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Music Psychic Babble ......................................... 14 Business Oak Gem Jewelry .................................... 20 Home Alliance Adjustment Group ...................... 32 Community The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen ............... 38 Health + Beauty A Focus on Women’s Health ................... 42 Spotlight Design With the Environment, Savings and Convenience in Mind ........... 46

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Around Town
1. Joseph Demchur, Hilde Wachtel, Bruce Hamilton and Patricia Whitman at the Art of Wine fundraiser at the Michener Museum. 2. Lori High, Kim Madarasz and Margaret Corbett at La Chelé’s Grand Opening in New Hope. 3. Mike Markowitz of the Hickory Kitchen with Jenny Salisbury and Donna Burne of A Woman’s Place accepting $500 that Markowitz raised to help women in need. 4. Jim Wentzel with copies of dtown at the top of Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Tennessee and third-tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. 5. Jim McMaster, Mary Ellen McMaster and Paula and Kevin Putman supporting the arts at the Michener Museum. Locals turned out to fight breast cancer at Dominique Daniela’s Couture for a Cure at the Ramada in New Hope. 6. Louise, Christie, modeling a wedding gown, and Fred Williamson at the event. 7. Christina Cavalcanti and Matt Beck of Salon Gratitude in New Hope provided hair services for the show. 8. Ellen Bollenbacher, survivor, model and local businesswoman, lends her support.

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If you hear a strange noise coming from the end of a leash, don’t be alarmed. It’s only Bisket. After being raised not to bark at much, instead he now emits something that sounds more like a sneeze than the typical canine hello. When Bisket gets excited, you might mistake his enthusiasm for an allergy attack. Still, it’s hardly an issue for Bisket. His gentle and friendly personality rarely give him a reason to sneeze, or bark, or whatever we’re calling it. Bisket gets along with nearly any dog or person who crosses his path and never passes

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Psychic babble A Life of Art Told in Song

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“I had been writing songs for a while. They’re moods and sentiments that wouldn’t fit with Circa [Survive]-type material.”
– colin Frangicetto

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olin Frangicetto’s debut fulllength album offers what may be the closest one can come to taking a walk through an artist’s mind. Best known as the guitarist in local heavyweight Circa Survive, Frangicetto took advantage of his main band’s endof-year downtime in 2010 to turn five years’ worth of stray recordings and musical ideas into a fully realized artistic statement, recording by himself under the name Psychic Babble. “I had been writing songs for a while, on and off in my free time, that I always felt needed their own channel of expression,” Frangicetto explains. “They’re moods and sentiments that wouldn’t fit with Circa [Survive]-type material.” The record, My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes, released earlier this fall, features Frangicetto playing every instrument, “layering and deconstructing” his material until the album was complete. “It’s harder to record alone than with a group,” he admits. “When you’re feeling unconfident about what you’re doing, there’s no one there to reassure you. But sometimes you get a more pure, artistically sound product, because it’s not compromised. There’s no one else in on the decision-making process.” But the album isn’t the world’s first introduction to Frangicetto’s work

outside of Circa Survive. He had posted older songs online, released an EP in the summer and his paintings have cropped up on both the web and the walls of local shops across his native Bucks County. The album is, however, an unfiltered cross-section of Frangicetto’s present life and past influences and also a hint toward his future. Available digitally and on vinyl, My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes is often ambient and abstract, channeling Frangicetto’s visual art. “Painting to me is very free,” he says. “Criticism about music is often harsh and directly related to your personality, but I don’t see that with art. It’s more anonymous. I feel like I can make anything as crazy or offensive as I want with zero accountability.” But in other places, the songs are lush and melodic, revealing his love for the music of his youth. “My dad would play [the Beach Boys’ album] Pet Sounds on repeat, and I grew up listening to Paul Simon’s Graceland. The lyricism and melodies just make them timeless,” he says. “I emulated a lot of that unconsciously over the years. I’d play a song for people and they’d say it reminded them of [Beach Boys’ songwriter] Brian Wilson or [the band] Love. As I honed in more on my own songs, a melody would pop into my head and just scream Pet Sounds.”
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Frangicetto says the album is dedicated to his family and closest friends. “It’s my way of immortalizing how they make me feel and everything they’ve done to support me over the years,” he explains. Throughout the album are subtle “winks and nods” to those people – Frangicetto’s father, Tom, took the picture that graces the cover – along with a few straightforward tributes like Samantha, written for his wife. For now, Psychic Babble is just a recording project, but it may not stay that way forever. “There’s not even a band to play it right now,” Frangicetto says. “But it’s already building its own fanbase, which is mind-blowing and kind of cool.” He plans to “maybe play a few cities” after he releases another solo album, but the record also serves as a signpost for a different avenue. “People have told me the album has a film-score quality to it,” Frangicetto says. It’s no coincidence, then, that he scored his first film recently – Play Dead, a short horror-comedy currently making the rounds on the indie-festival circuit – and wants to do more. “A couple friends of mine are directors, and I told them I wanted to get into it myself,” he says. When one of them came back to him with an offer to score Play Dead, it came with one caveat: a four-week deadline. “I threw myself into the fire,” Frangicetto laughs. “I’d never actually tried it before, but I had a blast doing it. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a laptop, keyboard and guitar.” With Circa Survive still in full swing, there’s no telling what will come next for Frangicetto’s solo work. But whether it’s another record, an art exhibit or music for a film, the answer is somewhere inside the Psychic Babble. Go online at: psychicbabble.blogspot.com

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adim Krivitsky, owner of Oak Gem Jewelry in Lahaska, finds his chosen business fascinating. And in dealing fine estate and secondhand jewelry, there’s a subtle irony that never escapes him. It’s the part Krivitsky loves the most that he hopes his clients will never experience. “The jewelry business is like fishing,” Krivitsky says. “You never know what you’re going to catch.” While the unknown may be appealing to a dealer who stumbles upon a rare or coveted piece, for an individual investing in $1,865 Trianon earrings or a $30,000 Kieselstein diamond bracelet, they need to know exactly what they’re getting. “These are major purchases,” Krivitsky says. “You have to have to be sure they’re coming from a legitimate source, especially in the secondhand market.” Conversely, the same goes for a person selling fine jewelry to a dealer. “It can be daunting
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to look at a piece of jewelry and not know how much to ask for it,” he continues. “A dealer could tell you it’s worth a lot less than it actually is, and you wouldn’t be the wiser. A 1920 Cartier necklace could have $1,200 worth of gold in it. If you take it to a place with a ‘We Buy Gold’ sign in the window, they may give you an offer based on that value. But I can tell you that, in the right market, it can be worth $12,000 as a collectible.” It’s that “atmosphere of trust” Krivitsky strives to infuse within Oak Gem’s walls and with all his clients. Located just outside Peddler’s Village, he offers customers not only pieces of fine jewelry, but also peace of mind. “My motto is, ‘I’m here to help people sell jewelry,’” he explains, proudly. And with a career spanning more than two decades, Krivitsky says his years as a buyer of secondhand jewelry has given him the experience he needs to

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get the most for a client. “I’ve spent most of my career buying these pieces directly from estates and private collectors,” he explains. “I bought for true value instead of market value, which makes it easier for me to assess a good deal. There are countless manufacturers and products, and the value of a piece is not decided just by how attractive it is or the amount of precious metal in it. You also have to consider who made it and when.” His expertise, coupled with Oak Gem’s excellent standing with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee, gives his clients the security they need to feel comfortable with their purchase. So much so, in fact, that Oak Gem now does much of their business through their Web site with buyers making purchases from as far away as Germany, England, China and Australia. “We sell on approval,” he
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says, of the online part of his business. “If they don’t like it, they can ship it back for a refund, no questions asked.” And while his business may be worldwide, local clients always remain a priority with Krivitsky. “One of the main reasons we set up shop in this area is there aren’t many people here who really understand the true value of fine jewelry,” he says. Rather than people having to travel to New York City for that kind of dealer, says Krvitisky, he provides the same service much closer to home: “Again, it’s about comfort and trust. There’s no obligation to sell and no fee to have a piece appraised. And if you think the price is fair, I’ll write the check on the spot.” Go online at oakgem.com

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Alan Fetterman A Lifetime of Artistic Challenges F
or years, Alan Fetterman traveled the world, landing everywhere from Europe to South America. But far from leisurely vacations, his jaunts were tuned to a specific agenda: to explore, observe and document. With sketchbook in hand, Fetterman tirelessly captured the array of cultures he encountered, translating them on paper in a language all could understand. “I’m an explorer,” he says. “I went far and wide to discover my inner-self.” In 1988, during a stint in Paris, Fetterman – who previously worked in construction – realized his calling. Growing up in a military family, Fetterman knew all too well the principles of hard work and survival. But he also recognized his innately curious, creative nature with prolific volumes of poetry and music and a degree in philosophy to his credit. After spending 10 hours in the Louvre, awash in the rich visual landscape,
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Fetterman emerged with a new conviction. “That’s it, I’m an artist,” he recalls, on the motivation the worldrenowned museum inspired. Upon his return home, he picked up a set of brushes and embarked on a different kind of journey. Decades and nearly countless paintings later, Fetterman has completed the transformation into committed-life artist, exercising his creative spirit in oils on canvas. These may be strange economic times, but the collectible fine arts remain proven investment havens. “Although many [artists] have suffered in one way or another, especially those who survive solely on their work, I stay steadfast and have dug my boots deeper into the very ground I stand on to paint,” Fetterman says. “I have continued to devote myself to the arts and now, through the Silverman Gallery, my work continues to be embraced on both a regional and national platform”.

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“Art is at its best when it comes from an artist’s deepest sensibilities.”
– Alan Fetterman

Fetterman’s commitment to the local arts scene is evidenced both in the more than 25 solo shows to his credit to date and his creative philosophy. “As an American artist, I have painted in many parts of the country and abroad,” Fetterman says. “But most importantly, I’m a Bucks County/ Pennsylvania artist. What drives me is the dynamic of our region. Art is at its best when it comes from an artist’s deepest sensibilities.” And while many might fall victim to a sort of artistic malaise, Fetterman is careful to continually challenge himself. His latest works, dubbed Bucks County Life and Lore, will be revealed at his latest one-man show, opening Nov. 12. “The presentation has been kept a tightly held secret so far,” says Joan Perkes, director of the Silverman Gallery, who is hosting the show and represents Fetterman. “Alan [Fetterman] is a regional icon, and this body of work is powerful, unique and matches his philosophical bent.”
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Fetterman describes the venture as “a compilation of painting, prose and presentation.” There is a contemporary story line that infuses the life, lore, and dynamics of our region into his latest output. “An artist must explore and continue to challenge himself,” Fetterman says. “My penchant for our area’s landscapes and community is ever present, but the approach is fresh, the visual language distinct.” The exhibit will include five large 36" by 40" paintings of local landscapes, as well as an extensive array of other sizes. But it’s what Fetterman has dubbed the “Grand Reveal” that will fill the exhibit with character and story. “Over the last three years, I have been creating a collection of art that speaks in multiple values. The paintgs reveal story lines via progression and presentation,” he explains. “In addition, as one who has always taken pride in the hand-carved frames that hold my
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work, I’ve learned to make frames with the talents of Tom Stanley and Dave Madery. I can only hope others enjoy them as much as I have creating them.” While Fetterman’s work has already left an indelible mark on the local arts scene, a new book, seven years in the making, is set for a February release. Illuminate, penned by regional art historian and critic Cathie Viksjo, provides a retrospective look at Fetterman’s career. “His [Fetterman] spiral rise as an artist has been astounding,” Viksjo says. “The time has come, I believe, to compile a monograph of his art and times. The Bucks-County art tradition begs for this discussion and critical assessment.” The Silverman Gallery will host a book signing in February with Fetterman to celebrate the release of Illuminate. For more information, go online at the silvermangallery.com.

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Alliance Adjustment Group Your Partner in Property Damage Claims
For most, Hurricane Irene roared through our area bringing rain, wind, minor inconveniences but not the dreadful prognostication that some feared. But for the less fortunate in low-lying regions, homes and businesses alike are still recuperating from the damaging floodwaters that the storm also carried with her. And while surveying the initial damage from any powerful weather event might seem like a disheartening prospect, there are people on the side of those dealing with the costly aftermath. Public adjusters represent home and business owners against their insurance companies when damages occur. We sat down with James Wagner, owner and founder of the Alliance Adjustment Group, Inc. and a nearly 20-year industry veteran, to learn what you need to know and do when taking on or dealing with your insurance company. “A large percentage of our business is storm-related, whether caused by wind, rain, snow or ice,” says Wagner, who opened Alliance in 1999 and now has nearly 30 full-time employees. “If a property owner has damage to their home or business, all they need to do is call us. Our team will assess the damage, review the policy, prepare the estimates, report the claim, negotiate the settlement and process the payments. Our clients simply sit back and allow
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us to handle their claim, start to finish. It’s our primary focus at Alliance Adjustment to ensure our clients receive the maximum settlement for their damage based on the terms and conditions of the policy. We are industry leaders and true experts in our field.” Protect Your Investment While Alliance certainly serves as a trusted partner when disaster strikes, the process starts long before you might need their help. When shopping for or reviewing coverage for your home or business, it’s best not to cut corners. “A leading cause of insurance-company claim denials is the fact that policyholders fail to have proper coverage in place,” Wagner explains. He points to sump-pump overflows as an example: “If your home has a basement, finished or not, make sure you insure the property with an insurance company who offers a back-up of sewer or drains endorsement. This may provide an opportunity for coverage should you get water in your basement during a heavy-rain event.” Wagner also recommends meeting with your agent periodically to make sure you have the proper coverage in place for your specific property. Oftentimes, a homeowner may make changes or additions to their home and fail to advise their agent. It’s important for the insurance company to be aware of any significant changes to the

“It’s our primary focus at Alliance Adjustment to ensure our clients receive the maximum settlement for their damage.” – James Wagner
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property to ensure that it is sufficiently protected. For instance, clients often do not take changes such as pools into consideration and do not have enough coverage. “If there is insufficient coverage in place when the damage occurs,” Wagner says, “it becomes more difficult to get the money from the insurance company, when the claim is filed.” When It Rains, It Pours Flooding, a major concern for those close to the banks of the Delaware River and other local waterways, can cause serious structural damage and mold if not promptly and properly handled. Wagner suggests taking a proactive stance. “If you have flood damage, the best thing to do is dry the building as quickly as possibly,” he says. And while that might be easier said than done, Wagner has a proverbial ace up his sleeve. His team at Alliance can coordinate the emergency services to remove the water and dry the property. “It is paramount to properly dry and treat the effected areas, not only to create a safe environment but also to comply with the policy,” Wagner explains. “The policyholder has a duty to protect the property from further damage. We make sure that happens.” And since the company operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, an Alliance adjuster is available to speak with you no matter when your emergency occurs.

A Reliable Resource If you find yourself in need of a public insurance adjuster, how do you know you’re choosing the right one? “The best thing a client can do is ask for referrals,” Wagner says. “It’s really the best indicator of an adjuster’s ability and reputation.” Alliance has proudly been a part of the community for over a decade and regularly provides references upon request. They know the ins and outs of insurance policies. “An otherwise routine claim can easily be derailed or possibly even denied due to something as simple as missing the correct form or missing a prescribed deadline,” Wagner adds. As part of the process, Wagner also recommends investigating results. “Our firm is known throughout the industry to provide unmatched service,” he says. “We employ specialized estimating systems supported by the latest technology to deliver public adjustment services, second to none. Simply put, we will continue to negotiate the claim on behalf of our clients until the insurance company has agreed to pay for all of the damages.” For more information on Alliance Adjustment Group’s services, call 267-880-3000 or go online at allianceadjustment.com.

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The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Nourishing Minds and Bodies
If there was ever a time to count your blessings, give back to the community and reflect on the significance of generosity in the world, the fastapproaching Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows usually serves as the perfect opportunity. And while the collective sense of community betterment and energy expended on donating canned goods, recycling old winter coats or adding a few bucks to our grocery bills to support those in need lasts only for a regrettably brief part of the year, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has taken philanthropy beyond a seasonal practice and made it a year-round job. Founded in 1981 by a group of clergymen and community activists who looked upon the streets of Trenton and found many who went hungry on a daily basis, they began giving out sandwiches and milk from the trunk of a car to anybody who needed a meal.
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They eventually took up residence in the basement of a Trenton church to feed more of those in need. By the end of 1982, TASK had dished out over 40,000 meals. But over the past 30 years, the organization has come a long way since its modest beginnings. According to Dennis Micai, the executive director of the organization, their efforts are now overseen by a board of trustees and fueled by their team of 23 employees and 3,000 volunteers. He explains that the crux of the daily operations at TASK is still providing two square meals a day, as well as meals to satellite locations four nights a week. But TASK is much more than just a free and needed meal. They also provide adult-education classes, something that sets their mission far apart from other food-related organizations. “Our mission is beyond just feeding the hungry,” Micai says. “Some patrons

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“Our mission is beyond just feeding the hungry.”
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have talents and abilities that were never conducive to traditional learning environments. They might have low self-esteem, or they made mistakes in life. But if you give them the right outlet, they will succeed.” The right outlet includes one-on-one tutoring sessions with volunteers, a computer lab and a resident social worker. Micai explains that people use these classes for an array of reasons: to obtain their GED, to take remedial classes that will prepare them for higher education, to learn basic reading and writing skills in order to obtain a driver’s license or do homework with their children. TASK has even established a thriving

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art program for painting and drawing, as well as music, the performing arts and creative writing. According to Micai, many succeed in the unique environment, because it uses personal motivation, first and foremost, to drive their success. TASK also distinguishes itself from other nonprofit organizations for other reasons. They receive no government funding except for a small grant to fund the adult classes. This, however, is a well-intentioned drawback. Micai says that government funding would equal placing certain restrictions on who is allowed to receive a meal from the soup kitchen. The inevitable red tape would entail keeping track of each patron, sign-in books and potentially an income guideline. But at TASK, anyone “from all walks of life” can receive a meal, no questions asked. It’s has been the policy since 1981, and it continues to be as TASK celebrates its 30th anniversary. Looking toward the future, Micai says they will continue to partner with the other nonprofit and socialwork organizations in the Trenton area, a tradition they help foster and promote. TASK recently began sending meals to Hightstown, N.J., the first satellite operation outside of the Trenton city limits. And as the holidays approach, they are busy planning an array of special events, including a gift for every client and an adopt-a-family program. TASK is also currently negotiating the sale of the land around their building, enabling them to set up parks, community gardens and even a possible hydroponic greenhouse, where they can teach patrons to grow food for personal use as well as for profit. To learn more about TASK programs, make a donation or volunteer, go online at trentonsoupkitchen.org.

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As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But for women in the midst of busy lives and schedules, balancing demanding careers and growing families, sometimes even the simplest lessons get lost in the mix. Especially when it comes to doing the right things to maintain your own health. We sat down with Dr. Carolyn Ianieri, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Doylestown Women’s Health Center, to remind us that making time for fitness, ensuring proper nutrition and pursuing preventative medicine are the most-effective and efficient ways to enjoy a lifetime of good health. Nobody Gonna Break-a My Stride “Our ultimate goal is to prevent sickness altogether, not just treat issues once they arise,” Ianieri says. “Our aim is to help our patients develop a lifestyle that promotes wellness. We try to lead by example, showing our patients the benefits of a well-balanced life by living actively ourselves.” And first on her list? Fitness and exercise. “Movement is key to taking charge of your health,” Ianieri stresses. Along with the added benefits of decreasing your waistline and perhaps opening up a new world of fashion possibilities,
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exercising helps fend off health problems stemming from obesity such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, difficult pregnancies or deliveries and heart disease. “Fitness is important at all life stages whether you’re a young girl looking to set yourself up for a lifetime of health, a woman in her 30s trying to get pregnant or a woman reaching menopause and concerned about weight gain,” she says. Ianieri suggests taking small steps with a new exercise regimen, starting with just 10 minutes a day. “Setting a goal of losing 25 pounds can be overwhelming,” she explains. “It’s better to set yourself up for success

 Pictured left: The team of physicians at the Doylestown Women’s Health Center is committed to providing quality health care for all.

with a schedule you can stick to. Once a person starts feeling better and sees the benefits of regular exercise, they’ll naturally want to increase their commitment.” You Are What You Eat It might be another old saying, but they last for a reason. “Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, and healthy eating sets you up for optimum health,” Ianieri says. “A woman who eats a balanced diet will undoubtedly get more folic acid, calcium and vital nutrients into her system. We know that folic acid is especially critical before and during pregnancy to reduce the risks of birth defects.” Again, she notes, small, manageable changes are key: “Make simple changes you can incorporate comfortably into your life rather than trying to modify too many habits at once.” Those adjustments can be simply trying whole grains, educating yourself about true portion sizes or choosing water and unsweetened iced tea over soda. Ianieri also suggests packing lunch or snacks if you’re going to be out for the day. “If you have healthy food at your fingertips, you’ll be much less likely to stop for fast food or indulge in something unhealthy,” she says.

Thinking Ahead Ianieri and her colleagues spend a lot of time educating their patients about the importance of vaccinations throughout their life. “They don’t just protect the patient; they protect their loved ones as well,” she says. Ianieri points to the resurgence of pertussis, or whooping cough, which once claimed the lives of up to 10,000 Americans annually. “Pertussis often manifests as a mere cold in adults but can result in severe illness or even death in infants,” she explains. It’s an especially important concern for those with children and women who are planning on starting a family of their own. Ianieri advises all women to speak with their health-care providers about pertussis, as well as flu vaccinations, for new parents and anyone who might consistently spend time with their baby “Pregnant women are considered to be in the high-risk group for contracting the flu and related complications,” she explains. “We follow CDC guidelines and recommend that all pregnant women be vaccinated.” For more information, go online at doylestownwomenshealth.com or call 215-340-2229.

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As autumn starts its slow fade into winter, it’s now the perfect time to concentrate on the interior of your home. And while a complete redesign might not be on your agenda, according to Cyndi Haaz, ASID, president of Cyndi and Tucci, Inc., a Bucks County-based interior-design firm, there are new and exciting design enhancements to consider. High on her list: motorized shades that promote energy efficiency and help with the sometimes hard-to-reach windows in today’s homes. “Installing motorized window treatments can help reduce heating and cooling costs,” Haaz explains. They can even be programmed to open and close as the sun moves across your home. “Remotecontrolled shades will also help eliminate glare and preserve paint color, fabrics and the flooring in your home by blocking the harmful UV rays that cause fading,” she adds.

But like any design feature, a motorized window treatment must be aesthetically pleasing and work to enhance the style of your home. “The available fabrics and colors allow me to design window treatments for the clients’ budget and taste,” Haaz says. “We can even do motorized draperies and roller shades that use the customer’s own material.” An added benefit is the absence of hanging cords to distract from the appearance or pose a safety risk to children or pets. Motorized shades also offer another benefit: convenience. They provide the answer to handling difficult to reach windows with the touch of a remote button or wireless wall switch. The possibilities include walls of windows, such as those that extend to a secondstory, skylights and hard-to-reach windows over bathtubs or kitchen sinks. “For homes with older residents or those with physical limitations, they can work wonders. It’s helpful to not have to step into your bathtub to open or close the shade. And with a click of a button, you can enjoy the view while bathing without compromising your modesty when getting out of the tub,” Haaz says, with a smile. Go online at cyndiandtucci.com

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Like Spinning Plates Local Renaissance Woman Shares Her Passion for Life and Art
Any conversation about how business, art and culture intersect in today’s world is likely to get buried in buzzwords and catchphrases like Web 2.0, viral and social media integration. But underneath the semantics is the fact that anyone looking to make a name for themselves must be in many virtual places at once. And while it’s a fairly new concept to which both young entrepreneurs and established organizations are currently adapting, for LisaBeth Weber, it’s been a way of life for over 20 years. Running at broadband speed before most people discovered dial-up connections, she’s since toggled between tabs as a successful designer, artist musician, and, most recently, consultant. A Joyous Path Even a cursory look at Weber’s personal and professional life reveals a deep sense of self-belief and a fiery passion for
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the artistic pursuits she loves. However, it’s her versatility and having many proverbial irons in the fire that stands as the true testament to the various interests she pursues. “Sometimes you have to compromise just to pay the bills, but I endeavor to put my energy into work that feeds my soul,” Weber says. “My personal mission is to make a living while making a difference.” Lettering, one of Weber’s earliest passions, led to her creating a handwriting-styled font, ITC Weber Hand, which was released in 1999 by the International Typeface Corporation (ITC). Soon after it’s introduction, the style grew to become one of ITC’s most popular fonts for its “underlying decorous, gently structured quality.” Earlier this year, ITC released her expanded Weber Hand font family, which now includes Bold, Condensed and Condensed Bold, adding versatility to the standard version. And while the

“I endeavor to put my energy into work that feeds my soul. My personal mission is to make a living while making a difference.”
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inner workings of the font world might be unfamiliar to most, the additions are quite an accomplishment. Although design might be Weber’s oldest passion, she’s hardly the type to spend too much time pursuing any single discipline. Six years ago, Weber volunteered her services at the Philadelphia Film Festival, primarily working in the filmmaker guest services department. While Weber’s prinicpal job was simply driving the attending filmmakers between screenings, their hotels and wherever else they needed to be, she left a lasting impression. “My boss told me I have to come to Sundance,” she recalls. With her sights trained on Utah, Weber has worked with the prestigious film festival for six years, spending two weeks a year at Sundance, attending screenings and even writing a review that the County Theater in Doylestown posts on their Web site each year. As

a Sundance Theater Manager, she’s responsible for operating her assigned theater, liaising between the filmmaker and the projectionist and running question-and-answer sessions between the creative talent and attendees. As a woman of many talents, music also plays a starring role among Weber’s pursuits. An accomplished songwriter, Weber has released three albums. Her most recent record, The Fire Tower Sessions, was produced and engineered by Grammy-winner Bil VornDick, who has also worked with Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss and other notables. Over the years, Weber has opened for the likes of Ralph Stanley, Nanci Griffith and Roy Clark and has had two songs featured on the National Public Radio show Car Talk. But as life often does, one door leads to another. While at Sundance this past spring, Weber met Debra Granik, the director of the 2010 Oscar-nominated
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film Winter’s Bone, and Marideth Sisco, a bluegrass musician who appeared on and contributed to the movie’s soundtrack. After meeting up for a jam session and staying in touch after the festival, Sisco contacted Weber about her music. “She ended up inviting me to sing my song Evergreens with her [Sisco] and her band backing me up,” Weber says. “We performed together at the World Café Live in Philadelphia and the Highline Ballroom in New York City. It was a huge thrill. I’m still expecting it to play out in some way with another opportunity, like going on tour as Dolly Parton’s opening act or having her cover some of my songs.” Embracing the Cause As dedicated as Weber is to her artistic endeavors, she’s also always on the lookout for ways to use her talents to support the causes about which she’s passionate. Her background in design has also informed Weber’s Cause Pins, her signature line of lapel pins with short, memorable slogans and thoughtprovoking ideas. Adorned with simple, poignant phrases like “Be True, Be You” and “Autism: Fund the Research, Fund the People,” the pins have graced
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the chests of celebrities and luminaries from Pete Seeger to Hillary Clinton. Today, she creates pins for current issues, using humor and earnestness in equal amounts. “Sit. Stay. Spay.“ and “My Dog Rescued Me.” are just two examples that pet-lovers might wear to promote responsible animal care and ownership. Weber also includes a local touch to her pins, incorporating her Bucks County roots proudly into her work. With slogans like “Fonthill. Mercer Museum. Spruance Library. Explore History. Doylestown, Pa.,” locals can proudly display their hometown pride and area connections on their lapels. But it’s more than just collectibles that Weber contributes to the local communities. She serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Business Forum of Bucks County, has completed in several marathons on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and regularly volunteers in election campaigns. Weber’s political involvement paid off in 2008, when each congressional district in the country invited local artists to design and paint an ornament for display on the White House Christmas tree.

Weber submitted an ornament, featuring a wind turbine inspired by Gamesa Energy, a manufacturer based in Bucks County. Entitled Red, White, Blue and Green Energy, the design earned her an invitation to a White House reception along with about 700 other artists and guests. “I feel a personal commitment to live my life joyously and make a difference in others’ lives,” Weber says. Where Commerce & Creativity Meet With the world of marketing now mirroring Weber’s long-time pursuits, she’s begun helping others blend the worlds of commerce and creativity. With the launch of her new business, Creative Biz Guru, Weber employs her years of experience promoting herself and her artistic talents to help others spread the word about themselves. “Especially now, during these tough economic times, people are looking outside the box for a different approach, something that sets them apart from the others,” Weber says. “I’ve been there, done that. And even though my background is in the creative arts, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to make it in business. I can help others develop a business strategy that is distinctly their own. I think of it as opening a window to applied ideas.” And the ideas Weber has applied to her own interests are rooted in building relationships, whether it’s on stage, creating art or designing creative business strategies. “I really love networking. It feels very genuine, not forced – a nurturing event,” she says. “If I can’t help the person I meet, I may know someone who can. I have a little box of associates, colleagues and friends in my head.” Go online at: lisabethweber.com creativebizguru.com

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There are few things in life that people tend to lavish more attention on than their cars and their pets. And while not everyone can afford wheels worthy of such adulation, conversely, no animal should go without a loving a loving and tender hand. And later this month, you’ll have an opportunity to do both. On Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thompson Toyota in Doylestown will host Wags n’ Wheels, a charitable event in conjunction with the Bucks County SPCA (BCSPCA) to help fund a new animal

shelter in Richland, as well as support county-wide animal welfare program development “We’re offering everyone who comes in a variety of services for their vehicles,” says Laura Thompson Barnes, vice president of the Thompson Organization. “One-hundred percent of the money raised will go toward helping the BCSPCA reach their goals.” Throughout the day, Thompson will offer a 27-point service check on any vehicle for a mere $9.95 donation. The service includes a comprehensive diagnostic check-up on 27 vital areas of your vehicle, a consultation with a service advisor, a detailed inspection form within 30 minutes and 20-percent off any needed maintenance performed that day. Please note, service checks are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. In addition to ensuring your engine is running in top form, volunteers will also be on-site to hand-wash cars for a $5 donation. There will also be a meetand-greet from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with “certified pre-owned pets” that are available for adoption through the BCSPCA. And if you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, Thompson will be donating $25 from every sale throughout the entire month. To schedule your service check, go online at thompsontoyota.net or call 215-345-9460. For more information on the BCSPCA, go online at bcspca.org.
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Speaking for Shapiro Telling Eight Million Stories Eight at a Time
A tabla virtuoso, a singing poet, an organist, a Noh performer. That’s half of them. An instrumentalist, a Broadway actor, a concert pianist and a dancer. These are the subjects of Bert Shapiro’s latest film, Speaking for Myself, and the latest in the cast list of people he finds intriguing. “Passion. That’s the prerequisite, that’s the trigger,” Shapiro says, sitting at his editing screen in his studio nestled in the wooded cliffs of Pipersville, where he’s finished all 13 of his previous films with focuses ranging from a Hollywood hairpiececreator to cigar-makers, from fencers to organ-builders. “I’m interested in what’s behind the façade of appearances and what drives a person to create, to succeed. I ask, and I’m lucky. People talk to me and tell me things.” The art of listening is how Shapiro conceptualizes each film, and the pursuit of finding what lies beneath the words is what drives the
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82-year-old, who, after a long career in educational publishing, became interested in making documentary films. In 1995, instead of settling into retirement, Shapiro began working full time, learning camera work and non-linear editing, and launched his own production company, Pheasants Eye. For a fellow who can’t even type, technology continues to be challenging: “I compensate by having good friends who can help.” Friends like Loic De Lame, his “very talented” cameraman and editor, whom Shapiro describes as “not a Hollywood type but he [De Lame] knows what the power boys do and how they do it.” How the duo did it on Speaking for Myself is through freestyle storytelling. No script, no plan of action, not even a shooting schedule. The cameras simply started rolling, and there were no retakes.

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The challenge to stay authentic, allowing the artists to indeed speak for themselves, came during Shapiro’s conversations and in Loic’s subtle editing. The choice of what to ask and what to delete is always intentional. Because while there may have not

been a plan, there was always a goal: to advocate for the artists whose dreams are powered by commitment and challenged by disappointments and dead-ends. The scales tip when the successes are weighed down by what review doesn’t make the paper, what film doesn’t get screened, whose music doesn’t get played, who doesn’t get the part. An artist’s life, Shapiro says, is more than the sound bites in a two-minute TV news segment or a two-column review in the New York Times.

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In Shapiro’s film, audiences learn just how important it was for Nohperformer Toshinori Hamada to reinvent himself in Manhattan and how tabla-virtuoso Samir Chatterjee sees limitless opportunities in a city with only geographical boundaries. Organist Renee Anne Louprette feels “pushed by a city that can pressurize you,” and actress Irma Sandrey loves the “gorgeous risk” she takes at every performance. Eclectic instrumentalist/composer Elliott Sharp is grateful for a place where he can “exist on the fringe…in this strange corner” in the same forgiving town where pianist Jenny Lin hears 24hour “inspirational noise.” And along the streets where poet/singer Tracie Morris feels rhythm beneath her feet, Baroque-dancer Carlos Fittante can strut the pavements behind a mask. And no one much cares. That’s probably because every New Yorker is on his or her own stage, whether a street performer doing shtick in front of Saks Fifth Avenue or an office assistant animatedly talking on a cell phone on a lunch break. Between each of these eight vignettes, New Yorkers – in all their honest, brash, idiosyncratic behaviors – are seen living the life the camera has captured. This is Bert Shapiro’s love letter to his city and all her actors. Speaking for Myself will show at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the County Theater in Doylestown. Admission is free for current members. Go online at countytheater.org pheasantseye.com

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hat do Audrey Hepburn and one of the best dining experiences in Bucks County have in common? If Hepburn continues to set the bar for beauty, style and sophistication then the Freight House is a similar yardstick against which all restaurants are measured. It also doesn’t hurt that a photo of the iconic actress greets guests before embarking on their epicurean adventure. “In 2003, a group of local investors began renovations to the historic building,” says general manager David Montague. “Attention to architecturally preserving the original design is evidenced in the exposed beams and open duct work.” Adding to the look, 40-foot ceilings lend a sense of opulence complemented by the farreaching midnight-blue granite bar, embossed leather booths and Tiffany style lamps adorning tables thoughout the restaurant. And while the attention
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to detail in the décor is a Freight House hallmark, it’s the building’s “neighbor” that defines it as one of the most unique venues in Bucks County. The restaurant sits parallel to the last stop of Septa’s R5 line from Philadelphia to Doylestown. The busy commuter train station fills the senses with sights and sounds of a bygone era. “The convenience of the train allows our guests to travel from downtown Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties without the worries of traffic or driving,” Montague adds. Over the past decade, the Freight House has built a reputation not only for their one-of-a-kind ambiance, but for their innovative cuisine as well. “Our menu is exciting yet approachable,” says executive chef Joshua Homacki. “We use seasonal ingredients from local farmers. The menu offers a host of fall flavors that really pop.” Homacki’s experience – he’s a Johnson and Wales

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 With their unique ambiance and setting, the Freight House is a true Bucks County dining destination.

“We want every customer to experience the spark of culinary excitement, the attention of impeccable service and to know that the Freight House offers the finer side of fun, a place make a memory.” – David Montague
University graduate and veteran of some of Philadelphia’s finest kitchens – and fresh approach shines through in his new fall menu. Featuring something for every palate, guests can start their meals with the signature R5 steamed mussels, complete with applewood bacon, charred leeks and a mustardcream sauce. Entrees include the cast-iron bison ribeye, complemented by brown-sugar balsamic-glazed onions and a loaded baked potato,
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or the gold Angus flatiron steak with a roasted-poblano-and-mushroom salad and three-cheese stuffed pepper, both Homacki favorites. The fall menu offers Sullivan County Duck with smoked maple-walnut grits and smoked-thyme quince, as well as an array of fresh seafood dishes, including the autumn arrival of the Island Creek oysters. The desserts feature a warm-bacon apple crisp with smoked-popcorn ice cream and pumpkin rice pudding. The Freight House also welcomes guests with tempting house specials every night of the week. Mondays feature half-price martinis, including the warming Smores or the pumpkin-spice martini. Tuesdays are Au Pear nights, featuring drinks made with Hanger One Spiced-Pear Vodka. On Wednesdays, diners are invited to sample the extensive wine list at discounted prices. “We offer 25-percent off bottles and half-off glasses,” Montague says. “Our wine

menu features our Conductors’ List of fine wines while an ever-changing clearance list of discounted bottles encourages guests to experiment and be a little adventurous any night of the week.” And while it’s hard to find a better culinary experience in the area, the Freight House doesn’t stop there. “On Wednesdays and Fridays, we host a piano player from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come dance the night away with our DJs every Friday and Saturday,” Montague says. Sports fans are welcome with game-day specials and an array of flat-screen televisions at the bar and outside on the deck. After the game, challenge a friend to a game of shuffleboard or simply relax by an open fire. “Our fire pit is lit every night at dusk,” Montague says. “It’s a great place to dine or enjoy a glass of wine or a cognac with friends.” As the holiday season fast approaches, the Freight House provides an exclusive and festive venue for business and family gatherings. “Our private dining room seats up to 80 people, and our professional staff and coordinators ensure an event to remember,” Montague explains. “We also rent out the entire restaurant for up to 300 people.” Need a gift idea? Now through Jan. 1, every $100 you spend on a gift certificate earns you an additional $25. Be it a first date, business dinner, anniversary celebration or a night out on the town, the Freight House will prove to be a memorable and exciting choice. “We want every customer to experience the spark of culinary excitement, the attention of impeccable service and to know that the Freight House offers the finer side of fun, a place to make a memory,” Montague says. “We are big-city dining in the heart of Doylestown.” Go online at thefreighthouse.net

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