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CERT Classes – The Miramar FD wants to remind you that registration is now open for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Course.  CERT training will provide the necessary skills to assist first responders in the aftermath of a disaster. There will be eight classes throughout April beginning with Disaster Preparedness on April 8. Miramar Fire-Rescue Station 84, located at 14801 S.W. 27 Street, Miramar. Classes will begin at 7 p.m. At the end of the course, each participant will receive a CERT backpack with course preparedness content and a certificate. Call 954-6024883 or email mhidalgo@miramarfd. org.

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“Dog Smarts 101” Class – This pet education class will teach dog owners (or anyone thinking about getting a pet) important information about dog behavior and why dogs do the things they do. This is the perfect class for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with their dog, such as barking, chewing and housebreaking issues. The class is free to all residents. Since this is not a dog training session, no pets will be permitted to the program. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. 954-357-8090.

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3:00 p.m. Call library to order a copy of the book. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. 954-357-8090, option #3.

Basil E. Frankweiler. Based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal winning classic, the story follows a brother and sister up the stone steps of one of New York’s most famous destinations and into an imaginative adventure. 11 a.m. Tickets are $15, with $2 lap seats available for children 2 and under. Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark, located at 2400 Civic Center Place. For more information, call 954-602-4500 or visit http://www.miramarculturalcenter. org.

“Planning for Retirement” Workshop – This workshop will teach you how to get started planning for your retirement. What things do you need to consider? What steps can you take right now to get started? Learn about 401K’s, IRA’s, Pre-tax retirement accounts and more 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. Please call 954-357-8090.

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9th Crime Victim and Survivor Tribute – Join us at the Garden of Reflection: A Place for Remembrance where we will honor crime victims and survivors with an inspiring program. Light refreshments will be served following the program. 6 p.m. Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Avenue, Davie, FL 33330. Liorah Karni at 954-370-2140 ext. 241; lkarni@ jfsbroward.org.

10th Friends of the Miramar Library Book Club – This month’s book: The Racketeer by John Grisham. 1:30 p.m.-

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12th Yard Sale – The Miramar Fire-Rescue Department’s is hosting a huge Yard Sale. Come out and do a little shopping! All funds raised will benefit Relay for Life of Miramar. If you have closets, sheds, garages or carports you would like to empty, they are accepting all items – household items, kitchen items, furniture, pictures and frames, books, collectibles, clothing, shoes, jewelry, electronics, DVDs and more. You can drop off items between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. until April 11th at Station 70. Yard sale is 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Miramar Fire-Rescue Station #70, located at 9001 Miramar Parkway.  Great Family Entertainment – The Family Theater Series continues with From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.

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May 9th-10th Relay For Life of Miramar – Teams are still need for the Relay For Life, which will be held at the Ansin Sports Complex, located at 10801 Miramar Boulevard. Opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. The Survivors Lap will kick-off around 6:30 p.m. For more information about joining the Miramar Relay For Life, contact Alexandra Rousseau, Relay For Life Specialist at 954-200-7522 or email alexandra. rousseau@cancer.org

Through 4/12 Free Tax Preparation-DeVry University’s Accounting Club will be offering free VITA tax preparation – VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is an IRS program that offers free tax preparation to individuals with income of $57,000 or less. VITA volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare individual tax returns with Free Electronic Filing. Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Devry Campus, 2300 SW 145th Avenue, Room #229, Miramar. For more information, call Andrew Hoo at 754-423-4365.

Games will be held at the Ansin Sports Complex, located at 10801 Miramar Boulevard. The Opening Ceremony will start at 3:00 p.m. Field events will begin at 12:00 p.m. and track events will start at 4:00 p.m.. Admission for spectators is free. To compete in the track events, contact www.directathletics.com. For more information, call 954-602-4990.

Ongoing Mini-Ball Basketball Program 2014 – Sign your child up for a five-week, instructional basketball program for 3-year olds. It is designed to assist first time players and help them develop the skills necessary to play the game of basketball. Each participant will receive one-on-one and group training as well as their very own mini-basketball. You can register at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, 7000 Miramar Parkway, from April 1 thru May 16. For more information, call 954-602-4780 ext.0

19th Puppet Show – The Miramar Teen Club will perform a nursery-rhyme puppet show double feature: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” All ages welcome. 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Teen Club meets at 12:30pm to prepare for the show. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. Please call 954-357-8090.

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Mother Goose Story Time – Stories, songs and crafts, with caregiver, ages 2-4. Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration required. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. 954-357-8095. Messy Art Time – Join us for some paint, clay and craft fun, ages 6-9. Tuesdays. 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. 954-357-8095.


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Team Up for Miramar’s Relay For Life By Julie Levin

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For Life event this month and organizers are still looking for teams to come and join the annual overnight cancer-fighting effort. At least 25 teams, most comprised of City employees, are already signed on so there is still plenty of room for teams from other walks of life. “We are really trying to engage more teams from the community,” said Alexandra Rousseau, a Relay For Life Specialist with the Broward office of the American Cancer Society. “We are looking for teams from businesses, schools, clubs, churches, and families and friends.” The 12-hour Relay For Life of Miramar will be held May 9-10 at the Ansin Sports Complex, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Teams will have the option of working within the event’s “Heroes” theme this year, meaning they can decorate their tents with their favorite superhero motif. It will be just the second time that Miramar’s Relay has not been held in coordination with students at Everglades High School, which was expected to hold its own relay earlier in the month. Rousseau said separating the events makes it easier for members of the community to become involved. The Miramar Relay For Life will begin with a Survivors Dinner, which will be followed by the Survivor and Caregiver lap to help celebrate their victory over cancer. Rousseau says they are still looking for additional survivors to join them.

There is also a Luminaria Ceremony later in the evening to honor those who have been lost to the disease, or those whose fight continues. Relay for Life got its start In 1985 when a Tacoma, Washington physician named Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society. A year later, 340 supporters joined him in the effort and it has grown ever since. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in the overnight community fundraising walk, which encourages teams of people to camp out around a track. Throughout the night, members of each team take turns walking around the track. The events are family-friendly and include food, entertainment and camaraderie. Rousseau says it is never too late to sign up and join in. “We hope the community comes out and supports the event. We would love to get more participation,” she said. The Relay For Life of Miramar is scheduled for May 9-10 at the Ansin Sports Complex, located at 10801 Miramar Boulevard, 33025. Opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. The Survivors Lap will kick-off around 6:30 p.m. For more information about joining the Miramar Relay for Life, contact Alexandra Rousseau, Relay For Life Specialist at 954-200-7522 or email her at alexandra.rousseau@cancer.org

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Thousands Show Big Hearts by Taking Part in Annual Event By Julie Levin

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people came together recently at Miramar Regional Park to stay fit for a great cause. The 5th Annual Tour de Broward, presented by z-Motion, returned to the park February 23. The five fitness and recreational event, which helped raise more than $375,000, was held in support of the Heart Institute at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood which helps both children and adults battling congenital heart disease. “Each year, we are pleased to see new supporters come out to participate in Tour De Broward,” said Kevin Janser, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Memorial Healthcare System in a written statement. ”We are grateful that our community continues to embrace this cause, which helps our pediatric patients who suffer from congenital heart disease.” “We’re proud to have been involved in such a wonderful event in support of a very meaningful cause,” added Eyal Lalo, president and CEO, Invicta Watch Group. Since the event’s inception in 2010, Tour de Broward has raised nearly $2 million dollars. As many as 750 cyclists rode in the 50K and 100K cycling challenge, while the 5K Run drew 900 runners. An additional 1,000 people took part in the 3K Family Walk—many of whom were Heart Institute patients and their families. Participants also enjoyed spending family time in the ANF Power of Play Kids’ Zone. 

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M.O.S.T Summer Program

This camp, funded through the Children’s Services Council, includes academic enrichment activities, physical fitness activities, nutrition education and healthy snacks. Camp meets at Fairway Park. 954-602-4797 and Miramar Youth Enrichment Center 954-602-4780.

Sports Camp

Children ages 6-12 learn the basics of a different sports activity each week. All levels are invited to participate. Field trips and special guests are also planned. Please call one of the centers listed below for more information: Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, 954-602-4780 #0 Ansin Sports Complex, 954-602-4990. Sunset Lakes Community Center, 954-602-3340 #0.

Tween -2 Teen Camp

Campers ages 13-16 years old can be on the go with the Tween-2 Teen Camp every Monday thru Thursday to enjoy field trips, boot camp, and more. The camp’s home base is the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center. For more information. call 954-602-3317.

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The Kids Club camp is a traditional summer day camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. The summer will be filled with fun themed activities, field trips, special guests, crafts and games; treasure hunts and dress up days; brain teasers, puzzles and more. For information call 954954-883-5230. This camp is available at the following licensed centers: Youth Center, Silver Shores and Sunset Lakes.

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Staffed by year-round teachers, the camp offers a fun and educational program created to assist children in the transition from pre-school to kindergarten and is designed to keep children learning and engaged over the summer. The camp includes a nutritionally sound breakfast and lunch. June 2nd through August 8th. Class time is 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended care is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for an additional fee. Children registering for Jump Start to Kindergarten summer camp must be entering Kindergarten in the 2014/2015 school year. The camp is located in facilities that are licensed by DCF and are nationally accredited. ▸  Vicki Coceano Child Care Center 2001 Douglas Road ▸  Silver Shores Child Care Center 15700 Pembroke Road

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Summer Swim Camp

This Aquatic Swim camp for children 4 to 12 years old is a great opportunity for your children to take swim classes and to learn water safety education. Q ualified and experienced water safety instructors will teach your children the essentials to stay safe when they are in or near the water. Each day your children will participate in swimming lessons as well as various age appropriate organized aquatic & water safety activities along with movies, arts & crafts and more. Field trips are scheduled for Tuesdays and pizza day is on Fridays. The camp is located at the Regional Park Aquatics Complex, 16801 Miramar Parkway and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. June 9th thru August 15th. Call 954-883-6955 or 954-203-9817.

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An eight-week program for children 7 to 13 years old that embraces the visual and performing arts and culminates with a public theater performance. The first five weeks of camp will be held at Vizcaya Park, and the final three weeks will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center. For information, call 954-602-4521 For complete information on all of the City camps including times, dates, location and cost, visit http://www.ci.miramar.fl.us/ summercamp/


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City Celebrates Black History with Food, Crafts, and Performances By Julie Levin

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he City of M iramar hosted a daylong B lack H istory M onth Celebratory event recently with a little something for everyone in the family. Thousands of people turned out at the Miramar Cultural Center Arts Park February 8 for arts and crafts workshops, soul food specialties, guest speakers and performances, all of which paid tribute to African American history and culture. Celebrity speakers included actress JoMarie Peyton, WPLG news anchor Calvin Hughes and WTVJ news anchor Jawan Strader.  Along with all of the events, the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a Dream Wall” welcomed guests to leave messages, quotes, drawings, poems, stories and more throughout the day.   The City of Miramar also hosted its First Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration on January 20. The celebration began with a mini-parade starting at Forzano Park and culminated with a celebration at Lakeshore Park. The celebration boasted food, music, dancing, entertainment from musical groups such as GQ, Donna Allen from “The Voice”, Willie Stewart from Third World, rap artists Tone C and YD along with performances by the UniverSoul Circus, spoken word artists and more.

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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Offers Advanced Care with Minimally Invasive Techniques By Debby Teich

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r . J esse Z. S haw, DO, gets you “ back in the game” at his state-of the art facility, All-Pro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PA. After spending the last two years at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Shaw recently returned to his hometown of Pembroke Pines to provide patients of all ages with top-notch orthopedic treatments and care. All-Pro provides advanced, minimally invasive techniques for surgical procedures and orthopedic care in a friendly and compassionate environment.

Dr. Shaw answered some commonly asked questions about his practice.

What is your (Dr. Shaw’s) background? I am

fellowship-trained in orthopedic sports medicine from the Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. I have cared for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Yankees during spring training. I was also the University of Tampa Women’s Soccer physician during their national championship season in 2007. From 2008-2010, I cared for patients, while on staff at Imperial Point and Holy Cross Hospitals. I recently returned to my hometown of Pembroke Pines, after spending the last two years working at the Mayo Clinic in Georgia.

of surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists and medical support personnel work with patients and their primary care physicians to develop a customized treatment plan. If they need surgery, they can be confident that they will receive the most advanced surgical procedures, using the latest technology. Dr. Jesse Shaw and his physician assistant, Tyler Vail, MMS, PA-C, regularly see patients Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

Describe your typical patient? We work with

patients of all ages, from youth to adults. We serve professional and amateur student-athletes, as well as recreational sports enthusiasts and regular patients who need orthopedic treatments for shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, and back injuries.

Describe your full-service approach. Our

full-service approach is designed to return the patient to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible. It integrates the patient’s primary care physician and surgeon with a host of clinical support staff. This integrated approach enables our clinical team to properly evaluate a patient’s condition and prepare him/her mentally and physically for the procedure by continuously monitoring and managing the entire preand post-surgical performance and progress. This unique continuum of care approach produces outstanding clinical and patient satisfaction results.

Describe your facility. At All-Pro, we provide

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What is the main focus of your practice? I specialize in ACL, knee ligament and meniscal surgery, as well as complex shoulder injuries, such as impingement, rotator cuff injury, and instability. I also treat patients for orthopedic conditions that are not sports related, such as arthritis, knee replacement, hip replacement, complex shoulder replacement, fractures and trauma injuries.

What is your philosophy? We take the time to properly diagnose patients. We ensure that they understand their specific condition, as well as all of the treatments available to them, including rehabilitation for a complete recovery.

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athletes of all skill levels need an integrated, comprehensive sports medicine program. We use skilled, hands-on evaluation and diagnostic testing to create the best plan of care. Our clinical team also educates area athletes, coaches and parents about injury prevention and recognition, proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance and training techniques.

How do you help patients who need joint replacement? Caring for a severely injured or

diseased joint involves skilled, hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing. We offer the latest technology for diseases and injuries to all major joints.

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The highly trained team at All-Pro Orthopedics works with patients and their primary care physicians to develop a customized treatment plan.

How do you help patients with foot and ankle problems? We use the latest assessment

and treatment tools to correct foot and ankle problems, including sports-related injuries; complex fractures; reconstructive surgery related to trauma; and reconstructive surgery related to arthritis or deformity. Our experienced personnel are certified in custom casting, splinting and orthotics.

Do you treat work-related injuries? We view those injured in the workplace as “industrial athletes,” which is why we help you return to work as quickly and safely as possible. Our coordinated evaluation and treatment protocols are designed to provide timely, quality care. Our team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other staff members provide fully integrated care that will get you back to work fast. How do you help patients with hip replacement? Hip replacement is a surgical procedure

in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi (half) replacement. It is generally conducted to relieve arthritis pain or fix severe physical joint damage as part of hip fracture treatment. Hip replacement is currently the most common orthopaedic operation, though patient satisfaction short and long term varies widely.

How do you help patients with issues related to hand and upper extremities? We use our clinical expertise to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Our surgical team treats: soft tissue sprains, strains and contusions, overuse and traumatic injuries, degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff tears, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, dislocations and more. All-Pro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is located in Silver Lakes Medical Plaza, 17779 SW 2nd Street, in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.allproorthopedics.com or call 954-322-1110.


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niqua H endricks , 18, has long been afraid of heights , but

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Aniqua Hendricks at Florida State University’s “Flying High” Circus program last summer

Applications for the scholarship must be submitted no later than April 30. To apply, students must write an essay on the theme “I am a Ringleader: Becoming the Person Others Want to Follow.” The essay must be original work of the student and be under 500 words. The essay will be judged by a panel of four people on originality, organization, mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc), pertinence to the topic, terminology, clearness of topic presentation and word count. At stake, a chance for the scholarship winners and one chaperone for each to be provided round trip air-fare and hotel accommodations with breakfast for 13 days. During those two weeks, the winners will attend the “Flying High” Circus camp in Tallahassee, learning acts that include flying and static trapeze, trampoline, juggling, rope swings and more. “I was surprised I had the chance because so many people applied,” said Hendricks. “But I’m really glad I did it.” Entries are limited to students in grades 10 or 11 who live in Miramar and who will not be 18 years of age before August. Applications must be submitted before April 30th. For more information, call 954-602-4521 or email Education@MiramarCulturalCenter.org.


Let’s Clarify the BB&T Proposal As of late, there has been a lot of misinformation spread about the BB&T proposal. It’s time for a clarification! The Broward County Commission decided that it wanted an arena and a professional sports franchise 20 years ago. To pay the debt service on the BB&T Center, a two cent sales tax was levied on tourists who stay in our hotels. An agreement was reached to guarantee that at least $8 million per year from the tourist development tax would go towards paying down that debt of over $450 million. This tourist development tax has nothing to do with property taxes on Broward County residents. These funds are from visitors who come to Broward County and pay taxes on local hotel rooms. In addition, the arena operators were to pay $4.6 million annually of the debt service, as well as revenue share for any profits made over $12 million at a rate of 80 percent for the arena operators and 20 percent to Broward County. Broward County owns the BB&T Center; therefore, the remaining $250 million debt is ours, not private investors. The Broward County Commission hired the arena operators to manage the daily operations of the building, coordinate shows and the professional sports franchise, the Florida Panthers. 

The arena operators have stated that they have been losing $35 million per year and expressed that level of financial loss could not be sustained by the team’s new operators. Because of this, they requested changes to some of the agreements and economic terms in order to “create a sustainable model for the BB&T Center that is comparable to other NHL venues, significantly reduce losses on a consolidated basis, and provide for a competitive hockey team and first class concerts and shows.”

using public money for a professional sports franchise. However; this argument usually takes place before an arena is built. In Broward County’s case, the County has already built the arena for a major league sport and is less than halfway through the economic life of that investment.

Their request asks the County Commission to allocate an additional portion of the tourist development tax towards their portion of the debt service. This would allow them to be more profitable, thereby having the ability to revenue-share with the county sooner. The team would also repay loans from the county immediately and contribute to the local convention and visitor’s bureau. The arena operators have also asked Broward County to bring the insurance for the arena under the county’s umbrella policy to save $1.7 million per year in insurance cost. We requested guidance so the commission agreed to have an outside consultant and auditor review the proposal to see what’s in our best interest to protect our asset; that will take 60 to 90 days. No decision has been made in terms of the proposal.  The BB&T Center is the largest arena in Florida and the second largest in the southeast. The arena is a major economic driver for our county; creating jobs, tourism, sales tax, support for charitable causes and support for local businesses. I understand that arguments can be made for and against

Whether we have the Panthers and arena operators there or not, we will still have to pay for the building. Broward County must ensure the continued economic viability of the arena to ensure payment of outstanding bonds that were issued to finance the arena’s construction. In addition, the expectation is that without the sports team there it would devalue the building 73 percent to $60 million and the BB&T Center could be empty for six months out of the year. The negotiations are ongoing and I will ensure a decision is made that is in the best interest of Broward County. Barbara Sharief M.S.N., A.R.N.P. Broward County Mayor

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Miramar to Host Premier Track and Field Athletes By Julie Levin

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ater this month , the City of M iramar will play host to some

of the finest track and field athletes in the Caribbean and the U.S. As many as 1,000 athletes are expected to come together to compete in the 3rd Annual South Florida Multicultural Games, an annual event designed to highlight both world caliber runners and the City’s renowned athletic facilities. “Every year, our event grows,” said Billy Neal, the Athletic Coordinator with the City of Miramar. Sponsored by Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis and the City of Miramar Parks & Recreation Department, the 3rd Annual South Florida Multicultural Games will be held April 28 at the Ansin Sports Complex. The event will feature athletes from the University of Technology, Jamaica, which has an impressive list of alumni including Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. Neal says students from FAU, FIU, University of Miami, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Memorial, Canada and China and others will also compete. For anyone who loves the sport, it will be an event to remember. “Spectators who come out can expect to see some of the top athletes in the world competing against one another,” he said. In addition to showcasing the track and field athletes, the event also puts the

spotlight on Miramar which is determined to draw new international events to its athletic facilities. “Miramar continues to make its mark upon the track & field world with premier events such as this taking place on our world class track at Ansin,” said Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis. “I have no doubt that Miramar someday will witness a world record performance on our track. The event truly highlights the caliber of athletes throughout the Caribbean and in the U.S.” The games are being held immediately after the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. Neal says the City planned the date of their Multicultural Games to entice teams who are heading through South Florida on the way home to come and participate. Down the road, they also hope to incorporate other athletic components, including soccer. The 3rd Annual South Florida Multicultural Games will be held April 28 at the Ansin Sports Complex, located at 10801 Miramar Boulevard. The Opening Ceremony will start at 3:00 p.m. Field events will begin at 12:00 p.m. and track events will start at 4:00 p.m.. Admission for spectators is free. To compete in the track events, contact www.directathletics.com. Team fees are $75 and individual athletes are $25.For more information, please call 954-602-4990.

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Loose or weak ligaments of the arch are the most common reason. Bone abnormalities that may be hereditary or acquired from injury (tarsal coalitions or fractures). Trauma to tendons and ligaments on the inside of the arch and ankle may cause the arch to slowly or acutely drop (posterior tibial tendon dysfunction).

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Pain in the arch, feet, ankles and legs aggravated by standing, walking and running. Leg cramps and pain at times during the night. Premature fatigue during activity or simple walking. Weakness in the legs during running. Stiffness and pain in the lower back, especially in the morning. Lack of interest in participating in sports or activities that require running. Poor cardiovascular fitness.

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Flat arch when standing is most common. The arch may look normal off weightbearing. Many arches appear normal when standing but the front part of the foot points out compared to the rearfoot. This is a foot that functions like a flat foot and may be a problem. When looking at the feet from behind the heel bone appears to turn out. Knock-knees. Feet and ankles look abnormal. Bulging of the bone on the inside of the ankle and foot. Abnormal gait with the feet excessively turned out. Abnormal shoe wear. People usually are overweight due to lack of exercise.

RELATED PROBLEMS:

Development of bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, neuromas and sagging joints. Knee and leg problems. Severe collapse of the foot necessitating reconstructive bone surgery. Limited activity causing weight gain and poor cardiovascular fitness. Muscular tightness in the foot, legs and back. Osteoarthritis in the foot, ankle, knees, hips and back. Back pain, especially in men over 30.

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History and physical examination to identify areas of pain and underlying causes. Proper shoe gear to support the foot. Orthotics (insoles) custom molded to the foot to support the foot and entire extremity. Physical therapy to strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles. Short period of cast immobilization to stretch excessively tight muscles that may be aggravating the condition. Surgery if all efforts at conservative care have failed to alleviate a person’s problem. Failure to consider a surgical alternative may condemn an adult with severe deformity to continued pain, suffering and poor health.

Robert Sheinberg, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diplomat American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Mark Fishman, Dr. Carlo Messina, Dr. David Shenassa, Dr. Nathan Vela and Dr. Michael Cohen. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901.

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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Of all the occupations that cross all racial, religious and gender is that of the military veteran. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, best friends and neighbors. In fact, I seriously doubt that any one person cannot say that their lives aren’t touched by someone in the military, whether active duty or retired. Everyone can point to someone in their past and in their present life who was or is in the military. In fact as the school year ends and high school graduation approaches for thousands of young men and women, many of them are contemplating on serving their country by joining the military. And as honorable as serving one’s country, there is the stark reality that many will become wounded or will have lost their lives for their country. While we will always honor those who have given their lives through military service, we must also honor and, most generously, help those who come home wounded. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that these wounded veterans receive the care that they deserve and the services that can improve the quality of their lives. The unfortunate reality is that there are many wounded veterans who need our help.

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Legally Speaking

How to Combat Light Speed Foreclosures By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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tional funding to clear the huge backlog of residential foreclosures, major changes have occurred to the time in which foreclosure cases are brought to trial. Previously it would take anywhere between 18 months to two years before a foreclosure case was completed. Today, most foreclosure cases are set for trial or final judgment within 6-8 months. The goal is to erase the statewide foreclosure backlog by 2016. Based on these state time limits, it may appear that judges in South Florida are more concerned with eliminating the backlog than with dispensing justice. If you are in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure, how can you combat against “light speed” foreclosures? The most important tool you can use to defend against our courts’ quests to drain the dockets is to hire a qualified and experienced foreclosure defense attorney to guide you through the minefield of valid defenses to a foreclosure action. First, don’t settle for anything less than an initial face-toface meeting with the attorney. Let’s face it, if they are too busy to meet with you personally to review your case, they will just be “too busy” to actually help you with your case. Also, make sure that the attorney has plenty of litigation and trial experience (at least 15 years), and that the attorney regularly practices in the county where your case is pending. Finally, make sure the attorney has a proven track record of outstanding results and satisfied clients. Ask the attorney to refer you to at least three satisfied clients. If they refuse to provide you this information, thank the attorney for her time, don’t waste another minute of your time, and leave the office. Another critical tool to defend against “light speed” foreclosures is to ensure that the law firm you hire to defend your case has established loan modification and consumer bankruptcy departments. This will give you the very best opportunity to save your home. If your legal defenses to the foreclosure case are not accepted by the court, you can process a loan modification, reinstatement, or short payoff of your loan. If all else fails, right before the foreclosure auction of your home takes place, you can file a consumer bankruptcy and attempt to complete the modification within the bankruptcy proceeding. The attorneys at the Arcia Law Firm have more than 40 years combined litigation and trial experience, and we are privileged to successfully represent hundreds of homeowners in our community. We have foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy departments all in the same office. We will gladly refer you to our satisfied clients, so you can be confident in your decision to hire our Firm. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners are also discussed in a new DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a complimentary copy during your free consultation to discuss your case in detail with a member of our highly experienced and determined legal team. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, if you are in the middle of a frustrating loan modification process, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free personal consultation with an attorney (not a paralegal or assistant), or visit www.arcialawfirm.com to schedule your appointment online.

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family. They return often to celebrate and pamper their babies, to share stories, seek advice and sometimes simply cuddle with our new puppies. Our staff is very knowledgeable and extensively educated. We shop the latest trade shows to provide our customers with the most trend-setting, innovative products on the market.

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How about your grooming services? At TeaCups Together with Pets Are People Too, we have six full-time master groomers on staff. In addition to all the basic grooming services, we also offer luxury spa treatments such as deep cleansing hydrosurge bubble baths, aromatherapy, artistic hair coloring, mohawks and nail polishing. Hot pink hair and nails are a very popular request in our grooming salon.

pet boutique, specializing in tiny t-cup and toy breed puppies as well as designer clothing, carriers and accessories to fit them. While we specialize in little ones, we offer items for canines of all sizes. In 2007, What are the we merged with latest trends South Florida’s in designer premier groomdog clothing ing salon, Pets Are and couture? People Too, and It’s all about have since offered Parisian style right grooming services now. All things for furry ones of all Paris, including sizes. In a constant little tutu dresses quest to be the featuring the most extraordiTeaCups has officially launched Splash; their exotic saltwater Eiffel Tower and nary pet empoboutique section. Splash is an aquarium specializing in adorned with rium in the world, exotic fish, coral and invertebrates (starfish, seahorses, aneomones, sponges and urchins among many others) in a Swarovski crystals we recently reloluxury setting synonymous with the TeaCups brand. are a big hit. It’s a cated to a 6,000 very girly, frilly style that looks absolutely adorsquare foot boutique in Davie and incorporated able on the pups. Splash, an exotic, salt-water sea element.

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f you are in the market for a t- cup or toy breed puppy complete with all of the accoutrements to keep them healthy, stylish and well groomed; make sure to visit TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique Together With Pets Are People Too’s newly located 6,000 square foot Davie pet emporium. With over 26 years combined experience, TeaCups Puppies and Pets Are People Too is a luxury pet boutique and grooming salon that has everything a pet lover dreams about. They offer the most expansive selection of adorable high quality puppies, the latest accessories, a master grooming salon and Splash, their brand new, state-of-the-art, salt water, exotic aquarium. We recently sat down with co-owner Eleonora Bonfini to learn more about this growing business.

The grooming salon offers a full line of spa services including hydro surge bubble baths, hand-scissored cuts, fur coloring, nail clipping and polishing. As for pet products, we carry everything you can imagine from cashmere sweaters, crystal collars and fancy, custom made beds, to designer dog carriers and gourmet bakery treats. We are known for our extensive array of t-cup and toy breed dogs. And, to mix things up a bit, we have built Splash, a salt-water, exotic sea life emporium.

What set you apart from other puppy boutiques? What sets us apart is our commitment

to our puppies. Our first priority is keeping our babies safe and healthy. Our showroom is always immaculate and our puppies sleep on soft, warm blankets. We refuse to ship them and we won’t sell to just anyone. All customers must qualify before being able to purchase a puppy from us. Many people don’t realize just how delicate t-cup and toy breeds are and the amount of care that they require. Our customers must also attend a special orientation in which they are taught exactly how to care for their new puppy. 

What can clients expect when they visit TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique? Our

The boutique at TeaCups Puppies & Boutique offers every possible luxury for pets of all sizes ranging from hair bows and training treats to custom designed couture gowns and one of a kind carriers and beds.

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With over 26 years of experience, the grooming salon at TeaCups Together With Pets Are People Too offers the finest salon and spa services from six master groomers.

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Mayor Honored

Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley was recently honored to have the Honorable Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida present her with a copy of the Congressional record in which he honored her years of public service. Congressman Diaz-Balart, in the U.S. House of Representatives, formally recognized Mayor Moseley in recognition of Women’s History Month last year as part of the Congressional Record of the Proceedings and Debates of the 113th Congress, First Session.

The Miramar High School Girls Flag Football squad is celebrating a win after taking part in the Miami Dolphins annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree presented by Under Armour. The Patriots beat Miami Pace 7-6 in their match. The 13-game Jamboree followed a flag football clinic to help the teams get ready for the start of the flag football season.

More from the Tour

Johnny Pastorius, former open heart surgery patient, celebrates finishing the 5K race with his surgeon, Dr. Frank Scholl, Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, JDCH Heart Institute at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s 5th Annual Tour De Broward recently at Miramar Regional Park. Several thousand people took part in the five-fitness event.

Sipping and Sampling

It was a night of dining and drinking February 15th as the Miramar Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “A Sip of Wine.. a Taste of Heaven” event at the Miramar Town Center. Guests enjoyed the food samplings from 40 vendors, live entertainment and an auction. (photo credit GMN Artistic & Wedding Photo Studio)

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Anchors, and Actresses, Away

WTVJ news anchor Jawan Strader and WPLG news anchor Calvin Hughes were among the special guests as the City of Miramar hosted a daylong Black History Month Celebratory event recently. Also joining in the fun was actress JoMarie Peyton, (top right-4th from the end) who was one of the thousands of guests who enjoyed a day of workshops, guest speakers, soul food and performances.


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