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Summer Life

Get Your Red, White & Blue on with these July 4th Events

Life Savings

Five Ways to Enjoy the Luxe Life for Less this Summer

What’s Cookin’? It’s Summer ... Grill Out!

Life Lessons

Water Safety Tips from the American Red Cross



Publisher’s Lament He Had Me at … Hello


Postmark We Got Mail! Read all About It


Still life Say CHEESE! Snapshots of Who Went Where & Did What! With more on page 14


“Life”Times Galas, Openings, Local News & Happy Stuff!!


Way to grow Fungus, Black Rot & Crown Rot: Summer in the SoFla Garden


lifeline It’s NOT All Fun in the SUN: The Benefits of Mohs Surgery for Removal of Skin Cancer


mind matters New Year in July?


a new you Liposuction Still #1 Cosmetic Surgery


nutrition news By Bird, By Plane, By Car – Nutrition Earns Miles


tennis tips Two Shots That Keep You Winning on Clay


The Sporting life News from the Local Sports Scene


“Life”Times/Pets Summer of Love: Adorable Adoptables Who Need a Forever Home


High Holy days Local Services Guide


travelwise The Hawaiian Islands Offer Something for Everyone


“Life”Savings Local Pros Offer Sage Advice on Your $$$ Matters in 2013

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Malecall Tourist Stops! Five to See, Five to Skip


Schellbach on: Cramped Camping and other Summer Camp “Zzz-crets”


A View From the Top Coral Springs Mayor Vincent Boccard & Parkland Mayor Michael Udine Sound Off

A Good Word


Message from the Chief Leaving On a Jet Plane? Secure Your Home!

Real Life


Good Eats/Dining Guide: Pages & Pages of Bistros, Bars and Eateries!

Summer Reading Guide

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Datebook The Most Comprehensive Chronological Listing of Happenings In & Around Town


Hot Fun in the Summertime! The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us and we’ve got your ultimate guide to surviving the sizzling days of summer in South Florida! It’s the time of year when we get to slow down just a bit and enjoy our little slice of paradise.

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In this issue we hope you’ll find just that! We’ve got a few good reads for relaxing poolside, cool cocktail recipes to sip with friends, and grilling tips to make you a master with the spatula. Plus, check out local hot spots for Fourth of July festivities and fireworks, and water safety tips from the American Red Cross that EVERY family should know. We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! See you next month! PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE MAGAZINE is published monthly by Life Media, 3511 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. 954.377.9470 Fax: 954.617.9110 e-mail: and is mailed directly into every home within the city of Parkland, within Heron Bay & Eagle Trace and is bulk dropped to myriad high traffic public locations which surround the area. Copyright 2013 Life Media /PARKLAND/CORAL SPRINGS LIFE MAGAZINE. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit submissions and reject any material deemed unsuitable for publication.

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By Mindi Rudan

He Had Me at …



ack in Jurassic times when I was dating, I knew one day there was going to be someone who finished my sentences, laughed at the quirks, bolstered me when insecurities ran amok, and ultimately would be proud to let me fly when strength resurfaced. After a circuitous (and fun) path had me on multiple continents sowing oats, an unplanned girl’s night out in Paramus, New Jersey once home brought me face to face with Hank.

I remember telling my mom, “either you’re going to find my head in a canal, or THIS is the one.” (Not exactly what every mother wants to hear before her daughter’s first date with a bearded stranger). That night he picked me up in what mom dubbed “serial killer” attire: a “bomber” jacket and jeans, and she began worrying. Once at his apartment (uh oh), I was scanning possible emergency exits while he did a quick change into a tux, handed me a long-stemmed rose and “chef”-ed one of my most memorable meals. That night we finished each other’s sentences and several decades later, I still understand the serendipity of LIFE. I planned a carefree writer’s life in Europe, and ended up with Old McDonald’s farm in suburban Florida. February 2012 brought another unexpected fork in the journey of LIFE replete with another meal with another man who, while pretty sure he wouldn’t be using my head as a flotation device, I never could have predicted this outcome either. Gary Press, the veteran publisher of the South Florida Business Journal, had left

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several messages for me. The only thing I knew about him at that point was he had recently (along with long time friend and partner Howard Dvorkin), purchased the Lifestyle Publications Group. Having less than stellar encounters with competitors, I chose the ostrich philosophy; if I ignored him, he’d just go away. Ignoring my belly hasn’t made that disappear either, and much to my surprise, Press pressed. Our first meeting at Japango (my treat for appearing aloof), never had those awkward moments. We didn’t do that “polite” getting to know you dance. There was no posturing, no pretense, no silent moments with small talk filling time. Before I left, I told Hank I’d be back in less than an hour. Two hours later I prattled on about a disarmingly charming man who “got me.” Finally, a competitor who respected and understood the industry and revered it like I did. Someone who felt a responsibility to what appears on the pages they produce. His career took

a decidedly more business route than did mine, but our shared love of publishing, of the excitement it creates, the good it can do, the power of the written word and so much more were all things we shared a common vision on. In early May 2013, Hank and I turned over the reins of what has been one of our most enduring LIFE-long loves. And if I’m honest, Hank was ready way before I was. Over the last 5 to 6 years, we have had many unsolicited offers on the company we started, grew, nurtured and loved. And even had one on the table for more money during the time we were discussing the possibility with Gary. Money wasn’t the benchmark. Proper stewardship was. The LIFE family of publications wasn’t “just a business,” it wasn’t just ads and words to showcase them. It IS community. When I called to tell Mayor Udine about the sale (after word started to spread), he said words that mean the world to me, “your magazines changed the game. You connected people and made them feel good about where they live. You made people feel cared about and that they belong.” So many times I was asked why our point continued on page 48 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013


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1. We KNEW she was Over the Edge! Deborah Lerner, Sr. Lease Advisor for Amera Realty Services, Inc. in Coral Springs, threw herself off a building recently. Well, not exactly. She rappelled down the front of the B Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale all for a great cause: Gilda’s Club and helping those stricken by cancer. She’s one brave gal, and generous too! 2. Fighting Hunger. The Broward League of Cities, a non-profit org representing Broward County’s 31 municipal governments & more than 80 associate members, recently hosted a service project at First Baptist Church & Christian Education Center in Pompano. Volunteers, including Margate Commissioner Joanne Simone & CS Vice Mayor Tom Powers collected food donations, created food boxes, built a picnic table & planted a garden of fresh vegetables all to combat hunger in the community.


3. Artists Honored. Isabel Perez (L) and Ezi Algazi (R), members of the Coral Springs Artist Guild and Coral Springs Festival of the Arts’ Signature Artists 2012 – 2013, were recently honored at the CSFOA Sponsor Recognition Reception. They’re pictured with Coral Springs Mayor Vince Boccard (center). 4. Dog Days of Summer. Joyce and Glenn Karney of the Alzheimer’s Family Center in Margate got their new baby Chaz a pool and he “dove in” before they even had a chance to fill it with water!




5. Honored. The American Red Cross So. Florida Region recently awarded longtime volunteer and Chair of their Disaster Committee, Dr. Shel Seidman of Parkland, the 2013 Governor’s Hurricane Conference American Red Cross Award. 6. Congrats! Coral Springs Charter School student Carina Tenaglia, Cooper City’s Matthew Johnston of Cooper City HS, Brian Mazur of William T. McFatter Technical HS and McArthur High Schooler Luis Callejas are the winners of the 2013 Broward League of Cities Annual Scholarship For Government Studies. 7. On Top. Parkland’s City Commission acknowledged the DECA program at Stoneman Douglas HS. DECA is an international association of high school & college students studying marketing, management & entrepreneurship. 300 members strong, many students have competed & placed in top DECA State and International competitions. 8. They Made the Grade. The Parkland City Commission recently acknowledged Park Trails Elementary on their success. When PT opened 12 years ago, there were only 700 students but soon the classrooms were full so portables were necessary at Westglades. A 24 room addition became a reality and Park Trails was reunited on one campus with over 1,400 students. Park Trails is A-rated for outstanding academics and community involvement.

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POWERFUL PLAY DESERVES POWERFUL MEDICINE The Youth Sports Medicine program at Broward Health Coral Springs is specially designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of young athletes. Our physical therapists work with referring physicians to develop a treatment plan to return young athletes to the field and to help prevent further injury. We can coordinate return to play with coaches and trainers when needed. Let our specialized team of rehab professionals assist with the following injuries:

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| malecall

By Greg Budell

Tourist Stops!

Five to See, Five to Skip


SA Today recently published a survey of world travelers, listing their Top 5 most over-rated attractions. I’ll show you my best after I show you their worst. 1. STONEHENGE - You can’t get close to it anymore. The Brits closed access because people kept chipping away souvenir pieces. Since you can pretty much see this rock arrangement from a distant highway, why bother? Besides, the Griswolds knocked it down in “European Vacation.” 2. THE BLARNEY STONE - My daughter was in Ireland and loved it; but I don’t know if she tried to kiss this rock. I hope not, because while its powers are mythical—there's a long line to endure only to put your lips into someone else’s slobber. 3. THE PYRAMIDS - When I was a kid, the pyramids seemed like a cool place to see. I asked my Dad if we could go and he took us to Michigan instead. The letdown here comes from the nearby KFCs and Pizza Huts. While they seem to rise from the vast expanse of the Egyptian desert, in reality it looks like they were put on 441 in Margate. 4. LEANING TOWER OF PISA - The article says the LTOP is a long 4 hour drive from Rome, it’s NOT that tall, and everyone takes the same silly photo—pretending to single-handedly hold it up. If you want to see leaning buildings that will eventually collapse, Detroit is closer. 5. TIMES SQUARE - I was there in the early ‘80s and it was all panhandlers and peep shows. Rudy Guliani cleaned it up and I liked it much better minus the trash. While all the digital signage could provoke a seizure, it’s a cool place to walk through but there’s no one big attraction. Now, here are my Top 5 attractions—places I hope you will get to see this July or in a future summer vacation. 5. TOWER OF LONDON - I thought this was incredibly cool, mostly because it was built around 1100 AD, and there it sits, surrounded by modern London. You can tour the place and see the relics of human torture. We tend to look at some of the monsters making the news today and wonder WTF, but let me

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tell you—there were some sick pups using the Tower during its history. Was this building the inspiration for 50 Shades of Grey? 4. TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING - Sophisticated New Yorkers may scoff at me, but this is a celebrity building. While the structure itself is kind of dull, I love the fact that one can take the elevator to the observation deck and go outside! So there you are, surrounded by suicideprevention fencing, wondering how the heck do construction workers do what they do at this altitude? I have been to the top of every major skyscraper in America but this is still the best IMHO. 3. EIFFEL TOWER - It really is not a European cliché. Like the Empire State, it is a celebrity structure, probably the most famous in the world. When you first see it, it’s like seeing Tom Cruise in public except the Eiffel is much taller (I have seen both). Wow! There it is! I stood on the third deck with my daughter’s mother before we got married and it was romantic/mushy. Paris may also be the most beautiful city on the planet in terms of layout and design, something appreciated from ET‘s observation deck. The people of Paris were not as rude as I thought they’d be, either. I’m glad I went when I did, because as a smoker, any flight is miserable, so I won’t be making one of 7 hours. 2. YANKEE STADIUM - You have to be a lifelong baseball junkie to understand why this is so high on my list. Really, the park (not the recently opened stadium) was a dump and the concessions were obscenely priced. I almost

felt like it was a tourist thing; that tourists paid one price for a wiener and New Yorkers got the secret price. The field itself, where the legends of Ruth and Gehrig played, that is to baseball fans what the Vatican is to a Catholic. I haven’t been to the Vatican so I put Yankee Stadium here instead. AND (drum roll please)… 1. MT. RUSHMORE - This is truly something one can’t appreciate from pictures. I will never forget, sitting in the back of the family Plymouth wagon many years ago, what it was like to come around the side of a South Dakota hill and see those four presidents come into view. On a beautiful day, it’s all the more amazing. If we didn’t have the direct evidence of its construction last century, we’d think aliens did it—or some superior civilization. You can whet your appetite by watching the great Hitchcock film, “North By Northwest.” We actually ate in the restaurant where Cary Grant got shot by Eva Marie Saint. Mt. Rushmore is a great American experience for a family. Coming Next Month: My top 10 "Griswoldian" Tourist Attractions! Yes. There really is a giant ball of twine in Kansas!  Greg Budell is a 30 year veteran of South Florida radio and has currently joined the BBC (Bluewater Broadcasting Corp.) and works for a group of radio stations in Montgomery, Alabama, Monday-Friday. He commutes back to SoFla on weekends to see his daughter, Janelle, & “son,” Zeus. You can reach him at: Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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By Richard J. Schellbach

Cramped Camping and other

Summer Camp



week or so ago, my grandson asked me if I had ever gone to camp when I was a kid. I told him about my sleepaway horror stories—choosing to gingerly skip over the “horror” part, because if I scare him away from the experience, I feel relatively certain that faced with the prospect of having him home for the eight weeks till school starts up again, his mom and dad would kill me and bury my body where it will never be found. So I told him about the oodles of fun I had at summer camp (I didn’t) and all of the great activities there were to keep me occupied (there weren’t) and how when each summer was over, I couldn’t wait for the next one to begin (In truth, I actually prayed never to see the inside of another summer camp again). In plain words, I lied my butt off to a six year old. So, with my adverse reaction to summer camp, one would probably wonder why I’d ever choose to go camping in my early twenties. Well, the answer my friends, is quite simple and one that explains a great many of the “other” mysteries of life: I went for a woman. My friend, John, suggested that we take our girlfriends camping the following weekend. As he had never broached the subject before, I thought I owed it to him to bring up that fact that I absolutely adored camping, with the exception of just a few things, like: using an outhouse, insects, being outdoors, snakes, most other wild animals, campfire cooking, being away from television, the lack of hot water, the lack of air conditioning in 97 degree Connecticut summers, straight-jacket-like sleeping bags, beer that’s the same temperature as my sweat, being out in the elements, and changing clothes in a tent that is just a few inches wider than my pants. But after hearing all of my personal downsides to camping, John brought up the one upside… some alone time with my girlfriend, Janet. Men are men. Needless to say, I was instantly on board. When we finally got to the campsite in John’s van, it was 8:30 on Friday night. In simple terms: IT WAS DARK! There were no stars, no moon and, once John shut off the headlights, no chance of seeing anything that was more than 6 millimeters from my nose until daylight. Realizing that we’d all have to

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sleep in the van that night, we pretty much tossed all of the equipment out the door to make room. As I finally fell asleep with my arm around Janet—at least I think it was Janet—all I could think about was how much I hoped my internal organs would shut down overnight, thus allowing me the opportunity to stay within the confines of the van instead of having to use the outhouse and risk being slaughtered by whichever axe-wielding serial killers were roaming the woods of Connecticut in search of four youthful idiots in a rusty Econoline. By some miracle, it worked! A sunny, quite, beautiful Saturday morning greeted us when we stepped out of the van and instantly, all was right with the world again. Being the manly men we were, John and I gathered fire wood—well, John did. I just walked behind him and screamed like a schoolgirl every time a stick on the ground looked too much like a snake. Next we started a fire so the girls could cook breakfast. After coffee and a good meal, John and I each put up our tents. For the first time in my life, I was at one with nature… that is, until the rains came. We all piled back into the van to wait out the storm. It only lasted about an hour but it rained so hard that the guy in the next camp site began building an ark. And when the sun broke through again, we stepped out of the van to survey the damage. Now we had both purchased waterproof tents, just in case, which had worked perfectly for me. John, on the other hand, had somehow managed to put up his tent inside out. So, instead of keeping the rain out,

it let it in and kept it in. So, John’s waterproof shelter looked more like a fallen Macy’s Day Parade balloon than a tent. And, unfortunately, John didn’t take into consideration that I had set up my tent forty feet downhill from his when he decided to open the tent's zipper and drain the water out. Yes, my tent was waterproof. It was not, however, Niagara Falls proof and when the two million gallons of rain water came pouring out of John’s tent, ran downhill and hit mine… let’s just say that, somewhere in those Connecticut woods, are still parts of my tent. The four of us spent the second and last night of the weekend sleeping like sardines AGAIN in the van. The tents were gone, the fire was gone, the lights were gone and the closest I got to some alone time with my girlfriend was that evening, when I kissed Janet goodnight. At least I think it was Janet. Richard J. Schellbach has been a resident of FL since 1988. His TV writing credits include: “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” for Nickelodeon, “ChrisCross” for Showtime, “ALF-Tales” & “SpaceCats” for NBC & the nationally syndicated children’s series, “The Kid’s Café.” He has 2 humor books published by Macmillan Publishing; has served as Writer for Sci-Fi Entertainment Magazine, as Head Writer/ Contributing Editor for ALF Magazine & P3 Magazine, and as Managing Editor for the Ft. Lauderdale-based national video magazine, Entertainment Retailing Industry. And he's been "ours" for the last 10 years. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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| aviewfromthe top Coral Springs Mayor Vincent Boccard

July is a Month of



urricane season is here and it’s important for residents to be prepared. Our Coral Springs magazine is a great source of information (and so was the JUNE issue of Parkland/ Coral Springs LIFE; see archives @ www.lifepubs. com) and it includes a summary of all the city can do for you before, during and after a hurricane. In the event of a hurricane, residents can reach the city’s call center at 954.344.1001. You can also log onto or watch CityTV, Channel 25 on Advanced Cable and Channel 99 on U-Verse, for updates. Coral Springs residents can also tune their radio dials to AM 1670. CityRadio delivers info about city services, upcoming events, weather updates, and emergency bulletins when necessary. But the best defense is to plan NOW! The 50th anniversary celebrations continue and the city hopes residents will join in this momentous occasion. Staff and volunteers are putting together events for the entire community to enjoy, including a Fourth of July Celebration, Campapalooza and a Birthday Block Party!

As part of Campapalooza, campers will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records featuring more than 1,000 campers participating in Zumba for kids! ALL children 5-15 are welcome to join in this fun event Wednesday, July 10 at 11am at the CS Gymnasium. Check in begins at 10am and pre-registration IS required. For safety and comfort, participants are asked to wear sneakers. Camps interested in participating must also register in advance at Then, the city is hosting a huge downtown Birthday Block Party Wednesday, July 10, featuring live music, refreshments and cake! The community is invited to join the celebration from 5 to 10pm on 94th Avenue, just west of University Drive. The open-air event will take place rain or shine. These events have been made possible through the support of our wonderful sponsors, including: Al Hendrickson Toyota, Air Around the Clock, Advanced Cable, Baptist Health, Broward Health Coral Springs, Forum Publishing Group, FLP, and Scott Brook. Visit www.CoralSprings50. org for more details on these programs and all

our upcoming 50th Anniversary events. The city’s Fourth of July celebration returns to Mullins Park, for an evening of dazzling fireworks and entertainment for the entire family. Residents are encouraged to come out and celebrate Thursday, July 4. Starting at 6pm, families are invited to come and enjoy games, bounce houses, food and entertainment. The fireworks display begins promptly at 9pm. The event is free, but there’ll be fees for food, bounce houses and games. Parking will be available for a $3 fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium for early arrivers, and also at the main Mullins Park/Center for the Arts parking lot. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. Personal fireworks will be confiscated by Coral Springs Police. Mullins Park is at 10150 Ben Geiger Dr. For more information, call 954.345.2200. As always, if you’d like to meet to discuss any city issues, feel free to visit with me during my office hours. To view my scheduled monthly hours, visit If you haven’t already, remember to “like” the city on Facebook at 

Parkland Mayor Michael Udine

Summer is for Fun …


ore great news for the City of Parkland! We were recently notified by the Property Appraiser’s office that again this year the overall assessment of our citywide property values increased. This year our property values, according to the property appraiser’s office, grew in excess of 6 percent! Among the highest growth rate in South Florida which allows us to keep our millage rate as low as possible, while continuing to add to our services. The City of Parkland continues to do things right and it shows in so many ways throughout our community. While things typically slow down a little during the summer months, this year city staff will still be busy with different projects; one being road improvements on Holmberg and in other areas. Our goal is to have this project fully completed by the start of the school year and we’re pushing hard to get that done. Plus, I’m happy to report we’ll be working to open Veterans Memorial Park behind the City Hall complex. A long time coming, this has

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been requested by many residents over the past few months. I’m sure it will be a great addition to our city allowing us to hold many events to honor the brave men and women who fought for and continue to protect our way of life. Our Parks and Rec. Dept. continues to lead the way with services and offerings for residents. I hope everyone had a chance to check out the Sunshine State Lacrosse Tournament in May at Pine Trails Park. Teams from all over Florida (and the nation) made it to Parkland for a weekend of lacrosse. It was a great weekend and a great way to showcase our city. As I walked the event, I heard people complimenting the city and inquiring about home ownership and the schools here. Plus, all of these out-of-town guests visited local businesses, restaurants and hotels in the area! These types of events that showcase Parkland is a real positive for our entire area. Please check out our Fourth of July Festivities at Terramar Park during the day. We’ll hold our family-

friendly bike parade. Our Public Safety and Parks and Rec. Departments do a great job bringing family friendly fun to our area. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer but remember it IS hurricane season so make sure you have your personal hurricane plan in effect in the event any storm or other emergency crops up. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. I urge you to sign up for our “code red” service on the city website so you can get emergency updates. Think about adding both your home and cell phone numbers; this way you can be sure to receive any emergency messages should they be transmitted. I value your questions or comments. Reach out and “friend me” on Facebook or look me up on Twitter ( if you want to follow my updates. I always try to tweet if there’s an issue (traffic, water, etc.) affecting our residents; following me is a great way to stay informed. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, email me at  Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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| messagefromthe chief

By BSO Chief Marvin Stoner

Leaving On a Jet Plane? Secure Your Home!


hether your travel plans this summer include a weekend getaway or your own European vacation, if your home is going to be vacant for more than a day or two, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that there ARE without a doubt, certain securityminded steps to take before leaving, so you don’t return home to utter chaos and more stress than the vacay reversed. ● First, eliminate the tell-tale signs that you are away. Stop all newspaper deliveries and mail or have a trusted neighbor pick up the paper and mail daily. An accumulation tells all the bad guys, “hey, over here!” ● Make your home appear occupied. Place timers on lights and have them go on and off at different times. ● Check all doors and windows to make sure they’ re locked. This may sound like, “duh, common sense,” but people have no idea how many scattered about-to-go-on-vacationers leave

“I want to remind everyone that residential burglaries in Parkland usually occur during the day time hours when residents are at work.” –BSO Chief Marvin Stoner

something open before they go. ● Make sure your alarm system is working properly. If not, call your company NOW to repair it. ● Contact your alarm monitoring service and let them know you will be away. If the alarm is activated during this time have them contact the police directly. ● Lock your garage door and disconnect the automatic opener. ● Tell a trusted neighbor to call police if they see anyone on your property who does not belong. ● Invite you neighbor to park their car in your

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driveway so potential burglars will think someone is home. ● Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine, your e-mail or heaven forbid, Facebook saying you’re leaving your home or even mentioning your vacation! (Until after you return!) ● While on vacation do NOT post vacation photos saying “wish you were here!”Wait until you’re home to share with family and friends or your burglar will post back. “It’s totally fine you’re not, dude! Love the new drapes.” The simple answer is: Just take a few minutes to think this through BEFORE you go and DON’T leave your home easy prey for burglars. Homeowners need to work together to protect their neighborhoods, and that’s a fact. I want to remind everyone that residential burglaries in Parkland usually occur during the day time hours when residents are at work. In most cases burglars drive around a community looking for a home that appears to be unoccupied, no vehicle in the driveway, newspapers left out, etc. They park in the driveway, walk up to the door and yes, knock! If the door is answered they ask for a person and when told they have the wrong house, leave. If no one answers the burglar will look in a window and upon seeing no one will move to the back of the house or a side that’s sheltered from view. Once there, they’ll break out a sliding glass door or window and enter YOUR HOME. We want YOU to call 911 immediately if you witness any of the above activity or if someone comes to your door asking for an unknown person. We also want residents to know that if your alarm system does not have glass breakage or a motion detector and the glass is broken the alarm will not activate because the door or window was not opened. When you do leave your home be sure to sign up for BSO’s Home Watch Program. A deputy will check your home regularly while you’re away. An exterior check of your home will be conducted to make sure there have been no unlawful entries and that no other obvious problems have occurred outside of your home. To sign up for this free service, visit, go to the Parkland City’s website at continued on page 48 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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| postmark Power Pop Praise

Dear Mindi, What a great joy I experienced when I opened the magazine a few moments ago [The 2013 Men in our Lives, June issue]. Thank Kristan and you for such a beautiful and well written article. This is a gift that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you so much. All the best, Piero Falci Community Relations Liaison Coral Springs Museum of Art Doing our Annual Power Pops feature each year is one of the most rewarding pieces of editorial we do at Life Pubs and showcasing such fine and deserving men in it, is our sincere pleasure! So glad we made you a memory! Our best-Mindi and Kristan Dear Mindi, I just wanted to say that your response to “Free Press” (the comment about Gun World publishing in your magazine) was spot on! I thought you did a wonderful job responding to her. Thanks for taking on a “hard” comment with truth and honesty. I applaud your stand. Keep up the good work! Lisa Gonzales Coco Lake Coconut Creek

Knowledge is Power

Mindi, Thank you so much for your ongoing support of the Scleroderma Foundation, Southeast Florida Chapter [Feature story, June is National Scleroderma Month, June 2013 issue]. We are so grateful for your help in making the public aware of this unimaginable disease. On behalf of those who suffer, your kindness to us is valuable beyond words. Simply put, you are the best. Sincerely, Ferne Fiegleman Robin Executive Director Scleroderma Foundation of Southeast Florida We hope that the ground our magazines broke 11 years ago as the first color magazine in our area, and the first to embrace as many charities, civic groups and individuals who are the true heart of our area is part of why our community is so coveted. While it made for small type, it also triumphed a community so full of so much good, and remains our focus, and still our pleasure! Thank you for noticing.—Mindi

A New life

Mindi, Congratulations on the sale of Parkland/Coral Springs Life! I’m sure you and Hank are looking forward with enthusiasm to not living by deadlines. Both Jim and I want to wish you and Hank a future filled with good health and happiness. We know that whatever the next chapter of “life” brings, you’ll do it with great aplomb, whether it is being the “Martha Stewart” of Parkland, shopping, writing a book, traveling or simply relaxing at home with cuddly cats and adorable dogs. The magazine you created is a true gem for the residents of Parkland; it reflects the essence of the city and the growth and diversification within the city. The recognition of people and charities that directly impact the city coupled with your monthly article make Parkland/Coral Springs Life a real treasure for local residents. I’m sure that as much as you’re looking forward to the next chapter of

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your life it must be somewhat difficult to pass on the stewardship of this wonderful magazine you created. Hopefully, the new owners will continue in the same direction and you will be able to enjoy it as a reader rather than a writer and publisher. Wishing you and Hank the best “life” has to offer. Warm Regards, Lynne Fenoglio Realtor, Coldwell Banker Parkland Dear Mindi, It was quite a shock to learn you sold the magazines, but knowing you, it won’t be long before you’re doing something else. You are much too talented to just do nothing. I have to tell you what a delight and joy it was working with you all these years. I know I was a pain in the butt sometimes but you put up with me and I appreciate everything you did for me. My college degree got me my first job in New York, but what I learned working for you, you cannot learn in school. You gave me the opportunity to be known by some of the best charity and society organizations in Florida. Once I told them I wrote for you, they always said, “come on up.” Please keep in touch and

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let Lou and I know what you plan in the future. Luv and xoxo, Halli Moore Boca Raton

Covering the Community

Hi Kristan, I just wanted to send a short note to thank you for all of the great coverage and support you have given to the Northwest Broward Road Runners! Melissa Hinton, VP Northwest Broward Road Runners Hello Kristan, Happy days! As the social season winds down for another year, please accept thanks from all the hard-working leaders and volunteers who consistently endeavor to make life brighter for our less fortunate sisters and their families. We appreciate the publicity you have printed in your beautiful publications, and your enthusiasm in assisting us with reaching our goals. Barbara McCormick, Photo-Publicist Our pleasure as always!—Kristan Ashworth, Managing Editor


To whom it may concern: I enjoy reading your magazine very much but I miss the humor section. I think you’ve omitted it for a few issues. Each time we can read humor, it certainly makes a better day. Please think about including it in your future publications. Charlotte Albert Thank you for saying so! We try to include the Funnybone section each month but especially the last couple issues, we just ran out of space. But we’re always accepting great (clean) jokes for future issues, so if anyone has a hilarious joke to share, please send it to! And of course we’ll keep doing it! —Kristan Ashworth, Managing Editor

What’s on your mind?

Got something to say? Send your thoughts & comments about the magazine, the community or future stories to: Letters to the Editor, Parkland/CS Life Magazine, 3511 W. Commercial Blvd, Suite 200 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Fax: 954.617.9110 or e-mail All items must be signed to be published and are subject to editing for space and clarity. • 25

lifetimes People, Places, Fun

Got a Major Milestone Coming Up? Coral Springs Will Help You Celebrate!

“The City of Coral Springs is always looking for ways to celebrate our residents, so we’ve established a new program to do exactly that,” said Commissioner Claudette Bruck. If you or any resident you know is celebrating a birthday over the age of 80 or a 50th wedding anniversary, that’s certainly cause for recognition and the City of Coral Springs would like to help celebrate by providing an official birthday or anniversary card. Go to www.CoralSprings. org/celebrate and fill out the form online. Once the city receives the info, residents will receive a card congratulating them on their special occasion.

Bloomingnailz Celebrates 2nd Anniversary & Gives You the Gifts! The gorgeous Bloomingnailz in The Walk wants to give back and show their customers and the community gratitude and appreciation for two wonderful years. “Like” Bloomingnailz on Facebook so you can enjoy all kinds of goodies this month in celebration of their 2nd anniversary. July 11 marks Bloomingnailz’s actual anniversary and although celebrations continue all month long, watch carefully that week for even more specials and promotions like champagne, free polishes and more! Bloomingnailz offers the newest techniques using only the finest quality products and they’ve never met a hand or foot they can’t make happy! They gladly accept walk-in clients as well as appointments and group and private parties. Stop by to say hi to these really nice folks and tell them Life Publications sent ya! Bloomingnailz, 2704 University Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954.755.5755 or visit See ad page 4.

City of Parkland Welcomes Representative Jim Waldman Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006, Representative Jim Waldman, now represents the City of Parkland in District 96 and was given a warm welcome at the Commission’s May 15 meeting. Serving on many legislative committees in the last six years, he is the Democratic Floor Leader in the House of Representatives and President of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. Representative Waldman provided a legislative update and promised to represent Parkland residents to the best of his abilities. The Mayor and Parkland’s City Commission look forward to working with Representative Waldman on issues that affect the city at the state level and thanked him for all his support and hard work on the city’s behalf.

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lifetimes Bzzzzzz … Mosquito Season is Here! South Florida’s rainy season is upon us and each day the humidity increases as well making a perfect breeding ground for ick…mosquitoes. The City of Parkland was kind enough to issue the following tips to residents to help reduce the local mosquito population and keep those blood-sucking bugs at bay. • Destroy or dispose of cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold standing water, which promotes breeding • Repair leaky pipes • Install screens on rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns • Empty water from boats • Scrub and change water in vases holding flowers or cuttings twice each week, or grow cuttings in sand • Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs • Scrub and change water in bird baths twice weekly; empty watering areas of pets and chickens daily • Fill holes in trees with sand or mortar, or drain or spray them as required • Stock fish pools or lily ponds with minnows, which devour mosquito larvae Experts suggest residents keep doors and windows closed, stay indoors at dusk and dawn, dress in long-sleeved and light colored clothing when in a known mosquito infested area, and apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to clothing and skin. When necessary, Broward County Mosquito Control sprays areas of the county by truck and/or plane, based on the volume of requests received from residents. To request mosquito spraying service, visit and click Mosquito Services under Online Services, or call 954.765.4062.

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lifetimes Fall in Love with the Parkland Library this Summer By Lynne Fenoglio Summer is here and the Parkland Library Summer Reading Program is bringing wonderful activities to members of all ages. So many of our residents have made the library an integral part of their lives like Roberta Kandell, a frequent patron of the library, who describes her library experience: “My family moved to Parkland last summer. In the fall my toddler and I began the Library’s Storytime Program. We both enjoyed the free sessions as much as Mommy and Me classes I had paid for in the past! I then joined the All Booked Up adult book discussion group where I’ve met many interesting people and participated in some fascinating discussions. As a scrapbooking enthusiast, I needed some help with digital photo editing. To my surprise, I was able to take a free course through the Library’s technology instruction program. I’m very impressed by all the Library has to offer in a comfortable and pleasant facility.” Programs coming up in July include: All Booked Up Book Group; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Courses; digital card crafting; and film viewing and discussion for adults. For children, the programs include: Dino Fossil Find, Tails to Tales, Game Day, Dig for Treasure Storytime, We Dig Turtles Art class and Teddy Bear Sleepover. For dates, times and registration requirements, see the Datebook calendar in this magazine, go to library or call 954.757.4207. Of course, they can only sponsor these programs with the ongoing support and donations from the residents and various community organizations. The Friends of the Library would like to give a special thank you to the Parkland Woman’s Club and the Juniorettes for their generous donations in May. In addition, we’d also like to thank all who purchased raffle tickets during the Farmers’ Market season to win a Kindle. The Kindle winner was Sharon Cutler, a teacher at Stoneman Douglas. And we’re pleased to inform you we’ve hired a new Library Manager, Joseph (Joe) Green who reports to Scott Davidoff, Community Services Director and has a proven track record for successful implementation of literacy campaigns and children programs. He also brings to the Parkland team an extensive background in researching, writing/applying for, and obtaining grants. Joe is fluent in French and volunteers to teach senior and adult technology classes for several associations. The Friends of the Library extend a warm welcome to Joe and look forward to working with him. Library Manager Joe Green

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lifetimes Join the COP Program & Help Keep Parkland Safe!

Coral Springs Police Launches New Site on Crime Prevention

They want YOU! The BSO Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) is a group of volunteers who use a simple approach to safeguard our neighborhoods through citizen involvement. COP volunteers are locals who help to reduce potential crime by patrolling their communities, looking for suspicious occurrences or potential hazards and by offering assistance to others in their neighborhoods. COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked cars, adding to the crimefighting presence in the community. This vigilant (not vigilante!), community-oriented group acts as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement, providing a highly effective deterrent against crime. If interested, contact the BSO Parkland Office at 954.753.5050.

As part of the highly-recognized “Make a Call, Make a Difference” campaign, the Coral Springs Police Department launched a new website, to provide residents with resources on crime prevention and emergency preparedness. As an ancillary website to the city’s webpage at CoralSprings. org, the Prepare N Prevent resource will afford users with info related to innovative DIY-style guides, videos, and presentations such as: the 2M2P Series (2 Minutes to Prevent) which provides up-to-date crime trends and safety precautions; CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) concept of using a properties space and design to deter crime opportunities; Linkage to FDLE’s predator and criminal career offender lists as well as online crime reporting and mapping resources; emergency preparedness ranging from what to do in an active shooter situation to the seasonal need to prepare for hurricane season; Juvenile services, including the department’s own GRADE (Gang Resistance and Drug Education) program for fifth graders and internet safety for parents.

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lifetimes Summer Camp ArtShops at the Coral Springs Museum of Art Children and teens can get creative this summer at the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s Summer Camp ArtShops. This weekly camp for ages 6-16 runs through August 16. Registrations are ongoing, but register early as space in each session is limited. The Museum is offering NEW subjects this summer: Photoshop, Fashion Couture and Photography (ages 13-16) and Passion for Fashion (ages 8-12). Additional visual arts subjects offered are: Ceramic Hand-building or Stop Action Animation (2 weeks each), Exploring Sculpture, Art of the Animal, Drawing & Painting for the Young, Painting, Techniques of Drawing, Cartooning, Comic Book Design, Papiér Mache, Green Art Explorations and Art Studio. Summer Camp ArtShops are weekly 3 hour morning and/or afternoon classes and are age and topic specific. Children and teens may attend both morning & afternoon sessions or sign up for multiple weeks (register for 4 or more weeks and receive a 5% discount!). ArtShops are taught by professional artists and include all supplies. Ceramics, Stop Action Animation, Photography and Photoshop have limited availability, advanced registration is required, call to reserve your child’s space today. The Coral Springs Museum of Art offers discounts on ArtShops to Museum members, siblings and for registering for 4 or more weeks. Call 954.340.5000 or visit CSMART is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs.

Golfers Invited to Support Douglas Football at Golf Tourney – Aug. 24 The Douglas Gridiron Club and Football Team invite golf lovers and team supporters to come out for a day of competition and fun at their Annual Golf Tournament. By supporting this tournament you help the Douglas Gridiron Club support the Douglas Football Team. Held August 24 at the Coral Springs Country Club, 10800 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, the format is a 4-person scramble with shotgun start at 1pm. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last places. There’ll also be several contests on designated holes and a full buffet after the event with complimentary beverages throughout the day. Limited to 72 golfers, register early to insure a spot for your foursome. For more info contact Doug Waldinger at 954.775.7634 or visit

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lifetimes Water Taxi Pub Crawl Benefited American Lung Association Each May, the fun-loving folks with the Barefoot Children of Ft. Lauderdale Parrot Head Club host a Water Taxi Pub Crawl to benefit the American Lung Association of Florida. The three day party is headquartered at the Bahia Cabana Resort in Ft. Lauderdale and includes sailing to local pubs on the World Famous Water Taxi and two nights of dancing under tropical skies! Over the past five years, Pub Crawl auctions and drawings raised over $30,000. The American Lung Association even recognized the club with the 2012 Outstanding Community Partner Award. “But we’re busy all year,” said Head Parrot Karolyn Holmes, also the Barefoot Children’s President. “In addition to social hours we call Phlockings, we also help with events around Broward County such as the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk and Relay for 1. A Gilligan’s Island Look-a-Like Life. Additionally, the club raises money for Kids Contest was part of the Water Taxi in Distress, local animal shelters, Toys for Tots and Pub Crawl. Al Newman as Skipper, Save the Manatee. We collect pop tops for Ronald Teri Newman as Mary Anne McDonald House and clean trash off our coastal & Dean S. as Gilligan. beaches and highways. We also support our local 2. Parrot Heads were underway on the sports teams. We generously contribute to The Water Taxi to their first destination PHiNs Fund. That is a separate PHiP charity that pub. Club Treasurer, Julie Cuneo, is lends assistance to ‘Parrot Heads in Need’ for our sporting the pink Pub Crawl shirt. brothers and sisters in disaster areas.” Recently, funds were distributed to Hurricane Sandy victims and Oklahoma tornado victims. New members are welcome to join this local club, which is a chartered member of Parrot Heads in Paradise (PHiP), a world-wide organization with around 250 chapters. PhiP’s annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West draws 3,500 Parrot Heads from all over the world. There’s a $20 annual fee and the requirement that all members “Party with a Purpose!” To join or learn more, visit

The Hottest Ride in Florida Returns to Boca Raton - July 14 It’s July in South Florida so naturally you’re looking for reasons to spend time outside doing strenuous physical activity. Well the no-pain, no-gain types are in luck because the Boca Raton Bicycle Club’s 24th Annual Frank Stark Bicycle Ride, coined the “Hottest Ride in Florida,” hits the streets Sunday, July 14! (Holy fry-an-egg-onthe-street, Batman). It’s a fun and healthy way to enjoy a scenic ride along the Atlantic coast (pray for a breeze), as well as a beautiful tour through tres chic Boca Raton, as it starts and ends at Boca Raton City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Road, at the corner of Palmetto Park and Boca Raton Blvd). Registration begins at 6:30am, then the 62 mile ride (Oy, vay) begins at 7am with a shorter, 30 mile ride option beginning at 8am. (Praise God!) There’ll be plenty of well stocked rest stops along the way and full Sag Support during the ride. The cost to register is $35 online by July 11 at 11:59pm or by mail if postmarked by July 5. Otherwise, late registration/ day of ride cost is $40. Proceeds from this unique ride (we’ll say) which will be held rain or shine benefits bicycle advocacy groups on a local, state and national level. To register, go to www. or call 561.391.6109 for info. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 31

lifetimes Parkland Teen Gives Back to Community Through Volunteerism An MSD High School student with a passion for her community spent Memorial Day helping those in need. Sami Fleisher, 15, led a group of 30 volunteers in numerous service projects to benefit LifeNet4Families, a Broward County nonprofit organization working to provide necessary food and services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Fleisher has already done a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure the project was successful. In the month leading up to Memorial Day, she held drives at the school and around Parkland to collect enough hygiene products to create 300 hygiene bags to donate to the homeless. She secured additional donations from local stores like Publix, Target and Walmart. “This project is so important to me because I have a passion for helping the homeless,” Fleisher says about the project. “I have fully planned this out, so it’s a huge step in my volunteering experience.”

Sami Fleisher packs boxes with food donations

Fleisher began volunteering through the local nonprofit, HandsOn Broward, when she was a freshman in high school, and is now a member of the organization’s Youth Leadership Academy. HandsOn Broward provides leadership development and hands-on service opportunities for individuals who want to make a difference in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward, call 954.233.1300 or visit

Chabad of SW Coral Springs Celebrated Completion of Torah Hundreds of locals joined in a day of festivities on May 19 as Chabad of Southwest Coral Springs completed their brand new Torah in the Coral Springs Country Club. Following the completion and dedication, a Chupah and car-parade departed headed to the Chabad Center on Atlantic Blvd. for desserts and dancing that lasted for hours! To learn more about Chabad of Southwest Coral Springs, visit or call 954.471.8646.

1. Congressman Ted Deutch joined Rabbi Yankie Denburg for the celebration 2. Mayor Vincent Boccard wrote a letter in the Torah as CS Commissioners Larry Vignola and Dan Daley look on

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lifetimes Forest Glen Middle School Band Had Very Musical 2012-2013 School Year

The 2012-2013 school year was both an exciting and rewarding one for the band program at Forest Glen Middle School in Coral Springs. Under the direction of Jordan Sawyer, the band achieved an impressive list of accomplishments. Mr. Sawyer began the school year with the “Scale Masters” program which so far has inducted over 50 individual students. In Fall of 2012, select students were able to showcase their talents and represent Forest Glen Middle in both the All County Honors Band and the All State Honors Band. On January 18, band members were invited to perform at the Martin Luther King Luncheon for the City of Coral Springs. In March, the band also participated in the Florida Bandmaster’s Assoc. (FBA) Music Performance Assessment, showcasing musical compositions that were at the FBA MC class. The band received “Straight Superior” ratings for their impressive performance. In April, band members participated in the CS All Star Band. Students were able to meet and perform with band members from other area middle schools, with Mr. Sawyer conducting one of the musical pieces for this event. Then at the beginning of May, several band members participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. Overall, the participants achieved 11 “Superior” ratings and 1 “Excellent” rating for their performances. Most recently, the band took a trip to Orlando and performed at Disney’s “You’re Instrumental” program, where they received a “Certificate of Professional Musicianship”. Mr. Sawyer and the Forest Glen Middle School Band have already begun planning exciting events and performances for the 2013-2014 school year; sure to be another rewarding experience filled with great accomplishments and fun for all of the students involved. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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lifetimes Standard Pacific Homes Now Pre-Selling Watercrest in Parkland Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation’s leaders in quality home building, is now offering brand new home designs in the “Wedge” area of Parkland. The Watercrest at Parkland community is being built around nearly 150-acres of lakes, offering spectacular sunset and lake views on nearly every homesite. The community will feature 458 homes plus a waterfront amenity center including fitness center, resort-style pool, floating dock, sports complex, tennis, dog park and so much more. Elegantly designed one and two-story homes with charming architecture offer between 2,100 to over 5,300 square feet of living space. With three unique collections of homes to choose from, the designs offer 2-5 bedrooms and are situated on 55’, 70’ and 90’ wide homesites. Award-winning home designs blend artistry and innovation for today’s casual and elegant lifestyles. Gourmet kitchens that flow into Great Rooms provide the ideal setting for large scale entertaining and everyday family interaction. The new homes also feature spa-like master baths, first floor guest suites and three car garages. A 1,500 square foot on-site design center makes it easy to work with designers to take advantage of the tremendous flexibility in personalizing your home. Preconstruction prices range from the low $400s to over $800,000. “We love the hometown feel of Parkland and the commitment to natural space and quality evident throughout the city. We’re creating a unique community within the city of Parkland and we look forward to a wonderful relationship with the city and its residents,” said Division President, Dan Grosswald. Visit to register or to make an appointment call 954.290.6192.

1. Kensington - The Vista Collection 2. The Venetian - The Vista Collection 3. The Bellingham - The Solstice Collection

Coral Springs Museum Offers FREE Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel & Their Families If you’ve served in the U.S. military, you and your family are invited to experience participating museums for free this summer. And locally, the Coral Springs Museum of Art is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2013. The complete list of participating museums is available at For more information about Coral Springs Museum of Art go to

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lifetimes FORE a GREAT Cause! Mark your Calendar for Cody’s Angel Golf Classic - Oct. 5 Cody’s Angels, a charity founded by BSO Deputy John Meiers, is hosting its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, October 5 at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton and the community is invited to sign up early to enjoy a beautiful day on the greens while supporting a truly worthy cause. The mission of Cody’s Angels is to help children and families dealing with life threatening cancer by providing gifts, experiences and support to those children while they’re receiving treatment. “We’re thrilled to be able to help our fellow deputy John Meiers and his family as they assist their charitable organization on behalf of their teenage son, Cody, who sadly lost his battle last August with Ewing’s Sarcoma,” stated Sergeant Lloyd McElhaney of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. “Cody was a shining example of selflessness and determination.” The golf tournament consists of 144 players in teams of four and will kick off with a 1:30pm shotgun start. The cost per player is $100, which includes amazing golf, fabulous tournament prizes, a gift bag and scrumptious buffet dinner with carving stations at Boca Lago’s VIP dining room. A fantastic silent auction and raffle will be held and trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Specialty holes will be available, including a hole-in-one par three, where golfers will be shooting for amazing prizes. Also included will be: closest to the pin and longest drive holes. Mulligan cards will be on hand for players to purchase also. Corporate Sponsors include: Harley-Davidson, JM Family Enterprises, Anidjar & Levine, PA, Lipton Toyota, Pepsi Beverages, Gold Coast Beverages, the Life Family of Publications, North Broward Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge and the South East Police Motorcycle Rodeo. If you’re interested in finding out more about the charity or golf tournament committee or volunteering YOUR time and/or making a donation or contributing a prize, contact Linda Brown at 954.288.7201. Visit www.

City of Parkland Approves Reduced Building Permit Fees From the “every-little-bit-helps” department comes a reduction in building permit fees for permits residents would typically apply for has been approved by the Parkland City Commission. Included in the adopted Ordinance was a reduction in the over-the-counter water heater and air conditioning permits, residential solar cell permits and garage door replacement. For more info, contact Steve Pizzillo, Building Official at 954.757.4148.

BCPS High Schools Named Among Best in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is home to several Best High Schools in the nation and state, according to recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. In all, 13 BCPS high schools received gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. News’ Best High Schools 2013 national ranking. A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students. Broward’s gold medalists schools are Cypress Bay High School (#15 state, #180 national), Pompano Beach High School (#17 state, #230 national) and Nova High School (#27 state, #454 national). In addition to being gold medalists, the schools achieved top national ranking and represent the state’s top 50 schools. Eight BCPS high schools are national silver medalists and rank in the state’s top 100. McFatter Technical High School (#36 state, #592 national), Atlantic Technical High School (#40 state, #646 national), Pembroke Pines Charter High School (#42 state, #700 national), Fort Lauderdale High School (#45 state, #790 national), Stranahan High School (#53 state, #967 national), Somerset Academy Charter Conservatory High School (#62 state, #1,190 national), South Broward High School (#74 state, #1,602 national), and Deerfield Beach High School (#75 state, #1,635 national). Also closing in on national ranking, as bronze medalists, are Broward Virtual School and Dillard High School.

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lifetimes New Roof Desperately Needed at Alzheimer’s Family Center in Margate “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head …“ Catchy little melody, but if you’re an employee of the Alzheimer’s Family Center in Margate, this little tune rings all too true. “We are treading water here,” states Joyce Karney, Executive Director of the Center, “Both figuratively and literally. Our roof leaks; and it leaks badly.” “It’s extremely difficult to assist all the people who need us and handle everyday workloads with pools of water splashing down on papers and computers,” added Karney. The staff at the Center must practice caution when walking about the office to avoid the buckets situated throughout the building to catch the constant water drips. Roof repairs have been done; patching one area of the roof seems to move the leak to another spot of the building. “We’ve done so much patching, nothing helps,” says Karney. “We need a new roof, but we don’t have the money to have a new roof installed.” Water is now appearing inside light fixtures, ceiling tiles are so drenched that they’re crumbling and falling to the floor, mildew has formed and employees with allergies are suffering to breathe. “Every night before we leave, we cover computers, photocopiers, fax machines, etc. with large plastic drop cloths or tablecloths; we can’t have them damaged from the water so we attempt to protect them as best we can” states Karney. “ We have arrived in the morning to soggy carpets, water-stained walls – it’s become a real nightmare. With the onset of hurricane season; we really don’t know what to expect. If this mildew becomes mold, the entire building could be condemned.” The Alzheimer’s Family Center has been quietly helping ALL who need them in the local Broward County community for the past 27 years; providing services and programs to improve the quality of life for the elderly. The Center has been a strong asset to Broward County; working earnestly on behalf of our elderly population, their caregivers and families. These are vital, essential services for our seniors, without the assistance of this agency, aging adults will experience hardships and some will not be able to endure. But there is a high frustration level that exists as the organization struggles daily to operate an agency without sufficient funding, a growing demand from a fragile population, amid a looming threat of yet more cutbacks in their federal and state funding. At the present time, if a caregiver becomes ill, there are no emergency funds to provide 24-hour respite care to the family member or loved one. This is a necessity and should be of paramount importance. “As a presence in the local community, we’ve always prided ourselves on the ability to be solid; display a sound fiscal responsibility,” continued the Director, “but with funding cutbacks, higher expenses, decreased revenue because of the economy; it’s become a real juggling act. Now, the roof has become a real necessity, we don’t want anything to affect the clients, so we’re operating in what is a dangerous and unsafe environment for our staff. “ Estimates to replace the Center’s roof range from $25,000 - $30,000. The Alzheimer’s Family Center is located at 6280 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate. If anyone can help or knows someone who might, call 954.971.7155 or visit Any donations appreciated. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 37

lifetimes Friends of Music’s “Working in Harmony Luncheon” Honored Community Volunteers Outstanding volunteers from eight civic groups in Coral Springs were honored recently at the Friends of Music’s “Working in Harmony Luncheon.” Over 100 people attended this event held at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel. Friends of Music, Inc. is a non-profit group of inspired volunteers dedicated to raising funds for the musical groups in our local public middle and high schools and have donated over $130,000 since 2002.

Volunteer Honorees: Debbie Teate, Social Action Committee of St. Mary Magdalene; Ethel Rapp, St. Mary Magdalene Church Women’s Organization; Rachel O’Connell, Coral Springs Relay for Life; Toby Starnes, Newcomers Club; Lisa Teger Zehn, J.P. Taravella Band and Orchestra Patrons; Heather Silver and Randie Ervin, Sawgrass Middle School Band Parents; & Nancy Canellis, Friends of Music; Coral Springs City Commissioner & Honorary Dignitary Claudette Bruck. Honorees not pictured: Ramblewood Middle School Band – the Band Parents Assoc.

Parkland Children’s Academy Opens this Fall Parkland Children’s Academy is excited to be opening their 2nd location this fall. Their new facility in Parkland Town Center follows the incredible success of their Coconut Creek location with a top-rated VPK program. Classes in Parkland are filling quickly as word is spreading. The new school is open to children ages 1-5 and is a VPK provider. Family-owned and operated by Tom and Donna Morgan with son John, they believe that children develop their potential when offered opportunities to freely explore, discover and create all while having fun. Of paramount importance is a competent, nurturing, and well-trained staff, as well as a low child-to-teacher ratio. All teachers are credentialed and experienced. No expense has been spared in ensuring safety and security. Touch screen fingerprinting is required to gain entrance to the building and parents can view their child throughout the day via a web cam. Interior rubber flooring reduces bumps and bruises. Hospital-grade flooring prevents the growth of bacteria and does not require the use of harmful chemicals for cleaning. Rubberized playground surfaces prevent injuries and splinters. Even their furniture is industry-recognized as the strongest and safest. Come see for yourself on August 3 when Parkland Children’s Academy hosts a Grand Opening Celebration. From 10am-2pm, guests will be able to tour the brand new facility and enjoy free pizza, face painting and a bounce house. Parkland Children’s Academy is located at 6624 Parkside Drive in Parkland. For more info, call 954.570.6914, visit and see their ad page 66.

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lifetimes Enter to Win a Free Night of Theater This Summer FREE is the best 4-letter word! This summer, South Florida audiences will have a chance to see theatre for free with the return of The South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest, sponsored by WLRN. Theatre patrons looking to try something new can visit summerfestfreenight. and enter to win up to three pairs of tickets for shows between July 16 and August 15. All entries will be finalized on July 8 and winners will be notified by email by July 10. Free Night offers patrons an excellent opportunity to visit a venue they’ve never been to before, or sample a type of theatre they might not otherwise ever consider. Participating theatres include Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, GableStage, Lake Worth Playhouse, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Sol Children Theatre, and Storycrafter Studio. For more info on the South Florida Theatre League, including a list of member theatres and their current and upcoming productions, visit

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MSD Drama Students were Happy at Cappies! Congratulations to the talented drama students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the recognition they received at this year’s South Florida Cappies Gala for achievements in theatre for their production of Grease. Awards were given May 21 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to: Junior Critic - Marissa Krantz, Senior Critic - Skyler Evans, Critic’s Team (3rd year in a row!) - Stoneman Douglas HS, Marketing & Publicity - Jessie Karlen and Carly Sadicario and Female Vocalist - Carolina Meneses.

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lifetimes Outstanding Local Club Installs New Officers The GFWC Coral Springs Woman’s Club celebrated two major events recently. Named Outstanding Club by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for the fourth time in five years, they also held their annual installation of officers at a luncheon May 18 at the Country Club of Coral Springs. Past President of GFWC Florida and GFWC Coral Springs Woman’s Club, Roberta Alberti, served as installing officer. Five women were also initiated into membership, bringing a total of 10 new members for the year.

1. 2013-2014 Officers (Front Row, L-R): Second VP Adrienne Fardella, President Carol Johnson, First VP Jean Alexander; (Back): Recording Secretary Ginny Lee & Treasurer Jackie Shor. Not pictured: Third VP Carol Moehring & Corresponding Secretary Linda Finch 2. New members Karen Ross, Sherri Myers, Terri Inkley, Vicky Brisbin & Kathy Brawer

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday each month from September through April at 7:30pm at Cypress Hall, Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Membership is open and guests are welcome. For info, contact 2nd VP Adrienne Fardella at 954.255.5997 or email alf123@

Picnic Pavilions Available for Rental at Parkland Parks Pack up a picnic basket, a blanket to sit on, bring a Frisbee or a board game and enjoy a day with the family at a city park! There are several picnic pavilions at Parkland parks including Quigley Park, the Equestrian Center, Pine Trails Park, Terramar Park and Liberty Park just waiting for you and your clan. Each picnic pavilion has its own “qualities.” For example, the pavilions at Pine Trails Park hold a maximum of 25 individuals (so bring your friends!) and boast a stainless steel grill allowing folks to exercise their culinary talents. Others have different features. Pavilions are available for anyone on a first come, first served basis during the week, or for a fee if you make a reservation to guarantee your space (residents only). Reservations are required on weekends and holidays. To check availability or to make a reservation, visit the Parks & Recreation Dept. offices located within the Amphitheater at Pine Trails Park or for more info call 954.757.4105.

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lifetimes Parkland/Coral Springs Residents Honored at “Fun” Lunch Parkland peep Doug Blitzer of Tribridge; Coral Springs residents Maria Pierson of Pierson Grant Public Relations and Gary Grossman of Copans Printing & Graphics; Doug Bartel, Florida Blue; and Linda Wood, Broward College were honored as “Marvels of the Midway” during the 21st Annual Fun Lunch benefiting Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. (LBF). The event raised nearly $20,000! The annual Fun Lunch recognizes and honors graduates of the Leadership Broward adult class who’ve made contributions to LBF, our community, and the causes they support. Doug Blitzer is past Chair of the Board of Leadership Broward Foundation, and also served on the board of the South Florida Manufacturer’s Assoc.; Gary Grossman served on many LB committees as well as the Board of Directors; Maria Pierson won widespread acclaim in the public relations arena including as a Women in Communication’s Woman of the Year, and Doug Bartel is on the Board of Greater Miami Chapter Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance and the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Assoc., Linda Wood co-chairs Criminal Justice Day, and also serves as a member of the board of Leadership Broward, The Broward Partnership for the Homeless Initiative, and Crime Stoppers of Broward County. To learn more about the Leadership Broward Foundation, visit LB Honorees: Parkland’s Doug Blitzer, Maria Pierson and Gary Grossman of Coral Springs with Linda Wood and Doug Bartel

Third Time’s a Charm! CS’ Dr. Nancy Wiley Receives Honor …Again! An Ivy League graduate of Columbia University and a Board Certified Orthodontist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Nancy Wiley was recently voted Best Orthodontist in Coral Springs and Parkland for the third time. And it’s apparent when you meet Dr. Wiley and her team that this is no ordinary orthodontic practice. Nancy Wiley Orthodontics’ passion for excellence in the diagnosis, treatment, and service of patients is what her team focuses on providing a personal, loving touch along with creating an unparalleled experience and exceptional outcome. Dr. Wiley understands how important a healthy, beautiful smile is and offers state-of-the-art services and appliances from quality providers such as Incoginto, Invisalign, and Damon System. Her overall approach is artistic in nature accentuating patients’ natural beauty with attention to every detail. Dr. Wiley’s goal is to not only straighten teeth, but also address root causes which serves in creating a gorgeous smile for a lifetime. So if you’re looking for an orthodontist and would like to meet Dr. Wiley, contact the office at 954.753.0015. Their Coral Springs office is at 4689 N. University Dr. (Additional office located in Lighthouse Point.) Visit to learn more.

Vroom! Vroom! YMCA’s 2nd Annual Bikers for Backpacks – Aug. 10 Supply a child with the opportunity to succeed this school year and mark your calendar for August 10 when a fleet of motorcycles will ride from the Parkland Y to Bru’s Room Sports Grill in Coconut Creek! Register at by Aug. 9 (search “Florida” and “Bikers for Backpacks”). The fee is $15 plus a stocked backpack per motorcycle. The drop off at the Parkland Y will be at 11am and even if you don’t ride, you can still help underprivileged children by donating a new backpack with school supplies, and then join in the fun at Bru’s Room beginning at 11:45am. Questions? Contact the Parkland Y by calling 954.384.9622. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 41

lifetimes Donation to Coral Springs Museum Include Original Signed Poster by Keith Haring Coral Springs residents Dr. and Mrs. Storfer have been avid collectors of both modern and Latin American art for more than 25 years and recently donated a signed Keith Haring (cloth) poster, Queerworld – The Art & Flavor of SoHo (for an exhibit in Madrid, Spain) to the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The exhibit included works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Pietro Psaier. Along with the Haring poster is a book, Herb Ritts Pictures – Twin Palms California, which is dedicated “To Keith, all my love Herb – Merry X-mas xxxooo” (1987). Two letters accompany the book, one by Haring’s partner, Juan Rivera, authenticating its transfer from the Keith Haring Foundation. Haring being most recognized by his art and social activism in the 1980s through concepts of birth, death and war, his imagery became widely recognized through his use of visual language as a social artform, including AIDS which ended his life at age 31 in 1990. “It’s an incredible piece of exhibition history to have this poster included in our permanent collection,” stated Bryan W. Knicely, Museum Executive Director. “The book adds a layer of endearment to the

poster by having something personally inscribed and gifted to Keith by his friend Herb Ritts.” The Storfers also donated two pencil drawing studies by Abraham Walkowitz, an American Modernist painter born in Siberia who immigrated to New York City with his parents during his childhood. While never attaining the level of fame of his contemporaries, Walkowitz’s close relationship with the 291 Gallery and Alfred Steiglitz did place him at the center of the Modernist movement. His early abstract cityscapes, depicted in one of the studies donated, and collection of over 5,000 drawings of Isadora Duncan also remain significant art historical records. Walkowitz refined his style as an artist producing various abstract works before his death in 1965 at the age of 86. The Haring poster and Ritts book will be on display as part of the Museum’s summer exhibition (through Aug. 24). Make a trip to the Museum part of your summer plans! 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Call 954.340.5000 or visit

Broward County Property Appraiser Releases 2013 Estimate of Taxable Values With about $3.1 billion in taxable residential properties, Parkland will experience a more than six percent uptick in assessed property values

this year. (Yahoo!) According to preliminary taxable value estimates published recently by the Broward Property Appraisers Office, Parkland ranks fifth among 32 Broward cities for an increase in taxable values at 6.2 percent, outpacing nearby larger cities Coral Springs (4.08%), Ft. Lauderdale (4.46%), Pompano Beach (3.64%) and Deerfield Beach (4.39%). To learn more, visit

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lifetimes Time to Get Up and Running with the NW Broward Road Runners Ready to commit to getting and staying fit? Need some support and camaraderie to stick to your plan? The NW Broward Road Runners Club is ready to help you achieve your goals. More than just a running club, the group also holds many social events throughout the year, volunteers at and supports local race events, and offers training/coaching to all members, including kids! With approximately 200 members, the club welcomes everyone, from the brand new runner to the competitive athlete. Weekly training runs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:30am and Saturdays at 5:30am and all start and finish at the Starbucks parking lot at Coral Ridge Drive and Holmberg in Parkland. NWBRRC offers both individual ($40) and family ($60) annual memberships which come with lots of perks! Call to learn more. One of the signature programs the club proudly offers is the Youth Running Program. The 8 week long program meets Saturday mornings leading up to the goal race. The fall program starts in September. NWBRRC membership registration is available on-line at (click “join now”). For more, contact Jay Goldstein at 954.263.2506 or Melissa Hinton at 954.856.5500.

1. 2013/14 NWBRRC Board Members: Bob Gillan, Sal Barbera, President Jay Goldstein, Treasurer Anne Bengston, Vice President Melissa Hinton, Secretary Barry Singer & Bill Hinton 2. NWBRRC Youth Runners warm up before the Westglades 5k Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 43

| summerlife

Get Your Red, White & Blue ON!

July 4th Events

It’s summer in the city and that means even if YOU’RE not “Born on the Fourth of July,” you can whoop it up! Looking for some family fun and fireworks near you? Check out our list and enjoy!

Coral Springs The City’s annual Fourth of July celebration begins at 6pm at Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Drive. Food, refreshments and activities will be available for purchase. A grand fireworks display begins promptly at 9pm. The event is free, but there’s a $3 parking fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages and pets are not allowed in the park. 954.345.2200 / Davie Enjoy an Old Fashioned 4th of July at Flamingo Gardens from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Located at 3750 South Flamingo Rd., the entire family will savor a beautiful day at this historic Botanical Garden! Be sure to visit

the Bald Eagles in the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the 1930s history of the Wray Home, stay for lunch and enjoy BBQ & hot dogs at the Flamingo Café. Play some good old-fashioned carnival games with the kids and dance to 50’s music. July 4th is a Half Price Day too: $9 ages 12+, $5 ages 4-11, members and children 3 and younger free. 954.473.2955 / www. Fort Lauderdale The Mac-Daddy of celebrations, the 4th of July Spectacular at A1A and Las Olas Blvd. on Fort Lauderdale Beach is an all day affair from 1-9:30pm with family activities, DJ, music, beach games and contests, live music, entertainment and an incredible fireworks show at 9pm. www. / 954.828.5363. Lake Worth The City of Lake Worth has the biggest celebration in its history planned for the finale of the Lake Worth Centennial Celebration aptly named Lake Worth 100 - set for July 4. These festivities kick-off at 10am with the 11th Annual Great American Raft Race which runs through downtown to the new Bryant Park Boat Ramp beginning at 10am. At noon, Bryant Park will ignite with live music, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink and fun for the entire family culminating with the grand finale fireworks extravaganza at 9pm over the Intracoastal Waterway at Lake Ave. and Bryant Park! All activities at Bryant Park are FREE. Come by boat and dock at the new pier facilities or come by car; the park is located on the corner of Golfview & Lake Avenues on the Intra-coastal waterway. / 561.586.1600. Margate Their annual parade runs from 9-11am on Margate Blvd. beginning at 76th Ave. to the Margate City Center. Afterwards, FREE hot dogs, chips, soda and water will be available until 1pm and kids can enjoy bounce houses and an obstacle course as well. In the afternoon, admission prices at Calypso Cove Waterpark, will be half off and a bounce house will be set up from 1-5pm. Concessions will be available and steel drums will be heard playing tropical music to keep you in the fun zone. The party resumes downtown Margate at 5pm with food trucks, MORE bounces houses and live music until 9pm. Then fireworks finish off the day. 954.972.6458. Parkland The annual Fourth of July Bike Parade runs from 9am-12pm at Terramar Park in Parkland. Kids decorate their bikes and strollers (with a little help from mom and dad of course) and parade them around the park for prizes in various categories. Cute! 954.757.4105 / ●

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By Kristan Ashworth

The Luxe Life for Less

Five Ways to Shop & Save this Summer Why pay full price on clothing, home goods, entertainment, travel, and

much more when you can ... not pay full price? We all want to save a buck or two and luckily that opportunity is always at your fingertips if you know where to look. Here are five hot ways to save this summer on cool things YOU love! ✔ Goldstar Do you enjoy live entertainment, theater, comedy, sports, music, performing arts and wine tastings? Do you also like saving money on those things? Well you’re in luck, because Goldstar helps you do just that. Sign up and you can check out the deals in your area on their website, and you’ll also receive an email filled with fun things to do that are customized to what you like. While these exact offers may not still be available by the time you read this, they will just give you an idea of what awesome deals to expect. Tickets to the 2nd Annual Boca Burger Battle on July 13 at Sanborn Square Park in Boca Raton are regularly $45 but through, you can get them for $22.50 and save 50%! Tickets to Boomers! Family Entertainment Center, with locations in Dania Beach and Boca Raton, which are $51 full price can be purchased for $26. Or how about taking a Jet Ski Tour of Miami Beach, Celebrity Homes and Waterways from American WaterSports for only $88 (regularly $160)! ✔ Scout Mob Support small businesses and independent makers by shopping at ScoutMob doesn’t currently cover Florida cities so the “go local” app is pretty useless unless you’re traveling to one of the cities they do cover (such as Atlanta, New York, Denver, San Francisco) and want to experience it like a local. However, anyone anywhere can shop from their “Shoppe” section

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and purchase really cool clothing, accessories, home goods, art, gifts and much more that’s made by independent makers and sold at fantastic prices. So it’s pretty much guaranteed that if you buy someone a gift from this site, you won’t hear “aw man I already have three of these!” Better yet, when you sign up you’ll receive 15% off your first order. And, if you get in on this site now, you’ll be the first to know if/when they expand to Miami or another major nearby city and then you’ll be in-the-know about cool restaurants, events and locally-made goods and will be able to receive exclusive discounts on them. ✔ Gilt & Gilt City Gilt is a members-only shopping site that gives insider access to today’s top designer labels at up to 60% off retail. Members find something new every day for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences through the local lifestyle site, Gilt City. So if you’re dying to own a pair of Oscar de la Renta by Linda Farrow Oversized Floral Side Square Frame Sunglasses but cringe at the $737 price tag, head on over to and grab yourself a pair for only $219. Or, if you’d like to save 40%

on a Seaplane Tour for two from Miami Seaplane Tours & Charters, then is for you. ✔ Rue La La Another members-only shopping site where you can find great sales on the best in women’s and men’s fashion, home, travel, kids, and more. With so many members-only sites out there, this one feels a little more unexpected with the brands they feature. New boutiques open at 11am and stay open for just 48 hours. Easy to navigate, just make sure you have an hour to spare because scouring this site for its incredible deals is unavoidable! Go to ✔ TravelZoo You may have heard about this one already or seen a commercial for it, but if not, you’re missing out! If you like to check your email and immediately find deals on South Beach Staycations, summer fares out of Fort Lauderdale airport, or deals on passes to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando or LegoLand Florida, not to mention super savings on cruises and car rentals, then sign up at and start saving. ● • 45

| what'scookin'?

By Kristan Ashworth

it's summer...

Grill Out!

‘Tis the season for outdoor entertaining,

backyard brews and of course, a delicious meal hot off the grill. But cooking food over an open flame can be an intimidating experience. And knowing what kind of grill to purchase can be as stressful as buying a new car. The debate over the superiority of gas or charcoal grilling can be heard at summer backyard BBQs across the country. But it really comes down to one’s own personal preference, convenience, how often you grill and what your grilling area is like (i.e. large backyard area or small balcony). Budget is also a major factor. You can find an 18 1/2 inch charcoal grill for $40 or a much larger one with many bells and whistles like a built-in wood smoker for $479. The same wide price range goes for gas grills as well. A basic two burner propane gas grill will run you about $100, whereas a five burner freestanding stainless steel propane gas grill will shock you at a whopping $7,400. (It’s like having a mini outdoor kitchen!) Gas grills have flick-of-a-switch ease, while charcoal takes longer to get going. But the many varieties of charcoal give you tons of options and the strategy behind using coals is something many people take pride in for the signature flavor it can create. You can even add wood chips that have been soaked in water for extra flavor. Some people are purists, while others just want to cook some food outdoors. There’s really no wrong answer. Mastering the grill can take time, but it’s worth it.

Just a few tips to keep in mind before you get all fired up: Bring all of your supplies to the grill area before you begin. It’s important to keep an eye on the food you’re cooking, and if you have to run inside to find a knife, plate or more seasoning, you run the risk of overcooking or burning your food.

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No matter what temperature your recipe requires you to cook at, always preheat the grill on high for about 10 minutes. The hotter the better in order to get those coveted grill marks. ●

When using a charcoal grill, always let the coals “coal over” after lighting. This can take at least 30 minutes. If you try cooking on the grill before the smoke has turned from heavy black to white, your food is going to taste charred and like lighter fluid. ●

Don’t wash your grill’s grate (this will preserve its “seasoning”), but give it a good scrub with a grill brush after it has preheated. You don’t want your burger tasting like a burnt version of the chicken you cooked a week earlier, do you? To avoid sticking, give it a quick rub with a clean, oiled rag.

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Have at least two heat zones: one for direct heat and one for indirect heat. Some gas grills will have multiple burners, or with a basic charcoal grill, the indirect heat would be around the outer edges of your grate. This allows you to cook different foods at different temperatures at the same time. It’s always nice to have a warming rack built into your grill to keep buns and cooked meats warm while you finish cooking other items. ●

Pat any meat dry before putting it on the grate because the water can cause the meat to stick. Then add any seasonings you’re planning to use, then brush on a light coating of oil.

Give your food some space and don’t overcrowd the grill. Leave room between each item so you can easily grab them with tongs. You need the flexibility of moving items from one place to another so leave some open areas as well.

Put a lid on it! Don’t be intimidated by your grill’s lid. It cooks hotter, faster, and is the key to getting that smoky flavor. It also helps minimize flare ups (the grill’s; we can’t help you much with your own). Just be sure to leave the cover vent open at least half way. And just like with an oven door, don’t keep opening it. Trust your instincts and let it do its thing.

Use an instant read thermometer in order to cook your meat to perfection. For example, chicken is done at 165 degrees F, whereas a medium rare steak is ready at 130 to 135 degrees F. This is a great way not to overcook your food, while also not serving up a plate of salmonella.

Many people think that the sole function of having a grill is to throw some meat and vegetables directly on the grate and cook away over an open flame. But a grill can do so much more! You don’t have to stick to steaks, burger and dogs. From appetizers to dessert, and breakfast through dinner, you can cook pretty much anything on a grill if you have the right “tools.” Some examples: you can make a stir fry using a grill-proof wok; a pizza stone makes perfect pizza on the grill; a griddle is a fine way to cook finely chopped vegetables, delicate fish or even making French toast; a cast iron skillet is an easy way to braise meat and simmer sauces; and with the right grill, you can even slow cook a large cut of meat using a rotisserie. Using some of these ideas, the following recipes cover breakfast, lunch and dinner, all cooked outside on the grill. So let’s get grilling! Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

Breakfast: French Toast with Grilled Peaches & Bourbon Pecan Maple Syrup (using a grill proof skillet or griddle) Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 peaches 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons sugar 4 slices of ¾ inch thick Challah bread Bourbon Pecan Maple Syrup: ¼ cup butter ½ cup bourbon 1 cup maple syrup ½ cup chopped pecans To make the Bourbon Pecan Maple Syrup, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once butter begins browning, remove pan from heat and add bourbon. Flambe the mixture until the alcohol has burned off and then add the syrup and

pecans. Return the pan to the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the grill for direct, medium heat grilling (350 - 450 degrees F). When ready, preheat a skillet or griddle for about 10 minutes. Slice peaches in half and remove the pit. Brush flesh side of each half with melted butter. Place peaches on grill for 5 minutes (should be evenly caramelized and softened). When done, remove and put in a bowl. Add lemon juice and sugar, to taste. In a blender, combine eggs, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Coat both sides of the Challah bread with batter. Butter skillet or griddle and place bread in it. Close lid and cook each side until golden brown, (about 2-3 minutes each). Place French Toast on plate and serve with grilled peaches and syrup.

Lunch: Grilled Pizza

(using a pizza stone) Ingredients: Prepared dough Pizza sauce Mozzarella cheese Toppings of choice (pepperoni, sausage, bacon, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.)

Prepare grill for direct cooking over high heat (500 degrees F), then preheat pizza stone for at least 15 minutes. Prepare toppings by pre-cooking them in a skillet. (You don’t want to put raw meat or veggies on your pizza as you may not cook the pizza long enough for the meat to fully cook and veggies to soften). Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface, flipping over a couple times to make sure it’s not sticking. Transfer dough to lightly floured, wood or metal surface, such as a large cutting board, rimless baking sheet, pizza peel, etc. The dough should slide easily on the surface. Top with a thin layer of sauce, sprinkle with cheese, then scatter your toppings on top. If any areas of the dough begin to stick, lift the dough and sprinkle more flour underneath. Carefully transfer the pizza from the board onto the hot pizza stone by tilting it and gently sliding it. Close lid and let pizza cook 4-5 minutes, rotating it a half turn once or twice with a large spatula, until crust has golden brown spots on bottom and cheese is completely melted. continued on page 61 • 47

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size got so small, and never having a snappy reply, simply told the truth. Who do I deny space to: a homeless animal or a charity raising money for cancer? Do I tell the Woman’s Club who provides scholarships to so many, no? Or do we say no to Tomorrow’s Rainbow who offers grief care to children? Do I not herald the kid who sells cupcakes for charity, the rescue groups who turn their lives upside down to save even a few animals or to the countless other civic and charity groups who do so much to enrich our community? I could never make those decisions because Hank and I cared more for hoping we were making some real difference than from caring about the bottom line. Our breast cancer issues, though huge, sometimes cost us money but also instilled such pride once released. Like wildfire, women sent links to it to people they loved all over the country and the world; and letters of praise for them numbered in the hundreds each year. And if I’m really honest, publishing was my dream, not Hank’s. So many people I have loved passed without warning while I finished another deadline and pursued another story. And while I don’t “do” regret, one of the laments I do have is that I “shoulda” made more time. My husband has quite a few years on me, and I owe it to him, to us, to take some time to solidify the memory bank and not worry about the brick and mortar one. We were privileged to own one of the longest continuously operated (29 years) publishing companies in South Florida and the LIFE group were our 11th titles. It is that love affair, that devout passion for trying to do the right thing and an amazing relationship with you – our reader – that kept us in the game for so long. It’d be nice to quote Mother Theresa, Churchill or even Emerson here; but Kenny Rogers said it best, “you gotta know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em.” And meeting a man like Gary Press, seeing the enthusiasm he has, the drive, and plans he has for moving our family to the next level is intoxicating. He “inherits” a staff of consummate professionals who have become family. We could never have put the heart, soul and devotion into our publications without what Kristan, Frank, Geraldine, Igor “Fezzy”, Wanda and our account executives brought to the table. Saying goodbye is never easy, but knowing the opportunities they will now have with this new blended family makes the

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lump in my throat abate just a little. Hank and I sincerely hope you’ll continue to live LIFE and love LIFE with the same passion and generosity you have ALWAYS shown us. Thank You. And believing Gary Press understands the necessity of being able to blend the new bells and whistles that augment our industry in 2013, with the purity of its roots, for me is priceless. His credentials got my attention, his heart cemented my allegiance. And he, like my Hanky, had me at hello. We’re proud of our choice, and know once you get to know him, you will be too. 


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or contact the Parkland District Office at 954.753.5050 for assistance. Mark your calendars: on Tuesday, August 6 from 6-9pm, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Parkland District will host our annual National Night Out celebration. National Night Out is an enjoyable program designed to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships with the goal of creating safer communities. Residents from Parkland are invited to view a variety of static displays from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Coral Springs Fire Rescue and the Florida Wildlife Commission. The event takes place in the parking lot of Parkland Commons/ Publix Shopping Center (8095 University Dr.). The Broward Sheriff’s Office offers an alert information system. By registering for BSO’s CyberVisor you’ll receive e-mail or text messages from our agency about the following topics that may affect your residential or business neighborhood: criminal activity, traffic information, upcoming events, security issues and important safety information. You can sign up for Cybervisor by going to www. Parkland District Police Chief Marvin Stoner is a 37 year police veteran and became Parkland’s Chief of Police in May 2011. He can be reached at or at 954.753.5050. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

By Sandi Jones

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Fungus and Black Rot and Crown Rot, Oh My! Summer in the South Florida Garden

Caring for your orchids and other plants during the summer months in South Florida can sometimes be a challenge to say the least. If you aren’t dive-bombed by life-size insects, you can drown in the torrential rains which don’t last long, but deluge us each afternoon OR you can just be fried to a nice char if you’re out past 11am. But against all odds, here are some heat-smart cultural tips for die-hard gardeners to help you make it through. Some signs you have a problem are: continued on next page

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Manicure: Clip, trim and treat BEFORE 11am. Besides the heat, the bugs are less active and it’s much less humid.

Prevent: If you must treat using pesticides, do so early in the day or towards evening so you do not hurt beneficial pollinators. And never when it’s windy.

Mulch: At this time, maybe more than ever, the best thing you can do for your garden is to improve soil and balance water retention and one of the best ways we’ve found to do both is by recycling at the same time! Use your old newspapers and lay 3-4 sheets thick around the base of each plant without covering the crown so you

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do not encourage rot. The added newspaper is then wet down so it won’t fly away, and then the mulch of your choice can be layered on top and spread out nicely. This extra step goes so far to help in so many ways. First, it keeps the weeds to a minimum by smothering weed seeds in the soil making them easier to grab when they pop up right next to your plant. Second, it keeps the soil cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and helps keep moisture in during the super hot summer. And the extra bonus? As the newspapers decompose, they feed the good microorganisms in the soil AND promotes earthworms which fertilize and aerate your soil!

Diseases Fungus appears as black/brown spots on your orchid and other plant leaves. Fungus occurs more often during our rainy season. Black Rot can spread through your orchid and other tender plant collection in a matter of no time. If you encounter black rot, the plant needs to be moved to a completely dry location away from other plants. The affected area should be cut out with a sterile pruner and household cinnamon dabbed on the cut. Cinnamon is a natural fungicide and will prevent bacteria from entering the wound. Make sure you re-sterilize your pruner afterwards so as not to spread the problem to your other plants. Watch for black rot on new growth; they act like little cups holding water inside. Crown Rot appears as yellowing and softening of the top leaves of the plant. Phalaenopsis and vandas are most susceptible to crown rot. If you encounter this problem, household peroxide can be poured directly into the crown of the plant. These problems can spread very easily by water splashing from an affected plant to a clean plant. A preventive maintenance program using a combination of a systemic and topical fungicide is the best way to avoid these problems. Systemic products work from within the plant while topical products remain on the surface. Watering as early in the day as possible allows the plants to dry thoroughly before night time helping to continued on next page Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 51

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prevent fungal problems. Good air circulation is a must. Some months we receive so much rain that we won't want to add more water to our plants by applying water soluble fertilizers. In this case, time release fertilizers will do the job for us by releasing nutrients every time it rains. Spring and summer are the active growing seasons for our plants and we want to give them as much nutrition as possible. The healthier our plants, the more flowers they'll give us and the more able they'll be to ward off pest and disease problems. Growing under cover can be an option. Other things to watch for: Sunburn starts out as a black spot on the leaf that turns whitish. To determine if a location is too sunny, place the plant in the location you select, set an egg timer for 10 minutes, when the timer goes off touch the leaves of the plant to feel how hot it is. If it is very hot the plant should be moved into more shade. The plant can be acclimated to brighter light by gradually moving it forward over a two to three week period.

Snails love our rainy season and enjoy making a meal of new growth on so many of our plants. Snail damage appears as holes in the leaves and usually occurs at night. Snail baits can be used sparingly, remembering that they are baits and we don’t want to encourage more snails to come to our area! A little extra TLC during the summer months will help bring you lots of beautiful blooms come fall and winter.  Sandi Jones is the owner of Broward Orchid Supply. In addition to orchid supplies, their products are cross-over for most of your gardening needs. For a complete product line, visit their website at www.browardorchidsupply. com. You’ll also find orchid culture pages to help you determine what type of orchid you have and its care, plus information on their upcoming shows and classes. Contact Sandi with your gardening questions at 954.925.2021 or

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By Patrick Beason



ven though nearly twothirds of families with small children say they'd swim in an area without lifeguards this summer, many people still don’t know the right thing to do in water emergencies or more importantly: how to keep their loved ones safe in the water, according to a new American Red Cross poll. People tend to spend more time in and around the water during the summer, and here in SoFla we’re around water nearly 24/7, so now just might be a great time to review water safety precautions and provide you a primer of sorts so, should the need arise, you’ll at least have some idea of what to do to stay safe. continued on next page Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 53

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The survey findings show that people mistakenly believe some steps such as having a swimming buddy or flotation device will keep them safe. For example, while the Red Cross recommends that people always swim with a buddy in designated swimming areas supervised by lifeguards, buddies alone are just NOT enough to keep swimmers safe. Two thirds (67%) of those asked mistakenly believe that putting inflatable arm bands, or “water wings,” on children is enough to keep them safe when an adult is not nearby. These are not lifesaving devices, and children and weak/inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets while remaining under constant adult supervision. The Red Cross poll found 63% of families with children would swim in an area without a lifeguard this summer. However, nearly half of those polled had never taken swimming lessons, with African-Americans (32%) less likely to have received any formal swim training. And even more eye-popping, nearly half of Americans say they have had an experience where they were afraid they would drown, according to the findings. Hispanics reported a higher percentage (66%)

of having such an experience over Whites (46%). Overall, four in 10 (41%) say they know someone who was in danger of drowning, which is an increase of 16 percentage points from a similar 2009 Red Cross survey. The most concerning finding in the survey was that the majority of those polled were unsure of the right steps to take when someone appears to be in distress in the water: More than nine in 10 (93%) people were unable to identify the correct order of actions to take to help a swimmer who may be in danger of drowning. And with water in every direction right here at home, it should be a startling wake-up call. Do YOU know what to do if a friend or family member looked like they were drowning? Would you be immobilized by panic or could you REALLY help? In drowning, time is of the essence. The correct steps to take when you see a swimmer who needs help is first, to shout for help at the top of your lungs to attract attention and help from others. Reach or throw the person a rescue or flotation device if possible and tell them to grab it; then call 9-1-1 if needed. People think that if a person isn’t calling out for help that they must not need help. So NOT true. They’re likely using all their energy to just

try to stay above water. People also think they should enter the water to save someone, but often this endangers the life of the rescuer too. If you are a strong swimmer, and are someone who can keep a straight head in an emergency, and authorities have been called; yes, it can make a difference. But often a panicked swimmer can put their rescuer in danger.

Signs a swimmer is in trouble: • Treading water and waving an arm • Doggie paddling with no forward progress • Hanging onto a safety line • Floating on their back and waving their arms • Arms extended side or front, pressing down for support, but making no forward progress • Positioned vertically in the water, but not kicking legs • Underwater for more than 30 seconds • Floating at surface, face-down, for more than 30 seconds Swimming lessons help people develop skills and water safety behaviors that help them be more comfortable and safe when they're in, on and around the water. All household members are encouraged to enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim programs. If you choose to live around the beauty of water here in South Florida both at the beach, our lakes and of course the abundant pools we’re fortunate to enjoy, make it a point to understand what to do in an emergency because in the case of accidental drowning; the consequences of not knowing far out weight the investment of time it takes to learn to be safe, should it happen to you or someone you love. l

Patrick Beason is an American Red Cross Territory Aquatics Specialist. To find swimming classes for your family in South Florida, call 954.797.3833 or email patrick.beason@ For additional water safety information, visit

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By Ricardo Mejia, M.D.

It’s NOT All Fun in the SUN:

The Benefits of Mohs Surgery for Removal of Skin Cancer


ummer in South Florida means scorching sun and more risk of too much sun exposure. If you enjoy being out in the sun, whether it be golfing, gardening or just walking in the early morning, safety measures such as the use of sun block should be on the top of your list. The risk of skin cancer is all too real and you must take precautions, especially living in SoFla! But if you or someone you love does receive a skin cancer diagnosis, your doctor may recommend Mohs surgery to remove the cancer. Mohs surgery is accepted as the most effective technique for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a precise method of removing skin cancers in an effort to leave the smallest possible defect without removing a significant portion of normal skin with traditional wide margin excision. It gives patients the highest cure rate with the least chance of recurrence. Dermatologists are the only doctors specifically trained in the Mohs surgery technique during their residency. During the procedure, the Dermatological Surgeon removes the suspected skin cancer. The tissue is then carefully mapped to assure the exact location on the body. The tissue is frozen and cut into thin slices in a horizontal plane in order to evaluate the margins in a 360 degree fashion. The thin slices are then stained to allow better visualization of the normal anatomy of the skin as well as any abnormal cancerous tissue. It’s placed on a microscope slide for the Dermatologic Surgeon to evaluate the margins under the microscope to assure no cancer is still present on the side margins. Because the tissue is mapped according to a time clock, the physician can precisely locate just an additional small amount of extra tissue that needs to be removed. If there is any area of cancerous cells seen in the microscope, the Dermatologic Surgeon will then go back and take a small portion of extra skin from that region. This process is repeated until there is no cancerous tissue seen, thus ensuring no additional skin is taken unless needed. Following complete removal of the skin cancer, the dermatologist may refer you to an outside plastic surgeon for reconstruction on a subsequent day. An even better scenario is having a Dermatological Surgeon trained in plastic surgery reconstruction techniques who is able to do the reconstruction on the same day. There are a variety of different reconstruction techniques that may include flaps and or skin grafts or a simple cosmetic closure that the Dermatological Surgeon will review with the patient to determine the best possible outcome. Stitches are typically removed in one week or absorbable stitches will be used which do not require removal. If you have a skin cancer and are concerned about the final outcome and desire the least chance of recurrence, Mohs surgery may be the best option for you. And use that sunblock!  Ricardo Mejia, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon. He has performed thousands of Mohs surgery procedures for skin cancer and is able to do the reconstruction on the same day. Dr. Mejia is distinguished as a Fellow of the American Society of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. He also has advanced training and experience with cosmetic closures and hair transplantation surgery. Dr. Mejia can be reached at the Center for Dermatology, 1480 North University Drive, Coral Springs, by calling 954.753.1030.

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| mindmatters By Amy Demner, Ph.D., LMHC

New Year in July?


ou’ve all heard the term “Christmas in July.” Other than a slogan to attract customers to stores, it really seems nonsensical. But New Year in July, now that makes sense. Here’s why. Traditional New Year follows a month of celebration. In a last minute rush, many people make a list of resolutions. On the top of the list are eating healthy, exercising and stopping bad habits which are things many people have overindulged in. When credit cards bills roll in, cutting back on spending gets added to the list. During the summer, many people get a break from their usual high powered routines. Those attending school or who have children in school enjoy a slower pace and less demand on their time. Business slows down and families take vacation or just seem to have more time to kick back and take a deep breath. It’s a time for relaxing, reading on the beach, barbequing with friends, boating, or just enjoying life without as much stress. Before too long, the summer ends and the hectic pace just resumes. Without much thought, you fall back into last year’s routine like clockwork. Running here and there and being over-scheduled. Why not take advantage and reevaluate just how you spend your time and what you really want in your life while your brain is still in vacation mode? Unlike the standard way of setting goals by making a resolution list, New Year in July offers up a new way of approaching and accomplishing the things you dream about. Exploring and building a vision of what you’d like to have in your life offers a different approach from setting a goal and listing specific steps to achieve them. Here’s how to get started. Grab a pen or pencil or your iPad and start by making a list of categories like: health, body, relationships, career, material items, self-improvement, finances, and yes, even your heart’s desires. Start off with whatever topic strikes you and close your eyes. Picture

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exactly what you want in detail without any limitations. Then open your eyes, write down your vision then continue to the next item until you’ve completed the list. For example, under relationships you may list ones you’d like to improve or mend, the perfect partner you yearn for, or new friendships you’d like to establish. Be as specific and detailed as you can. There is no right or wrong. Your heart’s desire may be to have a house on the beach, traveling to the Far East, or learning how to sing. Have fun and let your imagination run free and wild. Once you have your completed list, place it somewhere that you can get to easily like your wallet or phone notepad. You can read it while waiting in the car pool line, a doctor’s office, airport, or when you’re having one of those days. If you want, you can make a Vision Board. Pick up a cork board and start collecting pictures to pin on the board. You can remove pictures when you’ve accomplished your goal or if you change your mind. Of course, you can add to it as well. Not convinced? Watch the video The Secret. You can find it here: http:// This film features a variety of individuals including the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. After I made my list, I chose the top 10 and within a couple of months, crossed off four wishes that came true. This didn’t just happen. I made a conscious effort to be grateful for unexpected and everyday occurrences that were joyful, remained positive and calm when things appeared dismal, turned mishaps into opportunities, and started doing yoga to strengthen and balance my mind and body. This is far from the perfect method, and you’ll find what works best for you. By being mindful of your dreams, appreciative and satisfied with what you do have, considerate and respectful of others and our planet, amazing things happen! Hope you give New Year in July a try and enjoy the rest of your summer.  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 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 59

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By David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS

Liposuction Still #1 Cosmetic Surgery


he annual 2012 statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) confirm that liposuction continues to be the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Why is liposuction so popular? Well for starters, it’s a safe and effective treatment to reduce unwanted fat deposits in specific “diet-resistant” areas. Exercise and a healthy diet are essential for the best results. However, despite doing all the “right things” fat deposits can persist in certain areas such as the abdominal wall, love handles, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, calves, arms and neck. In all of these areas, liposuction can help improve contour by carefully reducing, then “sculpting” the fat. It can be performed alone, or if loose skin is part of the problem, it can be combined with skin removal/ tightening procedures such as a tummy tuck, neck or arm lift. Liposuction is a routine out-patient surgery with a

relatively brief recovery and minimal discomfort. For a few days, there’s mild discomfort similar to muscle soreness after intense exercise. A compression garment is typically worn for at least 3 weeks post surgery to minimize swelling and help re-contour the skin. Bruising, resolves in 1-2 weeks and some swelling may persist for several weeks, but most patients return to work and social activities within 2 or 3 days. Exercise can begin at any time as tolerated and is encouraged. The second reason is results! There’s a high level of satisfaction with liposuction patients if they’re a good candidate for the procedure. Liposuction can dramatically improve one’s contours and then, these removed fat cells or “fat deposits” typically will not reappear in the treated areas! Who’s a good candidate for liposuction? Optimally, you should be within 15-20 pounds of your ideal weight. Liposuction is NOT a quick-fix treatment for weight-loss, although often it can

motivate a patient to be more vigilant about healthy eating and exercise. The best results are obtained in those who understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Skin elasticity is also a factor. When fat is removed from beneath the skin, skin can become looser. If the skin is already loose (due to aging, pregnancies, weight loss), it may be necessary to tighten and remove the excess skin surgically. There are many different liposuction techniques and types of equipment including those that utilize ultrasonic energy and those that utilize laser energy. Despite claims of superiority by manufacturers or surgeons, the quality of your result often has more to do with the surgeon performing the procedure than with the instrument used. All involve infusion of a physiologic solution with local anesthetic and adrenaline into the areas to be treated, then careful removal of fat with a thin hollow suction tube (cannula). Here’s how it works: detailed topographic lines are drawn on the body, marking areas to be suctioned and importantly, noting any asymmetries and areas to avoid, thus maintaining a smooth contour. Tiny incisions are then made in concealed areas, where possible, and after placing the fluid, the cannula is inserted and is carefully passed back and forth until the appropriate amount of fat has been removed while constantly checking thickness and contour. Incisions are closed simply and an elastic garment is applied to put gentle pressure on the areas and help with early contouring. While there IS immediate contour change after surgery, it can take up to 3 months for maximum improvement to be achieved. Remember that there are limitations. Again, it’s not an option for weight loss. It will not eliminate rippled or “cellulite” appearance of the skin. In fact, liposuction can lead to areas of skin rippling or dimpling. There have been myriad purported cellulite “cures” over the years with limited success. Fortunately, there is emerging technology that may provide some relief in the form of various noninvasive and/or minimally invasive energy delivery devices coming down the pike. Stay tuned! 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 recently been named once again a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly’s national ratings. Contact him at

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Dinner: Steak Stir-Fry

(Using a wok or 12-inch cast iron skillet) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 pound top sirloin, cut into thin strips 3 large bell peppers (green, red and orange) cut into similar size strips as the sirloin 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 cups cooked rice

Sauce: ½ cup beef broth ¼ cup oyster sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch Prepare grill for direct cooking over high heat (450 - 550 degrees F). In a bowl, whisk sauce ingredients together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk vegetable oil, sesame oil, ginger and garlic together. Coat the sirloin strips with mixture. Place your grill-proof wok on the cooking grate and close lid. Let preheat about 10 minutes. When wok is smoking hot, add the sirloin mixture and grill over direct high heat with lid open, about one minute, until it starts to brown, stirring once after 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and onion, stir to combine. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sauce, stir, then close lid until it comes to a boil, about 1 minute. Simmer until sauce has thickened, about 1 minute more. Remove wok from the grill and serve stir-fry over rice.  Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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| nutritionnews By Pamela Ofstein, MS, RD, LD/N

By Bird, By Plane, By Car –

Nutrition Earns Miles


uh? We know for many of us our routines in summer are still somewhat in place but we do have a bit of wiggle room for fun, rest and relaxation! Whether it’s shipping off for a few days, flying to the coast, or roadtripping to your favorite hot spot, vacationing is the best way to refuel, renew and refresh. And they're usually filled with good eats! With so many diners, driveins, and dives (got to love that show), it’s hard to not feast when on vacay. There has to be some balance though when it comes to eating and vacation. Now it may be hard to pass up Paula Deen’s fried chicken if you’re tooling past her The Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah but you don’t have to indulge like that every vacation day. If you’re watchful of the foods you eat as you travel, it might just be you can indulge but not return home like the abdominal snowman. By Bird – When it comes to flying, food selections aren’t at ALL what they used to be. Most of us remember grabbing a few snack items, loading them into our bag, and enjoying a nice prepared meal on the plane. Today? Not so much. We’re lucky if we can bring an extra suitcase, let alone get a nutritious meal. So when it comes to flying, planning ahead makes the most sense. Depending on what airline you fly and what food selections they offer, your choices can be limited to bad and worse. But many airlines do have on-flight food options with healthy selections (nuts, fruit, whole grain sandwiches, etc.) or you can pick up something healthier in airport kiosks along the way to your gate. There are plenty of fresh-made sandwiches (dressings and condiments on the side), premade salads, yogurt bars (not candy bars), bags of nuts, hard-cooked eggs and fresh fruit to grab before you board. Sitting on a long flight crazy hungry or so full you don’t feel good are definitely things to avoid. And you can always plan ahead at home. BRING what you want to eat and what you want your family to eat, and plan on getting to the airport a little earlier and eat before you go through security. By choosing things on the lighter side and keeping it healthy on the day you start, your stomach will feel good miles above ground and you won’t have wasted calories on silly food things you don’t really care about. By Sea – What’s great about cruising is food is always available and included in the vacation. What’s not-so-great about cruising is food is always available and included in the vacation. Having cruised a few times myself it can be overwhelming with ALL the choices and scheduled times to eat. But even so you can absolutely plan healthy. Cruising can offer more healthy eating options in reality than other vacations. The tricky part is making better choices. Start with the basics most of the day, indulging only on what matters most to you. Quick tips include:

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● Breakfast can simply include eggs with fruit; cold cereal with nuts and fruit; egg white omelet with spinach, cheese and low-cal mushrooms or yogurt parfait. ● Lunch is a perfect time for a fresh salad or grilled piece of fish or chicken with a side of veggies and some grains. Check out most cruise lines for their low calorie/healthy heart options before you sail. ● Dinner can be a little more indulgent, but remember you can keep it lighter by avoiding extra cream sauces and opting for more fresh, grilled, steamed items. Careful of the desserts; a taste of a few works better than three full-size desserts! Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to eat it ALL! ● Snack throughout the day. Opt for pieces of whole fruit that you can take with you; or snack on the cheese and vegetables they provide. Be careful of the muffins, desserts, fried items available – those are so delicious at first glance but can pack calories on. ● Buffet lines or late night dining are tough calls and often have you eating when you really don’t need to be. Do we really need to eat at midnight? After awhile, all the food you can eat doesn’t seem as wonderful as you imagined. Your body will soon be sluggish and tired and you won’t enjoy the vacation as much. At least visit the gym or walk the ship to work off the extras can help! By Car - The car is the one trip I always feel is a trap when it comes to eating. If you travel on the road for a long period of time, it can be hard to eat healthy. There are so many fast-food venues that offer some decent food selections, but often the temptation of the double burgers for convenience wins. With a little planning though, the road ahead can look good and still be fast. Instead of that burger joint drive-thru, opt for a sub or sandwich shop (just as quick to pick up) and grab a six-inch sub with all the veggie fixings. By skipping the burger and fries, you’ll save tons of calories and still enjoy what you eat. But the easiest way to keep it healthy is to pack before you go. Pack healthy sandwiches, hardcooked eggs, lean meats, water, fruit, yogurt, baked chips, cheese sticks, popcorn, low-calorie snack packs, deli-meat roll-ups or vegetarian wraps. Freeze the water bottles and yogurt which will act as icepacks to keep the other foods chilled and then will be perfect when ready. Not only will you feel good while driving but you’ll save some time from all the extra pit-stops. However you travel this summer, with a little planning, you can balance a good time away from home while still feeling physically good and eating well!  Pamela Ofstein, a resident of Parkland’s Whittier Oaks, is a registered and licensed dietitian. As a consultant dietitian, she contributes health related 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 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 63

| tennistips By Dave Rineberg


That Keep you

Winning on

BASEBALL June through August 2013

Cool Clay

LACROSSE June through August 2013


BASKETBALL June through August 2013


Eveninthe SummerHeat: Two Shots



t this year’s French Open there were two shots that separated the winners from the losers and both were off the backhand side: the backhand slice and the backhand drop shot. It seemed that in every match the winner was able to get out of trouble or up the offense more often with one of these two shots. So what is it about the backhand slice and backhand drop shot that helps a player win on clay and just how do you hit these shots to be the most effective on clay? First of all, the slice is a great way to counter against the high topspin bounce you get on soft clay courts. And when a ball is bouncing high and on the rise it’s much easier to hit down with a slice then it is to try and control that bounce with an upward topspin swing. Secondly, the high to low slice swing is great for digging out balls that are low or about to bounce for the second time because it’s easier to get an edge of the racquet under the ball to add lift. Most of these low balls can also be hit as effective drop shots, which turns a defensive situation quickly into an offensive one. Finally, because the rallies on the slow clay are long and wide there are going to be more balls on the backhand side that you won’t be able to get your feet set enough to hit with two hands and that’s where the extra reach of the one-handed slice is going to save you again. So now that you know the effective uses of these two shots, what’s the technique that's most effective when on clay? The technique of the backhand slice and the backhand drop shot that I want you to try is for adding more spin in order to drop the ball and for lifting of the ball when it’s low. You already know that the swing is from high to low for both the slice and the drop shot. So I want you to always start with your hitting-armelbow right up under your chin for both shots. Now here’s the secret move that the pros use and once you see what it does to the spin of the ball I think you’ll want to experiment with it much more. The secret move is to swing down and through the ball so that the tip of the racquet is pointing at the clay at impact and then pull the arm across the front of your body and then up the other side with the handle of the racquet pointing up as your arm continues to lift. That last part is the most important: keep the handle of the racquet pointing up as your arm lifts. This isn’t only going to help you lift the ball if needed but also it will add a ton of backspin. Experiment with how high you can lift the racquet with the handle still pointing up on the follow through and you’ll see that this will produce much more backspin and even side spin as well as soften the shot if you want to hit more of a drop shot. This is my preferred backhand slice and backhand drop shot swing technique but only when on clay. Give it a try and see if your winning percentage doesn’t improve in the next few weeks. Good luck and stay cool!  Dave Rineberg is an International Tour Coach & Director of the Rineberg Tennis Training Academy in Deerfield Beach. He was the hitting coach for Venus & Serena Williams from ’92-’99 & is the author of 3 books: Venus & Serena, My Seven Years as Hitting Coach, Recipe for the Tennis Player’s Soul & The 100 Best Tennis Lessons. He can be reached at

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thesporting Thousands Walked for Children with Special Needs at Friendship Circle’sIWalk4Friendship Family Fun Day The Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach hosted its fourth Annual IWalk4Friendship Family Fun Day April 28. An exciting day at Pine Trails Park, participants came out to show their support for the Friendship Circle and walk for a special child. Following the walk, everyone enjoyed food, arcade games, bounce houses, rides, slides, rock climbing, petting zoo, a BMX stunt show and much more. For more info regarding the Friendship Circle, call 954.970.9551, email or visit

Friendship Circle children and teens singing the American Anthem.

Noah Kamber, his mother Amy, and Rabbi Shuey Biston, the Friendship Circle Executive Director, cutting the ribbon to kick off IWalk4Friendship 2013. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 65

thesporting By Debra Perovich

Happy 4th of July... Head to our amazing city parks and spend some “free” time with your family and friends! Parkland/Coral Springs Life works darn hard to provide our area’s most comprehensive listings for all LOCAL sports so you can see what opportunities are out there for you and your kids! However, if you don’t see your group here, just let us know! Or…if you have questions on THESE programs, call the contacts directly or check their websites. And remember, it’s our pleasure to acknowledge your child’s sporting accomplishment, their team or any individual player. So if you have news or pictures, feel free to send them!! Contact us at





Challenger Baseball – Serving all of Broward County. For more info, see listing under Coral Springs. Parkland Little League – Offering baseball & T-Ball for ages 5- to 18-years-old. Interested in sponsoring a team? Please email For more info, please visit or call the Little League hotline at 954.604.2442. Parkland Travel Baseball – Year-round. Ages 8–18. Compete in tournaments & Summer American Amateur Baseball Congress League. Reg. is ongoing. Call Pete, 954.752.0710 or Les, 954.255.8740. Parkland Recreational Basketball – Boys 1st - 12th, Girls 1st - 10th. There are 2 games/wk, one Sun., one weekday. There are 14 games, followed by double elimination playoffs. All games at Terramar Park. See website for more info. Coaches, sponsors & volunteers always needed! 954.227.0989 / Parkland Rangers Youth Tackle Football & Cheerleading Program – Ages 5-15 prior to 8/1/13 for 2013 season. Check website for July Speed Training, Minicamps and for all updates at Contact info: For football, 954.547.6486 (Brian Hall) or email Info@ For cheer, 954.646.0582 (Caren Bock) or email Parkland Flag Football – NFL-sponsored fall league. Registration for 2013 season underway. Coed divisions for ages 5–15 (new 14/15 age division) & girls-only divisions for ages 8–14 (new 8/9, 10/11 and 12/14 age division). 5 year old League for Boys & Girls (9/1/06 – 8/31/07). Check website for updated info. Coaches & sponsors always needed! For additional info visit Parkland Buddy Sports – Flag Football – Programs create friendships and bonds by empowering players with special needs and student volunteers to realize there are “No Limits.” Program includes: Flag Football Fundamentals, Warm-up Instruction, One-on-One Time with Buddy, Informal Low Pressure Game, and most importantly lots of fun. Season runs August thru November. Games on Saturday afternoons. Volunteers needed and can earn service hours. Contact Coach Andy at zaukasaa@ Visit website at Cheerleading – K–5th grade. America’s Leaders offers after school instruction for a nominal fee at Park Trails Elem. on Tues., 2:15–4:15pm & Riverglades Elem. on Wed., 2–4pm. Call Valerie at 954.748.5977. Parkland Horsemen’s Assoc. – The Equestrian Ctr. at Temple Park holds shows the 2nd Sun. of each month, Sept.–April. Come watch some of the area’s finest strut their stuff! Call Maria at 954.346.1412. Parkland Lacrosse League – For girls & boys in K – 8th grade. Regular season practices are ongoing. Midget & Bantum Girls and Boys U7 & U9 – 1 evening practice/wk, 1 game on Sat. All other divisions: 2, 1 ½ hr. practices/wk, 1 Sat. game. Visit or email for info. SoFla Lacrosse League – MSD HS offers a boys & girls lacrosse club competing on a varsity level. MSD students grades 9–12 compete & join over 20 other high schools. Season runs mid-Jan. thru midMay. Contact Mike, 954.346.0001 or visit Northwest Broward Roadrunners Club - Join them on Tues., Thurs. & Sat. for group runs. They also hold social events, races, a kids program & other running-related activities all year! Contact Melissa Hinton- or Parkland “Soccer Buddies” – Program for special needs children. Contact Jeb at Parkland Soccer Club – Ages 4–18. Sponsors & coaches always needed. Refs can register at www. FSR– or call 954.410.5172. Parkland Predators Soccer Club – Ages 4–18 (must turn 4 prior to 9/1/13 for 2013 season). Check website for more details on future season at or call 954.410.5172, 954.536.6364. Parkland Predators Traveling Soccer Team – Competes in tri-county & statewide tourneys. Personal tryouts welcomed year-round. Call Debbie, 954.240.8929 or Dave, 954.868.5697 or visit Parkland Adult Soccer Club – Year-round soccer club for men over 25. Every Sun. 6pm at Pine Trails Park. Registration ongoing. E–mail, or call Alex, 954.255.7098 or 954.675.9715. Family Soccer – We’re a group of families who play soccer with our kids every Sunday in Parkland. We welcome all, regardless of skill level. All ages 8 to 80! Most games held at Pine Trails Park at 10am. More info? Email or call Paul Locatelli at 754.368.9933. Parkland Girls Softball – Ages 5–18. Registration available online. For more info, call Michelle Mockenhaupt, 954.798.1204 or visit Tennis at Terramar – Lessons available every day except Sun. Tennis pros: Nick Hall & Ken Collins. Private instruction, mixed double leagues, adult & kid’s programs, camps, men’s challenge & social events. 954.757.1910. continued on page 68 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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From July 1st-19th, I am offering FREE consultations to find out if we can help you. Call now because we can only provide this offer to the first 20 people who call us at 954-369-1212. Again, there’s only 20 of these slots, so don’t miss out. I just have this special offer to help more people who need care. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. Our office is called Friends and Family Spinal Care and it’s at 4674 Coral Ridge Dr. Our phone number is 954-369-1212. Call us today for an appointment. We can help you. Justin Brown, NUCCA Chiropractor The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee service, examination or treatment.


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Tiny Tots Basketball & Soccer - Children ages 2-5 will learn the basics of drills, coordination, sport skills and more. Classes every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 4:15pm at the Parkland YMCA, 10559 Trails End. 954.384.9622.

Coral Springs

For info on all leagues, please visit Coral Springs National Little League – For registration info, call 954.575.9322. For dates and info on player evaluation, please see website. Contact Charlie Russo -, Jeffrey Needle -, Adam Berger - or visit Challenger Baseball – Modified baseball program for ages 5–18 with ANY disability. Serving all Broward County. No cost. Equipment, uniforms, pictures, trophies & more provided. Randy Hibshman: 954.755.2461 / North Springs Little League – All baseball players between the ages of 7- 18 (by April 30, 2014), who live North of Wiles Rd. in Coral Springs, are welcome (for 2014 season). For more information, contact Joe Sarakinis at 954.821.2736, or visit northsprings. Coral Springs Travel Baseball – Nationally ranked 8U Florida Pokers Travel Baseball Team is looking for Elite 7-8 year old players. Professional instruction from the Los Angeles Angels & Florida Marlins. Contact Doug Scott: 954.263.0669 / dscott@ So. Fla. Thunder Travel Baseball – 10 & 11-year-old players needed. Weekly practices, year-round tournaments & fall league. Call Coach Tom at 954.254.0544. Winter Baseball – (Amateur Athletic Union) – Ages 4–15. Residents given 1st priority. Season runs Aug 20-Nov 15, 2013. Registration (by mail) has been extended, check website for details. Sponsors, coaches & umpires needed. All games played at N. Community & Cypress Parks. 954.341.0702 www. Softball – Youth Softball Assoc. of CS for boys & girls ages 5–18. 954.344.0171 / Coral Springs Travel Basketball Team - For 5th graders. Free sports conditioning available all year long to all who want to try out or just show up to train. Coaches and players needed! Contact Scott Shurpin at 954.591.0552 for dates, times and locations. Basketball – Slam Dunk! Boys & girls grades 1–12. Men & women 18+. Check website for updated info. Games played at CS Gym. Men’s league (over 40) plays year-round at CS Gym. Visit csbchoops. com or call Pat Finney, 954.970.4474. BMX – Come to Mullins Park track & show your stuff. Year-round. Call Ian Chinloy, 954.341.6495. Cricket Anyone? – Every Sun. at Lions Park, 12–3pm. E-mail Football – For tackle info call 954.390.7369 or Don Grushka 954.753.3862. For flag (ages 7–15) info, call Jim Garrity at 954.753.7461 or visit Coral Springs Youth Lacrosse League – Coral Springs Chiefs. Practices 2 eve./wk., games on Saturday. Sponsors needed. Check website for more info Cheerleading – Use football contacts above. Cheer, Chant & Pom Pom Dance Classes – At Coral Springs Gym. Offering tumbling, acrobatics, drama, musical theater & creative movement for 2-4 yr. olds. Cheerleading for 4-10 yr. olds. Cheerleading and gymnastics for 5-9 yr. olds. Drama for 6-10 yr. olds. Register at CS Gym. For more info 954.971.9917 / www. Roller Hockey – For kids 5–17 & adults 18+ at the Riverside Roller Hockey Rink. Call 954.755.4636. Youth Ice Hockey League – For info call Jeff Grier at 954.341.9956. Iceplex – The Sportsplex. All ages can skate with

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Panther’s mascot Stanley C. Panther. Variety of skating programs, Ice Hockey for youth & “Junior Lady Panthers.” Call 954.341.9956. Skate Park – Betti Stradling Park. Operated by the CS Skateboard Club. 4ft. half pipe, various height ramps & grinding equipment. 954.345.2200. Coral Springs Soccer – Ages 5–19. Visit or call Mimi Milton, 954.341.6391 for more info. Men over 30, call Dr. Rami Toueg, 954.341.4500. Coral Springs Travel Soccer – Coral Springs United F.C. For more information, email mikedriscoll@ Swimming America Program – Group lessons: 8 classes, 30 min. Ages 3–4, $100; Ages 5+ $80. Annual reg. $25/pp, $40/family. Lessons at the Aquatic Complex. Kids learn to swim without trauma or fear. Call Biggi at 954.345.5441. CS Swim Club – Tryouts every Wed. 3–4pm at the Aquatic Complex. / 954.345.5441. CS Aquacades Synchronized Swimming – Ages 6+. All categories: Novices, Intermediates & Age Groups, at the Aquatic Complex. 954.345.5441 / Group Tennis Lessons – Kids & adults. Next session: 7/15-8/10. Students placed according to ability except for the USPTA Little Tennis Program which is for ages 4–6. Cypress Park Tennis Center, 1300 Coral Springs Dr. 954.344.1840. Summer Tennis Camp – Runs thru 8/16. Full- day from 9am to 3pm or half-day from 9am-Noon at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs, 2575 Sportsplex Drive. For more info call 954.344.1840 Adult Beginner & Cardio Tennis Drills – Tennis Center of Coral Springs, 2575 Sportsplex Dr. Beginners are on Fri. from 9–10am; 10–11am for advanced beginners. $50 for a 4–week session. Cardio Tennis is offered on Fridays 8–9am & 9–10am for $12/class. Drills are offered Mon. 9:30– 11am & Wed. 7–8:30pm for $15/class. For more info call 954.344.1840. Junior Tennis Academy – Level I: for Advanced Training boys & girls meets on Mon., Wed. & Fri. from 5–7pm. Class includes skills, drills, strategy & fitness. Level II: for Competitive Training boys & girls meets on Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 5–7pm. Class includes tournament training, match play & fitness. $140 for 2 days a week for the entire 4–week session, or $200 for 3 days a week. Level III: for Elite Training boys & girls meets Mon.–Fri. from 4–7pm. Class includes tournament training, match play & physical & mental fitness. Cost based on number of students. New students must be evaluated. Tennis Center of CS, 2575 Sportsplex Dr. 954.344.1840. ●

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Volunteers & Sponsors Needed for September 11th 5K Each year, the City of Coral Springs has held memorials to remember the victims and honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. This year, the city is hosting its second annual September 11th 5K Remembrance and is in need of volunteers and event sponsors. The 5K follows a flat course through the heart of Coral Springs, starting and finishing at the September 11th Memorial located in front of the Northwest Regional Library. The memorial features a piece of the World Trade Center and a large patriotic brass plaque, and can be visited year-round. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can sign up by contacting event organizer Gina Orlando at gorlando@ For more info call 954.344.1147. • 69

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By Kristan Ashworth

Summer of Love

As we gear up to celebrate our independence this 4th of July, our local shelters and rescue groups are filled to capacity with loving, wonderful pets desperate to find their independence from living in a cage …some for their entire lives. Please help end the pet overpopulation problem and spay or neuter your pets. Don’t have any pets? Well you’re in luck, because we have some of the sweetest, cutest, furriest and most appreciative dogs and cats on the following pages who so need forever homes! Read on and get ready to fall in love!

A Better Life Pet Rescue Hosts Successful Fundraiser

Help Pets’ Broward Save Animals’ Lives!

Where were all the local pet lovers who want to make a difference in homeless animals’ lives on May 19? Many were showing their support at the A Better Life Pet Affair Fundraiser Dinner Event held at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park. Not only a great success, the event was fun and informative with a performance by Static Attraction, a buffet meal, face painting by Ya Ya the Clown, a silent auction, raffles and guest speakers. If you’re interested in adopting a wonderful, loving pet from A Better Life Rescue or would like to make a tax deductible donation, visit www. abetterlifepetrescue. com or call Ellen at 954.540.7237 or Cira at 305.978.0059.

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Mark Hurvitz (represented The Florida Panthers & donated a fully autographed 2013 team hockey stick ) with Josh Levine & Wes Kleinert

Cira Leslie, Founder & Pet Rescuer, A Better Life Rescue; Coral Springs Mayor Vince Boccard; Ellen Kleinert-Cohn, Fundraising Coordinator & Pet Rescuer of A Better Life Rescue; with Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley

Each month we stress the importance of spaying and neutering your pets in order to control, and eventually end, the pet overpopulation problem. Nearly 30,000 healthy, adoptable pets are put to an untimely and sad death annually in Broward County alone. But the most proactive way to deal with the problem is before it starts, not after which involves killing these poor, innocent animals. Pets’ Broward was founded by Meredith Bruder with the mission to accomplish this by educating the public about this crisis and funding two or more high volume, low cost spay/neuter clinics within the county, which has proved effective in other Florida counties. To learn more about Pets’ Broward and how you can help, go to www. There you’ll find a petition you can sign to urge our commissioners to list this issue on the ballot so WE’LL have the opportunity to vote on approving an initiative that will save the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats per year! If nothing else, do this and urge other animal lovers to sign it too! Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

Lola was an unclaimed stray at a humane unit and is ready for her forever home. This beauty is a 4-5-year-old, 18 lb. bundle of pure unadulterated LOVE!! She adores people, is housetrained, isn’t the least hyper or yappy…. she truly is perfect! Lola is spayed, vaccinated, up to date on blood work, de-wormed and micro-chipped and one of the sweetest creatures on the planet! Make this a summer to remember and bring Lola home today! Lola is available through Chesed Rescue in Boca Raton. Fill out an application online at

Rex is a beautiful oriental short hair who’s about 6-months-old. Up to date on all his shots, he’s ready to find a family that will shower him with love. He loves to curl up on the couch and be pet while watching reality TV! Once you meet Rex, you’ll see HE’S the true star! Feline Friends is located in Deerfield Beach. Call 954.596.0848 or visit

Lewis is such a handsome male with truly beautiful green eyes and an outstanding coat. He’s a friendly little guy when he knows you and just loves to sleep in his little cat basket. Lewis and his companion cat, Bootsie were adopted together as young kittens but were returned because the family’s cat would not accept them. They LOVE each other & would be so grateful if they could stay together but can be separated as long as they find happy homes. File an online application, including the name of the cat, at Animal Aid in Oakland Park by going to or call 754.223.5378 for info. Tiger Lily is a lovely snowshoe Tabbico. She’s an independent girl who prefers to make the first gesture towards friendship and will reach out and grab you with her paw. When she decides you’re okay and not going to hurt her, she loves to be brushed and pet and lifts her face for the sweetest kisses. Come meet Tiger Lily and find out if you’re the special one who will mend her heart. File an online application, including the name of the cat, at Animal Aid in Oakland Park by going to cat_application or call 754.223.5378 for info. continued on next page Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013 • 71

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Shelton is an adorable and playful 5-month-old, medium haired kitty who is so lovable! He’s ready to find a new BFF to play and cuddle with. OMG, who could say no to that face? Come meet him and his brother Steamroller and find your match made in kitty heaven! Feline Friends is located in Deerfield Beach. Call 954.596.0848 or visit

Sparky was the last dog on the last call list at Animal Control and was going to be put down that day, but luckily an animal lover stepped in and decided to foster this sweet, gentle creature while she tries to find him a forever home. “Sparky,” a lab mix, was surrendered by his owner and sat in the shelter for months because he is so easy-going. Believed to be around 4-6 years old, he weighs 44 lbs. Sparky is very mellow but so sweet and friendly and has such a loving personality. For him to die for lack of a family to step up and love this once-in-a-lifetime baby would be the saddest thing ever. There’s a reason this sweet boy was given a second chance; he’s going to make someone so happy when he becomes a part of their life! Sparky is being fostered in Margate. To meet him, email Sandy at or check out his Facebook page at AdoptSparky.

Barrie is a Yorkshire Terrier/West Highland mix who’s gorgeous! Just 5, she’s a tiny 9-10 lb. love muffin! Luckily this beauty was rescued from a kill shelter and knows it, she’s so grateful to have a second chance she shows it everyday! Barrie is very special, smart as they come, social, sweet & loving; she gets along great with all children & other pets! A better family pet would be hard to find. Contact A Better Life Rescue by calling Cira at 305.978.0059 or Ellen at 954.540.7237.

Milton & Tucker are 2 1/2 yearold Maltese pups who were owner surrenders. Milton weighs approx. 6 lbs. & Tucker weighs about 7 1/2 lbs. These two sweethearts are extremely bonded & love to be together. They are fabulous with kids & other animals, are very loving & have amazing and so gentle dispositions! Instant perfection! Help them! Contact A Better Life Rescue by calling Cira at 305.978.0059 or Ellen at 954.540.7237.

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Steamroller is ready to roll into your arms and heart! He’s 5-months-old, super cute, super sweet, good with dogs, other cats and purrs 24 hours a day! Come meet him and his brother Shelton. Bring them both home for double the fun! Already so perfect as kittens. Feline Friends is located in Deerfield Beach. Call 954.596.0848 or visit Maverick has a super sweet, laid back, go with the flow personality. He’s a very small guy around 45 pounds. He came in with Delila, but these two don’t necessarily have to stay together, although this duo is perfect for someone who wants to own bulldogs because they keep each other busy and don’t require as much attention as a single bully may. Adopt-a-Bull Rescue can be reached at 954.213.7648 or visit to see all of the bullies that are available for adoption and to submit an application. Delila is a very petite female who weighs less than 40 lbs. She has a lot of spunk and can be very sassy and would do best in a home where she doesn’t have to compete for attention. Delila definitely fits her bully name and just loves her toys. She came to the rescue with her buddy Maverick but they can be separated. Cute would best describe her playful personality! Come in to meet her and you’re sure to fall in love! Adopt-a-Bull Rescue is based in Coral Springs. To learn more call 954.213.7648 or visit to see all of the bullies that are available for adoption and to submit an application. Bootsie and her companion cat, Lewis, were adopted together as young kittens but they were returned because the family’s cat would not accept them and behaved aggressively toward them. Bootsie is a beautiful, confident, happy cat who gets along well with everyone. She loves attention and is a delightful little explorer. Bootsie and Lewis are such good buddies who love each other, it would be great if they could be adopted and stay together, but can be separated if the perfect homes come along.  Give them a 2nd chance at love. File an online application, including the name of the cat, at Animal Aid in Oakland Park by going to or call 754.223.5378 for info. continued on page 86 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

by Mindi Rudan


chaise lounge, a floppy hat, a glass of iced tea and a good book. Whether that lounger is located at the beach or your backyard, few images conjure up a quieter, more self-satisfying image of the ultimate in relaxation than you in said lounger.


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Since I first sounded out words in preschool, I’ve had a love-affair with the written word. Not movies, nor television can teach you more, expand your world and afford you such unadulterated opportunity for personal knowledge and growth. Through books I have “traveled” to far away places I may never get to strike off the “bucket” list. Through books I taught myself to cook, become a gardener, diagnose ailments and explore the world at large. Although entertaining, few movies or TV shows can luxuriate in the depth of detail a book can. Though evocative, few songs can toy

with your emotions, your thoughts and even your fears the way a well-penned book can. People who “never take the time” to fully understand what intense luxury sitting down with a book affords, are missing so much. Here we have offered the veritable iceberg's tip of a few goodies to possibly sample if you can take a little "me-time" for yourself this summer. From world-class wisdom, belly-wrenching laughter to page-turning thrills, you’ll find it all in books. Grab a book, (or your NOOK) and seize the opportunity summer brings for this lazy, hazy pleasure.

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

by Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is like a cousin. When you see him (on his BRAVO TV show Watch What Happens Live) or now “read” him on the pages of his entertaining book, you just like him. He doesn’t promise Emerson, he does promise exactly what he delivers, the story behind the man behind the uber successful Real Housewives TV franchise and how he got there. And we see a bit of Andy in all of us. From normal family beginnings in St. Louis, a lifelong and completely over-the-top passion Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

for TV and pop culture, Cohen ascended a formidable ladder that’s brought him to the top of the Bravo reality TV empire. And he’s still remarkably likeable and approachable and his book gives those of us (YES, housewives are my guilty pleasure) who indulge in these almost-real reality escapes a deeper more intimate look at him, and the industry he lives and breathes. It is a romp worth reading, with a message: If you dream it, you can build it. continued on next page • 73

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Silken Prey

by John Sandford

Fans of Sanford’s won’t be disappointed in the 23rd of his Prey series as dirty political tricksters give Lucas Davenport his most satisfying case in years. Even though he’s a conservative Republican, Sen. Porter Smalls is widely known to be a lot more liberal in his sexual ethics. But not so liberal that you’d expect child pornography to pop up on his personal office computer, but it does. The twist is: Minnesota governor Elmer Henderson, a Democrat, is no friend of Smalls, but he’s buying his claims of innocence, and he doesn’t want any blowback if the kiddie porn turns out to have been planted. So he calls Lucas Davenport, asking him to investigate but keep everything confidential. With twists and turns Sandford has won accolades for; the trail leads to some very awkward spots: the Minneapolis Police Department, from which it’s pretty clear the damning pictures came, and the campaign of Taryn Grant, a wealthy, well-connected heiress who wants Smalls’ Senate seat. With the election less than a week away, Lucas is under intense pressure to get results without stepping on the feet of Grant, who Sandford (Stolen Prey, 2012, etc.) indicates early on is indeed in this mess up to her eyeballs. There’s a jewel theft plot, lots or rich, hot and powerful players to tickle the senses and yet Sandford manages to keep every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful while peeling back layer after layer of a world few have inside purview to.

by Janet Evanovich

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by A. Ian Fraser

A co-board member at the CS Museum of Art, Ian Fraser replete with his sexy British accent and elegant man of the world ways, has been a delight to know. Talking to him you always get the sense he has so many stories to tell, so much wisdom about the world to impart. And he’s done just that in A Sow’s Ear, his book which is available on-line and at the CS Museum of Art store. In the book, Ian shares his extremely full and brilliantly lived life. The Preface by Ryan Messer says it all. “Ian Fraser’s life is an extraordinary one by any standard. Here is a man who sprang into the world in West Africa and landed in Indianapolis by way of Jamaica, Scotland and England. At every stage of his long and well-lived life, he’s met with colorful events, cultivated relationships with fascinating people and made generous contributions to his community and world.” For the thousands who have heard Ian Fraser speak on art and listened to the amusing anecdotes of his life, for those of us who KNOW his persona is like the many layers of an onion, each reflecting part of a rich past, this memoir is a good read. And for those who don’t know Ian, the book unfolds legendary wit, charm and an exuberance for life, and the circuitous route it’s taken him to the enviable vantage point he currently enjoys. It’s an eight decades look at life, love, friendship, art, travel and relationships making for a scintillating summer’s fascinating read.

Notorious Nineteen Another secret pleasure: These super-light, super goofy Stephanie Plum novels make me laugh out loud. With a series now 19 strong, bestselling author Evanovich is still cracking up a legion of fans, me included. “Brilliantly evocative” said the Denver Post and “making trouble and winning hearts” added USA Today. And ask any of the fans of NJ bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and the accolades will be never ending. Plum is a character alright and certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. IF you had the time, I’d suggest starting at her One For the Money, for it is there we first met Plum and fell hard for her. The romp through the ensuing 18 deliciously fun additional tomes, solidifies the relationship. But even if you start at 19, where Evanovich has Plum chasing low-level skips after a slow-summer for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, she finally lands an assignment that could put her bank account back into the positive. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished without a trace from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Rumors stir indicating he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or even made it out alive. Since Plum wouldn’t blend into assisted living, her kooky Grandma Mazur goes in undercover! When a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Plum is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, (and her on and off again love) Joe Morelli.

A Sow’s Ear: Digressions and Transgressions of a Gay Humanist

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews

Funny, bright and witty you don’t need a night out with the girls, a night in with this read’ll do the trick. Lifestyle blogger Grace Davenport Stanton is mandated to attend “divorce group counseling sessions” after acting out her emotions by driving her husband’s expensive Audi into their swimming pool in a fit of rage. Do you blame her? Worried about hubby’s whereabouts, Grace finds him and her very nude and much younger assistant, J’Aimee, in a compromising position in the front seat of the car. After her “episode,” Grace finds herself living in her mother Rochelle’s apartment above the family-owned bar; attending divorce counseling sessions and, thanks to her cheating hubby Ben who apparently can’t take a joke, unable to access her blog and bank accounts. Forced to start again, she launches another blog, stops feeling like a victim taking on a high-energy renovation project, which she shares with readers, and rescues an abandoned dog. (Gotta love her). All the while creating new relationships with fellow divorce group participants over drinks at the bar, where they share their stories and that adds to the rich, fulling texture of this at times laugh out loud story. Andrews crafts a wonderful blend of action, clever dialogue and unfolds an offbeat cast of characters in this enjoyable little look at life. l Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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High Holy Days Services Guide The High Holy Days are almost here so now’s the perfect time to begin making your plans! Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year and will be celebrated from sunset on September 4 to nightfall on September 6. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, begins at sunset on September 13 and ends at nightfall on September 14. It’s the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jewish people. This month we’re kicking off our High Holy Days Services Guide and stay tuned next month for information on more local services.

Temple Beth Chai Come and experience the most inspirational, spiritual & uplifting High Holiday Services with Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan and Cantorial Song Leader Andy Susman. Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah; Thurs., Sept. 5 at 10am - Morning Service. Yom Kippur: Friday, Sept. 13 (Kol Nidre) at 7pm - Erev Yom Kippur; Sat., Sept. 14 at 10am Morning Service & 2pm Yiskor & Neilah. Book of Remembrance / $18 per name to be listed in the beautiful Yiskor Memorial Book to be handed out. Services will be held in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Auditorium, 5901 Pine Island Rd., Parkland. $136 for adults (no charge for children under 15). 954.346.5030 / ●

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rave an “exotic” vacay but rather stay on American soil and spend your dollars at home? Imagine paradise …. a place so spectacular that words can’t describe just how beautiful it really is. Hawaii is the definition of paradise. When you wake up and step outside, the beauty of this destination is sometimes overwhelming. The flora and fauna, the beaches, mountains and clear blue skies all contribute to the collage of beauty that are OUR Hawaiian islands. The backdrop of movies, the fodder of romantic fantasies, the ultimate destination for lovers or those looking to rekindle what was, Hawaii boasts it all, and then some! There are six main islands that attract tourists year round. Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii each have different looks and distinctly different feels but ultimately all share the same culture and exquisite beauty that is Hawaii. People often say, we live in Florida so why would we go to Hawaii? It’s just like Florida. NOT! That’s so far from the truth. You may feel a slight similarity between Miami Beach and Waikiki Beach at first glance. That’s simply because both beach towns are home to large high-rise hotels with beautiful beaches and palm trees and the requisite “tourist” areas. So if you want to avoid going to a place that reminds you of Florida, just avoid Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Each island has similarities but also such vast differences. Oahu is the

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most popular island and home to Pearl Harbor, the National Historic Landmark, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Going to Oahu is a “town and country” experience and often the first stop for visitors to Hawaii. It’s an active, vibrant island with an abundance of activities and sights and many tours and hotels for any taste and budget. Other main attractions include Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Atlantis Submarine. There are amazing restaurants and water and sight-seeing activity choices are endless. Maui would be the second island in popularity and tourism. Maui has been voted “Best Island” by Conde Nast Traveler for 19 years if that tells you anything. On Maui you can view some of the thousands of humpback whales that migrate each year, drive the scenic road to Hana, visit Haleakala National Park or stroll the quaint streets of Lahaina town stopping for one of the best coffees in your life! There are many different tourist areas where accommodations range from budget condos to luxury resorts. The most popular are Kaanapali and Kapalua which are in West Maui and Wailea Beach in South Maui. Wailea is definitely the more upscale and newer area but there are very luxurious resorts as well in Kapalua such as the Ritz Carlton which would make any finicky traveler happy. Shopping is amazing, the lush scenery is picture-book perfect and there are so many Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

by Lori Kenner

Fairmont Kea Lani

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things to do and see, or you can kick back and just indulge at the many spas offering some of the finest treatments and services in the world. Kauai, “the Garden Isle,” is certainly the most lush, green island and probably the most picturesque. You can take a helicopter tour over the Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon over the rainforest and enjoy the most spectacular views. This island is very different from Oahu and Maui. If you visit Hanapepe and Koala towns you’ll find the buildings are no taller than a coconut tree. This is truly the Island of Discovery. Kauai is a great choice for the adventurous who want to hike, zipline, snorkel and kayak or just stand in awe of the majesty of nature. My favorite island of all is Hawaii. Hawaii is also called the “Big Island” because of the size of the island. Hawaii is home to the largest active volcano, Kilauea, the tallest sea mountain at more than 33,000 feet, Maunakea, the most massive mountain in the world, Maunaloa and the largest park in the state, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This island enjoys everything from lush rain forests to volcano deserts, snowcapped mountains and black sand beaches. The vast land couples with the diversity of the terrain making this island something really spectacular to behold and a vacation to remember. This island is great continued on page 86 Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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By Mindi Rudan

Whether lying poolside, toasting with friends around a quiet picnic table or whooping it up for the Fourth of July, mixing up a batch of fruity, ice-cold cocktails is almost a right of passage when the frenetic pace of “normal” LIFE rams smack into the lazy, hazy (and gratefully less scheduled) days of summer. In summer, we want cool, refreshing cocktails that scream SLOW DOWN, kick back and enjoy. Here are four tried and true people pleasers that won’t have you sticking to your counter or stuck in the kitchen either.

Pineapple Pleaser Ingredients • 2 parts Milagro Reposado • ¾ parts agave nectar • 1 part fresh lime juice • 4 parts pineapple chunks • 2 parts basil leaves This is a simple, refresher Serves with a little kick that you can as easily 1 make for one or 100. (When recipe says parts just attribute “part” to a measure like 1/2 cup. Two “parts” would then be 1 cup). Muddle pineapple and basil leaves in a shaker glass or even a glass bowl if making more than a few. (I cheated and chucked pineapple in processor first for a few pulses). Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish cocktail with pineapple and basil. (Can add some pineapple juice if you prefer a thinner consistency.)

Summer Drinks Peachy White Sangria Serves 6 Partiers or 1 Punch Bowl full Sangrias have made a 360 and are Serves THE trend this summer! People not 6 seeking a blow-out buzz and just a crisp cool cocktail love the lightness and the healthiness (compared to other cocktails) punch of the flavors. And they’re easy, can be made ahead and can be the focal point of any table or get-together; they’re so pretty. I made this one at an evening pool-party last year that sent me back to the kitchen to make more, everyone liked it so much. One of the great advantages to Sangrias is their adaptability. You can make it what YOU want with whatever ingredients you have at the ready. This Peachy White Sangria is a prime example. This recipe adds mango and peach flavors to Pinot Grigio along with orange, lemon and lime and I’ve even added frozen grapes and strawberries I sliced in half into the punch bowl (or pitcher) as I served it! The finished Sangria is a refreshingly light, flavorful, fruity mix that makes you look like

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you channeled your inner “Martha” and it takes scant more than 10 minutes! Ingredients • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio (use a nice one not a headache-maker) • 1 ¼ cups Malibu Mango Rum • 1 ¼ cups Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps • 1/2 cup (ish) fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 squeezes) • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (I’ve actually used ¾ cup) • 2 ½ – 3 cups lemon-lime soda (I’ve also used white cranberry or grape juice and adjusted the citrus to offset the additional sweetness) • Garnish: orange slices, lemon and lime slices, frozen strawberries that you’ve halved before freezing, frozen seedless red and green grapes halved, any frozen berry, even frozen peaches. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl ½—¾ full of ice. To be super fancy, fill icecube trays with water and put a small slice of strawberry in each cube. Freeze another tray with red cranberry juice cocktail to make a real show in the bowl. Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

Ultimate Summer Margarita There’s just something about summer and Margaritas that go together. They’re sweet and tangy at the same time and with the addition of different fruit liquors can be adapted to suit any occasion (or even color scheme!) Here’s the Mac-Daddy of recipes that’s easy, perfect as is or a willing starting point for your own creativity. Ingredients • 1 lime, halved • Coarse salt • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes) • 1 tablespoon sugar • ¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) • ¼ cup Triple Sec • 1 cup good tequila • Ice • Whole lime slices for garnish



To salt Margarita glasses, just rub the outside rims of 4 big glasses with a cut lime and press them lightly into a plate of kosher salt and roll rim of glass completely around to coat. Combine the lime juice, sugar, orange liqueur,

Triple Sec, tequila and a big handful of ice in a cocktail shaker (or blender). Shake the margarita really well, for a good 20 seconds and strain into the salt rimmed glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. (For 6 or more guests I pre-make the liquor part and wait until they come to just pour in shaker adding the ice. Frustrated bartender note: I also do one other thing that makes bartenders cringe but makes a slightly less potent margarita and one that tastes sweeter to me. I pre-make a simple syrup by combining a ½ cup boiling (or nuked) water then adding to it a ½ cup sugar and mixing until sugar dissolves. I refrigerate this and just pour ½ shot of it into each batch. (With the sugar is fully dissolved the margarita just tastes “smoother” to me). I’ve also turned this into many kinds of frozen Margaritas by the simple addition of different frozen ingredients and pureeing it in blender instead of shaking. I’ve added frozen strawberries, frozen mango puree, frozen (skinless) peaches (leaving out ice and adding a touch of cold water until I get slushiness I like) for outstanding and super-fresh taste!

Take Center Stage Pomegranate Cosmopolitan I originally got this Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) recipe years ago, wrote it on an old LIFE Pubs pad and have kept that same now tattered and shriveled paper folded in the silverware drawer in my kitchen where I can ALWAYS find it. I have made it at least 50 times for small gatherings, and serious parties to consistent rave reviews. One caveat though: It’s potent, it doesn’t feel it going down, but it’ll get ya when you try to get up if you don’t pace yourself. You can always shake with a little extra ice to dilute a bit more! Enjoy! It’s a fav! Serves

Ingredients • 2 cups good vodka • 1 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau) • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail •½  cup bottled pomegranate juice (I use a bit more) • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes) • Thinly sliced limes or oranges for garnish

Super easy: Just combine the vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and pomegranate juice with lime juice in a large pitcher. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice, pour the cocktail mixture in as needed and shake for a full 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses, garnish with a slice of fruit and serve immediately. (For large gatherings I actually double and triple the recipe so everything is DONE ahead but the shaking!)


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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: l Deer Creek Grille - 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deerfield 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 scenic 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

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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! l Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar - 5677 Coral Ridge Drive in the Shoppes of Heron Lakes. 954.346.3434/ Looking for a great place to gather with friends or family for great conversation and wonderful food where the décor is trendy and warm without the distraction of TVs and sports? Then Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar is the place serving Mediterranean health-conscious cuisine. Every item is prepared to order, which translates to fabulously fresh Greek Salads, Traditional Israeli salads and Hummus which is prepared FRESH at least 9 times a day. The restaurant is a mixture of Mediterranean flavors featuring vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes as well as fresh grilled Shawarma, Jerusalem Parkland/coral springs LIFE • july 2013

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