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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 15, 2011 A Success Story by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari We got the telephone call two weeks ago, " I got the job," "I got the job," a voice cried out excitedly, it was our friend Nancy calling to inform us that a job she had been praying for was hers and that she would be start- ing work the following Mon- day. It had been two and a half years since Nancy was laid off, two and a half years of searching for work often going months unable to get an interview, then finally there were several openings in her field of work and she was able to secure one for herself. In the past, we would have thought it impossible that a person as bright and capable as Nancy should take so long to find a job but unfortu- nately today many are in the same situation through no fault of their own. It was a long and very disheartening two and'a half years for Nancy, she never stopped sending out resumes, never stopped searching the inter- net, there was just so little work available in her field. It was a year ago when she thought she had a job, we drove out to meet her and celebrated by going out to dinner only to find the next day that the job would be di- vided between two existing employees and was in effect eliminated. Nancy was dev- astated, it was definitely the low point of her job search, she had to pull herself to- gether and go on searching an additional year till she found work. It would have been so easy for Nancy to have grown bit- ter, so easy for her to have lost hope, who could blame her after a 21/2 year search. We have seen Nancy endure two terrible winters, birth- days in which she tried to be optimistic despite a real fear for her future and countless internet searches all to no avail. She stopped buying clothes and trimmed down her expenses eliminating everything but the essen- tials. It has been said that unemployment extensions just allow the recipient to do nothing; this could not be further from the truth. Her checks were her lifeline without them she simply could not have made it through her long ordeal. Nancy continued to "pound the pavement" relentlessly and when finally her oppor- tunity came she rose to the occasion as if all the disap- pointments of the past had never occurred and man- aged to secure a very good job despite the times. Throughout this entire pe- riod, Nancy never lost hope, never lost faith in herself, that seems to be the secret to her ultimate success, Nancy remained hopeful and optimistic with a firm belief in her abilities, WECC's Sixth Annual West End Children's Festival The West End Community Center will host its Sixth Annual West End Children's Festi- val. This year's Festival theme is Interna- tional Flavor, where members of the com- munity will have the opportunity to share their cultural backgrounds and celebrate their heritage. Enjoy a summer afternoon of entertainment for all ages, complete with food, games, arts & crafts and performances that will showcase customs from around the globe. This free event takes place on Satur- day, August 20, noon to 4 p.m. on Thoreau Path. Visit www.westendchildrensfestival.org/ for more information! The Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity and respect in the place they call home. W e provide and coordinate the many different services an older adult may require, such as: Primary and specialty medical care Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation Social interaction : Medications without co-pays and J coverage gaps = Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments The Eider Service Plan is the ideal solution for older adults and families who want an alternative to nursing home care, but need a care partner to arrange for the right combination of services to keep a loved one at home, To find out more, call 617-568-6377 or visit us at www.ebnhc.org/elderservice. ALly THAT ZAZZ Mary N. DiZazzo Burning Topic- New FDA Rules on Labeling Sunscreen Ciao Bella. Well, we're halfway through summer and all us sun-worship queens are grateful to the Food and Drug Administration. Last month they released long- awaited sunscreen regula- tions with new labeling indicating reliable info on product protection -- ironic how the sun in so many ways can be so healthy and yet so deadly. The FDA wants to inform and educate the consumer that they are protected against both ultraviolet-B (UVB) and ultraviolet-A (UVA) rays. The labeling now on shelves gives the sun-pro- tection factor on its labels indicating only the level of protection of UVB rays, which mostly causes sun- burn. Both UVB and UVA rays are known to cause wrinkles and skin cancer. The new rules will be out in a year. A sunscreen labeled "broad spectrum" will be required to protect against both sets of rays. And the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) will be the "number" to the degree of protection against the UVB and UVA rays. For those sunscreens that don't offer enough pro- tection, a warning label will be required to carry a man- datory statement that the product hasn't been shown to protect against skin can- cer! These. rules are a long time comingl Many sunscreen products on the market bear a label "broad spectrum" that only protects against UVA rays. Broad Spectrum will have to mean protection from both kinds of rays. The new FDA ruling is also requiring companies to eliminate terms like "water- proof" and "sweat-proof." In the future these products will need to pass a test for water resistance in order to keep a water claim on label. The FDA in a separate proposal is considering to make SPF 50 the max value since there is not enough data for higher SPF products. They will also be looking into "sunscreen sprays" whether or not it offers as much SPF protection since consumers spray themselves so lightly. So sun loungers pay atten- tion to your labels and stay protected from old man sunl Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.aUthat zazz.corru Mary is a third-gen- eration cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4 nails.com. 'S Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's fafnily and staff. During this difficult time. we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee. Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad. Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken. Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages. Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.eom J