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6 Early On-Set Parkinsons Disease

8 Finding Hope After Miscarriage

14 Planning for College Without Going Broke

16 5 Tips on How to Help Your Overweight Child

4 Mommy and Me 2 5 Some of My Faves


Back to School Survival Guide

12 Reasons to Trust Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey

20 Award-Winning Vacationing with Woodloch Resort

28 Advanced ENT: Ear Infections in Children

36 WB Steward and Sons: Maintaining the Comforts of Home with Quality Service and Products

10 Spooktacular Halloween Finds for Kids

18 A New Reconstructive Procedure is Empowering Women

30 Buying Guide 32 Common Causes of Bleeding During Pregnancy

34 Things to Do 38 Recipe Corner September/October 2017 | 3

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September/October 2017 CEO/Publisher Christopher Ognibene • (609) 670-1794 Executive Editor Karen Ognibene • (609) 230-6280 Marketing & Business Development Specialist Michelle Scianni • (856) 986-9606 For General Advertising Inquiries Marissa Josephick • (856) 537-7089 Production Manager Lisa Celfo

Fall & Halloween Fun! Pumpkin Treat Toppers

Make your Halloween treats festive with these easy jack-o’-lantern toppers. To create these adorable and spooky pumpkins, you’ll need: • Orange water balloons • Lollipop craft sticks • Black permanent marker • Green paper • Hot glue or craft glue Blow up an orange water balloon with air and tie it. Draw a jack-o’-lantern face on the balloon with a black marker. Using hot glue (on low heat setting) or craft glue, attach some green paper around the balloon tie to look like pumpkin leaves. Then glue the lollipop stick on the opposite, bottom side of the balloon. Once the glue has dried, stick the topper in your Halloween treats. Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting stories. 4 | September/October 2017

Editorial Assistant Skyler Ognibene Contributing Writers Monica Agar, MD, Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio, Dolores Hoffman, Louisa Kopp, Brie Latini, Cheryl Potter, Dawn Santoriello, Kiran Walker and Ryan Walker, MD Special Thanks JC Penney Portrait Studio Submit Calendar Listing

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Enter Your Child’s Photo to Be On Our Next Cover Every issue South Jersey MOM features a local child on the cover. If you think you have the “Cutest Kid in Town”, send a 4x6 photo to South Jersey MOM. P.O. Box 268, Wenonah, NJ 08090. On back of photo write child’s name and age along with guardian contact info.

Ryan Walker, M.D. with Advanced ENT “Ear Infections In Children” (page 28). And then there’s the stories that need to be handled with compassion as Brie Latini covered “Reasons to Trust Reproductive Medicine of New Jersey (page 12). When we wanted to explore the tricky question of how to start saving for college (“Planning for College Without Going Broke, page 14), we turned to someone who truly new this topic, Dawn Santoriello an Investment Advisor. This month Dawn gives great advice on saving for college as early as possible and to consider private colleges due to large endowments that are offered as scholarships. Ever feel like you have a story in you? I hope you’ll let me know. Photo credit JCPenney Portrait Studios


agazines are at their best when the people making them recognize topics that are important to readers and help storytellers bring them to life. Here at South Jersey MOM, the writers are often parents like you. Sometimes a writer isn’t a magazine writer at all, but a mom or dad who is passionate about a topic in the case of Dolores Hoffman, whose editorial “Early On-Set Parkinson’s Disease is on page 6. At other times, we work with the writer that’s a sleuth finding interesting stories. Case in point: Kiran Walker’s “Concerned that your Child is Overweight? Tips on how to help them” (page 16). Often our writers are credentialed experts, as is physician

Zach is 12 years old and in seventh grade. He loves to play street hockey and got to Flyers games! He is also one tough childhood cancer survivor.

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the emotion aspect is difficult. Her husband and three children have had to adjust to her challenges while Gina struggles with reversed roles.

“Early on-set Parkinson’s is becoming more prevalent in younger people. Each year, 6,000 to 12,000 under the age of 40 are diagnosed with this disease” Here are a few symptoms of early on-set Parkinson’s Disease: Tremors. A tremor, or shaking, usually begins in your hand or fingers. You may notice a backand-forth rubbing of your thumb and forefinger, known as a pill-rolling tremor. The tremor associated with Parkinson’s is mostly when your hand is relaxed (at rest).

Early On-Set Parkinson’s Disease By Dolores Hoffman


arkinson’s disease is not just an old person’s disease anymore. Early on-set Parkinson’s is becoming more prevalent in younger people. Each year, 6,000 to 12,000 under the age of 40 are diagnosed with this disease. Parkinson’s occurs when a person’s brain slowly stops producing Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. With less dopamine, a person has less ability to regulate their movements and emotions. With no family history, Gina Endres of Vineland knows all too well about this. At

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the age of 40, she started to experience subtle symptoms of the disease. It took two years, several doctors, and many tests to reach a diagnosis. Ironically, her first symptom was not detected by her but through one of her students who noticed she was holding her hand a certain way. For Gina, it was something that had gone undetected until that moment. Some Parkinson’s suffers have tremors while others have stiffening primarily on one side of the body. Gina has episodes that effect the left side of her body. Although she feels them coming, she has little time to prepare for them. While she is managing her daily life with the disease,

Rigid muscles. Muscle stiffness may occur in any part of your body. The stiff muscles can limit your range of motion and cause you pain. Rigidity of the muscles in the arms, legs, and body makes it harder to move. Getting out of bed in the morning, or standing up from a chair, can be difficult. Persistent neck pain. Parkinson’s-related neck pain differs from common neck pain mainly in that it persists, unlike a pulled muscle or cramp, which should go away after a day or two. Some people experience numbness and tingling while some, like Gina, experience achiness or discomfort that reaches down the shoulder and arm. Stretching helps to relieve some of the stiffness. Lack of facial expression. Loss of dopamine can affect the facial muscles, making them stiff and slow, resulting in a lack of expression. As an early symptom, the changes are subtle. A person with Parkinson’s may look bored or disapproving however it’s the muscles that become immobilized, leaving the patient with a contrary appearance. Gina now manages her disease with regimented medications and no longer defines herself by how much she can accomplish but by how relying on family and friends brings about stronger and deeper relationships. With the help of advancements in treatment, her goal is to live a long and rewarding life despite having Parkinson’s disease. September/October 2017 | 7

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t’s one of the worst experiences a woman can feel in a lifetime. Carrying a baby and then losing it, is a devastating experience. So often, the emotional scars outlasts the physical trauma. Miscarriages, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is the most common type of pregnancy loss, in which a pregnancy ends on it’s own, usually within the first 20 weeks of gestation. Usually, miscarriages occur anywhere from 10 to 25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies. Most miscarriages, according to the American Pregnancy Association website, occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, which is also known as the first trimester. There are many reasons why a miscarriage occurs, but so often, the real cause remains a mystery. The most common cause of a miscarriage, according to the American Pregnancy Association website, is Chromosomal Abnormality, meaning that something is wrong with the baby’s chromosomes. Most Chromosomal Abnormalities are due to such causes as a damaged egg or sperm cell or problems when the fertilized cell went through its divisions. Yet, many women still believe the myth that their behavior had something to do with their pregnancy loss. Working, exercising, having sex or even using birth control before getting pregnant does not cause early pregnancy loss. However, health experts do agree that it’s best for a woman not to smoke, drink alcohol or do any type of illicit drugs while she’s pregnant. The American Pregnancy Association does offer these warning signs that you may be experiencing a miscarriage if you have any of these symptoms: • Mild to severe back pain that’s worse than normal menstrual cramps • Weight loss • Brown or bright red bleeding with or without cramps. A small amount of bleeding and cramping in the early stages of pregnancies is quite common. Usually, the bleeding stops on its own and the pregnancy continues on normally.

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Finding Hope After Miscarriage

By Cheryl Lynne Potter • True Contractions that are not only painful, but happen every 5 to 20 minutes • A sudden decrease in the signs of pregnancy If a pregnant woman has any of these symptoms, it’s best for them to get immediate medical attention from their doctor or obstetrician. After a miscarriage, there’s bound to be a rollercoaster of emotions taking place, such as sadness and frequent crying, to bouts of anger, disbelief, guilt and depression. It’s important to keep the lines of communications open to family and friends who can help to get you through the grieving process. When it comes to losing a baby, people react in many different ways, said Certified Registered Nurse, Ann Coyle, Manager of Perinatal Bereavement Programs at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. “Some scream, curse and occasionally a dad will punch a wall, some shut down and don’t cry or say anything. Most react with crying, questioning, and confusion,” said Coyle, who runs the hospital’s Helping Other Parents in Normal Grief, better known as HOPING, that helps parents who have lost children from conception to one year’s of age. The program, said Coyle, helps to “connect families with other people who understand what they are going through and are willing to listen to anything they have to say.” The parents call the group, she said, “the group no one wants to belong to, but they are glad it’s here when they need it!” HOPING is open to anyone who has lost a child from conception through one year of life. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barry Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Boulevard in Voorhees. The group is free and no sign-up is required. For more information, Contact Ann Coyle, 609-502-7522 or www.virtua.orgl/services/pregnancy-andinfant-loss-support.

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REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF NEW JERSEY includes an 80% success rate for women over the age of 35. While there is no guarantee when utilizing reproductive medicine, RMANJ works hard to stay on top of the latest technology, science that will result in treatment options that are safe and effective.

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hen a couple makes the exciting decision to start a family, most assume that the journey to pregnancy will be as easy as it is enjoyable! For some families, however, the journey can be longer than expected. When natural methods are unsuccessful, many couples turn to fertility treatments to help realize their dream of expanding their family. In New Jersey, this dream can be realized thanks to the care and knowledge of the physicians and staff at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey. Dr. Jason M. Franasiak, who acts as the lead physician of RMA’s southern New Jersey office (located in Marlton), has a passion for the work he does and the team he works with. Board certified in Embryology and Andrology, as well as being a board certified Ob/GYN, Dr. Franasiak shared some of the innovative techniques used as part of a complete approach to helping families have successful pregnancies.

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The team at RMANJ have successfully assisted hundreds of couples in their dream of expanding their family. Their knowledge, cutting-edge treatments, and caring staff are the reason RMANJ boats such high success rates, but the numbers of families treated means that you are not alone. In fact, one in every eight couples will face fertility issues. When couples come to RMANJ for the first time, they can expect to spend four to six weeks working with physicians and staff to understand the cause of fertility difficulties and create a treatment plan. Taking a full, comprehensive look at patients medical history is just the start of the “360 degree Approach to Care” that RMANJ offers. Counselors, nutritionists, and acupuncturists work alongside your physicians to help couples meet their goal of expanding their family. Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey boasts success rates that are higher than the national average- 80-86% versus the national average of 40-69%. This

For most couples pursuing reproductive medicine, this science usually entails IVF (in-vitro fertilization). The physicians at RMANJ employ a combination of innovative methods that bolster the chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy. One method, SelectCCS, or Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening, is “a 24-chromosome screening process that safely identifies chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo at the molecular level.” This test can help improve implantation rates, reduce miscarriage rates. This can also reduce the risk of multiples after IVF by allowing for higher success rates with a smaller number of embryos implanted, a practice known as Single Embryo Transfer. To make an appointment with Dr. Franasiak, or any of the caring, knowledgeable staff at RMANJ’s Marlton office (located at 767 East Route 70, Building B101) call 856-267-8100 or e-mail September/October 2017 | 13

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aying for college is one of the largest expense you will have in your life. A four-year degree can cost as much as $250,000. Most parents are wondering, “How am I ever going to pay for this? I have three kids. That’s $750,000.” The good news is that through proper planning you can pay for college without going broke. There are many types of accounts that you could save your money in, one of the most popular I see often is the 529 plan. The main benefit to this type of plan is the that the money grows tax free and is nontaxable if used for college. In some cases, this could actually hurt you if the money is not used for college. All the earnings on this account are taxed at your current bracket and a 10% penalty will be imposed by the IRS. 529 plans are usually invested in mutual funds so they are also subject to market fluctuations, depending on timing this could be a positive or a negative when it comes time to use the money for college. A colleague of mine experienced a different type of drawback to owning a 529 plan when his son received a full scholarship but it would not pay a penny until he spent down his 529. Clearly, there are pros and cons to setting up a 529 plan, considering these factors and careful planning should be done before just jumping in because it worked out for someone else! I would like to introduce another option to be considered, I would say it’s one of the most underutilized and misunderstood asset classes out there. Todays cash value life insurance has many new and innovative living benefits, along with a tax efficient strategy to accumulate money that can be used to fund college or your retirement if plans change! The cash value grows tax deferred and if structured and utilized properly the cash can be taken out tax free from the policy. Life insurance is also one of the few assets not counted FAFSA form. When choosing a college, don’t automatically assume that state schools are going to be cheaper. In many cases, a private school actually can cost less than a state school given the same financial need and curriculum of the student. How can this be? Private schools usually have large endowments and fewer students, meaning they can offer more aid, either merit or needs based regardless of the parent’s income and assets. The sooner you start planning and saving for your child the better off you’ll all be. If your child is already in their high school years there are still some planning strategies you can use to help maximize your child's financial future. To learn more about college planning and explore your options, contact Dawn Santoriello, President DS Financial Strategies, 215-660-0288.

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“Take your child with you to the store or farmers market and let her pick one or two new vegetables to try that week”

Concerned that Your Child is Overweight?



couple of months ago I was at a community day for a local town. I stayed after it was over to help a friend break down her display. While helping her, I noticed that a mother and her daughter were having difficulty loading their merchandise into their SUV. I picked up their two folded tables and carried one in each hand to their car. The daughter who was about 12 years old said to me, “WOW! You’re so strong. You could carry two tables and we struggle to get one in the car.” I laughed it off and said to her, “You can be strong, too.” She replied, “Really?! I can barely do any exercise because of my big tummy.” We had a brief conversation about exercise and healthy eating. That exchange stuck with me and I wish that we had more time to talk about some more ideas to get fit and healthy as a family. Here’s what I wish I had the opportunity to say: Get active as family. Think about it – it’s hard as an adult to exercise by yourself. That’s why we have group classes, team based workouts, group challenges and personal trainers. 16 | September/October 2017

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So why would we tell our kids to go play or exercise while we sit and watch? Children love it when they get to do something with their family. Join in and do it together. Resist the temptation to sign your child up for a sport or activity that they do by themselves or with children that they don’t know or connect with. Find something that the entire family will enjoy doing together. Try hiking, training for a 5k walk/run, bike riding, martial arts, ninja warrior training or bi-weekly jumping at a trampoline park. Be prepared to try several activities before you find the “right” one. Select healthy recipes together. Hold a weekly meeting where you choose recipes that you would like to try in the upcoming week(s). Pick up a healthy cooking magazine, or visit a healthy cooking website for inspiration. Shop together. Last year we joined a CSA where we not only go to pick up our vegetables but we can also pick our own fruits and veggies. I was amazed at how my daughter would eat the green beans that she picked but won’t

touch them if they come from the grocery store. You might not belong to a CSA but take full advantage of the local farmers markets and the produce sections at your local supermarket. Take your child with you to the store or farmers market and let her pick one or two new vegetables to try that week. Not sure how to prepare it? Check out google, YouTube or Facebook for tips. Cook together. It’s so much fun cooking with kids. Yup, it takes slightly longer to get a meal on the table but the life skills and confidence that they learn is priceless. AND if they cook it, they’ll eat it. This cuts down on the complaints because they’ve had a say in the entire process. Save the desserts, especially the decadent ones, for special occasions. The cakes, ice cream, cookies and pies can wait and truly be enjoyed when celebrating with others at parties. On a daily basis have a new fruit or berries with cream.

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1. Is mortgage insurance required? Yes. Because only 3.5% of the purchase price is required as a down payment, FHA loans require you to pay private mortgage insurance. This protects the lender from a loss if the borrower defaults on the loan. 2. Can you use gift monies with FHA loans? Yes, you may use a gift from a friend or relative for the 3.5% FHA down payment. 3. Do I get the loan directly from the FHA? No. You need to get your loan through an FHA-approved lender. Costs, services, and underwriting standards vary, so it’s important to shop around. 4. How do I find an FHA-approved lender? Go to the Department of Housing and Urban Development site at (then search for “Lender List”), or ask me and I’ll refer you to a lender. For a meeting to discuss your real estate needs call anytime, 609.670.1794. Christopher Ognibene Sales Associate O: 856.343.6000 C: 609.670.1794 “The Ron Bruce Team” 157 Bridgeton Pike, Suite 100 Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 ©2017 An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity. Information not verified or guaranteed. If your home is currently listed with a Broker, this is not intended as a solicitation September/October 2017 | 17

A New Reconstructive Procedure is EMPOWERING Women By Cheryl Lynne Potter

“Our clients continue to tell us the 3-D areola tattoo procedure a flat tattoo and make it look amazingly real or a woman, feeling whole again after by making it three dimensional. This outpaa mastectomy, is a personal journey dramatically restored that hopefully marks the end of her tient procedure helps to minimize the risk of battle with breast cancer. For some wominfections, as well as to limit the amount of their confidence, en, their definition of being whole takes on a pain. There is also not a need for taking a lot of familiarity and different meaning compared to that of another time off from work. woman. After a lengthy battle with breast cancer, Tattooing is an art form, so it's important to femininity” some women may feel the desire to “go flat” with always make sure to utilize someone who is well


no ambition whatsoever of having breast reconstruction surgery. This can be for them very liberating. Yet, this may not be the case for another woman who may feel having surgically implanted breast mounds without nipples works best for her. Still, their others, who feel their not complete if their breast mounds don't also include nipples. For them, their nipples are a defining focal point of their breasts. Adding a nipple to a reconstructed breast can have an immediate and a profound affect visually for a woman. It can also help to give her breasts that look of being normal again. New nipples can also help to draw attention away from surgical scars, indentations, lopsidedness and any other imperfections that may have resulted from surgery. Today, there are many reconstructive procedures a woman with a mastectomy can choose from. Some surgical procedures use a woman's own tissue to create a round nipple and a areola, which is the dark area surrounding the nipple. Another relatively new approach is to tattoo a nipple right on the breast mound itself. Nipple tattooing is very popular today because it's a relatively quick procedure that is done without reconstructive surgery. Procedures, like 3 Dimensional Nipple Tattooing, can take 18 | September/October 2017

versed in 3 Dimensional Nipple Tattooing. One such business is located right here in Southern Jersey. Beau Institute is dedicated to empowering mastectomy survivors by restoring the natural appearance of the nipple and areola. October 24, 2017 is the Seventh Annual Day of Hope at Beau Institute. This event is held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in hopes of raising awareness and inspiring others to make a difference in the lives of breast cancer survivors. “I am deeply passionate about being part of the healing journey of breast cancer survivors,” said Rose Marie Beauchemin, Founder and Owner of Beau Institute. “Our clients continue to tell us the 3-D areola tattoo procedure dramatically restored their confidence, familiarity and femininity. I love seeing their expressions with their first glances when looking into their mirror.” For more information or to schedule a complimentary appointment for the Day of Hope, visit www.beauinstitute. com or call (888) 763-2328. Women who participate will receive complimentary lunch, refreshments, and a goody bag.

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Woodloch can even provide catering for your on-site events, allowing you and your guests to enjoy a hosted celebration with no stress and delectable fare! The mountain resort is the perfect location for group events such as meetings, work retreats, and large family gatherings. Woodloch is the perfect setting for family reunions- large, single-family home accommodations, all-inclusive meal plans, and an extensive offering of on-site activities will bring joy, comfort and fun to your family gathering. Woodloch takes particular pride in their wide array of activities and amenities. On site, guests can find an array of family-friendly activities such as rock climbing walls, go-carts, and seasonal favorites such as kayaking, snow-tubing, and ice-skating. Evenings offer Broadway- themed shows, stand-up comedy, and magic shows. On-site offerings can be enhanced with Woodloch “Adventures and Passions Package” that includes activities for thrill-seekers such as zip lining and river rafting. Guests wanting an enhanced package minus the physical thrill can enjoy wine tastings and art classes (this package incurs additional fees). And don’t forget to check out Woodloch Springs, the resort’s championship, 18-hole golf course. Set in the “fern-capped forest” of the Pocono Mountains, the challenging par-72 course is a “golfer’s paradise”. The 14th hole is a signature standout, with its dramatic 220-yard carry over “Hells Gate Gorge.” A driving range and an indoor performance studio is icing on the cake for your complete golf experience. For more information about Woodloch Resort, visit their website at, or call 1.800.966.3562 to speak with a knowledgeable reservation specialist.

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Back to School Survival Guide


ack-to-school, already?!? You can almost hear the whining that summer’s over and excited squeals that school is about to begin! Time to buy school supplies, set your alarm clocks for early mornings at the bus stop and polish apples for the new teacher. And time to peruse South Jersey MOM’s special Back-to-School section for after


14th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show, Oct. 13-15, 2017, Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Hwy, Woods-town, NJ. 100 Craftsmen, Festival of Fall Trees, Wine Sampling, Rides Bands, Pageant, Fall Home Show. Scarecrows, Headless Horsemen.$5.00 a carload. Fri. 5pm-10pm, Sat. Sun. 10am - 5pm.

school programs, educational support services and healthy lifestyle activities. Learn where to go and who to contact to make your child’s education effortless and extracurricular activities easy. Find programs to help your family have a smart, healthy, and stress-free school year.


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Ear Infections in Children


By Dr. Ryan D. Walker, MD

This happens every time we swallow or yawn. If the ar infections in children can lead to pain and sleepless nights for parents and children alike. eustachian tube is not working properly, as is the case When infections are recurrent, children may for many infants and toddlers, then a negative pressure (or vacuum) develops in the middle ear that can suck suffer from antibiotic side effects, hearing loss, and speech delay. Children with recurrent infections back on the ear drum and draw fluid into that space. may have fluid in their middle ear space, interfering That stagnant fluid can then become infected, resultwith sound transmission from the ear drum to the ining in a middle ear infection. Antibiotics are usually ner ear. Placement of tubes in the ear drum can correct successful in treating the infection, but some chilthis problem, by ventilating the ears, draining the fluid, dren are unable to clear that fluid and continue to get reducing the number of infections, reversing their hearrepeated infections after completing antibiotics. Chronic ing loss, and preventing speech delay. middle ear fluid also causes a hearing loss, which can Most ear infections in young children occur in the lead to speech delay for infants and toddlers who are at a critical stage for speech and language development. middle ear space behind the ear drum, and are termed Dr. Ryan D. Walker, MD Placement of tympanostomy tubes can otitis media. A distinction should be made between correct this issue of chronic fluid. During this procedure, an middle ear infections and outer ear infections called otitis externa or otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat surgeon) makes a tiny incision in swimmer’s ear. Outer ear infections, which are more common in older the ear drum, removes any fluid from the middle ear, and places a tube children and adults, occur in the ear canal, and symptoms can be indistinguishable from middle ear infections, including ear pain, fever, irritabilspanning the ear drum. This tube has a small hole, which allows the middle ity, decreased hearing, decreased appetite, and sometimes drainage from ear to ventilate without relying on the child’s eustachian tube. Tubes the ear. These infections require exam with an otoscope for diagnosis. typically last between one and two years and fall out on their own. Usually, Middle ear infections will appear as a red, bulging ear drum with fluid or children’s eustachian tubes mature over that time and further tubes are pus in the middle ear space. Outer ear infections appear as a swollen ear not required. canal, usually with wet debris or drainage from the ear canal. It is important to be diagnosed promptly and effectively anytime Children who develop recurrent middle ear infections usually have there is pain or drainage from the ear. Advanced ENT physicians are a problem with their eustachian tube, which is the normally occurring readily available and offer same or next day appointments to evaluate you or your child’s ear condition. To reach Advanced ENT call 856-602-4000 structure that allows our middle ear space to ventilate. Most people are familiar with the feeling of their ears “popping” such as occurs during or visit air travel or large changes in elevation. This “popping” is actually the Advanced ENT has locations in Haddonfield, eustachian tube at work! The eustachian tube connects our middle ear to Mansfield, Medford, Mount Laurel, Stratford, the nasopharynx, in the back of our nose. Our middle ears are constantly Voorhees, Washington Township, Willingboro, absorbing air, and we need the eustachian tube to open to replace that air. and Woodbury. To reach Advanced ENT call 856-602-4000 or visit

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DOODLE QUEST (E) Dive below the deep blue sea where there’s fish to gobble, treasure to discover, and divers to save! You will complete each quest with the power of your pen, drawing your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards. But it’s not that easy! This unique drawing game includes 36 illustrations and two levels to master. The bait of the challenge hooks kids for hours of fun! Ages 6 and up.; $25

BABA SLINGS (H) The Baba Slings is designed by a Mother, with focus on simplicity and flexibility, allowing you to carry in 5 different positions. It’s easy to put on and take off, comfortable for you and your child and adaptable to yours and baby’s needs. Your little one will stay snug throughout the day as they are cradled softly in the cotton hammock of the sling. Fully adjustable, one size fits all!; $90

SUPER GENIUS ADDITION (F) This addition matching game focuses on building addition skills, teaching beginners the early fundamentals of math, while building and enhancing skills for more advanced students. There is always a match between any two cards. Find the pair between an equation and its sum, two equations or two sums. Ages 7 and up.; $13

DR. MICROBE (I) Help Dr. Microbe complete her research with your tweezers, a petri dish, and the colorful microbes. Using logic, race your fellow scientists to figure out which microbes are missing from the incomplete challenge card and snatch them up fast! Find the answer using this key: the superbug must always be a different shape and color than the other three microbes in your dish. Ages 8 and up.; $20

YOUNG AMERICAN PRINCESS GLOW FAIRY (G) You Are a Princess is the perfect outlet for young girls to express themselves as they dream, build, and explore the character they build around their doll. The draw and design it yourself storybook provides them the perfect place to unleash their creative ideas and bring them to life. This experience allows the doll’s story and persona to grow and evolve as they do, while encouraging them to be themselves and be proud. Ages 3 and up. Amazon; $15



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The Common Causes of Bleeding During Pregnancy By Monica Agar, MD, Virtua Ob/Gyn—Virtua Ob/Gyn Pinelands We’re fortunate to live in a time when technology and research enables women to be healthier and more informed throughout their pregnancies. But, with knowledge, sometimes comes worry. One worrisome thing many pregnant women experience is spotting (light bleeding). It’s very common, but it’s still scary when it happens. Here are some reasons why spotting can occur throughout pregnancy. If you experience it, call your ob/gyn immediately to see what’s causing it and to ease your fears.

First Trimester

First trimester bleeding can occur in up to 20 percent of pregnancies. Here are a few of the reasons why you may experience it. Implantation spotting occurs when a fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall. This type of spotting can be heavy enough to be mistaken for a light period. It usually occurs 1-2 weeks after fertilization. Sub-chorionic bleeding occurs when blood collects between the amniotic sac and the uterus. This can be accompanied by light cramping and can occur any time in the first trimester. Often, the blood is re-absorbed by the body. Miscarriage can cause spotting or bleeding, as well as cramping and low back pain. Most miscarriages occur during the first 10 weeks. However, after the heartbeat is heard, miscarriage risks drop significantly. Ectopic pregnancy happens when fertilization occurs outside of the uterus and the egg implants in the walls of the fallopian tubes; in rare cases, it can implant in the cervix or ovary. An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that needs emergency treatment.

Molar pregnancy, though uncommon, occurs when a fertilized egg doesn’t develop into a fetus and becomes an abnormal growth instead. Cervical trauma or changes can cause bleeding. This can happen following intercourse or gynecological exams. Inflammation can cause bleeding and may be the result of infection – either sexually transmitted or non-sexually transmitted. This can happen during the second and third trimesters as well. Cervical polyps and cervical cancer also can cause bleeding, but they’re the least likely reason.

Second/Third Trimester

Later in pregnancy, the fetus is more developed and bleeding causes are quite different. Placenta problems have a few causes, but all placenta problems result in immediate delivery by cesarean section.

• Placenta previa is a condition in which the placenta completely or partially covers the cervix. The placenta also can lay low in the uterus close to the cervix. With placenta previa, the placenta can become exposed during labor, which is a danger to the fetus. Sometimes, even basic activity like exercise or intercourse can cause bleeding. The placenta can move position as the pregnancy advances, so placenta previa can resolve during pregnancy. If it doesn’t, the woman would need to be delivered by cesarean section.

• Placenta abruption occurs when

the placenta detaches or separates from the uterus. It can occur as a partial detachment or a complete detachment. A complete detachment is an emergent situation that threatens the pregnancy.

• Vasa previa is relatively uncommon, but occurs when fetal blood vessels, such as those from the placenta or umbilical cord, present over the cervix.

Preterm labor is when the cervix starts dilating before 37 weeks. In this circumstance, your doctor often will try to stop labor until you reach full term. Bloody show is a type of bleeding women in labor often experience. It usually has a mucous-like consistency and can range in color from red to brown. Finally, it’s possible that the spotting you see is not related to your pregnancy at all. If you have hemorrhoids (which are common in pregnant women) or a urinary tract infection, you may see blood that’s a result one of those conditions.

It’s important to keep an eye out for unusual discharge or blood. If you’re ever concerned, your OB/GYN is the best resource to help you understand what’s going on and to make sure you and your baby are in the best of health.

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things 2 do

Sept/Oct Calendar

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To submit your event, send an e-mail to Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited.


JCC Open House Sunday, September 10 10am -1pm Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 Open to the community Come learn about everything the JCC has to offer! Take a tour of our state of the art facilities, meet our staff, and enjoy giveaways and membership deals! Free to attend. For more information, contact Amanda Halliwell at

Fall Festival at the JCC Camps at Medford Sunday, September 17, 12:30pm-4pm JCC Camps at Medford, 400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, NJ 08055 Open to the community

Welcome Fall at our annual festival! A perfect day for families to enjoy a day outside together. Enjoy our climbing boulder and zip line, pumpkin painting, music, face painting, minigolf, inflatables, paddle boats, kayaking, vendors, food trucks and more! Cost: $20 per vehicle For more information, contact Sara Sideman at

Saturday, October 21 11am-3pm Camden County College Join our 1 mile doggy walk, local vendors and more. Fundraiser and get a t-shirt. Registration is $10 per person. www.donorpages. com

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he home is the heart of the family, where loved ones gather for family dinners, holiday fun, and the everyday wonders of life. The home is where you stay warm on winter nights, or cool on blazing summer days, and while the magic of family may fill your home with love, it doesn’t heat and cool itself. W.B. Steward and Son have been keeping homes comfortable for over 6 decades, when WB founded the company, starting with the purchase of a green Ford truck. The truck hastened his foray into the world of heating oil and since then, WB. Steward and Son has not looked back. WB and his wife, Pearl, ran the company together until a need for a service call brought their son Don (who was just fifteen at the time!) on board. From there, W.B. Steward has built a long history of being family built and run, servicing southern New Jersey and beyond from its Woodbury Heights shop. 36 | September/October 2017

Today, W.B. Steward and Son offer a variety of heating and cooling services, including carbon monoxide monitoring, oil delivery, and maintenance plans that offer the promise of a return phone call within 30 minutes. W.B. Steward works with trusted vendors to bring you products you can trust and will deliver and install with care and expertise, and is the preferred contractor with local utilities provider South Jersey Gas. Don Steward Jr, who currently helms the company in his late father’s stead, takes pride in the drop in utility expenses his client’s enjoy. It’s this attention to detail and commitment to quality that will ensure that WB Steward services and vendors will create a safe, functional and happy home for your family. For the WB Steward family, being a strong part of the community goes beyond excellent service and dependable products. When Don and his wife, Leah, learned that their youngest child had been

diagnosed with leukemia, they suddenly found themselves not only running the family business, but navigating a very frightening time. Zachary is now cancer-free, but the experience left an indelible mark on the Stewards. The Stewards offer support to other families with sick children by donating gas cards to cover the distance so many families travel to access the amazing hospitals in our area. Homeowners in search of quality appliances can stop by the store for the latest in everything needed to outfit your home in the latest air conditioners, heaters, ventilation fans and air-filtration products. For additional ease of service, W.B. Steward and Son offer online bill payments. WB Steward and Son is conveniently located at 513 Glassboro Road in Woodbury Heights. To reach WB Steward and Son call 856-845-9117 or visit For more information find WB Steward and Son on Facebook. September/October 2017 | 37

recipe corner

Get Back to the Big Apple! By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

September is the perfect time to use recipes that call for apples. You can find some of the most scrumptious varieties at local farm stands. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your children this fall, visit a “pick your own” apple orchard or apple farm. There’s just something special about eating dishes made with the very apples your family picks! Another plus to using apples in recipes is that they’re nutritious! Happy Fall Ya’ll! (Below is one of my favorite recipes of my mom’s. She has made this many, many times for my birthday, since I prefer homemade pie over birthday cake!)

Mom’s Supreme Apple Pie • 6 cups baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon • 1/4 tsp. almond extract • 1/2 cup raw sugar or natural sugar substitute • Pinch of sea salt • 3 tbs. unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat flour • 4 thin slices of butter • Pie crust (recipe follows) Preheat oven to 350° Place apples in a bowl, mix in cinnamon, almond extract, sugar and salt. Stir in flour. Set mixture aside. Note: Good apples to use are Granny Smith, Rome, Golden Delicious and McIntosh. Using a few different types of apples in this recipe makes for a great pie! Flaky Pie Crust • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbs. butter, softened • 2 tbs. pure maple syrup • 1 tsp. sea salt • 4 to 6 tbs. cold water • 2 cups unbleached white flour or whole wheat flour • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash Blend butter and maple syrup into flour (don’t over mix), add in salt. Sprinkle in the water one tablespoon at a time, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans the sides of the bowl. A little more water (1-2 tablespoons) can be added if needed. Shape dough into a ball, divide dough in half, then flatten each half into a disk, wrap in Saran Wrap and chill for at least half an hour in the refrigerator. Then working with one disk of dough at a time, roll into a round circle on a lightly floured board using a floured rolling pin. Roll dough 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Ease the dough crust into the pie plate, pressing gently yet firmly against the bottom and sides. Pour apple mixture into the bottom pie crust. Place the butter slices in different areas on top of the apple mixture. Then place top crust over the apples and crimp the edges together all the way around the pie. Make a few “X” slits on the top of the crust to create a “vent” for the steam. Brush top of pie crust lightly with egg wash and sprinkle a little sugar on top, if desired. Cover edge of pie with strips of aluminum foil or pie crust shield to prevent too much browning. Remove shield during the last 15-20 minutes of baking. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until apples are fork tender. Cool pie or serve warm with favorite ice cream. Note: Place pie on a baking sheet before baking. This will help catch any juice that may overflow.

Apple Pecan Log • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened • 1/2 cup tart apple, cored, peeled and finely chopped • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted and divided • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon • Tortilla chips, snack crackers, butter cookies, pretzels Combine cream cheese, apple, 1/4 cup pecans and cinnamon; form into a log. Roll log in remaining pecans; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3 to 5 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with a variety of dippers. Note: To toast nuts, spread pecans on a shallow baking pan, dot with butter and put into a 350° oven and bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until nuts turn golden -- watch carefully so they don’t burn. Remove from oven and allow nuts to cool. As always, Bon Appetit!

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page

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