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June/July 2012

Volume 1, Issue 5

A Reminder From the

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Season 2012 is here and the City of Pembroke Pines is preparing for the needs of its residents. Though the last five years have been relatively kind to South Florida, it only takes one storm to remind us that Mother Nature can be brutal. “Every individual needs to take hurricane preparations seriously so that we can all work as a team to ensure that everyone, including children, neighbors, the elderly and those with special needs, stays safe this storm season,” said City Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “This is not a time for complacency.” The City Commission does all in its power to ensure that the community recovers quickly from a storm. In the event of a devastating hurricane, the City has established a Disaster Services Recovery Complex at the Howard C. Forman Human Services campus on University Drive. The Forman campus will pro-

vide a self-supporting field kitchen that will have the capacity to serve 20,000 meals a day. If neighborhoods are devastated by a Category 3 or above hurricane, the City has also secured service contracts for ice and water, which will be distributed at strategic locations. In addition, the City has installed tanks with the capacity of storing 100,000 gallons of fuel at seven locations to ensure disaster response vehicles can continue to operate. Should a severe storm hit, more than 300 men and women serving in the City’s Public Services Department will work 24/7 to protect lives and property. All law enforcement and security resources will be prepared to mobilize to protect all residents. To ensure public safety on the roads, the Pembroke Pines Police Department will deploy generators and solar powered signals at critical intersections, as well as stop signs,

traffic barricades and safety cones. The Public Services Department has additional generators to keep drinking water and wastewater treatment systems running, ensuring that the City’s water supply will be safe and the environment free from contaminating spills. In the weeks following a storm, City workers will be working hard to remove debris so that streets are clear and safe. “Though our City is ready to jump into action should a hurricane strike, it’s equally important that each of our residents take responsibility to ensure the safety of their homes and lives by being prepared,” added Vice Mayor Carl Shechter. “Don’t wait until a hurricane is bearing down to begin preparations and making plans.” For more information on hurricane preparedness, go to www.ppines.com.

What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows: Tropical Depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less. Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph. Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, however, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.

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 ……. fortis@ppines.com Commissioners: Carl Shechter, Vice Mayor 954-436-3266 ...... cshechter@ppines.com Angelo Castillo 954-436-3266 ………. acastillo@ppines.com Jay Schwartz 954-436-3266 .....….. jschwartz@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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Getting Around is Easy Celebrate the 4th of July The City of Pembroke Pines Transportation Division offers free transportation service to all residents and visitors of the Pembroke Pines community via fixed-route community buses. Service is provided weekly from 7 a.m. to 7:37 p.m. Monday through Saturday except on observed holidays. Route schedules are available on the community buses or at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center. Free service is also offered to Pembroke Pines residents 55 years of age and older needing transportation to various service points within the Pembroke Pines and Hollywood corridor. Service points include medical

and dental offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, post offices, social service agencies (ex. Social Security Office), and legal service agencies. The service is immediate following registration; and appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis as space is available. Rides are offered for appointments between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. All rides are provided door-todoor - clients are assisted from door of origin to door of destination. For more specific information on service and schedules, please visit the City’s website at www.ppines.com or call 954-450-6850.

Paying Utility Bills - Just A Phone Call Away Residents can now pay their City of Pembroke Pines utility bill via the telephone. A payment can be processed using a credit card (MasterCard, American Express and Discover) or an electronic check. Credit and debit payments will be

charged a 2.6% convenience fee, and electronic check payments will be charged $1.49. The toll-free phone number to call to make a payment is 1-877-2617681. This payment option is available in both English and Spanish.

Pembroke Pines City Connect Published by the City of Pembroke Pines Marianne Wohlert – News Editor 10100 Pines Blvd – 5th Floor Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 mwohlert@ppines.com

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For Advertising Information CityConnect@ppines.com Contacts: City Manager’s Office 954-431-4884 Charles F. Dodge, City Manager cdodge@ppines.com Martin Gayeski, Deputy City Manager mgayeski@ppines.com Aner Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager agonzalez@ppines.com City Clerk’s Office 954-435-6501 Judy Neugent, City Clerk jneugent@ppines.com Finance 954-431-4330 Rene Gonzalez, Finance Director rgonzalez@ppines.com

Fire 954-435-6712 John Picarello, Fire Chief jpicarello@ppines.com Police 954-431-2466 Dan Giustino, Police Chief dgiustino@ppines.com Recreation 954-437-1137 Dean Combs, Recreation Director dcombs@ppines.com Community Services 954-450-6868 Jay Shechter, Community Services Director jshechter@ppines.com Human Resources 954-437-1146 Daniel Rotstein, Human Resources Director drotstein@ppines.com

with the City As Independence Day rounds the corner for the 236th time, thoughts of fireworks, delicious foods, music and fun are not far behind. Pembroke Pines is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4. The City will present a fun-filled free celebration at the Pines Recreation Center Festival Grounds, 7400 Pines Blvd., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4, 2012. Residents won’t want to miss the rides, live musical entertainment from The Brass Evolution, food trucks and a phenomenal fireworks display. “This is such a fun time for residents to come out and celebrate together on this special day,” said Commissioner Angelo Castillo. “Each year it just gets better and better.” Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but please no coolers, pets or personal fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-435-6525. On Wednesday, July 3, there will also be a free barbecue lunch at

11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center for all registered members to celebrate Independence Day. This is sponsored by the Senior Residences Advisory Council. Reservations must be made in advance at the Center’s Activities Desk by June 30, 3 p.m.

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Safe, responsible boating on Florida’s waterways is every boat operator’s responsibility. And it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Last month, the National Safe Boating Council made May 19 through May 25 National Safe Boating Week, but here in South Florida, every week should be safe boating week. With so many boats on the Ocean, Gulf, and lakes of South Florida, it’s important to brush up on some basic boating safety tips. Be weather-wise and always check local conditions before departure. When you see inclement weather approaching, play it safe and get off the water. Follow a pre-departure checklist. Be prepared for any possibility on the water. From fire safety regulation compliance to ensuring you have

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enough fuel, a checklist is always the best way to ensure precautions have not been forgotten. Use common sense when boating. This means operating at a safe speed, especially in crowded areas. Be alert at all times, be respectful of buoys – they were placed there for a reason, and don’t drink and drive. Develop a float plan. Inform a family member or someone where you are going and for how long you’ll be gone. A float plan can include name, address, phone number, names and number of passengers, trip itinerary, etc. Most drowning victims from boating accidents are found not wearing a lifejacket. Be sure you have enough for each passenger and can reach them quickly. If possible, learn to swim. Most importantly, take a boating course to become familiar with boating safety rules of operation. The National Coast Guard offers classes on a regular basis. They also do free Vessel Safety Checks. For boaters who need to store their boats, the City of Pembroke Pines offers storage space in a gated park-

ing facility just off Pembroke Road. The spaces are rented annually and include 20 ft., 25 ft., 30 ft., and 40 ft. areas. For more information, contact the Pembroke Pines Recreation Center at 954-986-5022. “It’s great for boat owners who don’t have room on their property, need to dry dock their boats, and are tired of paying for a storage facility,” said Shawn Denton, Pembroke Pines

City Services Director. “Safety on the water is extremely important, but knowing your boat is safely parked is also a relief.”

Did You Know? The first active Bald Eagle nest in Broward County is actually in the City of Pembroke Pines located about 200 feet south of Pines Boulevard just east of U.S. 27. Their population suffered a dramatic decline in the lower 48 states in the middle of the 20th century, so it was exciting to note that they chose Pembroke Pines to be their homesite. The pair of Bald Eagles raised at least one eagle during the winter

and spring of 2007-2008, despite the nest’s busy location near a major thoroughfare, a police shooting range and West Broward High School. In 2009 they reportedly produced two eaglets and in 2010 three eaglets were observed. Ken Schneider, a retired physician and member of South Florida Audubon, blogs about the nest at www.rosyfinch.com. The Bald Eagle is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America.

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Identity Theft The Federal Trade Commission recently released its list of top consumer complaints received by the agency in 2011. For the 12th year in a row, identity theft complaints topped the list. Of more than 1.8 million complaints filed in 2011, 15 percent were identity theft complaints. According to the report, South Florida once again leads the nation’s metro areas in reports of identity theft. The Pembroke Pines Police Department has these tips to help you prevent identity theft: Inside your home there are many bills, receipts and junk mail with your personal information on it. There is no law making it illegal to take your garbage, so once you throw it out, it’s in the public domain. Protect yourself by investing in a crosscut shredder. Retrieve your mail promptly and track your mail – if it suddenly stops, somebody may have changed your address. Review your bank and credit card statements carefully for suspicious purchases and

activity. Protect your computer with identity theft software. Outside the home a few simple precautions will greatly reduce your chances of attracting the attention of an identity thief. Carry only the credit cards you need when you go out. Never carry your social security card in your wallet. When you use a credit card, make sure you can see it while the business person swipes it. Be sure to cover the keypad when you enter your PIN number. If your purse or wallet is stolen, call the police immediately, as well as your credit card company or financial institution.

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Mayor’s Kid’s Day a Must The Third Annual Mayor’s Kid’s Day has become a favorite summer fun event for the children of Pembroke Pines. The citywide scavenger hunt and lunch with the Mayor is being held on Friday, June 22, 2012 beginning at 8 a.m. Kids, ages 15 and under, can tour the city and receive discounts and promotional items from many local businesses, be a part of games and activities that include a bounce house, and then enjoy a fun lunch with Mayor Ortis. Wristbands are required for free admission and the promotions being offered. Children can pre-register at several Parks and Recreation designated locations and pick up their wristbands. Last year, more than 500 children participated. For more information, please

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Keeping in Shape at TownGate Whether it’s a face-paced Zumba class or a serene Yoga session, TownGate Recreation Center, located at 901 NW 155 Ave., has something for everyone. Especially during hot summer months in South Florida, a place like TownGate is a great place to workout without all the heat. TownGate Fitness Center offers residents an opportunity to work out and get healthy in their own community. The fitness center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 954-450-6895. The Zumba class, a Latin-Inspired dance fitness program that blends red-hot international music with a dance-fitness program, is taught by Marisol Ortiz, a Licensed Zumba Instructor with over 15 years experience teaching group fitness. Classes are offered on Tues-

days and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information and package prices, please call Marisol at 954-665-1020 or visit marisolortiz719@yahoo.com. Florida Superstars is a team that originated in Pembroke Pines over 35 years ago and is currently holding dance, baton and cheer classes on Fridays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Town-

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Hatha Yoga and Meditation Classes are also offered on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monica Demasi, a certified yoga instructor, licensed acupuncturist, LMT and owner of Buddha’s Wellness Den, teaches this relaxing yet invigorating class. For more information, please call Monica Demasi at 954-391-8904.

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Activities Abound at Chapel Trail Elementary Summer is nearing for the students at Chapel Trail Elementary, located at 19595 Taft Street, but until their vacation begins, there were many activities to keep them busy. To prepare for summer swimming, the Kindergarten students have been receiving water safety classes at Rose G. Price Park. The month of May also brought a Spring Concert; a Literacy Show-

More than one thousand cans were brought in by residents and local businesses for the City of Pembroke Pines Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge held during the Pembroke Pines 52nd Birthday Celebration earlier this year. A five foot birthday cake was created with the cans. Even the Mayor pitched in with the help of residents, co-workers and the Pembroke Pines Charter Schools to build the birthday cake as part of the Recycling Challenge.

case Family Night where storyteller Pat Nease shared a mix of folk, family and original tales; a Multicultural Show; a Book Fair Family Night; and the Chapel Trail Elementary Chorus performed the National Anthem at the Miami Marlins Night. Kudos go to the Chapel Trail Gators for the 12th year of achieving an A+ status for academic excellence.

“The Best Man” Hits the Pines A current Broadway hit will soon be in Pembroke Pines at the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts. “The Best Man,” by Gore Vidal, is a political satire about two political candidates out to get each other. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates in a

morality play that explores what makes people tick and just what people will and will not do on their way to the top. The performances are July 20 to 22, 2012, August 3 to 5 and August 10 to 11, 2012; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. To reserve seats, call 954-437-4884.

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Soccer Summer Camp For many years, soccer has flourished throughout most of the world. This popularity continues to grow in the Unites States, especially with younger children who enjoy participating in soccer camps. This summer, the Pembroke Pines Soccer summer camp, for 6 to 15 year olds, is being held June 11 through July 20, 2012. This camp is designed for those interested in learning the sport, as well as for the more advanced player. The players will enjoy soccer skill-building

activities; learn the technical, physical and psychological aspect of the game; and appreciate good sportsmanship and teamwork. The camp staff will also incorporate soccer development skills through game related strategies and emphasize the importance of ball control. The summer camp is held at Walter C Young Middle School and is comprised of six, one week halfday sessions.

Firework Safety The smell of hotdogs and hamburgers roasting on a grill, playing ball, swimming and just enjoying the beautiful weather are all part of celebrating and having a great 4th of July. However, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks must be treated with respect. They offer the following tips to making this a safe upcoming holiday that’s a real blast: Read all the cautions and use common sense when dealing with fireworks. Lighting fireworks indoors, throwing them from cars or at people, and lighting multiple devices at the same time can lead to accidents. If you see someone misusing

fireworks, stop them. Show them the correct way to use them, and never ever use professional fireworks or illegal explosives. Use fireworks and sparklers only outdoors. Only persons over 12 years of age should handle sparklers of any type. Keep them away from the face, clothing and hair. Too many young people get burned by sparklers every year. Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. Never relight a dud. Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Have a designated “shooter.” Always keep a bucket of water and hose nearby in case of accidents. Point fireworks away from homes and keep them away from

Stamp and Coin Enthusiasts Unite Mark your calendars for the Fifth Sunday Stamp & Coin Show at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave., on July 29, 2012. There will be more than 30 spaces for the stamp and coin fan to enjoy. The City of Pembroke Pines, in conjunction with the Hollywood Stamp Club, held their first Stamp & Coin Show on April 29 to the

delight of many. Show hours are 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking and admission is also available, with the Paradise Café open on the premises for your refreshment needs. For more information, call Harvey Bastacky, the show organizer, at 954-424-8776 or email him at harveybastacky@comcast.net.

brush and leaves. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays such as the City of Pembroke Pines fire-

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Game, Set, Match! Tennis anyone? Summer is the perfect time to take up the sport, played all over the world for both exercise and fun. The City of Pembroke Pines has several tennis centers throughout the city, and offers numerous programs and lessons with top professionals for players of all ages and skills. Did you know that men can burn up to 600 calories an hour playing tennis and women up to 420 calories an hour? That’s just one of the many benefits of playing tennis, but there are so many more. “Tennis really can be a sport for the lifetime,” said Pierre Arnold, Director of Tennis for the City since 1999. “It’s physical, yet takes alertness and tactical thinking which means it can never get boring. And here in Florida, we can play year round.” The Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center, located at 10500 Taft Street, offers competitive adult leagues, after-school and summer programs, and works hand in hand with the United States Tennis Association. To join a league, however, a player must become a member of the club. Club amenities include five clay courts and nine hard courts. Yearly and six month memberships are available as well as daily play. The staff at the Center are all USPTR/USPTA professionals. Arnold, a former world ranked player on the professional tennis tour, is licensed as a certified Tennis Teaching Professional by the Worldwide Tennis Association, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 1983. He has had the opportunity to work with many

professional, national and state tennis players; and for many of his students, he has been able to place them with tennis scholarships at various universities. For beginning tennis players ranging in age from 5 to adults, Gerri Braxton has a variety of programs throughout the summer and after-school programs for the fall. She brings over 25 years of teaching experience, from clinics, private lessons and pee-wee tennis, to intermediate play. All the tennis pros at the center bring years of experience and are dedicated to their students in helping them to grow in the sport. For more information on tennis programs or becoming a member of the Center, please call 954-431-4146. Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center Pierre Arnold/Director of Tennis for the City of Pembroke Pines 10500 Taft Street, 954-431-4146. Hard Courts (9) / Clay Courts (5). Open Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 954-431-4146 for memberships and lessons available for all ages, including competition training program for tournament players. Email: pierrearnoldtennis@yahoo.com. Lessons also available at the following locations: Paul J. Maxwell Tennis Center 1200 SW 72 Avenue. 954-986-5021. Cell: 305-588-1782. Head Tennis Professional Rafael Jaimes. ROSE G. PRICE PARK TENNIS CENTER 901 NW 208 Ave., Chapel Trail in Pembroke Pines. Office: 954-437-1140.  Cell: 786-443-3477.  Head Tennis Professional, Robert Nickels, BSC, MBA. Email: robnicklestennis@comcast.net. SilverLakes South Tennis Center 17601 SW 2 Street, 954-431-4147, cell: 954-531-4124. Head Tennis Professional Jose Luis Penaloza. Email: jlpenalozap@hotmail.com. SilverLakes North Tennis Center 2300 NW 172 Avenue, 954-4434881. Cell: 954-593 -5427. Head Tennis Professional Juan Ocampo. Email: jctennisusa@yahoo.com. TOWNGATE TENNIS CENTER 901 NW 155 Avenue, 954-450-6917.

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Dreams of Dancing A new adventure starts this summer for 12 year old Ariana Anjelica Venero, a 7th grade student at Pembroke Pines Middle School Central Campus. She was chosen from more than 2,400 students who auditioned during a 33 city audition tour that traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia to attend Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Program 2012. Venero, a dance student at Academy of Arts in Pembroke Pines, began dance training at the age of three. In 2008 Venero began training at Academy of Arts under the tutelage of Rebecca Russo-Columna. “Being chosen to participate in the Summer Dance Program is a dream come true,” said Venero. “I have worked very hard for this and hope to become a professional ballet dancer in the future” Boston Ballet School is the largest ballet school in North America. The school’s Summer Dance Program is an intensive training program in

classical ballet designed specially for aspiring pre-professional students who train five to six hours per day. Dreams of being a professional ballet dancer are not limited to Venero – among many others, the Academy of Arts has three other local dancers who are fulfilling their dancing dreams this summer. Fifteen year old Tea Piro, who trains in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre, was accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre. She will be attending American Ballet Theater’s three week summer intensive in Alabama. Victoria O’Hare has been dancing since she was two. Now 16, she will be dancing this summer at the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program in Miami. She was offered a scholarship for the 2012 summer program. And, 14 year old Audrey Lugo, who has been training with Russo-Columna since she was four, was accepted to Joffrey Ballet School, NYC 2012.

Open House and Student Art Exhibit The Department of Community Services will be hosting an Open House and Student Art Exhibition at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, located at 301 NW 103 Ave., on June 23, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to visual art students who enter their art works in the student art exhibit. To learn more about the programs and classes being offered, call 954- 450-6888.

Code Corner In the past several years, many new residents have made Pembroke Pines their home. This influx has led to some complaints about new neighbors who violate some provisions of the City code requirements, often not knowing they are doing so. In many cases, these new residents move from communities that have no code enforcement or very lax enforcement efforts. So, a reasonable approach to a new neighbor with a code problem may be to stop by their house, welcome them to the neighborhood and inform

them of a few of the code requirements in the City. “Once you’ve taken the time to explain that the code is for the benefit of all residents, and will help in maintaining neighborhoods and property values, your new neighbor will understand the importance of code compliance,” said John Earl, Manager of Pembroke Pines Code Enforcement. Should a situation in your neighborhood require the Code Division’s assistance, please call 954-431-4466.

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Jazzing it Up Several years ago, Anthony Williams, band director at Pines Middle School, wanted to give talented students an outlet from the streets. He created the Musical Experience City Jazz Band. This organization provides an opportunity for the youth in local communities to further their musical skills and conduct various community service related activities. “This has been a very rewarding experience for everyone involved,” said Williams. “The students hone their musical skills and the community benefits.” City Jazz Band meets every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walter C. Young Middle School. Previous community events include playing at Joe Dimaggio’s Children Hospital, a Focal Point Senior Center Dance, Christmas at the Oasis, at the Broward Convention Center, at the City of Pembroke Pines “Pines Day Birthday Bash,” the PCC Ladies Tea at the Signature Grand, and the City of Pembroke Pines Jazz In the Park. They will also be performing at a private gala for a 50th Anniversary Celebration in June. The Musical Experience City Jazz Band is open to all middle and high school students by audition only. For audition/booking engagements, please contact Anthony Williams at 754-234-7495.

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Beat the Heat, but Stay Safe Hanging out at the pool, at the beach or even splashing in a wading pool on a hot Florida day is a great way to beat the heat this summer. However, being in and around water can also spell tragedy. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death nationwide for people ages 5 to 24, and the number one cause of death for children ages one to four in Broward County. Yet, there’s a lot that can be done to prevent drownings. Knowing how to stay safe around water, especially in Florida, should be a key priority. “Learning how to swim is essential,” said Greg Groselle, Aquatic Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “Many organizations, city pools, the YMCA and local swim schools provide swim instruction to people of all ages year-round.” Water safety experts agree that getting children in swimming lessons early is very important when it comes to water safety. Even so, there is no such thing as safe water – there could be drop-offs, undertows, rocks and debris on the bottom etc. – so it’s critical not to be lulled into a false sense of security, especially with young children near water. Most swimming instructors encourage people to ‘buddy up’ which means to always swim with a partner whether in a backyard pool, the ocean or a lake. Even experienced swimmers can become tired, get a muscle cramp or have difficulty getting out of the water. When people swim together, they can help each other or go for help in an emergency. It’s also important to know your limits. If not a good swimmer or new to swimming, don’t go in deep water or try to keep up with a skilled swimmer. Swim in safe areas only where there are lifeguards or some form of supervision. It’s very important to remember that swimming in an open body of water like a river, lake or ocean, is different from swimming in

a pool. Currents and other changing conditions can occur in open water. If caught in a current, don’t panic. Swim parallel to the shore until you can get out of the current and gradually make your way back to the shore. Being prepared by learning some life-saving skills such as CPR and

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Studio 18 Sincerity Project “Devotion” is this year’s theme at the Second Annual Sincerity Project at Studio 18 in the Pines, an 11,000 square foot facility located at 1101 Poinciana Drive that is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art and serving the community. “The Sincerity Project allows artists to see their work through the eyes of others, while artists from the special needs community are given the opportunity to showcase their talents to a broad audience,” explained Jill Slaughter, Curator of Special Projects for the City. There was a musical performance by Starlent Performing Arts at the opening reception of the Sincerity Project on June 1, 2012. David “Lebo” Le Batard, innovator of Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism, anchors the Project with color saturated and narrative paintings that splash across a 29 foot wall in

the main gallery, unveiling his definition of Devotion. Accomplished artists involved in the Project include Ed King, Jacklyn Laflamme, Antonio Guerrero, Michael Harris, Evo Love, Ruben Ubiera, D. Kaszovitz, Michael Enns, Richard Kurtz, Virginia Erdie, Tim Leistner, Dawn V., Larry Joe Miller, A. Aguerrevere, Joy Staelens, Maria Wieder, Jonathan Brender and Tom De Vita. Work will be interpreted by special needs groups Artists with Autism, Transitions, Children’s Harbor, Geo-Care State Hospital, Independence High School, Lucanus Development Center, The Ann Stork Center, The Schott Communities and United Cerebral Palsy. A Studio Salon, where the public is invited to meet the artist and participating artists discuss their work, takes place on July 6, 2012. The Sincerity Project closes on July 27, 2012.

For more information on the Sincerity Project or Studio 18, please call 954-961-6067.

Award-Winning Author Visits FSU Campus Last month, children’s book author Jennifer Hartvickson shared with students at the Pembroke Pines Charter Florida State University Campus how she and her husband

Hans created, illustrated and published their award-winning book, Mister Lemur’s Train of Thought. The book, a collection of children’s poems on a variety of topics,

was awarded the Gold Medal for Children’s Poetry in the Moonbeam Awards which recognizes exemplary children’s books and their creators.

Saving Water The Broward Water Partnership rebate program has expanded its program benefits to include multi-family housing units, not-for-profit agencies, and commercial buildings. Pembroke Pines, and 17 other governments and water utilities have joined with The Broward Water Partnership to help save water, money and the environment using rebates and free incentives. Jennifer Jurado, Director of Broward County Natural Resources Planning & Management Division, pointed out that expanding the program moves the community closer to the goal of saving 30 million gallons of water per day. “The $100 rebate can offset the full purchase price of High-Efficiency Toilets, and customers will immediately save money on their next water bill while saving water,” said Jurado. “By upgrading the plumbing in our existing buildings and residences, we can delay the development of new water supplies and help keep water rates low.” Residential homeowners can receive up to two rebates. The total number of rebates available to commercial and multi-family establishments will be determined on a case by case basis. Some applicants may also qualify to receive free, low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads. Waterefficient pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens are also available and can reduce water consumption by as much as 70%. Residential customers can receive showerheads, kitchen and bathroom aerators at the City Utility Office. Residents must bring their old shower head to receive a new one. Utility Office13975 Pembroke Road. Monday thru Thursday – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All participants must be pre-approved and other restrictions apply. Supplies are limited. For more information, visit www.conservationpays.com or call 800-270-9794.

Hartvickson delighted the audience with her high energy, interactive presentation, leaving the students excited about reading. After the assembly, Hartvickson even personalized and autographed books for the children.

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Cool Summer Classes Lazy summer days needn’t be too lazy with the array of exercise classes being offered at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center. To participate in any of the classes, those interested must be a registered member of the Center which is easy to do and it’s free. Classes include a Hip Hop Fitness Class featuring the latest hip-hop dance moves for adults 18 and older. It’s taught by the former director/ choreographer of the Miami Heat Golden Oldies and the Miami Heat Dancers. For this class, students must contact Janine at 786-443-4328

for pricing information and to register. Water Aerobics is a great chance to cool off and exercise at the same time. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. It’s only $8 per class per month for 55 yrs. and older, and $28 per class per month for 54 years and under. The Center is located at 301 NW 103 Ave. For more information on all the classes and activities offered, call 954-450-6888 and ask for the activities desk. To view a schedule, visit www.ppines.com, click on Departments and select Community Services.

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Snow White Saga The Drama Club from Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus received a standing ovation for their performance of “The Rockin Tale of Snow White” last month at the River of Grass Theatre. The Snow White story was a surprising rendition, full of music, charm, dancing and new characters to enjoy. The Fourth and Fifth grade Chorus also performed songs under the direction of the school’s Music Instructor Stacy Corzo. “The students rehearsed nearly

seven months for this play and had a great time doing it,” said Vivian Rodriguez, the PPCS Central Campus Elementary and Drama Instructor. “We have a lot of talent in our schools and I am happy to be a part of sharing the students’ gifts, abilities and commitments with an audience.” Other school staff, parents and even grandparents helped in the set building, choreography and overall presentation of the play to help make it a success.

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From the Clerk’s Desk Starting a Home-Based Business? You have a great idea, your business plan is in place, you have the motivation and determination to start your home based business – now it’s time to make sure you have the right forms, permits or licenses and know the restrictions. Starting a home based business has many rewards, as well as challenges. A key step 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. A permanent license is typically mailed within 24-48 hours. It’s important to remember that 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. There are restrictions to having a home based business. Some of these include: 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 home based business, please call 954-435-6508. In the next issue, we’ll delve further into obtaining a commercial business license.

Protect Your Home on Vacation Summer is the perfect time to pack your bags and leave everything behind for that dream vacation. However, before you leave, take the time to protect your home while you’re away. Popular vacation months are a busy time for burglars who love to find empty houses. The Pembroke Pines Police Department offers these home security tips so you can fully enjoy your trip: Set timers on interior lights. Your house shouldn’t appear as if no one is home. This will deter burglars, who often look for crimes of opportunity. Prevent power surges. Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo, and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector. No status updates. Never post your location on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you think that it’s only your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it’s safest not to leave any sort of opening for a possible burglar. Alert alarm company. If you have an automatic security system in place, call your representative to let them know you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time. Set the alarm properly when you leave. Secure valuables: If you don’t already have your jewelry or other

valuables in a safe deposit box, now might be the time to do so. Don’t have out anything valuable in plain sight that a burglar might be able to see from a window. Adjust Temperature. Set a programmable thermostat to lower your air conditioning usage. Lock all doors and windows. It might seem obvious, but doublecheck just to be sure. Arrange for lawn care: Have your landscaping tended to by a friendly neighbor or local service. Make sure tree branches are trimmed before you leave, so burglars don’t get access by climbing. Newspaper and mail. Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor. Don’t easily clue in a burglar to your absence by the mounting newspapers on your doorstep. Exterior lighting. Set these lights on timers as well to deter burglars. Don’t leave spare keys outdoors. Collect any hidden spare keys from around the exterior of your home. Burglars know the most popular hiding places, like beneath mats and in potted plants. Lock the garage Even if there is no entrance to your house from the garage, there’s still a chance for numerous things to be stolen. Secure the door and any entrances to the garage.

Summertime Tea What better way to spend a relaxing afternoon than sipping tea, nibbling on tiny sandwiches and socializing. The Southwest Focal Point Senior Center will be hosting a Summertime Tea on July 25, 2012 at the Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to an assortment of delicious teas, there will be a lovely array of tea sandwiches and decedent desserts from which to choose. The cost is $18 per person. For more information or to sign up to attend, call the Activities Desk at 954-450-6888.

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Marlins-Themed Mural Brightens Up Teen Center Change is in the air and it’s very noticeable upon entering the Pines Recreation Teen Center, located at 7400 Pines Blvd. For nearly a year, a renovation project, part of the City’s efforts to bring art into the community outside of galleries, has been underway. The double doors leading into the rec room now feature the center’s logo painted on them with several butterfly-like figures. Walls have been painted and will feature new artwork, a piano is being custom painted, and a pool table will be resurfaced. The focal point, however, is a brightly painted 30-foot mural by artist Ruben Ubiera featuring the Miami Marlins logo and images of nine players. “All these changes can’t help but

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The Southwest Focal Point Senior Center is theater bound June 20, 2012 for “La Cage Aux Folles,” playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

inspire an atmosphere of creativity and fun,” said Jill Slaughter, the City’s Curator of Special Projects. “This room has gone from dull to exciting.” Slaughter contacted the Marlins to get permission for the mural and was sent the artwork, including the new logo and the player images. She then approached Ubiera, who is an artist in residence at the City’s Studio 18 Gallery, to paint the mural. It took Ubiera three long days to bring the mural to life. Reaction to the mural and other changes has been overwhelming. The Pines Recreation Teen Center provides a place for kids to come to after school to kick back, where they can talk with friends, play basketball, ping pong and board games, and have fun. Starring George Hamilton, this play won three Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical Revival. La Cage tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights

as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test. Tickets are $60 which also includes transportation to and from the

Center so there is no worry about traffic, parking or the cost of gas. To attend, you must be a member of the Center (registration is free). For more information, call the Activities Desk at 954-450-6888.

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High School Seniors throughout the city have either already graduated or are about to … beginning a new adventure in their lives. At the Awards Night at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School, there were both tears and shouts of joy when scholarships were announced and achievements were recognized for those about to graduate. Over $1.5 million was awarded in scholarships to deserving students for academic excellence. “Overall, the seniors are excited, but I think they are also scared fi-

nancially,” said Guidance Counselor Tracy Greenbaum. “For those who will be leaving home to attend college, there’s also a bit of nervousness, but also great anticipation. College is a big wake-up call.” During their final days in school, the 481 seniors also got to enjoy Grad Bash, an overnight celebration that takes place at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Viewed as a senior milestone, Grad Bash marks the end of senior year and the beginning of a whole new life.

Senior Center Celebrates Older Americans Month May, nationally known as Older Americans Month, kept the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center very busy. They began by hosting the 31st Broward Aging Network Conference with special guest Senator Nan Rich. Edith Lederberg, Director of the Aging & Disability Resource Center, was also on hand to introduce Lori Parish, Broward County Property Appraiser, Dr. H. Murray Todd of the Memory Disorder Center at North Broward Medical Center, Stephen Ferrante from Florida Atlantic University who discussed aging in Florida and many other distinguished speakers. The two-day conference featured lectures on care giving, quality of life, staying active, depression, shopping smart and aging

with grace. The Golden Oldies, the NBA half time dance group, kicked off the Conference. Vice Mayor Carl Shechter then followed with a proclamation and introduced that morning’s featured guest speakers. “May was a pretty big month for us at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center,” said Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services and Housing for the City of Pembroke Pines. “It was an honor to have the Conference here, and, we also featured many other activities to celebrate the month.” Other activities included breakfasts, BBQ’s, fashion shows, games and classes. For information on what the Center has to offer, call 954-450-6888.

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A Peek Into the Work Day The City of Pembroke Pines participated in the 20th anniversary of “Take Your Child to Work” Day in April. This was the 5th anniversary of the City’s participation in the annual event. Children between the ages of eight through 16 had the opportunity to experience the various roles and responsibilities in the workplace and were introduced to possible careers and public service. “This is such a great opportunity for children to see what their parent does when they’re not at home,” said Commissioner Iris A. Siple. “It can also help start a conversation about his or her own future and career interests.” Mayor Frank C. Ortis and City Manager Charles Dodge addressed the children who attended in the Commission Chambers, and presented them with a certificate of

participation. The Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Departments also hosted various activities at the Fire Training Facility at 1101 SW 208 Avenue.

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Prom Promise at Flanagan Blowing the Whistle The Pembroke Pines Fire Department, in partnership with Flanagan High School, the Pembroke Pines Police Department and Memorial Healthcare Systems, participated in a public education presentation to high school seniors to remind the “Class of 2012” to celebrate their achievements responsibly. The students re-enacted a tragic scenario that is played out on prom nights and in the post graduation party season all too often throughout communities when lives are cut short due to serious and fatal car crashes involving distracted or impaired teen drivers. The 30-45 minute production took place in the school’s auditorium where the students role-played many prom night traditions including picking up their dates, posing for pictures, a parent’s sendoff and all the reminders not to text and drive, drink and to wear seatbelts.

When students arrived that day at school, they were also greeted by two wrecked cars to bring home the day’s theme for the senior class. “This was the culmination of a year’s worth of planning, partnering and work,” said Xenia Santiago, who has taught at the school for over 10 years and helped put together the partnerships. “This is all to help prevent our students from experiencing the lasting , legal and often lethal ramifications of distracted and unsafe driving practices.”

on Childhood Obesity Pembroke Pines was recently one of several local cities that participated in the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day in April, the nation’s largest health day for kids and their families. The Pembroke Pines YMCA Family Center, located at 501 SW 172 Ave., featured various educational activities for families to help improve health through fitness fun, sports clinics, nutrition education and water safety demonstrations. “This was a great opportunity for parents to gain information about physical and educational activities to keep their children engaged and active during the long summer months,” said Maryalicia Johnson, a spokeswoman for the YMCA of Broward County. Subway’s spokesperson Jared, Mayor Frank C. Ortis and YMCA

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Kudos to Flanagan High The Flanagan High School Navy JROTC unit returned to the top of the Navy JROTC world by winning the NJROTC National Academic, Athletic and Drill Team Championships held at Naval Air Station Pensacola in April. They also received a certificate of appreciation by the Mayor and City Commission at one of the Commission meetings. In keeping with the winning streak, the Flanagan World Guard was also recognized at the City Commission meeting for winning their second World Championship. This group of 31 students received

the title of World Champions after defeating the 11 time gold medalists James Logan High School from Union City, California. They also were the first high school to receive the Fans’ Favorite award. And, the Flanagan High School Wind Orchestra recently competed at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational in Chattanooga, Tennessee which is the most prestigious Concert Band and Orchestra Festival presented in America today. They were awarded the highest honor of Grand Champion, and were recognized with the “Honor Award” for exceptional achievement as a superior performance group. Flanagan also received the “Judge’s Award” in recognition of Outstanding Woodwinds and Percussion in Concert Performance. The Flanagan Wind Orchestra is made up of 46 Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students from grades

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Glass Gallery The Glass Gallery is located at City Hall at 10100 Pines Blvd and showcases a variety of art. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call the Fletcher Art Center at 954-986-5027. Summer shows include: Hurrah for U.S.A. now through July 18, 2012 and Plus, which is July 18 through September 17, 2012. The Hurrah for U.S.A. exhibit celebrates America’s greatness and features a patriotic theme, with art based on Americana artistry and creativity. It also honors our heroes, servicemen and everyday hardworking Americans.

Getting a Taste for the Law For the sixth consecutive year, Law Studies students at Pembroke Pines Charter High School have taken part in a mock trial; complete with arguments and a Supreme Court panel. This year, 50 students from William Quigley’s class chose from four cases and had two days to complete their arguments. The first trial was Kelo v. City of New London in which New London, a city in Connecticut, used its eminent domain authority to seize private property to sell to private developers. The city said developing the land would create jobs and increase tax revenues. Kelo Susette and others whose property was seized sued New London in state court. The property owners argued the city violated the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause, which guaranteed the government will not take private property for public use without just compensation. Specifically the property owners argued taking private property to sell to private developers was not public use. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled for New London. Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Commissioner Jay Schwartz sat on the Supreme Court for this trial along with local attorneys, teachers, administrators, and former students.

Commissioner Iris A. Siple and Vice Mayor Carl Shechter sat on the bench for another case the following day. “It really is amazing to watch these students in action,” said Commissioner Schwartz. “They have 10 minutes to argue each side and then are subjected to our questions for another 20 minutes. They did a great job on all counts.” The students are Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Many ask to come back after they’ve graduated to sit on the Supreme Court because they loved the experience. “They are both terrified and excited about the whole experience,” said Quigley. “We do this to teach them to read, think, argue, answer

questions and rationalize on a deeper lever, and I think we accomplish this.” Quigley added that he has spoken to several Harvard attorneys that

have taken part in the mock trial who’ve said that this school trial is better than what they saw and experienced in law school.

Charter West Campus Makes History On Friday, March 2, six 7th and 8th grade students from the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School West Campus, participated in the Broward County History Fair held at Pompano Beach High School. The 2012 theme was “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History”. Eighth graders Navya Baranwal and Ashley Westerfield, won 1st place in the Junior Group Website Category with a website based on the revolution of espionage throughout history. Seventh grader Elizabeth Garrison won 4th place in the Junior Individual Website Category with a website based on the Civil Rights Move-

ment. Baranwal and Westerfield also went to Tallahassee to compete in the Florida History Fair. The students worked diligently for three months on their projects. “Their extensive research on the topic of their choice was evident and they aligned perfectly with the theme,” said Shannon Torres, 8th grade U.S. History Social Studies Department Chair. “The competition was strong -- all students attending the Countywide Fair represented the top projects at their school.” This is the second time the school was represented at the state level.

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 No Retirement Here Library buffs got an extra treat when they visited the Southwest Regional Library in April and May. They got to view a diverse collection of photographs of different genres by photographer Mike Levine, a long-time resident of Pembroke Pines. Originally a graphic artist for 50 years, Levine began dabbling in photography after his retirement when his children bought him a digital camera as a gift. This led him to a new career as an artist. “I love the creativity and being able to express myself through the photographic process, especially using tools of this new digital age,” said Levine.

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Bright Beginnings For ages infants through Pre-K/ VPK, the Center offers a creative curriculum that includes mathematics, science, language, Spanish, culinary and computer classes with degreed teachers who are first aid/ CPR certified. There are in-house field trips, a Summer may be in our minds, but a few plans need to be made for the

Central Campus is Blooming All the hard work in planting and taking care of a garden are coming to fruition at the Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus. Six garden boxes, filled with flowers and vegetables, have been added to the campus as part of a joint project between the Pembroke Pines Elementary School Central Campus and the Pembroke Pines Middle School Central Campus

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(PPCMS) Builders Club. The garden boxes were painted by students from third grade through middle school under the direction of Vivian Rodriguez, the Elementary Art Teacher. “Three of the boxes are painted with geometric designs to represent our math and science subjects,” Rodriguez explained. “The other three are painted with organic designs to

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represent the humanities.” After the boxes were painted, the PPCMS Builders Club students prepared the soil and planted butterfly plants, native Florida wildflowers, herbs and vegetables. They also have daily gardening responsibilities including watering the plants every morning before school.

“Weeding and organic fertilizing are also part of the learning experience,” said Piper Spencer, Builders Club Sponsor and Middle School Science Teacher. “This took over a month of hard work to prepare, and now we are enjoying the flowers, butterflies and fresh vegetables.”

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Congratulations to Pasadena Lakes Elementary Pasadena Lakes Elementary School was recognized by the Anti Defamation League as the first elementary school in Broward County to be an official “No Place for Hate School.” A banner and pins were presented to the school earlier this year. Autumn Chokshi, the Guidance Counselor at Pasadena Lakes Elementary, submitted several schoolwide, classroom, and grade level activities that promote diversity and getting along with others to be considered for the recognition. Upon entering the school, visitors are struck by the murals of children from all over the world representing diversity, acceptance of differences, and inclusion which is taught at the school. Programs submitted to the ADL for the “No Place For Hate”

recognition included : • Becoming An Ally Against Bullying Student Workshop (Grade 4 & 5 Student Leaders) • Multi-Cultural Literary Fair • Compliment’s program • Character Education Awards • Reality Lane Character Education Series • Gopher Peace Rangers (Grade 3) • Don’t Laugh At Me • Social Skill groups • UTAP Bully Prevention (Grade 2) • Bullies are a Pain in the Brain • Resolution of Respect Pledge. • No Name Calling Week Pledge Students also work with autistic students, as well as deaf and hard of hearing students. And there are numerous other programs involv-

ing dance, music and multicultural activities that the school promotes. Congratulations to the faculty and students for their dedication in making diversity and acceptance of differences such a high priority within the education arena.

Love Is In The Air Love at first sight isn’t just for the young, but it’s also for the young at heart. Two members of the Southwest Focal Point Community Center Benefits of Aging Spanish Support Group had their storybook fairy tale ending become a reality.

Special Olympics Aquatics Training Special Olympics Training is taking place on Saturday, June 2, 2012, initially at the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Central Pool, and then all team athletes will join the Broward County Special Olympics Aquatics Practice at the Plantation Central Pool, and Nova. Athletes must know how to swim and be age 8 or older to participate. Charter Central Pool: 12350 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines (all swimmers)

Saturday: June 2, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday: June 5, 12, Thursday: June 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Plantation Central Pool: 9151 NW 2nd Street, Plantation. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday: June 16, 30, July 7,14, August 4, 11, 18. September 1, 8, 29. Nova 3301 College Ave, Davie. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: June 9, 23, July 21 Sunday: September 23 Pompano Beach- Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Mary for ad-

ditional practice dates and times. Please call Mary Palacios, Special Population Coordinator, for further dates and times and information at 954-450-3663 (V/TDD) or email her at mpalacios@ppines.com. To register, athletes must meet all eligibility requirements for Special Olympics (forms completed, and physical exam on file with Special Olympics) and complete a City of Pembroke Pines Special Population Program Registration Form. Please call prior to the start of practice to obtain necessary forms. For forms after June 2nd please call the Special Olympics Office at (954) 262-2150. All volunteers must complete a City of Pembroke Pines background screening, and a Special Olympics background screening form. Screening forms must be completed and approval received prior to volunteering. Call to obtain forms. Athletes should wear their swimsuit, and bring sunscreen and a towel. Call Mary Palacios for information on other Special Olympics Training Programs such as Basketball and Soccer.

After, three decades of solitude and emotional roller coasters, both found love and a great solid friendship in each other at the Center. Not only has their relationship evolved and blossomed each week, but the couple has been an inspiration to other group members in demonstrating how age is only a number -- good things can happen when least expected. For this couple in their late 60s, love was not even in the equation when they joined the group. They initially joined to help find emotional support and guidance with challenges to their impending life style changes. However, as luck would have it, they left with a little more…love at first sight. If you are interested in joining the Spanish Benefits of Aging Group, please contact Social Services Department at 954-4506888. Group members meet every Friday at the Center 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. You must be a registered member to participate.

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In A Snap A Carnival fairway filled with rides, performances by local groups, a 5k run, a birthday cake, music, food trucks, contests and so much more – all

were part of the Pembroke Pines 52 nd Birthday Celebration held this spring. This page highlights just a few of the moments in time from the various events.

Scholarships Go To West Broward As at most high schools, seniors have been attending award nights where they are presented scholarships and are recognized for high achievements. Recently, 23 seniors at West Broward were delighted to have received West Broward PTSA Red Carpet Bobcat Awards – scholarships for $500. The PTSA President, Ingrid Diaz, and Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Fund Debra Levine Aleman and Carole Mysorewala were determined to double this year’s amount of scholarships from last year’s. Seniors completed an application and submitted them to independent judges who scored them blindly

based on GPA, letters of recommendation, a supporting essay and volunteering, community involvement, participation in clubs and/or sports, etc. Last year, the PTSA raised $4,500 and awarded nine scholarships. This year, they raised $11,500 and awarded 23 scholarships. “We were so pleased to have been able to award more scholarships to help our seniors,” said Aleman. “We contacted community businesses for donations, held two food truck events and several family nights at local restaurants - all to raise the money for deserving students.”

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2011 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report City of Pembroke Pines

Environmental Services A Division of Public Services Department 13975 Pembroke Road Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027 Phone # (954) 450-6900

Esta información es muy importante! Para obtener la traducción de este reporte por favor llamar al (954) 450-6900, Gracias. We are pleased to present to you The City of Pembroke Pines Annual Water Quality Report for 2011. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of quality drinking water. Our water source is ground water drawn from the Biscayne Aquifer at a depth of 110’. Our system has 9 wells. Since the water is obtained from ground water sources, it is softened, filtered, chlorinated for disinfection and then fluoridated for dental health purposes. The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: (A) Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. (B) Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. (C) Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. (D) Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. (E) Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In 2011, the Department of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There are (12) potential sources of contamination identified for this system with a moderate susceptibility level. The assessment results are available on the FDEP Source water assessment and protection program website www.dep.state.fl.us/swapp If you have any questions about this report, please contact customer service at (954) 450-6900. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

City of Pembroke Pines routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2011.

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2011 (January 1 through December, 31 ) Water Quality test results

Microbiological Contaminants: Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo./ yr.)

Total Coliform Bacteria (positive samples)

MCL Violation Y/N

01/201112/2011

Inorganic Contaminants:

N

Highest Monthly percentage /Number

MCLG

MCL

0

presence of coliform bacteria in >5% of monthly samples

1.50

Likely Source of Contamination

Dates of sampling (mo./yr.)

MCL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

N/A

2

2

Fluoride (ppm)

07/2011

N

0.64

N/A

4

4

Sodium (ppm)

07/2011

N

16.0

N/A

N/A

160

Arsenic (ppb)

07/2011

N

0.84

N/A

0

10

Antimony (ppb)

07/2011

N

2.5

N/A

6

6

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement Barium (ppm)

07/2011

Lead and Copper: (Tap Water)

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo./yr.)

AL Violation Y/N

90th Percentil e Result

Copper (tap water) (ppm)

08/2010

N

*Lead (tap water) (ppb)

08/2010

N

Range of results

MCL G

0.073

No. of sampling sites exceeding the AL 0

0.0014 0.15

1.3

1.3

N

1.7

0

ND 0.0067

0

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Dates of sampling (mo./yr.) 01/201112/2011 quarterly 01/201112/2011 quarterly

MCL Violation Y/N N

Level detected

Range of results

54.5

45.2 – 54.5

N

38.3

01/201112/2011 daily

N

3.15

07/2011

N

Disinfection By-Products: Contaminant and Unit of Measurement Total Trihalomethanes (ppb) Total Haloacetic Acids (ppb) Total Chlorine as Chloramine (ppm)

0.0044

AL (Action Level)

Naturally present in the environment

Likely Source of Contamination

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer and aluminium factories. Water additive which promotes strong teeth when at optimum levels between 0.7 and 1.3 ppm Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes Discharge from petroleum refineries, fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder

Likely Source of Contamination

Corrosion of household plumbing Systems, erosion of natural deposits, leaching from wood preservatives Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

MCL G

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

N/A

80

By-product of drinking water Disinfection

39.0 – 41.0

N/A

60

By-product of drinking water Disinfection

0.8 – 3.22

N/A

4.0

Water additive used to control microbes

NA

NA

0.5

Discharge from pharmaceutical and chemical factories

Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOCs) : ** Dichloromethane (ppb)

0.64

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*If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Pembroke Pines is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. ** We failed to start quarterly monitoring following a detection of dichloromethane on 07/11. We were in violation of special monitoring requirements by missing the first quarterly monitoring and reporting date (10/01/11 through 12/31/11), but since then we have been in compliance. Because we did not take the required number of samples, we did not know if this contaminant was present in your drinking water, therefore we are unable to tell you whether your health was at risk during that time. However, we do not believe that the missed testing and reporting has any adverse effect upon public health. The first quarterly sample was collected on 02/21/12 and dichloromethane was not detected in the analysis. Our system will strive to meet all future requirements.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water contaminants. Those contaminants listed in the table above are the only contaminants detected in your drinking water.

Definitions and Abbreviations:

Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG: The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. “ND” means not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis. “NA” means not available. Parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample. Parts per billion (ppb) or m icrograms per liter (µg/l) – one part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the water sample.

In an unlikely event of a water service emergency, like Water Main Break/Interruptions, boil drinking water

until further notice. According to EPA and CDC, a rolling boil for a period of one minute is sufficient to render the water microbiologically safe. To report an after hours water related Emergency, please call (954) 986-5011

Tropical fish owners, please take notice”Water in fish tanks need to be dechlorinated and treated with Ammo chips” before use. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (1-800-426-4791). Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791). Landlords, businesses and homeowner associations are encouraged to share this report with non-billed water users. Additional copies of this report are available by calling Environmental Services at (954) 450-6900/ (954) 435-6577. Spanish translated version of this information can be requested by calling (954) 450-6900.

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