From the Editor

joannbwDear Readers,

Happy spring! After our long, dreary winter, I jump for joy just saying those words! Every day I walk a two-mile path, and just this past week I’ve watched daffodils and crocuses coming up everywhere. What a joyful time to be alive and renew our spirit with warm, sunny days ahead!

In this issue we congratulate and celebrate the victory of our very own Warwick Middle School students, who won the grand prize for engineering at the 27th Annual Future City Competition in Washington, D.C. Over 4,000 middle-school students from 1,500 schools and 41 U.S. regions, plus teams from other countries, compete for the grand prize every year. Kudos to each and every one of the Warwick Middle School students who participated and took home the top prize at this challenging engineering contest. Their remarkable story is on page 23.

We extend a warm welcome to Peter Costanzo and Laura Pontz of the Costanzo Wealth Management Group. Our article titled “Women and Money: Taking Control of Your Finances” highlights the importance of selecting professionals to manage our finances and ensure that our resources are protected as we grow older. Women live longer than men, and having enough resources to maintain a comfortable lifestyle is Costanzo Wealth Management’s specialty. Please call them for help with any area of money management and investing.

Kathy and Gary McKay will be bringing a new Club Pilates to the Shoppes in Belmont at 1567 Fruitville Pike, Suite 3, sometime in May. Their grand opening will be announced in our next edition.

Our featured story is about Dr. Christopher Shih and his dual passions: music and medicine. Dr. Shih is a gastroenterologist with Regional Gi and an accomplished pianist, having performed both nationally and internationally. Highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, he has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2011. Dr. Shih will be performing in Lancaster at The Trust Performing Arts Center, his sixth appearance, on May 2, 2019.

While we celebrate the return of spring to our beautiful county, we must never forget the families of our military men and women who keep our beautiful country free and safe. Reach out to families locally to help them prepare for spring. Their homes need attention, too, and they’ll appreciate any help you can provide. And, of course, prayers for the safety of their loved ones who are serving are always welcome.

Blessings for a wonderful spring,

JoAnn Notargiacomo

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