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cape c ette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18- MONDAY, FEBRUARY 211 2011 63 Lewes man se rvlce Dr. Roy Fitzgerald of Lewes was presented with the Special Recognition Louis Braille Award Jan. 28, from Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Im- . paired at its 51st Annual Louis Braille Awards Ceremony held at the Union League of Philadel- phia. Recipients of the Louis Braille Award are recognized for their outstanding contributions on behalf of the blind and visual- ly impaired community. Honored for his passion and career dedication to helping those with visual impairments, Fitzgerald has been involved with Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) since its inception in 1983. He's been a driving force on the board of directors and served as chairman of the board numerous times through the years. He was a member of the med- ical and dental staff at Crozer- Chester Medical Center from 1973 to 2006 and was an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University since 1978. He is also a distinguished life fel- low of the American Psychiatric Association. Fitzgerald has authored arti- cles related to blindness and psy- chological reactions titled Reac- tions to Blindness: An Exl01orato- ry Study in Adults with Recent Loss of Sight and The Newly Blind: Mental Distress, Somatic Illness and Disability. "Dr. Fitzgerald's indelible serv- ice over the years has made a huge impact on the lives of the blind community," said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB president and CEO. "He is most deserving of the Louis Braille Award as his work fully encompasses the rea- son these awards exist. It's a pleasure to recognize this won- derful man." Also honored at the ceremony was Cap. Scott Smiley, the Army's first blind active-duty of- ricer, who received the Individ- ual Award. The Seeing Eye guide dog school received a Special Recognition Award, and NBC 10 received the Corporate Award. Brian Tierney, CEO of Brian Public Relations and RealTime Media Inc., and former publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, served as honorary chairman anal addressed the crowd of over 130 business leaders and atten- dees. For more information about ASB or the Louis Braille Awards, contact Public Relations Officer Lauren Scarpa at or215-627-0600, Ext. 3242. With roots dating back to 1874, ASB has as its mission to pro- mote self-esteem, independence- BEING HONORED at the recent Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Im- paired 51st Annual Louis Braille Awards Ceremony are (I-r) Dr. Roy Fitzgerald; Jack Thomas Tomarchio, presenter; Patricia C. Johnson, Associated Services for the Blind president and CEO; Capt. Scott Smiley, Individual Award winner; Jean Thomas of The Seeing Eye guide dog school, a Special Recognition Award winner; and Brian Tierney, honorary chairman of the event. Lewes Delaware Single-family homes with 1/2 acre Home-Sites Purchase by February 28 for July Move-ln!!i* Pool, Clubhouse and Just Minutes to the Delaware Beachesl 5 Model Homes Open Thurs.-Tues. lOam~6pm 302.644.9002 30404 East Barrier Reef Blvd. Lewes, DE 19958 Information subject to change without notice. Please see a community sales associate for full details. Community pool pictured above. and self-determination in people who are blind or visually im- paired. ASB provides a full spec- trum of rehabilitation and life skills education from computer training to hands-on gardening, Latino outreach, and support groups. A SB also produces approximate- ly 13 million pages of braille per year. Visit Only Full Apparatus Studio in Sussex County Group Mat & Reformer Classes Highly Qualified Instructors Call for a FREE Consultation 698-5201 I can't help but worry about my mom being home alone. I want her to enjoy her senior years -- but how will we find the "right" community for her? We chose the comforts of home... We felt a warm, welcoming feeling the moment we entered Brandywine. Sure it was beautiful.., but the people we met and friendly staff are what made it so inviting. We chose for her to be safe... Some days are a little harder for my mom than others and it is comforting to know that she has the support of the wonderful Brandywine staffwhen she needs them, including nurses on-site, not on call, 24 hours a day. We chose her happiness... Now she has something to look forward to everyday! Brandywine offers so many activities that interest her... from local outings to crafts and movie nights...there is always something for her to enjoy with her new friends. There are so many good choices available but only one great one... Choose Brandywine/ Call to schedule your complimentary lunch & tour 302.226.8750 Please Join us Thursday February 24th 4-7pm 1940's Oscar Par oith LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BRANDYWINE ASSISTED LIVING at Seaside Pointe I I1 A Brandywine Senior Living Community 36101 Seaside Boulevard I Rehoboth Beach, DE Located directly behind Giant on Route One