Welcome to the March “Spring” edition of Village News Magazine. On March 1st, we welcome Spring. Tuesday the 5th is the start for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. A wild time to be sure. Friday the 8th is International Woman’s Day which celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world. Sunday the 10th begins Daylight Saving Time. And aren’t we glad of that? March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. A day when everyone is a little bit Irish. Thursday March 21st is the start of the Jewish holiday Purim which commemorates Jewish people being saved from extermination in Persia. March 23 is National Puppy Day. seeks to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies bring to people's lives. It is also a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe. My friends at the VBSPCA can show you how to help. March the 30th is National Doctor’s Day. I want to give a shout out to my doctor of 30 years, the same doctor to Andrea for the last 20 years and to my son Chris for about 6 year. Dr. Allen Fenderson who is not far from retirement, is not only a super doc, he’s also a good and caring friend. Here’s to you Allen. At whatever you do this March, we hope you will enjoy the read of this month’s Village News. Please let us know if there is any topics you would like us to report about. We enjoy bringing you this magazine over the last almost 16 years!
Golf Tips 5 Golf Tips: Tips to help you keep your golf resolutions in 2019
Education Education 4 Fashion Trends 7 Real Estate: Pros & Cons of A Prelisting Inspection. 5 Computer Mandate
FEATURE FEATURE 9 Did someone say Produce? Harris Teeter?
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Neighborhood Neighborhood News News 6 Natural Virginia Beach Eastern Meadowlark
Culture Culture 15 Gourmet SELECTS: Bourbon Pecan Chicken with Chocolate Truffle Cookies 10 COCKTAILS On The House: Shamrock Juice Cocktail
11 Golf Humor
OVERSIZED HATS If you so much as glanced at your Instagram feed last summer, you no doubt spotted a Jacquemus La Bomba hat. Now entirely synonymous with SS18, it seems brands are vying for similar cult status next season by producing their own delicious incarnations that we already can't get enough of.
TIE-DYE I know. We were all surprised at the recurrence of this 60s print, but alas it seems tie-dye truly is back in fash. Admittedly, 2019's take on the trend is a hell of a lot chicer. Make like Stella with a no-holds-barred approach and opt for a bold matching two-piece, or - if you're anything like us - you'll likely favour a more subtle beach maxi.
FRINGING With last autumn's obsession with the cowboy boot, it was almost inevitable that there would be another Westerninspired trend infiltrating our wardrobes next season. Adorning everything from jackets to skirts via handbags and everything in-between, who knows... maybe we'll be cutting our hair to fit too.
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Exercise. Yeah, we know. That's what we should be doing every day anyway, right? But when it comes to golf, you don't want to be tight. There are a number of stretches you can do right from your desk while reading emails that will benefit your arms, shoulders, neck, back, hips and legs for golf season. Even better, place one of those handy, elastic, tension bands in the top drawer of your desk.
even put down a hula-hoop as a target. Get a few foam golf balls and a tiny turf mat to hit the balls off of. Practice your putting. Anywhere. All you need is a putter, a golf ball, a flat surface and an object -- any object -- to putt at. If you're so inclined, rollout turf can be purchased for around $20 with holes cut out.
Take 100 swings per day in your house or garage... without a golf ball. The best players in the world visualize the shot they want to hit before they hit it. With a drill like this one, you're going to be forced to visualize, because there's no ball there to hit. If you're able, place a mirror in front of you and pay attention to the positions of your address, takeaway, the top of your swing and impact position as well as follow through. Do it in slow motion. Become an expert on your swing. Work on your chipping. Can't do it outside? No worries. You can purchase a chipping net, or
Make a weekly appointment with your PGA Professional. Even in areas of the country that are suffering through the cruelest of winter conditions, you can always find a place to hit golf balls inside. Contact your local PGA Professional to find out where places like this in your area exist. You might be surprised at all the options you have. With your PGA Professional in tow, you can work on your swing throughout the winter months and keep your game sharp. How nice would it be to be on top of your game as soon as the courses in your area open in the spring?
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Dear Village News Readers, I am so pleased to welcome Spring back to Hampton Roads. The cold days of winter played a number on the community as a whole. This month, I want to remind you about our annual “tune-up” for your computer. If it’s been a year since we have done a cleaning on your unit... it’s time! Traditionally, March begins with a wake-up call to homeowners to replace your warn out and dirty heat/air filters in the wall and ceiling.
your computer, we need to get a good cleaning going to prevent your unit from overheating and slowing your process down. Please call my office at 497-1620 to arrange for us to come out and do a clean sweep of your CPU. I always say: We're always available to Village News readers for a quick analysis of your equipment. Just give us a call at 497-1620. Remember our motto: David “Can-Do!”
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By Pam Monahan
Eastern Meadowlark This gorgeous bird lives in farm fields, grasslands, and wet fields, according to bird guide books. Locally, however, I have found them in larger school yards, soccer fields, and vacant lots. They have been a nemesis of sorts for me the last several years, as I have tried and failed to obtain a closeup photo of one. That changed recently when I made a trip to Tractor Supply in Virginia Beach to replenish bird seed for my bird feeders. As I walked through the parking lot, I heard the unmistakeable song of an Eastern Meadowlark, a clear, mellow whistle. I found the source immediately, the gorgeous bird perched on a sign, singing its heart out. With several bags of birdseed in my arms, I hurried to my car to get my camera. Of course, by the time I got to the car, unloaded the seed, and grabbed my camera, the Meadowlark was nowhere to be seen. But, I knew it was there! So, I moved the car closer to the vacant lot where I had seen it, and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, I saw some movement. Eastern Meadowlarks walk on the ground, often concealed by grasses or other vegetation.
In winter you may see flocks of meadowlarks hunting insects in fields. They can be quite difficult to see as they use their coloring to their advantage. Although they are mostly brown and black, they have brightyellow underparts and a bold black V across the chest. Truly stunning! I was now using my car as a blind.Suddenly, an Eastern Meadowlarkâ€™s head popped up, right next to me! I snapped the shutter and held it down for about a dozen quick shots. Thatâ€™s all I got as the Meadowlark was now spooked and flew across the road. I was pretty sure there were others. So I waited, once again. Fifteen minutes later, the hidden flock began to move, but unfortunately, away from my location. I counted just 7 more. I was indeed fortunate to obtain those first dozen shots and although my time with these birds was very short, it was an experience I will treasure! A nemesis no longer!
A home inspection is meant to give a buyer or seller a snapshot of the condition of the property at that moment in time. One of the biggest concerns for sellers is that the buyer’s home inspector will discover something that will derail the transaction. It is a legitimate concern because I have seen a marked increase in contract cancellations from home inspections within the last year. To help you determine whether a prelisting inspection is right for you, consider the pros and cons. PROS: 1. You will get a comprehensive overview of your home’s condition- Most of the time a home inspection reveals condition issue that the homeowner is not even aware of and would correct immediately whether they were selling or not. 2.You can price your home more accurately- Condition is a function of price. Properties in tip top shape are in a better position to command top dollar. 3. Reduces stress- Both buyers and sellers get anxious about home inspections. Having a prelisting inspection can make both parties feel more confident that no big ticket issues exist. 4. Repairs can be made before the property is listed- Is a buyer’s home inspection were to uncover significant defects they will generally expect the seller to make the repairs (and dictate how they want them done). The seller gets caught scrambling to find affordable contractors who can complete the work prior to closing. With a pre-listing inspection, you set your own schedule for repairs. 5. Reduces the likelihood of additional negotiations- All too often the buyer uses the home inspection to ask for additional concessions from a seller. Negotiating after a home inspection is a common hurdle in every real estate transaction and unfortunately most buyer’s knit pick every detail (keep in mind that it is a big purchase they are making 6. Make your house stand out in the marketBuyers who are naturally skeptical about property condition will feel more confident choosing your home and if you let them know you have already had the house inspected.
footage of the property but generally home inspections cost between $350-$425. 2. Disclosure- If you don’t plan to fix the issue you may need to disclose them to the buyer. Virginia is what’s known as a Caveat Emptor state or “let the buyer beware”. The seller does not have to voluntarily disclose any defects with their home other than lead paint and certain known defects not readily discoverable to a buyer (latent defects). Regardless of what the law dictates however, consider how you would feel if someone concealed problems from you. Do the right thing and disclose any issues you know about. 3. The buyer will still do a home inspection- And they should! Not all home inspectors are created equal and condition can change between inspections. While other issues may be discovered the laundry list of repairs should be short if you have taken care of the lion’s share of repairs from your pre-listing inspection. For most sellers a pre-listing inspection offers too many benefits to ignore. It is a proactive step that puts you ahead of the curve, allowing you to see the path ahead of you much more clearly. You will feel more confident and possibly even get a higher price for your home. Need help choosing a good inspector? Give me a call today! I want to be your trusted real estate adviser!
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CONS: 1. You have to pay for it- The buyer pays for their home i spection but a seller will have to pay for a pre-listing inspection. The cost varies with square 7V
Over the last few months we have explored the internal working of our local Harris Teeter store located at the Courthouse Marketplace. This month we take a look at the Produce department run by Manager Dennis Young. Dennis has been with Harris Teeter 22 years. (Guess he likes the place). Originally from New Jersey he has worked in the corporate Harris Teeter in several stores. He has been with Courthouse Marketplace over two years.
David Benn, originally from Portsmouth has been with Harris Teeter for 8 years. He tells me he loves to help customers. I’m pleased when they call me by name. It tells me that I’m doing something right by them and they respond in kind. When I asked him why he has been with Harris Teeter for so long, he says, “because they keep paying me for something I love to do.”
He says that taking care of customers is everything to him. Manager Dennis Young says, Produce is like Says Dennis, “The He wants to present juggling, making sure we have the best quality the finest quality marketing philosophy of Harris is not like apples and oranges... It’s everything! fruits and vegetable Teeter allows us to available anywhere present (when available) local produce from the and he loves when customers ask for his help farms in Virginia Beach. Once the season with preparation and with ideas to pair fruits begins, we setup a special section to let our or vegetables with what they’re preparing for customers know they are buying locally grown their family. produce.” He says that it is never a bother to help a “Our corporate office buys regionally, customer. While I do have a lot of work to help nationally and internationally, the finest Dennis present a wonderful department to our available produce available anywhere in visitors, I always take the time to help Virginia. That’s why you see only the highest customers. We realize that without them and quality products available in our store, not only their support for our store there is no need for in the Produce department but store wide.” our services. I asked Dennis how they continue to present a vibrant, well displayed department. He tells me that the first person in each morning does a walk through of each section making sure it is well presented, up to date, quality outstanding and endless choices. As I could tell from our conversation, Dennis is very proud of the produce department and of his coworker, David Benn. 9
Shamrock Juice Cocktail INGREDIENTS 1/2 ounces gin. 1/2 ounces white tequila. 1/2 ounces light rum. 1/2 ounces vodka. 1 ounce Blue Curacao. 4 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice. DIRECTIONS Fill a hurricane or parfait glass with ice. Pour in the liquors and top off with the orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and cherries
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Daylight Saving Time 2019 Begins Sunday, March 10
At-home hacks: When cough or cold strikes, strike back If you're hearing the people around you start to sniffle and hack, you may feel a sense of impending doom about your chances of avoiding a cough or cold. Unfortunately, since the average American contracts two to three colds every year, according to the CDC, you may be right. But if you do come under the weather, there's no reason to suffer needlessly. That's especially true if you prepare now by storing away the essentials you'll need when sickness strikes. When it comes to anticipating cough and cold season, consider the following care tips from author and health and wellness expert Cassie Sobelton. * Stock up. When you're sick, the last thing you want to do is shop for supplies you need for relief, so prepare now by stocking up on your sick day essentials. From tea and honey for soothing comfort to tissues and sanitizers for clearing away germs, having it on-hand now will give you the first sense of relief when sickness strikes. * Clean out the cabinet. Always check your medicine cabinet for expired products and purchase new products at the beginning of the season. Having both daytime and nighttime formulas of cough and cold medicines will ensure you can find relief at all hours of the day. Robitussin now offers Robitussin Honey, which combines 19.2 percent natural, grade A honey with proven cough medicine, providing you with the honey you look for to comfort you 12
when you're sick and the medicine your body really needs. * Fight germs. Make a habit of carrying disinfectant wipes or sprays so you can clean up any areas that may have been exposed to germs, like common areas in the workplace. Be sure to also wash your hands several times a day and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your fingers. * Fuel your body. This will boost the immune system's ability to fight off germs. Eating quality foods helps the body thrive and assists in removing toxins and chemicals that can be harmful to the body, so a healthy diet will help your body feel its best. * Relax and recharge. One of the best things you can do to help your body get back to health is to relax. Staying home to rest will not only give your body the care it needs, but will help you avoid spreading germs to friends and co-workers. Take a steamy shower, turn on a humidifier filled with water and a little eucalyptus oil, drink herbal tea with honey and lay low until you're feeling your best. Entirely avoiding colds or coughs during the cold months of winter may be nearly impossible, but such illnesses can be easier to tolerate if you take steps to reduce their severity and stock up on comforting supplies. For more information on effective over-the-counter medications for common colds and coughs, visit www.robitussinhoney.com.
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Dinner & Dessert Good Enough to EAT! 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup clarified butter, melted 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 2/3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes 1/2 cup sliced green onions Stir together the pecans, bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons of clarified butter. Spread the mixture out on a plate. Press the chicken breasts into the mixture to coat on both sides. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the coated chicken breasts in the pan, and fry on both sides until nicely browned and chicken meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes per side. In a small saucepan, whisk together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, then remove from the burner, and whisk in the 3/4 cup of unsalted butter one piece at a time. Do not return to the heat. Arrange the chicken breasts on a large serving plate. Pour the sauce over the chicken, and sprinkle with green onion.
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4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 6 tablespoons butter 3 eggs 1 cup white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips In the microwave or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the butter stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and the chocolate mixture until well mixed. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining 1 cup chocolate chips. Cover dough and chill for at least an hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets so they are 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while also teaching them life lessons about empathy, compassion and responsibility. Here are five important facts that children need to know about pet care. * All pets need water Water is essential for every pet, every day (some even live in water). Keep water dishes or bottles clean so their water is always good to drink. * Pets need particular food PetSmart is a great place to find the right food for any pet. While some (like rabbits) eat fresh vegetables like you, most pets don't thrive on people food. Feeding them scraps from your plate is not a good idea, as some food might be bad for them. * Each pet needs a different habitat While cats or dogs share our homes, others require special houses. Fish need aquariums with water that's filtered, at the correct temperature. Smaller pets need cages - they're not litter-trained, and they're small enough to get lost in your house. Reptiles need glass enclosures called "vivariums" and require heat to be comfortable. Birds need cages to prevent them from escaping. Whatever habitat your pet requires, it's important to keep it clean and give them toys to entertain them. * Pets need socializing Just like people, pets can get lonely. Dogs need lots of human time, and walks to go to the bathroom and exercise. While cats seem like loners, they're actually quite social. Even a cat who doesn't want to cuddle may sit nearby. Fish or gerbils are more contented with the presence of an animal of the same species. Adopting two pets together can prevent loneliness. * Just like you, pets need check-ups Finally, most pets need regular check-ups. Vet visits can be costly, so before becoming a pet owner, make sure you're prepared. Pet ownership is a serious responsibility - their health and care is now up to you.
Understanding these important facts about pet care for each type of animal can help every family find the right pet. According to the ASPCA, about 3.2 million cats and 3.3 million dogs are brought to shelters each year. Whenever you're looking for a pet, remember that there are always many more available than human families to give them homes. Individual pet owners, families, communities and companies can all play a part in ensuring that animals are provided shelter while they wait for their forever homes, and in encouraging their adoption. Animal companions give so much to the families who love them, and communities can help more pets get adopted by providing know-how. Learning which type of pet may be right for you and your family can start with a program such as Pets Like U at PetSmart stores around the country. Specially designed and supported by the Field Trip Factory for grades K-2 or 3-6, the program teaches children about the needs, care and behavior of different types of pets, whether furry, fishy or scaly. "Our experiential programs teach students important life skills within real life environments in a fun and engaging way. We receive consistent feedback from educators that their students show greater retention of the key learning concepts and higher interest in the corresponding curriculum subject," says Field Trip Factory president Etienne Veber. 17
Welcome to the March edition of Village News Magazine. We hope you enjoy this month's read.