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Second Community Meeting with Davie Town Administrator Scheduled -
The next Community Meeting hosted by Town of Davie Administrator Gary Shimun is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Old Davie School located at 6650 Griffin Road in District 2. All Davie residents and business owners are invited to attend and talk to the Town Administrator. The purpose of these community meetings is to have a dialog of sharing between the Town Administrator (The Town’s CEO who is responsible for the day to day operations) and the residents and the business owners of Davie. Topics to be discussed include: Town accomplishments; budget and finance; services: such as code compliance, public safety, permitting, parks & recreation, public works, and housing; communications; economic development; citizen concern. If you have questions, contact the Town at 954-797-1027.
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Held the second Friday of each month during through August. Participants will enjoy poolside bingo with fun prizes followed by family fun games in the pool. Small pool floats, masks, and pool toys allowed. Dates for Poolside Friday, are May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, from 6 - 8 PM. Cost: Regular entrance fee to the pool at the Cooper City Pool & Tennis Center. For more information call 954-436-7300.
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bringing educational and cultural programs to Broward County. May 16th at 2 p.m. jazz singer and entertainer, Debbie Orta, will discuss the development of jazz from the great performances of the past century to the contemporary jazz scene. As you listen to her unique voice you will marvel as echoes from the past waft through the classics and her own compositions. Programs are held at the Alvin Sherman Library at NOVA, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie, 33314, 954262-5477. The public is welcome to these free events. To learn more about Culture Vultures, Inc. please log onto our website www.cvultures.com.
Family”Ceramics Night Out” with Gail -
Enjoy creating a special ceramics piece with your child, then taking it home that night! Held at the Cooper City Community Center. Children must be in first grade and up. Must pre-register at the Community Center. Call 954-434-4300 x 233 for more information.Cost is $10.00 per family, plus $10.00 per child for project materials. Friday Nights: 6:30 - 8:30PM. May 21st “Fathers Day Project”(No June Class); July 16th “Pick A Project”; August 20th “Back To School Project”. Come at 6:00 and join the “Pizza Crowd”... reserve a space for you and your kids by phoning ahead at 954434-4300 x233 and feeding your whole family pizza for $6.00!.
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Communities for the Deaf or Disabled is honoring their heroes...individuals who, through their determination, spirit, and positive outlook, overcome the obstacles of living with a disability, lovingly care for those who are disabled or those who have a heart for our mission. The event will be held at St. Bonaventure Parish Hall located at 1301 Southwest 136th Avenue in Davie. The Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction begin at 6:30 pm, followed by a Buffet Dinner, Awards Presentations and Dancing. For more information, visit the website www. schottcommunities.org or call 954-434-3306.
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Family Bike Ride “Tour de Cooper” Begins at the Cooper City Sports Complex at 7:30 am. Cost: Complimentary, bring a canned food donation. Join in on a non-competitive 3 mile, 6 mile, or 12 mile bike ride. Enjoy music and refreshments after the ride. All bike safety rules apply. Youth 16 & under must wear their helmets. Registration forms available online or at the Community and Pool & Tennis Centers. Visit www.coopercityfl.org or call 954-434-4300 X233.
Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony and Cook-Out Parade runs along Davie Rd. from
SW 39th St. to The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. Ceremony will be at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Parade begins at 10 am (line-up at 9:30am) and Ceremony begins at 11am. Sponsored by The Town of Davie and The Boy Scouts of America South Florida Council Scoutmasters Camporee Committee. Memorial Day gives all patriotic Americans an opportunity to honor the sacrifices that so many devoted men and women made to keep and to protect our freedom. Join us on Memorial Day to remember our American heroes. Veterans and Military please wear your uniform. Cook-Out presented by Veteran’s of Foreign War Davie Post 9697 from 1 pm - 8 pm with live music by Thunderhead, games, food, raffles and prizes. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All times, dates and activities are subject to change.
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erhaps the most difficult job I’ve ever had has been my 24/7/365 role as a parent. It is both trying and triumphant, each day bringing different challenges and endless joy, sometimes simultaneously. As we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day it seems fitting that our cover story is about the remarkable work of Dr. Gelman and his staff at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. This issue is also packed with articles that celebrate the achievements of our local youth as well as stories about area businesses that are here to serve you. We know that everybody has a story to tell… so enjoy reading the “stories” in this issue!
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Green Thumb Gardening Flamingo Road Nursery Celebrates Earth Day
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Community News Democratic Club Keeps Members Informed of Hot Issues By Debby Teich
ooper City’s Bea Schwartz attended her first Democratic Club meeting more than 22 years ago. It was around the same time she met John Gaudiosi, a candidate for County Court Judge. Schwartz agreed to manage his campaign and helped him get elected. Schwartz stayed active in the group and eventually joined the DavieCooper City Democratic Club, where she has been president for the past 13 years. “The club gives us an opportunity to change things and make a difference,” said Schwartz. “We have accomplished so much over the years.” The Davie-Cooper City Democratic Club was founded 27 years ago. It currently has 40 members who range in age. Membership typically grows during a national campaign or when controversial local issues arise. Most of the members live in the Davie-Cooper City area, although it is not a requirement. All of the members are staunch Democrats interested in helping party members get elected to local, state and national positions. The group meets the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bamford Multi-purpose facility, 3801 S Pine Island Rd. Meetings are not as structured as some of the other Democratic clubs in the area. A guest speaker is featured at each meeting. Some of the speakers have included Representative Debbie Wasserman
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Schultz, Representative Evan Jenne, School Board Member Robin Bartleman, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes and many others. Democratic candidates that are running for office are also recognized and given an opportunity to speak. Laurie Rich Levinson, non-partisan, who is running for Broward County School Board, District 6, recently spoke to the group. During the meetings, members discuss issues related to guns, schools, health care and much more. They have an opportunity to express their different points of view during a question and answer session. According to Schwartz, members enjoy the discussions so much that the guest speakers frequently have to chase them out. Cheryl Whiteman has been a member since 1992. She got involved after meeting Bea Schwartz at a phone bank where they helped Bill Clinton get elected the first time. Whiteman still participates in phone banks and door-to-door canvases for every election. “The club is a great way for Democratic candidates to get exposure and for members to discuss important issues,” said Whiteman. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Bea Schwartz at 954-476-6985.
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Community News Student Artists Capture the Images of the Everglades
By Debby Teich
uch of Broward County is surrounded by canals and waterways which are home to fish, birds, alligators and an abundance of wildlife. Last month, students were asked to take a close look at their environment and capture the images on paper for the fourth annual “Everglades Eyes: What Children See” art contest, sponsored by the Old Davie School, in partnership with Central Broward Water Control District. The contest was open to all 4th and 5th grade public and private school students that live within the CBWCD. There were 118 students, from six schools, who submitted work. They expressed themselves in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, photography, collage and other mediums. “The kids are so gifted at depicting the relationship between nature and animals,” said Patti Koch, director of the Old Davie School. “We hope that the contest will help them appreciate their surroundings and understand the importance of protecting the Everglades in the future.” The artwork included a wide variety of images from the Everglades. In “Big Eyes,” for example, Franchesca Linares of Gloria Dei Lutheran School mixed colors with depth and dimension to illustrate a fish. In “Mother Guards Her Young,” Felipe Lopez of Griffin Elementary School depicted an alligator guarding her nest. In “Pink Walk,” Natalia Rodriguez of St. Mark’s Catholic School used color and perspective to show the water from a bird’s point of view. The winners, selected by a distinguished panel of judges, were announced at an awards ceremony last month at the Old Davie School Museum. The following were the winners: 1st Place, Felipe Lopez, Griffin Elementary; 2nd Place, Elissa Lara, St. Mark’s Catholic School; 3rd Place, Emily Suero, St. Mark’s Catholic School; Honorable Mention, Coleman Nelson, St. Mark’s Catholic School; Honorable Mention, Natalia Rodriguez, St. Mark’s Catholic School. Each was presented with a United States Savings Bond. The CBWCD consists of a 45 sq. mile area that includes more than 100 miles of canals, located within six cities and towns, as well as unincorporated areas of Broward County. The idea for the contest was developed in response to an educational program it offers to 4th and 5th classes at public and private schools within the District’s boundaries. Constance Ruppender, outreach coordinator, visits the schools to teach them about the history of the Everglades; the characteristics of wetlands and what they can do to preserve them; how the Everglades watershed functions and what they can do to prevent pollution; jobs in water management and much more. After most visits, the students send the CBWCD thank you notes, many of which contain drawings. Ruppender said they decided to sponsor the contest to encourage the students to connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world. “Our water management system is one of the best in the world,” said Ruppender. “We must shape the attitudes of the next generation and encourage them to take care of it.” The artwork will be on exhibit in the museum through May 28. For more information on the Old Davie School Museum, call 954-797-1044 or visit www.olddavieschool. org. For more information on the CBWCD Office, call 954-432-5110.
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Winners of the art contest pose with Old Davie School’s Executive Director Patti Koch and Davie School Foundation President Carrie Jean Weekley.
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school news Indian Ridge’s Hoops for Heart Raises more than $20,000
hen Regina Lendinara, athletic director, asked a room full of Indian Ridge Middle School students whether they know someone who has high blood pressure; has had a heart attack or has problems associated with heart disease, most raised their hands. The students were gathered for a pep rally to kick off the school’s Hoops for Heart fundraising event, sponsored by the enrichment department, with help from the PTA. “Although the students are all aware of heart disease, most think it does not affect them directly,” said Lendinara. “We want to make sure that they understand the importance of having a healthy heart and know how to keep it that way.” Indian Ridge has always been a top fundraiser in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs, sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise money to support lifesaving heart and stroke research. They continue to raise more money each year, even in a difficult economy. Last year, Sam Torres, computer science teacher, agreed to shave his head if the students raised more than $20,000. They met their goal, placing 2nd in the state and 7th in the nation for money raised. Students watched on the school’s closed circuit television as Torres shaved the pony tail he
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had worn for 20 years. He donated it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. This year, the students had six weeks to raise funds from family, friends and the community. Once again, they surpassed prior efforts, raising $20,343. Four students raised more than $150 - Joseph DiSalvo ($300), Evan Macak ($200), Reesa Lawrence ($200) and Abigail Freund ($180). Students who raised money were permitted to skip their two elective classes on March 24 for the Hoops for Heart event. They played basketball, jumped rope and participated in other activities that kept their heart rates elevated. “The idea was to come up with fun activities that would keep them moving and help out a good cause,” said Lendinara. Lendinara says that this year’s highlight was the dunk tank. For every $5 students raised, they were given a ticket to dunk a teacher. One teacher from each academic team participated, in addition to the principal, Frank Zagari. The school’s enrichment department is already searching for ways to challenge the students again next year.
“We want to make sure that they understand the importance of having a healthy heart and know how to keep it that way,” - Regina Lendinara, Indian Ridge Middle School Athletic Director
(left to right) Event Coordinators Connie Schoonover, Sherry Hogg, Sharon Quinn and Regina Lendinara (photos submitted) Principal Frank Zagari shows his spirit in the dunk tank
Indian Ridge Middle School students participate in the Hoops for Heart event
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Community News Art Exhibit Showcases Students’ Work
tudent art work from Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School will be on display in an exhibit entitled “Art and Our Schools: Our Marine Life, Our World”. The exhibit is a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Nova Art Fund. The public is invited to view the art work during the opening reception on Friday, May 7th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Art and Frame Shop, 6983 Stirling Road, Davie. Nova Eisenhower’s art teacher Kristina Caro and gallery curator William Bock are delighted to be able to exhibit the children’s creative and inspiring work. This marks their sixth annual show. The effort of Nova principal Ms. Lesser and assistant principal Mr. Jenkins to create working partnerships between the school and the business community have been instrumental in bringing about these exhibits. “The Children’s art does justice to the walls of any art gallery,” commented gallery owner and artist William Bock. He is active in his support of Nova Eisenhower Elementary School where his daughter attends 5th grade. In his gallery studio William teaches painting classes for children
School News High School Band & Color Guard Show Guaranteed To Make Audience Want More
he award winning Cooper City High School Sound of Pride Band and Color Guard proudly presents ENCORE! A musical spectacle of sound and action presented at the Cooper City High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22 at 8:00 PM and on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 PM. The show will encompass a broad range of musical styles, from marching band revues to symphonic classics to small group ensembles. The Cooper City High School Band is the recipient of many major awards, including the prestigious Otto J. Kraushshaar Award as well as the 2008 Class 4A FMBC Marching Band Championship and is under the direction of Christopher J. Schletter. Mr. Schletter has many years of experience as a musical educator, Drum Corps member and coach, and Broadway performer. “Encore! is one of our largest productions of the year,” said Schletter. “This year’s theme is “The Sound of Pride; Now and Then” and is a chance for students of all the musical programs to come together to “WOW” the audience, performing selections from the current year as well as previous years, including “Simple Gifts, Jupiter from Gustav Holsts’s “The Planets,” Bernstein’s “Candide,” visual renditions of music by Dave Matthews and Train and so much more. We hope to inspire you, move you, and maybe even make you laugh!”
Tickets for the show are $10 Adults, $7 Students, and $5 Children under 12 and will be sold at the Cooper City High School Box Office Tuesday – Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM from May 4 – 20. Special matinee price is $7 All Tickets. Tickets will also be available at the box office on each day of performance before show time.
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ages 5 – 16, on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Born in Chicago, Bock began his professional career at Indiana University, followed by an apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute and School of Sculpture in New Jersey. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 1987. As the founder of Our Oceans, Our Children, Our Future, Bock helps promote environmental awareness through art education. He has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and has participated in several museum exhibitions, winning numerous awards for his painting. “The images on display show an exceptional variety of creativity, imagination and talent,” said Bock. “The student’s awareness of environmental concerns is evident in much of their work.” To Find Out More About The Exhibit And For More Information About The Gallery Contact The Art And Frame Shop At 954-533-3974 Or Visit Www.wmgallery.com
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School News Sagemont Students Take the Stage By Stacey Bomser
or students at The Sagemont School, it’s a compliment to be called “dramatic.” The school’s growing arts department has produced three shows this Spring, one in each division. Middle School students are busy rehearsing for their performance of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” Three performances are scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20 at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus. That professional venue was the site of the Upper School’s recent production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Rupert Holmes. The musical comedy is an adaptation of the last novel written by Charles Dickens before his death. He did not finish the work. The play is traditionally performed with multiple endings and the audience participates in picking the outcome. To prepare for their performance, members of the Sagemont High School Drama Club rehearsed a Chris Merlino (left) and Dean combination of endings and Malahais perform a scene from the performed several during Sagemont Upper School’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” the course of the musical’s four-day run. “By having the audience be such a driving force in the outcome of the plot, we had to go back to one of the roots of acting which is improvisation,” explains 11th grader Chris Merlino. “This was a challenge because of the element of the unknown. We couldn’t rely just on the script.” Even Sagemont’s youngest students got a taste of the limelight this season. The
Lower School performed two sold-out shows of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids.” Fifth grader Taylor Shear commanded the stage as Cruella de Vil, but it was the puppies that stole the show, as well as the creatively-costumed cast of Scotties, Chihuahuas, Boxers and Poodles that came to their rescue. Director Irene Perez, who is also a fourth teacher at the school, says she was very proud of the young actors’ commitment and talent. “I was amazed at how quickly the children learned their lines, the songs and the dances.”
In a scene from “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Corina Lander (left) consoles cast-mate Siana Summey.
Sagemont fifth grader Taylor Schear perfectly portrayed Cruella de Vil in the Lower School production of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids.”
“I thought I would be so nervous, but when the curtain opened, I forget all about that!” shares fourth grader Sage Morris, who made her stage debut in this show. In addition to theater, Sagemont boasts a successful thespian program. The Sagemont Thespian Troupe returned from April’s annual State Thespian Competition with two Superior rankings and three Excellent rankings. The school was allowed to enter only five of its nine pieces that qualified at Districts. Tickets are now on sale for The Sagemont Middle School production of J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” Three performances are scheduled for May 18, 19, and 20 at 7:00pm at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Community members can call the theater for ticket information.
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hat do you get when you combine In his brand-new suite of ofﬁces, Dr. Vallejo has literally converted his practice from 1990s old-world professionalism with the 21st technology to that of the 21st century. Along century’s best dental technology? The best of both worlds in one—Dr. Freddy Vallejo. with his excellent education and outstanding skills, the latest technology enhances his abilities He and his staff fulﬁll their mission statement’s to offer his patients the best dentistry available. promise: That means taking digitized x-rays, for example. “Our commitment is to deliver superior, His patients are exposed to less radiation and innovative cosmetic and implant dentistry digitization gives faster answers than traditional with honesty and friendliness. Our dedicated x-rays. team will carefully identify our patients’ needs ental implants are even better with the use and exceed their expectations. Our patients of CT scans. Dr. Vallejo’s procedures are less invasive. Using the scans means better planning understand that exceptional quality, preventative for surgery. For the patient it means a more and restorative, is the way to long term health and comfort. A healthy and very happy patient is our precise placement of implants. Even teeth-whitening here is not the same. Dr. ultimate reward.” Vallejo uses a different light than those typically r. Vallejo is a graduate of Miami’s Barry used and results are very pleasing. In effect, the OUniversity with a Bachelor of Science patient gets two sessions for the cost of one. degree in biology. Vallejo received his D.D.S. from Chicago’s Northwestern University with a doctoral degree in dental surgery. Furthering his training, he completed an externship in Boulder, Colorado before attending UCLA’s residency program. He ﬁnalized his studies at Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Vallejo’s practice, which began in 1994, focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry and implant surgery. His patients are children, the elderly, and everyone in between. utstanding professionals like Dr. Vallejo are always learning. He updates his education frequently because he strives to keep up with the latest techniques in order to provide his patients with the best care. Although he had received IV Sedation Training at UCLA, Dr. Vallejo recently attended a continuing residency on IV Sedation at the University of Alabama. Conscious sedation is used when patients are apprehensive about having dental work done or when they are going to undergo a long procedure. With this service, the patient typically does not remember dental r. Vallejo’s approach to cosmetic dentistry work that was done and feels comfortable during Dlets his patients leave his ofﬁce with instant, subsequent visits. temporary orthodontics. Patients can comfortably hereas in the past, patients have required wear them until the ﬁnal restorations are in place. multiple visits, with conscious sedation they “I focus on giving my patients the best quality now have such a positive experience that much materials and labs,” he says. No matter what more can be accomplished in just one visit! Not all procedure has put you in his chair, every one of patients are good candidates (because of multiple them is equipped with satellite TV. Beyond their medical problems); however, most patients do entertainment value, the screens can be used as qualify and will beneﬁt from this procedure. monitors for visual aids when discussing plans On your ﬁrst visit to Dr. Vallejo, he will evaluate and procedures for his patients. r. Vallejo knows how difﬁcult it is to be kept you to determine whether or not you are waiting, saying, “We respect our patients’ a candidate.
tim e an d are sure to maintain appointments.” We all know the importance of twice yearly c he c kup s an d teeth cleaning. But for some, bad past experiences have kept them away from the dentist for years. If you’ve ignored your teeth, you’ll want to visit Dr. Vallejo. He won’t chastise you. He’ll assure you that, “You’ve taken the ﬁrst right step. We’ll help you have a good ﬁrst experience.” If you’re still uncertain, don’t worry. Dr. Vallejo provides sedation; anesthesia and nitrous oxide, among others to keep you relaxed and pain-free. espite the latest in technology, Dr. Vallejo says, “I’ve always been the same. I always ask, ‘how can I help?” In addition to caring for your dental health, his goal is to help patients overcome their fears, ultimately not even requesting sedation. He wants you to have a very positive experience that will change your mind about caring for your mouth. r. Vallejo’s practice is located at 101 No. Pine Island Road, Suite 101.
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Fitness Forum Knee Problems in Active People By Ellen Latham, MS
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Health & WellnesS Finally — A New Weight Loss Approach For Mother’s Day By Gabriela Rosenthal, MS
ow many times during the day do you stop to consider the important role mothers play in society? A mother can influence the lives of numerous others on a daily basis including their children, spouse, family, friends and teachers. According to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word mother is defined as, “a woman who has given birth to a child”. As I am the proud working mother of four great kids, I understand the pressure and importance of being the perfect role model for our children. As we head into the month of May we pause to reflect and appreciate the upcoming holiday of Mother’s Day. As women, we sometimes lose sight of just how much power we can actually wield when we want to. In between caring for our family, friends and financial needs we often take ourselves for granted and place everyone else’s needs in front of our own. I proclaim that we no longer have to take a back seat to the needs of others. This month I am putting forth a challenge to all women. I want each and every one of you to start taking better care of yourself. Little do you know, but by putting yourself first you will give your children an invaluable gift. Several years ago I tipped the scale at 260 pounds. At the time, I was completely focused on the wants and needs of my children; I never realized how much undo stress I was placing upon myself, my children and my husband. Considering where I was at during that stage in my life made me realize the following truth. It is nearly impossible for a size 24 woman to maintain an adequate amount of energy, stamina and discipline to be in charge and take control over any situation that may arise from her children. Personally, I was always tired and suffering from relentless back and hip pain. Migraine, headaches and asthma attacks became a routine part of my week. At the onset of my migraine pain, the smallest amount of sound or light made me nauseous. The slightest movement would send my entire body into a panic in anticipation of the discomfort about to befall me. At times, things got so bad for me that my family no longer socialized with any of our friends, and we seldom went outside to do activities because of the embarrassment I felt and the insecurities I carried with me everywhere I went. The thought of going out on a date with my husband would never enter my mind, inevitably resulting in the resentment I felt he held toward me. I was scared and felt very alone in the world. I was unsure what type of future my family, and I were inheriting from my downward spiral of unhappiness. In reality, what it took was a traumatic experience and 45 seconds of my life to fully understand that I had to change. I could not continue this way any longer. One day, I was driving home from my girlfriend’s house with my four children and I suffered a severe asthma attack. As I gasped for my next breath of air, I reached into my purse and realized I could not find my inhaler. I started to panic, and I pulled over to call my husband on the phone. I struggled to tell him that I could not breathe as it felt like I was suffocating to death. I told him where we were pulled over, and he raced to the scene with my inhaler in hand. After using the inhaler my lungs began to relax and my breathing became normal again. As I pulled into my driveway, I realized how lucky I was to be home again with my family. This was the moment in my life when I understood how out of control my life had become and how frequent my panic attacks were becoming. The next day my husband brought me a picture of myself he had just downloaded from the computer. He asked me to keep the picture with me as a reminder of what I was doing to myself. The picture and his words helped me understand the sad and painful truth. The person he had married was now trapped and living inside a shell of a body where it did not belong. It was time to unzip the costume I had been wearing for so long and allow the real Gabriela to return. My personal challenge
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to all women is to acknowledge the difficulties in our lives and put ourselves first. Over time I struggled to lose my excess weight but soon after, I immersed myself in the study of bariatric medicine with Elisabeth Cohn-Gelwasser, MD. Today, the knowledge I have gained and the personal experience I possess allows me to successfully teach other people the proper way to get healthy. This can be accomplished by understanding that we all have the inner strength to take care of ourselves and the loved ones in our lives. All that is needed is to align ourselves with the right team to feel empowered. To accomplish this task I surrounded myself with the leading experts in the weight loss field. Here are a few recommendations I would like to share with you in order to put yourself first and take back control of your life. Metabolism is a word that everyone talks about. We often times consider what it really means and how it effects our daily lives. Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) that your body burns while at rest. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) has a direct connection with muscles in your body and is related to your pattern of eating. Our bodies make a natural physiological shift starting in our mid 20’s for women, with men experiencing this shift to a lesser degree. We tend to lose about 1015 percent of lean body mass every decade. We lose approximately 7 pounds of lean muscle tissue and gain 15 pounds of body fat every decade. Obviously this changes the shape of our body as well as slowing down the way we burn the food we eat. In a woman’s mid 40’s, we may have lost 15 pounds of muscle tissue and replaced it with 30 pounds of fat. Routinely, the scales will tell us that we have gained 15 pounds; however, the situation is actually much worse underneath the surface. Muscle tissue is precious. It is the part of the body that drives that much needed metabolism and its loss leads to a drain of vitality, vigor and energy. Unfortunately, the situation gets worse for women after menopause. Due to dramatic changes in hormones the rate of muscle tissue loss doubles. The risk of osteoporosis greatly increases and bone loss occurs. On a positive note, we have learned that these unhealthy changes are the result of not enough muscle building and maintaining activity. This reality can be altered and reversed by simply putting a proper exercise program in place. Make sure your routine consists of strength training and remember to always eat properly. Keep in mind; it is a well known fact that the body requires less energy as we get on in age. Just in time for spring, the Center is offering a no-obligation initial consultation at a reduced rate in an effort for patients to get healthy for summer. The specialist at our center will determine how much weight you could expect to lose and discuss various program options designed to meet your long term goals. Gabriela Rosenthal, the author, is a weight loss specialist with The Center for Medical Weight Loss at University Drive and the face of the Physicians are Changing the Shape of America, a national advertising campaign with CMWL. She has personally lost more than 130 pounds and realized the battle most people fight with weight loss. The Center has helped her overcome these struggles as well as thousands of others. She has inspired millions of people with her weight loss story after helping them shed weight by getting healthy. Gabriela has appeared on numerous television channels, including NBC and Fox, and has been published in a variety of national and regional magazines. For more information, visit http://cmwl.org or call 954-966-5700 to start your own success story. The Center is conveniently located at 2209 N University Drive in Pembroke Pines. You can email Gabriela directly at Gabriela@cmwl.org for more healthy advice.
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Prempro/Premarin Vs. Bio‑Identical Hormone Therapy
ould you be comfortable taking a drug that was prescribed to you for menopausal symptoms for only a five year period knowing that if taken longer, it would substantially increase your risk for cardiovascular and cerbrovascular disease not to mention breast cancer and blood clots? What would happen to your symptoms after 5 years when you stop the medication? What is being depleted in the body to cause such symptoms and are there safer alternatives? Numerous articles have been published about HRT (hormone replacement therapy) since the 1990’s when a large study called the Women’s Healthcare Initiative (WHI) was prematurely stopped due to the negative outcomes associated with the use of synthetic hormones Prempro (combination of oral conjugated estrogen and oral medroxyprogesterone acetate) and Premarin (oral conjugated estrogen). Unfortunately, after the study the press had grouped all hormones to be alike - synthetic and bio-identical hormones making the public at large believe all hormones were associated with the same negative outcomes studied in the WHI: Premarin and Prempro (synthetic hormones). This conclusion is simply not true. Let me explain…
Fundamental Principles Synthetic vs. Bio-Identical Hormones: Bio-Identical Hormones are usually derived from plant sources and their chemical structure is biologically identical to the hormones we have in our bodies. The incidence of having a reaction from these Bioidentical Hormones is extremely low or non-existent due to their identical chemical makeup that we have in our own bodies. However, this is unlike their synthetic counterparts the most common being Premarin & Prempro. Premarin (synthetic oral conjugated estrogen) which is routinely prescribed to combat the symptoms of menopause is derived from a pregnant horse’s urine. Premarin is associated with unfavorable side effects to include an increased incidence in breast cancer. Prempro is also derived from a pregnant horses’ urine and combined with progestin which is the most commonly prescribed form of combined HRT that has been shown to be unsafe over the medium term (5 years) in the WHI trial substantially increasing one’s risk of cardiovascular and cerbrovascular disease, breast and uterine cancer and blood clots. On the other hand bio-identical progesterone unlike progestin has been demonstrated in hundreds of medical journals to have positive natural influences on the body such as: synergy with Estradiol. Progesterone protects the uterine lining from overgrowth/ carcinogenesis caused by estrogen. Progesterone has favorable cardiovascular effects, anti-inflammatory, natural diuretic and bone protection. Bio-Identical Estradiol also has positive cardiac effects to include: vasodilatation, reduction of vascular proliferation and inflammatory response and decreased sympathetic activity which is imperative to maintaining a healthy heart considering cardiovascular disease is the number cause of death in women.
Delivery Method The preferred method of delivery for any type of medication is to maintain an even homeostatic level (constant level with no high peaks and lows) constantly with the least amount of medication ingested by the body to receive the desired therapeutic
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Although, the synthetic hormones Premarin and Prempro relieve menopausal symptoms, it is with what cost to one’s health? It is without doubt that after five effect. In the case of hormone replacement therapy the number one preferred years of being placed on these medications they should be stopped – due the clinical replacement is bio-identical hormones due to the positive effects they create on the data published in the WHI trial. It simply does not make since to pacify symptoms body and the superior method of delivery is pellet therapy. Bio-identical Hormone for 5 years with such potentially life threatening side effects when there are safer Pellet therapy is simply bio-identical hormones placed in the body underneath alternatives available. Bio-Identical hormone pellet therapy is the preferred method to the skin allowing the body to consume the hormones as needed. The delivery of treat hormonal insufficiency because of the way it mimics your own body’s physiology. hormone therapy is constant and the hormones placed under the skin are 100% bio- There is no limitation on the length of therapy and the positive improvement of identical and absorbed by the body. The pellet therapy works in conjunction with menopausal symptoms, bone health, skin health, and cardiovascular effects to name your own body and does not shut down the ability of your own body to produce just a few have been well documented. Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy offers hormones. The other benefits of pellet therapy are the amount of hormone dosage you the option to improve your symptoms and quality of life without the harmful placed is specifically catered to the individuals’ size, symptoms and hormone levels effects associated with synthetic hormones. – everyone does not receive the same dose. The amount of dosage with pellet therapy Written by Dr. Jean Claude Nerette who is certified in Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet is designed to give the best therapeutic effect while using the least amount of bioTherapy. Dr. Nerette owns and practices at Bellissimo Medical Spa & Salon. At identical hormone replacement. On the other hand, Premrin and Prempro which Bellissimo we strike the perfect balance between the clinical and the luxurious. We have set dosaging and not tailored to the individual’s needs for replacement and are provide an all-inclusive facility where you can receive salon services, as well as a ingested orally. The synthetic hormone(s) must undergo extensive processing - first visit with a Board Certified Physician for all your medical and health care needs. passing through the stomach and then metabolizing in the liver prior to having any With a passion for safety, service and innovation, we are committed to exceeding desired effect. The concentration that is swallowed with the synthetic hormones is ten the expectations of our clients. Bellissimo Medical Spa & Salon is located at 2665 times the concentration necessary to obtain enough hormone for the targeted organ Executive Park Drive, Suite #3,Weston, 954.384.8989. Call us for your complimentary compounding the possibility of reactions and side effects. consultation to see if Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy is right for you.
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ardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in our nation. Over 70% of the US population is overweight and over 30% is considered obese. The combination of obesity and sedentary lifestyle is now the number 2 preventable cause of cardiovascular disease, second only to smoking. Many believe that it will soon become the number 1 preventable cause of heart disease. Additionally, certain cancers have a higher incidence in overweight people. Being overweight also contributes to a variety of other medical conditions including adult onset/type-2 diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, hyperlidemia (elevated cholesterol and triglycerides), sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and degenerative arthritis, just to name a few. These illnesses adversely affect the quality of our lives as well as drain our personal finances. Medical illness negatively impacts our personal and professional productivity and further depletes our economy because these conditions increase absenteeism and decrease bottom line profits. Health insurance costs keep going up. Many of the above conditions may be reversed or prevented if you are able to achieve a healthy weight. Despite this, often our health insurance does NOT cover weight loss programs, medically supervised or not. Many employers recognize this huge financial drain that is attributable to increased health insurance costs, as well as diminished employee productivity, and have become proactive by either funding weight loss and wellness programs for their employees directly or by insisting that their health insurance company provide an effective weight loss and wellness program to their employees. If you are overweight and have struggled to lose weight you are well aware of how difficult it is to lose pounds. Many of us have tried a variety of ‘weight loss programs’ and may have been able to achieve some success, but in all likelihood if you are still reading this, you have not been able to ‘keep it off’. You are not alone; most people share your experience. In fact, the national success rate for sustained weight loss is estimated by some to be less than 10% over time. Most people inaccurately believe or accept that as one gets older it is natural to get heavier. This makes no empiric sense. As you get older, bone and muscle mass tend to decrease. Why would anyone assume it is natural to gain weight with age as the structures that support our weight are less capable of doing just that? This is one reason why many of us experience the aches and pains of ’getting older’ as we also gain weight. THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SO. If you think back to your last trip to Disney World, you were able to get a glimpse of middle aged Americans who are typically overweight, in contrast to Europeans and elder Asians, who typically are not. What makes us different? Certainly genetics does in part but it is reported that as Asians move to the USA and adopt a Western lifestyle, their weight increases and so do the illnesses that are associated with a Western lifestyle. If they move back to their native country, their weight comes off. Furthermore, as our Western lifestyle is adopted in China, obesity is increasing and so are the illnesses that are associated with it and are endemic in our country. These facts provide us with good insight as to what has led us to gain weight and keep us overweight. Only when we begin to understand the root cause of our country’s weight problem and what keeps us there are we able to come up with a true and lasting solution to this problem. In the coming issues I will explain this in terms that are clear and make sense, so you can see how we, as a society and as individuals, have gotten to where we are today, and how we can implement life changing strategies to gain control over food as opposed to food having control over us! You might be surprised, and you will be empowered! Dr. Barry Schiff is currently the Medical Director of University Wellness and Weight Loss Centers, LLC located in Pembroke Pines, FL, and is a board certified Cardiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has served as both the Chief of Medicine and Chief of the Medical Staff of Memorial Hospital Pembroke and as the President/CEO of University Heart Institute Cardiovascular Group, LLC.
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They are expecting about 75 families, with “Gelman babies” ranging in age from newborns to teenagers. The event promises to be a fun-filled day for kids and parents alike. It’s a chance for families to share their stories and experiences in parenthood. Children will enjoy the bounce house, games and sno-cones. Dr. Gelman’s office is selling raffle tickets. Prizes Patients of Dr. Kenneth Gelman got together for the 1st Annual Gelman Family Picnic at CB Smith Park. Dozens of families attended the have been donated by local businesses. All proceeds picnic to honor Dr. Gelman for his role in helping them realize their dream of becoming a family. Bonnie Schwartzberg helped organize the picnic with his office staff. Bonnie is the proud mother of one year-old daughter, Addison. Dr. Gelman and his staff have helped from the ticket sale will benefit families struggling with hundreds of South Florida couples become parents. His practice, Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward, is located infertility. Similar to a scholarship, money will be given at 9900 Stirling Rd, Suite 300, in Cooper City. To learn more, visit www. infertilitybroward.com or contact the office at 954-432-2228. to needy patients to help cover the costs of medication, or years Dr. Kenneth Gelman has taken great pride in providing patients at which is typically not covered by medical insurance. Infertility medication can cost Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward with the highest up to $5000 per cycle. level of service and personalized care. Through his new collaboration with Dr. Gelman is a Board Certified Endocrinologist, who subspecialties exclusively the prestigious South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine he is raising the in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He received his medical degree with bar even higher. honors from New York Medical College. Dr. Gelman completed his residency at Beginning this month, the Cooper City-based practice will be able to offer in- Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in house egg retrievals to all couples undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). “I New York. He trained with renowned infertility specialist Dr. Andrea Dunaif. Dr. am pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Wood, a reproductive endocrinology and Gelman has been in practice for over twenty years, the past six at his Cooper City infertility specialist, will be performing this procedure in our new state-of-the-art office. surgical suite,” states Dr. Gelman, Medical Director of Infertility and Reproductive Dr. Ellen Wood is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Medicine of South Broward. “She has extensive experience and a superb reputation. subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a graduate of I am confident she will become a valued member of our team.” the University of Pennsylvania and completed her medical training and residency In the past, IVF patients had to visit an off-site surgical center to complete the at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated with distinction egg extraction process. Now, all of Dr. Gelman’s patients will be able to undergo this from her clinical and research fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and procedure in the comfort and convenience of his office. Plus, because the retrieval Infertility from The Pennsylvania Hospital and Thomas Jefferson Medical College will now be performed in-house, it will be billed as part of the IVF treatment which in Philadelphia. Dr. Wood received the Philadelphia Area Reproductive Endocrine will save patients money. Society Fellow Research Award in both 1998 and 1999. She has been a member of IVF is just one of the many procedures offered by Dr. Gelman. His practice the prestigious ART laboratory team of the South Florida Institute for Reproductive provides a full range of infertility services from simple drug therapies to assisted Medicine for over ten years. reproductive technologies such as IVF and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Despite the high-tech nature of this field, Dr. Gelman prides himself on If you or someone you love is experiencing infertility, please contact Dr. Gelman maintaining a personalized, boutique-style practice. He sees all patients and performs at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. In the comforts of all procedures, with the exception of the egg retrieval. his private office, he and his caring staff will perform a thorough evaluation and “My staff and I understand that being involved in infertility treatment is stressful explain all of your treatment options. The practice works with many of the major both physically and emotionally, that is why we strive to provide all of our patients insurance companies. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelman call (954) 432with in-depth, personalized care.” 2228. His office is conveniently located at 9900 Stirling Road, Suite 300, in Cooper Dr. Gelman begins by thoroughly evaluating all new patients, both female and City. To learn more about the practice, visit www.infertilitybroward.com. male. After a comprehensive examination which includes a hormonal evaluation,
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Q: What is a stroke? A: A stroke or â€œbrain attackâ€? is damage to the brain when blood supply to part of the brain is reduced or completely stopped. Brain cells deprived of blood die and can no longer function because they stop getting oxygen and nutrients they need to function.
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Q: What You Can Do To Prevent a Stroke? A: A healthier lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing the chance of disability and death from stroke: stop or donâ€™t smoke; exercise regularly; control high blood pressure; maintain ideal body weight; limit alcohol intake; control cholesterol; improve eating habits; take medication as directed; control diabetes and regular check-ups.
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leveland Clinic Florida was named one of the nationâ€™s 100 Top HospitalsÂŽ by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. Cleveland Clinic Florida is the only teaching hospital in Florida recognized this year. It is the second time the Weston-based hospital has been named a top 100 hospital. For the past three years, Thomson Reuters has also named Cleveland Clinic Florida one of the nationâ€™s 100 Top HospitalsÂŽ in cardiovascular care. â€œCleveland Clinicâ€™s commitment to providing patients with the highest quality evidence-based care is demonstrated by the outcomes we deliver every day,â€? said Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. â€œOur model of medicine, which integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, fosters cooperation and collaboration among physicians and delivers outstanding patient care.â€? Others have recognized Cleveland Clinic Florida for delivering quality, costeffective care. The academic medical center is one of 75 U.S. hospitals to receive the Best in Valueâ„˘: Superior Quality Merit Award from the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Indexâ„˘. The index was developed from an independent analysis of more than 4,500 hospitals and focuses on performance in the categories of quality, affordability and efficiency, and patient satisfaction. In addition, the Department of Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Florida was ranked by U.S. Newsâ€™s 2009-10 publication of Americaâ€™s Best Hospitals.
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top HospitalsÂŽ: National Benchmarks study evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. The winning hospitals were announced in the March 29 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. â€œThe 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities,â€? said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners: â–¸ More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year. â–¸ Nearly 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually. â–¸ Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year. â–¸ The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.
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Home DÉcor Dine in Style By Faryal Ali, Beautiful Windows
want to share with you a most gorgeous design I recently did for a fun couple. My clients have style and classy taste. Their décor is eclectic and they wanted a softer feel in their main dining room, minus fuss. Their request was to go neutral but not bland and to use fabric but keep it light on the eyes. The end result was a cozy, elegant retreat to host dinner parties. I put operable shades made from a soft semi-sheer inside the window frame. The soft folds on the shades follow the folds on the valance and create harmony. For a splash of color, I introduced the merlot in the layering of the side panels. These panels serve to conceal the walls in between the windows and create continuity in the design. The panels are pouffed for added interest. When designing panels be creative: tied back, hang straight or pouffed as in this case. Embellish by adding trim or banding. The crowning element is the layered BEFORE valance which re-introduces the splash of merlot color. The soft folds of the valance flow with the soft folds repeated throughout the overall design. Note how well proportioned the valance is with respect to the height of the windows and the scale of the room. The true beauty of any design is apparent only when the elements of color, pattern, shape and scale work harmoniously together.
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How To Avoid Deficiency Judgments After Foreclosure, Deed in Lieu or Short Sale By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney
s terrible as it may seem to lose your home through a foreclosure, most people believe that after the foreclosure, their biggest financial headache is behind them. However, former homeowners may still be on the hook if there’s a difference between what they owed on the mortgage and what the bank sold the house at the foreclosure auction. This is called a “deficiency judgment.” Deficiency judgments are ticking time bombs that can explode years after borrowers lose their homes.
A lender also has the right to seek a deficiency judgment against homeowners who convinced their bank to approve a short sale and even in cases where the bank takes back the property through a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Releasing title does not necessarily end the debt. A mortgage has two parts: a pledge of collateral (represented by the home), and a promise to pay the loan. Lenders may release property liens to facilitate short sales without releasing borrowers from their obligations to pay. Lenders or collection agencies may wait until debtors have recovered financially before seeking a deficiency judgment. In Florida, the bank can wait up to 5 years to file. Once the court grants a deficiency judgment, the lender has 20 years to collect it. Moreover, the lender can request your financial records, garnish your wages, repossess your vehicles, and even freeze your bank accounts! In order to short-circuit lenders’ attempts to seek a deficiency judgment in the future, it is imperative that after the home is sold at foreclosure auction, the former homeowner immediately file for bankruptcy protection. Since the deficiency judgment would be considered an unsecured debt, it will be forever discharged through the bankruptcy proceeding and the bank could never collect it. In “short sale” or deed in lieu scenarios, most lenders are willing to release the deficiency judgment amount. However, many borrowers may not be aware that they have to ask for such a release. If you are pursuing a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, be sure to ask the bank to release you from any further obligation under the mortgage. If the bank refuses, bankruptcy proceedings can also avoid any liability after a short sale or return of your property to the bank through a deed in lieu. To find out more about upcoming live consumer seminars offered by the Arcia Law Firm, please visit www.arcialawfirm.com/seminar or www.arcialawfirm.com/ seminario. When registering, mention you heard about this seminar through Davie Town Times magazine, and you will receive two complimentary admission tickets.
The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to successfully represent dozens of homeowners in our community. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, if you just received a foreclosure summons, or if you just lost your home through a foreclosure and wish to avoid a deficiency judgment, please contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 1-800-770-7102, or visit www.arcialawfirm.com. We may be able to help you achieve a long term solution to your personal mortgage crisis.
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Legally Speaking What You Should Know About Mediation By Evan H. Baron, PA
any couples are choosing to attend mediation rather than seek the representation of an attorney when considering a divorce. So rather than speaking to an attorney to learn about the law, they decide to attend a mediation session, without representation; in the hopes of settling their case quickly and painlessly. In some cases this could be a good idea, since it probably would be less costly. However, as the saying goes:” penny wise and pound foolish”. You may be successful in saving costs and attorney’s fees, but you may in turn be giving up more than you should. A signed mediation settlement agreement is a binding contract between the parties. If in fact you change your mind about the distribution of property after the agreement is signed, you will generally be “stuck” with your decision. It will not be a defense that “I didn’t have an attorney”. In addition, the mediator, although usually an attorney, is not playing the role of an attorney and therefore cannot give either party legal advice. Basically you will be on your own. I am not suggesting that mediation is always the wrong decision. In fact parties who cannot reach a settlement on their own, even when represented by attorney’s, must attend mediation prior to a final hearing being set. So mediation can be a very
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the Real Deal on Real Estate Now’s The Time To Sell! moved higher. In fact - as the Fed will now gradually become a seller of their massive holdings of Mortgage Backed Securities - rates are very likely to continue to move higher still.” MMG Weekly, April 2010. Therefore, if you have been contemplating selling, you are not in a short-sale or foreclosure situation, and your home is valued at $300,000 or below, you are a hot commodity. With low inventory of non-short sale and non-REO properties, the ending of the new homebuyer’s $8000 tax credit, and the rise in interest rates, this may be your best opportunity to maximize your net proceeds on your existing property and move up to a more desirable residence while interest rates and home prices are historically low.
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s a Real Estate agent for over twenty-six years in South Broward, I find it exciting that I never know what type of day I am going to encounter. Lately, I am baffled regarding the low inventory in the –$300,000 single-family-home price range. Showing property has become quite a challenge – especially for the buyers looking in the “under $300,000” price range. If a property is well-maintained, is not a short sale, and is not a foreclosure, it is a rare treasure. In Davie, there are 45 homes for sale listed under $300,000. Of those 45 homes, 17 are short sales, 6 are REOs, and 22 are non-short sale and non-REO. In Cooper City, there are 62 homes for sale listed under $300,000. Of those 62 homes, 23 are short sales, 7 are REOs, and 32 are non-short sale and non-REO. Since the first-time homebuyer tax credit ended on April 30, 2010, this does not leave a lot of inventory in which to choose. Economics 101: Lower inventory = Higher prices. Newsflash: Interest rates are on the rise because the Federal Reserve’s Mortgage Backed Security buying program is coming to an end. And the resulting volatility for home loan rates that has already begun. “The Fed did what they set out to do - purchasing $1.25 Trillion in Mortgage Backed Securities, and succeeding in their plan to lower home loan rates and help stabilize the housing sector. And even though they stretched out the length of the program slightly - in order to soften the impact of the end of the program - the training wheels are now off, the safety net is gone, and home loan rates have already
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