Community Mouthguard Program Life after a Short Sale?
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A note from your Neighbor,
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Mayor Maryann Edwards
re you working on your Spring “to do” list? Tom and I are trying to check a few items off our never-ending list at the Colonial on Gopher Hill – fertilize roses, paint front porch swing, patrol for gophers, open southbound I-15/Cherry Street offramp to Jefferson Avenue. Uhhh… what? In addition to Tom’s and my “around the house Spring chores,” my city council colleagues and I have been extremely busy this Spring. I’ve cut so many ribbons the past two months, I feel like Edwards Scissorhands. Of course, this is wonderful for Temecula’s economy, bringing new jobs, new talent, new services, new revenue, new families and new amenities. Here’s an update: In early May we opened the expanded south bound I-15
Winchester 2-lane off-ramp. Working 11 years with CalTrans and the Federal Highway Administration, this expanded exit will ease the dangerous freeway back-up that has become a daily occurrence on California’s I-15. Next, we opened a second exit - the south bound I15 Cherry Street 2-lane off-ramp leading to Jefferson. Both of these long-awaited ramps are part of Phase I of the French Valley Parkway Interchange*. Days after that, we cut the ribbon on the spectacular new Temecula Mercedes Benz/Fletcher Jones dealership. Now local Mercedes owners can service their vehicles and trade up right in Temecula. Then in mid-May we joined our Murrieta council counterparts and opened Murrieta’s Ynez/Jackson connection, a major arterial linking Murrieta and Temecula. The next day we celebrated the dedication of the beautiful four story Truax Office Building in Old Town Temecula. Then we opened the new “aged” Main Street bridge in Old Town followed by the opening of Eastern Municipal Water District’s Temecula Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility… and there’s much more to come. • Butterfield Stage Rd from Calle Chapos to La Serena – Open June 2014 • Special Needs Playground at Margarita Park – Ground
Breaking June 5th – to be Opened Fall 2014 • Renovation of the Temecula Community Center on Pujol Street – to be Opened Summer 2014 • Conversion/Remodel of the former YMCA building into active adult center – to be Opened Summer 2015 Remember that city projects are fully funded prior to start-up via grants, developer fees, and other outside sources that don’t result in debt to the city or Temecula residents. Temecula continues to maintain a balanced budget ($60 million in 2014) with $20 million in reserve for emergencies. If you would like to see the complete list of projects planned for 2014-2018 go to: laserfiche.cityofte mecula.org/weblink8/2/doc/306237/ Electronic.aspx or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll answer your questions and send you the information you request. Have fun completing your “to do” list and I’ll keep you posted on Tom’s and my progress at Gopher Hill.
*Why “French Valley Parkway” when it’s nowhere near French Valley? Original plans submitted to CalTrans included a connection to Winchester Road near Murrieta Hot Springs in the French Valley region. CalTrans assigned a plan number under the original name. Several years later, development plans in the area changed and the eastern extension was eliminated in favor of Date Street; however, CalTrans retains the original project number associated with the original project name.
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departments 5 Publisher's Note
16 The Weight is Over 23 Street Safe Defense
6 Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics
Rising Star 10 Girl Power
Ask the Expert 13 21 22 25
Seniors Your Teeth Real Estate Law
Blazing Tales 12 Hide and Squeak
Recipe 30 Green Smoothie
Meet Your Neighbor 26 Terri Bobbe
Community Corner 28 Local Happenings
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ummertime!!! At last! I know in just a few weeks we’ll probably be hoping for school to start again, but I plan to enjoy the moment. This summer I hope you’ll find some time to spend on the things that matter most! Take your time… slow down and make time to chat with the neighbors, take your kids camping, or throw a ball for your dog! Our furriest staff writer, Blaze, has something to say about playtime on page 12. Speaking of furry pals… Blaze is hosting a pet photo contest and we'll be featuring your pets in the August issue of MyTemecula. Be sure to e-mail us a photo at email@example.com for a chance to win cash and prizes! Go ahead snap one right now with your phone and send it in. This month, we’ve packed a lot of positive into these pages! We’ve featured three young ladies in our Rising Star Section, who have demonstrated caring and strong leadership in the community… And they aren’t even in high school yet! Read their touching story on page 10. Nice people are everywhere around this city! We’d like to introduce you to your neighbor Terri Bobbe on page 26. Meet her in person at Wilson Creek Winery next time you’re in the mood for some beautiful scenery! Read about Abby Reinke Elementary School’s recent win in the Odyssey of the Mind World Champion and remember why you love Temecula schools. Our youth give us so much to be proud of! Don’t forget to compliment them for a job well done. Praise and pats on the back seem to bring out even more positive in people! Summer cooking can get a little hot, but look for an easy, breezy smoothie on page 30 compliments of the SIP bar at E.A.T. It’s yummy and healthy! We’d love to share your healthy recipe next. Just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Okay Temecula... Have a wonderful (and safe) summer! And don't forget the sunscreen. Your Neighbor,
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s a teenager, Dr. Shawn Pesh experienced orthodontic treatment to straighten his teeth and correct his bite. This transformation has boosted his selfesteem tremendously over the years. Now he’s serving the Temecula Valley at Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics and paying it forward by helping others experience the benefits of a healthy smile. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, nearly 75% of Americans say the first feature they notice on a person’s face is their smile. As many as 80% of
Americans do not like their smiles or would like to change them in some way. We are a visual society. Your smile says a lot about you and can directly influence your personal relationships, career path, and overall success in life. Shawn started his educational journey at Walla Walla College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (’97).“I wanted to give people the confidence to smile, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than by becoming an orthodontist,” says Dr. Pesh. He finished his Doctorate of Dental
Surgery (’01) and his Masters in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (’05) at Loma Linda University, where he also served as an assistant professor for five years. Earlier this year, Dr. Pesh made the decision to partner and transition with Dr. Candide Petrol. Dr. Petrol has been practicing in the Temecula Valley for over 25 years, and has established offices in Temecula, Murrieta and Menifee. In order to better meet the growing needs of their patients, Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics have expanded their hours from 9am-6pm Monday thru
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Dr. Pesh and his wife, Amanda, love Temecula Valley's sense of community and its excellent schools. "We feel there's no better place to raise our family."
Friday at all three of their locations. Treatment options are customized to fit lifestyles of all ages using braces, clear braces and Invisalign®. Choosing an orthodontist can be challenging. Selecting a certified orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) ensures you have chosen a specialist who completed two to three years of additional study and training in orthodontics. Be cautious of six month treatment programs. Most often, shorter methods are not comprehensive.
Dr. Pesh stays current with the latest technologies available by attending extensive continuing education courses throughout the year. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, California Dental Association, Tri-County Dental Society, Inland Valley Dental Study Club and Schulman Study Group. As a member of the Schulman Study Group, Dr. Pesh is committed to pursuing the most progressive and innovative treatment techniques. Excellence in practice and care through sharing is the mission that unites and drives the members of this group. The team at Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics is enthusiastic about continuously motivating and educating patients. They strive to be recognized in our community as the finest quality, patient-centered orthodontic practice. Dr. Pesh explains that straight teeth are not just for looks. In fact, an attractive smile is a side effect of a healthy, functional bite. Crooked teeth are more prone to decay, gum disease, and injury while misaligned jaws can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and excessive stress on gums, bones and joints. Early detection and treatment can be less costly and can eliminate more serious, complicated problems in the future. Dr. Pesh recommends taking children for a complimentary orthodontic consultation by the age of eight to start planning for their specific needs. You’ll often here him say, “Eight is great and nine is fine.” Many parents don’t realize that taking an early panoramic x-ray can reveal missing or extra teeth. This important
baseline information allows Dr. Pesh to assure parents that their child is being monitored closely and that they will get the proper care at the best time. He also checks for abnormal jaw growth patterns, functional habits, and problems such as crossbites that are better corrected sooner than later. The transition between childhood and adolescence can be especially challenging for a teen that isn’t comfortable when they smile. Negative self-image can hinder a child’s social and emotional development. The boost in self-esteem and confidence that comes with a smile you’re proud of is transformational. Orthodontics isn’t just for teens anymore. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics offers clear braces and Invisalign, which are popular options for working professionals, at no additional charge. “I’m most passionate about treating all our patients like family,” says Dr. Pesh. In this way, “I believe our practice provides an exceptional patient experience. Together we’re committed to create beautiful smiles.”
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//////////// Feature Dr. Pesh is a native Californian and moved to Temecula in 2007. He and his wife, Amanda, love Temecula Valley’s sense of community and its excellent schools. “We feel there’s no better place to raise our family,” says Dr. Pesh. As Shawn speaks of his family, he naturally transitions from a professional to a proud husband and father. Shawn and Amanda have two daughters: Chloé is 3-years-old and Stella is 6-months old. They are big baseball fans, enjoy country music, and entertaining friends. Shawn is most inspired by Amanda’s decision to leave an established 10-year career in the corporate fashion industry to be a stay-at-home mom to their girls. Shawn believes it is important to serve the local community where he lives and works. Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics is dedicated to the community by sponsoring local sports. Dr. Pesh is an advocate for protecting smiles with
Each month Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics practice provides pro-bono orthodontic care to children in the community who may not have the opportunity without financial assistance. their Community Mouthguard Program that provides FREE mouthguards for Temecula youth athletes. Sport mouthguards are vital in preventing tooth fractures, concussions and other injuries. These valuable donations may be coordinated with your team’s coach and Dr. Pesh’s office.
Pesh & Petrol Orthodontics also gives back to our community through their participation in Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. Each month their practice provides probono orthodontic care to children in the community who would not have the opportunity without financial assistance. The foundation’s mission is “to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in our communities in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and their community.” Being part of a profession that improves lives by building self-confidence gives Dr. Pesh a great deal of fulfillment. He’s grateful to live and work in our community and is passionate about creating and protecting smiles. Dr. Pesh embraces the opportunity to transform the smiles of our youth as they become confident adults. «
TEMECULA OFFICE 31537 Rancho Pueblo Road, Ste 205 Temecula, CA 92592 951.302.5333 MURRIETA OFFICE 41011 California Oaks Road, Ste 201 Murrieta, CA 92562 951.698.8200
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MENIFEE OFFICE 29826 Haun Road, Ste 101 Menifee, CA 92584 951.325.6259
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he Girl Scout Mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” Temecula Girl Scouts, Emily Rose, Rebecca Rendahl, and Natasha Carrasquillo, embody that mission. Local Girl Scout Troop 1299 had been volunteering at the Temecula Special Games (similar to the Special Olympics) for a few years: handing out water and helping out where needed with the event. At the 2012 Special Games, one conversation turned out to be a catalyst for a project that would include even more local girls in the program. “A young girl approached me at the Special Games two years ago,” recalls Emily. “She told me she wished there was a Girl Scout troop for girls like her. She had always wanted to be a Girl Scout so that she could sell cookies, earn badges, and wear the fancy vest.” Emily was eager to help this girl create a troop that would serve girls with special needs such as Autism or Down’s Syndrome. She rounded up fellow troop members Rebecca and Natasha and the three of them took on the project with the support of their parents and troop leader, Beth Abshire. The process was a bit daunting for the girls, who were 12 at the time. The first step was to go to City Hall and meet with Inclusion Specialist, Yvette Martinez, to determine the best way to create this unique troop and determine who would be helpful
resources in the special needs community. After several meetings with leaders in the community and working with Yvette to formalize a troop development plan, the girls presented their idea to the City Council who agreed to help the girls to spread the idea of a special needs Girl Scout Troop. A newspaper article, flyers and postings on the City of Temecula’s website about the project was helpful in spreading the word. Finally the girls created a power point presentation and shared their idea in front of a large group of parents who were interested. At this meeting, Cami Cassaday, volunteered to be the Troop Leader and was instrumental in making the special needs troop a reality. Now, with strong leadership from Cami Cassaday and Heather Maggard, Troop 2542 has grown to include 16 girls from 7-18 years old. They meet weekly at Littlefield in the Park, an incredible children’s physical therapy gym that looks more like a kid’s dream playground. Emily, Rebecca, and Natasha still attend almost every meeting where they volunteer along with their mothers.
“The most rewarding part of this project has probably been meeting these girls, becoming close friends with them, and seeing that they love this troop,” said Emily. Rebecca and Natasha recall running into a mom of one of the girls in the new troop. This mom told them, “What you did is amazing! My daughter wakes up every morning and asks ‘Do I have Girl Scouts today?’” The three girls have attended Van Avery Prep from K-8 where they’ve been involved in Girl Scouts since the first grade. The skills they learned in the program are sure to be guiding principles for life. “The Girl Scout program has given me confidence, friendship, and memories,” shares Rebecca. “It has given me opportunities to make a difference in my community and in the world.” Natasha concludes, “I hope what I have learned and what I do rubs off on other people and inspires them to make a difference in their community and in other peoples lives.” For more information about the Special Needs Girl Scout Troop 2542, contact Cami Cassaday by phone at 951-304-9325 or by email email@example.com.
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Beautiful Temecula weather means lots of time in the pool, lake or spa, YIPPEE! Remember to Think Safety and Be Smart! Make sure there is a lifeguard on duty or designate a person responsible for watching the water. Never, ever swim alone. Enroll in swim lessons. Murrieta has lots of great programs. Have non-swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guardapproved life vests around water. If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders. Always remove all toys from the pool. Teach Children how to call 9-1-1 Missing a child even for a second? Check the water first! Something falls into the pool? Teach your children what to do. Call an adult FIRST!
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///////////// Blazing Tales
Hide and Squeak love it when my people play with me. Sometimes we play tag or race each other at the dog park. I always win. The little guy says it’s not fair because I have four legs and people only have two. Sometimes one of the kids will throw a ball or a stick for me to fetch, but I get bored of that. So, I just run to it and wait for them to fetch. They don’t seem to like that game as much… One of my favorite games is Hide and Squeak. This is how we play. Mom tells me to Sit! So I sit. Then she says Wait! And even though I wanna go charging, I’m a good boy, so I wait. While I am
patiently waiting and waiting and waiting… everyone hides from me, even Mom and Dad. Then I hear Mom’s voice from far away say Release! That means I can start looking for everyone. Sometimes I’m just sooo excited that I run around like a crazy guy leaping over chairs and couches because I want to find them quick. If I don’t see them, I stop and freeze, even holding my breath while I listen for sounds. Then I hear it… A tiny little “Squeak!” When I get closer to where the squeak came from, I pause and listen again. “Squeak!” Sometimes I hear giggles, then I can find the hiders real easy: behind
a door, under a bed, in a closet… But sometimes I can’t tell where that squeak is coming from and I’ll admit, I can get pretty hyper, running upstairs and downstairs trying to figure it out. Hiding in the pantry or under the desk takes a little longer for me to figure out. Sometimes these people can be tricky too. Like when Dad hid outside but his squeaks were coming through the window screen. That’s not really fair, is it? And Mom says I’m not allowed to jump through screens to go after him… Mom says playing is good for our hearts. I think she’s right. On behalf of your furry family members, I would like to say, “Thanks for playing!”
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Ask the Expert / Seniors /////////////
Pet Therapy: Purrfect for Seniors Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care.
By Rebecca Prouty
wag of a tail or the purr of a cat can definitely perk you up, but did you know that hanging out with animals is actually good for your overall health? It’s true! Just fifteen minutes of bonding with a furry or feathered friend can actually set off a chemical reaction in your brain that makes you feel better. Pets in the senior community just make sense, and have become an important part of therapy. SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Decreased feelings of loneliness. During what can be a lonely time of life, the unconditional love of a cherished dog or cat can make seniors feel less alone.
Increased longevity. Research has shown that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn’t.
Decreased agitation. Some dementia patients become less agitated when around animals. For those
with language problems, being able to communicate with an animal nonverbally can be very soothing. Improved vital signs. Some research has shown decreased heart rate and blood pressure in patients; sometimes just by petting or talking to an animal.
Less Depression. Animals can help lift your mood, and give you something to focus on outside of yourself. That is always a good thing! Improved eating. Dementia patients have been shown to eat more following a dog’s visit.
Increased happiness. Most people feel happy around pets, and this is especially true for people in senior communities. Of course feeling happy has many health benefits!
Increased physical activity. People with dogs get more exercise (probably from having a dog whine that it
Sense of responsibility. Especially for seniors, a pet can provide a sense of feeling needed, purpose and selfworth. Wellness, happiness and total health may have never seemed so simple! So hug a pug (or a cat) or spend some time chatting with a parakeet. You'll be glad you did! « Rebecca Prouty, Senior Care Advocate
wants out!), and seniors walk significantly further when with a dog, which contributes to their overall better health.
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Odyssey of the Mind State Champs:
[Jada Magrini, 3rd grade; Lauren Fu, 3rd grade; Carly Noland, 3rd grade; Tucker Shire,3rd grade Emily Persky, 5th grade; and Jacob Loonsfoot, 4th grade.]
or the second year in a row, a team of students from Abby Reinke Elementary School in Temecula won first place at the Odyssey of the Mind California State Championship. In April the “Not So Haunted House” team, comprised of six students from third to fifth grades, competed against 24 other teams in their problem and age division from across the state and finished with the highest overall score. The top two winning teams from each division and problem went on to compete at the World Finals event at Iowa State University on May 28-31. Iowa State University welcomed over 800 teams from around the world who came to compete at the 35th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals with over 15,000 people in attendance. This is the first year the young team has competed together, so they were excited to come in 11th place of the 62 schools competing in their problem and division. They were able to maintain their title as California State Champions, outranking three other California teams in their category. Odyssey of the Mind is an internationally recognized program for elementary through college students. The program teaches students to learn problem solving skills in a trial and error process emphasizing creativity, imagination and “thinking outside the box.” This extra-curricular program also focuses on teamwork and identifying and addressing challenges as they arise – skills that
students will use throughout their lives. Abby Reinke Elementary is currently the only school within the Temecula Valley School District offering the volunteer-run Odyssey of the Mind program. The student team, along with their three coaches, are thrilled with their recent success, and look forward to representing their school, the city of Temecula, and the state of California. They represented our community with pride, grace, and "professionalism." Way to go, team!! «
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Senator Anderson’s Internship Program
Student Writer /////////////
By Christian McGrew
Have you thought about how you’re going to spend your summer vacation?
“Ultimately, as an intern myself, I can say with confidence that Senator Anderson’s internship will aid any ambitious individual hoping to—as the program’s slogan attests—’leapfrog their peers’.”
If you’re a high school or college student (or the
parent of one), then let me tell you first-hand about an excellent opportunity. I’ll be spending my summer as an intern in Senator Joel Anderson’s Temecula office—and you can, too!
This past January I heard about Senator Anderson’s Legislative Internship Program—an opportunity that would allow me to experience a professional office atmosphere, hone my writing and public speaking skills, network with elected officials and captains of industry, enhance my knowledge of the political and legislative process, and build my resume. Whereas most internships I’ve heard about involve pushing paper, making copies, and fetching coffee, this one boasts much more— and believe me, there is truth in advertising where this program is concerned. I’m about two months into my internship for the Senator at this point. I can say with confidence that I have had the opportunity to do all
of the things that were promised and I’ve learned so much along the way! At first, the office environment was like a foreign country to me and I was nervous to speak in public. I was relieved to find that I was not alone! My fellow interns are also experiencing this environment and honing these skills for the first time. These are the very skills that I’ve gotten a chance to develop—and now what was once my weakness has become my strength. Outside the walls of the office, attending events on behalf of Senator Anderson is truly a rare and
exclusive privilege. Among these include ribbon cuttings, banquets, and other community events celebrating achievements of various organizations and individuals. From the essential work within in the office, to the unique networking and public speaking opportunities outside the office, I doubt you will find a better opportunity to develop your professional skills. I know this experience will give me an advantage when applying to college and for future jobs. Ultimately, as an intern myself, I can say with confidence that Senator Anderson’s internship will aid any ambitious individual hoping to—as the program’s slogan attests— “leapfrog their peers.” Senator Anderson has offices in El Cajon and Temecula; both accept interns from Middle School and up on a rolling basis, with flexible start dates and schedules. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the program or scheduling an interview, please visit senate.ca.gov/Anderson and click on “Apply for an Internship” or call Senator Anderson’s Temecula Office at (951) 676-1020. « [Christian McGrew is a Junior at Great Oak High School.] MyTemeculaMag.com |
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WEIGHT Is Over
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Total lost 120 pounds! “Being overweight or obese, in many cases, is not your fault,” is the refrain that new
patients often hear when they first meet Dr. Robert Skversky. As the medical director of Weight No More Medical Associates, Dr. Skversky is often the first to educate patients about the multiple factors relating to one’s weight. “Surely the fast food companies, processed food, and 16
refined sugar add insult to injury to our obesity problem,” he states. “However, there is a significant and often overlooked ‘genetic’ influence.” Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Skversky is a third generation physician spanning more than 100 years beginning with his grandfather, Frank, who graduated from medical school in 1910. “Dr. S,” as his patients affectionately call him, began his career as a family practice
“Weight No More’s treatment plan isn’t a fad diet: it is proven science, helping people to lose weight and improve health, while gaining confidence they never knew they had.” physician, including time spent as an emergency room physician, before focusing his full attention on obesity medicine in 1994. His many years in family practice have proven invaluable to his patients, not only in treating their weight issues, but also in treating the various co-morbid conditions associated with obesity. For the past 22 years Dr. Skversky has been at the forefront of obesity medicine. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and More Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, The Dr. Oz Show and others discussing his protocols for long-term weight loss and has even been a featured speaker at the American Society Of Bariatric Physicians annual conference. Dr. Skversky’s interest in medical weight loss began in the early 1970’s. He often reflected on the words of one of his visiting profes-
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Business Buzz ///////////// sors. After stating that obesity was largely genetic, this professor shared his belief that “One has as much chance of changing their weight, as they have of changing the color of their eyes.” Then in 1992, the heralded, fouryear “Fen-Phen” study was published, which had two important conclusions. It showed for the first time in medical history that long term weight-loss could be achieved by taking a combination of two medications; and equally important concluded that when the medications were discontinued after three and a half years, nearly everyone put back all their weight regardless of being continued on the same diet and exercise protocols for the last six months of the study. From Dr. Skversky’s perspective, this was “proof positive” of the efficacy of drug therapy and what happens when medications are stopped. No different, really, than what happens when diabetic or hypertensive medications are stopped: Blood sugar and blood pressure return to pre-treatment levels. Although Fenfluramine was later taken off the market, the results demonstrated in the study remained valid. Unlike other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, obesity cannot be hidden from those around you or the mirror in front of you. As a result many suffer silently from the psychological, prejudicial and discriminatory aspects of this disease. This can have a profound effect on the quality of one’s life. Many people become vulnerable, out of desperation, to the multiple “weight-loss scams” that frequent our airways and magazines. Realizing the potential to improve the lives of some of his overweight patients, Dr. Skversky began to treat a few of them with combination drug therapy in addition to diet and exercise. Two
decades later his commitment is as strong as ever. “To treat an overweight patient simply by telling them to eat less and exercise more is paramount to telling the diabetic patient to ‘eat less sugar’ or the depressed patient to ‘think happy thoughts’ as the sole treatment modality,” explains Dr. Skversky. “This is, of course, is doomed to failure.” “Obesity is a metabolic, chronic and progressive disease with a significant genetic predisposition. It’s very much like diabetes and hypertension, which obesity can cause, or make worse,” Dr. Skversky explains. “Chronic diseases, in most cases, need long term drug therapy as an essential component for control, not cure. The same is true for treating obesity." Dr. S warns dieters to beware when it comes to the latest weight loss gimmicks. "There are now over 55,000 dietary supplements on the market with several hundred of them touted for weight loss,” explains Dr. Skversky. “These all work to slim your wallet, not your waist!!!” At Weight No More, patients are treated with respect and understanding. Their weight problems are treated and managed with combination medications in addition to diet and exercise protocols. Dr. Skversky customizes a program for each individual, selecting from multiple medications which act to suppress appetite, control cravings, improve insulin sensitivity, slow carbohydrate absorption and lower the metabolic set point. Patients are monitored monthly or as medically indicated until their desired weightloss is achieved. At each and every visit all vital signs are taken, side effect profiles reviewed, physical exam done, questions answered, and treatment plan (including lab tests) evaluated.
Once desired weight-loss is achieved, a maintenance program is started. Medications are continued at the lowest effective dosage, as previously noted protocols remain intact. The goal of Dr. Skversky and Weight No More extends well beyond weight loss itself. The increase in self-esteem and empowerment are the welcome accompaniments of long-term weight-loss success. Weight No More’s treatment plan isn’t a fad diet: it is proven science, helping people to lose weight and improve health, while gaining confidence they never knew they had. “This disease, obesity, needs to be taken seriously and treated seriously,” states Dr. Skversky. “Most importantly, people suffering from this medical condition should be treated with respect.” Sometimes good medical practice requires challenging the status quo; Dr. Skversky and a small group of obesity specialists in this country have been doing just that for years.« Weight No More Medical Associates Robert Skversky, M.D. 31537 Rancho Pueblo Rd, Suite 105 Temecula, CA 92592 951-699-0848 | weightnomore.com
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Spread sunshine all over the place! Put on a happy face!
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TEMECULA VALLEY SUMMER FUN DIRECTORY
EPIC ROLLERTAINMENT 39809 AVENIDA ACACIAS MURRIETA 951-226-0602 WWW.EPICROLLERTAINMENT.COM
MULLIGAN FAMILY FUN CENTER 24950 MADISON AVE, MURRIETA 951-696-9696 WWW.MULLIGANMURRIETA.COM
BRUNSWICK BOWLING 40440 CALIFORNIA OAKS RD, 951-698-2202 WWW.BOWLBRUNSWICK.COM
AEROSPORTS 39729 AVENIDA ACACIAS, MURRIETA 951-696-5867 MURRIETA.AEROSPORTSPARKS.COM
TEMECULA PUBLIC LIBRARY 30600 PAUBA RD 951-693-8900 TEMECULALIBRARY.ORG GET AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK 26201 YNEZ RD. STE 101, TEMECULA 951-239-4247 WWW.GETAIRTEMECULA.COM
MOMMYFIT-FREE CLASSES FOR MOMS 41655 REAGAN WAY SUITE D 951-551-5382 WWW.MOMMTFIT.WEEBLY.COM
SANTA ROSA PLATEAU 39400 CLINTON KEITH RD, MURRIETA 951-677-6951 WWW.RIVCOPARKS.ORG/EDUCATION/SANTA-ROSAPLATEAU/SANTA-ROSA-PLATEAU
BOOK SWAP PARTY TO ENCOURAGE SUMMER READING! have done this twice before and it works out terrific for everyone!! Ok, we all want our kids to read, read, read but we don’t want to spend, spend, spend money on new books. Here’s the idea: Talk to your mom friends and have them gather all the books their children have read and won’t read again probably. Come up with a day and time that is good for all of you, everyone bring a snack, and get together for a book swap “party”. Most children who are in the same grade are reading the same level books. Whether they are leveled like the ones you see above (many are from the hooked on phonics series), or small chapter books, you can group them together if you wish or just spread them all out so all the books can be seen. Many times we all pick a certain # of books we will all bring (let’s say 10), and everyone leaves with the same # of “new” books that day! My kids LOVE getting “new” books, and I love that it doesn’t cost me anything to get them something “new” every few months. Start your own summertime book swap party today!! Justine Howell, aka the Temecula Qponer, is the founder of the website, www.temeculablogs.com. She moved to Temecula three years ago and has found so many wonderful things to do in this great city. Many of the highlighted activities on her site are free or very inexpensive. She is a wife, mom, a former teacher and couponer dedicated to sharing family friendly hot spots around town. She has an amazing extensive list of “Free & Cheap Things to do with Kids in Temecula”, and she’d love to have you take a look. Check her out on Facebook Page for up to the moment ideas and activities too!
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Ask the Expert / Your Teeth /////////////
By Andrew Tibbitts, D.D.S.
eriodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone in your mouth and is the number one reason for tooth loss. The primary cause of this disease is a sticky film of bacterial plaque that attaches itself to your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing removes a bulk of the plaque but if not removed entirely, it will form tarter (calculus) on your teeth. Tarter latches onto your teeth like barnacles and becomes a haven for toxins to be released into the gums and bone around your teeth causing infection. This infection and your body’s response to it are the primary causes of tooth loss. Like many diseases and conditions,
“Periodontal disease is a low grade chronic infection that can affect how our entire immune system works.” periodontal disease is often without obvious symptoms. Oral pain, swelling and loose teeth are the obvious indications of something wrong in our mouths. Keep in mind though that persistent bad breath (halitosis), bright shiny red gums, or bleeding from your gums when brushing or flossing are subtle expressions of periodontal disease establishing itself. Garlic breath when you have not been eating garlic is not healthy and avoiding flossing because it makes your gums bleed is only making matters worse. It is important to see your dentist every six months for check-ups and cleanings, but if you are having any of these symptoms you need to get in sooner and have your mouth checked. Your dentist will diagnose if you have periodontal disease or its closely related less severe cousin gingivitis during a regular dental examination. A careful exam of the appearance of your gums, teeth mobility, and periodontal pockets will be performed. A periodontal pocket is determined by measuring the space between your gums and teeth. X-rays will also help determine if there is bone loss and identify the presence of calculus. All of this information is used in determining how to help you best keep your teeth.
Here are a few things you can do to help your body in preventing periodontal disease: • Brush and floss twice daily • Make an appointment with your dentist for regular exams and cleanings • Exercise and eat teeth healthy foods • Manage stress • Stay away from tobacco products In more recent research there have been more associations identified between gum disease and other systemic conditions. People with heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes are more likely to have gum disease. There are relationships between gum disease and strokes, certain types of cancers, arthritis, low birth weight, and osteoporosis. Periodontal disease is a low grade chronic infection that can affect how our entire immune system works. Identifying and treating that chronic infection will help you keep your teeth and may help your overall health. If you have any of the symptoms of periodontal disease and have not been in to your dentist lately, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment soon and get your cleaning and dental check-up. «
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Life after a Short Sale? Absolutely!
//////////// Ask the Expert / Real Estate
Licensed by the Dept. of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. License #4130785. Corp. NMLS #2973 Not a commitment to lend or extend credit. Joe Rivas NMLS #1017689
27710 Jefferson Ave. 102 Temecula, CA (951) 699-3788 TwinCitiesRealty.com
ood budgeting can be one of your most vital tools in the years following a short sale. With a damaged credit score, you may find yourself with little to no ability to depend on credit cards as a backup plan. So, it's doubly important that you work to build up a solid emergency fund and prepare a written monthly family budget. Paying current bills and making at least minimum credit card payments is vital. Any new late payment or collection activity will destroy the possibility of a good credit score. If you do not have many open accounts after a short sale, it is imperative that you open up revolving credit. The easiest and most efficient way to do this is by applying for a secured credit card. A secured card is one in which you put up a certain amount on deposit that you cannot access. The lender in turn gives the borrower a credit card with a limit in the same
amount of the deposit. You will want to use the card for a very small transaction, and after the statement is sent, pay the account in full. The longer the credit card is used, the higher the score. You should talk with your lender before paying off or closing any open accounts. In many cases the length of credit history on these trade lines is important in rebuilding credit scores. Additionally, new credit pulls can hurt scores, so limit the amount of installment debt you incur. There is hope if you find yourself having to short sell. Be mindful that having a budget and sticking to it will find you on your way to credit recovery quickly. ÂŤ
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Life After Foreclosure or Short Sale July 24, 2014 6-8pm Temecula Chamber of Commerce 26790 Ynez Ct, #A Temecula, CA 92591 RSVP: 951-699-3788 firstname.lastname@example.org Credit Specialist Mortgage Specialist Real Estate Specialist
27710 Jefferson Ave, Suite 204 Temecula, CA 92590 Office 951.595.8036 Cell 760.315.1297
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Business Buzz /////////////
Street Safe Defense: Firearms Training Program, Temecula, CA
wning a firearm and being able to defend yourself and your loved ones is your Second Amendment right. However, owning a firearm when you do not know how to safely handle or fire one, is analogous to driving a car without ever having learned any driving skills. Both can be dangerous liabilities in the hands of the uninformed and inexperienced. By Tracy Blanscet Enter Temecula’s own premiere firearms and self-defense training institute, Street Safe Defense®. The Street Safe Defense® program is a division of the nationally renowned forensic and law enforcement training and consulting firm of Martinelli & Associates, Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc. This company of nationally recognized experts in forensic investigations and firearms has provided the law enforcement and civilian communities with outstanding training since 1980.
The male and female instructors at Street Safe Defense® who come from law enforcement and military backgrounds are masters in the arts of self-defense and firearms. They are highly skilled, knowledgeable, supportive and very patient with novices to firearms; all the way up to experienced shooters. They specialize in working with a diverse clientele of young, senior, male and female shooters. The Street Safe Defense® program produces basic, intermediate, advanced firearms and home safety classes. They also produce the CA Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit class, approved by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; as well as the AZ + 34 states CCW permit class. They even have an excellent Basic Firearms & Safety Course just for women. Classes involve a combination of morning lecture in Temecula and an afternoon practice and firearms qualification session at the Duncan Range in nearby Rainbow. Real-life examples from the field are peppered throughout the discussion portion of the course and help to provide valuable direction and advanced planning of how to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Self-defense, handgun basics and basic shooting are discussed, with an emphasis on safety. Whether you are looking for basic or advanced training, the experienced professionals at Street Safe Defense® are a direct hit!
Just for Her
Since I don’t own a gun, I borrowed a 9mm Glock from a friend on the day of class. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel like Angelina Jolie when I picked it up… I felt a little hesitant: not quite as brave or confident as I thought I would be. The Street Safe Defense course was an eye-opener for me. I tend to live life with a bit of naiveté, so I was shocked to discover that about 80% of the women in my class had been assaulted or had a near encounter with a dangerous situation. Seeing real faces of victims right in front of me, from my very own city, was more powerful than any news story on TV. The class was comfortable, with women of all different ages and backgrounds. From the grandmotherly woman who had owned a gun for 35 years but was uncomfortable handling it to the barely-over-18 college student who was a brand new gun owner, I felt comfortable in a setting of just women.
-Recent Student of Women’s Handgun Course
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"I chose to support the ronald McDonald house Charity, because of my love for family and children. This charity is near and dear to my heart. I gather donations all through the year and put together 47 baskets of daily needed items to be delivered on Christmas eve to the families that are staying there to be near their sick child." www.rmhc.org/ronald-mcdonald-house ~Jeniffer Walters 951-252-2978
"A close friend of mine had a child born with a heart condition and I've been involved with Camp Del Corazon ever since. Though she lost her daughter, the camp was a highlight in that little girls life. I've continued to support the cause by fundraising for them and making donations in this child's name from each closing." www.campdelcorazon.org/davi.html ~Audrey Devine 951-830-4652
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Employees: An Asset or a Liability?
Ask the Expert / Law/////////////
By Samuel G. Lockhart, Esq
ike most businesses, my name and law firm will pop up on a variety of internet searches on Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc., which often turn into calls to my office to discuss a particular legal issue. On my website, www.lock-law.com, I list employment law as one of my practice areas, but specify that I only represent businesses and business owners in connection with an employment dispute. Despite that disclaimer, the majority of those cold calls come from employees who are looking to sue their employers. Employees are the “low hanging fruit” in terms of liability for business owners. When I meet with a business owner for the first time, they are almost always violating a handful of California labor laws.
“A good relationship with a business attorney will always result in your becoming a more legally savvy business owner”
Not following labor laws strictly, as many employers find themselves doing when it comes to meal and rest breaks or overtime pay, can get you into a lot of hot water. The last employer that I represented in connection with a labor and employment lawsuit resulted in payment of nearly $100,000 in attorney’s fees and payout to the Plaintiff employee. However, the employer only came out of pocket roughly $15,000. How is that possible? Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”). My client had EPLI and paid a $5,000 deductible and then contributed another approximately $10,000 to settlement of the matter. This is just one of the ways in which an employer can help to mitigate future employee related liability. Most employers think they are doing the right thing in their payment arrangement with their employees, or at least, believe that because they are not looking to take advantage of their employees, they are probably acting within the law. Other employers believe that because they have a good relationship with their employees, they will be shielded from a labor board claim LEGAL COUNSEL TO CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS OWNERS
or lawsuit. While it is true that when employees and employers are happy with their work relationship there are rarely employment claims, some of the most aggressive and nasty plaintiffs are those employees who had a falling out with their “employer-friend.” Employees can be an asset for your business if you, as a business owner, take the time to understand some basic California employment law and then take steps to ensure that those laws are applied uniformly at your place of business. A good place to start is to meet with an attorney and have an employee handbook drafted. During the process of the drafting of the handbook you will become more intimately familiar with the prevalent California laws affecting your business. A good relationship with a business attorney will always result in your becoming a more legally savvy business owner. So, are employees an asset or a liability for your business? The answer to that question may lie in the strength of your relationship with a good business attorney. «
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//////////// Meet Your Neighbor
photo by Natalie Mills
“Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to.” ~Bob Cousy
ometimes, in passing, certain people stand out to you. With a little time and conversation, you see that it’s not by chance, but there is something in that person’s very nature that draws notice. Terri Bobbe is just such a person, exuding warmth, confidence and friendliness. Terri strives to give her best in
all she does. “Whatever you do in life, whether your job is being a wife or a mother to school projects or even just cleaning your home, always put your heart into it,” she advises, “because in the end, you and those who benefit from your efforts, will have better lives as a result.” Her strong trust in God has helped her persevere in every situation she’s encountered along life’s path. Before moving to the area with their four daughters, Terri and her husband David, ran two extremely busy Italian restaurants in Riverside and Moreno Valley. After selling the restaurants, they settled in the Temecula Valley and eventually Terri sought a position at one of the prestigious restaurants in Wine Country. Now, as co-manager and a
server at the Creekside Grill located within the Wilson Creek Winery, she is able to serve others a positive experience. Friends often compliment Terri’s ability to find the good in everyone. This is such an important gift when dealing with the public. “I care if people are happy,” Terri explains. “I’ll always do what I can to put a smile on their faces.” Besides giving her best at work, Terri really enjoys the tough workouts she gets in her second oldest daughter’s fitness classes. This helps her de-stress and keeps her physically strong. With their three older daughters now grown, Terri and David spend most of their off time with their youngest daughter, who is 11-years-old and involved in many extra curricular activities. «
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Free Ladies Night Out Bio-Identical hormone Discussion Group Tuesday, June 16, 2014 rsvP: 951-541-3577
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///////////// Community Corner
Habitat for Humanity Holiday Art Contest
Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley is currently accepting artwork for their 2014 Holiday Ornament Contest. Inland Valley Artists are invited to submit their best work for the chance to have their art and name displayed on the commemorative ornament and on the organization’s annual holiday card. Contestants can mail or hand-deliver their submission, on any size canvas, to the Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley headquarters located at 41615 Winchester Road, Suite 214, Temecula 92591. Entries must be submitted by Friday, September 1, 2014. The winning art piece will be featured on the Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley holiday ornament with the runner being featured on the organizations holiday card. All artwork will be displayed on Christmas Tree Lane at Promenade Temecula from November 8 through December 17. “The inspiration for this year’s contest is anything related to Habitat for Humanity’s mission to improve the quality of life for families in the Inland Valley, for example, Home, Community, Family, Love,” states event Chair Vicki Puterbaugh. For those interested in submitting artwork to the Holiday Ornament Contest, please contact Kimberly King at 951-296-3362 ext. 2001 or email her at Kimberly@habitat4humanityinlandvalley.org.
Last month, the boys, of Boy Scout Troop 318, were given the opportunity to tour Temecula’s City Hall, sit in the council chambers and ask questions about the inner workings of the city, thanks to Mayor Maryann Edwards. She showed them her office and spent time talking to them about what it means to be a productive citizen and how Scouting’s core values are giving them the skills and the opportunity to be good citizens at any age. An accessible mayor is just one of the big things that keep the small-town feel of Temecula.
Junior Lifeguard Camps
Looking for something fun and active for your 11-15 year old to do? Murrieta is the place to be to beat the heat and learn a life skill that your child will take with him always. (and have a fun time doing it!) Junior Lifeguard Camps at MVHS Pool! Four Day Camps begin July 7th or July 14th. Elite Water Polo is offering this wonderful opportunity for kids ages 11-15 and registration is happening now at: www.Healthy2OurKids.com. Also, did you know that they also have FREE HEALTH CAMPS this summer? You can get information about those classes on their website too! Water Fun and Safety, a GREAT Summer combination.
FREE Outdoor Movies!
Ever taken your family outside to watch a movie? Blankets, chairs, snacks and as many friends as you can round up make Movie Nights all around the city, the place to be! Temecula Berry Company has movies, each Friday evening in June, at 8:00pm. The first one is YES… FROZEN!!! www.temeculaberryco.com The city of Temecula does a whole series of Moonlight Movies in the Park – www.temeculaevents.org June 13th @ 7:00 pm Temeku Hills Park is showing “Monster’s University” June 20th @ 7:00 pm Harveston Community Park is showing “Dumbo” July 11th @ 7:00 pm Temeku Hills Park is showing “FROZEN” July 18th @7:00 pm Temecula Amphitheater is showing “One Direction, This is Us” 28
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Mothers and Daughters
Serving Temecula Valley
Temecula Art Festival
Community ///////////// Corner
Chapter President, Jacqueline Hunter with daughter Randalyn and guest speaker, Lauren Cook.
On May 18th, the Temecula Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), hosted its first Annual Chapter Tea and Awards Ceremony. One hundred and fifty five members of the Temecula Valley chapter were in attendance wearing their favorite tea hat. The tea celebrated the completion of the chapter’s first year and showcased the over 2,600 hours of community service that the mother and daughter members performed throughout the year to the eight local philanthropies the chapter supports including Jacob’s House, Michelle’s Place, Service From the Heart, Temecula Valley Champions, Binky Patrol, Community Mission of Hope, Littlefield at the Park, City of Temecula, City of Murrieta, and Susan G. Komen. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Members are mothers and daughters in grade 7-12 who are committed to the mission and vision of NCL and who believe in the organizations core values. NCL enhances potential leadership skills through team building, problem solving, mentoring, and group dynamics while throwing in a few etiquette skills along the way. “The ultimate goal is that NCL experiences educate and enhance our daughters lives guiding them towards a lifelong commitment to serving others,” said Jackie Hunter, Temecula Valley Chapter President. The Temecula Valley Chapter works throughout local communities through the following philanthropies; For information about the National Charity League, Inc. Temecula Valley Chapter, please visit ncltemeculavalley.org.
The Temecula Art Festival runs from Friday, June 20th to Sunday in the Old Town, Main Street area. Artists and entertainers will fill the downtown area with lively activity for the entire family. This is unlike any other local art exhibit because it is happening in real time. Watch professional artists create pastel art displays on asphalt right along children with who may be picking up pastels for the very first time. Come down and enjoy live music, food and watch the masterpieces come to life!
For more information or to apply go to: www.temeculacalifornia.com/Street_Painting_Festival/ street_painting_festival.html
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Green Smoothie Take Me To The Tropics
A recipe from your neighbor
} Leslie Keegan
Leslie Keegan is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Chef. She heads up the SIP bar (smoothies, wellness shots, coffees & teas) at E.A.T. Marketplace and loves creating nutrient dense smoothies, juices and raw foods. E.A.T Marketplace is a locally grown company specializing in bridging the gap between farm to table by foraging from our local food shed and purchasing direct from small, organic farms, ranches and local food artisans.
1 Cup Coconut Water 2 Cups Spinach 1 Banana 1 Orange, peeled 1 Cup Pineapple, frozen 1/2 to 1 Cup Ice 2 Tablespoons Chia Seed Gel*
Serves: One happy sipper
Add all ingredients except chia gel in order to your blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add chia gel and pulse to combine. If using a conventional blender, you may need to blend the coconut water and spinach first and then add remaining ingredients.
Pour into a large glass and enjoy!
* To make Chia gel, just add liquid to chia seeds, its as simple as that, no mystery. Chia seeds gel up in minutes and get to their maximum potential between 20-30 minutes. Whisk the seeds and water with a fork or whisk. After a few minutes, you'll need to whisk again to prevent clumping. Be sure to use a high quality chia seed to ensure it gels well.
2 tablespoons of chia seeds 1 cup of liquid
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