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Autumn Has Arrived


hile our friends and family up north may

be noticing a nip in the air, it’s still hot and humid here in the Sunshine State. But, there’s no mistaking that autumn has arrived. Here in South Florida, fall means football. Whether your weekends are spent cheering on your children from the sidelines or watching your favorite teams on TV, there’s a lot of great action taking place on the gridiron. Another telltale sign that autumn has arrived is the appearance of Halloween merchandise. The store shelves are stocked with candy and costumes, and pumpkin patches are popping up in empty lots everywhere. In a few short weeks, the streets will be filled with pint-sized super-heroes and fairy tale princesses out trick-ortreating. Don’t forget to take pictures of your little ones as these are the magical memories that last a lifetime. Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Community News Weston Ranked as One of America’s Best Small Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Make Time for Movies under the Moonlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Exciting Season Planned for Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Weston Foreign Film Series to Feature Award Winning Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Halloween Safety Expo Offers Evening of Family Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Tips to Stay Safe While Trick-or-Treating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Weston Town Center Welcomes OctoberFest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Community Fun Day to Kick-off Harvest Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Start Your Holiday Shopping Early at Temple Dor Dorim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church Remembers 9-11 Responders . . . . . . . . . 24 Tee Off to Fight Diabetes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Chip In for Kids In Distress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Relay For Life of Weston Leads the Fight Against Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kids Helping Kids Gives Students a Successful Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Weston Bar Association Promotes Professional Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Lingua Language Center Now Accepting Nonimmigrant Foreign Students . . . . .32 Flamingo Nursery Hosts the 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Can do kid Student Pledges to Provide Library for School in Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

real estate South Florida’s Luxury Market Looks Bright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Inspiring Individuals Meet the Queen Worker Bees: The Driving Force Behind The Harvest Drive . . . . 41

Health & Wellness


Sven Budzisch Sven Budzisch Publisher/Owner

Hormones and Migraines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Broward Health Weston to Host MAMMOPALOOZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cleveland Clinic Florida to Start Transplant Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Back Care Quiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Easing The Pain Of Divorce For Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 The Benefits of Visioffice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

cover story Trust Your Pet’s Care to All Friends Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Ask the Expert Do You Hide Your Ears? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Breast Cancer Reconstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Choosing the Right Specialist for a Young Athlete with an ACL Rupture . . . . . . 98

School News Club 2:05 is the Place to Be at Manatee Bay Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Indian Trace Elementary Plants the Seeds of Environmental Awareness . . . . . . 54 Cypress Bay Students Adjust to New Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Imagine Charter School at Weston Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage . . . . . 58 English Class Takes on New Meaning for Some Sagemont Students . . . . . . . . .60

Legally Speaking Bankruptcy Law Changes Make It Easier to Wipe Out Second Mortgages . . . . . 64 The Relocation Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

POSITIVE PARENTING Teaching Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

home decor Relaxed Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

haute hair Let’s Keep It Clean: Shampoo Secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

tee to green Publisher/Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SVEN BUDZISCH Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacey Bomser sales manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Koval Account Representatives . . Garry Isabelle, Joyce Bak, Elaine Christ,

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How Well Do You Know Your Own Game? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

pet of the month

“Cookie” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

pet care Periodontal Disease in Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

fitness forum Essential Oils: Miraculous Plant Essences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

car care Maintaining the Exterior of Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Chamber news Weston Area Chamber Holds Business Networking at All Lines Insurance . . . . 102

Rotary News Weston Rotary Gears up for Run for Tomorrow and Get Fit Festival . . . . . . . . 104

Networking News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 It’s Their Business Weston HCG Center Is Here to Help You Lose Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Shinju Japanese Buffet Offers Authentic and Delicious Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . 108 International Dance Academy is Simply the Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

business spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110, 112 photo contest The World’s Favorite Newspaper™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Snapshots from school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Seen on Scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121, 122

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Tower at Weston Town Center. For more information visit

Blessing of the Animals – St. Paul Lutheran Church will host this service at the Weston Town Center Amphitheater at 4pm. It is open to everyone and any type of pet is welcome. There will be a live band, raffle prizes, and a collection to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County. For more information call (954) 384-9096 or visit


9th Breast Cancer Web Chat – Dr. Elizabeth Stone, an Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida, will host a free web chat from noon to 1pm. Log on to www.clevelandclinic. org/webchats to register, then click “join” to participate. Questions may be submitted in advance.

JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon – The tenth 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 “Volunteers Make a Difference.” The festivities begin at 10am at Weston Hills Country Club and feature a vendor bazaar, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $72 and can be purchased at www.JAFCO. org by clicking on “Events.”

13th “Dolphin Tale” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy this touching true story of a dolphin who lost her tail and the young boy who persuades a doctor to build her a prosthetic one. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 8pm. Festival of Chocolate - Attention Chocoholics! The Festival of Chocolate is heading to the Nova Southeastern University Arena on October 13th & 14th. The all-chocolate shopping, interactive and

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15th Little League Registration – Online registration for the Weston Area Little League (WALL) starts this day. WALL offers baseball, softball and challenger programs for children ages four and up. Prices vary per division; the boys and girls challenger program is free. For more information visit



educational event includes two days of creamy, dreamy, cocoa-flavored fun. There will be something for chocolate lovers of all ages. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-12). For more information visit

items should be curbside by 7am on your collection day. For questions regarding bulk pick-up please call the City of Weston Public Works Services Center at (954) 3852600 or visit the City of Weston website at, click on Public Works and then Bulk Pick-Up.

26th St. Katharine Drexel Golf Tournament – The Knights of Columbus Council of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church will host its sixth annual Charity Golf Tournament at Weston Hills Country Club. The event will help the church build its permanent house of worship in Weston along South Post Road. For more information, call Chairman Mike Grimley at (954) 540-9235.

Halloween Spooktacular – Come out to the Weston Town Center for a fun night of trick-or-treating, special character appearances, face painting, bounce houses, and much more from 6-8pm. There will be costume contests for children ages 2-7 and 8-13. For more information visit or call (954) 349-5900.

Nov. 3rd Fall Expo – Stop by the Weston Community Center between noon and 6pm for an Artisan Showcase and Small Business Expo, supporting women and Hispanic owned businesses. The Fall Expo will feature jewelry, fashion, arts and crafts, food tasting, music and much more. The event is free. For more information call (305) 389-2042 or email Fallexpo.weston@

Nov. 4th 16th MOMS Club Social – The MOMS Club of Weston - Northeast Chapter is hosting a fall social from 10am to noon at Shelter #1 at Weston Regional Park. All Weston moms and their children are welcome to come learn about the MOMS Club and enjoy fall crafts and snacks. For more information call (954) 385-6472.

24-27th Bulk Garbage Pick-up – FREE Bulk Pick-Up will take place on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day, which is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for single-family homes and Saturday for multi-family units with dumpsters. All

27th Between Sun & See Tour – Estaban Salazar will host this Master Class/ Workshop that will intrigue every level of yoga practitioner to explore inner harmony, body opening, self-connection and playing the edge while safely having fun in yoga bliss. This energetic yoga practice will be held with music played by a live DJ. It takes place from 1:30-4pm at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information call (954) 349-6868 or visit Thrill the World – Take part in a worldwide simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Weston Jazzercise hosts the 6th annual event behind the Bell

Harvest Drive Community Fun Day – This Harvest Drive kick-off event takes place at Weston Town Center. Stop by from 2-5:30pm for an afternoon of family fun and community service. Donate non-perishable food and toiletries to help families in need. For more information visit

Ayurveda 101 – This workshop will help you understand the origins of Ayurveda and the basic philosophy behind this sister science to Yoga. This workshop will end with a 60 minute tri-doshic asana practice. It takes place from 4-6:30pm at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information call (954) 349-6868 or visit

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Weston Ranked as One of America’s Best Small Cities By Stacey Bomser


he secret’s out. Now the world knows what Weston residents

have known all along – Weston is one of the best places to live. Weston ranked #63 on Money magazine’s list of America’s best small cities for 2012. That’s up ten spots from where the City ranked in the 2008 list. “Everyone who lives in Weston knows that it is one of the best places in the country to live,” states City Manager John R. Flint. “Having a respected independent source, such as Money magazine, include Weston in its national recognitions validates all that the City has done to offer its residents an exceptional lifestyle, high quality services, and a cost efficient and responsive government.” City leaders are thrilled with this recognition as it comes on the heels of another prestigious national ranking. Last year Weston was named the #1 Nationwide Housing Market by Businessweek. In the height of the real estate collapse, property values in Weston rose 15.1% from February 2009 to August 2011. Money’s America’s best small cities ranking takes housing into account, as well as education, finances, quality of life, leisure and culture, and other factors. According to the CNNMoney article: “These terrific small cities offer what American families care about most – strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care, and plenty to do. And they're true communities too.” For each winner, the article includes a list of statistics as well as a brief synopsis. This is what Money magazine had to say about our community: “Weston boasts a 42,500-square-foot YMCA, an extensive network of bike paths, two 18-hole golf courses, well-known local athletic leagues, and the sunny (but humid) Florida weather necessary to enjoy them throughout the year. The city's affluent residents are so devoted to their outdoor activities that many aspects of Weston's community life, like the athletic

Weston’s well-known athletic leagues are just one of the reasons our community was ranked by Money magazine as one the best places to live in the United States.

leagues, are run by volunteers. The downside comes when it's time to focus on work: Residents face a lengthy commute to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.” Weston was one of only three cities in Florida to make the top 100 ranking. The City of Riverview, near Tampa, was #65 and Coral Springs was #94. To view the full article, visit snapshots/PL1276582.html.

Make Time for Movies under the Moonlight By Stacey Bomser


hat better way to spend a Saturday night than snuggled

up with your family watching movies under the moonlight. Weston’s popular Moonlight Movies in the Park series returns with seven fantastic, free, family-friendly films. The season starts on October 13th at 8pm with Dolphin Tale. This is the amazing true story of Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail, and Sawyer, the 11-year-old boy who befriends her. Sawyer convinces a local doctor to build her a prosthetic replacement, giving Winter a second chance at life, and inspiring hope and courage in people with disabilities. Alvin and the Chipmunks are Chipwrecked on November 3rd at 7:30pm. Dave Seville, the Chipmunks and the Chipettes set sail on a luxury cruise to the International Music Awards, but Alvin can’t resist the urge to create havoc. The hilarity ensues when the singing rodents find themselves marooned on a seemingly deserted island. We Bought a Zoo will be shown on December 15th at 7:30pm. Following his wife’s death, LA journalist Benjamin Mee makes a fresh start, quitting his job and moving his children to property containing the closed Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Still home to many animals, Mee opens his heart and his checkbook to renovate and reopen it. This film is rated PG. Cool off on January 12th at 7:30pm with Ice Age 4: Continental

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Exciting Season Planned for Performing Arts By Stacey Bomser


he Weston Performing Arts Series offers something for

everyone this season. From professional puppeteers and children’s theater to world-class symphony and musical variety shows, this is the year to take advantage of all of the arts and cultural performances offered in our community. “I am really excited about the line-up this year, we have a lot of new things that should appeal to different audiences,” notes Joy Rodenberg, president of the Arts Council of Greater Weston. “Our goal this year was to collaborate because the more we all work together the better it is for the arts and culture in Weston.” The prime example is the Symphony of the Americas Pops Concert at Weston Town Center on Saturday, November 17th at 5pm. This free, outdoor twilight concert will feature music from popular Broadway shows, movies and other hum-along favorites. The pops concert will be performed by the full Symphony of the Americas under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. “Partnering with the Arts Council The Symphony of the Americas’ Opera to of Greater Weston and the Weston Broadway is back by popular demand. The March Philharmonic Society allows the performance will feature songs by Baritone Marcin Bronikowski and Soprano Courtenay Budd. City of Weston to provide programs desired by our residents with the residents serving not only as a catalyst but as an enthusiastic supporter,” states Don Decker, director of parks and recreation for the City of Weston. The Symphony of the Americas will return on Saturday, March 2nd with Opera to Broadway. Back by popular demand, this enchanted evening features famous operas and Broadway selections performed by four internationally acclaimed singers joining the full symphony orchestra in honor of the Symphony’s 25th America’s foremost musical ensemble, the Dallas Brass, will perform in April as part of the City Anniversary Season with Artistic of Weston’s Symphony Series in partnership with the Weston Philharmonic Society. Director James Brooks-Bruzzese. The symphony series concludes on Saturday, April 20th with a performance by the Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. Their repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, songs from Broadway and Hollywood, as well as patriotic music. This performance is in conjunction with the Weston Philharmonic Society’s Music in Schools program and will feature student brass players joining the Dallas Brass on stage to perform one piece. Both performances are at 8pm in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets go on sale in January and may be purchased at the Weston Community Center. Children can experience the excitement of live theater with two wonderful stage performance adaptations of classic Disney tales. The story of Sleeping Beauty comes to life on Saturday, November 10th. In this quirky adaptation of the popular tale, the evil Queen of the Fairies exacts her revenge on the royal family by sending the beautiful Princess into an everlasting sleep. To the audience’s delight, more than one spell will be broken by the kiss of a handsome Prince. Music, magic and mayhem take the stage with Aladdin and The Magic Lamp on Saturday, April 13th. Stages Productions’ newest musical features Aladdin, the wicked magician and the all-powerful Genie of the lamp. Both performances are at 10:30am in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center.

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Young children will love the professional puppet productions. Adventure abounds with Doodles the Clown on Sunday, January 12th. Self-esteem, courage and friendship are explored in this charming story of a lonely clown who builds his own dog. Little Red Riding Hood is performed on Sunday, February 9th. In this updated version of the all-time classic, the Wolf and Red both learn valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s house. Jeremy’s Jungle Adventure, on Sunday, March 9th, is a touching story of friendship. In this original adventure, a young boy embarks on a jungle safari with his father where he befriends a lion cub and learns a valuable lesson about prejudice. Two performances of each show are scheduled at the Weston Community Center, one at 1:30pm and another at 3pm. The puppet shows are free and are best suited for children ages pre-K through second grade. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Arts Council of Greater Weston further encourages children’s exposure to the arts through its Student Artist Showcase. Scheduled for April at the Weston Branch Library, this popular event features the impressive artwork of Weston’s most talented students hung in a gallery setting. It, along with the Weston Foreign Film Series, are the Arts Council’s signature events. Rodenberg says plans are in the works to host a day that Celebrates the Arts in Weston. The Arts Council is working with the Weston Art Guild, Weston Philharmonic Society, and Young At Art Museum to present this Children will be entranced by the live theater performances of the classic Disney event in February. “We’re hoping to tales of Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin. have a Graffiti Wall where guests can express themselves. There will be a Playing Zone where children can try different instruments and explore the sounds they make. And we’ll also have performances from local students. I’m hoping to have school bands and choirs perform, as well as the drama departments present numbers from their musicals.” The Arts Council is also working with Mujeres Latinas to present an international dance festival in the spring. According to Rodenberg, their vision is to feature professional Salsa, Flamenco and Tango dancers and actually get the audience up dancing too. The multi-cultural event will appeal to all ages and ethnicities. While these new programs are certainly exciting, one of the community’s most beloved cultural events is coming to a close. This is the final season of the Bonaventure Town Center Club’s Center Stage Showcase. It features five shows running January through March. This season will feature comedian Lonnie Shorr, musical variety acts by Paul Tanner, the Bronx Wanderers and Carol Woods, and the big sounds of the American Legion Symphonic Band. Season tickets are $77 per person; individual show tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the Bonaventure Town Center or by calling (954) 384-8330. “With everyone collaborating and working together we can maximize what we do and build enthusiasm and arts appreciation within the community,” states Rodenberg.

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Weston Foreign Film Series to Feature Award Winning Movies By Stacey Bomser


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Arts Council of Greater Weston is excited to announce that Weston will be one of the premiere sites for the just released, 2012 Golden Globe winning movie, An Apartment in Athens. This will be the opening film of the 7th annual Weston Foreign Film Series.

Globe award this year for Best First Feature Movie. The Weston Foreign Film Series viewing will be among the first in the United States. The movie is about a Greek couple, their 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter living in Nazi-occupied Athens and forced to share their living quarters with a tough German officer. The film

the remains of an illegal immigrant under the construction site and doesn’t report it out of fear of losing his job, it ruins his simple and happy life. Love and support of family and friends help him triumph against the odds. The dramatic satire The Schwartz Dynasty will be shown on February 11th. This Israeli film is about a widow and a Russian immigrant who fight bureaucracy to get their loved one buried. Peppering their poignant story with irony are an Orthodox Jew pothead, a fumbling politician, a surgeon-turned-butcher, and other eccentric characters. The Weston Foreign Film Series concludes on March 11th with the French film Tell No One. Pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his wife who was brutally murdered eight years ago and he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where her body was dumped, police

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Each year the Arts Council of Greater Weston works with the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival to select five feature films for the popular Weston Foreign Film Series. This year’s lineup features comedy, tragedy, family life, mystery and satire. “It’s a season of fine, award-winning films you won’t want to miss,” states Norma Sonnenklar, chair of the Weston Foreign Film Series. “The Arts Council is honored to select movies of this caliber to present to our growing fan base, year after year. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and experience these truly wonderful international films.” All films are shown at the Weston 8 Cinema on the second Monday of the month, November through March. The early show starts at 5:00pm, while the late show begins at 7:15pm. All foreign language films have English subtitles. The 2012-2013 season starts on November 12th with An Apartment in Athens. This Greek film won the Golden

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explores deep issues about freedom and subservience. Nobody is Perfect will be shown on December 10th.

This eye-opening Spanish film narrates the stories of three men who could be described as differently-abled. Carlos is blind, Dani is deaf, and Ruben has lost his left leg. During a full-blown stag party their lives change dramatically and each has a dream come true. The Italian film La Nostra Vita will be shown on January 14th. This movie follows the life of Claudio, a construction worker in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife, who is pregnant with their third child. When Claudio finds

reopen the case and Alex again becomes a suspect. The mystery increases when he receives an email showing his wife is still alive. Weston Foreign Film Series season tickets are now on sale. The cost is $30 for all five films. Series tickets are available at the Weston Community Center (at Weston Regional Park), Community Bank of Broward (1504 Weston Road), and the Friends Book Store (inside the Weston Branch Library). Both Community Bank and the Friends Book Store accept cash or checks. There is a check only policy at the Weston Community Center. Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of Greater Weston, or simply to ACGW. Individual tickets for An Apartment in Athens, if available, will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. Tickets for each of the four other films will be sold monthly beginning November 13th at all locations. Individual film tickets are $7. The Arts Council of Greater Weston is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization working to enhance the quality of life for Weston residents through the arts. For more information on the Weston Foreign Film Series visit and click on Foreign Films, or call (954) 389-4321.

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Halloween Safety Expo Offers Evening of Family Fun By Stacey Bomser


et a head start on your Halloween festivities at Weston’s

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Tips to Stay Safe While Trick-or-Treating By Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon


rincesses, goblins, and superheroes everywhere

will soon begin their quest for that seemingly never ending supply of candy. This can mean only one thing: Halloween is upon us! Whether dressing up and trick-or-treating or attending a celebration, autumn events like Halloween can be a fun time for children and their families. Unfortunately, these events can also present us with numerous dangers. Here are some important safety tips to review as a family to help ensure your little ghosts and ghouls return home safely from their trick-or-treating and holiday festivities: ▸▸ According to the National Fire Protection Association, decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year. Tell children to stay away from open flames. Make sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. ▸▸ Trick-or-treaters can easily come into contact with open flames in pumpkins and other decorations. Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and homes. If you use a real candle, make sure children are watched at all times the candle is lit. Place pumpkins and other lit decorations well away from other items that can burn and safely away from walkways, front doors, and other paths of travel. When choosing a costume, stay away from long, flowing fabric. Costumes and other common decorations can be highly flammable and can present as trip hazards. ▸▸ Provide children with flashlights to carry or incorporate glow sticks as part of their costume. When driving, drive slowly through neighborhoods and pay special attention for pedestrians. ▸▸ Make sure a trusted adult or older child accompanies younger children when trick-or-treating. Never let young children trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups and/or with a trusted adult. ▸▸ Tell children to only approach homes that are well lit, both inside and out. Never allow a child to enter a stranger’s home without a trusted adult present with them. ▸▸ Tell children to never approach a vehicle. Teach children what to do if they are confronted by a stranger with bad intentions. ▸▸ Consider organizing or attending a party at home, a school, or community center as a good alternative to trick-or-treating. ▸▸ Whenever possible, walk (never run) on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible. ▸▸ Parents should carefully scrutinize the candy and treats your children receive. Be on the lookout for choking hazards and tampering. Allow children to eat only factory wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. By taking the time to review these Halloween safety tips with our children, we can help keep this Halloween a spooktacularly safe and enjoyable event. For more information please contact Chief Bouchillon at 954-389-2015 or at | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | October 2012 OCW ALL 1012.indd 21

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Weston Town Center Welcomes OctoberFest By Stacey Bomser


hildren won’t be the only ones going from door to door

gathering tasty treats this Halloween. The Weston Business Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is hosting OctoberFest at Weston Town Center on Wednesday, October 24th. Guests are encouraged to visit the participating stores and restaurants while enjoying delicious food and drinks. “It’s a great way to get to experience all of the wonderful merchants we have at Weston Town Center and sample delicious menu items from our restaurants,” states Phillipa Stephenson, marketing director for Weston Town Center. J.G. McGuinness, The Cheese Course, Smoke on the Water, Yogurtland, Chefs & Artists, The Nail Lounge, and Chameleons Mexican Grill have already committed to participate. Non-food merchants will offer coupons and door prizes. As an added incentive to visit all of the Weston Town Center shops and restaurants, guests will be given a card to get stamped at each participating merchant. It can be turned in for a chance to win prizes at the end of the evening. J. G. McGuinness will host an after-party with live band. OctoberFest replaces the Taste of Weston, which brought together participating restaurants all under one roof. This event promises to be more interactive and expose guests not only to fabulous food but the amazing venue of Weston Town Center. OctoberFest tickets are $20 in advance, available online at, or $25 at the event. There will be a ticket booth outside J.G. McGuinness. In recognition of domestic violence awareness month, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women In Distress of Broward County. The agency will also be accepting donations at the event. In addition, participating merchants all have collec-

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Community Fun Day to Kick-off Harvest Drive By Stacey Bomser


he Harvest Drive is hoping for a bountiful harvest of dona-

tions from its second annual Community Fun Day. This family-friendly event takes place on Sunday, November 4th from 2-5:30pm at Weston Town Center’s Bell Tower. The Community Fun Day is a kick-off to the annual Harvest Drive, now in its 20th year. Originally started at Country Isles Elementary School as a holiday canned good drive, Harvest Drive now provides complete Thanksgiving meals, plus a week’s worth of groceries, to over 2,000 families throughout Broward County. This is accomplished through its network of ten distribution sites in Broward Schools, the flagship being at Western High School. “The kids in our schools make this happen each and every year. We couldn’t do it without our students,” states Harvest Drive Inc. Founder Renee Herman. From day one, Harvest Drive’s mission has always been to teach children that their contributions can make a difference in the lives of others. Herman is hoping the Community Fun Day will raise awareness to their cause. “People in Weston

still don’t believe there is a need in our community, but it is here. Hunger is everywhere. Sadly, statistics show that one in five children in this country is hungry. Harvest Drive is working to help feed children and families right here in our backyard.” Harvest Drive volunteers, affectionately called “worker bees,” will be on hand at the Community Fun Day collecting non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene and household necessities, such as toothpaste and laundry detergent. The fun-filled afternoon will also feature music by DJ A-Herm, live entertainment, and kids’ activities including face painting. Herman is expecting local students to participate. Last year’s event featured performances by the Western High School cheerleaders and Cypress Bay’s Latin Club dancers. For more information on how you can help support Harvest Drive, call (954) 444-5548 or visit You can drop off donations of non-perishable food items at Western High School on Friday, November 16th from 3-9pm. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Harvest Drive Inc., 5190 NW 165 Street, Miami, FL 33014. Harvest Drive is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It assures that 100% of donations go directly to families in need.



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Start Your Holiday Shopping Early at Temple Dor Dorim By Stacey Bomser


t’s not even Halloween yet, but the parent organization at Temple

Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center is already focused on holiday shopping. CHAI will host its 14th annual Holiday Boutique on Wednesday, November 7th. “The Holiday Shopping Boutique is our Early Childhood Center’s largest fundraiser of the year,” explains Boutique Chair Stacy Milrot. “All of the proceeds go directly into the classrooms to benefit our students and our teachers.” Funds raised from past boutiques have helped purchase new computers, digital cameras and educational materials for the school. Last year, CHAI replaced the playground mulch at a cost of $40,000.

The CHAI Holiday Boutique Committee, Laura Davidson, Stacy Milrot, Jenn Peysakhovich, Stacey Schwartz and Jessica Bon, invite you to shop ‘til you drop.

“CHAI has made so many things possible for our Early Childhood Center,” shares TDD ECC Director Jodi Cohen. “Even in a difficult economic climate, through events like the holiday boutique, they have been able to raise funds so we can continue to provide top-notch, quality programming and a state-of-the-art facility to our children and their families.” CHAI’s Holiday Boutique is the perfect, one-stop, shopping experience for everyone on your list. Organizers say they are bringing back many favorite vendors, as well as introducing some fabulous new ones. The selection includes jewelry, adult and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, belts, fragrances, stationary, housewares, custom personalized items, and various gifts. The boutique also features a silent basket auction. Guests can bid on fabulous themed-baskets. There is also a 50/50 cash raffle. In the spirit of giving, CHAI will be accepting canned food donations for the WE CARE Food Pantry. This is a community outreach program that provides 3,500 bags of groceries each year to neighbors in need, regardless of race, religion, age, gender or nationality. Last year, WE CARE provided enough free non-perishable food and fresh produce to prepare over 65,000 meals. CHAI’s Holiday Boutique is free and open to the Weston community. It takes place on Wednesday, November 7th from 9am to 4:30pm at Temple Dor Dorim, 2360 Glades Circle. For more information, call (954) 389-1232 or visit

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church Remembers 9-11 Responders with Blue Mass By Stacey Bomser


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rorist attacks on 9-11, the Weston community came together to recognize all those who lost their lives on that tragic day. Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church recently held its 11th annual Blue Mass in memory of the firefighters, police

Weston City Commissioners Toby Feuer and Mercedes Hendriksson; School Board Member Robin Bartleman; Father Enrique Delgado, Pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Church; and Korean War Veteran Joe Preite.

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officers, law enforcement workers and rescue squad personnel who perished on September 11th, 2001. More than 400 people attended the service which was led by Father Enrique Delgado, pastor of the church, with assistance from Deacon Paul Brancheau. Several local leaders participated in the program including Weston City Commissioners Mercedes Henriksson, Toby Feuer, Angel Gomez, and Jim Norton, Former Commissioner and Mayor-Elect Daniel Stermer, City Manager John Flint, and Broward County School Board Member Robin Bartleman. In addition, many veterans played a role in the service, including members of the military who served during the Korean War and Vietnam War and servicemen who recently returned from the Middle East. The Blue Mass was hosted by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal society that provides charity to those in need. Within days of the 9-11 attacks, the Knights rallied together to distribute $1.5 million in direct aid to the families of the police officers, fire fighters and rescue workers who had perished. As has become a tradition at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, an enormous piece of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was on prominent display at the Blue Mass. Following the service, parishioners were invited to view and touch the steel beam and take pictures.

St. Katharine Drexel parishioners Josette Pieroni and Grace Railey pose next to a 450-pound piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage.

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It’s strange how life is, because now people chiropractic. When you bring in this article come to see me with their migraines. They also (by 10/31/12) you will receive my entire come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, new patient exam for $45. That’s with x-rays, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, biomechanical exam, history and consultation… backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell YOu tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. THAT YOu OR AnY OTHeR peRSOn ReSpOnSIBLe FOR pAYMenT HAS THe Here’s what some of my patients had to say: RIgHT TO ReFuSe TO pAY, cAnceL pAYMenT, OR Be ReIMBuRSeD FOR “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe TReATMenT, WHIcH IS peRFORMeD neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my AS A ReSuLT OF AnD WITHIn 72 arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free HOuRS OF ReSpOnDIng TO THe with no medication and I can do everything I ADveRTISeMenT FOR DIScOunTeD, could not do before.” OR ReDuceD Fee FOR SeRvIce, – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL eXAMInATIOn, OR TReATMenT.

“Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I great care at a great fee…please, I hope that no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a there’s no misunderstanding about quality of long time since I have taken pain medication.” care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll – J. Walker, Miramar get great care at a great fee. My qualifications… I’m a graduate of Life college and have been Several times a day patients thank me for practicing for over 10 years. I’ve been entrusted helping them with their health problems. But to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes Let me start by explaining the photo in this I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that you may know. I am constantly going to letter. You know, when I meet people in town that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What seminars and updating my knowledge so I can they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to give my patients the latest information and Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture remove nerve pressure, and the body responds techniques of my profession. My assistants are of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s Mylene and Johanna – really great people. Our the right. as simple as that! office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a Twenty-five years ago something happened to Forty-five million Americans no longer have wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. me that changed my life forever. I was a junior health insurance, and those who do have found in high school and I started getting migraines. that their benefits have been greatly reduced. Our office is called Windmill Health center I had suffered from intense headaches since That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a and it’s at 17160 Royal palm Blvd., Suite 1 in the childhood. Over the years, I consulted many significantly lower fee plan so that more people Windmill professional plaza. Our phone number medical doctors, and specialists. I went through are able to afford the care they need. An entire is 954-217-4881. call Mylene, Johanna or Annie all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried week of care in my office costs what you could pay for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save… looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, studies show that chiropractic can double your For more information regarding our nothing helped. But there’s more… immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. services please visit our website www. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and If you would like A friend of mine convinced me to give a other ailments. So you may not be running off to email us with your questions, you may reach us chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined to the doctor as much. Studies show that people at me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. actually pay less for their long-term overall health – Rick Behar, D.C. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. good. And guess what…I started feeling so P.S. I am also offering the second family much better! From daily migraines, I went You Benefit from an Amazing Offer-Look, it member for only $37. down to three a week, and then to once in a shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted your health. You are going to write a check to p.p.S. Your time is as valuable as mine. That’s to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s someone for your health care expenses, you why I have a no-wait policy. You will be seen how it happened! may as well write one for a lesser amount for within minutes of your appointment.


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.

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Tee Off to Fight Diabetes By Stacey Bomser


how your support for children

and adults suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. Formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed in people of all ages. It is relatively rare; only five percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease in which the body does not produce insulin. Weston’s Anthony Lysfjord was diagnosed five years ago, just a few weeks after he turned two. His parents, Lori and Hans, wanted to do something to impact the Type 1 Diabetes community in a positive way. Last year, they started the Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Foundation. Its mission is to provide emotional support to families affected by this disease and provide grants to children living with TID to attend Lori and Hans Lysfjord, of Weston, educational diabetes camps where they can invite the community to support their efforts by playing in the Type 1 learn how to live with their disease and take Diabetes Foundation’s golf tournament. care of themselves. Much of its funds come from the Foundation’s annual golf tournament. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 3rd at Pembroke Lakes Golf Club. The 18-hole scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1pm. The round will feature numerous golf challenges including a hole-in-one challenge to win a new car from title sponsor Audi of Pembroke Pines, as well as closest to the pin and longest drive contests. There will also be various door prizes. The event will culminate with a delicious dinner.

The individual player fee is $150 and that includes a golf shirt, hat and tournament gift bag. A foursome is $500. Non-golfers can purchase dinner tickets for $35. According to Katie Dowe, T1D Foundation Events Coordinator, in addition to providing grants to send children to diabetes summer camps, proceeds from the golf tournament will also help the Foundation start a new outreach program. Foundation members are starting to visit hospitals to provide support services to families who just found out a loved one has Type 1 Diabetes. The T1D Foundation Golf Tournament takes place on Saturday, November 3rd at Pembroke Lakes Golf Club. It is located at 10500 Taft Street in Pembroke Pines. For more information or to purchase tickets please call (954) 826-0789. You can also register online at type1diabetesfoundation.

Chip In for Kids In Distress By Stacey Bomser


oin the Weston-based Kids In Distress Auxiliary in golfing for

a good cause. The annual KID Auxiliary Golf Tournament takes place on Friday, November 2nd at Jacaranda Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Kids In Distress, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the care and treatment of abused children, the prevention of child abuse, and the preservation of the family. “Today’s economy is making it difficult for more and more families to survive day to day,” explains Lisa Schultz, KID Auxiliary Golf Tournament co-chair. “With your support, Kids In Distress can help local families strengthen and get on their feet again.” Kids In Distress strives to establish strong and healthy families. Its goal is not only to protect children from abuse and neglect, but to provide them with a safe, caring environment in which they can flourish and grow, and when possible, return them to their birth home. The KID Auxiliary Golf Tournament begins with a pre-tournament lunch and registration at 11:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this 18-hole scramble. Dinner will be served after the tournament. The individual player fee is $175 and that includes greens fees, cart, pre-tournament box lunch, dinner and prizes. Non-golfers can purchase dinner tickets for $40, in advance. The KID Auxiliary is also seeking sponsors. Opportunities range from Tee Sponsor ($200) to Title Sponsor ($5,000). The Kids In Distress Auxiliary is a talented and dedicated group of mostly Weston women committed to helping children who have been given no choice in their circumstances. Its fundraising efforts are used to support the wonderful programs provided by Kids In Distress. Auxiliary members also act as “ambassadors” in the community, raising awareness about the plight of these children and partnering with Kids In Distress in its efforts to offer prevention programs to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

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The Kids In Distress Auxiliary Golf Committee

The Kids In Distress Auxiliary Golf Tournament takes place on Friday, November 2nd at Jacaranda Golf Club. The country club is located at 9200 West Broward Boulevard in Plantation. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact (954) 252-3365 or visit

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Relay For Life of Weston Leads the Fight Against Cancer By Stacey Bomser


nce again Relay For Life of Weston is the number one Relay

in Broward County. Even more impressive, it is the number four Relay in the state having raised $237,000. “It’s an amazing accomplishment to get into the Top 25 out of the more than 350 Relays statewide,” states Relay For Life of Weston 2012 Chair Ross Sabath. “Even more impressive is the fact that we have been steadily climbing the ranks. Two years ago, we ranked 15th and last year we were 7th. I really think we can make it into the top three next year.” The results were announced at the recent Florida Relay For Life Summit. Relay chairs and teams from across the state gathered to celebrate their success in raising over $20 million for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is its signature fundraiser. The Summit also featured inspirational speakers. Weston’s Rachel Stief spoke before the crowd of over 800 Relay supporters about her battle with a rare form of cancer. Just two years ago, the Falcon Cove 8th grader was lying in a hospital bed in the pediatric oncology unit at Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital. “When I heard about Rachel, I went to visit her and her family,” shares Sabath. “It really hit home with me to see an 11-year-old girl battling cancer and going through chemotherapy because I had a child the same age.” Sabath, a testicular cancer survivor, told the Stiefs about Relay For Life of Weston. Rachel, who was home from the hospital at the time of the event, actually came out that year. Using a motorized scooter she was able to help lead the Survivor’s Lap, the ceremonial start to every Relay For Life. Sabath says it was really special to hear Rachel share her story at the Relay Summit. “It brings home the message that Relay For Life is about people of all ages and from

This beautiful banner depicting Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony was painted by Cypress Bay students.

all walks of life coming together to celebrate cancer survivors and raise funds to fight this devastating disease.” Plans are already in the works for the 2013 Relay For Life of Weston. It will take place April 27-28th at Cypress Bay High School. Committees and teams are now forming. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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Kids Helping Kids Gives Students a Successful Start By Stacey Bomser


or many Weston students, the first lesson of the school year

was one of compassion. The Weston community came together to support Kids Helping Kids in its effort to provide much-needed school supplies to disadvantaged children. Through its efforts, Kids Helping Kids was able to provide enough supplies for all ten classes of first grade students at Royal Palm Elementary School in Lauderhill. Principal Augustin was overwhelmed by the generosity. “He personally thanked all of the children who helped deliver the donations, and explained to them how much the students at his school need this help as their families are unable to buy school supplies on their own,” shares Lisa Lerner, who founded Kids Helping Kids six years ago as a means of teaching her own children the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. This was the first year that five-year-old Zoe Horwitz participated in Kids Helping Kids’ school supply drive. She says it feels really good to help other kids get school supplies that may not have any and she was happy to help out. Sisters Alyssa and Jordyn Salbe were also proud to take part in the program and help deliver the donations to the school. “We realize that there are people that are not as fortunate as some, so being able to provide school supplies is a great way to make all students feel good and prepared for the new school year.” The students at Royal Palm Elementary were certainly prepared thanks to the generosity of the Weston community who filled donation boxes at Daniel David’s Salon, Fitness 54 and Temple Dor Dorim. According to Lerner, this year’s school supply drive collected 150 backpacks, 136 glue sticks, 93 folders, 80 boxes of crayons, 66 packages of pencils, 35 boxes of colored pencils, 54 composition books, 41 packages of loose leaf

paper, 23 pairs of scissors, ten dictionaries and much, much more. Next up for Kids Helping Kids is a canned food collection to benefit Harvest Drive. Lerner plans to take group of children to the Harvest Drive distribution site at Western High School to help sort items to distribute in time for Thanksgiving. To learn how you and your children can get involved with Kids Helping Kids email

Top: Alyssa Salbe, Rachel Lerner, Jordyn Salbe and Aaron Lerner pose with the 150 backpacks donated to children at Royal Palm Elementary School. Bottom right: Members of Brownie Troop #10646 with the backpacks they collected for Kids Helping Kids.

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Weston Bar Association Promotes Professional Networking By Stacey Bomser


he verdict is in – the first meeting of the Weston Bar

Association was a huge success. Organizer Evan Baron, of the Law Firm of Evan H. Baron & Associates, says over 40 attorneys and a handful of judges attended the after hours meeting last month. Plans are now in the works for the next function, a luncheon at the Bonaventure Country Club on Friday, October 12th. Baron says he started the Weston Bar Association at the urging of several other attorneys in town. “I started something similar about six years ago in conjunction with the Broward County Bar Association, but after about a year it fell to the wayside,” explains Baron, noting that there is still a need in the community for a professional organization for lawyers. “The Weston Bar Association is unique in that it targets attorneys who live in Weston or work in Weston and can’t always attend the professional networking lunches and after hours events that take place in downtown Fort Lauderdale.” The purpose of the Weston Bar Association is to provide an outlet for Weston attorneys to exchange ideas and information about their disciplines. “I practice family law and I know a lot of other family law attorneys,” explains Baron. “The Michael Freedland (left), Marvin Schulman, Barton Strock and Evan Baron at the first meeting of the Weston Bar Association will give members an outlet to meet attorneys who Weston Bar Association at J.G. McGuinness. practice other areas of the law.” Plans are to host a monthly luncheon and an after hours social every other month. In addition to networking, Baron says the Weston Bar Association will also provide For more information on the Weston Bar professional support through guest speakers as well as community outreach. “I would Association, contact Evan Baron at (954) 385love to be able to have members speak to students in the Weston schools about the law, 9160 or email Membership our legal system, and careers in the legal profession.” in the Weston Bar Association is $100.

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Lingua Language Center Now Accepting Nonimmigrant Foreign Students By Stacey Bomser


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Do you have an Optimal Thyroid? “I have tried every diet known to man (or moms) these last few years – to

no avail.” Alyson continued to tell me her story. “For example, this past summer, my best friend flew me to their home in Sonoma for an entire month. We ate nothing but organic everything, lean protein, I drank 150 ounce-plus of water a day and did a high intensity workout every morning mixing up interval training with boot camp at her gym. In exactly 30 days – I lost a grand total of THREE pounds. I didn’t even lose the initial ‘water weight’ everyone else loses.” I empathized, “It’s hard to stay motivated with minimal results.” “I’m willing to starve myself, if that would work. I even did two rounds of hCG. My wallet’s lighter, but that’s about it.” “The FDA recently published a website,, detailing how hCG diet products are illegal, and how restrictive diets such as that one can cause electrolyte disturbances, an irregular heartbeat and are potentially fatal.” I continued, “But looking at your diet history, I don’t think the problem is one of eating too much.” “Dr. Woliner, what else could it be? I have a friend that blew up taking Abilify for her depression, and another while on Actos for diabetes, but I’m not on any medications.” “It’s true that many drugs have weight gain as a common side effect [1]. But there are other causes of weight gain. With your other symptoms of cold intolerance, fatigue, and constipation, I’m thinking that you have an untreated thyroid condition [2].” “I begged my other doctors to treat me for that, but they all said no.” “Some doctors focus too much on lab tests without considering the patient’s history and physical exam findings [3]. Thyroid hormone resistance is more common than people realize.” Alyson sat with a puzzled look on her face. “So, even if these doctors said my tests were normal, I might still have a thyroid problem? [4]” “The word ‘normal’ has many meanings. There is a difference between ‘common’ and ‘optimal’ [5]. Rather than using a range that includes people who are overweight and being treated for high cholesterol and other conditions, perhaps it would be better to use narrower ranges of persons who feel ‘dandy’ [6].” “Does anyone even use that word anymore?” “My practice is built on patient-to-patient referrals. Just liking my bedside manner is not enough to convince your friends to see me. You have to glow. So yes, I do plan on making you feel dandy.” After finishing Alyson’s physical exam, my staff used our Korr indirect calorimetry machine to measure her metabolic rate [7]. “You’re at ‘minus 20%’. That’s one of slowest metabolism’s I’ve ever seen!” “How do we fix that?”

“I use a holistic approach that combines behavior changes, diet, exercise, supplements, and of course medications [8,9]. I prefer to use T3 based drugs as they have been shown to cause significantly more weight loss than T4 drugs such as Synthroid alone [#].” As I ramped up Alyson’s dose of thyroid medication, her fatigue and other symptoms began to resolve. To be on the safe side, I periodically rechecked her EKG and bone density, which remained normal [10]. “Dr. Woliner, your scale says I only lost 49 pounds, but at home, naked, I’m down 51!” References: 1.

Singh T. Aripiprazole-induced weight gain. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2005 Jun;2(6):19. 2. de Moura Souza A, Sichieri R. Association between serum TSH concentration within the normal range and adiposity. Eur J Endocrinol. 2011 Jul;165(1):11-5. 3. Kalra S, Khandelwal SK. Why are our hypothyroid patients unhappy? Is tissue hypothyroidism the answer? Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;15(Suppl 2):S95-8. 4. Dickey RA, Wartofsky L, Feld S. Optimal thyrotropin level: normal ranges and reference intervals are not equivalent. Thyroid. 2005 Sep;15(9):1035-9. 5. Gurnell M, Halsall DJ, Chatterjee VK. What should be done when thyroid function tests do not make sense? Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2011 Jun;74(6):673-8. 6. Shomon M. The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism – Interview with Dr. Ken Woliner. January 10, 2011. 7. Kim B. Thyroid hormone as a determinant of energy expenditure and the basal metabolic rate. Thyroid. 2008 Feb;18(2):141-4. 8. Singh P, et al. The impact of yoga upon female patients suffering from hypothyroidism. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):132-4. 9. Schomburg L. Treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with selenium: no risks, just benefits? Thyroid. 2011 May;21(5):563-4. 10. Ricken R, et al. Long-term treatment with supraphysiological doses of thyroid hormone in affective disorders - effects on bone mineral density. J Affect Disord. 2012 Jan;136(1-2):e89-94

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Flamingo Nursery Hosts the 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival By Debby Teich


he Flamingo Road

Nursery and Farmer’s Market’s 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival has become a tradition for South Florida residents, from ages 2 to 92. The five-acre nursery in Davie is completely decorated for the fall season. Every weekend in October features a variety of fun and educational activities for the entire family. “Fall is a great time for family, fun, and gardening,” said Owner/President, Jim Dezell. “We’ve had a great turnout in the past and we expect this year’s Festival to be the biggest and best one yet.” The Festival has one of the largest pumpkin patches in South Florida. Purchase a pumpkin and then decorate it in the Paint-A-Pumpkin activity area. Take a hayride on a horse-drawn carriage or have your child’s face painted by the popular Carly Sue. Come hungry and sample the pulled pork, chicken and ribs at the Southern Swamp Barbecue. Stop by the Farmer’s Market for a boxed lunch. Enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade from the Juice Bar or ice cream and other items from the Creamery & Sweet Shop. Purchase some traditional fall items from the Harvest Market, such as hay bales, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn, scare crows, candied apples, cider and roasted corn. Throughout the month, Flamingo Road Nursery will also offer free Garden Talks

for adults. On October 6 and 7, learn how to “Grow Your Own Organic Herbs and Vegetables.” Free talks include: Organic Gardening at 9am, Grow Herbs at 11am, and Vegetable Gardening at 1pm. On October 13 and 14, learn how to “Color Your World.” Topics include: Choosing the R ight Container at 9am, Choosing the Right Annuals at 11am, and Make It and Take It Mixed Container Gardening at 1pm ($30 fee). On October 20 and 21, sample more than 15 varieties of apples at the Farmer’s Market during the “Appplefest Fruit and Citrus Celebration.” Free talks include: Organic Gardening at 9am, Edible Landscaping at 11am and Growing Fruit and Citrus at 1pm. On October 27 and 28, learn about “Specialty Gardens.” Topics include: Growing Orchids at 9am, Butterfly Gardening at 11am and Specialty Container Gardens at 1pm. A percentage of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Childhood Language Disorders Program of the Scottish Rite Foundation. Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmer’s Market is located at 1655 Flamingo Road in Davie. For information, visit or call 954-476-7878.

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wenty years ago in the cafeteria at

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compassion and enthusiasm to help others,” shares Kim. “Just as we saw it impact our own children as they have grown up with Harvest Drive, I continue to want to

business curriculum. “I love that they are taking this to the next level in the business programs,” explains Renee. “We have always adopted the character traits they identify in our Drive: cooperation; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect; honesty; self-control and tolerance.” The ladies themselves exemplify these traits. “We respect each other and work for the greater cause of helping stamp out hunger,” states Kim. “The three of us together create one amazing driving force of nature. It is contagious,” adds Patti. She encourages everyone to get involved. “You have to come and experience the Harvest Drive firsthand. When you see the hundreds of people coming together for one common goal, to help your neighbors in need, you will understand why we do this year after year.” You can experience the magic of Harvest Drive. Volunteers at Cypress Bay High School will be packing and sorting donations on Thursday, November 15th from 1-4pm. Western High School, Harvest Drive’s biggest distribution site, will be accepting donations on Friday, November 16th from 3-9pm. Volunteers are needed to sort and pack on Monday, November 19th from 8am to 4pm. All are welcome to stop by and show their support. The hope is that as more people get involved, Harvest Drive will continue to grow. “The Harvest Drive is our legacy,” states Renee. “We only hope that our energy and spirit will keep the Harvest Drive going long after we are gone.”

Harvest Drive Queen Worker Bees Patti Bradley, Renee Herman and Kim O’Neill at Fiesta Night benefitting the Spring Harvest Drive. Photo courtesy Lagarie Woodward.

that over the next two decades they would grow to become best friends and the foundation for one of the biggest food drives in South Florida. The Harvest Drive was started by Renee Herman who wanted to work with children to make a difference in the lives of others. With the help of partners Patti Bradley and Kim O’Neill, the ladies have grown Harvest Drive from a small school food drive for the holidays into a fullfledged production feeding over 2,000 families from ten distribution sites throughout Broward County. The ladies credit Scott Fiske, former principal of Western High School, for helping Harvest Drive get to where it is today. “He extended the invitation to move to Western and takeover his mini-gym and every available closet for canned goods,” explains Patti. “Scott was the catalyst that helped Harvest Drive expand.” Kim notes that the Rotary Club of Weston also played a role. “I remember Joe Roth supported the vision for our program expanding and getting other Rotary Clubs involved. He helped us to expand to Coral Springs and Parkland.” Of course, the Harvest Drive is ultimately about the children. While their children are all now grown, Renee, Patti and Kim agree that it’s the kids that keep them going. “The students that we work with inspire us with their

see how other students really impact their community in a positive way.” Renee says they are also inspired by the families they help. “What would happen to all of our wonderful families if we didn’t assist them? This is not something we want to even imagine happening.” Instead, the ladies focus on the future. “Our long range goal is to expand our reach throughout Florida and to see that no child goes to bed on an empty stomach,” states Kim. “I truly hope one day we are a national organization and a household name,” adds Patti. “We also hope that one day we will have a major sponsor to support the cause. It would be so nice to not have to worry every year if we will have enough donations to feed the families in need.” Until then, the Harvest Drive worker bees work tirelessly throughout the year to expand its reach within Broward County. This year it has added two new distribution sites, including one at Cypress Bay High School. The Harvest Drive has enjoyed a long history of working with the Broward County Public Schools so it was exciting news to hear the schools are now using the Harvest Drive program as a teaching model for its

Patti, Renee and Kim with Randy Rollins at the Country Isles Elementary kick-off pep rally. Mr. Rollins, the art teacher at Country Isles, has been a supporter of Harvest Drive since it first started at that school.

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insurance, the cost is $115, cash or credit. As an added incentive, women who get a mammogram during MAMMOPALOOZA will receive a complimentary Vera Bradley key chain wallet (while supplies last). In addition to MAMMOPALOOZA, Broward Health Weston is also supporting Glam-A-THON, a unique breast cancer charity that aims to take the fear out of breast cancer and mobilize divas to make a difference. Its signature event is the Glam Doll Strut, a hilarious high-heeled adventure. As a tribute, all of the Broward Health hospitals will feature a five-foot acrylic stiletto designed by a local artist. Broward Health Weston’s stiletto, by Steven Sylvester, is a mixed-media creation of an opulent peacock. Stop by to see this inspiring work of art perched outside the entrance to Broward Health Weston.

the breast cancer fatality rate has declined in recent years, in part due to increased awareness and preventative care including mammograms. A mammogram is a quick, safe and painless x-ray that can detect breast lumps up to five years before they can be felt by a self-breast exam. The American Cancer Society recommends all women over the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram. Now the great news: Broward Health Weston is providing mammography screenings to the women of Weston during MAMMOPALOOZA. Its goal is to provide 850 mammograms during the month of October. It provided 512 during last year’s event. “MAMMOPALOOZA is one of our favorite events,” states Sharel Morelock, manager of Broward Health Weston’s Women’s Center. “Early detection of breast cancer can mean the difference between positive and negative patient outcomes. So, the more women we can get to have their annual mammograms, the more lives will be saved. And that, ultimately, is the goal of Broward Health Weston and MAMMOPALOOZA.” The Women’s Center will offer extended hours to help accommodate as many patients as possible. All appointments include a mammography screenHealth Weston’s Melanie Gallo, lead mammographer; ing and review by a board-certified radiologist. Broward Alexis Kent, ultrasonographer; and Missy Candidio, mammographer, are ready for MAMMOPALOOZA. Most insurances are accepted; for anyone without

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Weston. Cleveland Clinic Florida is pleased to announce that the Agency for Health Care Administration in Florida has given it approval to start providing heart, liver and kidney transplant services. The programs will begin in January. Cleveland Clinic Florida sought approval to start its transplant program to meet the needs of a growing number of patients who currently must seek transplant services outside of South Florida. Research indicates that approximately 33 percent of patients have to travel out of the area for heart transplants, 23 percent for kidney transplants, and 15 percent for liver transplants. “The timing became more evident when we started reviewing our educational programs,” explains Bernie Fernandez, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “We graduate approximately 75 doctors every year. Our residency program graduates cardiologists, nephrologists and gastroenterologists, and we added a general surgery residency in July. Without training in organ transplantation, there is a gap in their knowledge.” Dr. Fernandez calls the transplant program approval a significant step in Cleveland Clinic Florida’s quest to expand its highly specialized healthcare services and provide

greater access to patients who live in South Florida. Rest assured, Cleveland Clinic Florida has the clinical expertise to support a comprehensive transplant program. “Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, our parent organization, has more than 50 years of experience and proven protocols in the area of organ transplantation. We look forward to providing these services in our community,” states Dr. Fernandez. Cleveland Clinic Florida is working closely with the Ohio institution to prepare its transplant program. “Cleveland Clinic is a recognized pioneer in the field of organ transplantation. Our patient outcomes and survival rates have been at or above national standards,” states John Fung, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute and Director of the Transplant Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “We will work closely with our colleagues in Florida to implement this model of success for providing high quality, value based transplant services.” The Florida hospital employs more than 215 physicians in 35 specialties, including highly experienced transplant surgeons. Cleveland Clinic Florida was not the only area hospital to receive transplant approval from the Agency for Health Care Administration. Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood has been approved to provide heart transplants and Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale has been approved for kidney transplants (it has an existing liver transplant program).

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Club 2:05 is the Place to Be at Manatee Bay Elementary By Stacey Bomser


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Elementary School. The new Club 2:05 offers students a chance to explore other areas of interest after school. A joint effort between the school and the PTA, Club 2:05 is designed to enrich education through exciting experiences, exploration and art. “We decided to do this program because we wanted to offer children a fun way to spread their wings and explore creative ways of learning and thinking in a safe and familiar environment,” states Manatee Bay PTA President Katie Dowe. The eight-week session started the week of September 18th. Another session will begin in January. Students can select from more than a dozen different programs taught by teachers or Manatee Bay business partners. All instructors are professionals. The club choices range from active to artsy and everything in between. There is karate, hip hop dance, and Double Dutch (jump rope), as well as an environmental club, a book club and even an inventors club. Some of the more interesting clubs Ms. Washington poses with some of the students enrolled in the Double Dutch Club.

include Fancy Nancy, an etiquette class for girls in kindergarten through third grade. During each session, students will read a different Fancy Nancy book and learn a new manner tied to that book. The girls will wear boas and create a Fancy Nancy journal. At the end of the session, there will be a big tea party. The It’s Good To Be Me club engages children in exciting activities that promote and enhance Students take turns Double Dutch jumping. self-esteem. The CSI – Junior Detectives club is run by a homicide detective, who is also a Manatee Bay parent. During the two month session, she will guide students in grades two through five in solving a crime, while also talking about laws and why it’s important to follow them. The clubs are geared toward students in different grades and meet either weekly or twice a week. The cost varies depending upon the club, but all include a Club 2:05 t-shirt, a snack and bottle of water at each session, homework help, games and arts and crafts, as well as all program materials. Proceeds from Club 2:05 will be used to upgrade technology at Manatee Bay Elementary. According to Dowe, the PTA would like to purchase a wireless cart, new computers and promethium boards for the school.

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are just as adept with a trowel as they are with a pencil. First and second grade students are learning about plant proliferation as the school prepares for its annual Green Day, a campus-wide event. The school has its own nursery. “In this outdoor classroom children get a hands-on lesson on potting baby plants. At least 100 of our baby plants that we use on Green Day are potted by students,” explains Green Day Chair Haydee Nunn. The Green Day project was started four years ago by first grade teacher Kathryn Puccio who wanted to clean up the overgrown butterfly garden. It quickly blossomed into a major makeover. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, and the generous donations and expertise of the Brickman Group, the entire campus was re-landscaped. “By landscaping the most visible areas in our campus, they gave us the bones that we work around each year,” explains Nunn. “Beginning with a blitz extreme makeover helped us to maintain and improve every year.” On its second year, the Home Depot in Weston stepped up with donations and helped create the school’s Pizza

Green Day Co-Chairs Haydee Nunn and Christine Cury organized a clothing drive fundraiser to help raise money for this year’s Green Day. Principal Wanda Ross, Assistant Principal John Savage and the school’s Green Team and Student Council helped collect 2,500 pounds of donations.

Garden. Fourth grade classes use this hexagon shaped garden to study science while growing organic ingredients to make a pizza. With the foundation in place, the PTA’s Beautification Committee has been able to maintain the grounds and add plantings each Green Day. This year’s Green Day takes place on Saturday, November 3rd. The PTA recently held a clothing drive fundraiser to help cover the costs of mulch and soil. Once all the work is done, the campus is maintained with help from the Green Team. Students in this club help water the plants and pick-up debris around the school. Club Advisors Ms. Puccio and Mrs. Barr also teach students the names of the plants on campus and whether they are native or exotic. The Environmental Committee also created the school’s Zero Trash program on early release days. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to encourage children and families to eliminate waste and recycle and to help custodians on their short schedule days by not having as much trash to pick up. Indian Trace Elementary reduced trash by 31% on its very first Zero Trash day.


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Cypress Bay Students Adjust to New Schedule or the first time in 10 years, Cypress Bay High School is now

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Imagine Charter School at Weston Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage By Stacey Bomser


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its sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Wednesday, October 24th. The program originally started as a program for students in the bi-literate program, but last year was expanded to be a school wide event. That evening event was so successful, with more than 1,000 people attending, that the school is bringing it back this year. Guests will be immersed in Latin culture with music, entertainment, activities, and cuisine. In preparation for the school’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration, each class was assigned a Latin American country which students have been researching and studying in order to create a bulletin board display including information on the country and its culture. Some of the selected countries include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. In all, twenty different Latin American countries will be featured, as well as Spain. Students enrolled in the bi-literate program will entertain. Music Teacher Cesar Taveras has been teaching songs to each class. Students in the fourth and fifth grade bi-literate classes have been working on a special assignment. Each student is creating a poster board about a Latin American country featuring its geography, economy, culture and

cuisine. They will present their posters to their class as part of their Social Studies grade. On the evening of the event, students and parents will wander the hallways admiring the amazing bulletin board displays and exhibits. They will also get to participate in various activities and crafts. Last year, children learned how to make a piñata, a rain stick and tambourine. They also learned to play Loteria (Mexican game similar to Bingo) and how to Salsa dance. Of course, one of the best ways to experience another culture is through its food. Guests will sample authentic Latin food from local restaurants. Second Grade Bi-Literate Teacher and Spanish Curriculum Coordinator Sandra Cieslak says she started the Hispanic Heritage Celebration as a way “to develop a multi-cultural perspective of the world through real world experiences in Spanish traditions and celebrations. Students love to learn and be involved in this event.” Imagine Charter School at Weston’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is presented by the school’s Parent Teacher Partnership in cooperation with the Bi-Literate program.

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English Class Takes on New Meaning for Some Sagemont Students By Stacey Bomser


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School so special is its globally diverse population. Over 65 countries are represented in the student body. Each year the school welcomes new students who have just arrived in the United States for the first time from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, China and other countries. To help them acclimate to their new life in America and learn the language, Sagemont has developed an extensive English as a second language (ESL) program. One of the criteria when admitting these students is that they have a high propensity to grasp a new language and continue to succeed in their academics. For the majority of the school day, the ESL students participate in regular class work, meeting with their ESL teachers for one period. During that time, the ESL teachers are tasked with helping students gain both academic English and casual English fluency. “The ESL classroom is a safe-haven for my students. It is a place where they can learn and practice the language without being conscientious about their mistakes. It is an atmosphere that provides them the opportunity to gain the confidence in themselves as they assimilate to a new culture,” explains Michelle Arango, ESL teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade. “Aside from the direct instruction of the English language, this is a place where they can express their feelings, share their concerns and reflect on one another’s Sagemont’s international program students, Marcos, Yuchao and Dora, work together as they get used to their new school and community. growth as an English speaker.” Arango prefers to work with students in small groups, personalizing instruction to to determine their individual English ability. According to Mallak, the ESL teacher the student’s individual needs. “I build the curriculum based on what the students are facilitates and assists students in progressing through the various Keystone levels. seeing in their content areas, as well as what they are having trouble with during class. Both teachers are committed to an immersion program. “For middle and high school, I work independently with each student during the writing process.” the ESL classroom is ‘English Only,’ both in writing and talking. We encourage the At the middle school and high school, ESL teacher Sue Mallak uses the Pearson/ ESL students to take advantage of every English speaking and listening opportunity Longman Keystone program which is specifically designed to assist with English available,” shares Mallak. language acquisition. The students take a placement test at the beginning of the year Arango says she speaks to her students in English 100% of the time. “I will only speak Spanish with Spanish speakers when they can’t communicate with me about something specific and I answer them in Spanish and translate it into English. For many other students where their first language is not Spanish, we communicate through hand signals and picture cards.” The system obviously works. Sagemont’s ESL students learn English as an impressively fast rate. Most matriculate out of the program within a few months, but it can take longer. Many ESL students go on to win school awards in reading, spelling and composition. Class of 2011 Salutatorian Beatriz Mourad is one shining example. Both she and her brother started Sagemont with very little exposure to English and both graduated with honors. Beatriz recalls, “I felt a little scared by going into all English speaking classes but my teachers all helped me adjust and my ESL class gave me a place to practice my English freely within a community of students who were similar to me.” She is currently attending the University of Southern California with a double major in East Asian Languages and Cultures and International Relations. She would like to become an international translator. Sagemont also has an International Study Program where highly qualified students join a home stay family and participate in Sagemont’s college prep curriculum. These students usually participate in the ESL program for a period of time and achieve a high level of success at the school. In fact, many choose to stay First grader Alex Yu and third grader Samantha Sanchez enjoy working and graduate with their class. one-on-one with their ESL teacher Michelle Arango.

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TRUE: In 1994 this government agency released its comprehensive, evidencebased guideline for the management of back pain. Bed rest, natural remission (e.g.: do nothing), prescription drugs, modalities such as traction, TENS, ultrasound and massage, as well as injections, needle acupuncture and surgery were all either clearly rejected or strongly recommended against. However, reliance on non-prescription medication for controlling back pain may be detrimental to long-term health. Chiropractic doctors point out that relying on medication can mask an underlying back problem, such as deteriorating spinal function or spinal misalignment. Undiagnosed and untreated, a back problem “silenced” by medication can lead to far more serious health issues later. Over the past three decades, every major independent study of back pain treatment has concluded that spinal adjustments when performed by chiropractors are safe, effective and the treatment of choice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health professionals that specialize in spinal adjustments, and perform over 90 percent of all manipulation administered in health care. Following a minimum of three years of university pre-requisites, chiropractic students accumulate over 1500 hours of training in diagnosis and adjusting skills during four years at chiropractic college, making chiropractors, without question, the most highly trained and skilled in the delivery of spinal adjustments. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center in Weston at (954) 217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation; contact the Weston location for more information.

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The Relocation Battle By Evan Baron


s the cost of living continues to climb in South

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Ask most judges and they will tell you that these cases are the most difficult to resolve - two loving parents, each wanting to be a part of their kids’ lives. Often times, the custodial parent believes that, because she/he has that designation, she/he has the right to move wherever she/he wants. That of course is not true. In the past several months, I have seen a great number of relocation cases. The cost of living, housing prices, and the general state of the economy are forcing many parents to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, I have also seen an increase in parents simply moving away with their children, without advising the other parent. This method of self-help is in violation of Florida law and harmful to the children. Approximately one year ago, Florida Statutes 61.13001 was enacted. It clearly spells out the requirements for a custodial parent seeking to relocate to a location at least 50 miles away. A parent must file a notice of intent to relocate, stating where she/he is intending to move, the date of the intended move, the new phone number and the reason for the relocation. In addition, a proposed revised visitation schedule must be included. Once received by the noncustodial parent, she/he has thirty days to file an objection with the court. If an objection is not timely filed, there is a presumption that the noncustodial parent is consenting to the move and it will be permitted. If an objection is timely filed, then the parent seeking to move must make application to the court for permission. It will then be the Court’s decision based upon a number of factors. The number one concern is the children’s best interests. If you are considering a move, I would strongly suggest you contact an attorney to discuss your obligations under the law. If you have a former spouse seeking to move with your children, you should also speak to an experienced family law attorney. If you have any questions, contact my office for a free consultation at 954-385-9160.

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Great strides have been made in both cancer diagnosis and treatment of this disease which is one of the most common disorders affecting women. Today, many options exist for reconstruction following breast lumpectomy or mastectomy allowing women to enjoy a greater quality of life. There are several important and timely decisions to consider in achieving an optimal outcome with breast cancer reconstruction. These choices can be overwhelming, so here are five steps to help women work through this difficult time.

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Following the diagnosis of breast carcinoma, a woman’s first consultation should be with a general surgeon experienced in all of the options for removal of the cancer. Together they should decide upon mastectomy or less radical surgery such as lumpectomy, as well as the role of adjuvant treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. Based upon these plans a referral to a plastic surgeon with expertise in breast surgery is in order.

Step 2: Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction

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The initial consultation with a plastic surgeon includes a thorough medical history and directed physical examination. The first decision will be whether to delay the breast reconstruction or begin at the time of mastectomy. The latter is regarded as an “immediate” reconstruction. Coordinated surgery offers the advantage of a single operation and fresh tissue planes for a cleaner and faster reconstruction, although delayed breast reconstruction can also be safely performed years after a mastectomy.

Step 3: Autologous Tissue vs. Prosthesis Reconstruction

The detailed plastic surgery discussion should include the types of reconstruction. There are several procedures available for creation of a new breast mound ranging from simple implant placement to microsurgery. The choice will depend upon several variables including the patient’s desires and body type. Autologous reconstruction is performed using the woman’s own body fat from the belly, back or buttocks. These can be lengthy and more complicated procedures. Breast implants, with or without expansion of the chest skin, is called prosthesis reconstruction.

Step 4: The Other Breast

A healthy breast can be reshaped as well. Breast augmentation, lift or reduction for the purpose of achieving symmetry to the reconstructed breast may be necessary and should be included in the reconstructive planning.

Step 5: Nipple and Areolar Reconstruction

Once a new breast mound has been formed the final phase is the optional creation of a nipple and/or areola. Many procedures exist for this purpose. Although these are not mandatory, the results can be amazing. Finally, and fortunately, laws exist to protect women during this vulnerable time. Florida law mandates coverage for both the reconstructed breast as well as the other healthy breast, if necessary, to achieve symmetry. Dr. Jorge Perez is a member of the NOVO National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics. He has served as a consultant for both Mentor (J&J) and Inamed (Allergan), leading breast implant manufacturers. Dr. Perez has lectured internationally on the subject of breast surgery and has been selected among the Castle Connolly (U.S. News & World Report) America’s Top Doctors. His office aggressively advocates only on behalf of patients, not insurance plans. More information is available at or by calling (954) 351-2200.

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How Well Do You Know Your Own Game? By Dean Sklar, PGA Professional


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olf is a funny game in that it's just you against

the course. Your opponents do not have any direct effect on you how you perform on the course (unless you are in a Match Play format tournament). They can not play any sort of defense against you. Do you really know your game? How far do you hit each club? Do you hit the ball right to left or left to right? Do you make a lot of birdies, pars and bogeys? What distracts you on the course? To improve your golf game, you must know yourself and your game to a greater degree. Once you get a feel for your own game, you should decide on a plan of attack before you step up to the first tee – and stick to it. When I give a lesson for the first time to a new student, I ask them to rate their game. How do they feel about the different shots? We can then make a game improvement plan from those answers. Take a few moments and assess your own game: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being excellent, 1 being poor), rate how you feel about your: putting, chipping, pitching, green side bunkers, fairway bunkers, short irons, longer irons/hybrids, fairway woods, driver, uneven lies, and shot shaping. Remember: When rating your shots, it is how you feel about your shot making, not the opinion of others about your game! Take a look at the lowest numbers. Improving in these areas will be the best place Office Manager to start with lessons/practice/improvement. Maintenance of the higher rated numbers Danielle Picciurro will be important as well for overall improvement. How far do you hit each club? If you are a relatively new golfer, start noticing the approximate distances your clubs hit. If you are a lower handicap player, you'll want to be more precise with this knowledge. You want to know how far you hit the ball with each club, both in the air and on the ground. You can learn these distances with just three clubs. Hit your 7 iron, 5 iron, and a 3 wood when the wind is calm. I have always used a 7 iron from 150 yards, 5 iron from 175 yards and my 3 iron from 215 yards. How far your approach clubs land (vs. where they roll out) is really important in determining what club to select. For example, if the pin is at 100 yards and is placed ten yards from the front of the green, your 85 yard on-the-fly club will not land on the green but rather five yards in front of the green. Power hitters tend to get the other players in the group to "swing out of their shoes." Don't fall into this trap! Swing at your own tempo and keep your ball in the fairway. If other golfers are trying to reach the Par 5 in two that does not mean that you need to. Remember to play the percentages and set yourself up for the best score you can make while eliminating the chance of a "big number."   To learn more about your distances, hit ten balls with the same club to the same target and see if eight out of ten balls went five to ten yards of each other. This knowledge will help tremendously in your club selection when playing. Know your game, know your abilities. "This is what I can do," should always be in your mind. If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at

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energetic gap between sun and earth, light and dark, living and non-living. They manufacture the “crude fuels” that feed life on earth. Pure plant essences, known as essential oils, have been in use as medicines and aromatic therapies for thousands of years. Essential oils are remarkable not just because of their charm, but because of their power and complex molecular structures. Oregano is 26 times more powerful as an antiseptic than phenol, the compound commonly used in commercial cleaners. So what are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts which are distilled from a variety of aromatic plant material including grasses, leaves, flowers, needles and twigs, peel of fruit, wood and roots. They are commonly used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy, as defined by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), is “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science that seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’-ease.” Essential oils have many therapeutic properties including: antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antispasmodic, antidepressant, hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, and deodorizing. There are over 300 essential oils in use today. However, one could fulfill most of the needs of the average family or household with only about ten oils. Ten of the most useful and popular oils are Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang. There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils, but the most effective are inhalation and topical application (in the form of lotions, oils, creams, and salves.) Blending oils to create synergistic formulas is both an art and a science that even the novice can enjoy. There are many books available and a wealth of information on the internet. For beginners, choosing a few oils to work with and learning about them is a good place to start. When purchasing oils it is important to select only 100% pure essential oils. While fragrance oils are often less expensive and smell nice, they do not have the same healing potential of essential oils. Pure essential oils vary widely in price, so if you are buying from a source that charges the same price for every oil, there is a good chance they are not pure essential oils. It is best to do some research to find a reputable company. Are you interested in learning more about aromatherapy? Join Jessica Lohrey Cobb (E-200RYT) on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 for “Aromatherapy: Practical Applications for Yoga, Meditation, and Daily Living” at Weston Yoga, located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information call (954) 349-6868 or visit You can also visit the new Tree of India Aromatherapy shop at 910 NE 20th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

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Dedicated Breast Cancer specialists make a difference in the lives of patients An accredited Breast Cancer Program Breast surgeons Margaret Gilot, MD and Cassann Blake, MD are part of the team at Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Center, which has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This accreditation means the Center is qualified to offer the full spectrum of interdisciplinary care to patients with breast disease, including evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care. “Our goal is to utilize every resource for our patients, combining innovative medical technology, to offer individualized, comprehensive treatment plans,” said Dr. Gilot. Pioneering Breast Cancer treatment options Women with breast cancer have a number of options including chemotherapy, radiation and oncological breast surgery. Patients who undergo mastectomy, or surgical removal of the breast, can choose to have breast reconstruction either immediately following mastectomy or at a later time. Cleveland Clinic plastic surgeons Martin Newman, MD, and Michel Samson, MD, have pioneered the use of laser imaging technology as well as using a woman’s own skin and soft tissue, to perform breast reconstruction, providing the best possible results. “Many women do not have breast reconstruction because they are unaware of the options that exist,” said Dr. Newman. “We meet with patients at the very beginning and coordinate closely with the breast surgeon in order to plan the best approach.” Advances in Breast Cancer Screening – Benefits of BRCA Genetic Testing Breast oncologist Elizabeth Stone, MD is also a member of the Breast Cancer Team. Dr. Stone is very involved with advances in genetic breast cancer screening. A gene can develop an abnormality that changes how the cell works. The most common causes of hereditary breast cancer include mutations in BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene. There are other hereditary causes of breast cancer, but these are the most prevalent. These genes can be inherited from either parent.

“For some women, the benefits of genetic testing include the ability to make medical and lifestyle decisions while reducing the anxiety of not knowing their genetic background,” according to Dr. Stone. “Another benefit is the ability to make a proactive decision regarding prophylactic surgery or chemoprevention.” In addition, many women are able to participate in clinical research trials that might in the long run decrease their risk of death from breast cancer.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Cleveland Clinic Florida offers comprehensive and compassionate cancer care, which often involves collaboration among a variety of specialists, including oncologists, hematologists, radiologists and surgeons. Our expert oncologists and hematologists take a team approach to each patient—lending their combined expertise to diagnose cancer accurately and completely. After diagnosis, a wide range of minimally-invasive treatment options are offered for a variety of cancers; breast, prostate, lung, digestive system, ovarian, among others—many of which were pioneered by our own physicians and have since become the gold standard in cancer care. Support services are also available to help during a patient or family member’s illness. A variety of support groups are also offered, open to anyone facing cancer, giving an opportunity to share experiences and concerns with others. The accredited Cancer Institute is dedicated to bringing patients the best cancer care available. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s comprehensive approach to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery means that patients receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of experts. This approach has not only helped patients fight the disease, but also provides comfort and strength along their journey.

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nterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) ruptures

remain one of the most devastating injuries to the young competitive athlete. The ACL is the major supporting ligament within the knee joint providing stability to the knee during running, cutting and twisting sports. Though a traumatic collision with another athlete can cause a rupture to the ACL, a sudden alteration in speed and/or change in direction can also predispose an athlete to this injury. The athlete will often describe a loud popping sensation within the knee joint and experience severe pain, swelling and weakness combined with an inability to ambulate. Diagnosis is usually made by obtaining a proper history of injury and by performing a thorough clinical examination of the involved knee. X-rays and MRIs are extremely beneficial during this evaluation and will often help rule-out concomitant injuries to the adjacent ligaments, menisci and/or cartilage. The goal of treatment is to return the athlete back to his or her prior level of activity, including competitive sports. One may consider conservative/non-operative treatment for those patients that are extremely sedentary and inactive in athletics. In this incidence, treatment may include rehabilitation, bracing and restriction to certain activities. For those individuals who are competitive athletes and participate in high-demand twisting sports, surgical ACL reconstruction is the treatment of choice. Over the last several years, I have seen numerous patients with surgical failures from prior ACL reconstructions that have been referred to my office for further consultation and revision surgery. Having performed over 1,700 Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructions and over 200 revision surgical procedures, I remain convinced that this procedure is extremely technical and should be treated with state-of-the-art surgical technique and attention to detail. Though re-injury may be a common cause of failure subsequent to ACL reconstruction, technique related failures are commonly seen and can often occur from improper graft selection, tunnel placement, graft tensioning, and/or methods of fixation. Timing of surgery and proper postoperative instructions, including return to athletics, also play a significant role in prevention of re-injury. In concordance with the literature barring any anatomical or growth related considerations, I prefer to utilize bone-patella tendon-bone autograft for the young, high-demand athlete. Treatment of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture continues to be a challenging problem for the high school, collegiate and community athletes. It is imperative that young individuals (and parents) understand the importance of pursuing treatment by an experienced surgeon, preferably with a subspecialty interest in knee ligament reconstruction. Failure to do so may predispose an athlete to additional surgery and prevent return to sports in a timely manner. Al DeSimone, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He is Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained in Shoulder and Knee Ligament Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. DeSimone is a partner in the Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida P.A. He practices at the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, in Weston. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (954) 389-5900.

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take care of it on the inside and outside. The exterior of a vehicle is susceptible to damage. Whether it’s damage from flying objects coming at you while driving on the road, runaway shopping carts in a parking lot, or an accidental door bump against a light pole, here are some tips to help you maintain the exterior of your vehicle: Protection from the sun – The exterior of a car can be damaged from the sun just as badly as the interior can. The paint on your vehicle can start fading which is caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, essentially breaking down the paint itself. What’s the easiest way to protect your paint? Park in the garage, or at least invest in a car cover if you leave your vehicle out in the streets. Paint Protection Film – As for protecting your car’s paint from flying stone chips and other small objects while on the road, apply Paint Protection Film (PPF) onto hazardous parts of the vehicle like the front and rear bumper to take the damage (like scratches and other minor abrasions) rather than the paint itself. PPF is a selfadhering urethane film acting as a second layer of protection for your vehicle which can be peeled off at anytime. Take Initiative – While many can relate to the feeling of surprise (and sometimes anger) at the discovery of a new dent or scratch on your vehicle, being prepared is the key to avoiding such disgruntling situations. Taking the time and the initiative to protect your vehicle from external damage will not only save you from frustration upon discovery of new dents or scratches but also on money when it comes to repairs.

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Light Fixtures – There are several potential issues with your vehicle’s exterior light fixtures and even the cover that’s meant to protect it. Avoid light fixture problems when changing a bulb by cleaning sockets with fine steel wool or a small wire brush. Be sure to clean the socket of any debris before putting in a new light bulb. As for the light cover itself, if it’s ever cracked simply tape over it until you get it repaired. This temporary fix will protect the cover from filling up with water and causing some serious damage. Weight – You wouldn’t be able to carry 100 pounds of items on your shoulder for miles and miles without strain, the same goes for your vehicle. The roof of a car can hold 150-200 pounds on average, exceeding that range will definitely cause some wear and tear. And speaking of your car’s roof, here’s a bonus tip: Place an old blanket on the roof of the car before placing bicycles, lumber, or other materials on there to protect the roof from any scratches or dents. 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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Weston Area Chamber Holds Business Networking at All Lines Insurance

Weston Chamber EVP Donna Adelkopf, All Lines Insurance, with Amy Milen, Office Manager, All Lines Insurance. 


embers and guests recently attended the Weston Area

Chamber business networking meeting sponsored by and held at All Lines Insurance. The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Networking meeting on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Comfort Suites Weston, 2201 North Commerce Parkway. The cost is free for members and $15 with RSVP or $20 at the door. RSVP to Jack Miller, Chamber President and CEO, at (954) 389-0600 or The Weston Area Chamber is doing all it can to help businesses survive in this weak economy. It promotes small and large businesses working together to create jobs and

Cyndi Sobel (left), Accounting Manager, Micrium; Jack Miller, IOM, Weston Chamber President/CEO; Amy Milen, Office Manager, All Lines Insurance. 

grow their bottom line. Chamber members also have the benefit of a unique national advertising campaign between the Weston Area Chamber and America Chamber. Members also have access to new online and offline virtual leads groups. For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® visit www. The Weston Area Chamber is the only Chamber of Commerce located in Weston and has been a 501C not-for-profit chamber with its office in the same building since 1989. Once again, the South Florida Business Journal has selected the Weston Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Top 25 Chambers of Commerce.” It will be included on the 2012 list appearing in the November issue.

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Rotary News

Weston Rotary Gears up for Run for Tomorrow and Get Fit Festival By Bob Sands, Rotary Club of Weston


joining in the Mayor’s Challenge Walk. Over event of 2012, the 15th Annual Run for Tomorrow and Get Fit family health and 3,000 attended the Get wellness festival. Mark your calendars and join us at Weston Town Center on Fit Festival, where our Sunday, December 9th. Our annual 5K and half marathon has attracted thousands of vendors and sponsors participants in the past and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for our Rotary showcased healthy lifefunded charities. style choices, provided Our event co-chair Bob Greene kicked off the Rotary Weight Loss Olympics by wellness screenings, Vendors line the streets of Weston Town Center as part of the introducing his fellow Rotarians to the “The Scales” and “The Chart” at one of our food, games and of Get FIT Festival, a free health, wellness and fitness event. recent weekly breakfast meetings. Every Thursday morning, Rotarians can weigh in course, fun. The success of our past events wouldn’t be possible without hard-working and chart progress towards their goals. It is a fun way to keep score and make a differ- Rotarians, the participation and cooperation of the City of Weston, and the generosence at the same time. ity of area businesses. Some of our dynamic sponsors last year included: Presenting “Rotary is the leading community Sponsor DynaServ Florida, Ultimate Software, ReMAX Premier, Auto Nation, Audi service club in the world,” said Weston of Pembroke Pines, Baptist Medical Plazas, and many others. Rotary President Carolyn Burk. “But, We are looking forward to another great community gathering at this year’s Run we always let our concern for our for Tomorrow and Get Fit Weston events. You can browse YouTube for the 2012 15th fellow citizens begin at home. The Annual Run for Tomorrow and Get Fit Weston video. For more information about runRotary Club of Weston is working ner registration, sponsorship opportunities and festival booth space, contact co-chairs to bring awareness of health and Bob Greene,, or John Massaro, wellness issues to our community.” Last year, over 1,900 runners and We would also invite you to join us at our weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of walkers participated in our Run events, Weston. We meet every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Weston Hills Country Club. Learn Runners line up for the start of the with 400 elementary school students more about our club by visiting Rotary’s annual Run for Tomorrow. he Rotary Club of Weston is busy preparing for our biggest

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Oye! Weston Hosts Inaugural Happy Hour

Oye! Weston’s inaugural event was a huge success. More than 90 people attended the happy hour social at the hip Weston restaurant, Lolita’s Kitchen. Oye! Weston is a bilingual (Spanish/English) social happy hour with a Latin flair created with the purpose of building friendships and, at the same time, supporting local businesses in the Weston area. Their slogan says it all: Just For The Fun Of It! Everything needed for the event is sponsored by other businesses in Weston and by the main host of the monthly event. Oye! Weston takes place the last Thursday of every month. For more information, contact them at or follow them on Facebook at “Oye Weston.”

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Weston HCG Center Is Here to Help You Lose Weight By Stacey Bomser


ever have three little letters elicited

so much attention. It seems everyone is talking about HCG these days. When used in combination with a low-calorie diet, pounds just

at a rate of one million units per day. HCG helps protect the fetus against the father’s genes.

Is it safe? Because HCG is found naturally in

the body, in both men and women, it is completely safe when administered under medical supervision. Every patient at Weston HCG Center undergoes a thorough evaluation to determine the amount of weight he or she needs to lose. Then, the doctor chooses between HCG shots or the oral treatment.

What’s the difference? Our center is one of

the few in the United States which carries the original oral HCG formulated by Dr. Belluscio in 1994. We administer it under the tongue as that has been revealed to be as safe, effective and fast method of absorption as the injections. This method has been practiced by Dr. Belluscio for more than 18 years at his own center with thousands of satisfied patients.

Weston HCG Center Owner and Program Director Leda Di Meco, Doctor of Biology.

melt away – as many as one to two each day. Weston HCG Center specializes solely in this revolutionary diet. Owner and Program Director Leda Di Meco answered some commonly asked questions about HCG and their program.

What is HCG? Contrary to what many people

think, HCG is not a hormone. It is a glycoprotein which is present in the human body in small amounts. It reaches its highest levels during pregnancy, when it is produced by the placenta

We are also proud to offer our patients HCG shots in a concentration of 125 UI. This is the amount recommended by Dr. Simeons, the inventor of the HCG program. According to his findings in Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, “the injection of only 125 units per day is ample to reduce weight at a rate of roughly one pound per day, even in a colossus weighing 400 pounds, when associated with a 500-calorie diet. If the daily dose of HCG is raised to 200 or more units daily its action often appears to be reversed.”

Is the weight loss permanent? It can become

permanent at a high percentage. As with any other treatment, it has to last for 21 days along

with a maintenance diet. After this, the patient can go back to his or her regular lifestyle along with an exercise plan.

Who is the ideal HCG diet patient? The

HCG program is ideal for an overweight person who has also encountered high blood pressure, glycemia and high cholesterol, or people with obesity-related problems.

Have you ever used HCG? Yes, I lost 58 pounds

thanks to HCG. Because I have personally used HCG, I can understand my patients and their concerns about the program.

Weston HCG Center is one of the few facilities in the United States to carry the original oral HCG formulated in 1994.

What is your medical background? I am

a Biologist. For 30 years I was the director of the Immunology Laboratory at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. At Weston HCG Center, I work side-by-side with Dr. Lucinda Cuerpo, who has over 28 years of experience treating patients with the HCG program.

Anything else you would like prospective patients to know about Weston HCG Center? We are one of the few centers in the world accredited by the HCG program. We focus exclusively on HCG. All patients are supervised by doctors who provide them with personalized attention every week during the cycle. We also provide a supervised food service to ensure the proper diet as recommended by the protocol.

Weston HCG Center is located at 1654 Town Center Circle in the Weston Town Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday by appointment. For more information call (954) 888-9889 or visit

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It's their business

Shinju Japanese Buffet Offers Authentic and Delicious Asian Cuisine By Debby Teich


njoy more than 100 varieties of authen-

tic and delicious Asian cuisine at Shinju Japanese Buffet in Pembroke Pines. The elegant all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet features an endless array of Sushi, Hibachi, Seafood, Grilled Food and Desserts. The spacious dining area and buffet make it the perfect place for a night out with friends or a family dinner. With something for everyone, the food is sure to please the most discriminating taste buds. Shinju has redefined buffet-style dining. Sophie Liu, Manager, answered some commonly asked questions about Shinju Japanese Buffet.

What does the buffet include? With over 100

prepared items, the buffet is a true culinary experience. It includes soup, salad bar, appetizers, hot food, seafood, sushi and dessert. There is something for everyone.

How does Shinju Japanese Buffet differ from similar buffets? Shinju has the largest

variety and freshest selection of sushi compared to other South Florida buffets. The buffet is round, offering easy access. Our customers say that we offer a dining experience like no other restaurant.

Describe the Sushi buffet: The buffet

features more than 60 sushi, sashimi and rolls, made from the freshest and finest ingredients. Everything is made fresh, never pre-made. The selection varies daily, depending on what is available. The most popular rolls are Unagi (eel with rice), California Roll (avocado, cucumber and crabmeat) and JB Roll (cream cheese, avocado, salmon).

Are the Sushi chefs experienced? Most of the

sushi chefs have more than six years of experience. Many of them worked in New York in a famous sushi restaurant. Customers can watch as they skillfully create sushi that is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. They pride themselves on making the perfect roll.

area as they desire. Many customers like to try different combinations of sauces, vegetables and proteins each time they visit.

What do you offer for dessert? We offer a

large assortment of desserts. Customers can indulge in several flavors of homemade ice cream flavors, including cookies and cream, vanilla, strawberry, pistachio, butter pecan, chocolate, green tea and red bean. There are also 15 different varieties of cakes. On the weekends, there is also a chocolate fountain during dinner.

Where is Shinju located? We have 5 locations,

Can customers really eat as much as they want? Yes. They can make as many trips to

including Pembroke Pines, Davie, Miami, Coral Springs and Boca Raton. All of the buffets are similar, but hours and prices vary by location.

the buffet as they want. It is tremendous value.

How much is the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Pembroke Pines location? On weekdays,

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imply the Best” is a term often used to describe the International Dance Academy. It’s easy to see why it has earned a reputation as the best ballet school in South Florida. From its tiniest Tutu Cuties to its prima ballerinas, all students at International Dance Academy enjoy an atmosphere of learning, artistry and friendship.

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Strong classical ballet training is what makes International Dance Academy a cut above the rest. Emphasis is on strong technique, which allows for greater artistic freedom. “Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms,” explains Deborah Buttner, artistic director of the International Dance Academy. “While it is the most demanding and disciplined of all dance styles, it is also the most rewarding. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers have the unique ability to transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they pursue.” International Dance Academy’s successful programs start with Tutu Cuties, a unique Mommy and Me class for two and three-year-olds. These tiny tots learn to move to delightful tunes encouraging musicality and coordination at a young and impressionable age. The little ones dress up in beautiful tulle tutus and show enormous talent as the teacher encourages them to use

From tiny tots taking their first steps to dancers learning the art of partnering, dreams come true at International Dance Academy.

their imagination and dance freely to the music. Mommies are encouraged to take part and the smiles on the students’ faces and giggles that come from the classroom are heartwarming. Dedicated ballet pupils are prepared and examined in the Royal Academy of Dance, a worldrecognized teaching organization whose patron is Queen Elizabeth II. “The Royal Academy of Dance is without doubt the largest and most respected ballet organization in the world,” explains Mary Buttner, director of the International Dance Academy. “International Dance Academy enjoys phenomenal examination results putting us on the highest measured scale of achievement worldwide.” The studio also provides students who already dance on pointe the unique opportunity to dance a “pas de deux,” doing intricate steps and breathtaking lifts with a male partner. “We only employ experienced danseurs to partner our girls. This gives our young dancers the confidence to focus on their technique and the enjoyment of their achievement,” says Deborah, who teaches partnering with Eriberto Jimenez.

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Deborah and Eriberto have danced together for more than a decade wowing audiences with their ability and artistry. Their latest masterpiece can be viewed on the International Dance Academy website ( under “Bardo.” It is an exquisite piece of music

In addition to ballet, International Dance Academy also offers superior jazz/contemporary classes taught by Mr. Roly, of “Bailando Por Un Sueňo” fame, as well as a boy’s only class for strengthening. Yoga is offered for both children and adults. There is also an adult ballet class.

The studio’s commitment to being “Simply the Best” enables it to produce two full-length productions each year with dancers in stunning costumes and professional stage scenery. Rehearsals will soon be underway for the 13th annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, which runs December 14-16th at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Approximately 7,000 patrons will enjoy this performance. The studio also produces a theatrical spring show, such as Cinderella, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Photos from these spectacular shows line the walls of the 5,500 square-foot studio. It features three fully-equipped sprung-floored, air-conditioned studios. Parents can observe from the large foyer area. International Dance Academy also boasts its own prop and costume room, a sewing/crafts room, as well as a kitchen and homework space. The Buttners encourage the community to experience the International Dance Academy difference. “Please accept our open invitation to visit the Academy and enjoy a complimentary ballet class,” states Mary. Registration is accepted throughout the year and the annual registration fee is waived for students with proof of registration elsewhere.

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Students at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center had a busy start to the school year. Children have participated in a variety of activities from preschoolers creating self-portraits to toddlers enjoying the art of apple printing. The students have also been busy preparing the school garden for fall planting.

Students at the B’nai Aviv Early Childhood Education Center celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with their parents. Everyone ate delicious apples and honey for a sweet new year. The students are also enjoying their brand new computer lab donated by the B’nai Aviv ECEC PTO.

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Students at St. Bonaventure Catholic School wore shirts of red, white and blue to create a living American flag as part of the school’s annual remembrance ceremony honoring Americans lost in the terrorist attacks on 9-11. Following a moment of silence, students “signed” and sang God Bless America. At Tequesta Trace Middle School, peer counselors created a patriotic tribute on 9-11.

Top: Sara Busca using the book to figure out how to create a gingerbread man. Right: Shayla Holloway reading The Gingerbread Man in her poetry book.

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Students at Manatee Bay Elementary School enjoyed at tasty treat while supporting their school. Teachers served as celebrity scoopers for the school’s recent fundraiser at Cold Stone Creamery. Money raised will go toward technology at the school.

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Kindergarten students in Ms. Breitbart’s bi-literate class enjoyed a tasty tour of Imagine Charter School at Weston. After reading the story The Gingerbread Man, the children used play-doh to make their own gingerbread men. After lunch, their gingerbread men were missing, but they left behind a riddle on where to find them. The scavenger hunt showed students where all of the important places in their school were located, such as the office, clinic, and media center. When they finally made it back to their classroom, their gingerbread men were waiting for them.

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Weston’s Mercedes J. Nunez was honored at the 2012 Hispanic Women of Distinction luncheon. The charity event recognized twelve distinguished Latinas who have contributed to our community, while maintaining their Hispanic heritage. More than $20,000 was raised at the luncheon to benefit the Light of the World Clinic, which provides free healthcare services to more than 12,000 people each year. Top: Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti congratulates 2012 Hispanic Woman of Distinction Mercedes Nunez, who was escorted by former honoree Dr. Ana Calderon, also of Weston. Photos by Downtown Photo. Bottom: Linda Gomez of Weston leads the parade of former honorees.

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Weston’s Jason Taylor, honorary chair for this year’s Jail and Bail, set sail with event chair David Singer and 250 generous philanthropists for the 10th annual Up the River Cruise along the Intracoastal. It is the culminating event Sabrina Singer, Douglas Singer, Jason Taylor, David for the annual Jail Singer, and Sharon J. Glazer before setting sail. and Bail fundraiser for the American Cancer Society of Broward County. This year’s program raised more than $150,000. To date, Jail and Bail has raised $2.7 million for the American Cancer Society.

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Cleveland Clinic Florida has been supporting the BSO Division of the Civil Air Patrol for approximately three years by providing space for cadet training and instructional classes at the Krupa Center. A group of cadets and the squadron Commander recently presented CEO Bernie Fernandez, MD, with a plaque to show their appreciation.

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Congratulations to Weston’s Sebastian Sebastian Rosing Rosing and Federico Ayalla. The two proudly displaying his championship trophy. Imagine Charter School at Weston students were part of the winning Killer Bees team which won the under 9 3v3 Challenge National Championship. The Killer Bees won the Gold Division Championship, beating the Apopka Crew, 5-3.

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Upon completion of his Mitzvah Project, Paxton Terris delivered a check for $5000 from his What’s Mine Is Yours Foundation to the Jack & Jill Children’s Center. The donation will provide a one-year scholarship for an underprivileged child to attend the preschool. The executive director and president of the board of directors personally thanked Paxton for his generosity.

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Weston’s Jackie Rosen, Executive Director of the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, was invited to speak about suicide prevention at the Pride Center’s “To Be Or Not To Be” event for the LGBT community. Rosen was accompanied by Howard Cohen, FISP’s LGBT therapist consultant. LGBT’s are eight times more susceptible to suicide attempts than the straight community. About 175 people attended the presentation and question and answer session.

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Mayor Eric Hersh recently met with a young constituent. Fiveyear-old Rishi Ragbir asked the mayor if a train could be built connecting Weston to downtown Fort Lauderdale, so he could visit his uncle. The mayor delicately explained why that would not be possible and then talked to Rishi about his duties as mayor. In turn, Rishi told Mayor Hersh about kindergarten. | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | October 2012 OCW ALL 1012.indd 121

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The Helen Charles Salon London rolled out the red carpet for the introduction of its Unlimited Beauty program. For a set monthly fee, members can enjoy unlimited blow-dries, spa mani/ pedi’s, classic facials, or 30 minute Swedish massages. Salon staff and club members enjoyed an elegant evening with music, fine wine and tasty treats.

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Aden and Aubrey Rutz raised over $50 selling avocados picked from their tree, along with lemonade and cookies. The avocado sale is an annual event for the family who generously shares its delicious harvest to benefit the Harvest Drive. This year, Aubrey and her friends, Cami and Sierra, also sold duct tape purses, bracelets, rings and bookmarks.

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The turnout was incredible for Temple Dor Dorim’s Open House and Food Truck Festival. The event featured familyfriendly activities such as bounce houses and face painting, as well as plenty of delicious food. The event also served as an opportunity to showcase the synagogue’s many programs to members and the community.

Left: Temple Dor Dorim’s Israel Solidarity Chair Lorelei Ennis, Social Action Chair Lisa Lerner, and library assistant Joanne Jaffe.

Right: Temple Board Member Karin Elkin, Main Event Chair Henry Gillman, Board Member Amy Kotlar, and Sisterhood Board Member Mindy Wolpert.

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Award Recipients

Weston’s Leslie Goldman and Donna Berger were among a select group recently honored by Ramat Shalom. Berger, seen here with Rabbi Andrew Jacobs, received the Yesod Award for Leadership in recognition of her years serving on the synagogue’s Board. Leslie Goldman was honored with the Atid Award for her forward thinking and determination to strengthen Ramat Shalom.

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