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Rock & Pop Masters – Make plans to attend the 7th annual free concert in the park. This year’s Rock & Pop Masters features current and former lead singers and musicians from Kool & The Gang, Spin Doctors, The Romantics and Elton John’s band, among others. The concert begins at 7pm at Weston Regional Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

“Shrek Forever After” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. Kids of all ages will laugh out loud at the hysterical adventures of Shrek and Donkey. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Vic Arnell & Holly Lipton – These world-class performers share the stage beautifully in this comedy Regional Park. The movie begins at 7:30pm. and musical variety show. Audiences adore Arnell and Art Exhibition – The Art Institute of Weston will host his borscht-belt style comedy and Lipton’s lovely voice. an art exhibit featuring the work of some of its instructors Showtime is at 8pm at the Bonaventure Town Center and students. It opens at 6pm. For more information visit Club. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (954) 384-8330.

26th “Doodles the Clown” – Self-esteem, courage and friendship are the themes of this original puppet show production. It is performed by professional puppeteers. Two performances are scheduled at the Weston Community Center, one at 1:30pm and another at 3pm. The puppet show is free and best suited for children ages pre-K through second grade. For more information call (954) 389-4321.

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Weston Friends Club: Matinee – Join the Weston Friends Club for lunch at Gold Coast Grille followed by “The Light in the Piazza” at the Stage Door Theater in Coral Springs. Tickets are $25 for members and $38 for nonmembers. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Nancy Russo at or (954) 385-1445.

April 2nd Cypress Bay Band Spring Festival and Yard Sale – Bring the entire family to enjoy food, games, music and entertainment including performances by the Cypress Bay Band, Color Guard and Drum Line. Get there early for great deals at the Community Yard Sale from 7:30am-1:30pm. The Spring Festival runs from 8am-2pm. Entry is free; parking is $2. The event takes place at Cypress Bay High School.

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Camp Lingua Open House – Enjoy face painting, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family as you learn more about the Full Immersion Summer Camp. Programs are available in English, Spanish, French and other languages. Campers will enjoy fun enriching activities in their language of study reinforced by classes in culture, arts & crafts, performing arts, international cuisine, field Weston Friends Club: Design Day – Join the trips, sports and more. The Open House will take place Weston Friends Club for a tour of the Design Center of the from 10am to 1pm at the Montessori Institute of Broward Americas (DCOTA) which is showing “Film & Design: at 12425 Orange Drive in Davie. To learn more visit www. The Golden Age of Hollywood,” followed by lunch. For or contact camplingua@linguaschool. more information on this event, contact Nancy Dunlop com or (954) 577-9955. at or (954) 384-6456.

Jimmy Travis – Good old fashioned fun is what this comedian-guitarist delivers. His special blend of humor and music helped earn him The Jimmy Durante Award, presented annually to a comedian or humorist in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of family entertainment. Showtime is at 8pm at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (954) 384-8330.

“As In Heaven” – The Weston Foreign Film Series concludes with this romance movie from Sweden. The film follows a successful international conductor who gives up his career and returns to his childhood village where

at 9am and in Spanish at 10:30am. The program will take place at Broward Health Weston. For more information call (954) 540-3577.

Parenting Program – Dr. Ibis Brito and Associates present a free talk on Parenting Troubled Teens given by Ivette Maldonado-Diaz, LMHC. It will be given in English

Opera to Broadway – The City of Weston and the Weston Philharmonic Society proudly present Opera to Broadway Part II. It will feature popular arias and Broadway hits led by vocalist Frank d’Ambroise. He has performed Phantom of the Opera over 2000 times. There will be ballet during the operatic portion of the show. Showtime is at 8pm at the Cypress Bay theater. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Weston Community Center, Comerica Bank and Community Bank of Broward. For more information visit

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Community News Wine and Dine Weekend to Benefit Harvest Drive By Stacey Bomser


hanksgiving was months ago, but the Harvest Drive is still hard at work. Now in its 19th year, this Weston-based food drive has expanded into a full-fledged corporation serving Broward County’s hungry all year round. On Saturday, April 2nd, Broward Collision is pleased to present the 2011 Wine & Dine to benefit the Harvest Drive. This event is spearheaded by several longtime Harvest Drive supporters. “Michael Freedland and Anthony Russo from and Keith Petron from Broward Collision came to me and said they wanted to do something more to help the Harvest Drive,” explains Harvest Drive Founder Renee Herman. “They’ve always been so generous and supportive and to take on this event is incredible.” Herman is hoping that in addition to raising much needed funds, the Wine & Dine will raise awareness about the Harvest Drive. It started as a small food drive at Country Isles Elementary School and has grown into a massive mission, with eight collection sites and over 125 schools now participating throughout Broward County. Thanks to these efforts, last year 1,582 families received a Thanksgiving meal plus ten bags of groceries, as well other necessities.

Mary Moreno, Patti Bradley, Renee Herman and Carolyn Burk are busy planning the Harvest Drive’s first Wine & Dine fundraising event.

“But all that food is gone now and these families are still hungry,” states Herman. “Now we’re taking the Harvest Drive to the next level. We’re helping those in need no matter what time of year it is. Sadly, there is need today, tomorrow and everyday.” You can help the Harvest Drive by supporting the Wine & Dine weekend, April 2-4th. It begins on Saturday evening with the Wine & Dine dinner. The evening will feature a wine tasting, delicious meal, wonderful entertainment, as well as a silent and live

auction. The fun continues on Monday at the Rotary Club of Weston’s Scholarship Golf Classic. This event raises thousands of dollars for Weston Rotary scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Cypress Bay and Western high school students who have demonstrated academic achievement, involvement in community service activities and financial need. According to Herman, promoting the two events together is only natural because not only do both programs benefit children, but the Rotary has been a huge Harvest Drive supporter over the years. “Not only do they donate much-needed food items, but they donate manpower. The Harvest Drive would not be the success it is without our Rotary volunteers.” Help support the Harvest Drive by attending the Wine & Dine presented by Broward Collision. The fun starts at 7pm on Saturday, April 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure. Tickets are $150 per person or $1250 for a table of ten. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Event Coordinator Mary Moreno at (954) 6469854. To learn more about the Harvest Drive visit All contributions are tax deductible, 501(C)(3).

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Community News Weston Walkers Take Great Strides to Cure Cystic Fibrosis By Stacey Bomser

within the next few years her family will have reached its f you can walk, then you can help find a cure goal of raising $1million for CF. She is also hoping that for cystic fibrosis. The third annual Great Strides Weston next year Ashley will begin taking a new drug treatment will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, when Weston designed to alter the CF kids’ defective gene and entice it walkers join forces with thousands of others around the to work properly. country in taking steps toward finding a cure for this life“With so much promising research on the horizon, it’s threatening disease. more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects about to fight CF and improve the lives of people with this disease,” 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 explains Leah. people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that You can help by participating in Great Strides Weston. lead to premature death. With funds raised through Great There is no cost to participate, although donations are welcome. Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is leading the Leah says it’s a great family activity. “Participants will pursuit of a cure. walk backward, skip, hopscotch, hula hoop and jump rope The Weston walk was spearheaded by the Orr family. at stations throughout the walk.” After, everyone is invited Since Leah and Wayne Orr found out eight years ago to celebrate the “great strides” they made toward finding a that their youngest daughter, Ashley, had CF they have cure for CF by enjoying lunch, entertainment, a DJ, tattoo raised from Great Strides Weston may help save the lives been actively involved with the Foundation. “We have Funds station and much more. of children with cystic fibrosis, including Ashley Orr. raised over $500,000 so far for CF and this year we hope The Great Strides Weston walk will take place on to raise another $75,000 from our walk team,” states Leah Orr, volunteer chair for Saturday, April 2nd at Weston Town Center. Registration begins at 8am at the the Great Strides Weston walk. Students at The Sagemont School, which the Orr Bell Tower. The Sheinberg Family YMCA’s Ultimate Sports Institute will provide girls attend, have already raised over $2300. a warm-up. The walk will begin at 9am. In addition to Great Strides, Leah has also raised funds through a series of children’s To get involved in Great Strides Weston call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s South books she has published. All proceeds go to support CF research. “My newest book, Florida Chapter at (954) 739-5006 or visit Online donations are accepted. Messy Tessy, will be available for sale at the walk,” says Leah. Volunteers are needed; middle and high school students can earn community service She hopes that through her book sales and fundraising efforts with Great Strides, hours. Contact to volunteer.


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Community News Salon One80 Hosts Children’s Cancer Cut-a-Thon By Stacey Bomser

hood cancer. “The scary truth is that 46 families othing could be more devastating are having their world turned upside down today than hearing your child has cancer. On and tomorrow and the next day with the diagnoSunday, March 20th, Salon One80 will sis of cancer, and seven of those 46 children will host a cut-a-thon to raise awareness about childloose their battle with this nasty disease,” says hood cancer and money to support Miracles for Chris Schafer, Madison’s dad. “It is just not fair Madison. that pediatric cancer is the least funded and only Madison Star Schafer is a living miracle. When receives 3% of the annual research funds. We all she was only 20 months old, this beautiful little girl have a chance to help these kids fighting for their was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggreslives and hopefully help find a cure and say NO sive cancerous brain tumor. Atypical Teratoid/ more kids have to suffer.” Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT) affects only 30 children You can help by supporting the Miracles for under the age of three in the United States. Madison cut-a-thon at Salon One80. Owner After an eight hour surgery, doctors were able Renee Zapata is a longtime friend and stylist of to remove 90% of the tumor. The other 10% had Madison’s grandmother, Diane Schafer. After calcified and could not be removed without her watching the family fight this terrible disease, heart stopping. She was given a 10% chance of Salon One80 is offering reduced price hair and nail treatments to benefit Renee was moved to do something. “I have a survival. But Madison is a fighter. After two months Miracles for Madison, which is raising funds to fight childhood cancer. deep love and passion for children and being so of aggressive chemotherapy treatments, her tumor disappeared. close to Diane and her family this is something I knew I wanted to do.” But her battle against cancer was not over yet. Madison then spent two months in On Sunday, March 20th from 10am until 4pm, Salon One80 will offer reduced Jacksonville where she received 28 sessions of Proton beam radiation therapy. This price hair cuts, blow-outs, manicures and pedicures. All proceeds will go to Miracles cutting edge treatment uses amazing precision to send a radiation beam to the specific for Madison. Appointments are encouraged. To learn more about the Miracles for point in her brain where the tumor once existed. Madison cut-a-thon call Salon One80 at (954) 349-4414. It is located at 1396-3 SW Madison is now back at home with her family. Thankful for their miracle, the 160th Avenue near the Weston 8 Cinema. To learn more about Madison Star Schafer’s Schafers are now doing everything in their power to raise awareness about childincredible story visit


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Community News Student Artist Showcase Recognizes Tremendous Talent By Stacey Bomser

Yang won third prize. Honorable mentions were given to Cypress Bay twelfth grader Hannah Rand and Western High School junior Andrea Marquez. The winners were announced at a special reception. Weston City Commissioner Angel Gomez presented the first, second and third prize winner in each grade division with a small cash prize from the Arts Council of Greater Weston. Their work was also featured at the Weston ArtWalk and ShowTime. Every participant received a certificate of participation.


mpressive is the best word to describe the artwork featured at the 5th Annual Student Artist Showcase presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston. The artwork was on exhibit at the Weston Branch Library last month for all to admire. 173 of Weston’s most talented young artists submitted projects they completed in school to this juried art show. A panel of judges from the local arts community judged the work based on originality, creativity, reflection, visual perspective and craftsmanship. In the Kindergarten through second grade division, first grader Rebecca Ross from Country Isles Elementary won first prize, second grader Julian Escobar from Three Village Montessori won second, and first grader Angie Landivar from Imagine Charter School won third prize. In the third through fifth grade division, third grader Alfredo Trisini from The Sagemont School won first prize, fifth grader Alyssa Mendez from Eagle Point Elementary won second, and fourth grader Joaquim Rodriguez from Everglades Elementary won third. In the middle school division, eighth grader Innes Andovska from Tequesta Trace Middle School won first prize, seventh grader Jorge Barter from Tequesta


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Community News B’nai Aviv Gala Honors Local Heroes By Stacey Bomser


y definition, a hero is someone who is admired or remarkably brave. B’nai Aviv Synagogue will honor its heroes at its gala dinner dance on Saturday, March 27th. “Celebrating B’nai Aviv’s Superstars” will recognize seven temple members for their service and commitment. It will also honor Broward Sheriff’s Officer Maury Hernandez as the first recipient of the Hero-Gibor Award. That award will be presented by Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti on behalf of the members of B’nai Aviv. Sgt. Maury Hernandez was a security officer at the synagogue who was injured in the line of duty. He was shot in the head by a motorcyclist during a routine traffic stop in 2007. Despite his life threatening injuries, he continues to improve and hopes to return to full time duty as a BSO detective in the near future. “Maury holds a very special place in our hearts and we will be forever grateful for the service he gave to B’nai Aviv as a security officer to our early childhood education program during the time of his unfortunate accident,” states Meredith Chandler, gala chairperson. The event will also honor temple members: Michelle and Craig Donner; Alice and Ralph Francis; Ethel and Art Ginsburg; Adele and Dr. David Pick; Stacy and Scott Silver; Ali and Dr. Michael Wasserman; and Marissa and Dr. Michael Zoldan. Sgt. Maury Hernandez will be the first recipient “Each of our seven honoree couples has of Temple B’nai Aviv’s Hero-Gibor Award. provided support to the various branches of B’nai Aviv. Whether it is Sisterhood, Youth Department, Religious School, the Choir, or Early Childhood Education Center, our honorees have provided outstanding service and commitment in making B’nai Aviv a place for the community to feel at home,” shares Chandler. Each will be presented with a commemorative gift. The evening gala will begin with a cocktail hour complete with hors d’oeuvres stations and a cocktail lounge under the stars. Once the ballroom opens for dinner, the honorees will be recognized. Then the night will continue with an exquisitely catered dinner by Greenseid Caterers, music generously donated by Tekiah Orchestra and Entertainment, and décor provided by Petal Productions. There will also be a silent auction. The event is open to the community. The cost is $118 per person. According to Chandler, the money raised will go towards supporting B’nai Aviv’s education, youth and ritual programs. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Police Benevolent Association in honor of Sgt. Maury Hernandez. The “Celebrating B’nai Aviv’s Superstars” gala dinner dance will take place at Temple B’nai Aviv on Sunday, March 27th at 6pm. It is located at 1410 Indian Trace. To purchase tickets or to place an ad for one of the honorees, contact the synagogue at (954) 384-8265.

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Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession toWest Broward”

Dear Friend, want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar


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Community News Temple Dor Dorim Honors BSO By Stacey Bomser


emple Dor Dorim recently held a special Shabbat service honoring the Broward Sheriff’s Office for its devotion and dedicated service to the community and the congregation. Fifteen officers and more than 300 congregants attended the service. The Weston BSO provides security to the synagogue, including a daily presence with the preschool and religious school. “As a result of the events of 9/11 our community needs grew and our relationship with BSO has been

forever evolving,” expressed Jodi Cohen, Early Childhood Director. “They have been committed to making sure we feel safe and secure and there are not enough words to express the gratitude we have for our officers.” Temple President Iris Kauffman shared that sentiment during the Shabbat service. “Our officers – and we do feel that you are ‘our’ officers – have become a valued part Temple Dor Dorim held a special Shabbat service to honor the Broward Sheriff Office for its service and of our staff and the daily support. Pictured from left: Alan Berkowitz, special assistant to Sheriff Al Lamberti; Deputy Jesus Manresa; Deputy Rene Mohammed; Detective Karl Toro; Sergeant Joe Diskin; Detective Steve Barreto; Rabbi Norman operation of the Temple. Lipson; Lieutenant Jeff Tozzie; Cantorial Soloist Allison Teich; TDD Executive Director Howard Chess; Temple We feel your presence dur- President Iris Kauffman; Detective Mike Linville; Deputy Chris Peralta; Deputy Mack Mashnouk; Deputy Luis Ventura; Deputy Hector Rodriguez; Deputy Dave Smith; Deputy Mark Skolnick; and Major Larry Rogers. ing our High Holy Days services, special events and through daily contact. Rabbi Norman Lipson recognized the officers for (We) thank you for all you do for us – and the their dedicated service and presented plaques to Major wonderful ways in which you execute your jobs.” Larry Rogers of the BSO office in Weston and to Alan This was the first time the temple formally Berkowitz, who accepted on behalf of Broward County recognized the BSO officers. During the service, Sheriff Al Lamberti.

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Community News Weston Attorney Nominated for BRAVO Award Julie embodies the definition of the BRAVO Award for Diversity. here are over 10 million women-owned businesses “The Diversity nominee is a woman of diverse cultural and ethnic in this country. The National Association of Women Business background who has embraced the differences of her community Owners (NAWBO) celebrates their entrepreneurial spirit and others to make her business a success.” and positive impact on their communities. On Monday, March 7th, The Young Woman Entrepreneur nominee is a trailblazer, ages the NAWBO Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Chapter will host its 13-25, who possesses a keen sense for business and has successfully annual BRAVO Awards honoring exceptional woman business owners. turned her ideas into a for-profit or non-profit venture. The Spirit of This prestigious award recognizes successful women who are the Community nominee is a civic leader, elected official, or socialpioneers and leaders, both personally and professionally. NAWBO service or non-profit leader who works tirelessly on behalf of others members can nominate women business owners in five categories: and has helped make people more aware of issues and needs in the Diversity; Young Woman Entrepreneur; Spirit of the Community; community or world. The Media Advocate nominee is an excellent Media Advocate; and Making Green by Going Green. Three finalcommunicator who has championed women’s business causes and ists were selected from each category and the five winners will be encourages other women to enter the field. And the Making Green announced at the awards gala. by Going Green nominee avidly recycles and incorporates daily busiWeston attorney Julie Gonzalez Cohen is one of the Diversity Julie Gonzalez Cohen is nominated for the ness practices based on creating a positive environmental impact. nominees. She was nominated by Monica Cataluna-Shand, NAWBO NAWBO BRAVO Award for Diversity. Julie Gonzalez Cohen and the other BRAVO Award nominees Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Chapter president-elect and will be honored during a gala dinner ceremony. The five winners broker/owner of KoRes Corp. will be announced that evening and presented with a beautiful award trophy. Julie is a partner in the firm Strock and Cohen. She specializes in real estate law transactions for the Latin community. The Broward County Chapter of NAWBO’s BRAVO Awards will take place at 6pm on Monday, March 7th at the Westin Hotel – Cypress Creek, located at 400 Corporate “Julie has been in business for three years and is growing her business to provide Drive in Fort Lauderdale. The event is open to women, and men, in the community. these specialized services to the Latin community both within the U.S. and those desiring to relocate here,” explains Marilee Maddox, co-chair of the NAWBO BRAVO Tickets are $45 per person or $450 for a reserved table of ten. Reservations can be Awards. “Her goal is to assist people of ethnicity migrate to the U.S. by providing made by contacting BRAVO Committee Co-Chair Marcia McPherson at (954) 597turn-key services, and is expanding her business to include title services.” 7700 or By Stacey Bomser


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Eyzaguirre. “We take the time to get to know our customers and work hard to find the ew customers often ask why they should bank at Regions and right solutions for their individual needs. Our goal is to earn their business, as well as the answer is clear. Regions Bank offers its customers stability, an easier way to their trust. They expect more and we deliver.” bank and the expertise and personal service they deserve. Regions understands Regions Mortgage is one of the nation’s top residential mortgage loan originators that life these days can be complicated so it provides easy access to products, services and servicers. The balanced, focused mortgage business offers a full array of residential and resources to make sure that the banking experience is not. Customers can bank mortgage products and services through its retail and correspondent lending channels on-line from the convenience of their own and a warehouse lending banker/broker, homes, meet with a banker at their place Regions Funding. Regions’ Customer We know that our customers have a choice when it comes to banking. Assistance Program has helped tens of of business or visit the Weston branch, We take the time to get to know our customers and work hard to find conveniently located at 1501 Bonaventure thousands of customers stay in their homes Blvd. No matter what they choose, their and in their communities. “We have a variety the right solutions for their individual needs. Our goal is to earn their friendly banker is always just a phone of products and work closely with our cusbusiness, as well as their trust. They expect more and we deliver. call away. tomers to find the one that works the best,” Tatiana Eyzaguirre, Vice President and Bank Manager said Sr. Loan Consultant Jack Dubrawa. Regions Financial Corporation was formed in 1971 as First Alabama Bancshares “We offer great interest rates and one of the fastest closings in the business. We keep our loans unlike many other banks that sell them.” The Weston branch works with realtors throughout the area to assist them with closings and other transactions. PFS Realty Owner Gustavo Galvez visits the branch every week to deposit and transfer money or just to say “hello.” “The staff is very friendly and always makes me feel special,” said Galvez. “Closings are always fast and smooth. I have recommended the bank to many of my customers.” Regions offers its commercial banking customers a Above: Daniela Salmon helps PFS Realty Owner Gustavo Galvez with his business needs. Left: Regions Mortgage is one of the nation's top residential mortgage loan originators and Vice President full range of capital markets Tatiana Eyzaguirre works closely with customers to find the right product for them. and investment banking Inc., Alabama’s first multibank holding products and services, as well as permanent loan placements, public finance, corpocompany. With the combination of rate finance and merger and acquisition products and services, and risk management three well-respected banks, the holding products such as interest rate derivatives. The Weston branch works closely with small company began operations with a total and large businesses throughout South Florida, including manufacturers, attorneys, of $543 million in assets and 40 banking retail stores, medical companies and more. “We know that many of our customers are locations in Birmingham, Huntsville struggling in this difficult economy,” said Eyzaguirre. “We help them improve cash and Montgomery. Today, Regions flow and maximize profits so they can grow and get to the next level,” Barbara Palacios Financial Corporation is one of the Owner Victor Manrique visits the branch weekly to manage his business and personal nation’s largest full-service providers accounts. “The staff is always very kind and professional,” said Manrique. “They care of consumer and commercial banking, about their clients and provide excellent customer service. They understand my needs trust, securities brokerage, mortgage and how to find the best solutions.” and insurance products and services. It provides investment and brokerage services Bankers are always available to give sound advice to their residential customers to from some 300 offices of Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., one of the nation’s largest help them during every stage of their lives, whether they are starting a family, saving full-service investment firms with more than $74 billion in customer assets. It serves for their children’s education or planning for retirement. “We help our customers precustomers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas and operates approximately pare the right strategy to achieve their financial goals,” said Eyzaquirre. Regions also 1,800 banking offices and 2,200 ATMs. understands the importance of giving back to the community. Associates volunteer Regions opened its Weston branch in 2005 and Vice President and Bank Manager their time to local organizations. Eyzaguirre is on the Board of Directors for the Latin Tatiana Eyzaguirre was hired a year later. With 21 years of experience in the banking Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Americas Community organization. business, she understands the importance of providing excellent customer service. Under her strong leadership, the Weston branch has grown from $2 to $34 million The Weston branch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. to Thurs. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in deposits. 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Sports News Weston Strikers Win State Championship By Stacey Bomser


ongratulations to the Weston Strikers. The Girls 10 and Under team is the 2011 American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Florida State Champion. The girls took home first-place trophies after clinching the AYSO State Tournament, which was held at Pierson Park in Wellington. The team played seven games in three days. The Weston Strikers advanced to the semifinals after a strong showing in the quarterfinals, with wins of 6-0 and 7-0. The semifinal game was a nail-biter, but the girls held on for a 1-0 victory. They managed to rally in the final match as well. The Weston Strikers stormed back from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three goals in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The girls beat Boynton Beach, 6-1, in the championship game. Congratulations to Coach Juan Ruiz, Assistant Coach Chris Evripidou, and the Weston Strikers 10U team. Way to go girls!


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Weston Strikers celebrate after winning the 2011 AYSO State Championship. From left: Luciana Villalobos, Susana Marulanda-Ortega, Katherine Le Bellot, Emma Alonso, Natalia Evripidou, Rachel Lerner, Danielle Dellapietra, Maya Johnson, Lucia Maldonado, Gabriela Devins. Back: Coach Juan Ruiz.

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Community News Give Your Kids a Safe Start By Stacey Bomser

such as the side of the pool or shoreline.” rowning is the number one cause Amazingly, in as little as six weeks, children of death of children under the age of can be taught these important survival skills. “It’s five in Broward County. The Safe Start a comprehensive program. I work one-on-one with program aims to change that by teaching water each child for ten minutes a day, five days a week,” safety skills to children as young as six months old. explains Leno. “At the end of the course, the child The Sheinberg Family YMCA is pleased to offer is fully skilled in water safety for their age.” this one-of-a-kind program to Weston families. Because most drownings occur when a child is Safe Start is the most comprehensive drowning fully dressed and accidentally falls into the water, prevention program in the country. It utilizes the Leno says students practice with clothes on durproven teaching methods developed by Infant ing the last week of class. “We put the child in the Swimming Resource over 40 years ago. Children water in their summer clothes and winter clothes, from six months to six years are taught the skills and with a real diaper and shoes too,” she notes. to survive. “We want them to know what it feels like to be in Safe Start Instructor Nicole Leno points out the water when they are dressed, so they know that these are not swim lessons. Rather, children how to react and not panic.” are taught how to react and what to do should they That is the ultimate goal of the Safe Start profall into the water, whether that be a swimming Safe Start Instructor Nicole Leno watches as a toddler demonstrates gram – to provide children with survival skills and that he can safely float on his back, fully clothed. pool, canal or even a lake. give them confidence around the water. It teaches “Beginning at the age of six months, children are taught to turn from face down in each child a healthy respect for the water and for his or her own safety. the water to face up and float on their back until help arrives,” explains Leno. “At about The Safe Start program is offered year-round at the Sheinberg Family YMCA. one year old, or once the child is walking independently, we teach them the swim-floatRegistration is ongoing, with morning and afternoon sessions available. The program swim sequence. Children learn how to move their arms and kick their legs to move cost is $500, which includes a mandatory online medical clearance. Refresher courses through the water, rotate onto their back to rest and catch a breath, and then flip over are available. To register your child for Safe Start or for more information, contact and swim again. They are taught to repeat these steps until they reach the closest exit, Nicole Leno at (954) 651-6911 or



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Sports News The “Undefeated” Clinch State Championship By Stacey Bomser

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The “Undefeated” celebrate winning the 2011 AYSO State Championship. Bottom row: Steven Pizon, Santiago Ruffo, Maximo Rossi, Nicolas Buitrago and Sebastian Soriano. Middle row: Alex Thompson, Joao Pedro Castro, Daniel Arnott, Caio Almeida, Pedro Palmaka and Lucas Alvarez. Top row: Coaches Karl Thompson and Carlos Ruffo.


ongratulations to Coach Thompson’s all star soccer team. The Boys 10 and Under team is the 2011 American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Florida State Champion. The boys, who have nicknamed themselves the “Undefeated,” clinched the playoff tournament, which took place at Pierson Park in Wellington. The team played seven games in three days. The boys easily won all three games on Saturday without letting any of their opponents score. They won the quarterfinals, scoring 5 goals in each game against teams from Boynton Beach and Homestead. Emotions ran high during the semifinal game. Not only was this a close one, with the team winning 3-2, but their opponent was Coach DeMeo’s team from Weston. The two all star teams had scrimmaged against each other while practicing for the state tournament – and Coach DeMeo’s team won all the scrimmages. With the taste of victory now fresh in their mouths, the boys went on to win the championship game against Key West, 4-3. Congratulations to Coach Karl Thompson, Assistant Coach Carlos Ruffo, and all the boys on the “Undefeated” AYSO 10U state championship team.

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

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School News Country Isles’ Guest Author Inspires Students By Stacey Bomser


his year’s Author-In-Residence at Country Isles Elementary School was a special treat for both the students and faculty. For not only is Jayne Bonilla a noted children’s book author, she is also a Weston resident whose children attended Country Isles. To her, it was a gift to be able to give back to the school that gave so much to her family. As in past years, the day began with two presentations by the guest author to the student body, one geared toward students in the younger grades and the other for older students. Bonilla was then the guest of honor at a special luncheon sponsored by the PTA. Each year the school holds a contest to select which students will dine with the guest author. According to Phyllis Kay, the school’s reading/curriculum specialist and Author-In-Residence coordinator, the contest was inspired by Bonilla’s beloved book, Shirt for Dessert, which deals with the importance of eating healthy foods. Students in kindergarten through second grade were invited to create a picture illustrating what makes a good meal, while students in grades three through five were asked to write an essay answering, “Why is it important to eat healthy foods?”

Author Jayne Bonilla shares one of her delightful children’s stories with fourth graders during a Writer’s Workshop.

Author Jayne Bonilla poses with Country Isles Elementary School students following a special luncheon to reward the winners of a picture/essay contest.

This led Bonilla to share her favorite quote: “It is better to improve than it is to prove.” Victor Paes-Leme, one of the fourth graders invited to attend the Writer’s Workshop, took this to mean “It’s better to make something better and how you want it to be than to show it off.” In addition to sharing her tricks of the trade with the Country Isles students, Bonilla also shared one of her current projects. She read Sheila’s Magic Wand, a new picture book she is hoping to publish. It’s a beautifully written story with a powerful message to share the magic in you. Although written as a children’s book, its underlying message of hope and peace and recovery is an inspiration to all ages. Bonilla has a knack for writing whimsical yet inspirational stories. Her first book, If Hurricane’s Were Candy Canes, was about overcoming tragedy and looking at the good in things. “It was inspired by a little girl I met while volunteering in a tent city following Hurricane Andrew,” she said. “I was so touched by Millie that I just had to write and share her story. Here was a little girl who had lost everything, but she did not miss her toys and stuff. She was just happy she had her family.” Bonilla donated $70,000 in proceeds from the sale of that book to hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. and Caribbean. Although she has only published two books, Bonilla says she has written over 25 children’s stories, including four more stories following the adventures of the Barley family first introduced in Shirt for Dessert. Bonilla has also written an adult psychological thriller. “I’m very excited about that project. It was a different type of writing for me.”

Following the luncheon, Bonilla hosted a Writer’s Workshop for select fourth grade students. She used this forum to share one of her new stories, as well as some writing tips. Bonilla began by reiterating her writing philosophy. “Today is really about creativity and authenticity, being true to yourself.” She explained that the key to good writing is to CREATE, an acronym she shared during her morning presentation. “C is for courage; share your own slice of individuality and don’t worry what others think. R is for reach; dig deep inside you and get in touch with your feelings. E is for express yourself. A is for authentic; be unique. T is for thoughts, where your ideas stem from. And E is for emotions,” recapped Bonilla, explaining that these elements are essential to being a good writer. She then went on to identify the two types of writing: inspired and invited. According to Bonilla, inspired writing is when you write about something that means something to you, whereas invited writing is when you are asked to write something, such as homework. “My strength is inspired writing. When I am invited to write, I always start by thinking about why I was asked to write. This leads to inspiration,” explained Bonilla. “You need to learn to change your thought process so that everything you write is inspired and meaningful.” She then shared her secrets to becoming a strong writer, using yet another acronym. W always Wonder, never stop asking questions, be curious R always Relate, get into the head/mind of your reader I always rely on your Imagination T always Translate onto paper what you want to say E always Engage, get your reader involved and excited R always Rewrite, don’t throw away your work because there may be something there. Author Jayne Bonilla engages student support to illustrate her tips to becoming a better writer.


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School News Eagle Point Students Explore Career Options By Stacey Bomser

eye-catching illusions using a camera and changing hen you ask most children what they depth perception. “She showed us that you can make want to be when they grow up, their typical things look different just from your pose.” responses include pop star, professional Yiliana Prada illustrated her job as a TV Director athlete, firefighter, doctor or lawyer. Most had never by having students role-play the television distribution even considered career choices such as interior designer, process. As Director of the International Distribution TV director or fencing coach. Those were just a few of Department at Telemundo it is her job to oversee the the dozens of professions presented to students at Eagle production and shipping of Telemundo-produced TV Point Elementary School on Career Day. shows all around the world. The students enjoyed watch“I try to expose the students to possibilities for their ing clips of the telenovela ¿Donde Esta Elisa? dubbed into future. I want them to see all the options available,” French, Japanese, Greek and even Turkish. explains Todd Schotta, fourth grade teacher and Career Fencing Coach Toni Smotalinkova literally took a stab Day coordinator. This is a huge undertaking considering at teaching students about her profession. The former the school hosts three separate Career Days each year. Olympian showed students the basic fencing positions One for kindergarten and first graders; one for second and movements and then invited some students to test and third graders; and one for fourth and fifth graders. their skills. Fifth grader Ana Cardenas quickly realized it In his own class, Mr. Schotta keeps a running list of was not as easy at it looks. “The teacher said I was really careers. “As we read and come across new career options, good. She said I had good posture.” we add it to our list,” he explains, noting that he wants Nolan Williams, who has been fencing for about a year, his students to see that there are so many more career says it’s a game of strength and strategy. As a student of choices out there than just what they are exposed to the sport, he realizes its potential. “Fencing could be through their family and friends. a career. You can earn money from the tournaments,” He tries to keep that in mind when recruiting preexplains Nolan. He’s hoping fencing will provide a college senters for Career Day. “I like to bring in speakers from scholarship, “which could lead to a good job.” diverse areas of the labor force,” states Mr. Schotta. “I Captain Chris Scraba of the U.S. Coast Guard impressed try to provide a balance with not all higher education Professional photographer V. Michelle Oprisi teaches Eagle Point students with stories of actual missions such as intercepting careers.” For instance, on the fourth and fifth grade fifth grader Peyton Bromley photography techniques. vessels smuggling illegal migrants or drugs and helping Career Day there was a podiatrist, a pastry chef and even with the clean-up in the Gulf following the BP oil spill a professional photographer. last year. In addition to talking about military careers, Cpt. Scraba used his Career Day Mr. Schotta also tries to recruit presenters that fit the grades. “We had a TV producer presentation as a chance to remind students about water safety and the importance of for the upper grades and a clown for the kindergarten and first grade Career Day.” wearing a lifejacket whenever they are on the water. “Saving lives and rescuing people Many of the presenters are Eagle Point parents. Others are people Mr. Schotta has is our primary role,” he explained, noting that the Coast Guard rescued 33,000 people met in the community and invited to speak to the students about their profession. “I after Hurricane Katrina. encourage them to be Dr. Bradley Haves was another popular presenter. The podiatrist wowed students hands-on and mindswith his interesting foot facts such as ‘the average person walks five times around the on. This should not be world in a lifetime’ and ‘your feet produce one-third pint of sweat each day.’ a lecture. You want the Dr. Haves has been participatstudents to feel some part ing in Career Day for years. He of your job.” feels it’s crucial to expose children V. Michelle Oprisi to as much as possible. “Whenever engaged students by someone is young you should showing them pictures expose them to as many things she has taken at work. as possible. It’s important to show You see, she is a profeschildren that there are all types of sional photographer who jobs and careers out there.” specializes in taking picIn addition to sharing his protures of mega-stars such fession and the basics of healthy as Lady Gaga and Katy foot care with students, Dr. Haves Perry in concert. Then also shared this advice: “There she brought out a digital are so many career choices availcamera and taught stuable. No matter what you do, pick dents some photography something you love because you tricks. will be doing it everyday for the Fifth grader Christian rest of your life.” Nielson was impressed That’s the main message of by her work. “She does Career Day. “The possibilities are some cool effects with endless,” says Mr. Schotta. “We lighting.” He also liked want students to know that they Podiatrist Bradley Haves puts his best foot forward as a learning how to make can be anything they want to be.” Career Day presenter at Eagle Point Elementary School. Eagle Point Kindergarten student Gabriela Dodson poses with a pilot on Career Day.



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School News Everglades Elementary School Students Run for Technology By Stacey Bomser


orget selling wrapping paper or candy, students at Everglades Elementary School used foot power to raise money for their school this year. The PTA sponsored the first annual FundRunners

Students in Ms. Spillane’s third grade class cheer as they round another lap. Photo by Jenny Rutterford.


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Fun Run. In addition to raising much needed funds, the event raised awareness and school spirit. In the weeks leading up to the Fun Run, a team from FundRunners spoke to students about their big IDEAS on attitude and character development. From this

acronym, students learned to Involve yourself, Discover who you are, Enjoy your friends, Act respectfully, and Serve one another. The event also promoted physical fitness. Students solicited pledges from family and friends for the number of laps they could run around the specially-designed FundRunners track. Teachers marked the students’ laps on the back of their Fun Run t-shirts. Most of the students completed 30 of the maximum 36 laps. That brought in a lot of money for the school. PTA President Jenn Kaiser says the first ever Everglades Elementary School FundRunners Fun Run was a huge success. “This event was amazing! The whole school from the students to the teachers to our administration were involved and everyone had a great time. We raised more money than any other fund raisers we have ever had and the best part was that all the students in the Third grader Benjamin O’Neill celebrates completing the Everglades Elementary Fun Run. Photo by Jenny Rutterford. entire school participated in the run.”

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School News Gator Run Second Graders Enjoy Edible Education on Tasty Tuesday By Stacey Bomser


hat do Rice Krispies Treats and Fruit Roll-ups have to do with math? More than you would think. Second graders at Gator Run Elementary School learned fractions using these tasty treats. Once a month, on Tasty Tuesday, students enjoy an edible education. The concept was introduced last year by Denise Boehm, who teaches the gifted and high achiever class. She explains that Tasty Tuesday is a hands-on means of teaching the fundamentals of education – reading, writing and arithmetic – as well as problem solving skills and even public speaking. “This is project-based learning. The students get so much more out of this than a basic lesson.” Of course, the students don’t realize their teachers are sneaking lessons into their special snack sessions. “Students learn sequencing by following the recipe directions step by step,” explains Mrs. Boehm. “They also develop problem solving skills. For instance, one table discovered they could use a textbook to help flatten their Rice Krispies Treats to make the Cereal Sushi.” Tasty Tuesday also reinforces reading and writing skills. Students copy each month’s recipe into their Tasty Tuesday Cookbook, listing all the ingredients and the direc-

writing and communication skills.” The cookbook is presented to parents on the final Tasty Tuesday. On that day the students become the teachers. “The child directs the parent on how to prepare the recipe. Then they share snack and write their review together,” explains Mrs. Boehm. “Many times this is the first time parents have seen their children take on a leadership role. They are always impressed with how eloquent and responDenise Boehm, Gator Run’s second grade gifted teacher, shows students how to prepare “Cereal Sushi.”

Gator Run second graders Sara Landaeta (left), Marley Solomon and Ashley Rudolph show off their culinary creations.

Classmates Grace Sullivan (left) and Kaitlyn Staropoli work on their Tasty Tuesday recipe reviews.

tions to create the yummy treat. But the real writing comes after snack time, when the students write their reviews. They include what they liked about the recipe and how they could improve it. Maybe these kids have been exposed to too many episodes of Top Chef on TV, because there was no shortage of suggestions when Mrs. Boehm’s class discussed ways to improve upon the Cereal Sushi recipe. One student suggested dipping the candy sushi into chocolate sauce to simulate soy sauce and another offered the option of adding green frosting for wasabi. Other suggestions may have been more befitting of Bizarre Foods. One student suggested using crushed potato chips instead of Rice Krispies Treats. Another recommended using Oreo crumbs instead of red sprinkles to simulate the sushi roe. With their minds full of ideas and their bellies full of candy sushi, the students all sat down with their writer’s notebooks to work on their reviews. “Don’t worry about spelling. Remember, this is your first draft,” encouraged Mrs. Boehm as her class began the assignment. She sees the Tasty Tuesday Cookbook as a wonderful teaching tool. “Now, at this point in the school year, we talk about showing your voice with your writing, using strong vocabulary, and focusing on sentence structure.” She says it’s also a great way to track the students’ progress over the course of the school year. “It’s amazing to see how their writing has improved, as well as their hand-

sible their children have become.” Of course for the students, Tasty Tuesday is all about the food. The Cereal Sushi, made with Rice Krispies Treats, Fruit Roll-ups, Swedish Fish, and red sugar, was a big hit with many of the students. “I liked making it because I got to learn the basics of making real sushi,” shared Jean Qian, who also enjoys real sushi. Both Jean and classmate Hanna Stockel liked October’s Spider Pudding Pie better. It was a Halloween-themed Tasty Tuesday project made with chocolate pudding, Oreos, M&M’s and Twizzlers. “I liked that best because it had a lot of stuff I like to eat,” says Hanna. Tyler Decker is not picky. He’s liked all of the projects. “Tasty Tuesday is fun, especially because we get two snacks that day. One before lunch and another after.” Mrs. Boehm says the teachers try to tie the recipe to a lesson the children are studying. “Our first Tasty Tuesday we made caramel apples because we had just finished studying Johnny Appleseed.” Last year, the students created an Edible Earth with each ingredient representing one part of the earth’s structure. Students used a maraschino cherry as the core, marshmallow as the outer core, a Rice Krispies Treat as the mantle, and crushed cookies as the earth’s crust. What could be better to a second grader than studying the solar system one bite at a time?!


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In our culture, many people underestimate the power of music, seeing it simply as a fun activity. While all of us at Let It Be Music, LLC., Music Together, love providing this fun experience (who doesn’t like to have fun?) we also know that music is a community builder, a healing influence and a special way of “knowing.” Did you realize, though, that music also supports cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development? Did you know that singing to your child actually reduces his or her stress levels? Did you know that making music together creates and nurtures a special bond between you and your child? During these times of uncertain financial times all around, we need to make sure that we are making wise investments. We want to get the most for our money and we want to continue to provide the best for our children.In choosing a Music Together class for your child, you are investing in not only a fun, rich and high quality music experience, but in your child’s education, brain development and special bond with you. For more information about Let It Be Music, LLC in Weston, please go to:, or call Frances Ghitis (954) 424-8464

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

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School News Imagine Charter School Fundraiser Promotes Fitness and Character By Stacey Bomser


tudents at the Imagine Charter School at Weston enjoyed a healthy alternative to traditional product sales for this year’s school fundraiser. The school participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run

Imagine Charter School at Weston second grader Eric Lopez celebrates completing the Boosterthon Fun Run Experience with his mom. Courtesy Weston Photography.


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Experience to raise much-needed money to purchase textbooks and computers. This unique program combines a fun fitness event, an interactive character education program and a highly profitable school fundraiser. In the days leading up to the fun run, team members from Boosterthon visited classrooms teaching students what it means to be a leader. Using the “Leader Launch” acronym, students learned that leaders are Learners, Active, Uplifting, Not bullies, Courageous and Helpers. At the same time, students were busy obtaining pledges based on how many laps they could run. “To make it more fun, the school set goals on how many states and countries could assist with the pledges,” said Annemarie Kelleher, activities director at Imagine Charter School at Weston. “Imagine at Weston is happy to report that our state challenge brought pledges in from over 42 states and, even more exciting is that, students connected with friends and relatives in over 38 countries. This, in itself, was a fabulous geography lesson.” For the students, the actual run was the best part of this program. According to students in Mrs. Najera’s fifth grade class, “We enjoyed that we got to run and have fun instead of just getting our parents to do the fundraising.” The event was a huge success. Imagine Charter School

Boosterthon Team Member Harrison Smith leads students in Mrs. Gordon’s 3rd grade class through the starting tunnel. Courtesy Weston Photography.

at Weston tripled the amount of money raised from any other fundraiser in the past. This was the first time the school participated in the Boosterthon program, but it will definitely not be the last.

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Health & Wellness If It Ain’t Broke...Make Certain! By Dr. Browner & Dr. Behar

A spine can be dysfunctional (not working correctly) for months or years before any pain is felt, thanks to the body’s many compensating mechanisms. However, when the body runs out of ways to compensate, or the compensating mechanisms finally give up, the white flag goes up in the form of pain signals. Science is now telling us there is more to silent spinal dysfunction problems than even most health practitioners are aware. Spinal dysfunction is usually the result of postural distortion (imbalance), and abnormal spinal alignment and curvature. Those structural problems, together with the abnormal function they produce, have been shown to cause premature deterioration of the spine, as well as adverse effects on the nervous system. Indeed, the long-term health consequences of structural and functional problems of the spine can be profound, yet often unnecessary. Do not let pain be your guide. Instead, be proactive with regards to your spinal health. Book a chiropractic spinal check-up today!


f it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” We are all familiar with this statement. Perhaps you have even used it a few times yourself! However, these can be dangerous words if referring to one’s health. People who believe this about their health may be heading down a slippery slope to serious health problems. The “if it ain’t broke...” belief is founded on the notion that since pain usually means there is a problem, no pain must mean there’s no problem. Those that hold this view make decisions about their health based entirely on how they feel. Tragically, health care is littered with catastrophic examples demonstrating the naiveté of this belief. Heart disease and cancer are two extreme examples on a long list of conditions that can develop silently, with no symptoms. Back pain is one such condition. Remember the time you bent over and suddenly couldn’t move because of pain? That back problem didn’t just happen. Ninety percent of back and neck pain is a direct result of failure in management of spinal health. In other words, spinal pain is not the start of a problem, it is the end result.

For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center in Weston at (954) 217-4881. We also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, contact our Weston location for more information.

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

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an you imagine the joy of waking up in the morning and being able to see without the aid of glasses or daily wear contacts? Ortho-k, the reshaping of one’s cornea with contact lenses to improve vision isn’t new. It has been practiced by some eye doctors for decades. It wasn’t until recently, with technological advancements in the procedure, that it was possible to achieve reduction of nearsightedness in a matter of hours. Not only is this technique beneficial for those with nearsightedness, but also those who suffer from farsightedness and astigmatism. Ortho-k is effective for both children and adults. Surgery is not an option for children or for those whose vision is changing, nor does it slow the progression of nearsightedness, this method does just that. Ortho-k is achieved in a unique way. While you sleep, these therapeutic lenses gently change the front curvature of your eye or cornea. One very pleased patient wrote: “What a great way to improve vision without surgery. I wore my lenses for a week and what a difference it has made in my natural vision and correcting my nearsightedness. I can go all day without the help of glasses or contact lenses.” During the procedure, the eye is flattened and retains the flattened contour for a period of time. This process is referred to as corneal molding. The mold is a specially designed contact lens. The lens is somewhat larger than a standard lens, but not very different in appearance, and comfort is generally excellent. Ortho-k is not only an excellent alternative to the wearing of spectacles, but it also frees the individual from the distractions caused by perspiration, dust, wind, weather and temperature. When a patient undergoes Lasik, the procedure requires that a flap is cut in the cornea. Regardless of the method used to cut the flap, the process severs the nerves that regulate tear flow. This often leads to dry eye syndrome that can be discomforting. Unlike Lasik surgery, Ortho-k is completely reversible, so if you decide at a later point that you want to undergo surgery, you can do just that. Why not free yourself from your glasses and contacts the affordable way?

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To Forgive or Not To Forgive By Alina Gastesi-de Armas, MA, MEd, LMHC


orgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. For no matter how grave the offense, carrying and living with the anger, rage and resentment of this emotional baggage can be paralyzing. You may ruminate on the hurt, plan the retaliation, or cut the offender out of your life. What you may not understand is that forgiveness is a process. It takes time and effort. It is neither meant to minimize the pain of the hurt that was caused, nor to let the other person off the hook for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. Forgiveness releases you. When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person by a very powerful emotional link. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that bond. It releases you to live, love and accept love in return.

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Forgiveness is not forgetting. In true forgiveness, you release your hatred, self-protection and desire for vengeance while keeping memories. Forgiveness is not necessarily reconciliation. Although forgiveness does not depend on reconciliation, the degree to which reconciliation can occur does depend on the forgiveness. Reconciliation is possible only when the forgiver and the person being forgiven can come to an understanding regarding the offense. Forgiveness is not revictimization. Many people avoid forgiveness because they fear they may become the victim of the person who has wronged them, again. In the process of forgiveness, we may realize the need for boundaries. We may become aware of decisions we need to make about our relationship to the wrongdoer in order to create a more balanced healthy relationship.

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Forgiveness is a process. You can begin the process of forgiveness today, but that does not mean you will instantly feel the freedom of complete forgiveness. For deep offenses, it may take years to experience the full freedom of forgiveness. Committing to the process means admitting that you are powerless to forgive on your own and that you may have to use meditation, spiritual growth, and sometimes even psychotherapeutic assistance with your efforts. Forgiveness is a decision. The most important contribution you make to the process of forgiveness is to trust enough to make the decision to forgive. The extraordinary courage it often takes to forgive the person who hurt you will heal you. No one can force anyone to forgive, and no one can keep anyone from forgiving. Forgiveness helps create positive outcomes. True forgiveness brings about a seemingly magical transformation. Whereas we were once burdened, consumed and obsessed, now we’re transformed, free and willing.

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1. Fully examine the wrong. Often it is helpful to express the anger in your soul in a letter that you don’t send to the person who offended you. This helps to fully recognize the reality of whom and what you are asking yourself to forgive. 2. Confess your own sins. It’s important for you to honestly examine yourself and take responsibility for your part of the issue in the process of forgiveness. 3. Commit to the process of forgiveness. Understand it will take time, energy and persistence. If you find that you are struggling with the practice of true forgiveness, contact Alina Gastesi-de Armas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, at A Place for Growth, (954) 257-6393 or visit She can assist you in working through your own barriers to forgiveness as well as end the cycle of damaging relationships.


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Haute Hair The New Glamour By Helen Charles


he season for sparkle is behind us, although a brilliant haircut accompanied by smooth and radiant skin is the starting point for glamour at any time. One of my much cherished clients asked me a very interesting question the other day. She said, “How can one look glamorous without spending hours in front of the mirror?” My answer was simple. Groomed hair and well maintained skin will always help to look fresh and glamorous without much effort. In this month’s column I have enlisted the help of Aesthetician Charlotte Mahan to answer some common hair care and skin care questions about how to achieve glamour with ease.

What are the benefits of having regular facials?

A few reasons to treat yourself to monthly facials are: ▸▸ To cleanse, tone and hydrate, but also to relax the mind and body. ▸▸ Because the skin renews itself every 28 days, a deep exfoliation is needed to keep the skin in tiptop condition. ▸▸ To update skincare products periodically. ▸▸ To make aware of any changes in the skin, whether it be seasonal or a new mole that might need dermatological attention.

What are the benefits of having regular hair cuts?

▸▸ To stop hair loss. ▸▸ To keep hair in tip top condition, as this will add ease with which hair will be styled. ▸▸ To update your style and avoid falling into dated, unstylish, high maintenance looks.

What is best regime and product for dry, brittle, lifeless hair?

Professionally advised products are the best for your hair. Best regime is to cleanse, treat and protect your hair with the suitable products at all times. Six weekly in-salon conditioning treatments will always ensure the condition improves. Hair should also be trimmed every six weeks.

How can one prevent sun damage?

Besides the obvious hat and umbrella, physical sunscreens such as Skinceuticals light weight Ultimate

What are the causes of acne in both adults and teens?

All acne is caused by congested pores either due to a change in hormones, unsuitable skin care products or make up, improper cleansing, or lack of exfoliation. Other factors that may contribute are genetics, a poor diet or a stressful lifestyle.

What is the best regime for aging skin?

One should consider their monthly facial as 25% of their skin care regime. The other 75% should be consistent, athome care. That at-home care should consist of a cleanse and tone for the morning and evening, a preventative product in the morning such as Skinceuticals Eye Gel to defend the skin against further damage, a corrective product in the evening, daily and nightly hydration, and most importantly, a physical sunscreen.

What causes dry scalp and dandruff?

Dry scalp is usually due to the use of incorrect products and lack of adequate rinsing after shampooing. Epsom salts can be used to gently cleanse the scalp before shampooing to eliminate flakes. However, dandruff is a more serious complaint and can be infectious and contagious and should be treated by special shampoos which do not strip the natural oils from the scalp.

UV Sun Defense SPF 30 are recommended to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, antioxidants can strengthen the skin from the inside out and make it less vulnerable to sun damage. Hair will also benefit from products such as Kerastase Solair range, with protection against UVA rays.

What are antioxidants and the benefits of using them on a regular basis?

Antioxidants are vitamins and nutrients found in our foods and skin care products that can either prevent or slow down the oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are part of our natural metabolism but also occur due to environmental factors, such as smoke, pollution and pesticides. Daily use of products that contain a high percentage of antioxidants is very important to obtain or preserve a strengthened support structure on the inside and a more youthful, firm and radiant


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appearance on the outside. Besides lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, we recommend products such as CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF by Skinceuticals.

Helen Charles boasts more than thirty years of experience as a hair fashion designer, master stylist and innovative colorist. She owned and operated four salons in London before moving to Weston and opening Helen Charles Salon London. Charlotte Mahan has worked in the beauty industry for over 14 years. She received her license in Aesthetics at the International School of Skin and Nailcare in Atlanta and was named “Best Facial in Atlanta” by Allure beauty magazine. Because Charlotte knows how important it is to build relationships with guests, she has been given the opportunity to work as Salon Coordinator at Helen Charles Salon. To schedule a hair appointment with Helen or any of the salon’s talented stylists, or a facial and skincare appointment with Charlotte, call 954-349-9220. The Helen Charles Salon London is conveniently located at 1660 Market Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center. For more information, visit

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Tax Talk There’s Still Time To Trim Your 2010 Tax Bill By Joel Friend


ven though 2010 is history, you may still be able to trim your 2010 tax bill. Be sure you don’t overlook the following actions and deductions that could save you money.

▸▸ Maximize your 2010 IRA contribution. You have until April 18, 2011, to make deductible 2010 contributions. The maximum 2010 contribution is $5,000 ($6,000 if you were 50 or older last year). ▸▸ If you changed jobs in 2010, make sure you didn’t have excess social security taxes withheld. Claim credit for the excess on your Form 1040 if you paid over $6,622. ▸▸ Look into itemizing deductions if you usually take the standard deduction. Search for allowable deductions that you might have overlooked, such as the restored 2010 deduction for state and local sales taxes in lieu of deducting state and local income taxes. ▸▸ Medical deductions are allowable to the extent they exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI). Don’t forget items such as eyeglasses and hearing aids. You can deduct mileage for 2010 medical appointments at 16.5¢ a mile, plus parking and toll fees. ▸▸ Don’t overlook tax preparation fees, safe deposit costs, and certain investment advice. They all qualify as miscellaneous deductions, subject to a 2% of AGI limit. ▸▸ Up to $2,500 of student loan interest is deductible whether you itemize or not. ▸▸ The deduction of up to $4,000 for qualified tuition and school expenses is available for 2010. Qualifying amounts for you, your spouse, and dependents may be deductible. Income limits apply. ▸▸ If you’re a teacher or teacher’s aide, you can deduct up to $250 for classroom supplies that you purchased with your own money. ▸▸ If you made energy-saving improvements to your home, check into the credit of up to 30% of your cost, subject to a $1,500 limit for the amounts spent in 2009 and 2010. Joel Friend and Associates is a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary tax and accounting practice located in the heart of Weston. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today at (954) 704-1040.

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Positive Parenting Choosing the Right Summer Experience By Jodi Kurry Cohen, MS.Ed, Temple Dor Dorim Early Childhood Director


elting ice pops dripping down arms, the stickiness rinsed with a run through the sprinklers. Color War, Capture the Flag, potato sack races…shaving cream, cheers and chants, watermelon poolside…crafts, flashlights, card games and gooey S’mores. As parents reminisce, these are the memories they share… these are the memories of summer. With summer almost here, it’s time to sort through choices and make plans for the family. First and foremost on parent’s minds is what will their child do for the summer? Travel camp, Day camp, sleep away or Sports camp? Maybe the choice is between a specialty camp like Drama or Baseball or maybe it’s a trip up North to stay with the grandparents. With so many choices, how does a parent decide? So many times we base our decisions on what our own memories are and this is how we decide for our children. If you loved camp, you might decide that your child will also, and so you choose a camp based on that experience. If you have memories, though, of not liking a particular camp experience you might assume the same for your child and avoid those types of camps all together. Although it’s understandable that our own experiences from childhood influence our bias, it’s not necessarily in the best interest of our children. Whether the experience was good or not for mom or dad doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the right fit for their child. The first thing a parent needs to ask themselves is what type of camp meets their individual child’s needs. Sit down and list their interests. Does your child love art? Love to play sports? Do they thrive on constant action from one activity to the next or

are they more comfortable moving at a more leisurely pace? Are they outdoors often and enjoy it or are they continually asking to go back inside? This should help narrow down the big list of choices. After deciding what type of camp, the next criteria for choosing a camp should be what you want your child to get out of their camp experience. Aside from enjoying it, are there specific skills you hope they’ll develop over the summer? Whether it’s improving at a sport, making friends or becoming more independent, is the camp you’re choosing conducive to this being accomplished? Last but not least, the camp has to meet your needs as a parent in regard to comfort level when it comes to safety, supervision, location and, of course, financial commitment. Once you have narrowed down the list to camps you are comfortable with, you can then allow your child to choose from those options. We all want our children to walk away with those cherished summer memories of our pasts. While it’s important to pick experiences for our children that will last a lifetime, ones we know they’ll remember forever, we need to keep in mind that those memories may be a little different than our own… and that’s ok. Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a bachelor degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 12 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at 954-389-1232.

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

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Home Décor Reupholster or Replace? By Myriam Payne, Interiors by Decorating Den


or every reason to reupholster a piece of furniture there is often an equally good reason to replace it. My clients frequently ask me to reupholster sofas and chairs in the belief that they will be saving money. The labor cost to refurbish upholstered furniture is more than most people expect because they don’t realize that the piece has to be “un-made” before it can be “re-made.” There are nearly always necessary repairs to be made to the frame, springs to be re-tied, and seat and back cushion insert to be replaced. Also, the quantity of fabric required, especially if patterned, may be far more than expected. In addition, many fabrics need to be backed before they can be applied to the frame. Although it is rarely true that reupholstering furniture is the most economical choice there may be some other very good reasons to recover a piece. One needs to consider the characteristics of the sofa itself. Is the dimension and design perfect for your room and your family? Is the sofa an unusual shape or size that may be difficult to replace? Do you know that the sofa is a quality piece that has high quality features like eight-way hand tied springs, kiln dried wood frame, or corner blocking? Is there a sentimental attachment to the furniture in question? These are all valid reasons to reupholster your furniture. On the other hand, if the piece of furniture fails to qualify with any of the considerations listed above, it may be more cost effective to replace it. If the sofa is an outdated style, or was inexpensively made and is not extremely comfortable or attractive investing more in it will not change any of those characteristics. And no amount of fabric, trim, or throw pillows will correct a proportion problem if the piece of furniture is too


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Legally Speaking Bringing Relatives from Abroad: Consular Processing By Elizabeth R. Blandon


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


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

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


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ne of the greatest pressure shots of all time has to be from the 1982 US Open at Pebble Beach. When Tom Watson was heading into the tournament he practiced his short game a lot because he knew that he probably would have to rely on that part of his game more than any other. The greens at Pebble Beach are the roller coaster type, so if you miss a green then you have downhill recovery shots from heavy US Open length rough of bunkers. He worked on chipping the ball off a down slope in deep grass, trying to loft it and land it softly. One thing people don’t realize about this kind of shot is that if you weaken your grip, it’s easier to keep the club face open. Set your left thumb straight down the grip, and weaken your right hand as well. Keep in mind that because you’re using a high lofted club, you have to swing harder. Watson birdied the last hole to beat Jack Nicklaus by two shots, but his chip in at 17 gave him the cushion to know that a par would win. As a student at Stanford, he went down to Pebble Beach probably a dozen times, and he always played a little game with himself that he had to par to win the US Open.   This is the kind of practice and imagination that produces great results when applied. I am sure everyone has thought of the feeling and sensation to win the US Open while practicing either a shot to the green or a two foot putt on the practice green.   Next time you go out to practice, try and talk to yourself and imagine the thought of holing out that putt or to par 3 last hole to win a US Open and see what kind of result you get! If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at


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Community News Camp Sagemont Gears Up for Another Great Summer By Stacey Bomser

about crime scene investigation techniques as amp Sagemont is celebrating its they would see on CSI.” 15th season this summer and it promises These programs complement Camp to be bigger and better than ever! Most Sagemont’s already expansive menu of camp noticeable will be the new programs geared speprograms. “Here, campers are not bound to cifically for older campers, including an exciting participate in just one specific type of camp travel camp with overnight adventures. program, but rather they have the choice to pick Camp Sagemont is not your typical day camp. and choose programs of interest,” explains Cruz. Sure it offers a traditional day camp program “As the adage goes, variety is the spice of life.” for PreK through 3rd graders, but where the Athletic-types can pick from either Camp camp has really earned a name for itself is with Sagemont’s Sports Camp or the All American its programming for older campers. It offers a Basketball School, which focuses exclusively unique selection of specialty camp programs. on honing basketball skills and techniques and “We want to go beyond the traditional day improving overall performance. camp and offer programs that appeal to specific The Art Camp appeals to creative-types. “I tastes and that get campers excited and motivated Camp Sagemont’s Adventure Camp campers have a blast on a water boat ride. love Camp Sagemont Art Camp because we get about trying new things,” shares Camp Director to experiment with all kinds of techniques and Edwin Cruz. That’s why Camp Sagemont offers options such as Adventure Camp, the field trips are really interesting,” shares fifth grader Breanna Blake. Art Camp, Sports Camp, Science Camp, and more. “Experimenting with new camp Even the younger campers participating in the traditional day camp experience offerings has been a very positive and rewarding venture.” will enjoy new programs this summer, including the addition of Hip Hop Kidz. Cruz Last summer, Camp Sagemont piloted its Adventure Camp. The response was phesays that is just one of the many new activities being offered this summer, the rest he nomenal. “What appealed to campers were the adventurous field trips that were planned. is keeping a secret. “We want to give campers that ‘wow factor.’” The trips challenged campers, taught them how to enjoy outdoor activities and encourCamp Sagemont has instituted some changes this season that will appeal to parents aged them to try new things that may have been intimidating at first,” explains Cruz, as well. Namely, the option of single week sessions in some of the camp programs. noting that camp- “With summer family vacations and getaways, some families do not have the ability ers experienced to commit to an entire four week session,” explains Cruz. “By offering weekly seseverything from sions, this allows for flexibility so that families can better coordinate their vacations mountain biking and camp needs.” and rock climbing Parents will also appreciate the convenience of Camp Sagemont’s new interactive website ( Camp registration can now be completed online, making it even easier to take advantage of the Early Bird discount available through April 1st. The new website also includes a photo gallery, slideshow, and frequently asked questions section and much more. Plus, Camp Sagemont has its own Facebook page where it will post weekly updates and camp photos during the camp season. In addition to summer camp programs, Camp Sagemont offers a Summer School/ Children of all ages love spending their summer at Camp Sagemont which offers a Camp Combination and ESL program. Some traditional day camp program as well as a variety of specialty camp programs. students do not retain what they have learned to go-karting and cable water skiing. “At the end of each throughout the school year and lose their activity, campers had a sense of accomplishment, improved reading, writing, math, and language skills self-confidence and self-esteem, and a stronger group bond.” during the summer break. According to Cruz, Fifth grader Gabriel Garrison especially loved the snor- Color War is always one of the favorite camp experiences. “Parents prefer to keep these valuable skills fresh keling trip he took with Adventure Camp. “We had such an amazing time each week. in their children’s minds so they appreciate that we offer an educational component I couldn’t wait to see what we were going to do next!” to our summer camp.” In the half day summer school program, campers review and This summer, Camp Sagemont is expanding its Adventure Camp with a special practice the skills they have learned and learn some new skills to prepare them for weeklong Road Trip Adventure Camp, which will be offered during the ninth week the next school year. They spend the rest of the day enjoying traditional summer of summer. “Campers will enjoy the road trip of a lifetime!” promises Cruz. “We will camp activities. Camp Sagemont’s ESL component is offered to assist students with make stops in five Florida attractions at venues on the west coast, central Florida the reinforcement of retaining and practicing English-speaking skills so that they and the east coast while traveling on a coach bus with overnight lodgings and meal do not lose their ability to communicate effectively. packages.” Also new this summer will be Glee Camp and CSI Camp. According to Cruz, Camp Sagemont will host a Camp Reunion and Open House on Sunday, March 27th “With the popularity of television programs such as Glee and CSI, we wanted to from 1 to 4pm. Families are invited to stop by and see the campus, pool and athletpush the envelope and offer these programs so that campers have the opportunity ics dome, plus meet the counselors and staff, and enjoy a sno-cone or two. To learn to sing and dance like the characters they see on Glee and be detectives and learn more about Camp Sagemont visit or call (954) 384-1894.



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It’s Their Business Pilates at Weston Town Center Welcomes All Ages and Abilities By Stacey Bomser


ize does matter – at least in terms of Pilates studios. Pilates at Weston Town Center is a brand new, boutique studio designed to give each client individualized attention as they perform each precise Pilates exercise on the state-of-the-art equipment. “In Pilates, the emphasis is on proper form and body alignment,” states Tsipi Kop, owner of Pilates at Weston Town Center and certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. “Our concept was to create a small studio, with a maximum of four students per class, so that each client can be given the personal attention and care they deserve.” Small classes are far safer for clients because each movement can be monitored and corrected by one of the certified STOTT PILATES® instructors. “The smallest correction can make a huge difference in the engagement of proper muscles, giving you better and quicker results,” explains Tsipi. There is no mistaking the results of Pilates. Just look at celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, and NBA star Jason Kidd. All attribute their lean and muscular bodies to Pilates. Despite its new-found popularity, Pilates is not a new fitness trend. It has actually been around for generations. It was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. With a background in fitness, yoga and Zen meditation, he devised a unique sequence of movements that moved the mind and muscle in harmony. He fine-tuned his wellness regime during World War I while working as an orderly in an infirmary. That’s where he engineered a way to rig the springs on hospital beds to offer light resistance exercises to bedridden patients, and thus the seed for Pilates equipment was planted. Because it was originally created for bedridden patients, Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise. It is recommended by physicians, orthopedics, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Using a precise system of gentle, controlled exercises, Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (abdomen, back and pelvic region). The result is long, toned muscles, increased core strength and body stability. According to Tsipi, “After just a few sessions, clients will develop improved posture, toned and firmer muscles, reduced muscle and joint pain, improved balance, future injury prevention, increased strength and flexibility, improved athletic performance, and higher energy levels.” Because every exercise can be modified and customized for individual needs, Pilates is the ideal workout for all ages and abilities. It is often recommended for seniors because it is a low-impact, safe form of strength training. Not to mention, it can improve balance, increase flexibility, improve posture, and often help to reduce back and joint pain. Pilates at Weston Town Center offers a special program just for seniors. Gail Friedman, age 63, is a Pilates proponent. “I never did anything in my entire life,” she states. “I did no exercise at all before I decided to give Pilates a try. I love it!” Friedman says Pilates leaves her feeling refreshed and exhilarated,


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not exhausted. “I started with twice a week, but I feel so good and I’m seeing such great results I’ve added a third day.” Teens are also seeing great results from Pilates. “Give your child a healthier future by enrolling them in one of our Teen Pilates sessions,” suggests Tsipi, noting that Pilates can be especially beneficial to young athletes. “There’s a reason so many professional athletes study Pilates. It can help improve performance, prevent injuries, and help rehabilitation after sports injuries.” There is no need to worry about your child’s safety. Pilates uses spring resistance, not heavy gymtype weights, so it is perfectly safe for adolescents’ growing bodies. Pilates at Weston Town Center also offers Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates classes. “Pilates is a low-impact method of exercise, making it very safe for pregnant women. It helps to strengthen the core, particularly the muscles needed for a healthy pregnancy such as the back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles,” explains Tsipi. After the baby is born, Pilates can help women regain their pre-baby body. “Not only can you get back the body you had before, but you can improve it!” boasts Tsipi. “Pilates strengthens and tones all of the abdominal muscles. It is one of the best methods of exercise for flattening and toning the abdominals and core.” Pilates may deliver tight, toned bodies, but that doesn’t mean you need one before you begin. “That’s the beauty of Pilates. You can jump in at any time. We’re watching you closely, so there is no worry about injury,” explains Tsipi. Plus, with Pilates at Weston Town Center’s small group classes with a maximum of four students per class, as well as personal training and semi-private sessions for two, you will never be intimidated. It doesn’t matter what you look like or how fit you are – each unique Pilates workout program is tailored to your personal goals, needs and body. Pilates at Weston Town Center specializes in Pilates Reformer classes. The studio is equipped with high-end STOTT PILATES® equipment such as the stateof-the-art V2Max Plus Reformers with mat converters and towers, as well as spine supporters, fitness circles, flex bands, foam rollers, Bosu balance trainers, toning and stability balls, and much more.

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It’s Their Business Pierini Esthetic Surgery Treats Mind, Body and Spirit By Stacey Bomser


ierini Esthetic Surgery is not your typical medical aesthetic center. Here, services are focused on the mind, body and spirit. “We integrate the most innovative surgical techniques and the best holistic therapies to achieve true integral beauty,” explains President of Pierini Esthetic Surgery Alberto Pierini, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He certainly knows how to achieve true beauty, as he has worked with some of the most beautiful women in the world. Pierini was the former official plastic surgeon of the Miss Venezuela organization. Some of his patients went on to be crowned Miss World and Miss Universe. This vast experience with Venezuelan procedures is what attracts so many clients from Weston to Pierini Esthetic Surgery. Others are drawn to the practice’s expertise in Colombian procedures and techniques. Medical Director Dr. Stephanie Stover, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, oversees the surgical team at Pierini Esthetic’s world class facility. All procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art, fully equipped surgical suite. The list of cosmetic surgical procedures ranges from nose jobs and face lifts to tummy tucks and breast augmentation, even the popular Brazilian Butt Lift. To complement these cosmetic surgery procedures, Pierini Esthetic Surgery also offers a selection of medical esthetic treatments. The med spa provides facials and other skin care treatments, as well as Botox and other injectables. The med spa also offers massage, reflexology and Reiki therapy. One of the main things that truly makes Pierini Esthetic Surgery special is its holistic treatments. “If you are coming here for a procedure, either surgical

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or not, you are going to see a change in the way you look but also in the way you feel,” explains Pierini. “We understand this change is both physical and emotional. Using holistic therapies we prepare our patients for their transformation.” As Director of Holistic Treatments, Dr. Marina Vargas works with the patients. Not only does she prepare them for their procedure, but also for their recovery. According to Pierini, by working with Dr. Vargas, patients learn to embrace their new image and this positive energy greatly improves their recovery. Dr. Vargas also directs the weight loss programs, which include the revolutionary Virtual Gastric Band. This is a non-surgical, non-invasive weight loss procedure that has no dangerous side effects or torturous recovery. “It is not a new diet or food plan with restrictions,” explains Pierini. “Rather, it’s an innovative technique for weight control. It directly influences the root of the overweight or obesity problem, the desire to eat and bad eating habits.” Basically, the virtual gastric band is a psychological technique to reprogram eating habits. Using hypnotic therapy, the patient creates the feeling of having a mental gastric band allowing the stomach to feel reduced in size. As a result, the patient significantly decreases the amount of food they eat and Pierini Esthetic Surgery was designed to promote tranquility with calming colors and earthy elements, with a mix of modern décor. loses weight.


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The beauty of this technique is that it works on both a physical and unconscious level. Patients listen to a series of audio recordings over a six week period which reprogram their eating habits. Over time, patients form new attitudes about food and replace bad behaviors with positive ones. “These techniques of hypnosis and the reprogramming of positive thoughts and ideas towards food helps with the permanent weight loss in order to obtain a healthy and beautiful physique and great quality of life,” states Pierini. Because this is not a diet, it is safe for all ages. Children as young as five years old can undergo virtual gastric band treatment, as long as they are accompanied by a parent. And because it essentially reprograms the patient’s thoughts and ideas about food and eating, the results will last a lifetime. This month, Pierini Esthetic Surgery is undergoing a major expansion of its facility, including the addition of a new section dedicated to hair transplant and hair restoration for men and women. The revolutionary Dulcoff method for hair transplant, eye brow and eye lash enhancement are some of the new services that Pierini Esthetic will be offering at its new Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration Department, under the direction of Dr. Domingo Mata Cofi. “This is yet another reason why Pierini Esthetic is the go to place for everything related to beauty,” notes Pierini. Pierini Esthetic Surgery is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. In celebration, it is offering 15% off all treatments. To schedule a free consultation, call (305) 303-3872. Pierini Esthetic Surgery is located in Doral at 8353 NW 36th Street. To learn more visit

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It’s Their Business Weston Town Center Welcomes J.G. McGuinness By Stacey Bomser


n Ireland, the local pub is where the whole town comes together. It’s filled with laughter and chatter amongst friends old and new as they enjoy a pint or two, along with a delicious and hearty home-style meal. An Irish pub is truly a place to eat, drink and be merry…and that’s just what J.G. McGuinness brings to the Weston Town Center this month. J.G. McGuinness is an authentic Irish pub in every aspect of the word. “When you step in the door you will not know you are not in Dublin,” states Jessie Gay, proprietor of J.G. McGuinness. “Our focus is on providing a true authentic Irish experience.” Jessie and his partners certainly know what they’re doing. Two of the partners are actually from Ireland. Together, the partners have over 70 years of experience in the restaurant and alcohol business. Jessie has been in the industry for over 30 years, the last 21 with Guinness/ Diageo as Vice President of Sales. “That was one of my J.G. McGuinness, an authentic Irish pub, is opening in Weston Town Center. most enjoyable experiences ever,” he states, noting that one of his responsibilities was to work with the Irish Pub imposed at the Guinness brewery. “We will deliver the Concepts division, which opened over 300 authentic best Draught Guinness West of Dunquin, and that’s a Irish pubs in the United States. guarantee,” declares Jessie. “I always knew that when I retired I wanted to open an Many people think of Guinness as a dark, heavy beer, Irish pub. This has been my lifelong dream,” shares Jessie, but it’s really not. According to Jessie, it gets its color who has enlisted the support of many of the contacts he from the roasted barley, and that’s also where it gets its has made over the years. distinguished taste. “Guinness is a delicate product. You This includes the hiring of one of the world’s leading need to have several key elements to ensure the quality pub design firms, Barnone. “We want to give you that and taste. That includes the proper two-part pour, which ‘wow factor’ when you walk in,” says Jessie. “We are all of our bartenders will execute flawlessly”. very excited about the quality of work and craftsmanThe attention to detail extends to the menu as well. ship. Everything is custom-made drawing inspiration J.G. McGuinness will serve a selection of Irish specialties from several famous Dublin haunts including Shepherds Pie (casserole of such as Kehoes, McDaid’s and The ground beef and vegetables topped Foggy Dew.” with mashed potatoes), Bangers and But the furnishings are only the Mash (sausages with mashed potatoes), window dressing to the soul of J.G.’s. Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Fish Every Dublin pub is judged not by and Chips (fried fish with French the elegance of the décor, but the fries). “We have the best fish and chips quality of “The Pint.” According this side of the pond,” boasts Jessie. “ to Jessie, ever since the Guinness J.G. McGuinness also serves a Harp Corporation located in Long selection of steak, fish, chicken, and Island City in Queens, New York, salads. The menu offers something began selling Draught Guinness in for everyone, including vegetarians. the ‘60’s, folks have lamented that There is also a children’s menu. ‘it tastes better in Ireland.’ “J.G.’s is family-friendly and folks Believe it or not, the Guinness should definitely feel comfortable kegs served in the U.S. don’t know bringing the kids up to around 9pm where they are going and could just or so,” says Jessie. “We will also have as easily end up in any pub in Dublin. At J.G. McGuinness, a pint of Guinness is nightly entertainment, including live perfect accompaniment to a traditional It’s the exact same product. It is how the music three nights a week, and Pub Irish dish such as Shepherds Pie. the product is handled that makes Quiz (trivia) night.” all the difference. Jessie is quick to point out that while the conversation J.G McGuinness has retained the services of John and the craic (pronounced crack and meaning good O’Sullivan, a former Guinness Brewer at St. James’ times) are the cornerstone of the Irish Pub experience, Gate Brewery in Dublin, not only to custom design the Irish are avid sports fans and J.G.’s will feature the its Draught System, but also to oversee its installation. very best of the English Premier League, European, Additionally, John will spend opening week enforcing South American and International Soccer and Rugby. meticulous standards and attention to detail previously Whether you want to grab a quick bite for lunch with


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your co-workers, a hearty home-cooked style meal with your family, a drink with friends, catch a game, or simply listen to a late-night jam session, J.G. McGuinness is the place to be. And Jessie says he knew the Weston Town Center was where he wanted to be. “Since day one I knew I wanted to be in this location. Having lived in Weston not once, but twice, I know this is the heart and soul of the community.” Although this is his hometown, he did not jump into this decision lightly. “It took a solid year to come up with the right location. We studied the demographics of the entire tri-county area and decided that Weston was the right choice,” explains Jessie, noting that there are no other authentic Irish pubs anywhere in the area. With the opening of J.G. McGuinness he is hoping to bring patrons from all over Broward County to Weston and, specifically, to the Weston Town Center. “We want to make Weston Town Center a destination instead of driving to Las Olas or South Beach. We have it all in our own backyard.” J.G. McGuinness will open later this month, hopefully by St. Patrick’s Day. “We will not open our doors until we are completely ready,” says Jessie. “Our management team believes that you only have one chance to make a first impression and we want your first impression of J.G. McGuinness to be incredible.” Don’t worry; it won’t be long until you are cheering “Slainte” at J.G. McGuinness. “You may not always arrive with a smile on your face, but there’s a good chance you’ll leave with one.” Great People, Great Beer, Great Service with No Shortcuts! J.G. McGuinness is located at 1744 Main Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center across from the Bell Tower. It will serve lunch and dinner daily, from 11am until late. For more information visit

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Ingredients Causa: ▸▸ 2 lb golden potatoes ▸▸ 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice ▸▸ Ground fresh hot yellow pepper (Ají amarillo fresco) as desired ▸▸ ¼ cup vegetable oil ▸▸ Salt and pepper to taste Filling: ▸▸ 2 chicken breasts – boiled, shredded, seasoned w/salt & pepper and mixed w/mayonnaise ▸▸ Mayonnaise, as needed ▸▸ 2 avocados, peeled and cut lengthwise ▸▸ 4 boiled eggs, peeled and sliced ▸▸ Red sweet pepper and pitted olives for decoration

Preparation Causa: Boil potatoes in a large pot with salt water. Once cooked peel and while still hot mash them with a potato masher as to form a puree. Allow to cool off, knead until mixed and season with salt, white pepper, lime juice hot yellow pepper and oil according to your taste. On a large platter or dish, place the first layer of causa. Filling: Spread the first layer of causa with mayonnaise and cover with slices of avocado and boiled eggs. Sprinkle a little salt and spread some more mayonnaise. Spread a second layer of causa carefully pressing down on it. Place a layer of the seasoned chicken and cover with the last layer of causa. Decorate the top layer with chicken, red sweet pepper strips and parsley leaves. Decorate around the platter with lettuce leaves and avocado slices. Serves 6 people.

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ask the expert Joe, The Plumber By Dr. Brian Udell


ne day, you look up and notice that there is a wet spot in your ceiling. Inch by inch the spot is getting larger and even starts to drip on to the floor. What is the next thing that most people would do? You would, I assume, call the plumber – right? Who would search the web for “drips in the ceiling,” try to understand all the possible causes of the wetness, open up the drywall and attempt to weld the hole in the pipe (or maybe it’s the joint, or something else altogether)? Yes, there is always someone who would attempt to perform this task, but it sounds pretty foolish to me. Plus, you could actually make things worse (think FLOOD). Yet, when many people have a complicated and sick child, they start searching the Internet for a diagnosis and even a cure, not a doctor! The web contains over 20 million pages of information about autism. Which page(s) should you believe? Which ones contain information that is incorrect and could make things worse for the child? That is what a pediatrician is for – to take an extensive history and perform a thorough physical examination, then give you as precise diagnosis as possible and work with the family to come up with a plan to get the best care. Then, you can read the Internet all that you want, talk to your pediatrician, explore other opinions and consider all of the

new information that you are trying to comprehend. Why doesn’t everyone take this approach? Why do so many people try to “fix the leak” themselves? Well, I’m afraid to say that the pediatric community should take a great deal of the responsibility here. That same pediatrician who claims that “all vaccinations are always safe” and “he’s a boy, so they speak later” has suffered a loss of confidence because of tunnel vision and an unsympathetic ear. The busy doctor who is examining many patients may miss complicated diagnoses which require more time. Too often, the specialists are viewed as cold and unsympathetic to the devastation that a diagnosis of developmental delay brings to the parents. Another contributing factor is the complexity of autism itself. There are often multiple diagnoses and the parents are caught trying to understand why the pediatrician writes “PDD NOS” and the neurologist puts “ASD”. Too many acronyms, not enough information and so the patient turns to the web. Finally, there are the non-doctor doctors out there who offer claims of cure and magic bullets to fix the child. Who wouldn’t want to get a completely “cured” child – even if it costs your home and future? What is the answer? Find a really good plumber! At this time, with the lack of state-of-the-art, the most accomplished doctors for autism are physicians who have specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of affected individuals, and attend frequent conferences including the Defeat Autism Now community of physicians. If you try to diagnose and treat autism yourself, you may occasionally get some results, but you also might create a flood. Dr. Udell is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist who practices Developmental Medicine in Weston. You are invited to read his blog

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Rotary News Rock & Pop Masters Returns to Weston By Rod McLeod, PR & Marketing Committee Chair, Rotary Club of Weston


K! You may have missed the legendary rock concerts: Woodstock in upstate New York; The Beatles at Shea Stadium; and the 1985 Live Aid concerts held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Now’s your chance to catch up when the Rock & Pop Masters return to Weston on Saturday, March 19th. A half-dozen legendary performers will take residents back to Rock ’n Roll’s glory days with the 7th Annual RPM Free Rock Concert in the Park, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Weston and the City of Weston. The Rock & Pop Masters show gets underway Saturday evening, March 19th at 7:00 pm at the Weston Regional Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. This is a family friendly event for all ages, so show the kids you can still rock with the best of them!

Weston Rotary President Dan Young (left) and Youth Services Chairman Bob Harms (right) pose with recent Students of the Month from Cypress Bay and Western high schools, Rachelle Mariano (left) and Alexa Nelson (right).

Recent Rotary Happenings & Goings-On:

Larry Hoppen, lead singer of Orleans; Edgar Winter of the eponymously named and famed Edgar Winter Group; and Tom Kallman, Concert Chairman and Weston Rotarian pose at last year’s Rock & Pop Masters concert.

The 2011 RPM Free Concert in the Park features a powerhouse lineup of non‐stop hits, sung by the original singers that made them famous. RPM leader Larry Hoppen of Orleans (Still The One, Dance with Me, and Love Takes Time) brings the following sensational singers to this year’s outdoor rock concert: ▸▸ Chris Barron, Spin Doctors ▸▸ Skip Martin, formerly of Kool & The Gang and the Dazz Band ▸▸ Wally Palmar, The Romantics ▸▸ Jimmy Hall, formerly of Wet Willie; featured with Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck, many more ▸▸ John Jorgenson, formerly with Elton John Band, Desert Rose Band, The Helecasters ▸▸ Robert Papst & Janina from Germany These world-famous singers are backed by the RPM All-Star Band. This impressive group of musicians who have performed with a “Who’s Who” of rock music includes: Lance and Lane Hoppen of Orleans; Charlie Morgan of Orleans and a former Elton John drummer; Jerry Riggs, formerly with Pat Travers Band; and Barry Dunaway, formerly with Survivor™ and Yngwie Malmsteen. The Free Rock & Pop Masters (RPM) Concert in the Park was started in 2005 by Weston Rotarian, local businessman and Concert Chairman Tom Kallman, and has grown into one of Broward County’s largest free musical events. Over the years, Weston residents have enjoyed performances by Felix Cavaliere, Rick Derringer, Jimi Jamison, Robbie Dupree, Mark Farner, Joe Lynn Turner, Don Barnes, Pat Travers, Jeff Scott Soto, David Pack, John Cafferty & ‘Tunes’, Peter Beckett, Joe Bouchard, Orleans, Pure Prairie League, Poco and Firefall. Last year, more than 8,500 people attended. Questions regarding this year’s event should be directed to the City of Weston at (954) 385-2000.


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The winning bidder of the Weston Rotary Umbrella for February was Michael Freedland of The 24th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic tees-up on April 4th; contact Sponsorship Chairman Michael Freedland for further information. All proceeds benefit Weston Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. A hearty welcome to our newest Weston Rotarians: Esteban Valiente and John Cross. Congratulations to Rotarian Ken Flanz, founder of the Rotary Run, who was recognized by Rotary International for his service to our community. And a shout out to Weston Rotarians who are serving our community through Weston Rotary service projects at the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward, the Broward Navy League, the Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines and our Interact and Rotaract Service Clubs at Cypress Bay and Western high schools and at Nova Southeastern University. The Rotary Club of Weston is recognized as one of Southwest Broward’s leading community service organizations. Weston Rotary meets at Weston Hills Country Club every Thursday morning, year-round, from 7:30 – 8:30am to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a lively meeting program. For further information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at , and stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.

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snapshots from school Family Fun

It was an afternoon of old-fashioned fun at Gator Run Family Fun Day. Hundreds of families enjoyed entertainment, rides and attractions. Kids had a blast with all the activities including a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, bungee jumping, and fun yet challenging games based on the TV show “Minute To Win It.” Entertainment included a Pure Energy DJ, dancers from Sundance and the Avanmore Academy of Irish Dance, Billy the Marlin and the Florida Panthers. Food was provided by Domenick’s Pizza, Publix, Jamba Juice and Dippin’ Dots. Approximately 1,000 people attended. Gator Run Family Fun Day was sponsored by the school’s PTA.

Future Farmers

Preschool children at Chabad of Weston planted vegetables and flowers in honor of the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat, which is the new year for trees. The planting activities taught science, math, and sequencing, as well as responsibility and caring. The children also took a field trip to Natural Wonders strawberry farm. This fun outing gave the young students great insight into the natural process of plant growth, not to mention the chance to taste the sweet strawberries they snipped off the stems with their own scissors.

College Bound

Years of athletic and academic dedication have paid off for two Weston students. The seniors at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School will be bringing their game to the next level; both have signed to play college ball next year. T.J. Jurko will play volleyball at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Jose Brizuela will play baseball at Florida State University.

Safety First

Congratulations to Melanie Blethen, a fifth grader at Eagle Point Elementary School. Her poster warning children to never leave a safe area with a stranger won first place in the National Hispanic Heritage Safety Poster contest sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Melanie’s winning illustration is now hanging in the NCME headquarters in Washington DC and will be printed on bookmarks to be distributed at schools, libraries and community centers nationwide. A copy of her poster also hangs in the Eagle Point front office. Melanie also won a laptop computer.


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Children Helping Children

Students in Mr. Schotta’s fourth grade class at Eagle Point Elementary School were recognized for their culinary creativity and charitable efforts. The class was voted the winner of a gingerbread house decorating contest at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure. Eagle Point students and hotel volunteers worked together to decorate gingerbread houses which were displayed in the resort lobby for the holidays. Hyatt Regency Bonaventure presented a $500 donation to the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund in honor of Mr. Schotta’s class. Pictured here are Mr. Schotta (standing, right) and his students, along with Hyatt Regency Bonaventure General Manager Bruce McDonald (left), Sun Sentinel representative Mary Helen Olejnik and Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Executive Chef Bob Axenfeld. To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007

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Weston Jewelers models along with guests Sherry and Murry Geffin and Paul Slutsky, Weston Jewelers’ vice president of marketing.

The City of Weston proclaimed April 16-17th as 2011 Relay For Life of Weston Weekend. Relay Chair and cancer survivor Ross Sabath accepted the proclamation. Relay For Life encourages people from all walks of life to come together to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money to fight this devastating disease. Last year, the Weston Relay raised $168,000 for the American Cancer Society. It was the number one Relay in Broward County. The 2011 Relay For Life of Weston begins at 6pm on April 16th at the Cypress Bay track. To learn more about how you can support the Weston Relay visit

Costumes and Cartier

Weston Jewelers hosted a masquerade cocktail party to introduce Cartier’s new Precious Timepiece Collection of exquisitely jeweled watches and one of a kind timepieces. Weston Jewelers was one of the few retailers selected by Cartier to preview this magnificent collection, which was on display at the store for a limited engagement. Weston Jewelers was transformed into a turn of the century ballroom for the event, complete with models dressed in period costumes. Edward and Tracey Dikes, owners of Weston Jewelers, along with Michael Spezialetti, assistant vice president Cartier, North America.

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FISP Board Members Judge Arlene Simon and Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler and FISP President Harry Rosen.

Weston University students got a behind the scenes look at Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The students visited Fire Station #81 where they toured the equipment, suited up for a mock call, and learned about the engine and rescue technology and capabilities. After their hands on fire experience, they traveled downtown Ft. Lauderdale to see where emergency calls originate at Broward County’s dispatch and communications headquarters.

“Be a Sport and Give FISP Your Support.” Two-hundred people met that challenge by attending the 10th annual Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) Dinner Dance. The event raised over $40,000 to provide programs and educational services to prevent suicide and to support survivors. The FISP Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Polly Wilkie. Guests dined and danced the night away to music by The Five Boroughs, an 11-piece doo-wop band.

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Health & Wellness Effective and Convenient Laser Hair Removal By Angélica Briceño, Medical Assistant


he appeal of laser hair removal stems from its effectiveness and convenience. Laser hair removal can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a relatively short amount of time. For example, an entire body can be treated in two to three hours and a full back can be treated in as little as one hour. Through laser hair removal patients can enjoy an effective treatment and receive optimum results. A permanent reduction in unwanted hair and soft, smooth skin are a few of the results patients will experience. Hair in unwanted places or excessive hair has been a long-standing problem for both women and men. Traditional methods of hair removal such as shaving, tweezing or waxing have proven to be inconvenient, temporary, and often result in painful ingrown hairs. And although home selftreatments may be cheaper they do not offer the permanent results like laser does. When you consider that laser hair removal can be finished in a few sessions, versus being performed daily over a persons’ lifetime, laser hair removal is much more effective. Laser hair removal provides excellent results with less risk of skin damage or irritation. The use of depilatories or hair removal creams, actually melt away skin cells, and can cause mild to severe skin irritation. Using strong chemical products on your skin can upset the delicate pH balance of the skin and cause rashes. And, while hair removal creams can provide good results, they are also only temporary. Electrolysis is another alternative to laser hair removal. Electrolysis hair removal applies an electric current to a fine needle inserted into a single hair follicle root. The electrical current heats the root of the hair to an extreme temperature, in effect burning it, and inhibiting it from producing any new hair. While electrolysis hair removal does offer permanent results, it is a slow, painful process that most often requires multiple sessions to completely destroy the hair follicles. Unlike electrolysis which destroys each hair root individually laser hair removal treatments are much more effective as it destroys many hair follicles at once. Because of this, areas can be treated with a laser in a fraction of the time needed for electrolysis. Smaller areas can be treated in 15 minutes allowing patients to return to work or normal activities immediately. Patients can now experience a convenient and effective permanent reduction of hair by a laser hair removal treatment and have satisfying results.

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Vote 2011 Best of Weston

Vote for your favorite! Rules are simple. 1. You must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license to qualify. 2. Complete at least 15 categories and mail in ballot by March 15, 2011 to qualify (one entry per person), one ballot per envelope. Mail entire page to: Best of Weston 2011, 17120 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite 1, Weston, FL 33326 or vote at Results will be announced in the March 2010 Special issue of Best of Weston.


BEST RESTAURANT Best Overall ________________________________ Best Breakfast ______________________________ Best Lunch Menu ___________________________ Best Dessert _______________________________ Best Pizza Place ____________________________ Best Italian _________________________________ Best Mexican _______________________________ Best Chinese _______________________________ Best Sushi _________________________________ Best Steak House ___________________________ Best Sub ___________________________________ Best Salad _________________________________ Best Service ________________________________ BEST HOME SERVICES Best Cleaning Service _______________________ Best Pressure Cleaner _______________________ Best Roofer ________________________________ Best Outdoor Lighting _______________________ Best Landscaper____________________________ Best Kitchen Remodel _______________________ Best Floor Covering _________________________ Best Interior Designer _______________________ Best Plumber _______________________________ Best Mover _________________________________ Best Outdoor Lawn Service __________________ Best Real Estate Company___________________ Best Painter ________________________________ Best Tile & Grout Cleaner ____________________ Best Window Treatments ____________________ Best Ac Specialists _________________________ Best Cabinetry______________________________ Best Appliances ____________________________ Best Florist _________________________________ Best Handyman_____________________________

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Prize Drawing for qualified entries One winner selected at random

BEST PRODUCTS & SERVICES Best Pet Sitter ______________________________ Best Workout Facility ________________________ Best Car Dealer _____________________________ Best Jeweler _______________________________ Best Cellular Company ______________________ Best Attorney _______________________________ Best Computer Repair _______________________ Best Dry Cleaner ____________________________ Best Auto Repair ____________________________ Best Nursery _______________________________ Best Clothing Boutique ______________________ Best Lingerie _______________________________ Best Liquor Store ___________________________ Best Country Club __________________________ Best Personal Trainer _______________________ Best Accountant ____________________________ Best Veterinarian____________________________ Best Groomer ______________________________ Best Travel Agent ___________________________ Best Insurance Agent _______________________ Best Photographer __________________________ BEST CHILDREN ACTIVITIES Best Karate Studio __________________________ Best Dance Studio __________________________ Best Gymnastics ____________________________ Best After School Care ______________________ Best Pre-school ____________________________ Best Private School _________________________ Best Children’s Boutique ____________________ Best Music Instruction ______________________ Best Dance Camp___________________________ Best Summer Camp _________________________ Best Dance Team ___________________________ Best Baby Supply Store _____________________ Best Birthday Party Place ___________________

DID WE FORGET ANYONE? MENTION YOUR FAVORITE… ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

BEST SALON & SPA Best Overall Salon & Spa ____________________ Best Hair Design ____________________________ Best Colorist _______________________________ Best Manicure ______________________________ Best Pedicure ______________________________ Best Massage ______________________________ Best Facial _________________________________ Best Waxing ________________________________ Best Barber Shop ___________________________ Best Tanning Salon _________________________ BEST MEDICAL & DENTAL (CHILDREN & ADULTS) Best Orthodontist ___________________________ Best Dentist ________________________________ Best Pediatrician____________________________ Best Plastic Surgeon ________________________ Best Hospital _______________________________ Best Chiropractor ___________________________ Best Mental Health Counselor________________ Best Laser Center ___________________________ Best Pediatric Dentist _______________________ Best Dermatologist _________________________ Best Eye Care Center________________________ Best Obstetrician / Gynecologist _____________ BEST OF THE BEST Best Local Event ____________________________ Best Local Landmark________________________ Best Place To Be Seen ______________________ Best Place To Hide __________________________ Best Use Of Local Tax $ _____________________

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Chamber News Weston Area Chamber Networks at Broward College Weston

Chamber Chair Elect Mayra Morales, Sun Sentinel; Chamber Director Norm Seavers, Broward College; Chamber Director, Patricia Leon Ponte, Mercantil Commerce Bank; Chamber President & CEO Jack Miller.

Roger and June Nichols, Custom Advertising; Anita Pickens, Speed Pro Imaging; Cliff Wagner, Here! Promotions; Chamber EVP Donna Adelkopf, All Lines Insurance.

embers and guests recently attended a Weston Area Chamber Business Networking meeting sponsored by and held at Broward College Weston. The next Chamber business networking meeting will be Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Our City Weston, 17120 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1. The cost is free for members and $15 for non-members with RSVP or $20 at the door. RSVP to Jack Miller, Chamber

President and CEO, at (954) 389-0600 or



March 2011

For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® visit The Weston Area Chamber is the only Chamber of Commerce located in Weston and has been a 501C not-for-profit chamber with its office in the same building since 1989.

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Photo of the month Happy 70th Birthday Dorothy Eiglarsh

Our City Weston would like to congratulate our longtime supporter, Dorothy Eiglarsh, who celebrated her 70th birthday with a themed party at Jacoranda Country Club.

The World’s Favorite Newspaper™

Courtney Silverman brought along a copy of her favorite newspaper, Our City Weston, to read during her recent trip to the see the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico. Her daughter, Cydney, was the photographer.

Rikuras de Weston

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Community news and advertising Weston, Florida

OCW MARCH 2011  

Community news and advertising Weston, Florida