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n between bites of a delicious Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by family and friends, I hope you took the time to reflect on the many things you have to be thankful for this year; all the little blessings we enjoy every day.

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Light Up Cooper City - Greet the Holiday Season during Light Up Cooper City, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cooper City’s Memorial Park, located between City Hall and the Community Center on 90th Ave. Enjoy the mini twinkle lights and luminaries, community youth performances, children’s activities and indoor craft show. Visit with Santa at the gazebo. Bring a donation of canned food items to benefit the needy. For information, visit www.coopercityfl.org.

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Tikkun Olam – Lend a helping hand at the Ann Storck Center during the Jewish Federation of Broward County’s 7th annual Tikkun Olam Day. Volunteers will spend the day painting, landscaping, mulching and participating in other activities as they show their support for the Center that helps the developmentally disabled. For information, call 954- 252-6974 or send an e-mail to bcapua@jewishbroward.org.

3rd Parade and Fair – The Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade & Fair kicks off with a parade of decorated floats, with costumed participants throwing beads and candy to the crowds. After the parade, enjoy the Holly Day Fair, with food, games, inflatables, live stage performances, face painting, prizes, balloons, and more. For information, visit www.hollydayparade.com

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reservation only. For reservations and information, call 954-434-4300 x 255. Family Ceramics – Create a special “December Holidays” ceramics piece with your child and take it home that night! Event held at the Community Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children must be in first grade and up. Must pre-register at the Community Center. Cost is $10 per family, plus $10 per child for project materials. Come at 6 p.m. and join the “Pizza Crowd.” For information, call 954434-4300, ext. 233.

21st Winter Solstice - Witness the beauty of the winter solstice sun setting on the saddle of Richard Medlock’s sculpture at Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 Volunteer Rd. There is no charge for the event. Everyone is welcome. For information, visit www.swranches.org or call 954-343-7452.

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n Dec. 11, hundreds will gather to lend a helping hand at the Ann Storck Center during the Jewish Federation of Broward County’s 7th Annual Tikkun Olam Day. The volunteers will spend the day painting, landscaping, mulching and participating in other activities as they show their support for the Center that helps the developmentally disabled. “I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday,” said Julie Cohen of Cooper City, who plans to volunteer. Tikkun Olam, which means “repair the world,” is a fundamental principal of Jewish tradition, and the day is an annual tradition for the Davie-based Jewish Federation and participating synagogues. In the past, they have provided assistance to the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Women in Distress, the Salvation Army Transitional Housing, Archways Mental Health facility and the Sexual Assault Treatment Center. “This day is dedicated to supporting our local community and helping another agency whose mission is to serve so many,” said Eric B. Stillman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. The Ann Storck Center serves more than 300 children and adults who present disabilities, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, and intellectual disabilities, on a daily basis. The Center helps enrich the lives of these children and adults through residential, preschool, adult day care training and expressive arts programs. “We are so thrilled to be working with the Jewish Federation of Broward County,” said Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Executive Director for the Ann Storck Center. “We are grateful for the passion and enthusiasm that the volunteers have shown, and we know that they will do a wonderful job beautifying our campus and helping us in a variety of areas. They have amazing energy!” Co-chairs Anita Platt and Stanley Leibowitz have been busy preparing for the event. “Giving back is in my blood,” said Platt. “I have always been involved in charitable work. Tikkun Olam Day is a visible, tangible way to help the community. It is truly gratify-

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ing to participate in a community-wide endeavor like this.” Leibowitz agreed, adding, “Tikkun Olam Day is our way of enabling members of the community to give back and help repair the world. There’s so much we can achieve when we work together.” To volunteer, register at www.jewishbroward.org. For information, call 954- 2526974, send an e-mail to bcapua@jewishbroward.org or visit www.jewishbroward. org. For information on the Ann Storck Center, visit www.annstorckcenter.org.

Southwest Ranches Residents Rescue Cats By Debby Teich

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ancy Piacentino of Southwest Ranches has always had a soft spot for animals. She spent 14 years rescuing horses and owns her own pet sitting business. When she saw a kitten trying to cross a busy intersection, there was only one thing she could do – rescue it. She made a U-turn, captured the kitten and brought it home. The next day, she found someone interested in adopting it. This simple effort has turned into much more. When Nancy visited a business owner near the place that she found the kitten, she discovered that he had more than 30 cats and none of them were spayed or neutered. “I knew that those cats would just continue to multiply,” said Nancy. “If they were not fixed, most of them would not stand a chance of surviving.” She called her friend Jennifer Dachton and together they agreed to fix the cats at their own expense. In one month, the friends have already trapped more than 45 cats. They took the cats that were the appropriate age and weight to the Humane Society, where they paid $17 per cat for spaying/neutering and a rabies shot. After, they returned the cats to the business owner, who promised to continue feeding them. The friends have also cared for 13 kittens and found homes for many of them. “It is has been so rewarding to watch the cats and kittens get healthier,” said Nancy. Nancy and Jennifer have gotten some donations to help defray the cost, but have still spent a considerable amount of their own funds. One cat even needed amputation surgery and Shirley Enterprises was kind enough to donate $200 toward expenses. “We are doing this out of the goodness of our hearts,” said Nancy. “It is just the right thing to do.” The friends are thinking about starting a 501c3 charity so they can continue to help control cat populations in other areas. Nancy Piacentino and Jennifer Dachton with four of the rescued kittens.

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strawberry sundaes and other strawberry creations. Many look forward to the club’s annual membership tea which is held in May. The public is invited to join the women for Sunday afternoon tea, sandwiches, cookies and entertainment. The nonprofit Davie group is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Women›s Clubs and is one of the oldest clubs in the district. Members meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., at 6551 Orange Dr., near City Hall. Although membership is open to anyone, most of the women in the group live in the Davie area. Priscilla Tindal has been a member since 1985 and is currently president. “I have met so many interesting women throughout the years,” said Tindal. “We have a lot of fun together and have an opportunity to help others.” The Davie Woman’s Club reflects Davie’s heritage, as well as its future. The club’s photo was included as part of a time capsule that was buried last month during Davie’s 50th birthday celebration. It will be opened by Davie residents in the year 2061.

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David and Daniel Shandor of Davie can proudly say that they share a prestigious title with notables like Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, Gerald R. Ford, Bill Gates Sr., James A. Lovell Jr. and many others. They are Troop 160’s newest Eagle Scouts. Both brothers joined the Boy Scouts in first grade as Tigers and have been working their way toward becoming Eagle Scouts, the highest David Shandor with his friends after rank attainable in the program. Requirements building a volleyball court. include earning at least 21 merit badges, as well as an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. “Scouting has provided them with so many opportunities that I could not have provided as a single mom,” said the boys’ mother, Lisa Shandor. “I am so proud of both of them.” Daniel, 15, enjoys building things. When he learned that a bridge at Flamingo Gardens in Davie was rotten and in need of repair, he Daniel Shandor with his friends knew he had found the perfect project. After his after rebuilding a bridge. proposal was approved by the Scouts Council, he began fundraising to pay for materials. In September, he delivered lumber, crow bars, hammers, drills, saws and other supplies to Flamingo Gardens. He gathered a crew of

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community news From the Roadways to Shopping Centers- BSO is Keeping You Safe this Holiday Season By Sheriff Al Lamberti

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▸▸ Broward County ranks second in alcohol-related accidents in the State of Florida. ▸▸ On average in the United States a person is killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes. ▸▸ Each year, the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrests about 1,500 motorists for driving under the influence. It’s not just on the roadways where you will find the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office keeping you safe. Too often, opportunistic criminals prey on holiday shoppers, so our deputies are adding patrols in shopping centers and areas where holiday celebrations are taking place to deter criminal activity. You can do your part to stay safe by following these simple tips: ▸▸ While you are out making your holiday purchases, stay alert. ▸▸ Park your car in a well-lit area. ▸▸ Secure valuables inside your trunk or take them with you. ▸▸ When you return to your vehicle, have your keys in hand so that you can quickly unlock the door and get inside. ▸▸ Never carry large amounts of money and if you go to an ATM for cash, do so during daytime hours and only in a safe location. On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I wish you a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year. Remember, if you plan on celebrating the holidays this season and alcohol will be involved, designate a driver. Stay safe!

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n 2010, over 5 million procedures of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox and Dysport) were performed in the United States according to the Report of the 2010 Plastic Surgery Statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This procedure ranks #1 among the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Until now, there weren’t many FDA approved alternatives to Botox. In July 2011, the FDA approved Xeomin, which is a Botulinum Toxin A (incobotulinumtoxin A - the scientific name) for cosmetic use to relax the vertical frown lines (AKA the 11’s). Xeomin has been used in Europe since 2005 and is currently marketed in over 20 countries.

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community news Tis’ the Season for Holiday Celebrations By Debby Teich

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he winter holiday season is upon us and there are many ways for area residents to celebrate with friends and family, as well as to help those in need. On Dec. 2, the City of Cooper City will kick off the holiday season with Light Up Cooper City, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Cooper City’s Memorial Park, located between City Hall and the Community Center on 90th Ave. Enjoy the mini twinkle lights and luminaries, community youth performances, children’s activities and indoor craft show. Children can also visit with Santa at the gazebo. Organizers have requested that participants bring a donation of canned food items to benefit the needy. On Dec. 3, join in the fun at the Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade & Fair. The event begins with a parade of decorated floats, with costumed participants throwing beads and candy to the crowds. After the parade, enjoy the Holly Day fair, with food, games, inflatables, live stage performances, face painting, prizes, balloons, and more. On Dec. 4, bring the family to Davie’s Winter Holiday Lighting of the Greens and Snow Play. Visit a display of thousands of lights, over 50 beautifully adorned holiday trees, menorahs, and kinaras, as you enjoy free traditional refreshments, a holiday magic show, and twenty tons of holiday snow. Have your picture taken with Santa in the Council Chambers for a small fee. Enjoy the Jingle Bell Parade, put on by the South Florida Trail Riders, as well as the free petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls and more. On Dec. 10, Cooper City residents in 2nd grade and under can have Breakfast or Lunch with Santa. Everyone receives a photo with Santa, completes a craft project, and participates in “holiday” games. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Cooper City Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place, and reservations are required. Dec. 16 is reserved for the adults. Celebrate the holidays with an Adult Luncheon, complete with food and music, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Community Center. The cost is only $3, plus a side dish or dessert.

Reservations are required. Join the Town of Davie and participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by donating new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls. The official drop-off locations are at Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, and at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center, at 3801 South Pine Island Road. They are collecting through December 16. For information on Davie events, visit www.davie-fl.org or call 954-797-1102. For information on Cooper City events, call 954-434-4300 or visit www.coopercityfl.org. For information on the Holly Day Parade, visit www.hollydayparade.com.

Seniors Enjoy the Benefits of Speed Dating By Debby Teich

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or years, speed dating has been a popular way for young people to meet each other. Now the dating method is catching on among seniors in the Davie area. While many are looking for a spouse, others just want to meet someone who can accompany them for dinner or a movie. Sherry Bernstein, 77, began organizing speed dating for seniors earlier this year. She was widowed four years ago and wanted to meet another man. The Weisman Delray Community Center agreed to let her host the event, so she ran an ad trying to attract the 60 and over crowd. She received a great response. Pairs of men and women have seven minutes to get to know each other, until a bell rings and they rotate to the next table. Paper and pens are on the table in case they want to exchange contact information. By the end of the evening, they have met ten new people. “There is a certain finesse to dating,” said Bernstein. “When you reach our age, it is difficult to meet a man or woman.” She says that many of the participants have connected. She was lucky enough to meet Harvey Wallet through the process and will marry him next month.

Cousins Renee and Marilyn, both single and in their 60’s, attended one of Bernstein’s events and found that most of the men were too old for them. “There were a lot of men in their 90’s,” said Renee. “Some even had walkers.” They volunteered to start a new group for people in their 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. “There are so few places for people our age to meet,” continued Renee. “Speed dating offers a casual and comfortable environment.” Perri of Davie tried speed dating and loved it. Two years ago, she became divorced from the man she met when she was only 17 years old. “I am not necessarily looking to get married again,” said Perri, who is in her 50’s. “I am just looking for friendship and companionship.” She does not feel comfortable in bars and night clubs, so she tried to connect with someone by visiting computer matchmaking sites and attending other singles events. She tried speed dating twice and exchanged phone numbers with several of the men. “Once you get past the anxiety of speed dating, it is a lot of fun,” said Perri. “It is a great way to meet someone.” For more information or to find out about the next speed dating event, call 954-486-9598.

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SCHOOL news Apple Tree Montessori Has Beautification Day By Debby Teich

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ore than 175 parents, students and faculty recently spent the day making Apple Tree Montessori School in Southwest Ranches a little nicer during the school’s Beautification Day. They joined together to implement a variety of projects on the school grounds. Some of the supplies were donated and the school’s PTO paid for the rest. Volunteers painted picnic tables, installed a new tree bench, sorted and organized the library, planted, mulched and power washed. They updated the basketball court with freshly painted lines and three new backboards, including one that is adjustable for younger children. They also painted four-square and hop scotch on the basketball court. Volunteers removed old playground equipment and used the new found space to install a planter box for each grade level. Students will design and care for their planters as part of science class. Each of the students also had an opportunity to paint their own creation on a 1X1 piece of plywood that now hangs on the school fence. The volunteers also replanted Gabby›s garden, which had become overgrown. The heart shaped garden was planted five years ago in memory of former student Gabby Gutierrez. Gabby’s parents donated a butterfly bench and volunteers released butterflies in her memory during a touching ceremony. Gabby’s sister Sophia and brother Ethan currently attend the school. “It was so great to see the students working side by side with their parents and teachers to make the school a better place,” said Robin Pennington, PTO member. “The kids

are excited that they have some new things at the school. We all had a great time, especially the kids.” Apple Tree Montessori School is located at SW 160th Ave., in Southwest Ranches. For information, call 954-252-9250 or visit www.atmontessori.com.

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Chiropractic? Why Not?

“A Doctor’s Confession toWest Broward”

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It’s strange how life is, because now people chiropractic. When you bring in this article come to see me with their migraines. They also (by 12/31/11) you will receive my entire come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, new patient exam for $35. That’s with x-rays, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, biomechanical exam, history and consultation… backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell YOu tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. THAT YOu OR AnY OTHeR peRSOn ReSpOnSIBLe FOR pAYMenT HAS THe Here’s what some of my patients had to say: RIgHT TO ReFuSe TO pAY, cAnceL pAYMenT, OR Be ReIMBuRSeD FOR “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe TReATMenT, WHIcH IS peRFORMeD neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my AS A ReSuLT OF AnD WITHIn 72 arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free HOuRS OF ReSpOnDIng TO THe with no medication and I can do everything I ADveRTISeMenT FOR DIScOunTeD, could not do before.” OR ReDuceD Fee FOR SeRvIce, – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL eXAMInATIOn, OR TReATMenT.

“Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I great care at a great fee…please, I hope that no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a there’s no misunderstanding about quality of long time since I have taken pain medication.” care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll – J. Walker, Miramar get great care at a great fee. My qualifications… I’m a graduate of Life college and have been Several times a day patients thank me for practicing for over 10 years. I’ve been entrusted helping them with their health problems. But to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes Let me start by explaining the photo in this I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that you may know. I am constantly going to letter. You know, when I meet people in town that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What seminars and updating my knowledge so I can they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to give my patients the latest information and Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture remove nerve pressure, and the body responds techniques of my profession. My assistants are of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s Mylene and Johanna – really great people. Our the right. a simple as that! office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a Twenty years ago something happened to me Forty-five million Americans no longer have wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. that changed my life forever. I was a junior in health insurance, and those who do have found high school and I started getting migraines. I that their benefits have been greatly reduced. Our office is called Windmill Health center had suffered from intense headaches since That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a and it’s at 17160 Royal palm Blvd., Suite 1 in the childhood. Over the years, I consulted many significantly lower fee plan so that more people Windmill professional plaza. Our phone number medical doctors, and specialists. I went through are able to afford the care they need. An entire is 954-217-4881. call Mylene, Johanna or Lindsay all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried week of care in my office costs what you could pay for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save… looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, studies show that chiropractic can double your For more information regarding our nothing helped. But there’s more… immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. services please visit our website www. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and WindmillHealthcenter.com. If you would like A friend of mine convinced me to give a other ailments. So you may not be running off to email us with your questions, you may reach us chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined to the doctor as much. Studies show that people at WindmillHealth@myacc.net me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. actually pay less for their long-term overall health – Rick Behar, D.C. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. good. And guess what…I started feeling so P.S. I am also offering the second family much better! From daily migraines, I went You Benefit from an Amazing Offer-Look, it member for only $27. down to three a week, and then to once in a shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted your health. You are going to write a check to p.p.S. Your time is as valuable as mine. That’s to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s someone for your health care expenses, you why I have a no-wait policy. You will be seen how it happened! may as well write one for a lesser amount for within minutes of your appointment.

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school news Davie Students Get A Glimpse of the Sun By Debby Teich

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equipped telescope valued ifth graders at Silver Ridge Elementary and fourth graders at at more than $15,000. Mike Nova Blanche Forman Elementary, both in Davie, have been studying the solar Smith, of the Southern system, stars and astronomy. After wondering what it is like to be a scientist Cross Astronomical Society, and pondering possible career choices, many found the answers they were looking brought a hydrogen-alpha for during Solar Week. equipped telescope which The students participated in a week of enabled them to observe online activities and curriculum which sunspots, eruptive promincluded lessons on solar eclipses, sunspots, inences and even a solar solar flares and solar f lare. Nick storms. They had Izzo, of the an opportunity to South Florida submit questions Amateur to leading solar sciAstronomers entists around the Association, A Nova Blanche Forman student studies sunspots through a Celestron telescope. world on an online also assisted with the solar viewings. Many of the sunspots they saw were message board. They actually larger than the Earth itself. wanted to know how Solar Week is a collaboration between the University of California, much money you can Berkeley and Rice University. Since 2,000, the week-long educational earn as a solar scienprogram has been offered in the spring and fall. “Many of the Davie stuA Silver Ridge student takes notes, as she studies the Sun. tist, how hot the sun dents had never seen the sun through solar glasses or a telescope,” said Jim gets in the middle and much more. Stryder, UC-Berkeley Solar Week Volunteer, who organized the event. For many, the highlight of Solar Week was a chance to see “The program encourages the students to think about science and teaches the Sun, the closest star in space. They started out by viewing them science can be fun.” the sun through solar glasses so they could see the naked-eye Nova Blanche Forman student looks at the sun For information or to set up a school program, call 954-577-0462, send perspective without harming their eyes. Next, they lined up Athrough solar glasses, while the UV-beads on for an opportunity to view a magnified version through a solar- her arm show maximum “UV-Ray” exposure. an email to rjusa1@peoplepc.com or visit www.solarweek.org.

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High School Students Learn about Careers in Construction By Debby Teich

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s the number of cars and trucks on the roads in South Florida continues to increase, so does the need for skilled workers interested in the road construction industry. More than 1,800 students from local high schools recently gathered for the 10th Annual South Florida Construction Career Days at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie to learn about potential career opportunities. “There is more to the construction industry than just a hard hat and a shovel,” said Cindy Griffin, who helped organize the event. “The event exposes the students to careers they might not know exist.” The two-day fair was sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Transportation Builder’s Association and the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Construction companies, engineering firms, schools, state agencies, professional and trade organizations collaborated to provide the students with an introduction to various aspects of construction, from safety to communications. The high school juniors and seniors spent the day exploring a wide variety of construc-

tion and transportation careers in a hands-on environment. They participated in various learning labs that included asphalt design, computer-based bridge building, GPS surveying and more. They learned about safety issues by wearing drinking goggles and participating in rollover simulations. They operated back hoes, as well as other machinery and power tools. They also completed resumes and applications and worked on developing interview skills. Carrie Jean is one of the many volunteers who work all year long to organize Construction Career Days, which is free for the students and includes bus transportation and lunch. Jean estimates that the event costs approximately $100,000 to execute and requires more than 200 volunteers. “We hope some of the students will pursue one of the many careers in the construction industry,” said Jean. “We also hope that they will have more patience and a better understanding the next time they pass a road construction site or see an accident.” For information, visit www.ccdfl.com/ccd/ southfl.

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e’ve previously outlined the pitfalls of most residential home loan modifications. Some of these include higher principal balances, the length of time required to complete the loan modification process, the temporary nature of a loan modification, and the high rate of default after a modification. However, there are limited circumstances under which a loan modification can work.

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Most lenders will only consider a loan modification of a borrower’s principal residence. The rationale behind this is that a borrower is more likely to make all payments under a loan modification agreement on their family home, as opposed to an investment property. Indeed, the underlying purpose of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) enacted in February 2009 was to help homeowners stay in their home. If you are struggling to loan modify an investment property or second home, you need to consider other more viable options.

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affecting the prices, the market continues to improve.

In spite of the fact that property values have been 1%have per month over the several The foreclosures and decreasing short sales affected thepast sales prices; years and short sales and foreclosures are affecting the prices, the market continues to improve.

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Who is buying in Florida? Pursuant to the NAR’s 2011 Buyer Profile of International Foreclosures short sales have affected the sales first prices, history still proves as Home Buyingand Activity, Florida still remained inbut international homethat buyers: inventory decreases, prices increase. Let’s take a look at these numbers:

▸▸ “Canadian Buyers accounted 39% among the entire foreign buyers in Florida. • 57% In 2010, in Cooper City, the average price was $387,000 type while of thehousing, average listand price32% of Canadian buyers chose sold Condo/Apartment was $690,000. The “median” priced home was $363,000. purchased detached single family homes. The median price of homes purchased Canadians was $151,500, which is lower than $174,700 the median of all • by In 2011, in Cooper City, the average sold price was $141,000 while the average list price foreign buyers. Close to two thirds the$112,000. buyers (64%) paid under $200,000. was $194,000. The “median” priced homeofwas ▸▸ • Buyers thethe United declined to while 7% among all list foreign buyers In 2010,from in Davie, averageKingdom sold price was $215,000, the average price was from 15% The a year ago. Interestingly, UK buyers preferred detached single family $391,000. “median” priced home was $117,000. homes (62%) over condo/apartment homes (26%).” •

In 2011, in Davie, the average sold price was $216,000, while the average list price was $516,000. The “median” priced home was $180,000.

Insert two attached charts Who is buying in Florida? Pursuant to the NAR’s 2011 Buyer Profile of International Home Buying Activity, Florida still remained first in international home buyers:

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pon our recent return from an incredible excursion to South Africa, we are excited to share an extraordinary destination spot for your next vacation of a lifetime! Flying South African Airways (SAA) was a pleasure. The friendly hospitality and outstanding service coupled with the slightly wider than usual seats and legroom, even in economy class, made every moment of a very long trip more comfortable than one can imagine. Throughout the flight we were served an assortment of snacks and beverages, along with tasty meals, and offered a superior entertainment selection. The time simply flew! It is no wonder South African Airways is an award-winning carrier! For the discerning traveler, SAA offers Premium Business Class. Travelers enjoy pure luxury and a unique flying experience, including 180-degree fully flat-bed seats, gourmet meals prepared on board, and electronic power jacks at every seat. The attentive staff goes above and beyond, fully dedicated to the comfort of your trip. After dining in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the Nelson Mandela Square, we were transported to the magnificent TAU Game Lodge located within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Words fail to accurately describe the incredible experience of a true Safari in the untamed bush of Africa! Within minutes of arriving we were greeted by a herd of elephants, from the matriarch to a six-day-old baby who thought he was ready for a swim. It was awe-inspiring to watch his mother lovingly wrap her trunk around him and pull him back to safety. We experienced these unforgettable moments directly from the patio of our lodge, which overlooked a water hole frequented by every wild animal imaginable! Every morning, and again in the evening, we boarded an open Jeep with our knowledgeable and highly qualified ranger, Gerard. It is hard to describe the feeling of not knowing what you will encounter around the next bend, in terrain left untouched since the beginning of time. While we enjoyed our adult safari adventures, the children were safely back at the lodge participating in a wonderful, educational children’s camp program. They even enjoyed a mini-safari of their own. At sunset, our ranger would select a stop and magically arrange a table fit for royalty. We were refreshed with sun­ downers of every choice accompanied by the finest hot and

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it’s their business American Smile Center Offers One-Stop Dental Care for the Entire Family 18-24 months and says it is important a child’s first visit to the dentist not coincide with a dental emergency. Good dental habits can be started at a very young age. “It is a good time to educate both the child and parent, give them an idea of what future visits will be like,” said Dr. Sethi, who also volunteers her time to make sure underprivileged children receive the dental care they need. American Smile Center is a multi-doctor practice combining the talents of not just Dr. Sethi, but also Dr. Martin Bakalar, a 1966 graduate of the NYU School of Dentistry, Dr. Armin Daee, a 2010 Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry graduate, and Dr. Page Schreiber, a 1992 Loyola Graduate. The Dr. Sangeeta Sethi staff has more than 100 years of combined dentistry experience in all areas of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Clients in any age group will feel comfortable with their range of expertise. The staff also makes it a priority to stay on the cutting edge of the newest treatments. “We are always looking to make our patients experience much more comfortable and satisfying,” said Crouse. The doctors work in tandem with a dedicated staff of hygienists, dental assistants, and office personnel who have been with the American Smile Center for many years, and make a point of getting to know their clients. Throughout the year, staff members go out into the community to visit local schools and daycare centers to help teach youngsters about dental health. The American Smile Center has been serving patients in Plantation for a year. Previously, they were in Lauderdale Lakes as the Sethi Dental Group. “Plantation seems to be a very health conscious, preventative, type of community that cares about its health. It is a great, very young community,” said Crouse. They invite everyone to come by and see what they offer. In addition to doctors in all age groups, they are also multi-lingual, and have staff members that speak not only English and Spanish, but also Hindi, Farsi and Creole. “We are as broad and diversified as South Florida is,” said Crouse.

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f you are looking for top quality dental care that can bring a smile and healthy teeth to the entire family, make sure you check out the American Smile Center. Located at 1127 South University Drive, the American Smile Center has been seeing patients in Plantation for the past year, and offers care for everyone from kids through seniors. “We are well-rounded and offer one-stop dentistry. We have the experience and the expertise in dental care to accommodate any type of patient in any age group,” said Diana Crouse, the Office Manager at American Smile Center.

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American Smile Center offers general, restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry for the entire family, anything from cleanings and fillings to extractions, implants, dentures, orthodontics, root canal, and oral surgery. They are led by Dr. Sangeeta Sethi, a 1991 graduate of the NYU School of Dentistry, who specializes in Pedodontics (children’s dentistry), as well as Orthodontics. Dr. Sethi puts a strong focus on early childhood care. She believes children should start seeing a dentist as young as 18 months, not only to make them more comfortable with the process, but also to get a better long term result by focusing on prevention. While many orthodontists don’t start treating children until the early tween years, Dr. Sethi believes earlier is better in order to correct any misalignment of the teeth before the permanent teeth come in. She says baby teeth do serve an important purpose. “It is a different approach to care,” she said. “If you catch the problem before the permanent teeth are in, the teeth will self-correct,” she said. She recommends giving youngsters their first dental experience anywhere from

They accept most HMO’s and PPO’s including some Medicaids. Interest-free financing is available, as well as low down payment and low monthly payments. American Smile Center is open Monday to Friday and offer early morning appointments as early as 7:40 a.m. They are open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. They are centrally located at 1127 South University Drive in Plantation, just one block north of I-595, on the northwest corner of University Drive and Peters Road behind Wells Fargo Bank. For more information, or to make an appointment, phone them at 954-533-1191.

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50’s Band

School of Rock

“Band” members rock to the music at the Adult 50’s luncheon, sponsored by the City of Cooper City.

The Grand Opening of the School of Rock in Southwest Ranches included a ribbon cutting, guitar slamming ceremony and live music.

Art

Project Stable

Art Means Business, sponsored by BankAtlantic and the Cultural Foundation of Broward, brought together leaders from cultural organizations and the business community to discuss the vibrancy of business and arts relationships and how those partnerships are a driving economic force in our region today. Photo: Jarett Levan, President and CEO of BankAtlantic; Mary Becht, Director Broward County Cultural Division; Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts; and Dr. George Hanbury, President and CEO of Nova Southeastern University.

Rita and Rick Case of the Rick Case Automotive Group were recently honored at Project Stable’s 17th Annual Horseshoe Hoedown Dinner and Silent Auction. Hosted at Old Davie School Historical Museum in Davie, the event featured a dinner and silent auction, and special presentation to Rita and Rick Case by Davie Mayor Judy Paul.

Run, Walk, Roll

The 2011 “Run, Walk & Roll,” sponsored by Schott Communities for Persons who are Deaf or Disabled, took participants on a course through Southwest Ranches. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help continue Schott Communities’ mission – to create an environment of dignity and care where persons who are deaf, blind or disabled are encouraged and challenged to grow in self-acceptance and independence. Top 3 Male Master Runners (l to r): Rafael Guijarro, Rick Cope, and Tim McCloskey with Executive Director, Frank Casale. Top 3 Female Master Runners (l to r): Frehiwot Yeshitla, Tamara Klopenstein, and Cynthia McCloskey with Executive Director, Frank Casale.

Fall Festival

Students of Saint Bonaventure Catholic School in Davie welcomed fall with a Harvest Festival complete with a parade and games. 

Thrill

Shopping Spree

Dressed as a zombie, Lorraine Hofheinz of Davie participated in the 5th annual Thrill the World event. She joined thousands of people around the world who came together to have fun as they honored the genius of Michael Jackson and raised funds for charity.

The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders took students from Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown shopping for Halloween costumes at Party City in Davie.

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Davie: Huge Lake! Jet Skis And Boats Permitted!!

Beautiful custom built home with 6 bedrooms,4 bathrooms,3 car garage,over 3900 square feet under air and aprox 5000 sq.ft under roof.Gated community of 36 custom built homes. Builders acre, wood floors in living areas and oversized tile in the bedrooms,Gourmet kitchen ,And for maximum entertaining you have a large overhang on the patio with a summer kitchen, pool,lake that allows jet skis and boats,dock,and your very own basketball/volleyball court!! Offered at $895,000

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Custom built 5 bedroom,4 and a half bathrooms with over 4400 square feet under air! Unique architectural design with If you want a home with character at a great price,look no further! This home is on a builders acre with a lake and pool on a amazing upgrades including marble floors,impact glass doors and windows,crown moldings,top of the line kitchen with cul-de-sac! 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, den,fireplace,gorgeous kitchen featuring upgraded appliances and beautiful cabinets. marble countertops,surveillance system with internet access,outdoor entertainment area,summer kitchen,infinity pool with Family room has a built in wet bar,sit on your balcony overlooking the lake and pool right off your master bedroom. 185 ft.of lakefront property!40KW generator...Priced below appraised value. Offered at $475,000 Offered at $959,000

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Builders acre! 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms. 2 car garage, aprox. 2135 under air and 2436 under roof. Country living with NO HOA...Bring your horses! Wood burning fireplace,cathedral ceilings, eat in updated kitchen with stainless appliances. This home also has a huge steel building with electric that can accommodate cars,boats,or a great workshop!

Beautiful 6 bedroom,5 and a half bathrooms with over 6800 sq.ft. under air! 3 car garage,Builders acre on a lovely lake. Elevator,wet bar,fireplace,AND your own tennis court and diving pool! Offered at $1,399,000

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