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Getting into the Holiday Spirit


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ally do not get the snow flakes or the frosty winter temperatures, we do get the holiday season. While the upcoming holidays may have different meanings for many of our readers due to their diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, for all of us it should be a time to reflect on the year gone by. It’s the season to gauge our own conduct. Have we made enough time for our children? Have we reached out to our neighbors to lend a helping hand to those in need? Have we spent time with our parents, our family and our friends? This is the time to mend minor disagreements with family, friends and neighbors; to forgive and forget. This is also the time to remember those less fortunate, to teach our children to share our good fortune with our loved ones, as well as those in need. There are families right here in our communities who need our assistance. Help make the season brighter for them by giving generously. And consider giving your children gifts they will cherish for a lifetime; the gift of love and the gift of giving. The holidays are the perfect time to teach your children to be thankful for what they have and to help others. For that is truly what the holidays are about. Have a great holiday season! Sincerely,

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Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Weston Welcomes New Mayor and Commissioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Rotary Club's 15 Years of Giving Through “Run for Tomorrow” . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Get Fit Festival Promotes Wellness in Weston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Food Drive Helps Animals in Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Canine Care Counts for Community Service Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Holiday Travelers Can Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program . . . 20 Family Fun at Annual Epilepsy Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Curtain Closes on Center Stage Showcase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 HDS Foundation Prepares Special Needs Students for Workplace . . . . . . . . . . 24 B’nai Aviv Youth Scholarship Fund Provides Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 AIP Survivor Day Takes On Special Meaning This Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Support Groups Give Strength to Survivors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Holiday Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Watch and Learn with “Lit and the Law” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Can Do Kids Jersey Girls Come to Aid of Superstorm Sandy Victims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Student Organizes Stem Cell Donor Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cypress Bay Cheer Buddies Are Fan Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

real estate The Weston Real Estate Market is Back! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

sports news Sisters Contribute to Cypress Bay’s Golf Team’s Success at States . . . . . . . . . . 41

Health & Wellness How Old are You Really?… Testing Telomere Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Test Your Sleeping “Spinal Q” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Blending Families during the Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 What is Glaucoma? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Cover story Salon One80 Is On The Cutting Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Ask the Expert Which Filler Is Right For You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Need A Lift For The Holidays? Breast Lift Surgery May Be The Answer . . . . . . . 80

school news Character Counts at Imagine Charter School at Weston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Sagemont Boys’ Basketball Team Travels to Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Flight of the Falcons Soars to New Heights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Everglades Elementary First Grade Class Shows Soldiers They Care . . . . . . . . . 56 Gator Run Third Graders Show Their Character . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Parents at Indian Trace Elementary Go Back to School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Indian Trace Elementary Turns Out in Full Force for Green Day . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Cypress Bay Best Buddies Boogie and Bond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Legally Speaking Wipe Out Second Mortgages, Avoid Foreclosure and Stay in Your Home . . . . . . 66 Holiday Cheer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

home decor High Point Design Trends for the New Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

POSITIVE PARENTING Giving Our Children the Gift of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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Natural Selection -- Super Natural Shades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

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Car care How Snowbirds Should Prep Their Vehicles for the Winter Season . . . . . . . . . . 96

Chamber news Weston Area Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at Comfort Suites . . . . . . . . . . 98

Rotary News Saddled for Service: The HORSE HEROES Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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

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A Quiet Christmas – All are invited for an evening of inspirational holiday readings and spirit-filled music followed by an elegant outdoor reception. It takes place at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 580 Indian Trace, from 7-8pm. For more information (954) 384-9096 or visit

10th “Nobody is Perfect” – The Weston Foreign Film Series presents this Spanish film about three men and a woman who could be described as differently-abled. A huge party changes their lives and each has a dream come true in this inspiring film. Showtimes are at 5pm and 7:15pm at Weston 8 Cinema. Tickets are $7. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (954) 389-4321.

13th Cypress Bay Winter Chorus Concert – The Cypress Bay Chorus presents a program of Hanukkah, Christmas, and seasonal favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. The concert starts at 7pm in the Cypress Bay Auditorium. Tickets are $5, payable at the door. For further details call Dija Ziane at (954) 218-6296.


Cypress Bay Winter Band Concert – The concert will feature Cypress Bay’s Menorah Lighting Party – Join the concert bands, jazz bands, marching band Chabad of Weston as it lights its giant and color guard performing various holiday 17-foot menorah at Weston Town Center. In pieces. The top band will perform the 1812 addition to reciting the traditional prayers, Overture by Tchaikovsky. The concert starts guests will also enjoy an evening of exciting at 7pm in the Cypress Bay Auditorium. entertainment, kid-friendly activities and Tickets are $5, payable at the door. For delicious Chanukah treats. The festivities more information call Dija Ziane at (954) begin around 5:30pm. 218-6296.

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“It’s a Wonder-Full Life” – The St. Paul Children’s Choir will perform this musical Chanukah Shabbat Celebration – during the worship services at 8:30am or Temple Dor Dorim is hosting this special 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 580 Indian Trace. For more information call service at 6:30pm. Everyone is asked to (954) 384-9096 or go to bring their menorah and eight candles to celebrate the Festival of Lights together. Immediately following the service is the 3rd annual Moo Shu Chinese Dinner catered by Palm Caterers. Dinner is $10 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $5 for children (ages 5-12), no charge for age 4 and under. Please RSVP to Lauren Cabanas at (954) 389-1232 or Holiday Concert – The American Legion Band, under the direction of Band Leader Jim McGonigal, will perform “Sounds of the Season” at 4pm at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. This holiday concert will include a special guest appearance by Santa Claus.

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“We Bought a Zoo” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. This heartwarming movie is about a LA journalist who quits his job and moves his family to a closed wildlife park that is still home to many adventures, and their adventures as they work together to reopen the park. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in the Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 7:30pm.



Breakfast with Santa – Girl Scout troops from St. Paul Lutheran Church invite the community for breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus , and enjoy a morning of crafts, food and fun. It takes place from 9-11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 580 Indian Trace. For more information call (954) 384-9096 or visit

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Weston Welcomes New Mayor and Commissioners By Stacey Bomser


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and commissioners during a special swearingin ceremony at the November 19th Weston City Commission meeting. Mayor Daniel Stermer is no stranger to Weston government, having served as a City Commissioner from 2002-2010. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, and says he is looking forward to serving the community. “Weston is an extraordinary community and I am proud to have played a part in its development,” shares Mayor Stermer. “It will be an honor to serve now as our City’s third Mayor and I look forward to continuing to ensure the city’s fiscal strength, maintenance and growth of property values. I intend to listen to and leverage the diversity of our city’s many ethnicities to further enhance the close-knit relationships and hometown atmosphere that makes Weston the community it is, which is part of the attraction that draws new homeowners and businesses to our city.” Also accepting the oath of office were Commissioners Angel Gomez and Tom Kallman. This is Gomez’s second term in office. He defeated challenger Daniel Dickey in the November election for City Commission Seat 1.

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Gomez and Kallman join Commissioners Toby Feuer and Jim Norton. They are both up for re-election in 2014 for Commission Seats 4 and 5, respectively. In Weston, the mayor and commissioners are elected at large for four-year terms. This means that all voters can vote for the mayor and any commission seat up for election, regardless of where they live within the city. Weston officials are elected by a plurality; the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is elected.

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Rotary Club's 15 Years of Giving Through “Run for Tomorrow” By Stacey Bomser


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order of the day when the Rotary Club of Weston presents the 15th Annual “Run for Tomorrow” on Sunday, December 9th at Weston Town Center. Almost 2,000 runners took part in last year’s charitable event, which includes a 5K and half marathon, and the Rotary Club is expecting an even bigger turn out this year. More runners means more money for the Rotary’s charities. “The ‘Run for Tomorrow’ is our biggest fundraiser of the year, supporting all of our community and international charity projects, as well as getting our ‘Get Fit’ message out to the community,” explains club president Carolyn Burk. “Fifty percent of the net proceeds from this event will go to the YMCA for their YFit program.” Event proceeds, which totaled almost $49,000 last year, help fund three areas of Weston Rotary Club giving: ▸▸ The Rotary Foundation’s international peace, education, health, and community development programs, including the eradication of polio; ▸▸ Worthy local charitable organizations such as The Harvest Drive, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home, LifeNet4Families (formerly known as the Cooperative Feeding Center), HANDY, and many other projects that support special needs children and families; ▸▸ To promote fitness, health awareness and a healthy lifestyle for children

and adults in the community through programs such as Get Fit Weston and the Weston Rotary YFit for elementary school students. Two years ago, the “Run for Tomorrow” was expanded to include a special one mile Family Health Walk. At the time, Mayor Hersh challenged Weston students to participate as part of the Get Fit Weston initiative to make our town “the fittest city in Florida.” Mayor Stermer is continuing the Mayor’s Challenge Cup tradition. The elementary school with the most student participants, based on percentage of total enrollment, will receive the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup trophy and a $500 check from the Rotary Club of Weston. The Mayor’s Challenge Cup has created a friendly rivalry between schools. Imagine Charter School at Weston has high hopes of maintaining its title, but Indian Trace Elementary has every intention of repeating its inaugural win. In the end, all are winners because every student participant receives a ticket for a free kids meal at Carolina Ale House. It is one of the many generous sponsors of the Rotary “Run for Tomorrow,” along with Title Sponsor DynaServ and Our City Weston.

The Rotary Club of Weston’s “Run for Tomorrow” takes place on Sunday, December 9th at Weston Town Center. The day begins at 6:20am with the 5K and half marathon, followed by the Mayor’s Challenge Cup one-mile Family Health Walk at 9:00am. Runner/walker registration fees range from $20 to $45. For more information or to register go to

Get Fit Festival Promotes Wellness in Weston By Stacey Bomser


he Rotary Club of Weston, the City of Weston,

and Title Sponsor DynaServ, invite everyone to come out for a day of family fun at the third annual Get Fit Festival. The free health, wellness and fitness event is held in conjunction with the Rotary’s “Run for Tomorrow” on Sunday, December 9th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of Weston Town Center for this incredible event. The Get Fit Festival will feature dozens of exhibitors showcasing everything from health foods and supplements to the latest exercise equipment and health services. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, as well as workout demonstrations. Students from local gymnastics, martial arts and dance studios will showcase their skills. In addition, local healthcare providers will be on hand providing health tests and screenings. One of the highlights of the day is the Billy Beck III Superman Challenge. Participants are timed while running a boot camp-style course. Challenges include pushing a Jeep, pulling a weight on a rope, dragging a heavy bag, and then running through a rope obstacle. The Get Fit Festival is the culmination of the six-week Get Fit Weston fitness initiative made possible by the Rotary Club of Weston, the City of Weston and the seven fitness partners: Weston YMCA Family Center, Midtown Athletic Club, Orangetheory Fitness,

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Food Drive Helps Animals in Need By Stacey Bomser


uring this season of giving, don’t forget our four-legged

friends. Pet Sitting at Weston is conducting its 5th Annual Pet Food Drive to benefit the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division. This agency provides shelter to lost and surrendered animals and promotes successful adoptions that enhance the lives of companion animals and their humans. “The shelter’s funding is limited, so additional resources are needed and Pet Sitting at Weston wants to help out,” states Oswaldo Cuadros, owner of Pet Sitting at Weston which pro- Adri Suarez and Olivia Wisman, of Pet Sitting at Weston, present donations to Lisa Mendheim at vides personalized, in home pet the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption. care. “The food drive is a perfect opportunity for the Weston community to share its abundances. And, in the spirit of giving, what better time of year is it to do something nice than around the holidays.” According to Cuadros, “Pet Sitting at Weston will be collecting pet food and other needed items to help make our four-legged domestic friends happier, healthier and more comfortable.” The shelter relies on the generosity of the community and is always grateful for the efforts of Pet Sitting at Weston. Following last year’s pet food drive, Lisa Mendheim from Broward County Animal Care and Adoption wrote: “As always, we are moved

by the continued outpouring of support for all the homeless dogs and cats who are in such desperate need of all the food and supplies you collect for us each year. We certainly appreciate all that you do.” During the first year of this charitable event, Pet Sitting at Weston collected and donated 225 cans of cat food, 35 bags of dog food, 18 leashes, eleven toys, six collars, six blankets, three boxes of treats, and two dog beds. It’s hoping to collect 20 percent more items this year. Although blankets, towels and pet toys are not needed this year, the shelter is in desperate need of canned dog food, Pet Sitting at Weston’s Oswaldo Cuadros, Adri dry dog food, canned cat food, Suarez, Olivia Wisman unload donations and dry cat food, as well as from its annual pet food drive. cat litter, collars and leashes. “During these tough economic times, it is ever more important to help others in the community – including pets,” states Cuadros. “We invite you to join us in this effort.” Donations to the 5th Annual Pet Sitting at Weston Pet Food Drive may be dropped off at community sponsors: Animal Health Center @ Weston (2701 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 1) or at K-9 Kuts (16674 Saddle Club Road). You can also call Pet Sitting at Weston, at (954) 687-8594, to arrange a doorstep pick-up. No cash donations. Pet Sitting at Weston will be accepting donations through December 18th.

Canine Care Counts for Community Service Hours By Stacey Bomser


for the HSBC, Teen Ambassadors can expect to have the dog in their home between two and four weeks, on average. All food and supplies needed to care for the dog are vice hours is as simple as a walk in the park – dog park that is. provided. The Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC) has introduced a new Dog-lovers who can’t have a pet in their home can Teen Adoption Ambassador program which allows earn community service hours by becoming a Teen students to earn community service hours by caring Adoption Ambassador Advocate. Advocates will spread for a shelter dog and promoting its adoption. It’s an the word about the program by hanging posters in easy and fun way for students to earn the 40 hours public places, hosting educational tables at community required for graduation, or the 100 hours needed to events, presenting to faith and school groups, and by qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship. using social media to recruit Adoption Ambassadors. Teen Adoption Ambassadors provide temporary Students need parental permission to become a homes for select dogs, which have been spayed or Teen Adoption Ambassador. Both the parent and teen neutered and received their preliminary vaccinations. must attend a two-hour orientation session. The next In addition to simply caring for the dog, Ambassadors scheduled trainings are on Thursday, December 6th from will also maximize the dogs’ adoption availability 5-7pm, Saturday, December 15th from 2:30-4:30pm, and by walking it in parks and other pet-friendly, highly Saturday, January 12th from 2:30-4:30pm. Orientation visible public venues. sessions take place in the HSBC multipurpose trailer. Teen Ambassadors earn three hours for every day There is no cost to become a Teen Adoption the dog is at their home. They can earn additional Ambassador. Volunteers must agree to a criminal hours by walking the dog while it wears a bright background check. A $15 donation helps cover the orange “Adopt Me” vest, making and hanging signs cost of that service, and also provides a t-shirt and promoting pet adoption, and helping find a loving The Humane Society offers students a fun and HSBC badge. home for the dog. furry way to earn community service hours. Once they have found the perfect home for their For more information on becoming a Teen Adoption Ambassador for the Humane dog, Teen Ambassadors will process the paperwork and present the adopting family Society of Broward County, contact Linda Sanders at (954) 266-6839 or email with their new loving companion. According to Linda Sanders, who coordinates the Adoption Ambassador Program or Cypress Bay High School students, earning community ser-

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Holiday Travelers Can Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program By Stacey Bomser


hether the upcoming holiday season takes you over the

river and through the woods to grandmother’s house or on a relaxing Caribbean cruise, Weston residents can rest a little easier knowing their homes are under the careful watch of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Simply sign up for the free Home Watch program. While homeowners are away, a BSO deputy, Community Service Aid, or C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol) volunteer will check on your home regularly. An exterior check of your home will be conducted to make sure there have been no unlawful entries and that no other obvious problems have occurred outside your home. To sign up for this free service, simply download the form from the BSO website ( or pick one up at the Weston Police Services Building located at 17350 Royal Palm Boulevard. That is where completed forms should be submitted. Homeowners must provide the dates and times the home will be unoccupied, along with a contact phone number of a trusted neighbor or local relative. In addition to registering for the Home Watch program, homeowners can further protect their property while they are out of town by taking a few precautions. The Broward Sheriff’s Office recommends you: ▸▸ let a trusted neighbor know when you’ll be away, and leave a spare key and an emergency telephone number where they can reach you; ▸▸ make your home appear occupied by attaching timers to the lights and television sets; ▸▸ open some of the drapes or blinds; during daytime hours this gives the appear-

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ance that someone is home, and during the evening, lights inside the house are more visible; have your newspaper and mail held, or picked up by a friend or neighbor; invite a neighbor to park their car in your driveway; lock your garage door and disconnect the automatic opener; don’t forget to set your alarm; and, never leave a message on your telephone answering machine stating you are out of town.

If you are traveling by air, arrive early at The Weston BSO’s Home Watch program offers added security the airport; long lines to check-in for flights while you are out of town. and at security check points are often a cause of frustration for travelers. If you are picking up guests at the airport, BSO reminds you not to park on the swale at the entrance of the airport. You can park in the “cell phone” lot until your loved one’s flight arrives. If you are traveling by car, allow yourself enough time to reach your destination since the roadways are always more congested during the holidays. Confirm your vehicle is in proper working order prior to traveling. If you plan to stop at a rest area, make certain it is well-lit and lock your doors when you exit the vehicle.

Family Fun at Annual Epilepsy Fundraiser By Stacey Bomser


et Moving with Gabby” was the theme of the Silverstein

family’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. They started the tradition three years ago after their daughter, Gabby, was diagnosed with epilepsy. Epilepsy is not a disease, but rather a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. One in three Americans is living with epilepsy. There is no cure, but Gabby and her family are hoping to change that. Each November, in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month, they host a fundraiser. This year’s event raised over $1500. The fun-filled day featured Kidokinetics entertaining kids with organized sports, music by DJ Jason Bank of Jammin Express, a bounce house, face painting and much more. Gabby, a second grader at Gator Run Elementary School, says she felt special seeing so many people supporting her and this cause. “I think it’s important because the money raised will help find a cure for epilepsy, so maybe I won’t have it anymore and I won’t have to take medicine everyday.” Leigh, Wesley, Heather and Gabby Silverstein hosted The fundraiser is truly “Get Moving with Gabby” to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Photography by Rosie Hernandez. a family affair. Gabby’s

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Children participated in a Kidokinetics class. Photography by Rosie Hernandez.

brother, Wesley, collected raffle prizes. This was his mitzvah project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The event is not the only way Gabby is raising awareness about epilepsy. For the second year, she was a guest on Radio Disney. She also sells purple bracelets printed with the message: “Gabby Gives 4 Epilepsy.” The bracelets sell for $2 each. Gabby donates the money to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she was a patient. You can help Gabby in her efforts to find a cure for epilepsy by purchasing a bracelet or making a donation through her Gabby Gives 4 Epilepsy facebook page. To learn more about epilepsy visit

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Curtain Closes on Center Stage Showcase By Stacey Bomser


ach year the Bonaventure Town Center Club’s Center Stage

Showcase brings world-class entertainers to town. The best of the “borsht belt” and the crowd-pleasing stars from the Catskill Mountains have all made tour stops here, and the 2013 season promises to be no exception. The five show series runs January through March and offers everything from comedy to musical variety to big band sounds. The performances are all cabaret-style, with coffee and cake served at each table. Comedian Lonnie Shorr kicks off the 2013 Center Stage Showcase series on Saturday, January 26th at 8pm. Described as a contemporary observer of life, Shorr uses his lightning quick wit in a most charming manner. His disarming air, coupled with a hint of Southern drawl, makes him able to present satirical and honest material within a framework of supposed innocence. The following week, Paul Tanner takes the stage with his musical variety show. The singer-impressionist has often been compared to the Man of Many Voices, Danny Gans. At the age of 7, Tanner did his very first impression. But it was his classical training at the Julliard School of Music coupled with his natural singing ability that turned him into a must-see sensation. His show is jam-packed with impressions from the worlds of celebrity, comedy and music. Showtime is at 8pm on Saturday, February 2nd. On Sunday, February 17th The Bronx Wanderers are the guest performers at a special celebration in honor of Bob Fedderwitz’s 25th Anniversary as executive director of the Bonaventure Town Center Club. “This evening will not be about me, but more about our audience, our members and our community and how they have given me the opportunity to serve them over the last 25 years,” says Fedderwitz. “I invite everyone to join us on this special evening when we will share the amazing stories of the many famous people who have graced our stage. We will reminisce about some of the most memorable moments, laughing and crying as we Top Left: Lonnie Shorr Bottom Left: Paul Tanner walk down memory lane.” With exceptional vocals and musicianship, incredible passion and a genuine love of the music they perform, The Bronx Wanderers recreate the magic of the doo-wop and rock-n-roll era. This talented band guarantees an evening that will have the audience toe-tapping, hand clapping and dancing in the aisles all night long. The show begins at 8pm. Broadway star Carol Woods comes to Bonaventure on Saturday, March 9th at 8pm.

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It’s a true treat to experience her musical variety show live. This extraordinary talent received a standing ovation during the 50th Grammy Awards singing “Let It Be” from the Across the Universe soundtrack. The 2013 Center Stage Showcase concludes on Sunday, March 17th at 4pm with The American Legion Symphonic Band. All ages will enjoy the big sound of this 60 piece band who have become regular performers at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. One of the largest community bands in the area, these talented volunteer musicians (amateurs and professionals) appeal to all ages, and the afternoon performance is sure to draw children and adults alike. The bands' repertoire consists of marches, light classical pieces, Broadway shows, patriotic selections and a sampling of jazz and swing thrown in for good measure! Sadly, this is the final season of the Center Stage Series. Fedderwitz promises plans are already in the works for something bigger and better next season. “We’re working with the City of Weston to open our theater to bring in big reviews like Le Cirque or the Radio City Rockettes, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. We’re hoping to appeal to a multicultural and multigenerational audience.” Tickets are on sale now for the Bonaventure Town Center Club’s 2013 Center Stage Showcase. A season package with tickets to all five shows is $77. Individual tickets are $20 for Lonnie Shorr, Paul Tanner, or Carol Woods, $30 for The Bronx Wanderers, and $10 for The American Legion Symphonic Band. “There is not a bad seat in the house,” says Fedderwitz, who serves as Center Stage Showcase emcee. “There are two giant screens to capture everything on stage. You won’t miss a moment of the magic.”

To purchase tickets to any of the 2013 Center Stage Showcase performances call (954) 384-8330 or stop by the Bonaventure Town Center Club at the intersection of Saddle Club Road and Bonaventure Boulevard. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Town Center Club. For more information on the Center Stage Showcase or other events at the Bonaventure Town Center Club visit

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TAG USA wins State Championship Two Years In A Row!


AG USA Gymnastics has once again been crowned Florida USAG 2012 State Champions for Level 3 Girls Gymnastics. The First Place USAG State Championship is TAG USA’s second in a row for Level 3 Gymnastics. During the 2011-12 season, TAG USA won State Championships in Level 3, Level 4, and in Prep-Optionals. The unprecedented string of State Championships has vaulted TAG USA Gymnastics into the upper echelon of the nation’s best gyms. On November 17th and 18th, Florida USAG held their State Championship Competition for Level 2 and Level 3 teams in Deerfield Beach. Over 100 participating gymnastics clubs competed in Florida’s illustrious meet. The TAG USA Level 3 Team finished with an all around score of 116.200, beating other top three Florida gyms by nearly two points. TAG USA beat perennial powerhouses like Tampa Bay Turners, Ace, and Orlando Metro by a large margin. TAG USA finished first all around in vault, beam, bars and floor. No other Broward County Gym finished in the top five.

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TAG USA’s gymnasts also had over 20 individual First Place State Champions with every one of their Level 3 gymnasts finishing in the top three in their age group. Even TAG USA’s smallest gymnasts, the Level 2 Team, finished their season with a third place finish in the USAG State Championships. TAG USA’s Level 2 Team is composed mostly of five and six year old girls competing in their first championship meet.

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HDS Foundation Prepares Special Needs Students for Workplace By Stacey Bomser


are basic office tools that any person working in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students at Cypress Bay High School an office needs to know.” from finding jobs. The Weston-based HDS Foundation has created a hands-on The first step is to job training program that is getting these students ready to join the workforce. teach the students the software and how to use it. “We want them to know it like they know their phones, where they can text, post to Facebook, play intricate games, etc.,” explains Gilson. “We will teach them until they are proficient.” The HDS Foundation was the brainchild of Cristina Miranda Gilson, founder of She says the second Housing and Development Services, Inc., a software company providing services to part is more challenging. the affordable housing and community development market. Within her Weston-based That’s where the students Cristina Miranda Gilson, CEO and Founder of HDS Companies and the HDS Foundation, enjoying a pizza company, she had fostered a corporate culture of volunteering and supporting community actually use these tools to party with students A.J. LaFontaine and Steven Gordon. organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, address a need. “We are the Dan Marino Foundation and Autism Speaks. The latter agencies were always especially having all of the departments in the company come up with real-life scenarios where important to Gilson they use Word or Excel to manage a task or need. There’s a lot you can do with just because her youngest these two applications, and we want to bring it down to the practical use.” daughter has an Autism To reinforce these skills, Gilson’s company donated a dozen computers plus software Spectrum Disorder. to Cypress Bay so the students can practice what they’ve learned. They have already When her daughter created their own website in class. started high school last In addition to software, the students are also learning valuable business skills such year Gilson realized the as marketing through the mentoring program. “They manufacture special novelty need to help transition pens, called Pizzazz Pens, at school as part of the Best Buddies program, which they ESE students who have package very nicely and can sell as giveaways for different businesses,” notes Gilson. autism and related dis- “Last year we taught them how to do a small marketing campaign and sell our marketabilities into adulthood. ing director on the idea to buy them for one of our conferences. Our team worked with “In many ways it has the kids and eventually they presented the idea to her and walked away with a sale.” Cypress Bay ESE students A.J. LaFontaine (left), Brian Espinet, Maria Duran and Steven Gordon are participating in been seeing how my Gilson says the HDS Foundation will be working with the students to create a website a workplace mentoring program with the HDS Foundation. own daughter has been to market their Pizzazz Pens to the community. “I know many small businesses buy mentored by others and the positive influence it has had on her life that encouraged giveaways of different types. What a better way to support their organization than to me to do the same for this population of kids and young adults.” buy something that you would normally get anyways, but know that our own comAccording to Gilson, the HDS Foundation has a two-fold mission: to mentor high munity’s special needs kids created them.” school students to teach them certain business skills in a real office environment, and She is also hopeful that local businesses will considering hiring one of these students. improve their chances for gainful employment; and to try to create a business model for “As a small business owner I can tell you, you always have things that need to be done. small businesses to be able to hire a person with special needs by helping the employer If we, in this community, commit to hiring at least one person, whether part-time or better understand effective ways of working with such an full-time, we can make a huge difference in the lives of individual, strategies that work, and how valuable these those who most need it.” students can be to their small business needs. Having worked alongside these students for almost Last spring, Gilson started a mentoring program at Cypress a year now, Gilson knows first-hand that these students Bay working with the school’s ESE specialists. Twice a week are employable and offer valuable assets to the workplace. the students go to the Housing and Development Services “When we worked on building resumes and how to look office where they work alongside company employees for a job, many of the students listed a couple of places learning valuable office-technology skills. they had worked. One of them had a real interview last According to Dr. Sheryl Sugerman, Support Facilitator/ month and she got the job! Everyone here was so excited ESE Teacher at Cypress Bay, the mentoring program is a and happy, it almost brought tears to our eyes.” wonderful complement to the student’s career exploration Gilson says she would like to expand the mentoring curriculum. “The classroom has various centers dependent program, but in order to do so the Foundation needs more on the jobs available in the community. One of our cencapital. “What more would I love than asking my landlord ters is clerical. Students have been learning to photocopy, Steven Gordon working on his resume to lease more space, hire the staff I need to teach what we collate paper, shred paper, file, enter data into a database, during the job search unit. are trying to, including programming, purchase additional answer telephones, etc. Working at HDS has allowed the students to generalize their equipment and really get this thing going.” skills into an actual work environment.” The mentoring program is focusing on Microsoft Office 2010 this year, specifically To learn more about the HDS Foundation, its mission and its mentoring program, Outlook, Word and Excel. According to Gilson, “We think that these three programs visit nemployment rates may be high, but that’s not preventing

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B’nai Aviv Youth Scholarship Fund Provides Opportunities By Stacey Bomser


United Synagogue Youth (USY) is for high school students. Kadima is for and teens are members of the middle school students. Chalutzim youth groups at Temple B’nai is for elementary school students in Aviv. Many of them would not be able grades three through five. to participate in these religious-based “The youth programs in a synagogue programs were it not for the Youth are some of the most vital programs for Scholarship Fund. It enables teens to children and teens,” states Morchelies. attend worthwhile educational, social “It truly keeps kids connected to their and philanthropic programs who othfaith and upholds the traditions we erwise could not afford to do so. have followed for many years in Jewish The Youth Scholarship Fund was history. It also provides a safe and created in 1996 in honor of David wholesome atmosphere for kids. At Lindenbaum, the temple’s former B’nai Aviv, our teens can simply be youth director who tragically died in themselves and nobody is judged.” a car accident. It is funded through Strong bonds of friendship are fosdonations and creative fundraisers tered through the youth group’s many B’nai Aviv USYers at the Sub-Regional Convention in Fort Lauderdale. coordinated by the children themselves. activities. Plans are now in the works for One of its big fundraisers is Lox the annual USY Chapter Retreat over Box, which is going on now. “It allows temple members to send bagels, cream cheese, President’s Day weekend in February. It is held at Camp Shalom in Ocala. “We engage nova lox and other goodies to their friends on the first morning of Hanukkah,” explains in many aspects of fun, leadership training, education and bonding,” shares Morchelies, Youth Director Todd Morchelies. “Next month we are coordinating Jews in Baseball, noting that the weekend culminates with a fun-filled day at Islands of Adventure. bringing in past and present Jewish sports figures.” A Sports Sunday class for children in kindergarten through fourth grade is just To learn more about the youth group programs at Temple B’nai Aviv, visit the youth one of the programs Morchelies oversees. There are also three different youth groups. website at ore than 150 children

AIP Survivor Day Takes On Special Meaning This Year By Stacey Bomser ·


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class. Trainer Tom Rayhill started the program in Weston in 2000 and offers classes at both Tequesta Trace Park and Weston Regional Park. “The most amazing thing about this class is the people in it,” shares Tom. “We’re a close-knit group.” So, when he heard that one of his long-time students had appendix cancer, Tom knew he had to do something to help her and her family. He organized an Athletes in Progress “Survivor Day” fundraiser and collected $14,000 to help cover her growing medical bills. Athletes in Progress started Survivor Day a few years ago to challenge athletes’ physical skills. Tom says this year’s program took on a new meaning, as one of their own is now fighting for survival. “Pam has been part of the class for about six or seven years. Her years of training are giving her the strength to fight this rare form of cancer,” shares Tom, noting that she is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy.

Just days before she began therapy, Pam and her family came out for Survivor Day. It was an amazing day of challenging fitness for all ages. It included fitness programs such as boot camp classes and yoga, as well as competitive events to see who could do the most push-ups, sit-ups, longest plank, fastest runner, and more. Other challenges included an obstacle course, tug-of-war and truck push. One of the highlights of the day was the dunk tank. Participants took turns trying to seek revenge for their rigorous workouts by dunking Tom into the cold water. The Survivor Day event also included arts and crafts and games for kids, fabulous food, and amazing raffle prizes, many donated by Athletes In Progress members. To learn more about Athletes in Progress or to donate to help Pam and her family, visit www.

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day season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December actually has the lowest number of suicides. However, the holidays are often a hard time for the survivors of suicide, those who lost a loved one. The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP), based here in Weston, offers six suicide survivor support groups. “These meetings, which are led by a FISP facilitator, offer healing support for the family and friends of those who have died by suicide,” explains Jackie Rosen, Founder and Executive Director of FISP. Coincidentally, FISP was created by Rosen out of a support group she attended. She shares that after her son died she started attending Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who had lost a child. It was there that she met other families who had children who died by suicide. “Our grief process was different from those who lost a child to illness or an accident,” states Rosen. “We needed support specifically from suicide loss and so FISP was born.” During the FISP Survivor Support Group sessions, members discuss their feelings, the grieving process and offer advice and compassion to one and other. This often extends outside the session. “Many people form friendships with people in the group and they become their own support system,” notes Rosen. For example, Sisters of Suicide is a group of mothers of suicide victims. It was started by Jelaine Zuccari and a few other women who attend the support group meeting at

Cleveland Clinic Florida. They text each other whenever they need support and are available to each other 24 hours a day. Sisters of Suicide’s text support system has been well received and now has members from other FISP support groups participating. That’s the beauty of FISP’s support groups, they are all inclusive. “Our support groups are open to all survivors as well as the family and friends supporting them emotionally,” states Rosen, noting that many people attend more than one group. “They meet on different days in different locations to accommodate everyone. There is no formula. We encourage people to find a group that you feel comfortable with and a facilitator you can relate to.” In Weston, the FISP Suicide Survivor Support Group meets the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30pm in the Jagelman Conference Center, room 4, at Cleveland Clinic Florida. FISP just started a new support group for siblings. It is open to all ages, but children under 18 years old must have written parental permission to attend. The siblings group meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Florida Blue/BCBS of Florida located in the Sawgrass Mills Circle. All FISP suicide survivor support groups are free. A complete list of all locations and meeting times is available at Participants are asked to preregister online or by calling (954) 384-0344.

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By Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon


or many of us, the holiday season is a time of

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Jersey Girls Come to Aid of Superstorm Sandy Victims By Stacey Bomser


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astation caused by superstorm Sandy touched all of us. While thousands of Weston residents sent prayers and well wishes to friends and families up north directly impacted by the storm, two sets of sisters wanted to do more. It was while watching the Red Cross Telethon, that Cameron and Jordyn Gartner and Melanie and Carly Louis started talking about what they could do to help their hometowns in New Jersey. Carly and Melanie moved to Florida two years ago. They were devastated when they heard none of their friends and family in New Jersey had electricity and were worried because the weather was getting colder. Jordyn, who was born in New Jersey, was saddened to hear her mother talk about all the damage done in her hometown and seeing pictures of the devastation friends had posted on Facebook. Together, the girls came up with the idea of soliciting donations for the American Red Cross on election day. They knew there would be long lines at the polling places and they would be able to reach a lot of people. So, while other students enjoyed the day off by

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

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importance of helping others. “From this experience, I learned how precious life is and how important it lyssa Salbe is no stranger to helpis to care about those you love, including friends ing others in need. The Tequesta Trace and family. I think about the happiness Shira and Middle School seventh grader has helped her family will feel when a match is found and that fill backpacks with school supplies for disadvantaged makes me feel good.” students, raise funds for animal care at the Humane Although her donation drive is over, Alyssa Society, and sold pink weaved bracelets to raise encourages everyone to “get swabbed.” All it takes money for breast cancer. She is hoping she can help is a simple cheek swab which is then registered in save a life with her latest endeavor. a national database. If you are found to be a genetic For her Bat Mitzvah project, Alyssa organized a match for someone battling blood cancer, you will stem cell donor drive at Temple B’nai Aviv. Her hope be called upon to donate stem cells or possibly is that of the 60 people who registered and had their bone marrow. Potential donors must be between cheeks swabbed, one will be a match for Shira Klein. the ages of 18 and 55, be in good health, and weigh “Shira is a family friend who has Hodgkin’s more than 110 pounds but have a body mass index Lymphoma,” explains Alyssa. “When I heard that of less than 40. Shira was so sick and saw her three young kids, there Although the chance of finding a match is one in was no doubt in my mind that I would help so that several thousand, it only takes one person to save a her children can have their mom around for a long, Alyssa Salbe held a stem cell donor drive at her life. Alyssa encourages anyone eligible to register. It’s long time.” temple to help save the life of a family friend. simple – either find a local drive or register online at Alyssa explains that stem cells can help save the They will mail you a do-it-yourself cheek swab kit. life of someone like Shira who is suffering from a blood cancer. “Healthy stem cells of a You can also help by donating to DKMS Americas. It costs the agency $65 to register closely matched donor are given as a life saving treatment for those who have leukemia, each donor. Donors pay nothing; that cost is fully funded by donations. To contribute lymphoma or many other blood diseases. The patient is given the donor’s healthy blood go to On the application, be sure to select Shira Klein which form cells in his/her bloodstream where they can begin to function and multiply.” #SKN000 under “Donor Drive”. In addition to learning how stem cells work to save lives, Alyssa also learned the


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Cypress Bay Cheer Buddies Are Fan Favorites By Stacey Bomser


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leaders, but that’s exactly what’s been happening at Cypress Bay games lately. The school’s successful Cheer Buddies program, for students with special needs, is now in its second season.

Cypress Bay Varsity Cheerleaders and Cheer Buddies.

Senior Alexia Alter, a Cypress Bay Varsity Cheerleader, created Cheer Buddies last year. “I wanted to make a program where students with special needs could forget about those ‘labels’ they have and feel like they are no different than anyone else.” Although she had to go through many hurdles to get the program started, Alexia never lost sight of her mission. “I wanted to open cheerleading to special needs students because I felt that it would be a great way for them to

socialize and interact with all of the cheerleaders. Now, the Buddies walk around campus feeling wanted and a part of something.” Sophomore Katherine (Kate) Gilson-Miranda, who has autism, says she has made many new friends through Cheer Buddies. “We talk at school, we sometimes have lunch together, and we text each other just to talk. I have fun and get to participate with them at the games, and do extra things at school. I love it!” Kate’s mother, Cristina Miranda-Gilson, has noticed the positive impact Cheer Buddies has had on her daughter. “The work that Alexia and the other girls have done has transformed Kate’s high school experience. It has created an environment of friendship, understanding, acceptance, and an opportunity for a child to participate in something that otherwise would not happen.” Alexia notes, the parent of another Cheer Buddy shared that her child was doing better in school just because she is now comfortable to ask questions and is more confident.

Cheer Buddy Alexis Chung practices a stunt.

time to mentor these kids are also affected. “I think the cheerleaders gain a great awareness of how the Buddies feel,” explains Alexia. “Just like the cheerleaders, the Buddies are trying to get by in high school. It shows the cheerleaders that they are role models and are expected to make the Buddies feel wanted and special.” What’s truly special is the reaction when the Cheer Buddies take the field at a Lightning football game or walk onto the courts at a basketball game. According to Alexia, “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Everyone was cheering the girls on. Some tears of joy, and some applauding. It

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“This program is not about the cheerleading and being spirited, it is about the confidence, role-modeling, and the friendships,” points out Alexia. “The Cheer Buddies gain so much from this experience. It gives the kids the opportunity to not only experience the joys of high school, but also provides them with a real-life social experience that no social group or psychologist could ever Cypress Bay Cheerleaders and Cheer Buddies at a Lightning football game. accomplish.” A sense of accomplishment is what the was amazing to see.” Buddies have after cheering their hearts out at a Cypress The program has proven so successful that the Weston Bay game. They work hard to prepare for their perforWarriors football program started a Cheer Buddies program mance. According to Alexia, they practice for about two this past season. In addition, Alexia says Western High hours a day the week before the game working on cheers School is planning on starting Cheer Buddies, and she and basic motions and jumps. has been contacted by students at American Heritage and But the Cheer Buddies aren’t the only ones to gain St. Thomas Aquinas who are interested in implementing from this program, the cheerleaders who volunteer their something similar at their schools.

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Watch and Learn with “Lit and the Law” By Stacey Bomser


he election may be over, but the issue of campaign finance

reform is still relevant. That’s the subject of the first session of the “Lit and the Law” program, presented by the BonWest Chapter of ORT America. The new season starts next month with the Academy Award winning movie, The Candidate, starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle. Don’t be confused by the name. “Lit and the Law” started in 2000 as a book club, but now uses film as its format to explore legal issues. “After struggling through Kafka’s The Trial with a 100 page sentence nobody understood, we moved to more popular books by authors like Jodi Picoult,” explains Joy Rodenberg, one of the founding members. “It soon became apparent that many of our group belonged to other book clubs and didn’t have time to read another book. So, we piloted showing a film followed by a discussion and it worked out great.” Attorney Andy Kassier has been facilitating the group since its inception. A teacher at heart, he hopes participants gain an appreciation of law from their discussions. “Over the years we have dealt with a wide variety of issues including right to privacy, criminal justice, government spending, immigration, power of the press, military justice, and what the law might be like in futuristic societies.” Now in its twelfth season, Rodenberg credits Kassier for keeping the program

going. “Andy has never failed to capture the audience with the history of the subject as well as its current relevance. His engaging manner, his openness to questions, and his broad knowledge are what attract so many of us year after year. It’s entertainment and education combined at its best!” With films like Twelve Angry Men, Absence of Malice and Paths of Glory, “Lit and the Law” participants have enjoyed some incredible movies. Although most of the movies have been feature films, they watched the HBO documentary Hot Coffee last year while exploring tort reform and frivolous lawsuits. When the 2013 “Lit and the Law” season starts on January 11th, just days before President Obama takes the oath of office, the group will watch The Candidate. “Lit and the Law” takes place the second Friday of the month, January through March, at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. The film is shown at 12:30pm, followed by a discussion at 2pm. The program is open to everyone. The cost is $20 for the series or $7 per session; fees payable at the door. Proceeds benefit the BonWest Chapter of ORT America. ORT is one of the largest governmental education and training organizations in the world. The BonWest Chapter has been serving our community for 27 year years.

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ypress Bay High School’s girls golf team clenched a second

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Salon One80 Is On The Cutting Edge By Stacey Bomser


here’s an old adage that “it’s better to give than

receive.” Although heard mostly around the holidays, this philosophy is something Renee Zapata, owner of Salon One80, practices all year long. Not only is she committed to giving clients the best service and salon experience possible, she is also a strong supporter of charitable causes and community organizations. Renee opened Salon One80 two years ago. It was a dream come true. “My whole life I have worked in the salon industry and truly love it,” shares Renee. “From the age of 14 as a shampoo assistant to being a stylist by the age of 17, this has always been my passion.” She is equally passionate about the people in her life. Renee credits her husband and four children for giving her the love, courage and encouragement to open Salon One80 and build it into one of the most successful salons in Weston. She acknowledges that would not have been possible without the support of her extended family — her incredible staff, many of whom she has worked with for the past 20 years. Renee has had some clients for nearly as long. “Some of my clients have been with me so long, I now cut the hair of their children,” she jokes. All kidding aside, Renee loves the reputation her salon has for being the friendliest in town. “My number one goal is to make Salon One80 the place where everyone wants to go and always feels welcome. We receive so many compliments from clients. They all love the intimacy of the salon. The future looks bright for Salon One80, which is celebrating its second anniversary. From the moment you walk in you sense the warmth. It’s a welcoming and relaxing place to be.” Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The salon recently sponsored a Salon One80 is also the place to go for exceptional service. Renee is committed to bowl-a-thon to benefit lung cancer awareness efforts. This cause is important to the providing clients with the best new products and services in the industry. “My staff and entire salon staff because they lost one of their own to this terrible disease. “The event I attend all the big hair shows and take continuing education classes to keep current was in her honor,” explains Renee. “By supporting it we show how much we love and on the latest techniques and trends,” she shares. “In fact, I’m so excited to introduce miss her, and hopefully can help raise awareness and funds to find a cure.” The American Wave to Weston. It’s the newest trend in hair.” Salon One80 is also committed to raising money for children’s cancer research. It raised $7000 by offering reduced price haircuts, blowouts, manicures and pedicures during its second annual cut-a-thon to benefit the Miracles for Madison Foundation. It is named for Madison Star Schafer, a brave little girl who sadly lost her battle with a rare form of cancer this past July. “Madison showed me how to be a stronger person and a fighter,” shares Renee. “It was my privilege to know her and her family.” Renee also believes in giving back to the community. The salon supports various local organizations and schools by making donations for raffles and other fundraisers. “We also sponsor the Weston Hawks travel baseball team. Go Hawks!” Spread some holiday cheer this season with a gift certificate to Salon One80. In addition to hair, the full service salon also offers a complete menu of nail services, including Gelish and Shellac, as well as skin care and facial treatments using the exclusive Dermalogica product line. Gift certificates are available in any denomination; you can build your own “spa day” package. The Salon One80 staff traveled to New York to become certified in this new technique which creates natural texture and waves. It is one of the only salons in the area Salon One80 is located in the Indian Trace to offer this exclusive treatment. The American Wave is a chemical process which lasts Center at 1396 SW 160th Avenue. Salon three to six months. hours are Tuesday through Thursday from For those clients who prefer straight hair, Salon One80 is pleased to offer Global 9am to 8pm, Friday from 9am to 6pm, and Keratin, one of the only straightening treatments approved by the FDA. The salon Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The salon will also features the Thicken It line of hair extensions. It carries three different kinds of offer extended hours for the holidays. Call extensions, so there is an option for every budget and hair type. (954) 349-4414 to schedule an appointment. Speaking of hair extensions, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Walk-ins are always welcome. Salon One80 offered pink hair extensions to benefit the American Cancer Society’s

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Character Counts at Imagine Charter School at Weston By Stacey Bomser


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Sagemont Boys’ Basketball Team Travels to Israel for Educational and Cultural Exchange By Stacey Bomser


t’s tough to top a State Championship win, but the Sagemont

Boys’ Basketball Team may have done just that. The team was invited to play basketball in Israel as part of an educational and cultural exchange with the Maccabi Haifa Club. This once in a lifetime experience exposed the boys to Israel’s rich religious heritage and ancient archeological sites, as well as forged friendships that may last a lifetime. The 14 Sagemont athletes spent ten days traveling through Israel and playing basketball. The trip was sponsored jointly by The Sagemont School, The Jewish Federation of Broward County, and Maccabi Haifa, one of Israel’s largest youth basketball programs. The goal of the Maccabi Haifa Educational Exchange Program is to increase international understanding between American and Israeli youth utilizing basketball as a vehicle for building relationships and creating an understanding of countries and cultures. The team played games while visiting Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Junior Joe Kirby was surprised at how well the Israeli boys played basketball. “They were actually better than I expected them to be.” Teammate Adam Jurko, a Sagemont sophomore, agreed, noting all three games were very competitive. “The teams we played were some of the top teams in Israel. They have practices six times a week just like we do.” The level of commitment to their sport wasn’t the only similarity the Sagemont players noticed between life in Israel and here at home. One component of the trip was a four-day stay with a host family during which the boys were able to experience the life of a typical Israeli family. “They watch many of the same things on TV as we do,” noted Junior Jordan Cooper. “The food is very different and I was a bit skeptical about trying some things, but I’m glad I did because it was great.” “The host family I lived with was similar to my own family,” shares Adam. “Both parents work and they have multiple children who play basketball, as well as a dog.” He did point out that, unlike here, in Israel public transportation is widely used. “Most of the youth either walk to their destination or take a public bus if they’re going further away.” Joe noted that his host family was also very energy conscious. “They didn’t really use air conditioning, and they walked and took the bus more than they drove their cars. But, for the most part, life for the family I stayed with wasn’t that different from the way we live here.” One big difference between the two countries is the historical relevance of Israel. It is the home of the world’s three major religions. “Considering all the different religions practiced by our diverse team, everyone was able to appreciate the sacred sites of Israel,” shares Adam. He says sightseeing was the highlight of each day in Israel. “Whether we were floating in the Dead Sea, touring museums and religious sites, or hiking at three in

The Sagemont basketball team and the Maccabi Haifa team after an exhibition game.

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The Sagemont Boys’ Basketball team taking a break after a long hike through the Carmel Mountains of Haifa.

the morning, we never felt like the typical tourist.” The boys visited some of Israel’s most well-known tourist destinations. Their busy itinerary included the northern region of the country where Jesus was born and preached; Jerusalem and the Old City including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (stations of the cross) and Western Wall (home of the first Jewish temple); Yad Vashem, a memorial to the six million Jews, Christians and Gypsies killed during the holocaust; and climbing Masada, Herod’s fortress near the Dead Sea. The boys agree the trip was an eye-opening experience. According to Jordan, “It puts everything in perspective when you see kids your age serving in the army and you realize just how different Israeli culture is.” Adam says the trip has given him a better understanding of Israel’s significance to the world. “Before this trip, what I knew of Israel was only from textbooks and the internet. Now I see how so many religions from around the world can be tied to the history of one small country.” While the players appreciated the opportunity to visit such a historically significant country and interact so closely with its people, Sagemont President Brent Goldman was moved by how the experience affected his students. “They came back as different people. They learned that there is life outside of South Florida. They learned to appreciate another culture. They learned that teenagers from another country are eerily similar to them. They left Israel with a lifetime of memories and many new friends.” These new friends may be coming to Weston next year. As part of the educational and cultural exchange, Sagemont is hoping to host the Israeli players in March. “They were awesome hosts so it’s only fair we show them the American lifestyle,” says Jordan. Joe is looking forward to reconnecting with his Israeli “brothers.” “We only stayed with our host families for four days but every day my fellow teammates and their respective host brothers got together and we bonded forming great relationships.” Adam is anxious to show the Israeli players his community and culture. “I would like to take them to the beach, maybe a Heat game, and an airboat ride in the Everglades to see alligators and the swamp so close to where we live.” Evidently, the program was a success. This educational and cultural exchange of students has definitely built international relationships between the Israeli and American basketball players.

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Flight of the Falcons Soars to New Heights By Stacey Bomser


light of the Falcons is the Falcon Cove Middle School PTA’s

largest fundraiser. The day-long carnival raises money to support programs at the school. This year’s festival had more student participants and raised more money than ever before. The PTA collected $62,400; that’s $10,000 more than last year. The money is earmarked to enhance the school grounds. “Our whole sixth grade is in portables and the area around them gets flooded, so the money will be used to pave the areas surrounding the portables,” explains PTA President Ana Pol. “If there is money left over it will be used, as previous years, for technology updates.” In the last two years, the PTA has donated two new computer labs with proceeds from Flight of the Falcons. While the students definitely benefit from these projects, for them the day is all about fun. In order to participate, students had to collect a minimum of $25 in donations. For that, students Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan, IT Director Jeremy Gershwin and 6th Grade Counselor Randy Rosenberg are ready to launch an attack against students in a water balloon fight at Flight of the Falcons.

were entitled to miss class and go to the carnival. Each grade spent two-hours enjoying the numerous games and activities. Highlights included a water balloon fight with the administration and getting to take a picture next to the Miami Heat’s 2012 Championship trophy. “My favorite part was touching the trophy. It was awesome!” states seventh grader Tomas Martinez. For eighth grader Antares Tobelem, the best part was “hanging out with my friends and taking videos of the whole thing.” Pure Energy Entertainment’s DJ played dance music throughout the day. The Weston Family YMCA hosted a sports station. The PTA grader Nicolas Pol poses with the treated everyone to tasty treats. The Sixth Miami Heat’s Championship trophy. students who reached the highest fundraising levels could earn passes to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld, gift certificates for electronics and sports equipments, and other amazing prizes. “Our sponsors and vendors were so generous we could not have done this without their support,” states Pol.

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Everglades Elementary First Grade Class Shows Soldiers They Care By Stacey Bomser


In his letter, Tomas Guttman asked the soldier what he likes to eat, and also thanked him for serving our country. He explains, “It became an in the box project for first is important to support our troops because graders at Everglades Elementary they make our world safe. They are brave School. Marcy Winer’s class wrote letters and and they protect our country.” sent care packages to soldiers for Veteran’s Day. In addition to their lovely letters, the class The class had been learning about people also collected candy and snacks to send to the and traditions in a social studies unit being soldiers. Mrs. Winer sent the care package to taught by their student teacher, Ms. Whitworth. Kevin Chaskalson, a Marine she knows who “Many holidays were discussed, but the stuis serving in South Korea. He will share the dents took a special interest in Veteran’s letters and treats with his fellow servicemen. Day,” shares Mrs. Winer in explaining what The package was expected to arrive in time prompted this patriotic project. for Veteran’s Day. One of the students, Hailey Alexander, In addition to the letter writing lesson, suggested the class write letters to soldiers the class also read Jill Biden’s children’s overseas. The class embraced this project. book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. According to Mrs. Winer, the students thanked The wife of the vice president was inspired the servicemen and women for protecting by her family’s experience while her son our country and for risking their lives for us. was serving in Iraq. The beautiful story is She says the class also used this opportuEverglades Elementary Principal Eliot Tillinger and students in Marcy Winer’s told through a child’s eyes of what family nity to learn about what life is like for soldiers first grade class pose with the letters they wrote and the snacks they collected life is like when a parent is at war across the serving overseas. In their letters, they asked for soldiers overseas. The care packages were sent in time for Veteran’s Day. world. Mrs. Winer says the class loved the story. questions such as what do you do for fun, do you play checkers, and where do you sleep? ome out of the box thinking

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Gator Run Third Graders Show Their Character By Stacey Bomser


tudents at Gator Run Elementary School got the chance to

meet a real-life celebrity. No, it wasn’t a pop star or athlete – it was an author. Betty Birney, who wrote the popular Humphrey series, visited the school and spoke to third and fourth graders about her beloved books. To prepare for her visit and ensure that the book discussion was purposeful and meaningful, third grade classes read The World According to Humphrey. It’s the story of a vocabulary-loving hamster that comes to live in Room 26 at Longfellow School, and how he helps the students and teacher solve problems in his special way. Third Grade Team Leader Sara Crowther says it was easy for students to relate to the characters in this story because it’s about a third grade classroom, plus many of them have hamsters as pets. Inspired by the book, three classrooms now have “Humphries” of their own. The students did more than just read The World According to Humphrey, they used it as a tool to study character development and figurative language. According to Mrs. Crowther, character maps allowed students to really get to know the characters in the book. “The teachers used character traits to compare characters throughout the story. They found traits for each character and had to prove why using the story for details. The students were also asked to put themselves into the Gator Run student, and self-professed Betty Birney fan, Allison Rivera had the privilege of introducing the author to her classmates.

Author Betty Birney speaks to students at Gator Run Elementary.

story. Who would they be? What is their role in the classroom?” After their in-depth study of the story, the third graders were prepared for the author’s visit. Students were encouraged to ask Betty Birney about her books and the writing process. Rodrigo S. was intrigued about her motivation. “I wanted to know why she wrote about a hamster. Where did she get her ideas?” Gator Run Elementary invites authors to visit the school each year. “It’s important to have authors come to speak with students so they can see there is an ending goal,” explains Mrs. Crowther. “They can also see that it takes more than one try to get to that goal.” Meeting a published author also gets children excited about reading. Mrs. Crowther says her class now wants to read the rest of the Humphrey series.

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Parents at Indian Trace Elementary Go Back to School By Stacey Bomser


here was a role reversal recently at Indian Trace

Elementary School as parents filled the classrooms. The school’s inaugural Technology Training Night for Student Success provided parents with a hands-on lesson on the technology resources available to their children. “We did this to help parents understand the different websites that their students use in school and the ones that are available to them at home,” explains third grade teacher Patty DeBiase. She, along with members of the school’s Leadership Team, created this program after recognizing that students know more than their parents about technology. “Today’s students are digital natives, they come to us already tech savvy so we have to teach them in their language and technology is their language. For us, teachers and parents, technology is our second language.” Although not “native” to technology, DeBiase understands its importance to today’s students. “One of my favorite quotes this year is: If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” grade teacher Rosie Kosnitzky (in black) helps parents She says the parents who attended the Technology Training Night were Second navigate websites using laptop computers. amazed at all the resources available to their children. Teacher facilitators demonstrated Smart Board technology and showed parents the various websites and programs utilized in class such as FCAT Explorer, Riverdeep – Destination Learning, B.E.E.P, Think Central, Edmodo, and Virtual Counselor. Parent participants used laptop computers to log on as their child and try using the different websites. The school offered three simultaneous sessions: one for parents of primary students (kindergarten through second grade), another for parents of intermediate students (third through fifth grade) and a third session for Spanish-speaking parents. All were impressed following the two-hour training session. Edgar Amaya says he learned a lot from the Technology Training Night. “Now I know why my daughter keeps asking me to use the computer.” Rossana Juvarra was appreciative of the opportunity to learn about the technology her daughter is using. “Thank you for an amazing evening. I feel more comfortable with (technology) now. I feel I can help her using this new tool.” Fifth grader Zoe Waschbusch uses the Promethean The program was taught by Board during a language arts lesson. teachers who volunteered their time. The media center was converted into a computer lab, parents with hands-on experience utilizing Heather Winkopp, Debbie Kozlowski, providing the educational websites available to their children. Rosie Kosnitzky and Kathryn Puccio helped facilitate the program for parents of younger students, while Dione Mila, Marianne Barr, Janet Doren and Randi Gannon taught the parents of older students. Matty Cartaya, Olga Espada, Patty DeBiase and Beatriz Cuervo conducted the presentation in Spanish.  To encourage parent participation, the school provided free child care. While parents learned about the technology, students had the option of playing in a game room or watching a movie while munching on popcorn. Fifth grade teacher Matty Cartaya demonstrates A field trip to the Old Davie School Historical Museum gives students the interactive learning opportunities available through Smart Board technology.

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Indian Trace Elementary Turns Out in Full Force for Green Day By Stacey Bomser

the school to purchase vegetable plants and flowers. The Home Depot in Hollywood arranged a similar donation which provided soil and supplies for the second grade’s he fifth annual Green Day at Indian Trace Elementary was the Tracer Teepee Trellises project. school’s most successful. Not only did they have a record number of volunteers, Of course, Green Day would not be possible without the support of the entire Tracer over 300, but they completed more than 20 beautification and planting projects. family. This year’s volunteer force included 123 students, 179 adults and alumni, and While Green Day itself consists of a morning of campus clean-up and landscaping 16 faculty members and administrators. Among the volunteers were Weston’s new work, preparations begin months in advance. Green Team members helped pot plant mayor, Daniel Stermer, Commissioners Jim Norton and Mercedes Henriksson and donations which filled the school’s science nursery until the big day. Several classrooms School Board Vice Chair Laurie Rich Levinson. conducted germination and proliferation lessons, growing new plants for Green Day. Stephanie Wagner was one of the parent volunteers. She says she looks forward The bulk of the plants and landscaping materials come from generous donations. to Green Day each year because it promotes unity within the school with everyone For the fourth year, the Baumais family donated hundreds of plants and several trees. working together to make The Villanueva family, ownthe campus more beautiers of Creative Landscapers, ful. “My favorite part is not whose daughter Rebecca is a what actually happens on kindergartener, gave muchthe day. It is witnessing the needed supplies, labor and children in the days after knowledge. They donated discussing with their friends plants, fertilizer and equipand sharing what they have ment to accomplish multiple done. They really take pride projects on Green Day. in their work.” Once again, the Home Green Day ended with a Depot in Weston showed its BBQ lunch and concert by support. Not only did it proEarth Conservation singer/ vide a discount on mulch, but Left: First grade teacher Katherine Puccio, Principal Wanda Ross, and parent volunteer Michelle Niska songwriter Jesus Hidalgo. with Indian Trace students Carolina Nadorfy, Emma Rose, Ariana Nadorfy and Kayla Dinda. a donation from the Home Right: Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer (left), Green Day Chair Haydee Nunn, School Depot Foundation allowed Board Vice Chair Laurie Rich Levinson, and PTA Member Harold Jarvis.


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in the school's cafeteria for the fifth annual Best Buddies Halloween party. Club sponsor Bonnie Finfer said around 100 people clad in costumes attended the event. “It [the dance] actually ended up being after Halloween because of Hurricane Sandy, but it was just another chance for everybody to socialize and get together and enjoy each other's company and dance and eat," Finfer said. Best Buddies is an international organization that aims to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and physical disabilities by providing social opportunities with peers. Cypress Bay's chapter is the largest chapter in the state, and has been voted Chapter of the Year for Broward County two years in a row. At the dance, activities included a mummy wrap race, spider ring toss, face painting, eye bowling, a mask-making booth and a spider-themed A peer buddy takes a turn on the dance floor with one of the buddies. Photo by Lexi Sidle. cookie decorating station. "I think the buddies really like having someone they can call and text and hang out with, and on the other side, it opens up the eyes of typical peers. When they’re complaining about something really little that they maybe need to let it go because there are other people that have a lot more challenges than them, and they need to kind of look around and see what goes on around them," Finfer said. Cypress Bay junior Rachel Iserson said this year's Halloween dance was just as fun, if not even better than last year's dance. "This year's dance was amazing as usual because the music really gets all of the buddies going, and I love spending time with my buddy of three years, Gianella." Club president, senior Alfredo Salkeld, said he really enjoyed the eye bowling activity. "Well I was personally in charge of the bowling booth so I'm a bit biased, but I think all the buddies have always enjoyed where we have an exaggeratingly large version of bowling where we paint the balls to look like eyeballs, and that's always been a big hit." For Salkeld, Best Buddies events are just another chance to be with his friends. "The buddies all really enjoy it, and I love to see the impact it has on them as well as the members," he said. "I enjoy it when everyone else is having a good time, and I think it's a great opportunity for the buddies to socialize with their peer buddies." Iserson said that at the party, she and Gianella Costumes were the dress code for the Best Buddies Halloween party enjoyed dancing and decorating cookies the most. and dance. Photo by Lexi Sidle. "I enjoy these events because I feel like kids with disabilities deserve to have someone to talk to and hang out with, just like any other person. I've grown an inseparable bond with Gianella and hope to continue on our path of friendship for years to come." Finfer said the club had a great time, and that they are planning on holding the party again next year.

Paige Levin is a senior at Cypress Bay High School. She is the Editor-in-Chief for her school newspaper, The Circuit. In addition to journalism, her other interests include dance, writing and photography.

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excitement. COLORS – Gray, navy, and green abound, as do nature’s neutrals. Then add a smattering of pop colors – hot pinks, cheerful tangerine, regal purples, and cheerful yellows – and you have all the color ingredients necessary to create a room design that appeals to YOU. IT’S THAT 70’S SHOW – We seem to be in the midst of a modern revival. Some of the elements of 70’s are back: clean furniture lines, tufted leather, glass and chrome furniture. Retro looks have never been easier, or more fun to create. JEWELRY FOR YOUR ROOMS – With the overall desire to “make it mine”, adding details to furniture and window treatments is HOT. Nail head trims on furniture; crystal jewels on tufted headboards and benches; top stitching on upholstered furniture cushions. These are all great ways to personalize your style. Myriam Payne of Decorating Den Interiors works and lives with her family in Weston. For a complimentary consultation with Myriam call her design studio at (954) 6592017. Visit Myriam’s blog at | To Advertise in Our City Weston, Please call 954-306-1007 | December 2012 OCW ALL 1212.indd 67

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Inspired by this trend, my talented team and I have created a technique called “Jewel Collection Technique”. With this method of coloring we place slices of three or five shades, carefully chosen with suitability to skin color and the natural tones, in a diamond placement. Our inspiration came from the luxurious and glossy couture colors we see in fashion magazines, which can be tailored to suit everyone. This artful blending of tones is also having an impact on the recent popular dip-dyed look and yet introducing another option by toning the looks toward more natural and chic. Subtlety is the key word for any of the techniques in this trend. The most important part of achieving any color that will look natural and high-end is to keep the levels and tones close together and remember to bear in mind how the natural light will affect the hair. Naturally, hair would be lighter in the hairline and on the top and choosing finer threads rather than heavy stripes will help achieve more voluminous and healthy looking hair. We are all about intrinsically beautiful hair whatever the shade palette. I always believe in dividing our clientele into three groups. First being a “whisper” client, second being a “shout” client, and the third being a “scream” client. This never fails in determining the right result to please the client, providing the correct diagnosis is made during consultation. Having decided in which group our clients belong, the above new trend can be applied to everyone, providing the correct tones are chosen and the “oh-so subtle” movement from dark to light is remembered. The hair will be kept just the right side of fascinating. 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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3.  The best position in which to read in bed is to lie on your back with your head propped up high. FALSE: Chiropractic doctors treat many patients with neck and upper back problems that are the direct result of poor postural habits. A common postural mistake involves the habit of lying on one's back with the head propped up while reading or watching television. This position forces the head and neck into extreme sustained flexion, causing compression of the spinal discs, stretching of the spinal cord and cervical nerves that come out of the cervical spine, and abnormal tension on the posterior neck muscles. In small doses, such stresses are normal and easily accommodated by the body. The problems begin when these positions become habitual or a regular part of one's routine. Repeated and long-term postural abuse will almost invariably cause chronic soft tissue damage, spinal distortions and accelerated spinal degenerative change. The best position in which to read while in bed is the same as when you are sleeping -- lying on one side with the head and neck in a neutral position. Think posture... always! For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center in Weston at (954) 217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation; contact the Weston location for more information.

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osmetic plastic surgery can be generally

characterized by three types of procedures. Plastic surgeons make big things smaller, small things bigger, and we pick up what falls down. The latter is a common consequence of the breast aging process. The most common cosmetic breast procedure performed by plastic surgeons is augmentation. However, for some patients the problem is not size, but rather position of the breasts and nipples. Breast droopiness occurs for two reasons; gravity and skin quality. Gravity, the plastic surgeon’s best friend, cannot be changed. Skin quality is impacted by many variables. Things like pregnancies, weight fluctuations and genetics all play a role in the tone of a woman’s breast skin. The Diagnosis – The first step to determine the correct breast procedure is a thorough and honest consultation. Breast lift surgery creates significant scarring which must be factored into the decision. The two most common measurements taken at the examination are the distance from the midline neck notch to the nipple, and the distance from the nipple to the crease at the bottom of the breast. These Dr. Perez has performed surgery with Dr. Louis help the surgeon choose the Benelli, creator of the Benelli Lift, in Paris, France. best procedure for each patient. Treatment Options – Women with breast measurements that exceed the ideal for their figure are candidates for breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy. Several options exist for mastopexy, each with varying degrees of scarring. The patient should consult with a plastic surgeon experienced with these options and be able to see photographic examples of each surgery. The most common type of breast lift is the classic “anchor” or Wise pattern. The procedure raises the nipple-areola (which can also be reduced in diameter), tightens the skin to make the breast perkier, and recreates a shapelier teardrop silhouette. A variation of this technique is the LeJour, or “lollipop” scar procedure. A less common, but very valuable procedure is the peri-areolar lift because it carries far less scarring than the other options. It is also known as the Benelli lift, named after the French plastic surgeon who initially described the technique. It is especially useful for women seeking a limited scarring breast lift with simultaneous implant augmentation. The technique is difficult to master and is not offered by all plastic surgeons. Mastopexy surgery can enhance a woman’s figure. Some women may choose to change size as well. It can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction. However, breast lift should be carefully considered only after consultation with a plastic surgeon experienced in the various options. Dr. Jorge Perez is a member of the NOVO National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics. He has served as a consultant for both Mentor (J&J) and Inamed (Allergan), leading breast implant manufacturers. Dr. Perez has lectured internationally on the subject of breast lift surgery and has been selected among the Castle Connolly (U.S. News & World Report) America’s Top Doctors. More information is available at or call (954) 351-2200. Visit his website blog to learn about The Dirty Little Secrets of Plastic Surgery.

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choosing a puppy should be more than an emotional decision. All too often, the cute and cuddly puppy that is purchased on impulse is relinquished to a shelter because it grew up to be a large, rambunctious dog. That is why it pays to do your homework before you even look at a puppy. Start by researching the kind of adult dog that will be most compatible with your lifestyle. A book on dog breeds is a good starting place, but also ask veterinarians for their suggestions. They are very familiar with the different dog breeds and suitability for each home. You can also talk to dog breeders and trainers. Consider the size of the adult dog and how it would fit into your household. Would you prefer a lap dog or do you have room for a large dog? Research the exercise and grooming requirements of different breeds. Some breeds, such as herding dogs, require more exercise and may be best suited for someone who is looking for a jogging partner. Other breeds need regular grooming, so you will need to plan for those expenses. Some breeds may be predisposed to certain health conditions. If possible, ask the breeder to test for the condition or provide a written guarantee should the condition occur. Mixed-breed dogs may be less likely to have certain health conditions than purebred dogs. If you prefer a purebred dog, locate a reputable breeder. You’ll want to interview several breeders and ask to see the puppy’s parents and the breeding facility, if possible. It is important to visit the facility to ensure that a limited number of puppies are raised in a sanitary, well-socialized environment. Unfortunately, there are many puppy mills that sell poorly socialized puppies that may develop health and behavior problems over time. These puppies are often sold at pet stores and become ill, requiring costly treatment. Most breeders, and some shelters, will provide you with paperwork that the puppy has been examined by a veterinarian, has been checked/treated for parasites, and has received at least the first round of vaccines. Many breeders may also provide you with a health guarantee. A healthy puppy should appear alert and energetic, not lethargic (tired); be well fed, with a little fat covering the ribcage; have a good coat, without dry, flaky skin or bald patches; walk and run normally, without limping; have no discharge from the eyes, nose, or ears; follow a tossed toy with its eyes; not cough, sneeze, or appear to have difficulty breathing; turn to look at you when you clap or make a noise behind it. Puppies should be comfortable when handled. Try holding the puppy and touching the ears, mouth, and paws. If the puppy becomes aggressive or struggles to get away, it might not be the kind of dog who will snuggle with you on the couch or allow you to trim its nails. Choosing a healthy puppy with a good disposition will increase your chances of raising a dog that will be a great fit for your household and your best friend for years to come! Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On.” Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Animal Health Center @ Weston at (954)385-8389 or visit them online at

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alone (tonometry) is not enough to diagnose glaucoma because eye pressure changes. laucoma is the Other tests to detect glaucoma are as follows: term applied to a ▸  Gonioscopy (use of a special lens to group of eye diseases see the outflow channels of the angle) that gradually result in loss of ▸  Optic nerve imaging (photographs of vision by permanently damagthe inside of the eye) ing the optic nerve. This is the ▸  Pupillary reflex response nerve that transmits visual ▸  Retinal examination images to the brain. ▸  Slit lamp examination This disease is the leading cause of irreversible ▸  Visual acuity blindness and produces no symptoms until it is ▸  Visual field measurement too late and vision loss has begun. Glaucoma is Everyone is at risk for glaucoma from babies usually, but not always, associated with elevated to senior citizens. Yes, senior citizens are at eye pressure in the eye. The elevated eye pressure a higher risk for glaucoma but babies can be is what generally leads to the damage to the optic born with the disease as well; approximately nerve. In some cases, glaucoma may occur in one out of every 10,000 babies has glaucoma. the presence of normal eye pressure. This is the Glaucoma can affect all ages. It’s important to get a thorough retinal exam. Glaucoma is not curable, and vision loss form of glaucoma that is believed to be caused by cannot be regained. With medication and/or irregular blood flow to the optic nerve. surgery, it is possible to halt further loss of vision. Since glaucoma is a chronic condition, Worldwide, as many as six million individuals are blind in both eyes from the disease. it must be monitored for life. In the United States alone, over three million people have glaucoma. As many as half of those individuals may not know they even have the disease. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Jane Therrien at Weston An eye exam may be used to diagnose glaucoma. The doctor will need to examine Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, (954) 888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look the inside of the eye by looking through the pupil, often while the pupil is dilated. The forward to exceeding your expectations. doctor will usually perform a complete eye exam. Checking the intraocular pressure


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about half of your golf score. But, how often do you practice your stroke or alignment, change your grip, or even have a putting lesson? Yes, that’s right - a lesson! Never thought of it? In that case, "Take a lesson" is probably the best tip I can give you to improve your putting. While nothing can replace an actual lesson with a golf pro, I’m going to share with you my step-by-step tips to improving your putting, from grip to posture, to eye alignment, to stance and stroke. I hope this will help you to become a better putter. ▸▸ One of the most important factors in golf is the ball position. Don’t forget it is the back of the ball that you are stroking with the putter, and not the center. I always teach that the back of the ball is in the middle of your stance, or slightly forward of this, if you are using a square-to-square stroke. ▸▸ Gripping the putter can be done in so many ways, but it is important not to have a dominant hand, as you are looking for a relaxed combination of shoulders, arm and hands for a smooth stroke. ▸▸ I like to see the putter relaxed in your hand -- it is necessary to control the putter head, as it can weigh about a pound. It is important to lock the grip in your hands with the soft thumb pad in both hands, and the forefinger on your left -- this will help to stop the putter from twisting off line, plus curling the right hand forefinger underneath the shaft (not down). ▸▸ The Grip: • With the putter straight out in front of you, grip the putter in a two-handed baseball position; • Now let the forefinger on your left hand point down the shaft; • Pull the right hand up the grip until it comfortably meets the left hand; • Now rest the left hand forefinger over the fingers on your right hand, neither hand is dominant and the shoulders are now near square to your hips and feet when you are in a putting position. ▸  Now you have gripped the putter correctly, it is important to realize that the length of the shaft is the predominant factor in getting your eyes directly over the ball, as this is important for getting consistence in reading the putting line from ball to hole, or target point. This line is always the same, whether three feet or 30 feet long. ▸▸ To grip your putter at the right length: • Address a golf ball in your normal putting position; • Now have a friend plumb bob the line from your eyes to the ball; • With a relaxed grip move yourself backward or forward until you have a perfect vertical position from eye line to ball; • Re-grip whenever your hands are holding the putter grip; • Mark the position and use it in future putts. Your eyes will now consistently be over the ball. Next month I’ll share my tips on how to get your stance correct. In the mean time, go out and practice these putting tips. Hopefully you’ll see an improvement in your golf game. If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at or at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, (954) 389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at (954) 298-3616. Visit him online at

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How Snowbirds Should Prep Their Vehicles for the Winter Season By Charles J. Bonfiglio








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ifferent seasons throughout the year bring

different challenges to properly maintaining your vehicle. Here in South Florida it’s important to protect your car from the sun’s powerful rays, but our neighbors to the north need to worry about the effects of snow and ice and frigid temperatures. Here are a few tips for snowbirds, as well as those of us who will be traveling north this holiday season, to prepare your vehicle both inside and out. Waxing your vehicle should be done every three to six months to consistently protect your vehicle from all the harmful elements throughout the year. Wash off all the sand and dirt leftover from the summer and apply a fresh coat of wax. Similar to the sun’s heat, cold, dry air during the fall and winter can wear down a vehicle’s paint. A coat of wax will operate as a barrier against cold air, rain, or even snow—protecting not only the integrity of the paint, but the suppleness of it as well. Speaking of rain and snow, winter weather is notorious for causing the most car accidents during the year, so take some precaution by making sure your vehicle is in good shape to withstand said climates. Headlight restoration is one of the best ways to ensure a safer drive, especially during the nighttime. Over the Whether you are a snowbird or will simply be visiting friends and family up north this winter, it’s important to years, headlights incur make sure your car is in proper working condition. heavy layers of oxidation—repressing the amount of light that actually appears on the road as you drive. No one wants to be caught in a storm at night with headlights that produce only a fraction of light. Getting your headlights restored means the removal of years of oxidation, getting headlights back to its clear, optimal state. Go a step further by adding Clear Bra (aka Paint Protection Film) onto the headlights to protect the restoration as well as guard against future elements and debris. Tires are also a big factor when driving on wet or icy roads. Checking the air and pressure on all four tires should already be part of a routine maintenance schedule and can be done at any professional mechanic’s shop. Something you can do yourself is checking the tread on your tires -- it’s pretty obvious when you see worn out treads, the surface of the tire is flat with no rigid areas. It’s essential to gage the tread on the tires in an effort to avoid hazards like hydroplaning. When it comes to the mechanics of your car, get everything checked. It’s really that simple. You want to make sure that your heater/cooler/defroster system is all working. Anybody who’s parked their car outside in the cold knows what a hassle (and potential driving issue) it can be to have icy or foggy windows. More often than not, rain and snow usually keep people off the road. But if you’re planning to trek through the weather this winter, it’s best to prepare your vehicle for whatever conditions are out there. Charles J. Bonfiglio is the President and CEO of the Meineke Car Care Centers and Tint World in Weston and Sunrise. The Weston location is at 2629 Weston Road and can be reached at (954) 385-8696. There is also a Meineke conveniently located on Sunrise Boulevard across from the Sawgrass Mills Mall.

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Weston Area Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at Comfort Suites


embers and guests recently attended the Weston

Area Chamber business networking meeting and ribbon cutting reception sponsored by and held at Comfort Suites Weston. The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Networking meeting on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. It is sponsored by Healthsource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab, 1875 North Corporate Lakes Boulevard, Suite 300 (across from the Weston post office). The cost is free for members and $15 for non-members, or free with a toy donation for Toys For Tots. RSVP to Jack Miller, Chamber President and CEO, at (954) 389-0600 or The Weston Area Chamber is doing all it can to help businesses survive in this weak economy. It promotes small and large businesses working together to create jobs and grow their bottom line. Chamber members also have the benefit of an unique national advertising campaign between the Weston Area Chamber and America Chamber. Members also have access to new online and offline virtual leads groups.

For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® visit The Weston Area Chamber is the only Chamber of Commerce located in Weston and has been a 501C not-for-profit chamber with its office in the same building since 1989. Once again, the South Florida Business Journal has selected the Weston Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Top 25 Chambers of Commerce.” It was included on the 2012 list which appeared in last month’s issue.

Angela Nieto (left), Crystal Morey, Judit Searle, Alvaro Correa, Andres Posee, and Fernando Correa from Comfort Suites Weston at the Weston Area Chamber ribbon cutting.

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Saddled for Service: The HORSE HEROES Project


By Carolyn Burk, Rotary Club of Weston President

f you are a horse lover, you already know the power of horses

outing. When BSO learned that Children’s Harbor current child population was at 20, they immediately offered additional horses. The more horses, the more effective we could expect our visit to be. The ideas flowed from there, leading to the purchase of 20 books of the classic Black Beauty. The children could read passages to the horses, who listen intently and without judgment. The children would be doing something kind for the horses, who love the attention, and even something better for themselves. It’s not about learning how to ride a horse; it’s all about the communication between the horse and the child and giving the children a really positive experience. It’s a simple project designed to make a special impression on the children. The power of the horse is beyond words and the impact they have on people of all ages in need is profound. They are indeed our Horse Heroes.

and their extraordinary influence on people. Horses have a natural calming effect on our minds and bodies. Research shows that just being in the vicinity of a horse changes our brainwave patterns and lowers anxiety. This is likely why our equine friends are rapidly growing in popularity in the world of therapeutics and being called upon to work with at-risk children and others experiencing emotional or physical challenges. That’s how The HORSE HEROES Project was born. A group of Rotarians, during a typical brainstorming session, took note of a foster care facility right in Weston’s own backyard — Children’s Harbor, whose mission is to provide therapeutic services to children in crisis. If we could find a way to make a difference in just once child’s life, then we are doing what Rotarians strive to do: make a difference. It didn’t take long to recognize the perfect resource right at our doorstep — The Mounted Division of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A conversation between well-known immigration attorney Keil Hackley and Honorary Rotarian Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti set the project in motion. Keil and her Project Co-Chair Doug Maymon then worked out Rotarians Keil Hackley and Douglas Maymon the details. Bailey, a beautiful cream-colored four-yearwith a BSO Deputy and Bailey, a member of the old quarter-horse, was chosen to be featured at the first Mounted Division of Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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The Rotary Club of Weston is recognized as one of Southwest Broward’s leading community service organizations. Weston Rotary meets at Weston Hills Country Club every Thursday morning, year-round, from 7:30 – 8:30am to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a lively meeting program. For further information about Weston Rotary, visit our website at, or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.

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Luxury Pet Boutique Offers TeaCup Pups and More By Julie Levin


What can clients expect when they visit TeaCups, Puppies and Boutique? Our clients

f you are in the market for a teacup or

can expect to receive the very best treatment and find the greatest selection of products when visiting our boutique. Our staff is very knowledgeable, and we always attend the latest trade shows to provide our customers with fresh new merchandise.

toy breed puppy, along with all of the accessories to keep them healthy, happy and stylish, make sure you visit TeaCups, Puppies and Boutique. With more than 14 years experience, TeaCups, Puppies and Boutique is a luxury pet boutique that has nearly everything a dog lover could ask for. They offer a great selection of adorable high quality puppies, the very latest accessories, as well as experienced master groomers. Recently, owner Eleonora Bonfini answered some frequently asked questions about TeaCups, Puppies, and Boutique.

What are the latest trends in designer dog clothing and couture?

It's all about Parisian style right now. All things Paris, including little tutu dresses featuring the Eiffel Tower and adorned with Swarovski crystals are a big hit! It's a very girly, frilly style that looks absolutely adorable on the pups!

The grooming staff at TeaCups & Pets Are People Too

talented team of groomers is very well-versed in all breed specific hair cuts and the latest trends. They're kind, gentle, and most importantly, they all love animals! Older pets with special needs are not a problem for our experienced staff! In addition to all the basic grooming services, we also offer funky hair coloring, mohawks, and nail polishing. Pink hair and nails are a very popular request here in our grooming salon!

What set you apart from other puppy boutiques? What sets us apart from the rest

How can clients contact you? Customers can find us at 9003 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL  33024. They can also reach us by telephone at 954-985-8848 or online at www.

areas of specialty are definitely tiny puppies and pet grooming. We were the very first boutique to specialize strictly in teacup and toy breed puppies, and have 14 years of experience in caring for them. Our customers will find the best selection of puppies of the highest quality and master groomers with over 20 years of experience in our boutique!  

What is TeaCups, Puppies and Boutique?

TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique is a luxury pet boutique, specializing in tiny teacup and toy breed puppies as well as designer clothing, carriers, and accessories to fit them. In 2007, we merged with South Florida's leading grooming salon, Pets Are People Too, and have since offered grooming services for all furry ones!

What services and products do you offer?

The grooming salon portion of our boutique offers a full line of services, including hydrosurge bubble baths, hand-scissored cuts, coloring, and nail clipping and polishing. As for pet products, we carry everything you can imagine from cashmere sweaters, crystal collars, and fancy beds, to designer dog carriers and gourmet bakery treats. 

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is the way we care for our puppies here. Our number one priority is keeping our puppies safe and healthy for as long as they are here with us. Our showroom is always clean, and our puppies sleep on soft, warm blankets. We don't ship them, and we don't sell to just anyone. All customers must qualify before being able to purchase a puppy from us. Many people don't realize just how delicate they are, and the amount of care that they require. Our customers must also attend a special orientation in which they are taught exactly how to care for their new puppy. 

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Improve Your Health, Energy Level and Appearance at Fitness 21 By Debby Teich


ince 2001, Fitness 21 has been helping

members improve their fitness levels and lead healthier, happier lives. Misha Kohner, General Manager, answered some commonly asked questions about Fitness 21.

What makes Fitness 21 different from other gyms? At Fitness 21, we treat our members as

individuals, not numbers. They work out in our world class facilities and train with experts who truly care about them. This is a combination that you just won’t find elsewhere.

How many classes do you offer? We offer

a variety of classes every day, totaling over 60 classes per week.

What are the most popular group classes?

The most popular group classes are Zumba, yoga and spinning.

What is Zumba? Zumba is very popular, and

it’s for everybody who wants to have fun while they get fit. It is a high-energy, Latin-based dance exercise, which features Salsa, Flamenco, Meringue, Mambo and Samba.

Do you offer classes for seniors? We offer Silver Sneakers, a very popular fitness program specifically designed to help seniors live healthy, active lifestyles. They move to the music through a variety of exercises which help them increase

keep you motivated. They will turn your weaknesses into strengths for a stronger, healthier you. Whether you are a professional athlete or just getting started, our trainers are qualified to get you results.

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Describe your typical member? Our members

represent a cross section of the local community. They include businesspeople, busy moms, seniors and others.

Why is good fitness important? Good fitness provides a variety of benefits. It can help you improve your health, energy level and appearance. It can also help you improve your sporting performance and allow you to move without pain. Our Personal Training Team helps members design personalized fitness programs that will maximize their individual results.

Describe the facility. Fitness 21’s 25,000 sq.

ft. facility has state-of-the-art fitness equipment, spacious locker rooms, three exercise studios, high ceilings, and much more. We work hard to keep it cleaner than any club you’ve seen.

Describe the equipment. We have a wide variety of equipment, including over 50 pieces of varied cardio equipment, most with individual televisions; selectorized and plate-loaded strength equipment; a complete selection of free weights; functional accessories of all kinds; and suspension bands.

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muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. They get fit, have fun, and make friends.

How can personal trainers help your members? Personal trainers are very important at

Fitness 21. They design a program based on your individual needs and goals, change your program to keep you from getting “stuck,” and

Fitcamp is an extremely effective full body conditioning program. A personal trainer leads a small group through a fun, fast moving workout using suspension and functional exercises to get you burning calories and building lean muscle.

Describe the locker rooms. The locker rooms

are spacious, clean, and tastefully appointed. From classy wood lockers to large flat screen televisions, you’ll find everything you need to feel comfortable.

Do you offer childcare? We have a large, clean childcare area with an experienced and caring staff, some of whom have been with us for over ten years. We also have a television monitor on the cardio deck, which allows you to check on your child from a distance during your workout. Do you offer free trial classes? Yes. Come

into the club anytime to activate a free threeday pass which includes most classes on a complimentary basis.

How can readers get a $100 personal training gift certificate? They can visit the website,, or stop by the club and ask for me, Misha Kohner.

Fitness 21 is located at 15451 SW 13 Lane, just north of the intersection of SW 14th St. and Shotgun Rd, in Sunrise. For information, visit or call 954-915-0080.

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Experience the Healing Powers of Massage at Massage Envy By Stacey Bomser


f you think a massage is strictly an indul-

gence for pampered people, then you have never experienced Massage Envy. For the past five and a half years, Massage Envy has been providing the healing powers of massage to the Weston community. Its affordable pricing and convenient hours have made massage available to all. Clinic Administrator Robin Brown explained the many benefits of massage therapy and Massage Envy membership.

What is Massage Envy?

Massage Envy Weston is our hometown clinic for therapeutic massage. We are a friendly, personal and professional place where you can leave the stress behind.

What distinguishes Massage Envy from other day spa or therapeutic centers? The

and it increases body awareness which is especially helpful to pregnant women as their body changes shape. Therapeutic massage can help the body heal from injury, decrease the scar tissue and assist in moving fluid. On the mental/ emotional level, it can help a person find selfacceptance, heal from emotional trauma and learn what safe, appropriate touch is.

What types of massage therapy do you offer? Each massage is

customized to the needs of the client. With our large staff, we are able to offer quite a variety of massage. Most of our therapists do an Integrated Massage, which means they draw from their own unique “tool box” and combine techniques from all their areas of training and experience. A Swedish massage can incorporate techniques from many different modalities including Reflexology, Neuromuscular, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Cranial-Sacral, Acupressure, Lymphatic Drainage, Shiatsu, Prenatal and Deep Tissue massage. In addition we offer Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy and a Deep Muscle Therapy. 

Massage Envy clinic is a calm environment with heated massage tables, dim lights and calming music. However, we differ from others by offering quality, affordable, therapeutic massages avail- Irene Borges, lead therapist at Massage Envy was the Miami Region Therapist of the able seven days a week Weston, Year for 2011. This region encompasses all of at convenient hours in a South Florida from Vero Beach to South Miami. safe, clean and relaxing environment. In addition, we offer the high How does your memstandards of a nationwide franchise with a great bership program work? reputation. We are the leaders in the massage Because of all the proven industry, but it’s the people that really make benefits of regular masthe difference here. From the phone call to the sage, our Wellness massage table our friendly staff gives Massage Program is designed for Envy Weston a real feeling of family. monthly massage sessions. For a monthly fee Are your therapists certified?  Our staff of of $59, members get an 26 therapists, both male and female, are all hour of massage. Any addiCertified by their schools, State Licensed, and tional massages during that in some cases, Nationally Certified. They each month are an even better hold a variety of skills obtained through differvalue at only $39. If you ent specialty training courses and are therefore do not use your massage able to give unique and customized massages during that month, it rolls to our members. over and you can use it at a future date. You never lose What are the benefits of massage therapy your massages as long as to overall wellness? Therapeutic Massage your membership is current. can improve circulation, stimulate your immune system, lower blood pressure, decrease stress, What is included in the help eliminate toxins and relieve pain. It helps service? Our members athletes recover faster from intense workouts receive a customized mas-

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Hot stone massage is one of the unique treatment options at Massage Envy.

sage that often includes recommendations by their therapist for stretching, healing and caring for their bodies. You can get a standing appointment with your favorite therapist, reserving a specific time every week or every month. We give monthly reminder calls as well as appointment confirmation calls. We also have monthly drawings for complimentary services.

Are you offering any specials or gift certificates for the holidays?  We offer gift certificates year round but we do have a Holiday Special this year. If you purchase three gift cards with a minimum value of $78 each, you will receive a complimentary one hour massage. Our Holiday Gift cards also come with a Christmas ornament.

Anything else you would like our readers to know? Our owners, Andi and John O’Brien,

are committed to creating a business in which everyone thrives. Our employees are the heart of the business and when they embrace the Massage Envy values, the result is great customer service and satisfied members. Our Vision says it all: “Better lives. Better families. Better communities. A better world… through our hands.” 

Everyone was all smiles during Member Appreciation Month at Massage Envy. Pictured here are Sales Associates Alisha Carr (left) and Sarah Swanson (right), and Therapist Megan Smith (front), with Massage Envy Member Dean Middleton.

If you would like to experience Massage Envy for yourself, simply stop by the clinic in Country Isles Plaza at 1364 Weston Road, or call (954) 660-ENVY (3689). Massage Envy is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 10pm, Saturday from 9am until 9pm, and Sunday from 10am until 6pm. For more information on the clinic or its massage therapy treatments, visit http:// FL/Weston.aspx.

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Hispanic Heritage

Imagine Charter School at Weston celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a school-wide fiesta. Classes in the bi-literate program studied different Latin American countries and created informative bulletin boards, as well as entertained classmates with a folkloric song. The children enjoyed experiencing other cultures playing games such as Loteria (Mexican bingo) and doing crafts such as making piñatas.

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Students at Country Isles Elementary School are being exposed to the fine arts. Through the school’s Meet the Masters program, students explore different artists and then create a hands-on art project in each artist’s preferred medium. To start the school year, students studied Georgia O’Keeffe and created landscape paintings inspired by her artwork.

3rd graders Zachary Friend and Dhruv Krishna, and first grader Joshua Friend make bookmarks with help from volunteer Amanda Kennedy, from Falcon Cove Middle School.

Book Fair Fun

The Manatee Bay Elementary School PTA hosted its annual Family Fun Book 3rd grade brothers Chris and Fair Night. In addition to purchasing Chance Smith enjoy a slushie. wonderful reading material, students also enjoyed arts and crafts activities and yummy treats! Book Fair funds are used to purchase Scholastic News for the students and to help fund reading programs.

Future Farmers

Children at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center celebrated the preschool’s 15th annual Farm Day. It is always one of the most popular activities of the fall season, when students learn about the harvest time and farm animals. The children enjoyed helping feed and care for the goats, chickens and baby bunnies.

Electoral Process

Students in Miss Clabby's kindergarten class at Gator Run Elementary cast ballots for their favorite food, best breakfast and other important issues. The students made their own voter's identification cards and used them daily to enter the voting booth in their classroom.

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Students at Weston Christian Academy engage in hands-on learning, literally. Kindergartner Isabella Riguero enjoys the new touch screen computers in her computer class. Meanwhile, middle school students gained a new appreciation for the electoral process after watching eighth graders Juan David Jimenez and Hunter Murdock participate in a “Mock Presidential Debate” with their Speech and Debate class.

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Fascinating Field Trip

Kindergarten students from Everglades Elementary School walked to Weston’s police and fire station for a special field trip. While there, Deputy Kari Pallotto spoke to the children about stranger danger, gun safety, and 9-1-1. The field trip also included a tour of the holding cells and learning about the mounted patrol. At the fire station, students received a fire safety talk.

Students in Mrs. Neuberger's third grade class learned how to make concrete.

Career Day

CBS4 Meteorologist Craig Setzer was one of the special guest speakers at Eagle Point Elementary School’s Career Day. He spoke to second and third graders about his exciting occupation, explaining the science behind meteorology and showing them a video about tornadoes. Other career presenters included officers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department, and a cement truck operator.

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Students at Manatee Bay Elementary School participated in a very valuable lesson. The crew from Fire Station 55 visited the school during Fire Safety Month. Lt. Fortnash dressed in his full gear to show students the safety precautions firefighters take and why they should not be afraid of firefighters. The classes also had the opportunity to tour the fire truck and see some of the safety equipment used.

Fall Festival

Students and families from the Early Childhood Center at Temple Dor Dorim celebrated the change of seasons with a “fun”-draiser for the preschool. CHAI, the parent/teacher organization, hosted a Fall Festival complete pony rides, arts and craft, and much more.

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Members of the Key Club at Cypress Bay High School dressed in pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Pictured here are Armando Martinez, Frank Pol, Zach Friedman, Sebastian Quintero and other club members at Glam-A-THON.

Dinner on the Court

The Cypress Bay gym was transformed into a giant dining room for the annual Dinner on the Court. The delicious, home-cooked, all-you-can-eat dinner raises money to support the boys and girls varsity and JV basketball teams. Proceeds are used to purchase travel gear and cover expenses to out-of-town tournaments.

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Character Counts

Falcon Cove Middle School created a program to recognize students with specific character traits every month. October's character trait was Cooperation. The students were nominated by their teachers.

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Eagle Point Elementary hosted its first school-wide Children’s Storybook Parade on Halloween. Students dressed as their favorite storybook characters. Teachers got into the spirit of the day, with the third grade team dressed as idioms. The parade was led by the Cypress Bay High School Band, who dressed for the occasion.

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Teachers and staff at Tequesta Trace Middle School showed their school spirit and love of reading on Book Character Dress Up Day.

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The second annual Harvest Drive Community Fun Day was a huge success. About 500 people turned out at Weston Town Center for a fun-filled afternoon featuring children’s activities, live music, and entertainment. The generous donations of the Weston community filled over 50 boxes with non-perishable food items and toiletries, which were distributed as part of the 20th annual Harvest Drive.

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It was “all in” for the Harvest Drive Poker Event. For a $100 buy-in, players could enjoy an evening of poker at Smoke on the Water while playing for a good cause. The event was expected to raise over $15,000 for the Harvest Drive.

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Congratulations to Deputy Kari Pallotto. The Southeast Florida Crime Prevention Association Board of Directors has named her the 2012 Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Chiefs’ Appreciation Luncheon. Deputy Pallotto accepted the award, along with congratulations from Weston Police Chief Kevin Butler and Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti. Photo courtesy City of Weston

Joe Rose, Dolphins alumnus and sports broadcaster (left); Michael Mandich, CEO of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge; Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Rachel Stief, cancer survivor.

Inspiring Individual

Weston’s Rachel Stief, a cancer survivor, delivered an inspirational message to bikers before the start of the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge. More than 1,000 cyclists biked across MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100% of the proceeds going to directly to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Director of Tennis Steven Browne with Jessica Abels (left) and Ana-Victoria Gomez.

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The Weston Tennis Center hosted an open house for the community. The event featured tennis clinics for children with Coach Maria Spitery, a mini tournament, as well as entertainment including a performance by the local band Anywhere But Cleveland.

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More than 1,000 people came out for the Halloween Spooktacular at Weston Town Center. Children trick-ortreated to all the mall merchants. There was live entertainment and lots of activities. The costume contest winners, in three age categories, won Visa gift cards from presenting sponsor Dr. Yazji Orthodontics.

It was a great turnout for the Weston Business Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s OctoberFest to benefit Women in Distress. Guests sipped and sampled their way around Weston Town Center, partaking in lively entertainment including a cooking demonstration at Chefs & Artists.

Kid Convention

TOUCHY, Temple Dor Dorim’s senior youth group for high school students, hosted a regional “Kallah” (convention). Four-hundred teens, representing 29 youth groups throughout Florida, attended. Temple congregants opened their homes for the weekend to house the visiting students. In addition to enjoying the Weston hospitality, the youth group members attended religious services and participated in social gatherings, study sessions, song sessions, social action and more.

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