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ife is different now. Efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic reached Poway in full force last week. Residents are dealing with a prolonged period of relative isolation, planning emergency finances and caring for children who no longer have classes to attend for the immediate future and possibly beyond.

Word of the coronavirus already had the public on edge as everyone waited for new developments. Local shoppers followed the trend of bulk-buying as they stocked up in case orders were announced to restrict public contact. After all, similar declarations had been given in other countries and even in some areas of the U.S. See CORONAVIRUS, Page 3

The Tovey family poses together at the Poway Library. (photo courtesy of Yerika Tovey)

Beautiful, colorful culture Baile Folklorico brings culture to children Slot cars await another race at Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center. (courtesy photo)

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local couple is using slot cars as a therapy tool. Christian and Noemi Grasso are both licensed and certified speech and language pathologists. Together, they own and operate Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center, which combines as a clinic and a recreational slot car track in Rancho Bernardo. This unique operation was scheduled to be a main attraction at the Poway Americana Festival this month, now postponed until September due to the COVID-19 crisis. “We’re pretty geeky. We share an interest in comic books and slot car racing,” Christian said. “I got an idea in my head a while back that this would be a great activity for my patients. My wife said, ‘Let’s give it a try and see if we can incorporate some therapy concepts.’” So, they built a 68-square-foot, four-lane track which now doubles as

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a means of healing and having fun. “I thought merging this with our business would create something very unique,” Christian explained. “It’s turned out to be a very creative tool and something that everybody really seems to enjoy.” The Grasso’s track was designed to be accessible to various special needs users, including people in wheelchairs. Christian designed it so that there aren’t any blind spots or hidden areas on the racetrack that the racers can’t see. “It’s something that anyone can do with some assistance,” he said. “We have trigger controllers. If someone has cerebral palsy and can’t manipulate a trigger controller, then we have a controller where they can compress a plunger.” A slot car fan since he was a kid, Christian said he started getting back into it as a hobbyist later in life. “It’s been good therapy for me too. See RACE TRACK, Page 5


By Ashley Shah

he traditional Hispanic dance program called Baile Folklorico began in 2010 at Valley Elementary School (VES). The program started with just a couple of mothers who wanted to bring their culture into their children’s lives. Sandra Garcia took the lead role in helping the program grow and immersing students into the dance and culture. In 2011, Yerika Tovey took over the organization. “I love this art. I did this when I was in high school and I just love it,” Tovey said. This program is offered for students in first through fifth grades at VES and runs from February to April. The students practice every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. This year there are 33 students involved. “Our daughter started dancing Baile Folklorico last year when she was in first grade. Her interest and passion grew even more the moment she got her colorful dress. We enjoy watching the performances and are very proud of her and all the students. We are very fortunate to have

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someone as talented as Yerika to teach our kids,” Martha Rivera said. “Yerika’s patience and talent have made this a wonderful experience for our daughter.” These students have performed in many places, including the Poway Library’s “Dia Del Niño” celebration, retirement homes, the International Festival at Del Sur Elementary School, the Poway Americana Festival and Valley Elementary’s own “Dia Del Niño” celebration. This year, the students were scheduled to perform at the Poway Library “Dia Del Niño” festival in April, and possibly at local retirement homes. “My twins have danced with Mrs. Tovey for about a year and a half, and it’s been an amazing experience for both of them. I am so appreciative to be a part of this. It fills a component for the students with culture,” Nila Boquin said. In previous years, most students would get involved by word of mouth. However, this year the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has gotten involved in helping more students join. “I try to invite kids that don’t have something to do after school so that they can get more involved and See BAILE FOLKLORICO, Page 8

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Students cope with school shutdowns By Ashley Shah


ue to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, Poway Unified School District (PUSD) has shut down schools through April 3. As a result, many students and families have been coping in different ways. “My family has been stocking up on food. We’ve bought a lot of canned food, chips and several crates of oranges. We’re just trying to prepare in case we have to go under lockdown,” said Liam Zhang, a senior at Poway High School. “During these weeks I have off of school, I’ve just been doing some research on colleges and playing video games with my friends instead of going out.” Families can go to schools like Valley Elementary School and Meadowbrook Middle School to go get food for breakfast or lunch. “It’s been really helpful to go get food at the schools. It’s nice that our community can support us at a time like this,” Poway High School freshman Eduardo Ferrusquia said. Many students who had

Poway High School senior Victor Marano works on his bullet journal to keep himself occupied throughout the weeks. (photo courtesy of Victor Marano)

gone to college this year have had to come back home. Keira Barry, a Poway High School graduate and first year student at Syracuse University in New York, had to come home. “I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself for the next few weeks, because who knows how long this will last. And I’m really dreading having to tune in to my 9:30 EST lecture at 6:30 PST,” Barry said. “I just hope we’ll be able to get the virus under control quickly so everyone can get

back to normal life.” Katie Jose, a Poway High School graduate and first year student at Whitman College in Washington, also had to come home. “Being only five hours away from the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Seattle, Washington, my college was experiencing the threats of the virus way earlier than most of the universities around the country,” Jose said. “My parents and sister decided to drive the 17 hours up to Walla See STUDENTS COPE, Page 3

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Then, the State of California instituted orders to limit the size of all gatherings, among other emergency orders. Major events were canceled. Smaller events were cancelled. Then, the Poway Unified School District ordered all its schools to close from March 16 through April 3 – pending further notice. The Poway City Council ratified the city’s declaration of a local emergency at a special council meeting on Wednesday, March 18, in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Declaring a local emergency authorized the city manager to take necessary actions to protect the public and welfare of the city from serious and imminent threat of the COVID-19 outbreak. But that was only the beginning. Several new federal, state and county orders were issued between March 16 and March 20. The most striking came March 19 when California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order that all individuals living in the state stay home to slow the spread of the virus. Only businesses and services termed “essential” are allowed to stay open. Most adults must work from home, gatherings are limited and travel has been


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Walla, Washington, to pick us up and help us pack up our dorms. Leaving the college so abruptly was definitely disheartening, as I wasn’t able to have a proper goodbye to my first year at Whitman. It’s been a stressful week but I’m incredibly thankful for the help I’ve gotten from my college and also with the opportunity to have a safe ride back home.” Other students who are staying home are trying to fill their time. “Throughout these weeks that I have off from school, I’ve picked up a new hobby. It’s called Bullet Journaling and it’s a way for me to be creative, relieve stress and spend less time on electronics,” Poway High School senior Victor Marano said. “I’m trying to occupy myself with productive activities rather than just spending time on my phone. Personally, I am scared about the virus and its effect on our community, and I’m trying to stay indoors to help prevent the spread.”

Shoppers strolled along the booths at the Poway Farmer’s Market, officially allowed to open March 21. (photo by John Gregory)

restricted. Families with parents required to report to work at their places of business were struck with the dilemma of how to care for their children while schools are closed. Those staying home face questions of how to keep their children occupied. It’s not easy since most events have been cancelled, museums and amusement parks have closed and most businesses offering activities for kids have been forced to shut down temporarily. Local grocery stores remained open and were inundated with customers. Shelves of toilet paper and

hand sanitizer were emptied. Cans of soup were grabbed up. Checkout lines once packed with customers are now monitored and shoppers are spread apart from one another to keep the mandated 6-foot distance. Most grocery stores limit shopping to only two of the same items per shopper. Poway shoppers – for the most part – remained polite, friendly and retained a sense of humor. On Saturday, March 21, traffic on major streets was mild. About half the parking spaces at local shopping centers were filled, but shoppers were still active. The Poway

Farmer’s Market quickly reopened since farmer’s markets appeared on the list of essential businesses. The much smaller market was set up, with vendor spaces at least 10-feet apart. A park ranger was observing the operation. Some nearby businesses on Midland Road were open. A short distance away, The Hamburger Factory in Old Poway Park brought orders of food to customers in their cars in the parking lot – one at a time.

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• The Poway Library is closed. It has cancelled all public programs, classes and events. Due dates will be extended until it reopens. No returns will be accepted. Curbside service is no longer available. • The City of Poway postponed or cancelled non-essential meetings, gatherings, classes, camps, facility rentals and events that fall within guidance recently provided by the state. • Poway City Hall and all city buildings are closed to the public. Essential services will continue to be provided See CORONAVIRUS, Page 4

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Attendees at the Women Supporting Women Business Networking Group’s first meeting in February. (courtesy photo)

ing a shared knowledge base, which is empowering and inspiring. Most importantly, I want to build strong relationships with other women and contribute toward the growth of our community.” The group meets once a month on Tuesday evenings and helps members grow their business from referrals, learning new tools and best practices, accountability and support while developing friendships. Other women’s events organized by Wendy Carter

include a Gratitude Gathering last fall and a Vision Board Party in January. The next Women Supporting Women in Business Networking Group gathering is scheduled for April 21, 7-9 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 12411 Rancho Bernardo Road. All women from Poway and surrounding communities are welcome and required to RSVP as first time attendees by contacting Wendy Carter at (858) 716-6750 or Wendy@


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and staffing for non-essential services will be reduced. Additional services will be offered by appointment as staffing allows. • All high school sports have been stopped. • Poway Unified School District offers breakfast and lunch pickup for students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at numerous sites including Meadowbrook Middle School, Midland Elementary School, Pomerado Elementary School, Poway High, Twin Peaks Middle School and Valley Elementary School. • Little League activities have been suspended until May 11. • Old Poway Park is closed. Train rides, the Museum and Nelson House, Boardwalk Craft Market and Wool Barn have ceased operations until further notice. • The Poway Chamber of Commerce postponed its events, including the Americana Festival which has been rescheduled for September. • All fishing and boating activities at Lake Poway are

A shopping center at Poway Road and Oak Knoll Road was mostly empty of cars on March 21. (photo by Jessica Gregory)

suspended. • The Poway Swim Center is closed to the public. • The Poway Senior Center is closed. • All shows and events at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts have been canceled through the end of May. • The Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center is closed until further notice.

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Polo Club offers surprising fun, great hobby POWAY through the stirrup.” There are two types of polo played: in an arena and on a grass field. The Poway Polo Club is the former and it uses the same venue as the Poway Rodeo. The club has around 40 members. According to Gibson, there have been four generations of Sheldon family members involved in polo in Poway. She recommends a good starting point: just coming out to watch the sport. The club plays on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., and on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. unless there is a scheduled event like the Poway Rodeo. “We love to have people watch and we will be happy to explain everything and introduce the sport to you,” Gibson explained. “The thing with the Poway Polo Club is we are geared toward average people. Families with children. You do not have to be a millionaire to play this sport.” For information and details, visit the Poway Polo Club website,, email Gibson at or call her, (619) 972-5855.

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or those looking for a new and different family activity to try, the Poway Polo Club may be a good option. “We have polo opportunities for adults, teenagers and kids,” said Sherry Sheldon Gibson, president, whose father, Russ Sheldon, founded the club. “Polo can be great family fun.” Despite its aristocratic reputation, it is not necessary to own a horse or even to have been on one. “If you know how to ride a horse you are ahead of the game. Then you just have to learn how to hit the ball and (learn) the rules,” Gibson said. “But we have plenty of people who contact us and have never even been on a horse, let alone ride one, and we teach them how to play polo.” For that latter group of people, there are a number of horse providers who will rent their horses for use in polo. Some people choose to continue to rent even after they become more and more involved in the sport. The beginning stages for

A player is about to strike the ball during Poway Polo Club action. (courtesy Poway Polo Club)

novices, according to Gibson, involve learning how to saddle and bridle the horse, hitting the ball while standing on the ground just to know how that aspect of it feels, how to strike the ball from either side of the horse, scoring and all related rules. “Most people think strike the ball with the end of the mallet like in croquet,” Gibson explained. “However, you strike it with the broad side of the mallet instead.” Just as it is with about

every other sport, there is equipment needed to participate effectively and safely. For polo, this involves a helmet, mallet, knee pads, boots and clothing. “If you are riding around on a horse with mallets and a ball as part of the action, you want to make sure you have a quality helmet,” Gibson said. “Good boots are very important too, even though we are not standing on the ground, as you do not want your foot to slip


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Even my dad and wife race with me. It’s very family oriented,” he said. Christian said he is often asked: what is the connection between speech pathology and slot cars? “People want to know, ‘How can this therapy benefit people?’ Well first of all, there are socialization opportunities. Families may come in with a special needs child and the parents may not know how to interact with their child or manage behaviors that may manifest,” Christian said. “We’ve had individuals with cognitive and physical issues, but they appreciate that they can control a little car,” Christian said. The Grassos use slot cars to treat patients with autism, attention deficit disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cognitive impairment, dementia, traumatic brain injury, genetic syndromes or neurological disorders that might affect an individual’s ability to communicate. “Even problems reading and writing,” Christian added. The slot car track can be used to assist patients with socialization or to help parents learn how to better interact with their special needs child. The Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center doesn’t just serve children, it also works with teens, adults and seniors. The Grassos also have people contacting them to do special events and fundraisers. So, they built a portable slot car track that they take out into the community. Visit vocaltracktherapy. com.


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oway couple Mark and Rebecca Saldivar have plans to open the Hop Stop Beer Bar & Kitchen, a contemporary craft beer garden at the corner of Midland Road and Temple Street, near Old Poway Park. San Diego County has been called the craft beer capital of America, with more than 200 breweries contributing an estimated $1.2 billion to the regional economy, according to a 2018 report by California State University, San Marcos. “From a quality standpoint, we’ve been considered top notch for well over a decade now,” Mark said of the region and its reputation for brewing craft beer. The Saldivars are both veterans in the flourishing craft beer industry, with an impressive resume between them. Rebecca has worked with Abnormal Beer Co., Second Chance Beer Co. and Urge Gastropub. She currently works for Ballast Point Brewing. Mark enjoyed an extensive history with San Diego Brewing Company, opening with the company as a bartender and eventually becoming a manager there. “My wife and I feel like we’re a perfect tandem. We have a great collective

knowledge of craft beer,” Mark said. They have been married for 17 years now. The proprietors of Hop Stop actually met because of their connections to the world of craft beer. Rebecca lived with her parents just a mile away from San Diego Brewing Co., where Mark worked at the time. Rebecca’s father, who was a regular customer there, introduced the two of them. “We had separate paths at first, but we eventually came together,” Mark said. “Here we are 20-something years later, going into business with our combined expertise.” Mark and Rebecca are working with Hauck Architecture, a San Diego firm specializing in the design of craft brewery bars and restaurants, to create something genuinely unique in Poway. “One of the things we love about the location are the really incredible views. You can see Twin Peaks to the north,” Mark said. The Hop Stop will feature an indoor/outdoor bar with garage-style roll-up doors. The beer garden will be located between the tasting room and the kitchen, with communal tables offering a “neighbor-meets-neighbor” ambience.


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“We really wanted to build this kind of place because we live in such a great community,” Mark said. “It will be a central hub in the heart of Old Poway.” The height of the fence line around the beer garden will allow patrons to observe goings-on in Old Poway Park and feel connected with the various communal and civic activities there. “Instead of the roar of a 40-mile-per-hour thoroughfare, customers will hear the sounds of the park –





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Written by Christie in 1944 and first produced in 1946, “Murder on the Nile” is based on the crime writer’s 1937 novel “Death on the Nile.” In the play, everything seems to be going well for Kay Ridgeway, who has been blessed with beauty, enormous wealth and a new husband. But during her honeymoon voyage down the Nile, a brutal murder takes place and transforms an idyllic experience into a criminal mystery. Many interesting passengers fall under scrutiny, all with a reason to kill. Tension builds until a shock-


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immersed in the culture,” Tovey said. The dances originate from different parts of Mexico. The most common dances come from Jalisco, Mexico. However, throughout the years, students have performed dances from other regions such as Vera Cruz, Mexico, and Sinaloa, Mexico. “Doing Folklorico was a

Poway Performing Arts Company hopes to eventually present Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” at the Lively Center, 13250 Poway Road.

ing conspiracy is revealed. PowPAC “Murder” Director Gil Savage noted that while the play’s story largely follows what those familiar with book and movie versions will know, Christie specifically rewrote the stage play without Inspector Poirot, original “Death on the Nile” protagonist and familiar Christie character, among other changes. “A lot of people – when I say, ‘Murder on the Nile’ – they think ‘Death on the Nile’ and they’re going to be very surprised when it doesn’t end the same way,” Savage said. While different than the original book and film versions, Savage said mystery lovers will find all the familiar elements they’ve come to expect and enjoy from the author. “All her signature stuff is there,” Savage said. “There’s mystery, every-

body’s a suspect, there’s a lot of red herrings. The murder mystery addicts come out of the woodwork for these things. They love to sit there and pick the thing apart as they go along and try to solve who did it and what the story is. (Christie) always does her best to save that. She didn’t change her style at all in rewriting the plays.” The cast of PowPAC’s “Murder on the Nile” includes Geoffrey Graeme, last seen on the PowPAC stage in “Quartet;” Melanie Mino, who appeared in “Same Time Next Year;” frequent PowPAC performer Samantha Goldstein; and newcomers to the Poway stage Adam Lightfoot and Ruth Russell. Savage noted that the production includes gunshots, so those sensitive to such noises should be aware. For more information, visit

very enriching experience for me because it taught me a lot about the different cultures that come from the different parts of Mexico. We’d spend weeks perfecting a dance or two and it gave me the opportunity to get to know a lot of people that I’m still friends with today,” former VES student Myra Ashraf said. This year, the students will be performing to the songs “La Culebra,” “El Toro,” “El

Sauce y la palma” and “Los Machetes.” Students wear traditional Folklorico attire such as escaramuza dresses, which students can borrow from other families or purchase. However, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, practices and performances are put on hold. “I have good hopes that we will be ready for the performance despite the coronavirus,” Tovey said.

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n March 1, Team Inspiration won the second place Inspire award and the Finalist Alliance award at the San Diego Regional Championship for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and qualified for the World’s robotics competition, now cancelled due to COVID-19. “The Inspire award is a combination of overall performance and leadership. I’m very happy that they have gotten this award every year that we have competed,” Alex Szeto said. Team Inspiration is composed of 10 students, including several from Poway Unified School District (PUSD) middle and high schools. The head coaches for the team are Alex Szeto and Jack Silberman, and the other coaches include Venkat Rangan and Anit Goel. This year is the fourth season that Team Inspiration has competed in FTC. The FTC competition includes students from seventh to twelfth grade. Alongside FTC, they also compete in Robosub, which is an underwater robotics competition. The Robosub competition is in August, and it runs for a full week. In August of 2019, Team Inspiration won 12th globally out of 58 teams, and seventh in the United States. The team was also awarded the Innovation award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,

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Team Inspiration holds their trophies at the San Diego Regional Championship on March 1. (photo courtesy of Aditya Malavankar)

and the judges award. Team Inspiration is composed of several sub teams such as the mechanical team that works to design and assemble the robot, and they also 3D print the parts for the robot. There is also a programming team that codes and tests the robot, as well as provides simulations for the robot. The team works on its material, which is presented to the judges. “I love getting to share what I have learned with my teammates and the community in which we give back to,” said team captain Aditya Malavankar. “It’s a lot of fun to be able to participate and learn about outreach. Getting to lead this team of 10 has been an amazing experience, and I cannot wait for more memories and accomplishments.” The team meets in person on Saturdays and Sundays. “Robotics has given me so many op-


portunities from making friends to traveling around the world to spread STEM. I enjoy the camaraderie that is in the robotics community, especially within my own team. Robotics has taught me many technical skills and also allowed me to learn from the best in the industry,” team member Mabel Szeto said. Along with preparing the robot for competitions, the team participates in extensive outreach, locally and globally. Locally, Team Inspiration mentors robotics teams at Meadowbrook Middle School and Monarch school. They also offer monthly programs for students with developmental disorders who are interested in robotics, as well as monthly programs at local children’s museums. They have gone to Tijuana, Mexico to help at a robotics expo. The team shares its work at the Fleet Science Center, the Makers Fair, Petco Park and other STEM conventions. The team members also partnered with companies such as Northrop Grumman. Globally, the team has been to Paraguay and Benin, Africa, to help kick start new robotics teams there. The team also mentors teams in Bolivia, Brazil, Nigeria and Togo. “I’m very proud of the impact they have made globally and locally. They have been teaching robotics to several different teams at least once a week. What they have done in teaching has taught them to be a very strong robotics team,” Alex Szeto said.




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Science Olympiad breaks record The Poway High School (PHS) Science Olympiad team ended an era this year by making it to the State competition for the first time ever. The team went to a regional competition on Feb. 8 at Miramar College where it was awarded fifth place and qualified for State.

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Unfortunately, this year the State competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Science Olympiad is a club at PHS that meets once every other week. At its meetings, members of the team of about 30 students are assigned individual events, checked on how event prep is going and are informed about upcoming competition. Their team begins preparing in November. There are about 20 individual events that cover a range of sciences such as test events and build events. Each student is assigned an individual event for which they practice on their own time.

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At regionals, they placed first in “Anatomy” and “Write it, Do it.” The team placed third in “Disease Detectives,” fifth in “Dynamic Planet” and ninth in “Protein Modeling.” By placing well in these events, the team placed fifth overall. “It was amazing. My freshman year we only placed in one event, so it was incredible to see how much our team has grown,” Vice President Diego Rios Brady said. —Ashley Shah



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A new roof not only adds aesthetic appeal, it can add value too. Indeed, Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value 2020 report shows that a roof replacement can have a return-on-investment of more than 60 percent. Composite roofing is particularly durable, long-lasting and low-maintenance, and an all-around smart investment. Not only does a high-quality roof help home-sellers get foot traffic, but the low-maintenance aspect really resonates with house-hunters. An attrac-

tive, more affordable alternative to the real thing, the composite slate and shake roofing options available from manufacturers like DaVinci Roofscapes, for example, reduce pesky maintenance concerns, offering impact-, fire- and wind-resistance, as well as the peace of mind that comes with a strong warranty. This is also a good choice for both those with a clear color palette in mind and those who might need some direction. Free resources on the DaVinci Roofscapes site See EXTERIOR UPDATES, Page 11

Lighten your home workspace (StatePoint) Many people have found themselves working from home. Whether setting up shop at the kitchen table or creating a complete home office, here are simple hacks to make your new work environment comfortable and productive. “No matter which room becomes your workspace, proper lighting plays a key role in avoiding fatigue, eye strain and other discomforts,” said Jennifer Kis, director of marketing communications, Progress Lighting. Begin by defining your workspace. Setting up on the kitchen or dining table can work – temporarily. The upside is that it’s quick and easy. But these rooms are typically high-traffic areas, leading to distractions. See WORKSPACE, Page 11

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Plus, you might have to pack up work at mealtimes. Instead, re-purpose a small table and chair and place it in an out-of-the-way spot, such as a stairwell or bedroom corner. Next, think about lighting. Layering light is a basic technique that should be used in every room, but especially home offices. “Balance the lighting for different times of day. Natural light for day, layered light for afternoon and task lighting at night,” recommends Piper Stromatt, lead designer and partner for Curate Custom Homes. “There are three layers of light to consider: ambient or general light, task lighting and decorative or accent lighting.” Select a location with a good source of ambient light. Natural light is ideal: it diffuses throughout the space, bouncing off walls and ceilings to cut down on glare that can reflect on the computer monitor and the

shiny desk surface. “When selecting ambient light sources, the goal is to illuminate the entire space without creating undue glare and contrast, which can lead to headaches and eye strain,” says Kis. “If possible, avoid using overhead ceiling fixtures as the primary source of lighting. If that’s the only option, use a dimmer switch to vary light levels as needed.” Positioning your workspace correctly also helps. For rooms with natural light, place your desk perpendicular to the window, ideally facing north or south so that sunlight doesn’t cast shadows at certain times of the day. If an overhead fixture is the only light source, situate your workstation so that the light shines from behind it. “Make sure your home office suits your performance under particular lighting conditions,” says Stromatt, who recommends the following tips: • Don’t set your monitor in front of the window; the bright background light

shining behind the screen causes eye strain. • Place your chair at least arm’s length from the screen so that it can be seen without reading glasses or squinting. • Add LED tape lighting behind your monitor or under a desk for diffused light. • Use solar shades to soften lighting and lessen heat. After setting up a glarefree workstation, add task lighting. Use dedicated light sources such as desk lamps for tasks like paperwork and filing. Place direct task lights on the opposite side of the hand you write with to avoid casting shadows onto your work. Finally, add accent lighting for visual appeal. Frame your workspace with desk lamps or install a permanent fixture on a dimmer switch, such as a pendant hung directly over the desk. Wall sconces can throw light on decorative objects in the room. For more home tips and lighting inspiration, visit Progress Lighting at www.


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include a Color Visualizer offering users the ability to see how different colors may look on their home exteriors, as well as a variety of free e-books with project inspiration and advice. To learn more, visit “Using these free color tools can be both fun and empowering,” Smith says. “They take the guesswork out of crafting a pleasing exterior color palette for the home and help create increased curb appeal.”


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Cracked or uneven walkways and steps are not only an eyesore, they can present a tripping hazard to you and guests. Evaluate whether it’s time to give yours an overhaul. Be sure to select low-maintenance materials that complement the look of the other elements of your exterior. This is a good time to consider lighting that adds drama to the walkway at night and makes for safer walking.



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