Toy Drive for the Angels for a Day

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It is that time of year…..where I assist in organizing the Toy Drive for the Angels for a Day program.  This year we are helping 100 needy children

Angels for a Day is a volunteer program dedicated to children who live in situations of difficulty, poverty, in foster care or are patients in health care facilities.  By pairing a “guardian angel” (a youth volunteer) with a child the Angels for a Day program strives to give hope of a better world to those who otherwise may be forgotten.This Christmas you can be an angel for a day by making a cash donation, with the proceeds being used to purchase Christmas presents for the children of the Angels for a Day program. You can drop off your generous cash donation at the Paperback Exchange Bookstore - Via Delle Oche, 4R - between December 1st and 10th, 2014.
For those of you with Facebook I would appreciate you posting the flyer on your page so that as many people as possible can be aware of this very important Christmas initiative.  I would also appreciate you forwarding this email to anyone that you think would like to be an angel for a day by making a donation.
Thank you for helping to put a smile on a needy child’s face this Christmas.Elizabeth

Straight Facts About Braces

dentist free monthWhy is orthodontics important?

Without treatment, orthodontic problem may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and trouble with chewing and digestion. A “bad bite” can be a factor in tooth loss and chipped teeth. Orthodontics can have psychological benefits too – boosting a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned.

When should a child first see an orthodontist?

Although there is not a universal best age to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child see an orthodontist at an early age. This could be as young as 3 or 4, but should be no later than 7.

Early examination enables the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems and determine the appropriate time to treat them. After the initial evaluation, the orthodontist may simply recommend periodic checkups. The proper age to treat malocclusion varies with the type and severity of the problem.

Is it ever too late for a person to get braces?
Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. An orthodontist can improve the smile of practically anyone – in fact, orthodontists regularly treat patients in their 50s, 60s and older!

What can happen if orthodontic problems go untreated?
Untreated orthodontic problems may contribute to tooth decay, diseased gums, temporomandibular joint problems and loss of teeth. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping and other forms of dental injury. Sometimes, the increased cost of dental care resulting from untreated malocclusion (bad bite) far exceeds the cost of orthodontic care. In addition, if left untreated, malocclusion may result in harmful effects on the oral health and psychological well-being of the patient.

What makes an orthodontist different from a dentist?
Orthodontists are the dental specialists in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities: they are expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly and working with the patient to help make sure the teeth stay in their new positions. They are uniquely qualified to correct “bad bites”. The American Dental Association requires orthodontists to have at least two years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty training in orthodontics in an accredited program, after graduation from dental school.

Read her other post: The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up

October is the Month of Dental Prevention. The American Association of Orthodontists has chosen October as Orthodontic Health Month. It provides the opportunity to educate the public about the benefits of orthodontics, the importance of early orthodontic screening no later than age seven, the lifetime value of orthodontics and orthodontists’ special educational qualifications.

Book now your free orthodontic visit

Dr. Daniela Signorelli offers free orthodontic check-up visits and diagnostic record study (xrays, models, photos). The value of an orthodontic diagnostic study is € 200.

October last versionShe practices in:

Florence, via Berchet 1 (near piazza della Libertà) tel.: 055-58.94.53

Prato, Via del Cittadino 87 (near the modern art museum Pecci) tel.:0574-57.55.01

Campi Bisenzio, via B. Buozzi 70. Tel.: 055-89.09.92

*** The material is provided by the American Association of Orthodontists. If anyone is interested in having more information, there is  AAO’s  website : www.braces.org

The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up

The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later Than Age 7

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Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they speak about orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.

Why Your Child Should Get An Orthodontic Check-Up No Later Than Age 7:
1. Orthodontists can spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
2. The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Often, the orthodontist will identify a potential problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the right time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
3. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
4. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that wouldn’t be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
5. Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for early examination include:

• Early or late loss of teeth
• Difficulty in chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Thumb sucking
• Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• Speech difficulties
• Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
• Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
• Facial imbalance
• Jaws that are too far forward or back
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

6. Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:

• Guide jaw growth
• Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
• Correct harmful oral habits (thumb sucking)
• Improve appearance
• Guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position
• Improve the way lips meet

7. Through early orthodontic screening, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life. No child should wait until reaching the teens to feel good about his or her smile.

October is the Month of Dental Prevention. The American Association of Orthodontists has chosen October as Orthodontic Health Month. It provides the opportunity to educate the public about the benefits of orthodontics, the importance of early orthodontic screening no later than age seven, the lifetime value of orthodontics and orthodontists’ special educational qualifications.
Dr. Daniela Signorelli offers free orthodontic check-up visits and diagnostic record study (xrays, models, photos). The value of an orthodontic diagnostic study is € 200.

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She practices in:

Florence, via Berchet 1 (near piazza della Libertà) tel.: 055-58.94.53

Prato, Via del Cittadino 87 (near the modern art museum Pecci) tel.:0574-57.55.01

Campi Bisenzio, via B. Buozzi 70. Tel.: 055-89.09.92

 The material is provided by the American Association of Orthodontists. If anyone is interested in having more information, there is  AAO’s  website : www.braces.org

Great Pre-School (Asilo) Near Piazza Liberta’

Great Pre-School (Asilo) Near Piazza Liberta’

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Hi Everyone,
For any moms who arrive this summer and do not know where to enroll their children in pre-school/kindergarten, I want to spread the word about my son’s school, Gli Scolopi near Piazza Liberta.

We have had a fantastic experience with this school this past year, and I heard that there are still some spots available for 4 and 5 year olds in my son’s class. At the moment, he is one of two bilingual children (English-Italian) and the school has been very receptive to increasing the number of days that the kids learn English. They already do an English lesson every weVirzi asilo 5ek with a very nice American woman, and they said they are open to adding lessons if the parents request it. I am very excited about this, because I feel it is very important to keep kids exposed to English in social environments as well as at home.

I am hoping there are more families in this network who will want to sign up and create a core group of bilingual/English-speaking pre-schoolers, because the language program at the school can be adapted for children who are at a more advanced level, as well as for brand new beginners.

Other details: the class size is small, the kids get a lot of attention, there is a lot of hands on learning, they do a computer class and a science class one day a week, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the teachers! I have met some very nice and dedicated teachers since living in Florence, and I have to say the two women here are by far the most energetic, warm-hearted, and happiest I have ever met.

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Check out their website www.scuolepiefiorentine.com

Hope everyone enjoys their summer holidays.
Kimberly Virzi

Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong Amy Sarno

Hi Everyone:

I’m spending my sabbatical in Florence to write a play about the experience of expat American women living in Italy who find themselves facing intimate partner violence.

The project, “Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong” examines the lived experience of American expat women who have survived domestic violence. While many of the women who have left abusive relationships in Italy have returned to the United States; some have chosen to stay in order to keep custody of their children. I am interested in interviewing survivors who remain in Italy.

Another part of the story has to do with the individuals who help women facing violence to move ahead with their lives. I am also wanting to speak with service providers, counselors, physicians, midwives, advocates, attorneys, and embassy officials who work with women who have struggled with violent relationships in Italy. The interviews will be edited to create a performance piece intended to raise awareness about a side of domestic violence most people never consider: the expat experience. The goal of this play is to create a simple play that can tour to raise international awareness for the challenges expat women face when they find themselves in violent relationships.

I do use informed consent so your privacy is protected. I am hoping to have interviews completed by November 1, so please drop me a line at sarnofra@beloit.edu.

Ciao–
Amy Sarno
Associate Professor of Theatre
Chair of the Quisenberry/Wirtz Endowed Fund for Theatre and Social Change
Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511

Women Supporting Women

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WSWposter2013_eng_WEBEvery three days a woman is killed in Italy as a result of domestic violence.  Last year Artemesia – the women and children’s crisis center – helped approximately 1000 women rebuild their lives.  By the end of August Artemisia had already helped approximately 800 women this year.  As public awareness has risen with respect to domestic violence, and women are coming to realize that there is a way out, the need for a safe place to receive assistance is increasing. 

On October 10th please come and support the work that Artemesia does with women who dare to dream of a better life.  Join us for an AILO evening of Art Against Domestic Violence.  For the details please see the attached flyer. WSWposter2013_eng_PRINT

You can also show your support by sharing this email with your friends and posting the flyer on your Facebook page. 

Together We Can Make A Difference.

The Best Expat Book I Have Read in Years

JIll book Italian

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Jill Pennington a single mom that had decided to stay in Italy and raise her 3 children.  This book is about her ups and downs in doing so.  It is not your usual my life in Italy books. It is realistic and true memoir of  her life experiences living in Italy.  She has a humor to her writing that helps you go through the journal entries with easy and desire to find out more.  It is a fantastic book.  I admire her for writing about her life as it is and the struggles she went through.  She shows her compassion of wanting to live in Italy and strength to do so.  She did this all because she wanted to give the better life to her children.  She plowed through the problems and made it happen and all this without the dead beat dad that was only interested in himself.  When reading the book you felt yourself cheering her on to keep going.  A great read and if you knew her personally she is a great person as well.

JIll book ItalianSome quotes from the book:

“There was always something to amaze, entertain and educate us living in this place. Life was never dull but I continued to ask the kids regularly if they had any desire to return to the UK. Their answer was always the same, ‘no’, so we stayed put.” Pennington, Jill (2012-05-28). The diary of a single parent abroad (Kindle Locations 901-902).

“I had to tell the kids, but I knew they would be fine about it. I have a very honest relationship with all three of them and we talked about most things openly so they were well aware how bad things were. Being a parent is not easy. It’s not just about feeding, clothing and discipline – you also have to find the time and energy for having fun, spending time together and being interested in what they are interested in. Unfortunately, for fun you need funds – and things were pretty grim in that department. They knew me very well and knew when I wasn’t happy. They would do anything to help and support me and they rarely asked for things, they just accepted our situation. I felt very lucky to have such lovely kids.” Pennington, Jill (2012-05-28). The diary of a single parent abroad (Kindle Locations 1112-1117).

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WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK

Paperback – http://www.feedaread.com/books/The-diary-of-a-single-parent-abroad-9781782996415.

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Kindle UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/diary-single-parent-abroad-ebook/dp/B00871I0XS/

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Moving back home after living in Italy for years?

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movingI know some of you are thinking about moving back to your home country or have already decided.  I found this great blog that talks all about it.  It is not an easy transition to move back, especially if you have lived for many years abroad.  So before you take that actual move read through this blog and get an idea of some challenges you might experience when you do.

via Repat Jack | REPAT ESSENTIAL READS.

Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy

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Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy  If you did not know read this before you travel:

The EU changed rules about a year ago and you are not allowed to travel with your children on the passports anymore.

Make sure that any children travelling with you either have their own passport or ID card or are registered on your passport. However, from 26 June 2012, children will need to have their own passport or ID card to travel (even if they are still mentioned in their parent’s passport, which remains valid).  from: europa.eu- Documents you will need

You must have a passport for the children and/or carta’d’identita if you are resident in Italy.  If you are EU national then you can use the E.U. national ID’s.  If you are traveling from here to the US and back they will definitely stop and question you say in Germany,  if you only have US passports for your children.  So your best is to get the carta’d’identita for your child as well if you are a resident here and if your children are dual an Italian Passport as well.  On the identity card they put both parents name on it.

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Looking for a way to have fun and improve your English this summer??

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Looking for a way to have fun and improve your English this summer??
Come to Summer Experience – the original English summer camp in Bagno a Ripoli. Spend the day in the hills outside Florence playing, creating, socializing, being IN ENGLISH. Staffed entirely by native English speakers who have many years working with kids and teens in Italy and around the world – our camp is ideal for Italian youth who only have scholastic English, bilingual youth and English speakers.
Open to ages 6-14. Camp runs in weekly sessions from June 10 to July 5
Younger kids bonus week: For kids ages 4-8 we’ll be running a special week at an alternative location from July 8-12.
Bilingual week: Sept. 2-6 we’ll be running a bilingual English/Italian camp for kids ages 4-10. The theme for this week is The Four Elements: Water, Earth, Air, Fire.
For information and enrollment, contact Jonnel at ingleseforyou@yahoo.com or 333.428.7409

Lets talk about your struggles being an expatiate in Italy

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Lets talk about your struggles being an expatiate in Italy

Group Session Series by Paolo Molino, Psychotherapist

Next Session: Wednesday, April 24th,   10-12

Dott.Paolo Molino
Via Antonio Scialoja 68
50136 Firenze
tel:+39-3311064726
web: www.paolomolino.com