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14 Spine & Neurosurgical Center Offers Innovative Spine Treatments – Now in Plantation

School News

20 Plantation Team Wins Regional Science Bowl Competition

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22 The Unstable Knee Joint -- ACL Tears 24 Understanding Home Equity Loans

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26 The World’s Favorite Newspaper™

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Purim 5K “Run With The Rabbi” Brings Temple Congregation Together in a New Way 10 Plantation Resident David Samson Strikes Out On “Survivor” 16 Rabbi Picked For Innovative Fellowship Program 18 Becca’s Closet Collects Hundreds of Prom Dresses in Plantation

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12 Plantation Girl Collects Shoes For Needy Children


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Cinco de Mayo – Holiday celebration with a little bit of everything. All ages 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation.

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to provide residents with six free opportunities to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. Disposal sites open exclusively to residents of Sunrise and Plantation free of charge and with proof of residency. The May 10th drop-off is at the City of Plantation Public Works Compound, 750 NW 91st Avenue, Plantation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


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Mother’s Day Celebration – Join us as we honor our mothers with stories, songs, refreshments and crafts. For ages 1-6, with caregiver. Registration required. 10:30 -11:30. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, 954-765-1560 x 4.

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S.T.E.M. Day – The Kids in Science Club, Wow Science and The Entrepreneurial Center present a day all about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for kids ages 4 - 14. Activities will include math tricks, science riddles, puzzles and engineering and technology demonstrations. Free, Jim Ward Community Center, 301, NW 46th Avenue, Plantation, Call 954-599-7410 for more information. Money Matters: Beyond Tuition – College-bound teenagers and their parents will learn secrets to stretching the college dollar. Get help creating a realistic financial plan and learn different techniques to make college more affordable. Pre-registration is required at www.YoungFreeFlorida. com/LunchLearn. Seating is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tropical Financial Credit Union, Plantation Branch, 850 N. Nob Hill Road, Plantation.

19th Tween Book Club – Book discussion, crafts and treats. Ages 8-12. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Preregistration required. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, 954-765-1560 x 4.


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Golf Classic – New Horizon United Methodist Church is sponsoring its 28th Annual Golf Tournament at Jacaranda Golf Club, Plantation. Proceeds from this event will support the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. The event features an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start and ends with an awards luncheon and silent auction. For information, call 954-217-2551.

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and drinks served. Ages 6-11, 2:00 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation


Ongoing Kid’s Storytime – Thursdays, 11 a.m. 3-5 years and 4:00 p.m. 3-6 years. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation

Memorial Day Ceremony – Activities include Plantation Police Honor Guard, South Florida Jubilee Chorus and speakers, 9:30 a.m. Veterans Park, 1776 Lauderdale West Drive, Plantation, 954-452-2510.

31st Neighborhood Day Camp – Activities include sports, arts & crafts, special events and more. No additional field trips are included. 5-11 years old, Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46th Avenue. For more information, call 954-585-2344. Chess Club – Join the group at West Broward Regional Library for rounds of chess. Bring a chess board if you have one. Raffle prize awarded. Ages 5-18, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation.

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Tennis Camp & Pool – Includes lessons, match play and tennis games. Bring your tennis racquet and bag lunch. Drinks available for purchase. Veltri Tennis Center, 9101 N.W. 2nd Street, Plantation. Call 954-513-3540 or 954-452-2533 for information and to register.

Artwork on Display – Plantation Art Guild volunteers will be exhibiting some of their work at The Plantation Historical Museum at 511 North Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Call 954-7972722 for hours.

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Free Tennis Camp for Kids With Parents In the Military – The Frank Veltri Tennis Center, the Plantation Community Tennis Corporation and the Broward County Veteran’s Council have been working together since Summer 2010 to provide free tennis camp scholarships to children with a parent or parents on active duty or who are currently deployed and reside in Broward County. Due to the large number of participants taking advantage of this program, the camp can only accept 5 campers per week at a maximum of 2 weeks per child. Spots fill quickly. Apply at www.


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Rabbi Needleman at the starting line with the youth of TKAE

Rabbi Needleman surrounded by TKAE’s youth and his children, Abby & Noah Needleman.

(L-R) Cantor Mark Goldman, Rabbi Howard Needleman, Executive Director of TKAE Dvir Weiss

Laurie Jennings with the top 3 girl runners during the medal presentations.

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Plantation Resident David Samson Strikes Out On “Survivor” By Jill Sharpe


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David Samson knows that if you lose one baseball game, you get to play again the next day. Samson learned quickly however, that when your torch gets snuffed out on Survivor, you’re going home and you won’t get to play again. The Plantation resident has watched the show “Survivor” since the year it began in 2000, which was also his first year in Major League Baseball. “I knew immediately I wanted to play the game of “Survivor” and was just waiting for a good time in my life,” he said. “At the end of 2012, I realized there never was going to be a good time, so I decided to just go for it and apply. The day after I did, I got a call and was officially cast in January 2013”.

Survivor Host Jeff Probst snuffed out the flame on David Samson’s torch as his teammates chose Samson the first contestant to be voted off Survivor Cagayan. Monty Brinton/AP

Marlins President and Plantation resident David Samson poses in his jungle gear for this publicity shot from Survivor, the CBS reality show. Monty Brinton/AP


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Arriving on the island of Cagayan by helicopter was Samson’s favorite part of the experience as he said everything just went downhill from there. “From the moment I found out that the teams would be divided into brains, beauty and brawn, I knew my days were numbered,” said Samson. Arriving at the island wearing a navy blue blazer, Samson looked ready to lead the Brains team but he said had he known how the teams would be divided, he never would have worn the blazer. “Before the game began, I was thinking the blazer would serve as an extra layer and might come in handy if my clothes got wet. I also thought I could use it as a pillow.” Samson’s attire was the beginning of his downfall as he was indeed chosen to be the first to lead his tribe. As tribe leader, Samson’s first decision was a costly one that ultimately led to his demise. He was asked to identify the weakest link and everyone was surprised when he chose Garrett, the biggest and strongest member of the Brains tribe. “I chose Garrett because the other two tribes had already chosen their weakest link and I thought it would be a good idea to choose someone opposite from the type they had chosen. I also thought Garrett

would be a formidable player down the road and wanted him out of the way.” As it turned out Garrett was sent back to camp where he found a clue, located the immunity idol and vowed to get rid of Samson. The Brains tribe performed terribly in the first immunity challenge and was sent to tribal council where Samson was indeed the first player voted off Survivor Cagayan. In parting, Samson said he considers himself the luckiest person in the world. “I’m lucky because I have my health, my kids are healthy, I live in paradise and I’ve been able to do some pretty extraordinary things in my life,” Samson said. Following Survivor, Samson performed in a play about Saturday Night Live, playing the part of Lorne Michaels at the South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center for a four week run. It was actually Samson’s second time on stage. In 1990, he co-wrote and performed a play entitled “Do I Do” to benefit the New Theatre in Coral Gables. As President of the Marlins, Samson is often in the spotlight so it’s not too far of a stretch for him to be in the spotlight on stage. What’s next for Samson? “I’m always looking for new challenges and to get out of my comfort zone,” said Samson. “I don’t know what’s next but I promise it will be something interesting.”


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Plantation Girl Collects Shoes For Needy Children By Jill Sharpe


hirteen year old Plantation resi dent Tiernan Ramer is putting her best foot forward to help others. Ramer, who started collecting shoes for needy kids about a year ago, has collected nearly 1000 pairs including several hundred at a recent shoe drive at her school, Seminole Middle. Ramer’s interest in collecting shoes for kids who need them, started when she decided to enter a contest sponsored by the Mattel Toy Company who makes her favorite line of dolls called “Monster High”. Mattel had a contest asking fans of the dolls to start their own charity and become philanthropists. Ramer chose to collect shoes over anything else because nice shoes are one of the signature items of the Monster High dolls she loves. She also chose to collect shoes because they are something that every kid needs. “A lot of people collect toys and canned goods but not very many people think about collecting shoes,” Ramer said. In the first few months of the drive, she calls “Soles for Souls”, Ramer was so successful that Mattel announced she was one of the top five winners of their philanthropy contest. Her prize was a donation of $1,000 to Ramer’s chosen charity, In Jacob’s Shoes. In Jacob’s Shoes, is a local non-profit that helps clean, refurbish, re-sole, re-lace and distribute all the shoes that Ramer collects to needy students in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. In Jacobs Shoes sends shoes that can’t be perfectly refurbished to Haiti. They also send severely damaged shoes, and shoes that don’t come in a pair, to Nike who breaks them down and uses them to make soft flooring for outdoor playgrounds. “People like knowing where the shoes they donate are going,” said Ramer. “They really like that these shoes are going on the feet of kids in our community.” In August, Ramer spent her 13th birthday working at a special back to school distribution at the BB&T center as a personal shoe shopper for families in need. One young girl, who Ramer fitted with a pair of boots with rainbow laces, made a lasting impression. “It just felt so wonderful that a pair of boots I collected made this little girl so happy.” The response Ramer has received from the people she is helping has made her want to keep going and increase her collections even more. “The support I’ve received from my school and from local businesses has been great,” Ramer said. “Bella Hair Salon and Central Park Vision are two of my collection sites and we are looking for more businesses who would like to participate.” “We’re also now working with the Plantation Athletic League to collect cleats for kids who want to play sports but can’t afford to buy special shoes. We’ve collected nearly 200 pairs of cleats so far.” Ramer’s ultimate goal is to collect 5000 pairs of shoes by the time she graduates high school. One of the ways she intends to reach that goal is by finding girls at other schools who want to partner with her


Ramer at the BB&T Back to School event where she gave out shoes to needy families

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Spine & Neurosurgical Center Offers Innovative Spine Treatments – Now in Plantation By Debby Teich


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sive neurosurgical and specialized spinal care without leaving Plantation. Spine & Neurosurgical Center utilizes the best practices and latest technological breakthroughs to ensure the best patient outcomes. The highly-trained staff and award-winning physicians are committed to offering a patient-centered experience that provides a continuum of care in collaboration with their referring physicians.

Tiffany Reed, practice administrator, and Gena Rumble, public relations liaison, answered some commonly asked questions about the practice.

What is Dr. Ashish K. Sahai’s background and specialty? Dr. Sahai, the founding member of this organization, is Board Certified and fellowship trained at Stanford University. He is on the cutting edge of the latest techniques and instrumentation involved in surgical treatment of the spine. What is Dr. Richard Foltz’s background and specialty? Dr. Foltz completed seven years in neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center. His special clinical interests include pediatric surgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, surgical neuro-oncology and surgical management of pain. He specializes in diseases of the spine. He has received numerous awards, such as: Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors (2013 & 2014), Patients’ Choice Award (2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012) and Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009, 2011 - 2012). What is Dr. Robert P. Norton’s background and specialty? Dr. Norton is fellowship trained in spine surgery at New York University – Hospital for Joint Disease. His training and passion for teaching allows him to take a personalized, evidence-based approach when treating patients.

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Describe your practice. Our practice focuses on comprehensive spinal care, including all aspects of conservative care with pain management, physical therapy, DME, and bracing. In addition, we recently introduced stem cell therapies. Surgical spinal care includes the latest endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques, scoliosis and deformity corrections, spinal tumor, revision surgery and complex spinal surgery. How do you help clients achieve the best possible results? We are able to achieve the best results when patients come in soon after an accident or new condition occurs. As with all medical treatment, patients should follow our doctors’ treatment plans, and bring up any questions or concerns during their appointments. We value our clients’ choice to make us a partner in their healthcare decision-making. Describe your facility. Our facilities offer stateof-the-art treatment. We provide Digital X-Ray, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, and a 1.5 Tesla Siemens Essenza MRI. This MRI allows us to obtain the best quality images, while still catering to those patients who are claustrophobic. What differentiates Spine & Neurosurgical Center from similar practices? The staff at Spine & Neurosurgical Center matches their bedside manner with efficient professionalism. We get to know each of our patients. We carefully explain their condition and walk them through the treatment process.


What is Dr. Adam Hammer’s background and specialty? Dr. Hammer is fellowship trained in Intervention Pain Management, as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also Board Certified. This training gives him an advantage to treat all types of patients with conservative measures with state of the art techniques. Do you have Physician Assistants? Peter Acosta PA-C and Gary Edman, PA-C are physician assistants who are specifically trained in spine care. They assist the doctors in pre- and post-operative patient care. Both are Board Certified. What are some of the common brain and spine conditions you treat? We treat neck and back pain due to spinal disorders, deformities, and injuries. Common conditions we treat include: disc issues, Osteoarthritis, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Meningiomas, Myelopathy, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Brain and Nervous System Cancer, Cerebral Aneurysm, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak), Cerebrovascular Disease, Pathological Spine Fracture, Post-Laminectomy Syndrome, Radiculopathy (not due to disc displacement), Secondary Malignancies, Spasticity, Spinal Stenosis, Spine Fractures, and Spondylolisthesis. What are some of the common orthopedic conditions you treat? Some of the common orthopedic conditions we treat include: painful joint issues, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear, Arm Fracture (incl. Elbow and Shoulder), Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Complications of Joint Prosthesis, Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis), Foot Fracture, Gait Abnormality, Glenoid Labrum Tear, Gout, and Internal Derangement of Knee.

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Dr. Foltz advises a patient.

What are some of the common surgical procedures you perform? Some of the common surgical procedures we perform include: CerebralSpinal Fluid Shunts Insertion, Craniotomy for tumor, surgery of skull base, disc replacement, spinal cord repair, Herniated Disc Surgery: open & minally invasive, Neuroplasty, Neurostimulation; Neurostimulation, Spinal Compression Fracture Repair; Spinal Fusion; Spinal Nerve Block and Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Spinal Deformities. How do you help patients with pain management? When a patient comes in with pain, we first identify the root cause(s) and then come up with a treatment plan. We utilize various forms of injectable pain management and tailor long term solutions on a case by case basis. What type of physical therapy do you offer? We have a fully outfitted physical therapy department, so we are able to offer full-service physical therapy with a personalized, one-onone approach. Treatments vary from massage to physical exercise and strengthening modalities. Describe your holistic approach to pain management. We offer holistic approaches to pain management, including medical massage. How long has your office been open? The Spine & Neurosurgical Center is a recent collaboration of physicians who have been in practice over a quarter century. Do you offer free MRI reviews? Mention this article and we will review your MRI for free. Are you involved in the community? Yes. We like to stay involved with the community by participating in events and establishing business partners. What insurances do you accept? Our practice accepts most insurance. Please call our office for more information. Spine & Neurosurgical Centers are located at: 8430 W. Broward Boulevard, Suite 200, in Plantation; 280 Natura Avenue in Deerfield Beach; 9325 Glades Road, Suite 205, in Boca Raton; and 1840 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach. For information, visit or call 888.277.0305.

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Customers Are Treated Like Family At New Salon and Spa in Plantation By Jill Sharpe


hether you are looking for a new hair style, a manicure or a relaxing massage, make sure you check out Ganesha Salon and Spa on Nob Hill in Plantation. The new salon is passionate about empowering beautiful transformations and in helping their clients find balance and harmony within a nurturing, relaxing and authentic environment. Lina Luciano, owner, answered a few questions about her new business.

What kind of place is Ganesha Salon and Spa? Ganesha is a place to relax and enjoy serenity and great company. We are a full service salon with a lot of personality.

When did you open? We opened on August 19, 2013 What products and services do you provide? We offer many differ-

ent hair, nail, make-up, wax, massage and facial services. We also offer a variety of amazing hair, skin and make-up products. Our product lines are exclusive, imported, naturally derived and hypoallergenic.

What distinguishes you from the competition? Our amazingly

friendly and fun staff sets us apart. We also offer a beautiful environment free from chemical odors which often come from harsh products.

What are your hours of operation? We are open on Tuesdays from 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know about you and/or your business? When you visit our salon you will experience

great service and feel like family. Most of our company is friendly and we would love to welcome you into it.

How can customers contact Gensha Salon? We are located at 979

North Nob Hill Road, Plantation, FL 33324. Customers can phone us at 954-473-2506 or e-mail Visit their website at or Facebook at Ganesha Salon & Spa Plantation.

A colorectal screening could save your behind, backside, rear-end, tushie, fanny, rump, heinie, keister, derrière, caboose, Colon cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer death. Every year, in this country alone, more than 142,000 men and women are diagnosed with the disease. And every year, for more than a third of them, it will have been caught too late. These people would tell you—beg you—to get screened now. To not put it off. Because, if caught early, colon cancer is highly treatable. And screenings are easy. So if you’re age 50 or older, get screened. If you have a family history of colon cancer, start at age 40. For more information about our colorectal services, visit To find a doctor, call the Broward Health Line at 954.759.7400.


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seen on scene


Plantation residents Vicki and Steve Stolberg hosted friends of University of Florida Hillel at their home on April 3rd. Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International and Cantor Lisa Segal of Temple Beth Shalom on Miami Beach were the guest speakers. About 50 people attended including Plantation residents Alan Cohn and Adina Sharfstein.


JFS of Broward County, hosted a brand new event to great acclaim and hundreds of attendees. An evening of multi-cultural entertainment called “Many Cultures, One People - sponsored by Comforts of Home” featured a variety of performances from numerous cultures exhibiting the richness and diversity of life in South Florida. Among the performers were Women in Jazz, Fushu Daiko Japanese Taiko Drummers, Silver Stars USA Steel Orchestra, Simon Salz Klezmer Band and Nritya Surabhi Indian Dance School.


Professionals were on hand to answer medical, retirement, recreational questions and more at the 2014 Senior Expo in February at Deicke Auditorium. Sponsored by West Broward Rehabilitation & Healthcare and the The City of Plantation Parks and Recreation Department, the event included free admission, free seminars, live entertainment, door prizes, free refreshments and a variety of vendors.


Two Speech and Debate students from Plantation recently became State Champions in the category of Public Forum Debate. Benjamin Churba (left) and Brian Herskowitz (right) both attend University School of NSU and are in 11th grade.


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