It’s Epilepsy Aware­ness Month

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To the ed­i­tor:

Have you ever lost your car keys and were faced with the prospect of not know­ing how to get to work, school or meet­ing a friend for lunch? How did you feel? Since I was di­ag­nosed with un­con­trolled epilepsy 30 years ago, I have dealt with this lim­i­ta­tion on a daily ba­sis.

Epilepsy is a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that causes sud­den un­ex­pected elec­tri­cal charges to the brain, re­sult­ing in what is com­monly known as a seizure. It doesn’t “get the press” that it is due and, there­fore, you may be sur­prised to learn that, in the United States alone, there are 3 mil­lion ( al­most two out of 100) re­ported cases. To put it into con­text, that is more than the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from cere­bral palsy, Parkinson’s dis­ease and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis com­bined.

Throughout the ages, up to the early 20th cen- tury, in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from this dis­or­der were treated as if they were pos­sessed by the devil or were men­tally chal­lenged and placed in an asy­lum for the rest of their nat­u­ral lives. For many years, be­cause of this stigma, many peo­ple would be too em­bar­rassed to ad­mit that they had epilepsy.

Thanks to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, we have moved be­yond the fears and su­per­sti­tions of the past. Doc­tors can lo­cate and iden­tify injured por­tions of the brain that cause seizures and de­velop an ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment plan. A ma­jor­ity of peo­ple with epilepsy have brought their seizures un­der con­trol with med­i­ca­tion and live rel­a­tively nor­mal lives.

Thanks to my faith and the lov­ing sup­port of my fam­ily, I have met the chal­lenges and ac­cepted this cross God has given me as a gift to speak openly, as an ad­vo­cate, about the lim­i­ta­tions that come with epilepsy. I am re­minded of those hope­ful words: “When God closes a door, He al­ways opens a win­dow.”

Novem­ber is Epilepsy Aware­ness Month. For more in­for­ma­tion about epilepsy, you can call the Epilepsy Foun­da­tion of Eastern PA at 215- 6295003 or visit www. efepa. rog Dan Dougherty


De­tec­tive work was fab­u­lous

To the ed­i­tor:

On Nov. 12, I re­turned home shortly be­fore 1 p.m. WR finG DW OHDVW VLx SROLFH cars and what seemed like D GRzHn RI­fiFHUV VwDUPLnJ through my house and yard. I was told that a bur­glar had got­ten into my house and WKDW WKH RI­fiFHUV wHUH FKHFNing the house to make sure there was one else inside.

Dur­ing the next few hours, the whole story came out, one of fab­u­lous de­tec­tive work. Thank you, De­tec­tive Steven N. Motta and all the RWKHU wRnGHUIuO RI­fiFHUV DnG de­tec­tives.

The man that was caught had been un­der ob­ser­va­tion for a few months be­cause of his pre­vi­ous record and be­cause there had been an out­break of bur­glar­ies in the Elkins Park area. Plain­clothes de­tails had been in­creased in my neigh­bor­hood. The morn­ing of the 12th, plainFORWKHV RI­fiFHUV wDWFKHG this man walk down my drive­way and check out my house. He then went around to the back of my house and got inside.

2IfiFHUV FDOOHG IRU UHLn­force­ments, then en­tered my house through the door the thief had opened. The thief then opened a sec­ond story bath­room win­dow, got out of the house, ran across the roof, jumped down to the garage roof and from there to the ground and ran through

the back­yard to the woods be­hind the house. At that point, the K9 op­er­a­tive was let loose.

The thief was caught red­handed af­ter months of pa­tient and per­sis­tent po­lice work. Our fam­ily is very lucky. No one was home, all our pos­ses­sions are re­cov­ered and we have learned sev­eral things. The only per­son hurt was the thief, who was taken to the hospi­tal to be treated for dog bites.

1. Never leave the porch light on in the day­time. It is a sig­nal to a thief that no one is home.

2. Lock all the doors to your house when you leave.

3. An alarm sys­tem is a de­ter­rent.

4. The Chel­tenham Po­lice Depart­ment is awe­some. EvHry RI­fiFHr wDV SROLWH, KHOS­ful and com­pe­tent. Thank you! Sin­cerely,

Nikki Lee Elkins Park

Coat col­lec­tion for area vets

To the ed­i­tor:

Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, I will be col­lect­ing new and slightly- used win­ter coats for home­less vet­er­ans who are served by the Philadel­phia Vet­er­ans Multi- Ser­vice and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Philadel­phia. Our vet- er­ans badly need these win­ter coats to pro­tect them from the up­com­ing win­ter weather. Both ca­sual and dress coats are ap­pre­ci­ated as many of our vet­er­ans need dress coats to wear on job in­ter­views as they tran­si­tion back into the work­force. Win­ter coats are needed for both men and women. The coats can be dropped off in my dis­trict of­fice at 19 S. vork Road in Hat­boro.

Thank you in ad­vance for your con­sid­er­a­tion of our vet­er­ans. State Rep. Thomas

P. Murt 152nd Leg­isla­tive


Thanks to ev­ery­one for suc­cess­ful event

To the ed­i­tor:

What an out­stand­ing community we have. Many of you con­trib­uted most gen­er­ously to­ward mak­ing the Abing­ton Po­lice Ath­letic League’s 10th an­nual In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val the most mem­o­rable evening yet. Community mem­bers, lead­ers and busi­ness per­sons all pro­vided sup­port with their pres­ence, host com­mit­tee des­ig­na­tion, ad­ver­tis­ing and/ or auc­tion bid­ding. We were es­pe­cially ex­cited to see how many spir­ited folks got on board with our “Hooray for PAL­ly­wood” theme by com­ing as fa­vorite screen­land ac­tors and ac­tresses, and en­ter­ing our Best Dressed Stars con­test.

Our fes­ti­val could never suc­ceed with­out our won­der­ful restau­rants, some of whom have been sup­port­ing us since our first event. I want to ex­press my deep grat­i­tude to all our 2012 restau­rants, cater­ers and bev­er­age pur­vey­ors: Annmarie’s Cui­sine Inc., Ann’s Cake Pan, Ap­ple­bee’s Res­tau­rant, Ash­ley Cater­ing ( Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge # 5), A Taste of Philly Pret­zels, Bon­net Lane Fam­ily Res­tau­rant, Bravo Cucina Ital­iano, Café La Fon­tana, Chef Al­fio, Crys­tal Springs Wa­ter, Di­etz & Wat­son, Dove Choco­late Dis­cov­er­ies, Fill- ABagel and Breads, Gretz Beer Co., Joseph’s Pizza, Kitchen Bar, Lee’s Hoagie House of Abing­ton, Lil Rizzo’s, Mad Mex, Miller’s Ale House, Moon­struck, Muller Inc., Otto’s Res­tau­rant, Philmont Coun­try Club, Rita’s Wa­ter Ice of Rock­ledge, Riviera Pizza, Schmooze Deli, SJR Cater­ing, Trios Tomato Pie, The Drake Tav­ern, Trader Joe’s and Wein­rich Bak­ery.

We were also most ap­pre­cia­tive of hav­ing com­pli­men­tary ser­vices f r om our auc­tion­eer Jim Bick­ley; pho­tog­ra­phers De­tec­tive Lisa Bur­ton, Howard Karashoff, and Keith Koch; Kremp Florist with its f est i ve f l oral t ouches; and, of course, t he perf ect space pro­vided by Philmont Coun­try Club and over­seen by Gen­eral Man­ager Ed Rubin. And what a sur­prise it was t o have a visit f r om Rus­sell Swan of “Sur­vivor Philippines.”

Each year, this event runs smoothly not only be­cause of the near count­less hours of staff plan­ning, but most es­pe­cially be­cause of our many vol­un­teers. We can never say thank you enough to all those peo­ple who ex­press their care and con­cern for our town­ship boys and girls by giv­ing their time to this ma­jor Abing­ton PAL fundraiser.

On be­half of Chief Kelly and my­self, thank you to ev­ery­one who, through this event, is en­abling Abing­ton PAL to continue of­fer­ing recre­ational, ed­u­ca­tional and men­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to our young peo­ple on week­end nights.

To learn more, visit www. a b i n g t o n p a l . o r g . vou may re­quest our news­let­ter at PAL@ abing­ton. org.


Lew Klein pres­i­dent, Abing­ton PAL

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