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Be My Valentine Local Author Strikes Literary Gold Top 5 Fashion Trends for Spring A Taste of Gourmet Astoria Crab Pasta shaken not stirred “Amarula & Eve”

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A word or two from our Editor

Village News Staff Peter Cousin, Editor-in-Chief 757-301-9617

Welcome to the February issue of Village News Magazine. First and foremost, we wish you a warm and wonderful Valentine's Day. This, being our annual Valentine's issue, you'll find some loving words in our "Feature" section, aptly named "Tunnel of Love." Please look for it in this issue.

Tara Perrone Lead Graphic Designer 757-301-9617

Throughout this month's publication, you'll find helpful hints and suggestions to improve your Valentine's Day experience - from gourmet food recipes and cocktails to tempt your taste buds to suggested gifts of clothing and jewelry. We have covered it all!

Andrea Cousin Production Manager 757-301-9617 Ricki Burleigh Proofing Department 757-301-9617

Looks like the political scene has heated up; and for the next 9 months or so, we'll be inundated with ads everywhere from those seeking the highest job in the land. It is amazing to know that the President of the United States is paid $400,000, annually; and yet, candidates will spend millions of dollars to acquire that position! Talk about ego! In any case, remember that this freedom of choice is not available around the world. Love it or hate it: it's your right to make your voice heard. When it comes time to vote in the Primary and the General Election, please make sure you get out and vote! Also, help those around you who may not have transportation available. It's the American way!

Karen Glaze Marketing Consultant 757-589-3214 Gian Carlo Community Reporter 757-718-7822 Tamyra Spear Editor - Decorator Angles 757-496-5144

On the "Do-we-really-care?" side, why do we need leap-year? This February has 29 days, instead of the usual 28 days. By adding a leap year approximately every fourth year, the difference between the calendar and the seasons can be reduced Significantly; and the calendar will align with the seasons much more accurately. Just thought you would like to know. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this month’s read!

David Cando IT Department 757-497-1620

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In This Issue

Golf Tips

Love is in the air

Neighborhood Neighborhood News News

4 Golf News & Tips

Your Health

11 The gift of true love... HEALTH! 16 Your health questions answered

Education Education 5 Decorator’s Angles 10 5 Fashion tips for Spring 19 Computer Mandate


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Local author strikes literary gold Educators Club A local restaurant owner’s story of love Info from Ivy

Culture Culture

6 American Mechanical Tips 13 Taste of Gourmet 18 shaken not stirred - Amarula & Eve


9 Golfer’s Corner


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Greenside Bunker Shot

To hit a short bunker shot, it’s not always necessary to dig deep into the sand and make an overly aggressive and steep swing. If you set up correctly, the shot becomes a lot easier. Start with a narrow stance and an open clubface, then place the ball forward in your stance. As you start your backswing, you’ll want to make an early hinge of the wrists. These four components will steepen your swing automatically, meaning there’s no need to try to dig or scoop the ball into the air. Instead, allow the arms to swing down and make contact behind the ball on the forwardswing, just as you would a normal

Golf Tips

shot—only this time you’re making the divot before the ball, not after. As far as how much divot behind the ball you’ll need, forget about any standardized method. All players have different swings, meaning you need to find a practice bunker and see how far behind the ball you can hit the sand and still execute a good shot. By the way, different sand conditions and types can change the amount of sand you’ll want between the clubface and ball, too. As you swing down and through, allow the hands to hinge after the shot, as well. And do what you can to keep that clubface facing the target while hitting a moderate amount of sand no more than an inch or so deep. Remember, your PGA Professional is here to help your game. Call them!

Happy February from the Salon Mosaic Team It's hard to believe the new year has started and it's already February! We hope 2012 has been good to everyone thus far. We've been busy at Salon Mosaic learning new cuts, coloring, and styling techniques, making renovations to the salon, updating our software, but most importantly, planning our customer appreciation day. It has been five years since we opened our doors at the North Landing location and we thought it was time we invited our clients to a special event to say "thank you." Thank you to everyone who has made the move to the Virginia Beach courthouse area with us and to the many new customers that have allowed us the privilege of addressing their hair care needs since our move. Mark your calendars and join us on February 26th for the special day we have planned for you. What exactly does Salon Mosaic have planned for you? That's a secret that can't be revealed, but I've heard whispers about door prizes, raffles, product promotions, and even the possibility of a grand prize drawing for a free makeover! Everyone who attends will receive a 10% discount on their next appointment and, if you bring a friend who is not already a Salon Mosaic client, you can double that, and receive a 20% discount! And your friend will receive 20% off their next hair care appointment too. You won't want to miss it! If you aren't already a Salon Mosaic customer, stop by and check us out! You'll find out why we are "Different by Design." Salon Mosaic is located at: 2488 North Landing Rd, Suite 107, near the Virginia Beach Courthouse. Call us at (757) 427-0200 to set up your appointment. Visit us on Facebook and the web at 4 VILLAGE NEWS February 2012

The Decorator’s Rekindle your spirit; shake things up a bit, and choose to give a room in your home a brand new makeover. A fresh new look will definitely have a positive impact on every person who lives in your home.

Tamyra Spear - Owner Decorating Den Interiors

Let's recreate your master bedroom. Today's master bedroom is much more than just the place for you to sleep. It's truly a personal in-home retreat. The private nature of this room invites the indulgence of sumptuous fabrics, heirlooms and collectibles, or an exquisite oriental rug that might have been in jeopardy in other areas of your home. Possibly more than in any other feature of the home, window treatments need to be both functional and beautiful. Providing your master suite has a beautiful outdoor view, you might consider window treatments designed to completely clear the windows when opened. Styles, fabrics, trim, hardware and fabrication techniques can vary tremendously to satisfy both function and beauty. If living in an all-white or beige world, nothing will spark your room's makeover faster than color! Perhaps it's just one simple accent-wall painted a dramatic and exciting color. Maybe a new piece of artwork hung over your bed or on the accent-wall, adding some color and spice to the space. A small loveseat or chaise positioned at the foot of the bed can serve a dual role: perhaps one that is a comfy nest for reading, and another time it could function as a rest for folding back the bed cover in the evening. If space is at a premium, try two easy chairs facing each other with an ottoman. A gorgeously crafted armoire will serve to encase the master bedroom television. If space is an issue, mount the flat screen on the wall. How great would it be to equip your television with remote headphones, so that the sound will not disturb the person reading or sleeping? Side tables flanking your bed needn't be identical but should serve the personal needs of each sleeper. Today, we are finding side tables growing larger to provide storage and table-top space for accessories and necessities. Bedding should take center stage in your room. Bedding ensembles come in a variety of styles, shapes and design. Add multiple pillow shams in several fabric coordinates, decorative pillows in unique sizes and shapes or a coordinating bed skirt to round out your overall look. Your bedroom redecorating project just might mean you'll find yourself being just a little happier or a little more joyful and at peace with yourself and your surroundings. A wonderful master bedroom, even with minimal square footage, should be used an integral part of your living space. Make it personal, cozy, functional and private. You'll find yourself retreating there more often than ever before!

This year, let's lighten-up and brighten-up your home!

Tamyra Spear - Owner Decorating Den Interiors Award-winning decorator 757-496-5144

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Lowering your heating costs & save  Lower your hot water heater to 120 degrees, and drain any sediment. Adjusting your hot water is a huge, potential energy-saver. Experts also recommend draining a pint or so of water from your water heater a few times a year to reduce sediment and increase efficiency.  Add insulation to your hot-water heater. As long as you are dealing with your water heater, you might as well add some insulation. Since the standard hot water heater is on all the time, adding extra insulation will save more energy than you think. Most hardware stores sell pre-made insulator "jackets" that can be easily wrapped around one's water heater.  Install a low-flow shower head. These are also a worthwhile investment that will reduce the amount of hot water you use and hence, the energy needed to heat it.  Check for and seal any cracks or gaps. Experts estimate that all of the tiny gaps and cracks in a home are roughly equivalent to a one-foot square hole punched in your wall. Sealing gaps with caulking and weather-stripping keeps that heat inside your home and saves you money.


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 Tighten windows, and loosen your budget. If all windows were as efficient as the best products now widely available in the marketplace, the average household would save $150 a year and reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by about 4,300 pounds per year. A cheaper and easier method than replacing windows is to insulate your windows during the colder months with transparent film that keeps the heat in and the cold out.  Heating ducts: Keep the air flowing. If just one in ten households used current technology to upgrade its inefficient heating systems, we could keep 17 billion pounds of pollution out of the air! You can also save money and cut pollution by having your heating vents and ducts cleaned regularly and having your furnace serviced. These cost-saving tips are always brought to you by the good folks at American Mechanical. They're happy to inspect and repair any or all of these conditions, if they exist in your home. Call American Mechanical at 428-0651. Please see their in this magazine.

Local Author Karen Reed Hadalski Strikes Literary Gold. By Peter Cousin - Editor It was mid-November when I received this book in the mail, asking me to review it for our readers -- something we have done a few times over the years. I agreed. Karma takes you beyond the normal, everyday areas of living. It requires you to look further into the responsibilities of your life, in both a negative and positive manner. You'll discover life's lessons and a method by which to analyze your attitudes and skills on which you might need to work to make spiritual progress and resolve karmic debts incurred through previous, free-willed actions. Spooky? NO! Interesting? YES, but you need to have and keep an open mind. This book is an eye-opener -- a road map to take you to the next level of awareness. The work breaks human life down into categories: Physical/Material, Mental/Psychological, Social/Anti-Social, Religious/Spiritual and the Human-Environment/Human-Animal connection in order to discuss individual and world karmic patterns and to suggest positive methods for resolving/balancing these. Positive possibilities for individual and world progress are presented, once "the law of cause and effect" is thoroughly understood and ethically acted upon. Our take? If you're open to self-awareness and improvement, this book will challenge you, provide you with a better understanding of yourself and provide a road-map to move forward. We enjoyed the easy read and would recommend this to our readers. On a scale of 1-to-10, this is a 10! About the Author: Local West Neck resident Karen Reed Hadalski was born in California and lived many years in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Temple University and a Master of Arts degree in Karen Reed Hadalski English and American Language and Letters from Boston College. She also did post-Master studies in the Ph.D. Program at Boston University, where she was awarded both a scholastic scholarship and teaching fellowship. Release date is February 2, 2012, and will be available online at, Barnes& & For questions or comments, you can reach Karen at 426-7688 or by e-Mail: Also, please visit her Web site at Also visit her website at

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West Neck Educators Club

WNEC. Not a radio or television station, but our very own West Neck Educators Club. In less than half a year after organizing, the members raised enough money to give two %500 scholarships. This year the group is planning to award several more scholarships to 2012 seniors at Kellam High School. This is also the same group that sponsored a night at the Lucky Oyster, held the Health Fair at the Village Hall, and donated a HDTV to the Village Hall. If you live and breathe and reside in West Neck, you are eligible to be a member. In other words, it’s open to all. The beginning of this article may sound like a promotional advertisement, but the West Neck Educators Club is proud of its accomplishments over the past twelve months. At its first meeting of the year on January 10th, the membership accepted a new constitution and set of by-laws. The WNEC’s scholarship fund for this year has climbed to $2,344. The group’s goal is to reach $5,000. The WNEC would like to thank the residents who have done so much to support this organization. Look for electronic e-mails with information regarding another Gold Gurus Party and dinner at the Lucky Oyster in February. An information program in March is being planned with AARP. Join us in our membership drive. All dues are for KHS scholarships. Educationally yours, The WEst Neck Educators Club (Checks should be written to West Neck Educators Club, 2705 Steinbeck Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23456) Name ___________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________ E-Mail address _________________________________________

Phone ____________________________________

Annual Dues ($20) __________________________ Donation _____________________

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“I realize he’s happy to get his first par of the season but did he have to kiss me square on the mouth?”

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Fashion TR RE EN ND DS S T Top 5 Fashion Trends for Spring 1. Romantic Silhouettes: Ladylike details. Show the love with your clothes! 2. Retro Inspired Fashions: Amp up your style repertoire with retro inspired women's fashions. 3. Tribal Prints: Think ethnic-patterned tunics and hippy inspired maxis; fitted knits and hardware details.


4. Leather: Not just for winter anymore! Leather blazers, leather shorts, and leather skirts in soft colors. Pick pieces that are breezy. 5. Color Blocking: Using 2 or 3 colors on the same piece.

Perfect for Spring, this vibrantly printed blouse (picture top right) creates a feminine shape with a nipped-in-wrap waist that ties on the side. The double-ruffle V-neckline and armholes add a soft touch to an already adorable, sleeveless women's top. Vera Bradley's new summer collection is here! From romantic and flowery to a bold black and white, this season's exciting designs make a splash! You can always count on Vera Bradley to bring out new, stylish handbags. See what's fresh for spring and summer in the newest patterns of Vera Bradley handbags, Vera Bradley backpacks, Vera Bradley wallets and more spring fashion trends. Its time to update your wardrobe and put those dark winter colors to rest. Featured is a lovely look for spring: a silk-tiered ruffled tank, pointelle sweater vest, must-have pair of cargo skinny jeans and lovely plaid scarf.

designer sunglasses.

This is a great time of the year to pick up a new pair of shades! The sun is shining most of the time, and you can provide protection from harmful rays while looking fabulously chic in a pair of women's

Since 1997, has been a leading optical e-tailer with 30,000+ eyewear products, including prescription frames, sunglasses, custommade lenses and accessories. This optical store carries the full line of the top brands in eyewear, including Rayban, Arnette, Versace, Prada, D & G, Adidas, Persol, Gucci and 300+ others brands. These women's designer sunglasses appeal to women and men of all ages. And finally, simply stunning dress with extra-pretty details. This lace-bodice dress (picture right) has a satin-bow band for a waist-defining fit. Tiered skirt in a luxurious, satin-like fabric completes the look and is a big hit in women's spring fashions for 2011. Available at Chadwicks.

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More to come in the March Village News For now... Act Sassy & Stay Classy!

A Story of love, respect, communism & freedom... a story of success! When Baykham (aka Pennee)was a little girl in a small village in Laos, her parents and 6 other siblings lived in fear of the Communist regime. Her Father (Som) and her Mother (Bao) wanted to escape this life but refused to break up the family. All were to stay together, and all were to leave together. In 1979, the family's chance had arrived, and they moved to Thailand. That, however, was not what they had hoped for. Thailand was not friendly to people from Laos and put them into a refugee camp for seven years! Again, not wanting to separate the children from their parents, they all stayed together until two churches in Virginia Beach adopted the entire family: St. Nicholas and St. Michale’s in Virginia Beach are credited with saving their lives. Pennee had a passion for learning. Her parents knew how to cook and taught her their favorite recipes. She had been in the restaurant business since Junior High and through high school, graduating from Princess Anne in Virginia Beach.

Passionate about food, Pennee tried her hand at owning a restaurant herself, opening New Bangkok in 1994. "I understood the business aspect of running a restaurant, but I had many new ideas for recipes by changing traditional fare to something new and exciting. The chef I hired wouldn't hear of making changes, so we parted company; and I realized that I didn't know how to cook well enough to keep going." The restaurant was closed. "My passion for food continued to grow. I wanted everything to be fresh. I practiced on my family and friends, trying new and exciting recipes on old traditional foods. I did this for more than 7 years and decided I was ready… and then, about six months ago, I opened Som Bao in the Courthouse Marketplace. The portions are large and inviting."

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Give the gift of “true love.” HEALTH! By Dr. Art Crago - Crago Family Chiropractic

Well, here we are again in February, thinking about our "someone special" for Valentine's Day! Traditionally, we think of gifts like flowers (It's the single largest FTD day of the year!), chocolates of all kinds, a special dinner out or special dinner in and a vow to love that special someone forever -- a renewal of love and faith. This year, why not give the "true-love" gift of Health? It's the one thing that says (more than anything else), "I love you and want you to feel as good as you look!" If you've ever had back/neck/joint pains, you know how difficult it is to feel good on cue! Aches and pains, due to accident or age, can hold down your feelings of exhilaration . Sometimes, it's even hard to get out of bed, much less get ready to go out to dinner.

be the case. There is good news, my friends! Chiropractic adjustments can significantly improve your mobility, reduce your pain level and bring about the transformation you've been seeking. In as little as one appointment, you can begin Dr. Art Crago feeling the results of this amazing marvel we call, "chiropractic health." Please, call my office today to make an appointment for your loved one. It's the gift that keeps on giving. I will be happy to provide a special pricing option for all our Village News readers.

Dr. Art Crago

This does not have to 486-4772 Crago Family Chiropractic Center 4224 Holland Road, Suite 110 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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That was a great ride! Bobby Ross, a Certified Legal Manager, retired from the Decker Law Firm after 20 years as its Administrator.


obby and his wife, Pat, both West Neck residents, together with their animal companions, Lady & Phoebe, grew up in Lowland, North Carolina. They came to Hampton Roads after Bobby earned his diploma in accounting. He took a position as an accountant, which he held for more than 10 years. Bobby moved into the position of Controller with a multi-unit retail company, where he stayed for another 10 years. "In 1991, Peter Decker's firm was growing; and he was looking for someone to manage the financial side of the house. Peter and I had a mutual friend, who knew just what Mr. Decker needed; and he talked to him about my experience." The day after Labor Day in 1991, Bobby started working for the firm. As the Decker Law Firm's Legal Administrator, Bobby oversaw all the day-to-day operations for the firm. A Legal Administrator's role in any law firm is to make the firm as efficient and profitable as possible. Says Bobby, "Our firm has always been dedicated to helping people, and my job was to facilitate that," he says. Bobby's work with the firm wasn't limited to managing the legal goings-on. "A large portion of Mr. Decker's work is in real estate and investments. He owns several buildings that he leases out. Another big part of my job was the day-to-day management of

those properties and Mr. Decker's other investments." Over his two decades of service to the Decker Law Firm, Bobby committed himself continuously to honoring his craft. In 2004, he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Legal Manager (CLM) from the Association of Legal Administrator (ALA). Says Bobby, "I don't golf, but I used to try. I don't have to be the best at everything I do, but I don't like being the worst, so I gave it up. My hobby is cars. I love classic cars. I have a 1995 SL 500 that I've raced at the Virginia International Raceway." Bobby reflects with great pride and gratitude on the 20 years he spent at the Decker Law Firm. Coming to work for Mr. Decker 20 years ago was a great step! "Mr. Decker is the best person in the world to work for! The three best words to describe him are kind, caring and generous." And with a nod to his love of cars and racing, he sums it all up by saying, "We've had a great ride!" His wife, Pat, says, "We'll see what the next chapter holds!"

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Ingredients 1/3 cup butter 1/4 cup Champagne or other sparkling white wine 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon dried sage 1 pinch ground ginger 8 ounces cooked crabmeat 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked angel hair pasta 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed salt and black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, divided

Astoria Crab Pasta

Directions 1.Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat, turn the heat to low, and cook for about 5 minutes, straining off any milk solids, until the butter is caramel brown in color. Pour in the wine, garlic, paprika, sage, and ground ginger, and cook and stir about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and the garlic is barely golden. Lightly fold in the crab. 2.Bring a pan of lightly salted water to a boil over medium heat, and drop in the pasta. Cook until just tender, about 4 minutes, and drain. 3.Place the pasta on serving plates, and drizzle each serving with olive oil. Spoon the butter-crab sauce over each plate, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately. Serve with sparkling a quality Champagne or sparkling white wine. Don’t forget the rose pedals on the tablecloth. A nice touch!

What makes the perfect gift? Valentine’s Day sometimes brings beads of sweat to men's brows! What to get that someone special on that important day? Thank goodness for jewelry! Whether it's diamonds or colored gemstones, there isn't a woman alive who doesn't cherish jewelry. Before deciding on that perfect piece for your sweetheart, consider her fashion sense. Does she prefer gold, silver or platinum? Does she wear bracelets or necklaces? Does she have pierced ears? What would compliment some of the pieces she already owns? Be creative! Maybe she already owns a diamond-and-sapphire pendant: A sparkling pair of diamond-stud earrings would compliment that beautifully.

Can't decide? Well, how about a gift her pick out just the right piece for become the hero, and she gets exactly

certificate? Let her tastes. You what she wants!

In either case, you can depend on the folks at Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge for that perfect gift. Donna Firestone shops all year long to load up her store with the most unique, beautiful offerings in Hampton Roads. You owe it to yourself and to your sweetheart to shop with them. Their store has a drive-up parking lot, which means no walking long distances (like at the mall). They are conveniently located in the Strawbridge Shopping Center on General Booth Blvd.

If you aren't sure, let the sales staff help guide you in the right direction. And just a little hint: Shop a little earlier than the actual day, to be sure to get the best selection! A gift from Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge will make her heart beat a little faster this Valentine's Day. Please stop in to let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you make this a very special and romantic day for your sweetheart. 13 VILLAGE NEWS February 2012

Continued from page 11 "Our food is sweet and sour. We use Thai ginger and lemongrass in many of our recipes. I get much of the food from our family farm in Florida, so I know it's fresh."

sister-in-law, brothers, niece! But I am the one who makes sure that we keep to the recipes that I developed."

"The children in our family learned English quickly. Our parents didn't allow us to speak our native language, until they realized we might lose our heritage; so we kept our background intact by talking about our experiences growing up."

Working on her third menu, Pennee continues to add new items. She uses all natural ingredients. Their foods are vegetarianfriendly, and the restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner. Everything is homemade, and the restaurant also offers a kids' menu.

Pennee explained that her business sense came not from college, but from the real world. "I worked for 15 years with Wachovia Bank. I learned the "ins" and "outs" of business, but I still had the passion for cooking and tradition. I was able to open Som Bao with the help of my father, who was my financier. Everyone in the family works here -- my mom, aunt,

The name of Pennee's restaurant ("Som" after her father and "Bao" after her mother) also includes a flower logo (see top left). Each leaf represents one of the children in the family, and the green leaves on the bottom of the logo represent her mother and father. If you have not tried Som Bao yet, you owe it to yourself to make the journey. The food and atmosphere are wonderful and so enjoyable. Please check out Som Bao's ad in this publication for some special offers.

Info From IVY It can be a dilemma when the parents have to go out of town and I can't go. There can be several choices but most of the time it boils down to a boarding kennel or some type of in-home care. My folks recently opted for in-home pet care. Why? I am an older dog and like older people, I don't like change. I prefer my own surroundings with all those familiar smells, sights, and sounds. My folks like the idea that I am not exposed to other dogs and possible illness, disease, or parasites. Plus, they don't have to inconvenience friends or family to take care of me. Another bonus: when our doorbell rings, I bark like crazy and I have a BIG LOUD BARK! No thief is going to get by me! Additionally, many in-home care providers will also bring in your mail, water your plants, take out trash, etc. So, the house has that "lived in" look. The particular plan we had was that the lady came 4 times a day, but you can have more or less. Some may have overnight plans. My caregiver came in the morning to feed and walk me, about noon for another walk, late afternoon for dinner and another walk, and mid evening to let me out and make sure I was ok for bed. That was actually more walks than 14 VILLAGE NEWS February 2012

I normally get! Plus, she kept a diary of all those activities that the Mom thought was very cool. It did cost more than a boarding kennel but hey‌.I am worth it! So, when you have to go away, think about leaving me home where I can sleep in my own bed, or maybe yours. I will be fine. But full of wags and wiggles when you return! Also: Backyard Birdwatchers of West Neck will meet on Monday, February 20 at 2pm in the Village Hall. The topic will be "Bluebirds." Please bring your spouse, a friend, or a neighbor. Please come and help this group fly!



Welcome to the Tunnel of LOVE Our annual messages from readers to their loved ones

To Drea: Each day with you brings joy and love with more blessings than I could have hoped for -- with ups and downs but mostly ups you’ve remained the one that I adore. So thank you Drea for a world for us and your many gifts and prayers and here’s to you my Valentine, no one else can compare! To Anna: Roses are red, violets are blue, you’re the one I think about when I go to bed and when I wake my life revolves around you -- So sweet you are, so tender your touch, you’re my amazing Valentine, being with you is intoxicating just like a fine red wine! To John: The night we met, I fell in love, too young and shy unworthy of, the blink of an eye 40 years gone by I’ll love you until the day I die! Bobby, Roses are red, violets are blue, After 45 years, I still love you!!! Pat (That's my story & I'm sticking 2 it!) For Joe: Beach walks, Eagle stalks. Sipping wine, Passing time. Sleeping late, Weekend date. Pretty good life, Being your wife. Forever yours, Pam For Vicki I don't need Valentine's Day to remember how much I love you, or how much I want to give you everything you need, everything you want, and delightful things you haven't even thought of, because you give so much to me. I don't need Valentine's Day to remind me to strive always to create for you surpassing happiness and satisfaction, just as you have done for me. I don't need Valentine's Day, but it gives me a reason to open my heart to you, to tell you loving things I think in my head but forget to

say out loud. Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetheart; You mean everything to me. Love, George To Alisia, A few short words to let you know all that you are to me. Best friend, soul mate, and my bride you'll forever be. Everything you are is how LOVE is defined, and everyday with you is a special Valentine. Love Chris To Janice, All I ever wanted is in you: Love, laughter, a pillow for my fears. I want to give and to be given to So I might feel myself flow through the years Alive in you, the wonder of my tears. Love Alex To Natlie Even though we fight a lot, I love you. We fight, I think, because the stakes are high. I sometimes get so mad I cannot stand you, But underneath my anger I could cry. I have an uncontrolled need to control you, To be your only destiny and guide. I know it isn't fair to try to mold you, But my poor love's entangled in my pride. Ah, love! Please love me even in my fury, Which rises like a tide beneath the moon. I plead before my only judge and jury: I want to change, but know change won't come soon. Love finds it hard to let the loved one be The person who is loved so passionately. Love David To Sam, Roses are red, violets are blue, you make my life worth living because it’s always mea and you. So take to heart these words I say, and please be Valentines now and everyday! Love Angie

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Your Questions... Answered!

By Eddie Sanchez - Owner, Fitness Together Courthouse Q: My doctor suggested I try to lose at least 30 pounds with diet/exercise before trying medication for my high blood pressure. That seems like an overwhelming task-where do I begin? A: Think in terms of mini goals! Sure, losing the 30 pounds will be your ultimate challenge, but try not to focus on it exclusively. Instead, break down the process into the smaller goals to meet along the way. For instance: Ask yourself what lifestyle changes you'll need to make in order to achieve consistent weight loss. Your answers may include dining out less, minimizing mindless snacking, downsizing your portions, being more active, etc. That's still a lot! So zero in on the two or three steps you can focus on first. Say you're going to work on snacking less. Give yourself a couple of new daily habits to aim for around this goal. Perhaps you'll make it a new rule that you'll eat only at the kitchen table and you'll start having a cup of herbal tea after dinner instead of dessert. If you also want to focus on eating out less, maybe you'll shoot to start bringing your lunch.

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Once you've got those new habits comfortably in hand, take on the next couple goals. Finally, realize that you're not expected to know every detail (or even any) regarding healthful eating and exercise, so seek out sources of support to help you get started. Consider working with a Certified Personal Trainer who can get you started on an exercise program that is safe and works well for you. Setting up a solid support system that includes professionals who specialize in diet and exercise can not only give you the specific knowledge you need to reach your goals, it also provides instant accountability-it's tons easier to stay on track when you have to answer to someone other than yourself! For more information on making your goals come true, contact Eddie Sanchez at Fitness Together: 430-1682. See their ad in this publication!

Top five gifts for her under $50 Finding a perfect gift doesn't always mean spending a ton of cash. Whether it's a handy gadget, a fashion accessory or a day's worth of spa-quality pampering, the following gift ideas for women are all available for $50 or less. An MP3 player for musical enjoyment A workout partner, a travel companion, a convenient way to enjoy music on the go; an MP3 player makes the perfect gift. The tiny Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player is affordable, easy to use and comes packed with features such as an FM radio, a stopwatch for timing laps and a larger color screen. The player is compatible with virtually all audio formats, including DRM-free iTunes, and comes in seven colors. Scarves for keeping cozy Scarves are the perfect accessory for the stylish woman's wardrobe. For sophistication, choose a soft pashmina; for a casual, organic look, a chunky knit scarf should do the trick. Classic colors like black and beige are always a hit, but bright hues of purple, blue or red are also popular this holiday season. With so many materials and designs available, you'll find the perfect one to fit her unique personality.

At-home pampering Women love the spa, but with treatments so expensive, many consumers are opting for the affordable indulgence of at-home pampering. A foot bath can revitalize tired feet at the end of a long day and a back or neck massager can relieve tension. For a personalized present, create a gift basket of manicure essentials such as files, buffers, scrubs and fun shades of nail polish. Remember, not all gifts come wrapped with a bow; take the kids for an outing and give mom some alone time, or cook her favorite meal and do the dishes afterward. Glam up the cell phone Every modern woman owns a mobile phone, and it's not just for texting, calling and surfing the Internet; a phone can serve as an extension of personal style. Mobile phones and matching accessories come in every theme imaginable, from diamond sparkles to sleek black leather and bright neon designs. For an added touch, mix fashion with utility by including a helpful accessory like a car charger, hands-free headset or pair of ear buds.

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shaken, not stirred

“Amarula & Eve”

Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces who Antonio was a soccer player until he broke his foot at age 14, is now Bandera s an international film star best known as Zorro in the eponymous film franchise. This handsome Spaniard “loves to love” as he puts it. The Amarula & Eve is a small example of his taste for Amor. Fruity and creamy, the Amarula & Eve is a delicious cocktail that can serve as a dessert or an appealing, mood-setting drink for those romantic occasions. The nice part about the Amarula & Eve is that it is not overly creamy and the Amarula itself is nicely balanced against the fruit flavors, especially the lychee. If you cannot find lychee juice, you can substitute one of the lychee liqueurs for it, the drink will be just a touch sweeter.

What you’ll need: •1 1/2 oz Amarula Cream •1/2 oz Citrus vodka •2 1/2 oz Lychee juice •3/4 oz ruby red Grapefruit juice

Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice. 2. Shake vigorously and strain into a coup glass. 3. Garnish with lychee fruit on the rim.

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By David Cando - Owner Plug and Play? Sure if you happen to be a tech. A few weeks ago, I bought a Toshiba 10.1” Thrive Tablet for my wife. I wanted something that was compact and that had a built in camera on both sides so we could Skype when she had to be out of town visiting family. I had talked with David Cando our computer expert and owner of Executive Technologies about which unit I should buy. I really didn’t want the iPad because of how expensive it was. I based what I wanted to spend on what my wife would use the unit to do. After looking at several, I received a $30 discount offer by email from Office Max if I made a purchase by a certain date and did it online. I contacted the local store and talked with their computer department person about what the tablet had to offer. Each time he answered and we hung up I thought of another question. Got to be a bit embarrassing after the fourth call. But the man answered my questions so I made the purchase. I also wanted a cover for it to fit into but they were not in stock so I went across the parking lot and purchased one at Best Buy.

As promised, the Toshiba table arrived in a few days and there I was... dumfounded. It didn’t occur to me (knowing what I thought was a lot about computers) that I would have to learn everything about the tablet from the beginning. Something I really didn’t want to do since I wouldn’t be using it. So I called David. David’s employee Tom is an expert with notepads so the next day he came over and we began to go to work (well he did). He installed g-Mail and forwarded it to her email so she could check that mail too. He installed Skype and made sure it worked. He installed several other programs that would enhance her computing experience. All of what he did made my life easier and my wife happier. As I write this, she is at her Mother’s home in Roanoke where we’ll stay in touch by Skype later today. The moral of this story is don’t get hung up in expecting to know what to do when you buy a new tablet or laptop or computer. Call the experts and my friends at Executive Technologies. Remember... David Can-Do! 497-1620

Anti-aging beauty tips can help you prove that age is just a number In a society focused on youth, aging remains a fact of life. Thankfully, scientific advancements and product innovations make it easier than ever to diminish dreaded signs of aging. Thinning hair is considered to be one of the most worrisome signs of aging, second only to wrinkles. In a study conducted by Nioxin, the No. 1 stylist choice for thinning hair, it was discovered that women are particularly apprehensive about seeing their locks lose density. Leading dermatologist Dr. Valerie Callender shares her top tips for looking youthful. *Get thicker, fuller-looking hair: Full, healthy hair is the ultimate sign of youth. But as many as three out of four people in the U.S. experience hair thinning. “Thinning hair can be a result of poor scalp health,” says Callender. 19 VILLAGE NEWS February 2012

“So it’s important to revive the scalp with added nutrients.” ‰Eat right: A healthy diet affects not only weight, but can help maintain healthy, lustrous hair and glowing skin as well. “The right diet nourishes the entire body from the scalp down,” says Callender. ‰Maintain a white, healthy smile: Yellow teeth can make you appear older than you are. Be sure to get cleanings at least twice a year and floss at least once a day to keep your smile healthy and youthful.

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Village News February "Valentine's" Issue  

For all you lovers out there, we hope you enjoy this month's read of Village News Magazine's annual Valentine's issue.

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