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Dr. Mitchell Josephs wants you to know that dentists can be funny and have other interests in addition to teeth.
“Movies and TV have portrayed dentists as weirdo nerds or psychos like Steve Martin in ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’” Josephs said. “Some of us are quite cool. I know dentist body builders, pilots, surfers, musicians and actors.”
A new book by Josephs, a longtime Palm Beach Implant and Reconstructive Dentist, is getting plenty of bites across the country.
Titled “More Tooth Talk! What Educated Patients Need to Know About 21st Century Dental Treatment,” the book is a sequel to his first book, “Tooth Talk!”
It’s a compilation of 16 years of writing his weekly “Ask the Dentist” column in the Palm Beach Post Accent section. Josephs is the first and only Implant, Cosmetic and General dentist on Staff at JFK medical center since the hospital was built. He once took a tooth out of a patient in the operating room while the patient was getting a rectal biopsy.
Josephs, 57, has lived in West Palm Beach since 1992, and has practiced on the island of Palm Beach since then. He grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and Manhattan.
Josephs has been practicing dentistry for three decades and has found that people are intrigued by all the things that go on inside their mouths day-to-day, during a toothache and especially in the dental chair. “More Tooth Talk!” is a literal oral history of the most interesting cases he has seen in Palm Beach, each with insight that will aid oral health as well.
“A smile is the best thing you can wear, so it’s important to take proper care of your teeth,” said Josephs. “We all know that seeing your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing your teeth daily will keep your teeth healthy, and ‘More Tooth Talk!’ offers real-life stories plus tips and tricks to keeping a fresh, clean and healthy smile.”
Josephs’ local charitable work includes Jewish Family Services of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Synagogue, and donations to Casa Shalom, an underprivileged school in Guatemala.
His wife of 29 years, Aileen, an immigration attorney, heads this last effort. Their son, Dr. Jonathan Josephs, is 26 and doing his dental residency program at Columbia Presbyterian.
“More Tooth Talk!” is available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailers. To learn more about Dr. Mitchell Josephs , visit palmbeachdentist.com.
Who is your hero? Several. Music: Neil Young. Sports: the late Ayerton Senna, Formula 1 driver who was killed in 1994 at Imola Italy. Actor: Sasha Baron Cohen. Author: Malcom Gladwell.
What is your favorite movie? “Apocalypse Now.”
What are your hobbies? Car collector, racer in training at PBIR (Moroso Racetrack), and stand-up comedy. I play my guitars, mostly heavy metal instrumentals (I admit, I am stuck in the 80s; God bless and RIP Eddie Van Halen).
What do you do to get away or take a break? I play my
Fitness model. Hybrid athlete. Entrepreneur. Mother.
Ashley Horner, 36, wears many different hats, and with them all one thing is consistent: her passion.
And add one other hat, philanthropist, for the woman who ran for 40 hours straight one weekend this month to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti.
Horner grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma and relocated to Virginia Beach five years ago.
“I always had an athletic background with gymnastics and playing soccer when I was younger,” Horner said. To satisfy her competitive nature, Horner got into fitness competitions, including ultra-events, which led to her modeling career.
“I just kept wanting to find something else that would challenge me,” she said.
But, through each professional experience — fitness celebrity, magazine covers, endorsement deals, and dealing with her finances — Horner said she was eager to dig deeper.
Horner is the mother of three sons, Tripp, 13, Cash, 11, and Otto, 5, runs three businesses and has a nonprofit organization.
She opened American Brew on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach in 2016, and relocated the coffee/whiskey bar and restaurant a year later to its current location on East Stratford Road, which is off Shore Drive near the Lynnhaven Inlet.
“I didn’t know anything about the restaurant industry. I’ve had to learn as I continued on,” Horner said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m actually looking to open up my second location early in 2021.”
Although times have been tough during the pandemic, Horner said that when it hit she quickly reevaluated the business’s operation system and kept the doors open.
“I knew that my staff depended on me for their income,” she said. “Within a matter of four days we flip-flopped operations. I did whatever I had to do to keep American Brew open.”
The restaurant’s team of 10 rallied and continues to thrive in the community-focused business.
“You talk about overcoming adversity — which is what I’m all about — they really did that and they did an outstanding job,” Horner said.
She also owns and operates Valkyrie Surf and Snow, a small online clothing company she opened in 2016 dedicated to the active female.
With two employees handling the sales, Horner said she might eventually move it to a brick-and-mortar business.
“My overall mission is to empower women. I think it’s really important for women to find beauty and strength within themselves,” she said.
Horner opened American Screen Printing in 2018 purely because she decided she wanted to eliminate the “middleman” and print her apparel herself.
Originally focused on printing for her companies, projects and events, the business has seen rapid growth and now prints for others in town.
She is getting ready to move the business to the Railroad District in Norfolk and will be hiring several more employees.
Eager to help others, Horner started the Unbroken Foundation in 2013. The organization helps battered women and children through its donation-based program.
In July, she started recording her own podcast, “Reborn.” The
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The City of Manhattan Beach reported today [Wednesday, Oct. 28] that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 went from 7 during the week of October 12-18 to 23 for the week of October 19-25.
The city notes that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health “has issued a Health Advisory for private gatherings and public celebrations, advising Los Angeles County residents that the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission at gatherings/celebrations is high based on the increasing rate of COVID-19 community transmission in Los Angeles County. Since early October, the County’s average number of daily cases has increased from around 940 per day to almost 1,200 per day.”
County and State health officials are advising individuals to take precautions during gatherings. Private gatherings of people who are not part of a single household or living unit must comply with the following requirements:
Attendance: Private gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. The fewer the people, the lower the risk.
Outdoors only: All private gatherings must be held outside. Gatherings are permitted in a public park or other outdoor space.
Keep it short: Private gatherings should be limited to two hours or less in duration. Longer periods increase the risk of transmission.
Physical distancing and hand hygiene: All attendees must follow the social distancing protocol requirement. There should be a place to wash hands or hand sanitizer available for participants.
Singing, chanting, and shouting: Because singing, chanting and shouting increases the release of respiratory droplets into the air, these activities are strongly discouraged. However, if singing, chanting, and shouting does occur, to reduce respiratory droplets spread, all attendees must social distance and wear a face cover.
In its notice, the City of MB reminded residents of the following requirement: “Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a private gathering must notify DPH [Los Angeles County Department of Public Health] and should notify the other attendees as soon as possible.”
As of October 26, the City of Manhattan Beach, along with the entire Los Angeles County, remains in Tier One, with “widespread” risk and the most restrictions. “According to the city, “It is the community’s shared responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19. By adhering to social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing, and avoiding crowds, confined spaces and close contact, we can collectively prevent future surges in coronavirus cases.
This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch
Cases of the coronavirus in Palm Beach County since the pandemic began surpassed 50,000 Saturday, rising to 50,316 cases.
The 328 new cases reported in the county is the fourth time in five days that new cases have topped 200, a spike not seen since Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the full reopening of businesses on Sept. 25.
Statewide cases soared by 4,471 to 776,251. That raises new cases in the past week to 23,770, the most since early September.
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The numbers are even more staggering when you consider the ripples they set off.
The pandemic numbers do not simply tell the stories of individuals affected by a disease — they are indicators of COVID’s domino effect on families and communities, said one social service strategist working with hard-hit families.
“It’s impacting every part of people’s lives. That’s what we’re seeing,” said Jaime-Lee Bradshaw, chief strategic initiatives officer at Community Partners of South Florida in Riviera Beach. “What we’re seeing is not just that they’re getting sick — they’re getting sick and losing their jobs. They’re getting sick and losing their homes.”
The impact of the pandemic and the efforts to curb it is even greater in communities where access to healthcare and technology is limited, she said.
“We are seeing families that were already on the brink and now have no income. We’re seeing people who are six months behind on their rent, just praying they can access the funds to catch up. We’re seeing children that are lagging because they don’t have adequate access to technology,” Bradshaw said.
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She pointed to the case of one Belle Glade family served by her agency. There are 14 children in the home and one computer provided by the school district.
“Tell me what one Chromebook is going to do for that family,” she said.
A broader approach is required to prevent further damage to communities, Bradshaw said.
“We’ll continue to see as these numbers plummet and skyrocket and those families are going to experience that up and down,” she said. “How do we stabilize families? It doesn’t come from serving silos, it comes from serving systems.”
Demand jumps for mental health services
From last year to this pandemic year, visits to therapists and psychiatrists have doubled at Caridad Center, a suburban Boynton Beach social service agency that operates the largest free clinic in Florida, one frontline manager