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The Season to Say Thanks!


very year around this time we take a deep

breath and wonder where the time went. The summer heat is receding, the vacation memories have moved to the back of our minds, and the kids have settled back into their school routine. As the Halloween sugar rush wears off, we now move into full preparation mode for the Thanksgiving holiday. What? Thanksgiving already? In the blink of an eye, the entire year seems to have gone by. Another year of family, friends and togetherness, of being there for each other and enjoying each other’s companionship. While we sit down this year with our loved ones from near and far to indulge in a fancy turkey feast, let us give thanks for all the little blessings we have received throughout the year and let us enjoy one and other.

Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Community nEws Symphony of the Americas to Perform Pops Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mayor Challenges Students to Get Fit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 It’s Time to Get FIT Weston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Harvest Drive Returns To Weston For Its 20th Season Of Giving . . . . . . . . . . . 18 City Honors Mayor and Commissioner for Years of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Bike Collection to Benefit Needy Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Holiday Happenings at Weston Town Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 All Faiths Invited to Support Holiday Giving Tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Tyler Scott Goldberg Sunset Walk/Run Memorializes Weston Teen . . . . . . . . . 24 10th Annual JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon Raises Funds and Awareness . . . . . 26 JFS Gala Celebrates 50 Years of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 All Species Attend Blessing of the Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Happy Trails to Weston BSO’s Apollo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Children and Families are Real Winners of Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic . . 32

Can do Kids Weston Warriors Cheer Buddies Build Team Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Elite Weston FC Players Play in Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

real estate Why You Need A Real Estate Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Health & Wellness

Weston Woman Hears Lions’ Roar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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How Old are You Really?…Testing Telomere Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cleveland Clinic Florida Honors Women in Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Test Your Whiplash Quotient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Stop the Assault on Our Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Corneal Reshaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

Cover story Celebrate the Season with the Magic of The Nutcracker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Ask the Expert Which Filler Is Right For You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 It’s Thanksgiving: Time To Deal With The “Turkey Neck” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

School News Eleven Cypress Bay Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists . . . 52 Country Isles Elementary Receives Environmental Education Grant . . . . . . . . . 54 Gator Run Students Harvest Good Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Cypress Bay Basketball Teams Host Dinner on the Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 From Screen to Stage: Sagemont to Perform Legally Blonde: The Musical . . . . . 61 Dog Helps First Graders Develop Reading Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Legally Speaking Three Major Mistakes by Homeowners When it Comes to Association Dues . . . . 64 When is the Right Time? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Understanding the Meaning of “Family” for Immigration Benefits . . . . . . . . . . 85

home decor Holiday Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

POSITIVE PARENTING Tis’ the Season…To Start Teaching about Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Haute Hair The Appeal of the Ponytail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

pet of the month Publisher/Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SVEN BUDZISCH Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacey Bomser sales manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Koval Account Representatives . . Garry Isabelle, Joyce Bak, Elaine Christ,

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Your Pet Could Be Our Pet Of The Month! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

pet care What You Need to Know About Dog Fleas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

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Car care Treat Your Used Car Right with Regular Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Chamber news Weston Area Chamber Holds Networking at Residence Inn by Marriott . . . . . . . 98

Rotary News Rotary Reaches Out to Young Professionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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Dining Out Brimstone Woodfire Grill Offers A Contemporary Take on the Classic Steakhouse Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

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New Coaches Join TAG USA Gymnastics


AG USA Gymnastics is proud to announce the addition of two of the nation’s top coaches at the Girls Optional Level to the TAG USA program. Beth Ann Hair and Jeffrey Lewis have joined TAG USA with a commitment to help develop the area’s only Upper Level through Elite gymnastics program.

Owners Marissa and Michael Zoldan’s goal for TAG USA Gymnastics is to become the leader in Optional and Elite level gymnastics training for the South Florida area. With the addition of the new coaches, TAG USA establishes the TAG USA Elite Training Program and the TAG USA College Scholarship Program. Most owners of gymnastic facility are reluctant to hire elite experienced coaches or invest time, effort and gym money in training high level gymnasts. However, there are many gymnasts in South Florida, who have the capacity to reach levels 8 through 10, but are held back by the lack of proper high level training. These improperly trained gymnasts will eventually lose the chance to compete on a National Level or obtain a college scholarship. Some local gyms claim success when one of their athletes become part of a college team at a Division 3 school. The TAG USA Elite Training and College Scholarship Programs will have the high level and elite coaches to allow local athletes to have a chance to earn a scholarship to a Division 1 college. Coach Beth Ann Hair began coaching gymnastics in 1985 at LaFleur’s

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3rd “Chipwrecked” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. You’ll laugh out loud as Alvin and the Chipmunks find themselves marooned on a seemingly deserted island. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 7:30pm.

4th Harvest Drive Community Fun Day – This Harvest Drive kick-off event takes place at Weston Town Center. Stop by from 2-5:30pm for an afternoon of family fun and community service. Donate non-perishable food and toiletries to help families in need. For more information visit

Election Day – Cast your ballot for the next President of the United States and other elected officials. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm.

8th Weston Friends Club Ladies Brunch – Make new friends while enjoying a delicious potluck brunch hosted by Nancy Russo, Weston Friends Club VP Communications. It begins at 11am in her home. Call (954) 385-1445 to RSVP for the brunch or to learn more about other Weston Friends Club activities.

10th “Sleeping Beauty” – All ages will enjoy this quirky adaptation of the popular tale in which the evil Queen of Fairies exacts her revenge on the royal family by sending

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the beautiful Princess into an everlasting sleep. To the audience’s delight, more than one spell will be broken by the kiss of a handsome Prince. This show is part of the Children’s Theater Series. Showtime is at 10:30am at Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center. For more information call (954) 389-4321.




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“An Apartment in Athens” – The Weston Foreign Film Series kicks off with this Golden Globe Award winning movie. This will be one of its first showings in the United States. The Greek-Italian drama explores deep issues about freedom and subservience. Showtimes are at 5pm and 7:15pm at Weston 8 Cinema. Tickets are $7; series tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (954) 389-4321.

14th Weston Friends Club Bunko – Join the Weston Friends Club for their monthly Bunko game. Members take turns hosting this event on the second Wednesday of the month, from 9:30am to noon. For more information about this activity or about the Weston Friends Club, call President Claire Jargiello at (954) 384-2722.

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Day of Healing Conference – FISP will host Surviving After Suicide from 9am-4pm at the Jagelman Conference Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Guest speakers include licensed psychologists, grief counselors and mental health experts. The program will also include a broadcast of AFSP’s Surviving Suicide Loss. There is no charge to attend. Visit www.FISPonline. org to register.

City Commission Swearing In – Weston’s new mayor and two new city commissioners will be sworn into office at the start of the City Commission meeting, which begins at 7pm at City Hall. The community is invited to attend the ceremony and meet Mayor Stermer and the new commissioners.

Pops Concert – Enjoy a free, outdoor twilight concert of pops and light classics performed by the full Symphony of the Americas orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. The concert takes place from 5-6pm behind the Clock Tower at Weston Town Center; limited seating is available. It is presented by the City of Weston, the Arts Council of Greater Weston and the Weston Town Center, in partnership with the Weston Philharmonic Society.

18th Free Pet Care Seminar – All Friends Animal Clinic will host a free seminar on pet nutrition, behavior and resources from 12-2pm. The clinic is located at 4476 Weston Road. To register or for more information, please call (954) 659-9913. How to Eat a More Chemical Free Diet – Weston Yoga presents a lively lecture presented by Alix Landman, MPH, RD, CDE, on the unsuspecting substances we are eating that come with our food. From 1-2:30pm, learn about

30th Restorative Yoga workshop – This soothing and nurturing yoga practice uses bolsters, blankets and eye pillow aromatherapy to invite conscious relaxation into the body and mind, accompanied by live harp music. No yoga experience needed. The workshop is from 7-9pm at Weston Yoga. For more information call (954) 349-6868 or visit

Dec 6th Weston Friends Club Holiday Luncheon – Join the Weston Friends Club for their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Banyan Restaurant inside the Bonaventure Resort (formally Hyatt). To RSVP or learn more about joining the Weston Friends Club, contact Jacqueline Stewart, VP Programs, at (954) 384-6389.

Dec 8th BSO Shred-A-Thon & Operation Medicine Cabinet – Stop by the Police Services Building from 9am to noon to shred away identify theft and safely dispose of unused prescriptions. There is no charge to shred personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and other material containing sensitive data. In addition, BSO will be collecting unused and old prescription drugs for proper disposal.

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Symphony of the Americas to Perform Pops Concert By Stacey Bomser


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be a night to remember, as the Symphony of the Americas performs a twilight pops concert here in Weston. Presented by the City of Weston, the Arts Council of Greater Weston and Weston Town Center, in partnership with the Weston Philharmonic Society, this program will appeal to all ages. Guests can sing and hum along to beloved tunes from stage, screen and history including The full Symphony of the Americas will perform at Weston Town Center. selections from Camelot by Lerner and Loewe in our city,” states Roger Lander, president of the Weston Philharmonic Society. “An and George M. Cohan’s Star Spangled Spectacular. outdoor concert at Weston Town Center is an exciting complement to our in-schools “What a great way to kick off the cultural season in Weston – bringing together program and home music presentations.” the community to enjoy our favorite music presented by a famous orchestra in our The pops concert would not have been possible without the collaboration of the fabulous Weston Town Center,” states Joy Rodenberg, president of the Arts Council City, Arts Council, Weston Philharmonic Society and Weston Town Center. “This is of Greater Weston. proof that when community groups work together toward a common goal wonderful The pops concert is just one of many exciting events taking place at Weston Town things can happen,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation and Center this season. It is a unique venue for the Weston Philharmonic Society’s first city liaison to the Arts Council. concert of the year. In the past, the fall show has taken place at the Cypress Bay High School auditorium. The outdoor location will allow many more people to enjoy the The full Symphony of the Americas, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, fabulous performance. will perform a pops concert at Weston Town Center on Saturday, November 17th Exposing the community to world-class music is just one of the Weston Philharmonic from 5-6pm. Seating is limited; feel free to bring your own chair to enjoy this fabulous Society’s many goals. “We are extremely proud to support the expression of fine music performance. For more information contact (954) 389-4321.

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Mayor Challenges Students to Get Fit By Stacey Bomser


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heating up between Weston’s elementary schools. At stake – bragging rights and a $500 cash prize from the Rotary Club of Weston to the winner of the third annual Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. That prize goes to the elementary school that has the largest number of participants, as a percentage of its enrollment, in the 1-Mile Family Health Walk at the Rotary Run for Tomorrow on Sunday, December 9th.

Mayor Eric Hersh challenged all elementary students to participate in this year’s Mayor Challenge Cup. Photo courtesy City of Weston

A heated battle is brewing between Indian Trace Elementary School, the winner of the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge Cup, and last year’s winner, Imagine Charter School at Weston. At the kick-off event hosted by Imagine Charter, Principal Nadine Laham challenged other schools to try to take away their title. She also Mrs. Patty DeBiase and her third grade stressed the important role class at Indian Trace Elementary School participate in a Rotary YFit class. schools play in getting children fit, both mentally and physically. Principal Laham said it is a privilege to be able to provide her students with the Rotary YFit program. Both Imagine Charter School at Weston and Indian Trace Elementary School participate in this program. YFit coaches come to campus to engage students

in physical activity during the school day and inspire life-long healthy habits disguised as fun. More than 900 Imagine Charter students demonstrated these skills during the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge kick-off. Mayor Eric Hersh was instrumental in creating a component of Get Fit Weston geared specifically toward chil- The Rotary YFit demonstration at the Mayor’s Challenge kick-off concluded with all of the Imagine Charter dren. “I am a strong believer Cup School at Weston students singing and dancing to YMCA. that keeping fit is important in life and we must start young,” he stated, noting that the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup is a great way to get the entire family and community involved. He joked that the Challenge is supposed to be non-competitive, but last year the kids made him run. Hopefully Mayor-elect Dan Stermer is training because this year’s event is expected to draw over 1,500 participants. The City of Weston, Rotary Club of Weston, and Weston YMCA Family Center are proud partners of the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. Registration forms will be provided through the schools. The 1-Mile Family Health Walk takes place on Sunday, December 9th at the Rotary Run for Tomorrow, sponsored by DynaServe Florida. For more information, visit Imagine Charter at Weston students demonstrate their Rotary YFit skills .

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Harvest Drive Returns To Weston For Its 20th Season Of Giving By Stacey Bomser


he Harvest Drive is celebrating its 20th sea-

son of giving and this will be its biggest year yet. Two new distribution sites have been added, Cypress Bay High School and Hallandale High School, with hopes of feeding 2,000 families across Broward County. That’s a huge feat considering just a few years ago, Harvest Drive was serving only a few hundred families. As the need grew, so did the Harvest Drive. The program started at Weston’s Country Isles Elementary School as a simple food drive with children donating cans of food for the holidays. Although the program has since grown into a year-round endeavor, children remain at the helm of all collections. “Our mission has always been to teach children at a young age that their contributions can make a difference in the lives of others,” explains Harvest Drive Inc. Founder Renee Herman.

Renee says she is continually amazed with how students embrace this project each year, helping collect, sort and distribute the tens of thousands of grocery items donated to needy families. “These children are so inspiring. They truly want to help and do whatever is within their means to make Harvest Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Drive happen each year. Runcie with members of the Harvest Drive Club, Harvest Drive Founder Renee Herman, Harvest Drive Worker Bee Kim They are the ones who O'Neill, and Western High School Principal David Jones. keep us going.” It’s important to keep the momentum up as the Harvest Drive shifts into high gear. Over the next few weeks Renee and her “worker bees,” the endearing term given to Harvest Drive volunteers, will be working almost around the clock to get ten distribution sites up and running. It all kicks off on Sunday, November 4th with the Harvest Drive Community Fun Day at Weston Town Center. Everyone is invited to stop by between 2pm and 5:30pm to join the fun. There will be live music, entertainment and children’s activities. Guests are asked to donate non-perishable food items and toiletries to help families in need. Sadly, Renee says she receives more and more requests for assistance every day. She is truly thankful that Cypress Bay High School has stepped up to become a distribution site. Students from Cypress Bay and Falcon Cove Middle School will be collecting for 50 families in Weston. “The need is even greater in the community, so I hope we can expand to serve more families next year,” notes Renee. For its 20th anniversary, Harvest Drive is hoping to serve 2,000 families, which would make it the biggest Harvest Drive to date. Last year they came close, providing nearly that many families with a complete Thanksgiving meal and a week’s worth of grocery staples, along with personal hygiene and household necessities. Harvest Drive is more than just a holiday food drive. It strives to help families in need throughout the year. “People need our help even after Harvest Drive is done,” explains Renee. “Two years ago we started a food pantry at our flagship site at Western

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High School. It is stocked with soups and pasta and other staple items. The food is there to make sure students don’t go hungry after the holidays are over.” Harvest Drive does more than just service students and their families, it serves the entire community. According to Renee, “We try to help everyone in need. That’s why each year we share some of our donations with the EASE Foundation in Davie and a few churches to help fill their food banks.” Neighbors helping neighbors is what Harvest Drive is all about. It gets a great deal of support from Weston businesses and organizations, specifically the Rotary Club of Weston, Top Drawer Media Solutions, MIK LLC Construction, Castle Management, and Jem 4. But the ultimate success of Harvest Drive rests on the generosity of the community. “This started as a grass roots effort to feed the hungry and in many ways we still are,” states Renee. “In order to provide for all of these families in need we need people to donate.” You can help Harvest Drive by donating non-perishable items such as canned cranberries and sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, as well as everyday grocery items such as canned tuna, peanut butter, cereal, and macaroni and cheese. No jars please. Grocery gift cards and monetary donations are always welcome to purchase perishable items. In addition to Students are at the helm of the Harvest Drive each food, Harvest Drive year, helping collect, sort and distribute the tens of distributes hygiene thousands of grocery items to needy families. items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, dish soap, and laundry detergent. All of the Weston schools support Harvest Drive and will be collecting donations this month. Renee suggests taking advantage of the Buy One, Get One Free deals at Publix. “If you’re buying it anyhow, why not donate the extra item to Harvest Drive? And, if you’re shopping specifically for Harvest Drive, you can purchase twice as much!” Since this is its first year, Cypress Bay will not have a community drop-off day and will only be accepting donations from students at Cypress Bay and Falcon Cove. However, Weston residents can drop off donations at Western High School on Friday, November 16th from 3-9pm. Stop by to watch the spectacle as the gym transforms into a grocery warehouse. On Monday, November 19th, from sunup to sundown, volunteers will be busy sorting items and packing bags. If you have time to spare, stop by to lend a helping hand. Finally, on Tuesday, November 20th, the families will arrive to pick up their packages. For more information on how you can help support Harvest Drive, call (954) 444-5548 or visit www. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Harvest Drive Inc., 5190 NW 165 Street, Miami, FL, 33014. Harvest Drive is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It assures that 100% of donations go directly to families in need.

The Western High School gym transforms into a grocery warehouse during Harvest Drive as it prepares to provide 375 families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and week’s worth of groceries.

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City Honors Mayor and Commissioner for Years of Service By Stacey Bomser


he October 15th Weston City

Commission meeting was filled with tears, hugs and well-wishes as Mayor Eric Hersh and Commissioner Mercedes Henriksson were honored during a Term of Office Ceremony. The two are stepping down from the City Commission after many years of faithful service to our community. The dedication and selfless devotion of both Mayor Hersh and Commissioner Henriksson were recounted during the ceremony, along with the long list of accomplishments completed while they were in office. According to Denise Barrett, Weston’s Director of Communications, “Weston’s AAA credit ratings, and recognition as one of America’s Best Places to Live, without a doubt are an embodiment of their efforts. Weston is their home and their passion and we will be forever grateful for all they have done to make it absolutely the best place to live.” Mayor Hersh as been a part of this city since its inception and helped guide and protect its tremendous growth. He is the longest serving member of the City Commission, but his

The City of Weston presented Mayor Hersh with a plaque honoring him for his service over the past 19 years. Photos courtesy of City of Weston.

work for Weston began even before Weston was a city. Before incorporation, Hersh was Vice Chair of the Indian Trace Development District. After the vote, he was elected to the first City Commission and served from September 1996 to November 2001. Hersh successfully ran for Mayor in 2001 and has held that position ever since. His term of office has come to a close due to term limits that he spearheaded for adoption. Commissioner Henriksson was first elected to office in March 2008, and was re-elected unopposed in November 2008. The two will remain in office until after the new Mayor and City Commission members are sworn in on November 19th. Mayorelect Daniel Stermer is a former Weston City Commissioner, having served from 2002 to Mayor Hersh and Commissioner 2010. Commissioner-elect Tom Kallman is Henriksson take their nameplates after presiding over their final new to politics, but is a familiar face within City Commission meeting. Weston. As an active member of the Rotary Club of Weston he has organized the annual Concert in the Park. The winner of City Commission Seat 1 will also be sworn in. Incumbent Angel Gomez, who was elected in 2008, faces challenger Daniel Dickey in the November 6th election.

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Holiday Cooking Safety Tips By Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon


he aroma of holiday meals cooking brings back

fond memories of great times spent with my family. This holiday season, many of us will gather in the kitchen to prepare those delicious dishes that we all look forward to enjoying. Although many of us look forward to this time of the year, for families all across the country the holidays will become tragic. There are more residential fires during the holiday season than during any other time of the year. Holiday season fires claim more than 500 lives, injure over 2,000 people, and cause almost $1 billion in property damage every year! Cooking is the number one cause of holiday fires. By following these simple safety tips, you can reduce your chances of becoming a holiday season fire statistic: ▸▸ Food that is left unattended is a common source of fire ignition. With the normal chaos of preparing a large meal for family and friends, it is easy to get distracted and walk away from your stove. Take a pot holder with you when you leave the kitchen as a reminder that you have food on the stove.

▸▸ Pot holders, oven mitts, wooden and plastic utensils, paper and plastic bags, food packaging, and towels are all flammable. Keep these items away from your stove top. ▸▸ Keep pot and pan handles facing in to prevent children from tipping them over. Hot food and liquids that spill onto a child can cause life threatening burn injuries. ▸▸ Do not wear loose clothing while you are cooking. Your sleeves can easily ignite on a hot stovetop. If your clothes catch fire: stop, drop, and roll! Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over repeatedly to put out the fire. Call 9-1-1, then cool any burns with cool water for three to five minutes. ▸▸ If you are planning on deep frying a turkey, make sure you do it outside on a flat, level surface at least ten feet away from your home. Always make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Placing a frozen turkey in a hot oil fryer can cause an instantaneous overflowing of boiling oil that can easily ignite, causing significant burn injuries. ▸▸ Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen that is rated for all types of fires. These extinguishers can be purchased at most hardware and home improvement stores. ▸▸ Lastly, make sure that you have smoke detectors installed on every level of your home, near your kitchen, and by every bedroom. Test them every month and make sure they have fresh batteries. Smoke detectors save lives! Practicing these very simple safety tips can help you and your family enjoy a safe and memorable holiday together. For more information regarding fire safety or fire extinguisher information, please contact Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon at (954) 389-2015 or via email at | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | November 2012 OCW ALL 1112 A.indd 21

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Bike Collection to Benefit Needy Children By Stacey Bomser


edal power is being used to spread

holiday cheer this season. Sadly, many South Florida children are not fortunate enough to have a bicycle of their own. You can make a child’s dream come true this holiday by donating your unused bikes to the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program. Each year, the Rick Case Automotive Group distributes donated bikes to area Boys & Girls Clubs as well as other charity organizations. Over the past 30 years, the program has provided more than 100,000 bikes to just as many grateful children. The goal is to collect 10,000 bikes this year. “This program is a way to put smiles on thousands of children’s faces,” states Rick Case, who founded Bikes for Kids with his wife, Rita. “Our community really comes together to make sure the children in the area can have the best holiday season possible.” The Cases created Bikes for Kids in 1982 at their bike shop in Northeast Ohio. “The kids would come in and stare at those shiny new bikes, knowing they couldn’t afford one of their own,” shares Rick Case. “I knew there had to be some

Rick and Rita Case with some of the Boys & Girls Clubs members who received bicycles donated through the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program.

way I could help.” He encourages the community to support his cause. “Rick Case Bikes for Kids makes it easy for individuals to get involved and help needy kids during the holidays. Through this program, you don’t have to dig deep into your wallet to make a difference. Most people have a bike or two they’re not using.” You can donate any type of bike for children, so long as it is in good condition, at any Rick Case location through December 20th. That includes his six South Florida locations, as well as those in Cleveland and Atlanta. All bikes are donated within the community. Locally, supporters can drop off bikes at any of the four Rick Case Automotive Group dealerships in Weston: Rick Case Honda, Rick Case Hyundai, Rick Case Fiat, and Rick Case Honda Powerhouse. The Cases are huge supporters of the Boys & Girls Club. They host the annual Concours d’Elegance automobile show benefiting the organization which provides safe, supervised places for children to go after school.

Holiday Happenings at Weston Town Center By Stacey Bomser


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the holiday spirit than a trip to Weston Town Center. The shopping and dining destination is getting decked out for the holidays and hosting several events to celebrate the season. It all begins on Saturday, December 1st with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This favorite family event is a great way to usher in the holiday season. The festivities will take place from 6-8pm, following the Winter Wine & Food Festival. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand as city leaders help light the majestic tree in front of the Bell Tower. It promises to be an exciting night of live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. Guests are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy to help support children of a local charity. On Friday, December 7th the Americas Community Center will host “Joy of December” beginning at 6pm. This cultural event will bring families together for an evening of music, food and games while celebrating Hispanic holiday traditions of all faiths. The Chabad of Weston will host its annual Menorah Lighting party at Weston Town Center on Sunday, December 9th. Local leaders will join

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Rabbi Yisroel Spalter high atop a crane as they light the candles on the giant 17-foot menorah to celebrate the Festival of Lights. In addition to reciting the traditional prayers as the menorah is lit, guests will also enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment, kid-friendly activities and delicious Chanukah treats. Like so many snowbirds, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be spending a lot of time in Weston this season. The jolly couple will be visiting on weekends throughout December. Kids, be sure to bring your wish list for Santa and let him know that you’ve been nice, not naughty, all year. And parents, be sure to bring your camera to take plenty of pictures of this precious moment. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes and spreading holiday cheer by the Bell Tower from 5-8pm on December 8th, 15th-16th, and 21st-22nd. For more information about any of the holiday happenings at Weston Town Center go to www. or call (954) 349-5900. Be sure to visit the wonderful Weston Town Center merchants for amazing gifts, specials and unique offers for the holiday season. Many will offer extended shopping hours.

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All Faiths Invited to Support Holiday Giving Tree By Stacey Bomser


each your children the true spirit of the

season by supporting the Holiday Giving Tree program at the Weston YMCA Family Center. Open to anyone with a giving heart, donated gifts are given to underprivileged children to ensure they have a happy holiday. “The Y is the place for giving back and providing help for our neighbors in need,” shares John Gorman, Executive Director of the Weston YMCA. “Come join us in bringing our community together for a good cause.” The Weston Y will be collecting gifts for 620 children through the YMCA’s Children’s Advocacy Center. They attend after-school programs at Bethune, Hollywood Park, Nob Hill, Maplewood, Lauderhill Paul Turner, and Castle Hill elementary schools. Most of these children are from less-privileged families and are recipients of YMCA financial assistance. The Weston Y will also be adopting one family from the Walker Elementary afterschool program. The countywide Holiday Giving Tree program will kick-off at the Weston YMCA on Thursday, November 15th at 5:30pm with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be ten “Giving Trees” set up in the lobby adorned with ornaments decorated by children with their names and gift requests. “Anyone in the Weston community, member or non-member, is invited to stop by the Y to pick an ornament off of a Giving

Tree and purchase a gift to provide a child with their holiday wish,” explains Gorman. “Or, simply drop off an unwrapped gift and we will match it with a child’s request.” All toys and gifts, with ornament attached, should be placed in the giant wrapped gift box in the YMCA lobby by December 13th. A team of volunteer “elves” will wrap each present. Then, the week before Christmas, Y volunteers, staff and families will deliver the gifts to each after-school site. Santa Claus will be on hand to pass out each present to the excited and appreciative children. They will also enjoy snacks, candy canes and DJ music. For more information on how you can support the Holiday Giving Tree program, contact the Weston YMCA Family Center at (954) 406-9089 or visit

The Weston community is invited to stop by the Weston YMCA to pick an ornament, labeled with a child’s wish, from one of the Holiday Giving Trees.

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Tyler Scott Goldberg Sunset Walk/Run Memorializes Weston Teen By Stacey Bomser


t’s been over five years since Tyler Scott Goldberg lost his young

life in a tragic accident. The 14-year-old suffered massive neurological and respiratory injuries when the personal watercraft he was riding crashed into a dock. The non-profit organization named in his honor is now working to keep his memory alive and save the lives of other children. Hundreds will gather at 4pm on Saturday, November 17th, for the 6th annual Tyler Scott Goldberg Sunset 5K Run/Walk at Markham Park, a bittersweet location as that was where the accident took place. The event is presented by the Tyler Scott Goldberg Foundation and the Gold Coast Runners. It is open to all ages, and for serious and novice runners, as well as walkers. The race will take place on a certified 3.1 mile course through the park. Official timing will be provided by Split Second Timing. There will be awards for the top finishers in each category. In addition, the event will feature a DJ, bounce house, refreshments and raffle prizes. Runners are encouraged to preregister at before noon on November 16th. Entry fees are $20 for adults, $15 Lee Nossen (center), holding son Cole, at the starting line of last year’s Tyler Scott Goldberg Sunset 5K.

for youth, and $35 for a family (up to five people) in advance, and $25 for adults and $20 for youth on race day. Proceeds from the Sunset 5K benefit the Tyler Scot Goldberg Foundation. Members of the Foundation are working with government officials to change Florida law, which currently allows 14-year-olds to independently operate a personal watercraft. The Foundation believes that is too young, and is hoping to raise the age to 16, the same age necessary to obtain a driver’s license. It is also working with the Broward County Public Schools to educate students on watercraft safety. In addition, the Foundation is sponsoring events such as this race to raise awareness of watercraft safety in the community. Tyler’s mother, Lee Nossen, is hopeful that by educating the public and passing legislation requiring proper training and licensure to ride a personal watercraft that lives will be saved. “If I can save just one life, then that is one family that will not be destroyed.” To learn more about watercraft safety or to make a donation to support the efforts of the Tyler Scott Goldberg Foundation, visit

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10th Annual JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon Raises Funds and Awareness By Stacey Bomser


t was a day of celebrations as the community gathered for the

Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. The annual event, which raises funds for Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO), recognized two of its most devoted volunteers, honored a longtime supporter who sadly passed, and celebrated the pinning of five women into the Godparent Circle.

Jennifer Alman, President of the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO; Honoree Elsa Zoberg; Debbie Grossman, Vice President of the Weston/ West Broward Chapter of JAFCO; and Honoree Melissa Morris.

Luncheon co-chairs Jennifer Alman, president of the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO, and Debbie Grossman, vice president, welcomed guests to the tenth annual Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. The event was started by former Weston resident Ingrid Jaffe to honor her daughter, who was tragically killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Michelle had been actively involved with JAFCO and the luncheon was created to celebrate her life and love of children.

JAFCO Executive Director Sarah Franco; Broward County School Board Vice Chair Laurie Rich Levinson; Senator Nan Rich; and Dale Sanders.

Jaffe was invited to help light the four-way candle which, according to Alman, represents the four children who die each day from abuse. Another candle was lit

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by Karen Ritter in honor of her mother, Marge Flanz, a very special member of the JAFCO family who passed away earlier this year after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Through the generosity of an estate gift Marge left to JAFCO, and the addition of gifts from her family, the Marge Flanz Alumni Circle Endowment Fund was created. This special fund will support the activities and ongoing development of children over the age of 21, who attend college and are part of the JAFCO Alumni Circle. These children need support while faced with making the difficult transition from foster care to young adulthood.   “She would be so touched to see what JAFCO has done in her honor,” shared Ritter, noting that her mother attended many JAFCO events but the Spirit of Life Luncheon was always her favorite. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Volunteers Make a Difference Award to two women who have dedicated Feinberg, Joyce Goldberg, Cynthia many years supporting Judy Gitkin, Hansi Brown and Marcia Gelband. JAFCO and its mission. Melissa Morris was introduced to JAFCO 13 years ago through her husband, who donated space for the first JAFCO office. As a pediatric nurse she was drawn to its cause. Over the years the couple became capital donors to the Children’s Village, and her husband helped oversee construction of the 5.6 acre campus. Melissa, herself, is an active member of the Weston/West Broward Chapter. So is Elsa Zoberg, who has given herself completely to helping the chapter raise much-needed funds and awareness over the past 14 years. She has also given financially, becoming a JAFCO Godparent in 2004. At the luncheon, Zoberg recommitted an additional ten years as a JAFCO Godparent and Morris’ husband surprised her by making her a Godparent. Three other women were pinned during the Godparents pinning ceremony. JAFCO Godparents are a unique group of individuals who spiritually commit to adopt all of the JAFCO children with a ten year financial commitment. Their generosity helps JAFCO provide food, shelter, clothing, edu- Mona Habib, Marjorie Rudolph and JoAnn Silk. cation and therapy. The lovely luncheon concluded with the video Life. This touching piece features the voices of JAFCO children. Three teens share their stories of how they came to live in the JAFCO Village and the profound and positive impact it has had on their lives. "The luncheon was absolutely beautiful and a huge success due to our Chapter Board and Committee members. We are fortunate to have raised much needed funds for the children of JAFCO,” shares Alman. “Our sponsors, community leaders and supporting businesses enabled us to fulfill our expectations.” Our City Weston is proud to have been the media sponsor. For more information on JAFCO or to learn how you can get involved, visit www.

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JFS Gala Celebrates 50 Years of Service By Stacey Bomser


ver the past 50 years, Jewish Family Service has helped thou-

sands of Broward County residents during their darkest hours. This social service agency is committed to improving and strengthening the quality of life for all, regardless of race, religion, income, ethnic background or sexual orientation. Jewish Family Service (JFS) is celebrating its golden anniversary with a Masked Gala on December 1st. An original mask created especially for the event by prominent artist Romero Britto will be auctioned off during this enchanted evening. He is one of the nine honorees being presented the 2012 Spirit of Family awards along with Alan Cohn, Rabbi Andrew Jacobs, Beatriz Miniaci, Mark and Brittney Mothner, Laurie Finkelstein Reader, Jerome Solkoff, and Amy Stolberg. Senator Nan Rich, of Weston, is one of the honorary co-chairs. She says she is proud to play a part in recognizing the invaluable service JFS has provided to our community for the past 50 years. “Tens of thousands of residents of Broward County have benefitted JFS President Michael Brodie, honorees Jerome Solkoff, from the life sustaining Senator Nan Rich, of Weston, Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, Rabbi Andrew Jacobs, JFS supporter Gene Harvey, of programs JFS offers to Weston, and JFS Executive Director Ken Moskowitz. strengthen families, help seniors in need, assist Holocaust survivors, protect families from domestic violence, and support the most vulnerable in our community.” Weston’s Judy Zipper is chairing the Masked Gala. “It’s wonderful and gratifying to create a Gala, all bright and shiny. But the reality is that JFS is helping people every day to make their world and their lives brighter and more hopeful. And that is what it is all about.” JFS’s services offer hope and dignity to people who need a lifeline, physically, emotionally or financially. Through its mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, care for seniors, clothing for children, and much more, Jewish Family Service makes sure that no one in World-renowned artist and 2012 Spirit of Family our community feels they Award recipient Romero Britto created a one-ofa-kind mask to be auctioned off at the gala. are alone or without hope.

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All Species Attend Blessing of the Animals By Stacey Bomser


t didn’t matter if they had fins, feathers, or four

legs, all animals were welcome at St. Paul Lutheran Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals service. The festive event was held at the Weston Town Center amphitheater. Pastor Tim Hartner performed a mass blessing over the animals. There were approximately 60 pets and their families in attendance – mostly dogs and cats, but there were also a few hamsters, mice, a ferret, a rabbit and even a bird. “In a world that increasingly sees Christians as judgmental and selfrighteous, the Blessing of the Animals is a chance to display some of the joy and playfulness that surround our faith,” shares Pastor Hartner. The Blessing of the Animals is an annual observance honoring St. Francis of Assisi’s love of animals. In addition to the actual service, the event also featured a pet parade and live band. A raffle was held for eight gift baskets donated by Weston-area pet stores, community animal hospitals and church members. Indian Trace Animal Hospital was on site providing micro-chipping. The Blessing of the Animals was also a chance to help animals who are not fortunate enough to have a loving home. St. Paul Lutheran Church collected donations of pet supplies and money for the Humane Society of Broward County. Photos courtesy of Pines Photo Studio.

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Happy Trails to Weston BSO’s Apollo By Stacey Bomser


pollo, the recently retired member of the Broward Sheriff’s

Office Mounted Unit, is enjoying greener pastures, literally. He is now living with other retired law enforcement horses at the 265-acre Mill Creek Farm outside of Gainesville. The 18-year-old Belgian Draft horse served the citizens of Broward County for over a decade, the last two years here in Weston where he was partnered with BSO Corporal Dave Smith. Together they made countless appearances at school career days, so it was only fitting that Apollo’s last duty assignment was to visit students at Imagine Charter School at Weston. The school’s kindergarten and first grade students had the opportunity to hear about Apollo’s BSO duties, watch him gallop, pet him and even present him with a sweet send off – a carrot cake baked by BSO Deputy Kari Pallotto. In addition to attending school career days, Apollo and Corporal Smith also played a key role in crime prevention throughout Broward County. As part of the BSO Mounted Unit they provided crowd control at various events and festivals and one time prevented a fight between rival gangs. The pair also enjoyed marching in many parades. BSO Corporal Dave Smith showed students how Apollo gallops during the career day presentation.

Students at Imagine Charter School at Weston presented Apollo with a sweet send-off – a delicious carrot cake.

Corporal Smith has been assigned a new partner, Dakota. She is a Belgian Draft horse who joined BSO three years ago, after Metro Dade shut down its mounted unit. Corporal Smith is enjoying working with Dakota, but will always have a soft spot in his heart for Apollo. He promises to visit Apollo at Mill Creek Farm on trips north to see his sons. Mill Creek Farm, a Retirement Home for Horses, is a nonprofit equine sanctuary that provides lifelong care for horses. To learn more visit

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Children and Families are Real Winners of Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic By Stacey Bomser


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It was a “full house” as 268 players participated in the second annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, which pairs players with sports celebrities. This year’s list of celebrity “card sharks” included Cliff Floyd, Cookie Rojas, Ed Jovanovski, Shawn Wooden and Sean Hill, to name just a few. The event raised $115,000 for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, which helps underwrite the operations of the Conine Clubhouse. “The Clubhouse is my proudest accomplishment in South Florida, my legacy, because it’s real life,” shares “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine. “Being a professional athlete brings notoriety, but nothing we do between the lines can compare to helping people when they really need it.”

cards” for Weston’s Steve Zaffos to win the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic. Not only is he an avid poker player, but he and his wife are also strong supporters of the Conine Clubhouse, a home-awayfrom-home for families of children under care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “My wife and I have been friends with Jeff and Cindy Conine for years, so it is that much more meaningful to us, having a personal connection with the people who created the foundation that benefits such a worthy cause,” states Zaffos. He has seen first-hand how the Conine Clubhouse helps families when they need it most. “Just this month a close friend of Greg Marsh (left), first place winner Steve Zaffos, and Jeff Conine, all ours stayed at the Conine Clubhouse when The 19th annual Conine All-Star Golf Classic of Weston, at the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic. her four-month-old son had heart surgery.” will take place on January 21, 2013, at The Zaffos has a giving heart himself. He donated the five-day trip to Costa Rica he Club at Emerald Hills. Visit for more won to his nephew, who will be taking his girlfriend there next month. Zaffos did take information. home $1,875; the top four players split the first place cash prize.

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Weston Warriors Cheer Buddies Build Team Spirit By Stacey Bomser


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Syndrome, made the cheerleading squad on Glee, she shattered decades of stereotypes. In many ways, this fictional character helped pave the way for special needs children to participate in the sport of cheerleading. Last year, Alexia Alter created Cheer Buddies at Cypress Bay High School. Students with special needs were invited to take part in a four-day clinic, and then cheer at one of the boys varsity basketball games and perform the half-time dance with the varsity cheerleaders. The program was so successful that Alexia’s mother, Jill, who just happens to be director of Weston Warriors Cheerleading, adopted it. “It was such an amazing experience for everyone involved at Cypress Bay that I wanted to bring Cheer Buddies to the Weston community,” states Jill. To her knowledge, Cheer Buddies foster friendships. Weston Warriors

is the first program in the league to offer a cheer program for kids with special needs such as autism or Down Syndrome. This season there are seven girls on the Weston Warriors Cheer Buddies squad. They practice with their own coaches, Alexia being one of them, to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, but cheer right alongside Kate Gilson-Miranda proudly wearing her Weston Warriors the cheerleaders in the cheerleader uniform. 140lb division. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” shares Jill. “The crowd cheers them on and the team has been so welcoming to the girls. To see the smiles on everyone’s faces is priceless.” Katherine (Kate) Gilson-Miranda, a sophomore at Cypress Bay, had so much fun doing Cheer Buddies at school last year that she signed up to cheer for the Weston Warriors. “What I love about the Cheer Buddies is that I

have been able to make many new friends.” According to Jill, Cheer Buddies has really benefitted all involved. “It embodies the traits I try to instill in all of my cheerleaders: compassion, commitment, and teamwork.” Although football season is now over, Cheer Buddies has been so successful that Jill plans to bring it back next year. She invites anyone interested in learning more about the program to contact her at The Weston Warrior football league was formed in 1996 as a pioneer member of the American Youth Football League. There are seven age/ weight divisions for football and seven for cheerleading. Tryouts for both sports begin in May. For more information visit The Weston Warriors Cheer Buddies accept girls of all ages.

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founded on the philosophy: “Believe in your dreams.” More than a competition, this event is also a way to promote the values of humanism, open-mindedness, proximity, friendship and fair play as hundreds of soccer players, or footballers as they are called in the rest of the world, gather to compete and celebrate their sport. “Football has the power to bring people together, whether on the pitch or in the stands,” shares retired French football player Zinedine Zidane, who Team USA warms up before their game against Senegal inside Warsaw’s serves as Ambassador of the National Stadium. Danone Nations Cup. “Every year, I’m amazed to see all these kids coming from the four corners of the earth, with their different languages and Weston’s Greg Michaelides, Thomas Hernandez and Pablo Vargas represented the United cultures…yet, when they come States at the Danone Nations Cup together on the pitch, all barWeston’s Thomas Fernandez Karow, Pablo Vargas riers disappear!” and Gregory Michaelides, all Falcon Cove Middle School Gregory found it interesting students, agree it was an honor to represent the United that so many children from States and this was an experience they will never forget. such different backgrounds “Representing our country is one of the best things that were all so passionate about can happen to a boy my age, or any age,” states Thomas, soccer. “The most amazing adding that he hopes he will get the opportunity to play thing was meeting kids from for the United States again. 40 different countries. We were “This was more than just a soccer tournament,” shares all the same age and there were Pablo. “It was a life changing experience and I would so many languages, but we like to tell other kids that dreams can really come true.” all had fun together and got Team USA with their new friends from Japan. Coincidentally, the Danone Nations Cup is actually to trade flags with everyone.” Pablo enjoyed learning about the learning about its rich history. Gregory says his favorite other cultures. “There were some site was a famous statue of a king that held a sword. “In teams like Senegal and South Africa the past, they would turn the sword up or down to tell where kids were always dancing, people when Warsaw was in trouble.” singing and very happy. I liked to Pablo enjoyed seeing how Poland had overcome its hear different languages.” tumultuous past. “I liked the center of Warsaw because Thomas was also intrigued by the the buildings were very nice and it reminded me a little cultural differences and similarities. bit of Paris.” “I learned that in other countries Of course, the boys all agreed that the highlight of they do some things differently; their entire trip was playing in front of a crowd of over their lifestyle is different and their 41,000 people in Warsaw’s National Stadium, where the food is different than ours. But, I Euro Cup championships were played just months before. learned that no matter how different Thomas, Pablo and Gregory, along with their Weston everyone of us is, we all had a great FC teammates Nicolas Garcia, George Acosta, Giancarlo time and were able to understand Riccobono, Nicholas Guilliod, Brandon Hedge and each other easily.” He especially Errol Spence, will never forget their once in a lifetime enjoyed learning the folk songs and experience playing in the Danone Nations Cup. Over 2.5 Team USA at the Danone Nations Cup in Warsaw, Poland. Top row: Coach Victor Pastora, Pablo Vargas (Weston FC, Weston resident), Cameron dances traditional to some of the other million children from 40 nations will compete to qualify Heise, Nick Fraggetti, Thomas Hernandez (Weston FC, Weston resident), Rodney Salgado, Greg Michaelides (Weston FC, Weston resident), countries represented at the games. for this international tournament. The 2013 games will Assistant Coach Ares Michaelides. Bottom row: Nicolas Garcia (Weston FC), George Acosta (Weston FC), Coby Atkinson, Giancarlo Riccobono The U.S. team spent some time take place in London. (Weston FC), Nicholas Guilliod (Weston FC), Brandon Hedge (Weston before the games touring Warsaw and FC), and Errol Spence (Weston FC). Justin Reischer not pictured. ine members of the Weston FC 2000

pre-academy team were selected to represent the United States at the Danone Nations Cup in Warsaw, Poland. It is the biggest soccer tournament in the world for children ages ten to twelve. The U.S. team, made up of 15 elite players from South Florida, finished the tournament in 16th place out of 40 teams. The winner was South Korea.

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ill Miller was always philanthropic, but it wasn’t until after

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Nutcracker slay the giant Rat King on stilts as she journeys through a forest glistening with real snow falling on stage to meet magnificent Angels. She then meets the princes and princesses of foreign lands; and dances with exquisite flowers including the ever so elegant Dewdrop. Clara’s fabulous adventure culminates when she meets none other than the Sugar Plum Fairy, who brings the audience to standing ovations year after year. The breathtaking music by Tchaikovsky is the composer’s most-loved suite. IBC’s production features a cast of over one hundred dancers in bejeweled costumes with backdrops and sound effects so realistic you feel as if you are dancing with the stars as part of this exciting journey. Whether this will be your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it’s a time honored holiday tradition with your family, make the International Ballet Company’s 13th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet part of your holiday festivities.

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Eleven Cypress Bay Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists By Stacey Bomser


earned this distinguished title. Students qualify based on their results School seniors are among the 61 from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Broward County Public School Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is students named Semifinalists in the 2013 taken during the junior year. About 1.5 National Merit Scholarship Program. million students took that test last year. The Carmen Abello, Amelia Bahamonde, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Daniel T. Galvez, William Daniel Giraldo, are the top-scoring students in each state Nicolas Munoz-McDonald, Novaro Salazar, and represent less than one-percent of the Jonathan Schiller, Maria “Catalina” Trigo, U.S. high school seniors. Michael Wagner, Gonzalo Ziadi and Adam In order to become a Finalist, a Zionts are now eligible to compete for some Semifinalist must have an outstanding of the 8,300 National Merit Scholarships academic record throughout high school, worth more than $32 million. be endorsed and recommended by the high “This is an incredible honor for Cypress Cypress Bay’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are Michael Wagner (left), Nicolas school principal, and earn SAT scores that Munoz-McDonald, Jonathan Schiller, Amelia Bahamonde, Novaro Salazar, Maria Trigo, Bay High School and we are so proud of Daniel Galvez, Carmen Abello, William Giraldo, Adam Zionts and Gonzalo Ziadi. confirm the student’s earlier performance these students for being recognized for on the qualifying test. Semifinalists must their outstanding scores and academic achievements,” said Marlene Sanders, Director submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes an essay and information of Guidance at Cypress Bay High School. about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 with the goal The eleven Cypress Bay Semifinalists will find out in February whether they advanced of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic to the Finalist level. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced starting in excellence. Each year, the best and brightest high school students are recognized as April. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments National Merit Scholars. This is a prestigious honor, as only about 291,000 people have and potential for success in rigorous college studies. leven C ypress Bay High

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Country Isles Elementary Receives Environmental Education Grant By Stacey Bomser


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ing creative costumes, but rather pumpkins. Fifty-two classes participated in this year’s Harvesting Good Characters project, creating uniquely decorated pumpkins to represent characters in books. The popular project was developed four years ago by Media Specialist Sophia Whittaker to promote literacy. “I wanted a way to excite the children about reading, to motivate them to read and write more. I noticed that children will read more if they feel enthusiastic about a topic and anything ‘Halloweenish’ will do the trick.” She notes that once the first pumpkin is on display, students start asking for that book, and that continues with every new pumpkin added. All of the pumpkins, and their corresponding books, are on exhibit outside the media center for all to admire. In addition to motivating students to read more, this project also teaches the importance of good character. “The lesson leading up to the project is ‘character traits’ which can include student’s own character as well as the literary characters in a novel or story,” explains Mrs. Whittaker. “After reading the selected book, the class decides on a character they would like to bring to life.” Typically each class chooses a different book, but this year the entire third grade read the Humphrey series about the adventures of a classroom hamster. Each class created a different character in anticipation of a visit by author Betty Birney, who was absolutely delighted to see her beloved characters created using pumpkins. Classes in the other grades all selected their own book, with pump-

kin characters ranging from The Lorax from the Dr. Seuss book of the same name to Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to an oversized James from James and the Giant Peach. The pumpkin characters come in all shapes and sizes. “I continue to be amazed at the creativity; they get more creative each year,” shares Mrs. Whittaker, pointing out that teachers are already planning for next year. Below: Gator Run students decorate pumpkins to represent favorite book characters. Right: Each third grade class created a different character from the Humphrey series.

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Cypress Bay Basketball Teams Host Dinner on the Court By Stacey Bomser


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and cover expenses to out-of-town tournaments. For instance, last year the boys varsity team was invited to play in the Mission Prep Classic in San Luis Obispo, California. Not only did they win that tournament, the team went on to win their second consecutive District Title. During Dinner on the Court, Lightning players from both the boys and girls basketball teams will be on hand to greet their fans and sign autographs. Other highlights include a three-point shootout and slam-dunk contest. There will also be a raffle and silent auction with autographed sports memorabilia, services from Weston area businesses, and much more. Although no names have been revealed yet. It’s become tradition to have sports celebrities make an appearance at Dinner on the Court. Retired Miami Dolphin Vernon Carey was there last year. James Jones and Jamal McGloire of the Miami Heat have attended in the past.

in their high-tops for aprons. The annual Dinner on the Court will take place on Sunday, November 11th. The delicious, home-cooked, all-you-can-eat dinner raises money to support the boys and girls varsity and JV teams. Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Looky compares Dinner on the Court to colleges’ Midnight Madness. It’s a way of bringing fans, families and players together to celebrate the new season. On the evening of the event, the high school gymnasium will be transformed into a giant dining room capable of serving 500 guests. The dinner menu consists of assorted pastas, salads, rolls and dessert. “Each plate of pasta, piece of bread and chocolate dessert is provided by the team parents, but it’s the players who serve the dishes,” states Coach Looky. Celebrate the start of basketball season with The Lighting at Dinner on the Court. Dinner on the Court is more than just a Cypress Bay Lightning Basketball’s annual Dinner on the Court starts at 6pm on meal. “It provides us a way to introduce the teams to the community and create an Sunday, November 11th in the Cypress Bay High School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 atmosphere that highlights how close our school is to the City of Weston,” explains for a delicious, all-you-can-eat, Italian dinner. To purchase tickets contact Leslie Coach Looky. Levine at or call 954-593-3657. The event is also a team fundraiser, with proceeds being used to purchase travel gear

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From Screen to Stage: Sagemont to Perform Legally Blonde: The Musical By Stacey Bomser

to keep those a secret until showtime!” In addition to creative lighting and set conventions, the “Black Elle Woods was a break-out role for Reese Witherspoon, earnBox” venue allows the student actors to enter and exit the perforing her a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and an MTV mance area from several locations within the theater, providing Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. Sagemont freshthe audience with a more direct connection to the story that is man Jessica Jordan is hoping her portrayal of the lead character happening around them. in Legally Blonde: The Musical will be equally impressive. The That excites senior Cristina Quintero, who plays Paulette Sagemont School is performing this popular show November Buonofonte. “I have always loved ‘Black Box’ venues because 29th through December 9th. they are more personal and the audience is more involved. I love Sagemont Lead Theater Instructor Elizabeth Garrard says the energy you get from a crowd. It makes my performance that she selected this play for several reasons, namely because of its much better.” popularity and wide appeal. “It’s a fun show with catchy music, This will be junior Bruno Paes-Leme’s first experience. He is and the audiences will have a great time,” she promises. looking forward to performing his role as Warner Huntington III In addition to its entertainment value, Legally Blonde: The in the “Black Box” venue. “I’ve never been to one before, but from Musical also tackles some important issues and delivers valuable what I hear, the closeness to the audience is very cool because it messages such as being true to yourself, following your dreams, allows for a whole new connection on the emotional level.” standing up for your beliefs and overcoming social stereotypes. The actors themselves are connecting to this production. “This “Elle Woods follows her heart, overcomes diversity, and achieves musical is so fun to perform because the choreography is exciting greatness,” explains Ms. Garrard. “Along the way she kicks down and it has hilarious dialogue and lyrics,” shares Jessica. the door for stereotypes, becomes a champion for the underdog, Cristina agrees. “For me, the fun part of musicals is all the singand treats others with kindness and respect.” ing. Any day of rehearsals can turn into a sing-a-long!” Finally, this play provides performance opportunities for a large Albeit fun, the students are number of students. According to working hard as they prepare for Ms. Garrard, the cast is comprised their production of Legally Blonde: primarily of high school students, The Musical. Sagemont plans to but there are a handful of excepenter this for Cappies judging. tional eighth grade performers The Cappies (Critics and Awards who will make their debut. The Program) is a program through orchestra encompasses students which high school theater and in grades six through twelve. In journalism students are trained addition, the play will also include as critics, attend shows at other the Sagemont School Cheerleading schools, write reviews, and publish Squad as well as a drum line comthose reviews in local newspapers. prised of percussion students. A few At the end of the year, the student faculty members are expected to critics vote for awards that are make cameo appearances as well. presented at a formal Cappies Gala. Legally Blonde: The Musical has “When preparing a production several lead roles and many supfor Cappies, it is important to docuporting characters. The characters ment each step of the production are culturally diverse, allowing process much more thoroughly students to explore a large range than in an ordinary production,” of musical theater skills. explains Ms. Garrard. “Student Ninth grader Jessica Jordan designers and technicians keep a is excited to test her acting skills journal of all of the design research, playing the lead, Elle Woods. “It’s a and take videos/photos of all of little bit intimidating to come into the work that they complete along the drama program as a freshman, the way. This production will playing such a tremendous role. 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Show dates a “Black Box” venue. “This offers the opportunity for a more intimate staging of the and times are: November 29th at 7:30pm; November 30th at 7:30pm; December 2nd production,” explains Ms. Garrard. “Our set design will feature flexible sets that can at 2pm; December 6th at 7pm; December 7th at 6:30pm; December 8th at 7:30pm; easily be transformed and manipulated on the stage. We will be using rolling platforms and December 9th at 2pm. All tickets are $15; group discounts are available. For which can be turned around to instantly change the setting from a hair salon to a colticket information email or call 954-389-2454 x479. lege dorm room. We also have a few ‘technological tricks’ up our sleeve, but we prefer | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | November 2012 OCW ALL 1112 A.indd 61

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Dog Helps First Graders Develop Reading Skills By Stacey Bomser


tudents in Mrs. Heather Evans’ first grade class at Eagle

Point Elementary School are learning to read with help from a four-legged friend. Every two weeks, Bella comes to visit. The six-year-old Australian Shepard is part of the Wags & Tales Reading Program from the Humane Society of Broward County. Mrs. Evans was matched up with Bella and her owner, Ilene Lartitegui, four years ago. While the program is based on the dog, Mrs. Evans says the owner is equally important. It’s important he/she gets along well with students, knows how to work with children, and is reliable and committed to the program. Despite having no formal teaching experience, Ms. Ilene lovingly works with the students, helping them sound out words and praising their efforts. This skill comes from the many years she volunteered in her children’s schools. Ms. Ilene is also the loving grandmother to seven grandchildren. “However, Bella had to go through a certification program to participate in Wags & Tales,” she notes. “It’s important that the dog get along well with children, be patient and be well behaved.” Bella certainly has those traits. She lay calmly as the students took turns sitting on the floor next to her and reading the story Grab a Crab, being sure to stop and show her the pictures. For those students who don’t read yet, Bella watched as Ms. Ilene helped the children pick consonant and vowel letter tiles from two bins to make their spelling words. Because she only comes every other week, Ms. Ilene notices their growth and is always impressed to hear the students read. “By the end of the school year, all of the students are reading to Bella,” notes Mrs. Evans. “Wags & Tales puts a positive and fun twist on reading.” She sees the greatest improvement in her students’ confidence and fluency. “I always get silly with them and say: ‘Make sure Bella pays attention.’ They feel in control with her and act as a teacher in a way. The children, I think, feel more confident to read to Bella than me sometimes.” In order to improve fluency, Mrs. Evans has the students read books to Bella that they had read the day before. “The reason I do this is so they already know more of the words and feel confident to read it to her. They practice the speed then, instead of sounding out words.” Mrs. Evans is not the only one to recognize the educational benefits of reading to dogs. It has been proven scientifically. A Minnesota pilot project called PAWSitive Readers found that trained therapy dogs helped grade school participants improve their reading skills by one grade level. Additionally, a University Ilene Lartitegui and Bella help of California study showed that children who read to students in Mrs. Evans’ first grade the family dog improved their ability to read by an Mrs. Evans’ first grade class with Bella, their Wags & Tales dog. class practice their reading skills. average of 12 percent. Although it is too soon to see how much students in Mrs. Evans’ class have improved by reading to Bella, after their first session it was evident she had made quite an impression. The class was asked to journal about their experience with Bella. Rebecca Mark Wags & Tales Reading Program wrote: “Bella is very cute! She is really fluffy and I wish that I can see her every day.” The Humane Society of Broward County offers its Wags & Tales Reading Ilana Bridges wrote: “Bella is beautiful. She likes when I read to her.” Nicole Giraldo Program at Broward County libraries. The program enables children wrote: “Today I met Bella. She likes to read! I read to her. She is a good dog. Bella is between the ages of five and twelve years old to read an age-appropriate a good girl.” short story of their choice to an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. The intent The children in Mrs. Evans’ class cherish their special time with Bella, who brings of the program is to make reading fun and boost the child's confidence in a smile to everyone’s face when she visits. “I truly feel so lucky I received Bella and Ms. reading out loud. Ilene as my volunteer,” states Mrs. Evans. “She goes above and beyond with my class. The Weston Branch Library offers the Wags & Tales Reading Program Each year my students become my children and Ms. Ilene and Bella become part of the third Friday of the month from 3-4pm. For more information or to preour little family.” register your child to spend special reading time with an Animal Assisted In addition to reading with Mrs. Evans’ first graders at Eagle Point Elementary, Therapy Dog, contact the Youth Services Desk at (954) 389-2098 ext. 252. Ms. Ilene and Bella also participate in the Wags & Tales program at the Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library.

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elements. Jaw surgery or chin implants can help compensate for a bony profile deficiency. These procedures however can be complicated and should be approached cautiously with experienced surgeons. Younger patients with excess neck fat alone and good skin tone may benefit from liposuction. Ultrasonic lipoplasty is an advanced liposuction technique that will also stimulate neck skin tightening. The most common aging change affecting the neck is hanging skin, affectionately known as the “turkey neck”. In addition, loose muscles can contribute to the “gobbler” or wattle. Before A muscular sling in the neck that is tight in youth but begins to separate as we age is called the platysma. The separation in this muscle causes two ridges that define the neck bands to age. A common treatment to correct this separation is to sew these bands together with a small incision under the chin. A unique, less invasive operation performed by our office is to combine neck muscle repair with ultrasonic lipoplasty for skin tightening in carefully selected patients. We were privileged to present this procedure last year to plastic surgeons in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The gold standard for neck rejuvenation After however, continues to be the conventional face and neck lift. The procedure allows for redraping of the cheeks, jawline jowls and neck in a more even and complete fashion. The anatomy of this area is complex, therefore a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon experienced in face and neck surgery is required. Many options exist for rejuvenation of the neck and lower face. The procedures can be safe and effective in proper hands. The plastic surgeon, facility and anesthesia all play an important role in the outcome. Cost should never outweigh quality, experience and safety. Happy Thanksgiving. Dr. Jorge Perez has been selected among Castle Connolly/U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Top Doctors. He has lectured internationally on face and neck rejuvenation surgery and has been featured as a plastic surgery expert for major media outlets. Surgery is performed at the Broward Health Weston facility with physician anesthesiologists. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Perez call (954) 351-2200. To learn more about any of these procedures visit

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ignored and even perpetuated by parents: underage drinking. In case you haven’t heard, the “House Party” law was toughened in July 2011 and the consequences for adult hosts heightened; it is against the law to serve alcohol to minors in your home. It is untrue that underage drinking is a “right of passage” causing no harm. Continued research warns that teens who drink are far more likely to engage in violent behavior, suffer sexual assault, fail in school, be involved in car accidents, suffer depression and even attempt suicide. Furthermore, there are devastating affects that alcohol can have on a teenager’s developing brain. The adolescent brain is much more susceptible to drug dependence and addiction than the fully developed adult brain. The earlier that alcohol use starts, the more likely the person is to become dependent. Addiction follows a process (use, abuse, addiction) that in young people can be frighteningly quick – a matter of weeks or months. Many of our youth are sent off to college already dependent on the drug, only to become addicted for life in the college social scene, where alcohol is prevalent. The decision for a child to use or abuse alcohol has been thoroughly studied and the facts are clear. They rely on their parents for setting limits, boundaries and appropriate examples. Your role here is vital. Alcohol is a drug that depresses the central nervous system. The adolescent brain is a work in progress. It is built to acquire information, adapt, and learn. Alcohol, however, can disrupt the adolescent brain’s ability to learn life skills. So, not only can heavy drinking during this time get the adolescent into trouble through behavior such as risk taking or drinking and driving, but it can also make the brain less able to learn important life skills that can help them avoid trouble as an adult. Understand that giving alcohol to a young person harms their health and their development. Yet, with all this danger, the majority of teens who do drink get their alcohol from adults and in private homes, many from their own homes. Research shows that teens given alcohol at home will drink more frequently and in a higher quantity when away from home. They are more likely to get in a car with someone who has been drinking, drink and drive themselves, and drive drunk later in life. It is just not possible to “teach” the adolescent brain to drink or make true the fairy tale that adolescents can learn to drink responsibly at home. Stand up for the law and for the health and welfare of your child.

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Spouses of U.S. citizens may apply for green cards and other benefits. Due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the legal prohibition on federal recognition of same-sex marriages, the Citizenship and Immigration Service must deny those applications. However, the Supreme Court is deciding whether DOMA is constitutional. Likewise, when deciding whether to deport someone, Immigration officers must consider whether the foreigner has close family ties to the United States. In September 2012, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security issued specific written instruction to officers that the term “family relationships” includes long-term, same-sex partners.

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Before October 2009, widows (or widowers) of U.S. citizens were not considered “spouses” if they were married less than two years when the citizen died. However, due to a law change, these foreigners may still file as spouses and receive green cards based on that relationship. The caveat: they must file no later than two years after the citizen’s death. Other marriages end in divorce -- over sixty percent (60%), in fact. Regardless of this, foreigners who were married less than two years when they became legal permanent residents must prove the validity of their marriage. They must file a Removal of Conditions case which, if denied, results in the end to their legal status and possible deportation. In all these matters, Blandon Law performs the work needed to improve the chances of success. By organizing the evidence carefully and representing foreigners before Immigration Officers or Immigration Judges, we demonstrate that unorthodox or rocky relationships are also real relationships…deserving of recognition. To find out if we can help you, call the Weston law firm of Elizabeth R. Blandon at (954) 385-0157 and schedule a consultation. Ms. Blandon is certified as an immigration expert by The Florida Bar, the state’s association of attorneys. She is rated AV-Preeminent Attorney by Martindale Hubbell and 10.0 Superb Attorney by avvo. com. More information on immigration generally and on the credentials of Ms. Blandon is available at | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | November 2012 OCW ALL 1112 A.indd 85

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in dogs. Dogs that are not properly groomed and not well taken care of may end up having fleas. Fleas are small insects that can bite like mosquitoes. When they do bite, they will leave red spots on the dog’s hide about three millimeters in size. The biggest problem that pet owners have with dog fleas is the fact that they are likely to thrive all year round. Unlike mosquitoes which can virtually be non-existent during the colder months, fleas can survive all climates. While dog flea bites are rarely a major health concern, they can be when they become carriers of epidemics like the bubonic plague. If you can remember, this is the disease associated with the Black Death. As such, the biggest mistake pet owners can make when it comes to dog fleas is not to take them seriously. Aside from bubonic plague, fleas can also be the carriers of other diseases such as typhus and the Brazilian spotted fever. In pets, fleas can cause Rickettsia felis and tapeworms. In not-so-bad cases, dog fleas may simply irritate your dog’s skin. Many dogs are allergic to the saliva of fleas. If they are, dermatitis occurs. This is the reason why fleas are associated with scratching and flaking of the skin, not to mention redness and inflammation. If your dog suffers from fleas, skin allergy becomes the least of your concerns. Contrary to popular belief, fleas don’t fly. This is the main reason why they stick close to your pet. However, these creatures jump well. They can transfer from one pet to the other by jumping high. If your dog gets close enough to an infected pet, the risks are great that you’ll take your dog home with fleas on its fur. A flea can jump up to eight inches high and 15 inches wide. Just one pair of fleas is enough to infect your dog. Fleas can multiply by reproducing on your dog’s skin. Over time, they can increase in number, causing great discomfort to your pet. Fleas are less than a quarter of an inch long. As such, it is impossible to see them the moment they bury themselves under the fur. They can either be black or brown, depending on the flea variety they belong to. If the hair of your dog matches their color, you won’t be able to spot them at all. The life span of fleas is normally 115 days. However, if the flea can’t find a host, it can die in as fast as two days. They mate after feeding, usually about a day or two after. Female fleas can lay as many as 2,000 eggs in a single outing. This is why dog fleas can be very hard to control. If you don’t eliminate them before laying eggs, your dog will fall prey to them mercilessly. Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On.” Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Animal Health Center @ Weston at (954)385-8389 or visit them online at

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New hybrid buses on the route offer everything a commuter could ask for: free Wi-Fi access, 12-volt power outlets for charging electronic equipment, and hi-back seats for passenger comfort. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new route because commuters have been asking for it,” said Jeremy Mullings, FDOT Project Manager. “Western Broward residents commuting to Miami Civic Center no longer need to battle traffic or spend a fortune to get to work. They can hop on the 595 Express Bus and surf the net, catch up on emails or just relax all the way into the office.” Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with services provided by Broward County Transit (BCT), the 595 Express Bus runs every 30 minutes on weekday mornings and afternoons during peak travel hours. 595 Express Bus fares are $2.35 for a one-way adult fare. There is also a 10-ride pass for $23.50 and a Premium 31-Day Bus Pass for $85.

For details on the service, including route maps and schedules, visit or call BCT Customer Service at 954-357-8400 (TTY: 954-357-8302).

Complimentary parking is available at the park-and-ride at Westgate Square Shopping Center with a 595 Express Bus hangtag, obtained by calling South Florida Commuter Services at 1-800-234-RIDE or by logging on to 595 Express Bus service also includes routes from the BB&T park-and-ride in Sunrise to downtown Miami/Brickell Avenue and downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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Corneal Reshaping By Dr. Jane Therrien



or Ortho-k, is the generic term used to describe the application of contact lenses to correct vision in such a way that the lens reshapes the cornea while sleeping. Orthokeratology allows you to achieve normal vision without needing to wear contact lenses or glasses throughout the day, or requiring eye surgery. The lenses are beneficial to people who work in dusty or dry environments, and experience irritation with normal contact lenses. Ortho-k is also suitable for sufferers of dry eyes and for those who find wearing contact lenses in normal conditions to be uncomfortable. There are many advantages of Orthokeratology: ▸▸ Freedom from glasses and contact lenses throughout most or all waking hours ▸▸ Discomfort normally associated with contact lenses, hard or soft, is minimized or eliminated through overnight use ▸▸ A very safe procedure, with risks comparable to those associated with normal contact lens wear ▸▸ Allows active teens and children to do a variety of activities and sports free from

the discomfort and inconvenience of glasses and contacts ▸▸ Slow s t he prog ression of near-sightedness ▸▸ They are only worn at night which greatly reduces the risk of lenses being lost or damaged ▸▸ It is a non-surgical procedure that does not permanently alter the cornea ▸▸ Unlike laser eye surgery, Ortho-k is available for adolescents and teens ▸▸ Orthokeratology treats both eyes at the same time ▸▸ Treatment can be adapted to ongoing changes in prescription as nearsightedness progresses ▸▸ It is reversible, with vision returning to normal after 72 hours after discontinuing treatment Imagine no glasses, no daytime contact lenses, and no surgery....just great vision all day long. Believe it or not, with Orthokeratology, you can have just that. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Jane 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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with family and friends partaking in various activities. These joyous occasions, however, are often accompanied by stress. Even positive stress can make you feel tired and run down. In order for you to remedy this, you need to take some time for yourself to refresh and give yourself the gift of relaxation. By making the time to rejuvenate, you will have the time, energy, and well-being to accomplish all that is necessary. In fact, you will be able to enjoy the moments even more because you feel less lethargic and drained. One way to relax and increase your energy is with restorative yoga. Restorative yoga helps your body return to balance. Our body and mind is like a computer: it needs time to decompress or it will “crash.” Napping is not the same as resting or relaxing. In states of sleep where there is dreaming there are times when the body has increased muscle tension and other signs of physiological movement. Relaxation is a state in which there is no bodily or mental effort and the brain is quiet. Herbert Benson, MD, coined the phrase “Relaxation Response” to describe the physiological and mental responses that occur when one intentionally relaxes. In the Wellness Book he describes the relaxation response as “a physiological state characterized by a slower heart rate, metabolism, rate of breathing and lower blood pressure and slower brain wave patterns.” Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, the author of Relax and Renew refers to restorative yoga poses as “active relaxation.” With supports of props, we alternately stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance. Some poses have an overall benefit while others target various systems in our body such as respiratory, circulatory or digestive. All create specific physiological responses, which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress-related disease. Chronic stress can be relieved with restorative yoga. By gently and mindfully moving the spine in different directions, such as forward, back and side to side, the mobility of the spine is improved. In some poses the effect of reversing the gravity allowing the heart and head to be below the legs allows the blood and lymph to flow back more easily to the heart, improving heart function and may aid in preventing varicose veins. The poses alternately activate and then relax the internal organs with movement and then gentle compression from the various props. When doing a forward fold the abdomen is squeezed which forces the blood flow out, and alternately with a gentle supported back bend the blood comes back in allowing the exchange of oxygen and waste product to move across the cell membrane. Restorative yoga is a gentle practice of which everyone can benefit. The effects of relaxation may be achieved in as little as ten minutes daily. Many students report feeling as though they have had a massage following restorative yoga, and that they feel calmer. So remember, the holidays are just around the corner. The perfect gift? Relaxation. Fabienne C. Grossman is a 200RYT at Weston Yoga, located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. Fabienne and Rita , both having completed the requirements to be a Relax & Renew® Trainers from Judith Hanson Lasater, will be leading The Recipe for Restoration workshop with live harpist Lisa Kikol on Friday, November 30th from 7-9pm. No yoga experience needed. For more information or class schedule call Weston Yoga at 954-349-6868 or visit:

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It’s your responsibility to know when and how often to get your car checked by a professional mechanic, but there are plenty of things that you, yourself, can do to maintain your used car as well. Keeping your car clean is one of the easiest ways to maintain a used vehicle. Take it one step further and apply dressings on dashboards and trims and use fabric protectants on seats and carpets to shield interior surfaces from harmful UV rays. Without any protection, UV rays can deteriorate the quality of those interior surfaces. In addition to shielding interior fabrics, plastics, or vinyl, cleaning and then applying dressings and protectants will also help rejuvenate worn interior surfaces of a used vehicle. Without knowing how the car was previously cared for, take some time to clean and protect it. Speaking of protection, waxing your used car every three to six months will significantly give your car’s exterior the protection it needs from the sun and other natural elements that cause damage. Not only will your used car have a nice shiny finish (that it could probably use anyway), but the wax applied will protect the car’s surface from dirt, acid rain, and road chemicals. Again, buying a used car is a great alternative to save money on transportation. With regular maintenance from the professionals and a little attention from your end, used cars can be just as resilient as any other vehicle on the road. 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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Area Chamber business networking meeting and reception sponsored by and held at Residence Inn by Marriott. The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Networking meeting on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. It is sponsored by Memorial Healthcare Systems. The location will be announced on the chamber website. The cost is free for members and $15 with RSVP or $20 at the door. RSVP to Jack Miller, Chamber President and CEO, at (954) 389-0600 or The Weston Area Chamber is doing all it can to help businesses survive in this weak economy. It promotes small and large businesses working together to create jobs and grow their bottom line. Chamber members also have the benefit of an unique national advertising campaign between the Weston Area Chamber and America Chamber. Members also have access to new online and offline virtual leads groups. For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® visit The Weston Area Chamber is the only Chamber of Commerce located in Weston and has been a 501C not-for-profit chamber with its office in the same building since 1989. Once again, the South Florida Business Journal has selected the Weston Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Top 25 Chambers of Commerce.” It will be included on the 2012 list appearing in the November issue.

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By Ryan Poh, Rotary Club of Weston

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fundraiser as a bartender, I first heard about Rotary. I was introduced to a woman who was a member of the local Weston Rotary club and she explained to me that it was a great service organization, and an excellent place to network. She invited me to a meeting to see what I thought about the club, and needless to say I was impressed and soon after became a member. I share this anecdote because I, like many people, did not know exactly what Rotary entailed. The ideal of “service above self”, a staple of Rotary thinking, has always been one I have tried to emulate and thus made the decision to join Rotary a no-brainer. Fast forward to the present day, and I am the youngest member of the Rotary Club of Weston and have enjoyed every day of membership. Recently, the Rotary Club created a new division, Young Rotarians of Weston (YROW), to reach out to younger members. The goal of this group is to raise awareness and promote fellowship of Rotary amongst young professionals in Weston. I have the privilege of being a part of this group and am extremely excited to start coordinating

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service projects and promoting fellowship amongst the club as well as in the Weston community. YROW allows me to get closer with the other young professionals in the Rotary Club as well as help to expand the awareness of Rotary to my fellow young professionals who are not a part of Rotary. I believe that networking and meeting new people is vital to everyone’s career, let alone life. So I would hope that my experiences help make others aware of Rotary and I encourage other young professionals to get involved with Rotary. For more information, visit our webpage at The Rotary Club of Weston is recognized as one of Southwest Broward’s leading community service organizations. Weston Rotary meets at Weston Hills Country Club every Thursday morning, year-round, from 7:30 – 8:30am to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a lively meeting program. For further information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at, or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings. Miguel Pina and Raul DeCastro, two Young Rotarians, won the Rotary Umbrella auction which gives them three minutes per meeting to talk about their business for an entire month.

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ing “dirty” or poorly maintained and helps protect painted surfaces from corrosion. Pressure cleaning also helps prevent mold from growing on the outside of the property, which can seep into the inside and create a potential health hazard. What are most stains on the roof and why are they a concern? Living in South Florida, there are many factors that can stain the roof of a property. Most of the time, mold and mildew are the greatest offenders. However, falling foliage and fruits from hardwood trees or palm trees are additional causes. How often is it necessary to pressure clean? With most surfaces, we recommend pressure cleaning at least once a year. However, our thorough system for cleaning roofs allows most customers to wait 15 to 18 months between cleanings.

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Describe the process you use to pressure clean. Every surface is different. We typically begin by moving and protecting anything that could be potentially damaged by the pressure cleaning process, such as light weight objects that could be blown over or outdoor electronics that may need to be covered. We may also need to pre-rinse plants and foliage to prevent any damage from chemical treatments. After we chemically pre-treat the area as needed, we thoroughly pressure clean the area using commercial grade equipment. We use different pressure and tips or nozzles to reduce the force at which the water comes out and prevent damage to the

Do you offer steam pressure cleaning? Yes. This is generally used on paver surfaces to remove deeply rooted stains. Do you seal surfaces? Yes. We use sealant on a variety of surfaces. Some of the common surfaces include driveways, walkways, and patio surfaces comprised of materials such as pavers, travertine, natural stone, and coral. Why is it important to seal? Sealant increases longevity of materials that can be affected by erosion by protecting it from wear and tear. It prevents stains from penetrating the material and permanently damaging your surface, such as motor oil leaking from your car. It also slows down the growth of weeds and brings out the color of the material used for driveways, patios, or walkways. How often do you need to seal? The frequency depends on the traffic and erosion of the area. Some clients get the service done every two years, while others wait four years. What is special about your sealing process? We spray the sealer instead of rolling it. By spraying the product, we are able to apply it more evenly. We always spray two coats of the sealer for proper protection. Do you offer sand packing? Yes. We recommend sand packing for customers with older paver surfaces that, due to erosion, have lost some of the sand in between pavers. We like to sand pack areas right before we seal. This protects the sand packing, as well as the pavers. Are you licensed and insured? Yes, we are properly licensed and carry auto, liability, and workers compensation insurance. In today’s economy, many startup companies do not carry proper insurance, which can potentially be a huge liability for the customer.

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Brimstone Woodfire Grill Offers A Contemporary Take on the Classic Steakhouse Experience By Stacey Bomser


f you love great food, then you will love

Brimstone Woodfire Grill. The restaurant features the highest quality of steaks and the freshest of seafood, while also catering to those looking for lighter and healthier options. Kevin Blair, managing director and co-founder of Brimstone Woodfire Grill, shared his philosophy on delicious dining, as well as a few of his favorite menu items.

What was your goal in opening Brimstone Woodfire Grill? Brimstone’s premise is simple; start with the best ingredients available within the market, prepare them fresh daily with uncompromising standards, and what we end up with is consistently great food that satisfies the most discriminating taste.

What does the menu feature? Our menu is

contemporary American fare and is a mélange of flavors, so you will find something that will please just about anyone in your family or group. Our menu features succulent steaks, woodfire grilled fresh seafood, as well as pizza, sushi and salads.

crab, asparagus and Béarnaise sauce and the woodfire grilled Skirt Steak Chimichurri. Our most popular fish entree is the Chilean Sea Bass with Pesto. It is sautéed and topped with pesto and fried onions, served on garlic and chive mashed potatoes with a Thai chili butter sauce.

What do you recommend for someone who wants a lighter option? With our entrée salads,

gourmet flatbreads and sushi selections, diners looking for a light bite or healthy choice have The Grilled Steak Salad features Brimstone’s signature plenty of options. Some of my Certified Angus Beef grilled to perfection. favorites are the Grilled Steak Salad featuring service we deliver. Our commitment is to give each woodfire grilled steak, sliced and served on guest the individual service they are looking for mixed greens tossed in a blue cheese vinai- and deserve. We know that it is friendly, attentive grette, with tomatoes, dried cranberries, wal- and professional service that will truly help you nuts and fried onions. The Tenderloin Steak understand not only our commitment to what we Sandwich features marinated filet, sautéed do, but also our commitment to you, our guest. mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, bacon and fried onions served on a fresh baked baguette. The Brimstone Roll on our sushi menu is a must-try. It features filet mignon, asparagus, blue cheese and BBQ Béarnaise sauce.

Why did you create a special Light & Healthy lunch menu? In an effort to

What distinguishes Brimstone Woodfire Grill from traditional steakhouses is its extensive menu featuring sushi, salads, and gourmet flatbreads, as well as succulent steak and fresh seafood.

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meet the needs of our busy “on the go” business and shopping crowd, we have prepared a special lunch menu in addition to our regularly offered menu. This menu is referred to as Light & Healthy because several of the dishes are health conscious and are less than 500 calories. They are also designed to be prepared quickly for those who desire a quality lunch, but have limited time.

Why is Brimstone also known for its extensive wine list? We have done an extensive search

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Enjoy the cooler nights with a cocktail on Brimstone’s patio, which also features live music on select evenings.

The holidays are coming, can Brimstone host private functions? Whether you are

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Brimstone Woodfire Grill is conveniently located in the Shops at Pembroke Gardens, on the southeast corner of I-75 and Pines Boulevard. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily from 11:30am. It is open until 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. To learn more about Brimstone, preview its menu, or check our upcoming events, visit www. To make a reservation call (954) 430-BEEF (2333).

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Snapshots from school

Campus Clean-up

Students, parents and corporate partners worked side-by-side to help spruce up Country Isles Elementary School. Brickman Landscape selected the school for its Founder’s Day Activity. The company sent a crew of workers to help with Country Isle’s campus beautification project. Together they planted a vegetable garden, a new butterfly garden, trimmed trees, added new plants, and spread almost 1,000 bags of mulch. The students are now chipping in to pull weeds and pick-up trash to keep their school’s new landscaping looking like new.

Harvest Holiday

Students at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center celebrated Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest in Israel. As is customary, children ate in the sukkah (open air dwelling). Students took turns holding an etrog (similar to a lemon), one of the symbols of the holiday. To celebrate the fall harvest the children also prepared vegetable soup.

Safety First

Max Nunn with Art Teacher Ms. Golding

The Law and Justice Club at Cypress Bay High School sponsored a self-defense workshop at the school. Juan Rodriguez, from Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Training Center in Weston, demonstrated several skills, such as the guillotine choke, then had students practice their newly acquired skills.

Peaceful Demonstration

Students at Indian Trace Elementary School participated in the “Pinwheels for Peace” project in celebration of International Day of Peace. Mrs. Golding, the new art teacher, had students create and decorate pinwheels with personal messages of peace and hope and tolerance. The students then “planted” these pinwheels in the shape of a giant peace sign in the center of the school’s carpool circle for all to see. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers from Coconut Creek as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Today, over four million students around the world participate.

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Making Strides

The Early Childhood Center at Temple Dor Dorim held its annual breast cancer walk. Students raised almost $1000 which will be donated to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."

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Valuable Volunteer

Richard Schwartz was presented the 2012 Voluntary Service Award by the Florida Recreation and Park Association. This annual, state-wide award recognizes individuals whose voluntary contributions of time and efforts have improved the quality and quantity of leisure opportunities through parks, recreation and leisure service programs. Schwartz is current President of the Weston Sports Alliance and is Commissioner of AYSO Region 644. Under his leadership, the league started the AYSO Select Richard Schwartz (center) with FRPA President Leah Hoffman developmental program to train players and Don Decker, Weston to go on to State and National Games. Director of Parks & Recreation. He is also committed to the VIP program which allows emotionally and physically challenged children to play. In addition, Schwartz encourages the soccer community to give back by holding food and clothing drives and supporting charitable organizations.

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The Jewish Federation of Broward County hosted “Heat Up” for members of the Young Leadership Division and Young Families Leadership Division. Nearly 70 people attended the Campaign kick-off event. Weston’s Sammy Schulman was the featured speaker. He spoke about how he balances his role as Campaign Chair for the Federation with his Jewish Federation Campaign Chair Sammy professional position as CFO Schulman with Alyssa Wechter and Adam Davis. of the Miami Heat. Schulman shared what inspires him to support the Jewish Federation, his mission to Odessa, Ukraine, and the importance of being part of the Jewish community as a whole.

Leaders’ Lunch

Claire Jargiello, president of the Weston Friends Club, hosted a luncheon for the club’s executive board and activity chairs, thanking them for their ongoing support. Pictured here are Canasta Chair Mardi Steffen (seated, left), VP Membership Judy Good, and Bridge Chair Judi Yentes, with Ladies Day Out Chair Kathy Littlejohn (standing, left) and VP Programs Jacqueline Stewart.

Dinner Time Farewell Friend

Members of the Weston Friends Club gathered for a farewell luncheon for Janie Mata, who moved back to Arizona. Pictured here are Frances Yesbeck, hostess Ann Lundeen, Mardi Steffen, Georgia Spry and Janie Mata.

The basketball courts were transformed into a café for Dinner Is In at the Weston YMCA Family Center. The annual event highlights the importance of spending time together as a family and showcases the Y’s commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Participants were treated to a delicious dinner and activities for children. | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | November 2012 OCW ALL 1112 A.indd 113

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The Broward Health Weston staff helped unveil a five-foot tall stiletto in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The peacock-inspired shoe was part of a series of custom artworks by local artists. Steven Sylvester, of Fort Lauderdale, designed this mixedmedia creation using ceramics, glass beads, feathers, fabric, paint and more. Broward Health’s Stiletto Strut is an artistic venture that pays tribute to all those affected by breast cancer. Other decorated shoes were on display throughout Broward Health’s other facilities.

The Temple Dor Dorim Sisterhood enjoyed an afternoon aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. More than 80 members rode a doubledecker bus from Weston to Port Everglades for the sisterhood’s Opening Event. They enjoyed an exclusive tour of the incredible ship and a delicious lunch.

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