The Millstone Times November 2019

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The Gift of Winter; Time To Nurture Light-Giving Emotions

The winter landscape is somber, many colors are absent, yet life is teeming on the inside. The trees bare trunks and bone dry branches, empty of leaves. Nature sheds the excess to protect the strength and tender warmth of life, within. We human beings are not naturally equipped like the trees, to protect life. We have to work harder, to decipher Winter’s gift. Winter is here to nudge us to prioritize, to shed the excess we


collected through summer and fall. The cold keeps us indoors, and this confinement, can propel reflection. A deeper process of ruminating and nourishing priorities. Refresh your Life-List in a playful way. Add in the people, relationships, food, activities, projects and passions that truly warm your heart and soul. Share it with a soul mate, your best friend, your favorite relative or yourself. Use ink, charcoal, paint, stickers, symbols and flourishes if necessary, to let the list glow. Discuss the emotions, the feelings and the thoughts that come to you, when you reflect on each item of your list. Highlight those items that seem self- effulgent with the light of better feeling and thoughts. The ones that clearly show potential, those that ring true . Despite the harsh weather, find ways to give life to your list. If it is a friendship you listed, give it more time, brave the weather and meet up, give the relationship more of yourself and learn new dimensions of the person you cherish. Initiate those prized projects with extra work, savor how the experience kindles warm flames of good feeling and constructive thoughts. Organize late afternoon teas or coffee outings, and have in depth discussions on issues that concern you, or the world or the people you share. In short, honor the items on your list, with renewed attention and creativity. Your Life List, if rejuvenated in winter, generates within a thrumming stream of emotional energy and nurturing thoughts, gifted withmany extra ounces of grit and resilience. These vivid new seeds of life within you, will shape the new opportunities, waiting for you in the climes of Spring.

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Freehold Challenger Sports By Pam Teel

The Freehold Challenger Sports Program is a three-season program that includes soccer in the fall, baseball in the spring and basketball in the winter. The programs function is to serve children with special needs in the Freehold area. Started in 1993, it was created for athletes classified as being eligible for Special Education and formulated so that the children could learn and enjoy the full benefits of participating in a sports program, not stuck on the sidelines watching someone else play. The program is environmentally structured to the children’s abilities and is open to athletes of all ages who are enrolled in some form of special services in school. The action takes place on Sunday mornings at the Little League complex in Freehold Township or in a public school. The children also get to travel to play other teams. The program helps the special needs population develop athletic skills and motor skills. It also helps promote social skills and teamwork while strengthening their self esteem and encouraging sportsmanship and fair play. The Freehold Area Challenger Sports is run by Director, Alan Goldstein, a retired School Psychologist and former Special Education Teacher. Goldstein never liked how the children with special needs were bullied at school for being different and felt the need for a program for youth with special needs that mir- rored a typical child’s activities. Together, with the help of other coaches and volunteers in the area, they developed a program that would teach the children new skills in various different sports and a way for them to have fun while feeling that they are a part of a team. Each player is paired with a buddy who assists him or her throughout the year. The players range from three years old and up. Goldstein created the all-volunteer division for Western Monmouth County, which is hosted by Freehold Township. (There is a waiting list to become a buddy.) Goldstein has stated that he gets great satisfac-

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tion watching the children learn the sport and grow in their skills from season to season. He loves seeing them moving around, but best of all, he loves the smiles on their faces. He was excited, when in 1989, Little League, Inc. launched the Challenger Division for those with Mental and Physical challenges. In 2017 his team was chosen to participate in the Little League Challenger Division Exhibition at the Little League Base- ball World Series in Williamsport, PA. Brooke Zolezi is one of the volunteers who works with her buddy Mi- chael. She helps him participate in each sport activity by actually going out with him, whether in the field or on the basketball court. Volunteers help boost their buddy’s confidence, cheer them on and guide them. “It is such a rewarding experience and we have grown to love Michael like family,” Brooke stated. Brooke is a junior in high school. This is her second year in the program. She also volunteers for Centra State Medical Center. Helping others has always been her passion. She always had interest in the Challenger Sports Program but was a competitive dancer so her schedule would not permit. Once she gave up competitive dance to cheer for her high school, her Sundays were free to help out in the program as a buddy. She has always had an interest in working with chil- dren and adults with special needs; it is also something she will pursue in college, possibly teaching Special Ed or becoming an Occupational Therapist. The program has very young children and also adults. Her buddy Michael is twenty-eight. Brooke looks forward to spending every Sunday with him and his family, along with the other young adults on his team. She has formed special relationships with them all. “It is the most rewarding volunteering I have ever participated in,” Brooke stated. To find out more about the Freehold Challenger Sports program, go to: or look them up on facebook.

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The Logic of Logos and Catchphrases By Pam Teel Popular phrases that people say incorrectly! Even though they are still not correct, our way of saying them has become the norm. See how many you say wrong! Incorrect- Nip it in the butt. Correct- Nip it in the bud. You’re putting an end to it before it has a chance to grow and start. Incorrect- I could care less Correct- I couldn’t care less. Saying that you could care less about a topic implies that you do care about it at least a little. Incorrect- One in the same Correct- One and the same- one in the same means nothing at all. One and the same means that two things are the same. Incorrect- You’ve got another thing coming Correct- You got another think coming. That correct whole sentence is- Is that what you think, then you’ve got another think coming. Incorrect- Each one worse than the next Correct- Each one worst than the last. Each one worse than the next doesn’t make sense since you can’t see into the future. Incorrect- For all the intensive purposes Correct- For all intent purposes Incorrect- Hone in Correct- Home in. The word hone means to sharpen or improve somehow. The word home in on something means to get closer. Incorrect- Statue of limitations Correct- Statute of limitations Incorrect- On accident Correct- By accident. You can do something on purpose but not on accident. Incorrect- He made a complete 360-degree turn in his life Correct- He made a complete 180-degree turn in his life. If he did a 360-degree change in his life it means he would return to the exact place that he started from, which means that he wouldn’t have changed at all. Incorrect- I’m giving you leadway Correct- I’m giving you leeway. Leadway isn’t even a word. Leeway means extra space and freedom.

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Q: LEADERS IN LEAST INVASIVE PAIN & SPINE PROCEDURES How can Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Help Shoulder and Knee Pain?


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy also referred to as PRP Therapy, is a progressive non-surgical treatment to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, ten- don injuries, and ligament injuries. PRP is part of a group of state-of-the-art treatments collectively referred to as Regenerative Medicine. PRP treats an injured area naturally using your body’s own growth factors to accelerate healing. It has been shown to be safe and effec- tive for numerous joint and soft tissue injuries. It has been extensively researched in numerous medical journals and publications all over the world. Some of the many uses of Platelet Rich Plasma include osteoarthritis (degenera- tive arthritis) of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, hands, and feet, as well as menis- cus tears, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tears. The procedure is simple and is performed in the office. The PRP process begins when a small amount of the patient’s blood is removed from the arm and placed into a special container. The blood is then placed into a device called a centri- fuge which spins the blood to help the separate the portion of the blood which becomes concentrated with platelets, thereby giving the procedure its name. These platelets are important because they release growth factors to recruit stem cells and to assist in healing an injured area naturally. Once the PRP is isolated, it is injected to the injured area under the guidance of an ultrasound machine to help accelerate healing and reduce pain.

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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New Jersey Heroes Honored for Saving Lives The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized two Millstone Township residents for their efforts to strengthen the Chain of Survival. Robbinsville, NJ, October 1, 2019 – Twenty-six individuals and organizations in New Jersey were recently honored at the American Heart Association 2019 New Jersey Heart and Stroke Heroes Awards for their life-saving efforts. The American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Heroes Awards is held annually to commend individuals, organizations and schools throughout the Garden State for taking extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival or for rescue efforts that saved a life of someone experiencing a cardiac or stroke emergency. The Chain of Survival is only as strong as its weakest link. The American Heart Association Chain of Survival is a critical five-step process that can mean the difference between life and death for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke, as well as other medical emergencies such as choking and drowning. The five critical steps or “links” in the Chain of Survival include: Link # 1: Early Access (know the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately) Link # 2: Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Link # 3: Early Defibrillation Link # 4: Early Advanced Care Link # 5: Integrated Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

Nearly 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year. Given immediately, CPR doubles or triples survival rates and executing the Chain of Survival can save thousands of lives annually. Additionally, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, while someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. Time is crucial for stroke treatment, the faster symptoms are recognized and 9-1-1 is called, the better the outcome. Two Millstone Township residents received a 2019 Heart and Stroke Heroes Award for her actions to strengthen the Chain of Survival. Madeline DiMezza and her mom, Teresa, had returned home from field hockey game in September 2018. DiMezza was about to step into the shower when her father, Steven, called her cell phone and urged her to check her mom. He had just spoken to his wife and he sensed something was wrong.

When DiMezza found her mom in the upstairs bathroom, she could not walk, talk or move the left side of her body. DiMezza recognized the symptoms of stroke and immediately called 9-1-1. After spending several days in ICU, cardiac care and then several months of rehab, Teresa is doing well today. She attributes her hus- band’s intuition and daughter’s quick recognition and action to call 9-1-1 to saving her life. The New Jersey Heart and Stroke Heroes Awards, locally sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health, is an initiative supporting the American Heart Association’s efforts to strengthen the Chain of Survival in our communities as part of their mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Anyone can learn CPR and know the signs of a stroke. Visit heart. org/handsonlyCPR for a short instructional video on hands-only CPR that could help save a life. The American Stroke Association suggests remembering the acro- nym FAST to recall the most common signs of stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for: • Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the mouth lopsided or uneven? • Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? • Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly? Time to call 911 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital imme- diately. For more information, visit

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A Little Wine Is Just Fine…Doctor’s Orders By Susan Heckler

Do you like wine? Me too!! A glass to mellow out with after a long day… a touch of sweetness with your family and friends… something to celebrate with! As it turns out, wine likes you too! Let’s start this conversation by saying too much of anything can be destructive to your health. Just because it has health benefits doesn’t mean you can abuse it. The American Heart Association labels moderate wine consumption as 1 or 2 four ounce glasses of wine per day. That being said, throughout history wine has had a reputation as being some kind of health restorative. The ancient writings say it was used in a medicinal way. Our modern science and medicine have concluded that moderate consumption, especially red wine, can provide many health benefits. • Red wine drinkers had significantly increased their levels of good HDL cholesterol and had a more beneficial cholesterol ratio compared to the group that drank water.

• People who drank either red or white wine also reported better sleep quality than the group that drank water. • Best results came from the group drinking red wine—which had resveratrol levels 13-fold higher than the white wine. • Red wine also contains a lot of unique antioxidants called polyphenols that are hard to get other places and may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. One of them, resveratrol, reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol that can lead to damage to blood vessels. • The high antioxidants in red wine come from grape tannin, which is made up of the skins, seeds and stems of the grape. A more full-bodied wine such as a cabernet sauvignon will have more antioxidants than a glass of chardonnay. • Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes • The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. • Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. • Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. • Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers.

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Are you a photo buff? Do you love taking pictures everywhere you go? Perhaps you have a favorite one that you would like to share? We want your pictures for our photo of the month section. You can send photos to the following email: Include your name and a description of the photo. If you have a brief story that goes with it, send that too. You may send photos more than one time. If you prefer to send anonymously, we will leave your name out. Make sure you put “Millstone Times Photo” in the subject area when emailing or it won’t be opened. Photo of the Month The Millstone Times

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Horse Returns to Owner After 16 years in the National Guard Service By Pam Teel

Maggi Romano and her husband, both of MillstoneTownship, bought the horse, Re-Elect, when he was just three years old. He was racing at the time and after a short vacation, he started racing for Maggi’s team in Freehold, NJ, NY (Yonkers, Monticello) and Virginia (Colonial Downs). He was injured at a turn- out farm and was soon retired from racing. After he healed, Maggi wanted to find a good home for him so he could be used as a riding and pleasure horse. After hearing that the military sometimes take quiet, black horses for their ceremonial units, they were put in touch with the Caisson Platoon of the National Guard in Indiana. The horse was approved, an adoption contract was signed, and someone came and picked him up. His military name became Reed. Over the years, Mag- gi’s husband once got to see Reed in Indianapolis, but Maggi wouldn’t see Reed again for another 16 years. They lost touch because some of his handlers were called to active duty overseas and he was passed on to other handlers. This past August, Maggi received an email fromChaplain Lasher of the Indiana National Guard that after 16 years of service the beloved member of their pla- toon, Reed, earned his retirement. According to the adoption contract, she had to be contacted before any action was taken. The platoon could find a retirement farm in Indiana for him or they could bring him back to Maggi in NJ. Maggi and her husband decided to let him come back to them. Maggi traveled to In- dianapolis for Reeds official retirement ceremony. His stable mate, Midnight, a tall Percheron, was also retired. He was adopted by a Gold Star Mother in India- napolis who lost her son in Afghanistan. The woman runs a therapy program for veterans. Percheron will be part of that therapy. Some of Reed’s handlers were present at the ceremony, as well as some high ranking officers and some non-military staff. They thanked Maggi for letting him be a part of their Platoon and Ceremonial Unit for so many years. They com- mented on what an outstanding job he did and that they were sad to see him leave. They were very happy that he could spend his forever home back with Maggi. Maggi was presented with a beautiful picture box with the folded flag, the horse's badges, and the adjutant's seal. It reads, “To all who shall see these presents, Greetings: Be it known, SFC Reed having completed sixteen years of faithful service to state and nation, while serving as a member of the Indiana Na- tional Guard. Whereas having served with distinction, unselfish devotion to duty and total dedication has been placed upon the RETIRED Roll, Indiana National Guard. In testimony, Whereof, I do confer this Certificate Given under my hand at the city of Indianapolis this 9th day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and nineteen.” The Adjutant General. Chaplain Lasher explained to Maggi and her husband that only funerals for the rank of Sergeant Major, Chief

Retired Roll Ceremony. Reed with Maggi Romano.

Reed with handlers

Warrant Officers, Colonels, Generals, 1star Generals, and 2nd star Generals, and in the private sector, governors and Senators, have an out rider horse that is riding in front of the procession, or a CAP horse, that follows the casket without a rider with the boots turned backwards. Reed served at over 90 of those missions in either of those positions. He also served in countless color guard presentations where he was the lead horse. He rode in countless parades and was part of the outreach team and attended countless exhibitions of the Caisson Platoon meeting the public. Re-Elect aka Reed is back home now at Maggi’s Millstone farm. He must go through two weeks quarantine, separated from the other horses, but soon he’ll be able to be among them. Maggi is hoping to let him "work part time" as an outreach horse for contact with anybody who would like to visit him under her supervision and learn about his illustrious career as a military horse, who retired with a military title, the rank of Sergeant First Class.

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