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Fortunately, many ocular diseases are treatable and vision loss can be prevented if caught in a timely manner. We rely on our vision for so many things, eye health is too important to overlook. I strongly recommend adding a comprehensive, dilated eye exam to your regular health care regimen. Dr. Jay Taylor, at The Delaware Eye Institute, has been serving the eye care needs of patients in Sussex County for 14 years. To make an appointment call (302) 645-2300.

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By: Glenn Courtney, A.B.O.C. of Delaware Eye Optical Loyalty, (defined as faithful to one’s allegiance) applies in this case to the many families eyecare needs we have served over the last thirty plus years. In some cases we are currently providing eyecare to the third generation of families in our region. We ourselves are second generation opticians and have at times employed the third generation within our families. Many of you have heard the term “from cradle to grave”; in our case this span of time involves many different aspects of eyecare. In fact, children, teenagers, young adults, mature adults and elderly all have particular eyecare needs that must be satisfied. The visual, medical and style needs change as one goes through life and determines in large part how we personalize our clients eyecare answers. Infant’s visual problems can go unnoticed unless there is an obvious issue such as Amblyopia (lazy eye); caught early this condition can usually be treated. Children treated before age five either with eye glasses or patching, in most cases recover to near normal vision. Our office has fit infants less than a year old with eyeglasses. These frames are soft and pliable usually made of plastic and in some cases rubber. Wraparound temples or straps can be used to keep the frames on and polycarbonate lenses; an impact resistant material, is used for safety requirements. We carry a variety of frames for all ages beginning at infancy and through grade school. This time of the year we fit many children with frames for t-ball and little league. These frames are designed for impact resistance and protect not only the eye with OSHA required thickness for lenses, but the face as well. Sport frames usually have a wrap-around design for peripheral vision and smoother edges on the inside protecting the skin against impact. The bridge area or nose pads are cushioned as

well to protect against collision or impact from baseballs or softballs. These sport frames have come a long way in design to make children more comfortable wearing the once uncomfortable frames, they actually have many colors available in trying to match team colors. Children, as they grow older and into pre-teen years become more conscious of their looks; trends influence the acceptance of eyeglasses especially in the ages between 10 to 18 years of age. Currently eyeglass frames are very popular in this age group but for those who are not comfortable, contact lenses become an alternative. Contact lens wear can usually start around 12 years of age but this depends on discipline and personal hygiene whether it’s recommended or not. Those who have very high prescriptions and are conscious of their eye glass lenses being thick will opt for contacts as soon as parents give the go ahead welcoming this new alternative to better vision. Young adults currently are our most style conscious age group and select design and lifestyle frames more than any other age group. Vintage and retro looks have been popular over the last few years and are selected to accessorize an overall style. The twenty something’s to thirty year olds lean toward trendy frames; currently bolder acetates in shapes dating back to 1950’s or 60’s. Many of these frames are updated with newer materials and trendy colors. This age group has generally grown up with antiglare coatings and transition lenses both of which improve their vision while transitions protect their eyes as well as provide comfort. Adults approaching 40 or later will usually experience presbyopia (the condition when the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus) making it difficult to see objects up close. These “Lordy, Lordy, look who’s forty” crowd tends to put off the inevitable by wearing cheaters at first which can be a mistake. Eventually when the need of a correction is required accommodating this change becomes more difficult. Clients that ease through this change in vision from the beginning are happier with their eyewear and handle the progression more gracefully. Wearing eye glasses to correct presbyopia can be handled in many ways and as add powers increase other visual fields are affected. Distance, in-

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termediate and near all can be corrected; it’s the design that matters. Delaware Eye Optical is one of the leaders nationally in fitting Hoya’s ID Free Form lenses which provide clear, wide, distortion free vision in all directions. This is the only double surface free form progressive lens on the market and is a breakthrough in lens design. The next step in lens design for presbyopia is personalized free form design. This involves an evaluation of your current eyewear needs, prescription, measurements, life style and other data that aids in the design of your particular lenses; you actually help design your own lenses. Cataracts that develop as we age due to proteins in the eye that begin to breakdown causing the lens to become cloudy; blurry vision eventually gets to a point where the Ophthalmologist will remove the lens and replace it with an implant. I spoke about this condition in the last issue. The eyewear or contact lenses to correct vision as close to 20/20 is available in many designs and we can recommend alternatives once we see your post cataract prescription. With these different phases of life and the alternatives that accompany your visu-


al needs there is one constant. Sunglasses should be worn by everyone at all ages as early in life as possible. Delaware Eye Optical recommends protecting your eyes from harmful UV just as you do your skin. Whether you wear contact lenses, prescription eyeglasses or have no correction always protect your eyes from ultraviolet light. Over the course of a life time the long term affects can help lead to cataract development and other medical conditions in an around the eye. Delaware Eye Optical is experienced with all of these age related conditions and will help you make the right decisions. Everyone’s visual needs are different but together we can improve your quality of life.

For more information or an appointment call 302-645-1800 in Rehoboth, 302-934-6620 in Millsboro and 302-678-3200 in Dover.

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Health & Medicine Chemotherapy & Your Mouth to prevent side effects • The dentist will do a complete exam.

be dangerous when you are receiving cancer treatment. If the side effects are bad, you may not be able to keep up with your cancer treatment. Your doctor may need to cut back on your cancer treatment or may even stop it.

What can I do to keep my mouth healthy?

You can do a lot to keep your mouth healthy during chemotherapy. The first step is to see a dentist before you start cancer treatment. Once your treatment starts, it’s important to look in your mouth every day for sores or other changes. These tips can help prevent and treat a sore mouth: • Keep your mouth moist. • Drink a lot of water • Suck ice chips • Use sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy • Use a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth • Clean your mouth, tongue, and gums. • Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If brushing hurts, soften the bristles in warm water. • Use a fluoride toothpaste • Don’t use mouthwashes with alcohol in them • Floss your teeth gently every day. If your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth • Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt in one cup of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse.

What mouth problems does chemotherapy cause?

Presented by Richard J. McCann, D.M.D., P.A. Are you Being treated with chemotherapy for cancer?

If so, this information can help you. While chemotherapy helps treat cancer, it can also cause other things to happen in your body called side effects. Some of these problems affect the mouth and could cause you to delay or stop treatment. This information will tell you ways to help prevent mouth problems so you’ll get the most from your cancer treatment. To help prevent serious problems, see a dentist at least two weeks before starting chemotherapy. A dentist can help prevent mouth problems.

How does chemotherapy affect the mouth?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they may also harm normal cells, including cells in the mouth. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit). It’s important to know that side effects in the mouth can be serious. The side effects can hurt and make it hard to eat, talk, and swallow. You are more likely to get an infection, which can

You may have certain side effects in your mouth from chemotherapy. Another person may have different problems. The problems depend on the chemotherapy drugs and how your body reacts to them. You may have these problems only during treatment or for a short time after treatment ends. • Painful mouth and gums • Dry mouth • Burning, peeling or swelling tongue • Infection • Change in taste You can see or feel most of these problems. Check your mouth every day.

Why should I see a dentist?

You may be surprised that your dentist is important in your cancer treatment. If you go to the dentist before chemotherapy begins, you can help prevent serious mouth problems. Side effects often happen because a person’s mouth is not healthy before chemotherapy starts. Not all mouth problems can be avoided but the fewer side effects you have, the more likely you will stay on your cancer treatment schedule.

When should I see a dentist?

Dentures that don’t fit well can cause problems. Talk to your cancer doctor or dentist about your dentures. If your mouth is sore, watch what you eat and drink. Choose foods that are good for you and easy to chew and swallow. Take small bites of food, chew slowly, and sip liquids with your meals. Eat soft, moist foods such as cooked cereals, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs. If you have trouble swallowing, soften your food with gravy, sauces, broth, yogurt or other liquids. Sipping liquids with your meals will make eating easier. Call your

You need to see the dentist at least two weeks before chemotherapy begins. If you have already started chemotherapy and didn’t go to a dentist, see one as soon as possible.

What will the dentist and dental hygienist do? • Check your teeth • Take X-rays • Take care of mouth problems • Show you how to take care of your mouth

doctor or nurse when your mouth hurts. Work with them to find medicines to help control the pain. If the pain continues, talk to your cancer doctor about stronger medicines. Remember to stay away from: • Sharp, crunchy foods, like taco chips, that could scrape or cut your mouth • Foods that are hot, spicy, or high in acid, like citrus fruits and juices, which can irritate your mouth • Sugary foods, like candy or soda, that could cause cavities • Toothpicks, because they can cut your mouth • All tobacco products • Alcoholic drinks

Do children get mouth problems too?

Chemotherapy causes other side effects in children, depending on the child’s age. Problems with teeth are the most common. Permanent teeth may be slow to come in and may look different from normal teeth. Teeth may fall out. The dentist will check your child’s jaws for any growth problems.

Before chemotherapy begins, take your child to a dentist. The dentist will check your child’s mouth carefully and pull loose teeth or those that may become loose during treatment. Ask the dentist or hygienist what you can do to help your child with mouth care. Your child has special dental needs. Remember:

• Visit your dentist before your cancer treatment starts • Take good care of your mouth during treatment • Talk regularly with your cancer doctor and dentist about any mouth problems you have.

Richard J. McCann, D.M.D. 31413 Winterplace Parkway Salisbury, MD 21804

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CoolSculpting Non-Surgical Fat Removal fat. This non-invasive procedure represents an alternative to surgical liposuction by using a novel cooling technology that permanently removes fat cells from treated areas.

Michelle Parsons, MD

is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia and received her residency training from the State University of New York in General Surgery, and Christiana Medical Center in Emergency Medicine. She also served as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force. Dr. Parsons specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and treatment of Thyroid disorders as well as Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Medicine. The biggest trend in cosmetic surgery for 2013 is the expansion of non-invasive body countouring technology, the best of which is CoolSculpting, which is now available at ReNove Medical in Rehoboth Beach. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-surgical device that uses precisely controlled cooling to destroy fat cells, thereby eliminating unwanted love handles, bra rolls, and stomach fat. Arms and legs can be treated as well. Unlike some other non-surgical technologies that release fat from fat cells, such as Vasershape and I-Lipo, Coolsculpting destroys the fat cells thereby eliminating treated fat permanently, as our body does not make new fat cells. Coolsculpting is a unique non-surgical treatment for removal of fat from localized pockets of excess

How does CoolSculpting Work? The technology behind CoolSculpting was developed by Harvard scientists who noted that fat was destroyed by cold under certain conditions. CoolSculpting is a result of their efforts to harness and refine this application of cold to selectively remove unwanted fat deposits in a safe manner. During a treatment, your unwanted fatty area will be pressed and chilled to a temperature 12 degrees above freezing. At this temperature the fat within fat cells crystallizes. When the fat within the cells crystallizes, it damages and kills the fat cell. Skin and other tissue is not damaged as the water in other cells is not crystallized, only fat. The body will then eliminate the killed fat cells over time. The best news is that we do not make new fat cells. Fat cells merely get bigger or smaller as they store more fat or lose fat. So in essence the fat removal from CoolSculpting is permanent. And we have seen instances of patients who if they gain weight, the weight will not return to the treated areas. What are the most common areas to be treated? Many people on a weight loss program continue to have stubborn hard to lose areas, no matter how much dieting, sit ups or weight they lose. Such stubborn areas are typically around the abdomen, the love handles and inner thighs. Once you are over forty, losing fat in these areas is extremely difficult. These are the areas that CoolSculpt can address. Basically if there is an area you can pinch several inches, that area can be treated and eliminated

by CoolSculpt. Most of our patients are interested in losing fatty areas in the upper and lower abdomen, the muffin top, waist, brat fat, back fat, love handles, and “mommy pooches.” We can also treat arms, thighs and saddle bags.

Are there any side effects from CoolSculpting? The side effects from a CoolSculpting treatment are minimal. It is possible Before to have bruising after the treatment, which resolves in a week. It is common to have numbness or decreased sensitivity in the treated area lasting 1 to 2 weeks. In some instances patients will develop a burning tingling sensation 5 days after the treatment which can be controlled with a Lidoderm patch. There are virtually no long term negative side effects. What does CoolSculpting feel like? Our treatment room is very comfortable where you will relax on a padded recliner. When the CoolSculpting is applied to the fatty area to be treated there is a sensation of pulling that feels slightly uncomfortable for the first 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually this sensation lessens to the point during the treatment any uncomfortable sensation is minimal. There seems to be a natural endorphin release during the treatment so patients are very relaxed during the treatment, which takes an hour. Some people have fallen asleep during the treatment! A typical treatment session lasts between 1 and 3 hours, depending on how many areas are treated. During the treatment, we have Netflix available so you can watch a movie or catch

After up on your favorite television program. Busy moms find this time to themselves a real treat! We also have Wi-Fi.

How quickly do people see results? After a CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells are actually killed and will be eliminated by the body over time. Many report seeing changes in as little as 3 to 4 weeks. The full benefit will take as long as 60 to 90 days. How long to results last? Once the fat cells are frozen, killed and naturally eliminated by your body, the results are permanent. You can still gain weight in other areas if you over eat and don’t continue to try to remain fit. If you are interested in learning more about CoolSculpting and would like to see if you are a good candidate for this effective treatment to lose unwanted fatty areas, please call us today to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Michelle Parsons at ReNove Medical, Health Rejuvenating Spa, in Rehoboth Beach, 302227-1079. We will be offering an introductory Special this season, so please inquire.

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Meet Jennifer Hazzard and Amanda Moore, the women who help make it all happen in Dr. Wilson C. Choy’s practice

A big part of what makes any medical practice successful is the people. And with people like Jennifer Hazzard and Amanda Moore, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Wilson C. Choy’s patients are in good hands.

da’s duties might take them to all three of Dr. Choy’s offices. Amanda is usually in the operating room to help Dr. Choy on Mondays; and Jennifer is by his side on Thursdays.

Jennifer and Amanda are the physician assistants who stand by Dr. Choy’s side during each surgery, assisting with numerous routine procedures, and ensuring the doctor has the time to give each patient his full attention.

But their commitment doesn’t stop with the doc. Both women devote time to helping other staffers, act as professional role models, are part of several committees, and even are there to assist in after-hours calls. On her own time, Amanda will stay with Dr. Choy on the weekends he is on-call for Beebe Medical Center, assisting with surgical cases.

These two tireless “PA’s” are there to help patients before and after the surgeries as well, helping gather information during the intake process and shortening the sometimes dreary wait times that all physician offices contend with. “I couldn’t hope to see as many people as I do without their help,” said Choy, a wellknown orthopaedic surgeon in the area. “They are my ‘right-hand men,’ he jokes. “Or, should I say, ‘right-hand women.’” During the course of the week, Jennifer and Aman-

Jennifer is also there whenever duty calls, helping Dr. Choy with an array of tasks – including paperwork, dictation, and the many other duties of physician assistants, who spend years in training to help assess, diagnose and render treatment of all orthopaedic conditions. The love and passion that these professionals show for their work are a result of a lifetime of caring. Amanda, who was born and raised in Laurel with three sib-

lings, went to Sussex Technical High School, then earned her associates degree as a physical therapist assistant from Delaware Tech. She worked at Beebe Medical Center for eight years as a physical therapist assistant while finishing her bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University. Her love of helping people brought her back to school in 2007 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she became a certified physician assistant. When she is not working, she likes to take her jeep on the beach, spoil her niece and nephew, and she enjoyes all that coastal Delaware has to offer. Jennifer is also a native of Sussex, growing up in Georgetown and graduating from Sussex Central High School. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2003 with a degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science, she pursued a career as a Physician Assistant at Anne Arundel Community College. She also has a master’s degree in Medical Science from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.

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Human Parvovirus B19 the virus. However, transmission can occur by direct hand to mouth contact. The incubation period, or time from exposure to actually seeing signs of the virus range from 4-14 days. The facial rash appears by day 16 at which time the virus has disappeared from the respiratory tract and the host or primary source of the infection no longer is infectious. The three stages of the Parvovirus 19 are: Stage 1 slapped cheek eruption appears day 16 Stage 2 Rash on trunk and limbs day 17-20 Stage 3 Recurrence an occur during 1-3 months

From Left to Right in the back is Dr. Leo H. Eschbach, DO, Dr. Steven Berlin, MD seated, Dr Vincent B.Killeen, MD, F.A.C.O.G. and Dr. Tabitha F. Perry seated By Dr. Vincent B. Killeen, M.D.F.A.C.O.G

Recently quite a few mothers, teachers, healthcare workers, and day care providers’ presently pregnant or considering pregnancy have inquired about Human Parvovirus B19, better known as “fifth disease”, “slap face disease” or” slap cheek disease”. Parvo virus 19 is characterized as a mild rash illness to which better than 50% of pregnant women are immune. Because of this immunity, these women and their babies are usually protected from getting the virus or the disease. According to the CDC, “pregnant women who are not immune usually do not have serious complications after they are exposed to others with fifth disease. They usually have only a mild disease. Their babies as well usually do not have any problems. However, sometimes a baby will develop severe anemia, and in less than 5% of cases, mothers will experience a miscarriage or fetal fluid accumulation problems.

er names. Measles , the first exanthema; scarlet fever, the second exanthema; German measles, third exanthema; Duke’s disease, fourth exanthema and roseola, sixth exanthem. Fifth disease usually exhibits a facial rash, primarily affects children 5 to 14 and outbreaks typically occur in the spring. Transmission, or how do we get it is through the air. This respiratory droplet transmission requires close contact with

In pregnancy, the rate of transmission depends on the length of exposure to a source. In casual contact this is about 5%, but in the school setting, it is about 20% which is why there is alarm in our teachers. But really the highest transmission of 30-50% occurs in the household environment. The developing fetus is particularly susceptible to the virus, usually after the first trimester after which the first half of the pregnancy may result in miscarriage. The second half of the pregnancy when af-

There are blood tests for the Parvovirus that will help show if you are immune to the virus, or may have had a recent infection as well as telling you if you have never been exposed and are not immune to the virus. Still the best tools to prevent getting the virus for you or your baby are good handwashing, avoiding close respiratory contact with any child that exhibits the virus or is known to have or be recently exposed to the virus. Do not share food, eating utensils or drinking glasses If you test positive, or are exposed, you and your doctor will follow you with serial ultrasounds every 1-2 weeks for 12-13 weeks and have you see a high risk specialist. Close surveillance is the current method of treatment. At this time there is no single recommended method to monitor of treat, so vigilance on the part of the pregnant mothers is essential.

Bayside Health Association is committed to bringing quality Women’s Health Care to the Eastern Shore. We have two conveniently located facilities in Lewes and Georgetown. Our Board Certified staff of Physicians and our Certified Nurse Midwives are ready to listen to all your health concerns. We offer Dexa (bone density) screening and Gynecological and Obstetrical ultrasounds by appointment. Our ultrasound department has just recently received it reaccreditation, meeting the AIUM Standards. Our Lewes location offers same day mammograms and lab services.

This is not a new illness; the virus was first discovered in 1975 by Dr. Gossart while actually screening blood for the hepatitis B virus. However was not implicated in maternal/fetal complications until the early 1980s. Fifth disease caused by Parvovirus 19 results in erythema infectiosum. The erythema is caused by the “fifth exanthema.” Exanthem is from the Greek for “a breaking out” that results in a widespread rash usually in children. The other “exanthems” are well known to all of us by oth-

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fected my have dire consequences with transmission from mother to fetus across the placenta of about 35%. This may result in stillborn, fetal death or fetal hydrops which is the excess accumulation of fluid around the heart, brain, abdomen or the lungs.

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The Need For Blood Doesn’t Take A Break For The Holidays alive for five years because of donors and we’re able to have a fun, happy five-year-old who just shines.”

By Christine E. Serio External Communications Specialist Blood Bank of Delmarva


ive-year-old Ashlynn Bruce suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia and has needed blood transfusions since she was 12-hours old. She receives a transfusion every two to three weeks and would not be a vibrant, happy child without them. “I know some people are not sure about giving blood, but I would say just take a little time to give blood. It means the world to many people,” said Ashlynn’s mom, Patricia. “My daughter has been

bers of the fire and police departments, as well as their families and friends will be encouraged to go to any of the donation centers or mobiles, give blood and fill out a Hero Card in the name of police or fire.

Unfortunately, her story is not all that uncommon. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Blood Bank of Delmarva needs 350 blood donors a day to meet the needs of the 16 hospitals on Delmarva. This year, 20,000 patients will have a fighting chance because they received a blood transfusion. About 83,000 units are collected at Blood Bank of Delmarva annually.

It’s just another way to support local heroes and save lives.

National Blood Donor Month

As the holiday season turns into a new year, Blood Bank of Delmarva and blood centers across the country observe National Blood Donor Month in January. Every day is a chance to thank donors and show appreciation for the lifesaving donation they make, but in

While the numbers tell one story, the stories like Ashlynn’s motivate many to give throughout the year. During the holiday season, donations typically slow down because people are focused on their busy schedules of gettogethers, family functions and good times. The need for blood never takes a holiday break. As individuals consider charitable giving this holiday season— and year-round—Blood Bank of Delmarva hopes that they consider giving one of the most personal and impactful gifts: the gift of life to people right here in their own community.

January, special efforts are made to let them know how grateful everyone is to them.

In January, Blood Bank of Delmarva blood donors will receive special giveaways and tokens of appreciation. To become a lifesaving blood donor at Blood Bank of Delmarva, schedule an appointment at or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8. There is now an app too. It can be downloaded on iPhones and Androids to make it easier for mobile users to schedule appointments.

This holiday season, give someone the best gift of all...

Giving blood takes about an hour from start to finish including the review of materials, interview process, blood collection and time for cookies and juice in the canteen. One pint of blood can be used to help up to three people having surgery, battling serious illness or being treated for trauma.

Boots and Badges

Five-year-old Ashlynn Bruce receives blood donations every two to three weeks. She is alive today because of blood donors.

To help boost the inventory for the holiday season, Blood Bank of Delmarva will hold the Boots & Badges Challenge from Dec. 1 to 14. Police and fire departments throughout Delmarva will compete to see which group can get the most blood donors in two weeks. Mem-

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What is Ultherapy? is a face and neck treatment that improves skin laxity in a meaningful way but completelynon–surgically.


Michelle Parsons, MD

is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia and received her residency training from the State University of New York in General Surgery, and Christiana Medical Center in Emergency Medicine. She also served as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force. Dr. Parsons specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and treatment of Thyroid disorders as well as Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Medicine. Here at ReNove Medical, Dr. Parsons offers Ultherapy, a state of the art medical procedure utilizing focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten sagging skin. No scalpel or anesthesia is needed. Ultherapy is great for people who would like tightening and lifting of facial skin without have a surigcal facelift. The Ulthera sound energy passes right through the skin and targets the areas you want lifted. During a typical 30-60 minute Ultherapy treatment session, an ultrasound applicator is passed over each region of the face. The sound waves emitted deliver small, controlled amounts of energy into the deep layers of skin and soft tissue. The beauty of Ultherapy ‘uplifting ultrasound’ is that it

Ultherapy works great for sagging jowls, where the skin is fatty, heavy and drooping. Ultherapy is able to reduce this fatty heaviness, tapering the jaw line, for a more youthful look. Ultherapy can restore a more youthful shape to the face from a square to the inverted triangle.

Nasolabial Folds

Ultherapy also works well to minimize the drooping of excess skin that we get along each side of the nose, or lower cheeks. You may think that you need to fill in these areas with a filler, but the real problem may be that fat and loose skin is just falling down due to the effects of gravity. With ultherapy we can target this area and minimize the fattiness and tighten up that skin. Again this will restore the more youthful balance of the face with the center of gravity higher in the cheek areas.


Ultherapy can tighten up that loose skin underneath our necks as well. The area that Ultherapy works the best is that area just underneath the chin and extending into that curve of the neck. Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a surgical neck lift. But if you have somewhat loose and fatty skin in your upper neck, hanging just beneath your chin, Ultherapy can improve this area, and improve your profile.

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Perhaps one the most dramatic areas that Ultherapy can improve on without surgery is the eye area and creating a brow lift, helping to lift heavy drooping eyelids. Ultherapy can make the eyes appear more open,

more awake, rested and more youthful. This may be subtle change but this small difference can have a significant effect! Our clients really love this part of the Ultherapy results.


Overall Ultherapy works wonders to taper, redefine your facial contours, while eliminating fatty, droopy areas, and lift and tightening skin around the eyes and underneath the chin, for a more youthful sculpted look. The stars in Hollywood do this treatment, and now you have access to this age defying procedure right here in Delaware at the beach. Dr. Parsons is pleased to bring this cutting edge highly sought after technology to you to help you look your best. If you think you may be candidate for Ultherapy, please give us a call to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Michelle Parsons. 302227-1079.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Ultherapy?

After just one treatment with no downtime, your skin will gradually shift back into a more youthful position. Improvements include a sleeker, more defined jawline and tighter skin on the neck under the chin. Sagging skin on the cheeks can be tightened and lifted, which in turn can


improve folds from the nose to mouth, folds from the mouth to jaw, and drooping corners of the mouth. Tightening of skin on the forehead can reduce the sagging skin on the eyelids and promote a more open, refreshed look in general. The results of Ultherapy are permanent, just as the results of a face-lift are permanent, 0f course, your skin will continue its natural aging process. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for surgery, it is an inviting alternative for those who are not ready for surgery but looking for meaningful results.

TESTIMONIAL One week after my Ultherapy Treatment, my husband, after being out of town for a couple of days asked me “what’s different about you,” he was staring at my face! Not having told him about my treatment I innocently said “what do you mean?” His response was “I am not sure but your face looks different.” I asked “different good or different bad?” He replied “different good, looks stretched.” I was surprised that the results were noticed that quickly. I found the treatment to be bearable, certainly wasn’t pain free, but tolerable. I was very happy when it was over! For the past 2 weeks following the treatment my face has been tender which is a reminder that the treatment is continuing to work! I would highly recommend it to all! K.M. – Ocean City, MD.


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Chiropractic Boosts Your Immune System

Dr. Tracy Hudson Dr. Hudson is a ’95 Cape Henlopen High School graduate and continued her educational career at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. While attending UNCW, Dr. Hudson suffered an injury playing softball and she sought treatment with a local chiropractor. After a few adjustments, Dr. Hudson was back on the field. Now being a true believer, she decided to further her education in the natural healing art. She attended Life University in Atlanta, GA for 3 years, and then transferred to Texas Chiropractic College in Houston. After graduating in 2004, she moved to Clearwater, FL, where she was in private practice for 8 years. During that time, she also became a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She has now moved back to her home town to share her love of chiropractic with our community.

Most people are aware of the benefits of chiropractic care for back and neck pain, but a lesser known advantage of chiropractic treatment is improving immune function. The immune system is the body’s line of defense designed to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Many factors contribute to a person’s immune system’s ability to maintain optimal health. Nutrition, exercise, posture, stress, and fatigue are important, but so is the health of your spine. While we are in the midst of cold and flu season, let me explain how chiropractic care can support your immune system and keep you well. Chiropractic care specifically corrects spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxations. These misalignments of the spine can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves which exit at each level of the spine. This can cause stress and interference of the nervous system. Simply put, whatever message that is trying to be sent from the brain and out to the body does not get sent properly. Picture a kink in a garden hose. Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal abnormalities thus relieving stress from the nervous system and allowing it to function properly. The immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. Specific immune organs including the spleen, thymus, and lymph nodes are all in communication with the master control - the brain - through nerves which connect them. Picture a telephone wire. During an immune response, the brain and the immune system “talk to each other” and coordinate the body’s response to the exposure. This process is essential for maintaining homeostasis or balance in the body. If the nervous system

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is not functioning properly, then the immune system cannot function properly, and the body becomes susceptible to bacteria, viruses, and illness which it can usually fight off. Along with correcting spinal misalignments and allowing for a stress free nervous system, the actual adjustment causes an immediate immune boost. Two separate studies found that disease fighting white blood cell counts were significantly higher just 15 minutes after chiropractic adjustment and increased levels of certain antibodies appear in the bloodstream up to 2 hours after an adjustment which suggests a priming effect of the immune system and a possible faster response to a new infection. The chief of cancer prevention at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases. In addition to chiropractic care, other ways to strengthen the immune system naturally include: Nutrition - Vitamin D - This is a key player in your immune system. 10-15 minutes of sun exposure with 40 percent of your skin exposed can meet daily requirements. Supplements can also be used in it’s active form Vitamin D3. Spinach is an excellent vegetable to eat because it contains other nutrients which increase the absorption and utilization of Vitamin D3. Vitamin C - This is a long known aid to the body while fighting a cold. While citrus fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C, foods that are less acidic and contain less sugar are


a better option for daily consumption. This includes strawberries and raw red pepper. Avoiding sugar - Sugar is a major enemy of your body’s immune system as it impedes it’s ability to function. Stay away from simple sugars and refined grains, especially when feeling rundown. Sleep - Your body heals when it is at rest. The optimum amount of sleep is 7-9 hours and can vary between individuals. Listen to your body and answer it’s demands. As well as correcting spinal misalignments, Chiropractors advise their patients on the importance of healthy lifestyle practices such as diet, exercise, sleep, nutrition, and ergonomics that can positively influence the nervous system and immune response. During this cold and flu season, add chiropractic care to boost your immune function and enhance your body’s natural line of protection.

Dr Tracy listens and treats everyone with care and concern. I know she will always identify my needs and determine the best solution. She takes her time to be sure each patient is comfortable with her adjustments and shares her knowledge, expertise, and experience to help relieve pain in our daily lives. I have recommended her to my closest friends and family. Barbara S.

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Health & Medicine Body Shop Fitness And The Starboard Would Like To Thank All Who Participated In The 3rd Annual Dewey Goes Pink Breast Cancer 5k And Pink Event...1,700 Participants! Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Four years ago my mother became a statistic and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Watching her endure surgery after surgery, and countless treatments was the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life. My good friend, Steve “Monty” Montgomery, shares my experience with his mother. While my mother was enduring surgeries and numerous treatments, Barbara “Gugie” Montgomery also began another fight in her long battle against breast cancer. Monty’s mother, known by her grandchildren as “Gugie”, was a 25 year survivor and breast cancer advocate. Her tireless work fundraising and promoting breast cancer awareness touched so many that have been affected by this disease. On October 5th you helped celebrate her life while raising funds for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The vision of the DBCC is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer becomes a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope. Our collaboration and support from local businesses and community volunteers made DBCC’s vision a reality. Without your generous donation, organizations like the DBCC could not continue to support others in the community that has been affected by breast cancer. We cannot thank you enough for your contribution to the third annual Dewey Goes PINK event. Adam David Howard B.S.CPT & Steve “Monty” Montgomery

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A Standard of Service, Second to None At MedTix, LLC we understand that when the need arises for healthcare equipment in the home, it’s a time when you or a family member will need more than just equipment - you may need a helping hand as well. Everything about our company is based on that idea. Our home medical equipment products are the finest available. But they come from us to you with our special brand of caring, compassion and hands-on service. Locally owned & operated, MedTix is the home medical equipment provider in Rehoboth, Lewes, Milford, and surrounding communities that has earned accreditation from the Joint Commission for more than 30 services. The Joint Commission is the national accrediting organization that surveys hospitals and other healthcare organizations to ensure compliance with rigorous safety and performance standards. The Joint Commission Gold Seal is your assurance that an accredited organization consistently meets or exceeds the highest standards the highest standards for quality and safety. MedTix is also an approved Medicare provider. • We have showrooms filled with durable products for you and your family to come see and get a better feel for the right choice of product that fits you and your home. Come by today and meet our team and see for yourself. • When we deliver equipment to your home we will properly train you and your loved ones to ensure you can use your equipment. • We’ll coordinate your home medical equipment needs with your doctor, ensuring that you have the right product for your specific needs. The point is that you will have a supportive, accessible team from MedTix nearby, ready to answer questions and assist you with all your home medical equipment needs. Our standard of service and caring is second to none.

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Rozi Berberian co-founded the company in 2008 and has been an integral part of growing the company from 1 to 3 locations. Rozi’s passion is to assist patients recovering from breast cancer and is currently a BOC certified Mastectomy fitter working with hospitals throughout Delaware. Rozi’s passion stems from losing her Aunt to cancer more than 20 years ago. Rozi moved to Delaware in 2005 from Los Angeles, California. Rozi is now the mother of 4 and enjoys the beach, reading and helping in community activities.

Kim is the HME Director for MedTix for four years. Kim is Certified by the Board of Certification/Accreditation international and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthotistis and Prosthetists. Kim has over 15 years of clinical and technical experience in Orthopedics and Patient care. Kim works closely with physicians, therapist, nurses, and Hospice and believes the patient always comes first. Kim is avid sports enthusiast who enjoys volleyball, skiing, kayaking, off shore fishing and other outdoor activities.

Tammie Draine joined the MedTix team in 2012. She has spent most of her career in the medical field. As an entrepreneur, she owned and operated a medical transcription company for over 10 years. Tammie is currently the Billing Director at MedTix where she focuses her expertise on ensuring excellent billing practices amid ever constant changing health insurance rules and regulations. Tammie is an avid horseback riding enthusiast and beach lover.

Glen Gusciora has over 25 years of experience in helping companies grow by implementing processes that help teams work more efficiently. Glen is currently the Director of Operations and in charge of the daily activities at all 3 locations. Prior to coming to Medtix, Glen worked in Human Resources for Orbital Sciences Corporation at Wallops Island, VA. He was in charge of all Human Resources functions, Employee Relations and Training. He is a graduate of Lock Haven University, PA.

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Tamara Schofield, a native of Wilmington, moved to Sussex County 15 years ago and began her career in the medical field. Tamara began working in Orthopaedics and studied Human Services at Delaware Tech. Her journey with MedTix began in April of 2012 concentrating on hospital discharges, breast pumps for nursing mothers, and Oxygen therapy for patients. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and her dog Winnie.

Carlous has been an integral part of the Medtix family for the past 3 years. Carlous is the lead therapist at MedTix assisting patients with a wide range of respiratory services. Carlous graduated from Cape Henelopen High School and received his applied science degree in Respiratory Therapy from Delaware Technical and Community College. Carlous’s belief in patient care is first and foremost as he continues to build strong bonds with his patients. In addition to his job, Carlous loves to travel and read motivational stories. A native of Milton, DE, Carlous is a husband and father of three.

Debbie Butz, joined the MedTix team in April of 2012 as the Accounting/HR Manager. Debbie acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting from Lebanon Valley College in PA. Debbie’s responsibilities include financial reporting, account reconciliation, processing payroll, bank deposits, and numerous Human Resource responsibilities. Debbie became a full time resident of Sussex County in 2007 moving from Lancaster PA. Debbie’s favorite method of relaxation is walking on the beach with husband Gary and dog Daisy Mae.

Rob Hopkins is an integral part of the MedTix team and is currently the Regional Sales Director. He started with MedTix in 2010 and continues to handle sales and marketing. With over 10 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience in Delaware, Rob has steadily increased MedTix’s reach throughout the State. Along with managing the sales team, he conducts daily sales calls and coordinates marketing to health care professionals and to the public. Rob moved to Delaware in 2001 and continues to live in Milton with his wife.

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What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)? How is SCS Therapy Implemented? It consists of two stages.

Stage1: Trial Stimulation

Dr. Alan Gonzalez Cota is an award-winning, board-certified interventional pain physician who believes that pain relief is not possible without addressing the physical, mental, and emotional levels of the body to maintain wellness. At Sussex Pain Relief Center, he can interact with his patients and various team members to provide evidence-based medicine techniques.


Neuropathic pain is a condition in which chronic pain has been diagnosed as originating from nerves such as in conditions as sciatica, RSD/CRPS, or peripheral neuropathy. Once more common techniques such as pain medications, physical therapy, nerve blocks and surgery have been exhausted and have failed to alleviate pain or resulted in unwanted side effects, spinal cord stimulation may be an alternative.

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

SCS is a FDA-approved medical therapy that has been in use for over 40 years but modern technology has revolutionized the

device to deliver incredible results in pain relief. It is covered by most insurance plans including commercial carriers, Medicare, Delaware Medicaid, and Worker Compensation programs.

How does SCS work?

The spinal cord stimulator is an implanted medical device that delivers electrical impulses to nerves in the dorsal aspect of the spinal cord which interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain and replaces them with a more pleasant sensation (paresthesias) thereby providing pain relief. By interrupting pain signals, the procedure has shown success in returning some people to a more active lifestyle.

A trial SCS is conducted as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia under conscious sedation. The spinal stimulator lead is a soft, thin wire with electrical leads on its tip and is placed through a needle in the back into the epidural space. The procedure is done under fluoroscopy guidance which is a type of x-ray camera device. During the 3-7 days the trial lasts, the patient keeps a pain diary which is essential in giving providers an idea about how to provide maximum pain relief. If you experience over 50% improvement in pain, then the trial is considered successful and you can be scheduled for permanent implantation.

(a battery that delivers a low voltage) will be implanted into the buttocks or abdomen under the skin and then wired to the lead with an extension wire. If unsuccessful, the implant can be removed without any damage done to the spinal cord or nerves.

How has Technology Advancement Changed the Field?

There are multiple SCS systems available in the market. Some of them adapt to the patient’s motions (similarly to the rotating sensors for the screen orientation on a Smartphone) and are MRI compatible under certain conditions (Medtronic, Tamethepain. com). Upcoming technologies such as burst stimulation (in which closely spaced, highfrequency stimuli are delivered to the spinal cord) resulting in more-selective modulation of the pain pathways in the brain and the initial trial in Europe showed promising results (St. Jude Medical,

Stage 2: Permanent Implantation

This is done as an outpatient surgical procedure which generally takes 1-2 hours. During surgery, a small incision is made in the middle of your back and leads are placed in the epidural space above the spinal cord that are secured with sutures. A pulse generator

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is a comprehensive pain treatment center where board-certified, fellowship-trained pain physicians provide the highest quality of pain management in a safe and caring environment in order to restore the patient’s physical, mental, and social well-being. The new multidisciplinary approach to treatment includes fluoroscopy-guided interventional pain injections, low-dose med management, as well as networking physical therapy, behavioral therapy, acupuncture, other complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and surgical evaluations, all while maintaining close contact with referring providers. Sussex Pain Relief Center is “The Preferred Pain Relief Center for Patients and Their Providers in Southern Delaware.” Dr. Manonmanni Antony is the founder of SPRC with over 10 years of experience spanning clinical care and practice management. She is a double-board certified interventional pain medicine physician trained at Texas Tech University and University of Maryland. Her compassion stems from her personal experiences in the field which inspired her to establish her own practice where she could provide expert guidance and comprehensive care. “My own mother had abdominal pain for many months from a metastatic liver disease, so I know the toll that pain can take and how difficult it is to watch a loved one in pain,” she says. “I enjoy practicing pain medicine and making a difference in the lives of people in pain, a truly under-served population.”

Dr. Ajit Shrestha completed his anesthesiology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit and went on to finish his pain management fellowship at University Hospital, Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. He is passionate about treating chronic pain patients with a comprehensive, integrative approach that combines alternative therapies with minimally invasive procedures. He is skilled in a multitude of procedures that span from basic “bread and butter” cases to the implantation of intrathecal pumps and spinal cord stimulators. Dr. Shrestha enjoys fishing and kayaking, as well as spending time at the beach with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Alan Gonzalez-Cota graduated from the University of Michigan, completing his residency training in Anesthesiology and receiving the Peter J. Cohen award. Subsequently, he underwent subspecialty training in Pain Medicine. He is a board-certified physician who has received many national awards for his research in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His area of clinical interest is interventional pain medicine, including spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and MILD procedure. He was recently appointed to the ISIS Standards Division’s Evidence Analysis Committee to evaluate the merits of research submissions. He is an avid runner and proponent of anti-poverty legislation.

Jack Byrd, PA-C is a certified Physician Assistant who graduated from SUNY Stony Brook. He has extensive experience in both orthopedic and emergency medicine and has assisted in multiple orthopedic procedures and surgical interventions. He has an excellent success rate in performing joint injections, including ORTHOVISC, under ultrasound guidance. Jack is introducing a new form of therapy called PRP (platelet rich plasma) in which excess growth factors are injected into the joint to stimulate healing of long-term injuries that may contribute to chronic pain conditions. He is a Maryland native who values an active lifestyle and is a member of three competitive men’s softball teams.

Jennifer M. Rahn, PA-C graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School as a certified Physician Assistant. She performs trigger point and bursitis injections and is skilled in med management. Jennifer strongly believes education is a tool every patient should have and uses opioid risk assessment as a way to educate patients and monitor their health. If she feels a patient is not a suitable candidate for opioid therapy, she offers them many other interventional options as a way to avoid pharmacology solutions. Jennifer resides in Lewes, DE where she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and two daughters.

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Reiki Master/Teacher Healing Touch Apprentice As we age, our skin loses elasticity and produces less natural oil; which, in turn, makes our skin appear wrinkled and saggy. The aging process is also accelerated by other factors such as over-exposure to UV rays, smoking, and poor nutrition. Although the aging process is inevitable, I wanted to find a safe, age-defying product that reduced the appearance of those effects. I finally found that product, and that product is Nerium SkinCare. Nerium SkinCare is nature-based with no harsh ingredients, non-comodogenic, and safe for all skin types. I was so impressed with this product, that I became a Brand Partner. Most of us have drawers full of products that we purchase, try it at home, and

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then never use again. We are constantly bombarded by product ads that promise younger looking skin; but very few, if any, actually allow you to try the product first like Nerium International. With Nerium International, I have the potential to give you a five day trial experience. At the start of this trial, we take a picture of your current skin condition. After the 5 days, you return the bottle and take another picture of your skin. We will then compare the before and after pictures to show you the difference. With this process, there is no sales pitch or unfulfilled promises--only an opportunity for you to see firsthand whether or not you like the product. Scientists actually discovered the agedefying properties accidentally while using the Nerium Oleander plant for other research. Recognizing its benefits, these scientists then developed an extraction method to preserve the plant’s effectiveness, while also adding other helpful ingredients, such as Aloe. The patented extraction process yields the NAE-8 extract, which has powerful antioxidant properties. Nerium SkinCare controls its main active ingredient from seed to bottle, and addresses concerns such as wrinkles, discoloration, and texture. Backed by scientific research, third party clinical trials show that Nerium SkinCare dramatically reduces the appearance of

fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores, aging or loose skin, and sun-damaged skin by an average of 30% over the 30-day period. To complement its Night cream, the company has now added NeriumAd Age-Defying Day Cream. The Day Cream includes their exclusive NAE-8 Antioxidant—an ingredient proven to help reduce the appearance of signs of aging. In addition to four high-functioning moisturizers, the day cream also contains a tripeptide blend, incorporated at clinical levels, to give the appearance of smoother, tighter and younger skin; Vitamin C Complex, which helps reduce the appearance of discoloration; and

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By R. Alberto Rosa, M.D., FACC

Dr. Ramon Alberto Rosa is a graduate of the University of Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic. He completed his post-graduate medical education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia with a residency in internal medicine (1991-1994), Chief Medical Resident (1994-1995), and cardiology fellowship (1995-1998). Dr. Rosa has practiced cardiology in Sussex County since July 1998. He has served as Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and as Chief of the Department of Cardiology at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE. Dr. Rosa is trained in non-invasive cardiology, Nuclear Transesopageal Echocardiograms, as well as invasive diagnostic procedures and pacemaker implantations. Dr. Rosa is board certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is also a Certified Aviation Medical Examiner and is Board Certified in Nuclear Medicine.

Is a “broken heart” a true medical condition or is it just a figure of speech to describe someone’s emotional state after some great personal loss or stressful situation? It may come as a surprise to many people but the answer is both. This condition is also known as “stressinduced cardiomyopathy”, a rapid and severe heart muscle weakness, typically as a consequence of sudden emotional or physical stress: unexpected illness, injury or loss of a loved one. It can also be from a severe medical condition, surgery, an accident, intense fear, domestic violence, severe pain, financial loss, even public speaking or a surprise party.

The exact cause is unknown, but it is clear that most of the affected individuals are postmenopausal women between the ages of 58 and 75 years, in about 90 percent of cases. The symptoms are very similar to those of a heart attack, with chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath being the most frequent ones. It is not completely understood why this condition affects mainly women, but most investigators believe that after menopause the decline in estrogen levels renders patients more susceptible. It was first observed in Japanese women in the early 1990’s and the name of takotsubo cardiomyopathy was used originally. This name describes the characteristic appearance of the left ventricle (heart’s main pumping chamber) as seen in cardiac studies that resembles the traditional Japanese octopus trap. There is ample evidence to suggest that the massive release of certain hormones in the bloodstream, such as adrenaline and noradrenaline, as a natural response to stress, under certain conditions causes the heart muscle cells to stop working properly, especially in the lower part and the “tip” of the left ventricle.

patients, the coronary vessels are open and the blood flow is usually normal. It is the “stunning” of the heart muscle cells by adrenaline and other hormones that creates the muscle weakness and this process is, for the most part reversible. Another interesting finding in this broken heart syndrome is that it does not tend to recur in the same patient. In other words, once somebody experiences this syndrome, even if other stressful events come along in their lives, the same phenomenon doesn’t tend to happen again. Learning to cope better with life stresses can prevent it in the first place. The management of this medical condition is similar to the treatment of congestive heart failure with medications

such as diuretics, beta-blockers and ace-inhibitors as well as aspirin and in some cases blood thinners on a temporary basis. So yes, it is quite possible to have a “broken heart” literally, as a true medical illness that is brought about by a heightened physiological response to stress, especially in women. The good news is that in almost every case it is a temporary condition and full recovery is the expected outcome. There is no way to differentiate this situation from a heart attack, before hand. Therefore, it is very important to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms of sudden chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath. It might be the case that your heart doctor could tell you, in the end: “Just a broken heart, already on the mend”.

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy can be serious medical condition because it involves the sudden onset of congestive heart failure due to the heart muscle weakness, low blood pressure and potential shock or life threatening heart rhythm problems; it is, however, rarely a fatal illness. Furthermore, it is almost always reversible with most patients recovering completely within 2 to 4 weeks. The main differences between a heart attack and “broken heart syndrome” is that heart attacks occur as a consequence of blockages or blood clots in the coronary vessels (heart vessels that supply blood flow and oxygen/ nutrients) to the heart muscle cells that cause those cells to die or to suffer permanent damage. In the stress cardiomyopathy

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Delaware Hospice’s Care of Mother Eases the Burden of Caregiving Daughter her physical rehabilitation. Simultaneously maintaining a family household and caring for her mother grew to become a tremendous burden for Maureen. In the doctor’s office one day, Maureen met someone from Delaware Hospice who recommended she make a call. Her mother was admitted as a patient immediately, and Maureen found the help she needed.

Life’s journey can sometimes take a rough path and you just need someone special to help you along—or in Maureen Reiss’ case, a team of special Delaware Hospice professionals. It was Maureen’s turn to care for her mother. Always an active and healthy woman, June Keenan had suffered a stroke while vacationing in Florida. Along with other symptoms, she lost her ability to communicate her wishes and needs. Maureen’s home near Milford was too small to take her in, so she found an assisted living facility 30 minutes away. Maureen said, “My mother was so frustrated that she was not able to express herself, and she became very challenging. She would grind her teeth constantly, spit out her medications, and throw things on the floor. With her physical disabilities from the stroke, she could only eat with her fingers, so no one would sit with her at meals. From being a lovely, sociable person she had suddenly become someone that few could understand or communicate with, and she was furious about it.” One of the few things that worked well to calm her was Maureen’s therapy dog. She said, “My mother loved the dog. She would make soft sounds and pretend to kiss the dog.” With a few hospitalizations for minor health issues, she suffered additional setbacks in

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“Most important,” remembered Maureen, “was their help in putting a ‘do not hospitalize’ order in effect. They became advocates for my mother, closely monitoring her medications and working through her particularly challenging situation with smart solutions.” A lot of caregiver stress comes from wondering what’s happening when they are not at the patient’s side. Knowing that Delaware Hospice’s team members would be visiting on a certain day, gave Maureen relief. She said, “I would receive messages on the answering machine just letting me know someone had been to visit my Mom and everything was okay. It was wonderful to realize I wasn’t in it alone anymore. I could take a few minutes to do my own laundry and get there a bit later because I knew she was okay. It was really great to feel that somebody else cared. I still have those messages on my answering machine!”

had been with us the entire time. It was amazing how she took us through the last hours. They were hard; but at the same time, I treasure those moments.” Maureen said, “It’s difficult to put into words all that Delaware Hospice did for us. It wasn’t just the care and comfort the team provided my mother, but for our entire family. I knew I wasn’t alone, that someone else really did care. I knew that any time of the day or night I could call and seek advice. The team empowered me in a way that left me feeling comfortable with a situation that seemed unmanageable at times.”

She said, “Most important, since my mother didn’t have very good socialization skills due to her communication disability, the hospice team ‘befriended’ my mother. During my 34 years teaching experience with children with disabilities, I would often ask parents, ‘What do you want for your child?’ The answer was universal: ‘I want my son to have a friend.’ You know, that’s exactly what I hoped for my mother, and members of Delaware Hospice’s team became her friends!”

“Uncertainty can be unnerving, but I knew that I had support. The team would patiently answer questions that often the medical professionals didn’t have time to answer. They helped me navigate the complexities of many end-of-life issues. I learned that, ‘Yes, you can do this alone,’ but sharing the load was beneficial not only to me, but also to my family and, most important, to my mother.” Maureen felt that having Delaware Hospice nurses visit her mother at her assisted living facility was instrumental in avoiding unnecessary hospital visits, as minor ailments were addressed in a timely manner with the assistance of the hospice nurse.

“During my mother’s final days, our regular nurse couldn’t be there, but the on-call nurse was at our side and it was as if she

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who bought the gift tells the story behind it. This is done until all gifts have been honored with their story. Afterward as you and your guest are enjoying good food and drink, the gift has the opportunity to honor the previous owner and welcome the new owner.

During this season of gift giving, holiday parties and merriment I would like to share with you a Shamanic Holiday Tradition. The Winter Solstice Shamanic Giveaway.


You will need to gather together a group of your close spiritual friends and family for a night of good food, drink and spiritual sharing. Ask each guest to bring something of theirs they like, have good memories of but no longer need and/or want and then be ready to By: Terri Pippin, give it away. The Medicine Woman

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FINALLY HEREâ&#x20AC;ŚAN EASY WAY TO BURN FAT WITHOUT DIFFICULT DIETING OR EXERCISING!!!! i-Lipo is the revolutionary laser system that incorporates low level laser technology (LLLT) to deliver targeted fat reduction and body shaping results in as little as 20 minutes, without pain and without dieting. iLipo stimulates fat cells to naturally break down their stored triglycerides, shrinking the fat cells to deliver immediate body contouring results. i-Lipo is the ďŹ rst direct skin contact laser device designed for fat reduction and body contouring to receive FDA approval for circumferential reduction. The award winning i-Lipo laser from offers your a safe and effective means to achieve immediate and measurable inch loss. i-Lipo uses low-level laser technology (LLLT) to stimulate the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural process for releasing its stored energy from adipose tissue, shrinking those fat cells and delivering the body shaping results. The human body stores excess calories from your diet in adipose tissue. When needed, those fat cells will break down their stored triglycerides (triglycerides are the way fat is stored inside the fat cells) into free fatty acids, glycerol and water, providing the body with energy during times of scarcity. That same metabolic process that is induced hormonally by the brain can also be triggered by low-level laser energy delivered by i-Lipo. i-Lipo is a revolutionary, non-invasive body shaping and cellulite reduction technology offering convenient, safe and pain free body contouring in as little as 20 minutes, without surgery and without downtime. Clinical studies have conďŹ rmed the efďŹ cacy of the LLLT and the i-Lipo laser to deliver body shaping results. Two treatments per week for four weeks are recommended. All parts of the body can be treated where fat is stored, including the waistline, thighs, arms, legs, and even under the chin. Patients typically report a 10% inch loss reduction following a treatment regimen. i-Lipo is the ďŹ rst direct skin contact laser device designed for fat reduction and body contouring to receive FDA ap-

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If we need to focus on 1 or 2 things to make your weight loss efforts more successful, that would be Insulin and Leptin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, and is central to regulate carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Most importantly, insulin is one of the main factors that decide whether fat will be stored or burned. When insulin levels are high or when its effects are strong in the fat cells, we not only tend to store fat, but also, it makes it more difďŹ cult to release the fat from the adipocytes (fat cells). One of the main problems we see in obese people is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insulin Resistanceâ&#x20AC;?. Many obese people have selective resistance to the effects of insulin in the liver and muscle, but not in the fat cells. In response to this resistance, the pancreas tries to overcompensate by producing more insulin. Unfortunately, more insulin means more fat storage and less fat burning. Leptin (Greek leptos, meaning thin) is a hormone produced in the adipose tissue that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite/ hunger and metabolism. Leptin works in our brains (hypothalamus area) to control appetite, food reward/pleasure, and metabolism. As long as Leptin works well, we should not have aberrant eating behaviors. The problem is that, most obese people have â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leptin Resistanceâ&#x20AC;?, meaning, Leptin cannot do its job in the brain. The consequences of Leptin resistance are higher appetite, abnormal food reward, slower metabolism, and higher risk to develop and addiction to food.

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Health & Medicine What is permanent make-up? How is the procedure performed? Will I look like myself? Does it hurt? By Elena Sullivan Permanent make-up, also called permanent cosmetics, cosmetic tattooing or micro pigmentation is the art of implanting color pigments into the skin. It is the deposit of pigment in the right place, into the skin. This pigment deposit can make you look better naturally, and also provide a way to simplify your everyday make-up routine to enhance your natural beauty.

The most common procedures are eyebrows that are perfectly shaped and in place all the time; eyeliners, for definition of the eyes that remains perfect from morning to night; lip liners or full lip color for shape enhancement and color that always stays in place. Being an invasive procedure, sometimes you would have to have more than one session to complete your procedure. Permanent cosmetics, restores color,

How is the procedure performed? Special instruments allow the permanent cosmetics professional to deposit pigments into the layer of the skin known as ‘dermis”. Because the outermost layer of the skin, the “epidermis” is always shedding and renewing itself you will be looking at the color implanted through a thin veil of skin. When the procedure is completed the color would appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in both skin layers- epidermis and dermis. During the healing process the color at the top layer ‘epidermis” will flake off normally with other skin cells lightening the overall effect. Will I look like myself? Before the procedure, there should be a consultation. During the consultation we would discuss about your concerns, about your activities, what bothers you, if the procedure hurts, what you want to achieve. You will be able to see before and after pictures of prior clients and we would talk about care during the healing process, among other considerations. This is an invasive permanent cosmetic procedure and I need you to understand that it would carry some risks like in any others procedures you may have had. Some risks involve some inflammation, swell, tenderness and in rare cases infections. In this consultation I would take the time to answer your questions. I would take pictures of you, before and after any procedure. If you are coming for eyebrows, we would talk about your eyebrows shape, I would draw eyebrows on you taking in consideration your features, adding arch or lift, giving you balance when it’s necessary. You will take active part, in the process; you will have a pencil, too. We would discuss your needs and desires for a better lifestyle. When all this happens then we do a color selection, base on your skin color and tone. And only when you and I agree on the best course of action, will I then proceed with the advanced permanent cosmetic techniques. Does it hurt? There are some good anesthetics for the permanent cosmetic industry .Every person have a different pain perception .While someone may feel pain, others may feel what they say is a “tingling” or vibration. I do use topical anesthetics, that numbs the skin, before I begin the procedures and during the procedures. During procedures I try by best in offer my clients comfort .These anesthetics allows my clients to go through the procedures with much less of discomfort.

add definition, accent features and add a finished appearance every time. Permanent make up, helps to give back what time has taken away from you. We devote up to 20 minutes, and sometimes more, every morning trying and practicing the art of make up before we head out to work or face the world. It is a talent that some people have and others may not be blessed with. You can save countless hours in a single year that were formally spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliners half way straight, that’s a lot of extra time!!! Imagine the money you will save not buying expensive cosmetics that rubs off, smears, smudges and disappear during your day. Permanent make up is not intended to replace over the counter cosmetics, the color is “in” your skin, not on. That’s why a more natural, softer look results. So, when you are ready for a night out or you want a different look you can always apply as much additional make up as you wish. You may have special needs for permanent make up or simply put health problems. Those special needs may

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range from short sight, allergies (environmental or to cosmetics products), you may be using contact eye lenses, aging, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, unsteady hands, breast cancer scars, alopecia, among others struggles that prevents you from performing at full capacity. Then consider permanent make up, it is for you. Permanent cosmetic is for you and for those who are conscious of their time, appearance and simply want to look their best every time with little effort. Permanent cosmetic is for the person on the go, the professional with not too much time to spend but needs her makeup impeccable all day long, the athlete, the lady golfer, the swimmer, the runner that wants to look good during their performances, the mothers on the go that want to look good and put all day for herself. Even men can benefit from a youthful look and no one would ever notice that they have work done. Men can cover scars in their head with permanent cosmetics hair strokes. After all makeup make us look younger, healthier, sexier and more dressed up. The only problem is putting on and then taking it off every day, it is very tedious!! And it doesn’t stays on right. A lot of smudges run into your eyes irritating and ruining your looks. But imagine permanent make up that stays put and doesn’t smudge or irritate you. Makeup that stays beautiful, comfortable, every day even when you first wake up. It stays beautiful and subtle every day, you will look your best always. Let me show how the permanent cosmetics will help you achieve and restore your natural beauty. Let me show you how permanent cosmetics will help you return to an active normal lifestyle. I can help you achieve your goals by applying my talents and experience to maximize the benefit results of your procedure. I believe that you deserve the best life has to offer. Together we can achieve better right here, make my studio your destination for your permanent cosmetics needs. When you look good, you will feel better. Permanent make up makes possible to look better around the clock and to be less self conscious.

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Cheryl Doucette

Connie Holdridge

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Life can seem hectic as the holiday season approaches and there are still gifts to buy, presents to wrap, and cookies to bake.

It’s easy to lose sight of the purpose of the holidays, which is to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. The best gift you can give your family this holiday season is to schedule and attend your annual mammography screening. Screenings provide early detection that can indicate an irregularity in the breast. When breast cancer is detected and treated early, the survival rate is more than 90 percent.

We’d like to assure you live a long and healthy life.

In addition to your regular mammograms, you should talk to your doctor to learn about your risk factors for developing breast cancer. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition can help answer your questions on mammography. We also have programs for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer and for breast cancer survivors.

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ACTIVE PLAY By Teresa Ford Kids’ Ketch, your neighborhood toy store in Lewes, is proud to release the year’s top picks in toys from stores like ours across America. These fun, top quality toys were selected by members of the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA), people who care about kids and know toys inside and out. Here is our top 10 from that list, but be sure to stop in Kids’ Ketch to see the complete list.


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Zingo Sight Words – Brings interactive excitement and learning to the classic game of Bingo! Players learn to recognize “sight words.” $19.99



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The Music School of Delaware Makes an Impact as an Active & Engaging Community Partner Sussex County is home to a wonderful collection of close-knit, warm and friendly communities where residents, businesses and events are interwoven creating a colorful and strong tapestry. Nowhere is this more evident than in Milford, which is home to The Music School of Delaware’s primary Southern Delaware location. This cozy town is buzzing with many unique small businesses; is home to numerous artists and arts organizations; and its event calendar is regularly filled with happenings like Holiday Stroll, Eat in the Street, the Bud & Bug Festival and more. It’s here that the Music School provides a solid outreach effort to engage community members, develop and sustain relationships. And it’s an area in which the Music School’s talents particularly shine. To welcome the start of its official school year, the Music School hosts a “Wild Rumpus” — a whimsical evening of music, food and good company, aimed not only at students and faculty but also inviting local families and businesses to join in the fun and get an “inside look” at their arts partner on South Walnut Street. The event was the brainchild of Layne Thompson-Payne, the director of the Music School’s Milford location. “Just a fun, informal picnic-style jam session with folks in the surrounding community,” is how Thompson-Payne describes it. “As with any town, generating traffic and interest is always a main focus for the business community,” says Thompson-Payne. “For an organization like ours, that focus is there as well. As a place where families and individuals can create, learn and have fun in a welcoming environment, we become a something of a

The Music School also presents an annual holiday concert for the community. ‘Tis A Winter’s Evening” will be held December 13 at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. “Nathan [Ames, music school guitar faculty member] and I developed this concert because we noticed there were no similar programs in the area,” notes Thompson-Payne. “We wanted to provide a feel-good program of carols, Faculty members Layne Thompson-Payne and Nathan Ames familiar tunes and original were joined by Music School and Delaware State student musiarrangements, and to introcians for the inaugural holiday concert, ‘Tis A Winter’s Evening, duce some of our talented which will be held this year on December 13 at Avenue United students and friends (includMethodist Church. ing guitar students at Delaware State) to our community. This year’s performance ‘destination’ for our community. Eventually, we hope that impact trickles down into the local will include accompaniment by the First State Harmonizers as well as audience participation. economy as well.” Other programs planned include a January 21, The Music School not only aims to bring people 2014 Music Masters series concert, featuring into its doors; faculty and students frequently performances by faculty & guest artists, and travel around the community, adding musical an all-Bach program in March 2014. flair to local events — Riverwalk, Eat in the Street and Bud & Bug Festival — and perform- In addition to public performances, the Music ing in their own concerts. “Have you ever been School’s goals for community engagement to a festival where music wasn’t an integral part include building a strong volunteer base. As of the event?” asks Thompson-Payne. “Having Thompson-Payne notes: Volunteerism creates a music school in the heart of town provides community, and with community comes supa significant resource for those needs, and if port. The Music School’s volunteer needs are students are participating in these events, the broad and numerous. “We house such a small families are likely there as well. It’s definitely staff that volunteers would allow us to coma win-win setup.”

plete tasks quicker and even allow time to develop additional programming,” she notes. Volunteer tasks include everything from greeters/ ushers at performances to assistance with light administrative duties like stuffing envelopes, distributing marketing materials and more.

Thompson-Payne is committed to building an active, happy ‘family’ at the Milford location. “We want parents and friends to volunteer at events as well as give voice to needs of our students,” she says. “Word-of-mouth is a very powerful tool — when you have fulfilled volunteers and patrons, they’ll talk about how the experience has enhanced their life and community.” If you would like to sign up as a volunteer for The Music School of Delaware’s Milford location, please send your name and contact info (including phone and email) to Please note “Milford Volunteering” in the subject line. You can also stop by the Milford location at 10 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford.

Music School faculty artists provided lively musical accompaniment to Milford’s first “Eat in the Street” event this past September.

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Osher Winter Lecture Series Comes to Dover Registration for the Winter Lecture Series is open A lecture series on topics ranging from to anyone 50 years or over or their spouse at a cost poetry, politics, and public radio to Lectures include of $30 for the entire series. Registration deadline Delaware farming will be offered by • January 3 -- Food and Farming in is December 12. Registration is available online at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Delaware by Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary or by mail. For a brochure, call 302-645-4111 or download one at the University of Delaware Friday of Agriculture from mornings from 10-11 a.m. in January of 2014 at the Modern Maturity Cen- • January 10 – An Insider’s Guide to Public The Winter Lecture Series is a program of the OsRadio by Liane Hansen, former host of ter in Dover. her Lifelong Learning Institute in Dover, which will NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday also be holding its spring semester classes January 27 through April 7 at the Modern Maturity Center. “We are pleased to present this diverse The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the Unilineup of distinguished speakers who • January 17 – Walt Whitman: America’s versity of Delaware are membership organizations Poet by Bob Heifetz, Osher Lifelong will share their knowledge and insights that provide opportunities for adults 50 and over to Learning instructor on engaging and stimulating subjects,” learn, teach, and travel with their peers. The only says Jim Broomall, Associate Provost for requirements for admission are interest in a continuing educational experience, support of the programs Professional and Continuing Studies at • January 24 – Satirical News Coverage through participation, and a modest membership the University of Delaware. “If you’re and Politics by Danna Young, University of fee. UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are10:12 lo11/6/13 50UDforyouRetiree_WP120013_UDforyouretiree_WP120013 and over and looking for a way to Delaware Assistant Professor of cated in Wilmington, Dover, and Lewes. For more beat cabin fever this January, come out Communication information, visit or and join us.” call the Dover office at 302-736-7450.

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Safety First tor, you should have one on each floor of your home and in every bedroom. If you suspect a CO leak, immediately seek a source of fresh air (outside) and then call 911.

By Regan Roberts Deck, CMI

Tis the season for safety!

Whether you’re turning on your furnace for the first time, putting up holiday decorations around your house and yard or plugging in multiple strands of twinkle lights at one receptacle à la “A Christmas Story”, take care this winter. The news is already peppered with stories about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the season has barely begun. Remember, CO is colorless and odorless so safety starts with CO detectors. Whether it’s a plug in or combined with your smoke detec-

• Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder as you climb. Yep, that means you should always carry your tools and supplies in an apron or on a belt, not in your hands

If you smell something burning near an electrical receptacle, that is NOT carbon monoxide, but you should still check it out. Trip the receptacle’s circuit breaker and unplug whatever is in the outlet. Assuming the smell dissipates, call us to investigate the cause. If the smell persists, however, you know the drill: exit the house and call 911. Hopefully, though, you won’t be outside for either of the two reasons I just talked about and instead, you’ll find yourself outside prepping your home for the coming winter or for the plethora of holidays counting down on the calendar. If you’re going to be on a ladder cleaning gutters or putting up lights (or for any other reason), remember these safety tips: • Check that the ladder is leaning at a safe angle by standing with your toes touching the side rails and grabbing the rung at shoulder height. If your arms are full extended and parallel to the ground, the ladder is pitched properly.

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• Do not overextend your ladder. A 32-foot ladder needs at least 3 feet of overlap. Longer ladders need up to 6 feet. Check your ladder’s label for details. • Never stand on a rung that’s less than 3 feet from the top. As always, at Custom Mechanical we are happy to answer any questions you may have about electrical related issues - on the phone, in person, via e-mail … even on Facebook! Our


Retail Store offers heating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing parts and supplies as well as answers to your product or pricing queries. Our Comfort Advisors are available for free estimates and information about financing and manufacturer rebates. Finally, our website offers more homeowner tips like these as well as on-line scheduling and more detailed information about Custom Mechanical, the people that make us great and the services we offer.

Contact us anytime! Locally, 302-539-5177. Toll free, 800-233-5177. Or on the web, So, keep in touch and take comfort, CUSTOM is here to help!

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If an outdoor living space is something you’ve always dreamed of, now is the time to get started! There is no doubt that an outdoor living area will increase the value of your property, but that is just one of the reasons to get started. This will expand your living space and be a place to enjoy – a place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Careful planning will ensure your longterm satisfaction, so it’s important to think about what type of area you would get the most enjoyment from. Some people envision a relaxing oasis where they can kick back and enjoy some peace and quiet. A small paver patio with some well placed landscaping can create the perfect place to enjoy your favorite drink and a good book. Add a soothing water feature to enhance your relaxation. Others like to host family get-togethers and big parties. A paver patio surrounded by a seat wall will provide lots of extra seating for your guests. The addition of several wall lights will keep the party going after dark. Those who enjoy cooking may want to consider an outdoor kitchen. These can be quite simple, consisting of just a built-in grill, or you can go all out and add a refrigerator, a pizza oven, a sink, a bar, etc. Other options would be an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit. Once you’ve decided what type of area you’d like, consider using concrete inter-

locking pavers. Pavers are the best choice for a low maintenance, long lasting pavement that will not crack or heave like concrete and asphalt. When installed correctly, pavers will last for the life of your home. Now, that’s a wise investment! The friendly professionals at Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers in Lewes are here to help. We will be happy to meet with you at your home to discuss your project and provide you with a free estimate. We want to help you turn your backyard dreams into reality! Haven’t you waited long enough? Call us today at (302) 645-1922!

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Blinds, Shades and Child Safety……

Do you remember all the news stories, a couple years ago, concerning child safety and window coverings? The subject sticks out in my mind obviously because it is related to my work and because I have small children. The concern was mostly over mail order and or stock items that were bought off a shelf and installed, usually, by the homeowner. There were tragedies, huge recalls and lawsuits but fortunately the custom window covering trade was not really involved. I would say that the overall higher quality of product and the experienced sales and installation that comes with a custom retailer helped to keep the trade uninvolved however the custom window covering community definitely took notice and many positive changes have taken place. There is much more awareness about the subject compared to a couple of years ago and that in its self is very helpful but the industry has been very proactive in making their products more child safe as well. On the awareness side of things, it is good to note that there are many products out there that have been around for a long time like shutters and draperies that already are or can be made without child safety’s #1 enemy which is strings. Draperies, when set up to traverse by hand, present no problems for toddlers or even pets who like them because they can easily move the fabric aside to leave wet nose marks on the glass. Shutters are another great choice. They are naturally string free, simple to use, even for children, and are one of the best insulators against both heat and cold. With their timeless look and classic feel they a great child safe choice in window coverings. One way that the industry is changing to become more child safe is the introduction of cordless control into a wider variety of products. Cordless roller shades and cordless honeycomb shades have been around for a while but lately we are seeing the industry really improving and trying to mainstream the option. The string free lift systems are getting better and more reliable plus now we are seeing the option more and more on roman shades and wood and faux wood blinds which was mostly an unavailable option in years past on these popular window coverings. Window covering manufacturers are also making improvements on shades and blinds that do have strings with breakaway mechanisms that will separate when too much stress is applied and they have made it so that small children can’t get their heads between the back of the shade and the strings found there on roman style shades. These are two very important changes. Next time you have a window covering need, please give us a call and let us help you make choices that are safer for your children and pets while improving the look and efficiency of your home.

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High Crawlspace Humidity? By Mike Benson

Humidity problems in the Crawlspace?

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Solar Energy in the News

Global warming, rising energy bills, and energy dependence. Who among us is not concerned about these things? Who does not want to become part of the solution? We know Delawarians are--it has been named a top state for solar energy by Environment America Research & Policy Center (7th in nation for solar power and 5th for solar installations 2012). Why Solar? It benefits you, it benefits the environment, and it builds a sustainable future! But solar is still new for a lot of people. To address that, we’re offering answers to the most frequent and important questions we get as a Delaware solar provider. Solar energy is still one of the best ways to make a real contribution to sustainability. How does solar work? PV “modules,” the smallest PV component sold commercially, are made up of solar PV cells. PV modules are combined to build a PV system that converts sunlight directly to electricity. The cells produce electricity any time the sun is shining, but produce more electricity when the sunlight is more intense and strikes the PV mod-

ules directly. This is not a byproduct of heat as is the case with solar thermal systems for heating water. Instead, electrons freed by the interaction of sunlight with semiconductor materials in PV cells are captured in an electric current. PV allows you to produce electricity — without noise or air pollution—from a clean, renewable resource. Who wouldn’t love a system that never runs out of fuel, and it won’t increase U.S. oil imports! PV system components (connected or “tied” to the utility grid): • PV Modules-- One or more, connected to an inverter • Inverter--converts directcurrent (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) • Batteries--(optional) to provide energy storage or backup power in case of a power interruption or outage on the grid. This conversion produces AC electricity, the kind that powers our lights, appliances, computers, and televisions, and is compatible with the utility grid. Incentives? Subsidies and rebate programs available to Delaware residents make solar the smart choice – financially as well as environmentally. Here are the five key incentives for homeowners and businesses right now! 1. Income from Solar Renewable

Energy Credits. Delaware legislation allows owners of solar electric systems to receive guaranteed checks in the mail (in addition to electrical savings) from sale of these credits. 2. Dramatic price decreases! The cost of a new solar electric system is less than half of what it was in 2008, with significant drops in solar equipment prices in the past year.

3. State grants are still extremely generous! Delaware’s Green Energy Fund rebates offset the initial cost of a new solar electric system, in many cases up to 25% of the total price of the system. 4. Federal incentives at all-time highs! A generous Federal incentive provides tax credits for solar electric system homeowners. This translates into the federal government paying for 30% of the total price of the system! For business owners, 2013 allows 60% depreciation for the price of your system in one year! 5. Energy prices continue to climb!

With oil prices climbing, it does not take a crystal ball to see large jumps in our electricity rates in the near future. The more solar energy they produce, the less solar system owners are affected by power rate increases. The 25-year warranty on panels effectively protects owners against rate increases.

So, why are Clean Energy USA (CEUSA) customers purchasing solar electric systems? 1. To save money on their electric bills. 2. As an “insurance” policy against rising electricity rates. 3. To add an asset to their house while there are great incentives in place. 4. To make additional revenue from the Delaware program that gives money to people on an ongoing basis just for having solar. 5. To limit the environmental footprint they have on their area. Are you considering solar for home or business? Let CEUSA show you how solar will save you money for years to come. CEUSA is based in Rehoboth Beach and has installed over 400 solar electric systems in Sussex County alone. We take pride in having an expert staff of solar professionals to ensure excellence in assessment of your power needs, system design and perfection in installation. Our professional staff will take care of all of the grant applications, local and state paperwork, permits and utility company requirements. In addition to all that, we provide exemplary customer service after your system installation.

20184 Phillips Street • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Office: 302.227.1337 • Call Teresa Cason 302.249.3325 for any questions or a solar evaluation! Email:

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CHRISTINA’S CORNER By Christina Lessard

Christina has worked in her family’s company, Lessard Builders, since she was in seventh grade. Since then, she has held many different job titles, including office cleaning crew, job site cleanup, receptionist, secretary, and errand runner. More recently, after graduating from Wilmington University with a BS in Finance, Christina became comptroller for Lessard Builders.She is proud to work in her family business alongside her parents Brian (CEO) and Kathy (Executive Administrative Assistant) her brother Brian (Sales and Marketing Manager) and her sister Michelle (Administrative Office Assistant) as a fourth generation builder.She looks forward to continuing this tradition into the next generation.

Do YOU Know GEO? Whether we are building a new home or renovating an existing structure we never stop learning. The construction business requires three basic elements, and at Lessard Builders we say those three things are knowledge, experience and expertise. To be knowledgeable we are continuously seeking and evaluating new building products and attending trade shows to stay current on the newest builder trends. As a fourth generation builder, we understand our expertise comes from our experiences. We pride ourselves on our ability to know our products well and being able to educate our clients during the building process. For instance, many of our clients have heard of geothermal systems but don’t really understand the benefits.


Geothermal or “ground source” heat pump is an electrically powered device that uses the ground’s ability to maintain a fairly constant temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit year round. When the air above ground is colder, water flows through pipes below the surface in a continuous flow generating heat. Then it transfers to the heat pump above ground and warms and circulates air through the home’s ventilation system to produce a comfortable room temperature. In the warmer months the system works in reverse. The water beneath the ground is cooler than the air above, a geothermal system pulls the heat from the building and circulates it underground to a cooler temperature then back to the building helping your air conditioner work easier. Geothermal systems can reduce heating and cooling costs between 30 to 50 percent.

How Do They Work?

Like a regular heat pump, it moves the heat energy from one place to another, but uses the natural heating and cooling the Earth produces.


• 20% more efficient • Uses ground water from a conventional well as an energy source in winter and summer • Groundwater is pumped through the heat pump where heat is extracted (winter) or rejected (summer) Poor water quality can cause serious problems with this type, and water should be tested for hardness, acidity and iron content before it is installed.

Closed Loop System

• Unlike the open system that consumes water from a well, a closed loop system recirculates its heat-transferring solution in pressurized piping. This is done by using a continuous loop of special buried plastic pipe as a heat exchanger. The pipe is connected to the indoor heat pump to form a sealed, underground loop through which water or an antifreeze solution is circulated.

Additional Features of Geothermal • No outside units to landscape around • No loud units outside your home • No threat for someone to steal your unit

A Little More Background

The Delaware Legislature enabled the “Clean Air Act” until 2016, which is a cash rebate of a maximum $5,500 for geothermal installation. The savings don’t stop there, the federal government also gives a 30 percent tax credit for geothermal installation.

Approximate System Cost

So let’s discuss how much this is going to cost out of pocket. For example, for a newly built 2000 square feet one story house, a HVAC system with geothermal installation costs $23,000. So after a $3,000 cash rebate from the Delaware’s DNREC Green Energy Program and 30 percent federal tax credit your HVAC system with geothermal will cost $13,100. If you were to forego the geothermal and install a standard HVAC system this would cost approximately $14,500. That’s a $1,400 difference in favor of geothermal! These savings are based conservatively on a single family home and may vary depending on your utility providers and personal use.

Any questions or concerns please e-mail me at Lessard Builders stands ready for your property and building needs. To understand the installation of a geothermal system better please contact our expert installers Hyett Refrigeration at or call 302-684-4600 and ask for Angie. For more information on the Green Energy Program visit their website at Christina Lessard

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Photography Weddings

We continue to make our wedding couples’ special day through our images to last a lifetime of love. Each wedding is captured, catering to their suggestions, desires and personalities. C.M.Baker Photography is still one of the few that print 8x10’s at the reception for all to view and for the couple to take home with them. Check us out and ask us about our “photobooth” style pictures. Full weddings, from start to finish, available to view.

Events One of our favorites have been Event Photography for at least 15 years. We print immediately! We can do many different sizes with photo folders. Many backdrops to select from. One of the popular methods is Greenscreen Photography. Select a backdrop, stand in front of the green backdrop and the photo puts you there in your selected backdrop. Gala Events, Father-Daughter Dances, Prom/Spring Dances, Charity Events, Conventions, Conferences, Military Events, Holiday Events, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Family Reunions, and the list goes on.


Portraits/ Headshots

We do Residential and Commercial Aerials on the Delmarva Peninsula. Progressive construction sights starting from the bare property and ending with the building finished and in use. Or even someone’s home, farm or estate to make a nice Christmas gift ! We will get your aerial done. With the selection digital images on a disc - to a framed 30x40 print. You choose !

Make an appointment with us to update your portrait or promo headshots for the web site. Setting up to do a company shoot is getting popular. Whether it is a radio station or a hospital, it is always needed for promo purposes.

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Health & Medicine Two Local Pharmacists Are Recognized For Their Outstanding Attention To Details And Patient Care As owner/publisher of the National Association of Women’s Newspaper Publishers, it is my personal pleasure to introduce two outstanding pharmacists to the Sussex County community. With over 371 women’s newspapers either published or optioned to be published in the United States, I personally can recognize both Cathie Smith and Elizabeth Dattoli for their professional attention to detail. Due to an illness and being under the care of John Hopkins and other cardiologist, I owe my life to the above two pharmacists twice for searching out and correcting medications they found that were prescribed by other doctors that conflicted with the medications that I was already taking. With great appreciation from myself and family I thank you Cathie and Elizabeth for the life saving attention. You can find both Cathie and Elizabeth at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Good Health! Elizabeth K. Publisher

Cathie Smith, RPh I am actually a Delaware ‘native’. I was born in Wilmington (DE) and lived (with my parents and siblings) in the Newcastle area until I was 15 years old. My father worked for General Motors and in the spring of 1978 he accepted a transfer to a plant in Oklahoma City, OK. “Where is that?” we asked!! So off we moved to Norman Oklahoma. I graduated from Norman High School in 1981 and from St. Gregory’s College (Shawnee, OK) with an Associates Degree in Accounting in 1983. My original plan was to be a CPA for my best friend, who was going to be a pharmacist! As I pursued Accounting I found that that was not really what I wanted, so I went into banking instead. Ten years of working for banks in Oklahoma City finally wore me down so I accepted a position at the pharmacy in the small town of New Castle, Oklahoma (where I lived). I loved it! So I decided to pursue a career in pharmacy and it was the one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma College

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of Pharmacy in 1996. I worked for WalMart in the Oklahoma City/Norman areas until January 1999 when I moved back here to Delaware. I continued to work for WalMart in Milford, Dover, Georgetown and Seaford until January 2005. In February 2005 I accepted a position with Happy Harry’s (Walgreens) and worked in Milford. When my husband, George B.(Buck) Smith, and I bought a second home here in Bethany Beach I started working summers here; but when it was time to go back to Milford I decided that this is where I wanted to be. My husband and I moved to Bethany fulltime in December of 2005 and we’ve never looked back.

Cathie Smith, RPh Elizabeth Dattoli, Pharm.D.

fession. The fact that what I do can alter someone’s life is an awe inspiring thought and I appreciate that our customers have such faith in me and my abilities. I confess - I don’t know everything. I’m not afraid to say that. New drugs, new diseases - there is so much to consider when filling or refilling a prescription for a patient. Or the customer who comes in with a question about an over-the-counter medication. We may not fill their prescriptions for them - there is just so much information out there to consider. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love working in Bethany; I love my customers; I love my profession.

I have 2 adult stepdaughters, Rebecca Smith who lives and works in Berkeley CA and Vivian Smith who graduates from William & Mary in December 2013. I enjoy running, working out at the gym, reading.... and the beach. I truly love my pro-

Elizabeth Dattoli, Pharm.D. Elizabeth Dattoli, Pharm.D. (Veith) was born and raised in Sussex County, Delaware. Elizabeth grew up in Bethany Beach with her seven siblings. She attended and is a graduate of the Indian River School District. After completing Indian River High School in 2000, Elizabeth received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2006 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Elizabeth has worked for Walgreens Pharmacy in various roles for the past 10 years. She is currently the pharmacy manager of the Walgreens in Bethany Beach and specializes in immunizations, diabetic education and medication therapy management. She lives locally with her husband Jordan.


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Dear Donna, This note is extremely belated, but since this is the season for giving thanks I really wanted to write you. Thank you so much for the time you took with Susan and me back in the beginning oft the summer. Buying a bathing suit was almost impossible for both of us, and for the first time, you made it both productive and fun. Then you added alterations and door-to-door delivery, we couldn’t have asked for more. In addition to the service, it was so nice to have such a selection of suits. We have recommended your shop to a number of people from this area who vacation at the Delaware beaches. Thanks again for your help, Happy Thanksgiving! -Carol

Our goal at Pineapple Princess is to make every customer feel the way Carol and her daughter did when they left our store that day. So, if you haven’t visited our store, pleas1it’ so and spread the word. With winter vacations upon us and summer just around the corner, come in a view all the beautiful swimwear and accessories pieces the industry has to offer. We carry over thirty different brands and

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STEELE ELECTRIC Paul began his apprenticeship in 1960, and spent 12 years working in Electrical, Heating and Air Conditioning. He founded Steele Electric in 1972. With the help of business contacts who appreciated his excellent work, his business grew to include a solid, service oriented team. SatisďŹ ed customers include local school districts, banks, and businesses, as well as homeowners who needed someone they could count on for dependable service and appropriate pricing. In 2006, he relocated to Sussex County and has many new customers, recently servicing the Lincoln Community Center during major renovation.

Steele Electric offers Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Installations and Service. They have done Custom Homes as large as 12,500 square feet, electrical underground services for trailer parks and Hotel Renovations. No job is too small. SAFETY AND COMFORT INFORMATION FOR HOME OWNERS There are a lot of issues with older homes. ALUMINUM WIRING is one of them. It should be replaced or, at least checked for loose connections. I have found aluminum wires burnt all the way back to the clamp on the wall case. The next thing could be a ďŹ re. We can check all switches, receptacles and lights for any loose connections. It is cheaper to spend a little money now to protect you and your family, than to possibly lose your home and loved ones. Another issue in older homes is UNGROUNDED WIRING. This can be addressed by rewiring the house, or installing GFCI receptacles to protect existing circuits. Kitchen and dedicated appliance circuits should be rewired for full protection.

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How critical are SMOKE DETECTORS? One of the best safeguards for your home are these protective devices. They can be hardwired with battery backup or just battery operated. We can install both, but remember, the batteries have to be replaced yearly. If a ďŹ re starts in your home, this device will alert you and your family. It can also tell you if you are burning the family dinner! GFCI RECEPTACLES are required in bathrooms, basements, outside, and garages for your protection. With faulty equipment, they will trip off to prevent shocks or even death. Arc Fault Breakers are now required in newer homes for the same type of protection. Young children have been known to stick foreign objects inside of receptacles

and being shocked. Arc Fault devices trip off when this happens. I believe one of the greatest needs in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market is a backup system for your home. I am talking about GENERATORS. Homes have so many electrical appliances, it has put a load on our main electrical grid. We can purchase and install whatever size you need. I have installed one in my home and would be willing to give you a demonstration as to how easily it works. No power outage has affected our electrical system, because the generator comes on automatically when needed and keeps everything running. I look forward to hearing from you about any of your electrical needs. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk!

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cause quite a stir from now through the year. Holiday giftsthe we end offerof also cause quite Our discount cards, gift cards a stir from now through the end of the and gift certificates have beyear. Our discount cards, gift cards come very popular stocking and gift certificates have become very stuffers over the years. They popular stocking stuffers over are a great idea for that hardthe years. They a great for that to buy forare person oridea anyone hard to buy person or through anyone who who has for a car. Now holidays we havethe special hasthe a car. Now through holidays offers on a couple different gift we have special offers on a couple options. When you pre-pay for different gift options. When you prefive washes, you receive a dispay for five washes, you receive a count card good for seven discount card good for seven washes. That’s up to washes. a That’s up to a $46.00 savings! If you $44.00 savings! If you purpurchase a $50.00 forfor somechase a $50.00gift giftcard card someone, youareceive a gift cerone, you receive gift certificate for tificate for a Whole Enchilada an Ultimate Full Service Wash PackWash Package. That’sYou a can age. That’s a $22.00 value! $22.00 value! You can give the give the gift certificate, or even better, gift certificate, or even better, useuse it yourself!! it yourself!! The Car Wash is now on The Car Wash schedule. is now on We our are winter our winter schedule. We Monday are openthrough from Monopen from Saturday from 8:00 a.m. day through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. through 5 p.m. and on Sunday through 5 p.m. and on Sunday from from 8:00 a.m. through p.m., 8:00 a.m. through 4 p.m., as 4always as always weather depending.

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Jeffrey Puglia, CFPÂŽ , AIFÂŽ Member of Financial Planners Association Jeff has spent his entire career helping individuals with their financial planning needs since graduating from Susquehanna University in 1994 with a BS in Finance. He is a Certified Financial Plannerâ&#x201E;˘ practitioner as well as an Accredited Investment FiduciaryÂŽ, helping retirement plan fiduciaries mitigate risks by instructing them in practices that cover pertinent legislation and best practices. He is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Jeff works with non-profits, business owners, professionals, retirees and pre-retirees to develop comprehensive financial plans that include retirement and estate planning strategies, portfolio construction and risk management. Jeff currently resides in Milford, DE with his wife Andrea and two children, Laci and Roman. He is an avid baseball memorabilia collector. His philanthropic works include being the Founder and President of Salute Our Soldiers, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide relief for wounded soldiers and their families. Recently he co-founded the Southern DE Base Ball Club, a non-profit formed to bring a 1900s era stadium to the Milford area to stimulate commerce and remember baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s originâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

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Did you start a new job â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or leave a job behind? Did you retire? Did you start a family? If some notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you will want to review your finances before this year ends and the next one begins. Even if your 2013 has been relatively uneventful, the end of the year is still a good time to get cracking and see where you can plan to save some taxes and/or build a little more wealth. Do you practice tax loss harvesting? That is the art of taking capital losses (selling securities worth less than what you first paid for them) to offset your short-term capital gains. If you fall into one of the upper tax brackets, you might want to consider this move, which directly lowers your taxable income. It should be made with the guidance of a financial professional you trust.1 In fact, you could even take it a step further. Consider that up to $3,000 of capital losses in excess of capital gains can be deducted from ordinary income, and any remaining capital losses above that can be carried forward to offset capital gains in upcoming years.1 Do you itemize deductions? If you do, great. Now would be a good time to get the receipts and assorted paperwork together. Besides a possible mortgage interest deduction, you might be able to take a state sales tax deduction, a student-loan interest deduction, a military-related deduction, a deduction for the amount of estate tax paid on inherited IRA assets, an energy-saving deduction,

a homebuyer credit â&#x20AC;Ś there are so many deductions you can potentially claim, and now is the time to meet with your tax professional so that you can strategize to claim as many as you can. Could you ramp up 401(k) or 403(b) contributions? If you can do this in November and December, that will lower your taxable income for 2013. Do it enough and you might be able to qualify for other tax credits or breaks available to those under certain income limits. Are you thinking of gifting? How about making a contribution to a charity or some other kind of 501(c)(3) non-profit organization before 2013 ends? In many cases, these gifts are partly taxdeductible. If you pour some money into a 529 plan on behalf of a child, you could get a deduction at the state level (depending on the state). Of course, you can also reduce the value of your taxable estate with a gift or two. This year, the gift tax exclusion is $14,000. So you can gift up to $14,000 to as many people as you wish this year, with the understanding that you have a $5.25 million lifetime limit before you are actually hit with gift taxes. This $5.25 million limit will rise in future years as it is inflation-indexed.2 While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the topic of estate planning, why not take a moment to review the beneficiary designations for your IRA, your life insurance policy, and your retirement plan at work? If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reviewed them for a decade or more (which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t uncommon), double-check to see that these assets will go where you want them to go should you pass away. Lastly, take a look at your will to see that it remains valid and up to date. Should you convert all or part of a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA? You will be withdrawing money from that traditional IRA someday ... and

those withdrawals will equal taxable income. Withdrawals from a Roth IRA you own are never taxed during your lifetime, assuming you follow the rules. Translation: tax savings tomorrow. Before you go Roth, you do need to make sure you have the money to pay taxes on the conversion amount. If you do this and change your mind, the IRS gives you until October 15 of the year after a conversion to undo it.3 Can you take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit? Now in place through 2017, the AOTC for qualified college expenses allows individuals whose modified adjusted gross income is $80,000 or less (and joint filers with MAGI of $160,000 or less) a chance to claim a credit of up to $2,500 for qualified tuition and related expenses. Phase-outs kick in above those MAGI levels.3,4 What can you do before they sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Auld Lang Syneâ&#x20AC;?? Talk with a financial or tax professional now rather than in February or March. Little yearend moves might help you improve your shortterm and long-term financial situation. Jeffrey Puglia, CFPÂŽ, AIFÂŽ may be reached at (302) 265-2236 or or Citations. 1 - [9/19/13] 2 - [2/22/13] 3 - [12/28/12] 4 - [5/31/13] complianceMAX tracking # 1-205953




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write these articles knowing that the people reading it will probably have little to no experience with horses. I write these articles because of this assumption - in the hope that I can prevent the cycle of violence that is so harmful to horses and humans, that seems to occur way too often, causing harm to one or both parties. So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new and wondering what you can do to help prevent the cycle of violence I would recommend three things: 1. Realize that when people are interacting with horses in a situation that is physically and/or mentally challenging, just the shear size of a horse can make this experience overwhelming to a human. When a human feels overwhelmed by a horse they tend to have an emotional response which basically means that they will respond in predatorial manner. When a predator interacts with a prey animal, the prey animal WHQGVWRUHDFWXVXDOO\DWĂ&#x20AC;UVWE\ DWWHPSWLQJĂ LJKW,IĂ LJKWIDLOVWKHQH[W UHDFWLRQWHQGVWREHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO response is what I refer to as freeze. Freeze simply refers to the catatonic mental state a horse will achieve as last ditch effort to accept the unacceptable. As you can see this usually creates a cycle. This cycle escalates and becomes violent. To be honest, this cycle of

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College Graduates Unemployed! Now What? You just joined the ranks of 4.5 Million recent college graduates that now relize you don’t have a job in your chosen area of professional study, and if you do have a job you are most likely receiving 30% of the pay you thought you would be hired at.

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Bypassing the Corporate Ladder By: Heather Schaffer and Luke Kennedy I was lucky enough to grow up in a well educated, affluent family that had the ability to afford me every opportunity parents could want for their child. I went to a prestigious private school, participated in sports, and extracurricular activates. I had great friends and managed to stick to the principles my parents had brought me up to believe in such as hard work, honesty, Integrity, and self sufficiency, effectively keeping me out of harm’s way and trouble. When it was time to go to college, I was glad to go. I had been accepted to a prestigious school In Boston that I was excited about, and felt that it was time to stand on my own two feet and start carving my own way in the world. College accomplished for me what any realistic expectations could hope for: the ability to think analytically and express myself appropriately. However, the reason I chose my school, and the reason most people I know went to college, was not for these rather humble aspirations. I was career focused and wanted college to be my ticket into an amusement park of opportunity. What I found was my analytical mind saying, “You’ve got a $120,000 education. What now, hot shot?”

Although I had a good experience at college, I wasn’t an academic at heart and knew that spending another $100,000 for post grad was not for me unless absolutely necessary. Of course it was time to get a job, but where? I started contacting all the advertising companies I had been studying over the past four years and managed to land a handful of interviews. It became quite clear that nobody was hiring, and that the whole industry was slow enough to grant interviews as a way of distracting themselves from the fact that they didn’t have enough work to do either. The offers I did get would have given “education investment” a return in about 6 years as long as I didn’t need to pay rent or eat. We all have to start somewhere, but I refused to believe that my value to the professional world was within $5.000 of minimum wage. “Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know,” and that was certainly true with me. My mom had worked for a guy named Bob who had started a woman’s focused educational newspaper out of Las Vegas 31 years ago, and he was trying to get one started in Boston. My mom told him my position and soon enough I was meeting the President of The County Woman Newspapers. He has trained over 370 women across the country to publish the format he invented and told me that fear was the only thing to stop me from doing it, too. Bob has been in educational publishing since 1969. The more I found out about it, the more confident I became. Not a single paper using his format, formula, con-

cepts, marketing and sales techniques, trade secrets and business plan of the Sussex County Women’s Journal ever went out of business and more to the point, my first year gross was $86,000 plus. I complained that I didn’t have any background in publishing and he told me that he had never trained anybody with a publishing background. So with a little help from my family I got the money together for the initial down payment and soon I was getting all the “real world” training I needed to run my own newspaper. Training took about a week and is continual, you never feel vulnerable. With several other first time entrepreneurs, I learned everything that can be taught about the County Woman’s Newspaper. By the end of the week I knew how to operate a women’s newspaper, sell advertising, and manage distribution. It was all very fast, scary, and exciting, and before I knew it, I was scheduled to print my first “sample” run of newspapers back in Boston. I followed my training, called local contributors, and scheduled appointments to meet with professionals in industries proven to have strong track records with our format. By the time the first issue was printed, I had $24,000 in advertising sales. Within the first 2 years I had taken about 10 weeks of vacation and grossed over $175.000. I now run two papers and estimate their total sale value around $450.000. When I do sell these papers I can go wherever I want to go and do it all over again. Sometimes I daydream about what my next job interview will be like (if I ever want

one), and I’ve decided it will probably be significantly different than my last one. If I’m going to ever get on the corporate ladder, there’s no way I’m starting on the bottom. In fact, I’ve virtually created my own ladder. There are a lot of perks doing what I do, but it’s certainly not all fun and games. A lot of it is real work. Still, any job worth having is hard work, and more to the point, most jobs not worth having are hard work, too. At least I like what I do, and feel confident in calling myself a success only 2 years out of college. I was lucky to know Bob. There’s no way around it. But most people who can relate to where I was 2 years ago don’t know Bob. I like to think that America can still be about what you know rather than who you know, which is why I’m writing this article. I’m a testament to the fact that everyone just needs the right break, so hopefully anybody reading this now knows of one. There are lots of counties still available, so if you would like to know more about publishing our trademarked and copyrighted newspaper in your area, call Bob at l-800-99-EDUCATE. “CHANGE YOUR LIFE THIS YEAR” Check out a few of our websites to see what fully developed women’s newspapers look like.

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Thirteen years ago I had never even heard of the Women’s Journal, and today I can honestly say the Women’s Journal most definitely changed my life. I had always made good money with my different business ventures, but the Women’s Journal has given me the freedom to control my own financial life, and also have the freedom to enjoy my family. I took a concept and gave it my own touch, and with hard work and consistently following the concept that I was trained in I have built an extremely successful paper.

Robin Coppinger I have been the owner of the Bucks County Women’s Journal for 7 years. It has been a pleasure to be part of the National Women’s Journal family. I have enjoyed publishing the paper, and have had a rewarding and successful career. I also appreciate the continued help and support I have received from both Bob Kapke and other owners over the years. I look forward to working with Bob for many years to come.

With the experience of publishing nine different County Woman publications, I can confidently inform you that this is one of the most exciting, rewarding, and successful business ventures for women entrepreneurs in any part of the nation. I originally born and raised in Minnesota and I have lived on the West Coast and the East Coast and many states in between. Some of my past careers include being a National Insurance Account Executive, Retail Operations Manager, Certified New Jersey Teacher and Teacher of the Year, but of these, I have being a County Woman Publisher to be the most gratifying on many levels. I guarantee that you will meet many incredible business owners and community leaders. Your publication will be the critical component in helping to launch a new business and/or successfully grown an existing business. The personal rewards are endless.

Linda Hunsicker Publishing three Women’s Journals is very rewarding and fits with my high energy lifestyle. It allows me to be my own boss, be creative and work with the public. Recently, I opened the Finger Lakes Woman and it has been very well received. Now, I can go to my vacation home in upstate NY, make money and be respected and recognized as a local business woman with a great educational publication.

Celeste Kline Purchasing the Women’s Journal has been the best decision I have ever made. Not only giving me financial freedom, but allowing me to make my own schedule and my own business decisions. I only wish I had done it sooner.

Christie Cook The Women’s Journal has been an incredibly rewarding business venture for me. As the publisher for the Chesterfield Women’s Journal, I contribute to the growth of my Contributor’s businesses, and help women, in my Journal community, make wiser choices. I have found a new love in the Women’s Journal, building something that will both impact businesses and educate women, while creating a legacy for my daughter. The support and mentoring, that I have been blessed to have, from some of the most successful publishers in the Journal syndicate, has helped me grow and develop my business. The support and guidance has been consistent from the moment I made the decision to become a publisher. I love what I do, and I will continue to build and grow my business as a publisher of the Women’s Journal.

Dorri C. Scott Becoming a Publisher has been a dream come true for me. Always a writer, I am an educator and continue teaching as a college Professor. Every two months, I “Give birth and deliver a new child” – my magazines in 2 counties. YES! I love what I do and am growing. The opportunity has been lucrative though the learning curve has been keen, the support from Bob Kapke has been priceless. Passionate about what I do, over the past 18 months I have met, connected and helped so many people. The powerful resource is one that I highly recommend if you want to work hard, stay focused and make money too. Have the heart and work ethic to do something for both you and others? I highly recommend that you take the step and join a phenomenal group of publisher/owners who are happy going to work every day. Do it and don’t look back!

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“Habitat Empowers Women To Come Together To Build Homes, Communities, And Hope!” Women Build? Women build what?

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is recruiting and challenging women throughout Sussex County to participate in a series of opportunities that are part of the International Habitat program “Women Build.” Seeking to put God’s love into action, Sussex County Habitat over the next year plans to bring women together to build homes, communities and hope! Women Build challenges and empowers women from all walks of life to help build simple, decent and affordable homes for hard working and deserving Habitat families in Sussex County. “This year, a dynamic team of women have come forward to work together to plan some exciting build days, fundraising events and clinics surrounding the theme of “Hard Hats and Heels,” says Jacquie Sanders, Women Build Coordinator and AmeriCorps service member for SCHFH. A simple sentence probably describes the best definition of Women Build: it is not about excluding men but it is about empowering women! Despite the advances that women have made in the professional industry over the last 20 years, construction is still one area in which women have yet to obtain a real presence by way of numbers or by way of recognition of skills. Statistics vary but women are approximately 3-4% of the construction workforce. However, things are changing here in Sussex County and Habitat is reaching out to Women owned businesses and local women leaders to come forward to share their gifts and talents to empower other women. As part of the year -long series of events, Habitat has teamed up with the 3 local Lowe’s locations to offer Clinics to teach women basic skills that will help them on Habitat job sites or at home. Bernie Polinski discovered Habitat this year and began volunteering to help with fundraising efforts for Women Build. Bernie shares, “It’s a chance to turn a dream into a reality for either a less fortunate woman or even yourself! In volunteering, I found that Habitat promotes respect for each person, whether you are receiving or giving. Everyone is equal and respected and no doubt, our community will grow stronger.”

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difference in the lives of others. Personally, I feel I am putting the power of God’s love into action and volunteering is not a one day commitment but a life-long one.” The culmination of the series of The Women Council of Realtors came out to volunteer events reaches its highpoint during on October 26, 2013 National Women Build Week In 2007 and 2011 Sussex County Habitat May 4-12, 2014. for Humanity has offered similar Women SCHFH plans to have a series of Build Build Projects in Seaford and Laurel Days, a Women’s Clinic and a closing focusing on a specific home. “The goal celebration. this year is to capture the energy of a new team of women who will come together and increase the awareness of the housing issues here in our county and rally together to make a difference,” says Tom Protack, Community Engagement Director for SCHFH, “and to hopefully once again next year have enough volunteers and resources to build an entire home.” On Saturday, October 26th, Ruth Sivils, President of The Women Council of Realtors, and other female Realtors kicked off the first Women Build event of this year with a build day at Linden Avenue in Georgetown Point. A county wide Women Build Day is planned for November 9th where on every Habitat site county wide women will be volunteering. Women who own their business or are members of women organizations are encouraged to contact SCHFH to schedule and sponsor their own day by recruiting co-workers, family and friends. Leanne Silicato Prosser, co-owner of Make My Day Planning Events, reached out and will sponsor a team of 15 for a Build day on December 7th.

Lyndsay Humphreys, volunteer coordinator and AmeriCorps service member for SCHFH, added that there are many opportunities to volunteer, not just on job sites. “Many women think if they can’t go on a roof or bang a hammer they cannot participate. That is simply not true. Our Habitat ReStore needs volunteers to help customers, volunteers are needed in our main office for special projects, or you could help provide lunch or food for a build day or event.” To learn more about Women Build in Sussex County or to support Women Build through a sponsorship or purchasing a tee shirt, contact Jacquie Sanders at 302-855-1153 extension 208 or go to or


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May 6th

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One of the high points of the year will be a “Hard Hats, Heels and Hearts Gala” at Baywood Clubhouse on Saturday, February 15th. Teena Twilley, owner of Designers Edge Salons and a volunteer says, “This event will hopefully gain county wide support and encourage folks to give of their hearts to Habitat to help make a true



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“I would like to thank the Women’s Journal for the opportunity to be part of their publication. Barbara is wonderful to work with! I have received many comments from readers who have seen my articles and who are now loyal clients. The feed back has been great!”

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“We advertise in the Sussex County Woman for a few reasons. First, it is a good read, second, it’s an opportunity to go into a little more detail to reach the more educated customer and third, the readership definitely represents our clientele. We stay because it gets results.”

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“Phyllis R. of Ocean View, Delaware read the article in the Women’s Newspaper and couldn’t say enough about our service. She is among the other who have used us because of the articles we have in the newspaper, bringing a great amount of business we would not have otherwise.”

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“This is our second year advertising with them after a one year gap, and we can immediately see the difference. What we appreciate most is not the fact that we personally see our articles in waiting rooms and hospitals all over the county, but the feedback we get from the patients themselves. Patients who read our articles are better informed on services available to them and understand more about the science behind the medicine itself. Education is an important tool in our profession and the Women’s Journal lets us reach a wide audience which we would be incapable of otherwise.”

“Black Diamond Financial Solutions is extremely happy with our investment in the Sussex County Women’s Journal. The awareness that SCWJ has created for our firm has been far more than we expected and we look forward to continued success with our return on investment.”

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Custom Mechanical, Inc. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with the Sussex County Woman and Delmarva Parent since 1994 and love the response we get from their papers. Month after month, we consistently received feedback from existing clients and new customers who read our articles and appreciate the tips we pass along courtesy of the magazine.”

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The Medicine Woman “I have advertised with the Sussex County Woman for several years. I am always being told by my clients that they see my advertisement and it reminds them to call my business And make an appointment for a service or to enroll in one of my classes. This has been a wise business decision I made that has helped my business become the success it is”

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President Resort Landscaping “We have built our business on the readership of the Women’s Journal. I cannot believe the amount of business we receive from our articles.”

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“The County Women’s Journals have been a great tool for Delaware Hospice to reach and educate the community on Delaware Hospice’s programs and services. Directed to female readers who are caregivers and decision makers, the Journal provides health information for all types of symptoms and illnesses. It has increased community awareness on how to live a better life and provides options of care for our community members.”

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