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One of the most desired locations in South Florida. This house is indeed a masterpiece.  Direct oceanfront and intra-coastal dockage.  Wood beam ceilings throughout the house.  Wide planked wood floors, inviting kitchen and butler’s pantry with granite countertops.  High impact glass doors and windows.  This gorgeous house has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms.  A must see - true beach house (3 stories). Owner is flexible. Offered at $5,350,000 • Call Haimnath Ragbir - 954-818-1475

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calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 community News YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is Not Just for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Trikes and Bikes Welcome at Weston Family Fun Ride and Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . 16 Stay Connected – Subscribe to Weston E-Notification Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 City Secures FEMA Grant to Shore Up Stormwater System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Weston Workers Earn Awards and Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Share Your Story at JAFCO Book Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Student Artist Showcase Recognizes Tremendous Talent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Let’s Move Together to Support Arthritis Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Come Sail Away with Temple Dor Dorim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Reflect and Remember During Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony . . . . . . . . . 30 Play Ball! WALL Celebrates Opening Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

pring is a beautiful time of year, especially here in South

Florida. The days are longer and the extra hours of sunlight give us more time to enjoy all that our community has to offer. From evening strolls and bike rides around the neighborhood to weekend outings to the beach playing in the surf or fishing the azure waters, there is so much to do and enjoy. Spring is also the season of growth. All around us is evidence of new life from the baby ducklings swimming in the neighborhood lake to the flowers blooming in the yard. I am ecstatic to announce that our publication is growing as well. Beginning next month, we will be introducing the new Miramar Town Times magazine. It will join our current roster of award-winning, community news magazines serving the communities of Weston, Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Together, our five magazines will provide locally focused news services to 100,000 households in the Southwest Broward area, reaching an estimated 250,000+ readers. As we continue to grow, we will be able to provide more of the community and school news you have come to expect. Thank you for your continued readership.

inspiring individuals Relay For Life Is a Family Affair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

can do kids Friends Put “Fun” in Fundraising for Daniella’s Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 First Lady Praises Prose by Young Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

real estate 2012 – Year of the Short Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

health & wellness Live Life to the Fullest! Find Out How to Regain Your Youthful Vitality . . . . . . . 43 UV ALERT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Help For Plantar Fasciitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Couple’s Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Could you have a Slow Metabolism? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

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Cypress Bay Science Bowl Team Competing in National Finals . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 All A’s, Again, for Weston Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Falcon Cove Book Club Shares Love of Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 WCA Preschoolers Learn 100 Helping Hands Can Make a Difference . . . . . . . . 50 Imagine Charter School at Weston Second Graders Show Their Entrepreneurial Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Beloved Author’s Birthday Is Cause for Reading Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Eagle Strut Fundraiser Focuses on Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Cypress Bay Hosts College Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Indian Trace Elementary’s Italian Night Serves Up Food and Fun . . . . . . . . . . 58 Manatee Milers Race to the Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Vice President to Address Cypress Bay Graduates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Gator Run Elementary’s Family Fun Day Promotes School Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Sagemont Cheerleaders Show Spirit and Strength . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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fitness forum Introduction to the Chakras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

positive parenting Encouraging Our Kids to Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

home décor Peaceful Outdoor Sanctuaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Exciting Views! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Haute Hair Pump Up The Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

legally speaking Publisher/Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SVEN BUDZISCH Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nina Chieng-Budzisch Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacey Bomser Account Representatives . . . . . . . . . Garry Isabelle, Nancy Koval

Joyce Bak, Elaine Christ, Vanessa da Rocha, Justine Morgan, Peter Eng Office manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriela Moscoso Art Direction, Design & Production . . . . . Barry Stock, Dan Bastien staff photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barry Stock

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The Winds of Change Are Blowing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Three Keys to an Effective Loan Modification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

tax talk What's New with My W-2 and 1099s? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 pet care Does Your Pet Have Itchy Skin? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

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rotary news Rotarians Partner with LifeNet4Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

chamber news Weston Area Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at Speedpro Imaging . . . . . . . . 109

tee to green Green Side Bunkers and Flop Shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

dining out Sunset Grill At Bonaventure County Club Offers American Classics with Spanish Flair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

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1st – 28th “Expression through Images” – The Weston Art Guild is hosting a juried exhibit at the Weston Branch Library. It features 47 original pieces by 27 local artists. The artwork is in various mediums (oil, acrylic, watercolor, fabric and photography) and genres (realistic, abstract and collage). The exhibit is open during regular library hours. For more information call (954) 384-1822.

2nd Rotary Golf Classic – The Rotary Club of Weston presents its 25th Annual WestonLawyers.com Golf Tournament at Weston Hills Country Club. Proceeds support the Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. The tournament begins at 8:30am with a shotgun start followed by an awards banquet at 1pm. For more information call (954) 467-6400.

7th Royal Egg Hunt – Children, ten and under, are invited to join in on the fun of scrambling to collect some of the over 15,000 candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt begins promptly at 10am on the baseball fields at Weston Regional Park. Children should bring their own basket for gathering eggs. There will also be bounce houses and photos with the Royal Bunny. For more information contact the Weston Community Center at (954) 389-4321.

Pet Portraits for Charity – K9 Kuts is hosting a fundraiser to support Melissa Gomez and her fight against leukemia. Professional photographer Jim Harris will be taking photos of people with their pets and donating most of the proceeds to the fund. The cost is $25 per session or $35 for two. The event begins at 11am at K9 Kuts, 16674 Saddle Club Road. For more information call (954) 349-4441.

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Easter Egg Hunt – Meet the Easter Bunny in Linear Park at Weston Town Center from 2-5pm. The exciting afternoon will feature a candy-filled egg hunt, live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house and much more.

“Yogi Bear” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. Laugh out loud at the mischief made by Yogi Bear and his side-kick Boo-Boo as their antics torment Ranger Smith, caretaker of Jellystone Park. The free, family-friendly film takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 8pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

12th Weston Friends Club Book Markers – Join the Weston Friends Club for a discussion of their current selection. This book club meets bi-monthly, on the second Thursday of the month, at 1pm. For more information call Book Markers Chair Nancy Russo at (954) 384-1445.

14th “The Ugly Duckling” – Children will adore this musical adaptation of one of the most popular children’s stories of all time. Experience the magic as the ugly duckling embarks on a journey filled with hilarious hi-jinks to discover that the beauty he was seeking was really inside him all along. This show is part of the Children’s Theater Series. Showtime is at 1:30pm at the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Weston

Relay For Life of Weston – Show your support in the fight against cancer. This free, family-friendly event takes place on the Cypress Bay High School track. Stop by anytime and enjoy the entertainment, activities and food. The event runs from 6pm until about 10am Sunday morning. To make a donation or to learn more, visit www.relayforlife.org/westonfl.

21st Golf Scramble – The 7th annual St. Paul Lutheran Church Golf Tournament benefits the Seminarian Endowment Fund. The 18 hole scramble begins at 1pm with a shotgun start. It is followed by a dinner and silent auction with a live band beginning at 5pm. The event takes place at Woodland Hills Country Club. For more information, call (954) 384-9096 or register online at www.stpaulweston.org.

22nd Pet Training Seminar – The All Friends Animal Clinic is hosting a free behavior training seminar from 12 to 2pm. There will be a demonstration and tips on how to train your dog/puppy. The clinic is at 4476 Weston Road. For more information call (954) 659-9913.

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Free Yoga Classes – Weston Yoga is offering free yoga classes all day with a donation to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. To see the class schedule call (954) 349-6868 or visit www. westonyoga.com.

Yoga Nidra/Chakra Balancing Meditation – From 7-8:30pm at Weston Yoga, learn the secret of transformation to achieve a conscious relaxed state and peace of mind. Yoga Nidra Meditation is a powerful technique to progressively release muscular, emotional and mental tensions. Chakra balancing meditation will be included. The cost is $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Space is limited; call (954) 349-6868 to reserve a spot. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400.

Funies Foundation – The 1st Annual Kentucky Derby Charity Event for the Funies Organization will be held at Weston Hills Country Club, from 5 to 11 p.m. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping integrate, educate and instruct special children. The red carpet charity event will include dinner and open bar, as well as a live band, hat contest, silent auction and live viewing of the 138th Kentucky Derby. For information, call 954-696-8171 or send an email to www.funies.org@hotmail.com.

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YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is Not Just for Kids By Stacey Bomser

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planning a free, fun-filled day designed to promote health and wellness for the entire family. Healthy Kids Day brings children and parents together to have fun, be active and create lasting healthy habits. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 2pm. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families across the country. The day will include free interactive activities,

sports clinics, health screenings, family fitness fun, nutrition education, and water safety demonstrations. At noon, Weston Mayor Eric Hersh has been invited to help “Blow the Whistle” on childhood obesity. This is just one more example of how the Y and the City of Weston are working together to promote fitness in our community; the Y is an integral partner in the annual Get Fit Weston initiative. This year’s Healthy Kids Day theme is “Take On Summer,” encouraging families to stay active during the summer. “At the Sheinberg Family Y, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning,” explains John Gorman, Executive Director of the Sheinberg YMCA Family Center. “Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer.” This message is particularly important when, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three children in the United States is overweight. It is vital that children and

families adopt healthier habits that include increased physical activity and nutritious eating. Mark your calendar to attend Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 28th at the Sheinberg YMCA Family Center, located within Weston Regional Park. This free event is open to the Weston community. While you do not need to be a Y member to attend, Healthy Kids Day is the perfect time to join or register for summer camp at the Y. For more information call (954) 424-9622 or visit www.ymcabroward.org.

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Trikes and Bikes Welcome at Weston Family Fun Ride and Rodeo By Stacey Bomser

need to develop to have a safe and fun time while riding their bikes. In addition, certified over to Weston Regional Park for the first instructors from the League of American annual Weston Family Fun Ride and Bike Bicyclists will be on hand to answer safety Rodeo on Sunday, April 29th. The City is hosting questions and provide bicycle information. this action-packed afternoon featuring fun activiThe Bike Rodeo will feature four sections, ties and important safety information. divided by age and skill level. There will be According to event organizer Don Decker, a tricycle and big wheel section; a training Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of wheel section; a two-wheel bike section Weston, “What better way to teach kids safe biking for children ages 5-8; and a two-wheel bike than to do it in a fun format with the whole family? section for children ages 9-12. All children They will learn that safety and education go hand participating in the Bike Rodeo must have in hand with fun and recreation!” their own bicycle, tricycle or big wheel and The Family Fun Ride will take place from 1-3pm. wear a helmet. During that time, South Post Road will be closed The City is hosting this event as part of its application to be designated to traffic from the Weston Regional Park rounda Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. about to Swan Lake Boulevard. This is the perfect “Weston is one of the premier places in the region for organized and opportunity for parents to get children used to casual cycling,” states City Manager John Flint. “By becoming a Bicycle roadway biking. The course will be marked in Friendly Community, Weston will be reaching out to cyclists, motorists one-mile, two-mile and three-mile loops. The and runners alike to educate them on the state laws governing the use of Bike Rodeo will teach children how to Family Fun Ride is open to anyone with a bike. The bike lanes and roadways for cycling in an effort to promote an environsafely ride their bicycles on the road. Riders under 18 must wear a helmet. ment that all can safely co-exist in.” Meanwhile, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Bike Rodeo on the basIn addition to the Family Fun Ride and Bike Rodeo, throughout the afternoon ketball courts at Weston Regional Park from 1-3:30pm. This is actually a clinic to teach participants will also enjoy DJ music, bounce houses, giveaways as well as browse children the importance of riding a bicycle safely and what skills and precautions they bike safety information booths. There will be concession food available for purchase.

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Stay Connected – Subscribe to Weston E-Notification Service By Stacey Bomser

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residents to stay connected. In addition to the City’s easy-to-navigate, constantly updated website, and radio and cable channels, residents can now receive Weston news and information delivered direct to their inbox. “The City has a lot of information that we provide for residents in our Newsday Tuesday publication as well as other media, and the E-Notification will allow us to deliver that directly to our population versus them having to seek it out, thereby keeping the community more informed,” explains Denise Barrett, Director of Communications for the City of Weston. The new E-Notification service allows residents to subscribe to receive Newsday Tuesday, the City’s weekly online newsletter, and/or General Notifications. According to Barrett, if you select Newsday Tuesday, then every Tuesday you will receive an email linking you to the latest edition of Newsday Tuesday online news articles. If you select General Notification, then you will receive media releases, notices of sports registrations, flyers of upcoming city events, including events that BSO Weston is hosting, and things of that nature. “Should there be a major incident or large accident that would disrupt residents, we could also use the E-Notification to inform residents of those as well,” notes Barrett. To subscribe to the new E-Notification service, simply visit the Weston website homepage at www.westonfl.org and click on “E-Notification Sign Up” in the left hand column. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and select which notifications you would like to subscribe to. After registering, you will receive a verification email. You must click on the link to confirm your subscription.

City Secures FEMA Grant to Shore Up Stormwater System By Stacey Bomser

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but the City of Weston is already making plans to shore up our stormwater management system. The City has received a $2,272,648 grant from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This is the second FEMA grant Weston has received. In 2009, the City was able to rehabilitate two stormwater pumping stations through the initial grant. This project helped eliminate the accumulation of surface water from rainfall. In 2011, the project was expanded to include additional improvements to the stormwater system including adding new or enlarging culverts to better link the City’s interconnecting lake system to allow for more efficient movement of stormwater to the pumping stations. According to Jeff Skidmore, Weston Assistant City Manager/COO, the FEMA grant will be used to replace seven undersized culverts and install one new one in the Bonaventure Development District and replace four undersized culverts and install seven new ones in the Indian Trace Development District. “The replacement and/or installation of the culverts will help convey the water to the pumping stations more efficiently, which allows for quicker hydraulic balancing, thus reducing localized flooding problems and high lake levels,” explains Skidmore. “Reducing lake levels during a storm event allows for stormwater to drain off the roadways quicker thus extending the life of the road and improving

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the level of service.” Construction is expected to begin in late 2012. Once completed, Weston will be a more disaster resistant city. In a major storm, such as a hurricane, by keeping the lake levels near their normal elevation, it decreases wave action and associated erosion, thereby protecting lakefront land. In addition, stormwater will drain from the roadways and swales more quickly and properly, reducing street flooding situations.

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Weston Workers Earn Awards and Appointments By Stacey Bomser

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Weston is probably one of the safest cities around. One of the Weston firerescue companies and one of our BSO detectives were honored at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Annual Awards Ceremony for their exemplary service. Weston Rescue Company 81 received the Fire Rescue Unit of the Year Award. Captain Melendez, firefighter/paramedics Anthony Luzardo and Mick Dube, and Air Rescue 85 (Lt. Eric Delotta and paramedic Robert Thompson) were credited with saving the life of a little girl who nearly drowned. After receiving the call that a small child had been pulled out of a pool and was not breathing, Rescue Company 81 was on the scene within minutes and Detective of the began performing CPR on the five-year-old patient. BSO Year Al Rengifo. She was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center and made a complete recovery. In the Fire Rescue Unit of the Year nomination letter, Rescue Company 81 was credited for “their quick response time, their training, the excellent quality of their pre-hospital emergency medical services…all of these links in the chain of survival prevented this incident from becoming a tragedy.” “It is truly an honor for Rescue Company 81 to receive this award and this is a reflection of the excellent emergency services our Weston fire fighters and paramedics are

committed to providing to our residents and visitors,” states Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon. “I am incredibly proud of Rescue Company 81 and their service to our community.” BSO Detective Al Rengifo of the Weston Criminal Investigations Unit was named the Detective of the Year. A six year member of the unit, Detective Rengifo serves as a role model and trainer for new detectives and deputies in the District. It is not surprising that he received this distinguished honor. Each month, the district selects an Employee of the Month from its 107 employees. During the past twelve months, Detective Rengifo was nominated six times and selected three of the months. Congratulations are also in order for City Treasurer Weston City Treasurer Darrel Thomas. He has been invited to join the Darrel Thomas. Florida League of Cities Investment Advisory Committee. This esteemed group of eleven financial professionals is instrumental in the development and oversight of the Florida Municipal Investment Trust and other League financial services. Mr. Thomas also serves as Chair of the Florida Government Finance Officer Association (FGFOA) Program Committee which is responsible for developing the educational program to be presented at the FGFOA Annual Conference. He is a nominee for the FGFOA Board of Directors.

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Share Your Story at JAFCO Book Event By Stacey Bomser

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Attendees are encouraged to bring family memorabilia such as nostalgic photos, letters and keepsakes from pre-World War II to share on a display table, along with a note card explaining the items. According to Klitzner, “Seeing family photos and mementos from the different time periods and finding out how much we all have in common should be very exciting.” Author Marcia Fine will host an interactive discussion after her book review. Guests need not have read her book before the event. Autographed copies of Paper Children will be for sale at the luncheon. The program begins at 11am with a boutique and raffle prizes, followed by a delicious lunch. Tickets are $36 per person for JAFCO members and $45 for non-members. “Proceeds from this luncheon will go to the JAFCO Village and children,” states Jennifer Alman, President of the JAFCO Weston/West Broward Chapter. “JAFCO provides an entire continuum of child welfare services to children and their families in the South Florida Jewish community.”

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Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) is inviting women to share their personal family histories at its 8th annual Love of Literacy Luncheon on Thursday, April 26th. Marcia Fine, author of Paper Children, will be the featured guest at the luncheon. Paper Children is a multi-generational “family” story which offers a look at the life of a Jewish family before World War II. “Rarely do we get a glimpse of an upscale European family pre-war,” explains Love of Literacy Luncheon Chair Julie Klitzner. “This novel follows three generations of women, their passion for life, and the secret history of pain that follows them. The book tracks the family from the 1920’s in Poland through their immigration to New York City in the 1940’s, and ultimately into the 1960’s in Miami.” What the event organizers found JAFCO Love of Literacy Luncheon Chair Julie Klitzner particularly appealing about Paper (front) with committee members Lori Meyers, Miriam Children is that it does not focus Bedells, Elsa Zoberg, and Sandy Rizzo Weiner. The JAFCO Love of Literacy Luncheon takes place on on the Holocaust, but rather a family. “Every family, especially Thursday, April 26th at 11am at The Palms of Weston, 16102 Emerald Estates Drive. Jewish families, can relate to the history revealed in this novel,” Space is limited. To purchase tickets go to www.jafco.org and click on “Events to states Klitzner. Attend.” For more information contact Rebecca Solomon at JAFCO at (954) 749-7230.

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Student Artist Showcase Recognizes Tremendous Talent By Stacey Bomser

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the words used to describe the artwork featured at the 6th Annual Student Artist Showcase presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston. Over 250 pieces of original artwork were on display at the Weston Branch Library during this juried art show. This year’s showcase was the biggest to date. “The 2012 exhibition included works from every public and private school in the Greater Weston area,” states Jami Nix Rahn, chairperson for the Student Artist Showcase. “We had artwork submitted by 21 art teachers from 15 schools.” According to Nix Rahn, there are few opportunities available to art teachers to showcase the creative works of their young artists. “The Student Artist Showcase provides the opportunity to recognize and reward our students’ creative skills and to say ‘thank-you’ to our art teachers.” The art teachers are equally appreciative of the Arts Council for sponsoring this program. Teachers acknowledge that there is no other exhibition like “The Wave” by Dana Brown, twelfth “Flower Pot” by Gerardo Douavihi, first grade, this and they are thankful for the opportunity to showcase their students’ grade, Western High School. Imagine Charter School at Weston. work in a public gallery setting. Many teachers also see this program as a learning opportunity, noting that they often get new ideas from seeing what other teachers are doing in the classroom. All mediums are accepted into the exhibition. This year’s show featured everything from traditional pencil drawings and watercolor paintings to sculptures. With so many teachers participating at the high school level and including so many three dimensional works, a new category was added this year: High School 3-D. A panel of judges from the local arts community judged the artwork based on originality, creativity, reflection, visual perspective and craftsmanship. First, second and third place ribbons were awarded in six grade level categories. At the Student Artist Showcase reception, Weston City Commissioners Toby Feuer, Angel Gomez and Jim Norton presented the winners with their ribbons and a small monetary award from the Arts Council. In the Kindergarten through second grade division, first grader Gerardo Douavihi from Imagine Charter School at Weston won first prize for his “Flower Pot” painting. Kindergartener Jenna Halbert from The Sagemont “Charcoal Practice” by Na Cai, twelfth “Lolo & Lola” by Trim Jorgia Lee, eighth School won second prize and first grader Rebecca Beer from Everglades grade, The Sagemont School. grade, Falcon Cove Middle School. Elementary won third prize. In the third through fifth grade division, third grader Dalia Kreynin from Manatee The Sagemont School swept the ninth and tenth grade division. First place went Bay Elementary won first prize for “My Fantasy Trip,” third grader Eric Choi from to freshman Valentina Rangel for “Serene,” sophomore Samantha Quan won second, Everglades Elementary won second, and Dylan Warfel from Eagle Point Elementary and classmate Xiaoyu won third place. won third prize. In the eleventh and twelfth grade division, Sagemont senior Na Cai won first place In the middle school division, Falcon Cove Middle School eighth grader Trim for “Charcoal Practice,” Western High School senior Skyler Dolihite won second, and Jorgia Lee won first place for “Lolo & Lola,” eighth grader Camilla Parra-DeAngelis eleventh grader Siobhan Buckley from Cypress Bay High School won third place. from The Sagemont School won second, and eighth grader Alana Barrett from Falcon In the new 3-D category, Western High School senior Dana Brown won first place Cove won third place. for “The Wave.” Paige Hall, a junior at Western, won second place and Cypress Bay senior Maria Cubas won third prize. Although only the top three works in each age category were award prizes, Nix Rahn says each piece deserves recognition. “Every participant in the Student Artist Showcase should be considered a winner as each teacher was allowed to submit only twelve works from their entire student body,” stated Nix Rahn. Each student artist received a congratulatory certificate of participation. Students, families and arts supporters attended the reception to recognize the winners of the Student Artist Showcase.

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Let’s Move Together to Support Arthritis Research By Stacey Bomser

Arthritis Foundation to be an advocate for her son, Daniel. The four-year-old suffers parents’ illness. That’s the message from systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid the Arthritis Foundation, Florida arthritis. It is a rare form of juvenile arthritis. Chapter is trying to make as it gears up According to Cheryl, about 300,000 children for the 4th Annual “Let’s Move Together” in the United States have juvenile arthritis, Arthritis Walk Broward. The walk, which but only about ten-percent have the type is the signature fundraising and awareness Daniel has. event for the Arthritis Foundation, takes Diagnosing Daniel’s disease was not easy, place on Saturday, May 5th. especially because he was so young. “He was “Let’s Move Together” is more than just a just a baby. He couldn’t talk and tell us what fundraiser. Yes, the money raised does support he was feeling,” says Cheryl. the Arthritis Foundation to provide summer It all began when he was one. Daniel camp for children with juvenile arthritis, developed a high fever that wouldn’t go community outreach, local programs, health away. At first his parents and the pediatrician education, and arthritis research to improve thought it was a virus. After three weeks the lives of people with arthritis. But, “Let’s the fever had not gone away, so Daniel was Move Together” is also designed to inspire hospitalized for an infectious disease workpeople to move every day to prevent or treat up. “They had to rule out all the nasty things arthritis and to encourage daily physical that could cause such a high fever,” explains activity for better health all around. Cheryl. “After everything else had been Arthritis is the nation’s most common ruled out, they discovered he had arthritis. cause of disability. Some 50 million Americans The type he has is associated with fevers.” are living with arthritis; this includes an In hindsight, Cheryl says there were signs. estimated 450,000 children and adults in “He didn’t sit until he was ten months old and Broward County. Many of them right here didn’t crawl until close to twelve months. in Weston. We thought he was just lazy. He is our third Matt Chrupcala is your typical Weston child. We were not alarmed.” dad with one exception -- he suffers from Cheryl says through it all, Daniel was rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Looking at him, always the happiest baby. He did not cry or you would probably never know. He is still express pain. “Even to this day he remains very active, running his own business, playthe most jovial, fun-loving kid. He continues ing with his kids and exercising. “I used to with life like he doesn’t have arthritis. We run a lot and play basketball, but now I do can clearly see him limping in the morning more non-impact exercise such as yoga and getting out of bed, but he is still laughing swimming.” and playing with his brothers.” Matt says dealing with the physical aspects The only pain or discomfort Daniel of the disease and having to modify his lifeexpresses is when he gets his injection every style has been one of the more challenging night. “He absolutely hates his shot because aspects of arthritis. “I try to maintain as the medicine burns when it gets in,” explains normal a life as possible so it doesn’t impact Cheryl. “We try to make a game of it, tellmy wife and kids.” ing him we need to get the good guys in to It was his wife who actually led him fight the bad guys. His brothers help out by to the diagnosis. Matt was in his mid-30’s entertaining him with stuffed animal puppet when he first started feeling discomfort and Top: Four-year-old Daniel Whapman (right) suffers from arthritis, but he doesn’t shows while he gets the shot.” let it stop him from playing with his older brothers Ricky (left) and T.J. stiffness in his joints. He didn’t pay much Bottom: Matt Chrupcala says one of the most challenging aspects of living with The whole family is also involved in the attention to it, dismissing it as the signs arthritis is having to modify his lifestyle and how that affects his family. Arthritis Walk. “The rheumatologist sugof aging and effects of an active youth which included being a collegiate athlete. The gested we get involved to meet other families with children with this disease. We want pain and discomfort grew progressively worse. By 2007, Matt had stiffness in his neck Daniel to know we all support him.” and swelling in his hands. “My wife said she was tired of hearing me moan and groan You can support children like Daniel, as well as adults like Matt, by participating and said she was taking me to the doctor. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.” in the 4th Annual “Let’s Move Together” Arthritis Walk Broward. The free, familyMatt is now on a course of treatment designed to slow the progression of the disease friendly event will include entertainment, a kid’s corner, healthy activities, educational and prevent it from affecting other joints. “Although there is no cure for arthritis, yet, we opportunities as well as refreshments and goodie bags. There will also be an “Arff-ritis can slow its progression through the use of drugs, and possibly stop it,” explains Matt. Walk” because dogs get arthritis too. Raising money for research is one of the reasons Matt got involved with the Arthritis Foundation. Last year he reached out to the Arthritis Foundation seeking to share The Arthritis Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5th at the Bergeron Rodeo experiences with other RA sufferers. He got involved in the Arthritis Walk and now Grounds, 4271 Davie Road, in Davie. Registration begins at 8am. The walk takes is on the leadership committee for this year’s event. place from 9am until noon, rain or shine. To register or to learn more visit www. Cheryl Whapham is also on the leadership committee. She got involved with the BrowardWalk.kintera.org.

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Reflect and Remember During Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony By Stacey Bomser

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a fundraiser, it is a celebration of life in honor of all those touched by cancer. It is also a time to pay tribute to those who lost their battle against this deadly disease. The Luminaria Ceremony of Hope provides an opportunity to reflect and remember. “The Luminaria ceremony gives family members and friends an opportunity not only to honor their loved ones, but also some peace and even closure to their pain,” explains Joy Medrano, Relay For Life of Weston Marketing Chair. “It’s an amazing bonding experience for everyone at Relay. You realize we are all together fighting for the same thing – an end to cancer.” Relay For Life Event Chair Ross Sabath, an eightyear cancer survivor, says the Luminaria ceremony is definitely one of the most cherished moments of Relay. “It’s an incredible experience to see the entire track lit up with luminaria bags and the only sound you hear is that of the bagpipers playing and people’s footsteps as they walk in silence behind them.” Sabath says the goal this year is to line the entire track with luminaria bags each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. For a minimal donation, people can purchase a bag online at www.relayforlife.org/

Luminaria bags represent someone special who has been profoundly affected westonfl. Students The by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor. from the David Posnack Hebrew Day School will decorate the bag, gest fundraiser. For the past two years, Relay For Life you simply need to indicate who the bag is “In Honor of Weston has been the number one Relay in Broward of” or “In Memory of.” Or stop by the luminaria station County. Last year, it was number seven in the state out at Relay, where you can purchase and make your own of 357 Relays. Sabath and Medrano hope to be in the bag. You need not be part of a Relay team to participate. top five in Florida this year. In fact, the entire evening is open to the public. Relay For Life is an amazing community event. “It’s familyRelay For Life of Weston takes place Saturday, April 14th friendly and it’s free,” states Sabath. “Everyone is invited through Sunday, April 15th at the Cypress Bay High School and encouraged to stop by and enjoy the entertainment, track. The Luminaria ceremony is scheduled for 9pm. To activities and food, while supporting your friends and make a donation or to learn more about how you can help neighbors who are walking to find a cure for cancer.” support Relay For Life of Weston visit www.relayforlife. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s bigorg/westonfl or email westonrelayforlife@comcast.net.

Play Ball! WALL Celebrates Opening Day By Stacey Bomser

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he Weston Area Little League (WALL)

season started with the traditional fanfare of Opening Day. More than 1,000 Weston children, ages four to 18, participate in WALL each season. According to Mary Wilson, WALL Director of Communications, there are 780 baseball players, 200 softball players, and 50 participants in the Challenger league, a free program for physically challenged boys and girls. WALL has celebrated Opening Day for over 20 years. WALL President Carlos Artaza welcomed everyone. This year’s festivities, organized by Marji Sachs, included appearances by softball pro Tiffany WALL donates used baseball and softball equipment through its Re-Runs program. Kasdorf and former Major League Baseball players Jeff Juden and Charles Johnson. Johnson’s son now plays for WALL. In addition, former as nationally through Little League’s Miami Dolphin Sam Madison was on hand. And in true WALL tradition, Billy the “Pitch in for Baseball” program. They Marlin made an appearance. have also donated to children in South The second annual Gott Spirit Award was presented to Jeff Foreman, a longtime and Central America over the years. baseball and softball volunteer. “This award was created last year in honor of one of WALL’s exceptional volunteers, Jan Gott. It recognizes an exemplary human being Baseball and softball season is now for their efforts both on and off the fields,” notes Wilson. in full swing. Every day the baseball Safety Director Dr. Cindy Everyone in attendance was invited to support WALL’s community service project, fields throughout Weston are filled WALL Marika with Billy the Marlin. Re-Runs, now in its tenth year. Started by the Marika family for the boys’ bar mitzvah with young players enjoying America’s projects, Re-Runs collects gently used baseball and softball equipment and uniforms. favorite pastime. To learn more about the Weston Area Little League visit www. According to Dr. Cindy Marika, Re-Runs has donated to deserving leagues locally as well wallbaseball.org.

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Relay For Life Is a Family Affair By Stacey Bomser

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for being part of Relay For Life. For some it is a celebration of winning the battle against cancer. For others it is an opportunity to honor someone special who lost the fight. For many, Relay is simply a small contribution they can make to help the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer. Relay For Life of Weston is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Patty DeBiase, a longtime Weston resident and third grade teacher at Indian Trace Elementary School, has been part of the Weston Relay since the very beginning. “I started ten years ago at the Markham Park Relay. The following year Relay moved to Weston Regional Park and I joined the school team,” explains Patty. She is now Events Coordinator for Team Indian Trace Elementary. Patty has shared her passion for Relay For Life with her daughter, Ashley. This will be Ashley’s sixth Relay. She began as a participant on her mom’s school team before joining the AYSO team. According to Ashley, Relay gets bigger and better each year. “I remember when it was held at the Weston Regional Park. It used to be on Friday nights and on one of those Relays, after walking most of the night and hardly any sleep, we had to get ready for a soccer game. We walked from the Relay over to the soccer fields.”

Team Indian Trace Elementary Captain Elaine Casserly (middle) and Events Coordinator Patty DeBiase (right) with team member Marianne Barr at Bunco Night.

The Cypress Bay sophomore was captain of the AYSO team for the past two years. She and her teammates raised money for Relay through Goal for a Cure. “We got pledges from family members for goals made on a specific day,” she explains. This year, Ashley and her teammates started their own Relay For Life team called Weston FC Girls Soccer. “The theme this year is Ordinary Heroes,” notes Ashley. “Our heroes will be sports mentors, whether that be soccer coaches or major league baseball players.” At Relay, the team will be raffling off a baseball and bat autographed by the Miami Marlins. The girls are also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a seven-night cruise from Holland American and another from MSC cruises. The winning cruise raffle tickets will be drawn at the Relay wrap-up party next month.

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Patty’s school team also came up with some clever fundraisers. “Our Let’s Roll for a Cure event has become a tradition at Indian Trace,” she states. Every year the team hosts a dinner and Bunco game night for parents and teachers. This year’s theme was Bunny Bunco and players hopped from table to table. “I think this is a great event for our school community while we support Relay For Life,” states Corey Alles, Indian Trace PTA President. “It was a fun time for an excellent cause." While Bunco Night is for adults, Team Indian Trace Elementary also invites students to support its fundraising efforts. The Halloween Dance is its biggest fundraiser. They made over $3,000 this past year. “Our theme is ‘Boo to Cancer’ because cancer doesn’t scare us,” explains Patty. “The students love it. They come and dance, play games and we Ashley DeBiase (left of shirt) and have a costume contest.” her teammates will be raffling off an autographed baseball bat and On the early release day at the end of ball at Relay For Life to raise funds March, the Relay team hosted its final fundfor the American Cancer Society. raiser. It was a Wellness Day which entailed an assembly by Whole Foods and a Fun Run and obstacle course. Patty says some of their past events have included “Hats Off to Cancer,” where students paid a dollar to wear a crazy hat to school and a Parents Night Out, which was a pizza and movie night for the younger students. Patty and her Indian Trace colleagues believe it is important to get children involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life because cancer affects everyone. “We all have had people in our lives that have suffered from cancer.” While Patty says she has been fortunate in that her friends and co-workers are survivors, one of Ashley’s friend’s was not so lucky. “One of my teammates lost her father to cancer a few years ago,” shares Ashley. “During Relay we walk with her and her mom during the first lap and offer our love and support.” And that is really what Relay For Life is all about. As Ashley so poignantly puts

Indian Trace Elementary School’s “Boo to Cancer” Halloween dance raises money for Relay For Life.

Students show their support for Team Indian Trace Elementary at Relay For Life of Weston.

it: “To me, Relay is more than raising money. Of course, that is our goal and that is important. But, Relay is about the community coming together year after year, young and old. It’s a feeling that I can’t explain, except that we are family.” Relay For Life of Weston is a family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and support the Relay teams. Relay For Life of Weston takes place Saturday, April 14th through Sunday, April 15th at the Cypress Bay High School track. To make a donation or to learn more about how you can help support Relay For Life of Weston visit www.relayforlife.org/westonfl. All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives through research, education, prevention, advocacy and patient services.

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Patricia Burgos (left), Alexandra Folleco, Isabella McKinnon, and Skylar Britton show off some of the duct tape flower pens they made to raise money for Daniella’s Journey.

service project and I love this cause. Daniella’s Journey was the perfect opportunity. This charity is significant to me because it helps raise money for children with cancer.” Isabella enlisted her friends to make and sell colorful duct tape flower pens to benefit Daniella’s Journey. She came up with the idea after learning how to make the pens on YouTube. Isabella taught her friends and the girls put the “fun” in fundraising by holding pen parties, gathering as a group to make the charitable crafts. The girls also worked independently at home making the flower pens. Isabella, Patricia Burgos, Skylar Britton, Alexa Hui, Alexandra Folleco and Marissa Balzano raised $550 for Daniella’s Journey. At the end of February, they visited the hospital to make their donation. “The reaction from Daniella’s Journey and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was very positive,” shares Isabella. “They were happy, impressed and grateful.” Isabella says she is proud to know she and her friends helped young cancer patients. “It makes me feel accomplished and successful to know that I helped other children with my efforts. Daniella’s Journey is a great charity and I am honored to be a part of it.”

Alexa Hui (left), Isabella McKinnon, Alexandra Folleco and Patricia Burgos delivered a check for $550 to Daniella’s Journey at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

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First Lady Praises Prose by Young Author By Stacey Bomser

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February 2012 Sales of Weston Single-Family Homes WESTON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB $680,000

Mollie Light, Realtor

Betty Frongello, Realtor

mollielight@bellsouth.net Community / Address

bettyfrongello@yahoo.com

Sold Price Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Garage Pool Water

COUNTRY ISLES 1480 SPRINGSIDE DR

Community / Address

Sold Price Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Garage Pool Water

792 REGAL COVE RD $127,000

2

2 957

0

N

N

EMERALD ESTATES

$750,000

5

4

4,151

3

N

Y

$395,000

3

2.5

2,762

2

Y

Y

SUNSET SPRINGS 833 HAMPTON CT

4296 DIAMOND TE

$351,000

4

2

2,172

2

Y

Y

THE FALLS

16404 SAPPHIRE ST

$317,000

3

2.5

1,845

2

N

Y

532 CASCADE FALLS DR

$476,000

5

3

2,692

2

Y

Y

16408 SAPPHIRE ST

$270,900

4

2.5

2,349

2

N

Y

992 SAVANNAH FALLS DR

$350,000

4

2.5

2,182

2

N

Y

THE LAKES

ISLES AT WESTON 19156 N GARDENIA AV

$525,000

5

3.5

3,427

3

Y

N

361 FAIRMONT WY

$500,000

5

4

3,190

2

Y

Y

19301 SENECA AV

$410,000

3

2

2,420

2

N

Y

745 LAKE BLVD

$420,000

5

2.5

3,335

2

N

Y

19100 SENECA AV

$326,000

3

2

2,668

2

N

N

827 VERONA LAKE DR

$420,000

4

3.5

2,955

2

N

N

$740,000

5

3.5

4,379

3

Y

N

4280 FOX RIDGE DR

$435,000

4

2.5

2,113

2

Y

Y

3809 HERON RIDGE LN

$475,000

5

3.5

3,534

2

Y

N

3918 OSPREY CT

$555,000

4

3

2,699

3

Y

Y

THE LANDINGS

LAGUNA SPRINGS 536 WATER PT

$340,000

4

3

2,846

2

Y

Y

424 MALLARD LN

1049 LAGUNA SPRINGS DR

$300,000

3

2

2,097

2

N

N

THE RIDGES

NEW RIVER ESTATES 821 SW 158TH LN

$160,000

2

2

1,115

2

N

N

NORTH LAKES 584 CAMBRIDGE DR

$383,000

5

3.5

2,995

2

N

N

4263 IRONWOOD CT

$273,000

3

2

1,759

2

N

N

716 FALLING WATER RD

$212,000

3

2

1,448

2

N

N

3770 OAK RIDGE LANE

$510,000

4

3

2,702

3

Y

N

618 STANTON LN

$235,000

4

2

1,535

2

N

N

3868 FALCON RIDGE CR

$460,000

5

3

2,928

3

Y

Y

$555,000

4

3

2,685

2

Y

Y

$1,085,000

5

3.5

4,440

3

Y

N

1832 MARINERS LN

$406,000

4

3

2,156

2

N

N

3263 SOMERSET

$556,000

5

3.5

2,819

3

Y

Y

WESTON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

ORCHID ISLAND 860 WATERVIEW DR

$400,000

4

2.5

2,605

2

Y

Y

PALM ISLAND 421 COCONUT CR

2664 NELSON CT 2543 SANCTUARY DR

$700,000

5

4.5

3,855

3

Y

Y

SAVANNA 1502 BLUE JAY CR

$675,000

6

4

1121 GOLDEN CANE DR

$230,000

3

2

1828 ASPEN LN

$325,000

5

3.5

836 REGAL COVE RD

$500,000

4

1284 ALEXANDER BND

$275,000

1539 WINTERBERRY LN

$265,000

4,733

3

Y

Y

1409 VICTORIA ISLE LN

$945,000

6

5.5

5,240

3

Y

N

2

N

N

3248 MUIRFIELD

$562,500

4

3

2,595

3

Y

Y

2,693

2

N

Y

1793 HARBOR POINTE CIR

$540,000

4

3

2,550

2

Y

N

3

3,427

2

Y

N

2025 HARBOR VIEW CR

$620,000

5

3.5

3,150

2

Y

N

3

2

1,763

2

N

N

WINDMILL LAKE ESTATES

3

2

1,552

2

N

N

3875 WINDMILL LAKES RD

$1,100,000

5

4

5,200

3

Y

Y

Source: Local Multiple Listing System(MLS) and Broward County Tax Records. Information is believed to be accurate but is not warranted. If you should have any questions or would like further information, please contact Mollie Light at (954) 336-9006.

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school News

Cypress Bay Science Bowl Team Competing in National Finals By Stacey Bomser

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of Steve Segall, Jordan Bonilla, Jiaqi Xia, Yuan Xiu and Scott Liu, won an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National Science Bowl. The U.S Department of Energy will pay for the team’s flights and the students will stay in the National 4-H Center with the other participating teams. In between the competitions they will get a chance to sightsee, visiting the National monuments. Coach Boswell will accompany the team. At the tournaments, teams compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-style format where they solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of math and science including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and astronomy. For example, in the Biology category: What is the primary calcium-building protein in eukaryotic cells, that is about 148 amino acids long and has a wide variety of functions often through kinases and phos-

he Cypress Bay Science Bowl

Team is busy preparing for the 22nd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. They will compete against teams from across the country later this month in Washington D.C. The team qualified for the nation’s largest math and science competition after beating 16 other teams at the regional tournament. This will be Cypress Bay’s second appearance at the National Science Bowl. Quite impressive for a team that started only four years ago. The student-run club practices every Friday after school, answering previously released Science Bowl questions in the same quiz bowl format as the actual competition. They have upped their practices to three times a week Members of the Cypress Bay Science Bowl Team, Jordan Bonilla, Jiaqi Xie, Scott to prepare for the National Finals. Liu, Steve Segall, Yuan (Sherry) Xiu, and Coach/Sponsor Brandon Boswell, with the Cypress Bay actually has three Science trophy and banner they won at the North Central Florida Regional Science Bowl. Bowl teams. “Based on the cumulative number of questions correct and incorrect phatases? (Answer: Calmodulin) over a two to three month period, the students are ranked and then the top five are on The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage the first team, the next five on the second team, and the next five on the third team,” students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. The explains Coach Brandon Boswell, an AP Biology teacher at Cypress Bay High School. Cypress Bay team is scheduled to meet either U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu or This year the school sent two teams to the regional competition. Team A, comprised President Barack Obama while in Washington.

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All A’s, Again, for Weston Schools By Stacey Bomser

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t’s straight A’s for the Weston schools,

again. For the eighth consecutive year, all of the Weston public schools received an “A” grade in the State of Florida’s A-plus grading plan. The Weston City Commission recently recognized each Broward County public school in Weston for its academic achievements. Each principal was presented with two coveted crystal book awards honoring their individual achievement as well as the achievements of the school faculty, the students and the school community. In presenting the awards, Mayor Hersh noted that this achievement is a true testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of every school in Weston for increasing the possibility for students to reach their The Weston City Commission recognized the Weston public school highest educational aspirations. principals for achieving “A” grades for the eighth consecutive year. Gator Run Elementary School Principal Susan Sasse was at the recognition ceremony. She acknowledged that continuing the tradition of excellence in an A-rated school is quite a challenge. “We basis. They provide additional reinforcement of reading strategies using prescribed are fortunate that for our school, students who score in the lowest quartile include programs to help the students achieve grade-level success.” Level 3 and Level 4 proficiencies, which means they are already meeting or exceeding In attendance at the City Commission meeting were the principals or representathe state standard.” tives from Country Isles Elementary, Eagle Point Elementary, Everglades Elementary, She added that the academic success at Gator Run would not be possible without Gator Run Elementary, Indian Trace Elementary, Manatee Bay Elementary, Falcon the strong partnership that has developed between the school and parents. “We rely Cove Middle, Tequesta Trace Middle and Cypress Bay High schools, plus the Imagine on many parent volunteers who work with our struggling readers on an individual Charter School at Weston.

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Falcon Cove Book Club Shares Love of Reading By Stacey Bomser

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embers of the Book Club at Falcon

Cove Middle School are sharing their love of reading with the less fortunate. The club organized a school-wide book drive to benefit a local transitional home for veterans. They collected 509 books to start a library at the Veterans New Life Haven. Media Specialist Marcia Alexander likes to promote community service along with literature. Each year she tries to pick a special project that ties into the books the students read. Nobel Joseph (left), Jessica Wu, Zonshen Yu, This year the Book Club read two novels which Jessica Kang, and Catherine Wang helped make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to the had characters who were veterans. In Alibi Junior Cooperative Feeding Program/LifeNet4Families. High by Greg Logsted there was an Iraqi war veteran who lost his arm. The uncle of the main character book donation and speak to Book Club members in Countdown by Deborah Wiles was a World War Media Specialist Marcia Alexander and the Book Club committee about their facility and the services it provides to presented representatives from the Veterans New Life Haven with I veteran who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress over help veterans get back on their feet. A social worker 500 books to start a library at the transitional housing facility. Disorder; he would dig fox holes in the front yard. explained that many veterans are homeless and suffer Sixth grader Laura Mazuera says she liked Countdown best “because it had more from mental health issues or substance abuse. The facility provides them with a place to to do with military service and what happens to veterans.” live and counseling services to help them return to a successful independent life style. Classmate Estefania Sanchez says she was proud to have taken part in this project At that same Book Club meeting the students also made peanut butter and jelly to help servicemen and women. She and fellow committee members made posters sandwiches for the Cooperative Feeding Program/LifeNet4Families. Ms. Alexander and went on the morning announcements to promote the book drive. “I thought it says the students do this a few times a year. “Students have good hearts in our club.” was a nice thing to do. Most people do not know about the veterans. I didn’t know Coincidentally, the New Life social worker shared that many of their veterans take they had homeless veterans.” advantage of the meals served by the Cooperative Feeding Program/LifeNet4Families. Representatives from the Veterans New Life Haven came to school to accept the And so, the students’ generosity and community service efforts went full circle.

WCA Preschoolers Learn 100 Helping Hands Can Make a Difference By Stacey Bomser

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he 100th day of school is a milestone,

especially for preschool students who may be experiencing school for the first time. Weston Christian Academy decided to celebrate this special day in a special way with 100 Helping Hands. “I really wanted to utilize this day not just as a counting tool, but as a way to give back. I thought, what can I do to use the number 100 but also give the children the opportunity to serve?” explains K4 teacher Janine Galarza. “Through 100 Helping Hands, we asked each class from the three-year-old preschool classes, four-year-old preschool classes and the Kindergarten to try to collect 100 cans of food. Not only would this be an amazing outreach project but it could also be used as a counting tool.” Mrs. Galarza says all of the classes counted their donations every day and charted their success. They actually reached their goal before the 100th day of school, and the student Christopher Biggs donations kept coming. As a whole, K4 with Ronald McDonald. the preschool through Kindergarten collected over 500 cans for the Ronald McDonald House. Galarza says she chose this charity for two reasons. First, it operates by 100% donations, tying into the 100th day of school theme. And secondly, because she had a friend who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House when her child was sick. “She told me that it was so nice to come home to a hot meal, or food, because

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Preschool students at WCA collected over 500 cans for the Ronald McDonald House through their 100 Helping Hands project.

you never have time to run to the market. The comfort, kindness and love she experienced made me realize this is an organization I want to help.” Ronald McDonald himself came to the school to thank the preschool students for their generous donations. “I loved when Ronald did his magic,” states Carlos Martin. Caitlyn Campion says her favorite part was when “he pulled the balloon away from Mrs. G and it went flying.” While the magic may have made the biggest impression on the small children, Mrs. Galarza says Ronald McDonald also spoke to them about safety. “He talked about how important it is not to talk to strangers, what to do in case of a fire, and also dental hygiene.” 100 Helping Hands was so successful, Weston Christian Academy would like to make it a school-wide community service project next year.

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Imagine Charter School at Weston Second Graders Show Their Entrepreneurial Spirit By Stacey Bomser

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onsumer spending is on the rise – especially at Imagine Charter

School at Weston. The second grade classrooms were recently turned into a Flea Market for a hands-on lesson on consumers and producers. Students became entrepreneurs, creating goods or services to sell at the flea market. Adriana Romero began the project, which incorporates both social studies and math lessons, back in 2005. “Being the teacher of the gifted/high achievers, and having a love for project-based learning, I wanted to come up with a different way to address my classroom objectives. In the midst of planning for the lesson on producers and consumers, I literally shut the book, closed my eyes, and envisioned a huge market with all kinds of different products and services being sold.”

the good/service identified to the public, cost of the good/service, a promotion, company logo and slogan.” At the same time the students are busy producing their products and creating a marketing campaign at home, in school they are hard at work earning money to shop at the Flea Market. According to Mrs. Romero, students earn money by turning in their homework on time, doing their daily classroom job, staying on “green” behavior, or getting caught doing the right thing. Because there are nine second grade classes, there are actually two Flea Markets. The classes are divided as equally as possible with half playing consumer first while the other half are producers; then they switch. The Imagine Charter School administration also shops at the Flea Markets.

Imagine Charter School at Weston second graders sell their products at the Flea Market. Pictured here are Diego Carbonell with his Sweets and Knowledge shop, Jessica Abels of Jessica’s Bakery, and Tara Wilk with Pucker Up.

Paula Salazar and her Awesome Bookmark shop.

The Flea Market project grew from there and by 2008 the entire second grade team was participating. It is one of the most highly anticipated and exciting projects of the year. Many middle school students return to Imagine Charter School and share with their former teachers how much they enjoyed the experience. One of the reasons the project is so popular is because it’s fun and allows children to express their creativity. Each student becomes an entrepreneur -- making, marketing and selling their product or service. “After a basic study of entrepreneurship and the understanding of business vocabulary such as company logos, slogans, profit, producers and consumers, advertisements, promotions, income, and business plans/proposals, the students are then expected to start up a business on their own,” explains Mrs. Romero. Each student begins by writing a business plan. It must include the product or service they will provide at the flea market and describe the materials needed for their business. The business plan must be reviewed and approved by the teacher before they can begin production. The goods are created at home and all work must be done by the student. For products that are pre-made, such as food items which must be store bought, the student was required to create a custom container. The students are also responsible for marketing their product or service. “After an in-class study of real life businesses and their advertisements, students must create a poster that advertises their business,” explains Mrs. Romero. “The poster must include

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Roie Dahan and his Jungle of Art shop. Students in Mrs. Romero’s class played producers, selling their goods at the Flea Market while other second graders shopped as consumers.

The markets were filled with all types of products from tasty treats to functional items such as bookmarks and artwork. Nilay Patel from Ms. Ventura’s class sold different shapes and colors of soap at her Soap Factory. “First you have to buy a box of soap, and then you take some and cut it up to put in the microwave. Check to see if it’s all melted. You put the color in it, then pour it into whatever shape and wait an hour till it’s hard. Take it out of the mold and put it in a bag to be sold.” Classmate Miranda Jimenez also discovered that the production process was not always easy. She says it took her a long time to make all of the bows that she sold. On the bright side, “I made a total of $25!” Hector Orea learned that even entrepreneurs need help sometimes. “You need people to help you create the product. My mom had to help me make my bubbles. She had to help me pour it in each of the bottles that I made.” The Flea Market project made an equally lasting impression on the parents of the second graders. Tejal Patel, who has triplets, felt moved to thank Mrs. Romero for doing this project. “I had three ‘greats,’ ‘awesome,’ and ‘it was so cool,’ when I asked the kids about the Flea Market. It is always inspirational to see the children so excited about learning and there is no comparison to the retention when you learn by actually creating.” Mrs. Romero is in total agreement. “Even though this project was designed for gifted/high achiever classes, it goes to prove that project-based learning works well for all types of learners.”

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Beloved Author’s Birthday Is Cause for Reading Celebration By Stacey Bomser

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hat could be better than a good book and a slice

of birthday cake? Students at Eagle Point Elementary School got to enjoy both at the school’s 15th Annual Dr. Seuss Night. Media Specialist Sharon Handler believes this year’s celebration in honor of the beloved children’s book author drew one of the biggest crowds to date. She estimates 380 students, plus their parents, attended the program designed to promote reading. “Reading is so important – you can’t excel in any subject if you aren’t a good reader,” explains Mrs. Handler. “Eagle Point’s Dr. Seuss Night is our way of promoting Read Across America, which is a national reading motivation and awareness program sponsored by the National Education Association.” She says the evening is a fun way to encourage children to read. “This event is just one more way to pull kids in, because once you make a kid a lifelong reader you open so many doors for them.” Dr. Seuss Night always includes a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat by Mrs. Handler, Principal Linda Chuckman and The Readers’ Oath Assistant Principal Willowphine I promise to read Rosado. Each day and each night. Fourth grader Ally Catania I know it’s the key To growing up right. says that was her favorite part of the night. “I liked when they I’ll read to myself, read The Cat in the Hat on the stage I’ll read to a crowd and showed it on the big projector.” It makes no difference For others, the highlight of the night If silent or loud. was the Shamoun family’s performance. I’ll read at my desk, “Fifth grade teacher Mr. Shamoun, At home and at school, third grade teacher Mrs. Shamoun, On my bean bag or bed, and their children, Emily and Isabella, By the fire or pool. act out a different Dr. Seuss book each Each book that I read year,” notes Mrs. Handler. This year Puts smarts in my head, the Shamouns performed Green Eggs ‘Cause brains grow more thoughts and Ham. The more they are fed. Also on the agenda, reciting the Readers’ Oath, with a pledge to read So I take this oath To make reading my way every day. Eagle Point students of all Of feeding my brain ages say they enjoy reading Dr. Seuss What it needs every day. stories. Second grader Mary DiCintio

Assistant Principal Willowphine Rosado and Media Specialist Sharon Handler read from The Cat in the Hat.

Media Specialist Sharon Handler discusses Dr. Seuss with some of her students during Eagle Point Elementary’s 15th Annual Dr. Seuss Night.

says, “My favorite is I’m Not Going to Get Up Today because I don’t like to get up for school when I’m tired.” Fifth grader Haijia Wu says The Lorax is her favorite Dr. Seuss story. “I’ve read it since I was little, and I just ended up loving it.” And, while she is well beyond Dr. Seuss books in terms of reading ability, Haijia says she still enjoys reading his rhyming books. “All of the books are really refreshing. It’s nice to read a book like Dr. Seuss!” That is music to the ears of Mrs. Handler. As media specialist at the school, she makes it her mission to encourage all students to celebrate reading. “When a student tells me they don’t like to read, I know it’s just because they haven’t found the right kind of book yet,” explains Mrs. Handler. “It’s kind of like ice cream. Just because you don’t like one flavor, it doesn’t mean that you don’t like ice cream. Books are the same. Non-readers have to be willing to try different ‘flavors’ of books, because once you find the right flavor, there’s nothing like it!” The evening concluded with everyone singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and eating birthday cake.

Eagle Point Elementary School Principal Linda Chuckman reads The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss; students were able to read along on the giant projector.

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Eagle Strut Fundraiser Focuses on Fitness By Stacey Bomser

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Mrs. Evans’ first grade class poses with Baldo, the Eagle Point Mascot.

tudents at Eagle Point Elementary

School were strutting their stuff at they took part in the second annual Eagle Strut. The PTA-sponsored fundraiser was created to raise awareness about the importance of fitness and healthy habits, while also raising much-needed funds for the school. Eagle Strut is the PTA’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event raised over $30,000 which has been earmarked for technology upgrades and other PTA-run programs. Third grader Hannah Miller thinks that will be money well-spent. “We need new computers because the keys are breaking on our laptops.” She enjoyed walking the Eagle Strut course with her friends, as did fellow third grader Ashley Valent. “I like all the walking around in circles. I’ve done it six or seven times already.” The entire student body, almost 1,200 students, participated in the fun-filled walk around the school’s athletic fields. Eagle Point partnered with the Sheinberg YMCA Family Center. Y instructors taught a Zumba class and motivated students with incentive prizes. “I’m glad we got to be part of this program. It’s great to help the community and engage the students to have fun and get active,” states John Gorman, Executive

Director of the Sheinberg YMCA Family Center. “It’s all about promoting fitness.” Eagle Point’s P.E. teacher, Coach Ryan, was more than happy to help support the PTA’s efforts. His physical education program was one of the beneficiaries of last year’s inaugural event, which helped purchase new athletic equipment. “With childhood obesity like it is now, anything you can do to promote fitness and exercise is wonderful.” Coach Ryan added that it was also great to see so many parent volunteers walking with the students and setting a good example. Eagle Strut Chair Julie Valent says this event would not have been possible without its volunteers. “A lot of schools are doing walk-a-thons and fitness walks, but I think Eagle Point is the only school doing it all ourselves. Parent volunteers have done everything from promoting the event with an amazing kick-off assembly to soliciting underwriters and donations to sorting pledge envelopes. All of the work is done by our PTA so 100% of the proceeds go back to our school.” Students in Mrs. LaBonia's third grade class strut their stuff at the Eagle Strut.

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Cypress Bay Hosts College Fair By Paige Levin, Student Writer

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ypress Bay High School junior Michael Wagner was able to

visit the University of Florida, New College and Florida State University all in one night thanks to Cypress Bay High School's College Fair. "The purpose of the College Fair is to educate the students, parents and community about all the different schools that attended the fair, and give them an opportunity to talk to the individual colleges and find out more information about them," said Cypress Bay BRACE (Broward Advisers for Continuing Education) adviser Shari Bush. Over 60 colleges attended the fair, including all of the schools in Florida’s State University System and popular out-of-state institutions such as the University of Alabama, the University of Chicago and Syracuse University. Well over 250 people were present, Bush estimated. "I thought it went great," she said. "I think that everybody that came got a lot of good information and felt certainly like they knew more than when they first walked in the door." Wagner said that for him, the College Fair was an important part of the college application process because he wanted to have all the information necessary to make a decision on where he should apply. "It's junior year, so I need to start thinking about college because we're going to be applying soon, and I wanted firsthand information about several colleges I was interested in." According to Bush, one of the key parts of College Fair is networking. Students are not State University's Freshman Admissions Officer only advised to get Florida Alberto Ortiz explains key facts and figures to a Cypress as much information Bay student and parent at Cypress Bay's College Fair. from the experts as possible, but also to introduce themselves and make sure that the admissions officers know who they are. "They should be asking these admissions people and alumni from these schools what the colleges are looking for; what they place strong emphasis on in terms of academics, extra-curriculars, leadership, and sports," Bush explained. "They should also be asking about the most positive attributes about that particular campus." Florida State University's (FSU) Freshman Admissions Officer Alberto Ortiz agrees with Bush, and said that students and parents should take advantage of College Fairs and come prepared. "Students should have some questions to ask the universities and try to speak with as many representatives as possible so you have your options open." FSU tries to visit Weston at least twice a year, once in Fall and once in Spring, so that students are able to get as much information as possible. "We come to these schools to share what our university has to offer," Ortiz said. "The different programs, different scholarship opportunities as well as requirements, and just get our information out there so that students are informed about their opportunities." Bush said that this past College Fair was the last of the year, but Cypress Bay students and parents have two possible fairs to look forward to in the coming year. "We want to help our parents and give them as much information so that they and their children are well-equipped to make good decisions about their child's post-secondary education," she said.

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Indian Trace Elementary’s Italian Night Serves Up Food and Fun By Stacey Bomser

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othing brings a family together like a delicious meal. That certainly holds true for the

Indian Trace Elementary School family which recently enjoyed its annual Italian Night. This PTA-sponsored event is much more than a meal. It’s the whole school working together for the wellbeing of Indian Trace. According to Chair Litza Delgado, this year’s dinner sold-out in one day and raised more than $5,500 for the school. Over 400 people attended, enjoying a delicious dinner provided by Antonino’s and served by parent volunteers and teachers. Together they devoured 14 trays of pasta, six trays of salad, over 400 rolls and 425 cannoli. The highlight of the evening was the Teacher Talent Show. Teachers, administrators and staff showed off their silly sides as they entertained the audience with their singing, dancing and other talents. Principal Wanda Ross and Assistant Principal John Savage got in on the act, literally. They were among the cast of Pink Ladies and T-Birds who sang “Summer Lovin’” from Grease. As in years past, music teacher Mrs. Linda Saver coordinated the acts and all of the music. Fifth grade gifted teacher Marc Horowitz served as emcee and auctioneer. Themed gift baskets, donated by each grade, were also raffled off. Top: Indian Trace Elementary teachers Mrs. Koznitsky and Mrs. Puccio serve first grader Meredith Niska and her mom, Michelle. Bottom Left: Indian Trace Elementary faculty and administrators Cindy Dubuc, Linda Marks, Principal Wanda Ross, Mark Logsdon, Randi Gannon, Mike Russell, Pamira Davidson and Assistant Principal John Savage (not pictured, Marc Horowitz) performed “Summer Lovin’” from Grease. Bottom Right: The “Supreme Divas,” kindergarten teachers Michelle Ramos and Gloria Tolbert-Lewis and fourth grade teacher Marla Koche, performed hits by Diana Ross and the Supremes, and closed with a tribute to Whitney Houston.

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Manatee Milers Race to the Finish By Stacey Bomser

While second graders Kristen Sikler and Colton Tinsley say they like to rienced the thrill of victory as run because it’s good exercise and they crossed the finish line at keeps them healthy, third grader Paige the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon. Lane realized that running helps her Twenty-two members of the Manatee in other sports too. “Running is fun Bay Elementary School running club and it increases my endurance for my ran the final mile of the race. swimming.” This was the culmination of four First grader Paul Lane says he felt months of practice. The second to like a winner when he crossed the fifth grade students had been pracfinish line at the A1A. And he was; all ticing after school twice a week students received a participation medal. since October. Coach Campbell, the “It didn’t matter to me if I came in PE teacher at Manatee Bay, along first or last, what was important to with PTA volunteer Jodi Samuels me was that I had fun and finished taught the students about pacing the whole race,” states Colton. “It and breathing properly. During was very exciting to finish the race practice the students ran laps, did because I felt like I was running a relays and jumped hurdles. real marathon.” “Through this program, the students Although the running season is learned how important it is to be fit now over, most of the Manatee Milers and how to exercise properly in a fun The Manatee Milers with Coach Jodi Samuels after running in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon. continue to run. Colton runs with his and educational way,” explains Manatee Milers Program Chair Suzzy Sikler. “The dad on the beach and Paige says she is now training to run a half-marathon. program taught them about how simple exercises and pacing yourself can maximize The Manatee Milers program was so successful in its inaugural year, the Manatee any fitness regimen.” Bay Elementary School PTA plans to restart the program next year.

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Vice President to Address Cypress Bay Graduates By Stacey Bomser

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that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address to the Cypress Bay High School Class of 2012. “We are so honored to have the Vice President of the United States chose Cypress Bay High School to deliver the commencement speech on our ten year anniversary,” states Cypress Bay Principal Scott Neely. The school has been celebrating a decade at The Bay with a “Hang Ten” theme, a nod to Mr. Neely’s love of surfing. accepted at prestigious institutions such “Our graduates and faculty look forward to this as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Cal Tech, and incredible opportunity and I am sure it will be Penn, in addition to all of the Florida a special day that they will never forget.” schools.” Members of the Senior Class are already The Class of 2012’s student athletes are counting the days to their June 4th graduation also to be commended. Students have ceremony. “We are really excited to be given received scholarships to schools from the opportunity to have such a high ranking as close as the University of Miami and President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver the official speak at our graduation,” states Elinor Vice Nova Southeastern University to out of commencement address to the Cypress Bay Class of 2012. Taieb, Senior Class Vice President. state schools such as the University of In addition to the distinguished honor of having the Vice President deliver their Iowa and Colgate University. commencement address, the Class of 2012 itself has a lot to be proud of. Among the 969 As the school year comes to an end, traditional senior events such as Grad Night seniors are six National Merit Finalists and fourteen students identified by the National and prom may be overshadowed by anticipation for the actual graduation ceremony. Hispanic Recognition Program, part of the National Merit Scholarship program. Cypress Bay is one of only three graduations the Vice President will attend. According According to Cypress Bay BRACE Counselor Shari Bush, 98% of the students to the White House, Vice President Biden will also speak at the U.S. Military Academy in this class will go on to a two or four-year college or university. “We have students at West Point and at Tallwood High School in Virginia.

Gator Run Elementary’s Family Fun Day Promotes School Spirit By Stacey Bomser

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chool spirit runs deep at Gator Run Elementary School. The

is a tradition at the school. Students participate in daily dress-up themes and the week culminates with Spirit Walk. Sporting their colorful class t-shirts, students walk around Gator Run Park to raise money for the school. This year, Gator Run collected $10,000 which will be used to purchase a new curtain for the cafeteria stage and to renovate the school clinic.

annual Family Fun Day, hosted by the school’s PTA, celebrates the school community. Over 800 students, families, teachers, staff and administrators attended this fun-filled event. “Family Fun Day is a great opportunity to foster a sense of community outside of school,” states PTA President Karen Toomey-Gibson. “The students see their teachers and their classmates here with their families, and it builds camaraderie among the Gator Run family.” The day is all about parents, students and Gator Run staff working together for the greater good. Gator Run P.E. Coach Stephen Balogh, along with i9 Sports, set up an obstacle course with prizes for the children. Third grader Sam Faso says the obstacle course and the bungee bounce were his favorite activities. Like many students, he looks forward to Family Fun Day every year. “Family Fun Day is a blast because I get to see all of my friends outside of school.” The kids also enjoyed bounce houses, inflatable slides, a rock climbing wall, carnival games, rides, food and music. Gator Run students Madison Fishman, Camila Ramos, Kylie Sarah Gibson, and Taylor Fishman, along with Family Fun Day falls on the heels of Gator Fishman, Falcon Cove seventh grader Selena Cline (a former Gator Run’s Spirit Week. The week-long celebration Run student), pose with Swampy, the Gator Run mascot.

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Third graders Cassandra Gosselin and Bailey Whistler take a break from the fun to enjoy a tasty treat at Gator Run Family Fun Day.

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Sagemont Cheerleaders Show Spirit and Strength By Stacey Bomser

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heerleading has come a long way from

the days of saddle shoes and pom-poms. Today’s cheerleaders are athletes in every sense of the word. At The Sagemont School, members of its competitive cheerleading team are respected student-athletes and role models on campus. Cheerleading is a recognized sport by the Florida High School Athletic Association. In addition to cheering at football or basketball games, cheerleading teams also compete. At the 2012 Florida Cheer and Dance Competition, the Sagemont team received first place in its division and second place all-around. The girls also participated in last fall’s Universal Cheerleaders Association Competition in Orlando. “These girls are true athletes, as they must learn flexibility, gymnastics, dancing and timing, stunting and cheering as a unit,” explains Christy Safont, head cheerleading coach at Sagemont. “It is a physically challenging sport as the girls push their physical abilities when they throw girls in the air, tumble and perform a non-stop two minute and 30 second routine which has over 50 counts of material.” put in hours upon hours of practice. According to Coach Tenth grader Briana Padron likes the exhilara- Safont, the team practices four times a week after school tion of competing. “My favorite part of competi- and once a month they practice on Saturday for two hours tive cheerleading is actually being on the floor and at a local cheerleading training facility with a competicompeting because we work so hard for a crazy two tive floor and experienced instructors. “These girls pack minute routine that only has one chance to hit, so in so much into a short time that it is amazing how much that moment when it all comes together it’s nerve better we get every year,” shares the coach. “The level of racking and exciting.” difficulty increases every year and that is a testament to Teammate Jessica Velez, a senior, also enjoys the the type of girls we have.” excitement of performing on stage. “It’s so much fun The cheerleaders are true role models on campus. They to me, and all the energy from the fans and other all maintain above average GPAs, are leaders in various teams help pump me up.” clubs and honor societies, and are active in school func“What I enjoy most is getting out on the floor to tions and activities. “Academics is always the girls’ first show people our dedication to cheerleading and priority,” explains Coach Safont. “With a coaching staff to show how hard we work,” adds eighth grader comprised of Sagemont math and science teachers, we Elizabeth Hurwitz. make sure to incorporate study and homework time Of course, the girls also enjoy cheering for the between practice and games and on trips.” Sagemont Lions basketball team which made it all The girls also learn a lot from cheerleading. Because it the way to the State Championship Tournament is a team sport, they learn how to deal with many different in Lakeland. They came in second in the state for personalities. According to Coach Safont, they also learn their division. to be patient, adjust and ‘go with the flow,’ and function Just like the boys basketball team, the cheerleaders as a unit rather than an individual. That’s a lesson Jessica Velez will take with her when she goes to college next year. “From cheerleading I learned what it means to be a good role model and what it takes to be a good teammate. You have to be respectful and reasonable towards everyone. It also taught me to cooperate better with people.” “I have learned discipline, as well as how challenging it can be to work with so many different personalities,” adds Briana Padron, noting that in the end they all learned to cooperate and work together as a family. And that’s the lesson Coach Safont, Coach Henne and Coach Bononi want all the girls to take away from this experience. “There is definitely a bond within the team. We are a huge family and try to look out for each other.

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Introduction to the Chakras By Nancy Wile, Ed.D., E-500RYT

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and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. These energy centers correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column, as well as states of consciousness, developmental stages of life, archetypal elements, body functions, colors, and sounds. Together they form a formula for wholeness and a template for transformation. A chakra is believed to be a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. Chakras are located at major branchings of the human nervous system, beginning at the base of the spinal column and moving upward to the top of the skull. Chakras are considered to be a point or nexus of biophysical energy or prana of the human body. Starting from the bottom, the first three major chakras deal with external reality: how secure and stable your life is, how you fit into your community, and how you express your individuality.

The seven primary chakras are commonly described as: 1. Muladhara - Base or Root Chakra (last bone in spinal cord; the coccyx or tailbone). This chakra is related to instinct, survival and security. The root chakra is symbolized by a red lotus with four petals and the color red. It governs stability and a sense of security. 2. Swadhisthana - Sacral Chakra (ovaries/ prostate). This chakra is located in the sacrum. It is symbolized by a lotus with six petals and corresponds to the color orange. The key issues of this chakra are relationships, as well as creativity and enthusiasm. Here we move beyond a focus on survival and begin to focus on our work. 3. Manipura - Solar Plexus Chakra (navel area). This chakra is related to the digestive system. It is located just above the navel in the solar plexus region. It empowers you with the energy you need to function efficiently, and governs personal power. When in balance, it gives you a solid sense of self. 4. Anahata - Heart Chakra (heart/chest area). This chakra is located in the heart region. It governs the energy of unconditional love and compassion, enabling you to express love or block its expression. 5. Vishuddha - Throat Chakra (throat and neck area). This chakra deals with communication and allows you to take in information and express yourself with clarity and confidence. It is located in the throat. 6. Ajna - Brow or Third Eye Chakra (pineal gland or third eye). This chakra is related to your wisdom and intuition. Your mind’s eye sees your dreams and directs you to them. It is located between the eyebrows, at the third eye. 7. Sahasrara - Crown Chakra (Top of the head; 'soft spot' of a newborn). This is your highest chakra and deals with ultimate reality and infinite potential. It is located at the crown of the head and is our connection to our spirituality. The seven colors of the Chakra System represent the full spectrum of human possibility. Learning about the chakras gives you access to your programmed responses, so you can make the most of them. Because chakra meditation has been part of hatha yoga since ancient times, pranayama (breathing techniques) and asanas (yoga postures) are particularly effective in rebalancing and stimulating chakras. Yoga practice benefits the chakras because the asanas help in freeing up prana. Nancy Wile is a registered yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT500) with a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She will be holding an intensive 200 hr Registered Teacher Training at Weston Yoga beginning in June. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For class schedule and information call 954-349-6868 or visit www.westonyoga.com.

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ing. Often times as parents we cave in these moments and, not wanting our children to be disappointed or upset with us, we decide not to “push” the experience. When that happens we might be saving our children and ourselves from “short term pain” but there’s a lot lost in long term gain. If we don’t allow our children to work through their hesitations and experience the uncomfortable feeling of something new, we might be setting a pattern for the rest of their life that keeps them from reaching beyond their comfort zone and living a life of missed opportunities. Whether it’s swimming lessons, day camp, Travel Camp, sleep away camp, sports camp or a teen tour, keeping our kids busy with productive experiences helps lay the foundation for building character and developing life skills. That summer opened the door to a new world for me. When that summer was over, from that point forward, instead of looking at what I might miss, I looked at every future opportunity as a possibility and most often as a willing and eager participant! 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 13 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954) 389-1232.

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home décor

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▸ Use hydrating, smoothing and volumizing products the day before your event. This will help to restore shine, eliminate frizz and enable you to get the Hollywood starlet waves which are right on trend. I recommend Bain Satin shampoo and Lait Vital conditioner from Kerastase; these products are designed for hydration without weighing the hair down. For styling products I suggest the new Keratin spray by Forever Smooth for eliminating frizz, and Volume Booster styling spray by Biolage. ▸▸ Choose the correct tools. More often than not, the usage of wrong tools will prevent you from obtaining the desired look. For example, very curly texture hair would benefit from first blow drying smooth and then adding the hot rollers for 20 minutes or so. But, if you have very straight texture in your hair, it would be pointless to use large hot rollers and expect to see long lasting curls. The choice here should be the hot curling wand and pinning the curl back into a barrel curl. The temperature needs to be high and it is important to make sure a thermal protective product is used prior. We used this technique for one of our in-salon makeovers. Our model’s hair was curled with a hot iron and pinned to cool down for 30 minutes.

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Health & Wellness

Help For Plantar Fasciitis By Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner

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t’s first thing in the morning, you

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If foot pain is cramping your style, call for a consultation or for more information. You can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation; contact the Weston location for more information.

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either overpronate or have fallen arches. Treatment for plantar fasciitis begins with first controlling the inflammation of the fascia. Rest from running or other vigorous weight-bearing activity and ice packs applied regularly to the arch of the foot are two immediate self-remedies one can use. While the inflammatory condition is being resolved, the underlying causes of the fascia irritation must be determined and addressed. If your chiropractor diagnoses overpronation or other biomechanical foot problems, custom fitted orthotic insoles can be made to help control the abnormal foot mechanics. To assist patients return to normal walking or running as quickly as possible, we also treat the muscle imbalances that are often associated with plantar fasciitis. We have found a new technique of muscle/tendon/ligament therapy to be particularly effective for this, and other, soft tissue conditions. Essentially, this new treatment utilizes neurological reflex mechanisms to “trick” the affected tissue into immediately relaxing, becoming instantaneously stronger and more flexible. We can then guide the patient in specific exercises to further strengthen the arch, such as scrunching a towel or ball with the toes, and to stretch tight/short calf muscles.

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The Overnight Hysterectomy By Dr. Fabienne Achille

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sis, uterine prolapse and adenomyosis. In some cases, pelvic pain may also lead to hysterectomy, however a careful preoperative evaluation should precede this decision. There are also many alternatives to having a hysterectomy and it is important to remind patients to discuss all options with their doctor. The decision to have surgery is one of importance. For many patients this can be an anxiety provoking concern. It is comforting to now have an option with less down time, less pain, and less blood loss during the procedure. For whatever reason, I welcome the opportunity to offer patients a consultation with regard to this important decision.

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nology, advances are coming at us with rapid speed. Minimally invasive surgery is at the forefront of these advances. Today a hysterectomy can be performed through a laparoscope. The incisions are minute and patients can go home the next day and return to work in one week. As a physician completing recent training at a nationally recognized residency program, I bring to my practice not only sophisticated surgical skills for this procedure, but the knowledge for selecting the proper patients who may undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy safely. It should be emphasized that not everyone is a candidate for this surgical procedure. Knowing proper technique for the actual surgery is important. My four years at Jackson Memorial/ University of Miami provided an abundance of experience with regard to these cases. Many clinical causes leading to the decision to perform a hysterectomy include fibroids (benign uterine tumors), abnormal bleeding, endometrio-

Dr. Fabienne Achille is an OB/GYN. She has offices in Weston and Pembroke Pines, with privileges at Memorial Hospital West. The Weston office is located at 1605 Town Center Boulevard. Appointments can be made in Weston by calling (954) 384-8668. The Pembroke Pines office is located next to Memorial Hospital West at 603 North Flamingo Rd, Suite 360A. Call (954) 436-7667 to schedule an appointment in Pembroke Pines. To learn more about Dr. Achille and her practice, visit www.docAobgyn.com.

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legally speaking

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ver the past several years, there have been a

number of changes in family law. We have changed from a state that awarded custody to one parent, to a state that now requires the Parents to enter into a Parenting Plan and neither parent has custody. We have modified our child support guidelines and allowed discounted rates for parents who have at least 20% of the overnights with minor children. We have defined certain aspects of the alimony laws so that the kind of alimony awarded is primarily based upon the number of years a couple is married. The above changes, although substantial, are relatively minor compared to the possible changes in alimony that are being discussed in Tallahassee. I emphasize that these changes are not yet law, although the State House has passed this bill and it has been passed on to the State Senate for their approval or possible changes. If this bill passes, permanent alimony will no longer exist in Florida. At the present time, a marriage of 17 years or more results in a presumption in favor of permanent alimony. This form of alimony terminates only upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse. Retirement, at normal retirement age, could also cause permanent alimony to end. The new law, if passed, will abolish permanent alimony. A marriage of 20 years or more would result in long-term alimony which could only be for a period of time equal to 60% of the length of marriage. The length of marriage starts at the date of marriage and ends on the date a Petition For Dissolution of Marriage is filed with the Court. So if alimony is warranted in a 20 year marriage, the maximum amount of time that the award can continue would be 12 years. If the marriage is less than 20 years in duration, the maximum amount of time the award can continue is 50% of the length of marriage. In addition, the amount of alimony will no longer be based upon the standard of living established during the marriage. The amount awarded may not exceed 20% of the payor’s monthly net income averaged over the last 3 years of marriage. If the payee is in a supportive relationship the alimony would terminate as well. The most interesting part of the new proposed law is that it applies to existing alimony awards. Therefore, if the law passes as proposed, a person paying permanent alimony will be able to file for a modification of his/her existing obligation if it exceeds either the 50 or 60% time limit. Such a petition however could not be filed earlier than two years from the date the law goes into effect. I wish to emphasize that this is only a proposal and it has not yet passed. I will keep everyone informed as it progresses. If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office for a free consultation at 954 385-9160.

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legally speaking

Three Keys to an Effective Loan Modification By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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n February 2012, Attorneys General from 49 states and five major

lenders - GMAC/Ally Financial, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and Citibank - reached one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. History. The settlement was made as a result of legal actions filed by each of the State Attorneys General against these lenders for engaging in unfair and deceptive practices during foreclosure proceedings. This included submitting fraudulent or incomplete affidavits, forged mortgage instruments, and “robo-signing” documents for the purpose of expediting foreclosures. Under the $25 billion settlement, three categories of homeowners are entitled to some recovery or benefit.

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First, homeowners who are behind on their loans due to a legitimate financial or other hardship will be able to modify their home loan and will be entitled to avail themselves of revised servicing and loan modification guidelines, which the five lenders listed above will be required to follow. These homeowners will also be eligible for a significant principal reduction on their home loan under the settlement. In fact, up to $17 billion of the settlement has been earmarked for principal reductions for qualified home loans. Next, homeowners that are current on their mortgage payments, but are struggling to make those payments, and owe more than their property is worth, will be eligible under the settlement to refinance their loan at today’s historically low interest rates. Up to $3 billion has been set aside under the settlement for refinance relief nationwide. Finally, individuals who lost their homes during a foreclosure proceeding will be eligible to receive up to a $2,000 reimbursement from this settlement. Nearly $1.5 billion will be distributed to individuals who fall within this category. You will not be required to prove any financial harm to receive your refund, and will not be required to release your lender from any liability for actual damages that you may have suffered as a result of a wrongful foreclosure. If you have a loan with one of these five lenders, and fall within one of the three categories of individuals above, please contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 1-800-7707102 to schedule an appointment, to determine whether you qualify to benefit from this historic $25 billion settlement, and to ensure that you receive the maximum recovery under the settlement. For more information about the settlement, you can also visit www.nationalforeclosuresettlement.com. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a FREE copy when you make an appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team. Call the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation or visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information and to make your appointment online.

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Thanks to this new technology, Dr. Heilig can provide your child with attractive, tooth-colored fillings faster and easier than ever before. Other Benefits for our Patients • Infant Dental Evaluations • Dental Caries Risk Assessments to prevent Early Childhood Caries • Digital X-Rays • CompuDent - Computer Assisted Local Anesthesia System • Preventive Sealants

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from teens to seniors. Although not always the case, certain procedures such as nose reshaping and breast surgery apply to younger patients. Older candidates typically seek procedures to address aging issues. Forty is a magic number for many of us. In my practice, one of the most common reasons listed for seeking plastic surgery consultation is "turning 40." Patients in their 40’s present a unique and interesting demographic subset. Breast and body contouring procedures are popular among the "Mommy Makeover" group. In addition, 40 is the age when many patients begin to first notice the signs of facial aging. Among the more common surgical procedures are eyelid tucks, cheek lift and neck firming. These three procedures, each performed in under an hour, can offer a natural, fresher look with a rapid recovery and a high degree of patient satisfaction.

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Eyelid changes by age 40 may include extra upper lid skin and lower lid bags. The eyelid tuck procedure, known as a cosmetic blepharoplasty, is popular among both men and women as it addresses these problems effectively. The results are usually a more rested, less angry and tired look, to the face. Blepharoplasty is the most common facial surgical procedure.

Face Time

Full face and neck lift remains the gold standard for facial rejuvenation. Nationally, most of these patients are in their mid-40's to mid-60's, although in South Florida we see patients well into their 70's and 80's. A less invasive alternative to full face lift that appeals to the 40-somethings is isolated cheek firming. Lifting the cheek and jawline can be done with a small incision. Although they come by many catchy names, including the "lunchtime" lift, these "mini" or mid-face lift procedures effectively freshen the cheek and jawline with natural, not pulled, results.

Up To Your Neck Yet?

A third area of rejuvenation is the neck. Some patients first notice the effects of aging when they can pinch the skin under the neck. For these patients, an isolated neck tightening procedure is a great option. Loose skin, fat and muscle can contribute to the extra wattle. These can all be addressed through a small incision under the chin. My preference is to add advanced ultrasonic treatment to achieve greater tightening of the neck skin. I was recently honored to present this unique isolated neck rejuvenation technique at international plastic surgery congresses in Greece and Korea. Turning 40 may be a major milestone but with the many skin care and surgical options available today at least the signs of aging can be delayed. The three surgical procedures outlined here take relatively little time and offer a rapid recovery with a high degree of satisfaction when patients fully understand the risks and benefits. However, as with all plastic surgery, a skilled surgeon, a safe facility, and a competent anesthesiologist are key to a successful outcome. Dr. Jorge Perez has been selected among Castle Connolly/U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Top Doctors since 1998, and again for 2012-2013. He has lectured internationally and been featured as a plastic surgery expert for major media outlets. He performs surgery at the Broward Health Weston facility. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Perez call (954) 351-2200. To learn more about any of the procedures discussed in this article, visit www.PerezPlasticSurgery.com.

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Health & Wellness

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Alina’s recipe for a Couple’s Spring Break is combined as follows: ▸▸ Two to seven days away from your children, job, and computer. ▸▸ A romantic/relaxing setting: Midtown Athletic Club and or any of our spas in and around Weston offer a sanctuary for brief healthy relaxing getaways. You can also try any of our local touristy hotels as close as Fort Lauderdale Beach, South Beach, Naples, etc. If your budget allows, go all out -- flight, resort, cruise – you know your limits. Remember the object of the plan is to de-stress and refocus on the couple. ▸▸ Include a large dose of communication about expectations for the success of the adventure. ▸▸ Bring an attitude of optimism. This means -- be positive even if your partner chooses a place that isn’t your favorite. ▸▸ Pepper the atmosphere with expressions of gratitude for the planner as well as for the eager participant. ▸▸ Omit any guilt for leaving the kids, and/or conversations about finances, difficult in-laws, or any other touchy subject. ▸▸ Stir in your very best behavior. Do not let minor irritations ruin the getaway. ▸▸ Add large helpings of holding hands, gazing into each other’s eyes, and listening attentively. ▸▸ Bake at the hottest temperature you can stand and enjoy the afterglow of the expression of your love and recommitment. A couple’s escape of this nature is not only fun but necessary. Your children will reap the benefits of happy, united parents and learn the importance of nurturing a relationship. Furthermore, this deeper sense of connection will help you to enjoy the fun of summer. Summer in your marriage, as stated in The Four Seasons of Marriage, by Gary Chapman, “is characterized by feelings of happiness, satisfaction, accomplishment, and connection.” So if you turn up the heat and cook up an exciting, nourishing break for the two of you, the feelings of satisfaction, comfort and relaxation may last longer than you think. Alina Gastesi-de Armas is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Parent Coordinator at A Place for Growth in Weston. For more information, visit www.APlaceforGrowth.com or call 954-384-9373.

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tax talk

What's New with My W-2 and 1099s? By Jacqueline F. Rodriguez, CPA

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y now you should have received W-2s from your

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▸ More W-2s will now include the cost of employer paid health insurance premiums. While this amount is currently not taxable to you as income, the IRS will begin tracking this information for possible taxation of this benefit in the future. ▸▸ 1099-B forms are broker provided forms that report sales of investments like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This year you will note that most forms will include your historic cost for the original purchase of the investment. Not only is this "historic cost" being reported to the IRS, but how it was derived is also being tracked. Was the cost reported by the broker? Was it entered by you? Did you over-ride the cost reported on the 1099? ▸▸ New 1099-K forms are being introduced this year. These forms are being provided by third party merchant processors that handle transactions like e-bay and Amazon sales. If you have occasional sales of items, you probably will not see this form. However, if your business transactions are over $20,000 and 200 transactions the 1099-K is required.

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▸▸ Their credit card rewards program also includes debit cards or other products attached to a traditional bank account. In this case, the rewards would be deemed as interest on your underlying bank balance. It is appropriate to receive a 1099-INT reporting your redeemed credit card rewards as interest income. ▸▸ You redeem your rewards points/miles for cash or other merchandise in excess of $600. If this is the case, you will need to clarify how the bank is perceiving their program. The bottom line, if you receive a 1099 informational tax form you should report it on your tax return. If it is omitted, it could easily trigger a computer-generated audit. Then, if you believe the program complies with the IRS announcement, you can make the required adjustment. Take care with 1099-Ks. If you have a small business and receive a 1099-K make sure you do not double report your income. You will need to match 1099-K reported transactions to your books to make sure the total revenue you report matches your business's records. Jacqueline Rodriguez, CPA, holds a Masters Degree in Science of Taxation and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Weston Chapter. She has more than ten years of experience and specializes in tax compliance for J-1, F-1, H-2B, and E-2 visa holders and treaty based returns for Venezuela, Spain, Canada, Belgium and the UK. Her office is located at 2625 Weston Road, second floor. For more information call (954) 389-0729 or visit www.afsb.net/jfrcpa.

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it's their business

JRL Carpentry & Painting Creates Beautiful Homes By Stacey Bomser

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RL Carpentry & Painting specializes in those little projects that can make a huge difference in the appearance of your house. The home improvement professionals at JRL install crown molding and attic access ladders, as well as paint and pressure clean. Longtime Weston resident and licensed contractor Barry Zuckerman, President of JRL Carpentry & Painting, provided insight into the various products available in the market today and his commitment to customer service.

How did you get into this business? I have over 15 years of experience working in the construction industry. JRL Carpentry & Painting was started almost by accident. I started doing work for my friends here and there, and one thing led to another, and it became a full-time business. Do you still do all the work yourself? I am actively involved on all jobsites, but I also have three long term employees. Every job is supervised by me and after each job is complete we have a detailed checklist for the customer to review to ensure 100% satisfaction. Why is customer service so important to you? One of the reasons JRL Carpentry & Painting has been so successful for over 10 years with

An attic access ladder provides extra storage space either through the garage or a bedroom closet.

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thousands of satisfied customers is because of our commitment to customer service. We strive to make your home improvement experience easy and pleasant. We show up on time and we finish on time. I believe in the pride of doing a job and doing it right. That’s why we only do a few things, but we do them well.

What types of home improvement services do you provide? JRL is best known for its carpentry work. We specialize in crown molding, as well as baseboards, chair rail, window and door casings, decorative wall designs, and door

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nsurance is a highly competitive industry. But, there is one company that stands out from the rest in terms of products offered and services delivered. The Mackoul Group of Florida, LLC, has a stellar reputation in this industry and is pleased to serve the Weston community. The full-service agency offers everything from property and automobile insurance to life insurance and annuities.

Ena Chang, Insurance Agent and Managing Partner of The Mackoul Group of Florida, provided answers to some commonly asked questions about the insurance industry.

What is the main focus of your agency? The Mackoul Group of Florida is committed to providing insurance products and superior service to all sectors of the general public. We have established a business relationship with many of the local realtors, title companies, mortgage brokers and attorneys who provide us with a stream of clients and business referrals. We have also developed strong relationships with our existing clients who have remained loyal by a continuous referral of clients, both personal and corporate. What insurance products do you represent? We have three divisions:

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Property insurance rates are a big concern to Weston homeowners. What advice and products do you provide to protect homeowners while keeping costs down? There are many factors that have affected property insurance rates such as re-insurance rates increasing worldwide and Florida insurance companies now having to buy more private re-insurance because the subsidized Florida Catastrophe Melissa Starlein CSR, Account Executive Joann Vegueria and Managing Partner Fund is overextended. In 2011 Ena Chang of The Mackoul Group of Florida will meet your insurance needs. the Florida legislators approved rate increases because carriers were hit hard ance and is renowned for its professionalism. by claims resulting from Hurricane Dennis and Its New Empire Group is a managing general Hurricane Wilma which affected their reserves. agency specializing in insurance programs in New York and all 50 states. The Mackoul Group of Florida is the only company that is operated by a non-family member. I worked for CEO Robert Mackoul for many years before relocating to South Florida in 1994. I have been a property and casualty agent and a resident in the Weston community ever since. In 2010, Mr. Mackoul established this agency as his Florida affiliate, entrusting me as his managing partner.

Personal Lines such as homeowners or renters insurance, automobile Executive Joann Vegueria Marketing Representative Martin Kramer insurance, even watercraft insur- Account explaining coverages to Kristen Avello. explaining programs to Ena Chang and Joann Vegueria of The Mackoul Group. ance; Commercial Lines such as business insurance, workers compensation/ At The Mackoul Group, we have assisted our Anything else you would like our readers to short term disability, and employment practices clients in keeping these costs down by utilizing know about you and your insurance agency? liability; and Life, Health and Annuities products companies that are financially strong and stable I have built a reputation in the industry based including individual life insurance, long term and backed by A-rated re-insurance carriers. We on my integrity, dedication and loyalty to my care insurance and estate planning. review and remarket each renewal policy to see clients, as well as expertise in this field. My how we can make adjustments without comprodoors are always open to my clients and I try to accommodate them by scheduling appointHow do you help clients select the best mising the client’s needed coverage. Increasing product for their needs? We assist our clideductibles, ensuring that the insurance carrier ments after hours when it is convenient. I have ents by taking the time to build long-term has on file a burglar and/or fire alarm certificate provided each client with my cellular number relationships with them. We begin by asking for an activated system, deleting unwarranted on my business card along with an invitation not questions which will allow us to develop and coverages, bundling policies for multi policy to hesitate to contact me if they have the need. market well designed insurance programs that discounts, and, most important, providing the I have always maintained that I have no customwill always be in the client’s best interest and company with an updated Windstorm Mitigation ers, as they become friends and family once tailored towards their needs. At the same time, Inspection Report are just a few of the options they enter this agency. My longtime assistant, Joann Vegueria, is bilingual to assist our Latin we provide the outstanding service that they that we recommend to our clients to offset the American clientele. The number one motto of expect and deserve. increase in their premiums. our company is "We Care about our Clients." Are your prices competitive? Yes, our prices What differentiates The Mackoul Group from will be competitive based on several factors, other insurance agencies? We are the Florida The Mackoul Group of Florida, LLC, is located at namely the available companies that are best affiliation of Mackoul & Associates located in 2833 Executive Park Drive, Suite 200. Call (954) suited to the risk as well as the characteristics New York. We are one of three companies which 659-1228 for a free quote. To learn more about the agency and its services, visit www.mackoul. of the risk. For example, in our Life, Health and fall under this umbrella. Mackoul & Associates is Annuities division, since we are in a position well-known in the New York metropolitan area com or find them on facebook at www.facebook. to represent all insurance companies we can as a specialist in co-op and condominium insurcom/mackoulflorida.

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Could you have a Slow Metabolism? by Kenneth N. Woliner, M.D., A.B.F.M.

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myself.” Jennifer pulled out some old college pictures from her purse. “See! This is what I used to look like!” I nodded empathetically, realizing that Jennifer couldn’t believe what happened to her body, and she worried that no one else would believe it either. “You looked pretty athletic. Let me guess, tennis?” “I was varsity at Radcliffe. I still play six days a week.” Jennifer continued, “Anyhow, you wouldn’t know it from looking at me. Ever since I had David eleven years ago, I’ve been gaining almost ten pounds every year.” “Hmmm, your symptoms sound a lot like POSTPARTUM HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, where something related to pregnancy causes women to need more thyroid hormones than they can make on their own [1]”. “They actually tested me for that. My doctors always told me my tests were normal.” “There is a difference in having labs ‘in the reference range’ and having an ‘optimal thyroid state’. Dr. Leslie DeGroot, of Brown’s Alpert Medical School, described the ‘Dangerous Dogmas in Medicine’ as they relate to treatment of thyroid disorders [2]. Unfortunately, there are quite a few doctors out there that rely highly upon the gospel they were taught twenty years ago, without paying enough attention to new data, or their patient’s clinical symptoms.” I continued taking my history. “So what have you tried to lose weight?” “My diet was always pretty clean, so even when I tried going ‘low-carb’ or ‘low-fat’, it didn’t seem to make any difference. One health spa in Brazil cut me down to 300 Calories a day and had me exercise all day. I didn’t lose a pound!” Jennifer blushed a bit, “I’m ashamed to admit it, but I fall for whatever the latest diet fad that promises ’30 pounds in 30 days!’ [3]” “I’m glad you’ve realized that these bogus diet clinics should really say, ‘I lost $350 in two weeks! Ask me how!’ [4]”

“It was worse than that. One diet clinic sold me ‘vitamin supplements’ from their office pharmacy, but they really contained amphetamines, diuretics, laxatives, and other stuff I still don’t know what was in them. I had the worst palpitations, headaches and I couldn’t sleep through the night [5]. My primary had to put me on anti-depressants for six months to handle the withdrawal symptoms after I stopped them.” “I’m glad you survived that ordeal, but honestly, you got off lucky. Crash diets are known to cause hair loss (sometimes permanent), muscle weakness, and potentially fatal heart arrhythmias [6]. The latest diet craze, the ‘HCG Diet’, is nothing new; it was debunked back in the 1970’s as a fraudulent scheme by doctors to exploit their patients for financial gain [7]. Just last October, the Texas Attorney General forced hCG clinics in that state to stop defrauding patients with their unethical marketing tactics [8].” “Well, I’ve finally decided to make my health a priority. I checked you out on www. vitals.com, so I know you are board-certified and legit. So what are you going to do for me?” “I scheduled 80-minutes with you today, so I have plenty of time to do a complete history and physical exam. There are some tests I would like done to pin down exactly what is going on with your metabolism. Untreated thyroid disorders can lead to prediabetes, and that can also lead to weight gain [9].” Jennifer did test positive for hypothyroidism and insulin resistance, as well as a low metabolic rate measured by indirect calorimetry [10]. After being put on a regimen of behavior changes, diet, exercise, OTC supplements, and prescription medications, steadily, but surely, her weight decreased an average of two pounds per week until she lost the 60 pounds she put on over the last ten years. “Dr. Woliner, ever since you fixed my metabolism, I’m not hungry anymore. Really, I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet. I just eat normally.” Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Boca Raton. He can be reached at 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton, FL, 33434; 561620-7779; knw6@cornell.edu; www.holisticfamilymed.com

REFERENCES: 1.

Galofré JC, et al. Increased postpartum thyroxine replacement in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Thyroid. 2010 Aug;20(8):901-8. 2. De Groot LJ. Dangerous dogmas in medicine: the nonthyroidal illness syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1999 Jan;84(1):151-64. 3. I'm confused by the numbers of fad diets available that tout great weight loss. Are there any basic, simple weight loss strategies I can follow? Duke Med Health News. 2011 Jul;17(7):8. 4. Federal Trade Commission. “Red Flag Bogus Weight Loss Claims” Washington DC. 2003. http://www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/pdfs/03_FTC_Media%20 Guide_redflag.pdf 5. Smith BR, Cohen PA. Dependence on the Brazilian diet pill: a case report. Am J Addict. 2010 May-Jun;19(3):291-2. 6. Goette DK, Odom RB. Alopecia in crash dieters. JAMA. 1976 Jun

14;235(24):2622-3. Robb-Nicholson C. By the way, doctor. I've been trying to lose weight for a long time and nothing seems to work. What do you know about the HCG diet? Harv Womens Health Watch. 2010 May;17(9):8. 8. Texas Attorney General. Multiple Texas Weight-Loss Clinics Agree To Stop Marketing Prescription Drugs Improperly. October 27, 2011. https://www. oag.state.tx.us/oagnews/release.php?id=3883 9. Liu C, Scherbaum WA, Schott M, Schinner S. Subclinical hypothyroidism and the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome. Horm Metab Res. 2011 Jun;43(6):417-21. 10. Perseghin G. Pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes mellitus: insights provided by indirect calorimetry in humans. Acta Diabetol. 2001;38(1):7-21.

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Gas Prices Are Rising Again - Easy Ways to Save Fuel By Charles J. Bonfiglio

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up has recently jumped significantly, but there are ways to save at the pump by improving gas mileage. The climbing prices have made everyone more conscious of their gas consumption and made them desperate to find ways to up their fuel economy and lower their bills. There are many ways to reduce fuel consumption and some are just simple changes to driving habits, or things to be aware of. Read on for a few fuel-saving tips you can use to save some cash and have more to spend on the stuff you really want.

Watch Your Speed

Speeding doesn’t pay; and that's definitely true at the pump. Fuel economy for most vehicles drops significantly once speeds above 60MPH are reached. So slow down, easy on the pedal, enjoy the scenery, and save some money.

Clean Out the Trunk

Every extra pound you’re hauling increases fuel consumption. Clean out your car and get rid of anything you don’t need for a lighter vehicle and a more fuel-efficient commute.

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It takes more gas to start a car that's cold than one that's warmed up. Prevent unnecessary cold starts by doing all your driving in one trip. Try incorporating errands into your daily commute instead of cooling your car in the driveway just to start it up again in a few hours.

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Parts that aren’t working optimally put strain on your vehicle and your fuel economy. Regular tune ups, air filter and oil changes are surefire ways of ensuring optimal fuel use. 1. Air Filters - A dirty air filter limits air flow to the engine, causing immediate drops in horsepower, performance, and gas mileage. Replacing an air filter is a cheap, effective way to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, so it is well worth replacing your filter once it is dirty enough to restrict air flow. The right time to replace an air filter varies by how much you drive and the quality of air you are driving in. Check your driver’s manual for advice. 2. Oxygen Sensors - The oxygen sensor is what communicates with the engine computer, indicating how much fuel should be distributed. As oxygen sensors age, their signals become weaker, which usually causes your vehicle to send too much gas to the engine, thereby reducing fuel economy. A malfunctioning oxygen sensor is sometimes indicated with a check engine light, though it is not usually made clear that this is the problem. To prevent excessive fuel consumption due to a faulty oxygen sensor, have your oxygen sensors checked according to your driver’s manual or on your next service visit. 3. Spark Plugs - A malfunctioning spark plug fails to ignite fuel in the cylinder. This causes a loss of fuel through the exhaust and also causes additional fuel consumption in remaining cylinders. Spark plugs are another low cost vehicle part that can significantly reduce fuel waste, so replace your spark plugs according to your driver’s manual or on your next service visit. Charles J. Bonfiglio is the President and CEO of the Meineke Car Care Centers and Tint World in Weston and Sunrise. The Weston location is at 2629 Weston Road and can be reached at (954) 385-8696. There is also a Meineke conveniently located on Sunrise Boulevard across from the Sawgrass Mills Mall.

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Rotarians Partner with LifeNet4Families By Clark Kilgard, Public Relations Chair – Rotary Club of Weston

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to use the LifeNet facilities for a shower and a daily meal. Today he has a job, a roof over his head and three square meals a day. He stopped back at the facility with a big smile on his face, thanking them for the work they do every day. Then, wishing he could give more, he handed them a $50 cash donation. Homelessness and hunger are not new to Broward County. LifeNet4Families began over 25 years ago at First Lutheran Church in Fort Lauderdale. The small food pantry at the church was overwhelmed by the needs of neighborhood homeless and hungry. Church members began making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to hand out at the door. Soon the meal moved indoors and was offered six days a week. In 1985, six other churches signed on to become the Lutheran Rotarian Robin Lewis works Cooperative Feeding Program of Fort Lauderdale, Inc. behind the scenes at the LifeNet4Families facility. As the program expanded it became the Cooperative Feeding Program, and now LifeNet4Families, serving about 1.2 million meals per year. 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 more information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at www.WestonRotary.org, or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.

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Green Side Bunkers and Flop Shots By Dean Sklar, PGA Professional

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score lower and win matches are all the perfect ingredients of learning how to execute the right green side bunker and flop shots (shots under pressure in the short game area). Watch the PGA Tour professionals on the weekend and see how they are always either getting within a few feet of the hole or even holing out their shots around the green! Several of the past PGA Championships that were played on the longest golf courses on the tour were won by those players with the best short game. Even when the PGA Tour pro's miss a green in regulation they always have that special flop shot or bunker shot in their bag! Here is a one swing tip for both shots. First is your grip. Try and grip all the way down the club handle while selecting a 58-60 degree sand wedge. Next, try and slightly open with your stance and club face, while opening your hips slightly towards your intended target. If you are in the sand, dig your feet in, again aiming your hips and stance to the left of the pin. Now that you are set in your stance, we want to help you feel an upright swing by creating a steep angle of attack to the ball. (To create a steep angle of attack, you will need to imagine someone standing behind you about two or three feet away while they are holding a sand trap rake at a 45 degree angle. You want to imagine that on your back swing your club does not hit that imaginary rake. This will promote a more upright back swing and, in turn, will promote a steep angle of attack back towards the ball on your downswing). By doing this drill, you will want to take the club three-quarters of the way back and follow through without stopping after making contact with the ball. While blasting through the sand on your downswing

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and striking about two to three inches behind the ball. It is very important that you must not stop at the ball, but end up finishing your swing fully. The flop shot is actually very similar to the green side bunker shot, utilizing the same drill; though in order to pull this shot off, you must have a considerable amount of grass under your ball.  The more you practice, the better and more confident you will get in these green side and flop shot situations. The next time you go to practice out on the practice range, hit at least three-quarters of your balls around the practice green, and then hit the rest out onto the range. The more you practice this drill the easier it will become for you to use out on the golf course like the PGA Tour professionals show us every weekend on TV.   If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at Dean.Sklar@FloridaMoves.com 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 www. WestonFloridaUSA.com.

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Sunset Grill At Bonaventure County Club Offers American Classics with Spanish Flair By Julie Levin

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f you're looking for a bite of something different, check out the newly renovated Sunset Grill at the Bonaventure Country Club. A fixture on the Weston scene for more than 30 years, Sunset Grill offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties, with a Spanish twist. There's also outdoor seating and great views of the golf course. Recently Bill Wilson, General Manager of the Sunset Grill, answered a few frequently asked questions about the restaurant.

What is the Sunset Grill? The Sunset Grill is newly renovated and located inside the Bonaventure Country Club. We offer American classics with a Spanish flair. 

What sort of food do you serve? We offer a full and tempting menu of appetizers, soups and salads, burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps, and entrees ranging from beef and pork, to chicken, seafood and pasta. We also have our Spanish-themed specialty items like our Tostones & Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Bruschetta. Are there any other specialty items you are particularly proud of? Our signature burgers are big hits. Some of our house specialties are the Miami Latin Burger and our Ground Pork Sliders. Our Flatbreads are also very popular. One of the house favorites is our Chorizo Flatbread. On Thursday evenings, we offer our Paella Dinner special for only $13.95. Prepared in a traditional paella pan, the delicacy features clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and chicken. It's baked with Valencia rice, extra virgin olive oil, green peppers, Spanish onions, ripe tomatoes, green peas, garlic, a pinch of saffron, and spices, splashed with white wine. Also, every Friday, our chef goes to the docks in Fort Lauderdale and picks the Catch of the Day for dinner for only $15.95.

How long have you been in open in Weston? The Sunset Grill has been open for more than 30 years.

What can customers expect when they visit the Sunset Grill? A fun and welcoming environment with great food, friendly service along with an outdoor patio and fantastic golf course views.

Is the restaurant open to the general public, or club members only? We are open to the public starting at 8:30 a.m. for our breakfast buffet and 11 a.m. to close with our full menu.

When are you open? We offer a breakfast and lunch buffet Monday through Thursday, as well as lunch and dinner seven days a week.  We also have Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

What other services do you offer? We have two wonderful rooms for special events. The "Vista Room" with golden chandeliers and built-in dance floor seats up to 150 guests. The "Garden Room" with its large panel windows offers spectacular views and seats up to 85 guests.  We specialize in hosting memorable events such as weddings, birthdays, Baptisms, Bridal Showers, engagements, etc. Anything else you'd like our readers to know about the Sunset Grill? We are located in the heart of beautiful Weston, open to the public, for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live entertainment on Thursday and Friday nights. The Sunset Grill is located at 200 Bonaventure Blvd in Weston. You can phone them at 954335.8900 or check out their menu at www.golfbonaventure.com.

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snapshots from school Author Visit

Mr. Steve Cotler, author of Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, spent the day talking to third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Eagle Point Elementary School. He engaged students while discussing the writing and creative process.

Bottom row: Melissa Morel (left), Maria Pimentel, Andriana Cefalo, Sara Mosquera, and Nicolás Gomez; Top row: Andrea Pimentel and Christian Bencid.

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Members of the P.R.I.D.E. club at Cypress Bay were invited to speak at the Bilingual Parent Institute organized by The ESOL Education Department of Broward County Public Schools. Students gave parents tips for a successful high school experience. At the end of the program, P.R.I.D.E. officers and club sponsor Claudina Fernandez were recognized for their dedication and service to the community. P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Relationships in Diversity through Education) was founded to unite all cultures and help newcomers get oriented to American culture and our educational system.

Field Day

Fourth graders at Indian Trace Elementary School enjoyed field day recently. Teams competed in various events including bean bag toss, jump rope, sack races, obstacle course, 50 yard dash, 100 yard relay, and a long-distance run. The field day finale was a double elimination tug-of-war.

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During Dental Health Month, Dr. Jeffrey Heilig and his staff visited Weston area preschools to speak about the benefits of good dental hygiene. Dr. Heilig showed first graders at Apple Tree Montessori school a video on dental care.

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Cypress Bay junior Zach Gorwitz has been selected as one of the four new Student Ambassadors to the Broward League of Cities. He joins senior Chad Klitzman, who was one of the inaugural ambassadors. The program is designed to support future community leaders by providing introductions into the world of public service to high school students interested in pursuing a career in public administration, political science or other government-related fields. During his two-year term, Zach will attend Broward League of Cities meetings and functions and write a monthly “My View” column.

Weston U Road Trip Adriana Perez, Kara Francis, Abbigale Martin, Kristen Alvarenga and Natalie Bernetatos.

Let’s Dance

Falcon Cove seventh graders enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun and fancy dance moves. The Falcon Cove PTA sponsored the dance, with entertainment provide by Pure Energy. After working up an appetite dancing, the students enjoyed pizza, candy and drinks.

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Students enrolled in Weston University took a field trip to the offices of Calvin, Giordano & Associates, the City’s contract provider for planning, zoning and engineering services. While learning about development services, students were exposed to a variety of career options including landscape architecture, traffic engineering, and 3D graphic multimedia artist. The students also learned about the legislative process for site plan approval.

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seen on scene Red Carpet Ready

Weston Town Center rolled out the red carpet for its Beauty, Fashion & Fitness event featuring the mall merchants. Models from A Nose for Clothes and Marcellas Boutique rocked the runway, with hair and make-up provided by Helen Charles Salon London, Leslie’s Salon and Applewoods, and music by RockWithU Entertainment. There was also an exotic car showcase, dance performance and live band. Deliver the Dream Foundation held a silent auction. The organization provides retreats to families suffering from a serious illness or health crisis.

FISP Fundraiser

Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti accepts the Humanitarian of the Year Award from FISP Executive Director/ CEO Jackie Rosen and FISP President Harry Rosen.

The 11th annual FISP dinner dance was a huge success raising much needed funds to help the agency in its efforts to reduce and eliminate suicide. The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention provides educational and prevention programs as well as facilitates survivors support groups. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was the recipient of the FISP Humanitarian of the Year Award. He was recognized for helping create a SUN program within the BSO and his commitment to preventing bullying.

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Heart to Heart

Dozens of Weston residents were among the celebrants at the Jewish Federation of Broward County’s Community Campaign Celebration. This event is the Federation’s biggest fundraiser. This year’s special guest was Max Weinberg, famed drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and former late night TV bandleader. He spoke of his Jewish upbringing, regaled his musical escapades and performed a drum session to “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Glory Days.”

Love was in the air as the community came together to support St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. The fifth annual Hearts Afire gala raised over $43,000 to benefit operations of the church, which is set to break ground on its permanent house of prayer this month. The enchanted evening included a delicious dinner, dancing to a live band, plus a live and silent auction. Pictured here is the gala committee celebrating its success.

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Weston residents Rochelle and Paul Koenig (right) enjoyed an evening of jazz with friends Larry and Susan Levine. The couples attended the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s 20th anniversary gala. Attendees danced the night away to the tunes of Sinatra crooner Tony Nicolosi and his band. Proceeds from the event benefit the Society’s operations and its programs of jazz presentation, education, outreach and scholarship.

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Fabio Andrade (right), President and CEO of the Americas Community Center (ACC), presents Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti with a certificate on behalf of the ACC, in the company of State Representative Candidate Rick Stark, Weston City Commissioner Daniel Stermer, and Stan Bostnic, Director Corporate Partners and VIP Program at Rick Case Automotive Group. Sheriff Lamberti spoke at a breakfast meeting for Hispanic small business leaders.

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Longtime Weston resident Nancy Russo celebrated her 70th birthday with a pajama party -- her first. She was joined by 41 friends from the Weston Friends Club, the Red Hat Society, Bookmarkers book club, canasta, and more. In lieu of gifts, friends brought donations for The Pantry of Broward. In total, over 350 pounds of non-perishable food items plus $100 was donated to the agency which serves seniors in need on low fixed incomes, as well as those raising their grandchildren.

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Congratulations to Casey Corrigan for completing the Disney Princess half marathon. This was The Sagemont School junior’s first race; she had not even run a 5K before. Casey trained for six months, first by walking and building up to running. She had so much fun at the Disney World race that she is already registered for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler in September.

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Supporting Seafarers

Joseph “Joe” Giambrone was honored by the Seafarers’ House as their Volunteer of the Year. For the past two years, the Weston resident has served as volunteer coordinator for the annual Shoebox Christmas project. Last year, volunteers delivered 1,300 boxes of personal care items to the crews of cargo ships visiting Port Everglades. Giambrone is also actively involved with the Broward County Council of the Navy League, currently serving as President of the South Florida Area.

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