It’s Epilepsy Awareness Month
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:
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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.
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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