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very year we welcome spring as a sign of renewal and progress. After this winter’s prolonged cold-weather period we can finally enjoy the pleasant temperatures and sunshine that South Florida is famous for. While we watch the news reports of the last snow and ice storms ravaging our northern states, we welcome our visitors from those colder climates. And we realize just HOW LUCKY WE ARE ! Of course not everything is perfect with the economy still in dire need of rebuilding and with the occasional hurricane visiting us, but in the overall scheme of things FLORIDA is the place we choose to live. And rightly so. Where else can you see alligators in their natural habitat and Mickey & Co. in their not-so-natural habitat – all in the same day ? Where else can you get a sunburn at the beach during the day and endless entertainment during the night ? Where else can you go flats fishing on a secluded sandbar and go cruising the intracoastal dining scene - all on the same boat trip ? Only in Florida ! On this happy note, let’s enjoy all that Florida has to offer and let’s have some FUN. Sincerely,

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16th Tribute to the King – The Davie Cooper City Rotary and Prestige Clubs are hosting the 2nd Annual Black Stallion Literacy Fundraiser featuring Chris MacDonald, who will present a Tribute to Elvis Presley. It will be held at Susan B. Katz Theatre - River of Grass ArksPark, 17195 Sheridan St., in Pembroke Pines. Tickets are $25 per person. For information, contact Russ Hopkins at 954-961-4450.

5th Cooper City Community Garage Sale – Over 65 residents will be selling their closet treasures at great prices at the Cooper City Community Garage sale, 7 a.m. to noon, at the Cooper City Sports Complex. For information, visit Sex and the Animals – Zoo Miami’s Zoological Ambassador and Director Ron Magill will be the guest speaker at a special program at Temple Beth Emet, 4807 S. Flamingo Rd., in Cooper City. Magill will present Sex and the Animals, a fun program on the mating rituals of some of the world’s most fascinating exotic animals. The adults-only program includes slides and begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include a dessert buffet. For information, call 954-680-1882. A New Home for Annie – Thirty special needs actors and actresses will sing and dance on stage during A New Home for Annie, the Exceptional Theater Company’s own rendition of Little Orphan Annie. It is all part of the ETC’s Annual Benefit Dinner Show and Silent Auction. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., in the Archbishop McCarthy High School’s Auditorium, 5451 South Flamingo Rd. For information, call 954-729-3555, send an email to or visit

6th Race to Nowhere – The film Race to Nowhere, about the pressure-packed lives of today’s students, has led to community discussions. The next meeting will examine how involved parents should really be with their children’s homework. It will be at 11 a.m., at Davie’s David Posnack JCC, 5850 Pine Island Rd. For more information, contact 954-680-5808 or send an email to

11th Community Book Swap – Parents and children can exchange tickets for books at the Cooper City Community Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Special kids only time at 5:30 p.m. Receive tickets by dropping off slightly used books in good condition from March 7 to Oct. 10 at either the Cooper City Community Center or Pool & Tennis Center.


17th St. Patrick’s Day A ticket will be issued for each donated book. Audio books, Adult Luncheon DVD movies, complete board games and puzzles also – Wear your green and celebrate St. accepted. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233. Patrick’s Day with lunch and music, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cooper City Community Center. Cost is $3, plus a side dish or dessert. By reservation only. For information and reservations, call 954-434-4300, ext. 255.


26th Operation Medicine Cabinet – The Broward Sheriff’s Office and United Way Commission on Substance Abuse presents Operation Medicine Cabinet, a prescription drug take back program, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Community Room at the Cooper City District BSO, 10580 Stirling Rd., in Cooper City. Bring unused, unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal. Come early and receive a $5 Walmart or CVS gift card while supplies last. For information, visit

13th Jim Richardson 5K Run & 1 or 2 Mile Family Fitness Run/Walk – More than 400 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the event, which starts and ends at the Cooper City Sports Complex, 10500 Stirling Rd. It includes a 5K and 2-mile Fitness Walk within the Embassy Lakes community, as well as a one-mile Run/Walk and complimentary Toddler Trot in the Sports Complex. Start times include: 5K Run at 7:30 a.m., 2 Mile Fitness at 7:35 a.m., 1 Mile Fitness at 8:15 a.m., and toddler trot at 8:30 a.m. For information, visit www.; call 954-434-4300, ext. 259 or send an email to

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Waterway Clean-Up – The Town of Davie and the Central Broward Water Control District welcomes you to participate in the 15th Annual Waterway Clean-up, a public awareness campaign to keep our waterways clean. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., along the C-11 Canal, between State Road 7 and Flamingo Road, in Davie. Participants will receive community service credit for time spent cleaning, as well as a free hat or t-shirt and a ticket to attend the “Trash Splash” pool party. For information, call 954-797-1000 or visit Camp Lingua Open House – Enjoy face painting, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family as you learn more about the Full Immersion Summer Camp. Programs are available in English, Spanish, French and other languages. Campers will enjoy fun enriching activities in their language of study reinforced by classes in culture, arts & crafts, performing arts, international cuisine, field trips, sports and more. The Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montessori Institute of Broward at 12425 Orange Drive in Davie. To learn more visit www., contact camplingua@linguaschool. com or call 954-577-9955.




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Green Thumb Gardening Everything’s Blooming in the Garden Center By Jim Dezell


here’s no better time to visit your local garden center than early March, the beginning of spring in South Florida. Deep blue skies contrast with healthy green foliage and a wide array of colorful flowers. With the cold fronts definitely behind us and the summer heat still many months ahead, it’s also the most comfortable time of the year to work in the garden. You will also have ample time to enjoy the most colorful flowering plants the annuals! There are eight great annuals that will provide nonstop bloom through June. They are petunias, zinnia, alyssum, marigolds, lobelia, snapdragons, pansies and violas. They can be either planted directly into the ground or used in a container garden (try 5 - 7 different varieties of differing color, leaf texture and height). And for 99 cents each, you get a huge bang for your buck! Here’s all you need to know to be successful with them: ▸▸ Soil - If planting into the ground, you should blend at least a 50/50 mix of Miracle Gro garden soil with your existing soil. For container gardens, use Fafard potting soil. ▸▸ Food - Osmocote time release granules should be applied immediately upon

planting and 2 months later. Sun - These annuals thrive in full sun, but will still flower nicely in partial shade. Avoid deep shade. ▸▸ Watering - Water daily for ten days to get the roots established and then 2-3 times per week thereafter, depending on heat and wind. ▸▸ Pruning - It’s advantageous to lightly prune some annuals during their 3rd month to maintain fullness and promote continued flowering. Marigolds should be dead headed. I encourage you to visit with Jodi, our annual buyer and very friendly associate, to learn more about these flowers. The nursery also hosts weekend seminars at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday on a wide variety of topics to assist you in becoming the best gardener on your block! Now, let’s celebrate spring in the tropics! ▸▸

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community news Sunshine Ranches Super Bowl Party Raises Thousands By Debby Teich

to take back ground that the enemy has tried to steal,” ore than 100 people of all ages, as said Loretta Weiner. “So many good people coming well as several local celebrities, gathered together for a common goal is a very powerful thing. at Loretta and Larry Weiner’s Sunshine We were already having a party so why not use this Ranches estate home for their 11th annual Super event to raise funds to help families like the Maugees.” Bowl party. They watched the game on a 109” screen, For the Maugee family, their lives changed when the feasted on a 90 lb. roasted pig and enjoyed trays of fried twins entered third grade. Isabel was taken to a neurolochicken, sides and desserts. Once again, the party gist because she began to have difficulty walking and was much more than just an opportunity to enjoy a was falling often. She was also getting tired at school and football game. It was a chance to help raise funds and taking longer to finish school work because of fatigue awareness for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a debilitating, in her hands. The neurologist recommended a genetic life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder blood test which showed she had FA. Christian has also that has disrupted a local family. been diagnosed with FA however, shows no signs of the This is the second year that the Weiners turned their disorder. Unfortunately, like many diseases, there is annual Super Bowl party into a fundraiser to benefit Loretta and Larry Weiner turned their Super Bowl party into a fundraiser for twins no cure yet and the disorder affects 1 in 50,000 people. and Christian Maugee, who were diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia. (l to others in the community who need help. Last year, Isabel The party raised approximately $25,000 for FARA. r) Back: Larry Weiner, Isaac Weiner, Loretta Weiner, Jake Weiner, Eric Maugee, they asked guests to donate money to the Children’s Stephane Maugee and Caroline Maugee. Front: Isabel and Christian Maugee. Many guests gave more than the suggested $25 per person Organ Transplant Association (COTA) instead of entrance fee. Several activities at the party also helped bringing the traditional dish to share. The party raised more than $5,000 for COTA, raise additional funds. There were free raffles during commercials for a variety of Steelers in honor of Joshua Pelling. The Sunshine Ranches toddler had recently received a lifeand Packers items. There was also a silent auction which included a signed Dan Marino saving bone marrow transplant and his family was struggling to pay the medical bills. ball (which sold for $800), a signed and cased Stephenson ball, Al Harris memorabilia, This year, they asked guests to donate $25 to FARA, a non-profit organization and an official Super Bowl program. In addition, a sports memorabilia dealer displayed founded in 1998 by parents wanting to make a difference in FA. The donations were his wares on the grand dining room table and ten percent of the proceeds went to FARA. made in honor of Isabel and Christian Maugee, 11-year-old Ft. Lauderdale twins who were diagnosed with this disease several years ago. “I see every party as an opportunity For information, visit or call 484-875-3015.


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COMMUNITY NEWS St. Bonaventure is Helping the Community Get Back on Track By Debby Teich

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very day, the 8,500 residents of Southwest Ranches have an opportunity to enjoy the town’s beautiful parks and rural landscape. In fact, Southwest Ranches has almost as many trees as residents. According to Parks and Recreation Coordinator and Town Arborist December Lauretano-Haines, the Town has planted and maintains over 6,300 trees on rights of way and public property. That does not even account for the trees that are planted on private property or grow on their own. Southwest Ranches recently achieved national recognition by earning the 2010 Tree City USA Growth Award for its Community Forestry Program from the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. “Trees make a world of difference in our communities,” said National Arbor Day Foundation President John Rosenow. “An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement… The Tree City USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement.” This is the fourth year that Southwest Ranches has earned the title of Tree City USA, by meeting all of the required criteria for environmental improvement. The Town received the award in the area of Planning and Management by developing open space with major tree planting; conducting a baseline inventory and analysis of all street and/or park trees in the Town; and protecting and enhancing Wildlife Habitat. For a Municipality to earn the distinguished Tree City USA Growth Award, it must have spent at least as much on its community forestry program in the current year as it did in the past year; complete enough activities to earn 10 points and it must be a recognized Tree City USA community for at least two consecutive years. The Town of Southwest Ranches first earned its Tree City USA designation in 2007 and has maintained it since. In order to keep its status, it has a citizen tree board to develop and improve tree management practices, observes Arbor Day through a

Southwest Ranches recently achieved national recognition by earning the 2010 Tree City USA Growth Award for its Community Forestry Program.

formal proclamation and a public event, has a community tree ordinance, and budgets a minimum of two dollars per capita for community tree care. With $20,000 allocated for tree care and maintenance, the Town’s 2010/11 fiscal budget actually exceeds the required minimum. The Town draws additional funds from a Tree Preservation Trust fund, as well as various grants. The money has been used to plant hundreds of trees each year, to develop tree canopies with assistance from neighboring Davie and more. “Trees are beneficial in so many ways,” said December Lauretano-Haines. “They reduce heat, provide shade, increase property values, provide a habitat for wildlife, help clean the air and so much more. They also beautify the community.” For information, contact Town Arborist December Lauretano-Haines at 954-343-7452.

Spin Challenge to Help Two-year-old with Cancer spent almost exactly half of her young life in iti Cook has been exercising at and out of hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ Davie’s Studio Be since it opened a offices undergoing treatment. year ago. She is also one of Owner The two fundraising events are for all Shannon Tomchin’s good friends. When cyclists from novice to expert. The 7-Day Shannon learned the devastating news that Spin Challenge, which starts on March 6, is Piti’s two-year-old niece was diagnosed with a unique mobile relay for stationary cyclists. a rare and often fatal form of brain cancer, she During the weeklong event, local indoor and knew she needed to find a way to help. She outdoor cycling enthusiasts will sign up for a met with instructor Mark Sturman and they two-hour “relay” shift on a spin bike and make came up with a plan. They organized “Do It a commitment to raise at least $200. The spin for Dara,” a 7-Day Spin Challenge and Spin bike will be positioned inside a clear-sided panel to Give fundraising event to help Dara win truck that will be parked in a variety of highthe fight against cancer. “A child so young visibility locations around South Florida. The should never have to go through something truck is well-equipped with air conditioning, like this,” said Shannon. “Dara’s mother had great music for intense spin sessions, and an to stop working to care for her and cannot e-Spinner for riders to track their rides. The afford to pay the medical bills. They need idea is for someone to be spinning 24-hours our help.” Shannon is hoping that the two a day for the entire week. On the last day of events, held March 6 to 12, will raise $20,000 the event, March 12, there will be a Spin to to benefit Dara. Give event with back to back hour-long classes It all started last October when two-year-old Two-year-old Dara Edward was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Friends are hoping starting at 9 a.m. Participants can reserve a Dara Edward suddenly began having recurrent to raise funds to help her during the 7-Day Spin Challenge and Spin to Give, March 6 to 12. bike for $50 and will receive a complimentary seizures. Within a month, a craniotomy and biopsy of a mass excised from Dara’s brain gym bag, t-shirt, water bottle, other assorted goodies, as well as a great workout. There revealed Dara’s diagnosis: ependymoblastoma, a rare and highly malignant brain tumor will also be a silent auction. that occurs in infants and young children in the first two years of life. When she reaches the scheduled completion of her current 18-month treatment regimen, she will have For information or to register, call 954-452-1130 or visit By Debby Teich



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community news Davie Principal to Lead Community Discussion on School Pressures By Debby Teich


ost students today lead pressure-packed lives filled with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. They are expected to do well at everything: academics, sports, the arts and community-service. Mother turned filmmaker Vicki Abeles was inspired to produce Race to Nowhere out of concern for her own children. The documentary has become the impetus for a grassroots effort to raise awareness and change the current philosophy of the educational system. Dr. Wendy Weiner, Founder and Principal of Davie’s Conservatory Prep Senior High School, recently hosted a community screening of the film, as well as follow-up discussions to get people talking. “The first step is for people to realize this is important,” said Weiner. The next community dialogue will take place on March 6. Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students are not developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what is best for their kids. It points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.   Several members of the audience were brought to tears during the January screening in Davie as the film examined what they were thinking, but afraid to say. They wanted to know what they could do to help their children become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. “Many parents do not believe in the system, but they are not sure how to change it,” said Weiner. “We want them to know that they do have a say in their children’s education and that there are other ways to promote success.” In response, Weiner scheduled community meetings to continue the film’s dialogue. A mix of

university professors, k-12 teachers and concerned parents showed up for the first meeting held on Feb. 6. The next meeting, on March 6, will focus on how involved parents should really be with homework. Weiner is well aware of the pressures kids have to endure. “In preschool, children believe they are good dancers, singers and artists,” said Weiner. “By third grade, they have lost their passion, as well as their Community discussions are examining ways to address the pressure-packed lives of today’s students ability to think outside of the box. They as portrayed in Vicki Abeles’ Race to Nowhere. have been home memorizing information at the expense of trying to determine if they like art, cooking, music or some other community activity. By the time they are 14, their stress and anxiety levels are high and they are afraid to open themselves up. Many graduate with straight A’s, but have never learned how to solve problems and do not function well at their jobs. They are not learning the necessary life skills to help them become productive members of society. We have a lot of work to do.” Weiner considered all of this when she developed Conservatory Prep’s curriculum, which embraces each student’s individualism and integrates theatre, art and music to propel their intellectual curiosity. The next community discussion will be held on March 6, at 11 a.m., at David Posnack JCC, 5850 Pine Island Rd., in Davie. For more information, contact 954-680-5808, send an email to or visit For information on Race to Nowhere, visit


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community news Jim Richardson 5K Run/Walk Celebrates 30 Years By Debby Teich


n March 13, more than 400 runners and walkers are expected to participate in Cooper City’s Jim Richardson 5K Run and Fitness Walks, which start and end at the Cooper City Sports Complex, 10500 Stirling Rd. This is the 30th year of the community event, making it one of the oldest run/ walks in South Florida. It includes a 5K and 2-mile Fitness Walk within the Embassy Lakes community, as well as a one-mile Run/Walk and complimentary Toddler Trot in the Sports Complex. “The annual event is part of the City’s recreational program,” said Director of Recreations Ken Richardson. “Few races have lasted as long as this one.” The race will be timed using the Chrono Track Timing System. Awards will be presented to the Top Male and Female Finishers, Top Male and Female Masters, Top Three Finishers in each age/gender division of the 5K, and for the Top Male and Female Cooper City Finishers. Participants will receive a special long sleeve t-shirt this year marking the 30th anniversary. The event was named for longtime Cooper City resident Jim Richardson in 1996. Jim was dedicated to the city’s running community as a coach, mentor and community volunteer for many years. Although Jim and his wife Ellen currently reside in central Florida, they return each year to support the race. Mike Duffy has participated in the event for the past few years. “It is fun to part of something that has been going on for so many years,” said Duffy. “It is a great way to visit with friends and neighbors.” Lori Peterson plans to attend the event with her husband and three children. She recently moved to Embassy Lakes and is looking forward to meeting some of her neighbors. “I think it is great that Cooper City has so many community events,” said Peterson. “It is one of the things that attracted me to the area.”

Last year, more than 400 runners and walkers participated in Cooper City’s Jim Richardson 5K Run and Fitness Walks. This year’s event will be held on March 13.

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Fitness Forum How to Navigate Through Menopause By Ellen Latham


bout 35-40 million women in the United States are past menopause or currently going through it with baby boomers adding another 20 million in the next few years. The average life expectancy of women has increased; however, the average age of menopause onset has remained the same for centuries. The majority of these women in the United States (more than two-thirds) experience commom symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, tension, anxiety, irritability and moodiness. Numerous studies have found that physically active women self-report fewer menopausal symptoms. Kemmler et al. (2005) found that insomnia; migraines and mood changes are modestly reduced in early postmenopausal women. Vigorous exercise training elevates beta-endorphin levels, which is why the Ultimate Workout at Ellen’s Ultimate Workout is fantastic for reducing vasomotor symptoms.

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Why do you need cardio and what kind do you need? Body composition is a concern during this period. You will often hear women say, “Ever since I hit menopause my body has changed shape, yet I am not doing anything different.” The aerobic program you should be on is one that focuses on you maintaining a healthy body composition (that is body fat ratio to muscle) and abdominal fat distribution. Here is a simple cardio routine…… start building a base speed either walking or jogging for about 30 to 45 minutes. Within this 30 to 45 minutes, make sure that 12 to 20 minutes is at a more intense pace, making you feel uncomfortable. A sample program might be walk for 8 minutes then jog for 2 minutes, then walk for 6

minutes and jog for 3 minutes and then walk for 4 minutes and jog for 4 minutes and repeat going a little faster in both the walk and jog. Why do you need muscle work and what kind do you need? Women who included strength based exercises had positive outcomes which included improvements in strength, body composition and bone density. Improvements of approximately 30% in the lower body and 25% in the upper body occurred in postmenopausal women following a six month resistance training protocol consisting of 8 repetitions of 12 exercises at 80% of one repetition maximum (Bemben et al. 2000). Ladies you have to pick up heavier weights then 5 and 7 lb. weights. They will not accomplish what you want. So, go grab a 10 and 12 lb. set of dumbbells today. In regard to bone density improvements, one must choose exercises that strengthen the small and large muscle groups of the spine and hip which are the most common sites for fractures. Pilates on the machines has helped many of my clients improve in the area of strength. Although there is much more to learn in the field of exercise research and menopause, what we do know supports physical activity as a means to help manage menopausal consequences. Call 954-472-9440 for a complimentary class. Ellen Latham, MS owner of Ellen’s Ultimate Workout and Pilates Studio, 5173 S. University Drive, Davie, specializes in Pilates on Reformers, Treadmill Fat Blasting Classes, RPM Spinning with front screen video, Yoga-Stretch and Kid’s Equipment-Based Fitness Classes. Call 954-472-9440.


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ast year almost 400,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the country, making it one of the most requested procedures in cosmetic plastic surgery. Why is the decision to have breast surgery so critical for women? I believe that although there are multiple other cosmetic procedures that women do to improve their appearance and looks, breast surgery is the only one that combines their outward appearance and is intimately connected to how they feel about their femininity. Women may choose to undergo breast enlargement surgery for various reasons. These personal reasons may center around breasts that are perceived to be underdeveloped, or because of differences in the sizes of the breasts, or from changes after pregnancy or breast feeding. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them made fuller. Often after weight loss, aging or childbirth, a woman’s breast volume and shape may change. Breast enhancement using breast implants can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self-esteem. Magazine covers, airbrushed photos of celebrities and computer-generated images often give women an unrealistic view of how they will look after breast implant surgery. That is why it is so important for you and your plastic surgeon to make decisions together based on what is possible for you and your individual goals and desires. Breast augmentation is accomplished by surgically inserting an implant, either saline filled or cohesive silicone gel, behind each breast. Usually, an incision is made under the breast, at the areola, or under the armpit. A pocket is created for the implant either behind the breast tissue or behind the muscle between the breast and the chest wall. There are a variety of different kinds of implants that I will show and discuss with you to select the one most appropriate in your specific case, based on your individual chest measurements. Breast augmentation is performed under general or twilight anesthesia, and after recovery patients are allowed to go home on the same day. Surgery usually takes approximately one hour. It is a safe, proven procedure; but as with any operation, there are certain risks involved that you should discuss with the doctor. However, there is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy or your ability to breast feed. After surgery, medication can control most pain or discomfort, which subsides in four to five days. Moderate swelling and some bruising of the breasts will disappear gradually. Most patients are able to return to work between five to seven days after surgery. The ability to wear clothes that could never be filled out before and the return of self-esteem and self-confidence that comes with a new figure, make this type of surgery one of the cosmetic procedures with the highest rate of satisfaction.

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school news CCHS Students Ready to Run the City By Debby Teich


he next Mayor may have been among a group of students that recently graduated from Cooper City’s first Leadership in Government program. The four-month program is a cooperative effort of the City of Cooper City, Cooper City Senior High School and the City’s Educational Advisory Board. It is designed to provide a unique civic education through hands-on learning and experiences. “The program teaches the students about the inner workings of the City of Cooper City,” said City Manager Bruce Loucks. “It also exposes them to many of the job opportunities available in local government, from maintenance to management.” The 12 CCHS seniors who participated were selected from the school’s government classes. Each of them expressed an interest in learning about local government. The students met with elected and non-elected government officials from a variety of City departments to discuss what goes on behind the scenes, as well as all of the layers necessary to provide each service. The program started in September with an introduction to city government. The students met with the Mayor, City Manager, City Clerk, Finance Officer and others to learn about the role of city government and how it functions. The next class was


dedicated to public works. After a tour of the facility, they learned about utilities, public landscaping, the process of providing clean and safe drinking water and more. The lesson on police and fire rescue gave students a better understanding of what it takes to keep the public safe. They inspected police and fire equipment, put out a fire and watched as a body was extracted from a car using the Jaws of Life. They also learned about the Explorers program and the CERT team. During the class on Recreation and Citizen Service, the students talked about the importance of providing services and programs that cater to all ages and populations. They toured some of the facilities and met with the people who operate them. After the students completed the four field classes, they were honored at a City Commission Meeting with a special graduation ceremony. The program is offered twice a year and the next group of students has already started. Loucks says that the City may start a similar program for adults. “Everyone pays taxes, but many do not understand how they are used,” said Loucks. “Most people are surprised to learn what it takes Students in Cooper City’s Leadership in Government to run a city.” program learn how to use a fire extinguisher. For information, visit or call 954-434-4300, ext. 224.

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ome of the most common injuries in a car accident or slip and fall case involve a victim’s head. A blow to the head can seem minor at first. It might not cause any immediate pain, bruising, or bleeding. However, hours later it can turn serious, even fatal. It is very common for someone who has had a fall or been in a car accident to appear perfectly fine immediately after the impact but then suddenly and rapidly deteriorate. After the “accident” – which doesn’t have to be serious at all – a person can seem perfectly normal, but there may be a silent skull fracture or a broken blood vessel bleeding in the brain or between the skull and the brain. As blood leaks from a ruptured artery and puts pressure on the brain, the classic symptoms of a traumatic brain injury begin to appear: nausea, severe headache, glassy eyes, or sudden sleepiness. Symptoms can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours – or even several days – to begin. For anyone involved in a car accident, sports injury, or just a slip in the driveway, recognizing the signs of brain injury early is critical. Preventing permanent brain damage depends on getting to a hospital within the first few hours because damage caused by brain swelling often is irreversible. Trauma teams are taught that when people have been in a car crash and someone involved in the accident dies, they should assume that everyone else has serious injuries – even if they look good and say they feel fine. If you are involved in a car accident or slip and fall and suffer head trauma please remember these rules:

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t is estimated that over 25% of the US population suffers from metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a health problem that may include too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and elevated blood sugars. The risk of premature death from a heart attack is 7 times more likely for people with metabolic syndrome than without. This statistic is startling as these people appear otherwise “healthy.” Aside from exercise and eating right, it is imperative for both men and women to check hormones levels. Has your doctor checked your testosterone levels? Higher testosterone levels have been shown to independently lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. How can you afford to be without adequate hormones?

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reventing colon cancer may be easier than you think. Most cases of colon cancer can be prevented by having a screening colonoscopy. Colon cancer is one of few diseases where normal body tissue – in this case, polyps – actually turns deadly. Removing nonmalignant polyps during a colonoscopy procedure prevents colon cancer from developing. Colon cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in the US. It is also an equal opportunity destroyer, oblivious to gender, race or income. People at increased risk for colon cancer include those with one or more immediate relatives with the disease, an inherited tendency to form polyps, a long history of ulcerative colitis, or a history of breast or uterine cancer. However, they are in the minority. The disease occurs most often in those who least expect it. According to Steven Wexner, MD, chief academic officer and chair of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, “Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard test for detecting and eliminating polyps. Other tests are simply less effective.” ▸▸ Sigmoidoscopy: Only checks the lower portion of the colon. ▸▸ Hemoccult test: Detects blood in the stool, but is often inaccurate, giving false negative reports to as many as 50% of patients with colon cancer and false positive reports to many patients who do not have the disease. A positive barium enema requires a colonoscopy follow up. ▸▸ Virtual colonoscopy: Might be a substitute some day, but is now unaffordable. For this reason, it is now recommended by every major gastrointestinal society that both men and women have a screening colonoscopy at age 50. Anyone at increased risk should be screened by age 40 – earlier in some cases. The need for future screening tests is determined by the findings at the first screening as well as the patient’s risk factors. Some symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool and pain the lower abdomen. More than half of all people diagnosed with colon cancer have no symptoms at all, so it is simply not wise to wait for the appearance of symptoms. Do yourself a favor and schedule a colonoscopy today. It just might save your life. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Digestive Disease team is comprised of colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, general surgeons and other specialists. They work collaboratively, in order to provide the most accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plans for conditions such as colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s and Colitis, liver and pancreatic cancers, as well as many others. This team effort allows for the best outcome in patient care. For a consultation, call 1-800-639-DOCTOR, or visit

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hat could be more devastating than the diagnosis of Breast Cancer - the aftermath? The thought of cancer is one thing. However, it is the surgery, recovery, surgical outcome, treatment, and side effects that are the real struggle on the way to cure or long term management. You are, overnight, a different person. Your outlook changes. Your body image is altered. Your mind and focus shifts. Your mortality is staring you in the face. You’ve heard the stories and perhaps witnessed a friend or a love one diagnosed, but until it is on your doorstep you just can’t imagine. You are motivated to fight for your life, but you don’t want anything to change. Unfortunately, that is not the reality. The reality is that everything changes. Your every decision is critical. Your life is filled with appointments, tests, consultations and then the treatment ensues. You are told things you don’t understand and names of medications you can’t pronounce. You are given calendars that seem like forever and meet a group of people you wish you never had to know. It slowly sinks in and you realize your plight. You dig deep and work hard to understand and comply, making deals with yourself and others; if I can only get through this! And then you walk through the door of the Image Recovery Center where young, caring women take you in and begin to put you back together again. They schedule your surgery. They provide the special clothing you need to get you through those tough days when drains and tubes have become a part of your anatomy. Yes you will lose a part or all of your breast, but we will help you manage. We will show you, measure you, and restore you until reconstruction, if that is your choice. Yes, you need chemotherapy. Yes your hair will fall out, but it is here that you can come and cut your hair before it falls out, choose a wig that looks like you now, and have it cut and styled in privacy or with friends and love ones. If you cry, laugh or faint, loving arms are there with big shoulders. There is someone, just like you, who has been there and done that, and to see her now, you’d never know. Maybe I’ll make it to? The environment is spa like, with good yogi music flowing or Oprah on the flat screen. It looks like shopping with clothes, wigs, lotions, hats, scarves and books. Then you spot the manicure table and the pedicure spot, a dressing room where you aren’t cramped and a soft robe to keep you comfortable during it all. There is a woman doing acupuncture and another one getting a massage- it doesn’t look like a cancer place. That’s the idea… come here to recover “you,” the person you knew before the dreaded day, to make it easier, to keep it private, to make something God awful, a little bit better. Have a cup of tea, always something to nosh, an inviting spot, with no pressure, just caring and hoping we can do a little something to make it a bit easier. It’s about being there, caring, relating and hoping to provide support at every step of the way until you find you again…. Memorial’s Image Recovery Center is located on the campus of Memorial Hospital West at 604 North Flamingo Road, Suite 159, in Pembroke Pines. Services are available to all cancer patients regardless of where care and treatment are received. For appointments or more information, call the Image Recovery Center at 954-844-6814.


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awks Bluff Elementary’s Justin Adelkopf lives his life according to many of the important qualities of the school’s Character Education program, including honesty and citizenship. Justin was nominated by his fifth grade teacher Ken Kinggard and fellow classmates as January’s Student of the Month. The program is sponsored by the Davie Police Department. According to Kinggard, Justin is a very deserving student with skills and abilities that shine among his peers. He is smart, consistent, well rounded and has an interest in helping others. He is a leader among his peers and serves as a wonderful role model for all of the students who are fortunate enough to encounter him during the school day. Justin is involved in the Prestige Club which has a picnic for those who are less fortunate. He also keeps busy with activities like camping, bike riding, fishing and using the computer for fun and work. Justin was recently recognized at an awards ceremony at the Davie Police Department, along with Davie Police Chief Patrick Lynn Justin Adelkopf with a 14 other students from the Davie area. Davie Police presented Student of the Month award. Chief Patrick Lynn presented him with a certificate. “Justin is always reaching out to help others,” said Donna Adelkopf, his mother. “I hope he always continues to stay involved in community service.”

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Legally Speaking When Is the Right Time for Homeowners to File for Bankruptcy Protection? By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


any homeowners are under the false impression that they should file for bankruptcy protection the moment they fall behind on their mortgage payments. However, every consumer must be aware that bankruptcy should only be filed as a last resort, when absolutely necessary, and when all else fails. Based upon our experience in handling hundreds of consumer collection matters, foreclosures and bankruptcy cases, there are really just a few instances when a client must file for bankruptcy protection. One such situation is after a final foreclosure judgment has been entered and the homeowner is only days away from a public auction of the home. Filing for bankruptcy protection at this time will automatically cancel the foreclosure sale, and will provide the homeowner with some valuable time to complete a loan modification application or prívate short sale of the home prior to a public auction. Filing for bankruptcy protection at the outset of a foreclosure proceeding is highly unadvisable, especially in view of the fact that in 2010 the average time to complete a foreclosure in Broward County was 600 days.

Several other instances when a bankruptcy filing is appropriate are when a debtor is facing a garnishment of wages, seizure of his/her bank accounts, or when a creditor is attempting to repossess property or a vehicle after a final judgment. Under these limited circumstances, filing for bankruptcy makes absolute sense given that there is no time and possibly no legal grounds to attack the collection process in court. However, if a bankruptcy discharge is obtained too early, a consumer will not be able to file for bankruptcy protection again for another 8 years. The preferred type of bankruptcy is a Chapter 7, assuming that your monthly expenses exceed your income. If you qualify for a Chapter 7, all credit card debt, unpaid medical expenses, and all other unsecured debt is wiped out completely. Unfortunately, any debt owed to the federal government for student loans or IRS debt will not be wiped out in a bankruptcy. You also may not qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you have other assets which you could sell to cover your debts. In that case, you may have to file under Chapter 13, to restructure your debt, and slowly pay all past due amounts over a period of 3 to 5 years. The bankruptcy code is not easy to navigate. If the bankruptcy petition is not presented correctly, not only will you not qualify for bankruptcy protection, but you may also be prevented from re-filing for 180 days or more. The Arcia Law Firm has assisted hundreds of local homeowners and consumers in bankruptcy and foreclosure defense matters. If uncertain whether you qualify for bankruptcy protection or whether it is the right time to file bankruptcy, please contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 1-800-770-7102 or visit us online at Likewise, if you know anyone that is facing a mortgage related crisis, or is considering filing bankruptcy, please forward this article to them immediately.


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Legally Speaking Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions By Evan Baron, Esq.


art of the fear of divorce, besides the obvious emotional trauma that it often brings, is not really understanding the process. The problem is that many individuals have what they believe to be an understanding of what lies ahead, but they are often mistaken. Everybody seems to know somebody who has a “horror’ story of what happened to a friend or family member as a result of a divorce. Here are some misconceptions that I hope can be cleared up.

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Real Estate Rent versus Buy – The Ever-Changing Dynamic By Zona Horton, CRS, GRI, Realtor®


ost think that a Real Estate professional wants to encourage clients to “buy” versus “rent” because it is financially beneficial to the agent. There will be circumstances where renting is truly the best decision at the time. A true professional wants clients to experience unparalleled customer service through attention to detail, sound recommendations, and by meeting the needs of each and every individual on a case-by-case basis. However, there comes a time in the big economic picture where it is more advantageous for the client to step confidently into the shoes of home ownership. Recent results of a study released by Trulia show Miami as the number one city in America where it is now more advantageous to buy than to rent. “With rental values strengthening across South Florida, contrasted against the best home values for purchase that we have experienced in the last decade, more and more residents are returning to home ownership.” This is good news for our future homeowners in 2011.  According to Facts & Trends™, sales of single-family homes and condominiums in Miami-Dade currently represent 51% of all sale/rental transactions, with 49% of all transactions being rentals. In Broward, 56% of all transactions are sales and 44% are rentals. In 2008, sales across Miami-Dade had fallen to 38% of all transactions, while 62% were rentals. As the numbers reflect, there has been tremendous progress toward re-balancing the market over these past two years. The total number of Miami-Dade and Broward sales increased by 79% between 2008 and 2010 - from 28,000 total homes and condominiums sold in 2008 to 50,000 sold in 2010. Pending sales in January 2010 are up over 20% compared with 2009.  While there continues to be a steady increase in the number of sales, there will be a steadying of home values until the flow of new distressed properties ceases. According to my sources, distressed property inventory is currently down 75%; however, one cannot predict the ebb and flow of the foreclosure inventory. Many homebuyers who were priced out of the market will now have a window of opportunity to enter the market – especially while the interest rates remain low. In spite of the distressed market, I am anticipating that 2011 is going to be a stellar year for the number of South Florida homes sold. Non-distressed properties, properly priced, move at the speed of light and often times have multiple bids. Some of these bids are either cash or full-price offers, or both. Our industry is trying to educate potential buyers as to the shifting rent-versus-buy dynamic. Remember -- just some of the benefits of owning a home may include: ▸▸ ▸▸ ▸▸ ▸▸

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Your accountant would be the best resource as to how homeownership would benefit your particular financial and tax picture. For years several of my friends would rent as I would encourage them to buy.  They would keep telling me, “Next year. Next year.” “Next year” became “next decade.” How much money have they poured into the pockets of their landlords? How many tax dollars did they forfeit? How many homes could they have bought and sold (to upgrade their investment) which would have benefited their retirement portfolio? How much investment property could they have purchased that would have been of a tax and/or retirement benefit? If you would like the current Facts & Trends™ graphs sent to you on a quarterly basis, call 954-306-7298 or send an email to


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elling a home is a stressful experience. Home staging provides you with a number of benefits to ease the selling process. Staging forces you to think like a buyer. When you set out to stage your home for the market, you will be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Adopting this perspective early on will help you in many ways when preparing your home for the market. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter. Clearing away shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with moving, because you’ll have to pack things away at some point anyway. Staging increases likelihood of a sale. When selling your home, you must do everything within your power to increase your chances of selling — and I mean everything. These techniques can give you an extra edge in selling the home quickly. Staging can be fun! It may sound like all work and no play at first. Granted, you will certainly be putting some elbow grease into the process. But staging a home can be a creative process as well, and many people find they enjoy it once they’ve begun.

Here are some suggestions on how to successfully stage the family room and/or living room: ▸▸ Clear the room of family portraits and other items that say “you don’t live here” to buyers. Remember, they need to envision themselves in the home. ▸▸ Arrange the room in a conversational way. Try different furniture arrangements until you get the best fit. ▸▸ Choose a warm paint color for the living room. Use neutral tones in this space. “Neutral” does

not have to be boring. You can liven up a neutral color scheme with colorful accent items, such as pillows and rugs. Color-coordinate these items for a professional and “put together” appearance. ▸▸ Let the room breathe. If it’s crowded or hard to walk through because of too much or overstuffed furniture, remove some items and place them in storage. ▸▸ Consider renting furniture for staging purposes. If your family room ensemble consists of that old couch from college days and a cheap table with wobbly legs, replace them with some nice rental pieces. ▸▸ If the furniture is a bit worn but otherwise intact, use a slip cover as a low-cost way to enhance the appearance of your couch and chairs. Slip covers can also help you neutralize overly bright or “loud” fabric colors. SR Home Design offers complete design services. Susan is available to help select the best options for you. Flooring, furniture, paint colors, or custom woodwork, “Helping bring your visions to life!” is Susan’s goal. You can reach Susan at SR Home Design at (954) 253-1833, or online at and         To Advertise in Davie Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007

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was flooded by mail asking what to do with small windows. My advice is always to think big. Just because the opening is small, short or narrow doesn’t mean we have to dress it that way. Think of how we style our clothing to make ourselves seem taller; we use stripes. To add some body, we wear horizontal stripes. To create an elongated torso, we wear our belts below the waist. To translate this into your drapery, place your tiebacks lower to make the panel seem longer. Height: To create height, go higher than your window. Normal is 3” above. Once you have soffit space above, use it. Go ceiling height if you have 9 ft. ceilings. Width: To make your window look wider than it is, extend your rods as much as you can to the sides. If your view is important to you, make sure blinds and drape panels stack off to the sides onto the wall. If not, the fabric hangs in the window and conceals your view. This is called “stack back” and is definitely something you want to discuss with your drapery designer. Add Layers: The pictures use a contrast band for interest, as in the green and copper drapery, or a Roman shade in a natural material or in a neutral fabric. By adding layers, you are doing two things: ▸▸ You are increasing the functionality of your window because you can raise and lower the shade to control your privacy. ▸▸ You are adding dimension to you window. It is the same concept as when we dress with a jacket and inner piece. Like an inner piece for your jacket, you can contrast it for interest or coordinate the colors for an integrated look. I invite you to visit our 4,000 sq foot showroom. We feature the endless possibilities to dress up small windows and give them spunk. As I always say, “Seeing is believing.” Visit Beautiful Windows’ 4,000 sq. ft. Draperies and Blinds Showroom. It is a one-stop shopping source for all your window covering needs. With over 19 years of experience, you know you are in good hands. For information, visit

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it’s their business Cooper City’s Allstate Insurance Agency Knows How to Protect Families By Debby Teich

a family, saving for their children’s education, changing hen buying insurance, you need just jobs, planning for retirement or expanding a business. the right mix of price and protection. Lisa We help protect the things that are important to them. Faina’s award-winning Allstate Insurance We also help them prepare the right strategy to achieve Agency in Cooper City is a one stop shop for all of your their financial goals.” The agency does an extensive Needs insurance needs. It offers a wide selection of products Analysis at no charge. It also reviews policies a minimum - from auto insurance to retirement solutions - as well of every six months to determine if additional discounts as convenient buying and servicing options. With just are available or to make changes if life changing events one phone call, clients can protect all of their valuables, have occurred. while saving money, time, and hassle. Faina feels it is important to give back to the community The full service agency, located at 2591 N. Hiatus Rd., that supports her. She is a Boy Scouts of America leader in the Embassy Lakes Shopping Center, has been serving for her two sons, as well as a 4th Degree Tae Kwon Do clients for more than 23 years. Owner Lisa Faina says Master Instructor. She is a member of a variety of civic Cooper City’s Allstate Insurance Agency is a one stop shop for all of your insurance they have stayed in business for so long by building long needs. Top row: George Law, Claudia Siplak, Mary Veres, Michelle Vila, organizations including: Chamber of Commerce, National term relationships with clients and providing outstanding Lisa Faina, Alejandra Jimenez, Tiffany Acevedo, Karla Garcia. Bottom row: Luis Association of Life Underwriters, Professional Insurance Mejia, Katherine Vasquez, Yelena Gurevich, Javier Ortiz. Absent: Arya Khosravy customer service. Most new clients are referred to the Agents, Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, National agency by existing ones. “We get to know our clients so we can understand the best Association of Insurance Women and more. She also visits local high school to speak way to protect them, as well as their families and businesses,” said Faina. about the dangers of texting and driving and encourages students to take the “X the The agency offers businesses and consumers a variety of competitively priced insurTXT” pledge. “X the TXT” is an Allstate campaign to end texting while driving and ance products (Auto, Motorcycle, Homeowners, Condominium, Renters, Business, encourage people across the country to focus on the road. More than 80,000 people Boat, Flood, Mobile and Motor Home, Personal Umbrella Policy, Cancer, Disability, have already taken the pledge. “Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous Accident, Identity Theft Protection), a full umbrella of financial products (Annuities, distractions facing today’s teens,” said Faina. “It increases their risk of crashing by 23 IRA’s, 401K Rollovers, Mutual Funds, Life Insurance), roadside assistance and employee times. We care about our customers and do whatever we can to help keep them safe.” benefits for business owners. The agency’s fully licensed representatives are trained to help customers select the necessary protection so that they are properly covered for For insurance advice or information, call 954-437-9220 or 800-963-9220, send an current and future needs, as well as unforeseen events. “Our clients’ needs are always email to, visit, become growing and changing,” said Faina. “We help guide them, whether they are starting a fan of Lisa Faina Allstate Agency on Facebook or contact Lisa on Linkedin.


Wilma’s Professional Cleaning Gets the Job Done Right By Debby Teich

cleaning that has earned them an outstanding reputation for quality, reliability and attention to detail. Wilma has been cleaning Monica Chan’s Miramar home for seven years. Chan has four kids and admits that it is not an easy job. Wilma cleans the house inside and out and also helps with special projects. “Wilma has her work cut out for her when she arrives at my home, but she always finds a way to work her magic,” said Chan. “She is very thorough and makes sure to move all of the furniture to clean underneath and behind it. When she leaves, the house is squeaky clean and well organized. I wish she could come every day. We consider her to be part of our family.” John Casale hired Wilma more than a year ago to clean his Cooper City home. He leaves her a key since he is at work when she arrives. “I have used several other cleaning services in the past and none were as reliable, trustworthy and thorough as Wilma,” said Casale. “I would recommend her without hesitation.” Wilma has been cleaning Michael Maffei’s Davie home for more than one year. “She is very efficient, trustworthy and always pleasant,” said Maffei. “I would definitely recommend her.”


ilma’s Professional Cleaning is ready to tackle your toughest cleaning job and leave your home or business looking its best. No job is too big, small or dirty! The experts at Wilma’s do it all. Owner Wilma Downey loves to clean – a chore that many people hate. Wilma is a native of Brazil. When she was only seven years old, her father passed away and she was forced to find a job to pay for books and help support herself. She worked all day and went to school at night. Wilma says she is forever indebted to the woman who hired her as a housekeeper when she was just a child. She started cleaning more than 40 years ago and has not stopped since. “Cleaning is my passion,” said Wilma. “I cannot imagine doing anything else.” In 1993, Wilma moved to the United States and learned to speak English. She settled in Boston, where she met and married John Downey and later became a U.S. citizen. Nine years ago, they moved to South Florida. Many of her clients have been with her since she first arrived. Wilma works as a team with her two sisters to clean bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, windows and floors, as well as special requests. “We all share the same high standards,” said Wilma. “We do whatever needs to get done. When we leave, the house looks clean and smells fresh.” Wilma and her sisters clean every room of the house as if it were their own. They move furniture and clean in hard to reach areas. They get down on their hands and knees to scrub floors and get corners clean. It is this old-fashioned approach to


Wilma’s Professional Cleaning is fully licensed and bonded. It offers weekly, bi-weekly and monthly services, in addition to move-in/move out specials. Costs vary based on the type of job and the size of the house or business. Free estimates and references are available upon request. For information, call 954-385-8106 or 954-540-1807.

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oey is a 10-year-old Long Hair Dachshund, whose birthday falls on Halloween. He loves anyone who gives him food, especially his mommy who makes him steamed chicken and rice. His favorite toy is anything small and fuzzy that he can hide under his chin. He loves a cool sunny breeze on his face, his bed with his blanket, and a good nap. He dislikes the lawn man, the pool man, and anybody else who disturbs his nap, including his brother Woody Jr. His favorite thing to do is to sleep by the window while he waits for the weekend barbeque. He was last seen running under the bed when it was time for his bath.


$AVING I can help you save money now. When you’re looking to save some green, I’m the first person to call. In fact, drivers who switched to Allstate saved an average of $348 a year. Call me first to see how much you can save. Lisa Faina, CIC, LUTCF (954) 437-9220 2591 N Hiatus Rd. Cooper City

Savings based on national customer-reported data for new policies in 2009. Actual savings vary. Allstate Fire And Casualty Insurance Company: Northbrook, IL. © 2010 Allstate Insurance Company

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dining out Smitty’s Grille Offers Something for Everyone By Debby Teich


mitty’s Grille offers something for everyone - from pulled pork and brisket, ribs and barbeque chicken to grilled fish and chicken. All of the dishes on the menu are homemade, using the finest meats and freshest ingredients. The roasts are made on the premises and then pulled and tossed in Smitty’s famous barbeque sauce. Owner Brian Smith spent years developing the sweet and tangy sauce, which has a hint of chocolate. The family restaurant is located at 12328 Miramar Parkway, on the SE corner of Flamingo Rd. and Miramar Pkwy., in the Kohl’s Shopping Center. Brian grew up in New York and has been working in the restaurant business since was 15 years old. He got his start in a bagel shop and then opened a deli. In 2005, he got tired of the cold weather and moved to South Florida with his wife Hillary and daughters Brooke and Brittany, now 14 and 16. It did not take long before he was back in the restaurant business, opening Stevie B’s Rib Café in Pembroke Pines and Coral Springs. When the economy took a turn for the worse, he was forced to close both restaurants. Brian is passionate about the restaurant business and could not stay away. Last year, he opened Smitty’s Grille in Miramar. He rehired all of his old employees, including Japhilia and Summer Rollins enjoy a chicken dinner together. Smitty’s offers an extensive kids menu. Manager Mary Bisbano, who prides herself on providing the best customer service in town. Brian kept the most popular items from the old menu, where all items are served with French Fries, a Beverage and Ice Cream. There are as well as the large portion sizes. He also added some new dishes for his customers also Daily Specials, which come with a side, as well as a choice of Cole Slaw or Beans. who wanted healthier options and more choices for those times when they are not in Every Monday is Baby Back Ribs day, when customers can get a half rack for $9.99, full the mood for barbeque. Brian likes to change the menu every few months to keep it rack for $15.99 or all-you-can-eat for $23.99. On Tuesdays, they get half of a Barbeque fresh. He offers Daily Specials to test out new items and adds the most popular ones Chicken for only $6.99. On Wednesdays, they can order a Junior Combo, which has a to the menu. He recently added wraps and beef ribs. Half Rack of Ribs and a Quarter Chicken for only $9.99. Customers often like to start with one of the many appetizers, including the Fried Tony Rollins has been a customer for six years. He goes to Smitty’s several times a Brussel Sprouts that are tossed in a sweet chili sauce, Sweet Corn Nuggets or Sweet week to eat the ribs, chicken and wings and visit with the staff. “I don’t know how they Potato Fries that are dusted with brown sugar and cinnamon. Others begin with a bowl make the food, but it is always finger-licking good,” said Rollins. “Smitty’s is more than of homemade Lentil, Cream of Mushroom or Vegetable Soup. As a main course, Smitty’s just a restaurant. The people who work there have become like family.” Smitty’s catered offers two kinds of Pork Ribs a party for Rollins when (Baby Back and St. Louis), as his three-year-old daughter well as beef ribs (which are Summer was born. Another not available most places). customer, Roger Taitt, works They can be ordered sepaas a personal trainer at a rately or combined with nearby gym. He follows BBQ Chicken. There are a very strict, healthy diet also Specialty Dinners like and eats lunch at Smitty’s Boneless Grilled Chicken, almost every day. “There Fried Chicken, Grilled Mahi are so many healthy choices Mahi, Baked Salmon, Beer on the menu which are flaBattered Cod, Jumbo Fried vorful and always cooked Shrimp and New York Strip to perfection,” said Taitt. Steak. “The service is always great Smitty’s Grille offers three types of mouthwatering ribs. Sandwich lovers enjoy and you get so much food Smitty’s “Famous” Pulled BBQ Pork, Buffalo Chicken, Fried Catfish Ruben and for the money.” Owners Brian and Hillary Smith Smitty’s Philly. There are also a variety of Specialty Salads which are too large for most Smitty’s offers take-out, to finish. Some of the most popular salads are the Black and Bleu, Oriental, South delivery, catering, overnight shipping and after hours parties. It also donates 10% back East and Kitchen Sink. No meal is complete without Aunt Mary’s Brownie Sundae - a for school and charity fundraisers. On Fri. and Sat. nights, from 6 to 10 p.m., customers double chocolate chip brownie served warm with ice cream and topped with whipped can enjoy live music, without a cover charge. cream and chocolate syrup. Brian knows that his customers are looking for good value. During lunch, customSmitty’s is open Mon. to Thurs., from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., from 11:30 ers can add a side and a beverage to any sandwich for only $1. The Early Bird Special a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun., from noon to 8 p.m. For information, call 954-432-6422; offers $2 off all dinner entrees, Mon. to Fri., from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a kids menu, text Smittys to 91944 or visit


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Kim Lunsford Cell: 954.732.3757 Equestrian Specialist Jody Hess Cell: 954.683.3640







DAVIE FARMETTES | 10981 SW 28TH CT., DAVIE | 3 BR, 2 BTH | 2,273 SF.

Bring your horses! 6 stall barn, feed & tack rooms, lot is 330X330, 2 custom gated entries, circular driveway, lighted brick columns. Totally remodeled, cherry wood cabinets & granite kitchen and baths, DBL ovens, 2 whirlpool tubs, 55X15 covered porch, walk-in closets, huge master closet, oversized garages with upper storage, newer A/C! High $600s.

Amazing custom built acre home located in heart of Davie. 4000 total sq. ft. Tile throughout with wood floors in the oversized bedrooms, huge master bath with double sinks. Vaulted ceilings with crown molding. Cherry wood cabinets & granite kitchen Entertaining patio area, lush landscaping, pool and custom gazebo. NOT A SHORT SALE. Low $600s.

Equestrian style of living in a totally remodeled home on 1.25 acres. New kitchen, baths and floors. Fruit trees galore, mango, papaya, avocado, and leche. Enough room to build stables for your horses. The bones in this house are great and everything inside is new. Owner will also consider owner financing. Mid $400s.




Pool home in prestigious Southwest Ranches Equestrian community. No HOA fees. Brand new deck with new free-form pool facing landscaped grounds. Horse stables, fireplace, wood and tile floors, large bedrooms, cabana master bathroom, utility room off kitchen, CBS construction, close to I-75, A+ schools, shopping, airport and more. $399,000.



Features open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, large open kitchen with granite counter tops and wood cabinets. Large master bedroom with cedar lined walk-in closet. French doors lead to screened patio overlooking gorgeous heated pool and lush landscaped fenced yard, perfect for entertaining and more. A must see! High $300s.


FLORIDA FRUIT LANDS | 14401 SW 16TH ST, DAVIE | 4 BR, 2.5 BTH | 3,252 SF.

This country charmer features 4 large bedrooms & 2.5 baths on a gated builder’s acre with double circular driveway. Floor plan is open and spacious. Large eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar. Cozy family room with fireplace overlooking covered veranda. Split floor plan with tile throughout. Property has separate workshop area. A must see! Low $400s.






Great family home on quiet cul-de-sac, updated kitchen with wood cabinets, spacious roofed patio, split bedroom plan, great schools and close to highways. Not a short sale. Not a foreclosure. Low $300s.

Great Davie neighborhood. Not a short sale or foreclosure. Motivated seller. This house is in move-in condition. Vaulted ceilings. Master bedroom downstairs and the other three rooms upstairs. Low HOA. Great schools. Close to highways. This house is a must see, you will not be disappointed. High $200s.

Centrally located in highly sought after Forest Ridge. Beautiful Gardenia model. Open & spacious! Split BR plan. Wood laminate in LR-DR-Master BR, new carpet in 2 BR, eat-in kitchen, large open patio. Community pool, lighted tennis courts & access to the many acres of Pine Island Ridge! Affordable maintenance, too! Not a short sale. Low $200s.



954.732.3757 | | 954.683.3640 | | 2893 Executive Park Drive | Suite 304 | Weston, FL 33331

seen on scene

Students from University School of Nova Southeastern University participated in the Florida Junior High Thespian State Assessments. Duets performed by Jonah Stabinski/ Dustin Stabinski and Brian Brant /Sydney Shiekman were selected as the “best in show,” the highest honor awarded at the event. One hundred schools and over 1200 students participated in this state-wide event. (l to r) top: Sydney Shiekman, Chris Wilgos (Director), Laura Gallindo, Brian Brant bottom: Dustin Stabinski, Jonah Stabinski

Years of athletic and academic dedication paid off for Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School seniors who signed to play for colleges after they graduate. Pictured are athletes, coaches and the administrative team. (l to r) Back row: Dr. Arlene Valdes, Baseball Coach Alex Fernandez, Basketball Coach Mark Saxton, Volleyball Coach Karen Frank, T.J. Jurko - Volleyball New Jersey Institute of Technology, Soccer Coach Mike Sica, Garrett Kennedy -Baseball University of Miami, Jose Brizuela - Baseball Florida State University, Athletic Director Tony Massaro, Principal Richard Jean. Front row: Alexander Fernandez - Baseball University of Miami, Courtney Brant- Soccer Carnegie Mellon, Brianna Stampler - Soccer Mercer University, and Gina Grimstead - Basketball St. Thomas University.

The Town of Southwest Ranches held its 1st Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park.

The Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School girls’ varsity soccer team won the District 15-4A Championship. This is the fourth Championship won in school history and the first since 2006/7. (l to r) Top row: Allen Duarte, Brenna Grant, Michaela Garcia, Katty Pasquariello, Sarah Devore, Karly Zacharias, Isabella Gonzalez, Brook Williamson, Natty Pasquariello. Middle row: Nikki Sica, Aubri Williamsons, Lauren Dicalvo, Brianna Stampler, Britney Williams, Justine Orsi, Tati Zedan, Daniella Paredes, Alexa Rivera, Alina Avalos, Al Sanchez. Front row: Mike Sica, Courtney Brant, Kristina Robles, Samantha Gestido, Angie Zarrilli, KK Woodruff, Jack Sanchez.

Many of Southwest Ranches residents came out for the ground breaking of the new Town Hall.


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Davie: Grand Oaks

Sunshine Ranches

This home is an architectural masterpiece. It has an elevator,custom kitchen, surround sound, and exceptional finishes. Slab is in place and ready to be built.Price reflects existing plans. Offered at $3,250,000


Custom built 5 bedrooms,plus an office,plus a game room on over 2 and a half acres!! 3 car garage, Each bedroom has their own private bathroom,custom california closets,marble and hardwood floors,coffered ceilings,gourmet kitchen featuring Wolf sis by side appliances,granite countertops, hurricane impact windows,wet bar and summer kitchen for entertaining poolside! Brand new electric gate with state of the art security! 4 stall barn,paddock,tack.Almost 6000 sq.ft. under air and over 8500 sq.ft under roof!

Cooper City

Gorgeous custom built home with over 9000 sq.ft.under air! This 5 bedroom home sits on 1.5 acres and includes a theatre room,sports bar,billiard room,equipped work out room,hurricane impact glass,marble flooring,custom cabinetry,coral stone columns and balconies,covered patio is over 1500 sq.ft and features a custom built BBQ/bar area that overlooks a one of a kind waterfall,pool and spa! In addition to the 2 car garage there is a 5 car garage that is 2200 sq,ft!! Offered at $2,250,000

Rock Creek,Awesome 3 bedroom 2 bath home located on a huge lakefront lot! Heated pool,open floor plan featuring hardwood floors,updated kitchen and appliances,accordian hurricane shutters,�A� schools! Fantastic price! Offered at $335,000


Long Lakes Ranches custom built...Paradise can now be called HOME! Absolutely stunning 7 bedrooms ,7 bathrooms with aprox.7300 sq. ft! Marble floors indoors and out,hardwood floors on 2nd story. The lot is over an acre (53,776 sq.ft.lot),Heated pool and spa with a beach entry and tiki swim up bar! Outdoor beds and furniture likes of a luxury hotel.The 2nd tiki features an outdoor kitchen,cooler,canopy, and flat screen TV! Outdoor basketball court,indoor gym and a recreation loft with a full bar,pool and poker tables,shuffleboard and air hockey! Offered at: 1,700,000


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