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THE MEMORY BOOK "Hi, Shirley. It's been a long time since I've seen you. It's nice to bump into you after all these years." I blinked twice. The woman looked familiar. Her hair was darker, her frame a little larger, but I knew she was someone from my past in Miami or was it Philadelphia? Her name? I couldn't remember, but she remembered mine. Had we gone to school together? There was no way I was going to let her know that I couldn't place her. I didn't want her to realize that my mind wasn't nearly as focused as it used to be in my youth, so I smiled and told her how well she looked and how wonderful it was to see her once more, and I tried to move to my car. "Let's get together," she called after me. "I've got to get to my bus now. Give me a call and we'll make a date. She turned and smiled as she climbed the steps.

The COOPPA Guardian "Don't forget," she repeated." Call me." "Call me?" Call who? Her name was a complete blank in my head. I got in my car and drove home, trying my best to recall an old friend, someone from my past. Weeks went by and her image disappeared along with the frustration of my failing memory. While rearranging books in my condo, I came across an old book titled, "The Memory Book." What a gem. No longer would I have to go through the agonizing scenario of forgetfulness. I took the book down and went through the pages. Step by step, the author taught me the art of remembering places, people and events. No longer would my face have to tum red, my cheeks burn with embarrassment. The book provides the answers to all the questions that burn in a brain that once functioned so well. I no longer had to wonder if I mailed the letter that was meant to go out last week or if I sent the birthday card to my darling granddaughter or what time I put the roast in the oven or will I rescue it before it burns to a crisp. Relax, I told myself. The book may have been written long, long ago, but it now has become a vital part of my library. It has the solution to everything, the answers to all my questions. There is only one problem; I can't remember where I put the book.

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Seven Wonders of The World A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramid 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Panama Canal 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. China’s Great Wall While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

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DANGER SIGNALS FOR DROWSY DRIVERS You do not control your own sleep. You may feel awake, but if you are tired you could fall asleep at any time. Here are some symptoms of sleepiness to look for. If you have any one of them, pull off the road as soon as possible and find a place to sleep. • You have trouble keeping your eyes open and focused. • You can’t keep your head up • You daydream or have wandering, disconnected thoughts. You yawn frequently or rub your eyes repeatedly. • You find yourself drifting from your lane or tailgating. • You miss signs or pass your exit. • You fee irritable or restless. • You drift off the road and hit rumble strips. If you have one of these symptoms, you could be sleepier than you think. Pull off the road and take a nap! If you’re tired all the time, you may have a problem. A surprising number of people are tired because they have sleep disorder that has not been diagnosed or treated. Sleep apnea, a common breathing disorder, causes the sleeper’s throat to relax so deeply that breathing stops. the sleeper gasps, wakes up briefly, and then goes back to sleep. The process repeats itself, sometimes as many as 20-60 times an hour. The result is someone who has been in bed all night but still has not had enough sleep. Recognizing and treating sleep apnea is impor-

tant because it may be associated with irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Other sleep disorders include chronic insomnia, restless legs and narcolepsy, where the sufferer falls asleep without warning during ordinary situations. Check your symptoms: • Do you snore loudly? • Have you been told that you gasp or choke in your sleep? • Do you spend 8 hours sleeping, but don’t feel rested? • Do you experience early morning headaches? • Are you sleepy during the day, or do you take naps a lot? • Do you fall asleep at unusual times, such as dinner or in movies? • Do you have trouble going to sleep, or wake up in the middle of the night? These are all symptoms of a sleep disorder. If you have any of them, see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine. This information retyped and reprinted with permission from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For more information, contact them at 607 14 Street, Suite 201, Washington DC 20005 or call them at 202-638-5944 or 1-800305-7233, or at the website: For more information about this topic or any other driving safety issue, contact the Community Affairs Unit at the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954435-6538.

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BAKED SWEET POTATO 1 med. sweet potato, cooked 1 medium apple, sliced ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup brown sugar Slice sweet potato. Place juice in baking dish. Add 1 layer of potatoes, then sprinkle with sugar. Add layer of apples, sprinkle with sugar. Continue to layer until done, making sugar the top layer. Bake at 375o for 30 mins. or till done. Submitted by Ruth Weber

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6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1½ lbs.) 4 cups broccoli florets ½ cups Kraft shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup Kraft Classic Ranch dressing Heat oven to 400 . Spray 6 large sheets heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray. Combine stuffing mix and water. Spoon onto centers of the foil. Top with remaining ingredients. Fold to make 6 packets. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is done (165o). Remove pockets from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets. Submitted by Joyce Pomerantz o

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EDUCATION FOR THE SECOND MILLENNIUM Over the years, the great American Dream for many people was to own a home of their own and to provide their children with a college education. In the 1900’s, few American workers were able to afford to send their children to college. However, lack of a college education did not deter willing youngsters from entering the work force and earning a living until the great depression of the 1930’s. With the ending of World War II in the 1940‘s, the American economy grew in leaps and bounds. The great American Dream of home ownership and a college education became the reality for people. At the beginning of the 21st century, that dream began to fade with the collapse of the housing market, the rising cost of an academic college education, and the exportation to other countries of many industrial entry level positions. People are finding that despite slowly rising home sales and better economic forecasts, many are valiantly struggling to maintain their standard of living. Salaries and wages for many have not been raised in several years, and prices at the grocery store are still slowly increasing, Many parents are questioning whether they can afford to send their children to college when they learn that college costs have risen disproportionately.

Not all youngsters are academically and socially ready for college at age 18. Some have never lived away from home for an extended period of time. Many have never really had to be concerned about the cost of food, clothing, housing or managing available money. Some of the sad stories one hears in life are of the high school students who drop out of school, or of the college student who maxed out an unlimited credit card tied to his parents’ checking account and then dropped out of college. Neither is prepared to join today’s workforce or to take care of life responsibility as adult members of society. However, the future is not all dark and dismal. Anyone who has contact with high school students should use their influence to motivate the students to stay in school. The United States is a land of second chances, and the Broward County Public Schools offers many programs to give a second chance to people who made immature decisions to drop out of school or college. Career, Technical, Adult and Community Education Programs are offered by Broward County Public Schools in many career clusters from Agricultural, Architectural, Art, Business, Education, Engineering , Finance, Health, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Today, enrolled students from

elementary to high school in Broward County are exploring these clusters to determine their interests in future careers; and, when ready, may apply to take the National Certification Tests for the career field of choice at no cost to them or their parents. Certification test results document that a person is proficient in a specific area, and are signed and sealed by officials of the testing agency. It has been stated that some sixth grade students in our schools have applied for, taken, and passed some level one certification tests. The opportunity for a new career second chance is also available to all adult residents of Broward County who seek admission through the Adult and Technical Career Programs. A nominal tuition fee is charged to adults, and they are responsible for paying certification test fees when applying to take National Certification tests in any career field. Education is important--not only academic, but vocational and technical education. It is the responsibility of everyone to educate himself or herself about what is available in our community. Take some time to visit a Career, Technical, Adult an Community Education Center near you and learn how you can still realize the American Dream in the new millennium. Submitted by Pembroke Pines Education Advisory Board

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SENIOR DRIVER ISSUES: UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS During the next 30 years, the United States will face increasing challenges concerning the burgeoning number of senior drivers. There are 35 million American ages 65 and older, approximately 13 percent of the population. By 2030, this figure will double to 70 million persons, projected to be 20 percent of the population. This trend is a major concern because driver’s age 65 and older experience higher crash death rates per mile driven than all age categories, other than teenagers. In addition, many studies show that these drivers, particularly those age 80 and over, also pose higher risks to other persons on the road and pedestrians. According to a recent article International Risk Management Institute, Inc.

As people age, their reflexes, motor skills and senses slowly deteriorate. Some studies indicate that drivers over age 75 are involved in more car crashes than any other age group except for teenagers. Although elderly drivers drove less frequently, they were more likely to crash and to die in an accident. At some point, the decision is made that a senior should not drive. This result, however, can lead to increases isolation and depression in elderly persons, especially when there are weaknesses and gaps in alternative transportation. Seniors have a great need for independence, which is greatly enhanced by their automobiles. Fortunately, there are many measures society can take to

strike the right balance. Improvements in highway design, with a focus on an increasingly aging American population. Enhancements to intersections, interstate access and egress, roadway curvatures, and construction zones can all make a difference in reducing senior driver accidents. Florida requires vision testing at each renewal for drivers over age 79 effective January 2004. Studies indicate that tougher vision testing for seniors does eliminate some risky drivers. For residents of communities like Century Village, where transportation through the community buses within the Village, which is tied into the Broward County mass transit system, for travel outside the Village, the necessity of having a car is minimized. Other communities have utilized ‘car trade programs’. These consist of automobile trade-in programs in which participants donate the cars they no longer drive to the program in exchange for trips equaling the total value of the vehicle. The elderly often underutilize taxi services. Many seniors avoid taxis due to seemingly high costs, but compared to all the various costs of car ownership, they can be a real bargain. For

example, car ownership costs include the following: depreciation, often thousand of dollars annually; interest on car loans, care maintenance, gasoline, automobile insurance, parking or storage costs, safety inspections, and license tags. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, car ownership costs are the second largest household expense in the Untied States. The Bureau’s figures indicate that the average household spends slightly over $7,000 per year on automobile related costs. The use of taxis makes particular sense, from a financial perspective, when the number of annual miles driven is very low, such as 1,000 to 2,000 miles. Efforts at subsidizing taxi rides for the elderly poor, especially where mass transit is limited or unavailable, should also be encouraged. As stated, in a senior community like Century Village, where basic transportation is available, this makes giving up a personal automobile more of a viable option. In conclusion, most senior drivers cherish their independence, and a loss of driving privileges often results in a host of other personal and societal problems. Society needs to assist the Continued on Page 69

Page 56 • PEMBROKE PINES EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD NOTES Members of the Pembroke Pines Education Advisory Board visited Flanagan and West Broward High Schools with Mr. Felzer of Broward County Career Technical and Education Department on February 26, 2014. The deportment of the students was amazing. Never had any of us been in a classroom where students were so focused on the task at hand that they were oblivious to the fact there were visitors in the room. This was in every class we visited. It is obvious that they were where they wanted to be and nothing was going to change that, We visited classrooms with computers: early childhood education classrooms, EMT classes, Medical Tech classes, veterinary tech classrooms, rooms where students were working on fashion design, culinary program kitchens, and programming classes. Now, of course, the issue arises of how these programs are supported. They started out with seed money as grants, and when students pass National Certification tests, the specialty certifying agency awards funds to the school. Often, there are items that would enhance course delivery that go unpurchased due to funds priorities. In speaking with the fashion design teacher, we learned that the class lacks a real-life mannequin to display creations. The

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teacher has been unsuccessful in obtaining one from merchants closing their shops (K-Mart/Sears Outlet/etc) as others retailers were able to buy them before the public knew those retailers were shutting down in our city. It is possible that there is someone out there who has such an item or knows someone who has such an item who would be willing to donate it to this wonderful class. Submitted by Mary Babcock


SKY ZONE By Beverly Erickson What is Sky Zone you may ask? When my daughter, Cheryl told me that my granddaughter, Blanche was going to have her fourteenth birthday party there; that is what I said. Imagine a seemingly endless sea of trampolines, all connected to form one massive trampoline surface. Now imagine that surface enclosed with angled trampolines that allow you to literally bounce off the walls. It is a unique and original type court. It advertises as a brand new way to move, compete and get fit. It has open jump, 3-D Dodge ball and SkyRobics fitness classes and the most fun (for me) shooting and dunking basketball hoops. Blanche had ten friends come plus her brother, Noah and parents and of course me. Her brother Nat had to be in class. We were given socks with rubber soles. You know the type we wear in the hospital. When I said that the kids didn't know what I was talking about which is a good thing. We had to sign a waver stating that we are responsible in case we get hurt. Everyone started on the open court. I started slowly but really got into it. Then I saw the basketball hoops. The trick is to jump with both feet until you get to the hoop and then jump high enough to dunk it. Lebron James has nothing to worry about. But it’s fun. Cheryl seemed to be pretty good in Dodge Ball but I stayed

April 2014 away from that. After an hour with the kids trying to keep up with me (Ha Ha) we went into the party and did the normal party things like eat pizza, salads, cup cakes etc. It was a truly different experience and I was tired. I had a smile on my face when my granddaughter said that one of the kids said, “Your grandmother is cool.” A fun afternoon. Any takers? I will return.

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Letters to the Editor LETTER TO THE EDITOR LET’S ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT CENTURY VILLAGE One year ago, I wrote a letter which outlined all the issues/ problems I observed on a visit to Century Village. I am happy to see that George Beckhart is trying very hard to resolve safety and security issues in the community. My friends, we are the eyes and ears of Century Village. When you see someone not following our rules (bylaws) or see something suspicious, report the incident to your building director or management company as soon as possible. We need to be advocates for making Century Village the safest, cleanest and a vibrant community in South Florida. We have outstanding building directors in Century Village and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication. I know the Ivanhoe East Association is terrific; however, there are some directors that are name only! On my last visit to see my parents, I noticed several issues and I wanted to bring them to your attention: 1. We know pets are not allowed in CV, but one night at 2 in the morning I was awakened to dogs barking in the building across the street. I saw them proudly parading their dogs like it was allowed at Century Village. The bylaws clearly state “No Pets.” 2. I saw non residents actually opening their trunk and putting garbage in the dumpster in a building in Hawthorne. 3. I saw old worn out cars, work vehicles and other junk sitting in parking lots throughout Century Village. We all know this isn’t allowed. 4. Young children and grandchildren living in a 55 and over community. The non-registered residents acting like CV is the Country Club. I also worry that the unregistered residents don’t have background checks so we don’t know who is living next door. 5. Anyone and everyone gaining access to a gated community. We had relatives from out of town driving right through the security gates — No questions asked. 6. Non residents using our pools, picnic areas and other facilities. It is the management companies and the directors that approve the newcomers, so let’s make sure they do a proper background check on who we have living here in Century Village. I also think that the Realtors and rental agents need to enlighten the prospective residents on age requirements and our bylaws that the newcomers ignore. Folks. it takes more than George Beckhart, the building directors and Kent Security to return Century Village to the AWESOME community that it was... it takes

YOU! Please do your part and don’t allow the bad behavior and non-compliance of the disrespectful residents to continue. I think Century Village has so many good, caring and professional residents that take PRIDE in their community. Many of us remember what Century Village was like 15 years ago (the good ole days.) Let’s strive for that same community pride and high standards! I’ve read letters from Harvey Members, Rochelle Gold, Rose Boyarsky, Luis Gonzales and I couldn’t agree with you more! Sincerely, Todd Bailey

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Who would have thought or believed that in this year of 2014, the world stopped and the calendar turned back some 200 years to the time when Pioneers were busy adventuring out west, traveling in their covered wagons into the wilds where no white man had ever set foot? They settled in a place that showed promise of plentiful water and acreage for each family in their entourage. In no time at all, a small village to accommodate their needs would be added. It included a general store which doubled as a post office, a hotel, and bar for the entertainment that is a must, for the tired, bored, or just friendly neighbors who like to meet socially when they do their daily shopping. This is what I am trying to tell you. Century Village here in Pembroke Pines is all of the above. A modern year 2014 general store. Where? At the Mug & Mortar Pharmacy and Convenience Store. Groceries every house cannot be without, a bar (ice cream), drinks, sandwiches, cakes, the best coffee, toasted bagel and cream cheese. Their pharmacy is up to date, and a modern addition is their lottery machine. Just like in days of yore, no matter what time of day you go there, people are sitting with their special treat, and visiting. The atmosphere is one of friendliness and relaxation. I invite everyone to come and meet me there. Sylvia Pearlson

LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the residents who leave their apartments and walk across the road to their cars, before you cross the road, please look to see if there is a car coming. Also, please do not have group conversations in the middle of the road. As a driver, I would appreciate this. Yours truly, Ruth Sheldon



I would like to thank the Computer Club for arranging a seminar on how to access library books from our iPads, Nooks, Kindles and other tablets. The faculty and students from DeVry University were very helpful and so nice, and it was a pleasure to get this instruction right here in our own clubhouse. Just another example of the good things, like the military band concert and the beautiful dance recital, that are provided for us in Century Village. Yours truly, Pat Venderhoof

As we age, we require increasing professional services in our daily lives. Home Health Aides are probably in all of our futures, even in Century Village. The Guardian prints several advertisements from agencies that provide such assistance for a fee. As a public service, I would like to advise anyone contemplating using any agency to facilitate or actually provide aides to carefully review their written policies and guarantees. Their advertisements are not the proper basis to researching firms, since their written contract is the ruling document. Meaning: if they advertise that they are bonded and insured, make sure their contract says that too. Additionally, consumer reviews of the companies can be found on various rating sites online. I’m urging everyone to use due diligence in this very important matter. It will be well worth the effort in protecting yourself and your loved ones from undesirables entering and having unfettered access to your home. Louis Becher

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Someone has falsely accused me of feeding the ducks. I do not now, nor have I ever fed the ducks. God has given them the ability to forage for their food. It is true, the ducks have destroyed the grass in front of my patio. Over this action I have no control. My patio is glassed in with no outside door. The management company has no one who can relocate the ducks. They are unable to help me. Bettie Bureta

LETTER TO THE EDITOR LETTER TO THE EDITOR One of the best things about living in Century Village is the opportunity to see live entertainment all year long for a fraction of the cost! We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and professional staff of booking agents who work so hard to provide these shows. Unfortunately, there are some people who attend these performances who have either forgotten what good manners means or never learned in the first place! How rude to walk out in front of the performers. How rude to sit in your seat and never acknowledge with applause or even a smile, the people who are standing on stage. You criticize the type of show — read the brochure before you buy your tickets so you won’t be disappointed! Show consideration and respect to others who are enjoying the shows. I am so glad to see that one of our ushers (Dominic) will not let anyone leave the side exit until the show is over. What’s the hurry? This past season has been phenomenal! I have loved all the shows — maybe I’m easy to please or just grateful, but I am so appreciative to live here. You should be, too! If you can’t be grown up and do the right thing, stay home and watch TV, I, for one, can’t wait to sign up for next season! Emily Sills

The theater was packed with residents waiting for the 3 cantors to appear. They certainly did not disappoint us as they were magnificent! One was from Canada. I believe the other 2 were from Israel and London. They entertained us with Hebrew songs and also songs from different languages. The orchestra was great too. Where else can you see such a wonderful show? Hope they return soon. Edith Weiss

LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to the March letter by Arline Fischer regarding the poor choice of movie entertainment in C.V. Where else can you live and see 3 or 4 FREE movies in a week! You have Nostalgia Movies at 1 p.m. on both Sunday and Wednesdays and most weeks 1 or 3 different movies in the main theater. I guess some residents cannot be pleased with all there is to do here! Arthur Prentice

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MEETING CORNER ALL ABOUT VISION & HEARING meets the 3rd. Thursday of the month at 1 PM in Room 122. Info: Goldie Smoler, 954-438-9057, Zelda Zalis, 954-436-3707 or Barbara Shorkey, 954-431-7272.

C.V. BOOK CLUB meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse Library. Join us! Info: Ileane Greene, 954438-6648 or Raquel Small, 954435-7197.

BEADED NEEDLEPONT CLASS meets 9:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Art Room. Info: Judy Straus, 954-436-1321.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CENTURY VILLAGE meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Century Pines Jewish Center. Info: call 954-438-6093.

BILLIARD CLUB meets 12:00 noon on first Thursday of month in Media Room. Info: Mike Weinberger, 954-450-6234. BOCCI SPORTS CLUB meets at 10 a.m. on third Monday of month. Tournaments: 9 a.m., Friday at the Bocci Courts. Info: Pres. Ann Walker, 954-431-4701. CAMERA CLUB of Century Village meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse Media Room Info: Herb Barretta, 954-3921659. CANADIAN CLUB meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Room 116 (Ceramics Room). Info: Ginette Kirkey, 954392-6028. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets 1st Monday of every month, Media Room, 1 p.m. Info: call Jean Rudolph, 954-438-3419. CENTURY GOLF CLUB meets 2:00 p.m. on 2nd Wednesday of month, at Café on the Green. Info: Stan Cooke 954-436-3085 or Ernesto Barrera, President 954704-1807.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB plays three times a week - Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. in the Back Card Room on the second floor of the Clubhouse. Regular monthly meetings are held in this same room at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Info: Gitta Kastner, Pres. 954-436-6903, Rhoda Kurzweil, Partnerships, 954-433-7004. EBONY CULTURAL CLUB meets 1st Saturday of month at 1 PM, Room 122. Info: Monica Goddard, President, 954-435-6869. HALF CENTURY CLUB PLUS meets 10:30 a.m. on third Sunday of the month in Room 120. Iinfo: President: Steve Stein, 954-3990618 or Barney Most, 954-4377278. HALINA LASTER HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS GROUP meets 1 p.m. on first Wednesday in Room 120. Info: Rubin Offenbach, 954-450-0333.

CENTURY LADIES GOLF CLUB meets every Tuesday 8 a.m. at the golf course. Info: President Diana Del Cid, 954-217-1754.

HISPANIC AMERICAN SOCIETY meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Party Room. Info: Benicia Perez, Pres. 954430-5386.

CENTURY SQUARE CLUB meets 2nd Wednesday of month 1:00 p.m. in Room 103. Info: Herb Goldman 954-435-5259.

INTERFAITH BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Media Room. Info: Bob Smith, 954-431-9496.

CENTURY VILLAGE BOWLING LEAGUES plays Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Sparez of Davie. Info: Bobbi Crespi 954435-3810.

INTERNATIONAL SINGERS meet 1:00 p.m. every Friday in Room 121 with director Mimi Ackerman, 954-704-2574.

CHESS CLUB meets every Thursday at 1 p.m.. Room 105. Info: Julius Shapiro, 954-433-9015. CLUB DE DOMINO meets every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Clubhouse (2nd floor by the Billiard/Pool Room). Info: Silvio Hidalgo, 786-380-2989.

ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB meets second Tuesday at 1 p.m. in rooms 121/122. Info: Pres. Kathy McDonough, 954-4474419. JAZZ meets Sunday nights 7–9 p.m. in Room 121. Info: Doug Sarrow, 954-430-2105.

COMPUTER CLUB meets 1 p.m. in Room 122 on the third Monday of the month. Info: Hugo Zarnel Pres. 954-436-1783.

JEWISH WAR VETERANS Robert & Sam Franzblau Post 177 meets the 4th Sunday of the month, 9:30 a.m. at Pines Recreation Center. Info: Bernie Feiler 954432-4242.

CONEY ISLANDERS CLUB meets 11 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of month in Clubhouse Room 122. Info: Marilyn Engel, 954-4376511.

Karaoke meets in the Media Room every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and every Saturday at 2 p.m. Info: Roz Michaud, 954-435-8247, Marvin Zelaznik, 954-432-9375.

CRAFT AND SOCIAL CLUB meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Room 113. Contact: Nancy Moss, Pres. 954-436-6984.

KNlGHTS OF COLUMBUS St. Maximilian Kolbe Council # 11410 meets 7:30 p.m, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at St. Maximilian Kolbe, 701 N. Hiatus Road between Pines Blvd. and Johnson St. Those interested in joining call Angelo Patrissi, 954435-4603 or Peter D. Gucciardo, 954-431-5859.

CREATIVE CLAY CLUB meets at 10 a.m., Fridays in Clubhouse Ceramics Room. Info: Pedro Mendoza, 954-441-3914. CULTURAL ART CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 2 p.m. in Art Room. Info: Roberta Nazimovitz, 954-430-2006.

KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS So. FL. Lodge #195, meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. South Florida Temple #49 PYTHIAN SISTERS, meet the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12 noon also at Pines Recreation Center. For info: SR Marty Deringer, 954-431-2976, PDGC Max Turk, 954-435-7062, or PGC Faith Albert, 954-432-9642.

SCRABBLE CLUB will be meeting every Saturday of the month at the Clubhouse at 1:30 p.m. Please bring sets. Info: Pres. Rochelle Gold, 954-483-3883.

LATIN-AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB meets the first Friday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Party Room. Info: Pres. Hilda Rodriguez, 954-437-1605.

SING A LONG meets every Saturday 1-2 p.m. in Room 120. Info: Lippy Gordon, 954-704-4598, Mel Weinrach, 954-253-4159, Cynthia Miller, 954-431-1785.

LATIN AMERICAN SING-A-LONG meets every Saturday 10:30 a.m. to noon in room 120. Info: Mel Weinrach 954-437-7651

SISTERHOOD CENTURY PINES JEWISH CENTER meets 4th Sunday of month at 10:30 a.m. at Synagogue. Info: Selma Karp, 954-450-9963.

MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL & SOCIAL CLUB meets 1 p.m. on fourth Thursday of month in Room 120. Info: Gene Cosco, 954432-6561. THE MENDED HEARTS is a support group for those with heart conditions. The meeting is at the fitness center in Memorial West the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. For more info. call Ileen Stewart, 954-438-6049. NA'AMAT USA-MEDINA CLUB of Century Village meets the 4th Tuesday of month at 1 p.m. at Century Pines Jewish Center. Infor: Elinor Kamen at 954-4350099. N,A.R.F.E. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Century Village Chapter #2151, meets 1:00 p.m. on 2nd Wednesday of month in Room 120. Info: Mary Babcock, 954-4474862. NEIGHBORS TO NEIGHBORS meets the 3rd Tuesday of month at 1 p.m. in the Party Room. For info: Esther Fontao, 954-4301903. NEW JERSEY SOCIAL CLUB meets the 4th Tuesday of month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 120. Info: Rhoda Jacobs, 954-437-5012. PEMBROKE PINES DEMOCRATIC CLUB meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Walter C. Young Dinner Theater, 901 NW 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines. Info: 954651-0563. PEMBROKE SAILORS CLUB meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of month in the Party Room. Info: President Frank Incantalupo at 954-437-6510 or Marvin Goodman, Vice President at 954-438-7313. PEMBROKE TENNIS CLUB meets the last Monday of the month at 1 p.m., Room 122. Info: Selda Milton, 954-435-3526. REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY meets 10 a.m. the 3rd Thursday of month in Room 122. Info: Lippy Gordon 954-704-4598. ROTARY CLUB OF MIRAMARPINES meets at the Pembroke Lakes Country Club, 10500 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Info: Derek Cousins, 954-263-2215.

SHIRAH HADASSAH meets 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Village Reform Congregation. Info: Florence Brown, Presidium 954-704-0790, Louisa Berson, Presidium 954431-1604.

SISTERHOOD OF VILLAGE REFORM CONGREGATION, meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. All ladies welcome. Info: Pres. Billie Zierler, 954-441-3644. SISTERHOOD OF YOUNG ISRAEL, PEMBROKE PINES, meets 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. All ladies are welcome. Info: Sonny Damatow, 954-437-7668. SOUTHWEST BROWARD REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION (SWBRO) meets the 1st Monday of every month at 7-7:30 p.m. at the old theatre at the Walter C. Young campus. Info: Loretta Hedberg, 954-441-6489. SPECTATOR SPORTS CLUB meets every 3rd Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Room 121&122. Info: Ira Furman, 954-432-0574. STAMP AND COIN CLUB meets every Monday in Room 104 at 5-6:30 p.m. Info: Hill Silver, 954443-6818 TRENDY TOUR CLUB meets the 2nd Thursday each month at 1 p.m. in room 121 Info: Pres. Rosalie Liguori, 954-805-9304. VRC MEN’S CLUB meets the 4th Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Join us for breakfast and an interesting program at the Village Reform Congregation. For information call Temple office 954437-7969. WILD GEESE IRISH-AMERICAN CLUB meets 1st Saturday of month at 10 a.m., Room 120. Info: Rose Cusack, 954-517-9177 or Elma Elliott, 954-441-6293.. WRITERS CLUB meets at 10 AM every Monday in Room 103. Info: Bernie Stauber, 954-443-5167. YIDDISH/HEBREW CHORAL GROUP meets 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Room 120. Info: Ari Fuhrman, 954-437-5323. YOUNG AT HEART CHORAL GROUP meets every Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in room 121. Info: Director, Linda Smith, 954-431-9496.

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Failed Back Surgery Involves Incredible


Revolutionary FDA Cleared Rehabilitation Stem-Cell Treatment With Proven Success Rates Why Not Use Steroid Shots? Although steroids are frequently injected to treat inflammatory conditions with success, they are not usually effective for chronic tissue damage or degenerative tissues. They can potentially cause tissue damage and significant side effects if performed habitually.

Spine: Sacroiliac joint, Iliolumbar ligaments, facet joints. Shoulder: Rotator cuff-partial tears, Biceps tendinosis, chronic Glenohumeral ligament sprains. Acromioclavicular joint dysfunction and pain. Levator scapula tendinosis.

Is the Procedure Covered by My Insurance Plan?

Elbow: Tennis and Golfer’s elbow. Ulnar collateral ligament injury, distal biceps tendon partial tear. Wrist & Hand: Chronic joint sprain and arthritis.

Which Type of Regenerative Therapy is Best for Me? Upon reviewing your medical records and undergoing a complete evaluation, your physician will determine which specific therapy is best for you. For simple cases with minimal tissue damage or degeneration. Prolotherapy may be recommended. When the condition is more advanced, then Platelet Rich Plasma Grafting (PRP) or Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) may be a more suitable alternative.

Hip/Pelvis/SI Joints: Pyriformis syndrome, Greater trochanteric bursitis. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hamstring strain, bursitis, hip joint arthritis. Knee: Patellar tendinitis/tendinopathy. OsgoodSchlatter’s disease, quadriceps strain or partial tear, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Chondromalacia patella, Enthesopathy. Ankle & Foot: Chronic ligament strain,chronic Achilles tendinitis, chronic partial tendon tear, plantar fasciitis, arthritic joints.

When Can I Return to Work of Resume My Usual Activities?

How Many Treatments are Usually Necessary? The amount of treatments is dependent on several factors: type and severity of the damaged tissue, location, nutritional state of the patient, age and generic factors. Usually with our PRP procedure two treatments, four to six weeks apart, are necessary to achieve the desired outcome. With our BMAC procedure usually one treatment is required.

Where is the Regenerative Therapy Done? Regenerative Therapy is mostly performed on ligaments, tendon, joints (major and minor), and sometimes nerves. Usually the treatment of multiple sites are the most efficacious and yield the best outcome. The following are commonly treated conditions:

apply. Usually there is localized soreness and discomfort lasting for 24-48 hours. Medications will be prescribed if necessary to alleviate the symptoms. Other instructions will be given which pertains to the specific type of intervention to be performed.

Since the procedure is minimally invasive, in 24 hours the patient usually returns to same activity level prior to the procedure. However, every patient is unique and requires specific recommendations. The decision is usually made according to the progress, lack of symptoms and response to therapy. Remember the regenerative process takes time and usually requires several interventions to achieve the desired goal.

Are There Any Specific Instructions Before or After the Procedure? With PRP and BMAC all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (aleve, motrin, ibuprofen, anaprox etc.) should be stopped for one week prior to and one month after the procedure. According to which specific tissue is treated, certain restrictions will

Most insurance plans cover the specific types of procedure. However, the cost of the supplies for PRP and BMAC are frequently excluded. Separate financial arrangements are sometimes necessary.

Regenerative Injection Therapy Regenerative Injection Therapy is a new approach, utilizing minimally invasive interventions to induce and accelerate tissue healing, previously damaged by a disease process or trauma. In some circumstances, tissue regeneration can be accomplished, eliminating the need for more invasive surgical interventions.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) An advanced type of therapy, in which the patient’s blood is drawn from a vein and concentrated by a special centrifuge device, ultimately creating a concentrate of platelets in plasma. This concentrate contains up to 500% of bioactive proteins, along with multiple growth factors, which are essential in inducing and accelerating tissue repair and regeneration. The PRP is injected into specific tissues by using the most advanced tissue guidance with ultrasound. Most of the benefit is seen in fluoroscopic guidance.

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“I was in a lot of pain before the PRP procedure and now have minimal pain. The doctor did a great job and I’m very satisfied!” Original pain level : 9 Pain post procedure : 2 —Irving S. 6/18/13

“The results have been excellent!” Original pain level: 9 Pain post procedure: 1 Level of satisfaction: 10 Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate —Bernie C. 6/11/13

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By Rose Boyarsky As we approach April, Jews everywhere will celebrate Passover, commemorating the exodus from Egypt, as the Jews finally threw off the chains of slavery. But during our long history in exile Jews also had relatively good periods, even prospering in many areas as well and contributing to the countries they lived. But bitter memories also arise of the horrible periods, mainly on the European soil. Yes, the inquisition in Spain in 1492. Pogroms in Russia (19th and 20th centuries), the rising of antiSemitism, with the coming of Hitler to power in Germany making Europe “Yuddenrein” as he tested the world to get the “green light.” Oh, how they welcomed him with open arms giving him a helping hand, to realize his goal. Although he lost the war, but we Jews lost 6 million of our dear ones. So when we celebrate passover, bitter memories arise again. Oh, how we remember the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising (April 19, 1943), the first Seder night where a handful of brave

The COOPPA Guardian young men and women fought the Nazi monster machine with their bare hands for 3 weeks and went “Al kidush Hashem: their bravery and heroic chapter is written into our history with blood. Another brave chapter is the partizans of Vilno Ghetto. The Bielski “Atriad” (group) in the Naliboki Forest, Novogrudek area from Poland now white Russia. Sadly, we did not hear much about their bravery and sacrifices until now when the movie told their story. Yes, they risked their lives by establishing the group to fight too against the Nazis who already had murdered so may Jews before their eyes. So the goal was to save as many Jews as they could, not only young men able to fight, but old and young women and children for whom the rest had to care. yes, also 1200 like in “Schindler’s List”, 1200 who were saved. But Schindler did not risk his life by saving them, rather profited greatly as well, contributing their free labor to the Nazi machine. No, in no way could it be compared to the sacrifice of the “Bielski Brothers” zIIL. No, our suffering did not end even with the end of war. As most of us survived only one or a few of our families and not knowing our destination as we were met again by our hostile neighbors and barking dogs who occupied our homes to leave or else. The pogrom in Kielel, Yedvabne Lublin and others in Poland and White Russia or Ukraine was the

“Without Music Life would be a Mistake” Would you like to enjoy entertainment for your meetings, parties or get-togethers? We’re here to do just that. Who are we?

Foxy Ladies We are your friends and neighbors, and our motto is: “Let Us Entertain You” Please contact Miriam Lehrer at 954-435-7221 or Helen Fox at 954-437-7661

ATTENTION RESIDENTS It is most important that you update your home telephone number with our I.D. office. Your means of contact must be a land line (not a cell phone) in order for your Emergency Medical Buttons to work. When your visitor arrives at our gates, you must be contacted before your guest will be permitted to enter. In case of emergency it is necessary to reach you, contact must be made by phone. A cell is not an acceptable means of communicating with our medical and security officers.

message to leave, as so many lost their lives after liberation. And as the gates of the free world were closed for us. Britain’s love affair with the Arabs kept Palestine closed also. Sadly, the remnants of the Holocaust had to live in D.P. Camps in Germany, Austria and Italy for several years. Finally on the ashes of the Holocaust and the brave fighting of the Jews in palestine to establish their homeland. Yes and thanks to President Truman (not Roosevelt before) voting for the new homeland “Eretz Israel” as well as opening the gates to the United States. How we were happy to leave the blood soaked soil of Europe promising never to step our foot there. Going to the land of our forefathers as we were finally free. Israel, in her 65th year of existence, absorbed all the remnants from the Holocaust, the driven out Jews from all Arab-Muslim countries and the Jews from the Russian Gulags, wanting to live free and in good relations with their Arab neighbors and the Palestinians. But sadly, met again with a hostile reply, by using intifadas, terror and kidnappings as their wish and goal was and is destruction, no peace. Even Israel is giving so much to reach peace and is getting nothing in return. But this does not stop Israel even to help its enemies. We just learned that Israel is providing humanitarian aid to Syria in spite of the fact that even the rebels aren’t Israel’s friends, promising after they will get rid of Assad their next move is

VILLAGE JAZZ BAND We are not a club, we require no membership. All residents welcome to attend. The members of the band donate their time and talent for you to enjoy. We have some very talented singers that come up from the audience and sing with the band. It is all very informal, we just have fun. The residents seem to enjoy the music and return every Sunday night. We are now averaging an audience of about 150 residents. We outgrew room 121 and had to open up the partitions between rooms 121 and 122. We meet every Sunday night between 7 and 9 p.m. Our band consists of nine musicians. Any talented musicians that would like to participate should contact me: Marvin Schoonens, 954-442-3446, cell: 954-243-6022.

April 2014 fighting Israel to get the Golan. Another example: in Gaza a very ill child was brought to Israel for a cure. And many other are being treated at Hadassah Hospital, even Palestinians. So what is the reply from the P.A. and Abbas? A firm rejection of Israel as a Jewish State, saying, “We welcome martyrdom and will march to Jerusalem in the millions as free people and heroes.” “Negotiations would be only till April after that, we’re free to do what we want,” he said. His chutzpah does not end as Abbas’ Facebook page puts a Palestinian Flag on the Western Wall. And with Iran sharpening the knife, supporting Hezbollah and Hamas urging them to carry out kidnapping operations and murdering IDF soldiers. And even the new deal the West is trying to reach to give up their ambition is on deaf ears as the Iranian foreign minister said, “Iran will never compromise its nuclear rights.” Did the West hear it right? Not really. So Iran’s fingerprints by building terror nests are everywhere and it works for them. Oh, how wrong and naive were thinking the world has learned from the Holocaust that it will never happen again, not only to Jews but to any other nation. Sadly history is repeating as anti-Semitism is on the rise even with few Jews or no Jews everywhere on the globe. Now, it’s anti-Israel and antiJews. A hate filled protest took place in Paris again as thousands marched, chanting “Jew, France is Continued on Page 72

Musicians Wanted

Century Village Pines Symphonic Pops Orchestra Anyone looking to have a great time with our orchestra and meet some new friends. We need string, wind and percussion players of all levels for our community orchestra. Great venue to reconnect with and enhance your musical skills. Play semi-classical, show tunes, marches, big band and holiday selections. Non musician volunteers also welcome for our music library and/or admin. support as “Friends of the Orchestra.”

Contact Mitch Tunkel 954-791-3333 email

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Passover is a Jewish holiday which is celebrated in the northern spring. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan (on the Hebrew calendar). Passover commemorates the Exodus and freedom of the Israelites from ancient Egypt. As described in the Book of Exodus, Passover marks the “birth” of the Children of Israel who become theJewish nation, as the Jews’ ancestors were freed from being slaves of Pharoah. In Israel, Passover is a 7-day holiday, with the first and last days celebrated as a full festival (involving abstention from work, special prayer services and holiday meals.) In the Jewish diaspora outside Israel, the holiday is traditionally celebrated for 8 days (although Reform Jews celebrate for 7 days), with the first two days and last two days celebrated as full festivals. The intervening days are known as Chol HaMoed (“festival weekdays”). The primary symbol of Passover is the matzo, a flat, unleavened “bread” which recalls the hurriedly-baked bread that the Israelites ate after their hasty departure from Egypt. Many Jews observe the positive Torah commandment of eating matzo on the first night of Passover at the Passover Seder, as well as the Torah prohibition against eating or owning Chametz which includes any leavened

Easter, the Feast of the Resurrection, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed between late March and late April (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity). It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. In the Roman Catholic Church, Easter is actually an eight-day feast called the Octave of Easter. Easter also refers to the season of the church year, lasting for fifty days, from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. The Stations of the Cross are recited every Friday during Lent followed by Holy Mass. The faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by law. It is commendable to abstain from smoking, watching too much television, indulging in idle talk, etc. Charity includes almsgiving, kindness, concern and helpfulness towards all, especially the old, the sick and the unfortunate. Parents must see to it that minors, though not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in the authentic sense of penance and encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age. Finally, all members of the faithful are encouraged to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), since it is a true encounter with the loving, forgiving Saviour, Who takes away the burden of our sin, forgives our

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products—such as bread, cake, cookies (or anything made from raw dough that had been left alone for more than 18 minutes, as it then begins to ferment)—for the duration of the holiday. The term Pesach is first mentioned in the Torah account of the Exodus from Egypt. It is found in Moses’ words that God “will pass over” the houses of the Israelites during the final plague of the Ten Plagues of Egypt, the killing of the first-born. On the night of that plague, which occurred on the 15th day of Nisan, the Israelites smeared their lintels and doorposts with the blood of the Passover sacrifice and were spared. The story of Pesach is retold at the Passover Seder and the symbolic food which represents it on the Seder Plate is usually a roasted lamb shankbone. Due to the strict separation between matzo products and chametz during Passover, families typically own complete sets of serving dishes, glassware and silverware that are reserved for use during Passover only. Under certain circumstances, some chametz utensils can be immersed in boiling water to purge them of any traces of chametz they have accumulated throughout the year. Many Sephardic families thoroughly wash their year-round glassware and then use it for Passover, as the

Sephardic position is that glass does not absorb enough traces of food to present a problem. On the morning before Passover, the fast of the firstborn takes place. This fast commemorates the salvation of the Israelite firstborns during the Plague of the Firstborn. In practice, however, most firstborns only fast until the end of the morning prayer service in synagogue. This is due to the widespread custom for a member of the congregation to conduct a siyum (ceremony marking the completion of a section of Torah learning) right after services and invite everyone to partake in a cel-

ebratory meal. According to widespread custom, partaking of this meal removes one’s obligation to fast. It is traditional for a Jewish family to gather on the first night of Passover (first two nights outside the land of Israel) for a special dinner called a Seder. The table is set with the finest china and silverware to reflect the importance of this meal. During this meal, the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold using a special text called the Haggadah. Four cups of wine are consumed at various stages in the narrative.


failing and is the source of peace and joy. Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars (which follow the motion of the sun and the seasons). Instead, they are based on a lunar calendar. In Western Christianity, Easter marks the end of the forty days of Lent, a period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday. The week before Easter is very special in the Christian tradition: the Sunday before is Palm Sunday, and the last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday). Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday respectively commemorate Jesus' entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are sometimes referred to as the Easter Triduum (Latin for "Three Days"). In some countries, Easter lasts two days, with the second called "Easter Monday". The week beginning with Easter Sunday is called Easter Week or the Octave of Easter, and each day is prefaced with "Easter", e.g. Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, etc. Easter Saturday is therefore the Saturday after Easter Sunday. The day before Easter is properly

called Holy Saturday. Many churches start celebrating Easter late in the evening of Holy Saturday at a service called the Easter Vigil. Eastertide, the season of Easter, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts until the day of Pentecost, seven weeks later. In Eastern Christianity, preparations begin with Great Lent. Following the fifth Sunday of Great Lent is Palm Week, which ends with Lazarus Saturday. Lazarus Saturday officially brings Great Lent to a close, although the fast continues for the following week. After Lazarus Saturday comes Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Easter itself, and the fast is broken immediately after the Divine Liturgy. Easter is immediately followed by Bright Week, during which there is no fasting, even on Wednesday and Friday. As with many other Christian dates, the celebration of Easter extends beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting. Today it is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards and confectionery such as chocolate

Easter eggs, marshmallow bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans. Throughout North America and parts of the UK, the Easter holiday has been partially secularized, so that some families participate only in the attendant revelry, central to which is decorating Easter eggs on Saturday evening and hunting for them Sunday morning, by which time they have been mysteriously hidden all over the house and garden. According to the children's stories, the eggs were hidden overnight and other treats delivered by the Easter Bunny in an Easter basket which children find waiting for them when they wake up. The Easter Bunny's motives for doing this are seldom clarified. Many families in America will attend Sunday Mass or services in the morning and then participate in a feast or party in the afternoon.

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By Gokhan Guvenli, M.D. Did you know... The more often you have sex, the more likely you are to be happy with life? Findings show that elderly people who had sex more than once a month were 50% more likely to say they were very happy than those who reported no sexual activity. For older people, the quality of their sex life can be dependent on their general health. However, on the positive side, retirement and children leaving home can leave older couples with more time on their hands for each other. The issues surrounding mature sexuality are still not openly discussed, leaving a prevailing stereotype of older people as “asexual, devoid of feelings or emotion.” Which brings us to... Sexually Transmitted Diseases The rates have more than doubled among middle-aged adults and the elderly. One cause may be the increased use of erectile dysfunction drugs by millions of aging men. Another may be the low rate of condom use among older couples who no longer worry about pregnancy and think they are not at risk for STDs. Too old to worry? Age does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. They can and do happen in sexually active older people. To protect yourself always use a condom during sex and if using a latex condom, be sure to use a water-based lubricant as an oil-based lubricant will damage the latex condom. STDs Bacterial Vaginosis Chlamydia Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Genital HPV Infection Genital Herpes Syphilis Trichomoniasis How to prevent them: • Abstain from sexual intercourse of any kind (oral, vaginal or anal) • Be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner/spouse • Ask a new partner if he/she has an STD, has been exposed to one or has any unexplained & related symptoms or sores, rashes or discharge from the genital area. • Use a new condom for each act • Get regular check-ups By all means: Enjoy your sexual health. Here

is a list of aphrodisiacs: Aniseed • Avocado • Banana Basil • Licorice • Nutmeg Cardamom • Chocolate • Carrots Chili Peppers • Oysters • Papaya Cucumbers • Figs • Garlic Honey • Pine Nuts Additionally, music can set the mood, carry the mood and ruin the mood. It’s effectiveness comes from the memory we associate with it. If you have fond memories of slow dancing to a special song, it’s a good bet that same song will have the same effect on you later in life. Is it all in our heads? Are we already halfway there by simply thinking aphrodisiacs are going to work? Possibly. After all, the most powerful sex organ is the brain. If your head isn’t in the right place, nothing will work. If you have further questions, or would like additional information, please call Dr. Gokhan Guvenli at (954)432-5400or visit us at 12600 Pembroke, Suite 100, Miramar, FL 33027.


By Ira M. Kotch, D.M.D., P.A. General Dentistry FIVE DENTAL SYMPTOMS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE With regular dentist visits, we all should be able to keep on top of any problems that might affect our mouths. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of those symptoms that warrant a quicker appointment—especially for those of us who leave more time than we should between visits. Here is a list of the dental symptoms you should never ignore. Dental symptom #1: Changing gums Gum disease includes gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a more advanced condition, which, if untreated, could lead to tooth loss) and is caused by plaque, an almost invisible, sticky film containing bacteria that can form on a clean tooth within 24 hours. With time, this plaque can harden into tartar, or calculus. The tartar can accumulate under your gum line, causing even more inflammation. Contact Dr. Kotch if you experience these symptoms: • Changes in color, for instance from a normal pink color to red or bluish-red

• Swollen gums, with a spongy feel • Receding gums, making the teeth look larger—you may see some of the root • Pus, odor, or new spaces forming between the teeth Dental symptom #2: White spots on teeth Dental decay is essentially an infection in your tooth, which starts with the hard enamel dissolving in response to acid produced by bacteria. The first signs are white spots that form in the very early stages. When decay begins, particularly if this is happening between the teeth, you probably won’t be aware of it, which is why regular checkups, including X-rays, are so important. At this point, you may be able to stop the process before it develops into an actual cavity that requires a filling. So if you notice any white spots that weren't there before, it's worth getting them checked out. Dental symptom #3: An increased sensitivity to hot and cold Once decay moves through the enamel and into the center of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, you will likely begin to experience noticeable symptoms, such as a new or increased sensitivity to hot and cold or to certain foods. If this occurs, make a dental appointment immediately, as the earlier you treat a cavity, the better. Sensitivity to hot and cold could also be a sign of less serious problems, such as teeth grinding—which you may be unaware you’re doing, especially if it happens at night—or a filling that needs to be fixed. It's always worth mentioning this to your dentist. Dental symptom #4: Tooth pain Persistent tooth pain generally indicates a serious problem.

Other related symptoms could include a tooth sensitive to touch or pus forming nearby. Keep in mind that even if the pain goes away after a day or two, you could still have a problem and should mention it to your dentist—your body may have fought off the tooth infection, but the basic problem remains, which means the infection could return. Dental symptom #5: Changes of color or texture in the mouth Take the time while cleaning your teeth to look at your cheeks, your tongue and underneath your tongue to spot any changes. Basically, you’re checking for anything that wasn't there before. Any changes of color, such as white or red patches that aren’t going away and are getting bigger, or lumps that have formed in places which previously were smooth, should be investigated. Many medications can make your mouth drier. That means there won’t be as much saliva, which contains antibacterial properties, to help keep infections at bay. So if you take any medication, be vigilant in watching for symptoms of trouble. Also, as we age, the mouth becomes less resilient, so it makes sense to be more careful, especially if you’re also on daily medications. Dr. Kotch may help your mouth stay strong by suggesting fluoride gels and rinses or mouthwetting agents. And remember, one of the most important things you can do is form a partnership with Dr.Kotch and the dental hygienist to help you keep your mouth healthy and to pick up problems at an early stage. Pay attention to the state of your health, and mention any changes or problems as early as possible. If you need more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Kotch at 954-437-4443.




By Helen Oxenberg, MSW, ACSW Dear Solutions: My boyfriend has admitted that he’s had sex with other women while he’s been going out with me. When I confronted him he said he just gets tempted once in a while but he thinks he’d die without me and I should stick with him. He’s a very attractive guy and I know if I dump him there’ll be other women lined up waiting for him. He is a lot of things I want in a man but can I ever trust him? When he cheats I turn away but then I get pulled back in when he says he would die without me. -IDear I: Tell him to prove it! Mr. Seduction could give you a sexually transmitted disease (yes it could happen to older people also) that could cause you to beat him to the morgue. So, he says he would die without you – are you willing to die with him? Get out of

Legal Corner Continued from Page 55 elderly in driving as long and as safely as possible. However, when driving skills continue to deteriorate, individual assessments of each person’s ability with involvement from family members, the family physician and the state’s Driver Motor Vehicle Department are essential in making these critical decisions. If you have been involved in an accident, whether you were charged with it or the other person was at fault, I urge you call my office as soon as possible. As an attorney for the past 35 years, I handle all types of personal injury cases. My office, at 9000 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, is located 10 minutes from Century Village. I would welcome any calls to my office (954) 4415077 or my cell (954) 801-0352 to assist you if you have had any type of accident, or to discuss with you any legal questions or problems.

The COOPPA Guardian this play before the die is cast or you may be the one to end up in that role! Dear Solutions: My daughter is going back and forth trying to make a decision about how to handle something with her 20 year old son. Since she was unmarried she lived with me with my grandson for many years as he was growing up and she is asking me for advice and since I’m unsure I’m asking you. She’s afraid her son is going to have a problem with rejection if he tries to contact or even see his biological father. She was never married to his father because she found out after she was pregnant that he was already married. She once tried to contact him when my son was small and was sick and he threatened to sue her for slander if she named him as the father. He was real nasty so she took care of herself and she did well. My grandson asked about his father once when he was younger and she told him that that person wasn’t responsible enough to be a husband or father. Now that he’s a young adult he may want to contact him. How should she prepare him to be welcomed or to have the door slammed in his face? -UnsureDear Unsure: She should not

do anything unless or until her son asks. Then honesty is her only option. You say she’s done well so I assume her son has a good self image which will help him deal with rejection. He must be reassured that if he is rejected it has nothing to do with him but only with the unfortunate character and fears of this man. Her job now is to be flexible, give her son a lot of love and be there if he needs her. Dear Solutions: My parents live across the country. Their 40th anniversary is coming up and I don’t know if I should plan a celebration for them. If I had a sister or brother it would be easier but if I don’t do it I get guilty feelings and when I think of doing it I resent it. I don’t even know what to plan if I decide to do something. Any suggestions? -PhilDear Phil: Oh, you’re that one who’s stuck between a rock and a hard place! If you don’t do it you feel guilty because they’ve been good to you and they’re getting older. If you do do it you resent the fact that they never supplied you with sisters or brothers to help you out. First, count the advantages you’ve gotten from being an only child – no sibling rivalry, all the attention and love and oh yes – all the • Page 69 money. You can count the disadvantages if you want to waste your time. Instead round up the usual relatives and friends of theirs and ask them to help you plan this and help you carry it out. Aunts, uncles, cousins, surrogate siblings, So – make travel plans. Dear Solutions: I’m Barry’s grandmother and Barry is living with his girlfriend. They’re not married so how should she introduce me since I can’t be called her grandmother-in-law? He’s not her husband, she’s not his wife so what does that make me? -LenaDear Lena: That makes you Barry’s grandmother. Not to worry. You’re not an in-law and you’re not an out-law. She can introduce you as “Barry’s grandmother” or as “my companion’s grandmother”. A little awkward? Yes. Unusual today? No. The best thing she can, hopefully, introduce you as is “my loving friend”. Your loving attitude toward them can, hopefully, help you win official “grandmother-in-law” status one happy wedding day. Problems? Become part of the Solution. Write to Helen Oxenberg, Senior Solutions, P.O. Box 346, Jamesburg, NJ 08831 or email:

Letters to the Editor LETTER TO THE EDITOR


On February 15, I attended a Florida ballet troupe. The numbers were well executed to the music. Ravel’s Bolero was exciting. The last number was Eli, Eli, (A Prayer to God, a plight for the Jewish people.) Lo and behold, the music was familiar to me. When I first moved here my accompanist suggested to me that I learn that song. Not being of the Jewish faith at that time, I asked him to explain the meaning of the lyrics so I could sing it with proper expression. The words have become very memorable to me. After singing it you cannot talk to me, my hands are ice cold. As a convert to Judaism, I have been singing Eli, Eli for over 20 years. I had the privilege to perform it for the Holocaust Commemoration. Had the number been staged differently with other dancers depicting the horror, pain and anguish, it might have been more inspirational for me. With a full house, I don’t know if many in attendance realized the full meaning of the song. Mary Martinez

The word courage according to the Thesaurus means to have bravery, guts, nerve, daring just to name a few. I applaud the man who had all of the aforementioned in chasing the thief that was breaking into our homes not only taking our belongings but more importantly endangering our very existence. How often do we speak about doing something positive for our community only to become timid, nervous and lose all feelings of being brave? Speak up, gather together to form not a vigilante but a group of caring, responsible senior citizens who love where they live and can benefit from being watchful for each other, from speaking up at injustices and from being that kind of individual I welcome as a neighbor and friend. Rochelle Gold

A FABULOUS SHOW One of the best shows or the best show was Tony Orlando, Wednesday, Feb. 19th. I surely enjoyed it, and so did the residents here in Century Village.

He said he will be back in two years. I can’t wait. Hope I will still be here. All the people in his band were special performers too. Edith Weiss


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HOUSES OF WORSHIP SYNAGOGUES Temple Beth Ahm Israel, 9730 Stirling Road, Davie, FL. Friday evening service at 8:00 p.m.; Junior Congregation meets 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning services at 8:45 a.m. Daily minyan at 8:00 a.m. and Monday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Family service first Friday of each month at 8:00 p.m. For information please call 954431-5100. Temple Beth Emet, 4807 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, FL. 33330. Services Fridays at 7:30 p.m. For information please call 954-680-1882. Century Pines Jewish Center, the Conservative Temple in Century Village. Minyan services every morning Sunday thru Friday at 9:15 a.m. Friday evening services at 5 p.m. Shabbat morning services start at 9:15 a.m. For information call the Temple office at 954431-3300. Chabad of Pembroke Pines/ SW Broward. 10601 Sterling Road, Cooper City, FL. 33328. Services daily 7:30 a.m., Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For information log on or call 954252-1770. Congregation Judea, 6734 Stirling Rd., Stirling Plaza Shopping Center. Friday evening services 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning services 9:00 a.m. Daily Minyan 8:00 a.m. For information call 954986-2685. Village Reform Congre-gation of Pembroke Pines. Weekly Friday evening services held at 13400 S.W. 10th St. in Century Village at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning services at 10:30 a.m. For information call Al Friedman 954-435-9062, office 954-437-7969. Young Israel of Pembroke Pines in Century Village. Daily services are held at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:00 a.m. For further information, call Andy Schwartz at 954450-1191. CHURCHES Abundant Living Ministries. 14331 S.W. 72nd Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33330. Bishop Hugh Thomas, Pastor. English & Spanish Praise and Worship Services: Sundays 10:00 a.m.; Sunday 5:30 p.m. classes; Wednesday Night Service: 7:30 p.m. For information call 954-680-2500. Bible Baptist Church, 7 S.W. 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33027. Mark Brown, Pastor. Sunday School/Adult Bible Class 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m., Evening

6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. For information, call: 954-443-9505. Center for Spiritual Living. Service held Sunday, 10:30 a.m. For locations of weekly classes or seminars, call Pastor Erwin Deiser, 954-435-0050. Central Baptist Church, 11700 N.W. 29th Court. Plantation. Services conducted at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday with Rev. Howard A. Leman. For information call 954-473-2424. Everglades Community Church, Silver Trail Middle School, 184th Street and Sheridan. Ken Johnson, Pastor, 954-4500741. Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m. Faith Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 7676 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, FL 33024. Sunday school 9:30 a.m., “Morning Worship” 11:00 a.m. For information, call 954989-8116. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1700 NW 98th Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. Adult Sunday School 9:15 a.m.. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 10:30 a.m. For information, please call 954431-3250,thefaithchurch@bell; www.faithpembroke Transportation available. First Baptist Church at Weston. 1420 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326. Dr. Rob Peters, Senior Pastor. Sunday services 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Bible study for all ages 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Spanish translation for each service. For information log on to or 954-3894555. Florida Bible Church, 9300 Pembroke Road, Miramar. Sunday services: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Worship 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 7:00 p.m. For information call 954-4316776. Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church, 2801 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines. The Rev. Dr. Anthony B. Holder, Pastor. Sunday Worship Services: 8:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. Adult Christian Education at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday School for children and youth at 10:15 a.m. For information call 954432-8686, email: holysac@, on the web at Iglesia Bautista, Pembroke Pines. 18500 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches. Servicios: Domingo 11:00 a.m., Miercoles 7:30 a.m. 954-684-9112, Pastor: 954-607-8857. Living Faith Lutheran Church. Pines Blvd. & 178th Ave. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Pastor Clark Kilgard.

New Horizon United Methodist Church: 5741 S. Flamingo Rd., Southwest Ranches, 33330. Sunday morning worship services 9:00 & 11:00, Sunday school for all ages at 9:30, Adults 11:15. Wednesday night supper and bible study 5:45-7:30 p.m. Bus transportation available. Contact Church Office 954-434-7400, New Life Lutheran Church located at 2951 S.W. 186 Avenue, Miramar. Sunday services at 9:45 a.m. by Pastor Medley. For info call 954-4301989. Oasis Church 12201 SW 14 St. Services: Every evening: 6:00 p.m.; Sunday mornings: 8:30, 10:30, 12:00 a.m. For info: 954-433-4838, Ext. 206. Our Lady of Victory Catholic Chapel, Society of St. Pius X, 4590 S.W. 65th Avenue, Davie, FL 33314, celebrates traditional Latin Mass on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and on weekdays at 7:45 a.m. For information call 954792-3162. Parkway Baptist Church, 1101 S.W 49th Avenue, Plantation, FL. has Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. For information call 954-581-5009. Pines Baptist Church, 800 N.W 102 Avenue, Pembroke Pines. (SW corner of Palm Avenue and Johnson Street). Sunday Bible Study for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. ESOL Bible Class begins at 9 a.m. Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Tranlation in Spanish and Creole is offered for Worship Service. Child care for birth through fifth grade during Sunday School and Worship Service. All are welcome. For more information call 954-4358484. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 8330 Johnson Street, Pembroke Pines, FL. Rev. Antonio Silio. Saturday Vigil Masses: 4:30 p.m. (English); 6:00 p.m. (Español), 7:30 p.m. (French/Creole). Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon (English); 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. (Español); 4:00 p.m. (Viet-namese). For info. call 954-432-2750. St. Edward Catholic Church. 19000 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33029. Rev. John Peloso, Pastor; Rev. Albert Lahens, Jr., Asst. Pastor. Mon. Fri. 7:30 Rosary, 8:00 a.m. Mass. Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 p.m.; Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00 & 11:30 a.m.; Mass in Spanish: 1:30 p.m.; For info, call 954-436-7944 St. Mark Catholic Church. 5601 South Flamingo Road. Cooper City, FL, Pastor Edmond Whyte, celebrates

Mass on Saturday at 5:00 (English) and Sunday 7:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m. (English). Spanish Mass at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. For information call 954-434-3777. St. Gregory Catholic Church, 200 N. University Drive, Plantation, FL celebrates Mass at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, 10:30 a.m., noon and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. For information call 954-473-6261. St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church, 5401 S.W 64th Ave., Davie, FL conducts Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m. in English and at 11:00 a.m. in Polish. For information call 954-581-5293. St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 701 N. Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, FL, Masses/services English: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30, 11:00, 12:30 p.m. Spanish: Saturday 7 p.m. Rev. Jeff McCormick. For information call 954-432-0206. Taft Street Baptist Church, 7241 Taft Street, Hollywood. Warship services at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For information call 954-983-1413. The Baptist Temple, 1490 N.W Flamingo Road, Plantation, FL. Sunday services at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Raymond Nichols. For information call 954-472- 5750. The Fountain Ministries, 21113 Johnson St., Ste. 120, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 holds Sun. Morning Services 8:00 a.m. & 10:20 a.m. Wed. Mid-week Service is 7:15 p.m. For info, call Sandra Atkins 954-447-6858. The Covenant Seventh-Day Adventist Church. 18300 SW Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines (Silver Trail Middle School). Services Saturday 9:30-12:30. Pastor Garry Gordon. For information call 954-432-2230. The Oasis at Century Village. Services are held inside the Village every Wednesday afternoon. Coffee and fellowship at 2:00 p.m., services begin at 2:15 p.m. in the rear party room of the Century Pines Jewish Center (large, white synagogue located between CV’s old and new sections.) Park and enter at rear of building or ride #6 trolley. Pastor Bob at Suffolk II, 954-431-9496. Trinity Lutheran Church, 7150 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. FL. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., worship at 8:00 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Keith Spencer. For information call 954-989-1903. Victoria en Jesus/Victory in Jesus Church, 3800 Translation for each service. All are welcome. Visit website: www.victoriaen For information call 754-779-1345.

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PROSE & POETRY HAIL THE WHALE Save the whale Or save the seal The choice is up to you; But be resolved To be involved As God would have us do. Until there are No angels in sky, Until the lakes and rivers Run dry; Until the moon darkens And covers the sun Until they are gone Until there are none Save the whales! Mary Mona Dorman

CYBERNETIC RETIREMENT “It’s not that I fled. I just kept a step ahead. It was either them or me. I chose me,” said the retiree. “While I still had dignity, a number I would not be, neither junior to cold machinery nor a disc doomed destiny of cybernetic sterility “Yes, my job I surrendered, But I escaped being rendered terribly, irreversibly neuter by that soulless computer. Like I said a step ahead.” Jack Gallagher

IMAGES Strange ladies she does not know take her hand and say her name, but she patiently waits in her moving chair for you or who to come or call. At noon she knows the time and smiles like an angel when given her favorite lunch — a peanut butter & jelly sandwich with just 12 grapes, oh so small. Her struggles to hear and see and know bring a worried frown on her aged brow for soon the sun will begin to set bring a prayer that today she did not fall. Happiness shines across her face when her daughter sits beside her, takes her hand and talks about her day — she feels so safe and once again, tall. The journey she longs to take to see those loved and gone before is near — such joy to come, but wait is that them down the hall? Margaret Judges

HOORAY FOR GRAVITY! Let’s appreciate gravity, Without it, we wouldn’t be here; Weighing less than a feather, We’d be floating in the atmosphere. So, give three cheers for gravity That keeps our planet in place; Without its special power, We’d be a speck in outer space. May Braidman



I will never forget the day she arrived At the office we worked in She entered Stage right Elegantly tailored in a Lord & Taylor original.

Life’s most amazing story I must confess When you think for a moment, you’ll all say yes The birth of a child we now all can see What started as a single cell became you or me The egg was fertilized in some strange way The smile on our faces remain until this day We waited a while in Mom’s caboose With a string that looked like a little noose Mom in her own way held us dear And at this time we had nothing to fear That little cell grew and grew Boy or girl, at the time no one knew We layed around, kicked Mom once or twice She for some reason thought this was nice We soon got tired of our nine month swim It got close to where our new life would begin God in his own time pulled the plug I gave a few kicks and a mighty shrug And some guy in a green suit gave a tug Out I came without a sheckle But there I was with a little schmekle So my life began in my mighty tale Would I be kept or be up for sale This amazing story has gone on for 85 years There has been mostly joy but there were a few tears This story has been told by more than one And in each case it has been fun So think very clearly that a birth is God’s gift It most certainly will give you a lift. Ted Sloan

You are not a morning person — Now you arrived at the crack of dawn, Beginning each day at her side. You stayed in at lunch time, Devouring her every word instead of food. You spent every moment possible Totally into her - forgetting me! I could tell you the day, the hour, the minute She arrived because I felt I was losing you. She has numerous college and masters’ degrees, She is the consummate professional. She is well-versed in politics and the sport you love; Plus an excellent cook. The in-crowd is enthralled by her presence; The out-crowd wants to bask in her glow. Struggling to keep up with her, vulnerable and insecure, I totalled up my deficits. I never finished college and Cooking — hah! My million dinners burned, I couldn’t cook! My clothes are avante garde – to shock and flaunt – They scream please notice me. Making friends is difficult for me, I could never get Emily Post down pat. All I have to offer you is my heart. In total amazement, I found out she felt threatened by me, Wishing me away from you. She and I, total opposites, yet alike, In that we wait anxiously, For you to make the next move. Janie Penny Weingart

CELL PHONES FOREVER NEVER This kind of weather is special, cool and not sticky. It’s hand holding time for the beautiful women of Century Village. Take your partner’s hand or arm and go for a walk. Surprise will show on their face. It is a secure feeling of caring. Never reject this action. It prevents falling. It puts a smile on both faces and a feel good feeling. You now have a chance to find a four leaf clover. Make a wish always for good health. Oxygen will fill your lungs. You will feel great and look great with pink cheeks. Joanne Alter

Cell phones, cell phones, everyone likes to talk, In a restaurant or even just taking a walk. Sometimes though we don’t want to hear What people say, it can bend your ear. In a quiet restaurant for instance, where you may go, You may want the conversation to be extra low. But think of emergencies where it’s so great That if you need a friend, there is no wait. We pick the phone up and dial right away What a wonderful invention we have today. So keep that cell phone right on hand Because they are truly in demand. Cynthia Miller

BEING DEPENDENT OR INDEPENDENT Being alone or being with others All out there are like sisters and brothers Sometimes we agree and other times not Yet, push comes to shove, we need each other a lot Where I used to run, I now do walk Many more opportunities for me to talk What I have to say now takes longer Sometimes I am right, sometimes I am wronger I look in the mirror and get back a reflection What I really need is someone’s attention Please listen to what I have to say Before my memory passes away There is so much within my mind As I try to express it, I am one of a kind It’s now much harder to explain a single thought Within my mind a battle is fought I so often try to express what is there Not to hurt a soul, for I really do care Like each of us I depend on others As I previously said, they are like my brothers Let me learn to be wise as I express my views I know to some it is not new news But the feeling I express depends upon me Let them no longer be just “I” but let them always be “ME.” Ted Sloan

SPRING Spring is once again here It’s a beautiful time of the year. However, so is summer and fall Winter is fine, too. I guess I’m happy to be here any time at all. We have to appreciate whatever time God gives us to be on earth. So I’ll try not to complain and give it my best for all its worth. Edith Weiss

SPRINGTIME IS REFRESHING Spring is soon here All the birdies will sing All the lilies will bloom And we will all sing Enjoy the picnics and sunshine Maybe love will find its way to you Through God Love and God Bless All Bella Star

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? Test Your Trivia Knowledge ? ? ? ? MUSIC ? 2.

How many grooves are there on each side of a 45 r.p.m. record?


What song is heard as the bombs go off at the end of “Dr. Strangelove”?


What Beatles album contains the song “Michelle”?


Who asked the musical question “Have you ever been to electric lady land”?


What singer won the 1943 ALABAMA Mississippi State Fair talent contest?


What song has someone calling “you-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo”?


What Everly Brother’s song was banned in Boston?


What group asked the musical question “Do You Believe In Magic”?


What Detroit-based record company was founded by Barry Gordy Jr. in

ANSWERS 9. The Lovin’ Spoonful

Who was known as the “Father of Country Music”?

10. Motown


8. “Wake Up Little Susie” 7. “Indian Love Call” 6. Elvis Presley 5. Jimi Hendrix 4. “Rubber Soul”

In July 1943 I was only ten years old, but I will always remember my good friend Alex. I don’t even know his full name, but Alex may have saved my life. There is a saying that “you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy”. Well, I am just the opposite. I am a city boy. I grew up on the streets of the congested Lincoln Park district of Chicago’s near north side, and liked the ambiance of being close to movie theatres, restaurants, stores, transportation, and the hustle and bustle of a great city. But being the only child in my family, my parents, over my objections, shipped me off to a summer camp called “Camp Horseshoe”, named after Horseshoe Lake in Minong, Wisconsin, a small logging town deep in the North Woods about 50 miles south of Duluth, Minnesota. It was the first time I was living away from home, and although many other ten-year old kids would have enjoyed the experience, I was unhappy being away

1. “Jimmy Rodgers

By Earl Rodney

2. One


3. We’ll Meet Again


from my familiar surroundings in the exciting city of Chicago. Also, I was following the events of World War II daily, rushing home from school each day at 3:30 pm to hear the latest war news from Julian Bentley on radio station WBBM. I also followed the war news in the daily newspapers – especially the reports by Ernie Pyle in the Chicago Sun-Times, and listened on the radio to all of the famous news correspondents like Walter Winchell, Gabriel Heatter, and H. V. Kaltenborn. But, up in the remote North Woods there were no radios and no newspapers. And I really did not get along with the other campers. So what made an unknown boy named Alex become my good friend? One hot day after breakfast, the entire camp was assembled to go on a hike in the woods. Actually, I had never been on a hike before, so I excitedly filled my canteen with water, and joined the lines of boys assembled in groups according to age. As the hike progressed, I became very tired and worn out, as I was quite small for my age and never was good at athletics. I spilled out the water from my canteen to lessen the weight I was carrying. Big mistake! As the morning progressed, it became hotter and hotter as the sun rose in the sky, and I started to become parched and terribly thirsty. I instantly regretted my foolish decision to empty my water canteen. I wish I had previ-

ously read the poem “Gunga Din” by the famous British author Rudyard Kipling written in the 19th Century about a water carrier serving with the British army in India. The lines in the poem I wish I had read before were: “But when it comes to slaughter you will do your work on water, an’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots of ‘im that’s got it”. Finally, we were allowed to rest a while in the shade, after two exhausting hours of hiking on hilly ground, and I noticed a boy sitting in my group named Alex who was sharing his filled canteen with the other small boys. He let me have a long drink that probably saved me from developing kidney disease. The water was warm, stale, and had a metallic taste, but to my pathetic, debilitated, and dry state, it was the very best drink of my life! I read how I then felt later in life, when I read the lines in ‘Gunga Din” that described the water given to a wounded soldier by Gunga Din”: “It was crawlin’ and it stunk, but of all the drinks I’ve drunk, I’m gratefullest to one from Gunga Din”. Even after the passage of a lifetime, I still remember the kindness of my good friend Alex by sharing his water canteen with me during that hot, long and brutal hike in the dense forests of northern Wisconsin in July 1943.

Rose Boyarsky Continued from Page 66 not for you.” This after many hate and terror before as some Jews lost their lives. Anti-Semitic nationalist parties are gaining power in Hungary where the extreme right wing party, Jobbik, has proposed fascist laws giving the “green light” to gangs assaulting Jews. Greece, being in so much trouble economically, whom do they blame? The Jews. And all of the European Union who have to worry about international terror or solve their problems economically instead paying attention to boycott Israel academically and use sanctions, all to appease the Muslims. The other hot spot, the cradle of antiSemitism, Ukraine is showing their “old remedy” by physically attacking Jews coming out from shul as the latest. Forget their internal troubles as we witness now protesting and burning, when it comes to Jews, they’re ready to ump on the “bandwagon” to show their true face.


April 2014 A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE By May Braidman It was a few days before our son's fifth birthday, and we were just sitting down to dinner when there was a knock on our door. I opened it to Mr. Carpenter, who was renting a house across the street from our. “I have a friend who owns a pet store," he said, "where she sells only thoroughbred toy Manchester terriers. Somehow, one of her terriers gave birth to a mixed breed puppy. She can't sell it, so I thought about giving it to your son, Steve.” We had been hearing the "Can I have a dog?” plea from our son for some time and had been firm in our response, which was, "when you are old enough to take care of it." I opened my mouth to tell Mr. Carpenter my refusal of his offer, but then I looked down. A tiny black puppy was curled up in Mr. Carpenter's palm. Two soft brown eyes looked up at me and said without words, "Take me, you won't be sorry." I looked over at Ken and Steve, still sitting at the dinner table, and in a moment, they were at my side. One glance at the puppy was all it took. Steve sat down in the little chair in which he watched TV and Ken put the puppy on Steve's lap A few gentle strokes on the pup's back created an instant bond between them. After Mr. Carpenter left, we named the puppy "Oscar”after an

HELLO, SCHNUCKY! By Margaret Lipthay Schnucky was my sister’s dog. When Schnucky was ill, and had to be forced to take pills, she was my sister’s dog. When she had made a mess that had to be cleaned up, she was my sister’s dog. If it was raining and Schnucky had to go out, she was still my sister's dog. On really nice days when the dog was well, she became the children’s dog! One Sunday morning, on a bright and clear day, my sister's husband decided he would take a walk in the park to take advantage of the lovely weather and take the dog with him for an outing. This idea was greeted by all parties concerned with great enthusiasm; my sister, as she had enough to do, the children, as they had other plans, as usual, but especially by Schnucky, herself! As soon as she saw the leash, she started jumping up and running in circles. Schnucky was a curly-haired gray dog with close-cut fur. She looked exactly like an Old English Sheep Dog. Her longest hair was that which hung into her eyes. The only difference between her and a regular full-sized Sheep Dog was her size, she was only about one-quarter their size! No one knows how this mutation came about. She came from a pet shop, so her parentage was completely unknown. In those days, there were not many shelters from

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old friend. I put a saucer of warm milk on the kitchen floor. When Oscar leaned over it to drink, his head and shoulders went down into the milk and his hind legs went up into the air. His pure bred mother had given him a sleek little rear end, but the mutt who had fathered him had given him a broad and comparatively heavy chest, responsible for his tumble into the milk. However, he soon learned how to solve the problem. He spread his hind legs apart and tucked his tail under him. This maneuver weighed down the rear part of his body enough to allow him to lean over and drink the milk without falling into it. That evening, we wrapped a ticking clock in a towel and put it into a box lined with other towels for Oscar' bed. We had read that the ticking clock would mimic the sound of his mother's heartbeat and reassure him that she was nearby. Our ploy did not work, and our six weeks old puppy cried that night and the next night It took a lot of willpower for me to resist getting out of bed to comfort him, but, by the third night, he no longer cried. We often speak of our many happy years with Oscar and remember his intelligence and his sensitivity to our moods. One day, when I was sitting sadly on our back steps, disconsolate after one of life's inevitable disappointments, he came to me and put his chin on my knees, looking up at

me with silent sympathy. A happier memory was his readiness to play. Ken would put a treat on Oscar's nose. tell him to wait, and the dog would obey, every fiber of his body trembling with anticipation As soon as Ken said, "okay" , Oscar would flip the treat into the air and catch it in his mouth as it came down. Another favorite game was "hide and seek". Sitting on the back steps, Ken would put his hands over Oscar's eyes while Steve climbed the tree in our backyard and our daughter, Susan, hid out of sight around the side of the house. As soon as Ken uncovered Oscar's eyes and said, "Go find them", Oscar would run to the tree and look up, barking, and then run around to the side of the house to "discover" Susan. As the years passed, Steve became a teenager and his activities kept him busy after school. Oscar became Susan's constant companion, instilling in her a love for dogs that has continued to this day. Oscar remained a small dog, never weighing more than thirteen pounds, but the amount of joy he gave us is immeasurable. I still remember the feel of his warm little body leaning against my legs, the silky feel of his ears and his furry little chin that he loved to have scratched. We cherish the seventeen years of love that we gained from Steve's fifth birthday surprise.

which one could adopt an animal. However, she was a really nice dog, got along well with everyone, including my dog, Dina. This could not have been said about my sister’s previous dog, a rambunctious white terrier, which barked and barked and drove poor Dina crazy. Dina could never tolerate small white dogs thereafter! Anyway, this Sunday morning, my mother happened to look out the window, and said, quite amazed, "Will you look at that, Schnucky is standing all alone at the front gate. There is nobody with her at all!" Mom sent me downstairs to investigate. Yep, she was right. It was certainly Schnucky, and she was all alone. When she saw me, she started jumping up and down, wanting to be let in, which I did. She then ran to the front doors and I opened them and she sprinted up the stairs leading to the second floor where we lived, As the door was still open, she ran in, to be greeted by Dina, who was delighted to see her. She probably asked, "How come?" in dog. But all we heard was "Woof, woof" . Schnuck answered, " Woof'. My father asked, "What now?" Mom said, "I guess we wait. Someone will miss her and will probably show up." This seemed a reasonable course of action as neither my family or my sisters' owned a telephone! She was right. In about twenty minutes my brother-in-law appeared at the door, all flushed and sweaty. He said, "I am in big trouble with my wife. I shall have

to tell her I lost her dog. I let Schnucky off the leash, and when I thought it was time to go home, she wouldn't come back to me. I screamed at her and then she really took off. It was no longer a game. I looked all over that park, but could not find that blasted dog! Whatever shall I tell my wife and the kids?" My parents said, "No need to worry, the dog found her way to Grandma's house and came here for protection. Grandmas always take care of problems He was very relieved, but we all wondered how she found the way. Previously, she had always come in the car, never by foot, or in her case, paw!

STOP SIGN RULES After complete stop, you must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic at stop signs. Move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.


TRAFFIC RULES & PARKING Owners shall not park, nor shall they permit their families, guests or tenants to park in the parking spaces of other owners, or in such a manner as to prevent ready access to the parking spaces of other owners. Improperly parked vehicles may be subject to removal at their owner’s expense.

THERMOSTAT/ HUMIDISTAT OPERATION The following procedures should be used when setting your thermostat and/or humidistat. Based on the information available concerning humidistats, these settings should insure you of the most economical use of your system.

WHEN AT HOME Turn your humidistat dial to the “ON” position. (Do not turn it to the “OFF” position.) Set the thermostat fan “AUTO/ON”, switch to your desired temperature.

WHEN YOU’RE AWAY Use these settings when you’re away for an extended period of time (ONE WEEK OR MORE.) Set your humidistat dial on 60 percent relative humidity. Set your temperature dial or lever to 78 degrees. Set your thermostat fan “AUTO/ON” switch to “AUTO”. Set your thermostat system switch to the “COOL” position.

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