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4th Edit Headline edit author Grease Sing-A-Long – The original “High School Movie” (rated PG-13) is back, this time with subtitles for a funfilled, frolicking audience interactive sing-a-long. You no longer need to sit quietly and instead are encouraged to burst into song with Sandy, Danny and friends. Come dressed in your best Grease attire, poodle skirt, leather jacket and shades and compete in pre-show costume contest. Win prizes. Don’t miss this exciting chance to let your inner musical theater persona soar! 3:00 p.m., Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar.

5th Meditation for Peace and Illumination – Cleanse your aura in this one hour meditation session. Registration is not necessary, but seating is first come, first served. Miramar Branch Library, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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Getting Acquainted With the Computer – Wondering what you can do with a computer and what all the excitement is about? Take this class to learn a bit about computers and using basic software programs. This is a hands-on class that will acquaint you with the computer and teach you how to begin using one. 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. No pre-registration required. Seating limited to 15. Class closes 10 minutes after starting. Miramar Branch Library.

8th Book Club – This month’s book: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Miramar Branch Library. Call library to order a copy of the book 954-357-8090 ext. 8180

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9th & 10th Table Tennis – Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 SW 186th Avenue, is offering  Recreational Table Tennis Open Play for boys & girls ages 5 to 14. Join us on any of the following days to enjoy this popular indoor sport. May 9, 2014 from 4:30-6:30pm and/ or May 10, 2014 from 10am-12noon,  It is a great way to exercise, have fun and meet new people. Cost for this program is $3 for Miramar residents. For more information please call 954602-3351 or drop by the center and register. Festival d’Haiti – Festival d’Haiti is Miramar Library’s signature cultural event that offers a “taste” of all things Haitian -- music, dance food and fun! Join us for this annual event celebrating Haitian-American Heritage Month. Free, Miramar Branch Library, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

14th Looking at Windows – Refresh the skills you need to work with the Windows operating system or just learn some helpful things about Windows. In this course you will get to try out skills that are useful for beginning computer users including resizing and manipulating Windows, changing the mouse properties, using toolbars, rearranging the Desktop and getting support online. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. No pre-registration required. Seating limited to 15. Class closes 10 minutes after starting. Miramar Branch Library.

17th Try Your Hand at iPad – In this course you will learn the basic tricks and techniques for using your iPad including: physical layout of buttons and features, navigating screens and apps, connecting to the internet, overview of included apps, downloading apps from the Apple Store and the settings you need to know. Please bring your IPad fully charged. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please call 954-357-8090 Option #3 to register. Miramar Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

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19th Yoga – This is Hatha “All Levels” class with breathing, balance, strength and stretching exercises followed by guided relaxation and meditation. Please bring water and a big towel if you do not have a yoga mat and bring any exercise straps or blocks if you have them. Do not eat a heavy meal at least 2-3 hours before the class, Miramar Branch Library, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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 min-basketball. You can register at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, 7000 Miramar Parkway through May 16. For more information, call 954-6024780 ext. 10.

Free VPK – The City of Miramar Early Childhood Programs are accepting enrollment applications for all sites for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration is handled on a first come-first served basis. Free VPK classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch is included. VPK is offered at the following locations: Vicki Coceano Youth Center, Fairway Park, Dolphin Bay Elementary School, Sunset Lakes, Silver Shores and Silver Lakes Elementary School. Toastmasters – Become a better speaker and presenter, communicate with confidence, develop your leadership skills, listen effectively. Learn these skills and more in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmosphere. First and third Mondays of the month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Brown Mackie College, 3700 Lakeside Drive, Miramar, Contact Candy Torres at the Miramar Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce, 954-432-9808.

Mother Goose Story Time – Stories, songs, crafts, with caregiver, ages 2-4 Thursdays 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration required. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. 954-357-8095.

Gentle Yoga for Seniors – This new, free 16-week program is formatted for those 60 years and older and is expected to show improvement in several aspects of their daily lives including stress management, quality of sleep, balance and mobility. The class will focus on gentle stretches, flexibility, and falls prevention. Mondays and Fridays at the Miramar Multi--Service Complex, 6900 Miramar Parkway from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 SW 186th Avenue, Miramar from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ansin Boot Camp – The City of Miramar’s Ansin Sports Complex is currently registering participants for Session III Boot Camp, which is designed for all levels of ability. Participants will take part in a strenuous workout concentrating on endurance, strength, agility and flexibility utilizing ply-boxes, jump ropes, resistance bands, etc. Speed and agility drills will round out the program. Sessions are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost for the program is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents. Art Exhibit – The Miramar Cultural Trust presents Celebration of the Sea: A Guy Harvey Exhibit, featuring works by world-renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, through May 31 at the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark Ansin Family Art Gallery. The exhibition will showcase original framed pieces and an eclectic collection of Harvey’s vibrantly visual and authentically depicted marine works of art on tile and canvas, as well as giclee reproductions. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www. MiramarCulturalCenter.org or call (954) 602-4500. The Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark is located at 2400 Civic Center Place on Red Road, north of Miramar Parkway, in Miramar.


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“True Blue” Weekend Brings Alumni of Two Jamaican High Schools Together Once Again By Jill Sharpe

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early 1,500 Jamaican Nationals recently participated in the 10th anniversary of “True Blue” weekend, a soccer extravaganza celebrating the legacy of a beloved coach and friend. The three day weekend event in Miramar, is hosted each year by the St. George’s College Old Boys Association along with the Jamaica College Old Boys Association. The event is held in memory of Dennis Ziadie, who coached both Jamaican high schools to Manning Cup victories before losing his life in a car crash in Mexico at the 1986 World Cup. It began as a one-day Zaidie Cup soccer match, but 26 years later it has grown in to a full weekend of events. The True Blue Alumni Soccer tournament, the Girls Alumni Penalty Kick-off and the Zaide Cup match between Jamaican College & St. Georges were as competitive as ever this year, according to Xavier Murphy, president of JCOBAFL. This year, the weekend included a True Blue Party with DJ Squeeze, followed

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by the Soccer Fest a day later at Vizcaya Park. There were two matches, featuring alumni over and under 35 years old, a 6 v 6 tournament and a penalty shoot-out by the women. An awards brunch was held on the final day of the weekend. Rudy Zameka, President of the St. George’s College of Old Boys Association, said many of the older players learned directly from Coach Ziadie. “A lot of these players hold him dear in their hearts,” Zameka said. Organizers say True Blue which is named for the varied blue colors of both schools, was once again an ideal opportunity for classmates from around the country and the globe, to reunite. The event always draws a big crowd because it is also a reunion and a way for us to hang and get together,” said Kameka. The event also drew people with no connection to the coach or even one of the schools. “It’s always a great family outing offering some great soccer and a piece of Jamaican culture,” said Kameka.


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Writing Novels Fulfills Lifetime Dream for Miramar Resident By Jill Sharpe

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ment for which he had risked his life. Taylor takes it upon himself to avenge their deaths by killing those he believes are responsible. Utilizing the same skills of stealth he mastered as a Navy Seal, Taylor is dubbed “The Ghost Assassin” by the FBI. Customer reviews on Amazon call the novel “a great read that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions”. Sachar’s characters are described as “rich and colorful” and his writing is referred to as “captivating”. Sachar, who has no military or law enforcement background to draw upon nonetheless said writing a story about the inner turmoil and challenges a man faces has simply always been inside of him. “I wanted to write a story that would make readers really feel something,” Sachar said. His favorite quote, by Mark Twain is “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Sachar said the day he started writing was the day he found out why. It is not surprising, therefore, that Sachar calls his author website, www.vincentsachar.com, “Yborn creations”. “I believe that we all have some secret longings within us that represent something that we desire to do. Whether it is something artistic or related to some other field, it is something that when unearthed brings us great joy and satisfaction,” Sachar said. “I have definitely found that joy.”

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Miramar Cultural Center Trust Presents Seminar on the Art of Fishing By Jill Sharpe

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What can patients expect when they visit your office? Describe the office environment. We want our patients to feel part of the family

and we want their experience here to be enjoyable at our two locations. Our staff is friendly and inviting and so is our decor which is inspired by Dr. Naidu’s longtime passion for basketball and love of the Miami Heat. When patients look up, there are televisions over every chair and there is even aromatherapy available.

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that education is the key to a brighter tomorrow, we are a proud sponsor of local schools, charities, sports teams and fairs. Along with oral hygiene education, our orthodontic team participates in career days, fundraisers and charitable events to benefit many non-profit organizations in our own community.

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our families to know that it is important that children grow comfortable visiting the dentist. That is why we recommend that parents bring in their kids by age 1. We do not take radiographs on children younger than 3 unless needed. The staff will perform a cleaning and fluoride will be applied to the teeth. Early visits are meant to properly educate parents and children on correct tooth brushing techniques and how to establish positive nutritional habits including how to avoid baby bottle decay.

Your office is equipped with the latest technology, tell me about that. Children 3 years of age and

above receive a limited number of x-rays (normally 2-4) to help determine the presence of any cavities between the teeth that are not readily visible when the dentist examines your child’s teeth. Our office is equipped with hand-held x-ray units and digital films that emit a quarter of the radiation of older, conventional x-ray units. Older children (8 and above) receive an additional x-ray known as a panoramic film. This film gives our dentists an overall picture of all your child’s teeth, sinuses, jaw bones, and other hard and soft tissues of his/her head and neck.

Do you treat children with special needs? Yes, we most certainly do. Children with special needs may experience more dental problems due to sensitivities around the mouth, diet, and difficulty with brushing. With patience, perseverance and determination many of these challenges can be overcome. Specialists in our office have several years of additional training in the care and management of special needs patients and in understanding the psychology of child behavior which puts us in a unique position to care for these patients. How is your practice different from other dental practices? We

started our practice with the goal of being accessible to the community we serve. Our approach is gentle, kind, and compassionate.  Parents are encouraged to be with their child throughout all appointments and we offer different treatment approaches tailored to the individual needs of your child.  We are a full-service pediatric dental office, offering treatment with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation (done in-office for fearful or apprehensive patients), and hospital dentistry (performed at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital).  Moreover, we are open six days a week, offering patients evening, morning, and Saturday appointments.  We are also one of the few pediatric dental offices in Pembroke Pines to accept most dental insurances including PPO, HMO and Florida Kid Care. 

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school news

Miramar Elementary Students Get In Touch With Nature By Jill Sharpe

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tudents at M iramar E lementary often ask to forgo recess as

The school was able to start the garden with funding they received through a “Gardening for Grades” grant. “This year, the grant was extended which allowed us to expand the garden,” said DeLucia. “We added two raised bed gardens and a couple of container gardens.” Other classes in the school have been involved in the project as well. Jill Colon’s first grade class, Deidrea Degni’s second grade class and the Head Start class have all been involved. “Cafeteria Manager Marsha St. Pierre is great about showing the students how to clean, cut and cook the different herbs and vegetables that we harvest from our garden,” DeLucia said. Last year the students enjoyed pizza with basil and tomatoes from the garden. This year they enjoyed a fresh salad filled with veggies and herbs. “We are looking forward to a second harvest of collards, kale and beet tops,” said DeLucia.

said Junco. “The garden shows the kids where the food comes from and teaches them healthy eating habits. Many have never seen fresh vegetables growing in a garden and are fascinated the first time they see a tomato ripening on the vine. The garden also teaches the kids about the renewable resources, such as fuel, that can be made from agricultural commodities.” Third grade teacher Nancy DeLucia is responsible for maintaining the garden at Miramar Elementary and has incorporated it into nearly every subject of her curriculum. In science her students read, discuss, and learn about the different parts of a plant, what they need to survive and how different plants grow and thrive at different times of the year. Additionally, the students discuss the need for healthy eating choices and learn about the food pyramid. In math, kids measure and chart plant growth and production of flowers, seeds and fruits or vegetables. To connect social studies, they research where specific plants originally came from and brainstorm how they may have gotten here as they study about the ways seeds travel.

All the students look forward to going out to the garden to assist in the maintenance of the plants and learn about how people years ago had to grow and harvest their own food. “The garden provides students with a ‘real-world’ experience and allows them to get in touch with nature,” DeLucia said. “It’s so rewarding to hear back from parents and other teachers about how much the students love the garden. It’s even more rewarding when I hear from a parent that they’ve started their own garden at home.” Since Project Primal began, West Broward students have helped set up gardens at 11 schools in the area. “We are always looking for motivated teachers that want to sponsor a garden so we can continue to spread our passion for teaching agriculture, healthy eating habits, and science, said Junco.

they prefer to work in the school’s garden. They are learning how to grow fresh vegetables and herbs. They are also learning about healthy eating as they sample what they grow. The school planted the first phase of its garden with the help of West Broward High School science teacher Gustavo Junco and some of his students. Junco started a school garden building club, Project Primal, as a way to educate the next generation on the benefits of healthy eating, as well as how to grow sustainably and organically, using energy, fertilizer, and water wisely. The garden was so successful that he decided to reach out to other schools in the area to help them build their own. West Broward students create the garden using donated materials and the hosting school maintains it. “Most students in the area are suburban kids with little exposure to farming,”

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Miramar Elementary is located at 6831 SW 26th Street in Miramar. For information, call 754-3236550 or visit http://miramarelem.browardschools.com. For information on Project Primal, visit www.projectprimal.org.


Business Loan Seminar Series I am proud to announce my Business Loan Seminar Series. This is a primary component of my “Broward Means Business” initiative and is designed to increase awareness about the State of Florida’s loan programs for the benefit of small businesses. The seminars are particularly timely as many small business owners use the spring and summer to seek financing to expand and create jobs and many entrepreneurs take the steps to create a new business. Every small business has struggles – some early on, some during growth, others just pop up here and there. As a small business owner myself, I understand the importance of having the knowledge and access to these programs. I want to make sure that every opportunity is given to businesses to be informed and given the tools necessary to qualify for loans or grants under the program. My Broward Means Business initiative includes educational programs. These free seminars will empower business owners and operators to get their share of these funds. I will be inviting guest speakers from State, Federal and Private Institutions to discuss lending and what is required to receive loans for their business needs.  One of the keys to my program that is different than other loan series and workshops is that I am asking the presenters to bring substantive and factual

information that will help the businesses immediately with securing funds to support their business.  Businesses will be able to follow up directly with the presenters and their institutions as well as the Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development. Attendees can expect to leave the seminar with a working knowledge of Florida’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) , including an overview of the two primary programs – Florida Venture Capital Program and the Small Business Loan Support Program. The Florida Venture Capital Program targets emerging companies in the state with long-term growth potential. It seeks to invest in and grow emerging Florida businesses; enhance Florida’s job creation efforts; increase investment capital in Florida through partnerships with existing Florida venture capital firms and attracting co-investment from regional and national investment firms; and generate long-term capital appreciation for future redeployment. The Small Business Loan Support Program provides small businesses with tools to access commercial banks and export financing. It is designed to assist small businesses in obtaining loan approvals and leverage private capital for use in startup costs, working capital, business procurement, franchise fees, equipment, inventory, or the purchase of owner-occupied commercial real estate. The program provides a lender with the necessary security, in the form of a partial guarantee, for the lender to approve a loan or line-ofcredit. Created as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the SSBCI was designed by the federal government to help states strengthen existing loan and equity programs and/or create new

programs that support financing small businesses. Florida was allocated more than $97.6 million by the U.S. Department of Treasury to implement the SSBCI. States can use these funds for programs that leverage private lending to creditworthy small businesses to expand and create jobs. The Business Loan Seminar series is being presented in conjunction with the Office of Economic and Small Business Development and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Enterprise Florida, South Florida Regional Planning Council, Metro Broward Capital and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC). For more information, please call my office at 954-357-7008. Barbara Sharief M.S.N., A.R.N.P. Broward County Mayor

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Legally Speaking

New Federal Rules Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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homeowners through the process of a loan modification is the threat of foreclosure, or foreclosure sale of the property we are trying to preserve. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued new mortgage servicing rules designed to protect borrowers when it comes to mortgage loans. These rules became effective on January 10, 2014, but many homeowners are unaware of these important changes in the law. Under the new rules, mortgage servicers are required to implement major changes in the way they do business. A mortgage servicer is the company that collects monthly mortgage payments from borrowers on behalf of the owner of the loan, as well as tracks account balances, manages the escrow account, handles loan modification applications, and pursues foreclosure in the case of defaulted loans. The CFPB now requires mortgage servicers to send more detailed periodic billing statements, provide timely interest rate adjustment notices, promptly credit mortgage payments, provide payoff requests in 7 days or less, provide options to force-placed insurance, and quickly resolve errors and provide information requests. The most significant benefit for homeowners from these rules is that it restricts “dual tracking.”

Dual tracking is when a mortgage servicer considers a homeowner for a loan modification, and at the same time proceeds with a foreclosure action against that homeowner. Under the new rules, a mortgage servicer CANNOT START FORECLOSURE until at least 4 months AFTER the homeowner stops paying the loan to provide the homeowner enough time to pursue a loan modification. If a loan modification application is made, the servicer CANNOT START FORECLOSURE unless the servicer notifies the borrower that he/she is not eligible for any loan modification, the borrower rejects a loan modification offer, or the borrower fails to comply with a trial modification. Also, if already in foreclosure, the mortgage servicer CANNOT REQUEST FINAL JUDGMENT OR CONDUCT A FORECLOSURE SALE if the homeowner submits a complete loan modification package at least 37 days before the foreclosure sale. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners are also discussed in a one-of-a-kind 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 legal team. The attorneys at the Arcia Law Firm have more than 40 years of combined legal 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. 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.

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vision in adults older than 65. It is the most common surgical procedure for elderly people. You can still get an “age-related” cataract when you are in your 40s or 50s, although most likely it will be small and not rob you of your vision. Only 15 percent of people are affected with cataracts by age 55, but this figure jumps to 50 percent by age 75, and 90 percent by age 85. It is important to note, however, that cataracts worsen over time … so it’s never too late-or early-to try to prevent them and/or treat them.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is an opaque spot on the lens of the eye that you can’t see through. The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil, and works like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, which allows you to see things clearly, both up close and far away.  The lens is made of mostly water and protein. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see. The haze can vary in size, density, and location, which means its effect on your vision will also vary. At first, many people experience an overall reduction in their vision. They may need more light to read by or may have difficulty reading street signs while driving. A cataract can also affect depth perception, which is particularly dangerous for the elderly, who are more prone to falling.

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Free radicals - natural by products of metabolism - are highly reactive chemicals that cause oxidation, which in turn causes aging. Toxins, pharmaceutical drugs, and smoking Diabetes (high levels of sugar in the blood contribute to cataract formation, so it’s not surprising that diabetics are 3-4 times more likely to have cataracts) The protein in the lens changes from the wear and tear it takes over the years, and hardens and loses its ability to focus.

Treatment of cataracts

Cataracts can only be treated surgically. This procedure would be performed by an Ophthalmologist, and is often an outpatient procedure. The surgery often involves placement of intraocular lens (IOL), which is used to replace the eyes natural lens, which is removed in the cataract surgery. Glasses may be required for far/near correction following the procedure, depending on the type IOL used and the surgical outcome.

The pre- and post-surgical care of the cataract patient may be and often is provided by an Optometrist. Dr. Chesen can assist patients in finding the appropriate Ophthalmologist for their care, and can be reached at 954-437-9733.


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ask the expert

The Unstable Knee Joint -- ACL Tears By Fernando A. Moya, MD, PhD

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he anterior crucial ligament (ACL) is a vital

knee joint stabilizer. It helps control anterior stability in the functional knee joint. Our modern day athletes are tearing up their ACL’s at alarming rates. The most common mechanism of tearing has to do with a high energy athletic event where the knee is subjected to high torque forces that are required for our bodies to change directions or come to a stop. Also, many people are tearing their ACL’s while skiing. The most common story by patients is that something suddenly happened on the knee and they heard or felt a “pop” with immediate swelling and guarding. The physical examination demonstrates that the knee is “loose,” comes out of its normal socket, and there is swelling and guarding. The immediate treatment of this knee will consist of ice, protection and getting diagnostic studies such as X-rays and MRI scan. The X-ray is usually normal. The MRI usually confirms the tear of the ACL and excludes further damage of other structures in the knee joint like articulate cartilage, meniscus cartilage, bone contusions, bone fractures and tears in any other ligament. Most of these patients are young and athletic and most of them will require surgical intervention to fix the problem. Again, the problem is an unstable knee joint because of a tear of the ACL. You can fix the knee joint by using your own tissue (from patella tendon area or from hamstrings). In older athletes or patients who want to minimize the size of the scars and time in the operating room, you can use transplant tissue to replace the torn ACL. The surgery is outpatient and arthroscopic in nature with small wounds and takes approximately one or two hours to do.

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With that in mind, it is my hope that you will take advantage of the social, physical and educational programs offered in the City that are geared to help children think creatively while at the same time have fun. Programs offered through our Cultural Arts Center encourage children’s natural curiosity and foster a love of learning that will be instilled in them for the rest of their lives. The programs also create dynamic interaction between parents and children when children talk about what they learned on their own, as opposed to just reciting their homework assignment. When children are exposed to different types of programs where testing and homework are not mandatory, their love of learning can expand almost exponentially. It is this ‘spirit of knowledge’ that invites miracles to happen, and the excitement of learning that will carry them successfully into the next school year and later on in life. While developing a healthy mind we must not forget to develop a healthy body. Our Parks & Recreation Department along with Ansin Sports Complex offer well rounded fitness programs to suit all ages and levels. By instilling a sense of physical well-being, our children will be able to feel good about themselves which couples perfectly with a healthy mind. Michael Carr said that “all kids are gifted, some just open their packages earlier than others.” I can think of no time of the year where that statement is as relevant as it is in the summer. I encourage you to explore the City’s programs so that our children’s minds can discover so many new things, travel to new places, meet new people, and see more of the world that they burst with excitement and want to share what they learned with their parents. I hope that you all take the opportunity to enjoy the time you spend with your children during the summer and cultivate their love of learning. Warmest regards, Lori C. Moseley Mayor


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It’s Always a Party at Mardi Gras Casino By Stacey Bomser

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rom its Vegas-style showgirls to the Bourbon Street atmosphere, Mardi Gras is unlike any casino in South Florida. Staying true to its roots, Mardi Gras offers world-class greyhound racing, along with everything you’ve come to expect from a five-star casino: gourmet food, incredible live entertainment, the newest and hottest slot machines, and the best poker room in South Florida.

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American Military Academy of Florida Is “Building a Better World…One Student at a Time” By Stacey Bomser

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standards in early childhood and elementary education. Our experienced teachers, all of whom hold education degrees and are certified, provide the very finest traditional setting where children grow in all areas of life. Our students benefit from high academic and spiritual standards with an emphasis on patriotism and character development. A variety of extracurricular interests, such as music, physical training, Spanish, art, military customs and courtesies also play an important role in our school program.

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children ages 18 months through VPK. Our elementary school program is for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

What distinguishes American Military Academy of Florida from other private schools? Our mission is to educate students within a military environment with Christian values. Our school builds leaders of character – for the future, for the community, for the country and for the world. Our small class size ratios provide students with individualized attention from certified teachers. Students benefit from an advanced curriculum and special enrichment classes.

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Silver Isles Cleaners Offers High Quality Service By Debby Teich

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Jaime Z. Bendeck, President/Owner, answered some commonly asked questions about Silver Isles Cleaners.

Raiza Martinez (front desk), Jaime Bendeck (owner) and Maria Trina Delfin (front desk) serve customers with the same professional service offered at the other locations.

When did you open? Silver Isles Cleaners has been open since 2005. We have two locations in Miramar. In February, we opened our newest location in the Countryside Shops in Cooper City.

offer alterations, handbag cleaning and shoe repair services to complement our clothing cleaning services. How do you handle specific customer requests? Our system has the capability of storing customer information about how they want clothing cleaned, pressed or packaged. We note special requests on the account and invoices, such as “crease on all pants,” “do not use paper cover under the bag” or “check cuffs for no crease.” We want to make sure that customers are satisfied on each visit. How do you make your services convenient for customers? We notify many of our customers by email/text when their orders are ready. This creates a better customer experience, since they know in advance if their clothing is ready before attempting to pick it up. Regular customers can buy express bags, which come with a name tag. This allows them to drop their clothing knowing that it will be properly handled. We are also able to send customers their invoices by email, which saves them wait time, as well as a little paper.

What services do you offer? We provide a variety of services, such as: dry cleaning, hand-finished business shirts that are creased and pinned individually; expert alterations; expert shoe repair and polish; high end handbag/ purse repair and shampoo; expert leather cleaning and repair; drapes, rug and curtain cleaning; wedding gown cleaning and boxed preservation; shoe dyeing and tinting; comforter cleaning; and more.

Do you offer coupons? We have ongoing deals on our website for those who love our service, but are price conscious.

What distinguishes you from your competition? My staff and I always strive to meet our customers’ strict demands for timeliness, quality and service. Our goal is to finish business shirts better than any other cleaners in the area by paying close attention to details, such as pinned and well-formed collars, as well as creased and pinned shirt sleeves. We never place more than four shirts in a bag and carefully inspect the clothing prior to placing it inside. We also

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Baltar Law Helps Clients Resolve Real Estate and Family Legal Issues By Debby Teich

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he law office of Enrique J. Baltar focuses on helping clients with Real Estate and Family Law matters. The firm develops the best strategy for each case, so clients get the results that they need and deserve.

Enrique J. Baltar, Esq., answered some commonly asked questions about his firm.

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tice in the areas of family, marital, and real estate law. Its expertise includes divorces, alimony, child support, relocations, domestic violence, enforcements, modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, foreclosures, short sales, loan modifications, evictions, and landlord-tenant disputes.

What is your background? I was born in Havana, Cuba and I am flu-

ent in Spanish. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University, with a major in Finance. After a successful career with the largest banking institutions nationwide, including Washington Mutual Bank, Bank of America and Wachovia, I decided to answer to my lifelong vocation and pursue a law degree. I received my Law Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law, which is ranked within the top 50 law schools in the United States.

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DONATION FOR READING ROOM

The Jason Taylor Reading Room, located at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, a comprehensive after-school program designed to address academic challenges among innercity youth, received a $21,500 donation from American Heritage High School recently. The money was raised through the faculty talent show and donated by the American Heritage Pre-Law Society. Presenting the check to Taylor, a former Miami Dolphins’ defender and 2007 NFL Man of the Year, Coach Mike Rumph, Head Coach at American Heritage School, and Nikki Laurie, Event Chair and Director of the AHS Pre-Law Society.

HEALTHY SCHOOL

Sunset Lakes Elementary was chosen as one of three winners in a contest sponsored by Coventry Healthcare and the American Heart Association to find the healthiest kids in Broward County. Students in Johnna Weise’s third grade class created a two minute video with the help of parent Johanna Barnett. Principal Marc Charpentier narrated the video that included Coach Herman Sakowitz and Cafeteria Manager Marie Maggio. The reward was a visit from “Sportacus” from the television show Lazy Town. Kids in grades K-3 enjoyed a show about health and good habits.

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Miramar’s Fire-Rescue Department held a huge yard sale on April 12 at Station #70 to benefit Relay for Life and raised $2,406. Hundreds of residents came out for the sale.

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