Bullying of Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities Workshop October 25

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Partners for Success and SECAC (Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee) will host Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., Associate Director of MCDD (Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Founding Director of Project HEAL, who will present “Bullying of Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities” workshop on Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Queen Anne’s County Library, Centreville Branch.

Maureen van Stone’s presentation will include an overview of the issues of bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students with special needs and disabilities. She will also provide an analysis of evidence-informed prevention strategies, along with an overview of federal guidance, state laws and policies. Additionally, she will share a case law summary and best practices to address the issues of bullying. A question and answer period will immediately follow the presentation. This session is appropriate for parents, caregivers, providers/therapists and educators of children with special needs, disabilities, autism and other disorders.

Maureen is the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and the founding director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program. Project HEAL is Maryland’s only comprehensive medical-legal partnership, which provides advocacy and legal services to low- and moderate-income families and children with disabilities who receive services at KKI.

Maureen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in developmental psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School, with a concentration on children’s legal issues. Prior to law school, Maureen worked as a clinician on the Neurobehavioral Unit in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute for six years.

The program will take place on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County Library’s Centreville Branch, 121 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, Maryland 21617. The program is free, and includes food and refreshments. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information about this program and to register, please Jennifer Doege, Parent Coordinator – Partners for Success: jennifer.doege@qacps.org or 410-758-3693.

The Queen Anne’s County (QAC) Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) is committed to ensuring the provision of quality services to students with disabilities ages birth to 21 by working collaboratively with families, community, school staff and other professionals to provide a forum to discuss issues related to and advocate for positive changes in special education in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. SECAC hosts a monthly meeting and new members are always welcome. For more information, please email: secac.qac@gmail.com or visit www.qacps.org/Page/209.

Cancer Center Team Honored as “Everyday Heroes”

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Photo: Fifteen members of the Cancer Center team – some in full superhero attire – were on hand to be honored by F. Graham Lee, UM SRH vice president of philanthropy (back row, left) as “Everyday Heroes” were: Lauren Douglass, Nichole Hill, Ashley Kirn, Kathleen Stalfort, Robin Ford, Victoria Glessner, Christa Tindall, Jeanie Scott, Robin VanSchaik, Stephanie Phillips, Diane Soone, Carol Flamer, Debbie Hood, Brian Leutner and Paula Larrimore.

The University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation received a donation from Sylvia Jeanne Carroll to support the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health. As the wife of a patient treated at the Cancer Center, Carroll made the donation in appreciation of the “Everyday Hero” health care providers – John Mastandrea , MD and Robin Ford, and “all who participated in her husband’s care from the front desk and radiation crew.”

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any UM SRH staff member or team who has made a positive difference in a visit or stay by making a financial contribution of any size to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation or the UM Chester River Health Foundation. Funds received through gifts to the Foundations’ Everyday Hero programs help pay for equipment, capital improvements and staff education for the departments in which the employees or team work.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Get Into Mental Health

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Mental Health Awareness Week is Oct. 1-7, 2017. Each year, the first full week in October provides an opportunity to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care.

One in five adults experiences mental illness problems every year, and 50 percent of chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Although many people today understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination.

This year the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling on everyone to get “Into Mental Health” and replace stigma with hope.

Locally, NAMI Kent & Queen Anne’s (the newest affiliate of NAMI Maryland) is now offering the NAMI Family Support Group program on the first and third Monday in Centreville, and the first and third Tuesday in Chestertown, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition, as part of Mental Health Awareness week, National Depression Screening Day will be held Thursday Oct. 5. Organizations around the world are encouraged to offer free, anonymous questionnaires that can help individuals identify potential signs of depression. Learn more at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/ndsd.

“We are calling on everyone to join NAMI and replace stigma with hope by pledging to be #stigmaFree,” said Lainie Surette, steering committee co-chair of NAMI Kent & Queen Anne’s.

To take the #StignaFree pledge, visit www.NAMI.org/stigmafree. NAMI offers information about mental illness conditions, symptoms and treatment at www.NAMI.org or through its HelpLine at (800) 550-NAMI (6264).

For more information about the Kent and Queen Anne’s Support Groups call (443)480-0565.

Help Fight Polio With Crab Soup

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If there is one thing that makes you a Marylander, it is a love of all things crab. Our own Chestertown Rotary Club is sponsoring a MD Crab Soup Competition on October 21 from 1 – 4 pm at The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel.  It will include both the traditional and cream variety soups with wine pairings. Proceeds benefit End Polio Now.

Competitors are from our own backyard and include JRs/Lemon Leaf, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, Chester River Yacht and Country Club, Uncle Charlie’s Bistro, Barbara’s on the Bay,  O’Connor’s Pub, The Fish Whistle and The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel.

The cost is $10 for 6 tastings or bowl of soup, bread & glass of wine.

Polio survivor John Nanni will have a table display at the event. John became paralyzed from his neck down for 6 months just prior to the Salk Vaccine distribution.  He now uses a wheelchair for most of his daily mobility due to severe Post-Polio Syndrome issues. John is a Rotarian and serves as our district’s PolioPlus Chair. He is also the USA Coordinator for the “World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio Now” and also serves as a board member of the Polio Network of NJ/DE, a polio survivor support group.

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Please come out to the Chestertown Rotary Club’s “Soup and Sip” event to help end polio now!

 

Compass Regional Hospice Now Offers Pet Loss Grief Support

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Compass Regional Hospice is expanding the Hope & Healing Center’s grief support services to include counseling and therapeutic workshops for those who are dealing with the loss of a pet.

Join us for the first time offering of a therapeutic pet loss workshop on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville.

This therapeutic workshop will be facilitated by Linda Turner, MS, bereavement counselor for Compass Regional Hospice. This workshop is open to the public.  There is a $10 registration fee. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

“When someone close to us dies, our loss is usually met with sympathy, comfort, and offerings of sincere condolences and yet many pet owners are not met with the same support and are often left to grieve alone,” says bereavement counselor Linda Turner.  “We recognize that pets become a part of our family and the loss of their unconditional love can be very difficult to cope with.”

This therapeutic workshop is designed to provide a supportive environment for individuals to find hope and healing after losing their furry loved ones with others dealing with similar experiences. With facilitation from the group leader, participants may share memories of their pet, discuss new ways to cope with their grief and complete a special remembrance activity.

For more information about the grief support services offered through the Hope & Healing Center, contact Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under Compass Regional Hospice’s care and members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. The menu of services offered through the Hope & Healing Center have a common focus‐ rekindling hope and facilitating healing following a significant loss. Services include individual and family grief counseling, specialized grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, non‐ denominations spiritual counseling, remembrance events and therapeutic workshops. One of the popular grief support programs is Camp New Dawn, an annual summer camp for children, teens and families. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Tidewater Physical Therapy Welcomes New Clinical Director and Physical Therapist

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Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates P.A. announces that they have hired Anthony Gipe, DPT, as the new clinical director and senior physical therapist for their Chester location.

Gipe received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2013. Immediately after receiving his undergraduate degree, he was accepted into the Physical Therapy Doctorial program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in September 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with such a fresh perspective and glowing outlook. Being a recent graduate, Gipe possess cutting-edge knowledge in the physical therapy field, that we are enthusiastic about him implementing in his practices. Anthony’s one-on-one philosophy matches that of Tidewater; and we are thrilled he will be providing that level of care to patients,” says Jennifer Walter, COO of Tidewater Physical Therapy.

Gipe will provide quality, comprehensive rehabilitation services. His interests include sports and orthopedic therapy, spinal cord injury and multi-trauma therapies, pelvic and sacroiliac dysfunction, therapeutic interventions, and lower extremity dysfunction.

About Tidewater Physical Therapy

Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates, PA was founded in 1984 under the guidance of Dr. W. James Downs, Jr., PT, DSc, ECS. Downs founded the firm in response to local physicians seeking progressive physical therapy services for patients on the Delmarva Peninsula. Since its foundation, Tidewater Physical Therapy has expanded to 16 locally managed offices. Therapists have continued to increase their certifications and knowledge in many specialty areas to provide for their ever-growing patient population. Tidewater Physical Therapy is now the most widely recognized, highly accredited physical therapy firm on Delmarva, setting the standard for exceptional care in a comfortable, friendly and community-oriented setting. In addition, Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates is a certified Medicare Rehabilitation Agency, meaning our organization willingly accepts a stringent set of guidelines in which to operate, including annual inspections. For more information about Tidewater Physical Therapy, visit www.tidewaterpt.com or call 410.822.3891.

Ona Kareiva, MD, Named to UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors

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Ona M. Kareiva, MD, recently joined the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Board of Directors.

Dr. Kareiva, who has been affiliated with the health care system since 2002, is a practicing anesthesiologist privileged at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton. Now a resident of Talbot County, Dr. Kareiva graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 where she then completed her residency and fellowship programs.

On the Board, Dr. Kareiva serves as an active member of the Medical Staff Quality Committee (MSQC) and the Medical Executive Committee (MEC).

“We are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Kareiva join the Board and look forward to her insights and ideas,” said Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, in making the announcement. “We appreciate the willingness of physicians as well as that of local business and nonprofit leaders to devote their time and expertise to the ongoing advancement of our health care network and the care we provide for the 170,000 residents of our five county region.”

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

For All Seasons Appoints New Board Members

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For All Seasons has appointed three new board members: Marie DiDaniels of Easton, Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, and Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Emily Sparks Lynn a native of Birmingham, Alabama and now a resident of Easton, is the Director of Marketing with Attraction Magazine, the “Good News Magazine” on the Eastern Shore. She was previously employed as the Development Officer with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Information Science with a focus on Public Relations from the University of Alabama. She is a board member and Co-Chair of the Grants Review Committee with Women & Girls Fund, a member of Tidewater Rotary, and previously served on the Talbot Chamber Young Professionals Board of Directors.

Leslie Sea of Chestertown, a business woman with a background in sales and marketing. She and her best friend Brian Moore own Hometown Multimedia, LLC/WCTR in Chestertown, a community-based broadcast medium that serves all levels of the community. Their goal is to give the station back to the community and give it a voice. Previously, she was employed by Acosta Sales and Marketing as an Area Manager and owned a small business, Dr. Freeze Frozen Delights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management with a concentration on Sales and Marketing from DeVry University. She is currently a Family Support Group Facilitator for NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s and on the board of the Bayside HOYAS.

Pictured back row, L-R, are new board members of For All Seasons: Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, Marie DiDaniels of Easton, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons. Seated front row is new board member Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Marie DiDaniels of Easton is the Chief Human Resources Office at Shore Bancshares Inc. In this role she is responsible for all human resource functions of Shore Bancshares and its subsidiaries, Shore United Bank, Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, and Wye Financial & Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rosemont College. DiDaniels has worked in a number of industries, for both small and large organizations, including Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Corporate Express, Genzyme Transgenics, and Westside Family Healthcare. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Eastern Shore SHRM. Previously, she served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware.

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “We are thrilled to have the expertise that these three new members bring to our board. They are dynamic leaders in their fields and connected to our communities in unique ways which will enhance our community partnerships moving forward.”

The following are the other board members on the For All Seasons Board. Phyllis Eleuthéra Ballantine of Easton has served on several community organizations. She is currently a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Delaware Chapter, the Patriotic Service Committee, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, and Program Director of the Harbor Club of Easton. She volunteers with the Historical Society of Talbot County and the Classic Motor Museum. She has been a part of the Recovery Community for 14 years and Talbot Mentors. She previously worked for the National Space Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mount Vernon College.

Stuart “Mickey” Elsberg, has been a resident of Chestertown since 1997. He is a sales and marketing executive for EC Metro, a merchant bankcard (Visa and Mastercard) provider. A graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center, Elsberg is a member of the DC Bar and is a former consultant to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sultana Education Foundation, Inc., is a member of the Board of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is Co-Chair of the Kent County Schools Junior Achievement, and serves on the Advisory Board of Rebuilding Together of Kent County. He was a founder of the Chestertown Havurah, Kent County’s Jewish community, and represents that group at the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association.

Diane Flagler of Easton is currently part owner of La de Da a women’s boutique in downtown Easton. She has worn many hats since moving to the Eastern Shore in 1971, including serving as office manager and assistant CFO of her husband’s OB/GYN Practice. In 2016, she was named Volunteer of the Year at For All Seasons. Her focus has always been on health, fitness, and helping others as she has participated in fundraising efforts for Special Olympics, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, and Talbot Friends of Hospice.

Andrea G. Lange, PhD, (President) of St. Michaels is currently serving as the Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Washington College. From 2007 to 2012 she was on the College’s Sociology Department faculty as an Associate Professor in Criminology, and thereafter, has held the post of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Administration of Justice and a PhD in Sociology and Criminology, both from American University. Dr. Lange has published in the fields of white collar criminology, the administration of justice, and juvenile delinquency, and regularly reviews books on human trafficking topics. She has served on the Board of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and is the current President of the Cove View Home Owners Association in St. Michaels, MD.

Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, Esq. of Chestertown is a currently Director of Access to Justice Department, Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and Executive Director of the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University of Law Center; a Master of Arts, Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School; and a Bachelor of Arts, History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has been a member of the Chestertown Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Directors of Imagination Alley, the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel Bar Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Folk Music Society.

Deborah H. Walsworth of Easton (Treasurer) is a Managing Director and the Tax Practice Leader of the Easton office of CBIZ MHM LLC. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Pension Consultant (CPC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wilmington University and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. She is also a committee member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Memorial Hospital Foundation Planned Gifts Committee, and the Chesapeake Women’s Network of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Mary Witteman of Oxford has had a professional career that has included working in the field of Information Technology, as well as being a Real Estate Broker, Stock Broker, Publisher/Editor and writer for a small specialty magazine. She was also involved in gourmet foods, once having a cooking school. She previously lived in Richmond, VA and San Diego, CA, before settling in Oxford MD. She is an active board member of For All Seasons, a volunteer for Talbot Hospice, an active member of the Talbot Mentors, and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Oxford’s Volunteer Fire Department.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.

Retreat House Hosts September Events, Book Group

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The Retreat House at Hillsboro starts the fall season with a friendly Book Group that will meet on the third Monday of each month, beginning September 18. Book selections will be made by the group. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be gladly accepted. Contact francie@retreathousehillsboro.org for more information and to receive an excerpt to read for the first discussion.

Two workshops take place in September. On Monday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m – 12:00 noon “Taking A Walk With Your Soul – A Sacred Labyrinth Journey” takes place on at the Chartres-style labyrinth located on the grounds of Retreat House. Following the guided meditative walk will be a journaling session and discussion led by Wendy Steeves, Spiritual Director and “contemplative missionary.” A light breakfast and lunch will be available and a suggested donation of $20 would be appreciated. Register at https://rhlabyrinth.eventbrite.com.

“Cultivating a Spiritual Heart: A Day of Prayer with Patience Robbins” is planned for Thursday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The day will include guided meditations, journaling sharing and periods of silence. Participants will learn new practices to increase gratitude, compassion and joy in their daily lives. Patience Robbins is a Spiritual Director who has led programs for more than 20 years at Shalem Institute (www.shalem.org.) Light breakfast and lunch are included and a suggested donation of $40 per person would be appreciated.

All are welcome at Retreat House workshops and retreats, even if one is unable to make a donation. Weekly events at the Retreat House include Meditation Mondays, a silent meditation gathering at 5:45 – 6:15 p.m., Yoga class led by Kathleen O’Brien on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and AA meetings on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Francie Thayer, Director, at francie@retreathousehillsboro.org, or call (410) 364-7042.

Located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, the Retreat House is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, meditation and any who seek a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7042, info@retreathouse.org, or visit us on Facebook.com/RetreatHouseAtHillsboro.