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Vote! Broward County has one of the largest voter populations in Florida, with 1.7 million residents and over one million registered voters. Next month, on November 6, 2012, the United States presidential election will take place. To ensure the voting process goes smoothly, voters are reminded that Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with a signature. Acceptable forms of ID are a Florida Driver’s License, Florida ID Card, US Passport, Military or Student ID, Public Assistance ID, Neighborhood association identification and Debit/Credit Card. IDs must have current signature. Any combination of picture and signature is accepted. According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, voters can take with them a marked sample ballot or other

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helpful information into the polling place so that they may remember their choices. Voters are also encouraged to confirm their voting polling place by checking their voter information card or by going to the Office’s website and clicking on precinct finder. If the voter has moved, they are required to vote in their new home precinct. If a voter has requested an absentee ballot and later decides to vote at the polling place instead, they may bring the absentee ballot with them to be cancelled at their polling place and receive a new ballot to vote at the polls. For more voting information, go to www.browardsoe.org or call 954-357-7050.

In Pembroke Pines, voters will also be deciding Charter Change questions on the November 6, 2012 ballot. The Pembroke Pines City Commission, by adoption of ordinances, voted to place the following proposed Charter Changes on the November 6, 2012 ballot. Changes to the City’s Charter can only be decided by a majority of the registered voters of the City of Pembroke Pines. The ordinances in their entirety are available from the City Clerk at jneugent@ppines.com or by calling 954-435-6501. The ballot questions are as follows: PROCEDURE FOR FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CITY COMMISSION The City Charter currently only allows the City Commission to appoint an interim Commissioner in the event of a vacancy in certain instances. Should the Charter be amended to provide that all vacancies on the Commission may be

filled by appointment for a period not to exceed six months, and that a special election shall occur if there is not an election already scheduled within six months from the vacancy? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City. YES 1 NO 1 ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHARTER OFFICERS The City Charter currently does not expressly provide for an annual review of Charter officers (the City Manager, City Attorney, Finance Director and Commission Auditor). Should the Charter be amended to require the City Commission to adopt an ordinance establishing a process to provide for the annual written performance review of such Charter officers? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 Continued on page 3

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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Open House at Children’s Harbor The 3rd Annual Grateful Hearts & Grateful Hands Open House at Children’s Harbor, which provides loving homes and supportive services to foster children and at-risk families, will take place November 15, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Open House is one of the organization’s ways of thanking friends for the gifts of time, money, services and resources that they provide throughout the year. Everyone in the community is invited to attend, whether they have helped Children’s Harbor in the past or are interested in getting involved. Attendees will have the change to interact with staff, volunteers and the foster children that live in Children’s Harbor’s community. Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines will sponsor food and beverages for the evening. The event will also include home tours, music and a ribbon cutting of the new Paul Palank

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 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

Memorial Foundation Pavilion. The new pavilion is a permanent 30 x 45 shade structure that serves as an outdoor communal gathering place for the children and teenagers living at Children’s Harbor. “We are very excited to host this event and hope people will take a few minutes out of their day to stop by to learn more about what we do, and join our celebration,” said Sue Glasscock, President and CEO of Children’s Harbor. An additional note to mark your calendars: on December 7, 2012, the luxury cruise ship Celebrity Infinity will be the setting for the Children’s Harbor’s “Sea What a Difference You Make” luncheon. Guests will be treated to a reception and “Celebrity style” entertainment in the Celebrity Theater, and enjoy a gourmet lunch in the Trellis Restaurant. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the children and families

Public Services/Utilities 954-437-1115 Shawn Denton, Director of Public Services sdenton@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

helped by Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor, located at 19425 SW 58 Manor, provides therapeutic services to children and families in crisis, a safe and nurturing environment for children in foster care, and advocacy within the child welfare system. For more information about the Open House or December luncheon, please call 954-252-3072 or go to www.childrensharbor.org.

City Ballot Questions Continued from page 1 COMPOSITION OF THE PEMBROKE PINES CHARTER REVIEW BOARD The City Charter currently provides for a five-member Charter Review Board to meet every five (5) years to review the City’s Charter. Should the Charter be amended to increase the composition of the Charter Review Board to eleven (11) members and have the Board meet every six (6) years? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 TIMEFRAME FOR REDISTRICTING THE CITY OF PEMBROKE PINES The City Charter currently requires the City to redistrict every four (4) years, or sooner if deemed necessary by the City Commission. Should the Charter be amended to provide for redistricting every ten (10) years following the decennial census, or sooner, if deemed necessary? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY COMMISSION The City Charter currently requires City Commissioners and candidates to reside, at the time of qualification, within the district that they seek to represent. Shall the Charter be amended to require City

Commissioners and candidates for the City Commission to be domiciled within the district that they seek to represent, and the Mayor domiciled within the City, for at least one (1) year prior to qualifying for office? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CITY’S COMMISSION AUDITOR The City Charter currently requires a simple majority for the appointment or removal of the Commission Auditor and a four-fifths majority to appoint or remove all other Charter Officers (City Manager, City Attorney and Finance Director). Shall the Charter be amended to require a four-fifths (4/5) majority vote of the City Commission to appoint or remove the individual serving as Commission Auditor? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 CHARTER REVISIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODIFICATION AND ELIMINATION OF INEFFECTIVE LANGUAGE Shall the Charter of the City of Pembroke Pines be amended to provide for the elimination of antiquated or ineffective language and to further provide for clarification and consistency with Florida law? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1

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18th Antique & Collectibles Show Television shows like Antique Roadshow have really made searching for antiques and collectibles a popular activity. What better time to start treasure hunting than at the 18th Pembroke Pines Antiques & Collectibles Show October 13-14, 2012. Fine china, nostalgic collectibles, vintage quilts and jewelry, and

one-of-a-kind items to enhance your home fill rows and rows of tables sure to please any antique enthusiast. Over the past nine years, collectors have been flocking to the show at the S.W. Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue, along with dealers from all over the south Florida area to

browse through the myriad of timeless memories from days gone by. The show features over 50 dealers including an exotic orchid dealer. Space proceeds benefit the community center’s programming, events & classes. Held twice a year, this show is one of the center’s major fundraisers. With free parking, admission is $5 per person for a 2-day pass, children under 12 are free. An appraiser is on

site Sunday only to offer information about an item of interest. The Paradise Café is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks for those with hungry appetites. The Saturday, October 13 show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on renting a dealer space, please call 954-450-6888 or email dshawcross@ppines.com.

GPS Devices Promise Better Service In an attempt to increase service on the Community Bus Service Routes in Pembroke Pines, the City has installed Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices on its community buses. There are also plans for installation of cameras which will work in conjunction with the GPS devices. The combined unit will serve bus operators and residents in increasing safety, enhancing service and resolving transit concerns. In a separate move, the City also joined with Broward County Transit in having GPS devices installed on

the City’s buses used for the County’s TOPS Program. The device installed on these buses will be utilized as part of a larger network of systems within the County to ensure efficient scheduling and tracking of trips and monitoring of on-time performance for this program. For more specific information on service and schedules, please visit the City’s website at www.ppines. com or the Transportation Division, Southwest Focal Point Community Center at 301 NW 103 Avenue or call 954-450-6850.

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Mayor Appointed Somerset Academy Opens New Gym Chair to Key Committee Mayor Frank C. Ortis was recently appointed by Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), to be the Chair of Jobs, Education and the Workforce Standing Committee. According to Nutter, Mayor Ortis, who held the position of Vice Chair on the Committee 2010-2011, was selected to be the Committee Chair based on his strong commitment to the organization. “I appreciate your leadership, and know that you will help The U.S. Conference of Mayors develop a proactive, strategic agenda around these critical issues,” stated Nutter in a letter to Ortis.

The USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Mayors from 1,295 such cities throughout the country comprise the organization. Their primary role is to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. “I am honored to have accepted this position and all the challenges it brings,” said Ortis.

Students this fall school year at Somerset Academy Charter School were greeted with a new addition to their school. A brand new, 14,000 square foot gymnasium opened its doors to the delight of all. “The Panther Zone Gym is a unique, two story, state-of-the-art facility with a training room, weight room, dojo for judo and self-defense tactics, male and female locker rooms, and showers, said Principal Bernardo Montero. “Our Somerset Family is delighted to call our own

Panther Zone Gym the home of 3,000 scholars and athletes.” In addition, the facility features a basketball/volleyball court and a multi-purpose exercise room. It also houses a large stage that will allow the gymnasium to convert into a large performance hall for school related events such as pep-rallies, assemblies, ceremonies and dances. “The gymnasium will offer our students, parents, and the community something to be proud of,” added Montero.

Make OCTV a Habit To find out what’s happening in Pembroke Pines, residents can take advantage of tuning into OCTV’s original programming that features stories relating to City departments, events and services. Residents with Comcast can view programming on Channel 78, and residents with AT&T can view programming on Channel 16. Residents can also tune into live and repeat coverage of City Commission meetings on both channels, click on the SPOTLIGHT icon on www.ppines.com for Commission meeting highlights, click on the Live Webcast icon on

the City’s website or go directly to www.ppines.com/ppines-2/ commission-meeting.html. Be in the know through OCTV, City Connect and the City’s website.

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Time to Swing for the Green from the Center and Club to ensure everything runs smoothly,” said Shechter. “It’s always a sellout, local businesses are generous, and it’s a fun time for all.” Starting at 7 a.m., participants can enjoy a hearty breakfast before the 8 a.m. Tee-off. Refreshments of coffee, donuts and cold drinks are included during the tournament, as well as lunch, winner presentations and amazing raffle prizes. Get a hole in one and win a car! For more information on participating or sponsoring, call Marilyn Gonzalez at 954-450-6960.

Shine up your golf clubs and practice your swing for the 9th annual Swing for the Green Golf Tournament, hosted by Pembroke Pines Vice Mayor Carl Shechter, on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, 900 S. Hollybrook Drive. Over the past eight years Vice Mayor Shechter has raised over a quarter of a million dollars through the tournament to benefit Southwest Focal Point Senior Center programs, classes and activities. “Each year is better than the last with over 120 golfers participating, and a great group of volunteers

Pines Night Out The Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Departments will be out to raise awareness about crime prevention and fire safety at Pines Night Out, held October 26, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Walter C. Young Middle School, 901 NW 129 Ave. Everyone is welcome to come out and have a fun time at the free event. The community will have a chance to see live demonstrations by the K-9 unit, check out the SWAT and Fire trucks, watch stage shows, enjoy free food and giveaways, have fun in the bounce houses and be part of a cos-

tume contest with prizes from local businesses. The costume contest will have three age categories: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15. Parents can even have their children fingerprinted, and visit a health and safety booth for health screenings. An annual event, Pines Night Out helps motivate communities to

get involved, keep their neighborhoods safe and free from crime, as well as to serve as eyes and ears for the police department. More than 3,000 people typically attend Pines Night Out which was

moved from August to October to coincide with Crime Prevention Month. For more information, call the Community Affairs Unit at 954-436-3274.

See, Click and Fix It Today’s technology is giving new tools to helping cities resolve and solve various issues easily and efficiently. By year’s end, the Pembroke Pines Technology Services Department will make available an application that will allow residents and business owners to report non-emergency issues such as pot holes, graffiti and missing traffic signs, directly from their smart mobile devices. “See, Click and Fix It is an amazing tool that has the ability to aid our city services in quickly assessing areas of need,” said Michael Lockett, Director of Technology Services Department. “It’s very user friendly and is very empowering for our residents.” Through a free application downloaded to a smartphone device such as an iphone, android or blackberry, residents can take a picture of a problem (i.e. a pot hole), scroll down from a list of defined issues and then hit send. The GPS in the smartphone can pinpoint the exact location of the problem, or the person can drag the map marker or input an address manually. The issue will then be sent to the appropriate department such as public services, public safety, parks & recreation, police, etc. and a confirmation receipt within 48 hours will then be received. Residents will then be able to go online and track their issue and vote on other posted issues that need attention. “Those residents who take the time to report even a minor issue such as overgrown grass, and then see it fixed, will feel more engaged and empowered in their local communities,” said Commissioner Angelo Castillo. “Though we’d like to be, our departments can’t be in all places at all times. This application makes it easy and fun for everyone to see the problem, click the information, and get it fixed.” The goal of the application is to combine involved residents with hard-working local authorities so that neighborhoods can be made into better places to live and work. Founded in September 2008, the SeeClickFix company is based in New Haven, Connecticut and currently covers more than 25,000 towns and 8,000 neighborhoods, both in the United States and abroad, and is continually expanding.

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Your City Commission Needs YOU YMCA Backpack Rally The City Commission of the City of Pembroke Pines is accepting applications from qualified residents interested in serving on advisory and quasi judicial boards. Applications and information about the various boards may be obtained by contacting the city clerk’s office at 954-435-6501, or via the website at www.ppines.com. Advisory Boards are generally created and appointed by the City Commission. Each Board has a mission statement and specific goals, all designed to assist the Commission in enhancing all aspects of community living, residential as well as commercial. The major Boards and Committees are: ~ ARTS AND CULTURE ADVISORY BOARD - Meets to develop cultural activities within the City as well as promote art in public places throughout the City. ~ BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT – Hears and decides applications for variations from the City’s zoning regulations, for residential properties. ~ CHARTER REVIEW BOARD – Convenes every five years for a one-year term, to review the City’s charter, and make recommendations to the City Commission to change, alter, amend, or revise the City Charter. Changes to the Charter can only be made by voting residents at the ballot box. ~ CHARTER ELEMENTARY/ MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD - Determines and establishes school procedures and policies that will advance, encourage, and enhance the education of the City’s Charter Elementary and Middle School students. ~ CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD - Determines and establishes school procedures and policies that will advance, encourage, and enhance the education of the City’s Charter High School students. ~ EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD - Advises the City Commission on educational issues

affecting early development centers through and including the postsecondary educational level that will impact the quality of education for residents as well as other City educational facilities. ~ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD – Holds meetings throughout the year to assist the planning and economic development of the City, in promoting and attracting new industry. ~ LANDSCAPE/TREE ADVISORY COMMITTEE - Promotes the public health, safety, and general welfare by the maintenance of landscaping areas, including off-street vehicular parking. It also serves to protect and preserve the character

and stability of residential, business, institutional and industrial areas and to conserve the value of land and buildings on surrounding properties and neighborhoods. ~ PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD - Functions in an advisory capacity to the City Commission and conducts studies and investigations for supplementing, repealing, and amending district and area regulations and restrictions as may be requested by the City Commission. ~ POLICE AND FIRE PENSION FUND BOARD – Meets throughout the year to monitor and review the Police Department and Fire Department Employees’ Pension Plan Program. ~ RIVER OF GRASS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER ADVISORY BOARD - Advises the City Commission of matters relating to the River of Grass Cultural Arts Center and facilitates the management and production of the cultural programming to foster a positive and creative liaison between the City Commission and the community. ~ UNSAFE STRUCTURE BOARD – Is convened on an asneeded basis to hear and resolve appeals initiated when the building officials have rendered decisions on violations of the Building Code Unsafe Structure Provision.

YMCA’s all across Broward County were recently transformed into community gathering places for supporting and providing for those in need who were going back to school. Thanks to community support and volunteers, the YMCA collected and distributed over 2,500 backpacks from Lauderhill and Ft. Lauderdale to Hollywood, Weston and Pembroke Pines. The Broward Sheriff’s Office hosted a Sheriff’s community day at the Pembroke Pines YMCA located at 501 SW 172 Ave., where the line waiting for the free backpacks was out the door and around the building. Mayor Frank C. Ortis helped hand out the backpacks to the excited children.

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Everyday Ordinary A Fa-BOO-lous Night Artfully Transformed Seven artists, whose works transform discarded objects from ordinary to ornate, will be showcased in “Wrapt Attention” at Studio 18 in the Pines, October 5 through November 26, 2012. “The artists explore themes of opposition using material intended for everyday usage,” explained Curator Jill Slaughter. Artists Lucinda Linderman, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Nina Surel, Bianca Pratorius, Phaedra Robins, Keith Haag and Carrie Sieh share the gallery space which features ornately collaged paintings and whimsical three dimensional pieces. Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. A Salon Studio will be held on November 2, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Studio Salon is an opportunity for the public to meet the participating artists and learn from them as they discuss their

Who says Halloween should only be for kids? The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is hosting a Halloween Dinner Dance on Friday, October 26, 2012 for more mature ghosts and goblins who love to dance and have fun. A Buffet Dinner, which is $9 per person begins at 5:30 p.m. (reservations are required). The Halloween Dance starts at 7 p.m. Music and entertainment provided by Radio DJ Tom Caminiti from Majic 102.7 will get the place hopping. Prizes will also be given for the best Halloween costume of the

night. So grab your broom, feed your cat and don your spookiest Halloween hat for a fun night out. For more information, call 954-450-6888.

art and inspiration. Admission is free at Studio 18. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 954-961-6067 or visit www. ppines.com/studio18.

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Booville, Be There! Ghoulish Guardians Even bigger and better this Halloween Season, Booville is an annual Spooktacular city event for all ages. The event will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Pines Recreation Center located at 7400 Pines Blvd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets at the gates will begin to be sold at 4 p.m. Tickets for Pembroke Pines residents are $2 and for non-residents tickets are $4. The ticket fee includes: a Pumpkin Patch with prizes, a Costume Contest, Rides, Arts and Crafts, Game Booths, a DJ Dance Party, a Great

Pumpkin Sing-a-long, and Trick or Treat stations with sweet treats and spooky surprises. New this year to Booville are the Food Truck Round Ups and Moonlight Movies, featuring two special Halloween themed movies played throughout the night. Winners of the Ghoulish Guardian Pumpkin Carving Contest will also be on display for all to enjoy. For more information on the Booville Halloween event, call the Special Events Office at 954-435-6525 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Join the City of Pembroke Pines and Whole Foods Market for a frightfully good time on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the City’s Community Garden located at 10100 Pines Blvd. (behind City Hall). The Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for carvers of all ages. Participants will receive art supplies and pumpkins, and will compete in four different age categories: 12 and under; 12 to 17; 18 and up; and Special Needs-All Ages. Special Needs participants may carve hand over hand, and supplies for painting rather than carving will be supplied for anyone who preferred painting. The winners of the Ghoulish Guardians Pumpkin Carving Contest will be on display at the City’s Booville event in the evening, and the First Place Winners will be on

display at the Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines. For more information and to preregister (required), please contact Jill Slaughter, Curator of Special Projects, at 954-961-6430.

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In Memory A day of remembrance was held on Patriot Day, September 11th , to honor and remember the 2,977 people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony, held at the Pembroke Pines City Center at 10300 Pines Blvd, included guest speakers, elected officials and dignitaries, a Joint Honor Guard, the presentation of colors and performances from school bands and musicians. This was the 11th anniversary of that tragic day. Commissioner Jay Schwartz expressed a personal reflection during the ceremony by speaking about the children of 9/11. He then shared a poem written by his eight year old son: “On September 11th 2001, our Country was very sad. We were attacked by men that were very bad. Now 11 years later, we are thankful for the police, firefighters, and soldiers who make our freedom greater.” Another solemn ceremony will take place at City Center on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. Beginning at noon, there will be the Honor Guard, guest speakers, placing of the wreath, music and dedication of Phase 3 of the Memorial Bricks. For information on the Veterans Day Ceremony, please call the Special Events Office at 954-4356525 or visit www.ppines.com.

Brewing Up a Halloween Tea Bring your “Ghoul-friends” or “Boo-friends” or come meet new friends at the annual Halloween Tea at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a spooky spread of tea sandwiches, decadent desserts and assorted teas. Dress up in your eeriest finery or just come as you are. Reservations are required and space is limited so don’t wait too long. The afternoon event is $18 per person. The Center is located at 301 NW 103 Ave. Halloween is coming soon, so grab your mask or your broom. No time to be scared, don’t run, don’t flee - unless of course it’s to our Halloween tea!

Outdoor Jazz The heat of summer is behind us which means it’s time to lay a blanket out or relax in a comfortable chair at a free jazz concert October 21, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at William B. Armstrong Dream Park located at 1700 Dykes Road (NW 160 Ave.). Listen to the jazz beat of the John Bauer Group. And, on November 18, 2012, Johnny Holliday and Special

Guests Allen Paul and Camilo Velandia will be filling the afternoon air with the sweet sounds of jazz. For more information on these concerts and upcoming events, call the Special Events Office at 954-435-6525.

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Fall Fun at West Pines Preschool The children at West Pines Preschool are excited about school activities planned for October and November. Since October is Fire Prevention Month, the Pembroke Pines Fire Department will visit the school to discuss fire safety with the children and allow them to tour the fire truck. They will also reinforce the concept of “Stop, Drop and Roll,” a simple fire safety technique used to extinguish a fire on a person’s clothes or hair without the use of conventional firefighting equipment. As Halloween approaches, the children will also enjoy a spooktacular day of fun, filled with Halloween Bingo, pumpkin painting and Pin the Nose on the Jack-O-Lantern. Mathematical concepts such as estimating weight and the circumference size of their pumpkin will be discussed. The children will also play games

such as “Pumpkin Goes Around” and musical chairs. Parents are invited to hear them sing Halloween songs and watch the day’s finale – the school’s popular “Fall Parade” when the children wear their favorite costumes and march around the school to show their spirit. November features “Scarecrow Day” which is a lot of fun. The children dress up like scarecrows, read stories such as “The Shy Scarecrow” and make scarecrows of their own. Thanksgiving is also celebrated with the children making Thanksgiving books, turkeys and hats. They will get a chance to express what they are thankful for and then dig into a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. 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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Bright Beginnings Ready for Fall South Florida may be known for its palm trees and balmy weather, but once October rolls around, the students at Bright Beginnings Early Development Center know that pumpkin season and fun fall activities are here to be enjoyed. The students are looking forward to the Fall Pumpkin Patch In-House field trip being held October 26, 2012 when they also get to hear Halloween stories read to them by Director Mary F. Peddy. A few weeks later on November 6, 2012, they will get to enjoy the

Mobile Gaming Bus that will pay them a visit, and then later in the month, a Thanksgiving feast. Bright Beginnings at the Walter C. Young Resource Center is a preschool for children ages infants through five, and offers VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). It is a recipient of the Gold Seal Award by Broward County Childcare licensing many times over. They offer an array of in-house educational field trips in addition to the basics of math, science, art, dance, music, outdoor play, computer lab, Spanish lessons and holiday themed parties. For more information, please call 754-323-4519. Lic. #45487

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A Night for Treats, Not Tragedies When it comes to keeping children safe on Halloween, the Pembroke Pines Police Department

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encourages repeated and consistent messages as the keys to safety. Children need to be reminded each year about safety tips before heading out for trick or treating. Children under the age of 12 should always trick or treat and cross the street with an adult. They should always walk on sidewalks or paths, and cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Drivers also need to be alert in residential neighborhoods and slow

Shows are at the PPTOPA, October 26 through November 18, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. There are also special $15 per person performances on Opening Night (Oct 26, 8 p.m.), Family Night (Nov 9, 8 p.m.), and Senior Matinee (Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.) The Wine and Wind Down celebration is back with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. on November 3 for $30 pre-sale; and $35 at the door. There is free parking and easy access just off I-75 at Sheridan Street westbound. To reserve tickets go to www.pptopa. com or call 954- 437-4884.

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down – be aware of children who may dart out into the street. Research by Safe Kids USA shows that 40% of parents allow one or more unsafe costume items to be used by their child, including a mask, long, baggy or loose clothing, and/ or a sword, cane or stick. Costumes should be decorated with reflective tape or stickers to improve visibility. Kids can also carry glow sticks or flashlights to see better and to be seen by drivers. Face paint can be

used instead of a mask. And the most basic safety reminders for children: don’t eat anything until it’s been inspected; only go to homes with porch lights on; plan a safe route; and never go into the home of a stranger. Make your child’s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime.

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive Now through November 14, 2012, the Southwest Focal Point Community Center is preparing to collect and distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need throughout the community. For more than 11 years, SWFP has reached out to schools, businesses and residents to ensure that 100 families can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. Generous donations help fill bins with various canned and dry foods, turkeys and much more, as well as gift cards to purchase these items. “Our staff is dedicated to helping those who have empty cupboards so they can enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Jay Shechter, SWFP Director of Community Services. “And we couldn’t do this without the help and generosity of our entire community.”

To donate items, monetary contributions or gift cards, or to volunteer time to help with the sorting and distribution process, please call Diane Shawcross at 954-450-6888. Each year, volunteers from the Pembroke Pines Fire Department have also helped package the donations into traditional Thanksgiving meals. Donations must be in no later than November 13, 2012. Donations can be dropped or at the SWFP Center at 301 NW 103 Ave.

Mall Fitness With the City’s new streetscape plans, residents will have the opportunity to stroll new lushly landscaped walkways as part of their fitness routines. Though many residents already bike ride and jog, enjoy the City’s parks, and take walks on cooler evenings, some opt for exercising in local malls. The Mommies in Motion group is a stroller based exercise fitness group for moms with children in strollers. They meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the Pembroke Lakes Mall where they exercise throughout the mall. If you’d rather beat the Florida heat and join the group, call 954-303-6477 for more information.

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Calling All Photographers! The City is now preparing for a City website redo, focusing on the site being user-friendly, informative and a place for residents to turn to for information. To enhance the photos on the site, the City is holding a photo contest open to all residents of Pembroke Pines. Anyone, from those who like to take photos just for fun, to professional photographers, can participate in the contest. Now through November 19, 2012, the City will be accepting photos of Pembroke Pines which may be chosen to appear on the City’s website. If you see a City Police Officer, ask if you can take his/her picture. Do you have a favorite park, city building, event or city activity that you want to send us a picture of? We want to see Pembroke Pines through your lens. Photos (no larger than 3 MB

and at least 200-300 DPI) should be: emailed to the City at branding@ppines.com (please include your first and last name and best phone number to reach you); or by uploading the photo(s) to the www.ppines.com – “Pembroke Pines Through Our Lens” page. We are looking for creative photos all in good taste. Remember, it is a photo contest – so use your imagination. The winners will receive an opportunity to meet the Mayor and City Commission, and be recognized for their photo contribution. And, of course, their photos will appear on the City website. “We have so many talented residents who can take pictures, and many great places throughout the City that we can show off on our website,” said Commissioner Iris A. Siple. “I encourage anyone interested to participate. I look for-

Good News for Homeowners For anyone who has experienced a financial hardship due to job loss or reduced hours resulting in a reduction of income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in such situations. At a recent Commission meeting, Broward Commissioner Barbara Sharief provided information about how to apply for the money. It’s free to apply, and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments.

The Commissioner explained that in February 2012, 49 state attorneys general and the federal government announced a historic joint state-federal settlement, the National Mortgage Settlement, with the country’s five largest loan services: Ally/GMA, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. This bipartisan settlement will provide as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers in the state who signed on to the settlement, and direct payments to signing states and the federal government. It’s the largest consumer financial protection settlement in US history. For more information on the National Mortgage Settlement and the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund, contact the Housing Foundation of America, 2400 N. University Drive, Suite 200 in Pembroke Pines, 954923-5001.

ward to seeing all the entries and the creativity of our residents.” Here are a few guidelines to remember: 1. Tasteful photos of events, locations, items uniquely Pembroke Pines 2. Color photos desired, however, historical images in black and white will be considered 3. Photos that include neighborhoods and community groups are welcome 4. Your submission of your photos implies your formal release of all media ownership; please read full Photo contest release form www. ppines.com/contest/release.html The City will post all of the photos on our Pembroke Pines SmugMug account at www.smugmug. com for everyone’s enjoyment. The chosen winner will be notified by the same means in which we

received the photo. “We hope this contest will be a fun way for our residents to get to participate in the design and the creation of a new look for the city’s website,” said Michael Lockett, Director of Technology Services Department. “Together, we can make a difference in our community.” For more information about the photo contest, go to www.ppines. com/contest/index.html.

Winning Artwork Free Health Fair Now through November 19, 2012, the winning artwork from the 8th Annual Art Competition will be on display at the Glass Gallery, located on the first floor of the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd. The opening reception, sponsored by the Arts and Culture Advisory Board, will take place on October 16, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Glass Gallery. The annual juried competition is the highlight of the Glass Gallery calendar and attracts works by the best artists in South Florida. The event will showcase paintings, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Monetary prizes based on originality, craftsmanship, overall appeal and best of show will be awarded at the reception. A winner will also be chosen from “The Art Festival Poster Design” category and will win a special prize. For more information, contact Ben Menasche at 954-260-0167.

It’s not too late to keep that New Year’s Eve resolution to improve your health. The Southwest Focal Point Senior Center will hold its annual Health and Education Fair (sponsored by the South Florida Gerontological Nursing Association) on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Free and open to the public, this “Commitment to the Community” event will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature health screenings for blood pressure and body mass, range of motion and exercise demonstrations. There will also be informational and inspiring exhibits. For more information, call 954450-6888.

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Miracle League Night Every Friday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., until November 9, 2012, the public is invited to watch and support the Pembroke Pines Miracle League Baseball team as they play at Rose G. Price Park, located at 901 NW 208 Ave. (Johnson Street and SW 208 Ave.). “The Miracle League provides opportunities for children ages 5 and up, including young adults, who have disabilities,” said Mary Wilson Palacios, CTRS, CPRP, City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Special Populations Coordinator. “The Miracle League Field at Price Park was built to allow children and young adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities.” The baseball field is designed with synthetic turf, which accommodates wheelchairs and other

assistive devices. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the West Pembroke Pines Optimist Club work together to make the Miracle League in Pembroke Pines a success. “This is the 6th season we’ve been playing,” added Wilson Palacios. “These game are so uplifting, and we love to hear ‘great hit,’ ‘you can do it,’ and ‘great catch’ being shouted from the stands.” The Miracle League concept developed in the late 1990s by a Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s Coach who invited a wheelchair bound youth to play baseball with his team. For more information on the Miracle League, go to www.MiracleLeague@mhs.net or contact Mary Wilson Palacios at mpalacio@ ppines.com.

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Pines Charter FSU Elementary is Pro Dads Moms too often get the spotlight as their children grow, however at the Pembroke Pines Charter FSU campus, Dads also shine. The FSU All Pro Dads recently met in the FSU cafeteria where breakfast was catered to spend some quality time with their children. All Pro Dad’s Day is a monthly gathering of fathers and their kids with the simple purpose of growing closer to each other while enjoying breakfast and participating in activities. Great prizes are given away and volunteer hours are even

earned. The next two breakfasts are scheduled for October 18, 2012 and on November 15, 2012. Dads can also purchase their own “My Dad is All Pro” shirt and their children will be allowed to wear it to school on all 2012-2013 All Pro Dads days. The PTA and Chickfil-A sponsor the breakfasts which also feature a variety of interesting topics. Each breakfast is led by a Captain whose job is make there are a lot of laughs and good memories, and concludes with a raffle.

Multicultural Show The Multicultural Show sponsored by The Latin Dance Club at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School will take place on October 4, 2012 at the River of Grass Amphitheater, located at 17195 Sheridan Street. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the school for all students and families wishing to attend. The Multicultural Show promotes and creates a positive understanding

of relationships between all students and their cultures. The showcase is intended to increase the insight and understanding of the many racial and ethnic groups throughout the high school. It also allows students to develop and express their talents and to share their cultures with others. Featured performances will be by The Latin Dance Club, PPCHS Dance Team, Girls Step Team, and Indian Dance Team among many others.

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Off to New York Pembroke Pines Charter High School senior JeanPierre Serrano will be spending his Thanksgiving Day a bit differently this year. He was recently asked by the Macy’s Great American Band, comprised of select students from each of the 50 states, to be in the drum line for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Serrano, a self-taught musician, began playing drums in elementary school when he received a $100 drum set from Costco. His parents say he started playing and never stopped. Once in ninth grade, he joined the band but didn’t know how to read music. He is now a percussionist in the school band and plays in the drum line, first having played base in 10 grade, the tenors in 11 grade and now he plays the snare in his senior year. This past summer, Serrano attended the Smith Walbridge/Gatorland Percussion Camp in Gainesville, where he found out about the Macy’s Great American Band. He submitted his application, required DVD and auditioned to play in the Band’s drum line. Serrano was accepted, and will be traveling to New York on November 17 to rehearse and then perform in the November 22, 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This prestigious Band honors America’s finest high school musicians, and is now in its seventh year of playing in the Parade for celebrity hosts, a grandstand audience, 2.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers watching the broadcast of the Parade.

A World of Tales Storytelling and storybooks build imagination. From folk tales to fairy tales, new adventures and magical worlds open up to children through storybooks. For the 11th year, the Storybook Festival, a children’s festival, is being held at the Southwest Regional Library, located at 16835 Sheridan Street, November 17, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the delight of thousands of pre-school to elementary school aged children and their parents. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event which is themed “A World of Tales”

to celebrate folk tales from around the globe. The free Festival offers live children’s performances on two stages, plus an arts & crafts tent, the Sheherazad 1001 Tales Room (a special storytelling area featuring professional storytellers), and the Fantasy Forest (where children can interact with favorite fairy tale friends). Special guest performers include Michael Parent, a storyteller and singer of stories in French and English; Carrie Sue Ayvar, a Cuban storyteller; Janie DeVos, a children’s author who will share her book and tell Appalachian stories; Paco

School Happenings at Pines Charter East Back in the swing of school activities, the students at Pembroke Pines Charter East Campus took part in an array of learning events, including two held annually – the Coastal Beach Clean-Up and the Apple Festival. Mid month, the Coastal Beach Clean-Up took place at Hollywood North Park from 9 a.m. to noon. East Campus students and parents participated in the County event, searching the beach for debris and litter. A large group of students participate each year under the hot Florida sun to help improve the environment. Last year, the Coastal Beach Clean-Up collected 4,454 pounds of trash from 12 cleanup site locations throughout Broward County. Over 34,000 cigarette butts alone were cleaned from the beaches by all the volunteers. Later in the month, the five kindergarten classes at East Campus celebrated an Apple Festival at the end of a two week apple unit to reinforce what they learned. Each teacher planned apple craft activiMoreno, a musician who will play music from the Andes of South America; and Superstar Productions to perform Hansel and Gretel. There will also be a “Swapping Ground” where children can tell their own stories, and photo spots where children can get their pictures taken. The first 1,000 children to the Festival will receive a free book. Children are also encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character. This annual event takes place with major support from the Broward Public Library Foundation, the City of Pembroke Pines, and local businesses and organization to make this a true success. For more information, call the Youth Services Administration at 954-357-7406 or 954-357-7336.

ties, including an apple tasting station so that there were different areas for the students to visit. Apple Festival activities included making apple prints from real apples cut and dipped in paint; making and wearing apple hats, the playing of a pass the apple game, and the reading of the biography of Johnny Appleseed.

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Reaching Out One person can make a difference, at least that’s what 15-yearold Pembroke Pines resident Mackenzie Bryan believes and knows. For his school International Baccalaureate Program project, Mackenzie used a family trip to Kenya to reach out to children less fortunate than him. He decided to link up with a school in Kenya, Watamu S.D.A. Primary School, and bring them school supplies he had collected over the summer. Mackenzie posted a request for donations on Facebook, a local Girl Scout Troop helped, major vendors pitched in, and a donation box was set-up in a local store. He collected cash donations from as far away as England and Australia. People he didn’t even know sent checks. His goal was $1,000 which he reached in just over two months. On the first leg of the journey

in England, he purchased four computers for their classrooms and more supplies. His family also gathered supplies and uniforms from friends in England to distribute to a small village school near the one Mackenzie chose. The students and village welcomed the Bryans and were very grateful for all the supplies. They were treated to tours of the school, singing and dancing by the students. Mackenzie documented his experiences and fundraising efforts for the project which is due next year.

National Caregivers Month November is National Caregivers Month, a time to acknowledge the important role that family, friends and neighbors play in caring for sick, elderly and disabled friends and relations. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, a caregiver refers to “anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help: a husband who has suffered a stroke; a wife with Parkinson’s disease; a mother-in-law with cancer; or a grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers offer a range of services, including emotional and spiritual support, assistance with financial matters, transportation and home- and health-related services The Pembroke Pines Social Services Division would like to invite caregivers to its weekly caregivers support group on Wednesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. During

the month of November special and exciting events will take place to celebrate this very important role. Caregivers usually are not aware of their own forfeit in caring for their loved one. Among us are many caregivers that may not know of the affects of caring for a loved one. Many times caregivers experience exhaustion, sleeplessness, anger, denial, anxiety and/or problems with personal health. The SWFP is here to assist caregivers in preventing “caregiver stress” by providing numerous services such as counseling, support group(s), information/referral and much more. Most importantly, SWFP is a place caregivers can freely express themselves and receive genuine guidance in caring for someone they love. For more information please call Social Services at 954-450-6888.

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Pembroke Lakes Elementary – Going for the Gold The students at Pembroke Lakes Elementary (PLE) gave a very warm welcome to their new principal, Mrs. Sandra Shipman. “I am so pleased to be back in my home community of Pembroke Pines, and to be a part of such a high performing school,” said Shipman, who has over 15 years experience in the education field. “As an ‘A’ school for the 10th year in a row, our goal is to maintain this high level of achievement, and to continue to incorporate innovative programs and activities that enhance the lives of our students.” The theme for this school year is “Going for the Gold” in the spirit of the Summer Olympics. Shipman wants each student to realize that they can’t be complacent, but rather should strive for more, to go from

ordinary to extraordinary just as the Olympic Gold Medal recipients did. “I also want parents to know that their children are my children, that this school is the community’s school,” she added. “We are planning many field trips and activities that will blend our school and the community together.” To keep the ‘fun’ in school, students recently had the opportunity to play ‘mystery penguin,’ which was an incentive during the fall fundraiser. Students that brought in five items or more sold from the weekend all got penguin key chains. Those that chose the mystery penguin, a Pirate, were surprised on the PLE morning news with goodie bags and treats. Before school even began, Shipman encouraged parents to be-

Flea Market Mania Grab up some bargains before the holiday shopping begins. The two-day Flea Market and Bazaar at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center is being held November 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on November 4, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 100 indoor vendors will

show their wares to treasure hunters. Admission and parking is free. The Community Center Paradise Café will be open for a meal or snacks. The SWFP Community Center is located at 301 NW 103 Ave. For more information, call the Center at 954450-6888.

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come more involved in the school by holding a “meet and greet” for the entire school, as well as giving them the chance to drop in to classes throughout the first full week of school.

Veteran Support This summer saw the grand opening of the First Stop Veterans’ Resource Center South, located at 1152 N. University Drive in Pembroke Pines, which is the only veterans center of this type in Broward and Miami-Dade County.  Local leaders and dignitaries, including Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Commissioner Jay Schwartz, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Center provides tools and services for the homeless and/or risk veterans and their families and gives them the opportunity to begin the process of reaching a point when they can sustain employment and permanent housing. Through a comprehensive Individual Development Plan (IDP), the homeless and/or at risk veteran is provided with the supportive services to begin their journey to self-sufficiency. For more information about the First Stop Veterans’ Resource Center South, call 954-441-6511.

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Pines Charter West Campus Pembroke Pines Charter West Middle School started the new school year with enthusiasm and excitement, proud that they achieved the highest score in science from all middle schools in the district. They are not resting on their laurels, however. “We are now preparing for Common Core State Standards (CCSS), have implemented a mentoring program and have numerous activities for parents scheduled so that everyone works together in ensuring our students receive the support they need to succeed this school year and when they venture out into the world,” said Principal Devarn Flowers. In 2010, the Florida State Board of Education approved the adoption of the CCSS for English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The standards are designed to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school, and to compete globally. To date, 46 states and DC have adopted CCSS, and the intent of the initiative is to have all the standards in place by 2014. “These standards are a set of goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed,” said Flowers. To ensure additional support for the students, the school also adopted a mentoring program, pairing teachers with students to lend a listening ear and support all students in their academics. Beginning with the Parents Night held last month, workshops and trainings sessions will be scheduled throughout the school year for parents to also help them in supporting their children academically.

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