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Stately residence with exceptional details throughout and custom craftsmanship. Situated on a private 2 acre lot with 14,907 total sq ft of living space; featuring 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, 2 laundry rooms, 441 bottle wine room, elevator, library, gym, study, theater room, 2 fireplaces, 4 car garage and so much more








European inspired Chateau tucked away on a hidden and private 1 acre lot. Custom exterior with stone, brick, copper and stucco finishes. The charming interior is warm and intimate with exquisite stone fireplaces, wood beamed ceilings, brick wall, and weathered marble and wood flooring. Luxurious amenities include gourmet kitchen with walk in pantry, impressive home theater, library, and outdoor wood burning fireplace. Professionally decorated by P & H Interiors







Amazing tropical oasis with exotic heated pool; rock pool slide, water fall and custom bar with Tiki Hut, sun deck & marble patio. This 5 bedroom and 4.5 bath estate offers a 4-car garage, custom theater room + built-in office + playroom + billiard room. Marble floors thru- out, floor to ceiling fireplace, enormous kitchen with Center Island; butler’s pantry and gas cooking. All impact glass windows and doors, new roof in 2008, all on 3/4 acre, point lot on cul de sac location.

Expansive Cypress Head estate home features a porte-cochere and a 3- car side entry garage. This spacious home has 6 bedrooms with 5.5 bathrooms plus a play area and a total of 4,800 square feet of living space. This newer home has a beautifully updated kitchen with granite countertops and Center Island. Open pool and spa, screened patio with summer kitchen and wet bar and total privacy. All this in one of the most desirable floor plans in Cypress Head. A must see!

Lake front estate home with 276 ft of water frontage. Newer roof , 4 ac units, cul de sac location, 5 true bedrooms including a junior suite + library/office + game or media room + children play room in children wing . Solar heated and salt chlorinated pool and spa, Hurricane shutters, cabana bath and outdoor shower. French doors thru out and much more.


One of a kind spectacular, custom 2 story, Mediterranean inspired estate. 3 way split floor plan; marble & hardwood floors, extensive use of crown molding & window casing. Architectural details throughout. Brazilian mahogany front doors. Large master suite w/ fireplace. Romantic Juliet balcony. Resort style pool and patio with mature landscaping. 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths, 3 Car Garage

Private Gated Estate with 6000 sq. ft. in main 2-story residence plus 3-car garage; and 1500 sq. ft. in 2-story guest house with 2-car garage; pool house or private office with 500 sq. ft. on 2.61 acres of total privacy. 12 person spa and enormous free form 115 x 55 pool. Beautifully maintained Natural Park like grounds with garden paths thru out the property. Close to equestrian center and located in the exclusive BBB Ranches.

Fabulous home with 5,043 sq. ft. of interior living space on interior, oversized lot. Excellent floor plan, soaring ceilings loaded with quality. With gourmet kitchen, fireplace, three bedrooms + loft/ office, 5-1/2 baths, family room; magnificent open pool area and gorgeous landscaping.



Sprawling Cypress Head Estate Home, soaring ceilings with big spacious rooms. Immaculate and in move in condition! Stunning hardwood floors throughout the living areas. Floor to ceiling coral stone 2-sided fireplace, a true 5 bedroom, 4.5 baths and 3-car side entry garage; boasting just under 4000 square feet of living space. Large private screened in patio and pool perfect for entertaining.




Beautifully maintained, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath; updated home with pride of ownership, newer roof in 2007, hurricane protection on all openings, remodeled kitchen, wood cabinets & granite tops; all ss appliances; family room with built in wet bar and gas fireplace. Split bedroom plan, new summer kitchen with sink, warming drawer, refrigerator; grill and cook top; beautiful back yard and views of nature preserve and walking distance to club house.


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MIND MATTERS The Psychology of Costumes


MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF Building a Stronger Community

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nce again we find ourselves in October and once again we are publishing our breast cancer awareness issue. And I wish we weren’t. I wish we had no new news, no updates on the latest research techniques and treatments, no new stories to share on the harrowing but awe-inspiring stories of hope and survival. Why? Because I wish there was no breast cancer. I wish we had the cure. Unfortunately we are not there yet. I believe that someday we will be, but that day remains in the future. My hope is that the researchers and doctors in the field, the specialists who are on the edge of solving this problem and finding the cure, will keep battling to the finishing line. In the meantime, it’s our job to provide readers with the best information possible, for knowledge is power: The power of awareness, the power of prevention and the power of support. Especially support. Nothing is more important than supporting the individuals in our community that are affected by breast cancer, either as patients themselves or as close relatives or friends of those who are patients. Those in the fight and those who have survived are truly an inspiration to us all.  Talking of inspiration… … . Starting in the upcoming November issue, we will be introducing our “Game Changers”—those people in the community who have truly raised the bar. Moving to the motivations that inspire them, they have achieved their goals and aspirations and made a difference. Some quietly, some publicly, but all effectively. If you would like to suggest someone for Game Changers, let me know at

But let’s not jump into November just yet. Let’s have some fun and remember that Halloween is just around the corner. I don’t know who enjoys it more, us adults or the kids, but the excitement and clamor for costumes and candy is something that has only truly resonated with me recently (My 2 ½ year old son ABSOLUTELY has to have a Tow Mater costume, and nothing less). It’s one of those marvelous holidays that everyone can’t wait to get in on. Perhaps it’s because Halloween is a little scary, but we all know it’s going to be just fine. Just like my hope that one day, while breast cancer may not be eradicated completely, we get to the point where it is really only a little scary but truly going to be fine. So I hope you all spook yourselves silly and enjoy the holiday. Boo!

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City’s 50th Anniversary Events Continue



ur new fiscal year has just begun and we have many new initiatives ahead of us. For example, the city will offer white fly remediation grants to aid condos and rental properties along major roadways in replacing hedge material damaged by the white fly. Other initiatives include renovating Cypress Hall, replacing the Three Mountains Park playground equipment, and improving the medians in our major roadways. To learn more go to Coralsprings. org. I hope you enjoy the improvements and quality of life opportunities Coral Springs has to offer. Mark your calendars for our biggest 50th Anniversary concert to date Saturday, November 2 at the Sportsplex Athletic Complex featuring Bruce In The USA: The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Gates open at 5 p.m. , so come early to enjoy opening act Albert Castiglia and find a good spot for your blankets and chairs! Tickets are free for Coral Springs residents and will be available at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and the Coral

Springs Gymnasium. Limit four tickets per person. Food vendors and parking will be available for a nominal fee. More information is available at The holidays will be here before we know it and the city is asking residents to donate items for Thanksgiving baskets that go to families in need. Non-perishable items needed include: canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn and green beans, canned fruit and cookies. You may also give monetary contributions. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road and City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. by November 8. Items will be placed in baskets, along with a gift certificate for turkey, ham or main dish and distributed through local religious institutions to pre-selected families. For more information call 954.346.1746. The city has some exciting events planned, including our Community Garage Sale, free Family Movies at the Park and a haunted house for children. To learn more visit or tune in to CityTV, channel 25 on Advanced Cable or channel 99 on U-Verse. If you would like to meet with me to discuss any city issues, view my scheduled monthly hours at www. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the city on Facebook at ●

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arkland had one of the lowest crime rates in Broward County again this year. Nevertheless, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings and remain on guard. We are doing everything possible to make sure the construction companies and developers are providing additional security for their construction areas as well. This year’s budget saw us add an additional police zone. The Broward Sheriff’s Office does a fantastic job protecting our residents and we look forward to this additional zone and expanded relationship. Remember, never leave your valuables exposed in your vehicles and always lock your doors. At home be careful of strangers pretending to be contractors, utility providers and the like as they may be staking out your home. Report any suspicious behavior to BSO. Better to be safe than sorry! On the local real estate front, sales are very brisk throughout Parkland. Older homes in established neighborhoods are turning over at higher prices and some of the new communities are ramping up their sales programs. To plan for the strong real estate recovery, we have demanded

that landowners in the Wedge area dedicate land to the Broward School Board for schools. We secured two parcels which are approximately 20 acres each. Both have been “given/donated” to the Broward School Board for a future elementary school and future middle school. The “Mayor’s Top Teens” program is returning after great success last year. The program aims to recognize a diverse group of high school teens, collaborate with youth-service organizations and business that are advocates for youth, achieve prominent exposure for promising teens in the community and to send a strong message to our teens that they are important to our community. This program is open to Parkland resident teens completing 9th, 10th or 11th grades that attend a public or private school, or are being home schooled within Broward County. Teens may be nominated in the fall by teachers, counselors, friends, clergy or family (but not by their parents or themselves). The program seeks nominees who have overcome a significant obstacle in their lives, perform community service, demonstrate scholastic achievement, set good examples and are positive role models. The Parkland Education Advisory Board will review all nominations and select the winners. I value your questions or comments. Friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter ( michaeludine). If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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By Sheri�f Scott Israel

Building a Stronger Community

Sheriff Scott Israel is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement. His leadership and experience earned him the support of Broward County residents and in January 2013 he became the 16th elected sheriff of Broward County. He can be reached at ask_the_


he Broward Sheriff’s Office is committed to public safety and enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Broward County. For the most part, people interact with law enforcement when they are in need of immediate help. While emergency response is an important part of the job, community involvement, partnerships and collaboration efforts are important as well. Broward County is diverse—with people from many races, religions and cultures—and all those voices deserve to be heard. One of the main focuses of my administration is building a stronger partnership with all of our communities, and I feel this can only be accomplished by recognizing, valuing and respecting our differences and shared concerns. With that in mind, I have assembled a Community Outreach team to help bridge the gap between our enforcement perspective to public safety and the needs of the community. I know Broward County residents have concerns and suggestions to help improve the quality of their neighborhoods, and I want to hear them. The Community Outreach team is a crucial part of the two-way street of communication that can enhance public safety. The unit is comprised of sworn law enforcement deputies and civilians with diverse backgrounds and skills who can provide valuable crime prevention information to our residents in their native language. Serving as a liaison between the BSO and the community, one of their main goals is to acquire

valuable feedback and suggestions to help strengthen our relationships with the community and enhance the public’s trust in law enforcement. Utilizing a proactive one-on-one approach, they are connecting with residents and providing the attention deputies sometimes cannot offer because they are responding to their next call. Every day, members of the team attend various events—from homeowners’ association meetings to annual celebrations—to discuss important educational and crime prevention information offered by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. They also provide information about free services and community involvement opportunities available to all Broward County residents, such as the Citizens Academy, child car seat inspections, the vacation home watch program, Operation Medicine Cabinet and Shred-A-Thon programs. Public safety requires involvement from the community, and the efforts of the Community Outreach team are ensuring that we are keeping the lines of communication open. Public awareness of BSO’s initiatives can help build a foundation of trust and support; likewise, BSO’s awareness of community concerns will help strengthen relationships and build a culture of positive growth. I want every member of our community to know that they have my attention, my ear and my respect. ● For more information about the Department of Community Outreach or services offered by the Broward Sheriff ’s Office, please visit To stay up-to-date about BSO events, crime trends and safety tips, sign up for Sheriff Israel’s e-Alerts at www.sheriff. org/e-alert or join our Facebook fan page at Broward Sheriff ’s Office (official) or follow us on Twitter @browardsheriff.


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Michael Citron Real Estate Parkland Parrot/Re-Max

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Gladys Gomberg, CPA Accounting Wolfson and Associates, P.A.

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Scott Hirsch Securities Law Scarlett, Gucciardo & Hirsch, P.A.

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An Innovative Collection of Finely Crafted Estate Homes from the $400s to over a Million An ideal Parkland address. Watercrest features a private gated entry and a waterfront amenity complete with fitness center, resort-style pool with splash park, cabanas, amphitheater, floating dock, sports complex including basketball and tennis courtsand more.

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Prices, plans, and terms are effective on the date of publication and subject to change without notice. Square footage/acreage shown is only an estimate and actual square footage/acreage will differ. Buyer should rely on his or her own evaluation of useable area. Depictions of homes or other features are artist conceptions. Hardscape, landscape, and other items shown may be decorator suggestions that are not included in the purchase price and availability may vary.

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Parkland Collects Halloween Costumes Coral Springs Center for the Artsfor the Holidays & Food Debuts New Dinner Theatre Series

Get in on the action at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts’ interactive dinner theatre season, debuting October 4! Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre, a series of thrilling and interactive comedy dinners, will be held Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m and Sundays at 5 p.m. through May 25, 2014. There are five shows and each one will run for 5 weeks. Check out this exciting line-up, grab some friends, and have a fun-filled night out at the theater: Oct. 4-Nov. 3 - Polter-Heist; Nov. 22-Dec. 22 - Who Killed the Boss; Jan. 10-Feb. 9 The Wicked Real Housewives Mob; Feb. 28-March 30 - Without a Hitch; April 25-May 25 - Maria’s Girls Night Out. Tickets: General Admission - $59 per person or 5 Show Subscription - $195 per person. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off individual tickets. For tickets and information contact the Box Office at 954.344.5990 or visit

Southern Handcraft Society’s Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show – Oct. 10-12 Feeling crafty? Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping and crave unique gift ideas? Then come out and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Southern Handcraft Society (Coral Springs Chapter) Annual Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show. Over 60 crafters will display handmade crafts including jewelry, holiday decor, paper, fabric crafts and art, Oct. 10-12 at La Quinta Inn, 3701 N. University Drive in Coral Springs. Admission is just $3


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on opening day, Oct. 10 and hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free on Oct. 11 and 12. Show times are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 9-4 p.m. on Oct. 12. Interested in becoming a member of Southern Handcraft Society? Membership is open to anyone interested in crafts. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Cypress Hall at Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Drive. For more info call 954.798.1672.


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Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/Run Hits the Street Nov. 2

Last year, over 350 participants contributed to the overwhelming success of the Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/Run and this year they hope to smash that record on their way to finding a cause and a cure for this chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body. The 10th Annual Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/ Run is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Registration for the 7a.m. run starts at 6 a.m. The walk registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk is at 10 a.m. Bring the family out for a great event for a great cause. There will be games for the children, refreshments, entertainment and prizes for individuals and teams. With your support, the Scleroderma Foundation can continue to provide educational programs and support for its members, as well as contribute to the ongoing research it helps fund. To register online, go to www. or contact Ferne Robin at sclerodermasefl@ or 954.798.1854 for details. To register online, go to steppingoutsouthflorida or contact Ferne Robin at or 954.798.1854 for details.

5K Walk/Run For Hunger – Nov. 2 Can you walk? Can you run? Then you can help feed starving children and their families in the Caribbean and Latin America. Come out to T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood on Nov. 2 at 8am and show your support for Food For The Poor at the 5K Walk/Run For Hunger. Jason Martinez, co-anchor for WPLG-TV ABC Local 10 Morning News and Local 10 News at Noon, will join walk/run participants as they raise money for this wonderful organization. The fee for runners is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Register and donate online at www. T.Y. Park is located at 3300 North Park Rd., Hollywood.


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Parkland Collects Halloween Costumes & Food for the Holidays

Coral Springs Team Takes

Tournament of State Champions Title

North Springs Little League recently celebrated an impressive victory at a community barbecue at North Community Park. The League’s 11-Year-Old All Star team won the 2013 Tournament of State Champions in Greenville NC, beating Georgia 13-4. Of the eight Southeastern states (AL, FL, GA, NC, TN, SC, VA, WV) that played in the Tournament, North Springs Little League represented Florida. In the championship game, North Springs held strong going in to the 5th after tying Georgia 4-4. But it was at the bottom of the 5th where North Springs batted strong and hard to add 9 runs. With perfect pitching in the 6th, North Springs sealed the deal and beat Georgia 13 to 4, and was crowned the 2013 SE Regional Champions! This win marks Back-to-Back SE Regional Championships (2012 & 2013) for this All Star team! The tournament and championship game was covered by the local news out of Greenville, North Carolina. For this age group, this is the highest Little League program title.


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The City of Parkland has partnered for the 5th Annual Costume Drive benefitting Free Costumes for Kids and asks residents to donate used costumes. Drop Off Locations include Parkland City Hall, Parkland Library and Parkland Amphitheater and costumes will be collected from October 7 through November 8. Please package the costume together in a plastic bag with the size and gender labeled on the bag. In addition to costumes, the city is accepting food donations from October 7 until November 15 that will go to Feeding South Florida to help those in need this holiday season. Donations will also be accepted at Parkland City Hall, Parkland Library and Parkland Amphitheater, as well as Parkland YMCA. For more information on either drive, contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist, at 954.757.4113 or ccrossin@

College Bound? Don’t Miss the 4th Annual MSD PTSA College Fair - Oct.8

High school students, 8th graders and their parents will gain a wealth of knowledge at the 4th Annual MSD PTSA College Fair, October 8. The event will start with a panel discussion featuring admission representatives and the exhibit hall will host more than 100 admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions and representatives who specialize in college and financial advising. “The event is offered as a service to our community to provide families the opportunity to meet with colleges that may be inaccessible to them otherwise and to get information for a seemingly overwhelming process,” says Jan Hediger, president of the PTSA. This event is free and open to the community so come out at 5:30 p.m. to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 5901 Pine Island Dr., Parkland. For more information about the College Fair and the MSD PTSA, visit www.douglasptsa. org or contact the PTSA at stoneman douglasptsa@ PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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On Call at the Mall

The Cleveland Clinic expands into Parkland The prestigious Cleveland Clinic, which maintains a vast and comprehensive hospital complex in Weston, recently expanded launched its first satellite branch—in Parkland. Located in the Parkland Commons shopping plaza, the new branch is not intended as an emergency room or even an outpatient clinic—no surgery will be performed there—but will instead provide what family-centric Parkland wants: A family practice center. Think of it as your local doctor’s office, the kind of neighborhood family physician you went to when you were a kid. “These are family physicians,” says Clinic spokesperson Arlene Mitchell. “Because it’s a growing community, we see this as a service we can provide the residents of Parkland.” In addition to the family doctors permanently based there, Cleveland Clinic will rotate a number of specialists through the center, such as dermatologists, urologists, gynecologists and orthopedic MDs.

Business with a Second Agenda The Parkland Coral Springs Business Group not only networks—it has a higher mission as well

When lawyer Richard Gaines had the idea three years ago to set up a business group for Parkland and Coral Springs, he wanted a networking organization for professionals. But, he also wanted a group whose membership collectively worked to contribute to locally-based charities. “We were looking for those professionals with that unique combination of excellence, a passion for helping others to build their businesses, and a strong desire to give back to our community,” says Gaines. Gaines initially approached Stacy Kagan, who became a co-founder of The Parkland Coral Springs Business Group (PCBG), where she represents her Allstate agency. “PCBG is unique in that it goes beyond simply passing leads,” says Kagan, also a Parkland City Commissioner. “Our members all excel in their profession, but they also have a passion for community involvement, which is a core mission of the group.” Today Gaines, a shareholder and family law attorney at Greenspoon Marder, P.A., serves as president and chairs weekly meetings which are dedicated to building relationships and growing business for its 20+ members. Meetings focus on sharing referrals, professional experiences, educating members—as well as charitable involvement. The group is looking to expand its current roster of professionals who live or work in Parkland and Coral Springs, with only one member admitted to represent each category. “It is important for us to find members for whom the group is a good fit,” says Gaines. To date, the group has donated $15,000 to the Parkland Buddy Sports program. The group’s support continues this year, with most PCBG members attending the Buddies’ annual Disco Dance Fever fundraiser on October 11 at Platforms in Boca Raton. Later this year the PCBG will host a fundraiser to expand its support to other Parkland/Coral Springs-based charities, beginning with two scholarship awards for students at Stoneman Douglas High School. For more information about PCBG, please contact President Richard Gaines at or 954-415-3510. For information on Parkland Buddy Sports, contact Founder Jeb Niewood at Jniewood@ or 954-464-6078.


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Alzheimer’s Family Center’s “Autumnfest” Luncheon – Nov. 1 One of the Alzheimer’s Family Center’s biggest fundraisers of the year returns Friday, November 1 and the community’s support is encouraged for this incredible organization. The 24th Annual Alzheimer’s “AutumnFest” Luncheon will be held at Woodlands Country Club, 4600 Woodlands Blvd., Tamarac. A fabulous shopping boutique will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. so be sure to get there early to secure those wonderful gift items, a sparkling piece of jewelry, stylish fashions and some truly great bargains. Lunch is served at noon. It is part of the tradition of this event to honor those who share the Center’s conviction and who have made a loyal, steadfast commitment to its mission. This year’s prestigious honorees are: State Representative James “Jim” Waldman, Dr. Ian Jones, Jones Dental Care, Brenda Searcy and SarahCare Adult Day Care Center. This past year the Alzheimer’s Family Center has provided over 39,782 hours of in-home respite, volunteer companionship, case management counseling and support groups to those individuals stressed by the dayto-day care of a loved one stricken with Alzheimer’s. All monies raised at this fundraiser are used to underwrite vital services for Broward County families struggling with the effects of this disease. The cost to attend is $45 per person and a cash bar will be offered. For vendor or sponsorship opportunities, reservations or more information, call the office at 954.971.7155.

Wine Gala Supports Local Museum – Oct. 16

Fresh Market of Coral Springs is hosting a fantastic evening to support our very own Coral Springs Museum of Art, so come out on Wednesday, October 16 from 8-10 p.m.! Taste a variety of wines, sample delectable hors d’oeuvres created by The Fresh Market’s talented staff and shop The Fresh Market for incredible items and unique gifts during this Wine Gala which, at only $25 per ticket, will benefit the Museum’s education and outreach programs. Fresh Market of Coral Springs is located at 4633 University Drive. Call 954.340.5000 for tickets and info.


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Parkland Juniorettes

Parkland Juniorettes Seek New Members Hey young ladies, are you looking for a fun way to earn service hours, make great friends and memories, all while having a positive impact on your community? Then the Parkland Juniorettes may be for you! The Juniorettes is part of the Parkland Women’s Club ( and the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (, one of the largest international organizations of women. The club is made up of approximately 40 high school students (grades 9-12) who act as a family and are committed to making an impact. The Juniorettes meet monthly, typically on the first Monday, at local locations throughout the school year. There is food, an update on what is going on in every aspect of the club, sometimes a guest speaker to help with empowerment, and service hours are earned. New members are invited to join and continue the club’s legacy … and also help them celebrate 10 years in 2014! Please contact Advisor Cynthia Bloom for more information at or 954.647.9197.

Friends of Music Presents Cellist Jonah Kim - October 19

Hailed as the “Next Yo Yo Ma” by the Washington Post, Cellist Jonah Kim will bring his gorgeous music and charismatic personality in a recital of outstanding classical favorites at the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Kim will be joined by world class pianist Tao Lin for this incredible evening of music. Both young men began their careers in South Florida and have gone on to perform to rave reviews around the world. This will be the opening concert for Friends of Music, Inc., a group dedicated to bringing quality Cellist Jonah Kim music performances to support the public Middle and High School music programs in Coral Springs and Parkland. Over $130,000 has been donated to the schools for their music programs through various fundraising events. Membership is open to anyone who remembers their own experiences in school music programs, or just loves music and would like to give back to music students in Coral Springs and Parkland. For tickets and membership information, please call 954.752.5620 or visit

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Local Org Spearheads SoFla’s Participation in International Solidarity The Women of the Wall (WOW) is a courageous multi-denominational group of women who have been praying monthly at the Western Wall in Jerusalem since December of 1988. Their goal is simply to pray together at The Wall with male supporters nearby, and with women being allowed to wear a prayer shawl and read from the Five Books of Moses. Originated in Parkland, the Western Wall for All’s (WWFA) mission is to promote and advance religious pluralism at The Western Wall and in all aspects of Jewish life in the State of Israel. Events are being planned in Jewish communities around the world to commemorate the Women of the Wall’s 25th anniversary during Women of the Wall Week - November 3-9. A network of synagogues and Jewish organizations within the tri-county area has been formed by WWFA to plan and participate in a local celebration on Sunday, November 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Tradewinds Park on Sample Road in Coconut Creek. It will consist of song, prayer and spiritual readings to promote solidarity with The Women of the Wall. What began as a grassroots effort of Ilana and Jack Miller along with Lois Rubin, quickly expanded. Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah was there from the beginning giving guidance and support while the planning and outreach was done by the volunteers. The group is proud to have the involvement and support of many of the clergy throughout the tri-county area. For more information, contact Ilana or Jack Miller at or call 954.803.5022. Visit for updates.

Marilyn Rothstein, Lois Rubin, Annette Lipworth, Suzanne Schwartz, Ilana Miller, Ellen Fox-Snider; Front row: Edna Himmelhoch, Gerald Sussman & Loen Lipworth


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Parkland Friends of the Library Receives Proclamation

The City Commission recently presented the Friends of the Parkland Library with a Proclamation as part of the city’s 50th anniversary celebration. Twenty-five years ago the Commission first gave permission to a group of volunteers, headed by resident Carolyn Marks, to establish a Library in what was the concession stand of Quigley Park. Carolyn and other volunteers were successful in creating a small bookshelved room where children’s story hour was held and the “library” opened to the public twice a week. Early in1992, under the leadership of Diane David, Parkland Friends of the Library formed. The Friends, many residents and the Parkland Women’s Club volunteered to transform an old doublewide trailer as the “new Parkland Library” in November. The goal of the Friends then, and now, is “to promote and support the services of the library and to build a strong relationship between the library and the community.” Ken Cutler, long-time library supporter, former Friends President, and current Vice President of the Friends Board of Directors, recounts his introduction to the library: “My wife Sharon and I moved into our Parkland home in December 1997. Every day on my drive home from work I would pass the old City Hall where there was a small sign that said ‘Parkland Library,’ yet I did not see anything that looked like a library. One day I went into City Hall and was told the library was out back in a white tiredlooking trailer. A faded wooden sign proclaimed ‘Parkland Library.’ The entrance door opened gratingly and there were old-looking wooden card catalogue cabinets and a few bookshelves. The librarian’s area was an old kitchen counter. Pat Markey, Library Director, welcomed me and gave me a tour. It was an evening in February when I walked into the library my second time. Seated at the tables were five ladies. I said ‘I’m here for the Friends of the Library meeting’ and five ladies jumped up from their chairs and escorted me to a seat. The rest, as they say, is history.” In 1999, the Friends approached the City Commission to build a new library. They volunteered countless hours and the grand opening of the 10,000 square foot facility took place in June 2003. The Friends instituted the “Pave the Way to Reading” program in conjunction with generous contributions from many Parkland residents to raise funds for the expansion of the patio area. Throughout the last decade the Friends have been both a supporter and advocate for the library. To help support their efforts, go to and click on “Join Us.” PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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breastcancer awareness



we’ve been bringing you the latest news in breast cancer research, stories of hope and survival, and great fundraising events you can get involved in. Why? Because we hope these stories will educate you, inspire you and motivate you to take your health into your own hands by performing selfbreast exams and scheduling yearly mammograms. We hope it’ll give you a little insight on the questions to ask your doctor. We hope that if you or someone you love is ever afflicted by this terrible disease, you’ll be able to find strength in knowing you’re not alone. The research and developments that are moving forward to prevent and cure cancer are inspirational. We hope that one day the disease will be eradicated; but for now, we offer you a little slice of the steps that are being taken and the people behind them.

Breast Cancer Awareness Issue

IN THIS SECTION 36 Are Mangosteen Fruits the Miracle Cancer Cure? 38 Body Language 40 Sugar’s Role on Cancer 42 RANKL Shines Light on Breast Cancer 44 In the PINK: Show Your Support at Upcoming Fundraising Events


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By Shannon Youngs

Are AreMangosteen MangosteenFruits Fruits the theMiracle MiracleCancer CancerCure? Cure? Dr. Dr.Jim JimDuke DukeDeciphers Deciphersthe theFact Factvs. vs.Fiction Fiction Now that numerous scientific studies have been touting its medical benefits— including cancer remission—there is officially a black market for the mangosteen. ▼Mangosteen Fruit


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n the tropical Maluku Islands of Indonesia, growing amongst world famous spices (and the occasional active volcano) is the small purple fruit with a green “hat” and a white center: The mangosteen.

The mangosteen has been called the “Queen of Fruit” due to the legend that Queen Victoria once offered a reward of 100 pounds of sterling silver and knighthood to anyone who could deliver to her a single piece of fruit. Famous journalist and gourmet foodie critic R.W. Apple Jr. once said of the mangosteen, “I’d rather eat one than a hot fudge sundae, which, for a big Ohio boy, is saying a lot.” Needless to say, the mangosteen has always been prized—even among the most prized of delicacies. Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to grow and (when you CAN get it to grow) can take over 15 years to even bare fruit. Eating a mangosteen in

the United States was downright criminal until 2006 when the import of mangosteens to the U.S. became legal. In south Florida, Ed Kraujalis (lovingly known as “the mangosteen man”) spent his life trying to start a mangosteen grove, and though his grove lives on today (after several failed attempts and devastating destruction from multiple hurricanes), Kraujalis never even lived to see his trees fruit (today, the future fruits of his grove are sold-out 10 years in advance). And this mangosteen craze was before the fruit was being touted as the cancer miracle fruit—in particular the cure-all compound xanthonoid. Now numerous scientific studies are touting almost every medical benefit under the sun, and a black market for the mangosteen has flourished. In Chinatowns across the U.S. , mangosteens that have been frozen and shipped from Thailand (arriving at market way past their primes and often bruised) are being sold at prices of $10-$30 a fruit. Patrons join expensive


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exotic-fruit-of-the-month clubs in hopes of receiving (equally subpar, equally defrosted) mangosteens. Of the less than 10 groves in the United States (most in Hawaii and Puerto Rico) all of the future fruits are sold out 10+ years in advance. Still, you will see snake-oil salesmen and websites selling supplement pills and juice with less than a smidgen of mangosteen (if the supplements or juice contain ANY mangosteen at ALL!). With more than 200 studies going on in regards to mangosteens, how can you decipher fact from fiction? Legendary botanist Dr. Jim Duke has personally gone through each of these 200 studies and has rated them all on his website ( according to a 4-point scale. Duke is known for his numerous publications on botanical medicine and for developing the Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases for the United States Department of Agriculture. Since 1997, he has lived and worked on a beautiful botanical sanctuary called The Green Farmacy Garden in Fulton, Maryland with his wife, Peggy (a renowned traditional botanical illustrator) and numerous gardeners (fondly referred to as his “Garden Girls”). The Dukes have collected over 300 native and non-native species of plants (for more than 60 years!) that have been traditionally (and nontraditionally) used for medical purposes. Duke explains: “It is difficult to detect which are solid science and which are cheap sponsored ‘prostitutional’ research—they all get published.” He adds, “Truly the publishing herbal scientists are just as bad as BIG PHARMA scientists and the Oncological NIH/NCI scientists—all are fond of accentuating the positive and failing to mention the downside.” Oftentimes, those spreading the pseudo science (or out-right fiction) of the medical world use any medical abstracts and/or studies to incorrectly site their falsehoods (including Duke’s own website). Duke refers to these individuals as “Hypesters.” When weeding through the 200 studies, Duke chose to focus on those published on because this site is commonly used by consumers and often misleading to the untrained eye. Condensing 12 so-called “clinical trials” on the site, four did show positive results, but those four were all (in his opinion) weak trials. Duke suspects these four were commercially sponsored. Eight of the trials were not human clinical trials. Duke says, “I think no more of the reliability of sponsored herbal research than I do of sponsored pharmaceutical; both accentuate the minimal positives and then trivialize the negatives—if the negative findings are (in fact) published at all.” Duke still considers the mangosteen to be a healthy and delicious fruit, but not the super-medicine it is often claimed to be. There are many contradictions in these studies, he says, because even medicinal plants PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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The coveted mangosteen, which takes 15 years to bear fruit, is native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia.

can interfere with cancer treatments. Each plant species contains 5,000-10,000 chemicals, some of which enhance the strength of cancer treatments, some which work synergistically with cancer treatments, and others that can negate the cancer treatment altogether. Duke believes that the location of a person’s ancestors can affect a person’s reactions to medical plants, such as the magosteen. Humans process herbal/natural medicines differently depending on whether or not their ancestors evolved with the plants. In the case of the mangosteens, Asian ancestors will have had more evolutionary exposure with the garcinia phytochemicals found in mangosteens. Despite a lack of clinical evidence, mangosteen products are marketed to cancer patients as dietary supplements. “Cancer patients should use caution before consuming mangosteen products, as they can potentially interact with cancer treatments and also affect blood sugar levels,” says Duke. He concludes, “Since the fruit is regarded as the ‘Queen of Tropical Fruits,’ I will enjoy it when reasonably priced, but will not listen to the hype put out by the hypesters.” To see Dr. Jim Duke’s ratings of all 200 studies visit or email him directly at  WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 37

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By Kristan Ashworth

Body Language

The Body Painting Project continues to express the inspirational stories of breast cancer survivors


or the third year in a row, the incredible artwork of the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project graces our October covers, because to us it’s such a powerful way to show the courage and beauty of every breast cancer survivor’s journey.

▲ The magazine is another opportunity to reach and inspire women from all over the world


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After their life altering diagnosis, treatment and recovery, these women and many others found even more courage to have their bare torsos painted with dramatic scenes that promote empowerment and healing for them and anyone who has seen this project take shape over the past four years. Behind this amazing project is artist/ photographer Michael D. Colanero, and since discovering him a few years ago, the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project continues to grow with 27 survivors painted and more on the calendar. Each body painting is custom designed to allow the model to express their own story of survival, their feelings, their place in their journey, a pivotal and transformational milestone in their recovery. Colanero continues to work with the same two talented local body painters - Keegan Hitchcock and Luci Ungerbuehler, but will be including additional female artists. Once the survivor is painted, Colanero then photographs the women, chooses the best images and then digitally manipulates them to create visually engaging pieces of art. Some themes are light, positive and inspiring, while others may be a bit deeper, darker and thought provoking. Still other designs single out a specific issue such as early detection or genetics. Photography, like art, has the power to empower. To encourage. To create possibilities. To heal wounds. This is a form of art therapy for both the participants and the viewers alike. The project illustrates cancer’s total lack of mercy or prejudice

regarding who and when it strikes. BCABPP hopes to spotlight survivors of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes during various stages of their pre, post or nonreconstructive options. The nudity required is tasteful, child safe even, and is not used for impact but rather to emphasize the human nature and form. Their human figures tell a story - like the hands of a worker show their history. This is a big month and big year for the project with the opening of its first big museum exhibit at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The exhibit opened on September 7 and will run through November 9 with a big awareness and fundraising event on October 24. The Pink Party, as it’s titled, will feature over 20 of the survivor portraits, speakers, vendors and entertainment - it is sponsored by Broward Health with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Foundation. Since speaking with Colanero initially, a new development with the project is his creation of SURVIVORS Magazine. Although the ultimate goal of the BCABPP is to create a coffee table book featuring portraits and stories of 50 survivors, the magazine is another opportunity to reach and inspire women from all over the world. With a different survivors’ body painting portrait on the cover, each survivor will have more space to share their inspirational stories than in the coffee table book as well as new developments in their story and other advocate work they may be involved with. The magazine will serve as a way to keep the project alive going forward until there is NO breast cancer.


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By Shannon Youngs

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Matthew Pratt’s grantfunded work was researching how cancer cells were using sugar (specifically a simple sugar called N-acetylglucosamine (also known as O-GlcNAc)) to grow.


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n last year’s Life Pubs October breast cancer awareness issue, we looked into the research of Matthew Pratt, the Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry and Molecular and Computational Biology at the University of Southern California.

His grant-funded work was researching how cancer cells were using sugar (specifically a simple sugar called N-acetyl-glucosamine, also known as O-GlcNAc) to grow. Both Pratt and his team believe that this link is a requirement of all types of breast cancer. A year ago, the question was: Does an individual with increased glucose have an increased risk of cancer (in other words, does a person with a high carbohydrate/ high sugar diet run a higher risk of breast cancer)? In 2011, in a study done by Hoffman-La Roche, a clear link was established between diabetes, altered glucose metabolism, and O-GlcNAc levels. Pratt hypothesized that any dietary changes that prevent the onset of diabetes would show beneficial results for cancer as well, although he was not aware of any human study that demonstrates this. Pratt explains that over the course of a year, there have been many significant breakthroughs in his lab. “What we have found in the past year is potentially an answer to the question, ‘Can we restrict

cancer’s ability to use O-GlcNAc without affecting how healthy cells use O-GlcNAc,’” he says. Before, we knew that cancer cells used this glucose sugar to create a shield protecting the cancer cell from environment stress (such as white blood cells or cancer treatments trying to kill the cell). The problem was that the rest of the human body also used the sugar. In addition, last year the scientific community was not positive of the role (if any) that sugar played in the role of the cancer cell. All that was known was that the sugar was more prevalent in cancers. But, this begged the question: What came first, the chicken (cancer using the existing sugar for survival) or the egg (the presence of sugar increasing the chance of the cancerous environment)? Pratt hypothesized that this glucose “protection shield” contributed to the tumors survival and proliferation. This year Pratt’s breakthroughs answer at least the chicken/egg question. Apparently, the answer is: Chicken. He says, “We have discovered that under conditions of cellular stress, cancer cells make more of a specific metabolic protein [called GFAT] that is largely responsible for transforming glucose taken up by cells into O-GlcNAc.” Since the lab has pinpointed this specific


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GFAT protein as the “chicken,” Pratt and his team can now focus on finding druglike inhibitors for this protein. Once they find an inhibitor, they can see if this would lower O-GlcNAc levels in the cancer cells to that of O-GlcNAc levels in normal/healthy cells. Essentially, this would make it so that the cancer cells could not create their current line of defense (that super forcefield shield) that wards off many current cancer treatments and the body’s natural defense of white blood cells. Pratt says, “We hypothesize that if these inhibitors can be found, they will slow tumor formation by preventing cancer cells from making enough O-GlcNAc to protect themselves from environmental stress.” Now that we know this metabolic protein is what is triggering a cancer cell’s extra consumption of sugar, the next logical question for the everyday-non-superscientist-layman would be, “Is this cell function unique to cancer cells, or do healthy cells also use the same process?” Pratt explains, “The metabolic protein is expressed in other tissues.” He says, however, “We have shown that cancer cells seem to preferentially make more of this protein. This suggests that they need it for survival of the uniquely challenging environments they experience during tumor formation.” In other words, the amount of environmental stress unique to the cancer cell is what makes it different than a normal/healthy cell. Pratt and his team hope that by finding an inhibitor of this enzyme, they will limit the toxic effects on normal cells that don’t experience the same stresses that tumors do. So the hunt for new inhibitors begins! Todate, inhibitors that target the GFAT protein enzyme have been sparse. In the 1980s, one type of inhibitor that was studied extensively (6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine— or “DON” for short) displayed too much


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toxicity, potentially because it inhibited other proteins as well. Pratt and his team are currently synthesizing an inhibitor (RO0509347) that was previously reported on in 2011 by Hoffman-La Roche Inc. The RO0509347 inhibitor was previously studied as a potential treatment for diabetes, but it was not tested in animal or human models of disease. So Pratt and his team are looking into expanding research on this GFAT inhibitor, as well as exploring high and low (scientific Indiana Jones style!) for new inhibitors that have yet to be discovered. Whether it is utilizing the current inhibitor RO0509347 or finding a new and exciting unknown inhibitor, Pratt hopes to have this new plethora of data collected in a year’s time. Optimistically, in his glasshalf-full attitude that is contagious to his colleagues, he states, “I expect that we will have data concerning the inhibitors of GFAT in cancer cells within the next year, which will determine if we will move into animal models of cancer. It’s still early days, but I’m excited about the possibilities.” 

▲ Sugar by any other name: N-Acetylglucosamine (NAG) food supplement molecule. Atoms are represented as spheres with conventional color coding: hydrogen (white), carbon (grey), oxygen (red), nitrogen (blue).

For more questions regarding Matthew Pratt’s research, email matthew.pratt@


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breastcancer awareness

By Shannon Youngs

RANKL Shines Light on Breast Cancer


ntil last year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had only awarded three grants to recipients residing in Spain. But this year, at the IDIBELL institute in Barcelona, Spain, researcher Eva Gonzalez—who leads a young group of four PhD students and one technician

“We are committed to our line of research, and we believe we can contribute to increasing the current knowledge in breast cancer and impact the clinical practice.” Eva Gonzalez


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—won a grant for $450,000 for the next three years in the grant category of “Career Catalyst” for her ongoing and dedicated research in the areas of RANK and RANKL. Her studies explore the possibility of using the RANK-signaling pathway as a new therapeutic target in breast cancer. “We are committed to our line of research, and we believe we can contribute to increasing the current knowledge in breast cancer and impact the clinical practice,” says Gonzalez enthusiastically. Her grant-winning research focuses on the RANK pathway from two different approaches. First, she and her team analyze the patterns of RANK pathways in over 300 samples from breast cancer patients. By doing this, Gonzalez hopes to, “correlate these patterns with the incidences of cancer relapses and the response to currently approved treatments.” The second area of her research aims to further investigate the role of RANK/RANKL in mammary gland development and breast cancer by transplanting mouse model cells into clinical samples from breast cancer patients. Gonzalez states, “It’s a preclinical model, but we are very close to the patient because we can evaluate…the progression of a human tumor [in a living organism].” The in-depth study of RANKL (and its receptor RANK) is a relatively new one that got its start after breakthroughs in the area of telomeres won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in2009. Telomeres are essentially a “tail” of repetitive DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that do not contain genes. Every time a cell divides, its telomere “tail” is shortened. When the chromosomes’ telomeres shrink to a certain length, the cells cannot longer divide. The length of the telomeres in the body can be used to estimate life expectancy. Cells that have different or uncharacteristic

telomere lengths can indicate a cancerous cell. Within telomeres are proteins called telomerase. These proteins elongate the “tail” of the telomeres. Most adult cells do not have telomerase activity because the cells are old and have already used up their “tails.” Tumor cells divide frequently—faster than healthy cells. Consequently, their telomeres “tails” are a different length than those “tails” of normal cells. For cancer to be able to divide indefinitely, tumor cells have acquired the ability to elongate their telomeres—usually by reactivation of the telomerase protein. Gonzalez’s studies focus on the relationship between the telomerase protein and breast cancer in three ways. First, higher levels of telomerase protein activity indicate an increase in the risk of tumor development. Second, she notes that these proteins are active in cancer cells, but are not (or are very rarely) active in normal cells. And third, she found that because cancer cells have active proteins, the telomeres’ chromosome “tails” are longer in tumor cells compared to normal cells. Based on the results of her research, which found that inhibiting telomerase proteins might be more toxic for tumor cells than normal cells, several drugs have been developed to interfere with telomerase protein activity and the telomere structure itself. These drugs are in clinical trials for the treatment of malignancies and solid tumors—including breast cancer. Using this newfound knowledge of telomeres, it is possible to identify cancer at all stages of its growth. Gonzalez’s studies have found that repelling RANKL from healthy cells can prevent their transformation to cancer. In fact, controlling/preventing RANKL’s role has an effect at all stages of cancer growth. In early PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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stages, RANKL reduction can make the environment less ideal for a healthy cell to transition into cancer. Blocking RANKL can provide a longer timeframe for early detection by stunting the growth of the young cancer cell. RANKL blockers increase a cell’s sensitivity to chemotherapy and helps prevent the cell from becoming immune to cancer treatments. Restricting the normal role of RANKL will also restrict the ability of a cancer cell from building a resistance to drugs and white blood cells; and limiting RANKL restricts the cancer cell’s ability to reproduce. Gonzalez has also found that reducing RANKL-dependency also decreases the chance of the breast cancer relapsing and spreading (especially to the bone, a common breast cancer relapse location). Gonzalez is also looking at how levels of RANKL send “red flags” to medical professionals about the health of the body. A natural reduction in the RANKL in one area of the body could indicate that RANKL is increasing in another area of the body. For example, decreased RANKL signaling may reduce lesions and lung metastasis, but then may trigger the spontaneous production of mammary tumors. This overall seesaw relation suggests that RANK pathways promote mammary tumors and metastasis in a wider “tumor spectrum” beyond its established role in bone metastasis. Gonzalez is using the already approved drug, Denosumab—an inhibitor of RANKL developed by Amgen Inc.—in her clinical trials. It’s currently approved for the treatment of osteoporosis and bone metastasis. Denosumab is an antibody that specifically binds to RANKL and blocks its action. Gonzalez’s research looks into expanding Denosumab’s potential use to help treat breast cancer. “Our results suggest that inhibition of RANKL could also be effective for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer initiation or recurrence after treatment,” she says. “Several undergoing studies aim to further characterize the relevance of these proteins in the breast and as therapeutic targets in breast cancer. The drug is already in the clinic; thus, clinical trials can be initiated shortly to test the efficiency of Denosumab in breast cancer treatment.” Currently, Gonzalez and her team are investigating the relevance of RANK/RANKL in different breast cancers (such as mutated estrogen, pro estrogen, HERS2 gene, BRCA and more) in order to select the population of patients that will most likely benefit from RANK/RANKL inhibition. Patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) could potentially benefit greatly from Denosumab due to this type of cancer’s known ability to build resistance to treatments, such as chemotherapy. Her team has a second line of research aimed solely at identifying why TNBC does not respond to chemotherapy and why TNBC acquires resistance to current chemotherapy drugs.  For more information, contact Eva Gonzalez by phone (+34 93 127 47 03) or by email (egsuarez@



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The Role of Anti-RANKL During the Different Steps of Cancer Growth


n this graphic, Eva Gonzalez and her team (consisting of Gonzalo Boigues, Pasquale Pellegrini, Marta Palafox and Alex Cordero) show the benefits of using anti-RANKL treatment at all of the different cancer growth stages (tumorigenesis).

Step 1: Normal breast tissue. During this pre-cancer step, the increased creation of mammary tissue cells occurs. This expansion of the cell population is the target for potential cancer. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step decreases incidences of tumors.



Step 2: Breast tissue with an increased number of cells (a.k.a hyperplasia). The increase of cells can happen for a number of reasons. Some reasons are normal, such as a hormone triggering breast milk development; but, other causes for increased cell production can signal an issue, such as dysfunctional hormones, inflammation or an indicator that there is damage/disease elsewhere in the body. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step increases the amount of time a tumor is in the incubation period, allowing a longer window for earlier cancer detection.






Step 3: Adenocarcinoma, the stage when tissue cells are surviving both white blood cell attacks and cancer treatments. During this step, cells develop resistance to DNA damaging agents. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step increases the cancer’s sensitivity to chemotherapy, therefore helping to prevent survival and resistance.


Step 4:


Metastasis, which is the survival and spreading of the cancer. Metastasis also occurs with breast cancer relapses and often leads to the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body, such as bone metastasis. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step actually decreases tumor reoccurrence and decreases metastasis.





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breastcancer awareness

By Shannon Youngs


In the PINK:

Show Your Support at Upcoming Fundraising Events FREE Breast Cancer Support Groups Broward Health Coral Springs hosts ongoing FREE Breast Cancer Support Groups including the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better Program, a community-based, FREE, national service. It teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For meeting dates call the Broward Health Coral Springs October is a busy Women’s Center month with plenty at 2901 Coral Hills Drive: 954.344.3344. of fundraising

events that’ll have you seeing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness! Check out the following calendar for what’s going on throughout October and beyond and be sure to come out and show YOUR support!

TooJay’s Supports Florida Breast Cancer Foundation During the month of October, TooJay’s will again feature Pink & White Cookies in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year TooJay’s has chosen the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to be the recipient of 10% of the bake sale proceeds from each of the 24 Florida locations. Join us in our fight to stamp out Breast Cancer. Our pink and whites are a delicious way to support a terrific organization.

Oct. 1-31 “Power for Pink” Campaign Brighton Collectibles will sell its signature bracelet jewelry piece and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund to help women in need obtain free mammograms. Purchase


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the bracelet at the Coconut Creek Brighton Store at the Promenade, 4425 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. 954.968.2383.

Oct. 1-31 Mammopalooza Last year Broward Health performed 4,515 mammograms during the month of October. This year they are once again offering the special self-pay rate of $115. Most insurance accepted. Everyone who gets a mammogram during this month will receive a special Vera Bradley tote. Walk-ins are welcome. Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center at Broward Health Coral Springs, 2901 Coral Hills Drive, 2nd floor. For appointments call 954.759.7500 or visit www.browardhealth. org/mammo.

Oct. 3 2nd Annual Girls, Pearls, Hats & Heels A fun-filled afternoon of shopping with the latest fashions in shoes and accessories from top designers of 2013. The day will feature fabulous silent auction items, lunch and complimentary bubbly. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Quail Ridge County Club, 3715 Golf Rd., Boynton Beach. Cost: $45 with proceeds benefitting the Delray Beach Public Library and the Bethesda Hospital Foundation for breast cancer treatment and educational programs. RSVP: 561.266.0775 or visit www.

Oct. 3-26 Sweaty Saturdays Get your sweat on and help women in your area receive breast cancer screenings with a month-long event of

awesome workouts throughout Coconut Creek, Coral Springs and Parkland. From yoga and Pilates to pole dance fitness and CrossFit workouts, there is something for everyone. The Kick-Off Party and CrossFit Workout will be held Thursday, October 3 from 7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. at CrossFit SoFla, 4641 N. State Rd. 7, Suite 20, Coral Springs. Then on Saturdays throughout the month, pick a class, sign up and bring a $5 cash donation. All proceeds go to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Go to www.crossFitSoFla. com for class schedules and locations.

Oct. 4 Lipstick Lounge The pink carpet will roll out for an exotic fashion event to benefit Glam-A-THON, Inc. and Broward Health Foundation/ Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Cost: $45 in advance and $55 at the door. 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Passions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. For more information visit

Oct. 5 2013 Community Health and Breast Cancer Awareness Fair Co-sponsored by Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Broward Health, services at this event will include a Mammovan, information tables on family health and breast cancer education, giveaways, onsite blood mobile, HIV/AIDS screening, blood pressure/ glucose screening for diabetes and more. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.357.8072.


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Lunch with the Doctor: Breast Cancer Screening – No Longer a One Size Fits All Cheryl Moss-Mellman, an Internist Breast Specialist with West Boca Medical Center, will discuss customized screening and surveillance plan based on one’s personal level of risk. Co-sponsored by the Education Center of the West Boca Medical Center. 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. at the North Regional/ Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954.201.2608.

Making Strides of Broward Presented by the American Cancer Society, this noncompetitive walking event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. 9 a.m. at Huizenga Park, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

Oct. 9 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon Join Dr. Louise Morrell, medical director of The Lynn Cancer Institute, community leaders, volunteers and breast cancer survivors at “New Choices, New Hope,” a celebration of the hardworking volunteers who helped pass Florida’s monumental oral chemotherapy parity law. Learn about what the new law means for cancer patients. Cost: $135. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen South Florida. Visit www.komensouthflorida. org/2013PRL or call Amanda Allen at 561.514.3020 ext. 10.

Oct. 9 Nutrition - A Step Ahead Learn the nutritional steps to promote overall health and decrease your risks for breast cancer and other illnesses. Snacks, beverages and raffle items will be provided. Registrants will receive a free “pink” goodie bag to take home. Co-sponsored by Baptist Health. 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs. Register: 954.837.1130 / programs@

Oct. 13 Glam Doll Strut Thousands of divas will descend on SW 2nd Street in Ft. Lauderdale wearing some of the most fashionable, fabulous and innovative attire imaginable. Four teams will be crowned Queen of Glam-A-THON™ 2013. So grab as many divas, dudes, kids and pets and form a team today! Cost: $45. All funds raised stay locally to assist women affected by breast cancer. glamdollstrut.html.

Oct.14 Not My Daughter ...Find A Cure Now! Shopping Boutique & Luncheon Presented by the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, 40 vendor shopping boutique, music by The Lockets, silent auction, raffles, and more to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure (Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate). Cost: $75. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Heron Bay Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs. www. notmydaughterfindacurenow. com.

Oct. 15 Mad Hatter’s Tea Come wearing a creatively decorated “pink” hat for contest judging and fun! This FREE community event will include refreshments, educational booths, raffles, prizes, chair massage, a meet and greet with Lisa Boccard herself and more. 6 p.m.–8 p.m. at Broward Health


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Coral Springs’ Medical Office Complex, 3100 Coral Hills Drive. RSVP: 954.759.7400 / www.

Oct 17 Flea Market Fashion Show The 2nd annual fashion show, luncheon and Chinese auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. $40 per person includes luncheon, fashion show, gift bag and $20 FestiValue coupons. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach. RSVP by Oct. 3 at 954.979.4555 x135 or

Oct. 18 Gilda’s Club South Florida’s Casino Night Over 300 guests are expected to come out for this annual event that features gaming tables, fabulous silent and live auction prizes, an open bar and dinner buffet. Cost: $125. Benefits Gilda’s Club South Florida programs for men, women, and children touched by cancer. 7 p.m. at Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, 5750 North Federal Hwy. Contact Kim at 954.763.6776 or kim@ for tickets and info.

Oct. 19 Pink Party A charity event featuring a pink VIP lounge, live entertainment and prizes for best “pink flair.” Get tickled pink from 8 p.m.–11 p.m. at Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall, 2432 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Thru Oct., $1 from each “Tickled Pink” drink will be donated to Gilda’s Club. 954.6532583 /

Oct. 24 PINK Party & Exhibit A celebration of the exhibit,

Breast Cancer Awareness - Body Painting Project, which includes fine art and photography essays of survivors. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, cash bar (1 drink ticket included), music, informational seminars, raffles and a silent auction. Cost: $50 in advance or $60 at door. 6 p.m. at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. 954.340.5000.

Oct. 26 Making Strides of South Palm Beach Presented by the American Cancer Society, this noncompetitive walking event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. 8:30 a.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 433 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Visit to learn more.

Oct. 27 Knock Out Breast Cancer Fashion Show & Luncheon Presented by the Coral Springs/ Parkland Blev Echad Chapter of Hadassah, this fundraiser features a fashion show by J. Jill, fantastic raffle prizes, vendors and lunch. Cost: $50. Benefits Hadassah Medical Organization for breast cancer research. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Marriott Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs. Call Barbara Kloor at 954.345.1545 to give your lunch meal choice (salmon or tri-colored ravioli or vegan plate - chef’s creation). 1827 NW 82nd Ave, Coral Springs, Fl 33071.

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For Parkland interior designer Steve Zelman, the most important thing is to know your client’s tastes and lifestyle


teve Zelman’s interest in interior design began when he was 16 and his mother bought a dilapidated old warehouse in Manhattan. He thought she was crazy. Floors were scuffed and blotched, windows smudged and everything was a mess. Besides, it was a warehouse, not a home. “But she had a vision,” he says. His mom hired workers to restore the original floors by cleaning them with toothbrushes and installed elegant stained glass windows. As he watched her vision unfold into a stylish loft, he realized that creating beautiful interiors was something he might want to do for a living. Zelman, a Parkland resident who has been a player in the South Florida design industry for years, has long served celebrity clients including well-known names in sports and entertainment. His most recent venture is the launch of Zelman Style Interiors, a high-end design firm with offices in Pompano Beach and New York, as well as a showroom in Sunny Isles. While he enjoys both commercial and residential work, he prefers designing homes for individuals and families. “That’s what I’m really passionate about,” he says. “To design something that’s right for someone, you have to really get to know them and every aspect of their


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By Jana Soeldner Danger lifestyle. And you have to really care about them.” He’s watched as attitudes toward living spaces have changed over the years. Today, most people who move into new homes are already thinking about resale. “Nobody walks in anymore and says they’ll live there forever,” he says. “People realize now that the market is constantly shifting.” He advises clients to opt for interiors that are comfortable and meet the needs of their lifestyles, but to avoid trendiness. “I tell people to design for themselves, but also so that someone else can walk in and say, ‘I could live here.’” That usually means staying with neutral tones for walls and floors, and adding color and verve with accents or accessories that can be easily changed. The technique is apparent in an Aventura condominium he designed for Brazilian soccer star Rogerio Ceni, using tones of silver, red, black and white. “They were his team’s colors, and he’d played for them for 20 years,” Zelman says. In the entryway, for example, two eye-catching red lacquered acrylic panels accent a white wall and serve as a dramatic backdrop for artwork, while a scarlet glass panel with a stainless steel sculpture on the front serves as a room divider. “If someone wanted to change the look, all they’d have to do is remove the red panels,” Zelman says. The remainder of the home continues the color scheme, with crimson leather chairs surrounding a table of sculpted white glass in the adjacent dining area, and the main living area has a white lacquered bar, a white wool area rug and a crimson sofa; a PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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A white porcelain glass floor with silver shag rug, and wallpaper with a pearlescent graywhite finish, provide a backdrop for the Ceni master bedroom’s headboard covered in scarlet crushed velvet.

Red lacquered panels (right) set against a white wall and a red glass room divider catch the eye in the Ceni entryway, while crimson chairs surround a white glass table in the adjacent dining area.

The main living area (left) features a white bar, a white wool area rug and white chairs, while a red sofa and a painting of a swimmer in blue water bring dramatic accents of color to the space.

silver shag area rug brings warmth to the porcelain glass floor of the master bedroom. It’s also important for a homeowner to choose a designer he or she feels comfortable with, Zelman says. “It’s not just seeing somebody’s work. It’s seeing how much they care about their work. You can fake talent, but you can’t fake passion.” He prefers clients who want to be involved in the design process rather than give him carte blanche. “The people who say ‘just go ahead and do whatever you want’ are often the hardest to please,” he says. “And if I do something without the client’s input, I’m designing PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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for myself, not for the person who will be living there. The more I know about someone’s tastes and lifestyle, the better job I can do.” The biggest challenges of his work are things he can’t control, such as suppliers who are late or deliveries that arrive damaged. “The design part is easy,” he says. “It’s the execution that can sometimes be difficult.” But in the end, it’s all worth it. “I do what I do because I love it,” Zelman says. “The best reward is seeing somebody happy with the final result.” l WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 51

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Halloweenfunguide Scared easily? No worries. Looking for Parkland Garden Club Come out for Shriek Week Light Project some frightening Halloween ................................................................... on October 24 for a less scary October 15 at 7:00 p.m. version of the Haunted House fun and spooky ................................................................... other events. surprises? CypressHead Clubhouse, 7501 and For more info: 561.347.3948 Well look no S. CypressHead Dr., Parkland Free Halloween further because • Gardening lovers are invited in the Hammock ...................................................... we’ve got your to join the Parkland Garden Club at its next meeting to October 19; walks depart every half guide to local learn how to make Halloween hour from 6:30-9:00 p.m. chills and thrills! succulent pumpkin & pine cone ...................................................... centerpieces. RSVP to Pam Durie at 954.821.1446

Shriek Week 2013 ...................................................... October 18, 19, 25, 26 (Shriek Week Light on Oct. 24) from 6:00-11:00 p.m. ......................................................

Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton On or before Oct. 4: $5 single haunted house tickets; $15 for 30 discounted activity tickets. Beginning Oct. 5: $7 single haunted house tickets. • The not-so-faint-of-heart can enjoy Haunted House Tours, family activities, a Kids Film Festival and so much more.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton Reservations by 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. Members: $9; Nonmembers: $12; Day-of: $17 • An hour-long nighttime nature walk with ghostly guides and ghouls for ages 6–adult. Costumes welcomed! For more info: 561.544.8615

Family Funday: Painted Pumpkins


October 19 at 3:00 p.m.


Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. $5 per pumpkin • Bring your pumpkin to the museum to create a spooky or crazy character using paint!

No carving necessary. Limited pumpkins will be available for purchase. Ages 3 and up with parent or guardian. For more info: 954.340.5000

Silver Screams Social ................................................................ October 19 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ................................................................

Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek $10 • An evening of fun, music and magic for the entire family. Enjoy music, appetizers, beverages, and an interactive magic and comedy show from the extraordinary Stephan the Magician. You must come dressed as your favorite movie character (no other costumes accepted). There will be a special contest around this theme. Ages 9 or up with parent or guardian. For more info: 954.545.6620 / www.

Sweets & Swaps Masquerade & Full Moon Masquerade for Girl Scouts


October 19 at 1:30-5:30 p.m. for Daisies and Brownies, 6:30-10:30 p.m. for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors


Long Key Nature Center in Davie $25 per registered Girl Scout; $15 per parent/ guardian • Sweets & Swaps Masquerade for all registered Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (grades K-3): Come dressed in your favorite ball gown and make a masquerade mask while enjoying sweet treats and making new friends. Register: Full Moon Masquerade for registered Girl Scout


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Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 4-12): Guided nature hike and dinner. Register: muycllt. For more info: Catalina Cano

Halloween Stories & Screams


October 22 at 3:30 p.m.


Parkland Library, 6620 University Dr. Free • Children ages 8 and up are invited to hear creepy Halloween stories, make a Halloween craft, and have a spooky treat. Wear your costume! Parkland Library card required to register. For more info: 954.757.4207 /

- 954.757.4122 / mamos@

Halloween Festival .......................................................... October 26 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. ..........................................................

Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Rd., Parkland Prices vary; tickets for carnival games will be on sale at the event (cash only) • Activities will include an interactive DJ with dancing, stilt walkers, photo opps with costumed characters, carnival games with prizes, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, food trucks and so much more! All proceeds will go to the Parkland Teen Advisory Group. For more info: Melissa Soto - 954.757.4120 / msoto@

8th Annual Haunted High at MSD

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October 25 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 5901 Pine Island Rd., Parkland $6; $5 with a canned good • See your worst fears come to life as you tour the Drama Department’s haunted house! For more info: Melody Herzfeld 754.322.2150

Parkland Teen Advisory Group Halloween Dance


October 25 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Parkland YMCA Family Center, 10559 Trails End $7 in advance ( buy tickets at the Parkland Amphitheater & the YMCA); $10 at the door • Kids ages 11-16 are invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy music, games, candy and more. For more info: Miles Amos

October 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Parkland Library, 6620 University Dr. Free • Kids ages 3 to 7 are invited to come in costume and celebrate Halloween with spooky stories, activities, crafts and a Wacky Witch! Parkland Library card required to register. For more info: 954.757.4207 / www.

Coral Springs’ Haunted House


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Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive $5 per child, $2 per adult • Trick-or-treaters will wind through the various Haunted House rooms and then have a chance to play on bounce houses and slides. Costumes are


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Spooktacular Open House Party

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Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. Free • The cast members from the Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre will be walking around interacting with guests. There will be a costume contest for best child, best adult and best group with prizes awarded. Learn about the new cabaret series that will be taking place and the musicians who will be performing. Then grab some free popcorn and head into the theater for a special screening of Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The first 200 people to arrive will receive a goody bag filled with all kinds of treats, including a $20 gift card that is redeemable for select shows at the theater! For more info: 954.344.5990 / www.coralspringscenter

October 25 from 6-10 p.m. (happy hour from 6-7)


Kevro’s Art Bar, 166 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach Free admission • An annual program of the Palm Beach Branch and the Emerging Professionals Committee of the USGBC South Florida Chapter (U. S. Green Building Council) to create awareness of sustainable, environmental and green construction practices for a better world in a fun way! Attendees (ages 21+) enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, a green (sustainable) costume contest (think recycled, reused, repurposed), great music and a 3D haunted house. For more info: David Truong 786.759.1069. RSVP appreciated:


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Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza Trick or Treat


October 31 from 5:15 to 6:45


Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza, 5677 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs FREE • Come join us at the Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza for tricks and treats. The business owners would like to share this event as a safe place for our community children. Come show off your costumes and party with us.


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By Amy Demner, Ph.D., LMHC

Behind the Mask


Dr. Amy Demner has more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and board certified clinical sexologist. She works with individuals, couples, and families needing support in child/teen problems, parenting, intimacy, stress, anger management, grief, divorce adjustment, anxiety, and depression. To contact Dr. Amy email info@


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t’s the morning after Halloween. You walk past your costume that’s strewn on a chair, pick up the mask and put it on as you make your way to the bathroom. You check out your image as you pass by the vanity mirror, stop, and slowly remove your mask. The image staring back at you looks sad. Sigh… After splashing cold water on your face, you take another look. Still sad. So you shave or apply some makeup and then look up again. Still sad. You slowly turn you lips upward, forcing a smile. That’s better. Maybe the real mask you wear wasn’t on Halloween… Last night was a blast. You even got a treat or won a prize for dressing up in costumes and playing a role. Streets and homes became theaters filled with actors

who took center stage and received a reward for their performance. But psychologists say that this fun-filled holiday isn’t just about collecting candy – it’s an opportunity to express repressed sides of ourselves that aren’t ordinarily displayed. Choosing the right costume can be a painstaking experience for adults and children because they’re not a random choice. Often they reveal hidden personality traits that are normally kept under wraps. On this day, it’s okay to reveal a darker, wilder, playful, fanciful, clever side or desire about one’s self.

The psychology of costumes Here are some of the favorite costumes and a general analysis of why people might make these choices. ● Sexy costumes According to some experts, women who wear sexy costumes are usually the ones who are mildmannered, modest people who aren’t overtly sexual. Dressing sexy is a way to flaunt their inner vixen. Not every woman who dresses as a French maid is revealing the seductive side she’s afraid to show. Sometimes a costume is, well, just a costume. ● Political Figures/Celebrities/Athletes Individuals that choose celebrity costumes may be trying to show their knowledge of trends, pop culture and current events. They may dress up as those they either emulate or abhor because inwardly they believe they too possess the intelligence, power, or sex appeal of their chosen character. Often, they are concerned about what others think. ● Kid's Costumes Typically, children’s costume choices tend to mimic traditional gender roles. When I grow up I want to be… Parents are often surprised by the choices their children make especially when their sweet little girl rejects the ballerina costume and opts for a punk rocker instead. In a way, a Halloween costume is a wish fulfillment. ● Super Heroes When men picture themselves saving the girl it’s not as Prince Charming but as a man with super powers. Boys and men often share the fantasy of saving the world and ridding it of evil. Sometimes, men wear these costumes to compensate for feelings of inadequacy,

powerlessness or it may be simply expressing an affection for the character. ● The Grim Reaper Don’t be alarmed if your child choses a dark character – he may be drawn to what frightens him. Dressing up as what he fears may be his way of feeling protected from it as well as diminishing its power. ● Princess Costumes like Cinderella or Snow White represent romance. When worn by women, it may represent a desire to return to early innocence, when life was safe and simple. And they lived happily ever after… ● Vampires Dracula is the male’s version of a sexy costume. With the growing popularity of vampires especially amongst teenagers, this bad boy holds the appeal of seduction and is a popular choice for this age group. For one night, he is a real lady killer. Psychologists may be a bit off when analyzing what costumes mean, but if you’ve worn a mask for so long that you’ve lost touch with who you really are, they can help you find yourself. Sometimes masks are worn to please the people around you; other times, they’re worn as clever devices that hide the inner pains, resentments and sorrows; or maybe you’ve worn a mask for so long, you’ve forgotten you had it on. Wouldn’t it feel great to express and enjoy yourself fully for more than one night? Whether you’re out there masquerading, touting an alter ego, or just having fun playing your role, have a safe and sweet Halloween. ● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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By David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS

Breast Reconstruction Can Lift Spirits After Cancer Diagnosis David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS, in practice in Coral Springs for 23 years, is a graduate of MIT and Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has once again been named a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly’s national ratings. Contact him at


econstructive breast surgery can give patients a profound psychological lift at a time when they badly need one. Evolving techniques and devices continue to improve results and make it possible to “recreate” breasts that come close in form and appearance to matching natural or surgically enhanced breasts. The procedure can begin at the same time as mastectomy surgery or after the mastectomy has healed. While awareness of reconstructive options and the percentage of women that undergo reconstruction is increasing, less than 50% of women pursue this option. Sometimes medical issues mandate that reconstruction be delayed and some patients don’t want to have more surgery than is absolutely necessary. But when given the option, many women choose to begin reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy to spare themselves the experience of waking up with no breasts.

It’s important to note that reconstruction has no known effect on the recurrence of cancer in the breast, nor does it generally interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Breast reconstruction usually involves more than one operation. The first most complex stage, whether done at the same time as the mastectomy or later on, is usually performed in the hospital with an overnight stay. Follow-up procedures are typically outpatient, either in a hospital or surgical center. Basically, there are two approaches to breast reconstruction. The most common utilizes breast implants. The second approach utilizes a woman’s own body tissue. Generally, implant reconstruction involves the use of a tissue expander as an initial stage followed by placement of a permanent implant, although newer techniques have allowed the selective use of a primary definitive implant without expansion.

Here’s a brief overview of how it works: After the mastectomy, an inflatable expander is placed beneath the chest muscle. Through a valve mechanism under the skin, the expander is gradually filled with a salt-water solution in the office to stretch the tissues to accommodate the permanent implant. For select women a smaller permanent implant may be placed immediately. The rising popularity of techniques using biologic skin replacements to enhance the coverage over the expander or implant has improved outcomes. Also the recent introduction of several latest generation anatomic shaped silicone breast implants helps to simulate a more natural breast. The approach using a woman’s own body tissue includes the use of various soft tissue “flaps” from the abdomen or buttock transferred along with a blood supply to provide living tissue to the mastectomy site to recreate the breast.


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A newer technique involves the use of fat removed by liposuction and transferred by injection to the mastectomy site after it has healed. With any type of reconstruction an important decision is matching the opposite breast. Will the opposite breast be removed preventatively? What procedure if any will be needed for the opposite breast to help achieve better symmetry? As a final stage, nipple and areolar reconstruction can be performed as needed with various minor procedures including the use of skin grafts, skin flaps and tattooing. Despite the best techniques, a reconstructed breast will not be an exact replacement for the natural breast and exact symmetry is not likely. (In fact, no two natural breasts are identical.) Most breast reconstruction patients report that the procedure helps lift their spirits through improving their appearance and quality of life following mastectomy. l PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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By Pamela Ofstein. MS, RD, LD/N

Processed Food

– Is it Good or Bad?


Pamela Ofstein, a resident of Parkland’s Whittier Oaks, is a registered and licensed dietitian. As a consultant dietitian, she contributes healthrelated information to different media venues, including magazines, radio, web videos, and television; and to local physicians and associations promoting health and well-being to the public sector. She can be reached at


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rocessed food has become a part of our everyday lives. Let’s face it, it’s hard to pass up on some of those processed foods like cookies, cakes, chips, meats, canned items, etc. , since many of the processed foods we buy last longer and save us big money in the long run. Advertising can make them appear quite attractive and the market targets us busy consumers. But are they providing the nutrition and health benefits compared to other foods? Most of us realize whole, natural foods are generally more beneficial than most altered or manufactured (whole verses modified state) foods; so should all processed foods be avoided and are they less nutritious overall? Food processing is taking raw ingredients and transforming them into another food or food form. Processed foods take less time to produce and can be used to make fast, easy items or meals – often resulting in less nutrition than your homemade version. Processed foods can be made by canning, freezing, adding preservatives, vacuum-packing, and irradiation. Since the processing basically lengthens the shelf-life, the food lasts longer and can save on manufacturing and shipping. So what are you eating that just might be processed? Take a look at this list of more frequently used processed foods: • Pasta meals not made with whole grains • Frozen dinners high in sodium • Packaged cookies and cakes • Sugary breakfast cereals • Packaged high-calorie foods (chips and candies) • Processed meats • Canned foods with high sodium and fat • Boxed meal mixes This is a quick list of processed foods to limit. Most of the heavy processed foods contain sweeteners, oils, saturated and trans fats, salts and starches to improve the taste and increase shelf life. Before you freak out, this

doesn’t mean you should never touch processed foods again. It depends more on what is used to transform the food most heavily during processing. Baked goods often include preservatives and sweeteners during processing while pre-packaged meal types contain more quantities of chemical additives and preservatives. There are some benefits of food processing that many of us don’t think about. Preservation can be good for longer storage (think of areas where refrigeration is limited), disease reduction, increased yearly availability of food, and enabling food items to be transported long distances while keeping them safe to eat. If you think about it, milk is considered a processed food because it’s pasteurized. Most of us enjoy it processed verses raw so in this case processing is a preferred form. Frozen vegetables and fruits, juice, oatmeal, canned salmon and 100% whole bread are also examples of processed foods that can be good for you. Their processing allows them to be available year round and still provides health benefits. Now, as for the not-so-good processed foods, will they really do harm and why do we recommend limiting them in our daily diets? Many of the additives and additional ingredients are used (as mentioned above) to improve shelf life and increase flavors, but don’t necessarily increase any nutritional value of the food. How much you consume can have an effect on your health (i.e. increased sodium levels). A rule of thumb is if a food label includes ingredients you can’t read or understand, better to leave it on the shelf. Many processed foods (cakes and cookies verses milk or frozen fruit) provide empty calories or non-nutritional value and can contain more calories than a food in its more natural state. As we know, eating more calories and non-nutritious foods can contribute to weight gain. For many of us it may seem impossible to not include some types of processed food and that is totally understandable. In a world of convenience and time constraints, many of these food items solve our time issues pretty quickly. But the bottom line is most processed foods are typically less healthy than fresh foods or an item that has been manufactured with simple ingredients, in a wholesome way. A healthy diet can include some processed foods (although whole and natural is better), just be sure to balance your diet with lean proteins, unrefined carbohydrates, healthy fats, whole fruits and vegetables. Try substituting out the standard processed cookie for a batch of cookies from scratch. Not only will they taste just how you like them, but you will know exactly what is in them from start to finish! ● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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How to Handle Shots Above the Shoulders

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he two trickiest areas of shotmaking are without a doubt balls at your ankles and balls above your shoulders. In this article let’s tackle the main three shots above the shoulders that you will see and have to deal with the most. The first is the overhead smash. This shot brings fear into almost everyone because it’s supposed to be a point-ending shot so you don’t want to mess it up. Also if you are getting an overhead smash in a point it usually means you have done all the hard work necessary to force your opponent into hitting you this shot and you sure don’t want to blow it now. The most important thing you must do is turn sideways immediately. Turning sideways will allow you to do the proper footwork (a side-shuffle) if you do need to move forward or backward to hit the shot. Next get those arms up, way up! I like to see both arms raised as if you were celebrating a victory. If both arms are up and you are turned sideways then loading the racquet becomes very easy. Just drop

the racquet down your back and then explode up and out through the ball. Your natural followthrough will be enough of a gradual downward blow to keep your shot inside the lines with power. Only hit straight down if you’re standing right at the net otherwise hit up and out through the shot for more successes over the net. The second shot is the high volley. This ball height is above the shoulders but it’s not high enough to swing at or smash. The shoulder turn here is equally as important as the overhead smash but to hit this shot successfully move the racquet through the ball at the same height that the ball came to you for as long as possible. The biggest mistake is letting the racquet drop off plane too quickly, which almost always ends with a ball in the net. Stay on plane longer and you’ll see a deeper, more penetrating volley. The third shot is the high topspin bounce at the baseline that gets above your shoulders. Whether it’s a forehand or a backhand the best way to play this ball, as long as it’s still in front of you, is with a downward, across your body swing, which will result in a flat or sidespin response shot to your opponent. The first step in hitting this shot is to again raise your arms up to ball height with your racquet being slightly higher then the ball. In this case you have a rising ball so it’s ok to hit down and across the back of the ball to counter the ball’s spin. Much like the high volley though, you don’t want to pull down to quickly off plane or the ball will end up in the net. Make a gradual descending swing path much like an airplane coming in for a landing. Cutting across the back of the ball will send it for distance and the downward part of the swing will add control to the rising bounce. It may take some practice to find the right contact point, but the end result will be a game changer. So get those arms up above your shoulders and soon you’ll be controlling the high balls like a champ. Good luck! ● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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By Kristan Ashworth


Howl’oween! Treat yourself to a new best friend that you can teach lots of tricks to! Here are just a few of the local shelters/ rescues that are overcrowded with amazing, loving and loyal pets. Find your perfect match today!

tJ.J. is a long hair Chihuahua that’s about a year old. Weighing in at only 6 lbs., he is a major snuggler and must have a human that will be equally affectionate. J.J. is also a play machine and would like a young canine companion to romp with. He is neutered, vaccinated, on heartworm prevention and micro-chipped. Bring this adorable little guy home today! J.J. is available through Chesed Rescue in Boca Raton. Visit for an adoption application.

uVita is a 1-year-old, 26 lb. terrier mix. She may have some basenji and some pit in her, but it’s certain that she’s 26 lbs. of sugar! She’d do best in a home with an active human, a fenced-in yard, and maybe a canine companion. Vita loves to cuddle with her humans in bed, but promises not to hog the covers! Vita is available through Chesed Rescue in Boca Raton. Visit for an adoption application.

tSusie is the sweetest cat and by popular vote was named the “house favorite” at Animal Aid. She’s the official greeter to all visitors and will run up and rub against their leg. Susie is always one of the little faces peering through the window of the door to the cat room ready to meet everyone and hoping someone will take her home. Please file an online application, including the name of the cat, at Animal Aid in Oakland Park by going to application or call 754.223.5378 for info.

uHazy is a handsome and friendly declawed male. He and his brother xFoggy were returned by their previous owners because they were unable to care for them any longer due to their age. Hazy and Foggy both love to be brushed, pet and talked to. They don’t have to be adopted together, as long as they each find a great home! Bring home one of these sweet lap cats and enjoy the unconditional love of a pet! Contact Cats Exclusive Inc., 6350 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate at 954.975.8349 or visit


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elray has yet to reach the heights of Boca Raton in terms of fine cuisine, but Max’s Harvest is leading the way for the city’s growing claim to a sophisticated palate. The most recent creation of restaurateur Dennis Max (of Boca’s celebrated Max’s Grill), Max’s Harvest manages to be both hip and haute, matching what Delray has become, a marriage of an old Florida town with a new infusion of trendy elegance. Max’s Harvest opens onto SE 2nd Avenue just north of pedestrian-mad Atlantic Avenue, just in from the gateway to Delray’s Pineapple Grove arts district. Its curbside seating is perfect for the quiet street, and gives the place a homey, neighborhood feel. But that belies the urbane sensibilities of both its food and interior décor. The mission for Max’s Harvest is to take area produce and humanely raised livestock (their mantra is ‘natural, fresh and locally grown’) and then to re-master traditional dishes in new and innovative ways. The result is the American version of the kind of food you get in places like rural Italy or southern France: Superbly fresh ingredients that are flavorful on their own, then enhanced by creative preparation. In Max’s case, the menu lists the local farms where the greens are grown and the chickens roam.

Among the signature appetizers devised by Chef Patrick Broadhead are the scrumptious Deviled Heritage Hen Farm Eggs, with chives, truffle and sea salt, and the Heritage Meatballs with San Marzano gravy, basil ricotto and pecorino. Easily the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten. For entrees, we tried Lobster Shepherd’s Pie, a tasty variation of the traditional English dish, only with lobster instead of the usual beef (how South Florida!): A nice light touch to a normally heavy plate. We also tried their pan-seared Diver Scallops with toasted cashews and ‘forbidden’ black rice. Just perfectly done, as was their pan-roasted East Coast Black Grouper, cooked with oil-cured tomatoes, red onion, spinach, caperberries and zucchini. Fabulous. Perhaps most surprising was an excellent rib-eye steak with pesto sauce. Maybe it was because the beef comes from a rancher in Clewiston who humanely raises the Japanese Akaushi breed, but it was dropdead delicious (perhaps another reason the meatballs were so nice). The interior was understated, with Tuscan red walls, mahogany wainscoting, photos of old Delray, muted lighting and wooden tables—a calm setting for the real star, the food. All of which is prepared in an open kitchen; always a good sign of honest cooking. Two other things are worth mentioning. First, the service is impeccable, deftly delivered by an army of waiters dressed in black. Second, there are no salt shakers on the table. The food needs no additional seasoning. It’s that good. Max’s is not Delray’s least expensive dining option, but it is easily among the top restaurants in town, a culinary masterwork. ● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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. . . n o Ya M Take a Jamaican Vacation! By Lori Kenner

When it comes to a great Caribbean vacation spot, I would say Jamaica is a super awesome destination. Jamaica has always been a very popular spot for honeymooners and a destination which originated the concept of couples only, adult all-inclusive resorts.

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ure, Club Med was around a long time ago, and while they originated the concept of “all-inclusive” they catered to any singles, arriving with same-sex friends or as couples, but truly anyone over 18 was welcome. Jamaica was already a terrific honeymoon destination with Tower Isle, a couple’s resort open since 1949. It was pioneered by Abe Issa as the first ever year-round beach resort in Jamaica. It was a landmark and haven for movie stars and celebrities in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1978, Mr. Issa had the concept of “all-inclusive” for couples only. In 1981, Gordon “Butch” Stewart opened the first couples only all-includsive resort in Jamaica—Sandals Montego Bay. By the 1980s, the romantic, couples only, all-inclusive business was booming. This was just the beginning of the trend and many resorts began tapping into the market over the years. Club Med never made it to the island, but companies such as SuperClubs, Secrets, PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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Palladium, and RIU did. Some of these resorts kept the notion of adults only, while straying from the couple’s only format; others extended the options to allow children. Even Sandals decided there was a need for all-inclusive resorts that can cater to everyone. Butch Stewart began the sister company to Sandals, called Beaches, in 1997. Beaches opened two new family resorts in Jamaica, and also ventured into other islands. But Jamaica remains a favorite. Jamaica is very easy to get to with many nonstop flights from South Florida as well as Atlanta, Charlotte, and the metropolitan NY area. Jamaica has fabulous beaches, especially in Negril, which is famous for the SevenMile Beach. Although Jamaica is most known by many for the allinclusive concept resorts, it also has fabulous high end resorts with magnificent golf courses, villa options and other lovely amenities. Half Moon Club and Tryall in Montego Bay are both lovely golf resorts with gorgeous views and accommodations (Tryall is a villa resort while Half Moon has both hotel rooms and villas). These are both gorgeous resorts that have entertained the likes of many movie stars, notable government icons and people who live the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” for more than 50 years. But, they also cater to everyday people who love a great resort with diverse activities, great weather, food and most importantly, lovely accommodation choices. There are other lovely properties in Negril and Ocho Rios, but not as grand and historic as Tryall and Half Moon. Another historic icon, my favorite resort in Jamaica, doesn’t have its own golf course but sits on a secluded


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Free. Bring blankets, chairs & a picnic basket. 8 p.m. at Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Rd., Coral Springs. 954.345.2200.

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Thru 10/20 – The Monster Project Presented by the Play Group LLC. Four freaky, funky original plays by award-winning playwright & Miami Beach resident Brian Harris & directed by Joyce Sweeney. $20 on 9/26; $25 all other Thurs.-Sun performances (includes complimentary wine). Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler St., Fort Lauderdale. / 954.678.1476. Thru 11/9 – Exhibitions Ronn Jaffe – Mind Gap Journey; Sandee Berman – Americana Collection; & The Breast Cancer Body Painting Project. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. 954.340.5000 / 1 Coral Springs Camera Club 7:30pm at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park, 10000 NW 29 St. 954.721.6598 / 2 Broward Masonic Square Club Meets 1st Wed. of ea. mo. at 8:45am at Willow Wood on W. Commercial Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. All Masonic brethren welcome. 954.532.3156 / 2 Nature Explorers (Also 10/9, 16, 23 & 30). Hands-on adventure for ages 3-5 exploring our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it. $5 for SNC members ($8 non-members) per class. 10-11am at the Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. Pre-register: 954.752.WILD (9453). 2 10th Annual Festival of the Flutes Food & Wine Event “Wine Country Safari”-themed event with food, silent auction, dancing & entertainment. Prizes


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will be awarded for the best outfit. Proceeds will benefit the Harvest Drive & the Stockdale Foundation. VIP Adventure at 6pm & Expedition Experience at 7pm at the Parkland Golf and Country Club. www. / 888.803.0687. Sons of Italy - Dominick Gentile Lodge Dinner, short meeting, coffee & dessert. $7 for dinner. All are welcome. Meets 1st Thurs. each month at 6:30pm at Sartory Hall, 10180 NW 29th St., Coral Springs. RSVP to Lauretta: 954.532.0786. Holiday and Fall Craft Show (also 10/5). Presented by the Coral Springs Craft Guild. 5-9pm on 10/4 & 9am-4pm on 10/5 at La Quinta Inn, 3701 N. University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.752.8821 / www.coralspringscraftguild. com. Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre: Polter-Heist (thru 11/3).A series of five thrilling & interactive comedy dinners. Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 5pm thru May 25. $59. Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. All Booked Up Book Club: Defending Jacob by William Landay. 10:30am at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr. Register online library or call 954.757.4207. Scleroderma Foundation of Southeast Florida Broward County Support Group 1st Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm at Margate Health Care Center, 5951 Colonial Drive, Margate. Rona Silberman: / 954.675.9676.








Cody’s Angel Golf Classic Benefits children & families dealing with life threatening cancer. $100, includes golf, prizes, gift bag, silent auction, raffle & buffet dinner. 1:30pm at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton. 954.288.7201 / Concert in the Park: Crowded Streets: A Dave Matthews Tribute. Free. 7-8:30pm at Pine Trails Park Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End, Parkland. 954.757.4113. Family Movie at the Park: Ice Age: Continental Drift. Free. Bring blankets, chairs & a picnic basket. 8pm at Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Rd, Coral Springs. 954.345.2200. Food Collection (thru 11/15). All donations will go to Feeding South Florida to help families in need during the holidays. Drop Off Locations: Parkland City Hall, Parkland Library, Parkland Amphitheater & Parkland YMCA. 954.757.4113. Author Meet & Greet with children’s author Karen Kilpatrick of the award winning Pumpkinheads books. 3:30pm at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr. Register online library or call 954.757.4207. Affordable Care Act 101: Who is eligible, what does it mean, when do I enroll, how do I enroll? A public workshop. 6:307:30pm at the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.357.8072. MOMS Club of S. Coral Springs & Margate For stay at home moms or moms who work from home. 2nd Tuesday each month at

10:30am. Contact Ashley at ashleygerson0107@yahoo. com for info & meeting location. 8 4th Annual MSD PTSA College Fair More than 100 admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions & representatives who specialize in college & financial advising. Free, open to all high school students, 8th graders & their parents in the community. 5:30pm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 5901 Pine Island Dr., Parkland. Email stonemandouglasptsa@ for info. 8 Kings Knights Lodge #221, Knights of Pythias A non-sectarian fraternal organization. 2nd Tues. ea/ mo at 7:30pm at Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr. Call Larry Hochfeld at 954.721.4833. 9 Traveling Office Hours with Rep. Jim Waldman & U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch. 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 10am12pm in the conference room of the Parkland City Hall, at 6600 University Dr. Rep. Waldman’s office: 954.956.5600 / Congressman Deutch’s office: 954.972.6454. 9 Chess Club (also 10/23). Beginners can learn to play & players meet your match! Ages 8 & up. 4:15pm at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr. Register online library or call 954.757.4207. 10 Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS) Enjoy breakfast, informal time to chat, speakers, crafts & an organized small group discussion all pertaining to being a mom. All mothers of


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preschoolers are welcome, childcare is provided. Meets the 2nd Thursday each month, 9-11:30am at Parkridge Baptist Church, 5600 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs. 954.882.1153 / Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show (thru 10/12). Presented by the Southern Handcraft Society. Over 60 crafters will display handmade crafts including jewelry, holiday decor, paper, fabric crafts & art. $3 on opening day, free on all others. 10am-9pm on 10/10, 9am-9pm on 10/ 11 & 9am-4pm on 10/12 at La Quinta Inn, 3701 N. University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.798.1672. Florida Trail Association’s Broward County Chapter Meeting Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, Sept. -May at 7:30pm at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. 954.609.4727 / It Takes a Village Parenting Conference Featuring ten inspiring speakers. Benefits Indigo Village Educational Foundation. 9am-1pm at Florida Technical College, 12520 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. www. Hillsboro Lighthouse Tour Tour boat to the lighthouse departs from the Sands Harbor Hotel dock at 125 N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach from 9am-2:30pm. www. tours.html. Coffee Bar & Used Book Fair Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of the Library. 10am1pm at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr.

954.757.4200. 12 Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County (also on 10/19 & 26). A combination of bus, walking & food tastings in historic areas and/or buildings. $35 ages 18 & over; free for under age 18 (max. 5 kids free per family). 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sat. each month, year-round, boarding at 11am at the east entrance of Macy’s at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave. Suite 483. 561.243.2662 / tastehistoryculinarytours. 12 Butterfly Gardening Workshop Learn how to identify & attract local butterflies to your backyard. Free with paid admission (adults: $24.95; children (ages 3-11) $19.95; 2 and under are free). 1pm at Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. 13 Broward Beekeepers Association Learn about beekeeping as a hobby. Meets the 2nd Sunday each month at 4pm at the Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs. Leo Gosser: 954.344.1493 / www. 15 Coral Springs Mothers of Multiples For moms & families of twins, triplets & higher order multiples. Meets the 3rd Tues. each month at 7:15pm at the Broward Health Coral Springs, Coral Hills Dr. Contact President, Bethany Serchay at president@ or visit www. 15 Coral Springs Woman’s Club Meets on the 3rd Tues. ea/mo (except May-August), continued on next page


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7:30pm at Cypress Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr. All women are welcome. Call Adrienne Fardella at 954.255.5997. 16 Traveling Office Hours The staff of U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, State Rep. Jim Waldman & State Rep. Jared Moskowitz will offer assistance with state & federal issues. 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10am-12pm in the Coral Springs City Hall Commission Chambers, 9551 West Sample Rd. Rep. Waldman’s office: 954.956.5600. 16 Adult Lawn Croquet Parkland residents only. Free. 10am-11:30am at Pine Trails Park Field #4, 10555 Trails End, Parkland. 954.757.4122. 16 Republican Business Network 3rd Wed. each month, 6:30 registration, 7pm start. Sartory Hall, Mullins Park, 10000 NW 29th St., Coral Springs. Call 954.461.4195 or visit www. republicanbusinessnetwork. com. 16 – Coral Springs Craft Guild Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Cypress Hall in Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. 954.752.8821 / www. 16 Fresh Market Wine Gala Benefits the Coral Springs Museum of Art. $25. 8pm at the Fresh Market of Coral Springs, at 4633 University Dr. 954.340.5000. 17 Parkland Woman’s Club General Meeting Join this group of civic-minded women to learn how they plan to help abandoned, abused & neglected teens this year. Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm at the


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Cypresshead Clubhouse, 7501 S. CypressHead Dr. / 18 Company, The Musical (also 10/19). Presented by North Broward Preparatory School Drama Dept. Appropriate for ages 13 & up. $6/ students; $12/ adults. 7pm the Township Center for the Performing Arts in Coconut Creek, 2452 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. 954.970.0606. 18 Parkland YMCA Parents Night Out Activities, science-ick-ology, arts & crafts, games, sports, movie & dinner for kids ages 3-12. First child $15 & $8 per sibling. Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. RSVP: 954-384-9622. 19 Pet Adoption Ambassador Orientation Volunteers are needed to provide temporary homes for select pets. 10:15am–12:15pm at the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP: 954.266.6839.

19 Battle of the Boros 7:30pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. 954.344.5990 / www.coralspringscenter 19 Film Viewing & Discussion: Queen to Play. 1pm at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr. Register online www. or call 954.757.4207.

19 Friends of Music Concert Cellist Jonah Kim with pianist Tao Lin. 7:30pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs. 954.752.5620 / www.friendsofmusic 20 Parkland Dash 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Benefits Relay for Life & The American Cancer Society. Preregister by 10/17 or day of beginning at 6am. Race begins at 7am at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End Parkland. 954.757.4105 / 21 Orchid Auction Presented by the Coral Springs Orchid Society. Guests are always welcome free of charge. 7:30pm in Cypress Hall, Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. 954.755.4412 / www. coralspringsorchidsociety. org. 23 Chess for Adults Any level of experience welcome. 5:30-7:30pm at the Parkland Library,6620 University Dr. Register online www. cityofparkland. org/library or call 954.757.4207. 24 Pet Adoption Ambassador Orientation Volunteers are needed to provide temporary homes for select pets. 5–7pm at the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP: 954.266.6839. 25 Mission Team Craft Fair (also 10/26). Artwork, candles, woodworking, jewelry, quilts, handcrafts & much more. 9am to 6pm on 10/25 & 9am- 4pm

on 10/26 at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs, 8650 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs. 954.304.6136 / 25 When School Is Out, the Y is In Kids in K-5th grade will enjoy science exploration, sports, song ‘n dance, fit, sports, veggie kidz gardening & more. 7:30am-6pm at the Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End Parkland, FL. 33076 RSVP: 954-3849622. 27 World Planting Day Plant a shrub or tree for the City, learn about native Florida habitats & learn about the upcoming “Citizens Science Program.” 10am-12pm at 6 Acre Wood Park, 6060 Hillsboro Blvd., Parkland. Register: 954.757.4186 / wmohler@cityofparkland. org. 28 Collection Drive for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (thru 11/14). Hosted by the Teen Advisory Group. Drop off locations: Stoneman Douglas High, Park Trails, Riverglades, Heron Heights, Westglades, Parkland YMCA, Parkland Library, Pine Trails Park Amphitheater & Wellspring Church. 954.757.4142.

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Autumnfest Luncheon Shopping boutique &luncheon; honorees will be recognized. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Family Center. $45. 10:30am-2pm at Woodlands Country Club, 4600 Woodlands Blvd., Tamarac. 954.971.7155. Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/Run Benefits the Scleroderma Foundation. Registration for the run is at 6am & begins at 7am; walk registration at


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9am & begins at 10am at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. steppingoutsouthflorida / 954.798.1854. 8th Annual Author’s Showcase Sam Zygner, author of “The Forgotten Marlins” will discuss his book & answer questions. 10:30am–12pm at the Parkland Library, 6620 N. University Dr. 954.757.4200. Bruce In The USA: The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. 5pm at the Sportsplex Athletic Complex. Free for Coral Springs residents. Food vendors & parking will be available for a nominal fee.

Kids & Teens Ongoing Children’s Cooking Classes For ages 6-11 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Call Enid Weinraub at 954.345.2200 for class schedule. Fit 2 Dance Fun filled, energetic dance & fitness class for kids 3- to 10-years old. Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. 954.384.9622. Kids Martial Arts Children ages 2-5 will learn stances, self defense, anti-bullying & self awareness. Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. 954.384.9622. Nature Explorers For kids ages 3-5 on Wednesdays from 10-11am at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Dr. $8 (or $5 for SNC members) per child. 954.752.WILD / www. Parkland Juniorettes A non-profit community service club of girls in grades 9-12 sponsored

by the Parkland Woman’s Club. The girls are active volunteers & meet once a month. Earn community service hours, interact with a diverse group of young women, plan activities, develop leadership skills, all while building an impressive college resume. Contact Cynthia Bloom at 954.647.9197 / cmbloom@ Sunday Circles with the Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach Music & movement, crafts, baking & more for children with special needs & their families. Kids will “visit” a different country each class, do activities based on that place & learn about their culture. Every other Sunday from 3:30-5pm. RSVP: Floridafriendshipcircle@ / 954.970.9551. Y Girl Power Girls ages 12-18 will learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Topics vary each week from body image to basic nutrition & fitness. Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. 954.384.9622.

Ongoing Adults Achievers Toastmasters Public speaking, communication & leadership skills. Meets every Wed. at 7pm at Strayer University. www. coralspringspublicspeaking. com / Jared Easley: 954.590.0807. Active Older Adults Health Building Classes Join other active older adults who want to get healthy for strength & cardio circuit, Enhanced Fitness, Silver Sneakers & Zumba Gold. Fun activities such as Wednesday Game Days, continued on next page


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datebook10/13 continued from previous page Lunch & Learn, Pot Luck Lunches & Gardening. Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End, Parkland. 954.384.9622. Adopt A Pet Program Ages 60+ may qualify for discounted pet adoption fees at Broward Humane Society. $35 dogs (reg. $90) & $20 for cats (reg. $75). 954.989.3977. Adult Children of Alcoholics Group facilitated by licensed psychotherapist on Tuesdays from 11am-12:30pm at the About Life Design Center, 399 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 210, Boca Raton. $50 per week. Contact Argie Spuck, LCSW at 954.822.9793. Barefoot Children of Ft. Lauderdale Parrot Head Club The local club is a chartered member of Parrot Heads in Paradise (PHiP), a world-wide organization with around 250 chapters. Members participate in social hours, fundraising, volunteering & more. www. Be Kind to Animals Feature Animal lovers of all ages will get up close & personal with native & exotic animals. Every Sunday at 11am at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Sportsplex Park in Coral Springs (Sample Rd & Sawgrass Expressway). 954.752.WILD / Codependent Parents of Adult Children Group facilitated by licensed psychotherapist on Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm at the About Life Design Center, 399 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 210, Boca Raton. $50 per week. Contact Argie Spuck, LCSW at 954.822.9793. Coral Springs Book Bunch Read the book & join the discussion. Meets one Wednesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. For schedule and other info, call Eileen at 954.755.0627. Coral Springs Senior Crochet Group Open to all levels. Bring a G hook & some worsted yarn. Meets Thursdays at 11am at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park. 954.345.2203. Hospice by the Sea Warm-hearted, outgoing volunteers with good customer service skills are needed for Hospitality/ Information Desk at Boca Care Center & Thrift Shop in Boca Raton. Other opportunities available: visiting patients & families & administrative office


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positions in Palm Beach & Broward Counties. Contact Michelle Williams at 561.416.5040 / Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Time Heals offers FREE support to men & women in our community that have experienced pregnancy and/or infant loss as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, SIDS & other causes. The group meets monthly at the Boca Glades Branch library. For meeting dates or to request a FREE book, call Daisy at 954.673.8245, email timeheals@, or visit Network Professionals, Inc. Breakfast & lunch mtgs. in Parkland, Tamarac, Coral Springs & Margate. 954.818.0667 / 1 member per occupation per chapter. Partners of Sex Addicts Group facilitated by licensed psychotherapist on Tuesdays from 9-10:30am at the About Life Design Center, 399 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Suite 210, Boca Raton. $50 per week. Contact Argie Spuck, LCSW at 954.822.9793. Toastmasters Club Awesome Master public speaking & impromptu speaking, while building personal & professional confidence & leadership skills. Free. Meets every Friday at 7am; check website for new location. Call David at 954.757.5827 for info. www. Toastmasters Club Outspoken Learn to speak in public or brush up on your public speaking skills. Tuesdays, 12pm at Wings Plus, 9880 W. Sample Rd. l

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with the costumes themselves. Make sure your child’s costume is labeled “flame retardant.” Oversized and baggy skirts or pants can become tripping hazards. For younger kids, make sure that the wigs and beards don’t cover their eyes, nose and mouth. These can pose a breathing and choking hazard. In fact, try to avoid masks whenever possible. You want to be able to identify your children in the dark. The masks will only make it more difficult to keep track of them. To safeguard against the scare of losing sight of your kids, place glow in the dark tape on the back of their costumes or around their wrists. You may also want to put a name tag on them with your name and phone number in case they get lost. Remind your kids to call your cell phone immediately if they lose sight of you and to call 911 if they get lost. For older kids (over 10), make sure they are traveling in a large group, always cross at crosswalks, stay out of the streets, never go into a stranger’s house and to stay in your neighborhood. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a flashlight with them at all times. When your kids get home, you should probably check their candy bags to make sure there is nothing suspicious. You want to check for unsealed wrappers, holes in wrappers or anything that may have been tampered with. Most importantly, stay away from homemade treats. Now that we have addressed some good practices to keep your kids safe, we should also address how to keep other kids safe when they come to your house. Some of us get carried away with decorations, spider webs and fog. If you want to go over the top, just make sure that there is a clearly marked, well lit path for trick-or-treaters to walk on when they come to your door. Make sure your lawn is clear of toys and bikes. You also want to make sure your pets are PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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secured before you answer the door. A dog attack or trip-and-fall can result in a lawsuit from an unhappy parent. If you take a few steps to protect yourself and your kids from the real dangers of Halloween, then you will be able to enjoy the good scares that you have been looking forward to.

Illustrating the Savings from a 1031 Exchange By Michael C. Shutowick Real estate investors who want to defer capital gains have a neat option: they can take advantage of Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 to exchange out of one investment or business property for a “likekind” property of equal or greater value. Usually, no gain or loss is recognized when you do a 1031 exchange. The one big demerit of a 1031 exchange is that you don’t have quick access to the sale proceeds—they go into an escrow fund maintained by a qualified intermediary. That has to happen, for if you take control of the proceeds, you have a sale, not a likekind exchange. The advantages, however, are numerous. The definition of “like-kind” property is quite broad —the IRS website states that properties are like-kind so long as they “are of the same nature or character, even if they differ in grade or quality.” Additionally, it states that “real properties generally are of like-kind, regardless of whether the properties are improved or unimproved.” So an apartment complex might be exchanged for acreage, a strip shopping center for a horse ranch. A vacation home qualifies for a 1031 exchange if you live there less than 14 days a year or less than 10% of the time it is rented, or if you use it in some kind of trade or business venture. In addition, you get 180 days to close on a new property upon the sale of the old one, including a 45-day window to identify a “like-kind” property. Just how much money might you save in a like-kind exchange? Here’s a simple, hypothetical example. A real estate investor buys a duplex for $200,000. Five years later, she decides to get out of that property PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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and replace it, but she doesn’t want to rack up capital gains taxes and taxes on depreciation. So she puts the duplex on the market for $300,000, gets that price, and hunts for a replacement property using a like-kind exchange. If this were a typical real property sale, she would be looking at $100,000 in capital gains on the duplex and $36,365 in depreciation claimed (using the IRS formula in Publication 527, whereby residential investment properties can be depreciated over a 27.5 year time period, i.e. , $7,273 x 5 = $36,365). Her ensuing tax liability would come to $136,365. Rather than be burdened with that kind of tax liability, our investor goes the 1031 route. She identifies a replacement property within 45 days, and closes escrow within 180 days. By accomplishing this, she successfully defers taxes on the entire $136,365 and she is able to direct those proceeds toward buying the replacement property. A 1031 exchange using a qualified intermediary can result in significant tax deferral and represent a convenient step for the savvy real property investor.l

Parkland resident Michael C. Shutowick is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional and cofounder of Shutowick Wealth Management, a firm specializing in investment and retirement planning. Shutowick Wealth Management is an independent firm with securities offered through Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA/ SIPC. Michael can be reached at

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diningguide Dining well is one of “LIFE’s” great pleasures. On the following pages, we hope you’ll make some fabulous discoveries you might not have known about, or revisit some old favorites. Eat, drink, make merry and make each day a day to celebrate! See full menus and reviews at:

Blue Moon’s $16.95 brunch includes the raw bar and for an extra $7 more all you can drink mimosas, Bloody Marys or champagne


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● BLUE MOON FISH CO. 10317 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs, 954.755.0002 / www.bluemooncoralsprings. com. Come wine, come dine, from casual to elegant! This Coral Springs restaurant is sophisticated yet cozy and its elegance lends itself as the perfect backdrop for the most gorgeous fresh fish and chops available that are done to perfection! And desserts? NOT to be believed. And don’t wait for once in a Blue Moon, come by soon because until November 16 Blue Moon is offering their famous 2 for 1 dinner entrée from their a la carte menu after 6pm with a purchase of beverage from Tuesday through Sunday; yes even on the weekend! Happy Hour is Tues.-Fri. 5-7pm and includes half price drinks and ALL wines by the glass are included along with half price appetizers including the raw bar!! It’s unbelievable! For only $16.95 their amazing all you can eat Sunday Brunch that also includes the raw bar begins at 11:30am and for $7 more all you can drink mimosas, Bloody Marys or champagne. This is hands-down one of NW Broward’s best eateries! Catering is available and their private banquet room can accommodate up to 80 people for any special occasion. Start booking your holiday parties soon! Open Tuesday-Sunday. All major credit cards accepted.

● DEER CREEK GRILLE 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deer�ield Beach. 954.421.5553 Did you know the Deer Creek Grille is open to the public? ALL the privileges AND the perfect place for casual and fun dining. Located in the main clubhouse, the Grille serves creative cuisine, pub food and offers a full bar which is open to the public 365 days a year. Daily promotions and menu specials including an amazing Sunday Brunch, inexpensive yet lovely lunch buffet, are just some of the great values you will find here. Deer Creek Grille maintains friendly and attentive service and food that is consistently great. The chefs created a menu that is fresh and covers all palates and preferences. Although the food definitely speaks for itself, it would not be complete without its breathtaking waterfall patio, lush landscaping, and exotic gardens. The Grille Room is also a perfect place to host a private party or golf reception. Special menus and arrangements are customized to meet all of your event needs. The management and staff go the extra mile to ensure you and your guests receive V.I.P. treatment and your function is all you expect and more. Whether it is lunch after golf, an afternoon cocktail, or dinner under the stars, Deer Creek Grille is a local kept secret you do not want to miss!

● JAPANGO (3 locations): Regency Court, 3011 Yamato Rd. A-14, Boca Raton, 561.999.1263; 7367 St. Rd. 7, Parkland, 954.345.4268, & 9025 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Due to tremendous success in the Parkland location, Japango brought a second location closer to the people of Boca Raton and the Palm Beaches. Since the opening in Mid-October of 2009, Japango at Regency Court in Boca Raton has been an instant success due in part to the same great food and same friendly staff that people have been accustomed to. Not only is the menu very similar to the Parkland location, there are lots of new additions to the Boca menu such as more Thai selections and a greater variety of appetizers and entrees. Japango now offers more vegan sushi items at both locations and a complete Chinese food menu at the Parkland location (takeout only). Kevin Lee, executive chef and owner, stands watch between the two locations to make sure quality of food and service comes first. Instead of hiring a whole new staff, they incorporated a cool rotation system so that customers at both locations will see familiar staff as well as having the same great tasting food. The Boca location has wonderful outdoor seating, great for a romantic evening out or to bring your pet. The ambiance is similar yet very different from the contemporary design of the Parkland location.


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If you have a large group, party or event that wants access to a full liquor bar, Parkland would be a better fit with over 200 seating capacity and a separate lounge to accommodate parties up to 90. However, if you live in Boca or the surrounding areas and want an excellent sushi and Asian cuisine experience in a more intimate setting, then Japango in Regency Court is the perfect place. Hours? Lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner from 4:30-10pm Mon.Thurs., 10:30pm Fri. & Sat. and 9:30pm on Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended for Fri. and Sat. at the Boca location. ● PAD THAI 5458 W. Sample Rd., Margate (Peppertree Plaza). 954.977.8980. It has been said that Pad Thai is “small in size but big on excellence” and both of these statements ring true. For the past four years the restaurant has been run by a husband and wife from Coconut Creek. The restaurant seats up to 50 with well priced and consistently good food. Pad Thai serves only authentic Thai cuisine. Their signature namesake dish, Pad Thai, is their most popular and depending on your choice of protein the price varies. The Thai Red Curry, Fresh Hot Basil (spicy) and Pad Prik Khing (Thai Chili paste sautéed with fresh green beans, onion, carrots and bell pepper) are just

behind the Pad Thai and they too come with a choice of tofu, vegetable, chicken, pork or beef, shrimp, squid or scallop. Pad Thai’s homemade peanut sauce is the best and the Tom Kha Soup (coconut soup) is full of healthy herbs and is quite tasty. Whatever is in season is on the blackboard special. The menu denotes the level of spice for all dishes with one to four stars and they are very accommodating to special need diets. Open for lunch Mon.-Sat. 11:30am–2:30pm with specials starting at $7.95 and includes salad bar; and 5–10pm for dinner. Sunday dinner 4–9pm. An early bird dinner Mon.–Sat., 5–6:30pm and Sunday 4-6pm for $8.95 includes soup or salad, hot tea and dessert. The regular menu includes a choice of soup or salad and rice. Beer and wine available. Delivery charge is $2 on $15 minimum order and limited area. Call Pad Thai or join them to experience authentic Thai food, they are waiting for you! Check out their ad for special offers. All major credit cards accepted.

● RUNYON’S 9810 West Sample Rd., Coral Springs.954.752.2333/ Zagat Rated #1 Continental Restaurant in Broward County, Runyon’s has developed a reputation for terrifi c service and outstanding cuisine. It has the feeling of a down home neighborhood restaurant with a chic, understated “big city” vibe. Fresh fi sh, giant shrimp cocktails, spectacular fi let mignon,

the fi nest mouth-watering signature prime rib, along with Giant Alaskan King Crab, are just examples of their outstanding menu selections. For those looking for something more casual, there is a large selection of casual/comfort choices from only $15. Stop in and spend some time just enjoying the pictures of celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Bird, former New York Mayor Ed Koch, Nick Faldo, Chaz Palminteri, Jimmy Smits, The cast from the Sopranos, Rev. Billy Graham, Seve Ballesteros, Bobby Orr, Liza Minnelli, Anna Kournikova, and Johnny Unitas, just to name a few who have made Runyon’s their favorite place for the past 30 years. Lunch is available Monday through Friday, dinner seven days a week. All major credit cards accepted. continued on next page

Pad Thai’s signature namesake dish.

● PETE’S CAFÉ BELLA SERA AND STEAKHOUSE 7351 N. State Rd. 7, Parkland. 954.346.7373. Pete’s Café Bella Sera and Steakhouse is really now the best of two worlds … a genuine Prime-only Steakhouse and Italian Restaurant all rolled into one great dining experience and this fall they are introducing


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a Spectacular and very original new menu that everyone can enjoy! (Come see what you think!!) There’s a full bar (that’s always hopping) while waiting to dine. Happy Hour in the expanded lounge is Mon.– Fri. 5–7:30pm & Saturdays from 5–7pm when it is 2 for 1 for premium well, house wines and beer. Now that the weather has cooled, come out and enjoy their new, very pet friendly outdoor patio for dining and smoking.. Reservations suggested. And please don’t forget to tell Pete that Parkland/CS Life sent you!


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TooJay’s overstuffed deli sandwiches brimming with corned beef

Zona Fresca guacamole is made with the ripest avocados


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● TAVOLINO DELLA NONNA 10181 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs. 954.509.0046 / Mealtime is a special time for sharing and making memories and that’s what owners Edward Pozzuoli and Thomas Genduso want diners to experience at their restaurant. Tavolino Della Nonna, which means “Table of my Grandmother,” serves old world cuisine with an eclectic flair. A unique combination of Nouvelle cuisine intertwined with traditional home-style Italian cooking makes for an exquisite meal. The décor has the same feel yet nostalgic charm fits comfortably with contemporary elegance. The main dining room is a charming mix of crisp linen & warm woods while the secluded place of honor “Nonna’s Room,” houses an original ‘50s table & chairs, old-fashioned stove, sink, refrigerator and paraphernalia reminiscent of a bygone era. The weekly specials depend on availability of the finest and freshest ingredients along with the extensive regular menu. Appetizers such as the fresh purses of pasta stuffed with pear and cheese in a blue cheese Alfredo sauce and then sprinkled with pear and walnuts is one of their specialties. Pastas,

veal, fish and chicken can be ordered in traditional and unique preparations alongside the weekly specials such as stuffed pork chops, Seafood Risotto or Black Grouper with tropical salsa. Wines are featured to complement the weekly specials. Desserts are homemade including the Chocolate Volcano, Tower of Cannoli, Nana Rose’s awardwinning Ricotta Cheesecake and signature Amaretto cookies. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. 11am to close, and dinner Sat.Sun. 4pm till close. Private room available to host parties, corporate events or business seminars. Catering and takeout available. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested. Tavolino Della Notte Nightclub Now Open! More on web! ● TOOJAY’S ORIGINAL GOURMET DELI The Walk, 2880 N. University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.346.0006. TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, famous for its New York-style delicatessen specialties, is the recipient of numerous Readers’ Choice awards, and for good reason – there is something on the menu for everyone. Choose from overstuffed deli sandwiches brimming with corned beef, pastrami, roast beef and turkey, served on your choice of thick, freshly baked breads or traditional favorites such as chicken noodle soup, Nova salmon, classic Reubens, blintzes and potato pancakes. And for dessert, indulge in the outrageously

sinful selection of fabulous sweet treats. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, TooJay’s offers comfort food at comfortable prices. So stop in today for “a little taste of home.” Sun. – Thurs., 8am-9pm; Frid.and Sat. 8am-10pm. AMEX, V, DC, MC. ● ZONA FRESCA 1410 North University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.227.2828 / www. After more than a decade of success in its popular Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Pompano Beach locations, Zona Fresca, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened in Coral Springs. Known for flavorful Mexican cuisine that is made-to-order with natural ingredients, Zona Fresca is not your everyday Mexican food, but Mexican food you can eat every day. As always, salsas are made from only top quality produce, guacamole is made with the ripest avocados, and chips are made in 100 percent cholesterol-free canola oil, making Zona Fresca the perfect choice for fresh, flavorful food. The restaurant has indoor seating for 64 guests and an outdoor patio that seats 24. The Coral Springs Zona Fresca restaurant also offers complete party platters and a catering menu that can be tailored for special requests. Hours: Sat. – Thurs., 11am9pm; Friday, 11am-10pm. ●


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rowing up in a small town in the Northeast had its advantages. In Hamden, Conn. , Halloween was kind of a two day event because we also had Doorbell Night! (I know, just humor me by pretending that you’ve heard of it before and that it’s a big deal.) Doorbell Night was the night before Halloween and kids around the ages of 12-14 would sneak around to people’s houses, tiptoe up the front steps, ring the doorbell (or knock, if there was no doorbell button in sight) and skedaddle— hiding close enough to see the homeowner come to the door and shake his or her fist in the air when they realized they’d been had. Oh, that’s right… as you can see we Hamden kids were quite the bunch of scallywags. Of course, on Doorbell Night, if a doorbell rang in Hamden, most people didn’t even bother to get off of the couch. Needless to say, Doorbell Nights always fell just a tad short of the thrill-a-minute rollercoaster of fright us kids were hoping for. If truth be told, they were downright boring. Enter my parents. Always the youngsters at heart, Mom and Dad did what they could to help make a—let’s face facts—snoozer of a “holiday” fun for their oldest son. (My brother was still too young for doorbell ringing when I was 14.) One year, my friend Kevin and I took what must have been 20 minutes to carefully serpentine our way through his front yard, tiptoe up his front stairs, ring his bell and run like the Devil was chasing us. We hid just out of sight, giggling at the thought of his mom having a fit when she answered the door. NOTHING! Deflated but undaunted, we headed over to my house. Surely we could get one of my parents to at least open the door and grumble a few words. So, Kevin and I mapped out a plan and hit that doorbell with everything we had. We ran behind Dad’s big station wagon and waited. Suddenly, Mom threw open the door and began yelling at the ne’er-do-wells who had

the audacity to ring their doorbell. She put up such a fuss before slamming the door again that Kevin and I just had to go in for round two. I mean the first time was so much fun. Seconds later, I was on the top stair with my index finger poised a half inch away from the doorbell. But before my finger got one millimeter closer to the doorbell, the front door was ripped open and Mom, laughing hysterically, threw a large measuring cup of flour on me and Kevin. Like deer in headlights, we stood there in total disbelief. We—possibly the greatest doorbell ringers in the history of Hamden—had been caught. Now, in a total panic, we beat a hasty retreat, only to be met by Dad, coming from the side of the house with a garden hose. In no time, we were soaked from head to toe and Mom was yelling for us to come in and dry off and have some Toll House cookies and milk. Beaten, we bowed our heads and took the walk of shame to the back of the house for some fresh towels. That would have been the end of our reign of terror if Kevin hadn’t moved away and Wayne moved in by next Halloween. This time, however, my parents couldn’t blindside the both of us because I was wise to their little tricks. So, reluctantly, they let me in on this year’s doorbell revenge plan and, much to my delight, I was allowed to be part of Wayne’s coming mental beat down. Doorbell Night was going as usual. Wayne and I had hit four houses and absolutely no one had even taken the time to come to the door. So, I suggested we head over to my house. Maybe we could hassle my folks off the couch. So, Wayne rang the doorbell and joined me about 15 feet away, behind a large bush. With that, the front light came on and Dad stepped out on the porch holding a rifle. Now, that rifle was one he found years before and thinking that it would eventually be a cool toy for Bob and I to play Army with, he removed the firing pin and welded a solid steel rod into the barrel. Of course, at the time, Wayne didn’t know that. So when Dad began shouting that the doorbell had woken the baby (baby? Bob was about seven by then), Wayne was moments away from fainting from fright. And when Mom snuck up behind us and yelled at the top of her lungs, well… Wayne never made it in for milk and Toll House cookies that night. He ran with all of his might and didn’t stop till he was home. That was the last Doorbell Night I celebrated. After that it was all girls and thoughts of getting my license. But thanks to my parents’ oddball sense of humor—a true gift from them —those two Doorbell Nights rank right up there with the best of my Halloween stories. Happy Halloween, dear readers. Be afraid of the dark. ● PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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