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By SEAN LAJOIE The Sun
Local poets gathered at the Medford Arts Center last Tues- day night anticipating the reveal of the juried poetry contest win- ners.
The contest was originally an-
nounced on Facebook, and the MAC took submissions during October.
“We like to host contests like this to promote different aspects of the arts in Medford,” Medford Arts Center Board Member Denise Pizoli said.
Participants were required to
be a resident of Burlington County and at least 18 years of age.
They were allowed to submit up to three poems, and there was no entry fee.
The juried poetry contest has
SEAN LAJOIE/The Sun
From left, Mathew Kinsella, Wendy Abramowitz and Jacqueline Hogan show off certificates they were given for winning the 2015 annual Medford Arts Center Poetry contest. The contest opened on Oct. 1 and submissions were judged by Daniel J. Walsh who was the first-place winner of last year’s contest. The winners were disclosed during a ceremony on Dec. 8 at which everyone got a chance to read their poems.
The Medford Arts Center reveals Mathew Kinsella, Wendy Abramowitzand Jacqueline Hogan as winners of its annual Juried Poetry Contest
Winning poets – and they know it
Physical therapy center steps in to aid Medford child, Naya Kowal, who needs weekly
therapy due to suffering a stroke in utero
Season of giving
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By SEAN LAJOIE The Sun
When Medford resident Naya Kowal was just 6 months old, doc- tors began to notice her mobility was impaired.
“It wasn’t picked up immedi- ately,” her mother Nicole Bush said. “It wasn’t until about six months in that we all noticed she wasn’t hitting the typical mobili- ty milestones as a child.”
Naya wasn’t progressively rolling, crawling or walking be- cause she had suffered a stroke in utero.
Doctors were initially hesitant about any diagnoses but eventual- ly broke the news that Naya would need to endure weekly physical therapy if she wanted any chance at fixing her impaired mobility.
“It’s obviously hard, first and foremost, because everyone wants a perfect child,” Bush said. “It’s also tough because once you commit to the physical therapy route, no one can tell how she’ll respond or how quickly she’ll show improvement.”
Bush’s preliminary fears don’t even delve into the financial as- pect of Naya’s problem. Physical therapy is not cheap.
The family originally turned to Early Intervention, a physical therapy service that comes to the patient’s home and is paid for based on the income of the family.
However, it became apparent Naya would benefit more from going to an outpatient physical therapy establishment that had equipment made to assist her spe- cific needs.
Bush contacted local physical therapy businesses and was fre- quently turned away due to her limited insurance coverage.
“We felt helpless,” Bush said. “It had never been rough for
us,” she said when referring to her family’s finances. “We have our own business that’s done well. We always managed to move things around and make them work, but over the last year, things haven’t gone in our favor
financially.” Finally, after the idea of Naya
getting her physical therapy was looking bleak, a friend recom- mended Three Dimensional Phys- ical Therapy in Sharps Run Plaza.
Bush contacted the pediatric specialist of 3DPT, Leah Guzzar- do, assuming they didn’t take
please see MOTHER, page 11
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Burlington County Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce Garganio announced a special “Home for the Holidays” promotion that will offer free pet adoptions to ap- proved adopters through the month of December at the Burlington County Animal Shel- ter.
“With the holiday season upon us, we are looking to do all that
we can to help more of the great pets waiting in our shelter find loving homes,” said Garganio. “Home for the Holidays is an easy way for residents to get into the
holiday spirit by giving a new pet the home that they de- serve.”
With the shelter nearing capac- ity, staff and volunteers are work- ing harder than ever to find homes for the animals.
“The staff and friends group of the county animal shelter play a key role in making this effort a success,” Garganio added. “They
do a spectacular job caring for our sheltered animals and are as eager as I am to see them go home with a loving family.”
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