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Residents of Pembroke Pines have always known that the Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve is one of Broward County’s best kept secrets. Now, everyone will know because the City has won the “Best Kept Secret” Award for the Preserve as part of South Florida Parenting’s Hi Kids Crown 2012 Competition.

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Each year, South Florida Parenting, an online and print magazine geared towards parenting in South Florida, gives recognition to winners from five categories: Outings and Activities, Family Eating, Family Shopping and Services, Important Matters and Best Kept Secret. Nominations are made and then readers go online and vote for the favorite family-friendly places that they think offer the best activities, products and services. Winners with the most votes are chosen from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and recognized in the magazine’s July issue. According to South Florida Parenting Magazine Editor Kyara Lomer-Camarena, there were hundreds of nominees and thousands of votes this year. The City oversees the Chapel Trail Nature Preserve, which is 450 acres of wetlands that is home to 120

species of birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, snakes, turtles and largemouth bass. Established in the

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1990s, the Preserve features 1,650 feet of winding boardwalks which allow

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



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Testing of Tap Water In compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Lead and Copper Rule, all Public water systems are required to conduct tap water monitoring for Lead and Copper. Lead has been found to build up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. While the water leaving the City’s treatment plant has no detectable levels of lead of concern to USEPA, there is the possibility of lead leaching from solder material used to join copper pipes in indoor plumbing, a construction method that has been widely used in South Florida during the period from 1983 to June 1988. In order to evaluate the potential for leaching of lead and copper into the potable water delivered through indoor plumbing, and whose owners/occupants are willing to participate in the program, it is necessary for the Utilities Department of The City of Pembroke Pines to 1) identify residential properties that

Pembroke Pines City Connect Published by the City of Pembroke Pines Marianne Wohlert – News Editor 10100 Pines Blvd – 5th Floor Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 For Advertising Information Contacts: City Manager’s Office 954-431-4884 Charles F. Dodge, City Manager Martin Gayeski, Deputy City Manager Aner Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager City Clerk’s Office 954-435-6501 Judy Neugent, City Clerk Finance 954-431-4330 Rene Gonzalez, Finance Director

have lead solder used to join copper pipes; 2) obtain water samples from kitchen and bathroom faucets; and 3) test the water samples for a number of water quality parameters. The City of Pembroke Pines utility department has created a program for sampling and testing of tap water during July/August / September 2012. The program entails selecting 75 qualifying properties. Because the EPA rule requires the water to sit undisturbed in the internal plumbing for at least six hours prior to collecting a sample, the program would ask the property occupants themselves to collect the cold water samples, making sure the water does not pass through a filter or softener, and then to make the samples available for pick-up by the utility department. The utility department will provide instructions and materials that the owners/occupants will need to participate in the program. Those residents wishing to participate in the program can all 954-986-5011 or 954-435-6577.

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Continued from page 1 visitors to walk through the heart of the Preserve. Signs posted along the way provide information and pictures of the various plants and animals that inhabit the area. There are also rest stations throughout the boardwalk where visitors can sit and take in the scenery. “This really is a beautiful and very peaceful area,” said Commissioner Iris A. Siple. “It’s like an untouched piece of Florida. I hope all our residents get a chance to take advantage of the Preserve being in their backyard.” The wetlands are a natural habitat and important to South Florida because we depend on the marshy areas to absorb and clean the water as it seeps into the water supply in the Biscayne Aquifer. This Preserve is a favorite among Audubon members, bird watchers, environmentalists, and students,

and is perfect for family outings. In fact, 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/interpretative center for schools and colleges to use as an educational resource. The Chapel Trail Nature Preserve, located at 19800 Sheridan Street, is open Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information, call 954-450-6771. NOTE: Be sure to clip out the coupon on page 15 for a great discount on a canoe rental at the Chapel Trail Nature Preserve.

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Can Cake Wins National Award The City of Pembroke Pines was awarded a $25,000 prize for winning first place in the “Most Innovative Campaign” category of the 2012 Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge held earlier this year. Mayor Frank C. Ortis accepted the award on behalf of the City at the 80th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Orlando this summer. The annual recycling challenge is a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis, Inc., an industry leader in aluminum rolling and beverage can recycling. The winning entry was a five-foot birthday cake display made out of recycled cans that tied into the City’s annual Pines Day celebration. During the 30-day campaign, thousands of cans were collected with the help of residents and students from the Pembroke Pines Charter

Schools. “Though we’ve participated in this challenge before, we are so pleased to have now won,” said Mayor Ortis. “It’s such a great project for bringing a greater awareness to the benefits of recycling.” Due to their dedicated input into the project, the Commission agreed to give the $25,000 prize to the Pem-

broke Pines Charter Schools. The challenge judges based their decision for the most innovative entries on criteria that included creativity, marketing campaign visibility to promote recycling and the level of involvement from the city’s mayor. More than 114 million cans were collected in this year’s contest by the 60 cities that participated.

Free Children’s Summer Film Festival Before the rigors of school begin again, three more movies are on tap for the 2012 Free Children’s Summer Film Festival presented by the City’s Parks and Recreation department. The movies, shown at The River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater, 17189 Sheridan Street, include Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) on Saturday, August 4, Gnomeo & Juliet (G) on Saturday, August 11, and Puss In Boots (PG) on Saturday, August 18. All begin at 10 a.m. No food or drink is allowed in the theater, and tickets are not required. For more information, please call 954-986-5027. This project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Issue.

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Dinner and Dancing If you have the urge to trip the light fantastic, there are dinner dances every month at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center at 301 NW 103 Avenue. Menus for the buffet dinners change each month

per person. The dance portion of the evening is free. Depending on the time of year, attendance is typically 100 or more people.

and the live entertainment and music features DJ Tom Caminiti from Magic 102.7 The Dinners on Friday, August 17, 2012 and Friday, September 21, 2012 begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Dances begin at 7 p.m. For dinner only, a ticket must be purchased in advance for $8

Those who are 18 years or older wishing to attend a dinner and dance should sign up at the Center’s Activities Desk. Registered members can take advantage of transportation that is available. For more information, call 954-450-6888 and ask for the Activities Desk.

Did You Know? The Pembroke Pines Historical Museum is a great place to go back in time. Located in the Village Community Center at 6700 SW 13 Street, the Museum was established to house a collection started in 1980 by Estelle Kipnis and Gerry Witoshynski, who is now director of the museum. The Museum collection includes Florida history books, as well as Florida-subject fiction; newspaper clippings from 1980 about Pembroke Pines, Broward County and South Florida; photographs and aerial survey photos; maps; World War II books and publications; North Perry Airport files with photos and artifacts from digs at the airport site; scrapbooks and so much more. There is also an Estelle Kipnis Memorial Garden that was created just adjacent to the Museum. It contains native trees, plants, flowers and vines that grew naturally in the

“pine and palmetto” ecosystem of eastern Pembroke Pines before dairy farm pastures were established in the 1920s and 1930s. Plants that attract butterflies were added to the already landscaped area and visitors can enjoy the many butterflies that enjoy the garden. The Museum is generally open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. Special hours may be arranged for students or group tours. For more information or directions, please call 954-986-5049 during Museum hours or contact Gerry Witoshynski at gerywito@

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Salute Our Soldiers Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any day are good days to remember those in the military, living or deceased, who serve or served our country in wartime and peace. Through the ongoing “Salute Our Soldiers” display located inside City Hall, residents can remember these brave souls every day. Pembroke Pines residents are invited to submit photos of family members who have served or are serving in the United States Military for display on the Salute Our Soldiers Patriots Wall. The photos can be any size, but 5x7 headshots are preferred. Persons interested in submitting photos should deliver the non-returnable photos to the attention of: Francie Novo c/o City of Pembroke Pines, The Special

Events Office, 10100 Pines Blvd, Second Floor, Building B, Pembroke Pines, FL, 33026. Please print the soldier’s name, rank and military branch, along with the name, address and phone number of the person submitting the photo on the reverse side of the photo. For more information, please contact the Special Events Office at 954-435-6525.

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Beware of Con Artists The audience at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center fraud prevention seminar sat enthralled as they recently learned ways to prevent scams, identity theft and Medicare fraud. The program, sponsored by U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, warned South Florida seniors to take extra precautions because they are prime targets in an area that leads the nation in both Medicare fraud and identity theft. One of the most common ploys is offering free things or announcing a prize in a contest that the senior hadn’t even entered via the phone or through the mail. The old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it is” should be remembered in such cases. Tips to protect a person from Medicare fraud were presented: Remember that Medicare doesn’t sell anything. If someone comes to the door and says they are from Medicare or another health care company, shut the door. Don’t keep mail in the mailbox for more than a day so it’s not stolen. Rip or shred your Medicare or other health care papers before throwing them away. Treat your Medicare and Social Security numbers like credit cards – and don’t sell those numbers, it’s not worth it. Beware of free Medicare services that the federal government isn’t sponsor-

ing – it’s just a way to get personal information to fraudulently bill the government. It’s important to report any scams to authorities. Many elderly are embarrassed and don’t want to report when they’ve been bilked. There is nothing to be ashamed of, and they are encouraged to report such abuse. Suspected Medicare fraud can be reported by calling a toll-free number, 866-357-6677. In a seminar handout, an important reminder was included: A person should always read their Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or health care billing statement. The MSN is stamped “This is Not a Bill”

and can typically come after getting medical care. Three things should be reviewed on each statement: charges for something you didn’t get; billing for the same thing twice; and services that were not ordered by the doctor. In addition to Medicare fraud warnings, Sandra Colon, an outreach consultant with the Senior Medicare Patrol program, also warned that con artists can target seniors by calling and trying to get credit card payments to take care of tickets or missed jury appearances. Never give your credit card number out to people you don’t know. Simply hang up if anyone tries to pressure you to get information.

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New Fall Classes for Teens+ The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is accepting registration for late fall evening classes for individuals 14 years and older. Three new six-week session classes are being offered: Public Speaking Workshop for Teens In a stress free environment, students will learn creative ways in which to present information, engage their audiences, and even conquer “stage fright.” This workshop includes strategies in writing, relaxation, pacing and non-verbal communication. (2 hour class) Date and Time TBA. $42 per person Test Taking Strategies for Teens Don’t allow anxiety to affect your test taking performance! Learn time-saving tricks to passing that big exam. Get the answers to questions such as “How do I study before a test?”, “How do I tackle the essay portion?” or “What if it’s a timed test?” (2 hour class) Date and Time TBA. $42 per person College Essay Writing for Teens Applying to college? Want to tap into some free money for school? Learn how through effective college essay writing. See what colleges and scholarship judges are looking for in your essays. (2 hour class) Date and Time TBA. $42 per person All classes are held at the Center located at 301 NW 103 Avenue. For more information on dates and times, call 954-450-6888 and ask for the activities desk. The deadline for registration is no later than one week prior to class beginning.

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Making a Difference with Books The Book Club at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School is really making a difference in the lives of many people. At the end of the past school year, they decorated boxes for their annual Book Drive and handed them out to classes to collect for a needy school across the globe.  Members went classroom to classroom promoting the Book Drive and encouraging classes to participate.  Pearl Hanna, President of the Book Club helped organize all the members to ensure it was a successful drive. 

The Book Club mission is to promote reading in the school and the community.  The members also help the Southwest Regional Library by volunteering in the Friends of the Library Coffee Shop on Fridays during the school year. A total of 1,800 books were donated for the book drive this year which were then shipped to Aborlan National High School in Palawan, Philippines. The school’s Asian-

Code Corner Pacific Club has been in close contact with Aborlan and worked with the Book Club to ship all the books. It took approximately seven weeks for the books to arrive in the Philippines. The PPCHS Book Club has been holding a Book Drive every year and donating them to various organizations including: 2006/2007     2,000 books to the pediatric units of local hospitals 2007/2008     1,000 books to the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County 2008/2009     1,000 books to the Children’s Harbor foster center in Pembroke Pines

2009/2010     1,000 books to the Pines Charter Central Campus Media Center 2010/2011     1,000 books to Better World Books/Judge Ehrlich’s Free Courtroom For more information about the school’s Book Club, go to: Apply for a Broward County Library Card today!



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If you’re getting in the home improvement mood, you need to remember that all new construction in the City requires permits. Generally, repair and maintenance of less than $1,500 is exempt from permits. There are some exceptions, however, such as the replacement of windows, exterior doors, water heaters, condenser units, air handlers and all electrical repair work which require permits regardless of costs. To get specific information, call 954-435-6502. If you want to cut down a tree, you must first notify the City, complete an application, and have the City’s landscape inspector review your request. For more information on tree cutting/planting, call 954-435-6729. A City ordinance requires that your lawn be maintained in a healthy growing condition. The accumulation of debris is prohibited. And structures must be painted and kept in good repair. When it comes to boats and recreational vehicles, parking is permitted, providing they are parked in the rear yard, side yard or on a paved surface. However, be sure to check your Homeowners Association since some residential developments do not permit boats and RVs.



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Trip to Guyana This summer, two members of the Pembroke Pines-based 13th Army Band, Florida National

Guard, traveled to Guyana, South America for a week as part of an expert exchange program.

This is the second time the Band, composed of citizen soldiers from around Florida, including several from Pembroke Pines, traveled to Guyana to continue with education and training, as well as performances. “It really was a great experience,” said SSG Rafael Napoles, a 13th Army Band saxophone and clarinet player. “They were very accepting of the opportunity to learn from us.” The exchange is part of a larger program where Florida National Guardsmen assist and train the militaries of other countries. The 13th Army Band has been in Pembroke Pines for over five years. Members of the Band also traveled to Orlando to perform in a series of


events to celebrate the 4th of July. As the official military band of Florida, unit members have enjoyed performing for many official functions such as the Governor’s Inauguration, official visits of United States dignitaries including the President of the United States, and numerous foreign leaders. In times of disaster, the Band has supported the needs of local communities in various roles, including providing relief supplies after Hurricane Wilma. More information on the 13th Army Band is available at their unofficial band website at



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Get With Check In - Glass Gallery the Beat Music wafting through the air, nature all around you - if you haven’t yet experienced a free jazz concert at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, what are you waiting for? Bring a blanket or chair, stretch out and relax to the beat of a funky jazz band on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Park, located at 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Ave.), is the perfect place to enjoy lush landscaping and beautiful water views under the warm Florida sky. For more information, call the Special Events Office at 954435-6525.

Be sure to check out the Glass Gallery located on the first floor of Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd., for The Plus Factor Art Exhibit now being featured through September 17, 2012, and the 8th Annual Art Competition being shown September 19 – November 19, 2012. At the recently held Artist Welcome Reception for The Plus Factor, sponsored by the Arts and Culture Advisory Board, visitors had a chance to meet the talented international artists, listen to the jazz group “Nana Rock” and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. “Each of the artists has that something extra in their work which grabs the viewer’s attention that we at the Glass Gallery call ‘the plus factor,’ hence the exhibit title,” said Benoit Menasche, the Pembroke Pines Art Curator. This exhibit showcases the works of 11 international artists, from

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places like Switzerland, Argentina, Haiti, Jamaica and the U.S., who have not previously shown at the Glass Gallery. Their mediums include oil acrylic, watercolor, wood block printing and sculpture. The collection style ranges from impres-

sionism to realism. The Glass Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on the first floor of City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd. For more information, please call 954260-0167.

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World Champion Super Stars Thirty-three local children from the South Florida Super Stars, a team which started in Pembroke Pines in 1980 and holds classes at the Towngate Recreation Center, located at 901 NW 155 Ave., traveled to Neuchattele, Switzerland earlier this year to represent the United

States at the World Baton Twirling Championships. The 11 to 20 year old girls qualified to go to the Championships after first qualifying at the National Championship held at the University of Notre Dame.

There are approximately 250 girls in the Super Stars learning dance, cheerleading and baton twirling. They have performed in two Super Bowls, Miami Dolphins and Heat half time shows, at Disney World and were even in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“We were very proud and excited to have won the Silver Medal in the competition,” said Wendy Russell, Director and Coach of the South Florida Super Stars. “Over the years we have won 55 National titles, but this is only the second time we’ve

had a chance to qualify and compete in the World Championship.” The girls twirled sabers, rifles and flags in a flag-corps, color guard style of competition. A total of 12 countries competed in the World Championship. “We hope to qualify to compete again, this time in Rome in 2015,” added Russell.

The program operates through parks and recreation departments in various cities, including Pembroke Pines. Classes are held from August through May and registration is continuous throughout the season. For more information, call 954-438-2075.

36th Citizen’s Police Academy The next Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) class will begin in August 2012 and run through December 2012. For 15 weeks, every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., residents can come and discover what really goes on inside the city’s police department. Classes meet at the police station located at 9500 Pines Blvd. CPA students can be a part of the excitement and learn all about the different areas of police work including training, crime scene, fingerprinting, defensive tactics, domestic violence, gun range, street crimes, narcotics, homicide and ride with an officer for a shift. Students graduate with the awareness of what goes on in the city, and the ability to volunteer, help during disasters, and have a better understanding of a police officer’s perspective. To get an application and become a part of the 36th class, please call Police Service Aide Cheryl Watters at 954-436-3274.

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Volunteers Needed Feel Like Biking? For parents or guardians of a student at one of the City’s Charter Schools, there is a great way to get needed service hours. The Development for Pembroke Pines Charter School is looking for three ongoing volunteers to work on the following items: Phone calls, data entry, flyers,

In Charge Before the school year ended, one kindergarten student at the Pembroke Pines Charter FSU Elementary Campus won the dream of a lifetime. Isabella Zullo got a chance to be “Principal for a Day.” The experience came about when the PTA at Pembroke Pines Charter FSU held a Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Family Night with a Silent Auction. The PTA sold raffle tickets for prizes and auctioned off many items such as Disney tickets, spa gift certificates, Sea World tickets and the chance to be Principal for a Day.

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Winner of the prize, Isabella started her day off by first meeting with the real principal Dr. Lisa Libidinsky and Assistant Principal Alan Pfau to discuss the schedule for the day. Her first duty was to appear on the morning announcements to introduce herself to the school. The day wasn’t all work. Isabella got a chance to have lunch with the Leadership Committee at the school, which consisted of six of her classmates, so they could discuss the day’s events. She also attended the school’s “Give Me 5” final party before giving up her Principal duties.

Swim Sense Summer may be nearing an end, but it’s still important living in South Florida to know how to swim. The Pembroke Pines YMCA Aquatic Center, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. offers progressive swim lesson levels for the younger set. Parent and Child (6 – 36 months) This is a safe and fun environment for infants and toddlers to get adjusted to the water by playing games, singing songs, and practicing basic skills. Each child will progress individually according to his or her age and level of comfort in the water. Pre-School (3 – 5 years) Pike: This class is for beginners who are uncomfortable in the water

with little or no swimming experience. Class goals include water adjustment, blowing bubbles, kicking, and floating. Instructional Flotation Devices may be used. Eel: This class is for beginners who are comfortable in the water, but who are not yet moving through the water independently. Children will continue to develop skills learned at the pike level, and will continue to put their face in the water, floating, jumping in and paddling without support. Instructional Flotation Devices may be used. Fore more information, please call: 954-727-9622

It’s a beautiful South Florida day with the sun shining and you’re in the mood to go bike riding. Before you pull your bike out of the garage, the Pembroke Pines Police Department has a few safety tips you should consider first: Wear a bike helmet. Head injury can mean brain injury and a helmet will provide some protection for your face, head and brain should you fall. Each helmet should meet standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and be used every time you ride, even for a short distance. It should also fit properly - don’t tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should be fastened securely. Keep your bike in safe running condition by checking the oil on your chain, the brakes to ensure they’re not sticking and the tires

so they have enough air and right amount of pressure. Wear bright clothes or put reflectors on the bike – being seen is being safe. Daytime riding is the safest so try to avoid riding at dusk or later. Avoid wearing headphones so you can hear what’s happening around you. Use a light if you must ride at night. Cross at intersections and obey all traffic lights and signs. Ride on the right-hand side of the road so you travel in the same direction as cars – never ride against traffic. Use bike lanes or designated routes whenever you can. Don’t ride too close to parked cars because doors can open suddenly. Always look for obstacles in your path like potholes, cracks, wet leaves, grates or anything that can make you fall. Most importantly, ride defensively.

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After School Tennis The City’s After School Tennis Program is great for beginners through advanced players. At the Pembroke Lakes Racquet Club, located at 10500 Taft Street, USPTR certified tennis pro Gerri Brazton offers Beginner’s Kids Group lessons Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Women’s Intermediate lessons are on Mondays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Men’s Intermediate immediately follow 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The tennis program for advanced players and high school players is scheduled Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult Beginners are scheduled on Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Kids Beginners/

Intermediate are on Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information and session costs, please call the Tennis pro shop at 954-431-4146.

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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee The City of Pembroke Pines is actively seeking citizens to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. The function of the Committee is to provide for assistance with the implementation and modification of the City’s Local Housing Assistance Plan. Duties of the Committee include review of policies, procedures, ordinances and land development regulations of the City, and recommendation to the City Commission actions or incentives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing. The 11-member Committee shall be comprised of individuals who meet the following criteria and/or qualifications: 

One citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.

One citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing.

One citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing.

One citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons in connection with affordable housing.

One citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing.

One citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing.

One citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing.

One citizen who actively serves on the local planning agency pursuant to Section 163.3174, Florida Statutes.

One citizen who resides within the municipal boundaries of the City of Pembroke Pines.

One citizen who represents employers within the City of Pembroke Pines.

One citizen who represents essential services personnel, as defined in the City’s Local Housing Assistance Plan.

Applications are available in the Office of the City Clerk, 10100 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida, or online at Judith A. Neugent, CMC City Clerk

Get Squared Last month, budding artists of all ages picked up their five inch wooden squares to take part in a creative art project called Imagination Squared, sponsored by the City and Studio 18 In the Pines, the City-sponsored art studio and gallery that showcases contemporary art serving the Pembroke Pines community. “The mission of the project is to showcase the importance of arts and artistic expression in all our lives, and provide a stage for a single community’s creative momentum,” said Robyn Vegas, City Cultural Arts Coordinator for Studio 18. Any type of arts and crafts supplies, photographic effects, sculptural effects and found objects can

be used to decorate the squares which will be made into a giant art mural on exhibit at Studio 18, located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. A total of one thousand squares were available for pick up throughout the month of July. The deadline for completed squares was August 1, 2012. The grand unveiling and public reception for the mural will be on Friday, September 7, 2012 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Studio 18. “There is no judging of the squares,” added Vegas. “It’s just a fun and creative way to have everyone express themselves, use their imagination, and be part of a community project.” For more information, please call 954-961-6067 or visit www.ppines. com/studio18/index.html.

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Time to Treasure Hunt Seeing All That’s Good Cable television shows and books are now touting the benefits of finding bargains at local flea markets. In fact, the trend is leaning towards designing entire rooms from things found at bargain prices while treasure hunting. You too can find an array of goodies at the two-day Flea Market and Bazaar at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, held Saturday, August 25, 2012 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 2012 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. More than 100 indoor vendors are

expected to share their wares. All proceeds will benefit the senior programs at the Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave. Food will be available to purchase to keep up your shopping strength.

Art Competition The City of Pembroke Pines 8th Annual Art Competition, presented by the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board, is now underway. Entries are being accepted through September 3, 2012. Artists must submit an application and entry fee. Competition results will be decided by the Glass Gallery Curator and a panel of selected qualified Art Judges. Art Jury will take place on September 5, 2012. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Photography, Best Painting, Best Mixed Media, Best Sculpture, Best Watercolors and the Art Festival Poster Design winner will be chosen. All accepted entries will be exhibited at the Glass Gallery Wednesday, September 19 through November 19, 2012. A reception will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in the Glass Gallery at 10100 Pines Blvd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be featured. For more information on entering the show and its guidelines, please visit the City website at www. or call 954-961-6067. The Arts and Culture Advisory Board, established in 2000, encour-

ages artistic opportunities for the residents, citizens and visitors of Pembroke Pines while fostering a positive and creative liaison between the City Commission and the artistic community.

The City’s Southwest Focal Point Community Center has an enormous amount of programs, classes, support groups and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Many people are drawn to one particular class and then realize there are many more things there that they can experience and have fun with throughout the year. Richard Volk, a Baby Boomer from Brooklyn, NY who was born with congenital glaucoma and through a series of events eventually loss his site completely in 2010, heard about the Center and the VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Support Group from a Broward County TOPS driver, and decided to join. In addition to attending this group on Mondays, Richard now takes many classes, including exercise and Spanish courses. He is even a member of the Center’s walking group, the “We Bee Walkers.” Richard travels to the Center from his home in Lauderhill three to five days a week and claims that being a member and coming to the Center has changed his life forever. He finds himself laughing more and looks forward to socializing with others, enjoying meals at the Center’s café, keeping active, taking classes, taking in the entertainment, dancing and making new friends.

He has learned to navigate his way around the 53,000 sq. ft. center and knows almost every staff person by name, adding that the staff “is absolutely wonderful, friendly and have always made him feel right at home.” He wants to make Pembroke Pines his home and is looking into moving next door to the Center in the City’s Senior Residences. When asked what advice he could offer others who might be experiencing impaired vision or loss of vision, Richard said, “Don’t dwell on your blindness and don’t sit at home, especially if you live alone – find a place like the SWFP Community Center, interact with others, stay active and challenge your mind, body and spirit.” For more information on what the Center officers or the VIP Support Group, call 954-450-6888.

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Patriot Day Patriot Day, which occurs on September 11 of each year, was designated in memory of the 2,977 people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, but a national resolution was later signed into law changing the name. The City of Pembroke Pines will hold a day of remembrance for Patriot Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Pembroke Pines City Center at 10300 Pines Blvd. The ceremony includes guest speakers, the presentation of colors and performances from school bands and choirs. “I encourage everyone to come to the ceremony to remember all those who lost their lives on this tragic day,” said Commissioner Angelo Castillo. On this day, the President of the United States has requested that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the

White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, both at home and abroad. There will also be a national moment of silence observed, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

End of Summer Bash Transport yourself to the Caribbean before the summer ends. Shake your hips and dance to the beat of Caribbean music at

the Caribbean Beach Fest at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to dancing, you’ll enjoy games and fun entertainment – how low can you go under that limbo stick? A delicious Caribbean lunch will be available for purchase, however, please reserve in advance. For more information, call 954-450-6888.

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Open House Moments Find Your Sweet Spot Hundreds of people attended the Open House and Student Art Exhibit, hosted by the Pembroke Pines Community Services Department at 301 NW 103 Ave., this summer to learn more

about programs and classes being offered year round. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, face painting, refreshments, art demonstrations, activities and the opportunity to tour the facility.

Practice your swing for the Pembroke Pines Firefighter’s Benevolent Association Golf Tournament being held Saturday, October 5, 2012 at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, located at 900 South Hollybrook Drive. There is a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. using a four person best ball scramble format. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place. There will also be a hole in one prize of a new Volkswagen provided by Gunther Volkswagen. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Pembroke Pines Firefighters Benevolent Association, as well as the Pembroke Pines Explorer Post #343. For more information about playing or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Greg Zinkil at

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Practice Flood Safety South Florida’s rainy season, which usually runs mid-May through mid-October, started early this year. This area typically receives about 70 percent of the regional rainfall which helps keep the Everglades healthy and water supplies recharged. Should a storm, excessive rain or quick down pours cause flooding, the Pembroke Pines Public Safety Department offers some flood safety measures for residents: • Don’t walk through flowing water. If there is a flash flood, even six inches of moving water can knock you over. Use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where water is not flowing. • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridges may be washed out. • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power and Light or to the City of Pembroke Pines Environmental Services Division at (954) 435-6511. • Look out for animals, especially snakes, alligators and rodents. Animals, which have been flooded out of their homes, may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke, turn things over, and scare away any animals. • Look before you step. Debris, such as broken bottles and nails, often cover the ground after a flood. Wear protective covering on your feet at all times. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be extremely slippery. • Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Unless you know your gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated, do not smoke, use candles, lanterns, or open flames.

• Clean every wet item. Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories, and storage buildings. Therefore, flooded food, medicine, and cosmetics can be very hazardous. When in doubt, throw them out. The City of Pembroke Pines has adopted the Disaster Response Agreement with Broward County and neighboring cities. The City has also developed the Peace Time Emergency Plan to assist you in the flood watch, warning, impact and recovery phases. Familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes located along Pines Blvd, I-75, U.S. 27, the Florida Turnpike, and I-95. Flood watches and warnings will be issued by all local radio and television stations. If you have any questions on emergency measures or shelters, please call: Broward County Emergency Management Division (954) 8313900 or the American Red Cross (954) 763-9900. In the event of pending flood threats, it is always advisable to take the following emergency actions: 1. Sand bagging to reduce erosion and scouring. 2. Elevate furniture above flood protection levels. 3. Create floodway openings in non-habitable areas such as garage doors. 4. Seal off sewer lines to the dwelling to prevent the backflow of sewer waters. Publications and assistance in property protection are available from the City of Pembroke Pines Environmental Services Division at (954) 435-6511. Valuable information on flood protection is also available on the FEMA website

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In the Ring There has been a change regarding the Pembroke Pines Athletic League’s (PAL) “Summer Showdown

to be determined. It will be held at the Walter C. Young Middle School located at 901 NW 129 Ave.

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The first PAL Summer Showdown featured “Frankie the Fist,” aka Mayor Frank. C. Ortis, who went a few rounds in the ring before his bout was proclaimed a “tie.” There also were 25 boxing bouts for children who were matched according to age, weight or experience. With the help of a packed house, the first event brought in nearly $10,000 for PAL. The Pembroke Pines Athletic League will also present a Latin Night on Friday, August 10, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Southwest focal Point Senior Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 12. Latin food from Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico,



Cuba, Colombia, and Ecuador will be featured, as well as a salsa contest and special drinks such as Margaritas and Cerveza. For more information on either event or tickets, please call Joe Williams, PAL Executive Director, at 954986-5044. The Pembroke Pines PAL is located at 7900 Johnson Street.

Spanish Spelling Bee While many of us were enjoying summer vacations, days out by the pool, or leisurely days reading a book, others were concentrating on their spelling to prepare for the upcoming Senior Spanish Spelling Bee being held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The Spelling Bee, as part of the celebration of National Hispanic 3,” an amateur boxing event/annual fundraiser. Originally scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2012, it has now been postponed with a new date

Competitors from all over the State of Florida in all age groups will be taking part in 12 boxing bouts. Former heavyweight World Champion Shannon Briggs, known for his punching power, is the special celebrity guest. General admission is $10 per person, ringside seats are $20 per person, VIP tables with eight seats are $500 (includes bottle of wine or pitcher of beer) and admission is $5 for seniors 65 and older or children 12 and under. Refreshments will be sold at the event. All proceeds from the Showdown will benefit PAL which uses athletics and educational activities to create better relations between police officers and community youth. PAL holds classes in leadership training, boxing, tae kwon do, basketball, computer learning, and also holds summer and spring camps.

Heritage Month, will award First, Second and Third Place winners. It will take place 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. Individuals who are interested in participating in this competition should sign up at the Center’s Activities Desk by the deadline of September 14, 2012.



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From KAPOW The City of Pembroke Pines was recently awarded a Diamond Award from Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW), a national network of business and elementary school partnerships, for its commitment to

excellence in education. John Casbarro, Regional Director with KAPOW, presented the award at a June Commission meeting and recognized the many volunteers who participate in the program.

Results Tell a Story The new school year is right around the corner and soon students at Pembroke Pines Charter Schools will once again be thinking of taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Looking back at the 2012 FCAT

results, however, may help in raising their confidence since students achieved higher gains and outperformed by significant margins compared to the scores from the Broward School District and the statewide averages.

KAPOW introduces students to career awareness through lessons taught by local business volunteers. For the first time, KAPOW has combined volunteers from the City with local business volunteers to work with the students at the Pembroke Pines Charter FSU Elementary School. “We are so pleased that this is the 11th year we’ve worked with Pembroke Pines,” said Casbarro. “Our dedicated volunteers work with students, second through 5th grade, once a month, giving them real life, handson experiences. It’s a very rewarding and successful program.” KAPOW was founded in 1991 by Grand Metropolitan and the National

Child Labor Committee. Each year, the national organization inspires and educates elementary school children, introducing them to careers and the workplace.

Getting Into the Olympic Spirit at West Pines Preschool This summer children at the West Pines Preschool celebrated the 2012 Olympics through a variety of activities, and focused on Health and Fitness. They also learned some important facts about nutrition by trying all kinds of yummy fruits and a variety of vegetables. One activity involved having the children trace their bodies and decorate it with three important things that their bodies need to stay healthy, measuring their height and weight. They also learned about healthy foods and the importance of exercise and rest. The children enjoyed stories such as “Froggy Goes to the Doctor,” “My Amazing Body” and “Looking After Me Exercise.” Learning about the Summer Olympics was exciting for the children. They all participated in “Olympic Games” such as bouncing a ball from one side to another,

using hoola hoops, table top hockey games and basketball shooting. The teachers stressed the importance of good sportsmanship and that everyone is a winner for participating. Character education was also incorporated and the children discussed friendship, peace and unity. In addition, they made Olympic flags, medals and torches. They concluded with their own “Olympic Field Day” and enjoyed delicious frozen treats. Children are welcome to join West Pines Preschool and begin a journey in learning. Fall enrollment is currently open. They offer Full Time and Part Time Classes, FREE VPK, enrichment classes, hot lunch and much more. West Pines Preschool is located at 18490 NW 8 Street and enrolls children ages 2-5. For more information on fees and availability, please call 954-437-1134.

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Get Crafty

The 6 th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show will take place two days at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 60 indoor artists will be exhibiting their homemade items, specialty crafts, original art, etc . Admission and parking is free.

Jaffer Medical Group’s team of physicians and experienced staff are dedicated to maintaining the health, wellness and vitality of patients who are age 65-plus. Under the direction of Dr. Jaffer, the Jaffer Medical Group specializes in providing seniors with Medicare HMO insurance plans, unparalleled geriatric health care services. Schedule a complimentary visit today!

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We Bee Walking Walking is a low-impact exercise with many health benefits and most importantly, it’s accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. At the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, walking in a group makes the activity even more fun. The Center’s walking class, We Bee Walking, meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 am. T-shirts, purchased by Humana, are given to members once they have achieved a set number of walks to show their “We BEE Walkers” pride. Once a month from October through May, the walking group also enjoys a day at the Hollywood Beach Board Walk. They begin with stretches and then take a 45

minute walk, enjoying the gentle sea breezes before going to a seaside lunch. During the summer months the walkers get away from the heat and take cool walks through the Pembroke Lakes Mall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just a few of the benefits from walking include lower blood pressure, mood improvement, straying stronger and more fit, managing weight, raising a person’s good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering bad cholesterol. The club is always looking for new members to join. For more information about these and other upcoming senior classes, contact the Activities Desk at (954) 450-6888.

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Alternative Marketing for Local Businesses Local businesses throughout Pembroke Pines have a new tool to include in their marketing plan - special events. These can include grand openings, sidewalk sales, customer appreciation events, and specified holiday promotions Over the past few months many businesses have taken advantage of

this code provision, but still many are not aware of this very effective promotional tool. “Businesses need to look for alternate ways to introduce their products and services to their customers,” said Michael Stamm, the City’s Planning and Economic Development Administrator. “By including special events

RAD Classes Safety education and achieving personal empowerment are only two benefits of taking RAD classes being offered at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, one for women and the other for children. The RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) system for women is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. The philosophy and techniques were designed specifically with women, and the types of assaults against women, in mind. The RAD program’s physical techniques take advantage of the natural strengths of women’s bodies and are intended to identify the attacker’s weaknesses.

There are ongoing classes at the Center with one beginning August 2, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $55 for residents of Pembroke Pines, and $65 for non-residents with a free return and practice policy. The RAD (Resist Aggression Defensively) KIDS program is for boys and girls ages 5-7 and 8 – 12 years old. This program, also held at the Center, focuses on building self-confidence, violence and abduction resistance, prevention, and escape from physical harm. All the children are taught that no one has the right to hurt them, they don’t have the right to hurt anyone else except to escape danger, and that it isn’t their fault if someone hurts or tricks them. For information on all RAD classes, call Betty or Jim Helms at 954-6557587 or email

into their business plans, they can reach new and potential customers they otherwise may not have reached.” Shopping Centers and businesses are allowed to have up to four special events per year and must pull a special event permit each time. The base permit fee is $150.00, but there may be additional costs for large tents or electrical and portable restroom facilities. For more information on obtaining a special event permit, businesses should contact Calvin Giordano and Associates, the City’s Building Permit provider, at 954-435-6502. As an added bonus, the MiramarPembroke Pines Regional Chamber

of Commerce conducts special events on a regular basis. According to Robert Goltz, President/CEO of the Chamber, “Special events, like our business expo and grand openings, provide small businesses with much needed exposure and help our local businesses meet new customers.”

Streetscape Update The City of Pembroke Pines, committed to economic revitalization, enhanced livability and aesthetic improvement of the City, is moving forward with the Streetscape Project created to do just that. In April, the Citywide Streetscape Design booklet created by Miller Legg and Associates, a local planning, engineering and architectural landscape firm hired to assist the City with the project, was approved. At the last Commission meeting in June, the City Commission also approved a motion to accept staff recommendations and prepare a draft for solicitations for Streetscape Improvements that included gateway improvements near Pines Blvd and Florida’s Turnpike, Sheridan Street and University Drive, and Pembroke Road and University Drive. “This project will start in the east and go west, ensuring that the City has a cohesive, unified look,” said Vice Mayor Carl Shechter. “Each step is being looked at carefully so we use the GO (General Obligation) Bond money efficiently and most effectively.” Defined Goals & Objectives found in the guidelines include:

– Unify the City through a ‘Sense of Place” • Establish City “Gateways” • Develop a streetscape vocabulary of landscape, hardscape and amenities • Promote multi‐modal linkages between City points of interest • Create user‐friendly streetscape environments – Facilitate Economic Progress • Enhance regional commercial appeal • Provide for a diversity of uses • Encourage redevelopment through revitalization – Improve City Connectivity • Establish a wayfinding program • Develop transit specific directional information • Define Citywide and City District identity – Develop Guidelines • Roadmap for future improvement projects • Specific streetscape improvement opportunities • Solutions that are flexible for district adaptation To read the Guidelines booklet and keep up to date on the progress of the Streetscape Project, go to

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Sew Much Fun Today there seems to be a study done for just about every topic. Even sewing has been studied to determine its benefits on people. According to the Home Sewing Association, studies have shown that sewing actually reduces overall heart and blood rates and promotes relaxation. For many, the main benefits are having fun and being able to create something to wear. Two new sewing classes are now being offered at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, taught by instructor Geneve Morant. “Sewing inspires creativity and fosters skills that build confidence, competence and high self esteem,” said Morant. “It can also be extremely economical, allowing people to follow fashion trends without the high cost.” “Running with Scissors!” is a

parent and child sewing class that explores the fine art of sewing for all aspiring fashion designers. Students will learn how to operate a sewing machine, sewing fundamentals, pattern layout, as well as how to select fun fabrics and patterns. Students can bring their own sewing machines or use one of the Center’s. This class is offered in six week sessions for children 8 years and up on Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., September 13 – October 18, 2012. The fee is $45 for one parent and child, and $23 for each additional child (materials not included. The Adult Sewing Class teaches how to make alterations, home decorating items, and how to make custom outfits. Students will tackle zippers, pockets, bows and tucks during the six week sessions. All

skill levels are welcome. Sewing machines are available, or students can bring their own. This class is for adults, ages 18 years and up on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., September 13 – October 18, 2012.

The deadline for class registration is no later than one week prior to the class beginning. All classes are held at the Center, 301 NW 103 Ave. For more information, call 954-450-6888.



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Fire Exploring The Pembroke Pines Fire Explore Program is a great way for young men and women to learn more about the Fire Service. Participants must be between 14 and 21 years of age, and an eighth grade graduate. Explores are required to be enrolled prior to their 18th birthday or having graduated high school. The purpose of Fire Exploring is to allow young people who are interested in the Fire Service to interact with the Department members and learn basic firefighting skills. This takes place in a safe and dynamic environment for these young people to learn invaluable life skills including leadership, how to function within a group dynamic, good citizenship, and being responsible for their own actions as well as the success of the group. The Fire Explorer Program has been active since October 2011. It

meets each Thursday at the department’s Training Facility from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. except for the summer months. The program follows the Broward Schools academic calendar. The Explorers use the same facility and equipment that all fire fighters use in day to day operations. There are currently 22 members ranging from 15 to 18 years old in the program. The men and women who instruct the Explorers are called Advisors. There are currently over 40 members trained as Advisors, all of whom volunteer their time to make the program a success. “With the continued support of the City and the Fire Department we are meeting our goals and are helping to prepare our Explorers for adulthood and a future in the Fire Service,” said Fire Battalion Chief David Hamel. “Our first Explorer has just begun at-

From the Clerk’s Desk PASSPORT NEWS: The passport office at 10100 Pines Blvd, 5th floor in City Hall, now has extended hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Processing of passports is by appointment only. Go to the City’s website at and click Online Services Passports on the left. Make one appointment per family. This will take you to scheduling and for prerequisite information. Please read/print out the prerequisite information so you come fully prepared for your appointment. Make one appointment per family. Please remember that all persons applying for a U.S. passport must be present at the time of the appointment, including children. For children under the age of 16 applying for a passport both parents must accompany the child and be present to sign the application at the time of the appointment. If only one parent attends the appointment, then a signed/notarized consent form from the other parent and a copy of both sides of their drivers license must be

presented. For applicants age 16 and 17 parental consent is required i.e. parents check or consent form. The application must be completed, black ink only, no white out or correction tape. The application fee may be paid via personal check or money order only; the processing fee is cash only, and passport photos are cash only. You need proof of Citizenship: Birth Certificate (a certified copy from Vital Statistics or State issuance agency), Naturalization Certificate (original only) or an expired U.S. passport (not damaged). For children under the age of 16, a birth certificate listing parent’s names is also required. The Social Security number of the applicant is required. The original citizenship documents must be submitted with the application. You need a valid photo identification, i.e. valid Florida Drivers License or a valid passport. If an out-of-state license is used, a second valid photo ID is required.

tending a local Fire Academy and we have three more Explorers starting Emergency Medical Technician training beginning in the fall.”   Anyone interested in becoming a Pembroke Pines Fire Explorer can obYou need one recent passport photo 2 x 2, full face, white background. Our cost for photo: $10.00 (CASH) –We take pictures of children 5 and over only. Please take note that each applicant is unique and may require additional documentation. For more information, call 954-450-6936 BOARD MEMBER VOLUNTEERS: The City Commission is accepting applications for qualified residents interested in serving on the following advisory and quasijudicial boards: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Arts and Culture, Board of Adjustment, Charter High School, Economic Development, Education, and Landscape. Board-specific qualifications must be met. Applications and information about the various boards may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 954-435-6501, or the website at The application period remains open until positions are filled. LOCAL BUSINESS TAX(aka OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE) RENEWALS: The City is now accepting online payments for Local Business

tain an application packet by calling 954-435-6700. The packet can be sent electronically or a copy can be obtained in person at 9500 Pines Blvd. Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tax Receipt renewals. There is a convenience fee for all credit card and echeck transactions. Payment processing takes 48 hours to post to your account. To pay online, go to www.ppines. com, click Online Services on the left, click Pay Your Local Business Tax Receipt. Sign in using your email address, click Manage Local Business Tax Account, add your account number, and then click Pay/ Select Payment Type. Merchant based businesses must first contact the Local Business Tax Office at 954-435-6508 to update merchant inventory values before an online payment can be posted to the account. Your local business tax receipt will be mailed to you 7-10 days after payment is received.

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Studio 18 In the Pines Show Notes Serendipity, featuring artists Dawn Verheylewegen, Jacklyn LaFlamme, Rube Ubiera, Debra Kaszovitz, Michael Harris, Ana Aguerrevere, Jonathan Brender, John Antczak and Thomas De Vita, will open Friday, August 3, 2012 and close September 28, 2012 at the Studio in the Pines, located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. It will appear in the Studio Salon on Friday, September 7, 2012. During an event at Studio 18 last month for The Sincerity Project, which focused on the theme of devotion and featured the work of 23 established artists whose work was interpreted by the local special needs community, a very special collection took place. Donations were collected so that needed art supplies could be purchased for the special needs community. In addition, children from Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines, a safe and nurturing environment for children in foster care, were also invited to participate in The Sincerity

Project Show. Studio 18 artists Debra Kaszovitz and Jacklyn Laflamme, and Curator of Special Projects Jill Slaughter spent a busy Saturday morning at the campus casting the hands of the children and teens as part of the exhibition. One of the teenagers, after showing the artists her portfolio of pencil drawings, was asked by artist Dawn Verheylewegen to join her Intensive Portfolio Development Class this summer. “I truly do believe in mentoring young people and it makes me feel so proud and humble to know that my words and encouragement, and love for teaching might have a true impact on a child who might otherwise slip through the cracks, and never know that they possess a real talent that is so much more than just a hobby,” said Verheylewegen. “If their talent is properly developed, it could lead their lives in so many new directions other than they might have dreamed or imagined. It is a privilege for me to lead them

Learning to be DollarWI$E Pembroke Pines Charter School students have been learning about finances and now can even deposit money through an in-house credit union as part of a focus on financial literacy through the DollarWI$E Youth Program, an initiative created by the United States Conference of Mayors in 2004. The initiative offers support to participants through connections with financial institutions, and through annual awards of innovation grants to qualifying cities. Pembroke Pines’ participation in the DollarWI$E Youth: Planning for Our Future Campaign is at the campuses of Pembroke Lakes Elementary School, Walter C. Young Middle School, and Flannigan High School. Other schools are being added as the program continues its rollout. The program focuses on financial planning and general banking information. The elementary and middle school students are learning about savings accounts and interest, while

the high school students learn about checking accounts, credit scores and retirement savings. The City Commission’s approval to allow another part of the program that focuses on setting up an in-house credit union allows students to learn to make deposits and manage their own accounts. Through BrightStar Credit Union, parents can check their child’s progress online, as account information is managed in real time. The campaign also allows quarterly workshops for parents to help them with financial planning for college, and financial seminars are offered to seniors at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. As part of DollarWI$E, the City also provides financial planning information to children who are about to age out of the foster care system. The Transition into Independent Living gives these young adults the ability to learn basic life lessons such as paying rent, living on their own, and finances.

down one part of that road.” Two young ladies from Children’s Harbor are now enrolled in Verheylewegen’s art class. Her

work will be seen this summer in the exhibit ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE, where it will be displayed on the iconic billboards.

Fall Enrollment for Bright Beginnings A reminder that the Pembroke Pines Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center, located at Walter C. Young Resource Center, is now enrolling for the 2012 Fall School year. Established in 1989, Bright Beginnings is the recipient of the Gold Seal of Excellence Award many times over. Their creative curriculum is utilized not only in the Broward County School District, but also nation-wide. The staff is CDA certified and trained in First Aid / CPR. To ensure ultimate safety, there is a security surveillance system, as well as a School Resource Officer and on-site residential Police Officer. All activities are designed to educate and enrich all children. Some of the Center’s most popular events include: The traditional Thanksgiving Feast, Mothers Day Tea, Fathers Day Ice-Cream Social, Grandparents Day Breakfast, Black History Month, Graduation Commencements, and the annual Walk in My

Footsteps Program. The curriculum also includes culinary experiences, computer lab, musical and instrument class and Spanish lessons. Early literacy is strongly encouraged at Bright Beginnings. They have a program called “Book Buddies,” where students take home books over the weekend and are encouraged to read together as a family unit. In addition to the Pre-kindergarten program, Bright Beginnings offers VPK, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. The pre-kindergarteners attend a variety of educational field trips that include Culinary Fun, Pediatric Hands On Experience, Halloween Harvest Pumpkin Patch and Hayride, Creepy Crawly Insect Bug Show and Swim Central (supervised swim lessons at the Aquatic Center located next door). Tours of the Center, located at 901 NW 129 Ave., are encouraged. For more information, please call 754-323-4519. Lic.#45487.



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Boating Note – What’s Required Fighting Underage Drinking In follow up to the previous issue’s boating information, a recreational boating license is not required in the State of Florida. However, for many boat operators, proof of taking an approved Boating Education Course is required. To operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater, including personal water crafts (PWCs), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. Operators who are required to have completed a boating education course or exam must carry on board: his or her Boating Safety Education ID Card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and a photographic identification card. These operators are exempt from the boater education requirement: Persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel;

persons operating on a private lake or pond; operators who are accompanied on board by a person who is exempt from the education requirement or by a person who is at least 18 years old, who possesses the required identification cards, and is attendant to the operation of the vessel and responsible for any violation that occurs; persons operating a vessel within 90 days after purchase who have a bill of sale on board and available for inspection. No one under 14 years of age may operate any boat on Florida waters at any time, even if such person possesses a Boating Safety Education ID Card. No one under the age of 18 years may rent/lease a boat. It is also illegal for the owner of a personal water craft to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate it. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United State Power Squadrons offer instructor led NASBLA approved Boating Education Courses. For more information, go to

The City Commission is committed to protecting youth in the community from underage drinking and drugs, and works closely with various organizations to achieve this goal. One effort to increase awareness to these issues is Family Day celebrated in September. It is a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) recently published that approximately 16% of the U.S. population age 12 and over meet clinical diagnostic criteria for addiction to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, and another 32% currently use one or more of these addictive substances in ways that threaten health and safety. Together, addiction and risky substance use affect a staggering 48% of the nation—nearly every other American —and constitute the largest preventable and most costly public health problem communities face. Locally, the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance, as well as many other organizations, also place protecting children, adolescents and young adults from underage drinking and other drug use and mental health issues that accompany addiction as a top priority. They target strategic initiatives that focus on empowering parents who are doing their best and are successful at keeping their kids away from these social ills, as well as

encourage parents to be aware of and stay abreast of these issues. In Broward County, approximately 33% of youth are already experimenting with alcohol and/or other drugs. The United Way of Broward County Commission partners with local communities like the City of Pembroke Pines where large numbers of families live, work and play to continue to communicate important information and provide tangible strategies that work to prevent alcohol or other drug abuse among children Family Day, based on a research study commissioned by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, encourages parents to commit to enjoying at least four to five family mealtimes per week because the conversations fostered at mealtimes help keep kids drug free. In this busy world of constant things to do and schedules to meet, parents too often forego having conversations with their kids, asking them how their day went, about their friends, and telling them about what is going on in life. The study showed that consistent dialogue from a very early age with kids is critical to raising healthy and drug-free adults. And, the dinner table or wherever a family eats, is a perfect place for these conversations to take place. Throughout Broward County and across the country Family Day 2012 will be celebrated throughout the month of September. For more information, visit

Water Quality August is National Water Quality Month, established to remind people of the importance of protecting ground water supplies. Every day, utilities treat groundwater so that it’s safe for drinking, irrigation and other purposed. The Broward Water Partnership with Pembroke Pines and 17 other local governments and water utili-

ties, has a goal to save 30 million gallons of water per day. To reach this goal, homes, businesses and nonprofits are being offered rebates of up to $100 each on waterconserving toilets. Applying is easy. First, check to see how much water your current toilets use. If they use more than 1.6 gallons per flush, it’s time to have

them replaced. Next, fill out an application on Once approved, you can purchase your new, water-conserving toilet(s). Your new toilet must be a WaterSense® certified high-efficiency toilet that uses less than 1.28 gallons per flush. Install the toilet, send in your documentation and receive your rebate.

Residential homeowners can receive up to two rebates. The total number of rebates available to businesses, nonprofits and multifamily establishments are determined on a case-by-case basis. Supplies are limited.

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Happy Back to School All vacations must come to an end and for many, the first day back to school is quickly looming. Children anticipate their new grade, teachers prepare for a new set of students, and parents are busy getting everything necessary for back to school too, searching for new books, new supplies, new backpacks and lunchboxes. While many children are excited about returning to school and seeing their classmates, friends and teachers, others feel more anxious about returning, meeting new classmates and teachers. Their sleep schedules and school routines are also off. Here are just a few tips from local school principals that can be used to help children welcome the new school year so that it can go smoothly: Help your child prepare for the new school year with getting all the needed school supplies before school starts. Review some of their new books so they are not opening them for the first time in class. Be compassionate about their moods. Summer breaks are like vacations so it will take a transition time to get back into a daily school routine. Even though the summer break is over, continue to have fun with your kids by setting aside time for the family.

Start shortening bed times so that it will be easier for them to get up for school. Help your child look forward to school by maybe purchasing a lucky pencil or a lucky folder to keep track of homework. Be enthusiastic about school and your excitement might rub off. Admit that some parts of school are hard. Keep an open line of communication so they know they can come to you with any concerns or problems throughout the school year. Remind your child that they are not the only one who may be nervous about the first day of school. Cover the basics – knowing the answers to many of their questions will help them be more comfortable. Make sure your child gets enough sleep and eats a balanced diet which is important for brain function, mood and their ability to focus and pay attention in school. Each age group and school level is different. Encourage your children to always do their best, and explain the importance of education for their futures. Let them know that the teachers are well trained to help students transition into new grades and schools.

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Puppet Shows That Teach With the new school year nearly upon us, children’s safety is once again at the forefront of our minds. The Pembroke Pines Police Department Community Affairs Unit teaches children about safety in a very fun and innovate way… through puppet shows. The puppet shows cover gun safety, good touch/bad touch, stranger danger, shoplifting and various other safety topics that children need to learn about. Mostly targeting kindergarten aged children, the shows are free throughout the community. They are performed at daycare centers, preschools, elementary school, community centers, clubhouses, businesses, apartment complexes, churches, mosques, synagogues and any other place where there are children. A Pembroke Pines police officer from the Unit speaks to the chil-

dren before and after each show to reinforce the lessons learned. Puppets are helpful in teaching young children because they are non-threatening. For over 2,000 years people around the world have used puppets to educate and encourage positive change. The children are first entertained, and then the puppet’s message is accepted without them even realizing they are learning. Studies have shown that lessons learned in this way are most likely to be remembered and to become part of their knowledge foundation. Puppets are also the ideal medium for discussing sensitive or scary issues because they are characters and not people. They are simple and safe. For more information about the puppet shows, call the Community Affairs Unit office at 954-436-3274.



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Keeping Fit When it’s too hot to exercise outside or you need the motivation that only a buddy or instructor can give you, it’s time to try out an exercise class at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center. Exercise is key to maintaining overall health and well-being, especially in later years. The exercise classes offer people the ability to use the three most important components of exercise - aerobic, strength training, and balance and flexibility. According to Dr. Soett RamirezEstrada who works with geriatric patients at the Jaffer Medical Group, the key to keeping motivated is to choose an activity that is enjoyed. It takes six weeks of doing an activity to make it a habit, so many of the six week sessions at the Center are perfect habit starters. The ongoing classes are offered on a monthly basis. Hip Hop Fitness Class A dance fitness class featuring the latest hip-hop dance moves for adults age 18 years and older, taught by the former director/choreographer of the Miami Heat Golden Oldies and the Miami Heat Dancers. A great way to stimulate your mind while exercising your body in a fun-filled friendly environment. Students must contact Janine at 786-443-4328 for pricing information and to register for the class. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. till 2:20 p.m. Hip Hop Stepping Class This class for adults 18 years and older, features a high energy sequence of hip-hop moves and fancy footwork to get your body moving and grooving. Props like canes, hats and more are used in this fun and exciting class taught by the former director/choreographer of the Miami Heat Golden Oldies and the Miami Heat Dancers. Students

must contact Janine at 786-4434328 for pricing information and to register for the class. Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m. Chair Exercise There are five classes to choose from Mondays (no class 9/3), Wednesdays or Fridays.  Times vary by day. $5 per class per month (55 yrs & older) $25 per class per month (54 yrs & under) Line Dance Classes are held every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (no class 9/3) $9 a month (55 yrs & Older) $29 a month (54 yrs & under) Yoga Classes are held Thursdays (9 a.m. -10 a.m.) or Fridays (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) NEW! Additional class on Tuesdays (9 a.m.-10 a.m.) begins 9/4/12! $9 a month (55 yrs & older) $29 a month (54 yrs & under) Pilate’s Classes are held Mondays or Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Students must contact Kerrie at 954-682-5768 for pricing information and to register for the class. (No classes 9/3) Personal Touch Fitness This new fitness class includes supervised use of Gym equipment; FREE Fitness Assessment required – call Kerrie at 954-6825768. Class is held every Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. OR 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. $15 a month (55 yrs & older) $35 a month (54 yrs & under) Tai Chi Classes are held Mondays (no class 9/3), Thursdays or Fridays. Times vary by day.  Please call for more information. $9 per class per month

Lunch Full of Character(s) One of the highlights of the Third Annual Mayor’s Kids’ Day held in June was the lunch with Mayor Frank C. Ortis at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. Lots of kids got a chance to enjoy hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, watermelon, chips, cookies, cake and drinks, plus two bounce houses, a DJ, and Mascots from Publix, BrightStar, Monkey Joe’s and Chick-Fil-A. “I brought my family to the lunch and we all had a great time,” said Commissioner Jay Schwartz. “The kids really enjoyed all the characters, the food and the entire fun day.” In addition to the lunch, the day also featured over 80 locations for kids to get free things

(55 yrs & older) $29 per class per month (54 yrs & under) Chair Yoga Classes are held every Tues or Wed from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. NEW! Additional class on Tuesdays (2 p.m.-3 p.m.) begins 9/4/12! $9 a month (55 yrs & older) $29 a month (54 yrs & under)

and the use of the BrightStar Money Machine filled with valuable prizes. Mayor’s Kids’ Day is an annual event that celebrates the children of Pembroke Pines.

To participate in any classes one must be a registered member of the Center. Registration is fast and free.  All classes are held at the SWFP Community Center, 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For more information please call 954-450-6888 and ask for the Activities Desk.   To view a schedule of all activities held at the Community Center please visit www. click on Departments and select Community Services.

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Bike Rodeos Teach Safety Bicycle riding and children go hand in hand. However, every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. Some of these injuries are so serious that

children die, usually from head injuries. So, the Pembroke Pines Police Department Community Affairs Unit holds bike rodeos throughout the year to teach bike safety, riding skills and the law involving bike riding. The police officers set up obstacle courses at local schools in the parking lots. Kids use their own bikes and must wear helmets to participate. These bike rodeos are usually held on Saturday mornings and the children are encouraged to attend via school announcements a week prior to the event. At the end of the rodeo, an extremely slow race is held. By riding the bikes slowly, the children learn to balance and master control of their bikes. There is also a special treat when everyone is done with the course. The officers feature a Kung Fu demonstration or a K-9 demonstration. For more information about bike rodeos or to schedule one, please call the Community Affairs Unit at 954-436-3274.

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