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The Decorator’s Angles Coming in January N EW

Retrospect of the year 2011

Getting Better When It Seems Impossible shaken not stirred

Community Calendar – Lots to do! Thank You, Readers, For A Great Year!

Santa’s Perfect Eggnog Please visit the “new” online version!

A word or two from our Editor

Welcome to the December "Holiday" Issue of Village News Magazine. This year appears to have been about bringing back power to the people. Governments have been toppled, dictators removed. Economies have struggled, and so many people have lost their (once-thought-of-as-secure) jobs.

Village News Staff Peter Cousin, Editor-in-Chief 757-301-9617 Tara Perrone Lead Graphic Designer 757-301-9617

On the home-front, Virginia fared better than most states. Our gas prices (though high) are not as high as the West Coast. Our unemployment is high but again, lower than most states across our nation. Our faith remains strong, and our commitment to our fellow neighbors has been strengthened by our resolve. We've had to say "goodbye" to some loved-ones, this year; but their memories will be forever set in our minds. Many blessings also have come our way in 2011. Our military has continued to provide us safety and protection; and soon (we hope), they will be coming home from far-away danger zones. Loved ones are staying in touch more often than they used to. (Thanks Ricki, Chris & Marisa.) Regardless of the specifics of your own situation, neighbors continue to dress their homes for the season; the buying of gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah continues; the mailing of cards to loved-ones by U.S. Mail or e-Mail goes on; and generally, people around our area seem happy! I guess the saying really is true: "Tis the Season!"

Andrea Cousin Production Manager 757-301-9617 Ricki Burleigh Proofing Department 757-301-9617 Gian Carlo Community Reporter 757-718-7822 Tamyra Spear Editor - Decorator Angles 757-496-5144 David Cando IT Department 757-497-1620

From all of us at Village News Magazine, we wish you a positive and loving close to 2011! We look forward to bringing you our Annual "Retrospect" Issue in January 2012. We express our sincere gratitude to all our advertisers this year. Without their support, there could be no Village News! Please view this publication online Please show them your continued support by purchasing their products or services. We along with additional “Bonus certainly appreciate it! We hope you enjoy this month’s read. Article” at

In This Issue

Golf Tips

4 Golf News & Tips

Your Health 6 Health Fair Report 9 When stress gets to you... fight back 18 Get in the habit of walking

Education Education 4 Design to your reality 5 Fashion Trends 13 Computer Mandate

Neighborhood Neighborhood News News 10 Info from Ivy 10 Community Calendar - NEW 15 Sean Smithhart makes his mark

Culture Culture 13 Taste of Gourmet: PERFECT Turkey 14 American Mechanical Tips 18 shaken not stirred - Cranberry Cocktail

Humor 14 Golfer’s Corner


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The Dreaded LOOKING UP PROBLEM: Anxious to see

where your shot is going, you begin to look up during the downswing and before the clubface makes contact with the ball. This moves the body, which misaligns the swingpath and produces terrible shots -- or even a complete whiff! Many feel that this is the number one mistake that golfers make. To minimize this problem, rotate your hips properly through impact, keep arms fully extended through impact, concentrate on a low follow-through.

Golf Tips Words of Wisdom Actually, the Lord answers my prayers everywhere except on the golf course. Billy Graham "The main idea in golf as in life, I suppose is to learn to accept what cannot be altered and to keep on doing one's own reasoned and resolute best whether the prospect be bleak or rosy." Bobby Jones

Wait until you see the ball “disappear” before taking your eyes away from it.

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December Fashion Trends

What's On The Runways For 2011/2012 Fall/Winter - Classy, Classic, And Sexy. With fall and winter here, perhaps your wardrobe needs a bit of updating? Sexy, classy, and classic are the features to look for when buying clothes for this winter... For winter the waist has returned! Whether on a belted swing coat, a curvy dress or pencil skirt, the emphasis is on the waist. The fitted shift style dress provides a much-needed antidote to all the trapeze shapes of this past summer. The seriously girlie frock could be on it's way out? The dress for winter is sexier and edgier -- but not skin tight -- so dresses will remain comfortable."


Run Way To You - Fashion Fall/Winter 2011

Watch for the big screaming trends - belts, belts, and more belts... Grey and Purple was the number one color on the run ways this fall... Structure, sophisticated, edgier and oh yes sexy!

Want To Learn More On The Top 10 Fashions That Defy Time ? Top 10 Fashions That Defy Trends and Decades ... Diamond Stud Earrings, The Fabulous Pump Shoe, Cashmere Shawl Cardigan Sweater, Boot Cut Jeans, The Little Black Dress, Sheath Dress Turtleneck, Tote Bag and the Trench Coat

Fashion Plum Of The Season ...Winter White's - Here To Stay Winter white as always holds it place this year in fashion. The designers have used winter white alone, to make a soft statement. However, they also mix it up! Adding white to soft creams to bold color, to make a fashion splash this season.

This Seasons Evening Wear Is Smashing... Some idea's how to spiff up your formal evening wear... Sure the "Little Black Dress " continues to be the number one women's choice for after five. However, the runways this season were full of some other oh so great "formal" options. The look for evening wear this winter is, classy, regal, and sexy... The colors you will find on the racks are fit for royalty. The jewelry this season is not to shabby either.

Where is Christina Vendetti? After a year of excellent contributions to TRENDS, she had decided not to continue based on family obligations. We thank her for her insight, expertise and efforts and wish her much success in the future! Village News Magazine 5 VILLAGE NEWS December 2011

Getting better when it seems impossible By Dr. Art Crago - Crago Family Chiropractic

It's hard to believe this is December! It seems like only a month or two ago that we were celebrating the New Year 2011. First, I would like to thank Village News for making this space available to us and to all their readers who became our patients this year. We're so pleased to have you as new patients and friends, and we're certain that chiropractic care will provide you with an improvement in your mobility. Recently, a patient told me that before coming into our office, she felt like she would never get better. She said that it was impossible for her to feel relief from her aching back. She told me that she had been in a car collision a number of years ago and did not start feeling pain until just recently. "I bent over to pick up my grandson, and something in my back snapped! I quickly put him down and waddled over to the couch, where I remained for the rest of the next two days. I tried ice. I tried heat. I tried over-thecounter ointments; but nothing helped -- not even a little. I let this go

on for almost a month. Then, I was reading your article in the October issue of Village News and thought to myself, 'I have nothing to lose'. So, I called and made an appointment." "After the first visit, I noticed an improvement. After the second, even more relief! By the third appointDr. Art Crago ment, I was feeling so encouraged that I had to write you this note. I now believe there are 'possible' improvements regarding my health. I'm a believer in your care and recommend you to everyone I meet. Thanks, Dr. Art." Janice - Virginia Beach Thank you Janice for the kind words and encouragement! I am a Chiropractor because I believe in what I do and in the way that I can help others." Village News Readers, Please accept the gift of health and a special $50-first-visit price for new patients. You, too, can feel the relief and enjoy better health! Please call today to make your first appointment!

486-4772 Crago Family Chiropractic Center 4224 Holland Road, Suite 110 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Happy Holidays from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge Happy Holidays to all the readers of Village News Magazine. We thank you for your continued patronage this year and look forward to helping you to find those one-of-a-kind, special purchases in 2012! Need some last-minute shopping ideas? Our store is set up for easy browsing in the comfort of a secure, well-lit location. If you haven't been to our store since our move to our beautiful, new facility across the parking lot, please come by to see all of the wonderful selections that we now have to offer in this larger location.

We're in the Strawbridge Shopping Center located at 2165 General Booth Blvd. in Virginia Beach. We're a stone's throw from the movie theater. For those of you who have shopped with us for years, you know that we are constantly on the lookout for that "special" gift idea that sets the standard for uniqueness. We also have one entire section of our store dedicated solely to the PANDORA line of jewelry. This may be the perfect time for you to begin building those lifetime memories. Donna Brackett (Manager), the entire staff of Either Ore Jewelers and I (Donna Firestone, Owner) warmly express our gratitude to you for continued support of our store and for your help in building many lasting friendships with you, our customers. May your year 2012, be the best year ever!


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The Decorator’s Dear Village News Readers: This is the first of our monthly "Decorator's Angles" articles. It is our intent to inspire you, provide education and "how-to" methods to help you with your decorating ideas for both your home and office. Of course, we encourage you to contact us for a personal consultation and assistance in making your decorating dreams a reality!

Tamyra Spear - Owner Decorating Den Interiors

We recently attended the Furniture Market in High Point, NC. It was exciting to see all the new trends in color and design. I am thrilled to bring you new color combinations and designs! Most home-furnishing design trends follow trends in the women's fashion industry. What we see walking down the red carpet today might translate into one of the hottest design trends for tomorrow. Below are some ideas we have brought back for you. For more information, please call me: 496-5144. DETAILS: Brass or silver-toned, nail-head trim instantly adds drama when outlining the wood frames of many of today's furniture pieces. AppliquĂŠs, embossing, leather piping or beaded fringe really stand out. THE COSMOPOLITAN LOOK: Wood mirrors and painted finishes can accentuate an area and bring about a focal point in any room. in soothing colors.

COTTAGE LOOK: The coastal-living feel is highlighted with painted pieces

URBAN CHIC: Dark or reclaimed wood, finished with brushed aluminum on trunks and desks is very popular. Colors: Lots of tangerines and oranges; rusty shades and copper metallic to burnt orange and bright orange; reds paired with oranges and golden hues; grey, the new neutral: very sophisticated! The color may shift into taupes, as well as blue-tones and lilac groups. Hot combos: grey and silver, paired with lilac; red-cast purple with chocolate brown; deep eggplant and wine; black and white accents -- remaining strong and not exclusively contemporary; black paired with bright white and black-on-black will continue to provide a very classy look. OUTDOOR LIVING: Bringing the outdoors in with indoor/outdoor fabrics, rattan, textures and outdoor furniture, creating another room in the home. Why not include the outdoor look in your indoor sunroom? Summer may be well into the future, but you can have the feel now with just a few pieces. FABRIC TRENDS: Fabrics viewed are in the color waves that we have already shown, but notice designs that offer intertwined patterns. Also, we are observing some ikat patterns, which are from flower-petal designs, inspired from cultures-old dyeing and weaving techniques. Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers, leaves & urns, fruits, and occasional fish and birds.

Please call me at 496-5144, and let's set up your free, first-consultation. I can show you many of the ideas discussed in the above article.

Have fun! Do a little experimenting and add some joy to your rooms! Tamyra Spear - Owner Decorating Den Interiors Award-winning decorator 757-496-5144 7

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"Happy Holidays" from your friends at Salon Mosaic It's hard to believe it's that time of year again. The weather has turned cold and everyone's getting ready for the holidays. Companies are having their annual parties and people are frantically shopping for the perfect gifts and just the right outfits. December is such an exciting (not to mention hectic and exhausting) month. You can feel the electricity in the air. Saint Nicholas Day is December 6th and the festival of lights, also known as Hanukkah begins at sunset Tuesday, December 20th. Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, December 25th and Kwanzaa, the African-American celebration of community and reflection, begins on December 26th. During this time of hustle and bustle, Salon Mosaic is here for you. Come in and get the perfect hairstyle to accompany your "just right" outfit and really "wow 'em" at that

company party or get together with family and friends! You'll be glad you did, especially after receiving our special relaxing, massaging shampoo. I can feel myself relaxing just thinking about it! And while you are here, why not get a little shopping done? Can't decide what to get for a loved one or a co-worker? How about a gift certificate to Salon Mosaic so they can start 2012 with a new, updated look? Salon Mosaic is known for their ability to create the perfect, individualized style for each of their customers. You won't see the same colors and cuts walking in and out of our door. Everything we do is tailored to the specific needs and wants of each of our clients. Trial size shampoo, conditioner, gel and hairspray make great gifts, especially if you need that little

something extra. What woman wouldn't love a small size of hairspray she can carry in her purse? Is the cold air drying out your skin? We have the perfect thing‌ Panthenol. You can spray it all over your body and scalp and even in your hair to ease that dryness. If you or someone you know has trouble with dry, itchy skin, give them the gift of 5% Panthenol Treatment. They'll love you for it! Call or stop by today to treat yourself or a loved one to a new holiday you and discover why Salon Mosaic is "Different by Design." Salon Mosaic is located at: 2488 North Landing Rd, Suite 107, near theVirginia Beach Courthouse. Call us at (757) 427-0200 to set up your appointment. Visit us on Facebook and the web at

West Neck Educators Club


he West Neck Educators Club invited the Virginia Beach City Public Schools team involved with the construction of the new Kellam High School to its November meeting. In attendance were Tony Arnold, Director of Facilities for VBCPS; Don Bahlman, Architect and Project Manager for Kellam; Steve Ballard, President of SB Ballard, the general contractor; Bill Brunke, Vice Chairman of the School Board; Dale Holt, Assistant Superintendent for VBCPS; and, Mike Ross with HBA Architects. After a video presentation showing the progress of the construction, a question and answer session followed. Virginia's Educators Day is Tuesday, January 31. A dinner is being planned for 6:00 p.m. at Mannino's Restaurant on this day for members and their guests. More information will be forthcoming this month from Betty Lake.

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The WNEC will begin its second annual membership drive in January 2012. Members extend an invitation to all residents to join this organization. A background in education is NOT a requirement. The club's primary goals are to offer scholarships to local high school students, provide opportunities for volunteering in neighboring schools and sponsor educational programs for residents of West Neck. Annual dues are only $20 and are only used for scholarships. Residents who prefer to make a $5 pledge to the Kellam High School Scholarship Fund are also greatly appreciated. Checks can be made to West Neck Educators Club and sent to 2705 Steinbeck Court. If you have further questions, please call Francie Rayburn at 689-8915.

All of us at Village News Magazine, and our contributing editors wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons. Peter & Andrea Cousin Tara Perrone Christina Vendetti Ricki Burleigh Gian Carlo David Cando George Davis Pam Monahan (Ivy’s Mom)

Dr. Art Crago Eddie Sanchez Salon Mosaic Jim Bohrer Louise Gordon Francie Rayburn Glen Pierce Tamyra Spear Donna Firestone

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Community Calendar December

I’m Gian Carlo, the Community Reporter for Village News Magazine. Do you have an event to publicize? Send it to me by email no later than the 10th of the month. I look forward to reporting your event soon.


Gian Carlo

For detailed information on these December events, go to:

Community Reporter (Cell) 757-718-7822

Holiday Parade at the Beach: 12/3 on Atlantic Ave. Opens 5:30pm closes 6:30pm. Officially ushering in the holiday season in Virginia Beach. Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages! Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna: 12/14. Town Center. Price: $35 - $75. Famed Vienna Boys Choir continue to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire.

McDonalds Holiday Lights at the Beach: Virginia Beach Boardwalk through 1/1/2012. Opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm. There is a fee per car.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: Through 12/31. Enjoy attractions, shows, rides, shopping, and dining at Christmas Town, A Busch Gardens Celebration. Hunt Club Farms Winter Wonderland: Through 12/31. Thousands of sparkling lights, a children’s maze, and hundreds of animated holiday figures come to life for a fantastic journey through the toy workshop.

Santa Arrives: December 25th. Make sure to leave out plenty of milk and cookies. Hanukkah: starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. For 2011: December 20-28

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Five tips to stay warm and reduce energy costs As winter approaches and the outdoor temperature drops, energy consumption is on the rise. Homeowners can implement these five tips to help reduce their home's energy use and costs, yet maintain a warm and comfortable indoor environment, this winter. Energy audit: If you want to reduce your home's energy costs, a home energy assessment or audit is a good place to start. While many homeowners can observe obvious air leaks on their own, a professional energy auditor will go into greater detail, checking a home's exterior and interior room-by-room, for undetectable energy wasters. A professional will also review your recent utility bills before recommending ways to decrease household energy consumption. Many electric or gas companies provide professional energy assessments or can recommend a local auditor. Lighting: During the winter, people tend to use more artificial lighting to make up for the decrease in daylight. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching from incandescent light bulbs to more efficient compact florescent bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can save up to $50 a year in energy costs. Another easy way to reduce energy consumption during the winter holiday season is to use a timer on your festive decorative lights. Your local home improvement stores should carry a variety of inexpensive timer models to choose from. Water heating: Lowering the thermostat on your water heater by 10 degrees can help save between 3 and 5 percent in energy costs. In addition, keeping your water heater set at 120 degrees will slow corrosion in your water heater and pipes, allowing them to operate at their most efficient. Insulate your water heater tank and any accessible hot water pipes using pre-cut insulation pieces available at most home

improvement stores. The precut pieces are easy to install and may prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter. Indoor heating: It's tempting to turn up the heat when the weather cools; however, during the winter months, you can save as much as 3 percent of heating costs for every degree your thermostat is lowered. A professional heating and cooling contractor can recommend and install a programmable thermostat like the AccuLink(TM) Platinum ZV Control from American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning that allows homeowners to create heating schedules for when no one is home ensuring greater energy efficiency and enhanced indoor comfort. Learn more at Insulation: Adding more insulation where you already have some, in your home's attic, for example, will help to save energy. However greater energy savings are often found when installing insulation into places that are not currently insulated. A home energy auditor can help identify how much insulation you currently have and how much you need, in addition to which type of installation to install. During the winter, energy costs can make a big dent in the family budget; however, there are a few easy things you can do to lower your home's energy consumption. Find comfort and joy in your home this season by reducing energy costs and efficiently heating your home.

Ring in the New Year with a healthy resolution. Call Eddie Sanchez at Fitness Together and get started!

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By David Cando - Owner Happy holidays to all the Village News readers from the Executive Technologies staff and personally from me, David Cando. It has been our pleasure to serve so many of you this past year with new computer set-ups, solving difficulties with your hardware and software, and correcting problems that you were unable to do for yourself. I sincerely want to thank Peter Cousin, Editor of Village News, for his encouragement and suggestions for articles that he was confident you would read with interest. Of course, December means gifts. And that often means electronics. If you should receive a new computer this year and need help installing additional software programs, setting up your e-Mail, or generally moving the data from your old machine to the new one, you can count on us to help you through the transition.

A Few Things to Think About Often, the holidays bring hackers and virus predators. A few tips during the holiday that may save you time and money: 1. If you do not know the person e-mailing you an attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT! 2. If you do know the person sending an attachment, just send him/her a quick note asking if he/she actually sent it. Why? Because many virus systems attach themselves to your outgoing mail and then auto-send the virus to you. It only takes a few seconds to verify the attachment with the sender. Finally, should you get a virus this season (and I'm talking about your computer), don't hesitate to call me. We will make every effort to bring peace back to your computer! Please call me: David Cando at 497-1620. Remember: when others can't, David "Can-do!"

To all our Jewish friends, we wish you a wonderful and happy Chanukah. “Blessed are You, our God, Creator of time and space, who enriches our lives with holiness, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights.� Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik neir shel Chanukah.

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a Tasteof Gourmet

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Ingredients 1 4-pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed 12 thin prosciutto slices 1 large lemon, very thinly sliced 1/2 cup panko (breadcrumbs) 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 1 1/2 pounds broccolini, trimmed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup low-salt chicken broth 1 cup Pinot Grigio 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS: Place pork, fat side down, on work surface with 1 short end facing you. Using long thin sharp knife and starting 1/2 inch above underside of roast, cut 1/2 inch in along right side. Continue cutting 1/2 inch above underside, unrolling roast like carpet. Arrange prosciutto evenly over pork, overlapping if necessary. Arrange lemon slices over prosciutto. Sprinkle with panko, then chives. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Turn pork so 1 short end faces you. Beginning at 1 short end, roll up pork; arrange seam side down on work surface (fat side will be facing up). Using kitchen string, tie at 1- to 1 1/2-inch intervals. Transfer pork, fat side up, to roasting pan. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook broccolini in pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; cool. Cover pork; chill. Wrap broccolini in paper towels, then plastic; chill. Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 450F. Place pork on lower rack; roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325F; roast pork until instant-read thermometer registers 145F when inserted into center of pork, 45 to 60 minutes longer, depending on thickness of roast. Transfer to cutting board. Increase oven temperature to 375F. Divide broccolini between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle olive oil over, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Place in oven and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes, reversing sheets halfway through roasting. Place roasting pan over 2 burners on medium-high heat. Add broth and wine; bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in butter. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Strain sauce into small pitcher. Season with salt and pepper. Using kitchen scissors, cut string along top of roast; discard. Cut pork into 1/2-inch- thick slices; arrange on platter. Drizzle lemon juice over broccolini; season with salt and pepper. Serve pork with broccolini, passing sauce alongside.

Holiday shoppers: beware of “budget fatigue” The past few years have been hard on the American pocketbook – and psyche. Many of us have had to curtail spending for quite some time, and with the holiday season (read, shopping season) coming up fast, we’re itching just to let go and spend like it’s 1999. But be wary shoppers, warns June Walbert, a certified financial planner with USAA. Don’t let what she calls “budget fatigue” seduce you into spending beyond your means.

D Be realistic about your financial situation. The way to minimize huge January bills is to make a list and stick to it once you get to a store or online shopping site. “If folks needed to be on a strict budget last year, they probably need to stay on one this year,” Walbert says.

D Pay with debit. “I love debit cards," Walbert says,

D Layaway. For those who already know what they

want to buy, Walbert believes layaway shopping is a good option. “It allows you to start your shopping early, lessen the financial demands that the holidays bring, and you can still get the gift you want,” she says.

“because if you don’t have money in the bank, your transaction is not approved.” But even if it is approved, that doesn’t mean you can afford a particular purchase. 13 VILLAGE NEWS December 2011

New Air Conditioning System for 2012? Okay, you got away with it this year. The air conditioning system made it through another year, even though you knew it was on its last leg! Now, you've got at least the next 5 or even 6 months before you even have to concern yourself with cooling the house, again. So, why think about it now? Most HVAC companies want your last-minute, emergency calls! Those come when the heat in the house is almost unbearable and the humidity is as thick as mud. Companies like to charge the "emergency fee" (as some of them put it) to come out when you need them most. Since 1994, we at American Mechanical have focused on becoming your complete service company! We handle your air-conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical needs. We repair, upgrade or replace units, as needed. One important, major difference between American Mechanical and the rest: We charge by the job, not by the hour.

Village News is delivered; and most likely, you'll see one or more of our trucks. Our employees are just that... our employees. They work for us. We never use subcontractors; and members of our team have been trained in their particular field of expertise. We don't provide individuals who know a little about a lot: We provide true professionals who know a lot about the specific service they provide. If you're ready to look into a potential replacement for your air-conditioning system, please call us. We'll be happy to come out to give you a quote. Oh, yeah… and if you should have a problem with anything else in your home, please call us! We'll fix that, too! Call American Mechanical at 428-0651. Please see their ad on the inside cover of this magazine.

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Happy Holidays From the Editorial Staff at Village News Magazine

“How many times do I have to tell you not to play in this kind of weather?” “I’m tired of thawing you out!”

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Info From IVY

Send me an email with your questions:

Please... be a lifesaver! It's that time of year again: The holiday rush is upon us! This is the time of year that we are always asked to consider helping those less fortunate. For me, this means helping the homeless animals at the Virginia Beach SPCA. A donation box for Ivy's Pet Project will be located at the Village Hall all month! The animals need to eat. Purina One is the preferred dry food for the dogs and cats, though any brand of dry dog and cat food is appreciated! It is distributed to various community outreach programs with which the Virginia Beach SPCA is involved. The animals need to play. With over 100 cats and kittens at the shelter, they need lots of cat toys -- all kinds! The dogs and puppies like Kongs, all sizes. And tennis balls. Please, no stuffed toys for the dogs and puppies. The dogs like to walk. They need leashes and collars. Gently used are fine. No retractable leashes. The rabbits, hamsters and gerbils need food, too (and Timothy hay).

The Virginia Beach SPCA has a very active and busy wildlife program. They need wild birdseed, cracked corn, raw peanuts -- all kinds of nuts, actually. But, mostly the animals need a second chance. They need love. They all need a loving home. Please consider adopting one of these wonderful animals. Your new best friend is waiting for you at the Virginia Beach SPCA.

Please... be a lifesaver! NOTE: The Backyard Birdwatchers of West Neck will meet on Monday, December 19th at 2pm at the Village Hall. Take a break from the Holiday rush and come talk about birds. Bring a friend along too!

COMING in the January 2012 issue... our annual “Retrospect” of the year - 2011. Don’t miss the recap of those stories that made history -- some good -- some not so good. All in the January 2012 issue of Village News Magazine

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Fight the battle of rising heating costs


ith fall approaching, ‘tis the season of high heating costs.

It’s not too late to do something in the battle against rising heating costs. You can start by winterizing your home, plugging up the leaks and drafts that deplete energy – and your family budget. Here’s your money-saving strategy: DFor interior and exterior doors, there’s Duck brand Double Draft Seal. Engineered to hug the bottom of a door or window from both sides, the seal offers two layers of protection from drafts. It has exclusive adjustable straps to keep the seal from sliding and getting stuck in the door. D Stop drafts through windows by using Duck brand Roll-On Window Kits, which provide an airtight seal against the energy-sucking winds of winter. 16 VILLAGE NEWS December 2011

D For outdoor faucets that freeze from frustrating cold winds, consider covers that insulate and protect. Faucet covers can help prevent pipes from freezing and save on expensive repair work. Duck brand offers two kinds of faucet covers: a rigid foam version and a flexible, insulated version. For more information and tips to protect your home and your wallet from the weather that can drain your energy usage, visit

Healthy Weight Management for the Holidays By Eddie Sanchez - Owner, Fitness Together Courthouse

If you're looking for a little help keeping your waistline from expanding to Santa-like dimensions this holiday season, the best way to do that is to focus on staying healthy. Diets can feel like self-denial, while a new-found commitment to living healthily can be a great way to increase your self-awareness and encourage yourself to make better holiday choices. As you prepare to navigate the last of this years holiday feasting, don't totally cut out those holiday treats, but make sure you limit your indulgences. Don't use the holidays as an excuse to skip your regular routine. Find the time to hit the gym, and try to walk as much as possible throughout the season. The added activity will help you keep off those unwanted holiday pounds. Finally, remember that you can always say no. You don't need to accept every single treat that comes your way. If you've already slipped a few times this week, let yourself say no. The extra self control will go along way. Editor’s Note: Eddie Sanchez is the owner of Fitness Together located next to Harris Teeter at the Courthouse Marketplace. I personally recommend his program for young and old. I have participated and can tell you first hand that it not only works it makes for lifestyle change. Call him to see what he can do for you! 430-1682.

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shaken, not stirred “Santa’s Perfect Eggnog”



Many believe that eggnog is a tradition that was brought to America from Europe around 1800. Eggnog is related to various milk and wine punches that had been concocted long ago in the "Old World". However, in America a new twist was put on the theme. Rum was used in the place of wine. In Colonial America, rum was commonly called "grog", so the name eggnog is likely derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, "egg-and-grog", which corrupted to egg'n'grog and soon to eggnog. What you’ll need: 6 eggs 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3/4 cup brandy 1/3 cup dark rum (Captain Morgan for best flavor, but Myers is fine) 2 cups whipping cream 2 cups milk

Directions Beat the eggs for 2 or 3 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed until very frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Turn the mixer off and stir in the cold brandy, rum, whipping cream and milk Chill before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with more nutmeg.

Tips for easy, fun holiday entertaining


ntertaining friends and family during the holiday season is as customary as drinking eggnog and opening presents. These gatherings usually involve investigating new – and delicious – recipes, decorating the house to the hilt, building the perfect collection of holiday tunes to play and finding fun activities to keep everyone engaged throughout. The key to successful entertaining over the holidays is preparation. Here are some tips from Mike Wisner, executive chef for kitchen appliance maker LG Electronics USA, to help you throw a great holiday party:

‹ Map out your meals a few days in advance and don’t feel like you have to cook everything. A double oven range can make your preparations easier. With two separate ovens that can operate independently at different temperatures, LG’s range helps you prepare appetizers and an entree or the entree and dessert at the same time.

‹ If you’re hosting a gathering with children in attendance, be sure to have some fun movies 18 VILLAGE NEWS December 2011

on hand to keep them entertained. If you want to wow your guests, consider a CINEMA 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray player package from LG. With four sets of polarized glasses and a wide viewing angle, it’s perfect for large groups to enjoy the latest 3D releases.

The Christmas Story As told by Matthew


his is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.� Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead." So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene." --Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 New International Version 19 VILLAGE NEWS December 2011



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