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9th Conservation Day – The City of Miramar and Florida, Power & Light will host “Conservation Day” to highlight the importance of conserving energy, water and recycling household goods. The day will include an award ceremony for the youth poster contest held among all the Miramar elementary schools. Activities will include electric car exhibits and exhibits from organizations such as FPL, City of Miramar’s Utilities and Public Works Departments, Broward County Transit and more. “Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection” will present a theater show and water saving aerators will also be provided free to Miramar residents. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Miramar Town Center Plaza and the Cultural Arts Center, 2300 Civic Center Place. For information, call 954-602-HELP (4357).

9th & 23rd “Healthy Aging Resources on the Web” – The Friends of Miramar Library is sponsoring a series of free workshops for seniors and their caregivers to promote healthy aging and wellness. The workshops will focus on PC training for seniors to help them access resources online. Miramar Branch Library, located at 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please register by calling the Miramar Branch Library at 954-357-8090, ext. 8180

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activist Daisy Bates from her days as an orphan to newspaperwoman to activist in “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.” Following the screening, the film’s director and producer Sharon La Cruise and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 954-602-4500 or online at http://www.miramarculturalcenter.org.

16th Eat, Drink and Network –The Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its 9th Annual A Sip of Wine, A Taste of Heaven event at Miramar Town Center. Come join your friends and neighbors while enjoying food prepared by the chefs from more than two dozen local restaurants, as well as drink supplied by Premier Beverages. There will also be live entertainment, including music from the jazz band “Brass Evolution”, and a silent auction. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 per person. For more information, visit the chamber online at http://www. miramarpembrokepines.org/

Kids Chess Club – Sign your children up for the Chess Club at Miramar’s Vizcaya Park. The club meets every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and are taught by Gildardo Garcia, an International Chess Grand Master. $70 for residents for four sessions. $84 non-residents. 14200 S.W. 55th Street. Call 954-822-7533 for more information. Farmers Market – The City of Miramar and Memorial Hospital Miramar hosts a weekly Farmers Market, featuring more than 50 vendors offering locally grown fruits and vegetables and more. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 1901 SW 172 Avenue in Miramar.

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Good for Body and Soul – A guided relaxation session followed by Amrit Yoga instruction. This class is offered to the community as a practice in applying the teachings of Yoga to improve health and well-being. Please bring a mat. No charge. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Miramar Branch Library, located at 2050 Civic Center Place.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA. Appointments are available for Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of Miramar Multi-Service Complex, located at 6700 Miramar Parkway. Call 954-889-2723 to schedule an appointment.

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Scavenger Hunt – Teams are now being formed for the first annual Kiwanis Scavenger Hunt. The event will take place at locations and businesses around Miramar and Pembroke Pines and businesses are An Evening with Maxi Priest – The also needed to provide locations for clues. Miramar Cultural Center Signature Series All of the proceeds will go towards the continues with “An Evening with Maxi club’s participation in the annual Kiwanis Priest.” Priest has enjoyed success with “Christmas in July” day to help local his unique fusion of reggae and R&B styles, children. The Kiwanis Scavenger Hunt and is best known for his hit song “Close to will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more You.” He has also collaborated with some information, visit the registration page at of reggae music’s biggest stars including http://kiwanishunt2013.eventbrite.com Roberta Flack on “Set the Night to Music” or their website at kiwanismiramarpines. and Shaggy on “That Girl.” 8:00 p.m. For com. A $10 registration fee is payable the tickets and information, call 954-602-4500 day of the event via cash, check, or credit or visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org. card. You can also prepay on the website.

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to Start a Cottage Food Business!” the City of Miramar is continuing its series of educational cooking classes. The March 19th class will focus on Canning 101: Introduction to canning using a Water-Bath Canner. Other classes to follow in April and May. Classes will be taught at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will be taught by Jessica McLeary, Certified Master Food Preserver and Owner of Exotic Findings, Specialty Gourmet Foods. $22 per class. Space is limited to twenty students and reservations are required. No walk-ins accepted. To register, call 954-602-3270.

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scavenger event, but we hope to make it an annual event for Miramar and Pines,” said Anyoli Font, the event chair of the Scavenger Hunt. Kiwanis is a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to serve their neighbors and children and create a positive impact one child at a time. The Miramar/Pembroke Pines chapter plans many service projects throughout the year and raises funds to provide college scholarships for local high school students. Recently, they hosted their annual Adopt-a-Turkey project over Thanksgiving, and also helped to pack care packages for sailors aboard the USS Leyte Gulf and the USS Bataan, the “adopted” ships of the Broward County Naval League. They are also dedicated to the next generation of leaders by sponsoring several service leadership programs in local schools, including Key Clubs at Flanagan, Everglades, and Miramar High Schools and a K-Kids Service Club at Pines Charter West Elementary.

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know your community? How about racing from spot to spot with your friends or colleagues hunting for clues in a firstof-its-kind local fundraiser? The Kiwanis Club of Miramar/Pembroke Pines will be hosting its first annual Scavenger Hunt in April and they are looking for teams and businesses ready to help with a great cause. The Kiwanis Scavenger Hunt will be held April 13 and will take place at locations and businesses around Miramar and Pembroke Pines. All of the proceeds will go towards the club’s participation in “Christmas in July” day, an annual Kiwanis event that benefits the homeless children of Broward County with a day of fun, entertainment, and a distribution of clothes, shoes and school supplies. The Kiwanis Club of Miramar/Pembroke Pines is looking for businesses interested in boosting foot traffic, as well as social media coverage from the event. During the Scavenger Hunt, businesses will serve as clue answers and teams would have to go to the location and tweet a photo of their visit with the #kiwanishunt tag to qualify for scavenger points. Teams of anywhere from 2-4 people will get a rule book and a list of clues at the start of the event. The idea will be to solve as many clues as possible before the finish time. “This is our first attempt at a

The Kiwanis Scavenger Hunt will be held April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the registration page at http://kiwanishunt2013. eventbrite.com or their website at kiwanismiramarpines.com. A $10 registration fee is payable the day of the event via cash, check, or credit card. You can also prepay on the website. They are also looking for sponsors that can donate prizes.

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“The number of seniors is continuing to expand and a lot of our seniors do not own a PC. Literacy with PC’s will give them the ability that will help them improve the quality of their health,” said Dr. Mary Howrey, the DeVry University Library Director who ran the workshop. Guests were invited to bring their mobile devices to access the online resources with help from volunteers from DeVry University South Florida and Chamberlain College of Nursing. There were also panel discussions on Healthy Aging and Caregiving, as well as an Expo with representatives from local social service organizations and companies serving seniors. Baptist Health and Memorial Healthcare System also offered blood pressure and body mass index screenings, and there was a Zumba Demonstration for those ready to get moving.

tablets and Smartphones, nearly three dozen Miramar seniors came ready to make themselves more computer-savvy when it comes to their health. The seniors turned out for the first of a series of workshops recently planned to help them navigate their way to better health online. The PC training workshop, ”Healthy Aging Resources on the Web” was held February 9 at the Miramar Branch Library to show seniors how to find quality health information so they can work better with their doctors. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Miramar Library. “There’s a lot of good information and I hope you get plenty out of it,” Judy Sullivan, the President of the Friends of the Miramar Library said Seniors had the opportunity to speak with representatives from close while welcoming the audience. to 15 organizations and companies that serve seniors. The opening workshop provided an overview of two free quality health information sites offered by the National Institutes of The next Healthy Aging Resources on the Web PC workshops will be held on March Health and the National Library of Medicine—MedlinePlus.gov and NIHSeniorHealth. 9 and March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library. Seniors and caregivers gov. Both sites provide a wealth of information, including directories of local health should register by calling the Miramar Branch Library Adult Services Department care providers, videos, and information on different medical conditions. Organizers at 954-357-8090. The library is located at 2050 Civic Center Place in Miramar. say the workshops provide a necessary bridge between seniors and new technology.

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including the Miramar Cup Adult Soccer Championship Tournament, the 3rd Annual Miramar Relays and Invitational Track Meets, the Miramar Optimist Track Invitational itting just off Miramar Boulevard, the 24-acre City of Miramar and Winter/Summer Ansin Sports Complex is well-known for its state-of-the-art track facility, but Sports Camps. In organizers are also making sure residents know about the bounty of other addition to the programs available at the complex. Recently, they hosted their first Family Exhibition track facility, there and Sports Day to show off what they have to offer. “We decided to put on something is also a football/socso that parents and their children could get a look at all of our classes and activities,” cer field, 3 outdoor said Shontee Rasool, the Site Supervisor at the Ansin Sports Complex. basketball courts, a The day-long event was held February 2 at the complex, which is located at 10801 netball court, cricket Miramar Blvd. Organizers brought in inflatables for the kids, as well as rides, games, and batting cages and a live demonstrations by playground. Inside some of contracted prothe complex is 9,000 grams offered at the comsquare feet of recreplex, including karate, ation space includnetball, cricket, baton ing a game room, twirling, basketball and computer room more. There were also and multi-purpose opportunities to check room. Rasool says out the many sports promuch of what they grams offered through Parents and kids warm-up with the Florida Super Stars Program have to offer is hard the Miramar Optimist to see from the roadway, and she invites parents who missed the Family Exhibition Club and Miramar PAL. and Sports Day to come inside for a look. “There are so many things going on here, so Kids had the chance to Martial Arts students demonstrate their moves this is a great way to get the word out,” said Rasool. participate in the demonstrations and even register for classes. Troy Anderson had fun trying his skill in the long For more information, please contact Ansin Sports Complex at 954-602-4990 or jump pit. “I might want to run track because I run fast,” said the Miramar 8-year old. visit them online at www.miramarsports.com. The Ansin Sports Complex opened in 2009 and hosts a number of annual events,

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n a room inside Miramar’s newest park, a small group of competi-

tors sat quietly, patiently studying the chess boards in front of them. While trying to win their rounds, the players, six in all, were also the first to take part in a brand new event in South Broward. The City of Miramar, in conjunction with the Alphachess Academy Youth Chess Club, held its First Annual Chess Tournament at Vizcaya Park.”The park managers wanted to see what kind of interest there is in the community for chess,” said Gildardo Garcia, an International Chess Grand Master who is also a Tournament Director for U.S. Chess Federation. “So I was happy to come help organize this.” The free, recreational tournament was held February 2 at the park, which is located at 14200 SW 55 Street. Open to the public, competitors were asked to bring their own chess boards. The players participated in a round-robin tournament, where everyone took part in five games which were not timed. Rather than all-out competition, the main focus of the tournament was to let the players test their skills against other chess enthusiasts. Each competitor left with a certificate of participation and good sportsmanship. Garcia says the event provided a badly-needed venue in Southwest Broward for chess lovers. “I know when people learn about the idea, more will want to join us,” said Garcia, who added that more tournaments may be added if there is enough demand. One of the world’s most popular games, Garcia is also trying to introduce chess to younger generations. He runs a chess club every Sunday at Vizcaya Park for youngsters of all skill levels. up to age18. He says in addition to being fun, the sport also provides other benefits. “Chess is a sport of the mind. Kids who become involved in chess do very well with reading and math and most of the school subjects,” he said. If you’ve got a child interested in joining the chess club, call 954-822-7533. Vizcaya Park is located at 14200 SW 55 Street.

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The 9th Annual A Sip of Wine, A Taste of Heaven will be held March 16 at Miramar Town Center. A crowd of close to 1,500 people is expected to mingle while enjoying food prepared by the chefs from more than two dozen local restaurants, as well as drink supplied by Premier Beverages. There will also be live entertainment, including music from the jazz band “Brass Evolution”, and a silent auction. Art and jewelry will also be available for purchase. This year’s lead sponsor is Memorial Hospital Miramar. The event is open to the community and Goltz is encouraging members and non-members alike to join them. “It’s going to be an enjoyable evening, at a great price,” said Goltz. The food and wine tasting began nine years ago as a fundraiser and networking event for the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce and has grown every year. “We do because it is good for our members and we get to showcase a lot of great restaurants,” said Goltz. New this year, the Chamber will also be offering a coupon book including offers from 30 restaurants from Miramar, Pembroke Pines and surrounding areas. The proceeds will be used to raise money for their scholarship fund. Created in 1969, the Chamber is committed to providing a variety of venues to assist the business owners of our region to become better businesses by becoming better business leaders. The 9th Annual A Sip of Wine, A Taste of Heaven is open to community.  It will be held Saturday, March 16 at Miramar Town Center, located at 2300 Civic Center Place in Miramar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 per person. For more information, visit the chamber online at http://www.miramarpembrokepines.org/

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Birthday Party is a “Sweet” Success for Teen Battling Illness By Julie Levin

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President of Brand Advancement and Chapter Operations for Make-A-Wish. lyssa Riley says she had only Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida one reaction when she took the first has granted more than 8,500 wishes to children steps into a Sweet 16 birthday party who have life-threatening medical conditions. thrown in her honor recently. “My jaw dropped,” According to the chapter, they grant a wish every said the 16-year old from Miramar. “I was really 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, and surprised.” It’s little wonder why. Alyssa’s party is committed to making a dream come true for was as sweet as it could possibly be, thanks to every medically-eligible child in its territory. the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Chapter. They complete their mission without federal or In honor of her birthday, the group granted state funding, raising money instead through Alyssa’s wish for a “Sweet 16” by creating her a corporate sponsorships, special events, foundalife-sized version of ‘Candy Land’. “It was so tion grants, and individual contributions. Kelly much fun,” said the Pembroke Pines Charter said while the staff had created Sweet 16 parties School tenth grader. before, they had never done one with such a Riley, who battles sickle cell anemia, was off sweet finish. “It gives our staff a chance to be on her candy-coated adventure February 2nd. really creative, and they were,” Kelly said. Her wish began with a chauffeur-driven limouRiley was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia sine ride to the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in three years ago. It has meant serious changes in Weston, where close to 100 family and friends her life. There are frequent trips to the doctors, packed a room complete with a Pucker Powder Birthday Girl Alyssa Riley at her Sweet 16 Party blood tests and she can no longer hang out in machine, a stocked candy bar, and a customthe sun as much as she’d like and play football, made cake. It was every inch a dream come a favorite hobby. That’s why the Sweet 16 meant so much to her family and friends. true for Riley, who had never had a birthday party close to that before. Her ‘Candy “She had a ball and everyone enjoyed themselves,” said father Leighton Riley. “That’s Land’ wish come true let her celebrate like never before with family and friends. “It what it is important.” gives her a chance to just be a 16-year old girl for a today,” said Richard Kelly. the Vice

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They are ranked in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. of specialized listing agents and buyer specialists. “We are thrilled to have Patrick and consistently closes over $16 million in sales every year. Sue Aviles recently hired the Simmsational Real Estate his team here at Keller Williams,” said Natascha Tello, “As a team, our goal is not only to meet our customers’ Group to list her home in Miramar. “Patrick and his Broker and Operating Partner for Keller Williams Realty expectations, but to exceed them,” said Patrick. “As a team were extremely professional and knowledgeable,” Partners SW. “Patrick is a bona fide real estate superstar. trusted real estate partner, we help customers find the said Sue. “They understood my needs and were quick to He understands property values, positioning, and what it best home in the area within their price range. Together, resolve any issues. This is the sixth time that I have listed takes to get a home sold in today’s market. His customers, we sell their home for as much as the market will bear a house and it was the best experience I have ever had. as well as real estate agents, are consistently impressed and as quickly as possible.” I give them an A+. I would never use another realtor to by his professionalism and high standards.” The Simmsational Team partners with attorneys and buy or sell a home.” A single father of a twelve-year-old daughter Ariana, mortgage professionals to make the process as smooth Patrick says that he is grateful to the residents of Patrick (known by many as “OneCoolRealtor”) was as possible. They also personalize marketing programs Miramar and Pembroke Pines for their continued support born in Kingston, Jamaica and has been a South Florida to fit the individual needs of each seller. “It is a great throughout the last decade that the Simmsational Real resident since 1973. After earning a Master of Business time to buy, since home prices and mortgage rates are Estate Group was established to ultimately serve the resiAdministration Degree in Finance, he acquired his Real still affordable,” said Patrick. “It is also a great time to dents of Southwest Broward County. “As a consequence Estate License in 2001. He quickly became a graduate of sell, because there is a shortage of inventory of homes of Southwest Broward’s unremitting confidence in our the Realtor Institute, earning a GRI designation (along for sale and a surplus of buyers.” professionalism and knowledge of the real estate market, with only 9% of all Realtors). He is an Accredited Buyer Patrick’s team also specializes in “short sales.” They we respectfully continue to achieve remarkable results Representative, Certified Residential Specialist (along assist distressed homeowners with other alternatives beyond expectations,” said Patrick. “As the Team Leader/ with only 4% of all Realtors worldwide) and Certified to foreclosure. Realizing that this can be a difficult and Managing Director, I am surrounded by a core group of Distressed Property Expert. Patrick also serves on confusing time for distressed sellers, they go above and knowledgeable and experienced real estate professionals. the Executive Board of Directors of the South Florida beyond to help those who are in dire need of assistance. This is an achievement that started as a “dream” just a Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Sellers who are struggling with payments and fear losing little over 10 years ago. With continued assurance in Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Additionally, he also their homes to foreclosure are welcomed to call for a private our ability to fully accomplish your real estate goals, we serves as the head of the training and education comconsultation. Patrick also keeps the public informed by look forward to serving the residents of Miramar and mittee for Keller Williams Realty in Pembroke Pines, writing blogs and editorials in local magazines. Pembroke Pines for the future years to come.” an office consisting of over 200 real estate professionals. Most of Patrick’s business is generated from repeat Patrick Simm and the Simmsational Real Estate Group customers and referrals. “We treat our clients like family Keller Williams is located at 2000 NW 150th Ave., have become one of South Florida’s most prominent and and take excellent care of them,” said Patrick. “We trust in Pembroke Pines. 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ust like a lot of concerts, there was a stage, bright lights and

an anxious audience crowding the stage ready for the music to start. The fact that the band performing was made up of elementary school students didn’t take away from any of it. “I’ll play with them anywhere. They are that good. It’s a real rock band,” said Matthew Goldberg, the Music Teacher at Silver Shores Elementary School in Miramar. Goldberg, a Cooper City native, plays in his own band known as “Stirling Road.” When the staff and students at Silver Shores Elementary found out about his music four years ago, a push began to bring the same to the school. “When they found out I had a rock band, a lot of the kids wanted to their own band instead of doing regular chorus. I thought it would be cool to start their own band, and sure enough we did,” said Goldberg. The band made its first public appearance this year, with a performance January 26 at the Pembroke Gardens Fountain Plaza. Calling themselves “The Silver Eagles”, the more than 50 students in the band sing, play drums, keyboards, Singers Miranda Urbina, 9, and Olivia Ruiz, 10, before the show percussion and guitar. For close to an hour, they rocked hits by Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, Taio Cruz, Drake Bell, KISS, Miley Cyrus and Journey to an appreciative crowd of parents, friends and on-lookers. “I love it because I can just express how I feel through music,” said Elliana Bolanos, a 10-year old fifth grader who is one of the lead singers. To be a part of Mr. Goldberg’s Rock School, the students rehearse MondayThursday for 45 minutes before school starts. The students come to the band with some previous music experience and have to audition for roles. “It shows a lot of dedication on their end,” said Goldberg, who adds his skill with the guitar to the band. They have done benefits throughout The Silver Eagles Rock Pembroke Gardens the years, and are hoping with “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi to help raise money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy this year as well. “I like to show them we can do good through music and raise money for things that are important,” Goldberg said. While the students appreciate they are helping out, they also love the idea of being in a real rock band. “I love to sing, and I want to try out for the X-Factor one day, so this is good experience,” said fourth grader Olivia Ruiz. “It’s actually really cool and I love to learn about music,” added fourth grader Miranda Urbina. Music Teacher Matthew Goldberg warms up the crowd.

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Chef Demonstrates New Ideas For Garden-Fresh Treats By Julie Levin

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crunching on a celery stick. A local chef recently visited the Farmers’ Market at Memorial Hospital Miramar to prove that eating healthy can also mean eating well. “I want people to see that they can grow their own beautiful produce and create some amazingly healthy dishes,” said Chef Trina Spillman with The Need to Feed, Inc.

Chef Trina Spillman demonstrates her hot pepper relish

Spillman came to the Farmers’ Market, along with master gardener husband Keith Spillman, on February 3 for an event sponsored by the Miramar Community Garden. Her mission was to show residents how to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into great meals. On her demonstration menu; preserving and creating jellies, jams and butters. More than three dozen people turned out to watch Spillman create strawberry jam, an apple butter and a hot pepper relish. “It’s basically red and green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sugar and apple cider vinegar,” said Spillman, who also offered tastes of the relish to hungry guests. The visit, and a demonstration at the Miramar Community Garden later in the month, was part of the City of Miramar’s initiative to celebrate local foods and healthy eating. It’s an effort Spillman has been a part of for many years. The Need to Feed, Inc. was originally created to grow fresh produce for the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Evansville, Indiana. When the founders relocated to Florida, spurred on by statistics that Spillman says showed 35% of families with children do not have enough food, they restarted the Need to Feed. They planted their first community garden in Pompano Beach in 2011, and now maintain a second one in Deerfield Beach. The initiative harvests fresh fruit and vegetables to supplement food pantries in Broward County with fresh produce. Through their Wok-n-Roll Cafe, the duo brings the produce to cooking demonstrations at the local food pantries to help promote healthy, budget-friendly meals. Last year alone, Spillman said the effort produced 4,000 meals.  For more information on The Need to Feed, Inc., visit their website at www.needtofeedinc.org. For more information about the Miramar Community Garden, call 954-602-3270 or visit the online calendar at http://www.ci.miramar.fl.us/green/ garden/calendar.html. The Farmers’ Market at Memorial Hospital Miramar is held every Sunday and is located at 1901 SW 172 Avenue in Miramar. www.miramartowntimes.com | To Advertise in Miramar Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007 | March 2013

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“There are only 27 childcare centers in the State of Florida with this endorsement and the City of Miramar Early Childhood Program represents five out of those 27. In fact, nationwide there are only 683 childcare providers who have earned this endorsement,” said Karen Lewis, the City’s Early Childhood Superintendent. Eco-Healthy Child Care is a national program that ensures child care settings are as healthy, safe and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxics. Their eco-healthy certification requires that schools or organizations meet 24 out of the 30 items on their “go green” list. Among the items; non- toxic techniques for dealing with pest control, superior air quality, use of biodegradable / non-toxic products, using bleach as a cleaning agent, using low VOC paints, as well as chemical free furniture and carpets. Though not immediately visible to parents and visitors, Lewis says the result is making sure that the products they use are chemical and toxic free, which leads to better air quality, and ultimately better health for both the children and staff. Among the steps they take, choosing their plastics carefully, watching what and how they microwave, and using art supplies that are toxin and fragrance free. They also recycle what they do not reuse. It is the second year the City has applied for and received the recognition. Lewis says it is an effort provided not just by the childcare staff, but also by the many City departments they work with to keep the programs environmentally healthy. She credits the change with starting with the City’s administration, Mayor and Commissioners and said the Social Services and Public Works Departments also play key roles. “The continuing dedication shown by the Early Childhood staff for the well-being of the children in our care continues to impress me, as it takes the effort and support of everyone working together to establish, meet and maintain the standards set for an Eco Healthy Child Care Center,” she said. The City’s Early Childhood Programs are located at the Vicki Coceano Youth, Center, Miramar Civic Center, Sunset Lakes and Silver Shores. For more information on the program, visit http://ecohealthychildcare.org/

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Current Challenges in Today’s Market By Patrick Simm

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sell a home in today’s rapidly evolving real estate market is, in theory, pretty simple. In actuality, it is not so easy. For at least the last 18 months, and more importantly within the past year, the inventory of homes for sale has been in short supply, leading to multiple offers from an abundance of buyers on homes priced even somewhat realistically in today’s market. Yes, even homes that are overpriced are attracting offers from eager buyers. How times have changed! A few years back, sellers were at the mercy of buyers, having to offer concessions in different forms in order to lure buyers. With the present state of the market, buyers are realizing that they have to forego asking for sellers to pay for all or part of their closing cost in order to get an offer accepted. This places severe pressure on the cross-section of the buyers that are qualified for FHA financing (requiring a minimal down payment of 3 ½ percent). They can only afford the minimal down payment required and are in need of closing cost assistance in order to accomplish the “American Dream”. These buyers are left with no other option but to take time to save more money in order to eliminate these challenges. They often end up getting “priced out” of the market when you take into the consideration the time it takes to save the additional funds versus the current rate of real estate property appreciation. Heartbreaking, although in reality it’s the simple truth.

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▸▸ Young children may constantly prefer to be carried by a parent or be put in a stroller due to fatigue in their legs. ▸▸ Leg pain, especially at night. ▸▸ Premature fatigue with activity, especially in young children or teenagers. ▸▸ Inner leg, ankle and foot pain with activity. ▸▸ Occasionally associated with inner knee pain and lower back pain.

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▸▸ Lowering or complete collapse of the arch. ▸▸ Front part of the foot is turned out relative to the back part of the foot and the arch bulges towards the inside of the ankle. ▸▸ Knock-Knees. ▸▸ The feet, ankles, and legs just do not appear right upon examination when the patient is standing. ▸▸ A child that is overweight and lacks athletic ability. ▸▸ General inactivity or avoidance of activity in children. ▸▸ Abnormal shoe wear. ▸▸ The child or teenager does not run correctly.

TREATMENT At present, we are experiencing double digit appreciation in most areas of Southwest Broward County. How long can this appreciation continue? Realizing that historically the average annual home appreciation is somewhere between 3% and 4%, are we headed for another bubble? Only time will tell. For now, buyers targeting South Florida still find the home prices attractive enough. Property appraisals returning below the agreed upon selling price is another challenge that buyers and sellers are currently experiencing. Banks base their loan on appraisal values. The most recent trend is that Sellers are requesting buyers to pay the difference of the shortage of the amount whenever this occurs. Why would someone pay more for a property than it is actually worth? In most cases, if the difference in appraisal and the actual sales price is a small percentage, it’s worth paying the spread now instead of waiting to find another property. In today’s market, with a shortage of inventory, by the time a buyer finds another comparable property, I dare to say that property will be more than the difference the buyer is faced with paying now. What is the next challenge? With the state of the rapidly changing market at this time…….stay tuned. Patrick Simm, Managing Director of the Simmsational Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty Partners SW, can be contacted at 954-709-8258 for all your Real Estate related questions and/or inquiries. Visit www.PatrickSimm.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/OneCoolRealtor

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Unlike a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, under a Chapter 13 a debtor restructures his/her debts. A Chapter 13 debtor has the ability to repay over a period of 3-5 years, all mortgage arrearages, late fees and escrow shortages. All credit card and other unsecured debt can usually be negotiated down to about one percent (1%) of the amount owed, and you may even be eligible to reduce student loan payments, wipe out IRS debt, and even reduce your car payments. However, the most beneficial part of a Chapter 13 plan is the ability to remove all second mortgages, lines of credit and other liens (including homeowners’ association liens) from your principal residence. You may also be able to significantly reduce principal balances on investment properties, and pay off those properties in as little as just three years. In order to wipe out a second mortgage from your home, the amount owed for the first mortgage must exceed the market value of that home. As it relates to a debtor’s investment properties, under a Chapter 13 plan you are able to wipe out any second mortgages or credit lines, and even reduce the principal balance of the first mortgage on each property down to the property’s market value, payable at a low fixed interest rate, and under one affordable monthly payment. Once a debtor submits a Chapter 13 plan and stays current on plan payments, the lender cannot proceed with a foreclosure of any properties listed in the plan. If you owe more on your first mortgage than the home is worth and have a second mortgage, line of credit or other liens on that property, then you are a perfect candidate to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you also have any investment properties which are upside down in value, and would like to keep them because they are generating rental income, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the ideal solution to resolve your mortgage crisis instead of wasting countless hours attempting to modify your loans directly with lenders. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a 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 FREE copy during the appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our legal team. Contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-437-9066 to schedule your free consultation. Visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information about the Firm, our staff and credentials, detailed articles, informative videos, and even to make your appointment online.

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Tres Grandes Errores Que Cometen Los Dueños De Casa Con Deudas a Las Asociaciones de Propietarios Muchos dueños de casa que han caído en atraso con su Hipoteca deciden dejar de pagar las Asociaciones. Si un propietario quiere salvar su casa, dejar de pagar la Asociación es quizás el peor de los errores que puede cometer. Si este es el caso, el propietario puede verse muy pronto en la defensa de dos procesos de Foreclosures diferentes. Los 3 errores más comunes son: “....Es que solo la compañía de hipotecas puede hacer Foreclosure......” “.....Es que una Asociación no puede hacer Foreclosure en una propiedad Sin Equity...” “.... No necesito abogado para Defender un Foreclosure de una Asociación.....” Las leyes del Estado de Florida permiten que una Asociación de Propietarios proceda en la reposesión de una propiedad por: Cargos no Pagados, Construcciones Especiales no pagadas o cualquier otra deuda del propietario con la Asociación. Usualmente hay pocas defensas contra esta acción y el Foreclosure es completado en menos de 6 meses. Una Asociación de propietarios procederá con un Foreclosure aunque la propiedad no tenga Equity ya que solo necesitan recuperar cantidades usualmente menores de $15.000, y esa suma es fácilmente recobrable a través de la renta de la casa. Por último, en cualquier acción de Foreclosure existen un numero de Defensas que solo serán efectivas si son desarrolladas por una Firma de Abogados con conocimiento y experiencia en esos casos. Ejemplo; la estructuración de un acuerdo de pagos que sea alcanzable por el cliente, o protección por Bancarrota. En pocas palabras, si ha caído en retraso en los pagos a su Asociación no dude en llamar hoy mismo a Arcia Law Firm y agendar una cita gratuita de análisis y evaluación de su caso y establecer una estrategia efectiva para solucionarlo. Una explicación más detallada de todas las opciones disponibles y al alcance de propietarios en Foreclosure o en peligro de caer en Foreclosure y/o considerando Bancarrota está incluida en el DVD instruccional desarrollado por Arcia Law Firm titulado: “Lucha Por Lo Tuyo”. Si Ud. menciona que escuchó de este DVD a través de esta revista Ud. recibirá una copia GRATIS en su cita con nuestro calificado equipo. Arcia Law Firm tiene el privilegio de representar a cientos de propietarios en nuestra comunidad en casos de Fraude Hipotecario, Defensa de Foreclosure y Bancarrota. Si Ud. tiene problemas para hacer sus pagos, acaba de recibir el Foreclosure Summons, o simplemente está en medio de un proceso frustrante de Modificación contacte hoy mismo a Arcia Law Firm al 1-855882-7242 o al 954-437-9066 para agendar una consulta gratuita, o visite www.arcialawfirm.com para más información. www.miramartowntimes.com | To Advertise in Miramar Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007 | March 2013

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It’s Their Business

Summer Fun Starts With Camp Sagemont By Stacey Bomser

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spectacular summer experiences for longer than its campers have been alive. Now celebrating its 17th season, Camp Sagemont continues to evolve to provide new and exciting experiences for its campers. From tiny tots to teens, there is truly something for everyone this summer.

JoAnn Laskin, Executive Director for Camp Sagemont, has been actively involved with the camp since it first opened in 1997. She has seen and helped it grow from a traditional day camp to offering a selection of specialty camp programs from sports to science to the stage. Laskin shares her thoughts on what makes Camp Sagemont so special and what’s in store for campers this Art campers “loved” the exhibit during a field trip to summer. the Young At Art Museum.

run by The Swim Academy. All of our campers, whether in traditional day camp or one of our specialty camps, enjoy building lasting friendships and memories while trying new activities and developing new interests.

great opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours and learn a host of valuable leadership skills. Many of the LIT’s want to apply to become camp counselors with Camp Sagemont when they are old enough.

How and why do you always incorporate field trips into your camp programs? Camp Sagemont campers are on the go! Some of the programs are based specifically around field trips and exploration and other camps have field trips

Some students need academic support over the summer.What is offered in the Summer School program? We are very proud of our academic Summer School program because these are hard to find in Broward County. We cater to students who want to get enrichment or remediation to help bridge the learning gap that can occur for students over the summer.  Some students attend just summer school and others choose to participate in a summer school and day c a m p com biCamp Sagemont’s youngest campers always enjoy nation. In addition, showing their team spirit during Color Wars. we offer an English Learning camp for students who are just being introduced to the English language.

Why did Camp Sagemont expand from a traditional day camp program to providing so many specialty camps? We found that our campers have so many diverse interests that we wanted to create a variety of options for them to grow and expand into. There is something offered for everyone from preschool through 8th grade. In addition, our camp programs are geared towards active involvement while having fun! What’s new and exciting this summer? This summer, in addition to our traditional day camp and popular adventure camp, art camp, science camp, sports camp and travel camp, we will be offering zoo camp, voice/performance camp, marine camp and cheer camp. The campers in each camp will benefit from a hands-on approach through the exposure of field trips, presenters and performances.  How does Camp Sagemont come up with these original programs? We have many brainstorming sessions, we listen to family survey comments and we look at popular trends. What are some of the things children can look forward to this summer at Camp Sagemont? Each week has a specific theme which we don’t announce until camp begins. We always introduce new special events to go along with our themes. The campers love our on campus pool

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Adventure campers enjoy getting wet while exploring many water sports and water opportunities in South Florida.

once a week to locations that tie into the programs’ activities. Our campers visit places like the Morakami Museum, the Venetian Pools, Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Biscayne Nature Center, airboat rides, water parks, and Marlins games. What credentials do your lead counselors/ instructors have? The specialty camp instructors attend universities or are graduates and have majored in the field such as marine biology or zoology. Our cheer instructor currently coaches cheerleading for her school as well as the Sagemont School cheerleaders.  Camp Sagemont is for students through middle school.Do you offer a program for high school students? Our Leader In Training program is a

Do you offer a bus service? Due to expressed interest from parents, we are offering a limited bus service this summer for the first time serving the areas of Miramar to Plantation. The service will be based on demand and parents can call the camp for details. Anything else you would like readers to know about Camp Sagemont? Our campers have come to know and love their summers with us. We are always changing things up and adding new experiences. We are very excited about introducing more new programs geared to appeal to middle schoolers. We want the campers and their parents to know that our daily activities, adventures and travels provide a great opportunity for building friendships plus exploring South Florida’s attractions in an easy, safe and affordable environment.  

Camp Sagemont begins the week of June 10th and runs through August 9th. Camp hours are 9am to 3:30pm, with early care and after care available. All programs are held on Sagemont’s Lower School Campus in Weston. To learn more about Camp Sagemont visit www.campsagemont.com or call (954) 384-1894.

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Join us for nine weeks of summer fun from June 10-August 9! Camp Sagemont offers something special for all campers preschool age through 8th grade! Visit www.campsagemont.com for all the details. Travel Camp

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(2nd - 8th grade) Play basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball & more. Field trips twice per week.

(4th - 8th grade) Visit local recreational and educational hot spots 2-3 days a week. Enjoy camp activities the other times. (3rd - 8th grade) Explore timely science topics and have fun performing wacky experiments.

(3rd - 8th grade) For artists of all types - try out watercolor, ceramics, jewelry making and more... (5th - 8th grade) Participate in adventurous field trips and team building activities.

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Our camp is conveniently located in the heart of Weston and just minutes from I-75, I-595 and the Sawgrass Expressway.

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seen on scene Growing Green Field Trip

Members of the Miramar Community Garden went on a field trip to Palm Beach County recently to the Growing Green Communities Preserving Food Traditions Conference, held at Pine Jog Elementary and sponsored the Slow Food Glades to Coast and FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. Left: (l-r) Jessica McLeary, Certified Master Food Preserver, Marisol Lara, Maria Lara listen to Laurie Mecca, Hydroponic Garden Manager at Pine Jog4 Top right: (l-r) Miramar Community Garden Members Maria and Marisol Lara learn about dehydration from Susan Lerner. Bottom right: (l-r) Members enjoying an organic lunch prepared by Chefs from The Green Gourmet and The Breakers; Elsi Rose,Virginia Newton Lewis, Jessica McLeary, Arthur Rose, John Forti, Scott Lewis, Scott Halderman, Noel Ramos, and Maria Lara.

Health Matters

(l-r) Fazeela Manood, Tracey Candelora, Sheila Bush of Memorial Hospital West smile for the camera while offering stroke prevention information during the recent Healthy Aging Resources Expo at the Miramar Branch Library. Dr. Mary Howrey, the DeVry University Library Director gets the workshop started

A Day in the Park

Shontee Rasool, Site Supervisor of the Ansin Sports Complex and Yolanda Williams with Miramar Optimist Track Club enjoy the recent Sports and Exhibition Day.

Arabian Roses Perform

The Arabian Roses Belly Dancing group, led by teacher Yesenia Lauzurique, performed recently at the Farmers Market at Memorial Hospital Miramar.

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