Page 1

WOMEN’S JOURNAL kent county


for Women Children of the Heart Association Bi-Monthly Resource for the Women of Kent County

FEB / MAR 2015


2015 Competitors 1.

Dave Graham - State of Delaware Tax Enforcement Heidi Lenzini - Dance Professional, Bear, DE


Bill Johnston -

President, Wesley College

Susan Johnston - Artist, Co-Owner Park Green Gallery 3.

Janet Kidd -


Greg Breitkeritz 4. Thank you to all who supported this wonderful event, it benefits such a good cause. Lisa and I worked hard to prepare and had so much fun throughout the process. Those of you who know me, know how much out of my comfort zone this was for me, but we practiced hard, and had great support from our choreographer Glenenise Parks, who really had her work cut out for her. Lisa Chase, my Professional, she too had her work cut out; I had to learn the basics of dance first before she could even think of teaching me a routine. But, it all worked out great, a lot of fun was had by all and Mom’s House benefited as well. Thank you to all our supporters who donated (voted) for us, we certainly appreciate the support. Sincerely,

USA Dance - Dover Chapter

Jim Lutz - President & CEO Coastal Brewing Company Shondelle Graulich - Owner, The Delaware Stage School


Dawne Nickerson-Banez - Owner, Frankfurt Bakery & Deli Raykeem Ward - Student, Delaware State University, Hip-Hop Dancer


Tonda Parks - V.P. Advertising Development, Delaware State News Jeo Fernandez - Dance Instructor, First State Dance Academy


Sharad Patel, MD - Partner, Dover Family Physicians Michele Harrington, RN - Nurse, Bayhealth Medical Center

Kevin Phillipson


Kevin Phillipson - Publisher & Owner, Kent County Womens Journal Lisa Chase - First State Animal Shelter-Director of Development & PR


Mark-Anthony Umobi, MD - DE Ob/Gyn & Womens Health Jessica Moyer - Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer, Dover YMCA

10. Ronnie Wuest - Co-Owner, Delaware Combat Sports

Jennifer Seward - Fitness Instructor & Dance Teacher

Publisher’s Note Takin’ Country to Heart

Welcome to another edition of YOUR Kent County Women’s Journal! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. We are off to another great year, in this issue we feature children who have been effected by heart disease. In our feature are some very amazing children that have faced mountain sized challenges and not only survived but have overcome and brought joy to so many around them. These amazing kids will also be the models in this year’s Go Red For Women luncheon and fashion show. Thank you for sharing your stories and touching us in a very special way. For more information, visit . The team here at the YOUR Kent County Women’s Journal is evolving, with new layout, editing, photographers and writers. I want to hear from you! I am looking for ways to continue to bring you amazing content, beautiful and exciting covers, fun new features, and meaningful content, so please email me and let me know how I can do this for you. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram, and tell us what you want! This is YOUR Kent County Women’s Journal, as always, it is my pleasure to bring this wonderful publication to you. - Kevin Phillipson, Publisher

3 Mineral Court Dover, DE 19904 302-399-4829 Publisher Kevin Phillipson

Thank You

Thank you to Katherine for her amazing work on the Journal’s photos. Escudero Photography is now our exclusive photographer and continues to amaze me with her great creativity and how she turns a picture into art. She are credited with our Special Feature section photos. Her talent can also be found on the Publisher’s Note, Contents, On The Cover, and Testimonials pages. They are also credited with the photography on the inside cover highlighting Dancing with the Delaware Stars, a wonderful event supporting Mom’s House. I danced this year in the competition, and absolutely step out of my comfort zone for a great cause. To those of you who supported Lisa and I, thank you, and we hope you all enjoyed the show. To learn more about Escudero Photography, turn to page 14.


Subscribe To:

kent county


Partners Kevin and Angie Phillipison Photography Escudero Photography The Women’s Journal is published bi-monthly and is available free of charge, by subscription, at display stands in approved private and public establishments and authorized distributors only. Trademark and U.S. Copyright laws protect The Women’s Journal. No part of this paper may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The Women’s Journal is not responsible for any editorial comment (other than its own), typographical errors from advertisements submitted as camera ready or any reproductions of advertisements submitted as camera ready. If an advertisement does not meet our standards of acceptance, we may revise or cancel it at any time, whether or not it has been already acknowledged and/or previously published. The advertiser assumes sole responsibility for all statements contained in submitted copy and will protect and indemnify The Women’s Journal, its owners, publishers, and employees, against any and all liability loss or expense arising out of claims for liable, unfair trade names, patents copyrights and propriety rights, and all violations of the right of privacy or other violations resulting from the publication by this newspaper of its advertising copy.

mail to: 3 Mineral Ct. Dover, DE 19904


Publisher shall be under no liability for failure, for any reason, to insert an advertisement. Publisher shall not be liable by reason of error, omission and/or failure to insert any part of an advertisement. Publisher will not be liable for delay or failure in performance in publication and/or distribution if all or any portion of an issue is delayed or suspended for any reason. The publisher will exercise reasonable judgement in these instances and will make adjustments for the advertiser where and when appropriate.


The Women’s Journal assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material or reproductions made by advertisers.

1 year/6 issues, mailed first class for $24 Make payable to The Kent County Women’s Journal, LLC


This newspaper will be published by the 15th of every other month.


February/March 2015

Representations by The Women’s Journal COPYRIGHT 1999™ READERSHIP 100,000 +


Table of Contents Food&Fun


24 Come Pay A Visit... 25 Mentalism

A Journey Of Hope 5 What Foods Can Cause Cavities 6 Healthy Teeth, Healthy Hearts 7 “Pitter Patter” In My Chest 8-9 Improve Your Cholesterol Levels 10 Prevent Senior Hospitalizations 11 What’s New About 3Tesla MRI? 12

Business&Finance 26 27 28 29 30 31 32


Keep Your Jewelry Healthy 13 Let Loose And Have Some Fun 14


Living Fit&Well

Designing An Extraordinary 2015 Here’s To Your Health Cancer Distress Screening You Are Loved New Year. New You. Strength, Flexibility And Balance How To Solve Any Problem Common Fitness Myths Debunked

Support Small Business Build Your Email List With Pinterest The Network Of Choice Be My Valentine Preparing Your Home For Sale Mortgage Matters Protect Your Asset – Your Vehicle

34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Fall In Love With The Schwartz JA Company Program Volunteering For Habitat Breast Health I Am For The Child Veterans On The Eastern Shore February is Spay/Neuter Month Don’t Miss Anything! Literal Lissa

WOkeMnEt Nco’SunJOtyURNA



for Women Children of the Heart Associatio n Bi-Monthly Resource for the Women of Kent Coun ty


See pages 5 & 23 for Children of the Heart Association

Visit our online community to connect with our contributors and other readers like you. Find your favorite articles along with more information and special offiers from the businesses and organizations that make the Kent County Women’s Journal such a valuable resource. Create a profile and discover the benefits.

2015 www.kentcou



Dancing with the DE Stars Thank You 2 Southern Lights Of Life Masquerade Ball 43 2015 Southern Delaware Heart Ball 44

February/March 2015


Health&Medicine On The Cover The American Heart Association is working to help kids, families and communities live heart-healthy lives. We had the privilege of spending some time with the Correll and Everton families. Both families have experienced more heart ache than any family should ever have to endure, and their journey is not over. It was hard to read his story, “Tim and I knew what that meant. It meant that someone else had to lose their child in order to save ours”, I could not imagine how Tim and Leslie felt. Angie and I have a big family, and our hearts go out to parents that have to face, what could possibly be the worst situation, a seriously sick child. See the rest of their story on page 23. Seth and the Correll family are just one of nine families featured in the Go Red for Women luncheon fashion parade on February 6th at Dover Downs.

A Journey Of Hope

Has your world been shattered by chronic sexual betrayal? Pornography, strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitutes and affairs are all signs of sex addiction, the most personal and heartbreaking of all addictions. And with the internet delivering pornography right into our living rooms, sex addiction is increasing at an alarming rate. Often minimized as “what men do,” these behaviors undermine relationships and risk your health and your life. They are demeaning and destructive. Sadly, sex addicts seldom come clean. They get caught. Once the illicit behaviors are exposed there is a lot of help available to the sex addict, but it is the partner who is deeply devastated and who will take the longest to heal from the damage. In short, the partner is deeply traumatized.

One can live a reasonably successful life even if he or she is co-dependent. No one lives happily traumatized. A Journey of Hope was created to help partners dealing with the crisis of sex addiction. It is an intense 3½ day program designed to address trauma specific to sexual betrayal. You learn the full scope of the problem, how you got into this mess and then begin healing on many levels, including mentally, emotionally and somatically. You develop knowledge and strategies to regain your personal power. The program is accessible, affordable and the results have been astounding. Sex addiction is rooted in shame and thrives on secrecy. It is time we start talking about this devastating disease. To learn more about our monthly programs, location and cost, visit our website: If you would like to speak to someone directly, please call (252) 928-7136 and leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible.

February/March 2015


By Mitzi Crall, Ph.D. Mitzi has been using her unique understanding of “how people work” to help individuals overcome challenges, meet goals and lead more fulfilling lives for more than 20 years. She has synthesized numerous methodologies into a one-of-a-kind practice with a remarkable track record. Mitzi has an international client base that includes an impressive professional roster ranging from U.S. Congressional Candidates to executives of national corporations, from nationally ranked athletes to licensed therapists, some of whom are trauma specialists. She has navigated the labyrinth of unexpected dead ends and seemingly endless mazes that are the hallmark of sex addiction. A Journey of Hope reflects her uncompromising standards and her dedication to helping victims reclaim their lives, their personal power and their futures.

Health&Medicine It May Surprise You To Find Out What Foods Can Cause Cavities I think that most people have heard that sugar is bad for your teeth. This is very true. The sugar, by itself, is not what is bad. There are germs (bacteria) in your mouth that actually eat the sugar and then these germs produce acids. These acids then eat holes in your teeth and make cavities. We know not to eat a lot of sugar and most people think only about sweet things like candy and cake when they think of sugar. But, did you know that milk can be harmful to your teeth? Yes, milk is good for your teeth because it contains calcium, but the lactose in milk is sugar and can help lead to decay. A lot of fruits are on the list also because they contain fructose, another sugar. The other culprit in foods and drinks is acid. Some foods and drinks contain acids that also eat away at the tooth structure. Many people consume carbonated beverages, like soda, and highly acidic foods every day but probably don’t realize that they may be harming their teeth. Acid can come from many sources, including the following: • Carbonated drinks - All sodas contain a lot of acid and can dissolve enamel on your teeth very quickly. Some people think it’s o.k. to drink diet soda because they have eliminated the

sugar but they don’t think about the carbonation, which is an acid. • Fruit juice, wine and beer - Fruits not only contain sugar but they can be acidic as well. Fruits such as apples, oranges, blueberries, cherries and cranberries come to mind in this category. And, yes, even wine and beer contain acids that can harm your teeth. • Vegetables - Pickles, tomatoes (yes, technically a fruit) and corn are some of the acidic vegetables that come to mind. • Bulimia and acid reflux - Bulimia and acid reflux also can cause tooth damage from stomach acids coming into contact with teeth. Medical and dental help should be sought for anyone who suffers from either of these conditions. Does this mean that you have to stop eating and drinking these things to avoid getting cavities? No it does not. It means you need to be more aware of how much and how often you consume these sorts of things.

desks and take an hour or more to drink just one beverage? Or we drink one cup and then go get another cup and so on for the entire day? I had one patient who had a lot of cavities tell me that they only drank one soda a day. That didn’t sound bad. But then they told me that they sip on that one soda continuously throughout the day, one small sip at a time. Your saliva does work to neutralize the acids from the food and drink but if you are bombarding the teeth over and over again the acid is going to win. This is also why you shouldn’t let your infant sip on milk or juice a little bit at a time. Or let the infant fall asleep with the bottle. Have your child consume the beverage at one time and then wipe off their teeth or brush them. If you want them to have a bottle at nap or bed time then put water in the bottle. If you can’t brush your teeth after consuming something acidic you should try to rinse your mouth with water. You can also chew sugar free gum to help you produce more salivia to help fight the acids. And, of course, see your dental hygienist at least every six months to get any build up removed from your teeth!

If you are drinking or eating something acidic consume it all at once. Don’t sip or snack slowly over time. How many of us drink coffee or soda while sitting at our

Presented by Dr. Robert Coope, DDS Dr. Robert Coope is Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry and has recently been awarded the Academy of General Dentistry’s highest honor of Master. Dr. Coope started his dental career in 1991 with the US Air Force where he completed a 2 year residency in Advanced General Dentistry. He married his wife, Laurie, in 1994 and they have 2 children, Byron and Katana, who attend Caesar Rodney schools. After moving to Dover he left the Air Force to open his own practice in 2004. Dr. Coope and his team pride themselves on compassionate patient care. They always strive to deliver an excellent experience for each and every patient.

February/March 2015


Health&Medicine Healthy Teeth, Healthy Hearts

By Dr. Stephanie Steckel

Patients who consult with me at Orthodontics on Silver Lake (OSL) about their smile are motivated to make changes so that their teeth are straighter and their smile is more esthetic and appealing. They can point to the pictures we take at the consult and tell me what they want to change about their smile. It’s an exciting time because orthodontic treatment is in most cases a very predictable process that yields excellent esthetic results for our OSL patients. There is strong epidemiological evidence that periodontal disease provides an increased future risk for cardiovascular disease, and there is also a moderate link associating periodontal disease with diabetes. 1, 2 One study3 found orthodontic treatment normalized the bite forces on the newlystraightened teeth and resulting recovery of the gum tissues, even a year after orthodontic treatment was completed. Another study4 found that overlapping of incisor teeth is directly related to gingivitis (which can lead to periodontal disease) and this relationship cannot be explained simply by an effect on oral hygiene. So straight teeth are also healthy teeth! Our OSL patients and families are very busy these days! Parents are working, and a lot of students are eating 2 meals a day at school. It is even more important than ever to BRUSH FOR 2 MINUTES AFTER EVERY MEAL • Bleeding gums • Puffiness

Call us at Orthodontics on Silverlake (302-672-7776) to discuss your healthier smile, or request online at

• Recession • Bad breath • How long did you brush or did your child brush his or her teeth? • Brush2min2X- Help your kids brush 2 minutes each time, twice a day

References: 1. Periodontitis : A future risk of acute coronary syndrome? A follow-up study over 3 years. Rehnvert S. Ohlsson O., et al., J. of Periodontology (7/2010) Other references available on request”

Dr. Stephanie Steckel is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, and started her Dover orthodontic practice in 1995. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry, and she completed her postdoctoral specialty education at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia. At Orthodontics on Silver Lake (OSL) in Dover, she and her OSL team provide excellent orthodontic experiences and results for her patients. The science behind orthodontic treatment continues to evolve, in many cases resulting in greater comfort and predictability for our patients. Dr. Steckel’s experience as a general dentist prior to specializing means more coordinated care with your family dentist. Our OSL team is also proud to support the local community in numerous educational, sports and volunteer activities.

February/March 2015

Dr. Stephanie Steckel Orthodontics on Silverlake 302-672-7776

Mention this ad and receive $100 off your child’s treatment (for treatment that starts Feb/March 2014) Email at


Health&Medicine What Is That “Pitter Patter” In My Chest? While the feelings of a “pitter patter” or “flip flop” in your chest can mean anything from a skipped heartbeat, fast heart beat or an abnormal heart rhythm, it could also be a serious heart arrhythmia called “Atrial Fibrillation [AFIB]”. AFIB is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm [arrhythmia] and is due to a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. There are more than 2.5 million adults in the United States who have this arrhythmia and 8 out of every 100 people above the age of 65 are diagnosed with AFIB every year. While it usually occurs in older adults above the age of 60, younger adults can develop AFIB as well. AFIB may cause symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations [that pitter patter or flip flop feeling in your chest]. AFIB may happen rarely, periodically or even become an ongoing or long-term progressive heart electrical problem that lasts for years. The most serious problems include heart failure and stroke.

• Chronic lung disease

Types Of AFIB: Paroxysmal: AFIB that comes and goes on its own, lasting seconds, minutes, hours or even days, before the heart rhythm returns to normal. As the heart goes in and out of AFIB, the pulse rate can change from slow to fast and back again.

• Feeling a pulse that is faster than normal, changing between fast and slow, or beating very irregularly or “out of sync”.

Persistent: AFIB that does not stop on its own and requires medications or a special electrical shock called a “Cardioversion” to restore a normal rhythm. If no treatment is given, the heart will stay out of sync. Permanent or “Chronic”: AFIB that cannot be fixed, in which case medications to maintain a normal heart rate are utilized. Risk Factors For AFIB: While some people who live healthy lives and have no chronic medical problems can develop AFIB, most cases involve known risk factors and causes, including: • Age greater than 60 • Diabetes • High blood pressure • Coronary heart disease and prior heart attacks • Congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathies [weakened heart muscle] • Valvular heart disease • Congenital heart disease • Thyroid disease

• Sleep Apnea • Excessive alcohol, caffeine, weight loss products or other stimulant use • Serious illness or infection • Pulmonary Embolism [blood clots to the lungs] Signs And Symptoms Of AFIB: The signs and symptoms of AFIB vary from person to person and many patients feel no symptoms at all. They do not even know that they have AFIB or that there is any electrical problem at all, while many others can tell as soon as the arrhythmia begins. The symptoms depend on age, the cause of the AFIB [underlying heart disease or other chronic illnesses, etc.], and the heart rate during the AFIB and how the AFIB affects the pumping function of the heart. Symptoms of AFIB include: • Feeling overly tired or a lack of energy [most common]

• Shortness of breath • Palpitations that feel like “flip flopping”, “drums pounding”, or “thunder rumbling” • Pain, pressure, tightness or heaviness in the chest • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Complications Of AFIB: While atrial fibrillation is usually not life threatening, when the top chambers of the heart [the atria] are “fibrillating”, the flow of blood is decreased and the risk of developing a blood clot in the heart rises. If a blood clot does form, and is pumped out of the heart, the most common place that it travels to is the brain, leading to a stroke. AFIB is the cause of about 15 out of every 100 strokes, and the risk of stroke from AFIB increases with age and is closely linked to other risk factors such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and an enlarged or weakened heart muscle. Diagnosing AFIB: Atrial fibrillation is diagnosed based on your medical history, a thorough physical exam, and results of cardiac testing and procedures. As AFIB may not cause signs or symptoms, it is not uncommon for it to

February/March 2015


be diagnosed during a routine physical exam or an EKG test done for another reason. Once you are diagnosed with AFIB, your doctor will want to find out what is causing it and refer you to a heart specialist [Cardiologist] or even a heart rhythm specialist [Electrophysiologist]. Types Of Testing Performed To Detect AFIB: Your doctor will more than likely order one of several monitoring tests that can check for a fast or irregular heart rhythm. An Electrocardiogram [EKG] is a brief snapshot of your hearts electrical activity, and involves placing special stickers [electrodes] on your chest, arms and legs. These electrodes measure the heart rate and rhythm of the heart and an EKG is the most common initial screening method to diagnose AFIB. A Holter Monitor is a portable EKG that is typically worn for 24 or 48 hours. Again electrodes are placed on your chest, and connected to a small recording device that is worn on a belt around your waist, and it records all of the electrical activity of your heart for your doctor to review. An Event Monitor is a portable EKG monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days that is used for patients with intermittent symptoms. However, it requires you to activate the device when you have symptoms suggesting an arrhythmia. A Mobile Cardiac Telemetry Monitor can be used and worn for up to 30 days. It can automatically sense an abnormal heart rhythm and trigger a recording which is automatically sent to your doctor via cell phone technology. This type of monitor is very useful to detect AFIB that is asymptomatic, as is an Implantable Loop Recorder which is implanted under the skin and can last up to 3 years! An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound imaging test of your heart that allows your doctor to evaluate the structure and function of your heart. Treating AFIB: The goals of treating AFIB include: • Preventing blood clots that can lead to stroke • Rate Control: Control the heart rate allowing the heart to fill longer and more completely, which can prevent symptoms, improve energy, reduce

Health&Medicine By Dr. Vincent Abbrescia Dr. Abbrescia is a Board Certified Invasive/Non-Invasive Cardiologist practicing in Dover, DE, as a founding and managing partner of Delaware Heart & Vascular, PA. His 3-year Cardiology Fellowship training was completed at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After practicing in San Antonio, Texas from 1999 to 2003, he returned to the East coast where he started his own practice, Delaware Heart and Vascular, PA, with his partner Dr. Judith Rippert. He is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians, American Society of Echocardiography and the American Heart Association. He is actively engaged in the local community, volunteering his time and expertise in a wide variety of heart disease related educational and fundraising efforts. As an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Abbrescia maintains a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease and places a special emphasis on preventative cardiovascular medicine. He has a special interest in Lipid and Cholesterol Disorders.

shortness breath, and decrease the risk of developing congesting heart failure • Rhythm Control: Restore a normal heart rhythm allowing the upper and lower chambers of your heart to work together more efficiently and effectively in pumping blood to the rest of the body. • Treat any underlying disorders which may be causing or raising the risk of AFIB, for example, over active thyroid, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Medications For AFIB: If you have AFIB, you may need to take medications for the rest of your life to treat or prevent the arrhythmia. Everyone reacts to medications differently and you may need to be tried on more than one medication to find the one that works best for you with the fewest side effects: • Rhythm control medications [antiarrhythmic medications] which help restore and maintain a normal heart rhythm. • Rate control medications that slow the heart rate down and prevent weakening of the heart muscle. • Blood thinners [anticoagulants], which are medications that help prevent the formation of blood clots in the heart and the risk of stroke. Stroke Prevention: Patients with AFIB have a stroke risk almost 5 times greater than those who do

not have AFIB. A stroke risk calculation system known as the CHA2DS2-VASc Scoring allows your doctor to quickly assess your stroke risk and recommend therapy to reduce that risk. There are a variety of treatments and medications to prevent stroke, but a medication called an “anticoagulant” is the most common “first line” treatment. Anticoagulants are the mainstay of therapy, and are highly effective at lowering the likelihood of a stroke from AFIB. Procedures To Treat Or Prevent AFIB: Electrical cardioversion is where you are temporarily put to sleep and given low energy shocks to trigger and restore a normal heart rhythm. It is done in very careful and controlled conditions. Transesophageal Echocardiogram is a special ultrasound test of the heart that can detect the presence of blood clots in your heart prior to receiving an Electrical Cardioversion. Catheter Ablation may be used to restore a normal heart rhythm if medicines or electrical cardioversion doesn’t work. In this procedure, you are put to sleep and catheters are placed up into the heart thru the veins and arteries in the leg or arm, and Radio Waves are used to either heat or cool the electrical wires inside the heart disrupting the

CHA2DS2 – VASc Stroke Scoring System 1 C ongestive heart failure or LV dysfunction 1 H ypertension 2 A ge - Equal to or greater than 75 1 Between 65-74 1 D iabetes mellitus 2 S troke or Transient Ischemic Attack History 1 VA scular disease history [CAD, heart attack, stroke or PAD] 1 Sc Sex Category [female]

February/March 2015


wires that usually cause the arrhythmia. Doctors may also sometimes use the same Radio Waves to interrupt and destroy the relay center in the middle of the heart in an effort to prevent the abnormal electrical signals from the top chambers from ever making it to the lower pumping chambers. This procedure requires your doctor to surgically implant a pacemaker which helps maintain a normal heart rate and rhythm. People with AFIB can live normal and active lives. It is important for you to notify your physician if you are experiencing any of the symptoms which may suggest an arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation. To learn more about atrial fibrillation, visit the American Heart Association website at, click on conditions, then arrhythmia. For a detailed in person evaluation by a Board Certified Cardiologist, call us at, 302-734-1414, or visit us on the web at

DELAWARE HEART & VASCULAR, P.A. Comprehensive Cardiovascular Disease Specialists

Vincent Abbrescia, DO, FACC

Judith Rippert, DO, FACC

Sanjeev Patel, MD, FACC

Laura Gravelin, MD

Lindsey Miller, PA-C

Kristen McLaughlin, PA-C

Drs. Abbrescia, Rippert, Patel & Gravelin are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Cardiologists with added Board Certifications in Echocardiography, Interventional, Vascular & Nuclear Cardiology as well as Electrophysiology. They provide comprehensive cardiac services at three convenient locations, including their Nationally Accredited Cardiac Imaging Center at the state-of-the-art Eden Hill Medical Center in Dover, Delaware.

Milford Medical Annex 112 Sussex Avenue, Ste 101 Milford, DE 19963 302-393-5500

Eden Hill Medical Center 200 Banning Street, Ste 340 Dover, DE 19904 302-734-1414

Smyrna Medical Center 315 North Carter Road Smyrna, DE 19977 302-734-1414

Visit us on the Web at

Health&Medicine Ways To Improve Your Cholesterol Levels Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance in your blood. It increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, and other problems. Many things may put you at risk for high cholesterol. You can’t control some of these risks such as your age, gender, or family history. Fortunately, the list of things you can control is longer: It includes your weight, diet, exercise, blood sugar, and smoking.1 Let’s take a look at what this might mean for you. Maybe you’ve put on a few (or more than a few) pounds in the last couple of years. Or your recent New Year’s resolution was short-lived, making that gym membership a bit of a waste! Don’t scold yourself. Just start over. The good news is some changes may give you a “twofer.” For example, eating healthy foods can reduce the amount of cholesterol you are taking into your body. It can also help you lose weight, which lowers LDL (bad cholesterol).2 Try eating:

More fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods high in fiber such as whole grains and beans. Fewer foods that contain cholesterol, trans fats, or saturated fats such as fatty meats and whole milk, cream, butter, cheese, and ice cream.2 Increasing your exercise not only lowers your LDL. It also raises levels of HDL (good cholesterol), which carries bad cholesterol away.2 Take steps to enhance your chance of success, especially if exercise is a bit foreign to you. Gradually increase the intensity and length of your exercise routines. Or find an exercise partner to help you stay motivated. Sometimes lifestyle changes are simply not enough to get your cholesterol into a safe range. In these cases, your doctor may prescribe a special medicine to lower your cholesterol. Make sure you take it exactly the way your doctor directs. If you don’t, it may not work.3 Just remember: I can double check to make sure you’re on the right track. And, if cost is an issue,

ask me whether a generic version of your medicine is available.4 Statins are one type of medicine commonly prescribed for high cholesterol. You’ve probably heard a lot about this medicine. Recent studies have added encouraging news about statins. For example, statins may help kids who have a genetic type of cholesterol disorder.5 They may also help boost survival rates after people have a certain type of stroke.6 Statins may even prevent common and serious complications from diabetes. They apparently protect against damage to small blood vessels that can lead to blindness or amputations.7 None of this means medicine gives you a free pass to smoke, overeat, and be a couch potato. Instead, lifestyle changes can work together with medicine to improve your cholesterol levels even more. And, as you already know, these changes can really improve your overall quality of life.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition. Sources: “Risk Factors for High Cholesterol.” Available at: Accessed October 22, 2014. “Make a Plan to Manage Your High Cholesterol.” Available at: Accessed October 22, 2014. “Taking Medicine to Help Lower Your Cholesterol.” Available at: article.aspx?ID=518 Accessed October 22, 2014. 4.MedlinePlus: “Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study.” Available http:// Accessed October 21, 2014.4. MedlinePlus: “Statins May Help Kids With Genetic Cholesterol Disorder.” Available at: Accessed October 21, 2014. 6. WebMD: “Cholesterol Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes.” Available at: Accessed October 22, 2014. 7.MedlinePlus: “Statins May Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage, Study Finds.” Available at: Provided  As  A  Community  Service  By news/fullstory_148289.html Accessed October 21, 2014.



Dover Community Pharmacy “CARING for and about YOU” By Zahir Kasmani Pharmacist and Owner


Zahir Kasmani, Pharmacist and Owner of Dover Community Pharmacy resides in Dover, DE with his wife and son. He has more than 10 years’ experience as a pharmacist working in different positions, including as a district manager. He is passionate about the profession and utilizes his knowledge to help patients with their pharmacy needs and questions. Dover Community Pharmacy is located at 1035 South Governors Ave, Dover DE, with plenty of parking and easy access. Visit Dover Community Pharmacy. Let Zahir and his team get to know you personally, and help you live a healthier life.

( B e s t P r i c e s   I n  To w n )

Easy Prescription Transfer Fast Friendly Service Smoking Cessation Services Copay Assistance Programs

All Major Insurances Accepted

302-724-9323 1 0 3 5 S . G ove r n o r s Ave . * D ove r (1 Mile South of Kent General Hospital)

February/March 2015


Health&Medicine Prevent Senior Hospitalizations Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc. indicates that the problem of preventable hospitalization of seniors is viewed as very to extremely serious by three-fourths (74.6%) of the North American nurses surveyed who specialize in senior care. Those same nurses estimate that nearly half of senior hospitalizations (48.5%) could be prevented with early detection and intervention. In addition, the survey indicates that families play a critical role in helping to keep their aging loved ones out of the hospital – with 99% of nurses surveyed saying that the role family plays is as important as the role played by health care professionals. Delaying or avoiding medical care is one of the most common actions by seniors that puts them at potential risk of needing hospitalization. In addition, not following medical orders can be a clear predictor of potential risk. Three of the top reasons some seniors don’t comply with doctor’s orders – unwillingness to change ways, denial of health issues and apathy – are attitudinal. Survey results, overall, also indicated that unnecessary hospitalization of seniors can put them at risk for hospital-acquired infections. Involvement of families is key to helping to minimizing these events. Nurses surveyed recommended providing education and instructional resources as a means of helping to reduce hospitalizations. To provide families with resources to minimize the major risk factors and to play an active role in hospitalization prevention, Home Instead, Inc. has created the Five Ways to Prevent Senior HospitalizationsSM guide. The guide focuses on the following five key actions to help keep seniors safe at home and out of the hospital through proactive and preventative measures: • Follow doctor’s orders • Don’t ignore symptoms • Reduce risk of falls and accidents • Stay active physically and mentally • Maintain a healthy diet

about the research behind the program: “PREVENT SENIOR HOSPITALIZATIONS”; EXECUTIVE SUMMARY U.S. SURVEY RESULTS • Prevention is Possible • Three-fourths of surveyed nurses (74.6%) ranked the issue of preventable hospitalization as a very to extremely serious problem. • Nurses surveyed say one of the most important reasons to keep seniors out of the hospital is because they can be at risk of hospital-acquired infections. • Winter is the highest risk time of year for senior hospitalization, according to 82% of nurses surveyed. Family is Key • 99% of nurses surveyed agree that the family’s role in keeping seniors healthy and out of the hospital is as important as that of the medical community. • One of the most important actions that families can take to help keep their senior parents out of the hospital is to make the senior’s home free of hazards. (Not) Following Doctor’s Orders • Two in five nurses surveyed (43.5%) said the easiest step that seniors can take to help prevent hospitalization is to follow their doctor’s orders. • Surveyed nurses estimate that 47% of seniors put off medical appointments or have problems accessing medical care. • One of the most common barriers that prevents seniors from complying with doctor’s orders is their unwillingness to change their ways.

By Larry DeFrancisco A Business Development and Healthcare Marketing/ Sales Professional for 35 years encompassing the pharmaceutical/biotech industry, physical therapy, durable medical equipment, orthopedic and senior home care industries. Having family in memory care at an assisted living community has allowed me to better understand and appreciate how truly talented, caring and loving these caregiving angels are to dedicate their careers to being caregivers and home care professionals. They provide personal care services to seniors, positively influencing their emotional state and overall well-being, allowing them to remain living safely in their homes for as long as possible. Working for Home Instead Senior Care is truly a joy and an honor.

Each section of the guide outlines some warning signs and risk factors, as well as specific preventative steps and resources. The goal of this guide is to strengthen the role families can take in hospitalization prevention, and to help them feel more confident about actions they can take to help keep their senior safe at home. In addition, a web-based “Senior Routine Tracker” will help family caregivers tune into the habits of their senior loved ones in an effort to help them avoid the risk of being hospitalized. Here’s more

February/March 2015


Health&Medicine What’s New About 3Tesla MRI? Everything Savings result from experience Even today, many health care providers do not fully appreciate the benefits of higher tech MRI studies. We love to answer doctors’ questions. For instance, we found a patient with marrow abnormalities on a lumbar MRI. In addition to being like a CT scan image, MRI shows vascular structures and bone marrow much better than CT scans. The abnormality we found was not seen on x-ray. The doctor asked if a bone scan would add any information. The answer was NO. We saved the patient $900 dollars because the doctor asked a question. Doing the bone scan would have given us no useful additional information. Dr. Chao has 30 years experience which can help you and your doctor save money. We love to save money. Our health care is inefficient, in part because not enough people and doctors ask questions about how to save money. We have been committed to providing the highest quality MRI technology since 2007 when MRI Consultants opened its doors with the First 3T MRI in the First State. A recent review article in Medscape, (http://www. viewarticle/776272), completely turns everything we know about MR imaging upside down. We offer diffusion tensor imaging and want to do resting state fMRI exams. These exams are useful in patients with both Parkinson’s disease and autism. There are new techniques in imaging—3T MRI, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, DWI and perfusion imaging— all of which are better than the routine postcontrast MRI study for lesion margin evaluation. Our new office in Lewes has offered these techniques since 2011. We have the technology and Dr. Chao has 30 years experience, which was recognized by his peers. Delaware Today magazine 2012 listed Dr. Chao as a Top Doc in Radiology. But it is all about being reachable by phone. Dr. Chao’s desire to provide the most advanced MRI imaging possible had led us to offer services other facilities do not. 32-channel head coil high resolution studies—performed at our 3T Lewes MRI site. We are the only facility in Delaware (and possibly the entire Delmarva Peninsula) with a 32-channel head coil. The extra channels translate into better and faster brain imaging. The 32-channel coils themselves are extremely rare. Even in world capitals

like Paris and NYC, only one or two facilities have such high resolution coils. MRA’s can be done at super high quality in only 4 minutes. Quantitative MRI can measure white and grey matter and CSF. Diffusion Tensor Imaging picks up subtle brain trauma, Alzheimer’s and even autism. Proton spectroscopy helps do a noninvasive biopsy (we do this for free) if the test might show a stroke or tumor. This is useful information which costs nothing if you come to us for your MRI study with contrast—we just add the 5 min scan for free. Prostate MRI which, at 3T does not require the insertion of an invasive probe/coil. We do spectroscopic exams for no additional fee because Dr. Chao wants to help patients. Many facilities (if equipped to perform the test) charge up to 100 dollars for the same exam. 3T Breast MRI is 100% sensitive for breast cancer. We do a special lymph node detection sequence called DWIBS. This can change your diagnosis up to 30% of the time. It even adds lymph node detection without using IV contrast. We offer a super high quality abdomen study for $500 that is able to pick up smaller pancreatic cancers, smaller liver cancers and includes diffusion weighted imaging for free. This new technique is up to 96% sensitive for cancer. Ask us about our Out-of-Pocket discount $700 for studies that use safe contrast. We understand that some patients suffer from claustrophobia. For those patients who know themselves to be extremely claustrophobic, we offer IV valium conscious sedation (we are the only providers that do this) for the modest fee of $50—provided they have someone to drive them home afterwards! Another development has been in the area of the contrasts used for MRI. While the contrasts used for MRI are very different from those used for CT scans, they are not all the same. Some have been linked to a very rare, but very serious, debilitating and incurable illness called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (“NSF”). We have always been very careful to select contrasts that have NEVER been connected to NSF. The safer contrasts cost a little more, but you’re worth it! We use Multihance (at 1.5T), Prohance (at 3T) and Eovist (for patients with kidney problems).

Best Open MRI 302 838 7800 1 Centurian Drive, Suite 107 Newark, DE MRI Consultants 302 827 4251 17252-9 N. Village Main Blvd Lewes, DE

February/March 2015

Elevated PSA level and routine scans showed no cancer in the peripheral zone. However, this proton spectroscopy showed cancer in the left aspect of the prostate. It is a super advanced non-invasive electronic biopsy.


By Dr. Philip Chao Dr. Philip Chao graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and was Scholar of the House. He continued his studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, receiving his medical degree in 1983. After a transitional internship year at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, Dr. Chao did his residency in Radiology at Brooklyn’s SUNY Health Science Center (1984-1987), where he became Chief Resident. He stayed on to complete a fellowship in Neuroradiology (1987-1988). Dr. Chao has been interested in MRI technology since its very beginning – the first MRI scan took place in 1981 while he was pursuing his medical studies. The University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Chao was both a Body MRI Fellow (1988-1990) and a Neuroradiology Fellow (1989-1990), was at the heart of the development of this technology and Dr. Chao was able to work with pioneers in MRI on the first GE Signa 1.5T (tesla) scanner. His advanced research and specializations complete, Dr. Chao left the University of Pennsylvania for a position as Director of MRI in Wilmington, DE – a position he held for 14 years. Dr. Chao eventually left that position to create the best MRI Center in Delaware which uses the very latest technology: 3T MRI. While 3T (tesla) scanners have been used for scanning research patients since 2002, these advanced, more powerful MRI scanners only became available for clinical use in 2004. Dr. Chao worked hard to bring 3T technology to Delaware and in February 2007, MRI Consultants, LLC began operating the first 3T scanner in the State. 3T is the newest horizon for MRI.

Fashion&Beauty Keep Your Jewelry Healthy And You Will By Ron Sayers Feel Better Too. Graduate, Gemologist (GIA) Spring, a time to clean, repair, restore or redesign your existing jewelry. With spring just around the corner you should be preparing for the more active live style the warm weather will bring. It is the perfect time to have your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked for stone security. Most folks are unaware that gold or platinum can wear off of the prong tips on rings and chain links and clasps can become dangerously worn to the point of loss. At least once a week a customer comes to us to supply them with a new diamond for their engagement or wedding band because they forgot to have their jewelry professionally checked for security. How sad to wait on a customer who has lost the diamond they were engaged with, or possibly one that was a cherished gift from a parent or child. At Sayers Jewelers and Gemologists we have a highly trained staff of technicians with state of the art equipment to handle any inspection or repair situation. Our inspections are conducted with the use of high powered gem microscopes which can detect hair line cracks in prongs and ring mountings that can go undetected with ordinary jewelers loupes. We also link these microscopes to monitors so you can see for yourself that your jewelry is either safe to wear or in need of service. And best of all, your jewelry is inspected and cleaned in our ultrasonic cleaners free of charge.

Should you need a simple repair, refinish or complete restoration, all work is done on site with meticulous attention to detail. In the event your jewelry is beyond practical or cost effective repair the gems can be remounted in into new jewelry items. These can be basic solitaire rings or one of our many ring mountings with side diamonds to give your original diamond a new updated look. We have hundreds in stock to choose from and many can be reset for you the same day. Custom one of a kind designs are another option. Sayers has state of the art computer design and manufacturing equipment second to none. We also do the traditional hand carving of the wax models when needed. If you can dream it, we can design and manufacture it especially for you. With over sixty years of experience we know what design factors allow for stone security and longevity of wear coupled with lines that won’t be viewed as out of style next year. We work in platinum or gold, 18k or 14k depending on your choice and the design of the item. We also stock thousands of ready to go jewelry items of all types and prices from some of the world’s other leading designers. So with the money you saved by use of good maintenance you can treat yourself to that new item you have had your eye on. What can you do ? Between visits for professional service you can keep your jewelry looking its best with regular cleaning you can perform yourself. We have many excellent products designed specifically for different types of jewelry and we can also recommend household cleaners you may already have that will work just fine. There is however, no one safe product for every item. What works for diamonds can ruin cultured pearls or turquoise. Think about it, you have a dentist clean your teeth every six months but you still brush them every day yourself to keep them looking their best. Well it’s the same with diamonds, if you don’t clean them often they lose their brilliance then you don’t look your best. Come see us at Sayers Jewelers and Gemologists. We will make you look good and feel good. Testimonial I want to thank you and your employees for always being so helpful and pleasant. I have been a customer of Sayers Jewelers for nearly 60 years. You are “The Best Jewelry Store” in the state and surrounding area. - Mary

February/March 2015


Fashion&Beauty Let Loose And Have Some Fun Did you know that you do not have to purchase High School Senior Portraits from the school photographer? The schools may need the Senior to capture the photo for the yearbook with the contracted school photographer. This will insure that the Senior gets their picture into the yearbook, but other than that, you are free to use any photographer of your choosing especially for the casual and fun portraits. Senior Portraits are a wonderful time to let loose and have some fun. This is a time to show off your Seniors personality and interest of who they are right now during this life changing time of their lives. You should look for a photographer that can work with your Senior to create a session that is tailored around what they love. This will allow you create unique and personalized portraits. Your photographer should be able to take their time capturing them in a variety of outfits and maybe even at several locations in the area. Maybe even travel to the beach or other locations to capture them in their favorite setting and to give them time to relax in front of the camera. Let them show off their pet, sports, and hobbies anything to capture this treasured time in their lives.

Katherine and Cristian Escudero Escudero Photography 302-389-8593

By Katherine and Cristian Escudero Escudero Photography is a husband and wife team dedicated to capturing treasured memories for families in the Delaware area. We specialize in Weddings, High School Senior portraits, and Photo Booth Rental.

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well Designing An Extraordinary 2015 A fresh New Year lies before us and I am curious whether you have taken the time to visualize what 2015 is going to look like for you. Have you reviewed the past year and used what you have learned to create a new vision for next year? How are you hoping to create a magnificent year in your career, business, family and social circles? Life is about recreating yourself and becoming the best version of you. Now is the time to look at how you can do this; and to use the tools you already have, to jump-start your year ahead. I have been reading Robin Sharma’s books as well as his blogs on his website. Much of what he says is so simple and easy to implement. I would love to share some of his steps together with mine, to help you create your own ‘Extraordinary 2015’. 1. Celebration. Which big (or small) wins can you celebrate from the past 12 months? What did you do, that you need to acknowledge and appreciate yourself for? The more you start to recall these amazing achievements the more you will start to become aware of important things you didn’t notice. This is a great way of building your self-confidence and appreciation of all the good things that have happened to you. 2. Education. Ask yourself, what did I learn from the past 12 months? What are the 3 best business lessons I learned that I can use and build onto for this upcoming year? What are my 3 best life lessons that I learned these past 12 months? What did I do to achieve these amazing results?

Use what you have learned as a platform to improve on. There is no need to reinvent the wheel but simply to turn it. Use the resources that you already have. 3. Clarification. Ask yourself, what 5 things must happen in 2015 for it to be my best year ever? These goals are going to be your rudder that will direct you to success. The big 5 will encourage you, drive you, and excite you, to work towards an amazing year. They will distract you away from procrastination and lead you to success. With clarity comes direction and intention. Visualize what this clarity will give you, how you will feel, and what it will look like. 4. Organization. How organized were you last year? What can you do differently to manage your time better? How could you improve your organizational skills for this year? We all have the same number of minutes and hours in a day; the only difference is how you choose to use it. 5. Values. Which 5 values created an amazing 2014 for you? What empowering values do you need to create an extraordinary 2015 for you? What do you stand for? It might be family, health, integrity, adventure, wisdom. It is about committing to that, which is important to you. These values will be the compass for your life. 6. Balance. How balanced was your life last year? What would you do this year to have even more balance? What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing? What do you need to continue doing? “I believe that being successful means having a balance of

success stories across many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles” (Zig Ziglar) 7. Gratitude. Being grateful for you successes from last year opens your heart to more amazing things to come. As Suze Orman says” When you are grateful - when you can see what you have - you unlock blessings to flow in your life” I wish each one of you, a balanced, fulfilled, connecting and successful year ahead.

By Karen Singery Karen Singery is a Transitional Coach who is furthering her studies at The Coaching Institute in Australia. She founded her business Pathways Unlimited and specialises in assisting people who are experiencing or wanting change in their lives, career, wealth, health or relationships. Karen is passionate about helping people to empower themselves, to explore new paths and develop new supporting goals. As a result of this her clients ultimately have clarity, direction and a new lease on life. She has coached clients in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and Australia.

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well Here’s To Your Health This month we will focus on the powerful word; “health.” Being healthy is more than just feeling good. It’s total wellbeing and freedom from disease. As it’s the start of 2015, it’s only natural for us to take inventory of our health and the health of our family. But just as important, we need to help our children to understand and take responsibility of their own health as well. When children are young, parents choose what their children are going to do and eat. As children get older, the responsibility of the physical and nutritional choices shifts to them. Of course, we can still buy nutritious groceries for our homes and encourage the best physical activity here in class, but children aren’t always under the watchful eye of a parent, teacher, or coach! We must encourage them to make positive choices. Interestingly, in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Dec 2011), researchers showed that when parents used stickers to reward their children each time they sampled a disliked vegetable for 12 days, children gave higher ratings to the vegetables-- and were willing to eat more of them. Previous studies (July 2011) also showed that children rated meals unknowingly fortified with pureed vegetables as either OK or yummy. Children can improve or maintain good health through balanced nutrition, daily physical exercise, a good night’s sleep, good hygiene, and steering clear of drugs and smoking. Having powerful character may also contribute to wellness since a clear conscience and a giving spirit always makes us feel good! “Weight” can be a hot button for many children, as they get older. For one thing, while it’s normal and natural for children to put on weight as they go through puberty, their bodies change greatly and some can become uncomfortable. In addition, as children become adolescents, they may become more aware of media messages that glorify “body perfection” and can become more prone to comparing themselves to others. There are actions that everyone can take, regardless of weight, that help to keep us healthy.

Eat foods that nourish the body: Everyone needs to eat a balanced diet that provides such things as lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy items. We can explain to our children that they should eat a variety of natural foods that represent every color in the rainbow. When we eat nutritious foods, we feel energized. Move your body: Children and teens should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This activity should be fun and rewarding! It also should be performed at moderate to vigorous intensity to get the heart pumping and the muscles engaged. Get enough sleep: For many, this is a tall order! Some will claim that homework, stress, extracurricular activities, or a social life is keeping them from getting a full night’s rest. Still, sleep is vital for a healthy body. Children typically need 10-12 hours of sleep per day and teens typically need 8-9 hours per day. A good night’s sleep means greater health and better performance in school!

By Patrick Preece Mr. Preece is the owner and chief instructor of Kaizen Karate Academy. Mr. Preece has been teaching martial arts as his full time profession in the Dover area since 2003. Mr. Preece’s strengths include teaching both youth and adult classes. He says his favorite part about martial arts is teaching leadership skills to a new generation, as well as encouraging families to train together to reach their full potential. 3rd Degree Blackbelt: Tang Soo Do (World Tang Soo Do Association) 4th Degree Blackbelt: Hapkido (World Sin Moo Hapkido Federation) 1st Degree Blackbelt: Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation)

Manage stress: Children and teens need to learn how to manage their stress in positive ways. While some will turn to risky behavior like drug use or extreme dieting, there are many ways that our children can reduce stress to keep themselves healthy. Suggest and model different methods of stress reduction for your child such as talking to an adult or trusted friend, to playing sports or music, to simply taking some time for themselves. We hope that 2015 is a wonderful, healthy year for all of you. Perhaps you can encourage your children to set some “healthy” goals for eating nutritious foods, physical activity, sleep, and healthy stress relievers for this year. This is the perfect time to make important enhancements that can positively influence the health of your family.

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well Cancer Distress Screening: Why Now? Beginning this month, the American College of Surgeons is requiring all cancer centers to assess the level of distress each individual person is having when they come in for their first visit and at crucial points along the treatment trajectory. Why now and why is this important? Previous to the 21st century, cancer centers were not all that concerned about people’s emotional reaction to having cancer. There were, of course, some exceptions but the general feeling was that physical recovery trumped any emotional concerns. If you survived you would be grateful and the emotional response would resolve once survival occurred. People who worked with those who had cancer, in particular social workers, psychologists and nurses would address the issue with people and knew of its importance but were not supported in their efforts to help people deal with the emotional aspects of cancer and cancer treatment. Beginning in the 1970’s research on the emotional concerns of folks with cancer was started and by the

early part of this century most hospitals provided some level of support to those in active treatment. Additionally community organizations began offering these services (the Cancer Support Community, started in 1982, was ahead of the curve!). In 2005 the Institute of Medicine issued the report “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition” that addressed the needs of the then 12 million cancer survivors. Many of these needs were the long term emotional effects of cancer and cancer treatment. The in 2007 the IOM released “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs”. This report stated that “psychosocial issues in cancer care are palpable. Today it is not possible to deliver good quality cancer care without addressing the person’s psychosocial health needs.” From this report, standards of care were developed that included; effective communication between people with cancer and medical providers, identifying psychosocial needs, designing

and implementing a plan that links people to services, coordinates care and engages and supports people in managing their health and illness. Now that the emotional needs of folks with cancer have been identified, the distress caused by cancer will be evaluated at diagnosis and at crucial points along the way: end of treatment, recurrence, etc. It is the responsibility of the agency that does the screening to recommend and refer to help all people with their emotional and psychosocial concerns. The Cancer Support Community has been a leader in providing this support for 30 years. We offer weekly and monthly support groups, programs to reduce stress, programs to educate and emotional support to help you through this challenging time. All of our programs are provided without charge-the cost of cancer are high enough already-please call and get connected to the support that you deserve. In Kent County the number is (302) 734-0898. Ask for Jan Shallcross.


learn share

Presented By Sean M. Hebbel LCSW, OSW-C Sean has been the Program Director for The Cancer Support Community Delaware since its inception in 1996. He has experience working in regional medical centers, university based health systems and community health organizations. From 1986-1996 he maintained a private practice specializing in the emotional support of those with acute and chronic physical and emotional illness. He has been the past President of the Board of Social Work Examiners for the State of Delaware; Past President of the Clinical Social Work Society of Delaware and past Chair of the National Certification Board of the Association of Oncology Social Work and past Treasurer for the Association of Oncology Social Work. He is on the Quality of Life Committee of the Delaware Cancer Consortium. He was the recipient, in 2006, of the Southeastern Region of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Oncology Social Worker of the Year”.

February/March 2015

Support for people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

New Castle County • 4810 Lancaster Pike • Wilmington, DE 19807 302-995-2850 Fax 302-995-0834 Kent County • 812 S. Bradford St. • Dover, DE 19904 302-734-0898 Fax 302-734-4310 Sussex County • 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312 • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-645-9150 Fax 302-645-9160


Living Fit&Well You Are Loved I sit listening to my son play his guitar, as he does every day. I am envious of his obvious passion and total devotion. I wonder what is my passion, where is my excitement? What is it that would wake me up every filled with a sense of passion, purpose and joy? To truly have a zest for life, not this feeling of just getting by, always taking care of the things that need tending to? Surely my life is more than just paying bills, doing housework, going to work, doing what I was told adults do? At a loss for the answers to those questions, and more than a little upset, I sit down at the computer to type out my frustration. I put to words all the sadness, anger and disappointment that I am feeling. Once those feelings are released, answers and insight come flooding in, with messages far different than my own thoughts. I decide to go with the flow of what I am receiving and type it out. The insight that I am receiving fills me with such indescribable joy, love and understanding. I begin to understand that what I have been looking for has been right inside me the whole time, my authentic self. The “me” that wants to wake up and express joy, passion, peace, gratitude to everyone that she encounters,

starting where it always does first, with the self. The true me, the me stripped of excuses, of walls, of blocks, of reasons not to be my true self. Removed of all the yeah, but.... There was a belief formed long ago that you cannot be you. That is what needs to be pruned, that love that you once had for you, needs to be felt and experienced by you. That you were not perfect as you are, that you must be something else to get love. It is time to change your definition, time to understand your perfection. It is what you came here to do: live, experience, create from perfection, from love. To do otherwise is impossible for there is only love and perfection. As you get the understanding, you feel that love and compassion for everyone, including yourself. You see the insanity of that original lie that all of you are all living at the moment. Trying to be or do what you can to get love, blaming others when you don’t get it, when all the while you are the love you are looking for. My dear, it was all love, and love cannot be defined. EVERYTHING. It was only your perception that it was not love that has caused you so much suffering. You get to choose how you want to experience it, conscious and aware or by default. There is no right or wrong answer, and as you decide, in every moment you will be supported and guided. Whatever experience you need or desire magically shows up. When you are conscious and aware, you see that, you notice how you are always supported in every way. Understand that you will be provided for,

you always have, always will be. There is no other way. You have seen many examples of this in your own life. The yard sale where you find the exact decorations you were looking for, the picture that you happened to be able to afford that reminds you of your purpose, the book that perfectly addresses your current concerns, the unexpected money that allows you to take care of a pressing financial matter, the phone call from a loved one when you are feeling down. You are not alone, not now, not ever. You begin to live life from that place of gratitude, serenity and bliss, for you understand it is truly ALL good. It is ALL here for YOU. Look how the stars shine for YOU, songs are written for YOU, movies are made for YOU, the sun shines for YOU, and all creation is for YOU. YOU are loved that much. This is where you tap into your passion, your purpose, for the experience of all that life has to offer IS your purpose, not one singular experience. You feel the awe for all of life, nothing is taken for granted, from the simplest form to the most complex, it is all perfection manifested. YOU are loved always an in all ways.

By Ann Darwicki, RN, CPC Ann Darwicki is a Certified Professional Life Coach who completed her training at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She is the owner and founder of Whole Being Coaching, specializing in coaching caregivers and nurses to live the life of their dreams. Prior to becoming a life coach, Ann obtained an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Delaware Technical & Community College. She has 22 years of nursing experience caring for women and children, with a life-long affinity for holistic medicine. Ann is a Reiki Practitioner and an outspoken advocate for both people and the environment, focusing on the environment’s impact on human health. She is a Nurse Luminary, a founding member and current chair of Delaware Nurses Association’s ad-hoc group Nurses Healing our Planet, and has been a Delaware Clean Air Ambassador. She is also a freelance writer. Ann can be reached at 302-750-0574 or by email at

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well New Year. New You.

Take time, Make your health a priority

By Lisa Torbert, MS, CADC, the root of the Owner, QRA Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, pH testing, problem! Real Healing! Strong Nutritional healing

and management is a ersonal body weight loss ct science, with no delicate balance and an imperfe now! Learn the single, universal solution—until for any weight loss essential are main components that toxic foods from ing eliminat plan and good health— find new weight and chapters your diet! Peruse these in other weight loss books. loss solutions not discussed



n atio










Hormon e Balance




e Dig




en Adr

Lisa Heather Torbert

of Heather’s Holistic Lisa Heather Torbert is owner She is also a hypnotherapist, Health in Dover, Delaware. r. She holds a master’s QRA specialist, and yoga instructo ng and, by natural degree in community counseli of excess weight while means, lost thirty-five pounds of eighteen illnesses, simultaneously curing herself algia, hair loss, Lyme disease, including vertigo, fibromy 2 diabetes, adrenal fatigue, RLS, Epstein Barr, type heart arrhythmia, and IBS.


T ox i n s

odds are you are having If you are female and fifty, It has nothing to do with a middle-age meltdown. , and everything to do calorie consumption and exercise which are shutting toxins, with a lifetime of ingested It’s time to stop the blame down your immune system. the tools to help you on game and arm yourself with weight loss. Purge your home your road to recovery and detox your body. And shed of its poisons. Learn how to never go away! those pounds you thought would

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Supplements the REALLY WORK! Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) is P a unique, highly T ox i n s effective testing of the bio-energetic status of the body’s key organs Start your New Year off Right and glands. The Detox… Get rid of Toxins and practitioners use Lose weight specific testing Try Our Juice Cleanse - Try our techniques to completely raw and unpasteurized Lisa Heather Torbert identify hidden cold pressed juice with all live infections that enzymes. 3 Day Juice Cleanse can Now Available on Amazon may be causing eliminate built up toxins from your ill health from body, leaving you feeling healthier interference sites from traumas, surgeries, and lighter. You will receive 18 bottles improper eating habits, stress, etc. Your of green juice and instructions for $195. body will actually pick the supplements it When you are green on the inside you needs to restore your health. are clean on the inside. You must prepay for juice cleanses and must be ordered 4 Colon hydrotherapy - is a gentle, natural days in advance. Call for details. method of washing long-term wastes from the entire colon. Virtually everyone Detox Your Body, Boost Your Immune has these built-up wastes in their colon, System especially from eating processed foods, Ionic Foot Bath - $50 - Remove toxins foods with preservative, pesticides and through your feet. Learn which organs are the chemicals and hormones that are detoxing added to many of our foods. Colon Hot Yoga – $60 for six sessions - Sweat hydrotherapy is not painful or dangerous. it out and remove toxins through your skin Research shows that we carry within their bodies anywhere from 10 Zyto – FREE - Place your hand in the to 50 pounds of accumulated cradle and let the machine reveal your toxic materials. Some aliments vitamin and supplement deficiencies. which may be relieved by colon hydrotherapy are allergies, Colon Hydrotherapy - $125 cleans and colitis, low back pain, halitosis, flushes out toxins embedded in the colon. arthritis, constipation, headaches, indigestion, and lack of energy Detox Supplements - RenaVen (kidney) are just to name a few. ImmunoND (lymphatic drainage) Max B (whole body detox) Liver ND and Reishi Yoga – A hour of Peace every (Liver detoxes) Galactin, Cleanse Premier week, stretch out those aches and and HCL (digestive detox), Chem Detox pains, increase flexibility, with our (chemical detox) Detox ND (whole body gentile beginner yoga classes, hot detox), ParaStat – Parasite detox yoga, teen yoga and senior yoga. Call for our class hours. Massage Therapy - $70 Remove lactic acid from the muscles with all forms of Acupuncture – Reduce and heal massage pain, Allergies, Sinus, Strengthen immune system, Hormone Medi Body Bath - $15 Foot Bath, mineral balance, Helps with almost any formula and cleansing for the Whole Body dis-ease or illness. Acupuncture QRA Testing – Tired of feeling Sick? Loss can be a very helpful treatment of energy? Hormone imbalance? Weight for many health conditions Gain? This test will find deficiencies – including addictions. It can help thyroid, pancreas, liver, uterus and get to ease cravings, reduce stress, Toxic


February/March 2015


and detoxify the liver. It can help with addictions can include but not be limited to: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and food addictions (sugar, chocolate and carbohydrates). Hypnotherapy Hypnosis is a powerful, proven program which taps into the power of the sub-conscious mind. You can re-program your sub-conscious to help you change your behaviors, give you motivation to change and help with cravings. Hypnosis can help you lose weight, stop smoking, reduce or eliminate drugs and alcohol, public speaking, pain control, energy and self-confidence. Weight Loss Supplements Lean Advantage – Advanced weight management support – Green Coffee and Green tea Trim Body Whey – Green Coffee Bean – Add to your shake, excellent source of protein Nitro 7 - Amino acids for optimal muscle support and exercise performance (take before your workout) ThyroVen – thyroid support to help aid in hormone support Max B and Green Tea ND – help rejuvenate immune function, provides instant energy

Heather’s Holistic Health

302-678-3433 1169 Walker Rd Dover, DE, 19904

Enroll in our yoga and belly dancing classes

Massage: Unwind and relax Warm Stone  Pregnancy


Deep Tissue


 

Warm Bamboo  Couples Massage Swedish

Spa: Pamper yourself with beauty 

Spa Packages

 

 Manicures Facial Microdermabrasion  Bronzing






Body Wraps

Holistic: Connect mind, body & spirit Acupuncture  QRA Testing

Hypnotherapy  Chiropractic  Colon hydrotherapy  Ear Candling 


Living Fit&Well Regular Exercise Develops Strength, Flexibility And Balance

An old adage about an ounce of prevention being better than a pound of cure is attributed to several sources. Regardless of who said it first, the quotation has some validity. People who take time to exercise regularly and properly are usually stronger, happier and healthier than those who just talk about it.

Lessons learned from Pilates practice carry over into lifestyle

We’re now into 2015, a new year, new beginnings, but the New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and eat properly may have been tossed along with the holiday wrapping paper. Many people make those resolutions based on a desire to see an ideal number when they step on the scale. In doing so, they set themselves up for disappointment and failure. Making resolutions without a specific plan or guide in order to reach a numeric goal sets up an opportunity for an easy out the first time there’s a missed workout or unwise food choice. When that happens, the best and most noble of intentions fall by the proverbial wayside. For better success in keeping the 2015 resolutions, try articulating exactly what fitness means and developing a plan for how you will move toward that goal. After all, fitness is not just a three or six-month program; it’s a way of life. Fitness is not about deprivation. It is a lifestyle that incorporates and develops strength, flexibility and balance in the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person’s life. It’s a process that takes commitment, and some people find it difficult to believe that exercise can be

equally fun and beneficial. People who practice Pilates learn that mind/ body connection because there are obvious links that fit people recognize and respect. Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates, embraced early on by the dance community, and one that has survived the test of time since its creation in the early 20th century. The Pilates system is a series of exercises that develops spinal mobility, strengthens the body’s core, encourages body awareness and simultaneously increases flexibility as well. Pilates’ exercises can be performed on studio apparatus or on a mat, often using small apparatus, such as balls or rings. Each exercise demands concentration and control. Pilates requires attention to details, and as individuals become more proficient in the practice, an experienced personal trainer has the skills to make the exercises more challenging. An often overlooked bonus that accompanies the practice of Pilates is that clients may notice their posture has improved or that that they are able to take the focus they’ve learned during a training session off the mat and into the rest of their lives. Developing a strong core and flexible spine are other benefits of Pilates that also serve as injury and fall prevention. Pilates’ exercises definitely work the entire body.

Wondering where to start? Feeling somewhat intimidated? Why not rely on the expertise of a trainer qualified to guide you through these exercises on the apparatus? The one-on-one relationship offers individualized support and the instruction you’ll need to understand the basics of this reliable exercise system that benefits mind and body.

By Nancy Hawkins Rigg Founder and Owner, Forever Fit Foundation Nancy Hawkins Riggs is the founder and owner of Forever Fit Foundation, a personal training business specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yamuna Body Rolling and sport specific training. Forever Fit Foundation accepts clients at three sites: Dover and Lewes, Del., and Mendenhall Station, Pa., just over the Delaware line. A certified athletic trainer, she earned her bachelors degree from the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in exercise science and sports medicine from Miami University in Ohio. Please call (302) 423-1816 or (302) 698-5201 to schedule an appointment for more information.

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well How To Solve Any Problem In 3 Simple Steps Let’s face it, not everything always works out. We have all been there: thwarted plans, unmet expectations, failed resolutions, broken promises, fallen goals. Life would not be complete if we never faced any problems. This fact of life does not have to be full of pain and suffering though.

with our emotions and the finer details of our own personal history that we fail to fully recognize what the problem is. Instead of focusing on blame, revenge or anguish, I encourage you to fully identify what is wrong. State it simply and plainly. You will need this clarity and perspective to move forward.

The difference between happy, selfrealized people and those stuck in a loop of chaos and despair is the ability to solve life’s problems. Learning how to resolve problems is not a secret, innate ability. I honestly believe that each of us has the potential to create positive, healthful solutions to transcend the problems in our lives.


I have condensed the ability to solve any problem into 3 very simple steps. Mastering this process is an important lesson for anyone on a truly spiritual life path. It will revolutionize the way you handle stress in your life, enacting great and powerful changes that you may have previously thought impossible.


Identify the problem The fact that you are experiencing emotional upset is actually a good thing! Anger, fear and sadness are not useless, damaging emotions. Your emotional body is sending a clear signal that there is a problem. You are receiving this signal loud and clear. Now is not the time to get hung up on drama, retelling the story to anyone who will listen and venting on social media. As soon as you feel yourself in the array of these negative emotions, take time to identify what the problem really is. Often, we are so hurt, confused and distracted

Accept responsibility Now that you know what the problem is, the next step is quite obviously to fix it. Resolving any issue always starts by accepting responsibility. You must admit that you have as much a part to play in the unfolding of your life as anyone else. I know this recognition sounds scary, unfair or quite possibly just wrong. Sometimes we are the victim. Sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. Sometimes we don’t want to admit that we are wrong. Like it or not, you always have a stake—one for which you are responsible. Learning to see the bigger picture and to see yourself more plainly is a skill that takes practice. It does take work to be able to identify your part in the problem. This can be a tough pill to swallow, going against our cultural and social norms, but the medicine is potent, honest and transformational. Think back to sage advice you’ve received and surely you will see that you were directed in this manner. The good news is that if you helped create the problem, you also have the power to resolve it. Accepting responsibility is actually about reclaiming your power. Once you realize the potential of this admission, you will more fully stand in your own humanity.


Make a change holistically You cannot go back into time and get a redo. That thing that happened cannot be changed. But, now that you have accepted responsibility for your part, you can make a change today in your behaviors, thoughts, reactions and attitude. Change always takes us out of the comfort zone; that’s why it can be so difficult to do. The best support you have in making these changes is to work holistically. A holistic approach offers you many ways to support your growth. No matter what the original problem was, tools like diet, exercise, spiritual work, essential oils, etc. can all help. Start somewhere, no matter how small, and the tangled mess of your problem will surely unravel. May I also remind you that you need not undergo this process alone. I help people every day to undergo these steps to solve their problems. Kaya Wellness & Yoga offers a broad range of shamanic healing, energy work, massage and yoga needed for a holistic approach to your wellness goals. I invite you to call or e-mail to get our help in making a change today.

Save $5 off any yoga class!

By Nate Metz The Green Shaman

For Appointments: 302-227-3450 info@

43A Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach

302 - 227 - 3450

For Information:

February/March 2015


Living Fit&Well Common Fitness Myths Debunked With all the attention being placed on exercising and being healthy, it’s no wonder so many people are confused about what to do, what works, what doesn’t work, what to eat, what not to eat, and so on. We’ve all heard these stories or should I say myths about exercise and proper nutrition from experts, so call experts, and fitness enthusiasts. I’m a firm believer that experience is the best teacher and after a long career and life in health and fitness, I am confident about the information I’m going to give you about some of the most common fitness myths. 1. Lifting Weights Will Give Women Muscles: Having huge muscles takes a specific combination of weight training, cardiovascular work, proper nutrition, and a hormone called Testosterone that women don’t have enough of. Women can definitely get stronger from lifting weights, but without a very high Testosterone level it is almost impossible for them to achieve huge hulking muscles like a man or a bodybuilder. 2. “Ab Machines” and “Crunches” Will Get Rid of Your Belly Fat: “Ab Machines” and doing crunches will help strengthen your abdominal muscles, but to get rid of that belly and see definition you must first lower your overall body fat percent. Spot reduction does not work! You can’t pick and choose the areas where you want to burn fat. In order to do so your workout must consist of strength training, cardiovascular work, and most important proper nutrition. You can do crunches and the “Ab Machine” until you are blue in the face, but without a well-rounded exercise and nutrition program, you are simply wasting your valuable time.

4. No Pain, No Gain: We’ve all heard the old saying “No pain, no gain”. It is completely normal to experience a certain degree of pain 24-48 hours after working out (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS), but feeling pain while you are working out is a different story, especially if the pain is in the joint area and not the muscle. If you are experiencing pain while working out you might have an injury. “Safety First” is a good rule of thumb, so if you are experiencing unnecessary or excruciating pain, you are doing something wrong or you may have an injury. If it hurts, stop, rest and ice the area. If the pain does not go away, then go see a doctor.

part 1

is educating yourself and deciphering fact from fiction and opinions. Remember to look for the last 4 common myths in the April issue of the Kent County Women’s Journal.

These are the first 4 of some of the most common myths that I have heard being in the fitness profession. The bottom line is you can’t always believe what you hear, you must do your research. Being healthy and fit is a process and part of the process

By Orville C. Barnes

Orville C. Barnes is the founder, owner, and intellectual property behind RESULTS Personal Training and Fitness. A New York City based Fitness Professional and Personal Trainer, Orville opened RESULTS Personal Training and Fitness in April 2013. Orville inspires his clients with his constant philosophy, “Adopt fitness as a lifestyle.” With over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and a background in numerous sports and competitive bodybuilding, Orville has helped numerous individuals from all walks of life achieve optimal health. Orville holds numerous national certifications, specialty certifications, and is a certified youth fitness coach. Orville’s clients include celebrities, models, actors, dancers, professional and amateur athletes, corporate executives, kids, blue collar workers, physically challenged individuals, and many more. Orville believes that with hard work, discipline, determination, commitment, and a burning desire, anyone with the proper guidance can achieve their health and fitness goals as well as improve their quality of life.

3. If You Are Not Sweating, You Are Not Working Hard Enough: So many people believe this and it is so far from the truth. Sweating is not a good indicator of working hard. Sweating is simply the body’s way of cooling itself off. You could be sweating for several other reasons (high core temperature, poor circulation, an over-heated room, or illness). You can burn a significant amount of calories without breaking a sweat. In fact, you can burn more calories exercising in cooler temperatures, because your body has to work harder to stay warm and maintain body temperature.

February/March 2015


People in Profile Seth Correll Tim, Father Lesley, Mother Cole and Molly, Siblings Lesley and Tim were very excited to welcome their new baby boy into the world. Lesley had a perfect pregnancy and normal delivery. The next morning they were basking in the enjoyment of their new little family. “The pediatrician came in to do his normal routine. He looked at me and said ‘He has a murmur’. The next few moments went in a frenzy. They took his pulse ox and rushed him to the NICU. I wasn’t even allowed to go see him. Waiting and Waiting My mind was racing. What was going on?” Lesley said. She was finally allowed down to the NICU where a tornado of physicians greeter her and Tim to explain that Seth needed a 3-part surgery or he would not survive. “You go from thinking you have this perfect, healthy baby to finding out that he is very, very sick, “Lesley said through tears. At 4 days old, Seth had his first open heart surgery. After only two weeks more he needed the second surgery, but was not recovering. The worst news any parent could hear, little Seth had a heart attack. He needed a heart transplant. The roller coaster ride was just beginning. “Tim and I knew what that meant. It meant that someone else had to lose their child in order to save ours. We struggled with the decision to put him on the donor list. Tim was completely my rock. He held it together for us. After a lot of talks, prayer and crying on the bathroom floor, two weeks after the news came, we put Seth on the transplant list. We were not allowed to touch him, he couldn’t bear any stimulation. I was laying on the hospital bed when the call came. There was a heart. The team went to get it from Virginia while the team here got him ready. We sat there waiting. I remember vividly them coming out and telling us they had taken his heart out of his chest. WOW. That is surreal. Then they came back his new heart was in. It began beating right away. It needed no help. It just started beating. The first time I saw him after surgery, he was pink. He has never been pink before” Lesley cried with joy. Recovery was a long road, in and out of the hospitals. Then, another miracle through Facebook. A woman contacted a friend of the family and was asking about a boy who had received a heart. Amazing! This was Seth’s donor heart’s mother. The two families has since met and connected and share a very special bond. Lesley and Tim were a young couple when Seth was born, but have maintained their love and built a strong marriage even after all the hardship and adversity they have faced. They went on to have two more children Cole and Molly. Looking at Seth now, you would never know he has ever been anything but healthy. Seth is full of energy and life. I asked Lesley if she had any advice for me as I sympathize with her as a parent. “Just live life. Never take it for granted. Appreciate all you have.”

Ellie Willow-Rose Everton Mara Elizabeth Everton Reid Everton, big brother I was so happy and blessed to welcome our third child into our lives on September 9, 2010. She was welcomed home by her big brother, Reid and big sister, Mara. We knew very early on that Ellie was different than the other two and needed additional care. She seemed very sickly, but I were not able to get a correct diagnosis for her health issues. After continuing to pursue medical answers, Ellie was successfully diagnosed with non-compaction, dilated cardiomyopathy on November 26, 2010. I struggled to get her the medical help that she needed at the tender age of 8 weeks and finally she was transferred to AI DuPont Hospital for children in Wilmington, Delaware. Ellie struggled with maintaining life for her first few weeks. She had dropped below her birth weight, had a dry, unproductive cough, no appetite or urine output and no energy to sustain her own life. The day after our first Thanksgiving with her, we took her to the hospital and were faced with the sort of news that no parent ever wants to hear. Our daughter was dying and would need to a heart transplant to continue life. She was resuscitated that night after she was life flighted to Wilmington and attended to by the surgeons there. I struggled with the reality of all of the information that we were receiving so quickly. Within seven days of being admitted into the cardiac intensive care unit, Ellie was listed at the top of the transplant list for a new heart. I faced our new reality and split our time between living in the hospital and living in the Ronald McDonald House. On January 5, 2011 we received the news that we had been patiently waiting to hear; a heart was available for our girl. This news was received with joy and sadness. Our daughter was getting a viable chance at life. Another family was losing their child and making a great sacrifice so that ours could live. All the wires were disconnected and I was able to carry her to the OR and place her into the arms of the surgeon. Her life was now in their hands. The surgery was successful and after several severe bouts with rejection and medication issues, our girl was released from the hospital on February 14, 2011. Her first two years were very tumultuous and plagued with many hospital stays and testing, but recently she has been doing very well and enjoying being a bubbly, outgoing 4 year old. She was even able to start preschool this past fall and is flourishing. She loves being little sister and playing with her iPad. We will be eternally grateful to our donor family who made the great decision of organ donation so that our Ellie could live. Just like little sister Ellie, Mara also carries the genetic markers for heart disease. She was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and depressed heart function in 2012. She is currently undergoing additional testing and continued monitoring so that the doctors can formulate her treatment plan. Mara is an outgoing 8 year old, who enjoys school, Legos, running and riding her rip stick.

February/March 2015


Food&Fun Mentalism Mentalism is not one thing. It is a canopy of belief and disbelief. It is a road that is filled with amazing sites to see. It is magic at its purest, in my opinion. When all the props of the entertainer are taken away what is left? The entertainer, of course. Mentalism creates moments where before there existed none. Hypnosis, clairvoyance, remote viewing, mind reading and “predicting the future” are all facets of mentalism. I can even create a connection where an audience member is touched and another physically feels it. When I perform on stage I preface my show with “We are all connected by an invisible thread of life. No matter who you are or what you do we are all connected.” Within my show I perform feats of the mind – YOUR mind -- that would leave you questioning what you perceive as reality. What IS real and what you PERCIEVE to be real are two very different things. I use individuals in my audience who are unknown to me for demonstrations in “psychic” ability and have a lot of fun doing it. I do not utilize “props” in the traditional sense. I do not have large stage boxes with hidden compartments. I do not use people that are “in on the trick” in my audiences. I make it a point to make my show about you, my audience. Without you my show cannot be successful. In order to prove that we are all connected I must make it about you. Therefore, no one in the audience knows who will share the stage with me next. This also allows for the audience, as a whole to experience the show on a large scale while the individual on stage to enjoy it on a more personal level. There are no camera tricks with what I do. But don’t be mistaken, there is some illusion in what I do from

time to time. I have to be entertaining after all. A good friend of mine, Charlie Joseph, said to me during our discussion while writing my first book, “[Mentalism] is an art to me. It’s an art of creating mystery and fooling what the eye is seeing and the mind is telling you is just impossible to have happened” (Conceptual Misdirections – A discussion between modern day mindbenders). I leave it up to my audience to decide for themselves what they think is real and what is not. Testimonials “All I can say is WOW! I’m really perceptive, or at least I used to be until I met Dan Cain. He is the man!” -Myron Golden, International Best Selling Author “I just can’t believe he could do that! How does he get that done? I’m going to be thinking about it all night!” -Curt Meyers, President of Fulton Bank “We just had Dan Cain speak at our event. He’s the most amazing illusionist! What he did was MIND BLOWING!” -Mike Schlegel, Founder of Nature Rich

to read body language delighted and mystified the group -- and me! Though he had the group transfixed, what stood out most was his ability to bond with each individual. I recommend him for ANY event. He teaches while he entertains.” -Dave Skocik, President at PR Delaware LLC Dan Cain’s show was great! Everyone enjoyed it and we are still amazed at some of the things he did. Very fun and entertaining!! -Heather Hughes, CIC Executive Director, Marine and Marketing – Louisiana

“Dan presented his skills as a mentalist to a group of retired executives in a class I hosted. His slight of hand and ability

By The Mentalist Dan Cain Dan Cain, the owner of Cain Illusions, LLC is an experienced and seasoned Corporate Entertainer and close-up illusion artist. For over a decade he has confounded audiences with the art of Mentalism. His demonstrations include experiments of that sixth sense, closeup illusions, and comedic relief. He is the only person in the history of Mentalism that predicted with 100% accuracy the winning team, final score, and specific highlight of Super Bowl 46 – THREE MONTHS before the game and donated all proceeds raised to the Children’s Miracle Network John’s Hopkins Children Center. For availability at your next event contact: or (302) 526-7910.

February/March 2015





YOUR WISH IS ABOUT TO COME TRUE No, there is still no tooth fairy Money still doesn’t grow on trees BUT There ‘s an organization designed for you

Support Small Business Purchase gift certificates redeemable at many participating businesses. Visit our website and request products or services FREE through our online NEED NEED--A-SERVICE PROGRAM

Supporting small business owners creates a better local economy.

Over 72 FREE EVENTS statewide Work with business owners and decision makers.


February/March 2015


Business&Finance How To Build Your Email List With Pinterest Are you a business owner who would like to build a quality email list using social media? If yes, than Pinterest is a social media platform that can help you build a quality email list? There are still some business owners out there asking the question: Why do I need an email list? The purpose of an email list is not to fill your customers’ inbox with content they don’t need. As a business owner, you should create an email campaign with a purpose. You should build an email list because email campaigns are still one of the best ways to getting your ideal customer to buy your products or services. Furthermore, a quality email list will give you, the business owner, a chance to cost effectively reconnect with your email subscribers in the future.

By Drew Kennedy

to cook one of your specialty dishes, in exchange for an email address. Who wouldn’t like to know how to cook one of your specialty dishes? I know I would. Create Pins with Videos Create content that can offer your customers valuable information in the form of a video. Studies have shown that 75 percent of consumers look at a website after viewing the video. So, as a business owner, it would make sense to create pin with a video about your business or a topic related to your services. So, if you are asking the question, “How can I capture email addresses from my Pins on Pinterest? You are on the right track. It’s important to have your Pins connected to a landing page that will allow your subscribers to opt-in to your email list. TAKE ACTION TODAY

If you are a business owner that doesn’t have a quality email list, I highly recommend you build one immediately. If executed properly, social media platforms can be used as an effective tool to help build a quality email list. When using Pinterest as a way to obtain email addresses, always remember to create Pins that are of value to your customers.

So, if you are asking the question, “How can I use Pinterest to get email address that will turn into customers?” You are on the right track. There are numerous ways to grow a quality list. I will only focus on a few in this article. As you are Pinning for emails on Pinterest always remember to... Create Pins That Are Rich in Value Create Offers In order to get email addresses from your ideal customer, you must create offers in pins on that are of value to your customers shopping experience. Offer a coupon, with an expiration date, to your customers in exchange for their email address. Share a Pin That Your Customer Can Use Enhance their pinning experience by sharing a helpful tip, or checklist related to your product or service. If you give your ideal customer a Pin he or she can use after they leave your board, he or she will thank you for it later.

Subscribe to my Podcast “THE DELMARVA BUSINESS EXPERIENCE WITH DREW KENNEDY” on February 14th, 2015

Create Pins That Are Informative Create pins that can offer your customer valuable information. For example, if you are a Restaurant Owner it would make sense for you to share a recipe on how

February/March 2015


Business&Finance The Network Of Choice For The Premier Businesses In Central Delaware The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) has been the little Chamber that has seen successes of a much, much larger Chamber. Nearly 1 year ago, the CDCC received a 5 star status from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for holding the highest level of standards to members. At this time, the CDCC is the only Chamber in Delaware to be accredited through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The CDCC is celebrating with their members for reaching 1,005 members, accomplishing a 20-year goal of reaching 1,000 members! This little Chamber that could has become the little Chamber that DID! When the goal was set an incentive was put into place to thank those businesses joining and those members that were referring businesses to join. The incentive was free membership to the CDCC for those selected for the 2016 year. The CDCC announced those who were drawn as the winners. In the new member category: receiving one year of free dues for the 2016 year is Jessica Moyer of Cure SMA; receiving one year of free dues for the 2016 year for referring new businesses for membership is: Troy Adams of Mountain Consulting, Inc. “The CDCC continues to be Kent County’s most needed network for

business,” said Tammy Ordway, Chairman of the CDCC Board of Directors. “What business wouldn’t want to belong to an organization that continues to challenge themselves in setting and achieving goals?” The CDCC acknowledges the tremendous effort to achieve this goal put forth by Deborah Edwards, the Director of Membership Services for the CDCC. Deborah started with the CDCC in 2012 and has continued to grow the membership at a rapid rate. “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone of 1,000 members. We want to thank all of our members who helped us get here, and I want to reassure all 1,005 of our members that our focus is on offering more programs that will add even more value to them,” said CDCC President, Judy Diogo, who has been with the CDCC for 10 years. With a 10 month Leadership program, a FREE business development program, a whopping 73 networking events a year, AND a strong presence legislatively in all areas of government, the CDCC is @ the center of it all for their members!

By Heather L. Patosky Director of Communications Heather Patosky started her education at Delaware Tech, where she earned two Associate’s degrees in general business and marketing. She continued her education at Wilmington University and earned a Bachelor’s in business management. Heather’s career at the chamber will allow members and staff to fully communicate to help the chamber and its members grow. Heather enjoys spending her time with family and friends. If you are interested in joining the CDCC, feel free to call at (302) 734-7513 or visit us at

The Central Delaware of Commerce is the network of choice for the premier business in Central Delaware!

CDCC Staff and Board of Directors celebrate reaching 1,000 members. (Photo credit Dave Chambers of the Delaware State News)

February/March 2015


Business&Finance Be My Valentine If you’re giving away your heart, make sure it’s healthy!

“If you take this heart of mine, you will be my Valentine …”

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and romantics throughout the nation have hearts and flowers on their minds. Perhaps it’s only appropriate that February is also American Heart Month. After all, when giving away your heart, it’s only polite to make sure your gift is working properly! About 715,000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and another 600,000 die of heart disease. That’s one out of every four deaths, making heart disease the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women. Treatment is also expensive, totaling $312.6 billion per year in health care services, medications and lost productivity.1 Steps to a healthier heart: The good news is that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is not only preventable but controllable. Here are eight things employees can do to improve their heart health:

pharmacy or at a doctor’s office.

5. Stop smoking, because cigarettes are a major risk factor. 6. Limit alcohol consumption because alcohol increases blood pressure. 7. Have cholesterol levels checked by a doctor at least once every five years. 8. Manage diabetes by closely monitoring blood sugar. Other keys to attaining heart health include getting enough rest and limiting stress. The American Heart Association says stress “may affect behaviors and factors that are proven to increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.”2

1. Eat a diet that includes fresh foods and vegetables, as well as foods that are low in saturated fat and trans-fat and high in fiber. Limiting salt or sodium can lower blood pressure.

Easing stress with the right insurance coverage One thing for certain is that employees who’ve experienced heart-related illnesses don’t need the additional stress of worrying about how they’ll pay for medical treatment. Voluntary insurance can go a long way toward helping them put money fears aside in favor of what’s important – and that’s getting well. Three key insurance policies that can help alleviate financial concerns are:

2. Maintain a healthy weight, because being overweight or obese can increase the risk of heart disease.

» Specified health event, which pays cash benefits for covered events as policyholders concentrate on recovery.

3. Exercise regularly. Physical activity not only helps workers maintain a healthy weight, it can also lower cholesterol.

» Hospital confinement indemnity, which pays out-of-pocket benefits associated with a covered hospital stay.

4. Monitor blood pressure at home, at a

» Short-term disability, which helps pay

bills such as the monthly mortgage or rent, child care, utility bills and car payments while a policyholder is unable to work. Let’s be real: A voluntary insurance policy isn’t the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. It certainly can’t replace candy, flowers or a romantic dinner. But when it comes to showing your Valentine you’re in it for the long term, taking care of your heart and helping protect your financial security with appropriate insurance coverage are great ways to show you care. Sources 1 American Heart Association, “Heart disease and stroke statistics – 2013 update,” accessed Nov. 22, 2013 - http:// The American Heart Association, “Stress and Heart Health,” accessed Nov. 22, 2013 - Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/ Stress-and-HeartHealth_UCM_437370_ Article.jsp 2

Shari Sack An Independent Associate Representing Aflac Cell: 302.745.6939

By Sharon Sack Sharon (Shari) Sack was born in Fort Riley, Kansas. As a military brat she experienced moves from California to Panama, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Germany. Along the way, her family gained five younger siblings. Twenty years ago she chose to make Kent County, Delaware her home. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Old Dominion University. She and her husband work together as an Associate Health Insurance Producer and Benefits Consultant for AFLAC. She does community volunteer work and is a proud member of the Travel Hag women’s group, which meets monthly on the Eastern Shore to go on a fun Travel Hag Adventure. Her children and grandchildren provide a great deal of joy in her life.

February/March 2015


Business&Finance Preparing Your Home For Sale carpeting and drapes to eliminate smoke and pet odors. Change bed linens and towels regularly. Keep windows open and pets outside as much as possible. Light scented candles or simmer apples, cloves and cinnamon on the stove an hour before prospective buyers arrive. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN.

A house that is extra clean makes a powerful first impression. Don’t forget to look in places you might ignore: smudges on light switch plates or dust on baseboards. Give extra attention to your kitchen and bathrooms, since these are most important to buyers.

Have you prepared you home for potential buyers? Here are some essential house tips…whether its winter or summer…that are sure to help make your home look its best.

like beige or cream help sell your house, even though they may not fit your aesthetic sensibilities. Paint to sell.


BED AND BATH. Replace shower


your home is, the larger it will seem. Wash your windows and screens to let in more light. Repair or replace dingy, torn or sagging screens. Use higher wattage light bulbs to make rooms brighter, especially in basements. When your home is shown or when you hold an open house, make sure all lights are on and all curtains are open. GET RID OF ODORS. Steam clean your

Yvonne Hall direct 677-1300 Cell 302-423-0223 KW Main Office 302-677-0020 1671 South State St. Dover, DE 19901


examine inside and out, and smell for offensive odors. Ask a trusted friend to join you. Make note of any quick fixes to be made. make rooms feel more spacious, remove excess and oversized furniture. Consider rearranging remaining furniture to visually expand rooms. Clean and organize your closets, garage, cabinets and pantry. Also, remove or hide items like family photographs, knick-knacks and toiletries. Let the potential buyers imagine the space as their own.

Yvonne has been in the Real Estate Business since 1985 gives her excellent knowledge of every aspect of the Kent County Market. She has specialized in Historic Homes, Land sales and New Construction as well as existing home sales. Meeting her buyers and sellers needs is very important to her and her relationship doesn’t end with the sale.


kitchen put out a bowl of citrus fruit. Run a sliced lemon through garbage disposal before showings or open house. Set the dining table with tablecloth and best china and crystal. Leave bottled water for potential buyers.

TOUR YOUR HOME. Critique your house:

Presented by Yvonne Hall Keller Williams Realty Central DE

curtains and liners for a fresh look and “new smell”. Put car wax on sinks and tubs to get a glossy sheen. GIVE THE EXTERIOR A FACELIFT. Boost

curb appeal with clean gutters, swept walkway, power wash siding, sidewalks, deck and driveway.


light fixture, install a new lockset and kickplate, and buy new house numbers. INSTALL A NEW MAILBOX. If your

mailbox is old and faded, take the time to replace it. WINTER HOUSE TIPS. With inclement

weather and shorter days, winter isn’t the ideal time for house hunting. Create a warm and inviting atmosphere to sell during more frigid months.

February/March 2015



snow, mud and puddles from all walkways and driveways. WARM UP YOUR HOME. Set the temperature at a comfortable level. If you have a fireplace, light a fire (if possible). OUTDOORS. Add a wind chime, birdbath

or doormat to make your outdoor space more enticing.

There are many things that can make showing your home successful. Your hard work will be noticed. For information on selling or buying a home contact Yvonne Hall DIRECT at 677-1300 or cell 302-423-0223. KW Main Office line is 302-677-0020

Business&Finance Mortgage Matters Happy New Year! 2015 brings in some unique opportunities for purchasing a new home. Whether you are buying your first home or simply wanting to refinance your current residence, great opportunity exists right now. Rates continue to be at historic lows! Low interest rates extend a buyer’s housing budget farther than falling home prices. Today’s mortgage interest rate environment offers a unique opportunity for all of us. Even if you think you’re not in a position to buy a home, you may be surprised on how little it takes to qualify. The first step is to consult with your Loan Officer and Realtor. Remember this consultation is typically at no cost to you. As a potential homebuyer, the most important question you can ask yourself is: “how much of a monthly payment can I afford?” An independent qualified (preferably licensed) mortgage lender is always the best place to start. They can help you determine how much you can afford based on your financial picture or what the payments and costs would be on a home price that you may have in mind. This information is extremely important before you start the home buying process and should always be your first step prior to shopping for a new home. Think of it this way: Would you go to the grocery store without your checkbook (or debit card)? What you qualify for and what you are comfortable with may not be the same thing. Go with what is most comfortable to you, after all you are the one who will be making the payments. A home will never be as affordable as it is the day you buy it. Over time, tax bills get larger

and insurance costs rise. Therefore when you set your monthly budget, make sure you give yourself some breathing room. Also try to keep some money in the bank as reserves. It is fine to make a big down payment, if you can afford it, but be careful not to use up all of your cash at the expense of your personal finances. Remember “Life happens” and there is no substitute for cash on hand.

counseling programs. The more educated you are on the process the smoother the process will be. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! Knowledge and Understanding are the keys to your financial future. The process can seem daunting and you may feel uncomfortable, however, the Loan Consultant and Realtor you choose should have the ability to make you know that you have made the right decision and that your comfort level has been met.

Some important questions you should ask yourself when getting a mortgage: • How long do I plan on staying in the home?

Buying a home is a major financial decision and choosing the right mortgage is very important to your financial success. The decision on what type of mortgage to obtain may possibly be with you for 30 years! Do not take it lightly, be comfortable with your decision and ask questions. The decision on what lender and realtor you choose should be based on experience, trust and program knowledge. In many cases the relationship that you develop with your Lender and Realtor will last a lifetime. It is important to note that the Loan Consultant and Realtor work for you!

• How much cash do I have to use as a down payment? • How much of a monthly payment would make me comfortable? There are many programs to choose from: Low to zero down payments loan; loans especially designed for Veterans; State and County down payment assistance programs; lower credit score programs, etc. An independent, qualified, licensed mortgage lender can help find the program that best suits your needs and budget. Your goal should be to learn and understand the home buying process and what it will take financially to make you a successful homeowner. Delaware is fortunate to have a number of outstanding

Take advantage of what today’s market has to offer. Years from now you will be glad you did. Sincerely, Cheri and Jay

Presented by Cheri Maloney and Jay Stout Cheri Maloney and Jay Stout have been business partners since the year 2002. Together they bring their clients over 40 years of mortgage experience. They specialize in originating Residential mortgages and have been named to Leaders Club of Caliber Home Loans in their first full year with the company. The key to their success is teamwork and a constant focus on the customer. They have helped thousands of people obtain the dream of homeownership in Kent County alone. If you are looking to purchase or refinance a home please call them at 302401-4000 or visit them on the web at Cheri Maloney NMLS#455178 direct line302-401-4006 Jay Stout NMLS#457632 direct line 302-242-8282

February/March 2015


Business&Finance Protect Your Asset – Your Vehicle Winter is here, and it has already proven to be a messy one! Here is some insider info on protecting one of your most valuable assets - your vehicle. Throughout the summer, your vehicle has been subjected to the punishment of dead bugs caking your front bumper, birds leaving droppings on your hood, and pollen layering your vehicle’s exterior. All of these are contaminants that can destroy your paint finish. That’s why it’s important to get your car washed regularly - to prevent the buildup of any of these contaminants! The longer that these harmful effects sit untreated, the more damage they can inflict - until the only way to correct the damage is by getting it repainted. Repainting is a costly expense that can number in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the damage. Such an issue can be avoided with a quick stop at your local car wash! Our manager lived overseas for a time, and one of the main issues that he experienced was that his undercarriage would become very rusted, very quickly! The culprit? The salty sea air. Salty air can be incredibly destructive, leaving spots on the windows and the body of your vehicle. With winter here, the best way to protect your car from salt in the air and on the roads is a good waxing and getting it washed regularly. When it comes to wax, don’t let car washes fool you with ‘sealer wax’, a chemical that is very similar to drying agents. Sealer wax is no alternative to a real Carnauba wax or a synthetic wax with advanced polymers. A good hand wax will last you all the way through the winter and into early spring! If you haven’t gotten your car waxed in a year or more, our recommendation would be to include clay barring and compounding, as this will allow the wax to take to the exterior better and leave your vehicle with a glossy finish.

By Scott and Katie Becker, Owners

A good wax can provide you with up to six months of protection from all kinds of contaminants that can devalue your vehicle, and adding further protection through barring and compounding will extend that protection even further!

Scott and Katie Becker are both graduates of York College of Pennsylvania with bachelors in Sports Management and minors in Business Administration and Marketing. After he graduated Scott took to the car wash industry right away, managing a car wash on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The interest in owning their own car wash grew quickly. The two took classes in Florida and went to the National Car Wash Convention before purchasing the car wash in Dover. Their’s is a true passion and they continue to learn about the industry and latest innovations by attending the yearly national and regional conferences. Their doors are always open for any questions or concerns about car care or car washing. In a word...TEAMWORK!

Stop by today and join our club or try our service. 1117 South DuPont Highway in Dover. Visit our website:

February/March 2015



kent county


Opening a personal training studio in a new town without any clients or contacts was a really tough challenge. Fifteen years in the personal training business and building a very successful business in New York City, I never had to advertise or market my services. My entire successful business in NYC was built off of referrals and word of mouth. Unfortunately that was not going to help me in a new area, I had to take out advertising space in the local papers, I even did some advertising on the radio, something I thought I would never do. With very little success and very little return on the money and time put in to advertising, my business was struggling and I did not know what to do. A short time later I met Kevin Phillipson and he spoke to me about using the Women’s Journal to expose myself, and my business to the Delaware market place. It sounded like a solid plan and without hesitation RESULTS Personal Training & Fitness became a contributor to the Women’s Journal. We are now coming up on our first full year with the Journal, and I have to say without a doubt, this is the best investment I ever made for myself and my business; because of theWomen’s Journal my business has grown tremendously. It’s fair to say that with all the success the Journal has brought us, we committed for another year. I have no reservation in saying that any business looking to increase visibility, grow in revenue, or position themselves as expert and the ones to go to in their field, the Women’s Journal is definitely the vehicle to take you there. - Orville Barnes, Results Personal Training & Fitness Working with the staff of the Women’s Journal has been a great experience. Their knowledge of their brand and audience has proven to be fruitful for my business. The reach of the Journal’s readers was much greater than the area in which it is distributed. I look forward to a long partnership with the Women’s Journal. - Michael Moon, Bridges Restaurant, Kent Narrows


We just love the Women’s Journal. We have seen a great response from our articles. We have gained new patients every month, not just the month of publication. These patients have been quality, repeat patients for our office. The Journal paid for itself by the third issue. We have seen a 40% return on investment and have two publications left in the one year time frame. Aside from the financial aspect, we think it’s important to educate the public about dentistry and this gives us that opportunity. It’s so much better than just an ad giving generic information about your business. We also love Kevin’s enthusiasm and dynamic personality. He always brightens our day when he comes into our office. - Dr. Coope, Care First Dental

#kentcountywj Join the KCWJ Community find out what’s going on, meet the Contributors get to know other readers tell us what you’d like to see

Cristian and I are excited to be working with the Kent County Women’s Journal and are honored to be working with such an amazing group of people. - Katherine, Escudero Photography The Women’s Journal has provided the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) an affordable opportunity to market our events, programs and chamber to a consistent growing market in Central Delaware. The quality of the magazine is incomparable and the large page sizes give the advertiser more exposure. The distribution of the Women’s Journal is widely known and popular among many of the CDCC members. Whether you are advertising or featured in the Women’s Journal, let it be known you will be taken care of by the staff at the Kent County Women’s Journal. - J.R. Ennis, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce Big thank you to the Kent County Women’s Journal and Kevin Phillipson for your support. - Anita Wheeler-Bezy and Ludovic Bezy, Chefs Fight For Your Heart

February/March 2015


Community&Education Fall In Love With The Schwartz

Fall In Love with the Schwartz….Again Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Reception from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Concert at 8:00 p.m. Fall in Love is the event to attend on Valentine’s Day from 7 pm to 11 pm. The theatre will come Alive Again with a concert and dance to be held in the beautiful theatre at the Schwartz. The entire community of Supporters for the Arts are promised an evening of great music, spirit tastings from three Kent County premier craft distributors of wine, beer and spirits, and some sweet treats as well. A cocktail reception is planned from 7-8 PM with the dance concert to follow. Music will be presented by the Comfort Zone Band (www. comfortzoneband. com) featuring the vocal styling’s of Mary “Snow” Brown. Classic R & B, Jazz and some Motown will fill the room. Irish Heritage Celebration Tenor Matt Macis Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Matt Macis began his career at age 16 in the Off-Broadway hit “The Awesome 80s Prom”, directed by the show’s creator and writer Ken Davenport. Hailed “a genuine find” with “an impressive dramatic and vocal range” by The Washington Post, this 26 year old performer has headlined casinos, performed at festivals, theaters, cabarets, night clubs, and private galas, in addition to working alongside or opening for many celebrated celebrities. He has circled the globe in his signature “Tribute to Michael Jackson” several times over, with one of his proudest moments onstage being when, in 2010, he fronted the band from the would-be concert and recordbreaking film Michael Jackson’s THIS IS

IT. He recently completed a year-long run with Sight & Sound Theatres, performing 11 shows a week for 2,000 audience members at each performance. While passion is singing the timeless classics of the Great American Songbook, his repertoire spans the pop standards of the past century. Matt Macis delivers delightful music, hilarious comedy, memorable songand-dance routines, and more -- making him an ideal choice for entertaining the most diverse of audiences. Program Description At the turn of the century, Irish-born and Irish-American performers triumphed upon the stages and screens of the world. Be it an operatic art song at the theatre or a rousing song-and-dance routine amidst a dashing Technicolor film spectacular, it was the work of Irish entertainers delivering some of the most memorable and iconic performances of the day. Focusing on the impact of four artists specifically - John McCormack, George M. Cohan, Bing Crosby, and Gene Kelly - these men captivated the hearts of audiences across nearly 100 years. Their lasting impact on American music, dance and comedy is no “luck o’ the Irish”... these men are simply a “four leaf clover” of Irish heritage that charmed the world. A Beer Tasting by Fordham Brewery after the show.

Song, still sets the standard by which Irish (Celtic) tenors are measured. Born in 1884 in Athlone, Ireland, McCormack made dozens of recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company in the 1910s and 1920s. His Victor recordings of popular Irish songs—including “The Minstrel Boy,” “The Wearing of the Green,” “The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls,” “Molly Brannigan,” “Come Back to Erin,” “The Dear Little Shamrock,” “My Wild Irish Rose” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”—made him a beloved figure in his native Ireland, in America and across the globe.

Box Office 302.678.5152

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs “The Minstrel Boy” In celebration of Irish heritage, this 30 minute educational program will explore the life of the noted Irish tenor John McCormack, accompanied by original recordings of the artist played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. Presented by Gavin Malone and Nena Todd of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs John McCormack, referred to as Ireland’s Ambassador of

February/March 2015


Community&Education JA Company Program

Through the Junior Achievement JA Company Program I developed and learned many skills. Before this program I was hesitant to take part in leadership roles and had difficulties with public speaking. Through my role as VP and consequently, CoPresident, I developed these skills which allowed me to give direction to team members and speak comfortably in front of small and large audiences. Additionally, where I had been more of an individual who preferred to complete tasks on my own, I learned to delegate responsibilities to those whom possessed those respective skill sets. This allowed me to focus on other priorities and overall enabled us to meet objectives more

February/March 2015

Isha Iqbal is a 2014 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School and is currently a freshman at University of Delaware majoring in Biomedical Engineering. During high school, Isha was involved in National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and Technology Student Association along with various other organizations. Her hobbies include reading and tutoring students in various subjects. efficiently. The experiences and skills that I gained through my involvement in the JA Company Program are not limited to the business world or simply my high school career, but rather have taught me valuable lessons that are applicable to my personal life as well as any career path that I may follow. I thank Junior Achievement for the experience that I will always remember fondly as I move forward with my life personally and professionally.

JA It’s My Future



The year that I joined the JA Company Program was also the JA Company Program’s inaugural year at CRHS. The idea for our business product stemmed from witnessing the growing amount of school pride in our community. Due to this, our main product for the year was wristbands representing school pride. Our target audience was students, staff, and the Caesar Rodney community. Although we faced many difficulties as with any growing business, in the end we placed as one of the top ten JA Companies in the nation, due to our exceptional annual report and video commercial representing our company. Placing as one of the top ten companies qualified us to attend the National Junior Achievement Leadership Summit in Washington D.C to compete against the other teams from schools throughout the nation. Although we did not place, our experience allowed us to strengthen our business model for future years and encouraged me to continue and increase my involvement within the program. I began as a complacent member of the program but by senior year I was given the position of CoPresident of iCustomINC, the company we had created. iCustomINC specialized in the process of designing and delivering custom products. Custom products that we provided were virtually any product that could be customized. Examples of products that we sold to clients were wristbands, t-shirts, and posters. Our biggest accomplishment for the year was landing a three-year contract with four schools within our district providing student planners. As Co-President I was in charge of facilitating meetings and working with my fellow Co-President to make final decisions on the company. This was also the first year that a Business Plan competition was implemented in addition to the original JA Company of the Year

competition. iCustomINC was the only company to qualify for both the Business Plan competition and the JA Company of the Year competition…and although we did not place in either nationally, we improved by leaps and bounds from our first year.

Help Wanted!

When I initially joined the Junior Achievement “JA Company Program” my freshman year of high school, it was simply another involvement in an organization that I would be able to include on college applications. Little did I know what an important influence this organization would have on me as an individual and as a prospective employee. At its core the JA Company Program provides tools and advice which gives students the ability to take an idea and cultivate it into a business.

Community&Education Volunteering For Habitat In 2014, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity partnered with six families, that’s eight adults and 15 children who don’t have to worry what their housing situation will be next year. That’s 15 children who now have a safe and stable environment to call home and a yard to play in. And not one 2x4 could have been raised were it not for our volunteers. In 2014, between the ReStore and the build site, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity was served by 795 volunteers who worked over 10,600 hours. Mike Quinn has been a volunteer for three years; I asked him what do you like most about volunteering at Habitat: “I volunteer in the ReStore mostly, but I’ve helped on two build sites. I remember last year at a home dedication ceremony seeing the family getting their house keys. They were so grateful, it really feels good to be a part of an organization that truly helps people” Volunteering with Habitat is fun, rewarding and there are multiple ways you can get involved. And with activities and volunteer opportunities on most days of the year there is no shortage of opportunities! There are no required qualifications and you don’t need to have your own tools, we teach you everything you need to know, and provide you with all the needed tools! To volunteer at the build site you must be 16 years old and to volunteer at the ReStore, you must be 14 years old and be accompanied by an adult or 16 with a parent or guardian permission slip.

• Tuesday-Saturday, you can volunteer at the ReStore • Monday-Friday, you can work in our affiliate office And we have special events too!! • March: Dover St Patrick’s Day Parade, Dover • April 11th: Builders Dash, Fordham Brewery, Dover • May 2: Old Dover Days, Legislative Mall, Dover • May 2-9th: National Women Build week • May 29-31st: NASCAR Weekend, Dover • June 6th: Hammer Down for Habitat Motorcycle Run, Dover • June 8-13th: Builders Blitz, Dover • June 18-21st: Firefly Music Festival, Woodlands at Dover Downs • June 26-28th: Big Barrel Country Music Festival, Woodlands at Dover Downs

activities ranging from working on the build site to working a music festival, I am sure we have an opportunity that fits you! So, if helping others with their dreams, giving back to the community, or learning something new and exciting sounds like a fun and rewarding experience to you, give us a call or send us an email, because home is where the start is…

• July 4th: Dover 4th of July Parade • August 1st: Camden-Wyoming Peach Festival • October 2-4th: NASCAR Weekend • October 2015: Milford Halloween Parade

So here it is, the 2015 Ultimate Guide to Volunteer Activities for CDHFH:

For more information about volunteering or to volunteer for a specific event call 302-526-2366 or you can email volunteer@

Habitat Stuff • Every Saturday, join us at one of our build sites

So with volunteer opportunities on over 300 days of the year, and

By Chris Cooper Chris Cooper is a lifelong resident of Kent County, Delaware. After spending the last ten years working in State Government and politics, Chris has joined the staff at Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity as their Development Director. A 2005 graduate of Wesley College with a degree in Political Science, Chris now lives in Dover with his wife and nephew. You can contact Chris at 302-526-5366 or

February/March 2015


Community&Education Breast Health Inspirations Boutique is a boutique devoted to those who have been diagnosed or are currently undergoing treatment for Cancer. Inspiration’s accepts most insurance’s and we have a wide variety of services that include: Prosthesis, Camisoles, Wigs, Hats, Scarves, Natural Skin Care products, Inspirational Gifts and Apparel. Certified Massage Therapist Specializing in Oncology Massage. One of our goals for the New Year is to provide educational outreach to those who are not familiar with Breast Cancer. We strongly encourage every woman to have annual breast exams and to do self-Breast examinations. My daughter Tricia who is now a 4 year survivor found her lumps by doing a self-breast exam. We sat down with one of the leading experts in Breast Surgery- Dr. Wendy Newell and asked her to provide some basic education to readers. Dr. Newell has been a surgeon in Dover for 20 years. Dr. Newell states, “I have gained so much from my brave patients and I am happy to provide the best possible individual care to each and every one.” Dr. Newell was my daughter Tricia’s surgeon, I cannot say enough about the compassion and care that she showed to me during Tricia’s treatment. Question: Briefly Explain- What is Breast Cancer? Dr. Newell: Breast Cancer is cancer that develops in breast tissue. Cells that originate in the breast begin to grow out of control and can spread. 1 in 8 women, or 12% of women in the U.S., will develop Invasive Breast Cancer in her lifetime. Question: In your opinion what is the most

important thing women can do to prevent Breast Cancer? Dr. Newell: Prevention of Breast Cancer may be possible by eating a low fat diet, exercising, drinking less alcohol and not smoking. Women considered to have a higher risk of breast cancer can be put on medication that can help prevent cancer. Question: What should women look for when completing self-breast exams? Dr. Newell: Breast tissue is normally fibrocystic tissue, meaning the tissue feels lumpy and bumpy. That is why self-examination was developed and recommended. It is helpful to your doctor if you learn the normal texture of your breast tissue, making you more apt to feel a new lump when doing the self-examination. Question: What is the average age women should start getting mammograms? Dr. Newell: Most Clinicians still recommend women get a mammogram at age 40+ and to get one yearly. Question: What is the most common misinformation newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients receive? Dr. Newell: When I first inform women they have breast cancer and we review their surgical choices, I explain that what we do surgically- lumpectomy, mastectomy, or double mastectomy does not change their risk of distant disease. Initially, women tend to say they will just have their breast removed. However, I explain to them that lumpectomy and radiation are considered equal treatment to mastectomy, with similar local and distant recurrence and similar mortality rates. Question: Your office has a specialized study that can determine genetic risk of

cancer. Can you explain more? Dr. Newell: I am a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and participate in the Mastery of Breast Surgery, so I can gather the patient’s information and family medical history to statistically determine their chance of having a BRCA mutation, their 5 year risk, and their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer as well as whether they have a predisposition to develop colon cancer. Dr. Newell is located at Wolf Creek Surgeons, 103 Wolf Creek Blvd. Dover, DE. 302-674-2420. Our hope is that early detection and early diagnosis will save the lives of many women. If you have received a difficult cancer diagnosis or just want to uplift someone with an inspirational gift, Inspirations Boutique is located in Camden, Next to B&B Music. 3469 S. DuPont Hwy. Camden DE. 19934. 302698-5299. We have had many inquiries since our last article about what insurance covers for breast cancer patients. Just a reminder, after receiving a prescription from your doctor most insurances will pay for 1 prosthesis every 2 years and 3 bras every 4 months. We have a certified mastectomy fitter on site and each client receives a customized fitting in a very private room. Inspirations Boutique also has postsurgery garments to make your recovery more comfortable. We have a post-surgery kit that includes: light-weight leisure bra, 2 velcro attachable drain pouches, and confidence boosting feather weight puff form.

By Peggy Bailey Peggy was born in Virginia and moved to Delaware in 1973 with her husband Don Bailey. Peggy has a 40-yearold son, Donny Bailey, who owns his own contracting business, Marshall and Bailey Contracting; and a 38-year-old daughter, Tricia Bailey-Robinson, who is a social worker at Luther Towers/Village. Peggy counts her five grandchildren among her biggest joys in life. Peggy has owned All About You Hair Salon for ten years and recently opened a breast cancer boutique called Inspirations, which was inspired by her daughter, Tricia, a 4 year breast cancer survivor. Peggy is passionately devoted to helping newly diagnosed cancer patients and survivors and is committed to helping women find their inner strength and beauty after a difficult diagnosis. She has made it her mission to create a space for the cancer boutique that is private, peaceful and filled with love, hope and the strong faith that she carries.

February/March 2015


3469 S. DuPont Hwy Camden DE. 19934 302-698-5299

Community&Education I Am For The Child Dennis Hallock Sr “It’s the little things that we take for granted that can mean so much” Dennis Hallock Sr echoes the sentiment that I have often heard from many of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. A series of coincidences lead him to his involvement with CASA in March of 2009. He first heard about CASA via an article in the Delaware State News. The very next day he was watching Dr Phil and the show began talking about CASA. Dr Phil is very involved with CASA as an advocate for abused and neglected children. Dennis decided to pick up the phone and make the call. It was a call that has reaped many rewards and benefitted so many people. “It is the best program that I have ever been involved with and I love growing such a worthwhile program. I cannot say enough good things about it”. “It is so rewarding to see the changes in the children. They start out shy and timid, not talking a lot. Over the course of a few months they realize that you care, that you are making life better for them and they open up. It is not always easy to gain their trust, but you keep pushing forward, talking with them, encouraging them to pursue what they love and you are able to help them be a child again. It’s the little things that we take for granted that can mean so much. Having them call you, excited to share their success with you. You hang up the phone smiling from ear to ear”. Dennis is also involved with training and recruiting other CASA volunteers. He shares that no two cases are the same, each case is unique and each child is carefully paired with the most appropriate volunteer for them. Matches are based on the volunteers’ strengths and they are able to accommodate age preferences. In 2011 he was nominated by his Supervisor to represent Kent County at the National CASA convention in Chicago. He says it was a wonderful experience, that he loved networking with other volunteers, and getting different ideas to work with the children. This is one of many ways that Dennis makes a difference. He has a long legacy of service to others. He taught elementary school in New York and in Maryland for over twenty years. He is the chairperson of Capitol School District’s Citizen Budget Oversight Committee, PTO President at Central Middle School for seven and a half years. He also started Capitol School District’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program and has been the Chairperson for the past five years. This is all in addition to being a devoted husband to his wife of twenty one years, Nancy and 3 sons who reside with him in Dover. Dennis we thank you for all that you do!

Jessica Spurlock “One of the best feelings ever is to give back, make a difference in someone’s life and see the outcome of what you are doing.” Jessica Spurlock is not originally from Delaware, but Delaware has benefitted from her presence here for the past twelve years. She left behind her home along with most of her family in Livonia Michigan when she joined the Air Force and was stationed at the Dover Air Force Base. She is a paralegal in the Air Force Reserves for the 512th Air Wing, and is a civilian legal assistant for the 436th Air Wing. She currently resides in Dover with her husband and 3 step children. It was in the Air Force where Jessica first heard about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) when she saw an advertisement about it. She began volunteering in January of 2013. As a previous substitute teacher for the Caesar Rodney School district, a Sunday school teacher, and a volunteer for a girl’s youth group where she teaches about self esteem, natural beauty as well as inner beauty, CASA was a natural fit. “Interacting with a child is a memorable experience” she says. One of the most memorable for her was a child that she was working with that was not meeting the developmental milestones that is typical for a child. The child was placed in a stable home and as the months went by the trasformation in the child was amazing to witness. “The child began speaking, asking for what they wanted, interacting with other children, and began to thrive. It is a collaborative effort with everyone working together. Everyone involved only cares about the child and what is best for the child, it is awesome. One of the best feelings ever is to give back, make a difference in someone’s life and see the outcome of what you are doing.” Some of what she loves most about being a CASA is that while “seeing the circumstances that a child is currently going through may be sad, knowing that I can do something about it is a driving force for me to continue on. Often when you make a donation or volunteer for something you do not get to see who you benefitted. With CASA you are involved, you get to see the changes for the better first hand, it is amazing”. This is also one of the message that she would love to share with other people that are interested in volunteering as a CASA. In addition to that, she adds that it does not take a lot of time and there is always a need for more volunteers. How about you, do you have the time to make a difference in a child’s life?

Articles written by Ann Darwicki RN CPC

February/March 2015


Community&Education Support Veterans On The Eastern Shore There is a lot of amazing work happening to support veterans on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For that support, I have to thank those in the community providing unique opportunities to give hope to military families both locally and nationally. The Rotary Club of Easton raised $25,151 through its third annual Flags for Heroes fundraiser in Maryland. Through the fundraiser, 518 flags were sponsored and displayed Memorial Day weekend throughout Easton. Donations raised at the Flags for Heroes fundraiser will go toward many community organizations, including Hope For The Warriors®, which will benefit service members and military families. Bob Pascal, the owner of Pascal Farm in Bozman, Maryland, recently donated his property to be used by Hope For The Warriors® to allow veterans to come to Talbot County, enjoy the Pascal farm, and various activities in the county. I thank everyone in the community for donating to our heroes. Together, we make a collective impact on local and national service members and military families. The donation made supports four program pillars within Hope For The Warriors®. These programs provide a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Our goal is to assist in all facets including family care, financial needs, morale trips, and professional development. The personal care and opportunities that your support provides leads to long-lasting personal restoration. The mission of Hope for the Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

February/March 2015

Hope For The Warriors® 55 Water Street Building Management Office 31st Floor New York, New York 10041 646-634-2207


Community&Education February is Spay/Neuter Month Please spay or neuter your cats and dogs

By First State Animal Center and SPCA

Most of us love kittens and puppies; there is nothing NOT to love about them! They are cute, snuggly, wiggly, playful adorable. However, the numbers surrounding unwanted kittens and puppies are astounding. About 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States alone. Moreover, it is estimated that 60100 million feral cats currently live in communities all across the United States. Consider this: Just one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in about seven years, and just one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. These are staggering numbers, to say the least. (National statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States.) February is Spay/Neuter month across the United States and in some countries internationally, and officials at the First State Animal Center and SPCA (FSACSPCA) urge cat and dog owners to please neuter and spay their pets to help prevent the overwhelming homeless animal population. Unless a pet owner is a registered breeder through the American Kennel Club or the American Cat Association, or other

Thanks to a grant given to us by the Palmer Foundation, we are able to provide a $40 off coupon for animal adoptions and pet euthanasia for those individuals who are at least 62 years old. Please ask at the front desk for the coupon to fill out. You will be required to show a valid and current driver’s license or other ID. This service is available while funding lasts.

registered feline breeder association, there is no reason to allow a female cat or dog have a litter - not even just one time “for the sake of allowing children or grandchildren see the miracle of a birth,” which we find is a common reason. Another common reason for cat pregnancies is that the female cat got out of the house on her own, and a tomcat was just around the corner. Spaying and neutering are both simple, life-saving procedures that can usually be done in a few minutes, and the dog or cat can usually go home the very day of surgery. The costs of neutering or spaying vary, but they range - at a lowcost clinic can range from $50 to $135, depending on the weight of the animal. The cost of spaying, a more complicated surgery, usually ranges from about $75 to $175. Some clinics and animal hospitals can charge up to $200-$300 or more, depending on the weight of the animal. The cost of both neutering and spaying vary greatly by geographic region, and even by veterinarian. The costs are higher if the female animal is in heat.

including aggression toward other male dogs and cats, desire to roam, urine marking and inappropriate mounting. Spaying benefits can include a lowered risk for mammary tumors, reproductive bleeding, uterine tumors and infection. The First State has regular free or reducedcost spay/neuter clinics for cats, and sometimes dogs. Please check the website,, for more details or call 943-6032, option 2, for the next scheduled clinic. There are also low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the county, or you can check with a local veterinary practice.

In neutering, the veterinarian makes an incision in front of the scrotum, removes both testicles, and then stitches the incision. In spaying, the veterinarian makes an incision in the abdominal wall, removes the uterus and ovaries, and then stitches the incision. General anesthesia is used for neutering and spaying. Neutering benefits include protection from prostatitis and testicular tumors, as well as reduction of undesirable behaviors,

Find us and like us on Facebook 302 943 6032 February/March 2015


Community&Education “Don’t Miss Anything!” Every school’s purpose is to provide a safe setting in which students can learn and grow through a variety of educational experiences on a daily basis. Regardless of how this is accomplished or the unique character of each school, educators hope that the years of lessons provided will result in children who mature into productive, moral, ethical and all around good citizens. Our school is no different. Each day the teachers enter our building with the intent of providing rich learning experiences from which students can glean a variety of life-long lessons. And on most days, that is exactly what happens. There is, however, another kind of learning exchange that often takes place: on many days and in many ways, we (the instructors) learn amazing things from our students! This article is the third in a series called “Who’s really doing the teaching?” and will focus on the keen ability of children to notice everything! I have heard countless parents (and teachers) say the following about their children: “That one never misses a thing!” Or “I can’t get away with anything because that child sees everything!” These comments are usually accompanied by a role of the eyes or even frustration. When the comments are made, they are usually in reference to trying to plan a surprise or disguising poor adult behavior – and the poor, desperate parents are on the brink of never surprising their kids with anything! It’s true! Children walk through life with their eyes wide open. They see all. They miss nothing. And they notice the smallest details or the most minor changes. A book placed in a different way on the

They see all

shelf, a glance that looks sad or angry, a new pair of earrings… somehow all of these details meet the eyes of our children and register in their brains. Over Christmas break, I cut my thumb in a kitchen accident. When we came back to school, I had a small bandage on my “boo-boo.” I never mentioned it because, by then, it was “old hat” to me. But it was sure new to the students – in the first hour, at least a dozen kids inquired about my poor thumb. I even got handmade get well cards from our Pre K students the next day! Likewise, overnight, I changed the screen saver on the computer I use in my classroom. I hadn’t even taken attendance yet when one 8th grade boy exclaimed with great excitement: “You have a new picture on the computer!” Children seem to see everything… and we, the supposedly wise adults in the crowd, can walk right past an obvious change and never notice. Why is that? Some say that we have more on our minds… some might say that we are too busy… still others would argue that we’ve seen it all already and don’t need to keep an eye open anymore. Whatever the reason, it seems a shame many of us glide through life with our eyes only half open. We don’t marvel at things and we don’t celebrate things – not because there aren’t plenty of things to marvel at and celebrate – but because we fail to notice

them, because we aren’t paying attention to what’s around us. In this month of February, I am reminded that children have a gigantic capacity to love. But one can only really love if one takes the time to notice. Some people say, “Love is blind.” A lesson that we can learn from our children is that love actually improves the eyesight quite a bit. Love helps one to slow down and look for the good in others. Love helps one to look past the rough edges and see the gifts in others. Love enables our half closed eyes to fly wide open and see what’s around us… and marvel... and celebrate… and love! They’ve done it again – the children have shared their wisdom. Now, hopefully, we’ll open our eyes and see and learn and love!

By Dina Carol Vendetti This is Dina Carol Vendetti’s 30th year in education, the last 13 years have been here in Delaware at St. John’s School. She came to Dover in 2000, when St. John’s Lutheran Church established a goal of starting a Lutheran School. Dina loves her work with children, parents, and teachers. Dina holds a B.S. from Concordia, New York; a M.Ed. from Towson University; and she earned her doctorate in 2010 from Wilmington University. Dina is an active member of the Capital City Rotary Club and serves as the Leadership Central Delaware steering committee chair for the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. St. John’s offers a high quality educational program for children in Pre-Kindergarten through the eighth grade, and an online high school opportunity. Learn more about St. John’s at or call (302) 734-3767.

February/March 2015


Community&Education Literal Lissa Welcome to the February/March 2015 installment of “Literal Lissa.” This is an ongoing feature of the Kent County Women’s Journal. Each issue I will be personally recommending a series of novels sometimes new and sometimes old - but always encompassing a vast array of genres and subjects. All of this is in effort to further pique you and your family’s interests, expand your knowledge, and broaden your love for the printed (and now digital) page.

Mortified: Love is a Battlefield By David Nadelberg This novel is a riotously humorous and comedic look on the ever embarrassing topic of childhood love. It uncovers priceless artifacts of teen angst that tell of unrequited crushes, awkward hookups, bizarre celebrity infatuations and any other romantic catastrophe you can fathom. This collection of real stories and memories will have you revisiting old gestures of love from your own past from a now wiser perspective.

After the rush of the holiday season, store shelves are now immediately lined to the brim with perfectly packaged red and pink heart-shaped boxes containing heart-shaped accoutrements or sweet chocolaty confections for you to purchase to showcase your affections for your special sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is here. And no matter what your personal stance is on love or its celebratory holiday, Valentine’s is still an ideal time of year to regale yourself with inspirational or gut-wrenching tales of love in all of its grand and many splendored forms. Whether you’re on the mend from a broken heart, on the cusp of a brand new affair, or enjoy a bit of romance; these selections are sure to ease your sorrow and affirm your affections over that crazy little emotion called love.

Sense & Sensibility By Jane Austen First of Austen’s to be published, this classic tale revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne and their personalities in regards to love and marriage. Elinor is the sensible and rational type whereas Marianne is wildly romantic and flighty. The clashes and dynamics of each relatable sister as well as Austen’s overall theme of a healthy middle ground between reason and passion make this tale a delightful read for teenagers and adults alike.

Good news, everyone! All of these selections are available at your disposal, completely free of charge at your local area Delaware Public Library. Log on to to find the nearest library near you, for additional information and how you can get carded.

Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney This wildly charming book for children of all ages showcases the everlasting and unconditional love and bond between parents and their children. In this tale, Little Nutbrown Hare tries to tell Big Nutbrown Hare just now much he loves him, only each time he attempts to do so his love appears bigger and stronger. Realizing love is immeasurable; Little Nutbrown Hare finally expresses to Big Nutbrown Hare that his love is as far as the moon. While kissing him goodnight, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers that to Little Nutbrown Hare that his love is as far as the moon and back.

February/March 2015

Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See By Bill Shapiro This often times comedic and touching collection of beautifully raw, romantic declarations and notions of affection offers an unbelievably profound insight and enlightenment into human reactions on love. In this book, you’ll encounter a plethora of authentic notes scribbled on napkins after first dates, lustful letters once secretly tucked away in attics and crawlspaces, recorded juicy text messages and even some wretched notes of breakups. Don’t be surprised if you come across several letters you may have written yourself.

By Melissa Johnson Melissa Johnson is a twentysomething young woman with a grand affection for arts, beauty, & entertainment living in Dover. She has several years of work experience in the Delaware Public Libraries and is an advocate of reading. Presently, she works for the cozy Harrington Public Library where she aids patrons with any and all recreational and academic endeavors and instructs weekly computer literacy classes.


2015 February / March Kent County Women's Journal  

A bi-monthly educational resource for the women of Kent County, Delaware

2015 February / March Kent County Women's Journal  

A bi-monthly educational resource for the women of Kent County, Delaware