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Health & Wellness Beat Belly Fat – Hormone Optimization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Cover Story Pamper Yourself with Luxury at LUXE Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Legally Speaking What is Income? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Loan Modification vs. Foreclosure – A Dangerous Waiting Game . . . . . . . . . . . 42

school news Archbishop McCarthy Named an Apple Distinguished School . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Ask the Expert Early Orthodontic Treatment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Playing Sports with Shoulder Pain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Oral Surgery and Dental Implants: Now is the Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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5th Schott – Schott Communities will honor the 2013 Schott “Heroes” – their clients – at a fundraiser that supports their organization and recognizes their clients, who have overcome the many obstacles of living with a disability. The “Models of Inspiration” Fashion Show & Afternoon High Tea will be held at the Weston Hills Country Club. For information, call 954-434-3306 or visit www.schottcommunities.org.

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13th Autism Awareness Day – Join in the events of Autism Awareness Day, from 11am to 2pm, at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 260. Orchid Auction – At the Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society Annual Auction, over 100 flowering orchids will be auctioned off at the Taft Street Baptist Church, 7241 Taft Street, at 7:15pm. For information, call 954-680-4585. 

11th Concert on the Corner – The Town of Davie is hosting the Concerts on the Corner series in the grass field on the Corner of Davie Road and Orange Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. The concerts are free. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. and the event will include food trucks, a bounce house, and sponsor displays. For information, visit www. Davie-fl.gov.

Culture Vultures – Culture Vultures, Inc. presents Clara Hada, who will share her life story, career changes and sacrifices which turned her dream into a reality. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., at NOVA’s Alvin Sherman Library, NOVA Southeastern University, in Davie. For information, call 954-262-5477.

19th Footloose – On April 19, 20 and 21, don’t miss “FootLoose,” a high energy fun musical for all ages. It will be performed by University School Middle School students in the Epstein Center Silverman Theater. For tickets, call 954-262-4493.

Fun in the Sun for Kids with Autism – The family picnic and water play day for kids with autism will be held at Markham Park, from 11am to 2pm. There will be a water station with hoses and sprinklers, as well as sensory stations, arts and crafts, bounce houses, bubbles, a box maze, bean bag toss, basketball throw, obstacle course, fire rescue vehicles, and plenty of food. For information, send an email to zthoaglund107@aol.com.

25th Pickle – Find out about a new sport – Pickle. It will be at Pine Island Park, 3801 South Pine Island Road, from 4 to 6pm. For information, visit www.misterpickleball.com. Concert on the Corner – The Town of Davie is hosting the Concerts on the Corner series in the grass field on the Corner of Davie Road and Orange Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. The concerts are free. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. and the event will include food trucks, a bounce house, and sponsor displays. For information, visit www. davie-fl.gov.

Waterway Clean-up – The Town of Davie and Central Broward Water Control District’s 17th Annual Waterway Clean-up will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants receive a free Waterway T-shirt or hat and a ticket to attend the “Trash Splash” pool party at Pine Island Park Pool. For information, visit www.davie-fl.gov.

May 4th Arthritis Walk – Hundreds are expected to gather for the 2013 Arthritis Walk Broward and “Arff-ritis” Walk to help improve the lives of those who suffer from the disease. It will be held at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie. Registration opens at 8am and the walk begins at 9am, rain or shine. For information, visit www. BrowardWalk.kintera.org.

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Founder’s Day – The City of Cooper City will host the 54th Founder’s Day Parade and Festivities, with plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy all day long. For a complete list of events and application forms, visit www.coopercityfl.org.

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Davie Woman’s Club Tea – Join in the fun at the Davie Woman’s Club Tea, which wil be held from 2 to 4pm. Enjoy Sunday afternoon tea, sandwiches, cookies, raffles and entertainment. There is no charge. For information or to attend a meeting, call 954-581-6853 or send an email to priscillatin@bellsouth.net.

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Cooper City to Celebrate 54th Anniversary By Debby Teich

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and much more. The evening activities begin at 6:30pm, with a concert in the park. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to listen to the music. At 9pm, residents can watch a spectacular fireworks display. The weekend ends with the Annual Founder’s Day Golf Classic on April 28, hosted by the Cooper City Optimist Club. “I wait all year for this event,” said Cooper City resident Mike Fish, who has attended for the past six years. “It is a great way to spend time with friends and neighbors. We always have a great time.” Individuals, groups, and organizations wishing to participate should stop by the Community Center or call the Recreation Department at 954-434-4300, ext. 233. For a complete list of events and application forms, visit www.coopercityfl.org.

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stay active and have fun. This month, the South Florida Sea Dragons will kick off another season of training kids to compete. The youth triathlon club is dedicated to promoting a multi-sport lifestyle for boys and girls, ages 7-15. “Although triathlon is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the United States, it is not as well known in South Florida,” said Sea Dragons founder and coach Maria Supik. “I hope to help change that.” The triathlon season runs from April to September. The Sea Dragons will participate in 12 events, with half of them in the South Florida area. 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 2012 Sea Dragons Triathlete Club 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.” The athletes in the club represent every body type and fitness level and each one has a different race goal. Some just want to finish, while others are trying to set a new personal record or win the whole race. Last year, members competed in local races,

Ironkids, regional and national youth triathlons. “In most team sports, the best players get the most playing time,” said Maria. “In triathlons, everyone has the same opportunity to compete. No one is ever left out.” Maria coaches the kids Monday through Thursday on a rotating schedule. Training consists of one day of biking, one day of running and two days of swimming. They practice running and biking at local parks. They swim at the Cooper City Pool and Tennis Center with the Cyclones Swim Team. The kids also work on transitions and conditioning. “Most kids can finish a triathlon, as long as they have the desire,” said Maria. “The more they train, the better they get. They see the results from race to race.” During the off season, the Sea Dragons strengthen their mountain biking skills. They work on bike handling, strength, conditioning and agility. “They build their self-confidence both on and off the bike, while having fun,” said Maria. “We have some great trails in South Florida with paths that range from easy to very challenging.” For information, call 786-553-2763, visit www.southfloridaseadragons.com, or send an email to sfseadragons@hotmail.com.

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Chiropractic? Why Not?

“A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward” 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:

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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 in the back.

Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that!

Twenty-five years ago something happened to Forty-five million Americans no longer have me 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 had that their benefits have been greatly reduced. suffered from intense headaches since childhood. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a Over the years, I consulted many medical significantly lower fee plan so that more people doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds are able to afford the care they need. An entire of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug week of care in my office costs what you could in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save… a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. studies show that chiropractic can double your But there’s more… immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and A friend of mine convinced me to give a other ailments. So you may not be running off chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined to the doctor as much. Studies show that people me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. actually pay less for their long-term overall health The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to You Benefit from an Amazing Offer-Look, it three a week, and then to once in a great while. shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct That’s when I realized that I wanted to become your health. You are going to write a check to a chiropractor and help others. That’s how someone for your health care expenses, you it happened! may as well write one for a lesser amount for DTT ALL 0413.indd 13

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Community News

Davie Woman’s Club Stitches Quilt for Cancer By Debby Teich

The women help with Davie’s Waterway Clean-up and donate to HOPE Outreach. The he Davie Woman ’ s C lub biggest fundraiser takes place each year at recently stitched a breast cancer the Strawberry Festival, where members sell quilt for the Chris Evert Children’s homemade strawberry shortcake, strawberHospital in Fort Lauderdale. They delivries dipped in chocolate, strawberry sundaes ered the quilt, along with a $500 donation, and other strawberry creations. to the hospital to benefit the Leukemia & The nonprofit Davie group is affiliated Lymphoma Society. with the Florida Federation of Women’s They got the idea for the quilt while attendClubs and is one of the oldest clubs in the ing a Woman’s Club National Convention. district. Members meet on the first Tuesday They met another woman’s group that did of every month at 7:30pm, at 6551 Orange something similar. Twenty-five members Dr., near City Hall. Although membership and friends participated in the project. Some is open to anyone, most of the women in of them also belong to a crocheting group the group live in the Davie area. “I have met that donates chemo hats and blankets on a so many interesting women throughout regular basis. the years,” said Priscilla. “We have a lot of The women started the process by cutting fun together and have an opportunity to squares. For a five dollar donation, participants The Davie Woman’s Club stitched a quilt for cancer. Photo (l to r): Rosie Anderson, Naomi Woods, Paula Averill, Francis Lloyd, Priscilla Tindal, Naomi Christian. help others.” could sign a square in honor of or in memory On May 5, from 2 to 4pm, the club will of someone who was touched by cancer. The patches were then sewn together and hold its annual membership tea. The public is invited to join the women for Sunday quilted. The women delivered the quilt with smiles and warm, loving hugs. “It was a afternoon tea, sandwiches, cookies, raffles and entertainment. There is no charge. great project,” said Priscilla Tindall, former president of the Davie Woman’s Club, who has been a member since 1985. “It helped the hospital and the children.” For information or to attend a meeting, call 954-581-6853 or send an email to prisFor more than 90 years, the club has been committed to making Davie a better place cillatin@bellsouth.net. to live. Members raise money for local charities and participate in community events.

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Davie Residents to Participate in 17th Annual Waterway Clean-Up By Debby Teich

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he message is clear. Davie residents are proud of their com-

munity and they want to make sure that it is litter-free. On April 27, several hundred residents are expected to participate in the Town of Davie and Central

Broward Water Control District’s 17th Annual Waterway Clean-up and Trash Splash. The effort started with a group of volunteers gathering on a Saturday and has grown into a major event involving school clubs, boy and girl scouts, religious and non-profit organizations, local families and individuals. Organizers are looking for groups, families, or individual residents to help clean and pick up trash from the canal banks. They also need residents with small boats to clean the canal waters.

Check-in for the event begins at 8:30am at Davie Town Hall and the clean-up will last from 9 to 11:30am. Each of the volunteers will be assigned to a small area along the C-11 Canal. In total, they will clean more than eight miles along Orange Drive and Griffin Road, between State Road 7 and Flamingo Rd. In return for their efforts, participants will receive community service hours, a free Waterway T-Shirt or hat, and a ticket for admittance to the “Trash Splash” pool party, held at Pine Island Park Pool after the clean-up. There will be free food, a DJ, swimming and lots of fun. The public awareness campaign seems to be working. In the past, volunteers found many large items, such as cars, refrigerators and air conditioners. Each year, however, they find fewer large items and less trash. Allison Gibbs plans to participate in the clean-up with her children. She is very concerned about the environment and wants to do what she can to keep her Town clean. “I was impressed by last year’s Clean Up and decided to join the effort,” said Allison. “I am always so frustrated by people who litter. We must preserve the planet for our children and future generations.” Pre-registration is required. For information, visit www.davie-fl.gov or call 954-797-1153.

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Saint Mark’s Annual Carnival Returns By Debby Teich

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Ranches, held its Annual Carnival in the Ranches to benefit the St. Mark Catholic Church and School. The carnival had midway rides, entertainment and an indoor garage sale. There was also the popular “home food international” tent, featuring American, Latin and Italian cuisine made by parishioners. Some of the food included: gyros, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, chicken wings, a Country Corner, hot dogs, brats, ice cream and more. Adults also enjoyed beverages at Bob Egan’s Irish Pub, named in memory of a long time St. Marks Men’s Club member and volunteer

who passed away last year. The carnival concluded with a once in a lifetime achievement for Pastor Father Edmond Whyte, who was invested as a Monsignor at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in in Miami. Over 1,000 people attended the ceremony, which was conducted by Archbishop Wenski. Father Whyte’s appointment was one of newly retired Benedict XVI’s last acts. For information on sponsorships or vendor space for the 2014 Carnival in the Ranches, call 954-434-3777.

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Local Scout Promises “Fun in the Sun” for Autistic Children By Debby Teich

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n April 27, during Autism Awareness month, Zachary Hoagland

of Cooper City will reach out to the autistic community to offer them Fun in the Sun. This event will help him achieve his dream of becoming Troop 460’s next Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the program. The family picnic and water play day will be held at Markham Park, from 11am to 2pm. There will be a water station with hoses and sprinklers, as well as sensory stations, arts and crafts, bounce houses, bubbles, a box maze, bean bag toss, basketball throw, obstacle course, fire rescue vehicles, and plenty of food. Kids with autism who attend will get a T-shirt and a Goodie bag.  Since Zachary is expecting more than 500 people to attend the free event, he will need plenty of assistance. Volunteers from Troop 460, as well as Cooper City High School’s drama and Best Buddies clubs will be at the park to help make the day a success. The title sponsor, Autism Society of Florida, will also offer support. “It is an event that will provide a safe setting for families to bring their children with autism to enjoy their day without stares from those who don’t understand autism,” said Zachary. “There will be games that are especially adapted for kids with autism. It will be an overall great time for kids who may not get a lot of outdoor play for a bunch of different reasons.” Three years ago, his brother, Matt, organized something similar Zachary Hoagland organized Fun in the Sun for kids with autisim.

to earn his Eagle Scout rank. It was called Fun in the Field. “My event will have more water play, because I know that’s what kids with autism like,” said Zachary. Zachary was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old and was non-verbal until the age of three. Although school is more difficult for him than most kids, he made a decision to stay in regular classes and was never retained. In June, he will graduate from Cooper City High School with his peers. “He could have graduated with a Special Diploma or graduated a few years late, but he was determined to graduate on time with a regular diploma,” said Stacey Hoagland, his mother. “He worked hard for every Zachary Hoagland teaches younger scouts to cook. grade. It is a huge accomplishment. His life is very challenging and I am so proud of him.” Zachary has been involved with Scouting since he was in first grade. Only five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Scout rank and he was determined to be among them. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges, as well as an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. If everything goes as planned, Zachary will soon share a prestigious title with notables like Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, Gerald R. Ford, Bill Gates Sr., James A. Lovell Jr. and many others. Markham Park is located at 16001 W. State Rd. 84, in Sunrise. For information on Fun in the Sun, send an email to zthoaglund107@aol.com. For information on Scouting, visit www.scouting.org.

Cooper City Optimist Presents 15th Annual Founder’s Day Golf Classic By Debby Teich

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ach year, approximately 6,000 partici-

pants take part in the Optimist Club of Cooper City’s youth sports programs, which promote good sportsmanship and healthy competition. The city’s fields, diamonds, courts and rinks are breeding grounds for young minds and bodies. On April 28, coaches, volunteers and anyone else interested will have an opportunity to help raise funds for the Optimist Club at the 15th Annual Founder’s Day Golf Classic. It will be held at Pembroke Lakes Country Club, 10500 Taft Street, in Pembroke Pines. “The golf tournament has become our most fun and anticipated event of each year,” said Pete Schlang, golf chairman. “You can play, sponsor, donate or help. Whichever your pleasure, sign up now. It always sells out.” Registration for the 4-person scramble is from 11am - 12:45pm. The skills competition is from 11:45am 12:45pm and the tournament begins at 1pm. The cost per player is $90 ($95 after April 15th). It includes green

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The Annual Broward County Emerald Award Program recognizes county businesses, unshine Ranches Equestrian governments, individuals, and organizations Park has more than 20 acres of lushlydemonstrating a commitment to protecting and landscaped open space designed for the preserving our environment by creating and enjoyment of Southwest Ranches residents and maintaining model Florida-friendly landscapes their horses. Recognized in August 2008 by the or exceptional projects.  All of the winners were National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife honored at the Emerald Awards Ceremony at Habitat, the park was recently selected as a winWater Matters Day, Broward County’s signature ner of Broward County’s 2012 Emerald Award water conservation event. program. The Emerald Award, a handcrafted This was the 11th year that the Town of mosaic stepping stone created by students and Southwest Ranches participated in the Water faculty of Cross Creek School, is currently on Matters Day event. The Town’s display garden display at Town Hall and will be given a place highlighted the National Wildlife Federation’s of honor in the landscape. Certified Wildlife Habitat Program. Visitors The equestrian park is located at 5840 learned about water conservation and FloridaVolunteer Road, just north of Stirling Road. friendly landscaping principles. It is the City’s first public recreational facility “The Town of Southwest Ranches is comand a great place to school a horse; walk a dog; Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park has more than 20 acres of lushly-landscaped mitted to helping spread the message of water meet some friends or enjoy the surroundings. open space designed for the enjoyment of residents and their horses. conservation,” said December Lauretano-Haines, The park includes a 10,400-square foot practice PROS Coordinator for the Town of Southwest Ranches. “We must all recognize the ring, 37,500-square foot show ring, more than 10 acres of horse and nature trails, a effect we have on our water supply. We’re all water managers and must all do our part pond system with native wetland plantings, playground, restroom facility, sheltered to ensure it will serve us and our children in years to come.” seating area and much more. It also includes the “Equestrian Oasis,” designed by artist Richard Medlock as a place to water a horse after a workout or just as a shady spot For information, visit www.southwestranches.org. in which to rest

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Child Honoree. All of them understand firsthand what it feels like to suffer from arthritis. Mayor Paul n estimated 450,000 adults and lives with arthritis and has a knee replacement due children in Broward County live with to the disease. Ron lived with rheumatoid arthritis arthritis. On May 4, hundreds are expected for nine years before having a hip replacement. Alex to gather for the 2013 Arthritis Walk Broward and was only five-years old when he was diagnosed “Arff-ritis” Walk to help improve the lives of those with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in March 2009. who suffer from the disease. It will be held at the Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road, in children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of Davie. Registration opens at 8am and the walk disability. The Arthritis Foundation is commitbegins at 9am, rain or shine. ted to raising awareness and reducing the impact The Walk is the largest fundraiser and awareof this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, ness event for the Arthritis Foundation in Broward which can severely damage joints and rob people County. The event will include live entertainment, of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds refreshments, healthy activity, a kid’s corner, goodie life-changing research that has restored mobility in bags, and educational opportunities. Participants patients for more than six decades; fights for health are encouraged to bring their dogs on leashes for care policies that improve the lives of the millions the “Arff-ritis” Walk, since many dogs also suffer Alex Casamento, 2013 Walk Child Honoree, with his who live with arthritis; and partners with families from arthritis. parents, Karen and Michael, and his sister, Arianna. to provide empowering programs and information. “The Arthritis Walk is a celebration that brings Robin Daniels plans to participate in the walk with her son, Sammy, who suffers companies and communities together to build critical awareness for arthritis and from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. “I am hoping that we will find a cure in Sammy’s to raise necessary funds for education, life improvement programs, and arthritis lifetime so he will not have to suffer so much,” said Robin. research to find a cure for this debilitating disease,” said Brad Koogler, Community Development Specialist. Register as an individual, form a new team, or join an existing team. For informaThe Walk will be led by Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul, Community Honorary Chair, tion, visit www.BrowardWalk.kintera.org. “Alligator” Ron Bergeron, Emeritus Honorary Chair, and 9-year-old Alex Casamento,

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Loan Modification vs. Foreclosure – A Dangerous Waiting Game By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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ost homeowners that are in foreclosure, or even at risk of

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The longer the modification review process takes, the more likely you will be declined and lose your home through foreclosure. Secondly, the best defense is usually a good offense. As explained in our previous articles, whenever it is appropriate, we will present a counterclaim against lenders within a foreclosure case. This counterclaim usually involves violations of Federal or State laws committed by the original lender that may be attributable to the current lender. Through a valid counterclaim, you may even be entitled to relief from errors committed by your current lender while servicing your loan, such as escrow errors, misapplied or unapplied funds, and overcharges. Placing lenders on the defensive usually slows down the foreclosure process, and provides much needed motivation for lenders to negotiate a loan modification under more reasonable terms. Thirdly, a bankruptcy filing under Chapter 13 not only stops the foreclosure proceedings, but actually provides homeowners with an opportunity for a “second look” at their loan modification application under the all new mediation program available only in South Florida bankruptcy courts. You will be entitled to participate in this program even if your loan modification application has been previously declined. The Arcia Law Firm has an established bankruptcy department with more than 12 years of experience that works alongside its loan negotiators to ensure that a viable loan modification plan is submitted with every bankruptcy petition. Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may also be able to eliminate second mortgages, homeowner’s association and IRS liens, pay off investment properties in five years or less at their current market value, and wipe out credit card and medical debt. In short, a foreclosure is a serious legal matter that can lead to the loss of your home, and a significant money judgment against you if not properly handled by legal professionals. 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. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information.

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What You Need to Know About Deep Brain Stimulation There are more than 100 nervous system disorders that afflict millions of people across the globe. Many of the disorders affect a person’s movement and alter their motor controls. This includes balance, gait, speed of movement, tremors, jerks and abnormal postures. Deep brain stimulation or DBS has successfully treated these symptoms and allowed many sufferers to reclaim their lives.

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Q: Who should consider DBS? A: There are many complex factors that must be considered before committing to DBS. You should discuss your condition and symptoms with a neurologist who specializes in movement disorder. Patients who have tried medical treatments including medications, and have not attained satisfactory control of their disorder, should talk to a physician about their DBS options.

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JoAnn Laskin, Executive Director for Camp Sagemont, has been actively involved with the camp since it first opened in 1997. She has seen and helped it grow from a traditional day camp to offering a selection of specialty camp programs from sports to science to the stage. Laskin shares her thoughts on what makes Camp Sagemont so special and what’s Art campers “loved” the during a field trip to in store for campers exhibit the Young At Art Museum. this summer.

along with our themes. The campers love our on campus pool run by The Swim Academy. All of our campers, whether in traditional day camp or one of our specialty camps, enjoy building lasting friendships and memories while trying new activities and developing new interests.

How and why do you always incorporate field trips into your camp programs? Camp

Sagemont campers are on the go! Some of the programs are based specifically around field

What’s new and exciting this summer? This

Do you offer a bus service?  Due to expressed

Adventure campers enjoy getting wet while exploring many water sports and water opportunities in South Florida.

summer, in addition to our traditional day camp and popular adventure camp, art camp, science camp, sports camp and travel camp, we will be offering zoo camp, voice/performance camp, marine camp and cheer camp. The campers in each camp will benefit from a hands-on approach through the exposure of field trips, presenters and performances. 

trips and exploration and other camps have field trips once a week to locations that tie into the programs’ activities. Our campers visit places like the Morakami Museum, the Venetian Pools, Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Biscayne Nature Center, airboat rides, water parks, and Marlins games.

How does Camp Sagemont come up with these original programs? We have many

What credentials do your lead counselors/ instructors have? The specialty camp instruc-

brainstorming sessions, we listen to family survey comments and we look at popular trends.

What are some of the things children can look forward to this summer at Camp Sagemont? Each week has a specific theme

which we don’t announce until camp begins. We always introduce new special events to go

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Some students need academic support over the summer. What is offered in the Summer School program? We are very proud

of our academic Summer School program because these are hard to find in Broward County. We cater to students who want to get enrichment or remediation to help bridge the learning gap that can occur for students over the summer. Some students attend just summer school and Camp Sagemont’s youngest others choose to parcampers always enjoy showing their team spirit ticipate in a summer during Color Wars. school and day camp combination. In addition, we offer an English Learning camp for students who are just being introduced to the English language.

Why did Camp Sagemont expand from a traditional day camp program to providing so many specialty camps? We found that our campers have so many diverse interests that we wanted to create a variety of options for them to grow and expand into. There is something offered for everyone from preschool through 8th grade. In addition, our camp programs are geared towards active involvement while having fun!

high school students? Our Leader In Training program is a great opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours and learn a host of valuable leadership skills. Many of the LIT’s want to apply to become camp counselors with Camp Sagemont when they are old enough.

tors attend universities or are graduates and have majored in the field such as marine biology or zoology. Our cheer instructor currently coaches cheerleading for her school as well as the Sagemont School cheerleaders. 

Camp Sagemont is for students through middle school. Do you offer a program for

interest from parents, we are offering a limited bus service this summer for the first time serving the areas of Miramar to Plantation. The service will be based on demand and parents can call the camp for details.

Anything else you would like readers to know about Camp Sagemont?  Our campers have come to know and love their summers with us. We are always changing things up and adding new experiences. We are very excited about introducing more new programs geared to appeal to middle schoolers. We want the campers and their parents to know that our daily activities, adventures and travels provide a great opportunity for building friendships plus exploring South Florida’s attractions in an easy, safe and affordable environment.  

Camp Sagemont begins the week of June 10th and runs through August 9th. Camp hours are 9am to 3:30pm, with early care and after care available. All programs are held on Sagemont’s Lower School Campus in Weston. To learn more about Camp Sagemont visit www.campsagemont.com or call (954) 384-1894.

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The staff at Cooper City High School played the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to raise money for the James & Lindsay Layer Scholarship Foundation, which was initiated by the parents of two former CCHS students who passed away. The event raised $3,000. Photo: (l to r): Ashley Livingston, Mona Edwards, former Cooper City Mayor Debby Eisinger, Principal Wendy Doll, and Debbie Schackne

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Four athletes from Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School signed Letters of Intent on Spring Signing Day. Photo (l to r): Kaitlyn Ortagus signed with Brevard Community College to play softball, Jonathan Quintana signed with Barry University to play baseball, Jacob Blanco signed with Florida Atlantic University to play soccer and Nick Elias signed with Wingate University to play lacrosse.

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