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Manatee Bay Fifth Graders Meet the President Banner Year for Cypress Bay College Acceptances Another “A” for Cypress Bay Cypress Bay Junior Nominated for Statewide STEM Program Sagemont Continues to Expand Successful Music Program Hour of Code Campaign Exposes Students to Computer Programming Skills Imagine Charter Third Graders Exchange Emails and Cultural Experiences with Global ePals Gator Run Third Graders Learn Japanese Teacher/Author Shares Writing Secrets with Tequesta Trace Students Country Isles Students Show Support for American Troops The Show Must Go On for Everglades Elementary Fifth Graders Explorers Program Teaches Police Procedures

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64 Most Common Mistakes by Homeowners Attempting to Obtain a Loan Modification 70 Alimony and Supportive Relationships

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65 What To Do When Faced With Playing Difficult Lies

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away. The stores are stocked with sweets and treats for our sweethearts. While we contemplate which gift we should purchase or which restaurant we shall visit for that romantic night out, we need to remember that the monetary value of a gift is a secondary notion. The most important point is that the gift comes from the heart -- and there is no better gift than spending valuable time with the ones we love. It is also time to vote for your favorite restaurant, doctor’s office, gym, cleaning service, dentist, service provider, etc. The Best of Weston annual awards issue will be published late next month, so please be sure to send in your vote sheet to recognize the businesses you frequent the most. Vote forms are included in this issue of Our City Weston magazine – or vote online at www. This Valentine’s Day, give from your heart, enjoy each other’s company, and don’t forget to cast your vote for the Best of Weston. Happy Valentine’s Day! Sincerely, Sven Budzisch Publisher/Owner

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Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection – Drop off your household hazardous waste and electronics items at the Weston Public Works Services Center, 2599 South Post Road, between 8am and 3pm. There is no fee for Broward County residents. This is the safe way to dispose of paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, tires, batteries, computers and televisions. For more information contact the Weston Public Works Service Department at (954) 385-2600 or visit

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“Celebrating Romance” Symphony Concert – The Weston Philharmonic Society and the City of Weston present this concert featuring the romantic sounds of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #2 and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. It will be performed by the Symphony of the Americas accompanied by piano and cello soloists. The performance takes place at 7:30pm in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the Weston Community Center and Community Bank of Broward. For more information call (954) 389-4321.

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before World War 1. Showtimes are at 5pm and 7:15pm at Weston 8 Cinema. Tickets are $7. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www. or call (954) 389-4321. Health Care Reform Seminar – The Weston YMCA is hosting a free, educational seminar at 6:30pm to answer questions about health care reform and insurance. It is presented and sponsored by Humana. For more information call (954) 424-9622.

13th Weston Friends Club Book Markers – This book club will meet a 1pm in a member’s home to discuss Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson. For more information on Book Markers or other Weston Friends Club activities, contact President Claire Jargiello at (954) 384-2722.

14th Lit and the Law – After viewing the Law and Order episode “Haven,” attorney Andy Kassier will lead a discussion on affirmative action. The program begins at 12:30pm at the Bonaventure Town Center. The cost is $7, payable at the door. For more information call (954) 384-9428.


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Celebrate the Arts – Join your friends and family from noon to 5pm at Weston Town Center. Celebrate the Arts will feature hands-on activities by Young At Art, a musical playing patch with instruments to try, a graffiti wall, and continuous entertainment by the Cypress Bay and Sagemont drama, band and choral departments. For more information call (954) 389-4321.  

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Hot Topics – Join this lively discussion on issues of importance in the world today. It takes place at 7:30pm at the Bonaventure Town Center. It is free for Bonaventure residents and $1 for non-residents. Please RSVP to Larry Rothman at


24th Weston Art Guild Meeting – This month’s meeting will feature Josh and Juiliana Roslin of Ready2HangArt presenting Glicee printing as well as acrylic “plexi” mount and metal “dibond” mount methods to reproduce artwork and take it to another level. The meeting is free and open to the public. It is at 7pm at Rick Case Hyundai. Call Barbara Burk at (954) 382-6397 for more information.

26th Weston Friends Club Canasta – This group meets in a member’s home at 1pm to play Simply 5-Deck Canasta. For more information on this or other Weston Friends Club activities contact VP Membership Judy Good at (954) 349-1578.

March 1st

The Three Little Pigs – Stages Productions presents this musical version of the classic children’s tale.

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March 7th Kids In Distress Auxiliary Comedy Night – Join the Weston-based Kids In Distress Auxiliary for a night of laughs. The fundraiser features cocktails, silent auction and raffles, followed by a delicious dinner and sidesplitting laughs watching Laffing Matterz’ “With a Vengeance” at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. To purchase tickets or for more information go to

March 8th

International Women’s Day Celebration – The American Association of University Women – Weston Branch and Mujeres Latinas IML present this free conference celebrating the accomplishments of women in our community. It takes place from 2-4pm at Broward Health Weston. For more information contact

March 9th Pops Concert – Enjoy a free, outdoor twilight concert of pops and light classics performed by the full Symphony of the Americas orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. The concert takes place from 6-7:30pm at Weston Town Center; limited seating is available. It is presented by the City of Weston, the Arts Council of Greater Weston and the Weston Town Center, in partnership with the Weston Philharmonic Society.


10th “The Well-Diggers Daughter” – The Weston Foreign Film Series presents this romantic tale of love, family and honor, set in the Provençal countryside

It features plenty of singing, dancing, audience participation and even a rapping Big Bad Wolf. This show is part of the Professional Theater for Children Series. Showtime is at 10:30am at the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center. For more information call (954) 389-4321.

Free Concert in the Park – The City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston present the legendary Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Wet Willie. The concert begins at 7pm at the Event Stage in Weston Regional Park. Guests should bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. For more information call (954) 389-4321 or visit www.westonfl. org.

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Cheechee, from Disney’s Teen Beach Movie, visited TAG USA on January 2nd. While the character of Cheechee is a tough-chick who hangs out with Butchy and the rest of The Rodents of the highly successful Disney movie, actress Chrissie Fit danced and signed autographs with TAG USA’s campers and team athletes.

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Young At Art Museum will demonstrate pottery making.

Children can make music at the playing zoo.

The popular graffiti wall will be back this year at Celebrate the Arts.

Commissioner Angel Gomez leaves his “mark” on the graffiti wall.

The Cypress Bay cast of Legally Blonde performed last year.

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elebrate the Arts recognizes the

tremendous talent in our community and encourages everyone to discover their inner artist. The second annual Celebrate the Arts will take place on Sunday, February 9th. That’s when the streets of Weston Town Center will be transformed into a temporary art fair, studio, theater and music hall. Sponsored by the City of Weston and Arts Council of Greater Weston, this year’s program promises new exhibits to enjoy, performances to watch, and handson activities to try. “It’s such a delight to build on the success of our first Celebrate the Arts event, to welcome new and returning partners, and to invite all of Weston to come enjoy this day,” states Joy Rodenberg, President of the Arts Council of Greater Weston. Members of Mujeres Latinas Impulsando Mujeres Latinas will exhibit this year. These wonderfully talented ladies will present their art, jewelry and crafts. Items will be available for sale. Music Tech Studios of Pembroke Pines is pleased to present the hands-on “playing zoo.” Weston residents Dean and Diane Schafer will provide a variety


of string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments for children of all ages to try. “The addition of these new partners point to our commitment as the Arts Council of Greater Weston to bring the arts to Weston and West Broward,” states Rodenberg. Young At Art Museum will return with its open air studio. Children are encouraged to experience the joy, delight and freedom they get from the art process. It will feature a variety of activities such as sculpting on a pottery wheel, painting a still life on canvas, and other arts and crafts. Jami Rahn, event co-director and Arts Council vice president, promises the popular graffiti wall will be back. This was one of the most popular features of last year’s Celebrate the Arts. Almost every attendee left his or her mark. Volunteers Juan Carlos Topete and Hussein Abadlia will once again help Rahn build the giant graffiti wall. The plywood structure stretches 24 feet long and is seven feet tall providing plenty of space for everyone to express themselves and discover their inner artist. “There is a lot of creative talent in and around

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Weston,” explains Rahn. “This event is an opportunity to showcase that while giving everyone, young and old, an opportunity to explore their own talents. Celebrate the Arts also celebrates the talent of Weston students. The Cypress Bay band and choral departments will provide previews of the various group presentations it is sending to state competitions. The drama department will perform excerpts from its upcoming shows Les Miserables and Seussical. The Sagemont School’s visual and performing arts department will entertain with a variety of short skits and musical solos and duets. In addition, the school’s new rock band, Sagemont Synergy, will make its Weston debut at Celebrate the Arts. This year, Celebrate the Arts will welcome a popular element from last year’s Celebrate Dance program. There will be hip hop dancing classes for children throughout the afternoon. Although geared for kids, all ages are welcome to get up and get their groove on. Celebrate the Arts takes place on Sunday, February 9th from noon to 5pm at Weston Town Center. For more information call (954) 389-4321 or visit

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Weston Symphony Series Returns with Celebrating Romance: A Concert By Stacey Bomser


hat better way to

get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than enjoying a romantic concert with your special someone. The Weston Symphony Series returns on Saturday, February 8th with Celebrating Romance: A Concert. Performed by the Symphony of the Americas under the baton of Maestro James BrooksBruzzese, this concert features the romantic sounds of Russian Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #2 and the exquisite lines of Englishman Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. The lush Piano soloist Ciro Fodere. soaring melodies promise to capture your soul and fill your heart with beauty and romance. Accompanying the Symphony of the Americas will be renowned pianist Ciro Fodere and cellist Iris van Eck. “Ciro Fodere has been described as masterful, electric, fiery and lyrical,” states Victoria Jolson, co-president of the Weston Philharmonic Society. “The Miami Herald calls his performance ‘edge of the seat thrilling.’” Co-president Roger Lander adds, “Presenting piano and cello concert performances with the Symphony of the Americas will provide a thoroughly romantic and enjoyable evening in our Weston hometown.”

The performance, presented by the City of Weston and the Weston Philharmonic Society, will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 8th at the Cypress Bay Theater. Cypress Bay High School is located at 18600 Vista Park Boulevard. Parking is free. Concert ticket prices are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Weston Community Center (20200 Saddle Club Road) or the Community Bank of Broward Cello soloist Iris van Eck. (1504 Weston Road). The Weston Symphony Series concludes on Sunday, March 9th with a free outdoor Pops Concert at Weston Town Center. The full Symphony of Americas orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, will perform favorites from Broadway, the movies and more. This concert is presented by the City of Weston, Weston Town Center and the Weston Philharmonic Society in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston. For more information on Celebrating Romance: A Concert or the Weston Symphony Series, visit www. or or call (954) 389-4321.

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10th Annual Free Concert in the Park Features Southern Rock Legends By Stacey Bomser

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Band will take center stage for the 10th annual Free Concert in the Park on Saturday, March 1st. Presented by the City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston, this year’s concert promises to be the biggest and best to date. “Each year the bar seems to be raised a bit higher and yet we rise to the occasion with each concert,” states Rotarian and Concert Chair Tom Kallman, who started this free concert back in 2005. “I can’t believe it has been ten years since I started this event with a dream of bringing live national acts to our own backyard.” Free Concert in the Park He has certainly accomplished that. co-chairs Tom and Alison Kallman. Last year’s concert starred Starship featuring Mickey Thomas along with Christopher Cross. The year before, Weston welcomed classic rock artists Blue Oyster Cult and the Outlaws. The annual Free Concert in the Park draws a crowd of well over 10,000 guests and is one of Broward County’s largest free musical events. Kallman credits the concert’s growing success to the “wonderful marriage that exists between the Rotary Club of Weston and the City of Weston,” along with the blood, sweat and tears of all the volunteers who make this event possible each year. Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, wholeheartedly agrees. “The Concert in the Park is a great example of a community partnership that benefits everyone. I encourage everyone to bring friends and family for a night of great music under the stars.” “Each year we strive to find acts that represent different genres in order to keep the show fresh and exciting,” explains concert co-chair Alison Kallman, who has been working alongside her father to plan this year’s concert. “We felt it was fitting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event by landing a superstar like Charlie Daniels.” The Charlie Daniels Band will headline this year’s concert. Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than this country music legend. Charlie Daniels is a Grammy winner, Country Music Association winner, as well as Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame inductee. He has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame and has been presented the Pioneer Award by the


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Academy of Country Music. Probably best known for his song The Devil Went Down to Georgia which spent 14 weeks on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1979, Charlie Daniels’ other hits include The South’s Gonna Do It Again, Uneasy Rider, In America, and (What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks. Opening for the Charlie Daniels Band will be special guest Wet Willie. These Southern Rock icons continue to thrill fans with their potent blend of high energy R&B, down home soul, blues rock and gospel harmonies. Their hits include Keep on Smiling, Same Old Moon, Country Side of Life, and Street Corner Serenade. The annual Concert in the Park is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Weston. The free, family-friendly concert draws all ages and big crowds so guests are encouraged to come early and make an evening of it. Many families bring along a picnic dinner and games to entertain the kids while they wait for the concert to start. Supervised children may also play on the nearby playground or soccer fields, as well as the bounce houses. Concert attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food concessions will be available. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages; alcohol is not permitted. While the concert is totally free, the Young Rotarians of Weston (YROW) will be accepting donations (cash or check) to benefit the American Cancer Society. The 10th annual Free Concert in the Park starring the Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Wet Willie begins at 7pm on Saturday, March 1st at Weston Regional Park. The Event Stage is located next to the Weston Community Center. For more information call (954) 389-4321 or visit

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B’nai Aviv Brings Back “Rhythm & Jews” Music Festival By Stacey Bomser


styles and sounds with ’ nai Aviv is excited scriptural inspiration. to host its second annual Also performing will “Rhythm & Jews.” The be The Strand, a rock outdoor music festival features band made up of Jewish a mix of Jewish, folk and Israeli professionals from music, along with some more Broward and Boca; and popular tunes. The event takes The Posnack Band will place on Sunday, February make its return. Between 9th from noon until 3pm on the acts, students of local synagogue’s lawn. music teacher Steve Mills “Rhythm & Jews” was will perform. created by the temple’s Rabbi Adam Watstein (center) with event chairs Guests are encourFundraising Committee, Bob and Debbie Regent at last year’s concert. aged to bring blankets chaired by Debbie Regent. and lawn chairs to enjoy the afternoon’s entertainThe group was looking for an exciting and fun event ment. Kosher food, soft drinks and beer will be geared towards families of all faiths, with songs available for purchase, plus the Zombie Ice food that appeal to all generations. Last year’s inaugural concert was so successful, the synagogue is bringing truck will be selling Icees. “Rhythm & Jews” is a fundraiser for the temple. it back and inviting some local student musicians to Admission tickets are $10 per person or $36 per perform as well. family. Guests can also purchase raffle tickets for Israeli rock singer Oneg Shemesh will headline a chance to win a custom-designed electric guitar. “Rhythm & Jews.” He has shared the stage with countless great Jewish music stars, among them Hassidic reggae star Matisyahu, as well as Soul Farm, and The second annual “Rhythm & Jews” Music Festival takes place the Moshav band. Oneg’s music is described as from noon until 3pm on February 9th at B’nai Aviv, 1410 Indian edgy, combining contemporary musical concepts, Trace. For more information call (954) 384-8265.


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Anne Frank’s Stepsister to Speak at Chabad of Weston By Stacey Bomser


he Weston J ewish Academy is pleased

to present an evening with holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister. She will share her firsthand account of the horrors of the holocaust as well as tell about the discovery and printing of Anne Frank’s famed diary. This program will take place on Thursday, February 13th at Chabad of Weston. Eva Schloss was born Eva Geiringer. She emigrated from Austria to Belgium and eventually to the Netherlands. During World War 1, both she and her stepsister went into hiding in an attic while the Nazis occupied Holland. They were eventually captured and sent to concentration camps. Eva survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, but Anne died at Bergen-Belsen. Now in her 80’s, Schloss continues to travel the world lecturing about the holocaust. She has co-authored two books about her experiences: The Promise: A Moving Story of a Family in the Holocaust and Eva’s Story. In addition, she is the subject of James Still’s educational play And Then They Came For Me – Remembering The World of Anne Frank. “We hope the entire community will join us for this rare opportunity to hear from a Jewish hero like Eva Schloss,” states Rabbi Yisroel Spalter, director of Chabad of Weston.

During her presentation, Schloss will share the first hand story of her own life and that of her dear friend and stepsister, Anne Frank. Anne kept a diary during the two years her family spent hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Her writings

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were later discovered and published as The Diary of a Young Girl. It has been published in more than 60 languages and is considered one of the top books of the 20th century. Rabbi Spalter encourages parents to bring their teenage children to this program. “It is critical to provide opportunities for our young adults and teens to hear firsthand accounts from the Holocaust. As time goes by there are fewer living survivors. We must pay close attention to the voices of the remaining heroes and heroines who so generously share their experiences with us so that we may never forget.” To reach an even greater audience of young people, Rabbi Spalter has teamed up with Broward Public Schools to organize a special event at Cypress Bay High School. Schloss will deliver a special Holocaust education lecture to over 1,000 students and teachers. The public is invited to hear her speak at 8pm on February 13th at Chabad of Weston. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For a $250 donation, guests can attend a private pre-lecture reception with Eva Schloss and receive four VIP tickets to the lecture. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 349-6565 or visit Chabad of Weston is located at 18501 Tequesta Trace Park Lane.


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80’s Night to Benefit Suicide Prevention Agency By Stacey Bomser


o Back to the 80’ s” to benefit the Florida I nitiative for

honor four people who have supported FISP’s work to prevent suicide through education, support, advocacy and research. Three of the honorees are survivors Suicide Prevention (FISP). The Weston-based organization is hosting its of suicide loss who have taken their loss and used it to help others.” 13th annual dinner dance on Saturday, February 8th. Carol Cooper set up the Peter Cooper Foundation to fund FISP annually. Yoga Everyone is encouraged to dress in 80’s attire. So tease up your hair, turn up instructor Pamela Leal held a yoga-thon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High your polo shirt collars and get ready to dance the night away to the fabulous Blues School in memory of her daughter Bailey and to raise funds for the school’s HOPE Brothers Soul Band. This year’s event promises to be “like totally awesome!” Club. As sponsoring parent for the club, she has introduced yoga into the club cur“This memorable evening helps support all of FISP’s programs that serve the riculum. Darah Zededon and her family created the Adam Silverman Memorial citizens of Broward County,” says Jackie Rosen, Executive Director/CEO of FISP. Fund in honor of her brother. It helps fund the HOPE Club at Imagine Charter at “Join us and make a difference in helping to save lives.” Weston Middle School where she serves as the parent sponsor. Darah is also Suicide is an urgent health crisis in this country where there is a suicide author of Girl With The Crooked Smile: Stuck In A Moment, which tells about her attempt every 32 seconds and a death by suicide every 13.7 minutes. life struggle with a brain tumor and FISP’s role FISP is working hard to change these statisin preventing suicide. She donates a portion of tics with successful prevention programs includher proceeds to the Adam Silverman Memorial ing Solutions Unlimited Now (SUN) for seniors, Fund. law enforcement officers and the LGBT commuThe final honoree is Howard Cohen, LMHC. nity and Helping Overcome Problems Effectively “Howard has been instrumental in helping FISP (HOPE) Club in eleven middle and high schools. partner with various organizations in the LGBT FISP also offers programs for survivors of suicommunity to provide programs to help reduce cide including support groups and the National the high rate of suicide in this population,” notes Survivors of Suicide Day Conference. Rosen. He is also a SUN facilitator and Survivors These invaluable programs would not be posof Suicide Loss support group facilitator. sible without public support. The annual dinner dance is FISP’s largest fundraiser. The evening will include cocktails, a delicious dinner, and “Go Back to the 80’s” takes place at 7pm on February 8th at dancing. There will also be a $1,000 cash raffle Signature Grand in Davie. Tickets are $125 per person and all and silent auction. proceeds benefit the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention. The highlight will be the presentation of the Reservations are required; to purchase tickets please call (954) FISP Humanitarian Awards. “This year we will The Blues Brothers Soul Band will perform at the FISP dinner dance. 384-0344 or visit

Daniel’s Dash is Step Forward for Concussion Awareness By Stacey Bomser


oncussions account for almost one

in 10 sports injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more alarming, research shows that when high school athletes suffer concussions, more than 40% of them return to action prematurely and set themselves up for more severe injuries. Sadly, that was the case with Daniel Brett. His first day as starting linebacker for the Cypress Bay Lightning JV football team was also his last. His dream of one day playing college football was sidelined after he was pulled off the field due to a possible concussion. It turns out that was one of many he had

Many students participate in Daniel’s Dash. Pictured here are Kelsey Lynch from St. Thomas Aquinas, Randi Venditti from Cypress Bay, and Marissa Brett and Brooke Thompson from West Broward. Marissa wore a Cypress Bay shirt in honor of Daniel.

suffered during his young football career. A concussion is a short-lived brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Because there is no outward sign of injury, it often goes unnoticed by players, parents, coaches and trainers. Diana Pilar Brett feels that had she been aware of all of her son’s injuries and how to best treat them she might have been able to save him. Since his passing, she has made it her mission to educate everyone about the very real dangers of concussions. “Concussion awareness is more than just ‘being aware,’ it is the continuation of training and guidelines to educate officials, administrators, athletic coaches, and youth athletes and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury,” states Brett. Brett invites the Weston community to join her on Saturday, March 8th at the third annual Daniel’s Dash for Concussion Awareness 5K Run/Walk. In addition to raising awareness, it will also raise funds to again sponsor the Sports Legacy Institute’s Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) multimedia presentation at the two Florida High School Athletic Association Compliance Conferences this summer. This is just one more step to protecting student athletes. Brett considers the passage of Florida’s Concussion Law to be one of the Foundation’s greatest accomplishments. It bars young athletes who endure concussions from returning to practice or play until they have been cleared by a physician trained

Dr. Frank Walters of Broward Health, Broward County School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, Dr. Stephen Russo of NSU, and Diana Pilar Brett, founder of The Daniel Brett Foundation.

in the diagnosis, evaluation and management of concussions. Brett also worked with the Broward County School Board to establish a concussion management program for all public high schools. Student athletes must undergo a mandatory baseline neurological test before they can even step foot on the practice field. The third annual Daniel’s Dash for Concussion Awareness 5K Run/ Walk takes place on Saturday, March 8th at 7:30am at Markham Park. The race is sanctioned by Split Second Timing. You can register online at; the cost is $20.

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ince 1963 the month of February has been desig -

nated as American Heart Month by the American Heart Association to help raise awareness of the risk factors of heart disease and also good health habits to help prevent it. In 2004 the “Go Red for Women Campaign” was added to help raise awareness for women. On Friday, February 7th both men and women should plan on wearing red (dress, shirt or tie) to show your commitment and passion for this cause. Each year an estimated 350,000 men and women will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women.

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You can make a difference by taking a few hours out of your day and learning CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Administering CPR can make the difference between life and death. CPR performed immediately after a cardiac arrest (including drowning) can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Data shows that 88% of cardiac arrests occur in the home. Statistically, if you are ever at a place where CPR is needed, the life you save is likely to be someone you love, not a stranger: your child, spouse, parent or friend. Weston’s Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue, in partnership with the City of Weston, offers a four hour CPR class to all residents and business owners free of charge. Since this initiative began in August 2012, several hundred residents and business owners have been trained in CPR. These classes are offered on weeknights and weekends as well as on-site training at your facility (with 8 persons or more). If it has been more than two years since you have been trained you need to be recertified. CPR training has changed and you need to recertify every two years. To register for a CPR class or to schedule a class at your location, please contact MaryAnn Caporrino at Fire Station 81 at (954) 389-2015 or email If you have any further questions please contact Assistant District Chief Bruce Caruso at 954-389-2089 or email Bruce_Caruso@

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Weston U Students Study Community Services By Stacey Bomser


or a high school student, what could be better than

spending the day at the park and getting credit for it? The 21 students enrolled in Weston University did just that during their recent Community Services Day. The students spent the day learning about Weston’s Parks & Recreation, Landscaping and Public Works departments. One of the highlights of this day is always a lesson led by Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. After explaining to students all that goes into planning Weston’s extravagant parks and recreational programs, he challenges students to create their own “dream” park. Decker says he is always amazed by the students’ ingenuity and creativeness. The class also toured two Weston parks that are in the process of receiving new equipment, landscaping and general improvements. Peace Mound Park is closed until June as it undergoes a massive renovation including the installation of a new ADA-compliant playground and new walkways, as well as an additional 100 trees to ensure the park always maintains its peaceful and natural ambience. The day also included a field trip to tour Weston’s mitigation areas and to visit one of the four pump stations that regulate the lakes throughout Weston. While taking the students on a tour of the wetlands preserve, Drainage Manager David Dove shared stories of some of the wildlife encounters he has had while on the job, including seeing bobcats, wild boar, osprey and baby alligators. The day concluded with a stop at the Public Works Service Center. This month, students will take a field trip to the offices of Calvin, Giordano & Associates for Development Services Day. Students will learn about planning and zoning as well as engineering issues affecting the City.

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Weston Receives Top Ratings for Building Code Effectiveness By Stacey Bomser


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After an extensive review process, the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) has given Weston top ratings for Building Code Effectiveness. Weston Building Official Cosmo Tornese was notified that Weston has received a Class 2 rating for commercial and industrial property and Class 3 rating for 1 & 2 family residential property. Classifications range from 1 to 10, with 1 representing the absolute highest class rating possible. “Being reviewed by a nationally recognized independent agency, and earning the high ratings that the City of Weston’s Building Department staff has received, should give Weston’s residents and businesses confidence that the plan reviews, inspections, and record keeping performed by the Building Department staff meet some of the highest standards,” said Weston City Manager John Flint. “By being reviewed periodically and maintaining high standards, Weston’s residents and businesses can be assured that building and fire codes are being properly interpreted and enforced, resulting in compliant and safe work.” Many insurance carriers use the ISO rating system as a basis for providing credits to individual property insurance policies in recognition of community efforts to mitigate property damage due to natural disasters. The ISO program will

apply credits to new construction within the City that has been issued a Certificate of Occupancy in the year 2013 and forward. ISO is a leading source of information about risk. It is an independent statistical, rating, and advisory organization that serves the property/casualty insurance industry. ISO collects information on a community’s building code adoption and enforcement services, analyzes the data, and then assigns a Business Code Effectiveness Classification from 1 to 10. The concept behind the classifications is that municipalities with well-enforced, upto-date codes demonstrate better loss experience, and their citizens’ insurance rates can reflect that. The prospect of minimizing catastrophic-related damage and ultimately lowering insurance costs gives communities an incentive to enforce building codes rigorously. Weston takes pride in having up-to-date building codes and vigilantly enforcing them. This ensures that our community is safe, it mitigates the impact of storms for less destruction, and lowers the cost of insurance. To learn more about Weston’s Building Code Services, visit BuildingCodeServices/BuildingCodeServicesHome.aspx.



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75 Express Will Make Commuting Faster for Weston Drivers By Stacey Bomser


etting around will soon be easier and faster for Weston

drivers. The Florida Department of Transportation is adding Express Lanes along I-75 from North Dade to I-595. The entire project should be completed by early 2018. The project will be constructed in four segments to minimize effects to the public. The first phase will directly impact Weston drivers. It encompasses the area from Griffin Road to I-595. During construction, which should be finished by late 2016, four Express Lanes will be added in the existing center median, two northbound and two southbound. There will be entrance and exit access points to the Express Lanes at various locations. In addition, a direct connect bridge to the 595 Express Lanes will be built. The project also calls for sound barrier walls, a new drainage system with ponds, and new signage, lighting and landscaping. In addition, the traffic monitoring cameras will be upgraded, dynamic message signs will be added, and a toll system installed. Officials say the existing I-75 travel lanes should be minimally impacted while the new express lanes are built in the median. However, motorists should expect temporary ramp closures and detours when the direct connect bridge is built from

75 Express to 595 Express. Later this year, construction will begin on the other three 75 Express segments which run from NW 170 Street in Miami to Griffin Road. The entire project should be completed by early 2018 at an estimated overall cost of $567 million. This project is part of FDOT’s implementation of Express Lanes along 28 miles of roadway in South Florida. The managed lanes network will improve mobility, relieve congestion, provide additional travel options, and accommodate future growth in the area. During 75 Express construction, drivers can expect lane closures, detours and increased travel times. Lane closures will be during non-peak hours and signage will guide motorists. Drivers should use caution as there will be heavy equipment and construction crews in and around the area. In addition, there will be increased dust and noise. Motorists are advised to allow extra time to reach their destination. For information on lane closures, detours and project information, log onto the FDOT construction website at Drivers can receive updated traffic information by calling 511 or going to www.

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Free Family Fun Here in Your Hometown By Stacey Bomser


f you ’ re looking for something fun to do as a family, why not

take in a movie or show? The City of Weston offers a variety of free, familyfriendly events for all to enjoy. The Free Moonlight Movies in the Park are held on select Saturday nights at Weston Regional Park. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and relax while watching movies under the stars. The selection of recent feature films appeals to all ages. This month’s movie is Turbo, an animated film about a speed-obsessed snail with an unusual dream to become the world’s greatest racer. The ultimate underdog becomes everyone’s hero when he refuses to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams. Turbo will be shown on February 1st at 7:30pm. Next month, the Smurfs are back. In this sequel, the evil wizard Gargamel hopes to harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence by creating mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties. Smurfs 2 will be shown on March 15th at 7:30pm. The Moonlight Movies in the Park series concludes on April 12th at 8pm with Rise of the Guardians. When an evil spirit attempts to take over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of children everywhere, a group of our greatest heroes – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost – must band together to save the planet. The entertainment options include more than movies. Children can also enjoy professional puppet shows. On February 1st the classic children’s story The Frog Prince comes to life. Audiences will enjoy this enchanted story of a handsome prince who is turned into a frog by Wanda the Witch – to break the spell he must be kissed by a beautiful princess. Puppeteers present The Tortoise and the Hare on March 15th. In this updated version of Aesop’s fable, the great race between

the lovable tortoise and the arrogant hare is being televised. The audience learns that perseverance always prevails and the importance of good nutrition and exercise. These puppet shows are best suited for children in pre-K through second grade. Showtimes are at 1:30pm and 3:00pm at the Weston Community Center. For a nominal ticket price, young audiences The classic tale of The Three Little Pigs will be presented next month. will enjoy The Three Little Pigs. This professional theater production combines the charm and comedy of the family classic with plenty of singing, dancing and even a rapping Big Bad Wolf. This show will be presented at 10:30am on February 22nd in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance (available at the Weston Community Center) or $10 at the door. For more information on any of these events call (954) 389-4321 or visit and look under the 2013-2014 Performing Arts icon on the center of the homepage.

Saturday Night Stargazing By Stacey Bomser


f you ’ re looking for a fun , family- friendly activity to do on Saturday night, that won’t break the bank, look to the stars. Every Saturday night the Fox Observatory at Markham Park is open for stargazing. Volunteers from the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA) open the observatory to the public. The non-profit organization, which has been around since 1965, is dedicated to “bringing the universe closer to all South Floridians.” The amateur astronomers are more than happy to share their passion for the stars and educate the public about the night sky. The telescopic equipment available at the observatory include a pair of 16-inch and 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrains, a mounted Brandon Refractor, three Dobson reflectors, and a 12-inch Newtonian. Both of the Schmidt-Cassegrains telescopes are fitted with imagers that offset the effects of light pollution. SFAAA members are available to explain the Fox Observatory equipment and how it operates. In addition, many members are willing to share their own telescopes. It’s not uncommon to find as many as 15 telescopes set up in various locations around the observatory. On a clear night, stargazers can see the moon, various planets, as well as faraway galaxies. The SFAAA offers educational programs on nights when the sky is cloudy. The group also runs special programs for Scouts to earn merit badges. The Fox Observatory is located within Markham Park, at the intersection of Weston Road and State Road 84. It is open every Saturday night from dusk to midnight. Although there is no charge for the Saturday Stargazing program, the park charges a weekend gate admission of $1.50 per person (children five and under are free). For those willing to drive a bit farther, Broward College’s Buehler Planetarium and Observatory offers evening observation hours three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8-10pm. The Davie campus observatory’s powerful

telescopes allow guests to see the planets, nebulae and the moon in unparalleled detail. The viewing sessions are free and open to the public. To totally immerse yourself in the cosmos, visit the Buehler Planetarium. The state-of-the-art facility features a 40-foot dome equipped with a Definiti fulldome video system that lets guests see the night sky as it should be seen—without city lights. The planetarium offers a variety of educational and entertainment programs at low cost to the public. For more information on the Fox Observatory visit and click on Fox Observatory. For more information on the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory visit http://www. or call 954-201-6681. To learn more about the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association visit

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the right to know if out-of-network charges are possible and a right to decline outof-network procedures except as otherwise required by law. If passed, the patient would review and sign a form regarding out-of-network services thus protecting the patients’ rights to accept services that they may be responsible for. Sen. Jeremy Ring, (D-Margate), will be my Senate sponsor and together we hope to protect the Rights of Patients in Florida. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at or by calling his legislative office at (954) 217-0287.

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Weston Artist’s Work on Exhibit at Airport By Stacey Bomser


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Ruben Ubiera has admirers from all of the world. He is gaining international exposure from his new exhibit Ruben Ubiera: The Land Escape at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Airport visitors and Weston artist Ruben passengers had the rare Ubiera paints a mural for the backdrop of his new opportunity to see the exhibition at the Fort artist at work as Ubiera Lauderdale airport. painted a mural on three walls of the gallery before an admiring crowd. The mural, which depicts telephone lines stretching over city streets and small birds perched on tree limbs, serves as a backdrop to his artwork. It also represents the essence of his exhibit. According to Ubiera, the exhibition depicts “silent urban spaces and forgotten places that exist in our everyday surroundings.” Ubiera, who was born in the Dominican Republic, is a neo-figurative artist known for his urban murals,

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esting to the eye and to the touch.” Ubiera’s artwork is on display through April 7th in the airport’s Lee Wagener Art Gallery, located in Terminal 2, Departures Level. The gallery is supported by the Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program and the Broward County Aviation Department. To learn more about Weston artist Ruben Ubiera visit http://www.

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Teen Advocates for Food Allergy Awareness By Stacey Bomser


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ing due to cross contamination,” explains Cody. “If an allergen such as a nut is placed in a salad by mistake, a piece of birthday cake at a friend’s party or the entire salad must be redone. You cannot just take out share a pizza with friends after a football game. the nuts with your hands and serve it as if the nuts were Since birth, he has suffered from anaphylactic life not there. This type of cross contamination can cause a threatening food allergies. The Cypress Bay junior is now severe allergic reaction.” a national advocate for food allergy awareness and is This month, Cody will debate his food allergy bill in introducing a bill in Tallahassee requiring food handlers Tallahassee as part of the YMCA Youth in Government to be educated on food allergies and the dangers of program. He is the current President of the YMCA cross contamination. Government Club and Teen Ambassador for YMCA Cody is one of 15 million Americans with food allerBroward County. gies. He has struggled with eight of the top food allergies Cody is also actively involved with FARE (Food Allergy (peanuts, eggs, tree nuts, soy, milk, gluten, shellfish and Research & Education) which raises money and awaresesame) and has outgrown only one of them. ness about this epidemic. He was the top fundraiser at Cody has been hospitalized numerous times for allerthe FARE walk in Miami, collecting $3,600. He was asked gic reactions or other issues resulting from his allergies. to speak as the honorary youth chair at the event. He is not alone. Every three minutes someone goes to the He also attended the FARE Teen Summit in emergency room because of a food allergy. Washington DC where he was asked to join the FARE “People do not understand how real and dangerous National Teen Advisory Board. food allergies can be,” explains Cody, noting that a Cody is using these platforms to make a difference. simple cross contamination can lead to a life threatening He wants to take a stand for others who suffer from food reaction. allergies by raising awareness and research money to That is why he has worked with Representative Cody Sklar worked with Rep. Richard Stark to draft a food allergy bill which will be introduced hopefully one day find a cure. Richard Stark, who represents Weston, and during the spring legislative session. Until then, Cody does not let his food allergies get Representative Victor Torres, from Orlando, to introduce him down. “Life isn’t about the birthday cake you may or may not be able to eat; HB273. It requires all food handlers and servers to be educated on the proper it’s about the breaths you take to blow out your candles and make your wishes handling of food in reference to food allergies and cross contamination. come true.” “Most people do not know that servers need to use separate knives when slic-

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Manatee Bay Fifth Graders Meet the President By Stacey Bomser

Meeting President Obama was definitely the highlight of the trip, but another exciting moment came when two Manatee Bay students were selected to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Ms. Lenhart says Student Council President Isabella Montano and Vice President Gabby Santoro were given the honor of walking with one of the soldiers and laying the wreath. While in Washington D.C., the students also toured the U.S. Capitol, National Archives (to view the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Constitution), Ford’s Theater, Smithsonian Museum of President Obama shakes hands with Juhlien Gonzalez, a Manatee Bay fifth grade student. American History, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and viewed all of the major memorials (Lincoln ifth graders at Manatee Bay Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Elementary School take an annual trip to Martin Luther King Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C. In the past, students have met Vietnam Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial). Special with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and nighttime activities were planned including a White seen Speaker of the House John Boehner, but this House walk-about to see the National Christmas year’s trip topped all that. While on a tour of the White Tree and Pathway of Peace and ice skating at the House, the Manatee Bay students, teachers and chap- Pentagon Row Outdoor Rink. erones got to meet the President of the United States -Ms. Lenhart says the trip to Washington D.C. fits many even got the chance to shake hands and speak well with the fifth grade social studies curriculum. with President Obama. “Part of our curriculum covers the three branches of


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Fifth grade teacher Erin Lenhart, who organized the class trip, says getting to tour the White House was a big deal in and of itself because of the long process of getting approved for the tour. “To get in the White House and be able to meet President Obama, that was the absolute perfect way to end our week in Washington,” shares Ms. Lenhart. The President generally does not meet White House tour guests, but on this particular day talk show host Steve Harvey was filming an interview with the President and suggested they surprise some of the tour guests. The Manatee Bay tour group had perfect timing because they were videotaped greeting the President. One of the most memorable moments was when Juhlien Gonzalez shook the President’s hand. Noticing the striking similarity of their ears, the President told Juhlien “You have ears just like me. They give you some special power.” The President spoke to several of the Manatee Bay students. “President Obama told me to have a Merry Christmas and then I told him he was my inspiration and he replied ‘That’s so sweet. Thank you.’” shares Amanda Schneider.


government, how and why government was created, a constitution and its purpose, and the events surrounding the creation of some of the United States’ most important documents.” To prepare students for the trip, the fifth grade team spends time discussing some of the monuments and memorials students will see while in our nation’s capital. “We have students make travel brochures and do some basic research about the things they will see in Washington DC, so they have a little background knowledge when we get there,” explains Ms. Lenhart. The trip also includes a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, former capitol of the Virginia Colony, and the Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English settlement. “Taking the fifth graders to Colonial Williamsburg allows them to step back into the 17th century and understand what life was like during colonial times.” This semester students will learn more about colonial times. “We discuss the economic, political and socio-cultural motivation for colonial settlement as well as daily life in the thirteen colonies,” says Ms. Lenhart.

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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…

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Banner Year for Cypress Bay College Acceptances By Stacey Bomser


here’ s a certain excitement in the air at C ypress Bay H igh School. With each passing week, more and more seniors are getting admitted to the college of their choice. This has been a banner year for students receiving early acceptance at some of the nation’s top schools. According to Shari Bush, Cypress Bay’s College Advisor, “The excitement throughout our school is palpable right now with all of the students who got acceptances from their first choice or ‘dream school’.” This list includes some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country: Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Duke (a record number of six students accepted early), Cornell, Princeton, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Cal Tech, Emory, and many more. Nicolas LozanoLandinez was one of those lucky students. He got his top choice, Stanford. Nicolas is now deciding between Stanford and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Daniela Carrasco says it was a dream come true to receive her Nicholas Lozano-Landinez, Janae Bell, Madison Danoff, Richard Shin, and Daniela Carrasco all received early acceptance at acceptance from their number one school. Photo courtesy Danielle Bush. MIT. Classmate Richard Shin was also accepted at his dream school. He received a binding early decision from Cornell and non-binding early action from the University of Michigan. “Cornell was definitely my number one choice due to its combination of reputation, size and academic programs.” According to Principal Scott Neely, “The diversity and caliber of the schools that Cypress Bay students are accepted to is a direct result of our dedicated team of teachers and administrators as well as a clear representation of the involvement of our parents and community.” Leading this effort is Mrs. Bush and the college counseling department which works hard to help students find their perfect fit. “We want them to find the place that they are going to happily call ‘home’ for the next four years.” Getting to that place is no easy task. It starts back in eighth grade. “I go over to the middle schools and talk to the incoming freshman about coming to high school

and how important each year is and what they should be doing in each successive year,” explains Mrs. Bush. “In my opinion, the freshman year is one of the most important years, because that is your foundation. There is a continuous process of working with students each year and keeping them on ‘track.’” Senior Madison Danoff credits the rigorous classes, including Advanced Placement courses, offered at Cypress Bay for helping her secure early admission to Duke. “I have taken almost all of the science AP classes at my school because I am interested in engineering. I was accepted into the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.” In addition to helping students create an academic plan, Cypress Bay’s college counseling does a lot to educate students and parents about the college admissions process. It offers College Night, Financial Aid Night, college fairs, college tours, visits by college admissions representatives, Beyond the Bay (small seminars on everything you need to know about transitioning to college), and parent meetings. “It is important to have the many venues for our students to get the information they need to navigate through this process,” states Mrs. Bush. “The exposure to numerous programs and events over the four years makes it much easier for them to understand everything that is expected of them and to know exactly what the colleges are looking for.” To help Cypress Bay students, Mrs. Bush has cultivated relationships with college admissions officers from schools across the country. “Each year we host between 50 and 60 visits from colleges. This year we had Harvard, Yale, MIT, University of Binghamton, and Williams College and everything in between. With such a large and diverse student population, I want to make sure our students are exposed to every option that is out there for them.” In addition, Mrs. Bush also meets individually with Cypress Bay seniors. “I spend the summers at school working with all of the rising seniors and anyone else who wants to come in and get help with deciding which schools they should apply to, how to fill out applications or writing their essays.” Janae Bell credits Mrs. Bush with helping her get into Harvard. “She is absolutely incredible. I don’t know how she does it, but she makes the application process much less stressful and more manageable.” Mrs. Bush says her work doesn’t stop once the seniors finish their applications. “Once the applications are done, we start working on scholarships, grants and other ways to pay for school.” It’s hard work, but highly rewarding. Mrs. Bush says she has the best job in the world. “Working with these students throughout the whole college admissions process and seeing their faces when they realize it all paid off could not be more rewarding.”

Another “A” for Cypress Bay By Stacey Bomser


ypress Bay H igh School continues to score straight A’ s on

the state’s school grading system. The 2013 results were recently released and Cypress Bay was one of only 25 high schools in Broward County to receive an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education. Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie congratulated students and faculty for this outstanding accomplishment. “We are incredibly proud of our high school grades. I commend our teachers, administrators and students for their hard work and dedication. We will continue to focus on ensuring all students are college and career ready.” Cypress Bay is definitely doing a good job of making sure its students are prepared for the future. Its graduates go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country including Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and many others, as well as all of the Florida schools. Last year, the school was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top high schools in the country. Cypress Bay was ranked #180 nationally, out of more than 21,000 public high schools. It ranked #15 of almost 800 high schools in Florida and was the top-ranked high school in Broward County. The magazine’s rankings are based on how students scored on state math and


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reading tests, as well as college readiness. Performance on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate exams were used to determine how well schools prepare students for college-level work. Cypress Bay’s 6.2 college readiness score earned the school a Gold Medal Award. According to U.S. News & World Report, this score was calculated based upon Cypress Bay’s 67% AP participation rate and 91% participant passing rate. With the release of the State’s high school scores, all Weston public schools earned an “A” grade in 2013. While the elementary and middle school scores were announced last summer, high school scores were not released until December because they included factors such as end-of-course exam results and graduation rates. Each year, public schools in Florida receive a school grade on an “A” through “F” scale. These grades indicate how well the school is performing based on state standards. School grades were first issued in 1999 under the A+ Plan for Education and the program has evolved over the years. Today, annual testing is required as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. For a full report on the 2012- 2013 School Accountability results for Florida, visit




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hen you said “I D o,” you never imagined that years later you would lose all interest in a sex life and find your “soul-mate” unattractive and irritating. You find yourself constantly battling fatigue, as everything you do requires so much effort. You don’t even know who you are when you hear yourself talking, as the mood swings consume your whole being. How can you possibly maintain a happy marriage when you’re not even happy with the person you are becoming? Can you control this? Or is this simply a normal progression of married life and you just have to deal with it? I am here to say “NO.” You absolutely don’t need to live this life. There are options. A lot of the symptoms stated above I hear on a daily basis, and many women and men are suffering unnecessarily. I am here to tell you that you can recoup that basic marital foundation – intimacy. You can get rid of the fatigue and mood swings and become the person you were when you first married.

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Cypress Bay Junior Nominated for Statewide STEM Program By Brittany Zeidel, student writer


ypress Bay High School’s Rodmy

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Cypress Bay junior Rodmy Paredes has been recognized for his academic achievements in science and math.

2014 Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program. It recognizes the state’s top 11th grade students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This month, Parades and the other student nominees will attend the conference in Orlando. Each student is allowed to invite one teacher to accompany them, along with their parents. Parades said he is bringing his AP/AICE Biology teacher Brandon Boswell, who he said is one of his favorite teachers. To be eligible to be nominated for the Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program, students must be a high school junior with an interest in pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities in Florida, demonstrate an interest in STEM-related studies, have a weighted grade point average of 3.9 or higher, and be on track for the Florida Academic Scholars Award which is based on current guidelines established for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. In addition to his exceptional academic achievements, Parades is also involved in Cypress Bay’s math and science clubs. “I was really excited [to get nominated] and it was really nice because of the other people who were almost nominated from the school were some really close friends of mine,” Paredes said. “[AP Chemistry teacher] Ms. Russo told me it took them


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Escape to Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa By Stacey Bomser


here’s nothing like a day at the spa to relax and unwind. At Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa, clients are transported to another world. Its soothing hues of blue and white and scents of lavender and the ocean evoke images of the magnificent Mediterranean.

Spa owner Vidalina Malaise designed the tranquil day spa to embrace the healing and beautifying gifts of the Mediterranean. She began her aesthetics career more than 20 years ago in Barcelona, Spain. Vidalina wanted to bring the unique feel of this region to Weston at her Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa. The spa will soon be celebrating its second anniversary of providing tranquil treatments and state-of-the-art rejuvenation therapies. Vidalina explains the many services available at Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa.

What distinguishes Bella Vida from other day spas? We strive to ensure every spa experience is exceptional. We want clients to have a wonderful experience from the first moment they arrive until they leave our spa. It is vital for us to provide clients with the balance necessary so they can be healed through our services. We have found that beauty lies within the details and that is what we focus on. This includes our ball and claw-foot tubs, chromo-aroma therapy rain shower and sauna, and therapeutic color lighting in every treatment room. Our specialty baths are a nod to the mineral healing tubs found for centuries throughout the Mediterranean countries. Our energy healing room is a special place where clients find physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

What services do you provide?

Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa is a full-service spa providing facials, massages, aqua therapy, medi-spa treatments, laser hair removal and electrolysis, as well as energy healing. We are also pleased to provide incredible body sculpting results with P.R. Cell 2G.

What is that? The P.R. Cell 2G is a powerful

body remodeling system that uses an effective three-tier sculpting program to treat problems associated with cellulite. The P.R. Cell promotes deep tissue mobilization, producing results that are impossible to achieve with other technolo-


gies. By combining skin fold techniques with modulated suction, the P.R. Cell 2G draws the tissue up between two rollers to lift, fold and roll the skin and subcutaneous tissue. By remodeling the subcutaneous layer, the P.R. Cell 2G reduces the dimpled and ‘orange peel’ appearance of cellulite. Your skin will look smooth and toned. The best part, there is no pain associated with this treatment.

Who is the ideal candidate for P.R. Cell 2G?

These treatments are easily adaptable to different body shapes and can be tailored to treat all problems encountered by the client. It is ideal for treating cellulite, stubborn fat deposits, heavy legs, muscle tension, poor circulation, and postliposuction edema.

Bella Vida is one of the only spas to offer Aqua Therapy. Why is this so beneficial?

Aqua therapies improve your health and beauty by increasing the blood supply, stimulating metabolic activities, relaxing muscles and increasing the body’s natural healing process. Our bodies are mostly made of water; it is our essence and where we can find healing and rejuvenation. Aqua therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in the client’s healing and exercise performance. Mineral salts, vitamin-enriched mud, and seaweed are three ways to improve the skin, the largest organ in the body. By adding these to your bath, the body absorbs and is instantly improved. When it is time to rinse off, you experience our “wet” room featuring a state-of-the-art chromo-aromotherapy shower consisting of therapeutic color lighting, aromatherapy, extra-large rain showerhead, multiple jets and also a sauna feature to complete the aqua treatment.

What other types of body treatments do you offer? Bella Vida offers treatments embracing the elements of the earth and sea. Our lavender scrub is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin yet still provides the exfoliating and nourishing properties needed to improve skin texture. We can also use volcanic ash or Mediterranean seaweed to create body wraps to detoxify, improve cellulite, elasticity and much more.

What types of facials and skincare services do you offer? Bella Vida Mediterranean

Spa offers a variety of facial services. With our Aromatherapy Facial, clients experience the holistic feeling of connecting with nature through the essential oils that appeal to the senses as well as regenerating, hydrating, balancing, circulation and relaxing your skin. The Microdermabrasion Facial features a gentle polishing of the skin with microcrystals; often referred to as an anti-aging solution. This procedure removes the outermost layer of skin cells, reduces fine lines, repairs sun damage and is effective in treating moderate to severe acne.

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The Acne/Sensitive Skin Facial uses a delicate touch to purify and hydrate the skin. Redness and inflammation are calmed through deep cleansing and toning using specifically blended skin care. Our special Teen Facial cleanses the skin, utilizing gentle extraction and pressure point massage to leave skin with a balanced glow. It helps to control blemishes and prevent acne. In addition, we are pleased to offer a radio frequency treatment for facial rejuvenation as part of our facial services.

You now offer permanent make-up. What is this? Permanent make-up or micropigmenta-

tion is really cosmetic tattooing. Essentially, it’s putting color into the top layer of the skin. Our aesthetician, Adriana Gomez, uses specialized equipment to hand apply the color to the eye brows, lips or as eye liner. Although it is called permanent make-up it will fade over time. It typically lasts three to five years. It is 100% safe and the results are very natural looking.

What types of massage therapy do you offer? Bella Vida spa offers a complete menu

of massage techniques. The Quiro Massage is a therapeutic massage that uses hand techniques to heal the physical and mental pain, giving you an energetic pump. Reflexology applies pressure techniques to corresponding organs allowing energy to flow. The pressure is applied to reflex points on feet, hands and head to boost circulation. Our Mediterranean Stress Relieving Massage uses varied strokes of gliding and kneading to promote circulation and overall health leaving you with a complete state of wellbeing. During the Hot Stone Massage, warmed stones and essential oils are used to glide over skin warming muscle, restoring balance in the body, and inducing a feeling of rejuvenation and relaxation. Bella Vida also offers deep tissue, prenatal and aromatherapy massage. Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa is located at 16612 Saddle Club Road in the Bonaventure Town Center Shoppes. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am until 7pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am until 4pm. It is closed on Sunday. To schedule an appointment call (954) 446-6222. To learn more about the spa and its unique treatments visit; “friend” Bella Vida Mediterranean Spa on FaceBook or follow Bellavidaspa on Twitter to get all the latest special offers and promotions.


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Sagemont Continues to Expand Successful Music Program By Stacey Bomser


rom classical music to classic

rock, music students at The Sagemont School have the unique opportunity to study all genres. The school enhanced its award-winning music program this year with the addition of Rock Band and AP Music Theory courses. With a state-of-theart Visual & Performing Arts Center set to open in August, there is truly no limit to what the school’s talented young musicians can accomplish. Music teacher Jessica Gronberg says Sagemont is fortunate to have some of the most gifted and recognized musicians not only in the district but in the state. “We had several students last year that were recognized individually for their efforts at District Solo and Ensemble Assessment, with many receiving a Superior (top) rating. Two of these students were recognized at the State Level – a first for Sagemont. In addition, we had several students who were selected for the Broward All-County Honors Band and three students in the last two years who were recognized and selected for the Florida All-State Ensembles.” Gronberg, who teaches band, concert band, jazz band and percussion ensemble, says she is proud of her students’ accomplishments. “My educational philosophy has always been ‘higher expectations foster higher outcomes.’ These students have truly risen and continue to delight their audiences showcasing all of their fine efforts – their diligence, perseverance, dedication and commitment to truly make the music more than the black and white notes that they see on the page.” In order to allow these young musicians to thoroughly pursue their interest and expand their artistry, Sagemont introduced an Advance Placement course in music theory this year. “This course has truly allowed for a select group of students the opportunity to learn more in-depth about elements of music, which in turn, adds to their musicianship and musical understanding as they perform,” explains Gronberg. Recognizing that not every musician is interested in concert or symphonic bands, Sagemont introduced a Rock Band course this year taught by professional musician and educator Matthew Goldberg. He developed his “Rock School” program almost by accident. Goldberg performs with the local band Stirling Road. He says when his students (at another school) learned that he was in a rock band they were excited about it. “I thought to myself, ‘Why can’t the students have their very own rock band too?’” The program grew from there. This is the first year it’s been offered at The Sagemont School. Goldberg says he is thrilled that Sagemont had the vision to add


Top: Serene Shehadeh, Matthew Goldberg, Connor Hatch, Hannah Padron and Kirk Meyers of Sagemont Synergy. Center: Serene Shehadeh, Rachael Kfare, Danella Moncaliano, Alex Wasserman, Jessica Elalouf, Amanda Jimenez, Ilan Timerman, Rebecca Jordan, David Paradela, Jessica Jordan, Connor Hatch and Christie Brezault of Sagemont Synergy Bottom: The Sagemont Concert Band at the Spring Concert.

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his Rock School program to its performing arts curriculum. “There are so many students who love music that don’t have a place in their schools. They are rock ‘n rollers. They excel at piano or guitar. They can sing Def Leppard or The Doors. There should be a place for them too. After all, this is the music we all listen to in our cars, at the gym and to simply relax.” From classic rock to pop, Goldberg introduces his Rock Band students to a wide array of music. “I am rooted in many forms of music including pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical and try to give my students a little bit of everything from Bach to Bon Jovi, Mozart to Maroon 5, and Beethoven to Buddy Guy. You have to remain current and stay in touch with what inspires the students of today. ” Goldberg says he tries to teach his Rock Band students music that is full of positive, anthemic messages such as Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Katy Perry’s Roar and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer. Although it’s only been a few months since the school’s rock band, Sagemont Synergy, was formed, it has already made its public debut. Sagemont Synergy performed before a crowd of over 20,000 people at the Dan Marino Walkabout for Autism event at Sunlife Stadium in January. Goldberg’s hope is that the band will continue to use the power of music to do great things in the community. “Nothing feels better than helping others,” he states. “Once these students see how their passion for music can help or inspire others, they will be changed forever.” Goldberg hopes this Rock Band class will inspire passion in young musicians. “I remember in my early years as a high school musician trying to perfect the Bon Jovi song Wanted Dead or Alive and getting so easily frustrated. Years later, after performing Wanted with the actual band, I could only feel pride in my accomplishment and truly saw my musical quest come full circle. Today, when I see my students’ faces light up after finishing a new song, it’s as good as when I played with Bon Jovi. It’s truly an honor to be part of my students’ musical journey.” Both Goldberg and Gronberg say they look forward to continuing to expand Sagemont’s incredible music program, both in terms of classes and facilities. The new Performing & Visual Arts building will feature classrooms and a performance hall specifically designed to meet the needs of Sagemont’s growing music program. “My goals for the program are to continue progressing, moving forward, not only in numbers, but in what the program has to offer each and every student and their talents – only further demonstrating what The Sagemont School has to offer,” states Gronberg.

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Hour of Code Campaign Exposes Students to Computer Programming Skills By Stacey Bomser


everal Weston elementary schools were among the thou -

sands of schools nationwide that took part in Hour of Code. The aim of the weeklong program was to have 10 million students experience one hour of computer science in school in order to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career paths. Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average. According to the Bureau of

Gator Run Students Collaborate for Coding

Gator Run Elementary School embraced Hour of Code with every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade participating, and additional time devoted during Technology and Science specials. “We believe every student should receive computer science instruction and learn basic programming in elementary school,” states Assistant Principal Cyndi Felton. “When students learn to code they are also expanding critical thinking skills.” The school utilized tutorials provided by These tutorials included online activities, apps and even some “unplugged” coding activities. Ms. Felton says some of the students downloaded the coding apps to their own personal devices or participated online from home. “Students learned how to Nicole Tomc, Valeria Guerra, and Angelica sequence commands, identify Chacin from Ms. Clabby’s kindergarten class at Gator Run are all smiles after patterns, use procedures and completing an Hour of Code activity. utilize loops,” explains Ms. Felton. “Many of these activities included ‘drag and drop’ programming which allowed students to create a list of directions and then watch it play out on the screen. When their lines of code did not execute the expected actions, students worked collaboratively to revise their sequence of commands. It was amazing to see the enthusiasm and the problem solving that took place in the classrooms.” Principal Keith Peters says he was particularly pleased to see the students working together to solve problems. “Students learned the importance of collaborating and the need for resilience as you make attempts on the path to true learning.” Allison Rivera, Jin Kwon and Sophia Rivera Of course for the from Lynn Mitchel’s fourth grade class at Gator Run work together on a coding activity. students, Hour of Code was just plain fun. Third grader Jenna Rule says it was awesome, while classmate Nicolas Soto said he found it fun and complicated at the same time. Fourth grader Alex Daniels found it somewhat challenging. “I had a great time because coding wasn’t like a video game, it was a thinking game where I had to actually use my brain to figure out the answers. First grader Angela Gais says she liked learning how to control the computer. “Watching the Fuzzy do what I said was neat!” Ms. Felton says Hour of Code was so popular and successful, many Gator Run classrooms have continued beyond the international week of coding. “We hope this leads to coding becoming an embedded part of our curriculum.”


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Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020 there will be one million more jobs than students entering the field. More than 200 schools in Broward County took part in a variety of “coding” lessons. “We must prepare our students to succeed in college and careers,” states Superintendent Robert Runcie. “By exposing our students to computer science and coding, students are more informed about the many options they have for their future.”

Indian Trace Students Get Creative with Coding

Students at Indian Trace Elementary also took part in Hour of Code. They gained an understanding of what computer programming is, they created codes for completing a task, and worked collaboratively to create code. “In this digital time, it is as important for students to learn to write code as it is to learn to write stories,” explains Principal Amy Winder. “There are so many future programming jobs that will be unfilled if our children don’t learn this important skill.” Principal Winder says students took part in a variety of plugged (using laptops, promethean boards and personal handheld devices) and unplugged (non-electronic) activities. Throughout the many activities, students learned how to convert real world Indian Trace third grade students activities into instrucstrategize as they write code. tions, gained practice coding instructions with symbols, and gained an understanding for the need for precision coding. One of the most popular activities had students work in small groups to create stacked cup formations. They then had to write code to program “robots” (other students, or in one case Principal Winder) to re-create the cup formation. Using an image of the stacked cups, the students wrote an algorithm for how the robot should build the selected stack. The robots followed the arrows to complete the task. “The hour of code exposed students to a new form of problem-solving,” explains fifth grade teacher Stacey Strawder, who served as Indian Trace first graders take turns with a coding leader training the “plugged” tutorial on the promethean board. other teachers. “It was amazing to hear and see the students adapt the language and plan at simple and complex levels. I believe that coding will give curious minds opportunities to develop and extend thinking.” The students definitely enjoyed learning to use computer code creatively. Fifth grader Kamelya Atesnak liked being able to move objects and make real models, while classmate Joshua Wicklein said “Coding lets me create and build things on my own and the way that I want it.” Principal Winder says many teachers are continuing the coding lessons and activities. “We are also kicking off coding clubs for students after school and are planning a family Hour of Code for an evening this spring.”

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Imagine Charter Third Graders Exchange Emails and Cultural Experiences with Global ePals By Stacey Bomser


he internet has opened

up the world to today’s students. With the click of a mouse, students have access to unprecedented volumes of information and teachers are channeling these resources for 21st century learning. Using the website, students in Linda Gordon’s third grade class at Imagine Charter School at Weston are collaborating and corresponding with students in classrooms around the world. Students are exchanging emails as they learn about their cultural similarities and differences. “I wanted to find a way to introduce my students to the concept that people all over the world have similarities to us and that we all have cultures and lives worth sharing and exploring on equal footing,” explains Mrs. Gordon, who says the idea sparked from a lesson in the Foundations of Global Education course she was taking at FAU. Using the website, she connected with teachers at schools in Spain, South Korea and Russia. Her students have been exchanging emails with the students in Barcelona and South Korea, but are Top left: Elliana Gordon and Justin Jackson write letters to their epals in Spain and South Korea. Top right: Eliana Gordon holds a letter and using traditional handwritten letters picture of her ePal from Russia. Bottom Left: Valeria Clamens and Enrique Lanz with their letters from Russia. Bottom right: Sara Suresh and her letter from Russia to correspond with the students in excitement when the package from Russia arrived was fantastic. We had been Tver, Russia, because that school does not have steady access to computers. waiting for almost three weeks for that one in the regular mail.” “All three schools are interested in trading information on culture and tradiIn addition to enhancing the school curriculum, Mrs. Gordon sees the global tions so we are trying to focus our letters on topics that make sense. For example, ePals project as a way of getting students to recognize children in other countries we sent letters about our Thanksgiving holiday to the school in Russia and they as peers and friends. “I hope that I can show students that people are people focused their letters back on their winter holiday season,” explains Mrs. Gordon. wherever they live, whatever their language or culture. I also want to offer them She encourages her students to share information about life in Weston with the perspective that people in other places are strong, capable, interesting, and their international penpals. “Both my students and the students in the other counworthy partners and friends rather than somehow always desperately in need.” tries love to tell about their lives, especially the things they like and dislike about As a teacher, Mrs. Gordon believes one of her greatest responsibilities is teachfood and music and sports,” notes Mrs. Gordon. ing students to be good global citizens. “Certainly being a global citizen does In addition to sharing details about their families and hobbies, the students mean having empathy to those in need and taking whatever steps are possible to write about their schools. “The class in Barcelona used a few phrases that were alleviate suffering which is why I head our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive every unique, so I sent a set of questions to their teacher to inquire about their school year, but that should not be the only worldwide view we offer the students. Global experience along with information about our own school. She liked the idea and is citizens need to have a respect and appreciation for different cultures and people having her class create a PowerPoint to answer my questions.” from the stance of being equals, not superiors.” Mrs. Gordon says the beauty of this project is that in addition to creating It appears her students have learned that lesson. Valentina says having three cultural awareness, it also enhances students’ computer literacy and writing skills. ePals is special “because I get to learn their culture and we all live in the same “As my students prepare to write a letter, we discuss the organization of that letter world and I’m happy for that.” Classmate Justin J. says he’s enjoyed making as well as whatever grammar topic we are covering at that time. When I go to do new friends. “I’ve been writing lots of letters to people in different countries and the final edit of their letter, I have an opportunity to do some one-on-one coaching I’ve been learning people’s likes and dislikes.” Valeria has enjoyed the cultural on each child’s writing level.” exchange as well. “I met kids in Russia, South Korea and Spain. They’re really She says this project fits into the Common Core State Standards for technology cool and love things that I like too.” use and keyboarding. It also reinforces social studies lessons. “In third grade we Mrs. Gordon says the response to the global ePals project has been phenomdo quite a bit of map skills and this has certainly been a place to practice those enal. A few of her colleagues have expressed interest in doing it next year. “I really skills,” adds Mrs. Gordon. have not begun to tap the potential for this project. The site permits collaborative The students in Spain, South Korea and Russia also benefit from this global projects on Wiki pages to be developed between classrooms.” ePals project. According to Mrs. Gordon, the students in the other countries are In addition to the numerous educational opportunities available with ePals, all English Language Learners and are using the letter writing process to develop Mrs. Gordon says she picked this particular website because of its security their English skills and vocabulary, as well as for the cultural exchange. features. All correspondence between students is filtered by both teachers. “I feel Mrs. Gordon says it’s thrilling to see her students so engaged in learning and confident that my students are safely interacting online.” excited to receive their emails. “The hardest part is the waiting for new mail. The


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Gator Run Third Graders Learn Japanese By Stacey Bomser

Gabriel teaches his “book buddy” how to write in Japanese.

Aerin and Diego greet Superintendent Runcie and School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson in Japanese.


tudents in Stacey Mahoney ’ s

third grade class at Gator Run Elementary School look forward to Friday. Not because it’s the start of the weekend, but because that’s Tomodachi day. Tomodachi is the Japanese word for friends. Ms. Mahoney’s class is taking part in a distance learning course by the same name. Once a week for one hour, the students learn about Japanese language and culture. The class is taught by a highly experienced and innovative Japanese teacher. Ms. Mahoney says Tomodachi appealed to her because she wanted to expose her students to various forms of learning through the use of technology. The students watch the lessons on a video monitor then complete the exercises in her classroom. So far they have learned where Japan is located, Japanese customs and traditions, Japanese selfintroductions, Japanese greetings, Japanese stories and songs, and Japanese numbers. Not only are Ms. Mahoney’s students learning Japanese, they are now sharing their knowledge with other Gator Run students. “Our class taught a kindergarten class how to bow and to say Japanese greetings during our ‘Book Buddy’ session,” shares Ms. Mahoney, noting that Broward Schools

Superintendent Robert Runcie happened to be at Gator Run that day and was able to see firsthand the exchange of knowledge among students and was highly impressed. As impressive as it is for third graders to be studying Japanese, for these students Tomodachi is simply fun. “My students love the class,” states Ms. Mahoney. “They especially think it is exciting that they can talk to and see another teacher and students from other schools.” Here’s a sampling of what some of her students had to say about the program: ▸▸ “Tomodachi is fun! I learned how to count to 100, describe myself, say my name and my favorite color.” ▸▸ “Ms. Fisher teaches us a lot about Japan and we do fun activities. She teaches us to write and speak Students created Japanese paper Japanese.” dolls and described themselves ▸▸ “I love coming to school on Friday using Japanese language. knowing that I am going to learn something new in Japanese.” ▸▸ “One day I will go to Japan!” Ms. Mahoney is the only teacher at Gator Run enrolled in the Tomodachi pilot program. She says it is nice complement to the regular third grade curriculum. “This program connects to our curriculum and standards through writing, reading, listening/speaking, and connections/comparisons to other cultures.”

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Teacher/Author Shares Writing Secrets with Tequesta Trace Students By Stacey Bomser


equesta Trace M iddle School teacher

J. Todd Wilson has a secret life. In addition to teaching eighth grade language arts for almost 20 years, he is also a published author. He used the

release of his latest novel, Spooky, to inspire creativity in middle school students and encourage their interest in writing. During a three-day period, Mr. Wilson held a series of Writer-In-Residence workshops, meeting with the entire student body. “I showed them how I used each step of the writing process to develop my novel and how the steps of the writing process aren’t just for writing an essay – they can be applied to much larger and sometimes even more creative projects.” He’s confident this program will enhance the students’ writing. “So many young people I meet aren’t that excited to write essays,” explains Mr. Wilson. “But showing them for a moment that it doesn’t always have to be so antiquated and boring. I think that greatly helped to inspire them.” Recognizing the importance of strong writing skills for academic success, Mr. Wilson says he tries to incorporate writing into his curriculum through every lesson he teaches. “In essence, there is some form of writing in class every day, from freewriting, brainstorming, making lists, planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, or even analyzing the style of other writers, both published and amateur. The process of writing is always there whether the students in my class realize it or not.”

Many of the students did not realize Mr. Wilson was an author, and not just an English teacher. “The students were generally very excited about meeting me as an author. Some even addressed and approached me as if I was some hot shot writer on the best seller list, like I had accumulated all this power and was rubbing elbows with J.K. Rowling.” During the Writer-In-Residence workshops students were encouraged to ask Mr. Wilson questions about his book and writing process. “Most wanted to know where I got my idea for the book, how long it took me to write it, how I got started, and how many copies I have sold so far.” Spooky is Mr. Wilson’s tenth published book and one of his first in the young adult genre. This book should appeal to teenage readers because the storyline is somewhat similar to that of the popular Hunger Games and Divergent series about a young person defying the odds to survive in a highly disturbed society. In Spooky, a young man wakes up inside a cage, naked and covered in flies, without any memory of how he got there. He slowly pieces together that he is trapped in a warped place run by a wicked regime that captures and annihilates anyone who is considered different.

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Country Isles Students Show Support for American Troops By Stacey Bomser


everal classes at Country I sles

Elementary sent a little bit of “home” to the brave men and women serving in Afghanistan over the holidays. The school supported the AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort. This non-profit organization encourages support to deployed soldiers through letters, care packages, pen pal campaigns, and monetary donations. The AdoptaPlatoon idea was suggested during the December School Advisory Council meeting. Michele Knipp, whose son is in third grade, says she was hoping to get one or two classes involved. She was thrilled when eight Country Isles classes decided to participate in the program, with many more families choosing to donate items on their own. Students in the participating classrooms drew pictures and wrote letters to the servicemen and women. Students at Indian Ridge Middle School, where Knipp’s daughter attends school, also wrote letters to the troops. In addition, Country Isles’ families were asked to donate travel-sized shampoos and body soaps, protein bars, candy, playing cards, word search books and other items they felt would be appreciated by the troops. Lisette Diaz’s second grade class participated in the AdoptaPlatoon project. She says she was amazed by her students’ thoughtfulness. “My students understand how difficult it is to be away from family and they wanted to make sure our troops knew we were thinking about them.”

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history and physical exam. There are some tests I would like done to pin down exactly what is going on with your metabolism. Untreated thyroid disorders can lead to prediabetes, and that can also lead to weight gain [9].” Jennifer did test positive for hypothyroidism and insulin resistance, as well as a low metabolic rate measured by indirect calorimetry [10]. After being put on a regimen of behavior changes, diet, exercise, OTC supplements, and prescription medications, steadily, but surely, her weight decreased an average of two pounds per week until she lost the 60 pounds she put on over the last ten years. “Dr. Woliner, ever since you fixed my metabolism, I’m not hungry anymore. Really, I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet. I just eat normally.” REFERENCES: 1. Galofré JC, et al. Increased postpartum thyroxine replacement in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroid. 2010 Aug;20(8):901-8. 2. De Groot LJ. Dangerous dogmas in medicine: the nonthyroidal illness syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1999 Jan;84(1):151-64. 3. I’m confused by the numbers of fad diets available that tout great weight loss. Are there any basic, simple weight loss strategies I can follow? Duke Med Health News. 2011 Jul;17(7):8. 4. Federal Trade Commission. “Red Flag Bogus Weight Loss Claims” Washington DC. 2003. 5. Smith BR, Cohen PA. Dependence on the Brazilian diet pill: a case report. Am J Addict. 2010 May-Jun;19(3):291-2. 6. Goette DK, Odom RB. Alopecia in crash dieters. JAMA. 1976 Jun 14;235(24):2622-3. 7. Robb-Nicholson C. By the way, doctor. I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time and nothing seems to work. What do you know about the HCG diet? Harv Womens Health Watch. 2010 May;17(9):8. 8. Texas Attorney General. Multiple Texas Weight-Loss Clinics Agree To Stop Marketing Prescription Drugs Improperly. October 27, 2011. oagnews/release.php?id=3883 9. Liu C, Scherbaum WA, Schott M, Schinner S. Subclinical hypothyroidism and the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome. Horm Metab Res. 2011 Jun;43(6):417-21. 10. Perseghin G. Pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes mellitus: insights provided by indirect calorimetry in humans. Acta Diabetol. 2001;38(1):7-21.

Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family medicine physician In private practice in Boca Raton. He can be reached at: Holistic Family Medicine; 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton, FL 33434; 561-314-0950;;

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The Show Must Go On for Everglades Elementary Fifth Graders By Stacey Bomser

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pated in Everglades Elementary School’s production of Scrooge’s Winter Adventure. Each year Music Teacher Becky Berry invites those students interested in the performing arts to join the Drama Workshop. This year there are 97 members who commit to weekly rehearsals to present a winter and spring musical. “Drama Workshop is not an afterschool club, but rather a musical extension of the students’ day,” explains Mrs. Berry. “These students volunteer their time and talents to be part of a very dedicated cast. They get to experience the dramatic musical arts through fun-filled stage performances. Using music, drama, costumes, choreography, and scenery, students feel the excitement of being part of a live staged musical presentation.” Everglades Elementary also has a unique opportunity for students to work as part of a supportive technical team behind the scenes. These students ensure performances run smoothly using enhanced lighting, audio technology, and assisting

The Ghost of Jacob Marley appears at the home of Ebenezer Scrooge.

with props and scenery. According to Mrs. Berry, “Our Stage Crew is a rotating team of eleven fifth grade students who assist with performances at all grade levels during the school year. Six students on the team helped with technical production of Scrooge’s Winter Adventure.” This elaborate production required seven scene and set changes. Mrs. Berry credits parent volunteers for helping with the detailed sets and colorful costumes. When selecting shows she says she looks for musicals that offer a wide range of roles. “As many students as possible are awarded speaking, singing, dancing and card carrier roles, depending upon the need in each musical play we perform. I often create additional parts in order to afford more students opportunities to perform.” The Drama Workshop will soon begin rehearsals for its spring production, which will be presented in May. The title has not yet been announced. The Weston community is welcome to attend the performance.

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experience the wonders of the infamous “change of life”. What is menopause vs. post menopause vs. peri menopause? I am asked this question several times a day. Women begin to have changes in their menstrual cycle as early as in their late 30’s through their mid fifties. It is important to remember that this is different for every woman, and most importantly, a natural process. Women will frequently experience changes in their menstruation pattern, skipping cycles, bleeding more frequently, heavier or longer, and “hot flashes” or some type of temperature change. I often hear complaints of difficulty sleeping, maintaining their weight, an increase in premenstrual irritability and bloating. Many women also have questions regarding a decreased libido or desire for sex despite being in a loving and stable relationship. They complain of vaginal dryness, dry skin and thinning hair. The good news is, there are many options for women to regain their balance and improve these symptoms. While we cannot always reverse all of these symptoms, many of them can be improved and truly benefit a changing woman’s quality of life. The terms used to describe this period of change that women go through are defined generally as the transition or the menopause. The definition of menopause is a label used for a woman who has had no cycles for 12 months barring other medical issues. The average age of the menopausal woman is 51 years old. The term perimenopause refers to the 10 years prior to this point when a woman experiences many signs and symptoms. The most important part of my conversation with a woman who falls into this category is to reassure them that this is both a normal and natural process and they are likely not exaggerating their complaints. Every woman experiences this period of their lives differently. Some women may feel extreme symptoms and others may breeze through this time without noticing much change. Our ovaries are simply not producing the same levels of hormone that they did in our twenties and thirties. At the same time, women must understand that many but not all symptoms can be improved or eliminated and it takes time to see if the interventions will be effective. Believe it or not, adopting a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, exercise and stress management is truly the first line for every woman’s defense. We then discuss proper supplementation, and the topic of hormone replacement therapy. Hormone Replacement Therapy refers to giving a synthetically or bio-identical version of the hormones that our body is no longer producing regularly. HRT deserves a formal conversation with the details of all the risks and benefits. The first step every woman should take is to have her full annual exam including a detailed medical history, physical exam, pap screening, mammogram and if indicated, a bone density exam. I then recommend baseline hormone screening with any other pertinent lab work and a visit to review all. We can then address each patient’s concerns and together create a plan to make our way through the “ menopause maze.” Dr. Michele Lapayowker is a Board certified Gynecologist serving women in Broward since 1995. Her Plantation Office is in the Bennett Medical Plaza at 201 NW 82nd Ave, Suite 104, Plantation, Fl., 33324. For more information or to make an appointment, you can phone her office at 954-472-2201 or visit them online at


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School News

Explorers Program Teaches Police Procedures By Stacey Bomser


eston ’ s L aw E nforcement E xplorers Program is ideal for

students interesting in exploring a possible career in law enforcement. Post 44 is one of seven Broward Sheriff’s Office Explorers posts. It meets at Tequesta Trace Middle School every Thursday night under the guidance of Deputy Kevin Maccagli, the school’s resource officer. Although it is a student-run program, Deputy Maccagli advises and guides the students while teaching them basic skills of law enforcement, trying to keep the lessons in line with what police officers deal with on a day to day basis. “Basically, they learn the skills to serve the community and its citizens in a positive manner.” Explorers receive a wide variety of training including patrol procedures, traffic stops, report writing, Florida law and arrest procedures, and self-defense. Many of these lessons are taught through practice scenarios. This also happens to be how Explorers are tested on their skills. During competition teams are given a scenario and have to work through it. To prepare, Deputy Maccagli teaches his Explorers that every situation is different. “You need to take in the totality of the situation and go from there. You also need to know which laws apply.” Post 44, which is only two years old, won 2nd place in the “In Progress” burglary scenario at the 6th Annual Learning for Life Regional Competition a few months ago. It was the post’s first Deputy Maccagli and some of the BSO Explorers volunteer at competition. the Weston Bike Rodeo.

Deputy Maccagli says he was impressed by his team’s performance. “We went into the competition with no expectations for awards. I just wanted them to have fun, learn something new and make new friends.” In addition to laws and police procedures, Explorers learn the role law enforcement plays in the community. Post 44 volunteers at many Weston events including the annual Rotary Run For Tomorrow, Relay For Life, and YMCA Family Fun Day. Members also help the Broward Sheriff’s Office with community outreach, including participation in the annual Winter Safety Expo. The BSO Law Enforcement Explorers program works with teens and young adults (ages 14-21), allowExplorers are trained in law ing them to interact with law enforcement and other enforcement techniques, but community advisors in a serious, regimented atmodo not use real weapons. sphere under the guidance of certified BSO deputies. For students interested in a career in fire rescue and emergency services, BSO offers a Fire Rescue Explorers program. This program features training in fire suppression, first aid and CPR, apparatus use, emergency medical response, mitigation of hazardous materials and other areas. Fire Rescue Explorers can experience the responsibilities of first responders through the Ride-Along program as they accompany fire fighters and paramedics on actual emergency calls. For detailed information on the BSO Law Enforcement Explorers program or to download an application visit

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Legally Speaking

Most Common Mistakes by Homeowners Attempting to Obtain a Loan Modification By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


s a result of various nationwide class actions and lawsuits

filed against mortgage companies by private individuals and government agencies, lenders have become more receptive and willing to assist homeowners in modifying their loans. However, lenders have also become more demanding of certain documentation to support loan modification requests. These are the most common mistakes we’ve seen homeowners make when processing a loan modification on their own. Provide Too Much Information. Most Homeowners believe that the more information they provide to their lender about their finances, the more likely their loan modification will be approved. Just the opposite is true. Most lenders are looking for specific information regarding a homeowner’s income and expenses, specific reasons to support a financial hardship for a loan modification, and they require a specific order and timeframe to submit the required documents. Overwhelming your lender with the same unnecessary documents time and time again will only place your file farther back in line for consideration. The Arcia Law Firm has represented homeowners that have been trying to modify their home loan for years, and within less than 30 days after retaining the Firm and submitting the appropriate documents, a loan modification is achieved. Refusing to Seek Legal Assistance. We have counseled hundreds of clients in mortgage related cases through the years, and the most significant mistake that homeowners make is to wait until the last minute to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Many homeowners think that they can easily defend themselves in a foreclosure proceeding, process their own loan modification, and save their home. However, some of the legal defenses to a foreclosure are highly technical, constantly changing, and require specialized knowledge. The attorneys representing banks and the judges overseeing in these cases are primarily interested in achieving an end result -- obtaining a final judgment of foreclosure, sale of the property at a public auction and closing the case. In more simple terms, this means you are out of your home before you can finish your loan modification negotiations. The key to prevent this end result is for every homeowner either in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure, to stop playing “Russian Roulette” with their family home, and immediately hire a highly qualified law firm to assist them. The attorneys at the Arcia Law Firm have more than 40 years combined legal experience, and we are privileged to successfully represent hundreds of homeowners in our community with foreclosure defense and bankruptcy cases. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, if you are in the middle of a frustrating loan modification process, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit to schedule your appointment online. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners are also discussed in a new DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a complimentary copy during your free consultation to discuss your case in detail with a member of our highly experienced and determined legal team. Contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-437-9066 to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit www. for more information about the Firm, our staff and credentials, detailed articles, informative videos, and to make your appointment online.


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an uneven lie has always been one of the most difficult shots to learn. The reason it is difficult is because you need to change the angle of your shoulders to match the angle of the ground you are hitting from. There are four types of uneven lies: uphill, downhill, and two sidehill lies. The easiest of the four shots is the uphill lie. Let’s start here. Most people usually swing the club too vertical and hit the shot fat. To keep this from happening, follow these steps: 1. When you have an uphill lie, the ball flight will be higher and thus the ball will not go as far. Use a less lofted club to compensate. 2. The ball will naturally hook slightly to the left. Aim a little to the right of your target. 3. Your shoulder alignment should be parallel to the ground. Your back shoulder should be lower than your front. Swinging on the same plain as the ground will help you avoid hitting the shot fat. 4. Make sure your follow-through finishes high. A high follow-through will help complete the swing. The downhill lie is one of the more difficult shots. Most people have a tendency to struggle with this shot, and usually top the ball. To help fix this problem, follow these steps: 1. The ball will naturally fly lower; take a more lofted club to help the ball go higher. 2. The ball will have a tendency to move to the right; aim slightly to the left of your target. 3. Make sure your shoulders are tilted down the slope, parallel with the ground. This will help the club swing down to the ball. If you swing flat, you will top the ball. 4. Play the ball slightly behind the center of your stance. 5. Follow through low to the ground after impact. The sidehill lie (ball above your feet) is one of the easier shots, however some people have a tendency to hit the ball fat. To help fix this problem, follow these steps: 1. Make sure you are standing a little more upright than you are used to. 2. The ball will naturally tend to fly to the left; aim a little to the right of your target line. 3. Since you are standing more upright, the club will want to swing around you more. That is exactly what you want. Now for the last and most difficult shot – the sidehill lie (ball below your feet). Most people will top the ball and push it to the right. Some people will outright miss the ball. Here is how you fix this shot: 1. Make sure your knees are bent a little more to compensate for the difference in ground elevation. 2. The ball will naturally tend to fly to the right; aim a little to the left of your target line. 3. Since your knees are flexed more, the club will want to swing upright. That is exactly what you want. If you swing the club normally you will miss the ball. Hopefully with these tips you will go out and enjoy your next round of golf, no matter what type of lie you are hitting from. PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at

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tax rules that will impact high income taxpayers. Here is an overview of what you need to know. Additional 39.6% tax bracket (higher) for ordinary income, short-term capital gains and non-qualifying dividends. The new rate begins when taxable income exceeds $225,000 for MFS (Married Filing Separate) filers, $400,000 for single filers, $425,000 for HOH (Head of Household) filers, and $450,000 for MFJ (Married Filing Jointly) filers. Higher tax bracket, 20% for long term capital gains and qualifying dividends. The new rate begins when taxable income exceeds $225,000 for MFS (Married Filing Separate) filers, $400,000 for single filers, $425,000 for HOH (Head of Household) filers, and $450,000 for MFJ (Married Filing Jointly) filers.  Additional 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) on Net Investment Income (NII). The tax applies if MAGI (Adjusted Gross Income adjusted upward for foreign earned income excluded) exceeds $125,000 for MFS filers, $200,000 for single and HOH filers, and $250,000 for MFJ and Qualifying Widow(er) filers. These thresholds are not adjusted for inflation. The tax (IRC Sec. 1411[a]) is calculated as 3.8% times the lesser of: Net Investment Income or MAGI in excess of the above thresholds. NII includes net gain from property held for investment (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, etc.), capital gain distributions from mutual funds, and gross income from dividends, interest, rents, royalties, annuities, and gross income and gains from passive business activities. Additional .9% Medicare tax on earned income (employee’s salary and self-employment income) in excess of the same MAGI thresholds as the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) discussed above. Earned income in excess of these thresholds is subject to the additional .9% (IRC Sec. 1401(b)(2)). Loss of Deductions due to phase-out of exemptions and itemized deductions. The phase-out begins when AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) reaches $150,000 for MFS filers, $250,000 for single filers, $275,000 for HOH filers and $300,000 for MFJ filers. Personal exemptions are reduced by 2% of the amount exceeding the above thresholds and can be totally eliminated. Itemized deductions are reduced 3% of the amount exceeding the above thresholds. The reduction is limited to 80%. Thus, taxpayers can always receive 20% of the deduction. (ATRA of 2012) Even with these changes, there is still room for planning to reduce the above tax impact to high income taxpayers.  Jacqueline Rodriguez, CPA, holds a Masters Degree in Science of Taxation and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Weston Chapter. She has more than ten years of experience and concentrates on International Taxation. Her office is located at 2225 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 4. For more information call (954) 356-2905 or visit





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Mending a Broken Heart By Jodi Kurry Cohen, MS.Ed Director of Early Childhood Programs, Temple Dor Dorim


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accident, I suffered trauma to my neck and shoulder which I attempted to rehabilitate through avoidance of use, epidural shots and physical therapy. Painstakingly, time passed and when I could no longer bear the suffering, I finally gave in and had surgery. Today, many years later, even though I still have some periodic aches and pains to remind me, I can now look at my faded scars and see how much better I am today then I was yesterday. What I’ve come to learn over time is that a broken heart is much like a chronic ache. Sometimes it’s a dull pain that comes and goes, and other times it’s a scar that whispers to us now and then as if to remind us of the pain we had once endured. This analogy is what helped me to explain heart ache to my child recently when he caught me crying. When I shared with him that I was crying because I missed my grandfather he said he couldn’t understand...why now? My grandfather had been gone for years; I had actually been in high school when he passed away. Something had reminded me of my grandfather and when I used this analogy to explain the ache I was feeling, it allowed my son to make sense of my current state.

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I seized the moment as the perfect opportunity to explain to my teenage son that when we suffer the pain that comes with a broken heart, that even though it may seem unbearable at the time, it does eventually get better. This is an important concept for children to understand. Our children, especially teenagers, often have a difficult time seeing beyond the emotions of the moment they are caught in and many times feel that they’ll never get over their heart ache, the pain or that they’ll eventually feel better. For children, heart ache can come in many forms….the loss of a friendship, loss of a relationship or the death of a loved one. Although these are all different types of heart ache they all strike to the core and children can feel like there could be no greater pain and that they could bear no greater suffering. As parents we want to fix heart ache for our children but unfortunately we can’t. What we can do however, is give them the tools to help mend heart ache by discussing emotions with them and taking opportunities to explain the process of healing and how things do eventually get better. Letting your child know how you have experienced pain before like they are feeling, puts it in perspective for them. We can’t go back and change the past and the emotional aches and pains that have had a profound effect on our lives. What we can do is learn to accept them as just that, life changing, and know that the gift of time and human determination will help us move forward to all the other happiness that awaits us in our lives. Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 15 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954)389-1232.


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Ask the Expert

Timing of Tooth Eruption By Dr. Maria Grosman


ne of the most common anxieties parents

share with us concerns the timing of the eruption of teeth. We are often asked: “When are the first teeth scheduled to enter the mouth?” or “Which is ‘better,’ late vs. early erupting teeth?” The truth of the matter is that although there are published milestones, there is still a normal variation/range that teeth may be expected to erupt. In terms of which is better, there is no real benefit for early or late eruption. However, extreme deviations may cause a practical challenge, as we will discuss. Let’s start with the primary (or “baby”) teeth. The first primary tooth to erupt is usually the lower central incisor between 5-8 months of age. The teeth will then follow the “rule of twos,” which is that two additional teeth will erupt every two months until around 2-2.5 yrs old. There are a total of 20 primary teeth equally divided between upper and lower arches. After the eruption of the lower central incisors, we will see the eruption of the upper central incisors, the lower lateral incisors (as the name suggests, next to the central incisors), followed by the upper lateral incisors. The pattern will continue from the center laterally, with the lower erupting earlier than the upper counterparts.

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Specials: Premature eruption of primary teeth occurs in 1:2000. This can occur in two ways. “Natal” teeth are present at birth and “prenatal” teeth erupt in the first 30 days of life. When teeth erupt prematurely, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider (pediatrician or pediatric dentist), as strategies for feeding will need to be addressed, especially if breastfeeding is planned. There are also structures which are present at birth and resemble premature teeth, but are actually not the primary teeth. One of the most common examples of this is “Epstein pearls.” They are visible cysts located in the upper arch in the front close to where the primary teeth are expected to be positioned. There is no treatment recommended for this, as long as there is no interference with feeding and no observed discomfort for the child. As with all published milestones, it is important to acknowledge the fact that these are just averages and that “normal” has a range. We find variation in gender, with females being ahead of males. It is also important to note that deviations in one area may have no bearing on others. For example, there are many children who are either “ahead” or “behind” in dental development, but are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in skeletal growth. They do, however, give us an idea of what to plan for and some guidance on timing of interventional treatment, whether dental or orthodontic, when indicated. Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Rd on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 954-236-3434.

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An important part of the diagnosis is recent medical history. During a physical examination, your doctor may look for fluid in the lungs, an enlarged heart, or a heart murmur, which is the sound made when blood moves through a stiff or leaky valve. Your doctor may suggest further testing for evaluation. The test to diagnose mitral regurgitation is an echocardiogram. Sound waves are aimed at the heart allowing a detailed picture of the structure of the valves, which aides in the assessment of leaks. The strength of the heart muscle can also be assessed. Sometimes a higher resolution echocardiogram is needed to accurately assess the mitral valve. This is performed by passing a sound-generating transducer into the esophagus. This study is a TEE or transesophageal echocardiogram. Not all leaky valves require surgery. If the leak is mild or moderate, it is usually treated with medication and close follow-up. However, if the leak is severe, even if there are no clear symptoms, surgery is often needed. Sometimes patients who believe they have no symptoms actually do, but have adapted to their limitations. The only treatment currently available for severe mitral regurgitation is surgery. It is important to treat the problem before the heart has lost significant functional capacity. In most cases the valve can be repaired (>80%). Studies show that mitral valve repair results in better long-term survival, more preservation of heart function and lower risk of complications. If the valve can be repaired, no long-term use of blood thinners (anticoagulants) is required. Some valves cannot be repaired and require replacement. Whether repaired or replaced, most patients experience dramatic improvement in symptoms and functional status. Nearly all isolated mitral valve repairs or replacements can be performed using a minimally invasive approach through a 2-3-inch incision on the right side of the chest. Cleveland Clinic Florida specialists are experts with extensive experience. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with all levels of heart disease, from the most simple to the very complex.


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Sciatica By Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner


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Proper treatment for any symptom, including leg and back pain, must begin with a correct diagnosis. Your chiropractic doctor is specifically trained to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, and to recommend appropriate treatment. Research has found chiropractic care to be very effective for the relief of most forms of sciatica and back pain. The chiropractic profession emphasizes the importance of restoring and maintaining proper structural integrity (correct alignment and biomechanics) of the spine. A healthy spine involves, among other things, normal positioning and mobility of all joints of the back and pelvis. Many causes of sciatic pain irritate the sciatic nerve by adversely altering the normal positioning and mobility of the spine. Through gentle spinal adjustments and other procedures, your chiropractor can help to restore normal position and optimum mobility to the spine and pelvis. Correct spinal biomechanics allow normal nerve function to return. Relief from sciatica pain may be as simple as a call to your chiropractor. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.


rthritis is a common ailment, especially as

people age. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about arthritis: ▸▸ What is arthritis? Arthritis is a degenerative process that may take place in any joint in the body. Cartilage which allows the joint to move smoothly starts to wear down. Bone spurring and bone cysts may occur as the joint wears abnormally. The joint starts to move out of its normal position creating pain with movement. A loss of joint movement also follows the arthritic process. ▸▸ What causes arthritis? Most often arthritis is caused from an injury to the joint. The injury may occur as a child and it may manifest itself later in life. A bad injury to a bone or joint (fracture) may start the development of arthritis almost immediately after the injury. Arthritis is very common when a bone fractures into the joint. Malpositioning of the joint will cause abnormal wear and tear. It may also be seen in people who are excessively flatfooted, knock-kneed or bowlegged. It is also very common in people with bunions. ▸▸ Will the arthritis get worse over time? In almost all cases arthritis in any joint will worsen. The joint will wear abnormally causing pain, limited motion of the joint, bone spurring and swelling around the joint. The joint will become excessively stiff causing pain with many activities. Difficulty with certain shoes may also be present. ▸▸ Will medication help to lessen the pain and joint deformity? Oral medication will help to diminish some discomfort, but it will not change the degenerative process, which takes place slowly over time. ▸▸ Will physical therapy be of any benefit? Physical therapy will help retain some movement in the joint and keep swelling to a minimum. It may also help to improve muscle strength. Over the long term it will be of limited benefit as the degenerative process will continue to take place. ▸▸ Can surgery be of benefit if the arthritis is found early? Many procedures can be performed to assist in treating the degenerative process if found early. After a thorough history and physical examination, x-rays are taken to assess the degree of joint damage. Occasionally, if the damage is mild, an arthroscopic or small open procedure may be necessary to remove abnormal bone and soft tissue. Cartilage that is lifted away from the bone is removed to allow the joint to function more normally. If a joint is out of position removing bone spurs and soft tissue may be of limited benefit. In this case, the bones may need to be repositioned to allow more normal joint alignment. ▸▸ Can anything be done if the arthritis is severe? In some cases the arthritis is severe and joint replacement or joint fusions may be necessary. Joint replacements are an excellent option and may be necessary in older, more sedentary patients. Fusing the joint that is arthritic and not allowing it to move any longer is also an excellent approach to the treatment of arthritis. This eliminates any painful movement allowing a return to work and activities of daily living with minimal modifications. Some joints can be fused and still allow an athlete to resume professional sports. ▸▸ Will fusing the joint cause any long-term problems? Joints that are fused will be pain free. Other joints adjacent to the fused joint will need to work a little bit harder and in most cases remain asymptomatic, especially if they are healthy at the time of the surgery. ▸▸ Will orthotics be of any benefit? Orthotics will assist in maintaining normal joint position. Support of the foot and placement of the foot in better anatomical position may redistribute stress more evenly in the foot and ankle region. This may help to lessen pain and possibly delay the need for surgery. They provide great benefits in people with big toe joint (turf toe, bunions) problems. Orthotics are also very useful in patients who are flatfooted, knock-kneed, bowlegged and in those with lower back pain. Robert Sheinberg, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diplomat American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Mark Fishman, Dr. Carlo Messina, Dr. David Shenassa, Dr. Nathan Vela and Dr. Michael Cohen. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901.

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Weston Area Chamber Networks at HealthSource of Weston By Stacey Bomser


eston Area Chamber of Commerce members and guests

recently attended a business networking meeting and reception sponsored by HealthSource of Weston. Chamber Chair Mayra Morales and Chamber EVP Donna Adelkopf introduced the new members. The sponsor, Dr. Elliot Cintron, explained the philosophy of his company and how his patients have changed their lives into a pain free, healthy, active HealthSource lifestyle. The attendees enjoyed the hospitality of wonderful hors d’oeuvres and door prizes in the beautiful office of the host.  At the reception, HealthSource of Weston collected donations for HANDY (Helping Abused Disadvantaged Neglected Youth). The older children are so often forgotten during the holiday season. For more information of this organization, please visit The Weston Area Chamber continues to offer marketing opportunities with the America Chamber as an added benefit to its members Chamber Chair Mayra Morales, HealthSource allowing for local, Office Manager Traci Shoelson, Alexis Chung, and regional, national and Dr. Elliot Cintron of HealthSource of Weston.

international exposure. The joint national advertising campaign between the America Chamber and Weston Area Chamber will continue through 2014. The new website continues to be updated and will continue to highlight living and doing business in Weston.  The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce will host its next business networking Josephine Smith of AmTrust, Dr. Elliot Cintron and meeting on February Traci Shoelson of HealthSource of Weston, and Cathy Geller of Geller Project Management. 19th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Please visit the website at for the location and more information. The cost is free for Chamber members, and $10 with RSVP or $15 at the door for nonmembers. Please RSVP to Jack Miller at 954-389-0600, For more information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® contact the Weston Area Chamber at 954-389-0600 or visit Click “Join” for an investment of $175, with MasterCard, Visa or AmEx. Ask about the Trustee, Corporate or Enhanced membership options. The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce has been a 501C NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHAMBER with its office at the same location in Weston since 1989.

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Winners All Around when Playing for Scholarships By Mary Beth Casey, Rotary Scholarship Golf Classic Co-Chair


t is that time of year again …the

Rotary Club of Weston is sponsoring our annual Scholarship Golf Classic. This event raises funds for scholarships given to dedicated high school students from West Broward during the school year. “In our 27th year of this event, the Rotary Club of Weston continues to raise the bar with over $1,000,000 in scholarships since we started and over $80,000 in scholarships funds last year…we need to work hard to make this year even bigger and better,” said Michael Freedland, Rotarian and co-chair of the Golf Classic, as well as the managing partner at (also known as Freedland Harwin, PL) who has been the title sponsor of this tournament for the past seven years. “We have a great time on the course, but an even better time each month when we honor those students working so hard to achieve in school and make this world a better place.” This year’s event will be held on Monday, April 7 at Weston Hills Country Club. A full day is planned, including breakfast, lunch, 18 holes of golf, and a number of opportunities for prizes, both on the course and during the raffle which includes all sorts of prizes like hotel stays, golf foursomes, golf equipment and spa packages. All proceeds go to fund college scholarships for seniors at Cypress Bay High School and Sagemont High School in Weston and Western High School in Davie. Leading up to the event is another opportunity to win at the Annual Draw Down raffle party which sets the stage for the golf tournament. Guests can purchase

raffle tickets for a 1 in 300 chance to win $10,000 while enjoying a night of fun and entertainment. The Draw Down event will be March 6 at the Audi Showroom in Pembroke Pines. Both the Draw Down and the Golf Classic are designed to encourage our community partners to join us for camaraderie, fun and the joy that comes with supporting our kids. We are proud of all of those who participate in these events. Each and every golfer, volunteer, raffle ticket purchaser and sponsor is helping to make a difference in the lives of our hard working students, and in all of our future. This year’s Golf Classic and the Audi Pembroke Pines Draw Down are expected to raise more than $100,000 to fund scholarships in the 2014/2015 school year. The Rotary Club of Weston traditionally awards between $50,000 and $60,000 in scholarships per year. Interested students apply through their guidance department. Then a committee of Rotary members selects the recipients after a day of interviews at the schools. A special breakfast event is held each May at Weston Hills Country Club to honor all of the year’s recipients and again recognize the golf tournament sponsors. If you are interested in joining us for golf, sponsorship opportunities or volunteering your time or talent, we want to speak with you. Please contact Michael Freedland at or (954) 467-6400 or Mary Beth Casey at or (954) 349-1330.

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Beautiful Smiles Start at Zombek Orthodontics By Stacey Bomser

to me that Zombek in Polish meant “little tooth.” At that point I knew I had found my true calling.

What differentiates Zombek Orthodontics from other practices? I like to say that my


Dr. Steven Zombek provides patients with the highest standard of care using the best materials and technologies available.

t Zombek Orthodontics, patients are

more than just another mouth, they are family. Dr. Steven Zombek and his experienced and talented staff treat each patient with compassion and care. The practice has been providing high quality orthodontics to the Weston community since 1988. It has a reputation for utilizing cuttingedge technology in a courteous, professional and family-oriented environment.

Dr. Zombek explains what drew him to the orthodontia specialty and why patients prefer Zombek Orthodontics.

practice is a family-friendly office. I spend a lot of time with patients and their families at the consult. I want them to feel welcome and have a clear understanding as to the problems and what the treatment entails. I believe in a line of communication with my patients and their families. In addition, we pride ourselves on being on time and not making patients wait.

What can patients expect when they visit your office? Patients can expect to be treated

What services do you provide? There are

What types of incentives do you provide your patients? It’s in our best interest to

many modalities used in our office. We treat patients using both metal and ceramic braces. We offer the latest in orthodontic technology by offering Insignia. This is custom made braces and robotically bent wires for more precise alignment of teeth. This customization of the braces has cut treatment time by roughly 25 percent. While braces are still the most popular amongst kids we treat a large majority of our adult patients with Invisalign. We have seen increased demand for Invaslign especially amongst the teen population as there is now Invisalign Teen which affords kids six free replacement aligners and has a color indicator to make sure that they are worn for the prescribed amount of time.

Who is your typical patient? We have

How long has Zombek Orthodontics been in practice? I have been in private practice

patients ranging from seven to 70+. I would say that 80 percent of our patients are children and teens and 20% are adults. However, more and more adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment as people are living longer and need to maintain their teeth in order that they last a lifetime.

What is your training? I was born in Buffalo,

At what age should a child get an orthodontic evaluation? The American Association

since 2005. In 2011 I purchased this practice and renamed it Zombek Orthodontics, but the practice itself has been in existence since the mid 1970’s. It was actually the first orthodontic practice in Weston.

but moved to South Florida at the age of two and grew up in North Miami Beach. I graduated Cum Laude from Yeshiva University. From there, I attended dental school at The University of Pennsylvania. I completed my orthodontic residency at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I was chief resident and received the Leo Davidoff Award for teaching excellence.

of Orthodontists recommends that every child should be seen by an orthodontist at the age of seven. The reason being is that sometimes the palate needs to be expanded, children have thumb or tongue habits that need to be broken,

What made you want to be an orthodontist? It was somewhat of a process. I always had

a love for science and originally wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. Having uncles who were doctors, they kind of talked me out of it as the landscape for medicine was changing. I started to explore other fields and after shadowing several dentists and specialists, I fell in love with orthodontics. I always had a love for kids and the environment just seemed like such a fun and happy place to work. I guess the meaning of my last name foreshadowed my career path. While I was in dental school my grandmother conveyed


underbites need to be corrected, or baby teeth extracted. At the end of the day the goal is to eliminate certain problems earlier on, not to straighten the four top and bottom teeth.

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like family. From the moment they make the first phone call to the day the braces come off, they will receive outstanding customer service. They can rest assured that they will be treated to the highest standard of care using the very best materials and technologies available.

reward our patients for things they are doing right when it comes to their participation in the treatment process. Our Zombek Rewards card rewards patients for good behaviors such as good brushing or no broken brackets to earning community service hours. Patients also gain points for efficiencies such as showing up to their appointment on time and wearing rubber bands as instructed. Points can be redeemed for a slew of gift cards to retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy, Target and Abercrombie. If patients refer friends they may even accumulate enough points for an iPad.

What else do you do for your patients? We host

an annual Patient Appreciation Party in the spring, which usually entails bowling, dinner, raffles and t-shirts. We have a “Grade A” contest where we do a Dr. Zombek presents a laptop to quarterly drawing “Grade A” contest grand prize winner Karina and her siblings. for a Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a grand prize drawing for a laptop. We also give all our patients mouth guards if they play sports. Finally, we do a Halloween Candy Buy Back where we give our patients $1 per pound of candy. We donate the proceeds to the Broward County Food Pantry and to Operation Gratitude.

Anything else you would like readers to know? At Zombek Orthodontics, consults are

complimentary. We take all PPO’ s and our payment plans are very flexible as we know that braces can be an expensive proposition. We try to make it work for everybody.

Dr. Steven Zombek and his staff are committed to providing high quality orthodontics.

Zombek Orthodontics is located at 1040 Weston Road, Suite 200; it has another location in Hollywood. The Weston office is open from 9am to 6:15 on Tuesdays, and from 8:15am to 5:15pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Once a month it offers extended hours to 7:15pm. For more information, call (954) 389-7906 or visit



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I’m curious as to what Brow Boutique is all about. Can you elaborate? Brow Boutique specializes in the beauty of eyebrows. Our passion is eyebrows. We offer professional brow shaping with high quality service at an affordable price. Simple as that!

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A group of us Weston residents went on a Jewish Federation of Broward County mission to Israel. One of their stops was at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Pictured here (from left) are Ira & Margie Albert, Alan & Beth Gross, Sammy & Ibby Schulman, Josh Rose, Sandi Plotnick, Stacey & Ozzy Torres, Rob & Cheryl Peters, and Jody & Howie Steinlauf. Not pictured are Donna Gropper and Larry Goldberg.

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Cultural Exchange

Second graders at Eagle Point Elementary celebrated cultural diversity with “Countries Around the World,” a special event coordinated by teachers and parent volunteers. Passports opened the windows of the world to students as they traveled to Sweden, India, Russia, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. Each time students arrived in a new country, their passport was stamped just as if they had traveled there. Learning opportunities were plentiful as students experienced different cultures and sampled international cuisine.

Keagan Pita made a Christmas Tree after “arriving” back in America.

Arabella Readey and David Rosa from Ms. Mitchel’s fourth grade class at Gator Run.

Valeria Guerra shows a page from her travel journal.

Indian Trace Elementary’s Principal Winder plays “robot” as she follows computer code written by students to stack a series of cups.

Hour of Code

Gator Run and Indian Trace elementary schools were among the 200-plus Broward County schools that participated in Hour of Code, a weeklong campaign to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career options. Students took part in a variety of “plugged” and “unplugged” activities to teach computer coding skills.

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Chloe Sprague wears a menorah hat she made during the “trip” to Israel.

World Travelers

Kindergarten students at Gator Run Elementary School took a trip around the world. Students made Julia Frisbee and Rebecca passports, suitcases and Helal proudly display their boarding passes to prepare Chinese lanterns. for their travels. Then, they got to ‘fly’ to Israel, Mexico, China, Brazil, and Holland to learn how children in other countries celebrate their winter holiday. The students made a craft in each country and kept a travel journal to record all of their new knowledge.

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Fourth graders Josh Hammer, Reis Novaro, Ayish Scott and Maria Jose Pombo impressed the crowd with their recorder performance.

First graders Jordyn Norwood, Vallerie Mellman and Marianna Valderrama knew the right moves.

Second graders Katelyn Dineen, Emerson Singleton and Marianna Innocenti gave it their all during a special performance.


Country Isles Elementary families enjoyed an evening of music and holiday cheer at Winterfest. Students performed holiday songs graders Ashlyn Korn and on an outdoor stage. The PTA transformed the Second Samantha Wagner sported big smiles. campus into a winter wonderland with lights, ribbons and even snow flurries! Other activities included face painting and photo booths and eating – with plenty of Mini Math pizza, cotton candy and other goodies. All agreed it was a wonderful way Students in Mrs. Atlas’ to kick-off the winter break. Kindergarten class at Eagle Point Elementary are practicing their addition skills using new iPad minis. The tablets were purchased by the PTA with money raised from last year’s Eagle Strut fundraiser.

Thiago Ramos and Brody Ginsburg

Tasty Treat

Students in Shannon Martinez’s kindergarten/1st grade class at Gator Run Elementary enjoyed an edible science lesson. To learn the concept of solids, liquids and gasses, students created root beer floats and charted the state of matter for each of the ingredients. After completing their charts they enjoyed their tasty treats.

Raquel Bogran and Edward Zhang

Challenge Accepted

Indian Trace Elementary students, parents and faculty were out in full-force for the Mayor’s Challenge Cup 1-mile Family Health Walk at the Rotary Run For Tomorrow. While Imagine Charter School at Weston won, for the third straight year, the Tracer team gave them a run for the money. Indian Trace came in second place, earning a $1,000 prize from the Rotary Club of Weston.


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Assistant Principal Brown, Alexis Negroni, Riley Orovitz, Sophia Monioudis and Principal Winder are ready to start the school day.

Pint-sized Principals

The top fundraisers from Indian Trace Elementary’s Thunder Challenge were entered into a raffle to be Principal for a Day. The winners were Alexis Negroni, Riley Orovitz, Sophia Monioudis and Jaycee Englehard. They got to spend the day assisting Principal Winder with her numerous responsibilities. Thunder Challenge is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser. It raises money for technology.

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Alexis Negroni, Sophia Monioudis and Riley Orovitz help Mrs. Winder with carpool.

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Weston Bar Association President Evan Baron and Board Member Keil Hackley deliver toy donations to Children’s Harbor.

Holiday Cheer

The Weston Bar Association used the occasion of its annual holiday party to help spread holiday cheer. The event served as a fundraiser for the Weston-based Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention. Members were also asked to donate toys for Children’s Harbor, a child welfare organization offering a safe and nurturing environment for children in foster care.

Pet Sitting at Weston’s Oswaldo and Alexandra Cuadros with Lisa Mendheim (left) from Broward County Animal Care and Adoption.

Pet Care

Thanks to the generous support of the Weston community, Pet Sitting at Weston’s sixth annual Pet Food Drive was a tremendous success. The donations of pet food and supplies benefitted the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division. This agency provides shelter to lost and surrendered animals and promotes successful adoptions. Pet Sitting at Weston collected enough cans of cat food, bags of dog food, pet toys, collars, boxes of treats, leashes, and much more to completely fill the back of an SUV.

Fundraising Friends

Weston’s Rochelle Koenig (in blue) was among 80 Friends of the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale who attended a special fundraising event to benefit the museum. She is pictured here with Ruth Molina, Nell Lewis McGuire and Friends of MOA President Linda Balent.

Giuliana Nicoletti and Daniela Marcov.

Happy New Year

Lunch Bunch

The Weston Friends Club enjoyed a delicious holiday luncheon at the Banyon Restaurant inside the Bonaventure Resort and Spa. Pictured here are Rosa Less (left), Mardi Steffen, and Tatiana Hudson.


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More than 100 guests welcomed 2014 at Sabor Latino. The Peruvian restaurant hosted its annual New Year’s Eve party with music, dancing, delicious food and a midnight champagne toast.

Gino Nicoletti and Yrayid Rojas. Gianina Nicoletti, Claudia Patricia, Silvia Calderon and Yarif Farach.

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