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August/September 2013

Volume2,Issue6

City to Launch New Website Design The City of Pembroke Pines will be re-launching its website www. ppines.com at the end of September, with a new clean and simple design, feel, information and features. “It will be very user friendly so residents, businesses and visitors to the site can find the information they want and need quickly and easily,” said Michael Lockett, Director of the City’s Technology Services Department. “Whether you are new to computers or are very comfortable using websites, our City website was designed with the user in mind.” The new design will include a variety of key features such as FAQs that will answer the most commonly asked questions; “Notify Me,” where visitors to the site can sign up to be notified via email or text messages about community activities, meetings and other updates; a translation link to translate the website text into different languages; specialized calendars to keep informed about

basis, and new features will be added when needed. “We encourage everyone to visit and use the City’s website often to answer questions and gather infor-

activities in the community; and a document center which allows for easy access to documents, spreadsheets, pictures, videos, forms, etc. The Open Government link ensures that residents have open and easy access to information that demonstrates how their elected officials conduct business, as well as provides information about government structure, meetings, and access to databases and reports. Each City department also has updated and simple to read information that is easy to navigate. It will be updated on a continuous

mation,” said Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo. “This website is a valuable communications tool that I’m confident our residents, businesses and visitors will be proud of and enjoy.”

Mayor Honored for Small Business Advocacy At the monthly meeting of the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley were presented with the Partner America/U.S. Conference of Mayors “Small Business Advocate Award.” It was presented by Jeffrey Bean of the United States Conference of Mayors based in Washington, D.C.,

for their efforts and support of small business in their respective cities.  One of Mayor Ortis’ many accomplishments, the Annual Mayor’s Kids’ Day which was held June 21, 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, celebrates Pembroke Pines’ children while providing exposure for local businesses.  Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City of Continued on page 2

Pembroke Pines City Commission From left to right: Angelo Castillo (Vice Mayor - District 4), Jay Schwartz (District 2), Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Iris A. Siple (District 3), Carl Shechter (District 1) Mayor Frank C. Ortis 954-435-6505 ……. fortis@ppines.com Commissioners: Angelo Castillo 954-436-3266 .............. acastillo@ppines.com Jay Schwartz 954-436-3266 .....….. jschwartz@ppines.com Carl Shechter 954-436-3266 ...... cshechter@ppines.com Iris A. Siple 954-436-3266 ..............… isiple@ppines.com City Manager: Charles F. Dodge 954-431-4884 ….......…. cdodge@ppines.com

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Mayor Honored Continued from page 1

Pembroke Pines has also created a first ever economic incentive for business recruitment, is proactive in amending City codes to support small businesses and is creating an Economic Development Strategic Plan.  “As the owner of my own business, The Mayor’s Café and Bagel Bar, I’ve learned first-hand about the challenges faced by small business owners,” said Mayor Ortis. “I promise to continue to promote small business growth throughout our City, and feel honored to be recognized for my passion.” The Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting was held at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue. For more information about the Chamber, please call 954-

Dog owners, mark your calendars. The City is hosting a paw-sitively good time on Saturday, October 12, 2013 called BowWow Ween. This first ever Halloween event for dogs will be held at the Pembroke Pines Dog Park located at 9751 Johnson Street (just east of Palm Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “All sizes and breeds of dogs and

their people will have fun participating in costume contests, games, the chance to win prizes and meet pet goods suppliers,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. There are still exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available – for more information, call the Special Events office at 954-435-6525.

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New Monument Sign Program

At a recent Commission meeting, a resolution was passed creating a grant program for eligible City businesses and shopping centers in the eastern Pembroke Pines Redevelopment Area for the design, fabrication and installation of monument signs (marquee signs). Funds for the program, capped at $75,000 for the first year and administered by the City’s Planning and Economic Development Division, will be distributed as a reimbursement after the sign has been installed, permitted and inspected. The program will reimburse shopping centers a maximum of $5,000, and outparcels and/or free standing buildings up to $2,500 for the signs. Property owners should contact the City’s Planning and Economic Development Division to schedule a pre-application meeting to dis-

cuss program eligibility. For more information on the program, call 954-435-6513. “This program will hopefully encourage existing businesses to improve the appearance of their properties and drive traffic to their businesses,” said Commissioner Jay Schwartz. “The overall goal is to create a better environment for our businesses which, in turn, will benefit the City and our residents.” The program, which will be reviewed annually by the Commission, will use funds form the voter approved General Obligation (GO) Bond allocated for Economic Development. This eastern redevelopment monument sign program is the first program to be adopted as part of newly created chapter in the Code of Ordinances entitled “Economic Development Program”.

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The City’s Glass Gallery, located on the first floor of the City Hall at 10100 Pines Blvd., is now showing “Women, Children and Books” through September 17, 2013. The exhibit portrays women, children and children’s book illustrations. “This is a first of its kind, and features 10 female artists,” said Benoit Menasche, Glass Gallery Art Curator. “The art is colorful, young and magical. It’s like walking through a fairytale land.” The paintings and sculptures are created from a variety of media including oil, water color, acrylic, wood printing and mixed media. At the opening reception, being held August 6, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists: Tabitha Blaine, Barbara Hulsoff, Teresa Hazelton, Cristina Keller, Jacklyn Laflamme, Mary Pohlman, Evelyn Favus

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Richin, Barbara Sala, Vanessa Vejar and Ana Maria Pardo, who hail from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. “The evening will be filled with art that speaks to the heart,” added Menasche. “All ages are welcome to come enjoy the art experience.” Complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, sponsored by the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board. For more information, please call 954260-0167.

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First Day of Preschool Help Parents spend a lot of time researching neighborhood preschools to find the perfect one for their child. Once the decision is made, there are other factors that need to be addressed. With the new school year about to start, West Pines Preschool Site Supervisor Holly Bonkowski has a few tips to make the transition to preschool go smoothly:

Be prepared for some tears. Children are used to being with Mommy or Daddy, so this is a very important transitional time. On the “big day” keep a smile on your face and stay positive. This will set the tone for the child and make them realize everything is going to be okay and preschool is something they can look forward to. If the child has been in the class-

room before, for example for a teacher meet and greet, then remind the child of this and all the wonderful things about the classroom. Parents can even help their child make their first “new friend” before they leave. Leaving is sometimes the hardest thing to do for a parent. A parent does not want to leave when a child is distracted by another activity. A child should know that saying “goodbye” is part of the process. Don’t ask if it is ok to leave and don’t make promises that reinforce behavior such that the child will get what they want. Some children adjust to preschool quickly and some take a little more time. Even though your child did fine the first day, there might be tears a few weeks later. Be consistent and keep bringing them to school. This behavior will pass. At West Pines Preschool, the goal is to make the parent and the teacher comfortable with the preschool process and any transition. There is a “Meet and Greet” for all the parents to meet their child’s teacher before school starts, and the children get to play in the classroom and observe their surroundings. This helps the child associate positive experiences with coming to school. If a child comes to preschool on the first day and cries (which hap-

pens a lot), parents are encouraged to leave, with the comfort of knowing that their child will be fine. This is merely part of the process and eventually the child will be comfortable

A Reminder About Home-Based Businesses Starting a profitable business from home is perhaps the ultimate American Dream – it allows for flexibility, and the benefits can be substantial. However, it is important to make sure that you have all the right forms, permits or licenses needed, and you know the restrictions. A reminder from the City Clerk a key step to starting a home-based business is obtaining the Restricted Local Business Tax Form (needed for operating a business from a residence).  The owner of the business or a registered agent must complete the application which can be found on the Fifth Floor of City Hall at 10100 Pines Blvd.  A legal description of the business is required, as well as a driver’s license or a form of picture identification because the form will be notarized. Payment, which may range from $30 - $100, is required at this time, and a temporary license will be issued. 

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and those days of crying will be well behind them. West Pines Preschool is still enrolling for the Fall. For more information and availability, please call 954-437-1134. Full time and Part time programs, FREE VPK, Enrichment Classes, Hot Lunch and much more are offered at the school.

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A permanent license is typically mailed within 24-48 hours. Competency based businesses such as landscapers, painters, contractors, etc., have additional paperwork required before obtaining their license.   Certain businesses must also obtain state and county licenses. Some restrictions do apply to home-based business such as:  No sign of any type may be posted or displayed on the premises which might serve to indicate that it’s being used for a business; the premises cannot be used for the creation, storing, distribution, repair or sales of any merchandise or goods; no employees, independent contractor or employees of an independent contractor may be permitted on the premises in connection with the business; and no traffic shall be generated by the business in a greater volume than expected in the neighborhood.  The applicant also cannot use a U.S. Postal Service Mailbox as a business address. The full list of restrictions can be obtained with the application.  For more information about obtaining a license for a homebased business in Pembroke Pines, please call 954-435-6508. 

August-September 2013

2nd Annual Spanish Spelling Bee In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the 2 nd Annual Senior Spanish Spelling Bee is being held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. Prizes will be presented to First, Second and Third Place winners. In general, Spanish words are relatively easier to spell than English ones because vowels are

pronounced the same way, no matter where they are in the word, and groups of letters almost always produce the same sounds. Even so, spelling in Spanish can be tricky because of accent marks that are used to indicate different pronunciations. Those interested in participating in this competition can sign up at the Center’s Activities Desk by September 10, 2013. For more information, please call 954-450-6888.

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Symphony of the Americas The I Musici Estensi Chamber Orchestra of Italy appeared at the Symphony of the Americas Summerfest 2013 last month at the Pembroke Pines Susan B. Katz Theatre – River of Grass ArtsPark. Those in attendance to the free one and half hour concert were musically transported by the Orchestra from Milan, Italy. Established in 2004, I

Musici Estensi is well known for its quality of interpretation of an extensive repertoire from the Baroque period up to the 1900s. They have played throughout Italy to strong critical acclaim. The City Parks and Recreation Department and the Arts and Culture Advisory Board presented the concert.

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Save Money and Water Last month, Broward Water Partners encouraged residents to conserve water outside their homes during what is traditionally known as one of the hottest summer months here in South Florida, by naming it Smart Irrigation Month. As we continue through the summer months, residents are still reminded to be aware of the many ways to save water while watering their lawns and plants. Homeowners typically overwater lawns and landscapes by up to 30 percent. So, by selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, residents can save money, save water and see better results. The following are some watersaving tips from the Irrigation Association: Plant right by choosing grass or plants that have low water

requirements and that will thrive in the South Florida climate; Mulch well around plants, bushes and trees. Using 2 to 4 inches of mulch reduces evaporation, moderates spikes and lows in soil temperatures, improves water penetration and helps control weeds that compete for water; Maintain your yard regularly. A

well-maintained yard requires less water, so weed, prune and mow as needed; Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, not the driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings; Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus; and Check the irrigation system monthly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged sprinkler heads, and other problems. Clean clogged screens and micro-irrigation filters as needed. All homes and businesses are limited to irrigating twice per week. Learn your days by visiting http://www.broward.org/ NaturalResources/WaterResources/ Pages/WaterConservation.aspx.

Children’s Summer Film Festival The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free Children’s Summer Film Festival three Saturdays in August at The River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater, located at 17189 Sheridan Street.  All movies begin at 10 a.m., and no ticket or reservation is required. The films include Madagascar 3 (rated PG) on Saturday, August 3; E.T. (rated PG) on Saturday, August 20; and The Smurfs (rated PG) on Saturday, August 17, 2013. No food or drink is allowed in the theater.  For additional information please call 954-322-2597.

August-September 2013

Fire Prevention Week For the 17th year, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department will be giving schools throughout the City information this month about Fire Prevention Week which is themed “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” “On average, firefighters respond to more than 400 kitchen fires every day” said Lorraine Carli, Vice President of Communications for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) which sponsors the week. “By making kitchen fire safety the theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week, we can raise the awareness of the leading cause of fires, unattended cooking, and provide life saving safety tips to improve the safety of everyone in the home.” Through their schools, students Kindergarten through 5th Grade will have the opportunity to enter a poster contest. Each child must make their own poster containing the Fire Prevention Week theme on any suitable material that is appropriate for vertical display. The posters will be picked up at the schools on September 23, 2013 for judging. The winning posters will be displayed at Pembroke Pines City Hall during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-10, 2013 “This contest is a great opportunity for children to show their creative talents, while also getting them to think about fire safety,” said Pembroke Pines Fire Chief John Picarello.

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In light of this year’s theme, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department is providing important kitchen safety tips to homeowners regarding kitchen safety: When frying, grilling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least three feet away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance each October since 1925. The NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building and life safety. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more information and safety tips.

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Pooches in Pines Two special events to help Pooches in Pines, a program dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners and also finding forever homes for lost pets, are being held to raise funds to help sustain the program. Anyone bringing this newspaper story to the Pembroke Pines Bru’s Room, located at 10060 Pines Blvd, on August 15, 2013 from noon to 10 p.m. will have 10% of their total food purchase donated to Pooches in Pines. There will also be a donation jar displayed and raffle tickets sold on this special day. “Since we began in November of 2011, we have reunited over 250 pets with owners or found new homes for them,” said Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant Angela Goodwin who founded the program. “Approximately 40% found new homes, and 60% were reunited with their owners.” The program makes it possible for dogs that would normally go to animal control upon pick up by the police, to remain at the police department until their owner can be located. If an owner is not found, the dog is turned over to a local animal rescue, Purrfect Match Rescue, and a new home is found. Just in case an owner looks for their pet at animal control, the program follows the rules of the county ordinances and animal control is notified. Under old protocol, dogs were taken directly to animal control, and if not claimed after three days,

could be euthanized. If the dog had an identifiable owner but was not claimed in five days, they also could be euthanized. “It often takes much longer than three to five days for owners to reunite with their pets, so this gives the dogs a chance they didn’t have before,” added Goodwin. Also, save the date for another fundraiser being held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Painting with a Twist, located at 1201 NW 26 St, Suite 102 in Fort Lauderdale. This “painting with a purpose” charity event for Pooches in Pines is a fun afternoon of painting, entertainment, refreshments and a raffle. Paint, brushes and canvases are provided, and an instructor will walk the class through painting step by step so participants can take home their very own masterpiece. The cost is $35 per person and seats are limited so registration must be made in advance. For more information or to register, go to www. paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewEvent. aspx?eventID=129690. Pooches in Pines encourages pet owners to have their dog or cat micro-chipped and tagged with current information should the pet get lost, and to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department if they have lost their pet. Lost and

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adoptable pets are also posted on the Pooches in Pines Facebook page, and on their website at www.poochesinpines.com.

Sounds of Soothing Jazz As summer nears an end, it’s a great time to listen to the sounds of soothing jazz at a free Jazz Concert, held on September 22, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the William B. Armstrong Dream Park located at 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Ave).   The park, a six-acre area with long walkways, a pond with waterfalls, lush native plants, and a winding boardwalk, attracts numerous birds, rabbits, ducks and turtles, adding to the ambiance of the evening. Remember to bring a comfortable chair or blanket. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call the Special Events office at 954-435-6525.

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Pick a Park Dog parks are becoming increasingly more popular all across the United States, ranging in size and design. They provide a place where dogs can

run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Although they’re not for everyone, dog parks can benefit both people and their pets. The City of Pembroke Pines’ Dog Park is located at 9751 Johnson Street. This park is a well known place for pets and their owners to gather and play. It features two separate play areas according to the dog’s size and various obstacles to go through. There are also benches for owners to relax and watch their pets. According to dog specialists, many behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs were born to lead active lives. They’ve worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. So, they have excess energy and no way to expend it. It’s not surprising then that they often come up with activities on their own, like unstuffing couches, raiding trash cans, gnawing on shoes and digging holes in the backyard. Dog parks allow dogs to expend their energy – exercising their body and brain. Some benefits of going to the dog park include: Physical and mental exercise for dogs - Your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards. Opportunities to maintain social skills - Dogs are like humans, highly social animals, and many

enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.

Fun for pet parents - Dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do, too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs.

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Feeling Crafty?

Arts and Crafts shows are a great opportunity for the public to connect with local artists who love to share their passion. The 7th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show is being held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave. Admission and parking is free. There will be over 60 indoor artists showing their homemade items, specialty crafts, holiday and original art, etc. For more information, call 954-450-6888.

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Lots to Do for Teens Some teenagers come to a teen center to feel safe, or to be quiet, while others go from sheer boredom or to play, be creative, active and meet others. Whatever the reason, the City’s Teen Center is a great place for teens, ages 12 to 17, who are looking for something to do. The City’s Teen Center, located at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd, is open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the entrance fee is $4. A school I.D. is required and refreshments are available for sale. For dance information, call 954-437-1134. In addition, a new art class, Teen Art Experience, held Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Donnith H. Fletcher Art and Cultural Center, located 7960 Johnson Street, and on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River of Grass ArtsPark, located at 17189 Sheridan Street “M” Bldg

Aloha!

This month, the Southwest Focal Point Community Center is holding several special events around a Hawaiian theme in honor of Hawaii becoming a state on August 21, 1959. There will be a Master Chef Hawaiian Baking Challenge on August 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded for the top three decadently delicious desserts. The dessert must contain a key ingredient, pineapple, to qualify in the competition. Only home baked goods will be accepted – no store bought entries allowed. There will also be a Polynesian Holiday Dinner Dance on Friday, August 16, 2013 with live entertainment by Majic 102.7 DJ Tom Caminiti. Reservations are required for an $8

per person buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. The dance starts at 7 p.m. Get the hips swinging with a Hula Dancing Contest on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be given out for the best dancers. And to end the theme month, there will be a Hawaiian Beach Party on

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at noon. The party is free and will provide free fruit cups. All the events will take place at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave. For more information, call 954-450-6888.

A Key to the City Teens have an opportunity to play pool; Playstation, Xbox, and Wii video games; air hockey; cards; dominoes; and there are also basketball courts behind the Center. For more information regarding activities provided year round at the Center, call 954-986-5022. For teens interested in music, piano and guitar lessons are offered by the City for ages 12 and up at $40 for four weeks. For information on available dates and times, call 954-986-5027. There are also teen dances at the Walter C. Young Middle School, located at 901 NW 129 Ave., on October 18 and November 15, 2013. They are held 6:30

of Charter High School, is offered for teens ages 12 to 16. The class blends art, culture and music, allowing the students to learn about various artists and art styles as they explore a variety of different media including drawing, painting and 3-D art. Classes cost $40 per month for four weeks, and unless otherwise indicated, all supplies are included. For more information and to register at the Fletcher Center, please call 954-986-5027, and at the River of Grass ArtsPark, call 954-3222597. An original birth certificate, parent’s driver’s license and copies of each are required for registration.

It’s not very often that a Key to the City is given out to someone in the community, however, when it is, it’s to someone very special. Earlier this year, Mayor Frank C. Ortis presented Steve Pressman, owner of the Pill Box Pharmacies & Medical Supply with the Key to the City during a Commission Meeting. Pressman, who has two business locations in Pembroke Pines (and will be opening up a third), supports the community and Charter School System in many ways. “I moved to Pembroke Pines in 1982, 31 years ago, and never left,” said Pressman. “This is a community not just where I work, but where I also raise my family. I am honored to have received the Key to the City, and that my family and I can be actively involved in the City, with the Charter School System, the Police Athletic League (PAL), the Southwest Focal Point Community Center and

many other programs.” Pressman most recently was a sponsor in the Charter School Foundation fundraising effort named after his business called the Pembroke Pines Charter School Pill Box Pursuit to Good Health 5K Walk/Run.

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“About Face” Exhibition Mark your calendars for a new exhibition to open at Studio 18 in the Pines beginning October 4, 2013. “About Face,” curated by Jill Slaughter, showcases portraiture by established artists, and will also include visual/literary work done by veterans from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter. The VFW serves military personal which have served in Vietnam , Iraq , and Afghanistan . The show is free and open to the public. “The name of the exhibition ‘About Face’ connects the artists and the veterans – the term ‘about face’ is a military command,” explained Slaughter. “This was an opportunity to honor our military and invite them to share their stories.” The show will also include “Face Bombing,” site-specific installations throughout Pembroke Pines featuring smiling faces created by artist Todd Brittingham, who will begin his work prior to “About Face” opening. Locations will be transformed using prefabricated materials to reinvent ordinary facades, resulting in inanimate structures coming to life. Artists featured in the show are Jc Bravo, Diana Contreras, Barbara de Varona, Todd Brittingham, Elyse Roth and Alex Altidor: Jc Bravo’s work will be exhibited in the main gallery of Studio 18. Peruvian born Bravo is renowned

for his voluptuous CABEZONES Y NARIZONES, iconic characters recognizable by their swollen heads and bulbous noses. Collected internationally, and having won numerous awards Jc will be debuting a mixed media series of the marginalized for the exhibition. Diana Contreras, a Miami street scene artist with her work held in private collections, and exhibited worldwide, merges her contemporary style with techniques used by masters of High Renaissance. Barbara M. de VARONA BMD’s work unveils the human frailty within us all. The egg=human frailty ideology was chosen as her subject matter to address the reality of many of our soldiers and their families. In addition to his Face Bombing project, artist Todd Brittingham will also create an installation for the exhibition expressing his whimsical view of daily life. Elyse Roth uses fabric as her medium; and Alex Altidor is a painter rooted in realism. His works of art are influenced by the organic shapes and flamboyant colors of his native Haiti. The Opening Reception of “About Face” will take place on October 4, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Studio 18 in the Pines, located at 1101 Poinciana Drive . For more information, please call 954-450-6947.

Did You Know? Throughout the past 37 years, the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center (SWFP) has been growing, evolving and expanding to meet the needs of the entire Pembroke Pines community, becoming not only a senior center, but a thriving community center. Established in 1976, the Center’s first home was located at 10201 Taft Street – one building of a quadro-plex – and it became the first focal point senior center in Broward County. It was here that the City’s Alzheimer’s Day Care Center also first began. The Center then moved to 13th Street in Pines Village because it had outgrown the facility. It offered health care, nutritious meals, sewing and craft classes, entertainment and

bus trips to key locations and to the Center. The Older Americans Act of 1965 was instrumental in helping provide additional funds which allowed the Center to expand and enhance services offered to the elderly over the years, and in further establishing the Center in the community. In 1996, the Center moved to its current site - a 55,000 square-foot building at 301 NW 103 Ave, a national prototype for the delivery of senior services. With the expansion of the site, services also expanded, and Senior Housing was added. In addition to the numerous classes, workshops, special events and activities now being offered

year round, the Center offers adult day care for the frail and those with Alzheimer’s, educational lectures and health screenings by medical professionals, an annual health fair, trips to local theaters, art exhibits, fundraisers, expanded transportation services, holiday parties, dances, support groups, clubs, the Paradise Café where visitors can get a snack and socialize, a pool, an exercise room with top equipment, a computer room, and much more. “This truly is a special place in our community,” said Commissioner Carl Shechter. “Throughout these years, it has enriched and changed the lives of many through the programs, services and most importantly, through people who care.” The Southwest Focal Point Senior Center is supported by the City of Pembroke Pines, Community Development Block Grant Funds, and under agreement with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County through funds provided by the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended. Services provided by the Center are further enhanced through fundraising efforts. “We are one big family, comprised of all ages, that just keeps growing, yet still maintains a close bond,” added SWFP Director Jay Shechter.

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New Children’s Harbor Playfield Children’s Harbor hosted an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for its new multipurpose field this summer. The ceremony was attended by City of Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Sherry Stein of Ultimate Software, who serves as the Chair of the Board of Children’s Harbor, and the Velez-Cardamone Family, who were all instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.  Children’s Harbor is a unique organization in its ability to keep siblings together in a home-like environment while in the foster care system. Through the support of the Velez-Cardamone Family, the UPS Foundation and the families and staff at Sagemont School, Children’s Harbor was recently able to transform a large unusable area on their campus into a large multipurpose

field for the children to play soccer, football and other activities on.   Children’s Harbor also recently received a $12,000 grant through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support their Residential Foster Care Program. This grant will allow Children’s Harbor to continue providing safe, nurturing homes to two underserved populations in South Florida who have been abused, neglected and abandoned. Children’s Harbor rebuilds lives in a loving foster care home-like setting by keeping together brothers and sisters, and pregnant or parenting foster teens with their babies and providing in-home counseling services. For more information, visit www.childrensharbor.org.

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Remembering the Victims, Families and Heroes The City of Pembroke Pines will hold a day of remembrance for Patriot Day (also known as 9/11 Day) on September 11, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at the Pembroke Pines City Center, located at 10300 Pines Blvd. Patriot Day, which occurs every September 11, was designated in memory of the 2,977 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The proclamation making this a National Day of Service and Remembrance reads “More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness.” The City’s ceremony will include guest speakers, the presentation of colors, community leaders and dignitaries, and performances by local school bands and choirs. This is a free event and open to the public. The President of the United States has requested that on this day American flags be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the

White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments at home and abroad. A national moment of silence will take place at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. For more information regarding the City’s observance, call 954-435-6525.

New Mosaic Workshop CPR Saves Lives

The Pembroke Pines Fire/Rescue Department would like everyone to know that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes are available to residents, groups, teachers and healthcare workers. As a community training center for the American Heart Association, the Department’s 20+ instructors are available to meet your needs. Providing CPR can mean the difference between life and death for someone who’s unconscious or possibly having a heart attack; it is always better to have multiple people who are CPR certified in a crisis; and some jobs are now even requiring CPR certification such as personal trainers, lifeguards, child-care workers, babysitters, etc. Registration and payment for CPR classes must be made in advance and in person at the Fire Department administrative offices’ reception desk located at Fire Station #69, 9500 Pines Boulevard, Building B, Pembroke Pines, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The classes are held at Station 89. For more information, call 954-436-3006.

As part of the one day workshops at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, there will be a Mosaic Madness Art Glass Picture Frame workshop held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Center. This one day all-inclusive workshop will allow participants to explore the ancient art of mosaics while creating a stunning one of a kind mosaic picture frame using authentic stained glass. All materials for the workshop are provided and included in the fee. The workshop will be taught by Helen Daniels, professional

artist and art educator. Cost for the workshop is $48 per person. For more information or to register for the workshop, please call 954-450-6888.

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Open House Draws Hundreds

The summer Open House at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center drew hundreds of people of all ages that were curious about all the programs and activities offered at the Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave, off Johnson Street. Demonstrations were held from various classes offered including art, pottery, sewing, knitting, mosa-

ics, flower arranging and painting. Class performances included tai chi, jazzercise, line dancing, Zumba and

belly dancing. Hotdogs and refreshments were served, everyone got a chance to meet instructors, tour the facilities, see the student art exhibit, and gather information. There was even face painting and art activities for the kids.

Helping Small Businesses Grow In an effort to help small businesses grow throughout the City, a free business forum was held earlier this year called “The Broward Business Forum: Is Your Business Ready to Grow?”

“Attendance was great to this business education event, and participants left with valuable information about a variety of topics,” said Michael Stamm, City of Pembroke Pines Planning and Economic Development Director. “Guest speakers shared their insights on creating a business plan, marketing through social media and expanding the workforce.” Other topics included How Healthcare Could Affect Small Businesses, and Programs Available for Training Employees. The City’s Planning and Economic Development Divi-

sion hosted the event with partners from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward Alliance and the MiramarPembroke Pines Chamber of Com-

merce. Other such forums have been and will be held throughout the remainder of the year in other parts of Broward County.

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 Police Explorers Compete and Win The Pembroke Pines Police Explorers Post 108 recently competed in a state competition held by the Florida Association of Police Explorers (FAPE) and came back winners. The Explorers compete each year at the annual conference, which this year was held in Crystal River, Florida at the Plantation Inn on Crystal River. This year 350 Police Explorers, ages 14 to 21, from 31 posts from around the state attended the conference. Each post competed in eight scenarios during the week, with one scenario during the night. There were also several optional categories which included shooting, an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC), drill and command, color guard, a bicycle course and a Physical Agility Course.

The Pembroke Pines Police Explorers took 10 Explorers to the conference, and four were part of the competition team, while the others observed for next year’s competition. At the conference’s closing ceremony, all agencies that scored firs through fifth place received trophies

in each category, with an overall winner that takes home the prized trophy for one year. “We are so proud of all our Explorers and were so pleased that two trophies and one award was brought home this year,” said Pembroke Pines Police Service Aide Cheryl Watters who is currently the Southeast Representative on the adult board for FAPE. “And, they placed 9th overall out of 31 posts in attendance.” Explorer Captain Thomas Trabue, Explorer Sergeant Eric Mesa, Explorer Sergeant Rendell Almeria, and Explorer Jimmitry Alce were part of the competition team. Explorers Freddy Barragan, Explorer Bostwick Basil, Explorer Chloe Wawerek, Explorer Rosemarie Boone, Explorer Gabriela Guerra and Explorer Daniel Riggs were observers. The Explorers received 1st place in Tie Breaker scenario (simply bicycle theft report that turned into a first aid/cpr of an infant), and 3rd place in Search & Arrest scenario (searched a large empty building/store and found a deaf homeless man trespassing). Explorer Chloe Wawerek took first place in the women’s physical agility/obstacle course with a time of 4:40 (half mile run with obstacles). “We express a special ‘Thanks’ to advisors: Officer Sean Yap, Officer Jason Palant, Officer Joseph Cabrera, CST Mike Boone and Officer Michelle Fanelli for all their time and knowledge to train the explorers this year,” added Watters. For the coming year of the Florida Association of Police Explorers, Ex-

plorer Captain Thomas Trabue is now the Youth Board’s Sergeant-at-Arms. The Pembroke Pines Police Explorers meet Wednesday nights at the police station located at 9500 Pines

Blvd from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsors are always needed to assist with the annual state conference. For more information about the FAPE, please visit www.floridaexplorers.org.

Back to School Prep A little planning can go a long way in making going back to school for children simple and stress-free. Principals, teachers, aids and staff in schools throughout Pembroke Pines are busy preparing for the start of school, getting classrooms ready and creating lesson plans. They want parents to remember that following a few tips can make a difference in promoting a smooth transition back to school. A few weeks before school starts, move bedtime back to an earlier time. Put a positive spin on going back to school by talking about the fun things your child will learn, the old friends he’ll see and the new friends he’ll make. If your child is anxious about starting the next grade, reassure her that other children also have these feelings. Don’t make plans for big trips right before the start of school. Establish school-day schedules for homework, TV, baths and bedtime. Arrange play dates with friends from school to re-establish connections that may have been dropped for

the summer, or to create new ones. Get organized by filling out forms, buying school supplies, having necessary immunizations and reading through the school information. Establishing a “get ready the night before” policy is helpful. This is when clothes are chosen for the next day, the backpack is packed before bedtime and even lunches can be made in advance. It is also a good idea to prepare for the homework ahead of time by setting routines and arranging a place to study so your child can be organized and successful at school. Set up a well-lit, quiet place with a good work surface to do homework. Discourage distraction such as television, radio, the Internet or phone during homework time. Mot importantly, parents should encourage their child to do their best. Getting ready for back-toschool is more than back-to-school shopping - it’s an emotional process, too - and one that can help everyone in the family enjoy and appreciate summer fun all the more.

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“The Art of Fashion” Art Competition

Great Yards Contest Now that the heat of summer is a bit behind, it gets a bit easier to go out to our gardens to plant, pull weeds and landscape. Keep in mind the annual Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award contest being held each year. Though the first award recipients were just honored, a new group will have a chance to vie for the awards in the spring. A winner from each District is selected, along with an At Large

Calling all artists for the City of Pembroke Pines 9th Annual Art Competition. Entries for the competition, sponsored by the Pembroke Pines Art and Culture Advisory Board, are now being accepted until September 3, 2013. This year’s theme is “The Art of Fashion.” Artists must submit an application and a $15 entry fee for each piece being entered into the competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Photography, Best Mixed Media, Best Watercolors and Art Festival Poster Design. The Art Festival Poster Design winner, chosen by the Art and Culture Advisory Board, will also get a free 10 x 10 tent space at the 16th Annual Art Festival held

in March 2014. Other competition results will be decided by the Glass Gallery Curator and a panel of selected qualified Art Judge. A reception will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Glass Gallery, 10100 Pines Blvd, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All accepted entries will be exhibited at the Glass Gallery beginning September 18 through November 18, 2013. A portion of the proceeds from this competition will be used for public art projects in the City. For more information on entering the competition and its guidelines, please go to www.ppines.com or call 954-961-6067.

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winner. Applicants are required to have a butterfly component in their yard, as well as meet other components stated in the application found online at www.ppines.com. The award was created in memory of Natalie Belmonte, a well-known resident and businesswoman who tragically lost her life in 2011. Her sister and mother joined this year’s award recipients as they were recognized at a City Commission meeting.

Keeping Aware of Water Safety This summer, Pembroke Pines YMCA, Mayor Frank C. Ortis, local leaders, the Drowning Prevention Task Force and parents attended Water Safety Awareness Day to help reverse Broward’s drowning statistics for infants and toddlers. And even though school will be starting, in Florida there are pools and canals throughout the community, the Ocean and Gulf, so it’s critical to always be aware of water safety. According to Drowning Prevention Task Force statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four in Florida. In 2012, there were nine drowning deaths in Broward County for children four and under. Broward County has 130,000 pools – the majority of children who drown

in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had been missing from sight for less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning. Swim lessons are available at the Pembroke Pines YMCA Aquatic Center, located at 1361 NW 129 Ave. and through the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at various locations. For more information, call 954-450-6895.

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Grant to Aid the

Environment

The City of Pembroke Pines has received a grant of $12,500 from the Community Foundation of Broward to implement the Re-engage, Recycle and Reinvigorate our Environment program. Re-engage for Good: City Challenge is a new program that aims to help retired baby boomers find meaningful ways to give back to their communities in retirement. The program is geared toward residents who are part of the Baby Boomer Generation, born between 1946 and 1964. The City will use the grant to implement a plan to increase recycling, reduce waste and encourage reuse in neighborhoods, condominium associations, HOA’s and multifamily buildings through a volunteer recycle program. The initiative will focus largely upon training retired “boomer” volunteers to be recycling coordinators in their neighborhoods throughout the City. “Recycling and reusing our natural resources are of critical importance to our future generations,” said Commissioner Iris A. Siple. “We’re very excited that the Community Foundation is making this possible.” City Challenge draws on the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Cities of Service model, a coalition of more than 150 cities representing 50 million Americans, which leverages resident service to solve pressing local challenges. “The best way to engage residents, who often become disconnected from their community after retirement, is at a local civic level,” said Foundation Program Manager, Lindsey Linzer. “These grants give cities new ways for retired residents to give back to their communities in meaningful ways.” Interested citizens should contact Jay Shechter, Southwest Focal Point Community Center Director at jshechter@ppines.com.

Attention,

Bargain Hunters Four times a year, the Southwest Focal Point Community Center hosts a two-day Flea Market and Bazaar that has even the most novice of bargain hunters giddy with delight. More than 100 vendors show off their treasures and trinkets as hundreds of people search for that one-of-a-kind find. The next Flea Market and Bazaar is being held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Food will also be available for purchase at the Paradise Cafe. Proceeds from the event benefit senior programs at the Center. For more information, call 954-450-6888.

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It’s a Revival!

The audience was delighted by the young performers from the City’s Summer Drama Camp when they appeared in “A New, Old Fashioned Revival” held last month. The students worked daily at their drama craft for the four week summer camp to appear in this grand finale which was free and open to the public. The show, held at the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing

Arts River of Grass ArtsPark on the Charter High School Campus, featured favorite characters from Harry Potter to the Boxcar Children. As part of the camp, children also focused on movement, creative storytelling, vocal techniques, improvisation, playwriting, staging and creating characters. For more information on upcoming drama classes or camps, call 954-986-5027.

Cell Phone Photo Risks The Pembroke Pines Police Department is warning residents that innocent snapshots of children, grandparents, etc. taken on smartphones can actually pose privacy risks. Using a free browser add-on, it’s now possible to find the home, favorite store, school or park, for example, right from a child’s photo that was uploaded or emailed from a smartphone, or linked from popular websites such as Facebook or Twitter. The software translates “geotagged” photos, like using a GPS device in a car. There is also a website that reposts pictures from unsuspecting Twitter account users in real time, translating their photos into actual addresses and maps. It is recommended that each picture posted be restricted from GPS marking, or that location services be turned off altogether in the smartphone settings. Police strongly encourage users to keep online photo servers restricted to private. To watch a video on this story visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2vARzvWx wY&feature=player_embedded.

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Still Time to Get Active It’s not too late to keep those New Year’s resolutions about exercising. The Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center is now accepting registrations for ongoing Exercise Classes which are offered on a monthly basis. There are five Chair Exercise classes to choose from Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.  Times vary by day. The cost is $5 per class per month (55 yrs & older) and $25 per class per month (54 yrs & under) Line Dance classes are held every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $9 a month (55 yrs & Older) and $29 a month (54 yrs & under) Water Aerobics classes are held Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per class per month (55 yrs & older) and $28 per class per month (54 yrs & under). Chair Jazzercise classes are held Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.

to 10:20 a.m. The cost is $6 per class per month (55 yrs & older) and $26 per class per month (54 yrs & under). Jazzercise classes are held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The cost is $6 per class per month (55 yrs & older) and $26 per class per month (54 yrs & under). Yoga classes are held Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $9 a month (55 yrs & older) and $29 a month (54 yrs & under). Many other classes are also offered. Class participants must be a registered member of the Center – it’s fast and free.  All classes are held at the Center, located at 301 N.W. 103 Avenue. For more information on these or other classes, please call 954-450-6888 and ask for the Activities Desk.  

Spelling Bee Finalist Recognized Pilot Math A 13-year-old from Pembroke Pines was recognized at a recent City Commission meeting for her success as a finalist in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Christal Schermeister was one of 11 finalists in the National Spelling Bee. This year, there were 281 spellers from the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependant Schools in Europe; as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Ko-

rea. The spellers ranged in age from 8 to 14 years old, but 89% were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. The Mayor presented Schermeister, who was accompanied by her sister and parents, with a certificate of appreciation. A home schooled 8 Grader, Schermeister participated in her first spelling bee when she was six years old. “Our daughter is a determined young lady who strives for excellence,” said her father Mark Schermeister. At the meeting, the Pembroke Pines City Commissioners expressed

their appreciation and congratulations to Schermeister for the wonderful job she did, and for the honor she brought to the City. This is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-forprofit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors. Its goal is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

The Florida Superstars Nationals 2013 Team recently participated in the America’s Youth on Parade (AYOP) event in South Bend, Indiana at the Notre Dame University Athletic and Convocation Center. Four-thousand of the world’s best baton twirlers competed for the National and World Championships in the AYOP competition. Events included Cheerleading, Dance Line and a Miss Majorette of America Pageant. For more information on Florida Superstars classes in Pembroke Pines starting in the Fall, please call 954-438-2075 or visit www.FloridaSuperStars.com.

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Students at Pembroke Pines Charter Central Middle School were encouraged to participate in a pilot math program called “CatchUp Math.” It is an online, researchbased math intervention program. In an effort to provide support for academic growth in the area of mathematics, the school had piloted the program this summer. Catch-Up Math is a program that helps diagnose skill deficits, and fills in learning gaps for students in middle school through college. Parents whose child participated in the program logged onto a computer and had their child take a diagnostic quiz. The program then automatically provided prescribed review topics explained by video tutorials, written lessons, animations, games and guided practice problems based on the skill deficits.

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Let’s Go Canoeing! The summer heat is not quite so bad and the rains have kept the Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve green and lush – it’s the perfect time for taking a canoe ride through this breathtaking park. Voted last year

the “Best Kept Secret Award” by a South Florida Parenting competition, Chapel Trail Nature Preserve gives residents a perfect snapshot of Florida’s wetlands. The City oversees the Preserve, located at 19800 Sheridan Street, which is 450 acres of wetlands. It is home to 120 species of birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, snakes, turtles and largemouth bass. The Preserve, established in the 1990s, features 1,650 feet of winding boardwalks which allow visitors to walk through the heart of nature and experience up close the beauty

around them. There are also signs posted along the route which provide information on the various plants and animals that inhabit the area. And, rest stations are available throughout the boardwalk for visitors to sit and admire the scenery. Going canoeing through the wetlands is a great family outing, a favorite among bird watchers, and students love the experience. Hourly or full-day canoe rentals are available on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is also an environmental/interpretive center for schools and colleges to use as an educational resource. Chapel Trail Nature Preserve is open Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information, call 954-450-6771.

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Southwest Focal Point Community Center 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 Are you 60 years of age or older? Are you having trouble paying your electric bill? Do you have a FINAL NOTICE? If you answered YES to these questions, please call 954-450-6888. This project is supported under an agreement with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Aging and Disability Center of Broward County, through funds provided by the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended. Matching funds are provided locally by the City of Pembroke Pines.

¿Tiene usted 60 años o mas? ¿Se le hace dificil pagar su cuenta de electricidad? ¿Ha recibido una cuenta Final de FPL? Si contesto SI a estas preguntas, por favor llame al 954-450-6888. Este proyecto esta patrocinado bajo un acuerdo con el Florida Department of Elder Affairs y el Aging y Disability Resource Center of Broward County, a traves de fondos provistos por la enmienda para el Older Americans Act de 1965. Se otorgan fondos equivalentes localmente a traves de la Ciudad de Pembroke Pines.

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