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Positive Parenting

68 Early Childhood Education...Choosing the Right Foundation

pet of the Month 82 “Chanel”

12 A Time to be Thankful!


Pet Care

Community News

Haute Hair

84 Inflammation and Pain in Pets

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88 A Return To Glamour

16 It’s Time to Get Fit Weston 16 Mayor Challenges Students to Get Fit 18 Harvest Drive Helps Families in Need

Photo of the month Real Estate

30 Weston Market Stats: How Does It Stack Up Nationally?

Legislative Look 32 Democracy In Action

Caring & Sharing

33 Weston Miracle League Starting 7th Baseball Season

Can Do Kids

18 19 Weston Art Guild Presents “Black, White, Shades of Gray and More” 20 Community Garage Sale Benefits Cypress Bay Marching Band 22 JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon Honors Godparents for their Caring Commitment 26 Temple Dor Dorim Congregants Unite In Torah 28 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

34 Brothers Shoot Buckets for Boston 36 Art Student’s Piece on Poverty Earns National Recognition

Health and Wellness 39 74 78 86

Stress Kills If It Ain’t Broke…Make Certain! Coping With a Breakup or Divorce: Self Care Picking The Best Eyewear

Feature Story

44-45 The Magic Of The Nutcracker – A Stunning Full-Length Theatrical Extravaganza!

Ask the expert 48 66 69 76

Mayor’s Message

24 City Residents Have Much To Be Thankful For This Season

Moms: Give Yourself a Gift! Choosing the Right Specialist for ACL Rupture in the Young Athlete Would My Child Benefit from Sedation Dentistry? (Part One) The Unique Ultrasonic Necklift: A 30-minute Option to Deal with The Turkey Neck

89 The World’s Favorite Newspaper™

home Décor 90 Be Shutter Smart

Tee to green

92 Playing Under Pressure

Rotary News

94 Run, Walk or Stroll at Weston Rotary’s Run For Tomorrow

chamber news

96 Weston Area Chamber Networks at Residence Inn by Marriott

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98 Math Tutoring Professionals Specializes in Individualized Tutoring 100 A Thyme 2 Dine Specializes in Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals 102 Breathe Easier With Pure Air Filters from AAA Modern Air Conditioning

snapshots from school 104-106 Class Acts!

seen on scene

108,110 Community Snapshots

School News

50 Ten Cypress Bay Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 51 New AICE Program Adds Variety to High School’s Courses and Curriculums 52 Country Isles Students Set Reading Record 54 Indian Trace Elementary Principal Invites Future Tracers for Storytime 53 Gator Run Fun Run Promotes Friendship, Fitness and Fundraising 54 Indian Trace Elementary Gears Up for Green Day 56 Cypress Bay Basketball Teams Serve Dinner on the Court 58 The Sagemont School Attracts Students From Around the World 61 Weston Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

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fitness forum

62 12 Reasons to Practice Restorative Yoga

Legally Speaking

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64 Homeowners Beware of Foreclosure Rescue and Short Sale Scams 72 The Question of Attorneys’ Fees


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

Weston Art Guild Exhibit – The Weston Art Guild will host a reception from 5:30-7pm at the Weston library. The “Black, White, Shades of Gray and More” exhibit runs through December 28th. It features 60 pieces of original artwork in various mediums. For more information call (954) 384-1822.

WSW Outreach Donation Drive – The Women Supporting Women Ministries’ Outreach will be collecting gently used clothing, shoes and toys for Guardian Ad Litem and to ship to the Bahamas. Donations can be dropped off at the WSW office, 1875 North Corporate Lakes Blvd., from 9am to 5pm. Pick-up is available for large items. For more information call Diane Cacciatore at (954) 270-1926.



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Grateful Hearts Gala – Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church invites the community to this event at Weston Hills Country Club. The evening includes a delicious dinner, open bar and dancing to a live band, as well as a 50/50 cash raffle and silent and live auctions. Funds raised will help to operate the new church building. Tickets are $115 per person and can be purchased after all masses, during parish hours, or online at

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Free Magic Show – Magician Dave Kaplan presents two free magic shows for children at the Weston Community Center. The show, which features card tricks, magic ropes and scarves, is geared toward children in pre-K through 2nd grade. Showtimes are at 1:30pm and 3pm. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www.

Weston Friends Club Cookie Exchange – What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with some homemade sweets? The Weston Friends Club is hosting a cookie exchange with tea and coffee from 2-4pm in a member’s home. For more information about this and other Weston Friends Club events, please call Jacqueline Stewart, VP Programs, at (954) 384-6389.



“My Afternoons with Margueritte” – The Weston Foreign Film Series kicks off with this French film about the chance meeting of the unhappy Germain, who is illiterate, and the gentle Marguerite, who is passionate about reading. 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 www.ArtsCouncilWeston. com or call (954) 389-4321.

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Weston Friends Club Holiday Party – Join the Weston Friends Club for their annual holiday luncheon at The Banyan Restaurant. For more information about this and other Weston Friends Club events, please call Jacqueline Stewart, VP Programs, at (954) 384-6389.

12/7 “Santa’s Holiday Revue” – This fastpaced musical takes a joyous world tour to experience the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays. Children will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season. This show is part of the Professional Theater for Children Series. Showtime is at 10:30am at the 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.

22nd Restorative Yoga Workshop – Allow the soothing sounds of guitarist Mitch Kopp to relax you during this restorative yoga class taught by Relax & Renew® Yoga instructor Fabienne Grossman. Bolsters, blankets and eye pillows will assist the body and mind to release stress and obtain balance. The workshop is from 4-6pm at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. To register call (954) 349-6868 or visit “The Croods” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. This prehistoric adventure follows the Crood family as they embark on the journey of a lifetime. The free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 7:30pm.



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Tree Lighting – Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand as city leaders help light the majestic Christmas Tree at Weston Town Center starting around 5pm. 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 for ARC Broward, which provides services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities.

12/ 1 Menorah Lighting Party – Join the Chabad of Weston as it lights its giant 17-foot menorah at Weston Town Center. In addition to reciting the traditional prayers, guests will also enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment, kid-friendly activities and delicious Chanukah treats. The festivities begin around 5:30pm.

12/8 Jazz Concert – The Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) presents Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon honoring Rochelle and Paul Koenig. As a former President of the WPS and Arts Council, Rochelle was instrumental in promoting music and arts programs in Weston. The event will feature a catered reception at 2:30pm, followed by a concert by the Don Wilner Jazz Trio at 3:30pm. Tickets are $25 for WPS members and $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased at the Community Bank of Broward, 1504 Weston Road. For more information call (954) 849-8374.

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unday, D ecember 8th is a day of health and wellness in Weston. The morning begins bright and early with the Rotary Club of Weston’s 16th annual Run For Tomorrow followed by the Get Fit Festival. You can make a difference today participating in the Run For Tomorrow. The

The Rotary Club of Weston’s Run For Tomorrow includes a 5K and half-marathon, followed by the 1-Mile Family Health Walk.

5K and half marathon race event is the Rotary Club’s primary annual charity fundraiser. Last year’s Run For Tomorrow netted approximately $40,000 for worthy Weston Rotary Club charities and service projects, and Run Chairman Julian

Gazzano says they are hoping to net more than $50,000 this year. Proceeds help fund projects such as Rotary International’s fight to end Polio and help support local causes including Harvest Drive, LifeNet4Families, Sandy Nittinger Veterans Home, Children’s Harbor, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, and many others. Proceeds also help fund YMCA Y-Fit afterschool physical activity programs in Weston schools. The Rotary Club has pledged $3000 in prizes to the top three schools in this year’s Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge. This is a program to encourage Weston children and families to take the first step toward getting healthy by walking in the 1-Mile Family Health Walk, which follows the 5K. Last year approximately 2,000 participants ran in the Rotary Run For Tomorrow 5K and half marathon. An additional 1,000 elementary school students took part in the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge. Gazzano says the Rotary is hoping for an even bigger turn-out this year. Even if you don’t walk or run, the entire Weston community is invited to attend the Get Fit Festival at Weston Town Center following the race, from 9am to 2pm. It features health and wellness vendors showcasing everything from health foods and supplements to exercise equipment and health services. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, as well as workout demonstrations. Local healthcare providers will provide health tests and screenings. The Rotary Club of Weston’s Run For Tomorrow takes place at Weston Town Center on Sunday, December 8th. Registration opens at 5am, with the 5K and half marathon races starting at 6:20am. The 1-Mile Family Health Walk begins at 9am. Baptist Health South Florida is the Title Sponsor. DynaServe, Inc. is the Presenting Sponsor. The City of Weston and Weston Town Center partner in this event. To register for the Rotary Run For Tomorrow or to learn more about the Get Fit Festival, go to

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he competition is heating up between Weston ’ s elementary

schools. At stake – bragging rights and a $1,500 cash prize to the school that wins the fourth 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 8th. Imagine Charter School at Weston is hoping to retain its title. With back-toback wins, Imagine Charter is hoping for a three-peat this year, but the other Weston schools are determined to dethrone them. Over 950 students at Everglades Elementary School participated in the Rotary YFit class to officially kick-off the Mayor’s Challenge. Mayor Daniel Stermer has challenged students, families and faculty from every elementary school in Weston to join him in taking the first step toward a lifetime of physical fitness. “It is essential for children to form healthy eating and exercise habits early in life. It is a proven fact that children will perform better mentally as well as physically. As a father of three children and Mayor of a community with over 20,000 under the age of Imagine Charter School at Weston students celebrate winning last year’s Mayor’s Challenge Cup.


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18, I am honored to host the Mayor’s Challenge Cup and walk with our youth and their families in this annual health walk.” Mayor Stermer is excited to announce new changes to the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. For the first time, the top three schools will receive cash prizes. The first place school wins Mayor Stermer and his wife encourage all Weston elementary school students and their families to the Challenge Cup join them in the 1-Mile Family Health Walk. trophy and $1,500, the second place school receives $1,000, and the third place school wins $500. Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup registration forms are available at all Weston elementary schools and on the City website homepage at Student registration is $15 and family members are $20; that fee includes a t-shirt, numbered race bib, breakfast and free glow-in-the-dark bracelet. Family members who do not register may walk with their child but will not receive the race package. The City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston are proud partners in the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. The 1-mile Family Health Walk takes place at 9am on Sunday, December 8th at Weston Town Center. It is part of the 16th annual Rotary Run For Tomorrow. For more information, visit or www.


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Harvest Drive Helps Families in Need By Stacey Bomser

who 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 a record 12 distribution sites up and running, in addition to coordinating donations from about 200 participating schools However, the ultimate success of Harvest Drive across Broward County. rests on the generosity of the community. “This Western High School remains Harvest started as a grass roots effort to feed the hungry and Drive’s flagship distribution site, serving over in many ways we still are grass roots,” states Renee. 300 families. Cypress Bay High School will “In order to provide for all of these families in need we serve another 150 families. Last year was the need people to donate.” Harvest Drive volunteers sort and pack more than 4,000 grocery first time Cypress Bay served as a Harvest You can help Harvest Drive by donating non-perbags in preparation for the Harvest Drive at Western High School. Drive distribution site. With donations from ishable items such as canned cranberries and sweet Cypress Bay High School and Falcon Cove Middle potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, as well as everyday magine Thanksgiving dinner without a School students, it was grocery items such as roasted turkey and mashed potatoes? Sadly, that’s able to serve 52 Weston canned tuna, peanut buta reality for thousands of families throughout families in need. The ter, cereal, and macaroni Broward County, including right here in Weston, who students have promised and cheese. No jars don’t have the money to prepare the traditional feast. to help even more families please. Grocery gift cards For the 21st year, Harvest Drive donations will put this year. and monetary donations “Cypress Bay adopted are always welcome to a sister school in East Fort purchase perishable Lauderdale and will serve items. Harvest Drive also an additional 75 families,” distributes hygiene items states Renee. “These including toothpaste, students are incredible toothbrushes, shampoo, workers and incredibly dish soap and laundry generous. So many famidetergent. lies would have gone withIn addition, Harvest out this holiday if Cypress Drive collects gently used Bay hadn’t stepped up to clothing for children School Board Chair Laurie Rich Levinson and Charles and Mercedes Kane help Cypress adopt this other school.” and adults, toys, and Bay students collect for Harvest Drive. Renee says acts of children’s books, which Harvest Drive Founder Renee kindness like this are what inspire her to keep going, it distributes to recipient families. Renee says there Herman with Jodi Samson at last year’s Community Fun Day because so often she hears truly heartbreaking stois a dire need for toys and books. “For many families, at Weston Town Center. ries of families struggling on a daily basis to put food this is where they are getting their children’s holiday on the table for their children. That is why Harvest presents. So that toy in the back of the closet that Drive is now more than just a holiday food drive. It your kid never uses, would really be appreciated by food on the table for 2,000 families in our community. helps families in need throughout the year. another child.” That is an incredible feat, considering just a few “People need our help even after Harvest Drive is Weston residents can drop off donations at years ago it was serving only a few hundred famidone,” explains Renee. “Three years ago we started Western High School on Friday, November 22nd lies. The program started at Weston’s Country Isles a food pantry at our flagship site at Western High from 3-9pm. Stop by to watch the spectacle as the Elementary School as a simple food drive with chilSchool. It is stocked with soups and pasta and other gym transforms into a grocery warehouse and the dren donating cans of food for the holidays. staple items. The food is there to make sure students auditorium into a mini department store with clothOver the years the program has expanded into don’t go hungry after the holidays are over. We also ing, toys, books and other household items. On a year-round endeavor. But, it’s still run by the same hold a Spring Harvest Drive to provide families with Monday, November 25th, from sunup to sundown, three moms who started the Harvest Drive way back grocery staples over the summer when children are volunteers and students will be sorting items and when – Renee Herman, Kim O’Neill, and Patti Bradley not in school so they are not receiving a free breakpacking grocery bags. This includes members of – with help from Susan Gross and Amy Freund. But, fast and lunch.” the Florida Panthers hockey team who have adopted just as it was on day one, it is still children at the helm Harvest Drive does more than just service students Harvest Drive as a community service project. If you of all collections. and their families, it serves the entire community. have time to spare, stop by and lend a helping hand. “Our mission has always been to teach children at According to Renee, they try to help everyone in need Finally, on Tuesday, November 26th, the families a young age that their contributions can make a difby sharing some of their donations with the EASE will arrive to pick up their packages to prepare their ference in the lives of others,” explains Harvest Drive Foundation in Davie, the Susan B. Anthony Recovery holiday meals. Inc. Founder Renee Herman. Center and area churches to help fill their food banks. She says she is continually amazed how students Neighbors helping neighbors is what Harvest embrace this project year after year, helping collect, Drive is all about. It gets a great deal of support from sort and distribute the tens of thousands of grocery For more information on how you can help support Harvest Drive, local businesses and organizations, specifically items donated to needy families each holiday season. call (954) 444-5548 or visit Monetary the Rotary Club of Weston, Ultimate Software, Top “These children are so inspiring. They truly want to donations can be mailed to: Harvest Drive, Inc., 5190 NW 165 Street, Drawer Media Solutions, Jim Moran Foundation and help and do whatever is within their means to make Miami, FL, 33014. Harvest Drive is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Children’s Services Council. Harvest Drive happen each year. They are the ones It assures that 100% of donations go directly to families in need.



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Weston Art Guild Presents “Black, White, Shades of Gray and More” By Stacey Bomser


he Weston Art G uild is pleased to present an encore of its “Black, White and Shades of Gray” exhibit. The show runs through the end of December at the Weston Branch Library. The original show was held at the Sunrise Civic Center Gallery over the summer. “It was so well received and impressive that we are bringing it to Weston,” states Art Guild President Joyce Albrecht, noting that it is very exciting for the artists to be able to display their work in their own community. The Weston library exhibit will feature about 20 additional pieces which include pops of color; hence the exhibit’s new name, “Black, White, Shades of Gray and More.” Albrecht says as an artist, creating a piece of work without the use of color was a challenge. One that she and the 22 other local artists who participated in the “Black, White and Shade of Gray” exhibit were successfully able to meet. That exhibit was juried and eight awards were presented. Professional artist and art instructor John Sanchez, MFA, judged the exhibit. He says there were so many quality works that his job was extremely difficult. “Alas, the winners proved to provide both the techniBeyond by Vanessa Vejar cal and emotional pull. Ron Pettit’s moody

winter scene had me in a nostalgic state. I just loved the strong contrast of the trees with the street lights in the background. Carol Thaw’s Play Catch had just the right mix of emotion and technique. The boy’s eyes tell such a story! Judy Nunno’s Chinese Laundry shows such exquisite draftsmanship. It was a joy to look at all the works on display.” All of the pieces on display at the Weston library will be identified with the artists’ information. The winning pieces will also be recognized. Patrons will enjoy 60 The Four Elements by Lifrancis Rojas pieces of original artwork in various mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, stained glass, photography and textile. The Weston Art Guild presents “Black, White, Shades of Gray and More” at the Weston Branch Library. The free exhibit runs through December 28th. The artists will host a reception on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:30-7pm. The Weston Art Guild is open to artists in all mediums in the greater Weston area. For more information call (954) 384-1822. To view art work from other exhibits visit www.westonartguild.

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Community Garage Sale Benefits Cypress Bay Marching Band By Stacey Bomser


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treasure. There will be plenty of treasure to be found at the community garage sale on Saturday, November 9th. It benefits the Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard. This is the third year the Cypress Bay Band Parent Association has hosted this event and it has grown into one of the largest garage sales in the community. Fifty or more vendors are expected to attend.

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“There is always a great variety of merchandise at the garage sale, from gently used Louis Vuitton purses to canoes,” says Fundraising Chairperson Anita Freitag. The event is popular with Weston residents who are restricted from holding personal garage sales because of homeowners’ association rules. For only $30, residents can rent a covered booth space to sell unwanted items and make extra cash. Several retail stores also have booths at the garage sale. In addition to the numerous Weston The Cypress Bay High School Sound of Thunder Marching residents and local vendors participating, Band performing at the Falcon Sound Invitational. the band will have its own booth selling Travelsted, the Sound of Thunder has won top honors donated items with 100% of all proceeds benefitting in local, state and national competitions. The band the band. recently competed in the Falcon Sound Invitational The band uses the funds raised to supplement Marching Band competition against bands from school funding which has been limited in recent Dade and Broward Counties. The Sound of Thunder years. The money will help fund the marching band’s received Superiors in Class 4A and the percussion participation in competitions, purchase equipment section won first place. and uniforms, and pay for instructional fees. The Sound of Thunder is one of Broward County’s The Weston community is encouraged to support the Cypress Bay larger bands with 150 talented students making up Sound of Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard by shopping at its the Marching Band and Color Guard. They perform garage sale on Saturday, November 9th from 8am to 1pm at Cypress at all Lightning home football games. Bay High School. Booth space is still available. For more information, Under the direction of Band Director Brian contact Anita Freitag at (954) 349-3702.

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JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon Honors Godparents for their Caring Commitment By Stacey Bomser


hildren Light U p O ur Lives was the theme of the 11th annual

Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon to benefit JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options). This year’s event honored the caring group of women who have committed themselves financially and emotionally by becoming JAFCO Godparents, spiritually adopting the JAFCO children. “The JAFCO Godparent Circle is a vital part of our financial ability to care for the children living at the JAFCO Jewish Children’s Village,” states Sarah Franco, Executive Director of JAFCO. “To have ten new Godparents step forward at the luncheon was overwhelming. We are so grateful.”

Grossman whose husband surprised her by making her a Godparent. The luncheon also included a tribute to Michelle Goldstein. She had been actively involved with JAFCO before her life was tragically cut short by the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Her mother, Ingrid Jaffe, created the luncheon 11 years ago to celebrate her daughter and her love of children. “It means a lot to me that Spirit of Life Luncheon Chairs Jennifer Alman and Lyssa Flayman. JAFCO honors Michelle’s memory every year with this luncheon,” says Jaffe. “To know that her spirit is watching over the children in the Michelle Goldstein Group Home at JAFCO Children’s Village and in the infant nursery in the Emergency Shelter makes me feel like she’s still a part of us.” The luncheon was chaired by Jennifer Alman, president of the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO, and Lyssa Flayman. In addition to the lunch program,

Weston JAFCO Godparents Charlotte Gershaw, Mara Gober, Doris Berkell, Elsa Zober, Helene Weicholz, Gilda Howell, Janet Fabricant, Sharon Wender, Sharon Gilbert, Haley Walker, Fran Krathen, Eris Sandler, Lanee Friedel, Sharon Gilbert, Bruce and Joanne Silk, Lisa Messing, Vicki Freed, Michelle Ramer, Rochelle Umschweis, Linda Trumpkin, Ingrid Jaffe, Louise Allen and Ann Sullivan were honored at the Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon.

The JAFCO Godparent Circle is an elite group of donors who spiritually commit to adopt all of the JAFCO children with a ten year financial commitment. Their generosity helps JAFCO provide food, shelter, clothing, education and therapy. At the luncheon, the 50-plus Godparents in the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO were recognized. Those in attendance were presented with a single white rose. It represents innocence and purity, symbolizing the JAFCO children they are helping with their financial support. Two of the Godparents, Rochelle Umschweis and Michelle Ramer, were invited to speak. Rochelle, a former teacher who volunteered as a tutor at JAFCO, shared how she was so moved by the children in the emergency shelter that she decided to become a Godparent at the Spirit of Life Luncheon two years ago. She said becoming a JAFCO Godparent made her feel like a Fairy Godmother. Michelle Ramer says she become a JAFCO Godparent for her children. She has tried to teach her children values and show them that not all kids are as fortunate as they are. Michelle learned of JAFCO through her affiliation with the Jewish Federation. Years ago, she asked her children to donate one of their Chanukah presents to a JAFCO child. That has become a family tradition, Helene Weicholz and Mara Gober pin new with the Ramers now also Godparents Marjorie Ruldoff and Kerri Olinik. buying gifts for the JAFCO children. Last year, Michelle became a JAFCO Godparent for her birthday. Perhaps moved by these touching stories or watching the emotional video, Letters to G-d, about a young girl who found her forever family through JAFCO, ten women made the pledge to become JAFCO Godparents and were pinned at the luncheon. This includes Weston/West Broward Chapter Vice President Debbie


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Godparent Circle Chair Helene Weicholz, Tracey Dikes, Joy Devack, Mara Gober, Alan Grossman, Chloe Grossman, Weston Chapter Vice President Debbie Grossman, Joann Silk and Bruce Silk.

the event featured a vendor boutique and silent auction. More than $40,000 was raised to support the JAFCO Children’s Village. Guests also learned about the new JAFCO Respite and Family Resource Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities scheduled to open in early 2014. “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 be the media sponsor of JAFCO’s Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. For more information on JAFCO or to learn how you can get involved, visit

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mazingly, a year has passed since I took the Oath of Office as Mayor of this great city and I wish to thank you for your support and confidence. I would also like to thank my fellow Commissioners, City Manager John Flint, our staff, and our contract partners for their hard work and dedication. It has been a constructive year, including the passage of our fiscal year 2014 budget with no increase in the City millage rate while maintaining the same high quality services, and through a new agreement, a substantial reduction in garbage service rates. There have been many accomplishments in the last 12 months, including: the repaving of both Royal Palm Boulevard and Weston Road; the start of construction on a roundabout at Saddle Club Road and Lakeview Drive; a traffic signal installed at Weston Road and Meridian Parkway; a new automated recycling cart program; a citywide water meter replacement project; community health initiatives including a smoke detector battery replacement program and CPR Safe Community initiative; receipt of the Bicycle Friendly Community designation; improvements in infrastructure and landscaping to numerous parks; having the lowest crime rate in Broward County; and completion of the design of an Emergency Operations Center. As we come to the end of 2013, and look ahead to 2014, we are moving full steam ahead and looking forward to many great events. Our Performing Arts programming began in October and will run through April. It includes free monthly Moonlight Movies in the Park, free performing arts for children at the Weston Community Center, Symphony of the Americas concerts both ticketed and free, a free outdoor rock concert in April, professional theater for children, and a Foreign Film Series – details of which can all be found on our City website at www. In November, over 150 public and private schools will participate in the Annual Harvest Drive that was initiated over 20 years ago by several local volunteers at Country Isles Elementary. Today, the Harvest Drive provides a complete Thanksgiving meal and a week’s worth of grocery staples and personal necessities to 2,000 families in need in Broward County. Please do whatever you can do to help children help other children. On Sunday, December 8th, I look forward to seeing thousands of participating Weston elementary students at the annual Rotary Run 1-Mile Family Health Walk to garner school bragging rights (and a great cash prize and trophy) for winning the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. It has been an honor for the City to partner with the Rotary Club of Weston on this event which promotes early healthy eating and exercise habits among our youth. Registration forms are available in all elementary schools and on the City’s website homepage. Let’s all Get Fit together. The last major topic I want to touch on is the end of the mandatory cable television service agreement for members of the Town Foundation. This requirement will cease on December 31, 2013. After this date, residents will not be required to maintain cable television service with Advanced Cable. If you reside within a Homeowners Association, your board has the ability to enter into a contract with a cable company on behalf of the entire HOA, so you are encouraged to be involved and aware of what your HOA is doing on your behalf. Lastly, I, on behalf of the entire City Commission and staff, wish you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.

Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at or 954-385-2000.

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4. How has TAG USA’s unique programs changed gymnastics in the area? Other gyms have tried to copy our success, but TAG USA invests in quality coaches and has a one-of-a-kind facility. Our unique ideas have included presenting every athlete with a medal at the end of their class session, having free newborn and mommy classes, which are open to the community, and having the lowest prices for classes and teams. TAG USA has always been a USAG gym and we are happy to see other gyms change to a USAG program. Besides having the best facility, we are different because we actually train our coaches properly, use lesson plans to evaluate skills, and have managers that monitor every class.   

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Temple Dor Dorim Congregants Unite In Torah By Stacey Bomser


ccording to the J ewish faith , it is a mitzvot (commandment)

to write a Torah (Holy Scripture). Tradition tells that if you write even a single letter in a Torah, or cause it to be written through your support, then you have completed an entire Torah. The congregation of Temple Dor Dorim has united to allow each and every member to participate in this mitzvah. The synagogue commissioned a new Torah, but what is unique about this scroll is that it is not complete. The scripture is purposely missing letters. Through its Torah Project, temple members have the chance to participate in the mitzvah of writing in the Torah, which is considered to be one of the most meaningful religious experiences next to a wedding, Bar Rabbi Lipson and his family, Shoshi Lipson, Todd Cohen, Zana Cohen, and Ilana Cohen, or Bat Mitzvah, baby naming with Torah Scribe Rabbi Salazar (right). or bris. Torah Project Vice-Chair Jacqueline Gillman says this is an incredible opportunity. “Everyone will have the chance to put their hand to the quill and, with the Torah Scribe (the rabbi who writes the Torah), actually fill in a letter on the Torah parchment.” Rabbi Norman Lipson and his family were given the privilege of being the first congregants to write in the Torah during the project’s Opening Ceremony. Gillman says it was standing room only in the sanctuary for that event. “We had six generational speakers, from our temple youth to seniors, each sharing

what the Torah or Temple Dor Dorim meant to them. Our religious school students sang and performed. It was a beautiful affair.” As each family is called to the Torah, the Scribe explains the significance of the letter they are writing, what passage and book it is from, and their dedication. Gillman says it was particularly touching to watch as families gathered together to share this special mitzvah, especially because Dor Dorim translates as Throughout the Generations. “We had a lot of multi-generational signings, one family in particular had four generations sign together.” Throughout the year, the temple will be hosting signing days. Gillman says the response to this unique fundraiser has been Four generations of the Ennis family so overwhelming that they share in writing in the Torah. actually added the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day to the schedule because many families wanted to participate when children were home from college or extended families were together. The project will culminate on Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the beginning of a new cycle of Torah readings. To learn more about Temple Dor Dorim’s Torah signing project and the various dedication opportunities, visit and click on “Torah Project” or call (954) 389-1232.

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trends of our local Weston real estate market to our national market. Our economy is slowly improving. There is a continued upswing of Florida’s housing market; and according to the National Association of Realtors®, our limited inventory has continued to push up home prices. Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 20,933 in August, up 12.5% compared to the year-ago figure…Meanwhile, pending sales – contracts signed but not yet completed or closed – for existing single-family homes rose 17.2% over the previous August. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $175,000, up 18.6% from the previous year.

How does Weston stack up with regards to median-priced single-family homes? ▸▸ The median priced home was $504,000, up 6.1% over the same month last year – median prices are over twice the statewide statistics. Weston’s average price per square foot (single-family) is around $200. ▸▸ Florida Realtors’ Chief Economist, Dr. John Tuccillo stated: “Single-familyhome inventory is now at 5.1 months for August 2013 . . . Combined with a relative decline in cash sales, this suggests that the pressure on inventories that has plagued the Florida market may be easing.”

How does Weston stack up with regards to inventory? ▸▸ According to Facts & Trends ™ -- Weston is experiencing 2.9 months of inventory – lower than the statewide statistics – a 32% increase over the previous months’ statistics (2.2 months). Same time last year also reflects 2.9 months of inventory. ▸▸ According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.46% in August 2013, up from the 3.60% average recorded during the same month a year earlier. A mortgage colleague stated that there will be a tightening for qualifying for a mortgage in 2014. This could create a slow-down in our marketplace as cash sales decrease.

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phrase that “children are our future”, I am pleased to share my second year initiative with you. I want to encourage high school students to become involved in their State’s government. I believe that it is extremely important for students to learn the complex path of how ideas become bills and hopefully laws. All Broward County High School students are invited to write their own law. If your child attends Cypress Bay High School, or another school, and is interested in submitting a bill idea, please have them speak to their Social Studies teacher regarding this contest. The deadline for bill submissions is Friday, November 15th. Each participating school will select one winner. I, along with staff from the School Board, will review the winning entries. We will narrow the bill ideas to approximately five finalists who will present their bill to our committee. This mimics the process that I, and my fellow Representatives, must go through in Tallahassee. Not all bills are heard in Committees. One bill will be selected for me to carry to Tallahassee along with the support of our Senate sponsor, Senator Jeremy Ring. This is a special opportunity for students to connect with their government and to write laws that are

important to them. Special interest groups draft bills for legislators to pass into laws and this is an opportunity for students to do the same. Students are encouraged to think of ideas and to review what bills can do. They are not always about making something illegal. Bills can offer a tax incentive, appropriate money for a project, make something legal that is currently illegal, and of course, make something illegal. Students will learn that bills that are revenue neutral have the best chance of passing. Last year, I received some wonderful ideas from our high school students. The bill that won last year almost passed and I will submit that bill again this year. It requires that at least one School Board meeting per quarter year be held after school hours. This transparency accommodation will allow teachers and students to attend meetings that directly relate to them. Great idea! I am looking forward to reviewing this year’s submissions and it will truly be my pleasure to promote an idea from our youth. I am confident we are creating great leaders for our future. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at or by calling his legislative office at (954) 217-0287.

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Weston Miracle League players and “buddies” with Major League Baseball’s Placido Polanco (in black).

Each game is rewarding for both players and buddies. Players get the satisfaction of having friends cheer them on and boost their self-esteem. And, while the buddies may be earning service hours, they are also gaining the pride and special feeling that comes from knowing they made a difference in someone’s life. A.J. points out that many alumni buddies, including his three older brothers, return during college breaks to volunteer at Weston Miracle League games. The Weston Miracle League baseball season starts on November 17th and runs through January 26th. With the exception of December 29th, games are played every Sunday from 4-5pm at Rose G. Price Park, located at 901 NW 208th Avenue in Pembroke Pines. To register a player or to volunteer to be a buddy, visit www. or call (954) 667-7174.

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team, are putting a purpose to their passion. They created Buckets for Boston to raise funds for the victims and their families affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. The boys are collecting pledges for every 3-point shot they make this basketball season, which runs through March. Ross made 45 3-point shots last season; Max did not play last year because of a shoulder injury. They are hoping to raise $5000. “After lots of research, we decided to donate the money to One Fund Boston because we know that the families get 100% of monies raised,” states Max, who plays Shooting Guard. Ross, who plays Point Guard, says they are hoping to make a difference in many lives. “My brother Max and I realize how fortunate we are to be able to help those in need.” They have the support of their coach and teammates, who are helping spread the word about Buckets for Boston via social media and word of mouth. In addition, the Lightning coaching staff will be keeping an official record of the boys’ 3-point shots as sanctioned by the Florida High School Basketball Association. Racking up the 3-pointers will also help boost the boys’ stats. Ross plans to play college basketball and

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fierce battle, Snow Flakes glisten and real snow falls on stage. It’s breathtaking! Angels fill the stage with glory and Clara’s very best friends return as Princesses from exotic lands to dance with her. Mother Ginger, in her enormous dress cannot find her Bon Bons, Candy Canes delight the audience with their antics, and the beautiful Dewdrop and her Flowers delicately waltz to the perfect strains of Tchaikovsky’s famous music score. 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 reason why the International Ballet Company’s performance of The Nutcracker is voted one of the best productions each year is because exciting twists to the tale are added; there is always something new and different to entertain the 7,000 people who attend the five shows each year.

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


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New AICE Program Adds Variety to High School’s Courses and Curriculums By Brittany Zeidel, Student Writer


he Advanced I nternational Certificate of Education (AICE) program was introduced to Cypress Bay High School from Cambridge University for the 20132014 school year. The Bay’s AICE coordinator, Adrienne Maisel, said AICE is an international program that gives students the ability to earn college credit. “AICE is the world’s largest provider of international education,” Mrs. Maisel said. “Its curriculum is very flexible and it runs different stages of courses to be adapted to meet varied needs.” Mrs. Maisel said the AICE curriculum focuses Cypress Bay juniors Morgan Martin and Adrianna Cole utilize the group-work aspect of AICE while working on an assignment. on innovation and creativity to solve problems and apply skills, knowledge and understanding the AICE is like an excellent pre-AP course.” to approach new learning. “It promotes understandMrs. Kirschner said both courses are excellent ing in the ever-changing global topics. They definitely for upper level students to take. “I think the AICE emphasize the higher-order thinking skills and writprogram really prepares students, but I think that if ing skills, problems solving and team work, so it’s all they’re planning to go to AP, the best thing for them the things you need to get ready for what a college to guarantee a 5 or 4 on the AP [exam] is to take the course entails.” AICE, I think they’ll do well.” The Bay’s Department Chair for World Languages, Mrs. Maisel said the biggest benefit of the AICE Marguerite Kirschner, said she feels the AICE proprogram is that a student may qualify for the highest gram is not as intense as the Advanced Placement Bright Futures scholarship if he/she passes six credits (AP) curriculum. “From what I’ve seen of it, we’ve worth of AICE exams in a 25 month period which gone to different schools and I’ve looked at both world earns the student an AICE diploma. language [AICE and AP] exams and the curriculum, “A student does not need to have the grades or

[standardized] test scores, if you pass the exams then you get the highest Bright Futures and the AICE diploma,” Mrs. Maisel said. One of the Bay’s guidance counselors, Carlos Fortun, said colleges view an AICE course to be equally as rigorous as an AP course. “The AICE program comes from Cambridge [University] in England, so my understanding is that all the colleges recognize the credit here. Out of the country, the AP program isn’t always recognized because it’s through the College Board, but the AICE is recognized more internationally.” Mr. Fortun said the addition of the AICE program gives the Bay a little more variety. “Some of the kids like the nature of the group work involved in it and not to do as much reading and dissecting as one would do in the AP.” Mrs. Maisel said choosing to take an AICE or AP course is an independent decision that is personal to each student. “We have to look at the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and the classes they’re interested in because each program is two different approaches. The classes are different in the way they’re designed.” Brittany Zeidel is a senior at Cypress Bay High School and is the managing editor for the online newspaper publication,



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Country Isles Students Set Reading Record By Stacey Bomser


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ent-link phone call every few weeks reminding students to keep reading and logging their minutes. Elementary School. It was named the top pubSchool Reading Resource Specialist Barbara lic elementary school in Broward County in the McDermott says she was thrilled with the results. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Students logged “Research shows that children experience reading loss more than 150,000 minutes of reading this past summer. when they do not engage in reading activities during the At the end of last school year, students signed a summer months. Participation in our summer reading Summer Reading Pledge to “Read for the World Record.” program increased by over 150 students with CampStudents around the world pledged to read a specific Read-A-Lot and that equates to stronger readers.” number of books and record their minutes on the Those students who participated in Camp-Read-AScholastic website. The Country Isles students helped set Lot were rewarded with a certificate of achievement and a new Reading World Record. In total, students from 4,200 treated to a carnival party. schools logged a record 176,438,473 minutes of reading. As recIn combination Fifth graders Gabby Skolnick and Katherine ognition for with the Scholastic Sanford cool off with a freeze pop at the Camp-Read-A-Lot carnival. the students’ pledge, Principal accomplishment in the Scholastic Mindy Morgan challenged Country Isles Summer Reading Challenge, students to join the school’s Camp-Read-ABroward County Schools new Chief Lot. Every child received a summer reading Academic Officer Jose Dotres visited journal which included reading activity calendars. Students were asked to read and Country Isles Elementary. He read the book Otis by Loren Long to kindergarcomplete small assignments in the journal teners. His visit was part of the Read throughout the summer. for the Record Initiative in which milThe school’s administration supported lions of people joined in the world’s both of these reading programs. Over the largest shared reading experience. summer, Principal Morgan sent out a parFourth graders Caleb Olinick and Jack McDonald show off their summer reading journals.


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Gator Run Fun Run Promotes Friendship, Fitness and Fundraising By Stacey Bomser


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Run Elementary School students knew they were one step closer to getting new computers and technology for their school. This was the first year the school participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run. Gator Run earned about $40,000 from the fundraiser. “Over the years we have tried selling wrapping paper and ‘stuff,’ and direct donations, but this year we wanted to try something new. Boosterthon brings a new and exciting outlook to Left: Principal Peters and Assistant Principal Felton with first graders at the Fun Run. fundraising for schools,” explains Gator Run PTA Center: Gator Run third graders are ready to start the Fun Run. Right: Gator Run collected pledges from all across the country and around the world. President Tracey Horwitz. “The energy from the tives. Horwitz says the teachers were incredibly supportBoosterthon Team is extremely contagious and fun. The students had a blast learning about friendship, team building and fitness.” ive as well and set up goals for their classes. For instance, if the class reached $10 per lap the class would get crazy In addition to promoting character and leadership, the fundraising program sock day, for $20 per lap the class would get pajama day, also promotes fitness. The entire school participates in the Fun Run. Students ran, for $30 per lap the class would get a free homework pass. skipped, marched, danced or walked around Gator Run Park. The administration also offered incentives to the The school makes money from pledges for each lap the students complete. students. Principal Peters and Assistant Principal Felton Horwitz believes the fundraiser was so successful because of the rewarding hosted an ice cream sundae party with the Top 10 stuincentive program with prizes at different pledge levels. dents after the fifth day of pledges. “As a PTA, we loved that for every $7 per lap the student collects, they get a Adding to the excitement, the PTA tracked where all the pledges were comHigh Five Lunch Box and Boosterthon provides five meals to struggling families ing from. Horwitz says they tried their hardest to get a pledge from all 50 states, in our community through Feeding America. It’s part of their Give Back Program,” and missed by only five states, but they received pledges from over 20 counexplains Horwitz. “We are extremely proud that our Gator Run families are giving tries. “Gator Run is so lucky to be such a melting pot of families. We are rich with back 445 meals to our community.” diversity.” In addition to the Boosterthon incentives, Gator Run PTA offered its own incen-

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Indian Trace Elementary Principal Invites Future Tracers for Storytime By Stacey Bomser


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was held in the media center during Book Elementary School Fair week. This was prides itself on an opportunity to not being a family. So, it only showcase the was only fitting that school but also prothe new principal, mote a love of reading. Amy Winder, invite Principal Winder students’ younger welcomed the room siblings, and neighfull of preschoolers, borhood preschoolers, some still in diapers. to a special storytime The former readjust for Future Tracers. ing coach actively Principal Winder engaged the chilsays the idea came dren in the stories. up during a brainFor instance, while storming session reading Pete the Cat with the PTA at the Left: Principal Winder acts out the story as she reads to preschool students. Right: Principal Winder with the Future Tracers. and His Four Groovy beginning of the Buttons the children school year. “We want repeated Pete’s song people to know that along with Principal Winder and practiced their math skills by subtracting each family is always welcome at Indian Trace. What better way to ease the transition time he lost a button. At the end of Count the Monkeys, the children and Principal for these little ones than to have them come for storytime. I want these children to Winder counted over 30 monkeys before they lost track of how many monkeys feel comfortable at school. This is going to be their home soon.” were on the page. With the help of the PTA, Principal Winder extended an invitation to all of the At one point, she commented to the children, “I think you are ready for third younger siblings of current students, as well as preschool-age students living grade, not kindergarten. You know your numbers and colors. I am so impressed.” in the nearby communities. “It is important to bring in neighborhood families. At the end of storytime, Principal Winder thanked the young children for comParents have choices in where they send their children to school and I want them ing and told them she was looking forward to seeing them soon as Future Tracers. to put their kids at Indian Trace Elementary.” The morning ended with snack provided by Mark in the Park. The storytime was also a chance for prospective parents to see the school. It

Indian Trace Elementary Gears Up for Green Day By Stacey Bomser


here’ s a buzz in the air as I ndian Trace E lementary School

gears up for its sixth annual Green Day. Science classes have been busy planting seeds and proliferating plants, while parent volunteers have been coordinating the 30 campus clean-up projects that will take place on Saturday, November 16th. First Grade Teacher Kathryn Puccio inspired Green Day when she enlisted her students and families to help spruce up the Butterfly Garden. This year, the program is going back to its roots, inspired by the school theme of “Building the Core.” A rehabilitation of the Butterfly Garden will be one of the many project tackled that day. Mrs. Puccio will lead volunteers in repainting the rainbow path, restructuring the Mrs. Puccio will enlist the help of students to repaint plants, and installing trelthe Butterfly Garden’s rainbow path, a project she lises for the Passion Vine. started six years ago that inspired Green Day. Other projects include weeding and transplanting vegetables and herbs in the fifth grade vegetable garden, planting donated Peace Lilies in the breezeway entrance, and adding new flowers to the recycled bicycle sculpture which was installed last year.


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About 300 students, parents, faculty, administrators and community leaders are expected to participate in this year’s event. School Board Chair Laurie Rich Levinson and Mayor Daniel Stermer have already committed to attend. Together, these volunteers will trim foliage, pull weeds, rake debris, pick-up trash, place plants and spread mulch, all to make Indian Trace Elementary a better, more beautiful school. “The purpose of Green Day is to improve the physical environment at the school, with the hopes that a beautiful campus will inspire pride and the community will want to work cooperatively to keep it that way. The other part is to show our children how to work together to improve the environment that surrounds them,” shares Beautification/Green Day Co-Chair Haydee Nunn, who is working with Julieanne Dinda. Green Day would not be possible without the support of the community. Nunn says several families have stepped up to lead the campus clean-up efforts. She credits Andrew and Corey Alles for handling event logistics, Steve Nunn for project management and day-before trimming, Keith Chin for directing the largest clean-up project around the whole Media Center, new Tracer parents, Carlos and Irene Villanueva, for their expertise and donations through their business, Creative Landscaping Management. In addition, Girl Scout Troop #10258 will once again take on one of the projects. Children and adults working side-by-side is one of the reasons Green Day has been so successful. Last year Indian Trace Elementary earned three environmental awards for its Green Day project, including second place in the Environmental School of the Year category. Indian Trace Elementary’s 6th annual Green Day will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 8am until 12pm. Community volunteers are welcome. High school students can earn service hours. For more information contact Haydee Nunn at (754) 323-6300.

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School News

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


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On the evening of the event, the high school gymnasium will be transformed into a giant dining room to serve the 500-plus diners. The menu consists of assorted pastas, salads, rolls and desserts; all homemade by team parents. “Each plate of pasta, scoop of salad, piece of bread and delicious dessert is provided by the team parents and served by the players,” states Coach Looky. In addition, Burger Fi of Weston has stepped up as Slam-dunk Sponsor and will be participating in this year’s event. Dinner on the Court is more than just a meal. It provides a way to introduce the teams to the community and create an atmosphere of excitement for the upcoming season. The Boys Varsity team is reigning District Champions. The event is also a fundraiser, with proceeds being used to cover expenses for out-of-town tournaments. For instance, the Boys Varsity team will play in the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo, California, next month. Lightning players from both the boys and girls basketball teams will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs at Dinner on the Court. Other highlights include a three-point shootout and slam-dunk contest. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Featured items include four tickets to Walt Disney World, an autographed LeBron James jersey, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, artwork, and much more. Although no names have been revealed yet, it’s become a tradition to have sports celebrities make an appearance at Dinner on the Court. Past guests have included James Jones and Jamal McGloire from the Miami Heat and Vernon Carey from the Miami Dolphins. Cypress Bay Lightning Basketball’s 6th annual Dinner on the Court starts at 6pm on Sunday, November 17th in the Cypress Bay High School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 for the delicious, all-you-can-eat, Italian dinner. To purchase tickets contact Leslie Levine at or call (954) 593-3657.

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The Sagemont School Attracts Students From Around the World By Stacey Bomser



1 1.) Sagemont international students Gabriela (Brazil) and Snowy (China) celebrate their high school graduation. 2.) Sagemont students David Velez (Colombia), Charlotte Liu (China), Rebecca Binion (United States), Carolina Leon (Mexico), Zhen Han Lee (Venezuela) and Sagemont’s Director of Admissions and International Programs Beth Hjartnes McMahon. 3.) An International student wins an academic award at Senior Dinner. 4.) The Hjartnes McMahon family with Sagemont International Students Jisoo Park and Sojung Lee.


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diverse student population. As part of Weston’s multi-cultural community, it boasts students and teachers from all over the world with more than 65 different countries represented. Contributing to this global community is the school’s International Program. Sagemont started this program seven years ago. Beth Hjartnes McMahon, Director of Admissions and International Programs at The Sagemont School, believes one of the reasons students are attracted to Sagemont is because of the Weston community. “Being located in the global community of Weston enables our students from overseas to fit in culturally very quickly.” She says students are also attracted by the school’s academic and extracurricular offerings. According to Hjartnes, the international students like the many opportunities available to them at Sagemont. They also like the fact that it is a smaller school where they can get individualized attention. “Mrs. Dennis, our ESL English Immersion teacher serves as their support teacher for all subjects,” explains Hjartnes McMahon. “Students are able to have two hours (two classes) of language support daily to include conversational vocabulary, curriculum vocabulary, writing and cultural adjustment lessons.” With this support, the international students are able to adjust quickly. “Upon arrival, it is hard to figure out what they are learning and what they understand, but most seem to amaze their teachers by the middle of the year,” notes Hjartnes McMahon. “They


adjust very well because they say that they feel safe and secure at Sagemont.” This is important considering many international students start at Sagemont 4 as early as eighth grade. “We encourage students to begin with us in grade eight if their intention is to graduate with us and attend an American college or university,” explains Hjartnes McMahon, noting that students from European countries such as Germany and Finland tend to only stay for one year. Regardless of where they come from, Sagemont’s international students all share a common commitment to education. Hjartnes McMahon says, “Students interested in an American education are typically motivated and very interested in succeeding, most with the intentions to go back to their homeland to start a business. Most international students are business or economics majors.” In addition to the exceptional education provided at Sagemont, international students are attracted to the school’s unique opportunity for a home-stay experience. “Many international students are requesting the comfort of a host family over the boarding school experience,” explains Hjartnes McMahon. Sagemont works with Homestay Florida to provide housing for students with local families. Students are treated as one of the family enabling them to feel successful and confident. Homestay Florida provides cultural immersion, nurture and support to the international students and their host families. Now in its eighth year, Sagemont’s International Program continues to grow and attract students

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from far and wide. This year the school has 35 International students from China, Venezuela, Spain, Germany, and Japan. In the past, Sagemont has welcomed students from as far away as Brazil, France, Finland, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Suriname and Israel. According to Hjartnes McMahon, “Having students from around the world in our school allows for diverse cultures to come together, share, and learn in a nurturing environment. We believe that these relationships strengthen bonds of friendship throughout the world.” Hjartnes McMahon travels the world promoting Sagemont’s International Program. Just last month, she was in Asia. This was a follow-up visit to a previous trip that included the opportunity to walk the Great Wall of China and visit parts of Europe. “Because of this program, I have personally traveled to faraway places to better understand our students and their families.” Hjartnes McMahon will also be attending some of the world’s largest high school education fairs to learn about their education needs and better highlight The Sagemont School. If you are interested in hosting an international student, please contact Beth Hjartnes McMahon at


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A case of Candida (yeast syndrome) “ I know it doesn’t really describe what ’s happening to me, but I just feel ‘of f ’.” I listened intently as Susan c ontinued to tell me her stor y. “I don’t know if it ’s a dif f icult-to -treat c ondition I have, but it sure has been dif f icult to get diagnosed. You’re the 5th doctor I’ve seen in the last four months.” “ Even though I’m board - cer tif ied in family medicine, my practice has morphed into one that handles c ases that other physicians have dif f icult y with. Tell me more about what ’s been going on.” “ Well, I’m not sure where to star t bec ause there wasn’t any one thing that I c an blame for how I’m feeling.” Susan c ontinued, “ I just noticed that I’m tired all the time. I c an’t stay up late. When I come home, I’m spent. I know exercise is supposed to help, but I just c an’t keep up with my spinning class anymore.”

that happens with normal aging. The problem is that medic al schools don’t do much teaching about the various problems that occur with yeast.” I motioned her to the exam table, “ Let ’s f inish our physic al exam.” “See these white spots on your arms and legs? ” Susan nodded. “ It ’s called IDIOPATHIC GUT TATE HYPOMEL ANOSIS and it ’s c aused by yeast that prevents your body from making melanin, or skin pigment.”

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“ Fatigue has lots of c auses, sometimes more than one at a time. Af ter hearing your histor y I’ll use some of this 8 0+ minute consultation to do a c omplete physical exam so I don’t miss any thing.” “ But there’s more. I’m bloated whenever I eat. My tongue has been c oated so white, my kids sometimes ask if I brought home any vanilla ice cream. Do you know what c auses that? ” “Open up; let me see.” Sure enough, Susan’s tongue was heavily c oated white. “ That ’s classic c andida! You’ve got yeast.” “ You mean like a yeast infection? I get those from time to time, but I don’t feel any thing now.” “ Yes, a classic candida infection is what you’re thinking about, but I’m speaking of CANDIDA ENTERITIS, a systemic yeast infection in your gut. It can cause lots of symptoms including the fatigue and bloating you mentioned, but also chronic sinusitis, hear tburn, diarrhea, anal itching, and ‘brain fog’, where your c oncentration and memor y are impaired.”

“ But my dermatologist said it ’s c aused by too much sun! ” “ Unfor tunately, dermatologists and other doctors double or triple book 15 minute appointment slots and don’t have time to give a proper explanation. Bec ause I’m out- of- net work I’m not forced by insurance c ompanies to run patients through as fast as possible. I take the time to diagnose things bet ter and f ind solutions that treat the cause of your condition, not just c over up symptoms.”

“So, do I just take a Dif lucan pill, the way my GYN has prescribed before? ” “ There’s a lot of drug - resistant bacteria and yeast out there so I need to do a culture and sensitivit y test to f igure out how to best treat you, and then we’ll have to be aggressive in our treatment. It ’s not just one pill, it ’s a good 3 months to kill all the spores inside your gut.” Susan’s testing did show yeast, and perhaps due to all the Dif luc an she’s had in the past, it was resistant to that drug. Luckily, it was killed by another safe medication, and af ter 3 months of treatment (along with probiotic s and a yeast-free diet), Susan returned full of energy. “ Dr. Woliner, I convinced my spinning class to do an outdoor ride for charit y. Can I sign you up as a sponsor ? ”

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School News

Weston Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage By Stacey Bomser


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turally diverse community. According to the 2010 census, 45 percent of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. So, it’s only fitting that many Weston schools celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Imagine Charter School at Weston hosted its seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Imagine Charter School at Weston fifth Celebration. The program graders portray a mariachi band. was originally created by Sandra Cieslak, the school’s first grade bi-literate teacher and Spanish Curriculum Coordinator. The purpose was to teach students about other countries and introduce Spanish traditions through real world experiences. Three years ago, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was expanded into a school wide event. The bi-literate classes still coordinate the program, with each class assigned a Spanish-speaking country to research in order to create a bulletin board display highlighting the country’s history, geography, economy and culture. A few of the countries featured at this year’s festival included Argentina, Panama, Colombia and Spain. Music teacher Cesar Taveras worked with each bi-literate class to teach students traditional songs from their assigned country. At the Celebration, students dressed in native clothing and performed for their schoolmates. Weston Christian Academy hosted its first Hispanic Heritage Festival this year. Each grade represented one Latin country, creating an informational poster and booth. The evening event, which was open to families, featured live entertainment including a mariachi band. The students participated in a parade of flags, which culminated in a prayer over the nations. Top left: Pre-K students perform a dance at Imagine Charter School’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Left: Weston Christian Academy fifth graders Jaden Bigio and Lauren Ferrer celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Below: Weston Christian Academy preschoolers Amalia Agosto, Tianna Dubuisson, and Manuela Trujillo represent Spain at the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

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12 Reasons to Practice Restorative Yoga By Fabienne Grossman

This month we celebrate International Restorative Yoga Day. Restorative Yoga uses props and long hold times to open the body in a more passive way. If you have never tried it, here are 12 reasons to practice restorative yoga. 1. Stress relief and anxiety reduction. Restorative yoga mitigates the physical effects of stress on the body. By calming the central nervous system, our bodies are able to direct healing energies to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve digestion and boost the immune system as well as ease symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. 2. Weight management. Chronic stress promotes weight gain because it increases the level of cortisol, our main stress hormone. Stress induced weight typically stockpiles around the waist, creating a ‘spare tire.’ By activating the relaxation response through restorative yoga, less belly fat will accumulate. 3. Enhanced fertility. By eliciting the relaxation response, restorative yoga helps balance hormones and creates a receptive physiological environment for conception. Supported inversion poses in particular help bring fresh oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs. 4. Improved flexibility without risk of injury. Restorative yoga is actually not about ‘stretching.’ The physiological experience of ‘stretching’ is perceived by the body as a stress. Restorative yoga, by using props, allows the body to surrender and simply ‘open.’ Therefore, any risk of injury is strongly mitigated. 5. Increased respiratory capacity. Restorative yoga encourages slower, deeper, relaxed breathing. This helps improve lung function, increasing the amount of oxygen available to the body. 6. Pain relief. Research has shown that practicing yoga, meditation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases and hypertension. Those suffering with chronic back and neck pain also reported benefits. 7. Absolute inclusivity. Restorative yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, body size, health condition, and fitness level. An advantage of the use of many yoga props in this type of yoga is that poses can be adapted and adjusted to individual needs and limitations. 8. Healing for those dealing with illness and recovery. Restorative yoga engages our parasympathetic nervous system which puts the body into the “rest and digest” state. Because this is the physiological state that supports healing, the cells in our body are able to renew and rejuvenate themselves. 9. Just one pose. In our hectic lives, there may be days when we have only ten or 15 minutes available to squeeze in some stress reduction. Restorative yoga is perfect for this because one pose, held for 10-15 minutes, is enough to reset our stress response. 10. Emotional healing. Emotions live and are stored in our bodies. By completely relaxing and surrendering our physical body in a restorative pose, the emotional body is invited to open up and release what it no longer needs. 11. Inner peace and mindfulness. Restorative yoga provides a space for selfreflection and meditation, allowing us to cultivate a deeper, more connected, and more satisfying place in our lives. Restorative yoga helps us focus on the present moment and creates greater self-awareness. 12. Supported, long holds of poses allow us to truly reap the full benefits of the poses. In an active yoga class, poses are moved through quickly, but in a restorative practice, the body is supported and remains in poses for long periods of time. This is where the magic happens, when the body is given the time and space to soak up all the benefits of each pose. Weston Yoga will be holding a Restorative Yoga Workshop with live music on Saturday, November 16th from 4-6 pm in honor of International Restorative Yoga Day. Weston Yoga is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. Call 954-349-6868 or to register or for more information.


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or permission of the homeowner. This process is also illegal and is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for federal prosecution. ▸▸ One other emerging scam is the land trust transfer. The way this unethical scam works is that a company will partner with a less than reputable law firm to prepare a land trust for the property in question, and transfer your title to a land trust over which you have zero control. Then, they file a court action by the land trust to remove the mortgage lien from the property. This process is not a legitimate means of saving your home. You will only lose your money and the title to your home if you fall for this scam. If you have already fallen prey to one of these scams, demand your money back immediately and go to the appropriate authorities if they refuse to refund you money. There is only one way for homeowners to avoid these unethical and sometimes illegal scams -- hire a reputable and knowledgeable law firm, like the Arcia Law Firm, to represent your interests and obtain the best possible outcome, be it aggressive foreclosure defense, loan modification, short sale or bankruptcy. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in the instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy during your visit to discuss your case in detail with a member of our legal team. To schedule a free consultation, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-4379066. You may also visit for more information about the Firm, our staff and credentials, detailed articles, informative videos, and to make your appointment online.

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Early Childhood Education... Choosing the Right Foundation By Jodi Kurry Cohen, MS.Ed Director of Early Childhood Programs, Temple Dor Dorim


once had a professor in college tell me that as

an educator if you ever feel like you’ve done all there is to do, if you feel that you’ve reached your greatest potential, then it’s time to leave the classroom. When I was a teacher I always reflected on this statement at the end of each school year. I would sit down to evaluate not only what worked and what hadn’t for my class but also what I could have done that would have made the year even better. I was never satisfied with keeping it “status quo” and was always working at ways to implement new ideas that would raise the quality of what I had to offer my students at an even higher level. It is a school’s level of commitment to this standard that earns a school the reputation for providing excellence in education. Educational programs with great reputations that never make changes eventually fall from greatness into mediocrity. If we stayed true to the old adage “why fix something that’s not broken” there would never be advances in technology, fashion or even in the way we do cardiovascular fitness (we’ve come far from the days of Jane Fonda). As more and more research is done in the field of education what continues to be emphasized is how critical brain development is from infancy through the age of five, and the crucial brain connections that take place during this small window of time. With this knowledge, exceptional early childhood educators plan and implement curriculum with research at its core. Quality early childhood programs reach beyond the four walls of traditional classrooms to provide the experiences that are vital for development during the early years of a child’s life. Efficient early childhood educators collaborate as a team to integrate all areas of study; science through gardening, math through cooking, foreign languages through puppetry and storytelling, reading and pre-writing through music, rhyming and developing concepts through hands on experiences. They make learning come alive. In the appropriate early childhood setting, children play an active roll in pursuing their interests and ideas, exploring and problem solving, as well as thinking “outside the box.” This type of learning requires a much higher order level of thinking on the child’s part, a much deeper use of “brain power.” Professionally developed early childhood educators are trained to implement this type of curriculum which provides the “juice” for the type of thinking that ignites a flame, driving a child’s desire to learn. When evaluating an early childhood program for their child, parents should see quality documented evidence of learning that takes place in that program through recordings of children’s discussions, journaling, and photos of the learning process in action. The proof of performance can be clearly seen in these “exhibitions of mastery” which should provide an evaluation of sorts for parents of student performance and growth in that program. In a shaky economy, everyone looks for a good investment. A quality early childhood education provides a child with a solid foundation for learning that will be built on for years to come. Knowing the value of a good foundation, enrolling your child in the right early childhood program is one investment a parent can make that guarantees a return. Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 15 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954)389-1232.

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tistry? Like the answer to most medical questions, the answer is not so straightforward. There are many factors which go into the decision making process. These factors include maturity/anxiety of the child, type of sedation available and financial resources available to the family. In our experience, the consideration of each of these variables is of upmost importance in consistently making the right decision for the pediatric dental patient. The first step in the process is to gather all of the available information. This is accomplished by performing a complete assessment of the patient. The information gathered includes the obvious dental needs, diet, home care, age, emotional maturity, and dental anxiety. Most decisions regarding the treatment plan can be made at this stage. For example, a two year old who suffers from carious lesions (cavities) on all primary (baby) teeth would likely require a more comprehensive sedation in order to complete the entire dental treatment in a non-traumatic manner. A child at this age does not have the cognitive and emotional ability to complete the treatment without potential long-term negative effects. In other words, without the right approach, this child may become an adult with a long 11028_MIR_Mag_QP_4c.indd term phobia of dentistry. On the other hand, a 16 year old who has been consistent with regular checkups and has already had dental treatment in the past would unlikely require sedation. Most other scenarios fall somewhere in between. Once the needs are established, the type of sedation would be considered. Types of sedation range from simple anxiolysis with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) administered in the dental office setting to general anesthesia done in a hospital setting. This is where the experience and intuition of the pediatric dentist is of most importance. Ideally, we would like to use the medication facilitating the completion of the treatment with the least sedative effect. Next month’s editorial will review the various types of dental sedations in more detail. It is at this point, that the parent/guardian must be informed and educated as to the process. For example, inhalation agents like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) completely exit the body prior to the end of a procedure. Other medications, depending on their route of administration, exit the body more slowly and prior arrangements should be made for an adult to sit with the child on the drive back home from the dental visit. Lastly, financials should be considered when making final decisions. Insurance breakdowns provided by the major insurance carriers are usually very specific as to what will be covered in most situations. However, if there is any ambiguity an estimation of benefits (EOB) may be requested from the insurance company prior to the start of treatment. Finances may also direct treatment. For example, in a situation where there is a lot of dental work to be completed, doing so under a “deeper sedation” may seem more expensive because of the higher cost of administration. However, if there is a large amount of dental work needed, doing so under a “lighter” form of sedation may result in the need for multiple visits. This might cost more in both time and money. Our advice is to focus on prevention. The sooner healthy habits are established, the less likely extensive treatment will be needed. Additionally, early exposure to the dental office (when dental work is not yet needed) decreases anxiety levels once dental treatment is necessary. There are also many benefits to the development of a relationship. The child is more comfortable and is more easily read by the doctor. Difficult conversations between parent and doctor are easily handled once there is trust.

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Early Detection and Innovative Technology Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes Lung cancer results when abnormal cell growth invades and destroys normal lung tissue. An accumulation of abnormal cells is called a tumor. As a tumor grows, it can impair lung function, resulting in breathing difficulty and decreased oxygen in the blood. The cancer can also spread to other organs and eventually cause death. Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 8% of the more than 215,000 new cases this year will be diagnosed in Florida. Q: What are the symptoms of lung cancer? A: Symptoms of lung cancer vary, but may include persistent cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and coughing up blood. Most lung cancers cause no symptoms until they are fairly large or advanced. Many patients will have lung nodules, or spots on the lung. Most are not cancer but in certain circumstances a biopsy should be done to determine what they are. Q: How is lung cancer diagnosed? A: At Cleveland Clinic Florida, a highly specialized team of physicians collaborates to provide patients with coordinated diagnosis and treatment plans. The Interventional Pulmonology Program is one of the top interventional programs in the state of Florida, through which our multidisciplinary team offers a full spectrum of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services. One newer minimally invasive option for early diagnoses of lung cancer is called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ (ENB), which allows physicians to more accurately identify a lesion deep in the lung, without surgery At Cleveland Clinic Florida, a highly specialized team of physicians collaborates to provide patients with coordinated diagnosis and treatment plans. The Interventional Pulmonology Program is one of the top interventional programs in the state of Florida, through which our multidisciplinary team offers a full spectrum of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services. One newer minimally invasive option for early diagnoses of lung cancer is called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ (ENB), which allows physicians to more accurately identify a lesion deep in the lung, without surgery. “The ENB procedure uses GPS-like technology to locate, biopsy and prepare to treat a lesion in the lung. We are able to offer patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion (spot) detected deep in the lung,” explains pulmonologist Eduardo Oliveira, MD, who specializes

in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung cancer. “With a catheter-based system, the patient’s natural airways are used to access regions deep within the lung, enabling us to locate small lung lesions for diagnostic testing and potential treatment.” This procedure is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes Eduardo Oliveira, MD the need for more invasive surgical Cleveland Clinic Florida, procedures to access lung lesions Pulmonologist in the distant regions of the lung. These invasive procedures may require an inpatient hospital stay or cause complications. This new technology also provides the ability to detect lung disease and lung cancer earlier, even before symptoms are evident, enhancing treatment options for patients. Q: What treatment options are available? A: Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are used to treat lung cancer. Surgery involves removal of cancerous tissue, whereas radiation therapy involves destruction of cancer cells. In chemotherapy, a patient takes oral or intravenous drugs that target rapidly dividing or multiplying cancer cells throughout the body. Treating lung cancer can involve one or all of these interventions. If the cancer can be completely removed, surgery provides the best chance for cure. There a number of minimally invasive procedures available to remove the tumor through very small incisions. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s accredited Cancer Institute is uniquely designed to offer comprehensive and compassionate cancer care, which often involves the cooperation of a variety of specialists, including oncologists, hematologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, as well as other specialists.

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The Question of Attorneys’ Fees By Evan Baron


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f any of you have been involved in litigation , no

matter the area of the law; you already know that it can be extremely costly. Unfortunately, that is just the reality of litigation. In most instances, the longer it takes to reach a final resolution, the more costly it will be. As they say, “Time is money.” Now imagine that you also must pay the fees and costs for your opposition. You could be responsible for double the fees. You may ask, “How is this possible?” In most areas of the law it is not possible, but in family law it is a very real possibility. Florida Statutes states: “The Court may from time to time, after considering the financial Resources of both parties, order a party to pay a reasonable amount for attorney’s fees, suit money, and the cost to the other party of maintaining or defending any proceeding under this chapter, including enforcement and modification proceedings and appeals.” This statute was created to insure that both parties could be represented by counsel, even if one of the parties does not have the financial ability to retain counsel on their own. The primary purpose was to protect “stay at home” wives, who were not working outside of the home and may not have had the ability to retain an attorney to represent them in their divorce. This would “level the playing field” and allow representation for both parties. The determination of whether fees could be awarded is based upon the concept of need and ability. The receiving spouse must illustrate a need for these fees and the court must find an ability to pay by the spouse who is being asked to pay. Of course, the court cannot prevent the “paying spouse” from having funds to continue with his/her representation. Although I previously indicated that this law was originally passed to protect “stay at home” wives, things have changed in the work force. The law is gender neutral and, as such, a wife could be ordered to contribute to her Husband’s fees if, in fact, she is the one with the ability and he is the one with the need. I can tell you from experience that the payment of attorney’s fees is an area which causes the most obstacles to a settlement. In some instances a Marital Settlement Agreement can have a “prevailing party” clause. This states that if there is a “post judgment” (divorce already finalized) issue which must be litigated (contempt or modification), the prevailing party is entitled to payment of fees by the other party. This is strictly based upon an agreement of the parties and need and ability is not the issue. If a motion is filed to enforce terms of an agreement, the party who is successful will be entitled to reasonable fees. One issue which is considered in either case is whether the requested fees are reasonable. No matter what the scenario, fees must be considered reasonable by the requesting party. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. For information or a free consultation, call 954-385-9160.

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Health & Wellness

If It Ain’t Broke…Make Certain! By Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner


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

rectly) for months or years before any pain is felt, thanks to the body’s many compensating mechanisms. However, when the body runs out of ways to compensate, or the compensating mechanisms finally give up, the white flag goes up in the form of pain signals. Science is now telling us there is more to silent spinal dysfunction problems than even most health practitioners are aware. Spinal dysfunction is usually the result of postural distortion (imbalance), and abnormal spinal alignment and curvature. Those structural problems, together with the abnormal function they produce, have been shown to cause premature deterioration of the spine, as well as adverse effects on the nervous system. Indeed, the long-term health consequences of structural and functional problems of the spine can be profound, yet often unnecessary. Do not let pain be your guide. Instead, be proactive with regards to your spinal health. Book a chiropractic spinal check-up today. An ounce of prevention... For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Behar and Dr. Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954217-4881. They also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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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. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes and patients can return to work and non-strenuous activities the next day. It is all performed with a short scar under the chin. We were privileged to present this unique procedure last year to plastic surgeons in the U.S., Greece and Beijing, China. The gold standard for neck rejuvenation 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. 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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Coping Edit Headline With a Breakup or Divorce: Self Care By Alina Gastesi-de Armas, MA, MEd, LMHC


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event. When you’re going through the emotional wringer and dealing with major life changes, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. The strain and upset of a major breakup can leave you psychologically and physically vulnerable. Treat yourself like you’re getting over the flu. Get plenty of rest, minimize other sources of stress in your life, and reduce your workload if possible. Learning to take care of yourself can be one of the most valuable lessons you learn following a divorce or breakup. As you feel the emotions of your loss and begin learning from your experience, you can resolve to take better care of yourself and make positive choices going forward.

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▸▸ Start a Daily Ritual. Help yourself heal by scheduling daily time for activities you find calming and soothing. Go for a walk in nature, listen to music, enjoy a hot bath, get a massage, read a favorite book, take a yoga class, or savor a warm cup of tea. ▸▸ Pay attention to YOUR needs. In any given moment speak up to express your needs. Honor what you believe to be right and best for you even though it may be different from what your ex or others want. Say “no” without guilt or angst as a way of honoring what is right for you.

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▸▸ Stick to a routine. A divorce or relationship breakup can disrupt almost every area of your life, amplifying feelings of stress, uncertainty, and chaos. Getting back to a regular routine can provide a comforting sense of structure and normalcy. ▸▸ Take a time out. Try not to make any major decisions in the first few months after a separation or divorce, like starting a new job or moving to a new city. If you can, wait until you’re feeling less emotional so that you can make better decisions. ▸▸ Avoid using alcohol, drugs, or food to cope. When you’re in the middle of a breakup, you may be tempted to do anything to relieve your feelings of pain and loneliness. But using alcohol, drugs, or food as an escape is unhealthy and destructive in the long run. It’s essential to find healthier ways of coping with painful feelings. ▸▸ Explore new interests. A divorce or breakup is a beginning as well as an end. Take the opportunity to explore new interests and activities. Pursuing fun, new activities gives you a chance to enjoy life in the here-and-now, rather than dwelling on the past.

If you are having difficulty coping with a breakup or divorce, please feel free to contact Alina Gastesi-de Armas at A Place for Growth, 954-384-9373 or visit her website,

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Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful,

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Pet Care

Inflammation and Pain in Pets By Dr. Eduardo Bernal

Serving Weston Since 2005


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ain is an abnormal sensation that humans try

to avoid and dogs and cats try to hide. Unfortunately, cats and dogs hide pain so well that most of the conditions, which are evident in humans to produce pain, are not visibly noted in our pets. They might not complain or cry when in pain, however they feel as much pain as we do, and clearly they need to be properly treated if the issue causing the pain is to be resolved. Just like in humans, dogs and cats need to be treated with kindness and proper care when they are sick, in pain, and/or in need of medical treatment. Hence the need to be aware of what circumstances might cause pain. Inflammation and pain in pets can be produced by several conditions. Some are recognized as dental diseases for its bad smell, redness of the gums or gingivitis, dental fractures (as small as they look, they are very painful), oral tumors and abscesses. Other diseases, such as feline resorptive lesions (melting teeth), periapical lesions (tip of the root), periodontitis (around root), cancer, bone loss and root fractures, require dental radiographs under anesthesia to be diagnosed. With dental pain, the dog or cat may not show signs of pain, but it can be suspected if they do not eat or drink well, drool, lose weight, prefer some type of food over the other (wet over dry), may not groom itself as before, or has some changes in the aspect of the tooth, gums or face; some pets may not show symptoms until it is too late. Prompt diagnosis and treatment such as extractions, root canal, laser, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory will avoid further damage to nearby tissue and distal organs including the liver, heart or kidneys. Inflammation and pain of the urinary tract like in cystitis, uretritis, tumors or stones are manifested as repeated burling urinations, accidents at home, urinating in different and abnormal places, long standing trying to urinate and only small amount of urine passed. When the inflammation is in the digestive system the stomach and intestines contract faster than usual generating painful cramps and the content (nutrients and water) are poorly absorbed or digested generating soft stools or diarrhea, dehydration and malnourishment. On the skin, conditions such as tumors, celulitis, dermatitis, foliculitis, abscess, irritation, ear infections, pruritus or itchy may become very painful. Any type of surgery will cause pain and needs to be treated with authorized medications for dogs or cats in a multimodal way, treating the pet before, during and after the surgery. Some changes in facial expression such as tension of the muscles, closing their eyes halfway, or hunched body position with the head down are postures frequently associated with pain. The heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure are increased and pupils may be dilated. You may see your pet become quieter and not respond to stimulus as before. Common over the counter and prescription medications formulated for humans should not be used in dogs or cats -- they can be very toxic and cause severe illness or death. Do not hesitate to call All Friends Animal Clinic to find out more about the correct way to treat your pet’s medical conditions and to prevent pain. Dr. Eduardo Bernal, D.V.M. is a veterinarian at All Friends Animal Clinic. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1992 and moved to Weston with his family seven years ago. All Friends Animal Clinic is at 4476 Weston Road. To schedule an appointment call (954) 659-9913. For more information visit www.


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Health & wellness

Picking The Best Eyewear By Dr. Jane Therrien


ast month ’ s article focused on picking the best

eye glass frame to match your face. This month we focus on choosing what colors look best on you. Color Analysis According to The Vision Council, there are three keys to color analysis: all people have either cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) coloring; everyone looks best in his or her own color base; and eyewear color should complement personal coloring. Skin, eyes, and hair are the main factors that determine the best color palette. Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow. In the United States, cool, blue-based complexions are more common than the yellow-based warm complexions. About 60 percent of the population are “cools.” Eye colors usually are a secondary element in determining coloring because of the many variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost-black. Hair colors also are considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray. Eyeglass Frame Colors Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the

eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best. Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise. For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise. If you keep abreast of fashion trends, then you probably pay attention to the colors that dominate each season on the runways, in fashion magazines and clothing stores. Retailers and manufacturers adjust their apparel and accessories colors according to what designers think consumers will consider most appealing at a given time. Eyewear designers create frames in the latest colors, too. Just because these colors are in style right now for apparel, it doesn’t mean your next eyeglass or sunglass frame necessarily should match. To tone it down, you could pair classic tortoise frames with a lemon zest blouse, or a black frame with an emerald handbag. Consider contrasting color schemes instead, such as a violet frame with a Monaco blue jacket or a pink frame with a nectarine-colored dress. You may be tempted to choose a frame color that “goes with everything.” But consider instead a color that truly flatters you and helps you make your personal style statement. As long as you’re open to new color ideas, you’ll never be accused of having boring eyewear. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, (954) 888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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Haute Hair

A Return To Glamour By Helen Charles


was like a kid in a candy store during my recent

visit to London, as I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet a few of the stylists responsible for creating the iconic looks of Downton Abbey. Perhaps like myself, those of you who watch the series may not have realized the huge impact this show has had on the hair industry. With the 1920’s trends roaring on for the last few months and a few more to come, I feel confident that Downton Abbey and its vintage styles are partly responsible for a revival of oldschool glamour. I believe women are enjoying having their hair “dressed” again and there is a real feel of a return to glamour. In most professional salons including mine, a “freshen up” appointment is amongst the services we offer. This is where you would be invited to come in for a 20-minute service prior to going out in the evening. This may involve hot iron curling or a quick up-do to freshen up your look. If a DIY option is what you are looking for, here are some tips to help you get on trend. 1. Start with unwashed hair, this will make it easier to style. If you have especially fine hair, sprinkle some dry shampoo into the roots. 2. Part your hair on your most flattering side. Side parts were a signature look of the ‘40s. Section off the hair on the top right quarter of your head. Wrap the hair around a foam roll, sweeping it away from your face and up toward your part. Secure the roll with bobby pins, making sure that your hair is covering the roll completely. Repeat with another roll on the top left quarter of your head. 3. For a look that’s pure vintage elegance, pin up the loose hair at the back of your head. You can use another foam roller and pin the hair around it, or simply sweep it up and fasten with bobby pins. 4. If you want to achieve vintage glamour with your hair down, ignore the foam rollers and stick to the hot ones. Wrap the bottom half of your hair around the hot rollers, letting them cool before shaking hair loose with your fingers. Pull your 1940s-inspired waves over one shoulder. 5. Finally, enhance your vintage look with a huge flower behind one ear. Deep red lipstick and sparkling diamond or rhinestone earrings complete the look. One hundred years ago women visited their salon to see and be seen a couple of times a week. These days, cuts may last longer than they used to and clients do their hair at home, but there is a lot to be said about a professional hair-do, when carried out well, when one is off to a fun night out or a special occasion. Hair in the 1920’s was all about glamour and today’s looks are certainly going towards the same feel; ultimately it’s all about being free and looking beautiful. Helen Charles boasts thirty-five years of experience as a hair fashion designer, master stylist and innovative colorist. She owned and operated four salons in London before moving to Weston and opening Helen Charles Salon London. To schedule an appointment with Helen or any of the salon’s talented stylists, call (954) 349-9220. The Helen Charles Salon London is conveniently located at 1660 Market Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center. For more information, visit

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home Décor

Be Shutter Smart By Faryal Ali


any of my customers are interested in shut-

ters. Below are two common questions and the advice I give them. I don’t want to block my view, because we face the lake. What can I do? ▸▸ Choose 4 ½” louvers instead of 2” louvers for maximum view and light. (We feature 2”, 31/2” & 4” louvers on display. Come see which you prefer.) ▸▸ Select rear tilt so you don’t have the front tilt bar running down the middle of your shutter panel. From the picture, you can appreciate how much more of a contemporary appeal the shutter has by eliminating the front tilt bar. ▸▸ Trust your professional shutter company to advise you on where to place the divider rails. In the picture, note how high this divider rail is so it does not obstruct your view. Typically, you require a divider rail on a panel taller than 60” for structural stability of the shutter. ▸▸ You can leave the top louvers open for light and air, but close the bottom ones for privacy. That is what makes shutters so versatile. How do I cover my sliding door? ▸▸ Choose between By-Pass sliding panels or Bi-Fold shutters. ▸▸ By-Pass will slide just as your

sliding door panels. They take up no extra space in the room. However when the panels are slid open, you will lose your view where the panels stack. With the Hunter Douglas Open By-Pass shutters, you will not lose your view when the panels are slid open. (Visit our showroom to see it Bi-Fold Shutter for yourself.) ▸▸ Bi-Fold open up like a closet folding door and you maximize your view, because the panels stack off to the sides. The downside is that the panels will take up By-Pass Shutter floor space when open. Faryal Ali has been designing custom window covering for over 23 years. She specializes in residential, commercial and yachts. Beautiful Windows is located at 10220 State Road 84, in Davie. For information, call 954-499-1000 or visit

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letter word, but the curse of the game comes in five letters: choke. It is largely an unspoken word in golf, one rarely uttered on broadcast television. It has little favor in the recreational golf world as well. Any number of expressions spring up to describe evident failure under pressure — a putt is said to have been misread or a chip misjudged — but in the back of every golfer’s mind is a true understanding of what has happened. It was those five letters. And we have all been there. At this year’s United States Open, the competition among the world’s greatest golfers may come down to a 3-foot putt, a task most of them could perform 98 or 99 times out of 100. But 3-foot putts, even 18-inch putts, have been missed to lose major championships. Many more of those putts, thankfully, have been made. The misses are excruciating. There is nothing so obviously off the mark as an accomplished golfer who cannot make a 2- or 3-footer. A 10-year-old, in my experience, almost never misses an easy, short putt. I figured it was because a 10-year-old doesn’t feel the weight of expectations and doesn’t have the scars of previous misses. But, there is hope for all of us over 10. We can learn to think like a child again. The first thing to understand is that choking is a real thing, and the second thing to understand is that choking is not random. You hear people who choke say afterward that they let their brain get in the way, and there’s truth to that. Here are some of helpful tips: ▸▸ Choking is not a lifetime curse. You can train, even hardwire, your brain to react more productively. ▸▸ Experience at performing under pressure makes a significant difference. Practicing under even mild pressure helps prepare you for the more intense version of a championship-winning or match-winning putt. ▸▸ When you’re faced with a pressure shot, distracting yourself from the task at hand is helpful. ▸▸ Performing quickly in pressure situations leads to more success. ▸▸ It is not the pressure in a pressure situation that distracts us into performing poorly, the pressure makes us worry and want to control our actions too much. And you cannot think your way through a routine, practiced action, like making a 3-foot putt. Compare it to quickly shuffling down a flight of stairs. You could do that without thought. But if I asked you to do it, and at the same time think about how much you bend your knee each time or what part of your foot is touching the stair, you would probably fall on your face. That’s what happens when people choke. They try to think their way through the action. How many athletes over the years have you heard describe a successful lastsecond shot by saying that in the moment they had a quiet mind? Sometimes they call it “being in the zone.” It is a real phenomenon, but it is not usually an innate skill. The quiet-mind sensation can be learned. What would happen if I would ask one group of golfers to practice putting alone in a room and another group to practice putting in front of an audience? There would be mild pressure for the second group. When you have to compete in front of an audience, the players who practiced alone did much worse. It happens very subtly, but understanding how your body is going to feel under pressure and learning to handle it is a skill in itself. PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at

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Family Health Walk (untimed) follows at 9:00 a.m. offering a fun run, jog, or walk he Baptist H ealth South Florida and Rotary Club of Weston opportunity for all ages and fitness levels. 16th Annual Run For Tomorrow, presented by DynaServ, Inc., the City of For the fourth year in a row, the City of Weston has partnered with the Rotary Weston, and Weston Town Center, is only a month away. Over 100 Weston Club and the YMCA to issue the Mayor’s Get Rotarians are busy making final arrangements Fit Challenge to Weston elementary school for their holiday season charity run and Get Fit students. The school with the highest numFest community wellness festival on Sunday, ber of Family Health Walk participants, as December 8th in Weston Town Center. a percentage of enrollment, wins the 2013 “We’ve already had a tremendous response Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup and a $1,500 from our local business and running communicash prize from the Weston Rotary Club. Entry ties this year,” said club president Gene Harvey. forms are available at participating schools. “That, in addition to generous contributions Following the run events, everyone is from our title and presenting sponsors, makes invited to enjoy the fun at the Rotary club’s us confident that we’ll easily surpass last Get Fit Fest community street fair. The festival year’s totals. We do a lot of good work in the features dozens of health and wellness vencommunity as a result of the Run For Tomorrow, dors and exhibitors showcasing health foods, including promoting fitness and the benefits of exercise equipment, and health services. Live a healthy lifestyle to our young people.” entertainment, food, and demonstrations Last year, over $40,000 in proceeds from the by students from local gymnastics, martial Run For Tomorrow went to fund the Rotary Club arts and dance studios offer something for of Weston’s many community-based and charieveryone. Local healthcare providers will be table projects. Beneficiaries include the YMCA, Over 900 Everglades Elementary School students demonstrate Y-Fit on hand providing health tests and screenSusan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Nininger activities at the recent Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Kickoff held at their school in September. Run For Tomorrow proceeds help to fund the Y-Fit ings, too. Veterans’ Nursing Home, InSync With Autism, program in Weston schools. LifeNet4Families, Harvest Drive, Horse Heroes, Gilda’s Club, HANDY and others. Runner registration instructions, sponsor opportunities, and Get Fit Fest vendor openings can be found at The popular charity event features half marathon and 5K races starting at 6:20, or call 954-610-1597. For more information about the Weston a.m. Breakfast is included, and half marathoners will receive medals. A 1-Mile Rotary Club, its projects and charities visit

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Are tutors just for struggling students?

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Cristian Frangopol, CEO of Math Tutoring Professionals, explains how his program works.

What is your background? I have a strong

math and teaching background. I have a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. But, I also have seven years of teaching experience in Weston and South Florida.

What type of experience do your tutors have? We have very strict requirements for

our tutors. All must have attained engineering degrees, possess over five years of teaching experience, and be familiar with the Broward County school curriculum. We also prefer to hire tutors who have knowledge of math curriculum as taught in other countries so as to bring new problem solving techniques to supplement lesson material. Additionally, a high value is placed on tutors with experience working with children with ADHD, Dyslexia, and learning disabilities. All of our tutors have undergone a thorough background check.

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We have three types of air filters. The first is a blue and white media which is good for all makes and models. It does not put a strain on your AC unit and allows maximum air flow. The second is orange and white with a dry tac surface which helps collect smaller particles of dust. It too does not restrict The AAA Modern Air Conditioning team has the experience and air flow. Our third filter is orange and knowledge necessary to address all of your air conditioning needs. white with an antimicrobial. Not only ccording to a report by the University does this product help to control dust, of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural but with the antimicrobial it helps to inhibit the Sciences, air conditioning systems, especially growth of mold and mildew in your air condiin Florida’s humid climate, can be virtual incubators tioning unit and does not restrict air flow.

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The Temple Dor Dorim Early Childhood Center hosted several events to promote literacy during its Book Fair. The preschoolers enjoyed “cookies and milk” and a visit from Dr. Seuss, but the highlight of the week was a special luncheon and Grandparents’ Shabbat.

Students in Mr. Passman’s 7th grade science class at Tequesta Trace Middle School used M&M’s to study the scientific method. Students were Klaus Vailllant, Maurizzio Onorato, and Sergio Cardona. tasked to predict, gather data, analyze and report the number and colors of these tasty treats. They also prepared graphs of their data as part of the lab report.

Fun Run

Principal Peters and Assistant Principal Felton showed their school spirit at Gator Run Elementary’s Boosterthon Fun Run. The school raised about $40,000, which will be used for upgraded technology.

Senior Maria Torres works on the National Art Honor Society’s chalk mural.

Promoting Peace

Members of the National Art Honor Society at Cypress Bay High School created a chalk mural to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The club also organized the school’s annual Pinwheels for Peace installation. Students decorated pinwheels with messages of peace and hope.

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The PRIDE (Promoting Relationships In Diversity through Education) Club at Cypress Bay High School hosted its annual Informative Night. PRIDE believes that it is the right of every parent whose child attends Cypress Bay to understand the Broward County educational system, and that a language barrier should not be the reason for any misunderstandings. Informative Night is an opportunity for school faculty and administrators to reach parents and answer questions.


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Bowling Buddies

A Children’s Carousel invited students and families to a bowling party. The children enjoyed learning how to bowl with help from Miss Anne, the preschool director, and Miss Rebecca, the assistant director.

Patriotic Pupils

Students at Saint Bonaventure Catholic School commemorated 9/11, a National Day of Mourning and Remembrance, by showing their patriotism. Students created a “living” American flag with 5th through 8th graders wearing red, 1st through 4th graders wearing white, and PreK3 and Kindergarten students wearing blue to create the stars and stripes.


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Grand Menorah lighting with Weston dignitaries Chanukah souvenir for everyone Chanukah gelt for every child and Live Music Hot Latkes and donuts • Grand raffle S h inger Dancing wit Exciting activities for children aeli Benji Raf Face painting • Bounce house and slides


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snapshots from school Gallery Opening

4th graders Joseph Lotito, Todd Singleton-Taylor and Mathias Julian show it’s cool to be green.

5th graders Briana Farnsworth and Claire Heiar at the pep rally.

Going Green

Assistant Principal Vanessa Cox and the PTA Green Team Committee reminded students to “Stop...Think... and Recycle!”

Country Isles Elementary held a Green Team pep rally to promote the school’s new recycling efforts. The auditorium was a sea of green as everyone came wearing their new Green Team t-shirts, courtesy of the State Farm Environmental Grant the school received. Country Isles students were reminded of all the ways to reduce, reuse and recycle on campus.

Eagle Point Elementary School rolled out the red carpet for the grand opening of its Masterpiece Gallery. Principal de Zayas posed with families who had purchased one of the pieces of artwork now decorating the hallway outside the art room. Each piece includes a plaque identifying the name of the artwork and the artist, as well as the family who donated the artwork.

Principal de Zayas (center) and PTA Board Members Maria Orjuela-Mestroni and Tamara Thovtrop cut the ribbon to ceremonially open Eagle Point Elementary’s Masterpiece Gallery.

Patriot’s Pledge

Students in Meryl Jefferson’s 4th grade gifted class at Manatee Bay Elementary School were invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before a Weston City Commission meeting. The students came dressed in costume. At school they presented a play re-enacting the Constitutional Convention. It was the culminating activity for a unit on government.

Rileigh Baker poses next to the painting her family donated.

Principal de Zayas with the Baker family.

Dining Décor

Students in the 2D Studio Art 3 Honors class at Cypress Bay painted ceiling tiles for the new Tijuana Flats. As thanks for the dining room décor, the restaurant hosted a special night donating 10% of proceeds to the school’s National Art Honor Society.

National Junior Honor Society officers with Mrs. SantAngelo, club sponsor, and Deputy Maccagli, the school’s resource officer.

Art Appreciation

The National Junior Honor Society at Tequesta Trace Middle School sponsored an art supply drive at school to collect items for the BSO Civil Division Art Supply Project. Last year, the art class painted a mural of the Everglades which now hangs in the BSO Headquarters. The students are now taking part in a pilot program, mentoring art students at Cypress Elementary School in Pompano Beach.


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seen on scene

Little Javas Owners Alexander and Ana Shlyakhov with Tree of Life Owners Marcy and Gabriel Buitrago.

Davie Mayor Judy Paul, Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer, and Tree of Life Owners Gabriel and Marcy Buitrago cut the ribbon at the grand opening.

POC Owner Will Lin is joined by fiancé Heidi Niu, Chef Huselton and friends as he cuts the ribbon to open his newest restaurant.

Ribbon Cutting

Tree of Life Christian Academy hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the preschool’s grand opening. The school is committed to providing young children with a higher level of care and education.

Alce Art Studio Owner Clara Albarracin Ceron with Cuban artist Eli Benitez.

Grand Opening

Will Lin, owner of POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi in Weston, celebrated the grand opening of his newest restaurant, POC Modern American Cuisine, in The Village of Gulfstream Park. Guests enjoyed sampling the fine dining restaurant’s gourmet cuisine and sushi. Tree of Life Mascot “Judah the Lion” on the red carpet with Isabella, Christian and Julianna Buitrago.

Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, with John Gorman, Weston Y Executive Director.

New and Improved

Studio Director Clara Maria Tamburini with Heroes of Hip Hop Creative Director Fernanda Ruiz Albarracin.

The community was invited to celebrate with Weston Y Executive Director John Gorman, Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer and Y CEO Sheryl Woods.

The Weston YMCA celebrated the grand opening of its $500,000 wellness expansion project. Updates include a new 3,000 square-foot SPIN Theater and 2,000 squarefoot wellness center with brand new cardio and strength machines.

Artists Eli Benitez, Diego Picon representing Maria Luisa Picon, Lillian Alvarez, Monica Azpurua, Daniela Bertolini, Cecilia Sanchez Vegas, Gerald S. Goldberg and Payami.

Art Exhibit

Alce Art Studio hosted its quarterly art exhibit, “Cuatro”. This exhibit celebrated the studio’s anniversary by featuring the artwork of ten international artists: Clara Albarracin Ceron (Colombia), Lillian Alvarez (Venezuela), Monica Azpurua (Venezuela), Eli Benitez (Cuba), Daniela Bertolini (Venezuela), Carlos Cadavid (Colombia), Gerald S. Goldberg (United States), Santiago Paulos (Uruguay), Payami (Dominican Republic) and Cecilia Sanchez Vegas (Venezuela).


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Call of the Wild

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool held a mass Blessing of the Animals service at the Weston Town Center Amphitheater. Pastor Tim Hartner blessed more than 100 pets including dogs, cats, birds, gerbils and a rabbit. The community event also featured a live band and raffle prizes; donations were collected for the Humane Society of Broward County.

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seen on scene

Lois Marmelstein, JAFCO Communications Director Yolande Wijtenburg, Luncheon Founder Ingrid Jaffe, and Myra Olshansky.

Mara Gober, New Godparent Susan Weisman, and JAFCO Executive Director Sarah Franco.

Broward County School Board Chair Laurie Rich Levinson, Senator Nan Rich, Luncheon Co-Chairs Lyssa Flayman and Jennifer Alman, Weston Chapter President.

New Godparents George and Ellyn Levine with JAFCO Grand Benefactor Helene Weicholz (center).

Spirit of Life Luncheon

More than 200 people attended the 11th annual JAFCO Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. The event raised more than $40,000 for JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options). This year’s luncheon honored the 50-plus Weston women who are JAFCO Godparents. Ten new Godparents were pinned at the event.

Jason, Dina, Drew and Halle Bank enjoy Dinner Is In at the Weston Y.

Dinner Time

Fall Festival

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool recently hosted its annual Family Fall Festival. More than 500 people attended. The event featured a hayride, chili cook-off and cupcake wars, bounce house, games, crafts and fun for the whole family.


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Y Board Member Julian Gazzano and Y Board Member Tara Satine and her family.

The Weston YMCA Family Center hosted Dinner Is In, an evening focused on strengthening family bonds and promoting healthy living. Families enjoyed a free dinner and quality family time together. Teen volunteers helped serve the pasta dinner.

Teen volunteers Briana Gombar and Katerina Miller.

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