Dr. Oz Show makes a house call in Linwood

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Dr. Oz Show The Dr. Oz Show the production crew and the locals after a day of filming for an upcoming segment of the show dealing with the caffeine habit. From left is cameraman Darryl Rode of Villanova, Tracey Staab, sound man Paul Alfe of Philadelphia, Library Director Maria Moss, Dr. Oz Producer Lauren Pacheco, Michelle Tomko, Chelsea Ingram of Northfield, Nick Staab of Linwood, John Ferguson of Marmora and Mary Ann Branciforti of the Linwood Library LINWOOD—Tracey Staab, the principal of the Cape Educational Compact in Cape May Court House like millions of others, checks in with the Dr. Oz Show for advice with different medical issues. Staab emailed a question to the show last week and to her surprise the high school principal received a response quickly.

Her question had to do with her daily consumption of caffeine adding that it is making her feel jittery and she was looking for some guidance from Dr. Oz. Staab said a producer called and asked if she was interested in having her question discussed on the show and if she would agree to being featured on the nationally syndicated show. Staab agreed and the wheels to make this production piece happen were quickly in motion.

The producer for the Dr. Oz Show is Lauren Pacheco of Madison, NJ. She is familiar with the Atlantic County area as her husband Milo grew up in Egg Harbor Township and still has family in the area. When Staab was unable to secure her school for the filming on such short notice, Pacheco remembered visiting the Linwood Library and thought it might be a great alternative and could look like a school office setting.

The producer reached out to Maria Moss, director of the Linwood Library to film Tuesday afternoon. The Linwood Library Board gave their blessing to the event and the crew and Staab were ready to roll.

Pacheco arrived with a two-man crew to handle the filming and sound first at Staab’s home and did a walk through of what she does over the course of the day and the producer was tallying up the principal’s consumption of coffee.
Even Staab was a little surprised at just how much coffee she was drinking each and every day; 75-80 ounces, according to Pacheco’s calculations. Asked if she had a favorite brand; Staab said she drinks organic Fair Trade coffee as her beverage of choice.

Michelle Tomko of Galloway, a teacher at Cape Educational Compact agreed to speak about her principal on camera and poked a little fun about her superior’s java habit. The camera was rolling and Tomko said, “The first thing Tracey said to me when I came in for an interview was; ‘Can I get you a cup of coffee?’ I am not really sure she would have hired me if I asked for decaf.”

The crew did some more filming and even incorporated Staab’s son Nick and a former student before wrapping up.

Pacheco said Staab will be the live audience with Dr. Mehmet Oz Wednesday, Aug. 13 and they will show the film shot in her home and at the Linwood Library and then discuss her question about the effects of too much caffeine. “This is an issue with a great number of people; they are consuming way more caffeine than they should and are feeling jittery or in some cases tired during the day because they are not getting the proper amount of sleep at night and it stems from the amount of caffeine they take in each day,” commented Pacheco.

The broadcast date is still to be determined. The producer said the show would likely be broadcast quickly because The Dr. Oz Show has just returned from summer hiatus and new shows will be airing daily.  The Dr. Oz Show airs daily on Philadelphia’s WTXF Fox 20 at 3 p.m.

Tracey Staab of Linwood is rarely seen without a coffee mug in her hand. Tracey Staab of Linwood is rarely seen without a coffee mug in her hand.

Michelle Tomko of Galloway, a teacher at Cape Educational Compact talks about her principal and her coffee consumption while the cameras for the Dr. Oz Show roll at the Linwood Library Tuesday, Aug. 11. Michelle Tomko of Galloway, a teacher at Cape Educational Compact talks about her principal and her coffee consumption while the cameras for the Dr. Oz Show roll at the Linwood Library Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Cape Educational Compact Principal Tracey Staab of Linwood keeps a watchful eye on the coffee pot, something repeated several times over the course of the day. Staab will be a guest of Dr. Mehmet Oz to talk about her caffeine habit. Cape Educational Compact Principal Tracey Staab of Linwood keeps a watchful eye on the coffee pot, something repeated several times over the course of the day. Staab will be a guest of Dr. Mehmet Oz to talk about her caffeine habit.


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