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Elegant 2 story classical design on 2.28 acres private gated lighted tree lined circular driveway with huge fountain. Featuring 6 bedrooms, 5 baths. Master downstairs with sitting area and gorgeous master bath with onyx. 2 other bedrooms downstairs. 3 bedrooms with loft upstairs. All windows and doors impact glass. Offered at $ 2,499,000 Call Jean Kachik - 954-646-0777


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Magnificent 5 bedroom 4 bath with an additional 1,540 sq. ft professionally added to home. Has gigantic exercise room with rock climbing wall, impact glass & shutters overlooking the serene lake, also features a built-in office and cabana bath. This is in addition to Family room, and separate game room.  Gorgeous heated pool/spa with lighted rock waterfall. Offered at $ 1,275,000 Call Jean Kachik - 954-646-0777


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Spectacular home in small enclave of estate homes in Davie. This newer 1 story home is incredible! Featuring: 4 Bedrooms plus a Den/ office-playroom, 4 baths and 1 half bath, a dream kitchen with great pantry, top of line stainless steel appliances, huge master wing with office-gym space. Beautiful saltwater freeform heated pool. Offered at $ 999.987 Call Thamara Pichardo - 305-244-1584



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Incredible Custom Home in Majestic Groves boasts of 6500 SqFt on WELL OVER an acre of land. Accordion Shutters, Office has closet & can be used for additional bedroom. Walk in closets, wet bar w/ cooler & ice maker, Summer Kitchen, Private lighted Basketball/Tennis court, pool/heated spa/ waterfall. Too many features to mention & NO HOA fees!! Offered at $ 1,199,000 Call Stan Rosen - 305-510-8032


A spectacular mansion in SW Ranches on 3 acres of land. This house was owner designed & built to have EVERYTHING state of the art imaginable & storm ready. Built up above flood level with Poured concrete walls, concrete roof with, impact glass & accordion shutters, House features 6 bedrooms PLUS den LOTS of upgrades! NO HOA! Offered at $ 1,795,060 Call Stan Rosen – 305-510-8032


Beautiful neat home located on a cul-de-sac with lake view & wonderful private backyard, no neighbors in the back: French doors leading to screened in pool and spa with summer kitchen, great for entertaining! Plantation shutters downstairs throughout the 1st floor. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite. Great master bedroom with huge sitting area. Offered at $ 759,988 Call Stanley Rosen – 305-510-8032


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Exquisitely Upgraded & Maintained by the Original Owner. Split Floor Plan. Surround Sound, Private Office/5th Bedroom, Large Gourmet Island Kitchen, Granite Countertop, Wood Cabinetry and Large Pantry. Formal Dining Room, Step Down Wet Bar with Granite Counter, Master Suite and Sitting Area. Oversize Heated Pool with Spa overlooking Peaceful Lake Views from all the Main Living Areas. Offered at – $799,000 Call Adam Ross - 954-830-8983


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Beautiful home in pristine condition. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances granite counter top and tile backsplash.  Huge master bedroom with sitting area. Updated master bath.  Bedroom with ensuite bathroom on the first floor. French doors lead you to a beautiful private back yard... Offered at – $ 720,000 Call Stanley Rosen – 305-510-8032



Custom built antique Chicago brick retreat in Majestic Groves situated on 1.25 acres. Living room with fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, large screened in patio area and pool, great for entertaining. Horses are permitted. Offered at $ 925,000 Call Florence Schweitzer – 954-873-3567


The Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables’ finest boutique building, Spectacular Mediterranean Style Luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo. Private elevators open to spacious floor plans with designer kitchens and baths; floor to ceiling glass doors lead to your large balcony overlooking the city. Amenities includes; large pool, hot tub and lanai with a fitness center and sauna. Walk to Restaurants & shopping. Offered at $ 469,000 Call Aurora Soto - 954-410-0165


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Contents publisher's page

Positive Parenting 68 Parent Reflections

tee to green

81 How Golf Course Management Works

10 Back-to-School Time is Here

pet of the Month


82 “Buddy”

14 September 2013

Pet Care

84 Ear Infections

Haute Hair 88 Braid Bonanza

Great Getaways

25 Community News

16 City Budget Proposal Includes Park Improvements 18 Spirit of Life Luncheon To Honor JAFCO Godparents 20 Police Services Academy Students Spent Summer Exploring Law Enforcement 20 Weston BSO Fire Rescue Teaches Teens The Dangers of Distracted Driving 22 There’s Something for Everyone at the Weston Community Center 23 Calling All Runners Lecture Series Offers Training Tips 24 Weston Branch of AAUW Empowers Women Through Academic Advancement 25 Standing Ovation for Weston Philharmonic Society’s Summerfest Concert

Health & Wellness

26 Cleveland Clinic Florida Ranked Best in Broward 26 Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center Achieves National Accreditation 39 Top 10 Causes of Hair Loss (Part 2) 74 Spinal Degeneration: An Aging Process? 78 Stop The Assault On Our Youth 86 The Importance of Eye Exams for Children

Mayor’s Message

28 Get More For Your Money In Weston


Real Estate

30 The Market Is Amazing!

Legislative Look

33 A New Law To Limit Claims Of Adverse Possession

Can Do Kid

34 Second Grader Races to the Top in Motocross 36 Weston Siblings Start Foundation to Help Their Homeland

Car Care

92 End Of Summer Car Care


feature stories

44 TAG USA Gymnastics Wins Its First National Championship 45 Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman Inspires TAG Gymnasts

Ask the expert 48 66 69 76

Contouring Your Abdomen and Waist Gait Disturbances in Children Just a Baby Tooth The Do’s and Don’ts of Plastic Surgery

School News

50 Weston Schools Score Straight A’s, Again 52 Six Weston Schools Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Programs 54 Parents Invited to Attend South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium 56 New Indian Trace Elementary Principal Excited to Be Back in Weston 56 New Gator Run Elementary Principal Promotes Innovation 57 B’nai Aviv Welcomes New Early Childhood Director 58 Sagemont College Counselors Stress Importance of Sophomore Year 60 Cypress Bay Debate Team Prepared to Defend National Title

fitness forum

63 Six Reasons “Some Like it HOT” 80 Dudes Do Yoga

Legally Speaking

64 New Loan Modification Program for Homeowners 72 Yes, Mandatory Means Mandatory


90 Baby Boom Continues at Busch Gardens

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93 The World’s Favorite Newspaper™

Chamber News

92 Weston Area Chamber Business Networks at AmTrust Bank

Rotary news

92 Rotary Club of Weston Helping To Eradicate Polio

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96 Look and Feel Your Best With Radiance Med Spa 98 Grosman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Helps Patients Achieve a Healthy & Beautiful Smile

Camp Round-up 100-101 Summer Fun!

seen on scene 102 Community Snapshots

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• The Farmers Market is overflowing with All Things Apple! • Extensive selection of fruit and citrus trees in the nursery - over 100 varieties and sizes! • Free Garden Talks: 9 am - Organic Gardening • 11 am - It’s Easy To Grow Fruit and Citrus

BUTTERFLY CELEBRATION Sat. & Sun. October 26/27

• Celebrate these winged beauties and the arrival of hummingbirds to South Florida! We’ve got all the plants that will bring them to your yard. • Free Garden Talks: 9 am - Attracting Wildlife To Your Yard • 11 am - Butterfly Gardening

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• Pumpkin Patch “Biggest and Best in Broward” - Bring Your Camera! • Children’s Craft and Activity Area. • Harvest Market - hay bales, corn stalks, scarecrows, gourds, Indian corn and seasonal delights including caramel apples, cider and popcorn. • Farmers Market - local produce, home grown honey, fresh baked pies, jams & jellies and specialty foods. • Deli - boxed lunch picnics, hot and cold subs, salads & wraps and prepared foods. • Juice Bar & Sweet Shop - fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, handmade truffles, old fashioned ice cream treats and warm cider donuts.

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Gong Yoga –  Weston Yoga presents Gong Meditation with Jiwan Kaur from 4-5:30pm. It uses the sound of the symphonic gong in association with classical yoga practices to create a state of therapeutic relaxation, rejuvenation and spontaneous meditation that facilitates the movement of vital life energy through the body for healing and to awaken the consciousness for transformation. No experience necessary. Investment in self: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. Reservations suggested, call (954) 349-6868 or visit

Free Family Preschool Carnival – Enjoy a day of fun, food, rides, music and entertainment at the Tree of Life Academy Preschool. From 11:30am to 3:30pm, tour the new 13,000 squarefoot preschool located on a three-acre campus at 1250 SW 160th Avenue (behind Weston 8 Cinema). For more information call (954) 440-0174.

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Chess Club –  Children ages 7 to 17 are invited to join the Weston Library Chess Club. It will meet the second Tuesday of the month from 4:30-5:30pm in the Children’s Program Room. Beginners are welcome. Chess board and pieces are available. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at (954) 357-5430.


Weston Friends Club Bunco – This group plays on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in a member’s home. For more information about this activity contact Bunco Chair Becky Hooker at (954) 557-3460 or President Claire Jargiello at (954) 384-2722. 



Toddler Story Time –  The Weston Branch Library hosts story time for toddlers, ages 0 to 2 with caregiver, every Thursday from 11-11:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room. For more information contact Taja Alkoriji in the Youth Services Department at (954) 357-5430.

International Gallery Night – Alce Art Studio is hosting a free art exhibit featuring the work of professional artists from around the world. It takes place from 7:30-10:00pm at 1960 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 10. For more information visit www.alceartstudio. com.

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JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon – The 11th annual Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon benefits JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options), a one-of-a-kind organization providing programs and services for at-risk children and their families. The luncheon theme is “Children Light Up Our Lives.” This year’s event honors JAFCO Godparents. The luncheon festivities begin at 10am at Weston Hills Country Club with a vendor boutique, followed by a delicious lunch and program. Tickets are $72 and can be purchased at by clicking on “Events.” Calling All Runners – This is the first in a three-part lecture series leading up to the Rotary Club of Weston’s 16th annual Run For Tomorrow in December. Designed for seasoned runners as well as those just starting out, participants will receive tips on how to train safely and effectively to achieve their personal best. The lecture series is presented by Baptist Health South Florida, the City of Weston and Rotary Club of Weston. It takes place from 7-9pm in the Cypress Bay High School auditorium. Space is limited and registration is required; call (954) 837-1130.





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Yoga on the Green –  aLaya Spa invites you to take part in a yoga class taught by some of South Florida’s finest instructors on the Bonaventure Country Club’s picturesque 18th hole from 8-10am. Live music, healthy food and refreshments will be available. The cost is $25 in advance. To register call (954) 349-5500 or visit www. Business Workshop –  The Weston Branch Library is hosting a Doing Business with Broward County Workshop from 10:30am to 12pm. The topic of this program is “Where’s the Money? - Effective strategies to obtain capital through the private sector.” For information please contact Vonetta Williams at (954) 357-5685.


Weston Friends Club Canasta – This group meets in a member’s home to play “Simply 5-Deck Canasta” at 1pm. For more information about this monthly card game or other Weston Friends Club activities, call Canasta Chair Judy Good at (954) 349-1578 or Nancy Russo at (954) 385-1445.

29th Inversion Workshop – Inversions are a great way to feel more energized and relaxed. Weston Yoga is hosting a workshop on the many health benefits of inversions from 4-6pm for all levels. Learn how this technique improves circulation and boosts immunity. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. Reservations suggested, call (954) 349-6868 or visit


Art and Medicine Concert – Roger Lander performs piano classics every Tuesday, from 1 to 2pm, to soothe the soul and bring joy to patients, caregivers, visitors, and the entire Cleveland Clinic Florida community. The Arts & Medicine program has been created with the purpose of enhancing the experience of all who come to Cleveland Clinic Florida for their care and to practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing. Lander is the president of the Weston Philharmonic Society. For more information call (954) 659-5000. Weston Run Club – This free running club is open to everyone; all fitness levels welcome. The group meets every Wednesday at 7pm at the Bell Tower in Weston Town Center. For more information contact Carla Duenas at (954) 235-8992 or check out “Weston Run Club” on Facebook.

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City Budget Proposal Includes Park Improvements By Stacey Bomser


The proposed budget calls for additional space for soccer and other sports at Weston Regional Park.

he Weston City Commission is seeking public input on the

Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budgets for the City of Weston, the Bonaventure Development District, and the Indian Trace Development District. Chances are the response will be overwhelmingly positive as the recommended budget calls for no increase in taxes, but Weston residents will see an improvement in services. “The City of Weston is able to maintain the millage rate of 2.0000 for the fourth consecutive year due in part to the increase in property values in the City and the early retirement of certain debt,” explains City Manager John Flint. “The City will continue to provide all of the services in the coming fiscal year as it provides in the current fiscal year. The City is committed to maintaining a strong financial foundation which enables the maintenance and enhancement of the City’s physi-

cal infrastructure, all to the benefit of the City’s residents.” If the proposed budget is adopted, residents can look forward to a continuation of public safety and fire services, as well as arts, cultural and recreational programs, at their current levels. This means the City will be able to continue providing popular events such as the July 4th Hometown Parade and Royal Egg Hunt, while also sponsoring the Performing Arts Series which provides children’s theater, free movies in the park, world class symphony orchestras, and the foreign film series. Residential and commercial customers will see a significant reduction in solid waste costs under the new budget, plus the benefit of the new automated curbside recycling for single family homes which started last month. The budget also calls for park improvements. The restroom facilities will be renovated in several of the City parks. At Weston Regional Park, some of the under-used roller hockey rinks will be converted into a multi-purpose court which can be used for soccer and other sports. The new turf courts will provide additional training space for Weston’s numerous sports leagues. The City Budget also provides for construction of a new building to house emergency operations, code services and information technologies. The proposed budget calls for infrastructure improvements including culvert improvements in the Bonaventure Development District, water main improvements in Country Isles, and the fifth year of the traffic signage rehabilitation program. Anyone interested in commenting on the proposed budget is invited to attend the City Commission meetings at 7pm on Thursday, September 12th or Monday, September 23rd. To view the Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budgets click on the City Manager’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget icon on the City’s webpage at

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Spirit of Life Luncheon To Honor JAFCO Godparents By Stacey Bomser


he 11th annual M ichelle G oldstein S pirit of Life Luncheon

will honor those families making a difference in the lives of JAFCO’s children. The event, sponsored by the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options), will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at the Weston Hills Country Club. In the past, the luncheon has recognized members of the community who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support the children of JAFCO. This year, the event will honor all JAFCO godparents associated with the Weston/West Broward Chapter. JAFCO godparents are a special group of donors who have made a commitment to provide the children of JAFCO with every opportunity to lead a healthy and successful life. Godparents pledge an Jennifer Alman, President JAFCO Weston/ West Broward Chapter and Spirit of Life Luncheon Co-Chair, with Lyssa Flayman, Luncheon Co-Chair/ Vendor Chair.


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annual gift of $1,800 a year, or less than $5 a day, for ten years. “The JAFCO Godparent Circle has been created to ensure that every JAFCO child will have a wonderful life filled with every opportunity that our own children have,” said Sarah Franco, JAFCO Executive Director. “We are incredibly thankful for every JAFCO godparent who donates time and money to help the children of JAFCO. Their commitment to help abused and neglected children in our community is an inspiration to us all and we couldn’t do all we do without them.” In addition to recognizing the JAFCO godparents, the event will feature a fabulous boutique followed by a delicious lunch planned by luncheon chairs Jennifer Alman and Lyssa Flayman. Other highlights include a candle lighting ceremony and the Godparent Pinning Ceremony, which recognizes new members who have pledged to become JAFCO godparents. The event will also include a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit JAFCO. JAFCO is a one-of-a-kind organization providing programs and services for atrisk children and their families including family preservation, foster care, adoption, emergency shelter, group homes, independent living, and mentoring. The Spirit of Life Luncheon is named in honor of Michelle Goldstein, a young woman whose life was tragically ended during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The event was created to celebrate her life and love of children. Michelle was an active member of the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO. The 11th annual Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 18th from 10am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $72 per person. For more information, visit, click on “Events” on the homepage, and then scroll down to “11th Annual Spirit of Life Luncheon.” You can purchase tickets online by clicking RSVP. Our City Weston is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

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Community News

Police Services Academy Students Spent Summer Exploring Law Enforcement By Stacey Bomser


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mer vacation, most kids share stories of favorite camp activities or family vacation highlights. But for the 39 students enrolled in the Weston University – Broward Sheriff’s Office Police Services Academy, summer memories are of field trips to the gun range and dusting for fingerprints. The Police Services Academy program provides students, ages 11 to 17, with an in-depth look at law enforcement services. Using hands-on exercises students are able to explore a variety of career paths in law enforcement and receive important safety

BSO officers demonstrated defensive tactics while teaching students about various aspects of law enforcement.

training. “At the beginning of the program, most students have little or no interest in law enforcement, but by the end about 75% wanted to become a police officer, especially after seeing all the different aspects and divisions within the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” states Deputy Kari Pallotto, BSO Crime Prevention Specialist and Police Services Academy coordinator. Throughout the eight-week program, students explored a different area of the department each week. For instance, the traffic homicide unit spoke to students about the dangers of texting Police Services Academy students wore special goggles designed to impair while driving and vision in order to simulate a field sobriety test. Photos courtesy City of Weston. driving under the a weapon and the continuous training needed by influence. Students police officers. had the opportunity to put on “DUI The Police Service Academy is unique to Weston. It goggles” to simulate being drunk and is funded through a BSO grant, with support from the take part in a field sobriety test. Other City of Weston. Deputy Pallotto says there was enorclasses included a gun range tour which taught students about the safety mous interest in the program this year. It accepted nearly double the number of students as past years. procedures required when handling

Weston BSO Fire Rescue Teaches Teens The Dangers of Distracted Driving By Stacey Bomser


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or visual impairment activities.” The Cypress Bay students were able driving takes effect on October 1st. to engage in all of these activities. In The hope is that this will make our addition, the 600 participants also heard streets safer. Data shows that a person Weston City Commissioner Toby Feuer is 23 times more likely to crash if they share her personal story of a near accitext while driving. In 2011, 3331 people dent involving a distracted driver. were killed and 387,000 injured nationAfter the presentation, the students wide in distracted driving crashes. stood to take the Just Drive pledge, makLife Safety Educator Melanie Oren, ing a commitment to do their part to end with the Weston BSO Fire Rescue, credistracted driving. Additionally, nearly ated Just Drive to educate the public, the entire student body, about 4,000 teens specifically, on the dangers of students, signed the Just Drive pledge distracted driving. “Our hopes are that banner. by educating young drivers we can influOren points out that we must all ence positive behavioral changes that take responsibility in ending distracted will result in less drivers participating in Cypress Bay students were invited to sign the Just Drive pledge following the driving. “It is important that all people distracted driving behaviors.” distracted driving education program. Photo courtesy City of Weston. understand their role in helping combat The Just Drive program was launched with data and statistics, information on cell phone this problem. Whether you are a driver last spring at Cypress Bay High School. applications that encourage distraction free driving, or passenger, you can assume a positive role by not Oren says the target audience is teens because videos with personal stories from, a allowing distracted driving behaviors to take place.” “research shows that young drivers under the age of peer developed PSA produced by film students at 20 have the highest risk of crash and injury due to Boyd Anderson High School, and an interesting and distracted driving.” Just Drive is a county-wide program. Anyone interested in having a entertaining study on the brain and multitasking. The curriculum uses a variety of tools and Just Drive presentation held at their school, organization, group, etc, “At times we will arrange to have a crashed car resources to communicate the dangers and impacts can contact the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Public Education Team brought to a school campus for effect,” adds Oren. distracted driving may cause. According to Oren, at (954) 831-8210. “We may also utilize distracted driving simulators and/ the program includes a PowerPoint presentation


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Community News

There’s Something for Everyone at the Weston Community Center By Stacey Bomser


he Weston Community Center is our city ’ s hidden gem . It is

located inside the Weston Regional Park next to one of the community’s most popular playgrounds. Despite its prominent location, many residents are unaware of all that the Community Center offers. “The Community Center provides a space for residents to connect, learn and grow,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. It is his department’s responsibility to select the varied programs provided to the community. Ranging from art classes and theater workshops to fencing lessons and chess club, the Weston Community Center offers a variety of year-round enrichment classes and programming for all ages and interests. According to Decker, “Opportunities for learning are available to everyone. Someone’s first introduction to the Community Center could happen as an infant or young child in some of our enrichment programs such as Baby Signs or Kidokinetics. Seniors have opportunities for social interaction and recreation through our partnership with the 55+ Club.” Decker and the Parks and Recreation staff strive to balance the program offerings within Weston. “I think it is safe to say that Weston has tremendous facilities for those who want to engage in sports. The Community Center provides a location for other enrichment programs like academics and the arts,” explains Decker. For children, program choices include active classes such as Superstars Dance and Baton, Karate and various sports workshops, as well as arts programs such as theater and performance classes taught by the Inside Out Theatre Company and Creative Minds Art. There are also intellectually-stimulating programs such as Buildbot Robotics, where children ages seven and up design, build and program robots to solve amazing challenges, and Fun in Spanish, where preschoolers learn and practice Spanish. An S.A.T. Preparation class for high school students is offered throughout the year. Another unique program at the Weston Community Center is the Social Communication Station. This eight-week program is designed for students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, or any other social learning challenges. The adult offerings at the Weston Community Center are equally varied. A professional artist teaches watercolor painting. For those looking for more action, there are karate classes and fencing lessons for adults. The Community Center also hosts weekly Open Bridge and Open Mahjong games. Decker says the possibilities are endless. When considering new programs he looks for something that is unique and different from what the Community Center is already offering. “Beyond that, we look to see if it is something that will generate a lot of interest; is it a growing trend and compatible with the space?” Rest assured, a background check is done on all instructors and, when needed, proper insurance is required. There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the month or by the session. In addition to offering classes to the community, the 7,376 square foot facility offers several multi-purpose rooms with flexible space which can be rented on an hourly basis for small gatherings such as birthday parties or club meetings. The Arts Council of Greater Weston is just one of many local organizations meeting at the Community Center. Several sports groups also use the facility for meetings. The Community Center is a polling site for three precincts. The site is also used for health screenings, Homestead Exemption filing assistance, and other community needs. For instance, after Hurricane Wilma the Weston Community Center served as a base of operations for the City’s emergency clean-up response efforts. The building was built to meet or exceed hurricane codes and is equipped with an emergency generator. The Weston Community Center is located at 20200 Saddle Club Road within Weston Regional Park. The administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. For more information on any of the programs available at the Weston Community Center or for room rental information, please call (954) 389-4321. A list of current programs for children and adults can be downloaded at http://www.


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Programming for adults at the Weston Community Center includes a watercolor painting class. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

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Community News

Calling All Runners Lecture Series Offers Training Tips By Stacey Bomser


he Rotary Club of Weston ’ s 16th annual R un For Tomorrow

is just three months away. Whether you are a seasoned runner or your idea of exercise is simply walking from the couch to the refrigerator, the Calling All Runners lecture series will get you ready to run this year’s race. The first program is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th. Co-sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, the City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston, Calling All Runners will provide tips on how to train safely and effectively to achieve your personal best. “The lecture series is geared toward anyone in the community interested in running – whether they’re interested in starting to run or a current runner looking to enhance their performance,” explains Angie Medina, Community Health manager at Baptist Health South Florida. “Both new and seasoned runners will have the opportunity to learn from and speak to experts to ensure that they’re not only getting the most out of their runs, but also make sure that they’re doing so safely.” Panelists will discuss a variety of topics. Registered dietician Lucette Talamas will talk about nutrition, providing tips on how to fuel your body for training and race day. Orthopedic surgeon Jesse Shaw, D.O., will discuss proper stretching techniques as well as common running injuries and how to avoid them. Frankie Ruiz, Chief Running Officer of U.S. Road Sports, will provide an overview on running, training and proper gear. In addition, Baptist Health will provide free biometric screenings (blood pressure and BMI). While the goal of this lecture series is to encourage more people to participate in the Run For Tomorrow, the emphasis will be on safety. “Appropriate training is essential to good musculoskeletal health and running performance. A majority of the injuries that occur are due to running too far and too often, poor flexibility and lack of strength,” explains Christopher Hodgkins, M.D., of Doctors Hospital’s Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and member of the Baptist Health

Medical Group. With proper training, running can be an excellent form of exercise. Not only does it lower the risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease, but “running is also a bonestrengthening activity since it produces force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength,” explains Lucette Talamas, R.D. Before you lace up your running shoes, make plans to attend the Calling All Runners lecture series. The September 18th session will provide a basic overview on running, give tips on how to avoid common injuries and provide basic nutrition tips to help with training. “On October 23rd, we will delve a little deeper into the training regimen and address any injuries or concerns faced along the way. During the November lecture, we will discuss race-day concerns, pre- and post-race nutrition and hydration, and final training techniques,” states Medina. “The information that participants receive in the three-part series will hopefully encourage and lead them to register for upcoming races, specifically the Run For Tomorrow on December 8th.” Calling All Runners will take place on Wednesday, September 18th from 7-9pm at the Cypress Bay High School auditorium. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (954) 837-1130 or email


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Community News

Weston Branch of AAUW Empowers Women Through Academic Advancement By Stacey Bomser


he American A ssociation of U niversity Women has been

empowering women since 1881. It has a long and distinguished history of advancing education and professional opportunities for women. One of the ways it does this is through its fellowships and grants. “The AAUW provides millions of dollars annually in scholarships and awards to women to pursue higher education or career advancement,” explains Dr. Kamala Anandam, president of the Weston Branch of AAUW. “More than 160,000 members and supporters across the country, including the Weston branch members, make this possible. We believe in lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness in advancing equity for women.” Last year, AAUW provided more than $4.3 million in funding for more than 278 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations. The Weston Branch of the AAUW encourages Weston women interested in advancing their education or career to apply for one of five fellowship or grant opportunities for 2014-2015. American Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, and Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants support women scholars. The application deadline is November 15, 2013.

Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce. The application deadline is December 15, 2013. Community Action Grants provide seed money to women and non-profit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. The application deadline is January 15, 2014. There is a one-year grant and two-year grant available. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women to pursue a master’s or professional degree program in architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, or mathematics/statistics. The application deadline is January 10, 2014. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply for those fellowships or grants. However, International Fellowships give awards for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or residents. The application deadline for these is December 1, 2013. For more information on AAUW’s fellowship and grant opportunities, visit To learn more about the Weston Branch of AAUW email

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Standing Ovation for Weston Philharmonic Society’s Summerfest Concert By Stacey Bomser


bout 200 music lovers enjoyed the S ymphony of the Americas’ Summerfest concert, presented by the Weston Philharmonic Society. The performance featured the I Musici Chamber Orchestra of Italy joined by selected musicians from the Symphony of the Americas.

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Each summer, as part of a cultural exchange, the Symphony of the Americas hosts an acclaimed European chamber orchestra. Under the baton of the Symphony’s artistic director, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, the musicians played nearly 20 performances throughout Florida, including a concert at Temple Dor Dorim. The Summerfest concert featured the music of Dvorak, Telemann, Purcell, Verdi, and the legendary Argentine composer, Piazzolla. The concert also Italian composer and soloist Lorenzo Turchi-Floris featured a world premiere performing Leroy Andersons’ The Typewriter. by Italian composer and soloist Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Summerfest Composer in Residence. The moving and modern composition was unnamed and the audience was invited to submit suggestions for the title following the concert. The evening also featured a performance by the Symphony’s flute soloist, Marilyn Maingart, Summerfest Concertmaster Orlando Forte, and violinist Svetlana Forte. According to Cary Keshen, publicity chair for the Weston Philharmonic Society, the highlight of the evening was the performance of Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter. During this encore, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris “played” an ancient manual typewriter that was set up in front of the orchestra. Among the attendees were the 50 community leaders and members of the Weston Philharmonic Society’s new Virtuoso Society. “With their generous support, the Weston Philharmonic Society will continue to enrich Weston residents with fine musical programs, cultural presentations, and scholarships for the Weston schools,” states Rochelle Koenig, Virtuoso Society Chair.

Founded in 1997, the Weston Philharmonic Society is the pre-eminent arts and cultural organization in Weston. The officers are currently working with the City of Weston to finalize the upcoming Symphony Series schedule. Past performances have included “Opera to Broadway,” “Cirque de la Right: Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Victoria Jolson, Arts Council of Greater Weston President Joy Rodenberg, and Judi Robaina with Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Below: Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Roger Lander entertained attendees with a piano medley during the pre-concert reception.

Symphonie,” “Broadway Goes to the Movies,” “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon,” and last season’s finale, The Dallas Brass, who were joined on stage by the Cypress Bay Wind Ensemble for a showstopping medley of patriotic songs. For more information on how you can get involved with the Weston Philharmonic Society to support fine music in Weston visit To learn more about Virtuoso Society membership please call (954) 849-8374.

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Health & Wellness

Cleveland Clinic Florida Ranked Best in Broward By Stacey Bomser


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Clinic Florida ranked highest among hospitals in Broward County in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Hospitals 2013-2014. Overall, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked fifth among 73 hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and 14th of 271 hospitals in Florida. “Inclusion in this distinguished ranking demonstrates Cleveland Clinic Florida’s commitment to providing patients with the highest quality care, which is reflected in the positive outcomes we deliver,” states Bernie Fernandez, MD, president of Cleveland Clinic Florida. In addition to its top ranking, several of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s specialties were ranked as high performing. Its cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology departments were all recognized for their performance. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for an organization of our size and speaks to the dedication of our physicians and employees who embrace our ‘Patients First’ philosophy and

give more than 100 percent each and every day,” adds Dr. Fernandez. U.S. News & World Report publishes its Best Hospitals issue to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties. Cleveland Clinic Florida is a not-for-profit, multispecialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It has 230 physicians with expertise in 25 specialties. The fully-integrated medical campus includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located within the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Ohio, which ranked fourth in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s Best Hospitals. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit

Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center Achieves National Accreditation By Stacey Bomser

Approval with Commendation for its cancer program from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, which includes comprehensive services for the treatment of breast cancer. “As part of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cancer Institute, the Breast Center offers a full-spectrum of services to support breast health, from state-of-theart diagnostics to expertise in medical and radiation oncology, breast oncology surgery, and plastic surgery,” states Cleveland Clinic surgical oncologist Cassann Blake, MD, head of the Breast Program Leadership Committee. In order for a breast center to earn NAPBC accreditation, it must undergo a rigorous application process and onsite survey to ensure that the center has access to 17 required components of care defined by the NAPBC, and that they comply with the 28 program standards which include leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement criteria. Accredited centers voluntarily enter into an agreement to maintain a high level of clinical care with recertification required every three years. As a patient, receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures access to: ▸▸ Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment Oncologist Elizabeth Stone, MD, Cara Kondaki, oncology social worker, and breast surgeon Margaret Gilot, MD, are members of the multidisciplinary team at the Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center.


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Our students are all back in school with the excitement of all of the upcoming challenges, activities and sports that the year will bring. Please watch for school zones and the thousands of students that walk or ride bikes to and from school each day throughout the city. As we move into the fall season (albeit by the temperature you wouldn’t know it) I want to reiterate the importance of emergency preparedness, particularly now, at the height of the hurricane season. Sign up today for the City’s CodeRED emergency notifications on the city website at You can register as many numbers as you wish. The CodeRED notification system will be used by the City to communicate with residents and businesses both before and after an event. Next, I have some great news and then some even better news. The great news: The proposed budgets for the City of Weston (which include the City of Weston, the Bonaventure Development District, and the Indian Trace Development District) will be considered by the City Commission this month at two budget hearings and the proposed ad valorem millage rate (tax rate) remains steady for the fourth year in a row at 2.000 mils. This is the lowest millage rate in Broward County. The proposed budget provides for no decrease in General Fund service levels so everything you have become accustomed to in the past will again be provided in Fiscal Year 2014. The City Manager’s Proposed Budgets are available for viewing on the homepage of the City website at The even better news: Weston solid waste collection rates are being reduced significantly. After a comprehensive bid process over a year ago, a new agreement was awarded by the City Commission to Republic Services for the time period October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2019. Residential curbside service will go from $226.94 a year to $163.26 a year, a reduction of 28%. Multi-family residential rates are charged by the cubic yard and will be reduced from $8.28 to $6.52 per cubic yard for a 21% reduction. Commercial rates will go down by 50% from $16.73 to $8.34 per cubic yard. Service levels will remain the same, with the enhancement of the automated recycling cart service for single family residences which began in August. Looking forward, in October the City and the Arts Council of Greater Weston kick off our annual Performing Arts Series along with the many events of the winter season when our South Florida weather is at its best. I urge you to check the events calendar on the city website for a wide variety of concerts, free movies in the park, foreign films, free puppet shows, professional theater for children, festivals, runs and much more. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, sign up for Weston E-Notifications and receive our weekly e-Newsletter, Newsday Tuesday, delivered direct to your inbox each Tuesday morning. Sign up on the city homepage at and take advantage of all that Weston has to offer! Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at or 954-385-2000.

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economy. The good news is the housing market is in strong recovery. As you know, the “cost” of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. Both are on the rise. Home values over the next five years will rise between 12.3% (most pessimistic) and 32.8% (most optimistic). However, according to a recent article in the Sun Sentinel, prices may soften due to shadow inventory coming to the market. Historically, the average mortgage rate from 1972 until 2012 was 8.69%. Today’s mortgage rate is around 4.31%. According to Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, “I don’t think the Fed ultimately would be troubled with a 6.5% mortgage rate.” The annual difference in mortgage payment (P&I) on a $250,000 home loan if rates go from 4.5% to 6.5% would be $3,761.52. Therefore, if the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings. Currently, there are absolutely NO homes in Weston priced under $250,000. Only eleven homes priced at $250,000 and below closed in the last 90 days. The $250,000 home in Weston has now vanished. Because of our inventory shortage and the strong number of cash buyers, this is a great time to put your home on the market. There are currently 216 active single-family home listings and the lowest prices are $280,000 and $290,000 for unapproved short sales! The chart below shows how buying power is affected as mortgage rates continue to rise. Now is the time to put your home on the market!

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A New Law To Limit Claims Of Adverse Possession By Representative Richard Stark


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possession dates back to at least the 16th century in England and has been an element of U.S. law since our country’s founding. The first adverse possession statute appeared in the United States in North Carolina in 1715. Adverse possession is defined as a method of acquisition of title to real property by possession for a statutory period under certain conditions. Generally an adverse possessor must establish five elements in relationship to possession of the property. The previous law defined those conditions to include: ▸▸ Open, ▸▸ Continuous for the statutory period, ▸▸ For the entirety of the area, ▸▸ Adverse to the true owner’s interests and ▸▸ Notorious. I was extremely pleased to co-sponsor HB 903 which passed unanimously in the House, was signed into law on June 28th, 2013, and became law on July 1st, 2013. HB 903 closes loopholes in the adverse possession law that has allowed “squatting” to become a pressing issue in recent years. This change in law makes it easier for property appraisers to identify squatters and hold them accountable. This bill clearly defines the adverse possession law and creates tools for property appraisers and law enforcement to enforce. The changes and effect of this bill include:

▸▸ Change the term “occupant” to “possessor,” ▸▸ Require that all outstanding taxes and special improvement liens to be paid within one year of taking possession; ▸▸ Require that the possessor continue to pay liens and taxes for all years of possession; ▸▸ Require that the possessor acknowledge in writing that the filing of a return with the county property appraiser does not create a legal right to the property adversely possessed; ▸▸ Require that the possessor provide in writing the dates of payment of the outstanding liens and taxes; ▸▸ Provide that occupancy of the property adversely possessed is a criminal trespass under this bill and ▸▸ Provide that leasing the property adversely possessed is a theft under this law. Some folks have used the previous obscure law to take over houses at no cost and then unlawfully rent them out to unsuspecting people. This new legislation makes taking occupancy of adversely possessed property a misdemeanor. It also makes leasing such properties punishable under laws against theft. This new law has corrected a major problem with the upswing of vacant and foreclosed homes in the State of Florida. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at or through his legislative office at (954) 217-0287.

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Second Grader Races to the Top in Motocross By Stacey Bomser


t seven -years - old most children are

mastering riding a two-wheel bicycle, but Sergio Baldivieso is winning motocross races. Motocross is a type of motorcycle racing that’s done on tracks made up of hills, dirt roads, and mud. The Manatee Bay Elementary second grader has been riding a bicycle since he was three and got his first motocross bike last Christmas. His father took him to the Miami MX motocross park to ride on the weekends. By the end of January, Sergio was riding his mini bike at full throttle.

Sergio Baldivieso has come a long way since last December when he got his first motocross bike.

Sergio is now one of the top racers in his age group. He won first place this summer at the Miami MX Motocross.


That’s when two coaches from Miami MX, Ivan Aldama and Jesus Gonzales, took the fearless rider under their wing. The former champions for the Cuban motocross team started coaching Sergio on the proper techniques for handling a motocross bike. First they taught him the basic technique -- to stand on the bike on straight tracks, sit down on the curves and lift his legs forward to balance the bike. Sergio quickly mastered that and moved on to more advanced moves such as standing up with his back to the rear of the bike when jumping and sitting down only on curves with his legs holding the bike. Once Sergio had mastered the proper techniques and passed the evaluation of his coaches, his parents got him a used racing 50CC KTM bike. “By the end of March, Sergio dominated his bike and we decided it was time to put him in a competitive race,” says Eduardo Baldivieso, Sergio’s father. Sergio came in third place in his first race. He quickly moved up to a bigger and better bike. Since April, Sergio has been riding a 50CC King Cobra. Eduardo says this is the bike used by 80% of younger competitors at the national level. Sergio is quickly rising to the top as one of the best motocross racers in class 50CC (6-9 year olds). He is a member of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and races in the Competition Plus class. He has placed at both the Miami MX and Thundercross MX races, including taking first place at the Miami MX motocross race on June 30th. He considers this his greatest accomplishment. “Motocross is an awesome sport,” states Sergio. “You get to ride a bike and do jumps and whips, just like Villapoto and Ryan Dungey (motocross champions).” Sergio is hoping to follow in their footsteps, but realizes that will be difficult because he is one of the youngest in this sport. “It has been a challenge, but he has that personality that welcomes a challenge,” notes Eduardo of his son. “Sergio does not play video games any more. He does physical training every day and goes to bed early and tired. The challenge for him is the physical condition that he needs to be in and understanding the timing for the jumps.” For kids who may be interested in motocross racing, Sergio offers this advice: “Motocross is safe and fun, but you need to practice a lot until you can handle your first bike and then you can start racing. Do not copy other people that ride very good, because you can get very hurt.”

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Weston Siblings Start Foundation to Help Their Homeland By Stacey Bomser

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themselves to be very fortunate. Sebastian is starting Columbia University this year and Paola is a sophomore at American Heritage School. Appreciative for all that they have, for the past four years the siblings have been collecting clothing and other necessities for needy families in their native country, the Dominican Republic.

“Our family has always worked hard and we have been blessed in having health and personal needs covered, but we have been on the receiving side as well, so we know how important it is to have a helping hand,” shares Sebastian. In 2009, the siblings founded The Real American Foundation, which is dedicated to collecting gently used clothes, shoes and toys to donate to families in rural communities in the Dominican Republic. Last year, the non-profit teamed up with the Major League Baseball office in the Dominican Republic which identified communities in need near its training camps. Last year, The Real American Foundation worked with members of the Florida Marlins and this past summer the San Diego Padres. The brother and sister, along with other volunteers, work alongside the baseball trainees to distribute the donations. “It makes me feel like one of Santa’s little elves,” shares Paola. “One of the best feelings in the world is seeing a person smile because of something you did for them.” “Whenever a young mom receives clothes for her children or a young child receives a new toy, the smiles on their faces make it worth all the effort that goes into this event,” adds Sebastian, who plans to expand their efforts by founding a new chapter at Columbia.

The Real American Foundation is expanding its collection to include orthopedic equipment, such as crutches, braces, canes and wheelchairs. “There are a lot of people in the Dominican Republic that get hurt and need these items to assist with their recovery, but because the equipment is so expensive, most of them cannot afford it and this ends up affecting their recovery and overall health,” explains Paola, who aspires to be an orthopedic physician. The donation shipments are made possible with support from Ultimate Support and BM Cargo. The Real American Foundation collects gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and children’s books, as well as linens (sheets and towels). It is also seeking orthopedic equipment. If you would like to make a donation to The Real American Foundation, email trafoundation@ or join their Facebook group.

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

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write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 09/30/13) you will receive my entire new patient exam for $45. That’s with x-rays, biomechanical exam, history and consultation…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell you THAT YOu OR AnY OTHeR peRSOn ReSpOnSIBLe FOR pAYMenT HAS THe RIgHT TO ReFuSe TO pAY, cAnceL pAYMenT, OR Be ReIMBuRSeD FOR TReATMenT, WHIcH IS peRFORMeD AS A ReSuLT OF AnD WITHIn 72 HOuRS OF ReSpOnDIng TO THe ADveRTISeMenT FOR DIScOunTeD, OR ReDuceD Fee FOR SeRvIce, eXAMInATIOn, OR TReATMenT.


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 right. Twenty-five 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

Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well

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dysbiosis (bad bacteria in your gut) can cause that bloating, and vitamin insuf f iciencies are common enough that we have to test for those as well.” “Any thing we can star t of f now ? ” “ Yes! I’ve been practicing this way for over a dozen years, and based upon what I know now, we can star t with a lit tle of ever y thing: behavior changes, diet, exercise, supplements, stuf f like that.” I continued, “ You don’t have to change your life drastically, but lit tle things will make a big dif ference.” “ Like what? ” “ You already take baths, so we’re going to add Epsom Salts (to absorb magnesium through your skin) to make your skin less dr y, your muscles less achy, and your sleep bet ter. I have a ‘detox diet ’ handout that mentions safe foods to eat, but if you just think ‘protein and color ful vegetables and fruits’, you’ll do okay. Before you leave, I’ll teach you a stretch that decreases that ‘pouch’ at your beltline, and there are a few vitamins that are so obvious for you to star t with (but safe to take too).” “ But what about that IV therapy that Jena told me about? ” “ When patients are really sick, or are tr ying to get the most optimal results yesterday, I do of fer injections of vitamins, minerals, glutathione, and other nutrients. For example, iron injections rapidly help hair grow th, brit tle nails, fatigue, memor y/concentration, and muscle cramps (restless legs).” Celeste’s testing did show causes for all her symptoms and on her second visit, a plan specif ic to her was put in place. Three months later, she was glowing and her visits were now spaced out to where she only had to be seen once ever y six months. “ Nex t week you get to see both my husband and daughter. I just booked a family trip to tour the volcanoes in Hawaii. I need them to keep up with me.”

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TAG USA Gymnastics Wins Its First National Championship


f you want to be the best, you

need to train with the best. That’s why so many young gymnasts are joining TAG USA Gymnastics in Weston. Owners Marissa and Michael Zoldan have created structured classes for beginners through advanced gymnasts, built the largest and most comfortable facility around, and added the best equipment to distinguish TAG USA Gymnastics as one of South

Florida’s top gymnastic studios. Even more impressive than the gym itself, is TAG USA Gymnastics’ incredible success. It has won back-to-back State Championships in Gymnastics and, most recently, took home its first National Championship in Trampoline. The 2013 USAG Trampoline & Tumbling Championships were held July 3rd through 10th in Kansas City, Missouri. Hundreds of trampoline and tumbling athletes from around the country competed for “Best in the Nation” honors. To qualify for the National Championships, an athlete must successfully compete in local competitions and excel in state and regional championships  TAG USA Gymnastics’ Hannah Zoldan, age 10, scored a 61.3 on Double Mini Trampoline to earn a First Place finish at the National Championships. She finished first among the nation’s top athletes competing in Double Mini Trampoline at the championships and was the only first place National Champion from South Florida. Hannah began her athletic career as a competitive gymnast, but switched to the Trampoline and Tumbling Team two years ago. In both the 2012 and 2013 competition seasons, Hannah was Florida State Champion in Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline events. This was her second trip to the National Championships. 

Jessica Hert finished in 4th place nationally at the U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling Championships.

Hannah Zoldan is the first TAG USA Gymnastics athlete to win a National Championship

TAG USA Gymnastics took eight athletes to Nationals. All of them finished among the top fifteen national competitors in at least one event. Jessica Hert, age 14, finished in 4th place nationally in the Trampoline event and Stone Lyons, age 12, finished 5th in Trampoline. The other TAG USA team athletes who competed at


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Nationals included Maria Mendoza, Sofia Mendoza, Katherine Sanford, Alessandra Longo, and Peyton Terris. TAG USA owners Michael and Marissa Zoldan, as well as the gym’s coaching staff, are ecstatic with the fantastic results of their athletes. According to Michael, “All of their dedication and hard work was rewarded with their competitive success.” This National Championship win is further proof of TAG USA Gymnastics’ success. Its girls and boys gymnastics teams had two stellar seasons at the State Championships. In 2011 and 2012, TAG USA won the Florida State Championships for USAG Level 3 and Level 4 girls gymnastics. TAG USA also won the 2012 State Championship for USAG Prep-Optionals with five members selected to Team Florida. The boys team has been equally successful. In addition to many individual State and

Stone Lyons finished 5th in Trampoline at Nationals.

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Regional Champions, TAG USA had its first Boys Regional Champ and National Qualifier this year. But TAG USA Gymnastics is much more than a training powerhouse with championship programs. It is a full-service gymnastics center built upon the success of its exceptional recreational gymnastics program. From beginner classes to team, each class has a specific lesson plan and coaches evaluate each gymnast by skill. TAG USA Gymnastics is also known for its activity-filled summer camp program, where boys and girls can safely spend their summer time enjoying non-stop action like trampoline flying, indoor basketball, rope swing, tumbling, soccer, pit-flipping, giant inflatables and much more. TAG USA Gymnastics is located at 1951 North Commerce Parkway in Weston. TAG USA offers recreational gymnastics classes for children from ages 12 months and up. Classes are offered in ten-week sessions. TAG USA has championship girls and boys gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling teams, as well as a competitive cheer team. For more information on classes, birthday parties, or summer and school break camps, please call (954) 384-9393 or visit

TAG USA Gymnastics’ Trampoline & Tumbling team with Coach Laurie Faskowitz in Kansas City for the national championships.

Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman Inspires TAG USA Gymnasts


Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman visited with TAG USA gymnasts.

n celebration of TAG USA Gymnastics’ first athlete to win a

National Championship, owners Michael and Marissa Zoldan invited Olympic superstar Aly Raisman to visit the gym. During her two-day stay, Aly worked with TAG USA gymnasts and helped raise funds for the TAG USA Foundation. Aly won two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She won an individual gold medal for the floor and shared in the Team USA gold medal win. Prior to the Olympics, Aly won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships and a silver at the 2010 World Championships.

While working closely with approximately 80 members of TAG USA’s Compulsory (levels 2-6) and Optional (levels 7-10) competitive team, Aly shared advice on what it takes to become a champion. She spoke to the girls about her training as a young gymnast, as well as her experiences at the Olympics. Aly also led training groups during which she spotted and offered tips to the TAG USA gymnasts on their beam, bar, vault and floor events. She also took time to visit with the hundreds of young children taking part in TAG USA’s Summer Sports Camp. Aly TAG USA Foundation founder Marissa greeted over 200 campers and Zoldan with Olympian Aly Raisman. took group photos with them. In addition, Aly demonstrated to the young gymnasts the importance of philanthropy and helping others who are less fortunate. She signed autographs and took pictures with over 100 young athletes. This fundraiser generated more than $2,500 in donations for the TAG USA Foundation. Established by Marissa Zoldan, the TAG USA Foundation helps families affected by cancer by providing food, clothing, and other necessities. Throughout the year, the gym hosts numerous collection drives to support local charities. Most recently, TAG USA collected school supplies for Kids In Distress.

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Weston Schools Score Straight A’s, Again By Stacey Bomser


hile school grades may be slipping statewide , Weston ’ s

nine public elementary and middle schools have all retained their “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education. Once again, Country Isles Elementary, Eagle Point Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Gator Run Elementary, Indian Trace Elementary, Manatee Bay Elementary, Imagine Charter School at Weston, Falcon Cove Middle and Tequesta Trace Middle schools have all scored straight A’s on the state’s school grading scale. The grade for Cypress Bay High School is still pending. High school scores include other factors such as end-of-course exam results and graduation rates, so they are not released until December. The fact that all of the Weston schools continually earn A grades is quite impressive. In Broward County, only 65 elementary and middle schools earned an A; that’s just 28% of the county’s 200-plus schools. Statewide, only 479 elementary schools (down 21% from last year) and 177 middle schools (down 13%) received an A-rating this year. Each year, public schools in Florida receive a school grade on an A-F scale. These grades indicate how well the school is performing based on state standards. For elementary and middle schools, these grades are determined by student achievement on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0, end-ofcourse (EOC) assessments, and the Florida Alternative Assessment (FAA), which is administered to cognitively disabled students for whom the FCAT 2.0 is not an appropriate assessment. The State uses this school grade system to communicate to the public how well a school is performing relative to state standards. The assessment-based components of all school grades are calculated based on student achievement in reading, math, writing and science, annual learning gains for each student, and

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Six Weston Schools Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Programs By Stacey Bomser


ing, “It takes a village to raise a child.” No where is that more true than when it comes to education. Community involvement is the key to a successful education. That’s why each year the Florida Department of Education recognizes public schools with exemplary volunteer programs. Six Weston schools earned Golden School Awards for 2012-2013. Congratulations to Country Isles Elementary, Eagle Point Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Gator Run Elementary, Indian Trace Elementary and Falcon Cove Middle schools. They were among the 116 Broward County Schools to earn Golden School Awards. During the last school year, more than 39,400 parents, senior citizens, business leaders, concerned adults and students offered teachers classroom assistance, coordinated fundraising events, tutored students, and provided a helping hand in cafeterias, media centers and schools throughout the District. Christine de Zayas, principal at Eagle Point Elementary, considers volunteers to be her school’s most important community resource.

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Parents Invited to Attend South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium By Stacey Bomser


ducating a gifted and talented child can be a challenge , for

Using Multiple Arts and Multiple both teachers and parents. Recognizing the special needs of this population, Subjects,” “When Bright Students Underachieve,” “Imagine That! Broward County School Board Chair Laurie Rich Levinson, of Weston, initiGames to Develop and Enhance ated the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, now in its third year. Creative Minds,” “My Life in the City: “It is designed to give parents and teachers the tools to meet the curricular and Growing up in the Gifted Cluster,” social emotional needs of gifted and talented students so they can be challenged “The Art of Storytelling: a Journey and reach their highest potential,” states Rich Levinson. into the Creative Mind,” “Inspect She encourages parents to attend the symposium. “Parents can expect to What You Expect: What to Look network and learn in a forum dedicated to strategies and practices that foster For in Rigorous Instruction,” and self-directed, motivated, and independent learners in real-world learning environ“Beyond the Beanstalk: Using Story ments with ‘no ceilings.’” to Sow the Seeds of Creativity.” The program’s keynote speaker is New York Times best-selling author Ridley The South Florida Gifted and Pearson who will discuss how to “Spark Imagination to Set Fire to Student Writing.” Talented Symposium: Creativity He is the author of nearly 30 adult suspense novels and over 15 children’s advenAcross the Spectrum is preture novels including the popular Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom sented by Broward County Public Keepers series. Schools in partnership with The other featured national presenters include Judy Galbraith, MA, who will the Kennedy Center Partners explore the issues, concerns and importance of self-esteem for children who are in Education, Broward County growing up gifted; Dr. Rosemary Daniels who will explain how to develop exciting Government Cultural Division, lesson plans to appeal to gifted and talented students in grades K through 12; and Nova Southeastern University, the Julia Perlowski who will demonstrate performance-based techniques to get to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and heart of Shakespeare’s language. the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Program participants will also be able to attend four breakout sessions. “Parents usually attend sessions with our leading curriculum experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Early Childhood, Literacy and The South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium takes place on Thursday, September 26th from 8am the Arts, as well as our featured psychologists,” notes Rich Levinson. to 3:30pm at the Signature Grand in Davie. The cost is $40, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is Proposed breakout sessions include “Interactive Opera: Unlocking Creativity required and seating is limited. For more information or to register, visit


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New Indian Trace Elementary Principal Excited to Be Back in Weston By Stacey Bomser


he new principal at I ndian Trace

Elementary may be a familiar face for many in the Weston community. Principal Amy Winder’s own three children are products of the Weston schools, plus she is a former writing teacher and reading coach at Eagle Point Elementary. She spent the past six years as assistant principal at North Side Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale. “I couldn’t be happier to be back in Weston,” states Principal Winder. “I am honored to have been chosen to lead one of the best schools in Broward County. It is very special when you get to do the work that you love right in your own community, serving your neighbors and their families.” Principal Winder says she is looking forward to being a part of the Indian Trace family. “This school prides itself on its close-knit, family charm and I will ensure the continuation of all the family traditions that exist.” She jokes that she and Daphne Browne, the new assistant principal, have already starting practicing their routine for Fine Arts Italian Night. Principal Winder also plans to continue the school’s efforts in environmental education. “We only have one planet and we need to educate our students to take care of it.” Not only is she looking forward to participating in her first Green Day, but

Before school started, Principal Winder hosted a “Meet and Greet” to introduce herself to Indian Trace students and families.

she is also working with other schools in the district to replicate the award-winning environmental program. “Indian Trace is a stellar school; one of the best in Broward County,” states Principal Winder. “I will continue all of the programs that ensure this success and listen to suggestions about new ones that will enhance the programs already in existence.” Principal Winder may have some ideas of her own to make the school even better. While at Eagle Point, she created and implemented programs that helped the school earn the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award in 2007. Principal Winder says her door is always open. She looks forward to meeting her new students and their families, and encourages parents to get involved. “I believe that success in education can only be achieved through the combined effort of motivated students, dedicated staff and involved parents. There are many opportunities for parents with all schedules from attending parent meetings, school social events, conferences with teachers, volunteering in the classroom, attending field trips, visiting the school’s website and just keeping informed. The list of involvement possibilities is endless.”

New Gator Run Elementary Principal Promotes Innovation By Stacey Bomser

Keith Peters in the new principal at Gator Run Elementary School.


ator R un E lementary ’ s new principal brings experience and

excitement to the school. Keith Peters was principal at Floranada Elementary in Fort Lauderdale for the past four years. Prior to that, he was assistant principal at Lloyd Estates Elementary in Oakland Park and intern principal at Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary. He started his career as a third and fourth grade teacher.


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Principal Peters says he is excited to be at Gator Run. “I am most looking forward to building relationships with the students, teachers and families. Making connections overlays my entire leadership philosophy.” He encourages parent involvement. “I believe that the biggest factor in a child’s success in an involved parent. Parents are invited to volunteer at school, participate in SAC, SAF or PTA, or simply communicate with teachers and staff members. I have an open door policy and am always just a visit, phone call or email away.” Principal Peters says he is also looking forward to visiting classrooms to see teaching and learning in action. “I really appreciate being witness to those moments when students truly comprehend a concept their teacher was guiding them toward.” A believer in innovation in schools, Principal Peters’ goal is to have teachers create learning experiences that students will always remember. “I want to help our teachers awaken our students’ minds and encourage critical thinking and problem solving. We are going to provide training and support to our teachers to allow them to try strategies that have been successful elsewhere. We are going to create an atmosphere for our teachers and students where it is okay to fail – failure is important in our path to success.” Principal Peters would also like to increase the level of technology at Gator Run. “Everyone today is connected with each other via technology throughout the day,” he explains. “Why shouldn’t that include the school day as well?” He is currently exploring ways to provide students a high-quality education infused with the skills necessary to navigate in this digital world. Outside of school, Principal Peters enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, listening to music and playing ice hockey. “What I am most passionate about is the education of our youth. I want every child at Gator Run to feel loved and respected and to leave with a solid foundation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as being a role model citizen.”


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Sagemont College Counselors Stress Importance of Sophomore Year By Stacey Bomser

Mellesia Nelson, Sagemont’s college advisor, helps students prepare for the college admissions process.


he college admissions process is quite complicated. G one are

the days when students simply took the SAT, submitted their transcripts, and waited for that thick envelop to appear in the mailbox. Today’s high school students need to start preparing as soon as they step onto campus. At The Sagemont School, college counselors work closely with students to prepare for the admissions process. “The reality of life is that time is not static. Students need to realize that maximizing each year of high school is critical,” explains Mellesia Nelson, Sagemont’s college advisor.

“10th grade is all about diving in and making a commitment to things that the student is passionate about.” Mellesia Nelson, Sagemont College Advisor She believes that while the freshman year is about exploration and assimilating to high school, the sophomore year is about commitment. “Students in 10th grade should begin to concentrate on things that interest them. If they are thinking about a particular career they should try to get an internship to see if they like it. If they complete a community service project that they enjoyed, they should find or create opportunities for themselves to become more committed,” explains Ms. Nelson. “10th grade is all about diving in and making a commitment to things that the student is passionate about.” She says 10th grade is also the time to start preparing for college admissions. She suggests students take a practice college entrance exam. “During a student’s junior year they will begin to take the real SAT and ACT. Taking the PSAT or EXPLORE/PLAN (practice ACT) helps build the foundation for having a better understanding of the expectation of testing in 11th grade,” explains Ms. Nelson. She also suggests students consider touring college campuses. “It’s never too early to take a college tour. Sometimes an earlier visit helps to motivate students because they begin to see what they are working towards,” notes Ms. Nelson. “For students who have started to think about a major, the visit is a great time to see what differentiates one college from another in terms of academics, internship opportunities and job placement.” The internet provides numerous opportunities for today’s students to explore different colleges and career choices. “At The Sagemont School, our students are able to do this using a system that each high school student has access to called Naviance,” explains Ms. Nelson. “If this is not available at your child’s school,


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websites such as,, and are great ways for your child to begin exploring their options.” The sophomore year is also the time to start getting serious about studies. Ms. Nelson advises 10th grade students to keep their grades up and challenge themselves academically, as this will determine class placement in 11th grade, which is a critical year in the eyes of college admissions officers. Ms. Nelson says many students are accepted into college based upon their junior year grades. “The priority deadline for Florida State University this year is October 16th and many other schools have Early Action deadlines of November 1st. What this means is that some students will be accepted to a college before they receive their first semester grades during their senior year. Therefore, the grades prior to senior year are heavily weighted for admissions.” She cautions students that colleges are looking at more than just grades; they are looking for a balanced and complete person. “I remember a college representative telling my students, ‘I am not looking for a walking textbook. I want students who are academically strong, but know how to have balance and have passions and interests that will enrich our college.’” In order to develop Sagemont students into the well-rounded applicants colleges are looking for, Ms. Nelson has put together a list of things sophomore students should do to be successful. 1. Read and write. Doing more in these two areas will not only make the student a more well-rounded individual, but also help on the SAT and ACT. 2. Explore all options. This includes colleges of interest, potential majors, and careers. In addition to utilizing online programs, students can do an internship, participate in a summer enrichment program, visit college campuses, or volunteer in an area of interest. 3. Prepare for what is ahead. Take practice college entrance exams so you are familiar with the tests before you take the official SAT or ACT, in which your scores count. 4. Get active. Students should get involved both in and outside of school. Be sure to keep track of all activities and accomplishments. You’ll need to list those on your college applications. 5. Study hard. Getting good grades is part of building your college resume. It all starts with strong academic performance. If you are up to it, challenge yourself to take honors or AP classes. Most importantly, sophomores should strive for success. Ms. Nelson believes that a student who is continuously challenging him or herself to achieve personal success will be better prepared academically, emotionally, and psychologically to apply to college and to be successful in future endeavors.

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School News

Cypress Bay Debate Team Prepared to Defend National Title By Stacey Bomser


ne of C ypress Bay ’ s most competitive

teams trains in the classroom, not the gym. The “DeBAYte” team is busy preparing to defend its titles. Not only was it District Champions last year, but the team was named a School of Outstanding Distinction at the National Forensic League’s 2013 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Head Coach Megan West says this is a huge honor. “At the national tournament, there were over 3,500 students from almost 1,100 schools competing. We were named one of the Top 10 based solely on our students’ performance.” Cypress Bay took ten students to the tournament; eight of them won awards. Zach Gorwitz received third place in Congressional Debate and Jeremy Gutner placed seventh. Megan Hirsh and Ben Sandler placed 16th in Public Forum debate. Isabella Paretti, Omer Bensaadon, Josh Ulino and Ignacio Sabate all placed in the top 40 of their respective events. Ms. West says the forensics team, which includes both speech and debate, has grown significantly since she took over in 2010. “There are about 85 full-time members on the competitive team. This year, though, we have just under 1,000 students enrolled in debate classes, so that’s almost 25% of the school and we’re expecting our team membership to sky-rocket.”

She says she is not surprised debate has become so popular at Cypress Bay. “Forensics teaches versatile skills that are applicable to any occupation. A lot of my students want to be lawyers or politicians, but an equal number want to be engineers, doctors, or teachers,” explains Ms. West. “At the end of the day, communicating your thoughts and opinions eloquently and interacting with people from a large variety of backgrounds is something they will have to do at any job in the future.” She notes that another reason the debate program is growing Members of the Cypress Bay “deBAYte” team show off their trophies from the is it looks great on a college National Speech and Debate Tournament. Assistant Coach Ben Miller (left), competitors Josh Ulino, Ignacio Sabate, Jeremy Gutner, Isabella Paretti, Megan resume. “Forensics teaches students how to write, speak and Hirsh, Zach Gorwitz, Ben Sandler, Omer Bensaadon, and Head Coach Megan West. research…and college admisthe event), in addition to class time. Cypress Bay has sions officers and future employers know this,” states four full-time forensics teachers: Ms. West, Ben Miller, Ms. West. Nick Montecalvo and Zack Spechler, who joined the The competitive debate season begins this month. program this year. All four faculty members are also The season runs through June. Team members coaches. practice two to three days a week (depending upon

B’nai Aviv Welcomes New Early Childhood Director By Stacey Bomser


abrina M ueller is the new E arly Childhood D irector of B’ nai

improvements at the school. The classrooms have been renovated to create an environment with learning centers designed to capture children’s interest and Aviv’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). She boasts over 20 years encourage discovery and exploration. “These environments help foster indepenof early childhood education and Jewish religious school experience, most dence and encourage self-discipline among young children. I am also excited recently as the assistant director of the early childhood learning center at Temple about the preschool’s new computer and arts Sinai in Hollywood. centers.” Ms. Mueller says what she is most These changes should only strengthen looking forward to in her new position at the school’s academic record. B’nai Aviv’s B’nai Aviv is creating a learning environECEC already holds Broward County’s highest ment that encourages children to explore, Kindergarten Readiness Rating from the Florida question and answer. She plans to build Department of Education. Ms. Mueller says upon the school’s successful academic she believes the school’s religious curriculum curriculum. reinforces this. “B’nai Aviv has a strong educational “By incorporating religious studies such foundation with a hands-on and playas laws and values in the program, the chilbased curriculum,” explains Ms. Mueller. dren have an opportunity to further develop “We incorporate a blend of different readiness skills with theological support,” she approaches as every child has a unique explains. “I believe that learning religious hisway to learn. Our program supports the tory also helps kids understand the world and growth of the whole child, meaning that their place in it. These types of lessons are not each area of learning – cognitive, physical, only for kindergarten readiness but are lifelong.” social-emotional, and language – is interAccording to Ms. Mueller, “Learning is a woven. This allows children to approach lifelong process which starts in preschool, but learning with delight and enthusiasm and does not stop – even when children graduate helps them develop a healthy, positive our program. Education is about inspiring and self-concept.” empowering others and opening gates to new Since she started over the summer, Sabrina Mueller, the new Early Childhood Director at B’nai Aviv, interacts with preschool students. life paths.” Ms. Mueller has already made significant


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Gait Disturbances in Children By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.


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ait disturbances are one of the most com -

mon concerns of parents. Children may begin walking with their feet turned in or out, leaving parents with many questions. The problem may be coming from any level between the foot and hip. Some deformities occur at one level (i.e. foot, leg, knee, or hip), while others are more complex. Some children may “grow out of it”, while others will not. Newborns and infants are born with their legs bowed and the lower leg turned in relative to the upper leg (medial tibial torsion). This represents the fetal position of the lower limbs. With the beginning of walking the lower limbs start to straighten as normal physiologic development takes place.


▸▸ Genetic: Rotational problems often run in families. When parents and siblings have grown out of it, the presenting child usually will as well. ▸▸ In utero position during pregnancy may cause the foot to turn in. ▸▸ Sleeping or sitting postures may not cause the problem, but will delay the resolution of them. ▸▸ Compensating mechanisms for limb deformities. ▸▸ Tight muscles and ligaments at any level. ▸▸ Bone deformities in the hip, femur, knee, tibia, or feet.


▸▸ Observation of the child at rest, standing, walking and running. ▸▸ Checking hip range of motion with the hip flexed and extended. ▸▸ Checking knee structure and the rotation of the tibia on the femur (lower leg bone relative to upper bone). ▸▸ Checking the position of the ankle and the leg bone to determine bone deformities. ▸▸ Observation of foot posture to check for curvatures and elevation or flattening of the arch. ▸▸ Neurological problems must be ruled out.


▸▸ To effectively treat rotational problems, the level and severity of the deformity must be determined. ▸▸ If sleeping and sitting position perpetuate the deformity, they must be changed. ▸▸ There may be a need for casting the foot, ankle and leg (every two weeks) to put tight ligaments and muscles into a continuous stretch. This may be necessary for anywhere between two and eight weeks. ▸▸ Physical therapy to improve muscle flexibility and to provide gait training to the child. ▸▸ In-shoe custom molded orthotics or gait plates to help encourage normal walking. This is especially beneficial in the flatfooted child or ones who are intoed. ▸▸ Night braces or splinting to encourage and maintain correction. ▸▸ In rare cases, surgery may be necessary if the problems persist and walking becomes difficult or if the child continues to fall or trip. ▸▸ In most cases, continued observation of the child may be all that is necessary.

Robert Sheinberg, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diplomat American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Mark Fishman, Dr. Carlo Messina, Dr. David Shenassa, and Dr. Nathan Vela. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901.


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another school year always serve as a time of reflection for me. Another year has gone by and I see how quickly time passes as my children get older…and so do I! Even though deep in my heart I know I have done my best, I often fault myself for my best not being good enough by not having made more time for my children and my family. I am hard on myself, often unforgiving, examining what I have done that may have hurt my family, friends or loved ones. I vow that this coming year will be different. This process repeats itself each school year, with my promise to myself that the “best I have given” has to be better. Self reflection is a great motivator and the catalyst that forces us to see who we really are, providing the greatest opportunity for change. The only way we become better people is through this often agonizing process. Parenthood is a time when many of us will find ourselves in this cycle of self reflection. As parents, we are constantly questioning ourselves whether we have made the right decisions for our children. Are we providing them with the best opportunities? Have we made a mistake that will affect them for the rest of their lives? How do we know if we are providing an environment that will foster their best opportunity for growth? Raising children is an emotional rollercoaster with highs and lows that can at times leave parents dizzy with confusion. In the role as parents, we are constantly performing a juggling act, doing our best to make sure one slip doesn’t ruin the whole show. It is an overwhelming feeling that at times can be self depreciating. It is during these periods of self reflection that as parents we must also remember to reflect on the good that we have done in child rearing and the decisions that we have made that have had a positive impact on our children’s lives. We will all have issues that arise with our children throughout our lives. Every parent will at times question themselves about life changes, educational decisions or special needs our children may have and wonder as parents if we are providing the necessary tools to help lead them in the right direction. Just as we know we are not “perfect adults”, we can’t be expected to raise “perfect children” hoping they will become “perfect adults.” It’s just not possible. What we can do however, is remember to take the time as individuals to selfreflect on both the positive and the negative choices we have made in our lives, their impact, and what we can do to make our lives and the lives of those around us even better. As parents, we are doing our best if we learn and grow from these reflections, while at the same time providing a continual flow of guidance, love and real attention to our children! Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors 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 15 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954)389-1232.

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Spinal Degeneration: An Aging Process? By Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner


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ity so does nervous system compromise. The potential implications of this are enormous, as science confirms the nervous system controls every tissue, organ and system in the body. For example, evidence shows there is a direct connection between the nervous and immune systems. The process of spinal degeneration may not be an inevitable part of aging. This is evident from the fact many older people have healthy, well-preserved discs and no sign of disc or joint degeneration. Yet, severe degenerative change can be seen in young adults if there has been trauma or prolonged, abnormal spinal stress, such as the result of postural distortion and malalignment. Chiropractic care can significantly benefit osteoarthritis sufferers by gradually improving movement in dysfunctional joints and through restoring normal spinal curves and alignment. In addition to relieving pain, chiropractic may also assist in preventing further degeneration from occurring. The most important contribution chiropractic care can have to spinal health, however, may lie in prevention. Through maintaining optimum joint movement and spinal alignment, regular chiropractic care can help prevent spinal degeneration from starting in the first place. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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lastic surgery is booming . Patients are able

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Stop Edit Headline The Assault On Our Youth By Alina Gastesi-de Armas, MA, MEd, LMHC


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ignored and even perpetuated by parents: underage drinking. In case you haven’t heard, the “House Party” law was toughened in July 2011 and the consequences for adult hosts heightened. It is against the law to serve alcohol to minors in your home. It is untrue that underage drinking is a “right of passage” causing no harm. Continued research warns that teens who drink are far more likely to engage in violent behavior, suffer sexual assault, fail in school, be involved in car accidents, suffer depression and even attempt suicide. Furthermore, there are devastating affects that alcohol can have on a teenager’s developing brain. The adolescent brain is much more susceptible to drug dependence and addiction than the fully developed adult brain. The earlier that alcohol use starts, the more likely the person is to become dependent. Addiction follows a process (use, abuse, addiction) that in young people can be frighteningly quick – a matter of weeks or months. Many of our youth are sent off to college already dependent on the drug, only to become addicted for life in the college social scene, where alcohol is prevalent.

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The decision for a child to use or abuse alcohol has been thoroughly studied and the facts are clear. They rely on their parents for setting limits, boundaries and appropriate examples. Your role here is vital. Alcohol is a drug that depresses the central nervous system. The adolescent brain is a work in progress. It is built to acquire information, adapt, and learn. Alcohol, however, can disrupt the adolescent brain’s ability to learn life skills. So, not only can heavy drinking during this time get the adolescent into trouble through behavior such as risk taking or drinking and driving, but it can also make the brain less able to learn important life skills that can help them avoid trouble as an adult. Understand that giving alcohol to a young person harms their health and their development. Yet, with all this danger, the majority of teens who do drink get their alcohol from adults and in private homes, many from their own homes. Research shows that teens given alcohol at home will drink more frequently and in a higher quantity when away from home. They are more likely to get in a car with someone who has been drinking, drink and drive themselves, and drive drunk later in life. It is just not possible to “teach” the adolescent brain to drink or make true the fairy tale that adolescents can learn to drink responsibly at home. Stand up for the law and for the health and welfare of your child. If you are stuggling with your ability to set limits with your child around alcohol use, contact Alina Gastesi-de Armas, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Parent Coordinator. Please call 954-384-9373 or visit




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the original lineage of this ancient practice was taught by men and practiced by men. One specific lineage taught yoga to warriors to prepare them for battle.  It was not until the 19th century when yoga made its way to the west that “modern yoga” became misperceived as a “girly thing”. Today, despite the majority of students being women, more and more men are getting hooked and loving it.  Not being of the male gender, I posed these questions to many of my guy friends, their circles and my students: “What keeps you from trying yoga? For those who have established a regular yoga practice, what benefits have you received?” While not overly scientific, the following are the top five reasons this group of men gave for not trying yoga along with some feedback from those gentlemen who have taken on the sport and never looked back. 1. “I’m not flexible!” Yoga is not about flexibility; it’s about range of motion. It’s about movement and functionality. It’s about staying youthful and mobile. As one of the “dudes” who goes to yoga on a regular basis told me, “Yoga helps me both mentally and physically. Mentally it helps relieve stress and puts me in a better mood. Physically it helps with balance, coordination, flexibility, back ailments and breath work.”

2. “What is yoga going to do for me that the gym cannot?” It’s about balance! Think of it as cross-training. There is a lot of tightness and tension in most men’s bodies. Yoga brings fresh blood and oxygen to muscles that are stressed from weight training or other activities and aides in recovery and repair as well as assists in preventing overtraining injuries. In addition, there is evidence that yoga can be as good for you as any other activity and actually help improve and increase your performance in your favorite sport, weight training, running, cycling, or cross fit activity. 3. “I don’t want to look silly!” We have all looked silly at one time or another. More than likely, nobody is looking at you; they are often too busy looking at themselves. My advice, find a sense of humor! Corbin Stacy, RYT, who taught the Friday Night Lights event at aLaya Spa said it best: “Within the Yoga community you are surrounded by love, light, constant growth and nurturing; everyone coming together for a common cause.”

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5. “Who has time?” It’s important to make time for wellness. Many physical diseases such as high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, trouble sleeping, anxiety and depression are stress related. By participating in a regular yoga practice these can all be managed and even avoided. Most of the guys who began yoga for different reasons ended up discovering that yoga had a positive affect not just physically, but mentally as well, and made them better people for those around them.  Phylice Kessler is the Fitness Director at aLaya, the spa at Bonaventure Resort & Spa. One of South Florida’s largest destination spas, it offers 48,000-square-feet including a state-of-the-art fitness facility with Life Fitness® cardio equipment, a dedicated Spinning studio and Hot Yoga room, in addition to 30 treatment rooms providing a complete menu of spa services, as well as a full service salon. For more information call (954) 349-5500 or visit

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▸▸ If there is a water hazard on the right side of the hole and you play a fade, then aim even further left than you usually would if there was no hazard. No matter how far left you end up, it will still be better than being in the hazard and loosing a stroke and distance in certain situations. ▸▸ Aim to the larger side of the green rather than directly at the pin so you will end up putting rather than chipping or in a hazard. Unless you are a low handicap golfer, then the goal on approach shots is to land on the green and give yourself an opportunity to putt instead of chipping. ▸▸ Favor taking more club than less club. Golfers tend to remember that best shot that they hit with a certain iron and present themselves with a mental image of that. Don’t think about that 8 iron that you once hit flush downwind that you bragged about in the past. Stay within your comfort zone on distance when selecting the right club unless you are hitting into the wind when you should swing easier and select an extra club or two to compensate. ▸▸ Try to leave the ball under the hole on pitches. It is always more favorable to make an uphill putt than a downhill putt potentially 3 putting from a fast downhill putt. You also can be more aggressive on an uphill putt thus increasing your chances of making it. ▸▸ Don’t try shots you are not comfortable with. It’s great to try big hooks or slices when on the driving range, but unless you feel comfortable hitting them it’s better to take your medicine and punch out back into the fairway than getting into more trouble. Remember the last hole of the British Open when the leader had a 3 stroke lead then unbelievably hit into every hazard imaginable -- into the rough, into the water, into a bunker -- before making triple bogey and losing the tournament? PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean 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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he medical term for an ear infection is otitis .

Ear infections generally begin as inflammation of the skin inside the outer ear canal. Once inflammation is present, discharge, redness, and other characteristics of an ear infection become established. Inflammation of the canal leads to the overgrowth of normal bacteria and yeast that live in the ear; other “opportunistic” bacteria can also take advantage of the inflammation and unhealthy environment inside the ear to establish infection. The overgrowth of these organisms causes more inflammation and other unhealthy changes inside the ear. In some cases, ear infections that start in the outer ear canal can progress to involve the middle ear and inner ear. Deep infections can lead to deafness and other complications.

What Causes Ear Infections?

Any pet can develop otitis regardless of ear shape, exposure to water, or the amount of hair inside the ear canal. Ear infections in dogs and cats are most often the result of an underlying problem. Many conditions can predispose a pet to developing an ear infection, including the following: allergies (food allergy or inhalant allergy); ear mites; polyps or other growths in the ear canal; systemic illnesses such as thyroid disease and adrenal gland disease (in dogs); and foreign material in the ears, including dirt, sand, or plant material. Ear infections are painful. Some pets with this condition may even try to bite people who try to touch their ears or head (including their owners). The clinical signs of otitis can vary depending on the severity of the inflammation, but can include the following: shaking the head or rubbing the head and ears on the floor or on furniture; scratching the ears; discharge from the ears; redness of the ear canal and ear flap; the ears may also feel warm when touched Some pets with severe otitis may cry or groan as they rub and scratch their ears. Some pets scratch so severely that their nails create wounds on the skin around their face, neck, and ears. If the otitis is severe or chronic, the outer ear canal can begin to thicken and become deformed. This thickening can make the ear opening very narrow, so cleaning the ears becomes more difficult. Ulcerations on the inside of the ear canal can also result from infection and trauma.

Why Are Antibiotics Necessary to Treat Ear Infections?

Once the inflammation associated with an ear infection is established, bacteria (and yeast) can create secondary infections. These infections can be relatively straightforward to diagnose and treat with antibiotics or antifungal medications. Still, the underlying reason for the inflammation must be addressed, or the secondary infections are likely to recur. During a physical examination, your veterinarian may use a cotton swab to collect some debris from your pet’s ear. This material can be placed on a slide and examined under a microscope to determine if the infection is due to yeast, bacteria, or mites. Your veterinarian may also recommend bacterial culture and sensitivity testing. This information can help determine the best medications to treat the infection. Your veterinarian will also likely clean your pet’s ears to remove as much debris as possible before treatment begins. Cleaning begins creating a healthier environment inside the ear -- an environment that will not continue to support bacterial overgrowth.

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Once an infection has resolved, regular cleaning helps prevent recurrence by promoting a healthy environment inside the outer ear canal. Never insert a cotton swab into your pet’s ear canal; these swabs can rupture the eardrum. If you are uncomfortable cleaning your pet’s ears, ask your veterinary team to review ear cleaning procedures with you. Underlying conditions, such as allergies, should also be addressed to help prevent recurrence of ear infections. Returning for regular check-ups with your veterinarian is also an important way to track your pet’s progress and catch ear infections early before they have a chance to get firmly reestablished.

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have a vision impairment. A comprehensive vision screening by the eye doctor is the best tool used in making a diagnosis. Sometimes, however, children are resistant to wearing glasses. The first thing to keep in mind, here, is that children are aware of what they like and what others will think of them. A good way of overcoming the stereotype of “dorky” glasses is to point out familiar faces who also wear them. You can point out characters, celebrities, or friends and family that wear glasses to ease them into the right frames. Also, remember that contact lenses are a good option for those who don’t want to always wear glasses. A comprehensive eye exam, contact lens evaluation, and complete insertion and removal training can certainly help your child’s vision and result in success! Remember that the sooner a vision problem is detected and taken care of, the greater the chances for successful treatment. Vision is a key component for school. If a child’s vision is impaired, rising visual demands such as smaller print books or more homework can considerably change a student’s performance. Also, keep in mind that new technological advances in the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially make less obvious vision problems worse. Without proper eyesight, children may suffer not only in school, but also socially. This year, guarantee your child a great academic year by making sure their vision is in perfect condition. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, (954) 888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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close to zebras, antelope, and rhinos, and offers the opportunity to hand-feed giraffes. The lion cubs can be seen from Edge of Africa, while the tiger cubs are on display in the Jungala habitat. See how these babies and all of the park’s animals are cared for at the new Animal Care Center. This unique facility allows guests to view animal check-ups, treatments and surgeries. Other animal attractions at Busch Gardens include: Walkabout Way, where guests can hand-free kangaroos and wallabies; Lory Landing, where you can purchase nectar to feed parrots and lorikeets; Curiosity Caverns for an up-close look at snakes and bats; Cheetah Run; and the Myombe Reserve, where guests can view gorillas and chimpanzees in a lush rainforest habitat. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. It is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. Busch Gardens is located in Tampa, about a four-hour drive from Weston. For information on park attractions, hours or ticket prices visit www.seaworldparks. com/en/buschgardens-tampa.

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Car Care

End Of Summer Car Care By Charles J. Bonfiglio


acation ’ s over . The kids are back in school .

Summer fun is quickly fading into mere memories. It’s likely that your vehicle has been through a lot this summer and although it may seem premature to prepare your vehicle for the cooler weather ahead, go ahead and take advantage of this in-between period and take the proper steps to not only rejuvenate, but to also maintain and protect your vehicle. The summer is tough on cars for several reasons — extreme heat can wear out all sorts of components that may not be evident without a closer look. One component that can be severely damaged by the hot weather is your vehicle’s battery — high temperatures can cause the battery fluid to evaporate and can even wear it out faster. Keep your battery running well all year long by routinely cleaning any dirt or corrosion around it (be sure to wear eye protection and rubber gloves) as well as topping off the battery fluid when it reaches low levels. Between road trips and driving kids around on summer break, drivers tend to generate a lot more mileage on their vehicle than usual. Owner manuals usually state that you should get an oil change every 3,000 miles or so (check your own manual for a more specific range). A simple oil change and an oil filter check at the end of the summer season is an easy way to get your vehicle back into top performance shape. Another component to check is your vehicle’s tires. Again, with the combination of frequent driving and hot temperatures it’s more than likely your tires accumulated more wear and tear than they probably did months prior. Worn tires are of little use in rainy weather so examine your tires by inspecting the remaining tread life (by now, the “coin trick” is a well known test), uneven wearing, and cupping. Also make sure to check the tire pressure once a month —purchasing a digital air pressure gauge will allow you to easily check the pressure. Let the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure as tires hot off the road can give you a different reading. Don’t forget to inspect your spare as well. It’s always a good idea to give your car a good “spring cleaning” between seasons. Getting rid of unnecessary items from the season — like summer’s beach chairs and towels — can help improve fuel efficiency. With gas prices so high these days, keeping your vehicle consistently clean can ultimately earn your vehicle miles in the long run. Now that the summer is over, enjoy the nice weather one last time and give your car a good scrub down. You might be surprised how good your car looks after a simple wash. A new pair of windshield wipers can help too; chances are that they dried up during the summer heat. You still might be in vacation mode, but your vehicle could probably use its own spa-day after all the summer excursions. Charles J. Bonfiglio is the President and CEO of the Meineke Car Care Centers and Tint World in Weston and Sunrise. The Weston location is at 2629 Weston Road and can be reached at (954) 385-8696. There is also a Meineke conveniently located on Sunrise Boulevard across from the Sawgrass Mills Mall.


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Rotary Club of Weston Helping To Eradicate Polio By Margarita Lartitegui


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ing to eradicate Polio for almost 30 years. After Poliomyelitis was eradicated in the United States in 1979, the effort was then channeled to keep the fight around the globe. This has been a long, but certainly a rewarding journey for Rotary. In 1985, more than 125 countries had active cases of Polio, but with millions of vaccines delivered every year, country by country, cases have reduced to a point that the world is now 99% Polio free. As of today, only three countries are still struggling to win this fight: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. India was part of this group not long ago, but has been Polio free for two years, and hopefully, it will be officially Polio free if by January no new cases are reported. This is thanks to the efforts of Rotary, Unicef, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and local governments working together. The Rotary Club of Weston has been an active player in this fight. Every year we conduct different activities to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. This year, we are enlisting the help and support of Weston youth to help less fortunate kids in other parts of the world. The Purple Pinkie Project was developed to mimic the Gentian Violet Ink that is applied to a child’s finger when he/ she receives the Polio vaccine. The objective of the project is to teach children values by making them


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aware of how each dollar they help to raise will save lives. For every dollar a child donates, he will be allowed to paint one finger as a sign of saving one child from Polio. The Purple Pinkie Project has been conducted in many countries but is new to Weston. Imagine Charter School at Weston has already committed to help in 2013 and years to come, and with the support and enthusiasm of other schools in Weston, we will be able to make a significant contribution to this fight to eradicate Polio. Rotary will not stop working because if Polio cases rebound due to lack of vaccines, within a decade more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralyzed every year. With the Rotary Club of Weston and the community working together, we can End Polio Now. The Rotary Club of Weston is recognized as one of Southwest Broward’s leading community service organizations. Weston Rotary meets at Weston Hills Country Club every Thursday morning, year-round, from 7:30 – 8:30am to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a lively meeting program. For further information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at, or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.


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What types of medical aesthetic services does Radiance provide? We

lients of Radiance Med Spa radiate beauty. Like most day spas, Radiance offers a complete menu of aesthetic services, but what makes Radiance Med Spa unique is that all procedures are administered under a doctor’s supervision.

offer a variety of fillers and neuromodulators including Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Belotero. All injectables are administered by the physician. We also offer various light/ laser based technologies for skin resurfacing including photofacial that improves skin tone and eMatrix that improves skin texture.

Owner and Medical Director Faiza Khalid, MD, says while visiting Radiance Med Spa, patients are pampered with traditional spa services but also have the option of receiving medical services such as fillers and injectables, laser hair removal and medical-grade skin therapies.

What types of body treatments does Radiance offer? The body services that

we offer at Radiance include a range of massages from the classic Swedish massage or deep tissue massage to a hot stone massage or prenatal massage. Other services include laser hair removal treatments and eMatrix treatments for skin tightening and stretch marks. Radiance also offers the HCG Diet designed to help patients lose up to 50 pounds. We are in the process of incorporating more body sculpting treatments including minimally invasive liposuction.

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spa gives me this unique opportunity to help people feel more confident and reach their full personal potential utilizing mainly non-invasive procedures.

What types of facial services does Radiance offer? Radiance offers a range of

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training was in Family Medicine but my main area of practice is Aesthetic Medicine, which is a developing branch of medicine based on the use of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments to enhance patients’ satisfaction with their physical appearance. This specialty is primarily focused on the pathophysiology of aging skin and adheres to scientific based procedures. I’ve received extensive training in aesthetic medicine and constantly strive to keep myself up-to-date with the latest and the greatest techniques with continued medical education.

What about Aesthetic Medicine appeals to you and why did you want to own a med spa? I feel there is a strong correlation between

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services such as customized facials, medical grade chemical peels including our famous VI Peel, and microdermabrasion. Facials are customized based on the client’s needs. Our Teenage Acne facials are very popular and so are the Detox facials for mature skin. Peels are highly individualized ranging from Salicylic peels for acne prone skin to Jessners for hyper-pigmentation. VI Peels, our best seller, improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. We also offer the Cosmelan peel, which is administered by the doctor only. The Cosmelan depigmentation peel is a breakthrough treatment that utilizes a two-pronged approach to eliminate dark patches caused by melanin deposits. First, it deactivates a critical enzyme in the production of melanin responsible for the formation of dark spots. Secondly, it utilizes a proprietary blend of bleaching agents and botanical ingredients to eliminate existing excess pigment deposits. To complement the results of all of our treatments, we are pleased to provide patients with several medical grade skin care lines including Obaji, Viveté, Skin Medica, and Lattisse, to name a few.

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Radiance Med Spa, all services are performed by our licensed and highly skilled team of professionals including medical aestheticians and massage therapists who work under direct supervision of a physician to deliver the safest and highest quality of service.

Describe the spa atmosphere you provide clients. At Radiance, we strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for each and every patient. Prior to treatments, clients relax in our tranquility lounge with soothing water fountain. It is ideal for reflective thoughts that give you peace of mind. In addition, each private treatment room offers soothing music and ambient lighting to calm your senses.

Radiance Med Spa is located at 4551 Weston Road in the Weston Commons shopping center. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Walk-ins are always welcome, but it is recommended to book an appointment by calling (954) 659-0199. For a complete menu of medical aesthetic services or to see this month’s special promotions, visit

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Grosman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Helps Patients Achieve a Healthy & Beautiful Smile by debby teich


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and Orthodontics offers comprehensive dental care for children, from age one to 18. The experienced staff works together as a team to provide state-of-the-art treatment and to educate its young clients about preventive care in a safe, fun, and kid-friendly environment. It is conveniently located at 4401 S. Flamingo Road, on the NW corner of Griffin Road and Flamingo Road. The combination of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in one practice has many benefits for its patients. The doctors are trained to evaluate each patient’s growth and can recognize abnormal development at an early stage. When concerns arise, they can advise patients on the best time to start correcting the problems. If caught early, some problems can be corrected by doing simple exercises at home. Other problems may require orthodontic appliances. They are able to create a smooth transition between pediatric dentist and orthodontist since they already know the patients and their families. To save time, many families schedule their child’s dental cleaning and check-up along with an orthodontic appointment. Drs. Alon and Maria Grosman love children as much as they love dentistry! They live in Weston with their three children - Daniel, 5, Ilan, 4, Mia Caterina, 5 months - and two dogs, Pepe and Taz. Both are specialists who received additional training in the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs. Dr. Maria, board certified pediatric dentist, completed her doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) degree at Marquette University and obtained her certificate in pediatric dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Alon Grosman, board certified orthodontist, completed his undergraduate degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He went on to Tufts University to complete his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree. He also spent two years in Tufts University Department of Orthodontics earning a specialist certificate. The couple met while completing their residencies. The doctors have gone to great lengths to create

Dr. Maria Marranzini-Grosman, board certified pediatric dentist, loves working with young patients.


they have put off for years, while others are touching up orthodontic treatment completed in the past. Shawn-Renae Brown’s daughter, Iliana, has been a patient for more than five years. She has experienced a variety of services, including extractions, fillings, retainers, braces and more. “Both doctors are very professional and wonderful The doctors have created a non-threatening and fun environment for the children, so most do not even realize they are in a dental office. with the kids,” said Brown. a non-threatening and fun environment for the chil“They make sure that Iliana dren so most do not even realize they are in a dental is comfortable and calm from the moment she walks office. “We want to make sure that all of our patients through the door. I have referred many of my friends feel right at home,” said Dr. Alon Grosman. “We to the office.” put their needs first in order to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment.” When the kids arrive, they can play age-appropriate games in the waiting room, like Xbox and Nintendo. The office is decorated with a Polynesian island theme. It is filled with diversions, including a flat screen television in front of every dental chair, so the kids can watch a movie while receiving treatments. Of course, no visit to the dentist is ever complete without a trip to the treasure box. The office also runs seasonal contests for its patients. The carefully selected staff provides energetic and fun-loving service to every patient. Each member of the treatment team is a registered assistant, with years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. They regularly attend continuing education courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances. Most parents begin bringing their children for dental care at a young age. To prevent dental problems and identify potential risks, Dr. Maria recommends that children visit when the first tooth appears, usually between 6 and 12 months of age, or no later than his/her first birthday. Dr. Grosman examines and cleans the teeth, and also provides answers to important questions about oral habits and diet. Many parents want to know how to clean their baby’s teeth; information on baby bottle tooth decay and how to prevent it; whether thumb sucking is The practice offers comprehensive dental harmful for their child’s teeth; how to help care for children, from age one to 18. their children through the teething phase; when to start using toothpaste and more. Grosman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is located at 4401 S. Dr. Alon Grosman’s practice offers a Flamingo Rd., Ste. 109, on the NW corner of Griffin Rd. and Flamingo large selection of braces, ranging from Rd., next to the Suntrust Bank. The office is open five days a week, traditional and cosmetic to Invisalign. His and by appointment only on certain nights and weekends. New practice utilizes the latest technology availpatients receive a free orthodontic consultation. For more informaable to maximize cosmetic and functional tion, call 954-236-3434; visit or send an email to results, as well as comfort. He is also very focused on efficiency, in an effort to decrease treatment time. Most children begin treatment at around 12 years old; however, some require early intervention and can start as young as six. Dr. Grosman also treats many of the children’s parents. Some are just beginning treatment, which

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Camp Round-up

Summer Olympics

Campers at TAG USA Gymnastics got the chance to meet Olympic gold medal winner Aly Raisman. During her two day visit to the gym, she mingled with more than 200 campers. She also worked with members of the gym’s competitive team and raised more than $2,500 for the TAG USA Foundation. Summer Sports campers also enjoyed a visit by Billy the Marlin.

Let’s Dance

Prima Ballerinas

At the International Dance Academy, campers learned classical ballet technique. The young ballerinas’ hard work and determination was rewarded with an end-of-camp show complete with costumes.

Campers at the Heroes of Hip Hop summer camp learned all the latest moves while dancing to their favorite beats and then showed them off during their end-of-camp recital. The dancers performed a hip hop version of The Wizard of Oz featuring choreography by Ms. Fergie, the studio dance director, and Ms. Dani, assistant choreographer. B-Boy Fantum taught the campers breakdance skills. In addition to dancing, campers enjoyed arts & crafts, acting and playing educational games.

Show Time

Weston’s Sabrina Lipkin (center) rehearses for the WISH! performance.


St. Paul Lutheran Church hosted 275 campers for its Vacation Bible School program called “Kingdom Rock.” Each day, members of the skit crew helped tell the bible story.


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Students enrolled in the Inside Out Theatre Company’s Summer Conservatory created and performed WISH! The original play explored what would happen if every time you wish something it came true, with the moral being to be careful what you wish for. The threeweek program, for students ages nine to 14, included instruction in all aspects of theater. Students learned acting, improvisation, dance, stage combat, playwriting, mime, stage make-up, audition techniques, Shakespeare, commercial and film acting, and more.

Camp round-up

Good Clean Fun

Teen campers at Camp Chameleon enjoyed a pool party, while younger campers were bubbling over with laughs while making “snake” bubbles.

Animal Attraction

During a field trip to Jungle Island, campers in Camp Sagemont’s Travel Camp got to meet some feathered friends. Meanwhile, back at camp, kindergarten campers met three talented rodents. Alvin and The Chipmunks made an appearance for Camp Sagemont’s opening day of Pop Stars Rock!

Artistic Expression

Campers at the Art Institute of Weston’s All Art Camp spent the summer getting creative. Campers explored various forms of art including painting, ceramics, arts and crafts and music.

Extreme Sports

Camp Sagemont campers enjoyed an active summer. The Sports Camp enjoyed tubing at CB Smith Park, while Travel campers learned archery at Camp Live Oak.

Friends Forever

Campers at Creative Child Learning Center’s Camp Explorer made lasting memories and friendships at camp this summer.

Game On

Campers at Mark at the Park Fun Fitness Camp enjoyed some friendly competition. “Team Red” gets ready for battle, while a few campers take a break from the action.

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Joe Pomerantz, Cary Keshen, Victoria Jolson, Paul Goodstat, Carol Pomerantz, and Gloria and former Weston City Commissioner Murray Chermak.

WPS Co-President Victoria Jolson, Rochelle Koenig, Elena and Luis Artidiello-Santiago.

Virtuoso Society members Rochelle and Paul Koenig, Lois and Dr. Paul Osman, and Lee Weiner.

Summerfest Concert

The Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) presented its annual Summerfest concert. It featured the I Musici Chamber Orchestra of Italy joined by selected musicians from the Symphony of the Americas under the baton of the Symphony’s artistic director, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese.

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Members of the Weston Friends Club enjoyed the musical Hairspray at the Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts. Pictured here are Betsy Zima (left), VP Communications Nancy Russo, Beverly England, and VP Programs Jacqueline Stewart.

The Weston Rugby Club (in green) with their opponents from Wales after the game.

World Cup

Broward Health Weston’s Sharel Morelock, Administrator Chris Wing, Kacie Main and Melanie Bello.

The Weston Rugby Club hosted a team from Wales this summer. The Croesyceiliog School defeated the Weston Rugby U16 team, 44-22. The Weston players were joined by players from Miami and Boca Raton. Despite the loss and the rain, everyone enjoyed the match and the cultural exchange. Weston families hosted the Wales players for two nights. The Weston Rugby Club offers programs for boys ages eight to 19. For more information contact westonyouthrugby@

Night Out

Dan Carpenter, Ryan Tannehill, Denise Broomhill, Dr. Ladan Pourmasiha and Brandon Fields.

Fins, Fun and Fitness

Broward Health Weston and pro football players Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Fields and Dan Carpenter hosted a fun-filled event complete with free sports physicals and food trucks. The Miami Dolphins players provided passing, kicking and punting tips and signed autographs for fans. Broward Health Weston provided free school sports physicals throughout July and August.

Weston City Commissioners Angel Gomez and Tom Kallman with young constituents. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Community Outreach

Residents in the Savannah community participated in a drowning prevention program presented by BSO Fire Rescue. Attendees received a demonstration on how to perform CPR and were provided with information on CPR classes and drowning prevention. Drowning is the number one killer of children ages four and under. The program was presented in partnership with the Weston District DLE, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Broward Health and Swim Central.


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When it’s a heart attack, severe injury or another life-threatening problem, call 911 or head to the nearest hospital emergency room. But when you or your child has a common ailment or a minor injury, visit Baptist Health Urgent Care. You’ll find compassionate Baptist Health doctors and nurses ready to treat your minor ailments from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. And at the end of your visit, you can walk out with your prescribed medication. For more information or to find a location near you, call 954-837-1100 or visit

A not-for-profit organization committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence

The facility charges at our urgent care centers are less than the facility charges at Baptist Health hospitals.

Coral Springs: 6264 West Sample Road • Davie: Griffin Road & University Drive • Pembroke Pines: Westfork Plaza - 15885 Pines Boulevard • Sawgrass (coming soon) • Weston: Weston Town Center - 1642 Town Center Circle

1960 N. commerce pkwy., Suite 3 Weston, FL 33326


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1960 N. Commerce Pkwy., Suite. 3, Weston, FL 33326




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