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ally do not get the snow flakes or the frosty winter temperatures, we do get the holiday season. While the upcoming holidays may have different meanings for many of our readers due to their diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, for all of us it should be a time to reflect on the year gone by. It’s the season to gauge our own conduct. Have we made enough time for our children? Have we reached out to our neighbors to lend a helping hand to those in need? Have we spent time with our parents, our family and our friends? This is the time to mend minor disagreements with family, friends and neighbors; to forgive and forget. This is also the time to remember those less fortunate, to teach our children to share our good fortune with our loved ones, as well as those in need. There are families right here in our communities who need our assistance. Help make the season brighter for them by giving generously. And consider giving your children gifts they will cherish for a lifetime; the gift of love and the gift of giving. The holidays are the perfect time to teach your children to be thankful for what they have and to help others. For that is truly what the holidays are about.

Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 COMMUNITY NEWS Aktion Club Holds Car Wash Fundraiser for Ease Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Tis’ the Season for Holiday Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Girl Scout Troop Celebrates 100th Birthday in Savannah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 EASE Foundation Fire Creates Greater Need for Gift Donations . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Lowe’s Hero Program Volunteers Help Clean up Davie PAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Kovac Donates Soccer Balls to Davie Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Neighbors to Celebrate the Winter Solstice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Chocolate Lovers Indulge at the Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Health & Wellness Give Yourself the Gift of Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Look Good, Feel Better with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

cover story Blown Away Hair Salon Will Help You Look Your Best This Holiday Season . . . . . 24

School News University School Students Go Bald for a Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Cooper City High School Students Win Anti-Bullying PSA Contest . . . . . . . . . 36

Legally Speaking Wipe Out Second Mortgages, Avoid Foreclosure and Stay in Your Home . . . . . . 35 Holiday Cheer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Real estate Is Our Davie-Cooper City Real Estate Market Recovering? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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Adult Luncheon – Celebrate the holidays with an Adult Luncheon, complete with food and music, from 11am to 1:30pm, at the Cooper City Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place. The cost is only $3, plus a side dish or dessert. Reservations are required.

Touch A Heart – Participate in the 8th Annual Touch A Heart Spa Day, where you will be treated to an “ex-spa-rience” you will never forget. In return for a donation to help the needy, receive an entire day of pampering at a private home in Southwest Ranches. For information, visit or call 954-566-0644. Community Health Fair – The Tabernacle of Christian Faith will be holding a “free” Community Health Fair, from 10am to 2pm, at 6712 Stirling Road, in the Shops of Stirling. For information, call 954-473-1004.

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5th Decorating Contest – The Town of Davie invites schools and civic groups to participate in the 24rd Annual Holiday Tree, Menorah and Kinara Decorating Contest, at the Davie Town Hall. For information, call 954-797-1163 or visit

Light Up Cooper City – The City of Cooper City will kick off the holiday season with Light Up Cooper City, from 6 to 9 pm, at Cooper City’s Memorial Park, located between City Hall and the Community Center on 90th Ave. Take a stroll in the park and enjoy the mini twinkle lights and luminaire candles, community youth performances, children’s activities and indoor craft show. Children, ages one to eight, can also visit with Santa at the gazebo. Bring canned food items to benefit the needy.

7th Girl Scout Sleepover – Attention all Girl Scouts! Bring your sleeping bag and sleep over in the historic Old School. Enjoy an old fashioned holiday party, while doing fun activities, such as stringing popcorn, making ice cream, caroling/singing Girl Scout songs, a flashlight tour of the historic museum and more. Arrive at 6:30pm. Cost

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Family Ceramics – Create a special “December Holidays” ceramics piece with your child and take it home that night! Event held at the Community Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children must be in first grade and up. Must pre-register of the Greens and Snow Play. Visit a display at the Community Center. Cost is $10 of thousands of lights, over 50 beautifully per family, plus $10 per child for project adorned holiday trees, menorahs, and materials. Come at 6 p.m. and join the kinaras, as you enjoy free traditional “Pizza Crowd.” For information, call 954refreshments and a holiday magic show. 434-4300, ext. 233. There will be 20 tons of snow. Children can also have their photos taken with Santa in the Council Chambers for a small fee. Don’t miss the Jingle Bell Parade, put on by the South Florida Trail Riders, as well as the free petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls and more. Culture Vultures – The Culture Vultures presents Beyond the Labyrinth: The Dance Legacy of Martha Graham. William Charles Crowley, Artistic Director of Next Step Dance, explores the life and 70 year career of Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer. Program will be held from 2 to 4pm, at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, located at 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., in Davie. For information, call 954-2625477 or visit

14th Shabbat/Hanukkah Service – Join Cantor Debbi Ballard and Shema Koleinu for a Friday night Shabbat/Hanukkah community service and celebration at the Long Lake Ranches West Clubhouse, 3180 Birch Terr., in Davie, at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be latkes and dessert after services. Contribution of $10 an adult and $5 for children is requested, but not required. For information, call 954-646-1326

15th Spyke’s Grove – Learn how your stress can disappear in the garden and sample some comfort foods at Spyke’s Grove, from 9am to 2pm, 7250 Griffin Rd., in Davie. For information, visit www.spykestropicalnursery. com or call 954-583-0426.

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

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have been reaching out to people and organizations in the community that need help. They recently held a car wash at a United Cerebral Palsy group home in Davie to raise money for Davie’s EASE Foundation, which offers aid to residents that are in need of temporary emergency assistance. The Aktion Club is part of the Kiwanis clubs in Division 24. It allows adults living with disabilities to participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills and become more involved in society. Several Kiwanis Clubs in Division 24 partnered with their high school Key Clubs and parents to help the Aktion Club with the car wash. All of the Aktion members contributed in some way. Most washed cars, while those who were wheelchair bound cheered for them. The group was determined to raise money and did not let the rainy weather stop them. In total, they raised $125 for the EASE Foundation. “They had so much fun at the event,” said Ingrid Lazarus, Aktion Club chair and advisor. “They could have washed cars all day long, rain or shine.” The Aktion Club currently has 20 members with varying disabilities. They meet once a month to participate in activities, as well as service projects that will benefit the community. In the seven months since the club was chartered, members have collected books for a day care center, golf balls and newspaper for the Humane Society, cards for the military, pennies for puppies at the Humane Society, canned goods for the Salvation Army and much more. “As Kiwanis, it is our responsibility to help the members of the Aktion Club,” said Ingrid. “They run their own meetings and come up with the ideas. We are there to offer advice and help them execute some of their ideas.”

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AG USA Gymnastics has once again been crowned Florida USAG 2012 State Champions for Level 3 Girls Gymnastics. The First Place USAG State Championship is TAG USA’s second in a row for Level 3 Gymnastics. During the 2011-12 season, TAG USA won State Championships in Level 3, Level 4, and in Prep-Optionals. The unprecedented string of State Championships has vaulted TAG USA Gymnastics into the upper echelon of the nation’s best gyms. On November 17th and 18th, Florida USAG held their State Championship Competition for Level 2 and Level 3 teams in Deerfield Beach. Over 100 participating gymnastics clubs competed in Florida’s illustrious meet. The TAG USA Level 3 Team finished with an all around score of 116.200, beating other top three Florida gyms by nearly two points. TAG USA beat perennial powerhouses like Tampa Bay Turners, Ace, and Orlando Metro by a large margin. TAG USA finished first all around in vault, beam, bars and floor. No other Broward County Gym finished in the top five.

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Tis’ the Season for Holiday Celebrations By Debby Teich

the children to enjoy during the event. Children can also have their photos taken with Santa in the Council he winter holiday season is upon us Chambers for a small fee. Don’t miss the Jingle Bell and there are many ways for area residents to Parade, put on by the South Florida Trail Riders, as celebrate with friends and family, as well as to well as the free petting farm, bounce houses, climbing help those in need. walls and more. On December 5, at the Winter Holiday Tree, On December 14, celebrate the holidays with an Menorah and Kinara Decorating Contest, school Adult Luncheon, complete with food and music, from and civic groups will start decorating the menorahs, 11am to 1:30pm, at the Cooper City Community Center, kinaras and holiday trees that line the entrance to the 9000 SW 50th Place. The cost is only $3, plus a side dish Davie Town Hall. The groups make all of their own or dessert. Reservations are required. On December 15, decorations and the Town provides the lights, holiday from 3:30 to 8pm, Cooper City adults will take a trip to trees, menorahs and kinaras. Prizes will be awarded Tradewinds Park. They will tour the park, view the for the best decorations. spectacular holiday decorations and lights, and visit On December 7, the City of Cooper City will kick off with the animals. Cost is $4 and includes transportation. the holiday season with Light Up Cooper City, from Registration required. 6 to 9 pm, at Cooper City’s Memorial Park, located Join the Town of Davie and participate in the U.S. between City Hall and the Community Center on Davie students decorate one of more than Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by donat90th Ave. Take a stroll in the park and enjoy the mini 50 trees that line Town Hall. ing new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls. The official twinkle lights and luminaire candles, community youth drop-off locations are at Davie Town Hall and at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose performances, children’s activities and indoor craft show. Children, ages one to eight, Center. They are collecting through December 14. can also visit with Santa at the gazebo. Bring canned food items to benefit the needy. On December 9, bring the family to Davie’s Winter Holiday Lighting of the Greens All times, dates and activities are subject to change. For information on Davie and Snow Play. Visit a display of thousands of lights, over 50 beautifully adorned holiday events, visit For information on Cooper City events, visit www. trees, menorahs, and kinaras, as you enjoy free traditional refreshments and a holiday magic show. For those who miss snow, 20 tons of the “white stuff” will be blown for


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t has been 100 years since Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled

18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local Girl Scout meeting. Today, Girl Scouts has grown to nearly three million members. Last month, members of Girl Scout Troops 10262 and 10465 traveled to Savannah to learn more about Low and to tour her birthplace. Although the organization has evolved to reflect the changing needs and challenges of the girls, it has remained faithful to Low’s vision of building girls of courage, confidence and character. It continues to provide them with a safe place to discover more about themselves and the world around them, to connect with others, and to take action to make the world a better place. The girls in Troop 10262 have been together since they were in first grade. They meet at the New Horizon Methodist Church in Cooper City. For the past seven years, they have been saving all of the money from cookie sales and fundraisers to help pay for the trip. “They wanted to visit Low’s home this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary,” said Cindy Clayton, troop leader. “It taught them the importance of saving for something special.” Although Hurricane Sandy was looming, it did not stop the girls from boarding

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the Amtrak train to Savannah. The first stop was a tour of Low’s home, where they got a taste of what life was like in the 1800’s. They made thread from cotton and sat at a loom to practice weaving. They also held a pinning ceremony in the garden and talked about the meaning of Girl Scouts. The next day, they took a tour of Savannah. They visited the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is the only place in the city that is not “haunted.” They also spent time at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where they drew portraits, built 3-D geometric designs, watched short films, and more. At night, they went on a ghost tour in a hearse. “It was fun to be with the girls from the troop on the trip,” said thirteen-year-old Gianna Clayton. “It was very exciting to see Low’s house and to learn all of the history behind it, but the best part of the trip was the ghost tour.” Throughout the year, the troop participates in a variety of community projects. They have volunteered at the Hollywood Beach Cleanup, Founder’s Day, and many other events. “Girl Scouts teaches the girls so many things that they would not learn normally,” said Cindy. “It helps them develop their full individual potential, relate to others with understanding, respect all people, and use their resources wisely. It also encourages them to help others.”

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Program recently donated their time to give the Davie Police Athletic League facility a much-needed facelift. They made significant improvements to the building, both inside and out. “They did an amazing job,” said Officer Tim Albury, director of Davie PAL. “Now it looks like a professional establishment.” Transforming lives one community at a time — that’s been the mission of Lowe’s Heroes since the volunteer program began in the stores more than 10 years ago. The program encourages employees to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school, and make a difference. Approximately 65 volunteers from several stores in the Davie area arrived at 6:30am and enjoyed breakfast, donated by Rebuilding Together. By noon, they had painted the interior walls of the building, in addition to mulching and landscaping the entire property. They also turned an old storage room into an equipment room by painting the floors and walls, putting up paneling and installing cabinets. “The room looks great,” said Tim. “Now we will be able to keep track of all of the equipment. The kids were so excited to see all of the changes.”

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At the end of the day, Lowes donated all of the ladders, shovels, paint rollers and tools. Lowes also donated enough paint for the newly resurfaced basketball gym, as well as paneling for the teen room. 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. It currently offers flag football, boxing, after school tutoring, and mentoring. In the spring it will also offer basketball. Davie PAL is located at 4300 S.W. 57th Terrace, in Davie. For information, visit www. or call 954-3212567. For more information about the Lowe’s Hero Program, visit the web at

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s the holidays approach, many of Blown straighteners and other chemical treatments, Away Hair Salon’s clients are looking for the hottest which have become very popular because they trends in hair and skin care. Located in Cooper leave hair looking silky, smooth and straight, City, the full-service salon offers men and women the without any frizz or damage. Although many latest in haircuts, styling, color, conditioning treatments, salons offer these treatments after hours, relaxers, Keratin Treatments, microdermabrasion peels, Blown Away has a private room with two hair extensions and more. It has an experienced team of separate ventilation systems so it can offer artists ready to assist clients with all of their beauty needs. these services during regular business hours. “There are so many exciting ways to do something No look is complete without the proper special for the holidays,” said Laura O’Shea, who owns makeup. Whether you want your makeup to the salon with Ann Williams. Try a new hair style like look natural or dramatic, the salon’s makeup braids, twists, and loose beach waves. Color your hair artists can help you highlight your facial feain the Ombre, made popular by Kim Kardashian and tures. The salon also specializes in airbrush Owners Laura O’Shea (left) and Ann Williams (right) Jessica Beal, where the color of the hair fades gradually from dark to light. Select fuchsia or another bold color Hot Heads extensions give Roya Shandler, licensed hair a longer or fuller hair. esthetician, offers a and put in peek-a-boo highlights like Christina Aguilera. variety of services. Clients say they are relaxed from the moment they walk in the salon, which has a warm, inviting, upscale atmosphere. It is decorated with rich wood, beautiful granite and a variety of chandeliers. “We go out of our way to make clients feel comfortable,” said Laura. As soon as they enter the reception area, they are greeted with a warm welcome and offered their choice of wine, beer, flavored water, mimosa or coffee. They can enjoy the soothing sounds of the built-in waterfall as they read a magazine, watch two flat screen televisions, listen to XM music or stay connected with free Wi-Fi. The salon has attracted a team of the most experienced and talented stylists in the area who are current on the latest beauty trends and styles. They begin each appointment with a consultation to understand the client’s needs. Some are looking for a subtle enhancement while others want a dramatic change. Stylists also work with clients for special occasions like weddings, proms, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, First Communions and more. Hair stylists also use Hot Heads hair extensions for clients who want longer or fuller hair. They are made of 100 percent human hair and reasonably priced. The product is special-ordered to match the color of the client’s hair. It can be used with a flat iron or curling iron and you can even swim with it. It is a popular look for everyday or special occasions. The salon is happy to welcome hairstylist Janya Baiardi The salon offers many exciting The salon’s colorists use only the best brands and back to South Florida. nail colors for the holidays. products; many of them are organic. The products leave hair with vibrant color, texture and shine, as well as makeup, which is light and waterproof. cures, pedicures, Shellac, Gelish, pink and whites and damage-free. The formulas are customized for each client The salon’s licensed esthetician, Roya Shandler, offers acrylics. Clients can also purchase a variety of products depending on whether they want to enhance their natural deep cleansing, facial oxygenation, enzyme peels, mild to so they can enjoy some of the benefits of good hair and color or create an entirely new look. Since the process is medium chemical peels, lymphatic drainage treatments, skin care at home. Some of the products include full lines often time consuming, Blown Away has gone to great waxing, microdermabrasion peels and more. She uses high of Moroccan Oil, KMS, It’s a 10, and Enjoy. lengths to ensure that it is as comfortable and convenient quality products like A Natural Difference, PCA Skincare as possible. The salon’s unique and beautiful state-of-the and Osmosis to treat different skin conditions and get Blown Away is located at 12393 Sheridan St. in Cooper art Color Bar allows clients to relax in one seat during maximum results. She is currently offering a 40-minute City. It is open Tues., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. and Thurs., 9 the entire treatment. Colorists also use a Rollerball for mini-facial for $35 that includes cleansing, exfoliation, a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 processing, instead of the traditional hair dryer. extraction, massage and a mask. p.m. It is closed on Sun. and Mon. For more information, Many of the salon’s clients come for Keratin treatments, The salon offers full service nail care, including mani- call 954-392-5592 or visit

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is strategically placed so that it cradles the sunset during summer and winter solstices. When the sun sets, it appears to sit perfectly in the saddle, where a rider would. Residents have celebrated the solstice since the park opened in 2004. This year’s event is scheduled to begin at 5pm, leaving enough time for everyone to find a spot for their chair or blanket before the sun sets. Organizers will serve light refreshments. Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is located at 5840 Volunteer Rd., just north of Stirling Rd. in Sunshine Ranches. It has more than 20 acres of lushly-landscaped open space designed for the enjoyment of Southwest Ranches residents and their horses. It is the City’s first public recreational facility and a great place to school a horse; walk a dog; meet some friends or enjoy the surroundings. The park includes a 10,400-square foot practice ring, 37,500-square foot show ring, as well as more than 10 acres of horse and nature trails. It also has a playground, restroom facility and a sheltered seating area.

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solstice on December 21, a group of neighbors from Southwest Ranches will meet for a small informal gathering at Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park. They will celebrate the official start of winter, catch up with old friends, and meet some new ones, as they experience the beauty of Richard Medlock’s sculpture. “All are welcome as we gather to celebrate the Solstice and holiday season with neighbors in our tranquil, country location,” said December Lauretano-Haines, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Southwest Ranches. The word “solstice” is derived from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still.” Solstices occur twice a year. They are the longest and shortest days of the year, marking the start of summer and winter, respectively. They are also the best days to witness one of the key Richard Medlock’s sculpture is designed so that the sun design elements of Medlock’s Equestrian Oasis, appears to set in the saddle during the solstice. which is located in the park. The public art feature reflects both form and function. The main area is shaped There is no charge for the event. The entire community is welcome. For more informalike a horseshoe and contains earth berms, stones for seating, a waterfall, fountain tion, visit or call 954-343-7452. and shade trees. A concrete saddle sculpture sits on the western ridge of the berm. It

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Chocolate Lovers Indulge at the Festival By Debby Teich


ver 7,000 chocoholics visited the Festival of Chocolate,

held at the Nova Southeastern University Arena in Davie. The allchocolate shopping, interactive and educational event included two days of creamy, dreamy, cocoa-flavored fun – all in one place. There was something for chocolate lovers of all ages. Some of the highlights included live professional competitions, a cocoa couture fashion show, live demonstrations, chocolate game shows, chocolate classes, guest competitions, wine and chocolate pairings, a chocolate vender showcase and more. Visitors sampled a variety of chocolate-flavored items, including barbeque sauce, wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. “Residents in the Davie area sure do love their chocolate!” said Aileen Mand, show producer. One of the big winners was Jonathan Grotsky of Cookielicious in Davie. The former Hard Rock Pastry Chef won the Best Cookie, Best Cake and Best in Show. Carlos Coronado, from the Cordon Bleu Culinary School, won the Chocolate Showpiece Competition. Angela Encio, from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, won the Live Cake Decorating Competition. Dragana Bubic won the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show for the Chocolate Meltdown, made with over 1,000 chocolate wrappers. Robert Grime attended with his seven-yearold son. “We had so much fun sampling all of the chocolate,” said Robert. “My son got to compete in the cookie stacking contest and decorate a cupcake.”



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University School Students Go Bald for a Day By Debby Teich


hile most students at the University School of Nova

Southeastern University in Davie paid careful attention to the way their hair looked on November 2, members of the Debbie’s Dream Club decided to go bald. They joined thousands of people around the world that went bald on the same day as part of “Be Bold, Be Bald,” a global fundraiser which honors cancer patients and raises money to fight the disease. Seventy-four students purchased

bald caps for $5 and wore them for the entire day in honor of patients fighting cancer or in memory of someone who lost their battle to cancer. They asked friends and relatives to sponsor them. Between the sale of the caps and online donations, they raised more than $1,000. The Debbie’s Dream club at the school organized the event. Twins Rachel and Zachary Zelman, 14, started the middle school club for their mother, Debbie Zelman, who was diagnosed with Stage IV advanced, incurable stomach cancer in April 2008. The club has its own activities and also supports Can’t Stomach Cancer: The Foundation of Debbie’s Dream. The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. “I am so proud of how much awareness the middle school club brought to this year’s event,” said Debbie Zelman, club advisor and founder of Can’t Stomach Cancer (formerly Debbie’s Dream). “It means so much to me to see their club grow. The passion that they have to help my dream of making the cure for stomach cancer a reality is overwhelming. This event honors all of those who are affected by cancer in general – especially me. They have warmed my heart.” To make a donation before December 31, visit For information on Can’t Stomach Cancer, call 954-475-1200 or visit


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Cooper City High School Students Win Anti-Bullying PSA Contest By Debby Teich

Jeremy and Rachel produced the video as part of the school’s advance television program, CTV (Cowboy Television). “The ooper City High School students Rachel students are used to competitions and they are excellent in Gross and Jeremy Haas were recently honored for their craft,” said Alfredo Pichardo, advisor. The video took taking a stand against bullying. They won first approximately two weeks to produce. After brainstorming place in a contest to create a one-minute public service ideas to develop a concept, they casted, filmed and edited announcement (PSA) based on one of the tools outlined the video. “We had to upload quickly in order to use social in Gay Lynn Grigas’ book Trigger-Proof Your Way To media in our favor,’ said Pichardo. Success: 12 Tools to Keep Your Cool and Confidence. Through the process, Pichardo says that the students The anti-bullying campaign was organized by The learned how to use the trigger proof tools to manage their Empowerment Center Corporation, a 501(c) (3) that actions. “Kids do not understand how far they can go delivers training for elementary, middle and high school with words,” said Pichardo. “And often it is too late.” The students. “This training actually shows students how to students have been sharing the PSA with the rest of the recognize their emotional triggers and manage their reacschool on CTV. Pichardo says it was a great feeling to win. tions from the inside,” said Grigas. “Simply shifting focus “The kids worked hard and Cooper City helped us win,” from external to internal can set students on a positive life said Pichardo. “We united as a community and excelled.” Jeremy Haas (left) and Rachel Gross (right) with course they never dreamed possible.” their advisor Alfredo Pichardo (Center). Rachel and Jeremy received trophies, Broward Sheriff’s Students from nine schools in Broward County entered Office pins, gift bags and a Go-Pro camera for the school. 17 PSA’s in the competition. They posted the videos on the YouTube channel and CTV is currently raising funds to attend the National Television Convention in whichever one had the most “likes” was declared the winner. The voting extended the Los Angeles in March. They are also hoping to purchase a lawn trailer for a portable reach of the PSAs to a wide audience and included the entire community - families, control room, so they can add more school sports webcasting. friends and students. There were over 10,000 views during the three-week contest. The PSAs can still be viewed by typing in “AntibullyingPSA-Trigger-Proof” on YouTube. To view Cooper City High School’s winning video, visit “The winning video captures the importance of being resilient, so you can change v=vxM4SKRtsZA&feature=plcp. To contact the CTV booster club, send an email from feeling bad about yourself to being at peace with who you are,” said Grigas, who to was the victim of bullying in middle school. “No one defines you but you.”


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Real estate

Is Our Davie-Cooper City Real Estate Market Recovering?

We would like to welcome

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ccording to Bloomberg, “Warren Buffett’s

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is extending its bet on the U.S. housing market by forming a venture with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. as low interest rates, inventory and prices spur a real-estate rebound.” One would assume this is a great sign that he believes a real estate recovery is guaranteed. Although the average family has lost over $21,000 in personal “household” wealth because of foreclosure activity, in the grand picture, it is only a matter of time before our housing market fully rebounds. On a personal and local note, I have been listing single family properties this year and they are “flying off the shelf!”

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Consider my current evaluation of Davie: ▸▸ There are 22.8% fewer homes on the market than the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ Sales are up 16.1% and 7.3% more homes have pended. ▸▸ Prices are up. The Average Active Price is up 7.4% over last month, 4% over last year and .7% over the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ Sold prices are even better. They are up over 8% over last month, 19.5% over last year and 13.9% over the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ Currently, there is 6.4 months of inventory. Homes are staying on the market no longer than 90 days and are selling within 90% of their original list price. Consider Cooper City: ▸▸ There are 31.3% fewer homes on the market than the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ Sales are up .8% and 24.5% more homes have pended. ▸▸ Prices are up. The Average Active Price is up over 8.9% over last year and 7.5% over the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ Sold prices are even better. They are up over 7.1% over last month, 15.3% over last year and 10.8% over the same quarter one year ago. ▸▸ In Cooper City, homes are selling within 96% of their original list price and are on the market an average of 65 days. ▸▸ Currently, there is 2.9 months of inventory in Cooper City – an indication of a Seller’s market and a recovering market. A sensitive subject: South Florida has one of the strictest building codes in the world. Our homes are built for harsh weather conditions and, in light of what has just occurred in the Northeast with Hurricane Sandy, we must be grateful for the quality. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013. If you would like a comprehensive, comparative market analysis of a property, contact me at, and I will send your report within 24 hours. You can visit my website at to search properties in all of Broward County. You can even perform a search in one of thirteen different languages. I look forward to working with you on your home sale, purchase or lease.

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EX. Everyone is interested or curious when

it comes to this subject material, although we don’t necessarily admit it openly. Even so, Shades Of Grey didn’t fly off the book shelves by itself. Sex and sexuality are important to men and women. As a physician I frequently address patient concerns regarding interest, discomfort, energy, etc. We now see more direct advertisement on television, newspaper and internet. After 2 ½ years of administering bioidentical hormones, I want to bring awareness to everyone that both men and women are having improved sexuality as a result of replenishing a natural level of hormone to the body. Aging is inevitable. Our bodies don’t produce the same level of hormone as we age. Taking care of these changes by bioidentical hormones is not only logical but also natural. How many medication ads on TV list so many side effects that you then are afraid to use the product? This is a treatment that exposes your body to something you have produced naturally. In addition, there are health benefits that go along with this. One of my patient’s asked recently, “How come people don’t know about this?” As physicians we strive to increase knowledge and awareness as we spend time (consultation) with patients to facilitate this. Some examples of common patient complaints can easily be resolved by taking hormones. For instance, “My exercise doesn’t help me lose weight.” Taking bioidentical hormones will raise testosterone levels which in turn facilitates muscle metabolism and reduction of body fat. Or, “My skin is dry. My hair is thinning.” Estrogen will replenish skin and hair better than buying expensive skin creams and hair treatments. Putting back what is missing is far more therapeutic than treating a symptom. The help is here with bioidentical hormones. You need to recognize this and want to receive it. We get older everyday but you don’t have to feel like it. I will close by sharing my personal experience. Bioidentical hormone (testosterone) therapy was very helpful. I noticed that I don’t feel like I need a nap at 2:30 in the afternoon anymore. I enjoy exercise and muscle development is more efficient. Libido is enhanced with physical benefits as well. I encourage everyone to read and understand the benefits of natural bioidentical hormones so you can enjoy the quality of life and health improvements that they provide.

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he men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s

Office are committed to keeping Broward County residents and visitors safe this holiday season and throughout the year. Following some simple safety tips will help keep you and your family safe. Too often, opportunistic criminals prey on holiday shoppers. While you are out making your purchases, stay alert. Remember to park your car in a well-lit area and secure valuables inside your trunk or take them with you. When you return to your vehicle, have your keys in hand so that you can quickly unlock the door and get in. You should never carry large amounts of money and if you go to an ATM for cash, do so during daytime hours in a safe location.

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With the number of vehicles on our roadways and in crowded parking lots, it is important to practice patience. Speeding, distractions and alcohol contribute to the increased number of accidents this time of year. If you are attending a holiday celebration and plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver or take a cab. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has a ZERO tolerance policy for drunk drivers and will be out in force to ensure all of our roadways are safe. If you will be leaving home for the holidays and live in a Broward Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, I encourage you to sign up for our free Home Watch program. To sign up for this free service, visit Once you fill out the form, please return it to your local BSO district office. There are many ways you can protect your home from thieves. Before you leave town please remember to: ▸▸ secure your doors, windows, garage, storage sheds and gates ▸▸ leave a parked car in your driveway or ask trusted neighbor to park in your driveway ▸▸ have the post office hold your mail ▸▸ stop your newspaper delivery Remember, a few minutes of prevention can save you from becoming a victim of a crime this holiday season. On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I wish you a safe holiday and very happy New Year. To contact me, call 954-831-8902 or send an email to

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Dr. Dan’s Animal Clinic At Dr. Dan’s Animal Clinic we strive to produce a high quality veterinary experience. I will personally go above and beyond your expectations to provide you with a comprehensive veterinary visit and have instructed my staff to do the same. You will notice the difference from the moment you enter the hospital. -- Dr. Sobol

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illi and Cooper are both Shih Tzu’s. Cooper (the darker

haired one) might also have some Yorkee in him. Milli is the princess of the house and Cooper is the new prince. He was recently adopted from Pets in Distress after he was tossed out of a car and left in the street. Cooper loves to play with his stuffed ducky that quacks and chew on his raw-hide bones or anything else he can get. Milli just likes to sit and look pretty. They both love to go for long walks to the park and play with their neighborhood friends Zoe, Cody & Nicky. They don’t like thunder and storms. They get very scared and always run looking for their mommy or daddy. They were last seen chilling out and happy to be so loved.

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Vote for your favorite! Rules are simple. 1. You must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license to qualify. 2. Complete at least 15 categories and mail in ballot by December 7, 2012 to qualify (one entry per person), one ballot per envelope. Mail entire page to: Reader’s Choice 2012. 1960 N. Commerce Pkwy., Suite 3, Weston, FL 33326 Results will be announced in the December 2011 Special issue of Reader’s Choice Davie.


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It’s Their Business

A Facial or Massage from Massage Envy Spa Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift By Debby Teich


s the holidays approach, many are

searching for the perfect gift for friends, family and colleagues. A facial or massage is a great way to help alleviate stress as well as to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit. Massage Envy Spa in Cooper City offers a variety of choices for the holidays. Buy one as a gift or treat yourself.

Owner Rick Altman answered some commonly asked questions about Massage Envy Spa in Cooper City.

How long have you been in business? My wife, Pam,

choice. As always, gift cards are a fabulous choice as they allow the recipient to choose their services that best suit their needs. The cards can be sent to out-of-town recipients who can use the card at their nearest spa.

What is so special about your facials? The

Murad Healthy Skin Facials feature specially formulated products from world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad. The facials help clients achieve balanced, more youthful looking skin. Sessions begin with a skin analysis by a licensed, trained esthetician who recommends one of four 50-minute custom facials, including a choice of Anti-Aging, Acne, Vitamin C and Sensitive Skin facials. We also sell the full line of Murad retail products so clients can continue their skin care regimen at home.

and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary in our Cooper City location. We Owners Pam and Rick Altman continue to add new services to give our clients more choices, including the addition of Murad Healthy Skin Facials, to our wide variety of massages.

Why do you think massages and facials have remained so popular? In these difficult

economic times, stress plays a major part of our lives. A massage or a facial becomes more of a necessity than a luxury, allowing our clients to have an hour or two of relaxation and “me” time. It is a wonderful gift to give yourself or someone else.

Why do you suggest a membership to Massage Envy Spa? Our members pay discounted rates for all services and can participate in specials and birthday surprises that aren’t offered to non-members.

Are you offering anything special for the holidays? We are offering luxurious gift baskets

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Tell us about your therapists. Every therapist

has gone through an extensive interview process, including a hands-on massage with a member of our management team and a professional background check. All of our therapists are licensed, certified and have years of experience.

How many treatment rooms do you have?

We have nine single rooms, as well as one couple’s room that is perfect for couples, friends, or even a parent and child who want to experience a massage together.

What made you decide to open a spa? Pam

became a member of Massage Envy over seven years ago. At first, she went about once a month. She loved it so much that she began going at least 2-3 times per month. She noticed, and so did I, that regular massages helped lessen the frequency of her migraines and lowered her stress level. So, when we were looking for a new business to invest in, it was a perfect match.

the client listens to soothing, spa music lying on a padded table covered with a warming blanket.

What makes Massage Envy Cooper City so convenient? We are open seven days a What are your most popular massages?

Clients can choose from a variety of massages, depending on their needs, whether it be therapeutic or relaxing. Four new aromatherapy massages have proven extremely popular. Clients are treated to a wonderful scented lotion and given a bottle of the lotion to take home. Clients also love the Hot Stone Therapy, which helps melt away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. Our Deep Heat Relief Muscle Therapy is ideal for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or limited mobility due to athletic training, repetitive movements, and overuse. Clients are also able to choose 90 or 120 minute sessions, which allow the therapist to target a specific troubled area and give an amazing full body massage.

Describe a typical massage session. A mas-

sage therapy session begins with a five minute consultation, which allows the therapist to customize the treatment and address any injuries, ailments or other areas of concern. A session includes 50 minutes of hands-on therapy while

week for over 84 hours, including late nights and weekends. Many customers come during lunch, after a long bike ride or run, once the kids are asleep or to celebrate a special occasion.

Do you sell retail products? We sell

the full line of Murad skin care products and specialize in anti-aging, acne, vitamin C, resurgence, sensitive skin and men’s grooming products. In addition, we offer all natural wonderful smelling soy candles that double as a hand lotion and Biofreeze products.

Massage Envy Spa in Cooper City is located at 2651 N. Hiatus Road, in the Embassy Lakes Shopping Center next to Tuesday Morning. To make an appointment, call 954-432-1112 or visit Hours are Monday to Friday, from 9am to 10pm, Saturday, from 9am to 7pm and Sunday, from 10am to7pm.

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Dining Out

Salsa Fiesta Celebrates One Year Anniversary with New Menu Items By Debby Teich


ince opening a year ago, Salsa Fiesta Urban Mexican Grill in

Pembroke Pines has become the go-to dining destinations for fresh, affordable Mexican cuisine. The menu includes an assortment of dishes that are robust in flavor and range from classic tacos, burritos and fajitas to salads, soups, specialty dishes and combination platters. Patrons can mix different items from the menu or build their own dishes customized to their personal tastes. To celebrate its one year anniversary, the restaurant has added a variety of tempting new items, including “tortas,” an array of homemade Mexican griddled telera bread sandwiches. In 2009, Cesar Olivo, Samuel Perez Benatar and Adriana Perez Benatar opened Salsa Fiesta in Miami and it was an instant success. All of the food is cooked to order using only fresh, high quality ingredients. The restaurant is as popular with foodies and the business crowd as it is with families or teenagers seeking a delicious meal at an unbeatable price. “The secret to our success is our commitment to customer service and never skimping on quality,” says Olivo, who is currently, along with his team, Acapulco Salad working on a third location to open in Aventura later this month. “Our guests know that everything is made in-house and that freshness, flavor and affordability are our priorities.” The restaurant boasts a vibrant, urban ambiance, replete with colorful Aztec and Mayan-inspired murals and artwork. Featuring smooth concrete walls lined with reclaimed wood and exposed ceilings, the décor expresses an industrial, loft-like setting with dynamic pops of color from tangerine chairs to planters of bright mosaic tiles. In addition, Salsa Fiesta uses eco-friendly products. The restaurant serves their dishes on organic bamboo plates which are non-toxic, melamine-free and biodegradable. In lieu of plastic forks and knives, Salsa Fiesta uses real silverware as well as reusable plastic cups which are not harmful to the environment. The dishware helps reduce waste in the environment and enhances the overall dining experience. Salsa Fiesta uses fresh vegetables from the field (Napa tomatoes, cabbage, Hass avocados, Caribbean plantains, Elote corn, tomatillo, fresh peppers) and all of the meats are marinated on the premises. The restaurant has an open kitchen, so customers can watch as the chefs peel the avocados for the infamous guacamole, the plantains for the crispy Tostones or the tomatoes for one of the Gourmet Salsas (Hot Tamale Salsa, Mango Relish, Pico de Gallo, Creamy Cilantro Salsa, Creamy Avocado Salsa, Creamy Chipotle Salsa). There are also many options for the health-conscious, including gluten-free. There are a variety of vegetarian dishes and anything on the menu can be ordered without meat. When ordering tortillas, customers can choose crispy, flour, whole wheat or lettuce wraps. They can also order white or brown rice. All of the creamy salsas are made with low fat yogurt. The new Tortas have quickly become one of the most popular items on the menu. Choose from Milanesa (crispy chicken breast, black beans, poblano rajas, pickled onions, Chihuahua cheese, chipotle cream, avocado and arugula), Choriqueso (chorizo, queso fresco a la plancha, black beans, poblano rajas, sundried Levanta Muerto tomatoes, crushed chili

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salsa and avocados), and Pepito (steak, chipotle black beans, caramelized onions and mushrooms, Chihuahua cheese, light balsamic aioli and arugula). All Tortas are served with freshly-made tortilla chips, Salsa Fiesta’s signature Hot Tamale salsa and an arugula side salad. All of the old menu favorites still remain. Some of them include the Acapulco Salad (roasted corn, pico de gallo and guacamole served over a bed of lettuce with creamy cilantro salsa and crispy tostones), with a choice of Chicken, Beef, Carintas, Veggies, Steak or Fish. Another popular item is the Guerrero Taco Platter (three lettuce-wrapped tacos filled with onions, cilantro, mango salsa, red cabbage, creamy cilantro salsa and cheese), served with chips and pico de gallo, with a choice of Chicken, Beef, Carintas, Veggies, Steak or Fish. If you are looking for a weekend brunch that isn’t the “same old same” and won’t break the bank, come to Salsa Fiesta on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 1pm. The special brunch menu is filled with appetizing Mexican brunch favorites, including Levanta Muerto (a.k.a. Salsa Fiesta’s “Hangover” Tortilla Soup), which is topped with a fried egg and Gluten-free Mexican Style Waffles (made with almond flour, dusted with Azteca cinnamon sugar, topped with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream), which is served with organic blue agave nectar syrup and guava dipping sauce. On the libations front, guests can enjoy refreshing Mimosas (made with freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne), Margaritas and Sangria. The Happy Hour is always a favorite. It runs Monday – Friday, from 3 – 7pm. Specials include $2.50 Margaritas and Sangria; $1.99 on all draft beer; and $1.50 for imported beer bottles. Salsa Fiesta also has an extensive catering menu for a crowd of 10 to 1,000. Guests can enjoy the same great food while attending a meeting, special event, birthday party or some other function. Pick up the food or have the catering department Zocalo Torta Sandwich deliver, set up and serve. Salsa Fiesta Urban Mexican Grill is located at 14914 Pines Blvd. in the Cobblestone Plaza, on Pines Blvd., just west of I-75.It is open for lunch, dinner and brunch. For information, call 954-432-0005 or visit, Facebook and Twitter (@salsa_ fiesta).

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seen on scene

Mom and Son Night


The Lauderdale Debutantes enjoyed a Western theme party at Tree Tops Park in Davie. (l to r) Caroline Fernandez, Alex Krichmar, Hannah Kern, Nora Woods, Madison Pearring and Johanna Erickson.

The City of Cooper City Parks and Recreation Department held a “Mom and Son Night of Fun.” The theme was “Olympic Challenge” and included dinner, games and dancing.

Book Swap

Cooper City children search for their favorite titles at the Community Book Swap.

DolphinS Halloween

Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders and members of the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization helped a group of school children shop for Halloween Costumes at Party City in Davie.


The Jewish Federation of Broward County received a donation from SNCF America that is earmarked for its support of Holocaust education. (l to r) Bernie Friedman, Shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, Dr. Fred Baltizer, Chairman of the Board at Pacific Research and Strategies, Vasti Amaro, Sr. Vice Preisdent East Region Keolis Transit America, Inc., Eric B. Stillman, Federation President & CEO, Alain Leray, CEO of SNCF and Dr. Stanely Margulies

Race to the Finish Line

Schott Communities for Persons who are Deaf or Disabled hosted the 2012 “Run, Walk & Roll.” More than 800 participants, family, friends, and volunteers were part of the event. (l to r) back: Co-chair Dave Shula, Cynthia McCloskey (3rd place winner for the Top Overall Female Runners) and Tim McCloskey (2nd place winner for the Top Masters Male Runners). Front: Co-chair Andrew Almeida.

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Pre-Med Club

Students in the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Pre-Med Club recently spoke with Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O, Pharm. D., M.S. and Dean at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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