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14 Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten Offers an Enriching Pre-School Experience for your Child

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18 Plantation Jazz Pianist Hits the Right Chord with Renowned Band

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April 2014

City’s Annual Royal Easter Egg Hunt Ready to Roll Plantation Couple Helps Disabled Golfers Get Back in the Game Summer Fun Awaits at Plantation Day Camps Plantation Resident Leads 5K/WALK to Stop Drunk Driving


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6th 2014 Annual Passover Packing Event – All are welcome. 10 a.m. noon. Soref JCC Gymnasium. 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation.

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10th Poetry Under the Stars – Come read your original poetry or a selection from your favorite poet. All ages are welcome to participate, or just listen. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Admission is free. 6:30 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library , 501 North Fig Tree Lane. Call 954-797-2140 for more information.

11th/12th Plantation’s Relay For Life – Come join your family and friends for the two day overnight event to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and support those battling cancer. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 11 on the main stage. 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. at Plantation’s Central Park, located at 9151 N.W. 2nd Street. If you are interested in starting a team, registering as a volunteer or being recognized as a cancer survivor, please visit plantationfl.

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Plantation Community Church Easter Egg Hunt – In addition to the egg hunt, there will also be a craft, snack and Easter story presentation. Free and open to the public. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 6501 W. Broward Boulevard. For more information, call 954-581-5276.

24th Plantation Historical Society – Join us for this month’s topic “The Influence of the French on the American Revolutionary War.” The speaker will be Professor Roy Luna. 6:30 p.m. Plantation Historical Museum, 511 N. Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2722.

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Tinsel Town Cabaret Show – Local top rated talent of all ages is spotlighted in this competition. This is a fun and entertaining evening that the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are $6 per person and will be available for purchase beginning Monday, April 28 at Plantation Central Park, 9151 N.W. 2nd Street or at Volunteer Park the evening of the show. Free refreshments will be served during the intermission. 7:30 p.m. Call 954-452-2510 for more information. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard.

Plantation Historical Society Plant Affair - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation.

High Tea –Join the Plantation Garden Club for their 2nd Annual Traditional High Tea. Featuring Classical Guitarist Wayne Dooley, Fashion Show by Stein Mart and a hat parade for prizes. Donation $35. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. RSVP by April 21, 2014 to 954-393-4231: or 954-801-3127:

* Anthony & Marie Scuotto 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Presented by the Sunrise Italian American Civic Association. Shotgun start, golf, buffet dinner, gift bags, prizes. Complimentary food on the course. $65 per player. For details, contact 954648-9741. Seven Bridges at Springtree Golf Club.

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Thru June 30 The Wonders of the Everglades – Come and explore the Plantation Historical Museum’s exciting new Everglades Panorama, which showcase the many ecosystems found in the subtropical wetland. The threedimensional exhibit incorporates many of the unique features of our national treasure. Lights flood the panoramic sky, taking patrons from early morning to high noon to sunset. The calls of birds and sounds of the wild round out the experience. Free admission. 511 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, call 954-797-2722.

Ongoing English Café – A conversation practice class for beginner/ intermediate learners of English. Tuesdays and Thursdays- 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 230. West Regional Library. 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-765-1560, ext. 1605.

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Spring Crafts – Age 8-12. Refreshments provided. 2 p.m. Preregistration required. West Regional Library. 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-765-1560 ext. 4.


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19th Royal Easter Egg Hunt – Bring a basket or bag and join us for our fun-filled Royal Easter Egg Hunt. Kids 3-10 years old will be grouped by age to find and pick up hidden eggs. Prizes and candies will be given to all participants. 10:00 a.m. SHARP! Pop Travers Field, 6250 S.W. 16th Street. For more information, call 954-452-2510.

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Teddy Bear Picnic – Bring your teddy bear. Bring your lunch and a blanket or chair. Bring Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, and come have a picnic. Animated storytelling where children become part of the fun. Refreshments. Admission is free. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library , 501 North Fig Tree Lane. A Night With Bob Alper, Author, Rabbi and Stand Up Comic – Come join Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Plantation for an evening of relaxation and laughter. Bob Alper is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years. This prepared him well for a twenty-year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100 percent clean. 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Ramat Shalom Synagogue at 954-472-3600.

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City’s Annual Royal Easter Egg Hunt Ready to Roll By Julie Levin


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signs of spring, and most anticipated days of the year for young children. The City of Plantation and the Plantation Woman’s Club will once again host their annual Royal Easter Egg Hunt just before Easter Sunday. Thousands of candy-filled eggs will once again be rolled out across Pop Travers Field in Plantation for hundreds of youngsters to seek out. The Children that find specially decorated Royal Easter Egg Hunt is set eggs get free prizes to take home for April 19 at the field, which is located at 6250 S.W. 16 Street. The Royal Easter Egg Hunt is a quick-moving event, so parents want to be sure to have their little ones there well ahead of the 10 a.m. start time, basket or bags in hand, so they don’t miss out on all the fun. Once the “go” signal is given at 10 a.m., it doesn’t take long before all of the eggs are scooped up. “We start right on time, so everyone should be there early,” said Wes Lockard, the Special Events Coordinator for the city of Plantation. The city is expecting anywhere from 450-500 kids to take part. Organizers also put close to one hundred specially decorated eggs on the fields that the children can turn in for a special prize. To make sure children of all ages have a chance to find eggs, children ages 3-10 will be divided by age and sent to a specific field to find and pick-up their

eggs. The age groups will be 3&4 year olds, 5&6 years old, 7&8 year old and 9 &10 year olds. Organizers are asking that parents stay on the sidelines so the little ones can have the joy of finding eggs on their own. Easter Sunday falls on April 20 and is typically the most well-attended day of the year in Christian Churches. Traditions associated with the festival include the Easter rabClose to 500 children raced into action bit, a symbol of fertility, and at a previous Easter Egg Hunt colored Easter eggs painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and a symbol of birth. The City of Plantation’s Royal Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 19th, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp. The event is free and the Royal Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photos. Children should bring their own basket or bag. Pop Travers Field is located at 6250 SW. 16th Street in Plantation. For more information, call 954-452-2510. The Plantation Community Church is also hosting an Easter Egg Hunt April 19th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to the hunt, there will also be a craft, snack and Easter story presentation. Plantation Community Church is located at 6501 W. Broward Boulevard. The Egg Hunt is free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-581-5276.



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Plantation Couple Helps Disabled Golfers Get Back in the Game By Jill Sharpe


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Summer Fun Awaits at Plantation Day Camps By Julie Levin


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believe, but the kids will be out of school soon and looking for a way to stay busy. Whether your child loves sports, swimming or arts and crafts, the City of Plantation has a variety of camps promising adventure, fun and learning. Now is the time to get those camp registrations in, as the lottery for spots will be held April 28th. Here’s a look at some of what’s available: The City’s popular Day Camps will again be offered for ages 5-11 at Central Park and Volunteer Park. The camps are designed to give the child a well-rounded camp experience, with weekly activities including sports, arts & crafts, field trips, swim trips and special events. Older children, ages 12-14, have the option of Adventure Camp at Central Park, which provides teens with more specialized field trips and higher level activities. There is also Neighborhood Day Camp for 5-11 year olds offered at the Jim Ward Community Center. The camp is designed to give the child an on-site day camp experience. Activities there include sports, arts & crafts, special events, but no additional field trips.


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Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten Offers an Enriching Pre-School Experience for your Child By Julie Levin


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dren is one of the most important things a parent strives for. Even at a young age, we want the very best educational setting we can find for them. Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten in Plantation Acres has been educating young minds for nearly three decades with an unique, academic environment. Recently Kathie Geller O’Dwyer, the Owner/ Director of Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten, answered some commonly asked questions about her school.

What type of curriculum does Developmental Pre-School & Kindergarten use? DPK utilizes a cur-

riculum I created called “The Learning Ladder”. This curriculum covers all the different areas of learning in a hierarchy of skills. I was a pioneer in the Child Care industry in implementing a cognitive curriculum of this type.

Please tell us a little bit about the facility? The 10,000 square foot, free-

standing building is built on three acres of land with plenty of room for active preschoolers.  There are ten spacious classrooms, a library, music room, gymnasium, Spanish language lab and computer room.

Please tell us about your background. I hold a Master’s Degree

What is Developmental Pre-School & Kindergarten? Developmental Pre-School and

Kindergarten was created to be an academic, enriching environment for children ages 20 months through 6 years of age. The goal of the school is to build a strong, energetic “learner” who utilizes all his/her senses to glean information and analyze it’s meaning.  I sought to return to work as a speech and language pathologist outside the home when my children were two and three years of age. Unable to find a pre-school that would enhance my children’s interest to learn academics and have fun at the same time, I embarked upon the creation of Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten in order to fulfill this goal.

in Speech, Hearing and Language Pathology from Adelphi University. Since graduating in 1972 with my degree, I have taught children with speech and language delays and learning differences in the public schools of New York.  I was the Director of Speech and Language  Services at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf and Blind and the District Diagnostician for St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. I moved to South Florida in 1982 and built my first nursery school in 1985.

How long have you been in South Florida?

We have been serving the Plantation, Sunrise, Davie and Weston communities for 27 years.


Do you offer flexible scheduling?

Depending upon the age of the children, students may attend two, three or five days a week. The academic day runs from 8:30 a.m. though 2:00 p.m. depending on age parameters.  Extended day hours are available from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Do you offer a summer camp program? In

addition to DPK’s academic year that coincides with the Broward County School calendar, DPK offers a wonderful, action packed Summer Camp called Camp Phoenix, that includes swimming daily in our large, heated swimming pool. Beginning in April, DPK offers swim instruction with a licensed Water Safety instructor that is open to the community.

What else would you like us to know about Developmental Pre-School & Kindergarten? I feel that I cannot do a bet-

ter job for my incoming students than I did for my children and grand children. I encourage all interested parents to check out our web site and come on over for a tour. The door is always open at Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten.

How can parents contact Developmental Pre-School & Kindergarten? For more

What sets Developmental Pre-School & Kindergarten apart from other preschools? DPK is one of the only pre-schools

that has classrooms with narrow age parameters, small class size and additional staff to insure exceptional pupil teacher ratios.  It is also a pre-school with the owner on the premises to preserve quality control in the learning environment. In addition, DPK boasts an exceptional private Kindergarten that does accept children who may miss the Broward County cut off of September 1st.

hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. All  staff are finger printed and cleared by Child Care Services.

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making a difference. “People are now hearing about MADD in all walks of life,” said Geronemus, who works for event sponsor Ultimate Software. Geronemus said she is frequently contacted by people from all over who share their heartbreaking stories of drunk driving, and are now committed to fighting back. Musical guest Ciara Rae will sing the national anthem; former The start line at the 2013 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale WTVJ-NBC 6 anchor Tony Segreto will once again emcee the event. Special guests include honorary event chairperson Susan Israel and her husband Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. After the 5k, participants will enjoy free refreshments, a victims’ tribute area, Kid Zone with bounce houses, and a health and safety expo. Awards will be given for top fundraiser, top team (private and corporate), as well as overall and age group awards for 5K finishers. The 2014 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K will be held May 4. It will start at Huizenga Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301, at 7:30 a.m. and will take place along Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk. To register, visit The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for anyone under age 21. Corporate, family and law enforcement team sign-up is also available, as are event sponsorships. For more information, visit


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Max Holm seemed to have a future carved out for himself that involved playing a string instrument. But when the 17-year old Plantation teen was introduced to the piano four years ago at a recital, he was hooked. “I had to confess I liked it better,” Holm said.”That’s when it all started.” After hours of practicing and perfecting his craft, the Junior at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale has reached new heights. Holm was recently chosen for Jazz Band of America, where he was showcased at the Yamaha Music for All Festival in Indianapolis last month. As a national stage for the top high school jazz musicians, it is also a world-class learning experience with master teachers, artists and conductors from all over. “I met so many great players that are my age from around the country and around the world. We work together, we play together and that’s how we get better at what we do,” said Holm. “The other thing I love about winning these competitions is that I get to meet master teachers and legendary musicians. I learn so much from them.” Holm was one of thousands of American high school students who auditioned for the prestigious honors band. Most positions accept several musicians who play the same instrument, but only one


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Above: Max Holm was recently selected for Jazz Band of America (photo credit Mike Stocker) Left: Max Holm with Jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013 Essentially Ellington National Competition and Festival (photo credit Mike Stocker)

pianist. Holm’s improvisational skills were featured during ten songs. Max, who grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, has been living in South Florida for seven years. In addition to the Jazz Band of America, he already has a list of achievements to his name. He performs with the Dillard Jazz Ensemble, which has won the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition twice in the last four years. Essentially Ellington is the premier competition for high school age jazz musicians. It’s also where Holm had a chance to meet jazz master Wynton Marsalis. His Max Holm Quartet was chosen to play at the 1st Annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival at the legendary Fillmore, opening for Michelle Coltrane. He recently performed at the Tampa Convention Center as part of the Florida All-State Jazz Ensemble, and also just won the UCF Jazztet competition. After high school, Holm hopes to attend a top music school, maybe Julliard, where he can look forward to a future in music. “If you don’t have a passion for it, I don’t think it will take you that far. A passion is a drive,” he said. For more information on the jazz pianist, visit his Facebook page holmmusician or his webpage at

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School. It was the first-ever win for Plantation Middle, which has participated November, the members of in Brain Brawl for many years. “At first we Plantation Middle School’s NJHS were so happy just to be ranked number Brain Brawl team felt more than ready to two,” said McKinnis. “Then we were so enter this year’s competition, and their happy to make it to the top spot.” confidence paid off. After securing a third McKinnis says the win is nothing less place finish in 2013, the team soared to than a collective, cohesive team effort. the top spot this year, winning the countyThough there are 11 members on each wide Brain Brawl competition. “I am so team, only four can compete at one time. amazingly proud of them,” said Candace The team members themselves decide McKinniss, the NJHS Advisor at Plantation who will actually compete and whether or Middle. “I’m particularly proud because not substitutions need to be made halfway they truly worked together.” through the competition. Every year, the county’s National Honor The team effort comes in the months Society runs the Brain Brawl competition and weeks of preparation, when the entire on both the high school and middle school squad drills and practices together for level. The competition quizzes participants hours on end. They toss practice questions on a range of topics: geography, civics, and subjects at each other making sure American history, math, English literature, each competitor is as prepared as posgrammar, science and more. “They are sible. “They really trained together,” said tough general knowledge questions of the McKinnis. “It was so much fun to watch basic subjects, but there were also quesfrom the sidelines as the students would tions about art, music and dance,” said (back row) Aditya Sundar ( Brain Brawl Captain) Kyle Spohn, Anais Palmer get a question one of their peers had actuMcKinnis. (middle row) Shawn Zimmer, Emersyn Zintsmaster, Faith Ward, Ashleigh Plasencia, Narjis Rizvi, Emily Namm, Advisor Candace McKinniss ally practiced with them.” The 11-member squad went into the (front row) Emma Thompson and Max Zintsmaster McKinnis said she has no doubt it was championship round, which was held teamwork that put this year’s squad in the winner’s circle. “They were fabulous as February 12th at South Plantation High School, ranked as the number two team. a team, that’s why we won. They really worked together,” she said. But they took the win after edging out number one ranked Sawgrass Middle aving trained since early

Students Send Handmade Rockets Airborne By Julie Levin


nthused by the drama of flight, students from Peter ’ s

Elementary School recently had the chance to see the final, airborne result of an innovative on-going science project. Thanks to the instructors and students at Plantation High School’s renowned Aerospace Engineering Design & Technology program, the elementary students finally had the chance to launch small rockets they had been designing and building. The students launched their rockets at the PAL field over the course of two weeks in late February and early March. The first week, second and third graders sent their projects airborne, and the following week, fourth and fifth graders launched rockets which carried eggs. All told, they launched over forty rockets and not a single egg from the older kids’ rockets broke, said Joseph Vallone, Plantation High’s Aerospace Instructor. “If we don’t foster this kind of interest in our generations moving forward, we are not going to be a world leader anymore,” he said. The launch was the result of an “open lab night” outreach program Vallone and his students created for Peters Elementary students. Once a week, students in

Left: Aerospace program students Angelique Solano and Maggie Chalmers help get the rockets ready for launch Center: Students from Peter’s Elementary cheer the launch of a rocket Right: Peter’s Elementary school students check out their rocket after its launch


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grade 2-5 were invited to Plantation High to design, build, and launch real rockets. The 2nd and 3rd grade students gathered in the school’s cafeteria where they created small solid fuel rockets and learned the basic physics of rocketry, flight dynamics, and construction. Students in the older grades had the chance to build their rockets from scratch using simulation software to design custom rocket components and then use high school’s 2D Laser Cutter and 3D Printer. The purpose of their project was to find a design that would cushion an egg in flight without breaking it. The educational partnership, fostered by Plantation High School Principal Alona DiPaolo and Peters Elementary Principal Kathy Sedlack, was designed as an opportunity to improve the technological literacy of young students and let them get excited about STEM careers at an early age. The Plantation High School Aerospace Engineering Technology & Design program is a 4-year program that teaches students the entire engineering process: coding of hardware and software, electronics, materials, propulsion and more. For more, contact Joseph Vallone at Joseph.Vallone@Broward

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Flat Feet in Adults By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.


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


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


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


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


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Dear Editor; We started our relationship with the ‘Our City Weston’ and “Town Times’ magazines almost three years ago after opening our Davie office. We enjoyed catching up on events and happenings in our community by reading the community news editorials. Every month we are looking forward to receiving our copy of the magazine to keep up with news events and specials advertised in your publication. As a business owner it is important to me that we spend our own marketing funds wisely. Since placing our advertisements with your publications we have been able to grow our business and expand into a second location. Our consistent approach to advertising across your different community news magazines in Plantation, Weston, Davie, Pembroke Pines and Miramar has become the recipe to our success. Thank you and keep up the good work. Sincerely;

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Leslie Kliger took a copy of the Plantation Town Times with her on a recent trip south of the border. Here she is at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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Brushing Can Improve Your Child’s GPA By Dr. Michael Maruri


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for two minutes, twice each day! Did you know that tooth brushing can impact your child’s grades, school attendance and affect your work as well? In the U.S., oral disease causes children to miss over 50 million school hours and their parents to lose 24 million work hours each year. Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in children—five times more common than asthma. Yet with good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, cavities are largely preventable.  Recent research shows that children with poor oral health are more likely to have below average grades than kids who have good oral hygiene. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found students who experience tooth pain are “four times more likely to have a low grade point average – below the median GPA of 2.8” than their classmates.  February is Children’s Dental Health Month. There are some simple things you can do to keep your children’s teeth from interfering with their education: ▸▸ Brush your child’s teeth yourself until age 6 and supervise brushing until age 8. Children may not have the dexterity to do it on their own effectively. ▸▸ Make sure your child brushes twice a day for at least two minutes--top, bottom and sides--not just the front teeth. ▸▸ Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Remember to replace your child’s toothbrush every 3-4 months. ▸▸ Be sure to clean between their teeth once a day with floss to remove plaque and food where a toothbrush can’t reach. ▸▸ Visit the dentist twice a year beginning at age one. ▸▸ The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive an exam by an orthodontic specialist by age 7. This evaluation will help to diagnose any problems with their bite. The goal is for every child to have a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.

What Role Does Orthodontics Play in Oral Health? 

Straight teeth make for a beautiful smile and they are also easier to keep clean. Crowded and improperly positioned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. This can lead to a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Orthodontics is often necessary to help improve the stability, function, and health of an individual’s teeth. Children, who receive compliments on their beautiful teeth, smile more. More smiles translate into a friendlier demeanor and higher self-esteem. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, “It has been clinically proven that a beautiful smile leads to higher self-esteem. Confidence generates success.” I am a firm believer that children are our highest priority. All children need and deserve a good smile. An uncorrected problem can adversely affect an individual’s speech, general health and self-esteem. A person’s self-confidence almost always increases when his or her smile and appearance are improved. The value of a beautiful smile cannot be underestimated.

Dr. Michael Maruri and his staff at Clear Orthodontic Solutions understand your child’s smile is just as important as their performance in school, which is why they offer convenient early-morning, after-school, and Saturday appointment times. Dr. Maruri offers a variety of treatment options to meet the unique needs of his patients, including traditional metal, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen. Contact Clear Orthodontic Solutions at 954-473-6900 for your free consultation or visit The office is located behind the Fountains Plaza at 815 S. University Dr., Suite 100, in Plantation.


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pet of the month

“Preciosa” Preciosa is a Long Hair Chihuahua and is nearly four years old. She equally loves Dad (Bob) and Mom (Alicia).  Her favorite toy is actually a cat toy, a feather on a string with a handle that she likes to try and catch.  She likes going for rides in the car and on the Harley.  She loves everyone but does dislike when bigger dogs try to enter her personal space if she does not invite them. Her favorite thing to do is to go to Barkham at Markham Dog Park, and if we even say the word “park” she gets all excited and runs to the door, ready to go. She was last seen in her favorite place to nap, behind the pillows on the sofa.

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it’s their business

Gelch & Associates Provides Personal and Professional Service By Stacey Bomser


or the past ten years, Gelch & Associates,

P.A. has been serving the South Florida community. The personal injury law firm provides personalized customer service with attorneys available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

Gary D. Gelch, Esq. describes the services his firm provides and explains what differentiates Gelch & Associates from other personal injury practices.

What is your background? I grew up in South

Florida since 1978. I attended and graduated from the University of Florida, and received my law degree from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center. Since 1995, I have focused my law practice solely on representing victims injured by the negligence of others. I am currently a member of the Florida Bar, United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Florida Justice Association, and the Broward County Bar Association.

Omar Cardenas has been working for Gelch & Associates since 2006. Born in Colombia and raised in New Jersey, Omar attended and graduated from Rutgers University, and also received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Omar is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Florida Bar, Broward County Bar Association and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. Omar has been a featured guest on several local Spanish television news programs where he discussed current Florida laws and trends concerning various types of personal injury claims.

What is the firm’s philosophy? Gelch

& Associates believes in justice. If you have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, we will diligently work to get you the compensation you need and deserve. We will aggressively defend your rights and dignity.

What are your areas of practice? Gelch

& Associates represent persons injured by automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, trucking and bus accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, dog bites and negligent security. In addition, we handle accident cases which cause a wrongful death.

Why should someone hire Gelch & Associates? When a person is injured or

killed through someone else’s negligence, intentional act, or defective product, a skilled attorney is necessary. Gelch & Associates is dedicated to protecting victims’ rights and seeking maximum compensation for the individual’s medical bills, lost wages, future losses, mental anguish, pain, and suffering. We have represented clients against some of the nation’s largest corporations, and we will vigorously pursue our clients’ causes until either an acceptable settlement or judgment is attained. The firm has achieved significant recoveries for our clients, and is skilled at Gary D. Gelch, Esq. handling serious injury claims. Furthermore, or any other convenient location if the client is our lawyers assist clients by monitoring the cliunable to visit our Plantation office. We treat ent’s medical progress, and helping each client every case, whether big or small, with the same achieve maximum medical improvement by attention, care and focus the case deserves. In working closely with the treating physicians. addition, our bilingual staff is committed to providing professional and courteous service to What distinguishes Gelch & Associates all clients. With zero turn over in the past decade, from other law firms? Unlike other firms, our experienced staff treats clients who have clients who call our office actually speak to the been injured like a family member rather than a attorneys. Clients who leave a message will stranger. receive a return phone call from an attorney within 24 hours. Providing personalized cusHow are you compensated? Gelch & tomer service is the biggest difference between Associates, P.A. handles each personal injury Gelch & Associates and other personal injury law matter on a contingency fee basis which means firms. the only way the firm earns a fee is if the client receives compensation via a settlement or What can clients expect when they call verdict. If there is no recovery, the firm does not your office? Clients can expect to speak to earn a fee and does not receive any compensaan attorney who will ask and answer questions tion from the client. concerning their case in order to make a determination if the client has a viable personal injury What should people consider before hiring claim to pursue. Clients will receive an honest an attorney? People should feel comfortable assessment of their potential claim and will be and confident in the lawyer they hire. People explained the likelihood of success. Our attorshould consider the experience of the attorney, neys always discuss the pros and cons of our the lawyer’s past success on similar claims, and clients’ claims so that each client has a realistic the lawyer’s reputation in the community. expectation of how much their claim is worth.

What is special about the attorneys at Gelch & Associates? We provide personal Omar Cardenas


customer service and always return phone calls within 24 hours. We always offer free consultations and will meet any client at their home, work,

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Gelch & Associates, P.A. is located at 8751 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 305 in Plantation. The firm has satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers, and Jupiter. To schedule a free consultation call (954) 424-6100 or email To learn more about this personal injury practice, visit

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The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.

Gary Gelch attorney

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seen on scene

talent show

Talent Show Raises Funds for Jason Taylor Reading RoomJason Taylor smiles for a photo with students of his Poetry Corner who performed at the Heritage Has Talent show at American Heritage School on Feb 7. The Poetry Corner was the recipient of $21,500 in funds raised through the faculty talent

Welcome to the Job

Theresa A. Minervini has been named sales director at Covenant Village of Florida, a faithbased, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community in Plantation. Minervini brings more than a decade of sales and related experience in the senior living industry.

show and donated by the American Heritage School PreLaw Society. Presenting the check to Taylor, a former Miami Dolphins’ defender and 2007 NFL Man of the Year, Coach Mike Rumph, Head Coach of State Champ Football Team at American Heritage School and Nikki Laurie, Event Chair and Director of AHS Pre-Law Society.

Antique Show

Thousands of people once again turned out for The GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club Annual Antique Show and Sale. It was the 30th year for the twoday show which featured plenty to browse, buy and eat, including homemade desserts.

New to the Neighborhood

Grab the Flag

Both Plantation High Schools were among 26 of the top flag football programs from around South Florida to take part in the recent Miami Dolphins annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree presented by Under Armour. Though competitive, both the Plantation Colonels and South Plantation Paladins dropped their matches. The Jamboree followed a flag football clinic to help the teams get ready for the start of the flag football season. (photo credit Miami Dolphins)


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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently welcoming Broward Health Urgent Care to the neighborhood. The facility is located in Jacaranda Square, at the NW corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Pine Island Road. Cutting the ribbon: Domain Robinson, MD, Internal Medicine; Chris Wing, Broward Health Administrator; State Representative Katie Edwards ; Paul Echelard – Broward Health Chief Operating Officer; City of Plantation Council Person Lynn Stoner; Christian Rodrique, RN – Broward Health Urgent Care Center Nurse Manager and Nabil El Sanadi, MD, Broward Health Chief of Emergency Medicine. (photo 2) City of Plantation Council person Lynn Stoner and State Representative Katie Edwards.

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