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April 2012

OUR FAMILY MAGAZINE ourfamilymag.com

Gardening! Backyard Organic Gardening Arlington Heights Garden Club

Snoring or Daytime Sleepiness? Find out what to do

Stop! W82TXT Don’t Talk or Text while Driving

Preparing for a DISASTER Universal Remote! Selecting the right one

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS Local Community Resource


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april 2012

awareness

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Stop! W82TXT Don’t Talk or Text while Driving.

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Preparing for a Disaster Tips for your family.

OFM $100 Gas Card WINNERS!

book review Good Reads for Boys Great fantasy series to enjoy.

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community

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Jan 2012 Linda Klepitch Feb 2012 Tiffany Wallace

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Attorney 24

The Affiliates Law Group

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Arlington Heights Ford Quick Lane Tire & Auto Village Bank & Trust

Beauty Make-Up 27

dining & entertainment

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Your New Image

Bike Shop Village CycleSport

Local dining and savings. Taste the town! Local events not to be missed!

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health

Child Care

Do You or Your Companion Experience Snoring or Daytime Sleepiness? Get them off the Couch Turn off the TV and Video Games before it’s too late.

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Your Own Backyard Organic Vegetable Garden Hardwood Floors - Know your Stuff!

Shepherd Flock Child Care Biggby Coffee

Community 23

home

Art & Ardor Magic at the Card Table

Coffee Shop 3

Arlington Heights Park Dist

Dental 16 20

Arlington Adult Dentistry All About Kids Dentistry

Dining & Entertainment

Pet Contest Enter your pet photo and win!

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resource list

Education

Special Needs Organizations to Know

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Arlington Heights Garden Club Making our town beautiful!

oh, what to do? Local Walks & Runs On your mark, get set, go!

pets

restaurant experience

Arlington Pediatrics, LTD Tru Rehabilitation & Wellness GNC - Buffalo Grove

Home 34 15 34 12

Barrington Draperies and Shutters, Inc. Detail Kitchens Drozd Roofing Rogers Roofing Smart Gardener Backyard

Insurance 10

State Farm Insurance

Jeweler

Book

events

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Bank 2

20 35

Health Store

Auto

See how the Library is Celebrating Arlington Heights’ 125th

non-profit

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retail & service guide

30's Pizza Factory China Buffet Francesca's Tavola Jimmy John's Joe & Giuseppe, Inc Jump Zone La Roca Tapas Medieval Times Tropical Smoothie Cafe Buffalo Grove Montessori School

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Flaherty Jewelers

Parties/Gifts 23 29 21

Edible Arrangements Jump Zone Pop o Licious

Pets 19 18 36 19

Animal Feeds & Needs Arlington Cat Clinic Bentley's Corner Barkery Loving Care Animal Clinic

Photography 26

Ablan Gallery

Popcorn 21

Pop o Licious

Real Estate 13 11

Coldwell Banker Picket Fence

Salon/Spa 21 13 25 27

Adam & Eve Salon & Spa Forbici Salon & Spa House of Blonde Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas

Senior Care

Jimmy John’s It’s Freaky Fast!

Financial

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Senior Living

technology

Fundraiser

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Services

Universal Remotes How many remotes are you battling with?

Our Family Magazine®

James J. Bertucci, CFP® Young At Heart Pet Rescue

Home Instead Senior Care Lutheran Home

Health

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Video Services

Arlington Chiropractic Clinic Arlington Message Therapy

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The UPS Store A Video & Image Company

Publishers - Sarah O’Donnell, Patricia Stude Director of Advertising Sales Sarah O’Donnell - Sarah@OurFamilyMag.com, 847-370-6948 Creative Director: Pat Stude, Pat@OurFamilyMag.com, 847-306-2111 Contributors: Contributors: Carl Alquire, Arlington Heights Garden Club, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Dr. Dan Czapek, Scott Gibrich, Chris Grooms, Ken Grooms, Michelle Leichty, Rhonda Penzell, Michelle Prima, M.Medaline Santiago,MD Senior Account Executives: Kristin Makowski, Rhonda Penzell Account Manager: Moira Kennedy-Rapp, Lisa Sarnowski Copy Editor: Emily German Distribution Manager: Tom Adamiec Our Family Magazine ~ Arlington Heights is published 12 times a year and is mailed via US mail to over 30,000 households in the Arlington Heights’ community. To be added to our mailing list, please see the link on our website at www.ourfamilymag.com.

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Events Directory APR 1 The Neverly Brothers: A Rock 'n' Roll Evolution - from Elvis to the Beatles Take a guided tour through rock 'n' roll history featuring 1950s and 1960s hit tunes. Time: 7:30pm Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Cost: $25 Info: 847-577-2121 www.metropolisarts.com APR 2 Utility Bills Make You Sick? Citizens Utility Board (CUB) provides tips and information about lowering your gas, electric and phone bills. CUB is a non-profit consumer group created by the State Legislature to fight for the rights of utility consumers throughout Illinois. Time: 10am Location: Arlington Heights Senior Center 1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights Cost: FREE, Open to the public Info: 847-253-5532 www.vah.com APR 4 Arlington Heights Art Guild Senior Center Exhibit & Reception As part of the Quasquicentennial celebration, the center is featuring a special exhibit of Arlington Heights-themed artwork from members of the Arlington Heights Art Guild. Artwork from over 20 Arlington Heights artists will be featured. Time: 5-7pm Location: Arlington Heights Senior Center 1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights Cost: FREE, Open to the public Info: 847-253-5532 www.vah.com APR 4 "Explore Ireland!" Happy Hour Event at Peggy Kinnane's Irish Restaurant & Pub AHI Travel hosts this special happy hour event. Receive a $500 coupon towards a future 2012 Ireland trip with AHI travel! Time: 7:30pm- 8:30pm Location: Peggy Kinnane s Irish Restaurant & Pub 8 N. Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Cost: Free Info: 847.384.4529 www.ahitravel.com

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APR 4 The Arlington Heights Woman's Club The program will be presented by Toshee Lukins from the Secretary of State's Office "An Update, New Regulations We Must Know" Rules of the Road. Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library 500 N. Dunton, Arlington Heights Info: Call Barbara Jacobs @ 847-255-4836 APR 7 Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit at Deer Park Town Center Hop into Deer Park Town Center for an Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Register to win a $200 Easter Basket. Winner will be drawn at 3pm. No purchase necessary. Location: BrilliantSky Toys & Books Suite 600 – West of LaHacienda, Deer Park Time: Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1pm. Bunny Visit from 11am-3pm Cost: FREE www.shopdeerparktowncenter.com APR 9 Foreclosure Prevention Presentation A Take Charge Illinois program, sponsored by State of Illinois Comptroller ’s Office. Learn alternatives to foreclosure, how these different options can be helpful and where people can go to get assistance if they need it. Time: 1pm Location: Arlington Heights Senior Center 1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights Cost: FREE, Reg. req. Info: 847-253-5532 www.vah.com APR 11 “Why Should You Volunteer if You are Unemployed?” Geared for those age 50 and up, this program provides a unique opportunity to learn and discover why you should volunteer while unemployed and for which organization you should volunteer. A job seeker will share how volunteering helped him land a job and HandsOn Suburban Chicago, which represents 160 not-for-profit organizations, will present and answer questions. Time: 7pm Location: Arlington Heights Senior Center 1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights Cost: FREE, Reg. req. Info: 847-253-5532 www.vah.com

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APR 14 Be The Groove It's a fantastic, rhythmic, stomping, drumming, dancing show the whole family is sure to enjoy! Time: 1pm Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL Cost: Adults $22, 12 & under $16 Info: 847-577-2121 www.metropolisarts.com APR 14 Fancy Nancy Tea You can wear anything as long as it's fancy. Wear your spiffiest, most frilly outfit. Tea, cookies and entertainment. Ages 4 to adult, register children and adult separately. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Location: Arlington Heights Historical Museum Cost: $19 per person Info: 847-255-1225 www.ahmuseum.org APR 14th Friends of the Upshaws Bowling FUN-raiser!! Please join us for a great time and to help support a local Arlington Heights family! Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Location: Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights 8 S. Beverly Lane, Arlington Heights, IL Cost: $20 prior- $25 day of Includes 2 1/2 hours of bowling and food. $12 for food and fun (does not include bowling) Info: 847-253-5238 friendsoftheupshaws.weebly.com

APR 15 Peggy's for PDO - Fundraiser Supporting the First Presbyterian Church of AH PDO Program Community Welcome - Support PDO and Connect with the PDO Community. Raffle, Live Music by Push Puppets, Donations Gratefully Accepted. Time: 2 pm - 6 pm Peggy Kinnane's 8 North Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Cost: Donation Box at the door Drinks & Food Pay As You Go, Raffle Info: 847-253-5516 www.acswebnetworks.com/fpcarlingtonheights/ pdo_children

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CELL PHONES awareness

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r o ! k g l P n a i O T riv t T ’ S Don ile D h W t x Te By Chris and Ken Grooms

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ell phones today are multi-purpose tools used to call, text, browse the web, send emails, play games, and perform seemingly endless amount of other functions. As a result, cell phones have become an indispensable part of our day-to-day-life, with many people finding it difficult to disconnect from their phone, even while driving. Talking and texting on the phone while driving, however, leads to driver distraction, which is the leading cause of car accidents today.

Immediately prior to an accident, typical drivers spent almost 5 seconds looking at their phone. At 30 miles per hour a car travels 220 feet in 5 seconds, and at highway speeds a car travels over the length of a football field in 5 seconds.

Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal crashes -- 5,800 people killed in one year-- and 21 percent of crashes resulting in an injury -- 515,000 people injured in one year. A major source of that driver distraction is cell phone usage while driving: According to the NTHSA, 995 people died in 2009 as the result of cell phone related distraction. This is 20% of fatalities involving distracted driving. According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. Here are some additional findings from a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute: Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.

95% of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, yet 21% of those surveyed admitted to doing it anyway.

In another study funded by the Royal Automobile Club Foundation and carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory, texting reduced motorists’ reaction time by 35 percent. In comparison, drivers who consumed the legal limit of alcohol experienced a 12 percent reduction in their reaction time, and drivers using marijuana had a 21 percent slower reaction time. These surveys reveal that distracted driving significantly endangers people and property. What, then, can be done to help prevent this injury and loss? One of the best ways to discourage distracted driving is for parents to lead by example: avoid using the phone while driving, and if you must respond to a call or text, pull over and stop the car first. Make a pledge with your family today, W82TXT! Ken and Chris Grooms are the principals of Grooms Insurance Associates, a full-service Independent Insurance Agency serving the area for over 25 years.

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Celebrate Arlington Heights’ 125th at the Library

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his month the library commemorates the village’s 125th anniversary and its celebration of community with a special exhibit entitled “AHML – Adding Value in the Community.” When you stop by the library during April, be sure to visit the display case near the Dunton Street entrance highlighting the many ways the library and its staff members contribute value to the community through partnerships and volunteering. The library was recently voted the 2011 Business of the Year by the AH Chamber of Commerce for its commitment to partnering and sharing resources with local businesses. Here are some of the ways we’ve reached out to the community: • Staff members assume leadership roles in the Chamber of Commerce. • Spanish storytimes are conducted at the Arlington Park backstretch in the summer. • Tales for Tots storytimes are held at Mariano’s Fresh Market. • Small electronics and eyeglasses recycling programs benefit local nonprofits. • Programs for job seekers are funded by a series of grants from the Rotary Club of AH. • Programs celebrating the quasquicentennial are funded by the Friends of the Library.

Upcoming 125 Programs at the Library: Railroad Ties to Arlington Heights History Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m. / Register The railroad was the catalyst that spurred the development of Arlington Heights 125 years ago. Joe Piersen, archives manager of the C&NW Historical Society, will discuss the history of the railroad, its impact on Arlington Heights and how to access information on former AH C&NW employees. Book discussion The Graysons: A Story of Illinois by Edward Eggleston Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. / Register This novel was originally published in 1887, the same year as the incorporation of our village. It’s a fictional account of a murder trial with the defendant being counseled by a young Abraham Lincoln. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library and it is also available as a free eBook. Register for library programs at www.ahml.info or call 847-392-0100. For information on all upcoming Arlington Heights 125 events, check out the Arlington Heights 125 Facebook page www.facebook.com/ArlingtonHeights125.

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SLEEP APNEA

By Dr. Dan Czapek

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f you asked me, my response would be “I don’t snore.” If you asked my wife, she would say, “Are you kidding me, he snores so loud the walls rattle.” Apparently I do snore.

So that raises some additional questions. Does my snoring affect my relationship with my partner? Does my snoring cause my partner to be irritable or tired? Does my snoring require us to sleep in separate rooms? Is my snoring loud and does it affect people when I am sleeping away from home? Snoring is a noise created by the partial closure of the airway and may often be no more problematic than the noise itself. Consistent loud heavy snoring, however, has also been linked to medical disorders such as high blood pressure.

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not only impair one’s sleep but also prevent this needed cell repair from taking place. The brain and cardiovascular system are especially stressed with chronic nighttime oxygen deprivation. Mental focus and memory is compromised while depression and headaches become common. High blood pressure, rapid and irregular heartbeat, diabetes and acid reflux are other complications. When brain function and/or the heart become severely oxygen strained, then stroke, heart attack or even death can occur. It makes you wonder when someone dear to you dies in their sleep if the cause of death may have been undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.

Do You or Your Partner Experience

Snoring or Daytime Sleepiness? Is it true a dentist can help with snoring? Snoring is also a warning that the sleeper may be a victim of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious condition in which the airway totally closes many times during the night and can significantly reduce oxygen levels in the bloodstream. Apneic (airway blockage) episodes can last anywhere between 10 to 20 seconds each, ending with at least a partial awakening when the person can no longer breathe. A person experiencing obstructive sleep apnea may have as many as 300 episodes per night. A person can survive three weeks with no food, three days with no water, but only about three minutes without oxygen. Healthy people usually have an oxygen level in their blood above 95%. If you held your breath for as long as you could, the oxygen level in your blood might drop one or two percent below normal levels. Now just imagine what happens when a person with OSA stops breathing repeatedly and his or her oxygen levels drop into the 80% or 70% range or even lower. Oxygen deprivation can have serious consequences. We all need to maintain normal oxygen levels while we sleep in order for cells to effectively repair, cleanse and reproduce during this time. The nightly restoration process is critical in re-energizing and rebuilding our body from the wear and tear we place on it each day. For the individual with OSA, below normal oxygen levels at night

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram or "sleep study." Home sleep testing may be offered by your dentist. Please do not let fear prevent you from having a diagnosis. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) with your dentist is a convenient and effective alternative to the classic apnea therapy that uses a CPAP machine. In fact, a recent study showed that OAT, when properly performed and adjusted, was as effective as the breathing machine (CPAP) for mild and moderate apnea. It is important to seek treatment from a dentist properly trained in dental sleep medicine and be aware that a “snore guard” is not the same as apnea management. Many dentists may advertise “apnea treatment” so make sure to ask about academy memberships and credentials. You can also contact the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Give yourself the gift of better sleep. It will likely improve your health and your quality of life, both day and night. Dr. Dan Czapek graduated from SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1985 and has been practicing in Arlington Heights for 26 years.

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Events Directory APR 16 - APR 25 The Diary of Anne Frank This powerful play shows the struggles of the Frank family during World War II, told through the eyes of a brave young girl. Time: 9:30am & 11:30am weekdays, 11am Sunday Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Cost: $Adults $14, 12 & under $12 Info: 847-577-2121 www.metropolisarts.com APR 16- MAY 14 Junior Library Volunteers Wanted If you are currently in grades 6-8, you can become a Junior Library Volunteer (JLV) this summer. Completed applications must be returned by 10p.m. on May 14. Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library Cost: free, must apply by May 14 Info: 847-392-0100 www.ahml.info APR 18 Arlington Heights Junior Women's Club General Meeting Service oriented women interested in helping our community and building new friendships. Join our monthly meeting to learn more! Location: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E Central Rd., Arlington Hts, IL 60006 Time: 7-9pm Info www.ahjwc.org APR 18 The Arlington Heights Woman's Club Annual Spring Fundraiser The Arlington Heights Woman's Club will hold its annual spring fundraiser "Spring Into Fashion". Fashions by Steinmart. Time: Cocktails at 11:30 AM. Luncheon 12:30 PM. Location: Rolling Green Country Club 2525 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL. Cost: Donation $37.00. The Club uses the monies for scholarships for local students, the Illinois Burn Camp, Illinois Prevention of Child Abuse, and the USO. Info: 847-808-7353.

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APR 21 Piano Man: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel Piano Man is a fun, high energy concert. Time: 5pm & 8pm Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL Cost: $27 Info: 847-577-212 www.metropolisarts.com APR 21 Shelter, Inc. 5K Run/Walk 4 Kidz In addition to a 5K Run/Walk, there will be a Kidz Dash, pre and post-race buffet, games, prizes, raffles and more. All funds raised through this event will be used to support Shelter’s programs & services. Time: Reg. begins at 8am, Race will start at 9am Loc: Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village in Groves 5-16. Info: 847.590.6188 www.shelter-inc.org. APR 24 & MAY 1 Family Sing Along with Miss Carole This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family together to sing, dance, and have fun! The program is targeted for ages 3-8 years old and their adults, yet younger and older family members enjoy it, too. Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Location: Arlington Heights Historical Museum Cost: $30 fee per family, register just one family member at ahpd.org, program #1586-4. Info: 847-255-1225 ahmuseum.org APR 27 Heartache Tonight: A Tribute to The Eagles Don't miss this band who's sound is a spot-on match to The Eagles, featuring hit songs like "Desperado" and "Hotel Calfornia." Time: 8pm Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL Cost: $30 Info: 847-577-2121 www.metropolisarts.com APR 27 Taste Takes Flight II Sip, Sample, Shop Presented by WOW (Women of WINGS) Culinary and shopping extravaganza with chef demonstrations & samples, wine tastings & vendors to benefit WINGS (Women in Need

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Growing Stronger) Time: 11:00am - 3pm Location: The Meadows Club 2950 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows Cost: $50 in advance; $60 at the door Info: Nina Stephenson (847) 381-4806 or Sue Rogers (847) 381-2931 wingsprogram.com/events APR 28 - 29 Super Spring Used Book Sale Big, categorized sale. Most items $3 or less. No electronic devices allowed in sale. Silent auction 9-2 Saturday. . Time: Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday from noon - 4:30 pm. (children's until 3:30) Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library Cost: Free admission Info: 847-392-0100 APR 28 TV & Me Take a trip down memory lane to hit TV shows of the 60s and 70s with this show that features hundreds of photos and soundbytes. Time: 5 pm & 8pm Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL Cost: $30 Info: 847-577-2121 www.metropolisarts.com MAY 2 The Arlington Heights Woman's Club The program will be "Picnic in the Park." Diane Bele and Karen Banaszewski will present "Nature Song - A Garden of Life" on harp, violin & keyboard. Time: 12 noon Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library Info: Call Barbara Jacobs @ 847-255-4836. See pg JUN 16 18 Wags to Wishes Join Young at Heart in saving homeless senior pets, one grey muzzle at a time. Dinner & wine, dessert, champagne, silent & live auction & more! Time: 6-10pm Location: The Meadows Club 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows Cost: $65 in advance Tickets/Info: 847-529-2025 yahpetrescue.com

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DISASTER

By Michelle Prima

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isasters can strike at any time. Be it natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, or manmade disasters such as terrorist attacks and power outages, they often strike without warning. The results can be devastating. But if you are prepared and think ahead, the damages can be reduced. By assembling the proper paperwork and kits ahead of time, you can save precious minutes in the event of an emergency. You can take steps to protect yourself, your family and your possessions. Some disasters, such as fires and power outages, can strike anywhere in the country. Here in the Midwest, our potential natural disasters are different from those on the east or west coasts. Our threats are from tornadoes, floods, hail and high winds. Keep these in mind when putting together your kits.

YOUR HOME After your family, your home is your most valuable possession. Take care of it. There should be functioning smoke and carbon dioxide detectors on every level of your home. Elevate your appliances and utilities to protect them from water. Have your home inspected for possible structural improvements, including securing the roof to the house, and the house to its foundation. Keep large trees trimmed and away from your house and garage. Move valuables to upper levels of the home in the event of a flood. Take a thorough inventory of your home and store the records in a safe-deposit box or another safe location outside your home, such as with your insurance agent. Record model numbers, serial numbers and purchase information for all your items. Get appraisals of jewelry, art, etc..., for proof of replacement cost. Take photos of your furniture and large items. Make sure your insurance policy covers the full contents of your home. Although expensive, consider flood insurance. Update your inventory every one or two years. YOUR FAMILY Protect your family financially in the event of a disaster. Make copies of all your financial, legal and medical documents. Store the originals in a safe place outside your home. Keep copies on hand to take with you in your emergency kit. Open a savings account that you can draw on if you are displaced. CREATE AN EMERGENCY KIT Your kit should be ready to grab and go at a moment’s notice. It should include the following for surviving three days: Sustenance and Comfort: Bottled water, non-perishable food items that don’t need to be heated and preferably high in protein, a can opener, cups, eating utensils, utility knife, clothing, a batteryoperated radio and flashlight with extra batteries, a whistle to signal for help, masks to filter dirty air, a first-aid kit, sanitation supplies, toiletries, blankets and jackets for warmth, tools and supplies, special needs for infants or the elderly, cash or traveler’s checks and rolls of quarters, and your ATM and credit cards. Documents (keep in a waterproof container): Copies of the following - medical records for the entire family, including

Preparing for a

DISASTER prescriptions, insurance cards, insurance policies, legal documents such as birth certificates and marriage certificates and passports, veterinarian records, and photos of family members and pets in case you get separated. Also, carry backups of computer documents, especially if you own a business, a list of all your credit cards and bank accounts, including phone numbers for each company, and a list of emergency contact information. Pets: Include food and water, collars, up-to-date identification tags, leashes, beds and toys if possible, a litter box and trash bags. Many shelters do not allow pets. So be prepared to part with them or find a hotel/motel that accepts pets. Depending on the situation, you may be able to leave them with friends. Finally, develop a Family Communication Plan and educate the entire family on the emergency kit’s contents. No one can predict an emergency. But if you are prepared, the experience will be less traumatic. For more information on how you can be better prepared, visit: www.ready.gov. Michelle Prima is Owner/President of Prima By Design, Inc., an organizing and relocation company in Buffalo Grove, IL. She is a Certified Home Stager and Certified Senior Move Manager. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and NAPO Chicago and the NAPO Golden Circle.

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GARDENING

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he Garden Club was founded in May of 1955 by Mrs. Irene Lisec and grew from just a few members to our current membership of 90. Our goal is to instill a keen interest in gardening, to promote civic horticulture, and to advocate on the behalf of resource conservation efforts. At monthly meetings, knowledgeable speakers offer practical advice to both beginner and experienced gardeners. Our Horticulture Chairman then presents information and gives members an opportunity to ask questions about their gardening problems.

Arlington Heights Garden Club

The Club has received numerous awards for its contributions to civic beautification. We have maintained the gardens at the Arlington Heights Historical Society for several years and planted a garden at the Senior Center. We also participate in Arbor Day events at some of the local grade schools. Membership in the Arlington Heights Garden Club is open to everyone, not just Arlington Heights residents. Annual dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for two people living in the same household. We encourage all members to participate in our many endeavors. If you are thinking about becoming a member and would like to attend a meeting, please send an email with your contact information to ahgcrequests@gmail.com. A copy of our monthly newsletter with the details of the next meeting will be emailed or mailed to you. To encourage the study of horticulture, the Garden Club provides one or more academic scholarships annually. We have awarded academic scholarships to 19 outstanding students since 2003. Each year the Garden Club tries to award at least one $1500 academic scholarship to a local student. Scholarship applications are due on May 1, and recipients are announced by mid-June. Primary consideration is given to applicants pursuing study in the fields of landscape architecture, horticulture, botany, forestry, agriculture,

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and environmental science; however, other fields of interest will be given consideration if the applicant can demonstrate working experience in the horticulture/floral/nursery community. Applicants must be residents of Arlington Heights or adjoining communities. Our most recent scholarships of $1500 each were awarded for the 2010-2011 school year to two outstanding students, one from Arlington Heights and another from Buffalo Grove. Our annual Garden Walk funds these scholarships and conservation efforts. On Sunday, July 22, 2012, the Garden Club will hold the annual Garden Walk that showcases some of the outstanding gardens in the Arlington Heights area. Proceeds from this event benefit Club-sponsored scholarship and conservation efforts. The Unique Boutique, a vendor fair featuring handcrafted items all oriented toward gardening, will be held in conjunction with the Garden Walk. Admission to the Unique Boutique is free and the event opens at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Historical Society. Tickets for the Garden Walk are available at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 West Fremont, on that Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the Gallery. The Arlington Heights Garden Club meets in the Hendricksen Room at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on the third Monday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m. After Club announcements, a presentation is given on a garden-related topic where members can learn and ask questions. Guests are always welcome. Summer meetings are held in members’ gardens at 7:00 p.m. The August meeting is a members only barbeque. Attendees bring their own lawn chairs and enjoy the evening until dusk begins to set in.

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A Holiday Gathering is held at the Historical Society in December. For several years, we have made ornaments and decorated a holiday tree on the second level of the library. In May and September we have Plant Exchanges. Members divide and pot plants from their gardens and exchange their plants for plants from another member’s garden. This is a very popular event since it is assured that these plants should thrive in our local gardens. Come on out to the Arlington Heights Garden Club and get involved in our community’s green spaces today! Visit us at our website: sites.google.com/site/arlingtonheightsgardenclub

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GARDENING home By Carl Alquire

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ust as a stone thrown into a pond creates ripples, so too can a garden have far-reaching benefits beyond just growing tastier vegetables. For instance, did you know that tomatoes grown organically in your yard can have up to 55% more calcium* than the same tomato grown commercially? Or just consider the distance a tomato grown in California must travel to reach your dinner table and it is easy to see the environmental savings in fossil fuels and air quality, earned by stepping out your back door instead. Gardens also provide a learning opportunity for kids to participate firsthand in how their food is grown and prepared. You only need to see kids eagerly gobbling up fresh sugar snap peas to recognize the healthful benefits of gardens! Perhaps the largest ripple, however, is the dramatic savings that come with growing your own food. A packet of carrot seeds for $1.99 can yield up to 3-4 lbs. of nutrient-rich deliciousness! An average-sized family can realize over $2,000 in food value from a small backyard garden.** Helpful garden tips remind us that April is the time to dig out our garden tools and plan a family garden. The library has lots of “getting started� books and the National Gardeners Association (www.gardener.org) has hundreds of helpful videos for planning your bed and amending the soil, as well as how to choose the right plants and care for them throughout the season. In our local garden, we sow spinach, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and more in early April, and harvest frost-tolerant greens (like kale and

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collards) and brussel sprouts well into October and November. Our small plastic greenhouse extends the season all the way to Christmas! In our Northern Illinois area, hard clay soils can make gardening a challenge. Raised beds with a good mix of compost, rich top soil and sand create a plant-friendly mix for seeds, so that plant starts practically jump out of the ground! Local garden centers tend to offer plant varieties that perform well in our climate conditions, and they can be a great source of information and education. A healthy garden will be naturally resistant to pests and diseases; however, if these conditions do appear, many natural solutions can come to your aid.

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Enjoy a Back yard ORGANIC Vege table Garden Many people think they cannot successfully grow a garden due to shade or the orientation of their yard space. This is a common misconception, however, as problems such as these can be overcome by proper plant selection. For example, many lettuces, herbs, and coolloving plants can do quite well even in heavy shade, if good soil nutrients are available. Critters such as rabbits and deer are also problems easily solved by minimal fencing, netting or simple barriers and enclosures. For some, the idea of a home garden is delightful but daunting. There is help out there for you! Many services are available that can help you as needed: some provide planning and education while others offer to build and fill raised garden beds. Busy families can get the help they need to start their garden and gain

excellent food quality they seek despite limited gardening experience or time-starved schedules. This summer, why not make a positive change in your family’s health, while reducing your food budget by planting a fresh vegetable garden. Your kids will eat more fresh raw food, you can spend less time at the grocery store, and your neighbors are likely to become a lot more neighborly when they see fresh tomatoes ripening on the vine! Carl Alguire is the CEO of Smart Gardener Inc. and Smart Gardener Backyard. He holds a degree in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University. He and his wife Sandi are avid gardeners and produce much of their own food in a 60 x 40 garden in Lake Barrington, IL. They share this garden with one extremely wily bunny rabbit that is much smarter than they are. *Donald Davis, University of Texas at Austin **Roger Doiron-Founder of Kitchen Garden International

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Did you know… Today, more than 15% of all school children are considered obese or overweight. The majority of children who lead a sedentary lifestyle will become adults who lead a sedentary lifestyle, leading to an increased incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. As such, we as parents model for our children and show them the benefits of getting off the couch and moving. Although television has the capacity to inform and teach, much of what our children watch is not what we want them to learn; moreover, children who watch too much television are more likely to become overweight by spending less time exercising, snacking while watching, and choosing to eat the unhealthy foods that are advertised in commercials. When allowing your child to watch TV or play video games, set some ground rules to help develop positive viewing habits. First, limit your child’s use of television, movies, video games and computers to no more than 1 or 2 hours per day. Never let your child watch TV during mealtimes or while doing homework, and do not put a television in your child’s bedroom. Rather than channel surfing, use program guides to help you choose quality shows, or rent age-appropriate educational videos and DVDs.

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Get Them OFF Whenever possible, try to watch television with your child so that you can discuss what you are viewing and help explain the difference between make-believe and real life. Now, how can you manage television time while still encouraging greater physical activity? Consider recording a favorite show and watching it later so you can fast forward through the commercials. Or have your child get active during commercials by doing sit-ups, push-ups, stretching, jumping jacks, running up and down stairs or running in place. Alternatively, you could use exercise videos, dance videos or video games such as Wii Fit to increase physical activity. If your child pressures you into allowing extra television or video time, set the requirement that for each extra half hour of time spent sitting, he or she must spend an extra half hour of time exercising. In general, aim for at least one hour of various physical activities each day. Encourage aerobic activities that cause the heart to beat faster, the lungs to breathe deeper and the body to sweat (such as riding a bike, swimming, playing basketball or dancing). Help your child find a sport or activity that he or she enjoys, and get the entire family involved in the activity when possible. Make sure to choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate; for example, a young child should not be weight-lifting or running long distance, but rather should

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The COUCH Turn off the TV and video games before it’s too late have easy access to balls, jump ropes, bicycles or a nearby playground or swimming pool. Please don’t forget to make time to exercise for yourself, as children who regularly see their parents enjoying a physical activity are more likely to do so themselves. Keep in mind that that the benefits of physical activity go far beyond physical health. Not only can it help maintain a healthier weight, build stronger muscles and bones, and help prevent heart disease and diabetes, but it also offers mental benefits. Exercising increases enthusiasm and optimism, boosts self-esteem, improves sleep quality, and reduces anxiety and stress. So with your guidance and encouragement it’s time to turn off the tube, get your child off the couch and start exercising toward better overall health. References: AAP, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin,“Prevalance and trends in overweight issues among U.S. children and adolescents” (JAMA 2002-08)

Dr. Santiago attended Northwestern University for both her undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Santiago completed her residency training at the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital at Loyola University in Maywood, Illinois. She has been practicing pediatrics in the Chicago area since 2001 and is currently on staff at Arlington Pediatrics, LTD in Arlington Heights.

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ow many remote control devices do you have piled up around your TV? Most people have three to five, while some have as many as ten. A single product will reduce your remotes down to one and greatly simplify your television viewing experience. They are called “universal” or “all-in-one” remote controls. THE PROBLEM Almost every piece of home entertainment equipment now comes with a remote control, leaving us constantly annoyed with the collection of remotes on the TV table. One universal remote, however, will absorb the functional control of all your television-related devices with basic functions such as on-off, TV input change, volume and record/playback all controlled by one remote. WHAT DO I NEED? Budget-priced “entry level” universal remotes offer the control of a limited number of devices (three to four). They cost between $35 to $50 and will manage simple tasks like power on/off, volume up/down and channel changing. Mid-tier universal remotes cost between $150 and $300. These remotes offer more flexibility, such as small LCD touch displays, rechargeable batteries, button back lighting, the “shake to wake up” feature and the ability to control several electronic devices, including gaming and on-line video streaming services. High-tier universal remotes can cost up to $1000. They offer features such as large color touch screen (tablet type) displays, the ability to control up to twenty or more electronic devices including security cameras and home automation, which utilizes user-programmable, multitask operations called “Macros.” The Macro function in the mid to high-end remotes allows you to press a single button and control everything simultaneously with

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UNIVERSAL REMOTES! ENJOY! It won’t take long for you to discover that a universal remote is the single most valuable piece of your home entertainment system.

simple commands such as “Watch TV” or “Watch DVD” or “Play a Game.” Essentially, one remote can send a sequence of commands with just one button, fulfilling the same function as several steps taken on a variety of regular remotes. GOING SHOPPING A good mid-tier universal remote is the Logitech brand Harmony One™. It sells for around $150 and will be more than sufficient for most home theater systems. For another $100, Logitech offers the Harmony 900™, which allows you to control equipment that is hidden in another room or behind closed cabinet doors.

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SET-UP Another thing to note is that universal remotes generally need to be programmed or customized to your equipment. This requires you to hook them up to a computer for a one-time program download. Universal remotes are very simple to program: all you need to do is enter the model numbers of your equipment and the software prompts you through the download process. If you are not comfortable with the programming aspect of the universal remote, ask a salesperson at your local electronics retailer for assistance. Most “in-your-homeservices” charge around $100 to program your remote; you can find them in the yellow pages and online. Also, if you purchase a remote with rechargeable batteries, don’t forget to charge them. Usually the remote’s base is a charger and should be placed there to charge every night.

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FLOORING home

Hardwood Floors: Know Your Stuff Before You Contract By Mike Galloway

If you are planning on having your floors sanded, look for a company that has the new “dust containment system,” which traps about 99% of the dust. The old “dust free” or “dustless” systems use outdated technology invented in the early 1970s, and they only trap about 80%-90% of the dust. The next thing to be knowledgeable about are the finishes offered. Below is a breakdown of the three types of urethane finishes: Oil-based polyurethanes, acid-cure oil-based urethanes (Swedish finish) and water-based urethanes. Remember, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. • Oil-based urethanes are inexpensive. They have an odor during application and are in the middle range on the durability chart. They also yellow rather quickly and do not hold up well to scratching. • The Swedish finish is the second-most durable finish. In addition, the cost is low for a high-end finish that is resistant to wear and scratches, easy to clean, and non-yellowing. The negative is the amount of odor during the multi-day application and drying time.

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s in all forms of home improvement, there are many shortcuts that can be taken to greatly reduce the life of your floor. Here are some of the things that you should look for when hiring a hardwood flooring contractor. First, make sure that whoever you hire has both liability and workman’s compensation insurance. If a worker gets injured at your house and the contractor does not have insurance, you may be liable, and medical costs can easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is also very important to get the certificate of insurance directly from the insurance agent and not the contractor. This assures both that the policy is currently enforced, and that if the policy gets cancelled for any reason, it is the agent’s responsibility to notify you. If the agent does not contact you upon policy cancellation, you are still covered in the event of a worker injury. Another important item to look for is a written warranty. If the contractor is not willing to stand behind his work, there is a reason for that. Also make sure that the contractor is planning to be around for at least the length of the warranty. In addition, the contractor must be trained to use the necessary products. Most manufacturers hold classes for their products and certify contractors upon completion of the course, and some manufacturers do not warranty their products unless used by a certified contractor.

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• Water-based urethanes come in a wide variety of durability--from the “builders’ grade” (lowest in durability) to the high-end “commercial grade” (Bona Traffic), and everything in between. Bona Traffic is the most durable finish option, 10% more durable than the Swedish finish. It holds up well against harmful chemicals, and is very scratch and wear resistant. Bona Traffic is nonyellowing and very low in odor; however, it is also the most expensive option. No matter which finish your floor contractor uses, make sure the proper sanding sequences are followed when sanding the floor. If a floor is not sanded correctly, the finish will not last as long as it should. The most accepted sequence is using 40, 60 and then 100-grit sandpaper; the final sanding should then be done with a fine-grit screen. This article will hopefully give you the basic knowledge necessary to make an informed decision when it comes to your wood floors. Mike Galloway has been in the flooring industry for 40 years, and has owned his own business, Wizard of Wood Flooring & Surfaces, Ltd., for 30 years. He has been asked to be on steering committees and advisory panels for new product development teams of various floor manufacturers and finishes. He is often called upon as an expert witness for legal issues concerning flooring. Mike is among a select group to be certified in finish application and floor installations. He is always up-to-date on the latest technology and products on the market in the flooring industry.

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BOYS book review

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Good Reads for Boys

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A boy named Nathaniel Fludd is the star of the series Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, by R. L. LaFevers. Nathaniel's parents have been missing for several years after an expedition to the North Pole, and are officially declared dead. His governess gladly sends him to live with his long-lost cousin, Phil A. Fludd. Aunt Phil, a beastologist, is suddenly called out on a mission, and Nathaniel must accompany her to oversee the birth of a new phoenix. These entertaining adventures are perfect for boys ready to read short chapter books. Ages 5 & up. In Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, 12-year-old Artemis decides to take his family's criminal activity to a whole to level by kidnapping a fairy. Since his father was declared dead and his mother went crazy with grief, this genius has had free reign over his family's historical estate in Ireland. After tracking down a copy of the magic book of the fairies, he puts his plan into action and succeeds in winning some fairy gold. Although he wins the first battle, the war between Artemis and the People (as the fairies call themselves) continues throughout the rest of the series. Ages 8 & up. Boys who love to read and are not intimidated by large tomes will enjoy Brian Jacques' classic Redwall series. The peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey are ready to celebrate a wonderful year – until a rumor circulates that the terrible one-eyed rat Cluny is coming to conquer the abbey. The mice have no hope, save for the legendary sword of Martin the Visit us online at www.ourfamilymag.com and on Facebook


Dave Barry’s humor and Ridley Pearson’s suspense are evident in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. These books create an elaborate back story to J.M. Barrie's classic story Peter Pan, telling how Peter and the Lost Boys came to Neverland, and how Peter gained his ability to fly. These books are full of adventure, close calls and hilarious situations. Ages 10 & up.

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Rick Riordan wrote the wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In this series, Mount Olympus moves from Greece to the center of world power, which happens to be the United States. The Greek gods can't help but fall in love with humans, which results in many demi-gods, including Percy Jackson. The gods also have hot tempers, and Percy must find Zeus's stolen lightning bolt before war erupts. Ages 10 & up. J.R.R Tolkein's Lord of the Rings series has enjoyed a resurgence recently, boosted by the movies. Frodo Baggins is entrusted with the task of destroying the ring of power, which, if returned to its owner, could mean the end of Middle Earth. He's joined on his quest by fellow hobbits, a wizard, an elf, a dwarf and two men. Their journey is full of peril and difficult choices. Tolkein loved legend, language and genealogy, so his writing can wander from the central plot. However, once readers get used to his writing style, they will be caught up in the huge battle between good and evil and the future of Middle Earth. Ages 14 & up.

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