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10 Davie Residents to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day 12 Broward League of Cities Accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications 14 Davie PAL and Police Memorial Foundation to Host 5K/10K Road Race 18 Actors Community Theatre Presents En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams 24 Cooper City Residents Celebrate the Holidays 24 Joe “Santa Claus” Kovac Delivers Toys to Davie Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Party 26 Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair Is a Success

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Davie Road Race – The Davie Police Athletic League and the Davie Police Memorial Foundation invite you to a special event benefiting two great organizations. The event kicks off on January 4, with a Pre-Race Dinner and Silent Auction at 5pm at Davie Pine Island Park Multi-Purpose Bldg. 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. The 5K/10K Race will take place on January 5, at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. There is also a 100 yard dash for the kids. Walkers are always welcome. Race begins promptly at 8am. To register go to

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Arbor Day – Don’t miss the Town of Southwest Ranches Arbor Day Celebration, from 12noon to 1pm, at Southwest Ranches Town Hall, 13400 Griffin Rd. For information, visit www. ACT – Actors Community Theatre of Davie presents En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams, written and performed by William Shuman. Three performances only – January 17 (8pm) and January 18 (2pm and 7pm). $12 at the door and $10 in advance. All productions are held at the Davie Pine Island Multi-Purpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Rd. in Davie. For information, call 954-327-3941 or 954-473-0372.

18th Respect Life – The community is invited to participate in the annual Respect Life Walk at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, 5451 S Flamingo Road, in Southwest Ranches, from 9am – 12noon. All proceeds benefit the Hollywood Respect Life Office, which assists women and families who have chosen to have their babies. For information, send an email to CCovone@

19th MLK Picnic Celebration – The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picnic Celebration will be held at Potters Park, 4300 SW 57 Terrace, Davie, from 1pm – 4pm. The celebration will include youth entertainment, a poetry contest, food trucks, bounce houses, petting farm and other kids’ activities. Winners of the poetry contest will be announced. For information, visit

24th Father/Son Adventure – Join in the fun at the Father and Son Adventure at the Community Center on 90th Avenue. Dads and sons (K – 5th grade), who are residents of Cooper City, are invited to enjoy a night of adventure with dinner, activities, and fun for all! Dress is casual. Event is from 6:30 – 9pm. Cost is 12pp. Seating is limited. Admittance is by reservation only. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call the Cooper City Recreation department at 954-4344300, ext. #233.

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Walk in the Wild – Participate in the 2nd annual “Walk in the Wild” benefit for the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens. The mile long walk, through the back 46 acres of gardens normally closed to foot traffic, raises awareness of our native wildlife, as well as donations to help care and feed the animals in the sanctuary. Participation is $20 minimum donation in advance, $25 at the door. Registration starts at 8am and the walk starts at 8:30am. Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 South Flamingo Road in Davie. For information, visit www.

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Ceramics Class – Have fun making and taking home a “February holiday” ceramics project with your child, at the Cooper City Community Center, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Cost is $10 per family, plus $10 material fee per child. Registration prior to class required. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233.

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Ongoing Youth Baseball and Spring Girls Softball – Through January 26, youth can enroll in Davie’s Youth Baseball and Spring Girls Softball. Youth baseball is open to boys and girls, ages 3 to 15. Girls softball is open to all participants, ages 7 through 14. Davie Pine Island Park/Bamford Sports Complex is located at 3801 S Pine Island Road. For information, visit or call 954-327-3929.

League of Cities – Through February 14, the Broward League of Cities is accepting applications for its Scholarship for Government Studies, which provides financial support to students who plan to attend a college or university to pursue a major in public administration, political science or other government-related field. For information, visit www.

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Davie Residents to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day By Debby Teich


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Monday of January, the nation celebrates the birth, life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It remembers the injustices that Dr. King fought for in his quest for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. On January 19, Davie residents will have an opportunity to honor his dreams and vision during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picnic Celebration at Potters Park, from 1 to 4 p.m. Hundreds are expected to attend the celebration, which will include a bounce house, petting farm, entertainment by local school groups and organizations, free lunch (while supplies last) and more. The Town of Davie has sponsored the free event for more than 20 years. The winners of the Town of Davie’s MLK poem contest will also be announced at the picnic. The Town Mayor and Town Council members will award Rosettes for the best poems in each overall grade level from participating schools and groups. All entries submitted will receive a participation ribbon.

Anyone who enters a poem will have an opportunity to read it aloud at the picnic. The annual contest educates and informs students of the lifetime achievements of the great Nobel Peace Prize-winning American. All schools and non-profit groups in Broward County are invited to participate. Entries can include any type of poem, from haiku to sonnet. They should reflect Dr. King’s dreams and vision. The deadline to submit poems to the Davie Town Hall Special Events Department is January 16. “Martin Luther King was an extraordinary man,” said Beverly White, who attends the picnic every year. “He stood for peace, justice, tolerance and so much more. His message is still very relevant in today’s world.” Potters Park is located at 4300 SW 57th Terrace, in Davie. For information or to download an application, visit, send an email to or call 954-797-1166.

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Broward League of Cities Accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications By Debby Teich


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graduates paid a little less for their first year of college last year. Brian Mazur, who graduated from William T. McFatter Technical High School, and Matthew Johnston, who graduated from Cooper City High School, received the 2013 Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government Studies. The deadline to submit scholarship applications for 2014 is February 14. In the past, the League has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors. This year, there will be five winners. The application requires one essay, one personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a transcript. “We are proud to increase the number of scholarships awarded this year from four to five,” said Broward League of Cities President and Davie Councilmember Susan Starkey. “We look forward to receiving applications from those students interested in public service.” In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria: ▸ Must be a graduating high school senior from a public, charter, or private school in Broward County. ▸  Must be a resident of Broward County.


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Davie PAL and Police Memorial Foundation to Host 5K/10K Road Race By Debby Teich


his month , the Davie P olice Athletic League (PAL) and the

Davie Police Memorial Foundation will host the 2014 Davie Road Race, as well as the Pre-Race Dinner and Silent Auction. All proceeds will benefit the Davie PAL and the Davie Police Memorial Fund. “It is a fun, family event for people of all ages,” said Officer Tim Albury, Director of Davie PAL. “It is a great way to give back to the kids in the community, have fun, and get some exercise. We invite the entire Town of Davie to line the streets and cheer for the runners.” The race will be held on January 5 and there are several changes from last year’s inaugural event. The race course has been moved from the campus of Nova Southeastern University to Davie Road. There will be a 10K and Kids 100 yard dash, in addition to the 5K. Several high school bands will be located along the race course to provide support for the runners. The Dolphins cheerleaders will also be running. The certified race course begins at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, located at 4271 Davie Road. Runners should arrive and park before 6:30am, since the Police Department will be shutting down the roadways. The overall 10K winners, Male and Female, will receive trophies, as well as a $500 cash

prize. The overall 5K winners, Male and Female, will receive trophies. The top three runners in each category will receive medals. The first 500 registered runners will receive shirts. The team with the most members and the team with the fastest overall time will receive a Memorial Brick with their team name placed at the Broward County Police Memorial at Markham Park. Registered runners are invited to a Pre-Race Dinner and Silent Auction, which will be held on January 4, from 5- 8pm, at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center, located at 3801 S. Pine Island Road. The dinner includes a salad, Chicken Frances, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and assorted desserts. There will also be entertainment, raffles and more. Participants will receive their race packets at the dinner. The Davie PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth in the community. Over 600 kids of all income levels are enrolled in flag football, tutoring, boxing, mentoring, Youth Leadership, and a variety of other programs and activities. Davie PAL is located at 4300 SW 57th Terrace, in Davie. For information, call 954-321-2561 or visit

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Isaiah Penn Smith is quickly becoming a dinosaur expert among his peers. With some help from his family, the Cooper City resident recently self-published his first children’s book, "Guess Who, Mr. Dinosaur?" He has been using the book to encourage childhood literacy. “Chris loves to read,” said Lynn Smith, his mother. “Reading and writing is so important and we want to help other kids develop a love of both. This book will help us achieve our goal.” Since Chris has always loved dinosaurs, it was a natural topic to select. The book compares seven different dinosaurs to animals that have similar qualities. Chris came up with all of the comparisons. For example, a brachiosaurus and a giraffe both have long necks; a triceratops and rhinoceros both have horns on their faces; and a parasaurolophus and a duck both have duck-billed shaped mouths. At the end of the book, readers can use their creativity to color a brachiosaurus. They can also play Dino Match-up, by matching similar animals and dinosaurs and writing each of their names. Once the book was written, the next step was to have it illustrated. The settings are some of Chris’ favorite places, such as a museum, park, classroom and the beach. All of the characters come from diverse backgrounds. Many of them intentionally bear a close resem-

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Actors Community Theatre Presents En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams By Debby Teich


his month , Davie residents can experience

live theater right in their own neighborhood. The Actors Community Theatre of Davie will present En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams, written and performed by William Shuman. Performances will be held on January 17 and 18. During the 75 minute, one-man show, Shuman presents a highly personal impression of the man he believes to be the single greatest American playwright. “Tennessee Williams changed the face of American theater,” said Shuman. “He was one of the most prolific writers we have.” According to Shuman, Tennessee Williams wrote more than 40 full length plays and over 50 one act plays. He also published 53 short stories, 2 volumes of poetry, a book of essays, 2 novels, and at least one original screenplay. Shuman says that Tennessee had hundreds of sexual encounters, but only loved three men. The one he yearned for all his life left him after less than a month to marry a woman. “The show deals with the family, loves, work (with emphasis on the early plays) and demons of this admittedly ‘wounded’ man,” said Shuman. Shuman began writing the play in 2010, while working with teacher/director Austin Pendleton. Like Tennessee,

he kept revising it as he learned more about him. While in New York City, he connected with professor Ruis Woertendyke, who directed the current version. It was first performed at Andrews Living Arts in Ft. Lauderdale in November 2011, under the direction of Robert Nation. Since then, it has been seen at many different theaters and festivals. This summer it was performed at the 2013 NYC International Fringe Festival, where it received the Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. “The show got rave reviews,” said Barry Katz, producer and co-founder of ACT. “We are excited to have it at our community theater.” Since 2000, ACT has provided residents with a way to enjoy local theater. It all started when the Davie Town Council requested that an ad appear in the Town’s local paper asking for thespians. Several people responded and became the nucleus for the Town’s first community theatre. The volunteer group is funded by the Town of Davie and run by its Board of Directors. All ACT productions are held at the Davie Pine Island Multi-purpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Rd. Shows are on January 17 at 8pm, and January 18 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. For information, call 954-473-0372, send an email to or visit

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Sports News

Sea Dragons Club Offers Mountain Biking for Kids By Debby Teich


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cise and have fun. All you need is a bike, helmet and pads, as well as a tremendous amount of endurance, core strength, balance and bike handling skills. The sport can be performed almost anywhere, from a backyard to a dirt road. The Sea Dragons Club offers mountain biking classes for kids, ages 8-15. The next six-week session begins January 12. “Mountain biking is a great sport and not all kids have the opportunity to try it,” said Maria Supik, Sea Dragons founder and coach. “If their parents do not moun-

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tain bike, chances are they don’t either. The club offers kids a way to experience the sport safely.” The Sea Dragons club offers beginner and intermediate/advanced classes during the season, which runs from October to February. The kids meet at Amelia Earhart Park and Markham Park to work on bike handling, strength, conditioning and agility. Classes are limited to 12 members. “They build their self-confidence both on and off the bike, while having fun and staying fit,” said Supik. “We have some great trails in South Florida with paths that range from easy to very challenging. The club takes the kids away from their electronics to spend two hours outside in nature.” Some of the kids in club also participate in local mountain bike races. In January, there are races at Amelia Earhart Park and Markham Park. “Although mountain biking is an individual sport, the kids still feel part of a team,” said Supik. “The kids in the club encourage each other to push harder in a positive way.” In April, the Sea Dragons will begin training for triathlons by practicing their biking, running and swimming skills. Last year, members competed in local races, Ironkids, regional and national youth triathlons. Most of the races feature the familiar swim-bike-run format, but the distances are much shorter than in adult races. “Kids do not have to be super athletes to participate in a triathlon.” said Maria. “If they can run, bike and swim, they can enter. Since there are three very different activities, they don’t get bored. These are also three sports that most kids do well.” For information, call 786-553-2763, visit, or send an email to

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▸▸ How does the FUE differ from other hair transplantation? The FUE method is an advanced hair transplant method that harvests individual follicles from the donor area without the use of scalpels or stitches, which means there is no linear scar. Other methods of hair transplantation use a linear incision in the back of the head to harvest the donor hairs. This method tends to be painful, has a longer healing time, and leaves a telltale scar if the client wears his/her hair short. Using the FUE method,there are no scars and no incision. As a result, healing is quicker. ▸▸ How long does it take? The hair transplant using the FUE is done in a single day. It is an outpatient procedure performed when the client is fully awake. The client is medicated so he/ she feels no pain. Clients can expect to return to normal activity as quick as the next day. ▸▸ Is the FUE suitable for both men and women? Yes. Because the FUE is a minimally invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own hair with transplantation. Are you ready to take the next step to achieve a permanent solution and grow thicker, fuller, natural looking hair? To determine if you are a candidate for hair transplantation using the FUE method, call Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette Jr., D.O. for your free consultation at 954-384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Functional Medicine, Hair Loss &Transplantation, IV Nutrition Therapy and Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy. His practice Hair Restoration Institute is located within Bellissimo Medical at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. Visit the website at www.

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it’s their business davie town times · feature story

Tree of Life Christian Academy Provides Learning and Fun at their "Home Away From Home" By Julie Levin


f you are looking for a

preschool for your child, make sure you visit the Tree of Life Christian Academy. Recently opened in Weston in a state-of-the-art facility, Tree of Life Christian Academy offers quality education for infants and preschoolers in a fun, safe and challenging learning environment. Recently co-owners Gabriel and Marcy Buitrago answered a few commonly asked questions about their preschool.

How does faith play a role in your curriculum? We

incorporate it by teaching kids principles of learning to love others, being respectful, learning to be thankful, getting along with others and that God loves them no matter what.

What sets you apart from other preschools? That we

are just not a preschool, we have created a place where we become an extension of the students and families by making their lives easier. We What is the Tree of Life provide services and comChristian Academy? Tree modities no other school in of Life is a 13,000 square foot the area does without nickel state-of-the art private pre& diming the parents to death school located in Weston on for every service like other 2 1/2 acres. Our Mission and schools do. We provide free goals at Tree of Life Christian lunches and snacks, free uniCo-owners Gabriel and Marcy Buitrago Academy Preschool is to proforms, easy pick-up and drop vide every child with a quality education, in a fun service at front door and we don't charge crazy and safe learning environment. We have dedilate pick up fees. We spared no expense in buildcated administration and staff, working around ing this facility. In this crazy world we live in, high the clock to ensure that no child gets left behind. security was important to us, so we installed bulWhat makes our school special, is our ability to let proof doors throughout the school, the latest provide your child with a home away from home. in HD security camera system, and coded entry We truly look forward to meeting the needs of system. We have drinking fountains and bathparents, their children and the community. rooms in every classroom eliminating the need for students to leave the classroom. We provide What are the programs you offer? We offer laptops & iPads in classrooms, four playgrounds, programs for infants thru Pre-k. a basketball court built by company that built the Miami Heat outdoor court at the arena, a What is the educational philosophy at Tree full service cafeteria, and a children's clinic for of Life Christian Academy? Our philosophy when a little precious child doesn't feel well they is that the social and educational foundation are not left in class or the reception area. In our of a child begins, where teaching begins; in our indoor activity area, we have the centerpiece of center-based classrooms, along with our curthe school; a life-like size oak tree with a tunriculum and enrichment programs which allow nel for kids that will take their imagination to us to achieve this foundation daily. The wealth of another place. Last but not least, there is "Judah knowledge and hands on experiences in subThe Lion" our school mascot which our kids love jects such as, Science and go crazy over and Cooking, Math every time.  and Manipulatives, Language and What is your Phonics, Reading facility like? Here Readiness, Blocks and at Tree of Life Building, Dramatic Christian Academy Play and the Arts Preschool, we strive will last your child a for excellence. The lifetime. You will have way we accomthe ability to look plish this goal is back over your child’s by achieving the preschool experihighest level of ence as an important care and education. stepping stone on the Our state of the art pathway to a higher facility provides education. a child a friendly,


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warm, and inviting atmosphere. Our classrooms provide a safe and nurturing learning environment to academically challenge your child at each new stage of growth and development.

Please tell us about the training of your teachers and staff? With a combined 25 years

of experience, our degreed & certified staff are trained to implement a dual core curriculum, preparing your precious child for Kindergarten.

What is your teacher-to-child ratio? Our

ratios in each classroom are below the ratio required by the state of Florida. We have minimum of two teachers in each classroom.

What is included in your tuition? The

tuition includes full-time learning curriculum, student uniforms, 100% organic lunches, snacks, once- a-month Friday night babysitting and if requested, we offer bilingual (Spanish) curriculum.

How long have you been in the Weston/ Davie/Sunrise area? We opened our doors in

September, 2013.

Why should parents start their children's educational experience with Tree of Life Christian Academy? We guarantee there is

no early childhood learning facility like ours. We have created a higher level of education in a wonderland of a school for kids to learn in. There is a reason why after only 90 days of opening, we were already 50% full to capacity.

Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know? Another

priority for us is to give back to the community. In the short time we have been open, we already have held three community fundraisers to benefit Autism, Team Dillon, and just recently Toys For Tots. We invite everyone to come Giving back to the community: and take a tour of Tree of Life Christian Academy recently held a the school. This toy drive for Toys for Tots place can't be explained, it needs to be experienced!

How can customers find the Tree of Life Christian Academy? We are located at 1250 SW160th Ave.,Weston Fl. 33326 (Behind the Weston 8 Theater Plaza). Phone us at 954-440-0174 or visit online at

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Community News

Cooper City Residents Celebrate the Holidays By Debby Teich


n D ecember 6, the City of Cooper City kicked off the holi -

day season with Light Up Cooper City at Memorial Park. The event included mini twinkle lights and luminaire candles, community youth performances, children’s activities, an indoor craft show, visits with Santa, and more. On December 14, Cooper City children enjoyed a magical meal during

Breakfast with Santa or Lunch with Santa, at the Cooper City Community Center. Participants received a photo with Santa, completed a craft project, and participated in “holiday” games. For information, visit

Joe “Santa Claus” Kovac Delivers Toys to Davie Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Party By Debby Teich


t has been 12 years since J oe Kovac

stepped into big “Santa” boots, following the death of Davie Police Officer Wes Griffin. Since then, he has continued the tradition of bringing big smiles and good cheer to children in need. Riding his Harley, Joe “Santa Claus” Kovac delivered toys to the good girls and boys at the Davie Kiwanis Club annual


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Christmas Party at Davie Elementary School last month. He was escorted to the party by the Florida Highway Patrol, as well as his Kovac mechanics, who wore antlers and rode Harleys. “Seeing the joy on the faces of 150 super excited, jumping up and down children is simply wonderful.” said Cheryl Kovac, number one Elf and wife.

The Davie Kiwanis Holiday party for underprivileged children has delivered holiday cheer to over 4,000 children and their parents. The families were treated to lunch cooked up by the Wings of Gold Motorcycle Club. They also received gifts of predecorated Christmas trees or a Chanukah bush, plus a bicycle.

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Community News

Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair Is a Success By Debby Teich


ver 1,000 Davie residents gathered

last month to enjoy fun, food and festivities at the 14th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair. Joan and Ken Steinmetz chaired the event, while former Miami Dolphins players Sean Hill and Chris Conlin served as the parade’s Grand Marshals. Friends and neighbors created floats by decorating cars, boats, bicycles, scooters and even dogs. They threw candy and beaded necklaces to the crowds that lined the streets. Some of this year’s VIPs included Davie Mayor Judy Paul, Town Councilwoman Susan Starkey, Miami Shriners, Forest Ridge Women’s Club, Davie Community Emergency Response Team, Everglades High School Marching Band, Everglades High School ROTC and Sea Cadets,


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local beauty queens, Puppet Network’s Joplin and Bowie, the Grinch, Santa and more. The parade also sponsored a food drive with the Hope Outreach Center. Pure Dynamics Dance Studio won for Best Float. Some of the other winners included: Best Use of Theme: Forest Ridge Women’s Club, Best Mini Float: Bella’s Hair; and Best Marching Entry: Gloria Day Drumline. After the parade several hundred neighbors and their families moved to the Forest Ridge Greens for the fair. They enjoyed refreshments, hot dogs, baked goods, crafters, professional photos with Santa, inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting, games, arts and crafts, raffles, men’s frozen t-shirt contest, finger printing lab for kids, and more.

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Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the bottom. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL

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14.02-Acre Equine Dream Property Come True LEASE, live, retreat or work on one of the top equestrian facilities in SWR. Breathtaking grounds w/mature oak trees, cross-fenced paddocks & barn. 4BR/3.5BA charming house designed from top to bottom w/the finest of finishes. You Only Live Once... Indulge Yourself!

Perfectly Located 2.21-Acre Lot Manicured vacant property w/unlimited potential & current Ag Exemption. Great for horses or a nursery facility. Build your dream home on this beautiful corner lot. Property also offers easy access to the rear off of Appaloosa Trail. Least Expensive Lot in Sunshine Ranches!




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Hawks Bluff Students Help Break World Record for Speed Stacking By Debby Teich


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Day, students at Hawks Bluff participated in the worldwide effort to break last year’s Guinness record for "Most People Speed Stacking at Different Locations on the Same Day." The goal of the sanctioned sport is to stack specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. More than 2,800 schools and organizations, representing 36 countries from around the world participated in the event. The World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) wanted to have 500,000 people stacking and they exceeded their goal. Jonathan Gil and Suzanne Jacobsen organized the Hawks Bluff event, which was held during After Care. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade volunteered for 30-minute shifts, so they could be counted as

official participants. “Some focused on the basics of cup stacking, while others kicked it up a notch and ran cup stacking relays,” said Diana J. Bartnett, BASCC Supervisor. The WSSA promotes the standardization and advancement of sport stacking worldwide. This association serves as the governing body for sport stacking rules and regulations and provides a uniform framework for sport stacking events; sanctions sport stacking competitions and records. For information, visit

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MAV TANK Competition Inspires Innovative Ideas Among Students By Debby Teich


tudents from Archbishop E dward A. M cC arthy H igh School

The students presented their ideas to their peers, as well as several local celebhave been working on the next “big idea.” They recently participated in MAV rity judges, including DJ Laz, John “Footy” Kross, and Alex Medina, Sawgrass Ford Finance and Marketing manager. They were judged on both their written plan TANK 2013, which was modeled after the television show “Shark Tank.” It and pitch. was held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest Lorenzo Coelho Dos celebration of innovators and Santos won first place ($500) job creators. for his hotel dynasty in Dubai. Business management Will Pernas won second place teacher Kim Zocco and eco($250) for his skateboard with nomics teacher John Anfuso a wireless sound system and organized the first-time event. LED lights. John Zarrilli and They wanted to expose the Joseph Perez won third place business plan concept to the ($125) for Sigma Systems, an entire school, rather than Internet security company. limit it to those students takSome of the other ideas ing elective business courses. that were presented included “The purpose of MAV TANK a BreathTest, a small strip is to inspire, educate and that tests for bad breath; empower our students to MAV TANK included contestants, teachers and celebrity judges. CoOi, Health Gum; iRobotics, become innovative entreprea solar power device company; and Kayakers, a kayak outfitters company. neurs and global leaders of the 21st century,” said Zocco. “It was enlightening for the students to see that kids their age can come up All of the departments at the school got involved in the event. The theology with good ideas that are marketable,” said Zocco. “Not everyone has to follow a department helped with any moral and ethical issues; the fine arts department traditional career path. With social media, it is much easier to bring a product to helped with the graphics, design and the production of a commercial for MAV TV; market today than it was 20 years ago – as long as you have a viable idea.” and the English department helped with editing. Zocco says that the event exceeded their expectations and they plan to repeat it Although 80 students attended the business plan boot camp, only 20 of them again next year. Some of the kids in the contest are hoping to implement their ideas. submitted an “intention to participate.” In the end, only a few students actually completed business plans, outlining their marketing niches, projected sales, funding, mission statements and more. For information, visit

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Welcome in the New Year with Realistic Wellness Goals for Long-Term Success Many people ring in the New Year with a vow to live a healthier lifestyle and improve their overall health and well-being. Athletic facilities become crowded with over zealous individuals determined to shed unwanted pounds by eating healthier, exercising, eliminating bad habits and reducing stress. By March, attendance at these facilities is once again back to normal levels and many people return to their sedentary lifestyle. The reason – the goals they set seem insurmountable, they don’t plan properly to maintain this new lifestyle, and they give up when results are not immediate. With just a few changes in your daily routine, you can improve your health tremendously. Cleveland Clinic Florida cardiologist, David Wolinsky, MD offers the information below for consideration when trying to improve your overall wellness. To bring about real change people should alter the way they set goals for themselves. For most people, weight gain is gradual and they add pounds slowly over a number of months or years. However, when they make the decision to lose weight, they set high weight loss goals and expect immediate results from dieting and exercise. A more sensible approach is to set weight loss goals in realistic increments. What is a realistic increment? Two to three pounds per week. Use other parameters to assess fat loss because muscle gain may offset fat loss on the scale. How do your clothes fit? Can you take your belt in a notch? A person wishing to lose more than 50 pounds should aspire to lose 10 pounds at a time. When the first 10 pounds are lost, they can then set a goal to lose another 10. And, someone who wants to lose 10 pounds, should set a goal to lose one pound at a time until they reach their goal.

Likewise, a person beginning an exercise program should not try to use all the equipment their first day in the gym or try to run a marathon when they lace up their running shoes for the first time. Instead, they should consult with employees at the exercise facility to find out which machines will facilitate their David Wolinsky, MD exercise goals and spend a few Cleveland Clinic Florida, minutes on those machines each Cardiologist time. Over time, as they build their endurance, they can increase the time on each machine and add more machines to their exercise regiment. And, the beginning runner can train for the marathon by running a half mile at a time. Make sure your routines combine aerobic conditioning and weight training. Avoid the mirror muscle syndrome (pecs and biceps only), and make sure your routine exercises all your muscles, especially your core (abdomen and back). Schedule your exercise time like you schedule the rest of your day. Finally, determine the best way to manage the stress in your life in order to achieve better health. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and walking the dog are all activities that have been known to reduce stress. Find an activity that you enjoy and take a mental time out while you do that activity. Here’s to achieving optimal health.

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This is encouraging for all of us. Take a look at 2013: Davie: There are currently 215 single-family homes listed for sale. Fourteen of those listings are short sales and twelve are foreclosures. The highest priced home is listed over $7.495 Million. Of the 584 closed sales in 2013, 177 buyers paid cash. Cooper City: There are currently 73 single-family homes for sale. Seven of those listings are short sales and six are foreclosures. The highest priced home is listed for $969,000. Of the 347 closed sales in 2013, 100 buyers paid cash. What about the luxury market? In our South Florida marketplace, luxury homes are defined with a million-dollar price tag. Of the 485 homes sold in Davie this year, 27 were priced over $1 million and six of those homes were purchased with cash. There are currently 52 homes in Davie priced over $1 million. Because of EWM International’s multiple luxury affiliations, I can best market your home locally, nationally and internationally. All properties priced over $250K are fed to Mayfair International Realty’s international website: and www.telegraph. All properties priced at $1 million + are fed to (the Queen’s Magazine online). More good news – according to the latest NAR Report, Florida remains the leading state regarding foreign buyers. The breakdown of nationalities buying in Florida is as follows: Canada 23%; China 12% and Mexico 8%.EWM is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates. ( EWM is also a member and principal owner of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. As a result, EWM is a charter member of Luxury Portfolio, a Fine Property Collection. The companies that make up Luxury Portfolio represent more million-dollar-plus transactions than any other single real estate organization. ( Luxury Portfolio represents 500 firms, 4,000 offices with over 120,000 professional sales associates worldwide, of which, EWM is proud to be a member and principal owner! We are also members of Who’s Who in Luxury Marketing. This clearly demonstrates that EWM properties get MULTIPLE LUXURY exposure –, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s Great Estates and LuxuryRealEstate. com. Call me today to list your property. View my listing presentation online at For more information regarding this report, e-mail me at, and I will forward to you the graphs and reports.

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A Edit Whiter Headline Brighter Smile By Dr. Maria Grosman


s I sit down to write this article , I am trying

out a new tooth whitening product, which we are considering for the practice. We have reviewed the research provided by the manufacturer, have listened to paid experts who lecture on its behalf, and have read over the instructions provided for use. Still the last test is personal. The doctor has become the patient. There is no doubt that cosmetic dentistry has become a big part of public demand over the past decade. The surprising part is that the market has opened up to a younger population. We are asked more and more about the appropriate time to consider dental bleaching for children, as well as the effectiveness of over-the counter products. Let’s first examine the downside/side effects of bleaching. The most commonly documented side effect is sensitivity. This can be from sensitivity of teeth or gum tissue, but is usually the later due to an ill fitting tray. The good news is that sensitivity goes away after the bleaching product is discontinued. The second most common side effect is leakage of the margins of a present restoration. What this means is that it may shorten the lifespan of a filling or crown. However, well prepared/fitting dental work would tend to be less affected. What then is the benefit of a professional system vs. an over-the counter system (OTC)? The main difference between the two is the concentration of the active ingredient, which is carbamide peroxide in most cases. Professional systems work faster, make teeth whiter, and results tend to last longer. OTC systems are more accessible and are usually less expensive. In my opinion, the most important part of the process, no matter which system is used, is making whitening part of the dental treatment plan. For example, whitening may have no effect on specific teeth which were previously traumatized. Whitening in this situation may make the traumatized tooth/teeth more noticeable due to the increased contrast with other teeth after bleaching. Additionally, if you are planning new dental work, it may make sense to whiten the teeth before choosing a shade for your new dental restorations. The reason is that when whitening your teeth, dental restorations will not whiten with your teeth. For these reasons and many others, a discussion with your dentist may save you heartache and possibly money in the long run. Parents often point out a concern that their child’s front teeth are darker than back teeth. In children between the ages of 7 and 12, this is usually due to the contrast between baby teeth and permanent teeth. Baby teeth are typically lighter in color by multiple shades. The reason for this is differing thicknesses of the layers of the teeth which reflect light differently. Bleaching teeth at this stage is not advised, because this would create a situation in which there will be more noticeable contrast each time a new tooth erupted. In fact, we recommend waiting until all baby teeth fall out before considering whitening. From the vantage point of the dental professional, we are looking for a product that whitens teeth effectively and lasts as long as possible. It should cause only minimal sensitivity (hopefully none) and have an easy delivery system. On that note, I will excuse myself to remove my trays and check out my new shade. Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Road, on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-236-3434.


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Accomplishments - Looking Back, Looking Ahead By Sheriff Scott J. Israel


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achievements of the Broward Sheriff’s Office over the past 12 months in initiating a higher level of public safety service, which has already enhanced the quality of life for our residents. As a high school and youth league football coach for many years, one of my greatest passions is working with children. I am proud that our Civil Citation Initiative has kept Broward County youth out of the courtroom and in the classroom. Instead of a permanent arrest record, which could severely limit opportunities later in life, a youth who commits a first-time misdemeanor will now have a second chance to lead a productive life through the non-criminal, civil citation process.     Our Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (V.I.P.E.R.) Unit is the centerpiece of our efforts to fight violent crime. Since its inception 11 months ago, the V.I.P.E.R. Unit has proactively targeted Broward County’s most dangerous criminals. This unit has put hundreds of thugs behind bars, taken dozens of firearms off our streets, recovered thousands of dollars in drug money and contributed to Broward County having the largest drop in crime in over a decade.  We initiated mandatory Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for school resource deputies, field training deputies and homeless outreach liaisons. CIT deputies are specifically trained to recognize signs of mental illness, offering a specialized approach to situations that require a more caring response instead of the traditional “enforcement” approach. Deputies assigned as homeless outreach liaisons are the backbone of our Homeless Outreach Initiative. With specific training to navigate through the maze of social service providers, deputies are better prepared to guide a homeless individual to an appropriate treatment and/or care facility.   Over the past year, BSO has become more reflective of our multicultural county. Our achievements in this area were not made by hiring mandates, but by putting the most qualified people in the best possible positions. Our Community Outreach Team, a civilian unit with diverse skills, backgrounds and language fluencies, successfully connects BSO with the community. We listen and better respond to residents.  While we reflect on our accomplishments, we also remember the tragic death of Deputy Daniel Rivera, who died in a fatal car crash. We honor his service and commitment to the agency. Each day, BSO law enforcement, detention and fire personnel place themselves in harm’s way. Whether they are responding to a crisis or assisting a person in need, their safety is at risk. The dedication and professionalism of our men and women are regularly displayed serving Broward County. We are thankful for their safety and grateful for the service of all employees who support our efforts.  In the coming year, we will raise the awareness of animal abuse, neglect and abandonment, and encourage the reporting of crimes against animals. Treating animals humanely is conducive to fostering a better, safer community. Together we can give voice to those without one by recognizing animal abuse as a possible indicator of other future serious problems, including child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assaults. Please assist law enforcement by reporting such crimes to BSO or your local police department.    The Broward Sheriff’s Office is relentless and innovative in crime prevention strategies. May we always maintain respect for our citizens and each other and may our integrity and professionalism be as visible as our badges. I wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed new year. Please stay safe!  To stay up-to-date about BSO events, crime trends and safety tips, sign up for Sheriff Israel’s e-Alerts at or join our Facebook fan page at Broward Sheriff’s Office (official) or follow us on Twitter @browardsheriff.


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Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine Associates Offers Experienced, Compassionate Care for Endocrine Disorders By Julie Levin


hen you need medical care , you want to turn to a team that provides experienced, professional and compassionate attention. That's why many patients turn to the medical staff at Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine Associates in Pembroke Pines. Dr. Vitra Gosine and Dr. George Vargas, BoardCertified Endocrinologists, provide quality patient care and specialized medical expertise for all endocrine health care needs. Recently, they answered some commonly asked questions about their practice.

What is Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine Associates? Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine

Associates is an Adult Endocrinology Practice located in the southwest Broward area providing highly specialized medical expertise for wide variety of Endocrine (hormonal) disorders. Our experienced physicians are dedicated to providing only the highest level patient care with a personalized treatment plan in a warm and friendly environment. 

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provide specialized medical expertise for a vast array of endocrine conditions such as Type1  & Type 2 Diabetes,  Hypoglycemia, Weight Abnormalities & Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Thyroid Nodules, Goiter, Thyroid Cancers, Hypo & Hyperthyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency, Low Testosterone Levels in men & Female Hormonal Imbalances, Hirsutism, Adrenal Insufficiency & Cushing Syndrome, Osteoporosis, Parathyroid Disorders and Adenomas, Calcium and other Electrolyte Imbalances, Pituitary Tumors, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Acromegaly, Neuroendocrine Tu mors &Endocrine Cancers, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and many more Endocrine conditions.

What Services do you offer at Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine Associates? Thyroid Ultrasound-Using state of the art

imaging technology and highly qualified and experienced ultrasound technicians, we perform thyroid ultrasounds in our office for initial detection and routine monitoring of thyroid nodules.

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Please tell us about your facility? We use cutting edge technology in continuous blood glucose monitoring in our diabetic patients resulting in excellent outcomes in blood sugar control. We also use the most current advances in medical-surgical techniques for performance of ultrasound guided thyroid biopsies and ultrasound imaging of thyroid nodules, in the comfort and convenience of our office. Our qualified and pleasant office staff is always here to help you with all your Endocrine needs. Please tell us about the medical background of Dr. Gosine.

Dr. Gosine has more than 10 years of experience as a physician in both the private practice and the academic medical institution setting. She completed her M.D. degree, Dr. Vitra Gosine Internal Medicine Residency, and Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa.  She has years of experience as coinvestigator in several clinical pharmaceutical trials in the development of cutting edge medical therapies for Endocrine diseases, is published in

She currently specializes in patient care of Endocrine diseases involving diabetes, thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, bone problems, pathologic weight  abnormalities, and endocrine cancers.   Dr. Gosine is currently on staff with the Memorial Healthcare System in the  South Broward.

What else should we know about Dr. Gosine? Dr. Gosine was named

one of “America’s Top Physicians” in the 2013 Guide to America’s Top Physicians and Endocrinologist.  She is Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.  

Please tell us about the medical background of Dr. Vargas. Dr.Vargas

earned his MD degree from The Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in 1986. He completed an Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Dr. George Vargas Nutrition fellowship in Mexico, becoming Chief Resident during his last year. Upon moving to the United States, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency in Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey, where he served as a Chief Resident again. He completed his Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Vargas is currently the Chief of Endocrinology at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

What else should we know about Dr. Vargas? He has been recognized seven times

since 2004 as an “American Top Physician” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and in 2006 was awarded The Diabetes Physician Recognition Award (DPRP) by the National Council of Quality Assurance (NCQA) for high quality care of diabetic patients. In 2012, he was again recognized as a “ America’s Top Doctor” this time by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Dr Vargas is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Do you handle both commercial and residential needs? Yes. Can customers count on Hoover Canvas Awnings for their complete project, from design to installation? Yes. What can clients expect when they visit


to the service and quality of our products, it’s our family’s commitment to the industry and its customers. Thousands of projects and satisfied, repeat customers have taught us price is a primary concern, but not the only concern. Therefore, quality, longevity of your awning and customer service are the most important factors in determining the true cost of a product.

What are some of the benefits of installing an awning? Awnings can be used to advertise

What should I look for in an awning professional? Customers should definitely look for a

a business, beautify a building or home, offer shelter from the weather or control energy costs — or all of these things at once. Awnings are an affordable home accessory that will enhance a beautiful backyard, help to reduce energy cooling costs and provide protection from the sun's damaging rays as well as inclement weather.

What is Hoover Canvas Awnings? Hoover

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tion awning man, and presently operate the two Hoover facilities with my son Matt, the 5th generation awning man.

we visit the customer for a free estimate. When called on by a sales and design representative, customers will have a designer with many years’ experience to help them through any sun and weather issues they may have. Design representatives have all necessary samples and will help customers through the process. When they visit one of our facilities, customers will find a wide variety of fabric and frame samples along with qualified customer service representatives to answer any questions they may have. There are motorized and non-motorized retractable awnings, curtains, and screens on display. Visit

You've been in the South Florida area for a long time. What do you think has led to your continuing success? Our commitment

company that is licensed and insured. Warranties are only as good as the company behind them, so deal with professional companies you feel confident in. Visit unannounced, look at their business environment, and their culture.

Please tell us a little about your community involvement? We are members of

Fabric Awnings have several benefits:

▸▸ Save money by reducing your home's energy consumption ▸▸ Offer a long-term outdoor space solution at a lower cost than a home addition ▸▸ Create an upscale outdoor living room with shape, dimension and color that fits your home decor and provide customized control for when you want the sun and when you don't.

Please tell us a little bit about your history.

When Henry Hoover established Hoover Canvas Products in 1949, he set forth a tradition of community involvement, industry leading quality and unmatched customer service. In 1979, the Carroll Family purchased Hoover Awnings and it has been a Carroll Family Corporation ever since. In 1995, Hoover Awnings acquired Awnings by Jay in Palm Beach County. This acquisition made Hoover Awnings the only company in South Florida with two full manufacturing and service facilities. I also have three brothers, who own and operate Carroll Awning Company in the Baltimore/Washington area. I am a 4th genera-

the Executive Association of Fort Lauderdale, Construction Association of South Florida. Supporters of Hospice by the Sea, and LifeNet4Families

What days and hours are you open? Our

facilities are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Design/sales personnel meet with customers at agreed upon appointments.

Is there anything else you would like to add about Hoover Canvas Awnings? We are

Broward’s oldest and largest awning company and have been in the same Broward location since 1958.Hoover has won over 80 national and international awards.

How can customers find Hoover Canvas Awnings? In Fort Lauderdale, customers will

find us at 844 NW 9th Avenue,  Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  33311. Phone us at 954-764-1711. In West Palm Beach, we are located at 5107 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fl.33407. Our phone number is 561-844-4444. Customers can also find us online at

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Seen on scene

Soccer Team Dedication

The Archbishop McCarthy Women’s Soccer Team has dedicated their season to Niko Peros. The 18 month old (center) suffers from Fanconi Anemia (FA), a rare, genetic blood disorder which leads to leukemia and many other types of cancer. They sold t-shirts to help raise money for him.

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance

Cooper City dads enjoyed a special date with their daughters at the annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance. There was dinner, dancing and entertainment.

Holiday Luncheon

Cooper City adults joined their friends for a holiday celebration. They enjoyed music, fun, and games.


Tiffany Brazer of Davie held a Blanketeer event for her Help the Babies organization.

Harvest Drive

Western High School was one of 12 high schools in Broward County that served as a distribution point for the Harvest Drive, which provided approximately 2,000 families in Broward County with a complete Thanksgiving dinner, plus a week’s worth of groceries.

Riding Champion

National Reining Horse Association Champion Taylor Masson of Davie won top honors at the NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals. Taylor rode 9-year-old Sugar Coated Whizen to claim the 13 and Under Reining Championship.


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Cooper City: Monterra…Newly constructed 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in Capistrano. Oversized lakefront lot. 2 car garage, Open kitchen featuring dark wood cabinets and granite counter tops. Stainless steel appliances. Barrel tile roof, Hurricane impact windows and doors. Aprox 2800 square feet. “A” schools,24 hour guard gates. Fabulous amenities.

Davie: Beautiful remodel in Ivanhoes Hawkes Bluff neighborhood. 4 huge bedrooms, 3 and a half bathrooms. Marble floors throughout the living area,Oversized corner lot with a view of the lake. Aprox 3059 sq. ft., 2 car garage. Brand new stainless steel Frigidaire appliances ,wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops.

Cooper City: Embassy Lakes: 4 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, screened in heated pool and spa overlooking the widest part of the lake.Porcelain tile in living areas,All new kitchen with granite counters and wood cabnets,plus a wine chiller! Textured ceilings with crown molding. New roof and A/C. Freshly painted inside and out. Accordian hurricane shutters. “A” schools…24 hour guard gates

Davie: Stonebrook…Fabulous 5 bedroom, 3 and a half bathroom custom built home in exclusive Stonebrook Estates.Interior has over 4600 square feet and there is over 5000 square feet under roof. Huge gourmet kitchen with an island for work space. Wide open floor plan is great for entertaining. The study offers wonderful built ins, Real hardwood flooring throughout living areas,crown molding,and of course a covered patio outside with an awesome pool with paver patio overlooking long lakeviews. 24 hour guard gate. “A” schools…FANTASTIC price! Offered at: $1,025,000

Davie: Westridge…Magnificient estate home on a builders acre. 5 bedrooms,3 full bathrooms with almost 3200 sq.ft. under air and 4183 under roof. 3 car garage. Heated tropical pool with mosaics,luch landscaping,a true tropical paradise. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry,granite countertops and state of the art appliances. Custom finishes through out. Fabulous price!! Offered at : $849,900

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