November, 2010 – Happy Thanksgiving


Letter from the Editor   


November, 2010The Martinellis



Dear Around Wellington Readers,


Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving!


The holidays are here again, and if you’ve already noticed that you’re gaining a few pounds, check out “Ask the Docs” this month. They address the ongoing problem of holiday weight gain – with some very helpful tips!


While gathering around the Thanksgiving table is a joyous occasion for some, it’s done with plenty of hesitation in some families. How many families are considered “dysfunctional” anyway?  Possibly 9 out of 10?  So it helps to be grateful for the little things, the tangible things you can come up with, as writer Shakira Muneswar points out in “Mommy Moments” this month.


How many hours of TV do you watch a day? No matter what your answer is, you’ll find Alan Williamson’s “Curling Up with a Good TV Show” interesting and, as always, very funny in “As I Was Saying!”


Catch up on your Astrology forecast this month with Karola Crawford’s “Astrology at Work in Your Life.” See what the stars have in store for you!


It’s been said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. And Juan Cocuy points out that this is a good year to die, if you happen to have a lot of money (strictly from an accounting point of view). In “By the Numbers,” he also takes a look at what could happen in the coming year (especially to the middle class) and the expiration of Bush tax cuts.


If your “little star” is interested in being on stage, there’s a terrific place for kids (and adults too) called Standing Ovation Performing Arts. I was happy to interview founder Erin Coley this month and find out more about her successful performing arts studio for our “AW Spotlight” story. Also see a short “Video” of a sample acting exercise for the 5-6 year old group at Standing Ovation. Click on their ad on the right side of our website for a free trial class and tell them you saw it on!


In “Cantankerously Yours,” Wendell Abern takes us back to his first date and his first kiss in “Women :A Lifetime of Beffudlement.” Thanks for making me laugh every month, Wendell!


Hey parents – don’t forget to see “Kids’ Corner” for a helpful listing of all of the local restaurants with “Kids Eat Free” days! Thanks to Shawn Thompson for updating this list each month! 


Hey dog owners – our “Pet Talk” expert Frances Goodman has some good advice for potty-training a newly adopted dog. See “The New Dog has Potty Issues” and share the link with friends who might find it useful too. Sometimes a few simple steps can help a dog adjust to a home and can also prevent the worst case scenario, sending the dog back to the shelter.


In “Ultimate Productivity,” organizational expert Claudine Motto addresses the problem of distractions that can get in the way of getting work done at your home-based business. As usual, her tips are good for anyone in business, although they’re especially directed toward business owners. See “Quiet Your Internal Chatter to Focus and Get More Done.”


Special to this month, writer Valerie Lee J. explains her own “Sense of Style” and gives a few tips for those who don’t know where to begin when it comes to picking out a wardrobe. See “AW Stories of the Month.”


Each month our Cultural Corner writer Marla E. Schwartz brings us great news about what’s going on around us in the world of theater, film, books and more. She interviews actor Paul Tei of the hit show “Burn Notice” and also talks to him about his founding of the Mad Cat Theatre Company. See “Cultural Corner.” She also introduces us to the many talented authors who will be coming to the Miami Book Fair International this month. See the story under “AW Stories of the Month.”


Our really great contests continue! Between Nov. 1st – 10th, please visit our “Contest” page for contest guidelines. In brief, just find the hidden “AW Contest” inside one of the ads on the right side of our website! The winner will be posted on on Oct. 11th. The winner will get a one-hour massage at Massage Envy in Royal Palm Beach in the Costco Shopping Center!


Thanks for everyone’s contributions toward our November content! As usual, I’m only giving you the “tip of the iceberg” here because there are so many more good articles!  We are proud to offer a content-rich site, thanks to many local writers who offer their wit and wisdom each month!!  Please see below for the latest stories, photos and videos!


Around Wellington in Pictures

As I Was Saying

Ask the Docs

AW Spotlight

AW Stories of the Month


Cantankerously Yours


Cultural Corner

Health & Fitness

Kids’ Corner

Lighten Up with Lisa

Living Green

Mommy Moments

Pet Talk

Photo Galleries

Press Releases

Teen Talk

Travel with Terri

Ultimate Productivity




Hope you had a Happy Halloween! Don’t forget to vote on November 2nd. And while I’m expressing my gratitude during this month of giving thanks, I’d like to thank our wonderful advertisers and our faithful readers!  And I also would be nuts if I forgot to thank our terrific intern Damon Webb for all of his hard work!  And while I’m at it, thanks to my husband Joe for helping with the accounting, infrastructure-type things with the website and general advice.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!




Krista Martinelli