Honored World War II Veteran, Morrie Richstone

Will soon be 100 and he’s still batting a thousand

By Phyllis Neuberger, Pompano Pelican – May 28, 2014

It’s 69 years since VE day, but Morrie Richstone was still thrilled to receive the French  Chevalier De La Legion D’ Honor medal honor at the French Embassy in  Miami in January of last year. Richstone explains, “It’s 70 years later, but I was still honored to receive this award for my service in Algeria, North Africa in January of 1943. That’s a long time ago, but I remember it well.”

Master Sargent Richstone was also the honored recipient of the Bronze Star, given by Major General Geoffrey Keyes in January of 1944.

He plans to celebrate his 100 birthday in August with many friends and family at John Knox Village [JKV] where he lives independently. Still very active, Morrie sings with the Men’s Chorus, is a Village Senator and a member of the legislative committee. He occasionally still dances at the Elks Club on Saturday afternoon.

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Low Fat Carrot Slaw

cslawCarrots -one of the most widely used and available root vegetables in the world. Its origin can be tracked to the dry and hot lands of Iran and Afghanistan. Its earliest use there was dated to 3000 BC.

During the time of the Greek and Roman Empires, the carrot was believed to have aphrodisiac powers. To tell how popular carrots were in those ancient times, numerous carrots were placed in the tombs of dead Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, and drawings can be found in hieroglyph paintings. In the middle ages, carrots were prescribed as a cure for numerous ailments.

As a member of the Umbelliferae family, the carrot shares the heritage with other popular herbs and spices, such as anise, caraway, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel and parsley. And because of their high sugar content, excelled only by beets, carrots have been used for decades in desserts and sweets of various kinds and in many cuisines.

Even though English settlers of the New World started cultivating carrots in the 17th Century, American cuisine did not readily accept them until after World War I.

I thought it would be interesting to know the above facts on such a common, but versatile vegetable, since I wanted to share with you this low-fat version of the popular Carrot Slaw, or Carrot and Raisin Salad.

It is a delicious way to entice those not particularly fond of carrots (other than a good Carrot Cake), to enjoy the vegetable that just happens to be loaded with beta-carotene (vitamin A), dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals.

  • 2 cups of plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of grated orange rind
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of fresh-ground nutmeg
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound of carrots, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • ½ cup of seedless dark raisins
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts – or others, such as chopped pecans*

To prepare the dressing, line a large strainer with a double layer of rinsed cheesecloth. Place over a bowl large enough so the strainer is at least an inch from the bottom.

Transfer the yogurt to the cheesecloth lined strainer. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let drain, refrigerated for at least three hours. Discard the drained liquid and rinse out the bowl.

Add the drained yogurt to the bowl and stir in the sugar, orange peel, orange juice, nutmeg and salt to taste.

In a large bowl, toss together the carrots and raisins. Add the dressing and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with the toasted nuts. Makes about six servings.

* To toast the nuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the nuts in a single layer in a small cake or pie pan and bake for about 7-8 minutes, stirring once, until nicely browned. Cool completely.

Resident Suzanne Jones is the author of “Readable, Doable and Delicious: Requested Recipes and Stories from the Past to the Present”. For a number of years, Suzanne wrote a weekly column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel titled “You Asked For It”. For more information about her book, visit (www.past-presentrecipes.com).

Villagers Men’s Chorus to Perform at Tri-Rail’s Annual Senior Idol

_MG_2663d 6x9 groupPOMPANO BEACH – 5/2/2014 – John Knox Village of Florida, Inc. is excited to have its Villagers Men’s Chorus be guest performers at Tri-Rail’s upcoming “Senior Idol” competition. The event is on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are now on sale for $12 per person, plus service fees, and are available for purchase by visiting (www.parkerplayhouse.com) or calling (954) 462-0222.

A portion of the ticket sales benefit Broward Meals on Wheels, an organization dedicated to improving health, reducing isolation and promoting independent living for seniors in our community.

Senior Idol will feature 12 finalists who will have the opportunity to impress a panel of judges and the audience by performing one song of their choice. The judges will select the top five contestants based on technique, style and stage presence. The five remaining performers will sing a second song, and one winner will ultimately be selected to receive the grand prize of $500 and a pass to ride Tri-Rail for a year.

This is the third year our Villagers have been invited to perform. “We are extremely honored to be chosen as a guest performer,” said Ron Davis, JKV resident and Director of the Villagers. “The Villagers and residents of John Knox Village can relate to this competition. It truly shows off the amazing talents of seniors in our area.”

The origins of The Villagers began in 2006, when Ron was in the hospital. A group of residents called to sing him “Happy Birthday.” Ron discovered they had talent, and he began to recruit other men in The Village who wanted to sing.

Ron, who was the Supervisor of Music for Broward Public Schools for nearly 20 years, was surprised to initially have 38 men in the chorus. Since then, the group has grown to nearly 55 residents. In addition to Senior Idol, The Villagers perform at JKV, as well as at numerous venues in South Florida, including places of worship, for civic and retiree organizations and during the holidays.

They recently were the headline act for Knox Rocks 2014, an annual two-night concert hosted by The Rotary Club of JKV that benefits The Woodlands at John Knox Village, our new health center that will break ground this summer.

The Villagers Men’s Chorus is available to perform at various meetings and events. There is no fee, as it is great publicity for John Knox Village. If you have an organization that may be interested, please contact Christopher Miller, Public Relations Manager, at (954) 784-4726.

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department, at (954) 783-4040, or visit us at (www.johnknoxvillage.com).


Sal Barbera and William O’Leary, Jr. Join JKV Advisory Council


Sal Barbera, FACHE (left) and William O’Leary, Jr.

POMPANO BEACH – 4/29/2014 – Recently, the John Knox Village of Florida, Inc. Board of Directors announced that Sal Barbera, FACHE and William O’Leary, Jr. have joined The Village’s Advisory Council.

Sal is a former hospital CEO, who has served in that capacity for six hospitals ranging in size from 95 beds to more than 400 beds in both the proprietary and non-profit sector in Florida, Nevada, Louisiana and Kentucky.

In 2007, he was the founding partner of EthicSolutions, LLC, a health care consulting firm in Parkland, FL that specializes in fraud and abuse, regulatory compliance and organizational ethics.

He also currently teaches at Florida International University (FIU) as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of the Health Services Administration Program. In July of 2012, Sal was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association and serves on the FMA Board. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from FIU.

William O’Leary, Jr. is a Vice President and Wealth Strategist at Northern Trust in Fort Lauderdale. In his current role, he advises individuals and families on investment strategies and solutions to help build and manage their wealth. As a Wealth Strategist, he works to evaluate, design and implement investment plans that are closely aligned and integrated with clients’ overall personal and financial goals.

Prior to this, Bill was a Director and Senior Private Banker for Citigroup Private Bank both in New York City and Miami, where he advised global law firms, attorneys and their clients for the past 17 years. He also was a Vice President at a leading regional banking firm, and Bill began his career with Irving Trust Company.

Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University. He also is a graduate of the ABA National Trust School, a former Board Member of The Irvington Institute for Immunological Research and a former volunteer with Chandler Hall Hospice.

Both gentlemen were introduced to John Knox Village by Board Treasurer Paul Simpson. “Professionally, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of JKV residents. Each one planned their future thoughtfully, and John Knox Village was a significant piece of their plan,” Bill said.

“What impresses me most about JKV is the staff dedication and the comprehensiveness of the services provided to the residents,” Sal said. “I was totally unaware of the vast complex and variety of living arrangements and levels of service available to the residents.”

Sal and Bill will serve on the Advisory Council, which will help them learn about The Village and responsibilities of our Board of Directors. Then, in January of 2015, they would be eligible to become full Board Members.

John Knox Village’s Board of Directors is comprised of 15 members. Most of them are local business professionals. There are three who are current Village residents serving a three-year term.

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department, at (954) 783-4040, or visit us at (www.johnknoxvillage.com).

Rotary Club and Sharing and Caring Program Donate 250 Teddy Bears to Victory Junction Camp

POMPANO BEACH – 4/23/2014 – On Tuesday, May 6, John Knox Village of Florida, Inc. is hosting a “Teddy Bear Dedication Party” at 3 p.m. in our Village Centre Auditorium. The event will recognize the outstanding efforts of the Rotary Club of John Knox Village, with the funding assistance of The Village’s Sharing and Caring Program, to make 250 teddy bears that will be donated to Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children located in Randleman, NC.

Victory Junction (www.victoryjunction.org) was founded for kids in honor of former NASCAR driver Adam Petty, grandson of famous driver Richard Petty and son of Kyle Petty. In 2000, while practicing for a race in New Hampshire, Adam was tragically killed in an accident. Five months after his passing, the family partnered with movie star Paul Newman and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to begin Victory Junction.

Since it first opened in 2004, Victory Junction has enriched the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. There is no cost for the campers and their families to attend.

Some of the variety of activities at camp include arts and crafts, a woodshop, adventure course, archery, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, a 55-foot climbing tower, a zip line, music and theater and a special NASCAR-themed area complete with race cars, simulators and racing gear. Counselors and medical personnel assure that each child is safe in whatever event the child attempts.

It was last summer when Village residents David and Twylah Haun discovered Victory Junction while visiting family in North Carolina. Their granddaughter was in college and volunteering at the camp, which welcomes 128 campers, ages 6-16, each week during the summer. Victory Junction caters to children with a variety of medical conditions, such as burn survivors, those battling cancer, Cerebral Palsy, heart disease, physical disabilities and more.

During their visit, the Hauns noticed that each camper receives a blanket and teddy bear that he or she is able to keep at the end of the visit.

“We discovered there was a need for teddy bears, and originally, we were going to work with our daughter to make 100 bears,” David said. Then, he approached the Rotary Club of John Knox Village, which agreed to contribute $800 toward the materials for this project.

“The next thing you know, our Rotary Club members volunteered to help make the bears,” he said. The Rotary Club of JKV has been on campus since 2008. Today, there are more than 50 Rotary members, mostly residents of The Village. The group has fun together socializing, as well as organizing three fundraising efforts each year – one for a community charity, one benefitting an international cause and the third is a two-day Knox Rocks concert that raises funds for our Health Center.

Finally, the Hauns approached The Village’s Sharing and Caring Program for a donation. Our award-winning social accountability initiative maintains vital connections to social organizations in the community that depend on financial and volunteer support to keep their programs running. Sharing and Caring provided an additional $800 for the purchase of materials to create another 100 bears, bringing the then new total up to 200.

In addition, numerous employees, especially our Home Health Agency nurses, helped sew, stuff and finish the bears. “This was a true Village effort,” said Kathryn Viau, Director of Residents Services and Sharing and Caring Program Chair.

“For our upcoming dedication ceremony, we will have 250 bears ready for Victory Junction,” David said.

The May 6 ceremony will include recognizing both the Rotary Club of JKV and our Sharing and Caring Program, as well as a dedication of the bears and other presentations. This summer, the Hauns will be returning to give the bears to Victory Junction.

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department, at (954) 783-4040, or visit us at (www.johnknoxvillage.com).