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IN THIS ISSUE: Health and Wellness. .................. 8 Pet Pages........................................ 14 Home Improvement....................... 17 Food and Dining. ............................ 24 Monroe TWP News-As We Age....... 27 Family Matters.............................. 34 Kids. ................................................ 38 Real Estate. ................................... 47

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All 46 U.S. Presidents Were Born in Just 21 States but Hundreds of Places Have Presidential Names BY, DERICK MOORE

We inaugurated our 46th president, Joseph Biden, on Jan. 20, but there are no places in the United States named Biden — at least not yet. As we near Presidents' Day on Feb. 15, just weeks after a presidential inauguration, we look at where our presidents were born and how many places in the United States carry their names. Places include counties, cities, towns and minor civil divisions. George Washington, who took the oath on April 30, 1789, tops the list of presidential namesakes with at least 94 places that share his name. Every other president, except for Dwight Eisenhower and our most recent – Biden, Donald Trump and Barack Obama — have places that share their names, too. (A ghost town named Trump in Colorado disappeared in the 1930s.) Second on the list of places with presidential monikers is Abraham Lincoln (72), followed by Andrew Jackson (67) and Thomas Jefferson (62). Five names show up twice because we had different presidents with the same last name: John Adams and John Quincy Adams; WilliamHenry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison; Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt; Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson; George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Adams, Roosevelt and Bush were related but there is one more name that appears twice but belongs to one man: Cleveland, as in Grover Cleveland, who was our 22nd and 24th president. So, while Biden is the 46th president, he is the 45th person to be president. Fun Facts • Of the 45 men who have been or are president of the United States, a third (15) came from just two states: eight from Virginia and seven from Ohio. • Many presidents (29) were born in states that were colonies or former colonies. While there were 13 colonies, 15 states were former colonies be- cause Maine was then part of Massachusetts and Vermont was part of New York. • The top five presidents with matching county names are: Washington (31), Jefferson (26), Jackson (24), Lincoln (24) and Madison (20). Of the 3,143 counties in the United States, 298 match presidential names. • Only eight presidents were born west of the Mississippi. The president born farthest west? Barack Obama in Hawaii. Even though we may think of Ronald Reagan as a Californian because he served as governor of that state, he was born in Illinois. Richard Nixon, however, was born in California and is the only president from the West Coast.

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This healing works on the simple principle that your body is perfectly capable of healing itself. Your blood contains all the essential components that the body produces to repair tissue damage. Each time you have an injury, the platelets in your blood along with growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other elements create a scaffolding on the site. The damaged tissues use this framework to regenerate and repair. The entire process takes approximately one hour, and pa- tients are sent home the same day. Patients on average report more than 50% improvement in 6 weeks and up to 100% improvement in 12 weeks. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive and expensive treatment options such as long-term medication or surgery. In a recent study, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery gave patients with early osteoarthritis an injection of PRP and then monitored them for one year. After one year of the PRP injection, physicians evaluated the knee cartilage with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While previous studies have shown that patients with osteoarthritis can lose roughly five percent of knee cartilage per year, the Hospital for Special Surgery investigators found that a large majority of patients in their study had no further cartilage loss. At minimum PRP also prevented further knee deterioration.

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♥ HEALTH & WELLNESS When Does Your Body Go Back to ‘Normal’ After Pregnancy? By Margaret Dufreney, MD

While there are many resources for women on what to expect when you are expecting a baby, patients often ask me what to expect after delivery, when a woman’s body continues to experience a myriad of changes. Until I had my own baby recently, I had told my patients to expect their bodies togoback to“normal” functioning insix toeightweeks. Physiologically, many of the body’s systems have returned to baseline within this time frame. However, I can tell you from personal experience that every woman’s body is different. In general, here’s what you can expect to experience after having a baby: • Your uterus, which enlarged as your baby grew, will take about six to eight weeks to contract back to normal size. During this process, you may experience cramping, bleeding, a heavier-than-normal period, and/or vaginal discharge. • Your abdominal wall muscles will slowly regain their muscle tone over time. In some cases, the muscles separate, causing a condition called diastasis recti. This causes the belly to protrude or bulge. It can be treated with physical therapy.

• Your body will still be surging with fluctuating hormones after delivery. You may experience “baby blues” or postpartum depression, which is common. Sleep deprivation and fatigue may make symptoms worse. Postpartumblues usually resolvewithin twoweeks, whereas postpartum depression persists. If you still feel depressed, anxious, or frustrated after two weeks, contact your doctor.

• If you choose to breastfeed, you may experience breast engorgement, pain, discomfort, clogged milk ducts, or mastitis, an infection of the breast duct. Breastfeeding can be a challenging, painful process. It may take a while for your baby to learn to latch on to your nipple, and it’s easy to become frustrated. However, there are breastfeeding specialists who can help you and your baby master this new skill. • You may find that you lose a lot of hair after delivery. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Hair loss can continue for six months after delivery. However, don’t panic – new hair will grow in its place, usually within six to 15 months. • You may have urinary issues, including urine leakage or incontinence. This condition is more common among women who have delivered vaginally since pushing can weaken your pelvic floor muscles and delivery may damage the nerves in that area. It’s normal to have some leakage, and it should improve in a few months. Ask your doctor about exercises that can help tighten your muscles. Pelvic floor therapy with a trained physical therapist can help as well. • If all the symptoms above weren’t uncomfortable enough, you also may develop hemorrhoids during or after pregnancy. As your baby grows and your body carries more weight, you can become constipated, causing you to strain during bowel movements. Then, during delivery, pushing can further inflame and irritate your rectum. They typically get better over time, or you can use cream or stool softeners to treat the condition. Getting Physical Again In general, you should wait six to eight weeks after delivery before exercising or having sex. You may not feel up to getting physical even after eight weeks, so it’s important to talk with your partner about your feelings. You may begin ovulating again three to four weeks after having your baby, so consider using birth control if you’re not ready to become pregnant again. While breastfeeding may suppress ovulation, it’s important to note that you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. Avoid birth control methods that use estrogen during the first 30 days after delivery due to increased risk of blood clots. If you are breastfeeding, avoid estrogen because it may reduce milk production. You will notice a variety of physical changes during and after pregnancy. Odds are that what you are experiencing is normal. While everyone is different, you can expect to feel “normal” again in about six months. Dr.Margaret Dufreney,MD, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist on staff at CentraStateMedical Center. She can be reached by calling 866-CENTRA7.

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♥ HEALTH & WELLNESS Are You a Target for Health Fraudsters? People spend billions of dollars a year on health-related products and treatments that not only are unproven and often useless, but also sometimes are dangerous. The products promise quick cures and easy solutions for a variety of problems, from obesity and arthritis to cancer and AIDS. But the "cures" don't deliver, and people who buy them are cheated out of their money, their time, and even their health. That's why it's important to learn how to evaluate claims for products related to your health. Health fraud trades on false hope. It promises quick cures and easy solutions for a variety of problems, from obesity and arthritis to cancer and AIDS. Fraudulently marketed health products can have dangerous interactions with medicines people are already taking and can keep them from getting a proper diagnosis and treatment from their own health care professional. Many unapproved treatments are expensive, too, and rarely covered by health insurance. Health fraudsters often target people who are overweight, have serious conditions like cancer, or conditions without a cure, like: • Multiple Sclerosis • Diabetes • Alzheimer's disease • HIV/AIDS • Arthritis The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say it's important to learn how to evaluate health claims, especially if you have a serious condition. Cancer

If you or someone you love has cancer, you may be curious about supposed “miracle” cancer-fighting products — like pills, powders, and herbs — that you’ve seen advertised or heard about from family and friends. Scammers take advantage of the feelings that can accompany a diagnosis of cancer. They promote unproven — and potentially dangerous — substances like black salve, essiac tea, or laetrile with claims that the products are both “natural” and effective. But “natural” doesn’t mean either safe or effective, especially when it comes to using these products for cancer. In fact, a product that is labeled “natural” can be more than ineffective: it can be downright harmful. What’s more, stopping or delaying proven treatment can have serious consequences. The truth is that no single device, remedy, or treatment can treat all types of cancer. All cancers are different, and no one treatment works for every cancer or everybody. Even two people with the same diagnosis may need different treatments. That’s one more reason to be skeptical of websites, magazines, and brochures with ads for products that claim to treat cancer, and to decide on treatments with your health professional. People with cancer who want to try an experimental treatment should enroll in a legitimate clinical study. The FDA reviews clinical study designs to help ensure that patients are not subjected to unreasonable risks. For information about cancer treatments, contact the American Cancer Society. You can find your local chapter at free publications on cancer research and treatment, or to learn about clinical trials, call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). HIV and AIDS Although proven treatments can extend and improve the quality of life for people with AIDS, so far there is no cure for the disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, you may be tempted to try untested drugs or treatments. But trying unproven products or treatments — like electrical and magnetic devices and so-called herbal cures — can be dangerous, especially if it means a delay in seeking medical care. For example, the herb St. John's Wort has been promoted as a safe treatment for HIV. But there’s no evidence that it is effective in treating HIV; in fact, studies have shown that it interferes with medicines prescribed for HIV. You also may have considered home test kits. But claims for these products could be misleading. Safe, reliable HIV testing can be done only through a medical professional or a clinic, or through the Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System, the only FDA-approved system for home use. The U.S. government has a toll-free HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service, 1-800-448-0440), which is staffed by English- and Spanish-speaking health information specialists. Learn more at Arthritis There’s no shortage of people selling unproven arthritis remedies, which include thousands of dietary supplements and so-called natural cures like mussel extract, desiccated liver pills, shark cartilage, CMO (cetylmyristoleate), honey and vinegar mixtures, and gimmicks like magnets and copper bracelets. But these remedies aren’t backed adequately by science to demonstrate relief. For up-to-date accurate information on arthritis treatments and alternative therapies, call the Arthritis Foundation at 1-800-283-7800, or visit Avoiding Shady Sellers and Practitioners It's easy to see why some people believe product claims, especially when successful treatments seem elusive. But pressure to decide on-the-spot about trying an untested product or treatment is a sure sign of a fraud. Ask for more information and consult a knowledgeable doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional. Promoters of legitimate health care products don’t object to your seeking additional information — in fact, most welcome it. The same goes if you’re considering a clinic that requires you to travel and stay far from home for treatment: check it out with your regular doctor. Although some clinics offer effective treatments, others: • Prescribe untested, unapproved, ineffective, and possibly dangerous "cures" • Employ health care providers that may not be licensed or have other appropriate credentials For information about a particular hospital, clinic, or treatment center contact the state or local health authorities where the facility is located. If the facility is in a foreign country, contact that government's health authority to see that the facility is properly licensed and equipped to handle the procedures involved. For information about facilities in Mexico, contact the Secretary of Health (Secretaria De Salud) in the Mexican state where the facility is located. If you believe you’ve responded to a scam, file a complaint with the FTC or your State Attorney General.

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Getting a pet: Here are tips to help you adapt the conversation with your child. Getting a pet can be exciting for the whole family—and a whole new set of responsibilities. Here are tips to help you adapt the conversation so that your preschooler, pre- teen, or teenager gains money skills from the conversation that can help them later. In addition to what you need to do to care for your new pet, you need to prepare for any changes in your family’s money situation. Here are a few tips on having a successful conversation. For young children (ages 3-5) For young children, conversations don’t always need to be about dollars and cents—instead, you can help them build the self-control, planning, and problem-solving skills they’ll need as adults. You can also try to work into the conversation other skills that your young child can work on, like practicing counting, waiting for what they want, thinking flexibly, and staying focused Problem solving. Ask your child to imagine they are the new pet. Talk about what they will need on a daily basis, like food and water. Talk about the things the family might get for the pet—food and water dishes, toys, or other gear—and divide them into things the pet needs, and extra things. Goal setting. Your child might want to save up to buy something for the pet. Help your child set up a goal and take steps to reach it, a little at a time. For school-age children to preteens (ages 6–12) At this age, your child can build habits, values, and rules of thumb to support future financial well-being. You can try to work into the conversation other ideas that are appropriate for your preteen, like how to help them fit their experiences into the world around them, establish a system of values, resist peer pressure, and build automatic habits. Building habits. Set up a habit for your preteen to take care of the pet, as an example of how habits can make behaviors automatic. For example, they could remember to set out food for the pet at the same time as the family’s meal. Reinforcing values. Talk about the ways having a pet reinforces the values in your home, whatever those might be. Pet owners have many different reasons for caring for an animal, and your family’s reasons in your family can guide decisions about pet care routines—and spending. For teenagers and young adults Comparison shopping. Enlist your teenager’s research skills. Pet food comes in many varieties, and your teenager can help you gather information from stores or shopping websites and compare them in terms of nutrition, cost, and other factors. Your teen can research and choose a vet. Or, help estimate the cost of food and care for a pet like yours over time. Career planning. See if your teenager is interested in the jobs related to the pet care industry—animal shelters, pet stores, veterinarians, training, day care, animal talent agencies—the list is long. Even if your teenager isn’t drawn to these jobs, it can be good practice in researching different ways people prepare for and develop careers.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT Home Health: Natural Light In Your Home Has Health Benefits

Basking in the sun is a great feeling. But did you know that natural light has tremendous health benefits, both physical and emotional? Here are just a few reasons you should get more sunlight in your life. Natural Light Boosts Productivity and Improves Mood You may have heard of seasonal affective disorder, a state of depression spurred by long periods of dismal weather. Have you considered that the same effect may happen on a day-to-day basis? Research suggests that having ample ex- posure to natural light while indoors pays massive dividends when it comes to daily productivity and disposition. CircadianRhythmsRegulateWithNaturalLightExposure As we spend more and more time indoors, our circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) become more and more skewed. Artificial lighting affects our bodies’ production of melatonin, the chemical that influences our sleep. A common tip for resetting the sleep cycle is to spend a week camping, realigning the cir- cadian rhythm with the rising and setting of the sun. Living in a home with plenty of natural light is another way to keep your sleep schedule on track. More Natural Light Means Better Energy Conservation

The more sunlight a building harnesses, the less electricity it has to use. While 1305 Dock Street is designed to LEED Gold standards, we love conserving natural resources at every opportunity. You can save money and lessen your environmental impact by living in an apartment with abundant natural light. Natural Light Improves Vision Think twice before putting on those sunglasses every time you leave the house. While the sentiment that artificial light sources has a negative impact on vision is well established, new research suggests exposure to natural light is healthy for our eyes. Improved vision isn’t the only health benefit of natural light exposure — there are several studies showing that people who work night shifts (and thus have less natural light exposure) are much more susceptible More natural light means windows, and windows mean views (whether they’re great or not-so-great). That’s not science; it’s logic. What is science is this study, which suggests a view through a window may influence recovery from surgery positively. You don’t have to be convalescing to appreciate the benefits of a view, though. Rooms Designed with Daylight in Mind Keep You Healthy Many of us spend workdays cloistered in dim rooms that seemmore designed for deep cave salamanders than human beings. Rooms that take advantage of big windows can use natural light as a centerpiece of the design. All of our plans feature floor-to-ceiling windows that create a harmony of light and space in every unit. Natural Light Improves Sleep Quality You’ve heard about the negative effects of “blue light” emitted from your phone late at night. Light from artificial sources disrupts the body’s production of melatonin, affecting our ability to fall asleep. People who live in homes that use excessive nighttime lighting get lower-quality sleep. Making natural light a part of your everyday life will have you more energetic by day and ready to sleep when bedtime rolls around. With all the benefits lined up, it’s easy to see why you should seek more natural light in your home. to several forms of cancer and other ailments. Natural Light Equals Natural Views

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Nothing can stop Eagle Productions - even in a pandemic! Millstone Middle School's Eagle Productions has been working since December on a Broadway Revue they call "MAKING MAGIC." There are 37 students involved in the production, which includes 17 songs, dances, and scenes from 12 different Broadway shows! “All songs help spread a message of hope, encouragement, and better days ahead,” stated Lisamarie Cappuzzo, who directs the production, “Making Magic.” Along with Lisamarie is Musical Director, Heather Philhower, and Choreographer, Emily Brown. The production is Stage Managed by 8th grader Hamilton Appel. The directing team began selecting songs in December, and focused on songs that would inspire the middle school students to keep their dream alive, even in these challenging times. Song selections include “Good Morning, Good Morn- ing” from Singin’ in the Rain, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, “Ease on Down the Road” and “Brand New Day” fromThe Wiz, “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins, “Morning Glow” from Pippin, and the title song from Footloose, which will feature members of the staff performing with the 8th graders. The production also includes solos and duets, such as “Grow for Me” (performed by 8th grader Ethan Bailey) and “SomewhereThat’s Green” (performed by 8th grader Mary Januszka) from Little Shop of Horrors, “I Have Confidence” (performed by 8th grader Anna DePinho) from The Sound of Music, and “Home” (performed by 8th grader Kasia Han- ulewicz) from The Wiz. Other solo performers include 8th graders Scott Cairns, Lili Relvas, Julia Lazen, Nyla Morton, Bella Creighton, Rhema Daniel, 7th graders Ethan Cairns, Brendan DeRose and Greta Vitug, and 6th graders Savannah Lukaric and Ella Nipoti. Featured performers include 8th graders Chloe Vincent, Arya Patel, and Trinity Ryan, 7th graders Layla Greenleaf, Soukeynatou Diouf, and Gargi Patel, and 6th graders Amanda Shearer and Kayleigh Meagher. The students practiced their dance moves, scenes, and singing their songs on zoom since December. It was challenging not being able to be there all together in person but many found the experience to be fun. Eighth grader, Anna De Pinho noted that it wasn’t exactly the same quality of a connection as it would have been in person with her friends and her amazing teachers, but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable practicing with zoom. Before the quarantine, she had no idea what zoom was, but now it’s second nature to her. She stated that it was definitely a little harder to practice using zoom than practicing in person, especially trying to learn the cho- reography, but she managed, stating that Mrs. Brown makes everything easy and fun. Anna feels the show is going to be great! Kasia Hanulewicz agreed about the choreography being a little tough to learn through zoom. She was afraid she couldn’t see all the dance steps, but her teacher was extremely helpful and patient. She stated that it definite- ly was a new experience for her because rather than focusing on one musical, they had to learn different songs and scenes from different plays, yet at the same time it was a lot of fun to do a variety of different songs. She and her friends were all smiling, singing, and dancing and even though all the practices were on zoom, they had a fun time together. Lili Relvas remarked that, yes, practicing through zoom was definitely harder than being there in person but it

Singing "I Have Confidence" is Anna De Pinho

Singing "Anything You Can Do" is Lili Relvas

still was a lot of fun to do. The hardest part of all was trying to learn a dance because the screen is mirrored and the teacher did the opposite of what you were doing. She and the others had a lot of laughs trying to learn the dance moves but they prevailed. She also pointed out the fact that they all felt lucky that they got to put on a play this year even if all the practices were done in their own homes. It also felt great to be socializing on zoom with the rest of her cast and rehearsing together. She knows that it will be a great production! Eighth grader Nyla Morton is another one who never used zoom before the quarantine. She found this to be a great experience. She learned a lot of new tricks. She got a lot of laughs trying to learn the new dance moves at her house, especially when people came in and saw what she was doing. She said it looked a little weird to them and she had some of her family even trying to photo bomb her in the background when she was practicing. She didn’t feel depressed not being with her friends in person because she still got to talk to all of them. She noted that there were a lot of small issues that came up with zoom but they all soon learned how to trouble shoot. She loved the idea that they were doing different scenes from different plays. She knows that people will enjoy the show! After the final practice on zoom, the entourage headed to a final practice in person so they could present the best show possible for their audience. A lot of hard work went into this production being that they couldn’t all be together, but the students adapted quickly to it. They embraced this new experience and learned a lot from it. “We are proud to be part of keeping the magic of Broadway alive and can't wait to share some positivity with the community through a streamed per- formance on May 7,” stated Ms. Cappuzzo. The performance will be pre-recorded on the MPAC stage, and then edited by Artistic Expressions, then streamed to ticket holders on May 7 at 7pm. Tickets will be available on beginning on April 23. Tickets are $10 per individual or $25 per household.

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