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20 Pediatric Dentistry of Weston Helps Children Achieve Healthy and Beautiful Smiles

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Touch-A-Truck Event Appeals to Kids of All Ages Town of Davie Hosts Animal Fashion and Open Horse Show Bahamian Dignitaries Visit with Davie Mayor Downtown Hoedown Promises Good Old-Fashioned Fun Bowl with the Dolphins and Help Strike out Kids Cancer Residents Celebrate Cooper City’s 55th Anniversary Student Artists Capture the Images of the Everglades Area Residents Vote for Best Chili Recipe Neighbors to Celebrate Solstice in the Saddle Southwest Ranches Children Celebrate Arbor Day SNAG Program Makes Learning Golf Easy

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34 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Reaches Out to Students at Davie Elementary 36 Cooper City High Students Perform Modern Version of Shakespeare 36 Re-enactment Reinforces Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Legally Speaking 38 To Appeal or Not Appeal

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40 Beautiful in Braces 44 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle 46 What We Need to Know About “Lazy” Students

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7th Edit Headline edit author Fishin’ Rodeo – Test your fishing skills

at the 32nd Annual Take-A-Kid Fishin’ Rodeo in Wolf Lake Park, 5400 SW 76th Ave. in Davie. Registration is at 7:30am on the morning of the event. Poles will be in the water from 9 to 11am. For information, visit

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Hazadous Waste – Davie residents may drop off household hazardous waste and electronics, from 8am – 4pm at Town Hall North Parking Area, 6591 Orange Drive. For information, visit

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8th Animal Fashion Show & Open Horse Show – Bring your pets and equines for a dress up day of fashion and fun, at 9am, at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds of Davie, 4271 Davie Road. For information, send an email to info@, call 954-680-8069 or visit

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Featured Creatures – On June 14 and 15, from 9:30am – 4:30pm, Flamingo Gardens features strange and exotic “creatures” not normally seen in the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary with exhibits and presentations throughout the weekend. Get up close to creatures such as the kinkajou, lemur, scorpion, Burmese python, alligator and more. Kids can make “creature” crafts or challenge Dad to eat a bug at the Edible Bug station. For information, visit




Touch-A-Truck – Boys and girls of all ages can check out a variety of big trucks and cool vehicles at TouchA-Truck, from 9am to 12noon, at the Cooper City Sports Complex, next to the Cooper City Fire Department at Stirling and Palm. They can look, touch, climb and explore. The event is complimentary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, visit

2nd Annual Triumph 5K Run/Walk – Abundant Living Ministry is holding a 5k Run/Walk to raise awareness and funds to end domestic violence. It begins at 7am, at Vista View Park in Davie. For information, call 954499-0905 or send an email to info@



Downtown Hoedown – Join the Town of Davie and the South Florida Cloggers for the 2nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, from 7pm – 11pm. Show off your singing talents by participating in the “Davie Idol” singing contest or one of the dancing or clogging demonstrations. Event includes dinner, games and entertainment. For information, call Rebecca Vetter at 954-347-5207.





11th Fall Prevention – Attend the Assisting Hands Broward & Cooper City Recreation Department/ Active Adult Activities Fall Prevention for Seniors Workshop at 8am, at the Cooper City Pool & Tennis Center, 11600 Stonebridge Parkway, in Cooper City. For information, call 954-681-4430.


Summer Solstice – Witness the beauty of the summer solstice sun setting on the saddle of Richard Medlock’s sculpture at 7:30pm 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. National Flip Flop Day at Tropical Smoothie – Get a FREE 24 oz smoothie, if you wear flip flops

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and help to raise funds for Camp Sunshine. Call (954) 880-0840 for more information.


Bowling Fundraiser – Bowlers of all ages and skill levels will challenge Dolphins players during the “Striking Out Kids Cancer Miami-Ft Lauderdale Bowling Classic,” hosted by Strikes For Kids, from 6pm to 9pm, at SpareZ in Davie. The fundraiser benefits the Miami Children’s Health Foundation. For information, visit www.

27th Rodeo – Don’t miss the Davie Pro Rodeo for Youth on June 27 at 10:30am, as well as the Davie Pro Rodeo on June 28, at 7:30pm. Both are held at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds of Davie, 4271 Davie Road. For information, visit

July 4th Independence Day Fireworks & Family Fun Day – Join your neighbors for live music, beginning at 3pm on the ball fields at Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, in Davie. Free family activities include bounce houses, rides, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, youth entertainment, swimming and games around the park all day. There will be food trucks with a variety of food available for sale. Free cake will be available, while supplies last. The evening will be capped off with a fantastic patriotic fireworks show at 9pm. For information, call 954-797-1163 or visit

6th Triathlon – Area youth have been practicing their biking, running and swimming skills for the Davie Police Athletic League triathlon for kids ages 5-17. It will be held at Bamford Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road in Davie. For information on the triathlon or to register, visit

On-Going Summer Institute – Registration has begun for the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Summer Institute 2014: Sports and Fine Arts Enrichment Programs. It offers baseball, basketball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, softball, lacrosse wrestling, dance, iPad Survive & Thrive, iPad Parent Edition, drama, robotics and more. For information, visit www.mccarthyhigh. org or call 954-434-8820. SNAG Golf – This summer, Davie Golf and Country Club and Greenway Golf Course Management are offering the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) program, which makes learning the game a little easier for all ages and abilities. The Davie classes are for ages 4 – 15. For information, call 954-797-4653.

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Touch-A-Truck Event Appeals to Kids of All Ages By Debby Teich


any kids dream of climbing inside some of the big trucks

they pass on the road. On June 14, they will have an opportunity to see, touch, and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles, as well as to meet some of the people who drive them at the 16th Annual City of Cooper City Touch-A-Truck event. Over 500 people are expected to attend the event, from 9am to noon, at the Cooper City Sports Complex, located on the corner of Stirling Rd. and Palm Avenue. All ages are invited and admission is free. “We invite everyone to come out and get a birds-eye view of trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes,” said Annie Boyle, Recreation Program Specialist for the Cooper City Recreation Department. “This hands-on event is the perfect opportunity for children to get up close to and touch all kinds of vehicles they usually only see from afar.” There will be more than 30 trucks and vehicles on display from a variety of governmental agencies and private collectors. The fire and police departments in Cooper City will bring out some of their trucks, cars and equipment. Waste Management will show kids how a dump truck crushes the trash. There will be cranes and other construction trucks, Recreation Department shuttle buses, utility pump trucks, SWAT trucks, motorcycles, and much more. Peter O’Connell brought his three children, ages 3 to 7, to the event last year and plans to attend again. “They loved it last year and can’t wait to return,” said O’Connell. “It is so cute to see the little ones climb up on the big trucks and honk the horns. I enjoy the event just as much as my kids do. I cannot imagine a better way to spend Father’s Day weekend.” Organizers are still looking for companies that want to display their vehicles.

Kids enjoyed the 2013 Touch-A-Truck event.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233.

Town of Davie Hosts Animal Fashion and Open Horse Show By Debby Teich


outh Florida is well known

for its “human” fashions, but this month the focus will be on the animals. On June 8, from 9am to 4pm, the Town of Davie will host the 1st Annual Animal Fashion and Open Horse Show at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds from the show will benefit Friends of the Davie Farm Park and Project Stable. Area residents are invited to bring their pets and equines for a dress up day of fashion and fun. If you can dress it up, there will be a way to compete. There will be competitions for dogs, cats, farm animals, horses, mini’s, donkeys, ponies and more.   There will be three classes for each pet: Most Fashionable, Best Matched PairPet and Handler, and Most Unusual. In addition, there will also be a Best of Show winner. The cost to enter is $10 per class. Participants can enter in one class or all three. The Open Horse Show will feature classes in: Halter, Showmanship, English and Western Riding, and 4-H, as well as Games and Timed Events. There will also be a special appearance by Darlene Evans of KISS Country 99.9 FM. The schedule is as follows: ▸▸ Gates open - 9am ▸▸ Fashion (Costume) Show - 10am ▸▸ Open Horse Show - 12pm ▸▸ Games and Timed Events - 2:30pm


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Melinda Walling plans to enter with her dog, Cody, in the Best Matched Pair-Pet and Handler category. The two typically dress alike on Halloween. “I am looking forward to showing off our costumes at the event,” said Walling. “It should be a lot of fun. Plus, it is for a great cause.” Project Stable is an equestrian and farm program that works with specialneeds children and provides agricultural education to the general public. The program uses horses and farm animals to help special need children overcome their abilities. It also provides volunteer opportunities for college and high school students to learn the importance of volunteering and the difference they can make in the life of a special-needs child. Scheduled to open this year, the Governor Leroy Collins Farm Park is a working urban mini-farm where crops are grown and animals are raised. The project strives to increase the public’s understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday survival, while making learning fun and preserving open space. Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn in a handson environment about agricultural production, from seedling to market. The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds are located at 4271 Davie Road in Davie. For information, send an email to, call 954-680-8069 or visit

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Bahamian Dignitaries Visit with Davie Mayor By Debby Teich

Photo (l to r): Gregory Butler, Urban Renewal, Commonwealth of the Bahamas; Schemal King, Executive Assistant to Mother Pratt; Senator Cheryl Bazard; Honorable Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, Co-Chair of the Urban Renewal Commission (former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas); Davie Mayor Judy Paul; Rita Case; Ron Cacciatore; Stephen Dean, Superintendent Royal Bahamas Police Force; Daphne Bannister (Representative Woman Supporting Woman) Nassau, and Rick Case.


ayor J udy Paul recently welcomed a group of Bahamian

dignitaries, who traveled to Davie to learn more about the international Boys and Girls Club. They were interested in learning about programs that they might be able to implement in the Bahamas. The group was led by the Honorable Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, co-chair of the Urban Renewal Commission (former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas). The Bahamian contingent also included: Senator Cheryl Bazard; Schemal King,


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executive assistant to Mother Pratt; Daphne Bannister, representative of Woman Supporting Woman, Nassau; Superintendent Stephen Dean, Royal Bahamian Police Force; and Gregory Butler, Urban Renewal, Commonwealth of the Bahamas. “Our Boys and Girls Clubs are wonderful facilities that provide a myriad of programs to our youth,’ said Mayor Paul. ‘We are honored that Mother Pratt and the others chose to visit the Town of Davie. I am always pleased to share our ideas about projects that enrich the lives of our young people.” Mayor Paul presented Mother Pratt with a Key to the Town. Rick Case, Rita Case and Ron Cacciatore were also at the ceremony. Afterwards, the group traveled to the Rick and Rita Case Boys and Girls Club in Davie, where Brian Quail, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, welcomed them and led a discussion session about the club. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is to enable all young people, especially those who are most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. It provides world-class experiences that assure success is within reach of every child who walks through its doors. The Club’s goal is for all members to graduate from high school with a plan for the future; demonstrate good character and citizenship by participating in leadership training and volunteering in community service projects; and engage in sports and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. The Rick and Rita Case Club is host to over 700 members, ages 6-18. It is located at 7525 NW 33rd Street, in Davie. For information on the Rick and Rita Case Club, call 954-433-9000 or visit For information on Davie events, visit

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Downtown Hoedown Promises Good Old-Fashioned Fun By Debby Teich

Participants have fun at the 2013 Downtown Hoedown.


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nity to show off their singing talents and participate in other fun activities at the 2nd Annual Downtown Hoedown. The event, which is presented by the Town of Davie and the South Florida Cloggers, will be held on June 13, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. One of the highlights of the event is the “Davie Idol” singing contest, which kicks off an hour before the official start of the Hoedown. Participants, ages 16 and up, will sing a song to their own back track. Celebrity judges will select the top three contestants, who will then sing for the first place spot during the Hoedown. The deadline to sign up is June 6. The cost is $20. Winners will receive a cash prize, as well as gift cards and other donated items.

During the Hoedown, guests will also enjoy performances by the South Florida Cloggers, a Davie group that has become well known throughout the country. They have performed in the Macy’s Day Parade at Universal Studios and twice at Disney World; opened the show at Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; received an invitation to audition for America’s Got Talent, and much more. The South Florida Cloggers meet at Robbins Lodge. It is a family atmosphere, with students that range in age from 2 to 72. During the season, from October to March, they perform several shows each weekend. The Hoedown also includes line dancing, mechanical bull riding, carnival games, a silent auction, raffles, bounce houses, dinner and more. Every 30 minutes, a drawing will reveal the name of a South

Florida Clogger, who will be the target of a pie throwing contest. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. This includes entrance to the Hoedown, as well as dinner. The proceeds will be used to help the South Florida Cloggers pay for travel expenses for clogging competitions. Mark Rosen attended the Hoedown last year with his family. “There was something for the whole family and we all had a great time,” said Rosen. “We especially enjoyed the Davie Idol, clogging demonstrations and pie throwing contest.” For information, visit or call 954-347-5207.

Bowl with the Dolphins and Help Strike out Kids Cancer By Debby Teich


t S pareZ in Davie , you can challenge Dolphins players to a

game of bowling and help raise money for a great cause. On June 23, from 6pm to 9pm, bowlers of all ages and skill levels will gather for the “Striking Out Kids Cancer Miami-Ft Lauderdale Bowling Classic,” hosted by Strikes For Kids. The fundraiser benefits the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, which supports the children and families that depend on Miami Children’s Hospital. Miami Dolphins players Lamar Miller (running back), Olivier Vernon (defensive end), Jimmy Wilson (cornerback), and Louis Delmas (safety) will attend the event. Participants will be able to get signed autographs and take pictures with them. For $300, they can also purchase a VIP lane and bowl with one of the Dolphins players for three frames. The cost for non-VIP lanes is $35 per bowler or $175 per lane (up to 6 bowlers). Entry includes: three games of bowling, shoes, an event shirt & goody bag, one pizza per lane, and a pitcher of soda. Registration is $20 for non-bowlers and $10 for children under 10. This includes an event shirt and soft drinks. The schedule of events is as follows: ▸▸ 6:00pm - Registration (check-in) ▸▸ 6:30pm - Silent Auction begins ▸▸ 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Bowling ▸▸ 8:15pm - Silent Auction closes ▸▸ 8:30pm - Awards Ceremony Mark Anthony plans to attend the event. He is a loyal fan of the Dolphins and has season tickets. He attends all of the games with his two sons. “My sons are so excited to bowl with the Dolphin players and take photos with them,” said Anthony. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them. It is a great way to raise money for such a worthy cause.”t Strikes For Kids is a nonprofit organization that partners professional athletes with benefiting youth organizations in their community, allowing fans, local busi-


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Community News

Residents Celebrate Cooper City’s 55th Anniversary By Debby Teich


he C ity of Cooper C ity recently cel-

ebrated its anniversary at the 55th Founder’s Day Parade and Festivities. There were plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day. The celebration began at the Cooper City Community Center, with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Boy Scouts, a One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk/Stroll and a free kiddy show. The morning activities continued with a parade that included City


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officials, BSO, fire department, high school bands, scout troops, sports teams, local organizations, clubs, businesses and more. There were a variety of afternoon events at Brian Piccolo Broward County Park, including a car show, Optimist All-Star baseball games, community entertainment, bingo, arts and crafts, food booths, BSO Expo, youth free throw contest, children’s activities and much more. In the evening, there was a concert in the park and a spectacular fireworks display. The

weekend ended with the Annual Founder’s Day Golf Classic, hosted by the Cooper City Optimist Club. Melissa Franklin attended the event with her children. “We spent the entire day at the event,” said Franklin. “This is the third year that we have attended. It has become a tradition and we always have a great time.” For information, visit

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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy in the back. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar

Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well

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Student Artists Capture the Images of the Everglades By Debby Teich


uch of B roward County is surrounded by canals and

waterways, which are home to fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. In celebration of Earth Day, students were recently asked to take a close look at their environment and capture the images on paper for the 8th Annual Everglades Eyes Children’s Art Competition. The winners were announced at an award’s ceremony at the Old Davie School Historical Museum. The competition is a partnership between Central Broward Water Control District’s outreach program and Old Davie School Historical Museum. It was open to all 4th and 5th grade students who attend Broward County public and private schools and 119 individual artists showed their work in the exhibit. They were from Cooper City Elementary School, Davie Elementary School, Griffin Elementary School, Sheridan Hills Christian School, Silver Ridge Elementary School, and St. Mark Catholic School. The students expressed themselves in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, photography, collage and other mediums. All of the artwork was original and included a wide variety of images from the Everglades. A distinguished group of local community leaders and art lovers judged the artwork. The winners were: ▸▸ First Place: Genesis Severino of Griffin Elementary School won a blue ribbon rosette, $50, art supplies, and a Family Membership to Young At Art Museum. ▸▸ Second Place: Camille Omega of Cooper City Elementary School won a red ribbon rosette, $35 and art supplies. ▸▸ Third Place: Ella McLaughlin of St. Mark Catholic School won a green ribbon rosette, $25 and art supplies. ▸▸ Merit Award: Lara Ramiraz of St. Mark Catholic School won a green ribbon rosette, $25 and art supplies. ▸▸ People’s Choice Award: Kyle Heywang of Griffin Elementary School won a ribbon and art supplies.

Everglades Eyes winners include (l to r): Genesis Severino (1st place), Kyle Hewang (People’s choice), Lara Ramiraz (Merit award), Ella McLaughlin (3rd place) and Camille Omega (2nd place).

“We were genuinely surprised at the turnout this year,” said Constance Ruppender, CBWCD Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator. “It was a wonderful evening of art and friendship. The art is as wonderful as the young artists. It never gets old seeing the face of a young artist when his or her name is called out as a winner. The smiles are enormous. And, THAT so makes it worth doing!”

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Pediatric Dentistry of Weston Helps Children Achieve Healthy and Beautiful Smiles by debby teich


ediatric D entistry of Weston offers comprehensive dental care for children, from infants to teens, and helps them develop beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Samira Alempour and her experienced staff work together to provide state-of-the-art treatment in a safe, fun, and kid-friendly environment. They understand that visiting the dentist can be difficult for children and make every effort to make them feel at ease. They encourage patients with positive reinforcement, praise, and prizes to help them maintain a positive outlook on oral health for the rest of their lives. Pediatric Dentistry of Weston is located at 2863 Executive Park Dr., Suite 101, in Weston.

Dr. Samira Alempour answered some commonly asked questions about her practice. What are the ages of your patients? Our patients include infants, children, and adolescents. We also have special training to comfortably treat patients with specific and special healthcare needs. What services does your practice offer? Our practice offers comprehensive dental care and Dr. Samira Alempour focuses on preventative treatment modalities and oral health education to prevent the formation of dental caries (cavities). We offer the latest state of the art technology, including digital (lowest radiation) x-rays and the highest quality dental materials. In addition to routine dental exams, we offer sealants to help prevent tooth decay by up to 90%, restorative treatment of cavities, extractions, and counseling for early intervention of harmful childhood habits, such as thumb sucking. What is Dr. Samira Alempour’s background? Dr. Samira Alempour moved to South Florida when she was 13 years old and has lived here ever since. She speaks English, Spanish, and Farsi. She is a published author and a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Alempour obtained her Dental Degree from Nova Southeastern University, where she continued on and earned her Degree in Pediatric Dentistry (specializing in the oral healthcare of infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs). She currently lives in Weston, with her husband, Robert, 15-month-old son, Riad, and their dog, Bailey the Boxer. What can patients expect when they visit the office? We treat each child as if they were our own. Our staff has many years of experience working


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with children and adolescents. We build lasting and trusting relationships with our patients and their families. The office has games, toys, televisions, and a toy tower of prizes in order to create a fun and inviting child-friendly atmosphere. All of our patients are given prizes for their efforts and for being the wonderful patients that they are.

first primary tooth erupts to ensure good oral health for all of the years to come. We offer special infant toothbrushes with unique handles to our patients for creating safe and healthy brushing habits from an early age.

At what age should children start flossing? Flossing with parental The office has games, toys, televisions, and prizes, supervision can begin as which create a fun, child-friendly atmosphere. young as needed when the Do you offer sedation dentistry? For children space between a child’s teeth is tight and too small that have dental anxiety, we offer different types for a toothbrush to properly clean the area. The of sedation techniques to help them have a more benefits of flossing at a younger age help children pleasant dental visit. These techniques include to learn healthy habits early on and make flossing a nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), oral conpart of their daily routine. scious sedation, and IV sedation, which is adminisAt what age should children start getting fluotered by a pediatric anesthesiologist. We employ ride? Fluoride use depends on the patient’s age the safest and most effective sedation standards and the patient’s risk for dental caries (cavities). by following the guidelines of the American The best way to determine if your child is ready Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American for fluoride toothpaste under the age of two is by Board of Pediatric Dentistry. having a complete oral assessment by a pediatric Do you educate your patients? We believe that dentist.   a team approach between the patient, parent, and dental staff is the key to a successful lasting smile! Should parents limit juice and snacks? Juice We take pride in educating and snacks rich in carbohypatients and parents in the drates can increase the risk areas of cavity prevention, for dental caries, and thus nutritional counseling, and oral should be limited in frehygiene. quency throughout the day. The American Academy of At what age should parents Pediatric Dentistry recombring their children for the mends 4-6 ounces of juice first time? One year of age per day and it is always best is the ideal time to bring in to dilute it with water and your child for their first dental consume it at meal time. visit to establish a dental home, as is recommended Is thumb sucking a probby the American Academy of lem? Thumb sucking and Pediatrics, American Academy pacifiers provide comfort of Pediatric Dentistry, and the and a sense of security for American Board of Pediatric many babies. Both are a Dentistry. Visits are complicommon way to self sooth.  mentary for children under the If thumb sucking continage of two. ues beyond two to three Dr. Alempour loves children as much as she years of age, it may cause loves dentistry. She teaches her patients Why is it important to bring how to take good care of their teeth, prevent malpositioning of the teeth children for early dental cavities and promote good oral health. and future discrepancies in visits? Early dental visits crethe child’s bite. Such habits ate the concept of a dental home, where young should be discussed with your pediatric dentist.  patients can learn to trust their pediatric dentist and staff. This helps to create familiar and comfortable dental visits. Also, early visits help detect cavities when they are small and more manageable and therefore much easier to treat. Another great benefit of early dental visits is to ensure that patients are brushing well and taking all the correct measures to prevent early childhood decay.

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better again. Intravenous (IV) therapy is a way to introduce nutrients and therapeutic agents directly into the bloodstream. It can be used to correct deficiencies, enhance immune function, increase energy and assist in maintaining health. IV nutrients are given in therapeutic pharmacological doses greater than the minimal requirements of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), which are intended just to avoid deficiency states. Because natural nutrients are easy on the body and welcomed, IV administration has an exceedingly high safety profile. Giving IV nutritional therapies will put nutrients back into the body, and improve the ability of cells to detoxify, repair and regenerate.

What are the benefits of Intravenous Nutritional Therapy?

IV nutritional therapy can provide enormous health benefits depending on the condition(s) being treated. In many respects, IV nutritional therapy is a preventive aging measure since it improves the nutritional content inside of the cells. Some of the specific benefits that patients may experience include: increased energy; an overall sense of well-being; improved sports performance, improved healing & recovery from sports “wear and tear” or even surgical procedures; enhanced immune support; and stress relief. IV therapy is so powerful that many patients report many of these benefits within hours of receiving the treatment. Some conditions, including chronic diseases like Fibromyalgia, require periodic treatments in order to maintain the benefits. Intravenous nutritional therapy is a method of delivering vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients to the body directly to the blood stream. This will allow 100 % absorption of the nutrients instead of 20% if taken by mouth. For some people, barriers exist in the gastrointestinal tract that prevent adequate absorption. But with IV therapy, we can safely deliver large doses of nutrients safely into a vein that would otherwise not be tolerated if administered orally.

Would I be a candidate if I have a good diet and exercise daily?

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Community News

Area Residents Vote for Best Chili Recipe By Debby Teich

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S Photo (l to r) Council Member Steve & Denise Breitkreuz, Kathy & Vice Mayor Gary Jablonski, Rachel & Bill Greene, Sarah & Council Member Freddy Fisikelli Photos: Bob Hartmann Photography

ome like their

chili filled with meat, while others prefer it vegetarian. Area residents recently had an opportunity to vote for their favorite recipe at the Aster Knight Parks Foundation’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser at Sunshine

Ranches Equestrian Park. Contestants prepared a wide range of homemade chili and competed for the right to claim their recipe as the “Best Chili in Town.” Participants included local restaurants and area residents, as well as Vice Mayor Gary Jablonski and Councilman Steve Breitkreuz. For a $5 donation, the public received a card that entitled them to taste all of the recipes and vote for their favorite one. Approximately 150 people proceeded

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through the line for samples. Elaine Ringger and Family were declared the winners for their Alegria Mango Farm Chili. Sharron Bush won second place for her Spicy Redhead Chili. Winston and Glennis Simmonds came in third place for their Jamaican Jerk Chili. First and second place winners received a one-of-a-kind cooking pot trophy with a plaque. The winners’ names and “Best Chili in Town” titles were also recorded on bricks that were placed on the commemorative walkway at Town Hall. This year, Town Administrator Andy Berns added the “Council Cup Challenge,” assigning secret judges to determine which Council Member’s chili recipe was the best. Vice Mayor Jablonski won the challenge and Councilman Breitkreuz received an Honorable Mention. The event also included live music by School of Rock, kid-friendly entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Boy Scout Troop 224 grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for donations. The proceeds will benefit the Aster Knight Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for parks, trails, and green space projects within the town of Southwest Ranches. For information, send an email to

Neighbors to Celebrate Solstice in the Saddle By Debby Teich


s the sun sets during the summer solstice on J une 20, a

event is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm, leaving enough time for everyone to find a spot for their chair or blanket before the sun sets at 8:15pm. Organizers will serve group of neighbors from Southwest Ranches will meet for a small informal refreshments. gathering at Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park. They will celebrate the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is located at 5840 SW 148 Avenue, just north official start of summer, as they catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. of Stirling Rd. in Southwest Ranches. It has They will also experience the beauty of more than 20 acres of lushly-landscaped Richard Medlock’s sculpture. open space designed for the enjoyment of The word “solstice” is derived from a residents and their horses. It is the City’s combination of Latin words meaning “sun” first public recreational facility and a great and “to stand still.” Solstices occur twice place to school a horse; walk a dog; meet a year. They are the longest and shortsome friends or enjoy the surroundings. est days of the year, marking the start of The park includes a 10,400-square foot summer and winter, respectively. They are practice ring, 37,500-square foot show ring, also the best days to witness one of the key as well as more than 10 acres of horse and design elements of Medlock’s Equestrian nature trails. It also has a playground, restOasis, which is located in the park. room facility and a sheltered seating area. The public art feature reflects both form Mary Jenkins frequently visits the park, and function. The main area is shaped but has never attended the celebration. I like a horseshoe and contains earth berms, have seen photos of how beautiful the sun stones for seating, a waterfall, fountain and looks when it sets in the saddle, and I am shade trees. A concrete saddle sculpture excited to witness it in person,” said Lisa. sits on the western ridge of the berm. It is “It will also be a great opportunity to meet strategically placed so that it cradles the some of my neighbors.” sunset during summer and winter solstices. When the sun sets, it appears to sit perfectly in the saddle, where a rider would. There is no charge for the event. The entire community Residents have celebrated the solstice is welcome. For more information, visit Richard Medlock’s sculpture is designed so that the sun since the park opened in 2004. This year’s or call 954-343-7452. appears to set in the saddle during the solstice.


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Southwest Ranches Children Celebrate Arbor Day By Debby Teich


he residents of Southwest

Ranches have an opportunity to enjoy the Town’s beautiful parks and rural landscape on a daily basis. In fact, Southwest Ranches has more trees than residents. Students were recently invited to celebrate their surroundings by participating in the Schools & Education Advisory Board’s 5th Annual Arbor Day Art Exhibition. They created drawings that represent the impact that trees have on their lives. Approximately 100 kindergarten students from Hawk’s Bluff Elementary School participated in the Exhibition. This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific… in all shapes and sizes.” Their work was displayed at Town Hall. Each student received a certificate for their participation. “The exhibition helps to create and foster awareness of the importance of trees and their many benefits for our community,” said Town Arborist December Lauretano-Haines. This is actually the second time this year that the residents of Southwest Ranches have celebrated Arbor Day. Although National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, many states and cities observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree plant-

ing times. Southwest Ranches and the State of Florida celebrate Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. Lauretano-Haines says that the Town plans to run the student art exhibition again next year, but will also seek participation from other schools in the area. The theme will be centered around the importance of trees for wildlife/and OUR life. For information, call 954-434-0008 or send an email to

SNAG Program Makes Learning Golf Easy By Debby Teich


earning the game of golf can be intimi dating, especially for children. This summer, Davie Golf and Country Club and Greenway Golf Course Management are offering the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) program, which makes learning the game a little easier for all ages and abilities. The Davie classes are for ages 4 – 15. “SNAG is an innovative, fun, and easy way to teach the fundamentals of golf to new players,” said Danny Boswell, General Manager/Director of Golf at Davie Golf and Country Club. Although the teaching method is new at Davie Golf and Country Club, it was first introduced approximately 10 years ago. Similar concepts are used in baseball, tennis and other sports. All SNAG classes are supervised by a PGA Pro from the club and limited to 20 students. The kids learn in a small, safe area, so they do not have to worry about the rules of a regulation golf course or driving range. They use specially designed equipment, including oversized clubs and balls, colorful hole markers, and Velcro targets.


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“We simplify the instruction, so the kids get immediate gratification,” said Boswell. “This allows them to transition more easily to a traditional game of golf.” There will be two sessions this summer. The first session will be held from June 10 - June 26. All children who complete the SNAG course will be able to play in a special kids’ tournament on June 28. The second session will be held from July 15 – 31, with the kids’ tournament on August 2. The cost for the 3-week sessions is $109 per child. Davie’s SNAG youth golf program has been funded by the net proceeds of the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, held in February each year during the Orange Blossom Festival. Approximately $3,000 was used to pay for the SNAG equipment. Additional proceeds will be used to provide free SNAG classes to several disadvantaged youth from the area, who will be selected by the Town of Davie’s Parks and Recreation Department. To register for the SNAG summer program, visit the Davie Golf & Country Club pro shop, 8201 Nova Drive, in Davie, or call 954-797-4653.


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SI Davie Awards Scholarships to Local Women By Debby Teich


he Soroptimist I nternational Club of Davie recently pre -

sented the Violet Richardson Award and Women’s Opportunity Awards at their annual awards ceremony. Soroptimist is an international volunteer-service organization for business and professional women who work together to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Davie’s local chapter has been helping local women and girls with education opportunities since it was established in 1983. The group has 32 members that meet at noon on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Vienna Café in Davie. They support service projects, such as the EASE Foundation, Hope Outreach, Old Davie School, PACE Center for Girls Broward, Project Stable, Partner In Education with Davie Elementary School, Wounded Warriors and more. “It’s the greatest group of women on the planet,” said Constance Ruppender, an active member since 2003. “We have a whole lot of fun getting together, while raising money to help others. We share the desire to make the world a better place, and I can’t think of a better group to do that with.” The Women’s Opportunity Award gives deserving women in the community a “hand up” to help with their education. Often times Mina Entessar, Violet these women are single mothers seeking Richardson Award winner

a way to improve the quality of their lives. This award helps to fulfill that purpose. This year, the club presented the award to Leah Marlowe, a court reporting student at Sheridan Technical Center, and Cindy Lespinasse, who is attending Nova Southeastern University’s nursing school to become a nurse practitioner. Each Photo (l to r): Tammy Brandys, Women’s Opportunity Chair; Cindy Lespinasse, WOA recipient; one received $1,500 toward Award and Kathy Blanton, SI Davie President. education expenses. Lespinasse also won at the regional level, and received an additional $3,000. The Violet Richardson Award is presented to a young girl, between the ages of 14 and 17, who identifies a need in the community and then organizes and implements a plan to meet that need. This year’s winner was Mina Entessar, a student at Cooper City High School. Mina was recognized for her Breast Cancer Awareness project. She received $750. The Susan B. Komen Center also received a $250 donation in Mina’s honor. Each year, SI Davie gives these awards to deserving women in the community. Applications are accepted in November of each year and are available on the clubs website, For information, visit

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Reaches Out to Students at Davie Elementary By Debby Teich


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free or reduced lunch. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has “adopted” many of the school’s low income students and their families to ensure that they get the help they need. The partnership has helped to bridge the gap between home, school and community.  “The partnership allows our staff to help the Davie Elementary children and families who struggle on a daily basis, and provides much needed nourishment for our children,” said Assistant Principal Monica Schlosser. “The program helps parents know that we care about them and the community in which they live. Davie Elementary is truly here to educate the ‘whole’ child, from free breakfast, academic support and excellence (we are an A school) to providing students with shoes and food for the weekend.” Since 2011, Cheryl Masinelli, wife of Pastor Tony Masinelli, has been organizing the program for the church, which is located only two blocks from the school. Volunteers from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church fill backpacks with food for students at Davie Elementary. Photo (l to r): Cheryl Masinelli, Darla Schulte, Arianna Schulte, and Martha Hollingsworth.

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“Many of these families fall through the cracks,” said Masinelli. “The free breakfast or lunch they receive may be their only meal. They live in our backyard and we want to make sure they do not go hungry.” Every Friday, the church prepares bags for approximately 140 students to take home and eat over the weekend. Each bag contains a protein, soup, breakfast item, juice boxes, treat and crackers. In the past three years, the church has fed over 430 families.  When Masinelli learned that some of the Food collected for the backpacks. students were wearing flip flops to school, preventing them from participating in recess, the church collected over 100 gift cards to Payless for $20 each. There were enough to provide shoes for all of the students who needed them, as well as some extras to keep in the office for the future.  At the beginning of the school year, the church gave students in need a backpack full of school supplies. During the holidays, families received food baskets and gift cards. This month, the church will distribute over 1,500 books to all of the students at the school to enjoy over the summer.  In addition, the church has provided several families with assistance when extraordinary circumstances have occurred. They have helped with health care, counseling, transportation, and more. They even donated a bike, so that one of the school’s families could get to work each day.    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is located at 7601 SW 39th Street in Davie. To volunteer or make a donation, call 954-475-0683.


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Cooper City High Students Perform Modern Version of Shakespeare By Sarah Sharpe, Student Writer


ooper City H igh School recently put a new spin on the play

Much Ado About Nothing, turning the Shakespeare comedy into a musical and updating its premise to appeal to a modern day audience. The original plot, which centers around a prince and his officers arriving home from a successful battle, was turned into a boy band’s homecoming following their world tour. Staying true to the central theme of the antics which occur between two pairs of lovers, director Angela Thomas sought a way to make the play more relevant to its cast and audience of high school students. One of the couples, Benedick and Beatrice, played by seniors Patrick O’Dea and Megan Ellett, have broken up and gotten back together multiple times. The other couple, Claudio and Hero, played by junior Peter Pera and senior Skylar Hinds, fall in love, but are thwarted by the actions of Don John, the villain. Don John, played by senior Aaron Rones, wreaks chaos on the two couples, which leads to a staged affair and feigned death. Alongside the main characters, seniors David Castorena, Mark Yarce, Sarah Park; junior Zack Levine; sophomore Jennifer Lopez; and freshman Alec De Jesus all added to the production with their notable performances. It was senior Melanie Cossin, however, who really gave the show its unique look. Cossin, who took on the job of choreographer once again after successfully bringing some modern moves to A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year, was excited to go out with a bang for her final production at the high school. “Dance has been my passion for as long as I can remember,” Cossin said. “When I was younger I always dreamed of becoming a choreographer, so when I was given the chance to have my dances featured in this show, I was more than happy to contribute.” Bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century is no easy task, but Cossin’s visions were brought to life, making the audience feel as if they were actually at a rock

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concert. “My choreography was solely based on pop-culture,” Cossin said. “From The Beatles to The Village People to One Direction, the goal of the dance moves was to draw the audience into the story through recognizable songs and iconic steps from some of their favorite boy band eras.” As for next year, there’s no word yet on what productions the Cooper City High School drama department has in store. However, no matter what they are, it’s sure to be fun and imaginative. “I know I’ll definitely be coming down from UCF to support my theatre family with what is sure to be another hit,” Cossin said. “Between the amazing performance opportunities, creative development process, and countless memories that I’ve made, I’m definitely going to miss the program and the people who became like a second family to me and who I’ll always cherish.” Sarah Sharpe is a junior at Cooper City High School, where she is the entertainment editor for the school’s newspaper. She is also a Teen Ambassador at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Re-enactment Reinforces Dangers of Drinking and Driving By Debby Teich


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Hospital joined forces with the Cooper City High School administration, Broward County Schools, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Cooper City District, BSO Air Rescue, Boyd Panciera Funeral Home and the Broward County Medical Examiner’s office. “The Memorial Regional Hospital Trauma team believes in the value of events like these to prevent traumatic injuries,” said Candace Pineda, trauma program manager at Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “Statistics show that they have had a dramatic effect on decreasing the number of teen injuries and death during prom season.”  Trauma is the leading cause of death of Floridians ages 1-44 every year. Florida’s trauma centers treat more than 40,000 trauma victims each year with positive outcomes, discharging three-fourths of these patients back home to their communities.  Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), originators of Prom Nightmare, claim that across the country in the past 30 days, 26.4% of students between the ages of 12 and 20 used alcohol and approximately 17% have been involved in binge drinking.

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Except under limited circumstances, only final orders can be appealed. If a judge rules unfavorably in a matter during a hearing, that ruling cannot usually be appealed until a final order is signed. An appeal is not a re-trial of the case. An appeal does not require witnesses to come to court and give testimony all over again. It is not a “DO OVER.” In an appeal you are asking a three judge panel to review the lower courts decisions to determine if there were any errors of law. If a judge does not allow certain testimony or evidence to be introduced into a trial, that may be an error of law and can be appealed. If a judge listens to testimony and does not believe a witness, that is a matter of credibility and cannot be appealed. As you can see, the process is very technical in nature. Only issues which are preserved can be appealed. If in a divorce the couple voluntarily enters into a Marital Settlement Agreement, neither one can subsequently file an appeal, since an Agreement was reached. Such an agreement is binding upon the parties. If, however, the parties do not reach an Agreement, and a Judge issues a Final Judgment, either party may file an appeal and question the Court’s ruling. Statistics show that only a very small percentage of appeals are in fact granted. In most instances, if an appeal is granted; the case is sent back to the trial court for further proceedings; consistent with the Appellate Court’s ruling. There generally is no time limit for an Appellate Court to decide and waiting 12 months for a decision is not all that unusual. I strongly suggest that if you are considering an appeal, make sure you are within your 30 day window and hire an attorney. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. For information or a free consultation, call 954-385-9160.

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Beautiful in Braces By Dr. Alon Grosman


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What We Need to Know About “Lazy” Students By Dr. Fabian Redler


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they could do the work, they would do it. Not doing work is really embarrassing, and no student wants to be embarrassed. So what’s at the bottom of this type of lazy-like response? These are often children who have struggled all year long, year after year. Being lazy is an easy way to genuinely protect their pride by avoiding a real difficulty with learning. Difficulty learning usually has its root in one or more areas of inefficient processing. The brain’s ability to process is quite complex and thus there are a number of things that could go wrong and interfere with school performance. The key to getting these children back on track lies in identifying and strengthening their underlying processing skills, since these are the ‘brain-muscles’ responsible for learning. The best means of identifying the cause of a child’s “laziness” or struggle is a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment administered by a licensed psychologist. This evaluation will provide clear answers about a student’s ability to process information, as well as a measure of their intellectual potential, so that parents and teachers can determine how high to set their expectations.

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I began the Homeless Outreach Team Specialist Course in 2013 and presently offer this training twice a year. Currently, we have 29 certified specialists and plan to add more than a dozen this year. H.O.T. training is now available to other law enforcement agencies and recently, officers from municipalities including Lauderhill, Davie and Hollywood have been certified. The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a new way to quickly assess what treatment an individual has received, what has or hasn’t worked and what alternative is recommended, offering a better chance of getting an individual off the streets permanently. As Sheriff, I believe homeless people aren’t problem people; they are people with problems that can be assisted with compassion and understanding from our community. We can end the cycle of homelessness – not through a handout, but with a helping hand. Through the assistance of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team, we can help these individuals help themselves to reclaim and regain their lives, and that is the right thing to do. To stay up-to-date about BSO events, crime trends and safety tips, sign up for Sheriff Israel’s e-Alerts at or join our Facebook fan page at Broward Sheriff’s Office (official) or follow us on Twitter@browardsheriff.


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MAKING SPORT PARTICIPATION SAFE Concussion. What was once a word mostly associated with professional athletes has now become a worry for parents of athletes of all ages. While a standard sports physical is required by nearly all school and youth sports leagues, this will not provide doctors with important information about a child’s cognitive abilities should a concussion occur. A baseline concussion test will provide physicians valuable clinical information to use if a child suffers a concussion. A complete history and physical along with the baseline concussion test is the best way to protect a young athlete’s safety. For the health and well-being of our community’s student athletes, Broward Health Urgent Care is offering the following exams at all three urgent care centers:

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South Florida ENT Welcomes A New Associate By Debby Teich


outh Florida ENT A ssociates is

dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and responsible medical care, surgical treatment of disorders related to the ears, nose and throat, and providing appropriate hearing care solutions. Doctors and staff are committed to improving each patient’s quality of life through communication, the use of the most sophisticated equipment and surgical techniques, and through ethical decision making. Their mission is to listen, care and cure. Dr. Adam S. Weisstuch, M.D., answered some commonly asked questions about South Florida ENT Associates.

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When did you open? Dr. Jonathan Cooper opened his practice in Weston in 1992. Doctors of Audiology Dianne Cooper and Lisa Ortiz Lopez joined the practice in 1999 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Daniel Morse opened his practice in 1992 in Pembroke Pines, and joined South Florida ENT Associates in 2011. I will be joining the practice in July 2014 as a new associate. South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. was formed in 2002. It consists of 54 ENT specialists in Dade and Broward County. What is your specialty? I specialize in the medical and surgical treatment for a wide range of pediatric and adult ENT disorders including: primary and revision sinus surgery; nasal obstruction; hearing loss and ear disease; allergies; sleep apnea; voice, reflux and swallowing disorders; thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland disease; and head and neck cancer.

Do you treat hearing loss and balance? South Florida ENT Hearing specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. Our state-of-the-art facilities in Weston and Pembroke Pines are equipped with latest technology and offer comprehensive evaluations for hearing loss and balance disorders. What distinguishes your South Florida ENT from similar practices? As the first ENT practice in Weston (in 1992) and a long-standing practice in Pembroke Pines, we enjoy an excellent rapport with Pediatricians and Family physicians in the area. Our practice utilizes Electronic Medical records, a patient portal and the latest in medical and hearing technology to make your visit a pleasant experience and to provide you with the ability to access your records, request an appointment, and communicate with our office electronically if desired. Our professional and knowledgeable staff is proud to offer the best care to suit your needs. South Florida ENT Associates is located at 17180 Royal Palm Blvd, Suite 1, in Weston and 601 North Flamingo Road, Suite 210, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-389-1414 in Weston and 954-438-1015 in Pembroke Pines, or visit www. or SFENTA’s Facebook page. Offices are open Monday-Thursday, from 9am-5pm, and Friday, from 9am-4pm.

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Advantage Dental Esthetic Group Helps Patients Achieve Healthy & Beautiful Smiles By Debby Teich


scanning for greater accuracy and a better patient experience. Precision scanning captures whole tooth images without the discomfort, mess and gagging associated with traditional impressions. Scanning the teeth ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment for the patient. We use electronic precision equipment for the most accurate tooth color matching.

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a simple dental checkup, root canal or braces, the experienced team at Advantage Dental Esthetic Group will help you get your teeth and gums in the best shape possible - and keep them that way for the rest of your life. For over 20 years, they have provided the highest standards in dentistry in a friendly, safe and comfortable environment.

Ann Mesa, Office Manager, answered some commonly asked questions about Advantage Dental Esthetic Group.

What differentiates you from the competition?

Dr. Jorge E. Mesa and his staff are knowledgeable, kind and friendly.

How long has the practice been open? Dr.

Jorge E. Mesa has been practicing dentistry since 1991. He has been providing excellent dental care in Weston for the past 20 years.

What services does your practice offer? We

offer a wide range of services, including cleanings, exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, tooth whitening, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, dental implants, Invisalign, traditional braces, sports guards and TMJ treatments.

How old are your patients? Our patients range in age from 8 to 100 years old.

What is Dr. Jorge E. Mesa’s background?

Dr. Mesa received his DMD in Colombia, South America in 1984. He continued his advanced

dental training at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received his Florida Dental license in 1991, and then went on to complete the most comprehensive rehabilitation program at the prestigious Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida.

What is special about your staff? Our staff is knowledgeable, kind and friendly. They are very caring and understand each patient’s needs.

What can patients expect when they visit your office? When

patients visit the office, they can expect a great dental experience. From the moment they make the first call, they will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. They will be seen in a timely basis. Dr. Mesa will address all of their questions and concerns. He will alleviate any fears they may have with his lighthearted The office environment puts patients at ease. charm and calming per“The most beautiful and clean office I have ever sonality and will even make them a been to” - “You guys always work around my fan of visiting the dentist. They will schedule.” - “I never have to wait to be seen.” receive a thorough examination. “From office staff to dentist, they always make Any treatment that is done will be you feel so comfortable.” - “The most thorough performed with superior quality. consultation I ever had”

Describe your office equipment.

Our equipment is well maintained and always up to date. We are always excited to use the latest in technology. All of the equipment is state-of-the-art.


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The best way to sum this up is with patient comments: “Dr. Mesa and his staff are wonderful!” - “He has such a gentle touch that he will be our new family dentist for LIFE!” - “I now have the best dentist in the world!” - “A great place for dental care, wonderful people” -

What do you offer that is new in the field? We offer digital

Advantage Dental Esthetic Group is located at 17130 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite #3, in Weston. It is open Mondays, from 9am – 6pm; Tuesdays, from 8am – 3pm; Wednesdays, from 8am – 5pm; Thursdays, from 8am – 5pm; and Fridays, from 8am – 1pm. We accept most dental insurance plans. For information, visit www.advantagedentalesthetic. com, call 954 384-7505 or send an email to Advantagedental@


In our office, we believe the most important thing we can help our patients do is keep their teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. With our friendly, professional care, we can help you get your teeth and gums in the best shape possible. Have healthy and attractive teeth – and keep them that way for the rest of your life. BEFORE

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“I stopped going to the dentist many years ago because I was really afraid of the dentist until my father found Dr. Mesa and he recommended him highly. As soon as I met Dr. Mesa I felt relief and I knew I could trust him. the result is what you see now. I am extremely ecstatic with my new look. thank you Dr. Mesa!”– P.S.

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seen on scene Leadership

Sarah Sharpe was one of two students from Cooper City High to graduate from Youth Leadership Broward Class XXVII. Youth Leadership Broward is a ninemonth program which encourages participants to assume leadership roles and influence the direction of Broward County’s future.

Grand Opening

Allstate Insurance Agency held a Grand Opening for its new office, located at 6966 Griffin Road in Davie.


Using grant dollars from the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Cooper City recently donated five high chairs to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Photo credit: Kolos Schumy.


Members of the Davie United GU11 girls soccer team are state champions.


The Rolling Oaks Community Association hosted its annual Easter event. Photo credit: Bob Hartmann Photography.


The Cooper City Active Adult Egg-Stravaganza luncheon was held at the Community Center.


Richard P. Jean (center), principal of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, received the 2014 Secondary Educational Excellence Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for his dedication and commitment to excellence.


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