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SINGLE FAMILY HOME ANALYSIS BROWARD COUNTY 4,640

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10 YEARS – OLYMPICS - 9/11 – GO RED This month marks the Tenth Anniversary of Lifestyle Publications. During that time many have imitated, but never duplicated the impact our magazines have in the community. We have featured your neighbors who are NFL Hall of Famers like Dan Marino, Olympic Gold Medalists like Dara Torres & Misty May Treanor, NBA Champions like James Jones and MLB World Champion Jeff Conine, as well as ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to make our cities better. I am proud of our Lifestyle team who throughout the years, have contributed their heart and effort to the vision of “building a better community, so business can take care of itself and grow!” I am grateful for our advertising partners who engaged this vision and found value along with success through our partnership. I also appreciate the readers who embraced us each month and supported both the causes we covered and our advertisers. Even with some challenges, Lifestyle Publications has sustained and continued to grow in credibility and influence. Now, we look to do even more in the year ahead with a new chairman and team of experts, who possess years of marketing and publishing experience to continually improve the product and the value we provide to our stakeholders. The London Olympics added excitement prior to going Back-toSchool. There were many inspiring moments, such as the USA Ladies Gymnastics Team, Michael Phelps winning gold along with the most number of medals by any athlete and the Bahamian men’s 4 X 100 relay team winning gold. But nothing could compare to the South African

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flag, say a prayer or join me on the 5K run downtown. The “Go Red for Women” Luncheon takes place at the end of the month at the Marriott Harbor Beach. This is an amazing event bringing together influential women from around the community in support of a worthy cause. I encourage you to attend this kick-off to the philanthropy season. Finally, I wish everyone a safe and Happy Labor Day and to my friends and family celebrating the High Holidays – L‘Shana Tova. As Always, Enjoy the Lifestyle!™

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The Scoop On Laundry Detergent 5 MONEY SAVING LAUNDRY DETERGENT TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR LOAD BY KRIS ANDERSON

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access, plentiful activities for every age and an ample supply of culture and cuisine. Retirees, executives, honeymooners and families alike delight in this winter wonderland region. Laura loves planning the Club Med’s all-inclusive ski vacation for her clients because she knows, “they’ll come back happy.” Club Med’s ski resorts in the Alps are located in the region’s finest skiing destinations, providing access to amazing slopes and trails, in addition to a host of luxury amenities. The beauty of skiing the Alps with Club Med is that it is truly “all-inclusive.” Laura says that when her clients know they can have this luxury dream vacation and know the costs upfront, it makes for a much more enjoyable vacation. Generally, these ski packages include airfare, accommodations, ski passes, lessons, all your meals and drinks and a wide variety of activities for one price. Whether the idea of an all-inclusive ski trip thrills you or if you prefer to choose

an independent chalet or hotel, the Alps as a destination, offers the perfect escape from the norm! Staying on top of the best luxury accommodations, special offers and the hidden treasures of the area are the things that the professional travel consultants at SitInMySeats VIP Tickets and Travel are focused on. “Our clients who plan these ski trips are often times stepping out of their vacation comfort zone. They count on us to make sure the ski experience, the European flair, the accommodations and the information we provide them all come together to create a memorable and exhilarating vacation.” The team at SitInMySeats makes it their business to be experts in this area, with France, Switzerland and Italy being among the top choices time and again. Crisp air, breathtaking scenery, exquisite shopping, culture, action, relaxation and more! Don’t just imagine...the amazing Alpines of Europe are calling you! For more information on trips to Switzerland or any other travel destination, please contact us at 954456-0419/ 866-798-7328 or email Lisa at lisa@sitinmyseats.com.

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STUDIES DON’T LIE: PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM A STRONG PCP RELATIONSHIP BY CHRISTINE BUCAN

A senior from Broward County is rushed to the emergency room because she mixed medications that are contra-indicated. Another bounced around from specialist to specialist, undergoing duplicate tests and procedures. All of this could be avoided. More than 100 studies document the critical role primary care physicians (PCPs) play in patient care. PCPs can be many things for a patient — their cheerleader, advocate and even their medical interpreter — but most importantly, the studies prove that having a strong relationship with a PCP leads to better quality of life, more productive longevity, and lower costs as a result of reduced hospitalization, improved prevention and better coordination of chronic disease care. AvMed Health Plans, one of the oldest Medicare providers in South Florida, has embraced a more PCPcoordinated approach to healthcare. The company recently introduced CenteredCare®, which puts the PCP at the center of every member’s care. According to Dr. Edwin Rodriguez, Medical Director at AvMed, this coordinated approach will lead to better health outcomes for patients. “Some 15-20% of Medicare hospital admissions are due to medication complications,” said Rodriguez. “By developing a strong relationship with your PCP, you can avoid this.” Louise Schendel, a senior from Margate who visits her PCP every three months, admits she would be lost without the lasting relationship she has built with her PCP over the years. “When I have a problem, I call him and he tells me exactly where to go and what to do. I feel like I have someone out there rooting for me,” said Schendel, an AvMed Medicare Advantage plan member for two years. “Without my PCP I wouldn’t have the confidence on where to go and what specialists to visit.”

“Without my PCP I wouldn’t have the confidence on where to go and what specialists to visit.” --Louise Schendel

William Pena, M.D., a primary care physician who practices in Hollywood, often acts as an interpreter for patients who don’t

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HEALTH MATTERS CHOOSE HEALTHY FROM THE FROZEN FOOD SECTION It’s almost impossible with our modern day, bustling lifestyle to prepare a freshly cooked meal every night. Sometimes we order out for pizza or subs, sometimes take-out Chinese food. None of those choices are particularly healthy, though. Some of us choose frozen dinners. Let’s take a look at a few choices that will provide your family with a nutritional meal. Kashi products: Kashi brand frozen dinners are usually a good bet. They are relatively low in calories, sodium and fat, and offer protein, fiber and whole grains. Try the Chicken Pasta Pomodoro or Black Bean Mango. Tabatchnick: This is a specialty frozen food that comes in Minestrone Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Vegetable Soup and more. Boca brand: These offerings are meatless. They offer the Boca Meatless Cheeseburger, Lasagna and Chili.


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Tunnel To Towers 5K Run/Walk Returns To Fort Lauderdale The 2nd Annual Tunnel to Towers Fort Lauderdale 5K Run/Walk, presented by Patriot National Insurance Group, will take place Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 a.m. starting at Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard. In addition to a 5K Run/Walk, the event will include a day of family-

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“It was inspirational to have community members come together for this amazing and worthy cause.” originally intended as a way for New Yorkers to honor the fallen heroes, has now become a yearly tribute to everyone who lost their lives that day and transcends the tragedy. Last year, more than 20,000 people attended and took part in the NY event. So far, more than 30 communities have signed up to hold a Tunnel to Towers Run in their own towns, with the goal of one run in 343 different cities across the nation. Cost to register is $35 per adult and $25 per child under 12 on the day of the race. All proceeds will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to be used to build Smart Homes for triple and quadruple amputees from post 9/11 wars to enable them to live independently. For more information call (954) 532-8790 or visit www. tunneltotowersfortlauderdale5k. com. LP


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18th Annual Taste of South Florida BY KEVIN LANE

If you like great food… exceptional wine… shopping via a silent and live auction with such incredible items as a 12-day Celebrity Cruise in the Mediterranean - and the opportunity to support the ground-breaking work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, then the 2012 Taste of South Florida is just the ticket! This year’s black-tie food and wine event takes places at the tre-chic RitzCarlton, Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 22nd. Scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. the evening will begin with a reception featuring several tasting stations and then on to a five course sit-down dinner, each prepared by some of South Florida’s finest chefs. To insure there’s energy to spare… Pure Energy Entertainment will be on hand for dancing. Some of those live and silent auctions include dinner-packages from the area’s best restaurants and fabulous hotel and spa packages for him and her. American Airlines has donated tickets for the auction which will be paired with vacation

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destinations including a seven night stay at Elite Island Resorts in the Caribbean and a one week stay in a five-bedroom suite at Aspen’s Snowmass Club. Exclusive Resorts is offering a five-night stay. As anyone who has ever worked on a non-profit fundraiser knows, there’s a lot of time, energy and passion that goes into making an event successful. You can ask Casey and Matt Shore and Alexandra (Alex) Mores. This is the 4th year that Casey and Matt are with the event, having been Co-Chairs for the last three years and are now Honorary Chairs. Alex was Co-Chair last year and is now Chairwoman. “In the 1950’s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school,” said Jody Kotler with the CF Foundation. “Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their forties and beyond.” “Our friendly and knowledgeable

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Go Red For Women Luncheon And Love Your Heart Workshops More than 400 influential business men and women will gather at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on September 28th to take part in the 7th Annual Go Red For Women Celebration Luncheon and Love Your Heart Workshops. Guests will learn about heart disease and support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, a campaign to raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. This event will empower women and men alike to take charge of their heart and in turn, lead longer, stronger lives. Heart disease affects one in every three women across the United States. However, only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. “We women are the backbone of the family structure,” said Giselle Cheminand, event chairman and CEO of GCI Worldwide Corporation, the Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale Go Red Sponsor. “Having a healthy heart, both physically and emotionally, is what allows us to

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courtesy of Spirit Airlines; a designer men’s watch valued at $10,000; and a coveted main entry seat at the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with airfare for two also courtesy of Spirit Airlines. “Cindy and I are thrilled to bring back this unique event. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the South Florida community and sponsors like Calder Casino & Race Course. Without them, events like this would not be possible,” said Jeff Conine. “Nearly 150 participants came out last year and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. We hope to continue to raise funds, which support the ongoing needs of the Conine Clubhouse, a home-away-from-home for families of children under care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.” The event will be flush with action including a VIP welcome reception to introduce the celebrities with an open bar and everyone’s favorite ballpark specialties. A silent auction will feature sports memorabilia with 100% of the dollars raised supporting the Conine Clubhouse. The Conine Clubhouse is a free of charge home-away-from-home for families while their children are patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. More than 7,000 families have called the Conine Clubhouse their home at a

most important time in their lives. The Conine Clubhouse provides all the amenities of a three star hotel and is supported through events such as the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, the Conine All-Star Golf Classic and community partners such as Calder Casino & Race Course. A $250 donation to the charity gets you a seat at the tournament, and sponsorship packages are available. The donation to play increases to $300 after September 14. All participants are automatically entered in the Celebrity Bounty where players have a chance to “knock out” their favorite celebrity and win a personally autographed item. To register for the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, learn more, or to make a donation, please visit www.ConinePokerClassic.org or call the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation at (954) 265-7241. LP


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For many Leadership Broward alumni, it seems like “… just yesterday” when a group of community leaders launched what would become the area’s premier leadership development training organization: the Leadership Broward Foundation. Founded in 1982 as a Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce program, the first leaders of the organization ranked among the who’s who in Broward County and included Robert Miltenberger, Rhonda Rasmussen, Court Lantaff, Jon Levinson and Jack Latona. “The goal was to strengthen the fabric of our community by developing and engaging community leaders to serve this community,” said Cindy Schutt, board chair for the organization. “Since its inception, Leadership Broward has brought up more than 2,500 leaders, leaders now represented on nearly every non-profit board in this county. This is a true testament to our mission, ‘to develop and inspire leaders to serve our community.’” In addition to graduating more than 2,500 leaders, the flagship Leadership Broward adult and youth programs have launched approximately 500 nonprofit Community Projects, which translate to 14,000 volunteer hours per year. Community Projects remain a

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mandatory component of Leadership Broward and have left a legacy of good works in this community. The adult classes tackle a myriad of issues, often resulting in lasting projects and programs. Some legacies

“Since its inception, Leadership Broward has brought up more than 2,500 leaders, leaders now represented on nearly every nonprofit board in this county. This is a true testament to our mission, ‘to develop and inspire leaders to serve our community.’” include Lighthouse of Broward’s Sensory Garden for the Visually Impaired, Broward Partnership for the Homeless’ Breaking BreadBreaking Barriers program, Bark Park at Snyder Park, Broward Education Foundation’s Kids in Need Resource Center, Healthy MothersHealthy Babies and ArtServe. The youth program partners with YMCA of Broward County to teach at-risk youth leadership skills. Over the years, the Leadership Broward Foundation added programs to serve the leadership needs of more segments of our community. Youth Leadership Broward, targeting top-

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tier 11th graders, was launched in 1986. Since then, the organization started Senior Executive Orientation (SEO) for C-level executives, Emerge Broward for young professionals, Encore! Leadership Broward for professionals nearing retirement, and Follow the Leader in You (FLY) for at-risk middle schoolers. Looking ahead, CEO Terri Wallace sees an opportunity to further fine tune the organization. “Our 30th anniversary year will be a year of growth and reengagement,” said Wallace. “We have launched an initiative – for members, by members – to enhance the Leadership Broward member experience with more leadership development programs, opportunities to connect to our various programs, and additional social and networking events. We’re seeing our members become reenergized and getting on board to further grow this organization. It’s really a very exciting time.” In addition to Chair Cindy Schutt, executive committee members include: Michael Berry, Joe Goldstein, Sean Dannelly, Jason Gibson, Tanya L. Bower, Jeff Cato, Terry Frank, Roger Hicks, Marty Shuham, Carole Tolomeo, Josh Vajda and Linda Wood. Call (954) 767-8866 or visit www. LeadershipBroward.org. LP


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Dr. Charles & Rosalee Messa Lend A Helping Hand To ChildNet BY KEVIN LANE

Dr. Charles Messa is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has devoted his career to helping others through cosmetic plastic surgery. He and his wife, Rosalee operate the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center. And while the couple devote much of their time to the Surgery Center, that spirit of “…. helping others” goes beyond the work place. A case in point is the recent fundraiser they hosted at their home for ChildNet, a child welfare agency in Florida. “One of the nurses in our office also works at a pediatric office part time and would tell us of the children that ChildNet would bring in for exams before they went into the system,” Rosalee recounted. “The abuse and neglect stories she would

tell made us feel that we needed to do something to help. Not knowing where to start, we sent over Easter baskets for the kids and got such an

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amazing response from Suzanne B a k e r, the agency’s in-kind coordinator, that we asked what else we could do.” l about b h Suzanne told Rosalee the great need for something that most children take for granted… back packs filled with school supplies! That hit a responsive chord, whereupon the Messa’s decided to have a “Mission Back Pack” fundraiser at their home and set about inviting friends, co-workers and family. “Our event took place on a Saturday night. It was a cocktail party with about 50 people in attendance,” Dr. Messa noted. “We shared our enthusiasm for the work ChildNet is doing and what a difference back packs can make in the lives of the children starting school who have no real family to help them,” Rosalee added. Prior to the event, Rosalee and Dr. Messa explained to friends that not only will a student without a backpack have to struggle to transport his books and supplies from class to class, but his lack of a back pack could become a red flag for taunting by classmates. The Messa’s story was potent and compelling, as they raised about $10,000… enough to purchase a lot of fully-loaded back packs. “My husband and I have seven children and feel we need to give to

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“We shared our enthusiasm for the work ChildNet is doing and what a difference back packs can make in the lives of the children starting school who have no real family to help them.” kids that aren’t as lucky as ours. We plan on doing additional fundraisers, especially for the holidays because the children get very little around this time of year. We also want to raise awareness about this very worthy organization.” In Broward County every year, several hundred children enter the child welfare system due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. As the local Community Based Care lead agency, ChildNet manages the local system of services and supports for Broward’s most vulnerable children. For information about ChildNet and its services, visit www.ChildNet.us or call (954) 414-6000. LP


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United Way Of Broward County Announces Early Literacy Initiative BY KEVIN LANE

Nearly one third of Florida’s third graders attending public school cannot read at minimally proficient levels. And sadly, those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school. In an effort to ensure more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, United Way of Broward County recently announced the launch of ReadingPals, a literacy program for elementary school children. ReadingPals connects underachieving Pre-K through third grade children with volunteers to assist in improving their reading skills. This threeyear initiative is just another way United Way of Broward County is helping children in the community achieve their full potential through education. The goal of the program is to dramatically improve reading skills, which will translate to better understanding and better scores. Third grade is a very critical time in a child’s education because it is when a child should have transitioned fully from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” “This is such a crucial age for children to develop and enhance strong literacy skills so they are prepared for middle and high school,” said Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County. “We

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are partnering with the community, asking 300 dedicated volunteers for their time and support to help our children succeed in school.” The program was proposed to combat the underachieving students

“We so strongly believe that the future of our state rests in the hands and minds of our youngest that we have personally contributed to the launching of “ReadingPals” -- an early literacy initiative in 10 Florida regions. Our goal is to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.” who are unable to move forward with their education due to poor test scores. Locally, United Way of Broward County and its Women’s Leadership Council have teamed up with the Children’s Movement of Florida, Carol and Barney Barnett, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, and Broward County Public Schools to create the program. “We so strongly believe that the future of our state rests in the hands and minds of our youngest that we

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have personally contributed to the launching of “ReadingPals” -- an early literacy initiative in 10 Florida regions. Our goal is to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade,” said Carol Barnett, Chairman and CEO Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The ReadingPals program will begin during the first week of October and Pompano Beach Elementary School and Endeavour Primary Learning Center Elementary School will serve as the pilot schools. United Way of Broward County’s Women’s Leadership Council is playing a crucial role in recruiting volunteers from within their group as well as the entire community. “The hour our volunteers will be giving each week will have an effect that will last a lifetime,” said Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County. “And as an organization, we are honored to be part of such an important movement to help the children in our state improve their reading skills and ultimately graduate from high school.” For information about volunteering, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org/ readingpals. For more information on ReadingPals, please contact Lola Jordan at (954) 462-4850 ext. 143 or ljordan@unitedwaybroward.org. LP


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the country that’s beckoning for me, and I just can’t refuse its calling anymore. I would really like to see it. It seems like the kind of thing a person should see while they still can,” he said, referring to both his cancer and the slow loss of his vision. According to Kara Trucchio, a former student who was interviewed on NBC 6 South Florida, “... he inspired us to be the people we are today. He is the reason I became a school “I decided that since I’m counselor. He gave us that drive, that inspiration… and it was going to have a lot of contagious!” time on my hands and And if all of this wasn’t enough, I’m not going to be able David plans on documenting his to go to school to meet trip to inspire his students even my students and former though he’s no longer teaching. He’s currently committed to students, then I should hiring a professional filmmaker set out on the road and to document the journey and go see them.” raising money to finance the documentary. “I sincerely appreciate your continuing support for this project and I am hoping that we will all be in an internationally released documentary film together. We are not quite there yet, but we are not done yet either,” he recently posted on Facebook. If you’d like to follow this remarkable individual’s Vision Quest… and/or contribute to his documentary film project, go to www.facebook.com/ DavidMenaschesVisionQuest. LP


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Racing To The Finish Line BY KEVIN LANE

While many teens spend time tweeting friends… sharing photos and news about their ‘likes’ on Facebook and doing many of the things that teenagers normally do… 19 year-old Weston resident Gabby Chaves is racing for the finish line… Actually, he’s racing for a never-ending series of finish lines. A recent graduate from Western High School, Chaves is now devoting all of his time to auto racing, driving for JDC MotorSports. Widely considered one of the premier up-andcoming drivers in the junior formula car ranks, Chaves has made a name for himself by winning races and challenging for championship titles. He is currently one of the 18 young drivers selected from around the world to be part of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy “Gabby got behind the wheel of a race car at the age of 13, winning a Skip Barber Racing Shoot-out scholarship,” said Pilar Chaves, Gabby’s manager and very proud mother. It was just the first of many races that he has won. Over the ensuing years, Gabby has “Gabby got behind the continued his winning ways. In 2009, wheel of a race car at he won the Formula BMW Americas Championship; in 2010, the Italian F3 the age of 13, winning Rookie of the year award, and in 2011 he a Skip Barber Racing debuted in the GP3 Series. Shoot-out scholarship,” “I think that I am one of the luckiest said Pilar Chaves. moms in the world, since I get to spend time with my son traveling all over the world for his races,” Pilar noted. “I realize that not many mothers have the opportunity to spend this kind of time with their kids when they are teenagers. Gabby makes things easy for me because he is always willing to help, adjusting to every situation, no matter what it is.” Pilar recounted the many nights they spent at airports, sleeping on some very uncomfortable chairs so they could catch an early flight. Gabby has lived in Weston since he was eight years old. He has to train everyday at the gym, run, bike and swim to keep fit so his performance and concentration inside the car is at the maximum. His supportive family includes his father Gabriel

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Chaves, a pilot for Jet Blue Airways; his 14 year-old sister Manuela, a dancer and avid soccer player who has been a straight A student all her life and his mom, Pilar who is a former race car driver from Colombia. He loves animals, especially the family’s two dogs, Fluffy and Fedex. With movie-star good looks, Gabby recently became a spokesperson for the “Take 5 to Stay Alive… Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, launched by the Broward Regional Emergency Medical Services EMS Council and the Broward County Commissioners. “Take a break from driving and pull off the road to use your cell phone,” Gabby exclaimed. “Drive with your arms and legs, race with your heart, and win with your head,” Gabby advises other aspiring drivers. In the next few months, Gabby will be competing in the Star Mazda - Road to Indy Championship. For his updated schedule, visit www.GabbyChaves.com or via Twitter @ GabbyChaves LP


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Fighting For Children Howard Talenfeld has made his career as a zealous advocate for Florida’s at-risk children and adults. The name partner with Fort Lauderdale law firm Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, Talenfeld protects their rights by litigating for those harmed by others, as well as pushing for institutional change in Florida’s foster care, juvenile delinquency and mental health systems. Yet, one of his proudest accomplishments remains the founding in 2002 of Florida’s Children First, the state’s leading non-profit child advocacy organization. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FCF’s board recently elected Talenfeld to his sixth term as its president. He also helped found Florida Youth SHINE, which supports former foster kids who have “aged-out” of the state system – and who help lobby lawmakers to better fund and assist abused, neglected and foster kids. Talenfeld himself has lobbied state leaders, whether to increase funding to train Among his many cases, volunteer attorneys and guardians ad Talenfeld recently litem working with abused and neglected negotiated a $3 million children, or to pay for mandatory settlement for a young legal representation of children in Broward County boy dependency court. His hundreds of hours spent volunteering each year have who suffered severe earned Talenfeld the Pro Bono Lawyer brain injury when of the Year Award for the 17th Judicial county workers failed Circuit in Broward County, the Florida to act on warnings of Bar’s President’s Award of Merit the Bar’s parental abuse. highest honor and the Russell Carlisle Award for his relentless child advocacy work on behalf of Legal Aid of Broward County. Not surprisingly, Talenfeld is a tenacious attorney for his at-risk clients. In a 2000 case stemming from foster-care abuse, he won a class-action settlement that almost tripled the funding for child welfare services in the county. The win also helped get passed a state law requiring local school boards to transport foster children to the same school when they move to a new home. Talenfeld assisted in the writing of Florida’s Foster Children Bill of Rights, Florida’s pilot project on representation of foster children

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in Dependency Court, and Florida’s breakthrough interagency education bill for foster children. Talenfeld has sued state agencies and private care providers that have harmed – and in some instances, killed – children and adults under their care. His arguments have led to state reform and improvements of its practices and policies regarding care for the state’s most vulnerable children and disabled adults. Among his many cases, Talenfeld recently negotiated a $3 million settlement for a young Broward County boy who suffered severe brain injury when county workers failed to act on warnings of parental abuse. He successfully employed federal civil rights statutes that helped penetrate Florida’s sovereign immunity policy and enable clients to receive awards above the state’s $300,000 statutory limit. As a respected expert who’s interviewed frequently by CNN, Prime Time Live and 20/20, Talenfeld recently was featured in Florida Super Lawyer Magazine. One of his most heart wrenching damage cases continues to be followed closely in the New York Times. A Pittsburgh native, Talenfeld studied business at the University of Miami, and in 1979 graduated from its School of Law. He began his career as a litigator in commercial and personal injury law. The sibling of a mentally disabled younger sister, Bess’s influence on him helped guide Talenfeld to his chosen area of law.


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B’nai Aviv...Welcomes New Spiritual Leader Not only is B’nai Aviv the largest Conservative synagogue in West Broward, it’s also one of the busiest. Its roots date back to 1988 when a group of committed Jews met to discuss the formation of a Conservative synagogue to serve West Broward and began having weekly services at Country Isles Elementary School in Weston. Dr. Harold Rabinovitz solicited twenty families to donate enough money to purchase the land at 1410 Indian Trace in Weston. Today, there are nearly 500 families… and growing. “B’nai Aviv is the virtual epicenter of Conservative Judaism in West Broward,” remarked Dr. Lee Friedel, one of the founding members and the president of the congregation from 1990 to 1992. The synagogue’s main sanctuary opens up to seat all of the 1,700 people who attend its High Holiday services. Helping to lead the congregation into a future that is even brighter with promise is Rabbi Adam Watstein, who recently assumed the role of Senior Rabbi. Gravitating to Judaism at an early age, Watstein balanced his academic and extra-curricular interests with intense study of Jewish History and Zionism. “It’s already clear to us that Rabbi Watstein will be a spiritual lighthouse, not only for our congregation, but for all of Broward County,” “A synagogue must, enthused Joel Nirenberg, above all, be a spiritual President of B’nai Aviv. “He home, and within brings a seemingly endless minutes of walking supply of passion, enthusiasm through the doors of and energy to the pulpit, and is offering new and exciting Bnai Aviv for the first learning opportunities for all time it was obvious to ages.” me the warmth of its By the end of his second week, congregation makes it Rabbi Watstein had already possible.” launched an adult education program that includes a threeclass seminar series entitled “Finding Meaning in the High Holy Days,” a guest lecture series, a four-class seminar series entitled “History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” and an afternoon class on the weekly reading from the Torah. Rabbi Watstein will also be hosting several holiday related activities, including meals in the Sukkah, and baking Passover matzahs.

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“I have always believed a synagogue must be more than a structure,” Rabbi Watstein noted. “A synagogue must, above all, be a spiritual home, and within minutes of walking through the doors of Bnai Aviv for the first time it was obvious to me the warmth of its congregation makes it possible.” B’nai Aviv has over 200 children in the Religious School covering grades K through seven and serves as the West Broward Campus for the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE)’s Judaica High program, which continues grades seven through twelve. All B’nai Aviv Bar/Bat Mitzvah students receive weekly individual tutoring beginning 10 months prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date. The synagogue celebrates the Bar/Bat Mitzvahs of about 45 students each year. B’nai Aviv is home to the largest Conservative Youth program in the Southeastern U.S.. In addition, there is learning for adults, an active Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Hazak (for seniors), Social Action, Athletics, Parent/ Teachers organizations and so much more! Rabbi Watstein and his wife Angie are the proud parents of two year-old daughter Naomi. The synagogue is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Visit, www. bnaiaviv.org. LP


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The Rotary Club of Weston’s Annual Fall Season “Gift of Giving”: The Harvest Drive BY CYNTHIA BLEWS, ROTARY CLUB OF WESTON

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE HARVEST DRIVE IS NOW ENTERING ITS 20TH YEAR. ONCE AGAIN, “CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN” IS THE THEME. Each year, more and more companies and organizations are choosing to make a difference in the lives of others. The Rotary Club of Weston has been at the forefront of doing its part to supply over 300 families with food during the holidays. Our club, along with students from over 180 public and private schools, as well as churches, temples and neighborhoods, band together to raise awareness and collect the non-perishable food items that will be distributed. Families in need are identified by the social workers in the schools and then provided with a complete Thanksgiving meal, a week’s worth of grocery staples and personal and household necessities.

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While the Harvest Drive is known for its work during Thanksgiving, they have also been assisting families year round due to the negative impact that the down economy has had on our south Florida community. They also maintain emergency food pantries at several South Florida schools as part of this service. The annual Harvest Drive involves more than business and organizations, it places children at the helm of the collection process demonstrating to them how one person can make a difference in the life of another. Members of the Rotary Club of Weston participate in assembling the baskets the week before Thanksgiving

each year at Western High School. It’s heartwarming to be a part of the process in which High School students work together to help their peers and make the world a better place. Our Rotary Club stands ready to help the Harvest Drive reach and exceed the goals it has set for this year. Renee Herman founder of the Harvest Drive has been given the “Outstanding Program Organizer Volunteer of the Year” Award and is also an honorary Rotarian. She is an excellent personification of our Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self”. To learn more about the Harvest Drive and how you can partner with us visit the website at http://www. harvestdriveflorida.com/


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“It absolutely stinks when the forecast is a bust. No one feels worse than the meteorologist with his or her face on that forecast. I always say: “we’re only as good as our tools.” It’s not a perfect science and we do the best we can with the information that we have.”

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shiri spear BY RANDI AILEEN PRESS

“Mother Nature is a Force That Will Never Be Conquered!” -Meteorologist, NBC6 What peaked your interest in choosing to become a meteorologist? Funny thing, I actually remember thinking a lesson about clouds in middle school was the most boring thing I’d ever sat through! Everything changed in high school when I read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. I knew I was destined to explore Environmental Sciences. She was such a strong and passionate woman. What would have been your other career path if meteorology didn’t work out? My undergraduate degree is in Secondary Mathematics Education. I love children and enjoyed the classroom. The other career I daydreamed about was becoming a volcanologist. I took some geology classes, but it simply didn’t seem practical. Describe what the day in the life of a meteorologist looks like. There are two shifts: early morning and late night. For example, the morning meteorologist is awake by 2 a.m. and at work between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. We forecast using a mix of the latest computer models, radar and satellite data, and surface maps. We build the graphics you see on air. We write a forecast for the station website, twitter and facebook. Hair and makeup must also be complete before going on air at 5 a.m. After the morning newscast, we do several short weathers throughout the Today Show. Finally, we present the weather during our 11 a.m. newscast. How does technology enhance your ability to perform your job? There will always be some degree of error because there will always be missing data in the model runs. Why? Because it is impossible to input or even compile information from every inch of the earth’s surface at every layer. So we have to compare the model runs with what we know about current conditions and the way the atmosphere flows. Radar is often time our most valuable tool. It

gives us access to location and rate of rainfall. It also gives us insight into movement of rain (velocity) that can identify rotation and potential tornado development. ment. At NBC 6 South Florida we have ve our own Doppler radar that gives ves us this information minutes es earlier. Does your audience ever give you a hard time when the weather report is inaccurate? Of course! It absolutely stinks when the forecast is a bust. No one feels worse than han the meteorologist with his or her face on that forecast. I always ways say, “we are only as good as our ur tools.” It’s not a perfect science and we do the best we can with the information that we have. When I was working in Massachusetts we forecasted eight inches of snow with one storm. I woke up that morning (I had slept at the station) to find a mere ½ inch of snow. That’s it! An extremely dry air mass caused all our snow to evaporate. Radar even showed snow all night, but it never made it to the surface. All the meteorologists in town were mortified that our forecasts were such a failure. I knew some guys that were depending on the cash from plowing to buy Christmas presents. I felt awful. I didn’t show my face in public for a week! What was the strangest weather occurrence you can remember? Large hail is always an event here in south Florida. About a month ago we had golf ball size hail in Coral Gables.That’s out of the norm. Can you share some really interesting weather facts that people may not know? Overnight lows don’t usually happen at midnight. I’ve met many people who believe it’s coldest in the middle of the night. The longer it’s

dark, the colder it gets. Overnight lows happen close to sunrise. Can you share some of the ways you use your celebrity ce sstatus to sshare your passions. School visits are always a blast! I love when teachers w request a visit re from our team. fro I’ve made an I’v effort to be involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Everything E they do is inspirational and literally life changing. I will help them out however I can in the future, whether it’s scooping ice cream to raise money or tape interviews. What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We first met in first grade, but we didn’t become friendly until late middle school. Classic cliché of book worm (me) and athlete falling in love. What’s a perfect weather day look like for you? A 50 degree morning, warming to the upper 70s or lower 80s is perfect with some sunshine, and I can take the kids to the beach. What’s your personal/professional mantra if you are willing to share it? PROFESSIONAL: Good things happen to good people. I’m always mindful of how my actions impact others. PERSONAL: Family first. When I’m 80 years old the most powerful memory of me will be the one I leave with my children and family.

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“I love just about everything outdoors, and especially on the water. I’m actually a pretty good sailor and raced my 35 foot sailboat for many years on south Florida waters.”

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craig setzer BY RANDI AILEEN PRESS

“THRILLED WITH THE POWER of Thunderstorms!”--Meteorologist CBS4 News 10 pm What peaked your interest in choosing to become a meteorologist? I was always fascinated by science when I was a very little kid and by the time I was in 7th grade I was thrilled with the power of thunderstorms. Meteorology seemed like the natural career path for me. By 13 years old, I knew I would be a meteorologist on TV. What would have been your other career path if meteorology didn’t work out? Probably jobless! I put all my effort into meteorology. Describe what the day in the life of a meteorologist looks like for us. The day usually starts with me looking out the window and making sure the previous forecast is still working out. If it’s raining and I said “sunny skies,” there’s a problem. I spend a lot of time before I get to work on the computer looking at atmospheric computer models. I do a tremendous amount of public speaking when I’m not working but when I get to work, depending on how bad the weather is, depends on how busy I will be. I make my own forecast and then build all the computer graphics myself to show viewers at home what I think will happen weather-wise. It is sometimes over an hour of graphics prep for a few minutes on TV. How has technology enhanced your ability to perform m your job better over the e last five to ten years? We are able to better forecast the we at h e r. Technology has helped present the weather in a more visual way on TV. We can explain more e and efficiently than we could ten years ago. How do you keep your audience engaged now that there are

so many online and weatherr applications at people’s fingertips? There are dozens of weather websites but really no place to go where re you can sit back and get everything in a nice package. You can click on the he temps, click on the radar, click on n the satellite, click on the forecast, but you can simply watch a weathercast and get it all and what is important in a nice two minute package. Does your audience ever give you a hard time when the weather report is inaccurate? Weather is a variable obviously but people don’t on’t always understand that. The audience dience is very forgiving. They only get upset when it involves very big decisions ns like hurricane evacuations for a storm m that doesn’t even get close. Of course se people will give me a hard time one on one saying things like “you get paid to be wrong 50% of the time!” What was the strangest weather occurrence you can remember? I previously worked in Colorado and St Louis. The strangest has to be thundersnow. It’s cold, it’s snowing hard, and then there is lightning and thunder. thunder Very bizarre. Can you share some really int interesting weather facts th that people may not know? Miami almost never sees a temperature above 100 degrees. Miami is one of the most exposed cities in the world to sea level rise. Can you share some of the Ca ways you use your celebrity way status to share your passions? asked to participate at fundraising I am ask causes near and dear to my heart. This year I’m serving as the emcee at Step Out Walk to

Stop Diabetes on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at Marlins Park. This is the single largest one day event that our organization hosts in Miami. Each year there have been about 2,000 participants. The emcee plays a key role at the event in keeping the crowd excited and providing them event details throughout the morning as well as introducing special guests. The event starts at 7:30am and should conclude by 11:30am or so. What would people be surprised to know about you? I love just about everything outdoors, and especially on the water. I’m actually a pretty good sailor and raced my 35 foot sailboat for many years on south Florida waters. I’m trying my hand at something new taking guitar lessons presently. L]Vi»hVeZg[ZXilZVi]ZgYVnadd` a^`Z[dgndj4 That’s a tough one. I love clear, cool and sunny dry days. But I also love black and stormy skies with thunder and lightning. It’s a tossup.

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david bernard BY RANDI AILEEN PRESS

Analyzing Makes Forecasting A Challenge! --CBS4 News’ Chief Meteorologist What peaked your interest in choosing to become a meteorologist? There were two defining moments. The first was during a summer at Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country. It was blistering hot and we had a late day, fast moving squall line move across the lake. The winds must have been close to 80 miles per hour. Some of the cabins actually floated on the lake and were torn from the piers. The second was my freshman year in high school. Hurricane Alicia, Category three, hit my hometown of Houston on the second day of school. It was the worst storm there since Carla in 1961. What would have been your other career path if meteorology didn’t work out? I think I might have been a therapist. I guess that’s my part-time job. I do like to listen to my friends! What I would like to be is a professional singer. No chance of that EVER happening! Describe what the day in the life of a meteorologist looks like. That’s the exciting part of my job. Every day is different and every weather situation that comes along is never quite the same. Sure there are days that seem the same but you can always find some detail to look at and analyze that makes forecasting a challenge. How has technology enhanced your ability to perform your job better over the last five to 10 years? ears? When I started my broadcasting sting career in 1992, the Internet et was embryonic. Television weather graphics were slowly becoming more sophisticated. I remember in 1993 my station received the first graphics system based on Windows! That e was a watershed. As the Internet came onto the scene ene throughout the 1990’s, it expanded panded exponentially the amount of data available to forecasters and it increased the speed at which that data was delivered. These two factors changed our business, like many others, forever and for the better.

How do you keep ep your audience engaged now that there are so many online and weather applications at people’s ople’s fingertips? Everyone knows you ou can just open yourr phone or tablet and get a quick look at the forecast or glance at the radar. I’ll be honest, on most days when the weather is uneventful, that’s what people do.. However, I recognize ze that when things turn urn for the worse, we still want human contact whether ether on the web or the tube so to speak. Therefore, it’s important ant day in and day out (bad weather or good) that I explain to the viewers the “why” behind what is happening. I am able to share what the best actions for them to take if it’s a life or property threatening situation. This is the type of detailed information people are looking for when they need it most. In the past, the summers would have sunny days until mid-afternoon when there was a brief rain shower. Now it seems that there’s more rain in the a.m. and also late afternoon. Has there been a shift in the weather patterns? weathe It’s funny. I hear this in one form or another a often in South Florida! There are always changes in T tthe weather patterns. Some summers are more wet than others. We can have a lot of extremes with rainfall here and go from very dry to very wet in a short amount of time. w Our rainfall pattern during rainy Ou season is pretty random. In the seas broad se sense, our rainiest time is late May and June. July is sometimes a bit drier and then as the hurricane season gears up, the rain picks up August through October until the dry season begins again.

What was the strangest weather occ occurrence you can remember? reme This happened years year ago when I was wa in Amarillo, Texas. Te A lot of o strange we at h e r happens in the Plains! The first time I saw it rain mud was there. m Huge amounts H of dust get drawn into strong draw thunderstorm updrafts thunde and it mixes m with the raindrops ccreating mud drops! Talk about a dirty d windshield! What charities do you use your celebrity status to support in South Florida? I have been really fortunate to be involved with the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida (formerly MHA of Broward County). The people are phenomenal and they offer innumerable services to people in need in our community. Two of my favorite programs they offer are the 9Muses Art Center that provides an artistic outlet for those recovering from a mental illness. Listening to Children is a mentoring program in our schools. Children meet with screened, trained, professionally supported Listener volunteers for thirty minutes weekly to enhance self-esteem and improve communication. What would people be surprised to know about you? My most recent trips took me to Colombia and California where I drove the entire Pacific Coast Highway for the first time. I also enjoy swimming laps as well as yoga. I love champagne, prefer white wine over red, and like dark beers the best. I like country western music a lot. What’s a perfect weather day look like for you? A sunny, low humidity 80 degree day in March at the pool!

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND TRADITIONAL MEDIA: LEVERAGING THE BEST OF BOTH JULIE TALENFELD

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1776 N Pine Island Road Suite 320 Plantation, FL 33322 954.370.8999 www.BoardroomPR.com Growing your company through social media involves more than sticking Facebook and Twitter logos onto a print ad. It also means more than uploading your latest press release or advertisement to your Facebook page. The s e c re t to success is to use what hat traditional and social al media do best so that at they reinforce each h other. That way, you get the maximum return on your investment from both. Many companiess understand how traditional itional media work: You get interviewed on TV or quoted in the newspaper. You place advertisements in a magazine like this. But how do you become famous on the Internet? Go viral on YouTube? Get a half-million friends on Facebook? The odds of those things happening are slim. You’re more likely to find

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success by building on what makes your company the best. Let’s say you own a spa that offers a facial treatment that’s just unbelievable. You can make people aware of it in a news article or ad. But traditional media cannot show just how wonderful the facial feels. An online video can give potential clients a much better idea of the treatment and show the inside of your spa. The videos can go “behind the scenes” show how your employees apply the facial and provide testimonials from highly satisfied customers. You can place the videos on all sorts of social media. Did you know there is a YouTube video on facials vid that has more than 1.1 million v views? Think a about what co could happen if your videos we were marketed t h rro u g h your Face Facebook account, press releases and ads? When traditional and social media are in sync, good things happen. Old Spice introduced its body wash for men with clever TV ads featuring the muscular Isaiah Mustafa. The company also conducted a social media campaign. In the three months after the campaign reached maximum exposure, sales were up 55 percent from

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the previous year. Sales peaked at 107 percent in the last month of the social media campaign. Did Mustafa’s soft voice, his YouTube video with 42 million views, and Old Spice’s 2 million likes on Facebook sell all that soap? Yes, but so did the coupons that Old Spice offered to get people to try the body wash. Traditional media – couponing – capitalized on the buzz created on social media to generate revenue. HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN BUILD YOUR BUSINESS: UÊ Use traditional media such as TV, print and radio to build awareness and brand. And use social media to engage potential and existing customers to build loyalty. UÊ Build a “call to action” into every message. The action could be as easy as “like” your Facebook page or as direct as buying your product or service. UÊ Connect traditional and social media. Online messages should have the same look and feel as your print and TV messages. UÊ Be proactive. Encourage people to try your business and tell their friends about it, whether it’s with a Facebook comment or your brochure.


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AM I TOO OLD TO HAVE A BABY? In the past few decades childbearing timing has changed, with late pursue of pregnancy becoming an increasing phenomenon. Whether the reason is the availability of better contraceptive options, wider opportunities for further education and career advancement for women, a late marriage or remarriage, or difficulty achieving pregnancy, more women are crossing the age of 35 or even 40 before thinking of getting pregnant. In fact 14 percent of all births in the United States were to women at 35 years or older. I would like to divide this common question in two areas of interest. FIRST: WILL BE I ABLE TO GET PREGNANT? As women enter their 30’s, fertility starts to decline, fewer eggs will be available and those eggs remaining may not be as healthy as previously. By age 37 this decline usually accelerates. This in turn may bring a prolongation in the average time for achieving conception or the need for assisted reproductive techniques. Currently we recommend that all couples should be evalueted for infertility if after six months of pursuing pregnancy they are not successful. If problems appear, prompt treatment should be directed to enhance pregnancy chances. SECOND: WILL IT BE SAFE FOR ME AND MY BABY? Complications during pregnancy are more common after age 35 for several reasons

that I will mention below. UÊ Medical and surgical illnesses, such as cancer; hypertension, diabetes, renal, autoimmune disease and obesity increase with advancing age. UÊ Older women experience an increased rate of spontaneous a bo rtio n a nd ecto pic pregnancies (pregnancy located outside the uterus). UÊ There is a steady increase in the risk of birth defects as a woman ages. UÊ Older women are more likely to deliver a low birth weight baby, have a stillbirth, abnormal location of the placenta and increased likelihood of having premature labor and a cesarean section. However, the reality is that most healthy women from age 35 into their 40s have healthy pregnancies, and most women over 35 are in good health. Good prenatal care and healthy habits can help you reduce certain risks. Prenatal screening can accurately test for birth defects. The feared ery amniocentesis, although a very precise and safe option, has ew now some alternatives with new ve. technology that is ls less invasive. nd A combination of blood work and ow ultrasound on the mother is now ity able to predict the possibility re of some birth defects. More w recently, a revolutionary new test was developed to detectt free DNA of the fetus in the maternal blood to test for this same purpose. You can’t change your age but can take care of your overall health; to help reduce risks during pregnancy:

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LEARNING TO LEARN BEYOND TUTORING KATIA MORITZ, PH.D. ABPP Licensed Psychologist Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology www.nbiweston.com www.academic-options.com Phone: 954. 217.1757 / 954.843.9251

Schoolwork had never come easily to 12-year-old Lynn. Trying to keep up academically meant days filled with tutors, homework help, and hours of her parents’ time reviewing and preparing for tests. Lynn’s success was measured by whether or not she was able to “get by” – and even that required continuous support. School had, undeniably, become a major source of stress for Lynn’s entire family. Lynn and her family are not alone. Academic struggles are a stressful part of many families’ lives. Even for students who need moderate amounts of support, being an independent student seems a far away dream. From the super-involved to the handsoff parent, the common goal is to help their children develop to their full potential – whatever that may mean in each case. So why wasn’t Lynn able to reach her academic goals? For many children, help reviewing their work is all they need, but others require more – they need to learn how to learn. Innate for some, but not to most of us, academic learning is a skill that can be taught, improved and eventually mastered. Learning the value of learning, and believe it or not – studying,

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can be a game changer instead of a patch maker. Making lasting positive changes requires team effort. Begin at home with these simple tips: FOCUS ON EFFORT VERSUS GRADES. Create confidence in your child by shifting focus from grades to emphasizing effort. Inevitably, better grades are the result of better effort. Even though teachers control the grades, we can control how much effort we put forth. CLUE IN TO CONTEXT. Think of academics as just one aspect of the child’s personal development, and teach him/her to enjoy the rewards of learning in general. This can eventually lead to content mastery, followed by improvement in grades. RESIST THE SHORTCUTS. Successful schoolwork performance is strongly connected with executive functioning abilities (planning, organizing, prioritizing, etc.). Helping children to develop their ability to plan, organize, and prioritize (instead of relying on the typically easier solution of doing something for them), will ultimately help them to become more independent. YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS ARE UNIQUE. Students fail to thrive for many reasons. Learning differences are a common explanation, but a diagnosis such as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, Asperger’s/ASD, LD, or dyslexia may be in play. Even life stressors such as parental divorce, illness and bullying can affect

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learning processes. LEARNING CAN BE FUN. Children spend countless hours attempting to master video game levels, learning complex lyrics from songs and memorizing dance moves. Can we use this same approach to their schoolwork? Specific Educational Interventions can help remediate many learning deficits. Helping Lynn to succeed required much more than content tutoring. It required a full understanding of the issues affecting her learning, the development of effective strategies to remediate her difficulties, and teaching Lynn how to use her strengths to overcome her weaknesses. Today, Lynn sees herself as a very good and independent student, and school is a place where she learns and enjoys herself. Academic Options (AO) is a multidisciplinary team of educators, school and clinical psychologists, college counselors, and certified educational planners directed by Jill Rickel, M.S., CEP. Pre-school to college aged students – from the highly gifted to those with learning, emotional or behavioral difficulties – receive services including academic remediation, evidence-based study strategies program, independent college counseling, SAT/ACT and FCAT preparation. For more information: 954.843.9251 www.academic-options.com


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RAISING THE LEVEL OF PROSTATE CANCER CARE: ENHANCED OPERATING ROOM AND ADVANCED TECHNIQUES ALOK SHRIVASTAVA, MD Cleveland Clinic Florida Prostate Cancer Surgeon

Cleveland Clinic Florida 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. Weston, Florida (800) 639-DOCTOR clevelandclinicflorida.org Each year approximately 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. It is the most common form of cancer for men in the nation. A patient with prostate cancer may experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, and unfortunately by the time symptoms develop, the disease is often incurable. For this reason, early detection of the disease is critical. Screening for Prostate Cancer involves performing a rectal exam and evaluating the levels of PSA, a protein essential to reproduction. If diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to know all the treatment options. Robotic-Assisted Surgery with Enhanced 3D Projection Cleveland Clinic Florida offers the most advanced surgical treatment options for prostate cancer, including robotic surgery. The roboticassisted radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed in Cleveland Clinic’s newly enhanced operating room. This procedure enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. A 3-D camera provides a magnified view from inside the patient while the surgeon controls a set of robotic arms from

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a nearby console. The robotic arms mimic the movement of the human hands, wrists and fingers providing surgeons an extensive range of motion and a precision that is difficult to reach through traditional surgery. Cleveland Clinic Florida urologist Alok Shrivastava, MD, specializes in robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy. He stresses the benefits of robotic surgery. “Typically, patients undergoing robotic-assisted prostate surgery encounter significantly less blood loss, and they benefit from reduced hospital stays, faster healing, less postoperative pain, and shorter recovery times,” according to Dr. Shrivastava. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, the robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy is performed in a newly enhanced operating room which combines state of the art magnified video projection with the 3D robotic surgical system. The operating room is equipped with two large 110 inch stereoscopic displays allowing the surgical team to view the patient with the same precision as the surgeon. With the aid of special polarized glasses, the surgical team gains better clarity, brilliant colors and refined details that allow them to better assist the surgeon who can operate with greater precision. Other Surgical Treatment Options Cleveland Clinic Florida also offers a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, a minimally-invasive procedure in which the surgeon removes the prostate gland by making button-hole incisions. Through these incisions, the surgeon uses a tiny camera and surgical instruments to conduct the

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operation and remove the prostate. Comprehensive Cancer Care Cleveland Clinic Florida is uniquely designed to offer comprehensive and compassionate cancer care, which often involves the cooperation of a variety of specialists, including oncologists, hematologists, radiologists and surgeons. Our experts take a team approach to each patient— lending their combined expertise to diagnose cancer accurately and completely. After diagnosis, a wide range of minimally-invasive treatment options are offered for the full spectrum of cancers; breast, prostate, lung, digestive system, ovarian, among others—many of which were pioneered by our own physicians and have since become the gold standard in cancer care. Support services are also available to help during a patient or family member’s illness. A variety of support groups are offered, open to anyone facing cancer, giving an opportunity to share experiences and concerns with others. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s accredited Cancer Institute is dedicated to bringing patients the best cancer care available. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, the comprehensive approach to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery means that patients receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of experts from day one. This approach not only helps patients fight the disease, but also provides comfort and strength along their journey. To find your Cleveland Clinic Cancer expert, call 800.639.DOCTOR, or visit clevelandclinicflorida.org


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CONSEQUENCES OF FAD DIETS YO-YO DIETING MESSES UP YOUR METABOLISM “WHEN I HEARD you had a cancellation, I rearranged my schedule so I could come in today.” Wendy was obviously excited about seeing me. “Thank you for fitting me in.” “I spend over 80 minutes with each new patient, so I have to limit the number of new patients I see each week; otherwise, there wouldn’t be any time to take care of my established patients.” “Dr. Woliner, I understand completely. I just want to get better.” “Tell me more.” “Ever since high school, I’ve been on one diet or another. Up until the last five years or so, I was always able to drop 20-30 pounds no problem [1].” “But?” “But I’d always gain it back, and now, even when I starve myself, I can’t lose an ounce!” “Yo-yo dieting messes up your metabolism. 65% of the weight lost is just water and muscle [2]. Not only do crash dieters lose their hair, get gallstones, and gain their weight back within a year, they increase their cortisol levels so much that makes it hard to ever lose weight again [3].” I continued, “So what diets have you done?” “What haven’t I done, you mean! Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, of course. Diet clinics prescribed appetite

suppressants, laxatives and diuretics [4]. I even did over a dozen of the fad diets that are touted in Women’s World Weekly. Sprinkling Sensa on my food, hCG shots, and diet cookies you buy from the kiosk at the mall. I hate to admit it, but I’m one of the ones that fell for that Kimkins scam.” “Heidi Diaz, a.k.a. Kimberly Drake, had a lot of people fooled with her “after pictures” which were lifted of off ‘Russian Bride’ websites [5]. The trick all these diets use is that starvation itself causes a lack of appetite [6]. ‘SNATT’ is what they call it. Slightly Nauseous All The Time.” “Nausea was only part of my troubles. At 37, my periods stopped early, and my GYN is convinced that all these fad diets had something to do with it. My heart even started skipping a beat – my doc said ‘QTsomething …” “Prolonged QT interval. That’s serious; some people have died from that [7]. Ironically, the most dangerous time is when you start eating again after prolonged dieting.” “Dr. Woliner, I’m through with all those pill-mill diet clinics. So many of them wouldn’t let me use my drug plan, instead, they forced me to buy overpriced drugs right from their office. I’m coming here because I know

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how important it is to see a board-certified doctor, one that still goes to the hospital in case I need you.” I finished my exam. “In addition to measuring your metabolic rate, I also want to send a note to your primary care physician, to coordinate care.” Wendy’s metabolic rate was “minus 16%”, indicative of a slow metabolism [8]. Blood tests confirmed CENTRAL HYPOTHYROIDISM (suppressed TSH) INSULIN RESISTANCE (elevated HOMA-IR), and ADRENAL FATIGUE (high cortisol) [9]. I then prescribed a comprehensive plan of behavior changes, diet modification, exercise, supplements, and even some medications [10]. Three months later, she came back to check her progress. “Dr. Woliner, I’m no longer shedding hair in the shower, but better yet, the scale is starting to move. Just this last month, I lost another six pounds!”

REFERENCES: [1] Roberts DC. Quick weight loss: sorting fad from fact. Med J Aust. 2001 Dec 3-17;175(11-12):637-40. [2] Yang MU, Van Itallie TB. Composition of weight lost during short-term weight reduction. Metabolic responses of obese subjects to starvation and low-calorie ketogenic and nonketogenic diets. J Clin Invest. 1976 Sep;58(3):722-30. [3] Trozak DJ. Letter: Hair loss after therapy with chorionic gonadotropin. Arch Dermatol. 1976 Jul;112(7):1035. Yo-yo dieting promotes gallstones. Health News. 1999 Apr 15;5(5):5. Ballin JC, White PL. Fallacy and hazard. Human chorionic gonadotropin500-calorie diet and weight reduction. JAMA. 1974 Nov 4;230(5):693-4. [4] Pi-Sunyer FX. Dietary practices in obesity. Bull N Y Acad Med. 1982 Apr;58(3):263-74. [5] Wood D. Kimkins Diet Rolls On Despite Founder’s Excess Poundage. Feb 25, 2008. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/02/kimkins.html [6] Andik I, et al. The effect of starvation on food intake and selection. Acta Physiol Hung. 1951;2(3-4):363-8. [7] Petrov DB. Starvation diets as a cause of acquired long QT syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Apr 7;150(7):501. [8] Bradfield RB, Jourdan M. Energy expenditure of obese women during weight loss. Am J Clin Nutr. 1972 Oct;25(10):971-5. [9] Grant AM, et al. Thyroidal hormone metabolism in obesity during semi-starvation. Clin Endocrinol(Oxf). 1978 Sep;9(3):227-31. Tomiyama AJ, et al. Low calorie dieting increases cortisol. Psychosom Med. 2010 May;72(4):357-64. [10] Kolasa KM, et al. Weight loss strategies that really work. J Fam Pract. 2010 Jul;59(7):378-85.

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COULD YOU BE OVERPAYING YOUR PROPERTY TAXES? YOU SHOULD ONLY PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE

SETH D LUBIN, ESQ. Law Office of Seth D. Lubin, P.A. Member of the Executive Council of the Tax Section of the Florida Bar 2625 Weston Road Weston, FL 33331 (954) 660-3556 LubinLawFirm.com Each August we receive a Notice of Proposed Taxes in the mail, stating the amount of taxes that we are going to have to pay later in the year. This amount is based on 2 factors: 1) the value of your home; and 2) the millage or tax rate in your area. Although there is not too much we can do about the millage rate, the State of Florida allows each homeowner the right to appeal the value of their home. Since the value of your home is directly related to the amount of taxes you pay, if you lower the value, your taxes should lower as well. However, the world of property taxes can be very confusing. Although the State allows you to appeal, the process is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, the odds are against you. A report from the Florida Auditor General stated that “petitioners who choose to represent themselves at the hearings were often not adequately prepared to present their cases.” Why? Well, there are many steps involved in the process. First, you have determine if you are a candidate for reduction. It’s very possible that your value is correct, and in that case, you are wasting your time (and money) appealing.

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Next, you have fill out and file your petition with the Value Adjustment Board. After that, you will have to enter into an evidence exchange with the Property Appraiser – but be careful. If you do not send the evidence, you will not be able to present your case at the hearing. Further, the evidence must conform to the requirements of Florida Statutes, Florida Rules of Evidence, the Florida Administrative Code and the Regulations form the Department of Revenue. Then, you will have to argue against the property appraiser at a hearing in front of a Special Magistrate of the Value Adjustment Board. But, don’t let that stop you from only paying your fair share! The Law Firm of Seth D. Lubin, P.A. has taken the pain out of appealing your property taxes. We have over 21 years of fighting property taxes in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, and we can do the same for you. The law firm is located in Broward C o u n t y , iar and is very familiar ve with the exclusive neighborhoods of e, Fort Lauderdale, e, Weston, Davie, P a r k l a n d , d Plantation and Southwest Ranches. The Law Firm of Seth D. Lubin, P.A. focuses on high-end residential and commercial properties, and caters to those with ued at over properties valued

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$1,000,000. Finding out if you are candidate for reduction couldn’t be easier! We recently developed a program that allows us to be able to tell a homeowner, within seconds, whether or not we think their home is over-valued and whether there is a possibility of getting a tax refund. This is a free, no obligation service that we offer our clients! Just give us a call at (954) 660-3556 for your free valuation analysis. If it is determined that you are candidate, the Law Office of Seth D. Lubin, P.A. can represent you on a contingency basis, meaning that if there is no refund, there is no fee (other than a $50 retainer fee that includes the filing fee required by the County and the preparation for the hearing). The Law Office of Seth D. Lubin, P.A. can be reached at (954) 660-3556, or email Seth@ LubinLawFirm.com. Visit his site at www.LubinLawFirm.com for more information.


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PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE REPAIRS: CONSIDERING THE OPTIONS Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common condition affecting many adult women today. The exact prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse is difficult to determine. However, the lifetime risk of requiring at least 1 operation to correct incontinence or prolapse is estimated at approximately 11%. About 200,000 inpatient procedures are performed annually in the United States. In Pelvic organ prolapse, the vagina and the organs surrounding and supporting it descend from their normal position. When the descent involves the bladder it is termed cystocele. Likewise, when the descent involves the rectum and the intestines it is termed rectocele and enterocele respectively. The descent of the uterus (uterine prolapse) through the vagina is not uncommon. The severity of the condition is based on the degree of the descent. Patients can present with isolated or a combination of the aforementioned conditions. An intense network of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue collectively support and hold the pelvic organs in their normal position. Weakening or collapse the support leads to prolapse of the pelvic organs namely: vagina, bladder, rectum and the uterus. Childbirth may lead to weakening of the pelvic support. Pregnancy itself, without vaginal birth has also been cited for weakening the support structures. Menopause and lack of estrogen are predisposing factors for POP. The common symptoms relating to POP are pressure in the vagina,

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A comedian on late-night television did a funny bit about a guy who hoisted his lawn mower up to trim his shrubs. After the blade hit a hidden branch in the hedge and flipped over, the lawn mower chopped off one of his arms. That wasn’t the funny part. Once the one-armed homeowner recovered, he found a lawyer to sue the lawn mower manufacturer. Why? Because the box did not include a warning that the product should not be used as a hedge trimmer. Believe it or not, the homeowner won the suit. That wasn’t the funny part, either. The funny part was that the lawn mower did come with a warning not to pick it up and use it as a hedge trimmer. Where was the warning? It was the words “Lawn mower” printed on the side of the box. Last month I was at a conference in Indianapolis and went to grab breakfast. I lowered half a bagel into the toaster and looked for something to spread on it. Here’s what I found: The peanut butter label pointed out that the peanut butter had peanuts in it. Funny, I thought the word “peanut” made that pretty clear. And the cream cheese label said that it contained dairy. Really? I was pretty sure that both the words “cream” and “cheese” suggested that there would be some dairy involved. I have a friend whose son has a potentially fatal peanut allergy so I understand it’s critical to know when peanuts are present. And my daughter is a committed vegan, so I also understand the importance of knowing when there’s dairy in a dish. And finally, the lawn mower story reminds us all of legal liability. But c’mon, what’s more obvious than peanuts in peanut butter or dairy in cream cheese? In the effort to communicate clearly, we sometimes become masters of the obvious and tell people what they already know — that our law firm handles legal cases, our accounting company files taxes or our motivational speech is about motivation. And in the effort to communicate we sometimes tell people what they don’t care about at all — how many computers we own, how many locations we have or how many years we’ve been in business. But while we’re busy saying all this, what we don’t say is how what we do will make our prospects’ lives better. Why our law firm provides peace of mind. Why our accounting firm helps assure their family’s future. How our motivational speech will help our audiences achieve their goals. Now I already know what you’re thinking, “Sure Bruce,

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