Thursday, February 20, 2014
Fate of those schools that are left behind By Dr. Anthony Policastro

I went to Catholic elementary school in New York City. When I graduated from elementary school, I went to Catholic high school. The school that I went to was run by the diocese. They took the top students from each of the Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens. The result was that they had all the brightest students in the diocese. It was no surprise that the school excelled for that reason. I had 420 graduates in my class. Of that group most had college scholarships. That included 120 students who won scholarships offered by the State of New York. That was good for the school. That was good for its reputation. However, it kind of did a disservice to the other Catholic high schools in the city. They did not get the cream of the crop. It was kind of a brain drain. I have seen the opposite thing occur in the local school systems during my time here. When I arrived, pretty much all of the children went through the local public school system. Over the years parents have decided that they would be able to get a better education for their children in private schools, Catholic schools and charter schools. As a result, these parents have moved their children out of the public school system. I have often pointed out in the past that the two biggest factors in education are the parents and the children. The likelihood is that many of the students that were moved represented the students who were going to do better in school. The result became a self fulfilling prophecy. The students who were destined to do well because of their skills and their parents interest went to other schools. Those schools did well for that reason. In turn that attracted more of the better students to those schools. The result was that it created issues for the public schools they left behind. The only way to turn around that kind of exodus is to create local school systems that will have students excel in the future. An example of attempting to do that is the approach that the Seaford School system has instituted over the last few years. The Spanish immersion program and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) are examples. As a matter of fact, my grandson in South Carolina is in the IB program there. It offers a pathway to the better students. Only 798 high schools in the entire country offer this program. This is an international program with 147 participating countries. As is true with most things in our society today, programs like these cost money. For that reason, the school is having a referendum later this month to seek the communitys support in its efforts. As members of the community, we will have an opportunity to make a statement with that referendum. We can state whether we want to provide our students with options that will keep them local. Alternatively, we can state that we want to continue the exodus of parents and their children. In either case, our school will succeed or fail based upon what we want it to do. I went to an outstanding Catholic high school but it was not free. My tuition paid for the education. The students in our public school system deserve the best education that they can get and we all need to contribute.

Fit for Life Help to get out of your winter rut

By Jonathan Souder

Do you ever feel like youre in a rut? Do you feel like you cant get out of your own way sometimes? I was feeling that way on a weekend in early February. I just had a great work week and it was Sunday. I needed something in my day to boost me. I applied my fitness knowledge and went out for a jog. My body needed some intensity to help get out of this rut. My dog had a bit to do with this decision because I try to walk and jog him at least a mile every day when I get home from work. Ive been doing this routine for a number of years but with the snow and mud, our trail wasnt in the best shape. Also, my small dog gets lost easily in the snow so I hadnt hit the jogging trail lately. That Sunday happened to be the same day as the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth. Remember that warm day on Feb. 2? What a great jog I had that morning and then it was off to the ocean to take a plunge. It was my 11th year doing the Plunge and running into the ocean topped off my need for intensity that day. The water was a cool 34 degrees and the air was a comfortable 50 degrees. I was no longer in my rut. I left Rehoboth feeling refreshed. Now, I know not everybody likes to or can run. Nor do many people like taking a dip in the Mid Atlantic ocean in February. But it is important to find something to break you out of your rut and increase your intensity. This could be going for a quicker or longer walk,

swimming more laps in the pool, adding more resistance in your routine, or just choosing to get up and move around in your house. Adding intensity to your workout isnt just for the young. Remember the story about Fauja Singh, the marathon runner from India? Fauja started marathon running in his late 80s after suffering the loss of his wife and son. He finished his last marathon race at age 101 and he still walks three to four hours each day. By age 99, the doctors told Fauja that he had the body of a 40-year-old because of his training routine. Fauja chose to break out of his rut and I chose to break out of mine. Now its your turn. Find what works for you. Heres to your good health.

About the author Jonathan Souder is the fitness director at Manor House, an ACTS Retirement-Life Community in Seaford, Email your questions

Finnerty named medical director Nanticoke Health Services is pleased to name Sean Finnerty, DO as the new medical sirector for the Nanticoke Immediate Care services in Seaford and Georgetown. Dr. Finnerty currently works with Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PC providing emergency care at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Dr. Finnerty will be providing medical oversight for Nanticoke Immediate Care located across from the post office in Seaford, and at the Nanticoke Immediate Care located at 505 W Market St. Dr. Finnerty obtained his undergraduate degree at Drew University in Madison, N.J. and his doctorate of osteopathic medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He completed his emergency residency at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center in New Jersey and has over 10 years of experience providing emergency medical care.

Nanticoke welcomes nurse midwife Nanticoke Health Services is proud to welcome Karen Schreiber, CNM, MS to the Nanticoke Physician Network. Schreiber joins the Nanticoke Physician Network in the practice of obstetrician and gynecologist, Joaquin Cabrera, MD in Seaford. As a certified nurse midwife (CNM), Schreiber is certified to provide the management of a womans health care in a number of settings related to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. She is also able to care for the newborn and can help with family planning and gynecological needs throughout a womans life cycle. Schreiber received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She received her nurse midwifery certificate from the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. Schreiber joins the Nanticoke Physician Network with over 12 years of experience, most recently at Susquehanna Obstetrics and Gynecology in Havre de Grace, Md. She is certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Schreiber is accepting new patients and appointments can be scheduled by calling Nanticoke Womens Health Services at Herring Run at 629-8977.

Memory Cafe on Feb. 24 People with memory loss and their caregivers are invited to Memory Cafe, a free community program, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Ocean View Cheer Coastal Leisure Center. Februarys Memory Café will feature Meditation with Chuck King, followed by table games. Snacks will be provided. Register or learn more by contacting Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.

Hospice plans pet loss workshop Delaware Hospices Family Support Center will hold a free two-part workshop on Caring for Aging Pets and the Grief of Pet Loss from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. This two-part workshop will examine how to improve the quality of life for our aging companions. The first session is Caring for Aging Pets: How to Improve the Quality of Life of our Aging Companions, with guest speaker Dr. Christina Dayton-Wall, DVM PLUS. The second session is The Grief of Pet Loss, with guest speaker Laurie Vonasek, RN. Those who have lost pets may bring a photo for the Remembrance Table. Registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 27. Register by contacting Michelle August at 800-838-9800 or