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I Am So Afraid Of Going To the Dentist.  How Can I Conquer My Fears?

Ask the Dentist: 

If you break into a cold sweat just thinking about a trip to the dentist; you’re not alone. There are many, many people who’ve had horrible experiences at a dentist, often as a child, and so, they can’t bring themselves to go back.  I have heard countless stories from patients who have undergone traumatic dental work or work when their jaws weren’t fully numb. Continue reading I Am So Afraid Of Going To the Dentist.  How Can I Conquer My Fears?

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Unveils Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey Exhibit at Drumthwacket

Combining the homegrown talents of nine New Jersey fine arts photographers with the tireless efforts of eighteen New Jersey Heroes, First Lady Mary Pat Christie recently unveiled a new photographic exhibit that will be on display at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Official Residence in Princeton, through July 31, 2016. The black and white portrait collection Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey, is part of the Drumthwacket Foundation’s fine arts initiative to curate historical and contemporary exhibits that recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage and instill pride.

“This new exhibit partners New Jersey Heroes and the Drumthwacket Foundation in celebrating the artistry of our Garden State photographers in capturing the essence of 18 amazing heroes,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie.  “Through the lenses of these remarkably talented photographers, the public has an opportunity to get a glimpse into how these inspiring individuals are making a difference in our communities. I am proud this unique collection of black and white photographs will not only raise pride in our state, but also inspire more New Jerseyans to give back to their communities.” Continue reading First Lady Mary Pat Christie Unveils Inspire: Everyday People Changing New Jersey Exhibit at Drumthwacket

Makers Festival: New Location & Application Details!

The Makers Festival has found a new home! We are so excited to share that The Makers Festival 2.0 will be taking place at Manahawkin Lake Park on September 17, 2016! This lush expanse of lakefront space lends for more Makers, more music and more opportunity for the Hosts to conspire for new attractions! We are so glad for the Stafford Recreation Department’s invite, and can not wait to bring it all together again!

With a date & location confirmed, it is now time to start filling out the festival grounds! Both new & returning Makers must complete the application process for this juried/curated event – look out for Open Call on November 10, 2016!

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Community Medical Center Brings New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum to Local Students

Instead of a school trip to a museum, students at the Russell O. Brackman Middle School in Barnegat had the unique experience of having a museum visit them when the New Jersey Mobile Museum came to their school.

Barnabas Health’s sponsorship of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum provided Community Medical Center the opportunity to bring the museum to the Barnegat middle school, where over 700 students and their teachers were able to visit the museum’s images, artifacts, film, and a suite of interactive tools which highlight New Jersey’s historical figures.

Barnegat School District officials Karen Wood, Superintendent, Lourdes LaGuardia, Business Administrator, Joanne Long, Supervisor, Math and Science, and James Barbieri, Supervisor, Language Arts and History, along with Russell O. Brackman Middle School School administrators, John Fiorentino, Principal, Patrick Magee, Vice President, and Maurice Owens, Vice President, also spent time touring the museum with the children and learning about the outstanding accomplishments of numerous Garden State citizens such as Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Derek Jeter.

The Shore’s Future: Living with Storms & Sea Level Rise

What: “The Shore’s Future: Living With Storms & Sea Level Rise” convened by the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) (, and co-sponsored by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the Barnegat Bay Foundation, and with financial support from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation (local community leaders committed to fostering civic dialogue on this topic).

When & Where: November 20-21, 2015. On Nov. 20, participants meet at the Toms River Municipal Building; on Nov. 21, the conference will convene at the Ocean County College Gateway Building Lecture Hall.

To attend: The event is free and open to the public, but registration and an invitation is required for entry. Participants must attend both days. Visit  or call 520-343-8181. Continue reading The Shore’s Future: Living with Storms & Sea Level Rise

Make a Lasting, Positive Impact This Holiday Season: Give Family and Friends Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.arbor day cards

  • Returning for the seventh season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Cards can be purchased for $5.95.

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Talking with Your Doctor

Asking Questions

Why Asking Questions is Important

Asking questions is key to good communication with your doctor. If you don’t ask questions, your doctor may think you do not need or want more information. Asking questions helps your doctor know what is important to you. It also lets your doctor know when something he or she says is unclear.

There are many types of questions you may want to ask your doctor. For example, ask questions when you do not know the meaning or spelling of a word, like aneurysm or infarct. Also, it is important to ask questions when instructions are not clear. For example, what does taking medicine with food mean — before, during, or after a meal?

(Watch this video to learn more about questions to ask your doctor. To enlarge the videos on this page, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner of the video screen. To reduce the videos after watching them, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)

Understand Your Diagnosis

Your diagnosis is what your doctor thinks is your health problem. Most times your doctor will make the diagnosis based on what you say are your symptoms and the results of a physical exam, lab tests, and other medical tests. Understanding your health problem can help you make decisions about what you would like to do about it. Also, if you know how the health problem may affect your life and activities and what may happen if the condition gets worse, you will be better able to deal with the problem.

Questions To Ask About Diagnosis

Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about your health problem.

  • What is the name of the condition? How do you spell it?
  • Why do you think I have this health problem? What may have caused it?
  • How long may this problem last? Will it be permanent?
  • How will this problem affect me? Will I need to change some of my activities?
  • Are there long-term effects of this problem?
  • Can my health problem be cured? How can it be treated or managed, made better?
  • How can I learn more about my condition?

Understand Your Medications

Your doctor may prescribe a medicine for your health problem. Make sure you know the name and spelling of the drug and understand why your doctor wants you to take it. Ask your doctor to write down how often and for how long you should take it. If you will need to get more of the medicine once you have used it up, ask how to get the medicine refilled.

Questions To Ask About Medications

  • What is the name of the medication?
  • What condition is it being prescribed for?
  • When and how often should I take the medication?
  • Should I take it at meals or between meals?
  • Do I need to drink a whole glass of water with it?
  • Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • What are the common side effects?
  • What should I pay attention to?
  • When will the medicine begin to work?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Will I need a refill? How do I arrange that?

How the Medication May Affect You

Sometimes medicines affect older people differently than younger people. Let your doctor know if the medicine does not seem to be working or is causing you problems. If you want to stop taking a medicine, check with your doctor first.

Learn about medication side effects and get tips on how to avoid them.

(Watch this video to learn more about how to take medicines safely.)

Call to let your primary doctor know as soon as possible if another doctor prescribes a medication for you. Also, call to check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications. It may be helpful to keep a list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take and when you take them.

Your Pharmacist Is Also a Resource

Your pharmacist also can help answer your questions about medications, including what the label on the medicine bottle means. Also, if asked, your pharmacist can put your medicines in easy-to-open containers and may be able to use large-print labels.

Because the pharmacy keeps a record of the prescription medications you get there, it may be helpful to get all your prescriptions from the same pharmacy. That way, they have a complete record of all your prescription medicines.

Get more tips about taking medicine safely.

Understand Your Medical Tests

Sometimes doctors need to do blood tests, x-rays, or other procedures to find out what is wrong or to learn more about your medical condition. Some tests, such as Pap tests, mammograms, glaucoma tests, and screenings for prostate and colorectal cancer, are done regularly to check for hidden medical problems.

Questions To Ask About Medical Tests

Before you have a medical test, ask your doctor to explain

  • Why is the test being done?
  • What will it show about my health?
  • What do I need to do to get ready for the test?
  • How is the test done? What steps does the medical test involve?
  • Are there any dangers or side effects?
  • How will I find out the results of my test? How long will it take to get the results?
  • What will we know after the test?

For a printable checklist, see Questions To Ask During A Medical Appointment [PDF]or [HTML version]

Getting Your Test Results

When the results of the test are ready, make sure the doctor tells you what they are and explains what they mean. You may want to ask your doctor for a written copy of the test results. If the test is done by someone other than your regular doctor, like a specialist, ask to have the results sent to your primary doctor.

Remembering Information

No matter what your age, it is easy to forget a lot of what your doctor says. Also, sometimes what your doctor says may be hard to understand. As your doctor gives you information about your health, it is a good idea to make sure that you understand it and that you will be able to remember it.

(Watch this video to learn more about how to remember your conversations with your doctor.) .

When Something Is Unclear

Always ask your doctor about anything he or she says that seems unclear. You might say, “I want to make sure I understand. Could you explain a little more?” or “I didn’t understand that word. What does it mean?” You may also find it helpful to repeat back to your doctor what he or she says using your own words and ask if you are correct.

Ask About Written or Visual Aids

Ask if your doctor has any written information or DVDs, CDs, cassettes, or videotapes about your health condition and/or treatment. Also, ask your doctor about other places where you can get more information to help you understand, such as websites or health organizations.

Sometimes your doctor may want you to talk to another member of the health care team about your condition. These people may be better able to explain the health problem and help you make decisions about what to do about it. These people, such as nurses and physician assistants, may also be able to spend more time with you than your doctor.

For a printable checklist, see a list of federal health and aging information resources [PDF] or [HTML version]

Take Notes

Taking notes during your doctor visit can help you remember what you and your doctor talk about. Take along a notepad and pen or pencil, and write down your doctor’s main points or ask your doctor to write them down for you. If you cannot write while the doctor is talking to you, make notes in the waiting room after your visit. Some doctors may allow you to audiotape record your visit if you do not want to, or cannot, take notes.

Follow Up for Clarification

If you are not sure about what your doctor said to do about your health after you get home, call his or her office. A nurse or other staff member can check with your doctor and call you back. You can also ask if your doctor or someone else on the health care team you have talked to has an e-mail address you can use to send questions.

Get The Facts On Alzheimer’s

A common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects people primarily age 60 and older making it the sixth leading cause of death. A person develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds in the United States. One new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds. 1 in 3 senior citizens dies from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.


CHOCOLATE BAR | Asbury Park | Coming 2016

Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar (, New York’s award-winning candy store for grown ups, will open its largest U.S store to date in 2016 in the emerging culture capital of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Chocolate Bar has selected the site located in the former Chicos House of Jazz located at 631 Lake Avenue as it resides in the heart of Asbury’s arts district and is nestled on Lake Avenue offering extraordinary views of the waterfront. The location adjacent toLakehouse Music Academy, House of Independents, and Asbury Festhalle & Beirgarten will mark its second store in New Jersey following its 2013 opening of Chocolate Bar Manasquan located at 140 Main Street on the corner of Parker Avenue.

“I am drawn to Asbury, which I believe will be the next great American town. The dynamic mix of diversity, concrete culture, surf, music, architecture, and food speaks to me. It’s what we aim to create at Chocolate Bar every day. Chocolate Bar isn’t traditional. You will never find a heart shaped box here. It’s the kind of spot where you can hang out all day and draw in your notebook or bring a crew for chocolate fondue while listening to a rocking soundtrack. We’ll have a rotating cast of characters performing, reading, cooking, and creating at our clubhouse of cacao. As a shop we are community driven by nature but I am personally invested here – my children rock out at Lakehouse, dance at Shoreline, and my husband is handling the opening of House of Independents. Asbury is where it’s at.” – Alison Nelson, Founding Owner of Chocolate Bar, stated.

ASBURY PARK One of Chocolate Bar’s most ambitious retail developments to date, entry into Asbury Park marks the latest step in its ongoing international expansion. Since the opening of its first store in New York City in 2002, Alison Nelson’s Chocolate bar has built a network of more than 15 restaurants across 4 markets. The  Asbury location will include a large-scale cafe with a sales floor of nearly 2,180 square feet. Designed as a Flagship showcase for the Chocolate Bar brand, the venue will be crafted with a vintage modern feel including a theatrical view of chocolate creation within the bar area. Guests will be offered a full service menu including its iconic graffiti wrapped chocolate bars, award-winning baked goods, killer truffles, kickin’ espresso, signature cakes, banging bon bon’s, an old school soda fountain, and a tremendous range of hot and cold beverages offered early in the morning until late into the night.
CHOCOLATE BAR Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar is New York’s candy store for grown-ups. Since its inception in 2002, Chocolate Bar has started a mini-revolution among chocolate lovers. It has made waves with gourmands and loyalists alike such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johanson, Jake Gyllenhal, Leonardo DiCaprio and Uma Thurman and in the process received numerous awards including Timeout New York’s “Best Chocolate Store” and Wallpaper Magazine’s “Favorite Stores Around the World” to name a few. With locations in New York City, Manasquan, NJ, Austrailia, eight UAE stores including Chocolate Bar Dubai in Dubai Mall and Chocolate Bar Mercato, Chocolate Bar Qatar located on the island of The Pearl, and Chocolate Bar S.A. Since 2007, 22 additional stores have been licensed. Visit
ALISON NELSON A native New Yorker, Chocolate Bar founding owner, Alison Nelson, sipped her first cup of coffee with her father at the age of 8 and put herself through college on the tips of customers while waiting on tables at top-notch New York coffee shops. She launched Chocolate Bar six years ago with an initial investment of USD 75,000 and since that time she has risen to the heights of the business world. in 2004 she was named one of Gourmet News Magazine’s influential “20 under 40”, in 2006, she was named one of Crain’s Business “40 Under 40” and in 2007 received the Inc Magazine’s award for one of the “Fastest Growing Private Company’s in America”. Her book Chocolate Bar: Recipes and Entertaining Ideas for Living the Sweet Life won the 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook award.
Interested media who wish to interview Chocolate Bar founding owner Alison Nelson please contact WORKHOUSE, CEO Adam Nelson via or +1 212. 645. 8006.

Arts High School Student Work On Exhibit at Manchester Library

Paintings and drawings created by Ocean County Arts High School students will be on display at the Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library, 21 Colonial Drive, Manchester, for the month of November, 2015.
The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Ocean County Arts High School. The program, now in its 6th year, offers advanced arts classes to students from public, private, and home schools in Ocean County. Students, admitted to the program through audition, are released from their schools one afternoon each week during the spring semester to participate in the various courses that are taught by professional artists. Continue reading Arts High School Student Work On Exhibit at Manchester Library