Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the Family Recovery Center, its director, staff and myself.
The year 2010 witnessed an unusual occurrence. There was not an arrival of a grandchild! I think it's done with! I believe we are now capped with six. Our son Tim and wife Ladonna have four boys, ages 7 to 1. Tim is a 1990 Salem High graduate. His family lives in the Hershey, Pa., area.
Daughter Tammy and husband, Michael Zinno, live in Steubenville with Joseph, age 10, and our only girl, Isabella. Tammy is a 1988 Salem High graduate.
They were all at our home for Thanksgiving and stayed for two and a half days. By the time they all left, Grandma and Grandpa were exhausted, to say the least.
Christmas was the same, including the Ventresco family, Salem's wonderful Third Ward Councilwoman, Rita Joseph O'Leary, and good friend Sharon Pivonka from the Cleveland area. As usual, Eloise and David cooked the old traditional Italian fare with everyone else contributing to the mountains of food.
Santa Claus came with a huge bagful. The Traina and Zinno children were overwhelmed. Mr./Mrs. Claus remembered everyone. We must have been very good during the year. And, then we snacked on a full table of traditional Christmas cookies and desserts.
The new year of 2010 was ushered in as it has been, for over 20 years with our good friends Attorney Williams and wife Debbie. Like Christmas, there was no shortage of great food and a lot of fun.
I would be remiss if I didn't say anything about the minor league Cleveland Indians. There, enough said. How could the Browns look so good in beating the Saints and devastating the Patriots, arguably the best team in the NFL, and be so bad otherwise?
Mark your calendar for this year's International (formerly Italian) Festival in August put on by Salem's Chamber of Commerce. It will again feature great entertainment and an array of ethnic foods and activities. The co-master of ceremonies, Rita Joseph O'Leary and I will be leading the festivities of the day. Anyone who would like to join our festival planning committee is welcome to join us. Call the chamber for meeting dates.
In a more serious vein, the administration and staff of the Family Recovery Center are busy making plans for the coming year. Their concerns about the growing misuse of prescription drugs, underage drinking and the escalating concerns about opiate addiction, many times leading to an untimely death, throughout the area are just a few of the problems the county is facing. The challenges of healthcare reform are also first and foremost on their agenda.
On a more positive note, the staff is seeing increased participation in its programming from clients, as well as their family members.
This only reassures the community that the Family Recovery Center continually works towards its mission of Making Recovery A Reality.
As a member of their reading public, they ask you to continue your support of their programming, and call them should you have any questions, or have need for any educational or clinical involvement.
To all of you from all of us-Happy New Year!