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Your Local Community News Magazine!

May 2011

ok, so my subs really aren't gourmet and we're not french either. my subs just taste a little better, that's all! I wanted to call it jimmy john's tasty sandwiches, but my mom told me to stick with gourmet. She thinks whatever I do is gourmet, but i don't think either of us knows what it means. so let's stick with tasty!

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All of my tasty sub sandwiches are a full 8 inches of homemade French bread, fresh veggies and the finest meats & cheese I can buy! And if it matters to you, we slice everything fresh everyday in this store, right here where you can see it. (No mystery meat here!)



Real applewood smoked ham and provolone cheese garnished with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.


Medium rare choice roast beef, topped with yummy mayo, lettuce, and tomato.


Fresh housemade tuna, mixed with celery, onions, and our tasty sauce, then topped with alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato. (My tuna rocks!)

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Fresh sliced turkey breast, topped with lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and mayo. (The original) The original Italian sub with genoa salami, provolone, capicola, onion, lettuce, tomato, & a real tasty Italian vinaigrette. (Hot peppers by request)


Layers of provolone cheese separated by real avocado spread, alfalfa sprouts, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. (Truly a gourmet sub not for vegetarians only . . . . . . . . . . . peace dude!) Bacon, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. (The only better BLT is mama's BLT)

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freebies (subs & clubs only) Onion, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, mayo, sliced cucumber, Dijon mustard, oil & vinegar, and oregano.



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THE J.J. GARGANTUAN® This sandwich was invented by Jimmy John's brother Huey. It's huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans! Tons of genoa salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey & provolone, jammed into one of our homemade French buns then smothered with onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, & our homemade Italian dressing.

GIANT club sandwiches My club sandwiches have twice the meat or cheese, try it on my fresh baked thick sliced 7-grain bread or my famous homemade french bread!

#7 GOURMET SMOKED HAM CLUB A full 1/4 pound of real applewood smoked ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, & real mayo!


Choice roast beef, smoked ham, provolone cheese, Dijon mustard, lettuce, tomato, & mayo.


Real genoa salami, Italian capicola, smoked ham, and provolone cheese all topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and our homemade Italian vinaigrette. (You hav'ta order hot peppers, just ask!)


A full 1/4 pound of fresh sliced medium rare roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, & mayo.


Fresh sliced turkey breast, applewood smoked ham, provolone, and tons of lettuce, tomato, and mayo! (A very traditional, yet always exceptional classic!)


Fresh baked turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado spread, sliced cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! (It's the real deal, and it ain't even California.)

#13 GOURMET VEGGIE CLUB® Double provolone, real avocado spread, sliced cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. (Try it on my 7-grain whole wheat bread. This veggie sandwich is world class!)


Roast beef, turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. An American classic, certainly not invented by J.J. but definitely tweaked and fine-tuned to perfection!


The same as our #3 Totally Tuna except this one has a lot more. Fresh housemade tuna salad, provolone, sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, & tomato.


Fresh sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, & mayo. (JJ's original turkey & bacon club)


Real applewood smoked ham and bacon with lettuce, tomato & mayo, what could be better!




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publisher’s page Spring Is in the Air and Summer Is Not Far Away


t’s hard to believe, but the tropical South Florida heat is with us again. The sun is burning down and the air conditioners are humming at full blast. While we are trying to decide between pool or beach, our kids are already looking forward to their summer break, and we are hurriedly making last minute arrangements for summer camps and family vacations.

In the midst of all this, Spring is passing us by and Mother’s Day has “sneaked up” on us. Let’s take a little pause and honor our mothers (and our wives) for they are always working hard to care for us, look after us, and pamper us. Let’s pamper them for a change! Have a fantastic Mother’s Day celebration! Sincerely,

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May 2011

Contents calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Green Thumb Gardening Think Shade Trees This Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 community news Weston By The Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Temple Dor Dorim Members Are Making a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 All Invited to Everglades Elementary Nutrition & Fitness Fair . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Weston Retiree Receives Freedom Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Children’s Theater Company Performs Mama Mia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Essay Contest Encourages High School Seniors to Write About Weston . . . . 93 Can Do Kid Weston Teen Sets Records and Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Health & Wellness Shape Your Body Without Surgery and Without Risks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 What Can We Do About Back Pain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Look Years Younger – No Surgery! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Ortho What? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Lowering the Perfection Bar–Creating Authentic Women . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 A Little Bit About The History of Botox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 online shopping Simplify Your Life And Make Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Inspiring Individual Weston Man Leading Effort to End ALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sports News Cypress Bay Hockey Knocked Out at Nationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Cypress Bay Boys Basketball Scores in Athletics and Academics . . . . . . . 39 Sagemont School is Creating Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Falcon Cove Bands Dominate Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 The Sky’s the Limit for Team Imagine Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 cover story Art Institute of Weston Combines Art Lessons with Summer Fun . . . . . . . . 44 Legally Speaking The Importance of Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Florida . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Have You Been a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Myths and Facts about Visas for Professionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 How Much Does It Cost? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 school news Useful and Unique Devices Unveiled at Eagle Point Invention Convention . . . 50 The Human Calculator Visits Indian Trace Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Indian Trace Elementary Observes Earth Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Country Isles Students Get Creative with Fundraising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Audience Will Adore Cypress Bay’s Aida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 TDD ECC Earns Excellent Kindergarten Readiness Scores . . . . . . . . . . . 58 ask the expert What You Need To Know About Stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Should You Be Worried About Autism in Your Child? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Haute Hair Perfect Hair And Perfect Body For Summer! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Positive Parenting From Generation to Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 home décor Custom Rugs – Your Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Stepping Outside Our Comfort Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 tee to green How To Read Greens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Pet Care Skin Problems in Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Seen on Scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 it’s their business Florida Skin Institute Brings Affordable Beauty to Everyone . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Helen Charles Salon London Prides Itself on Passion and Professionalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Snapshots From School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 tax talk Tax Implications of Foreign Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 photo of the month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Dining Out Mazza Offers Great Mediterranean Food Right in the Neighborhood . . . . . 112 fitness forum Yoga is Good Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 now you’re cooking A Taste of Peru: Conchitas a la Parmesana (Parmesan Scallops) . . . . . . . 116 rotary news Weston Rotary Rocks the Moon! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Chamber News Our City Weston Hosts Weston Area Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

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7th Interactive Aromatherapy Workshop – The basics of the different aromatherapy essential oils, their qualities and therapeutic uses will be discussed at this workshop at Weston Yoga from 3:30-5:30pm. Participants will learn the effects that scents have on the mind, body, emotions and psyche. The workshop includes a take home customized body scrub that you will create from a blend of essential oils to meet your individual needs. The cost of workshop is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Space is limited. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information call (954) 349-6868 or visit

12th Weston Friends Club: Luncheon and Fashion Show – Join the Weston Friends Club at noon for a luncheon at the Bonaventure Country Club, followed by a Fashion Show. Club members will be modeling outfits from Talbot’s. For more information about this event, or about Weston Friends Club, call Nancy Dunlop at (954) 384-6456.

15th Author Luncheon – Join the Sisterhood of Temple Dor Dorim for its annual author luncheon and boutique. Former Miami police officer turned author Edna Buchanan will discuss her new novel Legally Dead. In addition, tarot reader, intuitive advisor and hypnotist Bob Decker will be the special guest. Before the luncheon, guests can shop the boutique featuring fabulous vendors selling jewelry, handbags, children’s items and much more. The boutique opens at 11am followed by the author luncheon at 12:30pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the temple office at (954) 389-1232.


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16th Weston City Commission Meeting – The regular meeting of the Weston City Commission begins at 7pm in the City Commission Chamber located in Weston City Hall, 17200 Royal Palm Boulevard.

21st Triangle of Care – The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention’s second annual tri-county “Triangle of Care” suicide prevention conference will be held from 8:00am to 4:30pm in the Terry Health Professions Building at Nova Southeastern University. This conference is open to anyone who wants to learn more about what is available today in suicide prevention methods. All courses will be offered by eminent suicide prevention authorities and grief specialists who deal with all populations. All classes and seminars are free unless credits are requested. To register call FISP at (954) 384-0344.

24-26th CPR & First Aid Training – The Sheinberg Family YMCA will offer CPR and First Aid training classes. These programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Please contact Scott Hendry at (954) 424-9622 or for more information. You may register online at

30th Memorial Day – Formerly known as Decoration Day, this federal holiday commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. There is no school this day. Weston City offices are closed in observance, but all of the parks will be open and there is regular garbage collection.

June 1st Toddler Tales – The Weston Branch Library will host story time from 10:30-11am for children ages 18-24 months. Space is limited; please obtain a ticket at the Youth Services Desk. For more information call (954) 389-2098 ext. 252.

June 2nd Weston Friends Club: Lunch Bunch – Join the Weston Friends Club for lunch at Mitch’s Westside Bagels in the Waterway Shoppes II. The group will meet at 11:45am. For reservations or more info, please call Claire Jargiello at (954) 384-2722.

Ongoing Summer Swim Lessons – Get in the swim this summer, register for swim lessons at the Sheinberg Family YMCA. Sessions run all summer beginning June 6th. Classes are held Monday through Thursdays for children age 6 months through adults. These classes fill up quickly! For more information, contact Scott Hendry at (954) 424-9622 or You may register on-line at

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trategically placed shade trees can add tremendous value to your outdoor living spaces, especially during the hot summer. Not only does it feel up to 20 degrees cooler in the shade than in the direct sun, but the shade environment creates terrific opportunities for under plantings of colorful foliage plants that cannot tolerate full sun. Additionally, trees provide a natural habitat for birds and squirrels and produce oxygen to help cleanse the air we breathe. Economically, properly selected trees can begin to reduce your home cooling costs within a few years and a fully grown tree canopy can reduce cooling costs by up to 40%. Top Shade Trees for South Florida. Eight trees stand out due to their exceptional growth characteristics, low maintenance and reasonable prices.   Moderate size trees (up to 20 feet) ▸▸ Japanese Fern: Deep green, exotic fern-like leaves, naturally symmetrical canopy, great branch structure for hanging orchids or baskets. ▸▸ Magnolia: Dark green, glossy leaves with copper underside is truly unique. Large fragrant white flowers during the spring and sporadically throughout the year. ▸▸ Cassia: Two varieties to choose from, both with bright yellow flowers. In bloom much of the year. ▸▸ Bottlebrush: Distinctive light bark. Flowers are 6” long cylinders of scarlet blossoms.

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etween 2000 and 2010, Florida’s population grew by more than 2.8 million people, and 16,047 of them settled here in Weston. The results of the 2010 U.S. Census have been released and our community is now home to 65,333 people. That’s up nearly 33% from 2000, when only 49,286 people resided in Weston. The demographics shifted along with the population growth. Today, Hispanics (all races) make up 44.93% of the Weston population. Our diverse community is also home to 3,000 Asians, 87 American Indians and 24 Pacific Islanders. And, it will probably come as no surprise, but Weston is a young community. Nearly one-third of our population is under the age of 18. Weston is not the only Florida city to have grown substantially over the years. As a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, Florida will get two more seats in Congress, for a total of 27 representatives.

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t’s hard to keep up with Micaela “Mica” Naibryf. Not only does she hold a school track record for running the mile, but she runs a-milea-minute in the rest of her life too. Mica keeps busy with school, sports, community service, and, of course, her friends. All of this helps distract her when she’s feeling a little homesick. The Weston teen is a sophomore at the American Hebrew Academy, the country’s only Jewish pluralistic college prep boarding school. “I miss my family everyday; we are a very tight Jewish/Latin family. BUT, I thank them for giving me this opportunity,” says Mica adding, “Truthfully, I speak four to five times a day with my mom.” This close relationship with her mother is what actually inspired her to begin running in the first place. “Back in 2005, my mother contracted a virus that left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down,” shares Mica. “She began rehab and I accompanied her. This process led from walker, to walking, to jogging, and then to running.” Mica was running right alongside her, and soon was competing in local 5K races. When she started high school last year, Mica began running competitively on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. “Every time I take a step, I feel as if I am taking another breath of air and life. I love the team spirit, passion, and the adrenaline we share just before the gun goes off!” Last season Mica set the school record for the open 800, 1600 and 3200 meter run. This season, she reset the school record in the mile with a sub 5:50 pace/minute time. Mica is also an elite cross country runner. She placed in the top five in each of her regular season races, and finished second out of 41 runners in the Conference Finals and 14th out of 174 runners at States, setting a personal record with a time of 21 minutes 28 seconds. Mica was named to the Triad Athletic Conference’s All-Conference Cross Country Team for the 2010-2011 school year. “Mica is an incredibly determined runner, giving it her all during practices and during the meets. She will literally use 100% of her energy during a race,” states American Hebrew Academy Cross Country Coach Tom Christopher. “At conferences, she ran so hard that she nearly passed out shortly after crossing the finish line!” Mica puts this intense level of passion and dedication into everything she does. She is active in Student Government, serving as secretary/treasurer. She writes the “On Campus Events” column for her school newspaper, HaGesher, and writes a personal blog ( chronicling her activities, experiences, and thoughts. She is involved in the AHArai program, hosting tours of the school for prospective students. Mica also takes time from her busy schedule to tutor other students in physics, chemistry, geometry and algebra. In addition to athletics and academics, Mica is committed to community service. She recently helped decorate and sew challah covers for the school and the Four Corners Tzedakah Fund Silent Auction, a student run non-profit organization. Although still away at school, Mica is now busy planning a charity 5K run/walk here in South Florida to benefit Chai Lifeline, a non-profit organization whose mission has been to restore the light of childhood to children whose innocence ended when they were diagnosed with a life-threatening or lifelong illness. This cause is near and dear to Mica. “My family moved to the United States in 2002 with two other families from Argentina. The ten-year-old son of one of those families was recently diagnosed with an illness, neuroblastoma.” Mica is planning “Step to Chai!” for August or September, so she can work on it while home during the summer. “That will give me time to organize it appropriately, timely and responsibly.” Once the details have been worked out, the sanctioned race will be posted on and runners can register online. Donations can also be made directly to Chai Lifeline at with a memo saying “Step for Chai.”


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hether you have one hour or one day, you can make a difference in the lives of others. That’s the message behind Temple Dor Dorim’s annual Mitzvah Day. A mitzvah is a good deed or act of kindness. The synagogue started this program 11 years ago as a means of bringing the entire congregation together for a day of Social Action in the community. This year more than 200 families, 450 plus people, participated. Together they were able to help over two dozen organizations and programs in our community.

mitzvah project. Plus, there were plenty of projects for individuals or families at the temple. Mitzvah Day participants assembled care packages for our military service men and women, assembled hygiene kits for the homeless, made get well cards for patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, colored happy face wall art to decorate the Daniel Cantor Senior Center, and made baby blankets to benefit newborn babies in third world countries. The Ross family helped make baby blankets. Jodi says she had tears in her eyes knowing that the Preschool students rolled coins they collected to donate to Heifer International. blankets she and her boys made would be going to newborn get ready for the big day, Temple Dor Dorim celebrated babies, who otherwise would have March Mitzvah Madness. Throughout the month, the been wrapped in newspaper. synagogue accepted assorted donations for charities. For Temple President Iris Kauffman example, travel sizes of shampoo, soap, shaving cream attended Mitzvah Day with her grandand disposable razors, toothbrushes and other personal children. She says their favorite activity hygiene items, as well as socks, were collected to help was tie-dying their Mitzvah Day t-shirts, the homeless. New and gently used cookbooks were especially knowing that the money they donated for this activAt Temple Dor Dorim’s Mitzvah Day, families helped make sandwiches ity will benefit breast and put together bagged lunches to feed the homeless. cancer research. There were opportunities for all ages and interests. The Families could also choose from sevtemple’s Early Childhood Center took on two projects. eral projects taking place throughout the The preschool students collected and rolled coins to community. At the Soref Food Pantry, purchase livestock through Heifer International, whose members packed and delivered food to mission is to help end world hunger and poverty through needy families. Other members prepared self-reliance and sustainability. The preschoolers also and delivered bag lunches to the homeless participated in a trike/bike-a-thon to raise money for at Life Net 4 Families. Those not afraid to Abi’s Place, a school for special needs children. Each get a little messy helped paint rooms at of the temple’s religious school classes also took on a Children’s Harbor Village, a foster care facility in Pembroke Pines. Other families laced up their sneakers for a 5K run or 10K walk to benefit Multiple Temple Youth Group members show off their tie-dyed Mitzvah Day Sclerosis. t-shirts to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In addition to all the hands-on projects, Mitzvah Day collected for Project 1841, an organization that provides also included a bake sale to benefit basic needs to 18-year-olds aging out of the foster care the Neve Michael Children’s Foster system. Cell phones were collected for Women in Distress Village in Israel and a lemonade stand and gently used shoes for Soles for Souls. to benefit the local Children’s Harbor Regardless of how much members gave or which Village. The bloodmobile was there to project was selected, everyone left knowing they had accept donations. Member could also made a difference in the lives of others. Jodi Ross says get evaluated for the National Bone her boys definitely grew from this experience. She says Marrow registry. because of Mitzvah Day they realize what is going on While it is called Mitzvah Day, in in the world around them and that they can help, even actuality there is much more to it. To in this small way. Fifth and sixth graders made baby blankets for AmeriCares to benefit babies born in third world countries.


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Community News All Invited to Everglades Elementary Nutrition & Fitness Fair By Stacey Bomser


ast fall, the community rallied to support the Get FIT Weston initiative to make Weston the Fittest City in Florida. Now, Everglades Elementary School is continuing that quest. Everyone is invited to the first annual Everglades Elementary Nutrition & Fitness Fair presented by the Everfit Kids Wellness Program. It will be held on Thursday, May 26th from 6-8pm at the school. Everglades Elementary Principal Eliot Tillinger says the school is proud to be hosting this program. “From proper nutrition to daily exercise, a healthy lifestyle is something every individual can achieve. The benefits of this program can be everlasting.” That’s the hope of Everglades Elementary Nutrition & Fitness Fair co-chairs Melissa Handley, a healthcare industry professional, and Toby Bass, a registered and licensed dietitian, both parents at Everglades. “The Nutrition & Fitness Fair will serve as an event to educate and motivate our school and the community to make the healthiest lifestyle choices,” explains Melissa. “Our goal is to present realistic ways of improving health and wellness through better nutrition and physical activity.” The free event, sponsored by the PTA, will kick off with an address by Terry Kirby, Director of Sports Performance at the Ultimate Sports Institute and former Miami Dolphin. The Ultimate Sports Institute, along with the Sheinberg Family YMCA and Weston Yoga, will have fitness professionals onsite offering instruction, activities and exercise advice for children and adults.

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Community News Children’s Theater Company Performs Mama Mia By Stacey Bomser

The ensemble cast also includes Amanda (Mandy) Figuero rom Broadway to Bonaventure. The Miss Judy and Leigh Green sharing the role of “Donna,” Rachael Davis and Children’s Theater Workshop will present the ABBAMaria delos Angles Pina as “Auntie Tanya,” Andrea Sarmiento inspired, hit musical Mama Mia at the Bonaventure and Alejandra Duque as “Auntie Rosie,” Sarah Rodriguez and Tess Town Center Club with two free performances over Memorial Taggert as “Ali,” Isa Jimenez as “Lisa,” Christopher Hermens as Day weekend. “Harry Bright,” Adam Levy and Brian Levy as “Sam Carmichael,” The Miss Judy Children Theater’s Workshop has been producReilly Markowitz and Michael Valladeras as “Pepper” and “Sky.” ing magical musicals for longer than most of its cast members The beauty of The Miss Judy Children’s Theater Workshop is have been alive. The all-kid cast and crew features students from that there are opportunities for everyone to explore their creative kindergarten through high school. talents, whether onstage or off. The dance instructor and choreTheater Director Judy Jacobson has been producing and ographers, Laura Falcone and Cassie Haley, are teenagers who directing this workshop for 16 years, with help from her husband, have been with the program for years. So has voice coach Kevin Cookie. It began as a puppet show with ten children and has Yungman, set designers Kassandra Ruiz and Daniel Rodriguez, grown over the years to include 50 or more children. She prefers and music and sound technician Adidi Dardik. Assistant Director musicals now because they give many children the opportunity Adrian Padron is responsible for stage placement, realistic moveto perform in an ensemble group singing and dancing. In order ments and expression, costumes, accessories and props. to give everyone a chance to shine on stage, the theater workshop Maria Pina as "Auntie Tanya," Mandy Figueroa In the true spirit of community theater, Miss Judy says the performs two shows with separate casts. program would not be possible without the support of senior as "Donna," and Alejandra Duque as "Auntie rehearse for The Miss Judy Children’s Ten-year-old Manuela Arango will play the lead role of “Sophie Rosie" volunteers from the community who help with everything from Theater Workshop production of Mama Mia. Sheridan” in the first show. She says she’s really enjoyed singing hair and make-up to set construction. and learning the harmony. “The hardest part is memorizing all the lines and lyrics… The Miss Judy Children’s Theater Workshop will present Mama Mia at the and keeping track of all the dance steps.” Bonaventure Town Center Club on Friday, May 27th at 6:45pm and Monday, May 30th Cast-mate Michael Gleason, who will play “Bill Austin” in both performances, also at 12:45pm. Both shows are free and open to the community. For more information found mastering the dance routines to be a challenge. “My favorite part is having fun call (954) 384-8330. The Bonaventure Town Center Club is located at 16690 Saddle with people who have the same interests as I do.” Club Road, just west of Bonaventure Boulevard.


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t’s been 60 years since baseball legend Lou Gehrig succumbed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Sadly, there is still no cure for the fatal neuromuscular disease that took his life, and now commonly bears his name. Approximately 14 new cases of ALS are diagnosed each day in this country. People with ALS have a life expectancy of two to five years from diagnosis. “A month after I started law school my mother was diagnosed with ALS and passed away during finals of my first year,” shares Weston resident Adam Silverman, who serves as president of the ALS Recovery Fund. “Coincidentally, the first time I ever heard of ALS was through Kevin Packman, a high school friend whose father was also diagnosed with ALS. Kevin was a primary source of information for my family since this was before the information age and the internet. Kevin and his father founded the ALS Recovery Fund.”

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Sports News Cypress Bay Hockey Knocked Out at Nationals By Stacey Bomser


t was a stellar season for the Cypress Bay ice hockey club. This team from the Sunshine State made a strong showing at the USA Hockey High School Nationals in Chicago, finishing 2-1 in round robin play. The team skated through a successful season, finishing with a 14-6 record. This third place division finish secured Cypress Bay a playoff birth in the Florida Scholastic Hockey League (FSHL) playoffs. After defeating second seed Cooper City, the Lightning went on to the FSHL finals, where they faced rival North Broward Prep. Despite defeat, Cypress Bay was able to clinch a birth into the State Championships. At the State Championships, Cypress Bay and North Broward Prep finished #1 and #2 in the round robin standings, leading to another match-up at the State Finals. Assistant Head Coach Brent Greninger states, “In the state final, we took a 2-0 lead early, fell behind 3-2 late into the third period, tied the game up with five minutes left to play, but North Broward

scored with one minute left to win the state championship.” As runner up, Cypress Bay clinched a spot at the USA Hockey High School Nationals; one of only 24 teams in the country. The Lightning made a strong showing, finishing 2-1 in round robin play, but unfortunately did not advance to the knockout phase of the tournament. There are 22 players on the Cypress Bay Ice Hockey club, led by Captain Robert Kaplove and Assistant Captains Ryan Geffin and Kevin Masaro. The team is coached by Perry San, who has been Head Coach since the team’s inception in 2004. The Lightning practice and play at the Saveology. com Iceplex in Coral Springs. Although ice hockey season is over, the players haven’t hung up their skates. About half the team plays travel hockey, and many also play for the Cypress Bay roller hockey club. With this dedication and determination, don’t be surprised to see the Lightning strike again at Nationals next year.

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Sports News Cypress Bay Boys Basketball Scores in Athletics and Academics By Stacey Bomser

and within the classroom. The higher the academics the more doors open for you.” his has been a stellar season for the Cypress Bay Boys Basketball Academics certainly opened the door for Ricky Rodriguez. He has a direct appointteam. Not only did it win the District Title, but it also won the Florida High ment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is waiting to see if he gets an appointment School Athletic Association’s All Academic Team Championship. Cypress Bay to the U.S. Air Force Academy. received this award for having the highest team GPA in boys basketball in the state. He is not the only member of the Cypress Bay Boys Basketball team to earn academic The Lightning players have an impressive 3.319 accolades this year. Teammate Alex Anderson is a unweighted GPA. It’s much higher when you include finalist for the BCAA Scholar Athlete Award and all the honors and AP classes these student-athletes Ben Mitchel and Zack Freesman won the DECA are taking. For these guys are truly student-athletes. state title for Business (Sports Management). This can be attributed to the coaching staff’s Zack says the key to balancing school work and emphasis on both athletics and academics. “Academics sports is time management. “In order to make sure I are the main priority,” states Coach Jason Looky. get everything completed on time, I map out in my “These players understand that most of them may head what activities I have all week to make sure not have the chance to play pro basketball, not even I leave enough time to get my school work done.” college basketball, so they better have a plan.” Ben says it’s important not to lose focus. “My According to Looky, most ninth grade basketball best advice for other student athletes is to realize players come into the program thinking they will that the term is just that – student-athlete. Student one day play for Duke, Syracuse, Kansas or another comes first and, therefore, school work has to come powerhouse basketball team. “Don’t get me wrong, first. However, through hard work and dedication I want them to set their goals high. However, we to both your academics as well as the sport you break down the dream and let them know the odds play, you can excel both in the classroom and on of that happening. Less than 3% of high school basthe court.” ketball players go on to play college basketball,” The Cypress Bay Boys Basketball Team is he explains. “Well, how do we increase those certainly proof of that. Congratulations boys Cypress Bay Boys Basketball players Zack Freesman, Alex Anderson, Ben Mitchel and odds? Two ways -- getting better on the court Ricky Rodriguez have all excelled both on the court and in the classroom. on an exceptional season!


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school news Sagemont School is Creating Champions By Stacey Bomser

The Weston City Commission awarded certificates to the Sagemont Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams for their impressive seasons. Photo by Sagemont student photograph Susan Hurwitz.


f Wheaties® is the breakfast of champions, then the Publix stores in Weston better stock up. The Sagemont School has set its sights on creating champions. It’s well on its way, with students excelling in athletics, academics, and the arts. The Sagemont Boys Basketball team took home the state championship title this year. It was the first team in Broward County to win the state finals for Division 2A in the past ten years. This was a much deserved victory. Last year, the team missed the title in the last seconds of the championship game. According to Sagemont Athletics Director Eric Simmonds, the program has been improving year after year with the team qualifying for three state basketball tournaments in four years. “The boys played in their second state championship game ever against First Academy, having a tough first half shooting from the floor and down eight points at halftime. They turned that eight point deficit around quickly in the second half with tremendous defensive pressure. The boys were able to win the state final by a score of 53-41 and win the first State Championship in school history.” The Sagemont Girls Basketball team had an equally impressive season. The Lady Lions also went to the state finals this year; their first state tournament in program history. The girls won a thrilling game in the semifinals over LaFayette 65-52, but eventually fell to a highly experienced Community School of Naples team in the finals, 53-41. While the Sagemont basketball program has only recently risen to the top, the school’s tennis team has been playing in state tournaments for years. “The first Sagemont team to advance to a state tournament was the boys varsity tennis team in 2006,” notes Simmonds. That team, led by senior Josh Samuels and sophomore Zach Hunter, came in second

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place. Hunter returned to the state tournament as an individual player his junior and senior year. He came out of both tournaments as the Overall Singles State Champion. He was also overall state runner up in doubles in 2007. Hunter is currently playing tennis at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This year’s boys tennis team has just won its 8th straight district championship, dating back to 2004. Senior Zack McCourt has contributed greatly to the team’s success. He just qualified for his fourth consecutive trip to the state tennis tournament, where he will play both #1 singles and #1 doubles. Zack is currently ranked as the #1 boys singles player in class 2A. He is also the #2 boys tennis player in Florida and the #41 boys player in the United States. Zack takes advantage of Sagemont’s flexibility for athletes and works hard to maintain his tennis career and academics. He carries a 5.14 GPA with a full load of Advanced Placement classes. Zack will play tennis at Princeton next year. One of the things that truly sets Sagemont apart from other schools is that its athletes do succeed both on and off the field, excelling in both athletics and academics. “The first goal of any of these student-athletes needs to be their education,” explains Simmonds. “Playing in high school athletics will help to create memories for a lifetime, but it will not help create their lives. The kids know that their education comes first and foremost and getting into the best fit college that they can attend is what will help them be successful later in life.” Athletics is not the only arena where Sagemont is creating champions. The high school Thespian Team received state level recognition this year. Sagemont’s production of Dracula was selected to perform as a Mainstage Production at the 2011 Florida State Thespian Festival. The troupe brought back many Superior ratings; Christopher Merlino was a recipient of one of ten thespian scholarships awarded at the festival. The arts department has also produced some exceptionally talented musicians. Flutist Kavya Narendra-Babu represented Sagemont as part of the All State Band and five Sagemont keyboard and piano musicians are eligible to play at the upcoming state competition. This has been an impressive year for The Sagemont School. Students have realized amazing accomplishments in academics, Cynthia Burton watches proudly as her son, Zack McCourt, finalizes his decision to play college tennis at Princeton. athletics and the arts.

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cover story Art Institute of Weston Combines Art Lessons with Summer Fun By Debby Teich


he Art Institute of Weston offers drawing and painting classes for children and adults in the classic traditional European style of painting. Owner Pablo Cano is convinced that anyone can learn to paint. “All they need is the desire to learn and someone to teach them the proper way to do it,” said Pablo. On May 14, at 6 p.m., the Institute will showcase the artwork of more than 100 of its students. It is an opportunity to see what your child could create at the All Art Camp this summer. The Art Institute opened its doors ten years ago at 2900 Glades Circle, Suite 1600, in the Weston Commercial Center. Pablo and his family have created a friendly atmosphere that allows students to relax as they develop their artistic skills at their own pace. “Our classes give students a chance to forget about their busy schedules,” said Pablo. “They spend time focusing on color, size, light and shadows instead of work, school, television and electronics.” All of the students have the opportunity to study under the supervision of Master Artist Conchita Firgau. Conchita was born in Venezuela, where she is considered one of the country’s leading artists. She studied at Madrid’s prestigious Escuela Superior De Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí also studied. Conchita has exhibited in major art galleries and museums throughout the world and her artwork has appeared in many books and magazines. She has created major artworks for large corporations and private individuals. More than 60 of her paintings are displayed around the school and are for sale. Most tell a story of enjoyment and the simplicity of life -- using lush, vibrant colors. Many of Conchita’s students have become well-known artists, including her Venezuelan granddaughter, Daniela Jahn Cano who has special needs. Daniela spends her summers in Weston working with Conchita to advance her artistic skills. She will be displaying her artwork at FIA this summer, a major art exhibition in Caracas, as well as at a gallery in New York in 2012. Conchita recognizes how much art has helped Daneila and hopes to do the same for others by offering programs at the Institute for artists with special needs.


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The Art Institute of Weston offers a variety of programs for all students, ages 5 to adult. Students begin with basic techniques and advance through several levels. They build self-confidence as they accomplish each project and learn to really see like an artist. Class sizes are limited to eight, allowing time for master artists to work closely with students and guide them through the entire process. The emphasis of the program is figurative and realistic, reflecting the same traditions that have produced master artists from the Renaissance to the present time. Students begin by studying drawing, which forms an essential base for the process of painting. Using paper and charcoal, they learn to draw landscapes, figures and still-life, while focusing on the use of lines, atmospheric perspective, value, construction and proportion. Next, they learn how to develop a sense for color by investigating light, shade, composition, value and texture through the use of pastels. During the last step in the process, students are introduced to the medium of their choice, including oil, acrylic and pastel. They use their acquired knowledge to compose new concepts for painting and advance at their own pace. The Art Institute’s summer camp is a fun-filled program that is centered around the exciting world of art, with an emphasis on learning and creating wonderful works of art. The camp is for ages 5 to 16, from beginner to advanced. Campers rotate through four different activities which are taught in a similar style to the after school program and limited to eight campers per instructor. They can attend for one week or the entire program, which runs from June 13 to August 12. The students follow the same schedule every week; however, the projects are always different. Students learn to paint, using pastel and acrylic. They use clay to create a variety of ceramics projects which teach them about proportion and size. “The students observe animals and objects and then create them using proper proportion and size,” said Pablo. “This is one of the most important steps in learning how to draw and paint realistically.” Students also participate in a different arts and crafts project each week, where they make something they can play with or use like a mask, puppet or decorative box. The kids in the summer program also participate in music appreciation classes, where they are introduced to instruments like violins and xylophones to help them determine if it is something they might want to pursue in the future. Summer camp runs from June 13 to August 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended hours are available. Space is limited. For information, call 954-659-9050 or visit www.

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school news Useful and Unique Devices Unveiled at Eagle Point Invention Convention By Stacey Bomser


hen the Snuggie® was first introduced a few years ago, people laughed. But more than 20 million of those blankets with sleeves have been sold. Who knew a concept so simple could become so successful. Hannah Kang, a fifth grader at Eagle Point Elementary, is hoping her Neck Desk becomes the next Snuggie®. Or perhaps it will be Juan Torres’ Flip Flap Shoes. These were just a couple of the clever and creative concepts unveiled at the Invention Convention. Each year, Ms. Emily Taggart challenges her fifth grade gifted/high achiever students to come up with a useful and/or unique new product. “Students are to think of and create a device which will help perform a task, make a job easier or solve a problem,” explains Ms. Taggart. “The invention must be functional in some way. It can be totally new, never thought of before, or it can be a modification added to a pre-existing device.” She says the ideas and concepts the students come up with never cease to amaze her. “There have been many very interesting inventions presented over the years,” says Ms. Taggart. This year’s class came up with some ingenious ideas to solve many everyday issues. For instance, Hannah Kang solved the problem of how to do your homework on the go with her Neck Desk. “It’s a portable desk/surface attached to a neck pillow, so you could always have a sturdy surface in front of you to work or read or draw when traveling or in bed,” she explains. Alyssa Salbe’s Handy Homework Hat would be the perfect accessory to the Neck Desk. It conveniently carries your writing and coloring utensils. Worrying about what to do with your valuables while you exercise is no longer an issue thanks to Juan Torres’ Flip Flap Shoes. These running shoes feature a flap on the bottom to store keys, a credit card, or ID. Classmate Sara Schlussel was also inspired by an everyday problem. Her Cart Shield features a retractable cover for supermarket shopping carts in case of rain. And, serving pizza is simple with Elizaveta Vlasov’s Cuttula, a combination pizza cutter and spatula. Other students opted to invent products to make their lives easier. Michael Stolzenberg no longer needs a friend to


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1. Students in Ms. Taggart’s fifth grade class show off their projects at the Invention Convention. 2. Dylan Lyon (left), Alyssa Salbe, and Valeria Coll wear their inventions, the Ultra Hat, Handy Homework Hat, and Hatooth. 3. Or Kop (left), Homero Argiro, and Ailin Laaroussi show off their inventions, the Sanitizer Supervisor, Maychup, and Souch. 4. Sara Schlussel (left) and Annabel Remudo demonstrate their inventions, the Cart Shield and the Puptub.




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School News The Human Calculator Visits Indian Trace Elementary By Stacey Bomser


tudents at Indian Trace Elementary School have a new appreciation for mathematics, now that “The Human Calculator” has shared some of his secrets. After just an hour with Guinness World Record Holder Scott Flansburg, students could accurately add columns of two-digit numbers in their heads and perform other functional feats. Flansburg’s visit was a prize from the American Math Challenge. Marc Horowitz’s fifth grade gifted class came in second place out of 20,000 schools nationwide in this two-day math competition. His students took part in real time math challenges powered by the Mathletics program. They competed live with students from around the country in challenging games using mental arithmetic. Flansburg is U.S. Ambassador to the American Math Challenge. He personally visited the top three schools. The former math teacher is committed to using his impressive skills to motivate students in mathematics. During his presentation to the third through fifth grade classes at Indian Trace Elementary, the mathematical marvel impressed students with his speed and accuracy. “I’m not an athlete, I’m a mathlete,” Indian Trace Elementary School won a visit he told students. “Just like an athlete, I need from Scott Flansburg, aka “The Human to warm-up and stretch out my brain.” Calculator,” because Mr. Horowitz’s fifth grade gifted class placed second in the American Math He engaged students in his warm-up Challenge out of 20,000 schools nationwide. exercises, encouraging them to call out numbers for him to add, subtract, multiply or divide. Once his brain was fully limbered up, Flansburg demonstrated his world record speed. Starting with the number 79, he kept adding 79. At the end of 15 seconds, his total was 2,765. Flansburg was able to complete 35 answers, beating Mr. Horowitz who was using a calculator for the computations. Flansburg’s world record is 37 answers in 15 seconds. A gifted mathematician, Flansburg possesses an extraordinary talent. He was recently featured on Stan Lee’s Super Humans on the History Channel, which chronicles people with superhuman abilities. He has also appeared on The Discovery Channel’s More than Human and How’d They Do That? The last being an appropriately named show considering those words were whispered numerous times during Flansburg’s presentation at Indian Trace. With his audience thoroughly mesmerized by his incredible math skills, Flansburg

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proceeded to show students how to use their mental calculators. He began by showing students something he discovered by accident while in elementary school. “This happened to me in fourth grade and it changed my life forever.” Flansburg confessed that he was not paying attention during math class the day the teacher was explaining how to add a list of two-digit numbers. He wasn’t listening so he didn’t know you were supposed to add the ones column first, then carry over to the tens column. Instead of panicking when she called him to the black board, he says he looked at the list of numbers and realized that he could simply add up the left column first and then add the second column to it. “You don’t need to carry. You can add up all the numbers in your head and get the same answer,” states Flansburg. He illustrated with these problems: 17 26 12 23 11 11 +14 +15 ----- --- 54 75 Add up the left column and you get 4. Add up the left column and you get 6. Add up the right column and you get 14. Add up the right column and you get 15. If you put them together you get 54. If you put them together you get 75. (The ones digit (4) stays, and the tens (1) (The ones digit (5) stays and the tens digit (1) is gets added to the 4) added to the 6) With the skills and confidence to easily add two digit numbers, students eagerly embraced Flansburg’s other tricks. He showed them a simple way to multiply numbers by eleven: 24 x 11 ------ 264 According to Flansburg, first you drop down the 2 and 4 to the hundreds and the ones places, then add 2+4 and that sum goes in the tens place. He says this trick works with any number times 11. Within minutes he had the entire auditorium doing multidigit multiplication with ease. After empowering students with this new-found math confidence, Flansburg’s parting words to students at Indian Trace Elementary were to share what they have learned with someone else who may be struggling with math. “Pass on the power of numbers,” he urged. Before leaving the school, Flansburg spent some special time with the students in Mr. Horowitz’s class, posing for pictures and signing autographs for his young fans. This personal visit from “The Human Calculator” left students with many memories and an inspired appreciation for numbers.

Following the presentation, Scott Flansburg posed for pictures and signed autographs for students in Mr. Horowitz’s class.

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School News Indian Trace Elementary Observes Earth Hour By Stacey Bomser


tudents at Indian Trace Elementary School have always been environmentally aware. The Environmental Committee frequently organizes Zero Waste Lunches and Campus Clean-up efforts. Each fall, the school hosts Green Day, where students, parents, faculty and community volunteers pitch in to beautify the school with plants and landscaping. While these programs are always popular, it seems everyone was in the dark about the school’s latest environmental event…literally. First grade teacher Mrs. Kathryn Puccio and the Environmental Mrs. Malecka’s first grade class gathered outside with their books to enjoy the Earth Hour Celebration at Indian Trace Elementary.

Committee suggested a school-wide ‘practice event’ for Earth Hour. Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour encourages people to power-down for one hour. To promote this program, the school hosted a practice power-down. The entire school turned off the lights and everyone went outside to read and reflect. While most classes used this time enjoy the fresh air and a good book, some teachers took this as an opportunity to explore and educate. Dr. Amarant took her fifth grade class on a nature walk around campus and they spotted a snake. Ms. Ellis did a big presentation with posters about Earth Hour for her kindergarten students. Second grader Maxwell Nunn thought Earth Hour at Indian Trace was fun. “You get to read books and when you get to a funny part of your story you are allowed to laugh it up.” While some of the older students realized the environmental impact. Fifth grader Emily Zern commented: “I like Earth Hour at Indian Trace because it helps the world and makes it a better place.” And that was the message Mrs. Puccio was hoping students would take away from this experience. “Instilling a sense of earth stewardship to young children has to be as important as teaching them reading, writing and math. They are our future. As they continue their journey in education, our goal for our students is to gain awareness of environmental issues that will be carried over for a lifetime.” Every student went home with a glow-in-the-dark bracelet with a reminder to turn off the lights and encourage their families to participate in global Earth Hour. Mrs. Caulfield’s second grade class brought chairs and towels outside to get comfortable while they read.


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• Ballet, Technique, Pointe, Choreography, Jazz and Stretch • Spectacular end of Camp Performance, in stunning costumes, for parents and friends Professional choreography provided for all dancers Repertoire, a solo from the classics, on pointe for senior group this group will perform the solo at the show (four weeks campers only) Broadway choreography, taught and performed Beginner pointe work – teacher approval essential Advanced pointe work for intermediate & advanced dancers Learn elements of composing and performing own choreography; young choreographer award. Dancers are divided into 3 levels

What else can my daughter expect to do at Camp IDA?

New weekly sewing and craft projects directed by a qualified teacher Voice training and performance Costume design classes; young designer award Jewelry making; young designer award Exciting new THEME each week

What Are Parents and Dancers Saying?

Artistic Director Deborah Buttner leads Camp IDA with a hands-on approach and the finest teaching staff. Ms. Buttner is an acclaimed ballerina with international experience and recognition. She is a graduate of the prestigious London Studio Center Classical Ballet program, trained in both South Africa and England, and toured the British Isles and America performing numerous lead roles. IDA’s philosophy provides each dancer with individual attention to meet the needs of those newly interested in fine arts all the way to those preparing for audition success.

“IDA provides dancers with a full performance experience and a delightful end of camp show where the dancers showed how much they had learnt during the camp!” (mother of 2010 camper)

Summer Intensive Program: IDA offers a two week summer dance intensive program in August. The Summer Intensive helps dancers quickly get back into top condition for the new season - which is full of incredible Nutcracker mania.

“There is nothing comparable in the tri-county area!” (mother of IBC’s Clara from Nutcracker, accepted and participated in summer programs by Houston Ballet & Boston Ballet)

The Nutcracker Auditions: Open auditions at IDA are held mid-September, followed by full cast rehearsals to prepare for our spectacular full-scale theater production in December. This is when IDA makes dreams come true for all levels of dancers! If you register for Camp IDA before May 31, 2011, you will receive two free tickets to our spring performance of Coppelia at the Miramar Cultural Center on June 10. If you register for both Camp IDA and the Summer Intensive Program by May 31, then you will receive four free tickets to Coppelia. After experiencing Coppelia, it will become clear why Camp IDA is Simply the Best!

“Last summer was the best summer of my life. I’ve been to day camps and overnight camps, but IDA camp went into my soul and changed me forever!” ( IDA Camper)

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school news Country Isles Students Get Creative with Fundraising By Stacey Bomser

South Florida’s own, and his work graces children’s he PTA at Country Isles Elementary museums, government buildings, welcome monuSchool has come up with a creative way to ments, freeways, buses and shops all over South raise much needed funds for the school. Florida,” explains Michele. “So the children can Building upon the success of its one-of-a-kind Meet easily recognize his regional as well as national the Masters program, it’s now sponsoring a “Display influence on the art community.” My Art” fundraiser with each student creating From the Meet the Masters PowerPoint prehis or her own original work of art. Parents and sentation, students learned that Britto’s cubist loved ones can purchase these masterpieces with style was influenced by Pablo Picasso, while his proceeds earmarked specifically for technology. use of vibrant colors and intricate designs was Country Isles is Weston’s first elementary school inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, and is currently in the midst of a major technology the final artist being studied this year. During art upgrade. While new state-of-the-art computers are class, Mr. Rollins, the school’s art teacher, also being earmarked for a totally refurbished computer taught students about Romero Britto and his use lab as well as old computers being replaced in each of brilliant colors, patterns, designs and shapes. classroom, Michele Knipp, co-chair of the Meet “We have seen amazing success when the art the Masters program, says more money is needed and Meet the Masters programs are synchronized. to upgrade Country Isles to a “smart campus” with Classmates Jessica Buchanan (left), Samantha Ford, and Zoe Larson were The children benefit from repetitive concepts, wireless capability, new computers, smart boards all smiles as they showed off their beautiful Britto-inspired artwork. vocabulary and specific design practice,” explains and document cameras for every classroom. “The new reading and math series that Michele. “Their confidence level rises and their projects become more brave and brilliant.” have been dictated by the State require these technologies in order to benefit from and For this project, each student either traced their hand or used a stencil to create a utilize the complete curriculum.” central design. They then created their own cubist puzzle, filling each section with a So, the PTA has made raising money a priority. Rather than traditional school unique pattern, such as Britto’s favorites, stripes and polka dots, as well as stars, hearts fundraisers such as wrapping paper sales and bake sales, Country Isles is hoping the and other designs. Finally, the students colored the designs with oil pastels before creative and clever “Display My Art” fundraiser will allow it to reach its goal while watercolor washing the entire piece with watercolor paints. enhancing the children’s creative experience and art education at the same time. The beautiful artwork was displayed at the school’s first annual Springfest musical/ According to Tracy Kinsey, the fundraising chairperson, the school decided to run carnival, before being sent to the fundraising company to turn into magnets for parents the “Display My Art” fundraiser through the Meet the Masters program “so that it to preview. Parents and loved ones could then order items printed with the child’s would be more cohesive, and generate more campus-wide enthusiasm, create a better artwork, including mouse pads, coffee mugs, water bottles and more. The proceeds overall project, and even be synchronized with the Art special.” from the sale of these items go directly back to the school. The fundraiser was incorporated into the Meet the Masters lesson on Romero “Our hope is that by channeling the children’s art into a specific theme or concept, Britto, with students creating their own masterpieces inspired by the neo-pop artist. the projects will capture the child’s personality and serve as a reminder to parents of “Although not considered a great Master in traditional art circles, Britto has become just how quickly time does fly by,” says Tracy.


Fourth graders Patricia Fernandez (left), Jacob Roman, and Melissa Miranda color in their designs in the style of Romero Britto.

Country Isles Elementary art teacher Mr. Rollins poses with fourth grader Melissa Miranda. Both the Art Special room and the Meet the Masters portable were converted into mini-museums while the students worked on artwork inspired by Miami artist, Romero Britto.


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Marni Abea (left) and Drew Chadrow display their artwork along with some of the items available for purchase through the “Display My Art” fundraiser.

school news Audience Will Adore Cypress Bay’s Aida By Stacey Bomser


ong before Romeo and Juliet, there was Radames and Aida. The tale of these star-crossed lovers is beautifully presented in the musical Aida. The Cypress Bay Lighting Drama Program will present Aida May 18-21st. “Aida is a wonderful story about two people who fall in love but cannot be together. Like Tony and Maria in West Side Story, Radames and Aida are from two different worlds. He is an Egyptian soldier and she a Nubian princess,” explains Director Cindy Lutwin. “Aida is a story about a love that is so powerful even death cannot keep them apart. Radames tells Aida as they are dying together under the sands of Egypt, ‘If it takes me a hundred lifetimes, I will find you again and we will be together.’” Lutwin says she picked this particular musical because of the mix of students she has in her American Musical Theatre class this semester. With the exception of Lutwin and Mr. Franks, the musical director, Aida is a total student-run production.

Dancers rehearse the song "Dance of the Robe," choreographed by student Nicolette Quintero.

There are over 70 students involved. They are responsible for everything from costuming to choreography, in addition to acting. Twelfth grader Kaile Grant stars as “Aida.” Junior David Klein plays “Radames” and classmate Carolyn King is “Amneris.” “My experience Kaile Grant as Aida leading the cast in the powerful song, "The Gods Love Nubia." has been phenomenal because I’ve been given so many great opportunities!” states Carolyn. Senior Laurel Sandage, who plays a palace woman and works with costumes, agrees. “The time spent working on my final show has been nothing but wonderful! Most of the cast has come leaps and bounds from our first rehearsal, and each person has brought a special flair to the show.” The Cypress Bay Lightning Drama Program production of Aida runs May 18-21st in the Cypress Bay auditorium. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission or $10 for reserved seating. For more information contact Cindy Lutwin at (754) 323-0350 ext. 3130.

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School News TDD ECC Earns Excellent Kindergarten Readiness Scores By Stacey Bomser


ne of the reasons parents send their young children to pre-school is to make sure they are ready for kindergarten. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Center at Temple Dor Dorim are more than ready. They continually score exceptionally well on the state’s kindergarten readiness tests. Each year, as part of the state of Florida’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program (VPK), students are tested upon kindergarten entry and given a “readiness score.” These scores are then calculated to give the VPK school the children attended a rating. Temple Dor Dorim’s kindergarten readiness scores rated among the highest in the state this year. On the test that measures a child’s readiness for kindergarten, Dor Dorim scored 100%. And on the test that measures emergent reading/readiness, Dor Pre-K students at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center engage in a variety of reading readiness activities. Dorim’s score was 98.5%. “The scores received on the assessments that are given when our children enter level, activities are designed to help strengthen fine motor development with exposure kindergarten are a direct result of the way our staff has implemented our curriculum to scribbling and different line formations, as well as songs and games having to do to meet and exceed Kindergarten Readiness Standards,” states Jodi Cohen, director with lines, letters and shapes. In the Three’s program, children then take it to the next of Early Childhood Programs at Temple Dor Dorim. level by refining these skills and reinforcing them through practice and repetition. The According to Cohen, Dor Dorim continually updates and revises its early childhood program culminates in pre-K where students are taught the Handwriting Without curriculum to keep up with the ever increasing demands on standards of what a child Tears curriculum in a more formal approach through journal writing, labeling and needs to be ready for kindergarten. “The feedback from our area elementary schools language experiences. and private schools is that our children continually exceed their expectation.” Planning the curriculum this way, with the foundation being laid when a child Dor Dorim utilizes a spiral curriculum, focusing on what skills a child needs to first starts the Dor Dorim program at age two, is what helps ensure the success of Dor have when they enter kindergarten and plan backward from there. A great example Dorim’s pre-K graduates and what has enabled the school to receive high Kindergarten of this is the school’s Handwriting Without Tears program. Beginning at the toddler Readiness Scores year after year.


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troke is the third leading cause of death following heart disease and cancer. Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke episode – that means that a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Americans will pay close to $70 billion in stroke-related medical costs in this year alone.

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Wednesday, May 25 Peripheral Arterial Disease PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, is when the arteries in the legs, or any other part of the body that carries blood out side of the heart, become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. PAD is a serious condition that can more than double your risk for heart attack or stroke, but often it can be successfully treated by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet. For more questions regarding PAD, join our live on-line chat with one of Cleveland Clinic’s vascular medicine specialists. Speaker:

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Cleveland Clinic Florida neurological physicians have expertise in diagnosing and treating stroke. Strokes can happen at any age. Nearly 25% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65 and is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. To learn more about the risk factors and preventative measures you can take, or what to do when a loved one has a stroke, log on and get your questions answered by a Cleveland Clinic stroke expert. Speaker:

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Health & Wellness What Can We Do About Back Pain? By Dr. Browner & Dr. Behar

regular aerobic and specific strengthening exercises, think correct posture at all times, and become ergonomically aware. As correct spinal alignment and function is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy back, get checked and adjusted regularly by your chiropractor. Awareness of spinal health should begin in childhood. Good postural habits, diet and exercise are fundamental to the optimum development of young spines. However, spinal health for children should not end here. Since functional scoliosis can be significantly improved if detected early, children should have at least two scoliosis screenings before the age of 12. Also, many adult spinal problems begin as a result of childhood injuries. Chiropractic spinal check-ups for children may help avoid a large number of future spine-related health problems. Let’s check your children today!

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pring back the hands of time. Look years younger with no surgery, virtually no downtime and after one hour. Is this possible? Yes, absolutely. Our youthful facial appearance is robbed as we start to grow older because of a loss of collagen. The breakdown of collagen creates volume loss which results in wrinkles, facial lines and loose skin. This is visually seen as shadows on the face from the contours created on the face from a loss of collagen. In addition, gravity pulls skin down resulting in sagging skin and jowls. It is important to understand that youthfulness is not achieved by only taut skin but by fullness of facial contours. Dermal fillers are the answer to immediately smooth away wrinkles and improve laxity of skin because they replace areas lacking in volume, lift skin and acts as scaffolding to your facial structure and stimulate your own body’s natural collagen production. The more popular fillers consist of either hyaluronic acid (Perlane, Juvederm, Restylane) or calcium-based microspheres (Radiesse). These fillers are placed under the skin using very small injections. The type of dermal filler chosen determines the longevity of the product. Dermal fillers may last from six months to over a year. More important than choosing the filler, however, is selecting the best artist/practitioner to apply the product. Often times, practitioners want to chase the fold – meaning they will go directly where they visually see a loss of volume. This may not be the best way to treat the wrinkle. Let me explain. One of the first folds in the face to appear as a result of collagen loss is the nasolabial fold. This fold is located near the corner of the nose extending to the outer upper lip. Many times I treat this fold by giving minute volume to the cheeks first. As a result, the fold is then lifted. This lift creates a more youthful natural appearance and diminishes the nasolabial fold. I may or may not need to use any more filler at this point. Downtime – there is essentially no downtime with fillers. The only thing that may be considered downtime is the possibility of bruising. The face is extremely vascular meaning it has many blood vessels. One of these blood vessels may be touched when the filler is placed causing a bruise. Not all clients who receive dermal fillers have bruising and most of these bruises obtained from the dermal fillers can be hidden with makeup. The goal to achieving the most natural youthful appearance is choosing the right practitioner who is an artist with the product, will chose the best product to correct the deficit, utilizes the least amount of product to create the desired effect, and makes the experience comfortable. Depending on the area treated, different anesthetic services may be rendered to make the experience as comfortable as possible. You definitely don’t want this procedure to be uncomfortable or rushed. It is possible to turn back the hands of time and look years younger with no surgery or downtime in approximately one hour! Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is board certified in Internal Medicine and SottoPelle BioIdentical Hormone Treatment. Dr. Nerette performs all treatments in conjunction with Board Certified Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Muniz at Bellissimo Medical Spa & Salon located in Weston at 2665 Executive Park Drive #3. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling 954-384-8989. For information, visit

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Health & Wellness Ortho What? By Dr. Jane Therrien


rtho what? Orthokeratology, or Ortho-k for short, may sound complex but it’s actually quite simple. As in Orthodontics or Orthopedics, the “Ortho” in Ortho-k is for correction. Ortho-k is a safe, non surgical and reversible eye procedure in which specially designed contact lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye, or cornea, while you sleep. These lenses are only worn during sleeping hours. When you awake in the morning, the reshaped corneal surface allows clear vision for the remainder of the day without any glasses or contacts.

Ortho-k is perfect for children and adults who have nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The lens is molded to produce a flatter central cornea and steepen the peripheral cornea correcting the nearsightedness. In the case of farsightedness and astigmatism, the cornea design steepens the central cornea and flattens the peripheral cornea, correcting farsightedness. Improvements can usually be seen the next day with the technique stabilizing after a week. Ortho-k does not make any permanent changes to the eye surface. Your eyes will revert back to their former state within one to four weeks as soon as you stop wearing the lenses. The lenses are surprisingly comfortable and most people even forget that they have lenses in their eyes after the first night of sleeping with them. The same corneal health criteria that is required for LASIK is the same for Ortho-k as well. The only exception is corneal thickness independent, which means people who were not good candidates for LASIK due to too thin corneas can attempt Ortho-k. Most people’s reaction when they first learn about Ortho-k is usually one of disbelief. The reason being is that the procedure is not well known publicly due to the small number of doctors who practice the method. It is currently estimated that only 5% of the worlds’ contact lens practitioners are trained and qualified to perform Ortho-k. So if you’re looking for a safe, reversible and affordable way to avoid LASIK and no longer have the burden of everyday glasses or contacts, Ortho-k is the choice for you. For a free consultation you can reach Dr. Jane Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or (954) 888-9393. Dr. Jane Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations!


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Health & Wellness Lowering the Perfection Bar– Creating Authentic Women By Alina Gastesi-de Armas, MA, MEd, LMHC


s I counsel women, myself included, I find that over the years, despite noted accomplishments both academically and occupationally, there continues to be a great deal of societal pressure for eternal beauty, silent conformity and endless giving. Although women have come a long way towards balancing work and family, one of the ways they continue to measure their self worth is in terms of body image and ageless attractiveness. Women search for what they are “missing”; struggling with issues of low self esteem. The stress that comes with this pursuit of perfection frequently leads to affective disorders including anxiety and depression. Outer alterations often do little to change women’s self concept and/or disappointment. In fact, what psychotherapists have found is that plastic surgery provides the same type of instant gratification as a shopping spree or a vacation; when the newness wears off the feelings of emptiness or sadness creep back in. In The American Journal of Psychiatry, dated July 2007, studies revealed that the suicide rate of women who received cosmetic breast implants was approximately twice the expected rate based on estimates of the general population. Much like the lotto winner or the movie star, money and fame cannot cure loneliness. The outward appearance and expectations for a generic flawlessness denies the value and worth of authentic inner beauty. So, how do we lower the huge emotional costs associated with these standards for beauty, the need for accumulation of material goods, and the want for external approval? The only remedy for the false promise of the happiness these goals advertise is authenticity, specifically in the form of a creativity, empathy, and generosity. Creativity and individuality are in direct contrast with the superficial beauty of society’s generic standards: the Barbie-esque shape, the wrinkleless face, the impeccable home décor, and/or the brilliant children. The time, money and energy women too often spend on this perception of perfection rob them of valuable moments they could use to pursue fulfilling interests, self exploration and happiness. The freedom from the stress of these unattainable goals often reveals a renewed sense of spontaneity and an inspiration to find happiness in more fulfilling ways. Authentic empathy starts with the woman herself. In her quest to be the ideal “nice girl,” she may deprive herself of the right to voice her opinions, needs and wants. Once she rids herself of the shame and guilt that comes from the unrealistic, often self imposed, expectations for perfection she is able to relax and feel more at ease with herself as well as connected to her family and friends. As she lets go of self criticism she is often able to let love in and tolerate the flaws of others. By making peace with who she really is, she is able to reveal herself openly, patiently and lovingly. Generosity flows freely with authenticity. It comes as a result of giving wholeheartedly only what is comfortable for you. Requests for a woman’s time and/or assistance come from all around her. My female patients all too often say that they have a tendency to offer assistance without analyzing their own needs. They then become overwhelmed and end up with misplaced anger and unspoken resentment. My suggestion is then to give the woman permission to say, “I can’t answer right now, let me get back to you.” This response gives them the time to think about the ramification of the request and/or offer. Women have to ask themselves if what they are offering/giving is self-sacrificing or for someone else “taking.” As we travel in our journey of womanhood let us teach our daughters that they are valuable, worthy and lovable despite being imperfect and flawed. If you need help setting your personal perfection bar, be sure to call Alina Gastesi-de Armas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, at A Place for Growth, 954-257-6393, or visit her website


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Haute Hair Perfect Hair And Perfect Body For Summer! By Helen Charles


un-kissed skin and beach-blown hair…these are nature’s summer beauty rituals. But for those of us who can’t spend our summer at the shore, you can still look great and feel even better. In this month’s column I have enlisted the help of esthetician Marianna Martin, our body treatment expert, to share some tips on summer hair care and skin care to ensure you are looking your best this season. Our first tip…allow time for an in-depth consultation. During your first visit, you should take the time to discuss treatment options, scheduling and after care instructions with the stylist or esthetician. We at Helen Charles Salon London recognize that each client, each face, each head of hair, and each body is unique and customizing every treatment for individual needs is paramount. There are several body and hair treatments targeted for different problems for men and women, and it is important to evaluate and prepare a fully customized program for best and guaranteed results. Most hair problems start from poor condition due to chemicals used in the past. Hair structure can be greatly improved by intensive and constructive treatments to strengthen the hair from the effects of the strong sun and sea and chlorine. One of the most common complaints in hair care in South Florida is color fade. The new Kerastase Indulgent Thermal Ritual, a 15-minute warm masque treatment applied with expert massage, will prepare hair for summer intensity and infuse long-lasting nutrition to even the most damaged hair. In the hair department, we often see unruly and difficult to tame hair structure due to damage to the cuticle of the hair which causes swelling of the cortex. An analogy of a dilapidated wall with cement missing would describe the damaged structure in this instance. The perfect remedy for this would be a keratin treatment, which would successfully fill in the missing parts of the hair with protein (keratin), thus making the hair smooth and less bulky. According to Marianna, fitting into a swimsuit or bikini this summer doesn’t have to be a crisis. “There are various procedures and treatments and routines to show a harmonious, toned body without the hated orange peel.” When it comes to body, cellulite is a deep concern for most women of all ages. Although it can’t be cured, it can be controlled and improved by restoring the tissue and helping the circulatory system. Cellulite is a metabolic fat disorder and genetic factor; lifestyle and diet can worsen the appearance of cellulite. For this reason, Marianna says it is advisable to “avoid a sedentary lifestyle and to do plenty of exercise, by maintaining a healthy diet, free of fat and refined carbohydrates and increasing the intake of fruits, vegetables and fibers as well as drinking plenty of water to eliminate toxins and avoiding alcohol and tobacco”. There are different circumstances that produce irregularities in the silhouette and it is necessary to implement a comprehensive and individual treatment to facilitate the remodeling of the silhouette and recreate the harmonious measures to the body. The application of non-invasive techniques (non-surgical treatments) is ideal to help solve these problems. Stretch marks are another common problem among women. These are a form of dermal scarring that appears during puberty, pregnancy or any abrupt change in weight. At first, the color is pink, but it turns white when the fibers of the skin are broken. Therefore, the prevention recommended is to avoid sudden changes in weight and to moisturize the skin to maintain its elasticity and flexibility. The most effective method to erase stretch marks is microdermabrasion with diamond tip. Age spots are another common complaint. Removing these spots from the skin on the face or body will require chemical peels with clay-therapy and special masks. For all other problems on the body, there are many remedies and treatments such as


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lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, molding massages, body wraps, and passive gym exercise. The biggest beauty concern for summer is the sun. When exposed to sunlight it is recommended to use a good sunscreen to protect the skin and hair from the damaging radiation. A couple of great products we recommend are SkinCeuticals Factor 50 Sun Screen for skin and Kerastase Solaire spray or gel for hair. For those of you who like to have a nice golden or deep dark tan, but don’t want to damage your skin, we offer a 100% organic and natural spray tan which will safely give you your desired glow. Helen Charles boasts more than thirty years of experience as a hair fashion designer, master stylist and innovative colorist. She owned and operated four salons in London before moving to Weston and opening Helen Charles Salon London. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marianna Martin started her career as an apprentice with one of the founders of esthetics in her country. Having gained her wealth of experience with all aspects of facials, massages, and body treatments, she moved to the United States and obtained her Body Wrap and Facial Specialist Licenses in Florida. Marianna’s expertise goes beyond the field of esthetics; her philosophy encompasses the overall wellness of the mind, body and soul. She has studied reflexology, Pranic healing, Chakra balancing and other inner healing therapies. She is always abreast of new trends, products and services. To schedule a hair appointment with Helen or any of the salon’s talented stylists, or a body treatment or skincare appointment with Marianna, call 954-349-9220. The Helen Charles Salon London is conveniently located at 1660 Market Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center. For more information, visit

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Positive Parenting From Generation to Generation By Jodi Kurry Cohen, MS.Ed, Director of Early Childhood Programs Temple Dor Dorim Early Childhood Center


his year I lost both my grandmothers, bringing me to the hard realization that all of my grandparents are gone. I realized there’s something that happens when you lose people who were so much a part of your childhood. Their passing opens up a floodgate of memories that brings you back to the time when you were tiny, growing up, and you see that person as they were, so many years ago. Recently, when writing my grandmother’s eulogy, I seemed to recall silly things like brushing my teeth over my grandma’s toilet (her solution to me not being able to reach the sink) and the little glass bowls of candy she had strategically placed in spots I had memorized around her house. I envisioned her in a green dress baking cookies and I remembered playing dress-up with her handbags and hats, painting my face with her bright lipsticks, and dousing myself in her assorted perfumes. I also recalled emotional moments like watching my grandmother dote on my grandfather, the way she hugged me when I was hurt or squeezed my hand in a difficult moment, and how she beamed with pride at my graduations. Most of all, I recalled her words of wisdom: “If you feel the urge to laugh at an inappropriate time, think sad thoughts” or “It will be what it will be,” and I realized the impact her words had made on me. Fostering the love between a child and their grandparent, can be one of the most rewarding relationships in a child’s life. If children are fortunate enough to have grandparents, or even great grandparents, in their lives there is so much more to be


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nurtured in a relationship beyond the occasional meal or holiday. There are lessons to be learned, unique experiences to be had, and a familial tie to be developed that can be carried on from generation to generation. When grandparents live close by, weekly visits and special trips to such places as a museum or the zoo are great ways to bond. Finding a hobby to do together like a craft or magic are also great ways for generations to connect. It’s not as easy when grandparents live far away but that doesn’t mean this challenge can’t be overcome. It may mean vacations planned specifically to spend time with grandparents, books read on “laps” or hobbies that are shared via Skype, Face Time and phone calls that are frequent. Whether grandparents live close or far, it comes down to priority and the effort made to carve a niche of time each week to form those special ties. Being reminded of just how precious those relationships were for me as a child, I’ve vowed to make sure, while the opportunity is there, that my children continue to grow these special bonds. Jodi Cohen has a Masters degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 12 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954) 389-1232.

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ou are stylish and sophisticated with a unique decorating style. Your paint was custom-mixed to suit your décor. Your drapery and window coverings are custom-made to complement your overall décor. So what about your rugs? Your flooring is a very important layer in decorating so go custom. Beautiful Windows now offers you a 130 Designs in 480 colors all custom created by you on our computers. It is so easy and so much fun. Select one of 130 patterns. Choose your shape and size – rectangle, square, oval, octagon, round, runner or carpet for the room. ▸▸ Choose the colors that enhance your décor – 480 colors in different textures and piles. ▸▸ See it come alive on our computers. Play with it and change it around till you absolutely love it. ▸▸ Order and it’s ready in 4 to 5 weeks. Prices start at just $387 for a 5 ft. x 8 ft. custom rug. Tips on choosing a rug: Use a rug to define or separate areas, such as seating or dining areas, and foyers. ▸▸ Shape: Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. ▸▸ Size: For a room size rug subtract 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes it look a little larger. ▸▸ Dining Room: Leave at least 24” of rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, when pulled out. Select man-made material or wool (not silk or cotton) for easy clean up and durability. ▸▸ Runners: They should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and 18 to 24 inches shorter. ▸▸ Layering: Throw a rug over your carpet to accentuate or create more visual interest. ▸▸ Pattern or solid: If you have lots of pattern in your furniture or drapes, I recommend a rug with little or no visible pattern. If the opposite is true, a patterned rug will bring life to the room. ▸▸ Color: Remember your color theory basics when picking a rug. If you want your space to appear larger, choose a lighter color. A darker color will make the room seem more intimate. Bring us a picture of your furniture and we’ll help you select your custom rug. We’ll design your rug right on our computers. It’s the best visual tool ever. See for yourself why so many of our clients are choosing to do Custom Rugs - Your Way. As I always say, “Seeing is believing!” ▸▸ ▸▸

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Home Décor Stepping Outside Our Comfort Level By Myriam Payne, Interiors by Decorating Den


very so often, most of us look around our home and wonder how we might step outside our comfort level just a bit to freshen up a tired looking living room, or how we might inject new interest and excitement to the guest bedroom. Let’s examine some of the things that can cause a room to look a little frumpy or dated. Trendy decorating and color schemes tire quicker than individualized decorating does. Remember hunter green and burgundy? How about peach and teal? Color, more than any other design element, can precisely pinpoint the decade of a room’s last makeover. The style of the furniture and accessories is another tell-tale sign of aging room décor. The days of more is more are gone, replaced by a simplified clean and open look that most people find appealing and stress inhibiting So, where do we begin in the freshening up process? Let’s start with the arrangement of the furniture. By simply pulling some of that furniture away from the wall or switching the position of a few pieces, the room will suddenly feel different. Take all your accessories out of the room and one-by-one bring back only the things you really love.  Because you spend very short amounts of time there, a good place to try new looks is in the foyer, guest bedroom or powder room. You can get a little wild and crazy in those areas because you won’t tire of it like you might in the family room or kitchen. If it is time to replace some of your furniture, think in terms of pieces that compliment, rather than match, each other. The careful selection of furniture items and accessories will provide you with a style that is not only your very own, but one that will age gracefully. Decorating outside our comfort level can be somewhat scary but, if you try it, you’ll be asking yourself why you waited so long to do so!

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school news Falcon Cove Bands Dominate Competition By Stacey Bomser


here’s an old joke: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” Well, that’s no joke for students in the Falcon Cove Middle School Wind Ensemble Band and Falcon Cove Jazz Band. Under the direction of the school’s music director, Mr. Ian Loew, these hard-working young musicians have earned the chance to compete in the National Band Competition next year at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The Falcon Cove bands dominated the recent Heritage Music Festival in Orlando. Competing against six middle schools and five high schools, both the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band won Gold Awards, as well as the prestigious “Outstanding Band Group” and “Top Adjudicators Award.” The Falcon Cove Wind Ensemble Band received the overall highest score of the entire competition. Following their performance, one of the adjudicators actually said what a pleasure it was to have had such entertainment at the end of a tiring day and listening to all the other middle and high school bands. The Wind Ensemble musical selection and level of difficulty was higher than most of the other middle school and high school bands. The Falcon Cove Jazz Band also impressed the adjudicators. They could hardly believe that the collaborative sound was from sixth, seventh and eighth graders who only have time to practice before school, like a club. The weekend wrapped up with the Heritage Music Festival Recognition and Awards Ceremony. All 54 band members, as well as Mr. Loew and the chaperones (Michael and Ruth Jacobs, Mariene Menin, Patricia Brignola and Ana Gomez Schwein) attended. Eighth graders Grant Sion and Eric Menin were selected to represent the school at the student ambassadors table.

Eighth grade trombone player Eric Menin (left), seventh grade tenor sax player Alyson Jacobs, eighth grade oboist Elizabeth Schwartz, and eighth grade baritone player Grant Sion proudly display the awards and trophies the Falcon Cove bands won at the Heritage Music Festival.

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school news The Sky’s the Limit for Team Imagine Students By Stacey Bomser


tudents at Imagine Charter School at Weston are learning what a difference one person can make. Team Imagine is a community service and leadership club made up of about 30 students in grades three, four and five. They work hard within the school and the community to help others. “I wanted to join Team Imagine because I love helping people and I have lots of fun doing it,” shares third grader Marisa Blazquez. Fifth grader Shaina Horn says she likes participating in exciting fundraisers to help the community. Team Imagine recently organized a Charity Garage Sale to benefit Autism Speaks. They raised over $1300 from their booth, bake sale, raffle and clothing drive. First grade teacher Jen Gitlan, who started Team Imagine four years ago, says the group chose to support Autism Speaks because autism affects everyone in one way or another. “With one out of every 110 kids, specifically one out of 80 boys, it is inevitable that every student will at some point in their life interact with someone who has autism. We feel as leaders it is our responsibility to support and bring awareness to this matter.” Team Imagine has completed numerous other community service projects this year. The students visited a local nursing home where they read books and created Veterans’ Day proj-

Mrs. Gitlan, Mrs. Romero and Mrs. Schmidt pose with members of Team Imagine in front of the giant pile of clothes the community service club collected.

ects with the seniors. They also collected personal care items and put together ten care packages to send to U.S. Marines stationed overseas. “We visited the Ronald McDonald House during the holiday season where we filled their pantry with food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products,” says Team Imagine facilitator Adriana Romero, who teaches the second grade gifted/high achiever class. “The students also decorated the facility and brought toys.” It’s definitely been a busy year for Team Imagine. This dedicated group of do-gooders has come up with some clever community service projects, proving that the sky is the limit if you have imagination.

Team Imagine members Marisa Blazquez and Riley Schmel pose for a picture at the Charity Garage Sale to benefit Autism Speaks.

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Legally Speaking Have You Been a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


redatory lending is when a lender imposes abusive, unfair and sometimes illegal loan terms on borrowers, without regard for the borrowers’ ability to repay the loan. When two or more of the following factors are contained in a mortgage loan transaction, the subsequent forensic audit performed on that transaction usually reveals serious violations of federal and state lending laws.

Property Purchased or Refinanced Between 2003 and 2007.

This four year period marked the peak of the real estate boom in South Florida. Just about anyone, including foreign nationals without any past credit history, could obtain a “sub-prime” loan for all the value of the mortgaged property. The sub-prime mortgage market thrived during this time, allowing borrowers to encumber their properties well beyond their true market values.

Mortgage Loan Contains an Adjustable Rate or “ARM” Feature.

These types of loans are initially set at an artificially low interest rate for a brief period of time. They then switch to an adjustable rate for the remaining term of the loan, and the rate can increase as often as every six months. Even if the U.S. interest rate index remains unchanged, the monthly payments on these loans could increase by up to 50%. These loans have the highest delinquency rate of any other loan product.

Mortgage Loan Contains Negative Amortization.

Negative amortization occurs when the monthly mortgage payment is not sufficient to even cover the interest due, and therefore, the balance of the loan increases over time even though payments have been made. If you owe more today on your home loan, than when you originally purchased or refinanced, your loan is negatively amortized.

Mortgage Loan is Interest-Only or Pick-a-Payment.

Under these types of loans, the borrower is only required to pay the interest due on the loan or some other minimal payment that does not even cover the interest on the loan. After a few years, the required monthly payment is usually increased to cover the outstanding balance. Once the loan payment is increased, so does the likelihood the borrower will default, and eventually be subjected to foreclosure.

Mortgage Loan Approval Based Only on Stated Income.

Roughly half of all sub-prime borrowers from 2003-2007 were given “stated income” loans, in which they were qualified based on statements in the loan application as to their income. These statements of income were largely unverified, and often the “stated income” required for the loan to be approved was the exact amount included in the application by the mortgage broker.   If any of these factors apply to your current loan, you should at least have a professional forensic audit performed to find out whether you have any viable claims against your lender. If your claims are timely and properly raised, you may be entitled to reduce the amount you owe, or cancel your loan obligation altogether. A more detailed explanation of these factors, different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, and key foreclosure defense strategies are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home,” which is available in both Spanish and English. Contact the Arcia Law Firm to receive a FREE copy of this DVD (which retails for $39.95 plus S/H).   The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to defend dozens of homeowners in our community in foreclosure and bankruptcy cases. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation, or visit .


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legally speaking Myths and Facts about Visas for Professionals By Elizabeth R. Blandon


oreign nationals can work in the United States with an H-1B visa. Some of the common myths relating to this visa are corrected below. Myth: The employer has too many obligations. Truth: The employer must keep the same working conditions throughout the employment. In other words, if the salary, job title, or ownership of the company changes, Immigration must know. Ensuring that the employer and the employee perform their responsibilities is the single greatest service an immigration attorney will provide. Myth: The foreign national cannot own the company. Truth: A foreign national can be a part owner of the company so long as a supervisor retains the right of control over the employee. Myth: The foreign national must have a college degree. Truth: A foreign national with a high school certificate plus at least 12 years of work experience qualifies for an H-1B work visa. Myth: The application has to be filed with Immigration by April 1 or it is too late. Truth: Only about 60,000 H-1B visas are available. Until a few years ago, the quota was filled as soon as the visas became available, which was April 1st. Recently, however, due to the economy and changes in eligibility for certain employers, the visas remain available. This is not legal advice as exceptions may apply. If a foreign national would like to work in the United States, please call the Weston law office of Elizabeth R. Blandon at (954) 385-0157. This attorney is certified as an immigration expert by the Florida Bar. More information, including credentials and testimonials, is available at

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tee to green How To Read Greens By Dean Sklar, PGA Professional


ver watch The Masters on TV and see the Tour players aim about 20 feet or so to the right of the hole and watch the ball end up near the hole or sometimes go in? It takes a lot of local knowledge and past experience to judge how much of break is needed to compensate in order to get the ball within five feet of the hole. It’s such a subjective thing, learned from experience, that it’s hard to describe it much further than that. I’ve had beginning students taking their first putting lesson that could not see any but the most severe slopes on greens. Once you have hit your first putt and seen it break, you begin to tune into things on a more subtle level, and the more time and experience you have putting on greens the more developed your ability to read them gets. If you can see and balance (keep yourself upright), you can probably read greens. All we’re really talking about is being able to see variations from perfectly level (and factoring in a few subtleties). If you feel that you’re hopelessly out of touch with this ability, take comfort from the fact that at least you have enough of it to keep yourself from falling over when you’re standing or walking. (I hope!) Just know that virtually everybody who can see and stand has the ability to read putts -- it can be developed. Start putting and reading (or trying to read) all your putts and eventually it will come. What is reading the green or putt? Reading a green or putt is imagining, visualizing, picturing, guessing, or foreseeing the line/path on which the ball will roll once struck. Some putts will be straight, but most of them will break -- some very slightly and some enormously. Why do you read putts? You read putts to get a sense of how the putt is going to curve (break) so that you can hit the ball in the right direction to have it end up in the hole, or close. Reading the green will give you the visual information you need to get the ball started in the right direction to compensate for whatever break there is. What factors go into reading a putt? Judging a putt is a combination of speed (how fast or slow the ball will roll and, therefore, how far it will travel) and line (direction). Gravity and friction act on the ball over time, so the more slowly the ball rolls the more it will break and vice versa. If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at


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Pet Care Skin Problems in Dogs By Miguel E. Cordova, DVM


wide variety of skin and coat conditions can cause your dog to itch and scratch, but pinpointing the problem can sometimes be difficult because many skin disorders cause similar outward signs. Following are four major categories of skin conditions seen in dogs.

Bacterial Skin Infections

The most common bacteria identified in bacterial skin diseases in dogs are Staphylococcus. Not contagious to people or other pets, these bacteria commonly cause a condition called “pyoderma” that results in itchy, yellow pustules; reddened skin; ulcerations; and/or hair loss. Bacterial skin infections are usually diagnosed based on the patient’s history as well as the location and appearance of the affected area. Your veterinarian may also perform blood tests and skin tests to determine the origin of the problem. Many bacterial skin infections have an underlying cause, such as parasite infestation, hormonal or immune system disorder, or allergy. If the underlying cause is not treated appropriately, the skin infection will likely return. Treatment involves an antibiotic shampoo followed by application of an antibiotic ointment and oral antibiotics.

Fungal Skin Infections

The most common fungal skin infection in dogs is ringworm, which causes circular patches of hair loss usually on the head and legs. Diagnosis is best made via a fungal culture, where your veterinarian will pluck a few hairs from the edge of the circular patch and grow the fungi to see exactly what it is. Treatment for ringworm involves bathing the dog in a special fungicidal shampoo and administering antibiotics. Complete eradication of the infection can take a month or longer. Ringworm is quite contagious to both people and other pets. Therefore, children and other household pets should be kept away from an infected dog during the treatment period. Anyone coming into contact with the affected dog should wash their hands regularly.

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Parasitic Skin Diseases

There are a number of parasites that can infest dogs, all of which irritate the dog and cause self-mutilation from excessive scratching and biting. Fleas are one of the biggest culprits. Repeated infiltration by fleas can cause an immediate skin reaction to even one bite. If your dog is allergic, he will scratch excessively, causing redness, bumps, pustules, scabs, and hair loss in the affected areas. Other small bugs such as chiggers, deer flies, and gnats can also bother dogs, but they don’t typically cause extensive skin problems. Sarcoptic mites, also called “scabies” or “red mange,” inflame the skin and create numerous small scabs. Because they burrow under the skin, they are intensely uncomfortable for the dog but are often difficult to diagnose. Demodex mites are commonly found in small numbers in all dogs, but a percentage of dogs can experience an extensive infestation that leads to skin problems.

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community news Essay Contest Encourages High School Seniors to Write About Weston By Stacey Bomser


here’s a lot to love about Weston. High school seniors are invited to share their thoughts for a chance to win $1,000. The essay contest is sponsored by the Law Firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske. The firm, which has served as Weston’s city attorney since 1998, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. And, in honor of that milestone, it is sponsoring an essay contest encouraging students to celebrate their city. “We are making a point of giving back to the many communities that have been so supportive of us through the years,” says Managing Director Jamie Cole. “We have the good fortune of working with Weston and we are celebrating them, as well, by encouraging students to write an essay about how terrific their city is.” The essay contest asks students who live in Weston and are enrolled as a senior in high school to submit entries entitled “Why My City Is Special,” highlighting why they consider Weston to be a great place to live. The essays should be no longer than 500 words and submitted online to All entries must be received by Wednesday, May 18th. “We’re looking forward to reading the creative and interesting stories that we know

this contest will generate,” states Richard Weiss, one of the firm’s founding partners. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including a representative from the City of Weston. The writer of the winning essay will receive $1,000 and have the opportunity to read their essay at a Weston City Commission meeting. Essay contest rules and additional information can be found at essaycontest.

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it’s their business Florida Skin Institute Brings Affordable Beauty to Everyone By Stacey Bomser


on’t let unwanted or unsightly hair keep you cooped up inside this summer. The experts at Florida Skin Institute specialize in laser hair removal for men and women. Compared to traditional methods of hair removal, such as shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is now more affordable than ever and can keep you permanently hair free. You will save hundreds of dollars per year on shaving supplies or thousands on waxing services, not to mention the valuable time wasted on monthly waxing appointments or daily shaving. Statistics show the average American spends about 3,500 hours shaving during their lifetime. Just think of what you could do with all that time. Florida Skin Institute (FSI) is the leading laser hair removal center in Broward County. Services include legs, chest, back and underarms, as well as specialty services such as Brazilian bikini, facial hair and beards, and much more. All laser hair removal services are performed using FDA-approved laser equipment designed to treat all skin tones and hair types. Laser hair removal has been around for nearly 20 years. During this time, laser technology has improved along with professional training. Today, FSI’s highly trained and experienced technicians can tailor treatment according to each client’s body requirements and specific needs. When it comes to laser hair removal, treating your skin with the highest level of care is the only way FSI does business. The emergence of laser technology has brought about a revolution in the beauty industry. FSI proudly provides laser-assisted skin rejuvenating solutions to enhance your natural beauty or create a more youthful look and complexion. These non-invasive procedures offer dramatic results with no or minimal downtime. ProFractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing is the most efficient treatment for damaged skin. It ideal for removing deep-set wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars. It is also effective at treating sun spots and age spots and improving uneven pigmentation. Using unique microfractional technology, technicians are able to pinpoint the treatment zone preserving surrounding healthy tissue. This fosters unprecedented rates of tissue regrowth, resulting in smooth skin in as little as one treatment. Another option is Laser Photo-Rejuvenation. This uses a non-ablative laser pulsed on top of the skin to change the molecular structure and the appearance of aging skin below the surface, resulting in tighter skin and a more youthful look. Laser skin rejuvenation is an ideal non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for improving the appearance of sun damaged skin, brown spots, broken capillaries or rosacea. Following treatment, fine lines and wrinkles will fade, and pores will reduce up to 50% in size. Patients with facial veins should see immediate results, while sunspots will turn darker in color and then will begin to flake off in ten to 14 days. Another choice for facial rejuvenation is the Thermage procedure, which has been FDA cleared for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles and rhytids. Using patented capacitive radiofrequency (CRF) technology, Thermage has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift the skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. One of the ways it accomplishes this is by rebuilding collagen, which diminishes as we age. Collagen is the building block that provides structure to your face. By enhancing collagen, Thermage helps plump up your skin resulting in a more youthful glow. A similar technique is used to treat cellulite. The Accent system is a revolutionary new treatment for skin tightening. It effectively distributes therapeutic heat to different tissue depths within the body thereby melting and destroying fat cells. This FDA-approved treatment is ideal for stubborn cellulite and sagging skin, especially for people who have experienced drastic weight loss after gastric bypass surgery or the lap band. The results are visible almost immediately, but treatment usually requires a few sessions.




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It’s Their Business Helen Charles Salon London Prides Itself on Passion and Professionalism By Stacey Bomser


elen Charles has long been one of the world’s most sought-after stylists. With more than 30 years of experience as a hair fashion designer, master stylist and innovative colorist, her flair with hair has earned her numerous awards and accolades, as well as much admiration. A one-time owner and operator of four renowned salons in London, Helen now continues that tradition at her Weston salon, Helen Charles Salon London. She has created a salon culture based on the European-style of hairdressing, beginning with education. “When I hire a new stylist, they work under me, as an apprentice, for three to four months, depending upon their experience,” explains Helen. “During this time we polish their skills and bring their knowledge up to date.” Helen believes that education is an ongoing process. She frequently travels to London to attend training shows and seminars. “I always come home with new ideas and inspiration,” notes the Weston resident. She is so committed to continuing education at her salon that she offers weekly training sessions. These classes are for new team members and anyone who wants additional training. “Every Monday from 5-9pm we work on a different technique, such as cutting or coloring, using live models,” states Helen, noting that this is a wonderful opportunity for people in the Weston community to receive excellent, yet inexpensive, Helen Charles, owner of the Weston salon bearing her name, is one of the world’s most sought-after stylists. hair services. “We are looking for cliThe salon’s day spa also features a dedicated room for manicures and pedicures. It ents who have a little more time on offers a variety of nail services, including the long-lasting Shellac mani or pedi. Helen their hands and who would like to strongly recommends the new Foot Detox service. This modern therapy balances the receive cuts and colors at $35 for body’s natural energy system by introducing a high level of negative ions. It’s good for both services during these sessions.” joint pain, arthritis, chronic fatigue, foggy brain, poor circulation, sleeplessness, and Often times instructors from allergies. the salon’s various product lines In addition to health and beauty, Helen Charles Salon London is committed to host a training class to introduce a charity. Helen and some of the other stylists recently provided hair services for a new product or technique. But, the calendar photo shoot for Memories for Marli, a charity benefiting ovarian cancer majority of the classes are taught research. Last October, the salon hosted an event to benefit breast cancer survivors by Helen, who loves sharing her by offering $10 services on October 10, 2010. The salon also participates in Locks knowledge and passion. of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which use donated hair to create wigs for The salon’s stylists are not the only patients with cancer. Each month, the salon donates 10% of profits from the sale of ones to benefit from her extensive hair care products to Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft lip and background. Helen also provides cleft palate surgery to children in need. a personal consultation to all new Make mom smile this Mother’s Day by giving her a Deluxe Day of Beauty at Helen clients. “This allows me to deterCharles Salon London. This package includes a one-hour facial, one-hour massage, spa mine which stylist best matches manicure and pedicure, shampoo and deep-conditioning treatment, hair cut, blow their needs. It could be me or one dry and make-up application. The five hour service also includes lunch, with choice of of my staff,” notes Helen. “I’ll work sandwich or soup with wine or soda. The Mother’s Day Deluxe Day of Beauty is only with the client to create a style that $200, that’s a significant savings from its full retail value of over $325. matches their time commitment and budget. I do not believe in Helen Charles has won numerous awards The Helen Charles Salon London is being a slave to your hair.” for her dramatic hairstyle techniques. conveniently located at 1660 Market Helen strongly believes in the Street in the heart of the Weston Town trilogy of hair: condition, cut and color. “All three must go together. That is Center. To schedule an appointment why I offer my clients not only the best service, but the best products available.” call (954) 349-9220. Salon hours The salon features L’Oreal and Goldwell color products and Kerastase hair are 10am to 6:30pm daily, except care and styling products. The spa features SkinSeuticals skincare products. Thursday when the salon stays open “Whenever possible I try to go the natural way for the benefit of my staff until 9pm. For more information and our clients,” states Helen. “I have searched high and low to find products on the salon and its services, visit that offer the best results without harsh chemicals and fumes that cause You health hazards.” can save money on salon and spa The salon is pleased to introduce a new spray tan service that’s 100% organic, services at Helen Charles Salon streak free and odor free. This is just one of the many spa services offered at London by registering to receive Helen Charles Salon London. With four esthetics suites, the salon offers a notifications of special offers, discomplete menu of facials and peels, microdermabrasion, body treatments, as counts and special events. Simply well as massage therapy. 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The cost of a divorce is divided into fees and costs. Costs represent funds that are paid to third parties other than the attorney handling the case. They are typically filing fees, costs of a process server, mediation fees, court reporter fees and expert fees such as accountants, psychologists and Guardian ad Litems. Of course, just like a car, not every case requires the above listed costs. Other than the $409 filing fee, the above mentioned costs are not required and are often not necessary. Once again, each case is different. Attorneys’ fees are based upon billable hours. Each time an attorney performs a task on a case the client is billed for the time necessary to complete the task. The amount that an attorney charges for his/her time is determined by the attorney. You can expect that the more experience an attorney has, the higher his/her hourly rate will be. Obviously, the more time that is spent on a case the greater the cost. As I previously stated, sometimes the costs are not necessarily within the control of either the client or the attorney. If the other spouse is perhaps being aggressive, then it will result in more time being spent to address this issue. As I previously stated, more time, more fees. Sometimes a judge’s busy schedule will result in the parties having to wait for a hearing or perhaps have to return another day to complete a hearing. My philosophy is to get a case resolved as quickly as possible. Of course it is also my responsibility to make sure that the client is protected and as such it may not be concluded as quickly as a client would like. Just like a car, every case is different. For information, visit or call 954-385-9160.

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Snapshots From School

Above the Influence Explorers Exhibit In the foreground holding her personal journal as Abel Janszoon Tasman is Olivia Tighe, with classmates Gillian Gutierrez as Admiral Richard Byrd and Sophia Whitehead as Juan Ponce de Leon.

Fifth grade students at Saint Bonaventure Catholic School took on the role of a lifetime…a long-ago lifetime…during the school’s 10th annual Living Museum of Explorers. Visitors who toured the Living Museum could stop in front of any Explorer, press a “homemade” button which brought the Explorer to life, and hear a detailed story of the Explorer’s life. The project also included a tabletop display with significant artifacts and a written report in the form of the Explorer’s personal diary.

Sarah Cuervo as John Cabot.

Judge Robert F. Diaz visited the Cypress Bay Law and Justice Club to talk about the consequences of driving while under the influence, both physically and legally. Students wore goggles designed to simulate a high level of impairment, while Judge Diaz administered roadside sobriety exercises to illustrate to the law club members the effects of alcohol, drugs or exhaustion on drivers.

Students Show Support for CF Fun Run

Students at Indian Trace Elementary participated in the Commit 2B Fit Run For Fun to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Third grade teacher Mrs. DeBiase, a longtime supporter of Relay For Life of Weston, got her class involved. Third graders Emily Ruiz, Victoria Sampedro and Andrea Monterrubio were all smiles after completing the Fun Run.


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Students at The Sagemont School made Great Strides to cure cystic fibrosis (CF). Seventh grader Alyssa Orr rallied the support of her friends and classmates to raise money and awareness about CF, a life-threatening pulmonary disease that affects her sister Ashley, a second grader at the school. The Sagemont School raised over $2,400 from a school-wide dress-down day. 24 upper school students volunteered to help at the Great Strides Weston walk, which raised over $60,000 for CF research. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presented “Outstanding Community Service” awards to Andreina Lander, Jessica Jordan, Lali Leontarakis, Elizabeth Hurwitz, Niko and Alina Leontarakis, and Alyssa Orr, who attended all the planning meetings and helped organize the walk.

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Snapshots, cont.

Toddler Trike-a-Thon

A Children’s Carousel recently held a trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital. The preschool students put on their helmets and, with the help of family volunteers, rode their tricycles through the school’s safety course which was specially labeled with street signs, stop signs and people portraying “safety officers.” Over the past nine years, A Children’s Carousel has raised more than $24,000 for this worthy cause.


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Students at the Early Childhood Center at Temple Dor Dorim celebrated Spring with the annual release of caterpillars into their Butterfly Garden. Rabbi Norman Lipson “blessed” the garden and said a prayer for the “release” of the caterpillars. The preschool’s garden is now filled with beautiful butterflies.

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Seen on Scene Mary Anne Tate and Kim Reiser, co-chairs of Court N A Cure tennis charity event.

Madison Schafer and her dad, Chris, with matching hairstyles.

Children’s Cancer Cut-A-Thon

Salon One80 owner Renee Zapata shaving the head of Madison’s dad, Chris Schafer.

Salon One80 raised over $8000 with a cut-a-thon for Miracles for Madison. When Madison Star Schafer was only 20 months old, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive cancerous brain tumor. After many months of aggressive treatment, she is now cancer-free. Her family is now raising money and awareness about childhood cancer through Miracles for Madison.

Reza Tompsett (center), director of tennis at the Weston Tennis Center poses with Court N A Cure participants Jeff DuPlessis and Ben Sell.

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The Weston Tennis Center hosted a charity tennis event to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. More than $2000 was raised for the Weston Relay. The event featured a round robin format of play for participants, as well as a Pro Exhibition that took place on the stadium court. Pros from Weston Tennis Center, Midtown Athletic Club and Weston Hills Country Club participated.

Weston Friends Club Leaders Austin’s All-Stars

Austin’s All-Stars raised more than $1000 at the Walk to Cure Diabetes, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Austin Burns was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000. He and his family sponsor a team each year to raise funds to help find a cure. You can support his efforts by donating to Austin’s All-Stars at

There are some new faces on the Weston Friends Club Executive Board for 2011-2012. The club recently held its general election and “New Member” appreciation luncheon. Pictured here are Past President Nancy Russo (left), President Nancy Dunlop, VP Membership Judy Good, Treasurer Frances Yesbeck, Secretary Harriett Brief, and Vice President Claire Jargiello. The Weston Friends Club is dedicated to creating friendships between people with similar interests in varied social, charitable and community settings.

Film Fundraiser for AFMDA The Weston community gathered at Weston 8 Cinema to see “The Little Traitor” and raise funds and awareness for American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA). This organization benefits Magen David Adom, which touches the lives of every Israeli at one point or another, responding to accidents, illnesses, pregnancies, heart attacks, strokes and war and terror incidents. Pictured here are Dr. David and Annetta Epstein with Ruth and Richard Gottlieb.

Weston Hills Hosts NCAA Tournament

The Sir Pizza Cards Challenge brought top women’s collegiate golfers from around the country to Weston Hills Country Club for three days of intense competition. The 14 NCAA Division I teams were all vying for a spot in the NCAA Post Season Tournament. Texas State University emerged as the top team, while hometown favorite Florida International University (FIU) placed 2nd in team standings. Pictured here are the FIU Golden Panthers golfers with Sir Pizza South Florida CEO Rene Prats, FIU Coach Joe Vogel and Coach Kelly Rothberg of the University of Louisville, which hosted the tournament.


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Health & Wellness A Little Bit About The History of Botox By Angélica Briceño, Medical Assistant


otulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This bacterium causes Botulism, a form of food poisoning that occurs when someone eats food contaminated with this bacterium. In the cosmetic field, a diluted form of this protein (Botox) is used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead creases, with great results. In the medical field, it is injected into facial muscles to paralyze or weaken the muscle that forms wrinkles. Botulism’s history is very recent, as it is easily mistaken for other ailments and was rarely diagnosed properly. In 1793 in Southern Germany, a food poisoning epidemic caused by eating contaminated uncooked blood sausages took place. It is from this that botulism eventually got its name, from the Latin “botulus” meaning sausage. In its early days, though, botulism was known as Kerner’s disease. In 1817, food poisoning caused by uncooked sausage returned to Germany. Justinus Kerner was a German medical doctor who dedicated all his spare time to discovering the cause of the dreaded food poisoning, which was killing half of his patients. In 1822 he published the first systemic description of the clinical picture of botulism, a lethal type of food poisoning known since the era of the Roman Empire. Dr. Kerner also noticed that small amounts of the sausage poison might be useful for neurological conditions such as St. Vitus’ dance. Without knowing it, Justinus Kerner was actually describing the neurological action of Botulinum toxin (later to be know in the cosmetic world as Botox) and gave us one of the greatest contributions of biology to the world of Cosmetic Medicine. In the 1940’s a group of British scientists researched the use of botulinum toxin as a bioweapon. In the United States, research into botulinum toxin began during the same period in a place called Fort Detrick. U.S. military authorities during World War II were interested in the use of botulinum as a weapon, and they recruited scientists to help produce it and evaluate its potential. One of the first people to attempt to use botulinum toxin in the treatment of human disease was Dr. Alan Scott, who worked at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. After trying the toxin in monkeys with cross-eyes with great success, Dr. Scott progressed to trying the neurotoxin on humans with similar eye conditions, including blepharospasm or eyelid spasm. The treatment was so successful that other researchers started looking at using botulinum toxin A in larger muscle groups, and quickly the drug started to be used in the treatment of dystonias and spasm in cerebral palsy. In 2000, the toxin was FDA approved to treat a neurological movement disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions. From here, the drug was used to treat blepharospasm and it was the observation in 1987 of Canadian ophthalmologist Jean Carruthers that frown lines disappeared following the use of Botox to treat patients for blepharospasm that ignited the explosive cosmetic application of this product today. In April of 2002, the FDA approved the drug for cosmetic use, and the rest is history. Angélica Briceño is a medical assistant at Elements Laser Center & Med Spa. It is a full-service medical aesthetic center and day spa offering an extensive menu of treatment options ranging from anti-aging treatments to skin and body rejuvenation, as well as laser hair removal and tanning. Elements Laser Center & Med Spa is located at 1916 Weston Road. Call (954) 888-9525 to schedule a consultation or appointment. For more information visit











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Dining Out Mazza Offers Great Mediterranean Food Right in the Neighborhood By Debby Teich


t is a Mediterranean tradition for family and friends to get together to share small dishes called ‘Mazzas’ before they indulge in their entrees. At Mazza in Pembroke Pines, guests can experience this tradition and enjoy great food without leaving the neighborhood. The family-friendly is conveniently located at 15749 Pines Blvd., just west of I-75. Faris Bushnaq opened Mazza in 2007 to share his passion for food and dining with others. The restaurant has a warm, relaxing atmosphere and the food is bursting with flavor. The Greek and Lebanese dishes are cooked in olive oil and contain fresh vegetables, an array of exotic spices, meats that are marinated overnight in Mediterranean juices and other high quality ingredients. Many of the recipes have been passed down through the generations. “We want our guests to leave the restaurant feeling happy, satisfied and with smiles on their faces,” said Faris. And they do. Mazza has developed a very loyal clientele. Some of its guests come to try Mediterranean food for the first time and others are connoisseurs. Once they experience the restaurant’s quality food and fun atmosphere, they are eager to return. Guests are not the only ones who praise the restaurant. Mazza is Zagat Rated and has received rave reviews from online critics. It recently won’s 2011 Diner’s Choice Awards in three categories: Ft. Lauderdale Neighborhood Gem, Ft. Lauderdale Good for Groups and one of Southeast Florida’s Top Mediterranean Restaurants. Most guests start by ordering an assortment of traditional appetizers to share. This is also a great way to sample the menu. Some of the most popular are the Drunken Halloumi (Cypriot Halloumi cheese that is lightly sautéed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes in a special Toom garlic sauce); Grilled Octopus (marinated in Mediterranean spices and drizzled with olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice) and of course the Hummus (a blend of chick peas, Tahini

sesame paste, fresh lemon juice and garlic), which Mazza may soon begin selling in stores. Mazza also offers 10 different salads. Most are intended as appetizers and include favorites like Tabouleh (chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and fresh mint tossed in extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and pomegranate molasses vinaigrette) and Shaved Pear (field greens, shaved pear, candied walnuts and warm goat cheese tossed in a Poppy Seed dressing). The restaurant offers a large selection of entrees that include traditional Mediterranean dishes, as well as Petit Filet Mignon, Cowboy Steak, Grilled Salmon, Whole Fish, Grilled Chicken, Pasta and more. Many order one of the Signature Kabobs made with seven different types of meats, seafood and vegetable or something from the Rotisserie


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(Lamb Gyro, Chicken or Steak Shawarma). Other traditional favorites include the Lamb Chops (perfectly marinated overnight in Mazza’s aromatic seven spice marinade), Grilled Skirt Steak (top grade outside skirt steak marinated in citrus juices and grilled on an open flame) and the Med Burger (handcrafted patty perfectly seasoned, stuffed with goat cheese and topped with roasted tomato and lettuce). Kids can chose from a large selection of items that range in price from $4.95 to $5.95 and include two sides. The serving sizes are generous and many leave with leftovers to enjoy at home. Most, however, still manage to find room for desserts like Ashta (Greek phyllo pastry stuffed with a creamy filling, then topped with orange blossom syrup, rose water and topped with pistachios), Baklava (a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of Greek phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey) and the Pistachio Ice Cream (served in a toasted almond basket with stuffed dessert dates). Most guests like to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meal. The restaurant offers wine by the glass or bottle and sells bottles of wine for only $10, Sun. to Thurs. It also sells a wide variety of beer, including some from Lebanon and Greece. On Fri. and Sat. nights, from 8 to 9 p.m., guests can get a taste of Mediterranean culture as they watch a traditional belly dancing show complete with fire eating. The free show is a treat for all ages. Many of Mazza’s guests want to experience the restaurant’s cuisine at the office or at an event. Mazza offers a Corporate Catering Menu with a variety of options for $12 per person, including Chicken Kabob, Greek Salad and Dessert. The catering menu is very popular with medical offices in the area that recognize that Mediterranean cuisine is considered among the healthiest in the world, since it incorporates olive oil, nuts and seafood. Mazza also has a Party Platter Menu for birthdays, weddings and other special events. It contains all of the items from the regular menu in sizes suitable for parties as small as 6 or as large as several hundred. Mazza offers full catering and can supply everything for the party, including the food, tables, belly dancers and more. Faris appreciates all of the support he gets from his guests and does his part to give back to the community. He participates in school fundraisers and has worked with the Red Cross, Transplant Foundation and many other charities. “We are so grateful to all of the people who dine in our restaurant and we feel it is our responsibility to give back.” Mazza is open Mon. to Thurs, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sun., from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 954-436-9997 or visit

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which helps improve our posture, prevents and reduces back pain and headaches. One does not need to know the history or philosophy of Yoga to receive the benefits of the practice. A Yoga practice of at least two to three times a week will make a significant difference in overall health and well-being. There are many reasons one takes a Yoga class. Many students want to get the benefits of the stress release, others come for the “stretch,” and others come for the peace of mind. I asked a recent Yoga class, “Why do you come to Yoga?” Their answers were as follows: “to relieve back pain;” “for relaxation and release of stress;” “to receive the positive energy that I receive from others in class;” “to feel peace;” “to connect with myself, with my body and be aware;” “to slow down and to let go;” “it makes me relax and forget all stresses and problems of the day;” and “it is a time to dedicate to myself and connect with others.” The reasons one comes to Yoga and the benefits are not just physical. There is a mental health benefit as well. Some people who are anxious or depressed have the sense that they can’t take a full breath and have shallow breathing. By learning the breathing techniques taught in a Yoga class one learns to breathe deeply engaging the abdominal muscles to gently squeeze a little more air out with each exhalation. By inhaling and exhaling fully and completely, one will activate the parasympathetic nervous system which will allow the body to naturally feel more calm and relaxed. Taking the time to find a holistic way to treat what ails you is worth a try. Yoga is good medicine and may be the only one you need. Fabienne Grossman, RD/LD, is a Registered Yoga Instructor and owner of Weston Yoga offering various classes and private sessions for all ages and abilities on the asanas (postures), breathing and meditation. Interactive Aromatherapy Workshop teaching the Therapeutic uses of Essential Oils will be held at Weston Yoga on May 7th from 3:30-5:30 pm. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information, please call (954) 349-6868, or visit us online at www.westonyoga. com. Namaste.

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MAY EVENTS & WORKSHOPS MAY 7TH - SAT.- INTERACTIVE AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP- 3:30-5:30 PM Participants will learn the basics of the different aromatherapy essential oils, their qualities and their therapeutic uses. Create a customized body scrub. Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Yourself or your Mom! Space is limited. Reserve today! Workshop features High Quality Essential Oils now available thru our webstore: JUNE 17- JULY 3 -200 HOUR YOGA SUMMER INTENSIVE TEACHER TRAINING Weston Yoga’s Teacher Training is for anyone who would like to become a Certified Yoga Teacher or to deepen his or her Yoga practice. This course has been designed to meet the current guidelines set by Yoga Alliance. Course taught by Nancy Wile with a Doctorate in Health Education and a Yoga Practitioner for over 20 years . May 21- Sat. 1-2pm- Free Teacher Training Information Session. Call for more information. YOGA CLASSES OFFERED FOR ALL LEVELS- FIRST CLASS ONLY $10 FOR BEGINNERS: Yoga Basics- Mon. 6:30-7:30 pm, Wed & Fri 9:45-10:45 am; Restorative Yoga- Wed 8-9 pm; Gentle Yoga/Restorative Sun 11:30am-12:30pm; Reiki Circle Meditation Tue 7:30-8:30 pm

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now you’re cooking A Taste of Peru: Conchitas a la Parmesana (Parmesan Scallops) This Peruvian entreé is quick and easy to prepare.

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rotary news Weston Rotary Rocks the Moon! By Rod McLeod, PR & Marketing Committee Chair, Rotary Club of Weston


n Saturday evening, March 19th, even the moon moved closer to Weston for a better look at our 7th Annual Rock & Pop Masters Free Concert at Weston Regional Park. It was a “super perigee Moon”...the largest since March 1993... and it couldn’t have picked a better night for an up-close visit to Weston (and Planet Earth for that matter). The moon beamed brightly over an audience of more than 8,000 and an event stage packed with Rock & Pop Masters legends from Orleans, Wet Willie, the Spin Doctors, Kool & The Gang, The Romantics, The Pat Travers Band and more. The Free Rock & Pop Masters (RPM) Concert in the Park was started in 2005 by Weston Rotarian, local businessman and Concert Chairman Tom Kallman, and has grown into one of Broward County’s largest free musical events. The event is produced by the Rotary Club of Weston in conjunction with the City of Weston. The support of Mayor Eric Hersh, the Weston City Commission, City Manager John Flint, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Skidmore, Director of Communications Denise Barrett and the many sponsors and Weston Rotary volunteers who work together to make the Free Concert possible is a credit to our city and the Weston business community. Weston Rocks! We also want to thank this year’s concert audience for gener-

Weston Rotarian and Concert Chairperson Tom Kallman joins the chorus of back-up singers at the 7th Annual Rock & Pop Masters (RPM) Free Concert at Weston Regional Park.

Weston Rotary President Dan Young with recent students of the month Marianne Lintz from Cypress Bay and Jamie Kim from Western high schools, along with Rotary Vice President Carolyn Burk.

ously supporting Weston Rotary’s sale of “End Polio Now” wrist bands. The proceeds will go to funding Rotary International’s on-going initiative to rid the world of polio during our lifetime; an objective that is clearly within our grasp.

Recent Weston Rotary Happenings & Goings-On:

a proclamation expressing the City’s appreciation for Weston Rotary’s 2011 Free Concert in The Park.

The 24th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic teed-up on April 4th. Our annual Scholarship Breakfast is slated for May 19th at Weston Hills Country Club. The winning bidder of the Weston Rotary Umbrella for April was one of our guests: Robert Garza of Garza Contractors in Plantation. Rotarian Peter Messina was awarded his Blue Badge. Welcome to our newest members: Ronn Page, and Cynthia and George Blews. Kristen Maurer, Manager of Professional and Community Education for Women Distress of Broward County, updated Weston Rotary on the fine work being done by this organization. Last but not least, the Weston City Commission presented the Rotary Club of Weston with


May 2011

Skip Martin of Kool & The Gang jams at the RPM Concert.

Larry Hoppen of Orleans rockin' the night away with John Jorgenson of the Elton John Band.

The Rotary Club of Weston is recognized as one of Southwest Broward’s leading community service organizations. Weston Rotary meets at Weston Hills Country Club every Thursday morning, year-round, from 7:30 – 8:30am to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a lively meeting program. For further information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at , or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.

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Chamber News Our City Weston Hosts Weston Area Chamber


embers and guests recently attended a Weston Area Chamber Business Networking meeting and ribbon cutting sponsored by and held at Our City Weston. The next Chamber business networking meeting will be Wednesday, May 18 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Mercantil Commercebank, 2630 Weston Road. The cost is free for members and $15 for non-members with RSVP or $20 at the

Joyce Bak, Our City Weston; Chamber Director Sven Budzisch, Publisher & Owner, Our City Weston; Weston Area Chamber President & CEO Jack Miller; and Chamber Director Marcia Miller, Financial Horizons, Inc.

door. RSVP to Jack Miller, Chamber President and CEO, at (954) 389-0600 or Jack@ For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® visit The Weston Area Chamber is the only Chamber of Commerce located in Weston and has been a 501C not-for-profit chamber with its office in the same building since 1989.

Chamber Chair Alex Gomez, PC Solver; Jennifer Mignano, Flawless Skin; Chamber Director Patricia Leon-Ponte, Mercatil Commercebank; Chamber Chair Elect Mayra Morales, Sun Sentinel; Chamber Ambassador Jose Fernandez.

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