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Newlyweds, Zoe Burleson and Edward Carrillo

Newlyweds

Zoe Burleson, Edward Carillo wed

On December 14 Zoe Burleson, daughter of Nancy Burleson of Placitas and James Burleson of Jamestown, Colorado, tied the knot with Edward Carrillo, son of Mary and Alejandro Angulo of Yuma, Arizona.

Ariel Brazfield, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Kyndra Roth of Placitas was a bridesmaid, and Monico Rico was best man. Friends and family from coast to coast attended the gala event in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the newlyweds have their home.

Edward is a graduate of Arizona State University, a former Mr. Arizona, and currently the CEO of Sahara Investments. Zoe grew up in Placitas, attended Arizona Sate University, and now devotes her time to their home. The couple enjoys traveling and whisked away to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, for a Valentine's honeymoon.

 

(l. to r.) Candace Majedi, Miss Rio Rancho, and Christina Marie Hall, Miss Albuquerque

(l. to r.) Candace Majedi, Miss Rio Rancho, and Christina Marie Hall, Miss Albuquerque

Young women awarded local crowns

On January 24 the Miss Albuquerque and Miss Rio Rancho Pageant crowns were awarded to Christina Marie Hall as Miss Albuquerque and Candace Majedi as Miss Rio Rancho.

Hall is twenty years old and attends Eastern New Mexico University. Her platform is USA Freedom Corps (volunteerism). Her talent was the song “Reflections,” from the Disney movie Mulan. She won the talent preliminary and was awarded a community-service scholarship and the Miss Albuquerque title.

Majedi, Miss Rio Rancho, is twenty-two years old and attends the University of New Mexico. Her platform is Fit Bodies, Fit Minds. Her talent was a hip-hop dance routine.

To make their choices, the pageant judges looked for poise, presence, talent, physical fitness, and communication skills.

Miss Albuquerque and Miss Rio Rancho each received a $400 cash scholarship, the Official Miss America Local Crown, the Official Miss America trophy and certificate, a bouquet of roses, official Miss America name badges, a $100 gift certificate from Body By Design, business cards and carrying case, a fashion photo shoot from Bob Mares Photography, a gift certificate from Elias' The Boutique, an official Polo shirt, an all-expense-paid trip to the Miss New Mexico Pageant, and a one-year subscription to Supermodels Unlimited.

Each winner is obligated to represent her area through public appearances she sets up and scheduled commitments.

Entrants to the pageant must be women between seventeen through twenty-four years old during their year-long reign. They must be high school graduates.

For further information, contact Pat Breese, Executive Director, Miss Albuquerque Scholarship Organization, 505 867-5704. Photos from the contest can be viewed at www.bryansphotography.com.

 

Volunteer help available for filing taxes

TVI’s Tax Help New Mexico program, a part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance initiative, is now in its thirtieth year. Program sponsors include PNM, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the McCune Charitable Trust, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation. The program offers income tax assistance for clients who are at least sixty-five years old or have an annual household income of less than $35,000. Last year, more than 150 volunteers served over 9,600 New Mexicans, filing 65 percent of the returns electronically, and Bernalillo County saw nearly $9 million returned to the economy through Tax Help New Mexico. In 2003 the average return (when both a state and federal return were filed) was $1,600. A full list of locations and their hours of operation may be found at www.tvi.edu/taxhelp or by calling 224-4TAX.

 

Stay at home with caregiver help

One of the fastest-growing and most popular programs offered by Medicaid is the Personal Care Option Program.  Created in 1999, the program is designed to provide paid in-home nonmedical caregivers for qualified Medicaid recipients who might otherwise need to be placed in a nursing home or care facility (as determined by their physician’s assessment of their medical condition.) 

Caregivers help with activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, grooming; assistance with self-administered medication; mobility; eating; meal preparation; transfers and mobility assistance; toileting-bowel-bladder care; cognitive functioning; skin care; and some household services. With caregiver assistance, many frail older adults, disabled adults, or anyone over twenty-one with significant health conditions can stay in the comfort and security of familiar surroundings while retaining a degree of independence and self-determination.

There are two components to the program: the delegated option and the consumer-directed option.

The delegated option is ideal for people who do not have the ability to participate in, arrange, or direct their own care services.

The consumer-directed option is designed for consumers who are able to participate in arranging and directing their own care. The consumer, working with a Medicaid certified agency, is personally responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and scheduling the caregiver. The consumer directs how the services are provided, or appoints a personal representative to assist in doing so. The agency pays the caregiver and performs other fiscal and personnel services for the consumer. A special feature of this program is that a caregiver can be a family member, friend, or neighbor. 

Basic eligibility requirements for consumers are:

  • Must be twenty-one or older
  • Must have full Medicaid coverage.
  • Limited income
  • Primary-care physician must indicate a need for assistance in at least two of nine key areas of personal care needs.
  • May not be enrolled in other Medicaid personal care programs. 
  • Placement in the program must be through a Medicaid-certified provider

Information provided by the Health and Human Services Department during statewide meetings in 2003 indicated that the cost of maintaining a consumer in a nursing home is almost triple that of the Personal Care Option Program. This program makes good sense for everybody—taxpayer, community, and most of all, the consumer who needs help to stay at home.

For more information about the Personal Care Option Program Consumer Directed Option, call Consumer Direct Services at 344-8182 or toll free at 1-866-344-2371.

 

 

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