March 11, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I & III • Page 15 F O CUS on RIDGEWOOD Businesses & Professionals Harding Pharmacy Teach your child to be an independent learner s a parent, it’s natural to feel compelled to remind your child to finish homework assignments, or offer assistance. However, as children reach middle school, it becomes increasingly important to help him or her make the transition from structured homework to becoming an independent learner capable of managing time, thinking critically, and taking initiative. Independent learners are self-motivated, curious, and take responsibility for their own learning. They value learning and strive to understand new concepts. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of the Huntington Learning Centers, offers these tips to help children become independent, Huntington Learning Center lifelong learners: Discuss the assignment. If the child has trouble conveying this information, ask questions that may help. What did your teacher say? Does this problem look similar to one you’ve solved before? Do you have everything you need? Encourage the child to attempt the work independently. If he or she doesn’t know how to do a problem, have him or her skip it and try the next one. Teach resourcefulness. If your child asks you how to spell a word, help him or her look it up. If he or she needs to research a topic, have the child ask the neighborhood or school librarian for help. Provide guidance. When your child requests assistance, remember that your job is not to give the answer, but to help the child get the answer. Avoid being overly involved, but be available to answer questions. If your child struggles to complete homework independently or spends a significant amount of time without results, call 1-800-CAN LEARN. Huntington finds the root of the problem and creates a customized program that enables each child to excel. Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center is the nation’s longest-running supplemental education services provider. This industry leader provides instruction in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, math, study skills, and SAT and ACT preparation to tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through grade 12. A Myron Lesh yron Lesh, registered pharmacist and owner of Harding Pharmacy, is on call 365 days a year. He and his professional staff of pharmacists have been providing their personal care and concern to the community since 1982. “The fact is that independent pharmacists who also own the pharmacy go that extra mile,” Lesh says. “They know you could go to a national chain, but they also know your health is the most important thing to you and your family. It’s so valuable to have someone you can trust day in and day out.” Harding Pharmacy accepts most insurance, and out of pocket co-pays are the same as any discount store. Harding Pharmacy is a unique store where you will find everything you expect in a drug store, but also a great selection of gifts and even a wine and spirit shop with a huge selection and great prices. Free local delivery is available Monday through Saturday. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Harding Pharmacy is located at 305 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood. Phone (201) 4444500. Drop in soon to say hello! M WOSTBROCKHOME.COM, since 1925 ostbrock LTD, located at 225 Goffle Road in Ridgewood, has prided itself on being a long-standing, successful, family-owned, diversified home furnishing business, which continues to provide quality products, expert workmanship and very personalized attention. The store features a full range of distinctive home furnishings and residential specialty services. Current third generation owners, Heidi Wostbrock and husband Steve, accompanied by their staff of personable professional interior designers and meticulous craftsmen noted for fine workmanship enable their clients’ plans to be expertly fulfilled. The Wostbrock showroom features large, spacious windows providing exceptional natural lighting for viewing and selecting of unique furniture, wood flooring, carpets, runners, area rugs, bedding, accessories, upholstery, designer fabrics, window treatments, custom blinds, shutters, florals, lamps, artwork, and even the complete art and science of floor refinish- Seated L-R: Interior designer Christa Allam and owner Heidi Wostbrock. Standing: L-R Interior designers ing applied on the job by Heidi’s Donné Booysen, Jennifer Mersch, and Darcy Litt. husband Steve Wostbrock. Heidi Wostbrock leads a team of designers including Christa Allam, Donné Booysen, Jennifer Mersch, and Darcy Litt. Their eye for distinctive flair and expertise in all areas of home design ensure that customers will create the home space and elegant atmosphere they desire. For your convenience, the store, which features distinctive products from around the world, is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Heidi and her team of designers look forward to meeting with you. For more information, please visit online at or phone (201) 445-0807. W f you have vein problems, Metropolitan Laser Vein Institute can help,” says Dr. John A. Chuback. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of those over the age of 40 have vein problems. Some people do not have visible veins, but have aching, painful legs. 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