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8 Plantation Relay for Life Participants Raise $189,500 12 Sheriff Israel Tours ChildNet in Plantation To Raise Awareness of the Need for Loving, Caring Foster Parents 16 Plantation Community Church Hosts its Annual Easter Palooza 18 Plantation Honors its “Women of the Year” 20 Plantation Resident Julie Talenfeld Is Named JAFCO’s 2014 Woman of Valor


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Reading is Soooooooo Delicious!– Summer Reading Program Kick-off sponsored by Friends of the Library, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 North Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, call 954-797-2145.

16th South Florida Amateur Astronomy Association – Telescope observation, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., West Regional Library Public Art Plaza.

10th Icons of Mount Rushmore: A Behind the Scenes History of Four Presidents – 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. Think you know everything there is to know about the four iconic presidents sculpted into Mount Rushmore? Think again. Historian Marc Newman will present a goldmine of lesser -known facts and experiences of these presidents. During his program Newman will share personal details about Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. He will focus on their childhoods and family lives, physical characteristics, and special talents and skills. He’ll share stories related to ironic twists of fate that affected each of them, and present artifacts and clothing of their eras. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as space is limited. For more information, call 954-472-3007 or visit

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17th Professor Robert Watson discusses – “America’s First Crisis: The Bicentennial of the Most Intriguing & Important Year in American History”, 1814, this lecture will tell of the missteps, and disastrous war that nearly destroyed the country and how it was saved, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., West Regional Library MultiPurpose Room 103

18th Blast from the Past Film Series – Explore some of the top films from 1974, in celebration of Broward County Library’s 40th Anniversary, 4:00 p.m.

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Cooking your way to Alzheimer’s Prevention with Dr. Marwan Sabbagh – 10:30 a.m., Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation. While there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease - the sixth leading cause of death in America - scientific studies have proven that specific foods can lower the risk of cognitive decline. Find out how when Dr. Marwan Sabbagh presents “The Tools for Brain Health Are in Your Kitchen”. A research professor of neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sabbagh teamed up with chef Beau MacMillan to write “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Recipes to Boost Brain Health”. During the event, attendees will learn about specific types of foods, such as cinnamon, fish and pomegranates, which boost brain activity and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Sabbagh will also introduce tasty recipes that are both healthy and preventative. Seating for this event is limited. To register, please visit or call 877-670-0889.

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July 4th A Star Spangled Independence Day Celebration – The City of Plantation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem with an Independence Day parade, a free concert and fireworks. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Intersection of Broward Boulevard and N.W. 46th Avenue, heads west to 69th Avenue continuing onto 4th Street, ending at City Hall. The concert by Viva Classic Rock & Roll begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Park ball fields. Refreshments will be available for purchase or bring a picnic dinner and don’t forget the lawn chairs or blanket. At 9 p.m. Zambelli Internationale presents one of the best firework displays in Broward. Fireworks, sparklers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted within the park. Call 954-452-2510.

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Plantation Relay for Life Participants Raise $189,500 By Jill Sharpe


ore than 50 teams made up of cancer survivors , families ,

caregivers, local faith-based groups, businesses, and clubs walked in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Broward on April 11, raising more than $189,500. The time and commitment given by the event committee, volunteers, teams, and participants will help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is a community-based, volunteer-driven event that honors survivors and caregivers, remembers those lost to the disease, and fights for a world with more birthdays. Individuals and teams gather at a track, park, or fairground to campout and walk overnight in confidence that their effort will lead to a cure. Teams organize and complete fundraisers to raise money for the cause, often continuing their efforts at the event. These funds bring the American Cancer Society one step closer to its goal of helping people stay well by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Since 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a global event taking place in more than 6,100 communities and 20 countries. “Relay For Life allows the entire community the opportunity to do something positive when so much negative surrounds the disease,” said 2014 Relay For Life event chair, Sarah Rappaport. “I am proud of Plantation for coming together to support one another and help finish the fight against cancer. Thank you to our committee, team captains, participants, and sponsors who helped make this event happen.” To learn more, visit Relay For Life of Plantation or call 1-800-227-2345. The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit


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Plantation Resident Honored as One of Thirteen “Women of the Year” By Jill Sharpe


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Figueiredo, a Plantation resident since 1990, was thrilled to be honored by the 1000 Plus Club to Benefit Cancer as one of their 2014 Women of the Year on April 9th, at a luncheon attended by nearly 600 people at the Signature Grand. She was selected for this honor because of her outstanding volunteer work on behalf of the Children’s Home Society (CHS).

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Figueiredo’s involvement with the Children’s Home Society began nearly 18 years ago when she worked down the street from the Lorraine Thomas Family Center and Emergency Shelter. She would often drop off collected items and canned goods. In 2006, she joined the newly formed West Broward Auxiliary and promptly jumped into an active role in bringing a new fundraiser to the Auxiliary. Together with her cochairs, the vision of Art4Charity was brought to fruition and much needed funds and awareness was raised. In 2008, she was asked to join the Intercoastal Board of Directors.

Trish Norman-Figueiredo with her husband Pedro and sons Peter and Kenneth at the 2014 Women of the Year event.

Helping Lives Turn Around event co-chairs and founding members: (Left to right) Bonnie Levengood, Janice Lahaye, Lucille DeAngelo, Lorraine Thomas, Kathy Clarkson, Bijette Gebron, Pam Masters and Trish Norman-Figueiredo.


Her role within the CHS Intercoastal Board has grown to include being appointed Advisory Chair and co-chairing the annual Helping Lives Turn Around event. These days, thanks to the efforts of Norman-Figueiredo, the event has become the sole fundraiser for the Intercoastal Division and is truly a labor of love. A mother of two grown sons herself, Norman-Figueriedo’s passion for supporting CHS’s mission of “Embracing Children, Inspiring Lives”, is one that she carries into all areas of her life. “I truly feel that every child deserves a chance to have a happy, safe and nurturing home,” Norman Figueriedo said. “That’s why I do this.” Norman-Figueriedo said her goal is to raise awareness and more money to support the vital programs of CHS every year. In 2009, $53,000 was raised by the Helping Lives Turn Around event she chaired for the first time. Every year since then, that number has grown. This year, proceeds from the event topped $1000,000. As if that isn’t enough, Norman-Figueriedo also supports the American Cancer Society, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Locks of Love, Boys and Girls Club of Broward and Broward Outreach. She is also a member of several local and national business women’s organizations, and is a charter board member of the ABWA Miami Women’s Alliance. Together with her husband Pedro, they own and operate a successful engineering firm, as well as an administrative consulting company. Recently, she has ventured into the online world of eCommerce by opening a care package and specialty gift basket web store called CuddleCube. com. She has two adult sons, Peter and Kenneth, and considers them both to be her greatest achievements in life.

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For the past 32 years, the 1000 Plus Club to benefit Cancer has honored 10-13 specially selected non-profit organizations every year, whose contributions have had a significant impact on the quality of life in our community. They do this by honoring the spirit of volunteerism embodied in one dedicated women that each organization chooses each year as its Woman of the Year. Monies raised through the Women of the Year event are used to fund 1000 Plus Club’s Charitable Giving Grant Program, which provides funding to local 501(c)3 organizations that are actively engaged in cancer education, research and patient care. To date, the organization has raised over $4 million through the diligent efforts of the volunteers who are members of the Club and supporters in the community. For more information, call (954)7418138 or visit

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Sheriff Israel Tours ChildNet in Plantation To Raise Awareness of the Need for Loving, Caring Foster Parents By Jill Sharpe


roward S heriff Scott I srael and B roward S heriff ’ s O ffice

staff helped kick off National Foster Care Month in May with a tour of ChildNet’s SafePlace Intake and Placement Center in Plantation. ChildNet is the lead child welfare agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Coordinated by Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc., as part of a community project, the tour highlighted the need for more loving, caring foster parents to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care in Broward County. ChildNet’s SafePlace emergency respite facility provides a nurturing, childfriendly environment for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect to play and relax while an appropriate placement is identified. “One of the biggest challenges we’re faced with here is finding homes for children whose birthparents end up in jail and are unable to care for their kids,” said Sheriff Israel. “Through working with ChildNet we’ll be able to more effectively provide safety and stability to kids in care. We look forward to collectively impacting the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children.” Among ChildNet tour leaders were Emilio Benitez, president and CEO; Deena Ponto, assistant vice president of support services; and Dr. Elizabeth Wynter, director of community relations. “We’ve been very fortunate in our ability to recruit foster families, improve the training provided to potential foster parents and resolve any issues that might arise almost (L to R): Emilio Benitez, immediately, thanks to support from our closest commuChildNet president and CEO; Sheriff Scott Israel, nity partners and now BSO,” said Benitez. “With between Broward Sheriff’s Office

(L to R): Eric Sauby, Leadership Broward Foundation; Emilio Benitez, ChildNet president and CEO; Elizabeth Wynter, ChildNet director of community relations; Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward Sheriff’s Office; and Timothy Keefe, Leadership Broward Foundation.

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Husband and Wife Doctor Team Offer a Variety of Services in Their Plantation Family Practice By Jill Sharpe


adh Family Practice in Plantation is a

true “family” practice in every sense of the word. In fact, the practice is run by a husband and wife team, Drs. Rundeep and Ruchika Gadh. You don’t find that very often these days. Longtime residents of Plantation, the doctors truly care about their neighbors and treat everyone like family. Drs. Rundeep and Ruchika Gadh answer some commonly asked questions about the practice.

Dr. Ruchika Gadh, describe your background and training. My family is also from

India and I was born and raised near Annapolis, Maryland. I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and then attended Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine, where I met my husband and partner, Rundeep Gadh. We both did our family medicine internship/residency training together in Miami. We have three lovely daughters.

ent allergy panels, one for foods and the other for environmental allergens. The environmental test is a custom panel comprised of pollens, molds and most common allergens found in South Florida. Our food panel can help someone determine types of food sensitivity which can often lead to bloating, slow metabolism and weight gain. Food allergens don’t necessarily mean “stay away” but it may give patients an answer to why they can’t lose weight.

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several weight loss programs that incorporate lipotropic B-12 injections. These treatments aim to speed up the removal of fat by increasing energy, metabolism rates and assist in appetite and mood control. We teach and empower you to easily control your caloric intake while ensuring proper nutriRundeep Gadh – D.O. Ruchika Gadh – D.O. Dr. Ariel Soffer, M.D.,FACC Sylvia E. Fernandez, PA-C tion and lead you to a What can patients expect when they visit Describe your practice. Gadh Family Practice healthier lifestyle that will have you looking your office? Patients can expect a very calm provides comprehensive medical care, includand feeling great. Proper medical evaluation is and friendly environment. It’s not the ordinary ing well woman’s exams, in a relaxed environa major component of safe dieting and overall doctor’s office with white walls and posters of ment for patients ages 15 and up. Our team health. Our staff will thoroughly monitor your sick people or medicine. We have an inspiraof doctors, including Dr. Ariel Soffer and weight loss results and your overall health to tional wall and sayings throughout the office Physicians Associate Sylvia Fernandez, have make sure you are on the right track towards a to make our patients experience a comfortbeen providing compassionate medical care healthier you. Those who mention this article able and positive one. We offer complimentary to patients at our beautiful office in Plantation will receive a free consultation. coffee/tea in our waiting room and patients since 2009. are able to sit and watch the television where What insurance do you accept? Our pracWhat differentiates you from other mediwe play movies or news programs for them. tice accepts most insurance. Please call our cal offices? We offer services that most other We take pride in our waiting time so patients office for more information. primary care offices do not. We do allergy should not be waiting long to see the doctor. testing and treatment and have a comprehenOur motto is “trust your health to experience”. Gadh Family Practice is located at 600 South Pine Island Road, sive weight loss program. We chose to add As soon as you walk in you’ll find an experiSuite 104, in Plantation. For more information, visit http://gadhthese programs because they were key issues enced multi-lingual staff to help guide your or call 954-246-4555. for many of our patients. This way our patients medical needs. We also have a great location do not have to go somewhere else for these nestled between 595 and Broward services and pay additional copays. It defiBoulevard on the corner of SW 6th nitely is a benefit to our patients and makes us Court and South Pine Island Road. We a comprehensive medical center. Our office are located on the 1st floor with plenty also has an in house lab for blood work which of parking so we can easily accomsaves patients the hassle of long waits at labs. modate patients with walkers and Finally, we are proud to offer the services of Dr. wheelchairs. Ariel Soffer, one of the nation’s top cardioloWhat is special about your staff? gists. Amongst many other things, Dr. Soffer We have a diverse group of staff performs stress tests for our patients and is an members in our office. Amongst us, expert in vein treatment. our office speaks 5 different lanDr. Rundeep Gadh, describe your backguages including English, Spanish and ground and training. My family is from Creole. Our staff is courteous, responIndia but I was born and raised right here sible and dedicated to patients. in Plantation, Florida. I’ve been in the area Can you elaborate on what you my whole life. I attended Nova Southeastern offer in terms of allergy testing University for college and went on to their medand treatment? We offer two differical school where I met my wife Ruchika Gadh.


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children, ages 2 to 11, enjoyed an Easter Palooza featuring lots of fun activities on Saturday, April 19th at Plantation Community Church on West Broward Boulevard in Plantation. The church, which got its start in 1948, has been hosting an annual children’s Easter event for more than 10 years. According to Pastor Chris Sheriff, the event started as just an egg hunt but then a snack and Easter story were added and in recent years a craft as well. “This year the kids decorated cupcakes and made a stained glass cross,” Pastor Sheriff said. Although the eggs had to be hidden inside this year due to inclement weather, the kids still had a blast. “They got a big dose of sugar but also the beautiful story of Easter,” said Pastor Sheriff. “In planning for this year’s event, we knew we wanted to create an atmosphere where families could enjoy a variety of games, learn the true reason we celebrate Easter and experience the love and happiness of Plantation Community Church,” Pastor Sheriff said. “Through the leadership of Karen Frodge and Janet Weins and the hard work of all our volunteers, I believe that every family was able to experience just that. Next year will be even better!”

Plantation Community Church also has a growing and vibrant teenage youth group that meets on Sunday evenings from 6:15-8:15 p.m. and is offering a vacation Bible school on June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to noon with a Friday evening presentation. For more information, call 954-581-5276.

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Plantation Honors its “Women of the Year” By Jill Sharpe


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munity service thrive in Plantation were recently honored for their philanthropic efforts. The GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club recently hosted their 40th annual Woman of the Year luncheon to recognize the women for their work in the community. The nominees were selected from each of the ten service clubs in Plantation. The event was held at the Jacaranda Country Club and drew more than 120 honorees, club members and family members. “Each volunteer demonstrated her dedication to the community through a variety of projects including the arts, education, fund raising, beautification projects, preservation of local heritage and support of their club’s goals and activities,” said Pat Hinde, President of the Plantation Woman’s Club. The Women of the Year honorees were Helen Ackerman, GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club; Donna Ewert, Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library; Gloria Scroggin, Plantation Art Guild; Amanda Flutie, GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Plantation; Wanda Stewart, Plantation Historical Society; Arlene Haywood, Plantation Acres Woman’s

Club; Addie Travers, Plantation Garden Club; Barbara Kettler, Plantation Junior Woman’s Club; Bridget Wilson, Friends of the West Regional Library and Diane Casserly, Bayberry Garden Circle. During the ceremony, GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club member Gloria Merritt read the achievements and accomplishments of each winner. Each honoree received a framed Certificate of Achievement from Pat Hinde, a copy of her biography, a shining star pin and the centerpiece, compliments of the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club. Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic presented each woman with a key to the city charm. Started in 1949, The Plantation Woman’s Club is the oldest civic organization in the City of Plantation. Their mission is to foster a spirit of friendly goodwill among the women of Plantation in forwarding the charitable, educational and civic improvement of the community, country and world. For more on the club, visit

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Plantation Resident Julie Talenfeld Is Named JAFCO’s 2014 Woman of Valor By Jill Sharpe


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Plantation resident Julie Talenfeld at its annual luncheon for her long standing support of the organization including her key role in JAFCO’s annual holiday celebration. Altogether, 135 people gathered for the luncheon to honor Talenfeld, the founder and president of Boardroom Communications, who has handled public relations for JAFCO since 2007. She received the organization’s 2014 Woman of Valor award. For the past six years Talenfeld’s family has sponsored JAFCO’s Annual Chanukah party bringing in traditional Chanukah fare and piles of snow so South Florida children can experience the fun of building a snowman. In 2009, Boardroom Communications was presented with JAFCO’S prestigious Jacob’s Ladder Award for Child Advocacy.   “Julie is truly an amazing person who does so much for the organization and for our community,” said Sarah Franco, executive director of JAFCO. “Every year, Julie’s family helps the children by sponsoring our annual Chanukah party and giving them the feeling of joy that is so important all year, but especially during the holidays.”  Julie and her husband Howard Talenfeld are also JAFCO Godparents. After the motzi and the candle of hope ceremony, which honors and memorializes five children who die at the hands of abuse every day, luncheon guests listened to an intriguing presentation by Miami Herald Columnist Cindy Krischer-Goodman who spoke about the importance of work/life balance in everyone’s lives. She even shared a few time-saving apps that she uses to help with the daily grind and offered helpful tips on staying balanced. Guests also enjoyed a shopping boutique. In all, the luncheon event raised $15,000 for JAFCO. As JAFCO has been providing services to abused and neglected children since it was established in 1992, their mission was extended in 2009 to provide services and support for families who are raising a child with a developmental disability such as autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome and others. Many of the services are offered at the JAFCO Children’s Village in Sunrise, a beautiful 5.6-acre residential facility including a 24-hour emergency children’s shelter and six group homes that provide a safe and loving home for dozens of children from newborns up to 21 years of age. “Seeing smiles on these kid’s faces is truly a wonderful gift,” said Talenfeld. “I am very fortunate to be able to make a difference – and what a difference being able to help has made to me and my family.” For more information, visit

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Steve Merritt, formerly the owner of Rena’s Flowers of Merritt on University Drive in Plantation, was recently promoted to the rank of Captain in the Plantation Fire Department. Merritt, who joined the Department in May, 2002, is currently earning his Fire Inspector’s certificate and is finishing his second term as president of the Plantation Volunteer Firefighters Association.



One hundred girls and women ages 10-90 ushered in the spirit of Passover at Temple Kol Ami EmanuEl as the Women of Reform Judiasm celebrated the Second Annual “Spectacular” Women’s Seder on April 9th. The Seder was potluck with the women sharing their favorite Passover recipes and eating salad made from lettuce grown in the temple’s organic garden.

American Heritage High School junior Samantha Rosenberg received the Leader of the Year Award at the commencement ceremony for Youth Leadership Broward’s Class XXVII. Youth Leadership Broward is a nine-month program which encourages participants to assume leadership roles and influence the direction of Broward County’s future.



A little rain didn’t stop 55 golfers from having a great time at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament. Michael Wurtenberger, Robert Bass, David Schwartz and Jonathan Streisfeld were first place winners. Rabbi Howard Needleman came in 3rd place with his 4-some and also won the Rabbi Trophy.


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Plantation resident Shelby Curran was selected to receive Ford and Lincoln Motor Company’s Salute to Education Scholarship in the “Special Mention” Language Arts Category. Curran, a recent graduate of David Posnack Jewish Day School, aspires to become a writer.

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