back problems. They also come to me with their: • Headaches • Migraines • Chronic Pain • Neck Pain • Shoulder/Arm pain • Whiplash from Car Accidents • Backaches • Numbness in limbs • Sports injuries ...Just to name a few.   We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called MONTALBANO FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, LLC and it is located at 1340 Dekalb Street, Unit 6A in Norristown. We are across from the Montgomery County Human Services building (the former Sacred Heart Hospital). Our phone number is 610-279-1000. If you mention that you read this, you are eligible for a complimentary consultation with me. Call Rose, my assistant, or me today for an appointment. I look forward to helping you.

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connectME Allows Riders to Find Location of theconnector Shuttle King of Prussia, PA (February 10, 2014) – King of Prussia District (KOP-BID) is excited to launch connectME, a new tracking system that enables riders on theconnector commuter shuttle to locate their next shuttle for accurate arrival and departure information. theconnector shuttle links King of Prussia business park employees to SEPTA’s Regional Rail stations in Norristown and Wayne.

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Artist's TOUCH Dr. Marlene Mash is one of only a handful of local surgeons to offer Artefill, a longlasting cosmetic filler.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 13 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States last year. These minimally invasive procedures generally have quicker recovery times and cost less than traditional surgery, and as the 2012 figure represents a 137 percent increase in procedures from 2000, it’s obvious more and more people are turning to them as an easier way to change the way they look and feel.

performing these minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for more than 20 years. In addition to treating patients with general dermatology concerns— skin lesions, acne and various types of skin cancer, for example—she also provides liposuction, sclerotherapy (blood vessel treatment), blepharoplasty (plastic surgery of the eyelids) and therapy for hyperhidrosis (abnormally profuse sweating). As one of the area’s leaders in cosmetic and medical dermatology, Dr. Mash has experience with a number of options when it comes to addressing wrinkles and lines on the face, but the one she says offers the greatest benefits is a filler called Artefill. She has worked with the product for approximately 10 years, and says it is a great option for patients who may be looking for a longer-lasting filler option.

“All of my patients would like something that lasts much longer than Marlene J. Mash, M.D., a board-certi- most of the fillers that are out there,” fied dermatologist and dermasurgeon she says. “Most fillers don’t last long, based in Plymouth Meeting, has been and people are getting injections

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every six months to a year. As a result, some people get needle fatigue. With Artefill, we can’t say it’s permanent, but it’s longer lasting, and they don’t have to do it every year.”

and if you do it right, there’s no need to reverse it. I haven’t had to do any reversals.”

Dr. Mash has performed thousands of procedures with Artefill, and is one of the few surgeons in the area to do so. She says due to its long-lasting effects, providers are often reluctant to utilize it because the procedure is difficult to reverse if a patient doesn’t like the results. “There is not much room for error,” she says. “Unlike the others, where, if there is a mistake or the patient doesn’t like it, there are reversals, or enzymes you can you can insert to fix it, Artefill is difficult to reverse. But it is a wonderful filler,

“Artefill is the best bang for your buck,” she adds. “If you see how much you would pay every six months to a year for any filler other than Artefill, you see it’s a savings. You may have to make a little investment up front, but it’s worth it.”

The cost of Artefill may also be a deterrent initially, Dr. Mash says, but its longer-lasting effects mean Artefill, which is made up of microscopic spheres filled with polymethyl- fewer trips to the doctor, as well as fewer injections, the cost is justified. methacrylate (PMMA) and wrapped “It doesn’t take as many treatments in bovine collagen, is the first nonto get to your desired goal,” she resorbable filler approved by the Federal Drug Administration, accord- says. “You don’t have to come back every month or two. Once you fill in, ing to Dr. Mash. She says it is deposwhich may take about three or four ited the same way any other filler is, but unlike the others it stimulates the syringes, you come back in a month body to produce its own collagen. “It and finish what you need. There’s has a dual effect in that in the begin- also usually no downtime, and you ning it acts like a wonderful filler, but see immediate results.” Dr. Mash also after the bovine collagen is absorbed notes her office offers financing and by the body, you still have the spheres payment plans for patients who may that stimulate collagen growth,” she be interested in the procedure but are worried about the cost. says.

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sexual and severe physical abuse. Even after the Forensic Interview, Mission Kids continues to support the children and families it serves through its Victim Advocacy Program. The program provides victims and their non-offending caregivers with the support, information and community resources they need. Mission Kids’ Victim Advocates assist the families in scheduling medical and mental health evaluations. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has partnered with MK to open a nearby clinic, specializing in child abuse. This alleviates the need for victims to travel downtown in order to receive nationally recognized medical care and improves access to more efficient delivery of the medical services required by abused children. Education and community outreach are the cornerstones of prevention of child abuse. Mission Kids is committed to reaching out to the diverse communities in Montgomery County to educate them about the signs of child abuse and how to protect children. By growing and expanding our educational outreach services, Mission Kids is working to empower local communities to recognize, report, and support victims of child abuse. Community support is crucial to Mission Kids’ continued success as we continue to provide healing and hope to the children and families we serve everyday. For More Information on Partnerships, Ways to Help or Get Involved Contact email - PO Box 413 • Blue Bell, PA • 19422 484-687-2990

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Captains Curtis and Felicia Flora join Norristown Corps They came to their calling from different directions.

For Captain Curtis Flora, it began when he stopped by The Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Montclair, New Jersey for a voucher to fill an expensive prescription for medicine he badly needed. He’d been surprised to learn he could find help there. “My knowledge of the Army?” he said. “Soup kitchens and hand-me-down clothes.” In the waiting room, Curtis leafed through a copy of Priority magazine, taken aback at the number of testimonials. He struck up a conversation with the receptionist. “I asked her what The Salvation Army was all about, and she replied, ‘We are a church!’” ‘’’What do you mean a church? I said. ‘Yes, we’re a Christ-believing church.’ “And I said, ‘No way!’”Curtis recalled. Even though he’d grow up a block away from a corps in nearby East Orange, he hadn’t realized the Army was a church. “And then I heard the Lord say, ‘You’re not here for a prescription voucher.’”



That was not the only surprise in the waiting room that day. While preparing the voucher, volunteer Tina Zazarino had been eyeing him closely. “Are you an ordained minister?” she asked. He was. He was also a professional photographer, teacher of Christian education at a local Christian School and volunteer in the boys’ club program at his Pentecostal church. The East Orange Corps, Tina told him, had been looking for a youth minister for two years. In a remarkable act of Providence, Curtis visited the corps and was offered the job. He talked it over with his wife, Felicia. “I think we’ve been called to The Salvation Army,” Curtis told her. She replied fervently, ‘You’re not taking me to a homeless shelter.’” “I was leery,” she said. An x-ray technician and office manager at her brother’s dental practice, Felicia considered the idea. After a 21-day fast, she said told Curtis, “As Sarah said to Abraham, go my Lord and do unto Him as you have said. In 2000, with their four children, the Floras went to work. Before their first Sunday as youth pastors, they canvassed the neighborhood, sharing information about the youth ministry. On Sunday morning, 60 children came to Sunday school and the Holiness Meeting. For the Floras as for so many, Sept. 11, 2001 was a watershed moment. A dozen miles from Manhattan, the East Orange Corps was fully engaged in emergency response. Rolling up their sleeves side-by-side with officers and volunteers, Curtis and Felicia helped to provide food, clothing, and supplies to firefighters and police officers “giving them a second wind to go back out to the trenches, saving lives as The Lord gave them strength,” Felicia said. “At that point, I fell completely in love with the Army and what they are called to do.”

When the Floras elected to become Army officers, it only got better. Trained, commissioned officers supervise the operations of The Salvation Army, and candidates undergo a two-year course in residence at Salvation Army colleges. When Curtis and Felicia arrived at the College for Officer Training in Suffern, NY, “I walked in and felt like I was home,” she said. “They strip you of all you were taught biblically and then build you up by teaching and learning what the Bible truly says. My life had begun and ministry was set in motion. The Lord had opened the way for us.” Two years later, the Floras were commissioned as Captains, ordained as ministers and assigned to active duty at Newark, New Jersey’s Westside Corps Community Center, not far from home. From the first, it was a revelation. “When you come out of training school, you’re standing tall and your uniform is crisp. We said to ourselves ‘We have arrived!’” Curtis said. “Then, on our first Sunday morning, we unlocked the door to the church and there was an inch of water all over the floor.” The bathroom had flooded. “We had to take off those crisp uniforms and mop up in time for the 11 o’clock service,” he continued. “The Lord brought us back to reality. Servants of The Lord were humbled once again.” “We realized at that moment there was nothing we won’t do to serve God and our people,” Felicia added. Their six years in Newark, one of the poorest cities in the country, were challenging ones. After that, their assignment in Wilmington, Delaware, proved to be restorative, in no small measure because they could devote their full time to the ministry rather than juggle administrative responsibilities.

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In August, the Floras came to their newest appointment: Norristown, PA. The people in their Church Corps “immediately drew us in,” Felicia said. “They were so nice, so receptive. Spiritually, they knew we were coming, someone sound in the word and loving in spirit. We find that they desire the Word of God, to know more about Christ.” Among the Floras’ priorities is to bring the Corps community more closely together and “assemble this building as one. God is our head, and we are here to serve him as a unit, not divided.” Felicia said, “We’re all working toward the same goal.” Addressing hunger is another priority. “We believe in feeding everyone,’ Felicia said. The Norristown Corps maintains a food pantry, and the Floras hope to introduce a soup kitchen as well as family lunch one Sunday each month. They will also join families every month for dinner in the Norristown shelter. “We want to make it feel like home,” Felicia said. “The families here already feel displaced, so we have a responsibility to make their stay here as pleasant as possible.” The Floras were the first African-American officers to serve in both Wilmington and Norristown. Minority representation is important, they agree, because so many people the Army serves are multiracial and multicultural. Those who come to the corps “see that God’s leaders come from diverse cultures, even their own,” Curtis said. And wherever they are—Newark, Wilmington, or Norristown—they are home. “We always like to say we’re in the best place we could be,” said Curtis. “Wherever we are, we’re at home, here to serve God and His people.” (Submitted Copy; Contact

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