Chronicle November 2018 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
Reflection and Preparation Should Go Hand in Hand
When I was growing up, I lived on a farm in upstate New York. It was a great place to learn the value of hard work. My father and grandfather, as well as my mother and grandmother, never took days off. They were always thinking about the next goal or the next project. It’s a lesson that sticks with me to this day, and one that I never feel more than on Thanksgiving Day. For most families, Thanksgiving is an all-day affair of feasting, football, and leisure, but that’s not the case for us. The kids, including yours truly, would wake up and do their barn chores, just as we did any other day. Once the work was done, we’d head over to my grandparents’ house for dinner. After the last slice of pie was eaten, we’d head back to the barn to finish any chores that weren’t quite done. And that’s nothing compared to the work my dad and grandfather would do.
When we meet with clients who’ve experienced an injury, they’re often hung up on what’s happened in the past. This “if only” type of thinking leads to inaction. Of course, remembering the circumstances of your injury is crucial to your case, but you can’t dwell on the past so much that it causes you to freeze. Our goal as a firm is to give you the help you need to move forward, and you can’t do that without moving on from the past. In a sense, Thanksgiving marks the end of one season and the start of another. As such, it’s important to reflect and prepare in equal measure. As you sit around the table with your loved ones this year, maybe sprinkle in a few acknowledgments of what you’re working toward in addition to what you’re grateful for. It will make Thanksgiving as much about looking forward as it is about looking back. We still go up to the farm about every other year to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. And I still do a few chores while I’m there. Those activities are just as nostalgic for me as carving into a turkey and heaping my plate with stuffing. And for that, among many other things, I’m forever grateful.
Our goal as a firm is to give you the help you need to move forward.
You see, Thanksgiving coincides with the end of the fall harvest. You may think that makes it the perfect time for a little respite, but that’s not how it works in farming. Sometimes, you need to think six or seven months ahead to ensure your spring and summer crops are in a position to succeed. The soil, like time itself, waits for no man. You have to put in the effort every day if you want to yield the best results come harvest. Now, I don’t want to paint a picture of my childhood as a joyless existence — it was just the opposite. We always had enough time to enjoy sledding, snowball fights, and warm nights drinking hot cocoa by the fire. In fact, the work we did made the moments of fun all the sweeter. I think you need a healthy combination of reflection, recreation, and preparation in order to get the most from life.
Disabled Veterans, Are You Struggling with the VA?
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-Wade Coye U.S. Army, Infantry 1/41st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Armored Division
9 Crucial Digits The Importance of Your Social Security Number
history, reports your wage to the government, keeps track of payroll deductions for old age, survivors, and disability insurance, and most importantly, checks your eligibility for Social Security benefits. Some institutions even use your Social Security number as your student ID. Without your Social Security number, there is no way for the government to verify if you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. It is the best way to track your work, credit, and taxation history. Keeping your SSN safe and ready-at-hand isn’t just beneficial when you need to apply for Social Security; it’s also one of the best ways to protect your identity. Because of its connection to so many accounts and so much information, SSNs are often the easiest way for identity thieves to compromise victims and steal their personal data. As such, it’s important to only divulge your SSN to trusted sources when it’s absolutely necessary to do so. If you have any questions about the Social Security process, call our office at 407-871-3191 to find out how we can help.
When was the last time you thought about your Social Security number (SSN) beyond its final four digits? Odds are that it was the last time you needed to prove your identity for an I-9 form after being hired for a job. While you may not regard your SSN as anything more than a random identification number used by the government, it’s actually one of the most vital pieces of personal information you possess. That’s why it’s so important to protect your SSN from prying eyes. Every person in the United States, citizen or not, is issued an SSN, and each number is unique. All are nine digits, arranged in three groups: XXX- XX-XXXX. Until 2011, the first three digits were determined based on where your first card was issued, usually your place of birth. After that date, however, the numbers were changed to be entirely randomized. SSNs were first created in 1935 as part of a New Deal program to provide people access to Social Security benefits. These days, your SSN has several uses. It tracks all working individuals for taxation purposes and yearly wages, traces your entire credit
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Operation Pumpkin Roll The Story and Recipe Behind Marchella’s Family Mission to Help Veterans
Growing up in a military family (my grandfather was a Marine, and almost all of my great uncles served as well), I participated in year- round veteran events from a very young age. One of my favorite memories was my family’s annual “Operation Pumpkin Roll,” which began every year after Veterans Day. Operation Pumpkin Roll was a large-scale operation in my family, and every person had their specific task in the process. The little ones were responsible for blending the pumpkin and the eggs, my brothers were responsible for measuring the dry ingredients, and I was responsible for putting the completed dough into the oven and adding the fillings once they were cool. After we completed a batch, we would wrap, press, and seal the rolls before setting them outside to cool — one of the benefits of Ohio weather! With this assembly line in place, we were able to make 10 pumpkin rolls at a time. On Sunday, we would pack up the completed rolls and take them into town to sell at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Center, senior center, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Center. The proceeds we made went toward buying socks to make “diddy bags” for the veterans at the local nursing homes. Operation Pumpkin Roll was a fun time for the entire family; we all got to participate in giving back. As my daughter, Meila Ann, grows up, I look forward to continuing the family tradition of spending time together while helping veterans who sacrificed so much for us.
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup Libby’s 100 percent pure pumpkin
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
• 3 large eggs
• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
• 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
• 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make cake:
1. Heat oven to 375 F. Grease a 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan and line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. 2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and granulated sugar until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts. 3. Bake 13–15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, check for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. (“My family starts with the wide end for a more even ratio of pumpkin and filling!”) Cool on wire rack.
To make filling:
1. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Marchella and her family during Operation Pumpkin Roll in 2007
2. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
Libby’s Pumpkin Rolls (Makes 10 servings)
• Powdered sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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Stop, Reflect, and Move Forward
Are You Struggling with the VA?
Why Your Social Security Number Is Precious
Operation Pumpkin Roll
Local Spotlight: The Pie College Park If the thought of having homemade pizza, garlic knots, and pasta during your next outing is enough to make your mouth water, then you should make a visit to The Pie in College Park as soon as possible! Located on Edgewater Drive in Orlando (about a five-minute walk from the Coye Law Firm office, making it a popular lunch spot for our team), The Pie will immediately raise your standards of what it truly means to indulge in some of your favorite classic foods. The Pie was originally founded by an American family, who eventually bestowed it upon a Brazilian man named Marcio Valim in May 2017. Marcio had little experience in restaurant management and finance in the beginning, but his determination to make the business work led him to hire a general manager, Mr. Roberto Chreem. Marcio and Roberto work on a daily basis to ensure that the food they serve is the highest possible quality. They create everything on their menu from scratch and use only the most natural ingredients! Frying their food is something they will never do. Instead, everything is baked in their wood-fired pizza oven. Wings, mozzarella sticks, and meatballs are just a few of the many
selections you can choose from. The Pie also offers gluten-free pizza, and if you’re in the mood for dessert after your meal, their decadent Nutella pizzas or cannoli will no doubt put a smile on your face. Committed to bringing people together through their passion for food, Roberto and Marcio are always thinking of unique ways to incorporate fun and delicious foods, celebrations, and festivities into The Pie for you to enjoy. So, the next time you stop by our office, be sure to stop by The Pie!
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