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To Do This Week: Free pediatric dental care in Ashland

Three event highlights

1 Local dentist Dr. John W. Zarrella will offer free dental care to children on Friday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at his office, 171 Main St., Suite 100, as part of the Fall for Smiles campaign.

2 Children up to 13 years old, who have limited or no access to dental or preventative care, can get free sealant and fluoride treatment at Zarrella’s office, to help guard against cavities.

3 According to Oral Health America’s website, this is the second annual Fall for Smiles campaign, which aims to remind policymakers and the public about the importance of dental self-care, regular dental visits, healthy food choices and avoiding tobacco products. Fall for Smiles runs through the end of October.


Why you should attend

According to Oral Health America’s website, a recent survey showed that in the past year, about 35 percent of people who said they regularly go see a dentist, cut back on their visits. Among parents of school-aged children in 2011, 17 percent said their child missed at least one day of school due to a dental related illness. But tooth decay is preventable, by learning how to brush and floss teeth properly, and by making regular visits to the dentist.


About the event

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: The office of Dr. John Zarrella, 171 Main St., Suite 100, Ashland.

COST: Free

INFORMATION: Call 508-881-1280 to make an appointment

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR EVENT: Follow this format send the information to Joe O’Connell by email at or by standard mail to 33 New York Ave., Framingham, MA 01701.


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Still waiting for relief

They came with rotting teeth, shattered glasses and broken bodies. In the predawn darkness outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena, they lined up last year by the thousands, waiting as the sun burned their backs for healthcare they could not afford.

Many needed more than the volunteer doctors and dentists at the Remote Area Medical clinic could give. When the glasses ran out, they settled for eye exams. Instead of root canals, they got teeth pulled. They pointed to the holes in their smiles with relief. At least the pain had stopped.

Few expected national health reform to help. As they left, they blessed the doctors, even as they wondered where they would go when their health gave out again. Some went on to find jobs with benefits generous enough to heal their whole families. Others were still waiting, more than a year later, for relief.

‘A pyramid of needs’

The 62-year-old arrived at the track early, peering out from behind wire-rim glasses he selected at the Sports Arena. Dedon Kamathi tucked his legs under the metal bleachers and plunged into his routine: a hundred crunches, or “gut busters,” followed by as many pull-ups. Then he padded down to the rubberized lanes of Rancho Cienega Sports Complex for laps, trying to outrun illness.

Kamathi bought health insurance when he worked as a property appraiser, paying about $450 a month. He dropped it 10 years ago when work dried up. After that, healthcare became one long wait.

He does not yet qualify for Medicaid, and must wait three years to qualify for Medicare — longer if lawmakers raise the qualifying age.

Kamathi waited at last year’s clinic for his glasses. He waited again to get a cavity filled. Before he reached the front of the line, the last dentist left. Kamathi has been waiting to see a dentist ever since.

“It’s either do my teeth or pay my rent or buy food,” he said.

He knows he is not alone in making this calculation.

“There’s a pyramid of needs,” he said. “You deal with the ones where it’s: ‘OK, how do I stay alive?’ That’s priority A — stay alive. Priority B is, ‘Can I see; can I walk?’ If I can see, maybe I can get a job.”

Still underemployed, Kamathi waits with growing dread for the healthcare legislation President Obama championed to take effect. He worries that as of 2014, he will have to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. He says he can’t pay either. Maybe if politicians waited at the clinics, they would understand why, he said.

“You see the same lines when there’s a job opening,” he said. “It’s not like people are lazy — there’s no opportunity out there.”

Kamathi paused and surveyed the track. Determined mothers wheeled strollers as middle-aged men and elderly couples followed in their wake. Young women with MP3 players lunged across the infield. He was not the only one trying to outpace illness. At the next free clinic at the Sports Arena on Oct. 20 to 23, he predicted the lines will be longer.

A painful choice

When the dentist pronounced two of Penny Zellman’s molars rotten last spring, the mother of two had to make a painful choice.

She could not afford the full benefits offered by her temporary job as a pharmacy technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange. Her husband was unemployed. She had only enough money to get one tooth pulled.

She did the math: The right molar would need a costly bridge. She told the dentist to yank the left one.

Zellman, 39, had learned to do without. Before last year’s clinic, she had not seen a doctor in more than three years. She did not have time to see one during the clinic — with more than 6,600 people vying for care, she had to focus on getting her two daughters treated. Afterward, she had some suspicious abdominal bleeding and also thought she might need new glasses, but she figured she could wait to see a doctor.

“I’m just holding on until I get the insurance, hoping and praying,” Zellman said at the time, long brown hair draping her swollen jaw.


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Mercke joins Dentistry Plus

Jack Mercke, D.M.D., recently assimilated Dentistry Plus located during 1779 Patrick Drive in Burlington.

“Helping a Burlington village grasp ideal verbal health and splendid new smiles is truly an honor,” pronounced Dr. Mercke. “At Dentistry Plus, patients can rest positive that their dental needs will be taken caring of a many caring, merciful demeanour possible.”

Dr. Mercke perceived his dental grade from a University of Louisville School of Dentistry. In further to his grave education, he will continue to find out modernized training in a far-reaching operation of dental issues and techniques.

Dr. Mercke is now a member of a American Dental Association

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12% of La Mare pupils achieved tip GCSE grades

Carol SteereJUST 12% of pupils during La Mare de Carteret High achieved 5 or some-more GCSEs during A* to C including English and maths this year, Education has been forced to reveal.

The pass rate including English and Maths is a benchmark used in England to decider either schools are succeeding.

Education apportion Carole Steere (pictured) announced a relapse of a High School pass rates after a doubt in a States by Deputy Jane Stephens.

The dialect had for weeks refused to recover a information.

Deputy Steere pronounced there were ubiquitous issues

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North Dakota’s good oil rush

It would have been unfit for a segment to hoop all a workers but proxy cities famous as male camps or organisation camps. Officials guess adult to 20,000 workers are vital in such camps, sparse opposite 17 counties.

One of a largest, Bear Paw, houses scarcely 1,000 people, 15 percent of them women, only north of Williston, on what was a wheat margin 18 months ago. Each bedroom was oral for even before it was built.

The stay consists of 215 prefabricated buildings bolted together to form a sprawling formidable of sleeping quarters, a preference store, giveaway washing facilities, an internet café

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From cradle to grave: The genocide of a NHS?

Plans to inspire a private marketplace within England’s health zone have sparked protests [Photo: Chris Moffatt]

Shirley Murgraff is an 80-year-old lady from a easterly finish of London. She’s had 23 sanatorium admissions over a past 60 years, nonetheless never had to directly compensate for any of them, not even for several costly treatments for cancer.

But she remembers a time before Britain’s National Health Service was born, a time when people who were ill or harmed did have to compensate upfront for medical care.

“I was innate and brought adult in Hackney in a 1930s,” she told

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