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inspiring individual Davie Resident Elected President of Junior League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Health & Wellness Hormones & Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

School News Flamingo Elementary Students Plant Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Davie Elementary’s Composers Club Creates Mini-Musical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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8th Valentine’s Adult Luncheon – Enjoy fun, lunch and music, from 11am to 1:30pm, at the Cooper City Community Center. Cost is $3 plus a side dish or Valentine dessert or candy. By reservation only. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext.255.

Tarzan – Tarzan: The Musical will be performed by the University School Upper School students in the Epstein Center Silverman Theater, at 7:30pm. Additional shows during the weekend. For tickets, call 954-262-4493.

10th I Care I Cure – Runners and walkers of all ages will gather at the BB&T Center (formerly BankAtlantic Center) for the 6th Annual I Care I Cure...I Run 5K and Family Fun Day to raise funds for the Davie-based Foundation. The 5K Run begins at 7:30am. The Family Fun Day begins immediately after the race and will include food, kid activities, games, raffles, awards, and much more. To register for the race, visit www.

Culture Vultures – Culture Vultures presents Sunday Happenings with Man of Many Faces by Benoit Menasche, Curator of the Glass Gallery of Pembroke Pines. The event will be held from 2 to 4 pm, at NOVA’s Alvin Sherman Library, NOVA Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., in Davie. For information, call 954-262-5477.

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Gala – Flamingo Garden’s annual food and wine event, “Gala in the Gardens”, offers guests delicious food samplings from area restaurants paired with a variety of premium wines and craft beers amid the beautiful botanical gardens. Dine under the stars while enjoying live music, from 5-8pm. Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 South Flamingo Road in Davie. For information, visit www.flamingoGardens. org or call 954-473-2955.

13th Sea Dragons – The South Florida Sea Dragons Youth Triathlon team is looking for boys and girls ages 7-15 to join the triathlon team for the 2013 season. Attend the Informational Kick-off Meeting at 6:30pm, at the Cooper City Pool & Tennis Center. For information, call 786-553-2763, send an email to or visit

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15th Crossing Delancey – The Town of Davie’s Actors Community Theatre will present “Crossing Delancey” by Susan Sandler, at 8 pm, at the Pine Island MultiPurpose Facility, 3901 S. Pine Island Road, in Davie. There will be 7 performances through Feb. 23. Tickets are $12 at door and $10 in advance. For information, send an email to or call 954-473-3072.


Author – Join the Jewish Federation of Broward County Community Campaign Celebration, featuring Dan Senor, co-author of Start Up Nation, and Campbell Brown, at 6pm, at Signature Grand, 6900 West State Road 84, in Davie. For more information, call 954 252 6962. 

Cabaret – Singers, dancers, and musicians will perform in a fun-filled evening of family entertainment at the Cooper City Cabaret. Seating is limited. Event will be held at 6:30pm, at the Community Center. For information, visit www.coopercityfl. org or call 954-434-4300, ext. 233.

Memorial Golf Classic will be a 4-man best ball Scramble with a 1pm shotgun start. Competition is open to players of all skill levels and handicaps. The tournament will award team prizes and trophies, and will feature course contests. Net proceeds of the golf tournament will benefit the Davie Summer Youth Golf Program. For information, visit

23rd Orange Blossom Festival – Join in the fun at the 76th Annual Orange Blossom Festival on February 23 and 24. It will be held at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, in Davie. Admission is free. It will feature over 250 displays, an arts & crafts show, western town, musical entertainment, Native American display, animal farm, western carriage display, commerce corner, information displays, green product displays and plant give-aways. There will also be a parade, old fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Festival, Rodeo and much more. Visit for details.

25th AARP – Join the AARP Driver Safety Program, at the Cooper City District Office, 10580 Stirling Road, in Cooper City, from 9am to 3pm. Check with your insurance carrier about a reduction on your auto insurance. Amount varies with insurance carrier. Class Fee is 12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For information, call 954-441-8330 or visit

14th Say “I Do” Again – Cooper City couples will renew their marriage vows in a romantic group ceremony on Valentine’s Day. The ceremony will be performed at the Cooper City Hall, at 6:30pm. Cooper City residents

Golf Classic – The Town of Davie’s 76th Annual Orange Blossom Festival will feature a new golf tournament hosted by the Davie Golf and Country Club. The James Pirtle

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76th Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade and Rodeo Offers Family Fun by Debby Teich

are expected to participate. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., on Sat., and will proceed down Davie Road, south he Town of Davie will celebrate its of SW 39th Street. All non-profit youth and adult groups, unique heritage and roots as an agricultural commercial and non-commercial businesses, musical community on Saturday, February 23 and marching and non-musical marching groups, and all Sunday, February 24, from 9am to 5pm. More than school groups are invited to participate. Parade entries 15,000 people are expected to attend the Rick Case are free and awards will be presented after the parade. Automotive Group and the Town of Davie’s Orange Food will be plentiful all weekend. On Sat. and Sun., Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo, which is the oldest there will be an old fashioned Strawberry Festival at the in Broward County. It will take place on Orange Drive, Davie Woman’s Club, located on the festival grounds. from Davie Rd. west to SW 66th Terrace. Admission Fresh strawberries and homemade shortcake will be is free. served, as well as other strawberry creations. Visitors “My whole family looks forward to this event all will also have an opportunity to purchase fresh home year,” said Marisa Fabian, who has attended with her grown vegetables, herbs and spices, peanuts and fruits The parade is one of the highlights of the weekend. three children for the past four years. “There is always at the old fashion Farmers Market, sponsored by the something for everyone.” Department of Agriculture and the 4-H Clubs of Broward. The Festival will include more than 250 displays. Patrons can chose from arts and The Davie Pro Rodeo will be held on Sat., at 7:30pm, and Sun., at 2pm, in the covered crafts, fine art, pottery, handmade clothing and more. The event also includes an animal Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. More than 4,000 visitors are expected to attend each show farm, a western town, Native American display, western carriage display, commerce to experience this authentic heritage rodeo at its finest, as real cowboys from around corner, information displays, green product displays and a plant give-away. There will the world compete for championship titles. Cowboys and cow girls will challenge 2,000 also be a free kids’ corner with a bounce house, giant slide, climbing wall and more. pound bulls, ride bare back, wrestle cattle, barrel race and more. There will be plenty of family entertainment on both days, including free street concerts.


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Cooper City Couples to Say I Do…Again By Debby Teich


alentine’s Day is a time for love

and romance. More than 25 Cooper City couples are expected to celebrate the holiday by renewing their vows during the “Say I Do…Again” ceremony. Mayor Suellen Fardelmann officiated Cooper City’s first “Say I Do…Again” in 1989, when four Cooper City couples re-affirmed their vows in a group ceremony in front of friends and family. Over the years the number of couples in attendance has grown. Some come to celebrate their first anniversaries, while others come back every year and plan their Valentine’s celebration around it. “We encourage our resident couples to join us in an evening filled with memories, love and laughter,” said Lynda Good, event coordinator. The free event will be held on Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Cooper City Hall. Couples must live in Cooper City to participate. The complimentary ceremony includes a walk down the aisle, flowers, photo under the wedding arch, customary cutting of the cake, refreshments and a Certificate of Re-Affirmation. Some couples come dressed in their wed-

ding attire, while others are more casual. As each couple is called up individually, they will reveal how many years they have been married, where they met, how many children they have, and other information. There will be a table filled with each couple’s wedding photo. The couples will receive coupons and prizes from local businesses. This will be the 17th year that David and Marian Smalley will affirm their vows at the event. On April 29, they will celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. “Valentine’s Day is so romantic,” said Marian. “We confess our love for each other and look towards another year of romance.” The couple has two adult children, David, 26 and Olivia, 24. Marian says that there are several secrets to a good marriage. “You have to be grateful, have goals, and be patient.” Participants must be residents of Cooper City and sign up by Feb. 11. For information, call 954434-4300, ext. 233 or visit This will be the 17th year that David and Marian Smalley will affirm their vows at the Say I Do…Again event.

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Town of Davie Implements New Citizen Alert System By Debby Teich


communication devices that are registered. They can be sent using a landline, cell phone, e-mail, text message, fax, pager, and more. If you do not confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation. The success of the service depends on people signing up with their most recent contact information. Registering is easy and only takes a few minutes. Visit and click on the Davie Citizen Alert button on the home page of the website. Residents and businesses with traditional listed landlines have already been included in the system. You may use the registration link to include additional ways to contact you or to opt out. Any information that is provided will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.

afety is one of the top concerns of the Town

of Davie. The Town recently implemented the Everbridge SmartGIS System to inform residents and businesses about severe weather, evacuation orders, boil water orders, and other Davie emergencies, issues and disasters as they happen. Officials hope that the early warnings will help save lives and property. The Town will also use the system in non-emergency situations to relay details of important events and activities, such as meetings and street closures. Everbridge is an industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities, and improve the efficiency of daily operations. The new system will allow the Town of Davie to contact thousands of individuals in just a few minutes. It went into effect on January 1st and replaces Code Red. You can receive notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, your parents’ home, your workplace, and your child’s school, as long as those locations are within the boundaries of the Town of Davie. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text

To sign up for Town of Davie Alerts at www. and click on the Davie Citizen Alert button on the home page. Individuals with disabilities who need assistance, can register by calling the Housing and Community Development Department at 954-797-1173.

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all,” said Gina. As president, Gina will lead the organization’s many projects, including the FLITE Center (provides resources for kids who age out of the foster care system) and Healthfully Ever After (a program for 2nd grade students to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce childhood obesity). She will encourage members to participate in “Done-In-A-Day” projects that assist other nonprofits, such as the Susan B. Anthony Center, Pantry of Broward, Feeding South Florida and Salvation Army. She will also help promote the 13th Annual Riverwalk Run fundraiser, held on March 23, which will take runners and walkers on a 5-mile or 5k course through downtown Fort Lauderdale. It also includes a shorter course for children. The JLGFL has created several of Broward County’s top charitable organizations. Some of them include: Jack and Jill Children’s Center (1942), Henderson Mental Health Center (1954), Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1958), Museum of Discovery and Science (1974), Kids in Distress (1978), SOS Children’s Village (1988) and OUR House (1993). “It always amazes me to see how much a group of women can accomplish when they come together and work toward a common goal,” said Gina. “It is so exciting to be a part of it.”

ina Reynen of Davie has been dedicated

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Davie’s Actors Community Theatre Presents Crossing Delancey By Debby Teich


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ence live theater right in their own neighborhood. The Actors Community Theatre of Davie will present Crossing Delancey by Susan Sandler. Performances are February 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8pm and February 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 2pm. The show is about a single Jewish woman, who longs to be a part of the intellectual literary scene. She is, however, tethered to her roots on the Lower East Side, where her old-fashioned grandmother is forever trying to fix her up. She has her eye on a handsome brooding author, but her grandmother enlists the help of a local matchmaker to fix her up with a quiet Jewish man who runs a pickle stand in the neighborhood. Soon she must decide what it is she really wants out of life and what love really means to her. 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. The board’s script committee selects three shows to

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“The club allows them to create original work,” said DziewiatkowskiMansilla. “Performing someone else’s work is an incredible experience, but having the opportunity to perform or to watch someone perform something that you created on your own is truly exceptional. It is amazing to see what kids are capable of when they are given an opportunity to be creative.” The play addresses safety issues related to the playground, walking to school, riding a bike, visiting a department store, stranger danger and more. It teaches the students what can happen if they do not follow the basic rules of safety, such as wearing a bike helmet, stopping at a stop sign and talking on the phone in the car. At the end of each skit, a “police officer” reminds the audience about the importance of following safety rules, as well as the possible consequences. Students in the composers club met with an actual police officer to research ideas for the play. Dziewiatkowski-Mansilla says that the enthusiasm of the club members has spilled over into the entire school population. Students throughout the school are anxious to see the script and will soon begin auditioning for parts. In May, they will perform the musical for all of the students, as well as for parents and the community.

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in which their resulting payment is the same, and in some cases, actually higher than their original mortgage payment. Also, the resulting principal balance owed by these homeowners is far more than the home is worth, and even more than when they started the modification process. Still other homeowners end up losing their homes, because they are unable to complete a loan modification before the home is sold at public foreclosure auction. These homeowners were apparently unaware that the key to a successful loan modification is hiring an established law firm with an experienced loss mitigation department. First and foremost, every homeowner should know by now that just because you’ve applied for a loan modification does not mean that your lender will stop the foreclosure of your home. If you do not have proper representation in the foreclosure action, you risk losing your home before you can complete your loan modification. Despite what the bank representatives may tell you, the law firm representing the bank may have a different protocol to pursue the foreclosure of your home. We witness individuals in court lose their homes daily due to their refusal or inability to hire a qualified attorney to represent them. The attorneys at the Arcia Law Firm have been representing consumers in foreclosure defense cases for over 17 years, are familiar with all the available legal defenses in a foreclosure case, and have established credibility through years of successful practice throughout the State of Florida. In addition, the Arcia Law Firm is one of only very few law firms with a local in house loss mitigation (“loss mit”) department that works hand in hand with our clients and our litigation department to ensure that the loan modification is completed before the foreclosure. When preparing a loan modification application, it is important that it contain everything the bank’s loan negotiators are looking for, and that it be organized in a certain specific order. If items are missing, your application is passed and sent to the back of the queue to start from the beginning. This process can continue for months, and then you must convince a loan negotiator that you qualify under the various government and/or the bank’s own in-house loan modification programs. This complex cycle is where most homeowners get stuck for months without success, or where they become so frustrated they accept the first modification offered despite the terms being worse than the original loan (higher principal, higher payments, etc.). The key to breaking the vicious cycle, and obtaining a viable loan modification is to be properly represented by a law firm that has both an established foreclosure defense as well as a knowledgeable and experienced loss mitigation department. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new consumer-friendly DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home,” available for purchase on our website. If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a FREE copy during the appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team.

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the body to stimulate and improve qi (energy) flow. According to Dr. Zang, everybody has a self healing more and more people are turning to, and often system; if the system does not work or work well, then times embracing, Eastern medicine. Although the acupuncture needle can stimulate the system to considered alternative medicine in the western world, work correctly and provide relief to the body. it has been practiced throughout Asia for thousands He points out that the human body has over 300 of years. Now many Americans are trying traditional points, so it is important that the acupuncture doctor Chinese medicine. Dr. Richard Zang, O.MD, is one of know exactly what point to choose and that the needle our area’s leading experts in Oriental medicine, including is placed at the precise location in order for acupuncture acupuncture and herbal medicine. to be effective. A third generation Chinese doctor, Dr. Zang offers 20 He says he has seen great success using acupuncyears of experience and expertise. He attended school in ture to treat pain, stress, and chronic illnesses such as China, where both his mother and grandfather practice hypertension. He cites the case of one patient who came Chinese medicine. However, he also holds a masters to him with severe occipital/nape headaches, as well degree in health science and Oriental medicine in the as neck and shoulder pain. She had been hospitalized United States. Dr Zang is also a Diplomat of Acupuncture, and was taking prescription drugs, but nothing helped. certified by the National Certification Commission for “After only one treatment she was much better,” boasts Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Zang. “Her headaches were gone and she had only Unlike his relatives, Dr. Zang practices both Eastern minor soreness in her neck.” and Western medicine. “I use Western tests for diagnosis He has also achieved success using acupuncture to treat but use Eastern medicine for treatment,” explains Dr. Zang. infertility. He cites a patient who had been undergoing He begins by sitting down and talking to the patient hormone treatments for a year, but had not conceived. during an initial consultation. He asks them how they are “Once I added acupuncture, in addition to her hormone feeling in relation to ten specific areas: emotions, energy, shots, she got pregnant with triplets,” states Dr. Zang. sleep, pain, appetite/digestion, urine/stool, thirst, chills/ It is not uncommon for patients to seek Chinese medifever, perspiration, and menstruation. cine as a supplement to traditional western medicine. For Then Dr. Zang administers a physical exam. This instance, one of Dr. Zang’s patients had surgery to treat Dr. Richard Zang, O.MD, is a third generation Chinese is based more on Western medicine. He may order a medicine breast cancer and was now taking anti-cancer medicine practitioner specializing in acupuncture. blood test. He also takes the patient’s blood pressure and to prevent cancer transfer. “The medicine caused her to temperature. He observes the patient’s facial coloring and tongue, looking specifically have painful, swollen ankle joints. I gave her acupuncture and the swelling went away. at its color, shape and coating. Now she is much better.” Dr. Zang also performs a pulse palpitation. This is one of the most complex and In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Zang offers several other treatments. Similar to important diagnostic techniques used in Chinese medicine. “By feeling and evaluatacupuncture, acupressure uses touch at a specific point on the body to release stress ing your pulse, I obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, qi (energy) and improve health. Cupping relieves aches and pains and improves circulation. It is flow, and internal organ performed by placing health,” he explains. a specialized cup onto Once he has gathspecific points or areas on ered all of the results, the body and then using Dr. Zang is able to recsuction to draw the skin ommend treatment. As up into the cup, drawing a Chinese medicine fresh blood to that area practitioner, this often to facilitate healing. includes acupuncture Dr. Zang is also a or herbal medicine. licensed massage ther“Because everybody is apist. He specializes in different, each treatTui Na, an ancient form ment is different,” he of massage based on the explains. “I prescribe principles of traditional specific ingredients Chinese medicine. He formulated for each describes it as similar to a Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old Acupuncture, which originated in China, is one of the using naturally occurring substances oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine. patient.” The prescripchiropractic adjustment, tradition to enhance one’s health and vitality. tion is fulfilled by a manufacturer using easy-to-absorb granules extracted from Chinese but much more gentle. “I herbs to create compounds based on the standard formula of Chinese medicine. Unlike use a variety of pressures and strokes along the body’s energy pathways to relax your western medicine, each prescription can be individualized for each patient by increasmuscles and stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body.” ing or decreasing the ingredients. Dr. Zang also provides healing and hope for patients through his therapeutic techDr. Zang invites you to explore the possibilities available through Chinese medicine. niques, including acupuncture, acupressure and massage therapy. To schedule an appointment call (786) 797-2221. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday Acupuncture, which originated in China, is one of the oldest, most commonly used and Thursday from 9am until 7pm, or by appointment. Dr. Zang’s office is located forms of medicine. It utilizes very thin sterile needles inserted into specific points on at 12555 Orange Drive, Suite 115, in the Crexent Business Center. s our nation’s healthcare crisis grows,

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Students at Flamingo Elementary planted a vegetable garden this school year and they have already harvested their first crops. Jim Dezell of Flamingo Road Nursery in Davie, in partnership with the Town of Davie Youth Education and Safety (Y.E.S.) Advisory Board, recently gave teacher Wendi Librach, a $500 check to help her with her garden. She will use the money to expand the garden and butterfly habitat to include new vegetables and wildflowers.


Cooper City High School Senior Ashira Vantrees received a $5,000 scholarship towards financing a college education from the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program, a Miami Dolphins Foundation educational program. Photo (l to r) John Hak, Sun Life Financial Regional Sales Manager, Ashira Vantrees, Sun Life Financial Voluntary Practice Leader Kim Heald, and Mike Shunney, Sun Life Financial Senior Vice President/General Manager.

Holiday Challenge

Mayor Judy Paul, supported by the Davie Town Council, recently held the 3nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Challenge. Residents decorated their properties to exemplify the diversity and spirit of Davie during the holiday season. The Mayor and the Town Council presented each winner with a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize. Awards were presented to: District 1 - Chad Zurko and Rene Rodriguez, District 2 - The Johnston family, District 3 - The Redlhammer family and District 4 - The Hammel family.

YES Board Davie Broncos

The Miami Dolphins finished the 2nd Annual Miami Dolphins Championship Series, presented by Generation Nexxt and Under Armour, by crowning eight youth football teams from the American Youth Football League, Florida Youth Football League, Greater Miami Pop Warner, and South Florida Youth Football League. The Davie Broncos 140’s defeated the Hialeah Cougars (Xtreme), 36-8, to win in the AYFL title. Davie Bronco’s head coach proudly lifts the team’s trophy.

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The Town of Davie Youth Education and Safety (YES) Advisory Board recently announced the winners of the 5th Annual Education Excellence and Safety Grant Competition. The contest aims to support and encourage student achievement by funding teachers’ projects for their students. It gives teachers an opportunity to win a $500 grant for their school. Members of the YES board include (l to r): Tim Curtain, Lorraine Hofheinz, John Pisula, Stacy Shaffer, Nan Gault, Rae White, Hal Axler and Marcy Saffarnia. Missing: Barbara Tilley

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