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WOMAN January 2010

Enterprising Woman Dr. Jessica Perkins Mandeville Dental Care

Fit for the New Year

Great Places to Work Out & Workout Clothes that Flatter

Enterprising Woman of the Year 2009 Ballot

7 Financial Tips for 2010

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Dr. Catherine Wilbert Wellness Innovations January 2009

Donna Gaspard Benfatti N’Tini’s New Orleans Steak and Martinis February 2009

Desirée Babin Simmons The Children’s Armoire March 2009

Ti Canipe Budget Blinds April 2009

Dwan Mabry, MD, FACOG North Oaks OB/GYN Group May 2009

Kristian Hahn, Pharm.D. Madisonville Drugs/Compounding Center June 2009 (Not eligible for EW of the Year)

Stephanie A. Weeks NOLA Lending Group, LLC July 2009

Brandilynn Robichaux Bryan Christopher’s Salon August 2009

Ronda M. Gabb Ronda M. Gabb & Associates, LLC, Estate Planning and Elder Law Practice September 2009

Constance M. Chen, MD, MPH Maria M. Lotempio, MD Omega Hospital October 2009

Liz Cannon, Realtor Keller Williams Realty November 2009

Traci Landry Bella Lucca & Mode December 2009

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contents ENTERPRISING WOMAN Dr. Jessica Perkins, Mandeville Dental Care New Northshore Dentist Creating Beautiful Smiles. And Reasons to Smile.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

FIT FOR THE NEW YEAR Pelican Athletic Club A First Class Facility. A First Class Staff. A Home Away from Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center New Year’s Resolutions: Elmwood Fitness Center Can Help You Conquer Your Weight Loss Goals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Northlake Periodontics Embracing the Newest Technology for Periodontal Care . . . . . . 14

HEALTH & FITNESS Compounding Pharmacists: How to Choose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lose Inches Without Invasive Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Promote Healthy Sight in Your Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Is Invisalign Right for Me? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Periodontal Disease Could Lead to Systemic Health Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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FINANCE Estate Planning: New Year’s Resolutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 7 Tips for Financial Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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Enterprising Woman of the Year Ballot


Fit for the New Year


7 Financial Tips for 2010

HOME Mortgage: Changing Government Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Downtime: Even Your Garden Deserves a Rest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE Recipes for a New Year, Old Traditions, New Beginnings . . . . . . . Is Divorce Really Worth It? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anxiety One, Oh! One 2010. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Book Review: Still Alice Ruminates A Life Worth Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BEAUTY & STYLE Editor’s Picks: Workout Clothes that Flatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Time for Resolutions Again? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32



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SO, THE HOLIDAYS are over and, if you’re like me, you’re feeling kind of let down in the aftermath. I know…it’s time to make our New Year’s Resolutions! Time to promise to lose those extra pounds from the holidays (once again) and get back in shape. Or not. This year, I’m approaching resolutions in a different way, following the example of my friend Peggy who gives up things like “anxiety” for Lent. So, instead of making resolutions to do positive things, I want to promise myself not to do negative things. I’ll start with things that cause stress. Oh, wait, that’s life. Hmmm, I tried giving up stress for Lent last year, but it didn’t work. Maybe I should finally read that book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff? But since I’ll probably never read it, I’m going to have to channel my grandmother instead. My grandmother long ago mastered the art of ignoring 19 grandchildren running around her small house (there were always at least five us around and often times, way more than that), while my grandfather fussed at her from the kitchen table about feeding us or cleaning up the mess we made. (He didn’t read the book either.) She would just calmly stand at the stove, stirring her pot of spaghetti sauce, unfazed by all the commotion. I would watch her, fascinated by and envious of her ability to not react. She was my idol, and still is. In the spirit of what not to do for the New Year, I invite readers to email me your unusual resolutions at We’ll publish some of them on our website. Who knows, maybe we’ll come up with our own book of inspirational resolutions for 2011!


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Dr. Mary W. Speed is a licensed therapist, consultant, teacher and program director. She enjoys writing and is a frequent radio guest on The Bernie Cyrus Show.

CORRECTION: In the December 2009 issue, our cover hair stylist and makeup artist was inadvertently left out. Her contact information is: Kortney Asevedo, 504-224-0163.

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Pelican Athletic Club A First Class Facility. A First Class Staff. A Home Away From Home. Pictured above are Hannah, Sammy Jo, Michelle and Tommy MaMahon and charter member Marie Tillman REALIZING THAT west St. Tammany Parish was ready for another health club, Pelican Athletic Club (PAC) was founded by five local, health conscious, successful entrepreneurs with a simple idea—if a first class facility was built and staffed with first class people, the community would respond. And respond it did. PAC opened its doors in May 1996 with 1,200 charter members, and it has grown ever since. Nestled on 15 acres, PAC’s 70,000 square foot facility is well maintained and its grounds are kept immaculate, thanks to hard work and supervision by employee Curtis Warren, who also does a terrific job keeping the two 25-meter pools that are aerated in the summer and heated in the winter clear, clean and inviting year round for its members. The spacious and beautiful club is a “home away from home” for many of its members and staff like charter member Marie Tillman. “Being a member of PAC helps me physically, mentally and socially. I love my PAC family!” Its central location in the heart of Mandeville has enabled St. Tammany residents and commuters the opportunity to belong to a multi-recreational health and fitness club that offers a variety of programming and services. Under the leadership of its general manager, Fred Klinge, employees Karen Cowhey, Barbara Fisher, Kathy Mahoney, Lara Newman and Curtis Warren have been with Pelican Athletic Club since its inception. You Work Out. Your Kids Play. Everyone Wins. PAC’s Playland, managed by Karen Cowhey, allows parents with young children (ages six weeks to 11 years) to workout with the confidence that their children are being cared for in a safe and stimulating environment. “My third child was born two months premature and was very sick, so I became hesitant bringing him out in public situations. Ms. Karen and ‘her gals’ completely eased my fears,”

confided member Michelle McMahon. “I feel like my kids are getting as much of a reward being in Playland as I get exercising.” Best Tennis in Town Boasting the best tennis in town, Pelican Athletic Club’s newly renovated tennis complex is perfect for beginners or advanced players. The program is organized, fun and as competitive as you make it, according to tennis director Barbara Fisher, whose dedication and love for the game is well known throughout the community, state and region. Seniors, Get Moving Seniors can also stay active at PAC by enrolling in the Young Energetic Seniors (aka Y.E.S.) program, which thrives under the leadership of employee Kathy Mahoney. “She is not only an exercise class instructor, but a caring friend as well,” remarked member Beverly Bond. “She arranges birthday celebrations, social outings and, best of all, cruises from the Port of New Orleans. We all love her.” With the support of PAC’s team of highly trained and caring professionals, your health and fitness goals are well within reach. Whether it’s weight control, better fitness or just becoming more active, PAC’s certified trainers, instructors and coaches are able to design a program and provide the guidance and support that is right for you.Overseeing Member Services, Lara Newman concluded, “I can’t think of a better time to thank our amazing members for their loyalty and to invite others to experience our club and become part of our PAC family.” Pelican Athletic Club is located in the heart of Mandeville at 1170 Meadowbrook Boulevard. For more information or to set up a tour of the facility, call 985-626-3796 or

“Being a member of PAC helps me physically, mentally and socially. I love my PAC family!”

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IF YOU ARE like most people, then you have probably made a promise to yourself that now, since the holidays are over, it’s time for a fresh start. New Year’s resolution time. And for approximately 100 million Americans that resolution is to lose weight. For those wishing to drop a few pounds in 2010, the staff at Ochsner-owned Elmwood Fitness Center says that the best way to stick to your resolution is to set goals for lifelong health, not just short-term weight loss. Physical activity and adequate nutrition are key when beginning the journey of long-term weight control. Elmwood Fitness Center has a variety of programs that focus on those components and teach participants how using them properly will help them begin to shed the pounds and, more importantly, how to keep them off. Weight No More Under a physician’s medical supervision, Weight No More, a three-month comprehensive weight and lifestyle management program, provides a unique approach to helping individuals lose weight, keep it off and reach an optimal level of fitness, while learning to incorporate positive nutritional habits into their daily lifestyle. You will work with a team of medical, fitness and nutrition experts who have the experience and knowledge to help you reach your health, fitness and weight goals. The program consists of three progressive phases of strength and cardiovascular training that will increase with intensity as you progress. Each phase is designed to improve strength, resting metabolism, muscle mechanics, movement techniques, functional balance and stability, while building a strong cardiovascular base and reducing body fat. “When I started the Weight No More program, I was de-conditioned, 100 pounds overweight and struggling to keep my diabetes under control,” said participant Carl Angelica. “The program, my trainer and the staff dietitians helped me lose 80 pounds, cut my medications from eight to one, and significantly improve my level of fitness.”

Elmwood programs focus on teaching members how to use all types of equipment and which classes will benefit them the most. Pam Graef, pictured left, is one of the most popular instructors at Elmwood Fitness Center.

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You will work with a team of medical, fitness and nutrition experts who have the experience and knowledge to help you reach your health, fitness and weight goals. trainer motivates me by making exercise fun and challenging. The nutrition lectures are extremely beneficial in helping my wife and I make informed lifestyle decisions.” Elmwood Fitness Boot Camp This program will provide you with the type of workout and exercises that you would experience as a member of the military attending your first boot camp. This six-week program meets three days per week and is guided by a certified personal trainer. Testing is provided prior to beginning boot camp and again upon completion to demonstrate the positive change in results. Whether you’re looking for a challenging workout, want to lose weight or improve your overall strength and endurance, this program is for you, as all levels of fitness are welcome. Registration is available for the upcoming program beginning in February. Members and non-members of Elmwood Fitness Center are welcome to participate. So if your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, be sure to take the right steps to ensure your success. Set realistic goals and be specific about what actions you will take to reach your weight loss resolution. And most importantly, remember that if you stick to your long-term plan, you must be patient. You didn’t gain the extra weight overnight, so don’t expect it to miraculously melt off overnight either. Give your body time to adjust to the new lifestyle, and take pride in each and every accomplishment.

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Power of 3 Beginning this month, Elmwood Fitness Center is introducing a new and affordable group weight loss and lifestyle management program called Power of 3 under the supervision of certified personal trainers, sports and lifestyle dietitians and Ochsner’s behavior management specialist. The Power of 3 Program will address the mind, body and habits and is designed not only to yield impressive weight and body composition results, but to make you feel better, eat better and live better too. Each participant will utilize specialized strength training equipment, and attend regular nutrition education sessions and monthly support group meetings. Biggest Loser 2010 Beginning on January 25, the Biggest Loser at Elmwood Fitness Center will kick off its sixth challenge. If you want to get motivated and change your overall level of fitness and quality of life, this is the challenge and experience you’ve been looking for. Participants will be divided into specific teams that will be guided by a certified personal trainer. The objective of the program is to lose the greatest percentage of weight and inches determined by circumference measurements in a 10-week period. To add extra motivation, a $400 cash prize is awarded to both the male and the female “biggest losers.” In addition, the program offers three nutrition lectures by a licensed nutritionist to assist with establishing healthy eating habits. “I participated in both of Elmwood’s Biggest Loser programs in 2008. Since January 2008, I have gone from 282 pounds to 210 pounds, a 48" to 36" waist, and from an XXL shirt size to a large,” said Chris Clement, Elmwood member and Biggest Loser participant. “My


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MARIJA G. LASALLE, D.D.S., of Northlake Periodontics is committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. Dr. LaSalle specializes in the supporting structures of teeth and gums. Literally taken, periodontics is the study of that which is “around the tooth.” LaSalle is dedicated to quality care for her patients, and she recognizes the necessity of caring professionals. She credits Doreen Richardson and Dana Staub, both anesthesia-certified dental hygienists, for providing the backbone of her periodontal practice. “Doreen and Dana are equipped with the education, experience and compassion that my patients deserve,” says LaSalle. In keeping with her commitment to excellence, LaSalle recently acquired the latest in digital diagnostic 3D imaging equipment, the Sirona Galileos conebeam. LaSalle acknowledged the importance of staying abreast with the latest technologies in her industry. “My hygienists and I feel like Santa delivered a wonderful gift for us to share with our patients,” she commented. “It is exciting to be part of a practice with such advanced technology,” stated Doreen. “My patients have been extremely happy with the new laser because they are so comfortable during and after their procedure. The results have been astounding.” Doreen and LaSalle have had a working relationship from the first day she opened her office in Covington and rejoined her in the Mandeville office in 2006. With over 22 years of experience since earning her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from LSU Dental School, Doreen is among the most talented dental hygienists in her profession. Her genuine concern for people extends to her service in the community, and she is proud to be a vital part of Northlake Periodontics. A 28-year veteran of the profession, dental hygienist Dana Staub is also enthusiastic about their new acquisition. “After many years of practice, I see amazing results with this laser technology. It is exciting to see the health of my patient’s tissue after surgery in comparison to the traditional perio surgery.” She added, “When I assist in surgery, it is thrilling to watch how the laser makes root planning and scaling so effortless.” Dana began her career in a periodontal practice and still thrives in this environment. She also volunteers with fellow professionals, providing dental care to the homeless. Dr. LaSalle’s patients spend much of their time with dental hygienists so it is essential that they are comfortable with her professional staff, discussing such periodontal needs as implants, bone loss, gum recession, advanced periodontal laser surgery and diagnostic methods. Dr. Marija G. LaSalle, D.D.S. of Northlake Periodontics, LLC is located at 1580 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 5 in Mandeville. Call 985-727-1133 for a consultation or visit

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Promote Healthy Sight in Your Kids HEALTHY SIGHT counseling is being integrated into more eye care clinics. HSC is important because it goes beyond visual acuity to include quality of vision, visual comfort, convenience and long term eye health and protection. To have healthy eyes, steps need to be taken starting at a young age. The education of parents goes beyond whether or not a child needs spectacle correction. Certain recommendations can be made to ensure a child’s good vision in the future. The primary concern for children is to make sure that any prescription problem is corrected. This can help promote proper eye Thearesimplest development and eye teaming. Glasses used to correct numerous types of disorders explanation including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism or focusing problems. forThe the mechuse of eyeglasses with lens treatments can maximize the quality of the child’sanism vision, of is while ensuring protection from traumatic injuries and UV exposure. Studies show that children receive up to three times more UV exposure per year than adults and are also at a higher risk for sports related eye injuries. With technology such as computers and video games introduced at younger ages, children today can experience visual discomfort from glare and eye strain. These issues can be addressed with proper eyeglass treatments. First, eye injuries can be reduced by putting children in impact resistant lenses. For kids involved in high velocity sports, protective sport goggles are a good choice. Next, the ultraviolet rays from the sun can be blocked using coatings or even transition lenses. There are anti-reflective coatings that can be added to a child’s prescription glasses to aid them with glare and eyestrain. Parents should take preventative steps to help their kids’ eyes stay healthy for years to come.

Dr. Kristi Cook is a therapeutic board certified optometrist practicing in Mandeville at St. Charles Vision, Northlake Shopping Center, 1844 N. Causeway Blvd. Call 985-626-8103 or visit to schedule an appointment with her or her experienced opticians.

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JESSICA PERKINS is an amazing woman. At 30 years old, she has already crossed many things off her “bucket list” that most of us mere mortals only dream about. In high school, she was head cheerleader, graduated second in her class, voted wittiest, most intellectual and most likely to succeed, and was the student body president. Besides marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, she spent St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland, and taught a cheer camp in London for underprivileged children. Oh, did I mention she was the 2000 World Catfish Queen and served as the official spokesperson for the industry for a year? “My father has been in the catfish business since before I was born,” Jessica laughingly explained. “It has supported our family for all of these years, so it was nice to give back.” Ten years later, she is still giving back. Just recently she got involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Besides providing funding for many flu shots and hours of research, several kids will be able to attend Camp Sunshine this summer because of her efforts. With all these accolades and an obvious drive to succeed, it is no wonder that she is now well on her way to establishing herself as one of the Northshore’s up and coming young dentists. She attended the University of Mississippi for her undergraduate education, earning degrees in biology and chemistry, and recently graduated from the LSU School of Dentistry. Growing up in Hollandale, Mississippi, Jessica was a tomboy who spent many of her days riding four wheelers in the mud, hunting and chasing after her two older brothers, Hayden and Rhett, whom she adores today. She gives credit to her parents for her success. “They really belived in me and pushed me,” she says. With extremely supportive parents, life-long friends and holidays spent with family happily described as being like “the Griswolds,” it is hard to believe that Jessica has had to deal with any adversity in life. However, nothing could be further from the truth. While still a teen, Hayden was in a car accident that left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Through it all, he maintained a positive attitude and is now a pediatric dentist in Mississippi, married, with three amazing sons. “He has taught me that nothing is unreachable or impossible, and if I really want something, then I have to go make it happen,” she said about her brother’s inspiring story. “I am a firm believer in being proactive. Dreams do come

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“I know firsthand what it is like to have dental anxiety, so I really listen to my patient’s needs, wants, concerns and fears and do my very best to answer any questions.”

Jessica. “Proper dental care and maintenance are essential to overall good health, and we can be an integral part of your wellness goals.” Preventative services include routine cleanings, x-rays and examinations in order to ensure the health of teeth and gums. “We educate patients in the best techniques for maintaining good dental care habits at home,” she added. “We also provide restorative dentistry for teeth that have been decayed, damaged or lost. Procedures can include fillings, partials, crowns, implants and dentures, among others.” Jessica is thrilled to be working in the new Mandeville location, a modern, state-of-theart facility which opened this past September. And though she is a self-confessed Mississippi girl at heart, she already feels the Northshore is home. “The people are so warm and friendly. I have already made so many incredible friends here,” she said. When not at work, you can be sure that Jessica is spending time with either her family or her friends, traveling, cooking (she is still trying to perfect a gumbo recipe) or hanging out with her dog, Remy. As for her future, “In five years, I hope I am as happy as I am now, and have grown as a person, a professional and friend. I hope I have made a difference in someone’s life!” (Um, Jessica, you can scratch that one off your bucket list now.) Mandeville Dental Care is located in the Old Mandeville Square shopping center, 2581 Florida Street, Suite A. To make an appointment or for more information, call 985-674-3114 or www.

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true, but you have to actually chase them. If you get knocked down, then you take a deep breath, stand up and keep going, because life is going to keep going with or without you.” Her own journey toward a career in dentistry actually began in the third grade when she was diagnosed with severe jaw and bite problems. Like many people—young and old alike—she was afraid to go to the dentist. “He didn’t explain what was happening. I was scared, and it was not a pleasant experience.” At her urging, Jessica’s mom decided to switch dentists, a move that caused Jessica to change her perception of what a visit to the dentist should be like and what she herself strives to achieve with her own patients: Comfortable. Stress-free. Trustworthy. Gentle. With open communication. “I know firsthand what it is like to have dental anxiety, so I really listen to my patient’s needs, wants, concerns and fears and do my very best to answer any questions.” Offering comprehensive dentistry, she, along with Drs. David Davenport and Andrew Voelkel, who both mainly work at Covington Dental Care, are able to offer their patients quality dental care at two convenient locations on the Northshore. “Several studies have demonstrated a clear link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease,” said


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FOR YEARS, people have struggled to maintain adequate oral health. Lengthening teeth and receding gums have historically been linked to aging. Today, people are living longer, and gum disease has surpassed tooth decay as the most common cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting about 80 percent of Americans over the age of 65, according to the American Dental Association. At the turn of the millennium, U.S. Attorney General David Satcher called periodontal disease the “silent epidemic” in his landmark report, “Oral Health in America.” Given the state of public health, good oral hygiene may prove more critical than just preserving your smile. Growing research suggests that periodontal disease may play a role in a variety of systemic health problems as wide ranging as diabetes, respiratory illness, pregnancy complications and heart disease. So what exactly is the connection between oral health and the rest of the body? Some of the millions of bacteria which lurk in our mouths and cause inflammation in the oral cavity are the primary culprits. These bacteria form a sticky plaque of complex colonies or biofilms, which buildup at the gum line in between the teeth and cause gingivitis, an infection of the supporting soft tissue around the teeth. The gums become red, swollen and bleed when you brush. Amazingly, if this same infection appeared on a person’s arm or another body part, he or she would no doubt go running to the doctor for treatment—but bleeding, tender gums are often ignored. If left untreated, this tenderness progresses into full-blown periodontitis, destroying the soft tissue and bone that anchors your teeth. The mouth in many ways is the “gateway” to the rest of the body. Many times it is a dentist who discovers a larger health problem. Research has discovered that this seemingly harmless out of control inflammation may drive an ever-growing list of greatly feared,

chronic illnesses, from clogged arteries and heart attacks to arthritis and cancer. These virulent bacteria can get into the bloodstream and travel to distant parts of your body. What does this mean for your future with the current changes in healthcare on the horizon? Is it possible to take control of your health rather than wait and react to a disease? Changes in dentistry have made visits to the dentist much more pleasant. Gone are the days where dentists offer patients “just a cleaning.” In fact, recently dentistry has recently stepped up its fight against oral cancer with easier screening devices. Patients are screened for periodontal disease by recording numbers around each tooth to monitor the periodontal health. Newer advances in electric toothbrushes and cleaning aids have help patients take a more proactive role in the prevention of periodontal disease. Many adults, including pregnant women, diabetics, smokers and immunocompromised patients, should have a professional cleaning every three months as opposed to twice a year, which is often the recommended norm for healthy patients WITHOUT bleeding gums. Teaming up with your dentist to design a plan specific to your needs is crucial to long term health, not only in the mouth, but in all areas of your body. If you see blood upon brushing or flossing, bring this to the attention of your dentist immediately. Bleeding is a sign of infection. Healthy gums do not bleed. Dr. Charles A. Schof is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The American Dental Association and has received Mastership Status from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Schof’s office, Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, is located at 240 Dalwill Drive in Mandeville. Call 985-626-4401 or visit

JanUary events

Jan. 4, Paul Cimino of the Italian Gourmet and Cultural Society will host a five week cooking course at 70146 10th St., Covington. For more information, log on to Jan. 8, The East St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce’s “Hollywood Nights in the East” will be held at the Northshore Harbor Center, Slidell, 7 pm. All inclusive, dinner and dancing. Call 985-643-5678.

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Jan. 14, “Live on Air!” a celebration of the Smoke-Free Workplace law. Featuring the music of Greg Talmage, food and more. ObeliskThe Wine Bar andBest Art Gallery, 22 Northshore’s St. Ann Dr., Mandeville. 7–10 pm. Call 985-778-5863. Jan. 15, The City of Slidell presents the eighteenth annual Mixed Media juried exhibition, which features artwork created using two or more media. Artwork will be displayed in the Slidell Cultural Center, 2055 Second St. Call 985-646-4375.

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Jan. 14, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Installation & Awards Banquet and Auction. 6-10 pm at Fleur De Lis Event Center, 1645 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Call 985-892-3216.

Jan. 16–17, “321 Book Sale” benefiting the Covington Food Bank. 10 am–4 pm at the Covington Elementary School gymnasium. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Covington Food Bank. Call 985-892-8620 or 985-373-4503.

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Authorized Signature ______________________________________ Jan. 19, The Business Women’s Network of East St. Tammany will hold its monthly meeting at Date ______________________________________ 7 pm at Young’s in Slidell. Interested in joining? Dues are only $25/year. Call 985-661-8139 or Jan. 19, Cancerfit: Where Healing Begins Exercise & Wellness. This new program is proven to reduce the side effects of cancer and treatment while building strength, energy and endurance. West St. Tammany YMCA, Hwy. 1085, Covington. Call 985-898-4581.



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New Year’s Resolutions AS I WRITE THIS, I still cannot believe that this is now never happen: fire, flood, hurricanes, disability, busimy tenth year writing for Sophisticated Woman magazine. ness interruption, etc. Isn’t getting your Last Will and My very first article was in January 2001 about New Testament in place just as important (or maybe even Year’s Resolutions and I am sure that there are still a more important) since it is covering something that is few of my own resolutions from that 2001 list that I going to happen? have still not implemented! Such is the reason for this Discussing planning options regarding your death or column. I think we all make unobtainable New Year’s disability may not be pleasant but it is far better than resolutions, which atBest least gives us something to strive doing nothing at all. When there are no legal docuThe Northshore’s for. The one I hear most often, of course, is “to get our ments in place, we have no choice but to let the law of estate plan in order.” We hear our clients often say that Louisiana dictate where your assets go, and sometimes WRITTEN BY RONDA GABB this has been “on their list” for years! So for 2010, why it isn’t what you had in mind at all. You know the old not make it a reality? saying, “No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan.” It is not like you are planning for something that So move “peace of mind” to the top of your list for will never happen, right? It may be an uncomfortable 2010 and come see us at our new location in Covington fact, but it is still a fact. We are all going to die—sooner at The Orchard Office Park. Get your estate plan in Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature or later, hopefully later! Think about all the other _______________________________________________ order. You’ll be glad you did, and you know what? It things in life that we insure ourselves for that we hope might not be so bad after all.

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3. Review your credit report. This can help you monitor everything from a small error that can hurt your credit score to a major event like identity theft. Everyone is entitled to a free yearly credit report from each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Visit to obtain a free copy of your report.

5. Buy a house. Take advantage of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit by signing a contract before May 1, 2010. Homeowners who have lived in the same place for five of the last eight years consecutively may also qualify for a credit of up to 10% of the cost of your new home ($6500 cap).

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2009 WAS THE YEAR Congress decided to rein in the mortgage industry, which has been blamed for the recession gripping our country, by passing sweeping regulations purported to protect you, the consumer; but that, in reality, may cost you more. HVCC Purported to create independence in the appraisal process, it has actually raised the cost of appraisals while restricting their portability. If a loan needs to be moved from one investor to another, a new appraisal must be ordered which costs an average of $400 more. TIL Truth in Lending disclosures now require a 3-day disclosure by the investor prior to a lender being able to collect funds required for an appraisal. It sets a 10% restriction on the amount closing costs are allowed to rise from the original Good Faith Estimate without triggering a re-disclosure and additional 3-day wait, creating the potential for your rate lock to expire. RESPA A new Good Faith Estimate and HUD Settlement Statement will go into effect January 1. We are no longer required to give a borrower an estimate of their closing costs and potential payment until a property has been determined. Then, once disclosed, the “estimate” cannot change unless a “changed circumstance” occurs. These include rate lock expiration, appraisal valuation, credit scores, etc. All lender fees are grouped together as are all title charges so you will no longer see their breakdown. This new form is so restrictive that functionality seems bleak. Next month, I will report on how the new forms are working. If you have experiences between now and then, please write to me so that I may include them. These governmental regulations may serve to take mortgage lending back to the 1950’s when home ownership was more a dream than reality for the majority of Americans.


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THE HOLIDAYS have come and gone, but just will retain moisture after they have been like our weather—in 15 minutes everything watered. This helps provide humidity as will change. While putting away the red and does a daily misting of their foliage. green decorations, we are already gathering When potting your indoor guest, be sure Account Executive ________________________________________ the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras, and to remove all foil wraps and any broken or this year, the black and gold of the Saints. dead blooms and branches. Check the soil to Mother Nature is doing the same thing in her make sure it is not caked or white on the top. own special way. Gone are the bright blooms Feel free to add some new potting soil as you and foliage of summer and fall, but in its loosen and aerate the soil already there. place she is decorating with blooming bulbs Some easy household additions are pothos and simple stark winter lines. Green and red (ivy), spatifilum (peace lily) and Christmas are replaced by browns in many shades, and cactus. These will do well indoors all year blue skies often appear as pale grays on a long and require little care. Poinsettias, winter day. Sometimes, Mother even treats kalanchoe, cyclamen, lilies, amaryllis, us to a palette of snow white; which, as any azaleas, narcissus and chrysanthemums all artist knows, is the presence of all color. arrive very decked out, but will only do Let your winter garden enjoy its rest well for short times indoors. If you have a Authorized Signature ______________________________________ while you enjoy the guests you have inside. greenhouse, they will be happier there once Christmas decorative plants must be attentheir “show has closed.” If not keep them in Date ______________________________________ ded to now so that they can stay indoors a very sunny spot and move them out to the until spring allows them a place outside. garden in spring. Cut them back and they Most indoor plants are from tropical climawill spend the summer “retraining” for their tes, so they enjoy the warmth of the winter next performance! house. What they miss though is the humiEnjoy your indoor winter wonderland dity of their natural habitats. That’s why filled with fresh oxygen the byproduct of most plants really enjoy a well lit bathroom these winter guests photosynthesis, while as their winter home. If that is not a plausiyou also enjoy the stark beauty of Mother ble location, try a sunny window or well lit Nature’s winter creation outdoors. Finding room. Keep your indoor plants out of drafty beauty in each season is the promise of areas and make sure to keep water proof peace and serenity all year long and here saucers underneath their drain hole. Plants in the south, one season hastily falls into also enjoy being placed on pebbles that another. Happy Serenity.





Old Traditions, New Beginnings WRITTEN BY PAUL CIMINO

“HAPPY NEW YEAR!” is a phrase we’ll be hearing and saying throughout the month of January, here at home and around the world as well. The celebration of the start of a new year is the oldest of all holiday traditions, beginning in ancient Babylonia about 4000 years ago with the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox. This was logical to the Babylonians as spring is the season of rebirth, bringing with it planting, new crops and the blossoming of flowers and trees. This celebration lasted for 11 days. Later the Romans continued the observance, but moved the date to late March. In 153 B.C., the Roman senate declared January 1 to be designated as the first day of the year in order to equate with the synchronization of the sun, and in 46 B.C., the emperor Julius established the Julian calendar, making January l the unchangeable date. Only in the past 400 years have New Year festivities evolved as we know them. Using a baby as the symbol of rebirth originated with the Greeks. Throughout the centuries, countries the world over added their distinctive forms of celebrations. Traditional New Year’s foods came about as the result of thinking certain foods brought good luck if eaten on this special day. Black eyed peas are said to bring good luck, while cabbage brings money. Other regions add rice and beans as “lucky” food.

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, the song “Auld Lang Syne” (or Old Long Ago) is sung, thus officially welcoming in the new year. Written by Robert Burns, it was first published in 1796 and has been the official song heralding the new year. Other traditions include making resolutions for the coming year, such as losing weight, quitting smoking and a myriad of others. But whatever your choices, let’s make the end of the first decade of 2000’s the greatest year yet! Happy New Year, Happy Eating! Black Eyed Peas Supreme 2 cans of black eyed peas, cooked 1 large onion, diced 2 strips bacon, diced ½ cup white wine 2 cups chicken broth 2 tbsps. flour salt and pepper to taste In a heated pan, brown bacon and then remove. Add onion to rendered bacon drippings and sauté until softened, then add flour. Sauté for about three minutes, then

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The Italian Gourmet Chef Paul Cimino of the Italian Gourmet and Cultural Society announces cooking classes for 2010 starting in January for adults and young people. The Italian Gourmet also offers dinner in your home from our personal chef division, or if you want to be different, host a cooking party in your home. Catering is available whether it’s an affair in your designated place, or merely an order for tonight’s dinner, fully prepared and awaiting your pick-up. Call for more information on events, culinary and language classes, at 985-373-1328. Visit the website at


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THERE IS A JOKE circulating on e-mail where on the negative impacts divorce imposes on a man asks the question, “Why is divorce children, contact so expensive?” The other man responds, If you have children and choose to divorce, “Because it is worth it!” This does get a laugh you are then opening up the family to a third on the surface, but when you consider what party (the new spouse of the other divorced the real cost is to the families, to the comparent) that will have to interact with and Account Executive ________________________________________ munity and to our culture, it may not be so have a lasting impact on your children, funny after all. and you will have no input into who that Knowing and seeing how devasting divorce person will be. How will that impact you and can be for all parties, especially children, it your children and other extended family seemed appropriate to address the real costs members at holidays, graduation, birthday of divorce so you could determine whether parties, weddings, etc? My informal research it is really worth it. Frequently, I hear comleads me to conclude that it can be, and ments from friends and clients who have usually is, devastating. gone through a divorce that if they knew It is clear that most, not all, divorces can be then what they know now, they would have avoided if the parties lay aside their personal done whatever was necessary to attempt to agendas and egos and put their partner, save their marriage. the marriage and their children at the top So, what are the true “costs” of divorce? of the priority list. If you have children and Authorized Signature ______________________________________ Of course, the legal fees and court costs are want them to be the best they can be, you certainly at the top of the tangible costs. Two will do whatever it takes to keep a stable Date ______________________________________ families living apart is much more expensive home environment for them. If you need than one family living together. But what help with resources designed to encourage about the emotional cost? Statistically speakand support your desire to save or build on ing, the further away you get from God’s your marriage, I suggest you contact www. design for marriage, a man and a woman who come together and commit to love one another for life, the greater the incidence Bill Magee is a local attorney with over 31 years of legal of social, psychological and economic probexperience and whose practice lems for the spouses and the children. Your includes family law and civil children will be scarred for life! Our culture litigation. His office is located at 207 East Gibson St. in is being destroyed little by little every time Covington. Bill can be contacted a marriage is broken. (For further support at 985-893-7550 or via email at for why marriage is important and research


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in the spring. You can find information about the Bark Park online at or email for more information. Pelican Bark Park is a not-forprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is accepting donations to help complete the construction and for operating expenses. A word of caution before you let Fido run amuck amongst a herd of furry canines— make sure your dog is current on vaccinations and is on a parasite preventative program (i.e. Interceptor, Comfortis, etc.), as dog parks can be a high-risk area for the transmission of certain diseases and parasites. Also, be sure to read up on accepted dog park etiquette for you and your pets alike. Enjoy the park and if you want, help promote others like it in other cities on the Northshore!

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ON BEHALF OF the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank our members for their continued support in the business community of St. Tammany Parish and our region. 2009 was a record-breaking year for our chamber: named Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Chamber of the Year; awarded Louisiana Culture Award for Economic Development; provided value services to membership with over 90 events; membership at an all time high of 851 members; provided a voice of business on local, state and federal levels; and we are continuing to build coalitions for a strong business community. Because of the dedication of our community during economic hard times to the chamber, this year our board of directors

is excited to offer our existing and new members for 2010 their chamber investments without an increase in dues over 2009. Our Program of Work is full of exciting opportunities. Either through our Public Policy Committee, the Ambassador Program, the Education Committee or Communications, we have a position for you to get involved, promote your business and make St. Tammany Parish a better place to live, work and play. We look forward to seeing you at our next event: Hollywood Nights in the East, a red carpet “Membership Awards and Appreciation” event on Friday, January 8, at the Northshore Harbor Center. Check our website at for more information or call Kay at 985-643-5678 to reserve your spot today.

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Covington Made Great Strides in 2009


The Council Chambers at 222 E. Kirkland has been completely restored and enlarged with the addition of a much needed conference room. Renovation of the old City Hall is currently underway to house our growing Police Department. We have literally used closets as office space in the existing facility. The department’s commitment to traffic control has resulted in a 42% decrease in accidents. The department served over 500 children in this year’s Toys for Tots program. The Fire Department recruited and trained six new fire fighters, a much needed expansion that will greatly aid our veteran fire fighters. The department responded to over 1,200 calls this year. The Covington Recreation Complex had its first official baseball season and is now the site of ongoing regional tournaments. This investment is paying off big time in the form of positive play for all ages. Our city parks have seen many improvements as well. Department officials are making plans to add new programs in addition to athletics. As the city grows and prospers we look for more and better ways to serve our constituents. It is a privilege to serve the people of Covington and we look forward to another year of strong service and satisfied customers. Again, it is my pleasure to work with such an outstanding group of dedicated employees.

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AS WE ROUND the corner of another year as stewards of the city of Covington, my staff can look back and be proud of the many accomplishments they have achieved on behalf of our residents and business owners. Allow me to brag. The city’s new sewer treatment plant is completed and operating. We will soon bid out a project to clean the equalization basin which handles overflow during rain events. Hats off to our crew who has worked tirelessly during one of the rainiest autumns on record. Our Public Works Department has done more work this year with fewer crew members than ever before. Our Trailhead has been host to a new concert series, and has added a new dimension to downtown. The city’s museum exhibit is nearly complete and should be installed in the first quarter of 2010. Downtown Development is working closely with the newly energized Covington Area Retailers to maximize activity in downtown. City Hall is officially permanently located in the Greater Covington Center at 317 N. Jefferson. Renovations of the first floor were completed in order to relocate the administration earlier this year. We are gypsies no more. The Bogue Falaya Hall was also spruced up and hosted many civic and social events throughout the year. The administration has completed the water meter retrofit and billing is now down to a science.



ІContinued from page 33 Slidell Building a New Senior Citizens Center


LAST MONTH, with golden shovels in hand, I was joined by elected officials and project officials, as well as representatives from the Council in Aging St. Tammany, in celebration of the groundbreaking of the new Senior Citizens Center in Slidell. Originally opened in June 1994, the building was damaged during Hurricane Katrina when a tree fell through the roof and the interior was inundated with three feet of water. After a slew of factors delayed a final decision—including FEMA’s initial decision to consider the building as “non-essential”—in April 2009, FEMA finally agreed to pay $2.4 million to demolish the existing center and build a new one at the site. The New Orleans’ architectural firm, Perez,

developed the plans for the new center, and Braithwaite Construction Co. has begun construction. The project should be completed within nine months. The Senior Citizens Center is the second FEMAfunded building in Slidell to go up this past year. The first was Municipal Building 1, which is currently being constructed adjacent to City Hall and is expected to be opened for city business in February. The new 32,970 square-foot, $5.4 million municipal office building will transfer nearly a quarter of the city’s employees from the trailers they have worked in since the hurricane. As we continue to take steps toward our city’s full recovery, these milestones provide us with even more reasons to Celebrate Slidell. Here’s to a happy 2010.

Get Involved in 2010. Make a Difference.


WHAT BETTER TIME than the start of both a New Year and a new decade to improve the quality of your life. Resolve to get involved—it will make your life better! There are too many critical issues facing our community, state and nation not to get involved. The definition of “getting involved” is many-fold. It can be just sending a letter to your congressman, in some cases just showing up, in others, joining a committee. Offer your talents to the organization or church of your choice to make the world a better place. It will also make yours a happier New Year. We will honor one outstanding community leader and one business of the year at our annual banquet on January 14. In December, we honored the following

individuals for their work in 2009: Craig Marinello of Next Step Resources, Member of the Year; Amy Edwards of Capital One, Board Member of the Year; and the members of the Small Business Advisory Council as Committee of the Year. We also honored Jack Francioni, the East St. Tammany Chamber’s 2009 Chairman of the Board, for his efforts at building the cooperation and collaboration that benefits so many, putting into practice the proven theory that together we are stronger. While the recognition was special for these individuals, the rewards of their involvement, the effects they have on others because of their giving of themselves, was much greater.

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Mandeville Looking for its Next Police Chief



AS YOU KNOW, I am in the process of appointing a new police chief for the city of Mandeville. Any person appointed to this position must meet all qualifications and requirements in the job description approved by the Mandeville City Council on November 19. Following that council meeting, we immediately advertised for the position for two consecutive weeks, setting the deadline for December 7 at 4:00 p.m. An overwhelming response was received by my office—42 applicants, including local, regional and national contenders. At the time of this writing, we are in the process of reviewing the candidates’ qualifications and scheduling interviews. My appointment and selection for the chief of police shall be subject to the approval of the

Mandeville City Council. I am planning on submitting this to the council at its January meeting. At this time, I am happy to report that the city of Mandeville is in healthy and stable condition, both physically and economically. The anticipation of filling this position has added to the morale of our city, as all departments will now have their directors in place in the city administration. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful city, which is low in crime and has a proactive police force. Our residents deserve to have all rank and duty fulfilled in order to properly protect and maintain the quality of life they have come to know in choosing Mandeville as their place of residence. It is our duty as administrators to serve their best interests.




1| Chuck’s Field of Dreams, in Albany, recently held a meet and greet session with Saints running back Pierre Thomas. Thomas was greeted with “Who Dat” chants, and he spent time signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans. 2| New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Vocal Music students received the highest awards in their divisions at the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Regional Competition recently held at Harding University in Searcy, AR. 1

3| Jose Balli recently held a ribbon cutting event, celebrating the grand opening of his new Covington location. Joining the event was Jose’s family, friends and staff, along with Covington Mayor Candace Watkins.


4| Ochsner celebrated the Tree of Life on December 8th at its Covington location. The Tree of Life is an annual celebration giving family and friends the opportunity to honor or memorialize their loved ones. Pictured is Dr. Gerald Keller hanging an ornament on the tree. 5| The City of Slidell took home the first place Gold Award for Municipal Excellence at the 86th annual National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities & Exposition in San Antonio, for its program titled “Strengthening the Community and the Economy through the Arts.” 3






7 East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity hosted its 2nd Annual Art Auction benefit, “Home Is Where the Art Is,” November 20 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell. Pictured are Robyn Klein, Kay Schewe and Jobeth Kavanaugh. 8| The United Way of St. Tammany held their 4th annual Glitz, Glamour & Giving Gala fundraiser. Pictured are: Charese Rachal, Doug Mouton, JoAnn Chelchouski, Kathy DeRouen, Billy Robenson, Chris Kaufmann, John Smith and Kevin Foltz.

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6| The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation accepted the donation of a new blanket warmer from the St. Tammany Memorial Cancer Fund. The blankets will provide comfort to cancer patients in St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Oncology Unit.


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