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


This is a gem in Lighthouse Point. Beautiful luxury home with 5 Bedrooms 5 ½ baths, plus family room, media room, study, exercise room, loft and billiard area.  Inviting kitchen with custom cabinets and granite gourmet kitchen.  Gas fireplace, elevator, walk-in pantry. 2 laundry rooms and outdoor summer kitchen, magnificent custom pool  with raised spa and 90 feet of deep water dockage.  A must see!! Offered at $ 1,020,000 Call Indra Ragbir - 954-818-1475


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This beautiful home has it all! Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Savanna. Free-form screened in pool with fabulous water view, built in BBQ. Cathedral ceilings, huge master bedroom with built-in closets. The kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances, and granite countertops. Impeccable & very spacious floor plan, Family friendly street, safe & gated community, MUST SEE! Offered at $ 741,000 Call Angie Guerrero - 954-815-0671

PEMBROKE PINES Owners have spared no expense! Beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bath home in Chapel Trail Preserve. Wood floors throughout, Granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, master bedroom with sitting area, Enjoy the screened in patio with peaceful serene lake views. A MUST SEE HOME! Offered at $ 599,000 Call Filippo Vespa - 954-540-2806


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Enjoy your quiet lake and preserve back yard while relaxing on your screened patio. This 4 bedroom 2 bath home is located in a resort style gated community. Offered at $ 499,999 Call Minerva Strum - 754-366-3072


Luxurious 55+ resort style gated community. 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath plus den with beautiful lake view. Upgraded kitchen and appliances. Amenities include: concierge, club house, dining room, spa/salon, fitness center, library heated pool, hot tubs, sauna, steam room, business center, valet parking and more. Walk to supermarket, shopping & restaurants. Offered at $ 325,000 Call Mo Chesla - 954-650-2487

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Contents publisher's page

Legally Speaking 64 Don’t Try a Do-It-Yourself Foreclosure Defense 72 Holiday Confusion

Positive Parenting

10 “Treat” Yourself to Special Family Time This Halloween

68 Creating Traditions


pet of the Month

14 October 2013

82 “Charlie”

Pet Care 84 Gastrointestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Legislative Look 32 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Has Begun

26 Community News 16 Community Can Enjoy Extensive Arts and Cultural Offerings This Season 18 Exciting Season in Store for Weston Foreign Film Series 19 Saturday Night Movies Under the Stars Are Back 20 InSync With Autism Concert Caters to Individuals with Autism and Their Families 21 Chip In for Kids In Distress 22 Cleveland Clinic Florida Hosts Girls Night Out to Focus on Women’s Health 22 Start the Season of Giving Early at Harvest Drive Community Fun Day 24 Start Your Holiday Shopping Early at Temple Dor Dorim 24 Grateful Hearts Gala to Benefit St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church 26 Kids Helping Kids Gives Students a Successful Start to School Year 26 Fun For All at Weston Town Center’s Back to School Bash 28 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips 93 Broward Health Weston Welcomes Back MAMMOPALOOZA

Real Estate 30 The Importance of a Home Appraisal


Health & Wellness 33 Cleveland Clinic Florida Vascular Surgeon Awarded Distinguished Chair 39 Top 10 Causes of Hair Loss (Part 3) 74 A Shiny New Car For Life 78 Empty Nesters: Adjusting to Life After They Fly Away 86 Picking The Best Eyewear

Can Do Kids 34 Brothers Invited to Perform for the Pope 36 School Project Prompts Philanthropic Donation

Sharing and Caring 40 Women Supporting Women Helps Neighbors In Need

photo of the month 89 The World’s Favorite Newspaper™

Car Care 92 Tips for Helping Your Car Beat the Heat

Rotary News 94 Rotarians in the Community—Service Above Self


42 Weston Author Publishes Spy Adventure Story for Teens

Sports News 44 Cypress Bay Football Team Plays Live on ESPN

Ask the expert 48 Making Sense of Facial Rejuvenations 66 Growing Pains in Children or Merely “Flat Feet”? 69 Can Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities in Your Child? 76 The Goldilocks Breast Augmentation: Not Too Big, Not Too Small…Just Right

School News 50 Eagle Point Elementary Fifth Graders Go Digital 52 Country Isles Elementary Is iReady To Learn 56 Cypress Bay Teacher Learns Valuable Lesson in India 58 Sagemont’s Language Honor Societies Promote Language, Culture and Community Service

fitness forum 62 Meditative Moment 80 Get Back to You

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88 New Season…..New Hair For 2013

Inspiring Individual

54 Imagine Middle School Students Discover Their Inner Artist


Haute Hair

it’s their business 98 Art Institute of Weston Offers Classes for Students of All Ages

snapshots from school 100-101 Class Acts

seen on scene 102-103 Community Snapshots

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“Treat” Yourself to Special Family Time This Halloween Finally, we have settled back into our regular routine: rushing the kids to and from school and shuttling them around town to after-school activities. Football season is in full swing and summer vacation is now a distant memory. The temperature is finally starting to cool off a bit. With the heat and humidity dropping, we can get back to enjoying outdoor family activities and gatherings with friends. With the cooler weather comes every kid’s favorite fall holiday – Halloween. It’s time to decorate the house with pumpkins, stock up on candy bars and lollipops, and take your little ones shopping for costumes. Pretty soon our streets will be filled with pint-sized superheroes, princesses, witches and rock stars. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture these precious moments, for these are memories that will last a lifetime.

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APPLE FEST Sat. & Sun. October 19/20

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Blessing of the Animals – St. Paul Lutheran Church invites you to bring your pet for this very special blessing in honor of St. Francis Day. It takes place at 4pm at the Weston Town Center amphitheater. There will be raffle prizes and live music by the band Acoustic Contrast. For more information call (954) 384-9096.

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programs for children ages four and up. Prices vary per division; the boys and girls challenger program is free to all special needs participants. For more information visit www.


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Weston Friends Club Book Markers – This book club will meet at 1pm in a member’s home to discuss Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. For more information on the book club or Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at (954) 385-1445.

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Breast Cancer Web Chat – Cleveland Clinic Florida will offer a live online health chat from noon to 1pm. Plastic Surgeon Martin Newman, MD, will discuss reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. Register online at www.

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Weston Friends Club Ladies Night Out – Join the Weston Friends Club for a delicious dinner catered by Gourmet Creations followed by a fun-filled evening with bingo and other activities. The event takes place in a member’s home. To RSVP or for more information, contact VP Programs Jacqueline Stewart at (954) 384-6389

22nd Lung Cancer Web Chat – Cleveland Clinic Florida will offer a live online health chat from noon to 1pm. Hematologist Bruno Bastos, MD, will discuss lung cancer treatment. Register online at www.clevelandclinic. org/floridaevents.


“Hotel Transylvania” – 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 cartoon about Dracula’s plans to invite the world’s most famous monsters to his daughter’s birthday party. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 8pm.

Calling All Runners – This is the second in a three-part lecture series leading up to the Rotary Club of Weston’s 16th annual Run For Tomorrow in December. Designed for seasoned runners as well as those just starting out, participants will receive tips on how to train safely and effectively to achieve their personal best. The lecture series is presented by Baptist Health South Florida, the City of Weston and Rotary Club of Weston. It takes place from 7-9pm in the Cypress Bay High School auditorium. Space is limited and registration is required; call (954) 837-1130.



Little League Registration – Online registration for the Weston Area Little League (WALL) starts. WALL offers baseball, softball and challenger

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 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) 385-2600 or visit the City of Weston website at, click on Public Works and then Bulk Pick-Up.

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Saint David’s Fall Carnival – Saint David Catholic Church is hosting its semi-annual Carnival. Food, rides, entertainment and shopping galore round out the fun. Call the office at (954) 475-8046 for discount ticket information. St. David’s is located at 3900 South University Drive in Davie. For more information visit www.

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Nov. 3rd Harvest Drive Community Fun Day – This Harvest Drive kick-off event takes place at Weston Town Center. Stop by from 2-6pm for an afternoon of family fun and community service. Donate non-perishable food, personal and household necessities, as well as gently used toys, books and clothing to help families in need. For more information visit www.

27th SneakerMania – Buy, sell and trade your sneakers at Cypress Bay High School from 1-5pm. A percentage of proceeds from the event, which takes place in the school gymnasium, will go to the Cypress Bay Lightning Boys Basketball team. For more information call (954) 812-2399.

30th Weston Friends Club Halloween Potluck – Join members for a potluck lunch in a member’s home. Costumes are optional. For more information on this and other Weston Friends Club activities, contact Nancy Russo at (954) 385-1445.

Weston Friends Club Theater Outing – Join the Weston Friends Club for a matinee performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts. For tickets or more information contact Jacqueline Stewart at (954) 384-6389.

Nov. 9th Garage Sale – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Shop the community garage sale at Cypress Bay High School from 8am to 1pm. Space rental is $30. Proceeds benefit the Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard. To reserve a space or for more information call (954) 349-3702.

Nov. 16th 31st Halloween Spooktacular – Come out to the Weston Town Center for a fun night of trick-or-treating, DJ, interactive games and dances, bounce houses, and much more from 5-8pm. There will be costume contests for children ages

Indian Trace Elementary Green Day – The 6th annual award-winning campus clean-up program brings together students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. Help is needed with weeding, trimming, raking, planting and mulching projects around the school. Anyone interested in participating or donating can contact Haydeé Nunn at (754) 323-6300. Service hours are available.

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Community Can Enjoy Extensive Arts and Cultural Offerings This Season By Stacey Bomser


takes place on Saturday, December 7th. This fastCypress Bay at (754) 323-0350. paced rollicking musical takes the audience on a This year, the community can enjoy Broadway at joyous ‘round the world tour of the dances, songs The Bay and a Radio City Winter Wonderland at the and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa Bonaventure Town Center Club. Guests of all ages and other holidays. It’s the perfect way to get the can experience the magic of the season in the tradiwhole family into the spirit of tion of New York City’s Radio City the season. Stages Productions’ Music Hall. This holiday show, version of The Three Little Pigs presented by the Bonaventure combines all the charm and Town Center Club, is scheduled comedy of the family classic with for Sunday, December 22nd at plenty of singing, dancing, and 4pm and features Rockettesaudience participation. There’s style dancers, a Ringling Bros. even a rapping Big Bad Wolf. Circus dog act, and much more, This classic tale takes the stage including a visit from Santa on Saturday, February 22nd. Claus. Tickets are on sale now The Children’s Theater perforat the Bonaventure Town Center Little ones will love this updated mances are held in the Cypress Club, 16690 Saddle Club Road. version of the children’s classic The Bay High School Theater. Tickets Three If purchased before November Little Pigs on February 22nd. are $5 in advance and $10 at 1st, the cost is $20 per ticket or the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Weston four for $75; after November 1st tickets are $25 each. Community Center. The Weston Symphony Series returns on Saturday, The Arts Council of Greater Weston further encour- February 8th with Rachmaninov and Elgar – Songs ages children’s exposure to the arts through its for a Desert Island performed by the Symphony of the Arts Council of Greater Weston President Joy Rodenberg admires the work of Weston residents Student Artist Showcase. Scheduled for April at the Americas under the baton of Maestro James Brookson the Graffiti Wall at Celebrate the Arts. Weston Branch Library, this popular event features Bruzzese. It features the romantic sounds of Russian “I am really excited about the line-up this year, we the impressive artwork of Weston’s most talented Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #2 and the exquisite have a wide variety of offerings to appeal to different student artists hung in a gallery setting. It, along with lines of Englishman Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. audiences,” notes Joy Rodenberg, president of the the Weston Foreign Film Series, are the Arts Council’s The lush, soaring melodies promise to capture your Arts Council of Greater Weston. “Last year’s colsignature events. soul as you drift away to your mind’s own private laborations with organizations such as the Weston The Arts Council is also busy working on the desert island. Philharmonic Society and Mujeres Latinas were second annual Celebrate the Arts, in conjunction with The performance will take place at 7:30pm in the hugely successful proving that the more we all work the Weston Art Guild, Weston Philharmonic Society, Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets go on sale in January together the better it is for the arts and culture in Mujeres Latinas, and Jammin’ Kids International and may be purchased at the Weston Community Weston.” Music Academy. “The giant Graffiti Wall will be back Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and where residents can express their inner artist,” notes door. Student tickets are $10. Recreation, agrees. “The partnership between Rodenberg. “We also plan to bring back the Playing Based on the wonderful response to the Symphony the Arts Council and the City Zone where children can try difof the Americas’ Pops Concert last season, plans are of Weston continues to produce ferent musical instruments and in the works for another twilight concert at Weston wonderful events for the commuexplore the sounds they make. Town Center. The tentative date is Sunday, March 9th. nity. Neighbors connecting at a We are also hoping to have high Those who prefer classic rock to classical music concert, children seeing their first school bands and choirs perform, will want to be sure to attend the annual Free Concert stage production, artists showcasas well as have high school drama in the Park presented by the City of Weston and ing their talent; moments like these departments present numbers Rotary Club of Weston. This family-friendly event fearemind us how the arts enhance from their musicals.” tures legendary musicians performing under the stars our Weston lifestyle.” The community is always welat Weston Regional Park. Look for more details as the The 2013-2014 performing come, and encouraged, to attend spring concert date gets closer. arts season begins on Saturday, performances at Cypress Bay In addition to concerts and shows, there are a November 16th with a magic High School. The talent of these variety of other cultural programs available to Weston show for children. Magician Dave young musicians, choral singers residents. Rodenberg says the popular Hot Topics Kaplan kicks off the Community and thespians is simply remarkand Literature and the Law programs will be starting Center presentations for chilable. In fact, the Cypress Bay soon. dren. Little ones will also love the band was invited to play alongside “We are in the process of selecting the films professional puppet productions the legendary Dallas Brass last and topics for this year’s Lit and the Law,” notes of two classic children’s tales. The season. Rodenberg. Attorney Andy Kassier leads a monthly Magician David Kaplan will perform a show for children at the Weston Frog Prince will be performed on The Cypress Bay Choir will discussion on various aspects of law as depicted in th Community City on November 16 . February 1st and The Tortoise and present its Fall Chorus Concert on feature films. The program takes place the second the Hare on March 15th. Two performances of each October 17th and its Holiday Concert on December Friday of the month, January through March, at show are scheduled at the Weston Community Center, 10th. The band program also does a holiday con12:30pm at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. The one at 1:30pm and the other at 3pm. The magic cert. Cypress Bay’s incredible theater department cost is $20 for the series, or $7 per session. show and puppet shows are free and best suited for will perform Les Miserables: School Edition, March children ages pre-K through second grade. Children 5-8th, and Seussical, April 3-4th and April 10-11th. The For more information on cultural events taking place in Weston, visit must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. theater performances are scheduled for 7:30pm in the Events Calendar on the City of Weston website at http://www. Once again, children will be able to experience the school’s theater. Tickets are $5 presale and $10 or the Arts Council of the excitement of live theater. Santa’s Holiday Revue at the door. For information on school shows, contact Greater Weston website at rom magic shows and musicals to sym -

phonies and international cinema, and literally everything in between, the upcoming cultural arts season in Weston promises something for everyone. The City of Weston and the Arts Council of Greater Weston have been busy scheduling a selection of performances and events sure to appeal to all ages and interests.


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Exciting Season in Store for Weston Foreign Film Series By Stacey Bomser

The Dutch action-adventure film The Memory of a Killer will be shown on January 13th. This highly-acclaimed and clever Belgian thriller features a memorable, award-winning performance by one of the Netherlands’ finest actors. After discovering the child he refused to assassinate was subsequently killed, hitman Angelo Ledda sets out in search of the killers but his memories are becoming more and more elusive. The tension escalates as the police want to find him, the bad guys want to kill him, and he wants vengeance.

The Weston Foreign Film Series Committee has planned an exciting line up this season. Pictured from left: Committee Chair Norma Sonnenklar, Vicki Rosen, Eli Habib, Joy Rodenberg, Steven Enfield, and Muriel Fields.


he Arts Council of G reater Weston has five fabulous films

selected for its 8th annual Weston Foreign Film Series. This year’s lineup spans the globe with genres ranging from romantic comedies to action adventure thrillers. “This year, for the first time, our committee has vetted every film. All of the movies were recommended by foreign film expert Shelly Isaacs, who is the host, programmer and commentator for Café Cinematheque International,” states Norma Sonnenklar, chair of the Weston Foreign Film Series. “We expect the selections for this season to entice, amuse, astound, thrill and entertain.” Weston 8 Cinema plays host to the Weston Foreign Film Series. Movies are shown 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 2013-2014 season starts on November 11th with My Afternoons with Margueritte. In this French film, 220 pounds and 40 years separate the unhappy Germain, who is illiterate, and the gentle Margueritte, who is passionate about reading. When the two meet by chance in a public garden, doors he never knew existed open for Germain and his life changes almost magically.

The Argentinian movie Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) will be shown on December 9th. The lives of a stranded, frightened young Chinese immigrant, Jun, and a solitary, hermit-like Spanish shopkeeper, Roberto, are forever changed when they meet in Buenos Aires. The dependence of the lost man on the reclusive loner and the loneliness of the immigrant longing for a family make this an engrossing film.


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The Well Digger’s Daughter (La Fille du Puisatier) is a romantic tale of love, family and honor. Set in the Provençal countryside before World War I, the widower Pascale dreams of marrying his eldest daughter off to his loyal assistant. But, when she falls for a wealthy, young pilot who promptly abandons her for the front lines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. This film will be shown on February 10th.

The Weston Foreign Film Series concludes on March 10th with Gloomy Sunday. This movie, set in pre-war Hungary, is about a love triangle between a beautiful woman and two handsome, talented young men. Add a hit song and a German soldier and you get an ending that will shock you, surprise you, and send you home satisfied.

Weston Foreign Film Series season tickets are on sale now. The cost is $30 for all five films. Series tickets are available at the Weston Community Center (at Weston Regional Park), the Weston Friends of the Library Bookstore (inside the Weston Branch Library), and at the Community Bank of Broward (1504 Weston Road). Both Community Bank and the Friends Bookstore 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 ACGW. Individual tickets for My Afternoons with Margueritte, if available, will be sold at the door on the night of the performance at 4:30pm and 6:45pm. Tickets for each of the other four films will be available the second Tuesday of the month preceding the film. 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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Saturday Night Movies Under the Stars Are Back By Stacey Bomser


hat better way to spend a

Saturday night than snuggled up with your family and friends watching movies under the moonlight. Weston’s popular Moonlight Movies in the Park returns this month with seven fantastic, free, family-friendly films. The season starts on October 12th at 8pm with Hotel Transylvania. Get into the Halloween spirit with this animated comedy about a resort catering to monsters. Dracula invites Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, a Werewolf family, and the Invisible Man to the Hotel Transylvania to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. Travel back in time with The Croods on November 16th at 7:30pm. This animated prehistoric adventure follows the family as they embark on the journey of a lifetime after their cave, which shielded them from danger, is destroyed. As they travel across the spectacular landscape, they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures. The Amazing Spider-Man will be shown on December 14th at 7:30pm. In this action adventure film, Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, discovers a clue that might help him understand his parents’ disappearance. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. Gather your family on January 11th at 7:30pm to spend the night with Gru and his new family in Despicable Me 2. Now that Gru has forsaken his life of crime to care for Margo, Agnes and Edith, he must now figure out how to provide for the

girls. In this animated comedy, the devoted new father divides his time between saving the world from super-villains and saving Miranda from heartbreak. Race into February with Turbo on February 1st at 7:30pm. This animated movie is about a speed-obsessed snail with an unusual dream – to become the world’s greatest racer. Turbo, the ultimate underdog, refuses to let his limitations stand in the way of achieving his dream. Smurfs 2 will be shown on March 15th at 7:30pm. In this movie, the evil wizard Gargamel creates mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. Just in time for Easter, watch as the Easter Bunny joins forces with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost to save the world from the evil spirit, Pitch, who is trying to take over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of kids everyone. Rise of the Guardians will be shown on April 12th at 8pm. All movies are projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park, next to the Weston Community Center. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call (954) 389-4321 or visit www. ParksAndRecreationHome.aspx.

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InSync With Autism Concert Caters to Individuals with Autism and Their Families By Stacey Bomser


Weston’s own Ciara Rae will perform at InSync with Autism.

ndividuals with autism and their families are

invited to attend InSync with Autism. The free concert, presented by the Rotary Club of Weston and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), will take place on Sunday, October 27th at Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City. This unique concert program is presented twice a year, in the spring and fall, to provide a live musical experience to people with autism where they are free to express themselves, “Music is a universal language that transverses culture, language, age and ability,” explains Dr. Marlene Sotelo, Director of Education and Training at CARD. “Music is an especially powerful tool in the field of autism, as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often very motivated by music and can easily relate to it. Music allows these individuals to participate through dance and playing instruments, without the barrier of communication.” The beauty of the InSync with Autism concert is that it promotes active participation. “Most concerts have the audience seated and passively listening to the performance. Our concerts encourage attendees to dance, sing-a-long, and play along using the instruments we provide during the concert,” notes Dr. Sotelo. The October concert will feature Weston’s own Ciara Rae, an up and coming country music singer. “She has

a huge heart. She performs often for charities to give back to the community that supports her,” shares Jeanna Gutierrez, who is helping plan the InSync with Autism concert for the Rotary Club of Weston. In selecting artists, Gutierrez says the Weston Rotary and CARD try to offer various types of music. For the October concert, they always like to choose a genre that allows people to dress for the theme. Everyone is encouraged to dress as cowboys and cowgirls for this year’s country western concert. Attendees wore black for last year’s Blues Brothers Soul Band performance; black hats and sunglasses were given to everyone courtesy of CARD and the Weston Rotary. Rotary Club members support InSync with Autism by volunteering to help at the concert. The club also recruits high school students from the Interact Clubs at Cypress Bay and Western high schools. CARD provides free services to families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through adulthood. It also provides technical assistance and training to professionals in the community working with individuals with autism. The InSync with Autism concert takes place on Sunday, October 27th from 3-4:30pm at Temple Beth Emet, 4807 Flamingo Road, in Cooper City. Limited seating available; please RSVP on the InSync with Autism Facebook or Eventbrite page.

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Chip In for Kids In Distress By Stacey Bomser


oin the Weston - based K ids I n

worthwhile work of KID!” The golf tournament begins at 11:30am with Distress Auxiliary in golfing for a good registration and a pre-tournament box lunch, cause. The annual KID Auxiliary Golf followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Players of Tournament takes place on Friday, October all skill levels are welcome to participate in 25th at Jacaranda Country Club. Proceeds this 18 hole scramble. Dinner will be served from the tournament will benefit Kids In after the tournament and awards will be Distress, a non-profit charitable organization presented. dedicated to the care and treatment of abused The individual player fee is $175 and that children, the prevention of child abuse, and includes greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner and the preservation of the family. prizes. Non-golfers can purchase dinner Kids In Distress strives to establish strong tickets for $40, in advance. There will also be and healthy families. Its goal is not only to a raffle. protect children from abuse and neglect, but The Kids In Distress Auxiliary is a talented to provide them with a safe, caring environand dedicated group of mostly Weston women ment in which they can flourish and grow, and committed to helping children who have been when possible, return them to their birth home. given no choice in their circumstances. Its Of course, these efforts would not be possible fundraising efforts are used to support the without the support of the community. KID Auxiliary Golf Committee members Mary Ellen Ballotta (left), programs provided by Kids In Distress. “Kids In Distress depends so much on the Julie Dowd, Lisa Schultz, Linda Petersen and Cathy Jaffee. Auxiliary members also act as “ambassadors” community, on private individuals and busiin the community, raising awareness about the plight of these children and partnesses, to help with their costs and operating expenses,” explains Lisa Schultz, nering with Kids In Distress in its efforts to offer prevention programs to help break KID Auxiliary Golf Tournament co-chair. “The KID Agency currently provides care, the cycle of abuse and neglect. counseling, and family strengthening services for abused and neglected children. It is also the largest provider of foster homes in both Broward and Palm Beach counties. Along with my co-chairs, Irene Carraway and Linda Petersen, we are The Kids In Distress Auxiliary Golf Tournament takes place on Friday, October 25th at Jacaranda Golf Club. looking forward to the strong support of tournament participants and sponsors, The rain date is November 7th. The country club is located at 9200 West Broward Boulevard in Plantation. so that the Kids In Distress Auxiliary can continue to help fund the essential and For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call (954) 257-2283.

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Hosts Girls Night Out to Focus on Women’s Health By Stacey Bomser


leveland Clinic Florida is hosting Girls N ight O ut: G etting

will provide refreshments for all. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of that, health Healthy & Feeling Fabulous. The Tuesday, October 15th event will provide professionals from the Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center will conduct breast vital health information as well as plenty of pampering. cancer risk assessments. Space is limited “Women are known for being the health and pre-registration is required. care advocates for their families, making At 6pm, everyone is invited to listen sure loved ones get the care they need,” to Cleveland Clinic Florida’s expert said Arlene Allen-Mitchell, communiphysicians speak on a variety of imporcations manager for Cleveland Clinic tant women’s health issues. Former NBC Florida. “Girls Night Out is a reminder for 6 anchor Kelly Craig will serve as the women in our community that they need emcee. to take care of themselves, too, whether The panel talks include “Breast that means healthy eating, managing Cancer Conversations: Survival Begins stress, or making sure you get recomwith Knowledge” by Breast Oncologist mended health screenings like mammoElizabeth Stone, MD; “The Quest grams. With our women’s health event, we for Youth and Beauty: What’s New in want to provide women with some quality Cosmetic Surgery” by Plastic Surgeon ‘me time’ that is both fun and educational.” Steven Earle, MD; and “A New Age: The program begins at 5pm with Minimally Invasive Innovations for a focus on health and wellness. The Urinary Incontinence” by Urologist Sneha Bonaventure Resort and Spa’s aLaya Vaish, MD. A question and answer sesSpa will provide yoga demonstrations sion will follow the panel talk. and complimentary chair massages. Gather your girlfriends for Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Girls Night Out: Getting Healthy & Feeling Fabulous. HealthSource® of Weston will also offer chair massages. Guests can indulge Girls Night Out: Getting Healthy & Feeling Fabulous in mini spa services by Coldwater Creek Spa®. Chefs from Whole Foods® will takes place on Tuesday, October 15th from 5-8pm in the Jagelman Conference Center at Cleveland conduct cooking demonstrations. Soma Intimates will provide professional bra Clinic Florida. For more information or to pre-register for a breast cancer risk assessment go to http:// fittings and guests can shop for collectibles by Brighton®. Mallardi’s Tuscan Grill

Start the Season of Giving Early at Harvest Drive Community Fun Day By Stacey Bomser


he Harvest D rive

is hoping for a bountiful harvest of donations from its third annual Community Fun Day. This family-friendly event takes place on Sunday, November 3rd from 2-6pm at Weston Town Center. The Community Fun Day is a kick-off to the annual Harvest Drive, now entering its 21st year. Originally started at Country Isles Elementary School as a simple holiday canned good drive, Harvest Drive now provides complete Thanksgiving meals, plus a week’s worth of grocery staples and other household necessities, to more than 2,000 families throughout Broward County. This is accomplished through its network of distribution sites in Broward schools, including Cypress Bay High School, with its flagship site at Western High School. “The kids in our schools make this happen year after 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 different in the lives of others.”


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Herman is hoping the Community Fun Day will raise awareness to their cause. “Every day across this country there are children who go hungry. It is a problem everywhere, including here in Weston. Harvest Drive is working to help feed children and families in our own community.” Harvest Drive volunteers, affectionately called “worker bees,” will be on hand at the Community Fun Day collecting non-perishable food items such as canned soup, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, pancake mix, canned fruit and more, as well as personal hygiene items and household products like toothpaste and laundry detergent. This year, Harvest Drive is also asking for gently used clothing, toys and books. The fun-filled afternoon will feature music by DJ A-Herm, live entertainment including a performance by the Western High Wildcats cheerleaders, face painting and other activities for children. For more information on how you can support Harvest Drive, call (954) 444-5548 or visit If you can’t make it to the Community Fun Day, you can still support Harvest Drive by dropping off donations of non-perishable food items at Western High School on Friday, November 22nd 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. 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


et a jump start on your Chanukah and Christmas shopping

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 at Temple Dor Dorim’s Holiday Boutique on Tuesday, October 15th. Hosted facility to our children and families.” by CHAI, the Early Childhood Center’s parent/teacher organization, the With 50-plus vendors, shoppers can boutique has earned a reputation as surely find something for everyone on one of Weston’s premier shopping their gift list. In addition, the boutique events. It brings together more than 50 will feature a 50-50 cash raffle and of South Florida’s most popular vena silent basket auction. There will dors under one roof. be themed baskets such as Sports “We are excited to welcome back a Spectacular, Girly Girl, Legoland, Dine lot of our favorite, repeat, successful Around Town, Game Night, and Arts vendors as well as some exciting new and Crafts. ones,” shares Stacey Schwartz, CHAI In the spirit of giving, CHAI will fundraising chair. “We will have kids collect canned food donations for the clothing, women’s clothing, jewelry, WE CARE Food Pantry at the Soref handbags, sunglasses, candles and JCC. This community outreach prohousewares, personalized gifts, and gram provides groceries to neighbors much more!” in need, regardless of race, religion, The holiday boutique is CHAI’s largage, gender or nationality. In 2012, est fundraiser. All proceeds directly WECARE provided enough free nonbenefit the preschool. “Whether it be a perishable food and fresh produce to new playground canopy, new cameras Members of the CHAI Fundraising Committee Erin Freedland (left), prepare over 65,000 meals. for the classrooms or any other needs Ashley Falk, Stacey Schwartz and Jenn Peysakhovich invite you to their annual holiday boutique. Not pictured: Jaimee Rashbaum. the teachers may have, we give back each year however deemed needed,” The entire community is invited to attend Temple explains Schwartz. “We work closely with administration and faculty to help disDor Dorim’s 15th annual Holiday Boutique to benefit its Early Childhood Center. Admission is free. The tribute whatever funds we can to help the most effectively.” event takes place on October 15th from 9am to 5pm at the synagogue, 2360 Glades Circle. Shop early – the According to TDD ECC Director Jodi Cohen, “CHAI has made so many things first 100 shoppers receive a free reusable shopping tote. All forms of payment are accepted. For more possible for our Early Childhood Center. Even during a difficult economic climate, information call (954) 389-1232 or visit

Grateful Hearts Gala to Benefit St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church By Stacey Bomser


t. K atharine D rexel C atholic Church will host its sixth

annual Grateful Hearts Gala on Saturday, November 9th. The event, which takes place at Weston Hills Country Club, will raise funds to operate the new church building. The parish, which was founded in September 2001, is building a permanent House of Prayer on South Post Road near Weston Regional Park. The first phase, a multi-purpose facility, opened recently. Phases two and three will complete construction of a school and new church by 2019. The groundbreaking for the 15,000 square-foot building was held March 2012. In November of that year the first concrete was poured followed by a blessing of the stones to represent some of the 1,300 registered families who belong to the congregation. The Grateful Hearts Gala promises to be an evening to remember. It commences with butler-served hors d’oeuvres followed by white glove service of a gourmet three-course, dual entrée dinner. Guests will enjoy a topshelf open bar and dancing to music by the Brad Raker Band of Showtime Entertainment. There will be a 50/50 cash raffle as well as silent and live auctions showcasing Weston businesses. Highlights will include sports


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memorabilia, travel packages, fine art and jewelry. Last year’s gala raised over $40,000 for the church. “I’ve attended three of the past galas. The sell-out event is not to be missed,” shares Joan Vargas, events committee member. “You really connect with people while raising money to support our church.” The event is open to the community; singles and couples are invited. The festivities begin at 7pm. Tickets are $115 per person and can be purchased after all masses, during parish hours, or online at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church offers over 20 different ministries to serve the parish and the Weston community for every spiritual, physical and social need. Masses are celebrated in English (Saturday 5pm, Sunday 10am and Sunday 6:45pm) and Spanish (Saturday 6:45pm and Sunday noon). The parish office is located at 2700 Glades Circle, Suite 200. For more information call (954) 389-5003. For more information on the Grateful Hearts Gala contact Alexandra Arce at (954) 608-9494 or email skdgala2013@ The St. Katharine Drexel events committee invites the Weston community to support the church by attending its Grateful Hearts Gala.

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Weston students, the first lesson of the school year was one of compassion. Once again, the Weston community came together to support Kids Helping Kids in collecting much-needed school supplies for disadvantaged children. Through its efforts, Kids Helping Kids was able to provide school supplies for Rachel and Aaron Lerner help sort school seven first grade supplies donated to Kids Helping Kids. classrooms at Royal Palm Elementary School in Lauderhill. Principal Ducarmel 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 seven years ago as a means of teaching her own children the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. That message was not lost on young volunteers like Andrea Rose Frei. The sixyear-old said she liked “helping the kids to have school supplies that we always have but they don’t.” She added that she really loved the thank-you doughnuts

from Royal Palm Elementary. While the Weston students may be thankful for the treats and the opportunity to help others, the students at Royal Palm Elementary are thankful for the generosity of the Weston community. Before the start of the school year, donation boxes were located at Jean Michaels Hair Salon, Temple Dor Dorim, Temple B’nai Aviv, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and at Midtown Athletic Club. Organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, Key Clubs in Broward County high schools, and Weston Girl Scout Troop #10646 also collected donations. In addition, Issabelle Bugda chose Kids Helping Kids as her Bat Mitzvah project, asking family and friends to donate school supplies. According to Lerner, this year’s school supply drive was a huge success. Kids Helping Kids collected 98 backpacks, 122 composition books, 131 boxes of crayons, 115 packages of pencils, 54 packages of colored pencils, 54 glue sticks, and much, much more. Next up for Kids Helping Kids is a canned food collection to benefit Harvest Drive. Lerner plans to take a 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 more about how you and your children can get involved with Kids Helping Kids, email Lisa Lerner at

Thanks to the generosity of the Weston community, students at Royal Palm Elementary have plenty of school supplies.

Fun For All at Weston Town Center’s Back to School Bash By Stacey Bomser


undreds of disadvantaged children

had a successful start to the school year thanks to the generosity of the Weston community. Weston Town Center’s third annual Back to School Bash was a huge success, collecting much-needed school supplies and donations to benefit the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation. Founder Twan Russell was thrilled with the support. The former Miami Dolphins linebacker thanked attendees for their donations and stressed the importance of reading to children starting at a young age. He knows first-hand the value of literacy. The son of a middle school teacher, Russell grew up in the inner-city but felt his mastery of reading allowed him to overcome his circumstances. He and his mother established the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation to help disadvantaged children by teaching and reinforcing reading skills that are critical for success in life. Russell Life Skills and The Back to School Bash collected enough school Reading Foundation supplies to serve about 40 children in one of the Founder Twan Russell thanked the Weston Reading Rooms. About $1,000 was raised through community for their raffles and silent auctions. generous donations. Phillipa Stephenson, director of marketing and special events for Weston Town Center, estimates hundreds of Weston residents stopped by throughout the afternoon and early evening to enjoy the festivities and support the cause. “It’s always great to have an event that the families in the community can get together and enjoy fun activities and entertainment, all while giving back.” Entertainment included performances by Weston Dance Academy, Jammin’


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Kids International Music Academy, Heroes of Hip Hop, and The School of Rock. DJ Slim from Rock With U Entertainment provided continuous music, with Ross Bielejeski serving as event host. The Back to School Bash was also a chance for Weston families to see what kinds of after school activities are available in the community. Representatives from The Swim Academy, i9 Sports, Mommycise Fitness and many other companies were on hand. Dancers from Heroes of Hip Hop performed at the event.

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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips By Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon


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During the last 10 years, there have been many attempts to make real estate appraisals more accurate, especially with automated valuation models (AVMs). This includes websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realty Trac, etc. Although computers have changed real estate appraisals there is no substitute for the experience of a real estate appraiser to interpret the recent sales prices of comparable nearby houses and condos, which determine the true market value of a specific home. Equally important, an expert appraiser is needed to evaluate if the local home sales prices are rising, falling, or “normal.” So far, computers haven’t been able to replace this judgment test. AVMs can be very valuable to help estimate market values. But appraisers will always be needed to verify valuations, especially in neighborhoods of unique, one-of-a-kind homes.

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Market value depends on many variables including recent home sales in the area and the home’s unique features. Here are a few tips to assure an accurate appraisal: 1. Get the home into tip-top condition. If you own the home and need an appraisal for mortgage refinancing or other purpose, aim to put the home into its best “model home” condition before the appraiser arrives. Because appraisers often inspect three or more houses each day, and can’t possibly remember each home’s special features, it is best to hand the appraiser a list of the residence’s special features, especially those that add market value. Also, if you know of recent nearby home sales prices, be sure to hand that information to the appraiser. 2. Always accompany the appraiser. Either the real estate agent or the homeowner should always accompany the appraiser to facilitate the inspection and answer the appraiser’s questions. Be sure to point out the home’s special features and benefits that the appraiser might miss during the inspection. 3. Insist the lender promptly provide the borrower with a copy of the appraisal. Technically, the appraisal belongs to the mortgage lender who hired the appraiser, even when the homeowner or home buyer is paying for the appraisal. Borrowers should insist their lender agrees to promptly provide a copy of the appraisal. If the appraisal comes in low, the home buyer, real estate agent, and homeowner should have immediate access to that appraisal to correct any errors. Although appraisal is still very much an art, rather than an exact science, computers continue to help make residence value estimates more accurate. However, licensed appraisers will always be needed to verify the facts and use them to arrive at expert valuations.

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sion or discharge ▸▸ Bill for a power wheelchair or scooter when you don’t meet Medicare’s qualifications Another big concern is identity theft. This happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Personal information includes your name, Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make — or until you’re contacted by a debt collector. Identity theft is serious. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Protect yourself. Keep your personal information safe. Don’t give your information out over the Internet, or to anyone who comes to your home (or calls you) uninvited. Give personal information only to doctors or other approved providers. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at or by calling his legislative office at (954) 217-0287.

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participated in an intense summer camp to learn the music to be played Bustamante look like typical for the Pope. kids. They like karate, playing “We have to practice lots of pieces, with their friends and spending time but two of them are Kirye and Gloria,” at the beach with their family. But, says Alexander. they have a secret talent. Both boys Sebastian adds, “We’ve also been are gifted musicians who are travelpracticing Agnus Dei. The combiing to Italy this month to perform for nation of all these pieces is called Pope Francis at the Vatican. Music Criolla.” The Indian Trace Elementary Their parents are extremely first and second graders have been proud of their sons’ accomplishment. playing for two years; Alexander “Having your kids at such a young plays the violin and Sebastian the age participating in an activity as cello. They are part of the Siman subliminal as this is a gift of life,” Orchestral Foundation, a music states Luis Alberto Bustamante. program in Doral. This month, the “Giving them the opportunity to serbrothers along with 23 other children enade the Pope and show him what from the United States, and 200 their efforts can bring is a gift.” children from around the world, will The boys are excited at the meet in Italy to perform four concerts, prospect of playing for and possibly concluding with the concert for the Left: Six-year-old Alexander Bustamante plays the violin. meeting Pope Francis. “I know we Pope on October 13th. Right: Eight-year-old Sebastian Bustamante plays the cello. will see him as we play, maybe I will Both Alexander and Sebastian get to touch his hand,” shares Sebastian. agree this is a huge honor. They have been practicing three days a week, two In addition to playing for the Pope in Rome, the young musicians, which make hours each day, in order to prepare. up the group Pequeñas Huellas, will perform concerts in Torino, Revello, Cuneo “We have been going to our music classes a lot to prepare as a group for the and Assisi. trip,” says Sebastian, noting that they have also had many private classes and

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ily. Her older brother, Isaac, has epilepsy and has had to stay at the hospital while undergoing testing and treatment. “Epilepsy is something Isaac has that makes his brain do strange things to his body,” explains Naomi. “I have seen Isaac have lots of seizures and wanted to raise money for the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation to help him and other children feel better.” Rather than soliciting friends and relatives, Naomi approached the Mitzvah Day chairperson at her synagogue, Temple Beth Emet, who loved the idea. Naomi set up a table and sold the bracelets from her t-shirt along with others she had made. According to Naomi, the congregants were very supportive of her efforts. “They thought it was such a nice idea.” She raised $160 from the sale of her “Loving Looms,” which she delivered to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation in August. Naomi says making her donation was a rewarding experience. “When I walked in they welcomed me and had my name on a television screen. They were so surprised at my hard work and because I am very young to be thinking of other people and not wanting to keep the money for myself.” Naomi left the shirt she had made for the school parade, along with some extra bracelets, to give to the children in the Brain Institute. “The nurses had me sign my shirt before leaving it so the children knew who the artist was.” Although the 100th Day of School lesson has long passed, Naomi is still learning valuable lessons prompted by that project. She says making that philanthropic donation made her feel so happy. “I walked around the hospital with a proud smile on my face.” Naomi continues to make rainbow loom bracelets and has launched another charity project – making bookmarks to sell.

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

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Weston Author Publishes Spy Adventure Story for Teens By Stacey Bomser


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Sports News

Cypress Bay Football Team Plays Live on ESPN By Evan Teich, student writer


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for the first time since a devastating, state-championship loss to Apopka High School, Cypress Bay High School’s varsity football team participated in the ESPN High School Football Kickoff on August 25 against American Heritage School. The event took place in nine different states and included some of the nation’s top teams and recruits. This game was more Starting running back Dylan Rupert carries the ball for Cypress Bay. Photos by Anna than just a pre-season Schifter, Cypress Bay photojournalist. opener for the Lightning, because ESPN was broadcasting live at the school. This was the first time that the school has taken part in the event, according to Bill Caruso, Athletic/Activities Director for Cypress Bay. Spirited Cypress Bay students filled the stands and created a whiteout. Holding signs and cheering loudly, they provided non-stop support for their team. “It felt great to watch my school play on ESPN against one of the top teams in our state in a college-like atmosphere,” Cypress Sophomore Justin Wyman said. “I saw myself on television which was awesome.” Although the Cypress Bay Lightning fought hard, they lost to the American

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Eagle Point Elementary Fifth Graders Go Digital By Stacey Bomser


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Elementary School was a bit different this year; instead of composition books and #2 pencils, students were asked to bring jump drives and ear buds. That’s because they are part of a Broward County Schools’ pilot program called Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning. Eagle Point is the only school in Weston, and one of only 27 schools in the District, selected to participate in the Digital 5 initiative which calls for learning to be done using laptops instead of traditional textbooks and worksheets. It’s the first step towards meeting the state goal to have 50 percent of instructional material digital by 2015. As part of the Digital 5 grant, every fifth grade student and teacher, as well as the school’s media specialist and microtech specialist, received a Lenovo laptop. According to Principal Christine De Zayas, the students downloaded their textbooks onto their laptops and now access all of their curriculum online. To facilitate learning, Digital 5 utilizes Schoology, an innovative learning management system and social network that makes it easy to create and share academic content. Principal De Zayas says the students love it because it looks like FaceBook and they were able to create their own avatar. The teachers love it because it makes learning fun and interactive. They can upload an assignment for students to complete and then submit online. Teachers also have the ability to post discussion questions Teacher Dana Rubenstein assists Emma Kebsch. which students can respond to as well as com-

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ment on their peers’ responses. “It reminds me so much of a university class where students are interacting with each other online,” shares Principal De Zayas. “Students are actively involved in learning.” Fifth grader Kion Lodge says he likes working on a laptop much more than using a textbook. “It’s better than a real book because it switches the pages by itself and you can listen to someone reading the book and follow along.” Teachers also see the benefits. Dana Rubenstein had her class access a video on the Grand Canyon to supplement a lesson on this natural wonder of the world. Sitting at their desks wearing ear buds, students could watch and learn at their own pace. Fifth grader Nicole Salazar says she is learning a lot more thanks to her laptop. “We see the world in a new way because we have more images and information available.”

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Country Isles Elementary Is iReady To Learn By Stacey Bomser

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three, four and five by utilizing iReady technology. “iReady will be a strong tool in our toolbox with software that provides dynamic, individualized sessions for each student,” explains Principal Mindy Morgan. “The software is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and will provide our teachers with the ability to monitor student progress to tell exactly how far they have come and where they are headed.” The program provides a detailed assessment of each student’s performance in both reading and math in terms of grade level ability. The way it works is each


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Imagine Middle School Students Discover Their Inner Artist By Stacey Bomser Left: Sunflowers by Lucas Tocuyo Center: The Starry Night by Isaac Paiz. Right: Wheat Field with Cypresses by Tatiana Cordova


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instructor at Imagine Middle School West, believes art is for everyone. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing a child be inspired and finding joy in what they are creating. She was particularly impressed with the quality of work her sixth graders created following a lesson about Vincent Van Gogh. “Their first impression was that he was just a crazy guy who only sold one painting and cut off his ear,” explains Mrs. Brittingham. “But, after learning more about him they actually had a better appreciation for his work and even were a little sympathetic. The general consensus was that even though he only sold one


painting in his lifetime, he was a success because he never gave up.” Her students’ expressed a similar tenacity as they tried to replicate one of Van Gogh’s pieces, choosing either The Starry Night, Sunflowers, or Wheat Field with Cypresses. “Many of these kids had never used acrylics or even painted on canvas,” notes Mrs. Brittingham. “They were excited to be using new mediums and really surprised me with their paintings.” In addition to studying Van Gogh’s work, students learned that the famous Dutch impressionist faced a lot of adversity as an artist and struggled with what many believe was a mental illness. “They learned that he was a true artist as he painted for hours every day and was always trying to perfect his work,” adds Mrs. Brittingham. Van Gogh was the first of several artists the students will study during the nineweek art elective. According to Mrs. Brittingham, through these lessons students will experiment with new mediums while exploring art history and culture through art.

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Cypress Bay Teacher Learns Valuable Lesson in India By Stacey Bomser

In addition to visiting five schools, Tina Stoklosa had the opportunity to see some of India’s most majestic sites, including the Taj Mahal.


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Stoklosa’s English classes will be reading a variety of literature this year. After completing a three-week study in India this past summer, as part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, Mrs. Stoklosa now plans to expose her students to writers from around the world. Traditionally, most of the literature studied in school is by American and European authors. Her students will also be working on a project with students in India that asks them to analyze the cultural impacts on marketing rhetoric. Those are just some of the ways Mrs. Stoklosa plans on incorporating more global competencies into the classroom. “I also plan on incorporating an activity into my curriculum that will ask students to analyze their education through the lens of a variety of media that presents the Indian, Finnish and Korean education Despite overcrowded classrooms, Indian systems and the American students are respectful of the teacher. education system,” states Mrs. Stoklosa, who teaches 10th grade Honors English, 11th grade Cambridge AICE English Language, and 10-12th grade Film Studies. “I am hoping that through comparing and contrasting the two systems, students will be able to identify flaws in their own education and appreciate aspects of the system that are beneficial.” While in India, Mrs. Stoklosa visited five schools: two in Bangalore, two in Kolkata, and one in a small village on one of the Sundarban islands. She spent the majority of her “in-school” time at Carmel School, an English language school in Kolkata. There, students are taught English starting in first grade. Mrs. Stoklosa worked with students in grades eight through 12. “The lessons ranged from analysis of short literary texts like Ray Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains to creative writing activities linked to novels the students had previously read like Wuthering Heights, which they are reading in 8th grade.” This rigorous curriculum is a challenge for both students and teachers. “Indian


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teachers must adhere to a strict syllabus dictated by the state or country,” explains Mrs. Stoklosa. “All students take an exam at the end of the year that covers the materials in the textbook. Therefore, Indian teachers feel great pressure to get through the entire textbook. In the States, teachers have more flexibility in how they choose to cover the skills necessary for each grade level.” She noticed other similarities and differences between the Indian and American school systems. For instance, while class size is an issue in both countries, Indian schools face a serious overcrowding situation. Her average class size in India was 50 students, and one of the classes she taught had over 100 students. Despite the large numbers of children, Mrs. Stoklosa noticed that discipline infractions were almost nonexistent in India. “Students are well behaved, courteous and consistently alert during class.” Although schools in both countries face common issues such as overcrowding, continuously changing standards and high stakes assessments, Mrs. Stoklosa says schools in India are plagued with unique problems as well. “The infrastructure of many schools in India would be abhorrent to American students and parents. Four of the five school buildings that I visited were in disrepair, did not have air conditioning (despite extremely hot temperatures), and exposed students to dangerous electrical wiring.” She was also surprised by the lack of technology available to Indian students. “Before I went to India I envisioned an education system that was far more technology driven. I was surprised to find that many schools have little or no technology available for student or teacher use,” states Mrs. Stoklosa. “Indian students get the education that they pay for. There are expensive private schools that offer students access to a variety of resources. But, the vast majority of the schools in India are poorly funded and teachers must work with whatever they have available.” Despite the lack of resources and access to technology, Indian families place a high value on a rigorous, challenging education. Mrs. Stoklosa Discipline and structure are integral says this translates into students who parts of the culture in Indian schools. want to learn and parents who supHere, students at a public school outside Bangalore line up for an assembly. port the process. This value on education is particularly impressive when you consider the poverty rate in India -- over one-third of the country’s 1.2 billion people. “Seeing this level of poverty up close and personal made me realize that there is much more I can do to educate my students about the lives of people around the world. I am not necessarily striving to create students that are going to go out and create charities to help the poor. Instead, I’ve decided that I must first offer my students more opportunities to learn about the world so they may better appreciate what they have here and work hard to preserve it. Then, if they want to take it to the next step, they can develop ideas that will aid people in other countries. Understanding that we are now living in a global society is one of the best things I can teach my students.” Ultimately, that is the goal of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program – to have teachers visit other countries and come back inspired to teach their students about the world around them. Mrs. Stoklosa chronicled her experience in India in a travel blog,, and created a Capstone Project, globallearningtstok/. Mrs. Stoklosa was one of 80 teachers selected to take part in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program’s International Field Experience, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and administered by the non-profit organization IREX. Through this exchange and professional development opportunity, secondary school teachers learn how to advance their schools’ global education practices, internationalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms.

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School News

Sagemont’s Language Honor Societies Promote Language, Culture and Community Service By Stacey Bomser


igh School students are required to take two years of a

world language in order to graduate. At The Sagemont School, most students exceed that, with many advancing to the AP level or even studying a second language. Sagemont students begin learning Spanish in preschool as a weekly special class and continue through 5th grade. Starting in middle school, Spanish is an elective and by the end of middle school most students have completed Spanish II, fulfilling their graduation requirement. Sagemont encourages its students to continue their world language study in high school. While many students continue on to Spanish III, Spanish IV and AP Spanish, a growing number choose to learn French as a second world language. The school also allows students to study Mandarin via a virtual class. “Sagemont has a very strong World Language program in which students excel,” notes Spanish Instructor Rosa Roncancio. “By implementing a full immersion approach and the variety of best teaching practices, students develop better listening comprehension, cultural appreciation, and verbal skills which enable them to meet all of the requirements for acceptance into the world language honor societies.” Sagemont has three language honor societies: French National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society (for high school students), and Spanish Junior Honor Society (for middle school students). The language honor societies are extremely active on campus, often working together on projects. For instance, each spring the French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and International Club host “The International Luncheon.” Each club prepares a variety of dishes from around the world which are sold at lunchtime with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. These clubs also collaborate in the “Wonderful World Café,” hosting monthly bake sales during lunch. The French and Spanish honor societies also join efforts to collect and donate items to The Friends of Weston, a non-profit organization helping women and children in need. The French National Honor Society is currently preparing for its National French Week celebration next month. “We organize activities to expose the school

Sagemont Spanish & French Honor Societies hold a joint induction ceremony each spring. Here they display their work and accomplishments.

to the French language and culture with a French Breakfast for faculty and staff, a trivia game, and movie night,” shares Catherine Armand, French Instructor and World Language Instructional Team Leader. To further their knowledge and competency in the language and culture, Armand encourages members of the French Honor Society to compete at Le Congrès de la Culture Française, a three-day state competition. “I feel that it is important to complement the learning experience by confronting other students from other parts of the state and having the pride to place well.” Eight members of Sagemont’s French National Honor Society participated in last year’s Le Congrès. The team won seven awards: four Good (Bon) and three Excellent. The event consists of four competitions: Declamation (poem recitation), Lecture (reading comprehension), Projet (2D or 3D project depicting the theme), Scrapbooking, and Casse-tête (a Jeopardy-style trivia game). The Sagemont team


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Members of Sagemont’s French National Honor Society proudly display their winning ribbons earned at last year’s Le Congrès de la Culture Française, a three-day state competition.

made it to the quarter finals in casse-tête, losing to the team that went on to win that competition. Armand says the Consul of France watched one of the rounds and congratulated the Sagemont students individually on winning their round. While Le Congrès is only for members of the French National Honor Society, students of all levels can compete in the on-campus Grand Concours competition, which assesses listening, writing, reading, grammar and spelling skills. “I was fortunate to have students placed at the Grand Concours in the top ten nationwide and statewide in different competitions at different levels,” states Armand. She is very proud of her students’ accomplishments. “I always have a senior who receives the Outstanding Senior Award from the American Association of French Teachers. I also had a student last year who passed the first round of a nationwide scholarship offered by the French government to study in France for the summer.” Each summer Armand visits her native country of France to gather materials to share with her students. “During instruction I always complement lessons with an extensive variety of books, videos, magazines, games, brochures and posters. I also bring back authentic sampling of food.” To further enhance the study of French culture, Armand’s classes take field trips to local French restaurants and bakeries. Roncancio has an easier time teaching Spanish culture, as Sagemont has a large Spanish-speaking population. “Heritage speakers are important because by having direct contact with the language and its culture they are enriching our school community,” she explains. “Students are eager to share their knowledge about their cultural diversity. Although they share the same language, there are many cultural differences from country to country.” She believes studying Spanish will give her students an advantage in the future. “According to the 2010 census, Hispanics are the fastest growing minority population. Studying Spanish throughout high school will provide students with a linguistic advantage,” states Roncancio. “Not only will Sagemont students be bilingual but they will be bicultural and be able to compete with their peers in the future.”

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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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found my fingers gripping the steering wheel. How long had I been holding it so tightly? Nothing was wrong; it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and work had been surprisingly uneventful. Yet, the familiar pull of anxiety and stress was tugging deep in my chest and belly. Not debilitating, but rather a habitual tension that permeated my body, mind, and daily activities. When I got home, I hopped online in search of a fix. What could help take these feelings away? What vitamin am I lacking? Is there another exercise I should try? Google returned its predictable results. Although, the articles and animal videos were a welcome distraction, I knew that I needed a little something more than a cute kitten to help with this. I dug deeper. The familiar thread linking the articles, tips, and advice was clear; meditation. One definition of meditation is sitting still for a designated time period each day paying attention to the breath. When thoughts enter the mind, allow them to pass through like puffy clouds moving through the blue sky. Some people suggest using mantras, short words, phrases, or quotes as an anchor to the present moment. Many websites offer guided meditations and podcasts for free. As I read the overwhelming research about meditation helping to reduce anxiety and stress, I made a commitment to meditate every day for two weeks. It didn’t matter for how long. It only mattered that I did it. Over the two week period, I noticed a little space opening in my body and mind. I was more relaxed and present. There was a new intention in my life; to be at ease and to learn to enjoy the beautiful chaos of life. That was three years ago. Since then, I’ve learned a few other skillful means to bring meditative moments into my daily life. I’d like to share one with you now. When you find yourself waiting in line or at a stop light, inhale deeply into the belly, draw the shoulders back and down, and exhale fully. Keep repeating these deep breaths for the duration of your wait. You will begin to feel the tension melt away. While I’m certainly not at peace every moment of every day, I share this in hopes that my words may help another who finds themselves gripping the steering wheel of life. A final thought; meditation is not about “doing.” It’s rather about “un-doing.” The fist of habitual stress and anxiety loosens so you feel the warmth of the sun kissing your skin, you notice the subtle cool breeze on your evening walk, you hear the joy behind children’s laughter, you see the vibrant colors that surround you, and you can truly notice and rest in the little moments of beauty that bless our lives each day. Michelle M. Berra is an elementary music school teacher and completed her RYT Yoga certification in 2013 at Weston Yoga. Michelle has taught restorative yoga classes at Weston Yoga and teaches children’s yoga for Health in the Hood, a non-profit organization that provides under-served communities in Miami access to community gardens, health education, and physical fitness opportunities. For more information about Yoga and Meditation at Weston Yoga call 954-349-6868 or visit The studio is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400.

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I once got caught in the holiday hoopla and had to refocus. The moment came when I caught myself yelling at everyone in the family for not helping to hang Hanukkah decorations. There I stood, angry because I’d spent money on all sorts of new, “fun” decorations and no one seemed interested. My “step back moment” came on the first night of Hanukkah when my son asked why I hadn’t gotten out the menorah he made when he was two. At that moment of trying to “create a holiday moment” I realized that it had already been created… a tradition. In the past, my focus had been on taking out items the kids had made and putting them out around the house to decorate. I hadn’t realized that this had become their “tradition” and what had become important to them. I decided to ask them what they liked most about the holiday. Aside from the gifts, of course, they said they liked when their cousins come over and they played football outside. The game happened every year and became more involved and developed each year as they went from age two to 13. No planning I did went into that or created that. They also liked the Thanksgiving night we went for dessert at midnight when the Sawgrass Mall opened. They didn’t remember what I bought that night but they remembered sitting in the café with me laughing at the crazy shoppers. No planning went into that either. It had been a spur of the moment decision to go. Without even trying, these had become our traditions. These were the moments they held and would cherish. As the holiday season approaches, stop and take a moment to think about your traditions. Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 15 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954)389-1232.

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ver the last five decades , fluoride has been

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first day of Hanukkah is Thursday, November 28th. If this date sounds a bit familiar, it is because it is also Thanksgiving. So for those who celebrate these two holidays, it will be a double celebration. Turkey and latkes anyone? Now as a family law attorney, my thoughts went in a different direction when I became aware of this rare occurrence. I am sure that there are several divorced couples who have a time sharing schedule in place which grants one parent time with the children on Thanksgiving and the other parent time on Hanukkah. Now when family law attorneys draft an Agreement, they try and anticipate every possible situation, so that future litigation can be avoided. I can, however, assure you that this would not have been a situation which would have been anticipated. You may be wondering, “How do they resolve this obvious conflict in scheduling?” I don’t know that I have an absolute answer to this situation. Sound logic would suggest that since Hanukkah is eight days and Thanksgiving is only one, the one day holiday should take precedence. Unfortunately, sound logic does not always prevail. The hope is that two mature parents can resolve it between themselves and avoid any unnecessary conflict. Of course, that is also not always the case. Today, when couples who have minor children divorce, they enter into a Parenting Plan. This document clearly spells out the time sharing arrangement as well as the responsibilities of both parents. Holidays are generally equally divided based upon odd or even years. As an example, Mom may have Thanksgiving in even years and Dad in odd numbered years. The same division applies for most of the major holidays. Winter break, which includes Christmas and New Years, generally gets divided in half, with Christmas Day being the day of exchange. This allows both parents time with the children, either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Of course, some parents would rather have Christmas Eve every year and if the other parent does not object, it usually can be worked out. This, however, does prevent a parent from travelling out of town for the Christmas vacation and therefore some parents would rather alternate from year to year. This schedule is included in the Parenting Plan. If no changes are made by agreement, it will be the schedule to be followed, until there are no more minor children A judge recently told a client of mine that the Parenting Plan should just be a guide and should not be without some flexibility. Parents, who can assist each other along the way, will have happier and healthier children. Hopefully those Parents who look at their schedule this year and have the Hanukkah/ Thanksgiving conflict will realize that fighting over this once in a lifetime event is not worth the time, the money and the aggravation. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. For information or a free consultation, call 954-385-9160.

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A simple formula is that the greater the amount of the patient’s own breast tissue, and the smaller the implant, the more natural the result. The converse is also true: the less tissue and larger the prosthesis, the less natural, or more fake, the appearance. Also the larger the implant the heavier it will be, an important consideration for women with droopiness. Size will also impact the appearance of the cleavage. Obviously, larger implants allow for greater approximation of the breasts. However, implant size should not be allowed to overpower the breasts because they will also produce too much rounding above and on the outer side, leading to a fake looking result. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than an attractive woman with distractingly large breast implants. Men look at women with disproportionately large breast implants like women look at a man with a bad toupee, they stare…then they laugh. Breast implant size is less of a medical decision and more a matter of personal taste. Although I don’t impose my own tastes on patients, I do review the pros and cons of implant choices. My personal approach is to incorporate multiple variables, including the patient’s height, chest diameter, breast size, etc., as well as the patient’s goals. These discussions are helpful in guiding the decision about size and lead to a very high degree of satisfaction among our breast augmentation patients.

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truth is that as a parent you may have dedicated yourself to your adolescent and/or young adult and, even though the natural progression is that they move on and find their way, you may be going through some pretty strong emotions associated with this phenomenon. Here are some tips on how to adjust to life after your child has moved out of the family home: Rest -- After all the planning and checking the to-do lists that are associated with weddings or moving into college, the first thing you should do is nothing at all. Although people may suggest that you immediately start living out your life, you should actually take time to rest and regroup. Taking some time for yourself will allow you to adjust to the change and figure out how you really feel about your child’s departure. Exercise -- A physical fitness program may have been one of the sacrifices you have made throughout the time you have been raising your child; now, with fewer obligations, you’ll have time to hit the gym regularly. If you have a friend who also became an empty nester recently, you may have found a new workout buddy. Not only will you get the chance to share coping tips, you may also create social opportunities for yourself. Reconnect with Your Spouse -- Some empty nest horror stories involve couples who spent decades raising children together, only to find out once the children were gone that they had nothing in common anymore. Now that it’s just the two of you, you might need to make an effort to reconnect. A study conducted in 2008 found that most couples experienced higher levels of marital satisfaction once they had more time and energy to devote to the relationship [source: Association for Psychological Science]. If you’re a single parent, you may not have dated as much as you wanted to because of your children. This may be a time for you to get out there and mingle, or at least meet people that help you turn your primary focus back on yourself. Find or Follow Your Passion -- We all have those things that we say we will do or learn “someday.” If you’re an empty nester, someday might just be now. The empty nest years can be a great time for new life-enriching activities. You may want to make some changes in your career path, or start a whole new career altogether. Set a Schedule for Communication -- Some parents struggle with finding the balance between honoring their child’s independence and keeping their connection. In order to calm your ambivalence, try setting up a regular phone time with your child. You can ease into the separation with a once-a-day call, then go to every other day and so on until you reach a compromise that is comfortable for both of you. Each child is different, each relationship is too. While a once-a-week call may be reasonable for some it may feel disconnected to others. Try to be flexible and open while not ignoring your own needs to hear from them and know what they are up to. If you are struggling with issues related to empty nest syndrome, please feel free to contact Alina Gastesi-de Armas at A Place for Growth, 954-384-9373 or visit her website,



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astrointestinal (GI) parasites include any

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or many of us , the most important aspect of

choosing eyeglass frames is how they look on our face. It’s simple! Determine your face shape and coloring, and understand which eyeglass frame styles and colors would look best on you. This first of two articles focuses on picking the best frames to match your face shape. When choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape, consider three main points: eyewear should repeat your personal best feature, frame shape should contrast with your face shape, and frame size should be in scale with your face size. Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular, narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape. An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow. An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose. A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.

A base-up triangular face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material). Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes. A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals. A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose your new glasses without spending the whole day at the optical. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, (954) 888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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New Season…..New Hair For 2013 By Helen Charles


all is the favorite season for many, since it is

all about the new. Trying out a new wardrobe, a new job or even a new hairstyle will help us change some of the other aspects of our lives. When it comes to hairstyles this year, looks are getting edgier, more unique, and more fashion forward and short hair as a whole is definitely having a moment. The celebrities and runway designers are loving short hair which can be seen in the form of cropped styles, razor cuts, bobs, and bangs. You can also enhance your cut for an even edgier appeal by adding color. Hair trends such as dipped dyed ends, bold colors, and low highlights are still very strong looks from last year, and for 2013 the Ombre trend is being updated with a flip flop motion called the Reverse Ombre. With this said, here are a few trends we will be seeing a lot of this season. Reverse Ombre – While ombre hair is still very popular, this year adds an unexpected twist, it is now being reversed. This new trend features blonde or lighter color towards the root, while featuring a darker color towards the bottom. Of course you can still wear the darker root, and lighter bottom ombre trend, but this new reverse ombre just adds a new dimension. Rainbow Color Streaks – This trend is definitely not going away. Hair that features more than one color such a red mixed with green and pops of yellow is still very popular for 2013. My favorite way of creating this look is by adding colorful extensions which allow durability. Streaks of Color / Dipped Dyed Ends – I am excited to say there are many ways you can play around with color this year. Try a style that features one bold long streak of color such as purple or red, or only dip your ends for a playful ombre effect. You can also only dye your bangs for a truly intense look. Blondes Are Having More Fun – With many celebs turning their heads towards blonde hues, I suspect we will now be seeing it as the most sought after hair color for 2013. Pay Attention To Black Tones – Another popular hair color choice expected to rise in 2013 is the look of dark jet black locks. Redheads – Hollywood is also going red this season. If you’ve always wanted to be a redhead, now is the time to do so. However, be sure to choose the right tone to suit your skin undertones. I hope you feel confident to try out a bold new haircut or color this fall and be the envy of your friends! Helen Charles boasts thirty-five years of experience as a hair fashion designer, master stylist and innovative colorist. She owned and operated four salons in London before moving to Weston and opening Helen Charles Salon London. To schedule an appointment with Helen or any of the salon’s talented stylists, call (954) 349-9220. The Helen Charles Salon London is conveniently located at 1660 Market Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center. For more information, visit

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The fabric is like art on your windows. Adds texture to the room. Completes the décor by bringing the wall color, furniture and floor together. Enhances the ambiance by adding fabric, which insulates, plus adds dramatic appeal. ▸▸ Complements blinds that have a more straight line look. Drapery allows you to add color when you have neutral blinds. Go crazy. Have fun! Look at the designs we recently installed.

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Tips for Helping Your Car Beat the Heat By Charles J. Bonfiglio


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heat is, especially here in South Florida. Just as those who live in the snow need to take extra measures to protect their vehicles, prolonged exposure to heat can also cause numerous problems. Long exposure to the heat and sunlight can slowly cause damage to your car’s interior, exterior, and under the hood. Keeping your vehicle cool has more benefits than just comfort – although it’s also important. Remember these simple tips for protecting your car. Tint your windows. Tinted windows keep the interior of your vehicle cooler, meaning you can use your air conditioning less often and save fuel. The tinted film blocks UV rays, which not only protects your skin from harmful damage, but also your interior. Tinting your windows is relatively inexpensive and installations take just a few hours. Invest in a covering. Seat covers can protect your upholstery and also keep your seats cooler. Covers also protect your seats from spills and purchasing a new seat cover is much cheaper than paying for repairs or replacements. An exterior car cover is the best way to protect your car from heat, and also keep your car’s finish in good condition. Use a sun shade. Although they may seem cumbersome at first, they are actually quite simple to use. When folded, they easily fit underneath your seat. Once you experience how cool a sun shade can keep your vehicle when it’s parked in the sun, you will always want to use one. Park in the shade. If possible, always try to park your car underground or in the shade. Keeping your car out of the sun protects your paint from fading over time, and also keeps the interior cool which protects vinyl and plastics from cracking. It may mean a few more extra steps to get your destination, but the payoff will be worth it. Condition the upholstery. Leaving your car in the hot sun day after day can eventually cause your leather and vinyl to peel and crack. Just like you need to moisturize and protect your skin, you should also keep your upholstery conditioned. Auto stores carry a wide range of products, which can be easily applied by hand with a sponge or the provided applicator. Check your battery. Excessive heat can shorten the life of your battery by causing fluids to evaporate. If your car’s battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly and add distilled water as needed. All batteries need to be changed eventually, but the less often you need to purchase one, the better. Keep an eye on the coolant. Antifreeze keeps temperatures down while engine coolant protects your car’s cooling system. Maintaining both is important to keep your vehicle from breaking down and leaving you stranded in the heat. You can have your cooling system checked by a professional and many retail stores also sell do-it-yourself flush and fill kits. 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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Broward Health Weston Welcomes Back MAMMOPALOOZA By Stacey Bomser


reast cancer is the most com -

MAMMOPALOOZA.” The Women’s Center will offer extended mon non-skin cancer and the second hours to help accommodate as many patients leading cause of cancer-related death as possible. Patients have the option of in women in this country. According to the bringing a prescription from their doctor for a American Cancer Society (ACS), the breast mammogram. If you do not have one, physicancer fatality rate has declined in recent cian prescriptions for the screening will be years, in part due to early detection from a available at the time of the mammogram. mammogram. A mammogram is a quick, safe All appointments include a mammography and painless x-ray that can detect breast screening and diagnostic analysis by a boardlumps up to five years before they can be felt certified radiologist. Most insurances are during a self-breast exam. The ACS recomaccepted; for anyone without insurance, the mends all women over the age of 40 receive cost is $115, cash or credit. As an added incenan annual mammogram. tive, women who get a mammogram during In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness MAMMOPALOOZA will receive a complimenMonth, Broward Health Weston is hosting its tary Vera Bradley tote bag (while supplies last). fifth annual MAMMOPALOOZA throughout the month of October. Last year the Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston provided To schedule a mammogram appointment or for more infor819 mammograms. It hopes to provide even mation on Broward Health Weston’s MAMMOPALOOZA call more this year in an effort to reach the goal of (954) 759-7500 or visit providing 4,200 mammograms throughout the Appointments are strongly encouraged; weekend and entire Broward Health system. evening hours are available. Walk-ins are welcome Monday Broward Health Weston’s Melanie Gallo, lead mammographer, Alexis Kent, ultrasonographer, and Missy Candidio, mammographer, “MAMMOPALOOZA is one of our favorite through Friday from 8am to 3pm. Broward Health Weston are ready for the fifth annual MAMMOPALOOZA. events,” states Sharel Morelock, manager is located at 2300 North Commerce Parkway. The entire of Broward Health Weston’s Women’s Center. “Early detection of breast cancer Broward Health system participates in MAMMOPALOOZA; other sites include Broward Health Medical can mean the difference between positive and negative patient outcomes. So, Center (1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale), Broward Health North (201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield the more women we can get to have their annual mammograms, the more lives Beach), Broward Health Coral Springs (2901 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs), and Broward Health will be saved. And that, ultimately, is the goal of Broward Health Weston and Imperial Point (6401 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale).


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Rotary News

Rotarians in the Community—Service Above Self By Herb Schultz, Community Services Chair, Rotary Club of Weston


he members of the Rotary Club of Weston have

bution project done in conjunction with local high school students around Thanksgiving. been busy with a variety of community service projects ▸▸ InSync with Autism, a partnership with the Center for Autism and Related over the past several months. Funding for these projDisorders (CARD), to put on a concert that provides an uninhibited musical ects is provided by the proceeds of the Club’s annual Run For experience for children with autism or related disorders. A country western Tomorrow, which is currently scheduled for Sunday, December 8. themed concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 27th at Temple Beth Emet Some of the projects that members are involved in include in Davie. the following: ▸▸ The Sandy Nittinger VA nursing home. The Club organizes social activities ▸▸ Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, a residential center for and has brought the Horse Heroes event to this venue. women, with children, recovering from drug and alcohol addicThe Club is also involved with HANDY, a youth mentoring program, the tion. The Rotary Club organizes regular American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and the activities at the center involving both the Community Emergency Response Team. women and the children. There are also international projects that the ▸▸ LifeNet4Families, a cooperative feeding Weston Rotary Club sponsors, often in partnership program, providing daily hot meals, weekly with other Rotary Clubs. Over the past year, we food baskets, vocational and food stamp have sponsored a literacy project in Panama, where assistance, clothing and hygiene facilities to dictionaries were donated to student essay contest needy families. Rotary makes periodic visits winners. We have also provided mosquito nets for to staff the food service lines. In the past, the malaria-infested regions of Colombia. Several other Club has sponsored a project to renovate the projects are being considered for the upcoming dining room and currently is undertaking a year. project to improve the shower facilities. ▸▸ Horse Heroes, a partnership with Broward Sherriff’s Office to bring a group of horses The Rotary Club of Weston is a diverse group of over 100 dedicated to several venues including the Children’s individuals committed to making a difference. It meets every Harbor foster home where the kids are able Thursday morning at 7:30 at Weston Hills Country Club. Contact to read to the horses. Rotarians Clark Kilgard, Jack Mannix, Denise Schultz and Membership Chair Sonia Montana at David Valadez serve hot meals at LifeNet4Families. ▸▸ Harvest Drive, a food collection and distrifor further information.

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Art Institute of Weston Offers Classes for Students of All Ages by debby teich


or 12 years, the Art Institute of Weston

has offered a variety of programs for all students, ages 5 to adult. Students begin with basic techniques and advance through several levels. They build self-confidence, as they accomplish each project and learn to see like an artist. Director Pablo Cano answered some commonly asked questions about the Art Institute of Weston.

Why was the Institute created? Master Artist

Conchita Firgau created The Art Institute of Weston to meet the needs of students who want to learn the classic style of the European artist and more.

What is Conchita’s background? Conchita was born in Venezuela, where she is considered one of the country’s leading artists. She studied at Madrid’s prestigious Escuela Superior De Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí also studied. Conchita has exhibited in major art galleries and museums throughout the world and her artwork has appeared in many books and magazines. She has created major artworks for the CocaCola Company, the Coca-Cola Museum, the Karls Benz Foundation, the American Arts Foundation, Art Miami, Weston Town Center, and Weston Art Festival.

What is the focus of your program? The

program focuses on providing education and training in traditions, principles, and skills of drawing, and painting as a foundation for one’s future development as a fine artist. The emphasis is figurative and realistic, reflecting the same traditions that have produced master artists from the Renaissance to the present time. We enable each individual to find their own style in their own context with confidence.

How do art classes benefit children? The classes help children focus, develop and improve their fine and gross motor skills. Do you believe that anyone can learn to paint? Yes. All they need is the desire to learn

and someone to teach them the proper way to do it.

Describe the photography classes. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the basics, as well as more advanced techniques. It introduces and develops some of the necessary skills that enable students to understand the principals of digital cameras, film scanners and digital printing, as well as how to use them in the context of the visual language.

What is the atmosphere at the Institute?

The studio is decorated in the style of a European private studio. The warm and friendly atmosphere allows students to relax, as they develop their artistic skills at their own pace. They spend time focusing on color, size, light and shadows instead of work, school, television and electronics.

Describe the regular drawing and painting program. The program is divided into three

parts. Students begin by studying drawing, which forms an essential base for the process of painting. Using paper and charcoal, they learn to draw landscapes, figures and still-life, while focusing on the use of lines, atmospheric perspective, value, construction and proportion. Next, they learn how to develop a sense for color by investigating light, shade, composition, value and texture through the use of pastels. During the last step in the process, students are introduced to the medium of their choice, including oil, acrylic and pastel. They use their acquired knowledge to compose new concepts for painting and advance at their own pace.

Describe the cartoon classes. Students learn

What classes do you offer? We offer the fol-

lowing classes: Drawing and Painting: Charcoal, Pastels and oil (adults); Drawing and Painting: Charcoal, Pastels and Acrylic (ages 9 and up); Drawing and Painting/Ceramics: Pastels and Acrylics /Air Dry Clay (ages 5 to 8); Drawing and Painting: Charcoal, Pastels and Acrylic (special needs); Watercolor/Arts and Crafts/Mixed Media (ages 5 to 12); Cartoon (ages 8 to adult); Photography (ages 13 to adult); and Guitar (ages 8 to adult).


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doing ceramics. They use air dry clay to make a project with a measuring system that we designed to help them maintain the proportions of objects. Once the object is dry, they paint it.

to work with a mechanical pencil and a Micron high quality graphic pen that requires precision. They learn about: drawing, imagination drawing, tracing, details, shadows, perspective, captions, fonts, and motion. They study different types of cartooning, including: panel, strips, and manga/ anima. They learn to draw popular cartoons like Sponge Bob and Looney Toons, as well as original cartoons by David Sanner.

Describe the ceramic classes. The ceramic classes are for kids ages 5 to 8. They spend 45 minutes painting and drawing and 45 minutes

Describe the guitar classes. Kids learn a variety of techniques that allow them to interpret the guitar in a quick and easy manner. We combine theory and practice and make the classes entertaining. Although they are group classes, the students are taught individually and at their own pace. Do you offer classes for children with special needs? Yes. Conchita teaches these classes. Do you offer birthday parties? We offer

birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays. Hosts can decorate the space and bring their own food. The kids paint acrylic on canvas and have different model projects to choose from. The price includes the space, tables, materials and teachers.

Do you offer camps? Yes, we have our “All Art Camp” for summer, spring and winter. The camp is based in a weekly session, from 9am to 3pm. The students participate in four different activities, including: Painting, Ceramics, Arts & Crafts and Mixed Media. At the end of the week, they take home all of the projects. The Art Institute of Weston is located at 2900 Glades Circle, Suite 1600, in Weston. For information, visit, call 954-6599050, send an email to, or visit Facebook.


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Everglades Elementary students participated in a Rotary YFit class led by coaches from the Weston YMCA.

Mayor Daniel Stermer motivates students to exercise.

Mayor’s Challenge Kick-off

The 2013 Rotary YFit Mayor’s Challenge kicked off at Everglades Elementary School. Mayor Daniel Stermer encouraged all elementary school students in Weston to walk in the 1-Mile Family Health Walk at the Rotary Run For Tomorrow on December 8th. The school with the largest number of participants, as a percentage of its enrollment, will win the 4th annual Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. The event is made possible by the City of Weston and Rotary Club of Weston.

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Jennifer Storey spreads mulch with a smile.

Campus Clean-up

Megan Vaz and Abby Siegel show their Panther spirit.

Principal De Zayas with Stanley the Panther.

Country Isles Elementary families participated in the school’s 2nd annual Campus Beautification & Clean-Up Day. Thanks to generous donations and expert advice from Green Source and The Brickman Corporation, hardworking volunteers spread approximately 700 bags of mulch, as well as, weeded, raked, planted and cleaned up the grounds of Weston’s oldest elementary school.

Aanjini Bhatnagar, Liliana Romero, and Pablo Ruffo show off their “cookie” creation.

Panthers’ Partner

Eagle Point Elementary School celebrated its newest Partner in Education, the Florida Panthers. Stanley, the team’s mascot, and a few of the cheerleaders were on hand for Panther Spirit Day. Students were encouraged to wear red to support the team. The event also kickedoff the PTA’s sale of tickets for Eagle Point Night at the Panthers.

Dance Party

Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center held its first Preschool Dance Party, “Peace, Love, & Friendship.” 200 children and parents enjoyed a fun-filled evening while building lasting friendships. The party was hosted by CHAI, the preschool’s parent-teacher organization.


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Jessica Price, Julie Petlicka, Diago and Matias Silva, Tracy Kinsey and Hayden O’Shea weren’t afraid to get a little dirty while cleaning up their school.

Miranda Ortega with her gingerbread man.

Tasty Tour Guide

Students in Karen Breitbart’s kindergarten bi-literate class at Imagine Charter School got a tasty treat following a oneof-a-kind tour of the school. After reading several versions of the well-known story, The Gingerbread Man, students made play-doh versions of the cookie character, which led them on a scavenger hunt to all the important places at school. The clues eventually led the children back to their classroom where the gingerbread men had left yummy cookies.

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Falcon Cove 8th graders got a first-hand lesson in U.S. History. Archeologist Robert Carr spoke to students about Weston’s historical significance, including the fact that remains and evidence of the Tekesta culture, dating back over 3,000 years, was found across the street from their school. Mr. Carr showed students local artifacts, including a 1,000 year old conch shell. He worked on two sites in Weston: Peace Mound Park and Weston Pond. Remnants of mammoth and saber-tooth tiger bones dating back 7,000 years were discovered at Weston Pond, located in the middle of what is now The Ridges neighborhood.

Exceptional Explorers

Congratulations to members of Weston’s Law Enforcement Explorer Program Post 44, led by Deputy Kevin Maccagli at Tequesta Trace Middle School. Post 44 competed in its first Learning for Life Regional Competition and won 2nd Place in the “In Progress” burglary scenario. The Explorer program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate alongside certified BSO deputies in training and community service projects.

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CPR Training

The Weston Community Center staff has been trained and certified in CPR. Weston BSO Fire Rescue Life Safety Educator Melanie Oren taught staff members CPR techniques such as how to perform chest compressions and mouth to mouth. BSO offers free CPR training for Weston residents and businesses. Call (954) 389-2015 for more information.

Ribbon Cutting

The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Tijuana Flats in the Country Isles Shopping Center. Joining in the celebration was General Manager Ryan Golibersuch, Marketing Coordinator Gabriella Hernandez, Manager Kris Ortiz, General Manager Jason Descalzo, Area Supervisor Gerard Salerno, and the rest of the Tijuana Flats staff. 

Happy Anniversary

USI Owners Terry Kirby, Joanna Sheinberg, and David Bush.

The Ultimate Sports Institute and Fitness Center hosted a one year anniversary celebration. The event featured group exercise classes, activities and sports challenges for children, free food, giveaways and raffle prizes, as well as local vendor exhibits.

Lunch Bunch

The Weston Friends Club Lunch Bunch enjoyed dining at Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar. Pictured here are Gail Callahan, Kelli Rodriguez, and Chloe Shample.

Construction Celebration

The Rick Case Automotive Group hosted a topping out ceremony for the all-new Rick Case Volkswagen dealership on Weston Road. At 328,000 square feet and towering eight stories high and 95 feet tall, it will be the tallest dealership in the world and the largest Volkswagen dealership in the world. It is scheduled to open in December.

Club Champions

Weston residents Jeff Sandler and his son, Douglas, were among the fans who posed with the 2013 Miami Heat NBA Championship trophy and “Burnie,” the Heat mascot, at Midtown Athletic Club.


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Reason to Smile

Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane and her staff celebrated Dentistry for Children at Weston’s 10th anniversary. The practice is committed to gently starting a lifetime of perfect smiles.

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Host Ross Bielejeski , WTC Director of Marketing and Special Events Phillipa Stephenson, and DJ Slim from Rock With U Entertainment.

Mark and Mara Mittentag (standing) with son Miles (sitting) and the Goldman family, Ilan, Rebecca, and Pennie.

Back to School Bash

Weston Town Center’s Back to School Bash was a huge success. It collected over $1,000 and enough school supplies for 40 children at the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation. Attendees got the chance to meet NFL alumni, learn about afterschool activities available in the community, and watch performances by local music and dance academies.

Temple Dor Dorim board members welcomed prospective members.

Open House

Temple Dor Dorim hosted an Open House for congregants and prospective members. Families enjoyed food trucks, children’s activities, and opportunities to learn about the synagogue and the many programs it offers.

Showcase Co-chair Michelle Donner poses with Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ vacation vendors.

Fun in the Sun

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Temple B’nai Aviv Sisterhood’s 7th annual “Through the Years Showcase” was a huge success. Guests enjoyed scrumptious samplings from Greenseid Caterers while visiting with vendors. The event brought together everything you would need to plan a milestone celebration – from DJ’s and decorators to photographers and professional party planners.

Jamie Mafdali, Barbara Kantor and Sydney Kantor.

Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot, signed autographs at the event.

Gracie Burd was all smiles on the bounce house at JAFCO’s annual Back-to-School Block Party. The fun-filled event provided an opportunity for families who have been helped by JAFCO to come together and enjoy the end of the summer. Children enjoyed an inflatable water slide, bounce house, pony rides, barbecue and more. The event was open to JAFCO foster and adoptive families who have been matched with a child that would otherwise be all alone in the world. The children also received donated school supplies.

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